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Sarah Hethcoat

Sarah Hethcoat
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Interview With Sarah Hethcoat By Chris 29/1/09

I recieved Sarah Hethcoat EP Nobody Likes A Bully in the mail and totally dug her catchy rock pop tunes

It was a refreshing EP full of well written tunes and naturally I thought she needed some publicity.

She answered my questions so here they are for you to read then go check out her EP. It totally rocks

Sarah Website

1. Are you happy how the EP turned out?

YES, THRILLED! I THINK IT REALLY CAPTURES SO MUCH OF WHO I AM. FROM FUN TONGUE AND CHEEK TO LOSS AND YEARNING TO HOPE, I THINK IT REALLY EXPRESSES A LOT OF THE JOURNEY I’VE BEEN ON….OF COURSE, IT’S JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBURG OF WHERE I’VE BEEN AND WHERE I’M GOING!

2. What was the inspiration for the EP?

THE ISPIRATION WAS REALLY JUST A COMPILATION OF MY LIFE UP TO THIS POINT.

3. What inspires you when writing music?

THE HUMAN CONDITION. PEOPLE, FEELINGS, OR EVEN JUST A FLEETING MOMENT IN TIME.

4. Is hard being an independent artist in LA and trying to make a go of it?

YES!!!! WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT!!!

5. Has synchronization helped get your name out there?

TO AN EXTENT IT HAS. I DID SEE AN INCREASE IN TRAFFIC TO MY SITES WHEN MY SONGS WERE PLAYED ON “THE HILLS’, BUT I’VE FOUND THAT NOTHING ON ITS OWN IS ENOUGH. ARTISTS TODAY HAVE TO FOCUS ON SO MANY DIFFERENT AVENUES TO BREAK OUT, THE EFFECTS ARE CUMULATIVE, I DON’T THINK THERE WILL EVER BE JUST ONE THING I DO THAT WILL TIP THE SCALES TO SUCCESS.

6. How did the recording of the EP go?

IT WAS FANTASTIC. DAVE COBB IS JUST SUCH AN EXTRAORDINARY PRODUCER, AND MUSICIAN, WE JUST WENT TO WORK IMMEDIATELY. IT WAS ACTUALLY THE FASEST I HAVE EVER WORKED BEFORE, IT WAS THRILLING AND I AM WISER FOR THE EXPERIENCE!

7. Is their any place you would like to play that you haven’t yet?

I WAS ABLE TO PLAY A FEW SHOWS IN NEW YORK CITY LAST SPRING THAT WERE A LOT OF FUN. I REALLY WANT TO GET BACK THERE AND PLAY SOME OF THE LARGER VENUES NOW AND HIT SOME OF THE OTHER EAST COAST CITIES LIKE BOSTON AND DC.

8. Any plans to go overseas with the music?

ABSOLUTELY. WE HAVE HAD SOME RADIO PLAYS IN THE UK ALREADY, LOTS OF PODCASTS AS WELL, SO WE ARE ACTIVIELY EXPANDING MY ONLINE TERRITORIES TO EUROPE, SO YES, THAT IS CERTAINLY A GOAL!

9. What do you hope the EP will do for your music career?

I ACTUALLY HOPE IT GETS PEOPLE TO COME OUT AND SEE A SHOW! I HOPE IT GETS THE ATTENTION OF THE RIGHT INDUSTRY PEOPLE, AND I TRULY HOPE IT’S THE CATALYST THAT ENABLES ME TO SPEND MY LILFE DOING WHAT I LOVE, WRITING AND PERFORMING.

10. What has been the response like to your music?

I THINK IT’S BEEN VERY POSITIVE OVERALL. I THINK PEOPLE TEND TO RELATE TO MY STORIES BECAUSE THEY ARE SO HONEST. I’VE HAD COMPARISONS TO ALANIS MORISETTE, KATY PERRY, SHERYL CROW, PEOPLE I REALLY ADMIRE AND TRY TO EMULATE, SO I THINK IT’S BEEN GREAT!

