60 seconds with - Spencer Scott / by Kian West

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NEXT UP IN OUR SYMPHONY OF LOCAL MUSIC INTERVIEWEES IS FOLK-PUNK ARTIST SPENCER SCOTT. A PUNK ROCK BOB DYLAN WITH AN ONLINE RELEASE COMING OUT THIS YEAR. CHECK EET. Spencer1

How would you describe the music that you make? Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Alternative stuff? I’m terrible at this sort of things. I’m too soft to be called Folk-Punk, but I think I’ve got a bit more bite than Angus & Julia Stone. I feel pretty in touch with acts that play on The Revival Tour, or The Glory Days tour here in Australia. It’s just angry/sad songs about growing up and stuff! It’s pretty good. What are you working on at the moment? At the moment I am trying to write new songs, I haven’t had any new material in a while, and I have some plans for some releases this year, the only thing getting in the way is the actual sitting down and writing it part! I’m also working on a slightly different project to start doing later in the year, but that’s a secret for now. Where is your next event? In April I am supporting some touring acts which I am excited about. On April 11th I am playing with a band called Melbourne called Hug Therapist, who are a really sick punk band. And on April 17th I am playing with The Dead Maggies, who were described to be as “Tasmanian Convict Punk”. Both of those are pretty cool When is the next release? Hopefully sometime in the next month or so I will have an online-only release with fellow Newy songwriter and all-round legend Andrew Richmond. And then in the 2nd half of the year I should be putting some new material out, which I am really excited about. Who is your biggest influence/s? I was a huge punk rock fan growing up, but one of the first artists to really introduce me to the acoustic guitar was Bob Dylan, who I don’t really need to say much about, but he’s still vitally important today. I remember another big influence being Pat The Bunny from the US, he was my first taste of “Folk-Punk” and it kicked in a door in my mind in regards to how I can go about making music. Then listening to people like Frank Turner and Wil Wagner were influential in finding that happy space between Bob Dylan and Pat The Bunny, ahahaha. If you could play anywhere where would it be? I’ve always wanted to play Gilman Street in California, do they have acoustic shows there? Either way, I’m a massive Green Day nerd at heart so I’ve always had the dream of playing at Gilman Street. Not to mention the massive amount of amazing bands that have played there. On a slightly more local scale, I’d love to do a set at The Old Bar in Melbourne, that place seems amazing, it reminded me of The Lass when I was down there.