01. Name : Simon Astley.
02. Where are you based? I am now based in Tasmania. I have lived in Melbourne the past 13 years, but due to starting a family now we have up and moved home to Tasmania where we are both originally from.
03. How did you get your start in music? My mum is a music teacher, so she plonked me on the piano as a kid and this is where my grounding for music began. I had piano, saxophone and vocal lessons and all I really wanted to do was write music from then on, so I did.
04. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I have always been one for piano pop ballads, so when honing my craft of songwriting I kept it simple and focused more on the melody. My sound pretty much fell into place itself.
Over the last few years as I’ve grown as a musician I have started to change my sound slightly due to experiences with other producers and this has helped me take that next step towards a bigger audience.
05. Who have been your musical influences? Definitely the Beatles. I love the way their songs are so melodic and easy to listen to. I am also a big fan of Ben Folds and Silverchair. Songs with a strong piano focus and strong melodies seem to resonate with me and give me that inspiration to keep writing and recording.
06. What are your favourite songs of all time? Thats a tough one lol. It’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ by my uncle Rick! Only Joking. He’s not my uncle. That was just a Cry for Help!
I would have to say here are a few; ‘Brick’ by Ben Folds, ‘In My Place’ by Coldplay, ‘The Greatest View’ Silverchair. And there are plenty more I love. A song I am playing flat out at the moment is ‘Window To The Sky’ by Kim Churchill. That’s a ripper.
07. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I wanted to be a stand up comedian but I thought I’d get sick of standing and would want to be able to sit down, so I decided to forget that path. I have a love for plays on words (puns) so I seem to drop too many of those on a daily basis.
08. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? To not wait for people to come to you or knock at your door. Get out there and create your own path and people will eventually want to follow.
09. Tell us about your latest release. This is a song called ‘All Falls Down’. This song is probably my second most favorite song I have written. I have released this song previously on my album ‘City Lights’, but due to this song still churning at me and wanting to keep showing its head, I have revamped it thanks to my producer Sam Panetta. The direction I have taken with this version of the song is more on the commercial pop side instead of the folky side. I felt the song needed that kick so it could be true to itself. ‘All Falls Down’ is being released on the 23rd of February through Melodic Music.
10. What do your future plans involve? Plenty more recording and playing gigs. I am going to release an EP in the middle of the year, which I’m working on with producer Sam Panetta at the moment. We have one more song to record to complete the album. I am going to head back overseas next year to tour, but for the moment am planning to stay put and concentrate on promoting my new single and playing some great Aussie shows.
11. Where can our audience catch you live? No shows are booked at the moment. I have just returned from playing the music festival on King Island which was epic. My wife and I are due to have our first baby in a couple of weeks, so I am going to chill for a couple of months to settle into that before going back out on the road. Exciting times!