Rami Khalife and 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.
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.
DJ Piero has been in the music industry for 15 years 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.
Playwrite catch up with theaussieword.com for a special interview…
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?
Each band member will answer this question a little differently. The common ground would be that feeling of connection that music gives us, the ability to speak a universal language that transcends the usual barriers and gets to the heart of things. When you first have that moment, that one where a song or a musician speaks right to you, and through you, choices fall away and music is the thing you’re doing. The details of those moments vary and the result is 5 of us doing this thing we call Playwrite, seeking to explore, define and recreate those connections to ourselves and to everyone with the music we make.
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Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?
I was a school boy cellist until I heard Bob Dylan when I was 15 who turned my world upside down; I don’t feel like I understood life until I heard the song Hard Rain. From then all I wanted to do was explore all the different things the world could throw at you and how to turn it into song. I’m still on a journey trying to build on it all and develop my sound and ideas.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
Writing music is my only shot at making sense of life. The only way to deal with a thing is to translate feelings into verse or melody that decodes the confusion into something you can sing along to. People all respond to different music, but I listen to the greats like they’re prophets who’ve been there and understand.
French, critically acclaimed, post-pop duo Aufgang is back with a sultry new single that is taking a surprising futuristic and euphoric turn without giving up their hybrid and sophisticated musical roots.
Born from the successful alliance of two strong personalities, Aufgang “blends piano, live drums and techno-inspired electronics into invigorating displays of virtuosity, which evoke the club and the conservatory, without really belonging to either one” says Pitchfork.
Songwriter and pianist Rami Khalife transcends both the traditional training he received as a student at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and his Eastern roots – he grew up in a family of musicians and his father is a major artist in the Arab world. Drummer and producer Aymeric Westrich is an adept of DIY culture and brings along his knowledge of urban and electronic cultures, which he developed through notable collaborations with artists such as Cassius and Phoenix to name but a few.
Looking for inspiration in various artistic trends such as the disco sound of legendary Larry Levan or the poetry of diva Oum Kalthoum, these free independent spirits have shape up their new sound in between Paris, Beyrouth and New York, in reaction to the frenzy of big cities, as if they wanted to prevent the latter from eating their freedom away.
Summer proves it in a glittering manner. The freedom here lies in the disco treatment: a string section recorded at varying speeds and in different octaves — a throwback to the golden years of disco — gives an irresistible brilliance to the whirlwind of keyboards, drums and vocals. Clara Luciani, ex-chanteuse of the French surf-pop band La Femme (transformed for the occasion into an accomplice with a sirens’ song), sings her head off, making us drop the anchors of convention as she clears our path towards the light. Using Aufgang’s typical mirror-effects, Huriya — an Arab word meaning “liberty” — reflects that same quest on the Oriental side. Sustained by his solid kick and rhythms in chorus, Aymeric Westrich’s exhortation “Give me my freedom” rises into the warm winds of the Arab-like vocalizing declaimed by Rami Khalife at the summit of his pianistic illuminations. This piece is a cry destined to shatter the torpor created for us by a society either authoritarian or deceitful.
This is the dawning of a new era for Aufgang. This music is a unique and varied experience highlighting the leanings of its creators, who have decided to break down the barriers between the East and the West and take us on a colourful and emotional magic journey.
“An exhilarating one that will instantly demand repeat listens” said Musicomh.
theaussieword.com goes one on one with one of the UK’s rising stars… RHODES!
Welcome to theaussieword.com RHODES. It was back in 2013 where your music began to spread, started with a demo track you did for ‘Always’ which got picked up from BBC Radio, tell us about that.
It was a crazy time because I’d gone from not singing or writing at all and I suppose hiding in the background playing bass for a band in London to having a bedroom demo picked up by radio 1. It was an amazing feeling and helped me a lot with my confidence in believing in myself as there was a lot of fears to overcome in singing and performing.
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Music was a big part of you growing up, tell us what kick started your love your music.
