Welcome to Mojo Junction.
A creative intersection. Mojo Junction is an online community of creatives from across the globe. We shared stories in monthly magazine format from 2013-16. The magazine was edited by the late Susie Surtees (2/6/53-22/7/18). This website is now a tribute to the writing of our editor Susie, with her pieces showcased as all of the main page articles. Within the menus you can find material by other contributors under a number of categories.
THE MOJO JUNCTION CREATIVE TEAM:
Susie Surtees (2/6/53-22/7/18)
Susie was a writer, photographer, artist, graphic designer, teacher, sometime life designer and deep noticer. She was Mojo Junction’s editor and a Mojo feature writer. She lived in Ballarat, missed the sea, and knew her way around a kitchen, a garden and this wonderful planet. Conversation, nature, literature, poetry, art, music and silence—not necessarily in that order— fuelled her. As did chocolate when all else failed.
Carla Versitano is a writer, reporter, singer and presenter who loves good food, music and playing themed games in dress-up. She published Eater’s Digest, a gluten free food blog. She lives on Australia’s Gold Coast with a rescued flightless parrot called Peaches.
Megan is a young, innovative cook exploring the depths of food sensuality, aphrodisiacal cuisine, and fine dining. She is here to share that love of food and healthy indulgence with you, through a wide variety of seductive recipes.
Nina is a photographer, wife and mother who loves to cook. The simple inspiration of good healthy living is what makes Ninas’ kitchen come to life. Nina lives by the sea in Sydney in a small apartment with a big herb garden. She delights her husband and two year old with her original recipes.
Tim Bennett, between his extensive modelling tours of Slovenia, is most commonly found schmoozing in hotel and festival green rooms. 20 years of playing bass around the world has left Tim with the insatiable hunger to perform in all of the worlds best and dodgiest pubs and music festivals. Tim lives in his guitar case, generally near a park big enough to throw a frisbee. Tim’s favorite people are dogs and kids.
Miss Quincy performs with her all-girl rock n’ roll band the Showdown throughout North America on a relentless tour schedule. They are rumored to sound like Joan Jett and the early Stones spending the night together in a Tarantino movie.
Canadian artist Faye Blais dishes out her indie-folk, lyrical-driven songs on electric and acoustic guitars, and keys—the perfect match for her stunning dynamic vocals.
A highly ordered collection of elements formed when a giant star collapsed some 4 billion years ago, Josh has only in the last 36 years considered himself to exist. He typically plays music and tries not to think about it.
Nick has been a full time musician and educator for the past 20 years. Based in the creative hub of Melbourne, Australia, when Nick isn’t changing lives in the classroom, you’ll find him at home changing the strings on his guitar.
Shara Gustafson lives near the banks of the Fraser River nestled in the Rocky and Cariboo Mountains of Dunster, B.C. Canada. She spends her days surviving rural life by growing food, love, some kids, and culture as the Artistic Director of the Robson Valley Music Festival and Vocalist of Mamaguroove and Samson’s Delilah. When she grows up, she wants to be even more awesome if at all possible.
Ember Swift is a Canadian musician who transplanted herself to Beijing, China in 2008 in a fit of reckless joy. Since 2012, she now has two children who she considers to be better artistic creations than her entire stack of album releases combined. She now writes, plays, sings, feeds, and manages—all creative pursuits in the right frame of mind—with or without remembering to comb her hair.
Jacob is a part-time lawyer, daydreamer, bedroom guitarist, chaturangui novice, caped-superhero on a bike, world-wanderer and frisbee chucker. He is quite good at doing the dishes.
Shelly likes to make salads only using scissors and is always amazed by how diverse the salad can be. Shelly’s happy place is in the studio/garage, with Dan Brown, translating her blips and rants into music. She’s also recently created a small human to cohabit the earth with. She enjoys singing, teaching singing, quiet time and cardboard boxes.
Jess McAvoy is a 20 year veteran of the Australian music industry, having lived in various places in the Northern Hemisphere and is every day diversifying her role as Creative Weapon.
After a half arsed attempt at a music career in Perth, Nathan escaped to Melbourne and discovered a love of wine in laneway bars, but really just continued his love of drinking in a more sophisticated manner… Somehow along the way, he learned how to make the stuff.
Eric is an ARC-funded research fellow at the University of Sydney, working on foundations of quantum mechanics and quantum information theory. When he’s not travelling the world in the name of science he enjoys mucking around with a guitar or collecting points of view.
Jesse Bear is a full time writer, producer and mix engineer, and has worked with several Grammy Award winning and Top 40 artists over the last ten years. Of no fixed abode, he spends his time equally across the four corners of the globe.
Brian MacMillan is a Canadian musician. When he’s not touring his own music he can be found playing for a handful of award winning musicians. And when he’s not doing that he can usually be found engineering, producing, scoring, and performing music for himself and others at his studio, The Bakeshop. Finally, if he’s not there, he’s likely cutting the grass on his farm.
Saritah is a lover of life, singer, songwriter, musician, visionary, vegan, who is devoted to global upliftment through the gift of song. Born in Korea, raised in Perth and currently nesting in a green leafy suburb of Melbourne.
Alberta, Canada’s prairie balladeer Scott Cook has spent the last seven years along the highways and byways of Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia. In February he’ll be touring Australia supporting his fourth DIY release, One More Time Around.
Seth hails from the backwoods of Dunster, British Columbia, Canada, where he lives and breathes to this day, always busy making music, gardens, babies, bio diesel, love, alternative buildings, and replanting forests, in no particular order. He wants to be an astronaut and conquer new worlds when he grows up.
Mirabai is a filmmaker and traveler with a passion for India. This is not surprising as her flower-power parents named her after an Indian princess. She currently lives in Melbourne and is studying Hindi, making short films / docos and enjoys eating chocolate.
Chris is a composer, web developer and film maker from Melbourne. When he’s not behind the camera you can find him touring the world with oldskool computers from the 80′s blasting audiences with an assortment of 8bit and early 16bit sounds. He loves cheese, craft beer and canned Japanese ready-mixed coffee.
Spokes considers his training as a Geologist as the foundation for his life’s work as an artist. He’s a filmmaker, and photographer and arts facilitator.
Edmund Ludwig is a guitarist, composer, FOH mixer, who records and produces artists, lives in Melbourne and in his spare time, writes poetry and sleeps.