Faker Plays The EKKA Interview – 26 August 2008

LifeMusicMedia caught up with Nathan Hudson of Faker, who will be playing the Brisbane EKKA ahead to their ‘Are You Magnetic’ National Headline Tour.

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Tamie here representing LifeMusicMedia, saying a huge hello to the Sydney band, FAKER, who’s going to be performing at Brisbane EKKA on the 26th August….whoooooot – you’ll be socially inept to miss them. These guys ROCK….literally.

How’s your day been?

Nathan: Good. Been cut out trying to relax, actually.

Have you been to the EKKA before?

Nathan: No, I haven’t, I’ve been to the Sydney equivalent. That’s always fun. The idea of playing at something like that is really exciting for us.

Fame, you have it, and your music is worthy of it. Has anything interesting happened ever since your music has become more mainstream?

Nathan: I dunno, It’s all been pretty organic, so it’s more like a work in progress and something that kind of happens. What we’re doing is part of something that continues. In terms of whether people interests in what we’re doing has changed, I guess we’re more validated. Hopefully music is about communication and you spend a good deal of time trying to convince people that what you’re doing is worth making and then worth listening to and it’s nice when it translates on that level. It’s just an exciting time, people coming up to us and saying congratulations and we love what you do.

I love your lyrics, I’m a big lyrics person.

Nathan: Thank you. I generally have an idea of where I want to go – lyrically, also it takes me a long time to finish or finalise how I’m gonna do that. Getting into the studio with Paul Fox in ‘Be The Twilight’, our producer wanted to track as much of the vocal as live as possible and so we finish a lot of lyrics on the fly, which I guess to listen to is fresher to me to listen back to and hopefully for other people as well.

Fantastic. With ‘This Heart Attack’ and your new single ‘Are You Magnetic’, there is a big difference in attitude. Why did you choose to release this next?

Nathan: I feel like ‘This Heart Attack’ to ‘Are You Magnetic’ is a natural progression for me. ‘This Heart Attack’ is like doing your head in and I guess it’s to get away and sort things out. To figure out what it was you exactly liked about this relationship or any kind of relationship in the first place. ‘Are You Magnetic’ is kind of about making those decisions that are sometimes harder to make. To try to move forward in the relationship or to end it.

Back to the EKKA, do you have an ultimate show bag that you’d like?

Nathan: The only thing I know about show bags is that they’ve got a lot of chocolate in them really, either that or magic tricks. I’m kinda torn between both of those things. Each of us as kids would have a limited amount of money to spend on show bags, and I had to decide whether my belly was more important than the entertainment or the entertainment more important than my belly. It was really, really difficult. I’d be in tears trying to decide which way to go.

The Bertie Beetle Bags, are pretty good value.

Nathan: They’d be in the paper review with a list of how exactly they were the best seller or something. I don’t know anybody that’s bought a Bertie Beetle outside of a Bertie Beetle showbag.

No, I don’t think you can buy them singly.

Nathan: That’s bizarre.

Any plans on jumping on any rides while you’re at the EKKA. Will you get out after the show?

Nathan: Everything that throws me up-side-down and around a bit, I’m excited about. I’d like to go on.. Yeah, it’s called a Whizzer or something. That thing where you’re in a cage and the cage goes around and you go around in the cage? Perfect!

Good Stuff Just wanted to ask if you had a chance to play/jam with somebody, who would it be?

Nathan: Sitting in a room with guitars and jamming doesn’t interest me so much except if it’s with my band… the band that I’m in. It’s kind of taken a long time to develop those relationships and work out how to do that. The idea of sitting with someone that does stuff electronically and finding musical ideas that way is really exciting.

Would it be possible, to perhaps while you’re on stage take a photo of the crowd for me?

Nathan: HaHa, that’s kinda not something I tend to do, I tend to be about the singing and the dancing, and doing stuff – I’ve often wanted to get photos of myself with the crowd, but, the idea of holding a camera and taking the photos is not something I do.

Last Question – The fans, what can we expect from FAKER in the future?

