I live in Lancefield in Central Victoria, which is on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Dja Dja Wurrung peoples.
I’m self taught, and cut my teeth in lots of shabby punk and emo bands while at high school in Frankston.
Doing too many things at once and stressing about all of it. Finalising the release of my record Grand Mote. Releasing season 1 of my podcast Grand Mote Radio, scoping out pre-production for season 2 of that. Working as a horticulture teacher part-time. Trying to be a good husband and a good father to our one year old daughter.
There’s a great War on Drugs line about ‘the grand parade’, which I’ve always loved. That inspired me, but a parade felt too lavish. I searched for a term to juxtapose grandness and found ‘mote’, which means a spec of dust or single particle. I produced the record myself in the first instance, so it was about allowing the relative insignificance of my life experience to express itself as fully as I could.
Guy Faletolu, who I have worked with a lot in live music with Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, co-produced and mixed the record with me. His love of RnB and the 80s is all over it, but in rather inconspicuous ways. He helped me find the palette. The sound is built on my love of folk rock, americana, and classic guitar music, but I try to add a little more ambience to it all. Not quite shoegaze, but I’m a heavy pedal user so headed in that direction.