God Only Knows – Brian Wilson

God Only Knows – Brian Wilson

  I’m a firm believer in the adage that experiences are more important than things and that investment in meaningful experiences that enrich your life in some way are a greater source of happiness than the latest gadget or iThing. Don’t get me wrong, gadgets and iThings are very nice, …

Rob Hirst – The Sun Becomes The Sea

Rob Hirst – The Sun Becomes The Sea

  Rob Hirst has a new solo album out – released under his own name instead of one of the innumerable musical units that he’s part of. The Midnight Oil drummer and songwriter celebrates his new songs with an unexpected collaboration with his artist daughter, Gabriella Hirst. Rob Hirst oozes …

Don Walker talks Cold Chisel and other words

Don Walker talks Cold Chisel and other words

Don Walker is a notoriously private man. He just does not talk about the personal stuff. But he does talk about himself, about music and words and prose and work and Chisel and just about anything else you choose to throw at him. He speaks slowly, deliberately, and laughs with …

Megan Washington

Megan Washington

  Megan Washington says that ‘Skyline’, one of the tracks on her new album ‘There, There’ is about ‘choosing hope’. “I think that’s a choice we have to make daily. Choosing happiness and choosing positivity is something that you have to make a priority. For me, it’s a daily thing.” …

Eddi Reader on Scottish Independence

Eddi Reader on Scottish Independence

Scottish musician Eddi Reader has spent decades travelling the world after leaving Scotland for England at just 18 years of age. Having been back in Scotland now for the last 13 years, Eddi says she’s had to make the effort to learn about what the deal that created the United …

James Reyne

James Reyne

James Reyne has an enviable career in the Australian music industry – first appearing on ABC TV’s Countdown in 1979 with both of his arms in plaster after being hit by a car in Melbourne. Australian Crawl held court around Australia’s pub rock scene for just seven years, but the …

Joe Camilleri

Joe Camilleri

I’ve had the privilege of interviewing many of Joe Camilleri’s Australian music peers and I’ve often remarked on how many of them were ‘ten pound Poms’. Joe Camilleri says he was a five-pounder, but not a Pom, “We came on the five-pound scheme from Malta. There was only four of …

Hugh Laurie. Some thoughts on the cult of celebrity.

Hugh Laurie. Some thoughts on the cult of celebrity.

I heard the click from somewhere behind me, followed by Hugh Laurie suddenly looking a bit pale and sick, “Oh god, don’t open the door! Don’t open the door!” He looked at me, I turned toward the source of the click and realised that one of the theatre staff had …

Iva Davies – March 2014

Iva Davies – March 2014

The number one song on the Australian pop music charts in 1980 was The Buggles ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’, accompanied through the year by such gems as Michael Jackson ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’, The Village People ‘You Can’t Stop The Music’, Split Enz ‘I Got You’, The …

John Schumann on writing an icon

John Schumann on writing an icon

When it comes to Anzac Day, Australian singer/songwriter JohnSchumann says, “There could be a hundred of me and there still wouldn’t be enough to go around!” referring to the huge success of his 1983 song, ‘I Was Only 19’. I first met John when I started working for his then-record …

Rob Hirst. Midnight Oil, The Break.

Rob Hirst. Midnight Oil, The Break.

  Midnight Oil have had a stellar career from their beginning as ‘Farm’ in 1972, changing their name in 1976. With 11 studio albums and 2 EPs worth of musical meanderings, I spoke with the band’s drummer and songwriter, Rob Hirst, on the eve of the launch of Essential Oils. …

John Paul Young

John Paul Young

In 2012, John Paul Young is celebrating 40 years in the Australian music industry with both a solo tour and another turn in the massive Long Way To The Top concert production. John Paul Young was the child of one of the wave of British families that emigrated to Australia …