Katy Steele, set to grace the stage at Valley Fiesta 2008, talks with our Tara-Kai Hammond
TH: So you grew up in the Perth Music scene didn’t you? What’s it like now, in comparison to say 10 years ago?
KS: Well, I have only been in the scene for the last 6-7 years as an actual musician. Before that I watched my brothers grow and gain success, the old school way, by playing gigs and gaining airplay, the way we did it. But for most of my teens, I watched my dad perform. He is a survivor who I have never seen play a bad show. True professional.. I would say that it was hard then and its even harder now. But It seems that music has taken a very serious turn. The only way, is to survive. We are all surviving, which is all I have ever asked for.
TH: Who are you looking forward to seeing perform at the Valley Fiesta?
KS: I’ve heard that the John Steel Singers are quite good. Other than that, I d love to check out some local Brisbane bands.
Continue reading Interview with Katy Steele of Little Birdy
Amandah Wilkinson of Operator Please tells Tara-Kai Hammond, “It’s good to be home…” in the lead up to the Valley Fiesta
This years Valley Fiesta promises to be the biggest yet, with artists like yourselves set to headline, joined by the likes of Sparkadia, Urthboy, DJ Dexter (Avalanches), Jeff Lang, Katy Steele (Little Birdy), Avalon Drive, Winnie Coopers, The Gin Club and Texas Tea, to name a few. How do you feel to be included in such a noteworthy line up of artists?
We feel honoured to get the chance to play. We have never played the Valley Fiesta and I have been wanting to see the bands on the line-up. We have been away for such a long time, so it’s good to be home.
So what do you think it’ll be like playing the Valley Fiesta now that you’ve produced a Top 10 album and achieved international acclaim?
I don’t really know to be honest, and I don’t really think about those things when we play a show.
If anything you should never have any expectations, you never know what the crowd or atmosphere will be like until you are onstage. Hopefully it will be okay.
Who are you looking forward to seeing perform at this years Valley Fiesta? And Why?
I am looking forward to seeing DJ Dexter! He’s is incredible.
I want to see Katy Steele, because I haven’t seen just her play before.
Operator Please would have played at some very different venues, (small and large, etc) over the years… What’s the best gig you ever did? And why?
The best gig to date for me is a toss up between Melt festival in Germany and the Shorditch Crawl! We played Melt festival at night and it was the perfect atmosphere! We had a beautiful crowd too. It was amazing to go there and have people come to see us and what was a major bonus was that there were people singing! And the Shorditch Crawl show was messy and hilarious but still a favourite. It was about 1am and the place was packed, everyone was dancing, lots of people swinging off various light stands and stairs into the crowd and even people dancing on the bar! The fold back was shit, all our instruments broke, stage divers mangled the kit. Incredible!!!Amandah I read somewhere that you picked random people who could play an instrument to join the band. How did you all combine your musical styles to make the winning combination that is Operator Please?
We didn’t really consciously combine our styles, I think that’s what makes us Operator Please. We were obviously influenced by different music but we really didn’t think about the sound we were going to make. We did what we could do with our instruments and still do the same.
What made you decide to record an independent EP, do some shows and self-promotion, then head over to the Big Apple, (New York)?
We recorded an independent EP because it was the next logical thing for us to do, we just started playing shows and we made little badges and our own screen printed tshirts but we didn’t have any music recorded. So we scraped up some money between us and recorded some songs live, all very quick. We distributed it ourselves by burning copies and getting my sister to design the art and got bits and pieces like cardboard and stuff to print on. You have to do things by yourself if you want to get them done, we decided to go to New York because we were invited to showcase a week before CMJ.So the line up for Operator Please has changed quite a few times since the beginning…Why is this?
