Q&A Scene: Thomas Keating

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

My new single – Today I’m Staying Home is inspired by my innate need to hibernate. It’s an up yours to the stigmas surrounding mental health. If you’re an introvert it’s cool, if you’re depressed that’s okay too.

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

It’s like grandmas roast, it’s no vegan bar, or paleo diet, I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel but possibly it’s a staple.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

I guess it would be this latest release, I feel it’s the most honest I have been in a song and I feel proud to stand behind it.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

There are so many – life on the road is colourful and crazy…one night my bass player slept walked and collected all the paintings in the foyer of the hotel we were staying in and hid them in our room. They weren’t too pleased the next day…

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Books, music, feelings, life events, tragedies, the news, Scott Morrison and Donald trump.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Into My Arms – Nick Cave. I think it’s one of the best music/lyrics combinations I’ve ever heard.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently on tour with Pete Murray and I will be doing my own headline shows to support the new single in Sydney & Melbourne on the 8th& 9thof Feb. All the details for the shows are on my website thomaskeatingmusic.com

What’s your scene?

My scene is community, I think it’s important to support and be supported. Life’s not easy, so it’s better to walk with like-minded and inspiring people you care about.

THOMAS KEATING ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO:
I’M STAYING HOME + SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE LAUNCH SHOWS:
Troubadour Thomas Keating announced his introverted new single Today I’m Staying Home, a comforting ode to self-care during times of stress and uncertainty, out February 1.
Thomas has also announced a lovely clip to accompany the track, filmed during the recording process of the single, offering rare insight into the private world of an artist in the studio. Thomas will be celebrating the release of the single with launch gigs in Sydney at The Newsagency on February 8, and Melbourne at Red Betty on February 9.

As vulnerable and open as a diary entry, Today I’m Staying Home is musically reminiscent of Matt Corby’s acoustic textures, or even Vance Joy’s vivid lyrical imagery – yetThomasstill manages to craft a world that’s completely his own. Gentle guitar pulses atop a bed of driving percussion, asThomas’ one-of-a-kind vocals take centrestage. Thrilled to be releasing this special track,Thomasexplains the inspiration behind the track, “Today I’m Staying Homeis inspired by one of those mornings where you wake up with the ‘f*ck its’, and you decide instead of leaving your bed or home to face your life and all the responsibilities that come with being an adult in this world, you just stay in. I’ve always struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety around the uncertainties and pressures of everyday life, and I guess at the time I wrote the song I was going through such a phase. I think it’s important to remember that at times it’s okay just to feel like shit – it’s okay to put your hand up and say ‘I’m not dealing with this very well. I need help’. Mental health is extremely self-alienating, and I’d like to think that we are moving past the stigma of shame that has hung around such ailments for far too long.”

The clip for Today I’m Staying Home feels like a private performance, straight from the artist to the listener. The studio is warm, and there’s something refreshing about seeing Thomasis his element, skillfully and candidly playing guitar, singing the track and listening back to his work. Describing the reason for the studio-centric clip,Thomasexplains,“I’ve always struggled with being comfortable shooting typical music videos, you know, pretending to sing into the camera as the song plays, for example. So we just decided to bring the cameras and lighting into the recording sessions, and my friend Kieran Gilfeather shot and directed it for us over a couple of days. He followed the band and myself around the studio as we put the song together, so the clip is real – what you are seeing is actual takes of us putting the song down. It was such a comfortable way to make a video.”

In light of the new single,Thomas is set to wow audiences with two very special, very intimate shows in February.
“I’ve worked really hard on the live show this year and I’m really happy with where it’s at,” enthusesThomas.“From a young age I was really inspired by the type of guitar playing made popular byChet Atkins,Tommy Emmanuel and Mark Knopfler…I like to do solo sets and also playing with the band. Both have their challenges. A lot of time and effort goes into creating even just one song, so having the opportunity to share your efforts with others is really something special. It feels fantastic to be releasing new music.”

Today I’m Staying Homeis out now.

TODAY I’M STAYING HOME LAUNCH SHOWS
FRI FEBRUARY 8 | THE NEWSAGENCY, SYDNEY | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.stickytickets.com.au/79159/thomas_keating.aspx
SAT FEBRUARY 9 | RED BETTY, MELBOURNE | 18+
Tickets available fromhttps://www.stickytickets.com.au/79155/thomas_keating.aspx

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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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