Seasoned muso takes on the solo challenge

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian

After years of performing in a variety of bands, singer and guitarist Kane Lemin has returned to his solo roots.

Since moving to Geraldton in 2002, Lemin has played in almost every musical format under the sun, from one half of a duo to a member of a five-piece band.

But after taking a short break at the start of the year to recharge his batteries, Lemin has hit the ground running, working hard to create a unique performance.

Usually performing classic pub rock songs, the father-of- four has lately branched into top 40 hits, even covering a song by US rapper Flo Rida.

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“There’s a few interesting and different thing that I’m doing to break away from what I’ve done for a long time,” Lemin said.

“There’s no point going out and being the same as anyone else — people don’t remember you at the best of times when they’re at the pub having their drinks. And you can’t explore your art if you just repeat the same thing over and over again.”

Lemin was exposed to a world of rock‘n’roll from a young age, with his dad playing professionally in several bands.

Although he enjoyed mucking around on the guitar, it wasn’t until Lemin was in his late 20s he decided to pursue a music career. But a career as a musician may have been unavoidable for Lemin, with a talent for the art flowing through the family. His dad’s parents were both musicians and Lemin’s two youngest children have shown an interest.

“Hopefully, we’ll end up with a family band somewhere down the line,” Lemin said. “For years, my dad tried to talk me out of (music); he told me all the horror stories about getting ripped off, not getting paid and band members being problems.

“I didn’t really take it seriously until I was quite a bit older and I was really lucky that at the time the music scene (in Geraldton) was really strong.

“I hit the ground running and haven’t really had more than a couple of weeks off at any stage.”

When he’s not gigging, Lemin works at a food wholesale store.

He said his employer had been incredibly supportive by allowing him to take time off to work on his music.

Over the next year, Lemin said he hoped to get back to writing his own songs.

“I’m looking forward to actually writing again — I haven’t been able to do that for a few years,” he said.

“Out of all the stuff I’ve written — although I think they’re good — I’ve never got to the stage where I’ve said ‘right, I’m gonna put it on iTunes.’

“That’s a target over the next 12 months or so while I’m doing solo, unless I spontaneously decide to get another band going.”

Lemin will play a free show at the Freemasons Hotel today and will return on June 16.

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