Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 12:22pm


Jeff Buckley Words cannot describe how good this man was with music and with his voice. Great inspiration.
Led Zeppelin Can't really be in a rock’n’roll band if you don’t love these guys right? From the guitar to the drums and all the way into the highest of high notes from Robbert Plant. Never get enough.
Sticky Fingers Great band, absolutely killing it at...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 12:21pm


You're walking down an alley and find a suitcase full of money, what do you spend it on? I found a suitcase full of money, slide into the band's DMs if it's yours. No questions asked just come get it, I don't want to know.
Coolest thing you've shoplifted? The hero "you gotta lift" award goes to a band member who grabbed a bottle of vodka off the bar after waiting in line...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:52am


Why is this toothbrush so special? It’s a festival packing essential for its ease of carriage. No need for water or toothpaste or dental floss to achieve a fresh and hygienically clean mouth. The natural experience of connecting to sunlight – one of our planets natural and pure energy resources – is a festival of life. Thus, the use of the ion5 original Japanese photo electro chemical...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:49am


Holy Holy released their first album in 2015 and that was easily one of my favourite records. When I listened to When the Storms Would Come as a whole, I felt as though I'd been there throughout the themes of each individual song which is something I would like for Invert Beauty to take on board.
Tash Sultana is easily one of the best artists we've seen live. She's got...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:47am

Guitar When a highschool boyfriend taught me a few chords on the guitar, I discovered songwriting and never looked back. Sadly, one of the first songs I wrote was a break-up song about said boy. Ironic?  
 Violin I started learning violin in grade three. Though it takes a few years to make any sound that could be construed as 'pleasant' with it, it's worth it once you do. I love...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:45am

Lucas (vocals) As a vocalist my earliest influences stem from old school soul/ryhthm & blues artists such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. When that new wave of neo-soul came out in the ‘90s from the likes of D'Angelo and Lauryn Hill, I was naturally inspired by their smoothness coupled with hip hop grooves. I would say I was also influenced by modern acts such as The...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 10:31am

Jena Marino is the founder of Real Songwriters of Melbourne. Ahead of their first showcase for 2017, she shared her top five tips for planning a show.


Picking a date and timing is so important. If your target audience is uni students, then sure you can do Thursday nights, but if you are working full time (like me), weekends are your only option. Then you also have to consider...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 10:24am

Top five Songwriting Tips


Ahead of her slot at the Real Songwriters of Melbourne showcase and an EP launch to boot, songwriter and instrumentalist Tanya George shares her top five tips for writing music.
Listen: Never underestimate how long it really takes to find a sound that is your own and also reflects a vibe that is you.
The Journey: I've found it...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 2:35pm

The Count



Ten artists everyone should know about:

Lehvi Colouring Moses Sumney Refraq GXNXVS Seywood Movement Jai Paul Darkside Nico Ghost

Nine food items that you need to make a kickarse dinner party:

Dumplings Sushi Sashimi Garlic Prawns Deli Platter Olive Bread Raw Dark Chocolate Pistachio Cake Karaage (japanese style fried chicken) Caesar Salad...
Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 2:29pm

Top Five Instruments


Ney (Turkish reed flute) - It can’t get any simpler and purer than this. Simple bamboo which grows in the Mediterranean part of Turkey. You have seven holes and blow inside the bamboo flute. Your breath whirls inside the bamboo and you get the most haunting, mystical sound.
Frame Drum – It’s a 100 percent organic instrument, there is nothing...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 1:33pm


Tell us about your music? When I first started writing I tried to write fictional stories and because of that I couldn’t find the connection to the songs. The last one or two years I’ve adapted my writing and forced myself to dig deep, to be more personal,  leading to my music being quite emotional.
Do you prefer playing live or in the studio? There’s something truly...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 1:31pm


Can you tell us about Cards Against Humanity? Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people, as described on the box. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. We love it because the style of humour is so unexpected from a card game.
What usually goes down on the night? Lots of...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 1:27pm


What are the best garage, powerpop and rock'n'roll records you've released in last 15 years? Urges’ Psych Ward is my garage pick, Finkers’ Epilogue for powerpop and Screwtop Detonators for rock'n'roll.
The first Off the Hip record was the first Stoneage Hearts album with Danny McDonald and Ian Wettenhall. What's your dream Stoneage Hearts lineup? We have a new lineup in...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 1:26pm

Five Weirdest Dreams


Playschool x Uncle Sam - There are several dreams I had when I was a kid that I remember really well. The soft toys from Playschool used to often turn up in my nightmares for some reason – I remember one where I was flying in a helicopter with Big Ted and Little Ted. There was very little action in the dream but there was this menacing, warlike feeling the...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 5:47pm

How would you describe the world of the web series Pleasure Dome?
Romantic, cheeky, linear, raw, blistering and uncomfortably accurate.
What's it all about?
Pleasure Dome is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary Melbourne; it follows the lives of eight friends who couldn’t be more different, yet somehow guide each other through the ups and downs of...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 5:41pm

The First record I Bought


The first record I ever bought was Nirvana’s Nevermind at a service station in Horsham when I was 12-years-old. It totally inspired me, and still does. Everything about that record is totally sublime.

