'I wake up and don't feel crappy going to work'
DEVIL'S Kiosk vocalist and harmonica guru Jamie Symons believes he is living the dream.
The 44-year-old and his blues band are heading to Agnes Water next weekend for the Agnes Water Blues, Roots and Rock Festival.
Symons sees the gig as another opportunity to bust out some tunes on his beloved harmonica.
He has been playing harmonica since he was 16.
"It takes a lot of years of dedication and practice," he said, speaking to Pulse this week," he said.
"At the Tamworth Music Festival I have won the Golden Harmonica Championship for the past three years."
Symons said just being on the stage made him happy.
"Getting up on stage and playing what you love makes up for the hours on the road that you spend," he said.
"This is what I envisioned for myself. You wake up in the morning and don't feel crappy going to work.
"A lot of people's dreams are to play music and I am living the dream."
Symons is a kite-surfing teacher during the day.
"I run the business in New South Whales and I've been doing that for eight years now," he said.
Devil's Kiosk is a four-piece band made up of Raymond Godard (bass), Mark Watson (electric guitar), Dave Burgess (drums) and Symons.
They met on the Gold Coast and have been a band for two years. The guys love blues music.
"Our music is inspired anywhere from the 1940s until now. Blues is a genre that has been played over many decades," Symons said.
"I started collecting CDs and listened to blues legends. I have dedicated my whole life to it."
Most of the members have families and perform around one to three gigs per week.
"We do gigs on the Sunny Coast and northern New South Wales. We do a lot of driving," Symons said.
Symons will run a harmonica beginners workshop on Saturday, March 28, at 8.30am.
The band will also perform on Saturday at 11.15am at the Agnes Water SES Grounds.
The line-up for the festival includes Bella Reunion, Kevin Borich Express, Dr Trouble, Jack and The Bom, Strictly Ballroom and more.
Gates open on Friday at 2pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 10am.
Head to the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre website to buy a ticket.