German Techno/Electro/House musician, Zombie Nation, has been announced to be touring Australia as part of the Stereosonic festival. Zombie Nation joins the Bloody Beetroots as the first artists announced for the 2009 festival. Heads Will Roll put on our investigative hats, as we’re know to do from time to time, and discovered a rather interesting interview with Zombie Nation, conducted by Datatransmission.co.uk, on Zombie Nation’s web page. The interview touches on music production but anyone in any creative field should find it helpful as insights are given on finding inspiration, battling writers block and how to challenge your self when you’re creating something. Read the interview here.
The Rapture, who will soon be in Australia for Parklife, have announced the departure of bassist/vocalist Mattie Safer. It’s not all bad news as the band plan to continue and keyboardist, Gabe Andruzzi, has a message for their Australian fans.
“I am very pleased to announce that the people of the great continent of Australia will be some of the first to hear some of our new material live, when we arrive late September for Parklife festival.”
Safer leaving the band goes a long way to explaining the lack of new Rapture material, besides the impressive single No Sex For Ben, from the GTA soundtrack. What the Rapture will sound like without Safer is anyone’s guess, however their pre-Safer, rock EP, Mirrors, probably isn’t the best indication. The last time the Rapture were in Australia, for the Good Vibrations festival, they debuted some new material that had the band in full synthesisers mode rather than the usual guitar based approach, so it should be interesting to see what sort of show the Rapture will be putting on.
Worried about missing your favourite acts at Parklife due to clashes in the extremely jam packed roster of artists? Well some of that worry should be subdued due to French record label boss, DJ and unofficial sexiest man alive, Busy P, revealing some of the acts who will playing on his stage. Buried in an ITM interview, which was focused on Busy P’s role as MC at Parklife, was this interesting quote “It’s going to be good because on my stage I know a lot of the artists like Erol [Alkan], Tiga and Empire Of The Sun, so there will be a friendly vibe.” So one stage (quite possibly the main stage) will feature Busy P (as a DJ and also MCing between sets), Erol Alkan, Tiga and Empire of the Sun. At Heads Will Roll our biggest fear was the potential clash between Erol Alkan and Tiga so jumping in the air is definitely warranted. If you haven’t purchased your tickets to this event already it’s strongly advised that you act quick as first release have long sold out.
As we rug up and hide away from the barrage of stormy weather that has finally descended, Heads Will Roll has something to warm the imaginations of our creative minded readers. The Qantas Spirit Of Youth Awards (SOYA) return for its sixth year to help emerging creative talent to reach their potential. SOYA provides practical support in the form of $10,000 in flights and cash, but if that’s not enough to get you to climb outside of your snuggie to find a pen to fill out an application form then the final incentive should be the opportunity to build a professional mentoring relationship with creative leaders like Marc Newson, Zimmermann, Vince Frost and Liz Ann Macgregor, helping young innovators expand their horizons, build up their business base, and learn the ropes from leading industry icons and some of the greatest creative minds in the world. Last year SOYA attracted over 10,000 entries submitted by over 1600 young artists, designers, filmmakers, photographers and musicians but don’t let those numbers put you off.
What would you do if your DJ set, which was once pioneering, had become stale as other DJs around the world copied your fast cutting, multi-genre, mash up sets? Well if you’re Belgian brothers, Stephen and David Dewaele, you’ll reinvent the DJ set, like they reinvented the live electronic band formula, with their Soulwax Nite Versions show. The Dewaele brothers have turned their 2manydjs show into a “live” audio/visuals extravaganza. Equipped with pioneer DVD players and animated record covers, for each of the tracks they are spinning, the new and reimagined 2manydjs set features a live mix of music and images. Watch the following Youtube videos and try and not to grin as you envision the shear joy going through the minds of all the people at these shows. The other exciting part of this tour is that it sees the live return of Soulwax as a band, hopefully this is all leading to a album of new material some time soon. 2manydjs are touring this show solid until mid-September and we at Heads Will Roll would be more than happy to see them back at Parklife, along with the likes of Tiga and Erol Alkan, or at any of the other festivals this season that wants to be part of what could possibly one of the shows of the year.
The awesome Youtube videos are available for your viewing pleasure after the jump.
Trying to find work in a creative industry can be demoralising at the best of times. Many of us end up cursing the lives we have chosen. Thankfully others have noticed the extreme difficulty involved in trying to get a break into the music, fashion and design industries and they’ve decided to do something about it. Since 2007 the energy drink company, V, has been running V-Raw. In the time since V-Raw launched, over 80 young Australian’s have been set up with jobs in creative industries. One major change with V-Raw this year is, V, have dropped their partnership with the outdated social networking website, Myspace, as it will all be run via their own snazzy website. The other big change this year is they will be launching a new job a week, rather than posting bulk jobs every few months. Heads Will Roll recommends everyone to explore the new website and sign up for the job updates. A lot of the jobs will end up being based over east, but hey it’s not that far to move, and in the past there have been Perth opportunities. Also on the website are other interesting things like podcasts and interviews with people who make money doing what you’d like to be doing, such as people from Modular.
Who’s playing? – Presets supported by Canyons and Bag Raiders
Where? – Challenge Stadium
It all starts at… doors 7pm
How much? $67.50 +BF
How do you get in on this? ticketmaster
Who’s going to be there? Kids, people who are just discovering the Presets
You’d like it if you were… sober, drunk, high
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