I'm OK: Noah McGregor

17 May 2017
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In June 2016, Noah McGregor’s family packed up their home on the Sunshine Coast and moved to the other side of the world. Adjusting to this big change, 6-year-old Noah wrote and produced a very catchy song to share his perspective. Titled ‘I’m OK’, the song is garnering the pint-sized musician plenty of attention. We spoke to Noah to find out more. 

You hit the headlines with your song about life in the UK. How did that make you feel?

Really cool. It’s been awesome to hear people say that they like the song and then being compared to Justin Bieber is pretty cool too. It makes me laugh when people tell me that the song has been stuck in their head all day. Apparently it’s a very catchy song!

Tell us more about the song. What gave you the idea? How long did it take you to record? 

I wrote ‘I’m OK’ soon after we moved from the Sunshine Coast to the UK so that we could be closer to family there.

Summertime in the UK is a lot like winter back home in Australia. Except, there’s a lot more rain here – which is what the song is about.

I drew inspiration from one of my favourite Australian groups, Justice Crew, and created the song with help from my uncle Josh who handled a lot of the technical side of things. I was missing my friends and my life back home and so I wanted to express that in this song. My uncle helped me with the melody and within about an hour we had recorded the song at home.

I played it for my mum and dad and they were really impressed. Dad’s a creative, so when he heard the song, he immediately suggested we make a music video for it!

Ironically, when we went to film the music video we had to wait a few days for the rain to come. We were experiencing a nice, long fine spell at the time.

Have you recorded any other songs?

I have recorded about 20 demo songs at home using the GarageBand app but I hope to record a few more songs this year – maybe even a Christmas track!

How are you finding life in the UK?

It’s a HUGE adjustment and to be honest, I’m still getting used to all the changes. Right now, it’s very cold so we’ve swapped our shorts and tees for coats and heavy layers. It’s nice having family around too but I do miss Australia.

What are your favourite bits about the UK?

Lots of new experiences and fun places to visit. It’s great being around family, and I’m really enjoying my school here. Daylight Saving in the summer allows us to do a lot more in the evenings too.

What are your least favourite bits?

It rains… a lot. And it’s really cold in the winter. It’s a bit more crowded here too. I can’t go and kick a ball around in the street or ride my bike outside my house like I used to.

Do you miss anything about the Sunshine Coast?

Sunshine! I also miss my friends, my old house and school in Brightwater (Mountain Creek), sealed paths and roads to ride my bike and scooter, Cotton Tree Pool, weekend stays in Noosa, going to the beach, Aussie World, AFL (Aussie Rules) in the street, ABC Kids on TV… Lots of things!

Tell us more about Family Fun Time…

Family Fun Time happened by accident. My dad uploaded a highlights clip to YouTube of a family visit to Peppa Pig World a couple of years ago. It was originally meant only for family and friends but six months later, the clip had over 100,000 views! Today that same clip on YouTube now has over 42 million views.

If it’s fun for kids, you’ll find it on our Family Fun Time YouTube channel. My sister, Indya (4), and I cover everything from theme parks and ice-cream van visits (a personal favourite), through to games and toy reviews. We’re getting close to 100,000 subscribers now which is really exciting. And the filming is fun – we’re learning lots, and it’s helped us with our confidence too.

What are your plans for the future? Would you like to be a singer when you’re older?

I’d love to be a singer when I’m older – or a teacher.

Where can people find out more about Family Fun Time?

You can visit Family Fun Time on YouTube: www.itsfamilyfuntime.com.

Also, Like our page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/itsfamilyfuntime. We’d love to keep in touch with our homeland!

 

Written by

Angela Sutherland

After spending over 20 years on the editorial desks of some the leading magazine publishing houses of London and Sydney, Angela recently swapped the city frenzy for a Queensland sea change. With two parenting books published and many years spent writing in the lifestyle and parenting sector, she loves spending her days documenting and travelling the crazy road of family life alongside every mum and dad. When she’s not at her desk buried in magazine stories, you’ll often find her entrenched in a heated game of beach cricket, or being utterly outrun by her inventive seven-year-old and rambunctious threenager.

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