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By jane

On 30, Nov 2014 | In | By jane

Suttons House of Music : Ballarat’s Iconic New Venue

31 Sturt St, Ballarat, Victoria,  Australia
 

A stunning new venue with a rich musical history has opened its doors in Ballarat. Finally, a sizeable listening room has re-emerged in the regional Victorian city, and audiences can enjoy live music in a space with a theatre-quality aesthetic. The grandeur of the room pays homage to the art form, with a centrally located stage, and an elegant backdrop of Victorian era architecture highlighted by evocative moody lighting.

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By jane

On 01, Oct 2014 | In | By jane

The 10th Annual Robson Valley Music Festival

Visit the beautiful valley of Canada’s tallest mountain in August and discover the best of the BC Canadian festival scene. Robson Valley Music Festival celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year. We were honoured to come and play again and I couldn’t help but document this momentous event! I hope you enjoy this snapshot of a realm of music, creativity, nature, sustainability, and community. Read more…

By jane

On 30, Sep 2014 | In | By jane

Deadly New Clips from Australian Indigenous Artists

With AWME on the horizon, we thought it’d be great to put together a collection of Australia’s best Indigenous videos in recent years. From Elcho Island and regions of North East Arnhem Land to the streets of Newcastle, these musicians all have a few things in common; extraordinary talent, an arresting presence and a strong sense of individual style and identity. With influences of soul, hip-hop, folk and country these clips represent a diversity that mirrors the depth and complexity of Indigenous people themselves. Many of these tracks feature powerful lyrics and visuals that both honour culture and history while simultaneously embracing and critiquing modernity. All of these songs have something to say. So sit back and enjoy just few of our favourite Indigenous music videos here at Mojo Junction.

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By jane

On 30, Sep 2014 | In | By jane

5 minutes with Dru Chen: Soulfest’s Soulsearch Winner

Mojo Junction was lucky enough to have 5 minutes with Dru Chen, Melbourne based soul artist and winner of Soulfest’s Soulsearch competition. We chatted about the contest, and Soulfest, which is on this month. Get your tickets here.

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By jane

On 02, Aug 2014 | In | By jane

Studio Tips with Jesse Bear
(Episode 3)

Jesse Bear is a full time writer, producer and mix engineer, and has worked with several Grammy Award winning and Top 40 artists over the last ten years. Of no fixed abode, he spends his time equally across the four corners of the globe.

In this video he shares some tips and tricks on taking your audio mix to the next level with stereo bass.

By jane

On 31, Jul 2014 | In | By jane

Rabbit + Cocoon:
Gold Coast Venue Review

Rabbit + Cocoon

23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami, Queensland, Australia   

http://rabbitandcocoon.com/

Some consider Queensland’s Gold Coast to be a cultural void. Sometimes, walking the streets of tacky tourist hub, Surfers Paradise, I do share the sentiment. But then I notice the cracks in the pavement. I see the small, delicate flower blooming forth. I lean into the cracks and venture beyond the superficial façade of this bustling, botoxed, leopard-printed city and I find it. It’s here. Richness. Diversity. Creativity. Innovation. Flavour. Colour. And the big C-word: Community.

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By jane

On 31, Jul 2014 | In | By jane

5 hot new music videos

In this day and age where we hook up to the web like it’s some kind of drip that keeps us alive and connected to culture in a way that TV never could, the era of the music video is alive and well. Spawned in the mid 70s by Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (generally regarded as the first music video), Michael Jackson took things to a whole new level with ‘Thriller’ and ‘Beat It’. From this time onward, quality music videos became less about seeing the band perform live, and morphed into intricately crafted short films.  Read more…

By jane

On 31, May 2014 | In | By jane

Live Music in Byron Bay: Booking Gigs or Perusing the Local Culture?

