I’ve just released a new song, and I’d love for you to hear it, share it and let me know what you think of it.
The name Everyone Does Best came about when I was thinking about being under the pump to get something done, (as I often leave things to the last minute). I came to the conclusion that although it’s better to start something early and finish it in good time, there is also a beauty to doing something last minute, making it extremely stressful for yourself and those around you
There’s nothing new under the sun, it’s simply another way of saying diamonds are made under pressure or something. When they need to, everyone does their best!
Even on the deadline of this song I was still getting final touches on the mix, and straight after that I was on the phone with a friend of mine getting artwork done at 12:00am, which was an unintentional ode to the message of this track. Again, not ideal, but… everyone does best.
The track takes a twist towards the end ([2:38]), it becomes light hearted and fun. I knew when I was writing it that I wanted to have this switch up in the composition.
Thank you for being in my life, I’m glad to be able to share my art with you.
This was our second run to Sydney with the band, and this time we drove down. A long wet drive finally led us to Bondi Beach where we stayed at a backpackers. Six beds and one sink is all you need my friend.
Thursday night we played at the Royal hotel in Bondi supported by Bonnie Grace Vargas, a fun show, a decent turnout, a bit quiet but still good.
The hostel we were staying at asked us to play on the rooftop of the building. Man that would have been fun. We’ve decided next time we’ll source a sound system and advertise it a bit. Imagine the rooftop packed out and doing a full show, I can’t wait.
Saturday morning we made our way home and that was the end.
This show exceeded my expectations, for one, Felons Barrel Hall is a really nice venue looking out to the water, the stage is good, and the sound was good, and good sound is critical to a good show.
We were supporting Lazywax, and the amazing thing about this is that in May 2021 I went to see Lazywax perform for the first time AT Felons, and I was fanboying hardcore. I’d heard Vol. 1 and couldn’t stop listening to it. Then, a year later, I’m performing with them as a support act for their headline show at the SAME venue. True honor it was.
I really like my band, but one thing we seem to do a lot of is rush the songs. Very common mistake I think for young bands.
One of our gigs supporting Donny Benet was atrocious for being what felt like 200bpm faster than usual, so I wanted to focus on not rushing for this show, if we could do that, I was stoked.
I find taking the time before a song starts to look around and make sure my band and I are all on the same page really helps this, and it really did make a difference on the night. What was nice is that a lot of my friends came to support me and I could see them all in the crowd.
My good friend Jonty Brown (Go Tell Media) took all of these photos. By the end of the night there were quite a few stokesauce stickers stuck to tables and cups.
I love my friends Hans and Muller, long live LAZYWAX
Bands: Lazywax + Julian Munyard Venue: Performing live at Felons Barrel Hall, Brisbane Date: June 11, 2022
Julian Munyard supporting Donny Benet was probably my favorite trip to Sydney so far, altogether it was a wonderful couple of days with the band, and as usual we learned so much about traveling and touring.
We were on a tight budget so I chose the early morning cheap flights, this meant an early start for us, unfortunately we hadn’t yet learnt that if we fly virgin as registered muso’s we can get more luggage allowance for our instruments, all for free.
So we had to fiddle with the luggage to get it all on the plane without additional cost, and to top it we had a MASSIVE road case for my DX7, which felt like it could have weight about 200kg .. somehow we got everything on the airplane.
Bakani always has good things to say when we look back at our first day in Sydney, we arrived so early that we had the entire day ahead of us before going to the venue where we were to perform.
We spent it doodling around in the city, which led us to the best sandwich shop we’d ever been to. We could tell it was the best in town, because after we arrived all white collar workers came out of their glass cells and formed a decent line outside the restaurant. We ended up ordering a sandwich and a burger each.
I think people could tell we weren’t from the city simply by our appearance and slight fascination with revolving doors. Max almost broke one trying to stay still inside of it.
We ended up at our motel which was called Marco Polo Motor Inn, it had pink walls wherever you looked, and there was something nice about it. Our door ended up getting very jammed and the maintenance guy had to come over.
We got on the bus with all our gear and headed to the venue, which funny enough was located inside Sydney University, there’s a whole venue in there.
Apparently it’s usually used for metal bands but Donny Benét was as far from a metal band as you can get, his music was smooth, crisp, there was groove, lots of it. I have to say Donny ’s set was amazing. What I notice about his band is that they play quietly, but it sounds so full and pretty.
