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heavy specialist focus because I think customers like a bit of guidance and help in choosing the right product, rather than being waved over to a wall of products and being left on their own. We take pride in knowing the ins and outs of our entire range and knowing what suits who and why. It’s a lot of stuff to keep in your head. As a customer I know I like to be able to get proper advice from somewhere that I purchase a product from and I think it’s a bit of a rarity. Of course one of the main challenges involves the cost of having a shop front in boomtown Perth where rents are high and population isn’t. You recently relocated. What prompted that? Headphonic has been growing steadily over the years. The new location has a bigger showroom, is easier to spot and now has parking! Have you ever considered moving to a purely online model? I started off as online only, but there’s a huge advantage to customers to be able to come into a shop and test stuff out before purchasing it, especially if they have a little guidance. I could switch back to an online only model but it would cut out a lot of the extra service we like to offer. Reading a hundred online reviews is no substitute for actually listening yourself.

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HEADPHONIC Retail Realities For over a decade now, Headphonic have been the go-to supplier of top-end headphones and accessories in Perth, suruving despite increasing pressures on brick and mortar retailers in the face of online competition. they recently relocated to larger premises at 83 Wanneroo Road, Tuart Hill, which struck us as a good an excuse as any to have a chat with owner, Marcus Miller. What’s the Headphonic story? Give us a quick history. Headphonic began as a side project in 2002 when I was working fulltime in a computer store where I had a focus on good sound cards and speakers. I began by helping people online choose the right pair of headphones but quickly found that a lot of the stuff I’d recommend wasn’t readily available, so I could help with what to buy but not where to buy. The solution was to set up a business and let them buy from me which is how Headphonic was born. How did you become interested in this particular area of equipment retail? I’ve always been a lover of music and so have both of my parents. I grew up listening to

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whatever albums my parents put on, my dad playing guitar, or I was taken along to concerts (I saw bands like AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Split Enz and many others live before I was seven years old). Headphones actually represent an extremely good value way to get into high quality audio - you can get $10,000 speaker setup sound quality from a $400 pair of headphones so you don’t have to be made of money or have an especially large space to have an awesome headphone setup and you can take it on the road with you. What are the key challenges that you face as a retailer today? Wow, everything! I think it’s probably better to say what sets us apart as a retailer - I try to maintain a

How do you keep abreast of new developments in your field? Many ways - press releases, online reviews, customer feedback. We take it all on board. To be honest though, headphones haven’t changed a great deal in 50 years. New models are released constantly but realistically any headphone that sounds great now will sound great in 20 years, unless it breaks. I like to recommend stuff that will last. Is there anything about your job that you didn’t expect going in? I didn’t expect Headphonic to be as big as it’s become, and I didn’t expect to still be doing this after 12 years! I didn’t see the iPod revolution coming either. I’ve always had a walkman/ discman/portable player of some kind but it really took off not long after Headphonic started up. Anything else you want to add? Headphonic wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our awesome customers and awesome staff. I’d like to say thanks to everyone that has supported us over the years. Come on down and check out our new shop, test out some gear and have a chat with us! Check out Headphonic’s range at headphones.com.au.

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SING IT OUT LOUD If you have always wanted to get up on stage and have a go at singing but were not sure if you had the right stuff, then here’s your chance. Singer’s Secret is running performance workshops for singers to help you turn your dreams into reality. Each workshop runs for three hours and covers: • How to look good on stage, even if you are nervous. • Microphone technique. • Interacting with your audience. • Working with the performance space. • Discovering your biggest on-stage asset. You will get to go up on stage and show off your skills in a fun and supportive environment. Beginners are welcome. Head to singerssecret.com/ workshops for more information.

REAL TO REEL RETURNS The Real To Reel pop-up recording studio is coming back. Four slots are available for musicians between the ages of 12 and 25 who have logged some miles on the road to success but would now benefit from working with a professional sound engineer. Recording will run from June 5 - 6 and culminate in the Who’s Up Next showcase at The Hive Arts Space. Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday, May 13. Go to wam.org.au for full details.


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DANCE CLASSES BELLYDANCE CENTRAL STUDIO CLASSES Free class Fri 25 April special beg. Term 1 starts Mon 28th April. For brochure, info and free class invite email dance@bellydancecentral.com.au. Mob: 0409 511 125. www.bellydancecentral.com.au FOR SALE HEADPHONES all brands & styles. 23 Harrogate Street, West Leederville. Contact Headphonic 08 93886333 headphones.com.au MUSOS WANTED BASS PLAYER WANTED to join 4 piece orig band Est since 2000, alternate/commercial rock music. Must have good gear & a love for music, EP recorded and ready. Email david.saunders1@iinet.net.au or call 0410 723 738 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Text Josh on 0430 313 577 for a spot.

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Applications to perform at the Australasian Worldwide Music Expo are drawing to a close, with less than two weeks remaining for artists to get their bids in. Previous showcase performers include Archie Roach, The Bamboos, Katchafire, Dan Sultan, Barefoot Divas, Coloured Stone, Blue King Brown, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, The Bombay Royale, David Bridie, Ngaiire, Stephen Pigram, Mama Kin, Tijuana Cartel and more. As Australia’s première networking conference for roots musicians and associated professionals, this represents a rare opportunity for artists to reach a large and influential audience. Applications close Friday, May 2. Head to awme.com.au for further information. Blue King Brown

CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 DISK BANK Perth’s premier CD & DVD manufacturer, with options for all budgets. (08) 9388 0800. www.diskbank.com.au/specials. MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 PA HIRE Working bands looking for PA hire with lights & engineer? Batta-Boom Sound offers all this from $150. Call Byron 044 8886 501

R E VO LV E R S O U N D S T U D I O P h 9 2 7 2 7 5 0 5 . www.revolverstudio.com.au SONGWRITERS - BANDS! Great Productions! London Producer, awesome studio. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 www.jerichomusic.com.au REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 `STREAM STUDIO’S 89 Stirling St, Perth. Mobile: 0403 152 009 info@streamrehearsal.com.au TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** The Guitar Institute. Online bookings. Beg to prof, all styles. Catering to WAAPA and AMEB standards. All tutors have WWC clearance. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS GUITAR LESSONS AVAILABLE by WAAPA tutor. A practicle approach to learning. .All styles.Years of experience. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION LESSONS For those who may need help making a start and finding their way around Ableton Live. $50 per hr and may come to you. Ph; Danny 0408 909 928 PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP FOR SINGERS Learn stage craft, mic technique and how to engage your audience. Beginners welcome. www.singerssecret.com

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Applications are open for MusicNT’s 2014 Bush Bands Program, which is designed to help ,guide and promote indigenous musicians in Central Australia. The three day Bush Bands Business development camp runs from September 3- 5 and culminates in the 11th annual Bush Bands Bash concert in Alice Springs. For more information, go to musicnt.com.au. Entries close on Wednesday, May 28.

Thump Music’s latest guitar master class features none other than Guthrie Govan. This masterful musician has worked with everyone from Asia to The Young Punx to Dizzee Rascal and has drawn strong praise from such luminaries as Joe Satriani, and now he’s coming to Perth to impart his hardearned wisdom. He’ll be here for one class only at Hale School on Monday, July 21. Go to thumpmusic. com.au to book your seat now!

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ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANALOG MASTERING VINTAGE TAPE, TUBES & TRANSFORMERS with the latest state of the art digital converters. Clients include: Melody’s Echo Chamber, Pond, Gossling, Knife Party, Felicity Groom, The Floors, Jeff Martin & The Panics. World class facility, World class results. Www.poonshead.com. 9339 4791 ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 GOLDDUST Production Mixing, recording and composition. Leederville $80 p/h. 0408 097 407 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764

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DAVE HOLE Home Of The Blues WA blues giant, Dave Hole, will perform at West Coast Blues N’ Roots on Sunday, April 13, at Fremantle Park. He tells BOB GORDON about a new album in the comfort of his own home. While he hasn’t stopped playing festival slots and short tours, Dave Hole hasn’t released an album since 2007’s Rough Diamond. That’s being addressed as we speak, though Hole isn’t in any unnecessary hurry to finish it. “I’m certainly taking my time recording this album,” he says, “It’s been ongoing. I’ve pretty much finished writing and I’ve got more songs than I need. The recording is taking a little longer than I’d hoped, but I’m enjoying it and it’s going well. “I’m using the studio for some things but a lot of it I can do at home. That’s been part of the process of what I’m going through, setting up the home studio, getting that organised and learning to do the engineering myself.” Even as a lifelong musician, Hole admits that he is still learning, which is important in itself. “Oh yeah,” he agrees, “I feel it is. I still feel like I’m learning, even at my great old age (laughs). In all sorts of ways, with the software and the recording process and all that stuff, but musically, as well. “You never stop learning and I think that’s one of the great things about music is that you can continue to develop and incorporate new ideas into what you’re doing all the time.” With the majority of the new album being recorded at home, he can record when notion or whim calls, without having worry about the clock ticking. Ultimately, that has an effect on the music that is created. “I think it does. It has its plusses and minuses, but the plus side is huge for me. Obviously, it gives you total control and flexibility; you can get up in the morning feeling totally inspired and go in and do something. “The other thing is that if you don’t feel inspired you don’t have to. I’ve actually recorded an album in the middle of having flu, trying to do vocals and all sorts of things, simply because the time’s been blocked out and booked and that’s it. “So that’s a huge plus and it’s so relaxed being able to record your own vocals, you don’t feel under pressure. Maybe in the morning your voice isn’t very good but in the afternoon it clears up.” And the downside? “Well, people have probably mentioned this to you before, that it’s easy to get locked into going on forever with something because you can. “I’m a bit of a perfectionist - I s’pose a lot of us are - but if you become too much that way you can go on ad nauseum with a particular song or whatever, and if there’s no producer there saying, ‘I think we’ve got it, let’s move onto the next song’ you can be there forever (laughs). I think it was Sting who said he’s never really finished an album, he’s just abandoned them.” The as-yet-untitled album is certainly on its way, but there’s no word at this point as to a due date. “Bruce Iglauer, the Alligator Records president, in his own words, said ‘you don’t owe us anything. Do it and when it’s done, we’ll deal with it’. “That’s a wonderful thing,” Hole ponders. “At my time of life I want to do it comfortably, enjoy it and when it’s done, it’s done. I’m not pressured and I can do other things in life, like playing tennis, which I’d never done before, because I’d always been involved in constant touring. I only want to tour if it interests me and it isn’t too arduous or long-winded.   Studio Gear “I’ve got the Pro-Tools software with a computer, which is basically what the vast majority of studios around the world are using now. I’ve got very good Apogee converters because that’s a critical element recording

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digitally, converting from analogue microphones to the digital world and back again. I’ve got very good quality Yamaha monitoring system, the replacement for the NF-10s (MSP/SW10) and it’s got a sub as well. I spent good money on just a very small number of mics, but I can’t really record drums here because I haven’t got enough good quality mics or converters, so I tend to do them in a studio and bring the parts here. “Having said that, there’s a couple songs I’ve been working on where I’ve used sampled drums. It sounds a bit odd for blues, but it has been done by a few people. RL Burnside did a couple of albums like that which were really innovative. If I have a song that needs a hypnotic beat I find it’s really good to program the drums in, some of the samples are amazing quality. There’s a particular one I use, Steven Slate, which are really popular, I hear his samples being used a lot in songs on the radio.” Guitars Used When Recording “It’s not that different to on stage. I’ve got the Gibson 345 which I’ve been using forever. And I’ve still got the 1962 Fender Stratocaster which I’ve been using a lot in the studio. I’ve also got a National Tricone, like a Resonator, an acoustic that I use with electric instruments as well. And I’ve got a few old Martins; one’s a 1928 model that sounds brilliant. But I don’t take it out on the road (laughs).” Studio Amps “It varies a little bit. One that’s been a favourite is a little Fender Champ, it’s only 6W, a very small amp. This is a tweed one, 1954, which I bought in America. They’re very simple amps, very quiet, but when you mic and record them they sound like a big amp. I recently also got some small Marshall amps, they’re 5W. They’re low-wattage but very well made. When you record them they sound like a 100W stack.”

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CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 DISK BANK Perth’s premier CD & DVD manufacturer, with options for all budgets. (08) 9388 0800. www.diskbank.com.au/specials. MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551

FOR SALE HEADPHONES all brands & styles. 23 Harrogate Street, West Leederville. Contact Headphonic 08 93886333 headphones.com.au GENERAL EXPRESSIONS

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WANTED GRAFFITI ARTISTS & GRAPHIC DESIGNERS for newly formed Street Art & Clothing Company. Exp req’d. Good $$ paid for quality. This will be a fun way to make money and not be involved in peoples day to day normality. Must have drive and want to be part of something new. If interested please call Mark on 0428 365 713

ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering.. Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www. witzendstudios.com ANALOG MASTERING VINTAGE TAPE, TUBES & TRANSFORMERS with the latest state of the art digital converters. Clients include: Melody’s Ec h o C h a m b e r, Po n d , G o s s l i n g , K n i fe P a r t y, Felicity Groom, The Floors, Jeff Martin & The Panics. World class facility, World class results. Www.poonshead.com. 9339 4791

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It sometimes feels like no one, whether it’s a gigs or music stores, really cares about us bass players. That’s what makes the MXR M – 84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe such a delight. First and foremost your bass doesn’t lose any of its volume or clarity when you activate it, a common complaint against bass pedals. It has handy separate dry and wet controls, as well as fuzz and tone, giving you a great deal of control over your exact sound, from a subtle scratchy accompaniment, to a punchy compact stab on full dry, or from a quiet growl to the gloriously filthy fuzz on full wet. Simple and effective, it will set you back $239.

Staying in the simple, practical and affordable territory is the BOSS’ CE-5 Chorus Ensemble. A compact and sturdy unit, with mono input, stereo output and high- and low-cut filters. Combined with the rate control and depth, this gives the player a wide variety of sounds, from mellow, lush and warm, to the bright stereo jabbing so beloved by 1980s new wave. Like most Boss equipment, it’s solid rather than spectacular but at $129 it’s very reasonably priced, particularly if you don’t already own a chorus pedal.

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At the more eccentric (and costly) end of the scale is Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar. I was skeptical approaching the Ravish Sitar, the name and main selling point of which pretty much screams ‘gimmick with narrow application’. To be fair, it does offer an accurate impression of the drone and twang of a sitar. But in addition, the programmable (major, minor or ‘exotic’) polyphonic lead voice and tunable sympathetic string drones can produce a heavenly, ambient tail for both lead and rhythm playing. The timbre controls (sympathetic and lead) can slip your sound from a synthy howl to a more organic, woody sounding drone. If the five controls aren’t varied enough, there two expression pedal inputs that allow you to bend the pitch of the lead voice or control the volume of the sympathetic strings (or both). It’s a little weird and complicated (I think it would take a little while to get one’s head fully around it) but, particularly when combined with other pedals, the Ravish Sitar can provide some gorgeous and very distinctive tones. RRP $439.

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Like the standard MXR Phase 90, the design of the MXR CSP-026 ‘74 Vintage Phase 90 is simplicity itself, with a single speed control knob controlling your modulation rate. The ’74, as the name suggests, has its specifications matched against an original 1974 pedal (hand wiring, select resistors, FETs) for a deeper, more organic vintage sound. It works with the pedal producing a smooth glow akin to late 70’s Pink Floyd. It’s as diverse as you could expect a single control pedal to be - with gentle waves of modulation at one end and a bright undulating warble at the other. It’s a lovely sound (I personally consider the Phase to be an underrated effect) but at $242, it’s hard to be unreserved given the single effect it produces. It’s better than the standard MXR Phase 90, but is it $100 better?

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REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 STREAM STUDIO’S 89 Stirling St, Perth. Mobile: 0403 152 009 info@streamrehearsal.com.au TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** The Guitar Institute. Online bookings. Beg to prof, all styles. Catering to WAAPA and AMEB standards. All tutors have WWC clearance. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS GUITAR LESSONS AVAILABLE by WAAPA tutor. A practicle approach to learning. .All styles.Years of experience. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION LESSONS For those who may need help making a start and finding their way around Ableton Live. $50 per hr and may come to you. Ph; Danny 0408 909 928 WWW. XP RE SS MAG.COM. AU

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RECORD STORE DAY The Vinyl Countdown This Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, that annual celebration of independent purveyors of great music. It’s the one day of the year when it’s absolutely mandatory to get down to your local music shack and partake of some great live music, sweet sales prices and limited edition one-day-only releases. We put the question to some of Perth’s most iconic music retailers to find out what they’ve got planned.

