The China Blue Experiment describes itself as a “blues/pop fusion band with wide reaching influences, eclectic styles and troublesome personalities”, which demonstrates that if nothing else, the duo of Darren Forster and Gordon Cant has attitude in spades. Should be fun to check ’em out! Words by Darren Forster.
Why is it important for you to play in Singapore?
It represents a great opportunity to take our product to an international audience. We would like to the opportunity to (hopefully) impress the wonderful people of Singapore and beyond and would hope that we could establish ourselves in a way that means we can return regular and share our ever evolving musical experience.
What do you hope to take away from the experience?
Great memories, lots of fun, meet lots of wonderful people and the enjoyment of putting on a great show.
What is the band about? How did you form?
The band formed through a chance encounter at an open mic night in a dirty little Perth Blues Bar. It was a packed evening and I was due to go on at 11pm. Unfortunately/fortunately, the trio playing before me were amazing! I was due to get up solo and had no idea what I was going to pull out after such a great act. My solution was to ask the keys player and drummer to stay on stage and join me for my songs. They did, we had a great show and almost immediately set up the framework for what was to become The China Blue Experiment.
What is your musical philosophy?
Musically the act has very diverse tastes and interests. Gordon (keys) was trained in Switzerland as a Jazz scholar with very strong pop sensibilities, whereas I grew up listening to the Australian Rock/Pop scene as well as having been very influences by the likes of Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and The Doors. This makes for robust discussion around songwriting and direction, yet when it all comes out as a product neither of us feels compromised and were always both excited about the result.
Why should Singaporeans be interested in your music?
Because it’s honest, sincere. I think the honesty of it breaks down language barriers and people can relate to it whether or not it is sung in English or any other language for that matter.
SWAM Schedule at Beerfest Asia – 28th June 2015
The China Blue Experiment 3.45pm – 4.15pm
Stopgap 4.30pm – 5pm
Foreign Architects 5.15pm – 5.45pm
LEW 6pm – 6.30pm
Jake and the Cowboys 6.45pm – 7.15pm
Thanks to Timbre Music for making this interview possible.