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!

Website: www.milwinonline.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialmilwin

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SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Lakelend

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with local Melbourne artist Lakelend.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?
I started playing guitar properly when I was around 1o years old. From there I played in the different groups they had available to be a part of at school. When I was about 14 (year 8) I ‘got the bug’ and was hooked. This came after watching some of the older kids play in the live band for the school production ‘Grease’. I just thought it was so cool that these guys not much older than me were performing these songs exactly like the originals, doing them justice and really making noise! From that moment on I knew this was what I wanted to do. I wanted to play music, so I started practicing, alot. 

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? Performing live, hands down. There is literally no better feeling in the world than having an audience react to your output of sound, stories, messages and emotions. 

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish? The ultimate dream is to build a career playing my songs to as many people around the world as possible and set up myself and my close friends and family during the process.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? So I’ve just dropped my second single ‘Supernova’ with the music video to follow! I’ll be releasing a few more tracks as we move into the new year and then it will definitely be time to start playing some shows! 

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music?Supernova is about the journey of falling in love with someone extremely fast, moments within and looking back. I wrote and recorded this in August 2019 with my good friend Cam Bluff. Cam co-produced Amy Shark’s breakout smash ‘Adore’ and has also created some of the bangers from Hilltop Hoods, Illy & Allday to name a few!


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

I think for me, most of my songs (so far) have been linked to extremely emotional times of my life. Whether that be heartbreak, intense romance or loss there is definitely some type of correlation or common thread in the songs that I write. I’ll usually start with a story or diary entry that i have written on my phone and pull it apart, reshape it and create a song out of it.

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?
Not specifically as I try to make my experiences as easy as possible for the listener to understand but I will say that each single artwork so far has the letters ‘BHC’ on the right hand side. These letters will be linked to and revealed a bit further down the track.

Success, what is the secret to it?
Success to me is doing what you love every day. So many people settle for something less, but I can’t. I’ve got a dream and I won’t rest until it’s a reality.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I think there have been a couple of highlights so far during my time in the music industry. Some would include playing to thousands of people in my old band ‘Storm The Sky’ at a festival called ‘Unify Gathering’ as well as playing some of Australia’s most iconic venues like The Enmore Theatre with ‘The Used’ and also having the opportunity to tour the country relentlessly and pop over to play in New Zealand!

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
There are a few artists that I really look up to. One that inspires me everyday is Juice WRLD (rip). He had a brain and work ethic like no other. 

Are there any new projects in the pipeline?
There are, this year has allowed me to write song after song and build up a really cool collection to choose what I release in the future. The plan (at this stage) is to put out a couple more stand alone singles and then a body of work.

The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself in a few years?
I see myself touring as much as I can both in Australia and overseas. I want the world to know my songs.

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?
Favourite would be performing for sure. I don’t really have a least favourite but I guess at this early stage of the game asking fans or friends to help push things isn’t my favourite thing to do but it’s necessary! (I don’t like asking for help in general so that’s probably ingrained as part of my personality!) 

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.
A few Australian friends/artists that are killing it right now would be: The Kid Laroi, Troye Sivan, Ruel, Illy, ONEFOUR, Mallrat, Running Touch, GRAACE, CXLOE, Triple One, Lastlings & Carla Wehbe. 

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?
I think with the internet and social media things can happen for an artist extremely quickly nowadays. Someone could be slaving away for 10+ years and then ‘overnight’ a song could take off. I also think what takes off has never been more unpredictable.

How will you continue appealing to the international market?
I honestly think the music I am making these days probably translates better in the American market but i’m sure time will tell! Would love to get over there as soon as I can when the rest of the world opens up!

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list?
I do! I love the process of collaborating with other people. Some of my best collaborations to come have been literally written with a really close friend as we’ve been able to be completely open to each other as to what we want to say. The good ones have also been written in about an hour which is usually a great sign! My wishlist of collaborators would definitely include Julia Michaels, Benny Blanco, Machine Gun Kelly, Sasha Sloan, Paul Klein, Lauv, Jeremy Zucker, Chelsea Cutler, EDEN & Nothing Nowhere.  

What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps?
I’d say go for it and that you can do anything you put your mind to. 

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your followers and fans? Always happy to chat to people that enjoy what I do! My dm’s are open for all!

Any last words? Thanks so much for having me, appreciate your time and to those that have read on! See you at a show in 2021!!

Website: http://lakelend.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lakelend

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lakelend

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lakelend/

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  

Website: www.huntertynandavis.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/huntertynandavisofficial/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HunterTynan

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/huntertynandavis/

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Midnight Drags

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with Melbourne power pop act Midnight Drags.

