Gig Profile: Milk & Madu Canggu, Bali

This will be the ninth installment of the #looptheworld Gig Profiles. As I travel the world playing music for a living I will be writing up these Gig Profiles in an effort to help out those that dream of doing the same. I hope you find the information helpful. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I’ll do my best to help out as much as I can.

Milk and Madu is a favourite amongst the locals in Canggu. Not necessarily as a music venue but more for their amazing breakfast menu and delicious pizzas. In fact, music is only a new thing for them, I believe I am their first live musician. Pablo, one of the owners, recently invested in a PA and tells me that he plans on making live music a regular thing.

milk-and-madu-3The setting is perfect for the Sunday afternoon show. A grassy yard with views of the sunset over the surrounding rice paddies. The weekend attracts families so there is always a group of kids playing on the lawn. Last week they even brought in a jumping castle. I love playing for the children. They are fascinated by the music and either jump around dancing with no inhibitions or stand motionless staring wide eyed as I loop up another track. At some point they will all have a go of my tambourine or shaker.

The vibe they are after is obviously family friendly, so keep the big kid words out of it. Also it’s a Sunday session so avoid the pub rock stuff and stick to some feel good acoustic vibes. You are more than welcome to play original music and you’ll find both the punters and the staff are very supportive. It’s predominantly a restaurant so don’t expect a dance floor (from the adults anyways, the kids will be cutting up a rug for sure.) And be respectful with your volume, people are there to enjoy the music but also the company of their friends and family.

The PA is basic, 2 x 15″ Behringer powered speakers and a 12 channel mixing desk with built in effects, but that is all you need. The show is outside so you shouldn’t have any issues with feedback or strange room EQs. They also have 2 x wireless microphones and stands so all you need to bring is your instrument. The gig starts at 5pm and finishes around 8pm. At this stage they are only doing Sundays, but who knows, if it’s successful they may introduce new nights. It’s always worth asking.

As I mentioned in the last Gig Profile for Old Man’s you will need a work permit to gig here in Bali. Immigration take it very seriously and you don’t want to wind up being deported. The process is easy enough. Just contact and they will walk you through it. You are going to need to stay in Bali at least a month to earn enough to cover costs but trust me, once you’re here, you are going to want to stay longer anyway. You can back up this gig with weekly shows down at the bigger venues like Old Man’s and Deus and there are a bunch of small live music venues in the area too.milk-and-madu-2

Location: Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa No.52, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361Gig contact: Pablo Fourcard via Milk and Madu website or Facebook Page
Pay: 1 to 1.5 million IDR
Gig season: All year round. High season is during the months of July and August, during Easter Holidays, and Christmas / New Year (December till 1st week of January). This is the time Bali is the busiest. However, for many reasons, best time to come to Bali is April, May, June and September, just before and just after high season.
Max Capacity: Approx 200
In-house PA, no soundman.
Milk and Madu links: Facebook, Instagram, Website

The Simon Wright Band play Echuca with special guest Benny Walker

The Simon Wright Band play Echuca with special guest Benny Walker

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A couple of years ago I was contacted by Australian Indigenous songwriter Benny Walker and asked to play his wedding in Echuca/Moama. I often get asked to do weddings but it is particularly encouraging when you are asked by a fellow musician.  To be asked to be the entertainment for someone’s big day is always an honor and us musos can be pretty choosy when it comes to what we like. Anyway, since then I have been to Echuca many times, first to play Benny and Fiona’s wedding after which we were invited back to pay many more private events including the wedding of Benny’s brother Andrew Walker of the Carlton Football Club. Every visit has seen great times, the boys and I look forward to our adventures to the VIC/NSW border towns. I’ve met a bunch of great people up there and I’m beginning to feel quite at home. Still though, to this day, after 9 shows we have still not done a public performance. This show at the American Hotel will be the first….. and what a way to kick it off.

Opening on the night is Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award winner for Best New Talent 2012 Mr Benny Walker with his sun ripened folk/pop. Followed by an original set from me and the boys; Mikey Chan (lead guitar) Richy Rose (Bass) Shane Evans (Drums, Backing vocals). Then finally well be bringing in the party with a set from the Simon Wright Band featuring Benny walker playing a mix of originals from both Benny and me as well a a few of our favorite covers.

It’s going to be a one of a kind gig and I’m not lying when I say I’m pretty damn excited.
Where: The American Hotel 239-249 Hare St, Echuca VIC 3564.
Date: Friday March 21st
Time: The night kicks off at 8pm,
Cost: Entry is free.

Check out Benny’s track Summer Sun
Summer Sun – Benny Walker [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO] – YouTube