We caught up with Sean Graham, Director of the Red Deer Music Festival, to talk Turkish food, mounted deer heads, and his picks of this year's festival.
TUL: Describe in one sentence what you do for work?
I'm a teacher and I'm also one of the Directors of the Red Deer Music & Arts Festival.
Julz and Bas (the other Directors) and I are all mates from school and we're passionate about live music. We have all been to our fair share of music festivals up and down the East coast, but felt Brisbane was lacking a BYO camping music festival, our favourite type! Julz's parents' old deer farm in Mt Samson, the paddocks we camped out in during high-school, was the perfect location so we set about turning this dream into a reality.
This year is our 4th festival and it continues to grow. The success of Red Deer comes down to making sure every decision we make has the best interest of the festival goers in mind, Red Deer is a festival "for the people, by the people" - we're all about making sure everyone has a really positive and fulfilling experience.
TUL: Best part about your (Red Deer) job?
Standing amongst the crowd during one of the acts and looking around seeing happy faces.
The clean up!
TUL: What is your music background?
I played alongside Julz (one of the other Directors of Red Deer) in a band as a percussionist for several years after school. One of the driving forces behind Red Deer is to give unsigned artists an opportunity to play at a music festival, certainly an opportunity that we strived for. I've got an open mind (or ear) to all genres of music, I particularly love watching artists and bands live who genuinely look like they're enjoying themselves on stage.
TUL: What is your ideal holiday destination?
Any uncrowded surf break.
TUL: Favourite drink?
Depends on the weather, but I'm going to go with pear cider.
TUL: Most treasured possession?
TUL: Best gig you've ever been to?