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Brad Butcher

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
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'It’s said that some of man’s greatest achievements were first the stuff of dreams. it’s a notion to which Queenslander Brad Butcher could surely relate, considering his stellar debut longplayer started out in similar fashion....'
Going back to the beginning, meeting Anthony Lycenko and Ben McCarthy, I said that this was a dream I had, to make an album,’’ said Brad. ‘’I said, I’m not chasing fame or fortune, I’ve got these songs and I just really want to make an album.
‘’They helped me polish them up a bit before we went into the studio. My main aim was to be handed that disc at the end and have it be something I was proud of. Everything after that has been a bonus.’’
Since its November, 2012 release those bonuses have included rave reviews, numerous awards nominations, including three this year, and a maiden tour of Canada and America.
He was so well received by the Canadians that he’s been invited back next year.
Listening to the self-titled release it quickly becomes evident, any accolades are well deserved.
Throughout the course of 12-tracks he relays tales informed by his own experiences, the people in his life and the places he’s been. His lyrics conjure all manner of emotion, including love, loss, hope, sadness and defiance. He delivers each song with an honesty that is welcoming and refreshing.
This month Brad will play his second consecutive Gympie Muster. It’s an important gig for a man who finds himself embraced in equal share by the country music fraternity and the folk-roots community.
‘’It was a complete fluke last year,’’ he said. ‘’There was a big pile of music on the desk when Jeff [Chandler] took over the festival and he made a decision to go through them himself and check them out and he found me in there and said when he heard The Old Man’s Gone I was in. I could still be sitting on the edge of the bed if it wasn’t for that.
‘’I feel a lot more confident now that I’ve done it once. The people are that friendly there. Everyone comes up afterwards and introduces themselves and invites you to have a beer and I love that sort of thing. I’m lucky enough this year to have three shows, not just the one. I’m really looking forward to this year.
‘’The Gympie Muster is a good one. It’s people who own the music and love the music and make their way to a forest to see it. I love it.’’
Brad’s story leading to his start in music is filled with many trials, starting from his birth. He was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, restricting his ability to breathe. It left him with a defective voice box. Repairing the damaged vocal chords meant years of speech therapy as a child.
‘’The first time that it really affected my life was back in high school,’’ said Brad. ‘’I was in grade eight or nine and I had to speak in front of the whole school. I was like the house vice-captain I suppose you’d call it. And so I stepped up to the microphone and spoke to the whole school and to have the whole school laugh at you because they can’t understand what you’re saying is a pretty embarrassing thing, but I guess it’s character building as well.’’
‘’All those things that have happened in the past I use them to better myself now. It’s funny how things work and I always say that things happen for a reason. I use things like that to give me more confidence now, to speak clearly, and pronounce my words to make sure that people understand. I look back at that fondly now and I’m glad that happened because I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that.’’
Brad was forced to overcome another major obstacle after his schooling. He was working in a central Queensland mine when involved in a near fatal accident in which a crane rolled over.
It was this that led him to reconsider his future and ultimately his relationship with music, which had always been a sideline passion.
A friend of his eventually convinced him to send demos to producer/engineer Anthony Lycenko, who in turn introduced him to multi-instrumentalist Ben McCarthy.
Remarkably, the tracks that made the debut album were the only ones penned for the release. There was no great cull down from a figure three times as large, as is often the case.
‘’The Old Man’s Gone just fell out,’’ Brad said. ‘’That was two ten minute sittings. I don’t know how that happened but it did. Speed Of Sound was worked on for a good while. They didn’t all just fall out. I used to just go to bed and when I couldn’t sleep I’d start writing. And that’s when most of them were born. And then Ben and I got together over skype for six or seven hour long sessions to finish them off.’’
Brad said writing from the heart was essential.
‘’There’s not a song that I’ve written that doesn’t mean something to me for some specific reason,’’ he said. ‘’I don’t know how to write any other way. If I don’t believe in it or I have lived through it or seen it then I can’t write a song because it doesn’t connect with me. Some people say they can’t write personal songs, but I can’ - Capitol News


Whilst in Canada for this years NXNE, Brad was asked to perform his hit single 'Conversations and Complications' live on Canada AM - CTV News - Canada AM


After two months of deliberation by more than 50 judges across Australia, Conversations and Complications was selected as a finalist in the 2013 Queensland Music Awards.

