Archive for March, 2008

Snob Scrilla

March 30, 2008

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Snob Scrilla is a really cool guy that plays hip hop/electro music with a mix of indie rock- turns out to be a great combo. After listening to a few of his songs, I felt like seeing him live would be something awesome! Not only does he get the musical combinations right, his singing/rapping and lyrics are funny and interesting, you might catch yourself singing along after a while.
His interview shows his personality off more- you’ll find he’s as fun and lively as his music is.

How did you come up with the name?
Snob Scrilla actually came about when I was conceptualizing the project. See in the Bay Area in Northern Cali the term scrilla means cash. And with this project I wanted to complete throw out what would be the “viable market” product and just do what ever the hell I felt like doing in the lab. Hence I was gonna snob the cash and stick to my creative vision. Snob Scrilla…

Tell me a little about yourself?
My names Sean, I’m 24, raised in Cali and now residing in Sydney. I enjoy watching the sunset and long walks on the beach collecting shells.

What did you do before the music making started?
I’ve actually been making music my whole life, literally since I was in 4th or 5th grade. But I was also studying in Newcastle, which is why I initially came down here.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Starting out was a serious grind actually. Initially just to get my name out i was working as an MC in clubs. i was broke as hell because at the time under my visa I couldn’t work and I was doing gigs for free just to get as many as possible. My girlfriend would drive me from newcastle all over the place to do these hole in wall nights where I wasn’t even getting paid, she was seriously the only way that I survived. Slowly my name and profile as an MC started to build and I got to the point where I was meeting the people I wanted to meet and performing in the places where I wanted to perform. that lasted for about three and a half years just making the contacts, networking, and tallying up favors with the right people. Then I connected with Audius and we locked ourselves in the lab for another 7 months crafting this project. Once that was done it was time to call on all those connects and favors to get it out there and heard and so far it seems like the long grind is paying off.

Any big plans for the near future?
The main focus at the moment is the live show. We are putting something really crazy together that I think is gonna blow people away. To me that’s the most exciting part of the process, the live show. I can’t wait to show you guys when we come out your way…

Random questions:
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Man that’s a tough one because I’m listening to so much but I’ll give you three. I have been knocking Miami Horror’s remix of Faker’s “Heartattack”. Actually I have been knocking all of Miami’s stuff, he’s seriously the shit. I have been listening to “We Are Rockstars” by Does It Offend You Yeah. And I have been listening to Rock Steady in The Night by Digikid84…check these kids out they are on some throwback electro meets boogaloo steez and i love it…

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Wow how boring am I…my ipod…

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
No, but now I want to…thanks for that. Oh but I always wanted to get a dog so I could name it monkey cause i thought that would be kinda funny. Cause you would be all like “Monkey!!!” and this little dog would come running and how funny would that be? No? whatever…

Does being in the music making business help in picking up girls?
Yeah chicks dig it…but the music gives completely the wrong image. Girls think I’m all cool and stuff, then they hang with me and I’m like “let’s go bowling” or “let’s play guitar hero!!!”. I can only imagine the disappointment they must feel!!! hahaha… I need someone who understands my geekiness lol…

What’s the most embarassing thing that’s happened during a live gig?
Well this gig at Ruby Rabbit that was basically not a gig for me to be doing the first place. it was arts exhibition night called fashique…I was running hella late cause I was in a session with Jake from Something With Numbers who was vocaling this track on my album.Anyway we finally show up after the promoter has been calling my phone about 10 times, she’s pissed off cause we didn’t get to do soundcheck and we are screwing up the schedule of the night. Then when we hit the stage the music levels are all over the place and halfway through the first song the mic just decides to switch itself off. Then people start walking out and they all turn their backs on me cause i’m up there the music sound like crap and I’m basically screaming over the top to be heard cause the mic’s no working anymore. So I just went even harder nearly fell off the stage and broke my neck and basically amused myself acting like a madman. I think I still earned a couple fans that night though. Whatever…me and Jake had fun ha…

Has any crazy fans done anything weird?
There was one guy who asked me if I would appreciate him getting “snob scrilla” tattooed down the length of his arm. What do you say to that? Well I’m a jerk…so I say hell yes!!!!…we’ll see if he’s got new ink next time I see him lol!!!

