Open Mic Night @ Bar Oussou
“Every musician wants world domination!”
Bringing his own brand of psychedelic folk rock to Melbourne, Tomislav is a uniquely vibrant performer well worth keeping an eye on.
“Psychedelic folk rock?” I imagine you asking. “One must hear it and feel it to truly understand”, I respond aloud and mysteriously, drawing puzzled looks from other train commuters.
The term was coined by one of his friends during the recording his work-in-progress album, and it seems an appropriate description of Tomi’s eclectic style.
“Psychedelic folk rock. I like that. People always ask me what kind of music I play – I don’t know – Music. Whatever feels right. Now I actually have a term for it.”
Tomi is a seasoned and accomplished lead guitarist having spent many years playing with rock bands. His technical musicianship is obvious when you hear him play.
“You gotta put the hard work in. Practice, practice, practice. It’s a cliché, I know, but it bloody helps!”
However, it’s his big personality and charisma that makes him stand out from the crowd. Playing nothing but all original material, Tomi knows how to engage an audience from the moment he takes the stage.
“It’s not just about getting up there and playing the notes […] if you can put a show on, people are gonna dig it.”
Like a friendly Tom Waits, he oozes stage presence and showmanship. He’s a compelling storyteller whether backed by his bluesy, toe-tapping funk-rock grooves or more contemplative, Dylan-esque folk musings.
True to blues traditions, Tomislav’s lyrics are usually true stories, inspired by his life experiences. Growing up in former Yugoslavia, he has resided in the Brunswick area for around eight years playing in various bands, busking, and hitting Open Mic events.
While calculating his strategy for music world domination, he can currently be found most Tuesday nights at Bar Oussou.