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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - November 30, 2016

Australian singer-songwriter Emma Anglesey recently released a wonderful new single Mary-Anne.   Of the new track Anglesey says, “Mary-Anne is about how you don’t always know where the road is leading and stuff happens that’s totally out of your control but you just keep going”. To accompany the track, Anglesey, in collaboration with Tim Kling (Sarah…

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Posted in Christmas Ideas, Gear    //    Post Date - November 30, 2016

Leading up to Christmas you might be thinking about that gorgeous Strat you’ve always wanted or perhaps it’s the latest digital keyboard or a classy drum kit. You think it’s unobtainable … but it’s not! Have you considered renting? Studio 19 has access to a wide array of instruments via…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 29, 2016









It’s with a heavy heart that we report the death of legendary Australian musician Dr. Allan Zavod, who had been battling brain cancer for some time.

Allan’s contribution to music both locally and on an international level is immense. As a pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and conductor, there was little in music he didn’t achieve.

Allan was helping to break down music barriers in the 70s and 80s, pioneering classical jazz fusion with Jean Luc Ponty and also spent a year touring and recording with the great Frank Zappa.

Esteemed USA jazz magazine Downbeat named Zavod one of the top 10 keyboardists of the 80s. From studying at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, he later became a Professor there.

Allan wrote for theatre and orchestras worldwide and composed film scores, one with rock legend Eric Clapton.

He performed with superstars like George Benson, Sting, Nigel Kennedy and so many more.

In December last year the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra paid tribute to Allan with a performance of his extraordinary work, The Environmental Symphony, which was narrated by acting icon Jack Thompson.

Allan  contributed to Australian Musician magazine from the very first issue and continued to write a regular jazz piano lesson and conducted many interviews with his international music legend friends for us.

On a personal note, I’ll never forget the many phone calls spent editing his regular jazz piano lessons he prepared for the magazine. Until we could hook him up with Sibelius software, Allan used to supply hand written music notation for his Australian Musician lessons. As someone who cannot read music, I’ll never forget the many humorous phone conversations with him, as I’d try to decipher his written genius and arrive at some kind of graphic representation of his work that I could understand before publishing.

Our thoughts are with Allan’s wife Chris and son Zak. Rest in peace Allan … thank you for the music … you’ll be truly missed.

Greg Phillips – Editor, Australian Musician

Here’s a clip of Allan playing keys for Jean-Luc Ponty at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1982

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 28, 2016
Pic by Kerry Kissell

Garbage pic by Kerry Kissell. Review by Greg Phillips

For all the sky’s gloominess, it never really threatened to rain at A Day On The Green at Rochford Winery in the Yarra Valley on Saturday afternoon. As the occasional ray of sunshine punctured the grey mist, 21 year old Tash Sultana’s dub-based rhythms provided a perfect soundtrack for the bean-bag and deck-chair toting audience. However before anyone could get too accustomed to a springtime chill-out, Tash ripped an extraordinary blast of guitar shred to wake us out of complacency. Is there anything this girl can’t do? Guitar, keyboards, loops … even pan flute for god’s sake … and her voice packs a punch too.


Tash Sultana signs at the merch area

A vibrant version of her single Jungle proved that Tash can also pen a decent tune. Unfortunately, I’d missed opening act Adalita. She was finishing up her set in a haze of feedback just as we entered the venue. It was apt that Tash followed though, next in line to take the baton as Australia’s rock ‘n’ roll queen.

The Preatures play a simplistic but snappy style of pop-rock, the kind that gets an audience like this up onto their feet. Lead singer Isabella Manfredi shared her excitement at being part of a bill which included Garbage’s Shirley Manson, one of her three music heroes.  The other two she claimed, were Chrissie Hynde and Chrissie Amphlett, a neat segue to the band’s energetic version of the Divinyls’ Boys In Town. The hit, Is This How You Feel?, came soon after and for the first time during the afternoon, there were probably as many punters on their feet as lounging out.


