Ross De baker
“The songs themselves, eloquent expressions of stories of the times, also reveal a deeper level of communication and commitment”
Ross de Baker was born in the south-west of Western Australia, in Minang country, near the Porongorups and Stirling Ranges. His family moved to Perth when he was just a little tacker, and his earliest memories are of the suburbs of Como and South Perth. Later the family moved closer to Fremantle, and whilst now living out amongst the Beeliar wetlands, Ross still calls the port city his home town.
As a teenager Ross and his mates started getting into music and having a go at playing rock and roll. Ross got his first guitar when he was 15 and never looked back. This is when Ross, and Ross D, (also known as Bill, but more about that later) and Tony and Bob, all first started playing music together. Now, decades later they have recorded Ross De Baker’s songs for the first time.
What are the influences, where does the music come from, where are the stories from? Well, as one famous singer/songwriter said, “If I knew where good songs come from I’d go there more often.”
Ross credits his early influences when learning the guitar as the main influences in his song writing. “I try to keep it simple. I want the songs to sound real, and want the story to be clear. Neil Young was my hero when I was a teenager learning guitar and I often think of his style when I’m writing songs, and all the guys in CSN&Y. Dylan, you know, easy songs to learn to play, but powerful. Creedence, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, that whole hippie sixties thing. I loved that music.”
Ross’ lyrics are stories. Stories of Australia, and stories of West Australia in particular. Ross sees WA as an untapped treasure trove of songwriting wealth. “WA has a huge history. There are tales here of all sorts of things; stories that are hardly known at home, let alone in the rest of Australia, or the rest of the world. Stories of bravery and cowardice of, deceit and mistrust, and of loyalty and courage. Nautical stories, mining stories, exploration stories, wars and massacres, everything! It really is an untapped resource, like a deep well, that is barely known and barely touched.”