Category: Features

Les McKeown of The Bay City Rollers

Les McKeown of The Bay City Rollers

“I think the thing is about The Bay City Rollers and the kind of thing that we did was such a brilliant thing, it was like a crazy thing we stopped traffic over there in Australia, we had hundreds of thousands of fans follow us regularly and they’re special memories for me that’s for sure…” From Release: Scotland’s greatest pop […]

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Gavin DeGraw

Gavin DeGraw

“I’ll actually do my best to play all of the songs that I feel people have heard before because as much as I want to expose people to new music and want to act artsy and stuff like that I think it’s my first job as an artist to play my fans the music that they’re here to hear first […]

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Chris Taylor Brown of Trapt

Chris Taylor Brown of Trapt

“… it’s just a place to release emotions and deal with all the negative stuff going on in your life and celebrating all the good stuff you’ve got going on in your life, and that’s what our shows are all about. I’ll say it’s a big release you know, release of tension and just taking the power back in your […]

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Wednesday 13

“So having that kind of team behind us gives us a bigger platform to stand on, and for me the whole point of being on this label is to get our music and get us in front of more people that have maybe never heard of us before. I say this all the time, we have a million fans out […]

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Jack Barakat of All Time Low

Jack Barakat of All Time Low

“I think that it was always in the back of our minds that we wanted something different and new and fresh, I don’t think we really knew what that meant, I don’t think we knew that it would be a darker moodier album per se, but yeah from the beginning we knew we didn’t want to do a straight through […]

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Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets

Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets

“…we’ve got so much history and the ego thing’s kind of been left behind we just want to get out there and showcase the fact that great Australian pub rock didn’t end in the mid to late ‘80’s, we came along and kicked it in the butt in the early 90’s and hopefully we were able to fly the flag […]

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Virgil Donati

Virgil Donati

“…I’m always struggling with myself to try and define those new ideas, those fresh things that happen spontaneously in the spirit of inspiration which is what I’m into on the drums, it’s not all about the written parts or the composed parts it’s about what you can bring to it, what energy you can bring to it, your expressive purpose.” […]

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Malcolm Bruce of The Music of Cream

Malcolm Bruce of The Music of Cream

“So we don’t play it note for note the way the guys did back in the day or sort of try to mimic it or anything like that, we just really get inside of it and make it our own at the same time respecting it as part of the tradition of popular music I guess.” From Release: The Music […]

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Richard Patrick of Filter

Richard Patrick of Filter

“Filter is a band that looks at the worst things in society and says why and what is that and let’s talk about this strange phenomenon that is humanity. You know, a guy holds a press conference and blows his head off I want to understand that and I want to sing it from a perspective of his perspective.” From […]

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Daniel Estrin of Voyager

Daniel Estrin of Voyager

“What hasn’t changed is that it’s still very melodic, atmospheric and still very heavy and it’s got something for progressive metal fans, it’s got something for rock fans, and something possibly for electronic and pop fans as well. I think it just continues that symbiosis of melody and heaviness that I think Voyager is so renowned for.” From Release: VOYAGER’S […]

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Mike Portnoy

“Not only is it closure for me as an artist wanting to do it, but I think there’s some closure for the fans as well because there was a fear that once I left Dream Theater this would never actually happen, so there’s a sense of unfinished business in finally getting to do it.” From Release: MIKE PORTNOY is a […]

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Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

“I think that there’s a certain amount of theatricality that they expect from us, and of course they’re expecting a great band and they’re expecting those songs to sound great but I kind of think we’re like the Barnum and Bailey circus that comes to town every once in a while, they know that the Alice Cooper show is going […]

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Peter Criss

Peter Criss

“…when I do these things where I go out and these people that I meet blow my mind *laughs* it’s like they’re so die hard over us that it’s nice that you’ve got your die hard Paul’s, and Gene’s and Ace’s and then I’ve got mine, and most bands don’t even have that where they have so many fans that […]

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Atom Willard of Against Me!

Atom Willard of Against Me!

“I do like to say we’re a real high energy live show and everybody’s very happy to be there, everybody on stage is excited to be where we’re at and we’re all having the most fun. We take it seriously, it’s not goofy by any means but we take having fun very seriously too.” From Release: Celebrated American rock band Against […]

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MALIBU, CA - July 12, 2016 - Helmet, rehearsal

Page Hamilton of Helmet talks ‘Betty’

Ahead of their upcoming Australian tour, we caught up with Page Hamilton from Helmet to muse on the band’s 1994 game-changing album Betty, a record which will be featured in full at shows across the country this April and May. If you were a fan of heavy guitar music in the days after Nirvana went stratospheric, there’s a chance that […]

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Justin Hawkins of The Darkness