The Temper Trap’s Dougy by Kerrie Kissell

It seems like it wasn’t so long ago that The Temper Trap had left our shores in search of a larger, global audience. As we now know, they found it pretty quickly with their first album attracting much attention in the UK and America. Album number two achieved only moderate acceptance but their 2016 release, Thick As Thieves placed the guys well and truly back on track in their quest for success. More than anything, this Rochford performance showed just how far the band has progressed from a live perspective, as they radiated a huge stadium-sized sound across the Yarra Valley. Focussing heavily on material from their current album, Dougy Mandagi and his mates turned in a tight, punchy set, engaging the crowd and adding many a new fan in the process. Unsurprisingly it was their breakthrough song Sweet Disposition which provided the knockout punch.

A new addition to the Rochford Winery for this gig was the venue’s new side-stage restaurant The Deck, built on a pond and providing a  luxurious escape for those with VIP access tickets. As the sun began to set and diners scampered back to the venue proper, Garbage took to the stage and kicked off with Subhuman, a 1995 B side, followed soon after by the first of many hits for the night, Stupid Girl. Wearing a pink wig, Manson struck vogue-like poses, smiled and paced in circles, even tolerating a sea of smart phone photography but the famous fire was never far from her belly. Noticing the fence dividing the A& B grade ticket holders, Manson took the opportunity to slam the government’s border security policy, telling the audience to “listen to your heart not your government”. As darkness descended and the set drew to a close, Shirley thanked Australian audiences for being the first in the world to latch onto the band, which was made possible by Michael Gudinski’s UK Mushroom Records office signing the band. It was the success of Garbage that also saved Gudinski’s UK operation from financial woes in the early 90s, so it was apt that Michael was in the audience front and centre, fist-pumping the air to the band’s last few tunes. Manson also paid tribute to the scenic beauty of the venue and its surrounds, telling the audience that a winery tour was a first for the band. A particularly biting version of Vow left the audience in no doubt that Garbage is as energetic and relevant as ever. It Only Happens When It Rains further enforced the message.

A long summer of winery-style rock continues over the next few months with A Day On The Green gigs headlined by Don Henley, James Taylor, John Farnham, B52’s with Simple Minds, Blondie with Cyndi Lauper and much more. Visit for details.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 25, 2016

tobyspringRemember Sydney band Youth Group? The band released four wonderful albums between 2001 and 2008 including the highly regarded Skeleton Jar which featured ‘Shadowland’ and Casino Twilight Dogs with the classic cover of Forever Young, which went to number one in Australia.

Youth Group frontman, singer songwriter Toby Martin has just released a new solo single called Spring Feeling (see clip below) from his forthcoming album Songs From Northam Avenue, which will be out in early 2017. Toby has also announced a a gig at Carriageworks in Sydney on Saturday 29th April 2017

Check out Toby’s Facebook page here

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NEW Regulations on the Rosewood Trade will affect Music Products

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 24, 2016

premier-dread-rosewood_bcuCites summit moves to protect the world’s most trafficked wild product by placing all 300 species of the tree under trade restrictions

Many industry members would be aware of the recent decision by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) with regard the rosewood species.

Key is that Indian Rosewood will be listed on the CITES list from Jan 2, 2017. What this means is that the movement across international borders of products containing Indian Rosewood will need to be accompanied by CITES permits issued at each point of supply (from supply of logs to wholesaler).

This does not apply to individual instruments but will certainly make life complicated for the movement of guitars in any number.

The Australian Music Association has been communicating with members and the Department of Environment to make more clear the immediate and future impact of this latest ruling. The Department has advised that it is preparing a comprehensive information resource for the industry.

It is also keen to have consultation with the industry and the Australian Music Association will organise this process, and contact members when they know more.

One supplier said; “Our own advice from government to date is vague so it is probably best practice to assume the full restrictions will apply from Jan 2 and work from there”.

The music products industry has been termed the innocent bystander in this situation, very little of the rosewood cut in the world goes towards guitars. Most is destined for China to be used in luxury furniture. But any industry involved with rosewood today is faced with the difficult task of ensuring its legality and complying with increasingly strict international regulation.

The ruling reflects a desperate need to stop the massive illegal operations that brought this on in the first place. The new regulation is a significant move towards reducing destructive illegal logging and international wildlife trafficking that harms forests and forest communities. But it is also monumental for the industry, which will now have to provide CITES permits for all commercial trade, imports, and exports of guitars and other instruments containing rosewood parts, including backs, sides, fretboard, bridge and binding.

