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muscle man ben cameron IT was the moment Chris Copulos knew he’d arrived: taking to the stage on a nationwide tour supporting a certified heavyweight of electronica. But then came the feelings of inadequacy. DJ, musician and producer Copulos aka Muscles has been seriously flexing his own professionally for the past few years. So opening for global beatmasters The Chemical Brothers was a lofty step up the ladder of street cred: coming relatively

nanoseconds after the release of his debut album, Guns, Babes, Lemonade in late 2007. The once bullied high school student from Shepparton grew up listening to the Chemicals from the sanctuary of his bedroom. Now, he was warming up thousands of their followers. Weird. “The whole thing was huge,” Muscles said. “They (The Chemical Brothers) had this million dollar screen for visuals, and 40 massive metre-wide strobe lights.” Muscles, the one man tour version, was a slightly more thrifty operation. “I’m just up on stage, by myself, with a couple of keyboards, a laptop and a microphone,” he said.

“It was a great learning process.” Muscles the performer was born at age three (classical piano), although the ambiguous moniker would arrive years later, with strangely no connection to bluster. It was all about self-motivation. “There’s probably about 20 different stories about it,” he laughed. “I’m not the most athletic bloke, I’m always sitting down and producing and playing music. I thought if I called myself Muscles eventually I’d have to get myself together and get fit. “But it’s worked, I go to the gym twice a week and walk and ride my bike as often as I can.”

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J music library was at the show and they heard Ice Cream and said ‘We have to play this’. The song got a spin on air the following week, quickly became a staple tune, and eventually charted at Number 45 on the station’s Hottest 100 in 2008. “It hit me out of nowhere, it was incredible,� he said. “It was weird to hear yourself on the radio.� Like his love for The Chemical Brothers and all things dance, his first album was conceived in the family home. “I was living at home. My sisters and parents kept coming and going so I’d have to pick the time where they wouldn’t be in the house,� he said. “So I’d get all the equipment out of my bedroom and set it up in the living room and record as much as I could.� Although his debut LP rocketed to number one on the dance charts in

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“As a songwriter and producer, you’re always upping your game, making your songs bigger and the production better. “I thought ‘That’s similar to working on your body, it fits’.� There’s been plenty of sculpting, both in the gym and the studio, but Muscles credits his initial success to a combination of networking, talent, and some good old fashioned luck. “I was the kind of guy who would go to four different gigs a week,� he said. “It (career success) was a combination of luck and a very supportive Melbourne music scene. “As you go to see bands and DJs you start to see the same people around everywhere, so I just surrounded myself with people who were interested in what I was doing.� Easy for Muscles to say; not every budding musician creates a hit as catchy as 2007’s Ice Cream. Or, a man on the inside. “You always have to have one guy one on the inside (of the music industry), even if they’re just making coffees,� he said. National youth broadcaster Triple J came to the party after a Sydney gig. “Somebody who worked in the Triple

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its first week, Muscles had no idea Ice Cream would tickle so many musical tastebuds. In fact, he was insecure about some of the lyrics. “I had the lyric ‘stab you in the gut’. I thought maybe it was a bit violent, but I put it in there,� he aid. “Then there was ‘dancing with my shirt off ’. But I thought ‘what the hell’. Somehow it worked.� The victim of bullying in high school, Ice Cream was also a dancy flashback to harder times. “I was trying to capture the emotions of what it feels like to be a teenager, growing up, feeling vulnerable and being bullied,� he said. There’s something in the water down in Shepparton. And the locals know it, as the home town of acclaimed band, Augie March, will showcase some of its local talent at the first ever Shepparton 3630 music festival next Saturday. “It’s (the festival) the first of its kind really, it’s going to be really cool,� he said. Muscles is happy with the fact he can easily blend into his home town crowd. “I’ve got a pretty generic face,� he laughed. “I don’t get recognised anywhere.� “It’s good. I played the St Kilda festival in front of thousands of people but I can go out afterwards and enjoy myself.� For the laconic but hard working Muscles, the journey is just beginning. “Once you sign with a label, that’s when the work begins,� he said. “It’s a tough job because you don’t know how people are going to respond to your music.�

