I’ve loved music as long as I can remember. My mother would play it every day on the record player – loudly – from around 6am. The songs of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison & Glenn Campbell are all too familiar sounds from my childhood.
I started to play guitar towards the end of high school and from that moment I realised I had found something that I have a true passion for. Something you can go to and not have to think about anything else that’s going on, just immerse yourself in playing that instrument.
Two years ago I decided to take the playing outside of the house and have a go of playing in public. Lucky for me, I knew several of the local venue owners who were willing to give me a go. And from there my musical journey truly started.
At the start of 2017 I decided to leave my full time job as an electrician at a company, and work for myself to allow for time to focus on playing, and writing music. With a 1 year old daughter now in our lives and a mortgage, it was a bit of a wild move, but one that I have no regrets about at all.
You see, I am fortunate enough to be living, working & playing music out here in Central West NSW, where the amount of interest and support in live music is just incredible. There are so many venues around this region which are run by people such as Ross McDonald from the Hub (Bathurst) and Lucas Martin from The Agrestic Grocer (Orange) who are more than passionate about live, local music and supporting artists in the region.
It definitely takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice, but to be able to do something that you truly love doing, and make a living from it is one of the most rewarding things I have done. Since leaving my full time job I’ve been able to play much more regularly, and have the inspiration that I needed to write my own music.
The support that is given by the venue owners and fellow artists out here in the central west, is without a doubt the reason I continue what I am doing.