Items filtered by date: October 2013
Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:00

Hunter: Bring It All Back CD

Australian hip hop legend, Hunter, lost his battle with Endocrine cancer two years ago this month.

After Hunter passed away in October 2011, his ex-partner and mother of his son, Laura, took on the enormous responsibility of coordinating the release of 'Bring It All Back', a nine-track album recorded by Hunter during his final year of life.

“It's a massive, massive relief for me,” Laura. “It's been a project that's been two years in the making. To be able to finally see a hard copy that I can hold on to is pretty special. Just to be able to honour his memory by releasing what he was working on. Especially because he was so close to finishing it when he passed.”

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Thursday, 31 October 2013 10:37

Bluejuice Tickets

Earlier this month, Bluejuice unveiled a new vision — a douche-less world.

The clip for new single ‘S.O.S.’ sees our heroes urging the public to blow the whistle on douches by sending an S.O.S. to #douchebusters.

Shirt off at festivals? Answering the phone at the movies? Wearing sunnies inside? Who you gonna call? #douchebusters.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 16:50

Horrorshow Tickets

“‘King Amongst Many' is the most forward thinking album that we’ve done,” says Solo, one-half of Horrorshow with Adit.

“At least lyrically, I’ve come to a point where, having dealt with the introspective — the teenage years, the puberty and so on — I’ve now broadened my focus and interest and that’s been the focus on this new album.”

Horrorshow will road test ‘King Amongst Many' when they land The Zoo Friday November 1, and Byron Bay’s Beach Hotel Sunday November 3.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 16:23

Supanova: Festival In Preview

Since its inception in 2002, the Supanova Pop Culture Expo has brought countless 'Supa-Stars' to our shores.

The expo is a magnet for fans of sci-fi, fantasy and anime films and TV shows — but for event director Daniel Zachariou, comic books have always come first.

“It's always mum's fault,” he laughs. “My mum came home one day with a big stack of comics, including 'Super Goof', who flew around in his long johns and fought the Beagle Boys. I just devoured them!

"Then when I was 10, I broke both my arms at the same time at school, and ended up spending a lot of time in the library reading 'Asterix', 'Tin Tin', 'Lord Of The Rings', 'Chronicles Of Narnia' ... and then 'Star Wars' came out in '77, which was around that time as well. And that was it!”

Supanova started out as a comic book convention (before rebranding the event in 2002, Zachariou ran Sydney's Comicfest for two years), and Zachariou insists that comics will “always be a huge part of the festival”.

Much like similar conventions in America, though, there's no denying that film and TV actors have become the biggest draw. Zachariou's breakthrough in that department came when he secured a 'Lord Of The Rings' star to appear at Supanova in the early 2000s, and in a sense, he's still pinching himself.

“The first time we got a really 'hot' actor across to Supanova was Sean Astin,” Zachariou remembers, “when he had just finished filming 'Return Of The King'.

"He was filming a 'Hercules' mini-series or something in New Zealand, and he flew across for us... I went out to dinner with him and my family and closest friends, and John Rhys-Davies from 'Lord Of The Rings' as well. I just remember him sitting across from me, and me asking him, 'I'm really glad you're here, but... why are you here?'

"Even as I was booking him, you know, I still struggled to understand why he would say yes. He was very gracious in his response. He said, 'Look, I've got my aims and aspirations. I love the fans and they are a huge encouragement to me, but I see these events as another valid form of income. I want to produce, I want to direct, and this all helps towards that goal. And I'm happy to do it!'

"So that was it. And then he said, 'Have faith in what you do; you're doing a good thing here'.”

The Brisbane leg of this year's event will be bolstered by the presence of 'Game Of Thrones' creator George RR Martin and star Lena Headey (a late replacement for Peter Dinklage, who had to drop out due to film commitments).

They'll be joined by fellow 'Game Of Thrones' stars Mark Addy and Jerome Flynn, as well as fan-favourite actors like Joe Flanigan ('Stargate Atlantis'), Dominic Monaghan ('Lord Of The Rings', 'Lost') and Sean Maher ('Firefly'). For Zachariou, though, one star shines a little brighter than the rest.

“I'm a huge Summer Glau fan,” he says, obviously proud to have secured the 'Firefly', 'Serenity', 'Dollhouse', 'Arrow' and 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' star for another appearance.

“She first came down in 2006 for our Brisbane convention, and she's been back a couple of times since then, but not to Brisbane. She's so wonderful. I remember that first tour ... she was just a Southern belle in her composure. I personally looked after her, as far as making sure she was alright at all times, but she was so refreshingly normal at the same time.

“We're really excited that we've been able to secure Lena Headey as well, because her credits across fandom are just massive. The fact that she's swinging in to save the day, and that she was the lead in 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles', the same show where Summer was the Terminator ... it's really fantastic to have them together for Brisbane.”

