Freak (feat. Thai Chi Rosé)
Freak (feat. Thai Chi Rosé)
Sonically, Jean‘s music sees him moving through and referencing generations of rock, via an array of feelings and experiences unique to Jean, but universal to all. The outcome is a sound that goes beyond the pop-punk label he’s often been saddled with, posing Jean Dawson as a figure bound to forever alter the boundaries of pop music in general. Of the release, Jean shares “We are all the same, we are all bags of flesh, tryna prove that we’re not as bad as we know we are.”
Jean is a leader amongst a newly-born generation of kids straddling multiple cultures and worlds, operating comfortably within their own skin. His music serves as a score for the life-and-times of kids like him (us). His one-of-a-kind sound and impact on the current music landscape have caught the attention of notable artists such as SZA, Miguel, and A$AP Rocky, all of whom have worked in the studio with Jean recently. Through his first two projects, Pixel Bath and Bad Sports, Jean has amassed millions of streams and garnered large critical acclaim by NPR, i-D, The FADER, PAPER Magazine, Pigeons & Planes, NME, MTV News, Remezcla, Hypebeast, Essence, Nylon and many more. Stay tuned for more to come from Jean.
‘P*RN ACTING*‘ is out now, buy/stream it here.
Cancun Music Week is fast approaching and from April 13th – 17th 2022 promises a unique mix of online and in person offerings. Today, the much-anticipated five-day event announces a first wave of headliners including Audiofly, Carlo Lio, Francesco Lombardo, Eagles & Butterflies, Julian Jeweil, Oxia, Space 92, Rafa Barrios, Technasia, Gaga, Mateo & Spirit and many more speakers from SXM Festival, Jukebox PR, Gigwell, Ostend Beach and more will also line up.
This vital new conference is all about the development of underground music, with a mix of essential day and night pool parties, beach parties, boat parties and exclusive after parties as well as DJ dinners through the five days. There is also a free wellness platform with strategies to run more eco-friendly events, 1-1 networking events, workshops and masterclasses from a carefully curated mix of industry experts, veterans and new thinkers. As well as this, the Technology Trade showcases the latest innovations, all in a fully Covid-19 secure and beautiful resort with hotels and venues operating in line with current restrictions.
The soundtrack to all this will be second to none with house and tech represented by all the key players. These include Eagles & Butterflies, minimal master Julian Jeweil, legendary Frenchman Oxia, much loved Ibiza duo Audiofly, techno star Carlo Lio, cross-genre crate digger Francesco Lombardo and many more, while speakers from XFM Festival, Form Management, Gigwell, Ostend Beach and many more will also line up.
A long list of speakers will bring a wealth of knowledge to the week, with the likes of Hector from Vatos Locos, Gigwell CEO and Co-Founder Jeremie Habi, Alex Jukes from Jukebox PR, Ben Peperstraete, a DJ and Managing Partner for Ostend Beach, and Driss Skali, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of SXM Festival, amongst more names.
The topics covered will include Grow & Monetize Your Label Workshop, How to Market Yourself as an Artist Workshop, The Future of the Live-Events Industry: How the pandemic is changing the way we tour, interact and market ourselves and masterclasses such as Dig for music & prepare your sets using LINK technology and Breathing Life into Audio in a Digital Age.
For more information on Cancun Music Week and to buy tickets, visit http://cancunmusicweek.com
1st Phase Artist lineup
Eagles & Butterflies
Mateo & Spirit
Savage & SHē
1st Phase Speaker lineup
AFEM – Members
Alex Jukes – Director of Jukebox PR
Ben Peperstraete – DJ & Managing Partner of Ostend Beach Festival
Driss Skali – Co-Founder & Artistic Director of SXM Festival
Ghayath Dakroub – CEO & Founder of Form Management & Records
Hector – CEO & Founder of Vatos Locos & VL Camp
Jeremie Habib – CEO & Co-Founder of Gigwell
Rolando E. Gordillo Chan – Mexican Event Attorney
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum has announced the launch of the After Dark project, a collaboration designed to connect up-and-coming Australian artists, through their stories told through lyrics and melodies.
The Australian arts industry has been decimated by COVID-19 and continues to suffer through ongoing restrictions. To help support the music industry, The Kraken has teamed up with five up and coming Aussie artists to curate the ultimate playlist, After Dark, hosted on Spotify.