11. Who have your enjoyed playing with the most?

THE BAND IM PLAYING WITH NOW BECAUSE THEY JUST REALLY LOVE TO PLAY! THEY ARE REALLY PASSIONATE AND THEY MAKE ME FEEL SAFE SO THAT I CAN SIMPLY BE ME WHEN I PERFORM.

12. Do you think the closing down of many record stores is a bad thing for music?

NOT NECESSARILY. THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES FOR ARTISTS TO GET THEIR MUSIC HEARD, AND BOUGHT; THEY’RE JUST NOT AS IMPORTANT AS THEY ONCE WERE.

13. Has the Internet and tools such as MySpace & Itunes been a big help towards your music?

OF COURSE. IT MAKES IT SO EASY FOR ANYONE, ANYWHERE, TO FIND ME AND LISTEN TO MY MUSIC. FOLLOW MY CAREER, CATCH A SHOW, WATCH FOOTAGE, READ STORIES I WRITE. IT IS AN UNPRECENDENTED OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FANS TO GET TO KNOW ME AND FOR INDUSTRY INSIDERS TO TRACK INTEREST.

14. What next in the pipeline for Sarah Hethcoat?

FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE I’M JUST PLAYING AS MANY SHOWS AS I CAN. AS WONDERFUL AS THE INTERNET IS, I PREFER THE INTIMACY OF A LIVE SHOW, THE CONNECTION YOU CAN MAKE WITH SOMEONE IN THE CROWD. I’M A PERFORMER, AND THAT’S WHAT I INTEND TO DO.

15. What is the ultimate long term goal for you and your music?

I WANT TO GET OUT THERE AS AN ARTIST AND INSPIRE PEOPLE. I WANT TO CONTINUE TO WRITE, WHETHER FOR MYSELF OR FOR OTHERS, AND I WANT TO HAVE THE MOST AMAZING LIVE SHOWS!

Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor
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Interview With Jane Taylor By Chris 28/1/09

Jane Taylor is a model who going places and also a part of the film Bikini Vampire Babes

So I wanted to know more so I aksed, so read on folks.

Jane ModelMayhem Page

1. Why did you decide to become a model?

I honestly have no clue, I’ve just always some how found my self found myself in front of the camera.

2. What has opened doors for your modeling career?

Playboy deffently, my photographer Al Lang introduced me to that.

3. Have you learn’t a lot from the experience?

Oh my goodness yes.

4. Has that opened up a lot of doors?

Yes, people and photographers are now looking at me as a professional

5. Has Model Mayhem helped you get modeling job?

Tons

6. Do you think it is a good tool?

Very much so

7. Who would you most like to work with?

Any photographer who can do photoshoots underwater that fascinates me.

8. Which models do you look up to?

Izzy, I don’t know if many people have heard of her but she’s wonderful.

9. Have you had any bad feedback?

I had a photographer for a country calendar tell me that my profile was too provocative. So I’ve now tried to balance it.

10. Which Magazine would you most like to be on the cover for?

Vogue, If only I had the legs to do High Fashion…

11. What kinda shoot would most not do?

Hustler…. or anything that I feel doesn’t portray me as Classy.

12. If you could be in a music video who’s would it be?

Red Hot Chili Peppers… their videos have always been artistic and have such meaning behind them…. I would love to be a part of that.

13. Who has helped you out the most?

Al Lang, He’s showed me how to get myself out there without getting myself into trouble! I owe everything to him!

14. Do you think the Internet has helped you get jobs?

Thats where I Have gotten mainly all my jobs from!

15. What is on your stereo at the moment?

I have a mixed CD in there right now that has anything from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Pink Floyd in it!

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

Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Black keys are pretty awesome.

17. What movies you have seen lately you have really enjoyed?

Oh gosh I have the biggest movie collection you have ever seen, my favorite movie of all time is Tombstone but I enjoy any movie made my Tim Burton or Robert Rodriguez

18.What are your favorite movies?

Tombstone, Closer, Return to Oz, May, Cash back… etc…

19. How did you get involved with Bikini Vampire Babes?

I believe Ted West found me on Model Mayhem

20.What do you hope that will do for you?

Get me out there!!!

