Q&A Scene: Melbourne Music Bank Finalists Special ~ Sal Wonder

sal-wonder-feat How did you start out in music?

My early interest in music started through my father who is a musician. I consider myself a musical late bloomer, I started taking it seriously once I finished college and enrolled in a music course at a local Polytechnic.

What, or who, inspires you?

I am inspired by originality, someone who has the courage to do something different and push the boundaries.

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

I would like to think my sound is like a slow cooked roast. You have the nice succulent meat and veges with the gravy poured on top. Hopefully the listener go’s away satisfied.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

I’m Only Sleeping by The Beatles

How did you feel when you were announced as a finalist?

I was absolutely blown away! I couldn’t believe King Fool was picked.

In less than five words, convince the readers why they should vote for you.

Wanna make you dance!

What’s next for you?

I’m currently in the process of producing my second EP, hopefully it should be ready to be mixed and mastered soon for a release in summer.

What’s your scene?

I don’t think I have a scene, I’m lucky enough to involved in some amazing musical projects all of which have a different influences and are involved in different scenes.


Thrown into the deep end, as some might say, Sal Wonder (aka Alexander Bleakley) has never been one to rest on his laurels. A New Zealand native, Alex’s instrument of choice has been Bass but this quickly changed once reaching the shores of Australia. While still playing regularly around Melbourne, he started exploring the music from his childhood, his music taking a unique spin on Blues, R&B and Soul. Honouring the music of the greats such as Al Green, Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye to name a few; and using these influences for his own original music.

In his own words

“We all have something to give, and we ought to have someone to share this with. Whether it’s family, friends or strangers it makes no difference. My musical performance makes no distinction between character and you can take from it what you will. My only intent is to portray a sense of genuine respect I have for this music; and through this evoke a feeling of positive empowerment we all need to grow.”

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For more information about the Bank of Melbourne finalists, visit Scene News.

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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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