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Super Gliders

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When did you decide that a career in music was for you?

 

Where it began

Well, picture this I must have been about 8 at the time,  on a school bus trip, and my classmate was feeling sick. The bus driver pulled over and said the radio wasn’t working and asked if anyone knew a song to cheer the little girl up.  So I started to sing Toreador and got about a third of the way through and then everyone started to join in.  All the kids were so happy including the little girl and they were now singing louder than me lol.  I sat back down, the bus pulled slowly away, and looked out the window and thought wow if this makes people feel good then I want to do this someday.

 

 

Who are your musical inspirations and why?

Daniel Lanois – simplicity and emotion Bach/Pachabell  Depth and Emotion Rock Energy and delivery Blues Story/Simplicity and structure

 

Can you tell me things about yourself that people might not already know?

 

Born with a split eardrum and an extra thumb

 

What song of yours best describes you and why?

 

Not sure

 

What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?

 

Probably performing at the Texas Indie Fest in 2018 in conjunction with SXSW.  Being placed as a solo acoustic artist to perform after a huge heavy rock band.  Just being able to get into my zone and connect with the audience and have them sing an original song.  Then the band that I played after came up to and one of the members said how they thought I was singing directly at them.  Very humbling and we swapped merch shirts. Then to arrived back in NZ 2 days later get a call from the Ops manager of Indie on air saying how legendary my performance was and offering me a deal.

 

If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

 

It would be Glastonbury I was invited by friends who knew Michael Eavis (founder) when I was staying near Pilton. Which is where Glastonbury is he invited me up to house a lovely chap and we drank tea and chatted.  About how he got started and then gave my demo to his daughter Emily

 

What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?

 

I was really fortunate to be nominated for song of the year and video of the year in 1995 and 1996 in Australia.  I would love to hang a gold record on the wall and hold a Grammy of the Year in my hand.  Nothing too big hey lol

 

Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig.

Well, I was invited to interview Guns and Roses on their 1992 tour of Australia for a songwriter fanzine I was editor of in Sydney. Well anyway everyone else was asking you know typical press questions. So I just asked the songwriter and performing questions (genuinely Interesting) questions.  Resonated with them as later on a friend of mine was playing a gig in Kings Cross in the city. Well, here we are I’m with my mate Steve backstage.  Just chatting with him and guess who walked in no other than Slash and Duff now are you ready for this?  Well, Duff goes to Slash Hey it’s the Songwriter Guy and Slash goes yeah.  So you ready I get recognized by these guys and the lady from Geffen says you’re not supposed to talk to them and before I could say anything.  My mate Steve says to her well actually they started talking to him. Haha Then she said who are you Wow crazy world hey.  I’m not a fan I guess that’s why didn’t bother me yet I did enjoy the rendition of Red House (Hendrix) while I was an arm's length away from Slash.

 

What do you like best about being a musician and why?

 

It’s the Giving making people happy, giving them something to dance to, or connecting it with a cause that has a purpose

 

If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?

 

Performing, Recording Helping, and creating something innovative and timeless

 

What has been the best gig you have been to as a fan and can you tell us about it?

 

Oh wow, I used to live near Milton Keynes Bowl in the UK.  An old workmate said to me hey you like your rock music I have some tickets to Bon Jovi.  Here’s one for you if you want.  The only thing is you have to keep up with my drinking. Well, I think the concert starts at 5 pm he said I will meet you at the pub at noon.  Ok blimey, I didn’t realize we were going to start drinking at noon.  We left the pub at about 4 pm queued up and got in pretty quick.  The first place he wanted was the bar of course now I was pretty hammered by then.  I went to get more drinks then couldn't find my way back (got lost) as the crowd was huge by now. Stopped drinking and wasn’t a fan.  Yet, they blew me away with their chemistry, perfectionism power, and emotion.

 

What would your ideal festival lineup be and why?

 

Leave it to the gods yet something with Brian Eno would be amazing

 

What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

 

I was fortunate enough to be invited to meet Albert King in 1989 as he was performing a part of a blues festival where my progressive rock band had a residency.  He said to me we didn’t know what we did was going to be called blues.  We just did what we did cause it made people happy.  *Do What you do and make people happy*. 

 

What things make you happy and what things annoy you?

 

Sharing a stage with like-minded musos/creators and giving the best possible experience collectively. I get destroyed by egos.  Music is about channeling the moment.  As some people may not be here tomorrow

 

What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

 

Cook lovely food for friends

 

Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

 

There are positives and negatives about everything.  Yet hey it helped bring me and you together.  So that's a good thing right J

 

How important do you think your look and image are when it comes to being in the music industry?

 

It's an important part however uniqueness will always stretch beyond image.  For that creates it its market that defines its image e.g Pink Floyd

 

Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?

 

I don’t have tattoos. My daughter has loads and they all have a beautiful story that is attached and deep spiritual meaning.

 

If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?

 

I’m about Peace and spirituality. I would encourage meditation, positive thinking healing, and love (dam hippy) lol haha

 

What would your ideal day consist of?

 

Sensual Time., Meditation. Exercise food music mixing healing  recording swimming sunbathing music practice performing  Sensual time

 

If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

 

Leave my day job so I can share my amazing talent and make people happy

 

How would you answer the question Who are Sugar Glides and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music?

 

The Sugar Gliders is a virtual cape I jump into and wear which has a frontman who is total extrovert and entertaining and a bit outrageous at times. Whereas I’m quiet and I love to listen to people and their conversations.  Not necessarily be the one in the spotlight or limelight all the time

 

What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

 

Well when I finally had enough money the first album I bought was Dynasty by Kiss I just loved the sound and the fx and guitar sound the vox was amazing as well

 

What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?

 

Don’t follow trends learn from them.  However, do your own thing with passion and dignity and transmit that to the audience so you can all have fun

 

If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?

Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno we would craft something legendary

If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?

 

Imagine simple effective melodic, dreamy, and makes you think and question

 

What things make you uncomfortable?

 

I have now realized that I’m a better person and more comfortable when I have my own space.  Don’t need to join at the hip with someone twenty-four-seven. 

 

If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?

 

How did a boy who was told he would ever be able to tune a guitar (half hearing) Also, how did the boy who couldn't play guitar because of his thumb learn left-handed switch to right-handed, and play lead and rhythm to quite a proficient standard today?

 

What has the rest of the year got in store for you?

I’m going to release a few more songs and then my next album.  I would love to get the legend that is Stuart Epps to help mix it.  Also, plan to return and do more dates again in the USA

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