Liam Gale hails from Sydney’s northern beaches, combining an array of influences and his love of writing to create his unique music, described as ”a folk blues sound that’s raw and original” (Solar Sounds). With cryptic lyrics, blues guitar style, a touch of the psychedelic and a unique voice, Liam Gale performs shows solo throughout Sydney’s inner city, and is occasionally joined by his backing band, known as The Ponytails.
What was the first band you saw live?
I think it was Crowded House.
What’d you learn from them?
How to engage with an audience, with music and without. Neil Finn is fantastic on stage.
Got any pre-gig rituals?
I usally have a beer or two and try to chill. Although recently I’ve found myself going into the venue’s bathroom and singing falsetto. Don’t ask why.
What do you think the most important issue facing artists in NSW is?
Getting gigs I’d say; I can’t speak for anywhere outside Sydney, but from what I’ve noticed, particularly in the inner city, more and more pubs and cafes have taken an interest in live music. I suppose it’s a matter of getting people interested in original music and supporting local bands and artists, because there’s so much amazing music being made by so many unknown acts.
If you weren’t a musician, what do you reckon you’d be doing?
I honestly have no idea – probably something far less satisfying.