Right now all across the world, there are literally tens of thousands of young guns punching away at their laptops + MIDI interface of choice. Painstakingly pasting together loops, perhaps sampling some 90s tune, chopping it all together and creating exceptional track beds. I get demos from young beatmakers regularly, and am often blown away at what’s being achieved out there, and I’m also glad they’ve found a better 'distraction' than video games!
With the recent cancellation of the second date of Big Day Out, we're once again shown that even the most ambitious of festival promoters are having to... well, reconsider their ambitions. It's more than safe to say that Big Day Out isn't going anywhere, especially with the management shuffle, but what of the rest? Summadayze doesn't look set to return, Future had to bring in Mushroom to stay alive, Peats and Pyramid aren't back for 2013 (not surprising on the former of course), there's no more Parklife or Harvest - two staples of the second half of the year - and Homebake have had to rethink the way they present the event to remain relevant and survive. And don't get me started on the hip hop festivals.
Through the evolution of podcasts, streaming services, blogs, and other ways of divulging music, radio has kept itself alive by adapting formats. For those who are music lovers who still want a good radio show to give them music content that is unique, fresh and entertaining, there are plenty of options. The below five shows are good places to head off to if you’re keen on discovering a even finer niche – Australian music.
From September 23rd, Australia will be whipped up into frenzy when the world’s biggest boy band, One Direction, arrive for their extensive national tour. The British five-piece, who have recently picked up a VMA for their latest single, “Best Song Ever” and currently are celebrating and promoting the release of This Is Us, the first One Direction movie/documentary to be released across the globe. Many continue to criticise the band for their manufactured beginnings, whilst record sales and global popularity of the band only grows stronger.
Continuing on with our guide to surviving and making the most of your first Falls Festival, the AU crew offers up some suggestions about money, checking the whole site out and avoiding the age-old vodka/water mix up faux pas.
Earlier this week, the first artist announcement for the 2013 Falls Festival was revealed, with The Roots, Vampire Weekend and more set to fly out to spend their New Year period with us. As it will be the first time at the festival for many of the artists and the first time Falls will be held in Byron Bay, I can only imagine there are many punters out there who'll be attending the festival for the first time in 2013. Having that cherry popped myself last year, I thought it would be a good idea to pull together tips from the AU crew in producing a little bit of a survival guide for four days of inebriation, (in some cases) freezing weather, lack of personal hygiene...and some of the best days and nights of your year.
As you would all be well aware, Frank Ocean is about to bring his sweet sounds to Australia for his long-awaited “You’re Not Dead” tour. Just over a year after the famous Tumblr post in which Ocean confessed that his first love was a man before the release of his critically acclaimed album, channel ORANGE, homophobia in hip-hop is becoming more and more obsolete. So how far has the genre come? What are the causes? And why is this so different to Australian hip-hop? Amelia McGuinness investigates...
One of my mentors, a Grammy-winning songwriter no less, once told me “music is a game of pennies”. Nowadays the pennies are turning into shrapnel, and you need lots of shrapnel to make the pennies they used to be. Simply put, the entertainment industry has been blown wide apart by all factors linked to the Internet (which we are already aware), and now more than ever in history, artists must look beyond the skill of their craft itself to be successful.
I feel like we hear about it all the time. Legendary Australian venues being forced to undergo expensive changes from their local council to cater to new residents who are bitching and moaning in the area. Some may argue this is the price we pay for an ever expanding urban sprawl, but when a venue has been there for 25 years and you move in next door, you know what - you're the dickhead that should get sound proofing for being dumb enough not to expect that as a result.
As reported earlier last month by The Guardian, Beyoncé "has banned professional photographers from her current world tour." Instead, publications are able to use photos from the only accredited photographer on the tour, Frank Micelotta. Plenty of tours suffer from similar restrictions on photographers, but the controversy here is that the ban comes in the light of the unflattering photos that were published of the star after her Super Bowl performance earlier this year.
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It would be easy to suggest that Stone Music Festival was an optimistic endeavour, both in terms of anticipated attendance and the patience of their targeted crowd to attend an all day event. But putting this aside for a moment, the lineup was a well curated rock and roll event - both of new and classic scenes. It celebrated local music and heralded our attention to some of the industry's legends - all of whom rarely visit our shores. A ballsy move, definitely. But one worthy of the negative sentiment towards it? Definitely not.
Saturday is Record Store Day.
In less than a month, the city of Austin, Texas will be throwing open its doors to tens of thousands of music fans, industry officials and musicians for the annual SXSW music festival and conference. Amongst that number are over thirty Australian artists. Over the course of the next couple of weeks we'll be profiling these artists, offering a brief introduction to what they’re about and what they have to offer.
With the arrival of Spotify to Australia earlier the year, the choice available to music listeners got even greater. There are now more ways than ever for music lovers to consume and purchase music. Though there are many out there - myself included - who still enjoy riffling through record shops, more and more of us are turning to the internet for our music listening and purchasing needs; whether it be to stream or download.
Already into the second half of the year and what a month it was!
1. Big Day Out 2013 line-up announcement