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TERRA NINE (AKA MICHAEL WESTCOT) INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - September 28, 2018

Terra Nine interview by Baz Bardoe Long term readers will know how highly I rate Terra Nine aka Michael Westcot. He combines his accomplished violin playing with synthesis to create a very approachable and evocative kind of ‘chill’ music and I think because he is an actual musician who can…

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MORE ADDED TO AUSTRALIAN MUSIC WEEK

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 28, 2018

Australian Music Week takes over sunny Cronulla Beach in Sydney, 7-9 November with over 150 live performances, 20 panels and masterclass workshops and a dedicated music film festival 10-11 Nov. Organisers have just announced a whole bunch of additions to this this accessible, grassroots music industry conference, which is a great opportunity for artists, industry and the general public to come together for real music discovery, relevant discourse and good times with great people … and at an affordable price.

Just announced are another 40 artists joining the 7-9 November lineup, as well as a look into the program featuring world-first music technology and a special ‘Live Sessions’ show with multi-platinum, ARIA-winner, Diesel.

Jessica Irwin, an emerging Australian musician with cerebral palsy, will showcase groundbreaking tech at Australian Music Week, performing live with her idol, multi-platinum, award-winning musician, Steve Balbi (Mi-Sex, Noiseworks), thanks to the world’s first eye-controlled music software, Atmosphere from Pyskinetic.

Jessica and Steve will also join Pyskinetic’s technology team, who they helped to develop this game-changing software, to discuss the future applications of eye-controlled tech in music, which enables pre-recorded and programmed notes, chords and sound sequences to be triggered and controlled by eye-movement and blinks.

The conference agenda covers a full range of music-related topics to sink your teeth into from touring, management and marketing to mental health, diversity, the business of music, streaming, radio and more. It also includes dedicated sessions on heavy, folk and Americana music. Just announced are:
• On Tour: The Musician’s Guide To Surviving The Rock Star Lifestyle
• Export Masterclass: Pathways to International Adventures
• Pyskinetic Atmosphere: World-First Eye-Controlled Music Technology
• Association of Artist Managers Presents: A Deep Dive into the Artist/Manager Relationship
• The Power of Radio: Is Australian Radio Selling Our Own Talent Short?
• Media and Marketing Masterclass: Launch for Success
• Oztix Presents: Dominate Your Digital Space
• Plus Supports: How to Nail It As The Opening Act
• Creative Income Streams: Ideas to Generate Additional Income from Your Music (Besides the Bleeding Obvious Ones!)
• Getting Heavy 1: Is Rock Dead?
• Getting Heavy 2: Heavy Music Festival Bookings…I Think I’m Ready, Am I Though?

Of the latest program announcements, conference director, Jonathan Howell said, “Australian Music Week is all about arming artists and industry professionals with relevant, relatable information they can take away use to make a difference in their career and the industry, today.”
“We have more gold to reveal soon, but these panels and masterclasses give great insight into the breadth and depth of conference topics. We are really excited to be working with leading Australian musicians and industry professionals to deliver meaty, must-know material at this year’s conference.”

Ushering in the second line-up announcement are UK rock/electronica act The Ramona Flowers, who are set to support rock supergroup Stereophonics on tour, ARIA nominated singer/songwriter Danny Widdicombe & Trichotomy, Sydney indie-pop artist, Oly Sherman and punk-rockers, SCABZ, Australian electro-pop streaming sensation and Teen Vogue USA ‘Breakout Artist’ Lucy Neville, Rolling Stone certified singer-songwriter Mark Lang (Skipping Girl Vinegar) and Australia Council’s Dreaming Award-winner, Nooky.

Australian Music Week brings a little left of centre with inventive Gold Coast harpist ELSKA looping up pop dreams, joining Melbourne MC Soliloquy, conscientious singer-songwriter David Spry, Tasman Keith, Sydney’s son of Aboriginal hip-hop pioneer MC Wise and local indie acts, Hollie Col and Pirra, all showcasing.

With powerful international partnerships in place, the Canadian contingent is strong with a dedicated showcase, “Canadian Blast”, presented by CIMA, The East Coast Music Awards and BreakOut West featuring Adyn Townes, Declan O’Donovan, Luca Fogale, Mo Kenney, Random Recipe and Hawksley Workman.

An inclusive event that opens its arms to all genres and celebrates artists doing things differently, today’s announcement testifies to the diversity and abundance of talent on show at Australian Music Week this year.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are for this year’s showcases, so much new talent, a lot of artists that will turn heads. The Australian Music Future shines very bright ” said Australian Music Week program director, Geoff Trio.

