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the AU interview at Festival of the Sun: Allday (Adelaide) reflects on 2014

We're wrapping up our year by bringing you backstage coverage from Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie, talking to some of Australia's finest artists about the festival and getting them the reflect on 2014. First up, we bring you our full chat with Adelaide based rapper Allday:

the AU interview: Dannie McKenzie of The Woohoo Revue (Melbourne) talks the Big Chill NYE Festival!

Ahead of The Big Chill, an anticipated New Year's Eve music festival in Brisbane's West End, we're catching up with a few of the bands to find out what we can expect from their sets, who they're looking forward to seeing and what 2015 may bring. Melbourne's Woohoo Revue are guaranteed to bring an unforgettable party through to the Sunshine State, and Dannie McKenzie tells us a bit about what to expect.

the AU interview: Myele Manzanza (NZ) on rhythm, performing overseas and his solo album 'One'

Melody, harmony and all that notes-based stuff is kinda critical for music to really exist, but if you don’t have that rhythm section, then you just won’t cut it. Myele Manzanza is a drummer who has flowed between many critical rhythm positions in his career, from playing along with his father’s (Sam Manzanza) band, to his technical prowess as a drummer for Electric Wire Hustle.

the AU interview: Christine Anu on working with Opera Australia, performing at Woodford and her album 'Island Christmas'

Since her debut Stylin’ Up, Christine Anu has kept herself busy by taking on new projects that vary widely outside the scope of a normal trajectory of a musician's career - from performing at huge Olympic ceremonies to recently recording Christmas albums. One thing she is used to however is performing at Woodfordia, and she’s doing it again for this New Year. She was kind enough to chat to us ahead of her performances at the Woodford Folk Festival.

the AU interview: Sacha Got of La Femme (Biarritz/Paris) ahead of So Frenchy So Chic in the Park!

The electrifying La Femme are set to bring their popular live show through to Sydney and Melbourne in the New Year for So Frenchy So Chic in the Park! Having fused genres brilliantly in their career so far, the group has proven that music is indeed universal, with their sounds traversing any language or cultural barrier. Sacha Got gives us an idea of how this year has treated La Femme and how travelling the globe with their music has changed their output..

the AU interview: Dave Elkins of Mae (USA) talks about "The Everglow", his Schematic project and reunion of the band.

Influential Virginia rock band Mae will be touring Australia nationally in March 2015 for the first time in seven years to celebrate the anniversary of their album The Everglow. Earlier this month, I caught up with lead vocalist and guitarist Dave Elkins to talk about the tour, and the return from their hiatus.

the AU interview: Jason Leca of Kingfisha (Brisbane) talks The Big Chill NYE Festival

Ahead of The Big Chill, an anticipated New Year's Eve music festival in Brisbane's West End, we're catching up with a few of the bands to find out what we can expect from their sets, who they're looking forward to seeing and what 2015 may bring. Next up we chat to keyboardist Jason Leca of Brisbane's Kingfisha.

the AU interview: We chat to Jake Stone (Sydney) on the ARIA Red Carpet about 2014 and the end of Bluejuice.

As we come to the end of 2014, we've been talking to a lot of our favourite local and international artists about their year in music. Few have had bigger years than Bluejuice's Jake Stone, who has spent the last few months playing shows to bring his time in Bluejuice to an end (though Falls Festival is yet to come!). We spoke to Jake about it all on the ARIA red carpet...

Stumbled Upon #009 - The Brave (Brisbane)

In our 9th installment of our series "Stumbled Upon", we meet Brisbane's The Brave, and chat about their debut EP, Endless.

the AU interview: Resin Dogs (Brisbane) talk about The Big Chill NYE Festival

Ahead of The Big Chill, an anticipated New Year's Eve music festival in Brisbane's West End, we're catching up with a few of the bands to find out what we can expect from their sets, who they're looking forward to seeing and what 2015 may bring. First up, we catch up with the legendary (we can say that now, can't we?) Resin Dogs.

the AU interview: Jason Mraz (USA) talks about "connecting our humanity" through his music and refining his message

the AU review sat down with Jason Mraz during his brief December 2014 Australian tour. In part one of the interview, Mraz talks about his experiences touring Australia, Asia and the world. He talks about sharing his "tools of transformation... to remind people that our thoughts, speech, actions and attitudes... that's what dictates our life experience".

the AU interview: Luke Steele on returning home for Falls with Empire of the Sun, 'Dumb and Dumber To' and more!

Empire of the Sun may have been absent from Australian stages for quite a while now, but this isn't to say the duo of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore have been enjoying downtime anywhere. Touring solidly around the globe off the back of their successful sophomore album Ice on the Dune, Empire of the Sun have been continuing to add to their dreamy electro-pop dominion, acquiring new fans, taking on larger stages at more festivals around the world and even foraying into film scores, with Steele and Littlemore taking the reins over the Farrelly Brothers' latest effort, Dumb and Dumber To.

the AU interview: Chris Wood of Bastille (UK) on Band Aid, cracking America and returning to Australia!

As I have a quick chat with Bastille's drummer and all round good guy Chris Wood, the band is wrapping up their US tour, a trip which has proven to be quite fruitful for them once again. "The album has just gone crazy in the US, especially." he says. "America is so hard to crack and we've certainly not cracked it yet, but it feels like it's starting to happen a little bit."

the AU interview: Olivia Chaney (UK) on family, composition, and her upcoming Australian Tour.

The beautiful tones of Olivia Chaney have been involved in a wide variety of forms from the past, present and future. From classical Baroque compositions, pop songs and a futuristic experimental sound, Olivia is a musician willing to explore as many musical worlds as she can. She’s also expanding where she takes her music too as she’ll be arriving to Australia for both Woodford Folk & Sydney Festivals plus some solo dates. She spoke to Philippe Perez from the UK, where she initially started talking about her family.

the AU interview: Darren Middleton (NSW) talks playing Woodford, touring life and on-stage banter.

Solo material isn’t a strange concept to former Powderfinger guitarist Darren Middleton, as he has released material under the name Drag in the past. He however is still learning a lot in the time that his first album released under his own name – Translations – was released in 2013. He spoke to Philippe Perez ahead of his performances at the Woodford Folk Festival and upcoming tour with Guy Pierce.