The 2013 Queensland Music Awards is shaping up to be one of the most memorable nights on the Queensland music industry calendar, with QMusic today announcing an outstanding full list of finalists and live performances for the event.

Judging panels comprised of over 50 industry professionals from across the country have selected an amazing list of finalists, including Ball Park Music, Emma Louise, The Trouble with Templeton, Thelma Plum, The Amity Affliction, Evil Eddie, Harmony James and many more.

Winners across 21 categories are to be announced at the 2013 event, which takes place at Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre on August 13. This year’s QMAs will also showcase performances from some of Queensland’s most talented acts, including The Jungle Giants, The Trouble with Templeton, Violent Soho, Seja, Thelma Plum, Harmony James, Pigeon, BlaqCarrie, and Chukale. - Q-Music


Unsigned Only is a unique music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist…a newcomer or veteran…raw or polished – the “gem” that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

Conceived of and produced by the team who bring you the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions. Yes, it offers great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and industry professionals. But, Unsigned Only also takes it a step further and puts the Grand Prize winner in direct, personal contact with the influential record label executives who are the ultimate decision-makers. For the first time ever, a music competition offers the Grand Prize winner the unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by a group of record company presidents, A&R reps, and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, feedback, and networking opportunities.

2013 judges include: Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders); Cyndi Lauper; Iggy Pop; Carly Simon; John Oates (Hall & Oates); Eve; 3 Doors Down; Neon Trees; Brandi Carlile; Manchester Orchestra; Black Francis (The Pixies); Ryan Bingham; David Crowder; Craig Morgan; Robert Smith (The Cure); Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Of Monsters and Men; Wynonna; Faith Evans; Aaron Shust; Kirko Bangz; Hunter Hayes; G. Love; Jason Gray; Dustin Lynch; The Mountain Goats; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Vanessa Satten (Editor-In-Chief, XXL Magazine); Christopher Weingarten (Senior Editor, Spin); and Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post)

Mentors include a group of high-profile record company executives including: Monte Lipman (President of Universal Republic); Harve Pierre (President/Head of A&R, Bad Boy Records); Pete Ganbarg (Executive VP/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); Jon Cohen (President, Vagrant Records); Shawn Holiday (Senior VP of A&R, RCA Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing); Josh Bailey (Sr. VP of A&R, Word Label Group); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment and A&R/Capitol Music Group); Allison B. Jones (VP of A&R, Big Machine Label Group), Lisa Ramsey Perkins (Senior Director of A&R, Sony Music Nashville); Mio Vukovic (Senior VP of A&R/Head of Creative, Disney Music Group); and Dre McKenzie (Head of A&R, G-Unit Records).

The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $10,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category. First Place winners in each category will receive $1,000 in addition to other prizes. Second Place winners will also receive prizes. All prizes are listed on the Prize page. Winners will be announced in August, 2013.
- Unsigned Only Music Competition


