Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:22pm


How would you describe your latest single, Boys In Blue? Sonically we knew the record needed a few tougher songs. We were spending every weekend in Geelong, writing the lyrics together, and it seemed each time we'd go back we'd be recounting a new news story that had popped up throughout the week about police brutality, more specifically the black lives matter movement. It got us...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:20pm


Who are we chatting to?Karina, Cam and Joey and we are in Glades. 
What do you do? We write songs, make music and play shows. We’re quite collaborative when it comes to writing songs, we do it all together. In terms of our live show, Karina is the lead singer, Cam plays guitar and Joey plays keys.   
How did Glades form?Cam and Joey started producing for...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:19pm


What’s the Don Fernando journey been like so far? I’m the founding member so it’s been a pretty wild journey, numerous lineup changes and lots of touring has made sure it’s been eventful. We started in Wollongong a little over ten years ago and made the move to Melbourne soon after.
What’s the best part about playing live? Live is great because its spontaneous and...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:17pm


Who are we chatting to? Tennyson Nobel and I play keys and sometimes bass and guitar in The Lovely Days.
When did you start? Dad started teaching my brother Holden and I when we were little kids, got us hooked before we started noticing gorgeous girls. He's a smart guy our old man. 
If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing? I'd be going hell...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:40pm

What’s your name and what do you do in Messy Mammals? My name is Asha Trips and I play bass and sing.
When did you start the band? We started Messy Mammals around three years ago. I started playing bass when I was 13 or 14. I started singing only in the last few years. 
Why did you start? I was always obsessed by bass. As a kid I only wanted to play cello, bass, all...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:39pm


What is it about the annual Spoonful Christmas Show that makes it so much fun? I wouldn't miss this show for the world. It's chock full of Christmas cheer, which puts everyone in the right mood, add some great music, great guests and this all inevitably leads to some very loose shenanigans.
You’ll be DJing on the night with Alan Brough. How do you find the musical dynamic...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:36pm


Growing Up. I grew up learning and playing music with my sister, Lou, who now manages me. As kids we had The Beatles slamming on the stereo, and we started learning to play jazz and improvise at a pretty young age. At ten and 11 we were playing small jazz gigs and that continued through our high school days until we both went and did a degree in music at the Victorian College of the...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:36pm


How do shows in Melbourne compare to playing overseas? Like Melbourne, I find European cities very accepting and engaging when hearing new genres and a variation of styles. I don’t think audiences differ in terms of music culture-diversity and the appreciation for live music.  
Earlier this year you released Everyone in Small Doses. Tell us about the writing of that track...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:27pm


Who are we chatting to? Ben Stolz.
What do you do in Broken River? l sing and play the guitar.
Your debut single, I Don’t Want To Know, has a bit of a post-punk vibe. Was that intentional or are there other musical influences you draw from? Nothing is all that intentional in Broken River. There’s a flanger effect on the bass guitar. l think that sound gives...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 9:44am


Who are your core influences? A huge one would be Opeth. Their songwriting, textures, and orchestral arrangement is so inspiring to listen to. Pat Metheny is also a huge influence of mine, his compositions are amazing and his improvising is so tasteful, and has just enough weirdness to not allow listeners any detachment from the music.
What got you interested in prog?...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 2:01pm

Who are your core musical influences? That’s a tough one for us as each member of the band has very different musical tastes. But I’d say we all love bands like Tool, Deftones, Karnivool, Bjork, RATM, Jeff Buckley, APC, Meshuggah, Incubus. There really are too many bands to name which is probably why we ended up being a prog band.
Who are you stoked most to be sharing the bill...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 2:00pm


Who are you stoked most to be sharing the Progfest bill with? We’ve been big fans of We Lost The Sea for a while now and really enjoy their live shows. We played with them once a couple of years ago on a smaller stage but it’ll be great to see them at The Corner.
Have you ever played Progfest before? We’ve played a couple of times before at The Espy. It was great being...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 2:00pm


What makes the Australian prog scene so special? Most bands in the Australian prog scene are so supportive of eachother. You’ll find a lot of the audience who come to the shows are fellow prog bands and that really helps keep the genre strong.
What got you initially interested in prog? Tool was the first prog band I heard and I remember the first listen didn't hook me but...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:17pm


Who are we chatting to and what do you do in the band? I’m Jesse and I play drums in Neighbourhood Youth.
When did you start drumming? There are photos of me playing drums before I could walk properly, but I’d say Iwas about 13 when I inherited my first kit and really started having a go.
Why did you start playing? Dad said I could have his drum kit if I...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:16pm


Congrats on your win at The Age Music Victoria Awards. You won the award for Best Country Album – how does it feel? After two nominations in 2014 for our album Nobody Ever Leaves it feels great to get the gong for Thieves. It was such a personal album for me, as my dad passed away while writing it – this win feels like it’s his win as much as it’s ours.
You are originally...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:14pm


