Devoted Few - MusicNSW


Answered by Ben

1. What was the first band you saw live?
I saw Midnight Oil and Screaming Jets play at the Easter Show when I was 12. It was electrifying! I remember my big sister took me into the ‘mosh pit’ and said if it became too much I would have to jump my way out, ‘you can’t just walk out of a mosh pit..’ she said. Sure enough it got a little heavy in there for me so I started to jump my way out. I remember being so freaked out that I jumped all the way to the back of the pavilion past the people just standing there watching..

2. What’d you learn from them?
That it’s true, it’s a lot easier to jump out of a mosh pit than walk out.

3. Got any pre-gig rituals?
I like to make my self nervous by thinking that I will forget the lyrics.. I also like to sing the entirety of Radiohead’s Paranoid Android at the top of my lungs.. Now THAT’S a vocal warm up!

4. What do you think the most important issue effecting artists in NSW is today?
There’s only so much room on the couple of ‘alternate’ radio stations for bands. The stations can only add a certain amount of new songs a week, so it’s hard get on the radio, and even harder to stick on there and get proper rotation.

5. If you weren’t a musician what do you reckon you’d be doing?
I love history and archeology, I always wanted to be an archeologist. but only the treasure hunter kind. You know, the whip, the hat, the X marks the spot, fighting nazis, having affairs in Venice with double crossing girls kind of archeologist. Just one problem is I hate getting dirty, and I don’t know how to use a whip, and a hat would wreck my quiff..

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