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SFS | Amy Shark

Australian singer, Amy Shark has had a massive 2017; she’s toured with the likes of Vance Joy and Bleachers, headlined a string of international shows and won several awards including Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist at the Arias. This year, Amy will grace Laneway Festival and Flochella before heading to Austin for SXSW in March. Also, she just hung out with Diplo in LA.

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words…
Loud, sunny and boozy.

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up:
Future, The Smith Street Band, FKA Twigs.

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?
I just love festivals in general; it’s such a different show. I love intimate shows coz I get to really talk about my songs and really get close to the people…. but festivals, they’re like a big party! And I just love jumping around; it’s usually a bigger stage so I can jump around a lot. It’s a good time; especially if you’re on in the day or in the afternoon – It’s a really beautiful light and it’s a nice sort of feel.

Is your festival performance quite different to other live performances?
Yeah it is actually. Obviously the songs stay the same.. but just the way I go about a festival is very different to an intimate sort of show.

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?
I really like Feels from Calvin Harris, I think that’s such a banger song! It’s got a real cool sitting by the pool vibe.

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?
Adore is usually a pretty big song. Actually, Blood Brothers is pretty energetic. A lot of people sort of know Weekends now; it’s got a real sort of fun vibe. I dunno, I kinda love my whole EP… so I could keep going if you want… but I’ll probably just end up saying all the songs!

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?
I have a Pump Up playlist I play before every show, the top 3 right now are:
Go Flex – Post Malone
Don’t Kill my Vibe – Sigrid
Man of the Year – ScHoolBoy Q

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?
I love so many Destiny’s Child songs… and I love really old School RnB like Ja Rule. I love Teenage Dirtbag… then there’s a really slow sappy song that’s on Con Air – “How do I live without you….” I bust that out every now and then during soundcheck – so that one’s a really, don’t tell anyone type of track! It’s really embarrassing!

What’s your social media of choice?
Instagram

Who do you follow?
Kendall Jenner
Joel Little
Lorde
Drake

What’s your go-to festival outfit?
I usually just wear my bra and underwear….. just joking, that’s what everyone else wears.
Maybe a pair of black jeans, they’re usually torn to shreds. Maybe some converse sneakers and just a t-shirt. I keep it pretty simple. If it’s really hot, maybe a singlet… show off a bit of my arm; you know, get the guns out.

WORD ASSOCIATION:
Music – Mine
Festival – Fun
Camping – Hard
Fashion – Awesome
Roadie – Always

This year marks 8 years of Laneway Festival in New Zealand and the second year in its dream location of Albert Park precinct. This boutique inner-city festival boasts a line-up showcasing some of the best new international talent. With four individual stages and an abundance of grass, shade and great music, Laneway Festival is set to be one of greats this summer festival season.

SFS | nomad

Christchurch band nomad have been winning over unsuspecting audiences with their heady harmonies and pop hooks. They made their musical mark on the charts with their undeniably catchy single ‘Oh My My’.  nomad are Will McGillivray, Cullen Kiesanowski and Aasha Mallard.  We chat to Will ahead of their RnV billing for 2017.  You can also catch the band at Homegrown 2018.

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up…                                

Bon Iver, The 1975, Tame Impala

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?              

Everything about it is fun, playing live mostly though!

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?                                                                          

The new Tame Impala B-sides album will definitely be thrashed this summer!

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?                                                                

Our single ‘Oh My My’ always gets the best reaction from the crowd, always great to play.

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?                                                              

  • Lisztomania by Phoenix
  • Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales by Car Seat Headrest
  • Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens by Tiny Ruins

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?                                                                                          

Into You by Ariana Grande

What’s your social media of choice?                                                                                             

Instagram! 

Who do you follow and where?                                                                                                                    

I follow every musician on the planet and the kanyedoingthings instagram, highly recommend.

What’s your go-to festival outfit? 

