Nick Cave is an Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor.
He is best known for his work as a frontman of the critically acclaimed rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds,
established in 1983, a group known for its eclectic influences and musical styles. Before that,
he had fronted the group The Birthday Party in the early 1980s, a band renowned for its highly gothic,
challenging lyrics and violent sound influenced by post-punk, blues and free jazz.
In 2006, he formed the garage rock band Grinderman that released its debut the following year.
He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007.
Nicholas Edward Cave
September 22nd 1957 (age
Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia
Post-punk, gothic rock, alternative rock, experimental rock, garage rock
Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer, actor, composer
Vocals, piano, organ, harmonica, guitar, percussion, saxophone, drums
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Birthday Party, PJ Harvey, Grinderman, The Boys Next Door
Nick Cave Quotes:
An artist's duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany.
Getting married, for me, was the best thing I ever did. I was suddenly beset with an immense sense of release, that we have something more important than our separate selves, and that is the marriage. There's immense happiness that can come from working towards that.
I love rock-n-roll. I think it's an exciting art form. It's revolutionary. Still revolutionary and it changed people. It changed their hearts. But yeah, even rock-n-roll has a lot of rubbish, really bad music.
I think I have always had a pretty strong creative impulse. And that has probably saved me from abandoning myself completely.
I think there is a certain perversity in my music in that I continue, you know, to eat at the same ball of vomit year after year.
I write a lot, and very often I write a couple of lines that are particularly revealing in some kind of way. And then as a few more lines get added and a piece gets added, eventually the song pretty much takes over and you can't really find a way to change those things.
I'm a believer. I don't go to church. I don't belong to any particular religion, but I do believe in God. I couldn't write what I write about and be creative without a certain form of belief.
I'm very happy to hear that my work inspires writers and painters. It's the most beautiful compliment, the greatest reward. Art should always be an exchange.
People think I'm a miserable sod but it's only because I get asked such bloody miserable questions.
Nick Cave Awards
Venice Film Festival: Gucci Award (for the script to The Proposition)
Q magazine: Q Classic Songwriter Award
AFI Awards: Best Original Music Score (The Proposition)
Inside Film Awards: Best Music (The Proposition)
Film Critics Circle Of Australia Awards: Best Musical Score (The Proposition)
ARIA Award for Best Male Artist "No More Shall We Part"
ARIA Award for Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Recording "To Have & To Hold"
APRA Award for Songwriter of the Year:
ARIA Award for Single Of The Year "Where The Wild Roses Grow"
ARIA Award for Song Of The Year "Where The Wild Roses Grow"
ARIA Award for Best Pop Release "Where The Wild Roses Grow"