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RadMon Exclusive Interview: Tony Clark

With the Australian 2016 Election only days away and all three Deja Moo hosts being first time voters; the team decided to this week turn their focus towards the individuals campaigning to be elected (or re-elected) this year. Over 2 days the crew interviewed 9 different Politicians, spanning across the 4 largest political parties in Australia.

Tony Clark is the 2016 Australian Labor Party Candidate for Deakin.

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RadMon Exclusive Interview: Dr. Helen Jeges

With the Australian 2016 Election only days away and all three Deja Moo hosts being first time voters; the team decided to this week turn their focus towards the individuals campaigning to be elected (or re-elected) this year. Over 2 days the crew interviewed 9 different Politicians, spanning across the 4 largest political parties in Australia.

Dr Helen Jeges is the 2016 Australian Animal Justice Party Candidate for Hotham.

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RadMon Exclusive Interview: George Hua

With the Australian 2016 Election only days away and all three Deja Moo hosts being first time voters; the team decided to this week turn their focus towards the individuals campaigning to be elected (or re-elected) this year. Over 2 days the crew interviewed 9 different Politicians, spanning across the 4 largest political parties in Australia.

George Hua is the 2016 Australian Liberal Party Candidate for Hotham.

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RadMon Exclusive Interview: Mark Dreyfus MP

With the Australian 2016 Election only days away and all three Deja Moo hosts being first time voters; the team decided to this week turn their focus towards the individuals campaigning to be elected (or re-elected) this year. Over 2 days the crew interviewed 9 different Politicians, spanning across the 4 largest political parties in Australia.

Mark Dreyfus MP is the Australian Labor Party Federal Member for Isaacs.

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RadMon Exclusive Interview: Wilissa Hogarth

With the Australian 2016 Election only days away and all three Deja Moo hosts being first time voters; the team decided to this week turn their focus towards the individuals campaigning to be elected (or re-elected) this year. Over 2 days the crew interviewed 9 different Politicians, spanning across the 4 largest political parties in Australia.

Willisa Hogarth is the 2016 Australian Greens Party Candidate for Flinders.

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RADMON EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: NONI HAZLEHURST

This week on Radio Monash, I had the privilege of interviewing the legendary Noni Hazlehurst as part of our special “Inspirational Australians” themed program. Throughout the interview we discussed

– Her legacy on Playschool
– The Government’s position on refugees and asylum seekers
– The fallout from her TV Week Logie Hall of Fame Speech
– The backlash against Waleed Aly’s win of the Gold Logie
– Political Correctness
– The Circulation of Inspirational and Positive News
– The evanescence of society’s concerns over mental health
– And More.

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Sacchaso JP-SNS-Dancer:Dancing is what I like, so I share it with everyone

Have you ever heard of Odottemita (I’ve just danced) category on YouTube or Nico Nico Douga ? YouTube has become a place that everybody can showcase their skills. Odottemita dancers are not the exception. They mostly share their videos on Nico Nico Douga, one of the Japanese video sharing sites where people upload and comment on the video. Unlike other video sharing sites, viewers can comment simultaneously while watching a video. Sacchaso started uploading her dancing videos about five years ago, and since then has gone from performing in her bedroom and around her neighborhood to performing at various events around the nation. Here, she is sharing her experience as an Odottemita dancer and telling the story of how she went from bedroom dancer to convention queen. Read more …

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Uberfest Interviews. part two

Fallen Ends

So how did you guys decide on your sound? There’s some Pantera vibes, some Killswitch Engage, maybe some more progressive stuff too..

Rudy [Guitar]: I guess what we’re trying to aim for- well aim probably isn’t the right word- we somehow end up writing songs with aggressive music and still keep the vocal lines melodic and clean; almost like a hard rock vibe. And it’s been difficult for us to put ourselves into a pocket because there aren’t many bands that sound like us. Usually when you play aggressive music the vocals and the melody tend to follow the aggressiveness, but in our case we want to give it a different twist, where there’s a combination of hard rock and modern metal.
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Uber Fest Interviews. part 2

Benj Axwel

Great set, how do you think it went?

