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Melissa Jane Dichiera

Mellisa
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Interview With Melissa Jane Dichiera By Chris
20/12/06

Melissa Jane Dichiera is a great aussie
singer songwriter who I found.
She has great tunes that are joy to the air.
She also writes her songs as well.
I really liked what I heard and was keen to give her some
publicity.
She also acts as well which is cool
She is a new favourite of mine and will be gladly
supporting her career.

Melissa
Website

Melissa
Myspace Page

Melissa
Resume

1. How did you get into music?

I started singing and performing at the age of 5 and just
continued from there. I don’t really remember a time that I
was not involved in either singing, dancing, music or
acting. As a young child of 5 I started performing with the
Johnny Young Performance Group, with my first TV appearance
at the age of 7 on the Early Bird Show.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

My Idols growing up were Top female divas, Aretha Franklin,
Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston etc

3. Who were your influences?

I have always loved powerful, soulful singers such as
Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Etta James and funky bands
like Jamiroquai

4. Was it fun working in a pop group at Universal
Studios Japan?

I loved being in my pop group Les Bijoux. We were a family
and shared many wonderful experiences together like co
hosting the Christmas Special TV show Ohayo Asahi.

5. Did you gain a lot by doing that?

I worked with top Music Producers and Directors and was
lucky to learn from their wealth of expertise. I was also
fortunate to perform with top jazz musicians in
Japan.

6. Has the Internet helped with your music?

The Internet is definitely a great tool to let people hear
your music. I find that I meet people in person and then
direct them to my sites so that they can research me more
if they are interested in working with me.

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

MySpace is great to keep up to date with an artist’s up and
coming performances. You can get the word out to all your
contacts with the Event Invite, I think that is one of the
best features.

8. What have responses been like to your music on the
web?

I always receive good feedback, which is great. I have had
a lot of hits in the few months that I have posted my
songs.

9. How is the writing and recording process for the
album going?

It is going great, I have just recently written another 4
songs which I am currently recording and hoping to post on
MySpace in a few weeks. I seem to have a lot to write
about, lots of music flowing from me at the moment.

10. What inspires you when writing music?

Life is my inspiration. I am heavily influenced by my
emotions, what I hear is happening to people or in the
world. Experiences I have or see other people have. I feel
it all and write songs from it.

11. Have you had much response from record
labels?

No not yet. I am only just starting to approach record
labels. I first started with approaching music producers to
record and produce my songs and the response and help was
fantastic. I have currently recorded 6 songs and will now
be approaching record labels to help me take my music
further.

12. What has been your favorite gig to date?

One of my favorite gigs was my final performance with Les
Bijoux in Japan where we played to an over crowed audience
of 2000 or more fans. There were a lot of tears from the
fans and lot of love felt. I realized at that performance
how much my singing was appreciated and loved and I was so
grateful for the dedication and support I received from
fans.

13. Would you like to work on movie
soundtracks?

I would love to work on movie soundtracks. Something I
would love to do is actually act in a feature film and have
my music on the soundtrack as well.

14. What gives you a greater buzz singing or
acting?

I love both. Singing is different as you kind of have an
adrenalin experience where you feel like you are flying
when you have a big crowd to perform to and a lot of
cheering. Acting is very different as it is more intimate.
The buzz you get in acting is to be all the different
things you have wanted to be in life. It is free license to
explore your personality and different work
professions.

15. How did you get involved with Universal Studios
Japan theme park?

I attended an international audition where they were
looking for 1 western girl to join three Japanese girls in
an all girl pop r’n’b group. I spent the whole day going
through an audition process and then was offered a contract
three months later to be a part of Les Bijoux

17. Who have you has helped you out the most?

My Music Producer from Les bijoux has been most helpful and
inspiring. He had a lot of belief in my talent and inspired
me to take more advance steps in my original music. He has
also helped me in producing my original music.

