Chris Tejeck

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Chosen from hundreds of talented performers, local boy Chris Tejeck – a spiritual musician with a passion for the Earth – will perform at FOTSUN in December.

>How did your musical journey begin? 

Funnily enough it began at FOTSUN 2005, when I first met my girlfriend and fellow band member Ingrid Pullen. I have been a music lover for as long as I can remember, but other than playing around on a few instruments over the years, I have never seriously played anything or sung in public until we met.

She was and still is a keen percussionist, and after the festival we ended up playing Djembe on the break wall for hours.

After that I was hooked!

I brought a drum the next week and have been teaching myself various instruments ever since.

So I suppose my journey into music may have had a lot to do with trying to impress a girl.

> Aw! … Playing at FOTSUN is a great gig, as you’re working with some nationally known artists. How did it come about?

Playing at FOTSUN is a great gig to secure, and I am totally honoured to be a part of such a fantastic line-up. Some months ago, FOTSUN Director Scott Mesiti approached me and asked whether I would be interested in playing at the festival, and I humbly accepted the offer straight away.

I am still not 100% sure as to why I was chosen out of so many other talented locals, but I hope it’s because I have worked really hard at my music in the short time that I have been playing and that my music will offer something different and unique to the festival.

> Who are you looking forward to working with most at FOTSUN?

I’m really looking forward to seeing and watching my friend Lior play. We first became friends when I had only just picked up the guitar. It’s crazy to be in the same line-up as him now.

I’m also really looking forward to meeting and watching Dallas Frasca, Watussi, True Live and That One Guy.

> You’re quite a spiritual musician. Where do you draw your inspiration from? 

It is really nice to be referred to as a spiritual musician, – thank you! It gives me personal satisfaction that I am seen as an artist who is not just singing songs for the sake of singing songs. I truly try and inspire myself and my audiences to do more for this Earth and their own spiritual development every time I play.

I draw influences from everything around me, what I see, hear, read, feel and explore on this beautiful life journey. Just go for a walk in a pristine forest and sit in silence for a while. If you find that place in your mind, it’s amazing what you get told from this Earth and its spirits.

As Aboriginal people and the indigenous peoples of the earth will tell you, “Listen to your ancestors – they are everywhere and hold the answers to nearly every question.”

> Tell us about your band and musical style?

Ingrid and I form a two piece band with a bit of a difference. We are kind of like having two one man bands on stage at once.

We play a range of instruments from 6 string guitars, Dobro, Lap Steel, Didgeridoo, Djembes, Stomp box, Drums, Timbales, Tabla and Xylodrum, plus countless percussion instruments and loop pedals.

Our music style combines traditional folk music with roots music and reggae. We mix it all together with West African and Indian percussion and Earth inspired Dub beats.

> What special appeal does your music have that  audiences find engaging? 

Stick around if you want to see a couple of locals doing something a little different. We have been working hard on a completely new sound, so if you have seen us before, we have plenty of new stuff to show. We are playing Friday and Saturday, so there are two chances to see us play.

Friday will be a more up tempo Dub Reggae/World music inspired set and Saturday will be a taste of our more mellow tunes. Hopefully our music will flow with the tempo of the festival.

> Is there another side to your life besides music? What interests you?

I love the outdoors! Surfing, swimming, bush walking and gardening. I live near Shellys, so I spend a lot of my time there. Not too many other people overate the surf quality at Shellys more than me.

Protecting the environment and promoting equality for our indigenous people are very important to me. As is broadening my spiritual development.

I am a qualified environmental scientist, so the state of our natural world is one of my biggest passions. I just can’t help wanting to know more and more about how every little plant and animal lives and interacts with each other and its environment.

The world we live in is truly an incredible place, and that is why we need to learn all we can about her and do more to protect her.

> Any suggestions for young bands and rock wannabes who want to be on the FOTSUN stage like yourself?

Work hard; play as many gigs as you can. Even in places where people hate your music, it gives you a thick skin quickly.

Other than that, put a lot of effort into developing your own style and playing original music. I have never really played many covers, and I think it’s one of the things that helped me get so far, so quickly.

> What are you looking forward to most at the festival?

Without question, the most exciting thing will be playing on stage with Ingrid at the very festival we first met.

It doesn’t get much more romantic. It will definitely be a very special experience for us both.

 > Thank you Chris. 

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