Cailan Smith

Open Mic Night @ The Acoustic Cafe

“I’ve played around with instruments since I was young.”

Playing a vibrantly red semi-acoustic electric guitar, Cailan’s unique sound with vocals on reverb stood out from the sea of straight acoustic guitars.

Still getting the hang of performing solo (this being his second open mic night), Cailan finds it very different being up in front of an audience without the presence of his band.

“Singing and doing the whole thing by yourself is so different.” 

Originally from the regional of Victoria, Cailan is new to the chaotic and loud Melbourne scene. Working in software development for five years, he found that he had no interests in the business and left to pursue opportunities elsewhere. He passes his time playing music throughout the day, while exploring and travelling to forests and ranges just to add some adventure.

Fuzzy 70’s Rock, country and Wild Craft are styles of music that influence him as a musician.

“Be yourself. If it feels right, play it. Don’t put something across that isn’t yourself.”

Final thoughts on the dwindling live music scene:

“Music’s everything, what are they going to do once it’s gone? More buskers on the street? It’s a massive tourism thing – people come to Melbourne for the music.”

You can check out Cailan busking the busy streets of Melbourne in Essendon/Moonee Ponds and Ascot Vale. With two live solo performances under his belt now, be sure to catch him doing what he loves at Brunswick’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ Bar as well as the Acoustic Cafe on Thursdays.

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