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Music Features

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...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 4:04pm

Helmed by independent music legends Mushroom Group and supported by the Victorian Government arrives 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, inspiring the next generation to follow their dreams and ambitions. How will they be doing that?  By assembling some of the finest names in the...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 3:27pm

There’s no guaranteed path to becoming a successful musician. There’s plenty that can go wrong along the way, but that doesn’t stop some folk from holding onto the dream regardless of where it leads.

 

For Bec Sandridge, that path has seen her meander all over the world and has led to a significant transformation of her music along the way. The secret is to find your audience...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 2:55pm

Sunnyboys offer so much thirst-quenching tetrahedron shaped freshness.

 

You may say the same for the ‘80s post-punk pop band of the same name. They dished out fresh hits to the thirsty masses and have done so sporadically over the last 35 years. Now the guys are snipping off the corner and allowing us access to their cool sweetness once more.
 
This February, the...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:02pm

A studio recording whets a palate glazed by expertise or feigning – the live stage embodying music at its core is where a band’s true offering lies.

 

Creating an alluring live set can be difficult and limitations often revolve around stringency of instrumentation or composition. Nevertheless, musical dexterity is commonly met with esteem and embellishing a live production with...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:00pm

The dream of becoming a chart-topping, wildly successful musician comes with its own little asterisk, a gentle reminder that as big as you might get, you’re always going to have to deal with the nitty-gritty.

 

Just ask Ella Hooper, a musician whose significant highs have also come with their own fair share of boring, irritatingly necessary associated tasks.
 
“I’ve...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:49pm

With a career that started due to fulfilling their neighborhood’s demand for a brass band to lead marches at community events – sadly, mainly funerals – New Orleans act Hot 8 Brass Band have become their city’s most prolific global export.

 

That is, besides Creole and Cajun cuisine with restaurants serving this style of food popping up in practically every city around the world...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:45pm

Everywhere you look these days in the broad, ever-growing landscape of music, there are collaborations.

 

One musician who has completely bucked this trend is Melbourne based singer/songwriter/producer/uber talent, Harts, real name Darren Hart, who unapologetically prefers the solitude of his spare bedroom and his own musicality to a recording studio.
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Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:41pm

With a name like Matt Savage, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the lead singer of Melbourne post-punk rising stars Destrends has had his fair share of wild gigs.

 

The provocateur and bandleader has an electrifying presence live, constantly pushing his band’s hooky melodies into wilder and wilder territory – and yes, every now and then, things start to buckle a little under that...

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