KYLIE MINOGUE: ARIA Hall of Fame 2011

Our girl, KYLIE MINOGUE after 25 years in the business FINALLY gets inducted into the Australian Record Industry Awards Hall of Fame. What an acceptance speech it was. Molly Meldrum teared up, Julia Gillard loitered not too far behind as our girl just spoke from the heart. Following Kylie’s music and being a huge fan since day one, I can honestly say that I was no prouder after all these years watching our Kylie pick up the award with both hands and finally become recognized for her musical contribution and Australian icon status.

The Walking Dead: Episode 7 Sneak Preview "Pretty Much Dead Already"

The BEST series to come out of 2011, without a shadow of a doubt. It gets better and better as the weeks go on… we’re midway through The Walking Dead’s second season – now we wait till the February 12 return. Here’s a scene from the latest episode.

EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL INTERVIEW: MARTIKA!

MARTIKA – Over 4 million records sold worldwide… 3 Aussie top ten hits… and a #1 smash from 1991…
What a pleasure it is for me to introduce my very special guest to theaussieword blog, Martika – the artist who released some of the world’s biggest hits from 1988 to 1992. Toy Soldiers sent Martika to the top of the Australian charts in 1989 – the track taken from her self titled debut album. Martika followed up the success with the release of the hugely popular dance track I Feel The Earth Move, the tune taking Martika as high as #2 in Australia. It was 1991 when Martika returned to stamp her authority on the Aussie charts, she came back with a vengence and a Number 1 song that spent weeks at the top of the ARIA charts, it was the hit Love… Thy Will Be Done – a track that goes down as one of the best of all time.

Martika – Love… Thy Will Be Done (1991)

Join with me as we meet with Martika in this very special one on one interview! Martika talks new music, new album, upcoming tour, videos and Fairlight Synthesizers!

Hello and thanks for taking the time to do this interview with me Martika! 
Thank you for asking. I love my fans in Australia!!

So great to hear the news of your comeback! You’re a personal favorite of mine and I am really looking forward to your new material. 🙂 
Thank you again! :):):)

Firstly, congratulations on the announcement of your new single and album due for release in 2012! How does it feel to be back?
Thank you very much. It is a bit surreal to be honest. I knew that I wanted to put together a new CD of new material but the response that I have been receiving has been so heartwarming, it makes me wish that I had even more material coming out!!! Hopefully there will be a demand for more MARTIKA music and I will follow this CD with another! I am just enjoying the moment right now!!!

Tell us where Martika has been these last few years and what projects you have been working on?
I have been busy working on an Internet Series called J8DED which was very fun and a lot of work. I did a project called OPPERA and we released two CD’s which were experimental and toured with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. That was AMAZINGLY fun!!!

‘Flow With The Go’ is the first single from the new album ‘The Mirror Ball’, what can you tell us about your new single?
It is a very up tempo dance/club song. I won’t give away too much other than to say I think that it is a lot of fun and should get people dancing!! I am super excited to do the video for this song!

The question on everybody’s lips….. will we see Martika tour Australia…the world…?
As a matter of fact, yes! I plan on touring all through 2012 AND it looks like I will be in Australia much sooner than anticipated!
Tell us about your connection to Australia, what are you fondest memories of our great country?
The people!! Everyone was so warm and open to me the last time I visited. It is such a relaxing place and I want to vacation there for A MONTH!!

Martika – I Feel The Earth Move (1989)

A totally 80’s question now….tell us about the cool sounds of the Fairlight Synthesizer!
OK, WOW!!!!! I am so honored to be working with Fairlight!! This is a dream come true! When the Fairlight was at the height of the 80’s and 90’s very few people could afford one. They were so exclusive that you would hire a Fairlight and an operator and they would show up in a white lab coat! (hee hee). Seriously, Fairlight has been on practically every hit from that era and I am so pleased to be using their 30th Anniversary prototype on this new CD. Peter, Graeme, Duncan and Tino are such cool guys! They are always there to help and update the Fairlight even though we are a world apart! It’s so cool to see them working on the Fairlight while it sits in the studio in the states. It’s strange to watch the cursor run around like mad and see the machine doing things when no one is touching it!!! The sounds you get out of it are nothing less than amazing!!! Once you hear it, you know why everyone wants one or used one on their music.

Martika’s video clips! Australia loves a good video and you have always made brilliant ones, will you be treating us to more?
New videos coming!!!!!!

As you know our very own Kylie Minogue holds a special place in our Aussie hearts, how does it feel looking back at the time you both had huge hits in Australia?
Australia has always been a place that I have loved! I am so happy for Kylie!! She is a national institution for Australia 🙂 I look forward to coming back to Oz and performing again!!

