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JAALA: THE ‘JOONYA SPIRIT’ INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - April 23, 2018

Singer, songwriter Cosima Jaala has just released ‘Joonya Spirit’, the second album under the band moniker of JAALA.  Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips phoned Cosima for a chat about it. It doesn’t take long into a conversation with singer, songwriter Cosima Jaala to realise that she doesn’t take life too seriously….

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TIM RIES: JAZZ STONES ON SAXOPHONES

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - April 22, 2018

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, educator and sax guy for The Rolling Stones, TIM RIES is currently in Melbourne for some dates before jetting off to join The Stones again in the UK. On Tuesday night April 24, he’ll be playing a soul review with local band The Putbacks at the…

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MUSIC CITIES CONVENTION, MELBOURNE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 20, 2018

The results of a survey released last week showed that Melbourne’s music scene is so healthy that many declared the southern city the world’s music capital! It’s befitting that this week Melbourne hosted the Music Cities Convention, a talk-fest, think-tank which explores how music enhances economic development, creates jobs and drives tourism, and helps to build leading global cities. Yesterday, around 300 attendees ranging from town planners and academics to musicians and arts industry personnel convened at Melbourne’s Arts Centre for the first day of a two day event, to hear over 40 speakers from all corners of the globe discuss what makes a great music city.
Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips went along to see what the convention was all about.

When talking about factors that helped make modern-day Melbourne’s music scene so great, you can’t go past the SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) rally which took place in 2010 as an example of the level of passion Melbournians hold for their music. As a protest against the effects of liquor licensing laws on live venues, around 20,000 people took to the CBD in protest. Aware of the groundswell of public disapproval of the laws, the state government backed down on the morning of the protest but the triumphant march went head anyway. It was apt that the first speaker at the Music Cities Convention was Bakehouse Studios’ Helen Marcou, who along with her husband Quincy McLean was at the coalface of the SLAM movement. One of major things which Helen learned from the SLAM experience was that “if you’re going to pick a fight with the government, you’d better have an evidence based solution”.

Quite an academic discussion followed, looking at the impact of cultural policy on music city policies. To the average punter the topic may seem a little dull but the discussion, featuring representatives from Jamaica, Canada and Australia was fascinating. Will Straw of the University of Montreal pointed out that typically white guys in funky clubs are used to portray the vibrancy of a music city and that perhaps this is a little old hat. He suggested that a rich music scene is based on many cultural, economic and social aspects and should not be defined just by a hip white male rock band in a cool club.

In accepting an invitation to cover this event, I wasn’t entirely sure what I’d be experiencing. I certainly didn’t expect to find myself involved in a hands-on, round table discussion on how to start a music policy for a mid-sized city from scratch and how to convince government that our policy was needed. As you’ll see from the photo of our butcher-paper notes, the key factors our group honed in on were the social economic and cultural benefits of music and thinking back to Helen’s presentation, the need to supply evidence based information to back up our claims. Our table, made up mainly of university researchers and moderated by Bree Trevena, an urban strategist and planning manager, demonstrated to me just how much discussion and planning goes into getting things done on a government level.

It wouldn’t be a music conference without music and we were very fortunate to be entertained by key note speaker Archie Roach, who spoke of his love for Melbourne and melted our hearts with a couple of his legendary tunes, ’Took The Children Away’ and ‘Charcoal Lane’. Standing ovations greeted and farewelled the iconic indigenous artist.

Melbourne has always enjoyed a healthy music scene and we sometimes take that for granted. To put things into perspective, Farai Monro described some of the incredible hurdles he has to overcome in presenting music festivals in his hometown of Harare, Zimbabwe, once described as having the world’s worst economy. At one point, the economy was so glum, it resulted in the need to print trillion dollar notes… and even more unbelievably leading to million dollar beers!

