Simon Paxton - scenestr of the day

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What do you do? I'm a sound engineer. I mainly look after Four5nine bar but jump into the Rosemount main room and a few other venues and events from time to time.

Why do you do it? I've always loved going to gigs and having a connection with people performing onstage, and now being able to help performers make a connection with their fans, or even people that have no idea who their band is, is a really rewarding and a pretty cool experience. I also was not a good enough musician to make it in a band, so I do my job to still be involved in live music.

What do you love about the city you live in? Obviously all the fantastic bands I get to see every day make Perth pretty great. We also are really lucky to have some of the best places to go out to eat and have a cheeky drink or few. The west-coast sunsets over our beaches are also a huge draw for me.

Where did you go for your last holiday? A few weeks ago I went down to Yallingup with my family. We stayed in a house right next door to Cheeky Monkey Brewery. Was a great weekend of relaxing and sampling some of the best beers and wines in the world.

What's your favourite item of clothing? This is a tough one. It's definitely band merch of some sort. When I'm working I always try and peruse the merch desk and buy something to help bands out.

Possibly either a t-shirt I bought from Spanish Love Songs who I went to see in Sydney last year when they didn't come to Perth. I got into this band in 2020 and they rapidly have become one of my favourite bands of all time (I was lucky enough to work with them in May this year which was incredible) or a t-shirt from Towns, who are always so happy to see me when they come to Perth and refuse to let me buy anything from them whenever I see them. So the Towns shirt is just associated with really fond memories of some of the most fun times I've had at work.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid? Probably 'The Clone Wars' TV series. I still watch it at least once a year. I cannot describe how excited I was when the final season was finally released just a few years ago.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go? Honestly this one is going to be sort of unimpressive. I'd travel back in time to one evening a few months ago. It was late summer/ early autumn, still warm outside and I had a few friends over for food and drinks. Everyone was in a good mood, we ate well and just had a really fun, low-key evening together.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us? Depends on the season and the occasion. Cooking is probably my favourite hobby. In winter I'd cook up a big hearty stew, or a ragu, something that takes a long time to cook. If it's warmer maybe some pretty simple cheeseburgers or fried chicken.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned? Be humble, don't ever think you are above something or someone.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows... I regularly wear a matching jumper and beanie that my mum knitted for me.

Are you happy with your work/ life balance? At the moment yes! In this industry it is so easy to overdo it and really burn yourself out; ask anyone that has worked through festival seasons and they will all tell you stories of ridiculously long days, seven days a week. I try and limit myself to make sure I have at least one day off a week to make sure I have time for myself and time to spend with friends and family.

How do you define success? Being happy with yourself and your surroundings.

What's your spirit animal? A koala. Sleepy, hungry, and a bit stupid.

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