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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.

Parx-E Volume 4 track-listing.  This is who is on Parx-e Volume 4 which we will be giving away on this website on the 22nd of August. Doing the promotion for this CD at the moment. If you want to help promote it, feel free to get in touch.

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1. Steph Hannah – Eat the Crumbs

2. De̊ǰa – Luststruck

3. Silver Cities – Lights

4. Heather Longstaffe – Gonna Take a Woman

5. Manor – Architecture

6. Courtney Jaye – Tiger’s Eye

7. Girl Pilot – Bright Bones

8. Jasmine Nelson – Keep Her Close

9.  Tarra Layne – Cherry Moonshine

10. Samara – So Out of Reach

11. Avaberée – Running Out

12.  Annelise Collette – You Got Me Now

13. Samantha Schultz – Legend of My Life

14.  Amanda McCarthy – Bad Habit

15.  Miss Elm – Space

16.  Shannon Hurley – the Light

17. Francesca de Valence – Beautiful Night

18.  Jenny Dalton – Nightmare

19.  Amanda Rogers – Cabin Muse

20.  Catherine Traicos – Lost at Sea

21.  Allison Gray – Time Goes by

Kaitlin Thomas

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Kaitlin Thomas is my beauty of the week again as I think she is incredibly gorgeous, an actor/model who is going to go places.  I think she is going to do good things in the future. I for one will be supporting her in what she does next.  To find out more visit her site here. http://kaitlinrthomas.wix.com/kaitlinrthomas

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Photo by Anthony Moore Photography

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Photo by Dylan Patrick Photography

 

This is the latest single from Melbourne duo Hopium – Dreamers ft. Phoebe Lou (formerly vocalist of sadly defunct Australian band Snakadaktal.)

Rad new clip from my boys in Voodoocain. R0cking new tune worth listening to.

 

New Avenue For Emerging Artists To Perform In Career Building Opening Support Slots

GIGGEDIN & KINGDOM SOUNDS PRESENTS
THE BONE THUGS N HARMONY SUPPORT SLOT COMPETITION

Australian promoters Kingdom Sounds and crowdsourced ticketing platform, GiggedIn have teamed up to pioneer a support slot competition concept which could soon be the new way for emerging artists to access career building opportunities to join line-ups involving the worlds biggest acts.

Playing in front of new audiences is a pivotal component of developing an artist’s career however opportunities to open for large international headlining acts have not always been readily available.

The upcoming GiggedIn Support Slot Competition will create an opportunity for 2 local hip hop acts at each city to perform for 10 out of the 13 dates involving Grammy Award winning hip hop legends Bone Thugs N Harmony on their upcoming Australian tour.

The winning artists in each city will be determined through a system where fans vote for their desired supporting act by pledging or buying a ticket to the event. When fans pledge to buy tickets they will only ever be charged if the artist they pledged for wins an opening performance.

“We’ve always wanted to find ways to create more win-wins for the industry. Our support slot competition will give motivated local talent a real chance at playing in front of big new crowds all whilst helping event organisers spread the word for the event.” says Edwin Onggo, founder of GiggedIn.

Kingdom Sounds and GiggedIn have been known for mixing up the traditional approach to touring and live shows. An example of this is was the 2013 Red Jumpsuit Apparatus ‘Choose Our Own Adventure’ Tour where 20 cities and towns across Australia battled to have the American rock band play on of their 6 scheduled tour dates at their local venue. This approach led to an increase of 13,500 fans on the Red Jumpsuit Australian tour page and led to multiple sold out shows.

Although this competition is the first crowdsourced artist ticketing execution of its kind in Australian touring history, Bone Thugs N Harmony are no strangers to supporting up-and-coming local talent. The group is continuing its talent search on a quest to discover the best un-signed Australian talent, from all genres, with the aim to sign them to their new record label.

“I’ve always thought it best to think outside of the box when it comes to music and searching for new artists. This is the reason that myself and my partner Wish Bone are moving forward with this worldwide talent search. Apart from America, Australia was first on our list because after hearing some of the artists last time we were there, Wish and myself were thoroughly impressed with the level of talent out there.” says long time member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Krayzie Bone.

