SPECIAL INTERVIEW: RJ Thompson


theaussieword.com catches up with RJ Thompson.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?
Going way way back my parents bought me a toy drum kit when I wasexclusive-interview-with-rj-thompson-01 only about 4 or 5. So my early years were spent learning how to annoy the neighbours! I was well into my teens before I picked up a guitar and started writing music.

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

Motivation always boils down to wanting to do the best for my family… my wife and little boy. As cheesy as it sounds everything I do is for them. In terms of musical influences, the musicians I work with influence me greatly. They are all phenomenal musicians and bring out the best in my writing.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
My one and only goal is to write, record and release music that means something to me and that hopefully resonates with people. If that takes me to big or small crowds, I don’t mind. I want to be able to look back at my musical life down the line with pride knowing that everything came from the heart, and hopefully meant something to people.
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Mar 23, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guest Smith & Thell


On #MorningShow989 this week, Maria Jane Smith and Victor Thell from Smith & Thell join Brian Peel live on the phone from Stockholm, Sweden! Brian’s given the best intro to any interview he’s done on live radio thus far, there’s a sneak preview of the new album Soulprints along with the Australian premieres of Smith & Thell singles Row and Statue! All that plus your … Continue reading Mar 23, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guest Smith & Thell

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Anna Pancaldi


theaussieword.com catches up with UK singer/songwriter Anna Pancaldi.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? My father is a singer and so growing up in a musical family it was something I always thought would be a part of my life, but I just adored the way it made me feel when I used to stretch my vocal chords wide and sing along with albums o1aUEQGdNf Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand with all my being, there really was nothing comparable.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? All my music has been an outpouring of all the moments in my life that have affected, shaped and changed me in the most defining way. That needing to express how I feel when words cannot be found is so very important to me.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? I want to sell out the Royal Albert Hall in London and continue to build as bigger of a fan base as physically possible, performing live is where I come alive and so for the rest of my life that is what I want to do. My sights are set as far as the eye can see and I have a work ethic that stretches the same, so it’s a thrilling time to be doing what I’m doing.

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SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Vox Eagle


theaussieword.com goes one on one with Andy from Vox Eagle! 

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

So Vox Eagle started in the back of a tour bus. Luke and I (Andy) were playing with another band doing and East coast West coast US tour and we started talking about working on some new Psych Dancey tunes. We had both grown up in musicpMla5meJal households and playing since we could walk so love all the old stuff Beach Boys, Beatles, Stones, Zep so wanted to take some of those influences and make some tunes you could listen to at a party or driving a car on a hot summers day.

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

Music motivates in itself. The relationship is non stop, I’m living (Andy) in a log cabin in the Colorado Rocky Mountains national park now so every day is focused around music. A walk up the mountain in the morning is a focus on lyrics. Days are working on songs and nights appreciating other musicians an reflecting on songs, listening to records or playlists.

I think as a musician I’ve always looked up to Jeff Buckley as a singer songwriter and a once in a lifetime artist. Robert Lowell as a poet certainly inspires from a lyrical senses.

I don’t know what id do if I wasn’t working on music, it pretty much consumes every thought from the moment I wake up to eyes shut still re working lyrics as I drift off to sleep. Continue reading “SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Vox Eagle”

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Eddie Martinez


 

graffitiUS DJ Eddie Martinez catches up with theaussieword.com for a special interview!

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

I’ve always been into music ever since I can remember hearing the first tunes my father would play on his records and dancing around to Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald.

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

My drive motivates me. I always want to create and try new things

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

I’m hoping to make people feel something they can connect or relate to. There is such a great power in music that can turn your whole world around if needed. To accomplish that and be known for that is what artists strive for I believe.

Success, what is the secret to it?

I’m not sure; when I get there I’ll let you know! I would have to say consistency, confidence & being humble. Continue reading “SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Eddie Martinez”

Special Interview: Sam Ray


theaussieword.com’s special interview with UK artist Sam Raysam-ray-next-to-you-art.

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

I first realised I was really into music when I was given an old cassette tape recorder by my Dad at the age of about 11 and started recording little things I was coming up with on guitar. They were never even close to proper songs though!

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
In terms of goals, I really just want to focus on writing and recording music which I love, and if I can do that, hopefully people will like it!
Success, what is the secret to it?
I think the secret to success is time and effort. I don’t know if I believe in talent at all. I think it’s all just about pursuing interests!

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Special Interview: Mitch King


theaussieword.com catches up with artist Mitch King.mitch-publicity-photo

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

It was in high school.   I had a mate who played the guitar and I was extremely captivated listening to him.  This struck a passion in me that wouldn’t go away.  So I learnt to play the acoustic guitar and kept improving more and more, which led to busking in my home town at that time, Tamborine Mountain.  The more I played, the more I got hooked.  Then before I knew it, I was writing music, singing songs and progressively added the Kick Drum, Harmonica and Tamborine. Continue reading “Special Interview: Mitch King”

Special Interview: James Sayer


theaussieword.com catches up with UK based artist James Sayer.

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

I’m from a very musical family. My Dad is a piano/vocalist, his two brothers are, my brother, too! And my grandad was a saxophone
player (the sax solo I play on the track is on his saxophone!). But I guess my Dad’s influence from an early age was what got me into music. We always had so much music on in the car and at home, stuff like The Beatles, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Tina Turner and right back to stuff like Muddy Waters. I was hooked from day one!

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

I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to making music (well I like to think so, anyway!) but ultimately it’s what I love to do and in all honestly I don’t know what else I would do without making music! Continue reading “Special Interview: James Sayer”