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Beat Broker chats to SA artist Levelheaded

Tell us about the first time you were really inspired by music?

Generally speaking, it would be falling asleep in my parents garage listening to my old man’s band playing Creedence and The Travelling Wilburys. Hip hop wise, it was being given an Ice T tape in ’93 called ‘Home Invasion’. The power and passion in the music grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and said, ‘This is what music is all about’.

What do you consider to be your greatest skill?

People management. I have to manage up to 150 different students in a day at work and then I am managing a team of 5 or 6 through the Levelheaded project. It is all good communication and reasonable expectations.

Name two albums you keep very close to hand.

Brother Ali – Shadows of the sun.
Rage Against The Machine – Self titled

The road to musical success is often long and hard. What is one lesson you have learnt along the way that changed the way you saw things?

I have learnt many, probably the biggest one is that the hurdles are never over. Just when you think you have jumped through all the hoops and completed your goals, you are faced with new challenges.

Who inspires you? (both in life and in music)

People who are successful. I have respect for anyone who sees what he or she wants to get out of life, set goals and then goes about trying to achieve them. Whether they actually get there or not doesn’t really matter, it is more about the process. Michael Jordan is probably the greatest basketballer to ever play the game, but when you learn about the path he took to get there, it makes you understand that nothing comes easy, so yeh, Mike inspires me.

Tell us a quirky fact about yourself no one else knows!

I am a high school teacher who was expelled from my own high school as a student.

If you could have two wishes come true what would they be?

For the world to create a system for a more equal distribution of wealth. For alcohol to become good for you.

Before you step on stage for a gig, what do you do to prepare?

Random jumping, stretching, moving… I just can’t sit still, too much nervous energy.

What do your parents think of what you do? Have you ever taken them along to a gig?

They are coming to the Adelaide album launch this Friday but have never been before. They didn’t like Hip Hop initially because they saw it as some sort of evil influence, which corrupted me during high school. Then Hip Hop became popular commercially and they changed their tune.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

Having a positive influence on the lives of people I come into contact with.

Having spent so much time on aeroplanes, are you an official member of the mile high club?

I am not. At 6 foot 4 inches, it is difficult for me to move freely whilst onboard an aircraft.