An Interview with Dorsal Fins

Ellie D Chats with Liam McGorry from Dorsal Fins

Ellie D Chats with Liam McGorry from
Dorsal Fins

When were you first inspired to join the music industry?

It was just by hearing music growing up - being exposed to a lot of it. I started learning trumpet in like year 3 and always kept with it, but it wasn't until hearing a lot of local bands like The Cat Empire, The Bamboos, Dynamo etc. as a teenager - (all with horns in them) that I really loved playing, learning the lines, the solos, and wanted to do it as a thing.  

What’s the message behind your music?

To be honest there really isn't an over-arching message, but I've only ever tried to write what comes naturally, otherwise everything feels very forced and fake to me. 

What are your plans for the next 12 months?

Our new album Digital Zodiac comes out Fri Oct 28th so it's all really a build up for that really. We'll be touring and there's a few festival shows too!

What comes first - the music or the lyrics? Why?

With Dorsal Fins it's the music - I’ll write some music and send to Ella and Jarrad or other guest singers and they'll go through and pick some stuff they like and go from there. It's a really fun process, you can hear something going in a direction as you write the music and then when you get it back from Ella or Jrad, it's completely the opposite and so interesting. 

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Who inspires your musical creativity?

A lot of friends. All my friends either have their own bands, make their own art or play in bands I play in. I'm fortunate to have friends who have really inspired me to start writing my own songs. A lot of Australian music, There's a lot to be inspired by... The Avalanches, Angel Olsen, Kirin J Callinan, The Beach Boys to name a few.

What message do you have for aspiring musicians?

I'd say: Work hard at what you love, be patient and have fun. It's always hard to be patient!

What single moment in time stands out to you as a highlight in your music career?

There's a lot of highlights, I've been very fortunate. Playing Meredith was incredible, but to be honest I think the most exciting thing is always the next thing you've got coming up. You don't know where you're gonna be next. 

What are you most looking forward to from your current tour around Australia?

Well to be honest it's our first headline tour that wasn't just a Sydney & Melbourne show, or a festival one off somewhere, so it's great to string a few dates together and play for new audience... We're also playing most of the new album so again, that's a new frontier. It's really exciting and new. 

How do you define success?

That's hard. In music, there's no real grand final or whatever in Australian Independent Music, so it's hard to measure how it's all going, are you doing okay? Are you a failure? It's tough. 

I think if you're having fun doing what you're doing and every now and again you feel like you are getting better at what you do, if things are gradually getting better - then that to me is a success. Never thought i'd be writing songs, touring the world occasionally and playing in bands for a living but I am.