On the Couch with Reuben Ingall

Reuben Ingall AAR On the CouchWho is Reuben Ingall?
I’m Canberran. I’m an audio technician by day-job, and a music maker, radio presenter, gig-organiser, mashup DJ by hobby. I’m a keen cyclist and I love to cook.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would work part-time (or not at all?), live somewhere with a big yard or next to bushland, and have lots of dogs.

Who inspires you and why?
The people in my life who are working hard on the causes they believe in, and those who can retain compassion in the face of all the world throws at them.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Dismantle the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy, peacefully. Failing that, with a hundred dollars and a trip to Bunnings, I could probably put together a DIY guillotine in an afternoon 😉

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Rosedale, the little beach on the NSW South Coast I’ve been visiting since I was a tiny kid. It’s interesting seeing the gradual change in the shape of the beach over the years, the movement of dunes and vegetation. The place holds a lot of memories, and I just love to swim in the ocean.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
A bike ride around Lake Burley Griffin, stopping at the National Gallery, National Museum, National Portrait Gallery etc, likely wrapping up at my favourite brewpub in town. Canberra is chock full of great things within easy cycling distance.

What are you currently reading?
David Toop’s Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom (Before 1970), but also catching up on some Ursula Le Guin – I found one of her short story collections Orsinian Tales at a book fair recently.

What are you currently listening to?
The albums I’ve got on rotation are Omar Musa’s absolutely bangin Since Ali Died, Divide and Dissolve’s thundering and vital ABOMINATION, Haco’s lush and dreamy Qoosui. I’m also still obsessing over Katie Dey’s Flood Network and Clipping’s Splendor and Misery from a few years back.

Happiness is?
Yarns with mates over a hoppy beer, or, solitude and soft music and a game of online chess.

What does the future hold for you?
During March I have a run of DJ sets at the NZ Fringe in Wellington, two Kill Climate Deniers shows at the Festival of Live Art in Melbourne, and launch shows for a solo album of guitar-based experimental music. Past that, I want to keep learning and making art.

Reuben will be presenting a blistering DJ set as part of Kill Climate Deniers as part of the 2018 Festival of Live Art at Arts House on Friday 16 & 23 March. For more information, visit: www.artshouse.com.au for details.

Image: Reuben Ingall (supplied)

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