Interviews

Interview: Royce Da 5’9 gets personal, talks beatmaking, and empathises with “mumble rap”

December 10, 2018

There are few figures in the industry as highly regarded and respected as Royce Da 5’9 when it comes to straight, no-bullshit, masterful hip hop. The Detroit emcee is often referred to as one of the greatest emcees alive, and that accolade hasn’t faded ever since Bad Meets Evil and Rock City were introduced over […]

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Interview: Masta Killa of Wu-Tang Clan talks 25 years of “36 Chambers”

December 3, 2018

What they say is still true: the Wu-Tang is dangerous. Emerging from a dingy basement in the New York City borough of Staten Island, the Wu-Tang Clan was legendary from the very beginning. The group’s status was cemented in 1993 when the nine MCs came together like Voltron for their classic debut album Enter The […]

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Interview: Sam Bentley from The Paper Kites talks Twilight at Taronga and the surprise rebirth of “Bloom”

November 30, 2018

We recently caught up with Sam Bentley from The Paper Kites to chat about their recently announced 2019 Australian tour and their appearance as part of the Twilight at Taronga series. Also on the agenda was their new releases from this year: On The Train Ride Home and On The Corner Where You Live.  2018 has been an incredible year for […]

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Interview: War Child’s Head of Fundraising talks about coming to Australia with The Wombats

November 27, 2018

Tonight, UK Charity War Child – known for putting on incredible intimate gigs with artists like the Arctic Monkeys in the UK to support the great work they do – officially make their mark in Australia, putting on their first show as part of ARIA Week. Tonight, The Wombats will play the 500-capacity venue in […]

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Interview: Sophie Lowe talks new single “Taught You How To Feel” and shooting Medieval in Prague

November 21, 2018

Actress and singer Sophie Lowe has returned to the music game with new single “Taught You How To Feel”. An emotive and powerful track, the single follows her 2017 song “Trust” and her acclaimed 2016 EP 2. Produced by Neal Sutherland, “Taught You How To Feel” is incredibly personal, exploring past relationships and the idea of escape. […]

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Interview: Kimbra’s ripple effect and journey in finding herself through New York and Ethiopia

November 19, 2018

With utmost grace and resilience, Kimbra represents herself as a pivotal member of the music industry in Australia. Releasing her third LP Primal Heart at the beginning of 2018, and now with a new EP reimagining that release (Songs From Primal Heart Reimagined), Kimbra’s lyrical storytelling is something which she wishes to share around the […]

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Interview: Slaves (UK) chat about Download Festival, being pals with DMA’s and playing Cal Jam 18

November 14, 2018

Last month, we sat down with UK rock duo Slaves while we were backstage at the Cal Jam Festival in Los Angeles. Today, the group have been announced alongside the likes of Sum 41, Pennywise and Thy Art is Murder in the second round of announcements for Download Festival, being held in Sydney and Melbourne […]

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Interview: Doz from Cosmic Kahuna (Melbourne) talks about playing Cal Jam with Jack Black, Billy Idol and Nirvana

November 12, 2018

While I was walking out of the 2018 Cal Jam Festival in California – the one that was curated by the Foo Fighters and saw Nirvana reform – I bumped into the Melbourne band Cosmic Kahuna, who had played the opening night of the event alongside the one and only Billy Idol. When we both […]

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Interview: Bill Murray and Jan Vogler talk about New Worlds on the steps of the Sydney Opera House

November 9, 2018

Earlier today, I stood on the steps of the Sydney Opera House with one of the most iconic names in entertainment, Bill Murray, and acclaimed classical cellist Jan Vogler. The pair are performing tonight and tomorrow night with “Friends”, including cellist Mira Wang, and violinist Vanessa Perez. This marks the first time Vogler has made it to […]

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Interview: Andrew Kinsman (UK) talks about blending life as an artist and Kasabian’s saxophonist

November 5, 2018

When you’re at a cracking live gig it’s not hard to be consumed by the performance of a frontman, and even more so when the frontman – or men, in this instance – are Tom Meighan and Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian.  It’s worth taking a moment, however, to focus on the other performers on the […]

