Tiger Tales story: ‘Tatt’s My Town’ – September 2014

A feature story for the September-October issue of Tiger Tales Australia. Click the image to read a PDF of the story or check out a brief excerpt below. JAKE FRASER, DYNAMIC TATTOO “I basically painted what I thought Melbourne was to me,” says Dynamic Tattoo’s Jake Fraser, “which is live music, coffee and football.” While many cities […]

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 […]

AskMen interview: Ryan Holiday — “Do you want to hear about how the sausage gets made from the person putting mouse faeces in the sausage?”, May 2013

An AskMen Q&A with 25-year-old media manipulator, Ryan Holiday. This is one of the most enlightening interviews I’ve ever conducted. If you’re in marketing, the media, or even if you’re just a daily user of the internet, Ryan’s book, Trust Me, I’m Lying, is essential reading. Excerpt (from the interview) below. Ryan Holiday has almost single-handedly turned the […]

TheVine interview: “Havana Brown — ‘If I’d stayed the same I wouldn’t be here'”, May 2013

An interview for TheVine with Los Angeles-based Australian DJ and musician, Havana Brown. Excerpt below. It seemed only yesterday Havana Brown was grafting about Australia like any number of local DJs who do so on a month-to-month basis. Fly away for a gig on Friday, maybe return for a residency on Saturday, recover on Sunday, and spend […]

The Big Issue album review: A$AP Rocky — ‘Long.Live.A$AP’, February 2013

A feature album review for The Big Issue covering A$AP Rocky’s debut album Long.Live.A$AP, printed in issue #425 (early February) of the magazine. Click the below image for a closer look, or read the article text underneath. LONG.LIVE.A$AP A$AP ROCKY [three and a half stars] Perhaps the biggest question surrounding the release of Long.Live.A$AP is whether Sony got its […]

TheVine story: “EXCLUSIVE: The inside story of how four techs broke open triple j’s Hottest 100”, January 2013

A narrative feature follow-up to an earlier exclusive story for TheVine, about a bunch of Brisbane techs who tallied 35,081 social media-posted votes to predict this year’s triple j Hottest 100. For the feature, I conducted face-to-face interviews with Nick Drewe, Tom Knox and Jack Murphy — three of the four behind Warmest100.com.au — before joining Drewe […]

TheVine story: ‘Does Aussie hip-hop have a problem with racism?’, September 2012

On the back of Thomas Rock’s recent comments on triple j concerning what he saw as the rising threat of racism in Australian rap music, I surveyed fourteen artists from around Australia — including Hilltop Hoods, Urthboy, Ozi Batla, Jimblah and Diafrix — to get their thoughts on the matter. It turned out to be […]

TheVine story: ‘Top 10 Olympics Hangover Cures’, August 2012

Because the Olympics were that good. A Top 10 story for TheVine. Feel that? It’s a cold winter gale rushing through your television programming post Olympic Games. Or, if you don’t have Fox, it’s the cold winter gale that’s rushed through your television programming over the last couple of weeks while the rest of us […]

TheVine story: ‘Miners, nudists and LSD in Lightning Ridge’, June 2012

Last winter I travelled out to Lightning Ridge in Northwestern New South Wales in search of a story. Lighting Ridge is the “black opal capital of the world”, and my interest had been piqued by frontier town tales of instant fortunes and near lawlessness. “The Ridge” in 2012 turned out to be a little more […]

TheVine story: ‘Talented, Creative Australian Expats’, May 2012

One of the more inspiring feature stories that I’ve had the pleasure of tackling. I chat to eight Australian creatives — Craig Redman (illustrator, graphic designer), Georgina Haig (actor), Ben Johnston (designer, director), Nick Crocker (healthcare entrepreneur), Elisa Mazzone (illustrator), Elisa Jane Carmichael (indigenous contemporary artist), Berkfinger (musician) and Lucy Dyson (music video director and artist) — […]