Gentle Bones is a humble and very talented musician who can’t wait to perform at Sonica Music Festival

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The Sonica Music Festival is going to be held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne on Friday, 17 March 2023 – that’s so so close now. The event will be co-presented by CA&C and Arts Centre Melbourne as part of Live at the Bowl. Live at the Bowl is a summary festival programme curated by Arts Centre Melbourne and supported by Creative Vic.

One of the acts performing at Sonica Music Festival is Gentle Bones. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Gentle Bones about music, visiting Australia and what to expect from his performance.

Thank you for taking the time to speak with All Access Asia today.  Could we start off with you telling us a little about yourself?

My name is Joel Tan I’m a singer/songwriter that goes by the name Gentle Bones.  I’ve been doing the singer/songwriter thing for quite a while now.  I’m very excited to be coming down to Sonica Music Festival on Friday, 17 March at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

I’m very excited to be able to present my music in a live setting to those who have followed me and my music.

How did you get involved in music?

I’ve always been a huge fan of music since I was young, and I’ve always listened to a lot of different kinds of music.  When I was in secondary school when I was about 13 years old I started listening to a lot of music and then I started learning the guitar when I was 16. 

I was inspired to write songs by Ed Sheeran and then I was doing covers and uploading them to YouTube.  The YouTube cover channel was called Gentle Bones.  I put out my first original single on the YouTube channel in 2013 and now we’re here.

Sonica Music Festival in Melbourne will be your debut performance in Australia, how did your involvement come about?

I got lucky and received an email enquiry about having Gentle Bones perform at the Festival.  I’m very thankful.  I haven’t had the chance to be in touch with many Australian fans previously.  I’m a huge fan of Australia and so when I found out that they were keen on having Gentle Bones come and perform it was a huge honour. I’m very excited to meet and perform for those who listen to my music and I’d like to thank them specifically for listening to my music which I’m sure is part of the reason that I was invited to perform.

What are you most looking forward to about performing at Sonica Music Festival?

I’m looking forward to performing all my songs.  Most importantly being able to translate what would originally have been an online connection between my music and those who listen to it into a live setting. It means a lot to me to be given a chance to enjoy the music together with those who listen to it.  I think that’s the most fun part of a live performance.

What can attendees expect from your performance?

I hope to put on a good performance.  It will be quite an exciting set.  Over the years I’ve had high expectations of myself and the songs I put out purely because of how big of a fan I am of many different acts and the songs that I’ve been drawn to over the years. I tend to want to perform music that resonates with those who listen to it as strongly as I resonate with the songs that I love.  I hope to do my best and hope that people enjoy my music.

Have you been to Australia before?  If you have, what do you like most about Australia?  If you haven’t, what are you looking forward to doing/seeing once you arrive?

I have been to Australia before.  I actually shot a music video for ‘Shifting Over‘ in Australia in 2016.  My favourite part about Australia is the drive down the Great Ocean Road.  I’ve heard Melbourne has great coffee and I love coffee so I’ll definitely be trying that.

Who/what are your biggest influences and biggest inspirations when it comes to developing your own sound?

I wouldn’t say that I have a biggest influence or inspiration, I think that varies over time.  I have been a huge fan of many different acts over the course of my life.  Every one of them has inspired me greatly to create the music I create now.  Ed Sheeran specifically inspired me to start song writing.  I realized that many of my favourite acts have had their influence on the way I write music as well in terms of the themes they explore.

As for developing my own sound, I’ve been very fond of electronic music in the past couple of years and the diversity it allows in creating soundscapes and telling a story with not just lyrics alone.  I intend to hone in on the totality of music and how everything comes together from the melodies to the instrumentation to the electronic production to the mix and the master audio wise and of course the music videos.

I think most recently I’m trying to explore music being a tool to empower and encourage listeners to perhaps find a comforting solution to the troubles that we go through from time to time.

Your latest release ‘The Right Words’ is an upbeat track about not being able to find the right words.  As it’s the first track from your upcoming EP, what else can we look forward to with that release? 

What else you can look forward to is more music!  The next track to be released will be previewed at Sonica Music Festival.  It’s coming out real soon and it is an exploration of many things that I feel like has amounted to many discoveries that I’ve made throughout this journey.

I’m very excited to have this music drop.

Gentle Bones ‘The Right Words’

If you could pick any artist to collaborate with, who would it be and why?

There are many artists that I would like to collaborate with.  I’m a fan of many different artists and I feel that even if I’m not a fan yet, I do feel like everyone’s passion is something that we can all learn from when creating music together.  On an even larger scope, not just music creators in general, we have a lot to learn from each other.  I can even learn from my listeners themselves so collaborations are ongoing

What’s the song-writing and recording process like for you?

The song writing process for me varies all the time.  Sometimes I will write with the guitar, at other times I will create a simple beat on the computer and I’ll sing over it.  Sometimes it will be walking down the street and having a melody in my head and I’ll record it down and build on that.

How it starts is always very interesting and how you build on it is always a fun process as well.

The recording process is fun in general

What are you listening to at the moment?

I’m listening to a lot of Rangga Jones and Gareth.T.  I’ve been a fan of Gareth for a long time and I’m very excited to see him live at Sonica Music Festival as I haven’t had that opportunity yet.

What sort of artist do you aspire to be?

I wouldn’t say I aspire to be any particular type of artist. I take great pleasure and honour in being one of the many artists that my listeners are fond of. As a big fan of music I listen to many different artists, and, as an artist myself, to be one of the artists out of many that my listeners enjoy listening to is more than enough for me.

What’s coming next for you?  What are your plans for the next 12months?

Sonica Music Festival is next, then putting out my EP.  I can’t wait to continue to improve on my music creating abilities and put out more music that people enjoy listening to.

All Access Asia would like to thank Gentle Bones, Warner Music Asia  and Sonica Music Festival for the opportunity to have a catch-up and chat about Sonica Music Festival and everything that’s coming.

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, they are on sale now, but are limited. Head here to secure yours: Sonica Music Festival Tickets.

Are you excited to see Amber at Sonica Music Festival? Have you listened to Gentle Bones before? ARe you looking forward to seeing him perform live? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Written and edited by Narelle

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