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Interview with East of Eden

Interview with East of Eden

| On 18, Dec 2013

In a small café I met with East of Eden soloist, Sean Fitzgerald. Oblivious to us, outside it was chaos, a bustling city filled with noise and heat.

Like the eye of the storm sat Sean: calm, smiling and collected in the mess of trucks, buses, people and construction. I didn’t know it then, but I was in for one of the most genuine conversations I’ve had in a long time.

Born and bred in England, Sean came to Australia to ‘live the Australian dream’.

East of Eden began in England as a group of mates all getting together to drink and jam. While never really managing to do a gig, the band continued to drink and record in hearty doses.

From these humble beginnings, a music degree under his belt and his sights set on beaches, Sean moved to Brisbane with his girlfriend.

Continuing on the band’s name, Sean began to write and record his own music.

With most of his music on Soundcloud, East of Eden has a sound similar to the likes of Jack Johnson, Alex Loyd and Passenger. Honest pieces that make you think of blue skies, shady palms and lazy Sundays. It’s clear that Sean’s music is a part of him.

Songs such as Bones to Roam, Forgotten and Hold On are reflective and filled with compassion. Acoustic, soulful pieces with open lyrics.

When I asked what his influences were, Sean told me it was Brisbane.

“Everyone here is really nice, and I’ve met a lot of friends through music. Really, it’s these open mic nights. They’re just filled with positive people. Back home there is a lot more competitiveness… the people here really care about their music.

I’m never not going to go to these open mic nights. It’s the people who run these gigs and the venues that give us the chance to actually get our music out there and without them we’d still be playing in our rooms.

I’m so grateful for the way the people here have been with me as a musician. I just rocked up, sat down and played my music and they were nice to me. They made me want to do it again and again and because of that I’ll keep learning new things.”

After a shaky start at live gigging, East of Eden is a name that now frequents venues such as the Crown, O’Malley’s and Grill’d. When I asked Sean about gigging, his answer was surprising.

“I think in music, it’s really easy to become complacent. You think ‘I can do this, now it’s done’ and you never go back to it.

At every gig, if people do come up and say ‘well played’, I’d love to say ‘well, what could I have done better?’ or ‘what was missing that would had really made it for you?’”

“When I see new musicians about to play and they’re shitting their pants, I just say ‘go get up there and give it everything you’ve got because you’ve got nothing to lose’. They’re always amazing…the credit is about getting up on stage, not how technically good they are. That’s something I’ve really had to start teaching myself to do.”

For those looking for new music that will make them smile, take a peek at Sean’s Soundcloud. It’s sure to put you in a better place.