Babaganouj’s Savvy Seven

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHIn 2014 Babaganouj garnered serious radio attention with their releases “Too Late For Love” and “Bluff” – leading them to tour nationally twice, play each leg of The Blurst of Times tour as well as support a slew of notable acts such as The Preatures, Smudge, Veruca Salt, The Lemonheads, Northeast Party House and The Creases.

Now the Brisbane band have come into 2015 swingin’ (the dancing kind, not the punching kind) –having already played The Inaugral Palms invitational “MATES” Festival in Sydney, supporting Atlanta girl-punks The Coathangers in Brisbane and Byron Bay, receiving a nomination for the Billy Thorpe Scholarship and releasing their new single ‘Can’t Stop’. Phew.

Lucky for all of us, lead singer Charles Sale had plenty to say. Read on young grasshoppers, read on.

1. The best live music venues in my area are…

The newly opened Triffid has excellent sound onstage and front of house which is something that all musicians appreciate, and Black Bear Lodge is always a homely favourite. I’m glad they revived it after the Troubadour went under. Oh and the Zoo obviously, it’s eternally excellent. I’m keen to see how this new venue The Foundry turns out! Although we sometimes lose a venue, there’s always another one to fill the gap.

2. The music scene in Brisbane is…

Our scene is currently going through a stage of transition. A few key people have moved away and a couple of bands broke up or went through internal issues which caused them to falter, but I’m excited to see what happens next. Although our population is smaller, Brisbane does have quite a diverse music community with different and weird scenes. There is a bunch of genius young songwriters that are going to make it all happen here really soon, I can feel it.

3. My top tip for artists who self-manage is…

If you are masochistic and pig-headed, self manage. If you have any personal doubts or even a slight lack of self-esteem like most people, find someone who can fight for you and can get a more holistic view of your career. I cannot self-manage because I find it extremely difficult to sell myself. You just have to find what is right for you, I guess it works for some. I would definitely recommend hiring a publicist for any releases though to save from the brutality that is servicing and press releases.

4. In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…

Managing artists’ career expectations. I have seen and been in situations where fellow artists and musicians expect too much and too soon from their career, and this expectation is largely driven by labels and other yes-men. It makes people just give up after the first speed bump they hit. We need to be gratified from within and what is created, and not from external successes like airplay and charts and obviously money. Everything else is a bonus.

5. When on the road, my favourite pit stops are…

It used to be the hilariously named ‘FarKew’ in Kew, NSW. I used to drive between Brisbane and Sydney every few weeks with my previous band, and this stop was probably the best. After the constructions of the Kew bypass, this isn’t something that happens too often anymore.

6. My biggest career mistake has been…

Not paying attention to managerial matters. It’s important to know exactly what you want before you go into some sort of discussion or meeting, otherwise there’s no clear end goal. I am terrible at this.

7. My best advice for emerging artists is…

Just do stuff all the time even if it sucks. Don’t be a dickhead unless it means something.

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