This Tamworth, a lone figure walked on stage at the historic Town Hall for the very first time and played one song. By the end of the first verse and chorus Brad Butcher had the place holding their breath and hanging on his intricate guitar melody and the story of a young boy wondering where home is now that his Dad is gone.
A young coal mine crane operator from central QLD, Brad has pursued his music week on, week off, for the last 10 years. “It certainly makes gigging hard” Brad says with a laugh “but it’s a passion.” And when listening to his remarkable self-titled debut CD, one can easily hear Brad’s tasteful influences. Cat Stevens, Ryan Adams, Ray Le Montagne and Ryan Bingham, all great storytellers with rustic, lonely and introspective stories beautifully sung with defined signature tones and set within stark melodic landscapes.
Playing a high level of Rugby League for many years in and around Mackay, Brad was in a rather fortunate position with his mother and uncles going to school with one of Mackay’s favourite sons Graeme Connors. “It started with him lending me a song-writing book and I would send him through my early stuff.” Brad says, “You could tell if he liked it or not if he replied and although he would never tell me what to do, he would offer subtle hints so I could figure it out on my own.” “After I sent him ‘The Pipe Song’ (opening track) Graeme sent me a note back saying “You are really on the right track now!” Right track indeed, and after a further few years of developing and honing his craft he found stoic and skilful believers in Anthony Lycenko and multi instrumentalist Ben McCarthy. Combining talents they locked into Studio 301 in Byron and produced an album that can comfortably go down as one of the smoothest, most polished and mature debut albums. One rarely heard in this modern day of smash and grab. The production is luxurious, spacious and contrasting, a Harry Morant of melody and dirt. The sweet, fluent sophistication of a string ensemble married with a grunting banjo jug-band percussionist. Unrelenting. Red dust and caviar. Australian.
“I really wanted to make an album like Ray Le Montagne.” Brad says, “I never wanted to be a Hat Band country singer and to me Ray is cool country.”
Brad says, “The albums’ theme is a reflection on life – and trying to stay positive.” The scope of songs and themes are best explained by Brad himself.
‘Speed of Sound’- When things seem to be spiralling out of control and no matter how hard you try to correct it or change what ever it is you just keep making mistake after mistake. I have heard this referred to as ‘quicksand’, the more you struggle the deeper you sink.
‘The Old Man’s Gone’ - This song is basically about broken marriages
and the children involved. It’s written from the perspective of a young child who is now living
with the mother since the divorce.
‘Another Fall’ - I wrote this song after my dad’s mum, my grandmother, passed away. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor and died 3 months later which was a huge shock to everyone. She was a nurse for many years and was always happy and very healthy. It was especially hard on her husband, my grandfather, and this song is about how he coped with such a sudden wrench after 52 years of marriage.
Conversations and
and the children involved. It’s written from the perspective of a young child who is now living
with the mother since the divorce. ‘Another Fall’ - I wrote this song after my dad’s mum, my grandmother, passed away. She
Complications’ - This was written after a heated argument. It’s something that every young adult goes through when you’re at the age you think you are capable of making your own choices and decisions in your life and sometimes parents or guardians just aren’t ready to let you be that person.
‘This Anxiety’ - At the time of writing this song the Mackay area, and broader regions, were dealing with some major issues. We had a huge flood which really hurt a lot of people and ruined cane crops throughout the region. We were on the verge of a Global Financial Crisis and there was a lot of talk coal mining, one of biggest industries in the area, having a direct affect on the climate. This song deals with all three and the way people felt about it.”
Well enough said really, combine the depth and eloquence of the above with stunning, classic, contemporary, urban production and there you have it – Ladies and Gentlemen – Brad Butcher.
- Country Update Magazine


Brad has today been selected as a finalist in the International Singer-Songwriter Awards for his song ‘The Old Man’s Gone’.

We Are Listening has brought together an exceptional panel of judges for an extraordinary international song contest – The Singer/Songwriter Awards!

Six gifted contest winners will choose from six different prize packages, including an exclusive recording session with producer Steve Williams (Sting, Eric Clapton, Seal) in London, England; one week songwriting retreat in Stockholm, Sweden; television and film placement; 8 week US college and community radio promotion; record mixing and mastering; and CD duplication.

As part of the prize, selected songs will also be non-exclusively represented by We Are Listening and supported through global digital distribution, sync licensing administration and online promotion. - We Are Listening


FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2013 APRA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS!
Thomas Busby, Husky Gawenda, Matt Corby, Leah Flanagan, Jordie Lane, Morgan Evans & more on the final hitlist.

