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Robert Davi

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Robert Davi is an acting legend, He has worked on so many iconic and cool movies and directed a wonderful comedy called The Dukes which he has starred in.  He is also quite a fantastic singer and has put out a wonderful album called On the Road to Romance which is a collection of jazz songs that the late great Frank Sinatra sung and is a wonderful tribute to the man, who he has also worked with on a movie. Since Robert is coming to the Melbourne Jazz Festival I thought I would ask him a few questions about the album and coming to Aussie. The album is to be released by ABC Music on the 25/04/2014 https://shop.abc.net.au/products/davi-sings-sinatra-cd.

  • June 8, 2014 – 7:30 PM
    Adelaide Cabaret Festival Adelaide Festival Theater, Australia

    Tickets

  • June 7, 2014 – 8:00 PM
    Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Australia

    Tickets

http://www.davisingssinatra.com/

1. How did you get involved with performing at the Melbourne Jazz Festival?
My manager Joe Lamont is from Australia and he is familiar with the market here . We made a record deal with ABC MUSIC to release my album and of course the best place to help get the word out is by performing in world class venues . He had told me about the Melbourne Festival and that of the one in Adelaide, Adelaide Cabaret Festival  , These are both GREAT Venues so I of course accepted. I have been asked to other Jazz festival but my film schedule hadn’t permitted me to do so.

2. What will Melbourne audiences expect from your show?
That I will give my all and I do hope to leave a piece of my heart for all. Gustav Mahler once said that “music is the closest to the absolute”. I believe we all connect through music. The Great American Songbook is the Shakespeare of America and no one in my humble opinion sang them better than SINATRA. For anyone who has ever seen Sinatra or wished they could have seen him ,,, I hope they are thrilled ,,, there is no one quite like me . Sinatra had edge ,poetry and was a GREAT actor ,, also if he said ” I’m gonna break your legs you believed him” . I can say , I think I may be the only singer today that has that pedigree 🙂 LOL.Also , I have quite an extensive film career and have worked with some of the most impressive legends of our day so my show has a lot of anecdotal stories, some quite funny and some quite moving . the following quote by the legendary Quincy Jones sums it up “as FS would say, ‘Koo, Koo.’ Wow! I have never heard anyone come this close to Sinatra’s sound ” and still be himself. Many try, but Robert Davi has the voice, tone, the flavor and the swagger. What a surprise.
He absolutely touched me down to my soul and brought back the essence and soul of ‘Ol Blue Eyes himself.
” Quincy Jones

3. Are you happy with how the album has been received?
We have gone to number 6 in America on Billboard Jazz charts for more than several weeks . For a debut album this is pretty good when Tony Bennett and Michael Buble are charting alongside you its a darn good feeling .Also, the response from public and critics alike has been very encouraging .

4. How did you select the songs you wanted to sing?
I chose songs that were pivotal in Sinatra’s career — and also have a personal significance to me.

5. What was it like working with the late great Phil Ramone and what do you think be brought to the album?
Phil, was one of the most endearing people I ‘ve worked with. He had a wonderfully gentle way of letting the artist be himself and guide almost imperceptibly but profoundly.He brought his amazing sense of what makes a Great record and sound . They say one of the most important attributes of a producer is his EARS !!!! and there were none better than Phil’s.

6. Will be there be another album on the cards?
Yes ,I am happy to say  — and we have 7 tracks already completed . Sadly ,they are the last seven Phil worked on with me.

7. Are you happy with the response to your film The Dukes?
Yes I am

8. Will we see you direct another film in the future?
I do hope so ,, perhaps sooner than later.

9. What are you looking forward to do in Australia when your not performing?
Well ,unfortunately , I do not think I will have a lot of time but I do hope to take in some of the lovely sites — I want to hold a Koala Bear — I did that 25 years ago when I came Australia for Bond.

10. Is there anything you have done yet you would most like to do as an actor and a singer?
There are so many things I have NOT done it would take too long to list ..

11. What inspires you now as an actor?
as always a GREAT SCRIPT —

I invite you all to come see me  and also getting my album -so  Looking forward to meeting you !!!

