MUSO AVOIDS THE NUCLEAR OPTION
WOULD-BE SCIENTIST GOT THE ROCK BUG
DESPITE the name of his new single, Kim Salmon is anything but a burnt-out musician.
The West Australian Music Industry Association Hall of Fame inductee originally aspired to be a nuclear physicist, before the allure of rock ’n’ roll swayed him to change paths.
Now known as ‘The Godfather of Grunge’, Salmon has had a finger in many pies, founding the Scientists and playing a part in the Beasts of Bourbon, Kim Salmon & the Surrealists, Salmon, The Business, Precious Jules, Antenna, Runaways and The Darling Downs.
Despite how big he has become on the music scene, Salmon said music got into him, not the other way around.
“It didn’t happen until I turned 13, I got infected and have never been cured,” he said. “I think my teenage hormones must’ve made me susceptible.
“It’s more of a compulsion for me than something I do for enjoyment, but that said, I do enjoy an awful, awful lot about making music.
“When you make something your life though, you need to expect some heartache and hard slog along the journey. However I believe there’s fun to be had listening to my music.”
Now on the solo route, Salmon has released his first single Already Turned Out Burned Out from his upcoming album My Script.
In a treat for local music lovers, he will be performing at Mojos Bar this Thursday with the help of Maurice Flavel’s Intensive Care and Kitchen People.
He said he tried not to have expectations about his show.
“Expectations can obscure when something cool and unplanned happens,” he said.
“I think of every performance as a salvage job; the performer is always improvising with whatever circumstance throws up at them to fashion into a performance.
“If you wanna be entertained and challenged and get your rocks off and something more than a sore head the next morning, I think I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way and I think I’m a good bet for the evening.”
It’s more of a compulsion for me than something I do for enjoyment, but that said, I do enjoy an awful, awful lot about making music