Where are you from and/or where do you live now?
I grew up in Sunbury, home of The Famous Sunbury Rock Festival, home of The Ashes and home of Ash Acid. I do reside in Brunswick now. Home of the politically correct, sharp black bangs and tights with long dresses.
How long have you been playing drums? And what initially drew you to the instrument?
I started taking lessons when I was 12, fresh as a daisy at the start of High School. I heard a dude playing them at the Open Night and was awestruck. Sonically softened by the resonances of the skin and the shimmer of the cymbals.
Do you play any other instruments?
I am a songwriter and a producer so I use guitar and keyboard to write with.
What bands/projects/collaborations are you involved in right now?
CASH is my main thing at the moment. We are a Melbourne Rock Duo with pretty standard Pop structures to our songs. We have been described as the love child of Chrissy Amphlett and Meg White. Sorry Jack.
What else where you previously involved in (bands/shows/projects etc)?
DollSquad. I played drums in this catsuit wearing garage punk/rock group for four years. We supported Stray Cats and toured Europe. I also played in infamous 80’s Punk Rock band “X.”
Do you write music or develop your own shows? What are they about/how have they come about?
I do write music. I definitely need space to write songs. Most times I get incredibly grumpy or anxious or just plain weird when a song is coming on. I’ve been making up songs since I was about ten years old.
What are your thoughts on collaboration in music and in the projects you’re involved in or the projects you run?
I really like working alone and I FREAK THE FUCK OUT if I don’t get enough alone time. Working with others is good for the ego. I’ve co-written and co-produced my original Rock band’s debut album and that was cool.
Who are you listening to/whose music are you enjoying right now?
I’m sitting at Three Phase Rehearsal Studios in Brunswick listening to some awesome Hardcore band. I’ll ask Liz who they are! Aha. They are called “The Patient”. I’m also learning some songs for my friend’s album launch. It’s a kid’s album. It’s called “Stinky Ninja.”
Do you have any favourite drummers? Or other musicians who inspire you? why?
Cindy Blackman is one of my favourite Rock and Jazz drummers. She’s got better time than John Bonham and more groove than Ian Paice. She trained with legendary Jazz drummer Tony Williams.
How would you describe the kind of music or projects you’re mostly involved in? And/or what kind of unique perspective/sound do you bring to these gigs?
Playing Meinl cymbals has given me an edge for the past two years. Nearly every single drummer who has played with us on tour comments on them. They are categorically louder than any other cymbals and they have an impressive range of overtones. I don’t like to wear earplugs these days!!
Do you have a particular warm up or practice routine? Or favourite exercises?
The STICK CONTROL BOOK!!!!!!!!!!
Does social media play a big part in how you promote yourself as an artist and your various projects? Do you promote your work in other ways?
I use Facebook and Instagram. I do believe these platforms have enabled me to gain a wider audience, however sometimes I question the amount of time spent on posting compared to the amount of time spent actually practicing drums.
Where’s the coolest place that music has taken you?
To a boat in Bremen, Germany. A fan who saw me play the night before, sailed up and gave me a present. It was a live AC/DC CD. Live in some European country in the 70’s or 80’s.
If you could give your younger drumming self some advice what would it be?
THE STICK CONTROL BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!