You’ve just dropped a new album. Could you tell us about it? With Americana you can hear my influences, going all the way back to my earliest musical memory. It's safe to say that there are some songs on the record that I probably wouldn't have tackled earlier on, but with 14​ records behind me I feel I have enough hindsight now.
You spent a large chunk of the first half...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:13pm


What’s your name then? Holly
And the name of your band? Jack River
What do you do? Drag songs from my head into reality.
Why did you start Jack River? Because songs that weren’t IRL yet were stuck in my head and I thought I better get them out.
Do you think you’re good at doing it? I’m good at dragging things out of my head, and I...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:12pm


What is the show about?  We're doing a very broad history of Australian rock’n’roll. Playing more than 30 hits, dancing and having a ball. From the ‘50s to the present, each era is brought to life with unforgettable songs, amazing dances and the unmistakable fashions of the time, making this show one that will have you singing, reminiscing and dancing in the aisles.

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:25pm


What’s your role in Papa Chango, and how long have you been involved? I play tenor saxophone and have been in the band from the beginning, since about 2006.
Papa Chango blend and combine a variety of genres. Where do you take your inspiration from? Our main inspiration comes from the afro-funk/rock/jazz sound. Originators like Fela Kuti, Mulatu Astatke through to modern...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:11pm


Thanks for taking the time to talk to Beat. Can you tell us a bit about Situation Positive and some of the themes you've poured into the album?We recorded the album in our music studio in Brunswick over three years, working with Matt Coldrick on production. It continues the eclectic sound we set with our debut EP; with tracks that span reggae, pop, dance and more. The main theme is...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:05pm


Who are we chatting to? Moktar and Daniel from Polographia.
When did you start working together? Back in 2010 at our parents places in Menai. We both had a bit of a musical background but producing was very new to us.
What’s you proudest moment? It’s got to be playing a sold out show at the Sydney Opera House re-creating The Avalanches' Since I left You Album...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:00pm


Opal Ocean is a duo project. What do you both contribute to the band? We are both 200 percent dedicated to this project and are equally involved on most aspects. Nadav usually deals with the connections and social aspects, while Alex deals more with the artistic side.
You blend and combine a variety of genres. Where do you take your musical inspiration from? We both grew...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:00pm


What makes the Australian prog scene so special? It’s littered with incredible musicians doing exactly what they love - creating. It’s a sincere form of creation that is shared between band members. It's something special to all of us in the scene as it allows an outlet for just about any emotion.
What got you interested in prog initially? We were all interested in music...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:51pm


Who are we chatting to? My name’s Noodles, more commonly known as Bec Goring.
And what do you do?I tickle frets and whisper sweet nothings to sauced bar flies.
When did you start the tickling?When the Queensberry pub called in search of an act to serenade a swarm of Freo supporters on grand final eve.
Why did you start?Freo needed something to...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:43pm


Who are you most stoked to be sharing the bill with at Progfest? Circles, they've been good friends of ours for a long time and our paths hadn't crossed until now.
What initially got you interested in prog as a genre? The freedom to make the music I wanted to make, not having to colour inside the lines of other genres.
How do you experiment at practice/in the...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:14pm


You’re an exceptionally experienced musician. How did you first get started? I guess my parents are to blame, they’d always play music like Deep Purple and Hendrix really loud and I fell for it straight away. There were always electric guitars around the house and I found them fascinating.
How has living in a regional area influenced your songwriting? I have a lot of...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:09pm

What is your single Dead Forever about? It’s a reflection of many people's inability to be at peace with the prospect of no life after death. The verses are about old friends and lovers that lost their way through destructive means, and wondering whether things would’ve been different if they did find that peace.
Do you approach live performance differently to recording and...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:03pm


Who are we chatting to? I'm Theo and my band is Hollow World. I play guitar and do backing vocals.
When did Hollow World get together?  Late 2012; time really flies when you're harassing your bandmates with incredible puns.
Why did you start up?  I've always been into music, I grew up around my dad playing in bands. It's become such an incredibly intrinsic...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:01pm

How would you describe Smoking Martha? A bunch of really good-looking people told us we sound like shit, then we spoke to some average-looking people and they think we sound like a cross between The Pretty Reckless and The Divinyls.
What’s been keeping you busy? We’ve been recording our debut album and taking nice trips around the east coast. We’ll be continuing to do these nice...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:00pm


What’s your name, and what do you do in The Weeping Willows? I’m Andy Wrigglesworth and I sing, play acoustic guitar and ganjo [a six-string banjo].
You recently released your second LP, When Darkness Comes A-Callin. What did you do differently? Stylistically, the album is a lot darker.  This wasn’t a conscious choice but something that evolved during the writing process...