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of Los An­ge­les, work­ing there has been laid­back, as col­lab­o­ra­tors re­spected his clear vi­sion for a post­mod­ern, min­i­mal­ist R& B sound.

“I think they have all fig­ured out that I know ex­actly what I want and I can keep things go­ing and do what­ever comes out, wait for the magic rather than try­ing to force any­thing. No pres­sure. Pres­sure is not a good thing in that set­ting,” he says.

While his sound may be so hot right now, it is the lyri­cal yearn­ing that has struck the most re­sound­ing chord for fans.

The hap­pily mar­ried song­writer says he did re­mem­ber the sad old days of want­ing love.

“That was most of my life, that yearn­ing,” he says. “I never had a girl­friend or was in a re­la­tion­ship be­fore I met my wife Maria, so a lot of that stuff comes through – things I’ve been through or friends have been through.

“I spent a lot of time ob­serv­ing other peo­ple’s re­la­tion­ships and when I write, it is al­ways in my head that other peo­ple will be lis­ten­ing to it, so I write it for them as well.

“I just want to sing my lit­tle heart out. That’s all I re­ally can do. I just want to sing so good that even peo­ple who don’t like my songs can at least go ‘ Well, he put his all into it’.” AF­TER rock­ing out at By­ron Bay’s Blues Fes­ti­val ear­lier this year, pop­u­lar reg­gae band Wan­der­ing Eyes will hit Townsville on the first leg of their Aus­tralian tour.

The band is known for pro­vid­ing up­beat tunes and good vibes through their mix­ture of funk, reg­gae and hip hop mu­sic.

Front­man and rap artist Mat Marsh said the band’s aim was to share pos­i­tive mes­sages to au­di­ences through their mu­sic.

“It’s very kind of up­beat and happy … we’re try­ing to cre­ate a good en­vi­ron­ment for peo­ple,” Mat said.

Since form­ing only two years ago the band has found them­selves a part of ma­jor mu­sic fes­ti­vals across Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing Blues­fest, Mis­sion Evolve and Ku­randa Roots.

Their on­go­ing suc­cess has in­sti­gated the band’s very first al­bum Back in the Bub­ble re­leased ear­lier this year.

Mat said the band was al­ready re­ceiv­ing great feed­back from the re­lease and was ex­cited to share the new mu­sic on their up­com­ing tour.

“It’s out there, it’s avail­able and it’s al­ready play­ing on var­i­ous ra­dio sta­tions,” Mat said.

In cel­e­bra­tion of their first al­bum the band is pre­par­ing to hit the road for a na­tional tour start­ing here in North Queens­land and trav­el­ling down the east coast be­fore fin­ish­ing in the boys’ home­town of By­ron Bay.

Founder and lead vo­cal­ist Paolo Noosi said he hoped to take the band into the in­ter­na­tional mu­sic scene af­ter the tour.

“About 18 months ago I went on a solo tour through Lon­don and Ire­land,” Paolo said.

“We have high in­ten­tions of bring­ing it over there and also to the States.”

Wan­der­ing Eyes will make two ap­pear­ances in Townsville as well as per­form­ing on Mag­netic Is­land. >> DE­TAILS: July 31 – Old Court­house, Townsville Au­gust 1 – Base Back­packer, Mag­netic Is­land Au­gust 2 – Herbert Ho­tel, Townsville

MU­SIC TALKS: Jar­ryd James.

HOT COM­PE­TI­TION: Con­tes­tants in Heat 1 of the In­ter­na­tional Lin­geri Ash­leigh Bech­stein, Jas­min Diprose, Stephanie Mears, Amelia Clout- St

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