Exclusive Interview: Ozzie Wright talks his unique Mexican road trip, as part of Short Film Someplace Else

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Directed by Riley Blakeway, Corona Extra Presets Someplace Else is a special short film which follows an eclectic group of artistic individuals as they embark on the ultimate road trip along the Mexican coast. They piled into a transporter bus for 7 days and 7 nights, traveling the coast, meeting locals along the way while eating, living, and drinking the Mexican culture.

Here we bring you a Q&A with one of the artists who took of on the road. Ozzie Wright is his name, and he shares insights into the journey and his experiences travelling with a unique group in one of the most exciting countries in the world.

How did you get involved in “Someplace Else”?

I have my ear to the ground and, if a trip with the weird kind of folk to the rad kind of place is taking place, I have my people call your people, and before you know it I’m playing horrid ukulele songs about you into your ear while you try and answer emails from your mumma!

Putting six people on a trip together forces you to get to know one and other very well. What’s something you learnt about another on the trip that perhaps surprised you?

Everyone from everywhere ROCKS!

Once you get to know them. I pretty much think that is true, but in Mexico, on an all expenses paid trip to hang out with a bunch of arty creatures, I mean, you’re all going to get on pretty well. There’s not a great deal to stress out about.

What do you learn about yourself on a trip like this?

I learned that I walk the razors edge between sanity and insanity when it comes to party time!
Though I’m actually quite sensible, I have just enough sense to make sure I can still surf decent in the morning and hopefully I’m not to much of a nuisance in the night.

Did you have a favourite spot along the Mexican coast to drink a Corona?

On the beach, always after a surf, and only a few responsible ones just as the sun sets and the camera lenses flare in my gay hair.

Food of choice on a Mexican Road Trip?

Dog meat tacos, cat enchiladas , donkey brain burritos, fried prostitute toes; I just eat what the locals eat!

Which area had the best waves?

I only surf the internet these days, reception was best in the lobby under the giant rainbow-coloured jaguar head!

What was your soundtrack for the trip?

Guitar was a constant! Between hanni el khatib, vaughan dead, dylan graves and me there weren’t too many moments of silence. We jammed it up and down and all around inside and outside… frontside and dark slide. I did a bennihana on my ukulele onto the dance floor, I think [there is] a photo of it somewhere.

What do you think or hope people will take away from the film about the trip?

I don’t know anything about the film; I haven’t seen any of the footage. I know Andrew Brophy is a beast on a skateboard, so that will be cool to watch. I hope the amount of fun we had translates, but when red cameras are involved, in my opinion a lot of the spontaneity may be hard to capture. But I’m a big fan of [Director] Riley Blakeway and I’m sure he’ll pull it off.

And a chance for some self promo: let us in on what you’re up to at the moment / what’s coming up for you…

You can catch our train wreck of a rock and roll machine that is the GOONS OF DOOM playing around the place from time to time, and also I got a few surf trips coming up and I do a lot of art so I should do an art show soon, I suppose if you want to know what I’m doing you can look for me on instagram; I have finally got a mobile telephone! @ozzywrong.

The full version of Someplace Else will be released on coronaextra.com.au on Monday May 12

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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.