SPECIAL INTERVIEW: DYLLAN

theaussieword.com catches up US singer/songwriter Dyllan Nichols.

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

static1-squarespaceFor years I would lip-synch in the back of the car. My parents listened to a really eclectic mix of music, so I had some great influences very early on. I wanted desperately to sing but I was just too shy. I started playing guitar when I was eight- after a few years of frustration with the piano (still felt). When I started learning songs on guitar by artists that I loved: Shawn Colvin, Avril Lavigne, (yes, I loved her!), and Joni Mitchell when I became more proficient with open tunings: they were all songs that needed vocal accompaniment, and eventually this was the catalyst for me to sing along, and then eventually write my own songs. Once I got on stage there was no question, there wasn’t a lot to fear. No one ever pressured me, which is something I really appreciate my parents for. I just had to be singing and writing songs.

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

Songwriting and making music isn’t just a hobby, or even a career for me. I write songs to work through my emotions and experiences. Writing is my therapy. I just have to do it, and that’s my motivation.Continue reading

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Eddie Martinez

 

graffitiUS DJ Eddie Martinez catches up with theaussieword.com for a special interview!

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

I’ve always been into music ever since I can remember hearing the first tunes my father would play on his records and dancing around to Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald.

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

My drive motivates me. I always want to create and try new things

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

I’m hoping to make people feel something they can connect or relate to. There is such a great power in music that can turn your whole world around if needed. To accomplish that and be known for that is what artists strive for I believe.

Success, what is the secret to it?

I’m not sure; when I get there I’ll let you know! I would have to say consistency, confidence & being humble.Continue reading

Special Interview: Sam Ray

theaussieword.com’s special interview with UK artist Sam Raysam-ray-next-to-you-art.

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

I first realised I was really into music when I was given an old cassette tape recorder by my Dad at the age of about 11 and started recording little things I was coming up with on guitar. They were never even close to proper songs though!

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
In terms of goals, I really just want to focus on writing and recording music which I love, and if I can do that, hopefully people will like it!
Success, what is the secret to it?
I think the secret to success is time and effort. I don’t know if I believe in talent at all. I think it’s all just about pursuing interests!

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Special Interview: Mitch King

theaussieword.com catches up with artist Mitch King.mitch-publicity-photo

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

It was in high school.   I had a mate who played the guitar and I was extremely captivated listening to him.  This struck a passion in me that wouldn’t go away.  So I learnt to play the acoustic guitar and kept improving more and more, which led to busking in my home town at that time, Tamborine Mountain.  The more I played, the more I got hooked.  Then before I knew it, I was writing music, singing songs and progressively added the Kick Drum, Harmonica and Tamborine.Continue reading

Special Interview: James Sayer

theaussieword.com catches up with UK based artist James Sayer.

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

I’m from a very musical family. My Dad is a piano/vocalist, his two brothers are, my brother, too! And my grandad was a saxophone
player (the sax solo I play on the track is on his saxophone!). But I guess my Dad’s influence from an early age was what got me into music. We always had so much music on in the car and at home, stuff like The Beatles, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Tina Turner and right back to stuff like Muddy Waters. I was hooked from day one!

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

I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to making music (well I like to think so, anyway!) but ultimately it’s what I love to do and in all honestly I don’t know what else I would do without making music!Continue reading

Special Interview: Cold Vulture

theaussieword.com special interview with Aussie group Cold Vulture!

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? 13698049_629848197173996_7492351011032191049_o

We met each other through a mutual friend who at the time was into shooting film. Vincent was doing a solo project and Blade and Geri were doing an acrobatic form of martial arts called Tricking.

Vincent was walking through a university auditorium and stumbled upon a mutual friend who introduced him to twin brothers Blade and Gericho. They struck up a conversation gelling over similar interests in music, martial arts and food. We decided to jam one day and that’s where Vincent met Cooper and Cold Vulture was born.

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

Every time we jam like to challenge each other musically and explore ways to make an explosive and fun live show for the people. Also hearing the news that “Adventure Time” (the cartoon) was ending in 2018 we felt the need to vent some rage/depression. Continue reading

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Bielfield

theaussieword.com goes one on one with the very talented Miami, New York and Sydney based artist Bielfield!f8aa633f0f11048cd1aab6df07823309
Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?
As long as I can remember I sang songs.  I actually have home videos of me at age 2 belting in the highest chest voice you can imaging over my sister (poor thing) to Disney songs. When I was 8, the Florida Grand Opera took an interest in having me sing the solos in their productions, and all of the sudden it became a career.

