RJ Bacon is an Australian singer, songwriter, and composer known for his ethereal and dynamic singing style. You won’t even be able to tell that you’re nodding your head to his song because of his extraordinary vocal range.
At ABC Television, Sydney, he started his career in 1979, working in a variety of departments.
Over the years, he has worked for the ABC and as a freelancer with his own firm, both in Australia and abroad, on a variety of high-end projects.
While in this creative zone, he loves to write down, record and composes laid-back, smooth jazz melodies Aside from vocals, he’s responsible for every instrument on the tunes.
What is your real name?
What’s your official Showbiz name?
How did you get into music?
I started off with a borrowed electric bass guitar, taught myself a few riffs and eventually joined a band with schoolmates at about the age of 16.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
I really love jazz and bluesy jazz, but a bit of RnB and rock still seep in.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
I started later in life in terms of recording, with my first album ‘Cool Pool’ released in 2020. As with all my albums, I am the sole participant on that record. I find it easier to work alone.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I just love being in my own small studio and working on ideas. I listen to a lot of jazz on Spotify and gain inspiration from all those great artists I hear online.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
If you mean artists I admire, I really like Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Smith, Mingus and Sixty’s Jazz sound-very cool. I favour music that makes you feel like you’re in a club somewhere, having a good night!
What do you look out for in this line of business?
I try to make sure I am enjoying what I am making at the time. I never want it to feel like a ‘job’. So far so good…
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
The hardest task for me as an independent is the actual marketing of the music. Trying to keep social media posts up, and pitching the music to play-listers and radio, is quite foreign to me. I often wish I had an expert working with me!
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Purely from a selfish standpoint, it has made it possible for me to be doing what I do at my time in life.
To be able to ‘build’ my own studio and produce/release records all from my own space is fantastic. The ability to collaborate with other musicians and producers via the net is amazing.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
My advice to anyone starting out in any field is to ‘back yourself. Just start, that’s the hardest thing sometimes, just believe you can do it.
What is your current project about?
I have another couple of tunes in the tracking stage at the moment, so I am still feeling how they are going to emerge. ‘Shine a Light’ has only just been released, so it takes me a little while to put the writer/producer hat back on.
What are your hobbies?
I like mucking about in boats here in Sydney
What do you do aside from this profession?
I am a semi-retired cinematographer and I take a few photos from time to time.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
If I have any fans, I’d say thanks for the support and for listening – I hope you enjoy it as much as I like making it!