Music from the roots
Emerge's Calen Le Couteur recently had a chat with Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter Chris Flaskas about his start in music, his latest single and what's in store
C: What first got you into music?
Chris: I come from a very musical family, I have a dad that has been gigging since he was 16.
I've just grown up with music being sung every single night of my life when I was going to sleep and funny enough all of the covers my dad used to play are the ones I've kind of inherited and slipped into my sets today.
C: How many instruments can you play?
Chris: I can play a fair few, the acts that I'm known for and I travel with, I play two different Yidaki Didgeridoos that are handcrafted in Australia. I play all different keys of harmonica, all forms of tribal percussion like West African drums.
I also play wood flutes and guitars, that's including 12 string lap steel slides, banjos, all kinds of stuff.
I've given a lot of things a go, but the ones I've really stuck with in my performance are the didgeridoos, percussion and harmonicas.
C: Can you tell me about your latest single Kings of High?
Chris: Kings of High was written last year, and with all of the music that I write are based on real experiences and I like to write songs that have meaning and a purpose. I'm really big on storytelling when it comes to my live performances and being able to portray the message I'm trying to get over.
The single was all about honoring self and the analogy within the words Kings of High of kind of looking back on ourselves and seeing that, you know we do have unlimited potential and the gift to be able to choose what we wish to create in this life.
C: Do you have any influences?
Chris: I absolutely love raw artists like John Butler and Xavier Rudd, Ash Grunwald just to name a few.
C: Any big plans for 2017?
Chris: I've got in my sights recording a new, six to eight track EP, I'm going to be doing that one at Heliport.
I'm going to be recording in the first few months of 2017, and the songs that I've written on the road for this EP have got lots of hooks, and some really cool melodies. I'm just really excited to get these done and out.
C: If you had only three words to describe your music, which three words would you use?
Chris: They would definitely be Earth, Rock and Vibrancy.
The reasons why I chose those is I've kind of dubbed my genre as Earth Rock, as people would always ask me what my genre is.