Sitting across the world in Geneva with a cup of coffee, singer-songwriter Greg Arnold is warmed by the fact that his band of 30 years, Things of Stone and Wood, are heading back to Australia this year, armed with the tracks of their 1993 debut album.
With the news of Music Victoria’s brand new Live Music Professionals program, a free opportunity for established independent promoters and venue bookers, Forté chat to industry expert Justin Rudge, head of Melbourne-based artist booking service Public Bookings, to get an insight into the booking business.
“You’re not Kylie are you?” “No, but I’m an impersonator!” It’s a common conversation for entertainer Lucy Holmes, who has crafted a long-standing career playing Australia’s own ‘Princess of Pop,’ Kylie Minogue in her world-wide touring tribute show, 100% Kylie.
She’s one of the finest acts from regional Victoria; a recording artist, teacher, mother, director and an all around kick-ass woman. For over 25 years, Sarah Carroll has made herself known in the music industry, performing with The Junes and The Cartridge Family, as well as supporting high-profile artists like Mic Conway, Neil Murray and Jackie Marshall.
There are many ways to describe the multi-talented Inna Modja; singer, songwriter, producer, actress and model. She loves to travel and discover new cultures. She is a proud vegetarian, environmentalist and women right’s activist – but ask Modja herself, and she will tell you first and foremost she is a “Fulani Girl from The Desert of Mali”.
“I’m starting to try to self-analyse a bit more and be a bit more pragmatic. I’ve been trying to get inside myself a bit more for the next album.” After a year of constant international touring, Marlon Williams is finally taking a well-deserved break to write his highly anticipated sophomore release.
The streets are the perfect platform for unsigned artists to showcase their skills to the public – whether it be music, art or entertainment. Busking, one of the world’s oldest professions, allows artists to do just that.
“Everybody wants to feel seen, when you feel seen, you feel understood,” says The xx vocalist and guitarist Romy Madley Croft. “I know that’s when I feel happy, when I have human connection. And we realised that’s such a big part of our band, our friendship.