Melbourne rockers Kingswood are the national winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. The bearded 4-piece will be opening the festival this Friday 27th July.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Well I guess the band originally developed from the blues. I have a deep love of the blues and a sort of unavoidable addiction to it, which means it will always creep through and be some sort of influence in the creation process, perhaps we will move into a more explicitly blues sound at some point in the future? But right now it's a real blend of heavier kind of blues punk and "stoner" aspects contrasting distinct melodies and more emotional music I suppose. It's hard to summarise because what most listeners know of our music is a very specific sound which is based on two tracks I suppose, when really it's a lot more varied. We have always wanted the freedom to move across genres to be as creative as possible, but under the chief principal of being a rock'n'roll band. The sound developed naturally, obviously from influence and inspiration, and also really become as objective as possible when developing the song writing process.
You’re one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. What can Splendour revelers expect from the Kingswood live show?
YES!!! WE WON SPLENDOUR!! HOLY SHIT!!! WOW!! We can't believe it. Honestly. Revellers can expect that we'll be doing our damn best to put on our best ever show. I mean put yourself in our shoes...with an opportunity to open arguably one of , if not THE best festival in Australia, you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be going all out and pulling all the stops.
What are you most looking forward to about Splendour In The Grass? Who are you psyched to see?
Festival vibe. The experience. The experience for Splendour Unearthed Winners, which only a few ever get to experience. Opening the festival. Losing our minds. JACK WHITE. AT THE DRIVE IN. SMASHING PUMPKINS. BLOC PARTY. BAND OF SKULLS. AZEALIA BANKS. LANA DEL REY. DZ DEATHRAYS. POND. TAME IMPALA. HUSKY. FATHER JOHN MISTY. NINA LAS VEGAS. EMMA LOUISE>>>>>>>KINGSWOODView Profile Hide Interview
Melbourne singer Meg Mac is one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne this NYE. She has a huge voice, huge tracks and a huge future ahead of her.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
I have been singing for a long time and like most people, I learned to sing by copying and trying to sound like other singers. I didn't work out my own thing really until I started writing, with no reference for my unsung songs I was forced to create a sound. But you can definitely hear all my influences I think and I love that they're always changing and so is my voice and writing. Growing up I listened to lots of soul thanks to my Dad, my Mum sings Irish folk songs and I was obsessed with pop of course. I like big voices and a bit of that drama - the ones that sing because they have to or they would die sort of thing, like Edith Piaf.
You’re the Victorian winner of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne at the end of the year. What can Falls punters expect from the Meg Mac live show?
I will be playing on New Years Eve and I am going to sing my little heart out. I play with two boys, a drummer and keys player and my little sister sings backing for me, it's pretty cute and she sounds just like me. Expect some electronic elements, big piano sounds, hand claps and lots of singing by me. We have new songs which we are going to play and help everyone get ready for the big day of music ahead and hopefully Meg Mac can help people feel ready to take on the new year.
What are you most looking forward to about the festival?
This is my favourite thing to happen to me all year and I still read the lineup every day just to give me that special feeling. Apart from actually playing, which is what I am definitely most looking forward to, it is all of the other bands and artists that are playing. Getting to watch all of their sets and then just the whole festival vibe, the camping, the photos, the people, the bands, the NYE thing - it is just guaranteed good times. And Solange.
What’s your earliest memory of performing music? How old were you?
I first started proper singing (singing lessons etc) when I was nine and once I discovered that I had a big voice, I could not get enough of Vanessa Amorosi…please don't judge me. 'Absolutely Everybody' was my favourite.
What else is coming up for you in 2013 and then looking into 2014?
I've got a few gigs coming up before the big Falls, that's what I call it now. On the 29th November I am supporting Georgia Fair at Howler in Melbourne. My 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so far, it looks like my first album will be on its way! And I am looking forward to more stuff happening to me, and some more songs to happen to me too.
Australian music is…?
A lot of the time I will listen to music and not know/care where it comes from, but it is pretty awesome when I know something is Australian and suddenly I feel a little bit proud? It is weird, like I am suddenly connected to the music because the artist is Aussie just like me and my dreams become a little more achievable.View Profile Hide Interview
This Sydney lass is a classically trained pianist who grew up listening to Carly Simon, Janis Ian and Blondie. After getting positive feedback from her home recordings posted on the internet, she decided to record her debut EP (Prime) professionally. Her heart-felt lyrics rest gently amongst her jazz-influenced piano playing.
Eleanor is one of our winners from the Top Song competition! Check out the winners from each state and all the details on the competition page »
Describe your music
I cant really write about my own music, i'm a terrible self critic but if I had to describe it I would probably say its progressive as in I like to change the sounds around and I often am jumping from one melody to another quite frequently.
How do you go about writing a song? Lyrics or music first?
For the songs on the Prime EP I started out by writing lyrics and then sitting down at my piano and coming up with chords and progressions but lately when writing for my band I have been coming up with lyrics as I write the music.
Who would you most like to tour with or learn from as a songwriter?
Muse and Matt Bellamy.
What was the last CD you bought? what made you buy it?
Spoon- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga I really liked that Japanese Cigarette Case song.
What do you do when you're not making music?
Working at a media agency, hanging out with my boyfriend who is also my guitarist in Cameras, playing some social tennis, eating a lot...
What have you got planned for the future?
Well cameras have just recorded a 4 track demo and we're currently rehearsing for some up coming gigs. We plan to eventually write and record an album and tour.
Australian music is...
Largely overlookedView Profile Hide Interview