Artists including genre-defying Jackson Brazier (@jxn_), Moutaiz Al-Obaidi, (@motez), Jerome Farah (@jerome.farah), Steve Cousins (steve_cousins_music) and Toby Nicholls (@nerve.mp3), have selected a mix of music that represents the moody and mysterious moment of Australia’s twilight.
The playlist imitates dusk with a subtle hint of brightness and melody, engulfed in darker, edgier beats and basslines. It’s moody and auspicious, urging listeners to make peace with chaos and change.
The artists sat down with The Kraken to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the music industry and how the shift in focus created a new source of inspiration.
Motez, Adelaide based record producer, musician and DJ, said his focus shifted when the reality of the pandemic hit. He took that time to create a completely new body of work titled ‘Soulitude’, made up of five emotive, ambient, electronic compositions which stemmed from his newfound state of isolation. Motez’s hunger to give back to his fans heightened as he continued to push the boundaries and explore new sounds and ways to produce, releasing what he calls, his most exciting work yet.
Motez noted: “It was hard to pick only a handful songs for this particular playlist as it’s my favourite time, where the darkness creates the promise of an exciting night. I love how music can reflect that through a melody engulfed in darker, edgier beats and basslines, it’s sensual and filled with promise.”
After Dark features both local and global artists, and includes the exciting new release, Nintendo, from R&B and pop music singer-songwriter-guitarist and internet personality, JXN. His inspiration for the new song drew on how he feels played by a romantic partner. A true reflective moment, drawn from real life events, that was written during twilight.
Brisbane rapper, Nerve, selected music to show how global music can be appreciated all over the world, and how people can connect through great sounds that breaks .
Nerve stated: “It’s awesome to partner with Kraken and celebrate homegrown Australian talent. I think what’s exciting about the playlist is that Australian music is standing on par with international artists. In the next few years, we will see a lot more eyes and ears focus on music from Down Under, especially from the hip-hop space.”
By honouring some of Australia’s hottest up and coming talent, The Kraken hopes to bring people together during twilight, to enjoy their favourite local music and reconnect over an ice-cold refreshing Kraken and Dry or Kraken and Cola premix.
After Dark playlist: https://open.
The playlist has been designed to be experienced during twilight, when the atmosphere is only partially illuminated by the sun. A time when there’s only enough light left to illuminate the surroundings that are slowly fading away and brining the promise of an exciting night. Similar to the twilight occasion, The Kraken has character, independence and mystery.
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Jackson Brazier (@jxn_)
Jackson Brazier, who performs as JXN, is an Australian R&B and pop music singer-songwriter-guitarist and internet personality. After making an impressive debut in 2018 with the launch of his first single “Solitude”, JXN followed up with the releases of “Red Lights”, a collaboration with New York rapper, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie in March last year and “Going Off” featuring Bronx rapper, A$AP Twelvyy, followed by breakup jam “Just Okay”. He returned in September this year releasing his undeniably catchy single “Cotton Candy” which received strong playlisting support from Spotify, landing in Get Popped, Fresh Finds, New Music Friday and Pop n’ Fresh as well as New Music Daily, New In Pop, Bedroom Pop and Pop in Spatial Audio from Apple Music.
Moutaiz Al-Obaidi, (@motez)
Moutaiz Al-Obaidi, known professionally as Motez, is an Australian record producer, musician and DJ. Motez was a refugee born in Iraq and moved to Adelaide in 2006. Motez’ soundscape pushes the boundaries of your regular club producer.
As the reality of COVID-19 hit, Motez’ focus shifted to a completely new body of work titled ‘Soulitude’. Five emotive, ambient, electronic compositions that stemmed from his newfound state of isolation. The EP showcased a brand-new side to Motez’ ever-evolving production capabilities and was premiered through a grand sunset live-performance stream. Expect Motez to continue pushing the boundaries as he explores new sounds and ways to produce what is his most exciting work yet.
Jerome Farah (@jerome.farah)
Jerome Farah, is an Australian rapper. Farah co-wrote and co-produced “Waiting” with Kian before releasing his debut single in 2020.
Toby Nicholls (@nerve.mp3)
Brisbane rapper and producer, Nerve, wears many hats and has mastered many sounds. His multi-pronged approach to hip-hop has made him one of the most versatile and talented artists in the space, widely expanding his sonic portfolio with each release. Nerve spent his early days rapping over boom-bap beats, before delving into the world of grime where he spat comfortably in viral cyphers alongside legends like Alex Jones, Fraksha and Diem.
