Mixed Up Everything
Mixed Up Everything are four brothers - Todd (vocals, guitar), Kevin (drums), Blake (guitar) and Koby (bass).
It all began as a bunch of 3 to 6 year olds playing 'rockstars' in front of their parents with tennis racquets and pounding on mum's cushions with drumsticks, pretending to be the Offspring, the Chili Peppers, U2, Bon Jovi, Audioslave, Blink, Green Day or Matchbox 20. At the age of eight, Todd got his first guitar and learned his first few proper chords from a guy named John who was a friend of his father. A year later Kevin got his first electric drum set and they both started taking proper music lessons privately, as well as at school. Their first performances were at their primary school where they made a mess of Smoke On The Water, You Really Got Me, You Give Love A Bad Name, Sunshine of Your Love and a few other songs that are too embarrassing to mention.
It wasn’t long before Blake got his first left handed acoustic guitar and Koby started learning keyboard. They called themselves Mixed Up Everything, because "we mix up all bands and music genres".
As time progressed and their confidence grew, Mixed Up Everything took their talent and music to the streets, busking in plenty of outdoor venues across Melbourne and they became a regular fixture in Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall. They also took a trip busking across Europe literally singing for their supper and began playing in clubs and pubs. They never failed to draw huge crowds wherever they performed.
Mixed Up Everything began to upload their covers to their YouTube channel to showcase their talent and versatility, covering almost to perfection songs by Metallica, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, 3 Doors Down, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Scorpions, Bush, Alice In Chains, Blink-182 and, of course, The Offspring.
The first proper 'recognition' came in 2012 from their favourites, namely The Offspring, who shared a cover of the boys' The Future Is Now on their Twitter and Facebook page. As you might imagine, social media was 'covered' in shares and comments about these young 'whipper snappers' doing a fine job of an Offspring song. In that same year, Kevin entered a drumming competition that No Doubt put out to their fan base, to cover the drum part of their song Push n Shove. The winner was to be awarded with a drum kit signed by the band. Kevin gave it his best shot, but he came runner up in a tight contest, which according to No Doubt’s drummer Adrian Young "... was so close it was a toss of a coin." Kevin didn't get that drum kit, but he did get a snare skin signed by the entire band, which still has pride of place on the wall above his drum kit!
Their amazing efforts never went unnoticed. They've since won high appraisals from big names such as Foo Fighters, The Offspring, Scorpions, Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, Tea Party, Korn and plenty of radio stations, newspapers and websites across Australia and indeed the world. More recently their social media accounts have 'exploded' as several of their cover videos have gone viral. People from all over the world are simply sharing their videos because they appreciate their talent, strong work ethic and obvious love for real music and real instruments.
Mixed Up Everything, however, refuses to be known as just a bunch of talented kids who cover their favourite musicians' songs. They are dreaming big and want to be known as an original rock band which sells out arenas and headlines big festivals.
Their debut album Ex-Nihilo has just been released and the three lefties and Todd aim to top charts, kick ass and take down names.