Lauren Housley was born and raised in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Although she was a shy child, she always possessed a strong desire to perform on stage. By the age of 10 she was a National Dance Champion and began moving into theatre acting shortly afterwards. Her passion to sing and write songs came unexpectedly at around the age of 14, Her influences spanning the broad spectrum of guitar music, stemming from her Elvis fanatic dad who raised her on the sounds of the king. Spending a lot of her formative years between Rotherham, after moving to Manchester, Lauren developed a cultured appreciation of the Northern music scene, drawing inspiration from the thriving music culture in which she was cocooned. She has since teamed up with childhood friend, Steve Pycroft, where they began hosting a night at Matt and Phreds Jazz Club in the Northern Quarter called Soul Sessions.Continue reading
theaussieword.com catches up with Tush from Tales!
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music? Hey guys, It’s Tush from, Tales, and we all live in little old Adelaide! Our band started off in 2015 with our old name ‘The Winter Gypsy’. We’ve been writing ever since! My first interest in music came from pure boredom. I was recovering from an injury, and my sister had literally stopped playing guitar (she was the musician in the family) to take up photography and graphic design. As her interests changed, she gave me her guitars, taught me how to play Wonderwall, and the rest is history.Continue reading
theaussieword.com catches up with Matt Balfe from Motor Ace.
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music? Like most GenX kids growing up in a country town, I got into rock music early on. Many hours were spent in front of countdown, producing and trading mixed tapes recorded directly from FM radio, and later taping rage on a Saturday night. By the start of high school, I had taken up guitar and decided that being in bands was going to be my thing. Early influences included The Clash, The Cure, and the Sex Pistols. Really anything that sounded like the opposite of ABC classic FM (top of the pops in my house growing up).
Australian Rich Latimer has a passion for music and projects that promote consciousness, connection, positive messages and nature. At 41 years old he describes himself as a ‘heartist’, which is someone who lives, creates and cooperates from the heart. He has a strong belief that ‘music changes people and people change the world’. So strong in fact, that he has it tattooed on his arms. Rich is like a ‘Swiss Army Knife’ when it comes to “awareness”, having many skills and doing everything in a sharp way.Continue reading
theaussieword.com catches up with Kav Temperley from Eskimo Joe to discuss his latest solo album ‘All Your Devotion’.
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music? It all began with the Beatles. At some point in time I bought myself The Beatles complete song book and by the time I had learned every song in the book at the age of 13, I was ready to start writing song of my own.Continue reading
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music? I was drawn to music pretty young. When I was about 7 I used to love the tv show Fame about the performing arts school in New York. I asked my mum to enrol me in dancing classes which I did til I was 12. By the time I was a teenager the dancing gave way to playing guitar and lots of acting in amateur theatre productions. When I was about 14 I discovered Ratcat which turned me on to pop songs played really loudly and noisily and soon after that I discovered Nirvana and by the time I was 15 I was a total grunge kid
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? Just trying new things and setting myself new challenges. I’m always listening to music and looking to discover new music, often by going back rather than what is current because there is so much music from the past that I missed and want to appreciate.Continue reading
With one voice and one guitar, Japanese singer-songwriter MASUMI transcends cultural borders. She creates music with the intention of giving hope to others without shying away from the darkness that makes us all human.
When asked about her motivation, MASUMI shares that she found her strength and calling to pursue music after living through the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake in her home country of Japan. Feeling the 9.0 magnitude tremors while trapped in an underground café in Tokyo inspired her to choose a path that made her feel alive. Following her true path and passion for music, MASUMI moved to Los Angeles and attended the Los Angeles Music Academy. Since graduating, she has worked with top industry veterans: Singer and vocal coach Dorian Holley (Michael Jackson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno), Grammy-Award Winning Producer/Engineer J.J Blair (Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash and The Who.), Warner Brothers songwriter/producer Ichiro Suezawa (Michelle Branch, Bruno Mars, Beyonce), multi-platinum award-winning songwriter/producer Nash Overstreet (Hot Chelle Rae) and Grammy-nominated producer Tristan Boston.
theaussieword.com catches up with Sam Rasmussen from The Paper Kites.
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music? Well I started playing the bass guitar when I was 11. I joined the school band and it all started happening from there. Over a decade later, TPK formed. We were all friends, and started out playing covers at weddings for our friends. Eventually we made a few demos, booked a few shows and it caught on.Continue reading
German pop starlet Leony has released her new music video for her latest single, ‘Boots’. The video – which premiered exclusively worldwide on Girlfriend Australia yesterday – was shot in Australia across locations in the Gold Coast & Byron by ARIA award winning director Matt Sharp. Written by Leony alongside David Björk, Andreas Moe (Tiesto, Hardwell, Avicii), & Elina Stridh (Maroon 5], the song’s anthemic hooks and jubilant, explosive lyrics convey empowerment and sticking to one’s beliefs. Continue reading
Showing a whole other side to his artistic brilliance, Andrew Rayel teams up with super producer Garibay for this new, steamy and pop-scented single. With Jake Torrey on vocals and a flurry of laidback grooves and catchy guitar plucks to boot, ‘Last Summer’ is bound to be the best one yet!Continue reading
After a massive few weeks touring overseas, Aussie’s Mashd N Kutcher are back kicking off their Australian tour and have just dropped their NEW Music Video for: ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ feat Addison!
Mashd N Kutcher return with a modern reinterpretation of the Journey classic: ‘Don’t Stop Believin’! Part DJ’s, part live instrumentalists, this keyboard and drummer duo from Brisbane Australia, have cemented their name as one of the most prominent Australian electronic music acts of recent years. Three short years after they began, Mashd N Kutcher became one of the most talked about acts in the industry, consistently touring across: Australia, Asia, New Zealand, North America, South America and Europe. From multiple DJ Mag Top100 clubs, to international festivals such as: Ultra Music Festival, s20 and Electric Love Festival, Mashd N Kutcher have now amassed a whopping 700+ live shows. Continue reading
James Arthur has released the official music video for his single “You Deserve Better”. The video was shot in Australia and directed by Phillip R. Lopez. “You Deserve Better”. The track, which has accumulated over 16 million audio streams to date, was written by James with superstar songwriters Camille Purcell and TMS.
Legendary songwriter, recording artist and performer Paul Simon will release his 14th studio album – IN THE BLUE LIGHT – on September 7th through Sony Music Entertainment Australia. Produced by Simon and Roy Halee, who have worked together since the 1960s, the album features a talented cast of musicians who have joined Simon to lend fresh perspectives on 10 of the artist’s favourite (though perhaps less-familiar) songs, drawn from his unparalleled body of work and is available for pre order. Continue reading