Here at The Lowdown, we love introducing our readers to new, up-and-coming talent that we highly recommend checking out. We now introduce you to Australia's rising homegrown R&B star Budjerah. A mixture of heart-wrenching vocals, undeniable song-writing talent and old-soul wisdom make him a definite one to watch out for! Having recently released his new EP, featuring seven original songs, this new EP marks another milestone in his career to date. His EP explores the theme of loneliness and alienation.
We had the opportunity to speak with Budjerah about his new EP, 'Conversations,' who he derives musical inspiration from, his plans for 2022 and more. Keep reading to check out what he had to say!
Welcome to The Lowdown! Please introduce yourself to our readers.
"Hey! I'm Budjerah and I'm twenty years old. I like to sing, write songs and I like surfing!"
You have recently released your new EP. What has it been like for you to have new music released?
"It's a bit of a whirlwind for me when I release music. I get really sick from being nervous, but once it's out, I feel really calm, like nothing's wrong. I'm really happy the new EP is out, because the songs are really fun to sing for me and now I can play them everywhere!"
How long did the EP take to come together, right from the initial writing stages?
"It took about a year to get everything together. The songs were all written at different times, so nothing was really together or made specifically for an EP. I chose these songs because I thought they summed up my year really well and told my story and the song felt nice together."
For anyone who hasn't heard your EP yet, can you sum it up in a couple of words?
"My new EP, 'Conversations,' is about my last year and what I went through. It's a mix of indie and R&B and it's pretty chill and fun!"
How important is it for you to connect personally with your listeners through the music that you release?
"When my parents taught me how to play, the main point every time was to connect and to make people feel something. All of my songs are very personal to me. We're all human, so I hope people can relate to some of the things I feel."
Who would you say you derive musical inspiration from?
"I get a lot of my inspiration from gospel and soul music. It's what my family played heaps when I was growing up. I feel the most myself when I listen to gospel and soul. My favourites are Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin."
You have your debut headline show coming up in London before hitting the road for a string of shows. Are you looking forward to getting out on stage and performing your own music?
"I can't wait to perform in London! I've never been to the UK and Europe before, so I can't wait to see all the sights, as well as perform. I also can't wait to meet people and experience the culture."
Is there anything in particular that you would most like to achieve throughout your music career?
"My biggest goal is to fill arenas. I love performing live. It's my favourite thing to do. I think once I can fill out a massive venue, then that's how I'll know I have made it!"
What else do you have lined up for the rest of the year?
"This year is mostly touring and performing, but I do have a few more tunes coming out that I'm not really allowed to talk about too much, but I'm really excited for everyone to hear!"
Finally, do you have a message for all those who support you?
"Thank you for all your support and love. I write music to let out my feelings, so thank you for listening and hearing me out - it means a lot to me!"
Budjerah's new EP 'Conversations' is out now and is available to purchase and stream through all major music purchasing and streaming outlets.
By Rachel Dempster