NOISE POLLUTION RECORDS Answered by Maurice Flavel How big is your personal record collection? Prefer not to say. What’s the first record you ever bought, and why? Black Sabbath’s Master Of Reality. I heard it when I was a kid living in a country town where my parents owned a post office and one of the workers left her collection at our house, so I went through her collection and saw the purple and black cover, put it on the record player and I was hooked. What’s the shining gem in your collection, and why? The Gutterville Splendour Six self titled LP, because of its significance to Perth and all of the bands that have blossomed from: The Drones, Kill Devil Hills, Rui Pereira, Warren Hall and myself. We are all still playing now and I wrote all the songs. What are you guys doing for Record Store Day? Smiling.

What’s the standout exclusive Record Store Day release this year? Beck’s Morning Phase and my $5 and $2 specials.

PLANET MUSIC Answered by Kat How big is your personal record collection? 2000+ and forever expanding. What’s the first record you ever bought, and why? Fleetwood Mac, Rumours. Got to start with the classics. What’s the shining gem in your collection, and why? Carson McCullers, Readings. Because it’s Carson McCullers, Readings. What are you guys doing for Record Store Day? Selling great records, just like every other day! The shelves with be especially packed and it will be more fun to buy records because of the RSD releases of course. Plus all the rest of the vinyl will be 10 per cent off. What’s the standout exclusive Record Store Day release this year? The Pixies. You never know who’s going to come out of the woodwork for an RSD release.

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BIGSOUND OPEN FOR BUSINESS Applications and early bird registration is now open for BIGSOUND 2014, widely considered one of the world’s premier music industry conferences. Held in Brisbane from September 10 -12, the event is regularly attended by industry luminaries, with the 2013 conference drawing Nick Cave, Billy Bragg and Amanda Palmer as speakers. For full info, go to qmusic.com.au Nick Cave

African Music Circles is about to commence their second teaching term of the year. If you have an urge to learn something about traditional West African music, their upcoming drumming and dance course is just the ticket. Instructor Moses teaches an immersive 12 week course that encompasses traditional music structure, theory and practice. Classes are held at Subiaco Earthwise, with the next term running from April 29 until July 8. For full information on classes and pricing, go to africanmusiccircles.com.au. African Music Circles

PURSUE THE PILBARA WAM is looking to launch a new regional touring initiative focusing on the Pilbara and are keen for bands and solo acts to throw their hat into the ring. If you feel your act would shine in the far north, drop a line to hello@wam.org.au with PILBARA TOURING CIRCUIT in the subject line and the following information: act name, genre, contact details and band details.

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EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING Do you know what a roadie is? Have you got any background in AUDIO, LIGHTING or BACKLINE? Are you looking for CASUAL work in the entertainment industry? If that sounds like you contact Events Personnel Aust. On 08 9361 5005. FOR SALE HEADPHONES all brands & styles. 23 Harrogate Street, West Leederville. Contact Headphonic 08 93886333 headphones.com.au MUSOS WANTED BASS PLAYER WANTED to join 4 piece orig band Est since 2000, alternate/commercial rock music. Must have good gear & a love for music, EP recorded and ready. Email david.saunders1@iinet.net.au or call 0410 723 738 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Text Josh on 0430 313 577 for a spot. 34

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RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANALOG MASTERING VINTAGE TAPE, TUBES & TRANSFORMERS with the latest state of the art digital converters. Clients include: Melody’s Echo Chamber, Pond, Gossling, Knife Party, Felicity Groom, The Floors, Jeff Martin & The Panics. World class facility, World class results. Www. poonshead.com. 9339 4791 ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality.


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How big is your personal record collection? At least 300 I can say I’m proud of. As a vinyl collector it’s important to be selective about your purchases. That said, there’s a fair amount of questionable items in my collection too.

How big is your personal record collection? Not too big actually! It used to be a lot bigger before I started Unknown Treasures, now I tend to be more picky in what I keep as I would rather the records go in the shop. So my collection is more quality over quantity these days.

What’s the first record you ever bought, and why? Ian Moss – Matchbook. Tucker’s Daughter and Telephone Booth were everywhere in 1989 and Mossy was my guitar hero as a 12 year old. I’d saved enough pocket money to buy it from Archie Martin’s in Maddington and would rush home from school to play it. What’s the shining gem in your collection, and why? It’s a battle between original UK mono pressings of Revolver and Pet Sounds. They both look, sound and smell as pretty as the day they were pressed. What are you guys doing for Record Store Day? Buy two get one free on selected vinyl, 10 per cent off new vinyl 20 per cent off second hand vinyl, every purchase goes in to the draw for a $50 gift voucher. What’s the standout exclusive Record Store Day release this year? Warner’s have issued their excellent Festival label Boogie series on double 180gram vinyl, which we are big fans of here. Plus David Bowie’s 40th anniversary edition of Rock’n’Roll Suicide.

What’s the first record you ever bought, and why? The first records I ever got were passed on to me from my parents and grandparents, so I enjoyed a lot of oldies before I went out and bought anything myself. Of memory the first one I can remember using my own money for was Pixies Doolittle from 78 Records when I was in high school! What’s the shining gem in your collection, and why? Ah, how can I pick just one? The most pretty is my Yeah Yeah Yeah’s - Fever To Tell picture disc. The artwork is amazing and the album itself is a personal favourite. I like to collect The Cure as well, so they take up a fair whack of my shelf! What are you guys doing for Record Store Day? Unknown Treasures are having an instore party for Record Store Day this year. We will have 15 per cent off all second hand stock, discounts on new LP, and $5 bargains. We will be playing our favourite LPs all day, special releases, loads of other stock for you to have a dig through, yummy treats to share and a raffle! We love RSD, it’s a chance for us to give something back to our customers and say thank you! What’s the standout exclusive Record Store Day release this year? I would love to get my mitts on a copy of the LCD Sound System The Long Goodbye box set. It’s the recording of their final show at Madison Square Garden, New York. A must have!

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APRA SONG OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED APRA AMCOS have announced the 20 contenders for the prestigious APRA Song Of The Year Award. The peer-voted award will be announced at the 2014 APRA Music Awards at Brisbane City Hall on Monday, June 23, and has attracted an eclectic and talented range of competitors: A Moat You Can Stand In by The Drones, Alive by Empire Of The Sun, Avenger by The Bamboos, Battleships by Bernard Fanning, Bayini by Gurrumul Yunupingu, Covered In Chrome by Violent Soho, Drop The Game by Flume and Chet Faker, God Fearing by Sarah Blasko And The Slavey Folklore Quartet, Harlequin Dream by Boy And Bear, Is This How You Feel by The Preatures, Jubilee Street by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Lanterns by Birds Of Tokyo, Only One by The John Butler Trio, Resolution by Matt Corby, Rip Tide by Vance Joy, Southern Sun by Boy And Bear, Steal The Light by The Cat Empire, Under Your Skin by Dan Sultan, We Are by Karnivool and We No Who U R by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. That’s a remarkably strong showing from WA talent. For further info, go to apra-amcos.com.au. Karnivool

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ELECTRO HARMONIX MICRO SYNTH It’s been around for a little while, but I thought it would worth shining a light on this delightful pedal, capable of re-creating for guitar the classic warmth of an array of old analog moog synthesizers. The layout comprises of ten sliders, divided into voice control, which has controls for sub octave or higher octave, square wave and the actual guitar tone itself. There is an attack delay and a filter sweep, all of which can be blended, allowing for a great variety of tones. What I love is the versatility; it can provide you with bright, clangy ‘80s style stabs, gentler pulsing whines or, thanks to the attack delay, ghostly backwards sounding tones, as well as all manner of custom combinations in between. But each voice control can also emulate more conventional effects – isolating the sub octave gives you a great bass guitar sound (I wouldn’t recommend doing the same with the higher octave - it tends to produce a rather shrill, squawking sound), the square wave can produce a subtle wah-wah sound, and arranging the filter sweep from high to low frequencies can give you a lovely gentle flanger effect. My only qualm was a distinct lack of sustain, regardless of the setting. But, whether you’re a fan of proggy 1970s noodling (and given that you’re reading Volume, it’s a reasonable chance) or just want to expand the sonic palette at your disposal the MS has you covered. RRP: $549.

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VE-20 VOCAL PERFORMER EFFECTS PROCESSOR Another interesting oddity is Boss’s new effects pedal for live vocal performance, the VE-20. It has a range of effects which vary from useful and clever to superfluous and gimmicky to downright annoying. The best effect is the harmonizer; by entering in the key of the song, the VE-20 can augment your vocals with two or three part harmonies of impressive quality. Additionally, if you find the default settings unsatisfactory, you can set your own harmony intervals. If that sounds like a bit of cheat, the phrase loop allows you to record up to 38 seconds of singing, which you can then loop and provide your own harmonies to. The VE-20 also has the ability to provide real time pitch correction if you need it. The reverb is nice enough, if a smidge tinny on the upper registers. Now to the superfluous. Let me put it this way: how many of your songs require a strobe effect on the vocals to work? (Incidentally, if the answer is ‘several,’ I don’t think I want to go see your band.) The ‘distortion’ and ‘radio’ effects (exactly what they sound like) are subtler and therefore have wider application, but are still unlikely to become staples of one’s live show. Finally, there is ‘electric’, a truly bizarre and relentlessly undulating faux auto-tune effect which doesn’t even succeed in achieving its completely unwelcome aim. At $299, the VE-20 is certainly not overpriced, but produce a cheaper version shorn of all the nonsense and my recommendation would become entirely unreserved. CHARLIE LEWIS

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AUSSIE INDIES SPLIT THE POT Eleven Australian independent music labels have scored significant funding from the Australia Council’s recording initiative. That’s almost a third of the 37 labels who applied, an impressive number of grants that was attainable thanks to increase in allocated budget this year. Chapter Music, Future Classic, Head Records, HopeStreet Recordings, Mistletone Enterprises, Rice Is Nice Records, Split records, Stop Start, SugarRush, Two Bright Lakes and Wantok Music Foundation will split $420, 828 between them, hopefully leading to a plethora of indie Aussie releases in the next 12 months.

BIRTHDAY BARGAINS AT MEGA MUSIC Mega Music has been peddling instruments and assorted muso gear for a good 13 years now, so to celebrate their entry into teenager-hood, they’re having a birthday sale. Until Saturday, April 19, they’re marking down a huge range of items in their Myaree, Wangara and online stores, including Randall amplifiers, Ludwig drums, Washburn guitars, Boss effects pedals and more. Head to megamusiconline. com.au and take a look.

APPLE UPS THE APPS Reports recently circulated that Apple will be raising app prices for customers in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa by up to 30%, apparently to bring prices in line with fluctuations in international currency exchange. Apparently it’s already happened for Australian consumers, with apps normally priced at 99c now going for $1.29, while at the upper end, apps that once went for $4.49 are now $4.99. No word on whether these adjustments will affect iTunes music prices, but we’ll keep an eye on developments.

SWING INTO THE PIG Rockingham’s Leisure Inn recently announced that they’re amenable to bands using their bar, The Swinging Pig, for CD launches. As one of the most popular night spots in Rocko, this strikes us as a great opportunity for some of our more southerly muso mates. Hit leisureinn.com.au for details on the venue, then email Frank Gugliotta of Champion Music on frank@chamion.com.su to lock in a slot. The Swinging Pig

CHEAP DJ CONTROLLERS Maximum Mixing On Minimum Wage A lot of DJ controllers are scary expensive. Most of the mid-range controllers end up going for $800 and up. However, there’s a lot to choose from around the $300 mark, but most of these are easily broken plastic junk. Here I’ll show you some of the best ones, and one in particular to avoid. First of all, make sure you pick your software. Controllers come with some kind of DJ software free in the box, and this will be the biggest factor in selecting your deck. Avoid anything with Virtual DJ. Avoid it. This software is useless. Very limited effects, poor quantization, unfriendly user interface, and hard to read at a glance. Junk software. Traktor is much better for its customisability, wide range of effects and amazing beat recognition algorithms. However, if you find a controller for sale that has a copy of Serato DJ or Serato Itch, buy it! What Serato is doing right now with effects and slicing is changing the face of digital DJing. Also, any controller that comes with Serato Itch gets a free upgrade to DJ, so it’s well worth it.

In terms of the hardware, the Native Instruments Z1 is a great starting point. It has a great sound card, good build quality, and comes with Traktor. The Z1 is a modular system, so you can add to it with X1mk2 and F1 controllers, expanding your capability without having to chuck your old equipment. Unfortunately the Z1 only has

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IN THE STUDIO WITH... THE LOVE JUNKIES With their new EP, Flight Test, having just hit the streets, we thought it cogent to touch base with the hard-charging three-piece to talk about their recording process. Singer and guitarist, Mitch McDonald, took our questions. What led to the decision to record the Flight Test EP yourselves? I guess it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do or at least try once. The whole recording side of things is something that I think we’ve all been interested in learning and it was just lucky that a friend of ours - Rosco Stewart - loaned us a bunch of high end equipment to wrap our heads around. It’s also nice to have total control over the tones and mixes instead having to bounce ideas back and forth to someone else trying to understand your vision. What are the advantages of going it alone when recording? I guess not feeling the pressures of “studio time.” Because you’re laying down tracks with no outside influence, which generally costs money, it means you can relax a little and work on getting the perfect tone and the best take. I think it also makes you work harder in that sense and leaves room for everybody to have more input.

Is your studio rig different from your live rig and, if so, how? I used the same rig but I guess I tweaked different tones for different sections. That’s the fun of recording: you get to have fun manipulating the tones for each section to give each part more character.

What was your financial investment in the project? Did you feel there was more or less risk in going it alone? Far less risk. It was nothing to hire the equipment so even if the project turned out to be a failure it wouldn’t have been that bad. I personally think that it’s the best we’ve ever sounded and it cost us next to nothing compared to everything else we’ve ever recorded.

What are your marketing and distribution plans for EP? Well, I guess our publicist is hard at work letting everyone know about it and MGM are distributing it again, which is awesome. We have a really solid team behind us at the moment, which is exciting. Everybody who pre-ordered the record got a Polaroid and a personal little letter from each of us, which was fun.

How long did the project take from inception to release? About five months, I think - which is pretty quick considering everything else we’ve ever done has taken way longer, mostly due to financial reasons.

What’s up next? We’re heading in a week to wrap up the Calling All Cars tour and then we’re on the road again in June for an EP tour. We’re also playing with The Meat Puppets at the Astor which is gonna be boss.

unbalanced RCA output, and overall the product is fairly limiting until you get the expansion units. At $279, it’s one of the cheapest ways to start up. If you want to get everything in one go, the Pioneer DDJ-SB is a great unit. It comes with Serato DJ Intro, has plenty of hot cue and effect controls, plus the sturdiest aluminium jog wheels on any cheap entry level unit. This is a big factor, as jog wheels will be essential to your ability to properly cue up and make smooth transitions. A cool toy included is the optional filter fade mode on the crossfader, allowing you to sweep from one track to the other using a filter spectrum instead of ducking the volume. Also have some fun with the sample and loop pads. The Pioneer DDJ-SB drops in at $299. However, if you can get your hands on a Novation Twitch, buy it! This is by far the most powerful unit in the lower price range. The Twitch was the first ever single piece controller to have a multifunction slicer deck, and they also ditched the jog wheels in favour of two jog touch strips. This means less moving parts and less things to go wrong.

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With an aluminium faceplate and sturdy, dustprotected dials, it’s roadworthy and has the unique feature of being able to switch the vertical channel faders into effects faders. The sound card is actually cut straight out of a Focusrite and comes with two balanced TRS outputs as well as two RCA booth outputs. Originally, this product launched at over $700, but now you can pick up these items for under $300. The Twitch has been my favourite portable deck for over a year now, but move quickly as there’s very few of these gems still new in the box. Pioneer DDJ-SB

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WE SAIL TONIGHT FOR SINGAPORE A combined effort from WAM and Timbre Music, The Singapore WA Music Exchange (SWAM to you and me) is looking for three Western Australian acts to jet off to play Beerfest Asia 2014 in Singapore, which runs from June 13 - 15. This is a prime opportunity for Aussie acts to hook into the lucrative and important Asian market, gaining exposure and experience in a neighbouring music scene we’re sometimes all too quick to forget. To enter, send your bio, photo, links to three songs or videos and contact details to Claire Hodgson, WAM’s Membership and Industry Development Officer at claire@wam.org.au by no later than 5pm on Friday, March 21.

