Currently on tour (November-December 2014) in support of his new album ‘Heartwood’, KARL S. WILLIAMS took time our for LifeMusicMedia…
:: What track changed your life ::
Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground by Blind Willie Johnson. A wordless and primitive expression of pure beauty. It showed me that all artifice could be done away with and the song could be whittled to its core, transcending even language.
:: What is your favourite Album ::
Probably Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here. I have listened to it a million times and it always works.
:: Name a band or artist we should checkout ::
Steve Smyth, an absolutely brilliant and staggeringly moving performer.
:: Favourite Quote ::
There is nothing you can see that is not a flower, there is nothing you can think that is not the moon. By the great Japanese poet Basho.
:: When on tour, you can’t live without ::
My girls Ida Belle, Bettie Mae and Beatrice (guitar, banjo and keys)
:: When you think of Australia, you think ::
:: Worst thing to happen to music is ::
In recent times, probably the prevalence of poker machines in venues. More distantly the advent of recorded music, which though I love it, somewhat ended the need for people to learn and make ‘folk’ music for their own entertainment
:: Best thing about the current music industry ::
The internet allows you to reach a global audience without even leaving the house. It is a staggering, game-changing device.
:: Biggest influence ::
:: Childhood hero ::
:: When you were younger you wanted to be ::
:: Last album bought ::
Nadine Shah – Love Your Dum and Mad
:: First album you ever bought ::
Michael Jackson’s Greatest Hits
:: First concert you went to ::
I may have been to something earlier, but the first one I remember buying tickets for was Wolfmother at The Tivoli in Brisbane (on their first album launch tour). I grew up in small towns where nobody ever came anywhere near.
:: Last concert you went to ::
Holy Holy EP launch at Black Bear Lodge
:: Favourite current band ::
:: Favourite drink ::
:: Favourite book ::
The Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen
:: Favourite actor ::
:: Favourite website ::
:: The best boredom buster is ::
Making music, unequivocally.
:: The best film you ever saw was ::
:: Your ultimate snack is ::
Fresh bread and butter. If it’s warm from the oven, so much the better.
:: The first thing you do when you wake up is ::
Attempt to recall the dream or determine if it continues still. Then, coffee.
:: Best piece of advice you’ve received ::
:: Your biggest aspirations ::
To never reach a point at which I aspire no higher, but less amorphously, to spread my music far and wide and play until the day I die.
:: Best gift you’ve ever given/received ::
Given: A bottle full of dandelion seeds.
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KARL S. WILLIAMS “HEARTWOOD” TOUR
5th November – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
$12 on the door
6th November – Rosemount, Perth, WA
$12 on the door
7th – 9th November – Bridge Town Blues, Perth, WA
13th November – LP Sessions, Brisbane, QLD
To reserve your FREE ticket go to http://zoo.oztix.com.au/
15th November – Drop In Festival, Redland Bay, QLD
26th November – Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
$10 on the door
27th November – Baha Taco, Rye, VIC
$10 on the door
29th – 30th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
12th December – Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW
13th December – Festival Of The Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW
SOLD OUT – http://fotsun.com
17th December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
$12 + bf from http://blackbearlodge.oztix.com.au/
18th December – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
19th December – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
$14 + bf from http://soundlounge.com.au/
Visit www.karlswilliams.com for all tour updates.