Alex – Drummer

Alex busking in Bourke Street Mall

How did you come to be a busker in the street?
I was a hair dresser in Sydney for a long time after I moved back to Australia from the states. I left my mum, brother and step-dad and came back to Australia. Essentially, I came back to pursue music and to be myself.  I met a guitar player, Jack Sheppard, and it was because of him that I quit my hairdressing job and started drumming. The first time I ever busked was with Jack and I played on a little bucket and just tapped on it and on the ground… I made $30. But it was that $30 that made me realise I could do this for a living.
Do you enjoy busking?
I fucking love it. It’s such a rush. At the end of the day, after playing 4-5 sets, it’s so good to go home and know that 1 – You’ve made money 2 – You’ve played some good music and 3 – that you’ve left people wanting more and with a great show.
What’s your biggest regret?
Not getting out of home sooner. Not leaving Michigan sooner, not that I don’t love my mum, I love my mum, I just would have stood up for myself when I was younger.

Playing with Jasia

 

What memory makes you the happiest?
The first time I ever listened to Crowded House. The album was the bonus C.D from “Live at The Opera House.” It’s the best performance from any band I have ever heard a band do. It was one of my biggest inspirations to play music.
What are you most looking forward to at the moment?
Writing and recording with my new band. More so the writing process of that. It’s what I’ve been working towards my whole life.
Melbourne quick q&a
Favourite cafe:
Federal Coffee Palace on Bourke Street
Favourite bar:
The Evelyn Hotel
Favourite restaurant:
Little Kingdom on Russell Street
Favourite thing to do in Melbourne:
Skate
Best hidden gem in Melbourne:
Above Billboards, The Venue – There is a car park that over looks the city and it has amazing views. A lot of skaters go up there.

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