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NIDA AND JJJ TEAM UP In an effort to help upcoming acts make their mark on the iconic music show, rage, the National Institute Of Dramatic Arts and triple j are offering seven artist a shot at having a music video made for them by NIDA’s directing, production and design students. However, the students will have only two days and $200 to make the clip, which does make one wonder if the prize is worth the effort. Still, gift horses and all that. Applications close on March 30. Shoot over to triplejunearthed.com for more info. You can also check out the clips for last year’s winners while you’re there, including tracks from Little Odessa, Bloods, Willow, Water Graves, The Messengers and Ry. Little Odessa

Foundation, the new fortnightly hip hop night at YaYa’s, not only features the likes of Kid Tsunami, DJ Kaotik and DJ Pawel doing their thing, it also aims to build up a collaborative and supportive community of beat aficionados where newcomers can learn and veterans can teach. Nascent talents who want a crack at performing on the night should send their demos to foundationatyayas@gmail.com. Opening night, featuring DJ Zeke is on next Wednesday, March 19.

MUSIC INDUSTRY SUNDOWNER SERIES RETURNS The inaugural session of the 2014 Sundowner Series, presented by WAM and APRA/AMCOS, takes place at The Rosemount Hotel this Monday, March 17. Entertainment lawyer Andrew Fuller and creative industries accounting expert Kylie Thompson will be on hand to take nonplussed musos through Making Music Work For You: Entertainment Law And Tax. Entry is free for WAM/APRA members who RSVP to claire@wam. org.au before Friday, March 14, $5 for non-members.

BEATING THE BULLIES Anti-bullying organisation Angels Goal are looking to spread their message further and they need your help. to that end, they’ve put together a neat competition in the form of Bullying: No Rockin’ Way. Simply shoot over to bullyingnorockinway. com, listen to their soundtrack, and write and record lyrics with an anti-bullying message. You could win signed merch from Parkway Drive and Boy & Bear, plus have your song be the centrepiece of their campaign. Entries close June 30. Parkway Drive

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BRIDGET TURNER Girls & Boys Simone & Girlfunkle have been announced as part of the Fairbridge Festival in Pinjarra on Friday-Sunday, April 25-25. BOB GORDON chats to vocalist, Bridget Turner about songwriting. You’re also the songwriter/vocalist for Boys Boys Boys!, which is very different to Simone & Girlfunkle. What are the main differences for you in writing songs for both bands? In approach, or state of mind, or instrument you compose on, etc? When you are lucky enough to be in a particular creative mood melodies will just flow through you. Sometimes you have no control where they come from or what they sound like they just appear from an empty page. The differences depend on what genre of mood visits you on any given day. Some days you’re just a conduit for different vibes. Does each band balance out the different sides of you?

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Yep, definitely. Some days a girl just wants to sing harmonies and drink herbal teas, other days dance around like a crazy person. Are there songs that could go either way, to either band? No, not really, those bands are just too different these days and the kids in each camp have wildly opposing tastes. The group of people making those melody ideas into songs just would probably just say in a nice way isn’t that a little ‘Simone’ or ‘Boysy’ depending where I’m hanging and it’s a polite way of saying your song is either too serious or not serious enough or just generally bad. What are your favourite instruments to use when it comes to Simone & Girlfunkle? We are pretty interested in layering voices to see what happens there but we will take a tasty mellotron if it’s available. We also have a pretty expert clarinet player available to us so we try and drop some gnarly clarinet solos here and there. Are you looking forward to playing at the Fairbridge Festival? Have you been before? We are very, very pumped. I have never been before when the festival is on but I’ve heard stories of goings-on and I’m very excited to get in the thick of the tom-foolery. The level of musicianship at the festival is pretty legendary so I’m hoping to soak up a few geniuses before the weekend is out.

Well ahead of the pack, Domino have announced their exclusive releases for Record Store Day, which this year takes place on April 19. Available exclusively through independent music vendors on the day will be: • Julia Holter: Don’t Make Me Over/Hello Stranger 7” • Hamilton Leithauser: Alexandra/In The Shadows 7” • Steve Mason: Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time 12” • Villagers: Occupy Your Mind 7”

Didgeridoo Breath in Fremantle not only specialises in genuine Indigenous Australian musical instruments, they have a constant roster of touring artists and technique workshops in their Market Street store. Their next guest is Japan’s Matsumoto Zoku. The duo merge urban vocal beats with the softer edge of the halo and didge creating a playful, serene and yet vibrant sound. Catch them on Friday, March 21, from 7pm. head to didgeridoobreath.com for more info. Matsumoto Zoku

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MEXICAN RADIO Zambrero Northbridge is giving up and coming DJs the chance to strut their stuff with a live DJ set in the James Street store this April. Six turntablists will get the chance to strut their stuff for 45 minutes each, with two playing every Saturday night from April 5. To enter, either drop your (5 minutes only, please) mixtape into the store, or else email a Soundcloud link to northbridge@zambrero.com.

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Entries are now open for the Australian Radio Awards, which will be held in Melbourne at the Convention And Exhibition Centre on October 18. Entries close on May 23. For full info, head to commericalradio.com.au.

Sick of the poor quality and ubiquity of mp3 recordings, veteran rocker Neil Young decided to do something about it. He’s put his name behind PonoMusic, a highfidelity music player and online store that promises to deliver studio-quality sound the discerning audiophiles. Young announced this endeavour at SXSW and apparently there’s a hell of a demand for it, as his Kickstarter campaign has attracted over four million dollars in pledges, well in excess if its initial modest $800,000 goal. If you want to get in on the ground floor, you have 27 days from now to pull the trigger.

SCHOOL OF ROCK Rock Scholars have revamped their websiste, giving everything a fresh coat of digital paint. Head to rockscholars.com.au to check out the new look and, while you’re there, check out the range of lessons and course on offer, as well as details about the upcoming Rock Scholar Term 1 gigs.

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FAITH MARS MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC This magnificent acoustic guitar, the latest to the range designed by Patrick James Eggle, sounds as good as it looks. With all-mahogany construction, it doesn’t need fancy furniture to look and sound great, delivering clean, clear tones with an impressive midrange. Go to ambertech.com.au for more details. Faith Mars Mahogany Acoustic

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LONEWOLF PRODUCTIONS FREMANTLE Custom designed equipment for cutting edge recording. 24 track tape. Premium digital conversion and mixing. FB. Jay Sonics 0423 445 154 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au SONGWRITERS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer 45,000+ hours studio experience, 20 yrs in London working with songwriters and bands. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au STUDIO ZED Digital Mastering, Demo’s, albums, Live tracking sessions special from $250 p/day. Studiozed. net.au Ph: 9207 2072

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TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** New Year enrolments, book online. Beg to prof, all styles. Catering to WAAPA and AMEB standards. All tutors have WWC clearance. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS GUITAR LESSONS AVAILABLE by WAAPA tutor. A practicle approach to learning. .All styles.Years of experience. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131

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CHRIS GIBBS More Than A Game Chris Gibbs launches his new solo album, Big Appetite, this Sunday, March 30, at the Indi Bar with help from China Doll, Why Georgia? and Amy Sugars. BOB GORDON finds out about how the album came to be. What made you go for a solo album, rather than a Graphic Fiction Heroes album, this time around, given you compose and sing for both? There were a few reasons. I started recording this album in July last year and it just wasn’t the right time for GFH to be commencing a new recording as we were still working Dan Toal on keys into the lineup. I also knew that I wanted to attempt a recording that was entirely created from start to finish at my home studio. Because I wasn’t sure how that was going to pan out, I used myself as the guinea pig rather than the band. Also, we have established a style with GFH that many of the songs on this recording simply weren’t suitable for. It’s turned out to be a rockier acoustic album than you initially envisioned - how much of that was intentional and how much was fuelled by its own momentum? The limitations with the home studio in terms of tracking live drums drove the decision to go acoustic, but during the process I found various ways to create rhythms and strong percussion some live, some with loops - which in turn presented the opportunity to add more instrumentation. Once that development occurred, I just went for what felt good and what sounded right and that opened up the whole project. It was fortuitous because since then I have tracked live drums for someone else’s project in the home studio and it went really well. Nevertheless the perceived limitations at the time provided a unique way forward and I just trusted the framework. I am much more comfortable with an electric guitar and I have ended up with plenty on the album, so I’m happy! You’re very consistent with releasing music. Is it important for you to build a volume of work? Yes but I think the driving force in trying to consistently release music is simply that I keep writing it. A recording is the ultimate diary for a songwriter’s development and progress so if the songs are there my inclination is to ‘make them official’. I do enjoy

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having so much on offer though. There was a brief period in the mid-2000s where I didn’t release anything because I was still hoping to get Kingpin back on track. Given that there is a final album from that band completed but never released, it became a little stumbling block for me. Once I faced reality in regards to the future of that band, the wheels started to turn again. So since 2009 there’s been the first solo record, the GFH record, an Axe Cane EP and now my new record. I guess I just like being back in the game. What’s the rest of the year hold (in all of your musical guises?) Graphic Fiction Heroes will commence tracking drums for a new EP in April with Rob Agostini at Soundbaker, which I’m very excited about. We have a good system with the band where after drums, the rest is tracked at my place and then it all goes back to Rob for final mixes. I still have a lot to learn and a lot of equipment to buy before I’d trust myself mixing a fully-tracked GFH recording, but I’ll do a couple of dummy-runs anyway for the experience. Meanwhile, I’ll be promoting Big Appetite with a kind of freeform lineup. I have a selection of musicians in mind to work with live, most of whom are performing with me at the launch, but they won’t always be available. So the idea is to have a few options for the main instruments and just see where it takes us. I am very happy with the current Graphic Fiction Heroes lineup and I enjoy that solidarity, so the delineation that I now require to make the solo project a separate entity will come from a slightly more relaxed approach to presenting my solo work live, which I am very much looking forward to. It’s also a big year for me at WAAPA, I’ve been given more classes to teach than ever before which is great. The home studio is kicking along, I recently completed Matt Waring’s EP and there are two other projects on the go with another in the pipeline, plenty to do there. I’ll certainly be hoping to pull on the space boots as Fake Frehley in KissTake too. In the meantime it’s business as usual: have guitar, will play! DISK BANK Perth’s premier CD & DVD manufacturer, with options for all budgets. (08) 9388 0800. www.diskbank.com.au/specials. MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551

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FEELING SEEDY The Seed Fund is now a decade old! That’s 10 years of John Butler and company helping Australian musical artists get established in the industry, particularly rural artists who may lack the opportunities and resources that city-based musos take for granted. Applications are now open for 2014 funding, with categories including Money For Managers, which supports emerging music managers and It’s All About The Song, which is designed to help artists produce and release a high quality single. Plus, the annual Management Workshop is on the horizon, where up to 25 lucky applicants will receive a crash course on the business of music. For full details, go to theseedfund.org. John Butler

RIDE INTO RODE Rode Microphones are holding a free workshop at Theo’s Music in West Leederville on Friday, April 4 from 10am until noon. Learn about the latest rode toys, plus pick up technical tips on mic placement, feedback reduction and more. For full details, hit up the Theo’s Music Facebook page.

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MORE BOOM FOR YOUR BUCK Having helped many people build their first home studio, there seems to be a trend amongst budding EDM producers that you want a big, noisy system for maximum bro power and bragging points if you can break the neighbours’ china with your sub. We’ll help you avoid some of the easy pitfalls in choosing your monitors. First of all, don’t buy KRK. This brand of monitor is designed for DJs. They’re a big, heavy, bassy mess that dubstep and hip hop sounds great on, but they are not accurate. The second series of these monitors are the most popular and the worst problem makers and while the third revision is an improvement, it’s still too inaccurate for its price. Remember, you want something as accurate as possible. If your monitors have overstated bass, you’ll overcompensate for that in your mix, to make it sound good in your home studio. Consequently, when you take your track out to perform, you’ve mixed all of the bass out of your track. In terms of cheap monitors, the Yamaha HS8 do a great job without a huge price tag. They’re bright in the top end, similar to a JBL, but only $399 as opposed to the JBL’s $899. They have a decently flat frequency response, and while not having as much bottom end as some of the higher brands, will give you the best bang for your buck if you’re on a budget. Right in the middle of the range is the Behringer B2031A. Behringer have always been one of the cheaper brands on the market, but since buying Klark Teknik and Midas, they have been doing some very accurate studio monitors, while still keeping that low price point. These monitors are best for trance, breaks, and drum ‘n’ bass. The silk tweeter goes up nice and high without getting too sandy, and you have RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au SONGWRITERS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer 45,000+ hours studio experience, 20 yrs in London working with songwriters and bands. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au STUDIO ZED Digital Mastering, Demo’s, albums, Live tracking sessions special from $250 p/day. Studiozed. net.au Ph: 9207 2072

enough bass representation to keep the bottom end tight and smooth. The Behringer Truth B2031A retails for $635 per pair. Finally, the Event 20/20 Bas are the best studio monitors you can buy for under a grand ($799). Famously good for bass music, the 2020s have been popular with R&B artists since the mid ‘90s. They have a deep, smooth, low end response, without being overstated or muddy. Also, they really excel at bringing up the mid ranges to be on spec with the tops and bass, which is something most entry level two way monitors struggle with. If you produce with these monitors, your track will sound good on anything. And most importantly, if this is your first speaker purchase, don’t think these will be performance speakers. You will want high volume noise makers when you go gigging, but keep your studio monitors at home. All too often people ask me for a speaker that will be good to produce with, and to perform with, but they are two different tools for two completely different jobs. Also, when you head down to Kosmic to have a listen for yourself, bring some music you know really well, and if possible bring a lossless version (wav, aiff or flac). The guys down there will plug it in to the speaker wall for you, so you can make the best decision for your style. TULLY JAGO

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BACK TO SCHOOL Dreams of learning to play are as common as crooked politicians, but it can be difficult to make the jump from dreamer to doer. It doesn’t have to be that hard, though - there are plenty of schools and institutions in the Perth area that offer solid, affordable music tuition to aspiring musos. Here’s a handful of schools and other resources that are worth your attention.

CENTRAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Yes, TAFE. The Diploma Of Music course provides the student with a solid grounding in instrumental and vocal performance techniques as well as musical literacy and analysis skills. Students are taught to prepare material for group performance and have the opportunity to not only record in in-house and external studio facilities, but to undertake the complete process of recording a CD from pre-production through to marketing and release. CIT also houses a full live venue, plus recording and rehearsal studios. Head to eti. wa.edu.au for more details. CIT

CLIFF LYNTON GUITAR INSTITUTE One of the leading lights in music tuition for the past 30 years, Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute’s proven system of one on one teaching is designed to help unlock the musical potential in any student. Starting with basic principles, their courses cover an incredibly wide range of styles and musical genres and include training in improvisation, playing by ear and musical theory. All ages and all skill levels are welcome. Head to clifflynton. com for full details. Cliff Lynton

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WALTHER MUSIC Operating out a beautiful two story mansion in East Perth, Walther Music is almost a one stop shop for music tuition. Lessons on offer include guitar, vocals, bass, drums, piano, violin, saxophone, music theory, songwriting, production, ensembles and more, plus the school offers studio and equipment hire. Both one on one and classroom lessons are available. Go to walthermusic.com for more info.

FORTE MUSIC Forte Music in Canning Vale offers classes to suit all ages and all skill levels. They offer both small group classes and private tuition and most popular instruments are catered for, including piano/keyboard, guitar (classical, acoustic, electric & bass) saxophone, flute, violin, viola, singing and drums. The teaching philosophy at Forte favours what they call a multi-sensory approach, insuring that students are always actively engaged by the material. Check them out at fortemusic.com.au

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THE WEST AUSTRALIAN MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION This independent body functions as a professional association for music teachers in our state. Somewhat uniquely, WAMTA is a body that teaches teachers, offering a number of courses and seminars designed to help music instructors hone their abilities to impart knowledge in a clear, forthright and engaging manner. Subjects on offer include History Of Music and Teaching Principles. For more information, visit their website at musicteacherswa.org.au.


