With the massive rise in popularity of electronic music, more and more musicians are turning to software such as Ableton Live to create, produce and perform their artistic visions. With the mid-year intake into Oxygen College’s Electronic Music Production course commencing in July, I caught up with Chris Wheelwright who runs the EMP program at Oxygen to find out about the course and how to begin your journey into electronic music.
So back in 2010 Dave Wright and Liam Cameron began playing shows under the moniker Once Upon a Time in the West. Things worked okay, but there was a little something missing. A little two something’s missing. Enter Rob Barber and Tim Cavanagh and a name change to Dave Wright & The Midnight Electrics. Busting out their narrative-driven rock with a country tinge, the band released their debut EP in 2012.
Who is the Peppercorn Queen? That would be Jackie Marshall, a Queensland-raised singer-songwriter and AMP shortlisted artist with 1001 tales to tell. Her latest release is EP The Good Life, an album that has been in the planning for five years. Recorded in an old tobacco shed in New South Wales, the EP features three original songs and three covers.
As we have become accustomed to, Martians Café has a few wonderful gigs coming your way. This Saturday, June 28, Tiffany Eckhardt and Dave Steel will perform. Regarded by many as the most dynamic couple in Australian blues folk, the pair’s latest release is Big Big Sky. On July 5 blues/acoustic/roots songman Benny Walker will perform. Hailing from regional Victoria, Benny has attracted a loyal following both locally and abroad. And on July 12 you have the always cool Dave Graney.
A visit to a DVD store resulted in me returning home with a CD by a local act instead of a copy of the Steve Coogan movie I had planned to borrow. Trying to find a link between a film featuring the hilariously awful Alan Partridge and an alternative country folk duo is not possible, although Coogan does allow his character to have moments of melancholy.
Hello those that love my lame article introductions, Daniel here with an account of what’s been happening at the venue trading under the name “The Eastern” these days. Located at 81 Humffray Street, North Ballarat, The Eastern has changed hands many times over the years (previously known as Eastern Station Hotel) and has had many different owners’ gimmicks in promoting itself (the previous owners had an article in Ballarat’s local newspaper titled “Australia’s Most Haunted Hotel”).
REMINDER: As you know, due to a bout of laryngitis Chet Faker was forced to postpone his Geelong date at The Wool Exchange Entertainment Complex. The rescheduled show will now take place on Wednesday, July 2. A rising star in the world of soultronica, Chet Faker has a stack of international touring to get to once his local dates wrap up.
How do you get noticed as a band these days? It’s not always easy, but luckily the Push Start Battle of the Bands gives aspiring rockers and rollers the chance to shine. Hosted by the awesome FReeZA team, regional heats take place from February to August each year. Regional finals then take place between October and November, with the Grand Final finding home at the Push Over festival in March. On August 7 the Geelong heat will take place at Courthouse ARTS. The event is being headlined by 2013 runner-up and Geelong hometown heroes, Residual.
How much hardcore can you handle until your brain begins to melt? You’re going to have a chance to find out when Rock City Takeover comes to town. Presented by Old School Cartel, Rock City Takeover is a hardcore night out with Rust Proof, Deadly Visions, Street War, South Paw and XuppercutX. Featuring members of Tenth Dan, Blood Money and Speartackle, Rust Proof is a band with a healthy amount of hardcore DNA – tough, punishing hardcore with unparalleled energy.
We’re in for a real treat with UK songman Lloyd Cole currently in Australia for a run of shows. Born in Buxton, Cole studied law for a year before switching to philosophy and English at the University of Glasgow. It was here he would meet other members of what would become the Commotions. Following a run between 1982 and 1989, the band broke up and Cole embarked on a solo journey.