The only other execution of this competition was executed earlier this month on GiggedIn with twelve budding acts currently competing for an opportunity to play at Sydney’s UTS Winterfestival which boasts a line-up of acts such as Violent Soho, DMA’s, SAFIA and Golden Features.

Artist registrations are OPEN and tickets are available at

http://www.giggedin.com/bone-thugs-n-harmony-tour-2014

The upcoming Bone Thugs N Harmony shows each with two opening support slots include:

Saturday 9th of August - The Epsy St Kilda,  Melbourne
Thursday 14th of August - The Basement, Canberra
Friday 15th of August - Studio Six, Sutherland
Sunday 17th of August - The Roller Den, Sydney
Wednesday 20th of August - Baroque Room, Katoomba
Thursday 21st of August - The Small Ballroom, Newcastle
Friday 22nd of August - The Entrance Leagues Club, Central Coast
Saturday 23rd of August - Mona Vale Hotel, Northern Beaches
Wednesday 27th of August  - Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
Thursday 28th of August - The Arena, Brisbane

Edita Brychta

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Edita Brychta  is a talented actor and voice over person. She is also extremely attractive. I think she is a fantastic talent worthy of the stuff she has been getting.  I like what she does and will support what she does.

http://www.editabrychta.com

 

Bonjah

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Bonjah rock, no two words about it. Fantastic live act, solid tunes and love interviewing the boys. Third time for the site. So read on and go see them live, just a  good band to rock out and dance to. Top stuff.  This is what they had to say.

http://www.bonjahmusic.com/

 

1. 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?
Song writing is a big part of being a successful musician yes. There is always an element of timing and being at the right place at the right time when it comes to getting your music out to a wider audience.

2. How important to you are music blogs in helping get your music out there?
Very important. In this day and age of technology you’ve got to reach your audience online and music blogs are a direct link these days. That said, I still love receiving a letter in the post. J

3. What inspired you guys in the first place to give music a shot?
It’s just what we always wanted to do. We fantasised about being full time musicians from a pretty young age so we made the decision one day that we just need to take a leap of faith and do it.

4. Having tools like Soundcloud does it make your job easier when trying to gain new listeners to your music?
Yeah definitely. It’s a great place to put new music out to the public and see what people think.

5. 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?

EP’s and singles can definitely keep momentum going to help bridge the gap between albums. There’s no real set formula, which is a good thing about the music industry. There’s no right or wrong way of doing anything, you just need to be inspired and do something.

6. How does a song happen for you?
Inspirations for songs come in many different ways. It could be a case of sitting down with a guitar and not getting up till you’ve got a song, it could be a lyric that you hear someone say on the train, in a movie, at the supermarket, something that comes to you in a dream, a tune you hum in the shower, a melody you can’t get out of your head, an experience you had with your friends/family/lovers/haters, a character you make up in your head. They happen all the time. For me personally, I write lots of little ditty’s but they rarely make it into full song form with BONJAH. They’re just for my guitar and me.

7. 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?
Absolutely! It’s times like those that you need to be really aware of what’s going on and do your best not to try and force it out. We’ve found that the best thing to do is take a step back, do something that you love doing that has nothing to do with writing music and then you’ll soon be naturally writing again. Hopefully.

8. Do you think YouTube has help save the music industry?
I’m not sure that the industry needed saving but YouTube has definitely helped mold it into what it is today. It’s a pretty significant part of being in a band as you can have a lot creative outlet and connect with your fans via videos. YouTube is always evolving as is the way people consume music so I think YouTube will be around for a long time and will always play a part in how bands present themselves to the world.
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?
Being a musician is still as fun as ever. It’s changed a lot from when we first started but I think that’s just a natural part of life. We’ve changed the way we do things to factor in things like having partners and baby’s. It’s just life. Playing music and being a musician is the best job in the world and we’re not giving it up any time soon. We love it.

