I don't really get nervous or excited about playing shows, I just do what's required.
Obviously putting on an awesome show that's what's required of me so I'm gonna do it.” His frankness is a feature of the entire interview, coming to a head with some very interesting revelations on what he feels about his own craft, and the limitations that come with making your own beats with just your voice.
The only reason I started doing it was because I needed a way to make a beat on the street.
At first I was using backing tracks, but I saw someone else using a loop station and beatboxing so I incorporated that into my sets, I'd used backing tracks and play guitar and sing, and I'd also have a loop station, and then I sort of realised people were more interested in the looping thing, so I went down that road.
Now that I've got this I'm able to do better shows and better tours and better albums because I've got somewhere that I can totally work on creating something.
I've always been working but I've always been on the road, I've never had a chance to set myself up to pull out some quality tunes.” All of this will of course come once he's completed his next tour, which sees him in Perth next week for some pre-Anzac Day festivities, and then onto the rest of the world.
“Just with my lady - we just handed in my partner's visa application for permanent residency so we're a little bit excited about that.” And he's also got good cause to be excited about his own career which, after a hectic past five years that originated in London (where he met Sadia, who now accompanies him on tour selling CDs and joining him live on stage), is finally slowing down a little to give him more time to focus on aspects outside of touring.
reaches him in Melbourne, sounding very upbeat at the prospect of enabling his fiancée Shoshana Sadia – otherwise known as Flower Fairy – to live in Australia with him.“I've arrived at a point where I'm not struggling so much.Well, I am in a way because I have to pay off my house, but I've got to the point where if I was to lose an arm or a leg or my voice or something, and I couldn't go on tour, I'd at least be happy with what I've got now and I could stop and work on other things.“It's really exciting for me just being able to chill for a bit and work on other things for a bit that have been going on in my life that I've had to put on hold.The main thing really has been organising myself a recording studio because I've always had to do it on the fly with bands or set up somewhere in a house…