- 22 Aug 19
Ask an Artist is a new Hot Press interactive feature where we give you the chance to ask whatever you want . We caught up with Simeon Baker, a musician from Australia, and let you ask anything with the instagram 'Questions' sticker .
Simeon is an Australian-made guitarist, who moved to London at just 19 to play music. Now often traveling in his Van photographing the world and making music.
How did you get started as a musician?
When I was a kid I played trumpet for, I don’t know, a while and when I was 14 I started playing guitar and since then I’ve been obsessed with playing guitar.
Why did you move to Europe?
I grew up in Adelaide in the south of Australia. The music scene there is very small and it’s not very connected to the rest of Australia or the world. I knew I wanted to move away and then when I was 18 I decided I was going to move to London - so I did and I’ve been in Europe for six months.
Craziest experience you’ve had while busking?
The first day I ever played in Dublin I got robbed and I grabbed the guy and tried to get my money back - which I did but it could have ended badly. So that was a bit crazy but besides that not really that many crazy experiences.
Why do you play the guitar sideways and how do you do that?
So, I play this percussive guitar style and sometimes it’s flat on my lap. Why I play it like that is because I like it and it gives me this really full sound. How do you play that way? You’ve just got to practice a lot and yeah.
What do you do besides music?
Well, I’ve been on the road now for three years. I bought a little camper van three years ago and I do a lot of photography as well so I work, at the moment, with brands and tourism boards and I just go and take photos of pretty places!
Top three places you’ve visited?
Top three places I’ve been to would be Switzerland - I love Switzerland and the alps, Iceland because it’s pretty unique and awesome and, Dublin.
Where can I see more of your videos?
You can either swipe up on this story, go to my youtube and I’ll be releasing more stuff on there or you can follow me on instagram and I will post on there!
Have a look at Simeon's latest video here: