On the Couch with William Barton

William Barton AAR On the CouchWho is William Barton?
I’m a proud descendant of the Kalkadungu tribe of far north western Queensland, Mount Isa. I grew up in a musical family with strong connections to my culture, learning the didgeridoo from an early age to progressing across a number of musical styles and instruments to fulfil my ever growing interest in music and composition.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’m appreciative of the journey I’ve had and the experiences that have informed my future planning. If anything I would like to have spent even more time with my mentors who have passed on.

Who inspires you and why?
My mother Delmae Barton who introduced me to classical music and is herself a singer. Alongside my father Alfred Barton and my uncle who were cultural ambassadors. My family have given me the support and encouragement from an early age to achieve my ambitions in life.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Create more accessibility to music tuition and instruments for people who want to to fulfil their passion of music of all ages – from regional centres to remote communities and in the large city’s too!

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I’ve been fortunate to have traveled the world from the age of fifteen. I appreciate the diversity in the USA and Canada and their ever changing landscapes. But I must say I do find European countries full of diversity too, and a rich culture of arts and music. On the top of the list is Italy, France and Germany.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I would take them bush or at least point them in the right direction. We have a such a beautiful country with many undiscovered and untouched places that are amazing – which would give anywhere in the world a run for its money.

What are you currently reading?
My script on stage for The Long Forgotten Dream production (got to get those musical moments just right) and also research and study about lighting design.

What are you currently listening to?
A number of tracks on the way to the gym from Ice House, Shane Howard, AC/DC and Massive Attack.

Happiness is?
Well being and health. Making moments in life great from experience gained through opportunities of open mindedness. It’s important to make yourself happy through better knowing yourself and what your limitations are and how you can better them to help yourself and others.

What does the future hold for you?
A number of commissions for film,television and documentaries. Including high profile events planned for the next few years. Currently working on my recording portfolio and sound and art installation works.

William can be seen and heard in Arts Centre Melbourne’s High Tea Live series on Sunday 2 September 2018. For more information, visit: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au for details.

Image: William Barton (supplied)