2021 saw Nerve release his most diverse project yet in ‘Tall Poppy Season,’ an EP which saw him further incorporate melodic vocals and vulnerable themes into his repertoire. Lead single ‘One In A Million’ saw him hit high rotation on triple j, while ‘Walk & Talk 4’ also topped the YouTube trending charts.
Steve Cousins (@steve_cousins_music)
Based out of Phillip Island Victoria, Steve Cousins is a new wave loop artist. Specialising in vibrant live multi-instrumental looping with unassuming vocals, sultry guitar and violin solos and an energetic shoeless on-stage presence that is always looking to keep vibes high. With influences ranging from Matt Corby to the Jungle Giants and Ocean Alley to Tash Sultana, his love for music and life shine through in his unapologetically honest approach to song writing and performing.
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RayRay is known as Taiwan’s finest (and loudest) musical exports, undoubtedly one of the hottest rising DJ’s and producers in the world. Cementing her status with explosive releases, bookings and signature work ethic which continuously spans across the global electronic music map. With a proven successful track record, she collaborates once again with the fast rising and respected Rotterdam, Netherlands based duo known as Out of Cookies.
RayRay and Out of Cookies are both commonly associated with the support of Yellow Claw, honing them as members of the Dutch imprint known as the Barong Family. This is where their proven success in joining forces was highlighted in their collaboration on “Watch Out”. Which quickly turned into one of the most hyped tracks on RayRay’s “Alien Mutation EP” previously released through the Barong family.
This time RayRay returns for her second release on the Dutch imprint known as Tribal Trap. Showcasing a new powerful collaboration with Out of Cookies, titled “Keep it 100”.
A hard-hitting hybrid trap banger curated within an array of genre influences. Described by RayRay as “a good balance between hard drop and soft break with a swag attitude”. It also incorporates genre elements of both Dubstep as well as mixing in old and new Jungle/ Drum & Bass sounds. Translating to an unforgettable sonic experience, showcasing the diversity in the production behind these artists.
Pulling the pieces together it features RayRay’s own vocals that she has been diligently fine tuning to incorporate in her own music since 2021. Out of Cookies explains how they were blown away when hearing her vocals and immediately fell in love once hearing them on the breaks of Keep it 100. This is when the track truly fell together.
Making a strong start to 2022, and keeping it 100 in everything they do.
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The Forum Melbourne is an iconic venue in Melbourne. Shortly following it’s 93rd birthday the other day, it was filled to capacity for another evening of live music.
South east Melbourne artist Mlbrn opened the evening, passionately expressing his experiences through his music. He even took a brave moment to do a “shoey” from a punter’s work boot.
The crowd waited with excited anticipation to finally see Australia’s premier hip hop artists hit the stage. The atmosphere was palpable when the opener of “The Prophecy” came on with Bliss N Eso making an dynamic entrance onstage.
From start to finish, fans had their hands lifted, chanting and engaging to every track, with Bliss N Eso running through their extensive catalogue. From their latest release “The Sun” including “Send it” , “Good People”, and “OG’s” to the classics “Reflections” and “The Sea is Rising”. As the night heated up, off came MC Bliss’ shirt and on came special guest Fergus James as they performed “Know Yourself” for the first time.
Bliss N Eso go from strength to strength in their live performances and there’s no letting up. Still one the reigning aussie hip hop OGs.
Canadian artist Ashton Adams joins forces with rap duo 100M’s, consisting of Nukky & Cap E, for their new single “HOV,” a catchy and hard-hitting dance-rap track with an equally hype music video featuring both of Ashton‘s parents. As a protege of Orlando McGhee of Jay Z‘s Roc Nation earlier and now ONErpm, Adams brings a seamless fusion of hip-hop and underground house style to his music. “HOV” (which does play on a certain famous rapper’s nickname) showcases the best of today’s bass house music scene with the rhythm of the best hip-hop records. Largely composed of B-roll cuts, the accompanying music video allows the listener take a peek into Ashton‘s vision of having a good time, fusing underground house, urban music with main stage vibes, and experimenting with unique textures and sounds. He is also a part of the 401 WST project with the Toronto Raptors‘ DJ 4Korners.
