What was the beginning pint for your music career? How did it all start?
Hi thanks for catching up today. My beginning started when I arrive back in Australia from the UK with a box of punk records and wanting to play guitar I was already writing lyrics. I self taught guitar then realised I needed lessons pretty early on things like structure for song construction and learning riffs
Was there any bumps on the road? What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?
There is always bumps Im still riding them now trying to navigate the digital world of art and music. In the early days my confidence was shattered as a busker with that feeling of not being able to connect with people in the street I was just bad at it I needed to hide behind a band kind of blend in and play my part
What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?
Ive had some really good moments along the way I think the best for me so far is the first time I got into a studio with a band recorded our songs walked out with the tapes ready to press vinyl I felt really comfortable with that whole process It blew My mind
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
My music is a reflection of My inspirations from the music I listen to and the art I immerse myself into at the time so a combination of hard edge guitar with a hint of reggae in the bass. Big loops and samples of Beats I love Paul Simmonen ( The Clash ) and Jah Wobble (Public Image)
What is your creative process like?
I start creating in the studio listening to drum sounds and mixing up the beats before adding the bass Ive been using 3 /4 tracks on bass with root notes and ascending & descending riffs with some off beat stuff then Big heavy guitar sounds, Hopefully there is still space for the vocalist we usually write the lyrics last pull a few lines from a little book we add too that we carry around in the lead ba . Then in the mix we start to ask the question do you really need all that Bass Paul
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
That fact that it is an industry is hard for me I try to focus on being an artist / musician. Trying to not get caught out listening the top tier of the music world and enjoy the small emerging and lesser known bands musicians and spread the diversity listen to whats played on the street. We Need to share the room its big enough for every one
If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?
Listen to as much music as you can read more books and poets learn a new instrument play lots of shows. Dont let the bastards grind you down critics are scared little people who cant express themselves and target those that do
What has been the best performance of your career so far?
My first album launch in one of my other projects Bits Of Kids ( Sydney punk band ) with The New Christ playing with us (Rob Younger from Radio Birdman) The volume was so loud i thought we blew the roof off Maxs band room that night
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?
Im pretty sure I would be involved in stage set up and production at events, I love helping out my friends at their gigs and hanging out backstage at festivals
What is new with the band at the moment? What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?
Our current project is The Smells like series we are recording our version of songs that we grew up and loved on this journey the first release in January was The MC5s Looking At You
We have just released Police and Thieves a Junior Murvin Lee Scratch Perry song that The Clash also covered.