VIDEO: Days of Our Lives 50th Anniversary ‘The Greatest Moments Of All Time’

This greatest Days of Our Lives 50th anniversary video pretty much sums it up. The Hortons, the Brady’s, the super-couples, the drama, the love and the tragedy all coming together in this special DAYS montage – Days of Our Lives this year continues to celebrate it’s 50 years on air. What an amazing trip down memory lane, happy to say I’ve been there for most of it!Continue reading

Ivy Nations Interview

All the way from Dublin in Ireland is Ivy Nations an indie rock group comprising of longtime friends Darragh and Brian (guitars), along with Joe on vocals and Paul on drums. They return with a great new single ‘You Are The Centre Of Me’Ivy-Nations-You-Are-the-Centre-of-Me-cover

Joe speaks exclusively to Brian Peel on JOY 94.9 in their first ever international radio interview! This special podcast interview features extra bonus content that did not air on the show. Join Brian and Joe for a look into the group that is Ivy Nations!

Catch up with Ivy Nations on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud.

Download the full Ivy Nations interview via iTunes!

Special Interview: Mackenzie Thoms

theaussieword.com catches up with Mackenzie Thoms.

ljpIcn7sTell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? When I was growing up, my mom was always singing around the house. I think that definitely sparked an interest a little later in my teens. When I was fourteen years old I was listening to the song “ No diggity” by Backstreet in my room and started singing along. Immediately I fell in love with the power of music and the ability to sing. It took me awhile to sing in front of people but when I became more comfortable and confident, I told myself that one day I would become something special. It hasn’t been an easy road but I truly think that as long as you believe and have a passion for what you do anything is possible.Continue reading

St. Lucia Interview

Jean-Philip Grobler from St. Lucia joined me on the phone from New York for a special JOY 94.9 interview.

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Jean also explains the concept and idea behind Dancing On Glass – the most underrated pop song of 2015.Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 11.03.42 PM

St. Lucia go on tour from January 29 starting in New York and travelling across the US. The new album Matter is out Jan 29 and will be available in special vinyl and CD bundles for fans.

Follow St. Lucia online, via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

An absolute pleasure speaking with Jean, looking forward to catching St. Lucia in Melbourne soon!

Download my interview with St. Lucia free via iTunes.

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The Hunter Express / Brad Ellis Interview

Brad Ellis from The Hunter Express joined me for a chat in the JOY 94.9 studios talking about his brand new single Home! 

The Hunter Express is a Melbourne singer, songwriter & acoustic pop, rock & indie folk artist. We chat about his influences in the music industry, what it’s like back in the studio and all the storyboarding ideas that help create his amazing music videos.

Catch up with Brad from The Hunter Express on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or hit up his website thehunterexpress.com.

Download the Brad Ellis / The Hunter Express interview free via iTunes!

XY&O Interview

Brian Peel catches up with the boys from XY&O, a pop electronic trio from Cardiff, Wales.

XY&O’s single Low Tide amassed over one million Spotify streams online with worldwide exposure. The next single release was Lights On – an absolute brilliant follow up track. Brian speaks to Skip (Vocals/Guitar), Tudor (Programming/Keys) & Nick (Lead Guitar) about their formation, their take on the music industry todayxyo, the use of digital social media channels plus what’s ahead for the new year.

Brian and JOY 94.9 have the special Australian premiere of their latest single Fahrenheit, a first for the Southern Hemisphere!

XY&O are a trio on the up with a bright and amazing future ahead of them. Join Brian for this very special JOY 94.9 interview.

You can catch up with XY&O on their Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and on Soundcloud.

Visit here to download the free XY&O  interview podcast from iTunes!

Ash Edelman Interview

Brian Peel goes one on one with Ash Edelman.

Ash Edelman is an Aussie boy who pursued his dreams after working in the Australian mines.

Ash kick started his career change by starting out as a qualified fitness personal trainer before becoming a swimwear and underwear model.12074539_10153380354114086_4492356967700160680_n

Ash along with a few other boys took judges by surprise when they stripped down to bare bones on a raunchy episode of Britain’s Got Talent – from that moment on Forbidden Nights were born!

