MUSIC

WAMi 2011 // THE PICK OF THE WEST

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 by John

WAMi Logo 2011We love the WAMis. So we’re pretty excited that the festival starts in just ten days. The WAMis are about locally made music being played to the people of Western Australia, and developing the music industry through workshops and events designed so that people can take their dreams and learn how to turn them into reality, then of course there’s the Awards themselves – which mean giant cakes.

Huge congratulations to everyone nominated for an award this year (and a little pat on the back for ourselves for getting nominated as well).

You can download a full WAMI Festival program from here.
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Here’s our guide to the highlights of the WAMi Festival 2011

WAMi Festival Opening Party

Where: The Bakery
When: Saturday 21 May, 8pm start
Tickets: $15 from nowbaking.com.au

Last year’s WAMi Song of the Year winner Geoergi Kay will playing along with Rabbit Island and WAM favourite Abbe May and more. What better way to slip into a week’s worth of musicgasmic festival hijinks than a Saturday night at the Bakery. This is one fo the events you really want to make sure you ahve a ticket for , so get clicking to the Bakery and make sure you’re there with people and get your festival started right. There’s that much good stuff on at the Bakery you’ll wish you could rent one of the sea containers and live there for a week!

Think Twice/Funk Club WAMi Festival Showcase

Where: The Bakery
When: Friday 27 May, 8pm start
Tickets: $20 WAM Members, $25 Non-Members

Kurtis Blow’s The Breaks was the first rap album to become a gold record. So to have the man himself in Perth is something to celebrate. Throw in the first birthday of hip hop night Mass Appeal and you are quickly running out of reasons to stay at home. Western Australian music isn’t just about guitars and rock riffs, W.A. claims the title for Australia’s Bboy Breakdance champion and champion crew, P-town is a hop hop town too.

The Bird Sundowner Series

Where: The Bird
When: Monday 23 May – Firday 27 May, 5-6pm
Tickets: Just turn up

We have long championed The Bird as the small bar with a big heart and during the WAMis anyone making their way home through the city has even more reasons to sink into one of their comfy lounges with a schooner as the Bird present ten acts over five evenings. Stuff daily cares firmly away and relax a moment with Sean Pollard, A Schvendes Duo, Ruby Boots Duo, and Jack Doepel. If you’re thirsty and near the Bird after work any night during WAMi week, drop in.

The Community Beat Canteen

Where: Northbridge Piazza
When: Monday 23 – Friday 27 May, Midday – 1:30pm
Tickets: Just turn up

The Community are calling all beat heads and bedroom producers to come into the Northbridge Piazza during daylight hours for some serious mind expansion with Mathas, Diger Rokwell, Maxy Bills, Boost Hero Man and a whole lot more community minded folks. Electro-futuristic-cnosciousness-exapanding-jamtastic sessions for you while you soak up some sun on the lawn.

City of Perth Northbridge Saturday Spectacular

Where: Northbridge Piazza, THe Bird, Universal Bar, Cultural Centre (wetlands stage), Ya Ya’s, The Court, Mustang Bar, Rocket Room
When: Saturday 29 May, Midday – 6pm
Tickets: Just turn up

Eight stages and fifty local bands, it’s the big day out without fences or a padduck full of people you don’t really want to hang out with. Each of the venues has their own sound for the day so if you like things a little country then The Mustang Bar with The Ghost Hotel and others. Last year’s WAMi Darlings The Brow Horn Orchestra and Simone and Girlfunkle. The Rocket Room has Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Hootenanny and Project Mayhem.

At Ya, Ya’s catch Tracksuit and The Sensitive Drunks. Minute 36 and The Justin Walshe Folk Machine are all over the Cultural Centre. Meanwhile its Sonpsilo Circus, The Panda Band and Emporers in the Piazza. The Bird Seams and Voltaire Twins. See The Devil Rides Out at the Universal Bar.

That list barely covers this monster music showcase, so get the program and spend an afternoon in Northbridge.

Kiss My Camera

Where: The Old Goal, WA Museum, Perth
When: 21 May – 7 August
Tickets: Entry is free

See the year in review from onstage, side of stage, backstage and down an alleyway when the best in music photography goes on show for the Kiss My Camera exhibition. This year catch pics from Cut & Pasters Jordan Shields, Nicole Norelli and Brad Serls amongst the finalists.

The WAMI Award Ceremony and After Party

Where: The Bakery
When: Saturday 28 May. Awards at 7:30pm Party from 10:30
Tickets: nowbaking.com.au limited tickets for the awards ceremony $15 for the after party.

Hosted by Dylan Lewis and Dom Alessio and featuring performances from John Bennett and Grace Woodroofe the Awards are the moment when dreams are rewarded with cakes. Slightly better than a pie in the face and way better than a Grammy.

This year Cut & Paste is punching with the big boys in the Media Award – Organisation and The Cut & Paste Soundsystem have a chance in the Best DJ category.

Then its after party time. We’ll be there with a Coopers in hand and we hope we’ll see you there too.

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A BIG DAY OUT WITH CHRIS //

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 by John

BDO

BIG DAY OUT 2011
Claremont Showgrounds
07/02/11
Chris Wheeldon

Every year I walk into the Big Day Out with the same feelings of dread and loathing. It’s hot, dusty and full of people who’s enjoyment of music is matched only by their love of denim shorts, wearing singlets and their want to stay in one spot, drinking over priced beer and watch one just band all day, but it’s always a sick day, man.

