Interview with Boysie Power, Singer, Songwriter and ACPA Student

Selwyn Power, more commonly referred to as Boysie, is a 21 year old Gubbie Gubbie / Kubi Kubi man from the Coastal town of Bowen in North Queensland. He has an amazing talent and passion for music.

Boysie is a singer, guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer. At the age of 20 he took his passion to new heights by moving to the big city of Brisbane where he studies at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA).

Hi Boysie, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me.

No, the pleasure is all mine.

So tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started singing?

How I got started? Well, my family (the Power family) are very musically inclined. However the whole family have always learnt by ear and by word of mouth. With any gathering we’d have growing up there’d always be a lot of food, a lot of laughs and a lot of jamming out, and by a lot I mean easily three hours of it. So as a kid you either picked it up or you’d just be bored the whole time.

Prior to studying at ACPA did you study music at school?

No study whatsoever. Just a lot of time in church and with family learning as much as I could each time.

How did you hear about ACPA and go about applying?

I heard through my cousin who went there himself. After he finished he came back up to North Queensland. I asked out of curiosity as to what path could I take as a musician/singer, and he suggested ACPA. So I kept it in mind. A few months later I visited Brisbane to see my father and went to the Press Club where I saw this amazing bass player. My dad introduced me to him, and I found out that he was one of the teachers at ACPA, so I decided to try it out.

Was is scary having to leave your hometown to pursue your passion?

I’m still scared I left my hometown, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Because how I see it, you can’t grow if you’re comfortable. Seeing as it was my first time moving out and away from home ever, it’s been the toughest decision I’ve ever made.

What kind of courses did you study at ACPA and how long did you spend in Brisbane studying?

My first year was for a Diploma in the Performing Arts, majoring in the Department of Music. This year I am studying my advanced Diploma in the Performing arts for Music.

How did ACPA help you pursue your desired career?

Oh so much! In so many ways. So many opportunities, so many steps in the right direction, big networking opportunities, chances to do different types of gigs with different people.

What are you doing now and where are you based?

Well like I said, I’m still studying and I’m based in Brisbane. I don’t have anything solid in place for the future, but I’m excited to see where music takes me.

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About the Author:

Beata Kennedy, also known as Bee, is a Brisbane based performing artist. Bee studied at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) obtaining her Certificates 3 and 4 in performing arts prior to accomplishment of the Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting). Bee has trained with professional actors; Stella Majewsky, Nikki-Jay Price and Adrian Brett, and has recently finished studying an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Music) under the guidance of Nathanial Andrew. 

Bee has performed in many stage productions in Brisbane, including an adaption of Commedia dell’Arte for Anywhere Theatre Festival in 2014 as the character ‘Brighella’ as well as the lead character ‘Emily’ at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre in the dark contemporary play called Knock Knock in 2015. Most recently, Bee performed in a musical production at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts called The Trojan Women directed by Steven Mitchell Wright. It was during this production that Beata found her love for musical theatre.

In 2018 Bee designed, directed and performed in the music section of the end of year QPAC show, Eclipse, as well as co-producing the performance alongside her peers at ACPA. Also in 2018, as a career highlight, Bee was involved in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. 

Since graduating Bee is working with Queensland Music Festival growing her skills as a receptionist specialising in Administration and Finance. 

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