Heavily inspired by 1970s Afrobeat, The Shaolin Afronauts have gone from strength to strength since releasing their debut album ’Flight Of The Ancients’ in 2011. This debut saw them thrust into the limelight with an ARIA award nomination and a coveted performance at WOMAdelaide festival. The band conceived as a side project of Adelaide’s retro soul band The Transatlantics have now released their sophomore album, ‘Quest Under Capricorn’.
Recorded live with an 18 piece afro-orchestra band, Ross McHenry had a chat to Tara in an in depth, two part interview to discuss exactly what went into the recording process, what made the recording process so distinctive and their ethos on music making.
M.C of The Herd and owner of record label Elefant Tracks, Tim Levinson, otherwise known as Urthboy has been a major player in the Australian Hip Hop scene. He’s been shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize (one of the only artists ever nominated twice), won ‘Best Urban Album’ at the Independent Music Awards and received an ARIA nomination.
Urthboy’s new album ‘Smokey’s Haunt’ is to be released on the 12th October via Elefant Tracks and he had a chat to Tara and Philly about what went into making this album, the changes he’s seen in Australian hip hop throughout the years and exploring identity and making sense of the world through his music.
Philly started by asking him about what it’s like being back in the hot seat with writing and releasing his latest solo release…
The xx will release their new album, Coexist on September 10 / 11, just over three years since they released their masterful self-titled debut. We caught up with them to discuss where the band recorded the album, how important having time and space to do the recordings were, line up changes and the possibility of any future releases. Oliver also opened up about the pressures of releasing a sophomore album after the success of their debut.
Tara started by asking Oliver if they recorded Coexist at XL recordings where they recorded their debut…
Post-punk Washington DC to Chicago to NYC, Renault has achieved a lot in his time. He’s crossed borders to master the viola, become a buyer for Gramaphone Records, start his own record label and been voted NYC’s best DJ. After nearly a decade of residencies and studio time, he has since become one of the Manahattan and Brooklyn borough’s finest exports. On his fourth trip to Australia, Renault speaks with The Wednesday Range on growing up as a Fugazi-loving DC kid, and his natural progression into club land.
Local favourites, The Aves have gone from strength to strength with their latest release ‘Panic’. Having just come back from touring around Australia, the band are now getting ready to travel to Canada to play at NXNE Festival. Tara and Philly caught up with them to discuss some of the ‘interesting’ characters and dance moves they’ve come across whilst on tour so far, and about those Canadian greener pastures.
Melbourne based, Becky Freeman A.K.A Sui Zhen has recently released her debut album ‘Two Seas’. It’s some parts folk, some parts whimsy and perhaps, not an overstatement to say all parts a treat. Partially produced and written in Berlin, she had a chat to Philly and Tara about the production process, her work as not only a song writter and singer but also a stop motion animator and the benefits and downfalls of working in collaboratives and collectives.
Melbourne based producer, beat maker and all round nice guy, Galapagoose has recently released his debut album ‘Commitments’ under Daedelus’ label, Magical Properties. Touring nationally, we caught up with him and discussed the development of his sound, his live shows and how the album is being received by fellow musicians and fans alike.
Adelaide based Brokers formed in late 2011 and their sound lends itself to a lighter, hazier style of electronica rich with drowsy ambience and chopped-up found sounds. Philly and Tara chatted to them about their sound, their lives shows and what they have planned for the rest of 2012.