Big Day Out
Calling All Cars hit the stage.. An unstoppable, explosive force field of energy from word go.. Bang! Electric!
Australia is a country spoiled for wealth with musical talent and when it comes to stagecraft, Melbourne rockers Calling All Cars have got it NAILED! First saw the lads live in 2011 when I was at Pyramid Rock Festival shooting for one of Australia’s national radio stations, triple j. I’d heard one or two of their jams on the radio and I decided to go check them out. WOW! From start to finish lead singer Haydn Ing’s high-octance buzz on the mic and around the stage had the moshpit shaking.
Ing’s commitment to the cause was demonstrated at Sydney’s Big Day Out last year, when the CAC frontman was knocked out cold for 10 minutes by an accidental elbow after diving into the crowd and had to be rushed to hospital. Copped a few blows to the jaw in the pit myself back in the day & it’s not fun (does anyone remember Goo Thursdays at the Metro? Alternative music at its best! :D), but where would rock & roll be these days without a lead singer or lead guitarist unafraid to attack the stage, drum riser, foldbacks and amps with reckless abandon?
HOT TIP for all you wanna-be rockstars out there.. chances are that if you’re in front of the mic, you’re already baring your heart & soul through your music, so whether it’s a positive or negative vibe don’t be afraid to let your personality shine.. I’m not saying if you’re Gotye that you should jump into the crowd with an epic body slam.. you’ve got to be you, but even a personal story or a cheeky anecdote to show the crowd that you’re a real person made of flesh & blood just like them will endear and connect you more to your audience than your music ever will.
As social media has shown us, now more than ever with the likes of social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, everyone with a smartphone is the storyteller of their own lives and artists of their own world; give your audience an experience to remember and they will not only reward you by listening to your music online, but they will share your art with their world. So if you’re in front of the mic and make that human connection, then chances are that if they haven’t come here to see you, they will be back.
Stagecraft is a key opportunity to interact with people.. to make an impact. Even just one new person per show to start with, can be all it takes. After all the global music market is a saturated one, social media littered with wanna-be rockstars (incl. yours truly :p) and you need to capitalize on every opportunity to stand apart from the herd.
I can still tell you the very first time I saw Calling All Cars and the image featured at the top of this article remains one of the favourite images I’ve shot in my lifetime, music or otherwise. Every time I see it I’m captivated.. my eyes glaze over as the emotions and memory of that snapshot in time seep back through my soul..
Next time, but you step out on that stage.. take a deep breath, take a step & set yourself free!
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Calling All Cars latest jam ‘Standing In The Ocean’ is the 2nd single from forthcoming album Raise The People due out March 7.
Bonjah kick off a national Australian tour tonight with their latest ‘Evolution’.
This first single off Bonjah’s much anticipated 3rd album due out later in 2013 is filled with the funky little hooks, driving drums and smoky vocal melodies that we’ve come to expect from the Kiwi lads who made Melbourne their home with a one-way ticket back in 2006.
Bonjah have come a long way from cutting their teeth in the Australian music scene busking full-time on the streets of Melbourne to hundreds of shows throughout Australia, London, Japan, Germany and New Zealand including Big Day Out, Greenroom Festival (Japan), JuWi Fest (Germany), Peats Ridge Festival, Pyramid Rock, St Kilda Festival, West Coast Blues & Roots and Woodford Folk Festival.
The national tour kicks off tonight at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne and here’s a little taste of what you can expect!
April 13 – The Corner – Melbourne VIC
April 19 – The Loft – Gold Coast QLD
April 20 – Big Pineapple Festival – Sunshine Coast QLD
April 20 – Sol Bar – Maroochydore QLD
April 21 – Hotel Brunswick – Brunswick Heads NSW
May 3 – The Gov – Adelaide SA
May 9 – Prince of Wales – Bunbury WA
May 10 – Quinndaning Inne – Quinndaning WA
May 11 – Fly By Night – Fremantle WA
May 22 – The Brass Monkey – Cronulla NSW
May 23 – Oxford Art Factory – Sydney NSW
May 24 – Heritage Hotel – Bulli NSW
May 25 – Baha – Rye VIC
WIDE OPEN ROAD at SXSW 2013
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One of the key Australian music events at South-By-South-West 2013 was the ‘Wide Open Road’ private party held by Big Day Out, C3 Presents, Sounds Australia and Screen Producers Association of Australia
The inaugural Wide Open Road event took place at Holy Mountain with details of The Big Day Out Evolution Grant announcement revealed, speeches by Glenn Dickie (Sounds Australia) and Adam Zammit (Big Day Out CEO), before Aussie rapper 360 hit the stage to get the party vibe flowing with an upbeat showcase performance.
The Big Day Out Evolution Grant will be awarded to collective groups who combine film making, digital interactive and music production to create a new annual innovation, invention or theatrical event.
Executive Director, Matthew Deaner of SPAA says “This initiative encourages creative collaboration between Australian independent producers and content creators of film, interactive media and music and it provides an opportunity for these creative industries to work together on a project that engages and excites audiences in a way they have never experienced before.”
“Australia is a large country and full of people with amazing and progressive ideas. SXSW creates an event each year that attracts a lot of these minds into one city. Our hope is that Wide Open Road will bring creatives from all across Australia together in one room and that it becomes an incubator for new fresh and progressive collaborations across all 3 mediums.” Millie Millgate, Sounds Australia
THE BIG DAY OUT EVOLUTION GRANT
A $20,000 Development Grant for innovations and invention using interactive,
film and production in the advancement of the live music experience.
“We are at an important live production crossroads. Advances in multimedia production are enabling live performances to bring all of the power of film making to the stage, from projection, to lighting to even 3D. Advances in audience engagement, encompassing feedback, physical tracking, mobile technology, and social media have the potential to bring the audience into an artists stage show in ways that we can only imagine.” Adam Zammit, CEO, Big Day Out
The creation & development of ongoing local, national and global partnerships is crucial for the continued growth of Australian music on the international stage and one that Hot & Delicious is fully behind. We can only hope that Australian music industry leaders (both here & abroad) continue to inspire and take their seat at the table.
It all begins with the first step.
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