On the Couch with Simon Astley

Simon Astley oncWho is Simon Astley? Simon Astley is an Australian singer songwriter, Ivory tinkler, who has had some success recently with his song London played at the Queens Diamond Jubilee in London. Astley has signed with Record Label Melodic Music and has just released his new single All Falls Down through the label in February this year.

What would you do differently to what you do now? I’d do nothing different. I love life and Life has been a great journey and you live and learn.

Who inspires you and why? Ben Folds. He is an amazing songwriter and pianist. Also I love Daniel Johns work too. I have a soft spot for piano based ballads. Epicure are a great aussie Indie band who I really dig also.

What would you do to make a difference in the world? I would make everyone in the world live in peace if I could.

Favourite holiday destination and why? Venice, Italy. That place is amazing. Nothing like it in the world. It is just amazing how quiet it is without traffic.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why? I’d take them out to a nice restaurant/bar where we could catch up and have a few drinks.

What are you currently reading? This question ‘What are you reading’ – lol. Im reading the book How to be a good dad. My wife and I are expecting our first baby soon. Exciting times!

What are you currently listening to? Chet Faker songs. Am hearing a lot about him in the media so thought Id listen out to what everyones raving about.

Happiness is? Living life the way you want to live it.

What does the future hold for you? Putting out more music and getting out and travelling the world with my family playing gigs.

After extensive touring of the UK and USA recently, eclectic Australian pop singer songwriter Simon Astley has returned home to release his new single All Falls Down. Produced by Sam Panetta (Kylie Minogue, Crowded House) and released through Melbourne record label Melodic Music.

Simon has had some recent success in the UK, with his hit song London played at the Queens Diamond Jubilee outside Buckingham Palace. Due to the response the London song received (including over 225,000 hits on youtube), he toured the UK for the 2nd time playing shows around the country including the famous Troubadour Venue in London where Adele and Ed Sherrin were discovered.

Simon was approached and signed by UK record label Gotham Records whilst on tour, before heading back to Australia to record his album City Lights. The City Lights album was produced by well known Australian singer songstress Monique Brumby in Melbourne, with singles off the album picked up by USA publishing company One ring Publishing in 2013.

Simon toured the USA last year. Whilst in New York he recorded his USA only released single Miracles Begun, with award winning producer Ray Balconis. On his return home he was lucky enough to score the role to be in the Ad for USA popcorn chain Oogies Popcorn. He was also the face of Carlton Draught in their Australian TV ad in the same year.

Simon is now back in the studio recording new material for an EP release in May 2015. His latest single, All Falls Down was released on 23 February 2015. For more information, visit: www.simonastley.net for details.

Image: Simon Astley