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When Mandurah-based musician and producer Aaron Gwynaire started working in his new EP, Heart Dance Inferno, he knew he had to launch it in a pretty special way.
Instead of inviting people over to any of the local pubs for a gig, Gwynaire decided to gather his music students and put on a show in the heart of Mandurah: the local foreshore.
On November 5, Gwynaire will fill the forsehore with original tunes, covers and plenty of performances before officially presenting Heart Dance Inferno in a colour-filled performance.
“It’s a very different way to launch any album or any kind of EP or single, which is really cool, it makes it stand out,” he said.
“It’s going to be an awesome day.
“It’s going to be really good quality sound, lights, smoke machine, arty stuff hanging around.”
However, according to Gwynaire the event isn’t only about presenting his new music, it is also an opportunity to boost the confidence of emerging musicians and inspire local residents.
“When I was 15 I performed in front of the whole school, I sang one of my own songs called Living in the Sea and it was really awesome, it just felt amazing,” he said.
“I want to create opportunities for other people to have that feeling.”
Gwynaire, who was involved with art from a very young age, started playing the guitar in England when he was a young teenager.
“I watched a couple of bands play and I had this kind of feeling where I wanted to get on stage and play,” he said.
He joined his first band at the age of 16, started signing at 17 and got a certificate in music technology to start producing his own songs.
However, it wasn’t until he came to Australia in 2012 that he found his own sound.
“Coming out to Australia has been really good to focus on myself as an acoustic artist and for homing in my craft a bit more, it’s just been awesome,” he said.
Since landing in Australia in five years ago, he has produced two albums and created his own studio Defy Reality Studios.
Currently, Gwynaire works as a full-time musician, producer and music teacher, hitting the streets to busk in his free time.
His music is deeply influenced by the 80s joyful beats, but it also features influences from Roxette, Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters and acoustic artists such as Passenger.
The Heart Dance Inferno launch event will kick off at the rotunda at 11am with an acoustic performance by Gwynaire himself, before the students take over the stage.
Following the students’ performance, local artist Joel Takurua will steal the show, sharing some of his funky soulful original music.
The event will conclude with Gwynaire sharing the tunes of Heat Dance Inferno while playing his acoustic and electric guitars.
“It’s going to be really cool, it is going to be among the Mandjar markets as well so there’s going to be a lot of people down there,” he said.
“I think it’s really good for families to come down if they want a bit of inspiration to get into music themselves.”
For more information go to Aaron Gwynaire’s website.