Aussie musician switching gears

From the sounds of things, Australian musician Ash Grunwald takes ambidextrous to the next level.

  • Feb. 10, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Ash Grunwald will perform on Saturday at the Minstrel Café.

From the sounds of things, Australian musician Ash Grunwald takes ambidextrous to the next level.

Sitting on a cajón with one foot laying down beats on the kick drum, he switches from slide guitar to electric guitar.

Grunwald was already a bit of a one-man-band, but then this winter he made a big change.

“I’m sort of swapping myself through two different modes right now,” he said.

On the one hand is a new world of electronic music, and on the other is this phenomenal, albeit traditional, talent.

“I didn’t want to keep doing the same go-crazy-on-the-stumpbox routine,” said Grunwald.

“It’s really weird. I’m sort of DJing myself through my own music a little bit… half really roots-blues and the other half is turning into a techno-nerd.”

Grunwald added the electronic side of his act while doing supports for Jack Johnson’s tour in December.

Taking an iPad on stage he says the experience has really changed how he looks at his work—though there are definitely things that never change.

“When you’re a musician, where you live is where you tour,” he said, noting he’s recently decided to therefore limit his ventures to areas he likes to visit.

Europe, Japan and Canada are definitely on that list, particularly when one considers his favorite pursuits. An avid snowboarder, this year he’s taking a portion of his time in B.C. to go heli boarding.

Grunwald is touring his eighth CD. He plays the Minstrel Café Saturday, Feb. 12.

jsmith@kelownacapnews.com

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