Black is back in Bundy
IN A musical landscape saturated with new content, veteran and Black Sorrows founder Joe Camilleri has just one piece of advice to those trying to break into the industry.
"It's all about songwriting," he said.
"The difficult thing is there is so much music out there it's difficult to get heard."
Camilleri said a lot had changed since he had entered the Australian music industry, with most people accessing their music from the internet rather than radio.
"When I was starting, if you got played on the radio there was a good chance you were going to sell a lot of albums," he said.
Despite their stature in the industry, Camilleri and the Black Sorrows are still putting in the hard yards on the road.
The band will play their classics as well as some of their newer material when they head to the Avondale Homestead Tavern this Saturday night.
"It's always been a mixture of things - we just keep making new music," he said.
"I'm sure people want to come to hear the old songs because we haven't been (to the Bundaberg region) for a while.
"My job is to entertain them."
Camilleri could not remember when he was last in the Bundaberg region, but he was "absolutely" looking forward to playing at Avondale for the first time.
The music veteran, who led Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons in the 1980s, said he still had a passion for his job after all this time.
"I am a songwriter first and then everything else flows on," he said.
"I love playing music - they all go hand in hand.
"There is no greater thrill than having someone sing something back to you."
The Black Sorrows will be at the Avondale Homestead Tavern this Saturday night.
Tickets are available from the venue.