BIOGRAPHY

ADRIAN ROSENFELDT


Adrian Rosenfeldt is a Melbourne based singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist. Adrian's music traverses many styles while still retaining his distinctive flavour.

Waxing The Sun is the Melbourne pop band that Adrian Rosenfeldt founded in 1987. With ten releases over ten years, and a 4-CD box set and film documentary Sunstuck, Waxing The Sun's history is a whole world in itself. The best way to understand Waxing The Sun is to see the film Sunstruck, that has been described as “hugely entertaining, heartbreakingly funny, sad and poignant” (McMahon, 2008, Inpress). Sunstruck is a candid and humourous look at the personality disorders, dog fondling, infighting drug love, hearing loss and well, music that has all been part and parcel of this extraordinary band that have recorded over 100 songs and have had nearly as many line-up changes. In fact, if you’ve ever been searching for a band that had a tenuous grasp on reality, this is the band for you.

In 2003 Adrian released his first solo CD proper, Shots From Nowhere, an ambitious, almost orchestral recording featuring timpani, flute, piano and lush vocal harmonies. It was a very personal album about loss, longing and little epiphanies.

While Shots From Nowhere was being recorded, Adrian teamed up with singer songwriter Celia Wordsworth to record a stripped down six-track EP, I'm Still In The Race.

The Best Of Bad Love was released in October 2005 and received substantial airplay. Mal Pinkerton from The Everyones played cello and banjo, complimenting Adrian's folk country guitar and vocal style. These songs had a strong narrative and were both dark and humourous.

In 2006 White Man was released. This time around Adrian played all the instruments himself as well as mixing and producing. It was a positive move as White Man was sonically superior to anything that had come before. His use of acoustic guitars in a pop/rock setting was also inspired. But most of all, the songs were punchy and full of hooks. White Man was Adrian's first digital release and is available internationally.

2007 saw the release of The Worst Of Good Love. This was a return to more narrative based pop. Adrian once again used Mal Pinkerton on cello and Celia Wordsworth on vocals. The haunting opening track Cheating received the Melbourne Gold Extent award. Adrian's version of Total Eclipse Of The Heart was also the most played song on radio over the summer of 2007/2008.

Have you ever felt the urge to collect anything? Do you know someone who has a spare room full of boxes of ‘stuff’? Find out just how far some people will go to collect that special something they feel their life would not be complete without. 

The Real Collectors is a new film by Adrian Rosenfeldt that looks at some of the people who regularly frequent secondhand record stores and at the staff who work there. These men – and they are nearly all men – stand alone from the mores of society; they live alone, they think alone, and most importantly they collect alone. The Real Collectors might best be described as a loving portrait of the passions, peccadilloes and peculiar pastimes of these postmodern procurers of pap. But remember, one man’s pap is another man’s most precious possession. Be prepared to traverse the outer limits of human understanding as you become acquainted with the idiosyncratic logic of those who are still not afraid to hunt and collect.

The Real Collectors and Sunstruck are now available as a double DVD set with a bonus WTS/SOLO CD – info@waxingthesun.com.

This Is Not The Time was released in late 2012 and showcases 10 new songs about happiness, death, dreams, childhood, the soul, the sun, first love, no control, guardian angels and time. Rosenfeldt is a multi-instrumentalist and on this album he plays National slide guitar, honky tonk piano, sings pop harmonies, sings deeply, sings way up high, plays tight drums, sloppy drums, picks fat bass, orchestrates trippy strings and does not play the harmonica. 

Adrian Rosenfeldt is a modern day Don Quixote and it is against all odds he is forging ahead with his music career. Despite the fact that his hearing has been damaged from serious gigging in the 90s, Rosenfeldt continues to write, record and produce music that is at once very accessible and yet also very hard to pigeonhole.