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Jake Gerstle - scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
What do you do?
I’m an abstract artist, I specialise in drawing highly detailed dotwork which includes ancient and spiritual influences. I am also the vocalist of an abstract metal band in Brisbane called The Schoenberg Automaton.

Why do you do it?
It brings me happiness. Through the band I’ve had the opportunity to travel across Australia, meeting like-minded people along the way. I find hand drawn art as a form of meditation and a great way to relax after a busy day.

What do you love about the city you live in?
I love live music, and Brisbane doesn’t disappoint. I’ve been lucky enough to see majority of my favourite bands and even privileged to share the stage with some of them.

Where did you go for your last holiday?
We played two shows in Sydney in January with some of my favourite bands. Prior to that I spent two weeks in Japan which was possibly one of the best experiences ever, I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a cultural awakening. The highlight for me was Fuji-Q Highland which is an amusement park right next to Mt Fuji. It has some of the most intense rollercoasters in the world, for the ultimate thrill seeker.

What's your favourite item of clothing? Why?
My Monolith ‘Geobird’ shirt. When I first starting drawing with dots I designed a bird incorporating geometric designs and gave it to my friend Lochlan Watt to print on shirts for his music management label Monolith. It’s a great way to promote what I do.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
Soundwave Festival 2013. My band was selected as local supports to open on the main stage. The whole experience was the best in my music career to date and in terms of the Australian alternative music scene soundwave is the pinnacle.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?
I believe I won’t enjoy cooking until I have children to feed.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
Persistence is the key to succeed.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
I have a third nipple.

Are you happy with your work/ life balance?
Definitely. I work for my friend who is a Renderer, we have busy weeks so I can save money and quiet weeks give me time to focus on my art. Extremely flexible for when I need time off for tours, holidays etc.

How do you define success?
When you’re living dreams and reaching your goals and aspirations.

What's your spirit animal?
A red kangaroo, I was once a successful long jumper.


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