Thursday, November 30, 2017

To LA and back || Shelley Segal


Following the official launch of Somebody Like You last night, Shelley Segal is back in Australia after a stint in America perfecting her craft. In light of all the same-sex marriage debate continuing, her latest track is a punchy take on a love disallowed. A wealth of support, the song details Segal's own struggle with a past relationship that ceased due to religious conflicts. While heavy in topic, this is ultimately a message of hope that things will get better. Segal, though, explains it all best, that love, acceptance and forgiveness are choices and Somebody Like You is a song you should add to your playlists for summer.

It’s been a few years since you last stopped by the site, fill us in! How’s 2017 treated you so far?
Thanks for having me back. I'm really excited to be sharing this new tune. It's been a big year so far. Last year I moved to the US and this year has been spent getting really stuck into things here. I've opened my label and publishing company in the US and been working hard on the business side of things! Not to leave the creative world behind though: I've spent almost all of February, April, July, August, September and October playing shows out on the road! I've played around the UK and the US - through California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Wyoming, Florida, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, New York and Tennessee!

I've recorded music for an Emmy award winning webseries - Venice: The Series. I've been writing and collaborating with so many different artists and writers here in the states and had my music recorded by international artists. I've built my own home studio especially for a subscription service I've been working on through Patreon, 
where I upload new music and videos to my fans each month! I've been flat out and loving it!

You’ve been in the States for over a year now, how has the move changed your music?
I feel that the US really suits my style so I haven't had to change much about what I do. The biggest change for me has come through a lot of collaboration really. In LA everyone wants to collaborate - to grow their body of work and to expand their networks so you are writing with new people all the time. That's been a new experience for me that I've really cherished. Working with different people allows me to open up in a way that I might not have allowed when I'm writing on my own. I've been able to go in different directions when writing for others than I would have gone for myself. I've learnt different approaches to writing from seeing so many different approaches from other writers. A lot of growth for my writing this year for sure. Also I have had a bit of country influence as well! So much time spent on the road in the south listening to country radio stations has started to seep through.

Besides the music, what do you love most about Los Angeles that Australia doesn’t offer?
Los Angeles is so huge. The opportunity and drive for collaboration is something really different than what I experienced at home. The population size makes a massive difference. You can find whatever it is that you love, that you're into and there will be a huge scene, a whole group of people here that are into it too. The population of the US means you are able to tour and keep touring in ways that wouldn't be possible at home.

Your latest track Somebody Like You is rockier and more rugged than some of your other tracks, is this a direction you’re looking to explore more?
Yes. I think it really suits this song and my upcoming EP really explores this sound. I've always loved rockier elements with folk - my biggest influences/musical heros growing up were Ani Difranco and Alanis Morisette and they both really explore the rock genre in their music. I think a big part of the sound is this being my first ever band record. My past projects have focused on having my guitar/vocals as the centre, often playing solo or with session musicians but this was the first record where I actually recorded it with my band that I had been playing and touring with for several years. It's been really hard to leave them, I miss playing with them a lot but it's great to have this record of the time that we shared together. 

Considering everything happening in Australia regarding same-sex marriage, it’s a poignant take on love that causes family rifts. How do you feel about sharing something so heartbreaking with the world?
I'm so grateful for the result. It's something people have been waiting their whole lives for. I'm proud that we got there with the numbers although disappointed that we were ever able to hold a vote on equal rights in the first place.
I am glad to be able to share my story and my music. Self expression through my songs is really consolidating and cathartic for me. It's empowering to be able to share these things and very rewarding to get a response - to feel it resonate with others and express something for them is the most I can ever hope for with my music.


How has your family reacted to the song?
My immediate family are fine with the song. It's been quite a few years for us now and we have been able to get past that difficult time, for which I consider myself very lucky. I know that for a lot of people who go against their family's wishes or traditions it can often end in permanent separation so I'm incredibly grateful for the support and love of my family. I'm proud of their growth and acceptance. 

