I was asked into the studios of Bunbury 103.7 (FM radio), for a live interview for the launch of Deja vu on October 13th 2023. Geoff MacNish and I spoke about the inspiration for the song, how it was recorded and mixed and, the great opportunities artists have living in beautiful Bunbury and our South West. Click on the file above for a listen ... they did play Deja vu but song itself was edited out (file size too big).
I completed recording Just For You on 26th September 2023 in Kingsley Oldmeadow's Honeypot Studios in Wongan Hills, Western Australia. It was a great thrill for me to be able to record with Kingsley (drummer for Dami Im, Human Nature) and his father Fenton (The Jets) playing slide guitar. Playing 12 string guitar and singing lead vocals / harmonies, I wrote the song for my wife Glen (who accompanied me on the road trip to Wongan), after she convinced me I should take my musical passion seriously and actually do something about it! The song was written (but not recorded) before Autumn Day ... it just took me a while to get it over the line. Just For You will be released prior to Christmas 2023 ... for more info keep an eye on my website, my Instagram @steve_trigwell, and streaming platforms.
Deja vu (released October 13th 2023) ... is polar opposite (in style) to Autumn Day. Deja vu is a straight up rock/pop song, perfect for dancing around the kitchen with a glass of wine, while cooking up a magnificent meal. Autumn Day (a ballad), was written for piano and is a deep, lyrically reflective song, better listened to at the end of the party when you are winding down ... exhausted. Both songs are available on all major streaming platforms.
Another new song! Again .... I'm just so excited to let you guys know I've basically finished Deja Vu. I wrote, recorded and mixed the song (as best I could) in my Stem Studios here in Bunbury. It's a rock song, drawing on musical influences from different eras. Lyrically inspired by personal upheaval and change, it acknowledges the inherent positivity of Life (if you want it to be). Deja Vu speaks of opportunity arising from adversity and, the excitement that uncertainty offers and brings. Trust in the unknown. In a surreal twist ... when I put this song out for comment and feedback, I was approached by a guy called Max Carola. Max is a Mixing/ Mastering Engineer operating out of Naples, Italy ... and he wanted to mix/master Deja Vu. He said the song had a lot of potential, but needed high level desk work to polish it. I knew he was right. I checked his bio ... he had all the right gear, he's worked with INXS, Robert Palmer, Aerosmith, Roxette, Mariah Carey ... the list goes on. I'm just an old bloke out of Bunbury! I had to pinch myself. Anyway - I had sung, played, recorded and put together every track (30 tracks total) in Stem Studios, mixed the song to the best of my ability, before sending the .wav files to Max. What he came back with has simply stunned me. It's the same song ... but his desk skills have blown me away. The song is bigger, wider, taller and more expansive ... and will probably be released prior to Just For You. Keep an eye here in my website or search Steve Trigwell on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, wherever etc etc. Both songs should be out within weeks. Search steve_trigwell on Instagram for updates.
Back in January I was lucky enough to perform with Kingsley Oldmeadows, his Dad Fenton Wilde and Mark Gale in Wongan Hills, Western Australia. Together with a couple of covers, we played one of my original songs ... Just For You. Even though we had never rehearsed it, I was pretty happy with the vibe and the crowd loved it. Kingsley asked if I wanted to record it at his "Honeypot Studio" in Wongan Hills. I had already done a rough mix in my own Stem Studios, but my desk skills are limited so, after a few months had passed I decided to call him and set up a date. Kingsley has drummed for Human Nature and Dami Im (so he knows his way around the skins) ... and his Dad Fenton ... well let's say he is a West Australian legend guitarist from his days in The Jets. To my excitement, they both agreed to play on the song. I'll be heading up there very shortly to put down the vocals, harmonies and 12 string guitar. I've already heard the tracks they have put down - and I'm excited. I can't wait to get over this head cold /flu thing I've had and we can get this song over the line. Stay tuned folks ... I promise to throw everything at it!
