Emerging Perth musicians can be found bravely presenting original material, every Tuesday night at the Rosemount Hotel.
I must admit it is easy to fall into a musical rut; Why try something new when the radio churns out the same old favourites every day? It's open-mic nights that can be the antidote to musical apathy.
Last week my ears and heart had the pleasure of performances from brave new artists. Turin and Bex Open Mic Nighti s the perfect set up for those starting out, providing them with a venue, stage, lighting and sound production.
Perth is the birthplace of many success stories in music - INXS, AC/DC and more recently Tame Impala, Eskimo Joe and The John Butler Trio. It's not just the rock scene either; Did you know two founding members of the classical rock group Bond are from Perth? Then there are the theatre stories of Tim Minchin and Lucy Durack. Open mic nights such as this one are a crucial part of the network to support emerging talent in Western Australia.
First on stage last week was young Shane Khin aka "The Meeck". Shane presented his quirky original songs in the folk/alternative style which showcased his amazing guitar skills.
Jake appeared next and I get the impression if he was a contestant in something like Australian Idol he would go far with his pop/rock music and matching look!
In contrast, Zev Levi created a whole orchestration of sound using looper technology, two microphones, his guitar and own voice. His original songs with a hard beat and direct lyrics cannot be ignored.
The Rosemount is not the only open mic in Perth's music scene but it is a comfortable option. If you need any more reasons to visit and expand your musical horizons, they do have $12 Nasi Goreng on the same night too.
Take it from someone who has not ventured into the testing lab of new music before - it's a great night out and you will be contributing to the world class music culture of Perth.