#4: Arthur Karras

Furst Media Production Manager 2005-2007

When I lived in Melbourne I worked for Furst Media - a publishing company that produced a bunch of free music and fashion magazines. It's flagship title 'Beat' was started in 1986 and Arthur Karras had worked on it for most of that time. Thing is, musically at least, Artie never left the 80's. He lived in a glorious backstage-access hair-metal past and the rest of us real world people just couldn't understand. This was a guy who knew Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony Iommi, Peter Criss. He taught me everything I know about print production and worked tirelessly to pass the hair-metal torch on too.

We'd be in his car, on the way to check proofs at a printers somewhere and and he'd have his old mixtapes on - Motley Crue, Van Halen, Whitesnake. He'd be driving with his eyes closed, singing along to every guitar solo, slamming the steering wheel with every snare hit in pure ectasy.