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Monday May 21, 2012
He's harried, he's tired, he's been facing down
an onslaught of 15 minute phone interview
slots all morning.
To top things off, his flight has been pushed
forward -- delaying this interview several times -- so he's
rushing to the Gold Coast airport while talking with In the City.
Even so, Guy Sebastian remains perfectly ebullient --
"I'm so sorry for the dick around!" he exclaims.
"It's one of those mornings where we've had people
coming over all morning and knocking on the door,"
Sebastian sighs. "I'm just pulling into the airport now."
Though he might loathe the idea at this particular point
in time, Sebastian will be having many more airport
moments in the coming months as he sets out on a
national tour in June, including a visit to the Canberra
Theatre, to promote his forthcoming album, tentatively
"I haven't been to Canberra for quite a while -- it's cool,
because I've released a bit of stuff since the last time I
was there," Sebastian says. "It's been ages, I'm looking
forward to it."
Sebastian says he always has fun in Canberra -- but his
fondest memory stems from being the punter rather than
"My first time to Canberra was right after (Australian)
Idol, we went for a promo tour," Sebastian says. "Me and
Shannon [Noll], we ended up going out -- I think it was
some Summernats party or something -- we ended up
going out and having a real big night."
Despite his airline issues this morning, Sebastian is
upbeat about hitting the road again.
"I'm looking forward to the tour in general," he says.
"It's a bit more challenging now that I've got a little baby,
it's going to be tough being away from him, but you've
got to do what you've got to do, I guess."
Sebastian has won multiple ARIA awards and sold
platinum album amounts -- in short, he has crafted some
of the most successful Australian pop music of the 21st
None of these creations could hope to compare to his
son, Hudson James, born to wife Julie on March 3.
"Only about a week and half ago he started giggling,
so that's awesome," Sebastian gushes. "He's such an
adorable kid. Last night he slept for six hours straight
-- it's not like that every night, but that was a nice one, I
took the middle-of-the-night feed, which meant Jules got
a nice, long sleep, which she hasn't had in awhile."
There is a prolonged pause as Sebastian ploughs
through check-in and security; when the conversation
resumes, In the City has a fresh cup of coffee and Guy
Sebastian is halfway jogging towards his gate.
"I've been in lockdown," Sebastian says, breathlessly
describing the creation of Armageddon. "Everything's
written, so it's just a matter of recording it all now and
getting it into a state ready for mixing."
The album, Sebastian believes, will be his most
complete and sonically consistent body of work yet.
"It's quite a soulful sort of album, with a little bit of
hip hop," Sebastian explains. In fact, just the other day
he collaborated with Chicago-based hip hop artist Lupe
"It's a strange moment when you get someone like
Lupe in the studio," Sebastian says.
"I've been a big Lupe fan for ages, so to ask someone
like him to be on the album -- and for him to say 'yes'
straightaway -- is awesome."
Sebastian trails off suddenly, and there is a distant
conversation where he proffers thanks to somebody.
"I dropped one of my hats," Sebastian laughs,
resuming his almost-jog. "That's what happens when
you're trying to get there in a mad rush."
Now, for a man with a perpetual smile, Armageddon
seems like a pretty sinister album subject.
"It sounds dark and gloomy," Sebastian concedes.
"But the theme is actually, 'I'm going to love you like it's
the last day on earth' -- so even if the world doesn't end
tomorrow, I'm still going to love you."
While the world may not be about to end, this
interview certainly is -- Sebastian has just received the
final boarding call for his flight.
He apologises again and says farewell as his boarding
pass is being checked -- although just over an hour later,
Sebastian sends In the City a text message.
"You wouldn't believe it," he laments. "They've just
loaded us onto another plane cause the right engine
broke. Not my day. About to take off finally. Am I
With copious amounts of talent, fame and a beautiful
family, Guy Sebastian is anything but cursed -- still, it's
hard not to feel sorry for a super nice guy who's been
snowed under by circumstance on a frustrating day.
Guy Sebastian will play the Canberra Theatre on Sunday,
P: 6275 2700 W: canberratheatrecentre.com.au
Nearly a decade on from Australian Idol, Guy Sebastian has proved there is longevity in reality TV fame.
But as he told DOUGLAS FRY, all still doesn't run smoothly.
"I've been a big
Lupe fan for ages,
so to ask someone
like him to be on
the album -- and
for him to say 'yes'
straightaway -- is
Nice Guy's Armageddon
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