Gareth Bryant

Gareth Bryant

Gareth is Scene Magazine's editor.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

4ZZZ Presenter Profiles

Name: Andrew Bartlett
As Heard On: Breakfast will Tear Us Apart
On Air Since: Originally 1982, until about 1991. Reappeared on air July 2008.

What originally attracted you to volunteering at 4ZZZ?
The chance to be more exposed to alternative music and the local music scene.

Why is independent radio important in 2012?
Diversity in the mainstream media is minimal and the use of media to push a commercial  agenda continues to grow. Independent radio provides an opportunity for alternative, independent, non-commercial and local views, culture and music to be heard and engaged with which would not otherwise exist.

Has the independent radio sector changed since you first joined 4ZZZ?
There has been enormous change in this sector, as well as in the wider media and the music and other cultural sectors, over the last 30 years - which makes ZzZ's ability to adapt and not just survive but continue to be relevant an even more admirable achievement.  There are so many more ways for people to access information, music and arts more broadly, as well as to produce and disseminate views and music.  There has been change from the vinyl era to CDs to downloads (with a bit of a vinyl revival along the way). When ZzZ started there was no such thing as email or the internet, let alone digital recording.  It is so much easier to musicians to record material and to distribute it, and there are so much easier for people to access it - but it's still a hard road making much money being a musician or artists.

How would you describe your time on radio in one word...?
Special.

Can you share one memory that stands out from your time at 4ZZZ?
Being a lifelong Joy Division fan, getting to interview two members of Joy Division when they toured as New Order back in 1984 is one of many great memories.

What does this year's radiothon theme 'Pump Up The Volume' mean to you?
That we as a community should be really proud of something as unique and vibrant as ZzZ - and let everybody know it.

One thing that concerns you about the future of music in Brisbane?
The viability of live music venues and the need to ensure the music scene isn't just something that happens in a few suburbs in inner Brisbane

One thing that encourages you about the future of music in Brisbane?
The enormous range of musical talent across so many styles.

Some words of advice for anyone considering volunteering in their community?
Don't feel your skills or views are any less valuable just because you're 'only' a volunteer,  but don't volunteer to do something and then not do what you said you would.

Name: DJ Ally Cakes
As Heard On: The Carmen SanDiego Show
On Air Since: 2007

What originally attracted you to volunteering at 4ZZZ?
I've been listening to 4ZzZ since about 1988 and the music we play has been part of my soundtrack.  Volunteering at 4ZzZ has made it possible for me to be involved in something that's always been a part of my city.

Why is independent radio important in 2012?
There is always a need to hear independent voices and I think this is more important in 2012 than ever, with our current political climate, and with the dollar bill being such a driver for music and culture.

Has the independent radio sector changed since you first joined 4ZZZ?
4ZzZ is the strongest we've ever been.  The quality of the broadcast has improved.  I also think that some of the ideas we agitate about have become more accepted as relevant to more people, meaning the community that we represent has broadened.

How would you describe your time on radio in one word...?
Fulfilling.

Can you share one memory that stands out from your time at 4ZZZ?
The Flaming Lips experiment in 2011 was fun and exciting.  The Carmen SanDiego Show is all about music from around the world so I have done live on-air crosses from FujiRock in Japan and from a road trip across the south of the US last year.  I visited all the music hotspots like Nashville, Memphis and Austin and recorded 4ZzZ station callouts from the bartender at the Troubadour in LA and the studio manager of Sun Studio in Memphis.

What does this year's Radiothon theme 'Pump Up The Volume' mean to you?
4ZZZ has made valuable improvements for our listeners in recent years and the time is right for us to take it to the next level together.  Let's crank it up!

One thing that concerns you about the future of music in Brisbane?
There are less live venues for bands to play and Brisbane's independent music scene has been built on the combination of a range of quality venues, and support from 4ZZZ.

One thing that encourages you about the future of music Brisbane?
The bands never stop coming.  We are spoilt for choice in Brisbane and there's something for everyone.  And we have 4ZZZ :)

Some words of advice for anyone considering volunteering in their community?
Volunteering for a community organisation gives me a sense of involvement and inclusion.  But it pays me back more than I can give.  Work out what you can offer, and give it a go.  You might just have a stack of fun.

Name: Garry Williams
Heard on: Film Club, sometimes World Beat & Breakfast
On-air since: 1988

What originally attracted you to volunteering at 4ZZZ?
I had been listening for 2 or 3 years. It was the '80s, the Joh-era, the time of pasty, formulaic synth-pop. 4ZZZ was the antithesis of that. It played the music that excited me at the time, the announcers sounded like ordinary folk not radio professionals, and the place was so accessible that you could ring up and make a request, or drop in for a tour of the studios.

