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heard | Stereosonic: showcasing emerging design talent

Since 2007, Stereosonic has been bringing the best dance music talent to Australia.  In 2013, Stereosonic returns for an epic two days, boasting a line up dance music enthusiasts can only dream about (Armin van Burren, Axwell, Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Alesso, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Sebastian Ingrosso, Empire of the Sun, Nicky Romero, Labrinth, Ferry Corsten, Mat Zo, Nero, Gareth Emery, W&W, just to name a few)!

There’s still time left to buy your tickets (and book your flights) for this dance music festival that will kick start your summer in electronic style.

This year, Stereosonic and graphic design marketplace, 99designs have come together for their first competition collaboration to find a winning t-shirt design to be sold as official festival merchandise.  With a record number of over 3,500 entries received, it’s going to be tough to choose a winner!

Two winning designs, with a prize of $1,500 will be selected by a judging panel and a third ‘People’s Choice’ winner will be selected from a public poll and will receive a prize of $500.  The two winning designs will be available for sale at the festival nationally, showcasing emerging talent to an audience of over a quarter of a million people (phew!).

You can vote for your favourite design here.

Here’s a look at the Top 8 people’s choice finalists:


Don’t Hesitate. Don’t think twice. Don’t miss out. Summer starts here!

1DP | Day 87 of 100 Days, 100 Individuals

In ten days from now, Jason Singh, the former frontman and songwriter of Australian band Taxiride will release his much-anticipated solo album.  Two years in the making, this album, titled Humannequin, sees Jason team up with hit-making producer Charles Fisher (Savage Garden, Air Supply, Hoodoo Gurus).  No stranger to hits himself; Jason, through Taxiride has had six  (Australian) Top 40 singles and two Top 5 albums. We talk to him on Day 87 of our 100 Day Project.

What’s your biggest fear?  

My biggest fear of late is probably anything ever happening to my children. i’m very protective of them. That and bees.

What’s your purpose in life?

To be a great dad and to make the best music i can.

What are you passionate about? 

I’m passionate about lots of things, life in general, family, music, fun, entertaining.

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 

Usually a 2 year old jumping on my head!

Everyone has a dirty little secret, what’s yours? 

I’ll never tell.

If today was your last day on earth, what would you do? 

Try to fly.

What is your happy place? 

The studio is one place and a stage is the other.

What will you be doing for the rest of 2013? 

Releasing my record ‘HUMANNEQUIN’ on September 20th so hopefully I’ll be very busy.

Here’s a look at the first single, Hold on Forever, from Jason’s much anticipated debut solo album:

*The image with for this interview was taken as a still from the video clip

1DP | Day 83 of 100 Days, 100 Individuals

Growing up in war-torn Sri Lanka, our latest individual always yearned to express himself through the arts, entertainment and media.  Fast forward to the present day in Australia and he’s doing exactly that.  Meet Amila ‘Desh’ Deshantha.  He’s hosted radio shows, interviewing the likes of Damian Marley to Sean Paul, Ne-Yo to Travie McCoy.  He’s run live music events with UAE Presents, touring the likes of Jay Sean, Musiq Soulchild and Naughty by Nature.  He also founded Think Inc: a BIG Ideas conference and co-founded VIDinc: Australia’s biggest YouTuber convention.  In between all of this, he has found time to give back to his community, working with the likes of Sri Lanka Unites, serving as a founding member of the Australian Diaspora chapter.  We talk to him on Day 83 of our 100 Day Project.

What’s your biggest fear?

Inability to achieve my full potential

What’s your purpose in life?

To help people. To change the world. Leave this planet a little better than I found it. Be happy in the process.

What are you passionate about?

Rationalism, Science, YouTube, Hip-Hop, Religion, Peace, Human rights

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Knowing that I can… making a change.

Everyone has a dirty little secret, what’s yours?

My life is transparent! I have no secrets.

If today was your last day on earth, what would you do?

Live it like how I live everyday.

What is your happy place?

Anywhere there is water and the ones I love.

What will you be doing for the rest of 2013?

Continuing to fulfill the purpose of my life.

1DP | Day 75 of 100 Days, 100 Individuals

Australian Bass guitarist Camilla Charlseworth has played for some of her country’s biggest artists including Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Wes Car and Jade Macrae.  She’s also played for Westlife star Brian McFadden and our very own Jess Harlen.   Camilla’s versatility as a performer has led to several appearances on Australian national television programs including X-Factor.  Camilla’s currently based in Boston where she’s directing a new musical collaboration called Cocoa Jackson Lane.  CJL seamlessly range from heart-wrenching delicacy to hard-hitting dancehall.  We talk to Camilla on Day 75 of our 100 Day Project.

What’s your biggest fear?

Death, end of the World…. and playing jazz! haha

What’s your purpose in life?

I think everyone’s purpose in life should be to help others and just connect with people! We only really have each other, and it’s much more fulfilling to help someone in need then turn a blind eye. We as humans can be over complicated and life can be difficult, but it’s easy and simple to acknowledge and appreciate the people around us more often!

What are you passionate about?

Music, equality, freedom, culture and home cooked food!!!!!!! Mmm… food.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Jet lag, classes at Berklee, early morning flights on tour… not much else!! I have a terrible sleeping pattern! One day I will be a morning person 😉

Everyone has a dirty little secret, what’s yours?

Unhealthy obsession with Beyonce?! Haha I usually try to be honest and open with my lifestyle and opinions. No point holding back secrets!!

If today was your last day on earth, what would you do?

Teleport back to Australia and play with my niece and nephew all day!! (Yes, I have teleporting skills!)

What is your happy place?

