Aussie su­per­star has righted his mu­si­cal com­pass

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS - SEANNA CRONIN

AF­TER stray­ing off course, Guy Se­bas­tian feels like he has righted his mu­si­cal com­pass.

The singer-song­writer and in­au­gu­ral Aus­tralian Idol win­ner has been work­ing on new mu­sic, which will mark a new chap­ter in his ca­reer since split­ting with long-time man­ager Titus Day late last year.

He plans to share some of those new songs on his up­com­ing Then & Now Tour, which will en­com­pass the hits of his 15-year ca­reer.

“It’s been a pretty emo­tional few months and I’ve been able to write an al­bum fairly quickly,” he says.

“I reckon I’m eight or nine tracks into a new al­bum, and I’ve only been writ­ing for two or three months. The last one (Con­scious) took two years. With this one I can’t wait to get in and record it. The song­writ­ing process has been such a ther­a­peu­tic thing for me.”

While Con­scious took longer than ex­pected, it cer­tainly wasn’t a com­mer­cial flop. Se­bas­tian’s eighth stu­dio al­bum, it peaked at No 4 on the ARIA Al­bums Chart and the sin­gle Blood­stone was cer­ti­fied gold.

But cre­atively, the singer ad­mits it was too much of a de­par­ture.

“I got a bit lost try­ing to gen­er­ate an al­bum that was rel­e­vant and a sound that was chal­leng­ing for me,” Se­bas­tian says.

“I prob­a­bly dived a bit too far into pro­duc­tion and maybe just lost fo­cus of the ac­tual song and how it fits me. There was some stuff that shone through like Blood­stone and Set in Stone, but a lot of it was too drowned in pro­duc­tion. With this new al­bum I want to get back to soul­ful songs that aren’t clouded in too much pro­duc­tion.”

The fa­ther-of-two can’t wait to hit the road next month for his first big run of re­gional shows since his mam­moth 53date Get Along Tour in 2013.

“Any time any­one asks me what my favourite time was over my ca­reer, no joke I al­ways say that re­gional tour,” he says.

“On a ca­reer level that was my favourite time. (My son) Hud­son was two years old and it was a re­ally fun time. We had this cool mo­tor home that we were driv­ing around and I was heav­ily into pho­tog­ra­phy – I still am – and I was al­ways stop­ping to take pic­tures.

“It’s so nice driv­ing through this coun­try. The land­scape is so beau­ti­ful and, for me, it’s such a peace­ful time when I’m tour­ing re­gion­ally.”

The 23-date Then & Now Tour carves a path along the east coast, start­ing in Vic­to­ria on June 9 and fin­ish­ing in Townsville on July 14. Se­bas­tian is sup­ported by Aus­tralian born, Chicago-based singer Fatai, who rose to fame on the first sea­son of The Voice Aus­tralia.

“I’ll be per­form­ing a bunch of my favourite hits from the past 15 years. I’m also ex­cited to pre­view what’s com­ing. No one would have heard th­ese songs yet,” Se­bas­tian says.

“Fatai has been tour­ing in the US and killing it. She’s an in­cred­i­ble singer and mu­si­cian. She’ll jump on stage and join my band on stage as well. It’s a re­ally vo­cal-fo­cused out­fit, so the shows will be a big sing along.”

Photo: Flour­ish PR.

NEW TOUR: Guy Se­bas­tian will take in re­gional Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing Rock­hamp­ton, across June and July.

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