This year the feeling was the same, if not a little worse. The line-up did little to make me smile but when I left eight hours later my mind was changed, and I didn’t even get stuck in traffic.

The Big Day Out’s relevance has diminished over the years with bigger and better festivals taking its place but with It was because of the older and lesser known acts the 2011 Big Day Out shone.

I checked out Airbourne from the comfort of the grand stand, not a bad place to watch a band whose show is more about the antics then the music. Although their guitarist did churn out a kick ass solo from on top of the speaker rig.

A quick peak over at Andrew WK did little to garner my interest. High energy and a hell of a lot of bravado did little to counter the fact that songs about partying can only go so far.

Perhaps the most interesting and highly anticipated act of the day was the gangster ninja’s of South Africa’s Die Antwood. Half mockumentary, half comedy duo but all fun and perhaps the smartest ‘rappers’ on the plant. With the alien voice of Yolandi echoing over the Boiler Room there is something to behold with this duo of ninja’s who put on quite a show.

The Greenhornes began to a very small but interested crowd on the Hot Produce stage. Having been around for a while and with most members spawning in other bands, theses guys know how to play, shame the people crossing in front of them ignored that fact.

As the day turned into evening it was time for the old hands to take to the stage. Iggy Pop and The Stooges were the daddy’s of the daddy’s. Bursting on stage with the bravado you would expect, middle fingers in the air and pushing camera men around Iggy Pop belted out a collection of his serious back catalogue. His energy is infectious and his control over the crowd was something to behold. With dancers on stage and frequent trips into the crowd, he even managed an encore. Well played Sir Iggy.

Primal Scream continued the old timers feel with their playing of the classic Screamadelica. Bobby Gillespie swaggered, everyone danced. Punctuated by a brilliant light show, Primal Scream were an evening wonder and a testament to the endurance of a truly great album.

Tool played back over on the main stage. I only caught a few songs, both of which were loud and baked by a quite spectacular light show. Maynard was silhouette on a drum riser and although for a non fan the lights were more impressive than the sound I can see why die hard fans would have been in rapture.

Grinderman finished my night. Nick Cave may just be more relevant than any current artist in the world and he could just be the finest performer Australia has ever produced. With his ‘second’ band behind him this became the most enthralling and intense hour of any festival set I have seen. Warren Ellis made noises to behold and Cave himself sang not to a crowd but, seemingly, to a bunch of pals. Where the singlet and demin shorts mob were playing in silence and being shot by MIA the true music lovers were getting their heads torn off by Grinderman.

With rumors around that the Big Day Out may not be back this was a very, very, good swansong.

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AARON GOES TO SOUTHBOUND PART 2 // OUR HEREOS VS THE HOT HOT HEAT

Friday, January 7th, 2011 by Matt

Security Guard pornby Aaron McCann

Q: How did all the ripped up porn start floating around the media tent?

A: Keep reading…

So it’s 6:28am and the sun has just come up, but because the sun hates us we boil in the tent. TENTS and the SUN don’t mix… EVER!  It’s so unbearable that we leave and decide to go to the beach.

The beach is great in the morning. It wakes you and up gets you ready for the day. I don’t own ANY shorts so I had to borrow some from Chris, who informed me that they looked like shorts from Baywatch. I wanted to run up and down the beach in slow motion, but being in the water was better.

The sleepy little town of Busselton was not so sleepy that day… Well ok, it was but Coles was open and we got a banana then off to the TAB for a beer as it was the only thing open that had beer available.

Back at SOUTHBOUND, into the staff parking and lugging the gear through the crowds of people who just seem to be waking up or arriving from god knows where. We get to the media tent. Charge our phones (oh by the way. Still no good reception down here. It’s insane. WiFi doesn’t even work). Then off to pack up the tent as John shoots some live footage of The Chemist, who were our first interview of the day.

Backstage, after the struggle with security to get in… AGAIN, we do our interview with The Chemist, I don’t have headphone and can’t hear shit. There is a camera problem and cards need to be changed… all really boring and you don’t need to hear about this… It’s still fucking hot!

In between interviews I get a text from a friend saying:

Quote of the festival from some young girl: “Why are their two Australian flags and one Japanese flag”… The Japanese Flag she was referring to was the Aboriginal flag … I Almost fell over laughing. Are fucking kids these days THAT dumb? Yes, yes they are. Sure I’ve mistaken flags before. Most people have. It’s easy to mix up the Australian and New Zealand flag or the Holland and French Flags. But the Japanese Flag and the Aboriginal Flag? C’mon! I’m sorry but the girl who originally said that; Retard, from an uneducated and racially sterile background. Idiot!

Back to the interviews: We shot Tim & Jean followed by Grace Woodroofe (to whom I said “have a good show, even though she’d already played… felt like a fool, but beer made that feeling go away quick) followed by Tame Impala. All interviews went well but I didn’t get a chance to see Sleigh Bells. But at that stage it didn’t matter. It was just Far too fucking hot to move and I preferred just sitting in the shade drinking free soft drinks. Ahhhhh refreshing…

Back to the media tent and caught the last half of Paul Kelly. He had a massive crowd, both young and old. The kids and the olds love him. Plus the man has simply amazing songs, so it was good that I got to see him for a bit.

Now.

The Mystery of the Torn Porn.

