Interviews

Interview: Famie of The Pinholes (Singapore) on the Singapura scene, new music and The New Colossus

February 14, 2020

We caught up with Famie, who fronts a rock n roll quartet from Singapore called The Pinholes. They’re one of the acts playing our special showcase at The New Colossus Festival in New York City next month, alongside Tia Gostelow, Wolfjay, Knife Wife, Safer and more! Tell us a little bit about how The Pinholes […]

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Interview: Mattie Safer (NYC) introduces us to his new project “Safer” ahead of The New Colossus

February 13, 2020

Next month, the AU review will be returning to New York for our first party in the city since 2015, as we partner with The New Colossus Festival to showcase a few of our favourite emerging acts from around the world. Among them is New York City local Mattie Safer, a former member of The […]

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Moon Duo

Interview: Moon Duo (USA) talk Stars Are The Light and bringing the Lightship to Australia

February 3, 2020

Last September saw American psych synth rockers Moon Duo release Stars Are The Light. For their seventh album, the duo moved into new territory, drawing influence from the world of disco. This week the band bring the record down to Australia. Kicking off on February 9th in Hobart the tour will take in the East […]

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Interview: Milky Chance (DEU) on TikTok, the German language and gardening.

January 17, 2020

German duo Milky Chance have spent their festive season touring Australia off the back of Falls Festival. Hailing from Kassel, Philipp Dausch and Clemens Rehbein are a long way from home, yet their fanbase here sees their shows sold-out and in high demand. The band recently released their third studio album Mind the Moon, featuring artists […]

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Interview: YUNGBLUD (UK) on uniting fans, romantic gestures and a special Australian release.

January 9, 2020

Dom Harrison, or YUNGBLUD, is a raucous 22-year-old from Doncaster who exudes restless passion – he literally cannot sit still when talking about his fans or his music. Speaking to Dom, it’s instantly striking that he genuinely just wants to connect. He has no time for stats or materialistic achievements: building a community is paramount […]

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Interview: Tyde Levi (AUS) on “Flying So Far”, touring with Troye Sivan and Hanukkah.

December 10, 2019

You might have come across Tyde Levi as “Troye Sivan’s younger brother” – a distinguisher synonymously attached to most of Tyde’s work. However, that tagline is quickly becoming irrelevant as he solidifies himself as his own accomplished artist, having released a handful of alt-RnB tracks with a cumulation of over 2 million streams on Spotify. His […]

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Why David Byrne’s American Utopia is unlike anything Broadway has ever seen

November 20, 2019

I’ve always loved the theatricality of music; that indescribable feeling it can provided when presented with a bit of bombastic flair. But I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a production bring so much life to its soundtrack, as David Byrne has achieved  with his American Utopia show – which is currently enjoying a 16 […]

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Interview: Okilly Dokilly’s Head Ned talks 2020 tour and travel advice from The Simpsons

November 19, 2019

These hidden musicians started in 2015, and have only gained in popularity since first donning a polo, sweater and a home-grown moustache to become Ned Flanders. Ahead of their Australian and New Zealand tour early next year, we got a chance to speak with the mysterious Head Ned, the unknown assailant and mastermind behind Simpscene Nedal band […]

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Interview: KLP (AUS) on her debut LP Giver, pregnancy inspiration, and drag racing

November 18, 2019

You might know KLP from many places: she was your Saturday night ‘House Party’ host on Triple J from 2015 to 2018, before wrapping up to start her journey into motherhood. She’s also performed at all of Australia’s biggest festivals from Splendour to Falls, and has featured on tracks by the likes of Slumberjack, What So Not, Skrillex […]

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Interview: Ripley Anderson talks about his new album Vitamin D, touring with Hilltop Hoods

November 13, 2019

Ripley Anderson is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Joe Braithwaite, whose career to date has included singing with the Hilltop Hoods, countless national tours and supporting major international acts. This latest project explores the craft of simple song writing, combining it with a journey of discovery of new production techniques in an era of home studios. […]

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Interview: Sneaky Sound System (AUS) on where they’ve been, crazy festivals and the Australian EDM scene.

