Interview by Shannon-Lee Sloane – The Colourful Writer
Sometimes music is more than just music. Sometimes it takes you on a spiritual journey of sorts. That’s what I feel when I am listening to WA’s ‘Fluid Groovers’, Blue Child Collective. The music has such deep emotion and so many feelings flowing through it that it’s best you put your earphones in, find a place on the grass in the sun, ground yourself to the earth, lay back, relax and let your mind and soul drift into another realm with the sweet sounds of Blue Child Collective.
Frontman and creative, musical mastermind behind the Collective, Daniel White, took some time out to answer some questions from The Colourful Writer about their newest single, Golden, the #cultureofconnection and what music means to him.
You’ve just released your newest single, Golden. Can you tell me a bit about the track? The meaning behind it? How you feel about it?
I wrote Golden over in New Zealand a couple of years ago after watching the sunrise over Mount Maunganui. Seeing the forest blend into the ocean and the sun lighting it all up got me thinking about the sameness of everything – how everything is made up of matter vibrating – and how observing simple things like a sunrise can help bring you a moment of appreciation. It’s a nice one to sing, I often get lost in it.
After hearing Golden, I went and listened to a lot more of your music. Your sound has elements of a few genres and different vibes coming through. For me, I hear some sort of influence from the sounds of bands and musicians like John Butler Trio, The Cat Empire, Bon Iver and more. How do you feel about those references?
Awesome – they’ve all been great inspirations for me over the years. I’ve always had a pretty broad taste in music which has found its way into my writing. It’s fun to experiment with different sounds and keep it fresh.
Where do you find inspiration from for your music? Has music been something that has been with you from a young age?
Yeah for sure. I started playing at nine and gigging regularly from around 11 thanks to a great guitar teacher and supportive parents. My writing over the last five years or so has been focussed more around exploring different aspects of life and humanity, almost from a philosophical perspective with the intention of breaking down barriers and promoting a culture of connection in the world, so the inspiration is all around.
Blue Child Collective was recently crowned West Australian Music’s Best Regional Act for 2019 – that is such an honour, how did that make you feel?
We were super stoked with that one; it’s nice to be recognised for all the work put in over the years.
How long has Blue Child Collective been around? How did you first start this creative, musical project?
I originally started it in 2014 as a solo project after playing in other bands for a number of years, but it quickly turned into more of a collaborative thing with plenty of incredible musicians coming and going since then. We’ve had more of a solid line-up for the best part of the last two years now, and I’m really grateful for the input the other guys have, plus it’s just great fun to share the stage with your mates and make music together.
Where did the name Blue Child Collective come from?
I wrote this song called Blue Child about how we’re all just humans hanging out on a little blue planet floating through space and how there’s a whole lot less separating us from one another than we often think. One of my housemates at the time suggested Collective when it became a duo/trio, which I really dug as it kind of sums up the purpose of the project – to bring people together.
I love your hashtag #cultureofconnection – what does that hashtag mean to you? Music being the connection?
Maybe more music facilitating connection. I touched on it before, but I guess in short I’ve just always thought the world would be a better place if we could do away with all these ideas of race, gender, social status etc which essentially breed that whole “us and them” separatist world view. It’s nice to see all kinds of crew come together to enjoy live music together in the same place, regardless of their background. Music is the universal language and so a perfect facilitator of that.
What does music, as a whole, mean to you?
It’s a language, it’s an art, a life study, a powerful tool and something enjoyed by all.
With the current restrictions on live music performances due to COVID-19, what are you doing to keep your music flowing? To keep your spirits high?
I’ve been spending plenty of time in my home studio recording and writing, learning new songs and skills and making the most of all this free time to improve my craft. I love seeing the amount of musos streaming live on the net at the moment too. It’s bringing the musical community and lovers of it closer together in many ways unprecedented.
And finally, when are Blue Child Collective coming back to Brisbane? I would LOVE to see you play live locally here! Any plans for a tour once it is again safe to play live music?
We were planning to tour mid-year but I guess everything’s on hold for now. There’s every chance you’ll see us over that side of the country early 2021 playing a bunch of new tracks from this next album for you all – that’s if we’re not all zombies by then!
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