Backstage: Hamish Anderson: USA Tour Diary
Melbourne local Hamish Anderson has called the US home for the greater part of 2014. The insanely talented musician sat down to write a tour diary from his time in the music world’s most influential country. Let’s be honest, every musician wants to make it big in America.
After making a solid name in Melbourne, the 23-year-old is now perfecting his craft in the States. Despite a setback, with BB King’s headline tour cancelled due to King’s illness (which Anderson was set to open), the blues/rock guitarist and singer hasn’t slowed down. His second EP RESTLESS has recently been released with the lead single Burn already earning time on IndieShuffle.com and Torrent This TV (Australia).
Anderson has shared part of his 2014 tour diary with SurfStitch. We can’t all live the dream, so let’s live vicariously through Hamish!
August 21st, 2014
One of my favourite places to eat in LA is the famous Sunset Marquis; their burgers are amazing!
On set and rolling at the shoot for my music video for Burn. I was very lucky to be able to shoot with a killer team and at an awesome house in the Hollywood Hills. We rented a vintage Mustang for the shoot – so pretty stoked! The video came out great – very happy with it.
Awesome show at Hemingway’s in LA. We played this show, packed up our gear and drove straight up the road to No Vacancy and played another show straigh after. Great crowd at both – successful night!
One of the most incredible experiences of my life: opening for BB King on his tour. I was lucky enough to play two shows of the tour before it was cut short due to BB’s health. It was an experience I will never forget.
That same night, my first merch table – right next to BB King’s. Pretty sweet moment.
Making set lists before the show at the House of Blues in Chicago opening for the legend, Mr BB King for the second time.
Day off in LA exploring Melrose Avenue and discovered the Retna Wall! Impressive stuff.
Sound checking at the W Hotel in Hollywood. As you can see, not your average gig! Once it got dark the place lit up and it was amazing to see. It was a private event thrown by Randy Jackson to showcase one of his new artists, so was very lucky to be on the bill!
Arrived in Texas! Last minute tuning at the W Hotel in Austin before my set that night at Stubbs.
Stevie Ray Vaughan in Austin.
My first show at CMJ in New York at Santos Party House! Awesome show and great vibes all around. I ran into a lot of other Aussie bands and other talented musicians from around the world out there playing showcases as well, so it was a great environment to be in.