Tomatrax interviews Lunatics On Pogosticks

Tomatrax spoke with indie-garage-pop band, Lunatics On Pogosticks, ahead of their single tour this month, to get a more personal insight into who the band are, what you can expect from them in the big 2015 and the impact of winning a triple j unearthed competition – is the news good or bad? You’ll soon find out! How did the band form? James and I just started making...

Platinum Power: Miranda Lambert Talks about Songwriting, Celebrity and Gibson Guitars

Earlier this month, Miranda Lambert took home her fifth consecutive trophy as the Country Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year.” In addition, the acclaimed country artist earned top CMA honors in the categories of “Single of the Year” (for “Automatic”) and “Album of the Year” (forPlatinum). Still, like her husband, Blake Shelton, Lambert has maintained a down-to-earth...

Tomatrax Interviews Eliza Hull

Melbourne’s dream-pop songstress, Eliza Hull, known for her ethereal soundscapes, has toured with the likes of Owl Eyes, Hayden Calnin and SAFIA. Ahead of her performance at New Years On The Hill festival, Tomatrax had a chat with Eliza about her debut album The Bones Of Us due out early 2015. Expect wholesomely divine vocals met with synth driven...

Geoff Hooton Talks About "Salesman (Hole in My Neck)"

We often endeavour to adopt the characteristics of those we look up to, to be the best we can be. After all the saying goes: “Imitation is the highest form of flattery”. As musicians we often aspire to capture certain feelings or sounds our idol’s have perfected – whether it’s the sense of elevation through epic production or nostalgia through certain synth samples, our own...

Jim Ed Brown: Never Out Of Style

Jim Ed Brown’s smooth, understated vocal was a radio favorite for the better part of three decades, in contrast to the work of vocalists of the period like Marty Robbins and Waylon Jennings, who, while excellent, made their names through the cult of personality as much as their singing. But Brown achieved his success with a sound built on melody and tone...

Interview with The Cairos

Brisbane, Australia four-piece The Cairos finally released their debut album Dream of Reason to the frothing excitement of fans and critics alike. Since then the boys have knuckled down touring Australia, the U.S, Europe and sold out their gig in a Chinese war lord’s mansion. Taking a break from watching the cricket at their label’s fancy-pants offices, Alistar...

Interview With Tkay Maidza

Adelaide, Australia’s Tkay Maidza has been stomping into the clubs and into the spotlight as one of the most promising Aussie music exports. Whether she’s playing to a thousand sweaty people, laying down beats in the studio or pretending to be in a shootout with other musos, the young Tkay has shown a tenacity to continue to grow and learn.

The Worriers Talk About What 'Mama Said'

Ah, Christmas is just around the corner! Children are waiting anxiously in their beds straining their little ears for the faintest hints of hooves on the roof. Parents are anxiously trying to wrap parents silently before their nosey kids stumble upon reality and have their childish wonder abolished at age six (like a certain Happy editor). Regardless of religious...

The Creases Talk 'Gradient ‘Live’

Our mood distorts the way we appreciate music. Listen to a sombre song when you’re in high spirits and it will pull you down, just a tad . Listen to the same song when you’re feeling rather tense and if its vibes parallel what you are feeling, then it succeeds in striking a memorable chord with you. The Creases‘ release a music video...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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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