Daniel Lee Kendall – Talk The Night Away (Red Cat
Now if you haven’t heard of Daniel Lee Kendall you will very
soon. He one of the bright young stars of the Aussie Music Scene and this
latest EP from him shows why. He is a singer songwriter but he is a little
different something special and his music really captures it. It starts off
with I think is probably one of the best songs out come out of Australia this
year Hold Me Now, a delightful catchy pop tune that will leave a smile on your
face. It’s a radio hit in the making. My Love To Be has a real country poppy
folk feel. The use of backing female vocals really works with the track. My
Soul The Colosseum has a real Jamiroquai feel to it, a little trip pop to it. Gone
is basically Daniel and the guitar and shows off why he doing what he does and
a winner of a track. Last track Never Changing sounds like the John Butler Trio
and good way to finish off the EP. Daniel is a very talented artist, he has
such good, wonderful tunes and the variety in styles is something special. Oh a
big mention about the artwork, it’s incredible, nice to see an artist take
pride in what they are putting out and do something special with the packaging.
Would this be one of the best EP’s by an Aussie artist this year? You
Bet. Just hear Hold Me Now and you’ll
Tune In Tokyo – Ray Of Love Single (One Love Music)
The song Ray Of Love by Tune In Tokyo is hitting up Aria Club Charts in a big way going to number 8 with the (Denzal Park / Dallas K / Bobby Vena / Steve Hart mix) and it’s easy to see why. Ray Of Love is a catchy upbeat track that will get you moving and shaking and singing along in no time and will lift your spirits and make you feel good. Natalie Gauci has a fine voice and her collaboration with Paul Brandoli to form Tune In Tokyo is a winner and I for one can not wait to hear the album it’s going to be a killer. I’m sure all the clubs and radio stations will be playing this and future songs from Tune In Tokyo in a big way. Must Hear Now.
Set Sail are one of the most talked about bands on the Australian Music Scene from Busking to touring and in between, these guys are making a name for themselves here in Australia. Their music is winning fans all over the country. With a new release in the ep Hey, I talk to Josiah from the band about it all.
1. How did the band form?
We met up in uni, started busking playing covers to pay rent. In November of 2011 we decided to ‘officially’ start as a band and start recording and releasing original material, we’ve been traveling around the world and playing ever since.
2. Are you surprised how successful you’ve gotten so far?
Yes and no, it’s very cool what the response has been – we never expected things to happen at this level so quickly. At the same time, we’ve been playing every day either on the street or at venues for over a year now so it’s somewhat of a natural growth as every day you’re meeting new fans at shows or seeing new people on Facebook from the street shows. It’s been a fun journey.
3. How has social networking helped you as a band?
Social networking is pretty incredible with how if connects artists and fans, we rely extremely heavily on it as we try to keep as personal a connection as possible with our fans, whether that’s chatting to them online or releasing heaps of different YouTube videos from traveling or playing. Along with that, social allows for music to spread quite organically through sharing so it’s great seeing friends of people that have seen us live start following the band as well from their mate’s recommendation.
4. What is the new ep Hey! about?
Most of the songs were written while we were in Europe of the US traveling so there’s a definite ‘on the road’ feel to it, whether that’s songs about experiences in different cities or countries as well as the vibe of chasing summer around the world. We left Australia just as winter was hitting and then went through summer in europe and America straight back into summer here and I think that definitely shows in the style and sound of the tracks.
5. What inspires you when writing music?
I get most inspired by listening to other music. A lot of times I’ll be listening to a song or to Brandon playing guitar and then have a song idea come to mind and just drop everything to work on it. I think it’s very important to listen to a lot of great music when writing.
6. Who would you most to play a show with?
7. If you could have any one in a video clip who would it be?
Lana Del Rey
8. What musicians has inspired you as a band?
Beach Boys, Beatles, Patrick Watson, Grimes, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut
9. Were you happy with how the fans had supported you as band with the whole visa issue?
The response to that was incredible, we’re very grateful to our fans for the support and for everyone else who helped out with getting Brandon back.
10. What is next for the band
Releasing this record and seeing where it goes, we’ll be touring it heavily around Australia and the US, excited to see what happens!
Tarra Layne is the real deal as far as singer songwriters go, she got an amazing voice and a great songwriter writing killer tunes. This talented lady is going places and this will be the last you hear of her, she gonna be a star.
