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So I went to America and did a whole bunch of interviews and they are now up for your viewing pleasure. So I went to Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Nashville and New York. All those cities except Chicago I did interviews in. Plus I went looking for As Seen On TV Products plus I talk about some awesome places I ate at and an awesome video game shop in New York plus I give some travel tips. Hope you dig the interviews. Let me know what you all think

Impressive song that is so beautifully sung and performed. Linney is onto a winner here. It’s a great tune and the clip speaks best about the song. Let’s her talent shine.  It’s worth a listen and get behind her.

Georgia Mae is the real deal. She is a fantastic Australian singer songwriter now living in the USA making really awesome music. I have been fortunate enough to be able to use her music in previous videos I have done in the past.   Her music is incredible and her new song is nothing short of amazing. Love the video clip, the way it is short. Looks really good. She an artist you need to know, she keeps impressing me with what she does as an artist.

Next Friday will be launching my video series on my trip to America. It’s been a long time coming and I think it’s ready for the world to see and I hope you all like it.

 

| FLASKAS |

ALTERNATIVE ROOTS OUTFIT RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM ‘KINGDOM COME’ + ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

Sunshine Coast based Alternative Roots outfit Flaskas have just released their debut album Kingdom Come. The band have also announced a run of Australian tour dates.

Flaskas kicked off 2018 with the release of single and video ‘Feeling The Rhythm’, which was premeired via Roots N All on Triple J. The video was aired on MTV Australia and has since been aired on over 50 radio stations across Australia. The band then followed up with the release of single and video ‘Afterglow’.

Chris from Flaskas recently spoke with Nkechi Anele from Triple J (‘Roots N All’) to discuss the band’s forthcoming debut album. New song ‘Free Time’ was also premiered on the show.

Flaskas’ trademark sound is a re-imagining they call ‘Earth Rock’ – an organic high-power blend of alternative world, coastal roots, funk, folk, blues and Indigenous music.

The band have Wild Marmalade, Kallidad, Kooyeh, Boy & Bear, Busby Marou, Tijuana Cartel, Timberwolf and have appeared at Sea N Sound Festival, Caloundra Music festival, MM&VA Festival, Horizon Underground Festival, Ocean Street World Festival and Airlie Beach Music Festival.

Debut album Kingdom Come is available for download on all major online stores.

KINGDOM COME | TOUR DATES

Aug 31st – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Tickets available at door | 18+ only

Sept 13th – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets available at door | 18+ only

Sept 14th – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Free Entry | 18+ only

Sept 15th – Pacific Hotel Yamba, Yamba, NSW
Free Entry | 18+ only

October 11th – Oxford arts factory, Sydney, NSW
Tickets available at door | 18+ only

October 12th – Station bar, Katoomba NSW
Free Entry | 18+ only

October 21st – The Shared, Yandina, QLD
Tickets available at door | 18+ only

November 8th – Whole Lotta Love Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets available at door | 18+ only

November 9th – The Shamrock, Echuca VIC
Free Entry | 18+ only

Dec 1st – Beer wine and cider fest, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Tickets available at door | 18+ only

 

Alicia Sky

Photos by yours truly Chris

So I’ve decided to make my talented gorgeous friend Alicia Sky my beauty of the week again on my site. This talented lady has a really great voice. I was so excited about meeting her and she was just so lovely and appreciated all I have done for her on my little site. Her tunes a good solid pop tunes that she has written a few with her producer Taylor. Plus her new tune is getting loads of remixes done to it which is pretty cool. She puts a refreshing spin to pop music. She can really sing and she is a solid songwriter as well as being a master lyric writer.

She does cover songs as well. Her choice in covers are excellent. They are well produced and puts a unique spin on them which is nice. I like what Alicia does. She is a talented lady who can do no wrong with songwriting and with lyrics. I am excited about hearing her albums which I contributed to one.

Yes you will be seeing her in my video series out this month. Her songs are good catchy tunes that just pop and delight the ears. I am a fan and a friend. Will continue to support this dynamic talent as she is gonna go far. Mark my words folks.

I adore Chandler Juliet I think she is talented and beautiful. This is her killer new track Burning Sage. It’s the perfext tune well written and performed. It’s my cup of tea and out now at all good digital retailers. She a star and this song is worth your time. Go get it now.

 

Legs Electric

Legs Electric are a great Aussie band with a new EP out called Two Sides. This what Elana Haynes guitarist from the band had to say about it all so read on.

