Posts Tagged ‘Melbourne’

Dub Fx

March 29, 2010

Dub Fx (Benjamin Stanford) started off being a street performer in St Kilda, Melbourne making music using only his beatboxing, vocals and loop effect pedals. As seen in the video below- the result is an amazing reggae/hip hop/dubstep style music that’s easy going to listen and dance to. Listening to the end result first, I personally didn’t think much of it until my friend showed me the making behind the product.

The entire process is just plain awesome.

Since starting out, he’s moved over to England to perform on the streets and through social networking and word of mouth- he’s shot up into popularity almost instantenously. He’s now performed all over the world with his good friend Flower Fairy who does some vocals on his tracks. He’s come out with an album, “Everythinks a Ripple” that was released in January this year (2010). Just watch the clip and I’m sure you’d want to check out the album.

Links:
Dub Fx Official Site
Dub Fx MySpace
Dub Fx Facebook

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The Crayon Fields

February 23, 2010

I know I have been ridiculously lazy in updating this- but you must believe that for me to wake up from my writing slumber to post this, it must be good. And oh- it- so- is.

During one of my regular music swapping session with a friend, he slipped “The Crayon Fields” into my USB. They are a four piece band from Melbourne that are just amazing in a simple and talented way. The soothing array of vocals are paired with cute melodies and instruments in the variety filled album “Animal Bells”. I love it so. Yes I do realise that this is an old album put out in 2006, just before people start accusing me of sounding like Nova (cough- new music?). Their new album “All the Pleasures of the World” was released last year (2009) so you should go and buy both albums and enjoy.

Links:
The Crayon Fields MySpace
The Crayon Fields Facebook (Unofficial)

Children Collide

July 7, 2009

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These Melbourne guys have sky-rocketed on the music scene (Yes, It’s a pun). Ryan Caesar, Johnny Mackay & Heath Crawley create music centred around Space and Rockets- their single “Farewell Rocketship” proved to be the most popular with the crowd wailing the chorus during their gig at Amps.

Their album “The Long Now” was released October 2008 but they did have three EP’s before hand:
2005: We Three, Brave And True
2006: Glass Mountain Liars
2009: Farewell Rocketship

I would love to put up a free link for you guys but that’s just not possible or else I be in trouble- Plus these guys in my opinion a WAY too good I hope you all buy their album and support these Aussie musicians!

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Links:
Children Collide Official Site
Children Collide MySpace

Hellz – A Crime For All Season

January 23, 2009

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Okay there’s some awesome shit around here from Hellz- an amazing fashion label created by Lanie Alabanza. The clothes she’s created is on the anti-girl side, choosing to not conform to feminine cuts and opting for alternative street style- not saying that it’s completely void of anything feminine, just more of an edgy sexy.

“Since 2005, Hellz has provided fashion alternatives for the bold fashionista with edgy, tops, jackets, denim and accessories, influenced by all things subversive; from the gritty streets of New York to sexploitation flicks of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Founder Lanie Alabanza, continue to defy all the rules of conformity and any fashion entity that claims a woman’s style cannot breach strength, individuality and feminine flair simultaneously.”

If you are one of the lucky ppl who live in an area where they stock Hellz- I hate you…(I only jest). But check it out! Have a look!
Stockists in Australia:
Heist Store – Melbourne
Laced – Brisbane
Espionage – Sydney

Links:
Hellz Official Site –> Amazing music played on this site
Hellz MySpace –> Check out the Photos for all past seasons

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Godard

July 30, 2008


Godard is an amazing artist that’s on his way up in the small 8-bit music scene! If you’ve read past articles about Superfast Ferries, Nudge Nudge Nudge and Crystal Castles– you’d understand that it’s a new baby genre that would only probably appeal to a smaller group of people for now.

Godard has done a live set in Melbourne before and as he says in his interview, he’ll be back to show you guys more of what he’s got! What’s even more amazing about this artist is that he creates all this great dance-able beats from the tiny island of Bali which is more isolated.

