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Kate Boy is a fantastic band who music I love. I’ve known Kate for years now and she has always been a fantastic talent and singer and she is on fire here. The song is well catchy and well produced, and the song really delivers. I can’t wait for the album I know it’s going to be amazing.

 

 

 

Sophie Serafino

Sophie Serafino is my beauty of the week as she is a incredibly talented singer songwriter and violin player. She is also one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever interviewed on this site. Just look at her she is simply stunning. She is also a very sexy redhead, can’t wait for the new album. She is the complete package,seriously a work of art. I am a fan as I a friend.

Photos by Ivan Otis

http://www.sophieserafino.com

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Ratking

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Ratking are a rad band with a rad name and you need to read to find out why they rock.

https://www.facebook.com/ratkingperth/

1. What was the inspiration behind the new song?

Ratking has a strong stance against the current government and its policies. So I guess you could say the inspiration behind ‘Girt’ is Tony Abbott.

2. What inspires you when writing music?

Mainly the bands we idolise. We have a central hub of music/bands that we all listen to and then the bands that we personally listen to. All this together makes for a wide array of musical inspiration.

3. What buzz do you get from playing live?

Crowd participation. Without a doubt. The most enjoyable shows aren’t always the ones that have a tonne of people, but rather the ones that have the heaviest crowd involvement. If you’re at a show, make sure you’re front and centre!

4. Do you have any thing you do before you play live?

Not yet. Luckily none of us have developed any ridiculous superstitious acts.

5. Is an album in the works?

An album has been released! Just 2 weeks ago. We have our album launch on the 30th of July at Amplifier with support from Mindless, Idle Eyes and Protest. Then on the 01st of August at YMCA HQ with support from Flowermouth, Idle Eyes, Never Settle and Sweet Leaf.

6. What can people expect from your show?

A lot of energy, a lot of movement and a lot of anger.

7. If you could collaborate with any one who would it be?

Personally speaking, something really different to us, genre wise. Something that would make people say “I never thought you’d be able to marry those two styles of music together”.

8. If you could have anybody in a video clip who would it be?

Emma Watson, because Emma Watson.

9. What does the rest of 2014 have in store for you?

2 album launch shows, shows booked yet unannounced and depending on the money situation many more things!

Sounds Like Sunset

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Sounds Like Sunset are a rad band Dave from the band answer my questions so read on peeps.  These cats are the real deal music is excellent.

http://www.soundslikesunset.com.au/

1. Are you happy how things have gone so far?

Yeah I think so! Making this music makes us happy and to have music coming out & still being invited to play shows makes us happy.

2. Do you think it’s all about the songwriting or does timing and the right place at the right time has a key getting your music out there?

I’m still not sure how all that works! Probably a bit of both though – but there’s no point in flogging your music to people if you haven’t built it properly first, so you’ve got to have good songs to begin with. Songs require hard work and imagination though – even seemingly simple songs – so you see a lot of lazy people come & go pretty quickly in the scene. Anyone else who survives those first jolts of reality & still hangs around is probably worth paying attention to.

3. How important to you are music blogs in helping get your music out there?

I guess they’re the fanzines of our time, so of course they’re crucial, yeah! They’re run by passionate music fans & usually for zero cash. The blogs are also less likely to play favourites the way the bigger music web/press organisations often do.

4. What inspired you guys in the first place to give music a shot?

I think the main part of being turned onto it was through seeing bands play live, and then having them come over & chat for a bit afterwards. Anything down to earth like that which knocked down that silly barrier between performer and fan was huge for me. Then stuff like Sebadoh & Pavement & seeing these guys just making amazingly simple records with whatever tools they had lying around – just being resourceful & getting on with it – that was really empowering. It inspired me enough in 1994 to go out & buy a 2nd hand cassette 4 track and get started. The other guys in the band are from punk/hardcore backgrounds too and I’m sure they’d each share a similar story.

5. Having tools like Soundcloud – does it make your job easier when trying to gain new listeners to your music?

Yeah I think so. It’s a powerful way of sharing stuff really fast and I guess it’s like a new form of radio now.

6. Do you think releasing EP’s and singles is a good way of keep momentum going before releasing a full length or spending time out of the spotlight writing songs is better?

Haha, I think we’ve had our fair share of success trying & failing using both of these approaches! I think it depends on your audience and what your “image” means to you. Some bands like to engage continually with the fanbase and they’ll say that’s the best way, while other bands like to vanish and work in secret to retain some kind of aura or mystique and then make the occasional appearance. I’m really not sure, I just think either way these are just sales techniques – and you still have to get on with it and make good art and play good shows.

