In June 2014 I met up with Andy V on Koh Tao in the Thai Gulf to play a string of shows over 12 days. We played every night except one in two venues. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays we would play at an Aussie Bar namedChoppersand on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays we would play at a bar on the beach named Fishbowl. Though Andy and I have played a lot of music together in the past it had been almost 3 years since our last jam (With the exception of one hip little gig at a whiskey bar in Byron Bay). In this time both Andy and myself had started playing with the Boss RC loop stations. I am on Beatbox, guitar, vocals and MCing and Andy takes control of bass, keys, sax and vocals. It’s amazing what two guys with loop stations can get cooking.
It was great fun working with Andy, I learnt a lot and played some of the best music of my life in a tropical paradise. Good times.
Back in 2012 we won a battle of the bands style competition at the Evelyn Hotel on Brunswick st in Fitzroy. The first prize was a days recording at a studio in Collingwood named Studio 52. I knew we couldn’t do much in one day. Even tracking one song would take more than that so instead we decided to try something a little different.
Originally the plan was to get one song filmed and recorded at a professional quality as a promotional video for youtube. We workshopped four tracks; Music, Four Letter Word, Baby Move and When Good Things Fall Apart with Mikey Chan. We hoped of the four one would come up satisfactory for the project. I went for the two acoustic guitars as I wanted the production to be as raw and acoustic as possible. I borrowed two cameras from some good friends of mine Stu and Appleberry and had my mum Narelle and my girlfriend Hannah operate them. We played through the set from start to finish four times in the studio, filming everything. Two takes before lunch and two after. Turns out the best take was the first one after lunch, for every track. Lunch was pizza and scotch for those of you that want to know the secret formula.
By the end of the day with were more than happy with all four of the tracks and decided to release the session as a stand alone EP. We even jammed out a blues track before we left in one take that made the cut (Pappa’s Blues). I then gave the tracks to Damien Charles for mixing and post production. Again, I asked him to keep the audio as raw, acoustic and true as possible.
I’m really happy with the way it all turned out. I think it is a very real indication of where my music was at the time.
Live at 52 is available for download from iTunes, amazon and all major online music stores.