A position playing trumpet for Kiwi band The Black Seeds will take a former Timaru man to Europe and North America on his first international tour.
Barrett Hocking joined the band in June last year after his friend Andrew Christiansen left. He met Andrew when they were both at university a few years ago and was invited to join the band for a couple of rehearsals to see if he would fit in.
"The rest is history," Barrett said.
When the band leaves in April for a five-week tour to Europe and North America, it will be Barrett's first big tour as part of the eight-piece band.
For five weeks The Black Seeds will be on the road, promoting their latest album, Dust and Dirt, which will be released in New Zealand in April.
"I can remember [going to Australia for a show], it was bizarre getting onto a plane and thinking, `this is The Black Seeds'. It's quite funny.
"I think I'm very lucky, extremely lucky to be in the band. These guys have done the hard yards, they've really worked up the brand."
Playing in Britain would familiar territory, because Barrett lived in England for a couple of years before he returned to New Zealand 1 1/2 years ago.
"It'll be nice to go to a lot of places I've been before but also a lot of places I haven't been."
He said he was having a great time being in the band and working with "fantastic" musicians.
"Compared to my first few gigs, I'm definitely having a lot more fun now because I know the tunes. I was having 10 or 15 tunes to learn in a week from the first rehearsal."
While his year is already looking busy, Barrett has added another stint to his music career.
He is one of five trumpet players selected for the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, which he auditioned for in September.
He will travel to England in July for about a month to play with the orchestra.Katarina Filipe
- The Timaru Herald