City Over Sand is Brad Hosking, Jules Keshan and Dan Carroll. They write, rehearse and record in a backyard shed and promptly deliver songs to the world, ready to be consumed by those hungry enough to find it and hold onto it. The band’s name is a direct reference to where they live and create music. It refers to the family, friends and life that revolves around them, the routine, the weather, the sights, the sounds, the struggles and the triumphs. We caught up with Dan Carroll about life and music on the Gold Coast.
What do you love most about living on the GC?
The fact that where our studio is, we can be out in the hinterland, clear skies, fresh air, making music and then 20 minutes later be at the beach. We don’t surf but we have the option to drop in on some grommets and capitalize on Warren Young’s biblical surf report if we choose. We can head south and warm our cockles at the Cambus Wallace or head north and actually touch music at Atlantis Music in Southport. Drive 20 minutes in any direction and its like being on holiday. Great coffee is in abundance too!
Tell us about the best gig you’ve ever played?
I think that we have all been playing long enough now in a lot of different formats to realise that playing music with your mates is reward enough. The best gig was probably in a crappy venue with terrible sound and with nobody in attendance. Brad once toured the Middle East for six weeks performing in a hotel dressed as an insect on stilts. Hard to top! But wait, DC and Jules once supported Lisa Marie Presley and met her Mum Priscilla, that’s ELVIS for the young ones, ah ha!
What are your thoughts on the GC music scene?
For as long as we can remember there has always been great bands on the Gold Coast and that hasn’t changed. The scene is made up of more than the great bands though, it’s the venue operators risking their livelihood on offering live music, it’s the deep pool of complimentary creatives, the film-makers, designers, the passionate entreprenuers, the teachers, producers and the punters who live and breath music. It’s reassuring to know that people get out of bed everyday to contribute to the Gold Coast’s music scene.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring musician?
Make sure you do it with people that you would want to hang out with anyway, the music then becomes an added bonus.
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City over Sand’s new single Happily is out now and you can catch the trio at The Loft Chevron Island Saturday 9 August.