1. How did did you get into music?
I’ve been singing since as long as I can remember. I sang through school with choirs and even studied music industry in college. It has always been my first love and honestly, will remain the most important thing to me. (besides family, of course) 🙂
2. What has been the highlight so far?
Freedom! There’s nothing like getting up on stage and sharing your songs with people. Music unleashes the soul and promotes happiness and hope! It’s the most natural high!.. Aw, i sound like sucha hippie.
3. How did it feel to win the support slot opening up for Gavin Degraw and Vanessa Carlton?
It was absolutely incredible! It was honestly a dream come true and makes me truly believe that anything is possible with work and dedication. The coolest thing about it was the crowd. People that come to concerts with an open heart are the best people to rock for. They love every minute of it and that is the biggest reward as a musician.
4. What inspires you when writing music?
Everything! Many of my songs definitely come from my experiences. Sometimes it is just a feeling I’ve had for a split second, or sometimes about a friend. The cool thing about music is it can be about anything! An artistic outlet that can take any form. For me though, I like writing about how I feel at the moment. It’s a sort of therapy… allows me to understand myself a bit better.
5. What was the inspiration for the ep?
The songs on the EP were about 5-6 years of lyrics that were written in my journal. It really encapsulated relationships and learning experiences I went though in college. It was actually quite nostalgic in a way. As for ‘Beautiful Day’, I jsut wanted to write a happy song that EVERYONE could relate to and we’ve had much success with that!
6. Who have you enjoyed playing with recently?
Local musicians/producers/fellow friends. They are your biggest supporters and inspirations. It’s a beautiful thing sharing music with people. They help your songs come alive. Without the perfect pieces, a terrific song wouldn’t be possible. You need every component.
7. What it is the scene like where you are from?
Very diverse. That is what is great about Pittsburgh, PA. Some much culture from Appalachia to the urbanity. The jazz scene was also HUGE here back in the heyday so we have so many talented, innovative, and cultures people here. Its fun experiencing it all cook in big pot.
8. How has social networking helped your music?
These days, you cannot do it without social networking. You are able to get the word out about shows, new records, and news so much quicker, on a wider scale. There really is nothing like it. It IS the indie-music culture now.
9. What advice could you give to some one wanting to give a career in a music a shot?
If you are going to do it, give it your all, and never let anyone bring you down, no matter what! Stay true to yourself and with dedication and work ethic, you will surely be successful. Never let anyone convince you otherwise!
10. How has touring helped your music?
It helps spread ur music everywhere! Getting yourself out there is key! It is also great practice for stage performance. Pushes your act to the next level because you learn how to read and entertain different types of people.
11. Who would the band most like to work with or play with?
Gavin DeGraw! Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter, Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Black Keys, Grace Potter, Miranda Lambert.
13. What is next for yourself?
Just keepin’ on, keepin’ on! Continuing the momentum! The sky’s the limit!
for me is great because I actually get to enter a whole different world
and be a whole different person. Modeling I only pretend to be someone
else, just for a moment, or I’m photographed as myself. But I love both
What have you gained from being a dancer?
whole career has stemmed from my dance training. I owe everything to
networking tool to help get my name out there. But it’s a huge platform
for cyber bullying. And that to me makes it almost not worth it. It’s
hard enough to try to avoid what peoples opinions are of you in person,
let alone all over the Internet.
to continue to do what I love most for as long as possible.
Would you most like to work with?
for Lady Gaga. I think she is such an amazingly talented individual.
ashes of an old band. The three of us were always super tight so it
seemed natural that we keep playing together. It started out as a fun
and really loose kinda thing, MC had a bunch of demos that we jammed on
and from there it kind of developed into a proper band. We didn’t really
have any expectations at all other than to jam, play some shows and
have fun. Whether or not people would dig it didn’t really ever come
into play so we are always stoked when we hear people say the like what
we are doing.
got in touch and said they liked our band, so we sent them a rough mix
of Goodnight and the rest is history! Sami at Major Label’s been a
legend. We met up before locking anything in and we knew the track would
be in the right hands.
played some really cool shows to date. We got to play with the Dum Dum
Girls and Redd Kross which ruled. We also have played with Step Panther
who we LOVE, not to mention our launch shows with ScotDrakula and
Lunars. I would say that our favourite to date though, would be DZ
Deathrays at Oxford Art Factory. It was such a killer show as a whole.
