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Roadie Of The Month - February 2017

 
1/ Name?
Kester Sappho
2/ Hometown?
Fremantle, WA
3/ Currently Reside?
Freo
4/ Role?
Tour Manager
5/ Years on the road?
When I was around 16, I lied about my age to an interstate band, the hired me to sell merch on their WA Regional tour. That snowballed & for the next few years, anytime interstate or international bands came to Perth I'd jump on their Metro or regional tours. So that would make it 20 years - EEEP!!
6/ First band you ever worked for?

28 Days & Frenzal Rhomb (I can't actually remember which was first?)

7/ Favourite Australian venue?

Meeniyan Town Hall, Victoria. The venue is run by this loveable, legend named Ian Bevington, the room & stage is tiny with tables and chairs set with red & white gingham tablecloths. Punters are encouraged to bro food & share amongst other groups. It's the smallest room with the biggest vibe. Backstage is a roaring open fire up one end of the room and a kitchen done the other. Ian and his family cook up an amazing feast and encourage the tour party to eat dinner together at one massive communal table. It feels like the homeliest home away from home.

8/ Favourite Australian bar or restaurant?

It's a tie between two very special establishments; "The Local" in South Freo. A bright, comfy, casual pub, near the beach. It has counter meals and a good range of booze. I know I can head there on my lonesome and I'm guaranteed to bump into a friend. They also book me to DJ, so basically I just play records to pay off my bar tab. It's a win / win situation really... Other fave is "Strange Company" in Freo. It's on the higher end of the spectrum. It's fancy but you can still rock up in shorts and thongs from the beach and feel at home. Their food and booze selection is out of this world and their kitchen is open until they close the doors. So it's rad if your looking for an after show feed.

9/ When was your first overseas tour?

Feb 2002, North America with Frenzal Rhomb. I was selling merch, driving and sharing some TM duties. We did the 'Fat Tour' with NOFX, Mad Caddies & Fabulous disaster. We did 27 shows in 28 days in a motorhome, which stank by the end of the tour because one of the dudes took a shit in the toilet within the first couple of days. It just became a methane machine for the rest of the month (No pooping on the bus!). It is the still, hands down, one of the funniest / craziest tours I've ever done!

10/ Favourite overseas country to tour?

Germany & North America

 11/ Favourite overseas venue?

Red Rocks, Colorado or The Gorge, Washington. They both seem like obvious choices but they're breathtakingly stunning.

12/ Favourite overseas bar or restaurant?

So many joy places to eat / drink that I've been to OS, but I'd say "Cochon Butcher" in New Orleans & this recommendations is coming from a vegetarian. It's super meat heavy but their veg options are delicious & they're a good bar. Plus it's in New Orleans (One of my favourite cities).

13/ Last three bands you have toured with?

I've been a one band TM for the last 7 years for John Butler Trio & they keep me plenty busy. They are between album cycles at the moment, so I recently toured with Peter Garrett on his solo album tour, which was rad. I rarely get starstruck, but every now and again I'd catch myself thinking "That's Peter Fucking Garrett".

 14/ What three tools are most important to your role?

(A) My signature leopard print gaffe tape, all my band / crew know anything stuck down with that gaff relates to our tour.

(B) Smart Phone ( I dunno how we ever toured without them).

(C) Muesli Bars - Hangry musicians are the worst!

 15/ What are the three things you can't leave for tour without?

Skipping rope, comfy sneakers, belt clip lanyard thingo; which I gaff a sharpie & a torch off.

16/ What's your drink of choice after the truck is packed?

Jameson, neat or on the rocks or a nice glass of red.

17/ Who's the most played artist on your iPod?

D'Angelo
Beyonce
Beastie Boys

18/ Words of wisdom?

Hire a motorbike or a car and when you get a day or to off, GTFO of town and hoon around somewhere, go and see the world while you're in it. It's so easy to hide away in your hotel room on off days, but you'll never regret getting away from the wolf pack for a day or two and having a little adventure.

Also, exercise. I really have to make time to work out. Easy options are yoga or running, however I tour with a pair of boxing gloves, some pads and the aforementioned skipping rope. You can team up with another member of your tour party and punch the shit out of each other (well, the pads). It keeps me happy, fit, healthy and the demons at bay.

 19/ You can contact me on?

kester@jarrahrecords.com 

 

Photo #1

 

EMMA GOODLAND (L) IS THE WAIFS & DAN SULTANS TM, KEA SHEPPARD (MIDDLE) WORKS FOR SPINNING TOP & TM’S POND AND OTHER ARTISTS ON SPINNING TOP. THIS WAS TAKEN AT A GIG IN HOBART WHERE ALL 3 BANDS ON THE BILL WERE TM’D BY WOMEN. I AM SO PROUD TO BE WOMAN IN THIS MALE DOMINANT INDUSTRY, I'M ALWAYS STOKED WHEN I HEAR OF AND SEE MORE WOMEN TOURING AND WORKING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.  

 

Photo #2 

 

DAY OFF IN, DETROIT WITH SOME OF OUR TOUR PARTY. I’M SO LUCKY TO WORK WITH A HIGH CALIBRE OF LEGENDS WHO I ACTUALLY WANT TO HANG OUT WITH ON DAY’S OFF

 

Photo #3

 

A FESTIVAL WE DID IN FRANCE WERE DOING FREE TATTOO’S BACKSTAGE, MYSELF, JOHN BUTLER & ONE OF THE GUYS IN OUR CREW ALL GOT TATTOO’S!! SOOOO SICK!! TCB⚡️ (TAKING CARE of BUSINESS) 

 

Photo #4 

 

THIS IS STEVE GRANVILLE (L) AND PATRICK MEYER (R) (BOTH PREVIOUS ROADIES OF THE MONTH) AND I ON PUSHIES IN ANTWERP, BELGIUM, WE HAD A DAY OFF AND DECIDED TO HAVE AN ADVENTURE. WE GOT OBSESSED WITH BADMINTON AT A FESTIVAL AND PLAYED IT FOR HOURS, SO WE DECIDED TO HIRE BIKES AND RIDE THEM OUT TO A SPORT STORE PURCHASE A BADMINTON SET TO PLAY ON TOUR. YOU COULD ONLY USE THE BIKES FOR 20 MIN INTERVALS, & YOU HAD TO WAIT 30 MINS UNTIL YOU CAN HIRE ANOTHER ONE, SO WE’D PICK UP BIKES & RIDE THEM AS FAR AS WE COULD GET IN 20 MINS, RETURN THEM, HAVE A BEER, PICK UP NEW BIKES AND SO ON. SO MANY ACTIVITIES, SO MANY BEERS!! 

Photo #5

 

MY VIEW ON STAGE, THIS IS SOMEWHERE IN SWITZERLAND WITH JOHN BUTLER. I LOVE PEOPLE WATCHING FROM STAGE. SOME OF THE GREATEST DANCE MOVES!!  

 

Photo #6

 ROOOOOADTRIP!!!!! - COUPLE OF US HIRED MOTORBIKES; I RODE THIS BEAST FROM LAS VEGAS TO THE GRAND CANYON (AND BACK). THIS SHOT WAS TAKEN MOMENTS AFTER I GOT A FLAT TYRE, JUST NORTH OF THE GRAND CANYON. THAT IS MARBLE CANYON BEHIND ME, IT, WAS, FUCKING, HOT - ONE OF THE BEST ROADTRIP'S OF MY LIFE!! (BTW - I’M BEING IRONIC WITH MY AMERICAN FLAG SKULL CAP AND I DID WEAR A HELMET & A PROPER JACKET, DID I MENTION IT WAS HOT!!??)

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