Introducing Brisbane Singer-Songwriter Liam Morton

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Brisbane singer-songwriter, Liam Morton's latest single is titled 'My Baby'. Brisbane singer-songwriter, Liam Morton's latest single is titled 'My Baby'.

If you have a penchant for indie rock-pop songwriting with melodies that hark back to the late '60s, early '70s then say g'day to Brisbane singer-songwriter Liam Morton. He doesn't bite; promise.

No stranger to the local music scene, where he previously played with Port Royal before they disbanded, Liam decided to stroll down the solo artist path releasing the cranking garage-rock joint 'Margarita's By The Pool' earlier this year.

He has followed that up with the dream-pop, post-punk, shoegaze number 'Sunny Afternoon' and his newest single, 'My Baby' that finds Liam leaning into his indie pop, new wave stylings. You'll be head-bobbing, shoulder-swaying simultaneously before you know it.

Who is Liam Morton... Hey, my name is Liam Morton and I'm a singer-songwriter. I've been playing music since I was a kid, and love writing songs.

I sound like... The Strokes and The Wombats.

My first gig was... When I was 12, on the Goodwill Bridge in Brisbane. My guitar teacher organised it and I remember playing a few songs, making some money from tips and going home happy.

When did you settle on the group's name... This one was pretty easy, Liam Morton is my name.

I thought about taking up a stage name and adopting various personas, but I could never settle on anything. After a while I realised that I want to be myself, so it made sense to use my name.

In the studio I usually... Drink extreme amounts of coffee.

If I could tour with anyone... 1970s AC/DC. It would be extreme but I reckon it would be fun.

Social media is... A necessary evil.

My favourite app at the moment is... Etoro. It's an investment platform. I kind of like putting $10 on a stock and watching it go up and down.

To date, my most embarrassing moment was the time... I once slept on the ground in the parking lot of Young Henry's in Sydney, that was pretty embarrassing.

Life on the road can be... Basically you experience the same emotions that you would living a normal life, but everything is amplified. The highs are higher and the lows are lower, and at times it can feel like you're stuck in a washing machine.

If you'll have me on your bill, all I ask is that the rider contains... A bottle of tequila, specifically Patrón Añejo Tequila. Also salt and lime. I've learned the hard way that drinking before a gig is a bad idea and prefer to play sober. After the gig is a different story.

The most scary scenario I've found myself in, was... I used to busk a lot as a kid and there was this man who was trying to lure me back to his house.

I would've been 13 or 14 and he was in his 50s. I was on my own in the city at night and it was pretty uncomfortable. Luckily a stranger saw I was in trouble and distracted the man; as soon as he turned his back to me I sprinted away. Made it home safe and sound.

What celebrity/ famous person would you love to be your spokesperson... Shane Warne. I have a love-hate relationship with Warnie. An excellent athlete with a highly questionable moral character. Wouldn't be an easy job being his spokesperson, but it would be far from boring.

If you had to live in a city abroad, where would you choose and why? I've always been attracted to South America. I recently had a Brazilian housemate; after hearing about what goes on in Brazil, I reckon Sao Paolo or Rio de Janeiro would be fun.

Three people you'd like to invite around for a dinner party... Angus Young, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. They are my favourite guitar players and I'd love to share a meal with them.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us? Roast chicken with vegetables. It's yummy, healthy and I can save the leftovers.

No matter the expense, send me a case of... Cuban cigars.

The last time I saw the inside of a gym was... It's been years. To be fair though, I do exercise regularly. Go look up calisthenics, it's good for you.

What's the one chore you dislike the most? Cleaning the pan after cooking. I'm a bit of a neat freak, so I have to go over it eight times to make sure it's clean.

Do you have any phobias? Sort of. I have anxiety, and sometimes it's hard to physically leave the house.

I have to check the oven and stove are off, turn off power points and check the doors are locked multiple times. I know everything is off and it's safe, but I still have the urge to come back and check.

Would you ever partake in a reality show? 'Survivor'. It's cut-throat and I'm a competitive person so I would be in my element.

If you could prank any of your friends, who's your target, and how are you bringing them down? Not a friend, but my Dad is pretty scared of snakes. I've done the fake snake in the bed routine before; I thought it was funny, he disagreed.



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