Interview: David Le’aupepe & Joji Malani on Gang of Youths’ continued strides forward into the light

It seems just yesterday that we were celebrating Gang of Youths as a recently discovered band destined for success – yet here we are at the release of their sophomore record, Go Farther in Lightness. I caught up with frontman Dave Le’aupepe and lead guitarist Joji Malani about how Go Farther in Lightness came together, racism in the Australian music…

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Interview: Gabriel Akon on his journey to DyspOra & growing a hip hop empire in Adelaide with Playback808

Being able to speak with Gabriel Akon, I knew instantly I was speaking with an artist on the precipice of actual greatness. The Adelaide-based rapper has been making waves through much of this year; his work as DyspOra and as a label head of independent hip hop collective Playback808 set Akon’s course early and through 2017, the industry…

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Interview: Lance Ferguson on Raw Material and putting a spotlight on sampling

One of our favourite musical mavericks, Lance Ferguson, is gearing up to drop his new solo work in Raw Material tomorrow – a marked departure from what we heard from Ferguson last year, LANU‘s The Double Sunrise. Of course, two different projects but still, if what we’ve heard from Raw Material proves anything, it’s that the Melbourne-based musician is in…

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Interview: Travis Collins and Amber Lawrence on Our Backyard, Gympie Muster and 2017 milestones

 For the first time, country music singer/songwriters Travis Collins and Amber Lawrence have collaborated on their debut seven-track EP, Our Backyard. Friends since 2004, when they met at the College of Country Music (now Academy of Country Music), it’s been eight years since the duo hit the road together. With cemented solo careers and album…

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Interview: Washed Out (Ernest Greene) talks new album Mister Mellow & recovering from burning out

Following the release of his latest LP, Mister Mellow, Ernest Greene opens up about being overwhelmed in the internet-age, the inspiration behind crafting a visual-album companion piece and future Australian tour plans. Hi Ernest, thanks so much for your time. How are you going? Doing well, doing well. I’m sitting on a tour bus in Charleston,…

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Interview: Royal Blood talk a disdain for encores & becoming seasoned touring musos

Continuing our interview coverage from our time with Royal Blood in Sydney recently, Mike and Ben talk more on the development of their live shows and preparing for some of their biggest festival appearances yet, notably CalJam alongside Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age. “I think with another 10 songs that we get to play, obviously the set is going…

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