November 12, 2019

Almost every Australian has heard of the iconic EDM duo Sneaky Sound System. From their radio-thrashed 2006 hit ‘UFO’ to their more recent singles ‘We Belong’ and ‘Can’t Help the Way That I Feel’, there’s a song that’s defined the dance floor for everyone. 2019 has seen Sneaky Sound System as a festival staple on lineups, bringing back […]

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Interview: Hermitude (AUS) on Pollyanarchy, their Aus tour and funk.

November 12, 2019

Hailing from the Blue Mountains, Luke Dubber (Luke Dubs) and Angus Stuart (El Gusto) make up the iconic Australian electronic duo Hermitude. The pair soared to the top of the ARIA charts with their last studio album, Dark Night Sweet Light, back in 2015 and have now followed it up with an equally impressive body of work Pollyanarchy. With […]

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Interview: Bag Raiders (AUS) on Horizons, collaborating with artists and NYE In The Park.

November 3, 2019

Bag Raiders are back! After releasing their first studio album in close to 10 years, the electronic duo from Sydney is in full throttle. Having found a second wave of global fame through soundtracking a staple meme with their hit ‘Shooting Stars’, there’s a new wave of fans following their music careers. And that’s becoming apparent […]

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Interview: Fergus James (AUS) on his debut EP All Of The Colours, Justin Timberlake and career highlights.

November 1, 2019

Fergus James has more accolades under his belt than your average twenty-year-old. Nay, more than most above-average twenty-year-old. From opening Ed Sheeran‘s stadium tour to thousands of Australians, touring with Meg Mac, nabbing the Triple J Unearthed spot on this year’s Splendour In The Grass lineup to having over ten million Spotify streams over three tracks; […]

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Interview: Crooked Colours (AUS) on NYE In The Park, touring the States and their band’s name.

October 29, 2019

Perth trio Crooked Colours have been topping the ARIA Australian Dance charts with their sophomore album Langata, which they released earlier this year. Phil Slabber, Leon Debaughn and Liam Merrett-Park have developed a must-see live show, from originally playing house parties to recently packing out Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival with an audience of thousands. Having just touched down […]

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Interview: James Graham of The Twilight Sad (SCO) opens up on new album It Won/t Be Like This All The Time

October 24, 2019

It’s a Monday morning in Glasgow, Scotland and James Graham is professing the positives of new fatherhood. “I love it,” he drawls in his thick Scottish accent, “I have an excuse now when I don’t want to go out. I can sit in the house and watch films and have a drink in the house […]

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Clear Tears and Polly and the Pockets talk about the new compilation from Melbourne’s Tremorverse Records

October 23, 2019

Indie Melbourne record label Tremorverse put out their second compilation album last week, Tremorverse Two, showcasing new and emerging artists across all genres. We caught up with two acts who feature on the album – Polly and the Pockets and Clear Tear – to learn more about their projects, and the compilation. Then scroll through to […]

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Interview: Thelma Plum on her debut album Better In Blak, Paul Kelly and her six ARIA nominations.

October 18, 2019

Thelma Plum is up for six ARIA nominations off the back of her debut studio album Better In Blak. With nominations including Best Album of the Year, Best Female Artist, Breakthrough Artist and Best Pop Release, Thelma is planted firmly into Australian music’s biggest awards night. We caught up with her to chat about her album […]

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Interviews: Watch Ruel, Vera Blue and Spacey Jane at Yours & Owls Festival

October 15, 2019

Earlier this month Yours & Owls Festival brought some of Australia’s finest musicians to North Wollongong for a two-day event that showcased some serious established and up-and-coming talent. Amongst those were sixteen year old pop phenomenon Ruel, the ethereal Vera Blue and the newest kids on the big block Spacey Jane. Having just finished his […]

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Interview: Olympia talks about bringing Flamingo to Europe, playing David Lynch’s Silencio Bar and her love of film

October 10, 2019

While at the annual Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany last month, we sat down with Australian artist Olympia to talk about her new album Flamingo, taking it on the road to Europe, while playing iconic venues like Amsterdam’s Paradiso and David Lynch’s Silencio Bar in Paris. As you do. She also talks about her love of […]