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gig guide Friday, March 4 Basement Bar Mike Elrington 9pm FREE Newmarket Hotel Sarah and the King Bees 9pm Golden Vine Hotel The Lost Boys w/ The Shoe Shine Boys 8pm FREE Bridge Hotel Duane and Kirby 9pm FREE Old Hepburn Hotel Untapped 8pm FREE The Pub JR Baker Band See venue for details Horvat’s Wine Bar Adrian Deakin 6pm to 8pm FREE Moodswing 8.30pm FREE

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THIS is one of the most fascinating true stories of our history. The Batavia, on its maiden voyage and laden with a wealth of treasures, jams up on a reef off the Abrolhos Islands. What follows is breathtaking – a slide into human degradation, rape, treachery and heroism. Fitzsimons is the master storyteller who gives us a body to the bones of this great story. He calls this adults-only history. If you read no other non-fiction book this year, you must read this. Reviewed by Harry Hart

Saturday March 5 Community Garden Working Bee and Lunch 10am to 2pm St Matthews Church, 153 Eaglehawk Road, Long Gully. Details: 0458 756 682. Sedgwick Old Time Dance 8pm. Entry $6. A Plate appreciated. Music by Dancing Pennies. Details: 5439 6317. The Rocking Donkeys Pugg Mahones 11pm to late, no cover charge. Sunday March 6 Heartbeat Charity Bowls Day Bendigo Bowls Club Barnard Street, Bendigo. 5pm start. Casual dress nominated mixed two bowl triples. Details: 5448 3605. Regional Picnic, Redesdale Redesdale Reserve, 10am to 4pm. $25 adult hamper, $12 children. Bookings 1800 813 153. Eaglehawk Senior citizen’s country and western 1.30pm at 6 Darling Street, Eaglehawk. $3. Regional Picnic, Redesdale Redesdale Reserve, 10am to 4pm. $25 adult hamper, $12 children. Bookings 1800 813 153. Mick Ahearne and Tony Buchanan (Saxophones). Red Hill Hotel, Chewton, 4pm. Caledonian Art, Craft and Produce Market. 9am to 1pm Hand made and home grown products. Free Entry Details: 0420 528 729.

Golden Vine Hotel Sunday Session with Old Buzzard Medicine Show 4pm to 7pm FREE Bridge Hotel The Mockbells 2pm to 5pm FREE Horvat’s Wine Bar Robbie Melville & Rebecca Johnson 6.30pm to 8pm FREE One Tree Hill Hotel Hannah Jakab 2pm FREE Old Hepburn Hotel Checkerboard 4pm to 7pm FREE Tuesday March 8 Golden Vine Hotel Jam Session 8.30pm FREE Bendigo Folk Club The Cottars 8pm $20/$15 mem & con Thursday March 10 Newmarket Hotel Infektion and Anno Domini 9pm

this week’s top 10 1. Afterlife book 4 Evernight Claudia Gray 2. Kingdom Besieged Raymond E. Feist 3. Letters and Numbers SBS 4. Letters and Numbers 2 SBS 5. Wise Man’s Fear book 2 Kingkiller Chronicles Patrick Rothfuss 6. 127 Hours Aaron Ralston 7. Leopard Jo Nesbo 8. The King’s Speech Mark Logue 9. Jungle Clive Cussler 10. At Home with the Templetons Monica McInerney


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self and he wouldn’t let the technical ability of any one of us fall short when recording. If one of my lines wasn’t delivered with enough visceral attitude he would make me redo it. He was the same way with the rest of them as well. Very knowledgeable guy and I think he’s going to do some wonderful things.

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Well you’re over to Australia soon for Soundwave. Looking forward to coming back? Can’t wait for that man. Every time we come we have a great time. I’m from southern California which has a similar climate and the fact that you can do a sound check, go surf and then come back and play is awesome. This time around I’m bringing my wife and kids as well so it’s going to be pretty special. I’m really looking forward to playing with such great bands as well.

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HERE at b.entertained, I generally write my stories on Mondays. This week has been no exception. So since writing this I would have seen One Day As A Lion, Stone Sour, Sevendust, 36 Crazyfists, Murderdolls, Monster Magnet, Dommin and Rob Zombie all perform at a range of Soundwave sideshows that are affectionately known as “Sidewaves”. More than likely, I also partied hard last night with Bring Me The Horizon, Silverstein, Devildriver and Terror at NEXT, Melbourne’s alternative nightclub. Today however, is the big one. I’ll be joining hundreds of other Bendigonians in watching some of the world’s premier rock bands including Iron Maiden, Slash, Slayer and Queens of the Stone Age at Soundwave Festival. Also high up on my list of bands to see are US groove metal titans Devildriver, and I was lucky enough to talk to their vocalist Des Fafara pre-event.

