Interviews

The Road to Becoming a Successful Songwriter

Ben Camp is a successful songwriter whose song “Gold” was a hit for Victoria Justice, tallying more than 14 million YouTube views. I met Ben when he joined the summer faculty of the Pacific Music Business Camp and demonstrated his teaching and songwriting savvy with high school age aspiring producers and songwriters. He’ll be spending the next year teaching songwriting at his alma mater...
 

Interview with Fishing

It’s no secret that Fishing are on the up ‘ up! The Sydney duo have been slaying their live shows and have clocked in plenty of time collaborating with other artists. Russell Fitzibbon took some time out during rehearsals to talk shop about the album and performing as a band with two broken arms.
 

Interview with Fractures

Coming away from a series of gigs Happy spoke to Fractures about the inspirations behind his atmospheric tracks, his Splendour experience and heaven forbid, what he would be doing instead of music. What are some songs or artists that have influenced you musically and personally? I wouldn’t say any specific song comes to mind as having a direct influence on either aspect of my life. A lot of the time songs will...
 

Interview with TV Colours

TV Colours are a bunch of punk-ass kids who released one of our favourite guitar albums of 2013. Following their tour with Straight Arrows (who released one of our favourite albums of 2014), Jake Stone caught up with them for a quick chat. What is it about punk rock that appeals to you? Do you even consider yourself a punk act? How did you form etc. TVC formed in 2007 as a solo project, we’ve been playing as a full band...
 

Interview: Theory of a Deadman’s Tyler Connolly

Canadian rockers Theory of a Deadman have topped the charts with radio hits such as “Santa Monica,” “Bad Girlfriend,” “So Happy,” “By the Way,” “I Hate My Life” and, most recently, “Drown.” While the group is known for its party-happy rock jams, Theory of a Deadman’s latest album, the just-released Savages, showcases a more serious set of songs that offer high-caliber songwriting and a very guitar-driven approach.
 

The Producer’s Chair: Jed Hilly

When I met with Jed Hilly, his office at The Factory in Franklin was not at all what I expected. There were no plush carpets, ornate credenzas or leather couches anywhere. Jed was wearing frayed blue jeans and he was hunkered down at the computer in his work-cave, like Custer, up to his ears in post-it notes and paperwork putting the final touches on the 15th Annual Americana Music Festival, which kicks off today and runs until...
 

Axe-Chat with Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner

It’s not every day that a legendary band who started rocking the world in the 1970s scores their most successful chart result ever a whole 45 years after forming, but Judas Priest have just achieved that incredibly rare feat, racking up an impressive #6 Billboard album chart review for their seventieth album, Redeemer Of Souls. It’s also the first Priest album to feature guitarist Richie Faulkner, who stepped into the role following the 2011...
 

Forty-Plus Years of YES: Steve Howe Talks Guitar-Playing

Ask any guitar aficionado to cite the most important players of the past 50 years, and it’s a near-certainty that Steve Howe’s name will come up before they take their second breath. During his amazing career, Howe has recorded 19 solo albums as well as records with Asia, GTR and others, but his most indelible mark has been made as a primary force in the legendary prog-rock band, YES. A key composer and player on such classic alums as Fragile, Close to the...
 

Interview with Sounds Like Sunset

After 9 years since their Invisible album, Sounds Like Sunset have returned with another full length record. Tomatrax caught up with David Challinor from the band to ask a few questions. It’s been around 9 years since your last full length album, what have you been doing over this time? We’ve been pretty busy. Just doing heaps of shows on & off, recording on & off when we can or when we feel like something’s worthy of being committed to tape...
 

Trivium’s Matt Heafy on New Music and His 6 and 7-strings

On 2013’s Vengeance Falls, Trivium mine a tight and cohesive blend of melody and blazing riffs with many apexes. This summer, Trivium are performing songs off Vengeance Falls (one of my favorite albums of the past few years) and the rest of their catalog on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. On Mayhem, Trivium frontman Matt Heafy slings his two signature models: the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom and the Ltd. Ed. Matt Heafy...
 

Interview with Jonathan Jackson from TV’s Nashville

Gear is the star attraction of the annual Summer NAMM show, but on the event’s final day, this past Saturday, one of the biggest crowds gathered to hear the debut NAMM show performance of Jonathan Jackson. Jackson plays struggling musician Avery Barkley on ABC TV’s Nashville, and Avery’s rise, fall and return from the ashes is one of the series’ most compelling storylines. Jackson is a five-time Emmy Award winning actor who won those statues and heaps...
 

Tomatrax interviews Twin Haus

Twin Haus have released their debut EP Waxen Myriad –seven tracks of decently ambient, delay driven rock music. Tomatrax caught up with the Brisbanites to discuss the life and times of Twin Haus. TRAX: How did the band form? HAUS: Things tended to fluctuate quite a bit during our first jams, there wasn’t much that had been solidified in the way of sound, members or name until Iti began making music with us in late July of 2012. We’d...
 

Interview with Amusium

There’s a new artist based out of New York that’s been turning heads regionally and internationally with his music. Amusium is born out of an obsession with all music, but with roots planted firmly in electro, orchestral, J-pop, house, and film scores. Russell Carlton Huiskamp—singer, songwriter, producer—spent the majority of his musical upbringing playing classical piano and training to be a composer. But, it wasn’t long until his interest...
 

Interview with Atlanta's Seven Handle Circus

Bluegrass with a twist. Pop-grass. Bad-ass newgrass. All are phrases that describe Atlanta-based Seven Handle Circus, a six-piece band that is redefining bluegrass and stepping outside the box of Folk/Americana. Comprised of Shawn Spencer (Guitar), Colin Vinson (Banjo), Steve Bledsoe (Mandolin), Richard Burroughs (Fiddle), Jeff Harrison (Drums) and Troy Harris (Bass), Seven Handle Circus is making waves...
 

Interview with Lunatics On Pogosticks

With a name like Lunatics on Pogosticks prepare yourself for music that will have you dancing around like a… crazy person. Happy had a chat with Lunatics On Pogosticks’ Calum Newton (vox, guitar) ahead of their tour, to talk about their experience supporting British India and Dune Rats and what we can expect from their latest EP, Slug Cat and Snail Dog. You tell a pretty vivid story with Less than Sober. Was it just based on a drunken night out?
 
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