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SPOTLIGHT ON SIX60

The band are currently embarking on a national Australian tour!

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New Zealand rock and soul five-piece SIX60 have brought their live show to Australia! We caught up with the band to chat about the tour and so much more!


Having already played two shows in Brisbane, the tour will continue on to Adelaide tonight, before visiting Melbourne and Perth, and wrapping up with two shows in Sydney. Tickets are on sale now!



You’re about to embark on a national Australian tour! What can audiences expect from these performances?


It will be our biggest tour in Australia ever, two sold out [at] Riverstage in Brisbane. Two [at Sydney's] Hordern Pavilion, two nights in Perth, a couple big shows in Melbourne and Adelaide. I think we expect somewhere around 50k fans across the tour. Which is great.




Live music has had an altered presence over the past two years. How have you gone about crafting a set list to celebrate its return following a number of lockdowns and restrictions?


I don’t know that we created the set list to lean into lockdown or restrictions ending specifically, but SIX60 has always been about bringing people together. So with full crowds back in venues a SIX60 show fits perfectly into the spirit of being back together and having a great night.




How important do you think live music is not only for yourself as a musician showcasing their art, but also for the audience members who resonate with your music?


Live music is everything, we have always been a live band from the days playing in Uni. The last piece of SIX60 has always been the fans, we have always felt like they are the 6th member, so without a crowd and that dynamic we really can’t be our complete band.




What impact and influence do you think performing live has had on your artistry and approach to making music?


I think being a band and creating together is very important. We make music with the idea that it will be listened to live in front of large crowds, so it has an influence for sure, but being a band and being together in the creation of the music has always been a big part of it.




You’ll be joined by Coterie. What are you most looking forward to about touring together?


They are a great band and we are really looking forward to it, fun guys to have around. They are Kiwis who grew in Perth, so they have a great connection to both countries like we do. Showcasing new talent and giving opportunities on our tours especially local talent has been something that has been really important to the band. Over the last couple of years on our SIX60 Saturday shows we have had bands and musicians like Drax Project, Mitch James, Sons of Zion and LAB all have the opportunity to showcase their talents to our crowd and they have all become fan favorites. We expect the same from Coterie.




What can we expect from you for the remainder of 2022? Is there new music on the horizon?


Definitely new music, we are just finalizing now and really excited to get it out. Its something we are really proud of and can’t wait to give to the fans.




Next year marks the fifteenth anniversary since SIX60’s formation. Do you have anything special in store to commemorate the occasion?


Haven't really thought about it, 15 years wow. That's incredible.




How do you think your approach to creating has evolved since those early days to now?


We always just follow and do what we want to do. When you craft your own path it is easy to evolve. None of the albums sound the same, to us they all feel like we keep getting better and the music evolves with us.



RAPID FIRE


Biggest influences?

Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Eric Clapton.


Dream collaboration?

John Mayer.


Album that has had the most impact on you?

Californication or Continuum.


How do you define your musical style in 3 words?

Expressive, Creative, Inspired.


Best song of 2021 so far?

Cool it Down - Coterie.


If you could create the soundtrack for any film, which one would it be?

SIX60: Till the Lights Go Out.


Hannah Montana or Miley Cyrus?

Miley Cyrus.


What was the first song you loved to sing?

Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers.


A song you would love to cover on tour?

Slow Dancing In A Burning Room.


Album you would listen to on repeat on a road trip?

Jurassic 5 - Power in Numbers.


First concert you went to?

The Black Seeds, Union Hall Dunedin.


Best concert you have been to?

SIX60 Eden Park.


First album you ever bought?

Californication


Would you rather be a Spice Girl or a Backstreet Boy?

Backstreet Boys


Most memorable show you’ve ever performed?

SIX60 Eden Park


Guilty music pleasure?

Demi Lovato and Dua Lipa


If you could support any artist on tour, who would it be?

Coldplay


An artist you think has had the most influence on the music industry.

Michael Jackson


What advice would your current self, give your future self, for a year from now?

Hit the gym more.


The moment you knew you wanted to be a musician?

When I realized I didn’t want to go to school anymore or be a farmer.



SIX60 - AUSTRALIA 2022- WITH SPECIAL GUEST COTERIE

Tickets


THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE WEDNESDAY APRIL 20

MCA, MELBOURNE THURSDAY APRIL 21 – FINAL TICKETS

RED HILL, PERTH SATURDAY APRIL 23 - SOLD OUT

RED HILL, PERTH SUNDAY APRIL 24 - SELLING FAST

HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY THURSDAY APRIL 28 – FINAL TICKETS

HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY FRIDAY APRIL 29 – SOLD OUT