Today, 36 songwriters and composers have been announced as finalists in the 2013 APRA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS (PDAs) and are now one step closer to becoming our next success story.

A panel of high profile judges including Jason Mraz, Josh Pyke, Gary Clark, Troy Cassar-Daley and Sam Hollander has given their initial verdict to arrive at an exciting list of composers who are in the running to receive one of eight PDAs when they are announced on Monday, March 25.

The finalists’ list features an intriguing mix of songwriters and composers including some that are already on the rise. From Matt Corby, Husky Gawenda, Thomas Busby, Leah Flanagan and Elizabeth Rose to experimental classical composer Julian Day, rising country music star Brad Butcher, screen composer Amy Bastow and Casey Golden who is making his mark on the Australian jazz scene.

With a total prize pool value of $240,000 this year’s winners will take home a life-changing package to the value of $30,000 including $12,000 cash courtesy of APRA. Winners will also receive a ‘Music Industry Consultancy Package’ that involves one-on-one sessions with Managers, Publishers and Music Industry business teams, so they’ll be fully set up to take their career to the next level.

Drum roll please for the finalists of the 2013 APRA PDAs:

POPULAR CONTEMPORARY
(3 Awards will be given in this category including Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Hip Hop, Dance and R&B)
Andy Bull, Andrew Burford, Thomas Busby, Thomas Calder, Jack Carty, Matt Corby, Husky Gawenda, Georgi Kay, Jordie Lane and Elizabeth Rose

CLASSICAL
Julian Day, Nirmali Fenn, Alexander Garsden, Daniel Rojas and Chris Williams

JAZZ
Kristin Berardi, Sam Boon, Casey Golden, Steve Newcomb and Matthew Sheens



COUNTRY (please note votes in this category were tied, hence 6 finalists)
Chelsea Basham, Lachlan Bryan, Brad Butcher, Peter Denahy, Morgan Evans and Matt Scullion

FILM & TELEVISION
David Barber, Amy Bastow, Tristan Coelho, Aaron Kenny and Joe Twist

ABORIGINAL TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER (ATSI)
Dewayne Everettsmith, Leah Flanagan, Nathan Lamont, Gina McGill and Warren H Williams

The winners of the 2013 APRA PDAs will be announced on Monday March 25th.
- The Australian Performing Rights Association


With awards and celebrity recommendations aplenty, Brad Butcher is one of Queensland’s rising songwriters.......He has a rich, polished, welcoming voice as a singer-songwriter and over the past two years, Butcher has toured alongside Pete Murray, Busby Marou and Mark Seymour, performed at the Gympie Muster, Tamworth Country Music Festival and BIGSOUND and has been shortlisted for multiple awards for songwriting. He’s currently touring in support of his self-titled debut album, which was released to critical acclaim late last year. - Time Off


'Music should make you think, feel and reflect - and Brad Butchers' songs do all those things. Brad is an intense songwriter who has plumbed the depths of his soul to create thoughtful vignettes of those small but powerful moments in life that affect us all. Musically, this album is delicate and rich. There is some exquisite playing and a couple of beautiful vocal appearances from Sue Ray and Lou Bradley. But it's Brad's gentle, warm, evocative voice that's the star of this album. He takes his songs and literally breathes life into them. This is an album for listening - certainly not partying. Yet there are plenty of lighter moments that bring a smile to your face. Some of the standout tracks are the latest single, 'Conversations', the poignant 'Another Fall' and 'The Old Man's Gone' and the warm 'Reach For Me Now'. My favourite track was the the beautiful 'what if' song 'There You Are'. Brad Butcher is world class and has a very bright future ahead of him' SUSAN JARVIS - Rural Press


'Butcher’s voice is smooth and beguiling.......there’s a genuine intensity to it and signs of an agile mind feeding it. And as you get past the predominantly acoustic opener ‘Pipe Song’, you discover that Butcher is also musically agile, ‘Speed Of Sound’ delivering a portentous energy driven by an incessant bass line and shards of angular electric guitar' Martin Jones - Rhythms Nov 2012 - Rhythms Magazine


CENTRAL Queensland's favourite sons Busby Marou and newcomer Brad Butcher will receive a festive welcome home next month.