As a producer, label owner, and drummer, Ashton Adams has had an illustrious career shaped by creating and collaborating on music that represents his love of underground hip-hop and house music. He has worked with many artists and brands in various capacities, including viral Tik-Tok star 347aidan, Bryan “BC” Cockett, Vito Luprano (Celine Dion‘s executive producer), Miami’s Hit Factory where Nicki Minaj, Timbaland, Daddy Yankee, AC/DC, and more recorded at where he met 100M’s. He is also the founder and operator of the Canada-based Kyngdom Records and Kyngdom Studios, where signed artists include the popular Justin Bieber doppelganger, Brad Sousa. To add to his resume, Ashton will also be touring with renowned Canadian rock band Stereos as a drummer with Brad Sousa for their reunion tour in the summer of 2022. He gives back to the community as a high priority and partnered with The Waterloo Region District School Board to offer classes for high schoolers who are passionate about singing, rapping, music production, photography, and cosmetology. Stay tuned for more music coming from Ashton Adams in the near future.
Interested in how you know each other, your history of making tracks together in the past and how this particular track was made?
RayRay: “We met each other through the Barong Family. We did a song together on my “Alien Mutation” EP last year called “Watch Out”, and it turned out to be really good.
It’s one of the most hyped songs in my EP, so we decided to collab again. Out of Cookies sent me the idea first, and we sent the stems back and forth. Have always been a big fan of their music. I’m very excited to release this trap banger with them”.
Out Of Cookies: “As a matter of fact we have met RayRay in person only once. It was in Amsterdam at the Barong Family dinner during ADE back in 2018. When we collaborated on ”Watch Out” back in 2021, she was killing the track with her vocals like she always does. But we actually didn’t expect her to sing like this, like she did in the breaks of ”Keep It 100”. Once we heard it, we were blown away and immediately fell in love with these vocals. That’s when all the pieces of the puzzle fell into place.”
Along with the vocals, can sense a variety of genre influences which creates a unique hybrid feeling to the track. Would you mind explaining the genre elements in this particular track?
RayRay: “Both of us make all kinds of trap-influenced music, and I also use my vocals a lot in music. I started to sing on my own music since last year.
I feel like this release is a good balance in between hard drop and soft break with a swag attitude. It also mixes in some dubstep elements. I really love the energy in the song.”
Loads of energy indeed, also sensed a bit of drum and bass/jungle/break elements, is that correct?
Out of Cookies: “You’re right about the drum & bass part. We absolutely love to use these old drum & bass / jungle sounds in our productions. It was used a lot in Happy Hardcore tracks back in the 90’s. We just like to combine that classic sound with those new heavier sounds. We actually made a full Drum & Bass track last month.”
Great to include a lot of variety, a question for RayRay in terms of the vocals “Keep it 100” – is there any specific meaning or memories associated?
RayRay: “I love to pretend I am playing different roles in movie or comic books when I write my lyrics. In this song, I was imaging I am a successful assassin who enjoys his missions so much.
It also refers to our music life that we make cool music, and we make it dope. We keep what we do 100.”
On that note, keeping it 100 in what you do, are there any special shows and other productions to be aware of in the coming future?
RayRay: “I’m making my EP currently!
And going to be on tour with yellow claw in US, and I’m going to play at Tomorrowland this year!”
Any advice you would give to others?
RayRay: “As an artist, staying true to yourself, being proud of who you are and showing everyone that you genuinely have the passion and the love for what you’re doing! You can discover all the possibilities in music, so you can really create something meaningful & inspiring… no matter where are you from or who you are.”
Can we expect any more collaborations from you 3 in the future?
RayRay: “Yes! Always down to work with out of cookies!!”
R3HAB and Saucy Santana join forces for their first collaboration ever in the form of “Put Your Hands On My_,” which many fans will recognize as a cheeky remake of Freak Nasty‘s party anthem from 1996 – “Da Dip.” These two artists know how to put a fresh twist on a club classic, with bouncy, booty-shaking electronic beats underneath vocals from Saucy Santana and autotuned female riffs that add just the right amount of modern sass. “Put Your Hands On My_” is surely bound to become a modern party anthem, whether in your favorite club, during one of R3HAB‘s high-energy sets, or just to get the mood right when you’re gearing up for a night out with your crew. “Put Your Hands On My _” follows R3HAB‘s “Call Me,” in collaboration with Gabry Ponte and Timmy Trumpet, and “I Wanna Run Away” with Mr Eazi and Wafia, while Saucy Santana is currently riding the wave of his viral hit, “Material Girl“, and his most recent single, “Hello” with Tay Money, following his recently released “Keep It Playa” studio album.