Taking over Sydney’s Cronulla Beach, 7-9 November, Australian Music Week brings together artists and industry professionals at the forefront of the grassroots music scene for more than 150 live performances, 20+ industry panels and masterclass workshops, as well as a dedicated Music Film Festival (10-11 Nov).

Tickets are on sale now via Oztix with prices ranging from $25 for a one night live music pass to $129 for a full conference pass.

Tickets are also on sale for an exclusive Studios 301/ AMW Live Session in The Church on Saturday 10th November with multi-platinum, ARIA award-winner, Diesel, as he heads out on his 30th Anniversary Tour.

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STORE DJ

Posted in MSF Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - September 28, 2018

About the Exhibitor: Store DJ is Australia’s biggest and best DJ & hi tech audio store. All the best brands, a price match guarantee and great staff. We strive to have the best customer service in the industry. MSF Highlights: All the latest cutting edge DJ gear from Pioneer and…

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PAUL ANDREWS – DRUMS

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - September 27, 2018

Paul Andrews was a founding member and chief singer/songwriter in Sydney band Lazy Susan and the driving force behind its four albums, six EPs, and countless national and international tours. Shortly after Lazy Susan played their final gig, Paul began writing songs for a new project that was eventually to…

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ARLO GUTHRIE: BLUESFEST Q&A

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - September 26, 2018

Arlo Guthrie always had big shoes to fill. His father was America’s most beloved singer/songwriter and philosopher Woody Guthrie. However, with his quirky performance style and storytelling ability, Arlo was able to pave a successful music career of his own. First finding success with his 1967 album Alice’s Restaurant, which…

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THE PRETTY THINGS: DICK TAYLOR AUSTRALIAN TOUR INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - September 24, 2018

Formed in 1963 by vocalist Phil May and ex-Rolling Stones bass player Dick Taylor, The Pretty Things were one of numerous high energy rock bands that were part of the British Rock invasion that emerged out of London in the early sixties. While not as commercially successful as bands like…

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NEW DATES FOR ROSE TATTOO ROCK N ROLL OUTLAW – 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 23, 2018


‘Rock N’ Roll Outlaw’, was recorded at the famed rock ‘n’ roll Alberts studios, produced by the legendary team, Vanda & Young and, released through Albert, Repertoire Records in late 1978. The bands debut album, reviewed as “A dangerous, unpredictable, monster of a record whose power has hardly diminished an ounce in the decades since”. Spawning anthemic songs like ‘Nice Boys’ (Don’t Play Rock ‘n’ Roll), Rock N’ Roll Outlaw’, ‘One Of The Boys’ and, ‘Bad Boy For Love’, this album cemented the band’s foundation for the years to come.

Now, 40 years on, Rose Tattoo are proud to announce more dates added to their Rock N Roll Outlaw 40th Anniversary tour heading out around Australia in September, October, November and December. An explosive set will cover the album in its’ entirety and ignite their audiences inner rock child.

Right off the back of their month long, rave review Blood Brothers tour in EU/UK, where they packed the O2 Academy London to the rafters, headlined at Raismes Festival, France and slayed them at Baroeg Open Air, Netherlands, there is no stopping this ‘tour de force’. They hit the ground running on their return and, head straight into rehearsals and their 40th Anniversary Rock N’ Roll Outlaw’ 19 date run across our nation. Bad Boy, Angry Anderson has recruited the best in the business to lead the assault comprising legendary bass player extraordinaire, Mark Evans of AC/DC fame, iconic guitarist Bob Spencer – The Angels & Skyhooks and, Pete Well’s endorsed, “unbelievably talented maestro of rock mayhem”, Dai Pritchard on slide. Special guests have also been added to show dates including Midnight Alibi, Palace Of The King, TORK and Echo Del Tusker.

40th Anniversary Tour Dates
September
27 – Corner Hotel Richmond VIC special guests Dallas Crane & Palace Of The King
28 – The Grand Hotel Mornington VIC Palace Of The King
30 – SS&A Albury NSW special guests Midnight Alibi

October
5 – Marrickville Bowling Club NSW special guests Palace Of The King
6 – Blue Cattle Dog Hotel NSW special guests Palace Of The King
12 – Burvale Hotel VIC special guests Palace Of The King
13 – Macs Hotel Melton VIC special guests Palace Of The King
19 – Norwood Hotel SA special guests TORK
20 – Coopers Ale House SA special guests TORK
26 – Waves Wollongong NSW
27 – Pittwater RSL NSW

November
2 – Ravenswood Hotel WA with special guests Echo Del Tusker
3 – The Charles Hotel WA with special guests Echo Del Tusker
10 – Ettalong Diggers NSW special guests Echo Del Tusker
11 – Bridge Hotel NSW special guests Echo Del Tusker
17 – The Barwon Club Geelong VIC
18 – Bridge Hotel NSW
25 Bridge Hotel NSW

December
2 – Bridge Hotel NSW with specials guests Palace Of The King

http://www.rosetattoo.com.au/

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TOTO LEADS FALLS SIDESHOW ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 23, 2018


As hotter weather approaches and the Eastern States of Australia slowly begin to pack away their duffle coats, the team behind Falls Festival are delighted to offer a smorgasbord of international musical delights as they present a scorching range of summer sideshows.

