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Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul added to the Bluesfest 30th Anniversary Celebration this Easter

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 20, 2019

With just over eight weeks to go until the 30th Anniversary Bluesfest celebration  in Byron Bay,  musician, songwriter, producer, actor, director, activist, radio DJ and one of the founding members of Bruce Springsteen’s iconic E Street Band: Steven Van Zandt and his rousing Rock and Roll band LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL, has been added to the bill.

Plus more artists to be announced across five stages over five days!

Little Steven and his powerful 14-piece band the Disciples of Soul bring their critically acclaimed “Soulfire” Tour to Byron Bay. Each show takes fans on an epic and electrifying journey through Rock and Roll history led by one of its most passionate practitioners, Little Steven.

Catch the iconic Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul’s incredible live performance this Easter long weekend at Bluesfest Byron Bay! Tickets are on-sale now via

The Bluesfest 2019 line-up so far:

Jack Johnson – Iggy Pop – Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Paul Kelly

The Saboteurs (Jack White, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler, Jack Lawrence)

Tash Sultana

Hozier – David Gray – Ray La Montagne

Norah Jones – Julia Stone- Kasey Chambers

Mavis Staples – Gary Clark Jr.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

Tommy Emmanuel – Snarky Puppy – SIX60

Meshell Ndegeocello – Colin Hay – Imelda May

Kurt Vile and the Violators – Keb’ Mo’

Allen Stone – St. Paul and The Broken Bones

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Melbourne Ska Orchestra – Ocean Alley

Archie Roach – Shakey Graves – Arlo Guthrie

Nahko and Medicine for the People – Tex Perkins

I’m With Her – Ruthie Foster – Richard Clapton

Russell Morris – Flogging Molly – Backsliders

The Marcus King Band – Fantastic Negrito – Samantha Fish

The War and Treaty – Deva Mahal – Larkin Poe

The Black Sorrows – Vintage Trouble – Pierce Brothers

Mojo Juju – Trevor Hall – Irish Mythen – Anderson East

Melody Angel – Hussy Hicks – Thando

The California Honeydrops – Elephant Sessions

Caiti Baker – Little Georgia

Benny Walker – Dallas Woods – Amaru Tribe

RockWiz Live


Full Boomerang Festival 2019 line-up

Baker Boy

Archie Roach

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project

Mojo Juju – Benny Walker

Dallas Woods – DOBBY

Mission Songs

Brotherhood Of The Blues

Malu Kiai Mura Buai

Rako – Tenzin Choegyal


Te Kopere Maori Healers

Bundjalung Weavers

Saltwater Dubay


The 2019 playing schedule so far is available on with many more to come.


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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - February 19, 2019

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips attended the launch of The Production Company’s 2019 season at the Raheen mansion in Kew. The new season features 3 productions including the David Bowie music theatre work Lazarus. In our video coverage, Greg catches up with Lazarus Australian production Director Michael Kantor, actor iOTA, and…

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Posted in Amplifiers, Bass, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 19, 2019

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips chats with Phil Jones about the new PJB Big Head Pro Headphone Amp and a general discussion on Phil’s philosophy on sound.

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PJB has introduced a high performance multi-function headphone amplifier/digital audio interface: the BIGHEAD PRO (Model HA-2). The HA-2 is the second model in the Bighead series and is a step up model of the popular HA-1 Bighead with added technology and features. The HA-2 is a high resolution USB audio interface that supports PCM playback with up to 384 KHz sample rate/24 bit resolution. On DSD playback, sample rates of 2.822MHzand 5.644 MHz are supported, making it the ideal choice for musicians and engineers that desire high performance and the purest sound quality.

It is a rechargeable lithium ion dynamo that is ideal for use in practice or recording situations. It also functions as a headphone booster amp as well as a preamp to drive powered amplifiers. The HA-2 has both passive and active instrument inputs with a 2 band EQ that is ideal for guitar and bass, yet versatile enough for use with other instruments.

Other features include Master Volume, Input Gain, Treble/Bass for instrument input signal, Headphone jack, Line out, Input, AUX input, Micro USB for battery charge and digital interface, Frequency response of 10Hz-40KHz. The dimensions are (WxDxH) 3” x 5.9” x 0.9” and it weighs 0.6 lbs. A soft bag, micro USB cable and 3.5 jack stereo signal cable are included.

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Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 19, 2019

At Winter NAMM, Cole Clark Guitars announced a huge association with Korg USA. We chat with Cole Clark CEO Miles Jackson about new product, Neil Kennedy about Cole Clark basses, as well as Korg’s Brian Piccolo, Director of Brand about the Cole Clark association. Lloyd Spiegel also plays us some cool licks.

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Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 18, 2019

Melbourne-based global guitar company Maton exhibited at Winter NAMM 2019 from their own booth. We checked out the new releases with Maton Nashville dealer Bill Warmoth. We also caught up with Maton owner Linda Kitchen for a chat about their first booth at a NAMM Show.

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Posted in Blog, Computer (Software, plug-ins), DJ/dance    //    Post Date - February 18, 2019

Mario from Elektron show us the new Model:Samples at Winter NAMM 2019.

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Rhythm is a Breeze
Meet the six track groovebox that offers massive sound in a compact size. You get pretty much all of the Elektron superpowers in a sleek, lightweight, and accessible package. Loads of useful presets and loads of space for your own sounds. The controls are right there at your fingertips. A truly plug-and-play bundle of joy!