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FOR SALE HEADPHONES all brands & styles. 23 Harrogate Street, West Leederville. Contact Headphonic 08 93886333 headphones.com.au GENERAL EXPRESSIONS WANTED GRAFFITI ARTISTS & GRAPHIC DESIGNERS for newly formed clothing company. Exp req’d. $$ paid for quality. Please call Mark if interested 0428 365 713. MUSOS WANTED BASS PLAYER WANTED for estab Perth band Hailmary. Available for tours. Stage presence a must. Contact Kevin 0401033743 hailmaryband@hotmail.com DRUMMER REQUIRED High quality working rock covers band requires reliable, experienced and capable drummer. Call/text 0427 471 423 or email pjkm@westnet.com.au KEYBOARD PLAYER WANTED wanted f o r w o r k i n g c o v e r b a n d Ve n d e t t a . M u s t h ave b ac k i n g vo c a l s a b i l i t y. Rock/pop genre. Contact Suzanne 0414 35 0001 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Text Josh on 0430 313 577 for a spot. PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo photography, studio, live, location. Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projectphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES C D & DV D M A N U FAC T U R E C h e c k o u t our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 DISK BANK Perth’s premier CD & DV D m a n u f ac t u re r, w i t h o p t i o n s for all budgets. (08) 9388 0800. www.diskbank.com.au/specials. KARAOKE MACHINE High quality karaoke machine for hire. Call Colin 9279 8979 MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www. witzendstudios.com ANALOG MASTERING VINTAGE TAPE, TUBES & TRANSFORMERS with the latest state of the art digital converters. Clients include: Melody’s Echo Chamber, Pond, Gossling, Knife Party, Felicity Groom, The Floors, Jeff Martin & The Panics. World class facility, World class results. www.poonshead.com. 9339 4791 ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 FREMANTLE RECORDING STUDIOS - NOW 20% OFF 6 HR SESSIONS! Freo’s hottest rehearsal & recording space. We have had Kevin Parker, Rainy Day Women, Stillwater Giants, Mitch of Love Junkies, Nick of Pond, Cam of The Growl, Ben/Tom/Rob from Blud, Matt Gresham, Felicity Groom, Steve Parkin of Eskimo Joe.. ..come join us! Call Paige 0415 738 155

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GOLDDUST Production Mixing, recording and composition. Leederville $80 p/h. 0408 097 407 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au SONGWRITERS AND BANDS! - 30TH ANNIVERSARY DISCOUNTS! UNLOCK YOUR SONG’S POTENTIAL! FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience, 20 yrs in London. Kicking arrangements. G re at s t u d i o a n d t h e a b i l i t y to re a l l y listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au THE SOUND FACTORY RECORDING STUDIOS 24 and 16 track tape. Vintage amps, mic & effects. Special rates for BTC/LTC/DOGE. 0423803063 REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 STREAM STUDIO’S 89 Stirling St, Perth. Mobile: 0403 152 009 info@streamrehearsal. com.au STUDIO ZED Private Rehearsal studio & Recording studio, specials available. Nollamara. studiozed.net.au. Ph: Tory 9207 2072 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** New Year enrolments, book online. Beg to prof, all styles. Catering t o WA A PA a n d A M E B s t a n d a rd s . A l l tutors have WWC clearance. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS GUITAR LESSONS AVAILABLE by WAAPA tutor. A practicle approach to learning. .All styles.Years of experience. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131

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ROLAND AIRA: Digital Remakes Of ‘80s Dance Classics EDM and electronica would not exist in the shape they are today without the critical influence caused by the iconic drum sequencers, the Roland TR-808 and the TR-909. The bad news is that a good condition unit will set you back on ebay anywhere upwards from $3500. Noticing that there is a market for a classic sound resurfacing in new producers, Roland has released the AIRA series, which includes the highly anticipated TR-8, which faithfully combines both drum machines into one sleek new box. The AIRA line also includes other classic updates, including the TB-3 Bass Line, VT-3 vocal transformer, and the, the System-1. The TB-3 is by far the most simple of the group, simulating the TR-303. It has a gorgeous translucent touch pad that can be used both as a keyboard, XY pad, envelope mod, and a pattern selector. Interestingly, the entire AIRA range, including the TB-3 uses digital simulation ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) to do a very pleasing simulation of an analog audio chain. The tone of this simple bass box is always going to have that classic late ‘80s quality, which is more of a mid compared to today’s bass lines, but from all accounts coming in, the tone is faithful to the original. Moving up to the synth lead, the System-1 is the update from the System 100. Having listened to this myself, this seems to be the furthest departure from its namesake, and I’m happy they have done so. The delay and the LFO are ridiculous. The delay can continue feeding back hard like a Monotron delay causing big noise scape leads, and the LFO can go so high it turns into an oscillator of utter hatred. This will be a very powerful addition to any artist looking for big spacious trance leads and aggressive tones, and is also very capable of filling out the bottom end of the bass spectrum. The VT-3 vocal transformer seems to

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fall a bit flat in comparison. Any device that has a vocoder setting, but no carrier wave input, seems to be lying. However, it’s a super cheap and simple way to add robot voices and autotune to your DJ or live performance kit. The synth, bass, and vocoder settings all use built in carrier wave settings and have no possibility for choosing a different sound other than the default tone. Where everything falls apart is the scatter setting. This gives your voice the radio announcer reloop sound so synonymous with cheap theatrics, and I can already tell that this is going to become the bane of the club scene as soon as the popped collar top 40 DJ community gets their hands on it. Finally, the TR-8. Having been lucky enough to have used an 808 in the past, the TR-8 is almost identical in tone. Given that it is using the ACB modeling system, it contains both the circuit models for the 808 and 909, plus a myriad of extra parameter changes. The step sequencer is polished and snappy without feeling too plasticy, and the auto quantization helps to keep everything in check for improvisation. The addition of vertical faders for every sample gives instant kill and level control, which was a lot trickier on the more traditional pots of the 808 and 909. The single giant knob on the deck also breaks with tradition, rather than being tempo or master volume, it controls a new feature called scatter. This dial makes it instantly easy to slice up your programmed loop into some intense glitch and loop groupings. Tully Jagoe

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2014 FENDER ROADSHOW Fly By Night Musicians Club Thursday, February 13, 2014 The annual Fender Roadshow rolled into Fremantle last Thursday in celebration of the Fender Stratocaster’s 60th birthday. It was a full house, with local guitar aficionados, music store gurus and Fender enthusiasts alike all on hand to see the latest products that Fender have added to their already extensive arsenal. Unlike previous years, they started the night off with a look back to the grass roots origins of Fender with footage of workers in the original factory hand cutting, routing and painting guitars. This set the mood for the night as we all prepared to honor what has been the most recognisable guitar in the world for over six decades. Roadshow veteran Greg Koch was back again and leading an all-star lineup of Australian musicians. Sessions guitarist extraordinaire James Ryan (Men At Work, Shania Twain, Ronan Keating) brought the shred to the party with Luke Hodgson (Bertie Blackman, Gotye) on bass and local lad Hayden Meggit (Ross Wilson) on drums. After a few tuning issues due to the humid Perth weather the band launched straight into a medley of classic riffs, paying homage to the great guitarists that famously donned a Stratocaster. Dick Dale and Hank Marvin were the first players to be referenced before the band touched on songs by Clapton, Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn through to Malmsteen, Blackmore and our very own Ian Moss. It was clear from the start that tonight would be all about the Stratocaster. This year sees the release of four new commemorative models. First up was the AmericanStandard 60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster. Unlike its American Standard series cousin, the commemorative edition is appointed with premium features that are usually limited to the most exclusive custom shop guitars. This ash body guitar is beautifully voiced by three special design, 1954 single coil Strat pickups and finished with gold hardware and a 60th anniversary commemorative neck plate. N e x t u p w a s t h e C l a s s i c P l aye r s 1950s Stratocaster. With a striking Desert Sand nitrocellulose lacquer finish, this would have to be one of the best looking guitars I have laid eyes on. Fender has (finally) found the perfect balance between a vintage specification reissue and a modern playing guitar in the Players Series. This guitar features a vintage 21 fret neck and is complimented by having vintage locking machine heads, synchronized tremolo system and five way pickup selector switch which not only makes this guitar extremely versatile, it also has greatly improved tuning stability.

The final guitar to round off the diamond jubilee celebrations is the American Vintage 1954 Stratocaster Reissue. Apart from a few minor modern appointments, this guitar is as close to an original 1954 Stratocaster as you’re ever going to get without taking out a second mortgage. The vintage 7.25” radius, one piece maple neck runs smoothly into an ash body finished in the original and undeniably classic two colour sunburst. This was the guitar that everybody was waiting to see, and nobody was disappointed. Fender have added a five way pickup selector switch and an O-shaped string tree for added tuning stability. They have also gone so far as to reissue the original Fender polish cloth that was given out with the original 1954 guitars. Fe n d e r h ave a l s o re l e a s e d a n ew, revolutionary series of American Deluxe guitars for 2014. The American Deluxe series has always been a player’s guitar. The addition of locking machine heads, noiseless pickups and a contoured heel to a traditional Strat or Tele make these guitars arguably the most versatile and reliable guitars in the Fender family. The new 2014 American Deluxe Stratocaster Plus looks like your typical Deluxe Stratocaster but Fender have taken the versatility of this instrument to the next level. It has all of the features that you expect from the deluxe series but also sees the addition of the new interchangeable personality cards. These personality cards fit into an easily accessible compartment on the back of the guitar and allow you to easily “re-wire” the guitar with specialised pickup and circuitry modification in record time. For the first time Fender have also introduced solderless electronics, making any permanent modifications a breeze. There were also a few new Fender model basses to get excited about. The new Dimension bass series launches Fender basses into modern era. The double humbucking version of the Dimension bass is perhaps one of the most versatile guitars on the market today. With an 18 volt on board preamp, three way pickup selector switch and three band EQ, this guitar eliminates the need for you to own more than one bass. The Fender Roadshow gives us a rare insight into what makes these guitars so special. It is also an exclusive opportunity to get up close and personal with the instruments and allow you to play them in a live music environment before shelling out. This year was undeniably a celebration of the Stratocaster. Although the team touched on updates to the Hot Rod series of guitars, the new Jim Root Jazz Master and upgraded acoustic line of guitars, this was a year to look back and celebrate the most revolutionary guitar in history, the Fender Strat. ROY MILTON WWW. XP RE SS MAG.COM. AU

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DANCE CLASSES BELLYDANCE CENTRAL STUDIO CLASSES Free class Fri 7 Feb special beg. Term 1 starts Mon 10 Feb. For brochure, info and free class invite email dance@bellydancecentral. com.au. Mob: 0409511125. www.bellydancecentral.com.au EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING Do you know what a roadie is? Have you got any background in AUDIO, LIGHTING or BACKLINE? Are you looking for CASUAL work in the entertainment industry? If that sounds like you contact Events Personnel Aust. On 08 9361 5005. FOR SALE HEADPHONES all brands & styles. 23 Harrogate Street, West Leederville. Contact Headphonic 08 93886333 headphones.com.au GENERAL EXPRESSIONS WANTED GRAFFITI ARTISTS & GRAPHIC DESIGNERS for newly formed clothing company. Exp req’d. $$ paid for quality. Please call Mark if interested 0428 365 713. MUSOS WANTED EXP SINGER WANTED for established local original rock band. Gigs booked, recording waiting. Text or call 0448 426 491 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. PHOTOGRAPHY P R O J E C T P H OTO G R A P H Y P r o m o photography, studio, live, location. Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 w w w. p ro j e c t p h o to g r a p hy.co m When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 DISK BANK Perth’s premier CD & DVD manufacturer, with options for all budgets. (08) 9388 0800. www.diskbank.com.au/ specials. MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering.. Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 GOLDDUST Production Mixing, recording and composition. Leederville $80 p/h. 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog Master. TAPE, TUBES & TRANSFORMERS. Clients include: Melody’s Echo Chamber, Pond,

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Gossling, Knife Party, Felicity Groom, The Floors, Jeff Martin & The Panics. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 4791 R E CO R D I N G M I X I N G M A S T E R I N G PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au SONGWRITERS AND BANDS! - 30TH ANNIVERSARY DISCOUNTS! UNLOCK YOU R S O N G ’ S P OT E N T I A L ! F R E E APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience, 20 yrs in London. Kicking arrangements. Great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 STREAM STUDIO’S 89 Stirling S t , Pe r t h . M o b i l e : 0 4 0 3 1 5 2 0 0 9 info@streamrehearsal.com.au TUITION * * * G U I TA R L E S S O N S * * * N ew Ye a r enrolments, book online. Beg to prof, all styles. Catering to WAAPA and AMEB standards. All tutors have WWC clearance. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com AAA CLEAVER ACADEMY OF VOICE Voice training for singers that really works. All techniques including speech level. Phone 9272 4497 mb 0417 928 998. BASS GUITAR LESSONS AVAILABLE by WAAPA tutor. A practicle approach to learning. .All styles.Years of experience. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131

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BLACKBIRD SINGING IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT Kosmic are offering a fantastic deal on the Blackbird Maton M225 right now - a guitar custom designed exclusively for Kosmic! This beautiful instrument boasts a solid spruce top, a Queensland maple back, sides and neck, gold Grover tuners and a satin black finish, and right now you can pick up one and a case to keep it in for on $999. Head to kosmic.com.au for details. Blackbird Maton M225

NOW IT IS NAMM The biggest musical conference in the world, the National Association Of Music Merchants (NAMM for short) kicks off in Anaheim, California on January 23. The biggest and best musical trade show in the world, this is when and where the big brands debut all their new toys. Now, we’re betting you probably can’t scrape together the time or money to attend at such short notice, but you can keep track of all the latest industry and technology developments by heading over to namm.org or checking out their Facebook page.

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YAMAHA INTRODUCES THE NEW TYROS 5 The latest from Yamaha should have keyboard wizards salivating. The latest workstation in the tyros Series, the Tyros5, contains more than 300 new voices, including guitars, synth, brass, pianos and more. The system recreates instrument sounds with amazing authenticity, making it perfect for testing out arrangements and compositions before bringing other musicians into the mix. Head to yamaha.com to check out the full range of functions. Yamaha Tyros5

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FOR SALE HEADPHONES all brands & styles. 23 Harrogate Street, West Leederville. Contact Headphonic 08 93886333 headphones. com.au MUSOS WANTED EXP SINGER WANTED for established local original rock band. Gigs booked, recording waiting. Text or call 0448 426 491 LEAD GUITARIST WANTED 18-24 yrs old for Vida Cain. Backing vox essential. Trav 0404 556 312 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT @ THE CRAIGIE TAVERN Tuesdays from 8pm. Solos, Duos, Trios, Originals and Covers. Contact Paula or Ceelay 0420375670 or openmiccraigie@hotmail.com PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY P ro m o p h o t o g r a p hy, s t u d i o, l i ve , location. Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 w w w. p ro j e c t p h o to g r a p hy.co m When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 D I S K BA N K Pe r t h ’s p re m i e r C D & DV D m a n u f a c t u r e r, w i t h o p t i o n s fo r a l l b u d g e t s . ( 0 8 ) 9 3 8 8 0 8 0 0 . www.diskbank.com.au/specials. MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering.. Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 FREMANTLE RECORDING STUDIOS now offering FREE consultations. Mention this ad to get 1/2 priced recording session. Call 0415 738 155 GOLDDUST Production Mixing, recording a n d co m p o s i t i o n . Le e d e r v i l l e $ 8 0 p/h. 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog Master. TAPE, TUBES & TRANSFORMERS. Clients include: Melody’s Echo Chamber, Pond, Gossling, Knife Party, Felicity Groom, The Floors, Jeff Martin & The Panics. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead. com 9339 4791 R E CO R D I N G M I X I N G M A S T E R I N G PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764

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REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E C O R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com 0419 908 766 - NEW ProTools HDX System. 17 Years exp SONGWRITERS AND BANDS! - 30TH ANNIVERSARY DISCOUNTS! UNLOCK YO U R S O N G ’ S P OT E N T I A L ! F R E E APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience, 20 yrs in London. Kicking arrangements. Great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 STREAM STUDIO’S 89 Stirling St, Perth. Mobile: 0403 152 009 info@ streamrehearsal.com.au VISION REHEARSAL Perth’s premier rehearsal facilities. Visit www.visionstudios. com.au for all info. East Vic Park. Email re h e a r s a l @ v i s i o n s t u d i o s .co m . au o r call 0432 034 122 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS - XMAS VOUCHERS AVAIL Give the gift of music. Beg to adv, all styles. Catering to WAAPA and AMEB standards. All tutors have WWC clearance. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS GUITAR LESSONS AVAILABLE by WAAPA tutor. A practicle approach to learning. .All styles.Years of experience. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131

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BIG GUNNS Gunn Audio have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund their upcoming SX speaker range. Unlike pretty much every other portable speaker on the market, the SX series will require no external device to stream music - an in-built Android operating system and touchscreen interface means you can just connect to your home WiFi network and stream tunes from your favourite site or app. It’s an elegant idea, and the Indiegogo rewards structure means that early backers can access some deep discounts once the product is launched (projected RRP starts at $799). The final range will comprise five models. Head over to indiegogo.com/ projects/speakers-that-stream to check it out.

PARTY IN MY PANTS How long has the world waited for Drumpants? We didn’t even know we needed them until we heard of them and now they’re all we can think about. Created by entrepreneur and inventor, Tyler Freeman, Drumpants are a wearable electronic musical suite that allows the user to replicate the sounds of a full drum kit by hitting various areas of their pants. Really, the name Drumpants is a cute but reductive bit of marketing spiel - the instrument consists of six removable and programmable pads, which means you can tweak the system to be whatever you need it to be. Xylophone jacket? Banjo hat? Why not - the sky’s the limit. Freeman and his team currently have a Kickstarter campaign up and running to get initial production up and running, so shoot over to drumpants.com to see the possibilities.