We loved playing and then we got to play a full set on tambourine with
Velocorapter which was totally insane. Topped it all off with getting to
watch DZ destroy and then we all went and partied together post show.
It was pretty sweet.
comes from all over the place, but mostly from social interactions.
People we meet, people we love, each other and awkward situations.
it is such a good way to get your shiz out there quickly, and in front
of a bunch of people all around the world – it’s so rad having people in
Ireland, Japan and the US write stuff about us.
have to say Goodgod, Oxford Art Factory and FBI Social at Kings Cross
Hotel – all just really fun rooms, with great sound. Goodgod may win out
though, just cos of the amazing Hot Dogs in the front room!
just shot a video clip for ‘Goodnight’ which involves about 50 extras,
pyjamas, cross dressing and some sweet BMX action – we should have it
out in a few weeks. After that we’d probably better start thinking about
doing an album or something!
good question… Well nowadays with holographic technology you can have
anyone, so maybe we’d have someone who wouldn’t agree to be in the
video in real life, but we’d just generate a sweet hologram of them
against their will! That’d be ok right? My vote would be R Kelly, to
bring some of that Trapped In The Closet magic to the next Bloods jam.
are ecstatic! we just started this off as something fun to do – it’s so
cool to watch it grow from something started in MC’s front room to
releasing a tune and having people come to shows and dance!
Natalie Gauci – Tune In Tokyo
Natalie Gauci has many projects on the go, and one of them is Tune In Tokyo with Paul Brandoli and the two of them have been setting the ARIA dance charts on fire. She is now living in Stockholm writing tunes for Tune In Tokyo, her own music which has been in charts in Germany and writing music for TV and movies and heaps more. so read on and find out more why this talented musician is gonna be a superstar.
1. How did Tune In Tokyo form?
An amazing gal by the name of Gabby Columbi who is Global Pr Pool, introduced to Paul Brandoli and said that we would really get along and she was write!! Dreamer was the first song we ever wrote. We got Dreamer signed straight away and it has just gone up hill from there!! so thanks gabby!! Paul and I have our weekly catch up and too much coffee and give each other amazing energy.
2. How has the transition from your previous style of music to doing electronic music been for you?
well it all started in 2010 when I met Mike from sorryshoes dance label in Germany. He really believed in my music and signed my single Without You and it went top 30 on the german dance charts! we are releasing a third packaage for the European summer!! then i was hooked. I started meeting Dj´s and producers from Spain, Belgium, Berlin, Italy and thanks to Paul and One Love believing in tune in tokyo and my voice Paul and I have created our own sound. Paul had a lot to do with it actually. he was very confident I could do it. we started by experimenting then realised we could do what ever we want, have fun and create alias´s for ourselves, be who we want to be, sometimes im singing what Paul would like to sing and sometimes Paul is producing what I would like to produce which means sometimes I am paul´s voice and he is mine.. if that makes sense?? hehe.
3. How did it feel to have your song Dreamer in the charts?
it felt fricken awesome. We all are so proud of the Dreamer. We also felt like it was time to step it up so Ray of Love is on another level again.. we think it is so important to grow as writers.
4. Why move to Stockholm and how has the move helped your music career?
moving to Stockholm was totally random. I met a woman by the name of Victoria Ekeberg who as literally shown me a side of the music industry I never knew about. I met her at ADE Dance music conference. I went to check it out and promote music for sorryshoes and then I randomly bumped into Victoria at the David Guetta question and answer..and the rest is history. I moved for a new experience and to live in another country and to continue to pursue a music career.
5. Are you generally surprised with how some European countries have taken to your tunes?
well i was suprised when Without You went top 30 Germany and that inspired me to travel to Europe and venture off into the unknown.. and im always surprised of course!!.. but its changed to both a surprise and a gratefulness which makes us enjoy the process. I am privileged to work with such amazing producers and I love working with different labels because it keeps me free and in control of my musical creativity.
6. What what will the upcoming album Tune In Tokyo be about?
the different levels of love and loving..for example love that is found, love that is lost, happiness, strong powerful up lifting tunes!
