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Australian Music Online interviews Steve Print E-mail
Monday, 18 October 2004

From http://www.amo.org.au/qa_interview.asp?id=572

When did you decide that you wanted to be a musician and/or songwriter? How did you start going about it?
I always wanted to be a writer and player. My dad played the piano. It seemed natural that people could play music.

I got a bass guitar for my 16th birthday, I just felt that was the instrument for me. I started pouring out songs and have been going ever since.


What's the best advice you ever received about making music, and who was it from?
My dad told me to make sure that the women in my life liked music regardless of all else ...and he was right.

Who's an Australian musician you particularly admire? Can you tell us why?
I admire the guys in The Go Betweens. Good writers, good lyricists, and with their own take on how the whole damn thing works.

What would be your dream local line-up for a gig, and why:
I'd like to see Iva Davies, Neil Finn, Grant McLennan, David Mc Comb (now tragically dead), all together in the same band having a jam.

Can you tell AMO a story behind your latest release?
Our latest release was a b-side album. When we mastered it we realised that in typical Church fashion it was probably better than the main album.

What do you want people to get out of this record when listening to it? How would you choose to describe it someone who was unfamiliar with your work?
I want them to feel that they're not alone in this universe. I want them to hear the words and music and get a glimpse of the interconnectedness of everything.

What was the biggest challenge you faced when writing & recording this release?
As always the challenge is to change and grow whilst staying true to your original blueprint.

What do you think is unique about the Aussie music scene as opposed to the rest of the world?
The audiences are hard to please...it toughens you up.

Lastly, what's the best thing about being part of the Australian music industry? The worst?
The best thing is all the lovely talented musicians we have, and roadcrews as well.

The worst thing is the tone deaf imbeciles who take up most of the jobs in "THE BIZ". Just like our politicians they are generally the worst most unsuitable types.
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