SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Rene Le Feuvre

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with Rene Le Feuvre.

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin?

It actually all began at high-school… I’d never sang before and for some reason decided to audition for our school musical Peter Pan. The next thing I knew I got the lead role and basically it all started from there!

What had you first interested in music?

My parents both sing and play instruments, so it was always around me and something I wanted to do. My parents put me in piano lessons in primary school, and when I was 12 I started teaching myself the guitar.

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

Great music can move people, influence people, even save people. To have an ability to “speak” to someone in this form is an incredible gift and something I will never take for granted, and that’s why I do what I do.

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

I want to tour internationally and play on the biggest stages around the world. Right now my goal is to hit a million streams on Spotify… once I achieve that I’ll move onto the next goal and so on… it’s kinda a never-ending process and it’s how I am fulfilled.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
A tour to Melbourne and Sydney in July! Along with some more music releases 😉

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

My EP was very much a singer-songwriter with different flavours of pop, rock, folk, and soul. It was definitely me discovering my sound and trying different things, and had a lot of deep thoughts in it. For me is a document of that time in my life.

Success, what is the secret to it?
Passion, work ethic, and just the right amount of crazy.

What has been your biggest career highlight?

This is a really hard question… it’s hard to top the Peter Pan thing actually! I can’t describe the feeling but it was so relieving and emotional because I’d taken this leap of faith and it had pulled off. I’m really proud of myself for throwing myself in the deep end like that, especially as a “cool footy boy” at school, took a lot of guts haha!

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Ed Sheeran, Michael Rosenburg (Passenger), Eminem

Any new projects in the pipeline?
A new EP!

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?

Honestly I have no bloody clue haha! I hope to see myself amongst the top calibre of artists in Australia and be doing well internationally.

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. Matt Corby, Flume, Sia, Pnau

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?

Business is business and the music industry is forever changing! I hate that social media is such a huge 24/7 part of my job but I also love it because I can connect with my listeners so easily and can reach more people than ever before. I do hate though that platforms like onlyfan’s can make people thousands but streaming services pay artists less than a cent per stream for their hours of dedication and sacrifice… it’s a little bit backwards, but at the end of the day it’s not about the money so I’m grateful for the opportunity to have my music heard in almost every country in the world.

Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?

Thank you for supporting local music and please if you have two seconds, follow me on Spotify and check out my tunes!!

Website https://www.renelefeuvre.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ReneLeFeuvreMusic 

Twitter https://twitter.com/renelefeuvre
Instagram www.instagram.com/renelefeuvre

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Darlinghurst

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with Aussie group Darlinghurst.

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

We all together through a mutual producer Pete Dacy, who knew all of us through separate projects and sessions. When he picked up on all of us liking the idea of doing original projects, he basically got us all in contact with each other to see what happened and if sparks flew. Now we are here!

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

I think for us what motivates us is the fact that we want to make the best music that we can and using the different styles that each of us bring to create something that is uniquely Darlinghurst

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

Our biggest goal is to be able to continue writing and performing and make a solid living doing what we love. For our songs to be universally recognised would also be very special

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

In the coming months we hope to start gigging a whole lot more. We are also in the process of finishing off our debut album. If we get the chance to tour in the near future that would be something we would absolutely love

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

Our latest release is Called ‘Where Do We Go’ and it really about spending time with the ones that mean the most, travelling in the same direction and really enjoy every moment along the way. I think we would best describe our music is country with portions of styles from all 4 members blended together.

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

I think every song is slightly different. We are lucky that all 4 of us write and get inspiration from so many different spaces and experiences that we have been through. We are all so open to ideas that we all have to ultimately create something uniquely us.

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? 

Maybe… but if we told you it wouldn’t be hidden anymore. Haha

Success, what is the secret to it?

