Check out our interview with Australian singer/songwriter Nick Kingswell who sold his house and belongings and moved to London in an effort to push his music career. Drawing on his memories of Australia’s oceans, beaches and open landscapes, Kingswell runs these through the gritty filter of London’s big city. His music delivers a cinematic feel, layered with dynamic movement and intricate guitars, all tempered with a deep emotionality.

Kingswell provides a musical safe haven for listeners, through his heartfelt, gentle vocals and thoughtful lyrics. Reminiscent of artists such as Fink, Bon Iver, and James Vincent McMorrow, the songwriter presents his own take on indie folk, bestowing a ponderous serenity and something all his own.

His latest album Brontide is a stunning collection of 12 tracks, written peripherally while trying to focus in on a distant feeling. A feeling you can’t quite comprehend, or is just beyond your reach. Kingswell shares, “I covered a lot of ground on Brontide. Both lyrically and sonically. Brontide is the low sound of distant thunder, and my take on that is evident in these songs. They’re the closest I’ve gotten to the truth.” Produced by James Bunton, the album speaks about hope, with even the saddest of songs leaning towards finding a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Hi Nick, please tell us a little about you?

I’m a singer-songwriter. I grew up on Phillip Island, Australia. Moved to London 6 years ago and now I live in Cornwall, United Kingdom. I love well written songs and am really excited about the scene coming out of LA right now spearheaded by Phoebe Bridgers and Christian Lee Hutson. Those guys are GREAT writers. I’m a keen surfer and spend my time either in the sea or in my home studio.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Dork, kind, obsessive.

We’re sure you have been asked this million times but how did you get in the industry?

I started playing guitar quite young and because of the music my parents would play around the house – Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan etc – I just assumed everyone wrote their own songs. So I always have.

Describe your sound in 3 words?

Acoustic, gentle, introspective.

Who influenced you and why did you choose to make music?

My parents, my guitar teacher, my school and my friends pretty much all encouraged me from day dot. I was lucky in that respect. Writing music has always been an exciting and mysterious task for me. I’m not sure I chose it, it just worked out that way.

Do you play any instrument?

I play guitar mainly and piano rather averagely.

Do you ever get nervous?

Yes. But the day I don’t get nervous is the day the magic is gone.

Tell us about your new single “There’s No Cure?”

It’s about learning to live with regret. Trying to shrug off the “what if” of life.

What’s the story behind this song?

I’ve been handed some incredible opportunities over the years. For ages I couldn’t get over some of them that I thought I’d blown. But with time I’ve realised they weren’t meant to be. They were just turning points and moments of growth. As soon as I realised that, it was easier to move on. That’s the theme of the song.

Did you have plans/concerts planned and cancelled because of COVID? If so have you done any online concerts or interaction with your fans?

I only had a few little shows cancelled as I’ve been working on this album and wasn’t quite ready to start booking any dates in. I have tried a live stream and it didn’t do much for me. It felt really impersonal. I think I’ll just release the album and maybe record some live videos until we can all meet up in venues again.

Which project is still on your bucket list?

The new album, Brontide. It’s out October 23rd. That’ll be a big moment for me.

What is fun and rewarding about what you do? And what’s not?

The reaction from songs and the beautiful messages people send when they connect with a lyric are very rewarding. I can’t think of any negatives right now. I love writing and releasing music. I feel too lucky to complain.

What’s next for Nick Kingswell in the last months of 2020?

A 3rd single, Now I’m Gone, is out October 9th and then the album october 23rd. There’ll be some videos released too.

What is your favorite song? And why?

Lover, You Should’ve Come Over – Jeff Buckely. That song is pure emotion.

Any loves other than music?

My wife, Grace. She’s pretty great.

If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?

I never want to meet my idols. It would shatter the illusion.

Best advice ever given?

It’s a marathon, pace yourself.

How’s a typical day in your life?

Check the surf, breakfast, studio time, check the surf, early dinner, early night. Total rockstar.

Name one your strengths?

The re-write (something I’m working on)

Idea of a perfect Sunday?

Gentle off-shore breeze, 3-4 foot swell and a quiet break. The recipe for a fun surf with friends.

What is your favorite song to belt out in the car/for karaoke?

Dancing In The Dark – The Boss

What is your own definition of happiness?

Being content with your lot in life.

Do you support any charities?

Yes. I can’t say no.

What is your favorite healthy food?

Anything Grace makes.

And your favorite cheat food?

Honest Burger. London’s finest.

What would be a deal breaker on a first date?

No spark. There has to be a spark.

How do you see yourself in 5 years?

5 years closer to writing my perfect song.

How would you describe your fashion style?

Wanna-be farmer.

What do you think of Social Media?

I don’t think, I do. It used to get me down but I’ve learned to just post whatever I’m doing or feeling. Have fun with it!

Where can we follow you?

InstagramFacebook

 

Quote: There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in – Leonard Cohen

Movie: Midnight In Paris (Thanks, Ed)

Travel Destination: Phillip Island, Australia

Sports Team: Not a big sports guy.