I haven’t done many video interviews before, so thankfully I was off camera for this!
Meeting Slash was an honour – I’m a long time fan – but he proved a different interview subject. Questions about his other bands, Guns ‘N Roses and Velvet Revolver, were off-limits, struck off my list by management before the interview, and no matter the angle you took, he’d heard the question a million times before. Still, I was fairly happy with the responses.
Just who is Lana Del Rey? It’s a question that’s dogged her ever since she set the web on fire with her showstopping tune Video Games last August. Right now though, it’s causing more immediate problems because her ‘people’ can’t find her. Continue reading
“One guy wrote to me on Youtube saying ‘I just sat drinking cheap beer for two days listening to your track on repeat. I rode around to my ex-girlfriend’s house at 5am and stood outside her window until she saw me. I told her ‘I want to get back with you because I don’t want you to be somebody I used to know’ and they got back together.” Continue reading
MC Daniel ‘Pressure’ Smith clearly recalls the days when Australian hip hop was considered a novelty at best and a punchline at worse.
”I remember being at the Dance Music Awards in Sydney in the late ‘90s and a manager of a local rock band basically saying to my face that we didn’t make real music,” Continue reading
In her home in Toronto, Canada, Metric’s Emily Haines has a picture she drew as a child framed on the wall. It’s a simple sketch of an empty box with the words ‘What’s wrong?’ written underneath. Continue reading
When making a new record, some bands change studios, producers, maybe even haircuts. The Shins’ James Mercer changed his whole band. Continue reading
The Geek might not inherit the earth, but this weekend he’ll own Olympic Park when the Supanova Pop Culture Expo beams into town. Now in its tenth year, the annual celebration of sci-fi, comics, gaming and “geek culture” is expected to attract 25,000 fans Continue reading
Riding shotgun with pop’s new anti-hero at the Groovin The Moo festival
“Today’s going to be f—ing off- tits,” beams Matt ‘360’ Colwell as we jump out of the Tarago. It’s a sunny afternoon in May and we’ve just arrived in Maitland for the next stop on the Groovin The Moo festival tour. The mood amongst Colwell and his crew – MC wingman Joel ‘Bam Bam’ Chamaa, manager Rae Harvey and audio engineer Paul ‘Woody’ Annison – is one of excited anticipation. Continue reading
This story was first published in Rolling Stone on May 2
In a disappointing setback, the Australian music industry has lost a High Court bid to scrap a controversial cap on royalties paid by commercial radio. The cap, introduced in the Copyright Act 1968 to protect a then-fledgling radio industry, limits the fee to broadcast Continue reading