HUSKY: Members of Husky at a workshop with music students yesterday. From left are Freyja Hooper, Gideon Preiss (keyboards and vocals), Cupie Lamore, Max Annand, Rose de Launey, Shauna Quinn, Ben Meek, Luke Collins (drums), Husky Gawenda (vocals and guitar) and Evan Tweedie (bass and vocals).
HUSKY: Members of Husky at a workshop with music students yesterday. From left are Freyja Hooper, Gideon Preiss (keyboards and vocals), Cupie Lamore, Max Annand, Rose de Launey, Shauna Quinn, Ben Meek, Luke Collins (drums), Husky Gawenda (vocals and guitar) and Evan Tweedie (bass and vocals). Cathy Adams

Husky share the secrets of success

MELBOURNE-based quartet Husky yesterday took time out ahead of their upcoming Splendour show, to share some songwriting secrets with students from around the Northern Rivers.

The indie-folk foursome was in town to deliver a songwriting workshop at Southern Cross University, attended by students from the university's contemporary music program and the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School.

The songwriters workshop also marked the return of Southern Cross University graduate, and Husky's drummer/percussionist Luke Collins.

Band frontman Husky Gawenda said the day was about helping aspiring songwriters to find their own style.

"The main aim is to find one's own style," Gawenda said. "Although, I think it's ok to mimic artists you love and respect until you can find your own style."

Despite receiving critical acclaim for his songwriting, Gawenda admitted he wasn't sure what made people connect to a song.

"It's somewhat of a mystery, but often what people connect to is that common experience we share as humans," Gawenda said.

Gawenda said his influences included songwriter Leonard Cohen and poets such as Dylan Thomas and Les Murray.

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School student Nick Scales said the day had inspired him to delve deeper into his love of music.

Husky will play the G W McLennan tent at 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon at Byron Bay's Splendour in the Grass Festival.



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