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Ang

My earliest memories of music is my dad playing guitar and singing Hank Williams songs like ‘Hey Good Looking”. There was always a guitar around to be plucked and a stereo playing some old rock n roll. Growing up I always liked music but didn’t really hit my own musical stride until the mid 90s. And oh what an era to discover music. Pavement, Arches of Loaf, Tool, Jeff Buckley, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Cake, Primus, Radiohead, Pulp, Blur, Beth Orton, Ani DiFranco, Weezer (who as far as I’m concerned don’t exist after Pinkerton)… and that’s just the international bands, Australia had a rocking music scene too. I still have a penchant for fuzzed out guitars and a lead guitar that sounds like it will fall apart at any point. It was also around this time that I actually got around to taking acoustic guitar lessons, from a lady called Deanna, who taught me many a Beatles song. She instilled in me a love for the classics, which is one of the reasons I’m doing this project. ‘A Five Year Crash Course in Music’ came about because I’m always wanting to discover new music. I’ve always looked into the influences of the artists I love and have discovered many favourites this way. If it wasn’t for Jeff Buckley I would never have discovered Leonard Cohen, or Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and qawwali music for that matter. Without Jeff Lang I would never have discovered Richard Thompson. Without M. Ward I would never have discovered John Fahey… and so it goes. I’m hoping this project will help me find some new favourites, and with a bit of luck you might too.

First album I bought with my own money:
Let Love In by Nick Cave. I was 15 years old. From that point on I never listened to music the same way again.

First band I saw:
Boyz II Men. In my defence the next gig was the 1995 Big Day Out at Fremantle Oval where You Am I, The Mark of Cain and Primal Scream blew my little baby mind.

Five albums I can’t do without:
1. You Am I – Hi Fi Way  /  Tim Rogers and the Twin Set – What Rhymes with Cars and Girls
(I can’t choose between those two albums and you can’t make me.)
2. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Let Love In
3. Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
4. Dirty Three – Ocean Songs
5. Joni Mitchell – Blue

Dann

I’ve always been surrounded by classic rock music. My dad is a prominent WA sound engineer who took me with him to gigs pretty much since birth. My love of Zeppelin-esque hard rock comes from dad, and my love of power rock, like Journey and Meat Loaf come from my mum. I was taught drums from age six, but even at such a young age I was inherently lazy and neglected practice. As was the case at age 11, when I took up classical guitar. I gave that up in high school, and focused on vocals, where I sang for a number of bands. I honed my vocal skills throughout my late teens, singing at church and filling in for local cover bands. At 21, my parents bought me a bass guitar, which has become my major focus. My bass collection now stands at six, with my pride and joy a 1978 Fender Musicmaster. I currently play and sing backing vocals for cover band G-Train.

First album I bought with my own money:
I think was Jimmy Barnes’ Soul Deep.

First band I saw:
Thanks to dad, it could’ve been any number of gigs, but the first I paid for myself was Roger Water’s Dark Side Of The Moon at Member’s Equity Stadium.

Five albums I can’t do without:
1. Dream Theater – Images and Words
2. Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
3. Rush – Moving Pictures
4. Cold Chisel – East
5. Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell

Megan

I grew up in Newcastle, NSW amongst a musical family of concert pianists, members of covers bands, music teachers and choir members. I taught myself piano by ear from the age of about 4 and then proceeded to torture my family with my trial and error technique until I was 12, when I started formal lessons and continued for almost 6 years.  Today I continue to play piano and I also enjoy singing. I’ve also taught myself to play guitar (badly) and I’m not too bad at egg shakers either! One day when I get the guts I’d really like to put together a small a capella ensemble or be a singer in a band. Music has always been the centre of my universe. I’d rather sit and listen to a great album than watch TV any day. My friends also consider me to be somewhat of a music guru as I know more music trivia than your average Joe. Having said that, those in the know will tell you I still have a lot to learn and can be quite stubborn when faced with trying new music. You could say I like to discover artists in my own time. Case in point: Bob Dylan. I’m looking forward to the afyccim journey as I know it will bring many new musical discoveries and enhance my understanding of music as I know it.

First album I bought with my own money:
Hanson, Snowed In.

First band I saw:
Five (don’t judge me!)

Five albums I can’t do without:
1. James Taylor – Greatest Hits
2. Josh Pyke – Memories and Dust
3. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever ago
4. Joni Mitchell – Blue
5. Ray LaMontagne – Trouble

Clay

When I was around 2 or 3 years old I discovered the joy of music. My dad had a reasonable large collection of vinyl records and I have many memories of putting on his big headphones and listening to the likes of Meat Loaf, Queen, The Beatles, ELO and Jon English. His big favourites were Neil Young, Black Sabbath, Chicago, Santana and The Doobie Brothers, all have which trickled into my musical taste, most notably Neil Young. Because he couldn’t play an instrument my mother called him a ‘frustrated musician’, as he would always mime the guitar or drums. I enjoyed singing and miming with him, and spent many a time playing a tennis racquet or cricket bat as I grew up. Although I started learning the guitar as a teenager, I was more focused on the idea of being an actor, performing in school plays and local theatre group productions. After a bit of time busking around Albany I joined Murphy’s Lore as a singer and guitarist in 1994. The band moved to Perth in mid 1996 and I followed a few months later, happy to be back in my hometown again. I’m now happily married with two kids and I continue to play with Murphy’s Lore, and also perform solo and in the ML side project trio, the Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts. Music continues to be a big passion of mine, and I’m very lucky to able to play music for a living.

First album I bought with my own money:
George Harrison’s “Cloud Nine” and George Michael’s “Faith”. I bought them with money I got for my 11th or 12th birthday.

First band I saw:
Hoodoo Gurus at the Albany Leisure Centre in 1995. I was nearly 20, so I was something of a late bloomer.

Five albums I can’t do without:
1. Radiohead – The Bends
2. Midlake – The Trials of Van Occupanther
3. Eels – Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
4. Neil Young – After the Gold Rush
5. Beatles – Revolver

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