Work has begun on a new documentary film. Across the year, Sean Fennessy and I have been making trips down to Queenstown, Tasmania. The unique & isolated town is famous for two things: copper mining & ‘The Gravel’ football oval.

We’ve a few more trips to go before the production is a wrap. In the mean time, here’s a few behind the scenes shots from talented photographer, Tim O’Connor. More photos at Tim HQ.

Over the last 4 years I’ve interviewed countless musicians and artists on the practical side of their small artistic business. I started doing it for educational reasons.

I wanted to know how exactly one can make the switch from night-time to full-time artist whilst continuing to pay the rent and retain a level of respect. No one wants to work in a call center, but no one wants their music to become a jingle either.

If there was such a thing as a middle ground in Australia, I wanted to find it.

From the shallow depths of Devonport (via Hobart, Newcastle & Melbourne) comes a new musical project I’m involved in. Mersey. In recently months we’ve been testing the waters of Melbourne, playing sporadic shows in-between sporadic rehearsals. It’s a band of songs & rich guitars. Here’s a show we’re doing with friends East Brunswick All Girls Choir (perhaps my favourite band in Melbourne) and Heart Beach (perhaps my favourite band in Hobart).Pop it in your calendar!

From the shallow depths of Devonport (via Hobart, Newcastle & Melbourne) comes a new musical project I’m involved in. Mersey. In recently months we’ve been testing the waters of Melbourne, playing sporadic shows in-between sporadic rehearsals. It’s a band of songs & rich guitars. Here’s a show we’re doing with friends East Brunswick All Girls Choir (perhaps my favourite band in Melbourne) and Heart Beach (perhaps my favourite band in Hobart).

Pop it in your calendar!

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I’ll Be Your Mirror is just the second time All Tomorrow’s Parties have set up camp on Australian soil. The first took place in 2009 and was curated by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. This time around, local heroes The Drones curated an awesome line up that featured Einstûrzende Neubauten, My Bloody Valentine, The Dead C as well as former Hobart greats, The Stickmen

Man, it was damn good.

Comedy, Art & Business Stuff

For the past 2 year I’ve been working on a documentary film that deals with Australian artists (mostly musicians) and the various logistical and life issues they have to deal in order to make their art their job. The documentary isn’t quite there yet, but it’s close.

A side affect of  working on the project has since manifested in that I’m now completely enthralled by the entire art / work relationship. To get another perspective I spoke to comedian, Wil Anderson about how this ties in with his life as an Australian comedian…

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