Dan Sultan – Fotsun 2011

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How did it all begin for you … did you study music at school?
I’m not really sure, to be honest. I did take music class at school and it’s definitely something that I have always done for as long as I can remember, but I can’t really pinpoint the time that it all really began.


Your second album came out in 2009, but when did music become a career for you?

I think it’s always been my career – just not a very good one up until I started making money! It something I’ve always done, so I’ve looked at it as a career from the beginning.

You’re coming to perform at FOTSUN in Port Macquarie. Have you been to the area before?

I have, yes. It’s beautiful. I’ve never performed in the area before, but have been lucky enough to pass through either on a road trip or dropping in for a holiday. Really looking forward to it.

You have a seven piece band that play with you. Are they coming to FOTSUN?

To the best of my knowledge, the band are coming with me. We have booked a couple of shows around FOTSUN, so it’ll be good.

Are you going to be looking at putting together a new album any time soon?

We are going to start making another album over the summer, yes; however, we are still looking at doing a few other shows like Festival of the Sun here and there, just to keep our heads up, but mainly focusing on the new album.

Where does the influences come from for this new album?

I’m thinking very guitar based, garage ‘60s sort of style … honestly, not sure! It’s all still very up in the air; it’s all just ideas. The hardest thing is getting started, and then you know what direction … but then again, it takes its own direction anyway.

Going back to your album in 2009, you had a pretty successful year following that in 2010 with a few awards. How did that feel?

It was nice to know that we had that sort of respect throughout the industry from people we have respected for a long time. And to make that sort of impact … it’s not why you do it, but it’s a great feeling when it does happen. It’s one of those things where you enjoy the night and then move on and do it all again.

Would you say as a performer and an artist, you’re in a bit of a growth period at the moment?

I like to just go with it, do as best as I can. I don’t think I’ve been doing much growing, but starting this new record will put me back to work.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I know where I’d like to be, but I don’t want to put any expectations on myself. I’d just like to be comfortable and have security and be as successful as I can – like anyone else, really.

What is something that your fans might not know about you that you can share with us?

Ohhh, I don’t really have any secrets, but I have a cat named Boof … well, he’s more like a dog, really!

Thanks Dan.


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