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Harvey Finds His Treasure In A Solo Career

Harvey Finds His Treasure In A Solo Career

Who: Mick Harvey, Tex Perkins, Don Walker and Charlie Owen
Where: The Cambridge Hotel
Author: Anita Beaumont
When: Thursday November 10, 2005

MICK Harvey has tended to hide behind other artists during his music career.

But his solo album, One Man's Treasure, has brought his individual talent to the fore.

While he had recorded two other albums as special projects during the 1990s, Harvey said the latest album was essentially his first because it was so personal.

Jack-of-all-trades Harvey is a multi- instrumentalist, a singer, a celebrated arranger, producer and film soundtrack composer.

He was also a co-founder of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and The Birthday Party . Harvey said that in the past he had felt safe playing an instrument but being a solo artist was a very different position.

``Someone else was always fronting,'' he said.

``I was always sort of hiding behind someone else.'' Recording his own album was always something Harvey wanted to do.

But with so many other projects it was put on the backburner.

``I also knew that once I had started I would want to continue.'' Some of the songs on One Man's Treasure were written by Harvey while others were written by friends or were songs that were special to him.

Harvey is performing with Tex (Perkins), Don (Walker) and Charlie (Owen) on their Australian tour at the Cambridge Hotel tomorrow night.

He will play the drums for the trio but said he would also sing a few numbers.

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