Posts tagged Melbourne
Award-winning a cappella comic quartet Ginger and Tonic's new show For Love or Money tackles girlbosses and green smoothies.

Girlbosses, green smoothies, and business babes with bronzer beware: a cappella comedy quartet Ginger and Tonic are coming for you in their new show, For Love or For Money.

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"The face of rock is changing." This conversation with Alex Lahey about her music, her favourite women in music, and rock music will make you fall in love with her even more.

Alex Lahey was considering doing a law degree if things didn't work out with music, but it's safe to say that she is on her way to a long and steady career in music and the books can stay on their shelves for a while yet. Maybe forever.

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Peta Jeffress and Gabriel Wagnberg met in Sweden and created electronic duo Peta & The Wolves. And they are a modern-day musical match made in heaven.

Peta Jeffress has never given up on her musical endeavours, and her commitment to hard work and exploring her artistry is truly admirable. She sat down with Music Love's Julie Kerr to talk about her childhood musical classes and how wonderful it was to meet and work with the formidable Gabriel Wagnberg and create a wonderful modern electronic music act Peta & The Wolves.

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Pack away the synthesisers for a moment, and let Carla Troiano and her band Mayfield demonstrate what an electrifyingly fun experience a skilled live band can be.

In a world filled with pre-recorded backing tracks and photoshopped-esque sonics, it is refreshing to get back to a live band - locked in, rehearsed, loose and tight all at once, with riffs and hooks for days, months, years. Meet Carla Troiano as she tells Music Love how she loves live music because audiences will witness something that will never be recreated again. Indeed. 

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Jack River is the founder of a brand new show Electric Lady, featuring Australian artists alongside Australian astrophysicists, actresses and aeronautical engineers. And they are all women.

Jack River is a songwriter/producer/artist from NSW's mid north coast who came onto the scene last year with her debut EP Highway Songs No. 2. Audiences have instantly fallen in love with her music, and Jack River in undoubtedly one to listen to, especially if retro rock/folk/electro pop with a voice that can sound like Gwen Stefani or maybe even Courtney Love is your thing. If her music wasn't impressive enough, Jack River has dreamt up a brand new show called Electric Lady featuring an all-female line-up headlined by Bec Sandridge, Ali Barter, Gretta Ray, Alex Lahey, Jack River herself, and supported by girl groups Body Type and Rackett.  She has also decided if this is the moment for Australian women, and indeed women around the world, she wanted her fellow musicians to share the spotlight with extraordinary women doing very cool things. In the lead up to the event, Holly has curated a list of Australian women of note, including astrophysicist Dr Katherine Mack, surfer Tyler Wright, actress Isabel Lucas and aeronautical engineer Belinda Pavlovic. Holly took some time to tell Music Love all about Electric Lady, her long list of favourite Australian women in music, and how supportive the Australian music industry can be.

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Ali Barter has a brand new video out today, is on tour, dreaming up a brand new album between shows, writing a book, and wants us to know who Delia Derbyshire is. What a woman.

Ali Barter - where to start? Some might say this remarkable artist from Collingwood first came into national consciousness when her song Girlie Bits made triple j's Hottest 100. But Ali has actually been recording and performing music since 2012, and before that, she sang in the Australian Girls choir for a decade. Her latest album A Suitable Girl -  released in March this year after a couple of EPs and singles - is making waves for its musical sensibilities but also its underlying message of womens' strength. It would seem if there is one thing Ali is passionate about it is women in music. In an interview with The Right Note TV show, Ali tells Rolling Stone editor Rod Yates that she remembers sitting in a music history class and studying so many men in music, and was exasperated by the omission of women from music history. In December last year, her frustration led to a passionate Facebook post, which was removed at the request of university staff. Ali deleted the post but not long afterwards, her sentiments remained in a now widely shared opinion piece published on Junkee, the popular arts and culture website. In the piece, Ali references the many women who have been under represented and not celebrated enough when it comes to reciting music history. The feminist rocker brand is not one that Ali appears to be chasing, but her passion for women - past, present and future - in music, and more broadly art, is impossible to deny because it is something that is very deep rooted in who she is as a person. But that shouldn't distract from the fact that Ali Barter is an incredibly gifted, trained and dedicated musician, songwriter, performer, and creator of music full stop. On A Suitable Girl Ali Barter's clean, feminine voice is backed by super cool indie-rock licks and vibes, but her important underlying message to celebrate and speak up for  women is a brilliant, and necessary for our times, bonus. Ali Barter took some much appreciated time from her very busy career to give Music Love this interview where she talks about Australian women in music, looking after her voice, and the last thing she saw that blew her mind.

