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Felicity Urquhart

Felicity Urquhart
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Interview With Felicity Urquhart By Chris 23/2/07

Felicity Urquhart is a fantastc country singer songwriter from Australia.

She has a won a Golden Guitar(that a country music award) for best video clip .

She is going places by doing the hard yards to repeat the rewards

Read the interview and read the review of her album on this site.

The Wellingtons Website

1. How did you get into music?

Busking on Peel st Tamworth ( my home town) when I was 11 yrs old

2. Who were your idols growing up?

John Williamson, Dolly Parton, Slim Dusty,Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson

3. Who were your influences?

they were Alison Krauss & Union Station, Dolly, Patsy ,Bob Wills

4. Are you happy with the responses from the new album?

most definitely

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

it’s been so interesting getting interest from other countries, the power and reach of the net is incredible

6. Has the Internet helped with your music?

I’m sure it has

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?


8. Who you would most like to tour with?

Alison Krauss

9. If you could work with any one who would it be?

Alison Krauss

10. Is it hard to get radio to play your music?

yes it is, they hear the word country and freak out

11. Have you had much response from radio?

it’s been positive in country circles but I wish mainstream would give us some airtime

12. Do you think Australia needs a dedicated country radio station nation wide?

there are national country programmers but a 24hr day station Nation wide would be fabulous…I don’t see it happening though

13. What’s it like being a country singer/songwriter in Australia ?

Interesting…I try to write honestly, that’s always my priority

14. Has having a major independent distributor helped with getting your music out there?

for sure .it’s the hardest part of the selling is getting in front of people so I really love the indie distributors

15. What is on your stereo at the moment?

The Wreckers

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

James Taylor, Mindy Smith, Bonnie Raitt , Alison Krauss, Shawn Colvin, Emmy Lou Harris, Dolly, Josh Rouse, Karl Broadie, James Blundell, The Flood, Sheryl Crowe

17. Any plans to tour the country?

Touring this yr with Sara Storer and then James Blundell and Anne Kirkpatrick

18 Who have you has helped you out the most?

My family have helped me out the most, particularly my sister

19. What inspires you when writing music?

I’m inspired by the emotive stuff, it’s usually something personal

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

I had a long list of demos first and then from that made a short list and band tracked in the studio about 18 songs. We then decided from there what songs sounded best. I rely on my partner / producer Glen Hannah for his musical advice during that stage

The Wellingtons

The Wellingtons
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Interview With Kate From The Wellingtons By Chris 21/2/07

The Wellingtons are great melbourne based power pop band with solid catchy tunes.

A hard working band trying to get noticed here in Australia with a japanese record deal and offers in America.

This band is going places by doing the hard yards to repeat the rewards

Read the interview and expect a review of their new album tomorrow.

The Wellingtons Website

1. How did you get into music?

Watching rage in my under wear as a kid, playing drums along with the songs on cardboard boxes with my mums knitting needles. Sorry Mum.
Then my older brother tapped two acoustic Bon Jovi songs of the tv from a tv show (countdown I think), I watched it over and over and imitating them, me and my brother on the couch in the front of the t.v.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

Jon Bon Jovi and Peter Dacios (Collingwood football club)

3. Who were your influences?

Well Bon Jovi as a kid then
Weezer, Elvis Costello, Ash, The beatles, You am I, Fountains of Wayne, Ben Folds, Soul asylum, They might be giants and many others

4. Are you happy with the responses from the new album?

It’s still a little early to tell as it came out last Sat in Australia. But from Japanese fans last year, yes very much so. Is Australia we’re still waiting for the reviews to come in.

5. What was the recording process like for the new album?

Kinda tuff and kinda stressful really, I feel some pressure (which I place on myself) because you really want to get it right and do your best. The hours are long and getting the funding together is very hard. Matt Maddock however is a great guy to work with and makes sure you get a good result.
Its always a relief to finish and album.

6. Did you think you would ever play and have the bands album released in Japan?

No, It was not something we ever sought out or looked for, it didn’t ever occur to me as a good idea before it happened. I guess we always wanted and focused on trying to make it big in Australia and didn’t realise it was kinda like banging your head against a wall. I had assumed it must have been even harder to make it O.S than here in Australia but it turned out to be the opposite and although its kinda sad that we don’t do that well here at the moment, I’m very thankful we can sell records in japan.