Now for all you Sydney people out there- you’re lucky enough to have the chance to see Snob Scrilla live in two weeks (check out his myspace link for more details!). Plus a single will be out on iTunes at the end of April so keep an eye out for that!

Links:
Snob Scrilla Msypace

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sorry-ok-yes

March 29, 2008

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sorry-ok-yes is made up 3 boys from Italy –
Marco condo: bass, circuit bent toys, 8-bit synth
Thomas taddeo: drums, drum-machine’s, circuit bent toys
Davide materazzi: vocals, guitar, 8-bit synth, songwriting

This is the second Italian trio I’ve featured (Superfast Ferries), maybe they’ve got something good going on that we don’t know about?

sorry-ok-yes’ music is the fast paced, high energy, crazy, fun, get up and dance type of music! They’ve managed to combine their band instruments with synths really well so neither one takes over the other too much. The guitar and bass melodies are amazing and the keeper of the beats (drummer) does a really good job in creating a great rhythm to dance to. In addition to the whole combination- the Italian accented singing does add a little something. They’ve played with The Futureheads, Polysics, The Kits, Proxy, Melody Nelson, Hot Gossip & The Mojomatics.

Did this interview with Davide and Thomas and it was done over msn- more entertaining and teasing among the boys.
How did you come up with the name?
D- mm the name sounds cool. We took 3 very common words and put them together. And also is very easy to remember.

So where are all you guys from?
D-Arezzo, a small city near florence (tuscany, Italy). Anyway we never play live shows here in Arezzo because there’s absolutely NOTHING. We’re in the middle of nowhere.

Where do you end up playing most of your live shows?
D-We love to travel and play in front of different crowds. We play a lot in Italy even if it’s very hard to get some shows booked. Then we play a lot in the UK (where our label is based). We’ll tour the U.S. in Aug/Sept and we’ll also tour Germany and Finland in Dec 2008.

How’d you guys start out and was it hard?
T-It wasn’t hard, we were a duo. I played drums and Davide guitar. Then we met marco and we started this project everything got bigger when we put our first tracks on myspace. We recorded them live with two cheap mic’s. We started to move a lot for playing shows. That’s when everything really started being cool!
Well you do have an awesome sound and everyone always loves something different. Being on drums you’re good at coming up with catchy beats Thomas.
T- Thanks a lot
D- Haha thanks. The songs on the space are pretty old and badly recorded. Anyways the single will be out very very soon.

Well I predict big things if ppl love your old and badly recorded songs…I mean imagine if they were good quality and all
D- Yeah! That’s cool, we got a record deal, toured the uk and got 140000 plays on myspace with those songs.

So what did you all do before playing music in the group?
D-mm nothing special, everything a young guy does: sport, school, friends.
Our bass player is a very good motorcyclist haha, and thomas is the greatest football player in the world
T- AHAH

And that’s all the serious stuff- the next few questions are totally random.
Has anything crazy weird random happened during a live show or you’ve done something embarrassing?

D- Let me think…well a month ago we were playing in front of 300/400 people (we were supporting a Polysics show here in Italy) and at the end of the show (while we were still playing) I kicked a cymbal stand and it fell on Thomas’ hand, then he kicked it again toward me.
Marco was still playing his bass and he did not see the scene haha. Anyway the crowd loved it.

hahhaha that’s awesome-any crazy fans?
D- Italians are not crazy during live shows. They stay in front of you and simply do nothing. Sometimes they dance but they’re very shy.

Okay who out of the three of you dances the best/worst?
D- Marco is a great dancer!
T- ahah
D- I really like to dance and Thomas is good too. But marco is talented
T- Yes but Marco dances like a little bird

Hahhaha- ookay so what song have you been listening to the past few weeks?
D- I’m listening to crystal castles debut every morning, every afternoon and every night.
T- Strange times -BLACK KEYS

Ahhh good songs
T- Yes, very good
D- yes the black keys rule

Name one materialistic thing you can’t live without?
D- My laptop. and a guitar too, Obviously.
T- ONLY DRUMS AND…..JOHN BONHAM
D- but he’s not materialistic
T- is a god

