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Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 4:27pm

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

The first song I wrote (and finished) was when I was 19; it’s the only song that has survived and stayed relevant (in a way) through the years too. It’s called ‘Father Song’ – it’s about the capacity or lack of that my father had to communicate pretty much anything to me. Its relevance has been kept by me becoming a father myself, and with that the...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 4:11pm

1. Growing Up

 

Growing up, my older sister had piano lessons and got mildly into it, whereas it took me years to formalise my love of music via theory lessons. Instead, I would sit for hours and hours improvising on the piano. I also learned how to play guitar by copying metal riffs. My parents were into ’50s rock’n’roll, ’60s folk and classical music. 

 

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Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 3:58pm

1. Growing Up

 

I have a very vivid memory of being about five or six and being mesmerised by my Uncle Leo’s record collection, particularly the artwork. It would have been around 1986 – artists like Simple Minds, The Cars and Pat Benatar. I was obsessed with the song ‘Everywhere’ by Fleetwood Mac. My parents were hard-working Italians and not that musical so I was the black...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 3:23pm

1. Growing Up

 

I bought my first record at four years old with some money I was given for my birthday, and after that all I wanted to do was learn the guitar. My folks weren’t musicians, but they were avid fans of music. I just remember music was always a staple part of my upbringing. It was always playing, and I have these memories of sifting through my parents’ record...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 2:58pm

Fallen is set to open in Sydney this April. What’s the play about?

 

It’s set in 1848 in a home established by Charles Dickens to reform ‘fallen’ women from the streets and give them a second chance at life in the colonies of Australia. This play is not about Charles Dickens, not naturalistic and is not a factual retelling of this history. It can’t be, as history has never...

Posted 24 Mar 2017 @ 4:00pm

Tell us about your bar:

 

The best way to describe this brand new bar is, imagine if the King of Swing and a mafia kingpin opened a bar together. It features four distinct spaces: a Rat Pack/swing-themed bar, a Sicilian-style courtyard with a large citrus tree and vines on the staircase (sourced from the film set of The Great Gatsby), a ‘gangster lounge’ for drinking and dining...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 3:34pm

What’s the idea behind Laugh Hard and The Official Top Ten Night?

 

The Official Top Ten Night exists to put on events that bring communities together, born from a love of top ten lists. It started with me and a mate sharing our Top Ten Songs lists and telling the stories behind the songs. We realised in that short...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 2:19pm

1. Growing Up

 

I grew up in a pretty musical household. My dad played folk music. My mum was a great singer and they used to do duets at weddings, parties, et cetera. We had a piano and some nice guitars lying around, including the ’50s Gretsch hollow body that I play now. My dad bought it from his barber in the ’70s for 100 bucks. My parents were stupidly encouraging with...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 2:12pm

1. Your Profile

 

We’ll probably remind you, simultaneously, of the ’80s (without the hair) and early Tom Petty, with an Australian heart beating at the centre of every song. We love to play festivals outside in the gums, among some of our best people, and all we ask is that the punters dance (externally or internally) and allow themselves to be taken off into the many diverse...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 1:51pm

1. The First Record I Bought

 

l started playing the cello when l was five and took up the guitar when l was 14. At the time l was into punk and the first album l bought was Dookie by Green Day. That record changed my life – with songs like ‘Basket Case’, ‘She’ and ‘When I Come Around’ it was all l needed to start rocking!

 

2. The Last Record I Bought

The...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 12:19pm

Tell us about your bar:

 

Our namesake, Papa Gede, is the voodoo god of lust and laughter – why there are not more bars dedicated to him we’ll never know. Ours is a den of fine cocktails, craft beers and vino, with the vibe of a regular’s bar. In the name of Papa G we love people, we love drinks and we love drinking.

 

What’s on the menu? 

Our peanut butter...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 10:57am

Give us a brief history of Damien Gerard Sound Studios.

 

The studio began in an old Ultimo wool store in the early 1980s. The clients back then included the likes of INXS, Hoodoo Gurus, Divinyls and many more. In those days it was a demo studio and everyone came there to create, write and record, nut out their albums before going on to bigger studios or overseas. Nowadays at the...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 10:47am

1. The First Record I Bought

 

The first record I bought (besides all the bullshit pop CDs you get as a kid) was Make Yourself by Incubus. It was one of those albums that was really easy to convince your parents that it was a sensible purchase because everyone had heard the song ‘Drive’. While it’s still quite a tame record it really opened my mind to louder and heavier music. It...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 10:42am

1. The First Record I Bought

 

Nick Moran: Blink-182 – Enema Of The State / Sum 41 – All Killer No Filler. It’s a tie here. I had a bunch of records bought for me but the first ones I bought myself were these two. When I was a young teenager, these were the soundtracks to my life. Like most teenagers I was up and down like a rollercoaster and the honesty of self-degradation and...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 2:17pm

1. Growing Up

 

The first record I remember buying when I was a nipper was Fun Boy Three – ‘It Ain’t What You Do’, probably sourced from watching the Max Headroom TV shows, with endless oddball videos played back to back from that time. Later in my teens I was a big fan of the pirate radio stations playing out over the airwaves of London – rare groove, jazz-funk, hip hop, early...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 12:27pm

1. Growing Up

 

My father used to listen to all kinds of music: I think the very first real electronic based music I heard was through him. When I was little I remember hearing these records with all sorts of interesting and experimental sounds I’d never heard before in my life. My father was quite ahead of his time when it came to his musical preference. Unfortunately he isn’t...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 11:29am

5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche opens in Sydney this month. What’s the play about?

