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Blue King Brown back with fresh new jams & hitting the road! #BornFree

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Wow… lovin’ this wicked new reggae jam by the crew at Blue King Brown… Can’t wait to catch-up with Carlo and Nat tomorrow night for the ‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ podcast!

Fresh from a couple of concerts with UB40 last weekend, this week sees Nattali Rize performing several rare acoustic shows in both Melbourne (Thursday 11th December – The Espy) and Sydney (Friday 12th December – The Factory), hitting the stage with Jamaican reggae revival star, Chronixx

Then in mid-January the band hit the road to launch their third studio album Born Free and I for one, like many of the Blue King Brown fans around the globe no doubt, can’t wait to see them live again!

“It’s been an upful year of creative exploration in the studio, and with the new album now out there in the world, we are pumped to return to the stage with the full force live show.” lead singer, Nattali Rize states, with BKB co founder Carlo adding The world system is pushing us harder, and harder, driving it’s oppressive boot deeper and deeper onto the people, we must holdfast, be the light in what has become a dark reality for many. Do not forget the downtrodden! Reclaim your mind, mental slavery, debt slavery is alive and kicking, we sing and speak against these things, bringing a positive vibration, being the balance, that is what our shows and music is about.”

My heart & mind hold many special memories of seeing Blue King Brown live including rockin’ shows at Big Day Out, shooting them live for triple j at Pyramid Rock and many many more. Pretty damn excited!

BLUE KING BROWN – BORN FREE ALBUM LAUNCH
GIG/TIX DETAILS
THU 15 Jan, 2015 – Melbourne
Hi-Fi, Melbourne VIC
125 Swanston St, Melbourne
FRI 16 Jan,  2015 – Sydney
The Metro, Sydney NSW
624 George Street, Sydney
All ages welcome
SAT 17 Jan, 2015 – RAdelaide
The Gov, Adelaide SA
59 Port Road, Hindmarsh

Blue King Bring – Pyramid Rock Festival. Image credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).

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Podcast Interview: ‘Chris & Josh’ webseries creator, writer & director – Matt Smolen.

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Interview #8 – Matt Smolen – Writer, Director and Creator (Chris & Josh webseries)

Matt Smolen is fuckin’ awesome! 

Met this inspiring dude 3 years at Pyramid Rock Festival when Matt was behind the lens shooting video content for Australian music video blog Speaker TV and my biz was driving Pyramid’s social media.

Since Pyramid Rock, Matt’s career has gone from strength to strength with his video production company Balloon Tree Productions shooting content for a bunch of different Australian brands and creating, writing and directing of international award-winning comedy webseries ’Chris and Josh’ featuring Shane Savage and ex-Neighbours actor Matt Werkmeister.

We chat about losing your virginity, quitting KFC after 1 shift, awful taste in music, having a 1000 views on the first day of releasing previously unheard of and unreleased comedy webseries and flying by the seat of your pants to create a webseries which has go on to win international acclaim and awards at LA Webfest and the 2014 Open Channel Australian Online Video Awards for Best Comedy Series and . Epic!

I seriously lost my shit when he told me what his first ever CD was… fuckin’ hilarious! 

Get into it!

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Zac Abroms (Viceroyalty) – Travel the world & work in the music industry

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Interview #5 – Zac Abroms (Viceroyalty, S.T.E.P.) – Music Industry

Good morning! Zac Abroms is a buddy of mine that I met a few years back when my business was running social media for Pyramid Rock Festival – an Australian music festival on Phillip Island just an hour or so out of Melbourne.

Beautiful little spot and magic memories of Tame Impala bringing in the New Year, chatting backstage with the humble and lovely Xavier Rudd and getting to know a bunch of amazing people including the boys from Kingswood, Zac Abroms, Ash Sambrooks of Higher Plains and Zac’s sister, Charlotte, of Large Noises. Zac and Ash’s respective businesses were looking after all the festival’s PR & Publicity and that festivals remains one of my happiest and proudest personal achievements as I basically got paid to hang out at a music festival, meet a shitload of cool people and share those memories with the world… or at least the work of Pyramid Rock fans & music-lovers.

