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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 @ 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 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 @ 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 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 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 15 Feb 2017 @ 4:03pm

1. Growing Up

 

The thing I remember the most about growing up is the ‘magic-ness’ of the radio. My parents had a Volkswagen Beetle and you didn’t have to wear seat belts so I’d stand in between them staring at the radio with all this stuff coming out of it. It was wild hearing ‘Here Comes The Sun’ by The Beatles; just incredible! Later on, I joined the Police Boys’ Club band...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 4:02pm

1. Growing Up

 

Soul Jazz Records! The now legendary London-based label put out New Orleans Funk Vol. 1 around ’99, we heard it when we were in early high school and it set the course. That and just playing heaps with each other – lunchtimes, after school, weekends, that made us play like we do now; we all know each other’s playing very well. In the early days we learnt from The...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 3:46pm

1. Growing Up

 

Ahh, yep. It was in my early years that the love of country really set in. I mean, the rural expanses of Oatley left you with no other option than to grab a washboard, turn K-Tel’s Superstars In Country Music up to eight and let it wash (pun intended) all over you. Good – no, great times.

 

2. Inspirations

Evel Knievel. 

 

3. ...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 6:12pm

1. Your Profile

 

Hey there, we’re just three lonely guys looking for some fun. We only date as a three-piece – if you want one you get us all. Hopefully we won’t disappoint you, but we’re not making any promises. Don’t forget to tell all your friends about us.

 

2. Keeping Busy

We’ve just been touring the new single ‘Lost Cause’ around Australia, which will...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 5:54pm

1. Growing Up

 

I grew up in the small country town of Beaudesert, Queensland. My grandmother played honky-tonk piano and my sister and I learned from a young age, but it didn’t stick. I wanted to play drums but that wasn’t going to happen, so I annoyed my mother enough to get me my first guitar at 11 and taught myself to play, one string at a time.

 

We listened to...

Posted 4 Feb 2017 @ 7:00pm

1. Your Profile

 

I Know Leopard. Just here to make friends. 

 

2. Keeping Busy

We’ve just come off two weeks of recording for our album at Joyluck Studio in Melbourne. An interest in photography has recently sparked in me, which has been keeping the serotonin flowing. Todd has been DJing heavy metal at Frankie’s and juggling his multiple businesses. Jenny is...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 5:54pm

1. Your Profile

 

We are a well built column shift auto cruising through rock’n’roll’s parsecs looking for like-minded life companions to swipe right. 

 

2. Keeping Busy

We’re always on the move around the place, getting to see more and more of our great country every week. Work has begun on Dallas Crane album number six.

 

3. Best Gig Ever...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 4:38pm

1. Growing Up

 

The Brutal Poodles were not born, they materialised into existence. Like Jesus or something. Something about virgin births or something like that? Either way it happened a long time ago, and it was very important. God was definitely involved.

 

2. Inspirations

The Brutal Poodles, Buddha, Yahweh, Jesus Christ, Allah, The Brutal Poodles, and if...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 2:09pm

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

The first song I remember writing was called ‘Leave Again’. I was about 13 and I can’t remember how it went now, but I’m sure it was the biggest pile of garbage ever dreamed up. It got me on this path though! Everybody has to start somewhere.

 

2. The Last Song I Released

I released my fourth album Home State in August last year,...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 11:20am

1. Your Profile

 

Four young 20-somethings with an exotic blend of Papua New Guinean, Chinese, Fijian, Indian, French, Australian and Filipino backgrounds. Currently seeking a long-term relationship with fans of any race, gender or build. Bonus points if they’re into Scrubs, Arrested Development or listening to cheesy ’80s pop music. We’re in it for the long haul (not one of...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 5:00pm

1. Growing Up

 

We grew up in a house bus travelling New Zealand so our childhood was an adventurous, story-rich one. We were taught everything through music, so for us music is closer to a language than it being a skill. It’s at the very core of our being and affects our music in every way. We are storytellers.

 

2. Inspirations

The biggest inspiration would...

Posted 3 Jan 2017 @ 4:00pm

1. Growing Up

 

There’s a history of creatives in my family. My grandmother wrote jingles in the ’50s for American radio stations, my mother came to the UK on a dance scholarship and my aunt is a singer and music teacher in the States, so I guess it was inevitable that I would grow up to also have a passion for the arts.

 

2. Inspirations

Come from...

Posted 29 Dec 2016 @ 1:38pm

Bowie In Berlin will tour Australia in January. Just how much material will the show cover?

 

The plan is to cover as much of the so-called ‘Trilogy’ as we can. A couple of the instrumental tracks may pose difficulties, issues like finding a virtuoso koto player. Also, playing all the songs will probably make the show too long, especially if we want to include any Iggy Pop, which...

Posted 29 Dec 2016 @ 7:00am

1. Growing Up

 

I was born in Liverpool, England – Liverpool Irish. Everyone had a song. Your mother had a song. Your father had a song. Your brother, your sister had a song.

 

2. Inspirations

The very first popular song I can remember on Top Of The Pops was ‘My Boy Lollipop’ by Millie Small. I do a radio show on Eastside, so I am always listening for new...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 10:49am

1. Growing Up

 

I grew up in the English countryside surrounded by fields. My father is a big muso and he introduced me to a lot of different music very early on. I’ve played in bands since I was about 14 years old – I used to play drums but I got into synths when I was at art school.

 

2. Inspirations

Roedelius and Alice Coltrane are two of my biggest...

Posted 20 Dec 2016 @ 3:48pm

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

A song called ‘Heart And Soul’ – a terrible, cheesy love song for an ex-girlfriend. I think I was 18. The chorus was, “I gave you everything I had to give / Without your love I don’t think that I can live / I gave you everything, it wasn’t enough, my heart and my soul.”

 

2. The Last Song I Released

A song and album simultaneously...

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