Posts tagged London
ICYMI: Five women among winners at the Music Producers Guild Awards including Catherine Marks who was named Producer of the Year

The prestigious event is the music industry's night of nights for people who work behind the scenes as engineers and producers and has historically rewarded many men.

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The wonderfully gifted, gentle, and humble singer/songwriter Melanie Horsnell: "One thing I won’t do is bend to what’s cool.... I will not be influenced or harassed into trying to fit in."

The epitome of a consistent singer/songwriter who keeps inviting you over for cups of tea, chats and musings, Melanie Horsnell is an Australian angel we should all be proud of.

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Kate Miller-Heidke on her stunning new album recorded with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra: "I'm really proud of it. It represents the pinnacle of what I ever thought I could achieve with my music."

In this conversation with Music Love's Julie Kerr, Kate Miller-Heidke says the times when her musical pathway has been a bit bumpy, have motivated her to keep creating and making new works. And that's why we love and admire her discipline and talent - who, by the way, has a heck of a lot more to offer. 

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Lucy Mason, the Australian ex-pat living in London, is kicking so many musical goals, including a very recent performance for the Queen

Lucy Mason made the brave move a few years ago to make her musical mark in London. While there have been dark and dreamy days (check out the piece she wrote for Music Love here), Lucy is continually kicking goals. Just last week, the singer/songwriter from Sydney's Northern Beaches was asked to perform at the Queen's Baton Relay which is the official launch of the Commonwealth Games held at Buckingham Palace. She performed her new single Hunger before fellow Australian Cody Simpson took the stage to sing I Still Call Australia Home, and then took the Commonwealth Games baton into a Kombi, apparently all the way to the Gold Coast. It was all very Australian with legends like Anna Meares in attendance, and what an honour it was for Lucy Mason to perform for such a crowd. She looked gorgeous shrouded in Chanel, and her winning smile. Lucy has been on a big musical journey the past few years with some ups and downs, but keeps managing to land these great opportunities, her talent for songwriting and her effortless, powerful voice clearly paving the way. Lucy is about to release her second EP called Going Home Broke and spent some time chatting with Music Love about Buckingham Palace, her new music, and how she dreams about her two favourite Northern Beaches cafes.

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Catherine Marks is a force! The London-based award-winning producer answers Antonia Gauci and Julie Kerr's many questions

In 2001, Catherine J Marks found herself in Dublin as part of her degree in architecture. Having being involved in music during her formative years, learning and performing classical music, Catherine branched out into contemporary music. After joining some bands here and there, she took up a degree in architecture and decided to do her placement in Dublin. A hive of creative activity, Catherine met many inspiring artists and creators, including members of U2 and Irish band The Frames. One night, she met producer Flood and apparently told him she wanted to be like Britney Spears. "Well, that’s never going to happen but if you want to do something in music, maybe you can come and work for me?" Catherine eventually returned to Australia to finish her degree, and then moved to London to work with Flood. She started out making tea and vacuuming floors. From there, Catherine has gone from strength to strength. She has been nominated for a Grammy and in 2016, won Breakthrough Producer of the Year at the Music Producer's Guild Awards. She is a wealth of knowledge, a creative and artistic force and one heck of a role model for any Australian young people who want to produce and engineer great music. Catherine took some time to talk to Music Love's Julie Kerr as well as Australian producer on the rise Antonia Gauci (Studios 301) about women in music, her musical path to date, gear (of course), and her quest to champion women in rock. 

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Music, visas, scholarships, journals. Tamara Hansson on what it's like to be an Aussie ex-pat in New York

Tamara Hansson is a singer and songwriter who has lived in London and Ney York in pursuit of her musical career. While only spending six months in London, Tamara has created a wonderful life for herself in New York City having lived there now for six years.

As we discovered with Lucy Mason, life abroad as an artist is no mean feat, filled with dark and dreamy days and Music Love truly admires all of the musical ex-pats living overseas away from the comforts of home and the wonderful experience of a daily flat white that many of us take for granted. Tamara spoke with Music Love about her life in New York, what visas and scholarships she applied for and won, her upcoming US tour, and spending Christmas Day in LAX after some unfortunate flight cancellations.

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From dreamy days to dark days. Lucy Mason writes about being an artist in London.

Lucy Mason is one of many Australian musicians and artists living abroad in their quest to expand their musical opportunities. London, New York and Los Angeles are common destinations for Aussies wanting more opportunity than our large but lightly populated country provides. Hailing from Sydney's northern beaches (Showbox Coffee in Manly regularly features in her dreams) Lucy made the decision about four years ago to take the plunge and move to London. Lucy has supported Jamie Callum and Matt Corby, recorded two EPs and her rendition of Amazing Grace featured on Channel Nine's drama Gallipoli in 20. With a brand new EP being released within the next month or two, we thought it would be good to check in with Lucy to express the highs and lows of a musical life in London. 

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