Answered by: Simon Okely aka Slow Dancer
Where do you hail from? Melbourne, Australia
Give us your wicked-cool backstory: I was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. I am left-handed and a Taurus. I played Wide Open Road with Rob McComb once. I am my mother’s favourite son.
If your sound had to be described as a meal, what would it be? It would be vegan lasagna; it’s a contemporary phenomenon, and it tastes vaguely familiar, but seems to be a subversion of the reality you once knew.
Tell us about your album In A Mood – what has been your creative process? Asking a creative to describe their process is a bit like asking a kid to go to high school without their pants on. It’s extremely revealing, something you’d rarely do for a stranger, and ruins the appeal of ever wanting to be naked.
Where did you record, who did you work with and why? I recorded at home in my bedroom, because I’m not very well off, and this is the cheapest way to make a record when you want to play all the instruments and you don’t play any one particularly well.
What was inspiring you during the making of this record? Late nights, the Gods, the weather rolling in from the West, carver, pitted dates from Aldi, baked beans cold from the can, long jogs along Williamstown beach, and a loving distain for the bitter-sweetness of lemon, lime and bitters.
Tell us the story behind you video for single It Goes On: I was interested in telling the story that belongings tell about a person. I worked with Tobias Willis who took my treatment and made good on its promise. I’m in my boxer shorts telling the story of another weedy white guy singing about his emotions.
What’s the worst/weirdest/funniest thing that’s ever happened on tour/at a show: In my early days I played in a venue that doubled as a strip club. My intoxicated friend was so inspired by the surrounds he climbed the stage mid-song to show the audience and me ‘a piece of his mind’. I was both shocked and impressed.
We know all of your songs are your babies, but if you had to pick a favourite, which would it be and why? My songs aren’t my babies at all – they are just songs. I am, however, very proud of a song called Leading Me Back To You, it’s not for public listening, it’s the best song I’ve ever written. It’s for me.
What’s the coolest experience you’ve had in the music industry so far: Getting paid for making my albums.