He’s one of Australia’s rising blues and roots musicians and with his new single, ‘The Hills Have Eyes’, Jack Biilmann simply continues makes his mark. Listen below.
The Canberra based songwriter has established a formidable reputation for himself amongst local and national touring circles, having shared stages with the likes of Tash Sultana, Bobby Alu, Ian Moss, Bootleg Rascal and more over the last few years. A tenacious guitarist with a charming performance style to boot, Biilmann has struck a positive chord within the scene and with ‘The Hills Have Eyes’, he ventures further into well crafted roots territory.
To celebrate the single, Biilman gives us a rundown of his favourite shows to date…
Playing federation square on my 2016 Forever Unbeaten single tour was an extremely font memory for me. When I was 17 a family member recorded a concert DVD of John Butler Trio live at Federation Square and gave it to me. Watching that DVD inspired me to really start working on my music and build a career. To play on the same stage was an honour and something I’ll never forget.
Super 14 Rugby Match
This picture was taken at a sold out super rugby match in 2014. Was such a buzz to play to over 20,000 people in an unofficial stadium gig with my brother on the drums and good mate Alec on the bass. Hopefully the first of plenty of other stadium shows.
In January 2017 I toured Japan and was based out of small snow village named Hakuba. The tour was a heap of fun and experiencing a Japanese winter was something I won’t forget in a hurry. A few days into the trip I was stoked to meet Mick Fanning and spend a few days on the beers with him and his crew. Mick is as good of a person as he is an athlete and it was an honour to spin stories and have (way too many) beers with him.
Canberra Streams Album Launch
This show was just memorable, It was my local album launch show, crowd was just amazing and I had a ball. People were singing along to songs that I had not even released yet, heaps of friends and family were in the crowd. Was just one of those gigs that make you realise why you do what you do.
Car write off Perisher 2016
On my 2016 winter tour I endured some of the most extreme weather seen in the mountains for many years. My car was a casualty of this weather. With rain so intense it threatened to derail the entire stock of snow the season battering the mountains for 2 days then a total whiteout blizzard coming on, all the water underneath my bonnet froze and when I started the car sucked a heap of ice and water into my motor and subsequently meant my car was a write off and I was stranded in Perisher for 3 days. Funny now but not at the time.
Favourite Hill… because why not?
Mount Koziousko: MK is the highest point in the country and has to get first mention! If i am not on stage odds are I am in the snowies somewhere fishing. I was brought up always escaping to the mountains on holidays and it’s something I’ll always hold close. The concept of the “Hills Have Eyes” title came about whilst being very close to MK on a river so its a very fitting.
Catch his live at The Wesley Anne Melbourne on July 7.