Patty is a music lecturer, band member, sound recordist, studio engineer and she’s just added Queensland Music Awards (QMA) judge to her credentials.
Originally from Byron Bay, Patty is now based at CQUni’s Cairns campus where she is Associate Lecturer in Music & Theatre Technology.
What’s the film you’ll never get sick of watching, and why?
It has to be Dirty Dancing. My sister had this on VHS when I was little and I would watch it literally every day in the school holidays, so it’s a kind of a nostalgic film for me. It encapsulates all things summer and romance.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
When I’m not at work, I’m in the kitchen. My goal at the moment is to live plastic free, so I’ve been working on my whole food recipes, my ferments and collecting coconuts from the backyard to make coconut milk to go in my pina coladas.
Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Dirtgirl and Scrapboy? No, I think Grace Jones may be more famous than Dirtgirl and Scrapboy (from the kid’s show Get Grubby TV). I got to dance on stage with Grace Jones once at Latitude festival in England – that was pretty cool.
If you weren’t living in Cairns where would you be?
Berlin. It is the home of veganism and electronic music – my two favourite things.
What is the best thing about your CQUni campus?
The people here at the CQUni Cairns campus are a fantastic bunch of people. They love any excuse for a dress-up party and generally love to get amongst it and support each other wherever they can. The other day one of the paramedics rocked up to work dressed as Steve Irwin for International Steven Irwin Day – how good is that??!
What would be your last meal?
I’d fly to Italy and have spaghetti aglio, olio e pepperencino.
What is your favourite karaoke song and why?
I once won a karaoke competition at a festival in Adelaide when I did a version of Ice, Ice Baby, complete with bad dance moves. I still remember all the words and it’s a bit of a crowd pleaser!