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Michelle Ellen Jones

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OK so I love discovering new amazing talent and yes getting excited about interviewing them and Michelle Ellen Jones is no exception. For starters she is an incredibly talented actor, she teaches ball room dancing, a pageant coach and even teaches Yoga.   Secondly she incredibly gorgeous and was a total sweetheart during the interview.  I personally think she will go very very far in acting. To me she got the talent but find out for yourself and have a listen to this great interview I did with her and seriously folks it’s one of the best interviews I’ve done this year, one of my favorites.  She is a star in the making.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5121003/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Ellen-Jones-ActressModel/431502953648155

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Outland Brothers

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Outland Brothers are great Melbourne Alt Country band doing good things. This is what they had to say about it all.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Outland-Brothers/183430815041436

1. What was the inspiration for the up coming album?

I’d been to Australia a number of times before I actually emigrated here and life seemed so easy I did wonder from where I’d draw inspiration. Then I got a good old fashioned bout of unrequited love which got the songs flowing alright. So far it’s my only bout and I finally found out it wasn’t quite as unrequited as I imagined.

2. How did the songwriting process go for the album?

Except for a couple of songs they all came from that period. I then slyly introduced them to Matthew ( Aulich ) and Paul (Shilton ) as an accompaniment to our South Australian Alcohol sampling sessions, and I just happened to have some instruments lying about.

3. What was the recording process like for the album?

Fairly organic I suppose, whatever that means. We’d all been in bands with a drummer beforehand, so as we were without a rhythm section we made the schoolboy error of recording without a click track which on some tracks led to a few headaches. You can hear quite a few tempo malfunctions.

4. Did you prepare for the recording process or what is it a case of see what happens in the studio?

We had things pretty set structure wise and how the three of us played live. But when we got in the studio Paul and Matthew were both struck by inspiration and added overdubs usually as the idea struck them on the day. We recorded it on 16 track one inch tape on an Otari machine, so it soon all filled up.

5. How was the recording process different to earlier material?

Like I said all our previous bands ( THE PARADISE MOTEL, QUICKSPACE, PENTHOUSE ) had drummers so we just didn’t take that into account. We added drums to two tracks afterwards and had to use a program called Beat Detective to create a click track.

6. What did you learn from recording the album that you will take away for future releases?

While I really like recording on analogue, I think next time we’ll record on tape but dump it onto the complicator for the mix. It just saves so much time. We’ve actually recorded at least half of the new LP on top of a mountain in the Yarra Ranges. The first one took so long that we’re really on the front foot with the second.

7. Are you happy how things have gone so far for the band?

I’m amazed it’s still going on in any form. The Universe has given me a lot of opportunities to give up on it, but I’ve refused. I think I’m now officially bloody minded. We thought of calling the LP “Carry On Regardless”. If I ever got around to writing a book on the history of the band so far, I reckon it would be a pretty entertaining read. Nice to get on Triple J after all these years in Oz. I can die a happy man.

8. What buzz do you get out of playing live?

I like the Bob Dylan angle of playing as much as possible to chase those moments of communion between audience and performers that are nothing short of spiritual. It doesn’t always happen, but when it does it’s pretty damn special.

9. Do you have rituals before playing a show?

I like to put different clothes on about 15 mins before the show to get into a different zone; usually a fancy shirt and waistcoat. It takes me back to my PENTHOUSE days when at least 3 of the four of us would do quite a bit of work pre gig with hair grease and combs; we used to do a bit of work with whiskey as well.

10. What do you love about playing live?

It’s much more nerve wracking as a singer than just as a musician, but if I can hear my voice really well and the harmonies are flowing it just becomes a luxurious experience.

Smoking Martha

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Smoking Martha are an awesome Aussie rock band who music I totally dug after I heard it. I knew I had to interview them for the site and this what they had to say.

http://www.smokingmartha.com/

1. What will be the inspiration for the up coming release?

We really want our energy from our lives shows to translate into this recording. Our inspirations are raw, tough, punk rock sounds but with structure and heart, every song tells a story.

2. How will the songwriting process be different to earlier material?

We have grown as artists and we know what we like and don’t like.

3. How will you prepare for the recording process or what is it a case of see what happens in the studio?

For us it’s important to be as ready as possible before hitting the studio, all the songs are written so we start with Pre- production which basically involves tightening up, working out tempos, and any new additional ideas per song. This gives us more to time to experiment in the studio.

5. How does social media and the internet help you as a band?

It helps get out our music out to the world, we can constantly update our fans with upcoming gigs, music and any other exciting news!!

