SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Milwin

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM special interview with international artist/DJ Milwin.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?

My music interest started at an early age, as far as I can remember music has been a big part of my life. My father has always been in a band, so growing up I got to watch him perform and rehearse. When I was six years old I started to drum on the pillows and pots in the kitchen. Then I went to music schools and played drums in different bands. After that I discovered DJ-ing and electronic music at the age of twelve which got me into producing my own music.

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

As a little kid I got inspired by my father who plays in a band. After listening to rock music I wanted to be a rockstar and got influenced by the rockbands.

The first time I heard electronic dance music it really caught my attention as a young kid, I felt it was something I wanted to be a part of to express my feeling through out music. I was influenced by Avicii, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia. Now I’m influenced by all kinds of artists from all types of genres actually.

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish?

As an artist and producer I always want to evolve and become better at my craft releasing good music and working with good musicians. My biggest goal as an artist would be looking back at my career when I’m older and being proud of what I’ve accomplished.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?

I have 3 songs out at the moment which are all doing well, On My Way, No Turning Back and New Levels, I hope people will dance to my music the coming months. Unfortunately no touring until the pandemic is under control.

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music?

I actually released 3 songs in 1 month on 3 different labels between mid October – mid November. Usually you want at least 4-6 weeks between each release as the label needs time to work each track and you don’t want them to compete against each other for playlist or radio support. But each label is amazing with a fantastic team behind it, I’m very humble for all the support the music has received.

Give us an insight into your creaIve process. What gets you writing songs?

It depends. Sometimes I can get inspired from songs I listen to, that can lead to a feeling I wanna re- create. Sometimes I have sessions with different types of songwriters/producers and we start writing a track from scratch or write on something I’ve made earlier. Or sometimes melodies and rhythms comes into my head and I start a new project immediately.

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?

No hidden meaning. I released a track called “Own Shit” with my friend and very talented singer/ songwriter Adam Benya. In the song we added a sentence in Swedish which we thought was cool.

Success, what is the secret to it?

Hard work, consistency, study your craft, be creative, think outside of the box and have a lot of fun while doing it.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

My latests release has received massive support on international radio being played on BBC1, Capital, KISS FM etc. I’ve also been booked twice to Weekend Festival which is one of Scandinavia’s biggest festivals. Im very grateful for the support.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

Theres so many… To name a few: Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Kanye West, Prince.

Are there any new projects in the pipeline?

Oh Yes Oh Yes! Stay tuned.

The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself a few years?

I will still be releasing the music I love. Let’s look back on this interview a few years from now and hope thats true.

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?

Favourite part of this job is that I’m actually doing this everyday and can spend time on it whenever I want.

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.

Tame Impala, Bee Gees, Empire Of the Sun, Flume, Fisher.

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?
It sucks. I think the music industry is too much about how many followers you have on your social media. I guess it’s still just about the money. But I need to adapt to the landscape of the industry. I’m blessed to have such a fantastic management that helps and supports me.

How will you continue appealing to the internaIonal market?

Releasing some fire music and touring the world giving them a night they probably will forgot as they got to f*ucked up haha.

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list?

Yes I do, mostly songwriters and songwriters. Would be cool to make a track with Pharrell Williams.

What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Work hard, listen and learn, make a lot of music and try different types of genres, find a great team that supports you.

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your followers and fans?

On my Instagram page: milwinonline.

Any last words?

Follow my social medias to be the first to hear from me!

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06 November, 2020 | #FridayFever Bruce Springsteen Interview & Music Special | 97.9 FM

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#FridayFever on 97.9 FM Melbourne / 2pm – 4pm Friday Afternoons.

U.S. performer Bruce Springsteen plays his Fender Telecaster guitar while singing his hit song “Born in the U.S.A.” as he completed his world tour at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in September 1985. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Hunter Tynan Davis

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with Nashville based singer/songwriter Hunter Davis.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?

  • My father is a songwriter (we wrote Sticks and Storms together) so wordsmithing and music was just a part of life from my earliest recollections. Entering into songwriting and music was one of those things that seemed as natural as taking over a family business.

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

  • Authenticity and catharsis. For me personally, there’s a sense of needing to get words, melody, and material out of my head and into the world to allow it to become something else, for someone else. That authenticity and knowing it needs to live in the world, always drives me to make better music.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?