 

Catherine Alcorn: It’s 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. The society have gathered to honour and celebrate their most sacred of dishes: quiche. 

 

Shortly after the event commences, a nuclear bomb drops and...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 6:18pm

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

I remember writing and recording a song on a 4-track tape recorder when I was about 14 with a baglama (a Turkish guitar) and one of my Dad’s synths. I can’t remember the title or the words, but I do know it had an epic string synth part. It just kept going one note higher [each time] for about 20 minutes while I strummed some chords. [Laughs.] I...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 6:12pm

1. The First Record I Bought

 

Going to high school and listening to different sorts of music was great for me because I got the chance to be introduced to rock and heavy metal. My first album would be one from Evanescence. Amy Lee has an amazing voice.

 

2. The Last Record I Bought

Travelling around with my family when I was a kid, we’d listen to all sorts...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 5:27pm

1. Growing Up

 

Growing up, music was definitely a way to create my own kind of identity. Not much about my upbringing was musical, but I was unconsciously drawn to music. Communicating and sharing oneself with others via music always seemed very special to me. 

 

2. Inspirations

I’d have to say Karnivool are one of my favourite bands. I specifically remember...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 2:30pm

Tell us about the kind of music you make.

 

I built a stage rig with samplers, guitars, percussion and pedals so I can perform, live-loop and record experimental pop tunes. You’ll hear dashes of rock, folk, electronica and soundscape and maybe references to Alt-J, Dirty Projectors, Talking Heads and The Flaming Lips. I put loads of instruments and effects at my fingertips and...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 2:21pm

Tell us about the concept behind Superhal, opening in March at NIDA Parade Theatre.

 

Hal, AKA King Henry V, is one of Shakespeare’s most popular characters. We wanted follow his story, usually told over three plays, and tell it in a single sitting, keeping the richness of Shakespeare’s language but finding a way to connect this material with audiences who might not otherwise...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 12:17pm

1. Growing Up

 

I was raised on a heavy diet of country music – Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings… you get the picture. My sister and I started singing and playing when we were about ten and by age 11 and 13 we were out playing in pubs across Northern New South Wales.

 

2. Inspirations

These days I take most of my...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 11:43am

Your memoir Scoundrel Days is out this March. Can you introduce us to the premise?

 

Scoundrel Days is the story of the boy I once was running away from everything everyone ever taught him and seeking the truth for himself. It’s about growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. It’s the story of the broken people I encountered and the shattered dreams....

Posted 28 Feb 2017 @ 11:44am

 

1. The First Song I Wrote

I still remember first song I ever wrote. It was a joke song, and I wrote it with a friend of mine before I even properly got into music. It was called 'I Ate A Sandwich Off The Floor And Now I Can’t Breathe'. I can still remember the whole thing.

 

2. The Last Song I Released

The last song I released would probably be the latest...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 12:14pm

1. Growing Up

 

I grew up in a house with five kids who were all learning the violin (badly) at the same time – there is no worse sound in the world than that. My parents weren’t musicians but they did encourage it a lot. I picked up the guitar at 17 by learning ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ and never looked back.

 

2. Inspirations

There are too many artists that...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 5:05pm

1. Growing Up

 

Growing up there were always instruments around the house. My dad played bass in a few bands and Mum played guitar. My brother came up playing mainly piano and bass and I played classical/jazz trumpet and a bit of guitar also. I always wanted to play the drums and when I found producing I fell in love with the rhythmic aspect of beat-making, which I guess has led...

Posted 21 Feb 2017 @ 5:31pm

Tell us about your bar: 

 

Club 77 has been one of Sydney’s clubbing institutions for over 20 years, showcasing local and international talent and giving artists a platform in which they can release their music and perform. We host a range of different dance events weekly, catering to anyone and everyone with a good attitude and a passion for music and dancing. 

 

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Posted 21 Feb 2017 @ 4:40pm

1. Growing Up

 

A formative musical experience for me, really early on, was listening to Mum play piano. Then came K-Tel bargain albums (Superbad and Fantastic) which kept us happily glam rockin’, naff popping and soft country ballading until the overwhelming Sunday night religion of Countdown took over. I loved the ‘hooray for everything’ vibe. The first gig I ever went to was a...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 1:30pm

Tell us about your bar:

 

Fonzarelli’s is split over two levels, each with its own character, vibe and bar that pays authentic tribute to the iconic style of 1950s and ’60s Americana. If you are after a mood-lit bar with plenty of red velvet, love booths, VIP rooms and loads of character, you can head downstairs where we’re serving up cocktails like the Buddy Holly (classic...

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