We Are The Music Makers – Lost Ragas


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Do you remember your first live concert? The overwhelming anticipation as you waited for entry? Or the nerves that overtook your stomach as you queued up outside in the cold among friends? The realisation that an artist was coming to life, outside of a realm of television screens, radio speakers, or posters hung in admiration throughout your bedroom was practically electric. These people were real, living, breathing and you were about to witness them perform the songs which you devotedly recited in the lead up to this very moment.

 Simon Burke Drummer/Songwriter For Lost Ragas shares his favourite venues, the first gigs he attended and what artist living or dead he would love to sit down with…

What would you say your three biggest inspirations are that have affected your live performance?
I love performances and performers that leave space and let the music do the work – Bands that create tension and space by holding back. Much of the music I listened to growing up was southern soul music, which masters this power versus space thing I’m trying to get at. (Otis Redding, Percy Sledge,Al Green)

If you could sit down with any musician living or dead who would it be and why?
Dan Penn and Chips Moman wrote some of my favourite songs, so I wouldn’t mind a chat with both of those guys on writing songs including how they cooked up this gem!

What is your favourite venue to perform at?
I’ve been fortunate to play at many amazing venues over the years, but I think perhaps the Palais Theatre in Melbourne seeing as I grew up in the area, and it’s such an iconic and beautiful space.

If you could trade places with any artist living or dead, who would it be and why?
I don’t know about trading places, but I would love to have been a fly on the wall during the recording of Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” record and in the audience for Donny Hathaway’s “Live” recording.

Who is the best act you have seen live?
Most energetic – Bruce Springsteen at hanging rock. He scared the hell out of me!
Most consistently mind blowing – Diana Kiss (Local Melbourne band no longer playing led by Ross Hannaford).

If you were to construct an ultimate line up for a gig who would be in it?
Let’s call this a festival line-up and name it “The living and the dead festival”. The Band, Otis Redding, Al Green, Johnny Cash, Wilco, Amy Winehouse, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley. I could go on…

What do you think makes for a good live performance?
A band that sounds as good as or better than the record – not common enough, unfortunately.

Describe your sound in 10 words or less?
Best to leave this to Chris Familton from “The Music”. “It’s like Sturgill Simpson and Beck jamming with the ghost of Harry Nilsson

What was the first gig you attended?
(Gulp) – Dire straits “Brothers in arms” tour for my 11th birthday

What’s your pre-gig ritual?
There are many poetic things I could say, but the reality is, it’s devouring a chicken parma.

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We Are The Music Makers – Bootleg Rascal

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Do you remember your first live concert? The overwhelming anticipation as you awaited entry? Or the nerves that overtook your stomach as you queued up outside in the cold among friends? The realisation that an artist was coming to life, outside of a realm of television screens, radio speakers, or posters hung in admiration throughout your bedroom was practically electric. These people were real, living, breathing and you were about to witness them perform the songs which you devotedly recited in the lead up to this very moment.

We sifted through the chaotic minds of Jimmy and Carlos from Bootleg Rascal as they delved into their love of Boats, their will to see Kenny Powers drunk riding a mechanical bull, and interpretive dance.

If you could sub yourself into any band which band would it be and why?
Jimmy: I would have to say id like to be in MC Hammers’ crew, just for the pants and the dope film clips.
Carlos: The Lonely Island, cus’ they get to go on boats…. I like boats

Who was the first live artist you saw?
Jimmy:
When I was 12 years old I won tickets to see Green Day!!
Carlos: yeah my mum took me to watch Michael Bublé…..yeah

What is your favourite venue to perform at?
Jimmy:
A place called Baha Tacos in the Mornington Peninsula just south of Melbourne, best thing is the tacos and tequila
Carlos: I’d have to say The Great Northern in Byron Bay….its such a good vibe there all the time.

What is your dream venue to perform at?
Jimmy: The Paradiso in Amsterdam, it’s just such a cool venue
Carlos: On a boat!!!

If you could sit down with any artist living or dead for a chat who would it be and why?
Jimmy:
Probably Jimmy Hendrix to see if could give me a guitar lesson…. I need all the help I can get these days.
Carlos: I would say, Frank Sinatra, He was just such a bad-ass and I reckon he would the maddest stories you know.

