New Music: Rachel Costanzo ‘Starlight’

Young Australian pop singer on the rise, Rachel Costanzo has announced the release of her new single, Starlight (out August 1) lifted from her self-titled debut EP, out August 22.  Rachel’s EP also features her debut single Blindside, which created a decent buzz in the industry on release late last year.
Most people will remember Rachel from her chance encounter on Fox FM, where the station had a temporary computer meltdown and were unable to play programmed music.  Rachel saw her opportunity and called Fox who then put her call to air, allowing her to play her single, Blindside down the line.  She was then invited to return for an interview and to play her song in full the following day.  

It kind of all felt like a dream when they answered my call. Then it hit me when I heard Blindside on air. My whole family were in separate cars that morning listening to it being played on the Fox and I’ll never forget that moment,” Rachel gushes. 

Rachel’s new single, Starlight is a fresh and fun pop number with light and shade, and will have you up and dancing in no time.  Her powerful and impressive vocal range and delivery are captivating and help bring this youthful and energetic sound to life.  “Starlight is about escaping from your day to day life and doing things you’ve always wished of,” explains Rachel.
Filmed in the picturesque Melbourne bayside suburb of St Kilda and featuring iconic Melbourne landmarks Luna Park and The Palais Theatre, the video was shot by Peter John from Epik Films (Simple Plan & The Paper Kites) and stars online dance sensation and X Factor contestant Liam Ferrari.  Staying true to who Rachel is, the clip sees a fun loving group of teenagers leaving their normal life and “escaping in the Starlight”.
Rachel’s EP was two years in the making and recorded and co-written with Michael Paynter (The Voice contestant 2013, Sony Music recording artist) and Michael DeLorenzis at MSquared Productions.  With a mix of upbeat songs and ballads (one of which features Michael Paynter), the EP maintains a youthful sound and explores the concept of dreaminess and escaping to the unknown.  “Working with Rachel Costanzo is a pocket-sized little dream come true. When she opens her mouth to sing, she instantly adds a dimension and character to the melody that we never imagined was possible,” explains Paynter.  “Voices like hers are rare, and it’s very exciting to see where her journey is going to take her in the coming years.”

Splendour in the Grass for Channel [V]

Channel [V] has packed up the campervan and is heading home from Splendour in the Grass – a long weekend at the North Byron Parklands filled with music, dance, camping, wacky costumes, live performances, festival food, and some of the hottest artists from Australia and around the world.
Following the mind-melting music festival Channel [V] will be serving up a one-hour Splendour special covering everything that went down including interviews with some of the biggest acts premiering Saturday August 9 at 2pm EST only on Foxtel.

Tune in to catch headliner Lily Allen speak about her latest album release and her on-stage antics, as well as interviews with Violent Soho, Interpol, Grouplove, Rufus, Foals, Ásgeir, Future Islands and many more. Plus with [V]’s access all areas VIP pass, we take you past security to see what really goes on backstage.
Always ready to get amongst it at Australia’s favourite music festivals, hip-hop maestro ILLY and our very own mullet enthusiast Marty Smiley skipped the queues and arrived in style by skydiving into the festival on the first day with the lucky winner from Channel [V]’s Splendour in the Grass competition.
This years’ explosive Splendour festival line-up included headliners Lily Allen, Outkast, and Childish Gambino, as well as Foster The People, Sam Smith, Kelis, Foals, Future Islands, The Presets, Chvrches, Interpol, Grouplove, Sky Ferreira, 360, Vance Joy, Angus & Julia Stone, The Jezabels, City And Colour, Hilltop Hoods, Ásgeir and many more. With performances from over two-hundred artists and DJs, it’s easy to see why tickets sold out in just a few hours.
The special also includes festival highlights from the main stages and the best bits from the tens of thousands in the crowd. Strap yourselves in, you won’t want to miss this – Channel [V] presents Splendour in the Grass premieres Saturday, August 9 from 2pm only on Foxtel, encore screenings will premiere on Sunday, August 10 at 9.30pm and Monday, August 11 at 6pm.

