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The Northern Territory news Sat 26 Nov 2016



The Northern Territory news Sat 26 Nov 2016

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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26 2016 SATURDAY EXTRA 21 V2 - NTNE01Z01MA Drumming up a career TOR Trethowans career as a drummer was getting better and better. Playing drums for Darwin hip hop act DT3, he was supporting some of Australias biggest names. He opened for Hilltop Hoods and is on a firstname basis with Illy. But it was all turned upside down when DT3s glue and founder Mitch Russell was killed in a road accident in 2014. The tragedy left the group floundering, and they eventually split. But things are finally looking up again for Tor. He is next in line for this weeks Chain Reaction and was nominated by last weeks Caju Griffen. Tor, 26, has lived and breathed drums since he was 14. Born and bred in Darwin, he has joined and formed a number of bands. I moved to Perth when I was 17 and wasnt able to play for a year, so I was kind of depressed and ended up moving back to Darwin because of it, he said. But when I moved back I didnt really have anyone to play with for a couple of years, so I was doing my own thing working at pubs and watching all the cover bands play. Fate stepped in one night while Tor was at work he was approached by musician Rod Fitzgerald. Their meeting would eventually turn into what is one of Darwins most beloved live music venues. Working in the pub scene, I got to know a lot of the musicians who played around town. I was working at the Beachfront Hotel and Rod, from Sex in the Desert, heard I was a drummer and gave me a CD. He asked me to audition for his group, so we did that and I joined Sex in the Desert. We had a shed in Coconut Grove which we used as a rehearsal studio. We ended up fitting it out with a bar just for us during our rehearsals, but one thing lead to another and we turned it into a venue and it became what it is today The Chippo. The two played together for about five years, but the pressures of running a business took its toll and they went their separate ways. Rod still runs The Chippo. Tor said as a fresh-faced 20-year old he was lucky to play with such seasoned musicians. His skills improved immensely and hes thankful for the opportunity. Rod was close to 50 when I joined and I was only 20, so the age gap between me and the others was on average about 30 years, he said. I was playing with a lot of older guys who taught me a lot about the industry and gigging and stage production. Not long after, Tor joined DT3. He met Mitch Russell while working at a pub in Palmerston. He was DJ-ing there and he gave me his demo, which was the DT3 EP, which only had beats on it, Tor said. We both had the same mindset of putting a drummer in a live set because we were all influenced by Illy and Hilltop Hoods. We did about four rehearsals and released the EP and it just went from there. The group reached mile stones faster than they could have imagined. They featured on a song with Illy, which was number one on Triple J Unearthed for two weeks. In 2014 they toured with Hilltop Hoods. Tor played at Bass in the Grass with Illy and has opened for him a number of times, as well as for Thundamentals, K21 and Soulja Boy. We also ended up getting onto Hilltop Hoods mixtape, he said. They put us on their Golden Era Mixtape with all their other tracks they did that year. Illy took over Triple J for a day and played his fave artists and he played us. It was kind of mind blowing because we grew up listening to those guys and next thing I know Ive got a song with them. We were on a first-name basis and were playing shows all the time. They are some of the nicest guys youll ever meet. They invited us on stage to rock out with them. It was crazy. But it ended suddenly on that fateful day in December, 2014. Mitchell died and we all didnt know what to do, so we ended up doing the only thing we could do, which was hold a fundraiser, Tor said. The event at Discovery raised $13,500 in three hours. It all went towards the musicians funeral. We were on an upwards climb, but after that everything stopped and we were all just numb, Tor said. The group wasnt holding together any more, Mitch was the glue. We all went our separate ways, but it was on good terms. I MOLLY BAXTER Developing a love of the drums from an early age, Tor Trethowan was on track for a spot at the top. A terrible accident almost ended it all, but pure determination has seen his dream get back on track still play with both the MCs. It took a year for us to get out of the house and do something again. The year Mitchell died, I played one gig and the rest of it, I just stayed home and played drums by myself. Eventually, Tor felt good enough to play again and was asked to audition for Mark Hoffmanns eMDee the didgeridoo drum band at Mindil Markets. He played one song and was in. Ive been with them for the last nine months, Tor said. After a full season at Mindil Beach, its now my main job. I gig two nights a week for six months with them, as well as do their corporate shows and everything in between like big fireworks shows. I love it. Marks been in the industry for a long time and there is so much I can learn from him as a businessman, because hes been able to live off this for 24 years. Hes a bit older than me so there is a lot of life experience he can push my way. I try and be a sponge when Im working with other artists, trying to learn everything. The future is bright for Tor, with plenty of gigs coming up. In the last year Ive played 162 gigs, but I love it, he said. The NT News Chain Reaction series shares the stories of everyday Territorians. 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