It feels like Dubbo has had a great year with music, we're feeling as optimistic as any time in our time as a band - but it's not something you can do alone, so I wanted to talk to some of the other artists in and around Dubbo and see what they've been up to.
Nolan Furnell (Eraser)
We’ve been really thrilled with the opportunities we’ve had in 2017 and are looking forward to building on that in 2018. We’ve only played publicly a couple of times but the response has been very encouraging. A few months ago we recorded two of our songs and are aiming to release them with music videos in the first half of 2018. Around that, our goal is to be playing live approximately once a month, including some regional travel & shows, and just to build on establishing a fanbase and writing more music.
In the last 12 month I've juggled HSC, part time work and gigging. I’ve branched out, playing in new pubs as well as supporting heaps of cool artists such as Killing Heidi, Chelsea Basham, Mickey Pye and Ben Ransom. I've been lucky enough to be involved with great charity/community events like Pink Up Dubbo, Orana Relay for Life, Lust for Live and Dubbo’s Best Kept Secret. Collaboration with other artists has been a priority this year, from which we built a little 3 piece band which was both challenging and enjoyable. As for now I’ve scored a band 6 in music for the HSC and pack my bags in February to take on Sydney JMC Academy for a Bachelor of Entertainment Business Management.
Fred Randell (Civil Hands)
Civil Hands bookended 2017 with an album launch gig at the Old Dubbo Gaol in March and an intimate house concert in November. 5 singles / 5 months is an ongoing project that we kicked off in September with a new song each month paired with a local filmmakers video clip. After the fifth single is released in January, the band will head into the recording studio to lay down a bunch of additional tracks for what will become the band’s second album.