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Daniel Lee Kendall

Featured Artist

2010

19

Jul

Daniel Lee Kendall

( )

Central Coast, NSW

Daniel Lee Kendall is a young singer-songwriter from the Central Coast of New South Wales.

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop your songs?

It started with me mucking around making some dicky little beats on GarageBand, and one day I figured out how to record my voice. I found the song writing process started to come alive for me once I was able to write and at the same time create all the instrumentation too. Rather than just trying to write a whole song solely on the guitar. I wasn't great at that… I saw Angus and Julia Stone one time at this little restaurant that only held 100 people, and was blown away by their honesty and simplicity, and watching them just being themselves. Best gig I've been to by far. I was so inspired and it really sparked something in me. I started approaching song writing with a fresh perspective. I wasn't over thinking the process, or trying to be too clever, or trying to write the 'perfect' song, more just trying to capture a moment. Whether an emotion, an incident, or just whatever was going through my head... So my songs are kind of just a sneak peek into my life. Like a diary in musical form. Maybe I could do a musical?

What can the audience expect at a live show?

At the moment it'll be me on my lonesome, singing with my lovely lady friend (my guitar). I'll also dabble in some electro beats. Some call it folktronica which I quite like (GarageBand will always have a place in my heart).

Tell us about your hometown Bensville…

Bensville is great. So much so that some people who live 10 minutes away have never even heard of it! Ha. But it's got everything you need really: A wharf, a playground, a shop that never opens… Maybe that's why I started making music. I actually don't live there anymore, but we'll pretend that I do because it would be a horrible waste to have Bensville in the question and not talk about it.

What’s coming up in the future?

"The life and times of DLK." It's a musical I've been planning for a while now. No. That would be silly. Seriously? There will be an EP coming out soon which will be great, and hopefully plenty of shows to go with it. So that'll be fun. I've also got heaps of songs spinning around my head and on my computer, so I hope to get things rolling, and do an album asap!

Australian music is?

Genius. I was just in the car with my sister and we put on a shuffle mix and we realised that all the songs that were being played were by Australian artists. We were so impressed with our country for making such good music, and so much of it! I love Aussie music.

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Patrick James

Featured Artist

2012

10

Dec

Patrick James

( )

Sydney, 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.

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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!

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Braves

Featured Artist

2013

6

May

Braves

( )

Perth, WA

Braves are a lovely lo-fi four-piece from Perth. They aim to capture the feeling of lost youth and suburban nostalgia. We reckon they're tops.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

We make Lo-Fi Pop music influenced by the sounds of the 80's and 90's. Our songs juxtapose fuzzy rhythms with more clean, dreamy melodies to create upbeat, intelligent pop music. We make both fast and loud songs as well as slower introspective tracks, and are keen to establish that any two Braves songs can, and often do, sound very different from each other. Our sound was developed by trying to replicate the qualities and styles of artists we admire, particularly current artists in American music scene. Because we draw from relatively niche genres and bands, a lot of our writing and production process involves trial and error, improvisation and iteration.

What’s a Braves live show like?

Our live show is definitely more loud and brash than our recordings. We tend to distill our songs into their most core ideas and sounds for live performances to give the most entertaining performance. A good example is a song like Saw You, that, while in the recording is quite mellow, becomes much more visceral in a live context. We do a great deal of swapping around and role reversal too, in one song one of us will be playing lead guitar, in another, bass. The drummer even swaps to guitar and vocals in a particular cover we play. Everyone usually sings at least once as well. We definitely want our recordings and live performances to be two separate, but complimentary beasts.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Australian music community that inspire you?

We're particularly inspired by artists like Bored Nothing. Fergus created a pretty uncompromising vision for his songs that didn't necessarily fit the mould of what is popular in Australia right now, and through the strength of his songwriting and ambition, received national recognition. We feel that there are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between Bored Nothing and Braves.

What are you guys doing when you’re not playing in Braves?

Alex is a Graphic Designer who has worked with bands like Rainy Day Women, and created their Sleigh Bed EP cover and initial tour posters. Sean is in the last year of his Urban & Regional Planning degree. He also has a very catchy side project called Sunny. Kieran is a photographer who also studied Graphic Design. Liam is a successful painter, and studied Illustration at university. So you'd think someone, anyone, in Perth would want to give us a job, but you'd be wrong.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

2013 will see us developing and executing our live show as often as we can, as well as releasing at least another EP. We have plenty of material lying about, so it's just a matter of getting it in a state worthy of releasing.

