Interview with French Guitar Virtuoso Stephan Forte

Every generation needs its guitar heroes. Whenever the topic of shredders comes up the list usually includes (and sometimes exclusively) Malmsteen, Vai and Satriani. While all are still going strong, their heyday was 30 years ago. Who are today’s fans to worship? Enter 36 year-old French virtuoso Stephan Forte. His rise to prominence is taking...

Interview with Essick

Brisbane band Essick have come some way from the bedroom they first starting recording music together in. They’ve been hard at work recording their debut album Atrium Atrium. A little over a year and one broken foot later they’re ready to unleash it on the world with the debut of their first single Ghost Towns. When did you write your first song? As Essick, Ravi and I wrote...

Dean Madonia Unleashes His Inner Monster

You get the feeling that Dean Madonia is going to achieve his goal of creating a rock opera for Halloween that will rival Christmas' TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. He's being methodical and working within his means; this year he's performing two concerts of his rock opera SHADOW TO SHADOW: DEAN MADONIA'S FRANKENSTEIN...

Interview with Brave

Stirring the soup of soul, electronica and hip hop with his intriguing voice, Sydney’s Brave had a chat to Tomatrax about his upcoming EP amongst other, rather laconic musings. How did your music career start? All I can remember is making music, there’s nothing before that. What inspired you to become a Musician? I wanted to be the piano man Bernie Taupin refers to in Elton John’s Tiny...

Interview with Xander Smith

Tomatrax caught up with the folk-indie legend that is Xander Smith, who’s just recorded an album with some of the dudes from New Order! Outside is available now. You’ve just released your second album, Outside, how do you think it compares to your debut album? I love both records. Im really proud to share these with the world. Personally, I think the two albums, together, are a set. I’m very...
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Interview with Willow Beats

David caught up with the dreamy beat makers Willow Beats before their EP launch tour, to talk awkward family conversations and the secret behind their next -level sound. Spoiler Alert: get an insight into what you missed out on since you didn’t go to one of their gigs (you know who you are). Here’s to more shows and more brilliant music so we can live in this pool of sweet trance just a little longer.

Alex Lifeson in His Own Words

Alex Lifeson of Rush turns 61 on August 27 2014. Why celebrate Alex's 61st? Well, Rush are planning a 41stAnniversary Tour for 2015, so thought we'd stay as kookily contrary as the legendary Toronto trio. There's little need to reiterate Lifeson's standing in rock guitar's pantheon. He's hugely talented and unique, you already know that. And like Rush the band, he's...

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...
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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...
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