21. Will pursue more acting work?



Oh yes… I love acting… I get the opportunity to be someone completely different than myself… I love that.


Crystal Thomas

Crystal Thomas
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Interview With Crystal Thomas By Chris 22/1/09

Crystal Thomas is a great Australian singer songwriter and with her band Flowers Of Evil she is on fire.

With much deserve attention & praise in the local Melbourne street press.

It was time she was featured on here.Her self titled debut album is a solid album and worth seeking out.

So read on and you know what to do next.

Crystal Webpage

1. Are you happy with how the album turned out?

Yes I’m proud of it. We spend a lot of time, care & attention to
detail with this album. It took us quite a long time to make, we
proceeded carefully, deliberately and slowly. Everyone involved really
poured a lot of themselves into the album so it was quite an emotional
trip!

2. What was the inspiration for this album?

There is no particular topic or grand theme for this album as such
although I guess it tends to visit the darker recesses of the heart on
quite a lot of the tracks and if it’s not plunging into the depths of
passion and wreckless abandon it takes a trip to a doctors waiting
room (Pretty Pink Clouds) and enters the mind of a lonely farmer who
takes advantage of his pretty young neighbour ( Little Blue Flowers).

3. What inspires you when writing music?

I find music is a way of working out confusing and conflicting
emotions and situations that life throws me. It’s a way to work out
how I feel about things I see and feel that I can’t necassarily
articulate to people around me. When crafted into song there are
certain things that resonate for people that wouldn’t maybe carry the
same weight if you were to, for example just turn to someone on the
bus and say “oh how disturbing, did you hear what that couple behind
us were saying!” …

4. How has radio helped with your music?

Local Melbourne radio has been very supportive, it’s really helped to
get our music out there and get the ball rolling in regards to
industry support and acknowledgement.

5. What is it like being an independ artist in Australia?

Very expensive! I could go on but that kinda captures it really!

6. How did the recording of the album go?

It was a process that built upon itself.. It started out as a possible
EP and as we went we gathered people, creativity and intention.. it
turned into recording an album. Matt Walker, who produced the album
had a strong vision for the songs and was very dedicated to making the
album sound and feel very lush.

7. How have you been affected with venues hiring DJ’s instead of live music?

It has certainly reduced oportunities for bands to play and persue a
career. It seems to have also contributed to it being less and less
likely to come out if it having made any money.. usually it costs to
put on a night at a venue.

8. How has the street press and the local media taken to your album?

I have found it incredibly reassuring that the local Melbourne media
seem to genuinly love the album. It helps also to keep the momentum of
the band moving forward when you get good live reviews and coverage.

9. What do you hope the album will do for your music career?

I guess in a way it’s like a business card.. through hiring a
publicist for the launch we have got a copy of the album to hundreds
of ‘industry types’ who will hopefully listen to it and at least
recognise that we are a part of the musical landscape. We’ve gained
good reviews, airplay and taken music to the next level with this
album. We now have a manager and are looking at recording another
album this year to follow up on this one.

10. What has the response been like to your music?

Generally very posative, we seem to have achieved making a record that
is artistically and sonically of a high quality, I am very happy with
how our music is being recieved.

11. Who have you enjoyed palying with the most?

I’d have to say, one of the most rewarding and nourishing experiences
of late was playing at a festival called ‘Freakscene’ that Magic Dirt
organised. I really admire Adalita (of Magic Dirt) I think she is a
great role model for us female front people navigating our way through
the crazy world of music.

12. How did you get into music?

Well the ‘getting into’ in terms of decideing it’s what I wanted to do
happened early on but actually figuring out how it all works has taken
quite some time! I started by going to jam nights in Sydney where I
grew up when I was 16 or so and from there spent years finding other
muso’s and recording and writing to get to this point.

13. What don’t you like about the music industry?

Many, many things. Most things. Shall I just say that the things I DO
like are writing songs, co-writing and collaborating with other
creativly inspiring people, band cameraderie, performing (nothing
compares to it on a good night) and of course the actual act of
recording is a lot of fun. Everything else is a necassary evil of
choosing to persue a music ‘career’.

