1. Growing Up
I grew up in a musical home. My father is a composer and my mother is a painter so there was a constant musical and creative presence. I spent my childhood on a property in the Otway Ranges in Victoria. I remember my dad always at the piano downstairs hammering away; Mum and my aunt blaring Dolly Parton and Cher records as they danced around the living room. As I grew older my father became instrumental in my musical development.
I have many favorite musicians, but a few stand out as life changing influences. I was probably no older than 12 when Dad gave me Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced. I remember sitting in the back seat of the family car and listening to it on my Walkman and being totally blown away. Another record that I obsessed over was Radiohead’s The Bends. I spent so many nights learning all the guitar parts and then quickly running back to my homework when I heard one of my parents coming up the stairs.
3. Your Band
I have worked as a songwriter/composer, producer and engineer on many different projects over the years and Way Of The Eagle is my way of combining all my musical interests. I love collaborating with different musicians and singers and writing songs in the studio. I love working with old friends like The Cat Empire, Illy and Owl Eyes, and I also really like the challenge of meeting a new artist and not knowing each other at the start of the day and then having a track by the end of the evening.
4. The Music You Make
Way Of The Eagle’s musical style is as diverse as the artists I have collaborated with but there is a musical thread that ties it all together. I wanted the album to be rooted in strong and catchy songwriting but also to make people want to get up and dance. I released the Rattlesnake EP early this year and am now completing my debut album, both through Sony Records. I have been rehearsing a really hot band and am excited to do some shows. I am also really touched that some of the great singers I have worked with are coming along to perform.
5. Music, Right Here, Right Now
Having travelled a lot with my music, I think Australia is very unique. While being detached from the global music scene, I have noticed that this has led to a more carefree sense of creativity. Lately bands like Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes and Tame Impala are showing a freedom in their music which is difficult to find elsewhere.