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We heard that you were relaxing on a beach in Mexico when Cirque Du Soleil first contacted you about the gig?
"After leaving Australia I wanted to get back into the bigger scene again, and so we moved to Los Angeles and, after four months over a Christmas break in Mexico, I was asked to join the Cirque arena show Delirium in like a week’s time!
"Negotiations over the internet resulted in four months with that show and then this brand new show Totem came up. The show’s great and the composers - one’s a drummer and one’s a keyboard player, so that’s why it’s so drum and percussion heavy - gave me free rein to come up with my own basic parts, but then also a lot of freedom with my solos.
"I keep the basic parts the same all the time but you can play different solos within that framework."