Being in a band isn’t for everyone. Our first Violinist left because she didn’t want to perform music live and didn’t enjoy it. Our keyboard player left as a mutual decision between her and the rest of the band. We are away so much from home and touring is a strenuous thing and if you can’t cope the slightest it isn’t right. You are put totally out of your comfort zones and you have alot of time to think and you live in and out of eachothers pockets day in and day out. We started out really young and growing up touring and making music and seeing things you form your own opinions and forge your way of life, if you don’t love what you are doing, then you shouldn’t do it.I’ve read that you’ve never expected anything and are happy enough to have people turning up to your shows and liking what they hear. So what motivates or inspires you to write and perform? The artistic expression? As an outlet? For the joy of it? For others enjoyment?
I enjoy making music. I enjoy playing music. Music is a release for me from everything, it is also and expression. Ultimately when you start making music, you make it for yourself, you never think that other people are actually going to listen, but when they do it’s amazing and you are appreciative for it. Music like many forms of art is a single minded thing. If you are constantly thinking of how to please everyone else, how are you supposed to be happy with yourself.
What is the band up to at the moment? Writing? Jammin’? Recording? Touring? Or just taking a break?
We are writing, playing a couple of shows, but we are just happy to be at home and in one country for more than a week
SYDNEY SELLS OUT, SECOND SHOW ADDED
They are a band that make joyous, galloping punk-pop music and after announcing their return to Australia next month, the Diamond Hoo Ha Men’s SYDNEY show at the FORUM on FRIDAY OCTOBER 3RD has SOLD OUT!
The good news for Sydney fans is that an extra night has been added to their Australian run. SUPERGRASS will now play a second Sydney date at the FORUM on SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER. Tickets to this second and final Sydney show go on sale 9.00 am, THURSDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER.
While tickets to their Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth shows are still available, they are selling fast, so if you haven’t got your tickets yet, better giddy-up as no more shows for this tour will be announced. Don’t miss your opportunity to see one of the most highly regarded and accomplished live bands to come out of the UK.
Listen out for their new single Rebel In You pumping on your stereo and stay tuned for support info in coming weeks.
SUPERGRASS TOUR DATES
Thursday 2 October – The Tivoli, Brisbane (over 18) – tix still available
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Tickets from Ticketek outlets: Ph 132 849 or >www.ticketek.com.au; Rocking Horse Records, Ph 07 3329 5360,
Australian Defence Force Air Show
RAAF Base Amberley October 4-5, 2008
Link to flickr photo group for the 2008 Australian Defence Force Air Show:
The 2008 Australian Defence Force Air Show, to be conducted on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of October will be the largest and most exciting Air Show conducted by the ADF.
This year’s Air Show will include aircraft from the United States Air Force, the Republic of Singapore Air Force as well as representation from across the Australian Defence Force.
The F-111, based at RAAF Amberley will star, performing its dump and burn display. The Roulettes, the Air Force aerobatic team, the Red Beret Army parachute team and the Navy Squirrel Team will also perform on both days of the Air Show.
A host of ground displays will also showcase career opportunities and capabilities within the Australian Defence Force.
A packed program of air displays will include participation from war birds from past conflicts and professional aerobatic displays.
Parking, food and facilities will be provided to guarantee those interested in an Australian Defence Force career and families and those interested in aviation enjoy an action packed day.
Full information about the Air Show is available at www.airforce.gov.au/airshow
Described by The Sydney Morning Herald as ‘bold and original’, TaikOz is Australia’s most energetic and exciting taiko drumming group. From 28 – 30 October 2008, Brisbane audiences will have the chance to experience their compelling performances when TaikOz tours The Gathering to Brisbane Powerhouse.
The Gathering is an unforgettable concert experience. The powerful and thundering sound of taiko drumming is counter-balanced with the beautiful, ethereal tones of the shakuhachi bamboo flute. Featuring performances by shakuhachi Grand Master Riley Lee and guest percussionist Timothy Constable, the result is a synthesis of east and west, old and new.
