Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 1:22pm


Who are we chatting to? Prani, and I’m a guitarist.
You lot have an EP coming out shortly. Could you tell us more about it? Our debut EP, Decent Connections is about the connections between people, and with the world around us. Our first single Public Safety deals with the idea that women, non-binary and visibly queer people are often treated like our bodies are public...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 1:21pm


What’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band? Bullhorn. I play Sousaphone (giant tuba that you wear) and manage the band.
What do you reckon people will say you sound like? We draw from lot of different genres including funk, reggae, breaks, drum & bass, soul, metal, any genre, we’ll take the elements we love and make it into something rad.

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 1:18pm


G'day Gravel Pit, what brought you all together? Initially the band was myself (Rivals, keys/electronics) and Martino (drums). We were hanging out at the now defunct Harvest festival watching Fuck Buttons. I was looking for a drummer and asked him to write with me. After a few singles and an EP we realised we wanted a vocalist. We both only ever had one person in mind and that was...

Posted 23 Dec 2016 @ 11:35am


What’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
We’re Spencer Street Soul. I’m Helena and I’m the lead vocalist.
What do you reckon people will say you sound like?
We’ve been told that on a good day we sound like an Australian version of The Commitments.
What do you love about making music? The freedom it gives you. It doesn’t matter how...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 1:27pm


Who are we chatting to? Matt – vocals and drums.
If you could no longer be a musician, what would you do? We’re all lucky enough to have come from bustling careers in professional sport and would not turn down another run.
Would you rather be able to play any instrument in the world naturally but be unable to write creative lyrics, or write the most beautiful...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 1:25pm


Who are we chatting to and what’s your role in the band? I’m Jason Beardlsey. I play the drums and I like to sing harmonies from time to time in Ten Thousand.
What do you reckon people will say Ten Thousand sound like?We’ve had everything from Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Dead Letter Circus to the Black Angels.
What do you love about making music?The ability to...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 1:25pm

What are you most looking forward to about Wominjeka Festival? I’m really excited to be a part of celebrating our culture with a diverse audience. Also, there’s nothing like playing an outdoor festival on a sunny day.
How and why have you found that expressing yourself through music is an integral part of the way you interact with the world? I don’t know who I’d be without music...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 1:22pm

What were the biggest joys and challenges in making your second self-recorded EP, Psalms? The biggest joy was how each song transformed once recorded. As we’re only a three piece, the addition of guitar and keyboard layers in the recordings changed the whole feel of the tracks. Our first EP Swimmer has far less additional sounds in the recordings – it sounds as it would live, which was also...

Posted 16 Dec 2016 @ 10:56am


Does the mo make the music? I can almost guarantee the answer is yes. However it’s an interesting choice regardless. Why would anybody intentionally let that thick, hairy caterpillar establish itself upon one’s upper lip? Eating and kissing becomes harder. It collects drool overnight and moulds itself into a bird’s nest by morning. Who in their right mind would do this to themselves?...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:30pm

Vince Peach (Soul Time)
You host the longest running soul radio show in the world, Soul Time. To what do you attribute soul’s amazing and powerful longevity? It’s lasted so long because the music does the talking. It’s a happy upbeat feel good style of music that makes the foot tap, and the heart sing, and even though the music was made up to half a century ago it still has a relevance...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:22pm


How would you describe your latest single, Boys In Blue? Sonically we knew the record needed a few tougher songs. We were spending every weekend in Geelong, writing the lyrics together, and it seemed each time we'd go back we'd be recounting a new news story that had popped up throughout the week about police brutality, more specifically the black lives matter movement. It got us...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:20pm


Who are we chatting to?Karina, Cam and Joey and we are in Glades. 
What do you do? We write songs, make music and play shows. We’re quite collaborative when it comes to writing songs, we do it all together. In terms of our live show, Karina is the lead singer, Cam plays guitar and Joey plays keys.   
How did Glades form?Cam and Joey started producing for...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:19pm


What’s the Don Fernando journey been like so far? I’m the founding member so it’s been a pretty wild journey, numerous lineup changes and lots of touring has made sure it’s been eventful. We started in Wollongong a little over ten years ago and made the move to Melbourne soon after.
What’s the best part about playing live? Live is great because its spontaneous and...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 1:17pm


Who are we chatting to? Tennyson Nobel and I play keys and sometimes bass and guitar in The Lovely Days.
When did you start? Dad started teaching my brother Holden and I when we were little kids, got us hooked before we started noticing gorgeous girls. He's a smart guy our old man. 
If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing? I'd be going hell...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:40pm

What’s your name and what do you do in Messy Mammals? My name is Asha Trips and I play bass and sing.
When did you start the band? We started Messy Mammals around three years ago. I started playing bass when I was 13 or 14. I started singing only in the last few years. 
Why did you start? I was always obsessed by bass. As a kid I only wanted to play cello, bass, all...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:39pm


