Matt Corby’s burgeoning music career enjoyed a turbo-charged-beginning back in 2007, with his breakthrough coming on reality TV talent show Australian Idol. Finishing as a runner-up in the musical extravaganza, Corby consolidated his achievement in 2009 by releasing his debut EP, Song For….
Following this, he relocated to the musical hub of London and signed with indie label Communion. The label released his second EP My False in 2010 and his third EP, Transition to Colour in late 2010. Matt has steadily built a solid fan base, playing sold-out shows in London and the US, as well as a series of intimate ‘Secret Garden’ shows in fans’ backyards throughout NSW and Victoria. He has also played support slots for UK band Elbow during their national Australian tour.
Matt recorded his fourth EP Into the Flame with producer Tim Carr (Ernest Ellis, Jonathan Boulet) in September 2011, showcasing his fresh style of indie folk pop. The lead track “Brother” was released in November of that year and was voted in at number three on triple j’s Hottest 100 for 2011. The EP reached number three on the ARIA Top 50 singles chart and has since achieved double Platinum sales. April 2012 saw Matt sell out shows in Europe and also release his second EP, Transition to Colour, internationally through iTunes.
Having recently signed international record deals with Atlantic and Elektra, Matt is also in the process of recording his debut album. He will undertake his own headline theatre tour of Australia in June.
Kimbra spent her early years gigging around her native New Zealand, but decided to relocate to Melbourne when she turned 17 to follow her musical career. Her debut record Vows, three and-a-half years in the making, presents her unique take on life and love. The album unfurls with an eclectic mix of styles - neo-pop tunes alongside dark reflective tracks, all held together with the strength of her remarkable vocals.
Vows swiftly achieved critical and commercial success, debuting at number three in New Zealand (where it achieved Gold Status) and at number five in the Australian album charts (achieving Platinum sales status within three weeks of its release). Subsequently, the album was shortlisted for the AMP Awards. Singles “Cameo Lover”, “Good Intent” and “Two Way Street” all rated in Triple J’s Hottest 100 and in 2011, she took home the ARIA for Best Female Artist.
Her phenomenally successful duet with Gotye on “Somebody That I Used To Know” is now a chart topping hit in 11 countries around the world. It was number one for eight weeks on the Australian singles chart, and recently hit the coveted number one spot on the American Billboard chart – a feat not achieved by an Australian artist since Savage Garden in 2000.
Kimbra has also made inroads with renowned production and writing talents, including soul star John Legend, recording with iconic producer Mike Elizondo (Dr Dre, Fiona Apple) as well as working with Greg Kurstin (The Bird and The Bee, The Flaming Lips, Foster The People), plus Mark Foster & A-Trak and Keefus Green (Mike Patton, Mini Mansions).
Having signed an international deal with Warner Music, Kimbra and her band of funky virtuosos have tackled the US with a slew of music industry showcase gigs, as well as touring the nation supporting Gotye and Foster the People. Kimbra will return to Australia in early May for a string of performances at Groovin’ the Moo as well as select solo appearances.
Lanie Lane’s debut album To The Horses firmly establishes her as one of the most distinctive voices and charming characters in Australian music. Lanie’s album, which debuted at number 12 on the ARIA chart, renders a heady mix of early rock‘n’roll, blues and rockabilly and is the culmination of many years of writing and touring. A favourite with radio listeners, the album took the gong for the 2011 Record of the Year at the FBi Radio SMAC Awards.
Upon the release of To The Horses, Lanie began her first Australian headline tour, selling out every venue. In 2011 she won a slot on the Sydney Big Day Out line-up thanks to triple j’s Unearthed competition. Lanie has also performed sold-out shows at the Sydney Festival and Adelaide Fringe, packed out Splendour in the Grass and toured with the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Clare Bowditch and Fitz and the Tantrums.
As well as garnering attention as the voice accompanying Tim Rogers on You Am I’s single “Trigger Finger”, Lanie record a couple of tracks with the one and only Jack White in his Nashville studio. The songs were subsequently released on White’s own Third Man Records on 7” vinyl as part of the acclaimed ‘Blue Series’.
In November 2011, Lanie took part in triple j’s Nick Cave tribute tour, ‘Straight to You,’ and will hit the road again in May 2012 in support of her latest single, “Bang Bang”.
Of her process of writing songs and recording, Lanie said: “I feel it’s so important to capture the song at THAT moment. I owe it to the song. And if that’s when it has chosen to come out, then come out it must. I get inspired by the most unexpected things… you can never know when inspiration will hit, and it’s an interesting and distinctive feeling when it does. You just know. And all that you can do at that moment is to get out the guitar, pen and paper and start singing.
