Q&A Scene: Kaurna Cronin

Tell us about your new single / album / tour?

This single ‘Gotta Get Outta This Place’ is asong I’ve been wanting to write for a long time but had never really managed to get the tone quite right. It’s a song about internal battles of a sense of belonging and love for the idea of ‘ones home’ and the ongoing feeling of needing to get away from home to experience the unknown, gain freedom and to be inspired by different places, people and ideas. It was important for me to try and capture the sense of passion and inspiration in ones home and not dismiss that – it’s about the conflict of urges that one can associate with not wanting to feel ‘comfort’ anymore. The whole album is one I am super excited to take on the road with the full band format. We’ve toured a lot internationally the past years but I am really thrilled to be taking on the Australian cities with this outfit. The album was developed from songs I wrote in many tour vans, but developed as band project from Germany to Australia and has been a mental and musical collaboration with so many different people along the way.

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

Red Wine Vegetable Casserole – Many textures and flavours in one pot, swishing and swirling. Warm down the throat, good for the brain – great to share with company or a wholesome meal alone by the fire.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

The songs that seem to stay with me over time and that I still feel connected to playing live are the ones that I resonate with the most. Most recently, Gotta Get Outta This Place has been one that I’m connecting with as it’s a song I’ve wanted to write for a while and it’s been a long process to find the right angle and tone to express the mood. The idea of a sense of belonging and how that responds to the need to feel freedom is a conflict I’m constantly confronted with along with many people I know, I think it will always be present in our lives.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

This last European Tour we performed at a venue in Estonia where upon arrival it seemed as though they had completely forgot we were coming. We were then taken on an adventure through snow covered Estonian forests by the owner whilst they set up the P.A and seating at the venue. On this journey we were taken to 5 meter high Tipi’s covered in 23 elk skins that had recently been stripped by Lynx, walked through a Mayan Gate designed to connect the body and soul with external spirits and to a Shaman sweat tent which was built to host the coming together and connecting of different religions. She told us of a story of how a large frog had been a sign of how to cure a couple of pregnant women she was treating. This was all followed by the venue owner and host sculling a tetra pack of white wine before leading us back to the venue to soundcheck before the show. Confused? So were we.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Most of my inspiration comes from experiences and stories on the road (see above). There is no way to control or sometimes understand the many experiences that occur on the road – especially covering many different countries and cultures. These days my writings are becoming more involved with alternate perspectives and sharing stories from those that I’ve met on the road or sharing thoughts and ideas that I believe are important and relevant in our current society.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Agh! There are so many great songs! – I don’t know if I wish I wrote any of them. I am quite content loving and appreciating someone else’s art and how they arrived at creating it.

What’s next for you?

We are touring a whole bunch of new songs around Australia in June, around Europe in July/August and in Canada for November. New songs will no doubt be trickling out online this year – plus the album will be available in September 2019.

What’s your scene?

Somewhere I can create something I believe in, among a community of people who couldn’t imagine them selves doing anything else. That’s where I’ll be.

KAURNA CRONIN ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE + VIDEO GOTTA GET OUTTA THIS PLACE + LAUNCH SHOWS ACROSS AUSTRALIA

Multi award-winning folk troubadour Kaurna Cronin has today announced his emotive new single and video Gotta Get Outta This Place, a song about longing for the road, and a desire to be flung outside of ones’ comfort zone, our May 31. In fact, Kaurna is no stranger to the road, having performed over 400 shows across the U.K, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, America, Denmark, Russia, India and Sweden. Kaurna will be returning to Australia in June to perform a run of exclusive shows to celebrate Gotta Get Outta This Place, kicking off at The Toff in Town in Melbourne, moving through Sydney, and wrapping up at Chataeu Apollo in Adelaide on June 14.

Gotta Get Outta This Place is a familiar title for a familiar feeling – and this song captures that feeling with true understanding, grace and lyrical intricacy. Evocative of Australian greats Paul Kelly and The Go-Betweens, the track arcs beautifully from a stark opening, showcasing Kaurna’s unique, quietly commanding vocal, to a percussive jam buoyed by laid back guitar and gentle vocal harmonies. Speaking on the inspiration behind the song, Kaurna reflects, This song is one I’ve been wanting to write for a long time but had never really managed to get the tone quite right. It’s a song about internal battles of a sense of belonging and love for the idea of ‘ones home’ and the ongoing feeling of needing to get away from home to experience the unknown to be inspired by different places, people and ideas. It was important for me to try and capture the sense of passion and inspiration in ones home and not dismiss that – it’s about the conflict of urges that one can associate with not wanting to feel ‘comfort’ anymore.”

The clip for Gotta Get Outta This Place is minimalistic and eerie; it visually represents a feeling of dull routine, and how that dull routine can begin to numb the mind and senses. The same old merry-go-round that Kaurna talks about in the song is reflected here in mundane tasks – brushing his teeth, dressing, undressing, eating a bowl of soup – but they become inverted; playing and replaying backwards and forwards as the song goes on. Reflecting on the ideas behind the clip, Kaurna says, Myself and Cooper (CW Creative Productions) tossed around a number of ideas but essentially we just kept coming back to it being such a personal experience for everyone – the sense of wanting to escape their daily routines – so focussing on the moods and movement became the focus of the clip. Obviously having the musical and lyrical tension with distinct changes of pace had to be reflected in the dynamic of the video – whilst keeping it black and white allowed the focus to be on the emotive mood and expression of the clip.”

After spending many years travelling the globe and performing his music to countless people around the world, Kaurna is thrilled to return to Australia to play a run of shows celebrating Gotta Get Outta This Place, as he gives an insight into his life on the road, My first years in Europe I was based in Germany, I spent a while busking in the streets of Berlin in 2011 developing songs which I would later create my first LP with partly in a Berlin studio and at my home studio in Australia. Every year I have been travelling back to Europe, playing in new countries every year including Germany, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Belgium, France, Denmark, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Austria. It has been a gradual and constant evolution of building audiences from performing on the streets, to cafes, to venues, to festivals in most countries throughout Europe. There is no “shooting to success” story by any means, but performing live to audiences all over the world has become my life.”

Gotta Get Outta This Place is out May 31

KAURNA CRONIN ‘GOTTA GET OUTTA THIS PLACE’ NATIONAL TOUR

THURS 06 JUN| THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+

Tickets available fromwww.moshtix.com.au| 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets | Online here

SAT 08 JUN| LOW 302, SYDNEY NSW | 18+

Tickets available fromwww.ticketek.com.au| 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets | Online here

SAT 14 JUN| CHATEAU APOLLO, ADELAIDE SA | 18+

Tickets available fromhttps://www.eventbrite.com.au or via www.kaurnacronin.com

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