Why is independent radio important in 2012?
The media has never been owned and controlled by so few people, all with a similar corporate and conservative agenda. And while the internet allows an infinite number of voices to be heard, it's so vast and diffuse that those voices can be difficult to find. What's needed is a focal point for audiences to come to, a way of filtering the clutter and putting the news, music and information in front of people that they might be looking for.

Has the independent radio sector changed since you first joined 4ZZZ?
Triple J going national was the biggest change (for an old-Zedder like me). All the alternative music stations felt an encroachment on their turf by a (comparatively) well-funded, youth-orientated, yet still non-commercial ogre. Independent radio has survived by sticking to its radical guns culturally, and reaching out to a broader, and older audience.

How would you describe your time on radio in one word...?
Rewarding.

Can you share one memory that stands out from your time at 4ZZZ?
Possibly the Market Days, especially in the early '90s before they began to attract police and council attention. Free (in all senses of the word) and casual, they brought together the whole Zed community and solidified the links between the radio station and its audience.

What does this year's Radiothon theme 'Pump Up The Volume' mean to you?
That we want people to pay more attention to what's coming out of their speakers by turning it up, and discovering more of what 4ZZZ can offer. The louder the radio, the more people it can reach. Sod the neighbours.

One thing that concerns you about the future of music in Brisbane?
The fleeting, impermanent nature of the live venues where local musicians can play to an audience. Demolition, change of ownership or management, economic or noise factors all work to thwart the crying need for reliable 'home' for Brisbane music. Other cities have venues that support the local scene for years, decades even. By comparison Brisbane feels like it's caravanning.

One thing that encourages you about the future of music in Brisbane?
The continual emergence of young talent, first-timers, wanting to do their own thing for the fun and the love of it.

Some words of advice for anyone considering volunteering in their community?
It will be more fun than anything you'll ever be paid to do. Do it.

The 4ZZZ Radiothon runs from August 18-26. For more info, head here.
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 13:39

Queensland Beer Week: Bottoms Up

Beer. Many would argue it as the single greatest achievement of mankind.

This week, Queenslanders will have the opportunity to celebrate, saviour, appraise and generally enjoy the amber gold, brown wine goodness via Queensland Beer Week (QBW). Mark Midro, co-publisher of The Beer Lover's Guide To Australia and the main organiser of QBW, tells us how to best tackle the seven day celebration.

What sort of events are planned for the week-long celebrations?
Queensland locals can look forward to a host of events which include dinners, tastings, tap takeovers, beer education, a beer festival, beer tours, meet the brewers, home brew classes and even a home brew world record attempt. Venues include some of Brisbane’s most iconic pubs as well as breweries, bars and home brew stores.

The aim of QBW... what do you hope to achieve at the conclusion of the event?
It’s well known that mainstream beers have declined in sales lately and Australians are drinking a wider variety of beers. Consumers want to know what’s available. And that’s where events like QBW provide a medium where consumers can get out and learn about what’s out there and learn about different styles and the types of beer, and more importantly, be able to taste and enjoy them.

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Queensland craft breweries; how strong is the local industry for developing and introducing new players to the market?
Queensland is starting to really stamp itself on the Australian map as well as the international market. Recently the Burleigh Brewing Co. won a gold for their HEF at the World Beer Cup. Along with some great breweries, there’s a huge growth in good beer bars in Brisbane with many of these displaying a fabulous range of beers and great food as well.

Personally, what’s your favourite beer?
There are so many good beers to say one is my favourite. I think one of the highlights of events like QBW is that you can go to any of the participating venues and find a beer that you have not tried, or have wanted to try, and enjoy it. After all, you have a whole week to get to as many venues, and try as many beers, as possible.

Queensland Beer Week takes place July 16-22.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 13:43

Wayne Brady: Comedy In Preview

‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ had audiences the world over weeping with laughter, his turns on ‘Lets Make A Deal’ and ‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics’ made game show addiction an everyday ailment and his fast-as-gunfire improv comedy is unsurpassed — Wayne Brady is the boss of comedy.

At what age did you realise you had a special ability to do improv and make people laugh? I think I knew I had a little something when I could stop my angry grandmother from spanking me by saying something funny or pretending to be her yelling at me. She was so weak from laughing, she'd lose the strength in her arm to wield the belt properly. Because of her, I can handle any audience or network executive.

Give us a snapshot of the ‘Brother Down Under Tour’ — what can punters expect from Wayne Brady on this visit? Pure, fast and loose improv! No holds barred and uncensored. Don't think you're watching TV when I'm onstage! Anything can and will happen! Music and chocolate in the same place.

For first-timers to a Wayne Brady show, any warnings or advice you'd like to offer? Be aware that I bring the audience onstage! You could be next! And be ready to ask me any question you've wanted, I'll answer it if you can own up to it.

