“The bottom line is globetrotter Hudson’s soul, folk, dance-pop, funk and latin standards as skilful and casual as ever”
– Diabolo Mox online magazine, Germany
“Earthman is a wonderfully-made album … soul, pop & world music.” Polyprisma, Germany
Simon Hudson’s highly original music weaves a captivating blend of world, roots and folk. The singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist is based in Melbourne, and has wowed countless audiences across Europe, Latin America and Australia. In 2016 he signed to Germany label Songs and Whispers, and has now released three original albums and has toured Australia, Brazil, Europe three times, and Cuba twice.
His latest EP Islands (2020) is an infectious ode to the life of the travelling musician. Previous releases include crowd-funded album Earthman (2016) featuring a full band sound, and EP Time and Space (2012), a remarkable showcase of skilled songwriting and addictive roots rhythms.
Have you always been interested in music? What is your story and how did you start making music?
I’ve always been into music, from my first performance on a German squeezebox at primary school! But my musical journey really started when I was given a guitar by a family friend, and I started working out songs by ear. This led to writing my own music.
Then I studied world music in Sydney, Australia with African and Brazilian masters, incorporating it into my songwriting, with influences including The Cat Empire, Jose Gonzalez, Neil Finn, and Paul Simon. I’ve completed a Bachelor of Music in songwriting at NMIT in Melbourne, I’ve been a member of the ARIA-nominated group Voices From The Vacant Lot, and I’ve sung at the Adelaide Festival Centre.
What are you working on now? Any future releases we can look forward to?
I’m currently writing my fourth album, and recording it in my home studio. I’m also about to start work on a video clip for one of my latest singles ‘Magalenha’ (cover by Brazilian composer Carlinhos Brown). I’m also embarking on the journey of parenthood – my son Daniel was born this month, which has been the most incredible experience of all.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry?
My ultimate goal is to build a sustainable career and be able to spend more of my time creating music. I’m aiming to build more meaningful connections with my fans to hear more about what they like, and getting them involved in my creative process.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
The biggest challenge has been realising why I make music. When we first start out we are often doing it to get famous, but now I’m aiming for something more significant – to create a body of work that means something to myself and other people, and one day may even be able to help someone.
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?
This has changed a bit over time. These days I start by coming up with song titles. Usually it’s just what’s in my head that day, but sometimes I‘ll also grab the nearest book and choose words at random and smash them together. This often gives me new ideas for songs, and I’m off writing lyrics. Then the rhythm of the words will give me an idea for the cadence of the melody and how it wants to move. It’s at this point I pick up my guitar and come up with the chords that fit it.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Immeasurably. From streaming services, home production and distribution, and YouTube superstars, it’s a completely different world out there. For the most part, once streaming services start paying artists properly (I’m mainly looking at you, Spotify), this means better access to music and opportunities for everyone.
List some famous musicians currently on your playlist
Coldplay. Washington. Carlinhos Brown (Brazil). Zeca Baleiro (Brazil). Ex-Olympian. Youth Group.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I did and still do make websites for people.
Would you have any advice for young people wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Love what you do, and do what you love. If you have to make music, don’t let anything stop you, and do it for your own reasons. Be inspired by everything around you.
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
Less hype, more genuineness.
How do you feel about originality?
It’s the most important thing there is. After all, we’re all here to contribute something unique to the world, to give something only we can give. Take this opportunity to create something rare and beautiful.
Is there anything else we should know about you? or Something that you would like to add?
I hope for peace and brother- and sister-hood to spread throughout the world, and for people to realise their similarities are more important than their differences. And for people to support music – after all, what would the world be like without it?