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Posted 16 Dec 2015 @ 11:51am

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

The first song I ever wrote was titled ‘Will You Be Waiting’, when I was around 14 years old. I am sad to say I can definitely still remember how to play it! An insight into the quality of the lyrics: “I guess I’ll be lost in this labyrinth of love / And you’re the only one who can save me…”! It had an epic key change too.

 

2. The Last...

Posted 16 Dec 2015 @ 11:33am

1. Growing Up 

 

My key childhood memory is watching my grandmother play the piano. Her eyes would glaze over and she’d go to a place that I knew even as a young child I wanted to explore.

 

2. Inspirations

One of my favourite and most influential musicians is Ross Hannaford, who famously played guitar in Daddy Cool. One of the first gigs I ever saw was Daddy...

Posted 15 Dec 2015 @ 2:39pm

1. Your Profile

 

Hello. We’re The Cairos. We play dreamy pop music by day, and sultry, hot buttered soul jams by night. We sound like Kevin Shields having a passive-aggressive disagreement with Isaac Hayes about The Beatles. We like swimming holes, nature walks, long road trips, sunbaking, Netflix, coriander, Mexican food, each other, and candlelit dinners for four or more....

Posted 9 Dec 2015 @ 5:42pm

1. The First Record I Bought

 

Red Sails In The Sunset by Midnight Oil. I was learning drums and Rob Hirst was a monster to be sure. I remember sitting there trying to get my hands and feet to be independent. Not long after that I swapped to guitar. By the way, my grandmother gave me Number Of The Beast – best nanna gift ever!

 

2. The Last Record I Bought

I’...

Posted 9 Dec 2015 @ 1:31pm

1. Growing Up

 

One of my first musical memories was being moved by Christmas carols – the spiritual ones like ‘Carol Of The Bells’ and ‘Silent Night’. I’m not religious but the feeling they give is grounding, like there’s a balance between history and whatever’s now – chaos. My family is musical but I never felt it in me growing up. I never thought of myself a singer until about...

Posted 9 Dec 2015 @ 11:42am

You’ve just returned from a 40-date tour in the US to play another 11 dates on home soil. What is it about the touring lifestyle that you love?

 

I love being in that rhythm. Playing every night, connecting with people, working out different variables, getting the chance to work on your craft and improving all the time.

 

You must have had some experiences on those...

Posted 4 Dec 2015 @ 11:43am

1. Your Profile

 

Hello, our name is Jakarta Criers. We don’t usually do this sort of thing, but we increasingly find ourselves seeking companionship in this melancholy world of ours. A little bit about us: we’re a fun-loving bunch of guys who enjoy sitting in dimly lit rooms drinking beer and listening to old cassettes from the ’90s (as the sunshine hurts our eyes). Although we...

Posted 4 Dec 2015 @ 11:30am

Courses on offer:

 

Fundamentals Course: Learn the core fundamentals that you need to succeed in the music industry. This course will guide you to the area where your interest and passions lie, covering songwriting, music production, audio engineering, live sound and the music business. 

 

Songwriting Specialisation: Get right into the mind of a songwriter. This...

Posted 2 Dec 2015 @ 3:08pm

1. Growing Up 

 

We always had good music playing in the house and in the car. I can remember listening to The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Pogues, The Dubliners… all stuff that I still listen to. It gave me an appreciation of good melody and harmony at a young age, which hugely influenced my songwriting approach.

 

2. Inspirations

Neil Young, Tony...

Posted 26 Nov 2015 @ 1:16pm

The Bird’s Robe Collective is about to celebrate its fifth birthday as a label. How far has the business come in that time?

 

It’s come much further than I ever expected. When we did the first Bird’s Robe show in 2008, there was just some loose idea of eventually building a scene. When the label started in 2010 it was also just a naive concept of introducing people to new,...

Posted 25 Nov 2015 @ 11:32am

1. Your Profile

 

We are just five guys from Sydney who play thrash-pop music – a bit heavier than guitar-pop, not as heavy as punk rock, but also with real nice melodies. If a song we make hasn’t got an instantly catchy melody, it gets scrapped!

 

2. Keeping Busy

Over the past couple of months we’ve been really busy. Gigs are always coming up and we’ve only...

Posted 18 Nov 2015 @ 5:53pm

1. Growing Up

 

I grew up in Brunswick where my parents were incredibly supportive. I first learnt drums and then went on to learning to read music and guitar. We always had a piano in the house too, so I was trying to write songs from an early age. I used to put music to Shakespearean sonnets! My dad bought me a Fender amp and 1968 Telecaster and encouraged me to leave school...

Posted 18 Nov 2015 @ 5:22pm

1. Growing Up

 

[I remember] the old fella strumming Roy Orbison and Elvis tunes, with high eyebrows and a quiet confidence in his voice. At least for the first half of the song [laughs]! We had occasional music nights and were encouraged to play instruments, but it wasn’t a thick fabric in our lives as it is for me now. As a young teeanger, I got in a garage band and found ’90s...

Posted 12 Nov 2015 @ 1:10pm

1. Growing Up

 

I grew up in country New South Wales and played piano from the age of five. When I was 12, my mum bought me a second-hand electric guitar and a Jimi Hendrix VHS. From then on, I was hooked on music for good. My parents aren’t musicians but lovers of music and art, and were really encouraging to me and my siblings. 

 

2. Inspirations

Many of my...

Posted 12 Nov 2015 @ 12:11pm

1. Growing Up

 

George Washingmachine [left]: I started with music pretty early. I was born into a musical household; my mother played and taught classical guitar, so it was alright to be a musician in my house. 

 

Stuie French [right]: I started playing the guitar at nine and fell in love with it. I was hearing classic old country records around the house, and that...