Looking for a cheap but quality stocking stuffer for the audiophile in your life? Look no further - Audiofly’s AF33 canalphones are just the ticket. Available in a range of colours, they’re a solid all-round performer with a sweet RRP of $29. They’re also available as a smartphone headset - the same product with an added inline microphone and single button remote - for $39. Head to headphones.com.au to check them out.

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YAMAHA PDX-B11 PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER Yamaha have decided that bigger is better with this entry into the portable speaker market, eschewing compactness for a big, chunky design that puts out a big, chunky sound. While it’s not something you can throw in a handbag or satchel on the off chance you’re gonna need it, it’s pretty much perfect as a semi-permanent backyard barbecue speaker. It’s compatible with iOS and Android devices and can connect via Bluetooth and 3.5mm mini jack. If there’s one glaring issue, it’s that it’s not rechargeable - if you can’t plug it in to a wall socket, you’re relying on six AA batteries to keep the party going, which could prove expensive in the long run unless you invest in some rechargeables. The eight hour playing time is impressive enough, but the notion of either plugging in fresh batteries or rolling the dice with every use is questionable. Still, with a RRP of $149, it’s definitely worth investigating. Yamaha PBX-B11

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FOR SALE HEADPHONES all brands & styles. 23 Harrogate Street, West Leederville. Contact Headphonic 08 93886333 headphones.com.au MUSOS WANTED BASS PLAYER WANTED for new Rock band based Sth of river. Contact Budge 0438 142 552 BASS PLAYER WANTED reliable & capable bass player reqd by working rock covers band. Must have good groove, timing & tempo. Good gear, own transport plus a willingness to gig are also reqd. Contact 0427 471 423 or email pjkm@westnet.com.au for further info, audio, demo’s etc EXP SINGER WANTED for established local original rock band. Gigs booked, recording waiting. Text or call 0448 426 491 GUITARIST WANTED for original Rock/ Alternative Songs. Must sing backing vocals Call Jax 0433 632 772 LEAD GUITARIST WANTED 18-30 yrs old for Vida Cain. Backing vox essential. Trav 0404 556 312 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT @ THE CRAIGIE TAVERN Tuesdays from 8pm. Solos, Duos, Trios, Originals and Covers. Contact Paula or Ceelay 0420375670 or openmiccraigie@hotmail.com PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo photography, studio, live, location. Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projectphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 DISK BANK Perth’s premier CD & D V D m a n u f a c t u r e r, w i t h o p t i o n s for all budgets. (08) 9388 0800. www.diskbank.com.au/specials. MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 GOLDDUST Production Mixing, recording and composition. Leederville $80 p/h. 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog Master. TAPE, TUBES & TRANSFORMERS. Clients include: Melody’s Echo Chamber, Pond, Gossling, Knife Party, Felicity Groom, The Floors, Jeff Martin & The Panics. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 4791

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RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. C a l l Pe t e K i t c h e n C o o ke d R e co rd s . Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E C O R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com 0419 908 766 - NEW ProTools HDX System. 17 Years exp SONGWRITERS AND BANDS! - 30TH ANNIVERSARY DISCOUNTS! UNLOCK YOUR SONG’S POTENTIAL! FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience, 20 yrs in London. Kicking arrangements. Great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 B I G B E AT S O U N D S T U D I O C l e a n r o o m s , a l l n e w PA s y s t e m s , a i r con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. P L AT I N U M S O U N D RO O M S Professional rehearsal rooms, a i r c o n d i t i o n e d , q u a l i t y PA s m o b 0418 944 722 STREAM STUDIO’S 89 Stirling St, Perth. Mobile: 0403 152 009 info@streamrehearsal.com.au TUITION * * * G U I TA R L E S S O N S * * * N e w Ye a r enrolments, book online. Beg to prof, all styles. Catering to WAAPA and AMEB standards. All tutors have WWC clearance. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS GUITAR LESSONS AVAILABLE by WAAPA tutor. A practicle approach to learning. .All styles.Years of experience. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131

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RAINBOW MACHINE, EARTHQUAKER DEVICES. A tab of acid in guitar pedal form, the Rainbow Machine can act as a delayed arpeggiator, polyphonic harmoniser, pitch shifter and just about all conceivable brain bending nonsense in between. The real kicker is the ‘magic’ setting and its interplay with the tracking control, throwing up an at times overwhelming cacophony of oscillation, discordance and warping. More conventionally, in can produce a beautiful, warm psychedelic sound, and a lush slapback echo. Word to the wise: if you do hit upon a sound you love, make rigorous notes on the settings; with 6 knobs and 2 switches, all of which have such extreme effects, the temptation to tinker can lead you to lose a sound that you can’t seem to get back. RRP $275. Rainbow Machine

ARPANOID POLYPHONIC PITCH ARPEGGIATOR, EARTHQUAKER DEVICES. The first dedicated arpeggiator pedal for electric guitar, the Arpanoid has step and rate control, to allow you a range of arpeggios, from a slow, gentle melodic tail to a frantic tweaked out symphony. It has eight settings, which allows the player major and minor scales in ascending or descending. It’s perhaps a luxury item, an answer to ‘what do I get the muso who has everything?’ It’s delightfully good fun, and produces a lovely sound, but it’s far from essential. RRP $255.

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Moog has long been famous for their range of synths and analogue effects pedals. The Minifooger range is, as the name suggest, a compaction of the Mooger Fooger processing pedals range, well regarded by guitarists and keyboardists alike, into a more manageable, performance friendly size. The MF Drive is a diverse and distinctive overdrive pedal, offering a ‘low pass to peak’ filter that allows the player an almost wah-wah sound. The array of distortion is impressive, from muddy and dark, to lacerating, thin and bright, from a gentle wash to a fat, fuzzed out wall of sound, all the time providing great sustain and a nice clear presentation of notes. RRP $229. Moog Minifooger MF Drive

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NAMM 2014 Battle Of The Blinky Lights I really feel sorry for every DJ equipment company that forgot to make something new for NAMM this year. Pioneer is standing majestically at the top of the DJ controller mountain, holding aloft their final and most expensive entry into their highly acclaimed DDJ line up. Or as I should say, they are struggling to hold it aloft, as the goddamn thing weighs over 10 kilos. Since its announcement on Wednesday, the DJ community has been vibrating with excitement over the new Pioneer DDJ SZ, which is as grand and complex as the helm of a starship. At almost a meter long, it is the biggest DDJ control station they have ever made, and it combines all the technology from a full feature CDJ system without the pesky CD part. It boasts two full size CDJ2000 jog wheels, illuminated 13mm remix pads with three function banks, and the colour filter panel straight out of the DJM800. Upsettingly, it seems to have a rave air horn button directly on the deck. But the most beautiful part of this monolith has to be its twin banks of 8 pad remix decks, the largest on the market, and each is illuminated by a full RGB LED grid. The DDJ SZ is going to be over $3000 for Australian buyers, so we probably won’t be seeing this in the hands of most DJs. I expect that this will instead be the go-to unit we will soon see as communal equipment in nightclubs. For too long now, small crowded DJ booths in night clubs have been occupied by cheap and bulky CDJ systems. When the controllerists show up, they are reduced to balancing their gear on top of the dials of whatever beer-glazed second hand DJM700 the club skimped on. The SZ has dual USB ports and dual sound cards, so you can jack one laptop in and start the next person’s set without interrupting the flow of the one stepping down. I can’t wait to see some really good DJ battles using dual laptops thanks to this new feature. Other DJ equipment updates came from Allen And Heath. Their famous entry level mixer, the Xone:22, has been updated and rebadged as the Xone:23. It now has an external effects send and

return, and even though it is a two channel mixer, you can still plug four audio sources into it. Their famous analogue voltage controlled filter used to just have a switch for the resonance, it now has a dial, which allows analogue enthusiasts to get the strange and bone-vibrating tones that simply do not come from a digitally simulated filter. The heavy hitters this year have really been in the synthesizer department, including the Nord Lead A1, Roland Aira, the new Bitwig DAW software, but especially the gorgeous new Moog Sub37 prototype. Based on the famously wobbly SubPhatty, except instead of being monophonic, it is claiming itself to be “Paraphonic.” Essentially, instead of having two entirely separate tone generators to become a true duophonic, it has a single monophonic sound chain with two oscillators, but has the ability to give two different pitch values of the two oscillators. It also has an audio input to muck around with external audio sources, and when this is not being used, the dial turns into a really crunchy feedback dial for the dual oscillators. Be very careful with this dial, because when ramped up into the really high values, it has a tendency to change from room filling voice augmentation, to some kind of angry bridge troll growl, blowing out some absolutely obese, subwoofer killing bass tones. Use sparingly. In the midi keyboard department, Akai and Alesis are both competing for the Most Blinky Lights award this year. Now that companies like Maschine have shown that the industry wants full RGB LEDs under their drum pads, it seems that everyone’s jumping on board. This is a good thing; you can group your samples by colour code, allowing instant visual recognition. It also gives you feedback as to what bank you’re using when you start to get really technical. The design on the Alesis is gorgeous, with all the extra buttons backlit in cool aqua, and a shell design as that reminds me of Kubrick’s 2001, however the Akai tends to look like just another tired old Akai, with all kinds of crazy in-built firmware features that nobody ever uses or understands. In terms of finger drum midi controllers, ever wanted a unit like the Maschine, but with an Arturia SparkLE style step sequencer? M-Audio made one, and it’s the Trigger Finger Pro. A huge upgrade from the classic but aging original Trigger Finger, it features a large LCD display and 16 RGB pads similar to the Maschine, four programmable rotary encoders and four vertical faders, a 16 slot step sequencer, and an aluminium face plate. It will retail for $399, which is $200 less than the Maschine, and comes with its own software, or you can plug and play with whatever DAW software you’re already used to. And yet, no built in sound card? M-Audio may have missed an opportunity for live performers there. TULLY JAGOE

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FOR SALE HEADPHONES all brands & styles. 23 Harrogate Street, West Leederville. Contact Headphonic 08 93886333 headphones.com.au GENERAL EXPRESSIONS WANTED GRAFFITI ARTISTS & GRAPHIC D E S I G N E R S fo r n ew l y fo r m e d c l o t h i n g company. Exp req’d. $$ paid for quality. Please call Mark if interested 0428 365 713. MUSOS WANTED BASS PLAYER WANTED for estab Perth band Hailmary. Available for tours. Stage presence a must. Contact Kevin 0401033743 hailmaryband@hotmail.com KEYBOARD PLAYER WANTED wanted for working cover band Vendetta. Must have backing vocals ability. Rock/pop genre. Contact Suzanne 0414 35 0001 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. SINGER/GUITARIST/SONGWRITER seeking band. Rock/RocknRoll and very versatile. Jam for fun or would prefer gigs. 0403 687 285 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo p h o t o g r a p h y, s t u d i o , l i v e , l o c a t i o n . Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projectphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES C D & DV D M A N U FAC T U R E C h e c k o u t our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 DISK BANK Perth’s premier CD & DV D m a n u f ac t u re r, w i t h o p t i o n s for all budgets. (08) 9388 0800. www.diskbank.com.au/specials. MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551

REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au SONGWRITERS AND BANDS! - 30TH ANNIVERSARY DISCOUNTS! UNLOCK YOUR SONG’S POTENTIAL! FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience, 20 yrs in London. Kicking arrangements. G re at s t u d i o a n d t h e a b i l i t y to re a l l y listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au THE SOUND FACTORY RECORDING STUDIOS 24 and 16 track tape. Vintage amps, mic & effects. Special rates for BTC/LTC/DOGE. 0423803063 REHEARSAL STUDIOS

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AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 Bridging The Gap Between Your DAW And The Club BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all Taking the tracks you’ve written in your bedroom and taking them to performance new PA systems, air-con and good parking . is increasingly difficult in the digital audio scene. Huge racks of hardware synths Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional are expensive and heavy and computer based electronica is the most popular way to rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs produce. Even big name producers like Savant can completely write and master a track mob 0418 944 722 only using their DAW software and a mouse, so turning this into a stage performance S T R E A M S T U D I O ’ S 8 9 S t i r l i n g can take a bit of creative thinking. Fortunately, there are some killer pieces of kit on S t , P e r t h . M o b i l e : 0 4 0 3 1 5 2 0 0 9 the market that can help you turn your beats into a live, dynamic, reactive show, and info@streamrehearsal.com.au allow you to remix your own tracks live, or add production techniques to your DJ set. STUDIO ZED Private Rehearsal studio & The Midi Fighter Twister by DJ Tech Tools Push is really owning the market since its release Recording studio, specials available. Nollamara. has not been released yet, but the prototypes look last year. It has more and larger pads, with full RGB studiozed.net.au. Ph: Tory 9207 2072 incredibly powerful. It uses the same compact and illumination and velocity sensitivity, so it’s perfect for TUITION

***GUITAR LESSONS*** New Year enrolments, book online. Beg to prof, all styles. Catering to WAAPA and AMEB standards. All tutors have WWC clearance. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com AAA CLEAVER ACADEMY OF VOICE Voice training for singers that really works. All techniques including speech level. Phone 9272 4497 mb 0417 928 998. BASS GUITAR LESSONS AVAILABLE by RECORDING STUDIOS WAAPA tutor. A practicle approach to learning. ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING .All styles.Years of experience. Tony Gibbs STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, 9470 6131 analog to digital transfers, mastering.. Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANALOG MASTERING VINTAGE TAPE, TUBES & TRANSFORMERS with the latest state of the art digital converters. Clients include: CLASSIFIEDS Melody’s Echo Chamber, Pond, Gossling, Knife Party, Felicity Groom, The Floors, Jeff Martin & The Panics. World class facility, World class results. Www.poonshead.com. 9339 4791 ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 GOLDDUST Production Mixing, recording and composition. Leederville $80 p/h. 0408 097 407 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764

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robust shell as the Midi Fighter 3D and Spectra, but instead of their classic arcade triggers, it has 16 click rotary encoders, with RGB illumination and a built in midi step sequencer. This will allow you to plug it into any drum rack in any program and instantly have a full range drum programmer. Where this really explodes is when you plug it into a Traktor remix deck that has been populated by drum hits. So, it’s a plug and play USB box that turns your DJ software into a live electronic performance tool, with effects, level, and bank memory adjustment for each slot. Just imagine having four remix decks with two Twisters and two Midi Fighters, lower decks for drums and upper decks for your pre-written melodic loops, hits and fills. No price has been announced yet, but it will probably be around $300 to $400. The most popular system right now is the Ableton Push. As it comes with Ableton Live 9, you can produce your tracks in the studio and then throw those loops directly into the clip launcher, allowing you to trigger your prerecorded loops on command, all perfectly in time. Normally the controller of choice for this was the APC 20 and APC 40, but the new

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laying down your beats and melodies as well as the clip launcher. This gives you heaps of opportunity for improvisation and live remixing. Also, when using it to control a synthesizer or melodic sample bank, you can lock the pads into any scale, meaning it is impossible to hit a wrong note on stage. This can also introduce you to exotic scales not popularised in western music, and you can shift the key of your piece to match the next track and still use the same gestures for chords. Finally, there is the Bridge. Serato Scratch Live and Ableton can sync together using this software, which puts your Ableton clip launch groups on screen in Serato. Using a set of DVS turntables and a couple of USB drum pads, you can perform and scratch your tracks all from one program. This gives you all the benefits of vinyl turntablism with, the freedom to trigger your track elements in whatever order or combination that takes your fancy. This is certainly the most expensive way to go, as you will need a Serato Scratch Live kit, CDJs or turntables, mixer, and pad controller, but if you’re really after a scratch element for your tunes then it’s the way to go. TULLY JAGOE


