Gareth Bryant

Gareth Bryant

Gareth is Scene Magazine's editor.

Friday, 08 June 2012 14:50

Crushing Cars With 360

If the rapping game gets too much for 360, he can always fall back on a job crushing cars.

The Melbourne emcee took time out prior to his appearance at Triple J’s One Night Stand in Dalby last weekend to visit the local wreckers.

The crazy thing? Triple J’s The Doctor handed 360 the keys to a crane to crush a couple of derelict vehicles. And didn't he enjoy it.

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Brisbane Festival has revealed another snippet of its September bill.

After announcing Julia Stone last month as the first of four famous songstresses, the second mystery chanteuse to be unveiled is New York native Ingrid Michaelson.

Known for hits songs that have appeared on ‘Scrubs’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Bones’ as well as appearances on ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien’, Michaelson will win hearts for one night only when she graces the The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent on September 12 in her only Queensland performance.

Brisbane Festival’s (which runs September 8-29) full program will be revealed on June 27, with tickets on sale July 2.

Click here for more details.
Friday, 08 June 2012 11:49

Hermitude's Parallel Paradise

You can’t slow down the Hermitude freight train at the moment, with the lads from the Blue Mountains today releasing ‘Parallel Paradise’ — the remix CD that follows hot on the heels of album, ‘HyperParadise’.

A number of country’s hottest and uber-talented producers — including M-Phazes, Flume, Ta-Ku and Sampology — have given their unique rubs to six Hermitude bangers.

Click here to listen to Flume’s remix of ‘HyperParadise’ that’s filled with epic build-ups, swung beat work and classy synths.

This weekend Elgusto and Luke Dubs join 360's 'The Flying' tour, which lands at the Hi-Fi June 10 & 11. All shows are sold out.

‘Parallel Paradise’ digital-only EP is available on iTunes and from elefanttraks.com
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 16:14

Sampology's Doomsday Deluxe

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To anyone with an ounce of knowledge about Brisbane’s electronic, hip hop scene, then Sampology needs no introduction.

The lad has been a mainstay for the last half-decade or so, spinning at all the major clubs (even before he’d reached the lofty heights of 18) around town, jetting all around the country with his Super Visual Show (seeing the local kids’ reactions to his show in Coffs Harbour still remains a highlight of my decade-plus career in the industry), playing all the major music festivals, remixing the Wiggles and building a solid international reputation.

Now Sampology has the ‘Doomsday Deluxe’, his debut album offering that acts as a soundtrack of sorts for his new visual show, Super Visual Apocalypse, which is themed around Bruce Willis.

After a brief intro declaring ‘The End Of The World’... ‘Eagle Theme’ launches the ten-track LP, its stretched basslines, ‘80s sounding synth stabs and pounding electronic drums creating the perfect slow-jam that sets the mood nicely for the remainder of ‘Doomsday Deluxe’.

Local lass Hannah Macklin soars on ‘Stars’, an upbeat, jaunty number that will get hips shaking while ‘Ron King’ feels like you’ve walked into a futuristic gladiators-styled ceremony... it’s menacing and dark, and we like it like that.

‘Attack Of The Cats’ tips its hat to the Beastie Boys... whining cats never sounded so good. It’s fun, has an engaging piano loop and enough ‘hey, hey, heys’ to get my shoulders doing all manner of wonky shrugs!

‘Doomsday Deluxe’ is a welcome addition to Brisbane’s electronic landscape, with plenty of promise highlighting Sam’s burgeoning career opportunities.

This is only the beginning... I’d expect a slew more productions from Sam this time next year.

World domination may be a pipe dream at the moment, but as DJ Yoda says: “Sampology is one creative dude.“

Catch Sampology this Sunday, June 10, when he brings the Super Visual Apocalypse tour to Oh Hello. ‘Doomsday Deluxe’ is available for free download here.
Friday, 18 May 2012 13:00

QUT 100 Songs: Tape/Off

This Sunday will witness the start of QUT’s 100 Songs project.

