Rockin out in Afghanistan 2013

Heya, so I thought I would document my rock n roll trip to Afghanistan since it’s a place few people (except soldiers) have visited in the last 12 years or so, what with it being a war zone and all. I was there from April 28 – May 8, 2013.

Heaps of peeps (imagine them all piled up in a heap) have asked me how this opportunity came about so basically, here’s the run down…

There’s this alternative music festival called Sound Central happening in Kabul which has been running for the past 3 years. It’s run by an Aussie named Travis who lives in Kabul and teaches Afghan kids how to skate. Now Travis’ brother, Jase, is a sound engineer who lives in Melbourne and has been doing sound for the festival since it started. Jase sometimes does sound for one of my bands, Vultures of Venus, and has become a friend of mine over the last couple of years, having similar underworld proclivities and a love of loud bass heavy music. He mentioned to me that he was heading back to do the festival in Afghanistan and I jokingly asked him if there was any work going. The conversation went something like this…

Jase: “Actually, yeah, the festival has got too big and I need a stage manager”

Me: “Sounds great, I’m there”

Jase: “If you perform as well we can cover your flights”

Me: “Awesome”

So on Sunday morning, April 28, 2013 (after Tool on Saturday night HELLZ YEAH), I flew Melbourne, Brunei, Dubai, Kabul, and set up and helped manage a 3 day music festival in Afghanistan. Performing at the festival, I played bass with Jase as a 2 piece live dub thing we put together called Band named SU, filled in on bass for a few songs with local band White City, played bass with another local band Pit Panther Party, and DJed some tunes like this to boot…

After the festival I spent a few days exploring Kabul and the surrounds with Jase and then I flew back to Melbs just like it never happened!!

Here are links to my posts from Kabul…

Post 1: Flight from Australia and setup of festival

Post 2: Womens day and day 2 of festival

Post 3: Rock day and rest

Post 4: Party and last day of festival

Post 5: Looking around Kabul

I’ve posted pics and some videos so you can check out my perspective and, yeah, see what’s happening in Kabul!! If you subscribe with your email address up there on the top right, I can email you with updates!! Rock on brothers and sisters!!



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