Australian music is…?

The Australian music scene is a unique place for artists to occupy, and can be one of the best in the world if you know how to market yourself, but at other times it can feel very segregated from the rest of the world. There's gold here if you know where to dig.

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I Know Leopard

Featured Artist

2014

5

May

I Know Leopard

( )

Sydney, NSW

I Know Leopard are a Sydney five-piece making celestial, ‘70s inspired pop tunes with an unintentional penchant for pulling heart strings.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Collectively, we have a pretty wide variety of musical influences but the most important thing to us has always been the feels. For us, a song has to give you those warm, heady feelings in order for it to work. A big influence for I Know Leopard has come from a lot of the ballady, sunshine pop of the 70's like The Beach Boys, 10cc and Electric Light Orchestra. There's something about the warm, tight rhythm sections and romantic melodies that really hits home for us. So I guess we chose to engage with that vibe and try to bring a modernity to it.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Probably our friends. We are lucky enough to belong to a tight knit community of artists, musicians and filmmakers here in Sydney. Over the years, we have continued to collaborate and inspire one another. Its a wonderful thing to feel a sense of belonging to a group of like-minded people. It drives you further creatively and makes it all the more worth it. That's what 'Hold This Tight' is all about essentially. We wrote that song as a kind of ode to friendship and a vow of devotion to our little collective.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The most memorable advice we ever received was from one of our best buddies Josh Moriarty from Miami Horror and All The Colours. We were discussing how, as an unsigned band, the music industry can be a bit of a jungle to navigate when you're starting out your career. His advice was as profound as it was succinct - "Nah, all you gotta do is keep making rad shit." True that, we all thought.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
An oldie but 'The song formerly known as' by Regurgitator has never failed to transform my day upon one listen.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Autoluminescent by Rowland S Howard. A devastatingly beautiful song by one of my favourite Australian artists ever. The melancholy in that voice coupled with the fragility evoked by the instrumentation is for me the ultimate tear-jerker.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Probably Uncertainty by Jagwar Ma. I've lost myself on the d-floor a couple of times recently to that one. Its got such a great hook and makes you shake your ass at the same time as sending you into a psychedelic trance. Good combo.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I went to was in Sydney but the band was actually a Melbourne outfit called Jimmy Tait. It was at this super cool, intimate little venue in Newtown called The Midnight Special. Uniquely, the stage there is split so that half the band plays on one side of the room and the other half plays on the other. Jimmy Tait were wonderful. Their songs were kind of like gothic tinged lullabies. The frontwoman's vocals were so effortlessly melodic and they just floated perfectly above the conversely dark and at times noise-esque vibe of the band. They were so enjoyable! I highly recommend.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Just as inspiring as all the amazing bands in Sydney are the venue bookers, managers and promoters who continue to put on gigs every week regardless of turnouts. It shows how much they do it for the love of music. A few years ago Sydney was experiencing a bit a lull in the live music scene but I think it's fast recovering thanks to all the new venues popping up around Sydney lately, giving more and more bands an outlet to present their work. As far as bands go, I really like it that Sydney doesn't have a signature sound. It is a city of largely disparate styles. We love Little Bastard, Battleships, The Laurels, Dappled Cities and our great comrades Rapids who have recently called it quits but have the most exciting new incarnation on the rise called 'Mossy' which is sure to blow everyone's minds.

What are your plans for I Know Leopard in 2014?
Well we just shot a clip for Daisy Eyes on the weekend so that will be out in a week or so.  Our EP, Illumina also drops on May 16th and we will be announcing a national tour to support it very soon! We have also been busy writing songs for a new record so we can't wait to bunker down in the studio once again.
 

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phon

Featured Artist

2014

25

Mar

phon

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane two-piece The Phoncurves are getting quite the name for themselves, making striking acoustic pop songs with mesmerising harmonies and springy instrumentation.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I guess our development was a bit backwards, when compared with other bands. We started recording our music before we played anything live, so the recording studio kind of became our home base. We’re really into layering sounds, especially vocals, and we experiment with this a lot in the studio. Then we kind of build our song layer by layer. We find it really fun, and it is how we have been able to develop our sound. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Oh definitely each other, and other musicians. We listen to a lot of music. 
 
What can punters expect from The Phoncurves live show?
 