The likes of Big Strong Brute, Tape/Off, We All Want To, Halfway, Fushia, Drawn From Bees, Oceanics and many more will be working with the likes of Magoo (Powderfinger, Regurgitator, Custard), Daniel Denholm (Midnight Oil) and Adam Quaife (Lime Spiders, Masters Apprentices) to record 100 songs in 100 hours at Gasworks Studios May 20-25.

Branko from Tape/Off gives us five reasons why you need to be tuning in.

1. It’s a point in time. Rocks may do the work for geologists, but rock & roll needs recording too. ‘One hundred songs’ is like a modern fossil for Brisbane music.

2. It’s a recognition of culture. The deep north sometimes doesn’t realise it, but culture is damn important and it does exist north of the border. There are still people around here who hold firm to the belief that the world doesn’t revolve around building developments.

3. It’s a great opportunity. Many bands don’t get the chance to record in such luxurious conditions. To be presented with an opportunity such as this could see great songs actually come out sounding like GREAT songs.

4. It’s 100 new songs. That’s right. ONE. HUNDRED. NEW. SONGS! One of them could become your wedding waltz. Or the song you put on to console you after a loss. Or the song that finally gets you off the couch. Or the song that leads you to overcome the fear of death/ taxes/ small rodents. That’s pretty exciting.

5. It’s an interesting experiment. What happens when you take out the re-takes and the ability to sleep on it and add large amounts of coffee in their place? Who knows, but it will be interesting to find out.

Stay tuned throughout next week for more interviews, streaming songs and photos from QUT 100 Songs.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 15:34

Sampology's Apocalypse

2012. The Mayans call it the end of the ‘fourth world’. Some call it the year of doomsday. Others believe it is simply the end of the world as we know it.

For Sampology, 2012 is the Super Visual Apocalypse – an audio visual celebration that's touring Australia and New Zealand from May 31. It pays homage to the legacy and pizazz of Bruce Willis, as he battles the many doomsday challenges that threaten the world's existence in 2012. Dance, laugh, cheer and get ready to party like it's the end of the world!

Brisbane, get your groove happening with this free Bruceocalypse mix, before Sampology makes Oh Hello! bounce on Sunday June 10.
Thursday, 19 April 2012 12:40

Alan McGee Attacks BIGSOUND

Launched last night in Melbourne, music industry event BIGSOUND has come under criticism from last year’s headline keynote speaker, Alan McGee.

McGee, who caused controversy at BIGSOUND when he labelled the PIAS warehouse blaze in the UK a “result” and claimed he no longer listened to music anymore, has Tweeted (to his 3,600+ followers) that the industry music conference is “a joke” and “second rate”.

The three main speakers unveiled for this year’s event are musician and activist David Bridie, EMI Chairman Mark Poston and LA-based singer-songwriter Ben Lee.

The first 10 BIGSOUND showcase artists have been revealed as well. Click here for more details.

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Friday, 13 April 2012 10:51

Courtney Love vs Dave Grohl

Courtney Love is at it again. This time her target is Dave Grohl.

Love recently launched a Twitter tirade against the former Nirvana stickman alleging that Grohl tired to sleep with Kurt Cobain and Courtney’s only child, Frances Bean Cobain.

She’s alleged that Grohl hit on her daughter in the back of a car and that she thinks the Foo Fighters frontman is sexually obsessed with Kurt.

Frances has since responded, saying her “biological mother” should be banned from the social networking site.

Here's her statement: "While I'm generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn. I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I'm in a monogamous relationship and very happy. Twitter should ban my mother."

In response to the allegations, Grohl, through his spokesman, said: “Unfortunately Courtney is on another hateful twitter rant. These new accustions are upsetting, offensive and absolutely untrue.”
Thursday, 12 April 2012 15:31

Harry Potter Stars GC Bound

Harry Potter stars, James and Oliver Phelps, will appear at Supanova Pop Culture Expo as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival later this month.

The identical twins — who played Fred and George Weasley — will introduce an encore screening of the final instalment of the Harry Potter franchise, ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2’.

