Kim Churchill Interview
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I was really really young. Maybe 8 or 9, and I'd always say I was going to be a professional guitarist. Didn't even really know what that was or meant, but slowly it turned into the dream of being a songwriter and a performer. I've never considered any alternative life, not even for a second.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
Well there's just way too many to list. I'll pick one for this answer, Justin Vernon. I think what really leads me to be inspired by him is his ability to be deeply honest and emotional, but with incredibly metaphoric lyrics and imagery. He uses words to convey meaning and feelings in a way that almost bypasses any cognitive recognition of what is happening. It's purely emotional! I love that and strive for the same kind of personal connection to be flowing through my art.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I paint terrible water colours. I really like whiskey. I don't really have a home anywhere.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
Possibly 'Window to the Sky'. I wrote it about washing dishes for a friend and feeling good to see it make him happy. It got me out of my own head. That sums me up pretty well I think.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
I really enjoyed a tiny gig I did at a surf shop on Vancouver Island in Canada recently. I loved it because there was no PA and I felt a really strong level of communication between the people, myself and the crowd. I think I chase that depth of communication.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
I've always dreamed of playing at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne. I saw Eddie Vedder play solo there when I was younger and just realised it was exactly where I wanted to end up one day with enough hard work.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would like to achieve in the future?
I'm really happy with an acoustic video my friend, Connor Rancan, and I made in Berlin last year. It was for a song called 'Look Too' that I'm really proud of and the video is just really really beautiful. I think it's the best piece of art I've made so far.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
Literally last night I listened to a guy get arrested outside my hotel room in the hallway. He didn't go without a serious tussle. It was HECTIC!
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
The chance to be paid to express my feelings in a creative way. That is literally the dream.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
Absolutely no idea.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
Massive Attack, Glastonbury 2015. It moved me to my core. They are masters of the musical world.
What would your ideal festival line-up be and why?
All my friend’s bands, so we could actually catch up and have a beer and a jam. It is always a 'passing ships' vibe with mates in bands and I'd love us all to be together.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Well this would just be ridiculous to list all of them, so I'll pick one of each. Autumn days in the ocean surfing make me very happy. Overpriced tapas very much annoy me.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
Surfing and being with my friends. I guess exploring as well though touring has so much travel involved it's nice to just explore a small part of the world in depth without too much movement.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
Yes. It gives autonomy back to the artist to a degree and this allows the art to reach people without being too compromised by bureaucratic and capitalistic goals.
How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
It's important. But it's also important to not think about it too much. Just let it happen I think. Like breathing. You will naturally exude an image that is honest and beautiful if you don't think too hard or try to control or convey a considered or cognitively created version of yourself. People just want to see other people comfortable in their own skin.
Can you tell us about any tattoos have and the significance of them to you?
I have the lyrics “you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” which is a reminder to me that I have everything I need for my own happiness and contentment.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
I would make emotional intelligence and mindfulness a mandatory subject in primary schools.
What would your ideal day consist of?
Two or three surfs. A few good hours of playing music and being creative. A few good friends, a couple of cocktails and a lot of laughter.
Can you tell us about any new releases gigs or anything else coming up in the future?
I've released a new EP called 'I Am'. It's the beginning of a phrase and one of four EPs that will continue that phrase. Each was recorded in a different part of the world and go together as a complete whole. This first one was recorded in Berlin with an electronic producer by the name of Vincent Kottkamp. I'm touring Australia, Canada and Europe currently playing songs off the new EP.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
Thank you for giving me a reason to continue!
How would you answer the question Who is Kim Churchill?
A blindly optimistic gentle fellow from the far south coast who lives in his van and plays his songs to whoever is interested.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
Lez Zeppelin 4. My dad bought me a discman on the condition he could also buy me my first album for it. Still in my top five ever!
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Grow broad shoulders, there will be a lot to carry.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
I'd love to write a song with Chris Martin. Just to learn a bit more about how he writes and where he draws his creativity from.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
'See You Soon' by Coldplay. Because of how much I enjoy playing it onstage for people.
What things make you uncomfortable?
People having arguments. Inconveniencing others.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
Lots of colouring in pictures.
What has the rest of the year go in store for you?
I'm touring North America, Australia and Europe and releasing the second EP, 'Forgetting' which was recorded on Vancouver Island.