Charlie Mgee

More than a tune: make music with purpose, change your world.

TEDxPerth 2018
November 2018

Talk length:

13:34

More than a tune: make music with purpose, change your world | Charlie Mgee | TEDxPerth

What if radio songs taught you something useful? Musician Charlie Mgee shows that music written for a purpose connects us to something deeper than the average top 40 hit. What's more - you don't need to be a musician to write songs that both strengthen memory and share knowledge. "You Are What You Eat" written by Charlie Mgee, Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan. Produced, mixed & mastered by Jim Moynihan (Spoonbill). Charlie Mgee is a ukulele-strumming troubadour who combines a love of music with a passion for sustainability. As founding member and leader of the world’s first ecological electroswing band, Charlie uses music to promote permaculture (a system of ecologically resilient design). His band, Formidable Vegetable, are pioneers of several new genres of music for change, including chook-hop, green-house, compostable-apocalypso and dungstep.

Charlie Mgee
Permaculture Troubadour

Charlie is a ukulele-strumming, permaculture troubadour and frontman of ecological electro-funk-swing band Formidable Vegetable. Raised in an off-grid, mud brick shed in southwest WA by alternative-gardening musicians, he is inspired to find creative solutions to ecological and cultural conundrums through music and the arts.

Performing in numerous bands over the years, Charlie questioned the value of contemporary music in a world of climate change and energy-descent and decided to move instead to a career in permaculture (a system of ecologically resilient design that originated in Australia, but has since become something of a global movement). By combining two seemingly unrelated skills – music and permaculture, he has since coined several new genres of music for change, including chook-hop, green-house, compostable-apocalypso and dungstep.

Over the past seven years, his music and band have ended up in all kinds of strange places from the Glastonbury Festival to the headquarters of the United Nations.