18. What has been the highlight so far?

I have really enjoyed all the traveling I have experienced
with my music. Japan was a fantastic musical experience,
performing in Les Bijoux and also performing with brilliant
jazz musicians

19. What next for Melissa Jane Dichiera?

I am applying for a US Visa and hoping to do some film and
television work in America. I will also be looking for a
Record Label either in Australia or America to help me
release my album. My biggest goal is to release my solo
debut album. I love music and want to share my songs.


Lisa Maxwell

Lisa Maxwell
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Interview With Lisa Maxwell By Chris 12/12/06

Lisa Maxwell is a great aussie singer
songwriter a discovered.
Great rock tunes that are catchy and also well written and
a joy to the ears
Read on then check out her stuff as she is really
good.

Lisa Maxwell
Website

1. How did you get into music?

I have always had an interest in music, from nagging my
parents to buy me a recorder when I was 6 to teaching
myself how to play the guitar when I was 15. It has always
been an obsession for me. Professionally, I started with
the Arts Victoria funded Bent Incubator project a few years
ago.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

Believe it or not, the Spice Girls were a big influence for
me… until I heard them, I never listened to
contemporary pop music – I used to just listen to my
parents’ music collection. I definitely idolised Dave
Grohl for a while there, too.

3. Who were your influences?

Musically, bands like Nirvana, Powderfinger and Foo
Fighters influenced me early on. I find that people’s
attitudes, actions and behavior also strongly influence my
writing – I find people fascinating.

4. Are you happy with the responses from the latest
release?

Yeah, the response has been great!

5. What have responses been like to your music on the
web?

Excellent, people seem to be eager to find new music on the
web, so it seems to have been really well received.

6. Has the Internet helped with your music?

Definitely, thanks to things like Internet radio and
podcasting, my music seems to be reaching the right
audience worldwide. I found out I was being played on
college radio in New York and I hadn’t even sent them
a CD!

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

They definitely help, I don’t think bands can rely on
Myspace and You Tube as their sole means of promotion, but
it’s definitely great for communicating with fans and
networking – I met Jack Dahlqvist (who now plays bass
in my band) on Myspace, so it’s certainly
useful!

8. How did the recording process go for the new
album?

It was interesting… like any creative process; it
had its highs and lows. It was funny, some of the earlier
tracks recorded for the album ended up being released as my
“Bad Day” EP, so I found I was constantly
recording new songs. I definitely learned a lot about music
production and performance, and found that I developed a
lot of production ideas as recording progressed, to the
point of using parts of my own recordings and demos in
songs.

9. Was it different to your earlier releases?

Yes and no… I think the sound seems to be getting
darker and nastier, although it still has that pop-rock
element that the EP had. It still sounds like me!

10. What inspires you when writing music?

Anything and everything – good, bad and interesting
people, life in a small Victorian town, late nights, early
mornings, glandular fever, the music industry – the
list goes on!

11. Have you had much response from radio?

From alternative radio stations, definitely. I think
they’re always going to be more progressive than
commercial radio, just because of the freedom they have to
play what they like. People who like my music have played
it – I couldn’t ask for more than that.

12. What has been your favorite gig to date?

My most recent gig was at the Golden Vine in Bendigo
– that one is pretty hard to beat. There was a great
response from the crowd, and I was really happy with my
performance.

13. Has the Melbourne Street Press help with promoting
your music?

I’ve had some help from Melbourne street press with
promoting gigs when I have played in Melbourne.

14. Have you had much response from overseas labels
regarding your music?

I honestly wouldn’t know, I haven’t pursued
any. I have had a few overseas distribution companies
contact me, though.

15. Is it hard being an independent artist in
Australia?
I think it’s generally a challenge to
be a songwriter/musician, major label or indie. Music is
such a subjective thing – so you’ve got the
politics of the business as well as the tastes of the
audience to deal with. But there’s nothing wrong with
a challenge, now, is there?

16. What is your favorite venue to play at?

The Espy in St Kilda is pretty damn awesome… the
Golden Vine is great too.

