With rockers Eskimo Joe set to close the Surfers Paradise LIVE concert on Sunday, we chat to guitarist and vocalist Joel Quartermain
WHAT’S your fondest memory of the Gold Coast?
We were lucky enough in our very early days to play at the Playroom a few times. That venue was an absolute institution so to be on the list of legendary bands that have played there is an honour.
What do you have planned for your Surfers Paradise LIVE set?
How will you shake things up? Plenty of energy and a set full of songs that everyone will know and hopefully love.
What do you like about doing stand-alone shows like this?
Probably seeing and meeting bands that we’ve admired from afar.
What have you guys been up to in 2017 so far?
We’ve played a few shows, so we’ll be in great form by the time we hit the GC.
Are there any new Eskimo Joe projects currently in the works?
We’ve been keeping busy working on separate things actually. I’ve been working with a bunch of exciting artists as a producer for a while now, which I love. Kav has been doing some solo music and Stu has been working in radio.
Does it ever get tiresome playing your classics? How do you keep things fresh?
It doesn’t actually. When the crowd reacts it definitely keeps the tunes fresh.
What annoying habits have you guys noticed about each other over the years while on the road?
With Kav, it’s probably a severe case of “ants in pants” and Stu tends to leave his wallet at home. I’m sure there’s a million annoying things about me.
How do you feel about Australian music right now?
Excited! There’s so many talented new artists at the moment. It seems like the world is a much smaller place these days so the scope for bands to kill it overseas is really exciting too.
If you could headline a festival with four other Aussie acts, who would you choose?
Including bands that don’t play anymore: INXS, Tame Impala, You Am I, AC/DC.
Eskimo Joe, Surfers Paradise LIVE, beach stage, Sunday 7.45pm