“I think it’s easier for great music to be heard [these days], but what hasn’t changed is the ability to create great music,” Sebastian said, speaking exclusively to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age following his ARIA wins.
“The songs will always win regardless of the medium … Tones and I is a classic example.”
“How many people would have discovered Tones? There’s not that many A&R [artists and relations] guys going up to Byron and watching someone randomly busking.
“Whereas instead of just busking now you can upload stuff to Soundcloud, people are filming so then things start trending, things go on YouTube. So I think there’s more ability for great stuff to succeed.”
Sebastian was the surprise winner of song of the year, ahead of Watson who was favourite to win after the success of her chart-topping hit Dance Monkey.
The song has set an all-time ARIA singles chart record with 17 weeks at number one, and earned one billion streams globally. It seems a long way from Watson’s days working at Coles and singing on the street to earn a crust.
Fresh off winning best video in addition to song of the year, Sebastian paid tribute to his team and said these latest awards were a testament to them.
“I think I’m in such a different place in life now with kids and family. Career-wise I’ve really learned to back myself,” he said.
“Sometimes I’ve just gone through life thinking everyone else is smarter than me and they deserve it more. I’ve just always been a bit weird like that.
“I’ve seen the power of a team and what it can do … you just can’t do it without them.”
Sebastian said he believes the music industry’s night of nights will remain the pinnacle for some time to come.
“I don’t think they’ll ever go out of fashion really,” he said.
“It’s an evolving industry as it’s always been and it will keep evolving. But the tough [will] evolve with it and adapt.”
Josh Dye is a news reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.