Well we’ve actually been rehearsing a new set list that incorporates songs from our new EP, which is being released in the next couple of months. We’re really excited about it, so hopefully the audience can get a taste of our excitement!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
 
We studied music together at university, and we had a really funny lecturer who always had some sage pieces of advice for us. We laugh about it now but his little one-liners have always stuck with us: ‘Any effect is at the cost of intelligibility’, ‘no-one wants to work with a prick’ ‘That kick drum sounds like a duck fart in the distance’ etc. etc.  
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Ball Park Music – ‘It’s nice to be alive’ 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Why would you want to make someone cry haha! Big Scary ‘Luck Now’ always makes me teary. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
Chela ‘Romanticise’!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
We went to GOVS EP launch at X&Y bar in Fortitude Valley. It was really good! Josiah Birrell – The man behind GOVS, just knows how to put on a good show!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
 
There are heaps of great bands and artists that inspire us like Emma Louise, Seja, GOVS, MTNS, The Kite String Tangle, Pigeon, The Trouble With Templeton. Brisbane is very exciting at the moment!
 
What are your plans for The Phoncurves in 2014?
 
Releasing our EP in the next couple of months, doing lots of live shows, and hopefully getting back into the studio to create some more music!

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Little May

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Little May

Sydney, NSW

Indie-folk trio Little May are this week's feature artist. We spoke to them about developing their sound, their upcoming spot at St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Sydney and what's on the horizon in 2014...

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Our music would fall into the folk/indie/pop category.  We never set out to create a certain sound, but we have been concentrating on songwriting for a while.  I think it took years of us playing bad covers and writing really average songs to get to a point where we felt we were developing our own thing.

We have a lot of different influences which is really awesome when it comes to writing collaboratively.  We are still an acoustic trio, but there are a lot of influences coming through that aren’t just folk. It just so happened that we wrote these songs on acoustic instruments, because thats all we have ever played.  Going into the studio to record the EP played a massive role in developing our sound.  All the things we had originally envisioned the songs doing dynamically we could now do, and we weren’t limited to two guitars, a stomp box and Hannah’s attempts at using a Cabasa.  We were listening to Local Natives ‘Hummingbird’, Half Moon Run ‘Dark Eyes’ and Alt J when we were recording, and I think those albums really inspired us and gave us a lot to think about production wise.  From then, it was an obvious move to start playing with a band. We were writing songs that were asking for more.  I think we’re finally at a point now where we know what sounds like “Little May” and what doesn’t.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can the crowd at Laneway in Sydney expect from the Little May live show?
We are seriously so amazed and thankful that we get to play Laneway this year.  We were all literally beside ourselves that day it was announced. We have never played a festival before, so it will be a pretty new experience.  Our live show is getting bigger and a little darker at times. We’re gradually adding more people too. We’ve got three of our close friends playing with us; Cat, Mark and Sam, which should be good fun.

How did Little May form?
Hannah and I (Liz) had been playing together since we were about 17.  We met in high school and we instantly clicked.  We listened to a lot of the same music, and would spend most weekends playing really bad covers, namely ‘Save Tonight’ by Eagle Eye Cherry.  Eventually we started writing our own songs and started singing together and blending our voices.  The three of us formed under Little May around mid 2012 when we decided we needed another guitarist.  I knew Annie from early high school so we started jamming together, bought a PA and started doing open mic nights and gigs.

What are you three doing when you’re not playing in Little May?
We live in each others pockets so it’s kind of strange when we aren’t together.  We all have our jobs on the side, and have our own little things going on.  Annie is a graphic designer, she draws a lot. Hannah and I can’t draw. We go up to my parents farm in Wollombi quite a bit, sometimes to write and rehearse or to just to do nothing. We like going to gigs too.

What are your plans for Little May in 2014?
We will be releasing our EP around April this year.  We are playing Secret Garden and touring with Mikhael Paskalev in March which will be amazing. The main focus for for us is to keep writing, recording and rehearsing.  It’s all about the songs, so we want to just keep the ball rolling and from then we can see where the year will take us.  I think we will be recording all of our new stuff too.

Australian music is…?
...amazing right now.  It’s very inspiring to see what some Australian artists are doing, and to see them taking on the world is really cool.

