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After an extraordinary life spent touring as bass player for James Reyne, producing and playing on gold and platinum records for Olivia Newton-John and Chantoozies, assisting his dad’s multi-million dollar night-clubbing empire and a successful career as a fashion and celebrity photographer, Brett Goldsmith woke up one morning “with this overwhelming feeling of just wanting to run and hide”.
Craving solitude, Goldsmith left the jet-set behind for a year and escaped to the rawness that is rural Victoria, Australia. There, while sheep, horses and alpacas grazed outside, he poured it all out into his self-produced debut album “Ordinary Life”.
A sound that recalls greats such as Crowded House, Bono from U2 and John Mayer, plus cult favourites such as Death Cab for Cutie and newcomer Bon Iver.
“A thoroughly modern work, combining intimate, evocative vocals, sweeping panoramic production, exquisite pop melodies and some revealing, sometimes disturbing … lyrics” *
Life in the Perfect Pop Song
Brett’s songs feature honest lyrics about love, loss, and tragedy but despite this confronting edge, his work remains determinedly upbeat, reflecting his belief “that every one of us can reinvent ourselves without fear, no matter how great the challenge”.
After writing the songs, playing all the instruments, producing the recording and designing the cover art, one might think Goldsmith deserves a rest – but 2011 is shaping up to be a busy year as he throws himself into an energetic promotional campaign, starting with launches in Melbourne and Sydney.
Brett Goldsmith: Melbourne’s ‘Renaissance Man’ (Extended Bio)
The name Brett Goldsmith is a familiar one in many circles of which ‘music’ is only one.
In the fashion world he’s known as a leading photographer whose work is in demand by agencies, corporate clients, hip publications and the elite modelling scene.
In nightlife circles he is known as a leading figure in the evolution of Melbourne’s club culture; part of the Goldsmith family famous for The Underground and Redheads and creator of the first of the uber-cool clubs, the iconic Saratoga.
Despite being a genuine ‘renaissance man’, it is in music that Brett shines. He operates his own mobile recording studio which he regularly re-locates between a hidden creative-space above Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Street and a farmhouse in the bucolic Victorian countryside.
Goldsmith is far from a ‘Johnny come lately’ to music. From touring as a teenager with Olivia Newton-John, writing, producing and performing on several Top Ten hits with 80’s/early-90’s pop band, Chantoozies, forming a band with Kate Ceberano, to playing bass for Oz-rock legend James Reyne, Goldsmith has earned his stripes. He’s written and produced music for film and has placed pop songs with other artists. Under a pseudonym he’s recorded an extensive repertoire of electronic and dance music that has been virally distributed across the Internet and played in clubs across the globe.
Bush Sabbatical and Recording the “Ordinary Life” Album
In 2009, Brett Goldsmith put down his camera and left the world of fashion and art photography to go back into his makeshift studio in a small country town called Tallarook, 100 miles north of Melbourne.
Armed with acoustic guitars, drum kit, a 79 lefty jazz bass and a vintage fender Rhodes piano, Goldsmith embarked on a personal journey to write the title track for what was to become his solo debut album: "Ordinary Life".
Months later he had played and recorded every note and produced 12 songs.
This was a solitary time capturing his melodies and thoughts of the last 10 years of his life. His honest and often confronting lyrics about love, loss, tragedy, and his belief in the fact that everyone of us can reinvent ourselves without fear, no matter how great the challenge.
Uplifting and inspiring, honest without judgement; story telling from life experience.
The ballad "My Junkie Friend" pulls no punches as it addresses the issues of substance abuse of all kinds that greatly impact many of our lives at some point through friends or family. Once you hear the song, you get a sense that he has tried to help, probably failed and lost some of his favorite people in the fight.
Goldsmith is an accomplished and sought after photographer, specializing in fashion and exhibiting art, so the album artwork and video were the next things to tackle and complete.
His influences range from Neil Young to Bowie, Little Feat to MGMT. His collection of new music and knowledge of the old masters is clear both in his approach to recording, song writing and performing live.
He has the ability to gather around young talented musicians from all genres who want to collaborate and play music.
Goldsmith is the nephew of Olivia Newton-John and has written and produced for her forthcoming 2011 release. He is the great-grandson of Max Born, German theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner for Quantum Physics.
He is also in the cast of the Australian TV production, Got to be Goldsmith, a reality-series set around his nightclub-owning father Brian Goldsmith: “happily married five times and father of eight children (mostly from different mothers)”.
In the series, cameras follow this unusual family through their adventures in music, acting, nightclubs and comedic drama in their home town of Melbourne, Australia. The first six episodes have been shot and syndication for the US is in the pipeline.
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