In this special JOY 94.9 interview, Ash speaks to Brian about his PT training sessions, eating habits and what it’s like for him now as a model and losing his clothes on stage for one of the UK’s premier male variety shows.

Brian also addresses that posing question…. “Boxers, Briefs… or Commando”.

Download this interview podcast with Ash Edleman free from iTunes!

Special Interview: Peppermint Heaven

theaussieword.com special interview with Peppermint Heaven.

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?Juno: We started out in Chicago several years ago playing in a band together in the clubs there.  That band broke up and a few years ago, we both met up again here in LA and formed Peppermint Heaven.  It’s like having a second chance and we’re going for it. Continue reading

Special Interview: Abbey Grace

theaussieword.com special interview with Australian singer/songwriter Abbey Grace.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?
Growing up I had always loved singing and dancing around the house to music but really fell in love with it when I first started piano at age 7 and when I began singing when I was 10. I was just really drawn to playing the piano and would play all day everyday, I loved the feeling of being able to sing and play the songs I’d grown up loving.

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There are a few things that motivate and influence me in my quest to make great music. Being able to write music is such an emotional release for me and basically works as a diary of the things that happen to me and of the things that happen in life. I know songwriting is a field I want to continually grow and mature in, so this motivates me to practice writing all the time and to dive deeper into emotions and circumstances to create music that is meaningful. I am also motivated in my quest to make great music by other artists who are so open, passionate and poetic in their music, they inspire to me be honest in my own music and to not be afraid to express myself.Continue reading

Special Interview: Vandaveer

theaussieword.com catches up with1956916_10152304699151303_1112714938_o Vandaveer for a special interview.

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?

Not sure I know how it all began, but for my part Michael Jackson and Madonna were significant early influences. Weird Al, too. I don’t think I gave much thought about picking up a guitar a writing a song until my early high school years, when Nirvana, Pearl Jam and that ‘90s alternative tidal wave struck. There was certainly an “I could do that with a bit of work” naiveté and excitement to it all.Continue reading

Special Interview: Molly Anna Band

theaussieword.com catches up with Molly Anna and Mike from Molly Anna Band.

11174790_1861346417423272_1568900653847249271_n.pngTell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? (Molly Anna): I can’t remember not being interested in music – it was everywhere growing up, but I had no idea how to go about making it myself. I met (Molly Anna producer) Mike Hukins at my university’s music department where I was studying violin and we formed a band with some others. Last year we decided to take our music in a different direction, so we left the band behind and started working on new music as Molly Anna Band.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
(Mike): In music lessons, you’re taught to be critical and think about what does and doesn’t work in a piece. I always found this to be a bit of a token gesture if you’re not going to attempt it yourself. For me it’s the same as the fat man sitting in his chair yelling at the TV because the professional footballers aren’t doing it right. This is not to say I listen to music and think ‘that’s rubbish, I can do it better’; far from it. If anything, writing music makes listening to other people’s music more exciting for me.Continue reading

New Music: Travis ‘3 Miles High’

One of Britain’s best loved bands, Travis, have announced the release of their eagerly anticipated new album ‘Everything At Once’ April 29th on their own label Red Telephone Box via Caroline Australia.

Written by Travis and produced by Michael Ilbert at the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin, ‘Everything At Once’ positively overflows with conviction and confidence whilst maintaining their classic sound with the warm unmistakable vocals of singer Fran Healy.Continue reading

Special Interview: Trevor Green

Trevor Green speaks with theaussieword.com in this special music interview.

