Hard work is the foundation for any up-and-coming band to begin to reach their full potential, and it is with this theory that Ballarat post-classic rockers The Electric Sunkings have started getting themselves noticed. “People are beginning to understand who we are musically and what to expect from us as a band,” explains guitarist Chris “Barbz” Barbetti.
I started playing violin at age nine, but I wished it was a guitar. I got my first guitar at age 12, and started writing songs at fifteen. First off I wanted to be Ace Frehley, then Keith Richards. Keith was closely followed by Mr Springsteen, then James Hetfield. The good news is that right now I just wanna be me.
If you’re a creatively-minded arts junkie, you could do no wrong by checking out the new and fresh website, Mojo Junction. A combination of arts, music, food and culture, as well as a stack of other things, it is quickly becoming one of the most talked about pages on the Australian interwebs today. Jane Hole, or Aurora Jane as she is better known, is the creative brain behind the project, and I recently sat down with Aurora to find out a little about it and where it is likely to develop to into the future.
Monique Brumby has achieved a lot in her career: she’s a two-time ARIA winner, played shows alongside the legendary Jeff Buckley and The Bangles and written a song with Paul Kelly. But despite all these successes she’s definitely not afraid to mix it up and try new things. The release this month of her 5th (and self-titled) album sees an addition of electronic sounds to her repertoire – something that her fans are embracing.
That hair, those eyes, the rhymes – it’s safe to say Melbourne-based rapper Allday is pretty hot right now. His busy schedule will take him to four different states over the next couple of weeks, so during some rare downtime we caught up for a chat.
Rumour has it there ain’t no party like a Dub Inc party! These French reggae roots revivalists are credited with single-handedly reviving the dancehalls across France, so it makes sense their Australian debut is part of the world’s biggest party: Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festival. We caught up with drummer Grégory “Zigo” Mavridorakis ahead of their first show.
British India are currently on tour with Hunters and Collectors and Something For Kate and things are “groovy” in the world of Declan Melia, lead singer and guitarist for the band as he talks from their rehearsal room in Preston whilst in the writing stages for the follow-up to their highly successful fourth album Controller, which is most likely to see the light of day towards the end of 2014/2015.
Sadly the summer festival season is drawing to a close, but rather than staying in, early nights and re-runs, it’s time to look to the future – viva la Future Music Festival. This year, organisers have promised that the production will blow our minds, and they’ve managed to wrangle some of the world’s most electrifying acts, from Eric Prydz to Pharrell, Deadmau5 to Phoenix. Fold Aussie-born EDM darlings the Stafford Brothers into the mix and you have yourself one helluva farewell to summer.
For Emily Lubitz, family and music seem to go hand in hand: her brother Jesse is the guitarist in their band Tinpan Orange, she is married to the Cat Empire’s Harry Angus and their two-year-old son has already been to more gigs and festivals than most people will in their lifetime. And while Lubitz and Angus both being in successful bands is great, it can be hard to find time together, but they’ve found a simple solution – book the same gigs.
This week sees the release of Real Feel (out Feb 21 through Liberation), the sophomore album from Sydney band The Holidays. “We’re excited!” revealed frontman Simon Jones when he spoke with Forte ahead of the release. “We’ve had a lot of these songs for a really long time now, so we just can’t wait for people to hear them.”