Language on “non-commercial personal use” protects traveling musicians from officials seizing their instruments, but the new CITES listing marks a new era for instrument manufacturers.

The AMA will update members when more info comes to hand

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 23, 2016


In a classy affair, the 2016 ARIA Awards was held last night at The Star Event Centre in Sydney. Thankfully, for the second year in a row the channel 10 broadcast refrained from epileptic camera work and delivered a dignified broadcast too, worthy of the exceptional talent we have in this country.

It was a mix of old and new with performances from Jimmy Barnes (with Jessica Mauboy) and Johnnie Farnes, as well as fresher talent such as Illy featuring Vera Blue in a dynamic interpretation of Papercuts. Troye Sivan who rose to fame via streams, views and likes also performed a track. In a year which was dominated by Triple J’s predeliction for electronic music, it was Flume who took out the coveted Album Of The Year ARIA Award for his ARIA #1 Album, ‘Skin’. Flume collected a total of 5 ARIAs for the night.

It was great to see the recognition of a traditional guitar band with Violent Soho winning ARIA’s for Best Rock Album and Best Group. The band also played a blistering version of ‘Like Soda’ at the ceremony.

ariamissyFor most, the highlight of the evening was the induction of Crowded House into the Hall of Fame by Flight of the Conchords Bret and Jermaine. Neil Finn thanked everyone involved in the band’s success from family to road crew to their fallen solider, original drummer Paul Hester. The band’s speech was followed by performances of Crowdies’ songs by Missy Higgins and Bernard Fanning, before the band themselves delivered a stunning version of Distant Sun.

As is the case with many award shows, the ARIA’s was used as a political platform. In this case Marriage Equality was front and centre with Kylie Minogue and her boyfriend using the moment to encourage the government to get their act together and follow the rest of the world in making the marriage option available to everyone. Sia, who won the award for Best Female Act, sent Angie Greene, a  Marriage Equality campaigner along to further enforce the message. Best Breakthrough Artist winner Montaigne made her all-encompassing political message clear with the words ‘People Over Politics’ painted on her chest. Flume jumped onboard too, including a dig at Sydney’s lock out laws in one of his acceptance speeches.

ariaveronicasIt was heartening to see Russell Morris win Best Blues & Roots Album for Red Dirt Red Heart and great that he thanked all of those involved in the making of the album, including Melbourne Guitar Show regular Shannon Bourne who co-wrote 4 tracks on the album and contributed guitar parts.

It was also wonderful that the 2016 ARIA Industry Icon Award went to Sebastian Chase this year for his contribution to Australian music. The show closed with Farnham performing the anthemic, You’re The Voice.

All the winners

Telstra Album Of The Year
WINNER: Flume – Skin (Future Classic)
RÜFÜS – Bloom (Sweat It Out/Sony Music)
Sia – This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/Inertia)
The Avalanches – Wildflower (Modular/EMI)
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood (EMI)

Best Male Artist
WINNER: Flume – Skin (Future Classic)
Bernard Fanning – Civil Dusk (Dew Process/Universal Music)
Guy Sebastian – Black & Blue (Sony Music)
Illy – Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue) (Warner Music Australia)
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood (EMI)

Best Female Artist
WINNER: Sia – This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/Inertia)
Delta Goodrem – Wings of the Wild (Sony Music)
Jessica Mauboy – This Ain’t Love (Sony Music)
Montaigne – Glorious Heights (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Sarah Blasko – Eternal Return (EMI)

Best Dance Release
WINNER: Flume – Skin (Future Classic)
Hayden James – Just A Lover (Future Classic)
L D R U – Keeping Score (feat. Paige IV) (Audio Paxx Agency/Sony Music)
RÜFÜS – Bloom (Sweat It Out/Sony Music)
The Avalanches – Wildflower (Modular/EMI)

Best Group
WINNER: Violent Soho – WACO (I Oh You)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (Flightless Records/Remote Control Records)
RÜFÜS – Bloom (Sweat It Out/Sony Music)
The Avalanches – Wildflower (Modular/EMI)
The Veronicas – In My Blood (Sony Music)