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Interview: Steph Grace on what it means to be an Australian Musician living in Berlin

October 9, 2019

Australian musician Steph Grace has made the move to Berlin, and we find out what that’s meant for her career – playing shows in Europe with artists like Passenger, and now playing The Aussie BBQ in Reeperbahn, where we filmed the interview. We talk about her latest single “As Far As I Can Go” and […]

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Interview: DOBBY talks about bringing Indigenous hip hop to Europe at Reeperbahn 2019

October 7, 2019

We sat backstage at The Aussie BBQ in Hamburg, Germany last month with Australia’s up-and-coming Indigenous hip hop artist DOBBY to talk about his time in Europe in 2019 and bringing his unique brand of Indigenous Hip Hop to Europe. This is not the first time the talented musician has been to Europe this year, […]

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Interview: Press Club’s Natalie Foster reflects on her European injury while at Reeperbahn; talks the “joy” of Wasted Energy

October 2, 2019

Last month, Melbourne rockers Press Club were travelling around Europe, and lead singer Natalie Foster suffered an injury during their set. They powered through – but by the end of the tour, the hardened musician was forced to cancel the band’s final show of their European tour, in the city of Groningen, Netherlands. We sat […]

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Interview: Melbourne band Creature Fear on where it all began and their brand new track “Makeup”

October 2, 2019

With an infectious sound that is bound to make you move, eclectic indie-rock band Creature Fear are back with a brand new single full of their bright signature sound and theatrical fun. Their second track for 2019, “Makeup” is a song about finally releasing all inhibitions and being yourself, whoever that might be. Having shared […]

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Interview: Brisbane songstress Austen talks us through debut EP Passenger Seat

October 1, 2019

Singer-songwriter Austen just dropped her debut EP, Passenger Seat, and it’s an absolute dream! We were lucky enough to grab five minutes with the Brisbane artist, just before she heads out on tour with Love Fame Tragedy next week. First of all, congrats on the EP release! How does it feel to have your debut […]

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Interview: Winterbourne on touring Europe, their debut Echo of Youth and tips for bands playing industry festivals like Reeperbahn

October 1, 2019

Hot off the heels of the release of their debut album Echo of Youth, we sat backstage at The Aussie BBQ during Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Germany with Aussie group Winterbourne. The band are currently touring Europe in support of the album, ahead of their Australian tour later in the month. In part one of the […]

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Interview: Mid City talk about playing “buzzy” Germany for the first time at Reeperbahn & “Fake Friends Forever”

September 30, 2019

Australia was the focus country at this year’s Reeperbahn Festival and along with it came a slew of big name and emerging acts from around the country – most heading to play Germany and the event for the first time. Among them were Melbohrne’s Mid City, who joined us backstage at The Aussie BBQ, held […]

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Interview: Icona Pop (SWE) on “Next Mistake”, Sweden’s music scene and coming to Australia

September 19, 2019

Icona Pop should really be renamed to Iconic Pop considering the instant, “Oh I love those guys!” you hear upon mentioning their name. The Swedish duo reached global pop domination with their 2012 tune ‘I Love It’ and despite years passing since its release, the song continues to be on high-rotation at club nights and […]

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Interview: Dear Seattle (AUS) on Beer InCider Festival, graphic design and creating their sophomore album.

September 16, 2019

Sydney’s Dear Seattle are beaming on Australia’s alt-rock radar. However, the band recently broadened their talents as ‘cicerones’, as they gear up to launch their limited brew, Beer Seattle, at Beer InCider Festival later this month. Having had a pretty exciting year of releases and festivals, the buzz doesn’t seem to be winding down any […]

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Interview: Thundamentals (AUS) on a unique listening experience and Beer InCider Festival.

September 13, 2019

Thundamentals are true to their name; they’re fundamentally mental in the best of ways. Not only do they hustle out a relentless stream of tunes that absolutely slap, they’re always rearranging songs for a live set, collaborating with equally as talented artists or working on their own side projects. They simply never stop and quite frankly, […]

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