  • Well my first son will be born in a few weeks so I’ll be taking a short time off haha But I have two singles slated for release in early 2021 and with the state of the world its tough to say what the touring projection will be. In support of the singles its looking like a digital tour will be most likely.

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music?

  • This latest release was written in the wake of the Nashville Tornado  that struck the night of March 2nd. I woke up about 10 secs before my fiance and I took a direct hit and the song outlines some of the moments and emotions of that event.
  • As far as my music, I just do my best to stick to the tenants of what I feel is honest and makes the best art. The craft of words and melody are gospel, whatever comes from that combo is what you hear from me.

Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs?

  • As a writer I feel a certain obligation to capture the events, feelings, and emotions of life around me. Any number of those things can spark an idea that leads to a song. But often, I hear a melody within a particular chord progression of riff while playing guitar and I match that with an idea or emotion…and then I just ride that wave to see if it takes me anywhere. 

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? 

  • “Meaning” is subjective. I would personally say no, but that doesnt mean that the next person might discover a hidden meaning in a line or lyric that Ive written which, in that case, would turn that “no” into a “yes. Art resonates differently for everyone.

Success, what is the secret to it?

  • Determining what your definition of “success” is and then stubbornly and doggedly pursuing it. You have to stay in the game to win the prize, but theres no buzzers or periods to know when to stop… just gotta keep playing.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

  • On this last single I had the wonderful opportunity to work with producer Gena Johnson. Other than being one of the single most outstanding humans on the planet, she’s also engineered and produced some of the greatest(and personally my favorite) bands and artist records. From her, to the supporting band she assembled for the single, I was humbled and in awe of the talent that was in that studio. Hands down my biggest highlight.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

  • Jason Isbell is hands down the most inspiring for me. From just a wordsmith perspective, he’s top of the mark. 

Are there any new projects in the pipeline?

  • Always. Other than the two singles slated for the release at the beginning of 2021, I also have an entire record that is tentatively releasing at the end of Summer 2021.

The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself in a few years?

  •  I see myself continuously pursuing that highest quality music and content and being dynamic enough to know how to navigate that ever changing world.

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?

  • My favorite thing is “This line of work” and my least favorite is “This line of work” haha 

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.

  • Not just one of my favorite Australian artists but one of my favorite artists ever, is Xavier Rudd. I discovered “Food in the Belly” around 2012 and was completely blown away. What an insane talent and so much respect for his views on the environment.
  • I know this will seem like an obvious answer and many Aussies will roll their eyes (yes, I know he was born in NZ) but hands down Keith Urban. Just an outstanding musician, writer, and overall person. 

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?

  • In so many ways the advent of social media has made our job better and more difficult all at once. You know have access to so much data (views, streams, numbers, regions of promotion etc etc) that it allows you to target audiences and interact more specifically. But its also potentially overwhelming for artists (aka me) who want to focus more on the craft of writing or performing,but now also have to run numbers like an accountant.

How will you continue appealing to the international market?

  • Just continue to release high quality material and remain within their sphere of awareness.  

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list?

  • I know we already talked about him, but can I add Xavier Rudd to the wish list? haha 

What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps?

  • Focus on your reasons for pursuing music and why its important. Follow that passionately and with honesty, it will cut down on a lot (not all) of the anxiety and mystery of the endeavor. 

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your followers and fans?

  • Thank you so much for listening! Feel free to reach out on Instagram or Facebook, I’m usually pretty good at responding to everyone! (just give me some time haha)

Any last words?

  • Wash your hands, believe in art, and don’t be an arsehole  

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SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Georgia Lines

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM special interview with Georgia Lines.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?

Growing up I was always singing, performing, creating shows/circus performances for my parents and their friends, but I didn’t really start singing outside of sing star until my first year of Intermediate. A group of school friends and I had decided to re-enact one of the scenes from High School Musical and I landed the “role” as Gabriella singing breaking free for the school Talent Quest. This was the moment I can point to where it all began. Up until then I had never sung in front of anyone, including my parents and I think they were just as shocked as I was that I could sing.  I guess my interest grew from there, and I started writing songs towards the end of high school. The choice to pursue a career in the music industry was more about my love for music and my lack of passion or excitement about anything else. 

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

I often feel this deep sense of needing to create. It’s a little strange to explain, but it’s almost as if I become dis-satisfied within myself when I stop creating. I feel like my motivation to make great music comes from wanting to articulate how I see or experience something in my life, but it is also paired with a love of creating. 

