How folky-rockin’ Forbes is giving solo stardom a shot

EL GRANDE: Forbes McKail enjoys the creative freedom of making music.
EL GRANDE: Forbes McKail enjoys the creative freedom of making music. Contributed

THE highly-anticipated El Grande Music Festival is only four sleeps away and the artists are equally as keen as the fans to belt out some of their best creations.

There will be a variety of genres on display, with some less heavy than others.

Top-class rock vocalist Forbes McKail, who is inspired by the likes of Dead Letter Circus, will join the 26-plus artists at MIe Place Niteclub this Saturday.

Pulse had a chat with Forbes earlier this week to find out what he's been up to.

Q. Tell us a little bit about Forbes.

A. I'm five-foot eight, I like long walks on the beach, mandarines, nectarines and passionfruit.

I'm 31 years old, I'm originally from Melbourne but I've been living in Brisbane for the past three years.

I've been a musician since I was 15.

This is my first solo gig.

I'm the singer in a band called Kyber Belt and I was also from a band that broke up a couple of years ago called RooK.

I've got two full-time jobs.

Music is my full-time passion but I also run a mobile food business in Brisbane called Taco Fiesta.

Q. Describe your music?

A. Acoustic, groove, folky rock.

I've always enjoyed those sounds.

My aim is to play what I enjoy listening to. I hope everyone connects with it.

Q. Been to Gladstone before?

A. I know it's up north and warm so that's good for the vocal chords. I'm excited, I'm looking forward to it.

I'm driving my car and sleeping there.

I'm going to experience the best parties of Gladstone then fall sleep in the back of my car after!

Q. What are your goals?

A. Progressing my craft in songwriting. Keep it balanced.

The challenge is how to embrace being a grown up.

I'm excited about getting the little one involved, his name is Aurey.

He just turned 16 months old and we've got guitars, pianos and instruments all over the house.

In the realistic sense I've got a little boy and I can't live the rock star life and not come home for days.

Q. What's the most rewarding part about being an artist?

A. The fan's response is the biggest reward.

So many people come up to us and thank us for our music because it's helped them.

Freedom, too. When you are good enough you are free to get creative.

There's challenge in that there's many people doing what you are and you need to be good enough to share a stage with the best.

Q. Best piece of advice for those who want to break into the music industry?

A. Watch everyone and learn everything. The biggest mistake people make is thinking they are a rock star so soon.

Q. And what's the best thing about being Forbes?

A. There's only one of me!


  • Dead Letter Circus: 11-midnight Main Stage
  • Guards Of May: 6.45-7.30pm Main Stage
  • Helm: 9.45-10.30pm Main Stage
  • Forbes McKail: 6.45-7.15pm Anthony Breed Stage

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