My songs may be contemporary but they are more than 40,000 years old.
They come through me from my ancestors and my people and they tell our stories."
Kutcha's story is one of twists and turns, ups and downs but always one of family and culture. BLAK & BLU is an album of his soul. It's a road journey of his spirit. In being given the opportunity to create this, his third solo album, Kutcha was able to find enjoyment through music again.
"I have always taken life as it comes. I wanted to sing and perform again but wasn't sure where to start. It was receiving a random email from Craig Pilkington at Audrey Studios that I had a link. I had yarned with Craig when we performed together for the Nukkan Ya Ruby Tribute Concert at Sydney Festival and I told him how I was at a fork in the road as far as my music. The link with Craig re-ignited my desire to make music again and inspired me to seek support and an album happen. As the tracks would come to life, I remember listening and giggling inside,I was back doing what I loved." Kutcha explained.
Kutcha was born on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River at Balranald, New South Wales, of the Mutti Mutti people and is among the many of the Stolen Generations.
In 1991 Kutcha was coerced into joining Koori community rock band Watbalimba and later Blackfire, as their lead vocalist and there has been no turning back. Touring both locally and internationally, Blackfire released two albums, A Time To Dream (1994) & Nightvision (1997), and supported Carlos Santana on his (1996) Australian tour.
Years later in 2002 Kutcha committed himself to his music and released his first solo CD, Cooinda, with production credits going to personal friends Paul Hester, Paul Kelly and David Bridie. Cooinda related Kutcha's life journey with songs covering a range of issues from his forceful removal from his family as a child to songs dedicated to both his mother and late father, racism and beating alcoholism.
Kutcha released his second solo CD title Hope in 2007, co-produced with Richard Pleasance. The album is again a collection of stories put to music, coming from experiences in his own life and that of his friends and family. Inspired by the songline told on the album, Kutcha was encouraged to write, co-produce and perform his first theatre based show, Songlines of a Mutti Mutti Man. In the great tradition of oral history, Kutcha and his family presented a unique and personal insight into the stories and songs of the Stolen Generations.
It was also during 2006, that a group of some of the most renowned Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers in the country formed Black Arm Band, with Kutcha performing three major works with them, murundak (2006), Hidden Republic (2008) and dirtsong (2009) and toured extensively with the Black Arm Band nationally and internationally.
It was 2010 when Kutcha first connected with Craig Pilkington from Audrey Studio's and decided to start writing his next album of stories in song. For the recording of BLAK & BLU Kutcha teamed up with Craig, who performed on and produced the album with Heath Mackaay from late 2011 wrapping up recording in mid 2012. On the album Kutcha is joined by a who's who of Australia's best blues and roots musicians including Jeff Lang, Dan Sultan, Chris Wilson, Rebecca Barnard to name a few.
Having guitar maestro, Jeff Lang put his stamp on most tracks on the album was a very special experience for Kutcha. Jeff came to the studio with specific ideas in mind for the recording, bringing his collection of abstruse guitars and musical instruments collected from all corners of the world. These instruments and Jeff's musicianship helped take Kutcha's music to a new and different level for the recording. Add to the story, the iconic vocal talents of Dan Sultan and Rebecca Barnard along with Chris Wilson lending his harmonica created a perfect blend of Australian musicians.
"It was such a treat bringing my instruments in to the studio and playing behind Kutcha's beautiful, rich voice. Not hard to be inspired when you're listening to that in your headphones! There were some really moving, socially conscious songs coming at me and it was an honor to try and support what he is saying." Jeff Lang.
BLAK & BLU is a fusion of Kutcha's beautiful voice and soulful blues arrangements in a compilation of Kutcha's own songs and the songs that have had meaning and impact on him.
Kutcha said "When you get the opportunity to work with musicians like those who performed on the album and for them to invest their time and creativity, it's an amazing feeling and such a joy to be involved with such great people."
Kutcha calls BLAK & BLU his 'Bidgee' music,his own unique style and influences from his Mutti Mutti country on the Murrumbidgee River. Music is a debriefing of ones life; it's like therapy to Kutcha and his family and people.
He has worked through his music, to tell people about himself and share his unique journey, one that is also the journey of all Australians. What Kutcha shares with people is a connection, a belonging. His music and stories are the songs of his journey, his people's journey, and these are his gift to connect with and inspire others.
BLAK & BLU - Has a strong blues beat and that uplifting sound that is sure to sooth your soul when you get the BLU's. BLAK & BLU released through MGM Distribution
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William Victor Simms known as Vic Simms and Vicki Simms, Growing up at the La Perouse Aboriginal Mission in a shack with dirt floors, a hessian door, and gaping holes in the galvanised tin walls, life was already looking grim, but the young Bidjigal man would soon go from struggle to stardom. His singing career began at age 12 at the Manly Jazzorama Music Festival in 1957, soon after Col Joye heard him as an 11 year old singing at a football social. He released his first single (as "Vicki Simms"), "Yo-Yo Heart" (Festival Records) at age 15.
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