6. Why do you think Australia has such a great rock scene?

I think parts of Australia like anywhere in the world support rock music because it feels real, its high in energy so it gets people pumped. Which is why we enjoy live rock so much, and it’s just so easy to listen too.

7. What buzz do you get out of playing live and what can people expect from the up coming shows?

Nothing beats playing a live show, it’s our favourite way to truly share our music with everything we’ve got, Balls and all.

8. Do you have rituals before playing a show?

A little Drambuie a little tequila and band hugs

9. What does the rest of 2015 have in store for you?

We have been lucky this year to have already played 2 international supports with Uriah Heep and with Seether. We have heaps of shows booked in until the end of the year including the 27th of November at Yah Yahs in Melbourne, 28th at The Music Man in Bendigo and the 29th at The Barwon Club Geelong. We are also in the process of sourcing the best studio for us for our next release.

Lowdown Hokum Orchestra

Lowdown Hokum Orchestra are a unique band with something special going on this. So naturally wanted to find out more.

http://www.lowdownhokum.com/

 

1. What was the inspiration for the up coming album?

The album is the soundtrack to our Fringe Festival piece called “That’s Showbiz”. The songs can best be described as on the bluesier and jazzier side of Americana and it’s our attempt to get roots music in front of a larger audience. The show combines really hot playing and singing with theatre and burlesque and every element reinforces the others. It’s a lot of fun.

2. How did the songwriting process go for the album?

This album is mostly re-arrangements of other folk’s tunes – Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, which was a great process to go through because of the strength of the material. I am a songwriter, but I think just recording a song because it’s your own is not necessarily the name of the game. We are losing the great art of vocal interpretation. Mostly the only place you can see that now is on talent shows.

3. What was the recording process like for the album?

We took the band down to a big studio and recorded all of the tracks live – 2 or 3 takes at most – so we could get as close as possible to what we do live. I took the files back to my home studio and tinkered with them a bit and added a few overdubs and mixed and mastered it there.

4. Did you prepare for the recording process or what is it a case of see what happens in the studio?

We had done the songs live a few times and basically knew what we were going to do. The studio always throws up it’s own set of issues though. What plays well to a live crowd doesn’t always translate to a good performance in the studio. Like most working bands we thrive on feedback from the audience and that colours the performance a lot.

5. How was the recording process different to earlier material?

This is the first time I’ve ever had all of the band in the studio playing at the same time. I think it’s the way to go. I’m never going to do an album like Dark Side of The Moon where hours were spent just getting the snare drum sound. The business has changed too. There is so much downloading and pirating, file sharing and swapping that you need product that comes out frequently – to keep the whole thing fresh – and it needs to reflect what the audience just saw and heard because that’s where most CD’s will be sold, at gigs.

6. What did you learn from recording the album that you will take away for future releases?

Keep the vibe live.

7. Are you happy how things have gone so far for the band?

The reviews are great, the CD got to number 11 on the Blues and Roots Chart 2nd week in and the show get’s really good reviews. So far, so good.

8. What buzz do you get out of playing live?

Performing is what most musicians do to keep sane. You wouldn’t do it or the money. Having an audience love what you do is the best drug going around. At the end of the day music is a dialect of mathematics, which is the language of the universe. I think that’s why every culture on the planet has a musical component. It’s communication on an elemental level. All the listener and the musician have to do is tune in to one another and something wonderful happens.

9. Do you have rituals before playing a show?

I like to get to gig early, set-up, sound-check and then rest for a bit. I don’t eat a meal or drink alcohol before a show.

10. What do you love about playing live?

I love meeting people after the gig. If are a performer and you don’t like people, you are in the wrong business.

 

Interesting video clip for Aussie singer songwriter Bernardine.

Vigilantes

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What can I say but I love Vigilantes. When I first heard them a few weeks back I was totally hooked. With a sick remix of their song Elasticity by Joy. I knew it was time to find out more from this incredible two piece act.  These cats are going places.

https://www.facebook.com/vvvigilantes

1. What was the inspiration for the song Elasticity?

The financial market. Jks. Elasticity was inspired by the natural rhythm of relationships and how we drift apart and come back together.

2. How did the songwriting process go for the song?

Dave was on tour in another city and had been texting me concepts for lyrics, this one really stuck so we decided to flesh it out via the magic of sms. I’d send shitty piano and vocals from my phone, then Dave would add beats and the rest,

3. What was the recording process like for the song?

It was pretty gradual, it went through a few different versions. Our friend Ross aka Laterns jumped on board and contributed a lot to the production. We’d make changes and see how we felt about them the next day. It’s always better to sleep on things. The sax line though, that didn’t need sleeping on.

