Music Love's Julie Kerr chats with Charlie and Elodie Collins and this conversation was recorded just before they supported Swedish pop sensation Tove Lo for her shows in Sydney and Melbourne, and ahead of their American tour.
When Susan Heymann, the General Manager of Australian promoter giant Chugg Entertainment, was younger, she had a friend named Carly who worked at Channel V. In between classes as a 17 year old, Susan would find herself at the Channel V studios watching Carly work away and come home to her mother and talk about a career in music. Her mother asked, "Do you wanna be like Carly and hang out with bands?" Susan's answer was nothing but prophetic. "Mum, I wanna be Carly's boss."
While all eyes have been on Katy Perry since she burst onto the scene in a teenage chapstick dream bubble years ago, her eyes are clearly on others and have been for a while now. Katy Perry has always asked questions in her lyrics. And indeed, I hope she continues to. For it is this invitation to join her conversation that is what makes Katy Perry, Katy Perry.
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.
Noisy, raw, with buckets of attitude, Sydney-based punk rock foursome RACKETT have been ones to watch since they formed last year. Described by critics as tight, focused and celebrated for their gripping live shows, RACKETT could well be the new face of a fresh movement of women in alternative rock.
If you were to list Australian women in music, there is no doubt Deborah Conway would be top of mind. Deborah is woven into the fabric of the Australian music scene in a glorious way. Deborah took some time to talk about women in music and her time at this year's Queensland Music Festival.
This week, world renowned composer Elena Kats-Chernin has been surrounded by ten iconic paintings by two revered Australian visual artists, Margaret Olley and William Robinson. While staring at the paintings, Elena has created and notated (by hand) ten compositions in seven days, ready to perform to an intimate crowd at Old Government House in Brisbane this weekend. Music Love had the pleasure of calling Elena half way through the week to see how she was going.
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.
The Queensland Music Festival, Lindy Morrison will come together with original The Go-Betweens band members Amanda Brown who sang and played violin and oboe, and bass player John Willsteed with other Australian musicians including Dan Kelly, to perform the album 16 Lovers Lane in full. Front man Robert Forster sadly won't be present. Instead, the songs will be performed by a bevvy of Australian talent including Katie and Tyrone Noonan, Steve Kilbey from The Church, Montaigne and Ball Park Music's Jen Boyce and Sam Cromack.
s there a more iconic voice in Australia's living memory than that of Katie Noonan? The voice that transcends genres, tells countless stories, honours the art, poetry and music of those who have gone before her, and encourages those who come after her. Katie Noonan has won four ARIA Awards and sold countless albums. She has traversed the Australian music landscape doing everything from performing with esteemed orchestras and ensembles, to gracing the airwaves of independent and commercial radio stations, performing on breakfast TV, in great halls and arenas, regional festivals, and intimate lounges. Beyond music, Katie has been invited to be a panellist on ABC's QandA program, and has also been appointed to be the Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival. It is here that she is doing perhaps her most important work: fostering the art and music of Queensland, of which she says is redefining itself in the national arts landscape. In this interview with Music Love, Katie talks about her request for voices and choirs everywhere to come together and sing John Farnham's iconic hit You're The Voice, in order to shine a light on domestic violence. Katie has has no doubt mastered the art of writing original works and interpreting the works of others in the freshest of ways, and now wants to use her voice, and ours, to amplify the voice of those who have been silenced. What a treasure.