7. How does a song happen for you?

It almost never comes when I want it to. It usually happens when I’m kind of distracted or I’ve only got my mind half on something. Driving, walking around, making coffee. A tune will pop into my head and I’ll run to my dictaphone or voice recorder app or whatever and quickly strum it & hum it down so I don’t forget. Just a million snippets – and I listen back a few weeks later & if I’m still humming it a few days later, it’s usually a keeper. Words are the hardest bit though, and I need to get into the “lyrics” stage really quickly or otherwise I lose the momentum & I almost never come back & finish it.

8. Are there moments where you’re just not in the mood for writing music and need to do something else before you jump back into songwriting mode?

Maybe – I’m almost never “in the mood” and I just kind of let it grow unconsciously these days. It is good to work different ways though. Like when I used to get the train to work each day – whether I was in the mood or not I knew that was basically dedicated Walkman/notepad time an hour each way to & from the city each day. I’d be listening to demos over & over and scrawling page after page of potential song words. Things like racing to finish a line or a verse before the train stops at the next station and stuff. Just mixing up the approach, setting silly little deadlines for myself…trying different things to stay motivated or focused. I think a creative process works best when you’re not in ideal conditions, and I think you should work on it even when you’re not in the mood because sometimes great things come from that.

9. Do you think YouTube has helped to save the music industry?

I’m not sure really – it probably helps people share music with each other but I’m not sure how all that would end up translating into revenue for the labels. I’m imagining the ads pay some money to the labels and /or the bands – or then again is that just another Spotify-style billionth-of-a-decimal-point-of-a-cent per click revenue model type thing? It does help the guerrilla labels & promoters though ‘cos (for the time being) they’ve got access to pretty much the same flashy multimedia tools as the majors – it’s so quick & immediate and it keeps everyone kind of honest I guess.

10. Do you think being serious with your music has helped you and is it still fun to you guys from when you were starting out?

It’s a bit like that Dandy Warhols quote in the movie DiG – “when it’s good it’s fun – and when it’s bad it’s funny” or something like that. It’s like any creative thing – all the hard work is done when nobody’s watching, when nobody’s there slapping you on the back & telling you how great you are – but then there are those gold moments about 5% of the time where time stands still and of a sudden it all just clicks. I think by the time we started this band we were pretty jaded & cynical to begin with so anything on top of gigs & riders & the odd bit of airplay is still a bit of a bonus really!

Tim Hulsman

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Tim Hulsman is a talented Aussie singer songwriter, was happy to interview him for the website. So read on.

http://www.timhulsman.com/

1. What does playing live mean to you?

To me playing live means connecting with people. It’s my opportunity to entertain, face to face, tell the stories behind my songs and hopefully give the audience that memorable thrill of being present at a great performance. I like to get amongst the crowd and meet the punters after a show.

2. Do you think it’s all about the songwriting or does timing and the right place at the right time has a key getting your music out there?

The only thing I have control over is my songwriting and the way I conduct business, so that’s all I concern myself with. If luck and good timing happen, that’s great, but I don’t rely on it. I guess you make your own luck by working hard and working smart.

3. How important to you are music blogs in helping get your music out there?

Music blogs are a great help in getting my music out there. I certainly appreciate any new listening or reading audience. It’s a given that people will search online to find out more about an artist these days and blogs are an important resource.

4. What inspired you in the first place to give music a shot?

Music has been in my soul since a very early age. I would probably say that watching film clips in the late 80s and early 90s really made me want to be a performer. Bands and artists like Guns n Roses, David Bowie, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Janes Addiction just made me want to get on stage and sing and entertain.

5. Having tools like Soundcloud does it make your job easier when trying to gain new listeners to your music?

I’m sure it helps…although it seems to me at this point in my career that I mostly get attention from other musicians trying to network through Soundcloud, Reverbnation and MySpace rather than genuine new fans discovering my music. Having said that it is very handy for music industry types to get a quick listen to my latest tracks. In the long run those tools will be an integral part of my interface with fans.

6. Do you think releasing EP’s and singles is a good way of keep momentum going before releasing a full length or spending time out of the spotlight writing songs is better?

I’ve never released a single before, but the experts in the industry who I’m consulting with at the moment say that it is a good way to keep momentum. I’ve only ever really released full albums. (One EP back in 2003) I’m always writing so time out of the spotlight to write is not necessary at this point in time. Maybe if things go extremely well and I find myself constantly touring and gigging I might need to take time out to write.