Posted 10 Nov 2015 @ 5:31pm

1. Growing Up

 

When I was six, my mum’s younger brother immigrated to Australia from Indonesia and bought me a tiny guitar. We wrote ‘The Beatles’ on in fat black marker, and played it every night. I had a weird mix of pre-teen influences including The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, lots of music from Indonesia, Aussie bush music and folk, with some Michael Jackson, Prince and...

Posted 10 Nov 2015 @ 5:26pm

1. Growing Up 

 

My parents did not play instruments. I remember Dad’s running joke was that he played the record player. Having said that, I do remember being fully supported by my parents in pursuing my musical dreams. Yep, there was an element of ‘get a real job’, but not a lot. 

 

2. Inspirations

I am particularly inspired by the musicians I see as...

Posted 3 Nov 2015 @ 1:45pm

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

I remember my first fully formed song being written when I was 14. It was heavily influenced by Sam Brown – remember her? I played it on the piano. I have no idea if I could still play it; I must try one day. It was full of teenage angst and die-hard romance. The teenage angst has gone but the die-hard romantic lives on. 

 

2. The Last...

Posted 3 Nov 2015 @ 1:33pm

1. Your Profile

 

We kind of sound like Funkadelic, but not really. We all generally go for what feels good in regards to the music we make. We formed in high school then expanded to the five we are now.

 

2. Keeping Busy

Bin Juice have been pretty busy lately. We haven’t put out any music in nearly a year so we thought it might be time. We’ve been hovering...

Posted 3 Nov 2015 @ 1:13pm

1. The First Record I Bought

 

The first tape I ever bought was The Cranberries’ No Need To Argue. I was in love with that ‘Zombie’ single at the time and had a huge crush on Dolores O’Riordan. I remember playing it over and over and over for months on end, imagining her singing to me. I still think ‘Ode To My Family’ is one of the most brilliantly melancholy songs ever despite...

Posted 3 Nov 2015 @ 1:06pm

Ahead of their joint Sydney show, Broozer’s Retch Bile chats with Yanomamo’s Anthony von Grimm about their bands and getting naked on the road.

 

RB: Would you be interested in a game of nude beach volleyball with Broozer?

 

AvG: Of course! However, Bruce Bogtrotter better be in a gold G-string, Dario would be suited to a pink tutu and Retch, you can just play plain...

Posted 29 Oct 2015 @ 9:45am

1. The First Record I Bought

The first CD I owned was Eurythmics’ Revenge, which was a gift from my aunt. 

 

I remember listening to the song ‘Missionary Man’ on repeat for hours. I think the first album I actually bought was Smash by The Offspring, which is just awful. Thankfully my primary school teacher forced our class to sing ‘Come Out And Play’ at school assembly,...

Posted 28 Oct 2015 @ 12:24pm

1. Growing Up 

I remember listening to the Hot 40 Countdown on the radio at about age ten with a blank cassette ready to record my favourite songs.

 

I was quite scared that somehow I would get caught by the police for recording songs off the radio. My first musical purchase was Mariah Carey’s Music Box on cassette. I had a Walkman which I would lay in bed listening to...

Posted 20 Oct 2015 @ 4:07pm

1. Growing Up

 

My first concert was The Beach Boys (who I loved, and still do) when I was nine, but the most impactful memory was my dad taking me to the Big Day Out when I was ten to see the Ramones play.

 

2. Inspirations

Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath was the first album I bought. The Beach Boys’ first album was constantly on repeat in the car as...

Posted 20 Oct 2015 @ 3:49pm

1. Your Profile

We are a three-piece experimental rock band taking influence from psych, trip hop and alternative rock.

 

We try to make music that takes you on a trip; a psychedelic kind of dark, cathartic trip into the depths of your social consciousness. Our songs are a deconstruction of modern society – it’s about disillusionment and disconnection with the current...

Posted 13 Oct 2015 @ 4:41pm

1. Growing Up 

My folks aren’t particularly musical but my grandfather was a drummer.

 

I think I must have got my desire to hit things from him. My earliest musical memory is from when I was about three; I used to stand in this particular spot every time a Boyz II Men tune came on and sing into the window. Every time. I don’t know what it was about the spot but I was...

Posted 13 Oct 2015 @ 4:29pm

1. The First Record I Bought

Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet, on cassette.

 

I was five years old and I wanted to be a cowboy. I’ve still got the tape, haven’t played it for about 25 years though.

 

2. The Last Record I Bought

I have been avoiding the record shops to manage my money for a bit – it’s really hard! I got Wireheads’ Big Issues at their Tote...

Posted 7 Oct 2015 @ 1:05pm

1. Growing Up

 

My first vinyl record was ‘Macho Man’ by the Village People and my first cassette tape was Mickey Mouse Disco. Oh, what a wonderful journey I was to embark on from such humble beginnings. Couple that with my mother’s love for Elton John and ABBA, it’s no wonder that Shanghai has become such a diverse musical beast.

 

2. Inspirations

In a...

Posted 7 Oct 2015 @ 12:20pm

1. The First Record I Bought

‘Country House’ – Blur.

 

I was very young and I probably got the money by pairing up socks and folding the washing. I think I was a little bit in awe of Britishness, as my dad’s side of the family are all from the UK. So hearing a good-looking cockney guy with a floppy fringe singing about an aristocrat was just enough to get me to invest $1....

Posted 1 Oct 2015 @ 12:33pm

1. Your Profile

Rufino and The Coconuts like to keep things hot and steamy – thick, sticky, tropical steamy; maybe a touch of sweat running down the back of your neck.

 

We like to shake your bones with a touch of dark voodoo magic and throbbing tribal beats. But we’re definitely up for good times, dancing in the sunshine and the moonlight – seductive melodies lilting from...

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