“Freak Nasty revolutionized the dance floor when he dropped “Da’ Dip” 25 years ago. The song’s hook is timeless, and Santana and I had a blast reimagining it for 2022. Can’t wait to see how the crowd reacts to my version.” – R3HAB
“I’m so excited to be a part of this record. It’s a different sound for me, my first electronic dance record, and on top of that, it’s with R3HAB. I absolutely love the reference and the vibe of our song.” – Saucy Santana
Multi-Platinum DJ and producer Fadil El Ghoul, better known as R3HAB, has been trailblazing his way through dance music for the past fifteen years. From his breakthrough remixes for Rihanna, Drake, Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris, to anthems such as Platinum-certified “All Around The World (La La La)” and “Lullaby,” to his collaborations with the likes of Ava Max, ZAYN, Luis Fonsi, Sean Paul, and more, R3HAB has proven to be one of the most forward-thinking artists in the game. His work has collected over 7B streams to date, including 1.1B in 2021 alone. R3HAB founded his label CYB3RPVNK in 2016, which has passed 4B streams across platforms since its inception. R3HAB continues to evolve and diversify his sound by working with artists around the globe, pushing the boundaries of dance music as he collaborates across genres and languages. He is Spotify‘s Most Discovered Artist, one of Spotify‘s top 200 most streamed artists, ranked #12 on prestigious DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs chart, and has earned over 55 Gold and Platinum certificates. R3HAB has embarked on multiple sold-out worldwide tours and was the first dance music artist to sell out 15 consecutive shows in China. On top of that, he performed at the world’s top festivals, such as EDC, Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Balaton Sound, Coachella, Summer Sonic Festival, DWP Jakarta. With his combination of innate artistry and innovative attitude, R3HAB has earned his place as a household name in dance music.
Saucy Santana is a vibrant artist with a bold personality from Perry, Florida. Santana‘s first-ever single, “Walk Em’ Like A Dog” was a viral hit and has tens of millions of streams. In January 2020 he released his first mixtape “Imma Celebrity,” which continues to grow through tracks like “Material Girl,” which has charted on Spotify and surged through TikTok. In July 2020, Santana released “Pretty Little Gangsta,” featuring “Up & Down” with Latto. Santana‘s biggest release yet, the 2020 single “Walk” went viral in 2021 through YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok after being highlighted in the popular TikTok #WalkChallenge. Santana has since collaborated with artists including The City Girls, Kalii, LightSkinKeisha, and Ivorian Doll. Santana’s most recent album “Keep It Playa” features a new hit, “Shisha,” which is poised to be another classic in Saucy Santana‘s young and growing career. His strong presence in the LGBTQ+ community and his co-signs from Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Cardi B, and the City Girls, on top of his infectious personality, have combined to rapidly expand his following on social media platforms and on music DSP‘s – all of which make Santana an undeniable rising star of 2022.
Where are you currently based?
At the moment, myself and Kurt are based in Pottsville, NSW and Ruby and Tex live in Brisbane, QLD. We’re about 2 hours drive away from eachother.
How did you first start playing music?
For me personally, I always wanted to be a singer. When I was a kid my sisters and I were obsessed with playing Sing Star, every weekend we would be doing it. When I was probably 10 or 11, I started to be more interested in bands (rather than just listening to Avril Lavigne on repeat), and the first band I fell in love with was Coldplay. I got tickets to their concert for my 12th birthday and it was the most inspiring core memory for me and still one of my favourite concerts to date. Ever since then, I knew exactly what I wanted to do – be in a band like Coldplay, tour the world and write songs. I remember learning singing and bass guitar in school, and then eventually teaching myself to play guitar so I could write songs.
What’s been happening recently?
We’ve just released our new single ‘Give You Everything’ plus a Y2K inspired music video to go with it. We’ve also announced our debut album ‘Now And Then’ which is coming out May 20th. We’re super excited to finally be able to talk about it, we’ve been working on it for so long now!
You’ve just released your single ‘Give You Everything’ what influenced the sound and songwriting?
This song came to life in early 2020 whilst we were in LA having a writing session with Sarah Aarons and John Hill. The ideas behind the song were inspired by both Sarah and us (Kurt and I) having similar experiences at the start of our career in the industry, which was essentially having people walk over you and take advantage of you because you’re young, naïve and still figuring things out. I think the core message of the song is that you can’t always give someone everything – you have to keep something for yourself. Sonically we straight away knew this one was going to have our 90’s/Y2K influences shine through, which our producer Kon Kersting was able to bring out whilst we were recording the song. We didn’t know it at the time we were writing it, but ‘Give You Everything’ was really the pinnacle of our debut album – thematically, lyrically and how we imagined it sonically. It was kinda the start of the new E&TD era.
