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Sorry for the lack of updates on here, it’s been slightly annoying that my laptop screen has decided to not function properly. So having to use a docking station to get it work is what I am doing at the moment. I am reflecting at the moment. My birthday is on the Tuesday.  36 years old and is truly blessed by the support of so many amazing people whom I have been able to interview and become friends with because of this site.  The video series on my trip is almost finished hope to have it out in July some time.

But enough of the chit chat. I am making some very special my site beauty of the week.  The gorgeous and talented Natalie Pearson who I would love to see very much play here again in Melbourne she is talented country singer songwriter with a great voice, killer songs and she unbelievably beautiful. This talented lady can do no wrong by me.

So go and support here and buy her incredible music, she is a star and will be one of the biggest things in Australian country music mark my words.

https://www.natpearsonmusic.com

White Bay

White Bay are an Aussie band doing good things, this is what they had to say.

https://www.facebook.com/whitebaymusic/

1. How did you get into music?

Dennis, Rory, and myself (Sam) all began our varied musical journeys at a young age. We emerged as young contemporary musicians from differing musical backgrounds, though we all share common interests and are driven equally by our passion to live and breathe music. Rory started learning guitar at 7, Dennis started playing guitar and bass at 12, and I started with Classical Piano from age 5.

2. How did the inspiration for the song come about?

In My Head was inspired by, and written after, an exhausting and trialling relationship that I (Sam) had recently come out of. The lyrical content and story is generally built around those feelings, while the structure of the song came together in conjunction with the development of the story.

3. How does a song start for you?

Well, this song (In My Head) in particular was written around the main riff. So this one started with a riff! It varies on a song-by-song basis though, really. Sometimes a song is conceptualised as a theme or idea before an instrument is touched. Other times it’s a combination of moments of inspiration and actually playing around on the guitar alongside vocal improvisations. Sometimes as a lyricist and melody writer I’ll mumble gibberish around a vocal melody while playing progressions and see what comes out!

4. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Inspiration varies each day! We all have eclectic musical tastes and draw on these depending on what we’re into or listening to on a certain day. Personally, I experience erratic changes in what I feel like listening to on an hourly basis. Beyond the band, Rory and myself both have degrees in classical composition, while Dennis is currently finishing his degree in contemporary performance. Basically, we all draw our inspiration from a wide-range of influences. We all share big rock influences such as Metallica, Nirvana, Foo Fighters… But we all have separate influences we bring to the band too. I personally love vocalists John Fogerty (CCR), Chris Cornell, Kurt Nilsen (a Norwegian singer not many people know!), while Rory loves super heavy bands like Meshuggah, Dream Theatre, and Dennis loves The Offspring and heaps of others!

5. Has your songwriting changed from when you were starting out?

Yeah, it’s changed. We’re always learning and listening to things we like. We have a sound we like, but moving forward and not getting stuck to one sound is something we think is natural and interesting. We’ve already written EP number 2, even though we haven’t even released our first one yet, and theres a development or change in the style and sound.

6. What has been the best piece of advice you have given about your music career?

There may not be one singular piece of advice but more so an overall sense and understanding that it’s hard to make a living as a musician. Quite often you’re subsisting and getting by. Being told over and over that it’s hard to make a living as a musician has made us work harder! Basically, being forewarned about it and being told it may not be the best choice as a career pushed us to work harder.

7. Do you have set theme for your music or does it go with the flow and changes?

We don’t have a set theme. We’re writing what we like at the time and what we think sounds good, presenting that, and hoping other people like it too.

8. Do like to write with out inspiration or distractions or do you need a bit of both?

Being inspired is what drives us as musicians. I need to be inspired to write something I really care about. If I’m uninspired, chances are it won’t be my best work. Inspiration doesn’t have to be directly linked to a story. If a song has a certain feeling or mood, that can also be inspiring and drive creativity. Distractions – well we don’t need them, but they are normal and human, and we deal with them as best we can.