Booking gigs in any town is often a mission, a struggle, a fight to even get heard or considered, and occasionally, a simple joy. Knowing the right venues to approach for you, your music, and what you do, can sometimes only work out if you have some insider local knowledge on an area. Read more…

By jane

On 31, May 2014 | In | By jane

Taste of a Soul Master: Anthony Hamilton.
Gracing Australia for Soulfest 2014

It seems music heaven’s gilded gates have opened and a chorus of the world’s most distinguished and well-loved soul artists will converge on Australia’s sunny shores this year for Soulfest—our very first annual neo-soul, jazz and hip-hop festival. Read more…

By jane

Guitar Safari with Davo Abbentorough (episode 2)

In Part 2 of his search for guitars in their natural habitats, nature musicologist Davo Abbentorough travels to a remote island and discovers the strange and unique adaptations that occur in string instruments in these isolated environments. Read more…

By jane

Artists of Australia. Get A Real Job.
(A Response to Tony Abbott’s Budget)

Get a real job.

It’s said to artists all the time. Creating art is not a real job. It’s a hobby. Get off your arse, and just ‘contribute to society’.

The frustrating thing is that art surrounds us, defines us, enriches us, informs us, and by and large keeps us relevant in the most socially influential global forum—the entertainment industry. Read more…

By jane

Visual Enthusiast: 5 questions with Mumbai filmmaker Sachin Pillai

Mojo Junction chats with Mumbai filmmaker Sachin Pillai about his creative journey, music, and the thriving arts scene in India. A freelance film professional, Sachin describes himself as a visual enthusiast, and has a distinctive approach to his art. He has worked on projects as diverse as nature documentary to Channel V.  Read more…

By jane

The Music of Northeast India: Roots on the Move & Soulmate

This month on Mojo Junction we are delighted to present a double feature celebrating the incredible region of Northeast India. Back in 2007, 25 musicians traveled around this remote part of the world as part of the ‘Roots Festival’. One of those musicians was Northeast local Rudy Wallang of ‘Soulmate’, a blues band that recently released a third album – reviewed this month here on Mojo Junction.

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By jane

On 30, Apr 2014 | In | By jane

Temple Bar – Beijing, China

206 Gulou E St, Dongcheng, Beijing, China

In the heart of Beijing’s coolest district for all things music is the hottest bar in the city. Tucked away down a short alley in Gulou 鼓楼, just north of the famous “Nan Luo Gu Xiang 南锣故乡,” is the venue everyone’s been talking about since 2011.  Read more…

By jane

On 30, Apr 2014 | In | By jane

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Byron Bay Bluesfest is an annual blues and roots festival held in Northern New South Wales. This year Bluesfest celebrated its 25th anniversary. The festival attracts some 80,000 people a year and with names like Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Ben Harper, BB King, James Brown and Robert Plant appearing on the line-up, it’s no wonder that this festival is still going strong after 25 years.

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By jane

On 30, Apr 2014 | In | By jane

Studio Tips – with Jesse Bear (Episode 2)

THE SECOND IN AN ONGOING SERIES OF STUDIO SECRETS REVEALED.

Jesse Bear is a full time writer, producer and mix engineer, and has worked with several Grammy Award winning and Top 40 artists over the last ten years. Of no fixed abode, he spends his time equally across the four corners of the globe.

 

By jane

On 31, Mar 2014 | In | By jane

Fig, Spice & Sounds – Artist Interviews

This month on Mojo Junction we are paying tribute to the humble yet glorious fig. We caught up with a few talented musicians from around Australia and quizzed them about their experiences and associations with figs. Read more…

By jane

On 17, Feb 2014 | In | By jane

Guitar Safari with Davo Abbentorough

Join nature-musicologist Davo Abbentorough as he travels around the country to find guitars in their natural habitats. In this, the first of a multi-part series, Davo uncovers never-before-seen footage of the secret lives of these remarkable instruments.

 

By jane

On 17, Feb 2014 | In | By jane

Studio Tips – with Jesse Bear
(Episode 1)

THE FIRST IN AN ONGOING MONTHLY SERIES OF STUDIO SECRETS REVEALED.

Jesse Bear is a full time writer, producer and mix engineer, and has worked with several Grammy Award winning and Top 40 artists over the last ten years. Of no fixed abode, he spends his time equally across the four corners of the globe.

Read more…

By jane

Touring Korea – with Saritah

Australian songstress Saritah shares the story of her recent travel and tour adventures in Korea.

Korea. The land where I was born. I was a few months old when I left, visited a few times throughout my childhood, and then ten years passed until I returned, to perform for the first time, in 2007. I have returned every year but one.

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