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KT MULHOLLAND: A LA CARTE POP

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - November 16, 2015

KT Mulholland (Kathleen to her parents) is a singer, songwriter, and performer currently based in Queens, New York. Along with her band members Captain Hitz and Nadav Post, they create an eclectic library of fusion pop that is as focused on strong lyrical content as it is danceable. 

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WATCH: COLE CLARK ‘ECO’ MODELS

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - November 16, 2015

Cole Clark’s Josh Munday presents the AE series of acoustic guitars. Replacing endangered timbers with locally sourced alternatives, the Australian Eco models are made from 100% sustainable timbers. http://www.coleclarkguitars.com/ Watch Josh’s demo here.

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WATCH: DIAMOND HALCYON ZOLTAN BATHORY SIGNATURE

Posted in Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - November 16, 2015

The HALCYON ZOLTAN BATHORY SIGNATURE FRONT TOWARD ENEMY model is aggressive and affordable.  With all the same construction as their top of the line Halcyon models, this mahogany solid body has a mahogany set neck and rosewood fingerboard.  String-thru, Diamond Custom R15S and N9C pickups and Front Toward Enemy (from the front…

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FACE THE MUSIC DAY 2

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 16, 2015
keynote speaker JD Samson

keynote speaker JD Samson

Face The Music day two was never going to be just another day at a music conference. As people woke to the news of the horrific acts of violence in Paris overnight, it was impossible for anything like business as usual to occur. As accustomed as we are to hearing of terrorist acts, this time it really hit home. This time people were killed at a concert, coming together to enjoy music that collectively they all love. Of course, it’s no more tragic than those that died or were terrorised anywhere else in Paris on Friday night, nor any more devastating than the victims in Beirut the day before or any other act of terror on any other day. It just hit home more because it involved music fans like you or me. The Eagles of Death Metal is a band we all know and many of us have seen here. Their merch guy, Nick Alexander was killed doing what he loved to do for a band he adored. Just around the corner in Paris on the same night, Australian artists Jarryd James and Boo Seeka were in lockdown in the venue where they had been playing. At Face The Music, people knew people who had been or may have been effected by the night of terror. Reading the vibe of the day, Face the Music organisers, opened the doors of their event  free to anyone who wanted to come down and just be with like-minded music fans, in a sign of solidarity.

A music conference had been organised and it was important for it to proceed and celebrate what’s right about the world in the face of so much wrong. As day one began with music, so too did the Saturday with DD Dumbo playing his wonderful brand of experimental loop pop to a sombre audience. It was apt that the keynote speaker for day two was JD Samson, speaking on her experiences of being different and trying to create awareness and change in the way people think. “Visibility was the best gift that I could give to my community for our future equality… Being a token can sometimes feel very solitary and I wanted to make my experience more recognised,” she told an enthralled audience.

Then there was the ‘My Brilliant Career’ session, moderated by Peter Chellew and featuring Phoebe Baker (Alpine), Rosemary Walton (Triple M), Melanie Lewis (Artist manager), Andrew Orvis (Queenscliff Music Festival) and Byron Georgouras (Collarts). In this session the panel told of their journeys to the positions they hold and offered advice on how members of the audience might find a career within the music industry.

There were plenty of learning opportunities for those interested in the business side of music from grant writing tips, to how to compete in a digital music world and the importance of being creative in your live music ventures.
The ‘Breaking Down A Big Indie-Release’ session did just that, using The Reubens’ single Hoops as an example. The panel included; record company MD Chris Maund, label manager Marihuzka Cornelius, artist manager Joel Connolly and agent Lauren Murray, who provided a fascinating insight into the release by a major Australian act.

Streaming: Going With The Flow or Stemming the Tide? was another intriguing session featuring Andrew Harris (APRA, AMCOS), Dan Nevin (AIR), Sarah Hamilton (Ditto Music, and Harvey Saward (Remote Control). Moderated by Ian James (Mushroom Music Publishing), the panel discussed the current music streaming services, where it’s all going and how money might be made from it.

Congratulations to Peter Chellew and his team for another well organised, thought-provoking music convention. Let’s hope that next year’s event takes place in a less troubled world.

http://www.facethemusic.org.au/

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Breaking down The Reubens’ ‘Hoops’ release

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To stream or not to stream?

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My Brilliant Career session

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DD Dumbo

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FACE THE MUSIC. WE DID!

