What was the first band you saw live?
Faith No More at the Hordern Pavillion, 1995
What’d you learn from them?
I don’t know, maybe that Mike Patton was a godlike genius walking amongst us mere mortals. Well thats how it seemed to my 15 year old mind anyway.
Got any pre-gig rituals?
Its usually as simple as a couple of beers and a then a NFL style huddle about 1 minute before game time. However I’ve stopped drinking and have seemingly developed a bad habit of eating a pub steak exactly 1 hour before the last few gigs, not ideal. It really slows you down. Dont do it kids.
What do you think the most important issue facing artists in NSW is?
Digital technology has had a huge impact on artist’s ability to produce and distribute recorded music virtually on their own, but without a strong network of supportive venues it can be pretty financially risky to put on small live gigs. Without good local support we cant expect have a vibrant and innovative music scene coming out of NSW, so punters, promoters and venues really need to pull together and support local music!
If you weren’t a musician, what do you reckon you’d be doing?
Probably watching TV, maybe going for a walk.