Blue Child Collective
Photos by Paris Hawken
Photographer Paris Hawken caught up with local band Blue Child Collective ahead of this Sunday’s EP launch at the Knights Inn.
Dan White and Matty Edmond met in high school in Rockingham, and moved south to Margaret River October 2014 to play music in the South West for the summer, where they met local legend Lindsay Baker and have found great success playing collectively in the region.
“Margs is great – it’s such a prime natural environment to be living in creatively, where every day is so full of great music, epic surf and good times that it really empowers everyone here to make the most of where we are and what we can do, because there’s so so much fun to be had, and the songs just flow like the river!”
The result of which being their first release in February, recorded in Karnup, WA, in Dave Brinsden’s home studio with the help of local Callum Ffoulkes on a Korg D32XD desk in all live, full takes with minimal tracking to preserve the rawness of the production. Mastered by Sean Diggins in Yallingup, and artwork by Freo talent Alice Rugg, this is a record that represents the purpose of Blue Child Collective from the outset, bringing listeners’ attention back to the moment and showing them an appreciation for the world around them through the clear and concise lyrical content running through the length of it.
The 6-track EP revolves largely around the ocean and consciousness of our natural environment, and has been kept fairly raw to provide a decisive standpoint from which the group can build on in their next EP, due out before they leave to Europe in late May.
“I love how tangible the tracks are and the energy harnessed in the live capture of musicians locking in through a song. We’ll have the opportunity to really flesh out the next EP, and we’re super exited to record it in a couple of months with local legend Dave Mann.”
After making the most of the music, waves and vibes in Margaret River this summer, Blue Child Collective will embark on a West Oz tour in March, kicking off with the Augusta River Festival March 1st, before they head off to Europe for 3 months at the end of May to play through what’s set to be another epic summer!
The group will be launching their debut EP at the Knights Inn on Sunday Feb 8th, bringing a huge night of everything from raging rhythmic grooves to bluesey licks and horn-blowing trips, complimented by Perth duo Wanderlust’s clever brand of captivating storytelling encasing solid harmonies and soothing yet catchy guitar lines.
Blue Child Collective consists of Dan White (Guitar&Vocals), Mat Edmond (Percussion) & Lindsay Baker (Sax, Harmonica, Melodica & Tin Whistle).
By Dan White
“Nature is the connection. Regardless of what we find ourselves doing during this lifetime, we must not unconsciously stray too far from the source, this little blue planet of which we are all born.
My name is Blue Child because I am a man of the sea. I grew up with it, and continue to grow with it each and every day, as the world grows with me. All is one: the ocean is reflected in the sky, which in turn feeds the land with water that returns eventually to the sea, and so it continues.
Like the cosmic ocean it is born from, music is limitless energy. It’s magic, growth, healing and love.
However, in the words of Beethoven; “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.”
This is why we play music; to spread the message, to open people’s minds to greater possibilities, and to help us all realise the immense beauty of the world we live with, bringing us out of our heads and into the now, from where we can make the most of it all.
Music is such an integral part of our collective being and purpose; there’s so much that needs to be shared with a modern world that’s asleep to the universal song, something that I have understood since finishing school and continuing my journey in the global classroom.
The decision to come away from a university education for me was profound; the resulting pathway not one I could have found through generic conditioning and structured learning, but the fruit borne of travelling, growing and finding perspective in my own, real way. If you open yourself to change and the unknown, you will find purpose and the ability to distill a vision of what you want and where you want to go. Hold this in mind and your eyes will open to the endless opportunities the universe throws your way.
I’ve spent much of my time since finishing school travelling around the world and making music, yet always supporting this lifestyle with standard grindstone jobs – a mistake I’ve come to realise that was actually holding me back from really making the music and living the life I really love.
I finished up working for someone else in early 2014, and began putting all my energy into my own life, exploring and enjoying beautiful Western Australia before heading off to Europe again for 3 months; a trip that manifested many opportunities and on which I really found direction, connecting with my creative flow and purpose as a musician.
The 6 months that have passed since then have been a whirlwind of good vibes which have landed us in Margs and set us up for a huge year ahead!
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