Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Welcome to Brooklyn

Let's be honest, no matter how bad you are at it, dancing is always fun. And what better to compliment your I'm-sure-are-amazing moves than someone as talented as DJ Brooklyn?

Hailing from Queensland and calling residency at leading dancespot Platinum Nightclub, this bubbly blonde is all cool, all music and all ready for success and big lights.

As well as supporting massive national and international acts, she has been aired Australia wide on NovaFM and played in every major party spot the land down under owns.

She may go by the title of 'DJ' but this creative and music mastermind is already dreaming of universal success.

The bigger the party the better.

Mahalia: How did you start in this industry?
Brooklyn: I entered the 2013 Your Shot competition which is a nationwide search for newcomer DJs looking to make it in the industry. I was lucky enough to make it as one of Queensland's 20 wildcard entrants out of hundreds of applicants. I got to perform at Birdees Nightclub in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley in front of hundreds of people including a judging panel. I didn't win the competition, however I was head hunted by my now manager, Joey Lamattina, who sent talent scouts to the competition. Not long after the competition he contacted me and arranged a meeting and since then I haven't looked back.

M: What is it about being a DJ that attracts you?
B: Initially, back in 2008, I was at a Pussycat Dolls and Lady Gaga concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre with my two sisters and Havana Brown came on as the support act. I was watching her in complete awe and I turned to my sisters and said that is what I should be doing.

M: How would you describe the music you make?
B: My sound at the moment would be bounce and big room. I also love to play vocal tracks; you can often catch me singing along to them in the booth.

M: So far which has been your favourite gig and why?
B: I'd have to say the gig I did in May in Penang, Malaysia. I was lucky enough to be able to play in front of over 2000 people at the H-Artisty Globe Art Of Mixing event. It was a super clubbing experience with a massive stage, dancers and [an] amazing light show. I felt very loved and welcomed over there.

M: I know my parents aren't so keen (read: not at all) when I play any type of dance/electro music! Do you share your stuff with your own family?
B: Surprisingly I have caught my mum listening to my mixes haha. I wouldn't say they LOVE dance/electro music but they haven't really given it much of a chance. They are more into 80's rock.

M: Describe your dream show?
B: I think most DJs would agree that playing on the main stage at Tomorrowland would be the ultimate dream.

M: Whose music do you enjoy that you think might surprise people?
B: Other than dance music I really enjoy my RnB/HipHop because it's fun and easy to dance to.

M: If you weren't living your DJ-ing dream, what would you hope you were doing?
B: Hard to think of doing anything else, but possibly running my own dance school. Other than music, dancing was another outlet/passion for me.

M: Do you go to many shows yourself? Who do you watch?
B: I'm lucky being a resident at Platinum Nightclub here on the Gold Coast, I get the chance to support and see many amazing national and international acts. Other than that I am usually booked every weekend so I don't get much of a chance to see anyone else.

M: Do you listen to music and think "I could remix this?!" or do you wait until you want to work on something? What's the process like?
B: I sometimes hear an old track that I use to love and think I'd love to make it more current and add it to my sets. Otherwise I just listen to tracks that are currently popular and make them my own by tweaking it, whatever works for my set and the crowd I'm playing to.

M: If you could give your teenage-self advice, what would you say?
B: For so long I never had the confidence to chase my dreams so I'd say to her - You need believe in yourself more and to trust the timing of your life.

For more B R O O K L Y N head to her facebook page :: https://www.facebook.com/DjBrooklynOfficial

Friday, October 24, 2014


Tom Gaynor? No. Well if I said Allday would that make it easier?

This 23-year-old started small, uploading free music online in 2011, but in just three short years he has released his debut album Startup Cult, amassed over 120 000 fans on Facebook and been featured on Triple J Unearthed.

Currently touring, the Adelaide-turned-Melbournite is only going up. Things are bright for Allday.