Nathan: Ummmm, Music and the celeberation of music!

Thank you for your time Nathan…

Credits: Tamie Guttormsen / Sabrina Man

www.faker.com.au
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Faker – Are You Magnetic? National Headline Tour

Presented by: Video Hits, Nova and Aloha Music

“[Are You Magnetic? is] the perfect choice to follow-up the single This Heart Attack, the song that made Faker the commander of the airwaves for the past six months. It has an immediate retro feel reminiscent of the Australian pop rock scene of the ’80s; in other words, it’s so hot right now.”  Kathy McCabe, Daily Telegraph

The Top 10 single ‘This Heart Attack’ has certainly taken breakout Sydney band Faker to a whole new legion of fans, and with new single ‘Are You Magnetic?’ under their belts the band are taking to the road in September on a national headline tour.

Starting in WA the ‘Are You Magnetic?’ tour will see Faker travel to all capital cities over more than two weeks. 

Tickets are on sale from July 7 and Sparkadia will support Faker on all dates which are as follows:

‘Are You Magnetic?’ Tour
Thursday 4th September – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Venue: (08) 9721 2016 www.heatseeker.com.au
Friday 5th September – Metro City, Perth, WA
Star Surf + Skate (Perth) – (08) 93216230 Mills Records (Fremantle) – (08) 9335 1945
Planet Video (Mt Lawley) – (08) 9328 7464 www.heatseeker.com.au
Saturday 6th September – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA
Beach Life (Margaret River) – (08) 9757 2888 Blue 62 (Busselton) – (08) 9752 3522
www.heatseeker.com.au
Friday 12th September – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Box Office: (03) 9299 9800 Ticketek: 132 849  www.ticketek.com.au
Saturday 13th September – Wrestpoint Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Wrestpoint Service Centre: 1300 795 257 www.wrestpoint.com.au 
Sunday 14th September – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Venuetix: (08) 8225 8888 www.venuetix.com.au
Friday 19th September – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Oztix: 1300 762 545 www.oztix.com.au www.thecoolyhotel.com.au
Saturday 20th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW (licensed and all ages)
Box Office: (02) 9550 3666 www.enmoretheatre.com.au
Ticketek: 132 849  www.ticketek.com.au

The new single ‘Are You Magnetic?’ is currently available as a digital multi-track package to include a Paul Mac remix of ‘Are You Magnetic?’ and album track ‘Sleepwalking’ remix by the Hong Kong Blondes. ‘Are You Magnetic’ follows the huge success of ‘This Heart Attack’ which is still in the Top 40 after 35 weeks.

Links: www.musichead.com.au / www.faker.com.au
www.myspace.com/fakertheband / www.alohamusic.com.au

The Getaway Plan @ Red Room – University Of Queensland, 19 July 2008

The Getaway Plan
The Getaway Plan played an “all ages” gig at the Red Room – University of Queensland, 19 July 2008 as part of the Brisbane leg of their “Where The City Meets The Sea” tour (supported by Goodnight Nurse and Closure in Moscow).

Live Review: fasterlouder review by brittles 

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Photos:  The Getaway Plan live 
Links:  The Getaway Plan @ Myspace  –  Boomtown Records  – University of Queensland  – FasterLouder 
Support bands: Closure in MoscowGoodnight Nurse 

Black Francis Tour 2008

It’s rare for a musician to hold an influence in the music world for over twenty years. It’s rare for a musician to excel as frontman in one of the most respected bands of all time, and solo artist in their own right. But Black Francis has, which is why it gives The Frontier Touring Company great pleasure to confirm that Black Francis will headline shows in Fremantle, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne this September/October – his first in over a decade. 

This tour will see Black Francis perform in support of his two most recent releases; 2007’s Bluefinger (out now through Shock) and 2008’s mini-album Svn Fngrs (out now through Shock). Boisterous and meticulous, Bluefinger and Svn Fngrs have announced to the world that Black Francis’ songwriting and performance skills are as potent as ever.