His sound is very high in energy, really gets you up and dancing!! Full of amazing fast-paced beats and cute melodies.

How did you come up with the name?
I take it from one of my favorite director jean luc godard when im still in film & art school jakarta. Although is not obviously related to music it just seems to have stuck on me.

Tell me a little about yourself?
My name is Fajar Agung Sukarno putra,in short version is Jar-Wo.
I live in Bali n I’m twenty something & Featuring Bimo

What did you do before the starting your music?
Dilettante, bohemian

How did you start out/ was it hard?
It start by coinsidence in late 2000 when I find link at bjork.com called littlesoundj.com, that was a time when audiogalaxy was still free n napster got sued from some record company. Since then, I have spend every waking moment researching everything about to increase my knowledge n expertise concerning every facet of 8bit music n all related n anything connected with it to improve my skills.

One of the main problem is the accessibility of equipment is extremly limited in Indonesia there for I have had to source my equipment from the overseas. This have been costly exercise n I have to wait very long. Now i use gameboy – lsdj,c64 – prophet64, atari2600 – syncart, some bent toys & nintendo made it exclusive by my friend.
The other problem is most of the people in my early time not get it about 8bit music n now they start seems to enjoyed.
So i guess i have some common problem with everybody when they starting out, just need some oppurtunity, process n bit more patient.

Any big plans for the near future?
I’m currenly negotiating with a promoter from Holland to do tour in some place in europe in 2009, also I ve been invited in the end of this year to perform on the east coast australia.

What kind of graphic designs do you do?
videoart n most for my sponsor, EAT shop Bali.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
imagine, Bjork, Goto80 & Lo-Bat

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
my girlfriend would say laptop but i would say clothing

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
“Crazy” is godard’s last name

You really have to check this guy out, especially before he hits Australia for more gigs! Check ittt…NOW…do eeeeeet

Links:
Godard MySpace


Lady Citizen

July 4, 2008

Lady Citizen’s sound is so different- lots of skill and talent is put into the songs that combine so many different sounds and beats. The blending is almost flawless without any two sounds or beats clashing each other so that it sounds 100% professional- especially in my favourites “Another Day Heaven” & “2am Radio”.

This is what Lady Citizen has to say about the music created:
“Lady Citizen’s concept is “machine soul”, “electro shoegaze beats” & “electro based next level Hip hop, Breaks & Jazz”.The sound incorporates a lot of different music styles (Rock, Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Techno, Jazz etc). “

What did you do before the starting?
When i started make making music, I was working as a kitchen hand in Melbourne in 2005.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
I made a lot of demos and i uploaded to my myspace.

Any big plans for the near future?
My new EP”2am radio EP” is coming soon on Nashiville Noir records(U.S.A) It will be available from the itunes store & other online outlets.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Well, my current fave song is “Electric Feel/MGMT” & “Hearts on fire/Cut Copy”

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Definitely my Macbook!! It is essential for my music.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
Yes, my laptop’s name is sickboy, coz it makes me a computer addict.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
Not really.

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
A few month ago, I got really drunk & totally messed up my DJ set!

If you love electro instrumental quirky music minus the vocals- give Lady Citizen a listen! There are a variety of songs, some have beats that’s like an electro version of Hip Hop while others have a more chilled out vibe that’s like an electro version of soul.

Links:
Lady Citizen MySpace
Lady Citizen Official

Jo Team

June 27, 2008




Now this provides all you vintage fanatics out there with some great news! As much as rummaging through vintage outlets and other stores for the cutest outfits can be fun, it also can be tedious and time-consuming finding something that can be worn around. Never fear!! Someone has done all the looking for you and stuck it up on Ebay- ready to buy!!!
The Jo Team has created a very successful little business here!

How did you come up with the name?
I really like the go! Team, and the nickname Jo Team just kinda stuck.

Who’s the brains behind the idea- tell me a little about yourself and what it is you do?
I’m 21, I hate outlet shopping and am totally addicted to eBay.

