Dusk til dawn busking at Splendour
BUSK A Move, held last month at The Rails, Byron Bay, saw the bands and musos in a relentless audition process that only ended when the timetable had been filled.
The Big Blind Busker, Andy Holm, Kyle Lionhart, Mojo Bluesman, James Lange, Mt. Warning (M. Jack Bee), Garrett Kato, Mick McHugh, Joel Salom and The One Night Band and Reilly Fitzalan all made the cut and are set to blow minds on the Buskers stage throughout the weekend.
We had a chat to the artists to find out exactly how they'll be attracting the crowds and what they've done to scare away the female muso contingent.
How will you make the first buskers stage the most memorable?
Garrett Kato: We'll be doing a "soft release" of our new EP Love. Murder. Songs. made available exclusively at our set at Splendour. And free beer. Just kidding. Am I? Yes. I am. But seriously, we are a super awesome duo without the beer.
Andy Holm: I will bring in and on a set of influences from all over the world, so no matter what your cultural background, there will be something for everyone to resonate with.
Reilly Fitzalan: Hopefully I'll put on a good show for every
one who comes to watch, it's an awesome opportunity to play at such an incredible festival and at just 17 years of age I'm hoping it proves to be a good launch pad for the rest of my career.
What's your secret weapon to drawing in the crowd?
M Jack Bee: Well it starts small like a spark, lilting guitarmonies, a pulse that grows then a reward at the end. I also have a pretty drummer, aesthetics are everything these days.
James Lang: The intimacy of my tunes will hopefully lure you in.
Joel Salom and The One Night Band: Yes, a talking smart-arse mechanical dog. Really, it's true, his name is Erik.
John Butler, Leonard Cohen, Violent Femmes and, yes, The Wiggles all got their start busking, coincidently they're all male and so is the busking stage at Splendour! How did you scare off all the chicks?
Mick McHugh: We just kept talking about cars and football until they had all left.
Joel Salom and The One Night Band: With our secret weapon, unfortunately he gets territorial. We'd love to have some women sharing the stage.
The Big Blind Busker: You gotta see me - then you will know.