The last few years have been amazing. The biggest reason for my continued happiness is, of course, meeting, falling in love with and being able to share my life with Mary. That’s cute, great, and maybe sickening.
Without Mary, I’d be a much different person (and probably a jerk, if we’re going to be honest). I love her, and she’s the best, so she deserves pride-of-place, always. Thanks to her, for making me want to be better.
I’ve also been lucky enough to tour nationally with Chance Waters, playing shows to always awesome crowds. Alongside pre-exisitng and new best friends (Tim, Ben, Chance, Luke and Alex, amongst others) I had an honestly once-in-a-life-time opportunity, without compare. Though hiphop has never been my greatest love, passion and love for music are pretty universal things - and that’s why I’ve loved touring with Chance.
So, some four years later, we’ve had two songs in the Hottest 100, played Big Day Out (and a whole bunch of amazing shows), met so many great people, slept on so many terrible mattresses but genuinely had a great time, almost all the time.
Then, about a year ago, long-time pal and ultimate dude Chumpy Ly asked me to play some music. Now, barely a year later, we’ve released so many singles, an EP, played all the shows and, most importantly, had a great time. That project - Cull - is taking up more and more of my time as we move from good-time to good-time, and I’ve had to make a tough decision.
As of now, I’m withdrawing from the totally-rad and genuinely awesome Chance Waters Touring Band (The Grey starring Liam Neeson). My last official show was at Queenscliffe, a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps we’ll do a farewell, perhaps not.
There’s no need for song and dance - I leave on good terms. There’s no cliched “artistic differences” (though believe me, we’ve had those) and no dramatic on-stage firing to occur. Hopefully, when time allows, I’ll pop back into the Chance Waters live experience. It’s just important that you know maybe, I won’t be jumping up and down so often.
I’ve been blessed to work in an office and for a company that’s truly driven to do the best work, consistently and with a focus often lacking in our industry. In my time at Capture, I’ve grown from a disenfranchised ex-journalist to a hopefully functional strategist and worked with genuinely rewarding clients, with a genuinely great team.
But you’ve got to try new things to learn and so, as of next Wednesday, I’ll be spending most of my time working at Pusher, another agency based in Sydney. You’ll see me posting more and more about this in the next couple of months, so make sure to watch this space for all kinds of enthusiastic and exciting things.
All the rest (all the best)
I couldn’t get moderately sentimental without mentioning all my great friends, excellent housemates, supportive family, cute pets, reliable computers and trustworthy shoes. Everyone/thing that’s contributed to the past few years deserves infinite and constant praise, and even then I couldn’t do you justice. You’re all the best, and I love you dearly.
(NB: friends and family in the image above were chosen at random by Facebook and in no way represent the sum total of all the people I love)
So really, everything is great. Everything is changing, but change is good. I hope you stay tuned for the next few years and that I don’t start to bore you too soon.
Mess+Noise have dropped World Inside Your Head in at #9 on their Top 20 Tracks of 2013, alongside so many excellent friends - including Major Leagues, Pond, Baptism of Uzi and Geoffrey O’Connor.
This song’s beatific sonic domain is any indication, the titular “world inside your head” is a snowglobe in mid-shake, luscious particles flurrying all around.
Arts journalism is a small pond, and it’s likely you will be asked to contribute to The Daily Review at some point, as the number of writers willing to give their work away shrinks. Don’t work for free.
By refusing to volunteer for a for-profit media organisation, you’re beginning a conversation about your value. If that value is zero, there are other outlets that will pay you for your work.
While we’re talking about people not paying writers, we should also talk about people not paying musicians/artists/designers/everyone. I’ve given away my music in the past, because “exposure”. And sure, it helps and it’s friendly and -sometimes- those people come to shows.
But it doesn’t convert into bills. Or petrol. Or accommodation. Or guitar strings. You can’t expect art to be free, no matter the medium. I’m not saying people deserve money just because they make art. But if you use their art to make money - pay them. It’s not complex.