I’m a bass player currently living in Melbourne, Australia.
Having grown up in Townsville, North Queensland, I had a pretty privileged childhood. Most of it was spent outdoors; climbing tress, riding BMX, exploring mangroves, swimming in the ocean or a freshwater creek, eating prawns, and tropical fruit from my backyard. Ahhh, it was a pretty great place to grow up.
I started playing guitar at the age of 12. I never had a formal teacher, but hanging around some older kids (who were metalheads) proved to be a great educational environment for me in my early developmental stages as a musician. Following there moves I was able to discover bands like Metallica and Slayer. I remember, quite vividly, the first time I heard Pantera, and in particular the sound of Dimebag Darrel. It was a pivotal moment; I couldn’t believe the sound I was hearing. Later in life I would read about jazz musicians explaining the first time they heard Charlie Parker or Ornette Coleman, I liken this to my experience of hearing Dimebag’s insanely heavy, but beautifully compelling opening riff on the track By Demon’s Be Driven. Although, instead of being in NYC in the 1940’s, I was in Railway Estate and the year was 1992.
My life as a bass player began when I was 16 years old. A band at my high school were competing in the annual North Queensland High School Rock Awards, and urgently needed a replacement bass player or else they’d have to forfeit their spot in the competition. I offered to help them out and fill in on bass, and I had just 2 weeks to get used to the bass. As it turned out, the night was a great success and I won the best bass player award. My prize was an electric bass guitar!
20 + years later I’m still playing bass, teaching the instrument, working in bands, and leading projects.
Even though I left North Queensland at the age of 17, and have been based in Melbourne for over 15 years now, my formative years in Townsville have shaped who I’ve become, and where I’m at with music in ways I couldn’t have predicted. It’s only after studying jazz and improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts in the early 2000’s, and spending years playing in improvising ensembles since, that I’m able to embrace my style and sound as being a culmination of all that’s happened in my life to this point.
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