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish?

One of my biggest goals, seems so simple but at the same time so hard to do. It is to work really hard at staying present in all the small and big moments throughout my entire career, however it may unfold. I have spent so much time getting carried away hoping, dreaming, chasing after success… that often I miss out on the fact that I am actually doing what I have always wanted to do – have a career writing music, performing and just creating rad things. 

Of course I have other goals, but for now I am keeping those close to me and am working hard to make them happen (enjoying the moments along the way of course).

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?

Obviously the landscape of Touring is looking a little different in the current Covid climate, but I am actually heading back into the studio next month to record my next project which we are planning to release in 2021.

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music? 

Earlier in the year I released my debut EP (The week our NZ lockdown began.. thanks Covid) which has a bunch of songs that I feel so deeply proud of. Since releasing the EP, we have been working on a remix with Jack Burton for ‘Made for Lovin which is due for release October 30.

Hmmm, I always find this the hardest question but it is a combination of 70 inspired sounds, mixed with 90’s pop and many other things in between … the best way to describe it would be groove pop. 

Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs?

My creative process often changes depending on what stage of creating I am in. I am trying to constantly find spaces, books, podcasts, places, art, fashion and other things to inspire and fill my creative tank. If I can fill myself up with creative things, when I start writing I often have ideas and inspiration to draw from. If I don’t pour into myself creatively, I often find that I don’t feel inspired or like I can create anything amazing. Aside from that, my songs are often written about moments/things/events/people/relationships in my life or observations that I have around something. I am trying to be more honest about what I say in my music and write in the hope that It really means something to me and the people that listen. 

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? 

Not that I am aware of… I’ll let you know if I find one.

Success, what is the secret to it?

I think it depends on what your definition of success is. For me, success is simply doing what I love for a living. Within a creative industry, the bar is always moving and what it looks like for one person to succeed is completely different to the next. Writing music that I love, creating something from nothing and getting to do that for a job is success. If I get carried away with what success is painted out to be for another person, I am constantly competing with myself and everyone around me and the outcome is that I feel never quite good enough. 

I am learning to be present and enjoy all the little moments along the way. Taking in each stage of the journey and being thankful for where I am at. To answer the question… I am running my own race, sticking to my lane and working hard to enjoy the race along the way. That is success to me. 

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

It sounds so simple, but my biggest career highlight has been recording my EP that I released earlier in the year. When I was in the studio recording, my initial plan and selection of songs were completely different to what is now on the EP. The reason why It was such a huge moment for me, was that for the first time I trusted my own gut and made the call to start again with some songs and completely throw out others. For too long I cared too much about what people thought hence why it took me over 4 years to release anything. 

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

 I am super inspired by Solange and have been for the past few years. Everything she does inspires me creatively, from her videos to live shows, to her music… I think she is wonderful.

Are there any new projects in the pipeline?

I am actually about to head into the studio in a few weeks time to record my new EP. It has been a busy few months writing new music and I am so excited to bring these new ones to life. 

The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself a few years?

To be honest I don’t know what the next few years are going to look like with Covid dictating so much of what we are able to do. However, In an Ideal world I would love to be releasing music that is honest and true to me, still creating projects and music that excites me, and hopefully playing those songs to people all over the world. 

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?

There are so many favourite parts… but my favourite part is making the ideas/songs/video concepts come to life. I love executing an idea and bringing it to life. I always get so excited by that! & of course live shows.

Currently my least favourite part is having to do my accounting and admin… ugh! I was terrible at maths at school so find it quite difficult at times. 

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.

Troye Sivan, Matt Corby, Gotye, Kylie Minogue, Angus & Julia Stone

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?

Social media carries so much weight in the industry these days.. You can’t afford not to have a presence and be engaging with your fans. Especially now that the world has changed so much in 2020, the use of social media and continuing to connect with your fans using instagram/facebook/online platforms for live shows has been hugely important in staying connected throughout the strangeness of this year.

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list? 

Yes! I love collaborating with others. I am an extroverted human being who finds being in a room writing alone at times quite difficult and boring (not all the time). I would love to work with Solange, Emily King, Sampha… There are so many. 

What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps? 

