Nic Cester, may not be a familiar name, but he definitely is a familiar voice to anyone who is a fan of Aussie rock band, Jet. However, after selling six million records with rock ‘n’ rollers Jet, Cester released his debut solo album ‘Sugar Rush’, earlier this year. In support of his new debut album, Cester will be performing an exclusive London show at The Curtin, on the 26th of October 2018. Tickets for the show can be purchased here.
The lucky fans who get tickets to the event, will get the change to watch Nic Cester & The Maliano Elettrica live at their exclusive London gig, but if they are expecting the same old rock ‘n’ roll sound, then they are in for a shock. ‘Sugar Rush’ has been described as “more psychedelic, soul-influenced blues-rock sound.”
Speaking about what inspired the change in direction musically, Cester, said: “I always have liked music – I have listened to all sorts of genres from Jazz to soul music. My favourite singer is probably Dean Martin, and I wanted to set myself a challenge and see how many different styles I could touch on and how I could make it cohesive. I wanted to have as many twists and turns as possible, and I was pushing myself to go to new places.
Speaking about his new album ‘Sugar Rush’, Cester, said: “The goal was to challenge myself to find a new way to express myself musically. I took myself way out of my comfort zone and took a lot of risks. The end result was well worth the journey. It’s definitely my best work to date. I am, a lot of love and a lot of passion has gone into this project, and I’m very proud of it, so it is important to me that it has a voice and people know that its there.”
The singer/song-writer and guitarist, has also recently released the video for his new track ‘Hard Times’, which is a stripped back emotional song that showcases Cester’s raw vocal ability. “When I started writing that (‘Hard Times’) song, I felt like I was on to something good. It was the first song of real substance that I wrote when I began writing for this album because I hadn’t done anything for almost six years and I tentatively started writing again when I was living in Berlin, and I wasn’t sure what to do. It took a while the first couple of things I wrote were not very good, but I slowly started getting better and better,” says Cester, speaking about the track ‘Hard Times’.
He continues: “When that song came up, I thought “I can still do this.” I wanted Hard Times to be about something of substance and importance. I was reflecting on my relationship with my father who passed away and the fact that I was about to become a father myself. I thought if there was any message that I could tell to my little girl was to take the fear out of life by accepting the fact sometimes things will be hard but that’s ok and its nothing to be scared about.”