Gareth Bryant

Gareth Bryant

Gareth is Scene Magazine's editor.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:02

BIGSOUND 2012: Sign On

What do artists like Temper Trap, Washington, Boy and Bear, The Jezabels, Kimbra, Cloud Control, Little Red, emma-louise and The Middle East all have in common?

They have all used BIGSOUND as an essential platform in their rise to international careers.

Now Australian and international artists have the chance to perform in front of this coveted audience, with applications now open for BIGSOUND Live (Sept. 12-13), the two-night music festival accompanying BIGSOUND (Sept. 12-14).

With dozens of international industry leaders and hundreds of decision-makers from around Australasia, BIGSOUND is an important gathering of the music industry tribe in the southern hemisphere. Head to BIGSOUND for more information. Applications close May 4.

"BIGSOUND 2011 was actually one of the best nights and gigs of my life. I had such a great time that I think I said ‘that was the best gig I've ever done’ right after I came off stage. It was a completely packed-out venue and the vibe was just incredible!" - Lanie Lane
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 16:08

Is It A Bird: Gold Coast Film Festival

The Gold Coast Film Festival is inviting movie fans to name the vivacious maiden who adorns the event’s 2012 artwork.

“She is 50 percent The Incredible Hulk, 50 percent Attack of the 50ft Woman and 100 percent Gold Coast Film Festival,” Casey Marshall Siemer, Festival Director, says.

“The Gold Coast Film Festival now has a new pop culture focus, as such we wanted to create a fun pop culture Gold Coast super hero for our poster. She is breaking things up because she symbolises that the film festival is breaking new ground and breaking stereotypes of screen culture and traditional film festivals.”

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

To suggest a name, click here. Entries close Monday March 19.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:48

Hydrofunk: DJ Katch Mix

Over the course of 16 years, Australian hip hop label Hydrofunk has released a boatload of quality local and international releases. Eyeball these names: Def Wish Cast, Ugly Duckling, Koolism, Downsyde, Mad Doctor X and Abstract Rude, not to mention Resin Dogs, 2Dogs and DJ Katch.

After digging through the label’s extensive back catalogue, Hydrofunk co-founder DJ Katch, aka Kool Von DeeJaye Katch, has pieced together the following DJ set, compiled from beats and bobs recorded between 2004 and 2011.

And the best part... it’s absolutely free. So tuck in.

Thursday, 09 February 2012 13:38

Remix: Hilltop Hoods

Are you an aspiring music producer and/ or MC? Then the gauntlet is being thrown down by the Hilltop Hoods, who in conjunction with Triple J Unearthed, are offering up a brand new, never before heard track for remix.

The Trials produced track, called 'Now That You're Gone', won’t be officially released until the Hoods drop their sixth studio record, ‘Drinking From The Sun’, in March, but the three-piece will release the stems for the tune ahead of schedule.

The best remixes — as chosen by the Hoods and Unearthed — will be played on Triple J throughout the competition.

The overall winner will score a Triple J/ Hilltop Hoods merch pack, and a meet and greet with the Hoods during their upcoming tour. Find all the downloads and details at 

Entries are now open and close Sunday March 4.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 11:52

Juliet's First Hardcore Song

For eight year old Juliet, baking mud pies and listening to Jessie J are all part and parcel of being a kid. But the Bulimba schoolgirl has become an international hit after her video, ‘My First Hardcore Song’ went viral on YouTube.

The song, which has more than 18 million hits now, depicts Juliet moshing on a trampoline with her stuffed toys and introducing her dog, ‘Robert’, and her fishes. We get our ‘two-step’ on with Juliet’s mum, Kristina McDonald.

At what point did you know that the clip could be the next viral sensation?
When I posted the song on YouTube, it was only intended to show our friends and family over Facebook. Within 15 minutes it had capped at 301 views and stayed that way till the next morning when we woke up to over a million views; also thousands of emails and our Facebook timelines flooded with people sharing the video of Juliet. We were in a state of shock for three days as we had requests for interviews from all over the world and people asking where they could buy apparel and the song.