Gary Zheng then provided incredible contrast as, via an interpreter, he outlined plans by the Chinese city of Chengdu to build a ‘fun district’, an area covering 3 massive city blocks that would become a dream location for international music fans and musicians. Zheng also stated that the Chinese music industry is worth 325 billion RMB!

To follow and then into day 2 were presentations from representatives of Fort Collins in Colorado, Bogota in Colombia, Orlando in Florida, Amsterdam in The Netherlands, Beijing, China, Fukuoka, Japan and much more.

Next time you’re heading out to enjoy some music in Melbourne, take a minute to be thankful for the amazing choice available in terms of talent and venues and also know that there’s a lot of hard work going on in the background to keep Melbourne’s music scene as robust into the future.

Music Cities Convention was presented by Sound Diplomacy, Creative Victoria and Music Victoria.
www.musiccitiesconvention.com

Helen Marcou (SLAM/Bakehouse Studios)

Gary Zheng, Chengdu

Farai Monro

Kim-Marie Spence (Jamaica), Dr Andrea Baker (Monash Uni), Bree Trevena (Arup Australia)

Martin Foley (Vic state government)

Shain Shapiro (CEO, Sound Diplomacy)

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JELLYBEAN JOHNSON: NOTHING COMPARES 2 PRINCE TOUR INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - April 19, 2018

American drummer, guitarist, songwriter, producer and musician Jellybean Johnson is part of the fabric of the Minnesota music scene. Jellybean was a high school friend of Prince and became a key player in the band The Time, working with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The band was featured prominently…

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BRUCE MATHISKE: INTERVIEW + WIN A SKYPE GUITAR LESSON

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - April 19, 2018

Australian guitar virtuoso Bruce Mathiske has released a new solo guitar album, Six String Anthology. He’s hitting the road for an east coast tour and we’re also giving you the chance to win a one on one Skype guitar lesson with Bruce. AM’s Greg Phillips chats to Bruce ahead of…

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THE RUBENS GET REGIONAL

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 17, 2018

Last week, Ivy League Records and Hottest 100 winners The Rubens announced the third studio album – LO LA RU (out June 29) – a bold and confident record that effortlessly picks up from where their Hottest 100 topping single ‘Hoops’ left off.

To coincide with the announcement, the group are incredibly excited to release the powerful new single ‘Never Ever’ featuring Sarah Aarons – a relatable and heart wrenching tale with Sam Margin and Sarah’s voices acting as yin and yang, so different, but so perfectly matched and harmonious within the track.

To celebrate, the band announce today a 15 date nationwide regional tour in support of ‘Never Ever’, hitting fans like never before.

As an act that have never done things by halves, the tour will see them venture across our great land from Gladstone to Gold Coast and Dunsborough to Frankston.

FRI 18 MAY | TERRIGAL – The Beery (Already announced)
THU 24 MAY | GLADSTONE – Harvey Road Tavern
FRI 25 MAY | AIRLIE BEACH – Magnums Hotel
SAT 26 MAY | TOWNSVILLE – Dalrymple Hotel
SUN 27 MAY | CAIRNS – Edge Hill Tavern
THU 31 MAY | GOLD COAST – Surfers Beergarden
FRI 1 JUNE | TOOWOOMBA – Highfields Tavern
SAT 2 JUNE | IPSWICH – Racehorse Hotel
SUN 3 JUNE | REDLAND BAY – Redland Bay Hotel
THU 7 JUNE | DUNSBOROUGH – Dunsborough Tavern
FRI 8 JUNE | ROCKINGHAM – Leisure Inn
SAT 9 JUNE | GERALDTON – Wintersun Hotel
THU 14 JUNE | MULGRAVE – Village Green
FRI 15 JUNE | FRANKSTON – Pier Bandroom
SAT 16 JUNE | DARWIN | Hidden Valley Raceway (Already announced)

2018 has already been a huge year for the group. After last year’s October release of the exuberant party jam ‘Million Man’, the first taste of LO LA RU, the band played to local audiences at the likes of The Sydney Opera House and The Forum before embarking on a global tour – one that saw the band sell out shows in Vancouver, Toronto, New York & London. Indeed, the band are back and eager to build on the excitement of their world class performance.

TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY 20 APRIL VIA OZTIX

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THE HUMMINGBIRD: MELBOURNE’S NEWEST VENUE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 17, 2018

It’s always great to hear of a new music venue opening, particularly when the people behind it are MUSIC people and know what they’re doing.  A lot of heart and soul has gone into the planning of a new St Kilda entertainment venue – aptly dubbed “The Hummingbird.” The venue will open with a VIP party on May 2nd

Venue operator Heather Para worked in collaboration with the Newmarket Hotel to design a warm and inviting space, located just down the stairs, inside Newmarket, 34 Inkerman St, St Kilda. It features an excellent new stage and sound system, a friendly atmosphere and intimate attention to all the details. Great food, entertainment and creature comforts for the patrons are prioritized with outstanding facilities for the artists to play and present a huge variety of music styles.

“I’ve had my eye on this room for some time and am so lucky to be able to collaborate with a venue that already had a fantastic reputation for food and hospitality. It’s the perfect space to present the best Australian and International touring artists of many genres. From Jazz to Heritage acts, Soul Funk, Reggae, RnB, Comedy and everything else in between. We are putting in an excellent sound system, remodeling the existing stage and working closely with the chef to present a sophisticated food offering. We really will be providing something for everyone,” said Heather.

An intimate nocturnal hideaway, The Hummingbird will host shows many nights per week with two shows per night on Fridays and Saturdays – an early dinner show from 6pm – 10pm followed by a second more danceable show for the late night crowd from 10 pm until late.

OPENING NIGHT VIP PARTY
St Kilda local Bev Killick is the opening night MC. Bev is from the bold and brassy school of stand up – much to the delight of her devoted audiences. She has performed for more that 250,000 souls here, there and everywhere in her travels and has had the grand pleasure of working with Weird Al Yankovic, Gina Riley and Jane Turner (with the production of Kath and Kim) and many others She also has numerous film credits to her name and a reputation for her non-stop energy. She’s loveable, bawdy and a little bit naughty and will be delivering her trademark hilarious observations and tales of mayhem on the opening night.

The featured music artist Alma Zygier (pictured above) has been fascinated by the pre-war era of Jazz; the singers, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Memphis Minnie and the Broadway composers who provided the repertoire, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Rodgers. Born with a golden musical pedigree (daughter of Willy Zygier and Deborah Conway), she brings her superb vocal talent and an emotional maturity to her performance that belies her years. She will be performing with her band of hot young players, bringing her American Songbook repertoire into the 21st century.

Melbourne-based DJ, event curator and ‘Boogie Beat Suite’ PBS radio presenter, MzRizk, will keep the party going til late, spinning all the platters that matter. One of Melbourne’s busiest and best-loved DJs, MzRizk has supported Australian acts such as Remi and Hiatus Kaiyote; as well as international artists Badbadnotgood, Mos Def, Public Enemy, Jill Scott, Snarky Puppy, The Daptones, John Morales, Bilal, Cody Chestnut, Maseo (De La Soul), Common, Talib Kweli, Jurassic 5, Maxwell and many more.

The folks behind the venue want everyone to know about The Hummingbird and spread the word that there’s a new venue in town, so they have decided to put a few tickets on sale at just $20 each for the first 50 lucky punters who want to get in early to check out the new room and be part of our opening night shenanigans.

Get tickets now for this amazing show and let our attentive and professional service staff spoil you with delicious cocktails, fine wine and an excellent selection of beers and top shelf spirits. First in, best dressed so be quick!

Book VIP Venue launch tix here through Oz Tix: https://tinyurl.com/y8rdu9qz

Want a show at The Hummingbird? Contact heatherpara@optusnet.com.au.

