Lie gives voice to Spiders Web

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
WAM award winner Brayden Sibbald makes music in his home studio in Dunsborough
Camera IconWAM award winner Brayden Sibbald makes music in his home studio in Dunsborough Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee/Jackson Lavell-Lee

Dunsborough musician Brayden Sibbald has received recognition on the Statewide stage,winning a West Australian Music Award.

Sibbald won the Outstanding Regional category for his song Spiders Web.

The song, from his latest five-track EP Float, is an electronic pop/folk number with lyrics depicting the emotional trauma of coming clean after a lie.

Sibbald found his sound after being inspired by Ben Howard, the Foals, Bon Iver, James Blake and Arctic Monkeys.

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The solo artist performed in a local band until 2013, but after the members went their separate ways, he continued penning down-to- earth music as a solo act.

Sibbald was humble about his recent achievement.

“It’s nice to get a sense of recognition but it’s not really about the award itself, I think everyone nominated is an awesome muso in their own right,” he said.

Sibbald uses a drum pad and synthesiser to create a looped beat, while he plays guitar and sings in live performances — similar to Australian busker-turned-superstar Tash Sultana.

The one-man-band style of making music has taken off in recent years and Sibbald said anyone could do it if they let go of their anxieties and believed in themselves.

Sibbald regularly travels to Perth to perform, but said his favourite place to play was Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough.

“Clancy’s is where it started for me, with the band and solo,” he said.

“My current manager, Josh Cutler, works for Clancy’s and saw me play at Southbound after I won a competition — he really believed in my live show.”

Sibbald’s EP title track, Float, has reached more than 377,000 plays on Spotify. He said he hoped the WAM award would help grow his presence in the east coast music scene.

Brayden Sibbald will next perform in the South West on August 10 at Settlers Tavern.

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