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Tour­ing the world play­ing mu­sic with Amy Shark is a just re­ward for a life ded­i­cated to mu­sic.

Mu­si­cian Brad Hosk­ing earned his liv­ing for many years writ­ing award-win­ning jin­gles for brands all over the world and now he is ex­cited about the grow­ing Gold Coast mu­sic scene.

Brad’s day job is as a lec­turer in con­tem­po­rary mu­sic prac­tices with Tafe Queens­land and the Uni­ver­sity of Can­berra, while run­ning his own record­ing stu­dio Blind Boy Stu­dios, plus is a tour­ing mu­si­cian play­ing key­boards, bass and gui­tar with lo­cal star Amy Shark and sev­eral other bands. He also co-wrote and pro­duced her song Golden Fleece.

“I learnt so much about mu­sic writ­ing jin­gles, which I started in 2005 and I still do it to this day,” Brad said.

“It taught me about song­writ­ing. Now I’m a lec­turer in a Bach­e­lor of Con­tem­po­rary Mu­sic and I’m see­ing so much tal­ent com­ing through.

“As an in­dus­try it is so di­verse and that’s a pos­i­tive thing. The more in­come streams you can take ad­van­tage of, the bet­ter, and that’s the case with my ca­reer.

“I’ve lived here for 17 years and the coast has changed quite a lot. I’ve seen a de­cline in bands play­ing over that time but now there are more bands here on the coast than ever be­fore, re­leas­ing mu­sic of all kinds, from punk to garage rock, and venues are em­brac­ing it.

“There are so many places to play, with venues em­brac­ing live mu­sic again.

“You’re not go­ing to make much money on itunes or Spo­tify, so artists have to find a way to make a liv­ing and that’s done by mar­ket­ing them­selves to their own lo­cal­ity.”

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