When and how did you start out?
Started over a year ago out of pure boredom and an oversized wardrobe. I took inspiration from my friend Holly and Mint Vintage in Adelaide and together we made vintage love and out popped baby Jo Team Vintage.

Was it hard to actually start?
Not at all. I was dire need of some entertainment and dollars.

What did you do before you began?
I was in my final year of Marketing at the Uni of Adelaide, and working weekends branding indie kids with stamps at the Rocket Bar. Starting Jo Team filled the gaps between 12 hours of uni and long lunches.

Any big plans in the near future?
I’ve just moved to Melbourne and looking for Vintage stores, fashion outlets and other press to team up with. I also need a new male model (my love left me for Sydney) so if you consider yourself a bit of a poser, you might just need to hit me up.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
I am also a composer so I listen to stuff that inspires my work. This week it’s Portishead, Joy Division and Lou Reed.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
A mug of peppermint tea and a Chocolate Wheaten.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
It’s no secret. I have a rockin’ teddy called Dermot.

Have a look at the Ebay site and buy some of these clothes before someone else does- they would be one of a kind so if you love it, you should buy it!

Links:
Jo Team Myspace
Jo Team Ebay Shop
Jo Team Facebook




Bethany Joy Clothing

April 26, 2008


Bethany Joy designs very feminine, classy and sophisticated clothes with a twist of quirkynes. Her beautiful and elegant cocktail dresses/formal wear has interesting cuts so whoever is wearing gives a mysterious vibe. She’s another talented Australian designer who produces all her clothes in Australia! Her affair with designing started when she found her mum’s old costumebook- she wondered why people don’t wear those clothes in modern times anymore.

How did you come up with the name?
Bethany is my first name and Joy is my middle… So it wasn’t terribly hard! Joy is also kind of a family name, so it felt right.

Who’s the brains behind the designs- tell me a little about yourself?
My name is Bethany Joy Monsted, I’m Sydney based and currently 23 years old. I am totally addicted to designing, I can’t imagine life without it to be honest. I graduated from my college KvB Institute of Technology in ’06 and was lucky enough to win the Institute Medal at my graduation.

When and how did you start out?
I graduated from college and after about a year decided to strike out on my own. I always wanted to run my own design label, so I thought why wait? It was only going to get harder, why not start now when I’m young and full of energy! So I launched Bethany Joy back in 2007, and have been having a blast ever since!

Was it hard to actually start producing clothes?
Yes. It was quite hard to meet the right production people, it took a lot of research. I have always been adamant that my garments would be designed and made in Australia, which made things even more tricky with so many production houses closing down now adays… but if you really want something, you make it happen.

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
I’m inspired by nature, art and the concept of what a thoroughly modern lady wears. My design style is very feminine and sophisticated – I design luxury cocktail and eveningwear. I use pure silks and gorgeous laces. All my designs are lined in silk, so they feel amazing on. I put a lot of thought into the cut of all my garments, with interesting and flattering design lines always the focus.

What did you do before you began designing?
I don’t really remember ever not designing! I was the art crazy kid at school, even in primary. I knew I was going to be a fashion designer by the age of 12, and have worked towards it really since then.

Any advice for design students who wants to start a line?
Research first. Spend the time really looking into what you want to do, and who you need to work with to make it happen. It takes time to start a new business, so don’t be surprised if you have to keep a day job. Also, totally, 100% believe in yourself, and try to surround yourself with supportive people. It really helps keep you afloat. The only other advice I can give is to take advice from people in the industry who know what they are talking about. It’s one thing to have a vision, it’s quite another to succeed. Be humble and ask for advice when you need it. People appreciate your honesty, and will be more willing to help you out… which is good!

Any big plans in the near future?
Yes! I am going to take part in the “Showboat” fashion parade in Melbourne in September for Fashion @ Fed Square. It’s for up and coming racewear designers, so that will be really exciting. I’ll be showing my Spring Summer 08/09 collection called “Wasn’t that a dainty dish?” which is inspired by a lovely, summer tea party. You all should come!!