Packed with great sounds
The sound engine uses high-quality digital samples. There are 300 preset sounds supplied by Splice, ranging from the familiar kicks, snares, and hi-hats to exotic, never-before-heard ones. With a few tweaks, you can easily personalize any sample until it sounds just the way you want it. Transfer your own samples into it, or use any of the expertly crafted custom sound packs.

Dedicated knobs
As an Elektron first, this machine offers a complete set of tactile controls, with one function per knob. They’re all right there on the front panel; just grab a knob and twist it. Unleash your music spontaneously using the six tough, velocity-sensitive pads. Record your every move live, or punch in your creation one step at a time using the superb Elektron sequencer.

Ready to go
At under one kilogram, you’re getting the benefits of a light and convenient machine that will surprise you with its snarling sonic power.

Key Features
• Control All lets you twist your sounds to oblivion. Then use Reload to take you back to where you started
• Use Parameter Locks to automate parameters. Each step can have a totally different sound
• Load six samples at once – just like a kit. Great when you have made a Pattern with Parameter Locks, LFOs etc… Load six new samples to instantly experiment and come up with unique and unexpected results
• Write basslines and melodies using Chromatic Mode
• New Chance parameter. Chance determines the possibility whether the sequencer steps on a track are triggered or not. Combining Chance with the Control All functionality can lead to many interesting results and happy accidents
• Record sequences with or without quantization. Steps can be micro-timed with individual Swing control per track
• Individual Step Length per track
• Individual Tempo Multiplier per track
• Class compliant USB audio 2.0

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NAMM Show 2019: Expressive É Arché Bowed Instrument Emulation and Touché Controller

Posted in Blog, Computer (Software, plug-ins), Gear    //    Post Date - February 18, 2019

Chris from Expressive E shows us the Expressive É Arché Bowed Instrument Emulation and Touché Controller at Winter NAMM 2019.

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Posted in Blog, Computer (Software, plug-ins), Gear    //    Post Date - February 18, 2019

BITWIG’S Dave Linnenbank shows us the new Modular GRID at Winter NAMM 2019.

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Modularity has been at the core of Bitwig Studio from the beginning. Devices can be nested, clips are containers, modulators exist everywhere, and practically anything can be dragged anywhere. But with Bitwig Studio 3, they are zooming out so you can push in.

The Grid is an open modular environment that powers a family of new devices in Bitwig Studio 3: Mono Grid, Poly Grid and FX Grid. With a vast library of modules and a supersonic workflow, you’ll be creating your own unique sounds immediately, and in high-fidelity. Simply add a Grid device to your project and start patching. It’s fun.
The Grid includes:
• Fully-modular sound design
• Fantastic sound quality
• 120+ modules
• Any signal, anywhere
• Lighting-fast workflow
• 4x-oversampled, stereo signal path

Construct a polyphonic synthesizer from scratch in one session. Create an adaptive audio effect with your signature sound. Experiment with generative drones until you find a new way to perform. Or simply create the undefinable. Patching is effortless, giving full rein to your creativity.

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Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 17, 2019

We check out the Ampeg SVT 5oth Anniversary amp at Winter NAMM 2019.

During the 2019 Winter NAMM Show, Ampeg introduced the special edition Heritage™ SVT® 50th anniversary model to commemorate the 50th year of the SVT setting the standard for professional bass amplification. The original Ampeg SVT (“Super Vacuum Tube”) 300-watt amplifier head had its professional debut on the Rolling Stones’ iconic 1969 U.S. tour, with eight SVT heads across the stage to power all of the guitar and bass instruments.

“The Ampeg SVT bass amp has had a profound impact on the history of rock and roll for the last 50 years, defining the sound of the bass guitar on countless recordings and tours,” said Marcus Ryle, President of Yamaha Guitar Group, Inc., the US-based parent company of Yamaha Guitars, Line 6, and Ampeg. “It seems very fitting that we can honor that legacy with a 50th anniversary model that embodies the best of SVT tone.”
Through the years the Ampeg SVT bass amp has evolved through several iterations and modifications, with each leaving a distinctive mark on music history. “In making the 50th anniversary model, we evaluated the historic designs and tones of the SVT in order to isolate the best sound we could offer,” said Dino Monoxelos, Ampeg’s Product Marketing Manager. “The choice was so hard to make, we decided to put two distinct Ampeg SVT designs into one product to create the ultimate SVT.”

The SVT 50th anniversary model’s first channel features the authentic sound of the original 1969 model that launched the series. Channel two is voiced from a hand-selected mid ‘70s SVT model that represented the ideal of the “golden-era” evolution of SVT. Both channels are still complimented with the massive SVT 300-watt tube power section, which is unrivaled to this day. While delivering authentic vintage sounds, each unit is hand assembled in the USA and utilizes modern quality components and production techniques to ensure dependable operation gig after gig.
For this special anniversary edition, careful attention has also been paid to cosmetic details such as a laser-etched panel and top-quality cabinet hardware. The combination of “best of the best” channel selection, classic SVT tone and power, modern USA assembly, and attention-to-detail cosmetics makes the Ampeg 50th Anniversary heritage SVT a bass amp worthy of any stage.

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Posted in Artists, Gear, Interviews, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - February 16, 2019

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips chats with legendary instrument maker Ned Steinberger at Winter NAMM 2019. Founded in 1990 by famed instrument designer Ned Steinberger, the genius behind the legendary Steinberger headless guitar design and the TransTrem™ System, NS Design has seen the visionary luthier and designer apply his revolutionary techniques to…

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