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!

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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.

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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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Exclusive Special Interview: AUFGANG

Rami Khalife a1106587402_B976697777Z.1_20151005112642_000_GUK5A4TAU.1-0nd 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.12301559_10153808214691289_9176512473749236394_n

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.

More from Aufgang at www.weareaufgang.com and @aufgangofficial on Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. You can also keep up with Aufgang on Facebook. The hot new singleSummer is out now!

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Special Interview: DJ Piero

DJ Piero has been in the music industry for 15 12357137_492328674261484_3247521544590615771_oyears 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.15112810091519753

Check out DJ Piero on these social channels >> Twitter, SoundcloudFacebook and Instagram.

When We Were Young ft. Alius out now via iTunes.

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Special Interview: NATHANIEL

An theaussieword.com special interview with one of our countries much loved performers Nathaniel!

 

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.

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Special Interview: RHODES


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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SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Josh Pyke

theaussieword.com’s special interview with Josh Pyke!

 

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?
Music was always a huge part of my home life. We listened to a lot of music, and it was definitely a big interest of my folks and sisters. When I had the opportunity to start playing in a little rock band in primary school, I was just hooked, and it was all I wanted to do from that point on.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
I just follow my instincts. Im compelled to write music. Im very lucky that it became my job, but its always just been the way that I express myself and process the things that are happening in my life. I want to explore deeper meanings in things, and the best way Ive found to articulate the things that I am exploring is to write songs. Im essentially pursuing the thing that creatively satisfies me the most, and Im doing it because it makes me feel good when I write a song that makes me feel closer to some kind of truth that Im seeking.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
Honestly, every goal that I set for myself when I was starting has been achieved. All I ever wanted was to play some festivals, make a record I was proud of, and be able to quit my job. When those things happen you, just kinda raise the bar and set more goals. So I did that for a few years, hoping for arias, and gold records etc, but when those things also happen, you get to a point where you realise youve lost focus on what you actually want to achieve, which is to make art that youre extremely proud of. So whilst Im super grateful and proud of those achievements, my biggest goals now are to continue to be able to make music that Im proud of for an audience that appreciates it, and to make a living at it. And frankly thats hard enough to achieve without all the other stuff!
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
Im doing a series of concerts called the Fans First shows. These will be an introduction to the new album for my core fans and supporters before I head out and do more extensive touring next year.
Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music?
I really find it hard to best describe my music. I feel thats better left to journalists and people who are actually objective about it. I will always be subjective, and therefore my description will be fundamentally flawed.
 
How would you best describe my music?
As for the record, I feel super proud of it, and I pushed myself very hard to make sure I felt 100% confident about every creative decision I made on it, which led to a record that feel is my best work. I think it feels balanced, hopeful whilst still exploring a darker side of things, and we really pushed ourselves (John Castle and I) with the production to include sonic pallets that I haven’t used before.
Success, what is the secret to it?
Obviously thats a question thats impossible to answer. For instance, youd need to actually define success before anyone could identify a secret to achieving it. Success is different for everyone. For me, success is finding balance. Balance between feeling valued for doing the thing I love, whilst not allowing it to take me away from the people I love and value. Thats a struggle thats not unique to a musician.
What has been your biggest career highlight?
Playing alongside the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for two nights was absolutely amazing. To hear my songs performed in that context was incredible and a real honour to play with such accomplished musicians in such a revered space as the Opera House.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Im inspired by anyone who is able to do what they love for a living. People like Sufjan Stevens who has carved such an amazing niche for himself world wide, and produces such emotionally honest records is hugely inspiring for me.
Any new projects in the pipeline?
My new record is not even out yet! No, Im focusing on this one for a while!
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
The Australian music industry is actually tiny, and I mostly operate within that. The fact that the industry is so very small in Australia makes it even more of a challenge for young artists to get a proper career happening. I started a grant called the JP Partnership to give some money and mentorship to a young artist every year, and in the future Id like to focus more on that side of things I think.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Gang of Youths, Packwood, Gordi, Jack Carty, Jackson Mclaren, Cloud Control, the Jezabels. There are loads of amazing songwriters in this country.
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?
The industry has changed in a lot of ways, but its essentially aiming at the same thing is always was, which is to try and draw attention to new music in the midst of lots of other great music. Social Media is a great tool for that, but the bottom line is, that if the music is no good, no amount of spin or tweeting will create any long term, sustained success for an artist. I engage with people on all the Social Media platforms, and honestly, its a great way to have a connection with people directly, but for me the old fashioned touring cycle will always be the best way to engage an audience and get the music out to the people. 




EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL INTERVIEW: XY&O

theaussieword.com catches up with XY&O a talented pop trio from Cardiff!

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?
Well, growing up music was just ever present for me (Skip). As I went through school etc I never really considered going into any other industry, I don’t think I ever seriously considered anything else. I started finding new bands and working with them in the studio, then got picked up as a record producer for a while. As for XY&O, it originally started out as a Me and Tudor writing songs for other artists to sing. We were putting stuff out under the name XY&O for managers and artists to listen to, so they could pick them up, but then one of our early demos got blogged around in the US and all of a sudden we had US radio DJ’s emailing us asking when we were touring!? So we roped in Nick (guitar) full time and turned it into a real band.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
I just hear other great music and think, I want to write something like that or I want to be involved in something like that. As for influences, there’s too many to mention between three of us.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
I think we just want to keep getting our music out there and hope that people enjoy it. If, as an artist you can get your career to a position where you can announce a gig in some middle of no-where place a few hours before playing and still manage to pack that place out, that’s a pretty good measure of your success. We’re all really keen to get out more live and play some trippy gigs. I saw a band recently do a tour of the Alps during the ski-season, that would be cool. We don’t really set to many long term goals, the industry changes so much all the time, so we like to keep it spontaneous.

 

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
Yeah, we’ve got a few more tracks, live sessions and videos to get out first over the summer and we’ll be announcing some more live shows too.
As for touring, later this year is the plan I think!
Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music?
I’d describe our music as hazy pop. The record right now is about half-written, we have some ‘up on your feet dancey’ tracks but then some slower, more soulful ones too. The guitar is a central element to our music, Nick is a phenomenal player and writes in a really unusual way, I play guitar too so we layer things up and recreate it live. When we play live we have a full six-piece band because we never wanted to rely on boring playback at our gigs.
Success, what is the secret to it?
Hopefully we’ll be able to tell you in a few years….
Writing tracks that people like and offering them something worth seeing live, I hope…
What has been your biggest career highlight?
Probably just the overall pick up and exposure of our tracks to be honest. The fact we’re talking to your good self in Australia is testament to that!
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
It’s tough, there are so many phenomenal artists who are inspiring in different ways. And then there are lots of stars who are posthumously inspiring. Right now, maybe someone like Prince in the way he’s re-emerged over the last 12/18 months and captivated a whole new audience. He did a series of surprise live dates last year in Camden which he announced like a day before, no pre-sale tickets, totally off the cuff. That’s the spontaneity thing I was talking about. Everything is so visible these days so to keep people on their toes is increasingly difficult….especially if you’re Prince.
Any new projects in the pipeline?
Lots more to come with XY&O over the summer and rest of the year. I’m (Skip) writing and producing a tracks for other artists too which I’m always doing and always excited about.
Tudor is usually writing beats or collabing with various artists too. And Nick is pretty much always playing various instruments with various people. We’re looking into a couple of XY&O collaboration options too if the right thing comes along.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
If we’re still around then that says something! There are so many artists who seem to explode out of nowhere and then fade away as people get bored, or maybe the industry gets bored of them so by proxy so does the public. If we’re still writing, gigging and recording and making stuff that people enjoy then that will be pretty good!
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Well, Empire of the Sun were one of the biggest inspirations behind the tracks we started writing as XY&O. ‘Walking on a Dream’ blew my mind when that came out, I love their left-field electro pop stuff.
And obviously Tame Impala makes, some of the coolest music in the world right now same as usual for them. Kevin Parker is a genius. A special mention should go to Silverchair too, Diorama was a great album. There’s some really good new stuff coming out too, there always is I guess, I was checking out Collarbones and Lower Plenty just recently, both great groups!
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?
The industry is so fluid, it’s always changing and new apps, websites and platforms are coming out every week that people are using to find new music and consume music. In one way it’s hard to keep up and hard to get your head above water, but in another it’s never been easier for artists to get their music heard online through social media etc.
I still think that if artists are writing good enough records that people enjoy listening too then usually those artists find their audiences. If you’re clever with social media etc, sometimes you can find and connect with those audiences faster, but ultimately, if your music is appealing enough and available enough online then you’ll get somewhere. Organic growth is a good thing, figuratively and literally!
Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?
Wear suntan lotion!
Twitter: @XYandOMusic
SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/xyando