GYMPIE music lover Taurean Thompson has turned a passion into a thriving emerging business.
Mr Thompson and his music teacher wife Natalie are the impetus behind The Backline Garage.
Not to be confused with a mechanic, The Backline Garage specialises in the hire and purchase of musical equipment not only in the Gympie region, but also across the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast and Wide Bay districts.
Mr Thompson, who played in a band back in his high school days in the late ’90s, and also works at Gympie Music Land during the week, said the business had “really taken off”.
“I had thought I would start off small and then grow from there, but things have really come along,” he said.
“It’s all come along a lot more quickly than I expected.”
The Backline Garage stocks a growing rage of musical equipment for many different occasions and aims to provide a high quality service that is stress-free.
Mr Thompson decided Gympie was crying out for a music equipment hire service after learning many travelling acts to the Gold City were using equipment hired from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.
Now with his service up and running in Gympie, Mr Thompson said artists were able to hire locally, cutting their costs.
“And it means more money it spent locally in the Gympie region,” Mr Thompson said.
Already Mr Thompson has the seal of approval from a number of high-profile acts – including Gympie Music Muster favourites Troy Cassar-Daley and The McClymonts.
Troy Cassar-Daley performed late last year at the opening of Gympie’s new Bunnings store using equipment hired from The Backline Garage while country act, The McClymonts, sourced Mr Thompson’s services for a gig down on the Gold Coast last October.
The Backline Garage does not just cater for country acts, although this genre is the source of a lot of demand at the moment.
Meanwhile, a decision to amass vintage music gear is paying dividends as the music industry rediscovers the unique sound of a bygone era.
“Some acts are chasing a particular sound (from another decade) and I have a lot of vintage gear that allows them to recreate that,” Mr Thompson said.
Mr Thompson said he felt positive growing the business in Gympie.
“The music culture is here in Gympie,” he said.
“There’s a really good musical vibe here.”
Mr Thompson runs the business from his Gympie home and may be contacted on 0407 118 174 or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.