How did you go about writing this track?
We had a writing session planned as I mentioned before with Sarah Aarons and John Hill at John’s studio in Los Angeles. Kurt had come up with these really interesting chords on the tour bus before we had arrived in LA, and he thought it would be a cool idea to bring them up in the session. Writing with Sarah and John was incredible, they had so many amazing ideas for the chords and after a few hours we had written and demoed an acoustic-style demo of the song. We were so stoked with it already, even though it was just the bones. When we were forced to come home in 2020, Kurt and I decided to turn our two-room tiny house into a studio where we could fully immerse in writing songs. We knew we wanted to keep working on ‘Give You Everything’, with some more guitar parts and a bridge and things like that. We had put together a more fleshed out demo, and sat with it for a year before we headed into the studio to record it for the album.
Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?
The album was produced and recorded by Konstantin Kersting, who is a friend of ours and we’ve worked with him for the majority of our releases. It felt really good to be able to do our debut album with him. We did the drums and some of the bass tracking at Airlock Studios and the rest of it at Kon’s studio, both in Brisbane. Some extra parts were also put in at our home studio in Pottsville. The album was also mastered by Leon Zervos at Studios 301 in Sydney.
How does this single relate to the rest of the album?
‘Give You Everything’ was definitely a pinnacle point of the album thematically, lyrically and how we imagined it sonically. We really loved the nostalgic vibe to it, and we wanted to explore that concept more – which we ended up doing for the entire album. It was really difficult when we came home from the US due to COVID – there were a lot of mental health barriers we had to overcome, and using nostalgia in our songwriting was almost a form of escapism for us at that time. I think that’s why a lot of people can relate to it, because I think we were all wishing to be in a different time at that stage of life. The single really did trigger a lot of the common themes, and eventually the album title ‘Now And Then’.
How did the concept for the music video come about?
I remember listening to the demo of the song with Kurt shortly after it was written, and it’s a common thing for us to talk about initial thoughts on visuals and colours and things like that pretty early on in the piece. Kurt was talking about the idea of a high school day dream scene, which we both agreed would go along so well with the song. Once the song was recorded and it came time to actually start planning the music video, Kurt had created an entire vision board of scenes like playing in a high school hallway, going to a party in a limo, and having animated versions of us inspired by Lizzie McGuire which was a show all of us watched all the time as kids. We asked director Nick Maguire to work on the project with us, and it was amazing to see how he was able to turn all of Kurt’s ideas and concepts into reality – including shooting the entire thing on film!
Where and when did you film?
We filmed the video at the start of the year at a few different locations. The bedroom scene was at our stylist Zoë’s place, she had just moved in so we were lucky enough to be able to re decorate her room for the scene. The school scene was actually my old high school, my old art/photography teacher was nice enough to help us get in on a weekend and shoot for a few hours. It was kinda weird to be back there but cool we got to do the video there. It definitely had the Y2K high school corridor style we were looking for!
Who did you work with during the creation of the film clip?
We worked with Nick Maguire for the video. He directed it, and really helped bring the entire vision into reality. We’ve worked with him for previous videos like ‘YOU’, and thought he would be the perfect person to understand the vision and bring out the ideas that we had in our brains.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the process?
I think the hardest thing in general putting the song together was finding motivation when our mental health wasn’t at it’s best. It was super tough. It felt like there was nothing going on but also an overwhelming amount of things happening, which is really a strange feeling. Once we had recorded the album, we were all in a not perfect but much better headspace, and COVID was still making it difficult to organise things – especially since Kurt and I were living in a state that was closed off to QLD where Ruby and Tex live. That was so hard to navigate, but we always found a way to make it work.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
At the moment Kurt and I have been listening to the new War On Drugs album. It’s so amazing and we always have it on in the car, it’s super inspiring for us as songwriters. We’ve also being loving the new Pinegrove record and Holly Humberstone’s new EP.
What do you like to do away from music?
Personally, I’m really into art. I love doing it in my free time, and I’m always trying to think of new things I can create with it. I’m trying to practice stick-and-poke tattooing at the moment, which is fun. I also love playing my Nintendo Switch, it’s honestly my favourite down-time thing to do where I don’t have to think about anything!