1. For someone unfamiliar with your music, how would you describe Legs Electric?

There’s a lot of conviction in our playing and delivery. We’ve got strong solid vocals, guitar and rhythm section. So yeh, I guess don’t expect anything airy or reserved. We’re loud however there are moments in the songs where we carve out some space. We’re all about giving the song what it needs. Not just leaving it on one setting. Legs are just full of power and vibe wrapped in a tight little package.

2. Tell us a little bit about the inner workings of your writing process.

Sometimes we just get in a room and jam over some random chord progression, other times we come in prepared with something specific we want to play, whether it be a melody/riff/chord progression.

3. What’s one of your favourite live moments that comes to mind?

We had a gig down at Settlers Margaret River that was just really fun. We didn’t necessarily have a massive crowd or anything, but it was one of those fun out of town gigs. Maybe more relaxing being out of the city, i don’t know? But the vibe was there. On stage with us as a band, we were connecting. I think the best live moments is anytime I’ve got good sound to be honest. That sounds so boring, but it’s true!

4. How important is social media to you in regards to engaging with an audience?

I think in this day and age it’s a necessity. That’s pretty much the only place you can see who’s playing where at what time. I don’t think there’s any gig guides anymore? Even though I much preferred the paper copy personally. Easier to read it all in one spot, and not have to filter through everything else to see whats happening. On social media you can follow a band more closely, if they’re in the studio or on the road, however I hope people don’t substitute that for actually rocking up to a gig and experiencing all the action live!

5. What inspired you to take music more seriously?

I’m not good at anything else haha No other options?

6. What’s spinning on your playlist atm? Any guilty pleasures?

Muse at the moment, I currently have them on repeat! Songs like ‘MK Ultra, Panic Station, Madness, Knights of Cydonia …and I always have a bit of TLE going.

Oh I heard a song by Kasey Chambers on the radio and it made me cry, ‘if we had a child’. Gosh I love it. So that has made it to my playlist mix.

7. Are you a fan of keeping the album format alive or do you think there’s more benefit to release singles or EPs with the influence of streaming platforms arguably shortening attention spans?

If you’ve got a song, that just stands on it’s own and wasn’t a part of a longer story. Go for it. I think there is still a place for albums though. If you really love an artist, you want to listen to what they’re saying. Not just cut them off once you’re done with track 2. I think some albums are written with that in mind, where it was planned out that way during the writing process. Whereas other albums are a bunch of great songs in one place, but don’t really flow like it was thought out the same way.

8. When not consumed with all things musical, what do you do to tune out or reset?

I jump to something else creative. Like designing or photo editing. I can’t escape it! Actually possibly gardening. I love gardening and always have. Away from the noise, people, phone/computer. If it’s summer i’ll be in the water down at Scarborough resetting.

9. Your EP ‘Two Sides’ has just been released, what does the immediate future hold?

Well now that it’s done and dusted we are playing a whole bunch of show with all the new tracks here in Perth and also heading over East for Byron Bay guitar festival. We’re in the process of recording a SINGLE at the moment. An album is definitely on the cards, however the single definitely stands alone from our other songs we have in the works.

10. Lastly, Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin?

ohhh Zeppelin baby!

Legs Electric ‘Two Sides’ EP out noew via Firestarter Distribution

https://www.facebook.com/legselectric

The amazing Imogen Clark has a new video clip out for her song Late Night Girl. The song is excellent and she looks amazing it. She is a fantastic artist and her album Collide is a must have.  I can’t wait to see her play again in November.

Charm of Finches

One of the most exciting acts of out of Australia are Charm of Finches. I knew I had to interview them. With a new song out. This is what they had to say.

https://charmoffinchesband.com

 

1. How did you get into music?

We have been around music all our lives. Our mum taught choirs and dad was obsessed with Bob Dylan. Plus, we went to Steiner school, where you sing every day. We started busking, singing three part harmonies outside the local veggie shop. We were keen to save enough cash to fly to Ireland We were 11 and 8 then, and our friend Bel sang with us. We called ourselves The Highway Sisters! Ha ha!

2. What inspired the new song The Bridge?

We were on our road trip just before Christmas to go play at Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland. We were walking across a bridge and came upon a group of young people who were obviously grieving. It turned out their friend had jumped off that bridge during  party and passed away. We felt pretty moved by that experience and it stayed with us. We knew what it felt like to lose a friend at that age. It’s very intense and confusing. We wrote “The Bridge ” that evening.

