"In some ways it's better to take the money from a brand (than a record label)... because you don't have to pay the money back". "We've done the whole having no money thing, and it's not romantic". "I'm not going to feel like a sell out until I've stopped driving my Mum's Yaris".
How do bands survive in today's digital age? What does it mean to "sell out"? A new 10 minute documentary - The Truth About Money in Music - from Director Dan Graetz has emerged this week, talking to Australian musicians asking them these very questions. The responses are honest and the short film that results is a much watch for anyone who appreciates music - and in particular, the plight of the everyday musician.
In an Australia and New Zealand exclusive, the AU review brings you music streaming provider Deezer's Session with Ed Sheeran performing the track "Sing". Ed Sheeran played a series of stripped back songs from his current album X for Deezer. These are raw, intimate and genuine sessions where artists perform stripped-down sets recorded in London and in Deezer’s own studio in Paris, and soon, in Asia! Some of the artists that has featured on Deezer Sessions include Lorde, Stromae, Phoenix and Franz Ferdinand.
Newcastle band Twin Lakes headed to Toronto for Canadian Music Week and have brought back this video that documents their adventures, travelling from Sydney, all the way to Toronto and back. The band will also be bringing you a more detailed look at their journey later in the week! But until then, enjoy this glimpse into the lives of a band on the road...
The long awaited debut album, Arecibo from Brisbane's rock quartet Forever the Optimist is out April 18, and they have a preview of the album to show off their massive sound. The preview video is premiering exclusively on the AU review. Forever The Optimist will tour the album in June 2014.
We ask the bands of Soundwave Festival 2014 if they can sum up the festival in one word. Here's what they had to say. This video features, in order in part one: Mastodon, John 5 from Rob Zombie, DARKC3LL, GWAR, Chris from Five Finger Death Punch, Dir En Grey, AFI, Mutemath, Deez Nuts, Filter, Mutemath (Again) and Boots Electric from Eagles of Death Metal. Part two follows...
the AU review sees Brisbane musician Jeremy Neale interview Ross from The John Steel Singers to talk about their upcoming co-headline tour, "The Boys Gone Wild" (the dates are below). They talk about Valentine's Day, He-Man, the tour, meeting each other at University and forgetting... and more! Feel free to call in and join the live conversation.
It was a bit of a "back to the old days" set as Passenger performed a FREE set today, back where he used to busk in Martin Place, when he was recording his record here in Australia. This special 25 minute set comes the night before he is to play in front of thousands of people (SOLD OUT at the Enmore Theatre). A selection of his tracks from his performance will be posted to this page as they are uploaded to our YouTube account. Enjoy!
the AU review challenges Nick and Paul from Franz Ferdinand to a quiz on some "fun facts" about Australia.
Gossling's brand new album Harvest of Gold is finally released tomorrow, and to celebrate (and anticipate), Helen has shared with us some exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the record, plus a brief interview about the process. Enjoy it below and make sure to grab the album when it's released in stores tomorrow, November 1st.
the AU review takes Melinda and Simon from Sydney duo The Falls to Allen's Boots in Austin, Texas on the last day of SXSW to try on some cowboy boots, new shirts and whatever else they find along the way...