Tag : Australia
Ever heard of the genre art rock? Well, now you did and we just fell in love with it. So presenting you the latest catchy tune that we are spending the first amazing summer days in Berlin and Vienna to. “It´s A Fine Line” by Gypsy & The Cat is out of their second album ‘The Late Blue’ and the tune as well as the video directed by Mathew Caron, feels like a psychodelic journey. And pay attention to the end of the song, that is a real contrast to the rest and simply perfect. Created by Xavier Bacash & Lionel Towers, this is a musical jewel coming all the way from Australia, Melbourne.
“This is a story about a free-spirited and youthful girl who spends most of her time frolicking among her wild flowers. The Casper&Pearl girl never really grew up, she never really wanted to. The only thing that grew was her long braided hair and the flowers in her garden. She danced and swayed to the sound of solitude in the floral walls that kept her.” What a wonderful story! So please enjoy the beautiful AW 13/14 lookbook “Secret Garden” shot by Marryam Lum for the young and girly Australian label Casper&Pearl. Behind this is the only 18 year young designer Stacey Hendrickson who is inspired by the past innocence, vintage style and 70´s shilouettes.
“She danced only for the sun” is like a fairy-tale with blurry light and candy-coloured rhinestones. Photographers are Ingela Furustig & Stacey Russell. Model is Elke Bonner and Stylists are Kate J Ryder & Ingela Furustig. Makeup is done by Artist Tarlee Russell, as well as Post Production by Stacey Russell.
clothing credits: first image: Dress – Faith & Lola Sunglasses – The Hiding Tree
2&3: Dress – The Hiding Tree
4: Dress – La Lune
5,6,7&8: Dress – Begitta
9: Dress – The Hiding Tree
“Rhythm brings together a unique group of designers, artists, musicians, surfers and snowboarders with a shared dream of creating a livelihood doing what they love. Drawing on influences from the worlds of art, music, lifestyle – past, present and future.” can be read on the website of Rhythm Australia, a label that has just caught my attention because of their really cool collection videos for the upcoming AW 2013 season. And then I also noticed that they are both done by Nat Lanyon, who we adore and who has also done the video for our Paradise issue. Awesome!
Cinematography & Grading – Nat Lanyon
Stylists: Sian York Byrne & Jacob Byrne
MUA: Gemma Elaine
Model: Caroline Wilson
Stills Photography: Ali Mitton
Cinematography & Grading – Nat Lanyon
Stylist: Jacob Byrne
Model: Max T
screenshots Rhythm Girls Winter Collection 2013
I have just realised quite an interesting fact – in the past few months, almost every artist who has caught my attention is from Australia. I may owe an apology to this country for not having paid more attention to it before. Anyway, I would love to show you my latest musical finding – Chet Faker & his band.
By accident (yes, as usual) I came across on the rework of (legendary) Burial‘s track called Archangel. I guess you heard about it. Well everyone has heard it. It has changed music a couple pf years ago. Of course, NO ONE can match to Burial’s talent. But when I heard Chet’s rework of Archangel I simply “emotionally exploded”. The track started with calming piano and guitar melodies accompanied by Chet’s voice… and then in the middle, when the drums join in, well it just explodes. And at the end of the song you get that feeling “it wasn’t enough” and you play it over and over again…
Chet Faker performs Archangel [live]
The cover of Archangel is not the only great track that Chet recorded with his band pals in an old butter factory in Australia. They created a small studio over there and recorded live versions of tracks, plus the cover of Archangel. Definitely something to look forward to!
And a small note for nitpickers: Yeah, they may look like hipsters, but who cares what artists look like as long as they put honest emotions and their soul into the music, hm?
Chet Faker : Live Session Trailer
Chet Faker : I’m Into You
Text by Simona Hypsová
“Thug life” is a supercool black&white editorial by photographer Yazzi Williams from Brisbane/ Australia. And we also can´t get enough of the cool styling done by Ellise @ Gill Greative and young, fresh and wild model Ingrid Williams from Viviens Model Management.
“I have come to realize that im inspired by the simple things. Like a horizion or a sunset as chessy as it may be. Open landscapes what ever form they take. That rare glimpse of beauty or humor you may find in a fleeting moment with a random stranger. Friends and lovers. Music . Words on paper. Good times.” We can only agree to that. Australian photographer Ross Laurence inspired us with his beautiful work and his thoughts about photography and life…
Hey Ross, so how are you and what are you up to at the moment? And even more important – what part of the world are you at right now?
Im good- a little cold. Currently in Moscow working on a few jobs- some private portrait sessions and a advertising gig. Also working on a self published print publication called IMG_001.- I have a big desire to create something that’s tangible- not just a image on a screen that’s scrolled over and lost for ever in the world wide web.
In an interview last year you said you wanna move to Berlin as you love the dark, industrial vibe to it. And the Techno music. Seems like you have changed your mind now? Or you just don´t find the time to settle anywhere really?
