One thing new comes with reflections for Koebi

Musician Koebi Faumui… “I need to get some extra which means into my lyrics, to query issues, to be fairly reflective.”

WITH a musical Samoan father and a watchful Polish mom, Koebi Faumui and his siblings have been destined to be musicians.

Not essentially for a day job, as a result of though all have been educated in music, massive sister Kashia took environmental research in enterprise administration and older brother Salale is doing a psychology diploma. 

However 20-year-old Koebi, now in his second yr finding out jazz guitar with Greg Stott and music manufacturing with Ken Lampl on the ANU Faculty of Music, is properly and really on his option to turning into an expert musician. 

Solely eight when he began recording together with his siblings The Faumuis, he has already recorded 10 authentic albums and 5 covers. 

Father and supervisor Garry Faumui, supervisor of the Booyah Group, which makes use of music to strengthen social bonds, says his purpose has been to cross on to his youngsters “enduring stuff”, whereas their mom has been “the critic… she tells us after we suck”.

Koebi, Garry says, is the one one in every of his musical youngsters who expressed an curiosity in stepping out on his personal. 

Once I meet up with him, he’s brimming with pleasure concerning the musical colleagues he’s been capable of assemble for his new EP launch at ANU Kambri in early December, together with Citizen Kay, Lucy Sugarman, Seanzsound, and members of the group Archie. “These are folks whose music I respect,” he says. “It’s my dream.”

His new EP, referred to as “One thing New”, is a fruits of originals written over the previous yr, however he’s launched a few teaser singles in latest months – “Good Individuals”, a tune with a common message and “I Know Higher”, which “felt prefer it encompassed my life within the final couple of years”. 

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“I wouldn’t prefer to get caught in a single class, however perhaps what I do is pop indie,” he says.

His efforts to make a quieter departure from the sort of sound he used to do, he suspects, could also be attributed to his research with “superior lecturers” Greg Stott, Eric Ajaye and John Mackey. 

“Being at college has helped me develop some vocabulary, and in addition some maturity. I really feel I do know so much about jazz now,” he says. 

Koebi’s musical inclination is sort of eclectic, because the line-up of rock, rap, hip-hop, folks, digital and reggae on December 3 will present. 

He has produced and helped write a tune about psychological well being with eight native rappers and produced a observe with a gaggle of indigenous yr 5 college students.

“The songs that imply essentially the most to me are those the place I am going deep, however the humorous factor is that they typically come simply,” he says.

“They’ll are available in half-hour.

“I need to get some extra which means into my lyrics, to query issues, to be fairly reflective.”

He suspects that his Seventh-day Adventist upbringing could have had some affect, each within the content material of his songs, but in addition the self-discipline he found in his childhood. 

“You will have quite a lot of self-control when you’re not like the remainder of the folks,” he says. 

“I’m grateful for my days in church; that upbringing offers you hope to sing and hope to play higher.”

“One thing New”, ANU Kambri, 7pm, December 3.