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QnA

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 1:58pm

 

What are you most looking forward to at the Coburg Night Markets? We’re really looking forward to bringing our music to a new community, particularly a new generation as we know lots of families come to the market.
 
What is it about your sound that resonates so powerfully with modern audiences? Our sound appeals to a wide variety of people, young and old.  Each individual...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 4:12pm

 

Can you tell us about your ethos for creating music?
When I write music, I always want it to be expressing something deep from within me, that is a feeling or emotion that can't be expressed by words. I write almost solely for cello, but I do also use a bit of piano and textural vocals. I also like to use samples I've recorded from places that mean a lot to me, like birds by a...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 1:02pm

How would you describe the sound that emerges from the Mind Gamers collaboration? Liquid.
 
How do you create music together? Do you have a technique or ritual for? I think we try and get together in the most relaxed environment we can. We are certainly not out to break free from the shackles, it’s just a way of approaching music. For us, this project was the total freedom and...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 1:01pm

 

Who are we chatting to and what do you do? My name’s Casey, and my band is Run Rabbit Run. We play folk rock tunes. I mostly play acoustic guitar and sing, but sometimes I play other stuff while our lead guitarist Michael sings for a bit.
 
Why did you start the band? I used to write prog-hardcore/metal tunes when I was younger, and one day I ran out of ideas and started...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:58pm

 

Let’s start with introductions.
I'm Dermot and I'm the guitarist and founding member of Hollywood Real Thoughts. We're a Melbourne 3-piece messing around with a combo of electronic and shoegaze music. My general role, aside from guitar is largely songwriting and management.
 
Can you fill us in on what you're setting up for the dual single launch at the Workers?...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:56pm

 

Who are we chatting to and what do you do?  I’m Russell. I play keyboards and samplers. I also write, record and produce.
Why did you start the band and how long ago?  I’m not sure I’ll ever know the answer. We started around 2012.
 
What’s your biggest accomplishment so far? Playing for the Aboriginal elders at Mutitjulu N.T.
If you hadn’t started Shining Bird,...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 12:43pm

 

What’s your name and what do you do?
My name’s Jason and I’m from The Stiffys. I sing and play bass guitar and do sweet jumps.
 
How long have The Stiffy’s been around?
We started a few years ago as an experimental art piece and never stopped because people keep giving us drinks and girls talk to us now.
 
Why did you start the band?
We started...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 12:40pm

 

What's been happening with Hentai Magi lately? We got a new member in the band, my sister Patricia, on sampler and percussion, been working on getting some oldie but goldie songs into the live set, and recently working on new material after recording with my other band Cold Meat.
 
When you were in Melbourne back in March you had a successful set. What made it so good? We...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 12:37pm

Growing Up
Tom: My dad loves music and was the one who taught both my brother and I violin.
Nicole: Funnily enough my parents don’t have very much to do with music – though my mom loves the old classics.
 
Inspirations
T: No hard musical favourites – in fact it definitely spans across genres. Anything that provokes thought drives me.
N: Generally we pull...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 1:58pm

 

Hey there. Who are you and what do you do in Jazzflutespaceman?
James Macdonald: I’m the lead singer/songwriter and play flute, electric, acoustic and bass guitars.
Michael Ingvarson: I played a variety of keyboards on the CD. I also used modern virtual synths. I also co-produced (with James), mixed and mastered the CD.
 
You were performing together in an ABBA...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 1:47pm

 

Who are we chatting to?
Dave Sirianni – Smoke Stack Rhino.
 
And what do you do?
I’m the lead singer and rhythm guitar player.
 
When did the band get together?
From the dawn of time we came; moving silently down through the centuries, living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the Gathering; when the few who remain will battle to...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 1:41pm

With Hugh McClure

 

You’ll be returning to host Melbourne Music Week’s closing party. How would you describe the atmosphere? Last year our showcase was on a Tuesday night, and the place was pumping - so having the closing party this year is unbelievably exciting. There's such a buzz around MMW, the weather is starting to turn, festival season’s just beginning, so people are ready...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 1:39pm

 

How did you find the process of capturing your live sound on your debut EP Siren? We recorded the EP live with the help of Pughouse Studios. We all played at the same time instead of individual tracking, so we could capture the vibrancy that happens at gigs. We wanted to stay true to our band and give a cleaner, not overly produced sound.
 
Your catalogue of music includes...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 1:37pm

 

What’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
Our band is Wire Bird. I’m John and I play acoustic, pads and backing vocals.
 
What do you reckon people will say you sound like?
People have compared us to bands like Gypsy and the Cat, The Temper Trap and Foals.
 
What do you love about making music?
That flash when I feel numb to...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 1:42pm

What’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band? We're Lepers & Crooks, I'm Pat and I play guitar and sing some songs.
 
What do you reckon people will say you sound like? The most random comparison we have had on multiple occasions is to Blind Melon, typically people say things like Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine
 
What do...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 1:41pm

 

What Do You Look For in a Band?
A variety of different characters sharing an energy on stage is what I really dig. We all feed off one another, even though we’re all playing a different piece in the puzzle.
 