7. Is it hard to get radio play here in Australia?

We have found it impossible to get regular air-play on stations with big internships in Australia. It’s very frustrating and a big set back for a band trying to sell records and get people to shows. I guess you have to work SO much harder and think creatively about how you promote the band.

8. Is it hard being an independent artist in Australia?

Yes it is, and it’s very hard being the sole songwriter in a band and managing the band and working a day job to fund most of that bands activities at the same time. No wonder bands break up all the time. I wish I was given a flair for advertising or maybe Architecture. But alas I’m was given a predisposition to write power pop one of the least commercially viable styles of music in Australia. Sorry to whinge hehe!

9. How did a Australia band get there cd released in Japan?

I’m not 100% how thistime records first heard of us, but it was super simple. They emailed us saying they liked what they’d heard we sent them the record they sent us the contract. The only hard part was saying no to another great label in Japan.

10. Have you had much response from overseas labels apart from Japan?

Yeah we had three labels in the in the U.S wanting to put our records out and we’re hoping to get that finalised real soon and tour over there soon.

11. Has the band had much response from radio?

Syn fm in Melbourne have been really supportive of our music. 3ZZZ (bris) and FBI in Sydney have also played us a bit too it’s kinda hard though because we don’t really know who is playing us. We don’t receive a report or anything like that.
There has also been a radio station in Spain that really likes us which is ace!

12. Do you the internet has helped bands get noticed by labels and industry people?

Very much so. It makes our music instantly available for listening to by industry people, so it brings some boundaries down I guess.
Myspace has also really helped our band reach new audiences for sure in particular O.S people who would otherwise have no chance of hearing us!

13. Has it been hard to get noticed by labels in Australia?

Yes only one major record label we’re aware of have come to a wellingtons show. They were really nice but no offers we’re forthcoming. We’ve always had to seek out labels ourselves rather than them coming to us which isn’t great and means more hard work.

14. What has been the bands favourite gig so far?

It used to be the time we opened for Tim Rogers but our headline show in Tokyo late last year probably over took that one. I never though i’d be playing to over 200 people (in a foreign country) who we’re smiling and clapped and singing along that’s all I ever really wanted with this band! Hopefully we can keep doing that to more and more people.

15. What is on your stereo at the moment?

The Lemonheads, new self titled record
Cheap Trick, Rockford
The Shazam, Tomorrow the world
Sloan, Never hear the end of it

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

Weezer, Fountains of Wayne, They Might Be Giants, Ben Folds, You Am I, Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick, Jellyfish, Lemonheads, Nada Surf, Wilco, the Beatles, Ben Kweller, Sloan the muffs, ice cream hands, the posies, the salteens, superdrag, phantom planet, klinger, custard, the fauves, blur, get up kids, jebediah, Bob Evans, ben lee, living end, ozma, sugarcult, Darren Hanlon, marvelous 3, Lucksmiths, ,Saves the day, sekiden, the shins, supergrass, rooney, ratcat, dave rogers, Peabody, pavement, tim read, pollyanna, the rentals, soul asylum, the smallgoods, the suits, screamfeeder, the sharp, starky, tsar, butch walker, the weekend, desedants/all, mxpx, Owsly, the wannadies, Aerosmith, the davenports, giggalo aunts, redd kross, mr brown, soap star joe, the Reservations, montanna, lo-tel, gin blossoms, p76/Jerico/ Danny McDonald, Tomorrow people, Even, letters to cleo, Anna Waronka, that dog, extreme, fastball, Groundswell, Treetops, Ken Stringfellow,
All great songwriters and bands!

17. Are you happy how the band has gone so far?

I always want to write better and better songs, but yeah I think I’m writing songs that I would love if somebody else had written them.
I’m fairly unhappy with the way the band is going in Australia to be honest, it’s been slow going and hard work for little reward and has cost us personally quite a lot of money. I hope we can keep getting better at playing live and writing songs and go on to sell enough records to quit our day jobs!

18 Who has helped out the band the most?

Our Japanese label this time records and tower records in Japan.

19. What inspires the band when writing music?

Other great bands (see list above) writing crafted infectious pop, Our friends and fans over the world! The frustrations of the music industry and sometimes social issues, injustices and inequalities that annoy us.

20. What has been the highlight so far?

Touring Japan and finding an audience of people who really love and enjoy want we do!

Bianca Jade

Bianca Jade
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Interview With Bianca Jade By Chris 16/2/07

Bianca Jade is a fantastic singer songerwriter from Perth.