Well I guess if he was a material you couldn’t live without it then. haha

Who’s the best band you’ve opened for?
D- Polysics for sure. Amazing show, really high energy. They’re amazing musicians even if the show was a bit long

Does being in a band help pick up?
D- Hahahha yeah- but Marco loves boys. Thomas is the typical Italian stallion haha.
T- yeah SIFFREDI ROCCO.
D- haha
Marco’s nickname is coglione
T- my is: STALLONE
D- (he would like…) haha

What does Coglione mean?
D- Coglione means mmm- a funny guy

Just a note- Marco is not actually gay, they just teased him a lot cuz he wasn’t in the conversation to defend himself.

So everyone should have a listen to their music on super loud and have a good dance around their rooms. Their single will be out in April ( real soon! ) and so you’d have some better quality music to love them even more.

Links:
sorry-ok-yes Myspace

Donna Sgro

March 26, 2008

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Donna Sgro is another Australian fashion designer with a unique style – her creatively playful and sophisticated designs are already popular around Australia. Her clothes have a playful vibe because of the colour combinations she uses and her accessories include big buttons and cute robot necklaces. There’s also clothing she designs for the people who need to look more sophisticated, but they also want to add a bit of their alternative side to the outfit.
Check out her interview:

How did you come up with the name?
Donna Sgro is my name. The name of the Transeasonal 2008 is Cosmic Dancer, a bit of an homage to T-Rex and all things space/music inspired.

Who’s the brains behind the designs- Tell me a bit about yourself?
I am the brains, body, soul and everything else of the label Donna Sgro. I have come to fashion design via an original interest in art/design history and theory, with an idea to create garments and accessories that communicate some of the ideas I am fascinated by. I am pretty independently minded and creatively inspired to translate my experiences into design outcomes. I initially was inspired to start fashion design because I wanted to create garments that I was looking for and couldn’t find.

When and how did you start out?
I studied Fashion & Textile Design at the University of Technology, Sydney and finished at the end of 2006. Prior to this I couldn’t really sew but had a mission to start my own business. I launched the Donna Sgro label in 2007 and showed my first full commercial range Cosmic Dancer Transeasonal 2008 as part of RAFW New Generation Group Show in October 2007.

Was it hard to actually start producing clothes?
It has been a long process to get started, and a necessary high learning curve. Samples take a while to develop and getting everything in place for production takes longer, so the initial start-up period has been almost a year.

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
Everything and anything that I find interesting or inspiring. For the Cosmic Dancer collection it was vintage robots, space inspired music and graphics, T-Rex, contrasting colour combinations, antarctic glacier scapes and experimentation. Also really important for me is to create garments that are fun, edgy, tailored and ultimately wearable with interesting details and finishes to make them special for the wearer.

What did you do before you began designing?
I was working for a small publisher just prior to UTS. Before that I had studied a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theory at Sydney University, with lots of research into modernist art movements and writers.

Any advice for design students who wants to start a line?
Do lots of research, plan ahead and have a strong commitment to your individual vision, while also taking on lots of advice.

Any big plans in the near future?
I have just sampled my new Spring/Summer 2009 range, STRANGE GAMES so am focussing on implementing the sales plan and having the range available for the people out there who would be interested to buy it.

–Random Questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
A CD of songs – Andrew Wetherall’s album SCI FI LO FI

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Can I say coffee? or in this Sydney humidity it would have to be thongs!

Click on the links to have a good look at her sexy designs and if it really suits you, take a look at her online store!

Links:
Donna Sgro Site
Donna Sgro Myspace
Donna Sgro Online Store

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scifen

March 25, 2008

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Today, I introduce to you Scifen- t-shirt designs that are psycho hot with splashes of colour. There are some shirts that have designs mixed with a good combination of bright colours, but they also provide shirts that have colour but are more low-key for people who don’t like to grab too much attention. Since they are ridiculously popular and insanely busy stocking their clothes in so many stores all over america, there was no way I could grab an interview. Click on the link to know some more about them and to take a look at some of their stock- and there’s an online store if you wanna grab a few shirts!

