Wes Carr Tries To Excise Australian Idol From His CV
Maybe Wes Carr needs to realise the reason he is not a big rock star is because of him not because he was on Australian Idol.
This week Wes Carr, who actually won the show, spoke about how he has turned his back on his reality TV fame and is now performing under the moniker of Buffalo Tales. He is now an independent (does this mean dumped by record label?) muso.
The thirty year old has not been emulate the success of some of the other Idol alumni like Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Ricki-Lee Coulter and even Stan Walker and appears to blame the show.
Whether this is true or not I am not sure, personally I think these shows give a performer a huge opportunity to gain a wide audience to connect with and sell music and perform to.
However this is what he told the Daily Telegraph:
AUSTRALIAN Idol Wes Carr is performing under an alias because he says the reality show ruined his name.
“People have a perception of Wes Carr. That’s not me,” he said.
“Ironically, I had to change my own name to release my own music.
“Meanwhile, I’ve got this Wes Carr thing hanging over my head that I have to kill off.
“I’m sick of that character. It is tainted.”
Carr, 30, who won Australian Idol five years ago, now performs as Buffalo Tales.
Carr’s Idol implosion happened on a flight to Nashville.
“That was the D-Day that ended it all,” he told Confidential. I had a huge anxiety attack on the plane. It was a nervous breakdown and I freaked out.
“I got out of my seat, walked up to the air steward and said: ‘How do I get off this plane fast?’
“That was the moment I learned that, if you keep being untruthful to yourself, you end up in trouble.”
He went home and retreated to Coffs Harbour with his girlfriend-now-wife, former Home And Away beauty Charlotte Gregg.
“I’d lost my way and my intention, which is to play music and be inspired by music,” Carr said.
“My passion had gone. The biggest part of me will always be a musician.
“But it felt like all that had been set aside so people could talk about my beard. It was stupid, trivial and bullshit.
“I was a puppet on the string, then all of a sudden they cut the strings when the next puppet comes along.”
Carr is rejuvenated as Buffalo Tales – an independent singer-songwriter calling the shots.
“Buffalo Tales is my way of saying ‘Wes Carr wasn’t me. Here I am now’,” he said.