The Last Record I Bought

The last record I bought was the debut single Ratja Yaliyali from Gawurra, who is a very talented young...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:59pm

The Thylacine track is about so much more than just an extinct species due to man's interference. We're about as close as you can get to what’s considered a mass extinction since the ice age, pretty messed up time to be a delicate species who relies on the natural order of things to survive.


The Moa. A gigantic flightless bird from New Zealand. These legends absolutely thrived...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:58pm


How would you describe the atmosphere and vibe of a Mexrrissey gig? It’s a big party. There’s a lot of communication between the band and the audience and we all try to have a great time. 
What is it about Morrissey’s music that has made an impact in Mexico? There’s a huge connection between Morrissey’s music and Mexican people. Our humour is similar and we love songs...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:54pm

Five Traits Humans Share With Animals


Monogamy – Penguins are renowned for being monogamous and staying with the same partner for life. Some species like the Emperor Penguin are serially monogamous, which means they stay together for the kids and then move on to another partner. This is rather unlike some snakes, whose orgies can be so large that those at the bottom are crushed...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 1:48pm


When did you discover the Hang, and what draws you to it? I saw it for the first time in 2003. My dad saw it at a festival and showed it to me online. I love how versatile it is, and how close together beautiful melodic elements and metallic percussion sounds are.
How does it feel to be such an instrumental figure in the discovery of this unique instrument? It's really...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 1:45pm

The Count


Ten bands everyone should know about:
Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, Chase City, Birdhouse, Soft Corporate, Fan Girl, Reika, The Football Club, The Pretty Littles, Room 12 and The Cherry Dolls.
Nine food items that you need to make a kickarse dinner party:
Party pies, sausage rolls, chicken sandwiches, dips, biscuits, chicken wings, fairy...

Posted 3 Mar 2017 @ 3:25pm

Five tips for making a video


Prepare if you care. You’ve recorded a really great take and now you listen back in horror to find your sound was distorted and your hair was a mess. To avoid this stressful scenario, always do a test take to check if all your sound levels are correct, and you're looking extra fly on camera. 
Two is better than one. Never settle on one...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 5:07pm

A Brief Listicle of Some of The Instruments I Play


Guitar When a highschool boyfriend taught me a few chords on the guitar, I discovered songwriting and never looked back. Sadly, one of the first songs I wrote was a break-up song about said boy. Ironic? Side note: I am a finger-picking guitarist through and through, so you'll rarely catch me having a strum.

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 2:32pm

How does it feel to have become such instrumental figures for the people and practices of Nunavut? As an Inuk it makes me feel extremely fortunate to be able to bring forward important messages for my fellow Inuuqatiit (my people), it makes me very proud to see Inuit be proud of who they are and to see other’s be empowered and to make healthy changes in their lives.
How have you...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 2:29pm


What’s the band name and what do you do? Name is cTrix – I'm the programmer, composer and synth wrangler.  I also juggle 1980s gaming hardware on stage.
What do you reckon people will say you sound like? 1980s arcade games with a modern twist and a lot more bass.
What do you love about making music? The limitations.  A guitar only has limited strings.  A...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 2:27pm


Atlanta, you must be a pretty big Amy Winehouse fan. When did you first decide to emulate the artist’s iconic work? I remember the night she died very clearly. I was on tour and heavily pregnant with my first child, and I’d got home from the hospital after a small scare. 3am, I was eating kebabs with my ex-partner, and there it was, she’d died. I was gutted. We were quite amazed at...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 2:25pm


Does everyone get along well on the road?We've all known each other a bunch of years and done some road trips together which means we know each other well enough to praise, poke and hang shit on each and still be the best o' pals.
 If you each had to play in one of your bands for the rest of your lives, which would it be? Datura4, obviously, it's a here and now rock’n’...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 10:24am

Top Tips For Recording At Home


Tip 1:
You don't have to do anything a particular way.  Read all the guides, talk to lots of people, let them lead the conversation and mash together your own answers.  When we were building the studio itself I'd stand in the aisles of Bunnings, act as innocent and clueless as was bearable and let tradies tell me everything they knew about...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 10:11am

Top Five Aussie Beers


Coopers Green - The ultimate summer smasher. Not too fruity like a lot of pale ales on the market. Coopers Green is nice and simple but definitely gets the job done. There's not much better than a tall frosty one on a scorcher of a day, but I still reckon they're drinkable warm. 5 Stars.
VB - Another summer classic. The humble tinnie is ideal...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 10:06am


Ten bands everyone should know about:
Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, Arches of Loaf, The Front Bottoms, Paul Dempsey, Kevin Devine, Pine Grove, Blink 182, Neutral Milk Hotel
Nine food items that you need to make a kickarse dinner party:
Clag, nail polish remover, laxatives, gummy bears, rice milk, eukanuba (medium breed), watercress tendrils, hubba bubba flavoured...