The best advice I can give is to keep going. At times pursuing a career within the music industry is really hard. There are many disappointing moments and hard moments, but there are also so many wonderful ones. You just have to keep going! Keep creating, keep writings, enjoy the journey along the way and don’t get weighed down by the stresses that the journey brings. Learn to enjoy all the little moments, work hard, write lists, get people around you and on your team who believe in you and who are going to cheer you on (you need those people).

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your followers and fans?

 I am so grateful that you would follow me along for the ride in this crazy, exciting, wonderful, nerve-racking journey. It always overwhelms me to think that you would listen to what I create and then love what I do. It’s always the hope that people would like what I create, and that It would speak to them in some way, but there is never any guarantee that what I create will resonate with someone else. So thank you for all the love and support and for listening. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on xx 

Any last words?

Stay Safe Friends xx 

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SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Trevor Blake

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with US singer/songwriter Trevor Blake.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?

I’ve been involved with music since I was 15 playing in bands. I just loved the idea of being able to create something from nothing and put it out into the world, it’s an amazing process that I wanted to be a part of.

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

Seeing all the bands I grew up listening to do great things is a big push for me to try and accomplish those same feats. I want to make this world a better place than I left it and I think music is a great way to do that, changing peoples thoughts can change the way we live.

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish?

I want to tour and visit some of the greatest cities in the world, and obviously I want my music to reach as many people as possible so a Gold record would be a nice touch.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?

I’ve got a music video for my single “Down” that I absolutely loved filming and I can’t wait to unveil that. I have my fingers crossed that we have a vaccine before the release of my album in 2021 so I can start playing shows again, but until then I’d love to do some virtual shows.

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music?

My upcoming single “Down” is coming out on December 1st 2020. It’s a song about breaking out of the projected characters we play in other peoples lives and just enjoying life to the fullest and being whoever we want to be. I’d say my music is Pyschadelic Pop, not in the sense that it sounds psychedelic but more in terms of lyrical content, I love slipping in little things that most people would overlook.

Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs?

Typically it’s 3am and I hop on my piano and play around on my piano until something really clicks with me. Almost everytime I turn it on I write a song. I think whenever I learn a big life lesson I want to share it with the world and my creative juices get flowing and I just let whatever posses me to take over.

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? 

Oh absolutely. Almost all of my music throws in subtle hints to my own psychedelic expericences, I know a lot of people shy away from being that blunt about it, but it’s an experience that needs to be talked about because it can bring so much value to people. 

Success, what is the secret to it?

Hard work, taking chances, creativity, learning, and dedication. There’s really no secret, it’s obvious that if you put in the work and have the know how you will succeed.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

Making the music video for “Down” it was really the first time I had an idea for a video that came out exactly how I pictured it in my head and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

Paul McCartney. I admire how positive he keeps his music and it’s amazing to see a man thrive the way he has even into his old age. Billie Eilish too, we can all see how hard it is to handle fame and her story is no different, struggling with depression myself I admire how she keeps herself afloat amidst all the negativity.

Are there any new projects in the pipeline?

My album is releasing in 2021 and beyond that I have plans to really experiment on the next record.

The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself a few years?

It’s so hard to say, hopefully adapting. Obviously I want to say I’ll be touring and seeing great success but the future will tell itself. All I can do is put in the work and hope it all pays off.

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?

My favorite is performing and creating. The time between that where I’m prepping my release can be very discouraging not knowing how my music will be recieved, but I still find some joy in it where I can.

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.

In Hearts Wake is a great band, I actually had the oppurtunity to play with them while they were in America. Great guys, and have an absolutely amazing live show. Tame Impala is very good and even name dropped me in a song (although I’m about 95% sure it was a different Trevor).

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?

The industry can be amazing when working with geniune people, but for some money talks and I guess we just have to take that as it is. Social Media has become an absolute staple and I think now more than ever we artists and media outlets need a better platform where we can be heard, I hope that some day we get that platform. For the time being all we can do is follow the rules in place now and learn and adapt.

How will you continue appealing to the international market?

I make music true to me and I think that’s well recieved everywhere. Thankfully worldwide releases are now very easy and I love working with press outside of America, I’ll continue to do that as I progress into my career.

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list?

So far I haven’t but would love to. Speaking realistically I’m a big fan of this new artist out of New York, Morgan Saint. Geena Fontanella is another, I follow both of them on Instagram and I think it would be awesome to work with either of them.