The album is to be released by ABC Music on the 25/04/2014 https://shop.abc.net.au/products/davi-sings-sinatra-cd.

  • June 8, 2014 – 7:30 PM
    Adelaide Cabaret Festival Adelaide Festival Theater, Australia

    Tickets

  • June 7, 2014 – 8:00 PM
    Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Australia

    Tickets

PHFAT

SOUTH AFRICAN ELECTRONIC HIP HOP HITS AUSTRALIAN SHORES

SOUTH AFRICAN ELECTRONIC HIP HOP HITS AUSTRALIAN SHORES
PHFAT are South Africa’s biggest independent rap group and are teeing up to hit Australia with a self-funded tour in May, playing clubs and venues to promote their new single ‘Lights Out’ featuring JungFreud.
In the two years that PHFAT has been a full time rap act they have played at just about every established alternative music festival in South Africa and scored opening slots for international pioneers such as Public Enemy and Post Hardcore/Rock forerunners like The Used.
Whilst all of this is impressive on paper, PHFAT‘s proudest asset is their ability to consistently sell out clubs around South Africa with only their name on the flyer.
Multiple play listings on radio stations countrywide for ‘Lights Out’ happened almost instantly. The single even managed to beat out electronic music giant Skrillex for "Hottest New Track of the week" on South Africa’s largest commercial station 5fm on their #NewFavourite slot.
PHFAT plans to make Australia a regular touring destination and are putting in the work with 11 dates across the east coast all throughout May.
Pumped Up Kids + Purple Sneakers + Kingdom Sounds + Various Artists Presents

PHFAT
Lights Out Australian Tour
**Tickets on-sale now**
Saturday May 10th – Laundry Bar, Melbourne, VIC
FREE ENTRY – 18+ only
Wednesday May 14th – Happy Club @ Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
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Thursday May 15th – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
FREE ENTRY – 18+ only
Friday May 16th – MUM @ World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Tickets on-sale at the door 18+ only
Saturday May 17th – HostageX, Wollongong, NSW
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Friday May 23rd — Bowler Bar, Brisbane, QLD
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Saturday May 24th – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
FREE ENTRY – 18+ only
Sunday May 25th – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
FREE ENTRY – 18+ only
Thursday May 29th — The Basement, Canberra, ACT
Tickets on-sale www.oztix.com.au 18+ only
Friday May 30th – One Mic @ The Roller Den, Erskineville, NSW
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Saturday May 31st – Beresford Hotel, Sydney
FREE ENTRY – 18+ only

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Yeo is the man, this song is the bomb. get your ears around it peeps.  What more is there too it. Go on, give it a listen what have you got to loose and he playing Canadian Music Week too.

But here is the low down on the song. Enigmatic Melbourne producer/musician Yeo has returned with the next offering from his upcoming E.P. Following the release of his career-defining musical evolution in the form of a lo-fi, proto-R&B jam called Girl. By year’s end, Girl, had amassed 100k streams on Soundcloud and Youtube and earned a place on multiple ‘Best of 2013’ lists.

Now Yeo returns with the single ‘Kobe’ a song already heralded by The Ripe as a “shiny ball of synth-pop” while Canadian’s Hilly Dilly said “Yeo climbs to previously unexperienced heights”.

The track was produced by Yeo and mixed by Phil Threlfall, Kobe captures much of the aesthetic of the Girl, wrapped into an intellectual pop song with significant ear-worming capabilities.

A Gazillion Angry Mexicans

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A Gazillion Angry Mexicans are a Melbourne band doing good things. Read on and find out more.

https://www.facebook.com/agazillionangrymexicans

1. Are you happy how things have gone for the band so far?
Yeah so far so good, each day is better than the last with more and more shows and people getting into us and some radio showing some interest.

2. What inspires the band when writing music?
Hard to say, inspiration can come at the most random or inconvenient time like at work or while on the train. But if I’m writing at home, its usually a few glasses of wine that gets it going.

3. What is your latest song about?
It’s still in the early stages of finishing the music, so the lyrics are mainly gibberish until we find the melody, and then its usually gibberish and contradictions anyway.

