Doobie is the former Bass Player of 80’s bands Counterfeit and John Rundle & The Maulers and also became half of the successful Fred & Doobie project. He was then hand picked and persuaded by Midnight Oils ex Manager and the Producer of The Jac Dalton Band to become their Lead Guitarist and is a current member of the in demand Boris Loves to Boogie playing over 200 shows a year.
Being talked into doing this album wasn’t hard (over a couple of bourbons with a young metal band) and this seemed like a reasonable request, but to make it a bit more challenging Doobie decided to play everything himself and record it in his own studio while it was still being built. The result will be his first Solo album and the first released material with Doobie as the only musician.
Thanks should go to friends Rob Vorell from Derringers Music and master musician Darren Mullan for their wisdom and support, Andy Griffiths from Frets and Sticks Music and Daniel Hughes for use of their personal kits and to Kaye and Jac Dalton for the loan of assorted guitars and basses.
Today I would like thank Doobie Whitehorn for taking some time out to do this for us his Fans
Welcome Doobie and before we start I just wanted to say Welcome to The Rock and Roll Report,We Love Your Tunes.
Shaz: So your new Album “Touché” has just been released?
Doobie: Yeh, it’s my first ever Solo Album. I heard Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” when I was a kid and just couldn’t believe that one guy played every instrument on it so it was something I just had to try one day. So you could say it’s been planned for a long time and when the opportunity came up I grabbed it and just ran with it.
Shaz: Could you please list the instruments you ended up playing on “Touché”.
Doobie: All vocals, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, piano, mandolin, banjo mandolin, piano accordion and used a keyboard for any brass or stings that are on it.
Shaz: What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/mode /brand/color preference?
Doobie: My favourite guitar right now is a 1974 Gibson Marauder. I’ve had this guitar for years but kind of rediscovered it after a bad car smash (not my fault mind you) and it was comfortable to have around my neck because it’s a reasonably light instrument. It has a unique tone that’s different to any other Gibson and you can really get it to bare it’s teeth and bite.
Shaz: What genre of music do you consider your work to be and who are your major influences?
Doobie: JustRock. The new Album ( Touché ) has a fairly broad musical spectrum to it with influences probably from Zeppelin to The Beatles to The Angels, all the stuff I grew up with, there’s even a song on it called “Wind It Up” that feels to me like it has a Little Feet style swing to it. I also spent allot of time listening to different producers and their techniques as I was after a big fat overproduced sound but with a 70’s & 80’s looseness to it so it gave it a bit of life.
Shaz: Are you a member of any music organizations?
Doobie: Yeh a few little known ones like, The I want my life to be fun if that’s ok with you Guild, The unofficial church of the sweaty guitarist and The society for asking why it takes so long for agents
to pay the bands.
Shaz: Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? What are your touring and recording plans?
Doobie: I’ve played all over Australia in all sorts of venues from pubs to concert venues but my favourite gigs are the unusual ones that pop up. Like I got flown to Hamilton Island for 4 days to play just one night on a big stage they’d set up on the beach with Pyro’s, bonfires and limbo contests all around, it was very cool. As for touring I’ll go anywhere anyone wants me, I love it. The recording plans depend on how this Album goes, if it seems to be working and people are liking the concept of this Album then I’ll get on with a follow up otherwise I might just get together with some other Muso’s and do another Band one. It’s pretty easy for me as I own a studio so I can virtually do what I want when I want to.
Shaz: Who is it that sits down and writes your songs? Or is this a joint effort….
Doobie: This Album was all me but previous ones I’ve collaborated on as well as helping other artists write for their Albums. I’ve also written soundtracks for a few films and documentaries but most of them have been solo efforts.
Shaz: Could you briefly describe the music-making process
Doobie: If only there was an easy recipe for this I’d bottle it and be rich. Songs can come from anywhere, no-one really knows what triggers the ideas. They can start with a riff, a lyric or even a drum rhythm. For me the process after the initial song is written starts with me programming a rough sequence on a keyboard so I can play with the feel of the song a bit. Then I’ll go into the studio and record a click track as a timing guide. I’ll then lay down a rhythm guitar and guide vocal before the real fun starts. I pull the drum kit out and bash away then play with some bass lines. After that it’s just a matter of recording layer after layer of guitars, piano, mandolin or whatever the song needs. The guide vocals are then replaced and harmonies put on and the very last thing I record is any percussion like Tamborine or Cowbell as these can be used to really lift parts of the songs that seem to drag a little. Then you go and hire a psychiatrist to help you get through the mental fatigue of trying to mix down a complete Album and once that’s done take it away for mastering by someone with a fresh set of ears and it’s complete.
Shaz: How has your music evolved since you first began playing music?
Doobie: Really it’s more than just your music that evolves. The longer you do it the more contacts you make and the more you understand the industry. You really want different parts of the industry to help in different ways as your evolving as an artist. Starting out your grasping for anything that will help propel you to some sort of stardom without really understanding what your doing but that’s ok, it’s all part of the learning curve and it works. You kind of need that so as you progress as an artist you can take that experience and put yourself in front of the right people at the right time to benefit the artist you’ve become as well as trying to control the pace of your career as much as you can so you can handle it and not burn out either mentally or artistically.
Shaz: What has been your biggest challenge?
Doobie: The biggest challenge of my career and life happened when only about a month short of finishing this Album I was in a near fatal high speed head on crash. It wasn’t just the physical rehabilitation but mentally getting back on track and getting motivated to finish the project and build up the momentum again after it had been literally stopped dead.
Shaz: Well we are all stoked you pulled through it and came out Rocking…..well done doll….
Shaz: So, how would playing in the Australia (where you are from) differ from playing somewhere like the USA ?
Doobie: The sheer size of the market there is huge compared to Australia.
Shaz: What are your thoughts on rock and roll, and how would you define it?
Doobie: It’s the most fun you can have while fondling a piece of timber and knowing people pay to watch you do it and take photo’s. I bet that statement comes back to bite me one day.
Shaz: Which of your songs are you most proud of and why?
Doobie: “The One” & “I’m Gone” because of their arrangements and probably “Comfort Zone” because I took one verse and one chorus, put a repetitive riff behind it and made it work as a song.
Shaz: What is life like as a musician in the age of the Internet?
Doobie: The good thing is it’s taken your audience from being just the boys down at the local pub to a global marketplace and you can network with other industry people worldwide. The bad thing is you need to wade through all the crap out there to make that decent network of people that can all work with and help each other.
Shaz: Whom and what inspires you, musically and otherwise?
Doobie: Anyone with talent whether it be natural or worked hard to obtain, good people and people with the strength to overcome adversity.
Thank you Doobie this has been so awesome and it always rocks to catch up with you…….. We hope to see you Rocking It Live someday soon!!!!
Hugs Shaz (On behalf of The Rock and Roll Report)
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