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DANCE CLASSES BELLYDANCE CENTRAL STUDIO CLASSES Free class Fri 7 Feb special beg. Term 1 starts Mon 10 Feb. For brochure, info and free class invite email dance@bellydancecentral. com.au. Mob: 0409511125. www.bellydancecentral.com.au FOR SALE HEADPHONES all brands & styles. 23 H a r ro g at e S t re e t , We s t Le e d e r v i l l e . Contact Headphonic 08 93886333 headphones.com.au GENERAL EXPRESSIONS WANTED GRAFFITI ARTISTS & GRAPHIC DESIGNERS for newly formed clothing company. Exp req’d. $$ paid for quality. Please call Mark if interested 0428 365 713. MUSOS WANTED EXP SINGER WANTED for established local original rock band. Gigs booked, recording waiting. Text or call 0448 426 491 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. DRUMMER REQUIRED: Working rock covers band looking for reliable, capable drummer for regular fill in gigs which may develop into permanent position. We are looking for someone who has a very good handle on timing and tempo, but need not be flashy. Solid and reliable playing with the ability and willingness to play for the song is what we need. Must be available and willing to gig as required, and have own transport. If this is you, please contact 0427 471423 or 0423 369462 or e-mail pjkm@westnet.com.au PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo p h o t o g r a p h y, s t u d i o , l i v e , l o c a t i o n . Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projectphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES C D & DV D M A N U FAC T U R E C h e c k o u t our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 DISK BANK Perth’s premier CD & DVD manufacturer, with options for all budgets. (08) 9388 0800. www.diskbank.com.au/specials. MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering.. Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 GOLDDUST Production Mixing, recording and composition. Leederville $80 p/h. 0408 097 407 ANALOG MASTERING VINTAGE TAPE, TUBES & TRANSFORMERS with the latest state-of-thart digital converters. Clients include: Melody’s Echo Chamber, Pond, Gossling, Knife Party, Felicity Groom, The Floors, Jeff Martin & The Panics. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 4791

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RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au SONGWRITERS AND BANDS! - 30TH ANNIVERSARY DISCOUNTS! UNLOCK YOUR SONG’S POTENTIAL! FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience, 20 yrs in London. Kicking arrangements. Great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au THE SOUND FACTORY RECORDING STUDIOS 24 AND 16 TRACK TAPE. Vintage amps, mics & effects. Special rates for BTC/LTC/DOGE. 0423803063 REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 STREAM STUDIO’S 89 Stirling St, Perth. Mobile: 0403 152 009 info@streamrehearsal.com.au TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** New Year enrolments, book online. Beg to prof, all styles. Catering to WAAPA and AMEB standards. All tutors have WWC clearance. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com A A A C L E AV E R A C A D E M Y O F V O I C E Voice training for singers that really works. All techniques including speech level. Phone 9272 4497 mb 0417 928 998. B A S S G U I TA R L E S S O N S AVA I L A B L E by WAAPA tutor. A practicle approach to learning. .All styles.Years of experience. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131

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Gibson Hummingbird Quilt

NAMM GEARBOX SPECIAL Gibson debuted three new general release acoustic guitars at NAMM this year, the Hummingbird Quilt, the J-15 and the J-29. The new Hummingbird is particularly eye catching; a square shouldered dreadnought with a gorgeous cherry sunburst finish on its Sitka spruce top and quilted maple back and sides. It has mother of pearl parallelograms inlayed in its rosewood fret board and mahogany neck. Favouring light gauge strings, like previous Hummingbirds, it’s said to have a bright clear tone and is able to be plugged in through the LR Baggs Element pick up for on stage performances. It looks absolutely beautiful, and retailing at $3699, I guess it would want to. Appropriately enough, given the time of year, Australia was represented at NAMM 2014. Melbourne based Cole Clark Guitars revived the Taliaman model, and debuted the Cole Clark Triumph 2. The Triumph 2 has Queensland Maple back and sides, a Bunya top and a gorgeous Australian Blackwood inlay. Most important, it maintains Cole Clarks innovative three way pickup system, which provides a more natural sound when plugged in. RRP $2,999. Guaranteed to give the salivary glands of any Beatles aficionado a good work out, Rickenbacker unveiled their new Walnut series in Anaheim this year. A thin oil finish gives those trademark Rickenbacker curves a lovely luxurious glow, and the all-maple neck looks a delight to play. The series includes the 360W, 4003W, and 330W. The 360 and 330 both come in 6 and 12 string versions. Of particular interest to bassists is the Rickenbacker 4003W, which promises ringing sustain to compliment its solid bass punch. In the end, you probably know whether that jangling Rickenbacker sound is what you want, and whether you have the dosh to acquire it. The 4003W has a RRP of $2159, the 360W $2499, while the 330W is a pretty reasonable $1999. If we could quickly jaunt into the realms of fantasy (and ultimately, what is staring at musical instruments for if not that?) there were some high profile collaborations unleashed upon NAMM in 2014. The exquisitely ornate special edition Bob Dylan J-200 Gibson sat imperiously behind “do not touch” glass. There will be 120 personally autographed editions available, plus 300 less ornate and cheaper versions. The price (as well as any wider availability) remains ominously unspecified as yet. Also released was Eric Clapton’s two collaborations with Martin (as well as Clapton associate Hiroshi Fujiwara), the OM-ECHF Navy Blues Model and

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the CS-00S-14. Also cruelly rare (300 between the two of them, each individually numbered and signed by Clapton), Martin are at least good enough to tell us what it would set us back to own one; OM-ECHF Navy Blues Model is $6,999 and it will take $8,999 to land you a CS-00S-14. Those seeking big name prestige at a slightly less ruinous price would be well advised to check out the new Les Paul Melody Maker. It has a lovely rounded 1950s style neck, a thin, solid body for an easy action and dual p-90 pickups at the neck and bridge. At $569 it’s a bit of a steal, perfect for the budding but serious guitar player. Another affordable collision of the old and the new is the nifty little Vox SoundBox Mini – a multipurpose portable media player. You can hook basically anything up to it, whether it’s a guitar, keyboard microphone or an IPod. It has eight effects, including delay and reverb, and an inbuilt E tuner through its guitar jack. It’s miles off a performance level amp, but at $199 it’s a handy tool for someone learning, or someone who just wants to jam along with their Hendrix MP3s. A more advanced offering from the same company arrived in the shape of the Vox AC15C1 guitar amp. It’s in what the manufacturer grandly styles British Garnett Red and has a Tygon grill cloth for that classic old amp look. Some people criticise Vox for having a scratchy sound, but I’ve always been partial to their swelling chime when clean and their crunchy, compact overdrive – something the AC15C1 promises to maintain. This acquired taste will set you back roughly $649. Now onto pedals; Earthquaker Devices dropped a couple of new products, including the Pitch Bay Polyphonic Harmonizer, which adds gain generation to its pitch shifting and harmonising capabilities. It’s almost a more compact, manageable version of their earlier Rainbow Machine. They hand craft their delightful idiosyncratic concoctions individually over in Ohio, and as such they are fairly pricey – the pitch bay, for example is $225. Someone yearning for a bit more simplicity might like the Electro-Harmonix Satisfaction Fuzz, a two-knob fuzz pedal that produces a sound that is harsh and raspy at one end and a full on wall of fuzz at the other. It’s basic, compact, elemental and at $50-60 it may well prove a handy pedal board addition. CHARLIE LEWIS


MUSIC GEAR & TECHNOLOGY DANCE CLASSES BELLY DANCE CENTRAL STUDIO Free classes Fri 3 May. Special fun beginner courses. Winter term starts Mon 6 May. For brochure, info & free class invite email dance@bellydancecentral.com.au. 0409511125 www.bellydancecentral.com.au

BANDS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au FREMANTLE RECORDING STUDIOS One of Perth’s busiest studios. We have had Rainy Day Women, Sugarpuss, Grace Woodroofe, Cam Avery (from The Growl), Kevin Parker & Nick Allbrook (from Tame Impala/Pond), Melody (Melodies Echo Chamber) and more play/record/write/mix at Fremantle Recording Studios. Call Sugar on 0433 196 224 GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Produc tion, mixing, recording and composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones. Located in Subiaco. $70 p/h. Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 R E VO LV E R S O U N D S T U D I O P h 9 2 7 2 7 5 0 5 . www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E CO R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com0419 908 766 ProTools..17 Years exp THE SOUND FACTORY 16 & 24 track tape + Pro Tools recording. Best of old school and modern technology. www.thesoundfactory.rockstar.org.au 0403 844 124 TONE CIT Y RECORDING STUDIO Professional recording & mixing. Clients include Abbe May, Pond, Felicity Groom & The Silentís. Ph: 0409 297 362.

EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING Do you know what a roadie is? Have you got any background in AUDIO, LIGHTING or BACKLINE? Are you looking for CASUAL work in the entertainment industry? If that sounds like you contact Events Personnel Aust. On 08 9361 5005. ADVERSE REACTION NEEDS A DRUMMER!! We need a dedicated drummer to complete our line up. Must play double bass. Old skool metal style drummer. Influences are Motorhead, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth. Phone Bagzy on 0427 799 089. BANDS WANTED Young Top 40/Triple J/Classic Rock bands wanted. Regular country gigs available. Focus Promotions Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 9272 4144 focuspro@iinet.net.au BASS PLAYER WANTED Koverd Dirt establishing blues/rock cover band, wanting reliable/committed player with good old fashioned bass skills. Avg age 42 yrs rocking. Contact trevorkidd@y7mail.com OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm. Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 RHYTHM GUITARIST AND DRUMMER WANTED For Rock Band. Keen to jam & play anytime. To be part of the future greatest rock band. Contact Jesse 0409 684 136 THE CROOKED CATS seeking bass player. Gigs waiting. Contact via Facebook or call 0448 436 491 VOCALIST WANTED For original project with view to record/tour within the year. Influences include REHEARSAL STUDIOS Muse, Queen, Radiohead. Please contact Nick at nicks_wes@hotmail.com for details and demos. AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great VOCALIST WANTED Male preferred for Funk/Soul/ vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 R&B cover band. Contact 0423 429 363. BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PHOTOGRAPHY PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo photography, Ph: 0425 698 117. studio, live, location. M ike Wylie 0417 9 7 5 9 6 4 w w w . p r o j e c t p h o t o g r a p h y . c o m PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 When its time to ice the cake...

TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** Perth’s ultimate guitar studio. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com B A S S L E S S O N S R o c k , f u n k & j a z z . To n y Gibbs 9470 6131 GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (Beginners- Professional) One on One lessons. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415889645. www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au GUITAR TUITION Tired of being taught scales and theory? Why not learn your favourite songs instead, at my RECORDING STUDIOS studio or in your own home. Competitive rates. Rock, ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Pop, Metal, Folk and Classical 0403 223 958, 9319 9015 Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, (Bicton area) jaymusic@optusnet.com.au. experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, WANTED mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 JUNCTION RECORDS Open 7 Days, We Buy Sell Trade www.witzendstudios.com CDs, DVDs, Vinyl, T-Shirts & Posters. Junction Records ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning @ Fremantle Malls, William St Freo 9430 9666 songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast WANTED VINYL RECORDS! We pay cash! Rock, pop, quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 punk, metal, prog rock, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Please AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best contact Sarah at Unknown Treasures on 0401539819. equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All To advertise in Classified call 9213 2888 styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118 304 or email musicservices@xpressmag.com.au email avalonstudios@bigpond.com PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * AU D I O * S TAG I N G * www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au www.instandt.com.au www.instandt.com.au 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551

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DEEZER PRETTY GOOD The boffins behind schmick music streaming service Deezer have come up with a neat solution to trying to access online music when your mobile data coverage isn’t too crash hot - smart caching. Unveiled as part of their iOS mobile app upgrade, the feature identifies and remembers your most played tracks, which means that, even out in the sticks, miles from the nearest phone tower, your favourite tunes will still be with you.

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A BOSS PRICE Up until May 12, BOSS is offering $75 cash back on any purchase of a GT-100 Multi-Effects Guitar processor purchased from an authorised Australian Dealer. The GT-100’s next generation amp modelling is designed to both mimic classic, oldschool amplifiers and provide the crisp, polished tones demanded by today’s guitar innovators. The user interface has been completely upgraded and now boasts a unique dual-LCD system, while the A/B Channel Divide allows to switch between different amps and effects effortlessly. RRP is just south of $600, not including cash back. Head to kosmic.com.au for details.

LIKE SIMS, BUT WITH MORE REVERB Ovelin Ltd has announced an new iteration of their GuitarBots online guitar learning game. No you can interact with other players through social media, competing with and encouraging each other and honing your guitar skills at the same time. Utilising nothing more complex than your computer’s microphone to record and evaluate your playing, GuitarBots is suitable for players of any skill level or experience. Head over to guitarbots.com for more info.

BOSS GT-100

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A JEM OF AN INSTRUMENT For anyone with the time, the talent, and an impressive amount of disposable income, Ibanez’s range of JEM electric guitars, co-designed by legendary fretmaster, Steve Vai. Since 1987, Vai and Ibanez have worked together to produce a truly impressive signature series of instruments. The JEM7V&, pictured, features DiMarzio Blaze pickups, a Lo-pro Edge 7 bridge, a beautiful Tree of Life fretboard inlay and, of course, Vai’s trademark monkey grip. Head to ibanez.co.jp to ceck it out.

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS BETTA GUITARS & REPAIRS Hand crafted steel string, classical and electric guitars and repairs. New bone nuts, saddles, set ups, fret dress, refrets, pickups and more. Call Ray on 0449 878 438. www.perthguitarmaker.com or check out Betta guitars on Facebook. MUSOS WANTED BASS PLAYER NEEDED For established original band. Also seeking Sax/Trumpet/Violins/Backup Singers Contact 0448 436 491 BASS PLAYER NEEDED To complete Hard Rock/Jazz trio. Must be enthusiastic, reliable and above all, in the pocket. An hour set of originals and film clip produced already. From 18 to 25 years old. Call Kyle - 0433 386 330 METAL DRUMMER WANTED In Joondalup area. Double kick & blast beats a must. Call Ryan 0415 744 648 OPEN MIC AT MOONDYNE JOE’S Every Thursday night 8-12. Grand Piano, good sound and friendly atmosphere. Call Mark 0409 137 850 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm.Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 VOCALIST NEEDED Perth prog rock band, must have vocal & lyrical power and creativity. Call Brendon on 0435 508 833 VOCALIST WANTED For original project with view to record/tour within the year. Influences include Muse, Queen, Radiohead.Please contact Nick at nicks_wes@hotmail.com for details and demos. WANTED MUSICIANS Vocals, Trumpet and Trombone players. For more info contact 0451 458 533 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGR APHY Pr o m o photography, studio, live, location. Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projectphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * AU D I O * S TAG I N G * w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o. co m . a u w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o. co m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors.9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com

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ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118 304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com BANDS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’POTENTIAL +FREE APPRAISALS.UK Producer,40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Pr o d u c t i o n , m i x i n g, r e c o r d i n g a n d composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones. Located in Subiaco. $70 p/h. Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 R E CO R D I N G M I X I N G M A S T E R I N G PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E C O R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com 0419 908 766 ProTools..17 Years exp REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** Perth’s ultimate guitar studio. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 CUBAN MUSIC COURSE 10 wks $440. Starts in April. Testimonals..www.tresmambo.com Txt 0415 272 158 I’ll call back. GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (BeginnersPr o fe s s i o n a l ) O n e o n O n e l e s s o n s . Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415889645. www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au

INSTRUMENTAL INTERLUDE ROLAND THE HEADLESS KEYBOARD PLAYER

For professional live keyboard players, or even the home enthusiast looking for a little extra out of their setup, the Roland V-Combo VR-09 Live Performance Keyboard is well worth taking a gander at. It’s an allin-one music machine equipped with dedicated piano, synth and organ sound engines, an intuitive control panel that features nine sliders, an onboard looper. It’s travel ready and can run on AC or battery power, and there’s even a free Editor app available for the iPad to really up the versatility. Head to rolandconnect.com for more info.

Roland V-Combo VR-09

OLD SCHOOL

Just to get away from the usual guitar, drum and synth roundabout, right now Australasian Music Supplies have a sale on Bryden banjos and mandolins. Yes, banjos and mandolins - if it’s good enough for Steve Martin, it’s good enough for you. With prices ranging from $169 - $399, the option to expand your string-plucking repertoire has never been cheaper. Cruise over to austmusic.com. au for more.

Bryden Banjo

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Zildjian

Having just racked up their 390th anniversary, Zildjian stand as the oldest continuously running musical instrument manufacturer in the world not bad for an outfit founded by an alchemist who was trying to transmute common metals into gold. The venerable cymbal slingers wowed the pros at NAMM this year with the debut of the latest iteration of their A Zildjian series. Retaining the classic Zildjian sound, the Turkish tunesmiths have made slight adjustments to the weight and curvature ratios to provide an enhanced crash that compliments modern musical styles. The result is classic quality that’s tailored for today’s musicians. Check out zildjian.com for more.

KEEPING AN I ON THE FUTURE

The Behringer iSTUDIO iPad Docking Station marries the intuitive interface of the modern tablet with the renowned performance and recording quality of Behringer studio gear. With this, you can perform, create, record, and edit music virtually anywhere. Featuring a complete Music Studio App suitable for any device in Apple’s iPad family, and an array of connection and interface points that allow for a staggering variety of devices to be connected, this versatile device is also ruggedised to help it stand up to the rigours of touring. Head to behringer.com for more details.