4. Did you prepare for the recording process or what is it a case of see what happens in the studio?

We are incredibly spoilt by the fact that Dave has his own studio. Ross and Dan (who played sax) are in there too, so recording has never really had that pressure of ‘You only have this one, very expensive day to get everything down’. The morning we recorded the vocals, I had been trying to sing Mariah all morning and smashed my voice, by the time I got in front of the mic I was a lil apprehensive, but hey, when is it ever perfect right?

5. How did the remix come about and why do you think remixes are so important to the scene and as a artist?

Dave met Liv (Joy) when he was playing with Nicole Millar at Splendour last year. Liv is so talented and I love her ear for production. Naturally, we had to work with her. That and she is a massive babe. Liv actually sent about 8 different versions before the she was happy with her mix. Remixes are a great way of getting out to different audiences. There’s also this really nice warm sense of community when you’re working together and remixing each other tracks. You end up with these different versions of your song, which are kinda like different flavours of ice cream.

6. What did you learn from recording the song that you will take away for future releases?

Aaron Cupples is a mixing behemoth. He brought out the gloss in our track. Also, as someone who struggles with writing lyrics, having a really clear concept of what you’re writing about can be the key!

7. Are you happy how things have gone so far for you guys?

Definitely. We just won a spot on the Converse Rubber Tracks program. Gotta be happy with that!

8. What buzz do you get out of playing live?

At the last gig we played, supporting Asta, there was this lone guy who danced the whole set. Sure he was high, but he was also having a great time. That’s what it’s all about. When you play live it’s like you’re all in this thing together, sharing an experience, making memories, surrendering your body to the beat.

9. Do you have rituals before playing a show?

Dave, Mikey and I all have different coloured Brita bottles, which we use to keep our fluids up before a gig and on stage. It’s pretty cute. We seem to always be eating corn chips before a gig too. Bloody Dave. Other than that, one of us will say ‘Alright, let’s do this!’ (and we all high five and it freeze frames on us as the camera zooms out).

10. Why do you think the electro scene is Australia is so strong right now?

Music sharing communities like soundcloud play a pretty strong role. Also the technology is so accessible. I can carry around a mini studio in my backpack, and I usually do. It’s so easy to carry a laptop, and a usb midi controller and mic. If I were a more ‘traditional’ musician, I couldn’t carry around a piano and write a song where ever I was, but now I can be working on the train etc. It’s also tied into our culture of festivals and going out, instead of importing the soundtrack to it all, we’re doing it ourselves, and we’re damn good at it too!

11. Who would most like to work with if you have the chance?

I’d love to work with HTML Flowers from Melbourne, he was in my dream last night and it was that thing where I felt like we were really good friends but then I woke up and I was like ‘oh no wait, we’ve never even met’. I’m also pretty obsessed with Brooke Candy, I might have to move to LA so I can join her FAGMOB.

12. What does the rest of 2015 have in store for you?

Writing, recording and christmas!

13. Is there an album in the works?

Not at album, but we are working on an EP!

Quor

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Quor is an exciting three piece who are releasing their new album Human Paradigm on the 1oth of September. I wanted to find out more from this amazing band this what they had to say.

http://www.facebook.com/quormusic

1. What was the inspiration for the upcoming album?

Human Paradigm means a lot to the band and its creative journey. It follows the most personally creative expression and well-earned victory of the records completion. The album began with the concept of its name sake track, Human Paradigm. The song Human Paradigm contemplates the idea that we are all just irrelevant blips in the universe. We all strive to be something more, and yet most of us will fade into oblivion. Are we cut from the same program or can we change our fate and in effect change the path of our human kind, our human evolution?

2. How did the songwriting process go for the album?

The song writing for this record was very fluid. The songs just seemed to form naturally with very little hang ups in there completion. The pieces just fell into place. I’d say the most difficult part for me was learning to sing the parts while playing guitar. The track Guardian was a real brain buster in this regard. -Corn

3. What was the recording process like for the album?

We recorded the first single “Human Paradigm” out of town at Swagger Studios in Glendale, CA. We challenged ourselves to produce a song in one weekend from start to finish and Human Paradigm was the result. Our engineer Dan Whittemore invited us to “camp out” in the studio during the recording and we took it literally. I woke up Saturday morning with a slight disorientation from the night before and looked out of my tent to see four other tents inside a studio rehearsal room. There were lanterns, ice chests, and the remnants of bottles and paper plates upon a picnic bench. The whole studio was filled with the sounds of the drum and guitar tracks we had recorded the day before. It was 9:00 am and it was loud and it was fucking beautiful. The remaining Human Paradigm tracks where recorded at the famed Signature Sound Studios in San Diego, CA with engineer Christian Cummings.