17. Do you think Idol is the downfall of the major
label?

Not really, “best-of” CD’s on the other
hand… major labels are always going to push
ultra-commercial product, whether a TV show is involved or
not. Sometimes that commercial product is actually really
good; sometimes it’s Idol.

18 Who have you has helped you out the most?

Jamie Durrant, who co-produced my album and the “Bad
Day” EP and released both on his label, has been a
great help and a wonderful person to work with – a
stupidly talented one, too. Jaq and Tee at Cracked Media
decided to use my track “Harmonic Rock” on
their podcast The Bleeding Edge, which has gained a lot of
exposure, so they too have helped out a lot.

19. Have you had much response from Triple J? Haha,
not that I’m aware of but then again, I don’t
really listen to Triple J these days I don’t actually
know what they do play anymore.

20. What next for Lisa Maxwell?

Some more gigs, a few more music videos I’m working
on one at the moment and singles from my album. I’m
currently writing and demoing songs that will most likely
end up on my second album, so I guess I’ll eventually
get my butt into the studio for that. Who knows after that,
world domination? Maybe!

Peacefield

Peacefield
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Interview With Jeff Glatz from Peacefield By Chris
10/12/06

Peacefield are a great rock band I discovered.
Great rock tunes that are catchy and also well written and
a joy to the ears
Read on then check out there stuff.

Peacefield
Website

1. How did you get into music?

I’ve always wanted to be in a band or play an instrument
but the closest I came was writing in my journal and poems.
It all changed when my brother Don taught me guitar chords.
I new then I couldn’t stop and was addicted.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

I would go through my different phases. I started with The
Beatles then went new wave with bands like U2, The Alarm,
Echo & The Bunnymen, The Waterboys, Hoodoo Gurus, The
Clash. I was always changing.

3. Who were your influences?

I would say early U2 & Police is when it started, onto
early REM. Now it’s the great bands like Wilco, Pete Yorn,
Jayhawks, Counting Crows.

4. Are you happy with the responses from the latest
release?

I was worried at first and wasn’t sure what the reaction
would be, even from the people closest to us but we’ve been
getting a lot of positive feedback including a lot media
interest.

5. What have responses been like to the bands music on
the web?

Pretty much the same reaction. We’ve progressed a little on
each album, trying not to stray to far from our original
sound. Everything seems to be positive.

6. Has the Internet helped with your music?

Unbelievably. It makes networking a lot easier than it use
to be. All the way from contacting clubs to the media.
Letting people sample our music and hearing opinions. I
love it.

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

It’s helped us. We’ve made some great contacts and new
friends.

8. How did the recording process go for the new
album?

The whole recording seemed to go too quick. Never enough
time and never satisfied. You want to perfect everything
without over producing. Time and money.

9. Was it different to the bands last release?

Not a lot. It might sound a little more polished. We added
some great piano and hammond organ leads that we’ve never
tried before.

10. What inspires you when writing music?

Everything from the current news to my family and friends.
Sometimes books and characters.

11. Have you had much response from radio?

We’ve had a little in the past. I feel having our songs
“Warmer Side of the Street” in the comedy “Kingpin” and
“Little Mistress in PBS’s “Class of 2000” has helped us
with the airways and press. It’s really starting to pick up
with the newer stuff and I feel a lot more confident with
the newer tracks that we recorded and are writing.

12. What has been your favorite gig to date?

I love festivals where we can play and enjoy the company of
other bands. We’ve played the Blue Heron Festival where we
had the opportunity to play with 10,000 Maniacs and Donna
the Buffalo. They last for days.

13. Who would you most like to record a song
with?

Jayhawks frontman Gary Louris. I think he’s a musical
genius.

14. Have you had much response from overseas labels
regarding your music?

A little. I’m suprised about the interest of the oversea’s
press. It’s the Internet again. It’s reaching places we
could of only dreamed when we first started.

15. What is the music scene like where the band
is?

Texas has a lot of great bands and styles. That’s one
reason Peacefield ended up here. Unfortunately it’s
competetive and you have to be at your best. I feel we have
a very original sound and that seperates us from the bands
that we’re hearing at the moment.