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 13, 2015
Keynote speaker Ruth Daniels

Keynote speaker Ruth Daniel

Ring tones, not something you think about much … unless you hear a lot of them. At Face The Music, a music conference full of tech savvy, success-driven music industry go-getters and knowledge-thirsty wanna be’s, it’s difficult to avoid the La Cucaracha phone tones and text message pings, even during the most engrossing of guest presentations. Who are all of these people and why have they come to this music conference? Face The Music is Melbourne’s annual music industry talk-fest and as usual presents a diverse range of speakers, generating discussion and thought on a wide range of topics, consequently attracting an eclectic group of attendees. Throw the Australian World Music Expo into the mix, which runs at the same time in the same building, and you have the perfect ingredients for an arts and cultural think tank.

Oh Mercy’s Alexander Gow kicked off the event with a performance in the newly established outdoor conference venue, the MPavilion. Melbourne did what Melbourne does, clouded over, thought about raining on the parade but thankfully decided against it. Inside the Arts Centre on level 8, Conference Director Pete Chellew officially opened the weekend before introducing the first panel, which featured Jodie Regan (Director, Spinning Top), Mardi Caught (GM of Frontline labels, Warner Music) and Susan Heymann (GM Touring for Chugg Entertainment). Their session was titled was ‘Our Generation- The Music Industry’s New Leaders’ and focussed on the secret recipe of success in the music industry. Surprise, surprise .. apparently there is no one way, or a magical shortcut. Consensus was that there are some basic rules to follow but really, it’s a case by case situation, depending on the artist and audience. Jodie, who has had much success with Tame Impala spoke of a mutual work ethic with her clients, sharing the same vision. Susan suggested that even the most talented band in the world wouldn’t make it without the ‘right ‘deal’ being struck. They all spoke of a passion for what you do and being prepared for instantly changing scenarios.

Over in the Clemenger building a panel of music journalists including; Fred Pessaro (Noisey USA), Mathew Coyte (Rolling Stone Aus), Bryget Chrisfield, themusic.com), Brodie Lancaster (Rookie), Marcus Teague (Age, The Guardian), moderated by author, music scribe and sometime contributor to Australian Musician Jenny Valentish discussed the changing landscape in music media. Much like in music, where it all comes down to the song, this group concluded that creating great copy, always falls back to having a good story to tell and presenting it from an interesting angle.

Across the road at the Testing Grounds venue, the lunchtime crowd were enthralled by artist of the moment Ali Barter, playing songs from her AB-EP release. Back inside Ruth Daniel  was the first of many international guest speakers to take the podium. Ruth’s area of expertise is music activism. She related stories of how artists and music fans from countries in Latin America and Africa have been able to create their own grass roots level music events, which have gone on to stimulate rich cultural arts scenes. Ruth told of the South American Hip Hop schools which have sprung up, giving hope to kids that might otherwise be involved in drug related violence. Then she talked about the Zimbabwean artist who proudly stated, “I don’t do hip hop, I am hip hop”, such was the passion instilled in her. Much of the people power she spoke of was made possible by an exchange system or barter system whereby services were traded, due to the lack of money in those areas. So successful had some music advocacy groups become in South America, that the major political parties had contacted them seeking support. Quizzed about whether such activism could be possible in Australia, Ruth claimed that anything was possible but queried whether we had it so good here that it would require a removal from our comfort zones.

Next up Noise 11’s Paul Cashmere hosted a panel of record label personnel featuring; Timothy Janes (Caroline), Sophie Miles (Mistletone), Mardi Caught (Warner Music), and Frank Cotela (OneLove), who spoke of the ever-changing landscape in the record industry. Each speaker had different methods of hawking their label’s music but again, nobody offered a holy grail of answers. While the old guard were coming to terms with a shifting of goal posts, at the same time in the Clemenger building, the new kids in town were talking technology in the Virtual and Augmented Reality session. As I walked in they were discussing the advent of 360 degree videos and being able to experience virtual music festivals at anytime, wherever you are.

There was so much more on offer at Face The Music from legal matters to international management and a bird’s eye view of Bluesfest via an interview with the festival’s director Peter Noble but by 5pm, it was enough of the talk and time to schmooze. There is so much on in Melbourne this weekend with events attached to Face The Music, AMWE and Melbourne Music Week. Face The Music is open again tomorrow and there are plenty of tickets available for anyone wanting to learn a little bit more about the music industry or just rub shoulders with the movers and shakers. And for the small price you have to pay to attend, even if you learn only one thing, it may be a game changer. Get down to the Victorian Arts Centre tomorrow and check it out.

http://www.facethemusic.org.au/

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Pete Chellew opens FTM 2015

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Music Journalism panel

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Jodie Regan

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Ali Barter lunchtime gig

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Label talk

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SA MUSIC AWARD WINNERS 2015

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - November 12, 2015

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Tkay Maidza and Timberwolf have walked away as the big winners at the 2015 South Australian Music (SAM) Awards, held on the same night as The Age Music Victoria Awards.

