Interviews

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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Interview: RÜFÜS DU SOL talk Solace Remixed and playing to tens of thousands of fans in America

September 5, 2019

If you haven’t been paying much attention, the news that RÜFÜS DU SOL (FKA RÜFÜS) are about to play two sold out nights at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, may surprise you. Indeed, the Sydney trio who have spent nearly a decade making a name for themselves have grown up from the small clubs […]

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Singapore at BIGSOUND: Get to know .gif, Caracal and Lincoln Lim

September 2, 2019

Throw post-hardcore into the same show as indie-folk and dark electronica, and you might have a very confused crowd. That is, unless you’re at a showcase event like BIGSOUND, where the Australian music industry completely gives themselves over to a few days of discovery, sifting through live music both homegrown and international. That kind of […]

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Interview: Harrison Storm on breakup songs and dream gigs

September 1, 2019

We caught up with Harrison Storm during his sound-check at The Vanguard prior to the last gig on his national tour. For those of you not familiar with him, Harrison is a folk singer hailing from the Mornington Peninsular in Victoria and has just released his new EP, Falling Down. Hey Harrison, thanks for your […]

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Interview: Montaigne (AUS) on her sophomore album Complex, burn out & self-actualisation.

August 26, 2019

With some of the themes that Montaigne portrays lyrically, it is hard to believe this Sydney singer is just twenty three years old. Then once you hear how in touch she is with her sense of self, the world around her and educating others and you’ll instantly be in awe. After finding roaring success with her […]

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A Falls Festival veteran gives his pro tips to a first timer for 2019/2020

August 14, 2019

Falls Festival dropped an incredible line-up for their 2019/2020 New Years celebration last week, which started a discussion between two writers here at the AU review.  I’m Tait, I’m 22-years-old and have never been to Falls Festival, but this year is looking to be my first. I used to be a Brisbanite so my New […]

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Interview: Lance Ferguson (Aus) talks about The Bamboos upcoming album

July 31, 2019

Last week AU writer Meredith McLean got the chance to interview the ever-smiling, vivacious and warm Lance Ferguson of The Bamboos. Coming up to a solid 20 year run as a band in 2020, an achievement for any group of musicians, Ferguson was excited to share his vision of the album and the exciting tours […]

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Interview: Humans As Animals (Melbourne)

July 25, 2019

Lillian chats with the local and amazingly talented lads/musicians of Humans as Animals. The band have been performing together around Melbourne for six years and are about to release a 4-part epic-funk opera that incorporates a character called Bilack. Their debut EP Eukaria’s release is just around the corner, August 1st, and we chatted to […]

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Splendour Interview: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (AUS) on performing at festivals, mushrooms and Shannon Noll

July 25, 2019

Hailing from Perth (but really the UK), the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are just as wild as their name suggests. We got to catch up with Jack McEwan, Luke Reynolds, Luke Parish, Chris Young and Danny Caddy ahead of their Splendour In The Grass performance to chat about their latest single, “Hymn For A Droid”, and a whole […]

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Splendour Interview: Meg Mac (AUS) on her SITG surprises, Hope and collaborating

July 21, 2019

Meg Mac drew one of the largest crowds to the G.W. McLennan tent at Splendour In The Grass: Day One (check out our review: HERE) Dressed in all-white with her now iconic wide-brimmed hat, her sun-down performance echoed around the festival as she played her tracks from the early days to now. We got the chance […]

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Splendour Interview: Odette (AUS) on her SITG debut, poetry and James Blake

July 21, 2019

Odette is an ephemeral angel, quite frankly. Both in performance and in person. Her debut Splendour performance was just that, with transcending lighting states and dance moves that sent the crowd to another planet. Currently on-site at Splendour, The AU Review chatted to her ahead of her set to see how those debut-nerves are doing. […]

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Splendour Interview: KAIIT (AUS) on her SITG debut, manifesting and thrift shopping

July 20, 2019

KAIIT is a 21-year-old R&B protegé currently based in Melbourne, but making some serious waves across the nation. Her debut EP Live From Her Room has garnered her an incredible amount of attention and even landed her the Unpublished award at the 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition. At such a young age, this performer appears well […]

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Interview: Arno Faraji (AUS) on lessons learned, debut headline tour, and bucketlist gigs

July 17, 2019

Though he’s been on the road the likes of Rejjie Snow and Tkay Maidza, young Australian artist Arno Faraji is yet to head out on his own headline tour. That’s all going to change in a matter of weeks, as the 18 year old rapper and multi-instrumentalist from Perth kicks off a string of performances […]

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Interview: Ocean Alley (AUS) on “Infinity”, their humble beginnings and Spin Off Festival.

