What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
I play the guitar, bass, hollering and I am pretty swift on the maracers.
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
Generally alone, but I do like to collaborate.
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Triple J unearthed. The bands name was Imp.
Please list any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.
Battle of the Bands Mt Isa won best original 1997,1998. Supported Frenzal Rhomb, The Porkers, Eat Like Flies. Got the support slot for Midnight Oil...........but the cancelled, shame that would have been fun. Came runners up in Triple J unearthed in 1999. Toured Queensland in 2002.
Please list discography in which you have participated.
Imp recorded a CD called 'Chemical Welfare'
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
My father bought me a classical guitar for my 16th birthday, two years later I bought a electric guitar. I was influenced heavily by Sonic Youth, and their 'Art Noise', meaning that if you make noise with the guitar, its still art. Dont matter what anyone else thinks.
What was your musical education?
Had a few guitar lessons when I was sixteen, but mainly from friends and Ramones records.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
Its not a way of life, it is a passion. I love to record, from 4 track cassettes to digital now.
What is your creative process?
Mainly setting down a drum loop, then layering guitar, bass and keyboard over that. The digital process makes things much easier.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
Defiantly night. I am not quite there in the mornings.
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
They are never finished...
How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?
Again, its 'art noise'. I discovered this as anyone would I guess. When people listen.
What part of your job is your least favourite?
How often do you practice?
Not as much as I should.
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
A mixture of nerves, excitement and alcohol.
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, Big Black, Nirvana, The Mark Of Cain, The Pixies......I could go on and on.
List three songs that are key to your life.
Wave of Mutilation - The Pixies
Battlesick - The Mark of Cain
Racer X - Big Black
What should be done to stop piracy?
Nothing, the music industry has a audience, they do not have the audience. The changes that are coming about in the industry will force musicians to get an income by live performance. If you cant cut it on a stage, you wont make any money. This will force out the 'make for the industry', Barbie and Ken type performers.
What type of music do you detest?
I dont detest music, but I dont like soulless music, Australian Idol and this type of performers get under my skin. You have to be able to connect personally to the songs you play, otherwise you have as much charisma as a stereo speaker.
What time did you get up this morning?
What sort of a question is that?..........11.30, but I am suffering from insomnia...honest.
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
Not gone down that path, I dont think I could either. It is too much work for very little reward.
I find that dealing with that side of the industry to be frustrating, and there is so many bands and artists, that it really is 'take a number'. You have to be dedicated to your art, and this would mean sacrificing family, and I am getting too old for it to be my full time job.
What other things have you done to make a living?
I am a painter.
Have you ever played on the street or in the subway? How much did you collect each day?
Yes I have, not much, I cant remember the figure.
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Less is more, learn when not to play, and listen to the guy playing next to you. There is no point being in a band where four people are playing their own song and expect the others to follow.