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Interview with Leo Sayer

Interview by Stuart Blythe
Photo Credit Maria de Vera

Leo Sayer @ Beats 4 Breast Cancer

Firstly, congratulations on the release of your new album – Restless Years.
This is your first album in six years. How was the recording process, the people involved and seeing the release of the album?

Oh, well I met Mitch Cairns, Danny Spencer and Johnny Salerno on the Good Times tour last year. They were the backing band and I loved their feel so I asked them to be my studio band. Bill Risby already was my keyboard player, and was on the tour as well, so together they became the recording band. I already had demos I’d made of all the songs so we got together at Mitch’s studio in Melbourne after the tour last winter and put the basic album together. Then we did overdubs there and vocals and backing vocals at my own studio in Sydney. It was a pretty painless operation really (one of the easiest albums I’ve ever recorded) thanks to the talent of all the great singers and musicians I was working with. Now these guys are my live band too.
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Q&A with Ben Wood – Trinity Roots

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After the successful Australian release of their single ‘Haiku’ in 2014 Trinity Roots are heading to Australia for a string of tour dates in support of their heavily anticipated third studio album. Drummer Ben Wood took time our for LifeMusicMedia…

:: What track changed your life ::

John Mclaughlin’s “Extrapolation” really pulled Jazz in to focus for me when I was about 19. My guitar teacher at the time was a big John Mclaughlin fan and he introduced me to this album but it was actually Tony Oxley’s drumming on this song/album that flipped my thinking about music at that point in my life and helped me to interpret other expressionists like Elvin Jones and Tony Williams.
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Interview with John Baxter of Five Mile Sniper

Interview by Stuart Blythe

Five Mile Sniper

With the release of their debut album The Sound Of Trees, and embarking on their album launch tour, we caught up with Five Mile Sniper lead singer John Baxter for a chat.

First of all, congratulations on the release of your debut album – The Sound Of Trees.

Thank you, we’re proud of it.
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Interview with Axel Sjöberg of Graveyard

Interview by Stuart Blythe

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Graveyard will return to Australia in March 2015 for Golden Plains Festival along with headline shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. We caught up with Graveyard drummer Axel Sjöberg for a chat.

Hi Axel, great to hear Graveyard are heading to Australia in 2015 for a string of headline shows (tour details here).
Having caught your shows last year in Australia I can say we’re excited to see you live again.

Thank you!
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Interview with DJ of AREA-7

Interview by Stuart Blythe
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We caught up with AREA-7 Keyboardist DJ to chat about Soundwave Festival 2015, touring and the year ahead.

You’re playing at Soundwave 2015. What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

Oh that’s easy… touring, playing on huge stages, seeing other acts. playing to people who have never seen us and hoping to give our regular fans a highlight festival show.

What’s your favourite/least favourite festival experience?

Only ‘least favourite’ I can think of is not playing more festivals! Favourite’s are Main stage St Kilda Festival, sun setting over the beach as a backdrop and a sea of thousands’n’thousands of people out front. Also, as last band on at Warped tour on the Gold Coast, it’s pissing down and the show is running behind, they’ve gotta get everything to the next show so the crew are packing the stage up around us. We’re getting rained on, most of the stage was down before we finished and ran straight in to the bus to the next show.
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Interview with Craig Selak – The Bennies

Interview by Stuart Blythe
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We caught up with THE BENNIES bassist CRAIG SELAK to chat about Soundwave Festival 2015, touring and the year ahead.

2014 was a massive year for The Bennies. Touring with the Dead Kennedys, shows with NOFX, a US tour and the release of your second EP Heavy Disco just to name a few highlights. What were the standout moments of 2014 for you?
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Interview with Matt Young – King Parrot

Interview by Stuart Blythe
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We caught up with KING PARROT vocalist MATT YOUNG to chat about Soundwave Festival 2015, touring and the year ahead.

You’re playing at Soundwave 2015. What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

It’s always a good time playing on the big stages in front of festival audiences, and to be on a lineup with so many great bands is really an honour. We’ve also been in the US for most of the last 6 months, so I’m really looking forward to coming home to some good weather.
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Interview – Guy Pearce

Interview by Meghan Player
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Following the release of his debut album ‘Broken Bones’ and with an upcoming tour with Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton kicking off on in January 2015, Guy Pearce took time out to chat with LifeMusicMedia.com

First of all, congratulations on the successful release of your debut album – Broken Bones. Is it a relief to, not only have the album out but see so many people enjoying it as well?

Thank you! Yes, absolutely . ‘Tis quite weird too as I’ve been making music my whole life really on some level or other.

Are you happy with the response the album has received?

Yes I think so. I know there are lots of people though, who still cringe at another actor releasing music so I still have to face that but generally the response has been one of positive surprise
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Interview with Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon)

Interview by Wezzy Crüze
Phil Jamieson - Rolling Stone Awards 2014

Friday mornings are always a great time of the day to hit the beach, at least that’s what Grinspoon’s very own Phil Jamieson believes. In the lead up to his acoustic solo tour around Australia, which sees the iconic front man team up with Unwritten Law’s Scott Russo, we managed to catch a moment to talk all things music, life and zucchini slice.

Hello Phil
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Interview with Dino Cazares – Fear Factory

Interview by Ben Hosking
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Fear Factory are heading to Australia in 2015 to play at SOUNDWAVE festival. Our Ben Hosking spoke with Fear Factory co-founder and guitarist Dino Cazares.

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Interview with Kim Churchill

Interview by Dominic Feain
Photo Credit Sam Atkinson
It’s been an extraordinary few years for Australian singer/songwriter Kim Churchill. Headline tours through Canada, the UK and Europe, signing a worldwide publishing deal with Sony ATV, opened for Billy Bragg, travel adventures and an upcoming Australian tour! Our Dominic Feain chats with Kim Churchill.

G’day Kim, so you’re just back from Canada?

Yeah yeah, I’ve been touring Canada for the last month and a bit.
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Q&A with Karl S. Williams

Karl S. Williams
Currently on tour (November-December 2014) in support of his new album ‘Heartwood’, KARL S. WILLIAMS took time our for LifeMusicMedia…

:: What track changed your life ::

Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground by Blind Willie Johnson. A wordless and primitive expression of pure beauty. It showed me that all artifice could be done away with and the song could be whittled to its core, transcending even language.

:: What is your favourite Album ::

Probably Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here. I have listened to it a million times and it always works.
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Q&A with The Floating Bridges

The Floating BridgesQueensland’s premiere 5 piece roots, rock, reggae outfit The Floating Bridges are recently released their explosive new single ‘Eloquence’ (video clip below).

The band – Dale, Cale, Dan, Jimmy and Johnny – took time out to answer a few questions for LifeMusicMedia.com

:: What track changed your life ::

Banapple Gas – Cat Stevens (Dale)

:: What is your favourite Album ::

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication (Cale)
Powderfinger – Vulture Street (Dale)
Incubus – Science (Dan)
Nirvana – Nevermind (Jimmy)
Led Zeppelin – II (Johnny)

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Q&A with Nathan Persal – The Dawn Chorus

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After the recent release of their new single “Plain Song” (video clip below) we caught up with The Dawn Chorus‘s Nathan Persal.

:: What track changed your life ::

“Enter Sandman” Metallica

:: What is your favourite Album ::

“Fight For Your Mind”, Ben Harper
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