'Roadie Of The Month' - October / November 2018



1/ Name?

Adrian Shinn (AJ) 

2/ Hometown?  

There's not many places I haven’t lived so it's a hometown gig wherever I go!

But I was born in Townsville Nth QLD grew up mostly in Victoria

 3/ Currently Reside?

 Gold Coast QLD  

 4/ Role?

(Part Time) Varying roles from TM, Merch, Driver, Stage, Psychiatrist, Mum, Dad, Problem Solver, lifting heavy things  

 5/ Years on the road?

10 years and counting and due for long service leave

 6/ First band you ever worked for?

SUNK LOTO, check out their (Between Birth & Death) album if you haven’t

7/ Favourite AUS venue?

There’s a few and even though it’s not around anymore I’m going to say The Annandale Hotel Sydney but The Forum in Melbourne as well just because it’s a cool looking room and great venue to deal with

 8/ Favourite AUS Bar or Restaurant?

A few haunts I visit are Yellow Bird /Heartbreakers/The Cherry Bar Melbourne

Eddies Grub house here on the Gold Coast (Insert Stacey Paton Cooly hand signals here) represent! Coolangatta

 9/ When and where was your first OS tour?

Japan / China I think 2014/15 both places are awesome loved japan especially the food

 10/ Favourite OS country to tour?

 Anywhere I Europe

 11/ Favourite OS venue?

Probably Hollywood Palladium, HOB in Las Vegas or The Bowery Ballroom New York based on the acts I’ve seen there

 12/ Favourite OS Bar or Restaurant?

A Few - Crowbar London, Duffs Brooklyn NY

Bar Bakkari – Helsinki Finland I love a good rock bar

 13/ Last three bands you have toured with?

Cog, The Butterfly Effect, Mammal

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

Other than working with a few tools and depending on role a torch, gaff tape and a sense of humor, which I often lose otherwise pelican containing mobile office printer laptop etc.

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

Phone, clean jocks and Roadsick laundry bag stuffed full of training gear and supplements which is also great for dirty sweaty clothes

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

None as I am usually driving the Truck! But I am partial to a cheeky beer mostly Pale Ales, Newtowner, Fat Yak, Fifty Lashes to name a few if anyone from these companies read this feel free to send me some cases for the free promo! Young Henry’s where you at?

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

 Currently new albums from Clutch – Book of bad decisions, Alice In Chains Rainer Fog, otherwise mix of anything from rock metal punk hardcore Hip Hop, 80’s classic hits and some Kevin Bloody Wilson for a good laugh

 18/ What’s your favorite band / album of all time?

So many but Definitely CLUTCH!  Been fortunate to work 3 tours for them and they are not only a great fucking band, but great guys followed close second SLAYERRRRRRRR

Fav album - Appetite for Destruction as it introduced me to beer and girls!  Even as a 12-yr. old

 19/ What’s your favourite book / Podcast?

Book – The evolution of a Cro Magnon- John Joseph great read plus I’m a huge fan of Cro Mags/Bloodclot

Podcast/ Joe Rogan experience or The Fighter and the kid with Brendan Schaub/Brian Callen

 20/ Any great websites out there for people to check out?

Other than Roadsick.com.au, No 

Although not a website I tend to check out a lot of funny shit on Instagram

Brown Cardigan, thebeastufc, mcdojolife and gymfuckery to name a few if you want a good laugh the world has some strange and funny fuckers out there

 21/ What do you do when you are not on the road?

Spend time with my partner and our 2 dogs, I love and am heavily addicted to BJJ (Brazilian Ju Jitsu) and  Muay Thai so I love to choke  hit and smash things (in a controlled environment obviously) shout out to FIGHT CLUB BJJ n BOONCHU Muay Thai Gym with the legend John Wayne Parr here at Burleigh n Miami on the Gold Coast

Also, an avid vinyl collector love playing  guitar and mad as hell AFL supporter and follow the mighty Hawthorn FC

 18/ Words of Wisdom?

(Some) People are arseholes. Just make sure you’re not the toilet paper! 

Not really wisdom but always loved this “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face” – Mike Tyson, relates well to touring as shit never goes to plan 

19/ You can contact me on?


Instagram – shinndigs76, you can also send money donations too if you like.

The Butterfly Effect reunion tour early this year in Fremantle Perth WA , one of my fav places to tour other than  Tasmania and always love visiting the legendary BON SCOTT statue and pay homage to one of rocks greatest frontman.

Cotton slinging for my fav people/band the boys in COG who I met on my first tour with Sunk Loto  “can I get a shirt” yeah mate which one? “the Black one!” which Black one there all Black

What size you after? “What size do you think I am?”  I am  not your mother, so you tell me !  AHHHHH the perils of selling merch I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Strapping on the 8-banger chug stick thinking I can handle Meshuggah’s heaviness at The Tivoli #Roadiesarepeopletoo

To get balance I do a lot of physical activity including Muay Thai and BJJ. I find the benefits as good for my head as well as my body and it’s a great stress release. At 42 I still feel great and highly recommend to anyone of all ages n fitness levels.