As of July 1st Owen Campbell has began his HUGE national tour in support of his latest single 'Rise'. The tour will see him travel all around Australia to over 20 destinations. Campbell originally emerged from a controversial showdown with Australia's Got Talent judges in 2012, Owen now travels the world playing to venue and festival audiences in the USA, Europe and Japan, .and tonight, Owen will be playing at Currumbin Soundlounge on the Gold Coast with Juzzi Smith.
Hi Owen, thank you so much for taking some time out to answer a few questions for me about your Australian tour.
Are you excited to be back on the road in your home country again?
Absolutely, the more I go overseas the more I love coming home and touring, especially the coastal runs!
What has it been like touring around the USA, Japan and Europe playing at venues and festivals rather than on the streets? For years I’ve done both, I still busk from time to time and still enjoy it, its a different buzz, creating music on the street, you’re creating something out of nothing so I really like that challenge. But yes, festivals and great venues are a good buzz too!
Your latest song release “Rise” is a really moving song, what inspired the lyrics in the song? It was inspired by some heartbreaking touring I did in the USA, it was poorly managed and I ended up on the bones of my ass all over the USA, so writing music was my way out of that mess. To move on rise up and start again.
You started your music career travelling the world as a busker, now that you are travelling as a signed artist, how do you feel?
Its great to work with a solid team. Makes me feel less alone I guess!
Do you feel more or less connected to your audiences playing on a stage rather than the streets?
When its a listening audience and you’re in a great venue yeah its refreshing and easier to connect to people then when you’re sitting on the sidewalk.
You’re currently sitting at #2 on the Aria Blues Charts, did you ever think that this would be your life when you were busking?
Yes, I’ve always been mentally gearing up to move things beyond the street, ever the naive dreamer!
How will you and the band be travelling around Australia? Is it going to be one big road trip?
Cars, planes and on foot.
Do you have any funny or stand out stories to tell us from the tour so far?
Not this tour, everythings going well! But Ive got a novel of crazy stories saved up, Ill write a book one day.
Is there a venue that you’re most looking forward to playing in Australia? Currumbin Soundlounge with Juzzi Smith TONIGHT!!!!
What’s in store after the tour? Will you be working on a new album or E.P?
Ive got a Europe tour coming up, then more Aus touring, I do have an album brewing, I hope to start recording by the end of the year….
Owen, thank you so much again for taking some time to answer my questions, I love your sound and wish you the best of luck with your tour!
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OWEN CAMPBELL 'RISE' SINGLE LAUNCH TOUR
Saturday July 01 PORT MACQUARIE Tapp Bar (Panthers)
Sunday July 02 NEWCASTLE Stag and Hunter TICKETS
Thursday July 6 BRISBANE Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall
Friday July 7 GOLD COAST Soundlounge w Juzzie Smith TICKETS
Saturday July 8 GOODNA Royal Mail Hotel
Saturday July 8 SUNSHINE COAST Alex Hotel/Blue Bar
Sunday July 9 PEREGIAN BEACH Peregian Originals
Sunday July 9 PEREGIAN BEACH Peregian Beach Hotel
Friday July 14 COOGEE BEACH Coogee Bay Diggers
Saturday July 15 GLOUCESTER Roundabout Inn
Sunday July 16 OLD BAR Flow Bar & Restaurant
Saturday 22 July NAROOMA Quarterdeck
Sunday 23 July HUSKISSON Angels Bayside
Thursday July 27 COWRA Oxley Wine Bar TICKETS
Saturday July 29 HARRINGTON Harrington Hotel
Sunday July 30 BUDGEWOI Coast Hotel
Saturday 5 Aug CANBERRA German Club
Thursday Aug 10 SYDNEY Frankies Pizza by the Slice
Friday Aug 11 THIRROUL Beaches Hotel
Saturday Aug 12 WINDSOR Hawkesbury Hotel
Sunday Aug 13 NEWCASTLE Foghorn Brewery
FULL TOUR DETAILS AT OWENCAMBPELLMUSIC.COM