MUSIC has always been a big part of Aussie indie-folk rocker Christopher Coleman’s life. Constantly surrounded by guitars and siblings interested in music, it’s no wonder the Tasmanian native has begun a career in the industry.
“I first strummed the [ukulele] when I was four; there were always guitars around the place.
“Writing music didn’t come until the puberty phase when I was 14,” he says.
For Coleman, writing music is all about seizing the moment – inspiration arrives any place, any time.
“It’s gone through different phases. It’s a divine inspiration process. Put that in italics,” he says with a laugh.
“You just keep a notebook in the back pocket, write it down, then come back to it later.”
Coleman says his philosophy for writing music comes from a quote by Stephen King.
“Writing, it’s like archaeology. You’re searching for a great fossil and you want to get up as much of that fossil as you can.”
Coleman’s debut album, Christopher Coleman Collective, opened at number three on the Australian iTunes singer/songwriter charts and has been met by raving reviews.
Aphra Magazine described the album as “an incredible hour of organic, seemingly effortless, and inspiring music”.
Despite all the hype, the humble musician has stayed firmly grounded.
“I write every day.
“I don’t want to be one of those lazy rock musicians who releases an album once every four years,’’ he says.
Since releasing his album Coleman has been on the road throughout Australia.
“It’s been a tour of bi-polar highs and lows. One show in the Adelaide area, literally one person came to the show . . . the next night was sold out with 400 people.”
“It turned out to be the best show on the tour, playing to one person. For some reason I really embraced that.”
“Playing to that one person is far more memorable than playing to 400.”
Coleman’s 19-date New Zealand tour will be the first time he has crossed the ditch to our shores.
“I’m really really looking forward to it, getting to meet and drink with people. It’s kind of like an intensive working holiday.”
The Queenstown area has sparked some interest in Coleman.
“I noticed there’s a Mt Lomond near Queenstown, the same name as a mountain near home in Tasmania.”
“I also realised the mountains are on the same latitude.”
Catch Christopher Coleman next Thursday at Vinyl Underground at 10pm.