Cameron Daddo has extensive experience as an actor and presenter on screen and radio, in Australia and the United States. He also started releasing music in 1993, with the album The Long Goodbye. There have been albums and singles in between, including Songs from the Shed in 2016 – and now there is the EP Son & Moon, produced by Michael Carpenter, with the heartrending title song featuring on recent episodes of Seven Network TV series Home and Away, working in with the storyline for a character played by Daddo.
Daddo says that when he got the the role on Home and Away, ‘Michael and I were already working together on this EP. At Home and Away they were aware that I could play but they weren’t aware that I had CDs out there. They said they had Mushroom back catalogue available but I said, “Why don’t we use my catalogue? I’ll send you the CDs and you let me know which song you like and we can do that. Or just trust me to come up with stuff in scenes.” All the noodling bits I did in that no one said, “Can you play this song?” I’d just feel what I wanted to do. And they were all my tunes that I was doing.
‘Then “Son & Moon” – the story had this concert that was coming up. I rang the producers and said, “I have this idea that Evan [his character] didn’t know he had a son but he found out after the fact. He knew she was pregnant but then the baby had been born, but he was somewhere in Middle America playing in a pub when he found out and he wrote that song when he found out that he became a dad.” They said, “Yeah, we love it”, and I said, “Well, here’s the song I think we should do.” I had “Son & Moon”. Actually, I had another song called “La Luna”, which didn’t have a chorus, so I grabbed two verses off “La Luna”, which is about my love for the moon and the fact that I could look at things with perspective when I sat on the moon and looked back on the earth. Then I retooled “La Luna”, wrote the chorus, wrote the bridge and wrote another verse or two, and called it “Son & Moon”. And it’s funny because the chorus ended up being “La Luna”. But that song was really told to work with the story in Home and Away.’