Bluefinger – speculated to be the material originally ear-marked for the Pixies’ new record – sees Black Francis at the top of his game. Dutch artist Herman Brood – the man widely considered to be the epitome of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll – is heavily referenced through the album, continuing Black Francis’ penchant for expressing his unique take on the world.

Of the album, the NME gushed: “The unlikely, ghoulish inspiration of a dead Dutch pop star has forced Pixies’ frontman Frank Black into making his finest album since the demise of his influential ’90s alt.rockers.”

Mojo expressed similar sentiments: “Bluefinger marks an artistic rebirth for the king of quiet/loud.” And Rolling Stone concurred: “On Bluefinger, it sounds like the Pixies’ fantastic reunion shows have allowed Black to finally shed his ambivalence about rocking out. So he does.”

Even the notoriously fierce Pitchfork couldn’t maintain their usual veneer of nonchalance: “Bluefinger is the best overall solo record Black has released in a long time…”

It’s been over a decade since Black Francis last played headline shows in Australia. Tickets to see Black Francis play as part of the Pixies in 2007 sold out in a frenzy. You don’t need svn fngrs to figure out what the equation will be in 2008. 

Tickets are on sale Wednesday 30 July.

Pre-sale tickets will be available from noon AEST Monday 28 July

Sunday 28 September             Metropolis, Fremantle
Moshtix 1300 438 849 or www.moshtix.com.au

Monday 29 September             HQ Complex, Adelaide
Venue*Tix (08) 8225 8888 or www.venutix.com.au

Wednesday 1 October             Arena, Brisbane
Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au;
Arena Online 1300 762 545 or www.arenaonline.com.au

Thursday 2 October                 Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

Giants Of Jazz – QPAC – 16-17 August 2008

Jazz
QPAC is getting all jazzed up to host some of Australia’s biggest names in jazz.

For an entire weekend in August, jazz fans will be treated to two days of non-stop music by some of the country’s finest performers and bands.  Jazz music will weave its way through QPAC with known and local artists performing across two venues from midday to 11pm on Saturday, 16 August and midday to 6pm on Sunday, 17 August.

The exceptional line up includes one of Australia’s leading international artists, Bob Barnard (pictured, left), who will perform with his all-star band; the highly regarded composer, performer and educator Bob Sedergreen and Australia’s top rated traditional/ mainstream jazz group, The Syncopators.

Featuring all styles of jazz, Giants of Jazz also features: Geoff Bull’s Olympia Jazz Band, George Washingmachine, Julie O’Hara, Peter Baylor, Laique, The Jazz Factory, Clare Hansson, Harry Lynn Quartet, Queensland Conservatorium Big Band, Jazz String.

QPAC’s Artistic Director John Kotzas said Giants of Jazz was a great opportunity for lovers of jazz to indulge in a smorgasboard of entertainment.

“It’s rare to get this number of artists of this calibre together under one roof for an entire weekend,” Mr Kotzas said.

“It’s also rare for jazz to be performed in these intimate surrounds, enabling fans an up-close and personal experience.

“Giants of Jazz builds on QPAC’s incredibly successful Jazz Fridays, which has seen local jazz artists performing in Cascade Court regularly since February,” Mr Kotzas said.

Patrons can purchase a full-day pass for either Saturday or Sunday or a full weekend pass.

Ticket Information:
Dates:            Saturday 16, August and Sunday, 17 August
Venues:           Cremorne Theatre & Studio 1, QPAC
Tickets:          Single Day Pass $105; 2 Day Weekend Pass $198
Bookings:         qtix.com.au or 136 246

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Bio

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Arguably Australia’s most successful cultural export of the last twenty years, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – both collectively and individually – are also the most prolific. In the last eighteen months alone, Nick Cave, alongside fellow Bad Seeds; Warren Ellis (violin, mandocaster) Martyn Casey (bass) and Jim Sclavunus (drums), have released an album and toured under the name Grinderman – a bump and grind exaggeration of the Bad Seeds groove. Warren Ellis and Nick Cave have also written and released the soundtrack to the Brad Pitt produced movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; bassist Martyn Casey has revived his former role in the reunited Triffids performing at last year’s Sydney Festival; and the longest serving Bad Seed, Mick Harvey (guitar and organ), has released a solo album (his fourth) entitled Two of Diamonds. Harvey has also performed as guest musician at The Triffids reunion shows and most recently has been remixing the entire Bad Seeds back catalogue in 5.1 surround sound.

