I started playing the guitar at age 13 because I didn't want to learn the keyboard like my dad wanted me too. I thought it was too old fashioned. Silly me. somewhere in High School around year 8 or 9 I discovered that I could play drums much easier than guitar, so I changed over. Been playing drums ever since, but hardly any guitar.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
My first concert was a freebie I won from Adelaide's 5KA radio station to see "Slade". I went with my girlfriend at the time. I must have been about 16 by then. It was an awesome gig, pretty loud and a lot of foot stomping.
What gear do you use?
I have a shiny green Pearl Export acoustic kit with about 5 cymbals, 3 toms and 3 roto toms (which I hardly use). I also have Roland TD6 electronic kit for practise and maybe even a live gig. Love the sounds.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Status Quo featured big in my life with those catchy riffs. I tried to play them on guitar but could never make them sound the same. I guess I just didn't have the right equipment. Pink Floyd was my other favourite. I was introduced to them by a class mate back in High School.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I've been in a few bands, from High School up to now. I've mainly played covers of rock and pop music in various cover bands together with High School mates and others I've met along the way. I also played in a band with my dad which had a large following in the German, Italian and Scandinavian circles. It was mostly old European songs, 60/40 and folk music. I had my own band called "Menace To Sobriety" back in the 90's which did a pretty good job of playing party music, covers of popular rock songs. My last stint with a band was with Plan B which toured Vietnam and Cambodia in 2010/11. That was an adventure and a half! I'm currently involved in the production of their album together with Wayne Baker.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
The smallest audience I ever performed to was a gig in Port Lincoln with "Menace To Sobriety". I think there were 2 people in the audience. Coincidentally, that night the "Barflys" played in another hotel in the same town and was totally booked out. Bad Timing. The biggest crowd would probably have been a few thousand at the Tununda Octoberfest with my dads band. Boy did we get the place swinging with our traditional German Polkas and Waltzes. Fun Times.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Pink Floyd's Dark side of the Moon. It's a classic, simple as that. I love the innovation in the music, the way it flows and connects.