What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Be prepared to put the work in and be authentic to yourself. As much as this can be a job you need to enjoy yourself when you create your content, people can tell the difference.

Thank you so much for your continued support. I usually talk to most fans on Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok but if you message me or even tweet at me I’ll see it, and I love to hear from you guys.

Any last words?

Watch Joe Pera Talks with You it’s an amazing show. Also, my single comes out December 1st and you can Preorder and Pre-save it on my website.

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SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Opal Ocean

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM special interview with Opal Ocean.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?

Alex:  My dad played guitar around the house and he always had friends coming over for late night  jams. I always knew I wanted to play guitar but it’s when I saw a DVD of the G3 with Joe  Satriani, Steve Vai and Malmsteen that I decided to take it seriously.  

Nadav: I have a very similar back story except it was my mum playing guitar and my brother’s musical taste which put me onto learning guitar at the age of 13 with bands like Metallica being at the helm of my musical journey. From that point on it’s been a journey of sound and exploring new ideas.

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

Alex: I see music as a gift and I was very lucky to receive it at a young age. As a musician the goal is  to pass it on to others and inspire people to pick up an instrument. In that process I’m trying to keep it interesting for myself with songs that I enjoy to play.  

Nadav: Exploring new territory is always a goal when it comes to music. There’s so many bands I love but I never have “enough” when I listen to their music. This makes me want to create music to fill that satisfaction. 

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish? 

Alex: They are many, but if 2020 has taught me anything is to be happy with what you have now,  you never know how the future is going to play out. A lot of my childhood dreams of playing  music live and inspiring others to play have already been accomplished. Now I can only hope  to continue that trend and keep evolving in my professional and personal life.  

Nadav: I think just being able to break the notion that you need a singer to top the charts. Instrumental music is notoriously hard to make a big statement as there’s no human voice to give a message and it would be very cool to see if that would ever happen But as Alex mentioned we’re both very happy and grateful to have what we have now.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? 

Alex: Our local council has opened up the possibility to busk in some areas. We are very excited to get out into the world again as we’ve been in lockdown since late March, apart for the month  of June. Melbourne has been severelyhit by the virus and we had to cancel all plans for touring  until the country opens up again. We are working on shows for 2021 but at this point it is all  uncertain.  

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music? 

Alex:The Hadal Zone is the title track of our new album and it represents our love for the  progressive genre. It was meant as a tribute to Tool with a 7/4 groove throughout the song. For us this is definitely on the slower side as we usually write songs much faster than this but we  fell in love with the tumbling feel of this rhythm and decided to push things and see where it  would take us. Overall this is a very special song for us and it is a new milestone in our  development.  

Nadav: Our music overall is definitely an eclectic mix of genres all mashed onto two acoustic guitars. When we play these songs we really imagine us with a full band playing Heavy Metal Or Prog Rock but the acoustic nylon guitars give the music much more of an interesting texture and ultimate softer output!

Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs? 

Alex: I suppose it all comes from a sort of vision Nadav and I have. When we tour and play a lot  together, we stumble on moments of music that make us raise our eyebrows, so we take notes.  Over time we compile those ideas and when we feel like we have enough we’ll find the time to  sit down and put those songs together. We are on the hunt to keep ourselves stimulated  musically, so anything that feels new and exciting is given the green light to be pushed  forward. 

Nadav: Atmosphere. Watching live music and other great artists is very inspiring for creative juices! With our particular playing style we can take a lot of influences on board so hearing something new and fresh makes us eager to try adapt and translate that into our own style. 

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? 

“You don’t need to be a full band to sound like one”. That  would be the main message we’re  trying to move across. 

Success, what is the secret to it? 

Alex: We still haven’t figured that one out! But from the little success we’ve had I’d say a strong  vision and lots of perseverance is key if you want to do anything in this industry.  

Nadav: Determination, discipline and direction. Know what your goals are (direction), use your passion to motivate yourself to get where you need to be (determination) and make sure if you lose focus or get distracted you have the discipline to get back on track. 

What has been your biggest career highlight so far? 

Alex: I would normally say, playing Montreux Jazz festival, the millions of views on our original  songs, and that time we got into Quincy Jones’s birthday party at Montreux or even having  Jordan Rudess on our album. But what I really hold close to my heart is the amazing people  that helped up over the years. I had no idea strangers could be so generous, welcoming and  straight up legends. From the fans that take the time to learn our songs so we could have a  jam, or the fan that opens up his home to us for a few nights on tour to the fan that backs us in  our crazy crowdfunding campaigns. Those people are why we give it 100% and we’ll continue  to give it 100%. 