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Interview: Glitoris (Canberra) talk The Policy debut album and the raw energy of their live shows

November 5, 2018

Canberra rockers Glitoris released their debut album The Policy on Friday – and today tickets to their album tour go on sale. Last week, Liv Toerkell caught up with the group to talk about the album, the upcoming tour, the raw energy of their live show and the issues they face in the male-dominated music […]

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Interview: Lime Cordiale chat about new music, hitting the road and Lost Paradise festival

November 2, 2018

Since releasing their first full length album last year, the boys from the Northern Beaches are hitting the ground running. Lime Cordiale have grown a lot since 2012 when it was just brothers Louie and Ollie strumming acoustic guitars. News Flash, they aren’t ready to stop just yet. With plenty of great stuff on the […]

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Interview: Klaus Fluoride of The Dead Kennedys (US) talks causing chaos in Australia

November 1, 2018

There are a lot of stories about San Franciscan punks The Dead Kennedys’ chaotic debut Australian 35 years ago. There were riots and arrests, but one I had to know about was the legendary pineapple incident. While talking to bassist Klaus Fluoride about the band’s return to Australia I brought up the incident, hoping to […]

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Interview: The Man From Mo’Wax director Matthew Jones reflects on his James Lavelle documentary

November 1, 2018

The Electronic Music Conference kicks off in Sydney next month, and as part of its evening program – EMCPlay – will be a screening of the documentary on Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder James Lavelle, The Man From Mo’Wax. Paris Pompor from Groovescooter is curating the film program of the festival, which will screen at the Surry Hills […]

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Interview: We meet Seattle rockers Thunderpussy backstage at Dave Grohl’s Festival Cal Jam

October 31, 2018

Over the last five years Seattle band Thunderpussy have been making a name for themselves with raucous live shows, acclaimed music and a playful attitude towards release titles (their EP, Greatest Tits, really sums it up). Earlier this year, the quartet released their debut LP to critical acclaim, and haven’t stopped touring since. I had […]

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Interview: Motor Ace vocalist Pat Robertson talks reunions and regrets

October 26, 2018

It’s been thirteen years since they disbanded, but Melbourne rockers Motor Ace are heading back out on the road early next year for a 20th Anniversary reunion tour. Our writer Jade, caught up with vocalist and guitarist Pat Robertson to find out more about the tour, whether he has any regrets and how things have changed in […]

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Interview: KLP on “Venus x Mars”, touring and her pregnancy announcement!

October 25, 2018

Kristy Lee Peters (KLP) released a new spacey, house single “Venus x Mars” at the end of September which is said to be a look in at a bigger body of work on its way! In the meantime, KLP is back on tour, laying down some filth behind the decks and showcasing her poppy vocals. […]

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Interview: RÜFÜS DU SOL announce 2019 Australian tour, talks ARIAs and new album

October 22, 2018

We sat down with RÜFÜS DU SOL in Sydney recently to chat about their new album Solace and get exclusive details about their upcoming Australian tour in 2019. From feeling the pressures of touring life and becoming estranged from affairs back at home in Australia, the band says the new album is infused with a shared experience […]

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Interview: Ahren Stringer from the Amity Affliction talks new album Misery and gets nostalgic

October 16, 2018

Back in August, The Amity Affliction released their new album Misery, which saw them claim their fourth #1 album on the ARIA charts. Bassist/Vocalist Ahren Stringer sat down with Josh Champion from the AU to look back on the release. You guys have a rep for hitting the tough issues front on, but this is particularly […]

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Interview: Ben Panucci (Sydney) talks debut album Age of Consequence and its personal nature

October 11, 2018

Ben Panucci‘s debut album Age of Consequence is a deeply personal divergence from his previous sounds. Inspired by humanity, the album was written and produced by Ben himself and is set for independent release on Friday 12 October. Reflecting a change in gear for the Sydney guitarist and producer, Age of Consequence allowed Ben to refocus his life, […]

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