On the Couch with Wes Carr

Wes Carr oncWho is Wes Carr?
I am a musician, songwriter, singer, artist, performer.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
There was no other option for me, growing up i was only interested in music, performing and creating it. It was my solace, music is what was always there for me. My best friend. I was also into sport, because you had to be good at sport where I came from in Adelaide otherwise times were tough for you, but music was my deep passion.

Who inspires you and why?
Musically John Lennon was my first songwriting influence that had a profound effect on me. I was 14 and I remember listening to a box set of John and his bootlegs and I wrote 5 songs that day, three of which lasted the test of time and have shown up on my records and in movies. These days my son inspires me on the most deepest level. Having a child gives you insight on what life is really all about. The ego is removed completely and you are left with just pure love. When you operate from pure love, your whole world opens up to you.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would love to see meditation introduced to every school in the world, as a curriculum. I would love to work with the troubled youth, hear their stories and help them rationalise why they feel the way they do. I was troubled as a kid as well, having my fair share of ups and downs and being misunderstood. Kids are our future, it breaks my heart to see such intelligent kids give up on themselves.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
These days its coming home, I’m on tour constantly at the moment and being home with my boy is my sanctuary.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I usually just take them to Bondi, have a nice healthy lunch and watch the world go by. I live in a tourist destination, but to me it’s my home, and where I feel most comfortable.

What are you currently reading?
Dying to be me – Anita Moorjani

What are you currently listening to?
I love audio books, the current one I’m listening to is the divine matrix, time space miracles and belief.

Happiness is?
My wife and boy on the beach in the sun with no phones and engagements, meditation and fresh food.

What does the future hold for you?
I have a new single just released called ANTHEM – which is available on itunes and my website, wescarr.com.au The song was written from the perspective of living in the moment and freeing yourself from your own personal constraints. We are all free.

Wesley Dean “Wes” Carr is an accomplished singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who is perhaps best known for winning the sixth season of Australian Idol in 2008.

Upon winning Wes signed a record deal with Sony Music Australia and released his debut single You. The song went to No 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified Gold. Wes’s second studio album The Way the World Looks was released in March 2009 and debuted at No 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The singles Feels Like Woah, Fearless and Love Is An Animal also made the ARIA charts.

In November 2011, Wes left Sony to release his albums independently, first an EP titled Blood & Bone under the pseudonym Buffalo Tales. His third studio album, Roadtrip Confessions was released in June 2013 – it debuted at No 83 on the ARIA Album Chart.

Wes is currently appearing in Rolling Thunder Vietnam playing at Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne (22 & 23 August) and then dates across Australia. For more information, visit: www.rollingthundervietnam.com for details.

Image: Wes Carr