Diesel’s engine keeps on running
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.