VIDEO | Local musician debuts new music video inspired by home


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Singer-songwriter Bobby Maguire said his new single was inspired by his home. Image: Supplied.

Local singer-songwriter, Bobby Maguire, has this afternoon debuted a new music video for his single Home and revealed the challenges of filming while the country is under coronavirus lockdown.

Maguire told Newsport that the song is inspired by the beauty of his home here in the Far North.

“I started writing the song when I was at university in Melbourne and I was missing home up here,” he said.

“I remember imagining being underwater at Four Mile Beach and immersing myself in that sort of theme.

“I grew up in the rainforest in Julatten so there’s a lot of beautiful inspiration there too.”

He added that not only is it about the beautiful place he grew up in but there is also another layer to the song about finding home and peace within yourself.

“The essence of the song is summed up in the lyric ‘home is a presence not a place’,” he said.

Home is the third single off Maguire’s self-titled debut album which he released late last year, not long before coronavirus forced him to cancel all his gigs and promotional shows.

“I was quite resolute in the fact that I wasn’t going to put off releasing even though I’m not performing at the moment.

“I think it’s more important than ever to maintain whatever presence I can, and the internet these days is the best medium to get content across.

“And I thought now would be a good time to release and film it given the point of the song. People can really use some uplifting at the moment and we are all stuck at home,” he said.

Maguire added that coronavirus restrictions did present some challenges when filming the video.

“I had multiple ideas for it to go up all around Port Douglas and Julatten but with lockdown, I had to stay near where I live.”

See the music video for Home below:

The video was instead filmed along the Palm Cove beach, not too far away from where Maguire currently resides.

“I also couldn’t have other crew around so it was just myself and my producer Kris Hutchinson from Studio Hutch, who produced the video and album.

“On the last video we had about 12 people, so a bit different,” he said.

Fans can expect to hear more from Maguire soon as he is keeping busy in lockdown writing new songs.

Maguire’s new single and his self-titled album are available on all streaming platforms.

Coronavirus has severely impacted the Australia music scene with performers unable to perform.

So Maguire said if you want to support local artists then get your music from platforms such as Bandcamp, who for 24 hours on 1 May are waiving their fees, allowing artists to receive more of the royalties from their songs.

You can also support artists, including Maguire, by buying a t-shirt through Oz Music Festivals’ #tees4performers initiative.

40 per cent of the proceeds go directly to the performer while 20 per cent goes to Support Act's COVID-19 Emergency Appeal, which is providing crisis relief and mental health support for artists, crew and music workers affected by the COVID-19 closures and shutdowns.

Hear more of Bobby Maguire’s music here.

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