Girls On Film Festival

The first ever Girls On Film Festival arrives in Melbourne this September 12 to 14 at the Northcote Town Hall! GOFF is a live mixtape of feminism, film and lively discussion creating an inclusive party atmosphere for feminist filmgoers (and girl gangs) who want to see women and girls in powerful, positive stories on screen. Find them online at

Special Interview: Humans As Animals interview with Humans As Animals…

What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin?
Our Australian origins have different beginnings for each different member. Nicholas settled here during secondary education, wafting over from the battlegrounds of the most prestigious schools in Cape Town, retaining his accent like the Soutie he is.  Fab and Hughs’ roots grafted with sunburnt soil when Australia enjoyed the garlicky smells of the waves of Mediterranean immigration. Half of Rob also made this entree, the other half stuck to the bottom of a Scotsman boot.  With Chris, finally the East has joined forces.  The mix, bringing the faux Australian West it’s true Pacific thunder.
What had you first interested in music?
Passed down through the generations. From father(s) and mother(s) to son(s).
Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music?
We motivate each other to put together the best music we can. We have a writing process that is extremely collaborative, where everyone bounces alterations of each other; consolidating our egos into one symbiotic mass so we can simultaneously fashion ideas into fully formed songs. Our influences are drawn from 70’s rock stuff like Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd & Funkadelic through to more recent pop like Kate Bush, Kendrick Lamar & Dave Matthews.
Do you have any planned tours coming up?
We’re in the process of locking down some dates at the moment. The plan is to play 60 shows before we go back into the studio next year.
What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
To touch somebody;  absolutely anyone.
What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
We have a launch for our debut EP, “Eukaria” coming up at The Evelyn Hotel, August 14, 2014.
Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
Only Tony Robbins knows the answer to that question.  I think it’s contained somewhere in his gigantic hands. 
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus for their selfless uncompromising assault on our children.
How would you best describe you and your music to your fans?
Progressive Stoner Soul.
What can you tell us about your latest album?
It’s a collection of four songs recorded by Dave Williams of Tigermoth Audio in the Dandenongs at the palace Garret (sometimes known as The Patch Mansion).  The songs work together as a whole to create the world that is Eukaria. Analogous but separate life forms; punchy, progressive and poppy.
Are there any new exciting projects in the works? 
The recording of the next HAA instalment next year and a few super secret collaborations with a diverse array of artists even we or they aren’t expecting.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
As you said the industry is huge (way huge) so the only sensible thing to do is to buckle down and work harder than anybody else from now until a few years from now. And then beyond!!!!!!
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Hiatus Kayote, Kirkis, The John Steele Singers, Midnight Juggernauts, Purple Tusks, Gnaire, Lester the Fierce, Dorsal Fins, Shelley Segal, Steve Magnussen, Redcoats, Lamarama, Xenograft, Umlaut, The Presets, 8 Bit Love, Chet Faker… and the list goes on.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
We’ll I’d describe it as a constant fluctuation between the elliptical and hyperbolic conic sections of a graph that plots a correlation between the amount of social media undertaken against the amount of counselling required by the artist/musician’s staff. Surprisingly the results are looking good.
Thank you for the interview! What can you leave fans of with here today?
Only empty words and false promises.  Plus kisses.   Thank you too. 

Pure Gold Live!

WS FM101.7 and iHeartRadio are excited to announce the inaugural PURE GOLD LIVE concert featuring twelve of the biggest acts of the 70s, 80s and 90s to help celebrate the 90th birthday of Sydney’s historic Hordern Pavilion. 
WS FM101.7, Sydney’s No. 1 FM Radio Station, entertain over 700,000 listeners across the Harbour city and surrounds with a mix of Pure Gold hits and engaging talent led by the No. 1 breakfast team of Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller who will MC the PURE GOLD LIVE concert event at the Hordern Pavilion on Saturday, 25 October, 2014.
PURE GOLD LIVE will be three hours of hits and memories with twelve of Australia’s most well-loved 70s, 80s and 90s hit makers gracing the stage and taking a whole generation back to a time when rock ‘n roll was a way of life and there wasn’t a camera phone in sight. WS FM101.7’s Jonesy and Amanda said they were thrilled to be taking audiences on this rockin’ trip listening to music that they know and love. “We’re so excited to be part of this massive night celebrating Australian music at one of Sydney’s favourite venues, the Hordern Pavilion,” Jonesy said. “It’s going to be a fun night, packed with some genuine Aussie hits that have truly stood the test of time, and are as great today as they were the first time you heard them,” Amanda added.
Without further ado, the legendary artists set to rock the roof off the Hordern for PURE GOLD LIVE are (drum roll please) … 

