What’s Chicks, Picks ‘n’ Sticks all about?
Giving women opportunities and a place to network and meet other women and male advocates. It provides a safe place for women to talk openly about their experiences of sexism in the rock world and be supported by like minded people, where previously they may have been isolated and silenced.
Hi Bec. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
Hello! I'm Bec or Rebecca. I'm a vegemite toast enthusiast, guitarist, writer and busker.
Tell us about your musical journey thus far?
In Year 9 I bought a blue guitar from Ebay. I became a guitar nerd and learnt all of Blink 182’s songs.
I started writing and singing when I left school. I...
Hi there. Who are we speaking to and what do you do in Transience?
This is Andrew and I play the bass.
What's been happening since you launched your single, Ocean?
The months after releasing Ocean have been a real period of adjustment. Linc parted ways with the band and we were obviously sad to see him go. We’d been playing as a band without him for six...
So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
We are The Girl Fridas, and I’m Shannon the bass playing singer. What's the craziest way someone's described your sound?
Feminist Twitter What do you hate about the music industry?Not being able to quit our day jobs. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff...
Hi there. Can you tell us who you are and what you're doing with your project?
I’m still not sure who I am because I’m constantly evolving but what I do know is that I’m straight up real and so is everything in my music. I don’t really regard it as a project but rather as a journey.
What were your initial goals when you started recording the mixtape?
1. The First Song I Wrote
I was seven-years-old when I wrote my first song with my best friend at the time. It went like this: “Friends forever, make it never, that we’ll fight again. Sorrow truly, if I lose you. Then we’ll meet again.” We thought it was genius.
2. The Last Song I Released
I’ve been working on my first solo album, Night Underground for the past two...
You’ve just released your single Why Did We. What does the song represent to you, and what was the process of recording it like?
This song represents reflecting back on a journey of a past broken relationship and the question that I'd always asked myself when I was trying to part with the good that was in that relationship. The recording process was great, I worked with two...
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...