Behringer iSTUDIO iPad Docking Station

BILLY’S BACK

If, like many, you’ve lamented the demise of Allan’s Billy Hyde Music in Western Australia, the good news is that their new online store will be launching soon. Renowned as the place to go for the muso on a budget, and particularly beloved of percussionists once they melded with North Perth’s iconic Drum Shop, recent financial woes have hit the chain pretty hard, but a change in management, coupled with the decision to shift to an online sales model bodes well for their future. Go to gallinsmps.com.au for more info.

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MUSIC GEAR & TECHNOLOGY FOR HIRE 24 CHANNEL PA FOR HIRE 4K Double three way. Foldback. Contact Justin to discuss your project. Excellent rates 0433 675 658 MUSOS WANTED AA! - DIAMOND EYE SEEKS DRUMMER!! an exciting opportunity to join our estab original, hardrock/metal band, with infl from Kiss, Zepplin to Metallica, Pantera. Ready to launch new album recorded in LA with Grammy winning Producer. If you have talent, flash and balls, pro attitude and drive we want to hear from you!!! Greg 0412 807 796 DRUMMER WANTED FOR COVER BAND Dedicated and exp. Technically sound. Allrounder with strong funk infl. Alanis, Pink, Adele and similar. drummerauditions@ hotmail.com E X P E R I E N C E D B A S S P L AY E R S e e k s established work ing cover band. Also willing to do fill ins. Contact 0413 779 964 or lfilgoni@hotmail.com OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT @ THE CRAIGIE TAVERN Tuesdays from 8pm. Solos, Duos, Trios, Originals and Covers. Contact Paula or Ceelay 0420375670 or openmiccraigie@hotmail. com PUNK ROCK DRUMMER WANTED Must be serious and innovative. Infl: Foo Fighters, The Offspring and Rise Against.. Call Zen 0433 056 548 RHYTHM GUITARIST, BASS, DRUMMER & SINGER WANTED For cover/original rock band. In Perth area. Must have own gear and transport. Contact Nate 0413 901 893 THE CROOKED CATS Seeking bass player and keys. Gigs waiting. Contact via Facebook or call 0448 436 491 or 0438 604 529. VOCALIST WANTED Male Preferred for Funk/ Soul/R&B cover band. Contact 0423 429 363 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo photography, studio, live, location. Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projectphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * A U D I O * S TA G I N G * w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u www.instandt.com.au www.instandt.com.au 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www. procopy.com.au 9375 3902 M AT R I X P R O D U C T I O N S AU S T R A L I A Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 MUSIC VIDEOS Professional video production company with years of experience. Recent videos for Kill Teen Angst, Project Mayhem and more. We have storylines ready to shoot or bring us your own. Special $1699 (save almost $1500). One time offer - first artist to book only. www.ZuluMedia.com.au for details

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RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps,Neumann mics,the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118 304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com BANDS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters.Kicking arrangements,great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au GOLDDUST Production Mixing, recording and composition. Leederville $70 p/h. 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results.www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location.Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www. revolverstudio.com.au SATELLITE RECORDING STUDIO www. s a t e l l i t e r e c o r d i n g. c o m 0 4 1 9 9 0 8 7 6 6 ProTools..17 Years exp TONE CITY RECORDING STUDIO Professional recording & mixing. Clients include Abbe May, Pond, Felicity Groom & The Silentís. Ph: 0409 297 362. REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities,great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms,airconditioned,quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 V I S I O N R E H E A R S A L Pe r t h’s p r e m i e r rehearsal facilities. Visit www.visionstudios. com.au for all info. East Vic Park. Email rehearsal@visionstudios.com.au or call 0432 034 122 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** Perth’s ultimate guitar studio. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (BeginnersProfessional) One on One lessons. Free guitar trial lesson. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415 238 729 www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au To advertise in Classified call 9213 2888 or email musicservices@xpressmag.com.au

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Kimbra

BANDS FROM THE BUSH

The Triple J Unearthed National Indigenous Music Awards competition is on again! For the second time, the radio station known for finding the country’s best unsigned acts is on the search again for the new sound in Indigenous music. Since taking out the inaugural award in 2012, beguiling songstress Thelma Plum has inked a record deal with Footstomp Records, released a debut EP titled Rosie, scored a performance slots at this year’s Byron Bluesfest and is now on a national tour supporting Emma Louise, so there’s no doubting this is one serious potential career starter. Unsigned indigenous acts can upload their tracks for judging via triplejunearthed.com. The winning band will be announced on July 11.

Fancy using your music to change someone’s life for the better? What if we told you there was potentially $50,000 in it for you too? In a nutshell, that’s what the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition is all about. This u n i q u e c h a r i t y f u n d ra i s i n g songwriting competition is the largest of its kind in the world. It supports songwriters with fantastic prizes and uses the power of music to help people with developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Rett Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome and disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Dyspraxia and Spina Bifida. All you have to do is submit your song and a $50 entry fee (all of which goes to charity). This year’s judging panel includes Adalita, Kevin Mitchell, Kav Temperley and many more, and with previous winners of the competition including Kimbra and Megan Washington you know you’re in good company. Entries close on June 21. Hit up vandayoungsongcomp.com for full entry deets.

DISCOVER NEW MUSIC

Looking for some new music recommendations? Spotify has added a new ‘Discover’ feature for its website-based music player, which users can click on to find the latest recommendations Spotify has to offer. The recommendations include new songs, albums and artists based on which artists users follow as well as what their friends are listening to. Spotify is also rolling out ‘Audio Preview’, which lets users click and hold on any of the songs they see on the Discover page to get a short preview of what they’ll hear if they play the entire track. The ‘Discover’ and ‘Audio Preview’ features are launching first on Spotify’s web player but will roll out to the mobile and desktop apps over time. Check it out at spotify.com.

USE THE NUFORCE

It’s all good and well to drop some serious cash on a pair of high quality over ear headphones if you’re going to use them in the studio exclusively. But what if you really want to make your dollar go further and use those same headphones with your smartphone? In the past, it couldn’t be done - even if you did manage to get your headphones to plug into your smartphone jack the quality reaching your ears wouldn’t be much better than the wimpy earbuds your phone came with. Thankfully, the solution is as simple as NuForce’s new Mobile Music Pump, a tiny amp that connects to the headphone output of your MP3 player, iPhone, etc. Finally you can start experiencing the higher level of performance your headphones were always capable of. Tune in nuforce.com.

NuForce Mobile Music Pump

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HAIR, HEALTH & HAPPINESS MUSO INJURIES? Acupuncturist in Maylands specializes in carpal tunnel, RSI, wrist pain, shoulder pain. Call METRO HEALTH 1300 132 830 MUSOS WANTED BAND MEMBERS WANTED 21 y.o. Guitarist. Infls Marty Friedman and early Megadeth/GNR. Call 0439 976 770. (West Perth Abode) BASS GUITARIST REQUIRED For establishing Blues/Rock cover band. Reliable and professional. Email trevorkidd@y7mail.com GUITARISTS WANTED Experienced 30+ guitarist & bassist wanted to complete new lineup of established orig hard rock band. 0435 825 090 KEYBOARDIST/PIANO PLAYER WANTED For Alternative Indie Band. Contact 0415 252 323 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm. Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 OPEN MIC AT MOONDYNE JOES Every Thursday 8-12. Grand piano, good sound and friendly atmosphere. Call Mark 0409 137 850 POP/POP-ROCK - ALL BAND MEMBERS WANTED Triple J influenced with a touch of Rise Against, Gyroscope, Grinspoon. Serious musos only. Must be able to write and be innovative. Ph 0433 056 548 SUPREMES TRIBUTE Wanted 2 female vocalists for a Supremes tribute. Aimed at corporate events market. Call Brian Davidson at Focus Promotions 9 - 5 Mon - Fri 9272 4144 WANTED BASSIST For power/blues outfit, original tunes. Ph 0415 252 323 WANTED KEYBOARDIST For Funk/Soul/R&B/ Smooth Groove cover band. Ph: 0423 429 363 WANTED like minded players to form really heavy blues band to write, rehearse and perform mostly original material. Lots of slide. Hills area. Sorry boys must be over 50 and fit! No pros please. If it’s time for you to turn it up to “ELEVEN”, phone Tony on 0401 315 017 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo p h o t o g r a p h y, s t u d i o, l i v e , l o c a t i o n . Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projec tphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * AU D I O * S TA G I N G * w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 BETTA GUITARS & REPAIRS Hand crafted steel string, classical and electric guitars and repairs. New bone nuts, saddles, set ups, fret dress, refrets, pickups and more. Call Ray 0449 878 438. www.perthguitarmaker.com or check out Betta Guitars on Facebook. CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902

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MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging,sound systems,smoke machines,night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Production, mixing, recording and composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones. Located in Subiaco. $70 p/h. Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E C O R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com 0419 908 766 SONGWRITERS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE BAND APPRAISALS.UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking .Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms,airconditioned,quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** The Guitar Specialist.New yearenrolments.Beg-adv,allstylesandlevelsincluding bass.CliffLyntonGuitarInstitute.MtLawley93423484/ www.clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 DRUM LESSONS All styles, all ages. WAAPA prep. Modern techniques & rudiments, Beginner to advanced. Ph Pascal: 0413 172 817. FREE MUSIC LESSONS Book your free 30-min trail lesson. All instruments, all ages, all experience levels. 0403 162 641 | walthermusic.com GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (BeginnersProfessional) One on One lessons.Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415889645.www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au GUITARWORKS JOONDALUP Guitar tuition. ALL levels from beginners to advanced.Ph 0414 448 907 guitarworks@iinet.net.au

IT’S GOOD TO BE THE KING

Kerry King, founding member of metal legends Slayer and all-round guitar virtuoso, made an appearance at Guitar World on Sunday, March 3, courtesy of B.C. Rich Guitars. King spent a good chunk of time signing autographs for his rapt fans just a day before his thunderous performance at Soundwave.

Photos by Nicole Norelli

B.C. Rich Kerry King JRV The Kerry King Signature Series from B.C. Rich are designed under the supervision of King himself. Purpose built for the relentless, hard-thrashing guitar style pioneered by King, they’re any metal merchant’s dream axe. Head to bcrich.com to check out the range.

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MUSIC GEAR & TECHNOLOGY DANCE CLASSES BELLY DANCE CENTRAL STUDIO Free classes Fri 3 May. Special fun beginner courses. Winter term starts Mon 6 May. For brochure, info & free class invite email dance@bellydancecentral.com.au. 0409511125 www.bellydancecentral.com.au EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING Do you know what a roadie is? Have you got any background in AUDIO, LIGHTING or BACKLINE? Are you looking for CASUAL work in the entertainment industry? If that sounds like you contact Events Personnel Aust. On 08 9361 5005. MUSOS WANTED ADVERSE REACTION NEEDS A DRUMMER!! We need a dedicated drummer to complete our line up. Must play double bass. Old skool metal style drummer. Influences are Motorhead, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth. Phone Bagzy on 0427 799 089. BANDS WANTED Young Top 40/Triple J/Classic Rock bands wanted. Regular country gigs available. Focus Promotions Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 9272 4144 focuspro@iinet.net.au BASS PLAYER WANTED Koverd Dirt establishing blues/ rock cover band, wanting reliable/committed player with good old fashioned bass skills. Avg age 42 yrs rocking. Contact trevorkidd@y7mail.com DRUMMER REQUIRED For recording with view to gig. Theatrical Rock. Joondalup Area. Call Davis 0404556592 EXPERIENCED BASS PLAYER Seeks established working cover band. Also willing to do fill ins. Contact 0413 779 964 or lfilgoni@hotmail.com GUITARIST WANTED (25-50 YRS) Cover band. Soft-rock/ Jazzy/Pop (Sade, Stevie Nicks, Rickie Lee Jones) Stage presence + some vocals req. 0438 771 128 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. O P E N M I C N I G H T @ T H E C R A I G I E TAV E R N Tuesdays from 8pm. Solos, Duos, Trios, Originals and Covers. Contact Paula or Ceelay 0420375670 or openmiccraigie@hotmail.com RHYTHM GUITARIST AND DRUMMER WANTED For Rock Band. Keen to jam & play anytime. To be part of the future greatest rock band. Contact Jesse 0409 684 136 THE CROOKED CATS Seeking bass player and keys. Gigs waiting. Contact via Facebook or call 0448 436 491 or 0438 604 529. VOCALIST WANTED Influences Depeche Mode. Retro Electronic. Email demos to srcoconut1@hotmail.com VOCALIST WANTED Male preferred for Funk/Soul/R&B cover band. Contact 0423 429 363. PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo photography, studio, live, location. Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projec tphotography.com When its time to ice the cake....

ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118 304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com BANDS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Production, mixing, recording and composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones. Located in Subiaco. $70 p/h. Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin,The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 R E VO LV E R S O U N D S T U D I O P h 9 2 7 2 7 5 0 5 . www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E CO R D I N G S T U D I O w w w . s a t e l l i t e r e c o r d i n g . c o m 0419 908 766 ProTools..17 Years exp THE SOUND FACTORY 16 & 24 track tape + Pro Tools recording. Best of old school and modern technology. www.thesoundfactory.rockstar.org.au 0403 844 124 TONE CITY RECORDING STUDIO Professional recording & mixing. Clients include Abbe May, Pond, Felicity Groom & The Silentís. Ph: 0409 297 362. REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** Perth’s ultimate guitar studio. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION ( B e g i n n e r s Professional) One on One lessons. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415889645. www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au GUITAR TUITION Tired of being taught scales and theory? Why not learn your favourite songs instead, at my studio or in your own home. Competitive rates. Rock, Pop, Metal, Folk and Classical 0403 223 958, 9319 9015 (Bicton area) jaymusic@optusnet.com.au.

PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * AU D I O * S TA G I N G * www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u www.instandt.com.au 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 WANTED MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, JUNCTION RECORDS Open 7 Days, We Buy Sell Trade intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, CDs, DVDs, Vinyl, T-Shirts & Posters. Junction Records @ Fremantle Malls, William St Freo 9430 9666 video projectors. 9371 1551 WANTED VINYL RECORDS! We pay cash! Rock, pop, RECORDING STUDIOS punk, metal, prog rock, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Please ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO contact Sarah at Unknown Treasures on 0401539819. Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, To advertise in Classified call 9213 2888 mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 or email musicservices@xpressmag.com.au www.witzendstudios.com

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LISTEN LIKE STEVES Sol Aoki have announced the release of the SOL REPUBLIC x Steve Aoki Tracks HD headphones. Crafted to the renowned musician and producer’s exact specifications, and decorated in hypnotic zebra stripes and an aqua blue Aoki silhouette, they’re powered by V10 Sound Engines and deliver deep bass, high clarity, and crisp vocals, as well as being lightweight and nigh-on indestructible. Head over to solrepublic.com for details.

SOL REPUBLIC x Steve Aoki Tracks HD headphones

ELECTRONIC DEVELOPMENTS August 11 - 17 sees the staging of the 2013 ICMC/IDEA International Computer Music Conference. Presented by Turan New Music, The International Computer Music Association, Edith Cowan University, The Australasian Computer Music Association, it’ll be held at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, The State Library of Western Australia, and The Western Australian Museum. The conference boasts an impressive number of local and international guest speakers, including Agostino Di Scipio, Alvin Curran, Warren Burt and Haco. Go to icmc2013.com.au for further information.

Blackwood Top Tele 2013 by Fender

FENDER FOR YOURSELF The 2013 line up of Fender Select guitars are sure to bring a tear to the eye of any serious axeman. With choice tone woods, figured tops, strikingly beautiful finishes, figured and quartersawn maple necks, compoundradius and innovative “channel-bound” fingerboards, specially voiced Fender Select pickups and other firstrate features, the U.S.-made Select Series is Fender’s top-line best. Get over to fender.com.au to peruse their latest works of art, and start saving your pennies.

RISING TO A CRESCENDO Been to check out Crescendo Music in Myaree yet? With a wide range of instruments that range from the classic rock triumvirate of guitar, bass and drums to woodwinds, brass, violins and cellos, as well as sheet music and accessories, Crescendo has almost anything and everything a musician might need. They also boast a specialty Children’s Musical Instruments department, so whether you’ve got a mini-Mozart on your hands, or just need to pick up a recorder for school, they’ve got you covered. Head to perthmusicshop.com.au to check out their range.

