When I travel for work
I try to bring as little as possible. Just the essentials, for example, seven guitars in a custom-made bag, a large bag of guitar effects and my smoke and mirrors bag … you get the idea! I’ll bring a small bag for my own needs, which I’ll shove my running gear in. Thankfully I don’t need a lot of hair products these days! creative stimulator. Generally, I don’t bring a lot of clothes especially if I’m travelling to the US. I’m very lazy when it comes to packing for holidays. I can be happy unwinding anywhere on the water. Looking out across the ocean is definitely an elixir for me.
Where I go to play
I like New York City. It can satisfy whatever appetite you have. If you want to hit it hard and do all-nighters or go shopping at Wholefoods at midnight to buy organic groceries. It’s a night-owl city.
The one thing that’s always in my carry-on
Manhattan. They were asleep and snored alcohol fumes – it was disgusting. At the time I also had lavender oil in my bag, so I took it out and scattered it like a priest to clear the air a bit. The air hostess was impressed.
How I get through long-haul flights
catch up on all the films that I’ve wanted to see but haven’t had the time.
My travel philosophy
Is to wholeheartedly embrace the local culture of the place you’re in. I can’t stand travelling with people who complain about why it’s different or how it’s so much better at home. The whole point of travelling is to experience other cultures. I think if travel was made a part of the educational curriculum in every part of the globe … the world would be a much better and more peaceful place. If everyone could travel and really experience the world, having the opportunity to learn about the many different cultures, I’m sure it would reduce the amount of conflict. Interview by Paul Ewart. For Diesel’s summer tour dates, see dieselmusic.com.au