Taiwanese fusion pop act Toffee chats to Hello Asia editor Johnny Au in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2015. Toffee is a band consisting of vocalist Debbie, a Brazilian-born Taiwanese descendant with Broadway singing background; guzhengist Kaye, a classically trained guzheng player of more than 18 years; erhu & pipa player Yuna, classically trained player mastering in multiple Chinese classical instruments; and rapper MC GaWeed, who started off as an emcee-cum-rapper at a local club in Taipei. Toffee also performs a snippet of their upcoming English track called "Made To Shine".
Editor-in-Chief Larry caught Perth's The Love Junkies out the front of the record store Waterloo Records, the day after the SXSW mayhem had come to an end. We find out what their experience was like and what they bought at Waterloo! Having performed for the first time in America at the showcase events, the band expressed how nervous they were before their first gig. Looking a little worse for wear, the band said they had seen heaps of good bands, ate lots of great food and drank lots of free alcohol..." Click through for the full interview.
Pixar's latest short film project Lava is scheduled to be showed alongside upcoming feature Inside Out when it's released in June. Larry Heath had a chance to sit down with Lava Director Jim Murphy while at SXSW who treated us to a song from the film on his trusty ukulele in this very special AU session.
the AU had some Austin locals come through the SXSW interview/performance suite last month amid the madness that was SXSW Music! Dwight and Patty, aka The Wind and The Wave faced a hectic run of showcase gigs during the festival and admitted to not planning or scheduling too much outside their own shows, preferring to choose one or two good shows to be at and cruising the rest - a good way to navigate through something like SXSW for sure.
As part of the AU sessions at SXSW, Russian rock group Mumiy Troll stopped by and gave us a version of "Nothing Promised", taken from their 2012 album Vladivostok. Check out the performance out below!
From the Canadian Blast BBQ at SXSW, Johnny has a chat with Canadian band The Bros. Landreth and the chaos that is SXSW Music, releasing their debut album Let It Lie and potentially making their way down to Australia. With some of the members already having visited Australia in the past, the band is keen to get their music out here and perform for what they note is a thriving scene for live music.
After their set at the Canadian Blast BBQ at SXSW, Sose sat down with Yukon Blonde vocalist Jeff Innes for a chat about touring, preparing new material for the follow up to 2012's Tiger Talk record and more. Although it's been a little while in between new records, Innes is stoked with the final result of their new material, noting that it was a much more cohesive effort.
In Austin for SXSW's Captiva/SpringBreakATX Showcases at The Rooftop on Sixth with her live band The What, Leah Capelle stopped by the AU review pop-up venue for a quick chat about her latest, self-titled EP and her hopes for the future: "I'm hoping to tour this summer... I'd like to be on the road a lot more." Click through for the full interview.
The AU review's Johnny Au chats to folk rocker Frank Turner about Bluesfest, SXSW, authoring a bestselling book and his sixth album. Despite having suffered from severe jetlag throughout, Frank said of Bluesfest, "Bluesfest was a blast... It's a fantastic festival to be a part of," but for his experience of SXSW he said: "I love Austin, Texas - it's one of my favourite towns in the world... But at the risk of sounding like a total hipster, I prefer Austin when it's not SXSW because I love Texas and during SX it's full of people who aren't from Texas..."
Behind the futuristic sound of East Youth India, electronic musician William Doyle has been a very busy man with a tight schedule. Having just finished a round of shows for SXSW and releasing his new album, Culture of Volume this month, he talks to us about the new record's reception, what he enjoys about tour life and his plans for the rest of the year. Read on for the full interview...
Singer/songwriter from Brisbane Conrad Sewell stopped by the AU review HQ for a chat. Having just finished up touring with Ed Sheeran, there are many more exciting things on the horizon for this young Aussie. On touring with Sheeran, Conrad couldn't speak more highly, "they're just great songs, I mean Bob Dylan did it... Ed does it in a really cool way. Feels like you're at a hip hop concert sometime,s but it can also feel like you're being serenaded by the most beautiful soulful singer in the world..."
the AU review chatted with New York band Parlour Tricks before they recorded a session for us. The New York pop sextuplet are preparing to launch their debut album this June. The album, largely made up of new songs, was recorded in Nashville over the span of about a year.
We conclude our red carpet series from the Perez Hilton "One Night in Austin" party with British Electronic outfit Clean Bandit, Melanie Martinez (pictured) and Perez Hilton himself:
the AU review sat down with Ilya Lagutenko lead vocalist/guitarist of Russian rock band Mumiy Troll while he was in town for SXSW. Lagutenko, who promised a new album within the next couple of months, explained the music scene as it pertains to Russia, saying "It's quite a market, apparently not just for domestic, but also for international", before specifically mentioning the Vladivostok Rocks Festival, a festival designed to showcase artists from Pacific Rim countries in Russia.
San Francisco synth-pop group The Frail stopped by The AU pop-up venue at SXSW to have a chat about their 2014 record LoveDeathLegend and what comes next for them. Speaking about their musical direction from this point onwards the band says that "now we're trying to lighten up a bit, take things in a more dancier, happy, summertime direction."