Q&A Scene: Andy Bull

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Maybe something bitter sweet. I guess instrumentally its pretty melodic, but lyrically usually a little reflective.

Which song resonates most strongly and why?

Dirty Projectors “Dance for you” is a bit of a favourite for me. I get moved by the song and the lyric, the performance and all of the beautiful sounds. The lyric describes the way a heart searches, but in a really poetic, wonderful way. The chorus goes “there is an answer, I haven’t found it, but I will keep dancing ’til I do: dance for you”.

Have you been touring much? Any on the road anecdotes?

I’ve taken it a little easier the last couple of months, pacing it a little more. I actually took a holiday overseas for the first time in a few years. I really enjoy touring though. I love playing live, and travelling, and i really enjoy being with my band and riding the long running conversations that go with that.

Andy BullWhere do you draw inspiration from?

Mainly its a combination of quiet thought and also listening to other music, and then just sitting with the instruments I have and following whatever comes out. Often inspiration is more of a gentle trickle than a crashing wave, although sometimes its more forceful and fast, which is pretty exciting to experience. I store lots of ideas though, and although sometimes the initial inspiration is a short burst, years later, I revisit it and find a way to finish it.

What’s next for you?

A few shows between now and the end of the year which I’m really looking forward to.

What’s your scene?

Got a few of different kinds I think, but also; solitude is bliss.


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Andy Bull plays The BUREAU: Sidney Myer Music Bowl’s First All In, End-of-Year Break-up on 11th December 2015.

For more information, visit The Bureau ~Melbourne’s newest boutique festival, fusing the city’s much-celebrated music and food cultures.



Andy Bull began playing music in the mid-2000s in Sydney’s live club scene, initially coming to wider attention in  2010 with the Phantom Pains EP; a lively, piano-driven outing lead to the listening public by the song “Dog” (featuring Lisa Mitchell).

After extensive national touring, Andy constructed a home studio in 2013, where he began working on a new collection of music. Smashing out a succession of exciting and unique-sounding singles (‘Keep On Running’, ‘Baby, I’m Nobody Now’, ‘Talk Too Much’), Andy released Sea Of Approval in 2014, an adventurous album replete with wandering melodies and unexpected left-turns. The album was written, produced, and played almost entirely by Bull in his home studio.

Nominated for three ARIA Awards (Best Pop Release; Breakthrough Artist, Best Engineer), polling three times in the past two Hottest 100, and acclaimed as one of the surprise hits of the 2015 Laneway Festival, Andy Bull is one of the country’s most promising songwriters and producers.


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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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