Supanova takes over RNA Showgrounds from November 8-10.

Published in Events Arts
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 16:18

Machete Kills: Man Of Action

The world got its first glimpse of Machete Cortez when the trailer for the blood-splattered b-movie 'Machete' was shown as part of the 'Grindhouse' double bill, but the character’s origins go back a lot further than that.

Star Danny Trejo and director Robert Rodriguez had discussed the possibility of a Mexican action hero for years prior to 'Grindhouse'. The initial trailer was a joke, a tongue-in-cheek parody that ran alongside others for fake films like 'Werewolf Women Of The SS', but it proved so popular that it turned into an actual film, and then another.

'Machete Kills' arrives in cinemas this week. Trejo returns as the title character, who this time is facing off against brutal drug cartels, and a mad villain with a weapon pointed at Washington. Machete is the strong, silent type, letting his actions speak for him, and Trejo revels in the role.

“Machete is a really old school kind of guy,” he says. “He’s like a Clint Eastwood or a Charles Bronson, and I love that about him. He doesn’t say a lot, but when he does, it’s to the point. The bottom line for him is that he’s a murderer. He doesn’t read the bad guys their rights, he just kills them.”

Danny Trejo and Robert Rodriguez have a relationship that goes all the way back to 1995’s 'Desperado' — they’ve made numerous films together, including four films in the 'Spy Kids' series. As Trejo tells it, they revel in each other’s sense of mischief.

“I love his style,” he says of Rodriguez. “I love the fact that he is a fan of action movies, just like I am.” Life on one of his film sets is about as anarchic as you would expect, with lots of toys to play with and bad guys to beat up. “Making movies with Robert is a lot of fun,” he says.

“It’s action all the time. It’s a real home kind of atmosphere on set, because we’re all really good friends.”

Alongside an all-star cast, which also includes the likes of Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Mel Gibson and even Lady Gaga, 'Machete Kills' features Alexa Vega, recognisable from her roles in the 'Spy Kids' films.

Suffice to say, Vega is now grown up, and in 'Machete Kills', she plays the role of a scantily-clad assassin.

For Trejo and Rodriguez, who have known her since the age of 11, it was odd to see this transition.

“When she initially approached him, Robert said there was no way, because she was too young,” Trejo laughs. “He finally gave her the part of KillJoy, and she took it and kicked the role in the ass … literally.”

Working with Amber Heard, who played the role of a deranged beauty queen, was one of the main highlights for Trejo.

“I got to kiss her!” he says of their scenes together, which clearly made a big impression. “It’s funny, because when Robert yelled ‘action’, Amber was laughing. He asked her why, and she said ‘it’s because Danny won’t stop whispering ‘thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus!’”

'Machete Kills' opens with the trailer for a third instalment in the franchise, a rollicking adventure entitled 'Machete Kills Again: In Space'. It seems a little far-fetched, but in Machete’s world, anything is possible.

I ask Trejo if it’s likely Machete will make another appearance, and he says we’ll have to be patient.

“The first two films came out of audience response,” he says, “so we’re going to wait and see how this one goes before we make any decisions, but we’ve definitely already hinted at another one.”

'Machete Kills' opens in cinemas on Thursday Oct 24.

Published in Film
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 16:15

Illma Gore: 2High Festival

Illma Gore is pretty badass. Full of funny one-liners, she's brilliantly clever and wonderfully confident.

She really wants you to know she's single as well.

“I get a lot of exposure overseas as well as in Australia, not that that's any motivation, I don't do my art for that. But I like spreading. Wow that sounds wrong, spreading my seed among the people. I get around a lot I suppose. And I'm single, you can put that in. Just make the headline 'Illma: Single',” says the Brisbane street artist.

Set to be a part of 2high Festival in November, she'll be exhibiting a live art installation over a four-hour period recreating the Mona Lisa on a temporary wall using aerosol paint and giving the famous painting her own signature twist.

“It's badass [working with aerosol]. Something about colour in a little can and taking to the streets, it's an expression of freedom and showing people that.”

Not only is she making waves in the art industry the world over, she's remarkably articulate in her political views. She recently attracted media attention when she rode through the CBD topless with 'My shirt didn't match my rights' painted on her back in protest to Tony Abbott's comments on same-sex marriage.

“When I did the topless ride in Brisbane they [Triple M] wrote 'Topless Lesbian Rides CBD'. I'm like 'it's a goddamn political statement'. I believe government bodies have reached their pinnacle. People are tired of being exploited and they find ways to be free and spread real freedom. Ironically that's the exact expression of street art.”

Illma Gore's live art installation will be at the 2High Festival Saturday November 2 at 3pm.

Published in Art/ Photography
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 16:09

Cosentino: Illusionist In Preview

Being strapped to a spinning object while a man is shooting a crossbow at you doesn't sound like most people's idea of a good time. Unless you're renowned illusionist Cosentino, who does just that for a living.

