Interview with Ocean Alley frontman, Baden Donegal – Bernie Thomas

Interview with Ocean Alley frontman, Baden Donegal


We were lucky enough to sit down with Baden and chat to him about life, music and good times. The Ocean Alley lead singer models our Winter 21 collection.

Read our interview below.

Berniethomas interview with Baden Donegal from Ocean Alley

What did life look like for Baden Donegal before becoming ocean ally’s lead singer?

Was pretty ordinary I guess, worked as an upholsterer pulling staples out of old lounge frames and sewing cushion covers. Exciting stuff!

You have recently moved up Byron way? Is everyone in the band pretty happy with the move or was it a case of majority wins type thing?

Yeah been living Byron way for about 18 months. All of us but one has done the dash on Sydney, it’s definitely a majority wins scenario.

 Berniethomas interview with Baden Donegal from Ocean AlleyBerniethomas interview with Baden Donegal from Ocean AlleyBerniethomas interview with Baden Donegal from Ocean Alley

I hear you were a bit of a rugby league head growing up, when did you decide busting tackles out of fullback wasn’t your calling and being onstage was?

I hung up the boots after a couple knee reconstructions and when a few bad habits crept in on the weekends. Kinda lost the drive for footy when I found music. Running into other blokes and having to strap up the ankles and knees every day got old real quick.

I know you can’t share tour secrets but give us an insight to who holds the title for the loosest band member, or in other words who’s the last man standing when everyone else goes to bed?

I reckon everyone in the band has their day for the most reckless. There is always one champion of sleepless nights though and that would be Obie. He holds the record for 3 nights, 3 shows and not a wink of sleep.

Berniethomas interview with Baden Donegal from Ocean AlleyBerniethomas interview with Baden Donegal from Ocean Alley

Ocean ally has become a household name in music, has that affected the way people treat you?

I guess in Aus it’s been a bit of a change for the boys. We like to try keep it pretty low key though. Everyone we meet seems to respect that.

I’d ask what your other hobbies are other than surfing and playing music but I already know so let’s just cut to the case, what’s the best fish you have pulled in?

I went on an island trip start of this year in North Queensland. Landed a few decent GT.

Berniethomas interview with Baden Donegal from Ocean AlleyBerniethomas interview with Baden Donegal from Ocean Alley

I ran into your girlfriend ( Frosine Henderson ) the other day and she told me you secretly love modelling. What are your thoughts on this?

She spends most of her time finding ways to right me off so not surprised to hear that at all.

What’s next on the cards for ocean ally? Has all this covid rubbish given you more of a drive to get back on stage and be bigger than ever?

Hopefully this shit ends soon. The boys are stinging to get back on stage and tour again. Almost forgotten how to play my guitar.

Do you think we will see big DONNYBOON on stage in BERNIETHOMAS in the future?

Yeah bernie and I will be sharing the stage for sure. It’s my go to these days.

Berniethomas interview with Baden Donegal from Ocean AlleyBerniethomas interview with Baden Donegal from Ocean Alley


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