By: Mut “I Means That” Asheru
Don’t call it a comeback. Piano music has been here for years but it usually conjures up images of upscale cocktail bars that only the most sophisticated of adults could enter. Australian artist Graham Hobson isn’t against playing in cocktail rooms but there should be security there just in case.
Knowshi: Describe your music and what genre would you put yourself in?
Graham: “Punchy Piano-Pop” that will have you singing at the top of your lungs in your car on the way home from the shop.
Knowshi: Just to clarify what all instruments do you play?
Graham: I play all the keyboards, guitars, bass, percussion, weird noise thingys and sing all the vocal parts. I’m a huge fan of Queen, Beach Boys, Beatles etc. so I love to play around with vocals. I had some friends Michael and Siobhan Patrick play some cool string parts on a couple of tracks and Hayden Smith wailed out some nasty sax on ‘Super Cool’ and ‘Chemistry’. The world needs more sax.
Knowshi: How did you score your TV song placements and soundtrack projects?
Graham: I’ve got some TV placements through Sonicbids. I submitted songs for use in a Canadian cable show and they liked them but they didn’t quite fit the episode they were working on. So they checked out the rest of my album out and ended up syncing two other songs.
The composition projects have come through initially working on some student films and building relationships from there. Film work rocks because every project is different. I’m scoring orchestral pieces on one film and then recording full-on guitar rock anthems for the next.
Knowshi: Do you feel famous right now?
Graham: I demand to be seated immediately at exclusive restaurants screaming, “Do you know who I am?!” A blank expression and boot up the arse usually follows. I’ve got a little bit of press after ‘Townsville’ won the International Narrative Song Competition in February which is cool but I think Madonna’s safe for now…until this article comes out right?
Knowshi: If you could take over the world with just one musical note…what would it be and why?
Graham: Hmmm. F. I can see the headline now…WORLD “F”ed BY GRAHAM HOBSON & THE BRS