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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Ben Britton to launch STRANGERS ‘Mirrorland’.

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Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with Ben Britton, lead singer of Strangers.

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Strangers lead singer Ben Britton & I met at the world’s largest music, film and interactive conference, South By South West (SXSW) back in 2013 when his kick-ass Australian heavy rock band Strangers were selected to play the conference and was I immediately blown away by their explosive live set in the basement at The Aussie BBQ Australian showcase event in Austin (Texas).

The Aussie BBQ SXSW boasted an A-grade line-up of the likes Vance Joy, Hiatus Kaiyote, Flume, Emma Louse, Seth Sentry, 360, Dune Rats, Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Alpine, Jackson Firebird, San Cisco, The Rubens, Jack Carty, Gold Fields, The Beards, The Falls & shit-tons more… 37 amazing Australian bands and artists playing 3 stages in one venue across 13 hours in Texas!!!! Blew my mind!

And for those who haven’t been before, the most wonderful thing about touring the USA with Sounds Australia and all the Aussie bands performing every year at SXSW is that you spend time with your music industry peeps that you know from back home whom you haven’t seen for ages, make a whole swag of new music biz friends and soak up the most beautiful and generous sense of community that Austin and SXSW have on offer. Benny and I kept bumping into each other at different bars and live music showcases around Austin, became buddies that week and I was quite struck by what a friendly, chatty and genuine dude he is.

Flash forward 4 years and I am super excited to feature Strangers launch of their 2nd album ‘Mirrorland’ on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Benny and I catch-up to discuss just what it’s like for Australian artists/bands looking to take on SXSW, the differences between the Melbourne and Sydney music scenes, He generously shares his experiences battling anxiety and mental health, which have come to be a massive learning experience and part of the ‘Mirrorland’ album and yep, I’ll even give you an exclusive sneak peek of 3 tracks from the new album by just simply downloading the podcast.

Over the next 2 weeks this Sydney born, Melbourne based 4-piece are carving out their next steps with 2 explosive ‘Mirrorland’ album launch shows in Melbourne (Saturday Just 1st – The Evelyn Hotel) and Sydney (Friday July 14th – The Chippo Hotel).

Last time I saw them play in Texas, Benny was on some dude’s shoulders in the crowd singing mid-set, the guitarist brought his axe out into the crowd too and then I think Mr. Britton capped it all off by stage-diving back ONTO the stage and tackling the drummer and drum-kit in one fell swoop… Now THAT’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout!

Download this shit and come see the show with me in Sydney! #GetSome #RocknRoll 🤘🏼✨🎸

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Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with Ben Britton, lead singer of Strangers.

Sounds Australia – Export Music Producer, Glenny G, taking Australian music to the world | Podcast Interview

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Glenny G joins the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! podcast in Sydney.
Glenny G joins the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! podcast in Sydney.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #92 Glenn Dickie (Sounds Australia – Export Music Producer).

 
Ever since my early 20s, I’ve based my life choices and career around pursuing what I love in life and Sounds Australia Export Music Producer, Glenn Dickie is a guy who epitomises this.
 
Glenn Dickie AKA Glenny G spent 12 years as a radio presenter at 3RRR in Melbourne and then another 12 at EMI Music Australia in A&R/Promotions/Marketing working with artists such as Lily Allen, Katy Perry, Sigur Ros, You Am I, signing acts such Miami Horror, Ricki-Lee, Oh Mercy and was part of a team that signed The Cat Empire, Airbourne, Alison Wonderland and hip hop acts 360 and PEZ. 
 
He now travels the world with Sounds Australia as Export Music Producer taking the very best of Australian music to all the world’s largest music conferences including SXSW, Canadian Music Week, The Great Escape (UK), Americana, Music Matters (Singapore), Reeperbahn (Germany), CMJ Music Marathon and many, many more.
 
Amongst hundreds of others, Courtney Barnett, Chet Faker, Flume and Vance Joy all played Sounds Australia showcases in their first year of export and benefitted from repeat Sounds Australia performance opportunities in the year following.
 