Obviously this has gone beyond your wildest dreams with the global response, but has there been an evolvement of how crazy things have gone? Like you reach 100k views, then a million, then ten million...
Getting messages from rural farms in South Africa or from eskimos in Greenland just blew our mind, it just spread like fire to literally everywhere around the world so quickly.

Do you have your parenting antennas up for any kind of negative feedback ala Rebecca Black?
I personally never read one comment on YouTube or on any article that was written. Juliet has only seen one short clip on TV and we have showed her a few clips of people covering or dancing to the song on YouTube, which she thinks is pretty neat. Juliet is eight years old and we want to ensure she keeps her priorities to Lego and playing with Robert, not the craziness that is the World Wide Web.

The track is now for sale on iTunes; has the response been as crazy?
It went to number one on the metal charts within 12 hours of going live on iTunes; that just blew our minds! We still have no idea how many it has sold though as they only tell you once a month. 

What sort of music does Juliet listen to? Has she always show a flair for entertaining?
Juliet loves to have music playing all the time, she enjoys singing along to Jessie J and Johnny Cash. Her music taste is very eclectic. Juliet has been putting on 'shows' for us since she was about four years old, 'shyness' is not part of her vocabulary.

You have t-shirts been made; what’s the next step for merchandise - ‘Robert’ labelled dog bowls?
We hope to keep the merch side of it pretty limited as it takes alot of time to orchestrate. A week ago we were baking cookies and covering books for her new school year. We were not ready for any of this. Oh and Robert doesn't need any more attention... it’s going to his head!! 

The idea for the clip; was it a team effort?
We didn't write a storyboard or spend much time planning the video, we literally went to New Farm Park and filmed her singing it a few times then filmed a few scenes at home. We thought it would be funny for the breakdown if all her toys were moshing with her on the trampoline, so we grabbed a blanket full of toys, did the scene in about four minutes then had ice cream.

What is the next step; would you like things to settle down and return to some semblance of normalcy? Or do you have a taste for the fame now?
The whole '15-minutes of fame' is a very apt way to sum it up; she is eight years old and her priorities are to make mud pies and enjoy being a kid. I have no doubt she will one day take over the world, but for the near future she just needs to be eight.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 02:52

Police Violence at BDO?

At the weekend, the likes of Kanye West, Soundgarden and Noel Gallagher entertained more than 30,000 at the Gold Coast Parklands for the Big Day Out. But it appears that not all attendees had an enjoyable experience.

Morgan MacManus was a punter on Sunday (Jan. 22) and has forwarded the following open letter to Big Day Out promoter, Ken West. This is only one side of the story, and Scene acknowledges the conduct alleged by Mr MacManus does not reflect the work and efforts of the vast majority of police officers.

Mate, I just wanted to contact you in response to a quote of yours that I read when googling "Gold Coast Big Day Out 2012 Fights". The quote I wanted to talk to you about has you saying: "At least we don't have a problem that dance festivals have where everyone takes their shirt off and some of them are on steroids and are picking fights." - Big Day Out promoter Ken West

In response to that I wanted to bring to your attention the fight at the smoking side section of the Boiler Room during Royksopp in which a "Shirt off....Steroid" boy started a fight with me by flicking his sweat drenched shirt in my face and saying "I'll fuck you up. I've got so many boys here", followed instantly with 2 jabs to my front teeth followed by a taller skinhead friend of his punching me repeatedly. The initial idiot wrestled with my buddy, then another friend of his took it upon himself to knee my friend on the tip of his tailbone, while he was on the ground still wrestling with the first wanker.

