Industry Reviews

Zen and the art of DJ-ing

Zen and the art of DJ-ing

Zen and the art of DJing   So, recently, I made a post about a certain celeb-turned-DJ, who thinks that standing behind a couple of CDJ’s makes her a dj (I may have mentioned putting poles either side of the decks to give her something to do while her pre-record plays).. Her sets have created a lot of talk, erm, criticism about what she is […]

BeXta

December 13th, 2012

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Leave The Wake Behind by Christie Heart: A novel with an album

Leave The Wake Behind by Christie Heart: A novel with an album

Most people have struggled with loss. Others have felt the crushing blows of depression that followed such times.   Singer-songwriter and first time author, Christie Heart, deals with these issues in her novel- Leave The Wake Behind.   Not only a novel, Leave The Wake Behind is an album. The book and the album create a unique symbiosis where the song cannot be separated from […]

Michelle Slater (VIC)

December 6th, 2012

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AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS TO SHINE AT WOODFORDIA

AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS TO SHINE AT WOODFORDIA

The Woodford Folk Festival, an event of international standing, is held annually over six days and six nights from Dec 27th through to January 1st. More than 2000 performers and 438 events are programmed featuring local, national and international guests.This year will be the 27th Woodford Folk Festival and the 19th held at Woodfordia in Queensland. The festival programme features concerts, dances, street theatre, writers’ […]

It’s the medium of the message: a changing world for political songwriting

It’s the medium of the message: a changing world for political songwriting

Rob Hirst wrote some of Midnight Oil’s most political music “Malcolm Fraser gave The Oils a lot of material back then in our early days.”- Rob Hirst   Woody Guthrie’s songs of political protest inspired generations of singer-songwriters ahead of him, including a young Bob Dylan, whose music is renowned for its overt social messages. This month, British singer, Billy Bragg, toured Australia performing Guthrie’s […]

Michelle Slater (VIC)

November 20th, 2012

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Blow Your Own Trumpet: A Musician’s Guide to Publicity & Airplay

Blow Your Own Trumpet: A Musician’s Guide to Publicity & Airplay

Blow Your Own Trumpet – A Musician’s Guide to Publicity & Airplay is a book for self-managed artists, budding music managers and music industry students. It was written to dispel a few myths and provide a collection of tools to help the reader promote their own music or that of the band they are representing, without handing over cash to a third party. A book […]

rage – ABC TV

rage – ABC TV

rage is an iconic music video program that has aired on the ABC for over 25 years. Screened on Friday and Saturday nights, rage is famous for being the show Australians come home to after a night out, or wake up to on the weekends. The show has a simple format of showing new release music videos, themed specials and clips selected by ‘guest programmers’. […]

The Life of an Aussie DJ

The Life of an Aussie DJ

Touring Australia is very different from touring in the UK or Europe!   So, you’re in London and have a gig in Scotland. You and your friends jump in a car and all head off to the gig, then drive home and are back, safe and sound in your own bed, as the sun rises.. Or arriving in most European cities is less than a […]

BeXta

September 25th, 2012

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Jagged Edge Communications – Marketing for musicians

Jagged Edge Communications – Marketing for musicians

AMN features businesses who have contributed to Australian music and who offer a high quality service or product to benefit Australian musicians. The entertainment industry is an overcrowded one, which means loads of amazing musical talent goes undiscovered. Jagged Edge Communications works behind the scenes to help make their clients discoverable – to get them more gigs, publicise their shows, professionally launch their albums, build […]

Waiting for solutions from Minister for Australian music radio

Waiting for solutions from Minister for Australian music radio

AMRAP Australian musicians and community radio broadcasters are anxiously waiting for the federal government to provide options for the continuation of the Australian Music Airplay Project (Amrap) after recent funding cuts.   Amrap’s funding expired on June 30, after the Department of Broadband, Communication and Digital Economy did not renew its continuation in this years budget.   Amrap’s magager, Chris Johnson said, “losing Amrap will […]

Music stores must adapt: experts

Music stores must adapt: experts

Brian Ritchie Music industry experts have said that Australian music retailers had been too slow to adapt to technology and changing business models in order to capture new consumers markets.   JB Hi-Fi launched its digital music streaming service in April, enabling customers to access the company’s music collection via Apple iOS and Android mobile apps.   JB Hi-Fi CEO, Terry Smart, said that the service […]