Lastly, for anyone who is going through something similar to your own experience, what would you want to let them know?
I would want to let them know that it gets better. You are not alone! Look for support online- there are support groups for people who are leaving their religions, online and also locally based. There is a peer support Recovering From Religion hotline; it's US based but they have an online chat option as well. Talking to people who have been through similar experiences can be a huge help. Therapists/social workers can provide support and strategies to deal with the hurt and stress and help locate further support services. I've spoken to some people for whom coming out about relationships or about questioning their faith to families has put them in danger so please put your safety first. No one should be able to tell who you can love and how you can love, or what you should believe but as a dependent young person you might need to keep things from your family until you have other options for shelter and support. If you are struggling to find somewhere to live or are experiencing financial, mental health or other difficulties visit reachout.com.au.*

THU 4 JAN | CALLY HOTEL, WARRNAMBOOL, VIC | 18+ | Free Entry 8-11pm
FRI 12 JAN | PAYNESVILLE WINE BAR, PAYNESVILLE, VIC | 18+ | Tix at the door 7-10pm


*You can find further, state-based LGBT+ support at Reach Out, by calling the Gay and Leasbian Switchboard on 1800 184 527 or by visiting www.minus18.org.au 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

MAYA || What We Are Worth


The ever lovely MAYA is back on the the blog this week, and it's been non-stop work since she last stopped by. Recently dropping her seductive second single for the year, What We Are Worth, this girl just keeps on getting better. You've seen the photo of her above, and I promise, her music is just as captivating as those curls.

Growing into herself as a pop soul artist, What We Are Worth is the product of MAYA's own questions to the universe and putting down her answers without apology. "It's a song about yourself and the earth we live in," explains MAYA of her desire to inspire people in reassessing their impact on life.

Having gained invaluable experience through a 2017 spent split between Los Angeles, New York City and her hometown of Melbourne, MAYA is back in Australia in time for the official launch of What We Are Worth. Those in attendance are the lucky ones that will witness what is undoubtedly a special night on the music calendar.

"People can expect some serious euphoric dancing and soul-searching."


MAYA ‘WHAT WE ARE WORTH’ LAUNCH SHOWS

THUR NOVEMBER 30 | FERDYDURKE, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+

FRI DECEMBER 1 | THE NIGHT CAT, FITZROY VIC | 18+
Tickets available from www.thenightcat.com.au

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sarah McLeod || Rocky Diner Tour


Sarah McLeod is one seriously busy lady. The ARIA award-winner is in the midst of her Rocky Diner Tour, hitting Australia in nearly every place possible. McLeod's self-confessed "short attention span" is perhaps the reason fans have been waiting, patiently, twelve years for this latest solo record. But with time comes the obvious growth that is showcased on Rocky's Diner. "With every song I write I learn so much more, it's like I teach myself as I go.  It feels like I learn something new every day, which is really strange at my age. This record was a really big step in a good direction for me."

Plucking her studio hideout straight from Craigslist was a gamble that paid off. It was there, holed up in New York City, that the new album took shape. "I needed to write it all in one hit," explains McLeod. Her self-established isolation opened the musical floodgates and crafted Rocky's demo tapes. The love is evident in her tracks, with McLeod enthusing, "I'm so glad I took the care with the lyrics. I'm feeling every word".

While it's been a long time between drinks for her solo career, McLeod hasn't been sitting around in bed socks watching the world pass her by. Her band The Superjesus, and reason for her ARIA win, released singles in 2015 and the Love and Violence EP hit listeners in August 2016. Always experimenting and honing her craft, Mcleod surprised her audience with a light dose of EDM in songs He Doesn't Love You and Hurricane. Alongside her bandmates, she was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame earlier this year. It's all in a day's work for this homegrown talent.

McLeod is currently on the road, alongside her beloved dog Chachi, playing as many stops as possible. While it's been a long time coming, McLeod is ode to why growing up doesn't mean stepping out. After all, talent like hers never goes out of style.