Anyway, my friendship with GG started back in 2011, when the sister of a friend of mine from my Emirates Airline days checked into the Bowery Ballroom in New York at an event called The Aussie BBQ, with a line-up featuring DZ Deathrays, Paul Dempsey, Bliss N Eso, Blue King Brown and a whole swag of the most amazing Australian musicians.

I was like… “Wow… what a line-up… Whats this all about??”
 
I immediately Googled The Aussie BBQ, got in touch with The Aussie BBQ organisers (Glenny G and Aussie journalist/music industry stalwart Mary Mihelakos) and next minute you know I am jetting over to Austin (Texas) in 2013 to shoot photography/produce social media at The Aussie BBQ and whole swag of other Sounds Australia events. I then returned to the USA for 3 months earlier this year, where I recorded a number of podcasts, shot photos of Michelle Obama’s keynote speech with Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot on #LetGirlsLearn, Vance Joy’s US tour at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Wolfmother’s SXSW packed house at Easy Tiger and much, much more (that’s actually the short version… seriously).
 
I’ve met so many wonderful people through GG and his amazing partner, Van Picken (Comes With Fries), so I was stoked to catch-up with him last week at APRA/AMCOS HQ in Ultimo, Sydney. They have both made an impact on my career & in my life. And I’m just one person in the Australian music industry… Imagine that at scale!
 
Super chats, brother & thanks for making the time. I hope that all you guys listening enjoy this podcast is much as I did. Awesome hangs!
 
Let’s get into it! 

 

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #92 Glenn Dickie (Sounds Australia – Export Music Producer).

 
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Tigertown, ‘Lonely Cities’ & taking on the world! – SXSW podcast

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Tigertown podcast with Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet #SXSW


PODCAST – #70 Tigertown – SXSW podcast – Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet 

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“It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen” 😉

With 2.6M+ plays of their ‘Lonely Cities’ single in the past 7 weeks since it’s release and their 2nd SXSW appearance in just 2 years, Tigertown are taking the world by storm. Very exciting times!

I’m almost certain that one of the key reasons that Tigertown are one of the hottest Aussie pop acts floating around the music scene at the moment is that they are family. The band consists of 3 siblings and a husband and wife – and the way that they interact with each other when together just warms my heart. Cheeky banter, supportive and loving all at the same time.

In today’s thoroughly inspiring and enlightening podcast, we explore the impact that Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson and their dad have made on their collective lives, each of their earliest ever memories, Spotify, Apple Music and music piracy, travelling in Rajasthan (India), mastering your craft and staying true to your dreams.

And did I tell you about the ‘Lonely Cities’ EP? Wicked uplifting jams perfect for that beautiful, summer road trip! Get on it!

And let’s get into this podcast!

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Tigertown perform live at The Aussie BBQ #SXSW in Austin (Tx).
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The rise of Falls. The stuff that dreams are made of.

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Falls stop by from the USA on their Australian tour.
Falls stop by from the USA on their Australian tour.

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Interview #40 – Falls (Australian folk rock band).

It’s that age-old love tale. Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. They fall in love. Then they break up. And live happily ever after… as an internationally-signed folk rock band… ha ha… couldn’t help myself… True story though.

Melinda Kirwin and Simon Rudston-Brown AKA Falls are a duo from Darwin and NSW, who were originally a couple and now two friends, who are signed with a US record label (Verve Records), booking agent and management – helping them make the transition from independent Australian band to North American touring band.

Utilizing premier Australian music conference BigSound, Melinda’s experience with Eleven music company founder, John Watson at John Butler’s ‘the seed’ and the team at Sounds Australia as a launching pad for Canadian Music Week and South By Southwest, Falls signed a booking agent, management and lawyer on their North American tour in March 2013, followed later in the year by an approach from the Verve Records A&R team at CMJ Music Marathon, a 5 day music & film conference in New York City.

