Interviews

Interview: The Jungle Giants’ Sam Hales: A Major Life Remix & His Livestreaming Show

May 31, 2020

Cancelled gigs, social distancing and a deeper focus on technology are the reality of many artists right now. We had a chat with Sam Hales from The Jungle Giants about life after COVID-19 and his recent live streaming show. The Jungle Giants are known for their tours: it feels like there’s always another one around […]

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Interview: Runaway Belles on lockdown, livestreams, and latest single “The Weekend”

May 26, 2020

Performers and housemates Tash Parker and Emma Angelesy have joined forces to create Runaway Belles. Fresh off the release of their first single, “The Weekend“, and a series of weekly livestream performances, we caught up with the Tasmanian folk duo to find out more! Firstly, thanks for your time girls! Pleasure! Thanks for having us. […]

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KIAN

Interview: KIAN (AUS) on “Every Hour”, turning 18 and growing as a musician

May 16, 2020

It’s been a full year since The AU Review caught up with KIAN, when the then 16-year-old dropped his debut EP BLISS. Since its release, KIAN has ticked off phenomenal milestones musicians decades his senior are waiting to achieve: he played Splendour in the Grass and Spin Off Festival, toured the UK and Europe with Conan Gray, travelled […]

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Interview: Steve Smyth on recording his latest EP Blood in a church, and life in lockdown in Spain

May 15, 2020

Steve Smyth is arguably one of Australia’s most talented singer-songwriters. These days Steve calls Barcelona home, and with Spain being one of the worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,  his lock-down conditions have been more stringent than most. I caught up with Steve a couple of weeks ago, as he was releasing “Yours Sincerely”, a […]

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Interview: Diet Cig (New York) on quarantine dreams, double denim and why streaming services needs to step up

April 28, 2020

While many bands are postponing their releases,  New York duo Diet Cig are delivering us a gem of a record in Do You Wonder About Me? this Friday. I caught up with the band over the phone last week to chat about releasing the album in these difficult times, and how they’ve leveled up in […]

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Interview: Max Lawrence introduces us to his new single “Gasoline” and talks about isolation during these bizarre times

April 21, 2020

Melbourne musician Max Lawrence has a new single called “Gasoline” which is out now via online streaming. His music embodies passionate vocals infused with a smidge of electronic and dance music, but still maintaining those chamber pop credentials we’ve grown to love. I’m curious to watch and hear Max Lawrence’s music progression. I hope he […]

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Birds of Tokyo

Interview: Ian Kenny of Birds of Tokyo (AUS) on their new album Human Design, isolating and healing his heart.

April 21, 2020

Birds of Tokyo have been a staple rock band in the Australian music landscape since their formation in 2004. In fact, they’re one of Triple J‘s three most played artists of the millennium, with over 70 of their songs featuring on the station’s rotation. It’s safe to say, our country loves anything this Perth outfit […]

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Interview: Jake Webb talks about the new Methyl Ethel EP Hurts to Laugh

April 12, 2020

A five-piece band with Jake Webb in the middle, Methyl Ethel are known for making music that is both alien and familiar, intimate yet unknown. Amidst all the uncertainty we’re experiencing, we can be certain of one thing: that their new EP, Hurts to Laugh, will explore feeling and emotion in a way that intertwines […]

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Interview: Adelaide via New York City artist Tom West joins our New Colossus showcase lineup

March 11, 2020

This Friday, we’re taking to New York City for our special showcase at The New Colossus Festival. In the wake of the SXSW cancellation, that’s sadly meant one of the acts due to perform at the festival – Singapore’s The Pinholes – have sadly had to pull out. Lucky for us though, Tom West and […]

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In The Grand Scheme

Interview: Michael Dunstan (AUS) talks In The Grand Scheme, mental health and touring

March 4, 2020

WA singer-songwriter Michael Dunstan is currently on his way to South Australia, driving across the Nullarbor. He’s a handful of dates into his three month national tour in support of his debut album In The Grand Scheme. Released last week, the album is a fourteen track journey of mindfulness, good vibes and beautiful songwriting.  We […]

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Interview: Wolfjay talks about their origins and New York City debut ahead of The New Colossus

March 3, 2020

Wolfjay is a non-binary artist/creator/human, currently a local in Melbourne, Australia, and one of the acts playing our special showcase at The New Colossus festival in New York City next month, alongside Jaguar Jonze, Knife Wife, Safer, Tia Gostelow, Singapore outfit The Pinholes and more! While catching up with them we were able to have […]

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Interview: Jaguar Jonze talks about her first North American tour ahead of The New Colossus & SXSW

March 2, 2020

Fresh from participating in Eurovision: Australia Decides, we caught up with Brisbane-based artist Jaguar Jonze, as well as the three guys in her band – Joe, Jacob and Aidan – while they were on tour in Melbourne. Jaguar Jonze is one of the acts playing our special showcase at The New Colossus Festival in New […]

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Interview: Jeremy Neale pushes through the rat race with sophomore solo album We Were Trying To Make It Out?

February 28, 2020

Balancing upon a pair of crutches, Jeremy Neale hobbled down Brisbane’s Brunswick Street towards the city’s iconic Ric’s Bar. The Brisbane singer-songwriter had just played Sydney to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his 12-piece supergroup Velociraptor, but the excitement of the show has now left him with a leg tightly wrapped in bandages. “It was […]

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Interview: Tia Gostelow on her upcoming New York City adventures and the Brisbane music scene

February 20, 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 Brisbane based artist Tia Gostelow. Ahead of the show, we caught […]

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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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