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Coasting : Issue 8 Feb 2010
7 www.coastingtoday.com.au 4 Ash Street,Terrigal Phone: 4385 4222 www.letterboxrest.com.au Winner Business Achiever Awards 2009 Restaurant of the Year Spoil that someone special this Valentine s Day - Book Now Enquire about our holiday accommodation Open 7 nights a week Lunch available for groups bookings Fully licenced c8663121-4Feb members can now earn points. Ourimbah-Lisarow RSL Club Ltd. ...your family club our RSL Ourimbah s Best Kept Secret 6-22 Paci c Highway Ourimbah, NSW 2258 Ph: (02) 4362 1104 Fax: (02) 4362 1981 www.ourimbahrsl.com.au Fantastic Facilities and Affordable Dining Courtesy Bus Members Rewards & Discounts The Elton Experience starring Danny Elliott Friday 26th FEBRUARY From 8.30pm FREE SHOW c8680787-4Feb BIG SCREEN: Cannan, second from right, starred as surfer dude Scotty in the hit film Newcastle. to write songs on the drums, so I started concentrating on guitar when I was 16 and began writing my own stuff," Cannan said. "I guess I'm lucky because Mum has been really supportive. She records and releases albums and she's pretty understanding about the lifestyle I've chosen to live. "It can be very hard. The music industry doesn't do the best job of supporting even big artists who are sometimes not making ends meet because they are signed to a major label and only get a small percentage of their album sales. Most of the time you need a day job." Cannan is preparing to hit the road for a three-month tour of Australia. But he won't be coming to a pub near you, rather he'll be belting out his tunes on the street corner. For free. "I'm going all the way around the country but I'm not playing any venues. I'm not even going to be setting up a hat or putting out the guitar case. A friend is coming along and making a documentary of the tour which we'll play on the internet. "I'm also taking some promo discs for those who appreciate my music along the way. We've got 1000 pressed and might do another batch before we go." He hopes the trip will drum up some interest in his upcoming release Walk. "It's the 21st Century and things are changing massively in the music industry. Major labels are becoming old dinosaurs and there are new ways to promote yourself -- largely via the internet. It's a weird world, I'm getting some help at the moment to figure out Facebook and the whole social networking scene," he said. "I'll be launching my first single from the album on the road in March and hopefully the doco will help create some publicity." After spending the past six months holed up in his studio at Forresters Beach, Cannan is quietly confident that his new offering will be well received. "I've loved being able to set up my own creative platform and engineer an album I've played all the instruments on myself. It's an awesome little beach shack that I'm so blessed to have as a studio," he said. "I'm happy with Walk. I feel like I've come into my own a bit more as an artist." It's the second full-length release from Cannan who recorded Poet's Corner in 2006. "Basically I did that album to bridge a gap. I was given a bit of advice from a mentor at the time to stay under the radar and it was good advice as I still had a long way to go in terms of the kind of music I wanted to release. But this time I will be pushing the album much more. It will be in all the stores and on iTunes." The title track from Walk tells the story of an old weathered traveller. Other songs range from edgy laments about social injustice to tender love ballads. Cannan will play a farewell gig at Lizotte's at Kincumber on February 4, before hitting the road. "It's great playing at Lizotte's. There is always really good support. I love playing on the Central Coast, it's good to have people who appreciate you. I think it is so important that musicians have support in their home town," he said. "I could pack up and move to Sydney or Melbourne for more exposure, but I like where I live so much. The Coast just has such a great vibe." COASTING MUSIC AT EASE: Israel Cannan has resisted moving to a big city to further his career, preferring instead to call the Coast his home. Picture by Mia Clarke.
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