On stage playing music for sure!! And also hanging with my love and friends! Doesn’t matter where in the World I am, if I am able to do those things my mind is free and everything is okay! 🙂

What will you be doing for the rest of 2013?

Studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston and working on a debut record with my new project Cocoa Jackson Lane, which is a collaboration between Jess Harlen and myself. We start working on the single video clip this week, so I am getting very excited to share this music with everyone! Having the opportunity to create original music is such a great feeling!!

1DP | Day 61 of 100 Days, 100 Individuals

She’s worked through the September 11 attack, SARS, volcano eruptions, tsunamis, the Bali bombing, riots, earthquakes and terrorist attacks.  Basically, she’s seen it all and has helped hundreds of people through them.

Meet Katie Hemann.  She’s the life of a party who always has a funny story to share.  She’s also a very successful Flightie, who’s been with Flight Centre Australia for over a decade.  This year Katie was inducted into the WA Flight Centre Hall of Fame.  We talk to her on Day 60 of our 100 Day Project.

What’s your biggest fear?

Dying… I know it will happen one day but I’ve got too much to do at the moment, so please wait a while!

What’s your purpose in life?

Making people laugh/smile 🙂

What are you passionate about?

Living life with no regrets!

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Ha ha!  My 2 dogs…. when they are up in the morning EVERYONE is up (well until they get fed, then they will go back to bed… ha ha ha)

Everyone has a dirty little secret, what’s yours?

Dirty little secrets are meant to be just that…. a secret

If today was your last day on earth, what would you do?

Take my dogs and my family to the beach, eat fish n chips and just laugh at the silly normal things we do 🙂

heard | Oliver Tank to join James Blake for his SOLD OUT show

Secret Sounds are pleased to announce that critically praised Australian producer Oliver Tank is coming to New Zealand to support acclaimed UK electronic artist James Blake’s sold out Auckland show.

Tank’s stunning debut EP “Dreams” was released in November 2011 to incredible reviews all over the globe.  Now we’ll get to witness his own brand of wonderfully textual glitch pop.  Combining real instruments with computers to create beautifully ambient and heartfelt landscapes, Tank will be the perfect musical complement to the soaring and soulful electronics of Blake’s Auckland Town Hall show on Friday 2nd August.

The Oliver Tank Down-Low:

Known for his own brand of incredibly textural glitch pop

Released his debut EP ‘Dreams’ in November 2011

WON FBi’s Northern Lights competition

Performed at Iceland’s Airwaves Festival

Included in Triple J’s ‘2012 Next Crop’ list

Nominated for an FBi SMAC Award in the ‘Next Big Thing’ category in 2012

Supported Active Child, Youth Lagoon, Bonobo, Megan Washington, Julia Stone

SOLD OUT multiple headline shows

Performed at The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City

HEADLINED shows in the UK

Supported Lana Del Ray in Australia

What the critics have to say: 

Mary Anne Hobbs XFM “Absolutely beautiful”
Richard Kingsmill Triple J “5/5 In a word – Perfect”
Dan Zilber FBi Radio “Sublime, atmospheric and heart wrenching, Oliver Tank is the best”

And here are some things you might not know about show headliner JAMES BLAKE – About JB

been | Two Shows, One Night

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing not one but two shows as part of the opening night of the NZ International Comedy Festival.  Now in its 21st year (Happy Birthday NZICF), the festival boasts a stellar line up of both local and international acts.  I got a taste of the UK and Australia with Chris Martin’s Spot the Difference and Luke Heggie’s Mega Dry.

Chris Martin – Spot the Difference

Chris is exactly the kind of guy you would want at your party; he’s charming, he’s funny and he’s totally inoffensive.  Coming out on stage with a teapot and an over-sized notepad, he started off by telling us what he likes about Auckland before launching into his complaints.

His complaints?  The fact that we don’t have enough Sushi places in Auckland, just about one every second building.  Who needs a sushi train; we have a human conveyor belt going on in this city.  And then there’s the (Manuka) honey, it’s in just about everything (but the sushi) and it makes everything 9x more expensive!

We spent the hour getting to know Chris, his mother’s obsessions with Chinese takeaway containers (yes Chris, you will thank her for saving them when you finally open your own Chinese takeaway) and his own obsession with killing and being attacked.  We also found out his reason for getting a girlfriend (everyone needs a long-term alibi) and what he would say and do if he was ever attacked in bed – did I mention his obsession with killing and attacking?

Like all good comedians in this day-and-age, Chris also talked about the recession and even had a few graphs for us – apparently it IS normal to measure things in distance.

Chris will be performing at The Classic for the rest of the week before he heads to Wellington.  I definitely recommend you make the time to check him out, he connects well with his audience even when they’re caught writing notes during his show or giving him live feedback (yes, it all went down last night).

Luke Heggie – Mega Dry

Following Chris’s charming display of anecdotal humor, we headed down to an even more intimate setting at Brooklyn Bar for Luke Heggie’s Mega Dry.   Now Heggie’s an interesting character, take it or leave it, he doesn’t really give a sh*t, he’s there to tell his jokes anyway.

Luke’s show is centered on his job at a bottle shop and the characters he came across – if it weren’t for the customers, it would have been a great job!  He also throws in some dad jokes, and has great advice for avoiding mosquitoes – if you don’t want to be bitten by one, share a room with a baby… they love babies.

His deadpan delivery makes his show that much funnier and I can see why Time Out Magazine named him ‘Sydney’s Best Comedian’ last year.

As a parting shot, Luke reminds you “when you go into a shop don’t be such a fu*king prat.”  You can catch Luke from Tuesday right through until Saturday at the Brooklyn Bar and Lounge.