As a shy kid from Bowenville, Queensland, the odds were stacked up against Stu to become a world touring singer-songwriter. After playing covers and working at a bank for 3 years, he packed up his car and traveled around Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Working double duty as a tour manager and artist led him to a record deal with Nettwerk, where he’s just released his second full-length album, “Resolute.”
After advice from his father to not be a musician, Chris decided to study mechanical engineering. But his interest in music was still prevalent, so he built a studio with his own hands in Sydney, to become an engineer and producer. By trial and error, he learned what works and doesn’t work after hundreds of sessions, eventually leading him to mixing “Let Her Go” by Passenger.
Ben started playing guitar at the age of 12, bashing out Nirvana and Soundgarden songs between classes in middle school. This progressed to learning jazz standards from an older respected, local musician. He talks in depth about playing with different artists and how to fit into their style, and other instruments on stage. His first US tour was with Missy Higgins on a yellow bus. Followed by many other artists such as Gotye, Angus and Julia Stone, and Passenger.
Simon ditched his dreams of being a professional cricket player to clean speakers in a warehouse. He also turned down his first road gig with Lionel Richie. Gaining ranks in the audio world led him to working with artists such as Usher, Mariah Carey, Brian Setzer, and Michael Jackson immediately before his untimely death.
Born in Perth, raised in Essex, England, then back to Australia, Pete tells me about cutting his teeth playing cover songs in clubs with his dad. Eventually ending up in Melbourne where he decided to only play original music with artists and bands. This lead to landing jobs with internationally known singer-songwriters and being called by producers for studio session work.
Rob talks about his animosity towards playing the violin at a young age. Buying a bass guitar on a suggestion from a friend. Signing a label deal with his first band after a showcase at the legendary CBGB’s, disbanding, then relocating to NYC playing with international touring singer-songwriters.
Recorded May 16, 2017
Brian tells me about how he was challenged at Manhattan School of Music, traveling through Brazil to learn other styles of music, then ultimately ending up in NYC rocking out with bands.