I grew up in church and sang in the choir. It stemmed from there to my dads 9 other brothers singing and playing guitar at the family weekend gatherings.
X Factor 2012 was a big year, that’s when you burst onto the scene with your big powerful vocals. Not long after you released your debut single ‘You’ which went Top 4 here in Australia – two times platinum. Tell us what was going through your head towards the end of X Factor and in the lead up to the launch of your first single.
At the end of X Factor I was hungry to strike while the iron was hot. I wanted to make the most of the opportunity I had so I networked and wrote a lot of songs to show people and setup meetings. I wanted that record deal! The lead up to YOU was a little bit daunting and exciting. I knew it was such a great different track but because it was going to be my first single with a massive record label, it made me nervous. You just don’t know what to expect but I stayed positive and let the music do the talking.
theaussieword.com goes one on one with Melbourne singer, songwriter and indie pop folk artist Brad Ellis from The Hunter Express!
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music? My interest in music began at a pretty early age. I remember I would listen intently to what my folks were playing on the radio in the car, it was mostly old school Beatles, Abba, Eagles and Creedence. I knew all their songs. My love for guitar began when my Dad took me to the music shop for my birthday and said I could choose an instrument to buy. I remember I actually wanted a saxophone, but they were way too much. So, instead, Dad bought me a Casino (Strat shape) black and white electric guitar and a 20watt amp. I think I played it almost everyday until Mum started going crazy. The fascination for music then led through high school, where I was a part of different bands, then after high school I enrolled in an Advanced Diploma of music and started a band called Jackson Road. During that time studying I developed a deep appreciation and understanding of music and what it meant to me.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? A motivation for me is seeing and listening to other musicians creating tunes. I try and get out as much as possible and hear other musicians play. It gives me energy and determination to keep writing. I would love to think one day I’ll be writing great tunes, my music influences at the moment are, artists like Courtney Barnett, The Milk Carton Kids and Eric Bibb.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? I hope to play at a big festival like, Splendour in the grass or Falls. Another goal would be to release an album and tour it.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? October 29th I am heading into the studio to start working on an E.P – which I will hopefully release before the end of this year. We are also looking at one more clip to go with one of the tracks on the EP. I’ll also be busy gigging around Melbourne as the calendar at the moment is already getting pretty full.
Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music? So far I have released two singles, “Wishing you were next to me” and “Caught up in your love”. Both tracks have helped launch “the Hunter Express” music and has given me a platform to start getting my music out there. I guess you would describe my music as, indie pop. It is very acoustic driven with melodies that are easy to sing and layered with enjoyable harmonies. I have a few tracks on the up and coming E.P that are blues based and can’t wait to share with people.
Success, what is the secret to it? I think it’s about never giving up on what you believe in. It’s also late nights and early mornings!… Well for me anyway.
What has been your biggest career highlight? A few weeks ago I got to play at the Royal Exhitibtion Building for the Wild Collective Event. That was definitely a cool experience and an amazing space to perform.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? I love the Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Everley Brothers, Ed Sheeran and Passenger.
Any new projects in the pipeline? About to record first EP for the Hunter Express. Also story boarding for new video music clip.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now? I would like to be established in the music scene in Melbourne. Performing with well known artists as well as up and coming. I aim to release a another E.P and tour the East Coast of Australia.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. As mentioned before, Courtney Barrnett. E^ST is freaking rad at the moment! Fraser A Gorman and Timberwolf.
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? Social media is such a power tool for musicians. I think it’s where I get the majority of my gigs, media, fans and listening platform from. At the same time, it’s really hard, because there’s so many other musicians doing the same thing. However, I think that social media has seemed to make it easier these days to launch your own thing, rather then waiting on a label to get you started.
Thanks for the interview!What final message do you have for us today? Thanks so much for reading about my music and hope you take some time to listen to my songs 🙂
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theaussieword.com goes one on one in an exclusive special interview with the great Pete Murray! What had you first interested in music? I first picked up the guitar at 22 – a friend that I was living with came into the room and said he’d always wanted to play guitar and …