It can occasionally be a rough transition for music reality show contestants to find their feet in the tough music industry, but Imogen Brough has wasted no time in laying the foundations of a strong career after her appearance on The Voice. “It was great. I guess for me I’d just finished a Bachelor of Music performance at Melbourne Uni, so it was the perfect launching pad for me to really kick-start my career as a solo artist,” says Brough. “I loved it, I embraced it and I was really happy with how I went on it.”
He was named as one of the ‘Top 25 Future Guitar Legends’ by Australian Guitar Magazine for pioneering the ‘3 from 1 guitar’ technique – meaning he found a way to produce the sound of two guitars and a bass through a solitary instrument. The King of the North himself, Andrew Higgs, explains: “Somehow I stumbled across the idea of how to make a two-piece sound like a five-piece. But I didn’t have the money or equipment to test it out at first,” Andrew laughed.
The Christopher Coleman Collective is the perfect way to describe namesake Christopher Coleman’s band, one which has an ever-changing line-up from one show to the next as he collects whoever is available to play, making every show unique. “It certainly helps with keeping the shows fresh and spontaneous,” explains Coleman. “It’s good because it’s not about someone replicating a part that somebody else did; it’s very much the additions’ personality bringing their own interpretations to it.”
Without a doubt, one of the most exciting bands that I saw play at Queenscliff Music Festival in 2012 was All the Colours; having only just formed as a band, the indie-pop and rocky songs were infectious, and it was easy to see that they were a band on the rise. Fast forward a couple of years, and All the Colours are just resting and relaxing before heading out on the road in support of their debut album. On the massive bill that was Big Day Out 2014, my opening question to guitarist and vocalist Jono Toogood was: Did they get to drop it like it’s hot with Snoop?
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.