Yeah, I think it went pretty well. This is the last of a run of shows that Matty [P, drummer] and I have been playing to support the EP. It’s been about 12 months and it’s been good to reacquaint myself with the live music scene, having been out of it for a few years with my previous band [Sleight of Hand]. We used to get around and tour with Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Cog… So I’m a bit of a seasoned musician in that sense, but with this stuff it’s a completely different sound and change of tack, so it’s really good just to see the response and see which people like the new sound and ah, people that are not so fond of it as the case may be.

At the start of your set you said you were missing a few bells and whistles, what is a full Benj Axwel experience generally like?

Basically on the CD there’s a lot of computer programming going on, so when we come out and play the live show we’ll bring the Novation and the laptop and there’ll be backing tracks going along with the live drums and myself on acoustic guitar. My favourite album of all time is Chris Cornell’s Euphoria Morning, and all of that you can hear is very programmed. That was done on purpose with this CD because I wanted songs to be at the forefront. So you get just me and the guitar as the live instrumentation and everything else is computerized. That’ll be different for the next CD. But normally a full production show involves pads and computer blips and blops and stuff, which fills it out a bit.

What would you consider your influences?

In terms of the acoustic stuff, I’ve always been a fan of singer-songwriters; Chris Cornell, Dashboard Confessional, City and Color, and classics like Crowded House. Oz rock. I’m a huge fan of bands like Sevendust and Periphery, people who do lots of big singing over heavy, chuggy riffs. You won’t necessarily hear that so much on this CD, but with the newer stuff you’ll start to hear more of those influences coming through.

What was the writing process like for this new EP?

I’ve always tinkered around on acoustic guitar, writing stuff on open chords, and I’ve always fleshed out around 75% of a song, never fully committed to it. I’m someone that thrives on collaboration, so I got together with [Chris Hoole] the lead singer of a band called Let the Number Be X from Newcastle and he does all the programming and all that kind of stuff. So he and I collaborated to finish the songs, but I didn’t decide to do a CD until I wrote the first song [“Design Flaws”], where I felt like I really wanted to put this out in the world and for people to hear it

Having been in Sleight of Hand, what made you decide to stake out on your own?

Sleight of Hand ended in ’07, and it was a really good time but after 10-12 years, if you’re always just sitting under the precipice… Like, Triple J will play you three times and then never again, Rage will play you three times and then never again… I’ve been really fortunate that friends of mine like Dead Letter Circus have really pushed through that and created success in the Oz music scene, but you never hear about the other bands that never quite make it.

I moved to Canada for a couple years and I played bass in a band over there, and I got to experience a whole new music scene in Toronto; they’ve got bands over there like Billy Talent, Alexisonfire, just amazing bands, and it really gives you an idea that it’s the same thing but in a different location and that they’re all struggling as well.

I came home for a few years to Newcastle, worked a day job for a few years. Then I had my baby boy with my wife, we’ve got two kids now, but as soon as he came I thought, ‘I should really be out there doing what I love, as a hobby if nothing else.’ After 10 or 12 years in a band you become a bit disgruntled and frustrated, but nobody owes you anything and if anyone gets something out of your songs, then… I think it was more that I felt the songs I had written were good enough to make people respond to it, so that’s all it’s about now.

Looking back now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

I don’t think I’d change anything. Maybe I would have traveled more, relocated myself a few times over a couple of years. You can’t really do that when you’re in a band with other people and they sort of want to stay put. As far as music goes, just be a sponge. I’m still a sponge; I still soak everything in and take something away from everything.

Thanks for talking to us.

I talked your arses off. Cheers.

Benj Axwel’s EP “Safety First” is available to purchase from Star Planet Records, iTunes and CDBaby, and to stream on Spotify. You can also find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/benjaxwel.

Kopious

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Mudge [Guitar]: We started up about 18 months ago, we came out of one band and needed a new direction. It was just an idea at the time, just getting a few mates together and playing a bit of music, we all seemed to gel pretty well and just started working from that.

Vinny [Vocals]: Benji’s [drums] only been with us for about two months.

Mudge: Me and my brother [Benny, bass] have been playing together all our lives…

Benny: Most of the time.

Mudge: … so we know where each other are going and with some new direction with Vinny and Benji it’s worked out quite well.

