Gladstone musician scores huge deal with Yamaha, Vox
ANDREW Thomson has a job that keeps him up at night. But he's not complaining about it.
His passion for music and years of hard work have paid off, the 27-year-old having secured a sponsorship deal with Yamaha Music and Vox.
The born and bred Gladstone man has spent 12 months touring in Gladstone and south Queensland and has secured gigs at the Country Music Festival at Tamworth.
He's had the opportunity to play original music at festivals and pubs but, he says, this latest sponsorship deal is his biggest achievement.
He will be releasing an EP by the end of the year, using six songs to showcase his alternative country, blues-grass sound.
But it hasn't come easy.
He spoke to The Observer yesterday, running off minimal sleep because he had been up that night thinking about music.
"It's half the reason I can't sleep, because there's always music going through my head," he said. "I wake up through the night just to write a song: 3am tends to be my twilight hour."
The former electrician made himself known in the music industry by playing the dobro - a slide guitar - and the banjo for other singers and bands.
"I wanted to get on big stages so wherever I went I would hire myself out as a banjo or a dobro player," he said.
"There's so many brilliant guitarists out there. They're all Fender endorsed and they're brilliant. But there's a lack of people who can pick a banjo.
"One of the best gigs I've done is when I played a kids show with one of the chicks from play school.
"That was one of the funniest gigs I've ever done. The lady was singing the jumping-kangaroo song so all the kids were jumping around like kangaroos.
"It was a lot of fun. The dance moves were the same as what you'd see from a boozy crowd, but the kids are definitely more polite."
The latest sponsorship deal means all of his promotion will be branded Vox or Yamaha and his gear will come free or at a discounted artist's price. Next he's hoping his EP, which was half funded by an RADF grant, will attract interest for a record deal.
"I just love music, there's something about it that just moves you," he said.
If you would like to watch Andrew, head along to Lightbox Espresso and Winebar this Saturday night from 6pm.
For more details on his EP, and upcoming gigs, like his Facebook page