If you were to construct an ultimate line up for a gig who would be in it and why?
Jimmy: Kenny Powers-drunk riding a mechanical bull and singing 80s karaoke…. That is all that is needed
Carlos: Led Zepplin headlining, The Police and The Gorillaz supporting, Snoop Dogg opening. Why? The diversity and that after party would be mental.

Best memory surrounding a gig?
Jimmy:
In Portland Amuuurica, the whole gig got canned because the band was “apparently” “too intoxicated” to perform, we got thrown out and caught a cab to a vegan strip bar where we spent the remainder of the night
Carlos: I’d have to say being backstage at falls watching Sticky Fingers, and seeing our drummer Jack crowd surfing on an inflatable couch….yes that happened he rode that wave all the way from the back!!

Who is the best act you have seen live?
Jimmy: Rage Against The Machine at Big Day out 2008
Carlos: When I was seven I went to Playschool party house performance and Monica gave me a kiss on the cheek, I still haven’t washed that cheek

What do you think makes for a good live performance?
Jimmy:
Gold hot pants and roller skates, especially when combined and a splash of interpretive dance really does the trick.
Carlos: Hotcakes, hot babes and something moving in your pants.

Catch the live shenanigans of Bootleg Rascal at one of their upcoming shows:

Saturday October 19th
The Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Saturday November 7th
Peregian Festival/Original, QLD

We Are The Music Makers – Demi Louise


This article was originally published via Speaker TV and is available here

Do you remember your first live concert? The overwhelming anticipation as you awaited entry? Or the nerves that overtook your stomach as you queued up outside in the cold among friends? The realisation that an artist was coming to life, outside of a realm of television screens, radio speakers, or posters hung in admiration throughout your bedroom was practically electric. These people were real, living, breathing and you were about to witness them perform the songs which you devotedly recited in the lead up to this very moment.

What would you say your three biggest inspirations are that have affected your live performance?
Ahh! I would have to say probably one is Adele, even though I have never seen her live. I love her banter between songs and I think that’s probably part of what made me really confident in my live show. After supporting Joshua Radin last week, I found him hugely inspiring; him alongside other acoustic performers like Matt Corby and Mark Wilkinson all know the spine-chilling effect of the silence of a room and soft vocals. Obviously, when playing to certain crowds this doesn’t always work, but they made me realise its okay to have softness and space in some parts of your performance and you don’t always have to be fighting the crowd chatter.

If you could be any musician for a day who would it be and why?
Taylor Swift! Haha, her live shows just look so much fun to be in and I think she would have the best time. If I looked like her too I think my inclination to dance around on stage in short shorts would be far higher haha!

If you could watch any album played in its entirety what album would it be?
Bon Iver’s Bon Iver ! He is one on my bucket list to see live.

If you could sit down with any musician living or dead who would it be and why?
Probably Amy Winehouse. She would have to be up there. I just think she is such an incredible artist and in a way I kind of wish I could save her. Her whole conception of art and creating is very different to mine and in a way I think it would be fascinating to talk to her.

Best memory surrounding a live performance?
Probablyyyy opening for Gabrielle Aplin. It was special for many reasons. It was kind of the first real big show that I had done, and winning the competition through my online following to get there and the whole experience just really made for a special moment. It was the first time that I felt like everyone believed that I could have a journey in music as much as I knew I could. And to think about that being only two years ago and how much I’ve changed is crazy, but yes, it was definitely a special show!

What was your first gig you attended?
The first concert I went to was Hilary Duff at Rod Laver! I think I was about 10 and I made a t-shirt which I still have saying “Hilary Duff Number 1 Fan” on it and it fits me as a crop top now with HD’s head morphed over my now formed boobs.

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What country did you find to have the most intriguing reception to your showcase, and why?
That’s so hard! Haha America and Korea were as intriguing as each other because they were just so unexpected! Korea was amazing because even though I sung in English (and there was obviously communication barriers) they could understand all my songs. A lot just couldn’t speak English, so that was really cool!

Best Concert you have attended?
Ed Sheeran at Festival Hall would have to be up there. He is one of my favourite songwriters but his performance as well is just incredible. Looping live, how he does so effortlessly and well, is just a must-see.

What is your favourite venue that you have played at and why?
I played a show at ST Pancras Cathedral last year in London and it was my first Cathedral show – I have since decided there is nothing like the acoustics in a venue like that it is AMAZING!

