With the Hunter Region being home to the musical prowess of Silverchair, The Screaming Jets and Tiffani Wood, a rising star has set his sights on joining the elite group of Novocastrian talent.
Lachlan Edwards, one of Newcastle’s best up-and-coming talents, is an indie-folk singer-songwriter who performs in gigs across the city’s local venues.
Edwards said a major musical influence was Sunshine Coast native Ziggy Alberts, who he saw perform in a cozy Forster venue back in 2016, inspiring him to embark on a career on stage.
“[At that time] I’d already been learning the guitar and writing a little bit,” he said.
Growing up, he was surrounded by a musically minded family.
His father, Craig, is still performing in a band, and Lachlan said he fell into playing music.
“I just remember going down to the garage and he was practicing, and I was always surrounded [by it]” he said.
“I was always basically around it, and I just happened to start playing.”
Edwards received airtime for his song Little Things in 2018, appearing on Triple J’s ‘Unearthed’ charts, and received praise from presenter Nkechi Anele, who said the young Novocastrian’s voice “makes you forget to breathe when you listen”.
He said appearing on Triple J was a “good feeling”.
“I just remember going on the phone, and everyone was sending me videos of it,” he said.
“I turned on the radio in the car and I was like: ‘That’s pretty cool, [I’m] driving and it’s on the radio.’”
After releasing his debut EP Once More last year, Edwards said his goals for 2021 were to keep performing his songs and writing.
“I’ve got like four or five gigs a week until the end of March,” he said.
“So, I just want to do [more of] that and get some more funds so I can record another EP or, hopefully, sometime in the next two to three years, I can do an album.
“I’d love to do that, I’m looking at hopefully getting signed by a label sometime in the future.
“I’ve got another song that I’m going to release, probably in March, and hopefully that gets some airplay as well.”
Visit Edwards’ website for more information or to see his upcoming gigs.