Sewell’s wild ride to the top

ARIA win­ner shares his highs and lows

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFESTYLE - MATT COLLINS

FOR some­one who was send­ing out their demo at eight years of age, Con­rad Sewell was al­ways des­tined for a ca­reer in music. But it hasn’t been all smooth sail­ing. In this chat, Con­rad shares some of the ups and downs, in­clud­ing his time in the US and the mo­ment he be­came clear about who he was and what he wanted to sing about.

Matt Collins: Has your suc­cess been a sur­prise, even to you?

Con­rad Sewell: It’s been a wild ride I’ll say that. Work­ing just do­ing one thing af­ter the other. It’s been an in­cred­i­ble up and down jour­ney. I’ve toured with huge acts and won an ARIA but I still feel like there is still so far to go. For me, I haven’t even touched the sur­face of what I can do and what I want to do.

MC: You men­tioned the ups and downs then, what have been some of the high­lights of your ca­reer so far?

CS: Per­form­ing with Ed Sheeran was great. When I was liv­ing in the States I was on Jimmy Fal­lon and I played Madi­son Square Gar­den. But I’m still search­ing for that thing that is go­ing to com­pletely blow me out of the wa­ter where I am the big­gest artist in the world. For me, that is the next stage I am try­ing to get to.

MC: You’ve played with some great artists. Have you chat­ted with them? Do they say there is that mo­ment where you ex­plode to the next level?

CS: I think it doesn’t hap­pen overnight, but when the ball starts to roll it doesn’t stop rolling. For me, I have had the ball start to roll and then it stops for a lit­tle bit. Then it starts to roll again. It’s this on­go­ing bat­tle of star­dom. I think it also has to do with where I was at in my life. I had been through stuff per­son­ally and I was par­ty­ing a bunch and that was tak­ing me away from what I ac­tu­ally loved, which is the music.

MC: With great suc­cess comes chal­lenges as well. What have been some of the big­ger chal­lenges you’ve had so far?

CS: I think the in­dus­try it­self. Not be­ing able to con­trol ev­ery­thing that hap­pens. I guess find­ing my­self mu­si­cally too. I’ve re­ally had to sit down and think, what do I want to be? What am I try­ing to do here?

I could put an al­bum to­gether and I could have a Justin Tim­ber­lake song at one end of the al­bum and a rock-and-roll song on the other end. Be­cause I have grown up singing so many styles of music. So for me, the chal­lenge was fig­ur­ing out who Con­rad Sewell was and what I want to say and what I want to sound like.

MC: I grew up with bands like Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, Led Ze­pellin. What did you grow up with?

CS: Mine was very much about the voice early on. Mo­town was huge in my house. So was The Temp­ta­tions, Michael Jack­son, Diana Ross. But my mum was a huge Mick Huck­nall fan so I got into Sim­ply

Red. But then I just found dif­fer­ent voices I fell in love with over the years and then I found rock-and-roll.

MC: On this in­cred­i­ble jour­ney you’re on, what are one or two things that have blown your mind so far?

CS: Coachella for me was some­thing I’ll never for­get. I’ve met Bono and dif­fer­ent mu­si­cians that I have grown up idol­is­ing. It’s kind of weird, be­cause it shows any­thing can hap­pen in life.

Pic­ture: Steve Pohlner

WHAT A JOUR­NEY: Con­rad Sewell says he is still search­ing for that thing that will com­pletely blow him out of the wa­ter and take him to the top of the music in­dus­try.

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