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Music Features

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 1:10pm

Rohan Stevenson is a talented guitarist, most recently known for heading progressive instrumental act, I Built The Sky.

 

After releasing his latest record The Sky Is Not The Limit, Rohan is heading out for a five-day nationwide tour. After returning from the States where he led a master class that he live streamed, he now has his sights firmly set on giving his records the...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 1:00pm

Ten o’ clock at night in Melbourne is midday in Cologne, Germany, and your humble writer is as exhausted from a day’s work as DJ Michael Mayer is from his previous night’s performance.

 

The German electro master begins with talk of Cologne’s activities over the weekend. “It’s been Carnivale,” Mayer says. “It’s insane what’s going on here, it’s like one week of total debauchery....

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:55pm

It takes a special kind of artist to become synonymous with the term icon – though when it comes to Jimmy Barnes, the title comes without questions.

 

Rising to fame with rock lords Cold Chisel, Barnes has gone on to become a formidable solo artist in his own right.
 
“I have been flat out,” says Barnes of his recent activities. “I have been travelling, promoting...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:50pm

In 1977 The Damned, flushed with the success of their debut album Damned, Damned, Damned and riding the crest of the UK punk rock wave, decided they wanted to take a different creative tack on their second album. 

 

“We wanted to make a different album from the first album and get a really famous producer in.  We thought 'Who’s more creative than Syd Barrett?’ ” says The Damned’s...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:43pm

In the moment of taking Beat's call, Honeyblood vocalist/guitarist Stina Tweeddale is at home in her native Glasgow.

 

That might not sound all that extraordinary on paper – homes, after all, are where most people tend to live. What you're not taking into consideration, however, is that Honeyblood – completed by drummer Cat Myers – have dedicated nearly all of their waking hours...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:38pm
It was the departure of John Lennon that eventually brought The Beatles to an end. From *NSYNC to Destiny’s Child, it’s not uncommon in the music industry for the loss of a founding member to signal the collapse of the empire. 

 

When Matt Mondanile, the lead guitarist and a founding member of Real Estate, announced his intention to leave the band, it sparked no such thought. Instead,...

Posted 3 Mar 2017 @ 12:39pm

Katy Steele’s thirst for new musical horizons sent the former Little Birdy frontwoman all the way to New York City. Ironically, it was the familiarity of her hometown, Perth, which provided stability, and the focus Steele needed to record her debut, Humans.

 

Steele’s journey of self-discovery is evident on her new record. A departure from the sound cultivated with Little Birdy,...

Posted 3 Mar 2017 @ 9:49am

So far, we've caught up with the likes of Diafrix, Sampa The Great,...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 4:31pm

When you get the idea for a full-blown festival from having a party on a farm with your mates, you know you’ve had a pretty good party… And got some pretty good mates.

 

That’s how Shady Cottage came to be – as Shady Cottage Creative Director Nick Bond explains, intimate groups can sometimes turn into a colossal community. “It started off the back of a friend’s 21st birthday – it...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 2:54pm

My Echo are a four-piece rock’n’roll band who have an undeniable punk-rock heritage, whether it the muted twang of their tautly strummed guitars or the band member’s tattoos that are punctuated on wrist, neck and ankle lines. The band’s first two EPs – The New Approach (2011), s/t (2014)- espouse fairly staunch punk themes of anger, disillusionment and a refusal to conform. However, on the...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 3:44pm

It's that time again where Sydney Road lights up for a huge day of drinking, music and good times. Here's a few of our favourite places where you can take in some tunes, art and a whole lot more. 

 

The B.East
 
Music lovers that are also looking to sample some of the best burgers in Melbourne should make their way over to...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 2:37pm

2017 is full of songwriters and producers looking to make their mark on the world, but few are as determined or ambitious as Vincent Heeren.

 

Since uploading his first tracks as Noctilucent in 2014, Vincent’s EDM-inspired ballads have earned him a devoted following in his home country of Belgium and around the world.
 
Pairing sparkling synths with an undeniable ear...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 2:34pm

“In 2012 I needed to do an internship for my final year of uni, and I couldn’t be bothered organising anything,” says John Roebuck, the founder of

The ReelGood Film Festival. “I went round to my mate’s place and basically hung out and drank beers every Friday and said it was this thing, ReelGood.”

 

From such humble beginnings the website reelgood.com.au began, focusing on...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:47pm

During this cultural epoch when technology is opening up sonic platforms never thought possible, it’s sobering at times to remember that there’s one element that has anchored what we consider ‘modern music’ since the rock’n’roll era began in the 1950s – and that’s the guitar.

 

Australian duo Holy Holy, made up of Timothy Carroll and Oscar Dawson, create rich sonic palettes that...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:43pm

Georgia Fields answers her phone breathless and flustered. “I was deep in the vortex of trying to figure out a passage of a string arrangement and the buzz of my phone gave me a fright.”

 

Few find a freedom such as this in their craft, with the ability to dissolve the realities around them and revert into a world of creativity in the way Fields does – and it’s with an endearing...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:41pm

“What I don’t know is if there’s an ideological underpinning or if there’s just an aesthetic disgust about this person – if it’s that, then it’s pretty much useless.”  Ian Svenonius, musician, writer and philosophical provocateur, is contemplating the artistic potential of the reaction to Donald Trump’s election.

 

For Svenonius, a distinction should be made between the reaction...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:39pm

For almost two decades SBS’s RocKwiz has been the place where millions of Australian’s get their weekly dose of music trivia.

 

It’s also a one-of-a-kind showcase in which local artists appear alongside Australia’s best-loved musicians and international guests, in front of a live audience and in living rooms across the country. Sandwiched between interesting facts and fables,...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:37pm

Aziza Brahim was born and raised in an Algerian refugee camp in the Saharan desert.

 

In 1975 her parents were forced to flee their homeland in Western Sahara when war against the occupying forces of Morocco broke out. In May 2016, Brahim released her latest album, Abbar el Hamada (Across the Hamada).
 
The release held a special significance for Brahim. “On this date...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:36pm

As a musician living and working in Brunswick, Chelsea Wilson knows a thing or two about the scene bubbling away in the culturally rich suburb. Her passion for her place of residence brought her to a community meeting about the Brunswick Music Festival last year, which led to her becoming the event’s 2017 music programmer. 

 

“Brunswick is a diverse melting pot of so many...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:29pm

In a time when so many national and international music and arts events have been forced to throw down the anchor, leaving the captain and crew floating in the abyss of bankruptcy, broken promises, and pissed-off punters, one local festival seems to have defied all the odds.

 

Nestled safely well above sea-level is The Farm, home to Victoria’s most unique three-day music, comedy...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 11:33am

It was a time when masculinity could be found within a feminine shell, as pretty boys donned lipstick onstage while they riffed through guitar-heavy songs about girls and getting wasted.

 

There’s something different to be said, however, for Thunder, who never partook in the mainstream stereotypes that typified their contemporaries. The London hard rock delegation have made their...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 11:29am

A short while ago, in a neighbourhood a few kilometres away, five young guys started jamming together above a café.

 

Flash forward nearly two years and those guys, making music as Jakubi, are now packing US venues and selling out shows back home. It’s been quite the whirlwind for the band. “Jesse our drummer was living above a café that he was working at and they were throwing...

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...

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