Posted 12 May 2016 @ 11:55pm


If you could no longer be a musician, what other occupation do you see yourself in?
Minister of high-fiving children after they’ve run a race.
Do your dreams ever influence your music?
Yes. Our last single was called Mummy, Why Is Daddy Putting A Snake In A Taco?
If you could play any instrument in the world, what would be it?
The guitar. I play...

Posted 12 May 2016 @ 11:51pm


Hello. Who are we speaking with from The Four Stooges and what do you do in the band?
You're speaking with Ripley Hood, AKA Rip Stooge. I'm on lead vocals and theatrics. The Iggy Pop role, if you will.
The Four Stooges is made up of members from many super talented bands including X-Ray Spex, Filth, Psychotic Turnbuckles, The Celibate Rifles and Lime Spiders. How do...

Posted 12 May 2016 @ 11:49pm


Hi. Who are we speaking with and what’s your role in coordinating the Before Dawn fundraiser? 
Hey. I’m Kerryn Howell AKA Skerryn Howls. I’m curating the vision and elements to ensure we have the right blend of nostalgia, rock and art to be a real tribute to the place we all met and worked at in the ’90s – GOO.
The fundraiser is to help Melbourne director Julian...

Posted 11 May 2016 @ 4:14pm

“Hey man, I shit on some of your questions, but don't take it personally,” begins the email from Martin Meyer, AKA Lumpy, of St Louis punk rock band Lumpy and the Dumpers. “I despise doing interviews, but had fun with this one. You should publish it in its entirety.” Meyer is right – to understand Lumpy and the Dumpers, and Meyer’s razor-edged punk aesthetic, you need to read the interview...

Posted 6 May 2016 @ 12:31pm


Hi. Who are we speaking with, and what’s your role in Kattimoni?
Hi, I am Kattimoni, I'm the singer, songwriter and soul muma of the band
You guys have adopted your own unique style of soul, funk and reggae. How did you find and perfect your innovative sound?
I started collaborating with Egyptian producer and guitar player Bisho from Radiate productions in 2013 and...

Posted 6 May 2016 @ 12:28pm

So then, what’s your name and what do you do in the band?
My name is Leigh and I do the electrical bass guitar and the street press Q&As.
What do you reckon people will say you sound like?
A more experimental and less credible incarnation of Canned Heat. But we’re about as white as Canned Heat.
What do you love about making music?
Being able to...

Posted 6 May 2016 @ 12:20pm

Things have really been kicking into gear for The Dead Heir lately. They've been playing a shitload of shows, their psych rock recordings have been described as simultaneously “delightful and terrifying”, and they've also played alongside some respected names in the Melbourne scene. This is all culminating with a month-long residency at The Tote, which features some of the raddest rock bands...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 10:00pm


Hello. Who are we talking to and what’s your role in Glass Empire?
G'day, I'm Damo and I hold something vaguely guitar shaped while the pre-recorded track plays.
You guys have recently announced you’re breaking up. What’s the score?
Now that it's out there, it makes it real and the emotions associated with that start to float around. It's bittersweet. It's...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 9:57pm


So then, what’s your name and what do you do in the band?
My name is Jessie L. Warren. I sing and dance. 
What do you reckon people will say you sound like?
We get the Cocteau Twins meets American Football a bunch. If I were to describe it, I’d say we’re that gold Jeff Koons sculpture of Michael Jackson and Bubbles, but covered in a layer of dust and soot. ...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 9:53pm


1. The First Song I Wrote:
It was about stealing a duck from the Public Gardens in Halifax for Christmas dinner. I can still play it but wouldn't. Yodelady, the first cut on my latest record Domestic Eccentric, is one of my oldest songs and the first songwriting eureka moment. I stayed home sick from work to write it in Dawson City, Yukon. I wrote it about the yodel that escaped...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 3:07pm


You've stepped away from your hard rock origins and become your own solo entity. Why the decision to jump over from electric to acoustic? 
I always liked to have a balance of electric and acoustic growing up, but I had way too many song ideas that I couldn’t bring to a band situation. After my last band Ownkind broke up, I decided that being a solo artist would allow me more...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 3:05pm


Hey Roberto. So Hentai Magi are playing at the Tote this weekend. What made you guys head down to Melbourne for this show? 
Melbourne really has the best soil for bands. There is a high appreciation and a want for live music. The bands I've played with or seen, the busking I've witnessed on the street, the people that I've met and the art events I've been to were always...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 3:03pm


So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
My name’s Drew and I’m the drummer in Pretty City.
What do you reckon people will say you sound like?
I reckon we sound like a cross between the Dandy Warhols and the Smashing Pumpkins.
What do you love about making music?
I love playing with other people and making music where...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 2:58pm


Hi Fiona, thanks for taking the time to chat with Beat. Could you please tell us about the music you make and your musical history?
My mother was 17-years-old when I was born, so my grandmother moved in to take care of me. She bought a really old iron frame piano into the house and I knew from that moment what I wanted to do. I fell in love with it and started writing music from...