We have no idea. We love that we have the opportunity for write and sing together and do what we love and for us that means more than anything else.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

In our very short career thus far we have had some mind blowing highlights and opportunities from supporting some of Australia’s most iconic artists including The Black Sorrows, Thirsty Merc and Cad and Morris to performing on the red carpet at the Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth but I think the craziest thing we have down was playing at Rochford Winery with the one and only Jimmy Barnes.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

How much time have we got…? Haha no we find the most inspiring artists are the ones who keep grounded, respectful and really stands by their art and their vision.

Are there any new projects in the pipeline?

At the moment our main focus is finishing this debut album but we definitely have a few things up our sleeve but you may just have to wait for that.

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?

Hopefully still all together, writing, touring and continuing our Darlinghurst journey

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

Our favourite part would definitely have to be getting to do what we love and experiencing it all together. Not a lot of people get to do what they love and we are really blessed to be able to do that. The least favourite part would probably have to be being away at times from the people that we love the most but we are lucky that we have each other.

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.

Wow this is a very hard question as we have so many. Jimmy Barnes, Thirsty Merc, The Myclymonts, John Farnham, Diesel, The Black Sorrows and ACDC would just be a very small start.

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?

As an artist there is a part of you that just has to go along with how things are changing to help get our music out there. I think though especially for us performing live is the most impactful way of getting our music out it is one of our favourite things to do and people can really see who we are and how much we love making our music and sharing with whoever will listen.

How do you plan on cracking the international market?

At the moment we are just focusing on getting our album finished and then we will start working on some sort of plan. The ongoing pandemic has obviously changed a lot of plans for everyone, but we will keep at it and we will find a way to put the word out there as best we can.

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

Yes we do collaborate with others. A handful of our songs( including Where Do We Go) have been written with the acoustic/pop duo Dacy. We are always working out of the same studio and around each other so ideas have flowed during coffee breaks etc. They are very talented writers so we feel blessed we get to spend so much time with them. In regards to a wish-list, we’d love to collaborate with anyone that shares a similar vision and who’s just as excited about the writing process as we are.

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

There is quite a lot of advice we could give to people wanting to do the exact same thing that we are trying to do but I think the most important things are patience, persistence and hard work. You can never be the best but if you constantly are working at your craft and working to better yourself and as a band you can’t go wrong. This industry is full of ups and downs and you just need to push through especially if the love is there. You definitely need to have a love of music over anything else to be in this industry. 

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

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. If it wasn’t for people loving what we are doing and following our music, it would be so hard to build yourself in this industry. Fans and music lovers are the heart of it and if we can connect to people through our music then for us, that means the world. We try to interact in all ways whether it be through social media, through gigs and just people reaching out to us. We are so grateful for people enjoying our music, so interacting with them makes us really happy.

Any last words?

Love what you do and be kind. Right now in the world we live in, its so important to make the most of the life we have, so we need to grab and never let go.

Website & Tour Dates: darlinghurst-band.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/darlinghurstband/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/darlinghurstband/

JUKEBOX JOY: #003 | December 23, 2020 – Christmas Special & Rachael Leahcar Interview

It’s a very festive Jukebox JOY this week, Christmas tunes aplenty along with special guest Rachael Leahcar who drops in with a special preview of her Christmas album ‘Together For Christmas’.

#JukeboxJOY | Where fresh new music meets throwback classics from the vault | 8pm Wednesday nights on JOY 94.9 FM | DAB+ Melbourne | JOY.ORG.AU.

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JUKEBOX JOY: #001 | December 9, 2020 + Lakelend Interview

Jukebox JOY makes its debut on JOY 94.9.

On this very first show, new music from Milwin & Amanda Collis, Harrison Storm, Kylie Minogue, Mason Watts and throwback classics from Westlife, Chic, Neil Diamond and a tribute to Roxette’s Marie Fredriksson + special guest Lakelend stops by to showcase his latest single Supernova.

#JukeboxJOY | Where fresh new music meets throwback classics from the vault | 8pm Wednesday nights on JOY 94.9 FM | DAB+ Melbourne | JOY.ORG.AU.

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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

Twitter: www.twitter.com/milwinofficial

Instagram: www.instagram.com/milwin

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)