It’s been a fun couple of years for Gold Coast’s conscious hip-hop purveyors The Wayward Suns. Perennial crowd favourites, renowned for laying down the good vibes in generous doses, their debut album ‘Paradigm’ also scored itself a gong as finalist for Album of the Year in the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards.
The album is a genre-blending menagerie of reggae, blues, roots and funk underpinned with hip-hop inflected grooves and a dash of rock, and that’s exactly what this energetic six-piece bring to their live sets.
And come the January long weekend, punters at Council’s special one-day festival will get to witness this magnificence live. The Wayward Suns perform alongside some of the city’s best live talent including Mason Rack Band, Katie Who and Mistram.
It’s been more than a year since we spoke to The Wayward Suns so we thought we’d find out what they’ve been up to and what 2019 has in store.
Who’s answering these questions? Instinct the Lyricist MC/DJ and Jesse the guitarist
Can you tell us what you’ve been up to since we last spoke? We have been playing as many shows as we can, concentrating on refining our live sets to maximise the groove we can bring.
You recently performed at Airlie Beach Festival after taking out the “battle of the bands, Passport to Airlie” national competition last year. Can you tell me how that all went down and what it was like performing there this year? Summer had us heating up the local scene with 100 shows that year which lit the way for an invite as a GC entry for National Battle of the Bands comp. There was so much great talent on show during the heats, the Gold Coast really showed off how good its local artists are. We did however, manage to take the win. This gave us the great pleasure of representing the Gold Coast at the finals in Airlie Beach. Long story short, we ended up winning the finals which gave us the chance to play on the main stage this year. We took full advantage of the win and blazed up the spotlight on the Main Stage.
What are you planning on bringing to your summer sets? We’rekicking off the year with some great Gold Coast gigs. We are planning to bring some sweet summer grooves by unleashing a couple new tracks into the live set.
It’s pretty cool Council’s booked such a great lineup of local talent for their event, eh? The artists on show really prove how good our Gold Coast music community is. We are tight friends (and fans)with both Katie Who and the Mistram duo. It’s always guaranteed to get some sweet ear candy out of these two local acts. With the awesome Mason Rack added to that list, it’s gonna be a super music filled arvo and we think it’s fantastic the council puts on these events. It’s great to see them supporting local, live music.
When can we expect new music? We’re in the process of recording and writing towards our 2nd album, aiming at releasing some of The Wayward Suns singles in the first quarter of 2019, true story.
What else is on the horizon for The Wayward Suns in 2019? The release of our singles, followed up by our next Wayward EP, touring the east coast from top to tail and shining a whole lotta love to anyone that will listen… the only way we know how, Live Music.
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Join the fun at Broadwater Parklands, Saturday 26 January from 4.00pm – 8.00pm with a massive fireworks display “to rival NYE” kicking off at 7.45pm. Live music lineup includes The Mason Rack Band, Mistram, The Wayward Suns and Katie Who. Get more at the City of Gold Coast’s event Facebook page.
You can also catch The Wayward Suns around the Gold Coast on the following dates:
27 January – Sunset Sessions, Circle on Cavill (3.30 – 6.30pm)
2 February – Miami Marketta
14 February – Mojo Burning band competition, Mo’s Desert Clubhouse
16 March – BBQ Bazaar, Burleigh Heads