A MUSICIAN’S LIFE: Former Koroit resident Kayla Dwyer is currently on the road, singing and songwriting but will always be grateful for her small town upbringing and the opportunities it has provided her with. Kayla Dwyer isnow basedinMelbourne and spends her time travelling around Australia in her van, writing songs about her adventures as a musician, fire-fighter and teacher. Kayla answered this week’s Q&A.
What did you most love about living in Koroit?
So many things I do today have stemmed from opportunities I had in Koroit. My very first gig was at Mickey Bourke’s Hotel. My state-wide CFA family started with volunteering at the Koroit Fire Brigade. Koroit will always feel like home.
If you could live anywhere where would you choose?
I’ve haven’t seen enough of the world to decide! I think I would just live on the road if I really could.
What is your favourite holiday destination?
Best holiday I’ve been on was living in a Fijian village. Beautiful people! Memorable experience!
What are you reading at the moment?
The Art Of Creative Thinkingby Rod Judkins.
If you had a million dollars what would you do with it?
Travel, buy some beautiful guitars, build my own recording studio and buy a super duper motor home to live out of!
What is something people might not know about you?
I collect troll dolls.My cousin gave me my first troll when I was eightyears old.At last count there were 347.
If you could choose to go back 100 years or forward 100 years what would you do and why?
Fast forward! I would love to see what music people are listening too in the future. That would be wacky.
If you had all the time in the world to pursue and perfect any hobby what would it be?
I would love more time to pursue the drums. I’ve got my drum kit in my room and once I get on I struggle to get off.
When and where are you your most happiest?
On the roadI feel entirely whole, calm, relaxed and completely free and on a stagewhen I feel like I’m truly alive.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
You’ll never be ready. Now is as good a time as any.
Do you have a motto you live by?
The oneI often find myself repeating when things get tough is “everything happens for a reason”. Another favourite is “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. I like to feel alive.