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Kate Martin, from Townsville to Melbourne, this intelligent, moving artist talks about her much loved long, winding, and sometimes lonely, musical road

Any successful artist will tell you the journey is not always straightforward and that things don't always come easily. Songwriter and guitarist Kate Martin has given in to the hard times with her new single Set My Life To Fire. The songstress who hails from Townsville says that fire burns, but also that it purifies. The challenges that are associated with the life of an artist - most notably for Kate, her somewhat lonely move to Melbourne five years ago - have made her who she is today. "This is gonna shake me, gonna cost me.... I need the northern air on my southern skin... the middle of my compass always points to north, give me the water, give me the water," she sings. Inspiring stuff. But not the "You lift me up, I am a brave tiger" brand of inspiration. Kate is brutally confronting hard realities and choosing to embrace them. Yep, beautifully relatable. Kate previous single Kintsukuroi had similar themes. The word comes from a Japanese ancient art form where shattered ceramics are repaired with gold and end up making something more beautiful, but this beauty would not have occurred should the vessel had never been broken. Wise words from Kate who has supported many Australian acts, including The Waifs and fellow Townsville friends The Middle East, performed relentlessly, had songs on television, and is just about to release her brand new album. Kate is a killer guitarist with luscious vocal tones who has been making and releasing music since 2011. The title track of her next album Set My Life To Fire  was produced by Jon Hume of Evermore, and is a moving song that arrests your attention with its compelling lyrics. Her album is set for release in June this year. Meanwhile, Kate gave Music Love this insightful interview where she talked about her musical pathway so far, her life in Melbourne, what she misses about Townsville, and, of course, her brand new song.

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PLAYLIST: Australian Soul Sisters

There are so many soul artists in Australia. It's not the most played genre when it comes to radio, but that should change. Listen to  Hiatus Kaiyote, Wilsn, Renee Geyer, Thando, Jade Macrae, Kylie Aldist, The Bamboos, Jessica Mauboy, Gabriella Cilmi, Meg Mac, Emma Donavon, Ms Murphy, Vika and Linda Bull, Julie Kerr, and more.

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Kate Bradley and Liz Thomas were sick of hiring gear, so created a brand new musical equipment crowdsource space called Everywhere Roadie.

Being an independent musician is expensive. Often the cost of performing is equal to, or in some cases, greater than, the money you get at the end of the night. The overheads mount up. Line items like gear hire, photographers, petrol, van hire, accommodation if you are out of town, and so on and so forth. One day two musicians from Melbourne got sick and tired of breaking the bank to perform. So they came up with an idea called Everywhere Roadie, a website where you can locally and cost effectively crowdsource everything from an amp to a camera. It's so wonderfully simple, it's nothing short of genius, and it's hard to believe no one else has thought of it. Launched in June 2016, Everywhere Roadie is now being delightfully hit up by happy musicians in Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada, UK, and Ireland. Kate and Liz are headed to music festival South by Southwest as one of twenty music start ups chosen to showcase their ideas, and the two took some time before they leave for Austin, Texas to tell Music Love all about Everywhere Roadie.

