As we come to the end of 2014, we've been talking to a lot of our favourite local and international artists about their year in music. Few have had bigger years than Bluejuice's Jake Stone, who has spent the last few months playing shows to bring his time in Bluejuice to an end (though Falls Festival is yet to come!). We spoke to Jake about it all on the ARIA red carpet...
the AU review sat down with Jason Mraz during his brief December 2014 Australian tour. In part one of the interview, Mraz talks about his experiences touring Australia, Asia and the world. He talks about sharing his "tools of transformation... to remind people that our thoughts, speech, actions and attitudes... that's what dictates our life experience".
Ahead of his return to Australia next month, playing Sugar Mountain, MONA FOMA, Sydney Festival and more, we caught up with Baltimore electronic artist (and one of the greatest live acts you'll ever see) Dan Deacon while he was in Hong Kong to play Clockenflap Festival. We get the latest on his much anticipated new album, reflect on his tour with Arcade Fire (and The Unicorns!) and much more...
Larry caught up with the Jagwar Ma boys in Hong Kong, which the boys said was “a perfect day for me playing a show with the band and then DJing at a party afterwards”. They’re winding out a massive year where they’ve played every notable festival in the world. When asked what was their highlight, they said “obviously playing Glastonbury and Coachella, but we were saying that Lollapalooza was the first festival I ever knew existed cause of the Simpsons”.
While Canadian singer-songwriter Adam Cohen was in Australia for a small promotional trip before his 10-date Australian tour in March, he popped by our office for an interview and a live AU Sessions performance. Speaking on his latest album We Go Home, how the album came together, and performing live, as well as the themes of legacy and family. Watch the two-part interview below.
Larry Heath talks to Stuart Braithwaite of iconic Scottish band Mogwai backstage at Clockenflap in Hong Kong to talk about their upcoming 20th anniversary, their experiences touring Asia, their year of touring Rave Tapes and their 2015 return to Australia - their first headline tour of our country in some six years...
Larry Heath talks to Raul Pacheco from Ozomatli about coming to Hong Kong for the first time and we reflect on their year of touring Place In the Sun, which included a jaunt in Australia that included the iconic Byron Bay Bluesfest.
On the red carpet at the 2014 ARIA Awards, Larry chats with the Fariss brothers of INXS about Melbourne rocker Dan Sultan before the man himself turns out for a nice little reunion! Sultan, a favourite with industry and the public alike, went on to win the Best Rock Album ARIA that night, after being up against the likes of Kingswood and Ball Park Music. He also performed a great rendition of his single "Under Your Skin" at the ceremony as part of the live program.
Larry Heath interviews The Raveonettes backstage at Clockenflap in Hong Kong to talk about their latest album PE'AHI, its "surprise release", recording the album (and living) in Los Angeles and we find out if they have any plans to come to Australia on this album cycle.
Photo: Perri Cassie
the AU review sits down with CHVRCHES backstage at Clockenflap in Hong Kong, they talk about Social Media management, the business of the band and the long running tour for their debut record coming to an end as they look ahead to writing and recording record number three.
While they were at Clockenflap in Hong Kong on Friday night, I sat down with Justin Hayward-Young and Árni Árnason of English group The Vaccines, who made waves and received accolades with their records What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? and Come of Age in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Yes, there was a while there that it felt like you couldn't go anywhere without hearing a Vaccines song. And on watching them perform in Hong Kong, it almost felt like a night of greatest hits! With a few new tracks thrown in for good measure (more on those in another article later...)
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.
While they were in Australia, we talked Hope and Cope with two parts of Manchester Orchestra, plus reflected on touring the UK with Kevin Devine and Bad Books, their Australian experiences and more. Filmed backstage at Melbourne's Corner Hotel before their second show at the venue.
Larry interviews Perth electro act KUČKA during the WAM Festival in Perth to talk about picking up three WA Music Awards, performing at WAM, being an 'experimental artist' and their experiences with the 'Unconditional' single and tour. KUČKA also talks about plans for their new EP.
Larry interviews Perth band Our Man in Berlin during the WAM Festival in Perth to talk about their performances at the festival, their EP is it right?, the eclectic Perth music scene, overseas interest and future plans...