Total Giovanni is an experience. It is a feeling. It is the most sexually charged discothèque this side of the tropic of Capricorn.
Off the back of a HUGE sold out tour around the country, Sydney outfit Ocean Alley take you on a sweet journey of infused energetic reggae and psychedelic-rock with their new single 'The Comedown'.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is a mix of psych, reggae and surf rock. Our sound has been developed over 6 years playing together in various garages and sheds in the beginning with a shift away from the garage aesthetic more recently.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
All the members have varied tastes and influences which give us a wide range of sounds to draw inspiration from. From classic rock to reggae to psychedelic, we love to mash all of our favourite sounds together.
What can punters expect from an Ocean Alley live show?
When we play live we always look forward to getting our energy from an involved crowd. We try to bring high energy playing and a cool looking vibe to the stage. If the crowd is having fun then we will be too.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We haven't had many musical mentors since we formed but some old wise man once told us to write more ballads. There are a lot of timeless ballads out there.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Sounds of Then' by Gang Gajang will cheer you up.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Black Flies by Ben Howard will get you crying.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Love at First Sight' by Kylie Minogue will make you move.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We played in Sydney last week at the Metro Theatre. They were the best shows we've played to date. We had so much fun on and off the stage. We also had some confetti filled balloons!
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
We are inspired by all the up and coming bands that do the miles and put the effort in to make a name for themselves. It can be a hard and long slog to make it as a touring band, but if you're a nice person and easy to get along with you'll go far.
What are your plans for 2017?
We have lots of studio time booked before the end of the year to finish off our next record. Also heading across the ditch to New Zealand for some festivals over New Years.View Profile Hide Interview
The Belligerents are an indie/dance 5-piece from Brisbane and one of the winners of our Parklife competition. They'll be whipping the early crowd into a frenzy at Parklife Brisbane on Saturday 29th September.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
We all met because we were hooking up with each others sisters, which is kind of awkward. We started jamming on a few songs that Lewis had written and then slowly started finding our feet and developing our sound. We all have different influences and tastes in music and it all sort of falls into place when we play together. Our first EP is quite different from our latest one and I think that our sound is going to continue to evolve over time. Kind of like Pokemon just different.
You’re one of the winners of our PARKLIFE competition. What can Parklife punters expect from The Belligerents live show?
Smoke machines, full frontal nudity, strobe lights and fun in the sun for the whole family. We're gonna try our hardest to put on the absolute best live show we've ever played and make it worthwhile for the people that come and see us.
What most excites you about playing and attending Parklife 2012?
The line-up is massive and we're incredibly stoked to be a part of it. We love Tame Impala and I'm pretty sure Lewis and Andy have some weird/semi-creepy band crush on The Presets, so we're definitely going to have an awesome time watching them. It's also going to be a lot of fun playing on such a huge stage because we'll finally have room to move around and bust out our dance moves.
What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?
I only moved over here in 2007 so I think the first proper gig I went to was Splendour 2008, which was mind blowing. I can't remember much but I'm pretty sure it was one of the best festivals I've ever been to.
What’s coming up in 2012?
First of all Parklife!!! Then we’re playing Valley Fiesta in Brisbane with Arrested Development in October. After that we will be back on the road towards the end of the year around November for a tour support and we’ll also be going back into the studio later this year.
Australian music is...
...awesome, great, fantastic, super, sick as!View Profile Hide Interview
Probably the most aptly named artist on triple j Unearthed, Sampa The Great has absolutely floored us with tracks from her debut mixtape as well as her outstanding live show. As the winner of our The Plot competition, she'll be taking that outstanding live show to the Atomic stage of The Plot festival in Parramatta on Saturday December 5.
Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots
Indie, Pop, Rock