Top End to be rocked by Adam Brand
ALTHOUGH one of the most well-known artists on the country music scene Adam Brand is full of surprises.
As a performer, he loves his shows to be spontaneous, unscripted and reactive to whatever happens on the night.
Even his Facebook page is random - fans are asked to help chose his set list for upcoming gigs and he recently posted a video of him and his mates eating a late-night kebab and singing one of his new songs Why Can't Love Be Easy while a couple fiercely argued on the street in the background.
Performing live and feeding off the energy of the crowd, is at the core of his love for making music, and he couldn't be more thrilled to bring that style of dynamic show to the Northern Territory.
"I love the Top End,” he said.
"You just get an amazing sort of atmosphere up there.
"And I am not a fan of the cold, I like the hot steamy weather.”
The 12-times Golden Guitar winner's gig will be at the Sky City Beachside Pavilion on April 16 - it's his first time playing at the venue.
Brand describes his shows in a similar way he might describe one of the V8 utes he used to race around Hidden Valley when he competing in the series: "high energy and full throttle”.
"Playing live is where it's at for me,” he said.
"I want to get people up on their feet. I want them just to have a great night.
"I don't want them sitting there looking up at the ceiling contemplating the universe, I think there is enough of that sort of stuff.”
His new album, Get On Your Feet, reflects his enthusiasm for enjoying all that's good in life.
The new music has songs about drinking, seducing a lover or the bliss of sitting around a camp fire with good mates.
His intention was to create the sort of songs you hit "repeat on” when driving in your car.
"The whole idea was that I wanted to make people smile, I want to make them happy,” he said.
"To have something not too serious and not too thought provoking.
"There is so much doom and gloom in the world, I just want people to come to the show and feel energised and to be inspired.
"I get asked quite a bit, 'what's your political stance? You know, what's your political message'.
"My answer to that is be kind to one another. I think it's contagious.”
When Adam's first self titled album came out in 1997, music was still being sold on caskets.
He has watched the industry evolve, and is glad to see the country genre expand and grow.
"The fact that the genre is widening means people can create different sounds,” he said.
"I think one of the worst things we can do in music is put a label on it, because then you get judged on that label.
"You get people telling you it needs this instrument and it has to sound like this. I don't subscribe to that. I just think it's music - it has to connect with people and inspire an emotional reaction, whether it's love or having a party.
"For me that's what country is.”
Putting it simply, he makes the sort of music he enjoys.
"Some people want their country for sitting at the bar while the cry in their beer, I like my country music to make me get up on the dancefloor and have a drink with my mates and reminisce about the good old times and the times to come,” he said.
And as for his Facebook page, while other musicians might use social media to push album sales, Brand says he uses his as a fun way of talking with his fans.
"It's really just about my way of communicating,” he said.
"It's an extension of me.
"On stage I just talk to people, it's not scripted, you know whatever is going to happen is going to happen.
"My Facebook is the same, it can be about what I am doing that day, or sometimes it's just a positive thought or something I am doing around the house or when I am off to a gig.”
Brand laughed when recalling his midnight kebab sing-along.
"The couple behind me, you only saw a little bit of it in the video, but they were having an absolute barney,” he said.
"I just thought it was funny. I have a song on the new album called Why Can't Love Be Easy and here is this couple on the street having a good old blue.
"It's the way I look at life.
"On other artist's pages it's like it's a big advertisement.
"You are being told to buy this or that, vote for them here - they're telling people to do things for them, it's crazy.
"I feel lucky to do this for a living so I want to share that journey. If they want to buy stuff they will do it, I don't want to pressure them.”
Visit www.moshtix.com.au for more information or to purchase tickets.