Love Thy Will Be Done, a massive hit Down Under, a personal favorite of mine, as were the tracks ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ and ‘Toy Soldiers’, what do you remember most from the time you released these tracks and how does it compare to the new material from The Mirror Ball?
I loved my records. I had so much fun performing those songs and I plan to do a lot of that material on tour as well. THE MIRROR BALL is 20 years later so the sounds and the style is different. Mind you, it’s still MARTIKA because, well, its me :):) I also did not have the technology that is available today so the sound quality is far superior. The new music is just so BIG sounding!! I am really loving it!!!

Does Martika have a favorite track from her back catalogue?
Love, Thy Will Be Done ranks up there pretty high!

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, how do you feel about the industry as a whole today and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
The BUSINESS has changed dramatically and I think for the better because artists have more control over their careers and their music. I am enjoying the new era!!

We’ve missed you Martika! Good luck with the new single and we look forward to the brand spanking new album! What can you leave theaussieword readers with today after this interview?
I AM COMING BACK!! Love and Hugs!! xoxoxoxoxoo MARTIKA

The Mirror Ball – New Album February 12, 2012
New Single ‘Flow With The Go’ – January 12, 2012 (Worldwide Release!)
The Mirror Ball Tour – Dates Coming Soon! (Get Ready Australia!)

Follow Martika on Twitter: @MartikaTunes
Martika’s Website: www.martikamartika.com


Martika – Toy Soldiers (1989)

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Kyle Brylin

theaussieword had the privledge of catching up with electronic pop sounding Kyle Brylin in an exclusive interview all the way from Wisconsin in the USA. Here’s what he had to tell us!

So tell us, who is Kyle Brylin?
Good question, I’m still figuring this out myself. I’m 22, American from the state of Wisconsin, and am obsessed with Electronic music. Some people prefer my acoustic efforts, I just get so bored strumming a guitar. I need the big beats, heavy synths and hard bass. I think my biggest attraction to being an artist is I can evolve and be a different person or character from track to track.

What first got you interested in music?
When I was in elementary school my cousin asked me to write a song with her. I never quit. I fell in love with creating, it’s like pulling thoughts out of the air and making them audible.  I started dubbing my voice and keyboard sounds with multiple cassette players in my bedroom before I had a computer.

What are some of the biggest goals that you hope to accomplish as an artist?
Oh man. Ya know, I just want to be able to make an honest living, doing what I love. I have no idea where my life is headed, of course we never do. Every single time  one of my songs means something to someone, that’s an accomplishment for me. I have so many wonderful  people backing me up.

Kyle Brylin – Committed (Glamour & Diamond Remix Edit)
Your new single, “Revenge,” is out now. Can you tell us about it?
Yes it is. It’s a dance track written by Charlie Mason, Chris Jay, Richard Hymas, and it’s about exactly that, getting revenge. I recorded it back in February and we thought it’d be a fun fall track. The groove pusher remix is pretty cool, too.

Looking ahead, what plans have you got coming up?

My plan changes every five minutes, so honestly, I don’t know haha. There might be a remix compilation of my previous releases, and expect an album early in 2012. I’m working so hard to get out new music as fast as I can. I can’t wait to share my new and very much improved sound with everyone.

Was it difficult starting out, like getting your music out, getting noticed?
I mean, I had to start somewhere, and that was literally ZERO. The most difficult part was wondering “Am I just going to be laughed at?” I wasn’t taken very seriously. Amongst all those who are still laughing, they are so many more who have embraced the music I’ve released over the past two years, and that has me working even harder to be the best I can be. I’m doing this for them, because they believe in me, and they seem to be having just as much fun as I am.

Who are your career influences?

I can’t lie, Britney Spears hit me like a ton of bricks in 1999. My mom wouldn’t let me buy her album because it said “Baby” too much. My sister and I split the $13 one day and bought it ourselves. That’s when I realized what a pop artist was, and I wanted it. Hard.

Do you use social networking such as Twitter to promote yourself and how do you find it?

Without social networking, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. At this point, my “career’ depends on it and I love how easily I can communicate one-on-one with the friends I have made, from Brazil to Germany to of course, Australia. 🙂


Kyle Brylin – I’m A Man (Ricardo Autobahn Remix)

Kyle Brylin Website: www.myspace.com/kylebrylin
Twitter: @KyleBrylin
iTunes: Album: The System

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK & BACKSTREET BOYS AUSTRALIAN TOUR!

Hold on to your hyper colour t-shirts ladies and gents, yes…NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK are coming to perform in Australia in 2012…with the BACKSTREET BOYS. A boy bands heaven.

NKOTB’s Donnie Wahlberg… “If our fans want us down under, we’ll go down under. Our international fans have been flying to see us stateside for years, so now we are bringing the show to them. Get ready Australia, we are coming to you!”

Limited to 4 Shows Only In Australia:  

May 19, Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
May 21, Adelaide, Entertainment Centre
May 23, Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
May 26, Sydney, Allphones Arena
 

Hottest tickets in town? You betcha…tickets on sale December 8 via Ticketek.


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