“There’s only one guitar, but there are six strings and an infinite number of ways you can use them to express yourself.”
Acclaimed Aussie songwriter Alex Gow (formerly Oh Mercy, now performing as Perfect Moment) is stepping behind the mic in a brand new capacity with the launch of his new podcast, One Guitar.
Co-produced by the Mushroom Group, the podcast will stream on the LiSTNR platform. The series sees Gow take an in-depth look at the songwriting processes of some of Australia’s most renowned artists, and how they form their creative masterpieces.
Armed with a Gibson J45 acoustic guitar, Gow gives his subjects four weeks to write and compose a brand new song for the podcast, after which time he and his guest perform the new tune together and chat about the conception of the track.
“One Guitar podcast runs an x-ray over the alchemy of song writing to reveal the poetry of the process,” Gow said of the project.
“I wanted to dissolve an unhealthy barrier built between the novice songwriter and that same writer granting themselves permission to be a songwriter. That barrier is the mystification of the process, the alchemising of songwriting.
“The best way I could think to achieve it would be to say, sure, there’s only one guitar, but there are six strings and an infinite number of ways you can use them to express yourself. And it isn’t divine providence that makes the writer, it’s trial and error, attention to details, and practice.”
All five episodes of One Guitar have dropped today – check them out over at the LiSTNR platform here.
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