After 11 years, does ‘Rockwiz’ really need an introduction? The SBS programmed music trivia show has not only provided music lovers a chance to enhance their knowledge for more than a decade, but it also introduces new artists who may be guests on the show.
“I left Christchurch after the earthquakes in 2012, I had nothing left man. I moved to Australia and said ‘What am I going to do now?’ So I bought a battery powered speaker and sat on Swanston Street and started playing,” says multi-instrumental artist Reuben Stone
It’s been a little while since Nick Barker has felt at home with his music, but he’s found it in his new band, The Heartache State. Made up of Nick Barker, Justin Garner, Steve ‘Venom’ Brown and Michael Hubbard the band are now well underway with their second album.
“With art people let their guard down. When you go to see a play, go to a music concert or open the cover of a book you’re ready to accept someone else’s story,” Maxine Beneba Clarke says of the power of art. It’s a notion that has drawn people to reading Maxine’s book, The Hate Race. A book which puts the reader in the mind and world of an African-Australian citizen growing up in the country and the racism experienced as a result.
Over the past two decades we’ve entered the world of Facebook, enjoyed the convenience of smart phones and seen the formation, end and now reunion of one of Australia’s finest brother-sister bands, Killing Heidi. Coincidentally, the band’s creation arose the same year Queenscliff Music Festival put on its first event to a crowd of 1460 people.
Another year sees another exceptional crop of young Australian musicians given a voice, thanks to the good folk at Melbourne Music Bank. The deserving winners for 2016 are Moonee Ponds’ alternative outfit, Tempus Sun, with their stunning first track ‘Owls’. We caught up with guitarist Ed Borromeo who says he can’t keep the smile off his face.
Before stopping by the regional dates of their Victoria tour, Oscar Dawon of Holy Holy had a quick chat about the things he needs when heading out of the CBD.