Special Interview: Tom Lee-Richards

theaussieword.com catches up with Tom Lee-Richards.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?

I probably don’t know what first drew me to music. I do remember a 4 year old fascination with the Beatles as typical as that sounds. I didn’t consciously want to sound like them though. I also remember enjoying making mouth noises which was my first experimentation with rhythm. Then I wanted to be Michael Jackson at about age 7.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

Wanting to say something about the odd world we live in usually turns into the bones of a song. I’m always making up melodies and percussion ideas as I go about my day though which is fun. Then it feels good to turn it all into a complete arrangement.

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

I want to immerse myself in a few totally different styles of music and collaborate with and learn from some of my favourite artists in each of those areas of music. I think that is a great challenge especially as it means letting go of the idea that one musical style defines me. Oh also more world touring.Continue reading

July 27, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests Maya Killtron, DJ Sammy & Krishool

On #MorningShow989 this week, three special guests – US/Canadian artist Maya Killtron premieres her new single ‘Whiplash’ to Australia, global international DJ superstar DJ Sammy calls in from Spain to give us the low down on his upcoming Australian tour then local R&B/Soul artist and past contestant of The Voice Australia Krishool is live in studio!

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July 20, 2017: #MorningShow989 Kylie Minogue Special

On #MorningShow989 this week, we celebrate #K30 the music of Australian Pop Queen Kylie Minogue – 2 hours, non-stop back to back KYLIE!

From the KYLIE vaults of 1987 to the amping new material of Kiss Me Once, it’s as much as #MorningShow989 can squeeze in to the 2 hour special along with social media messages from fans across the globe!

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Special Interview: Lina

theaussieword.com catches up with Lina, the first American / Palestinian winner of Israel’s The Voice! 

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? I’ve loved music since a very young age. Actually my first appearance on tv was when I was 5 years old, when they interviewed me about music instruments that me and my sister built from recycled plastic.. but the first time I took singing seriously was when I was 16 during a piano lesson. My piano teacher heard me singing for the first time and was completely shocked, and made me perform the song (playing the piano and singing) in front of everyone in the conservatory. I owe her big time! Continue reading

July 13, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guest The Away Days

On #MorningShow989 this week – two hours of fresh hits, a couple of Australian premieres, the world premiere of new Smith & Thell single ‘Toast’ a mix of #ThrowbackThursday plus special guests The Away Days all the way from Istanbul, Turkey.

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AUS PREMIERE – NEW MUSIC: Smith & Thell ‘Toast’

theaussieword.com has the exclusive Australian premiere of Smith & Thell’s brand new single and music video ‘Toast’! You can also listen to #MorningShow989 this morning for the exclusive radio premiere in Australia!

Maria and Victor joined Brian Peel on #MorningShow989 in March this year for a warm, funny and special interview, check out the podcast here!

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July 6, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests Sam Clark & The Cornersmiths

On #MorningShow989 this week, it’s two hours of fresh hits plus a couple of Australian premieres. In the first hour, Aussie Actor, Singer/Songwriter Sam Clark known for his big entertainment roles in Neighbours and Grease: Live joins me live on the phone from Los Angeles to chat about all things #Neighbours and the first #MorningShow989 play of his hot new single ‘Out Of Reach’. In the second hour, The Cornersmiths are live in studio, they’re from Melbourne and they are all smiles supported by some rocking new tunes from their latest EP ‘Two Blocks Back From Easey Street’.

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June 29, 2017: #MorningShow989 Movie Special with studio guests Melbourne WebFest

On today’s show, two hours of your favourite tunes from movie soundtracks. From Dolly Parton to Roxette, Kylie Minogue to Michael Jackson all this and more plus special guests Steinar Ellingsen (Festival Director), Alexander Hipwell (Content Manager) and Christopher Leone (LA filmmaker) live in studio to chat all things Melbourne WebFest.Continue reading

Special Interview: Rory Lavelle

theaussieword.com catches up with Belfast based singer/songwriter & performer Rory Lavelle.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? I remember my baby-sitter listening to a Simon and Garfunkel compilation and being completely taken by it. I couldn’t think of a better foundation for starting a love affair with melody.


What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? The great music that went before really. The melodies, riffs, beats and words that lift you up and put a swagger back in your walk.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? Ideally I’d like to make a comfortable living out of writing and recording whilst remaining try to myself.

Success, what is the secret to it? I’ll tell you if and when I get there!

What has been your biggest career highlight so far? Supporting Ian Brown to a packed Ulster Hall was pretty special.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Bill Withers for his integrity, John Lennon and Bob Marley for their passionate, intelligent, peace endeavours and David Bowie for his vision.

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
I have another 2 albums written already so I’d like to think I’ll have reached a few more people and can gig more frequently. So hopefully on the road is where you’ll find me.