As an entertainer, what lures you to the stage to perform in front of others? It's my calling and all I've ever done. No other rush like it. Especially being able to do it globally! If you'd have told me as a kid, I'd be in Australia performing ... again ... I'd have laughed at you and gotten my angry grandmother after you.

Australia as a travel destination, it wouldn't be hard to convince you to jump on an iron bird for a 20-hour flight across the Pacific, surely? Not all! Lol! I want to be considered an honorary Aussie! I've fallen in love with the country.

You've won Emmys, been nominated for a Grammy, what's next for Wayne Brady to conquer? I have a new CD next year, a new improv show on ABC, I want to win a Tony, and I've gotta get my sitcom off the ground. Oh and world peace!

Where are you at with your next studio album? And how different is it, working on a project that doesn't have any comedic elements involved? Music is part of everything I do. I was Grammy nominated in 2008 and I'm looking forward to doing another CD now. Being "funny" doesn't play into because this about doing good music which is what I did pre TV before anyone knew me. It was actually easier then. Check it out on ITunes, or YouTube.

Your time at Disney World and the Universal theme park, how did that shape your career? Learning to think on your feet! If you can improvise while strapped in a hot-assed Tigger costume in 110F degree heat and humidity while fighting off Brazilian and Japanese tourists, then you’re awesome!

Drew Carey — what was it like to work alongside him on such a hit show as 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' Drew has been an amazing friend ever since we met on that show. I knew I was part of the gang when I made him shoot water out of his nose during a game!

The funniest moment you've had on stage? (Said as smooth Brother Down Under) All of them baby, all of them!

Catch Wayne Brady in his show ‘Brother Down Under’ at the Concert Hall, QPAC on July 14.

Friday, 29 June 2012 14:36

Forward Thinking Logistics

A staple of the Hospital Records stable for the better part of the last decade, UK drum & bass producer, Logistics, lands in Brisbane next week to unleash musical mayhem. Scene caught him before he headed out the door enroute to Heathrow.

You released your fourth album earlier this year; how does 'Fear Not' encapsulate Logistics the artist in 2012?

I feel it displays my tastes and influences at this particular moment in time; as I've progressed as a producer my music taste has broadened and hopefully the new album reflects that.

At the start of the project, did you have a clear idea of what you wanted to create musically?

Yeah, I was quite certain of how I wanted it to sound this time. With previous albums, I'd just go into the studio and bang out a load of ideas and run with the ones I was happiest with. With this album I spent quite a bit of time thinking about how I wanted it to sound before I even went in the studio.

The album is less sample based than your previous albums; did you actively go down this path?

Yes, one of the main reasons for that is that I always felt quite restricted when I was using samples. When you create everything yourself you are totally free to take the track where you want to take it. It definitely felt like more work doing it this way round, but I feel much happier with the results. One of the other reasons for working in this way is that sample clearance was always quite a lot of hassle and I really found it hard having to re-vocal tracks after I'd become used to the original mix of a song.

Your take on drum & bass in 2012... has the genre shifted much over the last few years?

I think it's always shifting, but right now it seems to be in a good place in my opinion. I think that dance music as a whole has gone through a big change over the last few years and I think it's great to see the genre boundaries blurring again — usually that's when the most forward thinking music will come about.  

As a producer, how enjoyable is it to work with all the technology that's now available?

I think it's definitely made things a lot more accessible for people — it's certainly cheaper to get a studio together nowadays! When I was younger I was looking at getting a loan of about £7000 to get a studio together; these days pretty much all I need is a laptop, some software and some monitors and you're away. 

The UK drum & bass scene; is it different from mainland Europe?

The scene here in the UK is second to none in my opinion. I love playing all over the world, but the UK just has this deep-rooted culture in dance music that makes it a really enjoyable place to play. Sometimes it feels as though the UK crowds are the hardest to win over because they're almost over exposed to club nights, but when it does happen there's nowhere else like it.

With modern technology, do you enjoy the interaction you can have with fans and other music lovers these days?

To be honest most of my time is spent in the studio or on the road so I don't make full advantage of it, but it definitely bridges the gap between the artist and their fans which I think is a really good thing. I also think it's great in that artists can now build a huge fanbase without needing a major label behind them, which makes it much more possible for anyone to become successful in music.

Having a brother who's also in the industry... how did that help, assist you at the start of your career?

It was a massive help in the early days. I learnt pretty much everything from him. Back when I started there wasn't the YouTube tutorials on how to mix down a tune or how to EQ a vocal, so that kind of knowledge was usually gained by knowing someone else who made music, and luckily for me my brother was already heavily involved in production. It also made things much easier in terms of networking as well so I definitely owe a lot to him. 

What's been the strangest or weirdest project you've been a part of?