Here is the YouTube link to my guest spot on Jake Kerr's blxckink podcast. https://youtu.be/_ky2o_08WxU
I had a great time on the afternoon of February 15th - chatting with Jake Kerr on his podcast blxck.ink. Recently nominated for Active Citizen of the Year (Bunbury), Jake regularly chats with local identities. I'm not sure why he picked me (?) ... but it was a pleasure bouncing ideas around for an hour or so. It's very inspiring meeting young people who have discovered the power of positivity and how to manifest change in their life. As soon as the podcast is up I'll post a link ... that's when I actually work out how to do that! haha.
Don't you just love it when an opportunity arises to realise a long held dream? About 3 weeks ago my wife and I visited Wongan Hills for a mate's birthday party. Wongan is a small country town in the Western Australian wheatbelt region, about 175 kilometres north east of Perth and 350 kilometres from my coastal hometown of Bunbury. My mate's daughter (Chelsea Basham), won a Golden Guitar for best new talent at the Tamworth Country Music Awards in 2013 and her husband Kingsley Oldmeadows is the drummer for Human Nature and Dami Im. Together, they record as KingsDrifter - with songs on major streaming platforms. During the early 1980's, Perth's hottest live act was The Jets and Kingsley's father (Fenton Wilde) was the guitarist in that band. Well ... those three were performing on stage at the party with Mark Gale on bass. Mark has performed with Angry Anderson / Rose Tattoo, Doc Neeson (Angels), Boom Crash Opera plus his own band. The thrill for me was to get up on stage and sing a few numbers at the end of the night, joining those legends with my 12 string Godin and performing (amongst others) my new song Just For You. I wasn't in the same league as those guys but I was chuffed that the guys loved the song so much they wanted me to record it in Wongan Hills at Kingsleys studio.
Click on the link below to listen to my interview with Peter Fiorenza (Radio Mama Geraldton). We talked in December 2022, discussing how I go about the creative process (generally) as well as specifics on Autumn Day and 105 Steps.
,A big shout out to some people who have helped me a lot in getting this website up and running.
Steve Rea (Creative Director at Digital Dorado) was fantastic to work with - very intuitive, with lots of common sense and great creative input. Considering he didn't have a lot to work with, I think he made me look pretty good! I owe him a few bottles of red I think.
Dylan Trigwell (Photographer Extraordinaire). Dylan shot all the images on this site and is tireless in support as his Dad pretends to be a serious artist. I say "pretends" ... because I think many artists, in their own way, suffer from a certain amount of imposter syndrome. Another guy with heaps of talent, Dylan is a joy to work with. Somehow, he manages to find the time (out of his busy life), to create wonderful images of his Dad. If you want to see more of Dylan, check out the YouTube video interview on my music page.
Alan Simm My friend of ~ 57 years, also a fantastic photographer ... did a great job helping Dylan film the interview video.
The 3 other members of Stickfish (aka Fuzzyiguana, aka Some Journey). Read the book (105 Steps).
My Wife Why? ... Read the book (105 Steps).
Why did I even bother building a website? Good question. I think of it as an artists repository where all things "Steve Trigwell" can reside.
I'm talking about the things that matter (to me) ... apart from the "work stuff" that seem to define our careers and identity. In researching my Family Tree it was easy to trace my ancestry back to about 1744, but it was impossible to get inside their heads and find out what really made them tick. I like to think that one day, my descendants will be easily able to listen to my music, read my books (if they want to) and really understand who I am / was. We all like to leave our mark somehow.
My intention is to continue to post up new music from time to time. I'm working on a song called Just For You ... hopefully that won't be too far away.
Make sure you pop back from time to time because with help from Dylan and Simmy (above), I have another surprise coming up. I'm super excited about some fun we had recently ... shooting a music video in a spectacular garden setting. It will take a little while for Dylan to finish the edits ... but don't miss it.
105 Steps (E-book version) was launched on Amazon (Kindle), June 23rd 2022. The book started to climb the rankings immediately, before reaching Number 1 in two separate categories on June 27th. Number 1 in Motivational Self Help and Number 1 in Personal Growth and Inspiration (Amazon Australia). I'm thrilled that so many people are getting to read the book. If you've downloaded 105 Steps please, please, please, leave a review on Amazon.