Interviews

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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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Interview With Tracy G About Richie Blackmore

As part of our Tribute To Ritchie Blackmoreweek, we have invited well known names in the world of rock and metal to share their thoughts about Ritchie. The first in the series this week is with American guitaristTracy Grijalva, better known as Tracy G, who is best known for playing with the legendary DIO from 1993 – 1999. Tracy has been involved with many other projects and is currently working on songs for his own band the TRACY G GROUP. To find out Tracy‘s thoughts on Ritchie and his...
 
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The Producer’s Chair: Brent Maher

To date, legendary 6-Time Grammy Winning record producer, Brent Maher, has 498 credits to his name as a producer, engineer, mixer, composer, guitarist, percussionist, back-ground vocalist and hand-clapper. Brent’s body of work has been Historical, to say the least. Brent’s mantle of Grammys includes Mama He’s Crazy (The Judds -1984), Grandpa (The Judds – 1986), Give A Little Love (The Judds – 1988), Love Can Build A Bridge (The Judds – 1991), Kathy Mattea...
 
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New Single From Johnny Orr Band Shines Light On Autism

At its’ central core, music is about touching people’s hearts with lyrics the listener can relate to. “We’ll Get By (The Autism Song),” the latest release from the Johnny Orr Band,is definitely one such song. “A friend of mine asked me to write the song in 2012," Orr told MNN. "Candi Spitz and I became friends on Facebook, and she has twin sons – Brendan and Jaden - who are autistic. She had just spoke out about some of the songs that I had done, and thought that I might be...
 
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Interview with Born Lion

Born Lion formed in Sydney in 2012. Their music has been described as “post-hardcore spiced rock-and-fuckin’-roll”, and they’ve been compared to the likes of The Hot Snakes, Fugazi, Future of the Left and The Bronx. We had a chat with them about what is was like to support The Hives, the future of Australian music, and dogs in the park. You guys supported The Hives at their only BDO sideshow in Melbourne earlier this year...
 
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Gibson Legend George Thorogood Talks Guitars

When George Thorogood’s worn shoe leather voice and snarling rottweiler six-string first busted out of FM radios in 1977, it was like nothing else on the airwaves. Disco, new wave and corporate rock were in a bloody fistfight for the hearts of listeners — or, in disco’s case, dancers — and blues was at a low ebb of popularity. Players like Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker were without record deals. Yet there was something about the ragged and thoroughly right approach...
 
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Interview With Australian Band Cull

After releasing their debut EP Bà Nội late last year, Sydney band Cull have received a super steady stream of rave reviews. We love their loopy, swirly sound, and their visual aesthetic which blends Australian and Vietnamese cultures. We had some words with them about pedalboards, Sydney competition and what its like to play alongside your best friends. How did Cull come together in the form we know it now? In mid 2012 I started writing and producing...
 
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The Soul Circus Cowboys - A Natural Progression

Billy McKnight had been to Music City to try his hand at a solo career, and returned home to his native Tampa. Not knowing what would be the next step of his musical journey, he tells Music News Nashville that what happened next – the formation of the Soul Circus Cowboys – was a natural progression. “I was working with several diferent songwriters, and we had started performing,” he said, admitting that he didn’t have any plans of...
 
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In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Val Denn, Owner of Val Denn Agency

Renowned for her rapier wit, piercing intellect, and faith in her clients, Val Denn is nobody’s fool. The Wimberley, Texas-based booking agent—in the midst of resettling in Blandford, Nova Scotia--loves music artists--particularly singer/songwriters—and driving a fair deal in any venue negotiations for her clients. She also loves Texas and Canada’s east coast, and the musicians in both regions. Just don’t get her started talking about all of that because the conversation will go on for days.
 
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New Artist Spotlight: North 40

It’s been a while since Paige Logan and Heather Looney chased their dreams to Nashville. Logan came from Safford, Ariz., where she studied piano, taught herself guitar and mandolin and soaked up the sounds of her dad’s LP and 8-track collection. In 1993, she and her sister hit the road for Music City; a year later, Paige was there alone, beginning a long stretch of day jobs and determination. Meanwhile, Looney and her dad had been performing around...
 
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The Producer’s Chair: Tom Hambridge

It may seem like a lofty claim but, I think I can safely say that producer, drummer, artist, songwriter extraordinaire, Tom Hambridge is single-handedly responsible for the entire presence of ‘THE BLUES’, in MusicCity. Tom was the recipient of the 2011 Grammy for Buddy Guy’s Album LIVING PROOF, which also took home Best Contemporary Blues Album, Song of The Year and Album of The Year from the 2011 Blues Music Awards and Song of The Year from the Blues...
 
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