SARAH MCLEOD ROCKY’S DINER TOUR - UPCOMING DATES

FRI 3 NOV | WARATAH HOTEL, HOBART, TAS | 18+
Tickets available from http://sarahmcleod.oztix.com.au/ | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 4 NOV | CLUB 54, LAUNCESTON, TAS | 18+

Tickets available from http://sarahmcleod.oztix.com.au/ | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SUN 5 NOV | JIVE, ADELAIDE, SA | 18+
Tickets available from http://sarahmcleod.oztix.com.au/ | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

WED 29 NOV | THE CURTIN, MELBOURNE, VIC | 18+
Tickets available from http://sarahmcleod.oztix.com.au/ | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

THURS 30 NOV | THE BASEMENT, CANBERRA, ACT | 18+
Tickets available from http://sarahmcleod.oztix.com.au/ | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 2 DEC | THE FOUNDRY, BRISBANE, QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://sarahmcleod.oztix.com.au/ | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

THURS 7 DEC | THE HEN HOUSE, BADLANDS BAR, PERTH, WA | 18+
Tickets available from http://sarahmcleod.oztix.com.au/ | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 8 DEC | THE ODD FELLOW, FREMANTLE, WA | 18+
Tickets available from http://sarahmcleod.oztix.com.au/ | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 9 DEC | PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY, WA | 18+
Tickets available from http://sarahmcleod.oztix.com.au/ | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 15 DEC | HERITAGE HOTEL, BULLI, NSW | 18+
Tickets available from http://sarahmcleod.oztix.com.au/ | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 16 DEC | THE LANSDOWNE, SYDNEY | 18+
Tickets available from http://sarahmcleod.oztix.com.au/ | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

RYA PARK || Billy

RYA PARK is the indie new comer ready to name and shame a past lover with her sultry new tune Billy. Rya Park is ready to make her mark and she's unapologetic in her road to getting there. Dropping the track on October 6, Rya holds her own in the accompanying video - perched alone and singing direct to camera. It's personal and direct while meaning a whole lot of business. 

With new shows ahead in November, Rya explains her passion for live performance say "[it's] definitely one of my favourite things about making music...to be able to share the music you've been working on live with fans is just such a unique experience".

Billy is a song that leaves you wanting just a little bit more; much like Rya Park herself.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a chat! How’s 2017 been treating you so far?
This year has gone so fast and has been an absolute blast. Being in the studio recording my EP with Peter Farnan, was such a fantastic experience and I seriously loved every moment. I’ve been performing lots with my band around town and am really looking forward to going on tour in November!

Your debut track Billy is an entrance that pulls no punches, how has it changed over the writing and recording process?
It hardly changed at all. Normally I pull apart my lyrics but for Billy it all just came out very organically onto the page and I just really liked the way I could say exactly what I thought without holding back. Within the recording process it changed slightly in some sections. Peter and I were definitely on the same page with the recording process as we didn’t want my music to be overproduced at all. Some parts of the song he would just press record and say “do something”. That’s what actually formed one of the sections in the song!

It’s clearly written with someone in mind, did knowing they might hear the song affect it in any way?
At the time of writing it, it had actually been a few years since I’d spoken to that person and in a way I did really want to grab their attention. I thought about changing the name a lot because I was nervous about it being so direct but in the end I just loved the concept of it being so raw and honest and about a real person. 

With this being your first official single, were you nervous about the best song for the job? Were there others in the running or was Billy always going to be the debut?
There was definitely another song in the running, however I think Billy painted the best picture for the vibe that I wanted to put out there as my first song. It’s dark, it’s moody and knowing that it was slightly left of field made me want to release it first. I like to think of it as a bit of a teaser into my musical world rather than my “best song”. 

