With the 10th Phillip Island Jazz Festival nearing in November, I caught up with Robin Blackman, organiser and musical director for the increasingly popular jazz festival. Robin Blackman and the community of Phillip Island are gearing up for a huge festival, with more bands this year than ever before, as well as a few more added surprises to the program.
Remember that time you told your mum you brushed your teeth, or to your teacher that you did your homework, you swear you did, but left it at home? Truth is we’ve all lied, and Lawrence Mooney tells a few more in his new show Stupid Liar.
There’s a touch of Irish in all of us, or it seems to be that way in Australia at least. It’s because of this that we were delighted when we got the opportunity to have a chat with Sean and Jacintha, two fine folk behind the music and dance extravaganza Celtic Legends.
“No one is truly sure of exactly where Spaulding came from. We happened to come across him in an abandoned wool mill midst the corpses of his fallen woollen brethren. Over time we have come to learn that our intergalactic overlord has come from the deepest, darkest pits of an alternate universe, his home planet destroyed by his kind’s own malevolent gluttony and corruption.”
“I’m passionate about people’s freedom. Freedom of speech, but freedom of the heart first and foremost.” Three years on from her stunning debut To the Horses, Lanie Lane’s conviction is stronger than ever. Night Shade (out through Ivy League, Oct 24) is the record she was destined to make – and she can’t wait for you to hear it.
“I have always been impressed with the music coming from Australia. I have been following many artists closely the past few years and my favourites are Kalya Scintilla, Whitebear, Temple Step Project and Lubdub. It’s been a real pleasure working with these artists and collaborating on projects for our label Desert Trax, and for Merkaba Records as well. It seems the Australian music scene is really exploding and growing by leaps and bounds lately.”
For almost a decade Melbourne’s AWME (Australasian World Music Expo) has been showcasing the Southern Hemisphere’s finest talent, and this year is no different. A familiar face at the expo is singer/songwriter Frank Yamma. He returns this year to celebrate the release of his latest studio LP, Uncle (out now via Wantonk Musik). “I’ve played it [the expo] before and they’ve asked me back! I always enjoy it and I’ll be there again this November.”
My first encounter with Andrew Dice Clay came one very hungover afternoon, when my housemates and I were in need of something to watch that wasn’t ‘too strenuous’. Our DVD collection was pretty light-on and we couldn’t possibly sit through Con Air again! We decided to have a look through the old VHS collection, when we came across one titled Brain Smasher… A Love Story, with the threat of sounding dramatic, safe to say the next 90 minutes changed our lives as we knew it!
Amidst counting votes, attending back-to-back meetings and a generally busy schedule, Simone Moss, Bank of Melbourne Digital Marketing Manager, found the time to chat to me about the Melbourne Music Bank Competition which she is overseeing this year.
“For a long time I’ve been trying to write lyrics that have summed up what I think about existence and reality. I believe Drop in the Ocean [the new single from 2013’s LP Sounds from the Other Side] is as close as I’ve come to it yet,” remarked Richie Lewis, perfectly articulating his thoughts during what can only be described as a harrowing time for all involved.