Interviews

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Interview with Perfect Pussy

Syracuse noise rockers Perfect Pussy, are picking up momentum all over the world with their high energy shows and unique female fronted sound that is full of frenetic energy and reverb. As part of their upcoming Australian debut at Laneway Festival in January 2015, Happy had the chance to chat with guitarist...
 
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Georgia Fair – Break, Live at Hibernian House

There’s something about a live performance that truly defines a musician. It reveals the difference between the karaoke song writers and the artists who are able to transcend this physical plane using their fingers, their voices and their hearts. I certainly have no right to judge, my only forays into writing music have involved poorly framed Seinfeld references...
 
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Julie Jean White - A Perfectly Pure Songwriter

“Records, record stores, the way we made them, that’s all gone now and it’s up to the young musicians to figure it all out” - Joe Walsh. Indeed, the musical landscape has changed dramatically during the legend’s 40-year recording career. Now he and many others with roots in the analog era are looking for answers from one of the rarest commodities in the industry...
 
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Interview with Little May

Liz Drummond, Hannah Field and Annie Hamilton have taken Australia by storm as the harmonious Little May. After the release of their long awaited self-titled EP, the band has been on a non-stop cycle of touring at home and abroad. Vocalist Hannah took some time to chat with the chief of Happy about visiting the Big Apple, songwriting and regrettable photo shoots.
 
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Gibson Interview: Session Great Waddy Wachtel

Waddy Wachtel may not be a household name to the casual rock fan, but to guitarists he's a sideman supremo. Just some of the legends he's worked with include Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, Neil Young, Joe Walsh and many more. Let's just file...
 
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Indie Artists Sad Robot Discuss Marketing and Music Branding

Fresh off of their win at LAMN Jam, Sad Robot discusses social media strategy, marketing and music branding, and attending industry events. This year, Disc Makers partnered with NARIP (National Association of Record Industry Professionals) to sponsor the Los Angeles Music Network’s LAMN Jam. The competition awarded two top prize packages...
 
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The Kinks’ Dave Davies Talks about His New Album, Gibson Guitars and a Possible Kinks Reunion

It’s been 50 years since Dave Davies changed the rock and roll landscape with The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” a sonic milestone that ushered in the idea of guitar distortion. That song and other Kinks classics assured the band a prime spot in the pantheon of monumental British rock bands. As speculation about a possible Kinks reunion continues to foment...
 
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Interview with Trophy Eyes

Newcastle’s Trophy Eyes have slowly been making their presence known on the Australian punk and hardcore scene. After releasing their EP to a warm reception earlier this year, the five piece are quickly following up with the release of their debut album Mend, Move On. Happy spoke with frontman John Floreani about making...
 
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Ray Price’s Wife Carries on Country Icon’s Legacy

It was December 16th of 2013 when one of the truly great, innovative voices of country music left us. Ray Price set the tone in the late 1940s for what country music would become over the next several decades, first creating the “Ray Price Shuffle” that lent an air of musical sophistication to the honky-tonk subset, and then developing a distinguished...
 
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Interview with Dave Rennick of Light Pressure

Dave Rennick has been making music with Dappled Cities for over ten years, but has now decided to spread his creative wings with his impossible to google solo project Light Pressure. Dave got on the phone with Happy to talk the evolution of Light Pressure into a new band, recording spontaneously and becoming Dave the Friendly Dictator.
 
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Backstage Chat: Blackberry Smoke’s Paul Jackson in England

Blackberry Smoke have been stoking the Southern rock flames since 2000, with three albums and two EPs in their catalog. More than old-school grind, they exemplify the new generation of Southern rockers who hew closer to modern country and pop song structures, but they have opened for Zac Brown, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and...
 
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Interview with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale

Halestorm singer and guitarist Lzzy Hale is taking a temporary break from the road (Halestorm are back on tour soon though, see below). Back home in Nashville, she popped by the Gibson offices to chat about, among other things, her recently released Limited Edition Lzzy Hale Explorer. It’s white and gold and about as cool as...
 
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Tomatrax Interviews Citizen Kay

Tomatrax caught up with Canberra’s hip hop artist Citizen Kay, ahead of his Demokracy tour, to talk about the influences behind his music, how he got into rap and what you can expect from his latest album. Apparently Canberra is where all the music action is at! With a fast growing reputation Citizen Kay is definitely one to watch.
 
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Live from London - Songbird Juliet Lawson

Juliet Lawson is an English singer songwriter originating from London, renown for her personal, intimate style with audiences. Although her music has been classified as hard to place in any given genre, she switches effortlessly between blues, jazz, to folk inspired melodies. Juliet’s fan base was built on her outstanding...
 
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Tomatrax Interviews Radio Birdman

Sydney’s Radio Birdman, one of our pioneering punk rock bands, are about to go on a national tour! Tomatrax caught up with Deniz Tek from the band to talk about why they got back together, their musical influences and what you can expect from their upcoming shows. The legends have returned.
 
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