9. How important is having a plan in place for your music?

Plans are important, but you need many of them. You can have an overall plan to write, record, release music, but you need sub-plans, and further sub-plans. There’s plenty of planning as a band. Without a plan you’re just hoping things go well. Even with a plan, things can often not go the way you want. Make plans.

10. How important is your brand White Bay?

What’s important to us is that we enjoy the music we create and release, and we hope people can connect to our music and enjoy it themselves. We’re a serious rock band, but we’re all individually pretty relaxed and enjoy not taking our-selves too seriously. We’re hoping that comes across in the film clip! We’d like people to see us an accessible band they can interact with on a personal level and we’d like to build a culture around us that people, and ourselves, enjoy.

Anne Bainum

Photos by Craig Seay and used with permission by Craig and Anne

Ok so I am following Craig on Instagram and saw him posting photos of Anne Bainum and I was like who is this woman, she is unbelievably beautiful and knew I had to make her my beauty of the week on my site. So I contacted Craig and he and Anne allowed me to use the photos of her. Since there are going to be a few this will be a very special beauty of the week, where I am going to be doing a lot of posts with pictures of her. She really is stunning. I don’t know a lot about her but she is into photography which I think is cool. So Anne is my site beauty of the week as this woman is unbelievably beautiful and I can’t wait to share more pictures of her here.

My gorgeous friend Katey Laurel has a new EP out called Daydream and I for one can’t wait to hear it. I donated to the fundraising campaign so I am getting a CD copy so I am looking forward to hearing it playing. The video clip is stunning and she looks so beautiful in it. She is stunning and I urge to get the EP. Katey is fantastic talent and she worthy of your time listening to it.

https://kateylaurel.bandcamp.com/album/daydream

Photo by Chaz Photographics

My friend Michelle Baena has adopted a Vegan lifestyle and is getting involved with the company Beauty Counter I wanted to give her some more love on my site so I am giving this a plug for her and these are her words below.

Hi friends and family,

As many of you know I have adopted a Vegan lifestyle, and animal activist which has transformed my life and overall health. Using the same principles of plant based, chemical free & eco-friendly components that I use to determine what goes into my body, I used to find similar products designed to go on my body. That search brought me to Beauty Counter. I love the Beauty Counter products so much that I just simply knew I had to get involved and become a consultant. Being able to get the safest, most natural and healthiest products into the hands of people that value those principles is a goal that Beauty Counter and I share.

Click the link below and you can read and learn more about the products and mission based company and learn how were working to change legislation and the beauty industry.

https://www.beautycounter.com/michellebaena

Dubarray

Dubarray have an album out called Inner Sanctum and this is what they had to say and go see them on tour

http://www.dubarray.com/

DUBARRAY

INNER SANCTUM | ALBUM TOUR DATES

May 31st – The Shared Yandina, Sunshine Coast, QLD

June 1st – Mandala Arts Cafe, Gold Coast, QLD

June 2nd – Sheok Shack, Fingal Heads, NSW

June 3rd – The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW

June 8th – 10th – Palm Creek Festival, Palm Creek, QLD

June 29th – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, QLD

June 30th – Full Moon Dance, Verridale, QLD

July 1st – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

1. How did you get into music?

Hmmm. Music has always been a part of all our lives in someway or another. I guess music got into us at a young age is the best answer for that question.

2. How did the inspiration for the album come about?

The album’s theme was inspired by our research into the innate healing mechanisms of the body & the power of food being thy medicine. There are some light and shade’s throughout the whole album but the heavy stuff was also fuelled by personal experiences of our loved ones being challenged with health issues such as cancer, This also opened us up to the capitalist agenda behind the big pharma that is now our “health” industry. We named the album after the track ‘Inner Sanctum’ as we felt it summed up the albums journey and the timely importance of the message behind it. The track was also the oldest standing track on the album as we actually started writing it 4 years ago but it only grew wings recently.

