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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!

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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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Sue-Anne Stewart – ‘Love Gets Sweeter’. Ignites candy in your heels & a song in your heart..

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Every now & then you hear a sweet summer jam that ignites candy in your heels & a song in your heart.. this is one of those jams..

I stumbled across Sue-Anne Stewart’s ‘Love Gets Sweeter’ in March at The Aussie BBQ – LA on the gem of a CD sampler I picked up from Footstomp Music (Busby Marou, The Medics). Quite swiftly, along with Thelma Plum‘s ‘Around Here’, Ginger & The Ghost‘s ‘Where Wolf’ and more, Sue-Anne’s ‘Love Gets Sweeter’ formed part of the soundtrack and sweet vibe that was to be my Hot & Delicious: SXSW & LA. Roadtrip USA experience.

Her smooth, clear vocals, light guitars and beautiful, melodic keys are rather reminiscent of Sheryl Crow and the track is the first single just released off Sue-Anne’s upcoming album produced by Anthony Lycenko (Pete Murray, Busby Marou)Sue-Anne Stewart has shared the stage with the likes of Ash Grunwald, Lanie Lane and Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls), toured Australia, Europe and Canada (incl. Calgary Stampede, Woodford Folk Festival) and launches ‘Love Gets Sweeter’ next Friday May 10th at the Footstomp Music showcase Our Band Could Be Your Life #2 – The Roots Edition at The Tempo Hotel in Brisbane’s iconic Fortitude Valley.

This ‘little ray of sunshine’ makes me feel like I’m hittin’ the surf in Byron with a light breeze, blue skies and the summer sun on my back.. now if only I knew how to surf.. Charlie don’t surf

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Vance Joy’s exclusive acoustic recording of ‘Emmylou’ and Laneway Festival – SXSW images

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Vance Joy is selling out venues around country and one of the hottest properties in Australian music right now!

The USA were recently treated to Vance‘s acoustic Austin performances at The Aussie BBQ and Laneway Festival – South-By-South-West and we’re quited excited to see this new version of ‘Emmylou’ live from Vance Joy’s debut EP ‘God Loves You When You’re Dancing’.

This beautiful track was recorded courtesy of Pieeater/Liberation Music and images captured by Hot & Delicious on the ground at Laneway Fest – SXSW.

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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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360 joins Lollapalooza 2013 line-up

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360 live at Pyramid Rock Festival

360 has just been announced to join Lollapalooza 2013 line-up.

The profile Australian rapper who polarizes audiences with his outspoken voice on social media, announces the news on the back of a string of recent North American performances including South-By-South-West and Canadian Music Week. With the ever-present debate on whether Australian hip hop can crack the US market, this is a surely a massive thumbs up and a step in the right direction from this internationally-renown festival.

Conceived in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza was created as a farewell tour for his band and has now grown to boast festival dates in Chicago, Brazil and Chile.

360 joins the likes of The Cure, The Killers, Mumford & Sons, Queens of the Stone Age, Grizzly Bear, Crystal Castles, Lana Del Rey and so many more in Chicago on August 2-4.

Whether you like him or hate, Matt Colwell (AKA 360) is an amazing live performer and it appears he’s destined for even bigger things to come!

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Jack Carty Exclusive Release recorded live at SXSW – “What Does Your Heart Say?”

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Jack Carty – Official SXSW Showcase
Stephen F’s Bar on Congress
Austin, Texas

“…shouldn’t you have that stirred?”

Stephen F’s Bar was dead silent, the crowd captivated by Australian singer/songwriter Jack Carty.
His song had reached it’s climax, when the silence was broken from behind the bar with one of the punters ordering a cheeky martini and subsequent vodka-shaken racket.

The rattle of the martini shaker was swiftly followed by  “…shouldn’t you have that stirred?”… Jack’s quick retort and easy, off-the-cuff banter what I’ve come to expect from the Sydney-based artist, both on stage and in person. Jack wowed his Austin audience with the light & colour of beautiful, ranging vocals and delicate guitars, which also featured a guest appearance from Hannah Shepherd (Emma Louise‘s talented keys player, vocalist and close family friend).

Having seen a number of performances live in LA and SXSW, I’ve fallen in love with Jack Carty’s music and so upon arriving back at the hotel room earlier in the evening to find him warming up for the show, my automatic 1st response was to capture the moment.

Jack Carty’s latest single with Casual Psychotic “What Does Your Heart Say” is the song we recorded and this moving impromptu rendition from a Texas hotel room is the first release from Jack’s latest ‘The Predictable Crisis of Modern Life’ – EP.

Jack recently completed a run of North American dates, released the new single in the USA and has just been on an Australian national tour, so I suggest if you haven’t seen him live already, that you get down to one of his shows stat. Immediately it will become clear why this lovely, talented and amiable guy has played alongside the likes of Josh Pyke, Matt Corby, Katie Noonan, Husky & more and featured at a bunch of Australian and international festivals including SXSW, Canadian Music Week, Woodford Festival, Peats Ridge and Playground Weekender.

