International rock'n'roller and founder of Gimme Shelter
I hope that I’ve created a place where like-minded people can get together and share their love for music and the various cultures of rock’n’roll.
Tell us your story – how did you get here?
I’ve been playing shows and in bands since I was a teenager, becoming a full-time musician at age 22. Even though I’ve spent most of my time playing in Europe and America, the longest I’ve been away from Bali is two years and I’ve always spent time here almost every year. I built the first Gimme Shelter rock’n’roll bar in 2015 and decided to spend more time in Bali than touring. I’ve recently moved Gimme Shelter to Pantai Lima for bigger and better things to come.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m proud of the albums I’ve made and the shows that I’ve played around the world, but I’m also stoked on Gimme Shelter. There’s nothing better for me than sitting at the bar, drinking a whiskey and listening to great tunes. I put my heart into what I do and I think it shows. Also getting to play at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas was a dream come true, with so many awesome bands sharing the stage and hanging out together. It felt like the vibe at the bar but on a massive scale!
What impact have you made in Bali?
That’s not for me to say, but I hope that I’ve created a place where like-minded people can get together and share their love for music and the various cultures of rock’n’roll. Also giving young bands a good stage and a place to call home, where they can develop, gather fans and create a scene. I’ve seen some amazing bands that have gone onto great success, who played their first shows at Gimme Shelter. That’s something that always blows my mind.
What does 2022 look like for you?
It’s looking bright! Bali is open again which is good for everyone. The new Gimme Shelter is badder than ever. We’ve made a skate spot out the back and we’re finishing off the kitchen and beer garden, so that’s pretty sick. Music wise, I have a new band with rapper Mickey Avalon, and I’ll be going to LA to record this year.
What do you love most about Bali?
So many things, it’s been a part of my life since before I can remember and living between the western world and here really keeps your mind and heart open. Since Covid, I haven’t been anywhere in what seems like forever, so I don’t really know what life is like anywhere else, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else either!
What's the coolest performance you’ve ever seen and why?
There’s been so many, I couldn’t name just one. Iggy Pop playing with the Stooges when I was opening for them in Belgium was amazing. He is the greatest frontman of all time, hands down. Rage Against the Machine in 1996 or Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1992 – those shows changed me as a youth. One of the best shows at Gimme Shelter was Agnostic Front – they tore the roof off and were the raddest guys… we’re still friends to this day.
Who is your Local Legend and why?
My Local Legend is Jrx from Superman Is Dead. He’s going through a tough time right now, but he has a good heart for the people of Bali and he was crucial in the development of the punk rock scene with his band and Twice Bar. Stay strong Brother.