What is it about the annual Spoonful Christmas Show that makes it so much fun? I wouldn't miss this show for the world. It's chock full of Christmas cheer, which puts everyone in the right mood, add some great music, great guests and this all inevitably leads to some very loose shenanigans.
You’ll be DJing on the night with Alan Brough. How do you find the musical dynamic...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:36pm


Growing Up. I grew up learning and playing music with my sister, Lou, who now manages me. As kids we had The Beatles slamming on the stereo, and we started learning to play jazz and improvise at a pretty young age. At ten and 11 we were playing small jazz gigs and that continued through our high school days until we both went and did a degree in music at the Victorian College of the...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:36pm


How do shows in Melbourne compare to playing overseas? Like Melbourne, I find European cities very accepting and engaging when hearing new genres and a variation of styles. I don’t think audiences differ in terms of music culture-diversity and the appreciation for live music.  
Earlier this year you released Everyone in Small Doses. Tell us about the writing of that track...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:27pm


Who are we chatting to? Ben Stolz.
What do you do in Broken River? l sing and play the guitar.
Your debut single, I Don’t Want To Know, has a bit of a post-punk vibe. Was that intentional or are there other musical influences you draw from? Nothing is all that intentional in Broken River. There’s a flanger effect on the bass guitar. l think that sound gives...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 9:44am


Who are your core influences? A huge one would be Opeth. Their songwriting, textures, and orchestral arrangement is so inspiring to listen to. Pat Metheny is also a huge influence of mine, his compositions are amazing and his improvising is so tasteful, and has just enough weirdness to not allow listeners any detachment from the music.
What got you interested in prog?...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 2:01pm

Who are your core musical influences? That’s a tough one for us as each member of the band has very different musical tastes. But I’d say we all love bands like Tool, Deftones, Karnivool, Bjork, RATM, Jeff Buckley, APC, Meshuggah, Incubus. There really are too many bands to name which is probably why we ended up being a prog band.
Who are you stoked most to be sharing the bill...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 2:00pm


Who are you stoked most to be sharing the Progfest bill with? We’ve been big fans of We Lost The Sea for a while now and really enjoy their live shows. We played with them once a couple of years ago on a smaller stage but it’ll be great to see them at The Corner.
Have you ever played Progfest before? We’ve played a couple of times before at The Espy. It was great being...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 2:00pm


What makes the Australian prog scene so special? Most bands in the Australian prog scene are so supportive of eachother. You’ll find a lot of the audience who come to the shows are fellow prog bands and that really helps keep the genre strong.
What got you initially interested in prog? Tool was the first prog band I heard and I remember the first listen didn't hook me but...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:17pm


Who are we chatting to and what do you do in the band? I’m Jesse and I play drums in Neighbourhood Youth.
When did you start drumming? There are photos of me playing drums before I could walk properly, but I’d say Iwas about 13 when I inherited my first kit and really started having a go.
Why did you start playing? Dad said I could have his drum kit if I...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:16pm


Congrats on your win at The Age Music Victoria Awards. You won the award for Best Country Album – how does it feel? After two nominations in 2014 for our album Nobody Ever Leaves it feels great to get the gong for Thieves. It was such a personal album for me, as my dad passed away while writing it – this win feels like it’s his win as much as it’s ours.
You are originally...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:14pm


You’ve just dropped a new album. Could you tell us about it? With Americana you can hear my influences, going all the way back to my earliest musical memory. It's safe to say that there are some songs on the record that I probably wouldn't have tackled earlier on, but with 14​ records behind me I feel I have enough hindsight now.
You spent a large chunk of the first half...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:13pm


What’s your name then? Holly
And the name of your band? Jack River
What do you do? Drag songs from my head into reality.
Why did you start Jack River? Because songs that weren’t IRL yet were stuck in my head and I thought I better get them out.
Do you think you’re good at doing it? I’m good at dragging things out of my head, and I...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:12pm


What is the show about?  We're doing a very broad history of Australian rock’n’roll. Playing more than 30 hits, dancing and having a ball. From the ‘50s to the present, each era is brought to life with unforgettable songs, amazing dances and the unmistakable fashions of the time, making this show one that will have you singing, reminiscing and dancing in the aisles.

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:25pm


What’s your role in Papa Chango, and how long have you been involved? I play tenor saxophone and have been in the band from the beginning, since about 2006.
Papa Chango blend and combine a variety of genres. Where do you take your inspiration from? Our main inspiration comes from the afro-funk/rock/jazz sound. Originators like Fela Kuti, Mulatu Astatke through to modern...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:11pm


Thanks for taking the time to talk to Beat. Can you tell us a bit about Situation Positive and some of the themes you've poured into the album?We recorded the album in our music studio in Brunswick over three years, working with Matt Coldrick on production. It continues the eclectic sound we set with our debut EP; with tracks that span reggae, pop, dance and more. The main theme is...