ANDREW COPLAND

Have you always been musical?

I’ve always enjoyed music on some level. My earliest musical memories are of my grandparents record player. I remember listening to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and those big band guys. Then it was just whatever was on the radio. I still have a lot of affection for the AM dial, easy listening stuff.

What/who are your musical influences?

First and foremost my influences are the people I grew up playing in bands with. John Mayer says that great music needs a ‘host’ – someone to introduce you to the classics of each musical genre. Hanging around with musos is a great way to be introduced to a wide catalogue of stuff.

What/who are you listening to now?

These days I listen to anything that’s ‘real’. A lot of music that’s made today is treated like a slice of bread even the people who make it know it’s going to go stale pretty quickly. I like to listen to music that will last.

A good song is always a good song. I like Tedeschi Trucks, Blackberry Smoke, stuff like that. Plus the classics, like Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, I could go on for ages…

Favourite line from a song?

Tough choice, but I’ll go with “She’s headed for the cheatin’ side of town” from Lying Eyes by the Eagles. It’s an incredible song, beautifully crafted with great structure and harmonies. There’s very few perfect songs, but that might be one of them.

Do you still practise regularly?

Every Friday and Saturday night!

What instruments do you play?

I play a lot of instruments badly and none particularly well. I’ve worked in music shops a bit in the past so you’ll pick up a different instrument and have a bit of a go. Mostly I play guitar and sing, but I can hold my own on ukulele, harmonica, bass, drums and a few others.

What gig would you like to have been/gone to?

The music scene in Brisbane in the early 2000s was pumping. I played in a few bands around that
time. The Valley was such a hub of great bands like Powderfinger, Regurgitator, Glockenspiel and more.

All of those gigs were great. Fat Ricks on a random Thursday night was always great. I’d go back there anytime.

If you could play any gig or venue, where would you play?

I love obscure gigs. I enjoy going to a country pub or a caravan park and playing for people who didn’t even plan on listening to music when they came out. I love winning people over, telling stories, having people shout out requests and then playing the song they requested and having them nod their head and sing along. I like a gig where I have to work for it.