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Believe the hype TE caught up with Lukas Bellasini aka Wildrok from hip-hop dance and pop sensations Justice Crew to find out just how big the party is going to get when they bring their massive #Hype tour to Newcastle.

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justice crew newcastle entertainment centre thursday, april 24 stuff so well received, especially when we’ve put our hearts, souls and all of our energy in those songs. It’s great to get something back.� Since rocking the nation as winners of the 2010 series of ‘Australia’s Got

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hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little denying that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a pretty massive couple of years for dance crew sensations Justice Crew. With three singles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Boom Boomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Best Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; all going at least double platinum (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Boom Boomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; went six times platinum) and a freshly inked deal with rapper Pitbullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s label Mr 305 Inc., thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly a lot of hype around these guys at the moment. It would make sense then that their upcoming tour should be called #Hype. Kicking off in Queensland earlier this month, Lukas Bellesini, also known as Wildrok, told TE that the tour was going great guns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been really awesome. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played the Gold Coast and Nambour already and the fans have just been brilliant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been signing after the shows for what seems like hours,â&#x20AC;? he said. Bellesini said the past little while had been chock-a-block full of â&#x20AC;&#x153;pinch yourselfâ&#x20AC;? moments like this, namely the huge success of Justice Crewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last three singles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just great to have our

same time â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Boom Boomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was in the charts. It turned out he was into the song and we eventually met up with him and were invited to play his last show in Sydney and the next thing we knew we were signed to his label,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The guy has such a great business mind as well as being a really cool guy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completely down to earth.â&#x20AC;? The relationship has already started to bear fruit with the crew spending three weeks in the States on a promo tour last year as well as opening for Pitbull and Kei$ha on their North American tour. But for now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the tour and Bellesini said that having five other people to rely on, on the road makes the prospect that much more exciting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I was solo, I think it would be much harder just to stay motivated and stuff like that, but because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re such a tight-knit crew weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always there for each other and always there to help push each other creatively.â&#x20AC;? TE is giving you the chance to win a double pass to see Justice Crew. To enter, email your name and contact details to editorial@newcastlepost.com.au, with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Justice Crewâ&#x20AC;? in the subject line, by no later than 5pm on Tuesday, April 22. Winners will be notified by phone.

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hile they may’ve been a little quiet on t he re cording f ront of l ate, w ith th eir l ast al bum ‘Mousetrap Heart’ dropping in 2010, don’t go thinking that Thirsty Merc have run out of puff. After a m assive Au stralian s ummer tour earlier this year, the band are gearing up for another party – the Freakin’ Autumn tour. “Yeah we’re actually kicking off the tour tonight and we’re all really excited – there’s a re ally g reat f eeling i n t he b and a t t he moment – i t’s a g reat time to be a me mber of T hirsty M erc,” f rontman R ai T histlethwaite told TE. With m ore th an 2 00,000 al bum s ales under their belts and such classic pop-rock fare a s ‘ In t he Su mmertime’, ‘S omeday Someday’ a nd ‘20 G ood Re asons’ i n t heir gig bag, it’s pretty much a free kick that Thirsty Merc have well and truly left their melody driven mark on the Aussie music landscape. Thistlethwaite s aid, a fter a n i ntensive period of re cording and touring from their debut self-titled album in 2004 through to ‘Mousetrap Heart’, the band felt a sabbatical was in order. “I guess we were pretty busy with three albums back to back – we really needed a

THIRSTY MERC THE DEPOT ON BEAUMONT THURSDAY, MAY 1 break from it all to fill up the wind in the sales again,” he said. To th at e nd, T histlethwaite r elocated t o LA in 2012 (he now splits his time between LA a nd Sy dney) t o pu rsue a s olo c areer. Under t he mon iker of Su n R ai, T histlethwaite h as re leased one E P, ‘ Pocket Music’ and is about to drop the follow-up ‘Escargot’

we recorded a new song and we’ve also been looking at doing some acoustic stuff, but I’d say w e’d b e l ooking t o get s omething ou t there in the last quarter of this year,” he said. “It’s just really nice to be able to keep doing this thing and that there are people out there who want us to keep doing it,” he laughed.

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“After hearing my first record [‘Sudden Change in W eather’, 2008 ] Garth ran g me and tol d me tha t he lo ved wha t I was doin g – he is really passiona te about A ustralian coun try music and I guess he just sa w something about this Aussie country chick who is a little rough around the edges,” she said. “He really g ets me as an artist, which made w orking w ith him tha t much easier.” Good ma te Shannon Noll ev en threw his hat into the ring for ‘Renegade’, writing the track ‘B eyond These City Lights’ as well as performing it with Denham on the album. “Having Shannon in volved was just amazing,” she said. “I had toured w ith The Noll Brothers and had met Shannon a few times and we met up a t a festi val and he said tha t he had a son g tha t he though t I migh t really lik e and, for me, there coul dn’t have been a more perfec t duet – y ou can’t get much more A ussie than Shannon Noll.”

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’m a li ttle bi t coun try, I’ m a little bi t rock and roll, ” san g Donnie and Marie O smond in 1976, but the phrase coul dn’t be more apt when talkin g about A ussie coun try singer-songwriter Jayne Denham. Denham, who w ill be in to wn this weekend, has, across the course of three albums, c reated a high- energy, ramped up brand of coun try she has dubbed “renegade coun try” so i t w ould mak e sense that her latest long player and first with new label ABC M usic is named, simply, ‘Renegade’. “My style has alwa ys been really high energy but, w ith ‘R enegade’ I really wanted to ramp things up,” she told TE. To assist on the rockier side of thin gs, Denham recruited Baby Animals gui tarist Da ve L eslie to la y some rock and roll swagg er o ver proceedin gs and she also emplo yed the ser vices of former Sherbert member and coun try music producer e xtraordinaire Garth P orter (Lee K ernaghan, J ames Blundell, Gina Jefferies) to produce the record.

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