For the Australian singer-songwriter ANT ENOCH (born Anthony Beard), Jeff Buckley was the artist who started it all. Only 4 years old when Buckley’s seminal alt-rock album ‘Grace’ came out in 1994, it had a huge impact on young Anthony. Bewildered at how emotion could be so powerfully expressed and communicated, Beard began obsessing over writing his own songs. “Spellbound by Buckley’s voice, I knew this was me for life,” he describes the experience. “Forever in pursuit of writing that song, that melody, that lyric that made me feel as close to humanity as that record did.“
Buckley aside, DIY spirit was there too from day one. “I inherited an old upright piano and taught myself to play piano. Still with no formal clue on how to play it, it’s my favourite instrument to write on.” These early experiments in songwriting led him to study music at University in Sydney and spend most of his degree in Toronto, Canada, playing at tiny clubs along Queen Street West and Southern Ontario.Beard has spent the past 10 years singing on stage and touring with his band Caravãna Sun. To date, Beard’s track record includes 9 international tours in the EU and the UK, playing to over 6000 people in Mainz, Germany, with over 3 million streams and slots at numerous festivals including Bestival (UK), Boomtown (UK), Boardmasters (UK), and Blues Festival (AUS).
His solo project ANT ENOCH began from pure playtime in the studio with friends. It soon became apparent that the soft sad boy inside him was longing to soundtrack life’s big-hearted moments. Channelling Buckley’s famously wide emotional range with his own hybrid of heartfelt bedroom pop and humble lo-fi that sits between Yellow House and Lover Buffet, Beard invites his listeners to an intimate and honest conversation about life through his music.
This dialogue with the audience is only expected to grow in the future. “I see this project moving into a beautiful live show,” Beard predicts. “Touring and playing live has been my passion. I really envision a hugely immersive and emotive stage show to accompany the music. Harnessing all the sonic landscapes across the record and really expanding them into embodying ‘Crying on the dancefloor’. Lights and huge electronic sweeps. Intimate vocals and heavenly strings.”
The EP ‘Big Talk Big Party’ will be out on 17 May 2024: