Tripod has over the past fifteen years become Australian comedy legends. Known for their quick wit and ability to work with a myriad of people in whatever scenario, teaming up with Eddie Perfect the group is just one of the acts on the first announcement for Queenscliff Music Festival 2014. With such a stellar career and many different pursuits undertaken in their time as a comedy act, it’s hard to pinpoint where to start the interview with Gatesy.
It’s been far from a quiet couple of years for the members of The Exploders, but various projects and living in different states has meant a two-year break from playing with each other – a break that will soon end at this year’s Kennedys Creek Music Festival.
Readers of Forte would be well familiar with the name Shaun Kirk. With a knack for penning a catchy tune and with an enthusiasm that is infectious, his name continues to grow more familiar every day. Always on the go, we were thrilled he could spare a little time for us.
Jackie Marshall, or the Peppercorn Queen as she is alternatively known, has experienced all aspects of the musician life. From composing music for Slovenian puppet theatre to rocking out on stage at the Chicken Shop in Ocean Grove, there are many facets and tales to tell from her illustrious career thus far. Having released two full-length albums under her name already, Marshall has just brought out a new EP, the subject matter of which was partially inspired by political activism.
It’s time to get a little more familiar with Yoni Oshrat, the man behind Ace Ventura. The son of a famous Israeli composer and songwriter, Yoni discovered his musical path over fifteen years ago. Today he is one of Israel’s biggest electronic music exports.
“The tour has been going fantastically. It’s a new aspect of being in a band for us, in terms of unfamiliar crowds, playing early in the afternoon (as apposed to late at night), and in general meeting new people and becoming accustom to playing in different scenarios. Thus far it’s been really insightful and enjoyable, and the fact we get to see bands that we wouldn’t normally get the chance to go watch is great. For example we saw the Libertines play Hyde Park a few days back.”
In the late ’90s he owned the mike at the pubs and clubs of downtown Philly, PA. On any given night you could find him freestyling or beatboxing for local emcees, scatting at the jazz clubs or even singing a cappella on street corners. It was this unquenchable thirst to sing and perform that he says earned him his nickname – Musiq. “I later added Soulchild to pay homage to the musical greats I grew up listening to,” Musiq confided when he called in for a chat ahead of Soulfest this coming October.
“A lot of tribute and cover bands of this [genre], you could come to expect pudgy, middle aged men dressed in badly fitting jumpsuits and wigs, putting on phoney American accents. We’ve built our idea on a genuine passion and influence of this music. Particular attention has been paid to how the music was originally recorded and we present it this way. The music is tied together with amazing stories and anecdotes that relate to the music, the artists and Sam Phillips- the man who discovered it all. The show is presented in an energetic and passionate way, infectious to all who come!”
Becoming involved in music as a high school friend and bandmate of Kurt Cobain before forming grunge/metal legends the Melvins, Buzz ‘King Buzzo’ Osborne has accomplished most things in music. However, after a 31-year career involving over 30 albums of studio and live material, the singer-guitarist is still breaking new ground by going acoustic for the first time on new album, This Machine Kills Artists.
The Angels need no introduction. At the forefront of the Australian music scene for the past 40 years, the band is currently on the road to celebrate. A couple of weeks ago, I got the opportunity to sit down with John Brewster, rhythm guitarist for the band, to chat about their illustrious history and how touring around has changed over the years. As you would expect, being a band for so long there has been quite a few highs and lows throughout their time together, most recently the sad passing of Doc Neeson. Yet Brewster feels that this touring line-up is up there with some of the best incarnations they’ve had over the years.