3. How does a song start for you?

Sometimes a song will start with the lyrics & sometimes the song will start with a beat or a chord formation. We don’t really have a set way to write, we just await the inspiration in whatever shape or form it comes in from.

4. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Life and everything going on in and around it. We are also super inspired by other artists and hearing new music from our friends.

5. Has your songwriting changed from when you were starting out?

Not really. With this act it has always come in from a lot of different angles. We try to keep it as organic as possible which sometimes is hard when your dealing with electronics but somehow we find a nice balance.

6. What has been the best piece of advice you have given about your music career?

Always remember its about the music. Concentrate on writing good songs that connect with the crowd you want to attract and don’t worry too much about the rest as it will fall into place. Be ready to be versatile as well if you want to make a living out of it.

7. Do you have set theme for your music or does it go with the flow and changes?

We try to theme each album appropriately. This album was themed towards the innate healing ability where the last album ‘Sound of Prana’ was a soundscapes of the seven chakra & the album before that ‘Visions Collide’ was themed towards the collective conscious awakening.

8. Do like to write with out inspiration or distractions or do you need a bit of both?

We need to write without distraction but that’s always tough so we try to put ourselves in the best possible place for that to happen.

9. How important is having a plan in place for your music?

Its important to have plans in place for the release of the music, the touring and exposure of the music. But the writing I feel must happen organically from inspiration. You can plan to go one direction but your creative will take you in another so you have to be ready to adapt.

10. How important is your brand Dubarray?

Well if it wasn’t important we wouldn’t really be playing music under the name so I guess it is pretty important!

Lacey Caroline new song Ain’t That Girl Comes Out On The 23rd which is tomorrow Wednesday and I have no doubt it will be a killer tune. I pledge for her new EP. I think she is fantastic and will be available at all good digital retailers.

 

OK here are two awesome Australian acts worth listening to. Both these clips are first rate and are worth watching.

Emecia

Photo by Josh McCawley

Emecia are an awesome Australian band and they have their debut album out now and this is what they have to say.

https://www.facebook.com/emeciaofficial/

1. How did you get into music?

I grew up listening to my dad’s music collection, which comprised of mostly 80s rock and metal. He had cases of mix tapes he made over the years. A lot of stuff that was fast, aggressive and full of passion.

2. How did the inspiration for the album come about?

It was something we’ve wanted to do for years so it inevitably had to happen. It’s essentially a time capsule of thoughts and feelings; trials and tribulations that we’ve all encountered over the last few years. There are lots of things in there that nearly broke me but ultimately made me stronger.

3. How does a song start for you?

Thoughts float around in my head until I purge them on to paper. It usually starts off as a tangled mess. As I keep writing, I start to understand what I’m trying to express. The hard part is working out how to say it.

4. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Life. Things I see, hear, feel and experience. I draw inspiration from anything and everything.

5. Has your song writing changed from when you were starting out?

The way a song forms is still very similar, but these days we have our own little home studios, so the production side of things has become a lots more streamlined. It’s become a lot easier to start putting something together and then tweak it until we’re all happy with the result.

6. What has been the best piece of advice you have given about your music career?

Never expect anything.

7. Do you have set theme for your music or does it go with the flow and changes?

If it’s eating away at me, it’s probably what I’m writing about at the time. Writing, and just generally keeping creative, stops things from eternally rattling around in my skull.

8. Do like to write without inspiration or distractions or do you need a bit of both?

When I’m ready I write, I write. I don’t think you can force yourself to create. It happens when it happens. It’s a cathartic process, for sure.

9. How important is having a plan in place for your music?

Very. We are constantly setting ourselves new goals. It helps drive us to keep pushing forwards. I don’t ever want to fall back on being satisfied with what we’ve done. We always strive for better. Complacency is the death of art.

10. How important is your brand Emecia?

It’s a big part of me. It’s full of my blood, sweat and tears. It’s used as a tool to express things that I don’t know how to express in any other way.