Husky are the winners of our Push Over competition. They'll be joining the likes of Illy, Oh Mercy, Gold Fields, Stonefield, The Tongue and many more at The Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne on Sunday March 13th.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Gideon (keys) and I are cousins. We grew up listening to the records we found in our parents record collections like Bob Dylan, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen. All the guys in the band have different taste in music and they all influence our sound, but now after playing together for a while when we put together a new song we seem to all want to take it in a similar direction. It's always about the song and what part or arrangement or sound is best for the song.
You’re one of the winners of our Push Over competition. What are you most hoping to get out of attending and playing the 2011 Push Over Festival?
Push Over is so much a part of the Melbourne music festival scene. It's been around for as long as I can remember. We're looking forward to sharing the stage with such amazing artists and looking forward to seeing them play too! We just want to put on a great show and be part of a great festival!
What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?
Hearing Paul Kelly play How to Make Gravy for the first time!
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Listen. Miles Davis.
Tell us about the bands and people in the Melbourne music scene that inspire you.
The guys in my band inspire me constantly. There are so many good bands and songwriters in this country. Our good friends Tinpan Orange, Rescue Ships, The Adventure Spirit, Ainslie Wills and Timothy Carroll have been inspiring us lately.
What’s coming up in 2011?
We'll be releasing our new album 'Forever So' very soon. We've got Push Over on March 13 which we're really excited about. We'll be spending a lot of time touring all over the country over the next few months. We can't wait!
Australian music is?
...full of undiscovered and amazing artists who inspire us and make us proud to be part of the Australian music community.View Profile Hide Interview
Indie, Pop, Rock
South East NSW, NSW
Patrick James' expertly crafted and poignantly performed indie-folk jams have won him a spot on the 2012 Festival of the Sun line-up.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always been into the old school acoustic folk sound, I think it came pretty naturally to write music that was in that vibe. In saying that, some of the bands and artists I am listening to at the moment are slightly different to what I would normally. I think it's giving me a bunch of fresh ideas about how to develop the sound more. I have also been playing with a full band for most of the recent shows so that's been a huge step towards improving!
You’re the winner of our Festival Of The Sun competition. What can Festival Of The Sun punters expect from the Patrick James live show on Saturday 15th December?
We are going to be playing a lot of new tracks which we are pumped about. Theres going to be a lot of harmonies and crazy banjo solos.
What most excites you about playing and attending Festival Of The Sun 2012?
To look out to the audience and see most of our mates will be a great thing! It's such a chilled vibe at this festival. We were always the kids up the back of the crowd watching from a distance so it's going to be a fun day. Can't wait to head home and play.
What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?
I remember seeing Wolfmother at the Horden when I was 14 or 15. Tried to get into the mosh pit with a mate… ended badly so I stuck with acoustic music. Memorable night!
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
I have just finished recording a new EP with Scotty Steven who plays banjo in the band. It's going to be released in March and there will be a headline tour to go with it too!
Australian music is…?
Slowly taking over the world thanks to Goyte!View Profile Hide Interview
North Coast, NSW
Lincoln Le Fevre lives in Hobart and is a born storyteller. He writes songs that are thick with melody and charm and is happy playing to a crowd of two or two hundred...
Lincoln 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
Indie rock and roll with an alt-country soul.
How do you go about writing a song? Lyrics or music first?
In short, I write the music first, but really it's more complicated that that. I tend to write lots of words and ideas without a song in mind, and other times I'll write the beginnings of a song idea, and find some words that suit it. After that I'll shape the words into a theme and finish the lyrics, and then finish the music around them. There's a fair bit of to and fro.
Who would you most like to tour with or learn from as a songwriter?
That's real hard. If we're talking hypothetically dead or alive, then maybe Johnny Cash. Otherwise Elvis Costello or Neil Young. If Tim Rogers wants to come along too, that would be ace.
What was the last CD you bought? what made you buy it?
Husker Du - New Day Rising. It was recommended by a friend that runs a record store. We're currently in the middle of debating whether or not it's a better record than Flip Your Wig. I say no.
What do you do when you're not making music?
I teach year eleven and twelve students how to write (as in poetry and prose), how to play rock and roll, and how to be audio engineers. I also produce records for bands in Hobart.
What have you got planned for the future?
I really admire those songwriters that can keep writing relevant and meaningful music throughout their entire careers. I want the next batch of songwriters coming out of Hobart to be confident that they can make a dent in the national market, and so whether I can help that by setting a positive example, or teaching them the right skills to navigate their own way through, I'll be happy.
Australian music is...
Exciting, given the prospects of what might take shape in a post-major label industry..View Profile Hide Interview
Timberwolf is the moniker of talented Adelaide singer-songwriter Chris Panousakis. He has a knack for writing gorgeous folk tunes and is gifted with a voice to match.
Goulburn Murray, NSW