Musical wannabe becomes buffalo soldier
What’s in a name? According to Wes Carr, a lot. Who? I hear you ask. My thoughts exactly.
The 2008 Australian Idol winner has been so tormented by the publicity (I use that term loosely) that generated the “character” of Wes Carr that he has been forced to perform under a different stage name in order to release his own music. That name…is Buffalo Tales.
Seriously. I’m not sure whether I should laugh out loud or laud.
Carr’s Idol win was one marred by bouts of anxiety, culminating in a nervous breakdown on a flight to Nashville which he claims was the “D-Day that ended it all”.
“I freaked out..I got out of my seat, walked up to the air steward and said: ‘How do I get off this plane fast?’” he told the Herald Sun.
“That was the moment I learned if you keep being untruthful to yourself, you end up in trouble.”
Under Sony Music, Carr scored an ARIA Number 1 with his debut track, You, and an ARIA Number 2 album with his second album, The Way the World Works. With their powers combined, he received a fair amount of success.
Fed up with Sony’s poptacular demands, he left the bigwigs in 2011 and is now releasing music independently. But without their support, his August 2012 EP, Blood & Bone, didn’t even rate on the ARIA charts.
At a meditation course I attended late last year at which Carr was a guest speaker, he spoke candidly about his anxiety and his troubles dealing with the pressure of fame at the height of Idol.
I couldn’t help but empathise for this man who so obviously lost his way during a time which should have been the most memorable of his life. Instead, it was filled with addiction and anxiety.
Luckily, he found peace in spirituality and is now an avid transcendental meditation enthusiast, which without he claims “I’d be sitting here wearing a straight-jacket”.
It’s a shame really. At the time of his win, Carr was a ruggedly smooth alternative musician, he had the charm of Guy Sebastian combined with the soul of John Butler. Australia loved him.
Now, he fits the typical Idol has-been cliché, whinging about the opportunities he has been afforded to help him achieve his dreams. I hate to say it, but it all sounds a little selfish.
Australians are empathetic, but when news breaks that an ex-Idol winner changes their name to something that has been ripped from a B-grade cowboy flick, our sympathies begin to stretch.
“I’m sick of that character. It is tainted.” OK, OK, we get it.
My advice? Ditch the Buffalo hoo-ha. Be thankful for what you have, accept your past, express your gratitude and find a new angle to score some publicity.
I for one, am tired of the moaning.
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