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Interview: Nic Tango

Interview: Nic Tango

| On 09, Nov 2013

In the wise word of the most innocent of the Wizard of Oz characters, there’s no place like home.

Living a life filled with changing landscapes, changing ideals and a changing sound, it’s often the most unlikely of places that one takes refuge in.

Introducing, Nic Tango.

I sat Nic down for a quick chat before his gig.

Lounged out the front of a venue we both knew and loved it was clear Nic was in his element at the Coorparoo Bowls Club.

After regretfully turning down a beer for Rocksober in Rocktober, he assured me that he’d join me for a beer Novebender.

So as families put the youngest to bed and the oldest geared up for a night out, Nic and I talked music, family and tattoos.

CD: Nic, tell me a little about your sound and where you get your influences from?

N: I was heavily influenced by 90’s rock like Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. Growing up listening to these guys and following their philosophies and principles got me here in a way.

I never got into music to be famous or rich or any of that sort of stuff. I just wanted to write my life and was lucky enough to do that on a guitar.

CD: Tell me a little about your life.

N: I was born in Brisbane but grew up in Cairns from 12 years old until around 20. I moved back here in 2001.

CD: What prompted the move?

N: I’ll be honest with you, growing up I hated the idea of the city. I couldn’t stand it and then one day I decided I needed to change and moved here.

I remember when I first got here I thought “man, something’s going to happen in this city and I’m going to make it happen in this city,” and years later something is happening.

Around six years ago when people started singing things I wrote on the end of my bed I decided to get one of my lyrics tattooed to my arm.

Rise Lucifer Rise.

It’s a bit about religion, a bit about venus but mostly it’s about metaphors and that sat well with me, you know? It’s not about the devil (laughs).

CD: Where’s home for you and your family?

N: Well I’m a young 32.

CD: I’m sorry, what?

N: (laughs) Yeah man, 32.

(The guy looks 20, I was surprised, sue me)

My home is my family. I was raised in westernised white Australia surrounded by the people I loved who identified with cultures like Aboriginal or Islander.

The more I came to know the rest of my family, the more I realised the Maori culture was a big part of me.

I have a big family and my songs are my messages, for when I’m gone, for my family to reflect on.

CD: Do you have a favourite venue you play at?

N: Yeah, this place. The Coorparoo Bowls Club are my family too.

There is a woman who works here, Tanya, and she has a word that represents Maoris who identify themselves as Maories even though they weren’t born here.

Tanya is the events manager and Aunty to all at the CBC. A woman who gives love and respect to those who give it to her, I understand without a second thought why this humble little gig is Nic’s home.

Called away for the beginning of his set, family and friends gathered around armed with lyrics Nic wrote at his bedside.

Then the calls for Jack Black’s ‘Tribute” started and an entire venue clapped, shouted and laughed their way through the most convincing rendition of the song you’ve ever heard.

‘And they played the greatest song in the world. Tribute!’

Find more of Nic’s music here.