Making its way back to the Caulfield Racecourse for its fifth consecutive year, the Melbourne Guitar Show is eyeing August 2019 off like a dog eyes off its dinner. Poised to be its biggest and best jaunt yet, this year's show – kicking off across the weekend of August 3rd and 4th – promises a (quite literally) jam-packed lineup of performers and exhibitors, with an emphasis on getting punters hands-on with the enormous array of axes on show.
In the lead-up to this year's Melbourne Guitar Show, Australian Guitar is going full steam ahead on the hype train. Every Tuesday and Friday, we'll be going head-to-head with one of the top-notch fretboard warriors making their way to the show, in the pursuit of getting to know a little more about who'll be melting out minds when they take to the stage. In this edition: Paul Carey and Julian Scheffer.
As the duo's website puts it, Carey and Scheffer play "contemporary music specifically for the guitar and their music derives from their perspective as two Australian composers. [Their] performance is full of light, heat, melancholy and romance, and it’s this that has always caught the ears of their listeners. This music brings the brilliance of global guitar music right to your front door.
"For both Paul and Julian, making music with someone who is equally as passionate about playing the guitar is a gift in itself. Playing music is all about trying to find those golden moments where the music and the experience become greater than the sum of its parts. It is an amazing thing to become aware of the opportunity for dialogue and friendship between musicians, through performing fiery live shows, but the one thing that makes it all worth it is that connection with the audience, that moment where we are in it together and the music is king."
What are you most looking forward to about the 2019 Melbourne Guitar Show?
Being around so many like-minded people and seeing so many incredible guitarists in one spot…. It’s bonkers!
Why do you think events like the Melbourne Guitar Show are so important for guitar lovers?
It brings us together and draws in new fans, and we get experience so many different styles of guitar playing that we don’t always have time to explore.
What can punters expect from your performance at the Melbourne Guitar Show? Do you have any exciting surprises or curveballs up your sleeve?
Well, we play mostly Brazilian and Argentinean styles, with a strong focus on original compositions. But if you like the Fab 4, then there might be a surprise for you in our set.
What are you most excited about in the guitar world right now?
I’m excited about the care that people are putting into their craft. Everyone is a monster, and I love it!
What innovations would you like to see companies take with the guitar in the near (and distant) future?
I think we can take it to the moon! We are seeing more collaboration between luthiers and players, which is a good thing.
What guitar(s) are you playing on at the moment? Do you have any particular go-tos or favourites?
I'm playing an Alhumbra. Julian is playing a seven-string made by the Brazilian luthier Lineu Bravo, which is pretty special. I also have an Ibanez Artist George Benson, which is quite lovely.
Let’s go way back: what was the first guitar you bought, and what was it about that guitar that reeled you in?
It was a Daion Strat copy – black with a white scratchplate. I just couldn’t believe that I had an electric guitar. It was the best.
What’s does the rest of your rig look like?
It’s pretty basic for Julian and I – just the guitars on a nice condenser mic.
If you could design the ultimate guitar, where nothing is impossible with it, what would you put on it?
Wheels and a stubby holder, of course.
Who are your favourite up-and-coming guitarists? Anyone we should be keeping an eye on?
There is a young guy, Adam May, who is making waves in the Brazilian guitar scene.
Melbourne Guitar Show 2019
Stars (ft. Mal Eastick, Nick Charles and Roger McLachlan)
James Norbert Ivanyi
Cartridge Family (ft. Sarah Carroll and Suzanna Espie)
Simon Hosford’s Fair Warning
Saturday August 3rd + Sunday 4th
Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne VIC
Tickets on sale via australianmusician.com.au