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Music Features

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 11:29am

Los Angeles rock’n’roll trio The Record Company truly encapsulate the idea of creating authentic and raw music, and their honest approach reverberates through the hearts and minds of listeners.

 

Their most recent album Give It Back To You has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, and the album’s first single Off The Ground scored top spot on radio...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 11:29am

The music industry has changed. In some ways that sucks: bands don’t make money off recordings anymore, audiences are fragmented, and the album-as-art-form is under siege from the quick-hit single in a way we haven’t seen since the mid ‘60s.
 
But among the tumult are plenty of good things: bands are making themselves more accessible to fans than ever, they’re touring more, and...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 11:28am

“I always rap about what I’m feeling, and right now I’m feeling really great.”

 

After six years on the rap scene, releasing promos and playing alongside his good friends and fellow Melbourne artists, Kerser and Rates –whom he’s been friends with since early high school – Jay UF has released his debut album Final Notice, showcasing his gritty and raw style in full...

Posted 27 Feb 2017 @ 5:23pm

Space Dimension Controller, AKA Jack Hamill, has been a staple of the international electronic scene in recent times, not only for his galactic synth funk and sci-fi concept productions, but as an acclaimed party-starting selector on DJ duties.

 

After taking a break from producing, Hamill is back with a new 12-inch called EXOSTACK due for release on the legendary dance label R...

Posted 27 Feb 2017 @ 5:11pm

Hawksley Workman is a man of many talents – a musician, poet, playwright and author who is one of most recognised Canadian artists of the last 20 years.

 

Renowned for his signature fusion of cabaret and rock, Workman will be bringing his play The God That Comes to Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island, as well as playing a handful of shows on the east coast.
 
“The play...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 3:59pm

Some people are born to do music. Sampa The Great is one of those people. 

 

Following on from a huge year in which she won the inaugural Corner Award and took to festival stages across the country, Sampa has joined forces with Voice For Change - discussing her support network, culture and work ethic. 

 

"I encountered this group of boys who said I couldn't rap...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 2:25pm

Last week, we sat down with Majak Daw to find out how he's used his voice for change. Now, we take some time with Melbourne-based and African-born Khaled “Azmarino” Abdulwahad - better known as Diafrix. 

 

Why do...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 6:45pm

In today's theatre culture, the boundary between audience member and participant are frequently blurred, as the traditional facade of the fourth wall becomes increasingly transparent. It's this notion that drives the world of XO State, where a rich tapestry of contemporary theatre, dance and music from across Asia is laid bare in all its creative glory - and you're a part of it. For...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:32pm

Andy Simpson is a stalwart of Melbourne’s music industry – a freelance sound engineer for well over a decade, he’s also been at the helm of foremost underground stoner rock’n’roll outfit Don Fernando for a similar period of time.

 

Almost a year to the day of opening up his very own handcrafted producing den, Singing Bird Studios, Simpson’s now set to unleash a raucous gathering...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:30pm

As Dirty Projectors’ Swing Lo Magellan tour drew to a close in 2013, guitarist and singer David Longstreth was in a difficult emotional place. 

 

His relationship with guitarist Amber Coffman was under considerable strain and while Longstreth still enjoyed the excitement of playing live, he knew it was time for a break. “The end of that tour was hard,” Longstreth says.  “I love...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:28pm

Jon Lawhon is chatting to Beat from somewhere near the Daniel Boone National Forest which cuts Kentucky’s east in two.  Lawhon, bassist, not to be confused with John Fred Young, drummer, is talking about Black Stone Cherry’s move away from the band’s former record label, Roadrunner, before the release of their 2016 album Kentucky. 

 

“It’s great, man,” says Lawhon. “It’s the...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:27pm

“I’m a bit of an optimist, I really detest the naysayers that say the music industry is in strife and it’s a disaster,” says industry veteran Ben Grayson.

 

“In my experience – which is extensive – young, independent musicians have never had it so good. It’s a really positive time, young musicians have never had this much control over their own careers. There’s so many young...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:25pm

In the case of Melbourne-based composer Adam Simmons, all jokes should most definitely notbe put aside.

 

The nature of the man’s work lends itself to all kinds of puns: the classically-trained musician incorporates a range of non-traditional instruments in his pieces, and is well known for his liberal use of children’s toys. As a result, you can make all kinds of cracks about...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:24pm

Janam Kaur is a self-proclaimed student of life, embarking on a plethora of artistic endeavours in a bid to spread socio-political messages of tolerance, feminine equality and an abundance of other issues that affect society today.

 

“I’ve always been involved in the arts,” Kaur says. “I grew up dancing, I started my singing career aged 20 and have been active in the hip hop and...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:21pm

What does Justin Rudge, creator of Public Bookings, do in a sticky situation?

 

“The venue had a new door person, who hadn’t taken the guest list into account, so we were over capacity before the first band started. As the headline band started, I was apologising to a group of 50 punters who couldn’t get in, when a fancy car drove up and a highly respected...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:18pm

Madness appeared twice on the English comedy series The Young Ones. 

