Diesel’s en­gine keeps on run­ning

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - By LAURA POND

DE­SPITE having a ca­reer that has spanned 25 years, 37 sin­gles and 13 al­bums, Mark Li­zotte, aka Diesel, is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down.

The 48-year-old, who grew up in Perth, has been tour­ing around Aus­tralia fol­low­ing the re­lease of his lat­est al­bum Let it Fly last Oc­to­ber and is about to em­bark on Lit Up - The Sin­gles Tour ’89’14.

“It’s kind of fun to have a look back at what you’ve done I guess and in this case dust off a few songs that I haven’t played for a long time,” he said.

“I get amped up about just play­ing, I’m lucky that I don’t need more than that.

“I cer­tainly am not very ex­cited about go­ing to the air­port but I’m ex­cited about the prospect of play­ing and that’s all that mat­ters.”

The four- time ARIA Award win­ner will head to Perth early next month for sev­eral shows and again in Jan­uary for the Aus­tralia Day Eve con­cert with Ice­house and James Reyne.

“Perth still feels very home like, it’s a great feel­ing to come back and just drive to the beach, go to a cafe,” he said.

“At times it feels a lit­tle bit emo­tional, it’s kind of like ‘what hap­pened to this place?’ I don’t feel so at home any more but there’s other times where it feels like noth­ing has changed and most of it just feels like that.”

Having de­voted most of his life to mu­sic, Li­zotte does not en­vi­sion that chang­ing any time soon.

“I’m very lucky that mu­sic is an in­tox­i­cat­ing thing for me and I don’t feel like I need much else to keep me in­spired to want to keep do­ing it,” he said.

“I just don’t re­ally feel like I could sud­denly think ‘oh, I think I’ve had it with mu­sic’.”

Diesel will play Elling­ton Jazz Club in Perth, Oc­to­ber 2-4, tick­ets from elling­ton­jazz.com.au and Aus­tralia Day Eve 2015 at Red Hill Au­di­to­rium on Jan­uary 25, tick­ets from red­hill­gigs.com.au.

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