Interviews / Q&As

A lot of electric guitars

Meet the epic new Australian band with 100 guitarists

Legendary guitar maestro Rhys Chatham is gathering an orchestra of 100 Australian guitarists in Sydney this weekend for performances of...

Polish Club on the ARIAs red carpet

Fun and games with Polish Club, Vance Joy and Dean Lewis at the 2017 ARIAs

It’s always a pleasure hanging out with the Polish Club boys, but they were in particularly high spirits on the...

The crowd at Glastonbury festival at sunset

Australian music festivals need to step up their game

What is it that makes attending a festival truly memorable beyond simply a great lineup? According to Glen ‘Goose’ McGrath...

Jet frontman Nic Cester in B&W

With his solo debut, Nic Cester has found the freedom he never had in Jet

“I’ve had a little bit to drink, I’m onto my fourth cocktail,” Nic Cester says nonchalantly. “But it’s all research.” It’s...

A caricature of Polish Club

Why the hell would any rock band be a two piece?

Journalism, like rock n roll, is not in its golden age. Perhaps now that a lot of world leaders are...

Illy

“The biggest challenge is overcoming myself” – Birdz interviews Illy about his journey in hip hop

A Weekend In The Gardens returns this November with three massive days of entertainment, with Illy headlining the Saturday night...

Matt Boylan-Smith

For Matt Boylan-Smith, one moment turned music from a passion to a fearless pursuit

Perched on a rooftop, playing a gig to an audience halfway across the world, Aussie singer-songwriter Matt Boylan-Smith explains to...

Kingswood sit by the beach at sunset

Kingswood: “The best thing you can do is follow the music you want to make”

It’s midday when Kingswood frontman Fergus Linacre calls in from a sunny and warm Melbourne. He’s contemplating this past year...

Slotface sit in the middle of the street

Sløtface are the perfect meeting point between pop and punk

From performing for inmates in a Norwegian gaol chapel to hitting up the Art Rock festival stage straight from a...

The Getaway Plan walk along train tracks

The Getaway Plan reckon Aussies should get a bit more loose at gigs

The Getaway Plan’s Matthew Wright (vocals, rhythm guitar) is chilling at home in Melbourne, but he’s “itching to get out”...

Gang of Youths frontman David Le'aupepe looks shocked onstage

Watch Gang of Youths and Gordi answer a tonne of questions from fans

Gang of Youths frontman David Le’aupepe and songwriter Gordi are clearly great mates, and have an easy rapport, which makes watching...

Members of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot

Fighting words with Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina

The Russian curator Marat Guelman once said, “Red Square is turning into the world’s biggest art space.” In recent years,...

All four members of US folk-punk band AJJ

AJJ’s Sean Bonnette talks songwriting, his love of Australia, and The Wiggles

Very few bands have the nerve to describe their music something as self-deprecating as ‘garbage-pop’, but then again, there are...

Saskwatch frontwoman Nkechi Anele, photographed by Lisa Businovski

Australian music has an important role to play in fighting racism

Melbourne outfit Saskwatch have just released their anticipated fourth album Manual Override, the first they’ve mixed and co-produced themselves, and...

Aussie music legend Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly opens up on life, music, and the songwriting process

Paul Kelly makes music. That’s apparent, of course, but it bears repeating – Paul Kelly makes music, and he does...