Queensland songwriter releases new Country album
New Country Rock album by Australian musical artist crosses genres
By: David Mulliss
The new country rock album "Songs for Summer Love" is quite a detour from his three classical crossover albums and his more recent jazz album. The three classical crossover albums entitled "Classical Made Modern" are comprised of over 40 famous Classical music pieces of Beethoven, Chopin, Dvorak, JS Bach and other composers performed as rock, jazz, hip hop and more. Last year's jazz album "Sing a Swingin' Song" featured the songwriter performing a number of his songs in a jazz/swing style.
Last year David Mulliss performed live jazz piano at the Pop Up Jazz bar at the Palace Hotel during the Jazz and Jumpers festival in Warwick in Queensland. More recently he performed live piano of classic and modern country songs at the Pop Up Guitar Bar during the Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft in October. Accounting for his interest in different styles of music, Mr. Mulliss says that, "when you love music your exploration of it takes you in new directions all the time!"
Perhaps surprising to some is that nearly all of the music was written, recorded and produced in regional Queensland. David adds that "technology has really changed how music is produced and consumed, but it has also allowed musical artists to be more creative. For example, I needed someone to step in to play banjo on a couple of my tracks and technology effectively enabled me to do that without having to travel long distances".
Technology also offers more immediate insights into what tracks listeners like the most. "For example, out of my classical crossover albums, one of the most popular tracks is Chopin's Nocturne in F minor, but it is performed with electric guitars, drums and a classic organ. Previously a musician might only be able to track the popularity of their music by the number of CDs or singles they sold, but now with streaming it was easy to see that the Nocturne in F minor track was played more often than other tracks I thought might be more popular".
The new album is an eclectic mix of both slow and faster rock and country songs with a couple of funk and latin tracks thrown in. Entitled "Songs for Summer Love" the album features songs about falling in love, the feeling of being in love, and even falling out of love. On being asked why the songs on the album appear in different genres, Mr. Mulliss says, "The songs themselves lend themselves to particular styles of performance, but even then it's surprising where they go. For example, the 'Don't Feel Lonely' track was intended to be a slower ballad, but instead, it turned into an exciting funky piece".
"Songs for Summer Love" is available now on music download and streaming platforms online.
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For more information about the Classical Crossover albums, visit https://classicalmademodern.com