In 2003, Pete Murray’s debut album Feeler rocketed up the Aussie charts to Number 1. It went on to sell more than half a million copies.
Pete Murray says the success of Feeler was a surprise both to him and the record company, who were only expecting to sell 25,000 copies.
Audio – Pete Murray talks about the 10-year anniversary of his album Feeler
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“Back then I probably wasn’t sure, but I was just having fun. It was just good getting out with the band. I didn’t really have any idea that that was going to happen,” Pete says.
“The first show of the tour was at Bar Broadway in Sydney which was 400 capacity. There were people lined up down the street who were trying to get in. That was the first time I thought to myself, ‘Hey yeah, this might actually work.’
Pete attributes the success of Feeler to the fact that it stood out when compared to all the pop/rock boy bands that were coming out of England. “The whole airwaves were full of that stuff so when this came out it was like a breath of fresh air for people and everyone was like, “Wow! What’s this? It’s really different.”
A decade later, Pete Murray wants to continue making music that stands the test of time. But don’t expect to see him appearing as a judge on The X-Factor or The Voice anytime soon. He believes doing music the old fashioned way has given him far more credibility.
He’s released a ten year anniversary edition of Feeler, backed up by a national tour.
Pete Murray is playing the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on March 28.