“With my new show 'The Magic, The Mystery, The Madness', crossbows were being shot at over 108km. We actually had to have someone who loaded the crossbow and had to be licenced to do it. Sometimes people like to play it down and say it's not really that dangerous. If you're eight metres underwater holding your breath, it's dangerous. It really is,” Cosentino says.

‘Australia's Got Talent’ contestant and master illusionist Cosentino is no exception to the rule. A self-taught magician, he's received incredible amounts of praise for his performances, even being awarded the prestigious Merlin Award for the most original international magician.

“That put me in a category with the best in the world with Criss Angel, David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy. You hear artists say this all the time and it's so cliché to say it's really humbling, but it is.”

Having just begun his first national tour since his 'Distortions' Tour, Cosentino is promising grand illusions, death-defying escapes and even basic sleight-of-hand tricks all rolled into the one show.

“I'm very proud to say that what you see me do on TV, you can see me do live and very few people can make that statement. Because my magic — this is going to sound ridiculous — but my magic is real, you can see it with your own eyes. It's about being overly confident, like overly, overly confident. As if, like, I'm about to do the 100 metre sprint and I know I'm going to win it.”

Cosentino performs 'The Magic, The Mystery, The Madness' at Jupiter's Theatre at Jupiters Casino Gold Coast on November 1-2.

Published in Theatre
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 16:03

Dave Thornton: Comedy Showdown

Funny man Dave Thornton talks about the secrets of the comedy industry, his love for silverside and plans for riding out of the casino on a brand new jet ski.

Set to perform a special one-night-only comedy show at Jupiters Casino, the all-star cast couldn’t really get any better with Dave performing alongside Peter Helliar, Wil Anderson and Hannah Gadsby.

“All the audience members know that with a line-up like that, no one’s phoning it in. Because every comedian's ego will jump out and say ‘I do not want to go on in front of all these great comics’. When you've got all these great comics, it's just one big pissing match. We're all trying to outdo each other. So the winner is the audience and the loser is probably the comedian's ego.

“Like so many comedians and like every comedian on that list, I'm starved for attention, and a gig like this is going to get me a lot of attention, so ... [laughs]. With a great crowd and laughing at all your stuff, any comedian is going to be chomping at the bit.”

Performing on TV, radio and stage, he’s done it all.

“I think each one is almost like a break from the other. I do one and I think ‘this is heaps of fun’ and then I do it for too long and I go, 'I'm bored now'. Then I get to do something else and I go 'HOW MUCH FUN IS THIS!', then I get bored again. So it's this strange little cycle.

"I remember my mum used to feed me silverside a lot as a kid, corned beef, and there was just too much of it. And now, I haven't had corned beef in ages, I'd love a plate of that.”

It’s obvious that Dave’s got a cracker personality, but when asked he warns that revealing the secret to comedy might cause fireworks.

“This is like skulls, if I told you I would have to kill you. There is a secret, and we all do know about it, but we can't let the outside world know. We have killed men about it before. We're like the Knights Templar. We have to guard it with our lives.

"Every comedian does have [a go-to joke], like a ‘break glass in case of emergency’, but the unfortunate thing is that it is so powerful. Us comedians all know that there is a joke out there that is so funny that it's actually killed people. You want to use it tentatively.”

Famous for his appearances on comedy TV shows such as ‘Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation’, ‘Good News Week’ and ‘The 7pm Project’, he can currently be found on the panel of Channel Ten’s ‘This Week Live’.

“I enjoy giving little Tommy (Tom Gleeson) shit. That is pretty much the most enjoyable thing I can find. Oh, I'm not sure if in your street press you can use the word 'shit', I can dumb it down for you. You can change it to 'crap' if you like.”

When asked if there was anything he hasn’t done yet in his extravagant professional career, he was optimistic.

“[I’d like to] hook-up with Eva Mendez. Is that possible? Could you write that down so that when it comes up in Google alert on her phone, so she'll know that I'm talking about her?”

As a final message to his Gold Coast fans, Dave made the following proposal.

“Maybe I could just put in a request. Maybe if all the people from the Gold Coast could come bearing gifts, that'd be great. Just try to up each other for all of it, that'd be good. There's nothing like a bit of Queensland hospitality to make you want to come back for more. Who knows? Maybe they could throw it all together and get us a jet ski.”

Dave Thornton performs in ‘Laugh Your Pants Off’ at Jupiters Casino November 8.


Published in Comedy
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:58

Touch Sensitive: Stimulus

Touch Sensitive is a unique DJ. Unusually enough, he plays bass live during his shows, a significant point of difference between him and other artists who rely solely decks or a laptop.

