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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 31, 2014

DC_pinkThe Age Music Victoria Awards have always been about recognition and fun. This year they’re proud to announce that one of Australia’s most loved bands, Daddy Cool, will reform to play a special one hour show to celebrate their induction into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame on Wednesday 19th November.

Daddy Cool’s good time rock ‘n’ roll made an enormous impact on the Australian music scene in a very short period of time. Initially they were only together for two years and two studio albums, but they struck a vein in the hearts and minds of Australian music lovers with mega hits like Eagle Rock, Come Back Again and Hi Honey Ho. Their 1971 LP “Daddy Who? Daddy Cool!” reached number one, becoming the first Australian rock album to sell more than 100,000 copies.

Daddy Cool front man Ross Wilson said, “As you know, although we’re all four still working musicians, Daddy Cool reforms only for very special occasions. We do get offers to play now and then, but we don’t tour and we don’t need to. This is not only a prestigious award – it’s a fun thing, getting together with other musicians, people saying nice things about us and having a few free drinks at the end of the night. That sounds like fun and that appeals to us.  Daddy Cool has always been about having fun.”

The awards night will kick off at 8.30pm with MC Henry Wagons, and special guests including Russell Morris, Stonefield, and Jess Cornelius (Teeth & Tongue) performing with musical director Pete Luscombe (RocKwiz) with the EG Allstars. Davey Lane will also perform a Jim Keays tribute and the evening will conclude with Daddy Cool’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony and concert.

Tickets are $50+bf to the public on sale Monday 4th August via Music Victoria members and The Age subscribers can access a special discounted ticket offer of $40+bf.

The Age Music Victoria Awards 2014 will be held during Melbourne Music Week on Wednesday 19th November at 170 Russell (formerly Billboard) from 8.30pm – 11.00pm.

The publicly voted The Age Music Victoria Awards presentations will precede the concert this year. Pioneer rock music journalist Ed Nimmervoll will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Awards, which are the largest publicly voted awards in Australia with an average of 80,000 votes.

Public polls open online via The Age on Friday 17th October after the completion of The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards. The Performing Arts Centre, and The Age online, will also pay tribute to this year’s inductees in exhibitions leading up to the event.

The Awards continue their long association with the musicians’ charity Support Act Limited, donating $5 from each ticket to the organisation.

Tickets are on sale Monday 4th August for $50+bf at

See you all at the 2014 The Age Music Victoria Awards!

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Posted in Computer (Software, plug-ins), Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - July 31, 2014

Roland’s much trumpeted AIRA line of products appeared earlier this year. With roots in the very origins of electronic music, AIRA products are designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s electronic musicians. In the studio or on the stage, AIRA brings genre-defining sounds and modern performance features to a…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 30, 2014

patmetheny_katz_d8c0845bApart from his 2006 Adelaide Festival appearance, the much-lauded American guitarist Pat Metheny hasn’t toured Australia for three decades. Live Nation is thrilled to announce the 20-time Grammy Award winning jazz guitarist and composer, Pat Metheny, will bring his PAT METHENY UNITY GROUP to Australia this October for select dates.

The Pat Metheny Unity Group offers a platform for the guitar wizard to showcase the broad spectrum of work that he has created as a bandleader over the years in one all-star ensemble. The Group features a new quintet from the guitarist, with longtime collaborative drummer Antonio Sanchez, legendary sax-man Chris Potter, bassist Ben Williams and multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi as the most recent addition.

Throughout his 40-year career, Metheny has continued to redefine the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument. He has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie. His guitar work on Joni Mitchell’s Shadow’s and Light album was sublime. Metheny has won countless polls as Best Jazz Guitarist and awards, including three gold records, as well as Grammy Awards in a variety of categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo and Best Instrumental Composition.

Audiences can expect a wealth of material during the near-to-three-hour shows which will include the new recording, Kin (← →)  as well as many favorites from past recordings.

My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning at midday Friday August 1.
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presented by QPAC & Live Nation

presented by Live Nation

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presented by Melbourne Festival     

presented by the Sydney Opera House


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 29, 2014
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Melbourne Music Bank ambassador Ella Hooper

Free recording time, a free video, gigs, album art, PR advice and your song on the telly. Sound good? Bank of Melbourne has announced the return of Melbourne Music Bank, a community-driven music initiative offering aspiring artists a chance to break into the music industry.

Melbourne Music Bank is calling for local musicians and bands to submit a song inspired by Melbourne. A career-making prize is up for grabs, including two days of recording at Sing Sing Studios, a video clip by film maker Wilk, live gigs, album artwork and 500 CDs, PR and marketing advice and the chance to have their song used in a Bank of Melbourne advertising campaign.

