Hat Fitz & Cara tell us about what first fired their love of music…
“When I was a young fella I had my father and his friends play music around me, which was mostly Australian country music. It was not till I was about 11 or 12 years old that it actually got the hairs up on my neck listening to live music, that’s when I started standing in front of the mirror with a guitar strapped around my neck pretending I was playing in front of a crowd on stage.
“Listening to artists from Johnny Cash, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Rose Tattoo that got me feeling good inside, this was when I knew I wanted to play music as it emulated this feeling. I then ventured to playing with other musicians that were of my calibre and forming a band and living the dream I had wished for. After decades of failed relationships and marriages and dreaming of having a partner I could share my music with I actually found her and so you see there are many pinnacle moments in my life – and hopefully many more to come – that influenced me and still do.”
“Growing up in houses constantly hearing music had opened up my ears at an early age, what with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell always blaring out the speakers I was naturally always singing along. I guess this is where I learnt to sing harmonies too. But I’ll never forget that moment when our teacher in school fell ill and we had a stand-in who was a huge Lead Belly fan and instead of singing the pagan hymns, he taught us to sing slave songs by Lead Belly. By singing the repetitive lines of these songs I’ll never forget the deep emotion that stirred within me, where tears just streamed down my face and a feeling of release immersed.
There has been many a moment of reigniting the love for music but nothing such as when I met my love and best friend musician Hat Fitz who shares the same hunger, if not more, in making music. This was a pinnacle moment for me.”
Thanks to Hat Fitz & Cara for the latest in our series of artist blogs.
Hat Fitz & Cara’s new album Wiley Ways is out this week on GLP Records and you can catch them touring the UK and Ireland through July and August.
Check their Gig List for more details