Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I live in Newcastle but because I am a touring act I am not really part of the local scene however Newcastle is undergoing huge change I am led to believe it is developers with curfews versus music venues and artists. But ultimately, I think change is good and I hope the scene will flourish again.
How did you first start playing music?
I used to watch my older cousin, Trev, strum a few chords. Then at age seven I started lessons and learnt those same chords, then wanted to play “that other fancy stuff” which was lead guitar. From that wherever I found a teacher, classical in Bendigo, Jazz on The Gold Coast and Sydney and whist still playing in rock bands, I just loved to play and learn.
How would you describe yourself as an artist and your musical styles – you have covered such a diverse range of music:
Guitarist/Composer with “world music” flavours, it’s a real melting pot but I like rhythmic music.
How did you come to compose for other instruments and an orchestra? What are the greatest challenges?
It’s all instinct and hearing a melody or counter melody then assigning the appropriate instrument. I do love the deeper instruments like Cello and Bassoon and the beautiful chords a brass section can play.
Was it a risk stepping outside the comfort zone of guitar? Is that what appealed to you?
Rule 1 – Have no fear! As I really compose for myself first, I am pretty good at saying this is how it must be, it sounds and feels good.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I don’t listen to much music as I like to keep my ears fresh. I hardly ever listen to guitar music. Currently in my car, I have Cold Chisel and Mumford & Sons.
What or who influences your songwriting process?
I love Ennio Morricones “The Mission” and Pink Floyds ‘The Wall”
Who are some of your favourite guitarists – both Australian and international and why?
Ian Moss for his tone and phrasing
Leo Kottke – I just love his pieces
Django Reinhardt – The raw gypsy energy
Who are some of your favourite composers and why?
Ennio Morricone and Roger Waters as they write very emotionally, sometimes dark. As a composer, I am not supposed to Like Andrew Lloyd Webber but sometimes it takes courage to write a simple, happy piece and not complicate it for the critics.
What do you have planned for 2018 / 2019?
2018, new solo album and tour and beyond that I don’t have any plans at all and I find that exciting!!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
I love hanging out at home with my wife and pooch and also riding my motorbike to the beach.
I seem to always end up at Thai when we dine out but sometimes you can’t beat a good old fashioned roast.
Bruce touring Australia April thru June – check website for details and tickets.