Interviews

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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...
 
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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.
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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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