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Sahara Beck

Featured Artist

2014

25

Aug

Sahara Beck

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Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck is an 18-year-old Brisbane-based singer with an impressive résumé and promising future. Her latest single 'Brother Sister' showcases her love of rhythm, her strong narrative voice, and is an assured folk-pop hit.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I never really know how to answer that. My sound will never fully be developed as I will always be chasing the sounds I have in my head and I always wonder how long it will take for me to learn how to replicate those sounds in real life when I have no idea what they are. I would say my music is based very much around it's rhythmic melodies as that is what I listen to in other peoples songs musically and that may have rubbed off on me.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Everything... without sounding Arty Farty. I get inspiration from everything that happens around me. The funny thing is that I don't draw so much influence and inspiration from other artists as I feel like they have alreday created something that is their own and there is no point in trying to replicate that.
 
What can punters expect from a Sahara Beck live show?
When I'm with the band we bring along a million drums and dance a lot. It's a lot of fun. However when I play solo I go for a more intimate and quiet performance.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When I first started out playing music my mum told me "Don't try to be like anyone else because they're already taken. If you can hear music in your head, you should try to share it with everyone in the purest way you can and don't worry if people don't understand it at first, if you stick to it, you can create your own space in the music world and not only will they understand it, they will join you".
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Maybe 'Beanni' by The Cat Empire... That song makes me happy anyway :)
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Everything, You Know?' by Louie and Patrick from Potato Potato. Such a sad but beautifully written song.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Well I wouldn't be a very good DJ so I would probably stuff it up somehow or just put on Tame Impala and go hang out in the calmer corner of the party.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I recently saw my friends from the Jensens play in Fortitude Valley and then at a house party later that night. It was really good.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Queensland music community that inspire you.
The people I surround myself with in the Queensland music community are all self aware of themselves and each others music. We know that we are playing music because we couldn't stop if we tried, we don't play to get an ego kick. I wouldn't know where to start the list and where to stop but each and everyone of them inspire me because we all go to each others gigs and help out in anyway we can.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
In October I am releasing my EP 'Bloom' which I am going on tour with, I'm looking forward to sharing these new songs with everyone.

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Split Seconds

Featured Artist

2014

25

Oct

Split Seconds

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Melbourne, VIC

From the former lead singer of New Rules for Boats comes Split Seconds - Sean Pollard's solo project.

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?

I think we got our sound from trying to sound like a bunch of really great singers and bands and sort of failing but then finding something we liked anyway. So it was all a bit of a deliberate accident. We listen to a lot of Spoon and a lot of good Australian stuff like The Go Betweens and The Drones - so something in that ballpark is what we're going for at the moment!

What should a punter expect at your show?

We have lots of male harmonies going on - people always comment on the manmonies.

Tell us about making music in the most isolated city in the world…

Perth is great because new bands always have a bunch of time to sort out their sound before anyone goes out to see them. So by the time anyone starts paying attention they're actually pretty good. And then everyone gets all excited and goes to see them and helps them out. Basically - it's a great place to hide your mistakes and a really great place to show off when you've sorted them out. It's tops!

What’s coming up in the future?

Our first EP is coming out really soon. It has 6 songs about London on it so we're looking forward to playing that to some friendly strangers. We're playing a few festivals soon too so we'll be trying to resist the urge to wear shorts on stage. We're also trying to build a studio where we can record our first album. It's really hard because we can see a brutal Perth summer on the horizon and the little garage we've built it in is almost definitely going to become a heat cauldron as soon as it gets anywhere near 30 degrees. We bought an air conditioner but it only cools half the room. I predict that we will be sweatily hanging out in that half of the room in the future. Also we don't have any money so when we say "build a studio" we mean "borrow everyone's gear and try not to break it".

Australian music is?

Pinball Les by Custard.

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Polish Club

Featured Artist

2015

9

Mar

Polish Club

Sydney, NSW

Sydney 2-piece Polish Club make music much louder than the sum of their parts and are this weeks feature artist. Get stuck in to their blend of soulful and raucous rock n roll.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
We did what came easiest and what was most fun. It was pretty simple. We know each other's musical strengths, took them as a starting point and rolled with what came out. We use the simplicity of our setup to our advantage. It's a situation where you're exposed much more than a more populated band, so you better make damn sure what you're doing is adding something to the equation.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Rooms with no natural light, Motown, 2003, cheeseburgers, Mi Goreng, a delicate balance between self-deprecation and hubris.
 
What can punters expect from a Polish Club live show?
 
