1. Growing Up
Some of the earliest memories I have are of listening to and watching my older brothers play music. They were a big musical influence to me, putting me onto all sorts of good stuff from Marley to The Doors. I guess growing up surrounded by a musical family triggered of a lot of things for me. My mother used to sing in theatre and hearing singing around the house surely inspired me to start at a very young age. As my brothers had a lot of musical instruments, I started on drums aged three and gradually progressed to piano and guitar.
Wandering Eyes’ influences vary from psychedelic rock to one drop reggae, which has definitely shaped and influenced the sound and style of the music we play. One album that really sticks out for me is Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik. I remembering hearing that album when I was young and thinking, ‘One day I’m going to start a cool fusion band blending all the flavours I love, just like the Chilis did.’
3. Your Band
Wandering Eyes are a fusion band from Byron Bay blending the styles of rock, reggae, hip hop and funk together with globally conscious and positive lyrics. We have been touring around the country for the last few months promoting our EP, WE, and are really looking forward to bringing our positive message to the people in Sydney. We have played at some pretty cool festivals with some amazing bands this year but the ones that stick out the most for us would have to be Bluesfest and Kuranda Roots Fest. We got to send our message out to some amazing crowds.
4. The Music You Make
We are about to release our EP worldwide for digital download in the next few weeks. We recorded it independently at our Byron-based studio last summer and it’s been getting loads of regional and international airplay. The live show is a powerhouse performance with an energised stage performance and presentation.
5. Music, Right Here, Right Now
I think the Australian music scene is the healthiest it has been in a long time, meaning there is some amazing Australian talent. Unfortunately a lot of the live music venues have been shutting down or going with other options but the truth of the matter is everyone loves live music. We have had really good experiences working with other bands in the past, both locally and interstate. I think Aussie musos have a great attitude and therefore make the events they put on really happening and positive.