Pages and pages of torn hardcore porn are scattered around the media tent and a few questions come to mind.

1) Who buys Porn mags anymore? We have the internet, we’re all tech savvy, why would we need a still pic when we can latterly type anything our hearts desire into a search engine and we’ll have it there.

2) Who in the Media would bring Porn? No one was the answer but there was an even split between guys and girls in the tent, all of us working our asses off and none of us with the time on our hands to bat one out in between sets.

Answer: Maybe security? I donno, there was speculation, and upon further investigation there were more torn pages in the porta-loo behind the Media tent than scattered throughout, but the mystery will live on.

That was our two days. We left right after Tame Impala and didn’t stay for the Klaxons or A-Track. We all just wanted to go home and have a real shower.

SOUTHBOUND this year wasn’t my favourite. The National made it worthwhile but the line-up was all over the place. The crowds seemed thin here and there and the heat made it ridiculous. As always the organisation was great and we had access to lots of things the average punter doesn’t which is great to share with you all, but there was only one band I saw that stood out and the other I saw was ok, and it was too fucking hot to see the last one I wanted to see. I had fun, I always do but being so close to the new year and so close to BREAKFEST was maybe not the best move this year for SOUTHBOUND 2011. All in all though the punters will decide if they enjoyed it or not.

This isn’t a review, just an opinion on what happened and how. Take it or leave it.

Read the First Part of AAron’s adventures

See Court Macah’s Band photos

Read Chris Callan’s take on the Southbound experience

See Court Maccah’s photos of the crowd and other wild animals

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CHRIS CALLAN // CONFESSIONS OF A SOUTHBOUND ADDICT

Friday, January 7th, 2011 by Matt

img_5240By Chris Callan.

Let me begin with a confession. This was the first year I entered the Southbound festival without a bottle of rum down my dacks. Instead Aaron, John and I were armed with video cameras and microphones ready to capture the talent southbound had on offer.

I have always fantasized about having band play for me while I relaxed in a sauna and finally that fantasy was fulfilled! The Cold War Kids played to Hot Sweaty Kids with Ray Ban tan lines, but thankfully the festival didn’t feel as overcrowded as it has in previous years.

Refreshed by my sauna experience I was ready to take on another challenge from ‘Festival To Do” my list: ‘Have a fight with an old man, whilst wearing only my jocks’. How was I to know that the shower I was using was for yacht club members only? Luckily I was wearing my Captain Reds. Take that Old man and the Sea!

I had a lovely sleep cuddled up with my Cut & Paste crew, and thankfully I hadn’t seen Aaron’s Christmas special yet or I may have stayed with angry shower man.

I enjoyed Tijuana Cartel and Birds of Tokyo made Perth proud on the main stage, The Chemist were all forms of awesome and Split seconds played a heartwarming set.

Burning questions still remain though, like “Why the hell do I have to show you my access all area pass to get OUT of the VIP area? I understand why you need to see it going in but I’m leaving man!” – Thank you security.

See you next year – Look out for the air-conditioned Cut & Paste tent!

Take a squizz at Court Maccah’s Southbound music photos

Read Aaron McCann’s Fear and Loathing in Busselton Part One and Part Two

Look for yourself in Court’s Southbound social snaps.

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AARON GOES TO SOUTHBOUND PART 1 // HENRY STAYED HOME

Friday, January 7th, 2011 by Matt

aaronchrisby Aaron McCann

“I jus wanna FUCK SOMETHIN!!!….. I’M SOOO LOOOONELY!!!!!” Yep it’s 12am in the morning and this is what we hear as myself and Chris Callan try to set up a tent in the dark, sober… Not like myself and Mat de Koning attempting to do the exact same the year before… not so sober. But the strange yelps and cries for sexual gratification from the children, most likely on acid, a few tents away, made me chuckle. So how did we end up here? Lets go back shall we? Yes, the question is redundant, we’re going back… I’m telling you, not asking you.

I get a text from John Macliver at 9:27am “Yo make it 10:30 at the office” (we were meant to meet at 10am. I didn’t wake up ’cause of that CRAZY iPHONE BUG that stopped your alarms going off and made the weather unbearable.

10:40 I rock up at the office and we take off for the long, long, long drive to Busselton to shoot SOUTHBOUND 2011 I’m exited about this one because I really want to see The National, Joan Jett and Sleigh Bells. That’s it. That’s ALL I wanted to see. “But what about this person, and that band and this band?” Who gives a fuck! I’ve been to enough fucking festivals where I can be content with seeing who I want to see and not have you fucking lecture me about how good this band was or is or will be. 3 Bands. Done.

We arrive and it’s HOT! I mean the kinda hot that makes you go “How am I sweaty there?” Hot. Lugging camera gear from cars to trolleys, trolleys to gates, gates to camping ground, ground to media tent and then to back stage and back again… Pain in the ass. We Have VIP/Press access… Still a pain, But 3 bands. 2 on the 1st night. Not complaining. First up is an interview with Tijuana Cartel. I can’t hear anything and am just focused on the shot and getting a cold drink (Even if I shoot the interview, in situations like this I really only “SEE” the interview for the first time when I edit it… Strange? Maybe…. Too HOT don’t care)

SECURITY: “You can’t come through here without a AAA”

US: “We’re standing in the AAA section… we want to go to General Admission”*

*This conversation happened over and over, again and again. We gave up by day two and mastered horrid looks to express our distaste for them not being able to remember our faces, and more interested in the half torn pages of a porn mag they left discarded in the staff toilets like many actual condoms found in the regular toilets.