“For me, I'm not really good at conducting and fist pumping and all that. It's more because it's visually stimulating and it's stimulating for me to actually be doing that. People can actually see my fingers doing something whereas if I was just pressing buttons I could be doing anything or I could be doing nothing at all,” says Michael Di Francesco, aka Touch Sensitive.

Recently announced to be performing at Falls Festival and Valley Fiesta, he’s hesitant to say which sort of environment he prefers.

“I was doing club shows, I grew to love them, but now that I’ve done festivals... it's really a little bit easier because you don't have that stress. You get on the stage and do it and whether or not something fucks up, you have no choice, you just have to keep going.

"In that way it's a bit more exciting, but obviously there are things you can get away with in an intimate setting that you can't get away with in front of a lot of people.”

His current single, ‘Pizza Boy’, has been a favourite on the Triple J hit list for the past few months. Initially, he wasn’t even sure he liked it.

“I had a love / hate relationship with it. I'd like it and then it would drive me insane. I just thought, ‘It's background music, no one will like it’, but it just goes to show I really have no idea what people like and don't like. I'm so flattered that people like it, I'm very happy about it. It's a nice feeling.”

Recently he became involved in a collaboration that will result in the creation of a track solely using sounds from Instagram videos submitted by the public.

“It's cool because I'm making it from things that people send in, but I'm not bound to or restricted by the audio they send me. For example there was one thing where someone was dropping a bunch of limes into a glass and the way the limes hit the glass, I can extract the rhythm from that, not just the audio. It's a completely different way, for me at least, for creating and approaching a track and that's really exciting.”

He’s come around at the right time, with Australian artists like Flume making a significant impact on the music industry. Despite the great influx of electronic music and its massive popularity, he has no explanation as to why this trend has emerged.

“There's lots of really good Australian music at the moment, but there's always been really good Australian music. It's just that a couple of people are doing really well at it and getting international recognition like Flume.

"But you know, if Flume was a rock band, then people would be asking why there’s such a good rock scene. So I guess it's just kind of one person leading the charge and then lots of people doing cool stuff around him.”

Touch Sensitive will perform at Valley Fiesta November 22-24 & Falls Festival December 31 - Jan 2.

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Published in Electronic
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:51

SAE: Electronic Dreams

Peter Trimbacher is a polite and softly spoken gent based at SAE in Brisbane. He’s also an accredited Ableton/ Logic instructor.

And with his new Electronic Music Production certificate course commencing on November 12, we thought it an opportune time to chat with him about it.

“After five years of teaching at SAE I still find myself absorbing knowledge from students and co-workers on a daily basis,” he says.

“I first got into music through breakdancing, believe it or not! I have always loved to dance and was listening to a lot of broken beat and that’s what the essence of dance was all about for me. It sort of evolved from there because the hip hop culture gained speed and started to feature more in the way of electronic instruments.”

Eventually, that interest in hip hop led to an interest in production. Which is a far cry from what he was doing prior — a course in Environmental Engineering. But when he found the clubbing culture, it formed the start of a creative streak that hasn’t let up since.

“It was like a discovery,” he explains. “I was being exposed to genres that weren’t being played on the radio and more and more, I wanted to get involved behind the scenes.”

So with the powerful Ableton software behind him, Peter has committed his life to helping create and build its user base.

“The software is all about the user base; that’s where it differs from Logic or Cubase. It is the user group that drives the improvements in performance and features. Ableton was born from the need to have a live performance — it is essentially a performance-centric program — and it is superior, in my opinion, to other programs. While many of them do the same stuff, the power and control of Ableton sets it apart.”

That said, the course isn’t based solely around Ableton. The college runs Logic and Ableton side by side, given they are somewhat complementary; and both systems are seen to be a good fit for teaching.

“Because when you teach something, it should be applicable across a number of digital workstations,” Peter says. “If something, features-wise, comes out on one, the others tend to pick it up if it’s successful. Our job is to explore the benefits of the software and that’s what we do during the course.”

For these reasons, the course is quite broad — it is aimed at building students from the ground up. If students have no knowledge of making music from a producer’s perspective, Peter argues they’d find the course useful because it is designed to run as such.

Yet while his Ableton course doesn’t require much in the way of prerequisite background work, he says the class can cater to the more advanced user who has used the software in the last two or three years.

“We’re about being part of the community. People have different needs for the software and we facilitate that. It’s a broad group of people and it’s designed to assist people at a pace that makes them feel comfortable.”

Peter is a music lover, producer and talented musician in his own right, and is kept busy with his own music as well as a label he is running in Australia.

“My background helps in providing a bit of a broad gamut of services in relation to the class and the teaching — we even have an Ableton user group here in Brisbane which we are running, and it caters to users of all music software. It’s pretty informal but it’s about bringing like-minded people together to assist them to do what they love!”

SAE’s fully accredited Certificate III in Music (Electronic Music Production) commences on Tuesday November 12.

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