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Up in Byron
Hi, my name is Josef. I’m a sixteen-year-old boy living in Byron
Bay. Byron Bay is a small coastal town in New South Wales.
I moved from Sydney to Byron when I was two years old and have grown
up in this area since then. I have been to just about every school in
the Byron shire and have lived in a few different places in the region.
I do art, sing in a band, skate and surf. Byron has produced many quality
musicians, bands and artists and this has been very influential in the
art and music that I make. I am now attending a Steiner school so I
am completely surrounded by the arts. This is the second Steiner school
I have been to during my schooling.
Music in Byron for me has always been a huge part of my life: going
to shows, jams and just playing music. There is a fairly big hardcore
scene in Byron going back many years and there are many different types
of hardcore bands that have come from this small area. Bands such as
Parkway Drive, 50 Lions and Word Up were born and bred in Byron and
are well known throughout the Australian hardcore scene and internationally
Music in Byron is all about showing other people what you have been
doing, what you’re into and just having fun.
My art consists of aerosol art, drawing, painting and just experimenting.
I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I picked
up my first aerosol paint can when I was about 13 and the obsession
has had a hold on me ever since. I guess the best thing about Byron
being a small town is that people who knew me saw me painting in the
street on legal walls and would refer me to other people and I would
get jobs painting for people.
Byron being a small place has also brought my friends and peers closer
to me and there is a network of people that I look up to and am good
Without Byron I don’t think I would be so into music and the arts.
Year 11 student, Byron Bay, 2009