INTERVIEW WITH CARL POLKE FROM
Welcome to Impulse
Gamer Carl and thanks for the interview!
Firstly, tell us a
little about yourself?
Performer and Principal Lead Electrical Guitarist with Circus Oz. When I was a
kid, I can remember reading with skeptical amazement about the future, when
every household would have a computer…
How did you become
involved with Circus Oz?
Many, many years
ago, my girlfriend had a flatmate who knew a guy who had heard Circus Oz was
looking for muso’s, so I chased up the ‘lead’ and scored an audition, and a few
months later was in the show and on my way!
What's the most
challenging aspect of being part of Circus Oz?
Spending much of
your life on tour, away from home, friends and family. Which is also great!
(Being on tour to amazing places, that is).
Music plays an
important part of Circus Oz... what is the motivation and the themes behind
Music creates an
emotional landscape/timeline, through which the ‘theatre’ of performance
progresses – ‘here comes a tense bit’, ‘hey that was funny!’, ‘ahh tranquility’
– you get the idea.
favourite music genre?
Interesting – be
it Technical Metal, Rebetika, Classical. It’s not the genre but the idea that
captures. But guitar solos are good!
If you could see
one band or artist (alive or dead), who would it be?
FRANK ZAPPA! (Or
Hendrix). (Or Coltrane). (Or Bach).
What would you
bring on a desert island?
A guitar. And a
cat, in case the guitar strings break.
How often to you
play the guitar?
Every day, as much
(and as loudly) as possible.
What's one of the
funniest things that has happened in front of a live audience?
Watching my old
buddy a circus drummer do his ‘Honker Man’ act. He would stick honker hooter
horns all over his nearly naked self, including a little one between his butt
cheeks, and prance about honking and hooting. Makes me laugh just thinking about
What are you
looking forward to the Melbourne season of Circus Oz?
Performing in my hometown to rapturous accolades!
Thanks Carl and all the best for Circus Oz in
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