Andrew Thomson

Andrew
Open Mic Night @ The Great Britain Hotel
 

“[Music] is all I’ve known; it’s all I’ve done.”

I was amazed by Andrew’s playing style – a bit of lead, combined with percussive technique all on acoustic guitar. Very reminiscent of Tommy Emmanuel, which (no surprise) was an influence for him.

Andrew is new in Melbourne, after moving down from NSW and a short stint in Tasmania. He works 45-50 hours a week. Despite this, he has had a range of success in music in the past couple of years.

Back when myspace was a thing (before facebook) he was discovered and his music was played abroad. Nowadays he’s been out of the ‘gig game’ for the past 11 months or so, and tonight was his first night back into it officially!

“I don’t care about the money, I’m working 50 hours a week, I’m paying the bills. I just love to play and I really need to get back into it.”

On giving advice to other musicians on the local scene:

“Just do it. The only person to hold you back is yourself. Just f***ing do it. At the end of the day it’s up to you to determine what success means to you.”

On commenting about people who don’t check out live music at the grass roots level:

“Everything on the radio came from somewhere. At one point it was someone’s pride and joy at a local venue like this one.”

Andrew plays a range of music and a range of instruments and I was pleased to learn that he has an EP coming out in early March this year.

Keep up to date with it here and listen to his originals so far – truly great tracks! http://www.reverbnation.com/andrewthomsonband

Richard Batty

RichardOpen Mic Night @ The Great Britain Hotel

“Give new talent a chance and be open-minded. Always be looking for new music and musicians.”

I was captivated by Richard’s charismatic performance and highly talented guitar playing and singing.

He plays originals which are in the folk/pop genre, with inspiration from the likes of Bob Dylan and Tim Hardin.

He is actually visiting from the UK where he is a self-employed musician. Music is literally his life with steady gig schedules 4 days a week.

“It seems you’re pretty well established in the music scene. Why do you play Open Mics?”

“To take it to the next level and forward my music career.”

It seems Open Mic nights cater to musicians at all levels in their careers. From hobby-musicians right up to the artists with EP’s recorded and tracks available commercially.

On giving advice to other musicians on the local scene:

“Have confidence! Play your own material as much as you can.”

On commenting about people who don’t check out live music at the grass roots level:

“Give new talent a chance and be open-minded. Always be looking for new music and musicians.”

Be sure to check out his talent on his website –  http://richardbattymusic.com/

Nick Evangelou

Nick
Open Mic @ The Great Britain Hotel

“I’ve got a heap of originals that I’ve collated over the years and it’s about time… I wanna share them with people.”

I walked in to the sound of a brilliantly full bodied 12-string guitar singing out as Nick played his instrumental originals.

He plays finger style instrumental music, along with lap style slide and a bit of singing on the side (hey that rhymes.. next blog will be a poetry blog!).

Nick works as a landscaper by day and plays music on the street as often as he can, sometimes even after a full day at work.

I happened to catch him at his first ever Open Mic night.

“Since you’ve been playing the street so much, why haven’t you played an Open Mic before?”

“Just nerves. But I thought I’d bite the bullet.”

On giving advice to other musicians on the local scene:

“My biggest thing was nerves, so the first thing I’d say is that no one cares if you stuff up. No point second-guessing what you’re doing – Just do it. If it feels right it most likely is.”

“If you’re a creative person something like this is a god send. You can get up there and don’t have to compete for gigs.”

On commenting about people who don’t check out live music at the grass roots level:

“It’s a must do! They’re brilliant things to support creative people  in a creative city and it gives the city a sort of character. If this dies off any more than it already has, Melbourne would lose a massive asset.”

Nick will be playing at the Great Britain Hotel most Wednesdays, or busking in the city along Swanston St or Southbank. Be sure to see him in action!

Sabrina

Sabrina
Open Mic Night @ The Great Britain Hotel

“The variety of acts on show is awesome.”

Everyone in the room was dead silent for this performance. All ears and hearts were captured by this enthusiastic and quirky performer, her electric piano and her sense of style.

Having recently started a degree in music, she hopes to one day go pro with her music. And from the swarm of people I saw buzzing around her after her set it’s no doubt she’ll go far. I was lucky to pull her aside to have a brief chat with her.

She loves the Open Mic/live music scene simply due to the variety of performances that you get.

On giving advice to other musicians on the local scene:

“Be confident – there’s not one type of good music”

On commenting about people who don’t check out live music at the grass roots level:

“You get to watch a bunch of free music, have a fun night out, it’s awesome!”

Sabrina will be playing at the Great Britain Hotel each Wednesday night. Be sure to check her out!