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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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