What is your favourite venue that you have attended a concert at?
One of the best shows of my life was probably seeing Kodaline at Liverpool Sound City at the start of last year in the Liverpool Cathedral. The place was HUGE and haunting, and the sound was just mind blowing. They are one of my favourite bands, so I stayed all night and had to catch an overnight bus straight after that to a festival I was playing the next day (little did I know I would be opening for them just a few months later haha).

You can see Demi Louise perform tomorrow night at our upcoming Citizens Of The Streets! For more info, click here

We Are The Music Makers – The Snowdroppers

 

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Do you remember your first live concert? The overwhelming anticipation as you awaited entry? Or the nerves which overtook your stomach as you queued up outside in the cold among friends? The realisation that an artist was coming to life, outside of a realm of television screens, radio speakers, or posters hung in admiration throughout your bedroom was practically electric. These people were real, living, breathing and you were about to witness them perform the songs which you devotedly recited in the lead up to this very moment.

This week saw us pick the brain of Johnny Wishbone, front-man for Sydney-based blues-rockers The Snowdroppers ahead of the release of their forthcoming album BUSINESS on August 28th. Following the release of BUSINESS, the band are set to embark on a celebratory national tour which kicks off Friday the Fourth of September in Canberra.

Do you have any inspiration for your live performance style, Any bands you aspire to perform like?
Any of the great frontmen/women really. Anyone with their own vibe or style or essence be it big and explosive or subdued and understated. I love Mark Lanegan for that reason. He doesn’t do much but you can’t keep your eyes off him. Kinda like Nick Cave too. Doc Neeson was phenomenal in that way as well. I’m obsessed with a live album by Sam Cooke called Live At The Harlem Club and the energy of that record is incredible. The way the band keeps vamping and is completely in sync with what Sam is doing is amazing. And I can’t forget Eric Davidson from New Bomb Turks.

If you were to construct an ultimate line up for a gig, who would be on it and why?
Is it a festival or a club night? Haha my first pick would be XTC as they’re my favourite band and I don’t think they’ve been here since the ’70s or ’80s, Mark Lanegan as I’m obsessed with him at the moment and I’d have to raise Frank Sinatra from the dead.

What is your favourite Venue to perform at and why?
R.I.P. The Annandale Hotel.

What is your favourite memory of a live performance you have done/attended?
Playing Blues Fest would definitely be a career highlight, for me I think it’s the closest I’ll ever get to feeling like I’ve played Wembley.

What do you think makes for a good live performance?
Look, I know many would mention booze or drugs etc here but I’m a bit of a princess so I’d have to say adequate tea and coffee making facilities and an a private toilet for that pre-gig nervous poo.

Who is the best band/artist you have seen perform live?
I can’t decide on an all time fave so I’ll just mention a few bands I’ve seen recently. I saw Royal Headache a few weeks and they were incredible. I’d kill for a voice like Shoguns. Just note perfect and so soulful and just the tightest band. I then saw High Tension the next night and they were brutal.

Due to unprecedented demand forthcoming BUSINESS will be released a week earlier than originally scheduled, BUSINESS is available for purchase in-store and online August 28th.The Snowdroppers are set to embark upon a celebratory national tour September fourth. Don’t miss your chance to see the collective set a new benchmark for their infamously sweaty, unruly live shows, as they come equipped with an album worth of new material and old favourites. The Snowdroppers are set to unleash a cultivated and raw energy upon audiences nationally.

THE SNOWDROPPERS NATIONAL ‘BUSINESS’ ALBUM TOUR 2015
Plus Special Guests FOOD COURT & Guests

FRIDAY 4th SEPTEMBER
TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA
With Special Guests Food Court + PJ Michael
Tickets $17+booking fee available from www.moshtix.com.au

SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
WICKHAM PARK HOTEL, NEWCASTLE
With Special Guests Food Court + Ivy
Free Entry

THURSDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER
BIGSOUND, BRISBANE
Tickets available from www.qmusic.com.au/bigsound/2015/

FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
HELM BAR, MOOLOOLABA
With Special Guests Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars + The Hi-Boys
Tickets $17+booking fee available from www.moshtix.com.au

SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER
NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE
With Special Guests Food Court + Tooth & Tusk
Tickets $17+booking fee available from www.northcotesocialclub.com

FRIDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
NEWTOWN SOCIAL CLUB, SYDNEY
With Special Guests Food Court + Nick Nuisance & The Delinquents

THURSDAY 01 OCTOBER
ED CASTLE, ADELAIDE
With Special Guests Gun It + Cosmo Thundercat
Tickets $17+booking fee available from www.moshtix.com.au

FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER
PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY
With Special Guests The Floors + Ray Finkle
Tickets $17+booking fee available from www.oztix.com.au

SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER
THE BOSTON, PERTH
With Special Guests The Floors + Ray Finkle
Tickets $17+booking fee available from www.oztix.com.au

SUNDAY 4TH OCTOBER
NEWPORT HOTEL, FREMANTLE
With Special Guests The Floors + Ray Finkle
Tickets $17+booking fee available from www.oztix.com.au

FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER
THE BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE
With Special Guests Food Court + The Eagle Junction
Tickets $17+booking fee available from www.oztix.com.au

SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER
THE SPOTTED COW, TOOWOOMBA
With Special Guests Food Court + The Strums
Tickets $17+booking fee available from www.oztix.com.au

SUNDAY 22ND NOVEMBER
HiFi DAYS FESTIVAL, CRONULLA
With UB40, The Bamboos, Phil Jamieson + more
on-sale Wed 26 July via www.oztix.com.au

THURSDAY 26TH NOVEMBER
REPUBLIC BAR, HOBART
With Special Guests Armed Arms + Skate Wounds
Tickets $17+booking fee available from www.moshtix.com.au

FRIDAY 27TH & SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER
QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL, QUEENSCLIFF
With Augie March, Hoodoo Gurus, Angus & Julia Stone + more
Tickets available from www.qmf.net.au

We Are The Music Makers – As It Is


This article was originally published via Speaker TV and is available here

Do you remember your first live concert? The overwhelming anticipation as you awaited entry? Or the nerves that overtook your stomach as you queued up outside in the cold among friends? The realisation that an artist was coming to life, outside of a realm of television screens, radio speakers, or posters hung in admiration throughout your bedroom was practically electric. These people were real, living, breathing and you were about to witness them perform the songs which you devotedly recited in the lead up to this very moment.

This week on We Are The Music Makers, we delved into the mind of Patty Walters from UK based pop-rock collective As It Is. Set to take Australian stages by storm late September with their national headlining tour, following what has so far been a massive year for the ensemble playing the likes of Warped Tour, Reading and Leeds Festivals on top of an extensive run of dates globally.

Are there any inspirations that have affected your live performance?
It’s difficult to only name a few! Foremost, bands such as Story of the Year, Taking Back Sunday, The Chariot and Letlive. They perform with a raw and intense energy have greatly influenced my stage presence. I try to give the short amount of time we have onstage everything ounce of energy I have; if I leave the stage too exhausted to stand or speak for a while, I’ll generally feel good about how it went.

If you could see any album played live in its entirety what album would it be?
I’d love to watch Green Day play American Idiot in its entirety. It’s such a well-executed album and story, it would be amazing to hear it all play out live.

If you could sit down with any artists living or dead who would it be and why?
Paul Simon is one of my all-time favourite musicians and songwriters, so to sit down and chat with him would be pretty special.

If you could sub yourself into any band, who would it be and why?
I’d like to sub myself into Metallica just so I could play to a crowd of 1.6 million people in Moscow.

Best memory surrounding a live performance?
Playing Reading & Leeds Festival was an enormously surreal experience for all of us. Throughout our set, we each kept remembering that this huge and crazy crowd was there for us. We all had the time of our lives on that stage and were reduced to emotional wrecks by the end.

Describe your Warped Tour experience in once sentence?
We met countless amazing people and barely survived.

Best live concert you have attended?
I went to see Beck and Girl Talk with my Dad and it was one of the greatest gigs I’ve ever been to.

Who was the first artist you saw live, and what do you remember most about that experience?
One of the first shows I remember going to was Brian Setzer with my family. We went to a restaurant before the show and coincidentally sat next to Brian’s sound engineer and spoke to him. He was kind enough to let us watch the entire show from the sound desk and I was elated and mesmerized by the performance. According to him, I turned to my dad, pointed to the band and said, “I want to do that”, so I suppose that’s where it all started.

