Professional guitarist and YouTube pioneer, Brett Kingman is one of Australia’s most sought after hired guns. Since starting his professional career at the age of 12, Brett has toured the world working & recording with such Australian icons as Daryl Braithwaite, Ross Wilson, Renee Geyer, Jenny Morris and shared the stage with the likes of Tina Turner and Robert Palmer, just to name a few. However it’s with James Reyne where you are most likely to see Brett playing, as he has been the acclaimed solo artist and Australian Crawl vocalist’s main guitar guy since 1987 (See 2024 tour dates below).
Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips sat down with Brett Kingman in his Mount Eliza home studio to chat about his career and gear as our December Musician of the Month. Photos by Jason Rosewarne.
MORE ABOUT BRETT KINGMAN
In 2008 Brett and his daughter Sadie made some short YouTube videos, demonstrating guitar effects pedals just for fun. The videos proved to be a hit with the global guitar-playing fraternity, encouraging the pair to produce more. Some 3000 videos and over 82,000 subscribers later, the “Brett Kingman” channel is now acknowledged as one of the best of its kind in the world. In fact it was voted in the world’s top ten a few years ago.
Brett produces videos for and has great relationships with big guns like Fender, Charvel, Fractal Audio, Ernie Ball Music Man, Audix Microphones, Gravity Stands, Imperative Vocal booths, Eventide, Roland, Boss, Marshall, Seymour Duncan and many others. He also loves to give fledgling companies a helping hand to get their products off the ground.
Catch James Reyne with an 8 piece band – including our Musician of the Month Brett Kingman. along with guitarist Josh Owen, bassist Andy McIvor, with Sean Johnson on keys, drummer John Watson (who was part of Australian Crawl with James) and backing singers Melinda Jackson and Nicky Kurta– with a further announcement of new dates to come.
CRAWL FILE 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – 2024
Sat 6 Kingscliff Beach Hotel NSW
Sun 7 Miami Marketta, Gold Coast Qld
Sun 14 Torquay Hotel Vic
Mon 15 Torquay Hotel Vic
Thurs 25 Prince Of Wales Hotel, Melbourne Vic
Sat 27 Prince Of Wales Hotel, Melbourne Vic
Fri 9 Penrith Panthers NSW
Sat 10 Selinas, Sydney NSW with Baby Animals
Fri 23 Princess Theatre, Brisbane Qld
Saturday 24 Princess Theatre, Brisbane Qld
Fri 8 The Gov, Adelaide SA
Sat 9 The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Sat 23 Northcote Theatre, Vic
Fri 12 Sunken Monkey, Erina NSW
Sat 13 Toronto Hotel, NSW
Sat 27 Forth Pub, TAS
Sun 28 Longley Hotel, TAS
Fri 10 Dee Why RSL, NSW
Sat 11 Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW
Fri 24 Club Corowa, NSW
Sat 25 SS&A Albury, NSW
Fri 7 The Charles, North Perth WA
Sat 8 The Charles, North Perth WA
Fri 19 Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD
Sat 20 Brolga Theatre, Maryborough, QLD
Tickets on sale now – see www.jamesreyne.com.au