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Special Interview: ROSSA


theaussieword.com chats to Irish/Aussie singer/songwriter ROSSA.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?duglw_yd

Coming from a musical family I was the youngest of 7. There would be U2 on the record player coming from one room, A-HA coming from the cassette recorder in the other room and then someone playing the piano in another. On top of all that my mother would be singing in the kitchen and my dad would be writing poetry.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

Answer lies in the question. To make great music for the masses is my goal

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?

Signing a record deal with a major label. From then on it is recording, touring and living the dream.

Success, what is the secret to it?c1_ye1buqaaog2o

As I have currently achieved a modest amount of success thus far, it’s hard for me to say but self-belief is the ultimate driving force. I have huge aspirations and want to be successful in the music industry.

What’s been your biggest career highlight so far?

Writing and recording my music professionally and releasing it to the world via social media, radio and live performance. My songs are my pride.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

Aaron Bruno (Awolnation). Martin Gore (Depeche Mode). Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance). Peter Gabriel. Kate Bush. John Lydon. Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails). Continue reading “Special Interview: ROSSA”

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Special Interview: Alex L’Estrange


theaussieword catches up with Alex L’Estrange.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?
There was always music around when I grew up. My mother is a classical pianist and my father is a hi-fi speaker designer. Was a weird mix.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

I think mostly my environment. The people and the geography. I’m not a prolific artist, but when I need to write it’s pretty much do or die.alex-lestrange-promo-pic-1

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
To create music that resonates with someone else on a truly meaningful level.

Success, what is the secret to it?
I don’t think I’m successful enough to say!

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
Probably having the opportunity to tour Australia this year with Holy Holy.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Sam Cromack is someone I look up to. But there are too many to name.

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
I really have no idea! Hopefully content. Continue reading “Special Interview: Alex L’Estrange”

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Special Interview: KEELS


theaussieword.com catches up with KEELS for this special interview.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?

My dad was big into his music and that’s what got me stgjk_dtsuarted- he always had brilliant, melodic records playing in the house, the likes of BBKing, Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Elvis and Roy Orbison were always playing and he’d be singing along.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

When I listen to great music it can make me incredibly happy or incredibly sad. I love that music can evoke such strong emotions/feelings/memories. When I write I want to be able to do the same thing as some of the great musical storytellers. I have so many influences but I love the honesty in the vocal deliveries of the old school artists like Johnny Cash/Roy Orbison/ Ray Charles. I feel like that era of singer/songwriters were so in touch with the mood and feel of their time and gave such an honest vocal delivery.     Continue reading “Special Interview: KEELS”

NEW MUSIC: Boehm ft. Brandyn Burnette ‘Let’s Give It A Shot’


Brandyn Burnette is a progressive soul producer/singer-songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri currently living in Los Angeles. This self taught, 3rd generation musician has crafted his own sound and style that has begun to takeover the pop underground world from the inside out. “My music is about healing… that’s what it is for me and that’s what I think it is for other people. I want my fans to feel like they are entering another world when they listen to my music.” In 2014, Brandyn opened for John Mayer, Jon Bellion and James Bay. In 2015, he’s penned songs for MKTO, Jake Miller, and “See You Again” singer Charlie Puth. One can only imagine what’s next for this soulful progressive artist from the midwest. Continue reading “NEW MUSIC: Boehm ft. Brandyn Burnette ‘Let’s Give It A Shot’”

NEW MUSIC: Youngsmith ‘I Will Not Forget’


Otherwise branded as Youngsmith, Dan Smith is usually a man with a guitar and a bunch of ballads. A veteran of the Brisbane local live music scene.

He opened up his latest Australian Tour in August with a show at Brisbane’s Bearded Lady with tracks off his Light EP as well as new tracks ‘Wither’ and big-hitter ‘Red’ — the latter a sweet ditty about his auburn girlfriend which, after its May release date, took on a life of its own on the national radio circuit reaching the US through KPFK 90.7 in Los Angeles, San Diego, Ridgecrest and Santa Barbara, California.

After the tour launch, Smith played all over the country also garnering airplay from national community radio and Triple J’s Root ’N’ All program.

New single “I Will Not Forget” for the first time leans Smith towards stadium rock territory, like ‘When I Grow Up’ by Garbage or ‘Everlong’ by Foo Fighters. Catchy hooks and beats surround lyrics speaking of personal demons and learning from your missteps along the way.  Continue reading “NEW MUSIC: Youngsmith ‘I Will Not Forget’”

NEW MUSIC: Vama ‘Memories Now’


VAMA is an independent top Romanian rock alternative band. It was founded in 2006 by award winning actor and musician Tudor Chirila and guitarist Eugen Caminschi who split up from VAMA VECHE, a highly appreciated band founded in 1996.

Continuing the tradition of the former band, VAMA became one of the most beloved local groups. Through its shows and music, rebels and dreamers alike have found their escape. The band’s music is highly associated with the sea. Sometimes furious, other times calm, yet always completely free – this is the spirit that VAMA embodies. And this made it popular for more than a decade. The band performs for people who speak their minds and then sing aloud about it.

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NEW MUSIC: EZRATO ‘Noir’ ft. Stella Rhymes


‘Noir’ is an upbeat jazz/house hybrid track from the young Australian producer EZRATO. Incorporating musical elements inspired from the neo-noir film genre, the song revolves around the dangers of having an addiction to a person one admires and the grave consequences that can occur when things don’t work out.

EZRATO (born Eric Christopher) begun his musical journey through taking up piano at age 4.

After developing an interest in electronic music during his teenage years, Christopher grew a passion for producing covers of popular EDM tracks, recreating the sound design elements from scratch and collaborating with local vocalists. The young producer also gained an online following through regularly posting self-arranged piano tutorials for popular new music on YouTube.  Continue reading “NEW MUSIC: EZRATO ‘Noir’ ft. Stella Rhymes”