Interviews

Interview: Abbey Road Studio’s Mirek Stiles and Karim Fanous explain Spacial Audio and the power of AI

April 26, 2019

Last month, I sat down with Mirek Stiles, the head of Audio Products at Abbey Road, and Karim Fanous, Innovation Manager at Abbey Road Red, to learn more about the way the iconic British studio is embracing and helping develop the next generation of technologies, from spacial audio – which aims or the audio experience better […]

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Interview: BATTS talks The Grand Tour, working with NASA and Outer Space

April 17, 2019

As you might have guessed we are big fans of BATTS here at the AU. With her debut album, The Grand Tour, released last week we sat down with the Melbourne singer-songwriter to find out a little bit more about the creation and recording of the album, how NASA got involved, and – just for good measure […]

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Interview: Georgia Mooney talks about her “Supergroup” shows in Sydney with Tim Rogers and more

April 13, 2019

Over the last two Sundays, a songwriter night has been running at Giant Dwarf Theatre in Sydney under the helm of Georgia Mooney of All Our Exes Live in Texas. With two more shows left to go, we caught up with Georgia to learn more about the show, find out how it’s gone so far and […]

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Interview: BROODS (NZ) on their North American tour, family bands and VANFEST.

April 12, 2019

New Zealand brother and sister duo, BROODS, have been jumping from strength to strength since releasing “Bridges” in 2014. Since then, they’ve supported the tours of international superstars such as Taylor Swift, Haim, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith; collaborated with the likes of Lorde and Tove Lo; and have won numerous ARIA and NZMA awards. This year, their single, […]

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Interview: Mallrat (AUS) on inspiring fans, her Australian tour, and VANFEST

April 12, 2019

Grace Shaw, a.k.a. Mallrat, is in the middle of a sold-out Australian tour, only to continue her sprint straight into VANFEST in May. At twenty years old, she’s taken the Australian hip-hop scene by storm, garnering international fans such as Chloë Grace Moretz, Brooklyn Beckham, Lorde and Zane Lowe. We managed to steal a few minutes […]

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Interview: Aloe Blacc (USA) on his latest single, creating a Christmas album and spending his Dollar.

April 11, 2019

Aloe Blacc is on a mission to inspire positivity around the globe. The Grammy-nominated artist uses his upbeat tracks to “be the light” in the world and his latest single with Mathieu Koss, “Never Growing Up”, is no exception. Celebrating it’s release, Aloe gave us a glimpse into it’s creation and the other works that he has […]

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Interview: Sevendust on returning to Australia, Justin Timberlake and celebrating 25 years together

April 8, 2019

It’s now 25 years since iconic alternative metal titans Sevendust formed in Atlanta, Georgia, and they’re going stronger than ever. Following the release of their highly successful twelfth studio album “All I See Is War” last year, the band has gone full throttle in what feels like the dawning of a new era for the […]

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Interview: Eves Karydas (AUS) talks VANFEST, synaesthesia and working on her new album.

April 8, 2019

Eves Karydas has been taking the Australian indie-pop world by storm since re-emerging on to the scene in 2017. In the past year alone, she’s dropped her debut studio album summerskin, supported the likes of Dua Lipa and Cub Sport, and garnered national and international praise for tracks such as “Damn Loyal”, “Couch” and “Further Than The Planes Fly”. […]

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SXSW Interview: Aussie country star Catherine Britt on how America has shaped her as a songwriter

April 8, 2019

Aussie Country star Catherine Britt has spent a lot of time in the USA over the years, but last month marked her first ever appearance at the iconic SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. While at Australia House, I sat down with Catherine to talk about playing the event, her experiences in the USA and what […]

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SXSW Interview: Phosopherescent musician Jo Schornikow (Australia) on releasing her debut solo record Secret Weapon

April 6, 2019

Melbourne musician Jo Schornikow has spent a big chunk of her professional musical life as a musician in Phosphorescent, the acclaimed project of her partner Matthew Houck – but that hasn’t stopped her from working on her own material. Though she’d be the first to admit it’s slowed it down. An impressive touring schedule and sneaking […]