This was all followed up by me trying to seek medical advice for my loose, numb front teeth. The doctor in the medical unit refused to give me painkillers, just ice. I then went to another medical tent a couple of hours later and was refused ice by the same doctor. He refused to allow me to sit even though I was still sore and my teeth/gums were still bleeding. In fact, he called the cops over because I made several requests for my teeth to be inspected properly.

Four police officers hand-cuffed me, pushed me to the ground and then yanked me up so hard that my elbow was dislocated as well as my shoulder, which had previously been injured. Prior to being escorted to the paddy-wagon in the police-holding area in the Big Day Out Festival grounds, two police officers kneeled on my back over my kidneys for several minutes, while I was in handcuffs, forcing urine from my bladder. They then ridiculed me, calling me "pissy pants". A police officer also punched me in the eye while I was thrown in the paddy-wagon. I was not intoxicated and requested a breath-test as proof. The response I got from the police was further ridiculing with taunts of "pissy pants, shut up pissy pants Macmanus". An officer, by the name of Dodd was a main offender in abusing me. No breath testing ever took place. I was let out of the Southport watch-house about 5 1/2 hours later still not having received the medical attention that I had been requesting hours before. You need to think again, Ken West, before you jump to conclusions about the behaviour of Big Day Out attendees compared with other music festival participants. I will definitely be taking this matter further.

Morgan MacManus

If there were any witnesses to the alleged incident on Sunday involving Morgan MacManus, or if you've been involved in a similar incident,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Readers may recall that only last week, NSW police were fending off allegations of brutality after footage surfaced depicting a man, clearly under the control of police, being repeatedly assaulted.

Friday, 20 January 2012 16:56

Sprung Hip Hop 2011 Video

The virgin voyage of Sprung Hip Hop festival: a storm of beats (literally) and faster-than-the-speed-of-light verses, spitting forth from the lips of some of the biggest names in Australian hip hop: Drapht, Funkoars, Illy, Pez & 360, Resin Dogs, DJ Katch, Mantra — it’s time to quit Angry Birds, warm the kettle and take a trip back in time... scroll down for the video.

Thursday, 19 January 2012 11:53

Pete Rock's Brisbane Beef

After last year’s Creamfields after-party, where Canadian artist Deadmau5 was involved in an incident with a local DJ, James Cameron, another member of Brisbane’s clubbing community has had a run-in with an international star.

This time it involved New York City’s Pete Rock, who was performing at Alhambra Friday January 6. Rocking Horse Records staffer and veteran DJ, Kieron C, was at the show as a punter when he noticed sound issues with Rock’s DJ set.

“He was having issues with Serato, you could hear it in the first record. He wasn't getting good signal through the cartridge, and so it just sounded like shit. And so he's just jumped on the mic and started bagging out the system, saying it’s all shit and that he's a professional.

“I told the promoter what the problem was and he asked me to go up there and fix it. I initially said no, 'cause I said 'it's not my job mate', and he kind of looked at me and said 'please'. So I went up there, waited a couple of seconds, got Pete's attention and said 'the problem with that turntable is a stylus issue', and he basically turned on me and said, ‘this stylus has been solid for me all over the world, I'm not gonna stand here and let you tell me this shit'. And I was like 'No Pete it's the connection, you can see it in on your Serato’ — there's a signal bar on Serato which lets you know whether or not you've got solid connection, and you could see that it wasn't performing, and I said 'Look it's on your Serato mate, you just gotta reset your cartridge or check the IPA', but he just blanked me and ignored me and I just left him to it.

“Terry, who was doing the photos, he said a little bit later (that) he just took the cartridges off, gave them a lick and stuck them back on, and once I found that out I just thought 'oh, you're a tool, should've just done it when I said it’.”

Is Brisbane’s clubbing community getting the raw end of the prawn with their friendly offers to assist visiting DJs with technical issues? Or should we allow international artists to act in a manner that lives up to their rockstar billing?