How did it all begin? I grew up listening to my mom and dads record collection..Neil Young, Paul Simon, Pink Floyd and Tom Petty were a few of my early inspirations. Then my dad took me to a Grateful Dead show when I was 15 and that was it…I saw the magic of music and its energetic possibilities and from that day on music became what I did….. Trevor-Green-World-Folk-Rock-ArtistWhat motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? I am motivated and inspired by the beauty that surrounds us in every breath of life…present moment, and music brings that to me. Its a spiritual grounding or meditation. I like to listen to spirit and where it guides me and my music seems to be how I process what comes through there…. What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? As an artist my goal is to allow the messages that come to me to pass through interrupted and share that deep connection with the listener. I find that the energies surrounding music are just as important as the musical message itself…..IMG_7184What can we expect from you in the coming months? We’ve got a full length record set for a March 15th release. Its been an incredible journey surrounding this record and we cant wait to share it…. Any plans to tour? We’ll be touring the Voice of the Wind record in North America in April and then in Australia in October of 2016…. Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music? This record was based on a fan base crowd funding campaign that sent us into the indigenous regions of Australia where we were invited and adopted by Galpu Clan elder Djalu Gurruwiwi of NE Arnhem Land. After our time there we went right into the studio to carry all that powerful magic they shared with us and infuse it into the record…. Success, what is the secret to it? Success, I believe is internal. Seems the deeper we can connect with ourselves and and our truth we can raise our vibrations and become more successful as individuals and also as a tribe…. W139What has been your biggest career highlight? Hard to say what the biggest highlight is. I like to say that every night playing is a highlight. The journey of playing music and connecting with people every night is a blessing. I guess if I had to pick a highlight, it was pretty amazing doing the soundtrack music for the feature film ‘This Must Be the Place’ with David Byrne and Sean Penn…. Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? I have always been deeply inspired by Michael Hedges. When I first heard him play it blew my mind. He is a big inspiration to me and my musical journey…. Any new projects in the pipeline? We’ve got the new record coming out and support tour for the 2016 year then we’ll be looking to head back into the studio. We’ll also be expanding on the Co-Creating a Dream Project that we have been working on over the past year…bridging culture and children across the globe….. The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now? We see ourselves touring the European, Australian, and American circuits….. Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. Some of our favorite Aussie artists are Jeff Lang, John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Kim Churchill, Lloyd Spiegel to name a few…. IMG_7313_BWThe 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? Its pretty cool what has happened to the music industry. You can do a lot as an independent artist now days. Not so much need for the cooperate labels which I think is a good thing for the industry…. What final message do you have for us today? Head over to the site www.trevorgreenmusic.com and check out the Co-Creating a Dream Project. Its an ongoing effort to bridge culture across the globe, with the intention of honouring the sacred wisdom that is rooted within all, and remind us all that we are all woven deep into this beautiful fabric as ONE! Thanks Brian!!

Trevor Green – Voice Of The Wind – Album Teaser

On the heels of Green’s recent EP ‘Collide,’ comes the latest and most anticipated of his musical offerings. ‘Voice of the Wind,’ Green’s 5th studio album, is a captivating sonic journey exposing the foundational fabric from which his inspiration is born. Traveling the depths of emotion and musical experience, ‘Voice of the Wind’ brings the listener into the haunting mystical realms of songs like “Rainbow Medicine,” to the foot stomping grooves of “Let it Go” and into the celebratory experience of the songs like “Red Road” and the title track “Voice of the Wind.” This record is a culmination of Trevor’s music and spiritual experiences to date and expresses the willingness to invite each listener into his personal journey as a reflection of their own.

2016 Kooyong Classic

Your 2016 Kooyong Classic photo gallery exclusive to theaussieword.com by site photographer Morgan Hancock. This year the tournament announced a 12 player draw featuring Nick Kyrgios, Gilles Simon, David Goffin, Feliciano Lopez, Hyeon Chung, Kyle Edmund, Omar Jasika, Pablo Carreno Busta, Marcos Baghdatis, Nicolas Almagro, Paul Henri Mathieu. The tournament runs from Jan 12 – 15. Grab your tickets here!

Click here to view the complete 2016 Kooyong Classic Photo Gallery.

Exclusive Special Interview: Citizen of the World

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Gerrit and Kris from Citizen of the World chat with Brian Peel on JOY 94.9.

In this interview, Gerrit & Kris speak about leaving Switzerland in 2012 to set up life in Sydney to the making of the new ‘Setting Out‘ video in a local junkyard plus what it’s like performing in India.

The guys also give listeners an insight into the making of their latest single and speak about their plans for 2016.

Click here to listen or download the full interview podcast!