Mudge: I was playing in a pretty full-on punk band for years and years, it was a pretty cool band but it didn’t give me enough drive, there wasn’t enough going on and that’s why I wanted to expand into this. Benny: He wanted to play more guitar, and with a punk band you’re very limited and with the rock and heavy stuff you can sort of experiment a bit more.

Vinny: I was in a cover band for five years, and you know how it’s like in a cover band, you never get to do your own stuff. Then I get a phone call from these guys and though it was the perfect opportunity to get my own stuff out there. Me and Benji play footy together and five years ago we were on a footy trip in Bali, and they had bands playing at the bar. Me and him took over the stage, he was on drums and I was on vocals. Five years later we’re looking for a drummer and I say “Benji can drum, we’ll give him a crack.”

What would you consider your influences? There’s a bit of early thrash, some 80’s metal…

Mudge: Yeah, 80’s metal, bit of that.

Vinny: These guys take care of the music side of things, I just write the lyrics. They just go “here’s some tunes, go and write something.”

Mudge: He’s the Jon, we’re the Bon Jovi.

What have you guys got lined up on the horizon?

Mudge: We’re about to do a single with Green Man Recording Studios down in Ocean Grove, just a one-off. But we’re probably looking at doing some recording somewhere around mid-2016.

Vinny: We’re playing on the 12th at the Black Cat in Geelong and on the 13th we’re supporting the Chantoozies if you can believe that. I think that’s going to line up a few other big ones as well.

Mudge: Hopefully we can use that as a bit of a stepladder towards playing other gigs of that calibre.

Thanks for talking to us.

Mudge: Cheers mate, have a good one.

Vinny: Thanks a lot mate.

Kopious are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Kopious1 and Triple J Unearthed at https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/kopious

Brad Ellis, The Hunter Express

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name’s Brad and this is Zack, and we’re part of a solo artist “group” called The Hunter Express. It was something I started and Zack’s been helping me out, I get other players in as well.

How did you get your start?

I was working full-time a few years back and at some point I just wanted to jump back into my music. It took a little bit of time to find my feet again but the past 10 months I’ve been working really hard on songwriting and trying to get opportunities to play, and out of that have come these songs. I kind of started the project and put it out there and nobody had really heard any of my stuff. It wasn’t until I put out Wish You Were Next to Me, people really dug the track.

Where did you get your name from?

It was actually my son; my son’s name is Hunter and he’s a whirlwind and that, so I thought that’d be a cool name for a band, “The Hunter Express”.

What would you consider your influences?

I think in the early days when I started learning how to play guitar, I had an old guitar teacher who was teaching me The Beatles and a whole heap of Dylan songs and that really set me on the path to the more folky, acoustic kind of style. And I guess just hanging out with Zack, he introduced me to an awesome duo called the Milk Carton Kids, who we saw a couple months ago. Courtney Barnett, bands like that.

You’ve got two singles out now, Wish You Were Next to Me and Caught Up in Love; what’s next?

The next step is to record an EP, it’ll have another four tracks along with the last two. We’ve also got a few gigs lined up, there’s a few on the list if you check out our Facebook page.

Thanks for talking to us.

Thanks man.

The Hunter Express is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thehunterexpress and Triple J Unearthed at https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/hunter-express

Hayden Oakley, Myself & Me

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m Myself and Me, from the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. I just started teaching myself guitar and writing some songs a few years ago. I started off really crap but I’m finally at the point where I think I can go out and show my stuff, I’m getting pumped to actually take this thing kind of seriously.

Where did you get your name from?

I was trying to think of a name, and I figured it’s just me, so… Myself & Me.

You opened your set with an Underoath cover; what other influences do you have?

I come from a real metal background, most of the bands I listen to are in the post-hardcore, metalcore scene. Alexisonfire is actually my favourite band of all time. But I also like a lot of acoustic stuff like City and Color.

What gigs or releases have you got lined up?

I’m doing a show on the 11th at the Exford Hotel and the 22nd at Revolver Upstairs. I’ve got an album coming out later this year; the whole thing is going to be produced from my bedroom so that will be a fun experience.

Thanks for talking to us.

Thank you.

Myself & Me is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MyselfAndMeOfficial

Miss Mikaila

You’ve just come off stage, how do you think it went?

