Where are you from and/or where do you live now?
I am from Perth, WA and still live here.
How long have you been playing drums? And what initially drew you to the instrument?
I thought drumming was very cool, but it looked way too complicated. When I was 19, I studied music at TAFE and we were asked to form a band, pretty much everyone played guitar...and someone had to play drums, so I jumped on and I guess it worked. I played around then for about 12 months, stopped for about 4 years then was asked to play in my current band Childsaint.
Do you play any other instruments?
I play guitar and sing sometimes.
What bands/projects/collaborations are you involved in right now?
Right now I drum for Childsaint, a four piece messy/alternative, I dunno, dreampop/garage? Band from Perth.
What else have you previously been involved in (bands/shows/projects etc)?
I manage an alternative/heavy band called FOAM. I have been managing them for 5 years which has resulted in me now managing Childsaint. Childsaint is the only project I am musically involved in.
Do you write music or develop your own shows? What are they about/how have they come about?
I write my solo stuff, but for the band we jam it out at rehearsals. Jane or Chloe will bring the idea of a song to the room and we work on them from there.
What are your thoughts on collaboration in music and in the projects you’re involved in or the projects you run?
I think its great, and skillful, I wouldn't know the first thing to do, I haven't really drummed or played with anyone else since that one time in 2009. I recently got asked to cover a Perth band's song on RTRfm with friends Tim Nelson and Lux Dux, I had never heard the song before and we didn't get to rehearse beforehand which made it very scary for me, it went fine.
Who are you listening to/whose music are you enjoying right now?
I haven't recently had a chance to get into much or even revisit music of interest, but I work at a Record Store and have a limited CD selection to play on shifts. The current rotating artists are Frank Ocean, Warpaint, Lana Del Rey, Solange, Dirty Three and Prince. Actually I keep going on St Vincent and Neutral Milk Hotel walks. Theres a bunch of Perth bands I always enjoy watching and listening to- FOAM, Hussy and Shit Narnia are a few.
Do you have any favourite drummers? Or other musicians who inspire you? Why?
Many years ago I fell in love with the drumming style of Sam Maher, who played in a Perth band named Sugarpuss. theres no way to not get into that groove when watching this guy. Another drummer that currently holds that same drum loving feeling for me is Chris Wright, both super rad dudes. I also adore Catriona Hunter's drumming style, she was drumming for Little May when we supported them a couple of years ago, also super sweet and all round lovely person. I'm inspired by a lot of my friends who are musicians. It's a lot easier to be inspired by someone you know- to have a bit more understanding of how and why someone plays and writes the music they do, thats cool.
How would you describe the kind of music or projects you’re mostly involved in? And what kind of unique perspective/sound do you bring to these gigs?
DIY? I guess the unique perspective I bring is the unconventional melodic drumming style I have...I don't know what that means? To me its not different or unique, its all I really know.
Do you have a particular warm up or practice routine? Or favourite exercises?
Nah, I routinely freak out a little
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 don't really promote personally, at least not as much as I maybe should. The bands I work with use social media to promote. Maybe I’ll use this.
Do you make a living from music? What different types of work does this comprise?
Yeah I guess so, I play live original music, manage bands, work at a record store and work as a booking agent and programmer. It's all music:)...
Where’s the coolest place that music has taken you?
Different cities all over the country with the best people I know. On tour experiencing the good, the not so good, the unpredictable, the new, the unfortunate and the understanding of one another. Being able to work with your friends and have fun at the same time is a pleasure thanks FOAM and Childsaint. Oh, Childsaint just played overseas for the first time in Singapore. That was cool.
If you could give your younger drumming self some advice what would it be?
Probably get lessons
This photo was taken by Amber Bateup and it was a really cool moment.
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