July 4, 2019

It’s bold to say, but 2019 is the year of Ocean Alley. Coming off the back of their Triple J Hottest 100 2018 win with their hit “Confidence”, this psychedelic surf rock band from Sydney’s Northern Beaches has seen exponential growth and their latest material is there to back it up. Ocean Alley is currently in […]

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Pickathon festival founder Zale Schoenborn on the importance of the “irrational approach” and Julia Jacklin’s greatness

June 27, 2019

Coming of age this year is the Oregon festival Pickathon – one of North America’s most respected boutique festivals. Set in the mountains outside of Portland, the event has made a name for itself by maintaining a low capacity, a trend towards artist discovery, celebrating unique design and putting a focus on sustainability in a […]

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CXLOE (AUS) on her latest single “Low Blow”, the L.A. lifestyle and her debut album.

June 27, 2019

CXLOE hails from Sydney’s northern beaches, but has been making waves well beyond those shores. She broke into the pop market with her debut single “Tough Love” in 2017 and solidified herself as an artist not to mess with when she followed it up with hits “Monster” and “Show You”. Her tracks regularly spin on Triple J, […]

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Two Door Cinema Club (UK) on False Alarm, the band’s longevity and festivals around the world

June 25, 2019

This three-piece indie-rock band hailing from Northern Ireland has been a driving force in the music world since their formation in 2007. Their songs, such as “What You Know” and “Something Good Can Work”, have defined over a decade of the UK indie scene, and their latest album False Alarm is no exception. Two Door Cinema Club is […]

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Interview: Kim Churchill (AUS) on producing four EPs, making mistakes, and taking a creative journey across the globe

June 24, 2019

Allowing yourself to make mistakes and enjoy the creative journey is crucial to any approach, especially in a creative medium. Visioning what it means to grow from experiences, Aussie singer & songwriter Kim Churchill is developing his creative muse across the globe. I AM, Churchill’s newest project, was birthed across the Indian Ocean, in Berlin. […]

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Interview: Tyne-James Organ (AUS) on his latest single, teasing his EP and his influences.

June 18, 2019

Tyne-James Organ is a Wollongong singer-songwriter who YouTube named as one of their ten ‘Artists To Watch’ for 2019. And rightfully so – this 22-year-old has been making waves online, amassing an impressive YouTube following from uploading stunning covers and collaborating with musicians Allday and Mallrat to name a few. Currently touring around the nation in […]

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Interview: Hatchie (AUS) on her upcoming album Keepsake, female friendships and writing sad songs

June 16, 2019

Brisbane singer-songwriter Hatchie released her debut EP Sugar & Spice in 2018 and is already back to follow it up with her debut album Keepsake, which is set for release on June 21st. Having just completed a string of sold-out tour dates along the Australian East Coast and with a whole slew of European and US gigs lined-up, it’s safe to […]

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Interview: LANY (USA) on Malibu Nights, their world tour and heartbreak

June 11, 2019

American indie-pop sensations LANY are heading to Australian and New Zealand shores next month as part of their mammoth Malibu Nights tour. Spanning 80+ dates from Russia to Indonesia, this three-piece band are enjoying a non-stop year touring their highly successful sophomore album and we can’t wait to see them in July. We stole a couple of minutes of […]

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Interview: The Gooch Palms’ Kat Friend talks cracking the US, the power of III, and… UFOs?

June 11, 2019

Aussie duo The Gooch Palms are spending a lot of time in America these days, so it’s little surprise their latest album III was released just in time for summer in the USA. Containing a slew of the fuzzy, fun party tracks we’ve come to expect from the Goochies, it’s the perfect summer road trip […]

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Interview: Mansionair (AUS) on their Australian tour, Shadowboxer and touring with Carly Rae Jepsen

June 5, 2019

Mansionair cracked the music market with their song ‘Hold Me Down’ in 2015 but took a few years to treat fans their debut album Shadowboxer. Now currently touring the album globally and penning the next, this Grammy-nominated Sydney-born indie electronic trio are only a few steps away from world domination. We got the chance to catch […]

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Interview: Jack Gray (AUS) on his debut EP Nights Like This, his bromance with Dean Lewis and Mackay

May 30, 2019

Hailing from Mackay, Jack Gray is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter about to drop his first EP Nights Like This. This entirely self-produced body of work is a testament to his talent as a multi-instrumentalist with a voice that would slot right into a track from The 1975. With a nostalgia-driven combination of electronic production and a […]

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Why Vanfest sets the bar high for regional festivals

May 28, 2019

Vanfest has drawn to a close for another year, proving itself as one of the best regional festivals Australia has to offer. Taking place in Forbes, a five-hour drive west of Sydney, the festival is a hike to get to but well worth the effort. This year, the line-up included some of Australia’s finest talent […]

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