Shorts and an oversized shirt + backpack for additional festival storage  

Word association:

Music –  writing

Festival  – Coachella

Camping – Insect repellent

Fashion – Shopping

Roadie – Singalongs

New Zealand’s award-winning NYE festival, Rhythm & Vines returns for its fifteenth year.  Boasting an impressive line-up of music and comedy, this year’s festival promises the perfect backdrop for welcoming in the first sunrise of the New Year. Find out more

 

 

 

SFS | Alien Weaponry

Growing up in a musical household, brothers Henry de Jong (drums) and Lewis de Jong (guitar and vocals)  have been jamming together for years.  They abducted Ethan Trembath (bass guitar) in 2013 for his bass guitar skills and Alien Weaponry as we now know it was born.  

2017 VNZMA-nominated Alien Weaponry is a three piece thrash metal band – hailing from Waipu and getting ready to take over the world!  Performing tracks in te reo Māori, Alien Weaponry write about everything from historical NZ events to things that are specific or significant to them and their Whānau, as well as Māori in General.

We caught up with all three ahead of their first summer billing at  Wavefront NYE festival in Whangamata.

 

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words

ET: Heavy. Loud. Beachfront.

HdJ: Cold. Muddy. Raining.

LdJ: Alien Weaponry Headlining.

 

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up

ET: Animals as Leaders / Lamb of God / Pantera

HdJ: Lamb of God / Eminem / Red Hot Chilli Peppers

LdJ: Lamb of God / Trivium / Slipknot

 

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?

ET: Really looking forward to Wavefront and Soundsplash cos there are lots of diverse styles of music – and they are next to the beach so we’ll get to have a swim. I’m also looking forward to seeing Salmonella Dub, who we are playing with in Wellington.

HdJ: Sharing our music with a different audience that might not have heard us before.

LdJ: Getting the crowd pumping.

 

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?

ET: I don’t know about anyone else, but for me it’s ‘Physical Education’ by Animals as Leaders.

HdJ: ‘Man’s Not Hot’ by Big Shaq

LdJ: ‘Player of the Day’ by SWIDT

 

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?

ET: Kai Tangata – we usually get the crowd to do a wall of death right in the middle of it and everyone goes crazy.

HdJ: Urutaa – people always sing along to it

LdJ: ‘Kai Tangata’, which is the next single we’re going to release

 

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?

ET: ‘Physical Education’ by Animals as Leaders / ‘Another Year’ by Animals as Leaders / ‘Invincible’ by Twelve Foot Ninja

HdJ: ‘Killing in the Name’ by Rage Against the Machine / ‘Without Me’ by Eminem / ‘Ghost Walking’ by Lamb of God

LdJ: ‘The Heart from your Hate’ by Trivium / ‘My Curse’ by Killswitch Engage / ‘Satisfy My Soul’ by Bob Marley

 

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track

ET: ‘Portrait #1’ by Twelve Foot Ninja

HdJ: ‘Manamanap’ by The Muppets

LdJ: ‘False Prophets’ by J Cole

 

What’s your social media of choice?

ET: Facebook

HdJ: Social media makes me nauseous

LdJ: Snapchat to talk to people / Instagram to share photos

 

Who do you follow and where?

ET: Other NZ bands – e.g., Devilskin, Strangely Arousing

HdJ: Social media makes me nauseous

LdJ: Just friends mostly, on Snapchat and Instagram

 

What’s your go-to festival outfit?

ET: Pretty much what I wear on stage – a t-shirt with cut off sleeves and a pair of camo shorts

HdJ: Whatever I find in my closet that day, plus a hat (slip, slop, slap and wrap, kids)

LdJ: A black jumpsuit with rainbow suspenders, some clout goggles, a Jesus piece around my neck and a pair of camo Jordan’s

 

Word association:

Music – Metal / expression / groove

Festival – Germany / crowded / Wacken

Camping – Summer / either really great or miserable / tent?

Fashion – Tattoos / victim / Versace

Roadie – Seth (our lighting tech and all-round helper) / metal as f**k / Motorhead

Wavefront 2017 is all set to host an epic Coromandel event to celebrate the end of a fantastic year. Welcome in the tantalisingly new (year) with Alien Weaponry, Benny Tipene, Cymbol, General Lee, L.A. Women, and Melodownz at Williamson Park on New Years Eve.  Buy your tickets now.

