WIL Edgar will be one of around 50,000 music lovers who will stream into the Gold Coast Parklands for the Big Day Out on January 23.
Except this year, he will be sporting an artist's lanyard around his neck, as well as a guitar strap.
The Grafton born and bred lad will take to the stage about 1.30pm on the day with the band he recently joined, Nine Sons of Dan.
“I have only been playing with the boys for about three months and I am loving every second of it,” Wil said.
“They have been together for about two years and were looking for a bass player so they asked me to join. Because they have been together for a while, too, they have worked out their sound so it was awesome to just be picked up.”
On the Big Day Out gig, Wil is understandably stoked to have the opportunity to play to so many people and get the band's name out there.
“It is going to be a really great day. We are on at a pretty perfect time; we get a rider (list of requirements from band) and a few people to help us on stage and do stuff like replace strings if we snap them. It will be a pretty big production, which will be awesome,” he said.
“After we finish our set we get to cruise around the festival too. So it should be a really awesome experience.
“The boys have done all of this without a manager, too, so I think that really reflects their professionalism.”
Of the demands in their rider, Wil says they haven't worked it out yet. But don't worry. There won't be any requests for Dom Pérignon champagne and caviar.
“It will probably just be a case or two of beer,” Wil said with a laugh.
Nine Sons of Dan, which is made up of Coffs Harbour ex-pats, is now based on the Gold Coast and they have next to no trouble getting gigs in the area.
“Since I have joined, we have been playing so much; we really sound like a band and are together when we play,” Wil said.
“We have started writing new music together so I am starting to feel like I am much more a part of the band, which is great.”
Being a fan of the band before he was invited to join them on stage, Wil has a lot of respect for the way they do things and has a fair amount of passion.
“They have a huge amount of professionalism. The way they operate is so awesome and between everyone we have connections all over the place. Because the singer is from the United States, we have a few opportunities over there, too,” he said.
“I was a huge fan before they asked me to join. I have a T-shirt that is signed by all of the boys so playing with them is awesome, because if I wasn't I would probably be paying to go to their shows anyway.”
The now five-piece outfit have been busily organising an east coast tour in February, as well as holding down day jobs and should be in Grafton in late February for an all ages' gig at the Grafton Community Centre.
Keep an eye on future editions of Out There in every Thursday's Daily Examiner for details of the tour, or check them out at The Gold Coast Big Day Out on Sunday, January 23 – if you have a ticket, as unfortunately for some, the event is sold out.
To listen to Nine Sons of Dan, head to www.myspace.com/ninesonsofdan.
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