Blues musician gets a start
SCORING a role with arguably the hottest blues act in the southern Gold Coast is no mean feat.
But Currumbin-based Southern Cross University music student Donovan Lee did it, successfully auditioning as The Mason Rack Band’s drummer just in time for the launch of its new album Limits of Grip at the Coolangatta Hotel on February 11.
Vocalist and lead guitarist Mason Rack said he had actually first met Mr Lee, 20, about 10 years ago.
“I was attending a couple of open-mic nights and Donovan’s dad brought him in,” Mr Rack said.
“I remember his dad saying ‘One day I’d love Donovan to play with you’.
“He came in for an audition about a month ago and I put two-and-two together.”
Mr Lee said he could remember seeing The Mason Rack Band when he was 10 years old.
“Style-wise it’s definitely my sort of music,” he said.
His Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree has covered jazz, blues, rock and country and he said he had just finished six months of blues before joining Mason Rack.
“I’d done Battle of the Bands before ... I’ll be playing the new songs from the album at the launch but I wasn’t there to put it together.”
Mr Lee said he had lived in Currumbin for more than 10 years, was an ex-Elanora High School student and wished to stay in his current role for as long as possible.
“I’m stoked to be there and I just want to play with as many bands as possible,” he said.
“As long as I’m playing I’m really happy and I have to say it’s a real honour for me to be studying under my teacher at Lismore, Dave Sanders.”
Mr Rack said Mr Lee was needed after the previous drummer returned to Canada, and the band was about to head to Grafton.
“It’s been a big thing for Donovan,” he said.
“His strengths are he learns quite quickly and he’s adaptable; he was able to learn all of the songs quickly and he can go straight from drums to bass guitar.
“All the girls goo at him and we’ve nicknamed him Donovan ‘Heartbreaker’ Lee.”
Doors open to the February 11, Coolangatta Hotel album launch at 8pm, and everyone who wears their Mason Rack t-shirt to the gig gets a free CD.
“We’ve nicknamed him Donovan ‘Heartbreaker’ Lee”
– Mason Rack