“I wanted Butchers Brew Bar to be in Dulwich Hill as I’d been living here for 20 years and while I loved the area, there was very little to do here at night.”
“This might sound silly, but as a kid my parents gave me this dumb quote on a bit of wood to go on my shelf. ‘The best way to get something done is to begin.’ This sickly phrase actually sits really well with me, and has totally been a call to action for me many times. For me creativity requires action.”
Back in Melbourne, we had a bunch of legends do group iso sessions, ranging from trad jazz to contemporary improvisation.
“One negative aspect of being a male jazz musician is that sometimes people will hire you just to fulfil a quota of males that they think they need to have in the group (usually 100% is the quota). I think people should be hired based on talent and merit rather than on the basis of their sex, and it kind of sucks when you realise you’re only in the group because you’re a bro.”