Move. And be moved. Find your flow and go about each day to the rhythm of your own making.
That’s the theme of 2018 for Byron Bay singer, ukulele strummer and drummer Bobby Alu. It’s been a long-time personal and
musical mission for the tropical ambassador, too.
Amidst smooth harmonies, rhythms inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance, and unassuming grooves that
work a gradual, smile-inducing high through even a casual listener, Bobby Alu tunes have a way of sneaking into the subconscious
and taking up residence. Every now and then, one will pop up as a toe-tapping reminder to take it slow, enjoy the ride. It’s
the curator of calm’s way – deliver island-time vibes with gentle optimism rather than forceful instruction, and encourage
the type of reflection best achieved in a hammock. Though it’s not all palm trees and daydreams – there’s a robust energy
in Alu’s mastery of traditional Samoan log drums, and a vitality to his songwriting that nods to world, roots and pop intelligence.
Sharing a well-nurtured and lengthy musical connection with producer and multi-instrumentalist tour buddy Paulie Bromley (The
Beautiful Girls, george), Alu’s recorded and live presence has been boosted from a range of creative alliances. Having dedicated
his world-class percussion skills to touring internationally with Xavier Rudd over the past five years, it was time for the
equatorial folk of Bobby Aluto chart its own dedicated course again. Following the exploratory self-titled debut (triple j
Roots ‘n All top 10 album of 2010), the clear stylistic intention of 2013’s Take It Slow, and the cruisey attitude of 2015’s
Bay Sessions EP, 2018 sees Alu back in the studio. As usual, he’ll be observing the ebb and flow of life and locking into
his tried and always true grooves, though with the fire that comes from holding a 20,000 strong crowd captive with your beats,
as well as the carethat can only come from serenading your nearest and dearest by a coastal camp fire, with an instrument
handed down from your mother.