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Interview With Dan White of Blue Child Collective

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Your Collective Wake Up Call

The Rails | Sat Jan 19 | 7pm | FREE

Southwest fluid groovers Blue Child Collective are set to take their newest offering Wake Up to the Sound around the country as a 5-piece. The product of positive collaboration between frontman Dan White, Kiwi darling Emjay Angeni, sax man Lindsay Baker, and many musicians from the wider collective, Wake Up To The Sound is an album spanning countries, cultures, and communities.

Featuring Bobby Alu on drums/percussion, Ken Allars (Caravana Sun) on trumpet/keys, OJ Newcomb (Band of Frequencies/THUMP) on bass, and Angela Iimura on BVs, plus special features from Sol Carroll (Band of Frequencies/Afro Dizzi act) on vocals, and Taro Terahara on bansuri, the album is truly a collective effort exemplifying what can be achieved through human connection. Dan White spoke with The Echo. 

Tell me a little about the inspiration for the album.

Wake Up to the Sound explores the concept of what we like to call ‘soundscaping’ – intentionally shaping, moulding, and creating your world using your thoughts, words, and actions. It’s about waking up to the realisation that we exist as part of a universe made up of energy vibrating at different frequencies, and how we all have the ability to effect change through our favourite art forms and daily life.

How does living in Margaret River influence your sound? Do you find that the place where you live has a kind of vibe that permeates your sound at all?

One hundred per cent. I think you can always hear the environment in a song; it’s the context, the underlying story, that contributes to a tune, same as history. Margs is pretty mellow – we’re pretty much as far southwest as you can get in Australia – and I feel like you can hear the wildness of WA in a lot of the music coming out of here. I’m big on surfing, free-diving, and all things ocean based (especially on this beautiful coastline), and you can definitely hear that in our music. Listen to our single Dive from last year about underwater freefall.

How has exposure on Triple J’s Roots & All increased your following?

It’s always good to get out there on the airwaves – the more the better. Nkechi has a great audience and we’ve definitely seen more listeners as a result of her spinning our tracks on her show.

You have been nominated for Best Regional Act in WA. Is it a struggle to find your way in a market that is usually quite city centric – or are things changing?

It’s ironic, but unless you’re a regional act who visits the city regularly to perform (we do half a dozen a year) then you don’t exist, so we like to keep a balance. We’ve attracted an awesomely loyal following around much of regional Australia and never want to lose sight of our roots in that respect. It’s a constantly changing landscape, and we’re forging our own path.

How have your years of touring influenced this album?

Much of it was written while touring our last album around Australia, and you can hear songs from all around the country (and farther afield) on it as a result – the Great Ocean Road, Ningaloo Reef, and India to name a few. All those years have made us better musicians and brought us many of the insights you can hear on the record.

What should we expect for your Byron show?

A mad Saturday night of feelgood funk and folk with a five-piece band at The Rails! We’ve got local lad Manoa opening up the night too, so get down early!

At the Rails on Saturday at 7pm. Free. 

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