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

My earliest memories of falling in love with music are when I was around 6 or 7 years of age discovering my parents vinyl collection.. they were big pop music fans and I used to spend hours & hours listening to stuff like Men At Work, The Beatles, ABBA, Billy Joel, The Fureys, Willy Nelson, Carole King & Meatloaf standing on my tip toes turning albums over (the record player was quite high!). I was particularly obsessed with one 45 single: Little Red Riding Hood by Sam The Sham & The Pharaoes, me and my big sis and cousins would play it over and over running circles around the couch.. I think we were equal parts exhilarated and scared shitless of the howling he does throughout the song.. 

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

I’m motivated to keep growing and pushing as a writer when I hear other great music.. It’s always inspiring to hear what other talented musicians are creating. I’m constantly influenced by new and exciting music.

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

Well the cool thing is that I’ve already accomplished some of my biggest goals ie: setting up my own studio and getting to work with other crazy talented people.. Releasing my own music that i’m super proud of (insert plug: Long Way Back Down by Lucas James & the upcoming Bad Business by Midnight Drags). So looking to the future I just want to be able to continue to do what I’m doing..

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

No touring plans (yet).. I think I’m just going to focus on getting more of the Midnight Drags stuff out in the coming months and keep writing new music.

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

It’s essentially a love song.. A song about grief, pain and what happens to someone when the person they love gets taken away from them. It was recorded at my studio (Hot Bias Recording Studio) late last year with the greatest band on earth, consisting of : Ash Naylor on guitar (and co-production duties), Bill McDonald on bass & Brett ‘Wolfie’ Wolfenden on drums. Musically, I would describe the single “Ronnie’ as gritty power-pop with the rest of the album as floating between straight rock, hard rock, pop-rock, with a touch of glam rock in there too! It’s pretty rock 🙂

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

Often it’s just noodling around on the guitar or jamming over drum loops that gets the juices flowing. Once a musical idea hits, I work pretty fast.. I’ll usually hash out a chord progression and a melody in the first 5 or 10 minutes. Then I start looking for inspiration for the lyrics to fit my melodic ideas. Sometimes I’ll look in my notebook where I have a handful of lyrical ideas I can work off and other times I’ll come up with a story idea on the spot. I don’t know what gets me writing as I never force it. It’s the unreliable muse.. I’ll go months and months without writing, then I’ll have crazy, prolific periods where I’ll write everyday for a few weeks. 

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? 

I think in every song I write there is a little bit of my story intertwined throughout. Sometimes I keep things intentionally vague. For example I wrote a song called ‘Freddie Steals A Twenty’.. So, now my mum can’t find out that it was me who stole her $20 when I was 14.

Success, what is the secret to it?

Don’t ask me!! 🙂  (But I’ll give it a crack).. I think success is doing what you love and being happy. I don’t equate success to dollars or followers or hits, those are all nice but to me a person is truly successful when they are happy and at peace with what they do.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

Probably opening my own recording studio (Hot Bias Recording Studio). I’ve always had little home set-ups but the day I finally moved into my own proper space was a ‘pinch myself’ moment. 

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

Producers like Shawn Everett and Paul Epworth are but a couple of people who inspire me, Kevin Parker is amazing and I’m a big Josh Homme fan too.

Are there any new projects in the pipeline?

As a matter of fact yes, I’m currently working with (actor) Stephen Curry on a comedy/music album! It’s going to be a bunch of silly yet very musical songs and skits that we hope to put out next year. People don’t realise that aside from being a funny bugger, Stephen is actually a very talented musician.. We played in a band together many (many) years ago.

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

Hopefully doing the same things.. Writing music, working with other artists and bands and I would love to be writing/co-writing music with more varied artists.

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.

Off the top of my head: The Teskey Brothers, Skyhooks, You Am I, Even, Frente, AC-DC, Paddy Come Home, The Bamboos, Peking Duk, The Chats, The Drones, The Living End, Nai Palm, Speed Mullet .. I could go 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?

I love the way that social media and new platforms have given new artists a way to get heard.. I’m one of them! If you’re an artist from a small town with no live music scene it’s really cool to know that you can still be heard and seen on social media. The industry has changed so much and it really is possible to have a career as an artist without being signed to a label at all. Although, you do need to be tenacious with good nouse (and hopefully hella talent) but it can be done for sure.

How will you continue appealing to the international market?

Good question.. But to be honest it’s not something I think about! (terrible answer I know)

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

On the songwriting front, I would love to write with Jason Isbell, Kevin Parker, Mark Ronson.. In a playing/jamming capacity I want to play clean tight guitar with Corey Wong and funk it up.

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

Keep being yourself, don’t give up and work hard!

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

If you’re a fan of mine then well done.. You’ve got bloody good taste and I love you mum!

Any last words?

Thank you!

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