to 'So, tell us about your influences?'.
well growing up i was a pop
tart. top 40 music. at least until the age of 14.
new school, new friends, real friends who happened to be big music
fans and played in a band. they introduced me to nirvana,
pearl jam, nine inch nails, soundgarden, rage against the machine,
smashing pumpkins, tool, kyuss, led zepelin, the beatles,
black sabbath, pink floyd and australian bands such as
powderfinger, tumbleweed, and you am i.
once i realised how much music
was out there and how diverse the world of music was i couldn't get
enough and soon enough i was singing in the same friends
band. slowly i started to form my own musical tastes
discovering radiohead, ash, jeff buckley, the verve, augie march,
placebo, shihad, skunk anansie, silverchair, crow, tindersticks,
Playing in a band I was also
exposed to a lot of jazz, blues and world music. living
in country nsw i tried to see as much music as possible. the
university drew bands in fairly reguarly and i ventured to
festivals, the first ever homebake in byron bay, big day outs, and
the bellingen global music festival.
At school i started
studying music a little and had a short stint of vocal
coaching for several months learning songs from musicals
and art songs.
i started looking back to the
70's and 80's for inspiration at bands like the cure, the velvet
underground and depeche mode.
clasical music was also starting
to find it's way into my space with holst, bartok and gorecki
later i started listening to more
and more electronic music, strangely enough listening to radioheads
ok computer pushed me in that direction. i am still blown away by
the songs, the production and engineering, the sheer genious of
i'm generally drawn to music that
draws out emotion. music that has substance and
sigur ros, antony & the
johnsons and rufus wainwright certainly fit that bill.
other influences mogwai, the
white birch (if you haven't heard this band you really
should!!), dj shadow, unkle, neu!, trent reznor, maximillian
hecker, nick drake, labradford, boards of canada, the
knife, cut copy, interpol, editors and jon hopkins.
i've been listening to deadmau5, fuck buttons, crystal castles,
phoenix, the veils, 65 days of static.
i was slow to get the reading bug
but love shakespeare, w.b yeats, oscar wilde. i'm a big
william gibson and haruki murakami fan.
culture & travel
being fortunate enough to hold
both an australian and british passport exploring europe for 4
years has had a big influence on what and how i write. still
hope to explore more of asia over the coming years.
love, family, bands i have played in and the people in
them. of course they are an influence.
i'm always trying to keep my mind
open. it's not always easy but i'm wise enough to realise
that in the scheme of things i don't know a lot and there is always
much to learn.