Eric Mackenzie A singer/guitarist starting out again in the Sydney music scene after some success in the late 80's, I have just released a 5 track EP "Taj Mahal". My involvement in music goes back a long ways though. I remember sitting outside the door of the studio at Double J in Kings Cross in the early 80's and the DJ looked out, saw me and said 'come in, what have you got there?'. I was promoting a single by my first band 'Terryfoot' which had been pressed at the new EMI plant and it was one of the first independent records out of there. I would run into Roger Greison who was up to the same thing with his band, EMI was one of the few places you could get 45''s pressed, the DJ invited me in, we had an interview, the song got on 'A' rotation. That single, got me a spot in the book 'The Who's Who of Australian Rock'. We used to wait at The Sandringham Hotel for the manager to turn up on his motorbike with the keys to the PA cupboard so we could play, and it's still going. I hope to play there in the next few months. It feels great to be doing it all over again, starting out with an idea, putting a band together, recording, releasing and promoting a CD, hearing what we have created and seeing the reaction from your audience. I have been into the sounds of the Stones of the 70's and early 80s, the glam and punk movements, Mick Ronson (David Bowie), The Pistols and The Ramones, pop rock from the 80's of the Cars and Billy Idol/Steve Stevens, some of the very early grunge of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, also Aussie bands AC/DC The Angels and The Church. Bands that have been an influence on me more recently are The Smithereens, Teenage Fanclub, Grandaddy and Ratatat. Taj Mahal is my first solo effort. I have just spent the last five years as the guitarist in Sydney band "Andorra", before that I was bassist in "Hemmingway" a surprisingly good band that got nowhere and before that, music took a back seat while I helped my wife raise my two lovely daughters My current band are three experienced young musicians and three backup singers, they find time to fit my gigs in their busy schedules.