12 October 2015
by Leigh-Anne Wrighter
After the highly successful sold out ‘Feeler Anniversary’ tour with the Stone Masons in 2014, Pete Murray has hit the road again taking his intimate 'Yours Acoustically' tour around Australia.
Visiting 33 locations including every State - from Northern QLD to Launceston to Alice Springs and everywhere in between, Pete will be descending on our Wollongong shores for one night only on 20 November at Waves.
It's a night with Pete, his guitar and your favourite songs.
This is the very first time Pete has performed an acoustic tour in Australia and from the reviews so far we are in for an amazing night that we will be talking about for years to come.
Pete Murray is a musician, keen surfer and a proud dad. I got to have a chat with Pete and what I discovered was that he is also just a typical salt of the earth Aussie bloke from the country. He just happens to be one hell of a musician!
You will be surprised by what inspires Pete Murray's songs and he has some great advice for aspiring artists.
This is your first acoustic tour in Australia. What would you like the audience to take away from seeing the show?
Well this tour for me is all about giving back to the fans that have been supporting me over the last 10 years so I want them to feel like they are a part of the show and request any songs that they want to request. I just want them to have a good fun gig and for it to be a great memory for them. So that's what it is all about. I have had a few people say it’s the best gig they have been to.
Jeremy from Busby Marou will be joining you on this tour and you have worked together in the past. What is it about his style that you like?
Well he is such a great singer and great guitarist and musician. We did a group fishing trip up the Groot Islands in the Northern Territory a couple of years ago and we did this show up there for the locals just for taking us out fishing. We had Jeremy playing bass, I was playing acoustic and Tom Busby was doing harmony. Jeremy was doing harmony as well. I just couldn’t believe how well this guy could play bass and sing so well at the same time. So from that moment I said 'look you have to come and do a show with me', so a really talented guy.
Byron local Garrett Kato will be your support act on the tour. How do you pick your support acts?
It’s really what music I like. For me I just want an artist that can come on the road that the fans are going to like as well and they are loving Garrett at the moment. His been selling 50 CD’s a night at the gig and his just on fire. Great feedback because I knew my fans would like his voice and his songs.
You have a new album scheduled for release in 2016. How would you describe the evolution of your sound having been in the industry for over 10 years now?
I think every album has a different flavour that’s for sure. I really want this album to have really nice sonics to it so it sounds nice and lush with great harmonies. Choruses people can sing along to and just songs that are powerful and people will really love over the years. I want this next album to be one that is around for a long time. In 30-40 years I want people to still be playing and talking about it. That’s what you want, you want it to mean something to someone.
Your songs have an emotional connection for so many in your audience. What do you attribute to this?
Lyrics are a big thing and maybe it’s just that I have my own style in the way I play the guitar and sing. It has its own flavour and maybe that adds to it.
Do you ever try to convey and personal beliefs or messages through your lyrics?
I don’t really set out to make anyone feel anything or hear something a certain way. I just do it in a way that I like. If I like it then other people will like it too.
You have your own recording studio in Byron Bay. Does the beach living have any influence on the new album?
I haven’t been sitting their writing songs looking at the view or anything like that. I find that the best place to write is just jumping into the bathroom. You’ve got your tiled floors, everything sounds good. So I think it’s been more inspired by a bathroom than the beach.
How do you keep yourself grounded during a tour?
I was brought up in the country so for me it has never been an issue to be grounded with things. I had success in my 30’s. I think in your 20’s or even teenagers, if people have that success, you can definitely see that they really start believing they are better than other people, which is pretty embarrassing. Guys like Justin Beiber, his had that success since he was a teenager. I don’t think he thinks his a normal person anymore. I didn’t have that. I had worked a lot in my 20’s and travelled a fair bit and I just experienced life. By the time 30 came around I had my first boy so I didn’t have any money so when I had some success I was grateful for it. It wasn’t just there. I had worked hard for it and I appreciate it.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment with regards to your music?
Just still having a career. I think that is the hardest thing. You see acts come and go. They will come and have a big album and then they just disappear and you won’t ever hear from them again. So that’s the hardest thing, the longevity in the music industry is a really difficult thing to do.
Do you have any one piece advice for aspiring artists?
I went to this music course by a company in Brisbane that looks after all QLD acts and artists. I remember going to one of their workshops when I was management for another band years ago and they said that there are three things that you need to be successful in the music industry and I’m sitting there with my pen out and I’m thinking ‘what are these three things?’ All you need is ‘persistence, persistence, persistence’. I would say on top of persistence you need to have an understanding of how the music industry works and a little bit of an idea of how the business works. So many acts go into it and get ripped off and they don’t know any better.
You wrap up your tour in December. What will you be doing to unwind?
During the Christmas holidays I’m going to head over the Thailand for a bit of a break.
A follower asked if you would be available to marry them. Have you had any unusual proposals from a fan?
No I haven’t but I’ll look out for that one.
The fans in Wollongong are really look forward to your show on 20 November at Waves.
Wollongong has been a really successful spot for me around Australia. There are a few spots that you just get a really good fan base and Wollongong is definitely one of them. We have had some great shows there that have always sold out. This one’s going to be different. I think it’s going to be intimate and from what everyone is saying from the other shows, this is their favourite because I have never done this before in Australia.
Pete Murray's 'Yours Acoustically' tour will be live at Waves on 20 November 2015. Visit www.petemurray.com for tickets. The Sydney show has SOLD OUT so get in quick!