Former Gladstone student set to release first EP
QUIRKY, catchy and a little bit out there is how Ayden Roberts describes his original music.
The emerging artist, originally from Calliope, spends a lot of time playing music. Whenever he can he is inside studios and hanging out with makers and creatives.
Studying at Gladstone State High was where he first caught a glimpse into the world of music.
In Year 10, Ayden started playing in the school's concert band.
He and a few of his friends then formed a band called Inner City Breakdown.
"Back then, our music could best be described as punk pop," he said.
"Now I'm in a band called Average Art Club."
Ayden can't pin-point his favourite music genre, but he is currently getting into Paul Simon's folk music.
"I also like Josh Pyke, Vampire Weekend and The Cat Empire," he added.
His favourite instrument to play is the viola because "it sounds so pretty and bowing is a real challenge".
After completing a three-year Bachelor degree, Ayden is now doing an Honours year studying Creative Arts at USQ Toowoomba.
With more than 50 songs under his belt, he enjoys connecting with the people he plays music for.
He finds a lot of inspiration from his own personal relationships.
"I use music as a way to express myself and my relationships with the people around me."
Ayden describes his latest music as catchy, enjoyable and fun.
As part of his studies, Ayden will be releasing his own EP - extended play, a musical recording that contains more music than a single but less than a full album - in October.
With the help of Steph McIntyre (drums), Cody McWaters (bass guitar), Joey Miller (electric guitar), Hannah Groves (keyboard and backing vocals), Kiara and Jarod Roberts and Ian Craig(brass), and Carmen Smith (strings), Ayden is proud of the new music he has produced.
In order to get his debut album Ciao Bella printed, Ayden is crowd-funding and has his own kickstarter webpage where people can pre-order CDs and t-shirts.
Find out more here.