"I am thrilled that James and Oliver Phelps will be with us on Saturday 21st to introduce our special encore screening of the final instalment of Harry Potter,” GCFF director Casey Siemer says.

“As we have always said, the relationship between Supanova and the Gold Coast Film Festival is going to create many exciting experiences for fans. Experiences where we extend and ameliorate audience interaction with film and television guests.

“I hope both events see outstanding support from Gold Coasters and I encourage everyone to get out and attend both Supanova and the film festival next weekend.”

The film screens at Birch Carroll & Coyle Australia Fair Cinemas in Southport on Saturday April 21 at 8.30pm. Fans are encouraged to come dressed in Harry Potter themed costumes, with a fantastic prize awarded for ‘Best Costume’.

The Gold Coast Film Festival, presented by Australia Fair Shopping Centre, will be held April 19-29 at Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinemas at Australia Fair Shopping Centre in Southport.
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 13:36

The Cure: Director Interview

This year's tagline is French porn stars, Swedish politicians, American rock stars and Israeli pranksters come together on the big screen at Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2012. Featuring films from all over the globe including Israel, France, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and the U.S.A, the program looks very interesting, running the gamut of genres and styles.

Heather Corkhill is the director of 'The Cure', a documentary that explores the relationship between faith and sexuality and is part of this year's BQFF. 

Was there a personal motivation behind the making of 'The Cure'? Or was the subject matter compelling enough to warrant the film's creation? As a documentary filmmaker I was looking for a compelling subject to embark on my first feature-length production. I had heard about reparative or 'ex-gay' programs a number of years ago and associated them more with Evangelical Christianity in the U.S.A. I wanted to investigate whether programs that claim to 'heal' homosexuality still existed in Australia. In particular, I was interested in what motivated people to go to such extreme lengths to change. After uncovering a link between reparative programs and mental health issues my personal motivation for making the film shifted.

The LGBT community is a particularly high-risk group for mental health issues, and gay people from faith backgrounds face significant emotional stress and increased chance of ostracism or rejection. I realised then that the film would mean so much more than just a compelling narrative. The film lifts the veil on the secretive world of ex-gay programs, gives a voice to those who had lived through the experience and come through the other side, and informs the community of the risks of trying to change what cannot be changed.

The film includes an interview with Ron Brookman, leader of Living Waters Inc, an organisation that runs reparative programs. Brookman has 'transformed from homosexuality'. How important to the film was it to have his side of the story told? As filmmakers who are committed to fair and balanced storytelling, it was essential to hear both sides of the story. We contacted every group or counselling promoting assistance with "unwanted same sex attraction" in Brisbane and Sydney and found roadblocks at every turn. To Ron's credit, he was the only person who would go on camera. Our film was never about demonising the people that run the programs as we believe that the individuals involved are generally well-meaning Christians, who are sadly misguided in their views and causing unintended harm.

When it came to sourcing talent for the documentary, did you have willing participants? It is a very difficult subject matter to talk about on camera, and we were cognisant of putting people on camera who were vulnerable and not quite ready to tell their stories. For some time we struggled to find people who were at the point that they were strong enough in themselves. Some of the most tragic stories we heard were in fact from those who contacted us, but were still in the closet and not ultimately able to go on film. In all cases but one we approached the subjects. One brave soul, Peter Williams, who used to run a Mormon ex-gay group contacted us directly to tell his story for the first time because he wanted others, especially young same-sex attracted Mormons, to become aware of the inherent risks in trying to change.

The film will be screened as part of the 2012 Brisbane Queer Film Festival; how important are such events to the local, and wider, gay communities? As queer filmmakers from Brisbane, we cannot express how profoundly important it is for us to be able to tell our stories, in our own way, and have the film received by a local audience. In fact, it was over drinks on the balcony, after watching a documentary at the Brisbane Queer Film Festival in 2010 that we jointly committed to making a documentary of importance to us and to our community, with the aim of one day being shown at the festival. I am happy and proud to say we have made it there. We look forward to seeing you all on the balcony for a drink after the film!

'The Cure' screens at BQFF on April 14 at the Brisbane Powerhouse. For the full program, head to bqff.com.au/program

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