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
I’ve had this random craving for some Sinatra this last week – so good old blue eyes has been keeping me company.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
A lovely, black pen to draw with. Oh, and a sketch book too!

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
Hmmm… that’s a good question! I don’t know if I do have any secret names for objects, but like any fashion designer worth a grain of salt I always name the clothes I design. It’s not terribly secret I’m afraid, but it is good fun!

She has more classically beautiful designs on her websites

Links:
Bethany Joy Myspace
Bethany Joy Official Site

Surprise Junkies

March 18, 2008

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One thing that I can’t get enough of is remixes- I could listen to the same song 5 times all with different remixes. There’s a definite skill in taking someone else’s music and integrating it with your style but still keeping the original vibe – Surprise Junkies is a Melbourne duo that has got that skill. They manage to put together 10-15 songs into one mix (they’ve done 5 mixes so far), one great song after another flowing together perfectly.

Tell me a little about yourself?
Josh & Jeremy, both 18, Melbourne, Vic.

How’d you come up with the name?
We get off on being surprised and we love surprising junkies.

What did you do before you started to make music?
Josh – Laziness and high school and laziness. We were kinda in bands and stuff like that before so this wasn’t that big a leap, I guess.
Jeremy – Procrastinate school work.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Josh – On a computer. We started with short mixes and stuff, which were mostly horrible. Then I just spent time abusing my internet download limit to get as much music as I could to use. It was pretty simple.
Jeremy – I started making songs on Music 2000, an awesome Playstation game, from there I started my own breakcore thing.

Any big plans for the near future?
Josh – No one knows who we are, so no. We’ll probably be spending our time trying to get gigs, and remixing stuff here and there, whatever happens.
Jeremy – My computer is falling apart so I do what I can with it until I get something new.

–Random Questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Josh – Wow (MSTRKRFT Remix) by Kylie. It’s repetitive and awesome.
Jeremy – Trendy Cock Suckers, Suck My Retard Vomit Pussy Cunt by Passenger Of Shit Melbourne noise at its best.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Josh – Shit. I can’t live with about 50 materialistic things. Maybe clothes. Everyone wears clothes.
Jeremy – My computer and my microwave.

Does being a part of a music duo help in picking up girls/boys?
Josh – Well if I ever tried, I might know. Although, since pretty much every cultural reference in history says that it would, I’ll just say no since it must be bullshit.
Jeremy – Unconsciously my standards are incredibly high. I wish I wasn’t so picky but yeah, I don’t think being a DJ does much considering the crowd generally thinks they’re Jesus.

Check out their mix tracks and have a listen to them all- hopefully these nice and skilled djs will do more gigs and go places!

Links:
Mix’s Track Listing
http://surprisejunkies.blogspot.com/
http://www.myspace.com/surprisejunkies

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Boski

February 24, 2008

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I gotta let everyone know about Boski- a streetwear label that’s currently being stocked in various stores in the eastern states (there’s a list on his myspace).
I had the chance to ask Nick a few serious questions- also a few random ones- so you guys could get to know more about him and his label.

It all started in Melbourne in 2004 where Nick Mahoney, the director and designer behind Boski, hand printed some t-shirts. Now he’s created great designs for long sleve shirts, vees, sweats and hoodies/jackets. His designs are inspired by the other ‘rad ozzy designers and artists! Mates and chicks, not working for the man, music, booze n shoes’.

Before Nick started up Boski, he was in high school and working for his parent’s café. Having no experience with business or designing did make it difficult for him to start but there were many people that helped him along. His advice for people who want to start out in the clothing business is to ‘Create something unique’- He believes there’s so much of the same out there.

I also asked some non-business random questions which he was nice enough to answer very honestly!
What song have you been listening to most in the last few weeks?
Paper Planes – M.I.A

Do you have a secret nickname for your car?
Huey Lewis

Has having a popular clothing line helped you with picking up girls?
Shit yeah!

So click on the links and support an awesome guy with yummy designs- another big plus for Australian Designers!

Links:
www.myspace.com/loveboski
www.boski.com.au

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