Jarred Young - scenestr of the day

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What do you do? I run Chomp Chomp Records with my buddy Sam.

Why do you do it? It's a home for all of the things we do and love. We record, produce and release kick-arse music, manage and develop artists we love and also educate artists in all things DIY.

What do you love about the city you live in? There's nowhere else in Australia quite like Russell Island; it's peaceful, interesting and both beautiful and tragic.

Where did you go for your last holiday? It was more work than a holiday, but I was playing drums for Wolfjay in NYC in March 2020 when COVID kicked off. It was a strange time; festivals and shows we're getting cancelled, the city started shutting down and it was a bit of a ghost town.

What's your favourite item of clothing? The Blunnies that the wonderful Hannah Blackburn got for me. They go with everything and are intact despite copping a fair few years of daily beatings.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid? 'Yan Can Cook'. There was this amazingly cheesy '90s chef that was super popular in Hong Kong back then. I loved him.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go? A few thousand years BC. I want to know what the Ancient Egyptians knew.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us? Either my Nan's curry recipe Filipino adobo, or whatever's good from the garden.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned? Nobody at all really knows exactly what they're doing ever. It's a great one and really puts everyone on the same playing field.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows... I have three chickens named after celebrities. Victoria Bockham. Feather Graham. Tina Lay – I realise Tina is the weakest pun of the bunch, but she lays the best eggs.

Are you happy with your work/ life balance? Yes! It's taken me a long time to figure it out, but self-care is much more important than obsessing over work. I've also somewhat absorbed a touch of the 'island time' philosophy.

How do you define success? I think it's less of an end goal and more of a mindset of being open to constantly learning, adapting, bettering and being able to overcome obstacles and celebrate achievements.

What's your spirit animal? Crows. I get the strangest feeling that they're looking out for me.



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