Tell us a little about yourself (1-2 sentences)?
I'm a musician, recordist and videographer. Started playing in bands back in the late 1970s; still playing, but got interested in audio and video production as well.
What is the current creative project you’re working on and what is the inspiration behind it?
Marrickville Live! is a series of short documentaries on music venues in the Marrickville area, and the musicians who play in those venues. Each episode features a particular venue, and a musician associated with that venue.
This project was inspired by a similar episodic documentary series called "Our Town", about the town of Lawrence in Kansas, USA, which features local personalities, sometimes musicians, but also authors, doctors, and others who are well-known to the community.
Another inspiration was visiting New Orleans, where live music is everywhere. It seems that one place in Sydney that might develop in a similar way is right here in Marrickville.
What drives your creativity?
A love of music, especially live music, and an obsession with local events.
What artists/others have most inspired or influenced you - and why?
As a musician I am most interested in contemporary African music.
I like documentary-making because of the element of the unexpected, and the need to be open to improvisation when shooting.In the studio, I'm inspired by unorthodox approaches to recording and editing, bending the rules and having an adventure.
What messages are you aiming to communicate through your work?
This project takes a look behind the scenes by talking to the music venue managers about their history and motivations. Each episode is a snapshot of a small music 'scene', by no means the final word. The message is that there is a lot of great and interesting being played in great, interesting venues in Marrickville.
Will you be undertaking any special talks / presentations / special events as part of this event?
We've just held a launch event at LazyBones Lounge (July 10). Looking for future screening opportunities, and hoping to present the documentary during this year's Marrickville Festival.
What do you hope will be the outcome of this showing? What is your next project?
We are working to complete the next two episodes of the series, which are about two more unique live music venues: the Gasoline Pony and the Newagency.
What are your future goals?
We'd like to continue the series by including as many local music venues as possible.
What is your favourite place in Marrickville (park, music venue, bar, coffee shop, other) to work or wind down?
So many! LazyBones Lounge and the Gasoline Pony for live music; the Rolling Penny Cafe in south King St for coffee; Hanoi Quan in Illawarra Rd for Vietnamese food; the Grifter Brewery for beer; Marrickville Library for information; the Fiji Market for spice.
Anything else you would like to add?
Would you like to offer any feedback to Inner West Council around its current arts initiatives? Is there an area where you would like to see more work undertaken? (Note – no feedback received will be published in ArtPost but may be used when considering our current program of activities and future programs).
I hope the new council will be able to continue to support live music via a grants programme and other initiatives such as parking and zoning corrections.