It will come as absolutely no surprise that it has been rather quiet over on the KP front. A halt to group gatherings was like the largest of thumbs hitting pause on the live music industry, my work got well and truly whipped aside. To be honest I felt scattered and I still do somewhat, though an opportunity to reassess my direction, take some deep breaths and strive for a way forward may be exactly what I needed. A brief and enjoyable return to farm life was not a bad way to spend six weeks. Circa 2015 Kyza thought to himself as he jumped out of the tractor for what seemed the last time, "I wont be back here for the end of the world", little did he know.
Striking a balance between creating and livelihood was my greatest challenge with KP, the music industry is notoriously difficult in regards to finding financial stability. My folks Sue and Pete Smithson paved the way for Kp to develop to the point it has today. Without their support I would have faltered at the first hurdle. And as the music industry froze, my family and the farm I call my home provided myself and my partner in crime with the stability to come through unscathed, and for that I will be eternally grateful.
Ive been back at my desk for a week now, relatively productive I guess. As I spend time considering how my work looks moving forward, something becomes strikingly evident. Kyza Presents does not exist without the widest network of people, places and businesses. On a local level first and foremost are the musicians, venues, small businesses and an exquisite group of people whether volunteers or paid that have shown unrelenting support for Kp and the Esperance Music Scene. I write the lists and send the emails and this intricately intertwined network of absolute legends breathes life into events delivering something special for our community. I cant thank you all enough.
Timing is on my side, Winter has always been a slow period for Live Music and with multiple restrictions placed upon indoor events I don't see a return to larger live music gigs prior to the warmer months, which allows me the space to get my head around how these gigs will look. That being said I am absolutely wrapped to be partnering with Lucky Bay Brewery to kick local live music back into action, with classic acoustic sets to be held at LBB Brewery from Friday May 22nd. My greatest appreciation goes to Lucky Bay Brewery for welcoming back Live Music at the earliest stage possible. Sessions will run in accordance with all current government regulations and bookings are essential. For details regarding booking head over to the LBB Facebook page. Friday 22nd will see live music at the brewery from 4pm followed by a second session for the weekend on Sunday May 24th from 2pm, with yours truly providing some acoustic sounds. Performers will alternate from week to week with overall session structure evolving as Covid government regulations vary.
A shoutout to the local community for your ongoing support of the local live music scene, i honestly can not wait to share some refreshing ales with you. Cheers to Jonty Scoble and Sarsby Martin for supplying two cracking photos contained withing.
All the Love