Fireside Bellows

Fireside Bellows

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Interview with Fireside Bellows By Chris 17/1/09

Fireside Bellows is an amazing duo featuring Jordie Lane & Tracy McNeil who are both amazing solo artists, their debut album No Time To Die is a first class Masterpiece .

So a new interview was a must, so we chatted down over toasted sandwich in a busy cafe about their music, the success of it,radio play and the various gigs coming up. So it’s available to download as a podcast and sadly the quality isn’t fantastic, too much people talking in the background but you can hear the questions and answers.

Fireside Bellows MySpace

Please note, the quality isn’t the best but you can most certainly hear the interview and please enjoy

Please contact me if you decide to use the interview somewhere as I took the time do the interview and would appreciate being credited.

Interview is in MP3 Format

Fireside Bellows Interview 29MB

Kate Rowe

Kate Rowe
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Interview With Kate Rowe By Chris 9/1/09

Kate Rowe is an amazing singer songwriter from Sydney

I discovered her music online and was hooked. Good interesting lyrics and solid songwriting and vocals.

Her debuit album Simplest Of Things is a must have.

So read and go buy her music folks, it’s really good..

Kate Rowe webpage

1. Are you happy how the album turned out?

Yeah, I love the arrangements and the general sound. It was a lot of fun
to record.

2. What was the inspiration for the album?

The idea was to make something that sounded fun and happy, and was
suitable for all ages, but also contained songs you could really think
about in depth.

3. what inspires you when writing music?

I’m intrigued by little details, and how something small and seemingly
inconsequential can make a huge difference in someone’s life, or represent
some much larger thing. I also love fantasy and science fiction, and those
two themes often end up finding their way into my subject matter.

4. How has radio helped with your music?

A number of radio stations have been really supportive. Sometimes they’ll
feature the album for a week, or ring you up to tell you they’re featuring
it on a program that night.

5. What is it like being an independent artist in Australia?

Sometimes it’s like wading through treacle trying to organize gigs and
stay motivated on your own. But I’m sure every independent artist out
there will agree there are fantastic adventures to be had and truly golden
moments: my favorites have included supporting the Kazakhstan Kowgerls in
front of a full house at the very gorgeous Adventure Bay Hall on Bruny
Island in Tassie (it has a stage shaped like a ship’s prow, a ship’s wheel
and abalone shells covering the stage lights), and performing at the Blue
Mountains Music Festival in NSW … and meeting other songwriters, and
getting out there and chatting to people in the audience who want to tell
you their stories is always so interesting.

6. How did the recording of the album go?
The album features John Stuart on lead guitar, Julia Day on drums and
Andrew Ireland on double bass, as well as me on vocals and rhythm guitar.
We spent 3 days playing all together in Sound Heaven studios in the Blue
Mountains in NSW, kept the double bass and drum tracks, then re-did some
of the guitars and the vocals. It was the best fun.

7. Have you been affected with venues hiring DJ’s instead of live music?

Not really. I don’t do heaps and heaps of gigs, and I guess I’m more of a
theater restaurant/cabaret/festival-type act anyway, so it doesn’t really
affect me.

8. How did you get involved with the Apollo Bay Music
Festival.?

I applied for the first time this year and am so excited to have been
accepted … I can’t wait!!

9. What do you hope the album will do for your music career?

Basically it’s just good to have these songs in concrete form. I just hope
it provides entertainment for people.

10. What has been the response like to your music?

People seem to like that I write interesting lyrics, and that I tell
unusual and funny stories in my songs. It’s been a good response mostly,
though a friend did confess recently that he would be happy to go the rest
of his life without hearing ‘Fred the Dog’ ever again … it tends to go
round and round in your head after you’ve heard it a couple of times (look
for the video on YouTube if that sounds appealing, it was filmed at the
Casterton Kelpie Muster in South Australia!).

11. Who have you enjoyed playing with the most?

I love the Spooky Men’s Chorale, and have supported them at a number of
gigs … it’s always fun!

