NEW MUSIC: Wang Chung – ‘Dance Hall Days’ Orchestral Version 2019

Wang Chung came out of the post-punk, New Wave scene in the UK going on to achieve global success, selling millions of records. Throughout their 35 year career they have released 6 albums and 2 Greatest Hits compilations. They have had 6 US Top 40 hits including a number 1 and other international smash hits including ‘Dance Hall Days’ and ‘Let’s Go’, and achieved cult status with their soundtrack for William Friedkin’s movie ‘To Live and Die in LA’, as well as their original song contribution to John Hughes’ legendary movie, The Breakfast Club. In the process of all of this (and somewhat unintentionally), Wang Chung became part of the contemporary culture of North America. Their huge smash ‘Everybody Have Fun Tonight’, with its now famous line ”Everybody Wang Chung Tonight” saw the invention of a new US verb: ”to Wang Chung”, the band being name-checked by everyone from Homer Simpson, Austin Powers, Two and a Half Men’s Charlie and Alan Harper, Top Gear’s James May and Richard Hammond, to Frasier Crane to name just a few. More recently their music has also featured in TV shows like The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, South Park, Glee, This is Us, SNL and The Goldbergs, amongst many others…as well as in movies like Bumblebee, Deadpool and The Fighter. They have also featured in various huge video game titles like Grand Theft Auto:Vice City and in many big commercials.
Wang Chung return with an orchestral take on an all-time classic.

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SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Calan Mai

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with Australian singer/songwriter Calan Mai.

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

I always knew I wanted to be a writer. But when I was a kid I didn’t make the connection between music and writing: the idea that songs were constructed and could be about any subject matter. Once I began learning guitar at 13, it didn’t take long for me to start writing my own songs. The compulsion was always there, I just needed the musical knowledge. I’m drawn to songs because they are one of the most concise ways to tell a story.Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Harrison Storm – ‘Run’

‘I was super excited to get to work with Sam Brumby and Anna Phillips on this clip. They’re two very talented humans. To have Jeremy Lindsay Taylor involved too was the cherry on top and really brought the clip to a whole new level.’  – Harrison Storm

Melbourne based singer songwriter – Harrison Storm releases the official video for his latest single ‘Run,’ with Australian actor Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Sea Patrol, Puberty Blues, Heartbreak High) taking on the lead role.

Shot in the beautiful spot that is Stanwell Park and Coledale, NSW, the video follows the story of a man mourning with the loss of his father through flashbacks which feature fellow Australian actor Brendan Moar (Dry Spell Gardening – Foxtel, Coast Australia). The story is one of coming to terms with loss and looking to the future when things may seem bleak. Themes of loss and moving on are explored throughout.

Run was Directed and Produced by Anna Phillips & Jamie Croft with Sam Brumby looking after both Editing and acting as Director of Photography.

“When Harrison’s team came to me with this story it immediately bought the song to life for me. This story is about the aftermath of losing someone in your life that was the glue that held it all together. It’s about a family connection with the ocean, and the strong bond that a father and son share. Jeremy Lindsay Taylor delivers an honest, raw and captivating performance that is the perfect combination of strength and vulnerability.”  – Director Anna Phillips

‘Run’ has had strong momentum since its release on Feb 22nd with the track already gaining 300 thousand combined streams across Spotify & Apple Music.

Harrison is currently touring as the main support for Gregory Alan Isakov’s Australian tour.

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NEW MUSIC: Natalie Pearson & Brook Chivell – ‘I Wonder What You Kiss Like’

After touring nationally in 2017, Country Music performers Natalie Pearson and Brook Chivell have teamed up to release a catchy feel-good duet ‘I Wonder What You Kiss Like’.  Penned by country music favourites Kaylee Bell and The Wolfe Brothers and produced by Adrian Hannan, the song tells the story of a young couple who want to make their first kiss perfect but keep getting interrupted.  Will they, won’t they? Continue reading

7 March, 2019 – Episode 122: #MorningShow989 with Special Guests Jack Savoretti & Garrett Kato

This week, #MorningShow989 welcomes special guest and international superstar Jack Savoretti plus local Australian singer/songwriter Garrett Kato! Catch our social media for all the #MorningShow989 action and subscribe to On Air with Brian Peel via iTunes – check out this week’s #MorningShow989 podcast.Continue reading

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Stacey Jackson

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM – Special Interview with Stacey Jackson.

