Wilde passionate about his hobby

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

ETWEEN jug­gling end of year ex­ams and en­joy­ing an early ac­cep­tance to study ad­vanced en­gi­neer­ing next year, Pa­trick Wilde has found time to or­gan­ise a gig to cel­e­brate his year of achieve­ments.

Pat Wilde and friends hit the stage at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Satur­day night, with the 18-year-old ad­mit­ting putting the thee-hour show to­gether was a big task.

‘‘It’s been a big job with big re­spon­si­bil­i­ties es­pe­cially while I am in Year 12 ,’’ he says.

‘‘There will be about 12-15 other peo­ple who come up through­out the show and play.

‘‘I’ve di­vided them into a num­ber of dif­fer­ent groups so you get a snip­pet of all their tal­ents in so­los and duos.

‘‘I played with bril­liant mu­si­cians over the year, which means there are lots of dif­fer­ent gen­res.’’

From gypsy jazz to in­die rock, Wilde’s one-night-only show features a com­bi­na­tion of cov­ers and orig­i­nals.

‘‘It will be three hours of mu­sic and we’ll be play­ing lots of clas­sic songs that peo­ple will get into.’’

Wilde re­ceived an early ac­cep­tance let­ter to study ad­vanced en­gi­neer­ing at Grif­fith Univer­sity and plans to play mu­sic on the side.

‘‘I want to keep per­form­ing. I just don’t want to study (mu­sic) pro­fes­sion­ally,’’ he says.

‘‘I don’t want to turn my hobby and pas­sion into a job – I want to see it as an es­cape from ev­ery­thing else.’’

Wilde and his five-piece band, The Stone Crows, hope to record an orig­i­nal EP in the new year.

Pat Wilde and friends play The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Satur­day night

What’s On, Page 42

Pa­trick Wilde plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Satur­day.

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