4. Did you prepare for the recording process or what is it a case of see what happens in the studio?

We usually have a pretty good foundation for a song before we officially hit the studio with it. That foundation is inevitably challenged once a song gets put under the studio microscope. The band has become great at adapting to those situations in the studio and so far the process of recording has been a final solidifier of our songwriting. -Corn

5. How was the recording process different to earlier material?

For the first single track it was a challenge to the normal time it takes to get a great recording. We wanted to see if we could get a great track done in a weekend. We worked hard that weekend and had a great time doing it. It worked out well. That defined the attitude for the rest of the record. We really opened up to the process of recording and didn’t get caught up in fighting it. The record as a result feels very freeing. -Corn

6. What did you learn from recording the album that you will take away for future releases?

Keep your eye on the ball and don’t wrestle with the beast of recording a record. –Corn

7. Are you happy how things have gone so far for the band?

Yes! We are alive and doing what we are meant to do. It has been fucking humbling to see the support that is growing for this artwork we literally give our lives to create. -Corn

8. What buzz do you get out of playing live?

To me live playing is the physical manifestation of the art. It’s where you truly feel it. It’s where an artist and an audience get to share a moment with the music as the conduit. It’s alive and being alive. I loose myself on every stage and I find something new inside every time we play live, every time. –Corn If I could have sex and play live at the same time, I’d already be in heaven. –Smitty In response to Smitty’s answer, I would like to add that I believe he just described some kind of live porno show in Mexico somewhere. There is hope in his dream. -Corn

9. Do you have rituals before playing a show?

Somewhere along the line we started bowing at each other before a set and we close the set the same way. It’s something of a switch and a moment to respect what we’re doing. And, yes, there is some cheese in there for good measure. –Corn

10. Will see you play Australia soon?

Is that an invitation? -QUOR

 Sunflower Dead

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Sunflower Dead is an awesome rock band doing some awesome stuff.  With It’s Time To Get Weird the new album on the way. It was time find out more. So read on.

http://www.sunflowerdead.com/

1. What was the inspiration for the upcoming album?

Sunflower Dead’s main goal was to be ourselves 100%. It’s amazing what you learn about your art and yourself when you tour constantly. We did this by making a list of everything we had learned, everything we that worked, everything that didn’t and what we wanted the songs to be. Thematically, the songs are about my journey to become my full self through the life lessons of my ups and downs.

2. How did the songwriting process go for the album?

Very natural. SFD sits in a room, together and writes the songs very democratically. There is no emailing or writing via technology. It’s all chemistry based. What we found is that when everyone finds that right balance of what we all think the song should be and it sits right in the middle of what everyone wants, the song gets to its strongest point.

3. What was the recording process like for the album?

Recording was a blast. We did a few days of preproduction with producers Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Slipknot) and Mikey Doling (Snot) and then tracked the record out in the desert of California for a grand total of 12 days. We had an entire month booked and we used less than half. It was extremely comfortably, creative and inspiring to see all five of us come together without ego.

4. Did you prepare for the recording process or what is it a case of see what happens in the studio?

Preparation and letting yourself go with the unexpected is what leads to great results in the studio and life. We were extremely prepared but also very willing to let the songs take on a life of their own in the studio.

5. How was the recording process different to earlier material?

The first album was done in stages. “It’s Time To Get Weird” was done in one fell swoop. It’s very coherent all the way through. Also, working with such talented people as Dave Fortman, Mikey Doling and Jonathan Davis from Korn (who shares vocal duties with me on the title track) helped us grow so much.

6. What did you learn from recording the album that you will take away for future releases?

Don’t sweat the small stuff, go with the flow and say the word “RAD” after every sentence… Dave Fortman, ha.

7. Are you happy how things have gone so far for the band?

Very happy and it’s only getting better.

8. What buzz do you get out of playing live?

There is nothing and I mean nothing that fires me up like playing a sold out huge venue. The bigger the venue, the better. There is something about SFD that is just better in bigger venues. It’s like we can fully unleash with the room onstage and it translates to the crowd.

9. Do you have rituals before playing a show?

I do. My ritual starts hours before the show with steaming my vocals, then doing a vocal warm session. I move onto an hour of makeup to look so sexy ha and then another quick vocal warm up. I then always text a special person that it’s time to go, strap on my accordion and get WEIRD.

10. Will see you play Australia soon?

One of the bands main goals has always been to be a world wide band. A lot of bands get stuck in North America and don’t break out. This is why we starting our touring cycle for this record in Europe this summer with Korn and Snot. The band will tour all over the world on this album cycle including Autralia. Our bassist is from the Gold Coast for god’s sake, we have to go there!