Showcasing a potent mix of global stars and fast rising up-and-comers, this anticipated range of shows will spread its tentacles throughout Sydney and Melbourne in January 2019. From legendary 80’s outfits to New York post-punk icons to Nashville born stars of the future (plus plenty more), there’s something for everyone on offer as the summer calendar domination begins in earnest.

First cabs off the rank are Californian kings TOTO, who will whip up extreme levels of nostalgic buzz when they land at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion and Melbourne’s Festival Hall for two huge shows. Riding high on a renewed public obsession with classic tunes ‘Africa’, ‘Rosanna’ and ‘Hold the Line’, these pioneers of prog never seem to go out of style.
THU 3 JAN – HORDERN PAVILION – SYDNEY
FRI 4 JAN – FESTIVAL HALL – MELBOURNE

Another pack of international heroes ready to blow punters away are New Yorkers INTERPOL. Landing in Australia to show off their excellent new album Marauder, their world beating hybrid of post-punk, post-rock and guitar pop has seen them sell millions of records globally.
FRI 4 JAN – PALAIS THEATRE – MELBOURNE
SAT 5 JAN – SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE – SYDNEY

One of the most enduring English rock bands of the last decade are THE VACCINES, who will be hitting up the Croxton Bandroom and the Metro Theatre as they celebrate the release of their latest cut Combat Sports.
THU 3 JAN – CROXTON BANDROOM – MELBOURNE
FRI 4 JAN – METRO THEATRE – SYDNEY

BISHOP BRIGGS is a London born citizen of the world who deals in booming indie-based soul and R&B. Her forceful, expansive voice has seen her gather overwhelming buzz and she’ll leave everything on stage at an exclusive East Coast show.
TUE 8 JAN – CORNER HOTEL – MELBOURNE
*Presented by triple j, Live Nation and Secret Sounds

Another gigantic voice capable of transfixing audiences at festivals and venues alike belongs to Irishman DERMOT KENNEDY. Discovered by Glen Hansard of The Frames and counting Taylor Swift amongst his many fans, the emotive and intricate nature of Kennedy’s music will suit Australian stages. Special guest at both shows will be rising English singer-songwriter SAM FENDER.
WED 9 JAN – CROXTON BANDROOM – MELBOURNE
THU 10 JAN – METRO THEATRE – SYDNEY

Living in the same realm of pointed lyrical guitar pop as favoured Australian export Courtney Barnett, Nashville’s SOCCER MOMMY has built from bedroom tape beginnings to sit as one of the more talked about up and comers of 2018. She’ll be hitting cosy venues in Sydney and Melbourne for two not-to-be-missed shows.
WED 2 JAN – OXFORD ART FACTORY – SYDNEY
MON 7 JAN – HOWLER – MELBOURNE

One out of the box is the eclectic HOBO JOHNSON & THE LOVEMAKERS, who will be making their first trip Down Under. A remarkable young musician with the soul of a poet, a tripwire voice and talent to burn, his track ‘Peach Scone’ has clocked up nearly 9 million YouTube views.

SAT 5 JAN – CORNER HOTEL – MELBOURNE
*Presented by XIII Touring and Secret Sounds

Secret Sounds Presents
FALLS FESTIVAL SIDESHOWS
TOTO・INTERPOL・THE VACCINES・BISHOP BRIGGS・DERMOT KENNEDY・SOCCER MOMMY・HOBO JOHNSON & THE LOVE MAKERS

PRESALE: 12NOON MON 24 SEPT – 8AM TUE 25 SEPT LOCAL TIME
GENERAL SALES: 9AM TUE 25 SEPT LOCAL TIME
secretsounds.com

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GARY GRIMM & MARK SCHULMAN (P!NK): THE TECH & THE DRUMMER TALK DRUMS

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

Recently, we brought you an exclusive backstage insight into P!NK’s Beautiful Trauma tour.  This time, we go a little deeper into the percussion element of P!NK’s show, via an interview with the tour’s amiable drum tech, Gray Grimm. We also have a word to P!NK’s drummer Mark Schulman. “I have…

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GEDDES LANE BALLROOM. A NEW LIVE MUSIC VENUE FOR MELBOURNE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 21, 2018

