He’s the only student repping the state at WMBB, but Tasmania couldn’t ask for a better ambassador than this aspiring muso.
Joe from Hobart is all about music, and he’s keen to ensure it plays a massive role in his future. We unplugged his earphones to ask him a few questions about what fires him up and how his week’s going.
You were at WMBB last year – how is it different as a Year 11 student?
I believe I’m the only Tassie guy, I was last year as well. I feel like there’s a weight on my shoulders, representing the state! Last year it was completely different to this year. This year I knew a couple more faces. Last year was like, “What is going on?” Knew no one. And then this year, the group I’ve got’s just fantastic – good bunch of lads. Everyone’s really chill. Except for the heat…
The heat’s definitely been a factor. Did you come up with a plan of attack?
Good question. I suppose last year, I didn’t really know what I was doing. At all. Winged it. So this year I’ve kinda learned what the Year 11 and 12s did last year and read through the stuff – unlike last time, maybe! – and so it’s all good. I know what I’m doing.
What have you been up to?
I’m staying at the Conservatorium for the week, doing some cool stuff there. We’re writing and recording songs. Last year I did a day at the Conservatorium and then I went off to do some other things, but when I spent the day there we all listened to some people’s music, then we all jammed to Louie, Louie – just an easy song to do!
Tell us what you’re hoping to do this week.
We are recording, so a good final track will be up there in the top things I want for this week. New friendships, of course, cool people, all that kinda jazz. I suppose also to learn if I want to go to uni or not, I’m still a bit iffy on that.
If you do go to uni, would it be up here?
Yeah, I reckon so. I did work experience at the Conservatorium in Hobart. Up here it just seems like there are a lot more opportunities because things have been explained differently to me. State by state it’s all different, I suppose. Same but different!
How did you get into music?
My family’s just musical. My aunty used to run Falls Festival down in Tasmania so we all got into that – I was going from quite a young age and so was my sister. But I listened to just my parents’ music for ages and ages. Dad’s from Liverpool, so he grew up with the Beatles and the Stones, so it’d be whatever’s on in the car: “Yeah, cool, chuck that on.”
My cousin actually got me into the music I’m into now, the hard rock kinda scene. I’ve branched out since then, but he said, “Have a listen to this.” Wow, it’s really cool. So I listened to all that, read interviews and read books and I’ve just gone, “Okay, I love playing music, I love listening to music… why not make a career out of it?”
The past coupla years, I’ve had bands that I’ve been in, I’ve played gigs and gone, “Yeah, this is what I wanna do. I wanna make music and play live.”
What’s been your best concert so far?
Best concert, that’s tough. Falls Festival, I suppose, always has a bunch of artists come in so that’s always a good show – the big bands that you discover there, but there’s only really been one concert that I’ve been to outside that, and that’s Slash and Steel Panther. That’s been the one and only, but it was really good, when you’re in the same room as your idol. It’s amazing.
Have you been making much music yourself?
In Tassie it’s hard to find people to work with. I guess I’ve been in school for ages and can’t go to pubs currently, so it’s been a bit tough. The people I’ve worked with have been pretty good but I was hoping to find some good people up here to jam with. There’s a really good group of people in the Music faculty, a range of instrumentalists and vocalists.
Where would you like to see yourself in 5-10 years?
With a band that’s put out some music, really, that’s all I want to do. Just have some people listening to the music and playing gigs. I’ve read interviews and watched stuff – they say they’re in a constant state of jet lag, but I don’t mind that! If you put out your album, that’s how you get your name out there, but going out and actually playing for people who want to listen to it – that’s my adrenaline rush!