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.”