IF YOU ARE A REGULAR MIRAGE READER YOU WOULD HAVE NOTICED ARTICLES FROM NEWCASTLE DISCOVERED AND REVIEWS FROM NOVASTREAM. WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE KNOWN IS THERE IS A COMMON THREAD BETWEEN THESE TWO PIECES, A MAN BEHIND THE SCENES WHO MAKES THESE CONTRIBUTIONS HAPPEN MONTH AFTER MONTH. A GUY WITH PASSION AND ENTHUSIASM THAT MIGHT LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS. HE IS ALSO SOMEONE I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE HAD A FRIENDSHIP WITH FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS, SINCE STUDYING TOGETHER FOREVER AGO. SO IT SEEMS FITTING TO TAKE A MOMENT TO HIGHLIGHT A PERSON THAT ADDS SO MUCH VALUE TO OUR LITTLE ZINE.
So Al, tell us how Novastream came to be? What’s it all about? Novastream started as my personal music blog back in 2009 when I was reading other music blogs and tired of the opinionated crap churning out online. I wanted to make a site that promoted music and great songs that people who only listen to the radio may not find out about. After I got a good following I turned it into a full blown website and then moved into movies, games and tv (and comics VERY SOON!) It is all about providing a uniquely Australian view on entertainment, we are not big on professional opinions and dissecting everything with academic references, we are purely about as an everyday person would you like this? Yes or no?
And where did Newcastle Discovered come from? Newcastle Discovered came from a similar place from Novastream, there was a Facebook page called Newcastle Name & Shame and all these posts just bagging out business, council and charities were just flooding this thing and it made me sick. It used to get me so angry so I wanted to do the opposite, create a page that talks about the good things that Newcastle has to offer and does. What do you do when you aren’t busy with Novastream and Newcastle Discovered? I work a full time job (I know sometimes I surprise myself at how little time I have) and any down time see’s me at the movies, beach or café with friends.
You have been kicking some pretty serious personal goals in the last 12 months, care to tell everyone about all that? Ha ha oh sure thing! I completed my second year in HSM, Hello Sunday Morning is a group started by this legendary guy, Chris Raine, in which you don’t drink to the point of drunk for a year and basically watch what changes in your life. Waking up every Sunday morning with a clear and fresh head has been one of the best things I have done.
Aspirations? What is next? What is next…hmm I can’t give away too much but I can say that a possible actual physical business residence is in the talks, combining a café with music and movies. It’s all just talk at the moment so will see what comes of it. We are hoping to launch a full website for Newcastle Discovered at some stage this year and also NovastreamComics will launch at the end of this year, so it ensures a lot of sleepless nights to come! If you liked this interview, please take a moment to check out : novastreamgames.net facebook.com/novastreamgames facebook.com/newcastlediscoverd