A lawyer at Allens Arthur Robinson has just completed recording his first solo vocal and acoustic guitar album.
Sam Cadman, a lawyer in Allens' Melbourne litigation group, recorded the album - titled Few Small Hours - while working part-time at the firm, and plans to have an official launch in June.
Cadman, a classically trained musician and songwriter whose style has been described as a mix between Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Iron and Wine, wrote the album during a hiatus of his band Fine Motor Skills, and is accompanied on several of the album's tracks by Allens colleague and cellist John Leung.
Despite his day job, Cadman is no stranger to the music scene, winning the 2008 Pacific Songwriting Competition Indie/Rock Category with his band, and having two songs shortlisted in the top 125 of the 2009 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, including the title track from the new album.
"I quite like this [album's] formulation ... it's acoustic music and it is more stripped back [than my other work]," Cadman told Lawyers Weekly.
"It is like a game where you try to please the listener as much as you can without compromising anything important."
Though marketing is something Cadman admits he has previously neglected in favour of concentrating on creativity, Cadman and Leung have plans to promote the album by playing gigs, targeting community radio - on which Cadman is already a veteran - and creating a strong internet presence by producing film clips to accompany the songs on YouTube.
And while Cadman said it is sometimes difficult to balance his music with work, he has no plans to give up his day job just yet.
"It is challenging balancing the time, but it's also inspiring," he said.
"I find that by developing my creative side, it helps me to contribute to work. I think both sides feed off each other a bit."
To listen to some of the album's tracks, check out www.samcadman.com.au