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Mark Gray

Since deciding to step out from behind the drum kit and take centre stage, local song-bloke Mark Gray has been cultivating a chilled out style that’s sure to enchant.

By Liz Trevaskis

What was the first concert you ever went to?

Sadly I didn’t go to a concert ‘til I was 17. My mate got free tickets to go see John Mayer at The Tivoli in Brisbane, long before he was big, and none of us had heard of him. I was blown away at seeing such an epic talent in such an intimate space and the guitar work he was throwing down was incredible. It was such good luck to have stumbled upon it, and within six months he was a superstar – definitely a gig I’ll never forget.

Your favourite album of all time?

This changes every day. This question is too hard! But it's probably Led Zeppelin IV. The infectious rock grooves kick off immediately, from the opening of the first song it’s rocking. I can listen to it over and over again and still have the same buzz as the first time I heard it – it’s pure rock'n'roll with all of the elements, and great cover art!

My friends would describe me as...

Strange, excitable and indecisive.

Whose posters did you have stuck to the wall when you were a teenager?

I had a lot of car and motorbike posters as a kid. As the youngest in the family I had hand me down posters so it was either those or my sisters East 17 posters, which I wasn’t too keen on. If I could’ve chosen my own it would have been Foo Fighters – The Colour and The Shape came out when I was in grade nine and I was obsessed.

Creative writing challenge - describe your sound in three words.

Funky chilled pop.


Mark Gray plays Happy Yess | Fri 23 Oct | 8pm | $15

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