1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Music, as far back as I can remember, always moved me in a big way – even as a small child. It was when a kid brought a Fender Stratocaster to school that I was completely smitten by how incredibly cool and ‘outer-space’ the instrument was. Around the same time, my dad was big into Eric Clapton and Dire Straits so I had seen Clapton and Knopfler rockin out when watching his concert videos and I was hooked on guitar. A year later, I discovered the “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” ACDC album and went down the path of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal for the next decade, before I came back to the simplicity and emotional connection that Blues Music has always had for me, and as I discovered, for all the artists I admire.
A list of inspirations would be long and constantly changing, but as a quick snapshot, these are some artists who have inspired me: Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, SRV, Led Zep, Jeff Buckley, John Scofield, Django Reinhardt, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Albert Collins, Robert Cray – quite a varied bunch, from fusion jazz to gypsy to all out rock – but all centred in the blues way of having a strong emotional connection and playing/singing/writing in a very raw way. I don’t like music that is too smooth. I like to listen to the rawness.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Through my teenage years, I was a HUGE Metallica fan. The songs are quite challenging to play and are great for exploring music theory. The way that I think that developed me to the point where I am now would be through relying on solid technical ability, whilst at the same time playing in a very raw and aggressive way. It is sort of what I see in SRV and Django and is what I constantly aspire to.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been playing for about 20 years, but I did quit playing for about 5 years to follow a business career! I have been writing as long as I have been playing, but my writing is very sporadic. So when it comes, I really need to let it all come out and capture as much as I can. My smartphone is my best tool for capturing it all.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Generally once a week would be my goal, but that is not always possible in such an isolated place as Perth, Western Australia. I am hoping to play some big national Blues Festivals at the end of the year such as Sydney Blues & Roots, Bendigo Blues and Blues@Bridgetown – will have some more info on this in the coming months. I do like to rehearse with the band very regularly though, as I find it directly influences the confidence and creativity of the unit and how far we can take the music.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
I would have to say, the process of recording, mixing and producing this debut album has definitely been my highlight. I learnt a lot and enjoyed it immensely. Picked up some great ideas and techniques that I will be using on the next album which I will go into record next year. The idea of chipping away at the recording to get it to sound like I hear it in my head, whilst also welcoming some happy accidents, has been so much fun. That fact that the album has reached three number one spots in the US and Australia across some very respected charts is an unexpected highlight of this project.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Hope you are enjoying the album!