"I've got a lot of friends in Perth, and I'm excited to be heading over there. We've just confirmed a date there today. I always like to end the tours in Perth so I can spend a few extra days there and catch up with everybody."
With no shortage of friends or fans, Paynter's support is heartfelt, strong and unwavering. From a thriving community on his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, he reflects on the loyalty of his fan base, "I'm feeling excited, I'm feeling extremely excited - I can probably upgrade the adjective. It's been a long time coming, to be honest more than anything I am looking forward to getting out and meeting people face to face and just sort of being able to say thank you for supporting me for this long."
"I think that there are a lot of people that just assume when you sign to a label (referencing his time with Sony Records), you have a garage full of Maserati's. I mean I had one!" Paynter produced a platinum selling single 'Love the Fall' with The Veronica's during his stint with Sony Records, but an album was never released.
"It's just not the case at all. There's a lot of great things about being signed to a major label, there's also a lot of really terrible things. It sort of goes hand in hand. I've been gigging professionally - in terms of my only income since I was about 17\18. A lot of people are like that, that is not unique to me. It's part of what makes me good at what I do, my experience, my hardship, what I've endured and my success is not about if they are playing you on the radio, if a certain magazine is talking about you. I know this is fleeting."
A Melbourne boy, Paynter says the recent Melbourne gigs went really well. Fans feel a sense of attachment and Paynter loves touring with Icehouse, "I've known the boys for a long time and we always have a good time." Back for shows in Melbourne in February, this passionate singer sees 'Weary Stars' as a real labour of love, including the making of the film clip.
"I was really nervous about the filming, as I haven't done it in so long. It was shot in Avalon, Victoria and done relatively low cost. The good thing is that it looks expensive! It was hard work, we had to push the piano up and get all the equipment in place. I love singing the song though, it holds a lot of emotion for me."
A talented musician (he also moonlights on the piano, guitar and drums), he advises it's all about striving forward . "I'm very persistent. I don't give up. If I set my mind to doing something then I am going to do it. I like to prove people wrong or and show that can achieve it. I know the real measure of success is the people that love your music and whether they stick around."
With trips to Los Angeles back on the cards, Paynter is excited about touring with The Veronicas again. "I love it over there. The experiences I've had have definitely shaped and enriched me musically."
Also a singing teacher to children in Melbourne, Paynter encourages his students not to give up as well. It is this unbridled enthusiasm, maturity and desire to overcome against all odds that has seen him produce a highly anticipated single and album of the same title, due for release January 31. With a birthday just two days before his launch date, he laughs at the prospect of turning 28.
"Well, it's not really a milestone birthday is it? Also I'll be on the road. I have to say I am excited about being able to go to the over 28 clubs in Werribee and Mentone! He jokes about perhaps celebrating his 30th birthday two years early, "that wouldn't really work well for me, as I like delayed gratification too much."