Genre : Indie / Psych / Rock
Home Town : Perth, Western Australia
Members: Jamie Turner – Vocals & Bass, Mike Nutt – Keys & vocals, Matt Williams – Guitar, Mitch Benson -Drums.
The Interview with;
Jamie Turner ,
With Karen Lacheta, Audiofly Australia
If you’re from Perth you must have seen the recent growth of local band, The High Learys! The psych rock inspired tunes take you back to the 1960’s vibes of The Beatles, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix – the era of pop culture revolution. Coming back to 2016 The High Learys have recently performed at Perth International Arts Festival, sold out numerous gigs at local live music venues and are nominated for the West Australian Music (WAM) Song of the Year Awards for their single ‘Letters to Alice’ released late last year.
Audiofly is pleased to be supporting the High Learys as our latest Mates on Stage in conjunction with WAM Song of The Year Awards that we’re pleased to be supporting off the back of our recent involvement with WAM Festival. WAM is a non for profit organisation who, for almost thirty years has fostered the talents of local musicians from all genres; supporting, nurturing and growing the industry as a whole. As an avid supporter of local talent WAM has opened the door, creating increased opportunities connecting WA Musicians, Industry professionals and enthusiasts. Audiofly are great supporters of WAM and the contribution they bring to the music scene in Western Australia.
We interviewed a quarter of The High Leary band, Jamie Turner regarding his experience in the music world and the way in which WAM has encouraged their growth. Enjoy the read whilst listening to ‘Letters to Alice’, their single nominated for WAM Song of the Year.
KL : If you could have a meal made just for you right now, what would it be?
JT : I’m a huge fan of a good beef wellington, something I’d happily eat everyday.
KL : Do you have any pets?
JT : I have a ginger cat named Saffron, she’s named after one of my favourite Donovan tracks, ‘Yellow Mellow’.
KL : What is your favorite place to go and unwind?
JT : Definitely my studio, I find locking myself in there and getting stuck into writing a song or just playing an instrument is so therapeutic.
KL : What was your first album/tape/vinyl ?
JT : The first record I bought was The Beach Boys, Today album from Dada Records. It has always been one of my favourite albums. I’m a massive Brian Wilson fan, he’s always been a great inspiration to me.
KL : What did 5-year-old Jamie dream of doing when he grew up?
JT : I always wanted to be an actor, I loved performing in front of people and making them laugh as a kid. Whether it was pretending to be a TV show host in my nan’s living room or telling jokes in the school playground, I liked the idea of engaging people and entertaining them. I guess that’s why music wasn’t far around the corner?
KL : What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learnt in your music career?
JT : I had the pleasure of meeting legendary Australian guitarist Vince Maloney a few years back and over a few wines he taught me some things that will definitely stick with me for the rest of my life. He talked to me about the art of being humble, that having a large ego won’t get you far, especially in the long run and that we all have to cherish our art while we are still able to play and never take it for granted.
KL : Can you recall a gig you played that stands out as definitive for you?
JT : One of my favourite shows that I’ve played was The Purple Weekend Festival in Leon, Spain a few years back. The crowd where absolutely electric and I’d never felt such a strong connection between myself, the band and the audience.
KL : Do you have any advice for Bass Players starting out their career?
JT : Practice is king! Good technique is a good thing to have but not always essential in my opinion. I think that playing with a good drummer as much as possible is helpful to learning how to lock into a groove.
KL : What is the most bizarre moment you’ve experienced during a performance?
JT : When we played the Ballroom Bash festival in Germany we where playing our last song when the stage all of a sudden got swarmed with audience members who came running at us and tipped beer all over us. I remember looking over to my right and our guitarist Matt was being picked up in the air by a dozen crazy gig going Germans and they where parading him around the stage cheering. Man you should have seen his face!
KL : How has WAM impacted on the Perth Music scene & benefited you in your professional career?
JT : I feel that WAM do great things for the Perth music industry and always have done. They’ve put on some fantastic events that we as a band have been lucky to be a part of. I feel flattered to have been nominated for best Rock Song of the year with ‘Letters To Alice’ this year.
KL : Why do you use Audiofly IEMs?
JT : Audiofly IEMs have changed the way I perform in so many ways. Being able to have such a fantastic clarity of what I’m producing as a performer has changed the game for me. As a vocalist you are always struggling to hear yourself in live performance scenarios, from venue to venue the sound differs and is sometimes the downfall in your performance, many musicians I chat to have the same issues. After using Audiofly IEMs I no longer have any troubles at all with hearing all of the aspects of my playing, it’s as if I was in the recording studio tracking a song. Which makes the control of my pitching and tone so much more manageable.
The High Leary’s have a series of upcoming gigs in West Australia listed below. They’ve also purchased a bad ass black van so Australia, you can expect to see them on a National tour in June-July 2016. Follow the guys on Facebook to find out about their gigs and be sure to check them out!
Here is their latest single, released this week!
Here’s a little extra for you! We’re teaming up with retail partner, Kosmic to deliver you Audiofly headphones and in ear monitors at a super saving! Check it out below!
Interested in becoming our next Mates on Stage artists? You can find out more here.