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We talk to the Directors of the Lost Paradise New Years Festival, Wade Cawood and Simon Beckingham

Ahead of the return of one of Australia's newest New Years Festivals - Lost Paradise in the Glenworth Valley, NSW - Larry Heath caught up with the event's Directors (Wade Cawood and Simon Beckingham) to learn a little more about he origins of the event, the changes we can expect from their second year, the artists they're most looking forward to and more. Read on:

5 Parties Not To Miss At Bigsound 2015

Australia’s premier music industry conference and artist showcase Bigsound kicks off tonight with a range of gigs and parties around Brisbane. From the Deathproof Bigsound Bash, to the official closing party, we take you through the five parties not to miss over the coming week. Click through for a full list of parties and performances!

Seven Things We Learned at the Beats Sound Symposium

In recent months Apple has aggressively expanded its digital entertainment platforms, spearheaded by the streaming service Apple Music and the 24 hour radio station Beats 1. Beats 1 is headed up by Zane Lowe, who positioned himself as a premier tastemaker during a 12-year stint at BBC Radio 1. He was joined by an eclectic panel at Studios 301 in Sydney for the first Beats Sound Symposium to take place in Australia, to discuss music production, the evolution of music distribution, and the changes that are ahead for the industry at large. Moderated by Beats by Dre President Luke Wood, the panel included musician Jarryd James, Eleven label president John Watson, producer Anna Lunoe, and CEO of ARIA Dan Rosen.

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...

the AU interview: Brother Ali (USA) talks BIGSOUND, Peter Garrett and touring Australia with the late Sean Price

Photo by Cory Dewald Photography

I spoke to Brother Ali while he was at home in Minneapolis before he headed to the West Coast of the US for a few dates ahead of his arrival in Australia next month as one of the Keynote speakers at BIGSOUND - as well as a few dates along our East Coast. We speak about fellow Keynote speaker Peter Garrett, which leads into the inevitable question "would you ever get into politics?". We reflect on his last Australian tour with the late Sean Price and we get a hint at what he'll be talking about at BIGSOUND and performing when he's here next month!

the AU Interview: Violinist Jun Yi Ma discusses his appointment as Concertmaster for AOBO

Playing the violin since the age of six and considered a prodigy, violinist Professor Jun Yi Ma has performed for Presidents and Prime Ministers during his long and illustrious career. Recently appointed as Concertmaster for the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, AU Arts Editor Kat Czornij chatted to Jun about what it means to be a Concertmaster, being considered a prodigy and his advice for students pursuing music dreams.

Music Industry Realities: The Challenges of "The Day Job" for the musicians you love

With a rising focus on "dole bludger creatives" and the threats of a tightened Centrelink by our terrible government... not to mention the arts council budget cull you've hopefully heard about (but don't get us started on that)... the AU review is publishing a series of features which highlight the realities of the music industry. In the first part of our new series, we look at how almost all of your favourite Australian artists have shitty (and some, not-so-shitty) day jobs they undertake to support their careers and help bring you the music you love.

We talk to Mark Monahan - executive and artistic director of the RBC Bluesfest - about the 2015 Ottawa Bluesfest!

Photo Credit: Mark Horton

We're coming to you today from Canada where we're just days away from heading to Ottawa for their annual Bluesfest. The event officially kicked off yesterday and runs until July 19th (and you thought the Australian Bluefest was massive!). Ahead of the event, we caught up with Mark Monahan, executive and artistic director of the RBC Bluesfest, who shares his festival picks, gives us some insight into the event, and talks about the event's relationship with Byron Bay's own...

the AU interview: Director Brendan Toller talks about depicting the life of Danny Fields in the new music doc "Danny Says"


Brendan Toller is a rock and roll maniac. Having directed his first film, I Need that Record: The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store, he came into contact with many of rock and roll's greatest figures, including the lesser known Danny Fields, who was responsible for the success of many iconic bands such as The Ramones, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, MC5, The Doors, Nico and the Velvet Underground... to name by a few. At just 28 years old, Toller has now completed his second documentary, Danny Says. The Iris' Larry Heath spoke to Toller about his new film, how animation played a vital role in his documentary, and what it was like to hear all about rock's greatest figures.

Watch Steve Smyth and Cloud Control's Heidi Lenffer accept their AU Awards in this Highlight Video

The AU Awards may have come an gone earlier this month, we're excited to be ending the year by bringing you some footage from the intimate Sydney event, in case you couldn't make it yourself! In the first highlights clip, watch Steve Smyth accept his award for NSW Voice of the Year as well as Cloud Control's Heidi Lenffer for Instrumentalist of the Year and Holy Holy's manager Jess Beston accept the Heatseeker award on their behalf.

What does the rise of the YouTuber as a multi-modal celebrity mean for pop culture?

At its core, YouTube remains the same as when it launched nine years ago; a site designed for everyday people to easily share videos online. It is now an enormous media platform that enables people to broadcast themselves to the world. And, with the right amount of skill, smarts and luck, users can tour the world, be granted great opportunities, become online celebrities and earn hundreds of thousands of dollars from their online presence – they are known as YouTubers.

Festival of Small Halls, coming to a small town near you!

The Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour focuses on visiting rural Queensland towns where communities are strong, but may not have access to high quality musical acts due to location or lack of venues. This year Australian folk outfit The Mae Trio and international artist Del Barber will be traveling over 7000km to 17 destinations from November 22nd though to the end of December.

Conference Round Up: AWME - Arts Centre Melbourne (13-16.11.14)

The 7th Australasian Worldwide Music Expo - featuring 58 groups performing over 4 days alongside a two day conference - kicked off with an opening party early on Thursday evening with Pete Murray, Benny Walker and a Welcome to Country ceremony.

5 Things We Learnt at Face The Music in Melbourne

Over 850 music lovers flocked to The Arts Centre in Melbourne for the 7th annual Face The Music conference and the music industry event proved that it is just getting better and better with age, with some highly passionate, thought provoking discussions from influential figures and music fans alike.