Conspiracy of One started as a solo acoustic project. Solo in the truest sense of the word, as it’s a one-man operation (It’s even in the name!).
While it’s still me writing all the songs, I’ve since opened the project up to being a full-band sound for performances and recordings, though most of my shows under this name are still solo for the time being.
When performing solo, I use only my voice (with minimal effects), a guitar and my brother’s tambourine.
In this way I explore many styles (rock, blues, folk, funk, punk, finger picking) through an acoustic lens. The bare bones, minimalist side of the coin.
Drawing on many styles and countless artists (both old and new) for inspiration, this project is about creating songs that are fun to hear on the surface, but also contain deeper messages and stories to be discovered by the listener.
I cover a lot of topics, but most commonly: science promotion, non-science and “alternative” views from a skeptical perspective, modern technology, social issues and personal views. Commentaries on and slight parodies of the familiar while delving into the human psychology behind many facets of our modern world using satire and humour.
You can usually find me performing regularly around Brisbane and the Northern Rivers.
I’ve released three EPs under this project. Two solo acoustic in 2013 and 2014, and a full band EP in 2017, with plans for more in the future!
How did it all begin?
I was first inspired by watching Diesel play a solo acoustic show, and delving into his live solo recordings opened my eyes (and ears) to a stripped back intimate setting, where dynamics and silence are important elements. It drove me to craft my own sound with that same sense of energy and range that you can really only show when it’s just you and the audience.
I began performing solo in 2010, not long after I started playing regular gigs with Outside the SQuare, and I’ve since played more solo shows than any other project.