Jesse Witney is a Sydney-based musician originally from QLD, making heart-felt folk and roots music with passion, ingenuity and conviction. Witney is about to embark on a national tour for the release of his highly-anticipated EP ‘Be It’, so we decided to grab him for a quick chat to learn more about his inspirations, experiences and future aspirations. He also had some great tips to share with emerging folk and roots artists.
The Last Exposure are a four piece alternative rock band from Sydney who believe in equality and making things bigger and louder. Members Chelsea Barnes, Hayley Curran, Nathan McCulloch and Jake Doran met and formed whilst studying their music degrees at JMC Academy in Sydney. They are currently trying to find themselves a pedestal, through working on their music and message to connect with their audience. Wanting to shock audiences with their big sound and their even bigger personality, they aim to inspire people with their passion. Believing in their hard work, with a whole lot of heart and dedication, The Last Exposure know the dream can become reality. We caught up with group member Chelsea Barnes for a chat to see how the group are travelling.
Sydney group Jenny Broke The Window started off on the outskirts of Sydney with brothers Matt and Sam Lath, who have been writing together for 20 years. The duo were eventually joined by Matt McCaffrey (Bass), Todd Simpson (Percussion) and Joel van Gastel (Drums). They have been the main support for The Fratellis, on continuous triple j rotation with their single ‘Rum n Cola’, FBi Radio and TimeOut Magazine Indie Artist of the Month and are proving to be the next best thing to come out of Sydney!
Charity-Rose Turner is a drummer and singer/songwriter whose family background in music inspired her from a young age to pursue an ongoing career in music. Her light, accessible take on folk music has seen her top the triple j Unearthed charts with ‘Into The Stream’, a single from her last independently released EP. Following the success that single Charity was approached for licensed use of her song by the TV show ‘Winners & Losers’, a result that helped her set up publishing contacts and make a bit of money. As a multi-instrumentalist, Turner does most of the work on her records alone. She manages her own bookings and recordings, writes and records herself, and designs the release herself. Jake from MusicNSW talked to her about servicing her followup single ‘Home Again’, and life as an independent artist.
Sydney’s Monica Brooks has modelled sound works, compositions, and improvisations from piano, computer, field recordings, glasses, radio, and accordion. As a performer she has collaborated with various fabulous folks such as Jim Denley, Dale Gorfinkel, Herminone Johnson, Chris Abrahams, Robbie Avenaim, Kraig Grady, Richard Nuns, Eugene Chadbourne and Joe Talia.
On May 23, Brooks will be performing solo on piano at Vivid LIVE for the Repressed Records showcase featuring Royal Headache, Blank Realm + more. Her previous solo piano performances have been strikingly beautiful and sonically immersive. Monica is currently recording a solo album for piano with assistance from Jon Hunter (Magnetic Recording Council), Chris Abrahams (The Necks), and Yoni Hochman (Holy Balm) for R.I.P. Society Records, due for release in 2015. MusicNSW’s Greg Clennar grabbed her for a chat ahead of her performance at Vivid LIVE.
Little May is a Sydney-based indie/folk band featuring Liz Drummond, Hannah Field & Annie Hamilton. In just 18 months this talented trio of songwriters and have acquired over one million Soundcloud plays and three million Spotify streams. Since releasing their debut single ‘Boardwalks’, the outfit have topped Hype Machine twice, sat comfortably in the Australian community radio Airit charts as well as receiving high rotation on Triple J. They have supported Rodriguez, Big Scary, Bernard Fanning, Mikhael Paskalev and played alongside the likes of Lorde, Haim, and Cloud Control at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival. With their debut album slated for release in 2015 and a run of shows in the UK, Europe and US happening mid-year, MusicNSW Education Officer Jake Stone decided it was time to catch up with them for a chat.
JuliaWhy? is a Sydney-based garage/punk three piece led by Riot Grrrl wannabe Julia Wylie. Julia also plays bass in The Cathys, plus sings/screams in Snotty Babies. Peter Beringer (drummer) also plays in punk outfit King Tears Mortuary, and Mathew Frederickson plays bass/guitar/back up vocals. Their first single ‘Just One Night’ won the 2014 triple j Unearthed NIDA competition in October last year, and Triple j Music Director Dave Ruby Howe named ‘Painkiller’ as one of his Top 10 songs of 2014. After dropping their ‘Wheel LP’ release last month, the group have been accepted into Canadian Music Week in 2015 and will tour Canada in April and May. Our Education Officer Jake Stone caught up with them with for a chat!
Cheviot is the musical brainchild of friendly neighbours Matt and Sam. After years of collaboration in make-shift music spaces around their homes, they’ve decided it’s time to finally out themselves as a serious musical act, producing a wide-gamut of fresh sounds from alt. rock to synth pop. Cheviot also happens to be the name of a quiet tree lined street in the Inner West suburb of Ashbury, where these boys spent much of their shambolic youth. In the beginning, their music was a way of breaking from middle suburban monotony. Our Education Officer (and Bluejuice member) Jake Stone caught up with the duo to chat to them about their sound, their friendship and the all ages scene in Sydney.
Sound designer, multi-instrumentalist Felipe Cea performing under the name of LIF, started his musical career as a member of an alternative band in mid 90s. Since then he has kept busy experimenting with sounds, adapting different musical styles and techniques which eventually led to the production of his own unique waves. He is currently signed to Lyfeik Records.