Hamish’s musical journey began when he took up the guitar at the tender age of eight. By the time he turned eleven he had switched to drums and bought his first set of drums with money saved up from a paper round in his Sydney neighbourhood. Hamish's first gig was with high school punk band "The Warthogs" and consisted of three classics; The Clash's "Should I stay or Should I Go", The Ramones' "Blitzkreig Bop" and The Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen".
At Sydney University Hamish enrolled in Engineering but spent more time in the rehearsal room with stadium rock band "Bigphallica" and original grunge band "Enemy Me" than attending lectures. After graduating from uni and then backpacking around the world his focus returned to music. A string of unsuccessful original bands led Hamish to the world of paid gigs in 1999 when he joined "Sixties Mania", a review of the classic rock of the 60s complete with dancing girls and multiple costume changes.
This was Hamish’s big break. A travelling gig playing six nights a week and sometimes five sets per night whilst getting schooled in the grooves of Ringo, Charlie Watts, Hal Blaine and all the great 60s players took Hamish’s playing to a new level.
During a brief break in Sydney at the end of 2001 Hamish auditioned with an unheard of band called “The Vines”. After one month and four gigs in Australia The Vines were off to the US and UK for the beginning of a wild ride through 2002 which included performances at Coachella, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, and Big Day Out as well as Conan O’Brien, Letterman, Top Of The Pops, Jules Holland, the VMAs and multiple magazine covers including the NME and Rolling Stone. The Vines debut album “Highly Evolved” had charted at No 3 in the UK, No 11 in the US and No 5 in Australia.
When the time came in May 2003 to record the second album The Vines had toured the US and UK four times each as well as Europe, Canada and Australia twice each taking in such legendary venues as CBGBs, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and Roseland in New York, Shepherd's Bush Empire and Brixton Academy in London and every smoky dive in between.
Without taking a break The Vines jumped straight into recording “Winning Days” followed by a gruelling touring schedule. Unfortunately the band’s lead singer Craig Nicholls was suffering from Asperger’s, a condition exacerbated by touring and after an infamous gig at the Annandale in Sydney all further touring fro “Winning Days” was cancelled.
Touring for the next three albums; Vision Valley (2006), Melodia (2008) & Future Primitive (2011) was scaled back, and during down time Hamish took on gigs with a diverse range of acts including The City Lights, Art vs Science, Infusiuon, Bigphallica and The Cracks.
Towards the end of 2011, as The Vines dissolved, Hamish accepted an offer to join Wolfmother. Hamish was well suied to the complicated and bombastic drum parts of the Wolfmother repertoire and was more than happy to channel his inner stadium-rock monste. The band embarked on a massive European tour and also toured with legends including Aerosmith, Smashing Pumpkins and Lenny Kravitz.
In 2013 Hamish performed on the album “Keep Moving” which was released under the name “Andrew Stockdale” but left the band shortly after in order to raise his new born son.
These days Hamish lives in Byron Bay and is performing with local super group “The New High”, works as a DJ and session drummer.
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