12. How did you get into music?

I studied piano as a kid for ten years, then took up guitar when I was 24
and started writing songs … inspired greatly by The Waifs who were
playing a lot in Sydney at the time. I started performing in Paris a few
years later when I was working there as an English teacher.

13. What don’t you like about the music industry?

Like I said above, it’s challenging being an independent artist,
especially financially, but rather than complaining, it’s probably more
useful in my case just to keep working on songwriting, and performing, and
getting gigs, improving all of these things and slowly finding more and
more like minds to play to and with. I could go into some long diatribe
about the music industry but it would probably just be an excuse to avoid
the work. 🙂 What I DO like about it is the chance to experience new and
exciting thoughts and ideas … my own and those of other musicians and
audience.

Jarvis Jay

Jarvis Jay
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Interview With Jarvis Jay By Chris 7/1/09

Jarvis Jay are one of the coolest bands on the Melbourne Music Scene.

After seeing them play at the espy on nye I was hooked.

The style of music they play is totally awesome.

So read on.

There myspace page

1. Are you happy how the nye espy gig turned out?

1. Yeah overall the New Years gig went well it was especially fun coz we’ve just got our friend Karis into play live guitar and it was his first show so that was pretty exciting too.

2. How did you get involved?

2. We’ve played the Espy quite a bit over the past few years and our manager Darve just hooked it up.

3. What inspires you when writing music?

3. Most of our stuff is written either by myself (TeD) or Whill (Lead Guitar) and we generally bring it together with the other guys who put the final touches on everything..so in terms of what inspires us when writing is really just who we’re hanging around with or what we’re listening to at the time…but i guess its different for each of us.

4. How has radio helped with your music?

4. At this point in time, radio hasn’t really played much of a part for us just because we’ve never released anything which we felt was up to our standard…but hopefully that’ll change with this new recording coming out!

5. Are their any recordings in the pipeline?

5. Yes! Over the years we’ve done various recordings and demo’s but have just never been 100% happy with them, but our bassist Rob has his own studio where we lay down 4 tracks which for the first time we’re really happy with. So there just being mixed/mastered at the moment, and will hopefully be out in the next few weeks.

6. Who have you enjoyed playing with the most?

6. I personally find that the show’s we play with friends bands are always the best just because all our friends are there and everyone seems to always have an awesome time. Adelaide band Lady Strangelove in particular always seem to bring out the best (or worst) in us.

7. Have you been affected with venues hiring DJ’s instead of live music?

7. I don’t think we’ve ever really thought about it…we’re pretty open to anything especially coz our manager Darve run’s all sorts of nights (both live and DJ) throughout Melbourne…personally i don’t really see it as a problem coz people are gonna see what they want whether its live music or a DJ.

8. What has been your favorite gig to date?

8. My favorite gig to date was a show we played a few months back at the Birmingham Hotel on Smith Street. It was packed out and everyone was just going crazy dancing and having fun.

9. How has the internet helped the band?

9. I think the internet is an amazing tool for any band especially with things like myspace and facebook where you can just promote pretty much anything you want. It’s also been really good for us to meet other bands from other states and countries and get an idea of what and how their doing things with their music.

10. What has been the response like to your music?

10. Hopefully good! We always seem to get alot of compliments and applause after shows which is always a good sign!



11. What is the long term goal for the band?

11. At the moment our goal is to release this new recording and come back with a new name and new style and hopefully start touring and getting some of the good stuff!

12. How did you get into music?

12. Coz Whill and I are brothers most of the stuff we listen to now is from our parents who had a fairly wide variety of tastes..everything from neil young, pink floyd, meatloaf to Sondheim and classical Irish music. Our cousins also had a pretty huge impact on us too. We used to go over there when we we’re just kids and they’d give us NOFX c. ds and everything else which was pretty cool.

13. What don’t you like about the music industry?

13. Overall i try to stay clear of having an opinion on the music industry. I think that there is alot of really good stuff out there and there’s some really poor stuff, but i think we’ll just keep focusing on what we’re doing and try to improve and try to have a serious impact on people.

There you go man sorry if its a bit long. Let us know what happens with it. Peace.
TeD