Heading to Brisbane for Dave Campbell aka Sometime Sonny and his new ethereal track Like Everybody Else
In early 2016, after years of playing in bands and learning from acclaimed local indie musos, Brisbane based artist Dave Campbell set about writing music for a solo project which would eventually become ‘Sometime Sonny’. Influenced by a collection of artists including Sticky Fingers, The Strokes, Tobias Jesso
Jr, and DMA’s, Campbell quickly wrote enough material for his self-titled debut EP.
Enlisting the help of mentor-turned-friend Hugh Middleton (Mid Ayr), Campbell artfully recorded the 4-track EP, somewhat illegally, in a Brisbane concert hall during the early hours of the morning. Campbell then passed the tracks to fellow Brisbane muso Alex L’Estrange to mix in his DIY home studio, dubbed the ‘Luv Basement Studio’.
Finally, the EP was polished and mastered by Melbourne-based engineer Matthew Redlich (Emma Louise, Ball Park Music, Holy Holy, Hungry Kids of Hungary), and released to the world in July 2017. Campbell says the EP recounts the tantalising tales of a ‘commitaphobe’ living in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs, spearheaded by the seducingly melancholic single “Wasted On Me”.
Fast Facts about Sometime Sonny
• While Campbell plays most of the instruments in the studio, his live band is made up of close friends
and band members from Mid Ayr, The Jensens, and Solomon O
• Campbell is one of Australia’s biggest Seinfeld nerds – a glorious portrait of Kramer can be seen
towards the end of the “Wasted On Me” music video
• When he was 9-years-old, Campbell was the 11th best chess player of his age in Queensland
Finding time between running his own guitar tuition business and working as a high school music teacher to complete the EP, Campbell now has “zero sick days or annual leave up my sleeves because I kept taking them to record, and I’ve been docked a couple of days pay too!”
Campbell says his recent studio time and upcoming new releases were produced under the influence of red wine, “so, my new songs taste very much like Pinot”.
While the lyrical subject manner of the debut EP is as raw and dark as it is easily-relatable at times, Campbell uses Sometime Sonny as an emotional outlet just as much as a creative one.
“I use songwriting as a bit of personal therapy. Sometimes my mates hear my darker songs and ask me if I’m okay – I reply with, ‘I don’t think I would be if I hadn’t wrote this song, but now I’m happy as Larry!’ It helps me sort out my head, and I get to work with my friends in the process,” says Campbell.
Over the next couple of months Campbell will continue to release new music, before hittin’ the road for his debut live shows.