What’s planned for 2022?
We’ve got our debut album ‘Now And Then’ coming out May 20th this year, which is super exciting and we’ve had it in the works for a little while now! We’re also finally going on tour with our friends The Vanns, then heading out for our headline shows across Australia before heading over to the US for Bottlerock and more. We’re just excited to be able to play new music to everyone, and also leave our bedrooms to be honest haha.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
As a band, we actually always go to Guzman Y Gomez after rehearsals every week. It’s just a thing that we always do, because it’s so good. If we aren’t hanging out at a food place, we’re always at Pedal Empire in Brisbane!
Trio supporting Ocean Alley nationally, announce Lime Cordiale support show and headline Perth date in April
Photo Credit: Stephanie Senior
Though their presence was strongly felt across some seriously stirring offerings of indie pop in 2021, Perth three piece Dulcie are wasting no time in bolstering the momentum surrounding them; charging out the gates for 2022 with their new single, ‘tell ur friends’.
The track, released just ahead of the girls’ national tour supporting Ocean Alley in February, is a spirited and dynamic release. It shows the group’s constant evolution fans have been able to track and follow since 2020: a galvanising moment for the trio as they take another step into a refreshed and confident space as songwriters and musicians.
A song about realising and appreciating one’s own self-worth, both in and outside of a relationship, ‘tell ur friends’ comes as a co-write between Dulcie and songwriter Chris Chidiac (Polarheart). Following on from their 2021 releases ‘Sake of Sound’ and ‘Ethereal’ from debut EP SAKE OF SOUND, Dulcie taps into a sense of matured songwriting that fits perfectly with preceding efforts. The final result is an infectious and captivating new hit of indie pop music that keeps the core sound of Dulcie well at the forefront.
“This song came about a bit like Frankenstein – with various bits and bobs picked from previous half-written songs and merged together with a song co-written with Chris Chidiac. It’s about that awkward “what are we” phase in a relationship and the inner knowing of your own self worth.”
PRAISE FOR DULCIE
“Fact: you never regret listening to Dulcie. Another total day brightener!”
Triple J, Declan Byrne (‘Sake Of Sound’, 2021)
“Heard this on triple j today and it was the perfect track to carry me through the weekend. Can’t wait to hear it LIVE!”
Triple J, Ash McGregor (‘Sake Of Sound’, 2021)
“The sonic soundscape and warm, silky melodies will honestly brighten up your day, and feels like it belongs in Stevie Nicks’ discography, but also feels fresh and revitalised.”
Milky Milky Milky
“With melodies to rival Taylor Swift, Perth four-piece Dulcie have crafted a gorgeous, tight-knit collection of indie-pop magic with their debut EP, Sake of Sound. It’s sublime, delicate and towering music.”
“The four-piece have become the talk of the town for their adventurous melodies, captivating harmonies and vibrant personalities that are sure to take them further this year.”
Dulcie have been going from strength to strength in the past two years; a stream count in excess of 10,000 monthly, recent signing to Wear Your Hat (home of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets), praise from outlets including triple j, triple j Unearthed, NME Australia and more, the group has been strongly establishing themselves as a pure force out of the West Coast.
The release of ‘tell ur friends’ comes as the band prepares for their long anticipated national tour with Ocean Alley and announced support of Lime Cordiale in April. For hometown fans, the band will also perform a special headline date at The Rosemount in April. A perfect chance to become acquainted with Dulcie as a live act if they’ve become favourites of yours through lockdown or if you’ve been hanging out to see them again, it’s time to lock the dates in your diary.
“We’re so excited to be able to FINALLY hit the road and share our new music this February supporting Ocean Alley. It’s been 2 VERY LONG YEARS waiting for this tour to happen. Then we head out on our own headline tour in April! Feels like we’ve re-invented ourselves to a whole new level and can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on and get back to playing across the country!”
DULCIE AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
SUPPORTING OCEAN ALLEY
Wednesday, February 9th Riverstage Brisbane
Thursday, February 10th Riverstage Brisbane
Friday, February 11th Nightquarter Sunshine Coast
Saturday, 12th February HOTA Gold Coast
Friday, 18th February Hordern Pavilion Sydney
Saturday, 19th February Hordern Pavilion Sydney
Sunday, 20th February Hordern Pavilion Sydney
Wednesday, 23rd February John Cain Arena Melbourne
Friday, 25th February Thebarton Theatre Adelaide
Saturday, 26th February Thebarton Theatre Adelaide
SUPPORTING LIME CORDIALE
Friday, 8th April Fremantle Arts Centre Fremantle
Friday, 22nd April The Rosemount Perth
Tickets on sale February 4th
‘tell ur friends’ is released Wednesday 2nd February.