“Well if the dude couldn't fix his own fuckin' Serato then he should have a word with his flunkies who set it up for him, and set it up right,” Kieron says. “It's just a matter of refitting the cartridge and you're away, happy days and he just douchebagged it. He made himself look like a fuckin' idiot. Maybe it was just lost in translation mate.”

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 12:15

Adicts 5th Birthday

Five Years Strong

Over the last five years local promotion crew Adicts have hosted all kinds of parties and events.

With the third instalment of their boutIque festival, Blah Blah Blah, still a fresh memory, the Adicts will celebrate half-a-decade of promoting with cake and candles — oh and Plump DJs and Skool Of Thought — this weekend. Co-director Sang Pham lets us inside Adicts HQ.

Half a decade of Adicts; congratulations on that achievement; what has the ride been like so far?

Thanks! It’s been a blur. We’ve had so many different parties on such a regular basis, there’s probably only been three months across the whole five years where we’ve not had a party on. Everything happened a lot quicker than we had originally planned and that’s kept us very busy ... we feel grateful for finding such success in promoting underground genres and music we love.

What’s been the steepest learning curve you’ve had to endure?

Never rest on your laurels. You can book the most popular act, you can have the best date for a show, you can have the best weather and everything going for you, but if you don’t put the work in to promote the event properly you have every chance of failure.

The next five years... where do you hope to be placed within the industry?

When we started, our five-year plan was to have at least one regular club night, an agency and touring arm to the business, and a festival. We achieved all of that in three years and have spent the last years refining the business, but the struggle continues ... In five years time we hope to be exactly where we are today — a prominent promotion force in the south-east Queensland area with a successful agency and festival.

You guys have Plump DJs and Skool of Thought playing at the birthday celebrations ... how mad do you plan to get on the night?

We haven’t had a chance to let loose together after Blah Blah Blah. The festival consumed our lives for most of last year and the good part of the last quarter, with many sleepless nights and long hours put in by all; so the party will definitely double as an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous effort that was put in by all the members of the team and salivate in the success of the festival. Suffice to say we will be reviewing all photos before they’re put online.

Adicts 5th Birthday takes place at Barsoma Friday January 20.

Thursday, 12 August 2010 16:00

AFTRS Feature

New Media

With more than 20 years teaching and real world experience in the new media field, AFTRS’ Head Foundation Catherine Gleeson is a fountain of knowledge for students eager to make their way in the industry.

For people looking to explore education avenues outside of the normal tertiary education system, why should they consider AFTRS?
AFTRS offers courses across a range of media disciplines from people who are just starting out to seasoned industry professionals such as cinematographers, directors, designers and writers seeking to focus on their specialities.

In regards to hands-on, personalised teaching, do students receive quality time from their lecturers?
The Foundation year at AFTRS is based on a series of intensive workshops in small groups across a range of disciplines, which allows people to explore their creative potential creatively and conceptually. The year strikes a balance between lecturers spending quality time in those workshops with the students, then allowing our students to take the initiative, apply what they’ve learned and explore their own ideas via their own projects.

How important are institutions like AFTRS to the development of local new media industries?
Super important. The AFTRS Foundation year is in the unique position of allowing its students to work across a range of disciplines such as acting/ directing, storytelling, documentary, image and design, editing, new media, sound and radio so that they can find which things they excel at. Given that we live in a world of convergent media, where industry demands that professionals be multi-skilled, we want to introduce our students to as many areas as possible.

In the real world, what are the benefits of having AFTRS qualifications in terms of attracting potential job opportunities?
To be frank, in the real world, finding work as a media creative will always involve risk. However, AFTRS has an excellent reputation, because we demand a high level of innovation and professionalism from our students. But it is the quality of ideas and the level of collaboration an individual has engaged with which really counts. If you want to work with the finest media professionals here and internationally, you will be judged on the quality of your work, the creative risks you have been prepared to take and your measure as a professional rather than just a qualification.

For more information about the courses offered by AFTRS, visit


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