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SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Fly By Midnight

theaussieword.com catches up with New York retro pop group Fly By Midnight.
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Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?

          Slavo: Justin and I were introduced to each other through a production team, that we still work with to this day, called TE Music group. I had moved to NY from FL for music and was looking for a project to become a part of. Justin was working on his solo career at the time and I started to work on some of his productions. One night we decided to get together and write a little jam called “Brooklyn”. Little did we know that our first co-write would organically turn into a killer friendship/duo – Fly By Midnight. As far as what got me into music, I remember I was at a Christmas party at a young age and a friend of mine had the whole rooms attention playing a simple song on the guitar. At that moment I knew I wanted to do music.

          Justin: That’s my favorite part of Fly By Midnight. Everything we do, even the way the project was created, was never forced or manufactured. Just a couple of dudes who vibe really well as writers & performers. I’ve always loved music, but starting back in theater productions in middle school I loved the idea of captivating an audience. Fast forward to me in high school, new to singing pop music, embarrassingly baggy clothes, and an awkward haircut. Posted my first video on YouTube and it’s all kind of been uphill from there. *laughs*Continue reading

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: The Tin Man

theaussieword.com goes one on one with Marshall from The Tin Man.cterkrpwyaeo1yv

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

Music has been in my life as long as I can remember. I grew up taking piano lessons, singing in church musicals, and listening to the Beach Boys on my parents’ record player. My mom would sing to me a lot growing up too, so there was always music in my life.

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

I’m influenced by all sorts of things in the realms of relationship and life experiences. But the motivation question is particularly interesting. As an only child I’ve always felt slightly out of place. Like I never quite fit in. But when I’m playing music I’ve written for an audience, there’s a deep connection that happens. One that makes me feel a part of something bigger. Sharing our hopes and struggles. That’s a big motivation for me to keep doing this.

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

I don’t have massively grandiose goals as an artist. Ideally I want to be able to tour the US selling out 500-600 capacity venues. I’d also love to have a song or two licensed in a movie since I’m a big movie buff. And while we’re at, opening up for someone at Red Rocks wouldn’t suck either.Continue reading

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: The Winter Gypsy

theaussieword.com catches up with Aussie group The Winter Gypsy.

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Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? When I started playing guitar, I was very much already influenced by indie/rock music. Listening to Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club, Arctic Monkeys, Bombay Bicycle Club, Kings Of Leon; however I grew up listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and John Mayer, (John Mayer’s music was heavily influenced on me by my sister).

My sister was actually the guitarist in the family; I was the sportsman in the family. I was always out every day doing something active. In 2009, I got injured skateboarding and couldn’t do anything for a long period of time. I was bored out of my mind, and at the same time my sister had just quit playing guitar. I asked her if she could teach me a couple tunes to get me started.

I was playing guitar on and off until 2011, when indie music had completely taken over me and I decided to fully focus on the direction of music I wanted to venture into. This was the year I actually started to really focus on my singing. I ventured into artists/bands such as, Bon Iver, The Middle East, The Paper Kites, Sigur Ros, Jack Johnson, John Butler, Elliot Smith, Jeff Buckley, Death Cab For Cutie. These are the artists that truly inspired me to write the music I write today.

I’m a complete self taught guitarist and singer; meaning, I’ve never learnt any chords or notes. It’s not like I don’t ever want to learn; I just haven’t ventured into it yet. So to call me a ‘musician’, I’m not entirely sure that would be the right word for me. Not yet anyway. As stupid as it sounds, I just really enjoy the excitement of having 0 knowledge; there are no rules involved when I play and it gives me the creativity I need to form the sounds that I truly desire. Songwriting is definitely an awesome process for me.Continue reading

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Lyel

theaussieword.com’s special interview with European artist Lyel!

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? My mom many times sang me to sleep when I was a baby with her guitar, I learned my first chords from her and still don’t play many more haha but I shouldn’t say this to14100282_1096566170429086_5616537992302520055_n.pngo loud. With a few months, I got a small drum for christmas, I still love t play drums once in a while – very poorly though. My mom’s record collection fascinated me too when I was a baby so that one night I took all records out of the shelf and their covers and when my mom woke up that night, she found me sitting surrounded by records spread all across the floor, happy cos it was the only time I was not stopped doing so.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? People, nature and everything in between.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? Keep being and making others happy with what I do.