Mahalia: Allday is an interesting stage name (and definitely brings up some weird things on Google!), what's the meaning behind it?
Allday: My friends called me that one day when I was st---d, taking forever to decide what flavour of tiny teddies I wanted.
M: You landed a support gig with Lily Allen for Splendour in the Grass, what was that experience like?
A: It was rad. She is such a boss and playing to 5000 people is never a bad thing.

M: When I told people I'd secured this interview, they all asked the same thing "well, what sort of music does he make?" It doesn't fit nicely into any one box, how would you describe your music?
A: It's like rap music that takes little trips into R&B, pop and maybe electro at times. Mostly it's just stories about w--d and girls.

M: Things seem to have taken off for you once Triple J started giving you airtime, but obviously there was a lot of time before that. How important has social media been in getting your music out into the public?
A: I just like to talk to the people who listen to me, I'm always on social media. Some people say I'm funny on social media and some people say I'm annoying but either way I'm just being myself and that's all you can do.

M: Your album debuted at number 3, how did you feel when you found out?

A: I was pretty amazed, I was hoping for top 5 but I probably would have been happy with top 10. It took so much effort to make the album, like I borderline drove myself crazy and it was so cool to be rewarded by having people like it.

M: What are the best and worst things about touring?
A: The best things are meeting people, smoking free w--d everywhere we go, getting driven around, hanging with my friends, seeing the country and the world. The worst thing is probably taking your laptop out of the bag when going through security at the airport; it p-sses me off so much.

M: Music is such a great storyteller, what message do you want to give your fans?
A: I have lots of messages. But also sometimes I want to write a song without a message. Escapism can be worthwhile sometimes.

M: Finally, if you meet one person in the world, who would you want to have a chat to?
A: Larry David, I have to have dinner with him before I die or he dies.

"Some people say I'm funny on social media" :: https://www.facebook.com/alldaytunes

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

George Kalpa

George Kalpa may not be a name you've yet heard, but it's one you should definitely remember. This alt-rocker from Melbourne is an already established filmmaker and his debut album MODE is set to follow close behind.

The album, which features local talent as backing, was recorded in Kalpa's own Studio 11; a true ode to his unconventional style. Although no one could ever doubt that his method is unsucessful, MODE is a true testament to what Kalpa is all about.

MODE, which launched on October 11, brings an escape from reality, whilst dealing with heartbreak and regret. The album, littered with sax melodies, is a remarkable journey into the mind of the ever creative George Kalpa.

Mahalia: What/Who sparked your passion for music?
George: I did piano lessons as a kid and I hated it. I wasn't excited by learning other peoples' music. When I started writing my own sh-t on piano, it became something I enjoyed doing. I picked up the guitar when I was 15 and never put it down.

M: Your music is so different to what I've heard before, is this style what you personally enjoy listening to?
G: Thanks. I listen to everything from black metal to hip hop. If it's honest and real I appreciate it and enjoy it one way or another. When I was making this record I was listening to a lot of darker stuff from the 80's and film scores so that influence definitely found its way in there.

M: Tell us a bit about your new single and video clip, Leave That Street Alone.
G: Leave That Street Alone was a demo floating around in different forms over the better part of a year. The main synths parts were backwards samples and the percussion and sax came afterwards. I had the track playing when I was driving home one night and saw a laundrette in the corner of my eye. From then on I knew the song lived there and the idea for the video came. It was a great day.

M: How do you go about writing your music?
G: Everything starts as an idea, rough or solid. Having the studio on hand to document ideas is great because if I get that music first take I can use it wherever it needs to go down the track. I don't have a stringent process for writing music, if an idea comes I get it down and that's it. In the past when I would sit down and say "I'm writing a song today", it wouldn't happen. Well it might have, but I would have axed it the next day.

M: You're a distinguished filmmaker, why the transition into music?
G: Music is something that will come with no matter what other mediums I work with. It's a massive part of most other artistic forms.

