Special Interview: Terence Jack

Terence Jack speaks exclusively to theaussieword.com!

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?

For grade 7-band class we all had to pick an instrument and my parents had an old classical guitar sitting around the house. I picked it11159531_10150520763874975_1004067807552007832_n up and never put it down. I’ve been playing in bands ever since then. I was in a ska band, rock, funk-ish and bounced around a lot.

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

I’ve dealt a lot with death in my life and it made me realize how short we actually have in our lives. I just didn’t want to spend time on things that I didn’t care about. My aim is to channel the art through me from whatever and wherever that comes from.

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

As an artist some of my goals are playing Red Rocks, The Gorge Amphitheatre but on a musical level is to express everything the way I hear it in my mind.

12377929_10150594449284975_7184511111190706837_oSuccess, what is the secret to it?

You tell me! I don’t really know but I think that just persistence, & hard work are good to count on.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

I’ve toured Canada twice this year, this time with a full band. Playing across the country is a wonderfully grueling experience. Cutting through the Rockies with my band-mates has been truly great. We’re hitting the east coast here in about 2-weeks and that’s going to be a career landmark for sure.Continue reading

Special Interview: Greg Gould

theaussieword.com catches up with Greg Gould!

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? Well, I was in 2nd grade and I brought in “My First Microphone” for show & tell and my teacher said well u can’t just bring that in without giving us a tune! I had no i12977033_1147530568590931_4074223091661439916_odea I could sing. I thought I was in trouble because she called my parents for a meeting, only to say your son has a talent! Of course the song I sang was What’s Love Got To Do With It! 😂

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? I’m lucky to have a great team at Reservoir Records that allow me to do me, they also allow me to be part of the entire process (which a lot of labels don’t) and genuinely want the music to be great and be utterly me! I’m inspired by the audience! I make music to connect with people. It’s a super special thing!

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? A Grammy award?? Hehe – id love to be a role model for other LGBTI artists striving to be themselves and be taken seriously as a real artist with real music  and real success – oh and play Wembley stadium?! HeheContinue reading

Special Interview: The Hiding

The Hiding

theaussieword.com speaks exclusively with Anthony Salce from Melbourne group The Hiding.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? Johnny be good (back to the future one) I even have a red guitar I play live. That’s what made me want to start performing as a front man with a guitar in a band. What makes me continue? I love the business side of the industry but I love the friendship that comes from touring and rehearsing with your best mates. Not all memories are good, we have had some tough times, but the good that came from it is the memory of the support we all had for one another. Don’t get me wrong we are also known to kick each other while one is down (in the most humble humorous way), you never want to drop your guard especially if Ryan and Anthony are nearby, the love a practical joke. What keeps us going or interested? I love making memories through music that no 9-5 job can generate.Continue reading

Special Interview: Wise Child

theaussieword.com’s special interview with Wise Child.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? Our grandpa was a musician and singer and we remember him always breaking into song as kids. He played the ukulele before Vance Joy made it cool. Our parents alsa2540a98-c725-4351-a7c3-4aed9fd3d2b6.jpgo had a pretty varied record collection that was always on rotation day and night.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? We are both perfectionists at heart about things that matter to us, so we don’t really stop trying to let a song evolve until we think it is working.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? We would both love to tour overseas as a good excuse to see some mates in Europe.

Success, what is the secret to it? The secret depends on your definition of success.
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Special Interview: Sara Forslund

theaussieword.com’s special interview with Sara Forslund – an Aussie exclusive and first ever Australian interview!

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? I started to write my own songs in junior high school and also played guitar i11174625_413481255500898_1244681611437969859_on a girl band for a little while. But it wasn’t until a few years later when I was in my 20´s and lived in Glasgow that I had a connection with music. What happened was that I bought a Tim Buckley album because I liked his dreamy poetic look. I had no idea who he was and what he sounded like. From the first song I was struck for the first time I felt someone could put words to my own exact feelings. When I heard Song to the siren I was mesmerized.Continue reading

Special Interview: Hayden Buchanan

theaussieword.com speaks with Hayden Buchanan.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? I grew up in a musical theatre household, so there was always a tune being played or sung at home. Though like most kids I went against the grain of what my parents liked and found my way into jazz music in my high schools big band, singing jazz standards. I was even in a small jazz band with friends and we covered everything from Bublé, Sinatra and Jamie Cullum.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make12801281_1090027227694805_1830397095300340189_n great music? I have a rule with myself that I have kept for the past year and a half. and that is to make something everyday, It can be music or it can be posting a photo to instagram @IAmHaydenBuchanan or making an interesting snapchat, just make something everyday, sites like Soundcloud and Youtube also open up music that you cant usually find through usual streams of media.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? Ultimately my goal is to put out as much music and creations as possible and work with other artists. I currently work as barista on the side to pay the bills which I do enjoy though above all I’m working to just be a full time creative. thats my goal, To do what I love & love what I do.Continue reading

Special Interview: Late Nite Cable

theaussieword.com catches up with Pete Roessler of US synthpop group Late Nite Cable!

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?

