DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Austin Mulka
Welcome to this weeks edition of Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band or artist on the island and see what they get up to, how they cope with being all alone on a small island in the middle of the ocean. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each person copes with the extreme conditions.
This week when we arrived at Devil's Island we find Austin Mulka sat on the beach. The island is far from their home, so how did they end up here and how did they cope with life on Devil's Island?
Find out now...
Welcome to The Razors'e Edge and our somewhat lovely, warm desert island. Don't worry about it's name I'm sure it's not as bad as that would suggest.
You're marooned here on this island, but before you ended up shipwrecked you chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?
The album I chose would be Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life." It's a timeless masterpiece that showcases incredible songwriting and musicianship, and it never fails to lift my spirits or inspire me creatively.
Just behind that palm tree is a shack for each of you to stay in, with enough space for you to put up a poster on the wall of one album cover. What album cover do you each chose?
For the album cover poster, I'd choose Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon." The iconic prism design is visually stunning, and it's a constant reminder of the incredible music contained within the album.
There's also a bar on this here island. But alas each of you only get to choose one drink for the entirety of your stay. What's your tipple of choice?
My drink of choice would be water. This island is called “Devil's Island” and so far I have no guidance as regards to how long my stay is going to be. I’m going to play it safe and choose water as my drink
Your suitcases were lost when your ship sank, but you each managed to salvage one item of band merch. What’s the merch and for what band?
The piece of band merch I managed to salvage is a boat with the album cover of "Help!" by The Beatles painted on its side. This album has always been a source of inspiration for me, as it represents a pivotal moment in the band's career, where they began to explore new sounds and ideas. The album's title, "Help!", is especially fitting in my current situation.
You’re sat on the island thinking “I’m stuck here on this island with my bandmates for eternity”… who would you rather have been shipwrecked with?
If I had to choose someone else to be shipwrecked with, it would be Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters.
There's a walkman in your pocket, on the tape inside is the recording of the one live show that stands out for you. It could be any show, from any band, anywhere in the world. What show is on that walkman?
The live show on the walkman would be Queen's legendary performance at Live Aid in 1985. It's one of the most electrifying and inspiring performances in rock history, and I would never tire of listening to Freddie Mercury's incredible voice and charisma.
You're getting desperate, you decide the only course of action is to put a message in a bottle and hope someone finds it. Your message could be to any member of any band, but should be the most suitable for a rescue attempt. Who is it?
I’m gonna go with Bono from U2. He has been actively involved in social, political, and environmental causes for decades. He seems like a good guy. Maybe he’ll come save me? *fingers crossed*
You've been stuck here for a while and food supplies are running low. There's only one thing for it... which fellow band member gets sacrificed to help the others survive?
I am a solo artist, but if I had bandmates we would work together to find alternative food sources, like fishing or foraging for edible plants. I’ve actually thought a lot about these “trolly problem” type questions in my days, and my conclusion is always that there are other options. Or, like, maybe we could decide using rock, paper, scissors to make it fair or something. *laughs*
Finally, when the ship sank you each managed to save one person from the wreckage. That person is the one musician that has influenced your career the most, shaped your way of thinking and your outlook on life. Who did you save?
The musician I saved from the wreckage would be Rebecca Sugar. As the creator of the animated series "Steven Universe" and a talented songwriter, her work has had a profound impact on my life and musical career. Her philosophies on empathy, love, and inclusivity resonate deeply with me, and she has a unique ability to express complex emotions and ideas through her music.