If you haven’t wrapped your ears around Sean Fitzgerald’s music, it is about time you get acquainted, stat.
Sean’s voice makes hazy, gentle, slightly jazzy tunes making music that is best listened to with your eyes closed. Preferably in a dimly lit room, at dusk. Make sure you keep your ears wide open though, because you won’t want to miss any of his velvety notes, which seem to cut through your chest and hit you right in the ticker.
It all sounds a little gruesome, but what I’m getting at is that this English songwriter sure knows how to pull on your heartstrings.
If we could fornicate with a voice, I reckon this one would do us just fine.
He writes this kind of fuzzy, dreamy garage tunes that make us wish the summer were still here.
1 | Where did you come from! Can you give us the background in the life of Sean?
I am from a small market town in England called Bishops Stortford. I played football as a young teenager and didn’t get into music until I was 17. I hated any attention so the thought of getting on stage and singing was my worst nightmare. I was way too self-conscious growing up and I guess to some extent I still am. I’ve never really had any self-confidence either but I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing. Not seeing the best in myself makes me want to do better and work on the things I might not be happy with.
2 | Three words you never want your music described as?
Depressing, Boring, Negative
3 | How did you carve your life around music?
I became close friends with some kids in secondary school who were all musicians when I was 17. They were all extremely talented and naturally gifted. They inspired me to strive to become the musician I saw when I looked at them. Some things they did absolutely amazed me. They still do! They became my best mates and we made lots of music together before I left England.
4 | When did you pick up your first guitar?
In England, I played bass. I loved playing bass and I loved taking it really seriously as its own party of the song. I was also happy to hide behind everyone else and go unnoticed! I started writing songs on guitar about a year before I moved away and although I couldn’t play very well, I could record and my dad said that some of the lyrics we quite good so I guess they were the things that kept me going. Before I left, my mates and I recorded and E.P of songs I had written called ‘Everyone Head West’ looking back I am proud of it however we never played a gig all we did was get drunk and record. Liam came up with the name East Of Eden for the band and I have stuck with that ever since.
5 | If you were ever exposed to a lot of cool instruments, is there a dream instrument out there that you’d really want to get your hands on?
Cajon. I really want to find a drummer who plays Cajon because I just think they sound cool. I also like Violins and other stringed instruments.
6 | What would your average practice be like?
Mostly me on my own playing the songs and trying to write new stuff. I am always trying to work on things I feel I could do better but sometimes it’s difficult living in a flat. I don’t want to drive the neighbours mad!
7 | Do you take much inspiration from different spaces and places when writing?
The beach. Maybe it’s because I never had it growing up but the Australian coastline is amazing. I have lived here for over three years now and I still am blown away by how much I love it.
8 | How did it feel like playing at your very first show?
Playing my first shows in England as a bass player were fun because I was in a band but I would get so nervous for weeks before. My first show singing and playing was honestly terrible! I am happy to say this though because of course it was never going to be good but I think life is all about doing things you love and facing those moments that terrify you. I hit and certain age and felt like I didn’t want to spend my whole life avoiding situations in which I felt uncomfortable. I also realised that you don’t have to be the best at something. You can just do it because you want to and in many cases the progression of learning and mastering something can be more fulfilling than being the best.
9 | You’ve been on tour lately, how has that been going for you? How have the shows been comparing?
I have not been on tour however, I will be going in 2016, and if all goes well I will go again in 2017 for a much longer period of time
10 | What are your essentials on your gig rider?
Nothing actually! I am just grateful to play. Maybe one day I’ll be more demanding!
12 | The best thing that has ever happened to you since recording?
Having a lot of appreciation for my music is a massive deal for me. I am really grateful that people enjoy the music and having to opportunity to play at BluesFest has inspired me to want to go and record a really good E.P and take it on the road.
13 | Are there any massive plans you want to put your feelers out to? Anyone that you’d be stoked to work with?
To be honest, I want to be in a band again so any musicians living around Tugun who want to play my music, give me a shout!