Musician, surfer, film maker and all round hirsute hero, Donavon Frankenreiter hits Miami Shark Bar in early April as part of a run of shows to introduce us to his latest album Start Livin. Blank’s own funnyhairyman Iain Wright caught up with him for a quick (very quick) chat
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Between making music, touring, running a record label, surfing, surf movies, a wife, raising two young boys and extensive moustache grooming you’re an extremely busy man. How do you prioritise each aspect of your life and give them all the attention they deserve especially your family??
I just focus on my wife and kids and everything falls into place They’re my inspiration for my music and what I do in my life.
Any chance of a peanut butter and jam reunion tour??
No, I don’t think that will ever happen. I don’t even know where those guys are anymore’
If you could put together your ultimate backing band with any musicians (dead or alive) who would make the cut and why?
Hendrix, Elvis, Prince, Dylan, The Beatles. It would be fun to jam with all of them.
The transition from your “break out role” as the mad transvestite scientist in the rocky horror picture show to surfer / musician was a big career shift. Why the change and can we expect any stockings and suspenders on stage?
No stockings or suspenders on stage.
What is your latest album Start Livin saying about Donavon Frankenreiter and the world he lives in?
It’s good to enjoy the moment and what you have right in front of you. I’m enjoying the journey and not worried about the destiny.
What question should I have asked you?
When’s your new album coming out?
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Donavon Frankenreiter’s massive 20 date surf town tour includes shows in Dee Why, Cambridge, Sydney, Central Coast, Coffs Harbour, Mooloolaba, Gladstone, Airlie Beach, Townsville, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Cairns and Perth.
Thursday 2 April | Miami Tavern Shark Bar
Thursday 16 April | The Triffid Brisbane
And also appearing at Bluesfest, Byron Bay 2015