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Ben Lee Bio

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Ben Lee has been making albums since he was 14 years old.
• Recordings by his first band, Noise Addict, were released in the US by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Mike D of the Beastie Boys.
• The Re-Birth of Venus is his seventh solo album and his fifth collaboration with Chicago-based producer, Brad Wood.
• Ben has been nominated for thirteen ARIA Awards and has won six, including Best Male Artist in 2005. In that year, ‘Catch My Disease’ was the most played song on Australian Radio.
• Ben has collaborated with a vast array of artists including Liz Phair, Evan Dando, Ben Kweller, Ben Folds, Jason Schwartzman and Kylie Minogue.
• He has also starred in a film, The Rage in Placid Lake, and composed the ARIA and AFI-nominated soundtrack to the new Australian movie, The Sqaure.
• Ben lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ione Skye, and his stepdaugher, Kate.
• New single ‘I Love Pop Music’ points out how pop music can also provide a serious message.
• ‘I Love Pop Music’ will be released digitally on December 20th.
• Missy Higgins and Patience Hodgson join Ben on ‘I Love Pop Music’.
• New album, “The Rebirth of Venus” is out through Dew Process/UMA on February 7th 2009.
• The inspiration for ‘The Rebirth Of Venus” is to celebrate feminine qualities such as creativity and compassion, hence the title.
• The new album was recorded with Brad Wood (Awake Is the New Sleep)
Ben Lee will be touring in March 2009


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Tex Perkins Headlines At Nights Outside – 19 July 2008

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QPAC’s free Nights Outside program is gaining a reputation for showcasing some of the country’s biggest names in music and this month it’s set to grow further.

In recent months, acts such as Avalon Drive, Sparkadia and Young and Restless have had QPAC’s Cascade Court buzzing. (click here for Avalon Drive QPAC article)

On 19 July, Tex Perkins will headline the entertainment along with his good friend and former Cruel Sea cavalier, James Cruikshank.

Fresh from recording his new studio album, due to be released by Universal Records later this year, Tex comes to QPAC to play some classic tunes from his back catalogue – and possibly some new tracks too.

Also featuring at Nights Outside on 19 July is Australian alt pop-rock treasure Fi Claus.

Brisbane based Fi has recently toured Australia to launch her second iTunes single, I’ll Be Spending.  Fi Claus’s free performance at QPAC will feature Emma Dean.

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Ticket Information:
What:     Nights Outside – featuring Tex Perkins and Fi Claus
When:    Saturday 19 July from 7pm
Where:   Cascade Court, QPAC, South Bank
Tickets:  FREE

Connect Four Art Party – 19 July 2008

Presented by 4C arts collective

A creative cacophony for a community cause

Little Vegas and The Fuzz Parade


On July 19 the 4C arts collective will host the Connect Four Art Party, the follow up to the highly successful premiere March event.
The evening will feature of massive array of art in a multiplicity of styles and formats including some of Brisbane’s best bands and DJs plus burlesque, circus and physical performance and all kinds of other shenanigans.
Supplies will be provided for attendees to create and participate in making art to add to the event.
All proceeds will be donated to the Women’s Legal Service. This organisation relies on grants and donations to provide free legal advice for women in difficult circumstances.Saturday, July 19, 2008
5:00pm – midnight
Valley studios, Fortitude Valley
610 Ann st
BYO

LITTLE VEGAS AND THE FUZZ PARADE
THE STRANGE ATTRACTORS
LITTLE SCOUT
MA SHEEN
DASTARDLY KUTS

plus fabulous burlesque performances from:

LENA MARLENE
LADY LAINE

AND CIRCUS PERFORMERS (TBA)

Links:
4C Arts Collective

Abbey Medieval Festival – 5th to 13th July 2008

The Abbey Medieval Festival – Let the Pageantry begin…

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(photo courtesy of Abbey Medieval Festival)
There is so much to do and see at the Abbey Medieval Festival and Tournament you won’t know where to begin! Whether you’re into hands on activities, spectator sport, music, dancing or medieval food and wine you will be able to make the most of your time at the Tournament.

