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the AU interview: Briggs (Shepparton) on the determination behind "Sheplife", Australian hip-hop and its critics & more!

The first time I had anything to do with Briggs was seeing him perform along the Hilltop Hoods in Adelaide back in 2012. With a strong grip on the arena-sized crowd, the Shepparton native dominated his stage, leading me to note he was one of the most promising artists Australian hip-hop has going for it. Fast forward a few years and Briggs has gone from strength to strength. He's become a fierce figure within the industry, and his fans are equally as loyal. Briggs' latest album, Sheplife, is indicative of his journey so far - it's shown that Briggs isn't an artist to rest on any laurels, rather, he's using his platform to speak louder than before.

the AU interview: Regan Lethbridge talks the year of Bonjah in 2014 ahead of the Follow the Sun Festival!

Today is the day! The new Follow the Sun Festival is just hours from kicking off down at Adelaide's Glenelg beach precinct, with the likes of Paul Dempsey, Dallas Frasca and more visiting and local musicians set to perform on what has turned out to be a glorious Sunday. What a way to spend a long weekend, right? If you're heading down to Follow the Sun today or tonight, get warmed up with our chat with one of the talented bands set to play, Melbourne-via-NZ's Bonjah.

the AU interview: Tuba Skinny (USA) talks about New Orleans, their latest record "Owl Call Blues" and their Australian tour.

New Orleans band Tuba Skinny are currently in Australia, hitting the road in support of their latest record Owl Call Blues. Our very own Simon Clark had a brief chat with the talented group to discuss the album, the tour and life in New Orleans.

the AU interview: Purpose (Adelaide) on his latest track "Bad Kids Camp" and what to expect from his upcoming record!

Purpose has been a man possessed in the Australian hip-hop scene and he has just tantalised us with a taste of his next instalment. "Bad Kids Camp" is the in your face first track off his upcoming sophomore album Make Yourself At Home. The Adelaide MC talks us through all his 'doings' of late and what we can expect in the near future.

the AU interview: Adam Hyde of Peking Duk (Canberra) talks festivals, touring and the Australian music scene.

In his small amount of time off touring the world and releasing double-platinum selling singles, Adam Hyde of duo Peking Duk talks to the AU's Aidan Hogg about festivals, hungover song writing, touring, Canberra life and the Australian music scene.

the AU interview: Kym Higham aka Voice of Trees (Adelaide) on the Follow the Sun Festival.

Adelaide based multi-instrumentalist Kym Higham aka Voice of Trees is just one of the talented artists set to play at the inaugural Follow the Sun Festial down at Glenelg this Sunday! the AU finds out more about him before the long weekend kicks off, the sort of music he's been making and what we can be expecting from him as he joins the likes of Paul Dempsey, Bonjah and more on the festival bill.

the AU interview at BIGSOUND: The Bennies (Melbourne) talk about Soundwave 2015 and more...

the AU review's Johnny Au interviews The Bennies at BIGSOUND 2014 to talk about the festival, their music, their upcoming Soundwave Festival shows and much more... Watch the video here:

the AU interview: C.W. Stoneking (Australia) talks "Gon' Boogaloo"

the AU review interviews Victoria based singer/songwriter C.W. Stoneking to talk about his long awaited new record Gon' Boogaloo, which is released on October 17th - his first since 2008's ARIA Award Winning album Jungle Blues - as well as his live show and much more...

the AU interview: Beth Hart (Los Angeles) chats about returning to Byron Bay Bluesfest!

Los Angeles based musician, Beth Hart has been making blues and rock music for most of her life. She is heading back to Australia for Bluesfest in Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend next year. In this interview with John Goodridge, Beth talks about what inspires her about making music.

the AU interview: Joelistics (Melbourne) talks "Blue Volume"!

the AU review sits down with Melbourne based MC, producer and multi-instrumentalist Joelistics to talk about his new album Blue Volume (out now) and his upcoming tour with Sietta and Mathas, which kicks off in Sydney on October 17th, before heading off nationally through November...

the AU interview: Highasakite (Norway) talk about being part of Laneway 2015 lineup

the AU review's Editor-In-Chief Larry Heath sat down with Norwegian indie pop outfit Highasakite. Ingrid and Trond from Highasakite spoke to Larry about their excitement of being part of the lineup for Laneway Festival 2015.

the AU review: Olivia Merilahti of The Dø (France/Finland) on their new record "Shake, Shook, Shaken" and Australia!

Franco-Finnish duo The Dø will release their third studio album Shake, Shook, Shaken in Australia on October 10 and are finally coming back to our shores to support the release this January! I caught up with one half of the group, Olivia Merilahti, who reflects on making the record, looks forward to her Australian tour and talks about how things are shaping up for the record live!

the AU interview at BIGSOUND: REMi, Sensible J & Dutch (Melbourne) on "Raw x Infinity", awards, touring through 2014 and more!

Nominated for both the Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Hip-Hop Album awards at this year's Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards is Melbourne MC REMi. Catching up with him at BIGSOUND, shortly before it was announced he was also in the running to take out the massive $50,000 Carlton Dry Global Music Grant, REMi tells us about the hectic year he, Sensible J and Dutch have had so far, the development of Raw x Infinity and what's coming up for them next!

the AU interview at BIGSOUND: Apes (Ballarat) talk overseas touring, developing as a band and more!

Ballarat band APES sits down and chats with Sose at BIGSOUND about hitting the festival in Brisbane for the first time, their development as a band and the prospect of overseas touring. Having built quite a strong reputation for themselves on the live front off the back of numerous headline shows and support slots for the likes of Royal Blood and Band of Skulls, APES tell the AU about how such experiences have affected them as the band they are now and the one they are working on being.

the AU interview: Holy Holy (Brisbane) talk latest single "History" and playing the Sydney Opera House with Boy & Bear.

Larry Heath interviews Brisbane outfit Holy Holy to talk about their shows with Boy & Bear - including two nights at the iconic Sydney Opera House. We talk about their latest single, "History" and their upcoming single tour - which kicks off on October 9th. We look back at their last EP The Pacific and find out what we might be hearing from them next... and more!