Special Interview: Tom Odell

Tom Odell is a UK based singer-songwriter who released a debut album back in 2013 called Long Way Down which reached #1 on the UK album charts. Last month Tom Odell followed up with the release of his latest album Wrong Crowd which reached #2 in the UK – some of you may have heard his latest single Magnetised, he’s one of the UK’s most promising talents. Tom is also a winner of the Brits Critics Choice Award and the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Best Songwriter.

Tom Odell joins me live on the phone for a special 98.9 North West FM interview!

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Special Interview: SAATSUMA

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Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?
I grew up in a really creative environment, so music was something that was always around. When I was about 7 I had a gnarly band called !!Shazam!! with my sister and two cousins and we used to charge our parents money to watch us sing and dance. I feel like music was everywhere in my childhood which I’m really grateful for – it’s always been such an integral part of my life.

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Special Interview: The Rival

theaussieword.com catches up with Phillip Larue from The Rival for a special interview.

 

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? Honestly, I started in music because I got really really sick when I was a kid… it’s a long story, but I could barely walk. Then I found my Dad’s old Gibson guitar and discovered a whole new side of myself.

 

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? I could write three pages of answers on this but I don’t think your readers would have the patience to read it, and frankly I am a horrible typer. But at the end of the day it is the desire to connect to others. To create something that moves someone. For me there is no greater reward.

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Special Interview: Roger Jaeger

theaussieword.com catches up with US singer/songwriter Roger Jaeger.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? As a kid, the first band I really listened to was the Newsboys. Somehow through them I got a crazy idea that I wanted to learn the guitar.

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What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? I want to move people. I want to create an experience that is relatable, but also takes people places they didn’t know they’d be going. But I also make music because I enjoy it. There’s something in me that just doesn’t feel complete without it. I often come alive when I play it. Guitar, sitar, piano, the words I’m singing- become an extension of my soul.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? Hmm. Open for Coldplay.

Success, what is the secret to it? I suppose some of that may depend on how you define success. Is it getting signed? Is it reaching a certain position on the charts? Is it making enough money doing music that you can live on it and not work another job? For me it’s maybe largely the last one, but I think I’ve gotten there by continuing to grow. By taking risks. By being willing to fail, failing, and continuing anyway.Continue reading

Special Interview: AUGUSTE

theaussieword.com catches up with Beth Keough from AUGUST.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? Skye and I first met when we were kids, we had both taken an interest and singi12967287_1727721737445932_3618430547838830484_ong and songwriting and gradually it just kind of made sense for us to start collaborating! We are both really creative people in a lot of ways and our families are quite musical too.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? Just the idea that you can always be better at what you’re doing, and also that music can be used as a platform for expressing ideas and effecting change. If you are great at what you do then people will pay attention. Also, idols who are smashing it in the industry are good for inspo too…Continue reading

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