So then we packed up our equipment for the first day and I went off to see The National. I primed myself right up front so I could get a great view and be in the crowd and experience Frontman; Matt Beringer’s amazing vocals in awe… What I wasn’t expecting however was when they started off with “Mistaken For Strangers” from their acclaimed 2nd Album Boxer (one of my favourite tracks) some fucking retarded, vocally inept walking failed abortion starts singing every line from the top of his lungs, right behind my ear. Not just a Chorus (that I could handle) NO! Everything word for word (he fucked up a lot of the words… and the key it’s meant to be sung in, the general pace… FUCK!

I CAME HERE TO LISTEN TO THE NATIONAL…. NOT A NATIONAL FUCK-TARD!

So I left for the back of the pit. More room, but not up close. Still great, still amazing. (Got told off for smoking… fucking hell… why not rape me while i’m here!) So when, for their final song “Terrible Love” from High Violet, kicks in and Beringer launched himself into the crowd, to about the point I was originally standing, where fuck-diddly-umptious was still singing every word, was I angry? Kinda. But that that stage I had had my festival highlight and could go home in peace.

Two more drinks. Not drunk yet. Off to Joan Jett.

The crowd was slim, mainly cause it was full of girls who just saw the movie “The Runaways” and now think they know everything about their music. More about stupid people like this in

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts played. They were good, not great. They played “I Love Rock & Roll”, “Crimson & Clover”, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and older Runaway’s tracks like “Cherry-Bomb”… But I think by that time of the night I was tired and it had dawned on me.

We hadn’t set up a tent yet and were just hoping to crash somewhere in Busselton.

CUT TO: Where we began. It’s late, we’re tired and we’re setting up a tent and some random drunk is still yelling: ““I jus’ wanna FUCK SOMETHIN!” and then every now and then he’d yell “Watermelon!!!” some girl was egging him on…

*for more on stupid girls like this see above statement about “Runaways” and a rant in Pt.2

So. Tent is up and I’m off to bed. The ground is hard. The Acid freak, wont shut up. Someone is snoring in the tent beside me and some fucking bug from hell just crawled into my ear. Still… Seeing the National was Worth It!

… More madness in Part 2

Read part two of Aaron’s adventures here

Check Out who as in the crowd thanks to Court Maccah’s snappy snaps

Read about Chris Callan’s fight with a sailor in a shower here.

Check out Maccah’s shots of the bands you went to Southbound to see.

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Future Music Festival 2010

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 by Nicole Norelli

EOTSFuture Music Festival was the place to be this Sunday past. For the last long weekend of summer (and summer festivals) it was an a beautiful day at Ascot Racecourse.

Though it was 1.4 kilometres ‘tween some stages, the layout of Future gave opportunity for 29,000 people enough space and plenty of shade, with idyllic hideaways and full moons, team it with a whirl on the Ranger and a skate at Silent Disco, these kids looked happier than pigs in mud.  However it wasn’t until the sun started it’s descent and took the heat off with the breeze, that the party really started.

All bets were on The Prodigy being the best for a Future headline act but I must admit David Guetta was the DJ that got the crowd into that golden summer festival state. Franz Ferdinand seemed kind of out of place, but regardless of that are always fun to watch. Poor ol’ Empire of The Sun were pushed right down the very end of the track and considering Steele’s stage show, totally deserved a bigger, perhaps more central stage. Personal highlights?  Spank Rock and Booka Shade.

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GASLAMP KILLER // IT’S A SECRET ROUND HERE

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 by John

GasLampInviteLos Angeles based DJ/Producer, psychopathic beat maniac, Low End Theorist, and demonic bass shaman, THE GASLAMP KILLER returns! After the brutal and bloodied mass {musical} murderings of an entire club’s worth of unsuspecting attendees during his last Perth appearance he has gained special permission to re-enter the country, and blow your minds once again!

For the last two years he has toured steadily, earning prestigious spots at Plastic People’s FWD night in London, Barcelona’s Sonar Festival and Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder showcases to name a few; holding down his residency at LA’s seminal Low End Theory nights; and recording mixes for and with Flying Lotus, The Heliocentrics, Andy Votel’s Finders Keepers Label and Mary Anne Hobbes BBC radio show.

Describing his sound as “educational with a touch of rock ‘n’ roll energy and eclectic exorcisms. My rules, no industry standards apply”, the man is omni-voracious in his consumption and absorption of music. Spanning from psychedelic Middle-Eastern and Indian rare-grooves to body-rumbling bass-heavy hip hop and ear-piercing helicopter breaks The Gaslamp Killer is renown for his spectacularly dynamic style and energy behind his preferred weapons of mass destruction, turntables and a microphone.

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PICNIC // RECORD AND LABEL LAUNCH

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 by John

Picnic LaunchPicnic Records will be celebrating its birth as a label alongside the launch of its third release Love Vacation on Saturday, March 13.

Picnic Records is the brainchild of Perth producer and DJ Nathan Nisbet (aka Captn K), who conceived it as an avenue to release original local music with an eclectic style that blends psych, blues, funk, dub and disco.

“I wanted to have full control over the sound and not have to wait in vain after sending out demos to labels that would probably never be listened to, so starting my own label seemed the sensible option,” Nathan explains.