The musicians will play at the Brigalow Beatz festival at Clermont and are proud to be part of the line-up.

"We were very surprised at the line-up and that it was in Clermont," Jeremy Marou, half of Busby Marou and a Rockhampton local, said.

"It's all looking fantastic. It could well become an annual thing, from what (organiser James Dein) said."

It's clear the festival was developed with a regional focus. In addition to Brad Butcher, from Dysart, and Busby Marou and The Short Fall, Neda, a former Rio Tinto train driver in Western Australia, will grace the stage.

Busby Marou are in the midst of their Bring It Home tour visiting Cairns, Emerald and Gladstone and it's clear they enjoy the country reception. Jeremy said their performance at the Mt Isa Rodeo had been a major success.

"It was our first time in Mt Isa," he said.

"It was pretty a big event - I don't think any of us had any idea of the scale."

Brad Butcher grew up in Dysart, the son of a milkman and a community worker.

Despite moving to Mackay at age 11 and now living in Brisbane, he still works in Dysart driving cranes. It took Brad a while to figure things out, before finding the country folk sound on his debut album.

"I wasn't one of the guys born knowing what I wanted to do," he said.

"I tried different things. I wanted to play rugby league - I wanted to be the next Darren Lockyer.

"When I realised you had to have some serious talent (to do that), then through family friends in Moranbah I started working for a crane company."

He began a cabinet-making business after a mining accident.

"There was a serious incident - a large train, a company 200- tonne train, that ran over the top of me. It was a deadset near brush with death. That was when I decided if I'm cabinet-making, there's less chance of me being squashed."

After a few years he went back to mining, leaving his off-time for music. It turned out to be a smart move, this year he's played at the Bigsound conference and been nominated in the Queensland Music and MusicOz awards.

He's launching his debut album this month at Mackay and Rockhampton, with another show in Brisbane after Brigalow Beatz. But he's looking forward to revisiting his roots.

"I've got really good friends who live in Clermont and I've played gigs in the local pub and gone to footy games out there," he said.

"The coal mining has only come to them in the last 20-30 years. A lot of guys still work on properties ... it's good, people there are very down to earth."

Brigalow Beatz is at Clermont Showgrounds on November 3-4. Brad Butcher and Busby Marou join Boy and Bear, The Black Sorrows, Bombs Away, King Cannons, Emma Louise, Gossling and more. BYO camping is available. Visit brigalow beatz.com.au.
- The Rural Weekly


Singer song-writer Brad Butcher took the hard road to a career in music. But with two singles from his forth-coming self-titled debut album now selling, it’s time for the boy from country Queensland to hit the long-road and tour.
Butcher had kept his folk-rock guitar tunes all to himself. That was until an intelligent friend rescued him from a sweltering-hot Queensland coal mine by suggesting he send some demos to producer/engineer Anthony Lycenko (Pete Murray/Busby Marou).
Having produced Pete Murray, Lycenko must have seen the similarities between the two reluctant stage performers. Both Butcher and Murray came from similar backgrounds. Both first attempted careers as rugby league players before injuries forced them out of the sport. Both musicians were slogging away in hard labour jobs and only playing their guitars in private until pushed by friends who recognised their talents.
Butcher has since gone on to be a finalist in this years’ QMA and MusicOz awards for his songwriting, and has toured with Busby Marou, played Big Sound and The Gympie Muster and supported Pete Murray and Mark Seymour.
The second single off his album, to be released later this month, “Conversations and Complications” has started find its way onto radio station playlists. His self-titled debut will be released on October 25, and Butcher will play a string of shows throughout Queensland to launch the album.
Thursday October 25th - Mackay Convention Centre, Mackay, with Shortfall
Friday October 26th - Studio 2 Nightclub, Rockhampton, with Shortfall
Wednesday November 7th - The Tribal Theatre, Brisbane, with Sue Ray
- The AU Review