7. How does a song happen for you?

I think of songs as potential friends who are passing through town (my mind) and we either make a solid connection and develop a relationship or we part ways soon after meeting. All of the songs I still play are like old friends to me. I love them and they have treated me well. It’s funny…sometimes if I let a song idea go, it pops up somewhere else soon after, having obviously found the friend it was looking for in another artist.

8. Are there moments where you’re just not in the mood for writing music and need to do something else before you jump back into songwriting mode?

Songwriting tends to come to me in patches of creativity. I don’t have a routine around it. If I’m too busy or stressed I don’t feel creative (or receptive to those new friends). I find taking a step back from life sometimes produces a period of intense writing which can sometimes result in a good song coming out.

9. Do you think YouTube has help save the music industry?

No. I believe that the live music scene is negatively effected by the over abundance of live music clips available on YouTube etc. I understand it’s a powerful tool as well, but in reality I think a large percentage of people end up staying at home with their computers rather than stepping out to see some live music and getting all the other social benefits that go along with that.

10. Do you think being serious with your music at a young age has helped you?

I was serious about music from a fairly young age. I don’t think I had a choice in that really…it’s just who I am, and what I have always wanted to do. Having said that, I feel like I’m starting all over again at this point in my life (40) but having 23 years of experience behind me helps me to understand what is expected of me in the industry and also what to I should expect of others. Being a musician from the age of 18 has made for an interesting life that’s for sure!

 

Julia Henning

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Julia Henning is a talented Australian singer songwriter doing good things. I was impressed with what she is doing. So I had to interview her.
1.    What does playing live mean to you?
Playing live is one of the best parts of being a musician. So much of my time these days is taken up emailing or organising events and dealing with very nitty gritty details. It’s so nice to be able to see it all come together at a show and play with your friends and really just have that release of creativity.
 
2.    Do you think it’s all about the songwriting or does timing and the right place at the right time has a key getting your music out there?
I was told once by a music business tutor that the key to ‘making it’ is to put yourself out there and be dedicated to making it work. I think if you have a good product to begin with and you’re constantly working on it to make it as great as you possibly can then with a bit of luck and determination it will all start to take shape and grow. I think luck has a huge part in life in general but certainly in music. But as long as you’re putting yourself out there and taking opportunities as they come, you should be alright. I often think of it like poker, I might not always win but as long as I played the best I could with the cards I was given, I’m happy.
 
3.    How important to you are music blogs in helping get your music out there?
Music blogs are a great way to get new people interested in your music. I love that there is this community of people out there who are so passionate about music and actually take time to create these blogs and give thought out, in depth opinions about songs or artists or albums. Sadly a lot of journalism these days is pretty shallow and poorly researched. I often look to music blogs as a more reliable source of information as to what’s new and what’s good.
 
4.    What inspired you in the first place to give music a shot?
My parents liked to take me to see live music and shows when I was a kid. I fell in love first with the stage and musicals and then as I grew older I found that my true passion was for song writing. My father wanted to be a poet but was told that it wasn’t a ‘real job’ so he became a doctor. When I was growing up, showing interest in music, he and my mum made sure to support me. They’ve been to almost every show I’ve ever done and have never made me feel like music wasn’t a real career choice. I am very grateful to them for this. It’s such a tough industry to get by in even with the amazing support I have at home. I can’t imagine how hard it would be if I was constantly having to defend my choices to the people I loved.
 
5.    Having tools like Soundcloud does it make your job easier when trying to gain new listeners to your music?
Soundcloud, Revebnation and many other sites make it so easy to instantly have your music available world wide. It makes it so much easier to reach out to people and get more fans but it also means that there are a lot more musicians out there competing for those fans attention. I think in general it makes life a lot easier but it is still hard to be heard over all the noise.
 
6.    Do you think releasing EP’s and singles is a good way of keep momentum going before releasing a full length or spending time out of the spotlight writing songs is better?
I think it depends on your style of writing. I used to be the type who needed a very long time to be by myself and write. Nowadays I write in all kinds of odd situations, on the road, with deadlines looming over me or with the band. I think if you can do it, releasing more music as you go is a good way to be. Albums are great but there is something nice about being able to just get 3-4 really good songs on an EP and keep that momentum up.
 
7.    How does a song happen for you?
It’s different every time. Sometimes I’ll write a poem and take it to Eli (My drummer & co-writer) who will then write some chords to base around it. Other times I’ll write an entire skeleton of a song and the band will just flesh it out and sometimes someone from the band will have written something for me and I’ll sit there and write lyrics to it. Usually a song takes about 5 minutes to a few hours to get the basic form and feel down and then a month or so of tweaking, adjusting lyrics and arrangements until we’re content with it.
 
