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From the Start...

This journey’s been a wild one to say the least. But it really begins back in 2002 when I was handed a Blink 182 DVD from my older brother. Watching that changed everything. I knew that playing music was all I’d ever want to do from that point. My next door neighbour, Scott, showed me a few guitar licks as we shared turns playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. I told Mum I wanted a guitar for my 13th birthday that year.

 

I took that guitar down the road to my friend Kerrod who had a drum kit and we recruited our other friend Tim to play bass. We were set. We were Blink 182!... or at least we pretended to be. Fact is, we were horrible. Truly. Out of time and out of tune. But that didn’t stop 3 Days Ago from playing our first gig just a few weeks later at the local bowling club. We covered ‘All The Small Things’ and ‘Dammit’… horribly. A few days later we’d jump onstage in front of our high school and play them again.

Yeah, we weren’t good but there was something about being onstage. Something I’d never felt before. There’s some sort of magic and adrenaline rush when you’re up there, you can’t find that feeling anywhere else. We spent that Summer jamming in a hot bedroom writing songs.

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Over that Summer, while most kids were at the beach, we were sweating our arses off trying to master the art of writing music. I would sit there in the garage listening to my favourite records like Dookie by Green Day or All Killer No Filler by Sum, trying to replicate what they were doing. How were they making such incredible and catchy music, although it sounded so simple? I learnt that it wasn't...

I left that garage that Summer with 8 songs. We recorded them on an old 8 track and started handing them out on CD at shopping centres and in school. We finally had something to show.

The band continued for many years... but all good things must come to an end, right?

After close to a hundred shows, an east coast tour and a few cool support shows, 3 Days Ago would eventually play its final show on November 1, 2008. It was a truly sad day for me. I loved that band. So much. I felt really lost.

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Although each band member had their own musical differences we all remain good friends even to this day. Sometimes in order to grow you need to go in search for a new challenge.

That new challenge for me was a solo career as a singer-songwriter. I spent the next few years working on my debut album Sunny Town. Still to this day its one of my proudest achievements. 10 tracks that cover everything from relationship breakdowns, the devastating loss of a dear friend and the crazy world of a bloke in his early 20s.

The record became quite a success for me locally and caught the attention of a promoter who was looking after some pretty big gigs at the time. All he told me was that his kids were really into my record and asked if I was interested in opening up for a few big artists. I spent the next year playing with Jimmy Barnes and touring with Jon Stevens before I headed to the U.S.A where I spent 35 days across the country playing as many shows as I could land.

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Fast forward to 2020. The world had stopped. A pandemic hit and I once again found myself at a crossroads with my career. Was I going to continue this solo endevour which I'd be on for a decade now or try something else? I chose the latter.

I visited a music shop in Coogee, bought myself a Telecaster and started having fun again. All the joy that I had experienced in my teens was BACK! I got to a point where I was writing a song a day. And with the world in lockdown I decided I should try my hand at creating my own recordings from home.

It was the night before Christmas, 2020 when I struck a few chords and sang the melody to a song which would eventually become The Ritzy Kids first single 'Breakthrough'. I just knew when I wrote it that I wanted this to become a band. So a band was born. The Ritzy Kids.

If you’d like to hear the most recent milestone of that journey, click here to listen to our most recent album, 'Walking Talking Mess’.

Thank you for being a listener and for making it all matter.

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THE RITZY KIDS highly anticipated EP, 'Walking Talking Mess' has seven tracks that seamlessly blend infectious melodies with raw, heartfelt lyrics. Building upon the success of their previous singles, including the ultimate party anthem 'Crank the Stereo' the scandalously catchy 'Hollywood Famous' and their latest single 'Dark Blue Sky'. Produced by THE RITZY KIDS themselves, with the guidance of acclaimed producer Tim Carr (known for his work with Matt Corby and Jay Z), and expertly mixed and mastered by the talented Mitch Willard.

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