Nathan describes Picnic’s upcoming release as being “all about love, sunshine and dancing”. The title track “Love Vacation” is a feel-good disco-boogie sensation with sunny vocals and a smooth bass line, while “Beat Vacation” is a dance floor-ready remix by label affiliate Francis Rae. On the B-side “Inaku Dreams” builds with haunting guitar work followed by “Tumble” a laid-back track with an Italo/disco vibe that nicely rounds off the 4 track 12-inch vinyl release.

Founded in 2008, Nathan has chosen to delay the official label launch of Picnic Records until it had at least three releases and tangible success – with international distribution through UK-based Kudos Records, as well as airplay on radio stations and bars/clubs in Australia and around the world.

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REAL TO REEL // CUT & PASTE FEATURE

Saturday, December 19th, 2009 by John

Wednesday December 23 //

Jesse Woodward, Div Craft and His Big Old Bears

http://www.vimeo.com/8570903
Track // Lazy Railway – Grizzly Bear

Exodus Musica

http://www.vimeo.com/8571000
Track // Exodus Musica – Exodus Musica

Tuesday December 22 //

Rabbit Island

http://www.vimeo.com/8531013
Track // Rabbit Island – Bobby

Closer Encounters

http://www.vimeo.com/8790541
Track  // Closer Encounter – Eventful Wander

Monday December 21 //

Brash and Sassy

http://www.vimeo.com/8811358
Track // Brash and Sassy – His Heart Burned For Me

Stereoflower

http://www.vimeo.com/8809144
Track // Stereoflower – I’ve Been Sleeping


Sunday December 20 //

Simone and Girlfunkle

http://www.vimeo.com/8530633
Track // Simone and Girlfunkle – Hustle

Split Seconds

http://www.vimeo.com/8466241
Track // Split Seconds – Compasses


Saturday December 19 //

Shock! Horror!

http://www.vimeo.com/8449714
Track // Shock! Horror! – Weight

My Majestic Star

http://www.vimeo.com/8453129
Track // My Majestic Star – Part 4


Friday December 18 //

Craig McElhinney

http://www.vimeo.com/8511783
Track // Craig McElhinney – Improvisation

Craig McElhinney
The first session in the Real to Reel recording studio kicked off at midday with Craig McElhinney improvising seven amazing, looping instrumental tracks. Craig was joined by Tim Loughman (Astral Travel, Golden Staph, amongst others) on bass and drums. They’re playing in front of one of two works kindly loaned by artist Ben Barretto.

Pond

http://www.vimeo.com/8449736
Track // Pond – Block Rockin Beats

As the first day of the Real to Reel Studio kicked into action Cut & Paste popped down to see what the second band of the day had to offer. The six members of Pond dropped in to the studio around 2pm and gave us a taste of their purple syzzurp sound…

All images courtesy of photographer Elizabeth Stacey and Foodchain.

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From Friday 18 – Wednesday 23, December the team at Foodchain will be offering punters free music from some of Perth’s most promising musicians.

The Real to Reel Studio [278 William Street, Northbridge] will be open daily from 12 – 4pm. Recordings take place between 12- 1:30pm and 2- 3:30pm daily.

The event is a free all ages event so head down and take a gander at the musos on offer.

Cut & Paste will be down at the Real to Reel Studios each day to capture the bands in recording mode. We will be uploading ‘exclusive’ photos from Foodchain photographer Elizabeth Stacey and video bites from the Cut & Paste crew…

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ROC RAIDA INTERVIEW //

Friday, December 18th, 2009 by John

In 2008 Grandmaster Roc Raida graced the shores of Perth, Western Australia. While here he sat down for a chat with Cut & Paste.

After we got our communication mixed up Roc Raida ending up waiting for over 45mins in the Rosemount courtyard as we battled peak hour traffic to get there. Luckily Sam Price [aka Naik] was there to chat away to the great man.

Once we arrived Mr. Raida has no ill feelings for the mix up and was one of the most amazing people we had the chance to meet and chat to.

A True Legend. 
Rest In Peace.

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ROC RAIDA // R.I.P

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 by John
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Grandmaster Roc Raida sadly passed away last week. Cut & Paste were fortunate enough to catch up with him, during the Perth leg of his tour in 2008. //

The full extended interview will be up on the website later this week. //

To catch the Roc Raida interview head to iTunes & search “Cut & Paste DVD”. The Roc Raida interview features on Cut & Paste 5. //

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Music Video: Harlequin League – All Your Wars Are Won

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 by John

Here’s an exclusive preview of the new Harlequin League music video, you can grab a copy on Cut & Paste DVD Issue 7, out June 2009.

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DJ Revolution @ The Manor

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 by Cassie

DJ Revolution

What better way to kick off the Easter long weekend than to groove out to the tunes of a top U.S hip hop DJ? DJ Revolution from L.A radio station Power 106’s Wake Up show hit Australian soil to deliver a set that had the goal of reminding everyone of the importance of the DJ. His handful of mix tapes feature artists such as Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Biz Markie, Eric B and Rakim. In creating his albums he’s worked with Roc Raida, Craze, Spinbad, Eminem, The Beatnuts and Dilated Peoples. His latest release King Of The Decks aims to re-build the connection between DJ and MC, which he claims has been severed. On Thursday April 9 he was in Leederville delivering his message.

