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Tanc Sade picked up piano for Roadies role

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016 Danielle McGrane

Australian actor Tanc Sade plays a tortured singer-songwriter in director Cameron Crowe's new series focusing on the unsung heroes of the live music scene, Roadies.

As Christopher House, a member of fictional group Staton-House band, Sade got to employ his real-life guitar-playing skills but was required to put a little more work into his onscreen musical prowess.

"I played guitar for Cameron in the audition and then he asked me if I could learn to play the piano so I had about a month before I had to play piano," Sade told AAP.

"I spent four hours every day playing it. 'Im also dyslexic so I find learning to read music one of the most challenging things."

It was a lot of work for a TV role, but it's in keeping with the premise of the show which employs actual, real-life roadies to play roadies on screen.

"All the technicians, they mic everything up and it's the real deal," he said.

"There's a live musical act in every episode. The roadies mic everything up and we have a performance that goes for an afternoon and all the cast and crew come in and watch it."

Crowe, a known music fan, has roped in real-life rock stars for special appearances on the show including Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) Gary Clark Jr and Jackson Browne, and there are a lot of surprise performances to come in the rest of the season.

"There are so many things that are woven into each episode that actually happened in history and everything you see on that sounds stage is exactly the way it looks on a real tour," he said.

Sade even based his character on real life rockers, looking in particular at the dynamic between singer/songwriters and guitarists like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and The Who and Pete Townshend.

"I did that and I read a ton of biographies," he said.

"But if I had to pick one musician who Christopher is most like it would have to be Eddie Vedder who also provided music for the show."

"This was his first experience with television and he pulled so many of his crew from film into television who had never, and will never, work in television again just because they just love working with Cameron. I met several people throughout the course of the production who came out of retirement just to work with him."

*Roadies is available on Stan with new episodes available each week immediately following the US broadcast

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