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Des, how are you buddy? Hey Jake, I’m really good thanks. Glad to be back at work now? Absolutely. The break was only short but it was nice to spend time with the family. We’ve been back on the road for four or five days now and it’s good to be back in the saddle. We’re about a month out from the release of your next studio album Beast. What do you think fans can come to expect? I think that they’re going to get something in-your-face, visceral and volatile. That’s what the scene is lacking and that’s what we’re here to provide. What you get when you put Beast on will be a kick in the face and the immediate removal of your teeth.

What songs do you anticipate are going to have the biggest impact? Well it’s really the record in general that we spent the most time on. Where some artists put all their time and effort into one or two songs, we lay our career on the whole body of work we’ve done in time and that whole body of work encompasses Beast. Can you tell us how the recording sessions went? Fairly smoothly for the band, but I had to leave the process twice because I was going through some personal sh*t. It was kind of a dark time in my life making this record and looking back in hindsight I think that it definitely added to the volatility of the album lyrically. You worked with producer Mark Lewis this time around, what was he like to work with? He’s a good guy. He’s a player him-

Which bands in particular? Well I mean, (Iron) Maiden’s playing. Watching Maiden and Slayer with your kids can’t be too bad right? Not at all! You guys are renowned for the biggest circle pits in the world, plan on making another attempt at Soundwave? That’s something that the fans give to us, we don’t create the pit. It’s something that our vibe on stage transfers to them. I’ll take this opportunity to thank all those guys, our appreciation goes out to those who give that to us.

in Reno, just to watch him die” and have people attribute that to his life and think he actually did that. On Beast it was personally a watershed year for me, I was getting rid of a lot of demons and a lot of vampires around my life. I think you’re going to hear that on the record. It’s a record that’s relieving and is going to connect with the listener, theyre going to feel like “I felt like that yesterday” or “I felt like that the day before”. I hope that was very Devildriver. If you could party with any one musician alive or dead, who would it be? I’d love to party with Jim Morrison, couldn’t think of many people I’d have liked to have met more. You’ve been over in Australia quite a bit, have you developed a taste for any local food or drink? I’ve always been a wine guy and I love Australian wine, Australian Shiraz especially. That being said, I like red wine and if you’re a fan, come on out and bring a bottle. Anything at all you’d like to tell our readers? Thank you very much for everything you have given us. We live an awesome life, travelling and bringing our art to different continents and different cultures and it’s all so appreciated. Interview also featured Metalobsession.net

Where do you take the most inspiration from for your song writing? Different records run different times in my life. Every bit of art I do is in diction of where I am at the time. That being said I tend to do write a lot from personal experience. In Pray For Villains I experimented a lot with third person storytelling. I wanted to know how a guy like Johnny Cash could write a line like “I shot a man

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SCIENCE is good, says brewer Chris Haren, but knowing how to tinker with the machinery is much better. Once a boilermaker, with stints in various other trades, Haren has now landed his dream job. He is brewing beer at the Tooborac Hotel, on the Northern Highway south-east of Bendigo. After a year spent as apprentice, Chris now has his hands firmly on whatever is the brewer’s equivalent of the tiller. It means seven days a week keeping his eyes on the bubbling vats, but you can hear it in his voice: Chris is in seventh heaven. Clearly, James and Val Carlin at the Tooborac have plenty of confidence in their youngish brewer already: they have let him loose to create his own new drop, a strong brown ale they’ve called Rabbit-trappers. Chris will be part of tomorrow’s Snag, Beer and Bubbles Festival, in nearby Heathcote, discussing such hot topics as varying the alcohol content. A Scottish setup has raised the benchmark with a beer that clocks in at 43 per cent. Chris says it’s an interesting experience, but, at $160 a bottle, he won’t be rushing to try it again. . “I think beer should sit at around 4 to 6 per cent alcohol content, and my stout is 7 per cent.� Chris says. “Tops is maybe nine per cent, which is a chocolatey one you can sip, but that would be about it.� Chris’s dad started him off on the brewing craze with