SFS | Meet Timmy Trumpet

Timmy Trumpet has a trumpet, through which air is blown and sound comes out whilst music is played in the background.  Just as his name suggests, Timmy is an Australian Trumpet player and DJ who had his big break in Ibiza.  Currently ranked the #3 DJ in Australia, Timmy holds residences at clubs and festivals in throughout Australia.  He’s played with some of the best including Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim and even Stevie Wonder.  Apart from his booming musical career, Trumpet has a fashion label called ‘Wifebeaterz’, runs a night club in Soho, Sydney and even has his own iPhone app that allows users to operate a digital trumpet on their phone.  We chat to him as part of our summer festival series.

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words:

Future, Music and Festival.

Which three artists would you choose to headline this dream festival of yours?

Erick Prydz, Deadmau5 and Hardwell.

What are you looking forward to most about playing Future Music Festival in Oz next March?

The feeling I get when I’m performing on stage and the joy it brings to my fans.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

The Stafford Brothers and I used to put our hands in the middle and shout “Play it like it’s your last”. It would amp us up, but these days, I like to meditate for 20 minutes before every set. I’m not a pro at it yet but I highly recommend it to anyway regardless of whether you’re playing at FMF or not.  It is good to have the quiet time before the crazy time.

What sort of beverages do you have on stage while performing?

Usually a bottle of Vodka or Jagermiester. When I’m with the Stafford Brothers, they like to pour alcohol straight out of the bottle into peoples mouths but it usually ends up on your clothes. Jagermiester has ruined my wardrobe

Do you have a particular favourite summer music festival to play at?

Future Music Festival and Goodlife U18’s Festival. Sometimes the U18’s go more nuts than the over 18 events!

What’s your best festival outift?

Snapback, singlet and shoes. Stay away from Thongs. Trust me!

Out of all your songs, which tune is the one that NEVER FAILS?

Sassafras. I wrote it with Chardy a few years ago before the Melbourne sound blew up. It’s amazing to see where it’s gone today. Massive props to the talented Will Sparks who is also playing at FMF.

In your opinion, what’s the best summer anthem of 2013?

The Cedric Gervais remix of Summertime Sadness by Lana del Ray.

What’s your happy place?

I currently average around 7 flights per week so I would have to say being home is where I’m most happy. There’s nothing quite like your own bed!

If you were a superhero, what super power would you have?

I would love to be able to memorise. I read a lot of books and only remember a few points from each of them. Our brains are still so primitive!

What are you thankful for?

I’m thankful for all my fans who continually support and follow my music. Without them I couldn’t do what I do today.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Music. I live and breathe it. I wouldn’t sleep at all if it weren’t necessary to our survival. Mum suggests 7hrs sleep a night. I’ve got it down to a solid 5.

Finally, apart from playing FMF 2014 what else do you have planned for 2014?

I’m heading to the US in March to promote my upcoming single “Bleed” with Scndl. Check it out on iTunes or Beatport as it’s coming out soon!

About Future Music Festival 2014:

Returning for its 9th year, Future Music Festival (FMF) is without a doubt one of the biggest music festivals on the Australian calendar.  Touring Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth (and as of last year, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), FMF hosts some of the best local and International acts.

With 2014′s massive line-up including Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Phoenix, Hardwell, Eric Prydz, Netsky and Cut Copy just to name a few, FMF will prove why it is still King of the Jungle.

Check out their announcement video:

For more information and to buy tickets, check out the Future Music Festival website here.

SFS | Meet Five Mile Town’s Levi Heeringa

Given their popularity and their impressive performance history, you’d never guess that Melbourne-based, Kiwi Alt-Rock/Indie band Five Mile Town only formed a couple of years ago.  From playing at Auckland Town Hall’s Concert Chamber to the Waiheke Jazz Festival and various festivals here and across the ditch, this barely legal band know how to please a crowd of any age.  This New Year, Five Mile Town will be heading home to delight the crowds at La De Da.

We talk to bass player Levi Heeringa as part of our Summer Festival Series.

Describe your perfect Summer Music Festival in three words.

Woodstock nineteen sixtynine

Which three artists would you choose to headline this dream festival?

Jimi Hendrix, The Band and Led Zeppelin (but they’d probably turn it down).

What are you looking forward to most about La De Da Festival?

Seeing my friend Kane come back from Hawaii. He is my Dean Moriarty.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

The only time I think about pre show rituals is before a show, and by the time we’ve thought of something to do it’s time to play so we never actually get to do it. I don’t know if there’s much else to do except be anxious and yawn (this always happens for some reason).

