Author Archives: Dan Harr

UV Boi – L-UV

UV boi is a young Brisbane producer making noise on SoundCloud and getting ‘L-UV’ all across Australia, as well as the far reaching corners of the globe. With, what he calls, “mellow yet heavy-hitting 808 music” UV boi can only be likened to such artists as Yung Gud, Ryan Hemsworth and Flume. However, these artists pale in comparison to his far more original sound.
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The Advantages of Using Session Musicians on Your Song Demos

Why do professional recordings sound, well…professional? There are a number of reasons including high quality microphones, pre-amps, an experienced engineer and a well-designed studio space. But one of the single most important elements in a great-sounding, professional recording is the performance of the session musicians. There is a reason that the job of the session…
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2016 NAMM Show Brings Music and Innovation to Anaheim

I spent as much time as possible at the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, taking in as many sights and sounds as possible, stretching from Media Preview Day (Jan. 20) through a late night performance from alternative-Americana singer-songwriter Michael Ubaldini that wrapped up just before midnight on Saturday, Jan. 23. Here are some highlights from this year’s amazing National Association…
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Lydia Brownfield & The Jagged Hearts – Ghosts & Lovers

A year and a half ago I wrote about Lydia Brownfield’s album Wanting’s for Sinners, which was a fine album. But it pales in comparison to her new release, Ghosts & Lovers. While her last album saw her projecting Tori Amos or Aimee Mann (at least a little bit), this new album finds her in territory that suits her much better. Imagine a grown-up Exene Cervenka meeting an edgier and…
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Paul Cowley – Rural

This is a twelve-track album stuffed with tasteful, acoustic and slide guitar picking from an Englishman now resident in rural France – hence the title. Cowley, originally from the Birmingham area, includes strong covers of many standard traditional acoustic classics including a couple from the ever-popular, melodic Mississippi John Hurt – ‘Monday Morning Blues’ and ‘Pay…
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Six Ways To See if You’re Ready for a Professional Song Demo

One of the big decisions that we, as songwriters, have to make is whether or not we’re ready for a professional song demo. In other words, is our song good enough to warrant spending the money and time necessary to make a high-quality recording? While our instinct may be to love all of our songs equally, the reality is that some of our songs are simply better/more commercially…
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Reissues and Retrospectives Conjure Up Masterworks Anew

The burgeoning effort to reissue under-the-radar lost classics has allowed listeners to discover a wide range of seminal albums in recent years. This year has already seen a slew of notable reissues, including essential titles from Game Theory and singer-songwriter JD Souther, as well as a collection honoring songwriter Rod McKuen and an exclusive 1959 live recording featuring Wes Montgomery.
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Showmanship, Making Beats and Being Remembered – An Honest Discussion with Tom Lark

From his humble beginnings practicing in a Christchurch garage Shannon Fowler has always sought to create music that would be memorable. After gaining plenty of praise as Tom Lark he continues to make strides towards his ultimate goal, leaving behind a worthy legacy. Hey mate thanks for taking the time to chat with us. This isn’t your first time in Sydney is it? No, I’ve been to…
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The 17 Best Photographs that Captured the Music of 2015

If a picture is worth a thousand words… then this article is well over my word count. As the new year kicks off, we look back at some of the best images from music in 2015. Marking some of the most memorable events from last twelve months; breakthroughs, comebacks and icons, in live and recorded music. Scroll down to see 2015 told through a selection of the most…
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Introducing Pete Scobell  

Most of us are fortunate to find success at one calling in life, let alone three. Then there’s Pete Scobell. Scobell served honorably for nearly two decades as a Navy SEAL, facing life-and-death situations most of us can’t even imagine. After retiring from that life he took his family to the mountains of Colorado to return to one of his first loves, snow skiing, as a competitive…
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Ray Brooks – Elder Statesman of the Blues Still Going Strong

The Southern California High Desert city of Victorville is home to one of the Blues genre’s most notable names, songwriter-producer-guitarist-vocalist Ray Brooks, a former Grammy nominee who’s still performing on a regular basis some six decades after he first started playing music in his home state of Texas. Brooks – recently interviewed by Living Blues magazine…
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Lauren Hoffman – The Secret Storm

Occasionally a song comes along which attacks your senses like an electric shock. I’ve just been hit by a few thousand volts pulsed from some London internet radio station. Sender of this power surge “The Secret Storm”, song in question “The Dragon” The song has a slow sultry gothic opening, atmospheric screaming, screeching violin strings take over, leading into a…
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NAMM 2016 Wrap-Up by George A. Paul

Each January, music industry professionals from around the world descend upon the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California for the winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show. It is one of the biggest trade shows in America, with displays of all the latest music gear and technological advancements, performances by rising and established…
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Postblue – I Hope They’re Praying For Me

Not many people take kindly when a band they dig shift gears when it comes to their sound. Could you imagine if AC/DC announced that they were moving into synth pop territory? You’d have Angus Young duck walking across the stage, twiddling a keytar. Actually, that sounds amazing, that should definitely happen this year. But let’s be honest, all the horn-headed purists…
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Confessions of a Music Supervisor

Ever wondered what music supervisors are really thinking? We can help. We’ve invited an established music supervisor to give you that insight with the condition that they remain anonymous. Read this blog post for the inside scoop. Hi. I’m a music supervisor. My confession? I’m an “anti-music” music supervisor. I don’t want the best song for my film and I don’t even…
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If Kevin Parker and Mac Demarco Had Twins They Might Sound a Little Like Toledo Springs

Spun out of collaboration between brothers Nico and Isaac Fitzpatrick after both parted ways with previous bands, Toledo Springs has been kicking around Auckland since 2013. With Nico acting as a frontman and Isaac taking up duties as bassist the pair have also recruited synth wizard Josh Nightingale and percussionist Michael Bullen to round out the band. For their…
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Capital Coast – Spacehead

It’s become blatantly obvious recently that there’s no shortage of musical talent in Wollongong. The past couple of years have seen the south coast pump out some of the most incredible acts floating around at the moment; The Pinheads, The Vanns, Shining Bird. I could rattle off a page full more, but I think you get the gist. One of the more recent additions to this list is five-piece outfit Capital Coast.
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Rosie Lowe Takes a Stand with Her Powerful Woman

England’s Devon County offers much more to the world than its picturesque views and medieval towns; it has gifted us one of 2016’s biggest musical anticipations, artist and feminist, Rosie Lowe. With a trail of acclaimed tracks to her name, Lowe is set to win the hearts of those who are yet to hear her vibes on February 19, with the release of her debut album, Control.
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Art vs Science – Off The Edge of The Earth and Into Forever, Forever

With 2015 being such a massive year for new and exciting Australian music I for one found a lot of seasoned acts flying under my radar. I totally missed the release of Cosmic Pyschos’ return to fine form but more importantly I completely missed the boat on the long awaited second album from Art vs Science, a band that I have had an incredible soft spot for since day one.
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2016 Sees Release of Eclectic Field of New Titles

Listeners with an eclectic-minded approach to seeking out new music will love the wide-range of releases released in early 2016. Artists: Various. Title: Music From the Motion Picture Joy (ABKCO). You might like if you enjoy: Cream, Ella Fitzgerald, Bee Gees. Tell me more: Whether or not listeners have seen the David O.Russell film “JOY” (starring Jennifer Lawrence), all will enjoy…
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