Special Interview: Lina


theaussieword.com catches up with Lina, the first American / Palestinian winner of Israel’s The Voice! 

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? I’ve loved music since a very young age. Actually my first appearance on tv was when I was 5 years old, when they interviewed me about music instruments that me and my sister built from recycled plastic.. but the first time I took singing seriously was when I was 16 during a piano lesson. My piano teacher heard me singing for the first time and was completely shocked, and made me perform the song (playing the piano and singing) in front of everyone in the conservatory. I owe her big time!  Continue reading “Special Interview: Lina”

July 13, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guest The Away Days


On #MorningShow989 this week – two hours of fresh hits, a couple of Australian premieres, the world premiere of new Smith & Thell single ‘Toast’ a mix of #ThrowbackThursday plus special guests The Away Days all the way from Istanbul, Turkey. Check out our social media for all pictures and #MorningShow989 action! Subscribe to On Air with Brian Peel on iTunes and leave us some feedback. Listen to the #MorningShow989 podcast … Continue reading July 13, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guest The Away Days

Special Interview: Rory Lavelle


theaussieword.com catches up with Belfast based singer/songwriter & performer Rory Lavelle.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? I remember my baby-sitter listening to a Simon and Garfunkel compilation and being completely taken by it. I couldn’t think of a better foundation for starting a love affair with melody.

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What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? The great music that went before really. The melodies, riffs, beats and words that lift you up and put a swagger back in your walk.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? Ideally I’d like to make a comfortable living out of writing and recording whilst remaining try to myself.

Success, what is the secret to it? I’ll tell you if and when I get there!

What has been your biggest career highlight so far? Supporting Ian Brown to a packed Ulster Hall was pretty special.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Bill Withers for his integrity, John Lennon and Bob Marley for their passionate, intelligent, peace endeavours and David Bowie for his vision.

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
I have another 2 albums written already so I’d like to think I’ll have reached a few more people and can gig more frequently. So hopefully on the road is where you’ll find me.

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June 22, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests LUNAZ & Casey Barnes


#MorningShow989 this week welcomes two special guests, German DJ/Producer LUNAZ who has just released his take on a Cyndi Lauper classic ‘Time After Time’ a track he collaborated with Frankie Balou. #MorningShow989 has the exclusive first play, an all Australian premiere! In the second hour of the show, Australian country pop sensation Casey Barnes joins Brian on the phone for a chat about his hot new single ‘The Way We Ride’. All this including fresh hits and a whole bunch of #ThrowbackThursday! Continue reading “June 22, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests LUNAZ & Casey Barnes”

Special Interview: Thomas Oliver


theaussieword.com catches up with Australian born, New Zealand based singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver.

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

My dad is a singer-songwriter and he used to sing songs to my brothers and me before bed. I have one particular memory of him singing Joni Mitchell’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi’. The message in the song really reached me, even as a really young boy. This really instilled a love of music in me from a young age. 

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? My greatest motivation to make music is my innate desire to create in other people the amazing feelings I get when I experience good music. Obviously, there’s a selfish side to making music also, but for me I believe it comes second to the first one. 

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

I keep my goals quite close to my chest, actually. But one of them is to create an album that has a significant cultural impact; an album that changes things. Certainly easier said than done, especially in today’s saturated music market, but I believe there will always be more to say. 

Success, what is the secret to it?

I’ve been really fortunate to have some great successes in the past year or two. When I analyse those successes, the thing that seems common to all of them is a genuine belief that it’s possible. We as humans are riddled with insecurities, myself included, but sometimes the most powerful thing you can do to help yourself is find a way to truly believe in the value of your contribution to this world. 

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May 25, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guest Errol Sammut / Airport Impressions


Errol Sammut from Airport Impressions over in Malta is this week’s special guest on #MorningShow989. We have the Australian premiere of new single Burton’s Song, a track inspired by his nephew, proceeds from the track donated in aid of autism plus the first Australian play of Mariette, another Airport Impressions hit. We have a bunch of #ThrowBackThursday classics from Cathy Dennis, Bonnie Tyler, Kylie Minogue Rick … Continue reading May 25, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guest Errol Sammut / Airport Impressions

May 18, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests The Beach & Greg Gould


#MorningShow989 this week is jam-packed. A bunch of #ThrowBackThursday classics, fresh hits from Miley Cyrus, Shannon Noll, Tim Wheatley, LUNAZ and more plus two special interviews George Morgan from The Beach over in the UK plus Aussie artist Greg Gould live in studio! Click here for the podcast, subscribe on iTunes! Continue reading May 18, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests The Beach & Greg Gould

May 11, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests American Doubles


On #MorningShow989 this week, fresh hits from all over the world, your weekly dose of #ThrowbackThursday classics including that No.1 power ballad from ‘Prisoner’ by Lynne Hamilton plus Robert and Justin from Melbourne electronic duo American Doubles join Brian Peel live in studio for a special interview. The Morning Show, every Thursday from 8am on 98.9 North West FM. Listen to the podcast here:   Continue reading May 11, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests American Doubles

May 4, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests Sam Setton and MOBS


C-75uIkXYAA3OxpOn #MorningShow989 this week, Brian Peel pumps out music from the best of the boy bands. US electro/pop singer songwriter Sam Setton jumps on the phone live in New York and Jordan and Matt from Melbourne pop group MOBS join Brian live in studio for a special interview. Lots of laughs, loads of testosterone!

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Apr 20, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests MAXO and The Tiger and Me


On #MorningShow989 this week, two special guests – Aussie Singer/Songwriters MAXO and The Tiger and Me join Brian Peel for a special interview. We also hear those #ThrowbackThursday tunes from the vault plus some hot fresh hits making waves around the world. Check out the podcast here! Don’t forget to head over to iTunes, subscribe to On Air with Brian Peel and leave us some feedback! Continue reading Apr 20, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests MAXO and The Tiger and Me

Apr 13, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guest Marcella Detroit


On #MorningShow989 this week, US singer/songwriter Marcella Detroit joins Brian Peel live in studio for a special interview and co-host. This weeks show on 98.9 North West FM is a complete 2 hour #ThrowbackThursday extravaganza! Check out the podcast here! Don’t forget to head over to iTunes, subscribe to On Air with Brian Peel and leave us some feedback! Continue reading Apr 13, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guest Marcella Detroit

Apr 6, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests Vox Eagle


On the show this week, Aussie/US electro indie pop group Vox Eagle join Brian Peel for a special interview on the phone from Colorado’s Rocky Mountains & Los Angeles! There’s a bunch of #ThrowbackThursday tunes, a second hour double-shot and listener messages from around the world. Check out the podcast!

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Mar 30, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests Garrett Pierce & Anna Pancaldi


This week on North West FM’s #MorningShow989, Singer/Songwriters Garrett Pierce from the US and Anna Pancaldi from the UK join Brian Peel on the show for special interviews and Australian premieres of their new singles along with some amping #ThrowbackThursday and  fresh new music… Even James Blunt stamps his Twitter approval during this weeks show! Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading Mar 30, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests Garrett Pierce & Anna Pancaldi

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