New Music Video: Benny Walker ‘Oh No You Don’t’

Hailing from regional Victoria, Indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for the053f57e1-22ac-4091-91af-6a5b9e38812d.jpg land, the people, summer vibes and deep grooves are the elements that reach the soul. Latest offering ‘Oh No You Don’t’ was written at Walker’s home in Moama and recorded at Way Of The Eagle studios in Melbourne with ARIA Award winning Producer Jan Skubiszewski (The Cat Empire, John Butler Trio, Dan Sultan). ‘Oh No You Don’t’ heralds in a new direction in sound for Benny Walker. Mixing Blues and Roots with a contemporary soul vibe the song sees a strengthening of the vocal and its range. The song is written as a triumph over, and a big “F you” to mental illness. Feeling that you’ve learnt to, for the most part, be one step ahead of anxiety, knowing the familiar warning signs and using your own experience to deal with it.Continue reading

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

New Music Video: Roxette ‘It Just Happens’

On April 8 2016 Roxette released “It Just Happens”, the first single from their highly anticipated brand new album “Good Karma” out June 3rd. “It Just Happens” was one of the first songs to be written for the new album and soon felt like a key song. It was almost destined to be the first single already from the start, says Per Gessle. “It just happens/You don’t know what’s going on/If it’s new or if it’s been there since long…”

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Special Interview: Canyon City

theaussieword.com speaks with Paul from Nashville’s Canyon City.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? My parents were in a folk trio together when they were in college, so for m10401879_845670005541322_1615727773889502207_ny sister and I music was always very encouraged and accessible as we were growing up. We used to practice harmonizing together and once I could fit my hand around a guitar neck I started learning to play. I took lessons from the pastor at our local church in Fargo, North Dakota, through most of my childhood, then started playing in bands in middle & high school, eventually catching the songwriting bug around 15. Looking back I was incredibly lucky to inherit influences like Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Tom Petty & other great folk/rock artists from my family early on.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? This is something I think about a lot. I used to be very “impression based”, in that I wanted to make music that somehow brought people a moment of presence or communicated a valuable moral or idea. I guess I wanted to make sure that what I was doing was meaningful. The issue was you could hear the weight of that consciousness; listening back I could tell that I was saying what I thoughtCanyonCity was “good” to say instead of what I was really going though. It felt kind of surface level. A turning point was when I sincerely thought I was maybe working on my last “professional” record and just decided to just let go and play whatever I genuinely connected with and enjoyed creating. All of a sudden these stories started falling out, I started learning things I didn’t know before they came out as lyrics and saying what I otherwise couldn’t. In that I re-discovered why I loved this in the first place.

For me spirituality plays a very central roll, and just finding and recognizing the beauty in honest, imperfect life reminds me that the cracks are part of the art, of both the song and the person. Then when other people can hear that and say “me too”, if feels like there’s somewhat of a healing in that. Basically these days I just set out to enjoy the creative process itself, and try to let the rest be a side-effect.Continue reading

Special Interview: Alex Watts

theaussieword.com catches up with Alex Watts.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? My life-long single-minded obsession with music has seen me ignore my way through school, university, mundane jobs and several relationships because nothing else moves me in the same way.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? It’s something I enjoy doing very much and hopefully it doesn’t sound ter12920387_1337372229613093_3920962098385551885_nrible to other people too. It’s a real rush, making music, better than any drug I’ve known. It’s also extremely addictive.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? I just want to keep writing, recording and performing music that interests me and hopefully some other people will like it too.

Success, what is the secret to it? Understanding your own definition of it and not getting sucked into someone else’s, because that can only lead to unrealistic expectations and unhappiness.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: Mellie

theaussieword.com meets Mellie for a special #TheAussieWord interview.

18ae2ca6-3016-4839-bd7d-210587335a21Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?

I think it all really started for me when i was given a little Yamaha Keyboard for Christmas when I was about 5 years old, my family set the piano up for me on Christmas day and I remember everyone being shocked because I immediately just started playing chords and playing music on the piano. For some unknown reason I had a very good ear and I could copy music I heard on a record or on the radio and play it on the piano straight away.

But music was always something that was a source of fun for me from a very early age. I started watching Young Talent Time and Countdown when I was about 3 years old and I loved singing and dancing along with the YTT team as I watched the TV show.Continue reading

Special Interview: Zain Mitchlan

theaussieword.com’s special interview with Zain Mitchlan.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? When I was six I use to sing to my Kasey Chambers CD while going to sleep every night. From that my parents could hear me singing and decided to get me singing lessons. From then on I haven’t looked back. 2008 was when I saw my first main arena show being the “I’m Not Dead” tour by Pink. Ever since that day I have been in awe of what love music can do, and how it can be so inspiring and entertaining to watch.

12993475_1047083488661605_2851438827059364752_nWhat motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? Initially my main motivation was to entertain and to create an amazing atmosphere for people to enjoy. Now since being on the tour Australian Teen Expo tour, I’m also becoming more and more driven to share my stories, so that I can help others to feel like they are not alone. I love the fact that with just a song I can make someone feel understood, and that drives me to go so much further.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? It has always been my goal to be performing my music all around the world, and just bringing fun and entertainment to everyone’s lives. I want to be able to be apart of not just the music industry, but also all forms of entertainment industry, I just love to get out there and have fun.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

Wentworth Season 4 Returns on Foxtel’s SoHo May 10!

Foxtel today announced Tuesday May 10 as the premiere date for the fourth season of its internationally acclaimed Australian drama series Wentworth.

image006The story resumes four months after the events seen in the fiery season three finale. The women of H block are returning to Wentworth Correctional Centre to find a new dynamic is in play which will have immediate ramifications for Bea as Kaz Proctor has established a power base. On the outside, Franky is trying hard to be a productive member of society.

As always, no-one should underestimate “the Freak”.

Notions of love and obsession will underpin the 12 episode season.

Wentworth is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Foxtel and has been sold to more than 90 countries.

Last year Wentworth was honoured as the Most Outstanding Drama Series at the 2015 TV WEEK Logie Awards, Danielle Cormack won the Silver Logie and the ASTRA Award for Most Outstanding Actress, and Pamela Rabe won the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama.

Wentworth S4 stars Danielle Cormack as Bea Smith, Nicole da Silva as Franky Doyle, Pamela Rabe as Joan Ferguson,Kate Atkinson as Vera Bennett, Celia Ireland as Liz Birdsworth, Shareena Clanton as Doreen Anderson, Katrina Milosevic as Sue “Boomer” Jenkins, Robbie Magasiva as Will Jackson, Socratis Otto as Maxine Conway, Tammy MacIntosh as Karen ‘Kaz” Proctor. New castmembers this season are Kate Jenkinson as Allie Novak, who appears from episode one, and Bernard Curry as Jake Stewart and Sigrid Thornton as Sonia Stevens, who are introduced later in the season. Support cast includes Libby Tanner as Bridget Westfall, Jacquie Brennan as Linda Miles, Martin Sacks as Derek Channing, Sally-Anne Upton as Lucy Gambaro, Charlie Tjoe as Tina Mercado and Ra Chapman as Kim Chang.

Wentworth Season 4 starts May 10, episodes will premiere Tuesdays at 8.30pm EST on Foxtel’s SoHo channel. Following the premiere broadcast each week, Wentworth will be available to watch when you want, on demand, via Foxtel Anytime on internet connected iQ boxes. You can also stream the series on demand on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included with all Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.

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