Justin Hawkins of The Darkness

“…when we come to a place like Australia and you’ve travelled a long way and people just go nuts and it’s brilliant, that’s why you do this, that’s the reason you perform anyway because you feel the energy in the room, and there’s nothing like it, we’re just very lucky I think.” From Release: Rejoice, Australians fair, in your home […]

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Corey Glover of Living Colour

Corey Glover of Living Colour

“…we’re always constantly learning stuff, something new has to be learned when we’re together, someone is always going to come up with something we don’t know, so that’s something new and I love that and I love that I’m constantly learning and I’m constantly getting an education.” From Release: Spearheaded by guitarist Vernon Reid, Living Colour emerged onto the scene […]

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Jon Lawhon of Black Stone Cherry

Jon Lawhon of Black Stone Cherry

“…I like the fact that the Australian audience has no pretense it’s kinda like if they feel like moving around and having a good time they do, they’re not worried about the guy next to them and what he’s thinking they just cut loose and have a good time which is what it’s all about.“ From Release: Hard Rock Heroes […]

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Jon Stevens

Jon Stevens

“Music is a positive, beautiful thing to share with other people and make people happy and I fuckin’ love that, I love that aspect of singing and performing and making music and sharing it with people in a live environment you’ve got that one moment in time and that’s it, so I just live for that moment really.” From Release: Jon […]

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Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge

Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge

“So I think with each record we get maybe a little bolder here and there with our approach with arrangements and not being afraid to test the waters, and that’s fun, it keeps it interesting as opposed to just having to write three minute singles you know?” From Release: Orlando, Florida-based rock legends Alter Bridge are returning to Australian shores […]

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Ernie C of Body Count

Ernie C of Body Count

“Twenty five years ago we wrote ‘Cop Killer’ and we were young and thinking we were going to change the world, so twenty five years later we’re basically writing the same stuff. Over the years musicians have lost their voice, their scream and put into the music the way the people really feel, the outrage of the people should be […]

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Todd Hunter of Dragon

Todd Hunter of Dragon

“…it’s great to see how it’s travelling whether they get forgotten, so yeah it’s a great thing. I think the first time we heard it we were driving across the harbor bridge and it was like ‘Wow!’ it was amazing, we were all hanging out the windows.” From Release: When it comes to iconic songs, there are few as anthemic […]

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Satchel of Steel Panther

Satchel of Steel Panther

“…there’s going to be people that hate us and always hate us and always leave bad reviews on iTunes and those people can just suck my dick, but for us we’re a really consistent bitchin’ heavy metal  band and if you’re into bitchin’ heavy metal that gets pussy this is another bitchin’ record, so…” From Release: Lower The Bar is Steel […]

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John Brewster of The Angels

John Brewster of The Angels

“…it’s a rock band and it’s a great rock band, we rock out and it’s quite an experience you know? I mean it blows me away *laughs* listening to the band, I play the rhythm guitar and I’m part of it but just listening to what everyone’s doing it’s just an absolute high, it’s a fantastic high without the drugs […]

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Jeff Burrows of The Tea Party

Jeff Burrows of The Tea Party

“The difference is that you have to be on point and you have to sort of relearn the songs in their intimacy and in the simplest way without any diverging off on any tangents so it’s a bit of a mind fuck if you know what I mean, you’ve gotta really stick to it *laughs* so it’s a bit of […]

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Wednesday 13

Wednesday 13

“It’s fun for me too, it’s like a live meet and greet I take questions, I tell stories, I play songs so it’s live a live meet and greet I get to sit and tell stories with my fans and we’re all just in the same room with a real intimate setting…” From Release: With a vivid and vile imagination […]

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Herman Li of Dragonforce

Herman Li of Dragonforce

“I wouldn’t say we ever do anything like dramatically different, it’s almost like little changes we do continuously so it’s like continuous little steps of development like a human evolution kind of thing *laughs*if that makes any sense…” From Release: International metal superstars and power metal speed legends DRAGONFORCE have revealed that they will be touring Australia as part of […]

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Danny Bowes of Thunder

Danny Bowes of Thunder

“I think we’ve always been very honest with our fans about the good and the bad, I think they respect that, I think they understand that like I said before we’re always determined to give them a good show and give them the best performances and we’ve never been a band that wants to make the same record over and […]

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Mike D of Killswitch Engage

Mike D of Killswitch Engage

“Australian audiences pay attention to bands that don’t necessarily make it over too much and I feel like they pour their heart and soul into that dancefloor when you do finally make it over. We’ve been fortunate enough to be over a few times and every time feels like the first time…” From Release: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE re-defined heavy metal with the […]

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Andrew McMahon of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Andrew McMahon of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

“I think because I was writing a lot of the record while I was working the first Wilderness record and the fact that so much of that process was a new adventure, it was a big risk I think stepping away from Jack’s Mannequin and taking time off and then jumping into this project. So I wanted to capture some […]

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