M: Where do you see yourself in ten years' time? What would you be doing?
G: Making films and music. Hopefully not having to lug the heaviest gear on the planet anymore, whether it be an amp or light.

M: What's something that people wouldn't guess about you?
G: Listening to this album you wouldn't guess that I'm a pretty positive dude.

The stunning video for Leave that Street Alone is directed by the man himself! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rudely Interrupted

After being named for the challenges a disability adds to everyday life, to playing at the United Nations, gearing up for a national Australian tour, life as Rudely Interrupted is one heck of a rollercoaster.

 "We throw ourselves into the music and performance," says band member Rohan. "We take it very seriously, but we always have fun, we love the songs we play, they remind us of how far we've come and all the touring successes we've had around the world."

And if one thing is true, it's that their tours are a LOT of fun. As Rohan put it, "[band mate] Sam can get a little loose sometimes and his early touring days were so exciting for him [that] he pulled all sorts of stunts, faking heart attacks was a phase he went through".

Despite this rather interesting start , Rudely Interrupted marked a major milestone in 2008 when they became the first independent act to perform at the United Nations. "We felt it was very life affirming, an incredibly uplifting experience and also very humbling."

Since then the band has gone from strength to strength, and with their new EP being "all killer, no filler" you should probably pause right here to take a listen!

With their songwriting inspiration coming from shared conversations, it's no wonder this band is so relatable. "Working with the guys makes for a very unique environment to collect sparks from. We have fun, we encourage each other to express and build a strong work ethic around our instruments."

"'I Am Alive' is about the feeling of being alive, the ups and downs are what makes us all human, we embraced our differences, we want to tell people to for their dreams, try, fail, succeed and experience all life can offer no what your situation."

And just a day out from another show, Rudely Interrupted show no signs of stopping any time soon. This indie band truly show what happens when you push the boundaries. No disability was ever going to stop Rohan, Rory, Josh or Sam from "finding the perfect pop song".

"Anything is possible, it really is, you have to work and work at your skill set to develop your talent, be prepared to fail and keep working. We encourage everyone to chase their dreams, and dream big, shoot for the stars and you might hit the moon."

To find music, book tickets or just connect with this talent foursome, head to www.rudelyinterrupted.com

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lauren Glezer

With the stereotype 'all girls love shoes' firmly in place, Melbourne musician Lauren Glezer is definitely going against the grain. Her barefoot performances though, are not the only reason to give this gifted artist a listen.

A singer who performs it like she is, there is no such thing as stage persona when Lauren's around. What you see on stage, is what you'll get off it. Which is a refreshing and much needed trait in the music industry.

Her EP Searching For Tall (available from September 19th) is a positive burst of raw vocals and outstanding music. You mightn't have heard of her yet, but Lauren Glezer is out to prove that from little things, big things grow

Mahalia: Your EP Searching For Tall has been two years in the making, what was the process for it to all come together?
Lauren: A lengthy one! It involved writing the songs, selecting which songs I wanted to represent me in the world and how I was going to go about producing them. Once I had that all done, I had to figure out my best way in to the music industry. I'll let you know when I figure that one out!

 M: This Living has a really powerful message, why is this song important to you?
L: Thank you. It's important to me because I believe that in this society we work too hard and forget our hearts sometimes. We work to forget our feelings, we work to give our lives meaning, we work because that's what we're told we should do. I wrote this song in hope of inspiring people to consider whether they are living their truths. We all come baring unique gifts and talents and it's never too late to start using them!

M: Did you write all the music for Searching For Tall by yourself or with assistance?
L: I wrote the music and lyrics for all the tracks. I had a few incredible musicians colour the tracks with their amazing instrumental abilities.

M: Can you tell us a little about the 'no shoes while performing' that you've got going on? Have you always performed shoeless?
L: Sure! I haven't always performed shoeless...But recently I have discovered that I hate performing with shoes. I feel off balance and like I can't sense the floor beneath me. I feel it's very important to feel balanced when you sing!