16. Which bands have you you guys enjoyed playing with
the most?

Probably “The Clarks”. Great music and great guys.

17. Do you think Idol is the downfall of the major
label?

No. They’ll always be there.

18 Who have you feel has helped you out the
most?

To many friends and family to list.

19. Who would you like to do a split ep with?

Wilco or Counting Crows. Hard decision

20. What next for Peacefield?

We’ve all gotten our second wind. This is a very talented
band that knows what they want and how to do it. I’m hoping
a new album and some heavy touring!!

Deena Goodman

Deena Goodman
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Interview With Deena Goodman By Chris 7/12/06

Deena Goodman is a fantastic singer songwriter who I
discovered.
I was very impressed with her voice and her tunes
Read on as she has something to say.

Denna
Website

Deena MySpace
Page

1. How did you get into music?

I fell in love with music at a young age, not rock music
per se, rather singers randing from Ella Fitzgerald, Judy
Garland, Billie Holiday and even Barbra Streisand. My only
musical outlet in high school was do perform in musicals. I
moved on to study at the Tisch School of the Arts and
through my life at Tisch I became increasingly more
interested in the art of writing music along with
performing it. Artists that influenced that aspect of my
craft include Carol King, John Prine, Joan Osbourne, Janis
Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Shawn Colvin, Crosby, Stills,
Nash and Young among others. Upon my graduation from
college I was diagnosed with nodules on my vocal folds and
with that was forced to remain silent for about 2 months
when most of my writing came to form. Since getting my
voice back I have continued on the musical path I am on
today.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland for their vocal talents,
Carol King for her skilled writing, Nina Simone- for both.
The Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin for truly rocking out.
My parents for thei dedication.

3. Who were your influences?

Carol King, Patty Griffin, Jackson Brown, all artists
previously mentioned…the city I live in and the people I
love.

4. Are you happy with the responses from the Hard To Get
To EP?

All the response I have received has been excellent, I
would have liked to have had the EP reach more ears, but I
believe as an independent artist, that is often the
case….

5. What have responses been like to your music on the
web?

The web response has been excellent, most reviews have been
great and my itunes sales have been good. I am not sure I
have reached out to all of the web outlets that I could
have, but I reach out to more and more each and every day.
I am also working on a new EP that will allow me to offer
more material to those that I have already had a good
response from.

6. Has the Internet helped with your music?

Yes- particularly MySpace.

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

Absolutely- a wonderful way to reach out to a network of
people seeking out new music. I have received EXCELLENT
response via MySpace- it is my largest marketing tool next
to my own personal e mail list and cd baby.

8. What is the scene like for the type of music you
play?

There is a great scene of singer songwriters here in
Manhattan. I run a songwriter’s night called the New York
Songwriter’s Circle, a songwriters showcase that has been
in existence for over 15 years, started by singer,
songwriter Tina Shafer. It is an excellent network for
local songwriters to share new material and network with
one another. Other then that, there are clubs all over the
sity where many of my artist friends paly- very often we
will book nights playing together at these various
clubs

9. Has street press and music media/websites helped with
getting your name out their?

I have not really utilized that sort of promo. I use
Myspace as my main website at this point as well, as I feel
its better for touring promo then street teaming and an
easier way to find me then to find my own website.

10. What inspires you when writing music?

My experiences at the time. The city around me. The rythm
of the subway when I ride has, no joke inspired me with
melodies for songs I am working on. Other artists always
add to my inspiration. Words alone inspire me. I love to
connect one word to another to create an image or a phrase
that people will remember. love. or lack there of.

11. Have you had much response from radio?

I have had response from various pod casts and Internet
radio stations.

12. What has been your favorite gig to date?

I have two, both at my favorite venue in town. I opened for
two artists I have huge amounts of respect for- Toby
Lightman and Missy Higgins. Both shows were a blast.

13. Who would you most like to record a song
with?

Van Morrison.

