Unfiltered, unscripted and unmoderated - Conversations with Nick Cave

16 Oct 2018

Unfiltered, unscripted and unmoderated – Conversations with Nick Cave

Just announced – Conversations with Nick Cave, an evening of talk and music at HOTA, Home of the Arts on Fri 11 Jan 2019. Tickets go on sale at 8am (QLD) on Thu 18 Oct, you’ll need to get in quick.

Earlier this year, in the US and Ireland, Nick Cave debuted a series of speaking events combining music and open discussion with the audience.

‘Between stark, gorgeous performances of key songs like Skeleton Tree, The Mercy Seat and God Is In The House, Cave was wry, genial and funny as hell’ Billboard.

In this special performance, Cave will take questions from the audience on all kinds of subjects and perform some of his most beloved songs on piano.

The relationship between Cave and his audience has always been open and intense but has deepened during recent shows with the Bad Seeds, inspiring these unconventional and unique evenings of unfiltered, unscripted and unmoderated Q&A.

‘I thought that a direct conversation with the audience might be valuable – in the recent live shows we have all shown a kind of willingness to open up’ Cave said.

This is a unique opportunity to not only enjoy some of the best of Nick Cave’s incredible back catalogue but also to chat directly to the man himself. You don’t want to miss this.

How it all began

Best known these days as the front man of the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cave is a man of prolific talents. From his beginning in the 1970s as a goth rocker in Melbourne’s burgeoning post-punk scene, he can now count author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor to his credits.

With more than 20 albums to his name, Cave’s music is generally characterised by emotional intensity, a wide variety of influences, and lyrical obsessions with death, religion, love and violence. Where the Wild Roses Grow, a duet with Kylie Minogue, has been Cave’s most commercially successful single to date.

Cave’s songs have been covered by a wide range of artists, including Johnny Cash, Metallica and Arctic Monkeys. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007.

Cave’s first band, The Birthday Party, is regarded as a major influence on gothic rock, and Cave, with his shock of black hair, baritone singing voice and pale, emaciated look, was described in the media as a poster boy for the genre.

After the break-up of the Birthday Party in 1983, Cave formed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Much of the band’s early material showed Cave’s preoccupation with Old Testament notions of good versus evil. The band has released 16 studio albums, the most recent being 2016’s Skeleton Tree. Cave formed the garage rock group Grinderman in 2006, which has since released two albums.

Though their sound tends to change considerably from one album to another, the one constant is an unpolished blending of disparate genres, and song structures which provide a vehicle for Cave’s virtuosic, frequently histrionic theatrics. Critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and Steve Huey wrote ‘With the Bad Seeds, Cave continued to explore his obsessions with religion, death, love, America, and violence with a bizarre, sometimes self-consciously eclectic hybrid of blues, gospel, rock, and arty post-punk.’

Cave has written soundtracks for several films including The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), The Road (2009), and Hell or High Water (2016). He’s also written several screenplays including John Hillcoat’s bushranger film The Proposition (2005) and Lawless (2012) which starred Tom Hardy and Shia Labeouf.

He’s the subject of several films, including the semi-fictional ‘day in the life’ 20,000 Days on Earth (2014), and the documentary One More Time with Feeling (2016) and has also released two novels, And the Ass Saw the Angel (1989) and The Death of Bunny Munro (2009).

There’s no doubt he’s a man of prolific talent and this is sure to be a memorable evening.

See Conversations with Nick Cave at HOTA, Home of the Arts on Fri 11 Jan 2019.