Indie, Pop, Rock (#70s Rock #alternative #Rock #psychedelic #Pop #indie # 60's rock #dreampop)
Indie, Pop, Punk (alternative, Garage, "Alternative rock"indie", indie,fuzz,rock,indie garage,psyc,psychedelic)
Brace yourself - these Novocastrians rock HARD!
Jimmy Hawk & The Endless Party are a Melbourne based 5-piece that create beautiful music with a folk influence and tip-of-the-hat to the classic songwriters of the past. It's warm and rich and we love it.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Jimmy Hawk began several years ago as a bedroom project with the very first E.P recorded on 4 track cassette tape. Taking inspiration from the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the Beatles, each record since, has gained momentum with the involvement of more musicians, higher production values and fidelity. Since collaborating as a band, our goals have been to create classic make out jams using hazy-eyed choruses, dream filled lyrics and warm production values whilst maintaining that original heart felt, homespun vibe, we want to make music that you want to close your bedroom door to and listen to loud!
Jimmy, you've been known as a solo musician in the past, but now have 'The Endless Party' behind you. What can the audience expect of the Jimmy Hawk & The Endless Party live show (other than an endless party)?
Audiences can expect a rollicking, well oiled band, spreading the love.
You spent a period living and writing in Los Angeles. What effect did that have on your creative process? Did you gain any advice or inspiration from the yanks?
I'm a big believer of integrating your environment and experience into your art, L.A was where I wrote most of my first album. Channeling the the vibe of Echo Park, an artistic district of downtown L.A, with its sprawl and dive bars, a lot of American influenced folk rock and alt-country can be heard on the first record. The biggest thing I learned from America is that anything goes.
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
In Melbourne we've been working with a amazing engineer producer by the name of Nao Anzai. His knowledge of music and analogue recording has inspired us to bridge the gap between traditional analogue recording and more experimental production. Melbourne bands Dirt Farmer and Brave Face are doing some great things!
Whatís coming up in 2011?
We're putting the finishing touches to our album which we hope to have our in late August followed by a U.S tour in September.
Australian music is?
...world class.View Profile Hide Interview
Melbourne's Alex Lahey is your triple j Unearthed Feature Artist this week. Already named as one of triple j Unearthed's artists to watch in 2016, her incoming debut EP (recorded with Oscar from Holy Holy) has us all sorts of excited.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I've been playing music my entire life and really started taking it seriously when I picked up the saxophone at 12 years old. I played in big bands all through high school and went to uni to study a jazz degree. I was always writing songs through high school as a means of teaching myself how to play guitar, and found when I got to uni that my ear was more attuned to appreciating a great song rather than a gnarly bebop lick - I was listening to way more Carole King than Charlie Parker. So, I dropped out of my degree and to focus more on writing songs. Oscar Dawson who plays in Holy Holy has helped me bring my songs to life with his incredible production skills. Funnily enough, he also didn't finish the exact same degree as me. And here we are.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My lyrics tend to come from interactions I have with other people. I'm big on communication - I like to talk things out - so a lot of the words in my songs happen to be directly taken from conversations I've had. Musically, I get inspired by melody and groove. There's nothing better than hearing a song where there's a sweet chord change or melodic idea that makes you go "what the hell was that? I need to know!"
What can punters expect from your live show?
Coopers Sparkling, Bruce Springsteen-style count ins, fuzz pedals and a drummer who cries whenever he watches 'School of Rock'.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My friend's dad tells me "fortune favours the prepared mind", which I'm pretty sure is a Louis Pasteur quote. Basically, I interpret that to mean even if you're feeling you're not producing the best output at a particular time, you're preparing yourself and your skills to create something you're really proud of down the track. Another friend of mine has a similar piece of advice, which is to "sift through the shit", but I don't really like the visual that suggests... Let's stick with the Pasteur one.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Our Place' by Verge Collection
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Can We Work It Out' by Gordi
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'She's So Fine' by The Easybeats
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I don't know if this counts, but I went to see Alvvays while I was in Sydney the other weekend and they were incredible. I referred to their music a lot while recording my EP. I know Alvvays aren't a local band, but Major Leagues opened and they were just as good. Great songs, great chops, great night.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
I'm really lucky to be part of a community that inspires me so much. My friends Eilish Gilligan and Greer Clemens both play in a brilliant band called Frida and have their own solo projects. I froth on the feedback I get from them when I show them new songs or mixes. Kate Duncan is the creative producer of The Push Inc and works to give young people opportunities to learn about playing/putting on gigs, being in the studio and releasing music - she's an amazing person who has been looking out for me since I was a bub. My best friend Ollie Whitehead plays sax in Animaux with me and has a sweet new project on the go, which will be excellent. Every time I go into the studio with Oscar, I come out a better musician and writer. Also, shout out to my manager, Leigh. Hey Leigh!
What are your plans for 2016?
Write more songs, play more guitar, play more shows, release my debut EP, tour lots, do more recording, drink all the beers. Not necessarily in that order.View Profile Hide Interview
Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock
Indie, Pop, Roots
This guy does it all! He combines his skills as keyboardist, bass player, vocalist and drum programmer to create some joyful organic sounding pop numbers. His tracks have got catchy hooks and lyrics to make you smile.
Describe your music.
If I were to describe what I hope my music turns out to be, I'd say pop-driven tunes that still have an interesting musical production aspect to it. Although I am a bit of a muso nerd, I've learnt some valuable lessons about songwriting, very importantly that you can easily overdo anything when it comes to creativity. These days I'm trying to write things that are catchy, easy to memorise and easy to tap your foot to.
Who’s been a big musical influence for you?
Different artists influence different songs I write, seeing as I am a bit of a genre hopper. For example, 'Backflips' I think has a lot of Ben Folds in it, while 'Two Sides' and 'Different' show my respect for Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams. In terms of personal musical development and how its been influenced, way too many artists come to mind. Everything from Jeff Buckley to Mike Patton. Lately I've been listening to a lot of drum programming people like J Dilla, ?uestlove and the Platinum Pied Pipers -hence my increase in confidence with my own programming.
How do you start writing your songs? On the computer? Guitar?
Cool riffs usually just come out on guitar or on the keyboard when I'm screwing around, so I try to record them straight away before I forget them. I program a quick drum beat, loop it and record my idea in time with it and this becomes the central 'hook'. I tweak and build on that, adding new sections as I go.
Tell us about the local music community in Brisbane.
I don't know if I'm being socially ignorant, but I think the Brisbane music community is TINY! Everyone knows everyone so its easy to network and meet people. Its very easy to help your peers and help yourself get a name out there. It feels like the degrees of separation are very few and everyone seems to also be hooked up to Myspace... which is totally killer for being a whore.
What have you got planned for the future?
I'm studying at the moment (aiming for the stable future), but for the long-term I plan to hone my songwriting and production skills to the point where it can support me financially. Who knows what will hopefully come...the path of the poor musician is a hard one to follow. As hard as winning the lottery.
Australian music is…
...not to be underestimated. We have many world class artists in our locale that are sitting there undiscovered. Get out there and check out stuff you havent heard before! Is there anything Australian's aren't good at?View Profile Hide Interview