4. What do you like about touring?
We haven’t really toured yet. We’ve only done a few regional shows. Being out on the road is a pretty good feeling though, load the van with 4 dudes and a loaded esky sounds like a pretty good time to us.

5. How important you is touring regional alongside touring the cities?
Some of those regional shows can get crazy some times! They aren’t as spoiled for bands like we are in the city, so if they really like you, they go nuts at the gig and then want to party really hard with you after. Treat you like family.

6. What has been your favorite show to date?
I had a blast at our EP launch last week, Public Bar has always been good to us, its actually where we started the band, but the pub was packed and everybody was singing along and jumping about, got real rowdy!

7. How does social media help you as a band?
Everybody lives out of their phones these days checking facebook and whatever every few minutes so its the easiest way to connect with people and I can do it at any time of the day.

8. How important is connecting with your fans?
You’ve got to, without them we’re nothing, it’s just four dudes jerking off without them.
9. If you could have any body in a video clip who would it be?
It would have to be Bill Murray, that guy slays me.

10. What does 2014 have in store for the band?
Hopefully we are going to hit the road over the next few months and head up the coast to play with some mates in Byron Bay and the Bold Coast. Play as much as we can here in Melbourne, and hopefully find some studio time in there somewhere to record a few ideas we’ve been toying with and hopefully get this film clip finally sorted!

The Spindrift Saga

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The Spindrift Saga is an Alternative/Indie band hailing from the South Coast in Australia doing good things. I liked what I heard and an interview was a must so please read on.

https://www.facebook.com/thespindriftsaga/

1. Are you happy how things have gone for the band so far?
One of the most challenging things we have had to face as a band trying to ‘make it’, is our geographical location. We are 2 hours from the nearest city (Canberra) and 4 hours from Sydney. This has made it very difficult to get the ‘exposure’ we feel we deserve at times. We couldn’t be happier with what we have achieved over the last three years, but we are happy to concede that the far south coast is a bit of a ‘musical wilderness’ at times. We have spent a lot of time in the band van and clocked up a lot of miles. Over the last 12 months or so, we have really started to feel a resurgence in original live music and more opportunities have presented themselves. Our 2012 EP release ‘300 Hours and Counting’ received significant community radio play in every Australian state which really helped the bands profile. We can feel the ball rolling at the moment and are super keen to see what will come of this tour of our new single ‘Marvin’.

2. What inspires the band when writing music?
Our main inspiration when writing music is to create tunes that reflect exactly where the band is at any given moment. We like to write stuff that is potentially commercially viable but we work hard to include really interesting and complex sections and parts. As all three of us are university trained musicians, we like to have those moments that have the ‘real musos’ at the back of the room saying "Man, these guys can play". We have no interest in overcomplicating things, but we love throwing in the odd bit of ‘musical chops’. mMstly our music is inspired by the alternative bands that the three of us grew up listening to. All of us love the alternative greats of the 90’s and we tip our hats to those guys.

3. What is your latest song about?
Our latest single ‘Marvin’ is about a cheeky little fox terrier who our lead singer saved from immanent doom. Unfortunately, however, this particular little puppy dawg has a bad habit of getting up to serious mischief. He particularly likes causing trouble when his owner is out of town and is well-known at the local pound. Marvin also has a serious fetish for two local shiatsu’s, which drives him to all sorts of shenanigan’s. He has been put on this earth to locate and urinate on every car tyre he can find, and he won’t rest until is work is done. He is the Al Capone of the animal world and can be likened to a Crips gang leader. The tune tells the story of some key events that Marvin’s owner Chris (lead singer) would rather forget.

4. What do you like about touring?
Touring really is the ultimate way to let the listeners know exactly what we are about as a band. It’s also a real buzz to go from venue to venue and experience the up’s and down’s of being on the road. Hanging out as a band and having time in between shows to really ‘chill’ and soak it all up is also a seriously cool thing. I think that the public often forget that bands have to work ‘bloody’ hard to write, record, and perform regularly. Touring kind of consolidates all your hard work and gives great feedback on how to improve etc. It really lets us feel proud of what we are doing. Perhaps more than anything though, touring enables us to try every burger and meal combo at every fast food chain in the country. You haven’t lived until you’ve smashed an ultimate burger meal 2 minutes before a show after an 8 hour car trip hung over from the night before.

