AARON OSBORNE | MUSICIAN & PODCASTER

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Aaron Osborne grew up playing music in Canberra, which resulted in I Exist coming together after many years riffing with the other band members in bands that didn’t write as catchy songs. This strike of luck has afforded him the opportunity to talk to a lot of people, from all corners of the world about music. Now primarily playing in Mental Cavity, a ‘Fraiser from Cheers’ spin off from I Exist if you will, Osborne talks to people about music and all sorts of other things on a regular basis on his podcast Oblivious Maximus.

 

FOR PEOPLE THAT DON’T KNOW, TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR PODCAST OBLIVIOUS MAXIMUS?

Well I started the podcast in late 2014, and have been slugging away at it in my free time really since then. We’re in the 60’s episode wise now so I think I’ve kinda found my feet with it all. Basically, just talk to people about how they got into music, and how music continues to inspire them and be a part of their lives in adulthood. It’s been really fun talking to lots of different people and hearing everyone’s stories, so hopefully I can keep doing it and chatting to different folks about music!

YOU’VE PLAYED IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT BANDS AND PLAYED DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS OVER THE YEARS,
MUSICALLY IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’RE STILL ACHING TO DO?

Probably just keep having opportunities to try playing different kinds of music with people. I’m pretty much strictly a Guitar player now, who can yell alright haha, but I wouldn’t say no to playing drums in a band again if someone were to buy me a kit and pay for all the expensive shit that goes along with that haha. But yeah, probably just try some different styles of music – which inevitably will always end up being on the heavier end.

FAVOURITE PHRASE, LYRIC OR MOTTO?

SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM! Here’s a couple rippers –

‘Hard as a rock, shut like a lock’- Pantera

‘Bird Attack, it’s a Bird Attack’- Frenzal Rhomb

‘Gimme all your lovin, all your hugs and kisses too’- ZZ Top

‘Slap that on the back of your Yaris’ (Referring to an I Exist sticker) – My friend James

‘WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?!’- Drunk punter yelling at Umpires at a Hawks v Demons Game last year

 

 

 

MOST MEMORABLE GIG OR TOUR MOMENT?

Probably the combo of touring with Eyehategod, who are my favourite band, in Australia. Then a year later touring Europe with our friends in Harm’s Way and Twitching Tongues, and playing an Eyehategod show in Hungary. Can’t get much better than that.

 

YOU’VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THE ROAD TOURING, IS THERE WERE YOU FEEL MOST AT HOME?

I definitely have a lot of fun playing shows and touring, but being at home is the best place to feel at home haha. Though I do still feel very at home in Canberra when I go back, and playing at my favourite venues/staying at mates places interstate/overseas definitely starts to feel like home after the 4th or 5th time you’ve been there.

 

WHA’TS A SPECIAL TALENT YOU HAVE THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW ABOUT?

I have double jointed thumbs that bend really weirdly maybe haha? I’ve been working in Child Care for nearly 12 years and I think I’m pretty good at it now – that’s probably a better one.

WHAT EMPOWERS YOU?

Probably my friends, peers and people playing music and doing creative things that I look up to and regularly work with. There is nothing more empowering than seeing people you respect and admire succeeding and achieving great things.

 


 

ON STAGE OR IN THE STUDIO?

On stage for sure, the studio is just the facility to get to the stage haha. I mean I like recording and figuring out the tracks and things like that, and definitely the end result – but playing shows is the reason to play music in my mind.

 

FIRST TAPE, CD AND VINYL YOU EVER BOUGHT?

Tape was probably some Disney soundtrack when I was a kid haha, CD depends how you look at it, first I ever owned was Michael Jackson’s ‘HIStory’, I think first I ever bought was either something by Cold Chisel, ACDC’s ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ or Backstreet Boys ‘Millennium’.

 

IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY THAT STILL SURPRISES YOU?

Probably that there are still misconceptions that if you put in heaps of money/have managers, pr people, labels and stuff that don’t even matter to quality music, that you will somehow succeed. Brief attention and success will obviously occur, but I want to play, listen to and be a part of music that lasts longer than a year and that people are psyched up to listen to years after it comes out. My favourite albums stretch from 40 years ago to today, that’s what I want to be a part of.

WHAT’S A MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE THAT’S TAKEN YOUR BREATH AWAY?

Seeing Eyehategod, Mindsnare, Tragedy, Black Sabbath, Carcass, Cathedral, The Roots, Michael Jackson, and a million other great bands, and getting to play and tour with some of the nicest people and my favourite bands. Also that the community of people that I hold dear continues to grow and inspire me and each other. It’s pretty great doing fun stuff!

 


Keep up to date with Aaron’s podcast Oblivious Maximus
as well as his bands I Exist and Mental Cavity

 

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