8.    Are there moments where your just not in the mood for writing music and need to do something else before you jump back into songwriting mode?
It used to be the case when I was starting out that I would write for a few weeks and then have a few weeks break but being as busy as I am now I really relish whatever chances I get to write and express myself. If I ever do get writers block or just get frustrated that I can’t work something out, I tend to just drink some tea or read a book and then jump back in when I’m ready.
 
9.    Do you think YouTube has help save the music industry?
I love youtube. I like how easy it is to find new music and get your music videos out there. I don’t know if the music industry has been saved quite yet and I’m not convinced about a few decisions made by youtube in regards to music in recent times but for the most part I think it has helped get people to be more creative and to search for new things which is fantastic.
 
10.  Do you think being serious with your music at a young age has helped you?
Definitely, as soon as I could understand it, I was reading books about the industry and attending music business classes and conferences. I think a lot of bands get scared off by how complicated and frustrating the business side of music can be and so they stick by the standard ‘Oh I just like to do music for the fun and getting to hang with my mates’. It’s an easy way of making sure that if you don’t’ get anywhere you can shrug your shoulders and go ‘That wasn’t my goal anyway. I’m no sellout’ but realistically you have to be in this industry because you love music. No one is in here who hates music or is in it for the money because that would be a really dumb decision. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn about the business of it all and make sure you’re not getting a raw deal or making life harder for yourself. It’s better for the industry in general if we all take it and our jobs within it seriously.

Stacy Clark – Symmetry (Harbor Recordings/One Small Instrument)

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Stacy Clark new album Symmetry is a first rate electric pop album that delivers with solid tunes, production that will make you wanna listen time and time again. One of the most exciting albums to be released in a long time. The opening track Figure It Out opens with a catchy tune that will gets you moving and singing at the same time. It’s the perfect way to open the album. I’ve Waited For You follows suit with a well written catchy electro pop tune that gets you going. Stop is another energetic number that is well crafted and written, has good lyrics and vocals are solid. Make A Move featuring Tom Higgins is a well written tune love the use of the keys in this track and the use of Tom Higgins is a good touch. In My Head is a little more laid back and the use of electric guitar works with the song, it has a kind of a rock pop edge to the tune. Good lyrics and production. Days Into Nights is a real electro song mixed with a dash of rock pop vibe, they way the song is structured and performed. Love the use of the electric guitar Signs like the first three songs would be one pick off my album it’s just the perfect song, well written, performed, the use of the guitar through out the track just adds to the song. Decimals and Music Notes is a pop tune that I could easily hear on radio likes several these tunes, the lyrics and vocals just work, and production is solid. Lose My Mind has a good use of the acoustic guitar is somewhat like the balladeer track off the album the way the song is structured and performed. The lyrics are good as is the vocals. Holiday is a cute tune with the use of the horns have kind of folksy pop vibe you know those kinds of tunes adds something different to the album and it is a good touch. Everything’s Changing has a folk vibe to the song. The use of the male vocals by Andrew McMahon and the lovely use of the piano is a winning touch and yes this is the true ballad off the album. Next Town has a kind of laid back vibe to the tune, the vocals shine as do the musicianship and production The guitar is a good touch. Proof has the same kind of sensibilities as the last track but a lot more upbeat. Breathe finishes off the album with a ballad folk number. Fantastic album by Stacy Clark so much love about this album and to keep discovering time and time again. This is one of the most exciting releases of the year. Get this into you now.

 

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Photos by Ivan Otis

I adore what Sophie does as an artist this is her new song Broken and their is a lot to love about it. It’s a catchy tune well written and sung. Good solid pop tune.  I reckon and she can never go wrong, she has always been an amazing artist and this only furthers it. She is also a very beautiful woman as these photos indicate.

http://www.sophieserafino.com/

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I adore Stacy Clark and think she is a fantastic artist and this is her new video clip and it’s an awesome song. Heaps of views already for only being uploaded today.

Get her new album  Symmetry on iTunes & Amazon. It sounds amazing.

 

 

Song Nation – Volume 1 (DPM Records)

Now this is a cool release it’s Hip Hop music done by ten indigenous communities and 11 tracks in total. Celebrating the very much alive vibrant indigenous culture. Each track is from a different area and they all offer something unique to the table. It’s an amazing release, production is first rate and the mastering is solid. It’s great to hear this kind of stuff going in our very own back yard. They should be proud of what they have achieved here. From the opening track Spear of Destiny to Get Movin, it really does deliver. This is something you need to check out and support and it is for a good cause giving more opportunities for young people in remote and regional areas. two thumbs up from me.