Success could not come to a more deserving artist.

Enjoy..

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Jack Carty & Casual Psychotic‘s new track ‘What Does Your Heart Say?”

Jack Carty exclusive live acoustic performance from South-By-South-West (SXSW)

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South-By-South-West. The Aussie BBQ jewel in the crown for Australian music.

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After years of dreaming of attending South-By-South-West, the world’s largest music, film & interactive conference, I jetted off to Los Angeles on March 7th for the experience of a lifetime!

Armed with a swag of amazing Lumix G-series camera bodies & lenses (courtesy of Panasonic), I was excited at attending and working with Sounds Australia and Stage Mothers at their showcase events in LA & SXSW including The Aussie BBQ – LA, The Aussie BBQ – SXSW and the Sounds Australia Official SXSW Showcases (She’ll Be Right, Sound Gallery).

The jewel in the crown of Australian music on the international stage is The Aussie BBQ – SXSW presented by Sounds Australia and is held annually at renown Austin venue, Maggie Maes. Started 11 years ago, by Glenn Dickie and Mary Mihelakos (Stage Mothers) as a BBQ for all the Aussie bands playing in Austin, the 2013 edition featured 36 bands across 3 stages over 14 hours and a free BBQ lunch; the biggest showcase of Australian music outside of Australia and one of South-By-South-West’s most popular events.

The masses lined up outside Maggie Mae’s well before midday and piled through doors once they opened, taking advantage of the delicious free BBQ, crisp cold beers and a stellar Aussie line-up that continued throughout the day.

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In alphabetical order the line-up included: 360, Alpine, Anna Lunoe, Andy Clockwise, The Audreys, The Beards, Bearhug, Blackchords, The Cambodian Space Project, Clairy Brown & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Dune Rats, Emma Louise, The Falls, Flume, Georgia Fair, Ginger & The Ghost, Gold Fields, The Good Ship, Hiatus Kaiyote, High Highs, Holy Balm, Jack Carty, Jackson Firebird, Jonathan Boulet, Mitzi,  Rites Wild, The Rubens, San Cisco, Seth Sentry, Strangers, Summer Flake, The Trouble With Templeton, Transcription of Organ Music, The Vaudeville Smash and Vance Joy.

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Asked by locals and Aussies attending the event who my favourite artists/bands were at The Aussie BBQ, I struggled for an answer. With such a high volume (pun intended… Dad Joke alert :p) of amazing performers, it’s hard to choose who you love the most on the day. As an example, one 15 minute window sticks in my mind as a snapshot – one minute I was in the Gibson Room capturing Emma Louise “Jungle” live, then downstairs to the Club Room shooting video & still photos in the moshpit of Benny (singer) and Mark (vox/axe man) from Strangers as they climbed from the stage and performed in the crowd. 5 minutes later I was again upstairs as one of Australia’s hottest emerging acts The Trouble With Templeton entertained a packed Rooftop Stage… And repeat.. Madness! 🙂

South-By-South-West is an experience one just can’t describe unless you’ve actually been to Austin during that mad week of March. Thousands upon thousands of people streaming along 6th street every hour from afternoon ’til early hours of the morning across a whole week. And that’s just some of the live music venues & events Austin has on offer..

SXSW is mind-blowing and a journey I can’t recommend highly enough to any industry professional or fan that has an unsurpassed passion for all things music. I felt like I only touched the surface with this trip, but found the perfect balance between working my backside off, cheeky bevies and hangin’ out with some of the coolest people on the planet.

Special thanks to Sounds Australia, Stage Mothers, Virgin Australia, Studios 301 and Panasonic Lumix G-series cameras who made my trip possible. Thanks to Sounds Australia and Stage Mothers for all their hard work in exporting Australian music to the international stage. Much love to Millie Millgate, Glenn Dickie, Alicia Kish, Van Picken, all the artists/bands, managers, music industry professionals, punters and everyone involved who made The Aussie BBQ into an amazing day and my 1st SXSW an experience I will never forget. One which I hope will be the first of many.

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Fell in love with The Trouble With Templeton on the road to USA

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The Trouble With Templeton live The Aussie BBQ – SXSW.
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Fell in love with The Trouble With Templeton’s tunes & saw them live for the first time in LA. WOW!

For months I’d been listening to “6 months in a Cast”, “Bleeders” and “I Wrote A Novel” on my triple j Unearthed playlists, but had never seen one of their shows and stood captivated at The Aussie BBQLA.

The love-child of enigmatic singer/song-writer, Thomas Calder, this talented 5-piece BrisVegas band are in the closing stages of a North American tour, which has incorporated The Aussie BBQ showcase tour (Los Angeles, South-By-South-West, Canadian Music Week, NYC), a bunch of SXSW/CMW showcases and a performance tonight at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall.

2 weeks ago they released latest TTWT single “Like A Kid” and next up they’re jetting off to The Great Escape (UK) in May with a new album launch in June!

This is just the beginning!

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