It was fun, I’ve never played in Melbourne before but it was actually a pretty decent crowd, better than I was expecting. I liked it, it was good.

How did you get your start?

I’ve been writing and playing guitar since I was 10; I grew up watching my grandparents in a rock n’ roll band and I thought “I’m gonna be famous just like them”. So I’ve always had that dream of being the shit. But yeah, I do it because I like doing it. I’m not gonna be stuck working for the man in my whole life, I’d rather be doing something I love, so it’s like “shit, I can make money out of this one day.”

You’ve just released an EP, Destination Unknown, what have you got planned now?

I’ve got a tour planned for the first three months of 2016, hopefully touring the songs all around Australia. I’ve been on two tours already, I supported Michael Golham and Joel Sulman on their national tour last year and took part in Joel’s Crazy Lead the Crazy Tour this year.

How do you find live music vs working in a studio?

I prefer live; working in a studio’s fun and stuff but it’s long hours, it’s so draining and you can’t get the raw sound down in a studio, you have to really mix the sound the right way to get the sound as close to that as you can.

Thanks for talking to us.

Thank you very much.

Miss Mikaila’s EP Destination Unknown is available to purchase from CDBaby and iTunes. You can find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/miss.mikaila and YouTube at www.youtube.com/missmikaila

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Uber Fest interviews. part 1

The Radics:

Sean: Tell us a bit about yourselves, a basic bio, where you’re from and how you guys met.

Blake: We are The Radics, we’ve been together for almost three years now and we wanted to make a band so we put some ads on Facebook. We’ve met these guys and I’m so happy that we get to make music with them.  We are currently touring the east coast, trying to spread our music.

Sean: There are some obvious influences such as Stevie Wonder and Led Zeppelin (note Sean meant Pink Floyd and as the night progressed we learnt that if there is one thing he struggles with, it is band names). Are there any other things that influenced your music that might not be as explicit?

Blake:  Yea behind the curtains there are some influences that are more subliminal like the 1975, Inxs, our drummer is a big pop rock fan so he loves a lot of those bands. That’s the most fun thing about making a song, bringing all these modern ideas and watching all those [classic] characteristics shape them.

Carey: So obviously you guys have a new E.P out and you guys kill it live. So, what’s it been like translating your stuff into the studio?

Blake: Well, we actually produced the E.P ourselves at home. So it was a very relaxed and time taken process. It wasn’t rushed or influenced by anyone other than us four so we love the fact that it came out exactly the way we wanted to. When you get into a studio and you bring in producers you find things get shaped and you lose main ideas and thing go out the window. But if you just sit around with the people making the music, who all know what they want, it’s easy then.

Sean: So what’s the writing process been like for the E.P?

Blake: We wrote the four songs over the three years that we’ve been together. Some of them are a lot newer like the single [slow down] while “Little Redress” and “Rules” are the older ones. My brother I and would just show our ideas to our band members and they would just put their little spin on things.

 

Pelorus:

Sean: Hey guys, how did you think your set went?

Christine:  It went great! The crowd was really into it and I think it went well.

Sean: So I was noticing all sorts of early 80s and 70s influences like early thrash and some female fronted glam metal. What would you say are your influences?

Christine: Sound Garden, Heart, Living Colour.

Leigh: A little bit of led Zeppelin and definitely some Iron Madden.

Sean: Do you guys have any releases coming up soon?

Leigh: We do. We are about to finish an E.P right now so just keep an eye out on our social media.

Sean: So you said you had a song about a beer coaster. What’s all that about?

Christine: It’s called “The Wrong Kind Of Mistake” and the coaster said “Losing is the wrong kind of mistake” and I though “That is so True!”.

Sean: How long have you been together?

Leigh: It’s been about two years together.

Christine: The main song writers anyway.

Leigh: Yea, we’ve been friends for many years while playing in different bands and thought that we should step out on our own for a change.

Christine: We really started getting it all on board since about February this year.

Leigh: And Ian, our bassist, is the newest member and has been around for about two years.

Sean: It sounds like you guys have a lot of experience. Are there any lessons you would give to younger bands? Things to look out for?

Leigh: Look out for? Definitely you finances and count the money. Also practice.

Christine: It’s just like going to the gym. You got to keep practicing to get it in muscle memory.