5. How important you is touring regional alongside touring the cities?
To be totally honest, at this moment in time we really need to focus on the city stuff. We spend most of our lives playing regional shows and will continue to do so I guess. However, we are three down to earth lads from the sleepy south coast, so for us, we love the idea of gigging in the city. It’s a totally different experience for us.

6. What has been your favourite show to date?
We really love The Phoenix Bar gigs in Canberra. That venue has been great to us and is always an incredibly fun place to play. In saying that, our 2012 Star Casino gig in Sydney was certainly one to remember also.

7. How does social media help you as a band?
Social media lets us connect on a different level with the people who enjoy our music. It’s really time consuming these days and sometimes I think social media only really worked well in the early days and has lost a little bit of it’s shine. That said, there is no doubt that once the ball is rolling, social media can really push the ball faster. At the end of the day though, I’d like to think Music is the real key and that people are connecting with our music and not our own perception of ourselves.

8. How important is connecting with your fans?
I think over the last 4 years we have really learnt the hard way. We are actually all quite ‘shy’ guys off stage and at times don’t enjoy the ‘connection’ with our audiences once we stop playing the music. It’s a weird notion I know, but we feel like we only deserve attention when we are performing and after that point we are just 3 dudes like everyone else in the room. However, over the last year or so we have really started to value and be humbled by some of the people that continue to turn up to our shows time and time again and wholeheartedly believe in what we do. If we are connecting with our fans on stage, we are really happy with that.

9. If you could have any body in a video clip who would it be?
Will Ferrell or Jack Black. Actually, I take that back. It’d have to be Chuck Norris for sure. But only if he promised not hurt us.

10. What’s your favourite venue to play at?
Probably have to say ‘The Phoenix Bar’ in Canberra

11. What does 2014 have in store for the band
This year is going to be our most significant yet. We are only a week away now from starting our East Coast Tour of our new single ‘Marvin’. We are also releasing our full-length album ‘Badnormous’ later in the year which we see us tour again over summer. Busy, busy, busy.!

Walter Trout – Luther’s Blues (Provogue/Mascot/ADA/Warner Music)

Firstly Walter needs a new liver and you can help by donating here http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/walter-trout-needs-a-new-liver-you-can-help-/151911?utm_source=widget This is a tribute album to Luther Allison and it’s a fine tribute to Luther Allison with the great production, awesome guitar playing by Walter which is evident in the opening track I’m Back. Luther songs are given the royal treatment here which are evident in all the songs. I really dig I’m Back, Move From The Hood and Bad Love. You get to hear Luther Speak in the second to last song off the album. The last song is written by Walter Trout about Luther and it’s a solid song and a fitting song to finish off the album.  Walter is a fantastic guitar player and a legend. This is a great release to add to his already fine catalogue.  I hope Walter gets better and wish him the best.

 

Two new rad songs that will get your ears buzzing

I’m Not Sorry’ the official debut single/video from Melbourne’s Undercolours. The boys experienced early success in 2011 with the demo ‘Spirit The Ghost’, which found it’s way onto the triple j airwaves and struck a chord with Neon Gold blog in the US and NME in the UK.

Chief songwriters Flynn Francis and Tim Metcalfe relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in songwriting. It was there that they met Robbie Williams who invited them to co-write his album ‘Take the Crown’ (2012), which achieved #1 chart position in eight countries worldwide and a sold out European stadium tour (2013).

In 2014, Undercolours have turned their attention back to the original
project that kick-started the journey and ‘I’m Not Sorry’ is the first fruit of their labours.

 

Citizen Kay

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Citizen Kay is a talented Hip Hop artist from Australia doing good things. I liked his stuff and interview was a must so read on

https://www.facebook.com/citizenkaytm/

1. Are you happy how things have gone for you so far?
Of course! Every success and failure has accumulated to this very moment!

2. What inspires you when writing music?
I usually gather inspiration from anything and everything – another song, a life experience, another persons life experience, artwork, you name it!

