TheVine live review: Laneway Festival Brisbane, February 2014

A festival review for TheVine, co-written with Andrew McMillen. Excerpt below. We sent our music men Andrew McMillen and Matt Shea along to Australia’s first Laneway Festival of 2014 at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane on January 31. This is their story, just please be advised the following contains tales of creepy stalking, swearing and mid-strength Mexican beer…. Andrew […]

FasterLouder story: “The incredible story behind INXS’s ‘Original Sin'”, February 2014

An extended Q&A with Andrew Farris, in which the celebrated INXS songsmith talks about the origins, writing and recording of the band’s 1983 hit single, ‘Original Sin’. This was a hard interview to arrange — Farris is a notoriously private individual — but very rewarding. Excerpt below, full story on FasterLouder. It’s not the most […]

TheVine story: “EXCLUSIVE: Have maths nerds predicted triple j’s Hottest 100…again?” January 2014

An exclusive story for TheVine looking at the return of The Warmest 100, an online statistical prediction of national youth broadcaster triple j’s annual Hottest 100 countdown. As late as the night before this story was published, Nick Drewe, the man behind The Warmest 100, had all but discounted repeating the success of his prediction […]

TheVine story: “Bliss n Eso: ‘I’m proof that you can get to the other side'”, January 2014

An extended Q&A with Bliss n Eso MC, Max MacKinnon (pictured, left). BnE are known for their openness with both fans and the media, but I was floored when, about two-thirds of the way through this interview, MacKinnon (AKA Eso) opened up about his recent issues with alcohol abuse. Excerpt below. For the full article, […]

TheVine story: “What will Flume do next?” January 2014

A feature for TheVine looking at the career thus far of Flume — AKA Harley Streten — the Sydney producer who turned heads internationally with his self-titled debut album in late 2012. The story was built from an extended face-to-face interview with Streten in Sydney in November, arranged to coincide with the release of a […]

TheVine story: “El-P of Run The Jewels: ‘Rap is not a person'”, January 2014

An interview with Run the Jewels’ El-P. It turns out El talks just about as well as he raps. Check out the excerpt below or head to TheVine for the full story. Run the Jewels was arguably the best rap album of 2013. Which is odd given that as late as April El-P and Killer Mike hadn’t […]

The Big Issue album review: Oliver Tank — ‘Slow Motion Music’, January 2014

A music review for The Big Issue, printed in issue #449 of the magazine. ++ Just when you thought he couldn’t get any more melancholic, Oliver Tank further dials down the emotion on his new EP. Slow Motion Music is an unrelentingly ambitious listen, the Sydney artist carving away at the wood-grained folk inflections of his 2011 debut Dreams to […]

The Big Issue album review: Jimblah — ‘Phoenix’, October 2013

A music review for The Big Issue, printed in issue #443 of the magazine. ++ Jimblah – Phoenix Jimblah’s Phoenix arrives with a degree of expectation. It’s not just that the Adelaide-based indigenous rapper has been turning heads with a buttery style matched to forceful lyrics; his Sydney-based label, Elefant Traks, has been on a run of superb albums since early […]

The Big Issue story: “A Rocking Release”, August 2013

A story for The Big Issue #440 — a profile of Australian musician Vic Simms and his recently re-released classic album of Aboriginal protest songs, The Loner. I was proud of the way this feature came together, Simms himself helping by being very generous with his time. Click the image for a closer look, or read the article […]

TheVine story: “Anatomy of a Moment: Lorde takes Splendour”, August 2013

An oral history of New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde‘s recent performance at Splendour in the Grass, one of the country’s marquee festival events. Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, is just 16-years-old and was approached at the last moment to replace headliner Frank Ocean, who pulled out of the event with damaged vocal cords. She would end up […]