I’ve been into music for as long as I can remember. While I was in the school orchestra for viola and then upright bass starting in elementary school, I remember being fascinated with music at an even younger age through watching some of family membe12710939_973571792736000_4038218144005069797_ors play music. Some of my older cousins are from Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California and all of them played instruments during their teens, so whenever I would go out and visit them, I had a ton of exposure to people playing guitar, bass and drums. This lead to me learning instruments such as guitar, drums and bass myself starting at an early age which then lead to me writing my own songs as early as age 10 or 11. From then, I was hooked.

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

I love pop music and I love the intensity of certain instruments such as synthesizers and the electric guitar mixed with more stripped down instruments such12472809_232632133739528_5659148318633896796_n as acoustic guitar and piano. In addition to loving the way male and females vocals mesh together, any band or artist that can combine all of these elements with great pop songwriting will immediately influence me. I am purely motivated by clever songwriting. I spend a ton of time on song structure and flow. With regard to lyrics, I try to make my songs a story executed in a bit of a poetic and ambiguous manner. I think tasteful ambiguity can really allow your listeners to relate to your music in the way that they want to relate to it. If you are too clear about the story, which I think it ok to do sometimes, it might close off the ability to relate to the story in the way they would like to. Songwriters that are able to make lyrical and structural intensity increase throughout the song, inspire me greatly.Continue reading

Mental As Anything Interview!

We’ve been spoilt… our stages, radio airwaves, playlists, T6a00e0097e4e6888330177447bfbc3970d-700wiV screens and award nights for close to 40 years – they’ve had 20 ARIA Top 40 singles in Australia & international success especially in Germany, UK, Norway and NZ – now they’ve just announced a brand new chapter in their amazing story, on the phone to share the news with Brian Peel is Andrew ‘Greedy’ Smith from Mental As Anything!

Website: www.mentals.com.au  / Facebook: www.facebook.com/mentalsofficial / Twitter & Instagram: @mentalsofficial

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Special Interview: Michaela May

theaussieword.com catches up with Michaela May.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? From a very young age, I just remember loving how music made me feel. I remember listening to all my parents records: Michael Jackson, ABBA, Motown, Earth Wind and Fire etc. I listened on repeat for months on end, learning every word, dancing around12473760_10153266143486717_8526176258905903273_o my living room and bedroom, putting on shows for family, singing with my mum in car. I felt so happy when I was was listening to music. I also saw music bring people together and lift moods instantly and I loved that music was so powerful and universal. It is the ultimate communicator. Fast forward about 20 years and here we are!

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? I think I just want to connect with people on a very real level. I’m motivated by connecting with others. If I can connect with even just 1 person through my music, that’s enough for me. As a songwriter, I want to express and capture how I feel in that moment but I also want to make people feel something and relate to my music when they listen to it. There is nothing better than listening to your favourite song that instantly lifts your mood after you have had a crap day! As far as influences, I’m always listening to all the great songwriters out there and learning from them. In pop music specifically, I look to Sia, Gaga, Bruno Mars, Taylor and Coldplay – they are incredible songwriters and artists.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? I would like to be an international recording artist, touring worldwide and performing as many places as possible! There is nothing better than performing live. But I’d also really like to continue to write for other artists as well. I have written for other pop acts in the past and I really enjoy the creative process of stepping into someone else’s shoes.Continue reading

Special Interview: Bri Clark

theaussieword.com catches up with Aussie musician Bri Clark.

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?Bri Clark (Promo)
Howdy, I’m Bri Clark, a 22 year old alternative singer-songwriter from Perth! Music began when I was in primary school and I walked past the library to see a bunch of kids learning how to play the piano, I begged my parents for lessons and soon enough it became a huge part of me!Continue reading

Special Interview: HOLY HOLY

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.

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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.








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Exclusive Special Interview: AUFGANG

Rami Khalife a1106587402_B976697777Z.1_20151005112642_000_GUK5A4TAU.1-0nd Aymeric Westrich are Aufgang, a critically acclaimed duo from France. Songwriter and pianist Rami joins Brian Peel on the phone from Paris for a chat about their great Aufgang sound and their latest single Summer.

Aufgang are said to have a DIY culture. Their knowledge of urban and electronic sounds blending with piano live drums and techno-inspired electronics set Aufgang aside in a league of its own.12301559_10153808214691289_9176512473749236394_n

With a very interactive catchy music video for Summer, Aufgang have already started to make an impact on the Aussie music market as the #1 Australian top 20 streamed tracks on MPE. Keep your eye out for more Aufgang in the years to come.

Join Rami and Brian for this very special JOY 94.9 interview.

More from Aufgang at www.weareaufgang.com and @aufgangofficial on Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. You can also keep up with Aufgang on Facebook. The hot new singleSummer is out now!

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Special Interview: DJ Piero

DJ Piero has been in the music industry for 15 12357137_492328674261484_3247521544590615771_oyears and he’s one of Melbourne’s best-loved, hardest working and professional DJs.

Piero speaks with Brian Peel about how he sustains his energy, versatility and creativity through his sets plus what it was like collaborating with Sebastian on the brand new single When We Were Young.

Piero has several gigs lined up around Melbourne. Visit his social media links below to find out more, purchase some tickets or pick up a copy of the latest single.15112810091519753

Check out DJ Piero on these social channels >> Twitter, SoundcloudFacebook and Instagram.

When We Were Young ft. Alius out now via iTunes.

Click here to download my on air JOY 94.9 interview with DJ Piero!