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NEW MUSIC: James Blunt ‘Love Me Better’ (Deepend Remix)

After the massive of their remix for ‘Matt Simons – Catch & Release’, Deepend is back on remix duties for no one less than James Blunt! The multi-award winning singer songwriter asked Deepend to remix the first single of his new album ‘The After Love’. Deepend delivered an uplifting production filled with their trademark sounds. This song is breathing summer vibes!


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The biggest Australian Club brand and Multi Platinum selling CD series ‘WILD’ is back and going on tour across Australia.

The ultimate Wild Tour will feature 6 of the world’s biggest dance superstars live on stage including: FRAGMA, DJ SAMMY, ALICE DJ, PANDORA, 666 AND NICK SKITZ will perform all their hits live.  Get taken on a nostalgic journey through the biggest dance anthems to hit the ‘Wild Radio’ air waves and played in clubs around Australia and around the world.

The ‘Ultimate Wild tour’ will be bringing back all the original DJs, music, and memories for one night only across Australia.  Stay tuned for the Wild CD Tour release coming soon via Central Station Records.Continue reading


After recently finishing up, a successful promo campaign with Andrew’s band CDB (for their new album release: ‘Tailored For Now’ (which Andrew produced) – as well as forthcoming CDB shows with: Keith Sweat (July), CDB shows in Melbourne & Sydney (August) and CDB shows with Peter Andre (November), one of Australia’s busiest singers/musicians, Andrew De Silva, is now the lead singer of ‘Boom Crash Opera.’ In addition to all of this, most people have been excited to witness more shows with his “Must See” ‘A Tribute to Prince – Purple Revolution’ Tour!

Visit the links below to snap up some tickets and relive the Prince Purple Revolution Tour through the sounds of Andrew De Silva!

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June 22, 2017: #MorningShow989 with special guests LUNAZ & Casey Barnes

#MorningShow989 this week welcomes two special guests, German DJ/Producer LUNAZ who has just released his take on a Cyndi Lauper classic ‘Time After Time’ a track he collaborated with Frankie Balou. #MorningShow989 has the exclusive first play, an all Australian premiere! In the second hour of the show, Australian country pop sensation Casey Barnes joins Brian on the phone for a chat about his hot new single ‘The Way We Ride’. All this including fresh hits and a whole bunch of #ThrowbackThursday!Continue reading

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: LUNAZ ft. Frankie Balou ‘Time After Time’


German based DJ, Producer and Songwriter LUNAZ teams up with the gorgeous Frankie Balou for a amping and stunning rendition of 80’s Cyndi Lauper track Time After Time – check this out!

Brian Peel caught up with LUNAZ for a special radio interview and an Australian first, the premiere of their brand new single Time After Time on Melbourne’s 98.9 North West FM’s #MorningShow989 – look for the podcast!

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NEW MUSIC: Oh Mercy ‘Gonna Go Live On Mars’


A Melbourne favourite of mine Alex Gow from Oh Mercy retuuuuuuuuurns with a new tune. A track delivered directly to Mr Donald Trump on his birthday. It’s a beauty… I’m sure the thought has crossed many people’s minds over the last year or so.

Take a listen to Oh Mercy’s Gonna Go Live On Mars

Find more Oh Mercy material right here on theaussieword.com including my special on air interview with Alex Gow last year.

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Special Interview: Thomas Oliver

theaussieword.com catches up with Australian born, New Zealand based singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver.


Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?

My dad is a singer-songwriter and he used to sing songs to my brothers and me before bed. I have one particular memory of him singing Joni Mitchell’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi’. The message in the song really reached me, even as a really young boy. This really instilled a love of music in me from a young age. 

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? My greatest motivation to make music is my innate desire to create in other people the amazing feelings I get when I experience good music. Obviously, there’s a selfish side to making music also, but for me I believe it comes second to the first one. 

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

I keep my goals quite close to my chest, actually. But one of them is to create an album that has a significant cultural impact; an album that changes things. Certainly easier said than done, especially in today’s saturated music market, but I believe there will always be more to say. 

Success, what is the secret to it?

I’ve been really fortunate to have some great successes in the past year or two. When I analyse those successes, the thing that seems common to all of them is a genuine belief that it’s possible. We as humans are riddled with insecurities, myself included, but sometimes the most powerful thing you can do to help yourself is find a way to truly believe in the value of your contribution to this world. 

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NEW MUSIC: Husky ‘Ghost’

After a year-long absence from Australian shores, Melbourne band Husky return with a swag of stories. “Ghost” the second taste of their album after their 2016 single “Late Night Store’, further solidifies the band as one to watch, for their effortlessly assured, folk-influenced brand of alternative rock.

The Australian duo have announced the release of their 3rd Studio album “Punchbuzz”, available worldwide.


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