Respect must be given to this producer/DJ who’s been mixing hip-hop half his life. Starting out on his granddads old turntables and makeshift mixer, he made mix tapes at 12 years of age and sold them to classmates to get cash for more records. He played at clubs and parties around New York before relocating to LA to develop further contacts and skills. Eventually landing the gig on the Wake Up show, Revolution now stands as a well respected veteran with ten years experience, three albums and a bunch of mix tapes to show for it. He believes it’s his duty as DJ to source and present what’s hot on the scene right now and what will be soon. As a producer he goes to extremes to find unused beats to accompany the lyrical works recorded in his bedroom sound studio.

The classy but cozy interiors of The Manor housed his Perth show with a couple of hundred punters filling the lower floor by midnight. Supporting locals Charlie Bucket, Zeke and Selekt satisfied both the lounging head bobbers occupying the couches and the peppy dancers grooving by the DJ booth. As the hours of the night turned to morning the venue was decently packed out and buzzing to get down to a set which promised to be phat.

And phat was delivered! Revolution launched into a set that dropped many a track from King Of The Decks featuring artists such as Jazzy Jeff, Royce Da 5’9” and KRS One. Representing DJ’s he demonstrated super quick scratches, clever cuts and flawless mixing of a song selection that’s exactly what you want to get down to at a party! He warmed us up with dancier tracks by The Roots, Naughty By Nature, House Of Pain, Fresh Prince and Busta with P Diddy. People responded positively as the tracks got a bit heavier with some Pharaoh Monch, Dre, MOP, Snoop, Ruff Riders and Jay Z. As he lightened the set up towards the end a few De La Soul tunes were dished out – possibly in acknowledgment of their upcoming tour. The crowd was in high spirits throughout the set and seemingly enjoyed the homage of hip hop greats presented.

So did Revolution succeed in proving the significance of The DJ? Well he definitely demonstrated fine skills, fed the crowd great music and owned the room…. so I’d say yes!

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Future Music 2009

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 by Cassie

The first day of March was a steamy one and on this day the green grass of Wellington Square was not so graciously defaced by thousands of pairs of feet. It was the day of Future Music Festival and it was clear that punters were planning to make the most of the next several hours. As eager attendees steadily swarmed the venue from the early hours of the afternoon, the impending evening of partying and trashiness started forming its structure – but with such an awesome line-up awaiting who could blame them for being amped? Five stages of cranking sets touching on almost all genres of electronic music, rides, food, drinks, dancing – fun!

Upon entry you were presented with four of the stages: The Yellow stage situated to the left was armed by locals Micah and Yummy Fur Sound System, however for most of the arvo, contained only a handful of the thousands.

Around from this was the Silent Disco, a new craze which substitutes speakers for lots and lots of headphones. During the day it quietly pumped out sounds from predominantly Aussie DJ’s. Whether it was to check out the selection of local talent, sample some international skills from DJ’s Sketch or D-Cypher, or perhaps it was just the sheer novelty of it all – a solid queue graced the entrance of the tent for a majority of the day.

Super 8 & Tab grabbed the attention of enough folk to form decent crowd at the Godskitchen stage. Their energetic house set carried across the lawn to the large shelter, where people lounged and enjoyed appropriate intro music to an evening of dance music galore.

Past the steamy, pulsating The Likes Of You tent was the massive bar area that had periods of good/slow/warm drink service through the day and provided an effective entry point for a mob of 20 kids to jump the fence – all but a couple succeeding entry. Further along the back was the raised V.I.P stand which would have had a perfect view over the audience to the Future Music stage.

Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia warmed the main stage with a couple of hours of funky booty shakin tunes. Show Me Love by Robin S, And I Miss You by Sade and Daft Punk’s Around The World ignited a hubbub of dance in celebration of these popular club anthems. “We love you guys! We love your country! We love Australia!” one yelled to the crowd before finishing up, making way for following act N.E.R.D.

As Pharrell, Chad and Shay took over the stage, a final rush of people swarmed to the Future stage to check out the boys in the flesh and see if they rock out as hard as they do in their albums. After an intro that touched on all 3 albums, they unsuccessfully attempted trying to get the crowd to squat down, (those who did received strange looks from fellow audience members) before dropping into a really enjoyable set that covered a good range of their work. They sampled songs from their latest album Seeing Sounds including Sooner Or Later, Anti Matter and Everyone Knows and popular tracks from their second album Don’t Worry About It and She Wants To Move were definite highlights. Fans would have to have been pleased to hear the decent selection of tracks from first album In Search Of including Brain, Run To The Sun, Bobby James, Provider and Lapdance, though Rock Superstar was the undoubtedly the peak of the set.

Over at the Godskitchen stage the Guru of turn-tables Grandmaster Flash took over at 6:30 hitting the audience a monster mash-up of classic tracks and new samples of his latest album The Bridge. Not showing a hint of his age, his energy and jam packed set picked up the crowd and launched the evening into full swing. Dropping each song for only several bars tops, he teased hip-hop fans by hinting at many classic tracks with an intro before launching into the next party tune. Some southern rap, KRS One and Run DMC, before throwing in his own tracks from The Bridge and oldies White Lines and Jump On It. Keeping with old school were tracks by Chic, Dee-lite, ACDC, Lenny Kravitz and Blur. All that was in the first half hour! Proclaiming himself a pioneer of hip-hop he explained that he views all genres of music as hip-hop and from here kicked into a steady set containing a Dr Dre mash-up, Chilli Peppers mixed with Snoop, Nirvana, The White Stripes, Naughty By Nature, Beyonce, Notorious B.I.G, Kris Kross, Big L, M.O.P … and too many more. It was awesome!

