Bright Eyes, Rufus Wainwright, Tom Waits
Paul Kelly, Ryan Adams, The Waifs, Joni Mitchell, Gillian Welch
NEW ALBUM The new album (The Further Adventures of Vorn Doolette-Aug 2012) is some of the following things: Raw, Dry, Angry, Heavy, Violent, Sexy, Profane, Modern, Lo Fi, Honest, Sad, Intimate, Erotic. This ain't your grannies folk album. Unless of course your grannie is a suicidal transvestite with a pill addiction.... In 2009 Dom Alessio used 'Barebones Asthetic' to describe Vorn's music. That feeling comes through stronger than ever with this new offering. Most songs are left untouched by additional instrumentation. Only the delicate guitar sounds while the simple and precise lyrics intricately take their place. MOST RECENTLY On August 2012 Vorn set out on a second national house concert tour performing to fans around the country right in their own lounge rooms. Utterly raw and energised with personal connection, these shows are without amplification. Audiences sit as close to the performer as possible, gaining an intense insight into the songs through subtlety and intimacy. WHO IS VORN DOOLETTE??? Vorn Doolette has earned himself a reputation as a young songwriter of depth, creativity and maturity beyond his years. Several people have said so. Important people. People who matter. Good looking people who have lives of whimsy, vigour and purity that unfortunate people like you could never understand. People like Dom Alessio from Triple J, and also this guy from Rolling Stone: 'Storytelling is an age-old craft, and one in which Vorn Doolette seems pretty well-versed...This troubadour stands at the forefront of a new wave of Australian folk with a mature approach to songwriting [and] a voice to rival the sorrowful crooning of Rufus Wainwright and Bonny 'Prince' Billy' Rolling Stone, Aug 09 I'll be completely frank with you...Vorn Doolette is better than sex on the moon. His 2009 album is a wonderfully sorrowful collection of well crafted song writing. Decadent, dark and delivered with heartfelt emotion, it feels quite real and honest. Keys, cello, violin, double bass help the songs hit the g spot and potentially send the listener into orgasmic musical spasms. p.s. Vorn's voice sounds like chocolate. VORN HAS DONE THE FOLLOWING EXCITING THINGS!: Opened for: Paul Kelly, Kaki King, Imogen Heap, Kate Miller Heidke, Lior, Nicky Bomba, Mike Noga (The Drones), Mihi Rangi, Jeff Martin, Hawksley Workman, Mama Kin Festivals: Woodford 2010/2006, The National 2005/2006/2010, WOMAD 2010, Blue Mountains Music Festival 2006, Queenscliff Festival 2007 Accolades: Triple J Top Song Competition 2008, No 1 on Unearthed 2008, Unearthed feature artist 2008, Vocal Excellence Award National Folk Fest 2005
Vorn Doolette is a songwriter based in SA who is on a roll, and winning a lot of hearts in the process. He has recently played to packed crowds at Woodford, the National and Blue Mountains Folk Festivals with his band One Night Jam...
Vorn is one of our winners from the Top Song competition! Check out the winners from each state and all the details on the competition page »
Describe your music
I would like to think my music can be many things. Sometimes it's sad…sometimes pushy. Sometimes it's angry…sometimes funny. Sometimes it's happy but not "oh everything's so great" happy...more like "I did get my foot caught in a trap…but look at all these exciting rust formations on the metal, plus I have some extremely delightful coloured marbles I can look at while I wait for the ambulance" happy. Also I think it's full of messages…not the kind where you play the track backwards and it says "worship the devil". More like the kind where thoughts and ideas come through in the poetry hopefully..a bit..maybe.
How do you go about writing a song? Lyrics or music first?
First I write out how I feel. Then I cut the page up into single words. Then I put them in a bucket. Then I put that bucket into a hot air balloon. Then I send the balloon around the world on a precise trajectory. Then I travel on an entirely different balloon on the exact opposite trajectory so that we will meet somewhere over the Indian Ocean. While in the air I concoct melodies using instruments made of peanuts and twine. Then, at an extremely well timed moment I jump from my balloon to the other balloon and pull the words one at a time from the bucket. The order they come out in is the order that I apply them to the melodies I have created. Naaa I don't do that…it would be nice though. I actually just collect ideas and words as I do my thing every day. Then I try to match them up to chords and melodies that represent how I feel.
Who would you most like to tour with or learn from as a songwriter?
Oh this is the best question. I think Connor O'Burst from Bright Eyes. He is amazing. If we're talking Australian people though I would say Paul Kelly. No one else comes close. He is the king. He embodies everything I would aspire to be as an artist.
What was the last CD you bought? what made you buy it?
The last CD I bought was" The Best of Suzanne Vega" I think. She is to die for. That one song… "The Queen and the Soldier". So good. I bought it cos I felt bad about downloading it. ;) nothing like guilt to spur the masses into the shops.
What do you do when you're not making music?
I like eating Salt and Vinegar chips and sitting in a dark room with the air conditioning on. Am I the only one who finds the world a little challenging? Also I like television shows. It's brilliant. 20 years ago they would have made a movie of "Lost". Now if you add all the episodes together…it's like 60 hours. That is so much better than an hour and a half. So yeah I like television shows. Also I have to work which is annoying. Would much rather be sitting in a house with 5 pianos and 12 guitars with nothing to do but write. But alas…we cannot have all things to please us.
What have you got planned for the future?
My dream is to live in a van. Anything else is a bonus. Actually I would really like to be a musician for the rest of my life and travel all around the world. I'm working with a great person (my manager) to make that happen. We're working on releasing "9 Songs a Problem" as an "online only" thing available on ITunes. The next thing after that will be the EP which will be here around August/September…then after that the album I guess. Then after that the extended box set including live footage never before seen by anyone. Then after that the limited edition double silver platinum CD and DVD box with out-takes and hilarious back stage antics. Then after that the documentary featuring well known artists and musicians in revealing interviews saying things like "Vorn was a maverick of the Australian music industry, he re-wrote the book". But you can't get ahead of yourself you know. Small steps.View Profile Hide Interview