16 C
Byron Shire
April 22, 2021

The Sultan of Sing

Latest News

Fast Buck$ ejected from Byron Council meeting

During this morning's Byron Shire Council meeting a dispute between the Mayor Simon Richardson and local activist and agitator Fast Buck$ over the pronunciation of Cr Sarah Ndiaye's name led to the meeting being suspended.

Other News

Hippie fools

Edward Kent, Suffolk Park So, have the ‘hippie’ hipsters of Byron Bay figured out how the new global establishment party at...

Local youth among those hardest hit by housing affordability crisis

A 20 per cent spike in rents is driving an increase in youth homelessness across the North Coast, the organisers of a national campaign to end homelessness say.

A bouquet for Lilac House

L Jenkins, Byron Bay Nicole Habrecht should receive free paint and brushes and a pat on the back from Council for...

Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

Tony Barry, Ben Chifley and FD’s Four Freedoms

Local actor-vist, Tony Barry, has taken on a lot since he moved to the Northern Rivers, and though cancer took one of his legs, Tony still manages to put in the hard yards for social, environmental and human rights causes.

Byron Drag Racers World Record

The local AAA Racing motorcycle team have set a new world record in 100cc class, as well as a top national speed in 50cc class at the recent Australian Speed Week held at Salt Lake Gairdner, South Australia.

Mandy Nolan 

For a boy who grew up in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, Dan Sultan has a voice that is as wide and as vast as an endless horizon viewed from a country road.

With an ARIA for Best Male Artist, and Best Blues and Roots Album, he’s supported Bruce Springsteen and he’s making his mark in the US.

How has your time in the US changed your approach to making music?

At Blackbird we all found a whole new level of musicianship I guess. We all got better at our instruments, working with world-class producers in a world-class studio; we just had to, and it was a good feeling knowing that we were holding up our own. We just got a lot more professional and I became a much better guitar player and singer.

Can you tell me about any ‘aha’ moments, or ones where you turn around and pinch yourself when you sidle up to working with one of your heroes?

When Paul Kelly personally called me to work on the Kev Carmody tribute.

Dan-Sultan-WallShot[2]You have made some very clear choices with your music, especially in regard to management and your musical alliances. Have you always had a strong vision of how you wanted to make music and how you wanted it to sound?

Yes, I’ve always had a strong vision for my own music.

What are the major challenges that you have faced along the way?

Having to make those changes in management and people that I work with. I’m very loyal so that’s hard; it has been difficult at times but knowing I have to do it – I’ve always known it’s the right thing when I’ve done it.

Where did you draw your inspiration for the songs on Blackbird?

My surroundings. All of the things I’ve seen and known. Most things I’ve been through.

How was making this album different from the others?

I had a lot more freedom to do whatever I wanted to do. I was still working with my band but this time around I was able to make all of the decisions.

What was it that you set out to achieve in the recording and production process? Did you get the result you were after?

I just wanted to make the album that I’ve always wanted to make and, having that freedom, I was able to do that this time around.

What is the song that you struggled with most on the record?

I was finding it hard to get a good vocal down for Nobody Knows and I had to move on and do other songs before I could come back to it and get it right. But I did, and I’m happy with how it turned out.

Which song are you proudest of?

It’s all one album for me at the moment; I can’t separate it out. The songs are all of my favourites.

What should we expect for your live show?

Good fun! Lots and lots of fun. A new show, with my new band and songs from my new album.

Dan Sultan plays Currumbin SoundLounge on Friday and the Hotel Great Northern on Tuesday 8 July.



Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Shenhua gone and Breeza breathes again

In a much-hoped-for move, the NSW Government and the China Shenhua Energy Company Limited have reached a $100 million agreement in which Shenhua will withdraw its mining lease application and surrender its development consent for the Shenhua Watermark Coal project at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains.

Pandemic plate lickers release lockdown dessert

The 2020 pandemic lockdown meant the entire entertainment industry was cancelled, but making music cannot be cancelled.

5MW solar farm funding under question

A 5MW solar farm proposed for Myocum, located near the Byron Resource Recovery Centre, poses a ‘high degree of risk’, and could jeopardise funding for other large Council infrastructure projects, according to a staff report, to be tabled at this Thursday’s meeting.

Tony Barry, Ben Chifley and FD’s Four Freedoms

Local actor-vist, Tony Barry, has taken on a lot since he moved to the Northern Rivers, and though cancer took one of his legs, Tony still manages to put in the hard yards for social, environmental and human rights causes.