Basement Jaxx are all about party music and the crowd drank in their funky beats, colourful costumes and the powerful voices of their singers. Performing most of their big hits including Good Luck, Where’s Your Head At and a ballad version of Romeo, the crowd was loose and liberated by the music. Not limiting their set to their own songs they dropped a few covers including Sex On Fire by Kings Of Leon.

Etienne De Crecy the famous DJ in a cube was dropping a thumping set to a sea of dripping stompers next door in The Like Of You Tent. The French house DJ plays in the heart of several plasma screens which form a 3D cube. The visuals displayed on the screen are designed to represent and compliment the music he’s playing – pulsating, traveling and rotating like a rubrics cube to the beat.

All up the day was a great one with some quality acts, great atmosphere and generally a good set up. If there was a slightly smaller attendance, slightly stronger breeze and people were slightly less toasted, it would have been awesome – but you can’t win them all.

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Alice Russell @ The Bakery

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 by Cassie

On Saturday Feb 7th The Bakery’s roof was blown off thanks to the powerful voices of three talented women. These lead singers and their equally impressive band members compiled the line-up for this years’ Funk Club Ball. The annual event is dedicated to celebrating the incredible pool of talent that goes through The Funk Club’s doors and this year successfully showcased some amazing acts from both here in Perth and across the ocean.

An eclectic mix of patrons filled the venue this balmy summer night. Anticipations were high to hear the soulful voice of headliner Alice Russell and most were eager to get-on-down to the quality shows that have come to be expected of locals Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomic and the Funk Club House Band.

Kicking off the night was Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomic. The band filled the air with chilled out grooves and overlaying this backdrop of sound Odette Mercy’s effortless voice boomed into the night enticing people from the courtyard to start filling interior of the venue.

The Funk Club House Band hit the stage next – stepping straight into their element. Originally forming as the ‘face of the Funk Club’, they have since grown to a seven piece outfit, playing at gigs for many big international artists over the last couple of years. The vocals of Denise Wijasuria, over the upbeat and uplifting music of the band set the night into gear and ensured the number of remaining people scattered through the courtyard steadily decreased. By the time Alice Russell graced us with her tiny frame and gigantic voice, outside was completely empty and inside people tried to get the preferable vantage point to both see and dance.

Singer songwriter Alice Russell is huge in the U.K and rapidly gaining popularity across the globe, on her current tour of Australia, Europe and the U.S. After releasing Under The Munka Moon in ‘04 Russell caught peoples attention with her powerful voice that can be described as timeless – in that it matches the bluesy styles of Aretha Franklin whilst setting a new standard in contemporary vocals. Her second album release; My Favorite Letters (‘05) and collaborating with the Quantic Soul Orchestra have gained her the respect of the industry, boosting her reputation enough to carry into the international limelight. Currently touring her latest album Pot Of Gold, Russell has quite the list of references under her belt having worked with a broad range of artists such as Massive Attack, Mr Scruff, The Roots, Bah Samba and Fat Freddy’s Drop.

This Saturday she took over the stage armed with her microphone and five piece band. Their set included a number of songs from Russell’s first two albums including A Fly In The Hand and Two Steps. Pot Of Gold tracks were featured this night and a crowd pleasing moment occurred as we were led into a unique rendition of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army. However it was the quirky lyrics and bouncy beat of brand new song Big Shiny Laser that claimed the spotlight. After seemingly finishing her set, Russell was not yet allowed to wrap things up. The audience applauded the little lady and band heartily – demanding for more! So funk filled the room one last time as Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy was dropped – her ground shaking voice matching the depth the song deserves.

Russell’s albums contain elements of different styles of music, incorporating jazz/soul/blues/pop and whilst generally upbeat in nature, have an overall chilled out lounge vibe. For her live performance she steps up a notch in funky energy and delivers a very satisfying show.

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Breakfest 2008 @ Belvoir

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 by Cassie

Breakfest 2008 “went off!” according to many people who attended the annual Boxing Day festival at atmospheric Belvoir Amphitheatre. Four time winner of Best Event at the Perth Dance Music Awards, this year the all day (1-11pm) festival didn’t disappoint – featuring two stages of impressive international and local talent.

Thankfully the blistering heat wasn’t an issue this year and a mild breeze which kicked in after 2pm made for a quite pleasant summer day. After Dan the Man and Royce kicked off a good start to the afternoon, local hip-hop outfit The Typhoons took the stage. Emcee Able and MC Galaga performed with eight other band members on percussion, keys, strings and brass to create a dynamic live hip-hop show which got peoples feet moving. Largely due to the earliness in the day the amphitheatre wasn’t filled out much, however The Typhoons seem to have a loyal fan base and the audience was having a good time.

Meanwhile on the local stage Marty McFly and Prizzy were getting breaks fans warmed up with an energetic set, enticing the early party goers to move around the sheltered dance floor. Philly and Mono Lisa took over the decks at 315 just as the venue started filling up noticeably. The local stage was positioned near the entrance and their crankin’ set, which dropped Mr Brightside by The Killer’s and Snap’s I Got The Power,) allured arriving punters to have a boogy.

