It’s lucky for local musician Tate Sheridan that Elton John always rings twice. Back in 2012, while still a music student at Canberra’s Australian National University, he inadvertently hung up on the pop icon.
“There was no caller ID, it was about one in the morning and I was tired, ready to go to bed. He says, ‘Hello, is this Tate?’ I say, ‘Yeah, who’s this?’ He says, ‘Hi, it’s Elton John.’ I heard that and hung up straight away,” the 27-year-old recalls.
“My mates from music school knew I was a huge fan so I thought, you know, someone’s playing a prank. It was my extreme good fortune that the same number rang straight back. You know those scenes in movies where someone drops the phone? I couldn’t believe it was real.”
Turns out Sir Elton, renowned for his interest in up-and-coming artists and emerging pop trends (“He buys every new release each week – five copies, one for each house,” says Sheridan), had, while touring Australia, heard some songs Sheridan uploaded to Triple J’s Unearthed and requested a meeting with the young musician.