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INTERVIEWS

the AU interview: Ezra Furman (USA) talks about the inspiration behind and the making of his new LP "Perpetual Motion People"

Perpetual Motion People the latest record from Chicago native and singer-songwriter Ezra Furman is his fifth release, and his first record since signing to Bella Union. It also happens to probably be my favourite record this year to date. It's a wondrous mishmash of genres and styles, delivered urgently and overflowing with dazzling hooks, guitar riffs and sax.

the AU interview: Brother Ali (USA) talks BIGSOUND, Peter Garrett and touring Australia with the late Sean Price


Photo by Cory Dewald Photography

I spoke to Brother Ali while he was at home in Minneapolis before he headed to the West Coast of the US for a few dates ahead of his arrival in Australia next month as one of the Keynote speakers at BIGSOUND - as well as a few dates along our East Coast. We speak about fellow Keynote speaker Peter Garrett, which leads into the inevitable question "would you ever get into politics?". We reflect on his last Australian tour with the late Sean Price and we get a hint at what he'll be talking about at BIGSOUND and performing when he's here next month!

Stumbled Upon #074 - Harrison Storm (Mornington, Victoria)

In our 74th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Victorian singer/songwriter Harrison Storm and chat about recording his debut EP Sense of Home, and moving to Melbourne to pursue music.

The AU Interview: Sean Caskey of Last Dinosaurs (Brisbane) talks Splendour, playing in Japan and recording their new LP "Wellness"

After just releasing their second album Wellness, and the AU's Aidan Hogg spoke to Last Dinosaurs' singer Sean Caskey about touring internationally, being hungover at Splendour and the writing and recording process of their new record.

the AU interview: Reuben Styles of Peking Duk (Canberra) talks Stereosonic, the origin of their name and David Hasselhoff


Photo by Daniel Boczarski, backstage at Lollapalooza

From touring the USA, electronic duo Peking Duk are gearing up for this year’s Stereosonic playing among the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Axwell & Ingrosso and DJ Snake. They have undoubtedly killed it these past couple of years with the success of their singles “High”, “Take Me Over” and now with their new single “Say My Name”. We had a chat to Reuben about the origin of their name, David Hasselhoff and of course Stereosonic.

the AU interview: Tim Wheatley (Melbourne) talks Cast of Yesterday, revisiting his past and heading to the USA.

Long-haired Melbourne troubadour Tim Wheatley has just released his debut solo album Cast of Yesterday, delving into the past and unearthing touching sentimentality. On the cusp of launching the LP at The Grace Darling on August 30 (tickets here), Wheatley is preparing to wrap up his national dates and jet overseas to the USA. Taking a quick break from his busy life, he lets us in on his latest release and everything that comes with it.

Stumbled Upon #073 - Sasha McVeigh (Nashville, USA)

In our 73rd instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet the adorable and charming Sasha McVeigh from Nashville (by way of the UK), and chat about being a British country singer in the USA, Dolly Parton to Elvis and get a sneak peak at her latest track ‘Someone To Break My Heart’.

the AU interview: Zii (Zimbabwe via Melbourne) talks Faith, Collaborations and New Single 'Belief'

After the success of his first single “This is Afrika”, hip-hop artist Zii is back with a new single titled “Belief” featuring Natalie Ruiz. Having lived in Australia for just over 10 years, this new track expresses Zii’s journey which has been fueled by his faith. Click through to read our interview with Zii in full, where he discusses collaborations, plans for the future and more...

the AU interview: Brendan Lukens of Modern Baseball (Philadelphia) talks social media, higher education and more!

Editor's Update: Not long after posting this interview, the band announced they would be cancelling their Australian tour. However, the interview remains here for your enjoyment. Please just ignore the dates at the end.

Social media has provided a myriad of new opportunities for today's band; from Facebook to Twitter, we see the music industry constantly evolving through the instant connection brought by the Internet. Enter Modern Baseball - a band who fuse together the genres of emo and pop punk, containing infectious guitar hooks and emotive lyrics which tamper on subjects of love and heartache. The band have successfully garnered a loyal fanbase and founding member and primary vocalist, Brendan Lukens had a lot to say about the band’s current achievements when I spoke to him ahead of their upcoming Australian tour.

Stumbled Upon #072 - Monogram (Glasgow, UK)

In our 72nd instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Scottish rockers Monogram and chat about the summer festival circuit, How to Train Your Dragon and their release Anno.