Con­struct­ing a mu­si­cal ca­reer works for Fraser A.

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Kim­ber­ley Price

FRASER A. Gor­man (pic­tured) has cer­tainly blasted onto the in­die mu­sic scene in re­cent years.

Mak­ing a name for him­self as an al­ter­na­tive crooner, Gor­man’s sound has hints of Court­ney Bar­nett, Vance Joy and Paul Kelly vibes as his lyrics re­veal re­lat­able sit­u­a­tions and his melodies en­cap­su­late the easy-go­ing Aus­tralian coastal lifestyle.

His self-ti­tled EP was re­leased in 2013 and soon fol­lowed by his de­but al­bum Slow Glum in 2015, which re­ceived rave re­views from mu­sic crit­ics. His sec­ond al­bum Easy Dazy, re­leased in early 2018, showed a huge level of growth and Gor­man is set to make his sec­ond Riverboats ap­pear­ance on the Sun­day af­ter­noon.

“I got into mu­sic ba­si­cally from grow­ing up in Gee­long,” he said.

“I went to high school at Oberon High and I met a few friends there who played mu­sic and we started play­ing at a pub called the Na­tional Ho­tel in Gee­long. It’s no longer there un­for­tu­nately but there were lots of cool bands that stemmed from that pub like King Giz­zard and the Wizard Lizard.

“Mu­sic was some­thing me and my friends did for a hobby and I guess it kind of rolled on from there.

“I never stud­ied it or any­thing, I ac­tu­ally failed mu­sic in year 9, which is kind of funny.”

Mov­ing from life in a band to a solo per­former, Gor­man found a sense of lib­er­a­tion in his de­ci­sion­mak­ing and his mu­sic.

“It’s good be­cause you don’t have to com­pro­mise any­thing for other peo­ple,” he said.

“But by the same to­ken you’re of­ten more re­liant on your­self, peo­ple aren’t al­ways there so you have to do things your­self which is one of the hard­est parts. “But I like it. “Lo­gis­ti­cally it’s eas­ier as I do shows with my­self and solo shows so it’s eas­ier to travel … and cheaper.”

In a twist, Gor­man ac­tu­ally spends his days on a con­struc­tion site as a car­pen­ter.

“I started work­ing in con­struc­tion when I was 18 be­cause I wanted to have a job that worked day­time hours Mon­day – Fri­day so it didn’t clash with play­ing mu­sic.

“Now, I do it on more of a pro­fes­sional level — I think I like it be­cause it’s so dis­tant from mu­sic.

“Ob­vi­ously I get to lis­ten to mu­sic at work, which is re­ally nice, but the ac­tual in­dus­try is so far from the mu­sic in­dus­try it’s a re­fresh­ing, al­ter­nate world in which I can live.

“It’s also a creative field be­cause you’re mak­ing things and it can be cathar­tic at times as well.”

Jug­gling two ca­reers could def­i­nitely be a tricky feat but Gor­man seems he takes it all in his stride. Con­tin­u­ally re­leas­ing easy-lis­ten­ing and rel­e­vant tracks time and time again, if this singer isn’t fea­tured on your playlists, he soon will be.

“Of my two al­bums that I have out, all of them are my songs.

“I go in and out of cre­ativ­ity, it kind of comes in waves. It’s just a mat­ter of whether I catch it when it comes on.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult yet re­ward­ing thing. But it’s a thing I al­ways try and do.

“My mu­sic is in­formed by the things hap­pen­ing around me and the artists I love too, I draw in­spi­ra­tion from them.

“I guess it’s what hap­pens to me in life and the way I see the world.

“I’m al­ways work­ing, it’s never- ending. I’m al­ways striv­ing to write bet­ter songs or be a bet­ter singer or gui­tarist. It’s a con­stant mis­sion.

“I play the mu­sic I want to play and hope­fully it trans­lates to peo­ple lik­ing it.” ■ Week­end passes to the 2019 Riverboats Mu­sic Fes­ti­val have sold out, with only a few Fri­day night passes left. You can still grab adult tick­ets to Fraser A. Gor­man‘s show on board a pad­dle steamer on Saturday Fe­bru­ary 16 start­ing at 2.30pm. For more de­tails and your last chance to pur­chase tick­ets head to river­boatsmu­sic.com.au

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