Hachiku’s Anika Ostendorf takes us through her Brunswick Music Festival itinerary

Hachiku’s Anika Ostendorf takes us through her Brunswick Music Festival itinerary

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With Anika Ostendorf

Milk! Records’ Hachiku is hitting Brunswick Music Festival in a big way.

Brunswick Music Festival is rapidly approaching, which means there’s a lot coming up for Hachiku, a.k.a Anika Ostendorf, including an album launch and a spot on a Small Talk panel talking bedroom producer things. We caught up with the Milk! Records family member in between haircuts, to find out what she’s got in store this festival season.

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Hello hi hello,

Coming at you from my bed, laptop on my lap, 31 minutes to chat before I get my hair cut. It’ll be my first haircut since last June and I’m quite excited to get my head massaged and involuntary dreadlocks snipped off. The special occasion is our first proper big Melbourne show in a year – gotta look fresh for that! 

‘Us’ being Hachiku, ‘first proper big show’ being the Milk! Records Park Hang at Brunswick Music Festival, held at Gilpin Park on Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung land. It’ll be lovely to spend a sunny, 22 degree, medium UV rating Saturday in a park (I don’t believe in the weather report, but I guess we’ll see), with my long-lost Milk! family. 

We’ll be listening to tunes by none other than: rock wizards Loose Tooth (their first show in a year), the East Brunswick All Girls Choir (their first show in two years and I’ve heard rumours that they’ll be covering one of our songs, what?!), as well as special guest Kee’ahn (who will blow you away). 

Get ready for a grown-up version of Milk! Records – people have babies now! Not me, give me eight and a half more years… but I have 598 more grey hairs which makes me an adult contemporary. Don’t let this fool you, however, there’ll be many moshpits and I’m taking an Uber because I plan to have at least three alcoholic drinks. It’s party time. 

Oh, and in between sets yours truly and my favourite friend Marcelle will be spinning tunes as DJ Scrambled Eggs (please submit any music requests by COB Friday, because we need to put it on a USB stick). Lastly, the whole shebang will be live streamed via the Brunswick Music Festival Webpage. 


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Moving on to event number two and three (by the way, in the interim I have since received my haircut – shout out to Tanja at Paradise Cutters for being the Milk! Records go-to, I always ask for the ‘Sholaki’ haircut). 

Our I’ll Probably Be Asleep Album Launch is at Howler. The first night sold out in the first 24 hours (many thanks to reduced COVID capacity for making us look cool) and the second one is sold out by now, too, but don’t worry if you didn’t get tickets – you’ll only be missing us playing the new record in its entirety for the first time ever… 

Georgia, our guitarist even returned from her year-long-NSW-escape-COVID-moving-in-with-my-parents hiatus for these evenings and we’ve already rehearsed three times (playing ‘Shark Attack’ is slowly giving me RSI in my left wrist). 

I’m very excited that the dreamy Juice Webster and Hugh F will be joining us for both shows – Hugh’s record of 30 one-minute songs was one of my favourites from last year and Juice should be playing sold-out stadium tours of the U.S. by now, which will definitely happen in the future. 

Last but not least, I will be partaking in a panel discussion at Small Time around DIY self-recording and producing your music in a bedroom. Moderator Evelyn Ida Morris will be asking William Cooper (Diimpa), Raquel Solier (Various Asses) and myself questions, and then we will answer them (at least that’s how I think a panel discussion works). 

The event was free and pre-registration is now unavailable, but if you missed out on tickets you can tune into the Brunswick Music Festival Facebook page and stream it live. I hope I’ll get to talk about my new drum machine, $70 microphones and self-doubt when you teach yourself a thing and it never feels like you’re doing it right! I wonder what I should wear for this one, maybe my red jacket and new blue shoes. Fun, I can’t wait. 

Okay, this is it! All the Hachiku appearances at Brunswick Music Festival 2021, maybe we’ll see you there and if we don’t, then we’ll see you somewhere else!

Brunswick Music Festival is happening from March 5-14. Grab tickets and check out the full program here.