DRAGON formed in Auckland in January 1972 and relocated to Sydney in May 1975, led by enigmatic lead singer, Marc Hunter, and currently led by his brother bass player, Todd Hunter.  Dragon had the nation in mass sing-alongs with their hits the No. 1 smash, Are You Old Enough?, Still in Love with YouRain, O Zambezi and 1977’s hit summer anthem, April Sun in Cuba.  DRAGON’s imprint on a generation was affirmed when Are You Old Enough? was used in the opening credits of the hit TV series, Puberty Blues.  In 2008 the Australian Recording Industry Association recognised DRAGON‘s iconic status when they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and in 2012 they celebrated their 40th anniversary with a string of sell out shows across the country.
Featuring Grace Knight on vocals and Bernie Lynch on guitar and vocals, EUROGLIDERS took the charts by storm in the 1980s.  Audiences were blown away, and Grace Knight captivated fans with her ‘manic ballerina’ stage persona. In 1984, EUROGLIDERSreleased their album This Island, which spawned their No. 2 hit single, Heaven (Must Be There). Heaven also peaked at No. 21 on the United States Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and appeared on the Hot 100. Another Australian top ten album, Absolutely, followed in 1985, which provided three further top ten singles, We Will Together, The City of Soul and Can’t Wait to See You.  Grace and Bernie, along with their superb band, have reunited to once again captivate audiences with their sophisticated and high-energy brand of pop.
When GANGgajang‘s beloved friend and bass player Chris Bailey passed away in 2013, four original members Cal Callaghan, Buzz Bidstrup, Geoff Stapleton and Robbie James made a pact to continue on as Chris had wished to celebrate 30 years since the band began. GANGgajang released its first single, Gimme Some Lovin’ in November 1984, reaching the top of the charts in early 1985.  Shortly after, their self-titled debut album gained the number one spot in Perth and Brisbane with their quirky anthem Sounds of Then (This Is Australia)quickly finding a place on mainstream radio across Australia.  Four classic albums followed including the cult Quiksilver film Mad Wax soundtrack, a retrospective DVD, and countless tours of Australia and Brazil. The band eagerly looks forward to its 30th year celebration.
Formed in 1980, MACHINATIONS developed a cult following in dance clubs during the mid-80s, following the release of their debut album, Esteem, in 1983.  The smash hit single, Pressure Sway, was released in June the same year and soon the band was becoming a major force on the Australian music scene. In 1985 MACHINATIONS released the album, Big Music, and its three charting singles, No Say in It, My Heart’s on Fire and You Got Me Going Again were all over the airwaves.  The band’s activities were curtailed in April 1989 when a hit-and-run car accident left singer Fred Loneragan with a broken neck.  The band occasionally reconvened during the 90s then again in 2012 after a break of over 12 years.
Compu-PU-pu-PU-pu-PU Computer Games”! If that chorus from the MI-SEX hit isn’t familiar to you then you didn’t live through the early 80’s.  This international hit single preceded the glut of similar-sounding British chart entrants by a year or more and became one of the defining pop-rock songs of the Australasian music-scape. It ascended to #1 on the Australian charts during November ’79 and hit the top five in New Zealand.  By April 1980 Computer Games had charted in more than 20 countries, and had peaked inside the top ten in Canada, France, Austria, Italy, West Germany and South Africa. It took lead singer, Steve Gilpin’s unfortunate death in 1992 to force MI-SEX underground for 20 years and the simple acceptance of an invitation by Steve Balbi to front MI-SEX at a private party and the Christchurch Quake Relief Concert to confirm the right chemistry that would once again ignite their passion for “live performance” and we couldn’t be happier.
WENDY MATTHEWS is without doubt one of Australia’s most respected vocalists. Originally from Canada, WENDY MATTHEWS was part of two of Australia’s most successful bands, Models and Absent Friends, taking lead vocals on the smash hit, Nobody but You, before embarking on a successful solo career.  In the 90s Wendy released a slew of Top 20 singles including Token Angels, Let’s Kiss (Like Angels Do), The Day You Went Away and Friday’s Child  and Top 20 albums: You’ve Always Got the Blues (with Kate Ceberano), Émigré, Lily, The Witness Tree and her compilation, Stepping Stones.  Matthews appeared on three series of It Takes Two(2006-2008) and in 2014 released The Welcome Fire, her first originals album in 12 years, with songs co-written by Josh Pyke, Megan Washington, Mark Sholtez and many more.