Success, what is the secret to it? Trust yourself -success has many definitions.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far? Now that I get to dedicate my new single to a person who was nothing but music. He unfortunately and unexpectedly passed very recently and I think he would be proud if he could hear the song. He believed in what I do no matter how hard it has been. I hope this song gives hope to others who are not able to see the treasure they are.Continue reading

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Phia

theaussieword.com catches up with Phia for a special interview.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?13925986_1137311526315572_6954202702948295557_o I don’t remember when I was ever not interested in music. I grew up in a musical family, dad played guitar and mum played the flute and sung. I took piano lessons, sang harmonies in the car with mum and my sister, was in choirs and later in high school got interested in jazz music. I did some composition in my improvisation degree and then started writing songs comparitely late, when I was about 20.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? I love that feeling when you hear a great song, or go to a great gig, when you walk away glowing and thinking I want to do that. When hearing a songwriter fills you with that impulse to create, or get up on stage. I hope I can inspire that in other people.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? In the last couple of years my goals have become smaller, but not less important. I hope my album reaches an audience who are moved by it, I hope to continue to be a part of and contribute to a thriving local artistic community, and I hope my career can keep growing so it can continute to sustain itself. Being a musician can be really expensive!

Success, what is the secret to it? I think what I touched on in the previous question. Success is so nebulous, and as soon as you’ve achieved a particular goal it can disappear like a mirage as you focus on the next rung of the ladder. For me now success hinges on feeling like I’m part of a healthy ecosystem – putting energy into creative pursuits that are fulfilling (releasing music, putting on gigs) and hopefully inspiring other people to do the same.Continue reading

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Shota

theaussieword.com catches up with US artist Shota for a special interview.

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

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Honestly I think I’d have to thank my father on that one. From an early age he had me listening to The Beatles, Stevie Wonder Dylan etc.. I remember driving to school in like 2nd grade in LA traffic for 2 hours and he’d be blasting Brandenburg Concertos by Bach. Then once I got a little older he really pushed me to learn piano and clarinet. He gave roots that will that will keep me grounded forever.

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

My motivation is usually love or truth. I’m always chasing something… whether it’s a girl, or my next song, or a chance to hang out with my family… there’s always a longing for something in my life and thats what motivates me. But with truth, if I do become really successful in music, I believe that it is my responsibility to spread the word and tell the world, tell the kids, tell the uneducated what’s really going on behind the curtains, because it’s a scary place out there and most people don’t even know the half of it. I think John Lennon taught me that one (:

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

To move people. That is my goal. Music has been my savior, my meditation, my form of healing. Anytime I have been sad, feeling alone, or just anything.. music has been my one constant. I was that kid in high school who walked around campus with earphones on singing while walking to class. So, I really want to move people the way music has moved me. I want people to know that they are not alone.

Success, what is the secret to it?

The secret to success is hard work, dedication, perseverance… whatever you want to call it. I know people talk about it a lot but they’re just words. I rarely meet people who are really committed.. when it comes to my friends at least. My friends always thought this music thing was just a hobby.. they would al be in college studying business and finance and economics, while they thought i was just at home fucking around with a guitar trying to figure out an F chord. So I believe the secret to success is 98% hard work & 2% luck.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

The highlight of my career so far has been moving to LA. I’ve finally met people who understand me that won’t let me sacrifice my artistry for a sell out move. I mean yes, at first they wanted me to try things I didn’t want to do… but they could see that my heart wasn’t in it. Here’s the thing.. the chances of making it are so small anyways, so why not do what you want to do. Be different. Be you. And I won’t allow anyone to change me.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
I don’t really understand the industry quite yet, as my first album has dropped so recently. This has been the most difficult thing for me. You know back in the 60’s, no matter how you looked, as long as you had talent and the music was good, you made it. The music truly spoke for itself. I honestly loath the fact that I have to tweet and Instagram every moment of my life. But i get it, people want to know me.. I just wish it would be through just my music and not every other aspect of my life, like what I had for lunch.

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
Man….. I don’t know. It’s so unpredictable isn’t it? I mean I would like to see myself on stages performing for thousands of people. I wanna be singing along my idols and heroes who I can eventually call my friends.

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 don’t really understand the industry quite yet, as my first album has dropped so recently. This has been the most difficult thing for me. You know back in the 60’s, no matter how you looked, as long as you had talent and the music was good, you made it. The music truly spoke for itself. I honestly loath the fact that I have to tweet and Instagram every moment of my life. But i get it, people want to know me.. I just wish it would be through just my music and not every other aspect of my life, like what I had for lunch.