Her music is described as country,blues and folk.

Her Ep is excellent..

She is worthy of an interview.

Bianca Website

1. How did you get into music?

I started my first band at school with 4 other girls. After that it just kept going…

2. Who were your idols growing up?

I grew up in the 80s so of course I loved Annie Lennox, Kate Bush and the like. But my main idols would have to be Joan Baez, Melanie Safka, Joni Mitchell and all the other wonderful folk singers my parents played.

3. Who were your influences?

My current influences are Neko Case, Carla Bruni, Jenny Lewis, Lori McKenna and any other voice that turns me on. My initial influences would have to be the folk singers of the 60s and 70s.

4. Are you happy with the responses from the EP?

Very happy. This EP seems to be connecting with more people.

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

I’ve had some good response from the USA which shows that my touring on that side of the world is starting pay off. The web is my biggest tool. It gets me and my music around the globe. The site and myspace are integral for me as an independent artist.

6. Has the Internet helped with your music?

Of course. The Internet is the fastest way for someone to find me, hear me and then buy my CD.

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

Like I said…myspace is another great tool for promoting your music as well as meeting many other musos from around the world.

8. Who you would most like to tour with?

Neko Case Natalie Merchant Gillian Welch

9. If you could work with any one who would it be?

A producer that hears things the way I do.

10. Is it hard to get radio to play your music?

Commercial but community radio is very supportive.

11. Have you had much response from radio?

A good amount from community and local.

12. What was it like playing at the greatest venue ever CBGB?

Like being part of music history. You can feel the history of the place. It was an incredible experience that I will always cherish.

13. What is it like playing in America being from Australia?

Yhey love the accent and they love Aussies. Need I say more.

14. Have you had much response from record labels?

I haven’t been targeting them. I’m in a niche music genre and I like it that way.

15. What is on your stereo at the moment?

Josh Rouse

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

Too many. I love folk, jazz, opera, rock… as long as it has a melody and some soul I’m hooked.

17. Any plans to tour the country?

East coast tour later in year.

18 Who have you has helped you out the most?

My mum.

19. What inspires you when writing music?

Most things. A word, a colour, a scenario, the way someone looked at me on the train. The list is endless.

20. How did the recording process go for the EP?

We recorded live all together at the same time which made things run very smoothly.

Thanks again for your time any last words

ciao ciao

Elizabeth Foust

Elizabeth Foust
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Interview With Elizabeth Foust By Chris 9/2/07

Elizabeth Foust is some one I have used a few times with a few project with company Clear Springs Entertainment and this site.

Elizabeth Foust is a model and a law student.

She is one of the most beautiful natural gorgeous model’s ever in my books.

Plus she has brains too which is also awesome.

She has been in a number of Playboy Special Edition Issues

As well as being Coed Of The Week.

I hope she keeps modelling as she got the look for modelling.

I was stooked to get an interview with her so read on.

1. How has your life changed since doing Playboy?

I can’t say my life has changed drastically since PB, PB was a great experience, a real self-esteem boost and quite liberating.

2. Why pose for in Playboy and how did you get involved?

I became involved after submitting some photos. They called me and flew me to Chicago.

3. Was it exciting to see yourself in the various SE college girls issues?

I was surprised at how many editions my photos were used in (a calendar and 3 magazines), so it was a new surprise each time a new one came out. I didn’t get to see any of the photos before they were published so I was always checking the local Barnes and Noble. I got a few funny looks, being a college girl grabbing up multiple copies of the same edition

4. Is it fun doing the photo shoots?

The photo shoot was a great time, everyone was very nice and extremely professional. It was a great time getting dolled up by the professional makeup artist.

5. How have people responded when you tell them your in Playboy?

I think they are surprised at first, it isn’t everyday that you hear someone say they are in Playboy.

6. Do you plan to keep modeling (personally I think you got what it takes)?

I hope to do more modeling in the future, but I am currently in graduate school, so I don’t know how much time I’ll have for it. My modeling jobs have always come from random things I come across, so I never know when a new job might pop up.

7. What has been the highlight so far from posing for Playboy?

I’m a little celebrity in my hometown, former high school cheerleader turned PB model!

8. Any plans to do more stuff with them or are you done for now?

I would be interested in doing more with them, they are great, but for the time being I’m done.

9. Any problems from posing for Playboy?


Elizabeth Foust

10. Have you learned a lot from doing your degree?

The best part about college for me, was the experience and life-lessons you learn.

