PETER MOORE THIS LONG-TIME GOLD COAST GYM OWNER HAS MORE THAN A FEW STRINGS TO HIS GUITAR
Igrew up in a working-class neighbourhood of western Sydney in the 1960s, the middle of three kids. It was a pretty normal upbringing, except my dad probably wasn’t your typical Aussie dad of the time. He was a very devoted father who spent a lot of time with us and encouraged us in whatever we did — tennis and cultural pursuits, which was a bit unusual.
I was a nerd at school. I did well in the early years but discovered being the class clown was more fun. I went to East Hills Boys’ High and was into music.
I played a few instruments at school and was on keyboards and was the singer for the school rock band, which meant people thought I must be gay. My school was a pretty hard place. There was no encouragement there. You just tried to keep your head down.
I wrote my first song when I was about 14 or 15. It was about my parents breaking up. I’ve still got that song — it’s not bad actually. That had a big effect on us kids. At the time it was pretty rare. I didn’t know another kid it had happened to.
I was school captain in my last year of school and I went a bit wild after that. I probably should have gone to university but I took the easy path of doing electronics at TAFE and working for Telecom.
It was the 80s and I played in original bands in and around Sydney. We wrote our own music and did gigs. It was the New Romantic era so we looked like Pseudo Echo with pink shirts and make-up and hair all over the place. No one sat next to me on the train so I must have looked like a freak.
We were offered a contract with MRA/ Universal but we decided to turn it down.
After nine years with Telecom, I couldn’t do it any more so I sold my house and came to the Gold Coast in 1988 for a new start. It was like moving to heaven.
I bought a little hire boat business on Currumbin Creek. It was Expo year and that year had a terrible summer. It rained pretty much every weekend except for two or three so there wasn’t a lot of money coming in. I lived by myself on muesli and toast.
In 1989, people I knew were opening a gym and asked me if I wanted to be a partner in it. I didn’t know anything about gyms. In those days there were only four on the whole Gold Coast. I wasn’t your typical gym type but I found I loved the people side of it. As partners left, I eventually took over the business and have had Miami Fitness for the past 25 years or so on my own.
I got married. When my two daughters came along, my key goal in life was to just be the best dad I could. I got involved with my girls’ activities and school and was just there for them. I suppose I had another redefining moment when they grew up and didn’t need me as much.
That’s when I threw myself back into music — writing, composing and producing.
I get up every day at 4am to write. I do a bit of music for films and produce my own songs. I also help other people, recording and producing for them.
Both my parents died last year and that’s been another redefining moment. I’m in the middle of reassessing what’s next.
How’s this for harebrained but I’ve been looking into setting up a political party, one that’s more in touch with people. I think every decision that’s made should be based on one thing: what’s best for people?