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Interview with Jack Carty

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Jack Carty is at Mullum Music Festival

Mullum Music Festival

14–17 November 2019

Critically acclaimed Australian songwriter Jack Carty has just spent the last 10 weeks at home with his partner and their new 9 week old baby. After living life on the road, being in ‘the love bubble’ of the new born is something he’s just revelling in!

Jack, what’s it like being at home, soaking up those early weeks as a new dad?

It’s just the best! A beautiful, sleep deprived, wriggly, cuddle-filled love bubble.

What music are you playing around the house right now… clearly not Metallica!

We’ve been listening to a lot of Nick Drake around here lately. It’s good morning music, and we’ve been getting up early! Bryter Layter is my favourite.

What’s your comfort music? You know, the tracks you play, or the albums that you find soothing?

Call me strange but I’ve always found sad songs really comforting. Some of my favourites are by Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Radiohead…

Tell me about the most recent song that you’ve written?

It’s called Oh! Imagination and it’s about how much the world changed between when I was born and the birth of our son.

How has your songwriting evolved and changed since you started out? 

I think I’m better at it. My first couple of albums are pretty confessional – I think I was using songwriting as catharsis. These days I am much more interested in the mystery of it all, and I’m writing about a much wider range of things from a broader perspective.

What are you working toward at the moment?

A new album. I’ve actually just finished it!

What should we expect for Mullum Music Fest? Will you be playing with Gus?

I’m excited to share a bunch of new music, and see some great gigs myself. Gus will be around at the festival, and I’m sure he’ll hop up for a song or two. Also, another of my best mates, Blair Dunlop will be playing – all the way from the UK – so I’m looking forward to taking him surfing and making some music together.

Jack Carty will be playing Mullum Music Festival 14–17 Nov. For tix go to mullummusicfestival.com


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