I've always loved music. Growing up in with a piano teacher for a Mum, I was forced to learn the classical skill.
My music relationship started with a pop fling throughout my childhood, followed by a pop-punk/alternative one in high school, a brief go with drum n bass when I moved from my small country town to the city, and now I don't care- I love most music, and listen to a good taste of everything.
Being from the country, we really missed out on seeing live music. My first live experience was Brisbane rock band Regurgitor, in a church hall when I was 15. I loved it.
As I got older, and was able to drive and stay away from home for the night, my friends and I ventured up to Perth for Big Day Out 2005. We were so excited, it was like nothing we'd ever been to before. I remember as we were watching the amazing John Butler Trio perform, Slipknot's goth rock fan base was slowly infiltrating the crowd (as the band was performing on that stage next). I remember being really freaked out, as JBT was so peaceful and chilled, and suddenly hundreds of alternative folk were all up in our faces, booing poor John Butler. I think that was my first actual experience at how much music meant to some people.
Standout performances at BDO Perth 05 were Powderfinger (who I then saw again a few years later), The Donnas, Grinspoon, John Butler Trio and Beastie Boys. If only we could have made it into the hot, sweaty Boiler Room for The Chemical Brothers. Shame.
From then on music was more to me than a past time, it was a full blown love affair.