"I went away on a break over Christmas and when I came back I thought the house had been broken into... In my panic I completely overlooked the note from my brother saying he’d taken [my computer] to my parents for safe-keeping!"
Who are your 3-5 favourite Australian artists?
Machine Translations, Bernie Hayes, Little Birdy.
What are your 3-5 most played Australian releases? Why?
Machine Translations' "Happy", Augie March's "Sunset Studies", Powderfinger's "Internationalist"... because they’re all great records in their diverse way, and they take me to certain times and places in memory.
What do you think is the most influential Australian music release and why?
"Monday I Got Friday On My Mind". Well, it’s an incredible song for a start and stlyistically you can hear influences in bands from the Divinyls to You Am I and Jet.
Which Australian performer (past or present) would you most like to work with?
At the moment it would be Katy Steele. I could listen to her sing all day.
Can you describe one of your most memorable Australian music moments to date:
Getting nominated and going to the ARIAs two years in a row was pretty special!
What are your three favourite music websites?
Steinberg’s Cubase forum, the "rage" playlist and eBay’s pro-audio section.
What, where and when was the first local gig you attended?
God, it was a bush dance at Sydney Town Hall that my dad took me to. I think the Bushwackers were playing, so that must make it 20 years ago!
Can you tell a story behind your latest release?
I went away on a break over Christmas and when I came back I thought the house had been broken into. I had looked in the studio and seen that my harddrive with the more than half-finished new album in it was missing. In my panic I completely overlooked the note from my brother saying he’d taken it to my parents for safe-keeping!
Lastly, what do you think is the most important issue facing Australian music today?
The industry has to move with the times and realise that pay-for-download is the only way to go. Unfortunately there are always going to be people who prefer to steal music than pay for it. What punters have to realise is that it costs a lot of money to record music, and unless we - the artists - make the money back through selling our music. there will be no more music.