5 Minutes with Nick Rage

What inspired you to become a musician?

When I was a kid, I wanted to be cool, so I started with the trombone, thinking it was the right move. But full credit goes to my parents. My Mum and Dad used to listen to awesome bands from the 60’s and 70’s and therefore, I had to as well. One day I was sitting there with Mum and Alan Parson’s Project had an orchestral section that was pumping, and so I picked up trombone lessons the next day.

Who is your favourite/inspiring artist and why?

Again, thanks to Mum and Dad, Led Zeppelin lives rent free in my head and will always have a special place in my heart. Deep Purple and Pink Floyd are also in there somewhere.

Who is your go-to artist or what is your go-to playlist on spotify?

My spotify library is a mess. I have everything from Country, to Power Metal, to the most cringe Pop you’ve ever heard. Actually, a lot of the Power Metal is pretty cringe too, but its my kinda cringe. 

First concert that made the biggest impression?

I saw Dragonforce for the first time when I was 18, down in Sydney. It was geek heaven for someone like me, with half the audience brandishing plastic helmets and foam weapons and singing songs about Valhalla and victory in battle (this is where the cringe comes from). Best moment was how when someone fell over in the mosh pit, the whole pit stopped and helped the dude up before going crazy again.

Most amazing gig moment you’ve had?

It’s hard to top opening for Bon Jovi in one of Sydney’s largest arenas. It’s like that scene out of Gladiator where the Colosseum first gets described and how the noise of the crowd rises up like a storm. Unforgettable!

Most embarrassing gig moment you’ve had?

I once fell off the stage during a tour of the USA. I hit my head on the concrete floor and had to be nursed back to health by the headline act and their crew. Not a good look.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m always writing new songs but lately I’ve also been working on writing a fantasy novel. Had I known how much work it would be before I started, I might have not started it at all, but I’m glad its happening.

What is the career milestone you have reached so far that got you really excited?

Getting signed to a record label in the USA was really something. Also, the first time you hear your own song on a commercial radio station is mind blowing. Hearing your own voice talking about the song when they replay a snippet? That wasn’t as much fun.

What other milestones are you aiming to reach?

Either touring Europe or singing in something like Les​ Misérables would be unreal.