 

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2018 AIR AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 16, 2018

Violent Soho accept at AIR Awards last year

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) will celebrate the 12th AIR Awards at
Adelaide’s Queen’s Theatre on Thursday 26th July, 2018. Thanks to the continued support from the
South Australian Government, the return to the UNESCO City of Music will see over 40 of Australia’s
finest recording artists nominated for one of this year’s prestigious awards.

AIR will also host its second two-day Indie-Con Australia Conference at The Hindley on the 26th and
27th July and will be surrounded by a hive of activity with the excitement of Umbrella: Winter City
Sounds, the Winter Reds Weekend and the Colour of Impressionism.

With genres crossing jazz, classical, blues and roots, country, hip-hop, hard rock/punk and
dance/electronica, the 2018 AIR Awards Nominees are….

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST
ALEX LAHEY
BAKER BOY
JEN CLOHER
STELLA DONNELLY
THE JUNGLE GIANTS

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM OR EP
RVG – A QUALITY OF MERCY
METHYL ETHEL – EVERYTHING IS FORGOTTEN
ALEX LAHEY – I LOVE YOU LIKE A BROTHER
JEN CLOHER – JEN CLOHER
THE JUNGLE GIANTS – QUIET FEROCITY
ALEX THE ASTRONAUT – SEE YOU SOON

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE
RVG – A QUALITY OF MERCY
ALEX LAHEY – EVERY DAY’S THE WEEKEND
THE JUNGLE GIANTS – FEEL THE WAY I DO
BAKER BOY – MARRYUNA FEAT. YIRRMAL
METHYL ETHEL – UBU

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE
YEAR – PRESENTED BY PPCA
ANGIE MCMAHON – SLOW MOVER
BAKER BOY – MARRYUNA
RVG – A QUALITY OF MERCY
STELLA DONNELLY – THRUSH METAL
THE JUNGLE GIANTS – QUIET FEROCITY

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM
HORRORSHOW – BARDO STATE
BLISS N ESO – OFF THE GRID
ALLDAY – SPEEDING
WINSTON SURFSHIRT – SPONGE CAKE
BIRDZ – TRAIN OF THOUGHT

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM
HALFWAY – LIVE AT THE TRIFFID
FANNY LUMSDEN – REAL CLASS ACT
CAITLYN SHADBOLT – SONGS ON MY SLEEVE
LEE KERNAGHAN – THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY
ALBUM

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM
THE TESKEY BROTHERS – HALF MILE HARVEST
THE WAIFS – IRONBARK
DAN SULTAN – KILLER
ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS – WHEN WE FALL
CAITI BAKER – ZINC

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR
PUNK ALBUM
RVG – A QUALITY OF MERCY
BAD//DREEMS – GUTFUL
SLEEPMAKESWAVES – MADE OF BREATH ONLY
NORTHLANE – MESMER
THE SMITH STREET BAND– MORE SCARED OF
YOU THAN YOU ARE OF ME
KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD –
MURDER OF THE UNIVERSE

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE/ELECTRONICA
ALBUM OR EP
PNAU – CHANGA
CROOKED COLOURS – VERA
THRUPENCE – IDEAS OF AESTHETICS
SLUMBERJACK – FRACTURE

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR
CLUB SINGLE
TOUCH SENSITIVE – LAY DOWN
PNAU – GO BANG
BANOFFEE – RIPE
BENSON – TRYING (FEAT. YEO)
MOTEZ – THE FUTURE (FEAT. ANTONY AND
CLEOPATRA)
CONFIDENCE MAN – BUBBLEGUM

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM
THE VAMPIRES – THE VAMPIRES MEET LIONEL
LOUEKE
JAMES MORRISON/BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA –
THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
JEREMY ROSE – WITHIN AND WITHOUT
MY NAME IS NOBODY – MY NAME IS NOBODY
JOSEPH TAWADROS – LIVE AT ABBEY ROAD