Nadav: I think The Hadal Zone album. It’s not out yet but it feels like we finally found our voice in the music industry and that we are doing something unique and fresh. We’re not exactly sure how everyone will take the album but we’re happy with how the album came out overall.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? 

Alex: Anyone that has some degree of success in the industry has something to teach you. As  musicians we respect all the virtuosos of this world, because we understand the amount of  work and dedication those skills represent. And the same goes with artists that think out of the  box, we’ll check him out and go through his repertoire and work out if we can apply any of it in  our world. 

Nadav: It’s always inspiring to see self made musicians and the ones which worked to get where they are. Playing and busking on the street has given us a better understanding of what it takes to get from the ground going as an independent artist. When we see others gaining success it is truly inspiring.

Are there any new projects in the pipeline? 

Well the new album is coming out on the 16 of October so we’ll definitely be busy till then.  We’ve got a masterclass series we’re putting together. Hopefully that will come out at the end  of the year. We definitely want to film some more music videos for some of the tracks off the  album. Then if all goes to plan, we’ll be getting ready for touring Europe in June. We might even record some more tracks if we find the time and money… 

The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself a few years?

Alex: I know the industry has taken a massive hit with covid-19, in all honestly, I would be happy  being where we were before the pandemic. Touring and recording music is the best. 

Nadav: Yeah I’m the same, if we can get to where we were with being able to survive touring the world off our music that would be amazing right now.

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why? 

Alex: My favourite part is performing and connecting with people, and my least favourite part is the  insecurity of revenue that we unfortunately have to deal with since day one. 

Nadav: Creating and expressing something that means something not just to ourselves but to other people as well. Financial security. Not being able to create new music to the standard we want because we have bills to pay  or not even knowing if we can pay those bills ha!

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.

Malcura, Tommy Emmanuel, Karnivool; Pilini; Xavier Rudd; John Butler Trio; AC/DC 

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? 

Nadav: Social media has been the number 1 driving force of getting us out there. It’s a tricky one as these days it feels so over saturated and forced to get people to listen to your music but at the same time if you don’t push it out there you won’t ever get people coming back to check you out. Overall though our experience has been positive but hard work!

Alex: It’s great! We wouldn’t be where we are today without social media. It’s very cheap to run and  we have a lot of control over it. It’s a lot of trial and errors and you have to be diligent about it  but that’s nothing new, especially for musicians.  

How will you continue appealing to the international market? 

The truth is that we mostly appeal to the international market, we’ve never toured Australia  because it’s such a hard country to tour and how little fans we have here compared to Europe  or the USA. 

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list? 

Alex: Well, with the new album, you can tick off Jordan Rudess of the list! We’ve played with Beardy Man, Malcura, The Trouble Notes and Tribubu. Personally, I would love to collaborate with  Infected Mushrooms or Shpongle, I feel like the Psy-Trance scene would connect well with our  music. Trio Joubran is one of my favourite acoustic bands, I would totally love playing with  them, same goes with Rodrigo y Gabrieal they basically inspired our band form the get go.  

Nadav: There’s definitely some interesting ways we could collaborate with people but the main one would have to be a film composer like Hans Zimmer or David Elfmam. I feel our music could already be synced to a film or TV show because of it’s instrumental vibes. It would be such an amazing experience to work with someone like that on a project.

What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps?

 Be different! There are so many musicians today that being “the best guitar player” no longer cuts it. Find what makes you truly unique and build it up.  

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your followers and  fans?

Nadav: Just be yourself! I have always been that guy who waits hours to talk to the band after the show or take pictures so I know what it’s  like from the fan perspective. Because of that we always try to make time in person or online to respond to your messages or want to have a chat!

Alex: I miss meeting them after a show, we’d always spend a lot of time after a show or before to  hang out with everyone and share their stories. Thankfully we have social media that enables  us to keep in touch but it really doesn’t compare to face to face rambling. I Hope everyone is  keeping safe and I’m looking forward to being on the road again.  

Any last words? 

Nadav: Don’t be afraid to express yourself! We’re all just trying to connect with one another and music is our universal language!