Revellers Interview

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Revellers are a rad band from Aussie. Josh Anderson (singer/guitarist) from the band answers my questions.

https://www.facebook.com/revellersact

1. Are you happy how things have gone so far?
So far things are going pretty sweet and it has picked up quite a bit with our new E.P out and currently touring the country with our great mates Nerdlinger.
This is probably the busiest we have been since we have started and we are loving every minute of it!

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 feel it’s about writing good music and getting it heard by people all over the world that are into your flavour and also have them spread it to their mates and via social media. I also reckon you need to play heaps of shows out of your local area and get to know other bands and their fan base, that will bring more people to your show especially if you support the scene!
There is always that chance that someone will pick up your music and you may get some rotation on day time radio, which would be awesome to get. But there are that many awesome Australian Punk and Hardcore bands around that your chances are slim to have this happen – so we don’t expect that to happen to us!

3. How important to you are music blogs in helping get your music out there?
Music blogs are good as anyone can write one and comment on them which gives people a no bull shit idea of what a bands music and live show is like. If anyone is doing a blog on our tour so far I hope they were asleep when we played at Ya-Yas in Perth.. As that shows you what happens with 3 men drink constantly for 14 hours and then try play an exciting energetic show and fail :)

4. What inspired you guys in the first place to give music a shot?
Gaffers (bass/vocals) and I have played in other bands in the past and Dave has always been keen to play music. Just before we started Revellers the 3 of us were doing some backing music for some of our hip hop mates and we stayed back afterwards and just started jamming and fuck it felt awesome so we thought we would give it a crack and start a band

5. Having tools like Soundcloud does it make your job easier when trying to gain new listeners to your music?
The Internet in general and how connected everyone is makes it easier to gain new listeners. If I find a new band that I really dig I will check out other bands that they listen to and play shows with and check them out and I have found heaps of awesome bands that way.
Our mates Paper Arms shared our latest film clip for one of our new songs ‘Front and Centre’ on their Facebook page and then we began to receive private messages from people in Europe thanking us for new music. There was also 65 year old man wanting signed posters and CDs sent over… We still not sure if this dude is real or a creepy old man looking for take advantage of us…. but we will send it to him anyway.. Give the fans what they want right…?

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 see that a lot people listening to music these days usually want constant new material and are more inclined to get it off the net rather than buying a music at a show. So I think E.P’s and singles are the go, unless you’re a massive band! Saying that we still press CD’s as some people still want something physical with the art work and uncompressed better quality music.
It’s cheaper for a band to record singles and E.P’s and tour with that rather than a Album and I think when you go into the studio with fresh ideas not having to record a whole album you usually record better songs.

7. How does a song happen for you?
Usually one of us will come to practice with a basic idea or just a verse and chorus and we jam the shit out of it until it starts to sound like a song. Once we have a semi completed structure we record the song with a phone and send a copy to each other and then come back for our next jam to try and make the structure. Lyrics are just made up on the spot until an idea comes to my head and then proper lyrics get written over time.
We then have a table of 104 people listen to our music in our smelly Jam room and write comments and compare belt sizes while chasing invisible frogs on acid to give a go ahead if we can play the song live

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?
We aren’t always writing new material and there is defiantly times where we are not in the mood or inspired by anything to write new tracks. We usually will write a heap of songs and record them or do pre production and then just concentrate on playing live for a few months and then look at writing new material.
It seems to be around the end of the year coming into summer is a good time for us to write new tunes.

9 Do you think YouTube has help save the music industry?
I think it has made it easy for bands to set up their own channels and expose their music online rather than the old days of hoping that Rage or a music channel might play your video clip at 03:30am.. So it some ways it has helped… but things seem to be done differently these days with bands being more independent and looking after getting their own music out, promoting themselves and selling their merch and cds online. Its really cool how easy it is for a band to do it these days themself and don’t have to rely on labels to do it for them.

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?
Personally we don’t take things to serious and we are laid back with our approach and the whole Idea with Revellers was to have fun, play shows and meet heaps of cool people and bands along the way. I mean you gotta have a go in the studio as your paying for time and you want to get a good result of your music… Maybe if you asked Gaffers this question he would give you a different answer as he is the backbone of the band that organise shit and makes things happen… Without him we would be late for every show and have no music or merch!