Zac runs a music business called Viceroyalty providing online music publicity for a bunch of amazing Australian and international artists including Kimbra, Jessie Ware, Regina Spektor, Active Child, Bertie Blackman and many many more. He also has a music management business managing a few Aussie acts that I love including Manor, Danvers and the beautiful Kate Martin.

This year Zac and Ash Sambrooks also set-up The Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People (yes, it’s very tongue-in-cheek :D) also known as STEP which is a series of music industry events with live panel discussions and interesting live musical performances designed to connect people – match-matching video directors and photographers to bands and artists to mixers and producers.. mixing promoters with record labels and artists, but the beauty of it all is that absolutely anyone can come down and when I attended their first event a few months back, the bar was rammed with everyone from grassroots artists to seasoned music industry professionals and even newbies to the scene who don’t care what they do but just really want to work in music. It was awesome!

So as most of you know by now and to our 1st time listeners, welcome, this podcast is designed to tap into the lives and experiences of people who inspire me, help them tell their story and hopefully inspire a few of you along the way to chase what it is you love in life… ‘cause I tell you there is no better felling!

Enjoy!

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Calling All Cars. I’m a believer in following your dreams… Photographic tales of an ex-Emirates flight attendant

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Calling All Cars – Pyramid Rock Festival. Photo Credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).

I’m a believer in following your dreams… nay, it’s not a belief, it’s a way of life, a burning passion from which those of us with the creativity and drive inside can not escape, explain or hide. Everything I’ve done until this point in my life has been the result of an overwhelming desire to live and be what every single one of us wants to be… happy.

For me it’s finding the simple pleasures in life, living for the moment and planning for the future. If you don’t love what you do 100%, then you shouldn’t be doing it. Every job has it’s challenges, but it’s all about the positives outweighing the negatives and if they’re not then it’s time to move on buddy.

Every cool job I’ve had – Emirates Airline cabin crew, running music festivals and events around Australia, music supervisor on a snowboard show on TV, shooting music festival photography and even guiding social media for some of the world’s biggest brands – has eventuated by me wanting to try something new and putting my balls on the line to ask if I can have a go.

I need to lay this story out in full over the coming weeks/months/years, but this photo of Calling All Cars is the result of series of events that started with checking out Russell Crowe‘s Twitter and lead me on the journey through all those jobs to where I am now. I shit you not.

This particular moment in time I was shooting a music festival for the 1st time and it just so happened to be for Australia’s top radio station triple j. I was so pumped for the opportunity and shot many amazing bands that weekend including Scissor Sisters, Gotye, Grandmaster Flash and many more, but Calling All Cars were a stand-out live performer.

An unstoppable, explosive force field of energy from word go, I clearly remember the seconds leading up to this Calling All Cars photo and the instinct lead me to position myself for what I could sense was going to be an amazing shot… and then it happened… Wow! I still get chills thinking about it! 

My 1st time shooting a music festival, all the result of not being afraid to ask. Not everyone you ask for an opportunity is going to say yes, but man when they do… When was the last time you did something for the first time?

DW

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Calling All Cars hit the stage.. Bang! Electric!

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Calling All Cars hit the stage.. A
n 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!

Dan Wilkinson

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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.

Free Stream: Dream On Dreamer’s latest ‘Loveless’ LP drops tomorrow! Listen now.

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Dream on Dreamer’s sophomore album ‘Loveless’ drops tomorrow & we’re giving you the chance to stream it in full a day early!

Press play, Crank that stereo… LOUD! 🙂 & Enjoy!

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Kingswood short film ‘Some Motherfucker’s Gotta Pay’ gettin’ mad love!

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Kingswood’s ‘Some Motherfucker’s Gotta Pay’ is getting mad love on the internet this week & deservedly so!

