Our most celebrated hip hop duo, the mighty Bliss N Eso, have been quietly working away on something big. Fortunately they chose Forte to share some of the secrets of the ‘Circus Under the Stars’ tour. “It’ll be nothing like you’ve ever seen before!” divulged emcee Bliss, aka Jonathan Notley.
We’ve all heard the stories and the legendary tales, and this Saturday we have a chance to catch the phenomenon first-hand. No, I’m not talking about the large, hairy mythological creature. I’m delighted to announce that Melbourne’s own soul sensation Saskwatch will be appearing at Melbourne Zoo as part of the Twilights Series. “We’re so happy we’ve been asked to play!” admitted the congenial trumpet playing virtuoso Liam McGorry. “We’ve never played the series before and I think it’ll be a great experience.”
When I mention to Peter Farnan that Boom Crash Opera is in fact back, he has a little chuckle himself and then admits that it is a welcome return to the stage for the band. “I think that we were away for long enough. When we went into rehearsals and I turned on my VOX AC-30, the dust burnt off the valves. I can only speak in clichés, which obviously doesn’t help for the press, but it’s like riding a bike. It’s like opening up Tutankhamun’s tomb and there’s a party going on inside.
“I always wanted to make it a trilogy – the best series are always trilogies! I wanted the series to be a growing experience and the third one definitely shows the growth. This one is definitely the “me” I believe I have grown into. I’ve brought on some new heads on this one too. Got Bwiv, Alter Ego, Spit and Dan Murphy beats, DJ Immaculate on the 1’s and 2’s, and a burners from Flu (aka Fluent Form) and Maund.”
He is arguably one of the best singer-songwriter’s Australia has produced, an avid surfer, restaurateur, a doting dad – and he certainly knows how to rock a shirt vest – but what you may not know is that Pete Murray has a cheeky sense of humour to boot. “Bernard Fanning is a really good mate of mine and I’m looking forward to when Bern’s playing so I can throw some eggs and tomatoes at him!” he teased when I asked about playing at Werribee’s Live on the Lawn Festival on March 16. “Only kidding – the show is going to be great. I’ve got good friends on the bill, and it’ll be a special one. I’ll play songs from all my albums, not just Feeler.”
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.