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: Hayden Buchanan

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 Special Interview: Late Nite Cable

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: Michaela May

Special Interview: At Sunset

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 shows! 

7A2E49D4-F3C9-48E2-997B-CC9B5D04E2D3What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
We wouldn’t be where we are without our fans, so I think they influence us the most. We always strive to make the best music for them to enjoy! 

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
Our biggest goal is to play sell out shows around the world. To have people screaming our lyrics back to us would be a dream come true! 


Success, what is the secret to it?
The secret to success is to not give up and believe in what you are trying to accomplish! If you don’t push yourself, no one else will! 


What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
One of our biggest highlights was flying into Singapore and having hundreds of fans waiting to meet us! 

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
We love Ed Sheeran! He writes all of his own music and also music for other artists! That’s where we want to be!  

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
In a few years, we want to still be writing and recording music our fans love! 


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?
We think it’s awesome, not only for us, but everyone artist who is just starting off! We started on YouTube, posting covers, having fun changing up songs we loved! Turns out, our fans liked them too! They became our own little record label!d2420bab-2304-427a-a87b-7311d52dac0e From there, you gain interest from major labels! 

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Guy Sebastian, Matt Corby and Samantha Jade.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
You can expect new music and more shows! We are hoping to do our own headline tour soon, we will keep you posted!! 


Tell us a bit about your latest record, how would you best describe your music?
Our new record was so fun to write, we stayed up all night, we were just on a roll! After we wrote it, we knew how fun it would be to play on tour! If I were to describe our music, it would be ‘guitars, sub bass and anthemic chorus’ 


Do you have any new projects in the pipeline?
We are looking to do heaps of different things this year, we can’t wait to tell you all what we are working on, but for now it’s all about our new single KISS ME! 

Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today? 
Thanks for the interview guys, we are going to have the most exciting year yet and we can’t wait to come to a city near you!

Catch up with At Sunset > www.atsunsetmusic.com