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THE PRESETS

the AU interview: Kim Moyes of The Presets (Sydney) talks BIGSOUND, Tame Impala and the gentrification of creativity

Next week, Kim Moyes of Sydney electronic duo The Presets will be speaking at the annual Brisbane based music industry conference and festival BIGSOUND. In advance of the event, we spoke to Kim about his time at the Sydney Conservatorium - who have finally introduced a contemporary music program - he gives advice for people looking to enter the industry, reveals his favourite Australian album right now and reveals that he's working on a new Presets record! He also talks about the challenges facing the music industry. There's a lot to read, so we'll leave you to it...

Single of the Day: Flight Facilities "Heart Attack" (Julian Hamilton rework) (2015)

Can Flight Facilities do anything wrong when it comes to both crafting brilliant club and festival-ready tunes and linking up with some of the best talent and smartest in the biz? The answer always seems to be a resounding hell no. The latest example is found in the recent rework of their tune "Heart Attack" - originally featuring Owl Eyes, the single now has the Julian Hamilton treatment and yes, it's very good.

Sydney Festival Photo Gallery: Beat The Drum - The Domain (16.01.14)

It was a party to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Triple J and what a party it was. With stellar performances from Hilltop Hoods, Ball Park Music, The Presets, You Am I and a slew of special guests, Johnny Au gives you but a taste of what went down last night in this gallery:

Our Top 5 Performances from Falls Festival Lorne!


Photos: John Goodridge

Bundling ourselves up and hitting the road on a sunny Sunday afternoon, myself and fellow AU writer and music nut Bridget Hustwaite rolled on down the coast to Lorne for the 2014 Falls Festival. Hungover and still waking up, we drove back to Melbourne early New Year's Day morning, already discussing the hits and misses of the festival. Below are just a couple of thoughts on some of the stand out bands on the line up this year.

Photo Gallery: Falls Festival Day Four - Lorne, Victoria (31.12.14)

As the sun rose on a perfect final day of the Falls Festival, weary punters headed to the valley in anticipation of another great day of music. Alt-J, The Presets and Safia were just a few of the standouts on the day. Our photographer John Goodridge brings you these photos from the final day.

Live Review: Falls Music & Arts Festival Day Three - North Byron Parklands (01.01.15)

It’s the afternoon, the heat has broken slightly, and Asgeir stands on the Forest Stage, playing a lilting cover of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box”. Hushed and gentle, it shifts Cobain’s drawl for Asgeir’s fey vocals, altering it into a delicate indie anthem. It’s halfway through his set, and he’s just warmed up after a sluggish start. Single “Going Home” came just before, extended with pitch warped keyboard solos, and “King And Cross” will come later, before the folkish “Torrent” closes out the set.

Festival Review: Falls Festival Day Four ft. Vance Joy + Bluejuice + The Presets - Lorne, Victoria (31.12.14)

It was as if the gods suddenly looked down on the Lorne site of the 2014 Falls Festival and told each other, 'You know what? They've suffered enough with the rain.' - the clouds disappeared for our New Year's Eve in the forest and the temperature rose considerably, a perfect atmosphere for our final day at the festival. Moods were high (weed was probably helping in that regard, too) and the music was totally fitting as one's soundtrack to the end of the year.

Falls Festival releases set times, maps and app information!

With the Falls Music and Arts Festival only weeks away, punters can today start scheduling their time at the festivals in Lorne, Marion and Byron Bays, as the official set times have been released! Of course, many have been wondering who is going to be ringing in the New Year and it looks like Marion Bay will be bringing in 2015 with Empire of the Sun on the main stage, Byron Bay will have Alison Wonderland supplying the New Year's countdown, while at Lorne it's going to be a three way split, with Joey Bada$$ taking Grand Theatre punters through the final hour of 2014, and Alt-J and The Presets taking control out on the Valley Stage.

Gotye and Daniel Johns join a huge second artist announcement for triple J's Beat the Drum event in January!

As part of the Sydney Festival next year, triple j are choosing to throw a huge ass birthday party in the Domain! The Beat the Drum event is already hosting the likes of Hilltop Hoods, The Presets and The Cat Empire, but today on the Matt and Alex show, a huge second artist announcement was revealed for the January 16th party!

Sydney Festival announces its program for 2015 season!


Photo: Prudence Upton

The Sydney Festival has unveiled its program for 2015, comprising of 179 shows next year! Returning to destinations across Sydney, Parramatta and elsewhere, the Sydney Festival is set to present shows on with world-class reputations, including 18 world premieres, 11 Australian premieres and 22 Australian exclusives.

ARIA Award nominees and Fine Arts winners announced in Sydney today!

Winners and more nominees for the 2014 ARIA Awards were announced at the official event in Sydney this morning, with some of Australia's best performers and their teams recognised for their work over the past year. The winners of the Fine Arts and Artisan Awards were announced at the event, with the slew of nominees for the November ARIAs unveiled. the AU congratulates all involved - there have been some truly stellar records produced over the past year, as well as the development of some great live bands who are getting just recognition!

Festival Review: Splendour In The Grass (Day One) Ft. OutKast + Interpol + Spiderbait (25.07.14)

The official first day of Splendour In The Grass 2014 set things into motion quite quickly, with punters flooding into the sun-kissed North Byron Parklands as soon as the gates opened, quickly spreading amongst the pop-up community which this great festival has now become. From The Preatures and Ball Park Music to the 25th anniversary of Spiderbait and the 20th anniversary of the almighty OutKast, we were treated to a consistently excellent stream of live performances, and this was only on the main stage.

London Grammar reschedule Australian tour as The Presets step in for Splendour this weekend.

Days out from Splendour in the Grass, another act pulled out, this time in British trio London Grammar. As you will most likely have seen on social media overnight, the band posted a Facebook update announcing they were cancelling their entire Australian trip due to illness. While it's sad for many fans who were anticipating their return they needn't be sad for long, as their Sydney and Melbourne dates have been rescheduled! To fill the gap London Grammar have left in the Splendour program, Sydney's The Presets are bringing their popular live show through to Byron on Friday night. You have our permission to 'yeww'.

New Music Video: The Presets "No Fun" (2014)

EDM powerhouse act The Presets have just released the latest single, following up "Goodbye Future" with a techno-leaning, hypnotic melting pot of rhythm. "No Fun" has been accompanied with a little experiment the duo are conducting with Google Play, a six-sided interactive music video which was directed by Barnaby Roper.

The Presets set to support the Pet Shop Boys as part of the huge 'Modulations' event this June!

The massive collaboration of music, food and all round great times hosted by Carriageworks and Modular as part of VIVID Sydney has just gotten bigger. The four day event, which is set to be headlined by The Pet Shop Boys, has announced The Presets. Supporting the legendary act in DJ mode, Sydney's Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes join HTRK in the most recent additions to the huge MODULATIONS line up.