Posted 28 Apr 2016 @ 5:34pm

Hey. Who are we chatting with and whaddya do in Shepparton Airplane?
Steve and Matt. Drums and guitar. We all sing.
For the uninitiated punter, give us a brief lesson in all things Shepparton Airplane. How did the band form, who plays in it, and when did you start writing and recording together?
Basically, it's a bunch of mates who wanted to make some...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 9:33pm


The First Record I Bought:
The album I was first obsessed with was Isao Tomita’s Snowflakes are Dancing, a collection of Claude Debussy’s works transferred onto a Moog synthesiser.
The Last Record I Bought:
The last record I purchased was Martin Courtney’s Many Moons. Courtney is the frontman for the band Real Estate. I bought the album because it was laid...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 9:29pm


Ten bands everyone should know about:
Fuzz, Bully, Holy Serpent, Radio Moscow, The Black Angels, The Pinheads, Kaleidoscope, Ty Segall, Deftones, Gary Clark Jr.
Nine food items for a kickarse dinner party:
Bacon, cheese, guacamole, pulled pork, lettuce, chilli sauce, tacos, beer, tequila.
Eight possessions that define you:
Five guitars,...

Posted 23 Apr 2016 @ 11:16pm


Hey there Jack, can you tell us a bit about The Jack Earle Big Band?
The Jack Earle Big Band was formed in 2008 as part of a Big Band festival held annually in Mordialloc. Since then it's been my chance to compose and create, and experiment, musically with 18 of my favourite people. We've been regularly gigging around Melbourne for the past five years or so, and last August...

Posted 23 Apr 2016 @ 10:52pm


Hello. Who are we speaking with and could you tell us a little bit about Greenwood Loft?
Brendan Frankcombe, owner. Greenwood Loft is a hip New York style loft bar featuring occasional live music and DJs nightly playing funk, soul and disco. Greenwood Loft is the only bar in Fitzroy where you can dance late into the night/early morning to such great sounds. At Greenwood Loft our...

Posted 23 Apr 2016 @ 10:43pm


What Do You Look For in a Band?
A punk band with little regard for their general wellbeing, to keep an energetic and reckless show that is never dull despite slowly aging bodies.
Keeping Busy?
We have been putting the finishing touches on our debut album that we recorded at Beveridge Road Studio late last year. In the meantime, we recently released a double A-...

Posted 23 Apr 2016 @ 10:40pm


Hi there. Who are we speaking to and what do you do in the band?
I'm Anna and I sing and stomp around the stage.
Your band is described as a mix of original rock’n’roll, mixed with surf, girl group and zombie punk, as well as as “a Tarantino fan's wet dream”. Care to elaborate?
When we started the band we wanted to lean towards a ’50s rock’n’roll vibe, but as...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 11:03pm


Hi there. Who are we speaking to and what do you do in the band?
Tim Davies and I’m one of three guitarists in the band.
Your brand new track, Ocean, is getting a lot of love worldwide. How are you managing to reach an overseas market? It's so easy these days to put your music out there, so we always make sure our music is easily accessible no matter where you are...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 11:01pm


So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
Woody Pitney. I play guitar and sing. I play other instruments too, but my backing band play them better than me.
What do you reckon people will say you sound like?
I would hope people would say I sound like a pop/folk musician. That’s the kind of sound I’m making. Or at least trying to.

Posted 17 Apr 2016 @ 11:16pm


Hi there. Can you tell us your name and what you do for Detonic Recordings?
I’m Dik and I head up the Artistes and Repertoire Division (Southern Region). We are a Northcote based micro-label specialising in home brewed and slightly skewed death-disco.
The Data Corruption LP sees artists from Detonic and London based label Radiowave covering each other. What made...

Posted 17 Apr 2016 @ 11:15pm

J M S Harrison
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
My first thought with this song is that when it comes to writing lyrics to music, they don't always need to match very well. Apparently Johnny Marr had written one of his proudest guitar progressions only to be handed back some of the most sarcastic lyrics ever by Morrissey. Made me think differently about how I approach putting words...

Posted 17 Apr 2016 @ 11:12pm


Hey. Who are we chatting with in Ulysses Wulf and what do you play in the band?
Yule Guttenbeil. I’m the singer and guitarist.
To the entirely uninitiated, give us a brief history lesson in Ulysses Wulf.
Ulysses Wulf grew out of my solo work. Vinny King was my bassist in NZ when I was performing and releasing music under my own name. Over time we began...

Posted 16 Apr 2016 @ 11:43pm


So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
We’re Dire Fate, and we play doom. I sing and play guitar, personally.
What do you reckon people will say you sound like?
Crushing, traditional doom: light on the groove and heavy on the heavy.
What do you love about making music?
All the money. Man, we love money.

Posted 16 Apr 2016 @ 11:42pm


Can you tell us about what kind of music you perform?
I play in the realm of indie folk, with a few quirks thrown in. The music has pop-infused melodies, and quirky, conversational lyrics on a sparse folk canvas.
You've been performing music for practically your whole life. Can you tell us about some of the projects you've been involved with?
I grew up in a...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 9:58am

How are you planning on celebrating Record Store Day this year?
Celebrating two years of Rathdowne Records in Northcote, in the heart of Melbourne's music community. Thousands upon thousands of records, many recently arrived, many more recently discounted and a whole room at half price. 500 DVDs at unrepeatably cheap prices. Fresh wax from Japan and Nigeria just hitting the shelves. Plus...

Posted 13 Apr 2016 @ 3:16pm

You've had an illustrious career in the music industry. Could you tell us more?
The mail order job at Au-Go-Go Records became available in '94. I was the only applicant with mail order experience and got the job. Plus Bruce and Greta couldn't resist my charming personality. Shock Export was next, travelling the world, meeting customers and getting drunk with Shock's money. Whilst doing...