MOVING PICTURES’ seminal debut album, Days of Innocence, came out in October, 1981 and went to No. 1 in February the following year. In January 1982 they released their single, What About Me, which reached No. 1 here in Australia, No. 29 on the American Billboard Hot 100 and appeared on the associated year-end Hot 100 list for 1983. In October 1983 MOVING PICTURES released their second album, Matinee, reaching No. 16 with their non-album single, Never, appearing on two major motion picture soundtracks – Footloose and Hot Rod. By the end of 1987, the group had disbanded reuniting again in 2005, 2011 and 2013.  Lead singer, Alex Smith, has been living in the UK for the past 21 years where he works in special needs education using music to help children with profound and complex needs to communicate.
Known for enduring hits such as That’s When I Think of You, Compulsory Hero, ‘To Love Me, Scars, Don’t Forget Me, and, of course, If I Could1927 made a devastating entry into the ears of its listeners with the Quintuple Platinum selling album …ish in 1988, which earned the band a slew of ARIA Awards as well as a lot of fans along the way.  Following up …ish with the multi-platinum second album The Otherside, a self-titled third album, and countless live shows at home and abroad, the last couple of decades have certainly earned 1927legendary status.  Not content to rest on their laurels, after more than ten years, 1927 released a new studio album Generation i last year.  It may just be the band’s finest album yet.
PSEUDO ECHO formed in 1982, releasing their first album, Autumnal Park, in 1984 which skyrocketed the band to household name status across the country.  Their second album, Love an Adventure, spawned another string of hits including its title track, Don’t Go, Try, Living in a Dream and their remake of the Lipps, Inc. song Funkytown, which brought the group their biggest international success and spent seven weeks at No. 1 in Australia from December 1986.  In 2012 PSEUDO ECHO celebrated their 30th anniversary and this year released their sixth studio album, Ultraviolet.
ROSE TATTOO, led by Angry Anderson, was formed in Sydney in 1976 and were renowned as “one of the most revered bands of all time” with their “peerless, street-level heavy blues’ with the emphasis on slide guitar and strident lyric statements”.  ROSE TATTOO’s first four albums were produced by the legendary team of Harry Vanda and George Young who also worked with AC/DC, and spawned songs including Bad Boy for LoveRock ‘n’ Roll OutlawNice BoysWe Can’t Be Beaten and Scarred for Life through the late 70s early 80s before disbanding in 1987.  ROSE TATTOO subsequently reformed briefly in 1993 to support Guns N’ Roses on an Australian tour and again from 1998 and have since released two more studio albums.
JON STEVENS certainly has had a wide and varied career first coming to prominence as the lead singer of Sydney band, Noiseworks. The band experienced major success in the 1980s with hits like Love Somebody, Take Me Back, Touch, Hot Chili Woman and Miles and Miles before disbanding in 1992.  The next 10 years were a whirlwind for STEVENS appearing in three Australian productions of Jesus Christ Superstar before fronting INXS from 2000 to 2003. JON STEVENS is still rocking stages around the world with his current rock band, The Dead Daisies.
JOHN SWAN, affectionately known as SWANEE, released his first album Into The Night in 1978 but his first major chart success was a great rendition of Tim Hardin’s If I Were A Carpenter from the album This Time It’s Different . Success with the next two singles from the album immediately followed with Lady What’s Your Name and Temporary Heartache both screaming straight up the charts.  JOHN SWAN has been making music ever since, though it’s been a bittersweet journey. He’s topped the charts, had some great times, but also battled drug and alcohol problems.  If you want to understand SWANEE’s story, all you have to do is listen to his new album, One Day at a Time.
The Hordern Pavilion has long been one of Sydney’s favourite entertainment venues, playing host over the past 90 years to a plethora of huge local and international artists including Frank Sinatra, Coldplay, Nirvana, Cold Chisel, Sex Pistols & even The Jackson Five.  Between 1972 and 1983, the Hordern Pavilion was the epicentre of Sydney’s rock scene and every self-respecting music fan of the era has their own “Hordern” story.  90 years on the venue still holds a place in music’s, and Sydney’s, DNA, and we can’t wait to see what the next 90 years has in store.
Playbill Venues’ Managing Director, Michael Nebenzahl, said today “We’re delighted to be able to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Hordern Pavilion with some of Australia’s best loved performers, all of whom have graced the stage of this iconic venue many times throughout the last 30 years.”
Tickets for PURE GOLD LIVE go on sale on Monday, 11 August at 12.00pm/midday and are expected to sell FAST so don’t miss out on your opportunity to see these Australian legends on stage at THE  most legendary of venues.

