We spoke with Brisbane’s multi-instrumentalist Sometime Sonny last week about his new single, and his plans for next year. You can check out his new single, “Like Everybody Else” via Soundcloud now, and make sure to follow him on social media here.
What made you decide to go with a stage name instead of your biological name?
Well, my biological name is David Campbell… and I don’t think i’m quite as famous as Jimmy Barnes’ son with the same name, so I thought I better not. When I was 15-years-old I applied for my first crappy retail job in order to buy my first decent guitar – the bloke said that I was very young with no experience, but he was going to give me the job because my name was the some as Barnes’ son… he said “how’s your dad going?” every shift!
When did you realize you wanted to become a singer?
It’s kind of funny actually, my mum use to bribe me to join the choir at school by letting me play MA15+ video games (when I was 10-years-old, irresponsible parenting I know). Obviously, I made it clear that I didn’t enjoy the choir very much for this to happen – I suppose she saw a future in my singing talents that I never did. Fortunately, I grew to love it, although not telling my mother to continue the rewards, and have been singing ever since. The choir style of music wasn’t as much to my taste, so I took what I learnt in the lessons and applied it to popular music.
You released your new single, “Like Everybody Else” recently. How has the reaction been to it so far?
The reaction has been great, huge love from all sorts of music blogs and there’s also some nice messages from friends and fans. I think everyone can relate to the lyrics in the song and that helps it to resonate with a lot of people. It’s an interesting feeling listening to people from another country review your song and making all these assumptions about me from what the song sounds like or where I’m from…
Can you tell us more about the meaning of “Like Everybody Else”?
I just started working full time as a music teacher this year and, although I love my job, it’s such a change from doing whatever I wanted with heaps of free time whilst at university. The song is about conforming to mainstream society and how that has become my life now. I plan on mixing things up though, particularly with hopefully a solid music career behind me – so I hope i prove the song wrong!
What made you decide to film your music video, “Wasted On Me” on a friend’s vintage VCR tape?
I could hire some bloke to come round and record everything with his fancy camera and script… but where’s the fun in that? I’d much rather have a ball with a few mates and give it a crack myself… I don’t want to take myself so seriously, y’know?
If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would your first three countries be located?
Well, I am yet to tour Australia so that is differently my number one… and hopefully something I will cross off very soon. My second would be Fiji, simply because it’s my dream to surf reef breaks during the day and play gigs at night, and I love the Fijian people and their culture. Finally, I’d love to tour in Germany – the beer halls over there are my idea of a perfect night out – imagine smashing back a couple huge beers and going for it on-stage… that’s the dream!
Who would be your dream collaboration to work with?
As soppy as it sounds, I’m actually crossing off a dream collaboration by working with Hughy from Mid Ayr on all my tracks. Then again, working with Dylan from Sticky Fingers or Julian from The Strokes would be pretty nice indeed!
What do you plan to achieve in 2018?
2018 promises to be a big year for me. I have plenty of releases ready to go and plan on touring as much as possible, so I am very excited about what lies ahead for Sometime Sonny.