Half a year down!
After my last check in around Autumn, I thought I had better give another seasonal update on what’s been happening. We are almost at the halfway point of the year, it’s flying by! It’s been a busy couple of months – recording gigging and building! I’ve done a couple of little festivals with Zeon including Koroit Irish Festival for the second year in a row. At Beautiful Beasts HQ we built our own home studio which we’ve been equipping and jamming in.
Projects – Recording, Gigging, Touring
I’ve spent most of June recording with Beautiful Beasts for our upcoming EP at the end of the year. Our first show in ages is this Saturday at The Retreat.
I’ve also been busy recording Zeon’s EP which is coming out over the next couple of weeks.
I recently finished my first single with Matt Darvidis and Mitch Macaulay for our upcoming project, we’ll be releasing it with a video over the next couple of months. I’m currently preparing to record a couple of tracks for the upcoming album with The Hunter Express too which I’m excited to be a part of. These projects are still in the works up until I leave for an Ireland tour in July with Zeon, followed by a European summer getaway to England & Greece.
These projects are still in the works up until I leave for an Ireland tour in July with Zeon. After the tour, my girlfriend and I will be taking some time off for a European summer getaway to England, Rome & Greece.
We’re all pretty excited about the tour and holiday and have been frantically getting organised.
I’m still teaching privately around the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne which has been a lot of fun. I am always open to squeezing in one extra private student. Between rehearsals, recording, gigging and teaching music though my availability is almost obliterated at this point. But I love teaching new students and always learn something new from every student.
I’m looking forward to some summer weather in Europe and avoiding the end of the Melbourne Winter.
I figured since we’re coming to the end of March I would put out a quarterly update on my music projects and ventures.
My current projects are with Beautiful Beasts, Zeon, The Hunter Express, Matt Darvidis Music, teaching private drum lessons and my latest teaching venture – Muso Lessons.
What’s been happening?
- I’ve spent the last couple of months growing my private drum teaching, which is now almost at capacity so I will be expanding my teaching to a few reliable, high-quality drummers
- I’ve been writing a couple of songs with songwriter/guitarist Matt Darvidis and producer/DJ Mitch Macaulay
- I recently completed a series of gigs for alt/folk singer-songwriter Scott Candlish before he embarks on an adventure travelling and living overseas. We’ll be recording two singles before he leaves in May.
- Zeon had a big St Patrick’s Day weekend playing 5 gigs over 4 days
What’s happening next?
- Beautiful Beasts: are currently building a home studio for recording and rehearsing some upcoming releases for later in 2017. We also have a couple of shows happening over the next month or two.
- Zeon are about to record a project. We’ll be releasing a handful of songs which will be supported by an upcoming tour of Ireland in July.
- The Hunter Express are a project I recently got on board with to help create their debut album. They have released some pretty awesome songs in the past. This is a project I’m pretty excited to be part of.
- Muso Lessons will be launching soon, a music teaching project made to bring great quality lessons to students of all instruments.
…Aside from that?
- I recently chatted with a fresh face to Melbourne, Luke August. He recently released some fantastic pop songs worth investigating.
- Rigidy Rourke (The Love Dogs) is filling in for Beautiful Beasts on bass
- Tina Behrsin (Niine) is filling in for Beautiful Beasts on keyboard
- Gen Lyte is filling in for Beautiful Beasts singing backing vocals
- Andy Dobrowolski (GOAT Records) is always working on some interesting stuff and we always jam and work on a couple of songs every month. He’s also been seen filming the likes of Zeon, Scott Candlish and many other bands and events over the summer.
- I’ll be looking at launching some specialised teaching later in the year. Including group drum and percussion classes and some more high-level drum topics for private students. This may include Clunky&Chunky grooves, odd times that feel straight and great, hip hop drums and a couple of others.
That’s it for now. If you’re interested in getting involved or learning more feel free to email me at email@example.com.