I think I was destined to end up in the music industry, one way or another. My mother being the owner of a big dancing institution, and dad once owning a pretty big music hall in Melbourne home to various events (including bands like The Cat Empire in their early days!) all of my childhood memories consist of watching dance performances, musicals, and gigs.

My older brother is a musician too, he formed six-piece gypsy/rock band Martin Martini and the Bone Palace Orchestra. I had won a scholarship to study in Japan and had landed my first job in a Japanese company back home in Melbourne.

I soon realised that the 9 to 5 daily grind wasn’t for me, and I remember the only thing really to look forward to each and every week was my brother’s band playing at the Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy every Thursday night. They had a residency for over a year there, and I didn’t miss a gig.

After a year of all of that, I remember sitting with my brother for pasta at Tiamos in Carlton, when I found myself firing questions at him – “Brother, why are you happy just packing out the Rainbow every week? It only holds 60 people.” And, “Why not go to Sydney and play?”, “and you should release a proper studio-recorded album.”

To which he quickly replied: “Who are you, you sound like my manager, Vaughan.” And I was like, “Well, maybe I could be your manager”.