Hey Alison. Tell us a little about your band and the music you make.
It seems I can write a song but cannot for the life of me come up with a good band name. Most of my band name ideas end up sounding like a dorky car. I've given up for the time being.
And what exactly do you do?
I write songs then sing them accompanied by my electric or acoustic guitar and...
What brought The Dead Heir to record a double B-side instead of an A+B? I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor was originally released as a B-side. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da was released as an A-side. We know which side we're on.
Outside of this, there seems to be a recurring theme - you're recording the album in the key of B, your latest photo...
Dallas Frasca isn’t one to put her feet up. Recently returning from a string of shows across Europe, she’s jumped straight into the final stages of her new album. With a release date about to drop and some big news on the horizon Dallas and the band have also managed to cram in an appearance at the Melbourne Guitar Show.
You’ve just gotten back from a month long tour of Europe...
My Echo are gearing up to release new single Old & Grey, the first taste of their debut album, and to celebrate they're heading out on tour. Recorded with esteemed producer Hadyn Buxton (Trial Kennedy, Ecca Vandall) in Adelaide, Old & Grey is about friendships, nostalgia, hardships and resilience. Drummer Henry Hollingsworth let Beat in on his favourite road trip activities.
Hey there. Who are we speaking to and what do you do in Dead End?
Hi I’m Tom, I sing and play guitar.
What have you learned from playing in the Melbourne music scene?
We’re relatively new but we’ve all played in different bands that didn’t work out over the past few years. We’ve come to appreciate the value of organisation and doing shit yourself.
The First Record I Bought:
Crazytown's Butterfly single at Springwood CD shop. I remember my sister saying how much she liked it so I wanted to buy the single first. I think that happened a few times, my sister would say she liked something, I’d try and buy it before her, then pretend I didn’t remember her saying that.
The Last Record I Bought:
Chris Isaak's Greatest...
Hailing from regional Victoria, Indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for the land, the people, summer vibes and deep grooves. Recently announced for four National Indigenous Music Awards including Best New Talent, Cover Art, Film Clip and Song of the Year for latest single Oh No You Don’t, you can catch him launching...
Hi there. Who are we talking to and what do you do in Niine?
Kristina Behrsin, Melbourne songwriter that performs under the moniker Niine (pronounced Nee-Nah).
We've read you're the appointed mastermind behind the project, working with a style dubbed 'avalanche pop'. How does this differ from standard pop?
I would describe the music as feeling poppy, but the...
Hey, who are we speaking with and what’s your role in Malcura?
Hello, I'm Bv, and I play guitar.
You guys are certainly genre benders; your sound centres around flamenco but also draws from progressive rock, pop and heavy metal. Why is melding genres gaining such popularity in Melbourne?
I think, especially in a city like Melbourne, people are always looking for...
Who are we talking to and what do you do in Dream Architecture?
Ash - Vox/Guitar
You've recently released your debut self titled EP, do you guys have a general ethos for constructing music that guided you through the EP's creation?
For us, this project was always about creating an honest, colourful selection of soundscapes. Something I've always tried to do is...
In a few weeks, a busload of musicians begin a tour up the guts of regional Australia, playing 15 shows across eight days - with ten youth workshops thrown into the mix. The tour will see creators Jack Parsons (the Pretty Littles frontman) and mate James Clarke travel 7,500kms with musicians Ben Wright Smith, Ali E, ScotDrakula, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding and Jack, Jo & Friends. Beat...
The First Song I Wrote
I started learning guitar when I was about 12 and it wasn’t long after that I begun writing my own songs. I can’t exactly remember which was the first but what I do know is that even in the early days I had a huge desire to write original music. It gave me (and still does) a reason to perform and express myself.
Hi Katia, can you tell us a little bit about yourself andwhat influences your project, Ka-tya?
My family and I moved to Australia from the former Soviet Union when I was nine. I remember living in a huge grey apartment building like everyone else. I miss it. Since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with Soviet films, musicals and pop music and I think the Soviet drama has seeped...
You are launching your album Culture How Could You? with a national tour. What are you most excited about the tour?
I'm most excited to be performing a theatrical musical show, to be working with such incredible people and performing in such unique and diverse venues. I hope audiences feel the freedom of the space we have made and are inspired to create and connect more in their...
So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
We are Parks Department and I’m Jordi of who plays a whole bunch of stuff. Mostly bass. Mitch is the other guy and he plays everything else that I don’t and vice versa.
What do you reckon people will say you sound like?
If Kings of Leon made music on computers and weren’t hell religious.
Hi there, who are we speaking to, and what do you do in Brother James?
This is Ted O'Neil here, I play some guitar and do some singing.
You've got a couple of members pulled in from various well known local bands. How did you all come together? Myself and Fitzy (Michael Fitzgerald, who plays keys and sings) are both from The Vasco Era, Jackson Gray (drums) is from I...
Hey there, who are we speaking to and what do you do in Napier?
Nelson here, singer, guitarist and songwriter.
You’re launching your debut single, Shake! Shake! Shake! on Friday. How large a journey has the band ventured to get here, and what can people expect from the show?
Bass guitarist James Taylor and I have played together since primary school and...
Hi there, who are we speaking to and what do you do in the band?
I'm Ryan, singer, guitarist and big drinker.
Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming self titled release? Where was it recorded? Did you take your time to craft it or play jams that came naturally?
It was recorded in the Victorian highlands, at the base of Mount Bulla in an old ski lodge. We...
My grandfather played the piano, but I thought he was just old and silly. I was probably very wrong. The first time I played in public I hid behind a curtain. The last time was like walking a tightrope, but I’m well into it. I saw Tom Waits live when I was young. And Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. And Roxy Music.
Hello, who are we speaking with and can you tell us a little about the music you make?
Hey! Flyn - guitar. Mere Women are a four-piece (have been a three-piece until recently) from Sydney that play abrasive post-punk pop. Our music can span across a few genres, which is the product of a vast influence base. We've released two albums and we're into our third.
Well hello there. Could you please introduce yourself and your position in Palm Springs to our readers.
My name is Erica and I write the songs, sing and play guitar for Palm Springs alongside genius rhythm keeper Raquel Solier and incandescent bass/vox combo Sara Retallick. Presently, I am into finishing Moby Dick, learning about claw-hammer finger picking and listening to Yuzo...
Hey there. Who are we speaking with and what do you do at The B.East?
Hania Glapa, event creator and beer puller at The B.East.
Rumour has it that your fourth birthday bash on Saturday July 2 will be a circus spectacular. Tell us all about it.
We’ve lined up escape artists, some hula burlesque, fortune tellers, rolla bolla balancers and human...
Hi there. Who am I talking to and what do you do with 30/70?
Ziggy – OG salmon slapper.
What's on offer for your month long residency at the Toff?
This residency is the ultimate culmination of the extended 30/70 collective, showcasing some of Melbourne’s finest wordsmiths improvising with the house band laying down the soul salmon slap. Also featuring...
Lagwagon's Duh changed my life.
Derrick Plourde, RIP, was a phenomenal drummer and songwriter. He actually wrote some of Lagwagon’s best records and inspired me to drum and write and not give into being a guitarist/singer or just a frontman who tries to sing. He was one of the best drummers I've come across and his style of writing is second to none. Catchy, melodic, frantic and ruthless...