Eclectic brat rapper, Tkay Maidza, was crowned Best Female and her Switch Tape EP was awarded Best Release. Maidza’s track Switch Lanes scored the APRA AMCOS award for Best Song as well as Best Music Video by director and animator Sachio Cook.

The Best Male title was awarded to modern folk bluesman, Timberwolf aka Chris Panousakis, who was also named APRA AMCOS Best Songwriter, taking away a $500 cash prize.

The recipients of the Robert Stigwood fellowship SKIES won Best New Artist following the recent release of their single ‘Call For My Heart’ and their self-titled EP designed by artist Jack Vanzet was awarded Best Cover Art.

Grenadiers, fresh from performing Triple J’s Like A Version, won Best Group and Bad//Dreems took out Best Live Act. Motez scored Best Producer for his EP Vancouver following his international Cross Pollination tour.

The public-voted category for Most Popular Artist saw more than 1500 votes pour in, and metal band Truth Corroded came out on top.

Two unannounced awards were presented on the night. The Fowler’s Live Achievement Award recognised Robert Dunstan, Bside Magazine editor, for his sustained contribution to the local music industry. The Ryan Freeman Live Music Award, created by his family in honour of Ryan Freeman, a live music fan who passed away in 2009, was awarded to soulful alt-country songwriter Kelly Menhennett who also received $4000 to assist her career.

The awards also recognized outstanding industry figures and events. Craig Lock and Ross Osmon from 5/4 Entertainment jointly received Best Manager, WOMADelaide was awarded the Moshtix-sponsored prize for Best Festival/Best Music Event and the iconic Governor Hindmarsh Hotel scored Best Venue.

An after-party hosted by triple j’s Dom Alessio and local musician Max Savage followed the awards and featured music from Afro-beat orchestra Shaolin Afronauts and SKIES.

This year’s event marks Music SA’s inaugural custodianship of the recently rebranded awards.

The night was an incredible success for Music SA, says general manager Lisa Bishop, “We are so proud to recognise and celebrate the wealth of talent we have in South Australia, and are overwhelmed with how many people joined us for the festivities. We really look forward to making the event even bigger and better in 2016!
2015 SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARD WINNERS

BEST RELEASE
Tkay Maidza – Switch Tape

BEST FEMALE
Tkay Maidza – Switch Tape

BEST MALE
Timberwolf – Flux

BEST GROUP
Grenadiers – Summer

BEST SONG
Presented by APRA / AMCOS
Tkay Maidza – Switch Lanes

BEST SONGWRITER
Presented by APRA / AMCOS
Chris Panousakis (Timberwolf)

BEST NEW ARTIST
Skies – Call For My Heart

MOST POPULAR ARTIST
Truth Corroded

BEST LIVE ACT
Bad//Dreems

THE FOWLER’S LIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Robert Dunstan

THE RYAN FREEMAN LIVE MUSIC AWARD
Kelly Menhennett

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Sachio Cook for Tkay Maidza ‘Switch Lanes’

BEST MUSIC VENUE
The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel

BEST FESTIVAL / MUSIC EVENT
Presented by Moshtix
WOMADelaide

BEST PRODUCER
Motez – Vancouver

BEST COVER ART
Jack Vanzet – for Skies’ self-titled EP

BEST MANAGER
Presented by Association of Artist Managers
5/4 Entertainment (Craig Lock & Ross Osmon)

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The Mercury Cinema mingle at the SA Music Awards

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The Beards cookin’ up a storm

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Best Group- Grenadiers

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Best New Artist -Skies

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Best Producer- Motez

 

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REPORT: THE AGE MUSIC VIC AWARDS 2015

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 12, 2015
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ECCA VANDAL

To mark the 10th anniversary of The Age Music Victoria Awards, not one but  two special events were organised this year to help celebrate the occasion.  Next week at The Palais Theatre in St Kilda  (20 November), the Hall of Fame Concert will take place honouring a swag of richly deserving Australian music legends. Last night at 170 Russell, it was the new guard’s turn in the spotlight, with the presentation of the annual category awards. Pics and Report by Greg Phillips

As usual The Age Music Victoria Awards provided a night of eclectic, high quality local music. Back in town from her all-conquering world tour was Courtney Barnett, who played an energetic set to her welcoming hometown fans. It was no surprise that she also picked up the four main awards including Best Album, Best Song, Best Band and Best Female Artist.

Another Australasian artist who has had a monster year is Marlon Williams. The charismatic Williams delivered a mesmerising set with his band, justifying the critical acclaim he’s been receiving worldwide. The format that The Age Music Victoria Awards takes, with awards presented in batches always ensures a great flow to the evening. Genre and publicly voted winners were presented together for the first time this year.

