On his first new album in seven years, Nollsie proves his grasp of the Aussie adventure is as sturdy as a well-loved Blundstone. The proud family man answered our questions about fifth record Unbroken.
The single Who I Am contains a few references to coming in second place. How does your red ribbon in the first season of Australian Idol still influence your identity?
I’m still extremely proud of the achievements I made whilst on the show and the platform that it gave me. I also made some great mates that are still in my life.
No B&S celebrates old school party times, and denounces the new era of restrictions. Do you think speaking out can make a difference?
I think speaking out can always make a difference as we have seen lately with the reform on the Lockout Laws.
I learned from this song that a B&S is a “Bachelor’s and Spinster’s”, like a D&D ball. What was your go-to best outfit to impress back when you were a single dude going to dances?
With a B&S it’s always the standard Vinnies tuxedo, getting ready to be covered in coloured food dye!
Now of course you are not single, and your social media channels document the massive pride you have in your family. What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from your kids?
What I’ve learnt is that they have made me a better person, and I am so proud of the young people that they have become. When my wife Roch and I look at them and the decisions they are making, we are pretty proud.
Your horse Tully also practically has her own following. What’s her personality like?
She is beautiful and gentle – a lovely natured horse.
Land Of Mine has the line “Country girls in the summertime, singing Run To Paradise.” Apart from that Choirboys classic, what are the other stand-out Aussie hits of your life?
Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes and You’re The Voice by John Farnham… absolute classics that are embedded into our country’s musical fibre.
The whole song’s about your deep and abiding love for our country, particularly the land. How would you explain that feeling of connection to someone who hasn’t experienced rural Australia?
Being born and bred on the land is a hard thing to explain; you see the beauty and opportunity in even the smallest things. It really needs to be experienced to be understood.
Your cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Fortunate Son, usually a live staple, made it onto the record – what made you decide to bring it from the stage to the studio?
Experiencing the great reception it has received on tour in the past 12 months, we thought ‘Why not add it?’ And it fits nicely with the other songs.
According to the ballad You’re All That I Need, one of your favourite actors is Tom Cruise. How excited for the new Mission Impossible film are you?
I’m a huge fan of the Mission Impossible franchise and I can’t wait to see the next instalment.
How do you ensure you stay connected with your family and the things that matter to you when you’re touring?
Facetime first of all when I’m away, and then when I’m home, it’s important for me to be a husband and Dad, and not let work get in the way of making the best out of the time we have together as a family.
Which of these new songs are you most looking forward to performing live on the upcoming Unbroken tour?
It’s probably Take It Back, because I’m a big fan of the old school rock’n’roll and it’s got a great vibe, and will be fun to play live. All the new recording are like new babies though, and you can’t really pick a favourite.
Unbroken is out February 2 via Warner.
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