Local musician Sean Kemp has been killing it this year both on a personal and professional level, he’s ditched smoking, coached BOTH teams in the South Australian Reclink Community Cup, played a bunch of gigs including a little show on the steps of Parliament House and now he’s dropped a brand new EP titled, FLICKA.
Recorded with the talents of Kristen Glover and Drew Kemp alongside Sean himself, FLICKA is an emotional journey which explores love, loss and recovery.
“I’ve been working on my EP since Jan this year, had a few commitments such as Community Cup that made it stall somewhat but we got it done eventually! Kirsten (my backing singer), had to travel from regional SA to do her parts so she just made that happen when I wasn't around. She's got lots of experience recording vocals in studios all over Australia.”
FLICKA also addresses the subject of mental health, which is particularly obvious in the song RUOK. The song is an honest highlight of the EP. With the current state of mental health stigma across the country, the song is a positive reminder that help is never too far away when you need it.
“RUOK came to be when I attended a night that honoured a young guy who had taken his own life (who I also knew) so his friends tied it in with RUOK day at the Gov. It really moved me. Since then I've had lots of experience dealing with mental health issues and that was the base for the song. Many people ask me about that song at my live shows so I take time out to let them know all about it. Also, on that night at the Gov they were doing a silent auction so a few weeks before, I sculptured a huge Whale! And we auctioned it off, it was a proud moment! ha ha.”
FLICKA by Sean Kemp – Out now!
Best enjoyed after a cold one on a Sunday afternoon, or maybe live when he plays at any of the following shows:
23rd February @ Jive with Sarah McLeod
15th April @ The Wheatsheaf (CD launch) with Bullfight
Head over to Sean’s Facebook page to keep up with his latest news and keep an eye out for more shows, music and great things.
Image supplied by Sean Kemp taken by John Goodridge