Bluesfest 2011

Easter 2011, my Dad and I headed to Bluesfest in Byron Bay for a five day event.

Some of the performances we saw were ZZ Top, BB King, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Nat Cole and the Kings, C W Stoneking, Tim Robbins, Trombone Shorty and much more.

Powderfinger – Riverfire Riverstage 2010

At the start of their farewell tour, my brother Peter and I saw Powderfinger live at Riverstage in Brisbane in 2010, on the night of Riverfire.

We stood midway near the back centre, near what appeared to be the mixing booth area.

Little did we know, they disappeared from the main stage and made their way through the crowd, walking directly past us, and onto the mini stage to knock out my two favourite songs – Like A Dog and Belter.

First commercial radio shift – The Edge 96.1 – 2005

As someone who for years has been eager to get into commercial radio and be an announcer, I had the opportunity in 2005 on Sydney’s The Edge 96.1.

In 2005, I was studying at AFTRS in North Ryde, and in February 2005 I scored my ‘foot in the door’ job at the Australian Radio Network, Sydney. It was the first role in Production for me – the ‘Cart Boy’ – loading commercials into the system for the network. I became known as “Matt The Cart Boy”.

The Edge were doing a gimmick at the 9am hour Monday to Friday by inviting a staff member to do an hour shift a day. I was lucky enough to have a go. What a thrill ride it was.