 

The Revengers:

Sean: How did you think you set went?

Matt: Yea good, had a lot of fun and got a few laughs which is good.

Sean: It was fast and intense with plenty of short songs. It defiantly felt like punk rock. Aside from that though, there was some rockabilly vibes coming from you music. What else do you think is your main influences?

Matt: The Ramones are our biggest influences and a bit of tang bottle rocket I guess as well. That’s about it.

Joel: We all have very different styles that we listen to as musicians. I’m anywhere from punk, rock, metal, 80s glam metal any of that stuff. We all get influences from different stuff.

Sean: So you guys just dropped a new album. What has been your writing approach for this record?

Matt: I’ve written a majority of them. Luke, the retard, has written a few of them. I write the basic structure of it and the boys add their twist to it.

Sean: What’s it like being a punk band from Bendigo? Do you feel at home there or do you often see yourselves having to go out to get shows?

Matt: I think Melbourne is more accepting of punk. Bendigo is more of a metal and hard rock scene but yea, we fit in. We have a small pocket and we’re not too pop-ey so the metal bands don’t dislike us. We are aggressive and have some good subject matters so they like us.

Carey: You guys have got some quality banter going on. Do you guys ever practice that during session?

Joel: Nah, we just bounce off each other on stage. If you rehearse it people can tell if you have so you’re better off not. Plus we can’t act

Sean: Any plans after Uber Fest?

Joel: We have a few shows lined up in Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat. No actually tours but just a few shows to pump up the album and sell as many copies as possible.

 

Keneniah 15:22

Sean: What made you guys get into music? As most of you are family members, what was it that made you think that these were the guys to make music with?

Daniel: I just needed something to do.

Joel: Really what we were all looking at, because we were a part of a band in our church up in Queensland, we were wanting to go out and see other things, going to pubs and playing at pubs.

Sean: It’s a very Dream Theater meets Mega Death feel to your guy’s music. Was that intentional or are there other bands that influenced you?

Joel: Influences are Dream Theater, Petra, Decipher down, up beat rock bands that are out their having the time of their lives.

Sean: What is the reasoning behind the specific Bible verse as your name? Does it hold and personal meaning?

Joel: Pretty much, our old name was “The Way” and someone else had already taken that, so we decided to go through The Bible, as we are Christians,  and the one that came to us, as he was the leader of pray in Israel, was the name Keneniah, which also means made by god. Later on we decided to tag on 15:22 which was the reference to the meaning of his name.

Carey: So you said you were originally based in Queensland but have now moved to Melbourne. What led to that change?

Daniel: It was a big turn of events. Our ex-drummer had some health problems and had to come down here. He said that if we came down here that we could get some work. So we decided to come down. But nothing happened, we didn’t get any work and he ended up leaving. So we’ve done it hard.

Sean: So how are you finding the Melbourne scene?

Daniel: It’s different. There are a lot more metal bands down here than there are up in Queensland. But it’s good being a band that is totally different to everything else out there. That Dream Theater vibe just came about us just trying to put keyboard into every single song and we though it sounded pretty good.

Sean: Any E.Ps or tours coming up?

Joel: At the moment we are in the process of recording our own stuff at home. I’m an audio engineer, not fully qualified yet but will be soon, so if anyone wants a recording just let us know.

 

LAUDA

Sean: Hey, guys how did you think the set went?

Nick: Good, everything went smoothly. Everything went well.

Yaz: Different crowd from what we are used to.

Nick: Yea, didn’t get as much banter out as we wanted to but its always good play.

Sean:  You guys have a very obvious house and R and B influence. Who would you say are your main influences?

Nick: It’s a mixed back. I like all things electronic and chill like James Blake and things like that.

Yaz: I’m a bit more R and B fan myself.

Carey: Just wondering, with the name, if it’s a Niki Lauda reference?

Yaz: yea it is. Most people think it’s a play on words for louder.

Sean: So how have you guys found it being an R and B group in what is a mostly punk and metal scene?

Nick: Yea it’s an interesting mix being a house group that doesn’t DJ. Not many clubs will have sets with live music. So we have to sort of play in different venues. Obviously we can’t just play in pubs that mainly play cover songs because that’s the wrong crowd.  So it’s an interesting challenge trying to find places.

