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North East Living Magazine - - On Top of the World -

Rid­ing pushies to school with friends, hangs at the swim­ming pool in Wan­garatta ev­ery sum­mer.

I loved the coun­try­side and spent a lot of time grow­ing up at my grand­par­ents’ farm in Myrrhee, Vic.

When I started rid­ing mo­tor­bikes when I turned 16yrs 9months I loved rid­ing to Whit­field, Pow­ers Look­out, Bright, Ta­tong, Greta, Tal­lan­gatta and over Hotham (you used to be able to ride pretty fast with­out be­ing caught, haha).

The pub scene was epic when I was 18/19 years old, there were some killer bands around the area, with some ex­cep­tion­ally kick­ass singers (namely Ram­bunc­tious, Heavy Weight Champ, Sons of Belial, Led Asprin and heaps more) that set a pretty high bar for what was ex­pected from a singer.

I thank all of those dudes for that.

I feel re­ally lucky that I’ve cho­sen to do some­thing that I love, it’s a pretty crazy and un­pre­dictable line of work but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ve played well over 1000 shows in my ca­reer in­clud­ing; nine in­ter­na­tional tours, sup­ports in­clude Patti Smith (France), Aero­smith in Aus­tralia.

I played to over 40,000+ peo­ple at Le Mans 24hr cir­cuit race with my band in 2013 as well as many events from the Big Day Out to Cognac Blues Pas­sions (FR) to Sydney Opera House.

I once fronted Mid­night Oil for an Amnesty In­ter­na­tional event and an­other time played as one of seven artists from

I’d like to think that the coun­try at­ti­tude of be­ing hon­est, po­lite (at least off stage, haha), down to earth and a lit­tle bit rough around the edges will al­ways be a part of who I am.

I also think trav­el­ling a lot opens your eyes to so many things.

In my trav­els I have been very for­tu­nate and blessed to have spent time in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties in Aus­tralia and my life has been en­riched with ed­u­ca­tion in in­dige­nous cul­ture.

I think for many peo­ple grow­ing up around the same time (and even now) in many ar­eas of Aus­tralia (and around the world) know we’re not taught the truths of what hap­pened in our ar­eas be­fore it was colonised.

Since then I have dis­cov­ered many truths of what hap­pened to the orig­i­nal and tra­di­tional own­ers of the North East area, that is not taught in our pri­mary or high schools, and would love to think that it could change so we can be ed­u­cated in both ways and peo­ple could un­der­stand in a more well-in­formed and cul­tured way.

Af­ter liv­ing away from the re­gion, what is it about the North East that has al­ways stayed with you?

What’s the first thing you do when you re­turn to the North East?

What did you love about grow­ing up in the North East?

Let us know some of your ca­reer high points?

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