* 3 Songwriters
* Traditional Songwriting
* Original songs dating back to late 70’s
* Interesting lyrics and verses with singable choruses, wrapped in guitar based music
Over the last 42 years a body of work has been archived, never released until now. Throughout the 80’s & 90’s a selection of songs were showcased in various events. In 2007, a four piece line up for Story formed to perform in local Melbourne venues. After a short break they reformed to anticipate live performances from late 2009. Performances included support roles for The Angels, The Black Sorrows and main support for Colin Hay (Men At Work).
2010 saw change in concept with various musicians now on board showcasing different stories, written by one and same songwriter from previous live shows & events. Guest Musicians Bob Spencer (The Angels/Skyhooks) , Mick Pealing (Stars) , Jack Jones (Southern Sons), Andrew Wishart (X Factor), Billy McMartin, Mark Ritchie & David Briggs (LRB) contributed to Story’s introductory E.P ‘Damnation Dawning’ released July 1, 2013.
February 27, 2015 saw the release of second E.P “Storm Child” supporting album debut. The E.P introduced Guest Musicians Eddie Parise (Baby Animals) & Anthony Pell, with return of Bob Spencer & Mark Ritchie. Production team: Billy McMartin & David Briggs.
2016 introduced Guest Musicians: Stuart Fraser & Steve Balbi (Noiseworks) & Neil Anthony contributing to new studio recordings. Additional guests will be announced when confirmed.
First audio sampler for the year “Mystery Baby” was released in February as the next teaser to promote Story’s debut album “Total Strangers”.
February 10, 2017 delivers debut album “Total Strangers” in deluxe packaging. Song selection based on previous live show set lists. Additional Guest Musician Brian Fisher, with Production team: Neil Anthony, Billy McMartin & David Briggs. Story’s following Guest Musician James JP Psaila also introduced.
2018 has seen unexpected new release of “Dancing By Myself” via Digital Distribution. A 2-Track E.P with one Acoustic version and one Electric version. Work on official Website revised and gone to air.
2019 has had a great start with first single release “Lauren” and second single “Noise Of The Cutter”. Both now available through all Digital Distribution outlets. With additional songs to record on the table, more studio time is around the corner!
2020, one of the worst years in history world wide. Musically however, one of the strongest in songwriting for Story. January 19 saw release of “Justify The Cause” written by Daryl Storrie in 1994. Studio sessions began December 2019, receiving airplay around globe after its Digital release. With the world in lockdown for most of the year, creativity had now reached a new ‘High’ with studio time commencing with our new release “The Journey”. Songwriting for “The Journey” began back in 2007 with instrumental ideas sketched out. To complete studio recording, guest musicians Ian Hulme (Choirboys) recorded Bass, Geoff Wells (Daryl Braithwaite Band) recorded 2nd Lead/Rhythm Guitar. Finished arrangement of this song would see it become one of Story’s strongest compositions to date receiving airplay in America and other areas around the globe. “The Journey” was released November 14 through Digital Distribution. 7″ vinyl copies scheduled to be available January 2021.
AC/DC, The Beatles, Crowded House, The Angels, Gary Moore, Elvis Costello & many more!
Have you always been interested in music? What is your story and how did you start making music?
From day one I have always appreciated and enjoyed music from many genres. Always listening to music. Generally speaking, life wouldn’t be the same without it.
Since the age of 4 I have been drumming with on and off periods. Self taught with drumming lessons along the way. Throughout school years been in a variety of bands. Rock, Pop & Orchestra. Encouraged outside of school by friends musically orientated, there have been many “Jam Sessions” in Rehearsal Studios across Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Eventually meeting 2 guitar players in a small venue looking for a drummer for their band “Story” in 2007. Said “Yes” after thinking about it over night. As a result, best decision ever made! From here a music and marketing skills were now being displayed on a professional level. Many changes to the “Story” line up would reoccur over the years. This would allow collaboration process to change on a regular basis.
What are you working on now? Any future releases we can look forward to?
Right now we just released new song “The Journey” now available through all good Digital Outlets. Vinyl copies available soon!
Brief BIO about “The Journey”..