Alex: Thank you for this opportunity, I always enjoy talking about my journey as an artist. I hope you  and your viewers are safe and if you ever feel bored just put on some Opal Ocean to ease your  mind for a while, Enjoy!  

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SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Jake Bosci

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM special interview with Jake Bosci.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry? Music began for me around 12 years old. My dad taught me to play an acoustic guitar and I suddenly found myself hiding away in my room all the time trying to make music. It wasn’t until I was a little older in high school though that I really started to give it a try. I formed an indie rock band called Ellington with my friends and things just went from there. We started touring, recording etc.

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

There is a lot of great artists out there and they certainly inspire me and motivate me too. I have never really tried to sound like anybody in particular but when you here a great song it really inspires me to sit down and try to create something. In general, day to day I am inspired by things going on in my life whether they ate good or bad or things going on in other people’s lives that really inspire me with subject matter. 

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish?

Honestly, I just want to connect with more listeners. I want people to feel like they can relate to some of my music. It’s always hard as an indie artist to find yourself on things like Spotify playlists etc and so my biggest goal right now is to try and see some growth in my audience over the next few months.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? Touring is a little tough right now due to COVID but I am focusing on getting an EP out early next year and will be releasing a few mor singles between now and then online.

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music?

I wrote my new single “I Miss You” whilst in government quarantine. It’s a little random but I was returning home and was made to do the quarantine period. I was away for a while and just missing everybody and everything about home. I luckily had a little set up to record music on and recorded the track, sent it to my friend Lane Johnson and it came out like this. I think a lot of people are missing a lot of things right now and simply put, that’s all the song is about.

Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs? Like I said before a lot inspires me but usually, I just sit down in my studio with a chord progression, lyric idea or a feeling I want to write about. Some days it comes very easily and others it doesn’t. I have been through times where I get bunkered down comparing myself to others with more views, likes, Spotify playlisting or whatever  and I think I’ve finally let go and see music as a lot more subjective and just because it might not reach a lot of people, does not mean it is not successful. In my eyes anyway.

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? I don’t think there is anything hidden to be honest. I think my songs are pretty right to the point and easy for people to understand what they’re about. I like it like that.

Success, what is the secret to it?

I will have to tell you when/if I get a taste of it. 

What has been your biggest career highlight so far? I think the places I have been with music, the people I have met. Touring around Australia as a young kid to sold out venues was something I will never forget and a lot of the time it is the idea of that which keeps me going now.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? I’ve always been inspired by bands like Dashboard Confessional. Lyrically. Right now I am listening to a lot of Nightly, MUNA, Dutchkid, Gordi, Chelsea Cutler, Handsome Ghost. 

Are there any new projects in the pipeline? I am starting to produce some stuff at home for others and excited to announce the first artist on that front soon but for me, just writing and trying to hone in on great songs for an EP.

The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself a few years? That’s a hard question. My motivations may change, I may not release more music by then, who knows. I hope by then to have just left songs out there in the world that I can be genuinely proud of.

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why? My least favourite is the TON of rejection you can receive from industry people. That really kicks gets me down some times but I just remind myself music is subjective and keep rolling with the punches. It can feel like an uphill battle if you don’t have a good team around you some times.

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists. Gordi, Tyne-James Organ, Fergus James. 

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? When I first started releasing music, I am talking Myspace days. It was amazing for me and our band back then as a platform. We could communicate with people so easily and release so easily. We built a fan base from nothing in a short amount of time. The biggest change I have seen as I get older is how much you need to rely on connections these days. Industry connections. If someone doesn’t like your song, it won’t get reviewed, If someone doesn’t like your song it wont get radio play, if you don’t already have momentum it won’t be put on editorial playlists. For me I feel like it’s become harder if you’re not connected.

How will you continue appealing to the international market? I will just keep releasing my songs and if they hit home then great. I don’t think for me I am trying to appeal to anyone in particular. I am just a guy writing songs. 

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list? I would love to work with more songwriters on creating music for others. I would love to work with an endless list of Australian singer songwriters and hopefully one day I can. 

What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps? Just enjoy your music, be proud of it, spend time creating something you will always be excited to tell people is yours. Also, don’t be discouraged. It’s now normal to be rejected in the music industry unfortunately but don’t let that stop you!

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your followers and fans? Thank you for listening, it means the world to me. Shoot me a message, comment or whatever on Instagram and I will always reply on there x

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