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

I worked on a charity album, with a charity called Music for Youth where 30-40 kids from across the UK came to record instruments on my record & one of the tracks got remixed and suddenly I’m sitting next to Lady Gaga & The scissor sisters on the charts. I then got calls from amazing producers to write an original album and on one of the tracks I needed a rapper. I thought I would revisit one of the talented kids from the charity but one thing led to another and I ended up collaborating with Snoop Dogg! I have been very fortunate to get that opportunity & it opened a lot of doors for me!

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SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Colin Lillie

theaussieword.com special interview with Colin Lillie.

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Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music? It all began the day I woke up in the dry Todd riverbed being kicked in the stomach by an old Aboriginal woman and told to move on. I had been missing for three days on an alcohol and drug fuelled bender. It was at this I point I realised change needed to happen. All my thought allowed me to do was cast my mind back to how music was my only real escape from a traumatic childhood. Music was the doorway to the possibilities of so many different beginnings. I always wanted to be an entertainer of sorts from the times when I’d sneak my mothers’ vinyls and listen to my dads’ cassette collection. Flicking through family and friends record collections. Discovering adventures, tails, poetry, love and passion through songs and the realisation that if you are meant to be on a particular path the universe will find a way to bring you back to your true north. (Very hippie I know but that’s the truth) Music has been my one true freedom. Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Casey Barnes – ‘Better Days’

Riding the wave of success with a string of highly successful singles in 2018, the monumental ride continues for Golden Guitar Finalist Casey Barnes with the release of a brand new single ‘Better Days’ and the announcement that he will be touring the US in the first quarter of 2019.

‘Better Days’ taken from Casey’s career defining #1 album ‘The Good Life’ (which has to date been streamed over 2 million times on Spotify) is due for release on Friday 15th February.  A positive song, showcasing Barnes’ now familiar catchy hooks and anthemic melodies tells the tale about living in the moment and appreciating the life we have in the present and not reflecting on the past.Continue reading

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Nathan Ball

theaussieword.com special interview with alternative/indie UK singer/songwriter Nathan Ball.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry? I’d always been obsessed with music as a kid, my main memories of music in my childhood were driving in the car with my parents. There was always a bit of Van Morrison or T-Rex on the stereo. Music didn’t run in the family though, none of my family are musical, so it was just through interest at school that I picked up a guitar and started singing. I pretty much wrote songs from that day onwards.DxNVSUNW0AUzych

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? I like making music that makes you feel something and tugs on the heartstrings, so there is always alot of emotion in my music, whether that be the lyrics or the vocal melody, alot of thought goes into the feeling and the vibe of the song. Seeing people connect with those songs during the live show is the most amazing feeling. I often see people with their eyes closed or having a little cry during the set and it means the world that people connect with the songs so strongly.Continue reading

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Daniel Shaw

theaussieword.com goes one on one with local Melbourne singer/songwriter Daniel Shaw.

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

Music all started for me when I was 6 years old. My Dad started me and my sister off on the piano, and she eventually stopped playing but I continued. I then got classical lessons once my Dad could no longer help me. When I was 8 I started combining singing with piano, and this was really when I started looking up to Billy Joel and Elton John as musical idols. My Dad saw that I was passionate about becoming a global success like them, and he helped me start street performing in Melbourne every weekend. My interest in the music industry really developed after going to a Billy Joel concert in 2008. I remember dreaming about how one day I would also tour the world making music and performing globally.Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Lizzo – ‘Juice’

American rapper and singer Lizzo releases her new track ‘Juice’ which follows on from 2018 single ‘Boys’ which was named one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 songs of the year. 2018 was another landmark year for the Minneapolis artist who was nominated for a BET Award, toured with Florence + Machine and HAIM, performed at a string of festival dates including Lollapalooza and appeared as a guest judge on hit VH1 show RuPaul’s Drag Race.Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Duncan Saige – ‘Thoughts of You Without Me’

Duncan Saige announces new single and tour for ‘Thoughts of You Without Me’ kicking off 2019 with some excellent laid-back summery feels, Margaret River’s Duncan Saige is pleased to announce his new single Thoughts of You Without Me. A universal love song about the transition of going through a break-up, the track is a first taste of Duncan’s new EP due out this year. While on hiatus from accomplished Perth indie-surf-rockers Stillwater Giants, Henry Clarke (as his family calls him) has achieved a lot in little time for Duncan Saige. A regular on the WA touring circuit, the release of first EP I’m Saved and recent single Pumping Up My Life garnered widespread airplay (inc triple j) and East Coast touring, festival appearances (inc. Falls and Freo Folk and Nannup) and support slots galore.

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