3. Were you happy how it has been received?

We always just really want to connect with people with our music. A lot of people have been contacting us saying they find the song beautiful and moving and haunting. All those things are good! Music is all about connection.

4. How does a song start for you?

So many different ways. Sometimes it comes out as lyrics, then guitar riffs, chords and a sung melody line. Sometime it’s the guitar or banjo riff or a chord progression first. We collaborate a whole lot now, so we are constantly running in and out of each other’s bedrooms with new ideas and melody lines. (we live together – very handy for a band!)

 5. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Inspiration comes from our own experiences- about being a teenager , about seeing what our friends are going through. Being in nature inspired us a lot, and often we are info;uenced by the books we are reading. WE have a song , In The Gloaming”, which was inspired by our own experience of grief but also we were inspired by the novel “Kitchen” by Japanese author Banana Yoshimoto.

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

At first Mabel wrote the songs, and Ivy added the harmonies. Now were are co-writing and the songs seem to be formed differently. That’ a hard question, because every new song comes out as a little surprise and feels entirely fresh and new.

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

George Jackson from One Up Two Down, one of the best bluegrass bands you are likely to come across in our humble opinion, told us to do music for the love of it! Don’t do it for fame, do it for the pure love of music.

8. How did your album Staring at the Starry Ceiling come about?

We had been playing at a lot of folk festivals 2015 – 2016 and had a whole bunch of songs we had been playing live a lot. We contacted Nick Huggins and asked if he would produce the album with us. He was the perfect collaborator, as it turned out,. He is so open creatively. He has no preconceptions, and also listened very carefully to our ideas. We also had a ridiculous amount of fun with him! Many laughs.

9. What was the recording process like was it different to the new song?

Recording the EP “Home” was virtually a live recording all done in a day and a half with minimal extra parts added (cello and some extra vocal harmonies). Staring at the Starry Ceiling was the opposite. A real studio album, with heaps of spontaneous arrangement decisions and on the spot melody compositions. We also recorded a fair bit of the strings at home. We wanted to play all the instruments ourselves, though we did get help with flute, percussion and a hammered dulcimer. Recording this single ” The Bridge” was similar to that, though we recorded everything at Nick’s studio and played everything ourselves.

10. What do you love about your local scene?

We have a lot of favourite musicians who live in Melbourne. Dan Parsons, The Maes, Domini Forster, Anna Cordell. WE have been so lucky to meet such lovely musicians on our travels around the folk festivals. Melbourne has so much music- we’re very spoilt. We do tend to see most of the bands at the festivals and gigs  we play at, though we do go to gigs a fair bit too, when we haven’t got too much homework!

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

The themes seem to be pretty consistent at the moment. WE tend to be contemplating fate, mortality, grief, solitude and there is always a backdrop in nature. Emotions and the elements comes up a lot. Our new music video for The Bridge really is a perfect example of our inspirations and mood. There is a mythical quality to the story, and the natural world around us, the lakes and fields and rocks all play a role in our journey in life. Being young, you feel a lot! So having songwriting, and filmmaking (ie making music videos) is a perfect way to channel and transform the intense feelings into art.

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

We live in a tiny house with five people and a mastiff! So yeah, sometimes distractions are unavoidable. we did once go to a friend’s holiday house to finish a whole bunch of songs in peace and quiet. Maybe it was too quiet, cause we didn’t finish one! But we did write a new song.

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

We have clear ideas about what we want to do. We want to tour, and we are already planning our 2020 UK/Canada tour. We know what kind of settings we like to play our music in, and we know who we love working with. We also have some crazy wish list items which we hope may actually happen! We would love to record with Sufjan Stevens for example!

14. How important is your brand Charm of Finches?

We don’t think of Charm of Finches as a brand. We think of Charm of Finches as our creative project. We’re very attached to it because we have poured a lot of love and creative energy into it. A lot of joy and beautiful collaborations too! Nick Huggins, Adalita, Emma McEvoy: lots of people who we love and admire have been involved with the finches and also mentored and inspired us. We’re pretty proud of what we have created so far. Having Charm of Finches is itself inspiration to keep creating and coming up with new music, new ideas and new goals. Charm of Finches is kind of a creative being of its own.

 

I think Rivah is amazing and of the best new acts coming out of Australia and is going to be huge and this is her incredible video clip for her song Cheerleader. Get behind it.

Charm of Finches is another amazing act who is doing great things. This two piece have the talent and the songs to back it up. This is an incredible song and video clip and this Australian two piece is gonna make music lovers want more.