Interviews

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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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Slash and Myles Kennedy Talk About Touring and More

LASH and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will release their new album WORLD ON FIRE on September 16 via SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Caroline. The group revealed the cover artwork for WORLD ON FIRE designed by American contemporary artist Ron English today. Featuring the blazing title track as the first single—arriving at radio Friday, June 13th—the disc marks SLASH’s third ...
 
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Josh Pyke Interviews Courtney Barnett

Hit singer-songwriter and Happy fav since before she was on Fallon, Courtney Barnett has a quick chat to Josh Pyke about the hard hitting, relevant topics in modern music: Indie labels, streaming services and which hand you use to hold a fork when you’re eating pudding. Josh Pyke: I had one of those “pull the car over and listen to the full song and then look you up on the internets” moments when I first heard Avant Gardener… It’s a real corker! Are you into Pavement at all...
 
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Interview with Drunk Mums

Drunk Mums are the Melbourne-via-Cairns five-piece making a racket all over town. Masters of the live show, bearers of possibly one of the best band names ever, with haircuts that make all the cool girls swoon. We had a chat with them about feeding crocs in Cairns, putting titties on their album cover and calling ‘Straya home. You guys moved from Cairns to Melbourne, how do you find the difference between the two cities? Last time...
 
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Interview with the Delta Riggs

Melbourne rockers The Delta Riggs are currently tramping around the cobbled streets, the snow capped mountains and the lush green fields of Continental Europe. Before they jumped on that dreaded 14 hour flight, they found a chance to answer a few quick questions for us about Supersonic Casualties, Hollywood Hills parties and not being a Rock and Roll band who definitely don’t play it pretty straight. Supersonic Casualties has been out for a good month now...
 
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Jacob Stone interviews Spookyland

Jake Stone is as prolific as it gets in this here city of Sydney, and it’s miracle we haven’t lost him to Brooklyn (yet). With core projects like Bluejuice and side projects like Embankments, not to mention his writing, production and radio/TV work, he took a moment out of his time at Groovin the Moo to listen to Spookyland’s track The Silly Fucking Thing and ask what Marcus described as “finally some hearty questions” There’s a real sense of menace to your work, a sort...
 
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Interview with Architecture in Helsinki

Architecture in Helsinki are currently on tour with the all-star travelling circus that is Groovin The Moo, performing songs from their latest work Now + 4eva. We had a chat to them about learning new things, The Go-Betweens and Tasmanian Cheesmaking. You guys have a number of shows lined up in Australia and also hitting up Groovin The Moo with your new album. What kind of response are you seeing from crowds from your new tunes?
 
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Interview with London

Happy previously covered Melbourne based producer London and his track Rhoes. Although it is hard to sum up his sound, there’s a dominant soulful hip hop element tied in with kaleidoscopic electronica. London has masterfully mixed a range of genres to provide us with musical gold. So we got him to shed some light on his mysterious alias. So London, the internet is a bottomless pit of information, yet you’re still a bit of an enigma...
 
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Interview with Ball Park Music

Ball Park Music are the Brisbane indie-pop outfit we have all come to know and love. With the release of their third album Puddinghead fresh upon us, we caught up with Sam Cromack before he shoots off on their big fat Australian tour. Just quickly, can you take us back and give us a snap shot of how Ball Park Music came to be? Yeah, wow… such a long time ago now. Well, we all met at uni in 2008 doing our Bachelor of Music and had our first show that year...
 
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Connecting with Fans in Real Time - An Interview with Josh Hubball

Josh Hubball is the head of business development at App.net, home of Broadcast, a free “mobile newsletter” for artists that allows them to create their own channels and send out push notifications about music, shows and more directly to their fans. Josh got involved in the music industry in 2001 when he started a music production company focused on creating original music for television and commercials that turned into a record label called Dualsix Records. In 2004, he joined...
 
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Williams To Offer Master Class For Vocalists

If you are an aspiring artist – or one that is still willing to learn more about your craft, circle the date of May 3 around your calendar. Highly esteemed vocal coach Renee Grant-Williams will be presenting Shortcuts For Savvy Singers, the latest – and last of her long series of Master Classes in Nashville. “That is one of the most fun things that I do,” she tells MNN. We hold it at Soundcheck Rehearsal Studios. In the...
 
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Billy Morrison - Les Paul Guitarist and Stanton DJ

While you may not know Billy Morrison by name, chances are you’ve seen him on stage with some of the biggest rock stars out there, including the likes of Steven Tyler, and Slash. Although having been playing guitar professionally since the mid-eighties, Morrison found fame when he packed up and moved to Los Angeles on a whim, and was lucky enough to secure the job as touring bassist with The Cult. That was in 2001, and since then Billy has gone on to form the ...
 
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Interview with The Paper Kites

The Paper Kites are an indie folk band from Melbourne. Initially, they found success via the interwebs, with people discovering their tunes, sharing them, and sending them semi-viral. Following last year’s release of their first album, States, the band are gearing up for life on the road. We managed to catch up with them while they were still chillin’. I had a chance to see your set at Southbound festival – you guys were awesome btw – how was the band formed? Did you guys know each other...
 
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