Keeping Busy
I just spent time in the studio with producer Jan Skubiszewski and the result is my upcoming EP. The first single, Wishful Imagery, was...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 1:39pm

How do you see the importance and function of an event like Melbourne Music Week?
We’re super lucky to be part of one of the most vibrant music scenes in the world, and MMW is a cool initiative in showcasing this to an even wider audience. I've already started making an itinerary of all the shows I'm planning to catch.
 
How was the writing and recording processes for your...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 1:35pm

How would you describe the vibe of your latest album, Life Admin?
Some songs are fast, some songs are more mid-tempo, some songs are upbeat, some songs not so much. There’s some emotional themes discussed, there’s some nonsense, some distortion in parts, some mistakes, even some organ at one point. It’s a mixed bag.
 
Opening track Moving To Melbourne feels like a very tongue-...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 1:28pm

 

What’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
I’m Kieran, I write the music, sing and play guitar, and also control the band’s currently thriving herb garden.
 
How would you describe your sound?
People love to say we sound like Local Natives, Radiohead and Grizzly Bear, which is flattering.
 
What do you loveabout making music?
Twisting...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 1:26pm

 

You latest single, Restart feels very emotionally charged, what feelings does it evoke?
It's a song very close to my heart. It's about letting go of the past and finding happiness again. A lot can happen when you learn to let go and allow yourself to be happy and to me that song is a reminder of where I came from to where I am now.
 
You’ve been very open about...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 1:24pm

 

Who Are You? Evan Whetter, singer, hammond organ and harmonica.
 
The First Record I Bought:
Howlin’ Wolf – The London Sessions LP. I was 14 and I’d started getting into blues. Back then you had to buy the record to find out if you liked it or not. I found the tapestry of sound so addictive.
 
The Last Record I Bought:
I buy as much vinyl as I can....

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 1:22pm

 

Who are we speaking to and what do you do in Bella Wolf?
My name’s Erica Tucceri, and I’m a jazz flute player. I co-founded Bella Wolf with drummer Tommy Harrison, and also write most of the tunes.
 
You’ve performed in Indonesia, and played at St Kilda Festival. How did you secure these spots without a release?
I received an award from Future Leaders who...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 1:20pm

 

Tell us a bit about what you do as River Blue?
River Blue is a musical outlet that I have been searching out for many a year, and now it’s here.
 
Would it be safe to say you were only going to start River Blue if you were going to do it perfectly?
The collection of songs that I recorded for the EP is already two years old for me. I made sure I gave myself...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:44am

Melbourne punk rock staples Clowns are no strangers to local stages. While the past year and a half has seen the band tour the US and Europe twice, not to mention numerous national support slots, the band’s upcoming east coast shows are their first headline appearances on our shores this year. As a former member of the band - journalistic impartiality aside - it’s remarkable and honourable to...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 12:46pm

The aura that Britpop and indie rock evokes is difficult to describe but instantly recognisable. How would you outline the atmosphere of Common People?
Britpop is instantly recognisable due to the fact many of the artists that were at the forefront of the scene started through indie labels and were able to achieve substantial mainstream success during the time.
Playing these tunes...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 12:44pm

Growing Up
I remember a time hating my Papa's music. Every Saturday around 6.30am he’d put on some Nick Cave or Talking Heads at a deafening level to wake us up for a morning of weeding. We lived on a farm and weeding was our main form of entertainment/income.
 
Inspirations
Chaz Bundick/Toro Y Moi/Les Sins, Ariel Pink, early Franz Ferdinand and Midnight Oil. These are...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 12:42pm

What is it about your creative partnership that makes for such a great dynamic? 
Writing with someone keeps your interest going and the faith you had in the idea to begin with. And it's fun, when you find the right person.
 
Do you feel that you take risks, or approach music in a different way, that you wouldn’t in any other band?
When I write a song it's apparent to me...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 12:32pm

Your debut album By Design was recorded and co-produced with Bodyjar’s Tom Read and mixed by the Grammy-Award winning Adam Kasper. What was it like working alongside such prestigious musicians?
Tom brought a sense of calm to the recording that I’ve never experienced before. Usually, you’re on the clock when you’re in the studio and you need to perform; when things aren’t landing or...

Posted 3 Oct 2016 @ 1:20pm

 

How do you feel Melbourne Music Bank will best benefit your goals?
It would provide me with opportunities that were never available due to lack of funds and lack of knowledge.
 
If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I’m going to say Madison Square Garden and put that into the universe. If you are headlining a show at Madison Square...

Posted 3 Oct 2016 @ 1:18pm

 

How do you feel Melbourne Music Bank will best benefit your goals?
I feel like the Melbourne Music Bank will benefit my goals by giving me an amazing opportunity to understand how the music industry works and strategies around how to develop a brand so people can hopefully listen to my music. It will also let me further explore the dream of being a successful musician.
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