7. How did it feel to being signed to 4 On The Floor?
I am very honoured and very privileged! It has been so much fun working with Victoria and Jonas we work very fast and Just Dance was the first song we wrote together which also happened very fast!! I think when you click you just click! I had no idea this opportunity would arise and Im so happy and grateful it did.
8. What is next for yourself?
i´m off to Cannes film Festival in a few days. i am writing music for film and TV now and I am working 3Vmedia distributions in Germany and Amadeus Entertainment in Italy..and then Tune In Tokyo are back in the studio writing for our Album and preparing a third single release and a National Tour for July/August.
10. If you could have anybody in a video clip who would it be?
11. Are you happy with the responses to the tunes Just Dance’ and ‘Everybody Loves Me?
yes very!! it is still early days and the songs havent been released yet and already they getting great positive feedback so thats amazing!
12. What been your favorite place to play so far?
tune in tokyo have been performing in clubs around Australia after the Dreamer release and now we are planning a big live show.. Paul will be DJing and I am performing with him… for me.personally… LA Galaxy game is my biggest so far..88,000 people screaming so loud it was incredible!!!!!
13. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
William Orbit he´s production is timeless.
band as we know it today has been around since 2007, there have been
previous incarnations dating back to 2004 when Steve answered an ad I
put on a musicians forum. From there he and I started writing
consistently while trying to piece together best band that we
always a great foot in the door to get on a Hit Disc, it puts our song
in front of every major media outlet in NZ so when we start going to
radio stations to plug the single, they’re already aware of it and
they’ve already had a good listen to it. It also causes a few nice
surprises too, like having the track played on things like Sky Sports
were more than happy with the response it received when it came and
continues to receive now. The reviews have all been overwhelming
positive and even today, people are still picking it and are really
digging it. It’s been amazing over the last year
as we’ve been touring and kind of winding down the “Empire” era, people
are still discovering it and coming to shows with all the lyrics learnt
came from seeing people treated like passing phases, by friends,
family, lovers – basically people who didn’t deserve everything they got
from the people they treating like crap – so instead of writing a sad
woe is me track (been there, done that) I decided it was time to give
them the middle finger instead and say “screw you”
that we’re listening to really. We’ve never been the band to sit down
and say “ok, we need a ballad” or “it’s time to write a heavy song”
we hear triggers something creative in us, we reinterpret it so make it
unique and new and most of all, us – then songs just come from there.
It’s becoming a more organic process as we get more and more used to
writing with each other. With this record especially, it’s been a lot
more collaborative, with “Empire” it was mostly myself writing the
music, Steve and I writing lyrics, then the guys pitching in with parts
here and there, but nothing to the extent of whole songs from start to
finish, which is happening now.
all of music it’s a combination of personal growth and experience mixed
with discontent, frustration and general feelings on what’s going on in
the world at any one time. We’ve covered everything from loose women to
the floods in Brisbane, the quakes in Christchurch to long lost
friends. It’s a great photograph of exactly what has been going on in
both our worlds and the world around us over the last few years.
Media is the only way bands can mass communicate. The benchmark has
been set by so many international bands, that the status quo is to now
keep a really intimate relationship with your fans via networking,
whether it’s constant tweets, Facebook competitions or whatever, using
these tools to be in almost constant communication with our fans has
really helped us garner a strong following and most of all, keep it.
on what city we’re in, New Zealand always goes through ups and downs
when it comes to rock
music. Dub, Roots, Reggae and dance music will always hold dominion,
but as more and more rock bands are upping their game, the scene is
slowly shifting back to the “live concert” scene for us.
shear “that was awesome” factor, the Wellington show at TSB Arena on
the Disturbed “Music as a Weapon” tour was pretty epic – the crowd were
so loud and responsive and it was amazing having Matt and Corey from
Trivium and John from Disturbed standing on my side of the stage really
enjoying the show. For our headlining shows, we played Christchurch in
April (it was our first headliner down there since the fatal earthquake
of 2011) and they are really trying to rebuild their night culture again
so we went down really unsure of what to expect and we completely
jammed the place full of the loudest crowd
we’ve ever pulled – it was truly awesome.
impossible to answer – the list is too long! It’s be awesome to be on a
Metallica bill, Bands like Sevendust, Three Days Grace, Shinedown,
Alterbridge – my favourite hard rock bands. Having played in NZ with
both The Butterfly Effect and Karnivool, it’d be amazing to throw them
on a bill together, get Dead Letter Circus on there (because they’d
obviously need to be) and we can open – because that’s how we roll!