Sean: Do you find that you have to venture out far to get gigs?

Nick: Yes and No. The gigs are obviously harder to find but we also just give everything a go. Obviously more inner city is where the scene is at though.

Yaz: Also getting help from other artists in the same genera and style is also important. So we have to stick together and help each other out.

Carey: So you guys had an E.P out recently?

Nick: Yea, an E.P in May. It’s called back beach. We didn’t play too much of it tonight.

Yaz: Yea mainly newer stuff.

Nick: The E.P is a little bit more chilled and laid back. It’s good to get an E.P out there so that people kind of know what we are about.

Sean: So what’s the song writing process been fo you guys?

Nick: So I usually do the music and Yaz typically does the vocals. So I’ll send him a raw mix of a track and He’ll send me a recording of some vocals. The E.P is called back beach because it was all recorded in my beach house.  We just decided to get together and record it and get it all together.

 

Infernal Bliss

Sean: You guys have a very strong pop punk and warped tour vibe about yourselves. What would you say is your biggest influence?

Ash: We’ve all got really different influences.

Scott: Yea, I’ve got a lot of Tool influences, a lot of prog-rock influences and alternative stuff like smashing pumpkins.

Ash: I love stuff like pop punk.

Bree: I like anything from Slayer to Hillary Duff.

Lucas: I’m a big 90s guy like Faith No More or Nirvana. But all of our influences all cross over. We all share a lot in common too.

Sean: So where are you guys based? Are you guys Melbourne or elsewhere?

Scott: Three of us are from Ballarat and our drummer and our lead guitarist are from Melton.

Sean: So how are you finding Melbourne compared to Ballarat or Melton?

Lucas: There is no Melton scene.

Ash: Ballart is pretty good. There really supportive of the locals. So for another band from Melbourne, for example, to get a gig in Ballarat is actually really hard.

Scott: Yea, they’ll give you the “You’re not from around here” vibe. Though if you’re from Ballarat they’ll be a lot friendlier.

Carey: We were talking to the Revengers from Bendigo. Their scene seems pretty receptive to them however it seems to lean more towards metal. So where do you think you fit in?

Scott: We are a bit more punk in Ballarat I’d say, compared to the Indie rock bands that just turn up on the main street all over café bars.

Sean: So you guys said that you are releasing an E.P in a month?

Lucas: Yea our self-titled E.P should be out in the middle of September.

Sean: What was the song writing process for that?

Lucas: A bit of everything. We’ve got some songs that our other guitarist would write and we would just add our bits to it. Sometimes Bree would write an idea and we would all finish it in an hour.

Bree: I write a lot of the lyrics generally.

Sean: Any tours or shows coming up?

Ash: Kind of. We have a few spread out shows to promote our E.P. September 19th we’re playing Ballarat, we’re playing Bendigo October 2nd and playing the rev sometime in November.

 

Morth

Sean: You guys definitely had one of the more visually engaging shows I’ve ever seen. I was telling Carey that if there was one band I had to see it was Morth. You’re sound is very classic Metal, like Iron Maiden or Judaist Priest. What bands do you think personally got you into making music?

Dylan: I’m into Wasp, Kiss, Motely Crew.

Billy: Same, Motely Crew or any other 80s act.

Sean: Do you guys have any E.Ps coming out?

Billy: We have a collector’s series singles coming out probably around Christmas time. Each single comes with a poster and if you buy all the singles then you get the compete poster.

Sean: So what’s your writing process been like for these singles?

Dylan: We do practices every weekend. When it comes to writing we all pitch in.

Billy: Yea, when somebody comes up with an idea we all usually jump in.

Dylan: We just fix them try to fit it together and make a song out of it. If someone writes lyrics I’ll have a read, fix them up and put them in a song. Everyone participates in the writing process.

Sean: How have you found Melbourne?

Dylan: It’s been great. The crowds are great and everyone is really into it.

Sean: Is Melbourne you main scene or do you venture elsewhere?

Billy: We do often travel for shows. Our music video that we are filming is being shot in Geelong. It’s free entry and we are doing a show afterwards(August 30 Barwon club,4pm).

Sean: What’s the Geelong scene like?