M: If you could take your music to any part of the world, where would it be and why?
L: I love this question. I would take it to eastern countries. This way I could explore their culture and sing my songs. That's pretty much everything I love to do in the one experience.

M: What do you daydream about?
L: Chocolate. No jokes. Is that bad? Sad? Also flowers and natural beauty. Oh and playing music to people that are truly nourished by my songs.

M: As a child who was your music idol?
L: As a child, Alanis all the way!

M: Who is it now?
L: Alanis all the way. No...umm oh so many. I meet people every day in the Melbourne Music scene that are my idols. But outside of that, I'd have to say Bon Iver.

While you're here why not listen to Lauren's amazing single, This Living?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Julian Simonsz

Imagine singing on live television, in front of four musical superstars and not knowing if you'll even see their faces. This is the reality for an auditionee on The Voice, a musical reality show looking for the hottest new talent.

And in Julian Simonsz, a true star was found.

Following his journey in front of the nation, and his mentor Will.I.Am, Simonsz is now preparing for the release of his debut EP. With the support of his wife and his hard work, Simonsz is already excited for what the future has for him.

And with his charisma, voice and dedication, who wouldn't be?!

Mahalia: Judging by your reaction, you weren't expecting such a welcome onto The Voice. What was going through your head?
J: I was in shock! I couldn't believe that all four of the coaches turned around for me. It's always something I had dreamt of but in reality all I wanted was just for one to turn around, anyone! So to end up having all four, including Will.I.Am who was the one I really wanted, it was like a dream. It was so surreal hearing their comments afterwards, I couldn't believe that artists of that calibre were speaking about my voice and performance the way they did. It was something I'll never forget.

M: You've been described as 'Australia's answer to Justin Timberlake', how do you react to a comment like that?
J: I'm always taken away by that comment!! I really appreciate and feel honoured that people would ever think of me like that. I know I have a very long way to go but the faith that viewers and journalists have in me to make comments like that really inspires me too; and makes me want it even more.

M: Which song are you most excited for people to hear once they buy your EP?
J: My favourite track and the one I am most excited for people to hear is track two, Get Home to You. I feel like that track is really new and exciting, and the exact sound I was going for. It's a bit more edgy than the rest and has a bit of sexiness to it! The vocals are also very harmony based which I haven't really done before. I also love the production; it's simplistic but just seems to work with all the raw instruments and heavy bass line. I'm really proud of this track and it's one that I love listening to so hopefully others will too.

M: How long have you been working for the EP launch?
J: The EP has been a few months in the making. The first three tracks with MSquared actually only took seven days to record! The acoustics flowed on quite quickly after that too. But there is a lot of other work that goes in to it that takes time; like perfecting the final master, photo shoots, artwork, etc. and there's a lot of learning going on too. It's been such a good and challenging learning experience for me to go through this as an independent artist, so that's what takes a lot of time too. The actual recording has been the easy part!

Official video for I Do It For You

M: Tell us a little about your new single, I Do It For You and its accompanying video clip.
J: This single is co-written with the very talented team at MSquared (Michael Paynter and Michael DeLorenzis). For me I prefer to write songs based on my life and by tapping in to my emotions, I find it is more natural when I write that way. So that's how I Do It For You came about. It was written initially about my partner, the most important person in my life who I wanted to appreciate. But I wanted that theme and meaning to relate to anyone who listened to the song and saw the video. I feel like this song can be about anyone who the listener feels deserves appreciation or deserves to be celebrated for who they are and what they do. So leading on with that theme I had the idea to have real stories of appreciation in the music video, and what better way than to involve my fans! I asked fans to come forward and apply to be part of the music video and I received some really inspirational responses. In the end there were five groups of fans who were in the music video and it was so special to have them. There was something really nice about not having actors but having genuine stories and inspirational people involved and the team at Hats Off Productions portrayed their stories perfectly in the video. For me it was the perfect way to do my first music video.

