Charge Group: 'We're Too Creative For Australia'

5 June 2012 | 2:30 pm | Sally Anne Hurley

The lack of a market means the band moves at a "relatively slow pace".

Matt Blackman, the frontman for cinematic pop outfit Charge Group has admitted the band works at a "slow pace" compared to a lot of international acts in a story in today's The Drum Media. In the interview Blackman also claims that you can't make a living taking creative chances in Australia.

"We've always operated this band at a realtively slow pace for a number of different reasons," Blackman said. "One is just being aware of the size of the market in Australia for people who like the kind of music that we play - it's certainly not avant-garde, but it's certainly not music for everyone at the same time.

"Compared to places like Europe and America where bands that are taking a few chances creatively can happily make a living, it's not really that feasible without burning yourself out just touring all the time to play that sort of music in Australia."

Blackman believes it has a lot to do with the current industry "that tends to spoon-feed people" with his band preferring quality over quantity. "We've just found over the years that it's good to just spread our energies fairly wide and do good tours and good releases where we can rather than just trying to be another one of those bands that drive themselves into the ground."

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