I’m a huge fan of the video for this track: straight to the point and unashamed to take up space, kudos! How did you find the process?
Thankyou! Dan Howe was the director for the film clip and we had an incredible time planning the shoot. He’s seen me perform so many times so he knew exactly what I meant when I said I wanted to create a mood and vibe for the video rather than depict a certain storyline. The process was very simple but still very well and clearly thought out. I was so excited to get behind the camera though! I loved it.

How has it felt so far to perform this track live and to get feedback straight away from the audience?
It was amazing to be able to perform the song live. The feedback I have received for Billy so far has been incredible. It’s really humbling when you can feel that people are just rooting for you!



Saturday 4 November | OXFORD ARTS FACTORY GALLERY, SYDNEY | 18+
   Thursday 9 November | THE EVELYN, MELBOURNE | 18+

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Friday, January 27, 2017

"Gin makes me tick." || Meet CLOVES



Hello, I’m Cloves and gin makes me tick. It's a solid introduction, straight to the point in a way that matches her music, even while seemingly opposing her girl-next-door-turned-rock-chick look. Barely in her twenties, this powerhouse from Melbourne has already paved herself a path to London, an EP and now the lead single from her upcoming album is here, with a class video in tow.

Explaining the latest track, Better Now, Cloves explains the tune as coming "from the breakdown of a long-term relationship and the internal dialogue of the time". In her typically blunt style, the singer is direct in her relationship to the song but says that music is also "up for the listeners' interpretation". It's this matter of fact style that sets her apart from everyone else, despite the common themes that run through her music - love, relationships and how people deal when these things fall apart. "I just try to write something that feels as genuine to me as possible," Cloves explains.

With the album in the pipelines for more than two years, Cloves is "very happy" to have a release date within the year. Citing it as her career high thus far, Cloves is the hardworking sweetheart that the music scene has been missing. And while she easily admits that the process of writing and recording her debut LP, Cloves is just as quick to remind everyone, if not just herself, that it's been a fulfilling journey, too.

And finally, hearing your track Don’t Forget About Me in the movie ‘Me Before You’ must’ve been quite something, is this something you’d be keen to do again?
Yes, I would love to write more for film soundtracks!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Masters of Sgt Pepper || Panel Event

Fans of The Beatles, and honestly who doesn't fit that category, are in for a treat this coming February with a music panel event headed for Southbank. In celebration of the revolutionary album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which spent twenty-seven weeks on top of the album charts in the United Kingdom and fifteen at #1 in the USA. Just casual for a rock band that spent its entire career blazing the trail for pop culture and was the undoubted beginning of boy band hysteria (despite being, arguably, not a boy band).

Aussie fans are set to gain inclusive insight into the makings of the album, with engineers Geoff Emerick and Richard Lush ready to share the highs and lows of the creative process. Complete with personality clashes, the hows of recording and the stories behind the tunes, this is the once in a lifetime event that Beatles fanatics have waited half a century for. For some people it's just music, but for true fans, musicians or anyone who want something deeper, this is the chance to, figuratively at least, meet the band and learn what made them tick. A live audience Q&A session is set to ensure all the important details are covered.

Guests will be greeted and treated by a string quartet in the venue foyer playing renditions of Beatles hits and exclusive memorabilia will be available for purchase. Attendees are in for a stunning experience at Planetshakers Auditorium; the event set to be the sweetest way to honour an album that is both an icon in music history and holds personal sentiment for so many.

In (almost) every bands' career there is an album that stands apart and doesn't need to be toured, tweaked or performed live to make its mark. Pink Floyd had The Dark Side Of The Moon, Cold Chisel had East and The Beatles have Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Although a mouthful, the album has withstood time, change in popular genre and the end of the band's active musical presence. 

The Masters of Sgt Pepper panel event is being held at Planetshakers Auditorium on February 24 and 25. Tickets are available at the link below.


THE MASTERS OF SGT PEPPER
FRI 24 + SAT 25 FEB | PLANETSHAKERS, CITY ROAD SOUTHBANK, MELBOURNE | ALL AGES