Music
Medieval Music & Bands, haunting melodies from harpists, trumpeters, flute and lute players, including Gregorian chanting and some of Australia’s leading medieval bands.
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(photo courtesy of Abbey Medieval Festival)
Medieval Encampments
Explore and wonder in over 30 re-enactor encampments, from Vikings to Knights in Armour, authentic representations of medieval life from 600-1600AD, do not miss the ever popular Shuvani Romani gypsy encampment, or the colourful 15th Century encampment of the Knights order of Lion Rampant.

Jousting
The breathtaking and highly charged Joust, when knights on their trusted war horses tilt for the honour of Champion of the Lists.  Abbey Medieval Festival will host the largest jousting tournament ever held in Australia in 2007with international participants from Belgium and New Zealand.

Street Theatre, Dancing & Games
Medieval theatre and games, including jugglers, puppetry, dancing, and costume parades for your entertainment.
Medieval Masque Ball brings your mask and dance to the fabulous melodies of Musica Prima in our spectacular Medieval Masque Ball on Saturday night the 12th of July.

Evening Markets
Australia’s most authentic medieval Markets, nearly a hundred stallholders covering a huge range of products, arts and crafts.  Whatever you’re looking for, it’ll be here! This year’s markets will open until 6:30pm on Saturday, 12th July 2008.

Fighting Displays
Combat from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance (450 – 1600 AD).  Different fighting styles and archery, tourneys, melees and individual combats including- Viking, Dark Age, High Middle Ages and Byzantine warriors, German landsknechts (mercenaries), Turkish janissaries and exquisite Renaissance swordsmen.

Human Chess Game
For the first time at the Abbey Medieval Festival, a game of human chess will be on show.
It follows a story dating back to 1454 when two young gentlemen played to settle which man should woo the lady they were in love with. An event will be repeated at the Abbey Medieval Festival on Saturday 12th July.
Sumptuous costumes, multi-colour banners, martial parades and exquisite elegance. This show will have over 50 characters and will go for about half-hour.

Workshops
Dancing, Crafts, Hobby Horses, Masque making, shield painting for kids, crown painting, princess hat making, Adult and Junior Medieval Cookery School, Knights School, Jester School and much more.

Lectures
Visitors have the opportunity to learn all manner of facts and figures when they visit the university pavilion on tournament days.

Medieval Stained Glass tours
Visit the Abbey Church
Be awed by its ancient stained glass- some from Winchester Cathedral and enjoy the medieval sound of Gregorian chant.

View the collections in the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology
The Abbey Museum is one of Australia’s premier fine arts and archaeological museums.  Its displays have won international acclaim and the Queensland government has acknowledged that it is one of the best small museums in the country.

Events and Entertainment Program 2008

Immerse yourself in medieval culture and delight in the entertainment, there is something for everyone at Australia’s largest and most unique Medieval Festival and Tournament.

Highlight Events:

Medieval Banquet 5th of July
Free Children’s Day 7th of July
Masque Ball 12th of July
Knighting Ceremony 11th of July
Abbey Medieval Tournament 12th and 13th of July

Fact Sheet
Location & transport

  • Easy 45 minute drive from Brisbane
  • Free Buses operate from Caboolture Railway Station to the Tournament every half an hour
  • Take the Bribie Island exit from the Bruce Highway.

Festival Activities: Music: Dancing: Street Theatre: Shows: Lectures: Workshops: Spectator Sport-Jousting, combat, fencing, and archery: Markets: Stained Glass Tours:

Links:  www.abbeytournament.com

Parkway Drive & Have Heart @ Tivoli – Brisbane, 13 June 2008

Parkway Drive
Parkway Drive and Have Heart ripped up the Tivoli on Friday the 13th (13 June 2008).

