Local Bloke – Travis NewCoogee resident Travis New teaches guitar locally at Sunburst Music and loves jamming on Thursday nights at the Coogee Diggers. Travis shares his local favourites with The Beast…
How long have you lived here?
I’ve lived in Coogee for the past five years. I grew up in Orange and lived in Byron Bay after I finished school for a few years. Coogee has the perfect mix of both places.
What’s your favourite beach?
Coogee. I love getting down there for a body bash to start the day.
What’s your favourite eatery?
The Little Kitchen is a fave of mine for breaky and lunch. For dinner, Fat Rupert’s for a few sliders and their cheesecake always hits the spot.
Where do you like to have a drink?
The Bunker Bar at Coogee Diggers is a good spot, especially on a Thursday night when the Mogadishu Family Band is playing. I may or may not play in the band… yes, this is a plug!
Do you have a favourite sporting team?
I follow the American football season during our summer. The Green Bay Packers are my team; I’ve been super into it since my first visit to Wisconsin in 2008. The games are on Monday mornings, so it fits in with my muso’s weekend.
What music are you into at the moment?
Recently I’ve been listening to Ryan Adams, The War On Drugs and Flight Facilities on pretty steady rotation.
Who is your favourite person?
Anyone who would pack up their life and move halfway around the world to hang out with me would have to be a pretty good candidate… my lovely wife, Kalyn.
What do you get up to on the weekends?
My Thursday to Sunday usually consists of airports, hotels, vans and stages somewhere around our beautiful country.
What do you do for work?
I teach guitar at Sunburst Music and work as a session musician.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Do not fear mistakes, there are none” – Miles Davis
Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast?
Don’t forget to have a good laugh and get out and see some live music.