Breakthrough Artist
WINNER: Montaigne – Glorious Heights (Wonderlick Recording Company)
DMA’S – Hills End (I Oh You)
L D R U – Keeping Score (feat. Paige IV) (Audio Paxx Agency/Sony Music)
Olympia – Self Talk (EMI)
Safia – Make Them Wheels Roll (Warner Music Australia/Parlophone)

Best Pop Release
WINNER: Flume – Never Be Like You (feat. Kai) (Future Classic)
Illy – Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue) (Warner Music Australia)
Sia – This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/Inertia)
The Veronicas – In My Blood (Sony Music)
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood (EMI)

Best Urban Album
WINNER: Drapht – Seven Mirrors (The Ayems/Sony Music)
Citizen Kay – With The People (ASP/MGM)
Koi Child – Koi Child (Pilerats Records)
L-FRESH The LION – Become (Elefant Traks/Inertia)
Urthboy – The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat (Elefant Traks/Inertia)

Best Independent Release
WINNER: Flume – Skin (Future Classic)
Jarryd James – Thirty One (Dryden Street Limited/Universal Music)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (Flightless Records/Remote Control Records)
Sia – This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/Inertia)
Violent Soho – WACO (I Oh You)

Best Rock Album
WINNER: Violent Soho – WACO (I Oh You)
Ball Park Music – Every Night The Same Dream (Stop Start Music)
Boy & Bear – Limit Of Love (Boy & Bear/Universal Music)
Gang Of Youths – Let Me Be Clear (Mosy Recordings/Sony Music)
The Living End – Shift (Dew Process/Universal Music)

Best Adult Contemporary Album
WINNER: Bernard Fanning – Civil Dusk (Dew Process/Universal Music)
Bob Evans – Car Boot Sale (EMI)
Paul Kelly – Seven Sonnets & A Song (Gawd Aggie Recordings/Universal Music)
Robert Forster – Songs To Play (EMI)
Tina Arena – Eleven (EMI)

Best Adult Alternative Album
WINNER: Sarah Blasko – Eternal Return (EMI)
Jarryd James – Thirty One (Dryden Street Limited/Universal Music)
Matt Corby – Telluric (Mercury Records Australia/Universal Music)
Peter Garrett – A Version of Now (Sony Music)
The Temper Trap – Thick As Thieves (Liberation Music)

Best Country Album
WINNER: Sara Storer – Silos (ABC Music/Universal Music)
Adam Brand and the Outlaws – Adam Brand and the Outlaws (ABC Music/Universal Music)
Bill Chambers – Cold Trail (Checked Label Services)
Fanny Lumsden – Small Town Big Shot (Social Family Records/Universal Music)
The Wolfe Brothers – This Crazy Life (ABC Music/Universal Music)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
WINNER: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (Flightless Records/Remote Control Records)
Hellions – Opera Oblivia (UNFD)
Parkway Drive – Ire (Resist/Cooking Vinyl Australia)
The Amity Affliction – This Could Be Heartbreak (Roadrunner Records)
Twelve Foot Ninja – Outlier (Volkanik/MGM)

Best Blues & Roots Album
WINNER: Russell Morris – Red Dirt Red Heart (Chugg Music/MGM)
Jimmy Barnes – Soul Searchin’ (Liberation Music)
Kev Carmody – Recollections… Reflections… (A Journey) (One Louder Recordings/Universal Music)
The Cat Empire – Rising With The Sun (Two Shoes Records)
The Wilson Pickers – You Can’t Catch Fish From A Train (ABC Music/UMA)

Best Children’s Album
WINNER: The Wiggles – Wiggle Town! (ABC Music/Universal Music)
Justine Clarke – Pyjama Jam! (ABC Music/Universal Music)
Pat Davern – Alexander The Elephant In Zanzibar (ABC Music/Universal Music)
Play School – Famous Friends: Celebrating 50 Years of Play School (ABC Music/Universal Music)
Sam Moran – Play Along With Sam: BEST. DAY. EVER! (6 Degrees Records/MGM)

