Posted on Jul 29, 2014
Coming away from his first sold out tour and two fan – filled bus rides in Sydney and Melbourne, Aussie RnB/Hip-Hop rapping whiz, Allday aka Tom Gaynor took a break from signing CDs to chat with Happy about important stuff like the truth behind his sugary obsession, his greatest fears and what we can expect from his debut album Startup Cult. Jen has been converted to rap music and we think you will too.
Posted on Jul 24, 2014
Darlia, straight outta Crackpool, have jumped quickly into the limelight, with their creepy single Candyman and with their amazing Knock Knock EP. Ahead of their upcoming Splendour in the Grass show, we axed ‘em a couple of questions. Tell me about your experience growing up. I read that you had a hard a time in high school and found a lot of solace in music. Is that true? I’m not going to wallow but I’m also not going to lie about it. But yeah it’s true. During early primary...
Posted on Jul 22, 2014
Of the prime “Surrey Delta” players of 1960s U.K. blues – Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck – it’s Beck who is the connoisseur's choice. Although hardly a household name like EC and Page, Beck is rightly considered by those in-the-known as one of the most unique guitar stylists ever. Beck turns 70 on 24 June 2014 but, at his own pace, he is working on a new album that will undoubtedly again push the boundaries of electric guitar.
Happy birthday, Geoffrey
Posted on Jul 17, 2014
Melbournian outlaws Twin Beasts create the kind of throaty, debaucherous blues-rock that makes a man wanna lock up his daughters, swagger into town and get cracked on a case of moonshine. In the calm before the storm of their impending tour, vocalist Danny Eucalyptus shared some truths with us about naked models, gettin’ creepy, and what can be expected when they take to the stage. You’ve defined your older LP, ‘Outlaws’, as a “spaghetti western rock...
Posted on Jul 17, 2014
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?
Posted on Jul 15, 2014
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)...
Posted on Jul 14, 2014
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...
Posted on Jul 10, 2014
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.
Posted on Jul 7, 2014
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.
Posted on Jul 3, 2014
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...
Posted on Jul 2, 2014
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 ...
Posted on Jun 25, 2014
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...
Posted on Jun 24, 2014
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...
Posted on Jun 23, 2014
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
Posted on Jun 20, 2014
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.