Keys returns with a musical treat
HE didn’t quite make it to Darwin but Adrian Keys is making it to Gympie for a gig tonight.
Keys, who is currently on a national tour which was to finish with a final gig in Darwin, said yesterday that after nine months on the road he had made it to Cape Tribulation, but would make it further north on another tour.
The Perth musician joked that after touring Australia in a van he was looking forward to settling in Brisbane and having a bathroom again.
Performing at the Royal Hotel tonight, Keys is on the return journey of his tour and decided to stop in Gympie for a performance after having played a gig at Kin Kin earlier in the year.
And he is looking forward to entertaining Gympie audiences with his finely tuned show.
The classically trained one man band started piano lessons at the age of four.
After his first concert at age seven, Keys has never looked back, however, his music has evolved over the years into what could be described as Ray Charles meets Jack Johnson.
“(Music) is something I’ve always done,” he said.
Taking his musical talents to university, Keys completed a degree in classical music before performing concerts around Europe.
He has played rock, hip hop and reggae gigs and his originals are a cross between classical and reggae.
He has toured with reggae bands, recorded an album with Simon Kelly, toured with the Sneaky Weasel Gang and with Toby in Canada, performing blues and roots.
You could say music has taken him all over the world and now all over the country with his first national tour.
Admitting his influences were as varied as his favourite bands, from Bjork to Radiohead, Keys said his two favourite classical artists, Rachmaninoff and Chopin, jazz musicians Miles Davis and Buddy Rich, singer Jeff Buckley and band Fat Freddie’s Drop all had an impact on his music.
“I think people get that scope of influences when they listen,” he said.
Since hitting the road in July last year he has performed more than 100 shows at about five different venues each week.
Keys said people who made it to see him perform would hear a mix of his originals and favourite songs.
They will experience the sound of a full band and witness him performing and recording music bites that he loops to create a whole band feel.