Day job motivates Balga musician Andy Smith to play


Andy Smith, AKA Anderson, at work in his home studio.
Andy Smith, AKA Anderson, at work in his home studio.

A BALGA musician says his love for music inspires him to keep his solo career going after several stints with local bands.

Andy Smith, also known as Anderson, has fronted many bands as lead singer over the last 20 years.

Smith has been a solo artist for eight years and has performed at live shows in Perth, the eastern states and internationally.

His influences included Motley Crue, The Beatles and Guns N’ Roses and he has worked with renowned producer Keith Olsen.

Smith said his solo work was acoustic and mellow compared to the rock played by his previous bands.

“I started doing acoustic covers, so when I was doing those covers; I was writing a different style of music,” Smith said.

“So with that, it wasn’t very suitable for the band I was with so I recorded them as Anderson.”

Smith said his day job as a Government project officer was his motivation to do music.

“That what motivates me just the fact that it’s such a release from that,” Smith said.

“I love performing and also I really enjoy writing songs and watching them grow from an idea into a song.”

Smith revealed he was working on two EP’s with six songs each, which featured both his slower and rock songs and planned to release the first EP at the end of July.

Smith said he was a regular performer on Friday nights at the Ocean View Tavern in Nowergup and will do an American tour next year.