Leanne offers many fascinating insights given her history and experience as a manager for artists such as Thelma Plum, Kate Miller Heidke and more. She isn't managing artists anymore, but is the Executive Director of Association of Artist Managers in Australia, the founder of the Rock and Roll Writers Festival, a board member for the Queensland Performing Arts Trust, and a student in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. Her biggest passion is definitely making indigenous artists central to our music scene. No matter if you are an artist or a manager, you are bound to learn something from the wonderful Leanne de Souza.
The 2017 AIR Awards are fast approaching! This year's award nominees have been announced and include 17 Australian women - plus members of two orchestras, of whom we are still counting. See the full list here.
Starley has been taking the world by storm. We have been following her career since we launched last year. Starley literally wrote "one more song" before threatening to give up on the music industry. Well now that song has clocked up 423,578,352 streams on Spotify for her hit single Call On Me. And she has been working hard, performing, touring, and making her mark in the US and Europe. Starley has performed on Jimmy Kimmel,Good Morning America and the Today show. She has also been busy writing and recording. Her new single Touch Me was released last week. We caught up with Starley Hope about her magical roller-coaster ride.
On Saturday 10 June in Sydney, Music Love and Vivid Ideas hosted a very special morning event called Pathway to Platform. An all women panel of experts from all areas of the Australian music industry spoke to a very engaged audience who came out on a cold, rainy morning to hear wisdom from women who excel in technology, policy, performance, business, production, marketing and more. Industry magazine The Industry Observer were clever and kind enough to film the entire morning for those who couldn't come! So prepare a place for yourself with a notebook, and some back to back beverages, enjoy, be informed and inspired.
As we have come to know here at Music Love, Opera is definitely not just a singing style. Not only does a tremendous amount of preparation go into learning a new language and a very long and detailed script for a performance, there is a monumental amount of work spent on very elaborate costumes adorned by the talented men and women who are the stage.Now, a rare opportunity has arisen because Opera Australia is finally making it possible for all of us to fully appreciate these costumes. For the first time in 60 years the costumes, accessories, artwork and memorabilia from the vaults of Opera Australia will be opened to the public.
Women in electronic music is a movement that has been gaining traction in Australia for a little while now and that is brilliant. This Saturday night as part of Vivid Sydney, and (after a very successful masterclass featuring wonderful speakers like Antonia Gauci), there will be a fantastic show where women in electronic music will display their skills and it is going to be incredible.
We profiled singer/songwriter Sam Buckingham back in February when she released her single The Water. Well, her full length album is finally here, and it's just beautiful! Sam performs a duet with Timothy James Bowen, (whose music you must listen to. He is the brother of US TV show Nashville star Clare Bowen, and an absolute pleasure to watch live and also to listen to in your loungeroom - check him out!), and how she wrote a very special track called Jolene which is in response to the very famous Dolly Parton song. Sam is about to head out on tour, and caught us up on how she is feeling about the new release.
What pulls people out of bed on the first day of a Winter’s long weekend to be in the rainy City of Sydney at 9am? An all women in music panel, that’s what. On the weekend, an eager crowd gathered to hear from a group of Australian music industry experts talk about their individual pathways to have sustainable careers in music in Australia. We heard from women who work in education, policy, business, technology, performance, and production in all genres and spaces. We were also treated to two wonderful acoustic performances Iluka and Sophie Koh, both fresh off very early morning flights!
Thank you to all the artists, teachers, students and more – including many men! - who came out to be at our very first Music Love event. Enjoy the gallery!
Working in the music business is not all lights, cameras, rock 'n' roll bands and stage make-up. The end result of a performance, album, or film in all musical genres and expressions, is very much the result of countless hours of hard work, writes Julie Kerr
Today, we wanted to re-run our interview with retro singer/songwriter Iluka who will be flying in between her support slot for Killing Heidi just to sing for us at Vivid Ideas! We look forward to hosting you at our first event Pathway to Platform. In the meantime, enjoy this interview from February this year.
Nikki Thorburn's voice was made to tell stories. The Sydney-based artist - strike that, Sydney-based-"ish" more on that later - is better known under her musical moniker ILUKA whose voice consistently compels you to listen. Now, she has released two new singles from her upcoming EP Blue My Soul which is due out 17 February, and they are bangers. If these two songs, Blue My Soul and Blue Jean Baby, are anything to go by, the rest of the album will continue to cement her place as an Australian artist we should all be proud of. ILUKA took the time to chat with Music Love all about her new album and tour, being a spiritual person and how she will never cease to travel the world.