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Motez: On Triumphing Over Adversity & Looking To ‘The Future’

Written by on 11 August 2017

Crackling static fused with soft '90s lounge music resonated through the receiver as I lingered for a greeting from one of Australia’s most pre-eminent producers – Motez Obaidi. Then, finally a soft, yet distinctly ocker “Hullooo” rang through from the other end. I was momentarily surprised by his accent - I had forgotten that Obaidi [...]

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Ziggy Ramo: On Giving A Voice To The Voiceless

Written by on 6 July 2017

In the heart of NAIDOC week, Ziggy Ramo is here to tell us that apathy is just not good enough.  The political and passionate voice of this young Indigenous hip hop artist is imploring our society to get up and speak out for what is right. Whether his message is mental health, Indigenous rights or speaking [...]

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GL: On Shrinking The Band Unit & Expanding The Pop Format

Written by on 4 July 2017

For GL, a collaboration between Melbourne-based musicians Graeme Pogson and Ella Thompson, the sound of early '80s disco funk is a key feature in not only their overall sound, but also their approach to making music. “I guess the late ‘70s and early ‘80s is when electronic music really started to evolve,” says Thompson, “so [...]

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Mixtape: Jesse Porsches

Written by on 14 June 2017

Hello, I’m Jesse Porsches - I am a Sydney-based producer and also a member of Super Cruel. Song 1: Fake Magic
 - Peking Duk
 & Aluna George Aluna George and Peking Duk are a match made in electronic heaven! Love this track. Song 2: 83 Days 
- Wafia The song reminds me of a really passionate relationship! [...]

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Q&A: Jess Locke

Written by on 10 June 2017

Answered by: Jess Locke Give us your wicked-cool backstory. How did you start out? I had piano lessons when I was really young and then dabbled in flute and clarinet. But I didn't stick to any of those because I wasn't very good with discipline. When I picked up the guitar around age 12, I [...]

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Killing Heidi, Iluka, Eliza & The Delusionals

Written by on 9 June 2017

8 June, Metro Theatre There’s no denying the fact that Killing Heidi fall under the 'legendary' category when it comes to Australian music history. Thrust into the spotlight with their triple j Unearthed win in 1996, their emotion-driven pop-rock tugged at the hearts of every teen to 20-something during the back end of the '90s. [...]

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Kirin J Callinan – ‘Bravado’

Written by on 8 June 2017

Kirin J Callinan is one of those paradoxical artists who push our ability to differentiate between brilliant and bad. In other words, he’s a tonic for complacency. The fact that his tongue-in-cheek volatility is intentional just makes the ambitiousness of Bravado all the more intriguing. Sit down, take a deep breath and try to forget everything [...]

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No Frills Twins: On Girl Power & Dressing For Themselves

Written by on 7 June 2017

Lismore is a sleepy town, but that doesn’t mean that it raises sleepy musicians. No Frills Twins are the latest export from this corner of the far NSW North Coast, coming in the wake of greats such as Grinspoon (Lismore) Iggy Azalea (Mullumbimby) and In Hearts Wake (Byron Bay). They’ve built a huge presence on [...]

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