WHEN he released his debut album during his final year of high school, it was clear Squeak Lemaire was serious about his pared-back indie pop music.
When he opted to play live shows during his HSC exams, it might have sounded like madness to some, but the Mt St Patrick College student saw the gigs as a welcome study break and a fitting prelude to his tour.
The 18-year-old’s Scared of Silence tour will see him take to the stage at Mullum Music Festival later this month, after he won the Middle Pub Band Competition with his band The Moon Bears.
He had busked at Mullumbimby during the festival, but Lemaire said he’d never had an official slot there until this year.
He was looking forward to performing, but also checking out the other amazing acts on offer.
“There’s some pretty crazy singer-songwriters that I’m pretty keen to watch,” he said.
During the festival, Lemaire will be mentored by singer-songwriter Loren Kate after winning his category of the Youth Mentorship program.
He said that would be a great opportunity for him to hone his craft.
“I think that’s going to be really beneficial,” he said.
“I think she’ll help me work on my songwriting and improve my melodies.”
Lemaire said he was thrilled with the feedback from his Scared of Silence album, released in July.
“I’ve had a pretty good response,” he said.
Some fans bought the album online, but he said the biggest sales came from his live shows.
“At a gig they’re listening to me and they’re engaged I guess,” he said.
Lemaire will perform with The Moon Bears at Mullumbimby High School from 11am to noon on Saturday, November 21.
He will also perform at Ric’s Bar in Brisbane on November 13, Kingscliff Beach Hotel on November 14 and Haven Bar in Mur- willumbah on November 15.
For full details, visit squeaklemairemusic.com or mullummusicfestival.com.