14. Have you had much response from labels regarding
your music?

I have had positive feedback from many label friends, but
have not officially introduced myself to them just yet
😉

15. What are your thoughts on talent shows like
Idol?

I think that, though it seems to be a somewhat cheesy show,
that they actually work with kids who otherwise would not
know how to pursue a dream of theirs, and many of the
contestants have had some real chops on them. It is not the
ideal contest for a writer like myself, but for a singer
who does not mind singing music that is not their own it is
a great way to be discovered if you can handle a host like
Simon).

16. What are some of your favorite musical
artists/bands?

I am a huge Macy Gray fan, Joss Stone, Shawn Colvin, Brandi
Carlile, Patty Griffin, Regina Spektor, Carole King,
Radiohead, Black Crowes, Counting Crows, Chantal Kreviazuk,
Bonnie Raitt, Julie Miller. Older artists include, as I’ve
mentioned: Jackson Brown, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Bill
Withers.

17. Do you think Idol is the downfall of the major
label?

I think that overproduced pop music, due to the intense
techniological boom that we began to have a few years ago
led to the downfall of the original and ultra talented
artists- making it easy to create and work with people with
no real talent. I think that free downloading and file
sharing has led to the downfall of the labels. I don’t
think that Idol has led to much wrong in the business, it
is simply another way of creating a path for an artist who
might not otherwise have found it. I don’t necessarily
respect the artists that have come out of it for their
ultimate drive and talent, but I don’t think they have
destroyed the idea of a major label.

18 Who have you has helped you out the most?

I have had help from many people in my life, musically
producer Mike Shimshack probably took me the furthest in my
creative journey. Mostly, however, I would say it is my
parents, with their loving support who have kept me on this
path.

19. Who would you like to do a split EP with?

A contemporary artist I would love to share an EP with
would have to be Brandi Carlile.

20. What next for Deena Goodman?

I will hopefully be playing some shows out of town (I play
primarily here in NYC). I am currently working on getting a
team of people together to help me step this project up to
labels and so on. Immediately and forever I will always
write, listen and learn in order to create more and more
songs that reach people.

Thanks for your time any last words

Thank you so much for your interest in my music and my
happenings. I love what I do and hope to continue to share
it with people!

The Quarteracres

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Interview With Ewan From The Quarteracres By Chris
6/12/06

The Quarteracres are a fantastic Sydney indie rock band
with some great tunes.
I knew an interview was needed to help give these guys some
publicity
Read on as there are some great answers.

The Quarteracre
Website

1. How did you get into music?

Same way you get into a pair of pants – try it on, if it
fits cool, if it don’t fit don’t try too hard cause it can
feel awful!

2. Who were your idols growing up?

Definetly Michael Jackson

3. Who were your influences?

Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Hall n Oates and Midnight
Oil

4. Are you happy with the responses from the latest
release?

Any response is nice apparently

5. What have responses been like to the bands music on
the web?

Mostly positive

6. Has the internet helped with your music?

No – time spent online eats into practice

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

Myspace is a tool?

8. How did the recording process go for the new
album?

Long and drawn out with plenty of time to consider the next
move, like chess\

9. Was it different to the bands last release?

Yes it has twice as many tunes

10. What inspires you when writing music?

not sure I’m inspired more outraged.

11. Have you had much response from radio?

Fbi in Sydney were great, JJJ don’t give a shit
however.

12. What has been your favourite gig to date?

With Even at the Newtown RSL years ago

13. Who would you most like to record a song
with?

Rob Hirst

14. Have you had much response from labels regardng your
music?

Next to nothing

15. What is the music scene like where the band
is?

Fashionable

16. Which bands have you you guys enjoyed playing with
the most?

lately the Small Hours and Red Ink Spills

17. Do you think Idol is the downfall of the major
label?

Billy Idol did great things for his label.

18 Who have you has helped you out the most?

Hopetoun hotel

19. Who would you like to do a split ep with?

whats that?

20. What next for The Quarteracres?

changing our name back to Quarteracre