With tour slots supporting Rudimental, Tinie Tempah and Ella Henderson plus extensive radio play on Radio 1, Kiss FM and Capital in her arsenal, 2016 is shaping up to be the year Mila Falls takes centre stage with her most personal and revealing works to date. Eternally creative and keen to …
theaussieword.com catches up with At Sunset! Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? I think growing up listening to music, going to concerts and wishing you were up there is where it started for us! Now we are lucky enough to play our own …
All the way from Dublin in Ireland is Ivy Nations an indie rock group comprising of longtime friends Darragh and Brian (guitars), along with Joe on vocals and Paul on drums. They return with a great new single ‘You Are The Centre Of Me’.
Joe speaks exclusively to Brian Peel on JOY 94.9 in their first ever international radio interview! This special podcast interview features extra bonus content that did not air on the show. Join Brian and Joe for a look into the group that is Ivy Nations!
Brad Ellis fromThe Hunter Express joined me for a chat in the JOY 94.9 studios talking about his brand new single Home!
The Hunter Express is a Melbourne singer, songwriter & acoustic pop, rock & indie folk artist. We chat about his influences in the music industry, what it’s like back in the studio and all the storyboarding ideas that help create his amazing music videos.
theaussieword.com catches up with Oscar Dawson from HOLY HOLY.
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?
Queen. Queen had me first interested in music. Then my parents bought me a guitar. They probably assumed I’d turf it aside, but once I got over the initial hurdle (‘what does this thing do?’), it swiftly became an obsession.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
It’s hard to tell these days. Sometimes it’s hunger; sometimes it’s sadness. Sometimes it’s the need to escape. I think it’s important to have something outside of yourself to drive you forward; something immaterial. So, thinking about it that way, music is like a companion, and songs are like conversations. Most of the time, maintaining that relationship is enough.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
To never stop moving forward. Not sure if that counts as a goal, in so far as that it’s ever-changing.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
Yes. We are touring through January, within Australia. Sydney; Melbourne; Brisbane; Newcastle; Adelaide and Perth. In support of our latest single ‘A Heroine’. Then, toward the middle of the year, we’re doing some shows with Vance Joy. They’ll be massive shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. He tends to sell a lot of tickets. After that – I’d like to get back overseas again.
Success, what is the secret to it?
The biggest secret is that there isn’t a secret. No magic route there. Some people hit gold on their first outing; others toil for years. Some people are naturally gifted; others less so. Most successful people work hard. A lot of successful people fail a bit too. I have had plenty of failed attempts, and I’m always aware that there probably won’t ever be a moment where I’ll sit back and smell the roses. With that in mind, in a sense, there is no success; just movement.
What has been your biggest career highlight?
Hard to say. I haven’t really thought about that too much. Selling out our recent show in London was pretty cool.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
To take the question in its stricter sense, it’s hard to answer. I don’t generally find the bigger stars inspiring. Not to say I don’t think they have something to offer – in many cases, they do. I suppose I do have a soft spot for Sia. She is one of the bigger names who I have a lot of respect for. She seems to be a strong writer and has an incredible voice.
Any new projects in the pipeline?
Always. Both Tim and I work away at other things – he runs a festival in Tasmania named ‘A Festival Called Panama’. I work in production and song-writing. I do a bunch of music with my partner, Ali Barter. We have a new single coming out soon, and an album to follow next year. Also I work with Ben Wright Smith, an artist local to Melbourne. A single coming out for him too. Aside from that, I try to write with different people. It’s always enjoyable seeing what other people bring to the process. Everyone’s different. It’s a wonderful thing.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
If only I could plan it. I’d like to spend some more time collaborating with different artists. Writing more. I’d like to score a few feature-length films over the next couple of years. Spending some more time writing overseas would be grand. Continuing the never-ending project that is ‘building my studio (man cave)’ is another desire.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Fave Aussie musical artists – Nick Cave, Kevin Parker.
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 feel great about certain things, and not so great about others. Overall, however, I don’t really think about the industry in any one specific way. It’s so varied, for starters, and either way, I can’t exert a great deal of influence over it. Most of the influence is wielded by the desires of the music listening public, which is a great thing. For example; streaming. I am pro-streaming. I love streaming. It’s great. It’s convenient. Sure – we don’t earn heaps from it, but if it was more expensive, people wouldn’t do it, and then we would earn even less. In any case, I don’t really think of my band as a profit-making entity (not that I’d be opposed to it). I try to earn money other ways, and use that to feed the things I really love doing.
Anna Mar is a Romanian avantgarde singer that combines a visual live experience with fashion-inspired expressive videos. Her music brings new influences from the electro, neo soul and r&b scene and has strong social messages. Her first release is a soul-inspired remake after Damian Marley’s There for You.
Perth singer Bri Clark has just released the official music video for her latest single ‘Shiver’. It’s a truly stunning clip, shot in black + white and features the artist baring all beneath a cascade of black paint.
Jack Colwell is celebrating the end of a break-out year by releasing a new single ‘Coat’, with an accompanying music video. ‘Coat’ is the third single to be taken from Jack’s EP Only When Flooded Could I Let Go, and shows off his keen melodic sensibility and flair for drama. With insistent strings, female backing vocals and a …
Citizen of the World has built on the success of the foot stomping folk-rock genre, popularised by the likes of Mumford & Sons, to carve a new genre described by one competition judge as “epic folk”. The band successfully combines the unique sound of the saxophone with acoustic folk and …