Last weekend we cruised down to the killer space at Eureka Rebellion Trading (Collingwood) for a few cheeky Asahis, Sailor Jerry’s and the world premiere of Kingswood‘s short film ‘Some Motherfucker’s Gotta Pay’.

Shot in Sydney, iconic live music venue The Annandale and rural NSW, this classic, blood & gore Tarantino-style flick is the product of Wonder World Films and features an all-star cast with Seth Sentry, Thelma Plum, Sticky Fingers, Kira Puru, surfing legend Reg Mombassa, Dan Rule (previous owner of The Annandale Hotel) and lead guitarist Alex Laska‘s wheels. What started out as the music video for their latest single ‘Ohio’ ended in a mad hilarious short with The Black Wax Widow Makers, guns, sex beasts (cars) & scandalous activities!

Love seeing indie bands re-innovate the digital space and this clip made my fucking week. What was no doubt a lot of hard work and long hours (and a shitload of fun), is made to look easy by the band and clearly displays their love for art, their music & not taking themselves too seriously.

June & July sees the Kingswood love continue with an epic run of national shows that’s kicked off this weekend including performances with Spiderbait, British India, Bertie Blackman and an action-packed line-up at River Sessions (QLD) with Bliss N Esso, Boy and Bear, Karnivool, Illy, Ball Park Music, Dead Letter Circus and many more!

Crack yourself a cold one, kick back on the couch & enjoy the ride.. Some Motherfucker’s Gotta Pay!

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Kingswood live at Pyramid Rock. Images by Hot & Delicious

Kingswood’s National Australian Tour

Date Time Venue Tickets Supports
7 June 10pm Waves, Wollongong, NSW HERE The Money Go Round
8 June 10pm The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW HERE The Money Go Round
21 June 10pm The Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC HERE The Sinking Teeth
22 June 10pm Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA HERE Surviving Sharks
29 June 1pm River Sessions, Mackay, QLD HERE Bliss N Esso, Boy and Bear, Karnivool, Ball Park Music
5 July 10pm Iron Horse, Launceston, TAS Venue TBC
6 July 10pm The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS HERE TBC
17 July 9pm The Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC HERE Apes, Bertie Blackman
18 July 9pm The Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC HERE Apes, Bertie Blackman
20 July 9pm Eatons Hills Hotel, Eatons Hills, QLD HERE With British India & Spiderbait

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Ash Grunwald new single ‘The Last Stand’ & debut album with The Living End duo ‘Gargantua’.

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Ash Grunwald has teamed with The Living End’s rhythm section for a new single ‘The Last Stand’ & the trio’s debut album ‘Gargantua’.

Following the success of the release of their cover of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’, Ash & the boys kick-off a national Australian tour kicking off this week and have recorded 10 tracks for release, including a whole swag of new originals, killer covers and re-worked hits from Ash Grunwald’s tasty bag of music. And here’s the first original single!

‘The Last Stand’ – Ash Grunwald

We’ve been lucky enough to see Ash perform at shows & festivals around Australia.. he’s one of those lads who’s friendly, quick with a smile and always has time for a chat.. just a normal dude who loves a beer and living life.. and man have you seen him live!

Recorded at St Kilda’s Hothouse Studios, ‘Gargantua’ is out June 20th through Shock Records

FREE DOWNLOADAsh Grunwald’s version of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’

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Bam! Shockone’s back for Groovin’ The Moo with brand new jams!

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Bam! Now based in London with sister Reija Lee, Karl Thomas AKA Shockone is back with some brand new jams!

Today marks the release of Shockone’s ‘Universus’ LP and one of Australia’s hottest DJs is currently in Australia for Groovin’ The Moo festival tour / LP launch around the country before jetting off to the USA for several secret shows!

Was fortunate enough to meet Karl backstage briefly at Pyramid Rock over New Year’s and he’s one hell of a nice guy.

Wishing you every success brother. Get on it!

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Bonjah’s ‘Evolution’. Kiwi blues rockers back with a brand new jam!

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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!

Tour Dates:

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

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