Former Powderfinger lead guitarist, Darren Middleton is amidst preparations to perform his debut solo album ‘Translations’ at Bigsound.
“Sideways and forwards.” These are the two words Middleton uses to describe ‘Translations’. The record, not due for release until November, is being kept tightly under wraps. A number of things have, however, been revealed. Firstly, there are a number of exciting guests that feature. Secondly, the lyrical content and the story behind the album deals with the period of time that Middleton denotes as the “big comedown after the whole Powderfinger thing… [I] needed to kind of find my own identity again, and [at least] find a purpose”.
While ‘Finger and music fans have to wait until November for the album’s release, Middleton will be performing material from ‘Translations’ at Bigsound next month. But it’s been over two years since he has performed in front of a crowd in a traditional band scenario.
“It’s funny because I am getting a bit nervous about the idea of getting up there and doing it again … I’m getting butterflies back in my guts, but it’s not a bad thing.”
If there is one thing Middleton is looking forward to, it’s the freedom to present himself however he pleases – there is no aspect of “oohh, maybe I shouldn’t do that because, you know, it might not be cool by the band. You can really just be yourself.”
Despite some slight nerves about performing at Bigsound, Middleton is stoked to be a part of “one of the best festivals you could hope for”. He compares Bigsound to Austin, Texas’ South By Southwest.
“It’s an industry event, but not a boring industry event – the world turns their eye on Brisbane and the rest of the Australian music scene for a few days. The music coming out of Australia at the moment is unbelievable… it’s so strong.”
Darren Middleton polays Bigsound September 10-13. ‘Translations’ is due for release in November.