Links:
Scifen Site

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Megan Isabella

March 23, 2008

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Megan Isabella was one of the artists from the Unwrapped festival that caught my attention. Her art has a bit of a pop art influence- she uses bright colours and the finished product gives off a fun and quirky vibe. Putting one or two of her art in your room will definitely brighten it up and it will grab the attention of any visitors! During the festival, she had her paintings up as well as her buttons and cards on display. While I was taking a peek at her paintings, I saw that she was doing well with selling her cards and buttons to many people- itโ€™s something that appeals to a lot of people.

Who’s the brains behind the designs- tell me a little about yourself ?
My name is Megan and I like to go by the name Megan Isabella (because I think my middle name is too cute to be left out!) hah I turn 21 on the 27th of May and I grew up in Bunbury, Western Australia. I studied Fine Arts & Communications at Uni for a while but I have switched my studies to a course in Graphic Design at TAFE. I went on a trip to Europe last year and spent a month of that all by myself, travelling around Germany, Holland and Austria. It was an inspiring trip!

When and how did you start out?
I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to start a pencil. I’m mostly obsessed with sketching people. And pretty girls- although recently I have been trying to do more male drawings as well. I didn’t make the decision to go professional with my illustration until I got back from My Europe trip in November last year, so since then I have thrown myself out there! As soon as I got back I started drawing and put my illustrations onto gift cards, then walked right into shops and just said “Hey, do you like my stuff?” Now I have them selling in Unison, One Teaspoon, Off the Wall and Ketih & Lottie. It was a little scary I admit J. I also do them on canvas pieces and Button Badges, but what I really would like to do is get them on T-shirts, Stationary, Pocket Mirrors and anything I can get my hands on!

Was it hard to start producing a lot of products?
It still is…I first did them all by hand- but that got way too hard! I was using a makeshift light table (which consisted of me shoving a desk lamp underneath the glass kitchen table.) I have great ideas- but no money to be able to see them through.

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
I love reflecting personalities and the way people react by themselves or with each other. I usually focus on the young generation and what I believe to be the “art culture” of Perth. I want to draw people with fun and attitude. Other than that I like to design things that are colourful and striking.

What did you do before you began designing?
A major in Performance studies! I directed, performed, set designed, taught- everything. The Hayman Theatre at Curtin University was a great place to learn.

Any big plans for the near future?
To enter as many competitions as I can, and try any way possible to get people to notice my stuff. (Oh and to actually FINISH a qualification)

Any advice for artists who wan’t to follow the path you’re on?
Meet other artists for inspiration and advice.
Also: get used to not having money.

–Random Questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
“Rainbow Warriors” By Coco Rosie

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Oooh that’s a hard one! Probably a hairbrush. I hate knots!

Check out her art on the links or youโ€™ll be missing out on some good shiz! Maybe even buy a few things to brighten up your life- I mean why not get them while theyโ€™re still affordable? She could be the next big thing!

– Some of the photos I took of her work can be seen if you go to the “Unwrapped- The Day” feature.
Links:
Megan Isabella Myspace
Megan Isabella Online Shop

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Keith & Lottie

March 21, 2008

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Keith And Lottie is an amazing art exhibition place as well as a store rolled into one- so it captures the interest of more people than the average store.
Walking in there you’re amazed at all the unexpected and creative things you see – A good friend of mine has even had his skateboard art up there for an exhibition a few weeks ago.

I’d better leave the experts to explain what the store is all about:
What’s your name and what do you do?
My name is Kristine and I’m the Gallery Coordinator here at K+L. I do the bookings for the gallery and assist the artists with organising their exhibition. I also work in the store and help out with whatever odd jobs come along.

What do you stock in the store?
We sell art and design based products from around the globe. From clothes to toys, accessories to homewares, we sell nothing in particular, yet everything of interest.
Some of our brands include, Princess Tina (Melb), BKTM (Melb), Hayley Mei (Melb), Erica Weiner Jewelry (USA), rojo (Spain), Keep shoes (USA), The Quiet Life (USA) and loads more.

Tell me about the history of the store?
Keith + Lottie opened just over three years ago. We first opened as a retail store but a few months later, it seemed a natural progression to open the gallery.
There are so many fresh young artists that want to get there work recognised. Having the gallery not only helps us promote up and coming talent, it also means that the people that come through the store can understand the work that goes into the products they are buying.