 

In Boring, the third episode of the first series, Madness plays House of Fun at a local pub just prior to Mike, Vivyan, Rick and Neil entering.  The band’s second appearance came on Sick, the penultimate episode of the second (and final) series.  With a neighbourhood riot going on around them, Madness mimes...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:16pm

Since reforming in 2014, Rocket Science have been slowly but surely regaining an appetite for their signature groove-laden sonic mayhem that echoed down the streets of Melbourne in the early noughties.

 

For those kicking around the garage scene in those days, Rocket Science need no introduction. Their rambunctious stage presence combined with a raw organ and theremin-infused...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:08pm

They’ve been a staple on the Australian music scene for more than two decades. Now with their soon to be sold out tour, Spiderbait are still as relevant as ever. We cosied up for a chat with drummer and singer Kram for a yarn about the last 20-something years and what’s to come in the future. 

 

“It’s a testament, and a great thanks needs to go out to our fans who want to come...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 11:06am

If you take a listen to any of Gawurra’s tracks you are instantly swept up in the imagery of a place far removed from the city scape of urban Melbourne.

 

You’re taken to the place where the Yolngu live in North East Arnhem Land, you feel immediately connected to the wildlife and the land. It appears Stanley ‘Gawurra’ Gaykamangu affords you the ability to transcend, past the...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 11:03am

Now look, it’s something we’ve all wondered. Ninja Vs Pirate: who would win? And sure, while the smart money is on ninjas, there’s something deep inside all of us – that small part of us that loves chaos and craves dressing up in eccentric garb, in eyepatch and rum-swilling speech – that knows whatever the outcome, the pirates are having much more fun.

 

In fact, as Joel Orford (...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 10:44am

In order to stick out from the house music pack, selectors must exhibit an elite refinement. Edd Fisher, Simon TK and Andy Hart, who together form Wax’o Paradiso, belong to the aforementioned rare air. Ahead of their third(ish) birthday this Sunday at Shimmerlands, Simon TK caught up with Beat to give us the inside scoop.

 

Why did you decide to DJ under one name, as opposed to...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 4:06pm

Last week, we caught up with the likes of Ecca Vandal, Urthboy, Diafrix, Sampa The Great and more to give you the lowdown on Voice For Change - a brand new community-focused project that champions creativity as a force to combat some of the issues affecting local youth today,...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:29pm

In recent years, PVT have been relatively quiet: apart from the ten-year anniversary shows, and the long-overdue vinyl release of their 2005 debut, Make Me Love You, the three members of the electronic post-rock band, have been busy with their various projects.

 

The tyranny of distance dictates that when the band does find themselves all in one place, it’s time to get to work....

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:27pm

Jan Haußels is an accidental musician. The drummer for acclaimed Austrian rock band Mother’s Cake never planned to make a living wage from music, and he stumbled into his current life almost entirely by accident.

 

He’s not someone who spent his childhood singing into a hairbrush in the mirror, and as a result views his life with a particular kind of humbled surprise. “I was...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:26pm

Initially, Perth indie outfit Methyl Ethel was meant to be no more than an amorphous vessel for surreal, dream pop, but as the band’s tunes took on a life of their own, punters clamoured to see them played live.

 

Jake Webb, Methyl Ethel’s mastermind, realised that he needed a band to be the arms and limbs of the songs onstage and recruited Chris Wright (drums) and Thom Stewart (...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:23pm

It’s strange to think that 15 years ago, Parkway Drive, I Killed The Prom Queen and Carpathian were slowly setting the standard for what would soon be popular metalcore in Australia.

 

Jimmy Kyle was in the thick of it all – touring next to those titans of yore while performing in Sulo and Bellevue. Kyle’s current endeavours reel him in from the screams of metalcore and into a...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:21pm

Boy & Bear are a force to be reckoned with; their 2011 debut Moonfire has won a whopping five ARIA awards and has also successfully landed three songs in triple j’s Hottest 100, and they’ve skyrocketed since, with their 2013 Harlequin Dream and 2015 Limit Of Love also hitting #1 on the ARIA charts.

 

 They’ve toured internationally and have recently finished a big Australia...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:19pm

Sleater-Kinney’s return from a nine year hiatus two years ago was and continues to be a textbook example of a band returning stronger than ever.

 

Coming straight off the bat with the release of a new record, 2015’s critically acclaimed No Cities to Love, the band has toured relentlessly since, honing and sharpening their live performance and band chemistry. The band’s recently...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 12:43pm

Corinne Bailey Rae has wowed international audiences for over a decade with hit after hit garnering her fans, Grammys (nominations and wins) and countless accolades. Until now, Bailey Rae has only been accessible to her Australian fans via the various waves that drift around the atmosphere magically making sounds emerge from radios, and pictures appear on TVs.

 

Finally, Bailey...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 3:18pm

Acclaimed Aussie duo Holy Holy are getting ready to launch their new album into the world, which is already promising to be one of 2017's standout releases. 

 

Judging from already released singles Darwinism and Elevator, the forthcoming album Paint will see the band dive into new sonic territory that was already laid out on their last acclaimed record, When The Storms Would Come...

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