If you are a fan of PBS then you may have seen Human Nature perform. This Australian quartet is famous for performing music from the Motown songbook. When not performing to sold-out crowds on the Las Vegas strip, they tour the US bringing their unique sound to their fans.
SD: Why are four guys from Australia singing Motown?
TA: If you think about it for a second, it is funny.
PB: We have been together for over 25 years and when we were first starting out , we took a lot of inspiration from the Motown sound. We really enjoyed singing a cappella so in the beginning we received a lot of advice to look at the Motown groups. A decade ago, after putting together our first touring set together, we decided to tour and to our surprise, it was well-received and it set us off on our career.
SD: It was Smokey Robinson who helped introduced your sound to America. Was there ever any hesitation in coming over here especially when your specialty was Motown?
TA: Whenever we record any song, we always want it to be good. Our first Motown album did very well in Australia. To make sure that we did it correct, we approach a lot of the Motown legends and asked for advice. Smokey really helped us develop our sound. Before going to Las Vegas, we did a trial run in Atlantic City. Las Vegas has been an awesome experience for us and we can’t wait to get back there.
SD: You have been together for over 20 years, that’s longer than most marriages. What is the secret to the group’s continued successes?
TA: We never let sex get in the way (he says laughing).
PB: What has really helped is that we have all been mates since high school. From the very first time that we performed together in a school concert, there have never been any thoughts of business. It was just about us having fun and that is how it remains.
SD: What’s your favorite Motown song to sing individually and as a group?
TA: “Twenty-Five Miles,” especially because I get to sing the lead. It wasn’t quite a big hit, but it is a killer song.
PB: My favorite song to sing is “Reach Out, I’ll Be There.” It is such a great song and I love the message. As a group, it is “Hold On” (En Vogue song). Smokey Robinson wrote the song and it is the song that made him fall in love with us.
SD: What can your Boston fans expect to see/hear at the show?
PB: We started the tour on August 6th, and it has been going great. As always, the reception that we get at each of our concerts really keeps us motivated and continues to make us want to sing. Boston can expect to have a really good time. We want them to leave feeling better then when they came in. We want them to sing and dance in the aisles.