October 13, 2017
This week we meet Ken Kunin who is a musician, Personal Trainer, gym owner and the writer/performer of only the second song I have heard with Wynnum mentioned in it. Ken’s Living in Wynnum song is linked below.
Ken Kunin and his wife Kathy Sharp started Revolution Fitness 15 years ago. They predominantly focus on one on one personal training and Pilates. Every program is tailored to the individual as there is never a one size fits all solution. They work with everyone from young athletes to an older population with health issues that require a watchful eye.
Ken started On Song International this year which is a TV show in development featuring songwriters and not a karaoke elimination based show.
Ken is in pre-production with Ken Kunin & the Crooked Sky to release his 9th studio album next year.
It was great whilst chatting during the shoot, to have some great tunes being played, I particularly enjoyed Matinee Cowboy.
I do enjoy my music, and we spoke about various bands, band members around the LA scene in the nineties, as Ken was amongst this scene in at the time. I mistakenly said I used to play, and noted a couple of chords and changes that I was enjoying while Ken was playing. Then the hammer dropped when he said “you know you are not getting out of here without playing”. Oh, crap! You really need to learn to shut up Sean! So I had a play on a beautiful Larrivee guitar, playing as badly as I remember, and Ken was ever so polite. I like polite people.
What brought you to the area?
My wife who lived in LA with me for 10 years is originally from Lota. After living in LA for 3 decades and being in a pretty tough music industry, I decided a sea change was in order and after several visits to Australia, it seemed a good idea at the time. It was also great moving to a place where you have family built into the equation.
Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?
I think it was memorable or at least different living in a small community where I would bump into people that you know so frequently. Being a trainer I would often bump into clients in the supermarket that would see me and say things like “You really made my arse sore this week” which in turn would get half the line turning around wondering just what it was I did for a living.
What would you love to see in Wynnum?
I would love to see Wynnum come closer to reaching its potential in many ways. There are way too many shops empty, we also have a council that absolutely acts like a mafia and basically aims to extort small businesses at every chance possible, and a night life that is borderline non existent. It is time to try some new things to modernize the area and just putting up more units isn’t the be all and end all solution. To do the same thing year in and year out expecting a different result doesn’t show too much intelligence. It is time to recruit some forward thinking people to shake things up and invest in a more progressive future.
Any link to a website that you would like to share?
Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
I would like to see you continue to do what you do which is cover people who aim to make the neighbourhood we live in a better place.