ARIA winning, Melbourne-based musician, Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi, The Verses, Spicks & Specks, Southern Cross Austereo’s ‘Aus Top 20’) is Melbourne Music Bank’s Ambassador.  She said the prize could change the life of a talented local band or musician.
“It’s so important that we encourage and celebrate our local talent, and this is exactly what this project is all about,” said Ella.  “I got my big break after being discovered at a local fete in Violet Town. It led to free studio time to record and now here I am today!” 

The competition is open to all Victorian songwriters and musicians.  Music artists have until 7 September, 2014 to submit an original piece of music inspired by Melbourne.  Twelve finalists will be shortlisted and a public vote will narrow the field.  Four finalists will perform live at the Melbourne Recital Centre where a panel of music experts will choose the winner.

MMB-logo-ORIGBank of Melbourne Chief Executive Scott Tanner said Bank of Melbourne was delighted to present Melbourne Music Bank for the second straight year.
“Melbourne is undoubtedly Australia’s arts and culture capital,” Mr Tanner said. “Bank of Melbourne is delighted to help celebrate and support local music talent with this exciting program.”

To enter, musicians should visit

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - July 27, 2014

Melbourne-based musician Cat Canteri steps away from her drumming duties with alt/country act The Stillsons to release her debut solo album, ‘When We Were Young’. Cat discusses the album with Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips Upon deciding to bite the bullet and finally produce her debut solo album, Cat Canteri began…

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Posted in Special Features    //    Post Date - July 27, 2014

A BAND ALL AT SEA or UNIVERSITY OF LIFE FOR THE WEDDING SINGER Leonie Trubshoe boards the Queen Mary II for Australian Musician and discovers that music is a big part of life on the open sea Are you the consummate Wedding Singer? Then you should consider a career as…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 27, 2014

The Pretty Littles are short on promo words but big on fun, as the new clip for their single ‘Tegan Victoria’  shows. The band’s debut album ‘Mash’ went off with a bang, receiving continuing support from Triple J and FBi Radio. Some high energy shows followed, including a national tour, supporting Cosmic Psychos, Bad Dreems and The Smith Street Band. During that time they managed to squeeze in some new recordings which resulted in the Tegan Victoria track. The Pretty Littles launch the single at the Northcote Social Club on August 8th.

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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - July 27, 2014

The Wolfe Brothers, one of Australia’s most rockin’ country bands release their 2nd album ‘Nothin’ But Trouble’ on September 5th. Guitarist Brodie Rainbird takes a few minutes for Australian Musician to answer some questions about his gear and updates us on The Wolfe Brothers’ latest news. What was your first…

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Posted in Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - July 27, 2014

TC-Helicon introduces Play Electric – The new standard for singing guitarists Proudly displayed at Summer NAMM in Nashville was TC-Helicon’s new processor, Play Electric – a powerful and compact multi-FX unit that offers complete vocal and guitar processing for the electric player, while keeping its design simple and intuitive. Like a…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 25, 2014

Ian Moss laying down a guitar track during recent session. Pic courtesy Jean-Paul Fung’s Instagram page

As revealed by Australian Musician almost two weeks ago, Cold Chisel had been in the studio recording and wrapped up their surprise session earlier this week. The band had been in the studio for nine days working on demos of new material, planned for an album to be released in 2015. This will be the band’s first release through their own company, Cold Chisel Music and will be distributed by Universal Music. Cold Chisel severed ties with Warner Music late last year, after a thirty five year association.

Not to be outdone by David Gilmour’s wife tweeting to her friends about a new Pink Floyd album, Jimmy Barnes’ wife Jane began posting hints of the Chisel sessions on her Twitter account a couple of weeks ago. First was the photo of a blackboard, which clearly showed the Chisel gear load-in day (July 12) and recording start day (July 13). Over the next week, more pictures were posted of catering being delivered to the studio and shots of the band with the caterers. Finally posts on the band’s own social media sites featured photos of Chisel members inside the studio.


Studio collage posted to the band’s social media

Australian Musician was already aware that the Cold Chisel recordings were being produced by Kevin ‘The Caveman” Shirley and engineered by Jean-Paul Fung. Prior to the Chisel session, that same production team had been working on both Jimmy Barnes 30/30 Anniversary album and his daughter Mahalia’s record with her band The Soul Mates.

The new Chisel album will be the first without input from original drummer Steve Prestwich, who tragically died during the recording of their 2012 record, No Plans. Some of Steve’s drum takes appeared on that album, the remainder were played by Charlie Drayton, husband of the late Chrissy Amphlett. Charlie once again joined Chisel for the new sessions. Drayton is also currently involved in moves to have a Melbourne laneway named in honour of his wife Chrissy.

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