Lovers of the indie fusion music scene are in for a treat when the Under Western Skies Music Festival kicks off in March with first-timers Blue Sherlock among the notorious 14-act line up.
The Blue Mountain-based looping band Blue Sherlock comprises of two-piece Willem and Jeremy.
"This is our first time performing at the Under Western Skies fest, and we're super excited to be on the line up," Jeremy said.
"Festival gigs are the best.
"People are there for the music so you can just do your thing and groove.
"It's also really cool getting to meet all the other bands/musos."
Blue Sherlock is a band that can't be squished into any specific genre.
"We've never been able to find a genre that describes our sound. We settle on 'We vibe. It's lush'" Jeremy said.
"We use live looping to create layers of luscious vibes and moody textures. While we have a basic structure for our songs and arrangements, improv is also a big part of what we do. We feed off each other and the audience and take it from there."
Although Blue Sherlock is new to performing at the Under Western Skies Festival, they are no stranger to the city.
"The guys from SOMAD invite us out that way occasionally and we always jump at the opportunity," Jeremy said.
"It's about an eight to nine hour return drive for us but so worth it. The gigs that they put on for 'original' artists are next level.
"The crowds that come to these gigs are there to listen to your originals so you can connect with them on a more personal level, which is really important for the kind of stuff that we play and write."
Jeremy said they will continue visiting Dubbo for gigs in the future any time they're invited.
Blue Sherlock formed 'about four years ago' after Jeremy and Willem had met on the notorious phone app Tinder.
"I was living in Orange and moved to the Blue Mountains after a couple months to where Willem was," Jeremy said.
"Willem was primarily a solo artist at the time and I had never done more than play a few chords on an old guitar In high school.
"I was super inspired by Willem to learn to play and perform. After a few months we had too many gigs for me to be able to hold down my full time job, so I quit and we were both began working as full time musicians doing up to eight gigs a week pre-COVID."
The duo mostly play their own original music and when they do cover a song they do a make it 'almost indistinguishable from the original versions', although there are a few artists they do take inspiration from every now and then.
"Being a live looping duo, obviously Tash Sultana has always been a big influence of ours, but with the depth of Hozier"
The Under Western Skies Music Festival will run in Dubbo from March 19 to March 21.
Blue Sherlock will be performing as part of the festival on Friday, March 19 at the Commercial Hotel along with Novel Future, Irene Halloran and Andy Nelson.
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