Flash forward 2 years and they have now spent the past 2 years living in the USA, touring the country and recording their debut album ‘Omaha’ due out on October 2nd worldwide! AND they launched their first single from the new album on the Wall Street Journal. Epic!

I’ve not caught up with these 2 since that 2013 SXSW tour when we met and became friends at SXSW in Austin, Texas and it was lovely to have them sitting on the couch in my castle in the sky telling all their tales from the road and what makes these two tick.

Ever wanted to know what it takes to make in the music industry? Then this is the podcast for you. They’ve poured blood, sweat, tears & a whole swag of hard-earned Benjamins into their career on the sniff of a chance to achieve success beyond their wildest dreams. 

Truly an inspiration & makes me happy every single time I see their latest update on social media.

This is the stuff that dreams are made of.

Free Download #40 – Falls (Australian folk rock band).  

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Connect with Falls via Twitter or check out more of their music/tour dates via the website fallsofficial.com

Falls live at SXSW in 2013 – Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson

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Pocket rocket alert! Bec Laughton taking on the world!

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Bec Laughton live at SXSW
Bec Laughton live at SXSW. Photo credit: D.Wilkinson

Pocket rocket alert! Pumped!

Off to see Bec Laughton tonight at The Toff In Town. I first met Bec back in Austin (TX) last year at South By South West when I was there shooting pics for the Sounds Australia and The Aussie BBQ. Bumped into Bec quite a number of times at SXSW and what I noticed about her that week is a magic little smile that sets the room alight wherever she goes, amazing stage presence, energy and damn.. can that girl sing!

After galavanting the globe yet again, Bec Laughton has dropped her latest bit of magic, the new M & R EP, simultaneously releasing the title track and video of the same name, complete with national Australian tour. Can’t wait to hear these jams live tonight!

So much soul and so fuckin’ sexy!

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Georgia Fair – ‘Love Free Me’ evokes exciting flashbacks & this edgy, folk rock jam has me soaring!

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Georgia Fair live at The Aussie BBQ - SXSW

I can still tell you the first time I saw Georgia Fair live.

Severely hungover after four days of partying hard in L.A. in the lead-up to SXSW, I had my first taste at The Aussie BBQ – LA showcase, as the latest wicked Aussie talent took to the global stage.

Instantly captivated, Georgia Fair swiftly became a part of my USA tour listening rotation, shooting them live twice in the next week in Austin (TX) at the Sounds Australia – Sound Gallery on 6th St and The Aussie BBQ – Official SXSW Showcase.

Now Georgia Fair are back with their latest single ‘Love Free Me’ and I couldn’t be more excited! 

Recorded in Los Angeles, ‘Love Free Me’ evokes exciting flashbacks of my first music biz trip to the USA earlier this year and yes this edgy, folk rock jam has me soaring!

Listen – Georgia Fair ‘Love Free Me’

Catch Georgia Fair live on tour with The Paper Kites national album tour in August & September:

FRI 30 AUG | THE SMALL BALLROOM, Newcastle

SAT 31 AUG | METRO THEATRE, Sydney (ALL AGES)

THU 05 SEP | THE SOUNDLOUNGE, Gold Coast

FRI 06 SEP | THE HI-­FI, Brisbane

SAT 07 SEP | THE NORTHERN, Byron Bay

SUN 15 SEP | THE HI-FI, Melbourne (U18S MATINEE)

FRI 20 SEP | JIVE, Adelaide

SAT 21 SEP | FLY BY NIGHT, Fremantle

FRI 27 SEP | THE WARATAH HOTEL, Hobart

SAT 28 SEP | THE FORUM, Melbourne

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Wide Open Road: SXSW 2013 with special guest 360

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WIDE OPEN ROAD at SXSW 2013
HOLY MOUNTAIN
617 E 7th STREET AUSTIN
FEATURING LIVE PERFORMANCE BY 360

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

Introducing
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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