What sort of beverages do you have on stage while performing?

Ideally a good glass of whiskey or scotch. In reality though, water or beer.

Do you have a favourite Summer Music Festival to play at?

Not yet, I haven’t really played enough festivals.

What’s your best summer music festival outfit?

Boots, black skinny jeans, tight fitting t-shirt and a jacket of some description. Just the all year round outfit.

Out of all the tunes you have, which tune is the one that ‘never fails’?

Who said any of the others fail?

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?

Does summer need an anthem? We could listen to more than one song.

What is your happy place?

I’m happy everywhere. Except at St Luke’s Shopping Mall, that places stresses me out.

If you were a superhero, what super power would you have?

The power of hindsight.

What are you thankful for?

To be from New Zealand, sounds lame but that’s something I’m very thankful for. There are not many of us.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My alarm and a general foreboding sense that if I don’t get up I’ll be late for work.

What do you have planned for 2014?

Writing more music and playing more shows. Writing music can be frustrating but when you make something you’re proud of it’s a great feeling. Even better is playing those songs to and audience who like them. Hopefully these plans come to fruition, otherwise I’ll probably have to move home and get a job with my brother at McDonalds or something.

About La De Da 2013:

La De Da returns for its fourth year and will once again be held at Daisybank Farm in Martinborough.  The only New Year’s Eve festival in the lower North Island,  La De Da boasts the best of hip-hop, electronica and drum & bass.  With some of the biggest local and international names (A$AP Rocky, Flume, Kora, Ladi6 to name a few), the fourth edition of this festival promises to be in its best form yet.

 For more information and to buy tickets, visit the La De Da website here.

SFS | Meet Helena, the female boss of Electronica

A female boss in what’s considered to be a bit of a boys’ club, Helena has seduced dance floors across every continent.  From Europe to Asia and most recently the US of A, Helena’s contagious sets, made up of a sublime musical selection, have secured her as one of Australia’s most prominent female DJs and electronic producers.  She was also the first female artist to be booked on Ultra Music Festival’s main stage in 2013 alongside the likes of Swedish House Mafia, Major Lazer and Disclosure.  In March 2014, Helena will return to Australia to take to the stage at Future Music Festival.  We chat to her as part of our Summer Festival Series.

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words:

Music. Sun. Friends.

Which three artists would you choose to headline this dream festival of yours?


Eric Prydz. Steve Angello and Justice

What are you looking forward to most about playing Future Music Festival in Oz come next March?

Apart from the set itself just being involved in the whole tour and getting to hang with so many of the artists I love and admire. Getting to tour around with them all and hopefully get to know them a bit better will be really cool.
I also don’t often get to see many other DJs and acts play, so it will be dope to be able to party a bit too and catch some of the other acts shows.
I can’t wait for Eric Prydz in particular. I’ve been watching some videos of his recent EP/IC shows and they are just incredible.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?


I just need to get into a good headspace, so I normally I’ll chill in the hotel, get some room service, glass of wine, work on my music and playlists and listen to the new tracks I have downloaded to learn them if I have not played them before.

Shower, make up, hair usual girl stuff ! Then I crank up the tunes to get in the party vibe.

What sort of beverages do you have on stage while performing?

On stage I normally have Water, Vodka Lime + Soda and a few shots, I don’t really drink that much at all when I am performing, as I need to be totally on point, but I find a few drinks helps get me more in the party mood and loosens me up to the music and vibe of the club.

Do you have a particular favourite summer music festival to play at?


Well Future Music coming up is one of the best line up’s I have seen for a long time!
I really can’t wait to play there, I have played Future before but it was only at the Sydney show, so be a part of the full tour is unreal, it will be such an experience. 
I think this year in particular there is such a huge buzz around it and they really nailed the line up its so on point. So it’s a real honour to be a part of it.

What’s your best festival outifts?

Flat boots, denim shorts and a tank top can do no wrong  – Along with massive sunnies of course!

Out of all your songs, which tune is the one that NEVER FAILS?

