Two years ago, although it feels like much longer, we were putting the finishing touches on the original Tone Deaf ready for launch with a big party to celebrate starring none other than Melbourne locals Rat Vs Possum. For our 1st birthday we held a party starring The Church’s Steve Kilbey and Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Ricky Maymi, and just last weekend we held a huge party attended by over 1500 people starring hot to trot band Bleeding Knees Club.
A lot has happened in these two years and we’ve got each and every one of you as loyal readers to thank for coming with us on this journey. We’ve been busy working away these last few months on a special surprise for all of you to help celebrate this milestone and we’re finally ready to unveil it to the public.
Right now you should be seeing that the entire site has gone through a redesign. We looked at each and every section of the site and designed everything fresh from the ground up. Some sections won’t look too different, but some have gone through a radical transformation. There’s also a bunch of new features on the site which we’re really excited to be showing to you.
First up we’ve completely revamped our gig guide to make it more comprehensive and easier to navigate, check it out for Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide. You can now choose a venue from the list in each city if you’d like to only see the gigs at that venue, or you can browse the entire gig listing for that city. Our monkeys are still busy adding more gigs into our database so expect the gig guide to explode with information over the coming days.
We’ve got a brand new section called Columns, which has some great new content. We’re launching with Opinion, This Day In Music, and Gig Eats, but there are a number of other columns in the works which we’re hoping to launch soon.
In Opinion we’ve got together some of the music industry’s best minds to write about issues that are affecting them and the industry as a whole. In This Day In Music we wind back the clock and dig into the archives to find some of the most iconic, shocking, memorable, and most outrageous moments in the history of music. In Gig Eats we eat our way around Australia in the kitchens of some of the country’s best live music venues.
Jumping over to videos we’ve got a new section called Documentaries where we’ll be hosting some of the best music documentaries in the world that you can watch right within the website. We’re launching with a great documentary on the Juggalo music movement in America, and a biopic on French pop outfit Phoenix.
We’ve also got a new artist feature in addition to our Q&As and our interviews called Cookbook. Each week we’ll highlight a new Australian or international band and talk to them about the food they love, miss most on the road, and make sure to avoid. We’ll also be building a collection of recipes from the artists of the meals they would have if this was their last day on Earth.
One of the biggest upgrades though is in our photos section which we’ve completely revamped so you can easily click through photo to photo in seconds rather than waiting for the whole page to load. Our slideshows have also gone through the same treatment although we warn you, it’s now easier than ever to waste hours going through them.
We’ve just covered some of the new addition and advancements to the site and we hope you explore it and discover more. There’s even more to bring you over the coming weeks so keep checking back for the latest announcements.
From everyone at the Tone Deaf team, thanks for a great two years.