Breaking New Ground

As of this year I am a completely independent musician and creator, and it’s just a little bit daunting. 

When I began to wholeheartedly pursue music as a career I was really apprehensive about whether I could legitimately make it work long term; and I’m really excited to see it become a reality in 2018. This year has also already seen me play the biggest show of my life and complete my longest tour to date - both of which I have learnt so much from and been incredibly inspired by. 

This tour has now seen me visit every state and play every capital city in Australia which is feat I never thought I’d accomplish having grown up in a town where there isn’t a single show to play. We’ve been trapped by flash flooding in far North Qld, showered under waterfalls in the Blue Mountains, explored cave systems outside of Canberra, camped in a volcanic crater in Victoria, walked through salt lakes along the Great Ocean Rd, swam in Cataract Gorge in Tasmania, gazed at giant ant mounds at Litchfield in the Northern Territory and that’s not to mention the shows themselves. 

I don’t think I’m in any position to give advice really, but something I’ve been thinking about a lot is risk vs. reward. I keep seeing Facebook business guru’s saying that if you don’t “jump” or take the risk that you’ll never make it to where you want to be… and I agree, but to a point. Risk is always a factor in achieving your dreams but you shouldn’t risk everything and just blindly hope that things will work out. You step out and take the risk because you still have a foot planted on solid ground to hold you if you stumble. If I just went cold turkey on other jobs and went into touring and teaching full time I would of failed spectacularly. I had too much to learn and I needed a base that would allow me to expand slowly and build with a foundation strong enough to support that growth. 

Even though I cannot tell what lies ahead for me, I can only hope that this will only continue to grow into new heights and allow me to keep developing as a player and teacher over the years to come. Thank you to all my students, those of you that have listened to Young Lions and come out to shows - I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d be doing without you. 

Here’s to breaking new ground, may this be as fruitful for you as I know it will be for me.

- Matt