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.

Aussie artists…….. Alright so let me start with the obvious ones. There’s Sia (GODDESS), Gotye, not a country listener but I love Keith Urban, Flume, Empire of the Sun, and I listened to Jet when I was younger. But…. I love love love Matt Corby and Xavier Rudd… I even like that new kid Joel Adams, I actually remember seeing his audition for X factor or something a few years ago.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
Upcoming months is tour time baby. I start my West Coast America tour. Right now we have about 10-15 cities but I think we’re gonna have about 25 cities by the end of it. My freshman album came out officially on Spotify last week…. but get ready for my next album.. probably will come out sometime early to mid next year… the songs are just so…. ahhh just wait till you hear it. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Look at me, getting all excited just typing about it lol (:

Tell us a bit about your latest record, how would you best describe your music?
My latest ( and first) album is called Out of the Blur, which is the name of one of the songs on the EP. Most of my songs are about unrequited love and a longing for someone like i said earlier… but Out of the Blur talks about how we are all trying to stay connected through social media, the internet, WiFi, when really all we are doing is creating masks and disconnecting from each other. People used to light candles and stare at music concerts. Now nobody ever looks at the artist.. they are staring at them through their smartphone… and thats what inspired that song and the album name. I believe that song was my responsibility as an artist to try and wake people up, especially the youth. Everyone always asks me how I would describe my music.. I never know how to answer that. I have singer songwriter type songs, I have songs with a deep house beats. and on my next album I have very melodic and lyrical songs with real instruments but with hip-hop type beats, So the only way to describe my music is it sounds like SHōTA. I’ll let the fans decide the rest.

Do you have any new projects in the pipeline?
YES! My next album. Just stay tuned. It’s pretty much almost finished but we gotta let the first album run its course first. But really, stay tuned.. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?

 I just want to say thank you so much for the interview. Hopefully I can make it to Australia someday. Until then, peace and love.

Website: www.thisisshota.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thisisshota
Twitter: twitter.com/_thisisshota

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SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Luxley

theaussieword.com’s special interview with US artist Luxley.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? It started when I moved back to New Orleans from Nashville in 2011.  I started writing songs under the alias Mason Briggs while I was in medical school.  My friend (now manager), Sky McElroy, decided to help me book gigs around New Orleans while I was still maturing as a solo-artist.  I then started Luxley, and Sky came-on as my manager.12356885_966840356728603_2678592719995419611_o The piano was the first instrument that got me interested in music when I was 10 or 11.  I learned a lot of piano by ear when I was a child.  I quickly moved to writing amateur songs on guitar afterwards.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? I would say music and novelty are the biggest motivating factors.  I like nothing more than working-off of new ideas, new music, or new materials.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? Inspire people to find their passion and write as many songs as possible.  Maybe change a few lives in the process.

Success, what is the secret to it? Focus, discipline, and creativity

What has been your biggest career highlight so far? Touring with Bombay Bicycle Club in 2014. Releasing my debut EP.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Prince, Disclosure, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Ed Macfarlane.Continue reading

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Uncle Lucius

theaussieword.com catches up with Uncle Lucius.

F2Yw-_tsTell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?
I always enjoyed singing. Growing up I would sing along with the radio, and at the age of 15, started playing guitar and writing songs. I wasn’t serious about it until the age of 25. That’s when I quit my job in banking and moved from small-town Texas to the city of Austin. The band formed in 2006 when a songwriter friend of mine and I decided to move beyond the open mic scene. We found some like minded individuals and played as much as possible. Ten years, four studio albums and a few thousand miles later, Uncle Lucius is still touring and growing.Continue reading

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: The Meow Meows

theaussieword’s special interview with The Meow Meows.

The-Meow-Meows-by-James-Parsons-1024x1024Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? Personally it was hearing Def Leppard and Guns n Roses when I was 8 and getting stupidly excited, like a whole new forbidden world had opened up right before me. I know the rest of the band all full-on love music in the same way, and I assume they had similar experiences with different artists at some pivotal moment in childhood or adolescence. The Meow Meows started when we gathered together the remains of a few broken up Brighton bands and decided to pool our scant resources. We were content to get drunk and practice on a Wednesday evening in the decommissioned freezer underneath our bassist’s shop. Then we started getting offered gigs, decided to make a record, and then thought it would interesting to see how far we could take it whilst still remaining true to the reason we got together in the first place.

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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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