50th MAX Sessions Coldplay Broadcast!

Foxtel’s iconic concert series, MAX Sessions celebrates its 50th event by recording chart-topping international superstars Coldplay. Renowned for their breathtaking stage presence, Coldplay performed exclusively for Foxtel viewers to present 50th MAX Sessions: Coldplay, which will broadcast first on MAX Saturday, August 9 at 7.30pm. 

The one hour television special perfectly captures the intimate atmosphere of ‘Midnight’, ‘Oceans’ and ‘Always in my head’ plus the energy of ‘Sky Full of Stars’ – which caused 700 audience members to fall in ‘True Love’ with the ‘Magic’ that is Coldplay’s latest album, “Ghost Stories”. Their greatest hits were not forgotten when the band played “Mylo Xyloto” album favourites ‘Paradise’ and ‘Charlie Brown’, plus highlight performances of ‘Viva la Vida’, ‘Clocks’ and ‘Fix You’ all showcasing the pitch perfect talent of lead singer, Chris Martin. 

The captivating performance was the second time Coldplay graced the MAX Sessions stage, having launched the series eleven years ago in 2003. Never before seen footage of Coldplay from their first performance in 2003 is included in the commemorative 50th MAX Sessions 2014 broadcast. 

Rebecca Batties, Foxtel General Manager for Music and Head of Digital, said “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome back Coldplay to our MAX Sessions series to celebrate the milestone 50th episode. The award-winning MAX Sessions is Australia’s original and longest-running concert series made for television filmed in an intimate setting delivering world-class live performances from iconic Australian and global acts. 

“Forty-nine timeless shows have so far been recorded and MAX Sessions has continued to raise the bar in Australian music television. Those lucky enough to be in the room for the 50th anniversary special Coldplay performance at The Star Event Centre know the MAX audience are in for an extraordinary and mesmerising music experience.” 

From its inception over a decade ago, the MAX Sessions has been host to countless artists of the highest calibre from the international music scene featuring Slash, Blondie, k.d. lang, Moby, James Blunt, Michael Buble, Ben Harper, Neil Finn and Seal. Prominent Australian artists have also taken to the stage including INXS, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Marcia Hines, Delta Goodrem, Keith Urban, John Butler and Darren Hayes. 

50th MAX Sessions: Coldplay premieres exclusively on MAX Saturday August 9 at 7.30pm. Encore screenings on MAX will premiere Saturday, August 9 at 10pm, and Sunday, August 10 at 10am, 5pm and 11pm.