Musical magician Mojo Webb lives, breathes, and defines what authentic blues is all about. The soulful singer and multi-instrumentalist is known for his captivating stage presence and enthralling live energy.
Playing at this yearâ€™s Brisbane Blues Festival, Mojo says the festival has an amazing atmosphere and is something they look forward to every year. "Our show will be fiery and wild. We like to keep things fairly fresh on stage. We want to improvise a bit, and mix things up - you're not going to see the same old thing you always see. When we go on a festival stage we're just going to let loose."
With his debut album, â€˜The Burdenâ€™, Mojo recorded it himself, wrote all the music and played all the instruments. "It was just like a labour of love that I took upon myself to do. It was great fun doing it, but playing live is what I really enjoy. Getting in front of a big crowd and just letting loose is what I really look forward to.
"Performing has transformed from something I do for myself to something that other people seem to enjoy watching! Playing live is a way of sharing that, it's a way of getting that out. When you see other people really having a good time - just because I'm letting it all out - it's good fun.â€
When it comes to settling on a setlist, Mojo admits thereâ€™s a lot of improvisation going on. "We do it differently every time. Most of it is improvised, there are set songs and we do the same songs sometimes, but we never play it the same way twice. Blues has to be played with a lot of soul, you really have to get into it or it can be kind of boring.
â€œSometimes there aren't many notes there, so if you don't play it in the right way it can be boring. But there is a way of doing it that transcends the simplicity of the actual music. You can just play one chord for ten minutes, but if you play it the right way you'll have people screaming. It's all about the way you do it.â€
Mojo Webb joins Mama Voodoo, Coojee Timms, Johnny Hucker, Little Wolf with Steve Lott and many others for the 17th Annual Brisbane Blues Festival at the Jubilee Hotel May 16. For more info head along to www.brisbanebluesfestival.com