Coming Home with Juzzie Smith

Nicest man next day cialis in the world Juzzie Smith is a largely self-taught musician with a great feel for the blues and nature. He started playing harmonica at the age of thirteen, and by 23 had twice won the coveted brand levitra no prescription canada Golden Harmonica. Thirteen years ago, he made the brave choice to quit paid nighttime gigs in favour of busking, a decision he has never regretted.  2016 has seen Juzzie have songs in the Blues charts all over the world with his one-man band sound, and the launch of his new album Rise and Shine will see him undertake the largest international tour of his career. Natalie O’Driscoll spoke with him before he hits the stages at Gold Coast’s blues stalwart, Blues on Broadbeach.

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At thirteen years of age, Juzzie heard the harmonica for the first time in a viagra mail order uk jeans commercial.

“The sounds of the blues!” he reminisces.  “I thought it was really cool.”

Picking up the harmonica himself, he became quickly enamoured with all things blues, how to get cialis without prescription and keen to learn more instruments.

“My brother played some guitar, he taught me the basics when I was 13 as well, and I just found myself a great teacher in Canberra where I was brought up.”

I’m curious about how and why Juzzie went from the relative security of playing paid gigs with a band into his solo one man band busking career.

“It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” he declares.

“I feel that it’s much more lovely to connect to people in the daytime, playing in the fresh air, like today in the Eumundi markets.  It’s more people and it’s families too.  Eating healthy food and drinking cuppas.  It’s a different feel.”

One of Juzzie’s many musical talents is the ability to produce two notes vocally at the same time – effectively self-harmonising.  It’s called harmonic singing or overtone singing, and generally requires some teaching of technique.  Ever humble, he shrugs off any suggestion of possessing an especial talent.

“I fell in love with the sound, and when I like something I just work out how to do it, and practice it.  It’s a great thing to do especially while you’re driving.  The thing that amazed me was the first time I could move the harmonic to make a melody to have two voices happening at once, to be able to apply that to playing guitar at the same time!  It was whole new interesting sound you could create.”

We discuss the way in which he records his one man band sound.  I am particularly interested in whether or not he lays down all his musical tracks one by one, when he’s normally so used to multi-tasking.

“For quality of sound I’ll have a structure and do instrument by instrument, for the best sound.  [With my song] Superhero, I just put microphones all around me and played and recorded and saw what happened.  Yeah I think I would try that again.  That way you can be very creative and spontaneous like playing live – you’re constantly learning new things and experimenting.  With a one man band there’s so many different things you can do.  You wanna bring it down, you can bring it down.”

It’s this spontaneity which really resonates with the crowds who flock to see Juzzie.

“It’s nice to really feel the audience and connect with them,” he states.

“There are a lot that come from everywhere who come if I’m doing a show or playing the markets.”

It’s not just a local following who come to see Juzzie play.  A YouTube video of him jamming in Edinburgh went viral, gaining him an international following.  Juzzie describes this incredible feat as though he’s telling me how he brushes his teeth in the morning.

“I had a viral YouTube video that went to 80 million people and that led me to go to No 1 on iTunes in Canada and also in the top ten in the UK and it just went all around the world.  And it’s on a TV commercial in America at the moment.”  No biggie, huh?

“A lot of people come from overseas and they track me down.  Germany and New Zealand, a couple from Switzerland.  It’s really lovely.  They know my music already without having met me. Digital has has been amazing… [it] makes the world really small when you’re a musician.  I’m independent, I really like it cause you can just be yourself and take control of it.”

Juzzie is such a natural musician, I can’t help but wonder what he would be doing if he wasn’t carving a career out of music.  Given the rest of our conversation, his answer is unsurprising.

“I really love gardening,” he explains.

“I do that when I’m not playing music, it makes me feel connected.  I‘ve got seven chickens and a lovely veggie garden.  I love coming home.”

However before you can come home, you have to go away.  And Juzzie will be doing a fair bit of that in coming months.  Following his stint at Blues on Broadbeach in May, he’s heading off overseas to tour Rise and Shine.

“I’m going to Europe in July which should be fun.  France, Switzerland and UK, festivals invited me. [It’s] going to be awesome.”

Juzzie Smith will be playing a bunch of gigs at Blues on Broadbeach in May. Saturday 21 May at the art and craft market stage (8.30am – 10.30am) and then at Pacific Fair (12 noon – 2.00pm). Then Sunday 22 May at Hot Tomato Spotlight Stage (10.00am – 10.45am) and Pacific Fair (12 noon – 2.00pm).

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