Geddes Lane Ballroom business partners Shannon Bennett and Lorenz Grollo, photo credit Jason Edwards Herald Sun

Thanks to Shannon Bennett and Lorenz Grollo, a unique project is underway to launch a brand new pop-up project restoring live music to an iconic location. The 400+ capacity venue, encompassing a ground floor bar and first floor band room is situated in the heart of Melbourne, Australia’s music capital.  The infamous 170 year old ex-Showgirls Bar 20 venue will be undergoing a makeover as part of the King Street Revival (KSR) project, transforming its beautiful old bones into a vibrant and world class, live music venue where punters can enjoy quality curated live music, alongside exemplary food and drinks from a menu heralded by the inimitable Shannon Bennett. Innovative partnerships are underway, including development of cashless technology, and there are plans for a variety of bespoke vending machines and a green room that’s actually green!  Set to open its doors with an impressive fanfare and an iconic Melbourne rock act (stay tuned to socials for dates and details), with official entry via Geddes Lane, future plans for the site include a takeover of the lane itself with food vans, projections, street art and rotating pop up events set to redefine the historic laneway.

In a time that many live music venues are closing their doors, the notable team behind Geddes Lane Ballroom are excited to shine a light on Melbourne and celebrate all things music and the vibrant Melbourne laneway culture. And even though the three level bluestone venue housed Showgirls Bar 20 strip club for the past 20 years, it was home to one of Melbourne’s most beloved live music venues, The Grainstore Tavern for the two decades before that.  It was here that John Farnham’s Whispering Jack album was launched (the Chain Reaction video filmed), with thousands of artists including Tina Arena, INXS, Daryl Braithwaite and the Little River Band performing on that same stage over the years.

Geddes Lane Ballroom will be booked by Ben Thompson and Ashlea O’Loughlin (The Venue Collective, 170 Russell, East Brunswick Club). “We’re excited to be bringing live music back to one of Melbourne’s most popular venues throughout the 80s and 90s”, enthuses Thompson, “It’s been a hidden gem, centrally located, close to trains and trams and a big carpark with a fantastic tried-and-tested band room. We’re doing some acoustic treatments, putting in a world class PA and cleaning the place up. Live music fans will love it.  With the loss of so many live music venues over the last 10 years including quality smaller rooms like Ding Dong Lounge and Shebeen, there aren’t many options out there. People need the option to come into the city and experience original live music. The venue will be open to all conceivable genres of music from local, national and international acts and we have some surprise shows planned for summer.”

Determined to restore old world class and sophistication to an iconic space, Grollo Group CEO Lorenz Grollo explains, “Our inhouse team are completing cosmetic and compliance works only.  But for the removal of some ‘choice’ objects and elements from its former use, we’re deliberately embracing the wonderful bones of this 1850’s Melbourne icon, after all how many live music venues can claim to be 170 years old and once a notorious strip club?!”

Offering insight into what we can look forward to devouring on the feasting front, Bennett enthuses, “We’ll be presenting great food that has a social conscious, is sustainable and good for you, and it’ll be fast food.  And think retro drinks like Japanese slippers that were in fact invented in Melbourne, seriously tasty local beers, local produce, our Benny burger will be huge feature and we are designing our own vending food machines offering salad bowls, Lui bar sausage rolls and heaps more!”

When asked about how the Grollo / Bennett partnership came about, Grollo jokes, “never underestimate the sparks of lateral brilliance that come from meetings with Shannon Bennett!”

Excited about the many prospects of Geddes Lane Ballroom, Grollo insights, “Geddes Lane Ballroom is an initiative under our King Street Revival (KSR) project.  We’re passionate about cleaning up King Street, ‘one pole at a time’, and delivering a fun and safe food and entertainment precinct for all Melburnians to enjoy. For too long King Street has been known for all the wrong reasons.  We’re now going to put it back on the map for reasons we can be proud of. Geddes Lane Ballroom, alongside our KSR Artist Residency & Bar (artist residency for and curated by prominent street art and fine art muralist Cam Scale), are the first big steps on our KSR journey.” Already fringed by the Rialto’s new retail and office precinct, home to Australia’s first Mercedes me and global co-working provider, Spaces, a refreshing culture of change is underway in Melbourne’s midtown.

The venue has had a good spruce up, a world class PA has been fitted, and Geddes Lane Ballroom is bringing the music back!  The calendar is now open for bookings, with the bandroom set to officially open to the public over the coming months.

Get your first look at Geddes Lane Ballroom here
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For bookings and further information, please contact: Ashlea O’Loughlin and Ben Thompson bookings@geddeslaneballroom.com

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