Early in high school, I picked up a guitar and I thought, This is Me.
In 2005 two of my close friends and I started Sundays Record. Sundays Record’s first incarnation was as an original band; we did several home recordings, and one recording through the TAFE campus at Tighes Hill. That recording was entered into the Perisher Blue “Launch Your Band” contest that was held in conjunction with Channel V and was judged to be in the Top 10. The prize for a Top 10 finish was inclusion on the compilation CD that was released mid 2005.
Between 2005 and 2008 Sundays Record spent time writing and demoing versions of songs that would inevitably culminate into the band recording an EP. In 2008 Sundays Record recorded our first EP titled “Broken Not Blinded” at Tommirock in Newcastle. During this recording we worked with producer Tom Williams and mastering engineer Rick O’Neil at Turtlerock. We had an EP launch later in 2009 that we organized ourselves and saw a crowd of approximately 250 join us to celebrate.
After the EP launch we played small original shows around the greater Newcastle region and promoted ourselves through Triple J unearthed, Myspace and Facebook. Two years later Sundays Record were gifted an opportunity that saw us on a plane to Malaysia and on tour with a Malaysian band called Pop Shuvit. Our material was well received and the experience was one I will never forget.
In 2010 the direction of Sundays Record changed to become a cover band, we signed on as part of the GenR8 Entertainment roster and since then have been gigging consistently around the Newcastle, Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney regions. In 2011 we also added a duo version of our band and I started to play venues as a solo artist.
The past eight years of playing music in the same scene has transformed the band, the duo and my solo act into regular performers at many of the larger venues around the aforementioned regions. Sundays Record, the duo and solo act remain one of the top choices for the wedding and corporate markets with shows for KOFM, The Newcastle Jets and many corporate events such as conferences, trade shows and Christmas parties particularly in the last three years.
In 2016/2017 Sundays Record, the duo act and solo act would have accumulated approximately 300 gigs at local venues, corporate events and weddings. At some stages we were turning opportunities to play down due to being overbooked.
One of many opportunities that were given to us in 2016/2017 was to play the after shows of bands touring through the Cambridge Hotel; PNAU, Seth Sentry, British India, Kisschasy, Funeral for a Friend and Phil Jameson were some of the biggest acts the band and particularly myself played after.