The Producer’s Chair: Jim Catino

Jim Catino’s passion for great music, great songwriting and great artists rings through loud and clear and it shows in everything he embraces. Catino has now been with Sony Music Nashville for about 14 years, but, it’s only recently that his producer chops have been significantly recognized. A lot of producers cut their teeth in the studio doing hundreds of demos for publishing companies and un-signed artists before their first major producing opportunity...

The Gibson Interview: Johnny A (Part 1)

Sometimes, great players go too unnoticed — even in the Internet age. Johnny A is one. A supreme talent, Johnny is one of the best instrumental guitar players you’ll likely hear, but he’s still not a household name. 2014 could and should change that. He melds jazz, blues and rock with deftness, all with a delicately lyrical touch and great tone. asked Boston-born Johnny about his forthcoming new album, recording methods, guitars and how to cover...
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Interview with Major Leagues

Major Leagues are the jangly pop quartet from the sunshiney lands of Brisbane. If you’ve listened to FBi or Triple J in the last 6 months, you would have heard their super catchy track Endless Drain, taken from their debut EP Weird Season. We had a little chatty chat with them about life after The Saddle Club. First off the bat, how old are all of y’all and how did you meet? We all just turned 21 and celebrated together at Jake’s annual My Little Pony party. We met on the set of...

Industry Profile: Bruce Houghton

Bruce Houghton co-founded the American booking agency Skyline Music Agency with Andrea Sabata in Boston in 1985. Houghton had earlier kicked off his career in the music industry as a lowly intern at the local branch of A&M Records after leaving Boston University. After selling advertising for the Boston Phoenix, he was offered a job booking Boston's infamous nightclub, The Rathskeller better known as The Rat Club. Next came stints as a regional college middle...

Interview With ISLND

Oliver Fleming by day, and ISLND by night, Happy caught up with this electronic producer from Sydney to chat about multiple DJ personalities, Nutri-Grain and suing Vince Gilligan. How did you get into music? What or who first influenced you to start making tunes? It all started several years ago when I was diagnosed with inoperable cancer and was given 6 months tops. Since I had a family to provide for I met up with a friend of mine, Vince, and we drove out...

Interview with Palms

Ever wondered why a life spent playing music is a sweet one? Following the release of their debut album, Step Brothers, we pinned down Palms’ frontman, Al (aka happy dude at Cream on King St), for a little chat. Here’s what he had to say. How did Palms come to be? Well, me and Tom were playing in a band called Red Riders together for about 8 years. When we stopped that band, we still wanted to make music, so Palms was sort of born from that. We met the right...

Interview with I Know Leopard

Sydney via Adelaide four-piece I Know Leopard have released their very first single, She, from their forthcoming EP Illuminia. Before their November east coast tour, Happy cornered them for a little chat about the Adelaide hills, the difference between Chewbacca and leopards, and what it’s like to communicate musically. How was I Know Leopard born? Basically this is a new incarnation of an old project that I moved over with. I’m originally from the Adelaide Hills and most of us...

Interview with Zeahorse

Following their very recent debut album release, we sat down with Zeahorse boys Morgan and Ben to have a chin-wag about the Sydney music scene, the 90s rave culture, and their post-Pools plans. So I just wanted to ask you guys first, how did you meet and how did the band come about? We all went to high school together in Hornsby, apart from Jules, our drummer. We were all part of the music department there. So we had like a long history of just writing songs together...

Interview with Little Bastard

Little Bastard are a seven piece bluegrass party band that smell like beer. They’ve been touring heavily for the last couple of years, playing shows all around the country. They’ve also just been added to the line-up for Falls Festival at Lorne. I hung out with the man behind the double bass, Daniel D’arcy, and asked him some questions. Talk us through the conception of the baby that is Little Bastard. So, it all began with Lyall Moloney, a local muso, put...

Interview with Day Ravies

Caroline de Dear is one quarter of Sydney psychedelic pop quartet Day Ravies. Happy had a chat to her in the wake of Tussle‘s release and talked about Adelaidean bunk beds, the Marrickville scene and the awesomeness of Deerhunter. First of all congratulations on releasing Tussle and all the rave reviews it’s been getting around the world – how does it feel to have your debut album so warmly received? It feels pretty wonderful. We all put so much into it, it’s really...

Interview With The Pretty Littles

Budding (potential) lawyer by day, and the lead singer of Melbourne’s gnarly party band, The Pretty Littles by night, Jack Parsons is a man of many talents. We chatted with him one fine morning, and enjoyed a refreshingly honest conversation concerning the problem with smoking doobies before getting on stage, the sticky floor of the Lansdowne, and battling dem university blues. I just wanted to ask you first how the band got started and how you guys know each other...

Interview with All The Locals

Atlanta-based blues / rock band, All The Locals (ATL), have been building themselves a solid following as they criss-cross the U.S. on tour, promoting their newest release All The Locals II. While taking a break from the road, they sat down with Dan Harr and talked about their rising career, life on the road and much more. After the interview, they took time to record a video in the studio for their song, "Follow Me."

Interview with Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron has just released his glorious debut, Jumping The Shark, via his personal internet website. In celebration of this, Happy sat down with Alex to discuss his debut solo album, lament the loss of the Hopetoun Hotel and review what happens to you when you watch Cheaper By the Dozen on repeat. Your debut album is dropping very soon – how long has this album been in the works? I’ve been working on this one a while, I’ve been writing songs for it since about this...

Guitar Talk with A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel, Part 2

Last week, we ran Part 1 of our interview with A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel. This week, we continue with Part 2, offering a look at Howerdel’s affinity for Les Pauls and how he acquired his prized 1960 reissue. Did you use any Gibsons for recording “By and Down?” Always! (Laughs) It’s all I really play. My main guitar is a 1960 reissue that is actually a happy accident. I was a guitar tech for Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails on their Downward Spiral Tour in 1994 or 1995. I went ...

A Conversation With Della Mae - Part 2

Rising Americana / Bluegrass group Della Mae took time during their stop in Atlanta to talk with Cristina deVallescar about their new album This World Oft Can Be, as well as touring life, travel to other countries, working together as an all-girl band and more. Comprised of Celia Woodsmith on Vocals and rhythm guitar, Kimber Ludiker on fiddle, Jenni Lyn Gardner playing mandolin, guitarist Courtney Hartman and Shelby Means on vocals, Della Mae is making a name for themselves ...
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