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'Brad Butcher has the potential to achieve considerable critical acclaim and commercial success...he has already attracted the attention of key media tastemakers including the pivotal Australian national radio station - Tripe J.' John Watson, Manager - Gotye, Silvverchair, Missy Higgins, Wolfmother. Eleven: A Music Company

'Butcher’s voice is smooth and beguiling.....there’s a genuine intensity to it and signs of an agile mind feeding it..... he has plenty to say.....Butcher is also musically agile, ‘Speed Of Sound’ delivering a portentous energy driven by an incessant bass line and shards of angular electric guitar’ Martin Jones Rhythms Magazine

‘Brad is an intense songwriter who has plumbed the depths of his soul to create thoughtful vignettes of those small but powerful moments in life that affect us all.....Brad Butcher is world class and has a very bright future ahead of him.’ Susan Jarvis Capitol News

'Brad has a voice that can silence a room with the softest of melodies. A gift, that has to be seen live to be believed. The songwriting is pure and honest and his down to earth nature is highlighted with every lyric.' Tom Busby. Busby Marou.

'I had the honor of hearing Brad for the first time 2 months ago and was immediately touched by the pure honesty of his voice and his songs. I was asked to write w/ Brad and I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Now, 2 weeks later and 4 songs in, I am so touched by his talents that I have no doubt we will be hearing a lot from Brad very soon and when we do Brad, I will personally take you to Asbury Park and the Stone Pony so you can sing your version of "I'm On Fire" there, Aussie style!! Marc Swersky.' Producer / Composer. Diesel, Joe Cocker.

As a youngster, Brad Butcher mimicked the sounds of his mother playing Bach and Beethoven on the family piano; he wasn’t yet old enough to realise that it was the sign of an instinctive connection to melody, but he knew it made him happy. A central Queensland country kid with a sense of community and a tight family bond, he wrote songs on a hand-me-down guitar to entertain mates, commemorate momentous occasions, and to work through troubles. And then he did the right thing – he learned a trade, got a job, earned a living.  

 

For over a decade, Brad kept his voice and his songs largely to himself, privately honing a singer/songwriter style that mixes the working class grit of Springsteen with the tender expression of Ray LaMontagne. From the confines of a coalmine crane though, an adage once shared kept rattling around his brain: Find your obsession, make it your profession and you’ll never work a day in your life.

 

At the age of 28, it was time to implement a plan for his life-long obsession of crafting honest stories set within stark melodic landscapes. In 2012, Brad released his acclaimed self-tilted debut album, which earned him a showcase at BIGSOUND, Australia’s foremost international music conference. Finalist nominations for a range of Australian and international songwriting and artist development awards followed, as well as supports and guest appearances alongside Busby Marou, Bill Chambers, Mark Seymour and Pete Murray. His music filled the homes of dozens of Australians who welcomed him as part of a year-long house concert series; they piled onto rural kitchen benches, and spilled into suburban backyards, to share in the intimate tales of their own neighbourhoods from Tassie to the Territory.

While his debut effort was a tribute to family and friendship, and the love, hope, loss and redemption experienced amongst such relationships, Brad explored new themes as he wrote prolifically for his forthcoming sophomore album. Recorded in New Jersey by Grammy award winning producer Marc Swersky (Joe Cocker, Diesel), it centres around themes of travel and the contrasting lifestyle of a fly-in fly-out worker who always has home in his heart and a guitar close to hand. At the core of it all though is an uncomplicated country bloke striving to connect, inspire and remain true.

Jamestown is scheduled for release in early 2015


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