Wayne Bauman is passionate Australian musician, and has been performing on stage for more than half his life. He has been playing the guitar in a Melbourne based band, Dialysis, since its formation in 2004. Music is the cornerstone of his life, and one of his greatest joys is found in writing new music that captures the whole range of human emotion. I managed to haul him out of the recording studio long enough to answer my questions.
1) What is something you do in your professional or artistic life that you think is really cool?
I play guitar in an original four pieve prog rock band called Dialysis and have been doing so for the past eight years. I like that with this style of music it is easy to blur the lines between genres such as pop, rock and metal. It makes it very easy to get your emotions out artistically and reach a wider audience.
2) How did you come to be in the career position you are currently in?
We as a band are currently recording a new EP for release and distribution. After the departure of our previous vocalist we now have an amazing female vocalist named Mauze who has opened up many doors both musically and creatively.
3) What is something from your personal life that you are very proud of?
I am very proud of the music that I have made with Dialysis and the CDs and live DVDs we have produced. And the fact that we have been able to do so independently and have been able to forge out own path makes me very proud.
4) What is a personality trait you possess that other people might not notice, and how would they miss it?
My ability to listen and comment on pretty much any topic. Obviously that would actually require you talking to me first about something other than the weather. People don’t tend to talk as much as they did when I was growing up.
5) If you could change just one thing about the world, what would it be?
I would like to change people’s perceptions on popular art and culture. People who follow trends and follow what social media deems to be the “in thing” are mindless drones dancing to the tunes of corporate greed and exploitation. I think if we all opened our minds a little more and actually followed our own paths that we would be more open to see how amazing a lot of things truly are.
6) If you could give a young person one piece of advice, what would it be?
Never give up on the things that you truly want. Music for me is a part of my soul in a way. I will never stop playing and never stop listening. If you give up on your dreams because you don’t “make it” so to speak you are only doing yourself an injustice by doing so.
7) What is something that you would like to do in your life that you haven’t done yet, and why haven’t you done it?
I would like to tour overseas with my band. The opportunity is yet to arise and financially it has not been viable for us to pack our bags and try to make it on our own on the European music festival scene.
8) What is something that you have sworn to never do again, and why won’t you repeat it?
I have let people in the past talk down to me and make me believe that I am not worthy of being happy and getting the things I want. The negative mind set is very hard to break once you find yourself in it. I will never let this happen again because I have learnt the value of self-belief and self-respect.
9) If you could break one personal habit, what would it be and why would you break it?
I can often doubt decisions that I make and at the last minute try to back pedal out. Most of the time it is best to go with your gut instinct and live with the consequences than live your life jumping from one plan to another.
10) If you could take up a new hobby or learn a new skill, what would it be and why?
I would like to learn how to play the piano properly. It is such a versatile instrument and because notation’s can be played with both hands as an instrument it is in many ways twice the artistic outlet over guitar.
11) Is there anything from you that we should be looking out for in the future?
Yes over the next few months we will be releasing our new 5 song EP with our new vocalist. I believe it will be something that will open many doors for us. It is sonically everything I have ever wanted and more.
Thank you, Wayne, for taking the time to answer my questions. If you would like to know more about Dialysis, you can find them on Facebook.
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