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SXSW Interview: Golden Vessel on his debut album Slowshine, Oscar Key Sung and falling in love with songwriting

April 4, 2019

One of the many Australian artists making their debut at SXSW last month was Brisbane’s Max Byrne, who has spent the last few years producing some beautiful indie electronic music under the name Golden Vessel. Arriving in Texas off the back of his new single “Dizzy”, we sat down to talk about his experiences in Austin, […]

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Interview: Ducks! (AUS/GER) talk found sounds, field recording and Things That Were Lost

April 2, 2019

Formed in 2014, Ducks! are the brainchild of singer-songwriter Lani Bagley, and the ARIA award-winning producer Craig Schuftan. The duo released their debut album Ding Ding Ding in 2016, which went on to be longlisted for the Australian Music Prize. Their second album, Nak Nak (the German equivalent of quack quack), was released in 2017. Ahead of […]

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Interview: Cautious Clay (USA) on his musical upbringing, Table of Context and the genius of OutKast

March 29, 2019

One of the buzz acts at this year’s SXSW was rising star Cautious Clay, who also happened to be one of the best acts we saw at the annual Texas festival. While at the Vevo House, I caught up with the Brooklyn based artist – real name Joshua Karpeh – to find out more about his […]

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SXSW Interview: Your Smith (USA) on her origin story, love of Tim Tam Slams and touring Australia with Ry X

March 28, 2019

Caroline Smith is a Minneapolis-based songwriter who has been steadily building her career since 2006; first as a solo artist, then in a band (Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps – releasing the record Little Wind in 2011), and then as a solo artist again – which saw her release the underrated 2013 record Half […]

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Meet Rachael Fahim, the Aussie Country artist set to take America by storm

March 27, 2019

One of the unexpected Australian buzz artists at this year’s SXSW was one you may have not heard of – rising star in the Country world Rachael Fahim. She was listed as one of NPR’s artists to watch, and delivered a slew of impressive performances while in the Texas capital. We caught up with the […]

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An Afternoon in an Arcade with Yorke: Byron Bay’s Pop-Protege

March 27, 2019

The ringing sirens and looping jingles that echo through the arcade are maddening, even after a few minutes. They’re also the antithesis-soundtrack to the personality of Yorke. 20-year old Grace Hughes, who adopted the moniker “Yorke” last year in homage to her love of New York City, is calm, chilled and charming as we spent […]

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SXSW Interview: Jarryd James talks about “Slow Motion”; “I spend a lot of time by myself in weird places”

March 26, 2019

Earlier this month, Larry Heath had the chance to sit down with Aussie singer/songwriter Jarryd James ahead of his performance at Australia House as part of The Aussie BBQ during SXSW. During our chat, Jarryd talked about the craziness of the event, playing the Neon Gold Showcase, about how wonderful Lizzy Plapinger from MS MR is. […]

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SXSW Interview: Sam Fender (UK) on starting conversations with his music and Splendour in the Grass rumours

March 25, 2019

One of our favourite artists at the AU over the last year or so has been rising UK star Sam Fender (he even came in at number two on our best track of 2018 list). And though he has yet to come to Australia, earlier this month he made his debut at Australia House at […]

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Watch Grammy winner Brandi Carlile and Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elisabeth Moss fan over each other at SXSW

March 25, 2019

Watching Grammy winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile interview Emmy Award-winning actress Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) earlier this month at SXSW was like watching two fans gush over each other in front of a packed auditorium. These are two artists who have immense respect and adoration for each other, and they came together on this stage after […]

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SXSW Interview: Fatai (Australia) talks taking the “Road Less Travelled” in the Chicago Blues scene

March 25, 2019

I first sat down with Australian artist Fatai at SXSW 2018, where we spoke about her making her SXSW debut and getting comfortable in Chicago – the US city she calls home. Fast forward a year and the artist has returned to SXSW, with a brand new single “Road Less Traveled” in tow, and a […]

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