But­ler lives for the magic

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

JOHN But­ler’s main aim when he plays live is to give con­cert­go­ers the chills, and get them him­self.

“I want to make peo­ple feel like magic is hap­pen­ing,” But­ler said from his home in Mar­garet River.

“That’s why I’m in the game; I’m a to­tal ad­dict for that mo­ment.

“It doesn’t al­ways hap­pen but it’s what keeps me go­ing un­til my next fix. It might be 20 years since I started play­ing on the streets, but I’m hun­grier than ever.”

But­ler has spent more time on the road than off since the 2014 release of John But­ler Trio’s al­bum Flesh and Wood, and is cur­rently tak­ing a much needed break at home, do­ing a lot of gar­den­ing to re­plen­ish his spirit.

“When I’m do­ing an al­bum I’m in a hy­per-ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment, in cap­i­tal cities and liv­ing on buses and sleep­ing in cu­bi­cles,” he said.

“I have to recharge in na­ture and the rea­son I live in WA is be­cause that’s where I recharge the best.”

John But­ler Trio will treat WA fans to three spe­cial sum­mer con­certs next month: Belvoir Am­phithe­atre on Jan­uary 22, Leeuwin Es­tate in Mar­garet River on Jan­uary 23 and Quin­dan­ning Tav­ern on Jan­uary 24.

“We started the al­bum here but it’s been two years and some­times I feel like WA gets the early bird with the first gigs for the al­bum,” he said.

“But I reckon the best time to hear an al­bum is later on and I just wanted to play in WA again.

“Some­times peo­ple can’t make it to the first show and then when we come back we’re on to the next al­bum al­ready.”

But­ler said the set list would fea­ture half newer and half older ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing Ze­bra and Bet­ter Than.

“You have to play the new stuff enough so peo­ple make a re­la­tion­ship with it, oth­er­wise you be­come a juke­box of your­self and I’m not in­ter­ested in do­ing that at all,” he said.

John But­ler Trio: Grant Gerathy, John But­ler and Byron Luiters.

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