Full-of-life artist Ezekiel urges locals to support festival
EZEKIEL OX parked his van on the side of a road - ready to pick his girlfriend up from work.
The singer/dancer/ story-teller and beat-boxer was immediately animated during the start of his interview - sharing stories of his exciting multidisciplinary work as a performer.
Residing in Melbourne, Ezekiel is one full-of-life artist.
"I've been performing since 12 and professionally since mid-teens," he says.
But his solo show is another story - one that he is looking forward to sharing with central Queensland fans at Gladstone's El Grande Music Festival.
"The solo show is very new - I've been doing it about six months."
Ezekiel says he'll be bringing in many elements to his beats - from Dolly Parton to Marilyn Manson to sampling Guy Ritchie, John Williams, Metallica - with a mix of spoken word, acoustic songs, impromptu and improvised poetry and beatboxing, among other things.
"Within the one solo show, there's freestyle hip-hop culture tied, together in a very showbiz way."
The cabaret act (never the same twice) is set to be unique, intriguing, modern, and more.
"It's raw and queer," Ezekiel says in summary.
"This is how I see it, after 34-years floating around."
Ezekiel is one with an extrovert personality - evident even in a 15 minute phone conversation.
But to understand the character of this artist, one must first understand where he came from.
Ezekiel is known as one of Australia's most prolific and outspoken career multidisciplinary artists.
He is whispered about in the Australian music scene.
Come and enjoy a success story in your home town and then it will keep coming back.
His exploits are endless - from frontman of Full Scale and Mammal - to fronting big, badass rock outfit The Nerve with Lucius Borich, Davarj Thomas and Glenn Proudfoot.
The list continues with Ezekiel's part in two-piece Death-Hop crew Over- Reactor.
As an Australian entertaining, singer/songwriter, film maker, actor and political activist, this guy's talents go far beyond the norm.
"Basically, I started singing in choirs," he says.
From there he formed bands in high school.
After graduation - musical theatre and performing at festivals with his band led him to where he is today.
And let's not forget his time spent directing his own clips.
"Where it comes from is a need to express," he explains.
"I find the world incredibly entertaining. Each day is full of things that make me smile, and I like to try and make my show like that."
Ezekiel says he's always loved hip hop. He got more into hip hop through friends James Mangohig and Caiti Barker (duo Sietta).
"I basically forced myself on to them in a fan-boy-way," he says. "And through them I got interested in making beats. I love the street level to it," he says about hip hop.
On a musical level, Ezekiel urges all central Queenslander's to get to the El Grande Festival.
"People should get down to check out the festival. Come and enjoy a success story in your home town and then it will keep coming back."
Gig details: El Grande Music Festival
- WHEN: Saturday March 29
- TIME: 1-2pm
- WHERE: Bojangles Nightclub, Gladstone
- TICKETS: oztix.com.au