Since its formation in 1997, TaikOz has become Australia’s most exciting and energetic taiko drumming ensemble, attracting devoted audiences across the country and around the world. While observing ancient practices, the Japanese art form of taiko is given a uniquely Australian interpretation with muscular choreography, hypnotic compositions and delicate musicality. Continue reading Taikoz – The Gathering @ Brisbane Powerhouse, 28-30 October 2008
Your ticket to travel the world through medieval times. Experience the many ages of Europe, and then travel the lands and sea to explore the wonders of Asia.
Musgrave World Medieval Tournament – visit the encampments of many cultures through time, see how they lived day to day and the battles they fought. This years event will include Asia with Korean swordsman and Shaolin Monks.
Living History Encampments
Medieval Music and Dance
Children’s Knight School & Costume Competition
Don’t forget to dress up the kids for the costume competition drawn daily!!
20th – 21st September 2008 / 9am – 5pm
Edmondstone & Rusell Street,
The Up Late program for ‘Picasso & his collection’ concludes with a rare acoustic performance by Kate Miller-Heidke, presenting never-before seen material from her forthcoming new album in October 2008 and subsequent national tour with a full band.
Miller-Heidke is one of the most talked about performers in Australian music today. Her unique vocal ability has captured the imagination audiences nationwide and established her as one of Australia’s most exciting musical talents.
Taking a break from her touring schedule in May 2008, Miller-Heidke has been recording a new album, her second full-length album, in Los Angeles.
The yet to be titled album follows the gold-selling debut Little Eve (Sony/BMG, 2007), which featured the hit singles ‘Words’, ‘Make it last’ and the stunning ‘Space they cannot touch’ , which entered the ARIA charts at number 11 in June 2007 and earned the artist four ARIA Award nominations. Little Eve topped numerous ‘Best Release’s of 2007’ lists Australia-wide and 2008 has already seen Miller-Heidke perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, Brisbane’s Big Gay Day and as a supporting performer for Cyndi Lauper in 2008.
The Kate Miller-Heidke live experience is compelling – her theatrical stage presence, and fresh, innovative and edgy pop captivates audiences.
‘Miller-Heidke’s punishing vocal prowess is the impetus of the gutsiest show in Australian music at the moment. There is nothing contrived here; just a cathartic release of punk opera – stunning, fine and porcelain-fragile meets pummeling, bruising rock & roll.’ (Adelaide Fringe Festival review, February 2008)
Don’t miss experiencing some of Kate’s new musical creations come to life with her long term collaborator, Keir Nuttall on guitar, alongside audience favourites from her previous albums and her much loved comedic twist, to conclude the Up Late program for ‘Picasso & his collection’.
When: 12th September 2008
Where: Queensland Gallery Of Modern Arts (GOMA)
Full Details: GOMA – Picasso Up Late
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With only a couple of days left, you don’t want to be one of the few to miss out… the Brisbane Ekka only has a couple of days to go and there’s so many things to do and see for young and old. With the thrill of the many varieties of rides, racing cars, bikes, horses, animal nursery, monster trucks, bands, fireworks, sideshow alley, showbags, the list is endless. Get along, enjoy the day and experience all it’s got to offer.
Saturday 16 August 2008 is the last night of the Ekka and the last in the Nova “Live and Loud @ Ekka” series of outdoor concerts. Faker will be supported by Intercooler from 7:00pm at Ekka’s Nova Park.
Describing themselves as “purveyors of glorious backyard summer pop melodies” the John Steel Singers, also known as Tim Morrissey, Scott Bromiley, Ross Chandler, Pete Bernoth, Pat McDermott and Luke McDonald, will take centre stage in QPAC’s outdoor music venue, Cascade Court, on 23 August.
Triple J Next Crop winners in 2007 and finalists in the Q Song Awards 2008, John Steel Singers’ recently released mini LP ‘The Beagle and The Dove’ to rave reviews.
