Hush Hush Biz Q& A with Gold Coast based duo act Steel Strings and Honey. Renee and John who will be performing at the GC Indie Film and TV network on May 29th shall be opening up the night in the Basement.
Q 1: How did you come together as a duo, and who picked the name?
A: I, Renee, placed an add on Gumtree looking for a guitarist to work with, and after receiving a phone call from John, we met up for a coffee and discussed what we were both looking for and had the same taste in music, so therefore, knew we would work well together. In regards to the name of our duo, I was sitting down with a friend of mine and he came up with the name.
Q 2: Who do you like to say has been an influence in your music you play and why?
A: I can’t answer this for John, but for myself I owe it to my Mum. As a child growing up I was listening to music dating right back to the 20’s era, but was more so affiliated with the 60’s 70’s and 80’s pop/rock era. My Father was in a country and western band who used to tour, but due to being so young, I could not remember for the life of me the name of the band. There was something about the artists of that era. They had talent and passion. As the audience or the person listening, you could tell how much they loved what they were doing.
Q 3: What are the challenges you find in performing and getting work in this industry as to live gigs.
A: This is a tough one to answer really. I think the biggest challenge is having to stand out from the rest. When you are not known, you are competing with many other great artists out there. Finding venues to perform at and even agency representation is difficult. It is like the old saying goes “It’s not what you know, but who you know” unfortunately. Performing is definitely not an issue with us. Engaging with the crowd and keeping them entertained is what is most important to us. It is not always about what YOU want to play, but what the AUDIENCE wants to hear J
Q 4: What are your dreams and wishes if you could do something to change things in the music world, what would you like to do?
A: I think it is so important to help and support one another. The industry has a certain stigma when it comes to drugs, alcohol etc, but not all who love music fall into that category, so supporting each others success or helping each other to become successful is definitely a good thing.
Q 5: Where do you want to be in 5 years
A: Still performing and keeping people happily entertained.