Boston’s Have Heart is easily one of the biggest bands in straight edge hardcore scene and managed nothing less than a solid, full on performance that saw the packed Tivoli crowd jumping and screaming for more… perfect fodder for the mainline act “Parkway Drive“. Have Heart’s front man Pat Flynn is the face of the straight edge movement and proved that this movement is alive and well in Brisbane.

As Parkway Drive entered the stage, the crowd surged forward and erupted in classic hardcore fan style, flying fists, circle pits, and a mountain of aggression. Parkway Drive blistered through their set and did not disappoint, offering up (among others) “Gimme A D”, “Siren’s Song” and “Guns for Show, Knives for a Pro”, their high energy show that would have kept the hardest hardcore critic happy.

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Links:  Parkway Drive  –  Have Heart
Venue:  The Tivoli Brisbane

Home Grown In The Valley Festival – Currumbin Valley, 27 July 2008

 Richard Clapton 
Sunday July 27 sees the birth of Home Grown In The Valley, a boutique music festival in the rain forest surrounds of the Currumbin Valley Bird Gardens. The line up brings together Australian music icons Ian Moss, Richard Clapton and Diesel, revered guitarists Phil Emmanuel, as well as blues & roots legends Kevin Borich and Steve Edmonds.

Sunday 27 July, 2008 @ The Bird Gardens, 746 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley, Southern Gold Coast.  11:00am to 9:30pm

To purchase tickets to Home Grown In The Valley, head to www.inthevalley.com.au or Southport RSL, Scarborough St, Southport.

In Stitches Comedy Festival – Brisbane, 17-29 June 2008

In Stitches
12 nights of comedy, stand up, live music and a free outdoor program… In Stitches at QPAC brings together some of Australia’s most popular comedy performers for two weeks of laughs, music and random acts of weirdness.

Acts include:
Jimeoin, Puppetry of the Penis, Fiona O’Loughlin and Raymond Crowe, Cal Wilson, The Young Guns of Comedy with Tahir, Carita Farrer, The Kransky Sisters, Ahn Do, Julia Morris, Scared Little Weird Guys, The Chasers, The Umbilical Brothers and Sarah Pember.

Links:  QPACqtix

Splendour In The Grass – Final Acts Announced

Clare Bowditch

It is with great pleasure we announce the second and final round of acts playing the sold out Splendour in the Grass taking place in Byron Bay on August 2nd and 3rd.

The Polyphonic Spree, New Young Pony Club, Yves Klein Blue, Lyrics Born, Tokyo Police Club, Albert Hammond Jr, Little Red, Clare Bowditch (pictured above), Bluejuice, Robert Forster, The Drones, Hadouken!, Bliss N Eso, Paul Dempsey, Katalyst, Even, British India, The Galvatrons, Delta Spirit, Slot Machine, The Black Stars, Van She Tech, Bag Raiders, Soft Tigers Food Fight, E.L.F Dj, Kato And Pob

join the already cracking line-up of:

Devo, The Music, Wolfmother, Sigur Ros, The Living End, The Presets
Tricky, Vampire Weekend, Ben Lee, Cold War Kids, The Fratellis
The Wombats, Pnau, Laura Marling, The Vines, The Grates, Operator Please,
Band of Horses, Van She, The Panics, Gyroscope, MSTRKRFT, Lightspeed Champion,
The Brown Birds from Windy Hill, Scribe, The Gin Club

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Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, actor, comedian and writer.

Originally from Perth, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre at the University of Western Australia in 1995, then an Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Music at the Conservatorium of WA – part of the WA Academy of Performing Arts – in 1998.

In 2002, he moved to Melbourne, where he began to develop the solo comedy shows which have gained him public and critical acclaim in the last three years. He developed his unique style during an 18-month period when he played regularly in the famous 40-seat cabaret room of The Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, before

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