We played just before Donny, the place was quite full by that stage and I’m glad I invited people to come down to the front when I did. Two songs in I broke a string, which set me back a bit, not only that, but it put my entire guitar out of tune. It sounded horrible haha.
So I was standing there tuning my guitar with a tuner app because I didn’t even have a tuner pedal. We kept it together, but I think the suddenness of it hit me and I got quite nervous after that, which led to me playing really fast and I swear all of the songs from that point onwards were 30BPMs faster than usual haha.
It happens, and to be honest I’m glad it did. Paul and Kyle, good friends of mine that also happen to be my booking agents, gave us a lift back to the Motel, Tim Ayre came with us too. It was really nice of him to watch. I appreciated that a lot.
We got about 3 hours of sleep from 1am to 4am, then got up and waited for the taxi to take us to the airport.
Even landing on the Sunshine Coast, there is an automatic shift in atmosphere, the hustle just sort of disappears when you get here, which I like.
That was it, I think it was something like 22 or 23 hours in Sydney, we didn’t even spend an entire day there. We were pretty exhausted by the end of it, but I’d do it all again
FATDOG – DIANE CLAROT – JULIAN MUNYARD & BAND – TYRA – KATE FLORENCE – CHUCHO BRUNO& SAMUEL MARKOVIC – SOLUA – MICA SCHETTINI – ROSIE WOODS- NIA – FRINGE SHOW – STEVIE G – CADA.TANTO – LA PINTADA – TOMÁS CABALLERO – GLOW – EM NIWA – NACHO B2B JOSKIE AND MORE!
Tuesday 29th of March 2022, we invite you to turn off your phones, go OFFLINE, and re-connect to your soul through the expression of Human Beings. OFFLINE is a carefully curated artistic experience with a diverse range of art. Come along and explore the different creative spaces in the lofty Sun City Gallery. Special thanks to Jason and Belinda!
General ticket: $45, Everyone is welcome, kids under 12 don’t need tickets. With your ticket, you will help the gathering of a wonderful community of artists. 100% of the booking fees are donated to children’s charities.
About 6 months ago, some friends invited me to an event in Noosa. It was more of a thoroughly planned party, with a few DJ’s, and 3 different rooms, one to dance, one to relax and talk, and one to play a game of Jenga, maybe get your face painted. The music was wonderful, and almost everyone you talk to is from a different part of the world, we had to leave early that night, but that wasn’t the end of these events for us.
We became close friends with the interesting people that held this event, they’re called Alter Ego. To put it in their own words “ALTEREGO is about sharing and connection, going back to the roots of the human essence. The interaction with nature through different expressions. Resistance to the virtualisation of communication. – it’s a break from the rat race, high speed modern way of living and social alienation. Everyone is welcome except industrial or superficial mainstream music.”
A great passage if you ask me, and my ideals align well with this statement. Months past and they asked my duo partner Bakani, and myself to perform a few songs for a video they would shoot, with the goal to capture an afternoon of music, sunset, sharing food, talking, and enjoying each other’s company. The afternoon was great, and later the 13 minute video was published, titled ‘Sunshine Session Vol. 1”. We performed 3 songs, 2 originals and one Mac Demarco song. It felt extremely natural, mainly because we didn’t have any microphones up close to us, and instead was a single condenser mic between us, and a chords running out of my guitar so, and that was enough to get quite a well balanced natural sound.
The video is worth watching, not because we’re in it, but because of the way it’s shot and edited, some of my friends who watched it said you really feel like you were there that day, amongst the small crowd.
The boys at ALTEREGO told me about an arts festival they were planning, and I knew from other parties that there was a precedent for great events. It was a nice combination of musical artists, illustrators, mime artists, and of course, people. I was asked to headline with the band, which was great, a really fun set, everyone was so warm and friendly when we played. What also helped is that mobile phones were banned, so when you look at the crowd they’re all looking at you or at least not at the ground. Everyone is really there, no escaping. That is one of ALTEREGO’s trademarks, no phones.
Here are a some photos of the event from many people with cameras, both film and digital.
I really look forward to where these guys go, I think they possess something the Sunshine Coast needs desperately, but it’s also something they can take around the world.