Cold weather getting you down? Missing those summer vibes? This week’s Savvy Seven is Caravãna Sun and they’re sure to warm things up!
After supporting UB40 on their Australian tour last November and playing Woodford Folk Festival over the new year, the band have returned with their latest single ‘Beauty & the Pain’ – a song about “knowing that in the shit times, there’s always a splitting ray of beauty, like the fierce glow of your angry lover. It’s the cheeky smile you can’t help but let out, it’s the knowing that where there’s pain, there’s beauty.”
The feel-good track sees them touring (and surfing) around the country before heading off on a six week Europe/UK tour.
Luke Carra has shared some handy thoughts and advice for other bands in this week’s Savvy Seven before they hit the road!
1) Who was your first musical inspiration? Why? Who inspires you now?
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody. I heard it on Wayne’s World when I was seven years old and thought it was the best song I’ve ever heard… still think it’s pretty damn good!
I’ve been loving this lazy surf rock Californian band called ‘The Growlers’. The singer, Brooks’ unique voice tells stories over smoky spaced out grooves… love them. Also digging the new DMA’s record and Ocean Alley’s latest.
2) What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?
Don’t share toothpaste… it just pisses people off, hahah. In saying that, we were so poor in those early years! So, if you can share and always keep in mind the concept of team, it will go a long way! We’ve been extremely fortunate to have family and friends scattered throughout Australia and Europe who have let us take up spare rooms, couches and floor space which helps keep touring costs down.
3) What has been one of the most defining moments in your career?
Not really one moment. I guess the biggest influence was living over in Malta in 2006, I was 21 years old, super green and in a way planted musical seeds of what was to follow eight years later; ‘Caravãna Sun’
4) How has your music practice changed over time?
In our start-up days there used to be a lot of self-imposed pressure on myself and the band. We were so DIY and had a real guerilla style to everything we did for our management and marketing. The early days drew on a lot of friends for help with PR, photos, videos, design etc and we produced some good shit but having a pro-team in place now lets us focus on what we are good at; music.
We’ve also changed our actual practice space to a professional set up rather than our garage which has had an influence on how we feel and create. Being comfortable, having space and proper gear set up lets us just focus on rehearsing and/or writing. At home, I just play and enjoy it. If I don’t feel like playing, I don’t; simple.
In reality though we wouldn’t have gotten to and definitely not have appreciated where we are now without those early days. Our first European tour we did the whole thing on the train to these days touring in a van with a full back line is plush as. Last year half way through the tour we finally worked out why the van was so damn hot, we had the heater on! Van, six guys, summer, heater = not plush.
5) My top business tip for new artists is…
Team is essential. Reach out to your favourite artists and their management, ask them for guidance. Seek a mentor. I have had amazing mentors through my career. I am known as being a bit of a charger and am not afraid to ask questions. Reality is we don’t start at the top and the things I learned in the early days held me in good stead to understand managements decisions and gave me another skill outside of music.
Naturally we benchmark ourselves against other bands and it’s hard not to take it to heart when you see a new player come on the scene and catapult past you. But I’ve learnt to let that stuff go and use it as a driver to keep at it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
6) My biggest career mistake has been… What would you do differently now?
If I’ve made mistakes I don’t dwell on them enough to remember them, as long as you’ve learnt that whatever it was didn’t work and don’t keep making the same “mistake” expecting a different result, it’s all just part of maturing in your career.
7) In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is… What do you think can change that?
I reckon the industry is pretty good, but instead of it just being the artist in the spotlight, the wellbeing of the artist is an issue we need to not just pack up and stow away in a road case. We wear our heart on our sleeve and put it out there for public critique. The industry comes with a load of hopes, dreams and promises. Obviously there is a lot of bullshit, but that’s always going to be there, you can’t change it, you can only change how you let it affect you and how you react. I’ve learnt to just trust my instincts, keep my team close and have trust in my art. The rest will sort itself out.
Check out all the info for the ‘Beauty & the Pain’ tour HERE!
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