Adult Contemporary, Rock, Classic Rock with vibrant energies throughout arrangement. A song penned instrumentally by Neil Anthony (Lead/Rhythm Guitar & Vocals) in 2007. Archived since, we would commence finishing Neil’s project in 2020, released November 14. Picking up from where we left off musically with this project, at the beginning of 2020 we invited Ian Hulme (Choirboys) to record Bass and Geoff Wells (Daryl Braithwaite band) to record additional Rhythm/Lead Guitar parts.
With release, marketing strategies would air and still doing exceptionally well!
We have a lot more material archived and still writing additional today for future releases.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry?
Many goals have already been achieved over the years simply by releasing each finished project (Song/Albums). Other goals are to keep releasing music everyone around the globe can enjoy. If the music can take people away from their day to day living, that’s the biggest reward any musician or songwriter can receive.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Biggest challenge was transition period in 2010. The live band from 2007-2010 would call it a day leaving audiences/supporters wanting more. At this point in time Story marketing was taking off and left the music behind as there were no live shows to support. The answer after placing ads everywhere such as community notice boards etc, would be to gather session musicians to we could simply record a few songs in the recording studio. From 2010 onwards, this would see amazing collaborations take place to create a amazing body work to date.
How do you go about writing a song? Do you have a melody in your head and then write the other music for it or what’s Your typical songwriting process?
There are a couple of us who now song write in “Story”. It took me a few years to develop confidence when it comes to a lyric. Now I find jotting down random words about anything that comes to mind is the way to go, eventually going to Neil or Daryl with a list of words/unfinished sentences. They will then find a way to phrase lyrical ideas while adding additional ideas of their own. Neil and Daryl have written many songs on their own over the years. Many written over the years still to be recorded.
When it comes to recordings, everyone more or less has their own recording studio. Therefor transferring audio files between one another. Neil is our producer and masterer in recent years. All files are sent to Neil, Neil then combines all separate recordings to create a finished/full band result for a song.
Processes these days are a lot simpler thanks to this day and age in the Digital world.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Internet has it’s ups and owns. Relating to publicity/marketing and reaching the whole world, it’s heaven sent. Unfortunately when it comes to royalties from digital sales, there’s no reward for any musician. Hardly any profits are made on each transaction. When we compare the earnings to the spendings creating a song, there’s no comparison at all.
Thankfully, the one thing we have seen, is the return of Vinyl records. Digital audio files are way too easily accessed and duplicated with no cost being received by the owner of song or works.
List some famous musicians currently on your playlist
One of the hardest questions a musician could answer. It’s very important to listen to a variety of music to gain wider knowledge in songwriting. Currently on playlists.. Van Halen, Status Quo, AC/DC, Crowded House, Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, 1927, The Cars, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, The Angels, Cold Chisel, Noiseworks, Led Zeppelin, Alannah Myles, Wendy Matthews, Poison, Split Enz, America, The Knack, Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Elton John, David Bowie, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, U2, Pink Floyd, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Faces, The Black Crowes, The Black Sorrows, Dan Hartman, Kiss, The Beatles, McCartney & Wings, George Harrison, Hall & Oates, Icehouse, INXS, Billy Idol, Boston, Dire Straits, The Cult, The Eagles, Heart, Neil Young, Live, Talking Heads, Toto, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Police, Sting, Pink, The Doors, The Who, Beach Boys, Alice Cooper, Bob Marley & The Wailers.. the list goes on
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Have always maintained a full-time job while being part of the music industry. Incredibly the full-time job is in the corporate printing industry. This job has helped master marketing strategies. Especially when it comes to graphic design for cover art, banners, business cards, flyers etc. Still working for the printing industry these days. Helps fund the projects we take on in the music world.
Would you have any advice for young people wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Patience and Persistence towards everything you choose to do in life! Don’t give up, keep at it.. Goals will be achieved!
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
More venues for live music to be open and more sales for hard copies of releases rather than digital platform being purchased.
How do you feel about originality?
Love it. I have been apart of original songwriting for 14 years now.. occasionally covers are ok.
Is there anything else we should know about you? or Something that you would like to add?
I hope everyone enjoys this interview. The marketing element behind “Story” is very exclusive. I highly recommend audiences visit websites , Facebook or Official Website. Icons in the music industry and many others over the years are amazed by the ideas and my original style in photography.
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