Charlie’s guest for the final episode of Season 4 is Jon Farriss. Jon Farriss, drummer of world famous Australian band INXS, has always done his own thing, teaching himself drums at an early age, pioneering the use of computer modulated music software, and shifting his talents to regenerating a farm near Byron Bay, NSW. Charlie traverses Jon’s fascinating journey of purposefulness through the many chapters of his life.
Jon was born in Perth WA where he taught himself to play drums, before moving to Sydney at age 17 to pursue his music career | Others experiences help inform others | Jon is a great believer in creating one’s future and dedicated his life to doing so, and put this attitude down as a critical reason for his success | That and his curiosity and courage to go against the system and status quo | Jon was one of the first on the block to use computer-sequencing software in the mid to late 80s. By integrating digital sampling and electronic augmentation early on, he solidified his trademark ‘locked in like a machine’ drumming style | Being in a flow state was a phenomena Jon often experienced and it was in this state where he said he and his band mates did their best work. Being in the moment is very important to Jon | Being able to adapt to the nuances of each show is critical, and similar to the way that regenerative farming requires one to adapt the the nuances of season and landscape | 2012 was INXS last performance | After some time at Jervis Bay in NSW South Coast Jon and his family moved to the Byron Bay hinterland, where Jon and his wife Kerry homeschooled their children for some time | Bird watcher | Jons connection with Nature is very strong now that he is on a farm and adapting to its own Nature | More recently Jon collaborated with Ciaran Gribbin to create JAK music, and from that union a song called ‘We Are Awakening’ which we feature at the end of this episode | Jon’s battle with alcohol ended in 2008 when he stopped drinking | Jon’s appreciation and use of subtle energies with the help of Dr Patrick Macmanaway and Kim Kiss has he[ped strengthen his relationship with his farm and landscape | Jon understands we’ve strayed away from what used to be understood and utilized from an energetic point of view.
Patrick Macmanaway – Subtle energy facilitator
Kim Kiss – RCS Landscape Subtle Energy Consultant