Lawrence Arabia performs all albums
James Milne finds inspiration for his music in all facets of life.
The Taite Prize and Apra Scroll-winning artist likes to look for poetry in everyday things.
Better known as Lawrence Arabia he says it's the most mundane things that inspire him most.
"It's pretty hard to describe, it's just my whole life," the Eden Terrace resident says.
"At any moment inspiration could strike."
"Sometimes I get on a roll, but it's one of those things that is so mysterious, it's mysterious even to myself.
"It feels like an accident every time."
Milne has released three albums under the name Lawrence Arabia and will be performing each one over two nights at the Kings Arms Tavern.
The first night will see him play the self titled Lawrence Arabia and the Taite Music Prize-winning Chant Darling.
On the second night he will play his 2012 album The Sparrow from start to finish accompanied by a string quartet.
Milne doesn't have a favourite album but revisiting some old tracks off earlier works has been fun for him.
"Because I haven't played the songs in a while, the first album is the most interesting to me right now," he says.
"It's distant in my memory.
"If you listen to my albums you will have a pretty good idea of what it's gonna be like, but who knows what chaos will result from the live environment."
Over the years Milne has played live in some incredible venues but one of the highlights of his career was a concert here in Auckland.
"Playing the Auckland Town Hall as my own show, with a string quartet and having a full venue is something I couldn't have even dreamt about," he says.
"When you're in the moment it's hard to really take stock of it all."
Life has changed for Milne with the birth of his first child. When he is not playing music he is focusing on his daughter.
"When I'm not organising shows or doing boring admin around my music I'm taking my daughter for walks, or going to the playground," he says.
"It's just settling into a rhythm really, it's a lot less about outlandish dreams now and being a family man."
Lawrence Arabia plays the Kings Arms Tavern on May 28 and 29. Visit lawrencearabia.com for more details.
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