11. Why did you choose the degree you are doing?

I am currently working on a law degree. It was one thing I have always wanted to do.

12. What are some of your favorite movies?

I love movies!! From action to mystery to comedy to romantic, just about anything will do

13. What movies that you have seen recently you have really enjoyed?

Hide and Seek, The Notebook, Sweet Home Alabama, Overboard, The Wedding Date, Road Trip, Walk the Line

14. What are some of your favorite musical artists?

Hh mmm….tuffy, they change too often!

15. What would we find on Elizabeth Foust stereo at the moment?

Anything you can sing or dance to

16. Would you ever like to travel overseas?

I would love to go to Ireland sometime

17. What your favorite thing to do when your not studying?

Sleep! ha ha……you will usually find me with friends, hanging out, watching movies, riding 4-wheelers, camping, dancing, just about anything that will help blow off some stress from the week in classes.

Elizabeth Foust

Thanks to her friend Erin for setting the interview

Elizabeth rocks and I hope she keeps modelling

Jessi London

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Interview With Jessi London By Chris 5/2/07

Jessi London was recommend to me by

another singer songwriter Jessica Paige.

She was right, Jessi London writes and plays such fantastic music.

So I wanted to help promote this great local Melbourne talent.

So read on and check out her music.

Jessi Website

1.How did you get into music?

This I don’t actually remember, because I was about 5 when I started singing, dancing and piano. My family are all musicians (mostly amateur!) so it’s fairly safe to assume that’s how I got into music, when I was a kid.

2.Who were your idols growing up?

I went to the Johnny Young Time school when I was a kid, so I suppose when I was really young, it was all about pop divas like Kylie and Madonna. When I was old enough to start playing the pop songs on the piano, it was more about Billy Joel and the Beatles.

3.Who were your influences?

How long have you got?! It goes from Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Bill Joel, right through to John Mayer (my bordering obsession!), India Arie and Sarah McLaughlin.

4.Are you happy with the responses from the EP?

The response has been amazing. I get so many emails from fans all over the world telling me how they know every word to every song, or how they feel like a certain song was written about their life! I think people appreciate a song even more when they are going through what it’s about.

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

Actually, I’ve been really surprised at how it’s spread around the world! Just because of the wonderful world wide web, I’ve got fans in Sweden, Germany, Africa, China and Russia, to name a few. It’s so completely random. I don’t even know how it gets there!

6.Has the internet helped with your music?

Yes, there is no way I would have been able to reach people internationally and even interstate without it.

7.Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

I think myspace is wonderful for the industry and for fans; industry because you can network with other bands and I love being able to check out their music with a click of a bottom, and fans because they can interact with you and easily pass you onto their other friends.

8.Who you would most like to tour with?

Obviously any of my influences or idols as listed above would be a dream come true, but some others might include Crowded House, James Morrison, Gavin DeGraw, Van Morrison, Maroon 5 or Snow Patrol. I could go on forever though.

9.What your favourite venue to play in Melbourne?

Manchester Lane. It’s classy, intimate, has great food a wonderful grand piano on stage.

10.Is it hard to get radio to play your music?

Impossible more like it! Major record companies pay a lot of money for people known as “pluggers” who push the new singles to the big guys like Fox and Nova. Most independent people can’t really afford this type of promotion.

11.Have you had much response from radio?>

Definitely a lot from community radio, yes. In fact, the local stations will really go out of their way to help you. I’ve done stacks of live shows over the years and had some great responses.

12.So what’s it like playing the Melbourne Scene, people respond well to your music?

Sometimes I feel like the Melbourne music scene is all about Electro DJ’s in clubs and heavy rock bands, which I am neither. I do find that getting the right venue to support you can be tricky. It’s all about getting enough people through the door.

13.Who do you enjoy playing with the most?

My guitarist, Tim Di Stefano. He makes my songs come alive. He turns the ideas inside of my head into a song.

14.Have you had much response from record labels?

I have done so in the US – I spent a lot of time there around 2004 which was awesome, but I had trouble getting a US visa and consequently had to drop (temporarily!) some opportunities. I’ve been really careful about targeting labels here in Australia. You really only get once chance and you don’t want to get stuck into something that doesn’t work for you.

15.What is on your stereo at the moment?

The Fray. Love ‘em!

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

My favourite artists are pretty synonymous with my list of idols and influences. I don’t really separate them. I am digging Panic and the Disco at the moment though!