Hahaha… yeah I did move to Berlin for 5 months over the European summer but found myself spending more time in Ibiza than Berlin. I “thought” I would like the dark industrial vibe that berlin throws off but after a few months it kinda got to me. So much grey concrete. Berlin is kinda portrayed as this super creative city- maybe it was like that 20 years ago- but now with ‘techno tourism’ taking over I think alot of people just talk about being creative- normally at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon at Panaroma bar. The most creative people I meet in berlin where the ones who where working super hard to get out of there. It definitely was’nt as inspiring as I thought it would be. Due to the fact it’s a cheap place to live- your rates as a photographer take a hit aswel. I did jobs for 1/10 of the rate I would get in Sydney. You still do the same amount of work- just for less money. Its all relative thou. I would recommend anyone wanting to move to berlin- make sure your super busy before you go- a lot of people sit around on there hands waiting for the weekend to roll in so they can go party- but having said that the music scene is off the hook and I made a lot of life long friends and started shooting for few well known record labels so some good things did come out of it in the long run. Compared to Australia thou the weather is not as reliable- and due to the fact that I prefer to shoot location it kinda slowed my work rate down a lot. I realized I need to be surrounded by a large body of water and sunshine at all times to be comfortable and happy which leads into a productive work schedule. On my to-do list for 2013 is to settle down- not sure how that will go.
Anything that you really miss from back home in Australia while being on the road?
I really miss my family- I have a lot of nieces and nephews (10 in total) ranging from 4-15 so I really miss watching them grow up. Oh and I miss the ocean- I try and get in the water at least once a day- even in winter.. The ocean has a strong healing power- cures a hangover or a heartbreak even if its just for a few minutes. I also miss the ability to rock up to my mum’s place raid the fridge, chill out and talk shit.
“Capturing moments in time” is one thing that attracts you towards photography. What moments in your life do you wish you could hold onto longer?
The moments I´ve lost. Sometimes u see something happening in front of your eyes and you simply just don’t have enough time to record it.. there are a few distinct images that have stuck in my mind I wish I could have captured that eluded me for whatever reason. I shoot all of my personal images on film as I don’t believe you should ‘edit’ your personal life. I’ve been unlucky in the fact that I´ve had a few things have been stolen from me in the past. Mostly bags containing un-processed rolls of film- about 20 in total. But im lucky to have a really good memory for images- so I can always re-create them if I want. U don’t always need a camera to record a image.
What is a good image in your eyes?
There are so many factors that make a good image. Timing is one of them- composition and light. Subject matter is also key to any strong image. The connection between the model and photographer. Good direction and vision. Also having a strong creative team working with you makes all the difference. Ive been lucky enough to work with some of the best model agencies & hair and make up artists and stylists going around. I´ve been focusing more on my personal images rather than shooting fashion of late. So I suppose a good image is something that can take you back in time and make u remember how and what you where feeling. Oh and luck. That’s a big part of what we do.
What are the best life lessons that you have gained from all your travelling?
Giving in to the notion that there is no point worrying about the things that are out of your control. Making split second decisions and running with it. Working out of my comfort zone constantly, and adapting to ANY situation that arises. Packing light- I have the ability to travel for a year with just a few clothes and my camera gear.
The person that has influenced you most in your life?
There have been some many people that have pushed me to become not only a better person but a better photographer. Ranging from my old bosses in hospitality, my family & friends, Nick Scott- a photographer who took me on as his assistant when I knew absolutely nothing about photography 4 years ago- to my ex-girlfriends mother- who actually pushed be into believing that everyone possess a form of creativity. But If i take the last 2 years as a major part of “my life” I would have to say my girlfriend- her desire to see more of the world has definitely opened my opportunities up to a more global market than it would have if I had just stayed in one place.
The things and people that inspire you the most nowadays?
I have come to realize that im inspired by the simple things. Like a horizion or a sunset as chessy as it may be. Open landscapes what ever form they take. That rare glimpse of beauty or humor you may find in a fleeting moment with a random stranger. Friends and lovers. Music . Words on paper. Good times.
Your past regrets and future dreams?
I sometimes regret not knowing what I wanted to do from a earlier age. I only really started shooting 4 years ago- 2 of them have been on the road travelling. But that was completely out of my control- maybe I needed to go thru what I did in the past to get me to where I am today. Im really looking forward to settling down in a few key places. I have realized that you cant just swan into town and expect things to happen immediately- what we do for work takes time to build. People have to know your personality before you can start to work constantly for good publications and clients. I want to set myself up in Sydney for 6 months of the year, 3 months in Ibiza then the other 4 in LA (pending the approval of my green card). It might take a bit longer to achieve a certain level of success than most but at least ill have sunshine 12 months of the year.
The most important thing for you in life is?
Making sure I leave something behind that’s indicative of my existance- be that a visual memory of my life as a photographer or a few good stories to tell the grand-children.
All images by Ross Laurence
I am in love. In love with Matt Walters new song from the forthcoming album “Vacant Heart“. The Australian musician enchants with soft voice, minimal and silent sounds.
Ich bin verliebt. Verliebt in den neuen Song von Matt Walters aus dem kommenden frischen Album “Vacant Heart“. Der Australier verzaubert mit sanfter Stimme, minimalen Arrangement und leisen Klängen.