BEST INDEPENDENT CLASSICAL ALBUM
GRIGORYAN BROTHERS – SONGS WITHOUT
WORDS
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA/RICHARD
TOGNETTI – JONNY GREENWOOD
WATER/WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART NIGHT
MUSIC
SLAVA GRIGORYAN – BACH: CELLO SUITES
VOLUME II
SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR/PAUL STANHOPE –
PAUL STANHOPE: LUX AETERNA
KATE MILLER-HEIDKE/SYDNEY SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA/BENJAMIN NORTHEY – KATE MILLERHEIDKE
LIVE WITH THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA

 

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THE ASTON SHUFFLE ANNOUNCE ID TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 16, 2018

DJs, producers, remixers, radio presenters and all round legends, The Aston Shuffle, otherwise known as Vance Musgrove and Mikah Freeman, have today announced their epic national ID Tour.  Set to kick off on May 4 at Yah Yah’s in Melbourne, the tour will then move through Perth, Surfers Paradise, Maroochydore, Noosaville, Hobart, Launceston and Sydney, before wrapping in Canberra at Mr. Wolf on May 26.

Most artists go on tour to promote music that’s already been released – but The Aston Shuffle who make the rules as they go – are switching things up for this run.  As a true exclusive for fans, the ID Tour will be a chance to catch new music from the duo, well before its release.  Vance Musgrove gives fans an insight into what to expect from the tour, saying, “We’ve been working hard in the studio on quite a bit of new music which will be coming out later in 2018 and beyond, including some collaborations with some of our favourite artists of late.  We’re psyched to be able to play these new tracks to our Australian fans months before they’re released, and to be seeing the reactions to them first in the clubs, rather than online.  We haven’t even settled on the names of some of the tracks yet, which gave us the idea for the name of the tour – when fans are putting together a tracklist of a DJ’s set, unreleased tracks are usually called ‘IDs’.”

After a huge couple of years, the ID Tour is also a bit of a victory lap for the duo. The last 12 months saw them successfully juggle appearances at Tomorrowland, Hï Ibiza, and renowned Brooklyn club Output, alongside the release of two new tracks on The Magician’s Potion Records, Pass You By and Alpha Love, all while presenting one of the most popular specialist programs on triple j, The Friday Night Shuffle.  But no matter how packed their schedule, The Aston Shuffle will always make time for touring, with Musgrove enthusing, “We’re beyond excited.  It’s always fun to get out there, and it’s been a long time since we’ve been to some of the cities we’re hitting, so we’re champing at the bit.  It’s especially exciting for me, I’m living in New York now so I’m really looking forward to playing to Australian crowds again…We’re going right across the country, hitting some smaller towns in addition to the major cities.”

Tickets to the ID tour are available now from www.theastonshuffle.com 

THE ASTON SHUFFLE NATIONAL ID TOUR
FRIDAY 4TH MAY | YAH YAH’S, MELBOURNE | 18+
SATURDAY 5TH MAY | GEISHA, PERTH | 18+
SUNDAY 6TH MAY | ROSEMOUNT HOTEL, NORTH PERTH | 18+
FRIDAY 11TH MAY | ELSEWHERE, SURFERS PARADISE | 18+
SATURDAY 12TH MAY | OLD SOUL, MAROOCHYDORE | 18+
SUNDAY 13TH MAY | CATALINA, NOOSAVILLE | 18+
FRIDAY 18TH MAY | GRAND POOBAH, HOBART | 18+
SATURDAY 19TH MAY | THE LOFT, LAUNCESTON | 18+
FRIDAY 25TH MAY | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY | 18+
SATURDAY 26TH MAY | MR. WOLF, CANBERRA | 18+

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DAVE WECKL: MIKE STERN/DAVE WECKL BAND TOUR INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - April 16, 2018

Modern Drummer magazine named Dave Weckl as “one of the 25 best drummers of all time”. He’s played drums for some of the world’s most respected recording artists including George Benson, Diana Ross, Robert Plant, Natalie Cole and Chick Corea to name a few, as well as releasing many critically…

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