Don’t You Worry Child by SHM was a never fail track. The clubs just seemed to go into a frenzy every time it was dropped
.  It’s not really that cool to drop it now though as it’s been so saturated but a cheeky mash with the acapella sometimes still always does the business.

In your opinion, what’s the best summer anthem of 2013?


Reload – Sebastian Ingrosso + Tommy Trash was a pretty huge track of 2013 for sure! People seem to know it well in every country I play.

What’s your happy place?


In the bath! I find it the only place where I ever really switch off and relax. My last apartment didn’t have a bath and I definitely was not happy about it.

If you were a superhero, what super power would you have?


The power to teleport myself to any part of the world in seconds. I have family and friends on both sides of the world which I don’t get to see that often so would love to just beam myself to different places.

Plus it would make touring life much easier!

What are you thankful for?


I am thankful for a lot of things! An amazing family around me, doing everyday something that I love and the opportunity to tour the world showcasing my sound and music. I feel very blessed, I don’t ever take it for granted.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?


I seem to have a built in alarm that wakes me up at 8.30 every morning without fail, not matter how little sleep I have had. Which is not ideal when you have been playing in a club till 4am. I’m training a lot too. So I drag myself to the gym most mornings.

Finally, apart from playing FMF 2014 what else do you have planned for 2014?


A whole stack of new originals, remix’s and collabs lined up to come out, along with my tours of the States, Europe, Asia and of course a few visits back to my home ground Australia. And some big festivals on the cards.
Working hard, settling into my new life in LA and enjoying life.

About Future Music Festival 2014:

Returning for its 9th year, Future Music Festival (FMF) is without a doubt one of the biggest music festivals on the Australian calendar.  Touring Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth (and as of last year, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), FMF hosts some of the best local and International acts.

With 2014’s massive line-up including Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Phoenix, Hardwell, Eric Prydz, Netsky and Cut Copy just to name a few, FMF will prove why it is still King of the Jungle.

Check out their announcement video:

For more information and to buy tickets, check out the Future Music Festival website here.

SFS | Meet Electronic Music Producer Opiuo

With his unique take on electronic music; OPIUO has captured the attention of fans around the world with tours through N.America, Europe, Israel, Asia, India and South Africa.  This New Years, fans of the Kiwi producer who now calls Australia home, can check him out in their very own backyard, at Martinborough’s LaDeDa New Years Eve Festival.

With his music and remixes topping the charts and the numerous awards he has to his name, fans new and old can rest assure they won’t be disappointed when they see him live.  We catch up with him as part of our Summer Festival Series.

Describe your perfect Summer Music Festival in three words.

Bass Funk Slapandwigglesunshine

Which three artists would you choose to headline this dream festival?

Hocus Pocus, The JB’s

What are you looking forward to most about playing LaDeDa in Martinborough come New Years Eve?

The people of New Zealand. My home country. Outdoors under the stars getting the fuck down with amazing humans.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

Tequila.

What sort of beverages do you have on stage while performing?

Tequila.

Do you have a favourite Summer Music Festival to play at?

Rainbow Serpent has been a staple for me for years. It was one of the first places I played to a massive crowd all those years ago.

What’s your best summer music festival outift?

Fluorescent Beige Spandex.

Out of all the tunes you have, which tune is the one that ‘never fails’?

Robo Booty – Opiuo.

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?

The National Anthem. Everyone knows it.

What is your happy place?

My studio or on stage. I love this job so fucking much.

If you were a superhero, what super power would you have?

End world hunger, fighting, and greed through the power of music…. Somehow.

What are you thankful for?

This. Everything. Anything. The tiny chance that I am actually even here as a human being is beyond crazy, and the fact that I make what I love and get to share and party with you is even more crazy.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My alarm.

And finally, what do you have planned for 2014?

World tour, album, remix projects. Might even do some hip-hop neo pop rap battles.

About La De Da 2013:

La De Da returns for its fourth year and will once again be held at Daisybank Farm in Martinborough.  The only New Year’s Eve festival in the lower North Island,  La De Da boasts the best of hip-hop, electronica and drum & bass.  With some of the biggest local and international names (A$AP Rocky, Flume, Kora, Ladi6 to name a few), the fourth edition of this festival promises to be in its best form yet.

 For more information and to buy tickets, visit the La De Da website here.