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the kind of homebrew kits so many of us remember for that one bottle that exploded dramatically. He credits Coopers Pale Ale with that turning point moment in our beer appreciation, showing us that sediment can be a good thing, adding flavour. Chris explains that while you don’t need hops to make ale, adding the hops in varying degrees is what gives you the “front notes, middle and back notes�. It’s what gives different beers distinctive aromas too. The most important ingredient, however, isn’t the hops, or the yeast or even the malt: it’s the water. Using rainwater and making sure the pH balance is right is the key to a good brew. Currently Chris’s favourite is from Tasmania, a “very handcrafted� beer called Moo Brew, made in Berriedale just north of Hobart. For a micro-brewer, Chris is well set up at Tooborac. His five vats can bubble up about 850 litres (most similar brewers do between two and 500 litres). Even at that output, he is having trouble keeping up with demand. Chris says beer is best drunk young, “For something like pale ale, you want it fresh, so it’s crisp, but a darker beer, like

a porter, they can get better with age. “I’d like to age those beers for a couple of months, but right now I don’t have the grace.� Chris chuckles at the image of the brewer as mad scientist, twiddling dials as the big vats bubble away turning water into something special. “It could be endless, what you can create, crafting beers with subtle differences,� he says. “Australian beer is very good, and Victorian microbrews are amazing.�

DETAILS: Chris Haven from Tooborac Hotel and Brewery will be at the Heathcote Snag Beer and Bubble Fest tomorrow. He is one of the judges of the homebrew competition, along with Scott Wilson Browne from Red Duck and Paul Holgate of Holgate Brewhouse in Woodend. WIN TIX: The Snag Beer and Bubble Fest has two deluxe tickets to give away to a Bendigo Weekly reader. Prize includes entry, three free tastes, entry to Tim Baxter’s “What Beer Is That?� workshop, and return bus travel from Bendigo Information Centre (total value $90). Email info@ snagbeerandbubblefest.com. au, with “Bendigo Weekly� in the subject line.

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Logan French Heavily inspired by American comics, graphic novels, Japanese manga and anime, Logan has been drawing most of his life. The 31-year old says he’s “always taken it seriously,� but clearly makes the point that “drawing and art isn’t my life, it’s a part of my life. I want to do it for the rest of my life, but not be controlled by it.� To date Logan has exhibited with Bob Boutique & Gallery, with owner Sonia Brit “smitten� ever since he “shyly bought in a beaten up little sketch book more than four years ago.� Since she has commissioned his designs for journals, bags, prints and cards and will be “doing loads of new products with Logan for release by Christmas 2011, which she is “really excited about.� You can also find his work at online portals such as Red Bubble, and you might have seen his illustration for the Fringe Youth Arts Festival flapping away up flagpoles in View Street, in 2007. Logan has also created a new website which features his work to showcase and hopefully sell. “It’s always such a fantastic feeling when you sell something,� he

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THE Floodline charity art exhibition at Dudley House was a success, with beautiful artwork and a groundswell of local support, including heartfelt words by Mayor Rod Fyffe and Captain Martyn Scrimshaw from the Salvos, who both opened the event. Logan French was one of the artists who generously donated work, his picture ‘Princess Pond’ a standout drawing of a young woman in a ballooning dress, her face obscured by a swathe of hair of Rapunzel-like proportions, ‘falling up’ to the sky instead of down to the earth, as the fairytale would have it. An incredibly talented drawer, sketcher and digital image maker, Logan isn’t your typical artist. Maybe they breed them a bit different in the country, away from the competition, angst, bitterness and sense of entitlement that so often cripples artists you meet in the big smoke. Logan doesn’t resent working his day job “in sales�; he’s happy there. “To a degree it really is a hobby,� he says of his art. “I enjoy it, but I wouldn’t as much if it was full-time and I got paid for it as a job.� Citing a “short attention span� he adds, “I’d get bored and find something else to do.� What makes this Bendigonian happy is spending time with [his] family. “I’m a very relaxed person and I’m happy with what I have,� he said. That doesn’t stop him from sitting bolt upright at 3am though when inspiration takes hold!

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The Regional Picnic

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Sunday March 6, 2011

10am - 4pm at the Redesdale Reserve

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Cost: $25 adult hamper & $12 childrens hamper Bookings: 1800 813 153 www.bendigotourism.com

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