Andy Jans-Brown is a prolific singer-songwriter who believes in following the path of heart. Like Sisyphus condemned to push a rock up the mountain, so too is Andy absurd in his unrelenting creative process.
His music covers a vast range of emotions. Andy sings with the voice of an older man; his lyrics are richly poetic, deeply profound and always relate truthfully to the experience of living. Andy grew up in suburban Melbourne in a tough environment rife with drugs and violence and prostitution. ‘I was raised by a single mum and lost my older brother tragically when I was 21’, he says. ‘I knew I didn’t fit in that well at school, but it was only when the Aussie Ballet performed there and needed a volunteer from the audience that I was chosen by my peers, who pushed me onto the stage, to discover the transformation that happens in that magic space of spontaneity. It was truly a life-changing event. Suddenly I had some kind of positive identity, I was good at something. It was enough to set my life on a whole new path of live performance.’
In the past ten years Andy has toured extensively both in Australia and abroad. He has opened the show for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, fronting his then Sydney band Iris alongside his friend and bandmate Adrien Siboulet. He has had his songs played on national radio Triple J, and been interviewed by Rosie Beaton. He’s been played on RRR radio by Australian icon Dave Graney, and played live to air on the ABC’s Backyard program.
You can see Andy this weekend at the Sheoak Shack on Saturday.