Interviews

Rebelution - 2014

Interview with Rebelution

Between putting out their Billboard-charting album Count Me In, and now supporting it with a 32-date summer tour, Rebelution is in the midst of a busy summer. Even so, Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany took out the time to answer a few questions for Music News Nashville. Your new album, Count Me In, is the #1 Reggae album right now - Congrats! Were there any influences on this album that might come as a surprise to your fans?
 
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Tyler Ward on Touring and Dirty Socks

Tyler Ward may have kick started his music career via YouTube (he’s one of the most popular acts on there) but he’s now a bona fide touring act. You can check out his tour dates here. So we wanted to know about life on the road. What are Tyler’s road trip essentials? iPad / for Netflix and TV show watching. Here’s a list of TV shows I'm currently watching. Pretty Little liars. 90210, Greek, Orange is the New Black ( I don't recommend this to anyone but I became addicted)...
 
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Interview with Alison Wonderland

Alison Wonderland has just wrapped up her very successful Wonderland Warehouse Project. We chatted with the wonder woman about making music in the bush, moving from classical cello to DJ decks, and the tension between original and remixed material in the career of a DJ. You’ve just wrapped up your Wonderland Warehouse Project, which has received a massive response nation-wide. What sort of atmosphere did it create, and how...
 
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Interview with Gang of Youths

People use a lot of words to describe Gang of Youths. Killing it. Overwhelmingly successful. A band that can do no wrong. Last time they were here in Sydney, Alex caught up with enigmatic, Burrito loving frontman David Leaupepe, whom he just happened to go to high school with. Dude, what the fuck are you doing here? I’m interviewing you man! No way dude. Look who’s interviewing me! This is the fucking weirdest thing ever.
 
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Interview with All American Girl bree

In a world where much of rock has lost its passion in a soulless sterility of studio smoke and mirrors comes bree - a 24-year-old religious cult castaway who discovered the truth the first time she plugged into a Gibson Flying V and cranked up a vintage Marshall amp. bree's influences ranging from Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Patsy Cline to The Beatles, The Who, The Clash and The Ramones. In short, bree has carved out her own slice of the rock n roll pie.
 
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Interview with NO GOOD + Maatzi

No Good are one of Sydney’s freshest little labels, specialising in the arcane arts of weird hip hop, alternative electronica and all round artsiness. We caught up with Jasper Clifford-Smith and Maatzi in the basement of The Petersham Bowlo at their Winter showcase over the cheapest craft beers in Sydney. Jess: Maatzi, this is Alex from Happy, Alex this is Maatzi and Jasper, oh and this is Alex’s mate Oscar. Jasper: Hey my brother’s name is Oscar! Oscar: Yeah it’s...
 
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Sheryl Crow on Country Music and Her “Money Maker” Gibson Acoustic

A slight turn, not a giant leap. That’s how Sheryl Crow assesses the move she made into mainstream country music with her most recent album, Feels Like Home. She’s quick to point out that even “All I Wanna Do”—the Grammy-winning hit that vaulted her into the limelight 20 years ago—contained pedal steel from beginning to end. “I don’t think it’s necessarily that big a switch,” she says. “Today’s country format is where you hear the kind of music ...
 
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Bill Kelliher Talks About Mastodon's New Album and His 'Golden Axe'

Mastodon brew up an aggressive mix of sounds with dense guitars, complex rhythms and the dark tones of progressive metal and sludge. The Atlanta-based quartet’s sixth studio album, “Once More ‘Round the Sun,” is out June 24 and offers trailblazing, guitar-heavy songs that don’t let up, all while centering around the vocals more than ever. Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher took the time to speak with Gibson.com about...
 
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Interview with Alex Hope

Jake Stone had a chat to one of Australia’s most successful young people in music – Alex Hope, who is writing some million dollar songs. Alex Hope is a twenty year old songwriter whose ambition in music is a great deal more interesting than most. Unlike many musicians and artists her age Alex is quiet and circumspect, uninspired to pursue fame as a front person. Instead, she idolises successful pop songwriters – the brains and production talent behind the...
 
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Bertie Blackman interviews Japanese Wallpaper

Bertie Blackman is an independent singer, songwriter and guitarist who we fell in love with following her prolific performances around Sydney during the 2000s. Japanese Wallpaper is the moniker of Gab Strum, a seventeen year old producer and musician from Melbourne town. He plays 9 instruments, has been praised by Chet Faker and Gotye and he’s still in high school. We put ‘em together to have a chat. Have a geeze
 
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Interview With Straight Arrows

You might have heard Straight Arrows are dropping a new LP – Rising on June 13th. Wait, what? You didn’t hear? Good thing we had a chat to Owen about his latest release for you then. When did you start making music as Straight Arrows? Maybe five or six years ago. Back then it was kind of a way to avoid boredom and the depression of real life. And unemployment. And getting kicked out of every band I’d ever been in. Oh, and getting dumped.
 
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The Producer’s Chair: Julian King

Long known as a Grammy Award winning studio engineer, Julian King has quietly made a name for himself as a record producer as well. In one capacity or another, he has been involved with records that have sold more than 100 million units. Yes ONE HUNDRED MILLION! King has worked with a who’s-who of Nashville superstars, including such huge hit makers as Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence, Clint Black, Martina McBride, Vince Gill...
 
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Demi Lovato Guitarist Mike Manning on Music, Social Media and Les Pauls

Mike Manning is the guitarist for one of the biggest stars of the moment, Demi Lovato, but that doesn’t mean he has stopped mastering the guitar. “You never stop learning,” Manning told Gibson.com. “Even the best are still learning. Or should I say, the best keeplearning. I always know when I get stagnant in my playing because I got lazy in practicing or learning new things.” He added, “I try to pick up things from everyone I play with and as long as it's an...
 
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Telegraph Combines Classic Rock With Modern Pop

Nashville based band Telegraph is a unique band among the emerging pop rock groups. Bands like Neon Trees and The 1975 copy a similar genre sound that most older audiences are familiar with: 80’s New Wave and 80’s rock. New, and emerging bands are drawing inspirations from the genres, but most of these bands sound like it was directly from the era and they all sound the same. For Telegraph it was different; they have...
 
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The Art of Co-Writing

Jason Reeves is an ASCAP award-winning singer / songwriter who, aside from successfully building a career as a DIY artist has also proven that collaboration can be incredibly powerful for artists that want to find new ways to reach fans and get their music heard. Reeves has co-written many songs, including the Billboard chart-topping “Bubbly” and “I Never Told You,” with the Grammy-award-winning Colbie Caillat. He also wrote “The Show” with...
 
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