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Special Interview: Bri Clark

theaussieword.com catches up with Aussie musician Bri Clark.

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?Bri Clark (Promo)
Howdy, I’m Bri Clark, a 22 year old alternative singer-songwriter from Perth! Music began when I was in primary school and I walked past the library to see a bunch of kids learning how to play the piano, I begged my parents for lessons and soon enough it became a huge part of me!Continue reading

Special Interview: HOLY HOLY

theaussieword.com catches up with Oscar Dawson from HOLY HOLY.

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?

Queen. Queen had me first interested in music. Then my parents bought me a guitar. They probably assumed I’d turf it aside, but once I got over the initial hurdle (‘what does this thing do?’), it swiftly became an obsession.

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It’s hard to tell these days. Sometimes it’s hunger; sometimes it’s sadness. Sometimes it’s the need to escape. I think it’s important to have something outside of yourself to drive you forward; something immaterial. So, thinking about it that way, music is like a companion, and songs are like conversations. Most of the time, maintaining that relationship is enough.

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

To never stop moving forward. Not sure if that counts as a goal, in so far as that it’s ever-changing.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?

Yes. We are touring through January, within Australia. Sydney; Melbourne; Brisbane; Newcastle; Adelaide and Perth. In support of our latest single ‘A Heroine’. Then, toward the middle of the year, we’re doing some shows with Vance Joy. They’ll be massive shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. He tends to sell a lot of tickets. After that – I’d like to get back overseas again.

Success, what is the secret to it?

The biggest secret is that there isn’t a secret. No magic route there. Some people hit gold on their first outing; others toil for years. Some people are naturally gifted; others less so. Most successful people work hard. A lot of successful people fail a bit too. I have had plenty of failed attempts, and I’m always aware that there probably won’t ever be a moment where I’ll sit back and smell the roses. With that in mind, in a sense, there is no success; just movement.

What has been your biggest career highlight?

Hard to say. I haven’t really thought about that too much. Selling out our recent show in London was pretty cool.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

 To take the question in its stricter sense, it’s hard to answer. I don’t generally find the bigger stars inspiring. Not to say I don’t think they have something to offer – in many cases, they do. I suppose I do have a soft spot for Sia. She is one of the bigger names who I have a lot of respect for. She seems to be a strong writer and has an incredible voice.

Any new projects in the pipeline?

Always. Both Tim and I work away at other things – he runs a festival in Tasmania named ‘A Festival Called Panama’. I work in production and song-writing. I do a bunch of music with my partner, Ali Barter. We have a new single coming out soon, and an album to follow next year. Also I work with Ben Wright Smith, an artist local to Melbourne. A single coming out for him too. Aside from that, I try to write with different people. It’s always enjoyable seeing what other people bring to the process. Everyone’s different. It’s a wonderful thing.

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?

If only I could plan it. I’d like to spend some more time collaborating with different artists. Writing more. I’d like to score a few feature-length films over the next couple of years. Spending some more time writing overseas would be grand. Continuing the never-ending project that is ‘building my studio (man cave)’ is another desire.

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.

Fave Aussie musical artists – Nick Cave, Kevin Parker.

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 feel great about certain things, and not so great about others. Overall, however, I don’t really think about the industry in any one specific way. It’s so varied, for starters, and either way, I can’t exert a great deal of influence over it. Most of the influence is wielded by the desires of the music listening public, which is a great thing. For example; streaming. I am pro-streaming. I love streaming. It’s great. It’s convenient. Sure – we don’t earn heaps from it, but if it was more expensive, people wouldn’t do it, and then we would earn even less. In any case, I don’t really think of my band as a profit-making entity (not that I’d be opposed to it). I try to earn money other ways, and use that to feed the things I really love doing.

HOLY HOLY ‘A HEROINE’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR

FRI 15 JAN | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW

SAT 16 JAN |THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE NSW

THU 21 JAN | THE ROSEMOUNT, PERTH WA

FRI 22 JAN | FAT CONTROLLER, ADELAIDE SA

FRI 29 JAN | CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC

SAT 30 JAN | THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE QLD

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