Mick Lindsay is a powerhouse of Australian country rock. A former carpenter from Toowoomba, Lindsay now crafts unique fusions of country, rock, soul, funk and pop – and has developed a cult following in the process. This rising talent has already supported the likes of Troy Cassar-Daley, Ross Wilson, Grinspoon, Brendon Walmsley, and Lee Kernaghan, as well as playing Australia’s largest country music festival, the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Mick crushed 2016 with his ARIA charting song “This Song Gets Me”. If you’ve not yet heard it, check your expectations at the door; his Nashville influence and eccentric flavour have created a foot-stomping sonic tune that sends live crowds crazy. Tracks like these – combined with a huge stage presence and obvious vocal talent – show Mick to be a truly versatile musician.
Mick is headlining Backroad Bash Toowoomba in early February, and you can find tickets and details here. Mick’s hero, Garth Brooks once said: “true country music is honesty, sincerity, and real life to the hilt”. Expect a live performance inspired by this sentiment. Here is Mick Lindsay’s Savvy Seven.
1) Who was your first musical inspiration? Why? Who inspires you now?
My first musical inspiration was Garth Brooks, because of the energy in his music and live shows.
All artists that put passion and energy into their live concerts continue to inspire me. I love the madness of Justin Timberlake, Garth Brooks, Pink and also Ed Sheeran for designing an epic solo show.
2) What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour? Or first album?
For your first album, my advice would be to look up who produced your favourite album, or an album you love the sound of. Search for which musicians they used, what studio they used etc. It may seem out of reach to work with those people, but it’s not. Aim big, dream big, it’s more achievable than you may think, and don’t be afraid to be honest with your budget. Another important thing to remember is that without marketing as a part of your album plan, it will sit in boxes under your bed.
Additionally, there are also a lot of government grants available to help with funding for recording, marketing and touring.
3) What has been one of your most defining moments in your career?
The most defining moment in my career would be when I decided I wanted to take on music full-time.
I was an apprentice carpenter at the time, working down the range from my hometown Toowoomba. I was installing fiberglass bat insulation in a roof in 42-degree heat wearing a jumper to avoid the fiberglass getting onto my skin. I suddenly had a real appreciation for how great it would be to do music full-time and not have to get out of bed at 5am everyday, so I decided to finish my trade and then commit to giving this music thing a good crack.
4 ) How has your music practice changed over time?
At the start I had a lot of passion to learn new songs and new chords, but as more and more gigs picked up and I got busier, it was more of an effort to really find time and passion to rehearse. It is something I need to actively think about to be able to make the time to practice.
5) My top business tip for new artists is…
There are two main elements to the music business – music and business. To be successful, you need both in your plan.
Just because you can play music, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to be successful. If business isn’t your strong point, that’s okay, but make sure you pick someone to help you who knows the business and most importantly someone you can trust.
6) My biggest career mistake has been…
There would have to be two..
1 – Always waiting for a better time, always waiting for a better moment. Sometimes you just need to make the leap and give it a go. Most of the time, even the guys at the top don’t know exactly how things are going to pan out.
2 – Always ensure YOU are still in control, its okay to trust, just don’t put yourself in a difficult position where one person controls everything. Even split the jobs up between different people. (Bookings, Management, Media, Marketing, Graphic Design, PR etc) and make sure you maintain good relationships with all these key people. If one person leaves, the whole structure shouldn’t fall apart.
7) In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…what do you think can change that?
Financial sustainability – there are dozens of income streams within a music business structure, make sure you optimize as many as possible and always keep your eyes open for new opportunity.
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