Billy: We’ve only played there a few times but we’ve had a good reception each time. But we play show in Bendigo and a lot of other places too.

Carey: So how do you go about getting your huge live show together?

Billy: One thing just led to another and everyone kept throwing in ideas and here we are. Whatever works, works and if it doesn’t it gets tossed.

Sean: So with your subject matter is there any over arcing themes?

Dylan: Usually someone just gets an idea of something to write about and we just pull it together.

Billy: As far as our songs go we don’t tend to stick to a certain theme.  We’ve got party songs, horror songs and get into the crowd songs.

Brandon: Most of the songs start with a guitar riff and then we add lyrics.

 

 

Dead on Acid

Sean: You guys where crazy on stage. I was breathless the entire time I was watching you guys. Where are you guys from?

Tim: I’m from the south-east suburbs and these two guys [Brody and Alex] are from Narre Warren.

Sean: So you guys come from the Djent/metalcore scene.

Tim: Yea it’s fucking terrible!

Sean: I guess you guys thought “fuck this” then when forming your band?

Tim: We just though “let’s play punk”. It’s easy and it gets the message across. You get to scream as much as you like and you don’t have to be good at your instrument.

Sean: I love how blunt you guys are with your songs. For example “I want to fuck a red headed girl” as opposed to the genre trope of obscuring everything behind “poetic lyricism”.

Tim: Yea we don’t dance around bullshit.

Brody: Yea fuck that.

Sean: I see you literally cut yourself on stage. What inspired that?

Tim: Well Morth were promoting themselves as a shock rock band so we decide that we can take that one step further.

Brody: We thought that it would be a little bit more shocking.

Tim: We thought it was going to be hard to follow up Morth as they were really good. But everyone left after two songs so they missed out on some rad public self-harm.

Sean: Do you guys have any E.Ps coming out?

Tim: We just recoded a Demo in my mate, Gavin’s, bedroom and he still hasn’t sent me the final mixes yet. So if you just check out Dead on Acid on Facebook we’ll have a demo out soon.

Sean: What inspired you guys to make music and to perform the way you do?

Tim: We mostly just wanted to do it. Musically, my main influence is Nirvana. But the stage presence and lyricism is all me coming out.

Sean: Is there anything you want to say to your fans?

Brody: To all our potential fans out there, please kill yourself. That’s all.

Tim: You often hear musicians say that “If my music helps out one person then I’ve done my job”. Well if one person kill’s themselves because of Dead on Acid then we have completed our goal.

 

Sisters Doll

Sean: You guys definitely call back to the days of Glam metal and the L.A strip. Guys like Motely Crew and maybe even Steel Panther, is there anything outside that you lie?

Monroe: All sorts of stuff really. We are pretty diverse in our tastes.  I like even some top 40s stuff.

Lipz: Anything that has a good melody.

Monroe: Yea, but most of it being Glam metal from the 70s and 80s with some 90s stuff too.

Sean: You mentioned that you’ve been touring Adelaide recently. How was it and how does it compare to Melbourne?

Monroe: Good. It’s a bit quieter. We played a show at bridge way hotel in Adelaide on Thursday and Saturday. Thursday was a bit quiet but the Saturday night had 150 people there. It was great. But the Melbourne scene is definitely boom with more venues.

Sean: You guys are now currently promoting a debut album?  How was the writing process on that?

Monroe: One of us will come up with a part and everyone else will play with the idea. It’s a collaborative effort. Some person brings their own idea and we build on it from there.

Sean: You’re now going to release something early next year?

Monroe: We are hoping to start recording our next album early next year. But right now we are working on Vinyl releases for our debut album. Those should be due in September and you can pre order them off our Facebook page.

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Peter Singer Interview

We interviewed Peter Singer – and – he took a photo with me and – he said “Rafal” – I can’t – you had better just listen to it.

(Kindest thanks to the Monash Philosophy Society for their contribution, Melbourne Uni Radio The Fodder for letting us borrow their studio and their stream, to everyone who submitted questions at home, and of course to Peter Singer!

If the most effective thing he could do with his 45 minutes was to come by to see us, the most effective thing we can do is listen! A shout out to Oxfam Australia and the Fred Hollows Foundation who are sponsoring Peter’s upcoming talks at the Alexander Theatre)