Drover Mad - MusicNSW

A new young band cutting their teeth on the Sydney live circuit, with an emphasis on melody and catchy rock riffs, Drover Mad are building their fan base and looking forward to recording their first album, “Here so far” in mid 2011. Think Metallica meets John Mayer for a Tea Party, with scones of Tool smothered in an Incubus marmalade on top.

What was the first band you saw live?
Lenny Kravitz at the Sydney Entertainment Centre when I was about 8 years old.
Phil: The Cruelsea and Midnight Oil, New Year’s Eve in Fremantle when I was 10 years old (and yes, backstage).

What’d you learn from them?
I want to play music for the rest of my life. Duh!
Phil: I learnt how NOT to dance.

Got any pre-gig rituals?
I tune my guitars. Also, I like to smother baby powder all over my body. It gets sweaty up there on stage.
Phil: I try and stop Geoff from drinking too much before the show.

What do you think the most important issue facing artists in NSW is?
Pokie machines have seemed to reduce the number of venues playing live music, as the macines pull in a lot more money than a band usually would.
Phil: The decline of the Sydney pib rock scene, mainly due to closure of venues and the installation of poker machines.

If you weren’t a musician, what do you reckon you’d be doing?
Working with animals.
Phil: I would direct music videos.

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