Two blokes playing as hard as they can. One sweating a lot more than the other. A great songs-per-minute ratio - our songs are straight to the point. Unique facial expressions. A solid dose of crazy eye.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
My (Novak's) father always told me: "No false modesty". 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Savage Garden - The Animal Song. Careless and free 4eva.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
What kind of cry are we going for? Paul Kelly's Deeper Water... or Wasabi by Lee Harding. :(
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Courtney Barnett. Her songs are sick. She has a sick band and she goes hard.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
Dangerous Dave, our friend and engineer. Chris Bradstreet, our friend and producer. Tommy Thoms, our friend and videographer. They were kind enough to record our first tracks and video out of the kindness of their hearts. We, and we're sure most other locals bands, would be nowhere without people like them. Also, we're infinitely inspired by all Sydney bands. Anyone who tells you that they don't want to be better than the rest is a big fat liar, and that's what gets us off our asses in the first place.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
 
We're supporting Jesus Jones at The Factory Theatre this Saturday. We've also got a sexy new video for "Able" coming out in the next week or so. After that, we're going to write new music, gig around as much of Australia as possible, design a line of lush Polish Club towels, not get a bassist, find a new apartment, visit Japan, consider a funk and/or disco side project, inevitably realise that's a terrible idea.

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Violet Swells

Featured Artist

2014

22

Dec

Violet Swells

( )

Hobart, TAS

Hobart psych-rockers Violet Swells are one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be taking the stage at Falls in Marion Bay this NYE.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound comes from hours of tinkering with delays, reverbs and distortions in my spare room. I like the Phil Spector idea of squishing together different instruments playing the same things to create new sounds. This is done really easily in the digital world, and allows for a lot of fun experimentation with melody and arrangement.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Whether it is, reading, watching, listening, or hearing, anything creative can inspire me. Just seeing someone else flex his or her muscles of ingenuity gets me in the mood to flex my own. When I was in Grade Three this amateur artist came to talk to my class. I don’t really remember the specifics of his narrative (and at this point it’s not really all that important), but I remember that everyone was secretly drawing and writing stories behind their books during the silent reading time afterwards. Even the teacher, who got wise to our ploy, brought out crayons and abolished the dreaded reading. For a brief moment in time we were all transfixed by the speakers words and driven to then create ourselves. I have marvelled at how contagious creativeness can be ever since. Its great to be inspired by something directly (writing a song about a certain book or film for instance), but sometimes the best ideas come from just having that want to create.         
 
You’re the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can punters at Falls in Marion Bay expect from the Violet Swells live show?
I have just started playing electric guitar (instead of acoustic) live, so lots of fuzz, delay, and extended noise sections. We’ve been playing pretty steadily since March, so at this point, we can belt out our current batch of songs with our eyes closed. Because of this we play around with the songs a lot, which has been a good way to keep an exciting energy for us and the audience. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I started listening to podcasts from Kevin Smith last year, who is prone to emitting pearls of wisdom every now and then. One moving antidote in particular would be the account of his Fathers death. To put it simply, he was called to the hospital late one night, as his dad had been admitted. Sadly he had passed by the time Kevin arrived. His brother went on to explain the circumstances of their father’s death stating, “Dad died screaming”. Kevin goes on to explain that this caused something of an epiphany, realising that even though his father lived a wholesome, good natured life, he still suffered a hellish agony in his last moments. Given this, it doesn’t matter how you live your life, you’re going to die (most likely in a painful manner), so you should take the chance to do what you want while you can. Dreary I know, but hearing the story straight from Kevins mouth is really quite powerful.       
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I guess it would depend on why they were crying. To Love Somebody by The Bee Gees is a blissful little pop song that always puts a smile on my face. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Err, I have never really thought about attempting that. Maybe something by Rowland S Howard. She Cried, or Shivers?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
There a song by The Black Diamonds on Youtube that remains nameless, but has a great energy. I guess you’d call it a banger.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We had our single launch at The Brisbane Hotel last night. It was great to play on a familiar stage to familiar faces after spending the last few weekends darting around the country. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Tassie music community that inspire you.
Not a band, but the people at MONA are giving us all the chance to experience some really cool stuff that we otherwise wouldn’t in Tasmania. For instance, a few weeks ago they had a free afternoon of Motown and African American Gospel. I am pretty thankful for being able to experience such a diverse range of music and art, essentially in my backyard. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
I am recording something special for a release early next year at the moment. It’s a little left field of our current sound, and is basically me experimenting with seeing how far I can exaggerate a few ideas. But after that potential disaster, we will return to the Violet Swells cannon with another EP and then album to close out the year.

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