Buddy Phoenix is one cool guy. He’s a guitarist, a singer, a sound engineer, producer and he writes songs that are yellow – just trust us on that one. He has performed with some big names in some really big places.
We asked Buddy some hard-hitting questions ahead of his Homegrown gig.
How did you get started as a musician?
When I was a child I remember being in the backseat of the car and hearing “Electric Blue” by Icehouse for the first time. I actually thought that there was a band inside the roof of the car. I think that was the first moment of creativity I had. I was a little disappointed when I found out there was no band in the car.
How would you describe your music?
When I play solo, it’s mostly acoustic roots and blues. When I have a band behind me it becomes more psych-rock. I see colours when I think of songs, and most of my songs are yellow.
Who is your musical idol? Is there anyone who inspires you or influences your sound?
I believe Bob Marley was the greatest musicians to have ever lived, as he was largely influential to the world with his message of love and positivity. Unfortunately, no musician has since has come close, or had the courage to call out the negative powers that be.
My musical influences range from Tom Waits, The Beatles, Robert Johnson, Salt n’ Pepper and, more recently, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
If you could invite two musicians to dinner who would they be and what would you serve?
Elvis – Peanut butter and Jam roll with bacon
Robert Johnson – Steak and whisky
Bill Clinton – Peanut butter and Jam roll with bacon
What is the one venue/festival/event you would love to perform at and why?
1992 Perth Big Day Out so I could see Nirvana play live.
What are your career highlights so far?
Touring regional Western Australia with Harts, Phil Jamieson and The High Learys. Great times.
What are your career goals as a musician?
To never stop writing and playing, and to release a tape cassette.
What advice would you give to other aspiring musicians?
Do music for the right reason. Creating music is therapy for the soul. Anytime I play or write music, it gives me a sense of purpose. It doesn’t matter if your music is not “successful”, or even if no one else hears it. Having positive mental health is the most important thing, and music is the best thing for it. So never stop.
If you could be an accomplished musician on any instrument without a single lesson, what instrument would it be?
Saxophone, so I could play Baker Street to my friends.
What is your favourite thing about working in the WA music industry?
The people you meet are amazing. Perth musicians and crew have a similar headspace which is positive, kind and fascinating.