3. What is your latest song about?
It’s mainly about a girl-‘situation’ a good friend of mine went through, layered with a few of my own personal girl-‘situations’

4. What do you like about touring?
The chance to travel around, especially to places I wouldn’t have thought of going to, meeting & connecting with with artists & people and of course having the incredible chance to perform in front of incredible people!

5. How important to you is touring regional alongside touring the cities?
They’re all as important as each other for me – the more people i can talk with and get to know, the more inspiration I can get

6. What has been your favourite show to date?
There are two that instantly jump to mind which are Groovin the Moo festival (which was actually my 4th ever live performance) and I believe it was Rocket Bar in Adelaide – could be very wrong about the venue name, but ADELAIDE!

7. How does social media help you as an artist?
Social media as become such big tool for all artists – it’s where the majority of people seem to be today!

8. How important is connecting with your fans?
Everyone has their own story and personally I’ve just always been someone who enjoyed meeting and talking with people in general

9. If you could have any body in a video clip who would it be?
Without a doubt the dude from the ‘Old Spice’ TV ads…or Judge Judy

10. What’s your favourite venue to play at?
There’s one place I’ve been a few times which is the Beresford Hotel – always very welcoming there!

11. What does 2014 have in store for the band?
NEW TRACKS, MORE SHOWS, MORE GOOD VIBES ALL AROUND!

Tanya Batt

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Photo by Emma McEvoy Photography

Tanya Batt is a talented singer songwriter from Melbourne, Australia doing good things.  Read on and find out more.

https://www.facebook.com/tanyabattmusicAU/

1. Are you happy how things have gone for the band so far?
I am very much so indeed, I am quite overwhelmed by it all really, and I am lucky to have the most incredible band, I love them all so much, and just so grateful they want to do this with me

2. What inspires the band when writing music?
Well I write the songs and then take them to my band and we workshop them, everything inspires me when writing though, other artists a lot, and experiences in life, a lot of the time I have to write to be able to deal with something. Lately a lot of modern day composers are inspiring me though like, Olafur Arnalds and Sigur Ros.

3. What is your latest song about?
Fools has many meanings, It’s based around one recent period in my life and what I learnt from it all and am still learning, it destroyed me though, so this was me trying to write down how I felt, getting anger out and sadness and admitting things to myself. I guess it’s quite obvious within the lyrics what it is about, but I am a big fan of people interpreting it how they need to, to help them.

4. What do you like about touring?
Touring is so much fun! It can be very tiring, but I like watching the boys in my band go off listening to jazz fusion for hours on the drives, mind you I do request fusion breaks, it can get a bit much. I also love the random towns you stop in on the way to places, I like seeing the people there and creating a whole backstory in my mind of the life they live there. Haha

5. How important you is touring regional alongside touring the cities?
It’s important to tour regional as well as cities. You can build some amazing fans in regional towns, and they can be very respectful when you go there as most artists don’t, so they are very appreciative I think

6. What has been your favorite show to date?

Mmmm It probably would still be my EP Launch at The Toff in Town last September, wow.. Just the vibe and energy still when I look back at it, it feels me with such adrenaline and happiness an reminds me why I do this.

7.How does social media help you as a band?
Social media, is beyond important! It has helped us reach people worldwide, we have fans in the oddest places, like Bolivia and Ecuador and stuff like that, amazing! Helps spread your music and helps make it easier to connect with and be approachable for fans.

8. How important is connecting with your fans?
Incredibly important, I wouldn’t realistically be able to do this without them, I make such a conscious effort to reply to fans and why not they always say the most amazing things. They make my day all the time! Love them!

9. If you could have any body in a video clip who would it be?
Jared Leto, and it would have to be a make out scene. Sorry but seriously, that guy. Wow.

10. What’s your favorite venue to play at?
Most Definitely The Toff in Town, and I love Northcote Social Club also, I really enjoyed playing at The Jive in Adelaide also.

11. What does 2014 have in store for the band?
We have a very busy year ahead of us, we have the tour for the single and then straight back into writing and recording the rest of the EP. Then a big tour around that, and lots of other secret things I can’t say or I’ll get all my tea taken away from me for misbehaving, and that will reduce me to many tears.