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Newton
Faulkner

Newton’s going old school, solo, mainly acoustic with the occasional splash of something of the beaten track, maybe a cassette sting part, who knows. It’s been 2 years since Feels Like Home part 1, who’s ready for Feels Like Home part 2, this time it’s personal. 

It’s great to see you back on tour with ‘Feels Like Home part 2’. Will this tour also see you stripping back songs - Just the guitar and voice?

This tour will see me, mainly, stripping back but also with a couple of little additions. Since very early on in my career I've added in extra elements, different extra elements for different periods and albums. For this tour, it will be organ-based pedals and a kick, so very acoustic, no electrics or midi-guitar stuff that I've done in the past.

Do you prefer to play shows that are more acoustically driven, rather than the big songs that work better with multitasking or loops?

 

I tend to find ways of making all the songs work, so if it's a big recorded song I can find an arrangement that is stripped back but still finds the essence and size of the song, usually by utilising the crowd to let me do it.

"I love the guitar workshops as they are totally fascinating for me. I feel slightly guilty as I seem to learn more about stuff than anyone else as I get asked how I do a particular song, and have never really thought about it before."

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Last time around you let some of your hardcore fans observe the technical preparation, and guitar workshops, showcasing your playing methods before the gig. Is this something you will be doing again?

 

Yes, we will be doing guitar workshops and VIP packages where you can come and see the soundcheck. I really like raising the curtain on that bit as I think it's really interesting for people to see.

I love the guitar workshops as they are totally fascinating for me. I feel slightly guilty as I seem to learn more about stuff than anyone else as I get asked how I do a particular song, and have never really thought about it before.

Do you still run your guitar academy and how important are workshops, such as the ones you put on for aspiring musicians?

The guitar academy is in its very early stages and we are still thinking of ways to get it off the ground. The workshops were amazing on he last tour and a lot of people have signed up to do them again, which is a great sign. 

Actually, that means I've got to teach them something new - I'm gonna have to give that some thought!

They workshops are tailored to whoever turns up, so it doesn't matter what level you are, I won't shout at you.

Are there any musicians (or guitarists in particular) that you would have loved to have watched prepare for a show/tour?

I think I know what most people do, but I'd be interested in seeing how some people warm up vocally. What I am learning more and more, is there is no such thing a good warm up or a bad warm up, it's whatever works for you. Some people don't have to warm up at all, others have little kinks that need ironing out before they go out, which you don't have, but then you will need to work on that others can just go out and no without any.

I get the impression someone like Chris Stapleton doesn't spend hours warming up, but I may be wrong. And, if you are reading this Mr Stapleton I do apologise.

How difficult is it to create a set-list for a tour. Do you ever ask your fans what they want to hear or is it purely self-indulgent?

 

I always ask people what they want to hear, in fact the show I did last night in Adelaide was half requests - mainly from small children - but lets not get into that now. It's certainly a two-way relationship, like the whole idea of the setlist being good, is it being good for the crowd.

 

I don't think I would ever not play something that I knew everyone wanted to hear, it's all about what they want, but it is harder as I'm now 7 albums in. IT's. definitely a challenge though.

 

What does 2024 have in store for you, can we expect to see you at some of the summer festivals?

I will always be kicking around the festivals!

 

And, there's loads of new music, we are actually sitting on a load of new material with loads of opposing genres. We are just working out the best way of getting it out to the world. 

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