Tinpan Orange’s Savvy Seven

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Seasoned folk darlings Tinpan Orange have recently announced their fifth studio album, Love Is A Dog alongside its breathtaking first single, Rich Man. Love Is A Dog is an album which explores the paralysis of privilege, the precariousness of having too much to lose and the pain of loving someone too much. Before the virtuosic trio hit the road to celebrate the release on April 15, we had a chat to Jesse Lubitz who gave some great insights into the life of a musician!

· Who was your first musical inspiration? Why?

I think my first musical inspiration was probably my dad. He had an old acoustic Fender guitar that he kept in a hard case in my mum and dad’s wardrobe. I have memories of lying next to the case playing hide and seek and I remember the smell of the guitar when he opened the case up. My parents and some of their other musical friends would have soirees from time to time and I remember lying in bed and songs would drift up and keep me awake in the best possible way.

· How did you get started in music and did you ever even think you’d get this far?

I started playing guitar when I was twelve – I loved it straight away. I used to play for hours at a time, until my fingers couldn’t take it any more. I never thought of it as something that would take me anywhere – except once when I was 13 and I’d just learned how to play Hotel California by The Eagles and I had a dream that I went to their concert at a huge stadium and half way through the show they announced that their guitarist was unable to continue and they needed someone to get up and play Hotel California with them… Sadly the dream never came true…
We started touring as a band around 7 years ago when a friend asked if we’d be interested in playing in Darwin during the dry season (turns out there are many bars and a huge influx of tourists and not too many bands in Darwin!). We’d all recently finished studying at uni so we jumped at the opportunity. We went up for a month or two and played 7 or 8 shows a week. Not all of them were great shows (maybe none of them were!!) but it gave us invaluable experience.

· What has been one of your most defining moments in your career?

Having our song Barcelona added to Triple J rotation was incredible – it showed us the amazing power of the National broadcaster and the incredible audience that Triple J has. We won Unearthed shortly after and it provided a huge boost to our local fan base.
Touring internationally has been a dream come true – Europe and Canada have been kind to us and we’re looking at taking the new album over as soon as we can!

· How has your music practice changed over time?

Getting the balance right between making your passion into your business is a constant juggle. There have been times in the past few years where I barely make the time to sit down and practice and other times where I commit to daily routine of practicing.

· My top business tip for new artists is…

Say yes as much as you can (without selling yourself short) and realise that when you enter the music business, it is a business so you need to run it like a business.

· My biggest career mistake has been…

Too many to go into here…

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

Can I mention two??

1. Re-establishing the value of music – as we embrace the digital age, we need to make sure that music is still valued (and musicians are valued!). I don’t think it’s as simple as blaming streaming or illegal downloads, I think we need to foster a cultural outlook that values music.

2. Gender equality in the music industry – another hot topic at the moment (post Triple J Hottest 100). I don’t think that gender equality in the industry a problem that can be solved by a radio station playing more music by women, I think there is a deeper fundamental issue here. Having toured in a band with my sister for the past 8 years, and having both had children during this time, it’s clear to me that being a touring musician is an incredibly difficult career path for a woman. Bringing babies on the road can be stressful and costly and many mid career bands simply can’t make this work (it’s often when a band is mid career when family life becomes a priority). The music industry is built on momentum and it can be difficult to pick things up from where you left them after a baby break. I’ve recently had my first baby and while there are challenges for me as a touring musician, these are dwarfed by those faced by women in the industry. I think the music industry as a whole should be more supportive of women getting back into the swing after having had kids…

TINPAN ORANGE ‘LOVE IS A DOG’ ALBUM TOUR

FRI 15 APR SUN 17 APR I FAIRBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, FAIRBRIDGE WA
Tickets available from http://fairbridgefestival.com.au/wp/buy/tickets/

FRI 29 APR I THE GRAND POOBAH, HOBART TAS
Tickets available at www.tinpanorange.com

SUN 1 MAY I FRESH ON CHARLES, LAUNCESTON TAS
Tickets available at www.tinpanorange.com

SAT 07 MAY I TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC
Tickets available from http://thetoffintown.com/ 9639 8770

SUN 8 MAY I RATTLERS HOTEL, WALLAN VIC
Tickets available at www.tinpanorange.com

SAT 14 MAY I CIVIC HALL, MULLUMBIMBY NSW
Tickets available from www.redsquaremusic.com.au/

SUN 15 MAY I OLD MUSEUM, BRISBANE QLD
Tickets available from http://oldmuseum.org/

FRI 20 MAY I THE VANGUARD, SYDNEY NSW
Tickets available from http://www.thevanguard.com.au/

FRI 27 MAY I THE WORKERS CLUB, GEELONG VIC
Tickets available at www.tinpanorange.com

SAT 28 MAY I THE RAILWAY CLUB, DARWIN NT
Tickets available from http://www.darwinrailwayclub.com/

SAT 4 JUNE – FLY BY NIGHT, FREMANTLE WA
Tickets available from www.flybynight.org/

SUN 5 JUNE – THE WHEATSHEAF, ADELAIDE SA I 4.30PM
Tickets available from www.wheatsheafhotel.com.au/

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