Artist info

Genre

Roots, Rock


Sounds like

michael azzopardi


band members

michael azzopardi - all vocals & instruments


Influences

Nick Drake, Tim & Jeff Buckley, Jimi Hendrix, , Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, CSN&Y, Steeleye Span, , Michael Hedges, Bert Jansch, John Martyn


Bio

Singer/songwriter/guitarist michael azzopardi is a regular performer on the Sydney music scene. Stylistically he draws on alternate rock, blues, folk (celtic & middle eastern) & jazz. Influences include Nick Drake, Tim Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, Bert Jansch, John Martyn, Jimi Hendrix & Led Zeppelin. “Esoteric genius with a penchant for intricate acoustic masterpieces... ...the intensity and depth of his compositions reach right into the listener and takes a firm hold on the soul. In fact, some of the progressions and arrangements are so mind-blowing they might be described as schizophrenic if they werent so goddamn sane, beautiful and eloquently reasoned! The poetic, philosophical lyrics which are at the same time accessible and firmly rooted in everyday reality, or at least a lucid dream of it also a hint at a remarkably multi layered artistic force. Michael-John Azzopardi is not the sort of musician you can reasonably assume anything about. To see him kicking out the jams in a band context, you wouldn’t believe he has touched an acoustic, or ever would. He throws out the chunkiest riffs ever to leave a quad box, interspersed with the kind of effortless guitar-strangling lead that would make any wouldbe virtuoso jealous" Guitarist Australia magazine issue 3 April/May 2005

Review

Buckberry

17 Sep 2006

40

"Burn Down" has fast and slow passages; finespun acoustic webs and dexterious electric passages that may take you back to the percussive drive of Ritchie Havens, or the psychedelic melodies of Syd Barret. Here then is another facet of Michael Azzopardi's perpetual motion of illusion. Very inspirational; and what elsce can a song do for anyone but inspire them.

"Burn Down" has fast and slow passages; finespun acoustic webs and dexterious electric passages that may take you back to the percussive drive of Ritchie Havens, or the psychedelic melodies of Syd Barret. Here then is another facet of Michael Azzopardi's perpetual motion of illusion. Very inspirational; and what elsce can a song do for anyone but inspire them.

Review

Buckberry

17 Sep 2006

40

Pretty albeit hetromorphic folk underscores this interesting story about Peter who at first seems a slave to his emotions. As we move thru the song we learn that while Peter is dependent on his emotions he is not simply dealing with the conscious mind. Peter is faithful to his subconscious, unconscious and superconscious - as well as his conscious. "Peter" has to do with knowing yours...

Pretty albeit hetromorphic folk underscores this interesting story about Peter who at first seems a slave to his emotions. As we move thru the song we learn that while Peter is dependent on his emotions he is not simply dealing with the conscious mind. Peter is faithful to his subconscious, unconscious and superconscious - as well as his conscious. "Peter" has to do with knowing yourself.

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Review

Another Chris

17 Jun 2007

50

This music is the real thing. JJJ, you need to play this guy! He is the difference between passion and watered down industry! Come on, let's wake up!

This music is the real thing. JJJ, you need to play this guy! He is the difference between passion and watered down industry! Come on, let's wake up!