Hype is an essential ingredient in music but is often over-used. However, it’s a thrill to watch an artist perform when the rhetoric is backed up by substance. Such is the case with Harts and Ecca Vandal, who both put in blinders last night and are set to have a gigantic 2016.

The ever-solid EG All Stars featuring Pete Luscombe, James Black, Bill McDonald and Ash Naylor were in their element, providing the perfect backing for special guests  Ben Salter, Blake Scott (The Peep Tempel), Briggs, Emma Donovan, Iseula Hingano (Blue Eyes Cry), Olympia and the hypnotic Ajak Kwai

Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan congratulated all of the nominees and winners saying, “Bringing the genre awards and public awards together was a great success as the nominees are all equally deserving.  It was wonderful to see the stars of the music industry under one roof in a huge celebration that showcases the depth of our diverse music scene.”

Earlier in the evening the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP, announced $600,000 worth of grants for the Contemporary Music Sector to rousing cheers from the industry-heavy audience.

In recognition of the artists’ contribution to Victorian music, all nominees in the Genre Awards received a generous rehearsal package at Bakehouse Studios.

Check out more photos from the night below.

And the winners are:

Best Album
Presented by The Age
Sometimes I Sit and Think and, Sometimes I Just Sit
COURTNEY BARNETT

Best Song
Presented by APRA AMCOS
Depreston COURTNEY BARNETT

Best Male Artist
Presented by Beat Magazine
C.W STONEKING

Best Female Artist
Presented by The Music
COURTNEY BARNETT

Best Emerging Artist
Presented by Travel Beyond Group & Bigsound
RAISED BY EAGLES

Best Regional Act
Presented by Speaker TV
COSMIC PSYCHOS

Best Regional Venue
Presented by Live at Your Local
THEATRE ROYAL

Best Venue
Presented by Mountain Goat
CORNER HOTEL

Best Festival
Presented by Crumpler
GOLDEN PLAINS
 
Best Live Band  
Presented by Rockwiz
THE SMITH STREET BAND

Best Band
Presented by Corner Hotel
COURTNEY BARNETT

Best Blues Album
Presented by Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society
Box & Dice FIONA BOYES

Best Country Album
Presented by Allans Billy Hyde
Diamonds in the Bloodstream RAISED BY EAGLES

Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B and Gospel Album
Presented by CollArts
Dawn EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS

Best Jazz Album
Presented by Dixons Creek Estate Wines
Mooroolbark BARNEY MCALL

Best Hip Hop Album
Presented by Plakkit
Nobody’s Business MAUNDZ

Best Electronic Act
Presented by OneLove
ROLAND TINGS

Best Heavy Album
Presented by Cherry Bar
Bully HIGH TENSION

Best Indigenous Act
Presented by Department of the Future Productions
EMMA DONOVAN
 
Best Global or Reggae Album
Presented by Crumpler
Quarter Street QUARTER STREET

Best Folk Roots Album
Presented by Folk Alliance Australia
One House TOLKA

Best Experimental/Avant-Garde Act
Presented by Bar Open
CAROLYN CONNORS

This year’s awards were co-presented by PBS 106.7FM and Triple R 102.7 FM.

The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame Concert will be presented at a separate event this year at The Palais Theatre in St Kilda on 20 November.

http://www.musicvictoria.com.au/

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Ajak Kwai

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Harts

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Maundz accepts for best Hip Hop

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Emma Donovan Best Indigenous Act

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High Tension

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Carolyn Coonors. Best Experimental/Avant Garde

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Marlon Williams

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Courtney Barnett

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OLYMPIA

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BRIGGS

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Ecca Vandal

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SIX QUIX WITH I KNOW LEOPARD

Posted in Artists, Blog    //    Post Date - November 9, 2015

Sydney-based outfit I Know Leopard have just released their sophomore EP ‘Another Life’ and are mid way through a national tour. As well as an in-depth interview with the band (See it here), we fired six quix at them.

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WATCH: YAMAHA PACIFICA PAC012 DEMO

Posted in Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - November 9, 2015

Yamaha Pacifica guitars are well known for great tone and outstanding playability. The Pacifica Series feature comfort-contoured bodies, bolt-on neck designs, vintage-style vibratos, and 5-way switching of the H-S-S pickup configuration. From the affordable PAC012 with beautiful color finishes, chrome hardware, and quality construction to the PAC812V with Seymour Duncan…

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WATCH: KOSMIC’S DEMO OF THE ROLAND BOUTIQUE SERIES

Posted in Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - November 9, 2015

Kosmic Sound’s gear guru Ashley Carr discusses the exciting new range of Roland Boutique Synths a series of limited-edition modules that faithfully recreates some of Roland’s most legendary synths. With highly-authentic sound reproduction, they’re also extremely portable, with a built-in speaker and battery operation for making music whenever—and wherever—you want….

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