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INTERVIEWS

the AU interview: Dave Le'aupepe talks new Gang of Youths music & their 5 ARIA nominations!

For Gang of Youths, this year has been full of highs off the back of their acclaimed debut record, The Positions. A solid year of live shows have seen the Sydneysiders rise up as one of the most popular touring rock bands of the year, while their recent national album tour saw multiple shows sell out incredibly quick. Today, the band scooped five ARIA Award nominations for the record, acting as a shiny, pointy cherry on the top of a pretty decent cake. Frontman Dave Le'aupepe caught up with Larry after the nominations were revealed today, not quite having processed the news yet.

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:

the AU interview: Avalanche City (Auckland) Talks Touring And Newly Released Album 'We Are For The Wild Places'

Dave Baxter, aka Avalanche City has been a busy man. Travelling across New Zealand and Australia, the artist has been touring extensively in support of his album, We Are For The Wild places, which released in July of this year. Currently on the road with Conrad Sewell, Dave is enthusiastic about the shows so far. “[They’ve] been really good,” he says. “I really like playing to Australian audiences. Really good, fun shows.” His last visit to Australia was two years ago, but his return is timed well, coinciding with the release of his new record. The reception to his live songs has been great so far. “Interestingly enough, this is the first time I’ve been playing the songs live... with a band set-up,” he says. “It’s gone down really good, and people love it. It’s a nice little boost to self-confidence that people like the new songs.”

the AU interview: Dylan Joel (VIC) talks about his new album ‘Authentic Lemonade’, charity work and more!

On the brink of releasing his new album, we caught up with Dylan Joel to discuss the concept behind Authentic Lemonade (out now), and his collaborative experiences with fellow rappers Mantra and DJ Izm.

Robbie Williams reveals his favourite Australian music, plans to reunite with Kylie and more ahead of national tour

Earlier today, UK pop star Robbie Williams held a press conference in Sydney ahead of the start of his second Australian tour in 12 months. The last, The Swing Tour, focused on his most recent album Swing Both Ways, while the tour that kicks off this Friday in Perth will feature a collection of his greatest hits, alongside other favourites from the years. The tour has been aptly titled the Let Me Entertain You Tour and will be the first hits focused tour in Australia since 2006.

the AU interview: Falls (NSW) Talk About Their New Album ‘Omaha’ And Upcoming US Tour

The year has been a long and fruitful one for Australian duo Simon Rudston-Brown and Melinda Kirwin, better known as Falls. The pair have just released their debut album, Omaha, and we caught up with them recently at the Hollywood Hotel, a venue quite familiar to the pair, to discuss the year so far, as well as their future plans. Falls began their career playing small, free shows at the iconic venue, and Melinda laughs as she recalls the memories. “When we were actually driving up towards the Hollywood to set up the first night, it felt like the craziest déjà vu I’ve ever had in my life...” she says. “It just felt like we were home.” Click through for the full interview!

the AU interview: Dan Mac (Sydney) on Art vs Science's new LP, a near band break up & growth as songwriters

This Friday will see Art vs Science release their long-awaited sophomore record, Off the Edge of the Earth and Into Forever, Forever. The time between album releases and the title itself may hint towards some kind of grandiose return from the Sydney trio, but it's an achievement this record even came to be. Creative clashes, a non-unified approach to songwriting and musical direction would hamper the band in the years following 2011's release of their ARIA Award winning debut, The Experiment, almost breaking the group up completely.

the AU interview: Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade (USA) talks new album and band's ten year anniversary!

Just in time for their ten year anniversary, Mayday Parade are set to release their fifth album Black Lines. The rockers from Tallahassee, Florida have continuously showcased their talent song after song, show after show, while fans all around the world fell in love with them. Frontman Derek Sanders shares his thoughts on the new album, their ten year anniversary and upcoming shows.

the AU interview: Sam Faul of Fifth Dawn (Western Sydney) talks about the importance of All Ages gigs, their formation and more

Ahead of their show this weekend in Sydney with Hands of Houses, we caught up with Sam Faul, the lead singer of emerging Western Sydney hard-rock/alternative metal band Fifth Dawn. We find out how she got started in music, how the band formed, get her advice for other up-and-coming artists, talk about the importance of all age gigs in Sydney and more! Read on:

the AU interview: William Cashion of Future Islands (US) on a rising profile & an Australian return!

Future Islands has fast turned into one of the world's hottest touring bands over the past year and Australia has not been exempt to the Baltimore-based band's effervescence and vibrant charm. Quickly making their impact on crowds off the back of successful appearances at Splendour in the Grass and then the Laneway Festival, where they also rolled out some indomitable headline sets on the east coast, Future Islands became more than a way to get your rocks off at a live music show - what they offered was akin to a cathartic live experience people would soon flock to at each opportunity.