Cosmic guitar hero; glam overlord; star child in flares – Beau Bowen is all of these and far more. His effortlessly groovy, melodically colossal songs have stepped straight of out of classic 70s top ten singles charts or maybe the 60s or the 80s. Part of Beau Bowen’s genius is that his music manages to evoke some of the iconic names of musicians from across the decades, from Bowie to Bolan, from Prince to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, whilst retaining a sound which is immediately his own. If you ever dared to dream the phrases ‘prog’ and ‘glam’ would become cool, the waiting is over. Beau Bowen is your new hero.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
Brisbane Australia, but I grew up and still live in London. I’m living in south west right now but Camden is my regular haunt.
We’ve been waiting for a glam superhero musician like you, how long have you been cultivating your sound?
From birth, but practically about a decade, although it’s in the past few years that I think I’ve hit upon something cool, interesting and unique. I love the way it’s going.
Describe who you are to our readers:
I’m a visionary rock musician trying to change the game. I write multi colored pieces of music that are as mixed up as I am. I’m a broken balladeer one second and an orgasmic guitar hero the next.
How has the Covid-19 virus impacted your lifestyle and work?
It’s ended live music temporarily which is a great shame. I’m adjusting and writing. It’s after difficult experiences that have stirred me up that I am most creative. I’m aiming for a stronger comeback than setback.
What type of guitars do you perform with?
For a few years it’s been my favorite Fender Stratocaster. It’s a cool burgundy mist color and has a huge neck.
Your top three guitar inspirations:
Jeff Beck, Mick Ronson and Dave Gilmour.
Are you your own stylist?
I am. I really enjoy putting together thought provoking outfits to compliment my music, and the stage is such an empowering platform where I feel I can wear anything I want.
Tell us all future plans:
My debut album “The Great Anticlimax” comes out in April. I think it’s going to have an impact and I’m excited to see what doors it opens up. I aim for it to be the first in a long line of vibrant colorful rock records that I put out! I’ll book more shows again when it’s safe and legal.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Creative freedom to explore the macabre.