The Nights Outside line-up will also include performances by Brisbane rock, indie, post punk four-piece The Gallant and French pop, punk, reggae outfit, Yeo and the Fresh Goods.
Stay tuned for September Nights Outside gigs:
13 September – Repeat Offender + The Frets
27 September – The Gin Club + Tim Steward Band and James Grehan
What: Nights Outside – featuring The John Steel Singers, The Gallant and Yeo and the Fresh Goods
When: Saturday 23 August from 7.30pm
Where: Cascade Court, QPAC, South Bank
Saturday 16 August
Faker will be supported by Intercooler in the final of the Nova Live and Loud & Ekka series.
Don’t miss this one!!
Last night we saw Butterfingers and Avalon Drive in the first of the Nova Live and Loud @ Ekka series of concerts at the Brisbane Ekka. These concerts are perfect in combination with an amazing array of activities and events that make the Brisbane Ekka such a magical experience.
Tonight (Saturday 9 August 2008) it’s Regurgitator with Yves Klein Blue from 7pm
Since releasing their first self titled EP in late 2004, Regurgitator has received national and international success touring the all over the world with particular success in Europe and Asia. Regurgitator has recorded their albums all over the world with their sixth and latest album Love and Paranoia recorded in Brazil. Indie Punk band Yves Klein Blue was the product of the four members love of Led Zeppelin forged in high school. Their current album Yves Klein Blue Draw Attention to Themselves was recorded in Brisbane and Byron Bay and was released in April this year.
“[Are You Magnetic? is] the perfect choice to follow-up the single This Heart Attack, the song that made Faker the commander of the airwaves for the past six months. It has an immediate retro feel reminiscent of the Australian pop rock scene of the ’80s; in other words, it’s so hot right now.” Kathy McCabe, Daily Telegraph
The Top 10 single ‘This Heart Attack’ has certainly taken breakout Sydney band Faker to a whole new legion of fans, and with new single ‘Are You Magnetic?’ under their belts the band are taking to the road in September on a national headline tour.
Starting in WA the ‘Are You Magnetic?’ tour will see Faker travel to all capital cities over more than two weeks.
Tickets are on sale from July 7 and Sparkadia will support Faker on all dates which are as follows:
‘Are You Magnetic?’ Tour
Thursday 4th September – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Venue: (08) 9721 2016 www.heatseeker.com.au
Friday 5th September – Metro City, Perth, WA
Star Surf + Skate (Perth) – (08) 93216230 Mills Records (Fremantle) – (08) 9335 1945
Planet Video (Mt Lawley) – (08) 9328 7464 www.heatseeker.com.au
Saturday 6th September – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA
Beach Life (Margaret River) – (08) 9757 2888 Blue 62 (Busselton) – (08) 9752 3522
Friday 12th September – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Box Office: (03) 9299 9800 Ticketek: 132 849 www.ticketek.com.au
Saturday 13th September – Wrestpoint Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Wrestpoint Service Centre: 1300 795 257 www.wrestpoint.com.au
Sunday 14th September – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Venuetix: (08) 8225 8888 www.venuetix.com.au
Friday 19th September – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Oztix: 1300 762 545 www.oztix.com.au www.thecoolyhotel.com.au
Saturday 20th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW (licensed and all ages)
Box Office: (02) 9550 3666 www.enmoretheatre.com.au
Ticketek: 132 849 www.ticketek.com.au
The new single ‘Are You Magnetic?’ is currently available as a digital multi-track package to include a Paul Mac remix of ‘Are You Magnetic?’ and album track ‘Sleepwalking’ remix by the Hong Kong Blondes. ‘Are You Magnetic’ follows the huge success of ‘This Heart Attack’ which is still in the Top 40 after 35 weeks.
The Getaway Plan played an “all ages” gig at the Red Room – University of Queensland, 19 July 2008 as part of the Brisbane leg of their “Where The City Meets The Sea” tour (supported by Goodnight Nurse and Closure in Moscow).