M: Do you think you'll stay in Australia, or are you planning to take your music overseas?
J: Of course I'd love to stay here and make it big in Australia first, it's home!! I'm sure most artists can relate to the dream of making a name internationally though, so if the opportunity arises for me to take my music overseas then I would jump at it.

M: What advice would you give to anyone thinking about auditioning for The Voice?
J: Just go for it! It's always just going to be a dream if you don't try. Watching The Voice and similar shows aver the years I always wanted to be up there doing it, but it wasn't until I really decided to take my music seriously, and when I knew in myself that I was ready, that I just went for it and all of a sudden my dream became a reality. So my advice would be to just put your mind to it and do it. The hardest part is feeling ready to get out there and feeling ready to know that even if it doesn't work out at least you gave it everything. Once you are there and you do give it everything, you have nothing to lose.

M: Also, belated congratulations to you and your gorgeous wife! What role does she play in your music?
J: Thank you! She actually plays a huge role in my music. She has not only been the most amazing support that you could ask for in a partner, but a lot of people may not know this but she has pretty much taken on the role of being my manager! She's always had a knack for organising and communicating so it's come naturally to her. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes and she somehow manages to make it all work. She's also brutally honest about my performances, my music, even my styling which is really important. We work really well as a team and having my wife managing me at the moment has made this journey even more special. So that's the real place the initial inspiration came from to my first single I Do It For You!

Go back to the beginning with Julian's The Voice audition!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hamish Anderson

They say when one door closes another opens, and the, albeit overused, saying is definitely working in Hamish Anderson's favour. Although his tour gig as BB King's opening act has been cancelled, his supportive tweets around the incident have been pulled for sites such as USA Today and Variety.

And, to follow the trend of cliches, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

Although a Melbourne local, he has called the US home for most of 2014. Hard work and a good helping of talent has also landed Anderson on Indie Shuffle, which promotes itself as finding anything worth listening to on the music website SoundCloud. Needless to say, Anderson is well worth the listen.

Having just released his Restless EP and about to tour both Australia and part of the States, the future is incredibly bright for this blues-playing 23-year-old.

Mahalia: What was the biggest culture shock when you came back to Australia from the US?
Hamish: It's funny how when you spend time abroad you start to realise the similarities more so than the differences. Everywhere I go I find people and places that make me feel like I've been there before and it all feels familiar. I am really enjoying how the blues translates and transcends cultures.

M: Tell us about your new single, Burn and its Aussie video clip.
H: It was recorded live on the floor at Henson Studios in Los Angeles. Real bluesy, rock song that starts out really big with a riff that carries throughout. The video really captures the experience and the vibes in the studio that day. It was a pretty epic time for me.

M: If I could only listen to one song off your Restless EP, which would you recommend? Why?
H: Burn. Definitely. I chose it for the single and it's the first song on the EP because I felt it was a good indication of what's to come.

M: Have you ever been star-struck by the amazing musicians you've worked with?
H: Not star-struck, more honoured to work with them.

M: What are you most excited for, leading into 2015?
H: 2015 is all about new recordings for the album and getting more live shows going for me.

M: Who do you admire most in the world and why?
H: Musicians who have longevity in their careers that span decades, like Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, BB King, Paul McCartney, The [Rolling] Stones, Bob Dylan.

M: Whose concert was the first you ever attended?
H: The Who in 2004. It was right when I started playing guitar and Pete Townsend was mesmerizing.

M: What is the best advice you've ever heard or been given?
H: People are always going to tell you what you should be doing, but the more you know yourself, the more truthful your music will be.

Enjoy some retro Anderson work before heading to the links below.

And if you fancy a few moments (or a few hours) of good music to listen to, head over to Hamish's SoundCloud or website to keep updated and book tickets.