Above the Wires
Mal McCallum Some Background I come from Auckland New Zealand, and I've been playing and singing professionally for my whole adult life. I started off in my hometown of Palmerston North, about 100 kilometers north of Wellington, and had a band with a bunch of friends, just like many other musicians do... that was a lot of fun, back in our musical innocence. We had our own sound guy, which was pretty rare back in the 70's in New Zealand, and he actually designed and built our PA and speakers, which sounded great... The harder but cheaper alternative !! We started touring all over New Zealand, ending up in Auckland, and split up instead of recording our definitive first album!! Oh well, hindsight is a lot easier than in the heat of the moment. I went on and made a solo album, 'The Things We Need' in 1976 which got me some session work as a singer on commercials and other records, and recorded some more tracks myself which got me a record deal over in Australia, with a New Zealand producer, and I shifted with my young family in 1978. I recorded two ' LP's ' for CBS Australia then, and ended up working in Australia for 13 years, based in Sydney, which was a lot of fun too. That's the one great thing about being in the music business, you get to meet lots of interesting people, and go places to work which are not always easy to get to, like the highlands of New Guinea, or Bora Bora in Tahiti, but have wonderful people waiting to enjoy themselves with you and your music. The long distance love in music is fantastic, and I have many musical friends spread all around the globe who I don't see that often, but when we get back together we pick up right where we left off... My family and I returned to NZ in 1991, and have lived in Auckland since, and a lot of these songs are about the North Shore in Auckland, and the environment and people around me here. I like the outdoors, the beach, and my songs are generally about the journey of life, I guess, and the things and people who we rub up against on the way. My songs quite often end up being a mix of truth and fiction, reality and fantasy, a bit like a painting that depicts something real, but maybe everything that winds up in the picture wasn't right before the artist's eyes. I suppose it's true that I've flown under the radar for most of my music career as far as fame and kudos go, but I still enjoy playing and singing, and writing, and feel I've got something worthwhile to communicate, and something that can be meaningful to other people in their own lives. My phone keeps ringing, so I must be doing some things right!! I'm hoping to get back up to the States in 08, and to Europe as well. Thanks for checking my songs out, and let me know what you think.. Regards, Mal.