Crossing Romeo are an amazing Melbourne who have just released their amazing debut self titled album which I just thought was amazing. These boys know how to put on a good show and thought they were worth interviewing. I talk to David Huxtable from the band, So read on and find out why they rock, then go check out their amazing tunes.
1. How did the band form?
In Sept 2007 a few of us were living together (Hux, Daz and Benni) and decided to start writing some rock tunes together. One of our first ventures was a songwriting competition to have a track placed in the feature film “Hitman” from 20th Century Fox.
We entered the song “I’m your Hitman” (still available on Itunes on the “Hitman” soundtrack) under the working name “Empire.” We won the comp and had the song placed in the movie. After such a successful start we decided to quickly put together a set worth of original songs and played our first gig in Feb 2008. We settled on the Band name “Rhymada” and were a fairly prog rock genre band with a monstrous live sound.
Nowadays we’ve changed a few band members and have a really strong vision of how we want to sound today and in the future which is a lot more in the Rock/Pop genre aka “Fall out boy,” “Foo Fighters.”. We recently changed name to “Crossing Romeo” and finished our self titled debut album that we are so proud of and can’t wait to show to the rest of the world.
2. What was it like to record at Birdland Studios?
Working with Lindsay Gravina (Producer, “Living End” “Thirsty Merc.”) at Birdland was a great experience. He’s a man who knows what works and he’s not afraid to help out with songwriting and song structure. He went above and beyond the call of duty with us and we greatly appreciate the work he put in for us.
3. Are you happy the way the album turned out?
The album sounds amazing and we are very confident we now have an album of international standard to really start working our way up the worldwide music ladder.
4. What was the inspiration for the album?
Life. An album really is just a short audio movie of an artists recent history. Since we all were involved in the lyrics writing process you really get a feel of the experiences and events that have moved us all in recent times.
5. What inspires the band when writing music?
I think all songs are different. Sometimes you want a song to really pull at heart strings and create a deep emotional connection and sometimes you really just want a song to ROCK your face off. “Horses for courses.” I think as long as it’s giving us a strong emotional or physiological reaction as we’re writing, we know we’re on the right track.
6. Who would you most like to play a show with?
Daz, Cassar and I (Hux) are completely obsessed with Oz rock outfit “Karnivool.” I’ve always loved the OZ prog rock movement of the past 20 years and these guys have just taken it to a new level with their musicianship and creative writing style. If you haven’t gotten in to these guys then I highly recommend you give yourself this musical gift.
Matty (Bass) loves Bon Jovi so I think he’d say those guys. We actually were finalists in the MMM comp to support them last year. Matty was sooo excited but unfortunately for us, we were beaten by a great rock band called “The scarlets.”
7. How has social networking help the band?
Facebook is an amazing medium for getting information out to fans. We use it all the time to promote gigs, the album release, merchandise etc. Since we just changed names recently our new site www.crossingromeo.com is a little low on support so if you’re reading this, please get on there and like us god dammit!!
8. What has been your favorite show to date so far?
Our album launch last week was probably my favourite. We had an amazing turnout and it was soo much fun to finally show everyone what we’ve been working so hard on for the past year of our lives.
Close second would have to be when we supported “Dead Letter Circus” a couple years ago. Mainly because I freaking love them. Great bunch of guys too so was a real thrill to meet them all.
9. If you could have anyone in a video clip who would it be?
We’re actually in preproduction for the first single, “No need for names,” which is a song basically about lust and I have a scene where I’m making out with a very good looking young lady (Sarah Hilton, Zoo magazine etc.). Will be my first on scene make out so I’m actually a little nervous about it, but should be heaps of fun to shoot.
I have a huge crush on the actress “Minka Kelly” so I guess I would have to say it would be amazing if she was the leading lady in the clip. No offense to Sarah if she reads this because she’s an extremely attractive girl too.
10. What is next for the band?
After the film clip is shot and we release the single in late June we are actually taking the band over to LA. Planning some support tours over there to start spreading the “Crossing Romeo” name over this planet of ours. We have a firm idea of the kind of band we want to be and where we see ourselves in the future. Now it’s time to start making moves and promote the hell out of this album which we are so proud of.