Picnic London presents a double room takeover at the UK’s most treasured clubbing institute, fabric, for their 10th birthday celebration. Having long held a place in the hearts of the capital’s raving circuit, as well as building a new community in pockets around Europe, they now set the bar even higher by marking their 10th year in style across fabric’s Room 1 and Room 2.
Since launching in 2012, Picnic have been the epicentre of many memorable moments at a vast selection of distinctive international clubbing spaces, including Hackney Marshes, Victorian Vaults, FOLD, Studio Spaces, BRET Amsterdam, Doka Amsterdam, Hoppetosse Berlin and Lion & Lamb to name just a few. As well as making their mark internationally event wise, the past few years has seen the picnic label release music from artists such as Martinez and Pelle and additionally launch their own festival brand Someplace Somewhere, giving revellers a new dimension of the picnic party experience.
The artists most frequently affiliated playing for picnic are the kind that are best known for their deep digging prowess, and the cast of international selectors they have lined up to celebrate their 10th year is no exception. First lady of Berlin house tINI will make her debut for the event and will perform a special b2b with French mastermind Dyed Soundorom. Joining them will of course be picnic resident Andy Luff alongside Slow Life records co-founder Laurine, man of the moment Sweely, a b2b between Jane Fitz x Jade Seatle representing themselves under Night Moves, a live set from Italian duo Data Memory Access (Giammarco Orsini and Jacopo Latini) as well as Mother Earth – the London female duo who are promoting gender equality through music.
SCENE & HEARD FESTIVAL is back in action, complete with
SINGING…AND…DANCING and back to FULL CAPACITY!
SUNDAY MARCH 13, 2022 | WICKHAM PARK, NEWCASTLE
The big countdown is on… in just under three weeks, Newcastle will come alive when our world class homegrown acts take over Wickham Park for the highly-anticipated Scene & Heard Festival.
The restrictions for no singing/no dancing have been tossed, and we’re super pumped to be back in action and open to FULL CAPACITY. Come March 13, you can bet the atmosphere will be electric as we let loose to take in some much-needed fist-pumpin’ rock, grooves and beats – from Grinspoon, Spiderbait, Cog & Ratcat through to Kid Kenobi, MINX, DJ Fuel & Discovery ‘Daft Punk Tribute Show’, we’re bringing you the party & the good times, you and your mates deserve it!
Don’t have a ticket yet? No worries – VIP tickets are sold out but get in quick to secure a general admission ticket now from here. For those lucky enough to have jumped on VIP tickets early, you’ll get to enjoy the perks over in the VIP area with private front stage VIP viewing, private bar with exclusive cocktail menu and a curated menu for artists where you too, can ‘Eat like an Artist’.
WHO’S PLAYING & WHEN?
8:00PM – 9:00PM – GRINSPOON
7:00PM – 7:40PM – SPIDERBAIT
6:00PM – 6:40PM – COG
5:00PM – 5:40PM – RATCAT
4:00PM – 4:40PM – FRENZAL RHOMB
3:00PM – 3:40PM – TUMBLEWEED
2:00PM – 2:40PM – THE PORKERS
1:05PM – 1:40PM – CALIGULA
7:30PM – 9:00PM – DISCOVERY “DAFT PUNK TRIBUTE” SHOW
6:00PM – 7:30PM – MINX
4:30PM – 6:00PM – KID KENOBI
3:00PM – 4:30PM – DJ FUEL
And what festival isn’t complete without great food & bevvies to keep you nourished & hydrated from start ‘til the very last song? Get your tastebuds ready, we’ll be dropping our list of what you can expect on the food & drink front in the coming weeks.
SCENE & HEARD FESTIVAL 2022
Sunday March 13 – Wickham Park, Newcastle
*2 STAGES* Gates open 12.30PM
This is an 18+ event
GRINSPOON | SPIDERBAIT | RATCAT |FRENZAL RHOMB
COG | TUMBLEWEED | THE PORKERS | CALIGULA
*DON’T COME MONDAY STAGE*
KID KENOBI | DISCOVERY “DAFT PUNK TRIBUTE” SHOW | MINX | DJ FUEL
General tickets available now from the website