Those who opted to bypass this stage went to check out John H representing Fort Knox Five. His groovy set complimented the summer vibes and was responsible for forming the decent mosh pit in front of the stage (which steadily grew as the evening came on). The Jungle Brothers – took over the main stage for an hour at 430. With Sammy B on the cuts and Mike G on the mic, they dropped a bouncing set which included favorites Because I Got It Like That from their first album Straight Out The Jungle and Jungle Brother from Raw Deluxe.

Hook n Sling took things up a notch pumping crowd pleasing party beats into the now rather hectic amphitheatre. People were well and truly loosened up and as the sun started sinking anticipation grew for the night ahead. At 6:30 Jay-Z’s 99 Problems filled the air indicating the start of the Atomic Hooligan set. Matt started out bringing the funk warming-up the enthusiastic audience and gradually building to banging breaks mixed with well known tracks such as De La Soul’s Ring, Ring, Ring and Busta Rhymes Dangerous.

People responded enthusiastically when Aquasky jumped in with some dirty break beats. The crowd got down to a pumping set, responding enthusiastically when Deee-Lite, The Prodigy and other popular artists were dropped.

Last up was big name for the night Krafty Kuts. This English DJ is renowned for dropping “killer sets!” and armed with MC Dynamite he capped off the night nicely once again. Opening with the Beatles and mixing into M.O.P he got the whole crowds attention. He added The Killers, Soul 11 Soul and Groove Armada to his booty shaking concoction before dropping some drum and bass for the last half hour or so – The Verve and Guns and Roses echoing through the bassline.

Another successful Breakfest!

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Seriously Sound System @ Hyde Park

Monday, December 22nd, 2008 by Cassie

Seriously Sound System 2008

High on many Pertheans “top things to do on a summer day” list is spending a lazy afternoon with friends in the sun at Hyde Park – having a few drinks and taking advantage of the peaceful serenity that can be found so close to town. If you happened to be there on December 20th, the element of funky music was added to the equation for Seriously Sound System.

Running from midday ‘til late, RTRFM put on this yearly small music festival which features local music acts from different genres – from reggae to breaks, hip hop, funk and more. This years’ line-up didn’t disappoint, featuring a talented selection of artists who all did their best to get peoples bodies moving.

Showers in the morning caused a little weather wariness, but by early afternoon the sun was out just in time for the first acts of the day to get the beats cranking. Though it was an 18+ event there were a number of small children present with their parents, seemingly enjoying the music and having a little boogie.

By mid afternoon there were almost a few hundred punters scattered across the lush grass. Zarm set a chilled out vibe to the afternoon filling the air with roots and reggae tunes. This four piece dub/reggae outfit infuses old school beats with live vocals, percussion and guitar, creating a funky fresh sound that was enjoyed by all.

Dart stepped up next delivering a pumping drum and bass set. Though onlookers appreciated the music, it was seemingly too early for this degree of bass and bottoms remained planted on the floor. A brief period of heavy rain was the catalyst for change, prompting punters to get up and find shelter under the big Banyan trees. As the rain lightened and sun shine broke through, people were enticed out again: the wet grass preventing most from sitting back down. The alternative was to have a sun dance – just as dub/reggae group Earthlink took over the stage.

Earthlink’s Drummie, Simo T, Isis and Sheriff Lindo brought in the funk, just as the venue started filling out quite rapidly. Accompanied by MC Munchie Man, these guys took control of the crowd by delivering music to match the party vibe, enticing people to boogy.

Ben Taaffe and Ben Elliot kept the mood going by adding some breaks and hip-hop to the night. Following them Funk Club’s Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomic delivered soulful grooves, the beautiful bluesy voice of Ms Mercy echoing over the park.

As dusk started to set in, inhabitations were loosened and the crowds aim was to dance and have a good time. Fdel responded accordingly, continuing with hip-hop and breaks but cranking it up a notch. By the time Downsyde took the stage the audience was well pumped. The popular hip-hop outfit played a selection of tracks from their four albums and delivered another crowd pleasing performance.

The last act for the night was Micah vs. Ben Mac. These well reputed DJs pumped out an energetic breaks set, jumping around and dancing as hard as the people watching them.

Ben Mac spoke to Cut & Paste about teaming up with Micah: “With Micah it’s so easy – we don’t have to speak about anything. We just get up there and slap it because we know each other so well. Bloody love it”. Their compatibility is evident in their well flowing set that made you want to dance hard. “I am a firm believer in never planning sets as I find it steals from the flow of the performance. We spoke about the first tune we were both going to play and winged it from there as it’s the only way to be in touch with the crowd.”

All in all Seriously Sound System was the perfect way to spend a sunny December day.

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Cut & Paste Shout Out

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 by John

A little shout out from all the interviewees on Issue 3.

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Freestyle: Elf Tranzporter

Thursday, October 11th, 2007 by John

Is a pioneer of the Australian hip-hop scene. A founding member of underground legends MetaBass’n'Breath, Elf Tranzporter moves wherever he communicates his ‘heart-core’ lyricism & cypheric beatbox. Performing solo, on extensive Oz tours with DJ Wasabi, Elf’s shows are well known within Melbourne’s infamous hiphop, dub electronic music scene… When he was last in Perth Elf dropped into The Moon for a chat – check out this exclusive freestyle!

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Out Take: Charlie Bucket

Thursday, October 11th, 2007 by John

Here’s an out take or two from the Charlie Bucket Mixtape.

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