The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - TERRY COLLINS

B orn in the US but raised in Aus­tralia from the age of six, Mark Li­zotte thinks of him­self as bi­na­tional.

The Aussie rocker and front­man of Diesel, one of the head­lin­ers for Blues on Broad­beach fes­ti­val this week­end, will re­lease a new al­bum Amer­i­cana in July.

Li­zotte says the record is con­tem­po­rary mu­sic that in­cor­po­rates el­e­ments of Amer­i­can roots mu­sic styles in­clud­ing coun­try, roots-rock, folk, blue­grass, R&B and blues.

“It was my agent’s idea to make the al­bum,” he says.

“I’d been think­ing I would make an al­bum of my own songs but when he came up with this con­cept I got very ex­cited by the idea of go­ing back to my mu­si­cal roots.

“The ear­li­est mu­si­cal mem­ory I have is lis­ten­ing to Joni Mitchell when I was three or four.

“Dad would also play jazz to me and I think we are all a prod­uct of what we grew up lis­ten­ing to.

“Even if you don’t feel at the time you are be­ing in­flu­enced, fur­ther down the track you will find your­self quot­ing from things you hadn’t even re­alised you had as­sim­i­lated.”

Set to take to the stage at Jupiters Gold Coast to­mor­row night, Diesel head­line the an­nual blues fes­ti­val along­side The Bam­boos, Tex Perkins’ Cookin’ On 3 Burn­ers, Eric Bur­don and AC/DC trib­ute band Back in Blue.

Li­zotte says Aussie au­di­ences are some of the tough­est in the world.

“They de­mand a high level of en­ter­tain­ment.”

The songs he per­forms will be a show­case of his mu­si­cal in­spi­ra­tion.

Li­zotte be­gan his mu­si­cal jour­ney as a teenager, find­ing fame in the late ’80s with Johnny Diesel and the In­jec­tors, then went on to a suc­cess­ful solo ca­reer.

Diesel, Jupiters Gold Coast, to­mor­row night

Aussie rock mu­sic legend Diesel will hit the stage at Jupiters Gold Coast.

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