2017 has been an extraordinary year for young Gold Coast roots artist Mitch King. He has performed at events such as St Kilda Festival, Byron Bay Bluesfest and Blues on Broadbeach, released his sophomore EP ‘Southerly Change’ to high praise and has a new single coming out in September. We hung five with the talented musician ahead of his upcoming tour.
Hey there Mitch! Hard to believe but we haven’t chatted since last year’s Blues on Broady. What have been some of the highlights of the last year for you?
Selling-out my first headline shows, playing internationally and ‘Southerly Change’ debuting at No2 on the iTunes Blues Charts in Jan 2017. So, it’s been a sweet year.
You’ve played quite a few festival stages by now. Do you have a fave, if so which one and why?
It’s difficult to pinpoint just one festival, but I’d probably have to say Blues on Broadbeach and Palm Creek Folk Festival are stand outs for me. Blues on Broadbeach – big crowds and attentive audiences. Palm Creek is such a down to earth festival and by the end of the weekend, everyone is everyone’s best friend.
Congrats on ‘Southerly Change’. How does it represent a musical evolution for you compared to ‘A Life Under the Sun’?
I feel I’ve maintained a positive vibe with ‘Southerly Change’ and have explored and experimented deeper and further with new ideas. I brought in a few other musos to spice it up a bit and add some extra depth. Eliza-Jane Doherty featured on the track ‘Thrive’ – this went down an absolute treat.
Tell us about some of the tracks on ‘Southerly Change’ and what inspired them.
There is a bit of a funny story behind the song ‘Southerly Change’. I was writing this tune and I got to a brick wall. It was around a few weeks later that I got a ticket from the fuzz (details which I won’t go into). This basically gave me the fuel that I needed to reignite the song and ‘Southerly Change’ was born.
What’s next for you?
I have a new single ‘Burning’ which is coming out in September. For me this is where all my excitement lies at the moment. I’ll be heading out on the road to promote the song with a National Tour. The first show will be at Mandala’s Arts Café, Gold Coast on the 22 September. Can’t wait.