Thanks to Timiny O’Donnell I have a few more photos to share. These were taken at Red Sword’s Birthday party (aka Bastille Day party at Pompeii). What makes one of these photos exceptional is the fact that I’m smiling. Usually photos taken of me while I’m playing music look like I’m experiencing the kind of pain that only customs officials can inflict. There’s also video of me playing at this party…. hopefully I’ll be able to post that here soon too.
To fill in some blanks regarding my musical background. I started playing piano when I was 9 years old but gave up after a little over a year. My piano teacher realised fairly quickly as I neglected to turn the pages on the sheet music that I was playing by ear. I didn’t care for the counting and reading aspects which was why I gave up on piano by the time I was 10 or 11 years old. Then I didn’t try to play it seriously for almost 20 years.
While living on a mountain in New Caledonia with my father at age 16 I started attempting to play guitar. He had a nylon string classical acoustic guitar which I gladly began to tinker with. Having forgotten what little music theory I knew I started to write songs so I had something to play. So began my journey as a songwriter.
Once I started studying at Wollongong University I started jamming with friends. One was a drummer named Clinton Spence with whom I began an experimental indie rock band called Generic.
The other two members (Lakshal Perera and Nick Cooper) quickly came onboard and for a number of years we enjoyed local gigs but much more importantly an open mindedness to musical experimentation. The band lasted roughly from 2000 til 2004 at which point it was amicably diffused. Lakshal and Nick now have PhDs and Clinton is living in Texas where he relocated as the drummer of BugGirl after their 6th world tour. Clinton’s drumming can be heard in 2 tracks (Hold On & Julie #2) on the first The Mad Pride album ‘Hi Penthus’.
A couple of years after Generic’s end I began a collaborative project called Moontown with Greg Hughes on electric guitar. We played together as a duo for a couple of years. His style of lead guitar playing was often compared to Dave Gilmour. Greg’s guitar playing can be heard on 2 tracks on Hi Aphrodite by The Mad Pride (Insane and Stay Here).