If you could construct an ultimate lineup for a gig who would be in it and why?
In no particular order, I’d have Death Cab For Cutie, Jimmy Eat World, The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, and Dashboard Confessional. These are some of the bands that influence me the most lyrically, it’d be a pretty cool evening to watch them all perform on one stage.

Don’t miss your chance to see the explosive Pop-Rock powerhouse As It Is, grace Australian stages this September and October, with a series of dates set to convert legions of Australian Pop-Rock fans, as they further reiterate why they are a band to watched.

The Virtue Agency Presents: As It Is
W/Special Guests With Confidence

Tuesday 22nd September
YMCA HQ Perth AA

Thursday 24th September
The Brightside Brisbane 18+

Friday 25th September
Trinity Hall Brisbane AA

Saturday 26th September
The Lair Sydney 18+

Sunday 27th September
The Lair Sydney AA

Tuesday 29th September
Hombre Records Newcastle AA

Thursday 1st October
The Evelyn Hotel Melbourne 18+

Friday 2nd October
The Evelyn Hotel Melbourne AA

Saturday 3rd October
Fowlers Live Adelaide AA

We Are The Music Makers – Hand Of Mercy

 This article was originally posted via Speaker Tv – originally post available here

Do you remember your first live concert? The overwhelming anticipation as you awaited entry? Or the nerves which overtook your stomach as you queued up outside in the cold among friends? The realisation that an artist was coming to life, outside of a realm of television screens, radio speakers, or posters hung in admiration throughout your bedroom was practically electric. These people were real, living, breathing and you were about to witness them perform the songs which you devotedly recited in the lead up to this very moment.

This week we delved into the mind of Hand Of Mercy’s bassist Michael Dawson in the wake of their final tour as an ensemble, exploring some of his live influences, nostalgia inducing memories and favourite artists within the industry both past and present.


What is your favourite venue to perform at?

In Australia it would have to be Fowlers Live in Adelaide. The people that run the venue are the greatest legends you will ever meet and make you feel like family every time you roll in. The rider always rules and being licensed / all ages the shows are great!

Overseas I would say The Underworld in London. We were lucky enough to play there as part of Bleeding Through’s final tour ever. The venue has an incredible history in the hardcore community; there is no barrier, great vibe and right in the heart of Camden. I’ve also been lucky enough to see incredible shows there like Terror and also Comeback Kid on their 10 year ‘Turn it Around’ Anniversary. I pitted hard to ‘Talk Is Cheap’ and it was MAD!

Who was the first artist you saw live?

When I was young there was a council run festival called ‘Youthfest’ which was on the beach at Deewhy just north of Sydney. NOFX headlined and Jebediah, Area 7 and Bodyjar played too. It was seriously so much fun and part of the reason I wanted to start a band myself.

What is your favourite memory of a live performance you have done/attended?

Probably playing Warped Tour in Australia in 2013. Each of the shows for us as a band were incredible and a heap of fun. But the whole experience was really topped off by getting to watch the bands I used to cover as a kid from the side of the stage and sing along. Bands like New Found Glory, The Used, Millencolin, The Offspring, Hatebreed, Parkway. It was wild! Something I will never forget.

If you could sit down with any artist living or dead for a chat who would it be and why?

I’d love to have a beer and a chat with Noel Gallegher from Oasis. There are obviously a heap of people in bands that are no longer alive, but for me I grew up with Oasis and they had a far bigger influence on my musical life and life in general. I watch interviews of him all the time and just love how blunt he is and I think he would have a tone of incredible stories. I’d just sit there fan-boying out hard the whole time.

Dream album to see played in its entirety live?

The only band which I really love but have never seen live isRancid, so I think seeing them play … And Out Come The Wolves from start to finish means I could die quite happy.

What do you think makes for a good live performance?

I think it’s about seeing the artist really wanting to be there in the performance and showing passion for what they are singing out. Whether it’s telling a heartfelt story about the song, screaming their lungs out in a fit of rage, or just absolutely destroying the stage or their instrument in their performance. Something that I can be engaged with as an observer I think is key.

If you could construct a band of any Musician’s you have come across, who be a part of it, and why?

I think I would just sub myself into Limp Bizkit to replace DJ Lethal. Let’s be real, he doesn’t exactly do a whole lot right? I think it would be a nice change to have less responsibility on stage but still get to hang out on giant tours and play massive shows. And why? ‘Nookie’.