17.What has been the highlight so far?

Supporting Chris De Burgh at the Arts Centre. I had a huge stage with a HUGE grand piano and thousands of people listening to every song (unlike your typical pub gig). I felt like I owned them!

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

My family, especially my Dad and my Aunt Robin. They’ve been there for every gig and helped me get overseas.

19.What inspires you when writing music?

Wow, so many things. The sound of the strings of my piano, the reaction I’ll get from my Dad, the reaction I’ll get from a crowd full of people, the way it will sound with my band (who are extremely awesome by the way!), how it will make people feel.

20.How did the recording process go for the EP?

It was fairly drawn out actually. I got sick part way through it and had to have an operation which held us up for a few months. I worked with a wonderful producer names James Kempster who had worked with lots of big names in Australia and he helped bring my songs into a commercial space which is really what it comes down to. I love being in the studio. It’s so much fun watching a song go from nothing into a masterpiece!

Debra Arlyn

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Interview With Debra Arlyn By Chris 1/2/07

Debra Arlyn is a singer songwriter who music I was hooked to when I heard the first note.

Their is something about this talented singer songwriter who plays Piano Pop music.

Don’t be fooled she is extremely talented and wrote and produced her new album Compilated Mess.

She is a must listen and her album what can I say but Wow.

Debra Website

1. How did you get into music?

It was a very natural process for me. I grew up singing and listening & performing music my whole life. When I expressed to my parents, during a recording session in Nashville, that I would rather persue music than go to college after high school, they said OK! And its been my job ever since!

2. Who were your idols growing up?

I really liked Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion

3. Who were your influences?

Pretty much the same. Carole King, Fiona Apple, James Taylor, Mariah Carey, John Mayer & Jason Mraz.

4. Are you happy with the responses from the new album?

I’m always surprised when people respond positivly to my music. I always assume the worst. However, I believe I did a good job on the new album, and I worked very hard, so it’s great that other people enjoy the music so much. I’m very, very happy at the response.

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

I’ve made many new fans through the web. Alot of them write reviews of the cd on different sites, and it’s nice to read those. The web has helped me so much with getting more exposure. And mostly the response is great.

6. Has the internet helped with your music?

YES! Independant artist need the web. Without it, we would get nowhere.

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

Absolutly. Today I just got my 20,000 hit on Myspace. There’s no way I could have had
20,000 people listen to my music with out myspace. It’s incredible.

8. Who you would most like to tour with?

Jason Mraz.

9. What has been the highlight so far?

Winning the 2006 Singer/Songwriter Award was a highlight. Also, meeting Marta Kaufman, the creator of Friends & Related, and then having her put one of my songs in her tv show on the WB….was a big high light!

10. Are you happy how things have turned out for you so far?

Yes. I remind myself that there is always ups and downs in the music business. Some days I just want to quite. But then I see how much I’ve accomplished and the experinces I’ve had. I’ve done more at 21 than most artist will get to do. And then I realize I’m very blessed.

11. Have you had much responce from radio?

Radio for an independant artist is almost impossible. I’ve tried…but it’s so expensive. Fortunatly, KINK 102FM in my hometown supports me.

12. Was the recording process different to the earlier releases?

I recorded my new album, “Complicated Mess” all at my own studio. I also produced it entirely by myself. In the past I had a producer and worked at a rented studio. So doing everything on my own and close to home was very different and easy.

13. What’s it like being a singer/songwriter in America?

The fans in America don’t go crazy for artist like they do, say in Japan or somewhere. It’s difficult to get people excited about you with out the major label. However, Americans treat singer/songwriters & actors and performers like royalty, so once a fan is committed to you, they’re usually very loyal.

14. Have you had much response from record labels?

I’ve had a lot of positive reaction from major labels. I’ve showcased for Capitol & Epic. I’ve talked with Interscope as well. So far no ones put their money where their mouth is. If I ever get signed with a major,…that would be great.

15. What is on your stereo at the moment?

John Mayer & Ed Harcourt.

16. What are some of your favourite musicial artists/bands?

See influences

17. Any plans to tour the country?

I’m constantly touring. I never stop! But it’s mostly the West Coast. I’m slowly branching out.

18 Who have you has helped you out the most?

My Dad. He’s my manager.

19. What inspires you when writing music?

Real life experiences of mine. It has to be real, I cant make up stuff.

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

See question 12