In his first ever Australian interview, Atarah chats to the AU before his Lollapalooza debut to discuss the New York music scene, and who influences him as an artist... “It’s not what it used to be,” Atarah admits, talking of his experiences as an artist in New York. “At one point, New York had such a strong music culture, I think we’ve kind of lost our way a little bit but hopefully that’s going to turn around.” Things are turning around indeed for the emerging rock artist, having just recently announced a residency at Pianos nightclub in New York. “Rock music is dying big time in New York… [it] used to be New York’s strong suit.” Through this residency, Atarah hopes to connect with other artists within his community.
For Angus and Julia Stone, this has been a big touring year, with the band starting 2015 performing at Laneway Festival in Singapore. When we sat down with them at Lollapalooza, they discussed their future plans and defining moments. “We play a folk festival in Edmonton in Canada, and then we head to British Columbia for a show called Squamish… then we go to Outside Lands in San Francisco,” Julia says. The duo is also scheduled to tour with Fleetwood Mac later in the year. “A few small shows… it’s very exciting,” Julia adds. “What a year.”
When we catch up with Twin Peaks, they have just come off the Lollapalooza stage, and were feeling confident about their performance. “It felt really good,” vocalist Cadien James says. “We’ve been conditioned a bit… we’ve gotten to play festivals all over.” This list includes performances at Chicago’s Riotfest and Pitchfork Festival last year. “It’s pretty surreal because we’ve grown up knowing… how important it is to play [Lollapalooza]. I feel like I’m in a dream,” says bassist Jack Dolan. Despite their success, they still feel out of place at the Festival. Jack says, “We’re always going to be the outcasts a bit. Cadien agrees, saying, “I don’t want to be like a lot of these artists that play Lollapalooza… I think we’re one of the better acts. Not to toot our own horn.”
Two hours before they were set to hit the stage at Lollapalooza, we sat down with El Gusto and Luke Dubs of Hermitude to discuss their current tour, releasing their number one album, Dark Night Sweet Light, and their plans for the future. The pair are confident about their upcoming performance. “[We’re] feeling pretty good,” says El Gusto. “Pretty psyched,” adds Luke Dubs. “We’re slightly jet-lagged but we’re [going to] pull out the usual miracles that we do before we go on stage.” They’ve just come from performing at Osheaga Festival in Montreal, and say that despite many delays along the way, they’ve had a successful tour so far. “It was awesome… we had an amazing crowd. Just really great vibes, people jumping around, having a good time.” After several delayed flights, and a ten hour drive from Detroit to Montreal, the pair are relieved that they made it to the show. “It was brutal,” Luke says.
In his first ever Australian interview, while at The Great Escape in Brighton, the AU Review meets local musician Theo Verney, who chats about the appeal of unofficial shows, 'sneaking a bit of liquor into your life' and developing focus artistically. Curating songs has always been a hallmark of the maturing artist and with Theo's new EP Brain Disease, he speaks of perfectly placed high hats. He looks back on his history with The Great Escape and talks about bringing his new material to another level in the live environment. At one point in our video interview below, the soulful, psychedelic artist even jams out to "Super Freak" by Rick James.
In the two years since they were last in Australia, The River and the Road have been refining their new album, touring all over Canada from Halifax to Vancouver twice and planning another Australian tour. Cross pollination in the studio lends itself to a tighter live act and plenty to look forward to... now they've finally escaped winter. Larry caught up with Andrew Phelan from the group while at Canadian Music Week to talk about it all.
Byron Bay outfit Skegss sat down with us while at The Aussie BBQ during Canadian Music Week to chat all things college parties, not caring about Blur and finding long lost motivation. With an EP recorded in the wake of an intrusion to their stay at Converse Studios New York, the boys are keen to kick back for a while and start touring again in a few months.
Photo Credit: Steve Dykes Photography
the AU review sat down with Jason Kerrison at Singapore Music Matters to chat about the challenges of playing to J-Pop crowds with a sweating guitar, releasing music outside the major label cycle and shaking up how he performs.
Larry Heath from the AU review sits down with Ben Lee while in Canada to discuss his brand new, star-studded Mixtape, aptly titled A Mixtape From Ben Lee, and in the works for more than a decade. On the project's origins, Lee says: "The project started when I was 20, that's almost seventeen years ago... It was quite egoic how it started, I was going to show off that I could write great songs, and write in different styles - so I had this idea of writing different songs and getting different singers to sing..." However, over the years, Lee's goals changed, "I really lost interest in that motivation, that time in my life of needing to prove this point disappeared." Click through for the full interview.
Back in January, we presented a special video featuring the team behind the Sydney Festival production Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor and now, with the show popping up all over the world, including at the upcoming Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee later this month, we thought we'd bring you the FULL interview, unseen until now, of LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney who talks more about how the show all came to be...