Slow but steady the European summer is coming to an end. But in Australia it is just about to start. So a good time to show our latest label discovery – MUTHER OF ALL THINGS. Sweet and pretty swimwear and wetsuits – just what you need for a great day on the beach. Marisa Sidoti & Joceline Godfrey, the two founders and creators behind M.O.A.T. get inspired by surf culture and their home town Byron Bay – and we got really inspired by their pledge on their website: ” …Mingle. Be inspired by like minded creatures and eat chocolate every Monday. Surf – no matter how bad we are! Love and respect fellow Mother Nature. Acknowledge our customers and share our success. Say yes! Love the ride. Make it happen. Inspire. Re-create…..” And now can someone please beam us over to Australian summer?!
It seems that right now Australia is one of our favourite places when it comes to music. Well, not just music of course. Anyway, we are really fond of The Paper Kites, whose supercool video of their latest song A Maker of My Time rocked our musical world. Being close friends before, Sam Bentley, Christina Lacy, Dave Powys, Sam Rasmussen and Josh Bentley just kind of fell into getting together as a band. After their successful debut EP Woodland they have recently released their latest EP Young North and are just about to start to hit the roads of Australia with their upcoming tour. But before that we had the chance to speak to Sam about their music, the greatest inspirations and that taking a risk sometimes can really pay off…
I loved to read your short biography on facebook: “Hello, we’re The Paper Kites, we play songs.” Because it says everything essential. And because I think your music speaks for you guys already. Nevertheless let´s reveal a few things about you guys to our readers. Thanks Sam, for taking some time – how are you?
So tell us a bit about of your beginnings as a band… Are you all friends?
We were all close friends before we started the band. Myself, David and Samuel (Rasmussen) were actually all playing in different bands at the time. The only reason we ever pulled anything together was because Christina and I had been playing cafe’s and we were accepted to play a festival and pulled the guys in to play with us. Samuel (Rasmussen) and I worked together in a warehouse, Joshua was my cousin and I liked his drumming so we asked him too. We liked David because he could sing and we were big fans of his other band, he sort of agreed to play as long as it didn’t interfere with his other band. I had a few originals that we played and I think we just thought it went pretty well and kept playing from there. It was never really an official ‘let’s start a band’ conversation, we just kind of fell into it.
And what´s the story behind choosing the band name “The Paper Kites”?
There’s no great name story, it was just what Christina and I were playing under.
A Maker of My Time your latest video is just so cool – raw, natural and it makes you smile when watching. And makes you wanna get up and join the guy. You must have had so much fun shooting it!
It was one of the stranger things I’ve done in my life. I think the hardest part was trying to explain the idea to everyone without it sounding like the most boring video ever made. I had a pretty distinct vision and we’re all pretty creative in the band so everyone had their own idea of what they wanted it to look like. But we eventually just decided to try it. It was pretty risky because we went out to a location we’d never seen, working with a co-director we’d never worked with using an actor we’d never met. But it was a magical experience seeing it all come to life, completely unscripted and free flowing and the end result was something special. It was a lot of fun, a lot of hard work on our poor actors behalf but he really got in to the head space and brought an incredible performance.
And who is that great guy in the video btw?
Tendai was a very talented guy we found on the internet (haha) he’s originally from Zimbabwe I believe. We just thought he looked perfect and flew him to our shooting location. He was beyond fantastic!
What does music and being a musician mean to you?
It’s just what’s in me to do.
The greatest inspirations for writing a new song are…
How did you get one of your songs onto Grey´s Anatomy? Did they approach you?
That was something our management and publishing made happen. Christina had mentioned to them that if it was ever possible she would love to hear our music on Grey’s Anatomy because she’s was a big fan. A few weeks later Stu called her and said ‘You know how you wanted to be on Grey’s Anatomy? Well..we’re going to be on Grey’s Anatomy’. She was very excited, we were all pretty excited. Mainly because it was being played at the end of the episode of the season finale. That’s usually the crying moment of the show for the fans, so It’s always nice to assist the criers.
So in October you will hit the roads of Australia for The Young North tour. I am sure you are very excited and we wish you lots of fun for it! Do you have any specific band ritual before going up on stage?
We actually have a song we sing before we play that has to include the city we’re in and the name of the venue. It’s to the tune of ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’.
And when are you gonna come over to Europe?
We would love to come to Europe! We wish it was as easy as jumping on a plane and playing the shows. Hopefully when we release the album next year we will be able to get over there.
Last concert that you have been to yourself?
The last GOOD concert I went to was Father John Misty when he was playing in Melbourne. It was one of the best live shows I’ve been to.
5 things you cannot live without?
Food, Air, Water, Sleep & The Beatles
The best life lesson so far?
There’s always more to learn
So the other day we introduced you to a tasty musical tidbit – the wonderful Ry Cuming. And we were trying to find out more about the guy with the beautiful, seductive voice. His biography sounds quite like an adventure. Being raised in a small village by the sea in Australia he has travelled the world, got discovered in Costa Rica and spend the past years of his life in L.A.