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...
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...
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...
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...
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?...
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,...
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...
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.
T: No hard musical favourites – in fact it definitely spans across genres. Anything that provokes thought drives me.
N: Generally we pull...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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 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.
I just spent time in the studio with producer Jan Skubiszewski and the result is my upcoming EP. The first single, Wishful Imagery, was...
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...
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-...
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.
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....
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...
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...
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...
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.
Chaz Bundick/Toro Y Moi/Les Sins, Ariel Pink, early Franz Ferdinand and Midnight Oil. These are...
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...
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...
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.