Opening your doors to a stranger is a hard task, but Cinnamon Stephens is opening the doors to her studio as part of the Surf Coast Arts Trail, giving an insight into the artists living in our community. We had a chat with her ahead of the event next weekend.
Many of you would have seen the thrill and skill required in a Roller Derby game thanks to the film ‘Whip It’, but while Ellen Page is entertaining to watch on screen, the real deal is so much better. The Battle for the Bay competition has come around again and we had a chat to Genevieve from the league on what to expect (and not the Hollywood version).
Being able to demonstrate and instruct music and sound production, you need the full gamut of experience and the teachers at Bendigo TAFE have it. These teachers inject the local music scene with knowledge and experience; having run their own production companies and performed as professional musicians. In total they have over 100 years’ of involvement in the industry; with an enthusiasm that reflects in the successes of their students.
“I come alive in winter, my god, my nipples are hard just thinking about it.” Intrigued? Gang of Youth’s front man Dave Le’aupepe answered the phone during production rehearsals and within seconds I had learnt unfortunately I was missing out on the ‘full’ experience, confessing he usually does phone interviews in his underwear…alone…at home… in his bed. Luckily for me the weirdness didn’t stop there.
If you were looking for a recipe to feed your soul and light a fire in your belly, look no further than Melbourne seven-piece Sol Nation. Their blend of reggae, East Timorese folk, Cuban salsa, Latin dance, Afro-beat, Calypso and Brazilian samba will have you up on your feet, while their social message calling for peace, tolerance and understanding will linger long after the party is over. “We don’t want to hit people over the head with politics, but there’s always a little bit of social comment in our songs,” smiles guitarist Colin Badger.
There are few music festival who just get it right. They know exactly who their audience is and as a result have nailed the vibe, got a killer line up and worked out a map that just makes life a breeze. Kennedys Creek Music Festival is one of them, and they’ve been recognised by Tonedeaf for being one of the best boutique Aussie festivals. We had a chat to Rhys Britnell from Kennedys Creek about this year’s event.
It’s been a long time coming but an all mighty Rockpocalypse is imminent. Those soul-shaking rock ‘n’ roll rebels The BellRays will touch down in Oz this week to make good on a promise after they were forced to cancel a run of dates scheduled for May this year. “No matter what – these shows are going to be kick-ass!” says their formidable front woman Lisa Kekaula.
Fresh from rubbing shoulders with the icons of American metal, King Parrot are back on home soil and ready to begin their Dead Set Regional Rampage tour of the East Coast and Tassie. “We can’t wait to play our new songs for the people in Ballarat and Geelong,” front man Matt ‘Youngy’ Young says with a smile.