Mark your diaries! Forage Fest, The Welder’s Dog’s first ever craft beer and music festival, is set to take place on December 8 on the rooftop of the Rusden Street Carpark. With a stellar line up of musicians, including iconic country music legend Kasey Chambers, tickets to this event are extremely limited! FOCUS chatted with Kasey, to see what’s been happening in her world lately …
Hi Kasey. Last time we chatted, you were touring your Bittersweet album. You seem to have been on a bit of a roll since then! Your new album, Campfire, has recently been released. What’s inspired you to be so musically active of late?
When I record albums I usually need a few years, mainly for the writing side of things. It never takes a long time to make a record; I like going into the studio and making a record pretty quickly. I like that process to be very live and not to overthink things.
The last few years I feel like I am more inspired to write than ever; the only thing I can really put it down to is I’m really plugged into life at the moment, and I guess that’s a good and a bad thing sometimes. Sometimes when you’re really plugged into life, you can get really carried away. I’m probably working more than I ever have in my life, but I don’t really feel like it’s work – so I use that term loosely.
The Tamworth Country Music Awards was a special one for you this year. Tell us about your prestigious award and what this means to you.
I was inducted into the Roll of Renown. I didn’t realise at the time, but I was the youngest person to be inducted. It was amazing; I don’t think when you’re being creative and you’re contributing in a creative sense to an industry you ever think about it as actually leaving a legacy at the time.
I certainly don’t think about that – I don’t know if I will one day – but for me, I just get lost in whatever I’m doing at the time.
I just think about it in my own way and I think about it as an extension of myself and who I am and how I want to express myself and connect with people – but you’re certainly not thinking about the big picture at the time. When I’m sitting there writing a song, I’m thinking about a very small picture in my life.
It means something very big to me to know that it’s actually changing people’s lives, but then even to shape the journey of an industry is just really wild to me. To be recognised for that and to be reminded that what I’ve done and I’m continuing to do is just really special … I was really chuffed.
It’s not my intention or why I do music, but it’s nice to know that I actually have helped to shape things in an industry – especially when I feel like I’ve done it in a positive way, and I’m proud of that. It’s really nice for other people to recognise that as well.
Tell us about your latest project, Campfire. What have been some of the most memorable campfires you’ve sat around?
The first one that comes to mind are about some of the first memories of my life, with my family in the outback playing music. But then, I’ve sat around a campfire in Africa playing songs while there were wild animals around us; I had never experienced anything quite like that!
And then, having big cookups on an open fire in Norfolk Island as well; those sorts of things have been big influences and big moments in my life, that felt like simple and small moments at the time, but they become big memories in my life.
Forage Fest – Dec 8, commences 11:30am on the rooftop of the Rusden Street Carpark. Craft beer, live music and great food! Music line up includes Kasey Chambers, Tim Rogers, James Bennett and more! Limited tickets: https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/forage-fest-2018/107272