The other day I wrote “(Oh Well) That’s What You Get (Falling In Love With A Cowboy)” because apparently I said that in my sleep. Of course I had to write a song about that. There is so much to write about – it’s never ending.”
Part fanatical recording boffin, part pop genius, Gotye (Wally de Backer )first found fame with studio records Boardface and Like Drawing Blood. Triple j named 2006’s Like Drawing Blood its Album of the Year, as did iTunes on the album’s release in Europe in 2008. In Britain, the album became a cult hit, while in the US it made waves after Drew Barrymore used the motown-inspired breakthrough single, “Learnalilgivinanlovin,” in several of her films. The album achieved platinum sales in Australia and in 2006 won Most Outstanding New Independent Artist at the AIR Chart Awards. This was followed up with Gotye winning the ARIA for Best Male Artist in 2007.
His third LP Making Mirrors was more than two and a half years in the making. The album finds Gotye fully immersed in his craft, devoted to sonic details in a broad milieu of melodic influences, field recordings and record sampling.
His haunting break-up ode, “Somebody That I Used To Know,” featuring a sample from Luiz Bonfa’s* classic song “Seville”, has become a chart-topping hit in 11 countries around the world. It was number one for eight weeks on the Australian singles chart and recently hit the coveted number-one spot on the American Billboard chart – a feat not achieved by an Australian artist since Savage Garden in 2000. The single also won triple j’s Hottest 100 in 2011, took out Single of the Year, Best Pop Release and Best Video, with Gotye himself winning Best Male Artist and Producer of the Year at the 2011 ARIA Awards.
“Somebody That I Used To Know” has now been number one on iTunes in 33 countries, has accrued more than five million sales worldwide and achieved Platinum sales in the US (more than one million units sold). The album Making Mirrors also hitting the number seven spot on the US Billboard 200,. The song has sold well over a million copies around the world so far. In Australia, the album has achieved Platinum sales three times over, and has been certified Gold in major markets including the UK, Germany, France and Canada.
Cover versions of “Somebody That I Used To Know” have been performed on hit TV series’ Glee and American Idol. Gotye himself has performed live on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Saturday Night Live. Gotye recently wrapped up a US tour with a performance at the Coachella Festival and is returning to Australia for a short break.
Luiz Bonfa (1922-2001) was a Brazilian recording artist and early pioneer of the bossa nova style. He was renowned for his bold, brassy guitar style and is best remembered for his work on the soundtrack for Marcel Camus’ film Black Orpheus, which featured Bonfa’s track, “Manha de Carnaval,” as the film’s theme. The track went on to become a worldwide jazz standard. Bonfa became an ambassador for Brazilian music in the USA where he worked with artists such as Quincy Jones, George Benson, Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra.
The Beards are a bearded four-piece from Adelaide, South Australia, whose catalogue consists entirely of songs about beards and having beards.
Onstage, The Beards preach about the virtues of having a beard with near-militant intensity. The beardless members of the crowd may find themselves singled out and chastised for their lack of facial hair as The Beards sing crowd favourites like “If Your Dad Doesn’t Have a Beard, You’ve Got Two Mums”, “You Should Consider Sex with a Bearded Man” and “No Beard, No Good.” Audience members with beards may be brought onstage as an example of what having a beard is all about. But as hilarious as this eccentric outfit are, they can be equally appreciated for their musical originality, instrumental ability and professionalism.
The Beards have proved themselves as talented musicians and diverse songwriters with styles ranging from folk to rock to jazz to reggae. The rhythm section of Nathaniel Beard, John Beardman and Facey McStubblington is complemented by the immensely talented front man, Johann Beardraven, who at any typical Beards show can be seen jumping from vocals to keyboard to saxophone to drums to guitar.
The Beards have gained a rapidly expanding cult following in Australia because of their relentless touring and amazing songs. Notable performances in the last two to three years include the Falls Festival, The Big Day Out, Woodford Folk Festival, One Movement and of course their visit to Alaska to perform at the World Beard and Moustache Championship’s opening ceremony.
The Beards have always combined the brilliant and the comedic in creating content and the success of this is evident. Their first single “If Your Dad Doesn’t Have a Beard, You’ve Got Two Mums” has received almost 1,000,000 YouTube hits. The song also received national attention on radio and commercial television.
The Beards recently released their third album Having a Beard is the New Not Having a Beard. The single “You Should Consider Having Sex With a Bearded Man” was #99 in the triple j hottest 100 and has been shortlisted for APRA’s Song of the Year. Their album launch tour sold out nationally and received rave reviews. Catch The Beards at a venue near you soon!
Bearded men, put down those trimmers – the Beard Revolution has come.
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