Congratulations on all the positive feedback for searching for freedom! How have you grown or changed as a musician or person since your previous release?
Absolutely. On both fronts, I’ve grown a lot; the release of this album has coincided with a lot of change in how we are all living across the world, which influenced the songwriting and the goal of the album. I was just saying to my partner the other day that I feel like a completely different person from my last heavy touring and album cycle – the Laps Around The Sun world tour in 2019 was 120+ shows all around the world, and since then, I’ve only played a handful of shows and spent a lot of time at home. Lots of healing and reflection, that is for sure.
What was different about the production or recording process this time around?
We spent months making this album; in and out of studio a couple days per week across three seasons. I’ve never had that luxury of time for a record, and I think that is a part of the reason why the album has a very calm feeling about it.
What are some of the main themes or topics you chose to write about on this record? Has that changed at all since you first started writing music?
searching for freedom. That is what the record is all about. I would say that I’ve never been more motivated to encourage togetherness through my songwriting, and I am speaking about a greater range of societal challenges on this record compared to previous ones.
How did it feel to play these songs as part of your live session after so long without gigging?
Bloody terrifying! These songs have challenged me in a big way – they have pushed me as a live performer, and I didn’t expect how hard some of it might be (haha). I’m back playing some shows, and I’ve also been doing some pop-up busking. I am much more comfortable with them now and I’m excited to play them to people on my upcoming tours.
What’s your plan now that the album is out? How about for the rest of the year?
Right now, I’m back in the studio (haha). Life has been really busy this year; aside from all the commitments regarding the new album, we also created Commonfolk Publishing – an independent publishing house, which is connected to our independent record label. We’ve already done two releases – searching for freedom magazine, and my debut poetry book brainwaves – so the rest of my year will be consumed with the likes of all that and touring Australia.