FACES OF BUNDY: Jack Hardy sings the praises of busking
In the tradition of Humans of New York, the NewsMail's Faces of Bundy series tells the stories of familiar, and some unfamiliar, residents in the Bundaberg region.
Bundaberg musician Jack Hardy spends his Friday and Saturday nights playing to the party crowd in the CBD.
He spoke to Ashley Clark about why he loves entertaining and where his music career is headed.
"I WROTE my first song when I was 17. It was a sappy love song, but it was a good start.
"I continued writing from there, and currently have close to 20 original songs, four of which have been recorded and mastered professionally. My favourite song is Probably Not which came to me very quickly and is kind of an anti-love song.
"I have been busking in Bundaberg for close to five years now. I love busking because it's a great way to express my music and style, as it can be a little different than usual. I also love it because it is a great form of self promotion and ... it pays well most of the time.
"I normally busk on a Friday and Saturday night in the Target Arcade.
"I would describe my style as a mix of folk, blues, alternative and beach rock.
"I have many different forms of inspiration, the musicians who inspire me are Jack Johnson (his music inspired me to pick up a guitar), John Butler and G Love (their style is incredible and had their roots in busking) and many others like Xavier Rudd, Keb Mo and Matt McHugh.
"I got inspired with my songwriting through events that have happened to me or around me. They all hold a good true story and a twist as they have a hidden meaning, which I keep to myself and hope others may find.
"It has only been since the end of 2015 that I started looking for cover gigs around town, with the Grand Hotel and the Metro Hotel getting me in. I also played at the Club Hotel last month and played my first restaurant gig at The Rocks in Bargara.
"I currently have a four-track EP which is going to be released soon and I have released a single called I Want What You Have, which is available on Bandcamp.
"Performing in front of people is a unique experience every time. I like seeing the reaction I get from my performances, from having a couple slow dance in front of me as I sing their favourite song to a rowdy crowd light up when I throw a few swear words into a song. I like being able to control the atmosphere in the area.
"The local talent here in Bundaberg is world class. So go out to our great venues and support local musicians."