The AU Interview: M4SONIC (Adelaide) talks Stereosonic, The Launchpad and Viral Videos!

Who said there wasn’t an art to pushing buttons? The Launchpad, made famous by music instrument manufacturer Novation, has allowed musicians to manipulate samples to an extent that the inventor of the Amen Break will simply go “whaa?” One proponent who has mastered the instrument is M4SONIC, who has wowed people with his Launchpad skills via his Youtube channel. He was kind enough to tap out some answers with his dextrous fingers to us via a keyboard too.

the AU interview: The Kin (Adelaide) talk about new songs, experimenting with their set lists, future plans, and more

In part two of our video chat with Adelaide brothers The Kin, Larry chats to the boys about some new songs, crafting their set lists, their future recording plans, and more.

Stereosonic Single Feature: Generik Featuring Nicky Van She "The Weekend" (2014)

DJ and now musician in his own right Tyson O’Brien (aka Generik) is making a whole bunch of noise in a very summer-y way with ‘The Weekend’. The single has some pretty bouncy piano riffs which scream out “party time” beside beaches and pools everywhere in overly expensive suburbs. While Nicky Van She provides vocals with a bunch of “oohs” and “ehhs” and something about going to “jack”.

Backstage at the 2014 ARIAs: Chet Faker (Melbourne) talks touring smaller countries, Vance Joy, the government, and more

It comes to no surprise that immensely talented Melbourne artist Chet Faker would be one of the biggest talking points of the 2014 ARIA awards. The increasingly popular musician was awarded with both the Best Male Artist and Best Independent Release awards (for LP Built on Glass) before he performed a stunning piano ballad version of his hit "Talk Is Cheap".

Backstage at the 2014 ARIAs: 5 Seconds of Summer (Sydney) interviewed after winning Song of the Year!

the AU review captures the action backstage at the ARIA Awards 2014 when 5 Seconds of Summer - winner of Song of the Year - had their photos taken with the award in front of Australian photographers and journalists, and then sat down for a one-on-one interview with Robbie Buck, ahead of taking some questions from the journalists in the room.

the AU interview: Paul Stix from UNDR Ctrl talks the Musica Copa!

Sport and music are words not seen together in the same sentence a lot of the time. Recent trends however to incorporate AFL's Community Cup in both Sydney and Melbourne have led to more sweaty shirts and guitars being put away and the shin pads and soccer balls coming out for Musica Copa, due to happen in Sydney on December 5th. Much like the Community Cups, the tournament is set to raise funds for charity. Booking agent from UNDR Ctrl and one of the organisers of the tournament Paul Stix answered a few questions for us about why playing outside on a field is better than playing within the hot and steamy venues of Sydney.

the AU interview: Blacklistt (New Zealand) backstage at the NZ Music Awards after winning Best Rock Album!

Live from backstage at the New Zealand Music Awards at the weekend, Larry Heath spoke to Blacklistt, who wound up taking home the VNZMA for Best Rock Album!

the AU interview: Edwin Mathis White of Tonstartssbandht (US) on playing CMJ, touring Australia and more!

Soon to make their Australian debut is Brooklyn based duo Tonstartssbandht! The sibling duo of Edwin Mathis White and Andy White are notable musicians in their own right, but the music they've been making together has a vibe all its own. Andy plays guitar with Mac DeMarco, while Edwin's solo project Eola has also been garnering some popular acclaim. Together, Tonstartssbandht are purveyors of 'psychedelic boogie rock' and are stoked to be bringing it through Australian venues next month. Edwin tells us about the upcoming tour, how CMJ treated them and what he's looking forward to next year.

the AU interview: Grace (Perth) talks Alt-J, Pluto, working with Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) and more!

Grace has always been an enigmatic, talented performer who has been on our radar here at the AU for some time now. The Perth musician who some will remember as Grace Woodroofe has been dabbling with some great sounds and new material recently and to find out more, Liz gets the lowdown.

Stumbled Upon #004 - Pink Feathers (Portland)

In our new series "Stumbled Upon", we get to know a new band we've stumbled across. In our 4th instalment, we meet Portland's indie pop sensation Pink Feathers, and chat about her love of pop music and get a sneak peak at her latest track.

the AU interview: Shawn From The Matches (USA) Talks Reunion Tour And The Philosophy Of The Matches

Ten years ago, The Matches were a little, little DIY punk band of California, releasing their first album E. Von Dahl Killed The Locals, an album full of thrashy, loose, fun songs about girls and friends and parties. Now, they're playing sold out shows across The States in celebration of that album. In anticipation of their Australian tour in January, I had a chat with lead singer Shawn Harris about how it feels to be playing those old songs to old fans and how it feels to be back playing punk songs with his first band.

the AU interview: Tama Waipara (New Zealand) backstage at the NZ Music Awards after winning Best Roots Album.

Live from backstage at the New Zealand Music Awards at the weekend, Larry Heath spoke to Tama Waipara after his album, Fill Up The Silence won the award for Best Roots Album. Tama chatted about how genres “are so bizarre”, and explained that New Zealand’s isolation creates a music scene that is a “strange microcosm of so many niche styles”.

the AU interview: Broods (New Zealand) backstage at the NZ Music Awards after winning Breakthrough Artist

Live from backstage at the New Zealand Music Awards, Broods chatted with the AU's Larry Heath about their enormous, "mind blowing" year, what it means to attend awards nights, working with your sibling and heading to Australia this month.

the AU interview: Money For Rope (Melbourne) chat in Mumbai about intercultural collaboration and a 2015 album!

Money For Rope spoke with the AU review's Johnny Au at the Aussie BBQ in Mumbai earlier this month. They chatted about how amazing it was to go to Bombay's biggest recording studio in the heart of Bollywood for Song Hub, which exposed them to other cultures and ways of songwriting, made them feel like they were on a school camp with fellow Aussie bands, Peking Duk, Cloud Control and Appleonia. They spoke about how excited they are to be supporting Courtney Barnett around Europe, and outlined their plans to release a new album in 2015.