| Article By Kath on Oct 15, 2002 |
1) How long have you been playing and whereabouts?
Have been playing for most of my life and writing in one shape or another for almost as long. I started focusing more on songwriting in recent years and after having returned home earlier this year from some long chunks of travel, I decided to devote myself to playing my tunes live around town.
Like a whole lot of other singer songwriters in Melbourne I've played shows all over the place, including a few residencies here and there; at the moment I play every 1st, 3rd (and 5th if there are 5) Mondays of the month at Manchester Lane in the city: Although it is normally a jazz club, they thankfully make an exception for me and my tunes which means that I get to do acoustic shows on a grand piano...much more inspiring than a keyboard.
2 ) Do you have a band or do you play solo?
Although most of my shows at the moment are solo, I do have a band: its a 3-piece line-up together with Tim Reid on Bass and George Andrews on drums. We're usually billed as 'Ross Calia & band".
3) (Answer only if you have a band) How did you guys all meet?
I met Tim Reid through a mutual friend and we hit it off straight away: he's an amazing songwriter, also doing his own thing around town. We formed an acoustic outfit in 2000 called The Statesmen and we usually do a stint of gigs together when we're both in the same city for long enough. I met George Andrews at uni and we'd also played together in other groups before he joined my band: he's a fantastic player who settled back in Melbourne town recently too after having done a lot of travelling himself and has played in various outfits including Disasterware and the Reg Cole Quartet.
4) What would be your 3 major musical influences?
I think the strongest influence would have to be drawn from my background playing classical music that is probably at the core of my melodic gravitation in my writing, tied together by influences from the great songwriters such as Neil Finn and the Beatles. But, only picking 3 is way too hard, especially when there's so much awesome music being made and played even locally in Melbourne that really inspires me.
5) What is one thing you'd like to change about the music industry?
It would be nice perhaps if commercial radio had a stronger commitment to local artists.
6) Where do you see yourself in 5 yrs time?
Probably based in Melbourne, writing tunes, hopefully with the support of a healthy little following here and there.
7) What do you think makes a band stand out from all the others?
Sometimes songs, sound and intention......and sometimes curves and big big $$$ ;)
8) What CD releases have you had out? Any in the pipe-line?
I have an EP out that's a taste of my LP that I'll be releasing some time
9) (Non music-related question) Buffy or Secret Life of Us?
I'm not much of a TV man, but I would definitely have to lean towards Secret Life of Us.
10) Final thoughts........(On your band, where you're headed, words of wisdom, etc....)
Final thoughts? Well, I love doing what I do and hope I can do it for a long long time. Not too many words for wisdom here, but I do feel lucky to be living a musical existence and wouldn't have it any other way.
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