Hi Michael, welcome to LiveTrigger Magazine!
Let’s start by introducing your project: what is it and where is based?
I am a Singer / acoustic Guitarist based in Wollongong NSW, I play a large catalogue of songs from classics to modern hits and am working on originals with a view to an Ep.
How was your 2019 so far?
2019 has been really busy playing a wide variety of music gigs all over the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands.
What’s the most exciting thing that happened to you recently?
The most exciting things for me are performing at new and varied events and venues, but performing at the recent Spring into Corrimal Festival on the main stage was great fun, I also am an enthusiast photographer, and recently got to do a paid photography job taking shots of number of bands, and that is something I really enjoy. and would love to do more of.
Where do you get inspiration and how do you create your music?
My inspiration comes from the world around me from including social and political environment at the moment.
The one song I have finished writing so far, that I play in my set is called ‘is it really that hard’ is about all the negative things we hear about (greed, violence, wars, famine, etc) and wondering why it is so hard just to be nice and love each other, but other songs I am working on are about myself and family, and people I know/have known.
Creating songs is a very slow process for me as I am busy and have a family and finding time to write is hard. but I usually get ideas while driving in the car and when I have stopped I note them down in my phone notepad.
My website: https://www.michaelbondmusic.com/
Who are your favourite artists in your local scene and how did they influence your style & sound?
I am influenced by a wide variety of music and styles.
As I am gigging myself most weekends I don’t get to see as much local music as I would like and couldn’t pick anyone in particular, but there are a lot of singer guitarist who plays around the area who are really talented, I don’t really think I have been influenced by any in my sound but I do take notice of people performing styles and what I think works and what doesn’t.
And If I hear a song that I am unfamiliar with but think is good played by a local artist I am influenced to look it up and learn it.
What’s the best live music show you’ve seen recently?
Neil and Liam Finn’ at Anita’s Theatre
What do you like about working with Southern Entertainment?
I have only recently started with Southern Entertainment, and have not yet had a gig, but am really looking forward to working with them.
What is your best and your worst memory on the road?
Best memories are any time there is a good crowd reaction, people dancing or singing along and when people come and thank me for my performance, made there day , etc.
I don’t really have a worst memory , but things like drunk people almost knocking my gear over, and once when busking someone stole some money from my case .
What do you think about Livetrigger?
I think it looks like a great initiative and is a great platform to connect musicians and promoters and music lovers.