Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Jamming Their Way to Success; STUART CUMMING Speaks with Some of the Toowoomba's Performers on How to Catch a Break in the Garden City

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Jamming Their Way to Success; STUART CUMMING Speaks with Some of the Toowoomba's Performers on How to Catch a Break in the Garden City

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THE journey from singing in front of a bedroom mirror to singing in front of a sold-out Wembley Stadium is one only the most talented and dedicated performers see to the end.

But according to some of Toowoomba's aspiring artists, there are plenty of opportunities to take the first step in the city's vibrant music scene.

Toowoomba singer Erin Fitzsimon, 21, and guitarist Liam Falk, 21, are the core members of the band Inigo.

They were music classmates at Toowoomba State High School in 2008 who as adults decided to reunite to continue playing songs.

aLate last year I called him and asked a[approximately]do you want to have a jam',a Miss Fitzsimon said.

From that jam stemmed their first gig at the Metro Cafe's Artist Run Space.

aThe first time I played I was very nervous,a Mr Falk said.

aWhereas now playing doesn't faze me anymore.a

Since that first gig they have given public and private performances, with increasing demand for their shows coming from audience members impressed with their style.

aWe got into it pretty easily.

aIt seems, the more people you know, the easier it is.a

Miss Fitzsimon said they had great encouragement and support from members of The GRID, a CBD space where artists of a range of genres ply their craft.

aThe GRID has been a really big supporter to all music,a she said.

aThey have metal nights and electronic music nights.a

She said she liked to play a wide range of music in Inigo, referring to the band's style as apop indie folk with a hint of jazza.

Their catalogue consists mostly of cover songs, but Miss Fitzsimon said her main goal was to build their small repertoire of original music.

aWe've got a couple of originals with more in the making.

aIt is definitely where we want to head.a

As for getting those songs heard, Miss Fitzsimon said there was more to putting on a successful gig than relying on the support of venues.

aI think the amount of effort and promotion you put in is what you are going to get back.a

Mr Falk said he didn't know many other bands in Toowoomba when he started playing gigs. …

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