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