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UPDATED: BEL. Where art, music and fashion meet. The multi-disciplinary artist's debut EP Melancholia is out today. And it's a stunner.

BEL's much anticipated EP Melancholia is now released and will be celebrated with an art extravaganza in Melbourne next week. We checked in with BEL to see how she was feeling about it all. BEL is an electronic artist whose music is making waves.  We seem to find ourselves in a moment of experimental music accompanied with envelope-pushing imagery - Music Love will be exploring this with more interviews, features and playlists, so keep your eyes and ears out - BEL encapsulates the current zeitgeist.

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Meet triple j presenter Bridget Hustwaite. You will love her

You would be hard pressed to find someone more joyful about music than Bridget Hustwaite. A champion of Australian music and the live music scene, Bridget attends festival after festival, scours the deep trenches of the web for new music, and has a secret Facebook group comprising of a musical sisterhood who share their insights. She's awake between 1am and 6am working in triple j's Melbourne studio and having a rollicking good time. She has presented and produced community TV and radio shows, a pathway that led her to triple j, working the mid-dawn shift as well as casually hosting for Weekend LunchHouse Party and Home & Hosed. Bridget is a dream and took the time to discuss her love of music with Music Love

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Abbe May says we should listen to Hayley Couper. Abbe May is right! Meet the dreamy pop rocker from Tasmania

Go digging for music by Hayley Couper and you will come up with just two songs. The guitars, the drum mix, the voice, the soul and the pure gritty grain is reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, PJ Harvey and Florence Welch. Heartbeats was released in 2012 on triple j's Unearthed and received rave reviews. It's been a long time between drinks and her latest release Caught Up came out in December last year. And it is a truly great track. More music is coming soon, thankfully, and the pop-rocker has just released a music video for Caught Up. Hayley has been around for a while, winning a spot on the Falls Festival bill thanks to triple j Unearthed, and playing more festivals and gigs and featuring here and there. Abbe May loves her. Hayley took some time to chat to Music Love about her plans for 2017, life in Tasmania and how Fleetwood Mac is her religion. 

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Alanna Eileen creates music that will still your heart and take your breath away

Alanna Eileen's voice is pure and warm. Somehow both gentle and powerful, the sound of its refrains has the power to simultaneously move you and stop you in your tracks. Raised by a musical father, Alanna has spent countless hours immersed in classical and traditional music, escaping to the orchestra as a teen on a Friday night, and committing her time to learn ancient ancient Irish, Scottish and English folk songs. It is never a good idea to compare artists with other artists, but the comparison must be made between Alanna and Jewel, but not in a token way. The comparison is made to highlight that Alanna Eileen, while similar in tone and spirit to Jewel, possesses a rare gift that could grace any stage in the world and silence audiences night after night. 

Alanna took time to talk with Music Love all about her dedication to her craft, life in Australia and her upcoming full length release which she recently recorded in New Zealand. 

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Renée Geyer: "When you love what you do, you hope that you can do it for as long as possible, and that's where I'm at!"

Renée Geyer famously describes herself as a "white Hungarian Jew from Australia sounding like a 65-year-old black man from Alabama." And indeed she is. Australia's take-it-or-leave-it attitude towards RnB music has meant Renée has had a difficult career path but 47 years on, she is still recording and performing, and has had records in the Australian charts every decade since the 1970s. Renée kindly took the time to talk with Music Love all about her long-standing career here and abroad with some sound words of advice. 

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Meet Kathleen Mary Lee and fall in love

Kathleen Mary Lee is destined for great things. An artist in the truest sense of the word, this Melbourne based songstress is also a gifted film maker. Her songs stop you in your tracks, her films do the same. here is much more to say, but the music, poetry and accompanying visuals will speak for themselves. Kathleen spoke with Music Love about collaborating with her dad, her debut EP, and how self conscious she was of her voice singing for the first time in front of peeople in a hostel off the coast of Ireland. 

Meet Kathleen Mary Lee and fall in love. 

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