9 July 19
Equal parts surf and longoard frother and music maker, Brisbane’s Angus Hayes aka GUS has had a love and passion for both pretty much since he could walk. Following the release of his new single "Drowning" we chat to GUS about how he keeps afloat.
What did you start doing first, playing music or surfing?
Tough question! I played my first tune on the saxophone at age 11, and stood up on my first wave at age 6, however never really took to either properly until my late teens. Both started as procrastinating activities during exam study in high school and during my undergrad degree.
When and how did you start both?
The first wave I ever caught was right here on the Gold Coast at the spit with me dear old dad! That was about 18 years ago and I still remember that feeling today!
What was your first board?
My first board was (just like nearly everyone else) a 7’6ft NPS mini-mal. I recently rode one of these again and was surprised at how versatile they are for such a classic beginner board.
What was your first musical instrument?
My first instrument was the alto sax, which I played in primary school. I later graduated to tenor sax, then taught myself guitar, piano, drums and vocals in an attempt to be self-sufficient, and not need to rely on any other musicians.
How would you describe your sound?
I take huge amounts of inspiration from Chet Faker, Rufus du Sol, and Vancouver Sleep Clinic. As such my music seems to have fallen somewhere in between these three . . . I guess indie-electronic makes sense?
If your new track was a surf break which one would it be and why?
This track is a grower, with a big build-up. When I think of breaks, something like P-Pass or hollow trees makes sense…mellow take-off, straight to throaty barrel!
What board do you ride now?
Currently riding a custom 9’4 “exist” model that I picked up off a small supplier in Burleigh. It’s got a handshaped, rounded bottom with a matte black finish – its beautiful! When the swell picks up, I have a Darren Handley 3DV 6’0 and an old twin-fin which occasionally gets a run in rolling coniditions.
Where have you be scoring waves lately?
The swell that just hit the GC (was nuts! Got a couple good ones, and a LOT of beatdowns at Kirra, while managing to avoid the crowds at Snapper – perfection! Also love heading up to Alex Headland and Noosa if I’ve got the day off.
Who is your favorite surfer at the moment?
Can anyone really go past Mikey Wright? JJF is of course the people’s champion and my classic favourite, but the zest that Mikey has been bringing to the CT for the last two years has changed the game! Special mentions must go to Chippa Wilson for his Octopus edit from last year, that **** was nuts!!
If your music was featured on a surf movie who would you like to be the surfer?
I feel like Craig Anderson would be able to put together some amazing work which would suit my style. Anything by the Deus Ex squad would also be awesome! I loved South to Sian and pretty much all of their other work. At the end of the day, I’d be honoured to have my music in ANY surf movie!
How long have you been running surf lessons?
I got my coaching licence in 2016 and haven’t looked back. Highlights of my coaching career must include 4 months living at Spot X surf camp near Coffs Harbour on the mid-north coast of NSW. I don’t think I’ve ever been so relaxed and happy before or since!
What is your favorite and least favorite part about teaching people to surf?
My favourite part would have to be sharing that moment of catching one’s first wave with clients. To be able to give that to hundreds of people and see the positive effect it has on them is heartwarming to say the least. The worst part would have to be chucking a cold wetty back on after back-to-back sessions! Yuck!
What are your musical plans for 2019?
2019 marks the release of my first solo EP. This comes with a lot of excitement but also a lot of trepidation. Its always hard to put yourself out there, but its all a part of the process and represents an opportunity to learn and grow either way. I hope you all enjoy the tunes and thanks for the support!
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