Best Video
WINNER: Troye Sivan – YOUTH Acoustic (Sydney Session) (EMI)
Courtney Barnett – Elevator Operator (Milk!/Remote Control)
Delta Goodrem – Dear Life (Sony Music)
Flume – Never Be Like You (feat. Kai) (Future Classic)
Guy Sebastian – Black & Blue (Sony Music)
Hilltop Hoods – 1955 (feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum) (Golden Era Records/Universal Music Australia)
Illy – Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue) (Warner Music Australia)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – People-Vultures (Flightless Records/Remote Control Records)
Sia – Cheap Thrills (Monkey Puzzle/Inertia)
Violent Soho – Like Soda (I Oh You)

Best Australian Live Act
WINNER: Hilltop Hoods – The Restrung Tour (Golden Era Records/Universal Music Australia)
Courtney Barnett – National Theatre Tour (Milk!/Remote Control)
Flume – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2016 (Future Classic)
Gang Of Youths – Gang Of Youths National Tour (Mosy Recordings/Sony Music)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity Tour (Flightless Records/Remote Control Records)
RÜFÜS – Bloom Tour (Sweat It Out/Sony Music)
Tame Impala – Australian Tour (Modular/Universal Music)
The Living End – Shift Tour (Dew Process/Universal Music)
Violent Soho – The WACO Tour (I Oh You)
You Am I – Bargain Bin Bon Vivants Tour (The You Am I Set/Inertia)

Apple Music Song of the Year
WINNER: Troye Sivan – Youth (EMI)
Flume – Never Be Like You (feat. Kai) (Future Classic)
Hilltop Hoods – 1955 (feat. Montaigne & Thom Thum) (Golden Era Records/Universal Music Australia)
Illy – Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue) (Warner Music Australia)
Kungs vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl (UNI/UMA)
Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood – The Fighter (Capital/EMI)
L D R U – Keeping Score (feat. Paige IV) (Audio Paxx Agency/Sony Music)
Marcus Marr & Chet Faker The Trouble With Us (Detail Records)
Sia – Cheap Thrills (Monkey Puzzle/Inertia)
The Veronicas – In My Blood (Sony Music)

Best International Artist
WINNER: One Direction – Made in the A.M & Four (SYCO/Sony Music Entertainment)
Adele – 25 (XL/Inertia)
Beyonce – Lemonade (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment)
Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams (PLG/Warner)
Drake – Views & If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (Universal/Universal Music Australia)
Meghan Trainor – Title & Thank You (Sony Music Entertainment)
Justin Bieber – Purpose (DEF/Universal Music Australia)
Taylor Swift – 1989 (BIG/Universal Music Australia)
twenty one pilots – Blurryface (Atlantic/Warner)
The Weekend – Beauty Behind The Madness (Universal/Universal Music Australia)

2016 Outstanding National Retailer

JB Hi-Fi

2016 Outstanding Independent Retailer
Red Eye Records

2016 Outstanding Digital Service

2016 ARIA Industry Icon Award
Sebastian Chase

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - November 23, 2016

Colin Lillie is a journeyman if ever there was one. Born in a small mining town near Dalkeith in Scotland, Lillie battled drugs, alcohol and life in general in an uncertain and checkered youth. After traveling through Europe with a guitar, he followed his Irish girlfriend to Australia, where he…

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - November 23, 2016

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips sat down with US blues guitar great Coco Montoya for a chat about his career and gear at Bird’s Basement, where Coco and band are in residency this week “It’s just the blues,” says American singer, songwriter, guitarist Coco Montoya midway through a sublime guitar solo…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 19, 2016

Acclaimed American country guitarist Doyle Dykes will be in Australia next week, presenting a session for Godin guitars, Seagull guitars and Dynamic music. This is a rare opportunity to experience one of America’s finest acoustic guitar players, who Chet Atkins once described as “one of the finest fingerpicking guitarists around. I sincerely admire him as a person and as a musician.” With 8 quality guitar albums behind him and collaborations with many other quality artists, guitar fans can expect a night you’re not going to forget in a hurry.

Dates and venues include:
Brisbane – November 28th – Music Express
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Sydney – November 29th – LazyBones Lounge Marrickville
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Melbourne – November 30th – Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne
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