What has inspired Peter Black to record a new song every day?
Peter Black, who Australian music lovers have affectionately known as "Blackie from the Hard-Ons" for the past 30 years, has an ambitious new project.
This year he will write and record a brand new song for every single day of the year. That means he'll have 366 new songs by the time we make it to 2017.
Speaking with Myf Warhurst, Black said that, of all his skills, songwriting is the one he considers his strongest.
"I've always been a pretty frustrated songwriter," he said. "It's the only thing I really like doing and I think it's the only I am kinda good at. I don't consider myself a good guitarist and definitely not a good singer – I'm still working on that. All I like doing is being in my little man cave at home in front of my little PortaStudio, working on stuff."
But there's a specific reason why he's pushing himself into such an ambitious and difficult project. Black doesn't want to get stale.
"You get bands that you like and artists that you like, they almost seem to hit this expiry date where, all of a sudden, you don't like the work they do anymore," he said. "There are a few exceptions – like David Bowie, who seemed to be quite prolonged in his creativity.
"As much as I love bands like the Ramones and bands like that, you don't really need every record they've made, because they've never really challenged themselves artistically."
By using his skills in different projects, Blackie hopes to avoid falling into the same trap many of his heroes have. His relatively recent move into performing solo has been the biggest artistic challenge of all.
"Hard-Ons has its own little bracket that it belongs to, Nunchukka is more experimental. The solo thing I find really hard, because I play acoustic really terribly, it's so hard. I played power chords with intense distortion for 30-odd years, I can do that no worries. But sitting on a stool and picking is so hard. And the singing thing as well – I've had to have lessons and stuff.
"But it's about the challenge. I think you need to challenge yourself."
This isn't a bedroom project. Black is committed to making these songs sound as good as possible and is using proper recording studios to cut them all.
The idea for one of his first songs, 'Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones', came to Black after a dream about the guitarist.
"I had a dream about him and in the dream he was just a prick, he was a total jerk. But it was my dream so I ran circles around him. I woke up and went, 'that would probably make a pretty funny song'."