The Red Bull Music Academy is like a band camp from music heaven; lectures from past and present music legends with the chance to perform alongside them in Tokyo, performance opportunities in the city’s finest clubs and convert halls, and time to work on their own music with other international musicians in custom-built studios. This year, applications are open for music makers from every genre to be one of the lucky 60 participating in this band camp of learning and creation in Japan.
Lucrecia Dalt, RBMA alumni from 2010 said “a day at the academy is a day in which the most valuable information explodes incessantly everywhere.”
Since starting in Berlin 1998, the Red Bull Academy occurs in a different city every year and brings music pioneers from every imaginable genre and methodology together Last year alone, RBMA participants were lucky enough to hear from legends such as Giorgio Moroder, Brian Eno, Bok Bok, James Murphy and more.
So all you Aussie music makers out there, this is a chance of a life time definitely worth applying for! You must be at least 20 years old by October 12 2014 and must apply before Tuesday the 18th of March.
Babe of the week is back for 2014, and with it we mark the end of the Autumn Winter 2014 international fashion shows. It is always exciting to see an Australian model presence amongst the big names from around the world. Thus, this week babe of the week is none other than our own Australian representative – Nicole Pollard.
Hailing from Sydney, at the tender age of 21 Nicole has successful completed her 3rd year on the international fashion week circuit. Nicole has gone from strength to strength after dominating Australian fashion weeks back in 2011 and 2012. Nicole today graces catwalks such as Dior and Dolce and Gabbana, with her gorgeous tall frame and delicate features it is no surprise that she has stood out amongst her industry counterparts, and of course she has our attention.
We start the year with an industry great and look forward to follow the career of such a gorgeous Australian girl. Nicole is currently represented by Chic Models in Australia, and has starred in campaigns for Dior, Marc by Marc Jacobs and the current Zara Women look book. With a career as bright as hers, we can’t wait to see what the future brings for this babe.
The opening night for Ruby Tuesdays was a major success; Hayley Couper and Louis Spoils with two great opening performances then Sleepy Dreamers taking to the stage to a packed out venue for an array of folk indie rock that the crowd was absolutely loving. Bike Song was performed spectacularly, with foot-stomping and hand-clapping rhythm, catchy melodies, flawless harmony and very interesting lyrics. Their set was seriously successful; every song was warm, energetic and performed exceptionally. There’s clearly a tight comradeship between the boys; between every song was a cheeky joke made at the expense of another band member or a buddy in the crowd.
Lead singer Ed Tripodi has a seriously unique voice; an distinct twang with an impressive range that smoothly delivers carefully-written quirky lyrics. Turns out that every member of the band has an remarkable set of vocal chords; making Laura and I ask ourselves if the boys could get any more perfect? Shan, Cal and Matt have also mastered their own instruments, making for a truly wonderful band for our Melbourne music scene. Ruby Tuesday is definitely worth checking out every Tuesday at The Workers Club!
Oh and here is some live footage of Sleepy Dreamers newest tune Hunk. We’ll have a pre-gig interview and acoustic set for you VERY soon.
It’s nearly been a week since I packed up and headed to Golden Plains. I can’t help but reminisce over the weekend that was.
As the sun rose on Saturday 8th of March I crawled out of bed and hopped into the car to collect the rest of the campers. We squished three ruggedly handsome dudes into the car along with two lovely ladies (myself included) and man was that a mission. With everyone packed in with espies and mattresses on our laps we headed to the beautiful country side that is home of Golden Plains.
With our tents pitched we headed down to the stage. Now Golden Plains isn’t like your regular festival. It’s BYO everything, even the kitchen sink… well not quite, but you can bring your own booze and couch to sit on under the tree while you relax and enjoy the music.
To me the lineup was a little mixed and as I spoke with more festival goers they seemed to agree. The did say though “you don’t really go to Golden Plains just for the music. It’s all about the atmosphere, the experience and the people you meet.” And I couldn’t agree more. The cord ranged from 20somethings to 50+. Everybody was there for the same reasons; to escape reality and the hustle a’n’ bustle of very day life and enjoy the tranquility, music and each other. It was an absolutely beautiful festival with the most beautiful people I’d ever seen. LITERALLY!
Some of the highlights was going down to the theatre in-between sets and watching old movies on film tape, dancing like nobody was watching, showering the open (I did have to muster some courage for that one) and watching the sunset/rise on inspiration point. It was absolutely breathtaking.
Now to the music side of things. I’ve never been to a festival that played live music until 6am in the mooring on the main stage. It made sleeping next top impossible, but hey who wants to sleep when the tunes are pumping?
On to the stand out acts of the weekend. Well Flying Lotus was amazing. He had visual installations all around him giving off a 3D effect. Other stand outs were Charles Bradley, Hiatus Kaiyote, Adalita, Golden Panda, Chet Faker… arghhh I could keep going on and on. I might as well just list them all. But my absolute favourite was the Perch Creek Family Jug band. The first time I saw these guys was a few years back at Woodford Folk Festival. They were amazing then and are even better now. The five siblings (missing a sister) put on a very energetic performance. They really take family band to the next level. The crowd could not stop moving as every member of the band took turns in singing. It was lovely to see how much The Perch Creek family have grown over the last five plus years. I can’t wait to see what changes in the next five… but hopefully I won’t have to wait that long to watch.
So to sum it all up, the things I learnt at Golden plains was:
Always slip slop slap
Be prepared to shower outside
Pack face paint, glitter and diamonties (costume is optimal)
Leave all your worries at home and be prepared to have the time of your life
Golden Plains, you’re the bees knees. See you next year.
We caught up with Melbourne-based stencil artist Losop and found out about his artwork. Michael (aka Losop) has an exhibition coming up next week for the Six Years Later Magazine launch. Find out all the details here.