Angus Simpson. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Angus Simpson, Finalist in the 2018 Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year, talks about his role as a singing performer, his six-year journey with his vocal coach and what inspired him to sing 'Brother' by Matt Corby for the Final.
Tell us why you love singing.
I enjoy singing as a way to express myself and because when I sing in front of people I feel happy and I get a sense of confidence.
Who inspired you to start singing?
When I was in kindy I used to copy my dad impersonating opera singers. My mum and dad thought I had a powerful voice, so mum got me started with singing lessons. I’ve been with my vocal coach Simone Dee for six years. She inspires me too!
Which other performers do you most like to listen to or watch, and why?
I enjoy watching and listening to quite a wide variety of performers, from Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake to Drake and old school stuff like Michael Jackson and hip hop artists.
Tell us about one of the songs you chose to perform for Final.
“Brother”, by Matt Corby. It’s a unique song with a lot of raw emotion, and the vocals are pretty challenging. I like Matt’s voice. I like all those things about the song.
What do you do to prepare for your performance?
I try to get a good night's sleep the night before, and stay relaxed and hydrated throughout the day. I don’t really have a specific routine before performances, just try to stay relaxed and focused.
What is the best piece of performance advice you have ever heard?
Head up, look at the audience and remember as a performer I am trying to entertain and tell stories with my voice.
What have you learnt about yourself through performing in Sydney Eisteddfod?
I feel inspired by so many other amazing young singers around me, who have achieved so much already. I guess I have learned that I need to watch and learn more from such experienced singers and judges to really improve and go to the next level.
What would you like to achieve next?
To go as far as possible in upcoming singing competitions and to make the most of and learn from opportunities I get to perform in and entertain audiences.