I've just done a remix for Namco for one of the tracks from the Tekken soundtrack, which is something slightly unusual for me to do. As a big fan of Tekken growing up I couldn't resist getting involved. 

A decade into your career... how much has gone to plan and how much has been ride-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type stuff?

I've never been massively calculated with my career. I spend most of my time focussing on making the music I love and hoping that the rest would fall into place. There is obviously some planning involved with things such as touring and when to release new music, but for the most part I'm quite happy to let it evolve naturally. 

Your relationship with Hospital Records; obviously it's played an important role with the development of your career?

Absolutely. When I first signed with them I was relatively unknown as a producer and I guess they believed in my music enough for them to sign me up for an album deal. I think most people are aware of how professional they are as a label and I feel very lucky to have worked with a label that do much more than just release a few records here and there.

Logistics plays The Hi-Fi Thursday July 5. He’ll be joined by Sambora and P-Digsss plus Tali.
Friday, 29 June 2012 10:48

The Presets: Youth In Trouble

The Presets have unveiled the video clip to their new single, 'Youth In Trouble'.

Click here to receive a free remix of the track.
Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:25

Finalists Announced For QMAs

The finalists are in for this year’s Queensland Music Awards.

Busby Marou, Kate Miller-Heidke, DZ Deathrays, Kingfisha, Dubmarine, Rainman, The Medics, Impossible Odds, Seven, Texas Tea, Pigeon and Cub Scouts lead the way, with nearly 50 judges across the state selecting the finalists.

Album of the Year honours will be contested between Ben Salter (‘The Cat’), DZ Deathrays (‘Bloodstreams’), Kellie Lloyd (‘Magnetic North’) and The Grates (‘Secret Rituals’).

Winners across 20 categories will be announced at The Old Museum on August 14, with live performances from Ed Kuepper, Ball Park Music, The Art of Sleeping, Gentle Ben and His Sensitive Side, Rainman and Velociraptor.

For a full list of nominations, click here.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 11:39

Brisbane Festival 2012 Unveiled

The Brisbane Festival (September 8-29) has unveiled its 2012 music and entertainment line-up with Julia Stone, Lanie Lane, Nada Surf, Horrorshow, Jonathan Wilson and Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks fronting the The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent.

Other highlights include: Circa will premiere its new production S; laser light show Santos GLNG City of Lights and pyrotechnic extravaganza as Sunsuper Riverfire; the experimental and cross-genre artistic works with Brisbane Festival’s Under the Radar program; La Boite Theatre Company’s brand new production Tender Napalm and Paul Capsis’ moving one-man play Angela’s Kitchen; plus much, much more.

Click here for a full rundown of events.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 09:45

Blur To Tweet New Material

Blur are to debut new material live on Twitter. They’ll perform two new songs via a worldwide live video stream at 3.15am Tuesday July 3 Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To be filmed and streamed live from a secret UK location, the two new songs — which the band have never publicly performed — are ‘Under The Westway’ and ‘The Puritan’.

Damon Albarn: “I wrote these songs for Hyde Park and I’m really excited about getting out there and playing them for people.” Go to @blurofficial at 3:15am to hear the first track and an exclusive band interview, followed by the second track at 4:15am (AEST).

Following the live stream, both songs will be available to download. ‘Blur 21: The Box’ will be released on July 17.

Good Charlotte will headline this year’s V8 Supercars ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600.

The Madden brothers — Benji and Joel — will be joined by iconic rockers The Living End, Oz hip hop’s ‘it’ act 360 as well as Boys Like You, Horrorshow, Urthboy, Sietta, Purple Sneaker DJs and The Faders.

There will be concerts on Friday and Saturday nights at the Broadwater Parklands.

The V8 Supercars ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 takes place October 19-21.

Monday, 18 June 2012 11:11

Sprung Hip Hop: 2012 Line-up

After an amazing event in 2011, the Sprung Hip Hop festival is returning to Brisbane with the country’s biggest hip hop act, Hilltop Hoods, as headliners.

The Hoods will be joined by Illy, Pez, TZU, Vents, Kerser, Mantra, Spit Syndicate, Seth Sentry, Thundamentals, Bias B, Briggs, The Tongue, Evil Eddie, Mase N Mattic, Bam Bam, Seven, Deathstarrs, Dwizofoz and Kudos.

Scene Magazine is once again stoked to be a presenting media partner (alongside Triple J) for Sprung Hip Hop, which moves to its new home at the RNA Showgrounds on Saturday November 10.

The line-up for the all-ages event was leaked earlier today when Street Press Australia broke the media embargo prior to the bill being announced on Triple J.

There is a limited pre sale for subscribers of the Sprung Hip Hop mailing list from Friday June 29. General tickets on sale from Friday July 6 through OZTIX.

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