Drake White & The Big Fire have been one of the surprise hits of C2C: Country to Country 2017 and tonight they perform on the Yamaha Music Stage.
Before taking to the stage, Drake sat down with the press to talk about his career and his music.
Explaining the concept behind his album Spark, Drake said, ‘There’s a theme throughout encouraging people to disconnect. We’re so consumed with computers and phones. The idea is to disconnect and dig your feet into the dirt. Spark was the idea… the beginning and the songs were sequenced in a specific order.’
The striking art work for the album features pictures that mean something to Drake whether that be loved ones, pets or places. ‘I put all the pictures together and a guy who is paralysed from the neck down made this – he’s since passed away.’
Drake is known for losing himself in his performances. Talking about what he thinks about on stage, Drake revealed, ‘I don’t think about anything other than presenting the music. It’s a spiritual thing. I feel like a child again. It’s a warm feeling. I think of the song and what I’m trying to get every time I sing it.’
He opened up about his childhood too, explaining his introduction to a career in music.
‘I had a great childhood. I grew up in nature, very much in the outdoors. I grew up in church learning how to sing. My mom and dad are great singers and they allowed me to do whatever I do. I played baseball and football in high school and music didn’t really capture my heart until college. Once I really started playing and singing, I got bit by the bug and one thing led to another. I moved to Nashville and that was that.’
Why is his band called The Big Fire? ‘I grew up learning how to entertain people around a fire. We just hung out and played guitar. We were drinking a bottle of wine one night and I was looking for a band name, and it said ‘Big Fire’ on it. I believe in brands and I love building brands. It spreads like a fire, it warms you and it can burn you.’
Drake White performs on the Yamaha Music Stage at 5.10pm as part of C2C: Country to Country.