Who’s the brains behind the store?
Aimee Johns set up Keith + Lottie in 2004. Besides running K+L, she has intitiated and assisted in many projects to promote the arts in Northbridge.
She was one of the primary organisers of the 2007 Northbridge Festival and last year established the William Street Collective. William Street is shaping up to be one of Perth’s trendiest strips with new independent boutiques popping up all over the place. Check out www.onwilliam.com.au to have a look at some of Northbridge’s best kept secrets.

I know that starting thursday night you guys had another little art exhibition?
Next Wednesday the 19th of March we have a really exciting exhibition opening in our gallery. The exhibition is called ‘Menagerie’ and will show the newest works by Beci Orpin, the creator of Melbourne based label ‘Princess TIna’.
Featuring a collection of collages, perspex sculptures, wood and papercuts, Beci will transform the gallery into a Menagerie. Beci is well known for her whimsical designs and feminine dreamscapes so this show will no doubt be absolutely gorgeous.
To celebrate this exciting show, K+L will be hosting opening drinks on Wednesday night. The doors open at 6pm and everyone is welcome.
The exhibition runs until the 4th April, open daily 11am to 6pm. For more information visit the gallery section of our website, www.keithandlottie.com/gallery

To keep up with all the K+L news, including upcoming exhibitions join our mailing list on the main page of our site, www.keithandlottie.com

The links below are all the ways you can check out Keith and Lottie, but if you’re in Perth the best thing to do is to go to the place and check it out for real. The William Street Collective is a group of small independent alternative stores that stock the best clothes and accessories along William Street- so while you’re there checking out Keith and Lottie, have a look at the other stores!

LINKS:
Keith And Lottie Site
Keith And Lottie Myspace
Keith and Lottie Facebook
William Street Collective

Tiger Army Review

March 21, 2008

As well as Cat Power, Ceils also saw the Tiger Army gig!

Check out her blog to read the review and her ‘high-larious’ thoughts and antics.

Links:
Tiger Army Official Site
Tiger Army Myspace

Circuit Breaker

March 20, 2008

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Here’s another new musician that has sweet electro music and is worth listening to before he gets psycho popular and too busy to talk to you! Circuit Breaker is a young guy who makes music from his bedroom, but the quality is far from ‘mucking about in the bedroom’ material. Many people have said that his music sounds fairly similar to Massive Attack, Primal Scream and Spiritualized. He’s also contributed his music into 3am Association, a Trip Hop collective from Nottingham. Not only does he make his own music, he also does recording for local bands.

Check out his interview:

How did you come up with the name?
I stole it from Royksopp ๐Ÿ™‚

Tell me a bit about yourself?
The names Dan Sheen, 17 and i’m from Kirkby – in – Ashfield near Nottingham, England

What did you do before you started making music?
Not much really, played a bit of cricket ๐Ÿ˜›

How did you start out/ was it hard?
I started out playing guitar in a few bands but got bored and thought I’d be better of doing it all myself… I was right ๐Ÿ™‚

Any big plans for the near future?
Hopefully get a single out in a couple of months if I can get my arse in gear and get it sorted! I’m also filming my first video next week! Very excited ๐Ÿ™‚

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Weekend Wars by MGMT like EVERYONE else! I’ve started getting into The Doors again too. Most new music seems a bit boring to me.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Substance by Joy Division, but i suppose i’d need a CD player to play it on!

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
Yes, Hubert Cumberdale ๐Ÿ™‚
(That’s the name of the finger puppet on the disturbing animation- Salad Fingers)

Now click on the links and have a listen!
Links:
Circuit Breaker Myspace
Number One Music Page

Cat Power Review

March 19, 2008

For Cat Power fans- read the famous gig reviewer Celia as she writes about her night watching them live.

Links:
Killabot’s Blog/Music Review
Cat Power’s Myspace
Cat Power Official Site

Nudge Nudge Nudge [Update]

March 19, 2008

Hey check out who’s got a new tune up!
Nudge Nudge Nudge was featured earlier- Click on the link to have a read and listen.