I grew up in Boronia, in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It was reasonably rough back then. Still is, I think. It was de rigueur for a nerdy lookin' kid like me to get chased down the street by dudes in Toranas looking for a fight. Boronia did, however, have a record shop called Sight & Sound, and a lovely little cinema.
The first single I bought with my own money was the 12" of John Farnham's Pressure Down! Bought at Boronia K-Mart when I was five. Though I dare say I wasn't earning my own money at that age.
My first gig was Paul McCartney at the MCG, March 10, 1993. I'll be going to see him in December again. Only took him twenty five years to come back!
The first gig I performed was a school concert – 1995, maybe 1996? I did a medley of Sunshine Of Your Love and Oh! Darling. It exists on video unfortunately. I wore an ill-fitting waistcoat, round Lennon sunnies and a headband.
Turning point in my musical career -Seeing Pete Townshend play guitar as a young 'un and realising how music could help me. Probably my biggest failing as a human being is my inability to communicate. It's something that's always been with me and for the life of me I've not been able to shake it to this day. After seeing him play guitar I realised that there's something about the physicality and visceral emotion of writing and playing music with which I'm able to communicate things I'd never be able to in spoken or written word. Music really did save my life, I mean that without a hint of exaggeration.
Country audiences are less inhibited than city audiences - there's a lot less chin-stroking going on. You Am I are currently on a regional tour with the Hoodoo Gurus and I had a wonderful few shows in country Victoria and Tasmania with Rockwiz last month so I've had plenty of experience in country areas recently. The air's fresher, the folks are friendlier and everyone's up for it.
When it comes to writing, I like locking myself away. I don't mind collaborating but I'm a solitary writer and get the best results that way usually, even though I've had fun in recent times writing songs with others. It takes me a while to figure out what's going on in my head and I feel like I can't let anyone else in until I've figured it out myself, whether it's a chord change or a twist or turn in a phrase.
I try not to listen to anything while I'm writing. I'm influenced by enough in my subconscious that I don't want anything to too overtly colour or influence what I'm doing.
With I’m Gonna Burn Out Bright I wasn't too sure what I was setting out to do, other than make a brash, colourful pop record. Which I'd like to think is how it turned out!
The first person I played it to was my partner Kat or my friend Brett Wolfenden, who plays drums with me. Both offered some invaluable advice on arrangements etc.
I've been looking for an excuse to move to Regional Victoria and you've just given me one. Got a spare room for me?
Davey Lane will be launching his new album I'm Gonna Burn Out Bright on August 18 at the Gasometer Upstairs with special guests The Girlatones
Album available August 18 on Capgun Kids through MGM Distribution