I'm a strummer, essentially - I like fingerpicking but I'm not very good
at it. I mix folk, blues, ballads, country, rock, hip-hop, jazz, soul
and funk. Sometimes all at once! My songs are all hooky - there's something
in them that catches your attention. I love big fat choruses that people
can sing along to!
have been your main musical influences ?
Primarily Beatles, Crowded House/Split Enz, Radiohead and The Smiths...but
I can add to that Portishead, The Doors, Abba, Oasis, Marvin Gaye, Madonna,
David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Paul Kelly, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Che
Fu, Paul Ubana Jones, Bell X1, John Mayer, The Frames, Chuck Berry, The
Beach Boys, and Frank Zappa. And more... Locally, we are blessed to be
such a musically gifted little community...as host of the Open Mic night
I am in contact with fantastically gifted people all the time, although
I'd like to pick out Tyree, Lukin Marlow, Hinemoana, Karen C and Danilo
in particular for their commitment to their craft - also, Tyree Robertson
especially for providing me with encouragement to pursue my music, and,
of course, my songwriting partner Stu for doing the same.
greatest musical moment?
are so many! I'd have to say when my band played at Live Wire for the
second time. We got Stu up to play some lead guitar on some songs, played
WAY too loud, got everyone dancing...I was on stage for almost 5 hours!
My sweat was sweating.