THE PIANO HAS BEEN DRINKING Situated on Albany highway in Victoria Park, Park Pianos boasts an impressive range of upright pianos, included such noted brands as Yamaha, Bechstein, Stech and Disklavier. They specialise in first-time owners and beginning players, and carry a wide variety of textbooks and sheet music for just that reason. Check them out at musicpark.com.au

Yamaha C109, Park Pianos

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DANCE CLASSES BELLY DANCE CENTRAL STUDIO Free classes Fri 3 May.Special fun beginner courses.Winter term starts Mon 6 May.For brochure,info & free class invite email dance@bellydancecentral.com.au. 0409511125 www.bellydancecentral.com.au

MUSOS WANTED BANDS WANTED Young Top 40/Triple J/Classic Rock bands wanted. Regular country gigs available. Focus Promotions Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 9272 4144 focuspro@iinet.net.au BASS PLAYER NEEDED For established original band. Also seeking Sax/Trumpet/ Violins/Back-up Singers Contact 0448 436 491 BASS PLAYER NEEDED To complete Hard Rock/ Jazz trio. Must be enthusiastic, reliable and above all, in the pocket. An hour set of originals and film clip produced already. From 18 to 25 years old. Call Kyle - 0433 386 330 BASS PLAYER WANTED For cover band, 20-30 yrs old. Professional and reliable. Gigs booked. Call 0488 174 895 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm. Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 RHYTHM GUITARIST AND DRUMMER WANTED For Rock Band. Keen to jam & play anytime. To be part of the future greatest rock band. Contact Jesse 0409 684 136 VOCALIST NEEDED Perth prog rock band, must have vocal & lyrical power and creativity. Call Brendon on 0435 508 833 VOCALIST WANTED For original project with view to record/tour within the year. Influences include Muse, Queen, Radiohead. Please contact Nick at nicks_wes@hotmail.com for details and demos. WA N T E D B R I T I S H S O LO I S T W i t h British repertoire. Immediate start. Focus Promotions Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 9272 4144 focuspro@iinet.net.au WANTED MUSICIANS Vocals, Trumpet and Trombone players. For more info contact 0451 458 533

RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118 304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com BANDS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Production, mixing, recording and composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones. Located in Subiaco. $70 p/h. Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E C O R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com 0419 908 766 ProTools..17 Years exp

You’ve heard of iTunes, Spotify and (lest we forget) Myspace, but did you know there are a bunch of other music streaming services available in Australia? While there are definitely a few bad apples in the bunch (read: overly expensive, extremely limited choice of tunes), there are also some great alternatives to the big guys when it comes to listening to music on the internet (legally, that is). Here’s three of our top picks...

Pandora’s iPhone app

PANDORA

Point of difference: While it’s not all that well known here in Australia, Pandora has grown to be one of the US’ most popular streaming services - it currently has 75 million users and claims to be growing at three million more per month. So what’s the big fuss? Well, basically it’s easiest to sum up Pandora as an ‘internet radio service’. In a nutshell, the service creates personalised ‘radio stations’ based on an artist or song that you like. Once you have indicated a ‘seed’ song or artist, Pandora gathers songs with similar qualities to play (similar to iTune’s ‘genius’ function). For example, entering ‘KISS’ sees a playlist created which includes KISS themselves along with AC/DC, Van Halen and Bon Jovi. A more obscure band like Little Birdy sees Little Birdy themselves appear along with the likes of Paul Kelly and Neill Finn. There are also some preprogrammed ‘stations’ which have ubiquitous names like ‘Today’s Hits’ and ‘Classic Rock’ but guarantee hassle free easy listening. REHEARSAL STUDIOS Price: US$3.99 for a one month subscription or US$36 for a one-year subscription (which also handily AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, blocks all those annoying ads). great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, Perfect for: Honing your disc jockey skills, putting together fuss free party playlists, discovering new tunes that sound a lot like your much-loved old tunes. O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885

BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PHOTOGRAPHY P R O J E C T P H O T O G R A P H Y P r o m o PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional p h o t o g r a p h y, s t u d i o , l i v e , l o c a t i o n . rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs Mike Wylie 0417 975 9 6 4 mob 0418 944 722 www.projectphotography.com TUITION When its time to ice the cake... ***GUITAR LESSONS*** Perth’s ultimate guitar PRODUCTION SERVICES studio. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. * L I G H T I N G * A U D I O * S TA G I N G * w w w . n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 w w w . n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u / www.clifflynton.com w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u 9470 6131 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CUBAN MUSIC COURSE 10 wks $440. Starts C D & D V D M A N U F A C T U R E C h e c k in April. Testimonals..www.tresmambo.com out our latest CD & DVD specials online at Txt 0415 272 158 I’ll call back. www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (Beginnersstaging, sound systems, smoke machines, night P r o f e s s i o n a l ) O n e o n O n e l e s s o n s . club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, B u r s wo o d P h 6 4 6 0 6 9 2 1 / 0 4 1 5 8 8 9 6 4 5 . www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551

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I STREAM, YOU STREAM, WE ALL STREAM…

GROOVESHARK

Point of difference: Grooveshark is a webbased streaming service that runs in a browser and pumps out visual, rather than audio, ads to support itself. The website is pretty simple - you register, build playlists and start streaming. Also, if you’re a budding muso looking to get your music head by a global audience, you can upload your music to Grooveshark and watch the plays rack up. However, the main benefit of creating a Grooveshark account is the ability to save your favorite songs. Grooveshark will remember every song you add to your playlists. All of your music will be available any time you are at a computer with an internet connection or, if you’re a ‘Grooveshark Anywhere’ subscriber (you’ll pay US$90 per year for the privilege), your music can go anywhere your phone goes. Price: It’s 100 per cent free! However, it’s currently being accused of copyright violation by some of music industry heavyweights, so use it now while you still can. Perfect for: Promoting your own tunes, building an epic music collection.

DEEZER

Point of difference: No annoying sign up forms! Deezer is a social-media based streaming service, which means you can sign in with your Facebook account and get listening in a matter of minutes. While the service definitely has it’s pros (e.g. you can also find out what your friends are listening to in real-time), there are also some very real cons (e.g. the app may post Facebook updates about songs you’ve recently listened to on your behalf, which can prove rather embarrassing when you’ve just indulged in a Hanson/Spice Girls/Backstreet Boys listening marathon). Price: Free, unlimited music streaming for the first 12 months. After that time you’re restricted to two hours of streaming per month, or you can jump onto the $6.99 tier which gets rid of ads and enables radio services, or you can get onto the Premium+ tier ($11.99 a month) which allows streaming over 3G/4G networks and offline syncing. Perfect for: Facebook stalking background music, sharing your top-notch musical tastes with your social media networks. _ JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD

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MUSIC GEAR & TECHNOLOGY DANCE CLASSES BELLYDANCECENTRAL.COM.AU DANCE CLASS Join us at our harem style dance studio for lots of hip shaking fun. Free classes on Fri 19/7. Term starts on Mon 22/7. For more info & free class invite contact dance@ bellydancecentral.com.au, 0409 511 125 or www.bellydancecentral.com.au FOR HIRE 24 CHANNEL PA FOR HIRE 4K Double three way. Foldback. Contact Justin to discuss your project. Excellent rates 0433 675 658 MUSOS WANTED AA! - DIAMOND EYE SEEKS DRUMMER!! an exciting opportunity to join our estab original, hardrock/metal band, with infl from Kiss, Zepplin to Metallica, Pantera. Ready to launch new album recorded in LA with Grammy winning Producer. If you have talent, flash and balls, pro attitude and drive we want to hear from you!!! Greg 0412 807 796 D R U M M E R WA N T E D F O R CO V E R BAND Dedicated and exp. Technically s o u n d. A l l r o u n d e r w i t h s t r o n g f u n k i n f l . A l a n i s , P i n k , A d e l e a n d s i m i l a r. drummerauditions@hotmail.com OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT @ THE CRAIGIE TAV E R N Tu e s d a y s f r o m 8 p m . S o l o s , D u o s , Tr i o s , O r i g i n a l s a n d C o v e r s . Contact Paula or Ceelay 0420375670 or openmiccraigie@hotmail.com PUNK ROCK DRUMMER WANTED Must be serious and innovative. Infl: Foo Fighters, The Offspring and Rise Against.. Call Zen 0433 056 548 RHYTHM GUITARIST, BASS, DRUMMER & SINGER WANTED For cover/original rock band. In Perth area. Must have own gear and transport. Contact Nate 0413 901 893 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo p h o t o g r a p h y, s t u d i o , l i v e , l o c a t i o n . Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projec tphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * A U D I O * S TA G I N G * w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u www.instandt.com.au 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www. procopy.com.au 9375 3902 M AT R I X P R O D U C T I O N S AU S T R A L I A Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering.. Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com

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ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 B A N D S ! - U N LO C K YO U R S O N G S ’ P OT E N T I A L + F R E E A P P R A I S A L S . U K Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www. jerichomusic.com.au GOLDDUST Production Mixing, recording and composition. Leederville $70 p/h. 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E C O R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com 0419 908 766 ProTools..17 Years exp TONE CIT Y RECORDING STUDIO Professional recording & mixing. Clients include Abbe May, Pond, Felicity Groom & The Silentís. Ph: 0409 297 362. REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 B I G B E AT S O U N D S T U D I O C l e a n r o o m s , a l l n e w PA s y s t e m s , a i r con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 VISION REHEARSAL Per th’s premier rehearsal facilities. Visit www.visionstudios. com.au for all info. East Vic Park. Email rehearsal@visionstudios.com.au or call 0432 034 122 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** Perth’s ultimate guitar studio. Beg-adv, all styles and l e v e l s i n c l u d i n g b a s s . C l i f f Ly n t o n Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 G U I TA R & K E Y B O A R D T U I T I O N (Beginners- Professional) One on One lessons. Free guitar trial lesson. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415 238 729 www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au To advertise in Classified call 9213 2888 or email musicservices@xpressmag.com.au

TECH ROUNDUP

The big news this week mostly came out of E3, the world’s premiere consumer electronics expo, Sony and Microsoft going head to head for your gaming dollar.

XBOX ONE The anticipated - and, let’s face it, somewhat controversial - XBox One is due to hit shelves in November with a $599 RRP price tag. The Kinect Motion Sensor will be packaged in as a standard feature, and the company seems to be putting all their money on the square marked ‘cloud computing,’ requiring consumers to maintain a constant online connection in order to get the most out of the system. This has raised eyebrows in some corners, as has Microsoft’s new and restrictive system of second hand sales and trading of old games. Games coming to platform include Dead Rising 3, Sunset Overdrive, Forza MotorSport 5 and Titanfall.

Xbox One

PLAYSTATION 4 The PS3 is due to hit this holiday season, apparently, and it almost seems like every key feature is designed to counter or one-up some of the controversies attacked to Microsoft’s Xbox One. Not only is it $50 cheaper at $549 RRP, but it supports the trading and sale of used games, doesn’t require a constant internet connection, and boasts an X86 processor, enhanced PC GPU and 8GB of high-speed memory. Games announced include The Order: 1866, Drive Club, Killzone: Shadow Fall and InFamous: Second Son, along with old franchise favourites such as Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag.

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FOR SALE AUDIOFLY HEADPHONES Designed in Perth by a small team, unique headphones to capture every detail in your favourite music www.audiofly.com MUSOS WANTED BAND MANAGER WANTED Articulate/ Professional/Experienced. 5 piece contemporary electronic lounge band. Contact 0438 771 128 BAND MEMBERS WANTED 21 y.o. Guitarist. Infls Marty Friedman and early Megadeth/ GNR. Call 0439 976 770. (West Perth Abode) MALE ROCK SINGER Req 4 a comedy rock recording project with view to gig. Inf Steel Panther. Joondalup Area Ph 0404 556 592 MUSO’S FOR ANGELS TRIBUTE Guitarist looking for exp muso’s with prof attitude to form Angels tribute band. Email:overthetopband@gmail.com MUSO’S WANTED For Blues/Rock cover band. Required..drumer, guitarist and keyboard player. Reliable and professional. Email trevorkidd@y7mail.com OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm. Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 SUPREMES TRIBUTE Wanted 2 female vocalists for a Supremes tribute. Aimed at corporate events market. Call Brian Davidson at Focus Promotions 9 - 5 Mon - Fri 9272 4144 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGR APHY Pro m o p h o to g ra p hy, s t u d i o, l i ve, l o c a t i o n . Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projec tphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * A U D I O * S TA G I N G * www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers,mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com

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ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer.No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Production, mixing,recording and composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones.Located in Subiaco.$70 p/h.Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin,The Panics, Pond + The Floors.World class facility.World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDINGMIXINGMASTERINGPRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au SONGWRITERS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE BAND APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** The Guitar Specialist. New year enrolments.Beg-adv,all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 DRUM LESSONS All styles, all ages.WAAPA prep. Modern techniques & rudiments, Beginner to advanced. Ph Pascal: 0413 172 817. FREE MUSIC LESSONS Book your free 30-min trail lesson.All instruments,all ages,all experience levels. 0403 162 641 | walthermusic.com GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (BeginnersProfessional) One on One lessons. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415889645. www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au

Dethtone Guitars

DETHTONE GUITARS This Thursday, February 14, discerning rockers will be proving their love for their craft by getting down to The Rocket Room for the Deathtone guitar & Calendar Launch. Doors open at 8pm, tickets are $10. For more information, head over to facebook.com/Dethtone When it comes to instruments, there’s always a tension between quality and affordability. Let’s face it, generally speaking, your average jobbing muso doesn’t have a whole lot of cash to flash around, and so bang for your buck is an important consideration. Enter Dethtone Guitars. The Dethtone brand began as a set of guitar strings, but since 2009 their most visible product has been their range of guitars and basses. Specifically designed for those toiling at the heavier end of the rock and roll spectrum, Dethtone guitars are just the thing for the headbanger on a budget. With guitar and amplifier packages starting at $299, and bass packages beginning at $499, selecting a Dethtone axe means not compromising on quality without breaking the bank. This year, Dethtone have taken their rock ethos to the next level by recruiting respected

Australian luthier, Perry Ormsby, to design and construct a range of custom guitars. Renowned for his commitment to quality guitar-making, Romsby is probably best known for crafting the Randy Rhodes tribute eight-string bass for Kelly Garni, a founding member of Quiet Riot. That piece of work recently sold for $100,000, a sum that speaks volumes about Ormsby’s talents. Ormsby’s designs will be unveiled, along with the new Dethtone Calendar, at a gala event at The Rocket Room this Thursday, February 14. Metal monsters Dark Karma will be on hand to mark the occasion, along with ‘80s metal tribute band Hairmageddon, and special guest appearances from guitar legend Graham Greene, Mark ‘The Animal’ Gale, and more. The theme for this rock bacchanalia is ‘80s metal, with door prizes for the best outfits. Dethtone guitars are available from Kosmic Sound. Swing by their Osborne Park store and have the friendly staff help design your dream Dethtone. As a special offer to X-Press readers, printing or cutting out this article and bringing it into the store nets you a special 15 per cent extra off the already discounted marked price of any heavy metal guitar. Not just limited to Dethtone models, the discount also covers Ibanez, ESP, Gibson, Jackson, and PRS products. Offer ends Saturday February 16 at 5pm.

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EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING DO YOU KNOW WHAT A ROADIE IS? Have you got any background in AUDIO, LIGHTING or BACKLINE? Are you looking for CASUAL work in the entertainment industry? If that sounds like you contact Events Personnel Aust. On 08 9361 5005. BAND BOOKER WANTED Entertainment agency looking to employ a band booker. Must have transport and will be required to call on entertainment venues. Knowledge of the industry an advantage. Send resume and photo to focuspro@iinet.net.au or call Brian Davidson Focus Promotions 9272 4144 Mon-Fri 9-5pm. HAIR, HEALTH & HAPPINESS MUSO INJURIES? Acupuncturist in Maylands specializes in carpal tunnel, RSI, wrist pain, shoulder pain. Call METRO HEALTH 1300 132 830 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS BETTA GUITARS & REPAIRS Hand crafted steel string, classical and electric guitars and repairs. New bone nuts, saddles, set ups, fret dress, re-frets, pickups and more. Call Ray on 0449 878 438. www. perthguitarmaker.com or check out Betta guitars on Facebook. MUSOS WANTED DRUM & BASS PLAYER WANTED For working cover band. Call Brian Davidson at Focus Promotions 9 - 5 Mon - Fri 9272 4144 GUITARISTS WANTED Experienced 30+ guitarist & bassist wanted to complete new lineup of established orig hard rock band. 0435 825 090 MUSOS WANTED Wanted like minded players to form really heavy blues band to write, rehearse and perform mostly original material. Lots of slide. Hills area. Sorry boys must be over 50 and fit! No pros please. If itís time for you to turn it up to ‘ELEVEN’ Phone Tony on 0401 315 017 OPEN MIC AT MOONDYNE JOE’S Every Thursday night 8-12. Grand Piano, good sound and friendly atmosphere. Call Mark 0409 137 850 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm. Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 PERCUSSIONIST URGENTLY NEEDED For local live Drum & Bass band Freqshow. Gigs booked. Call Adam on 0412 511 782 SUPREMES TRIBUTE Wanted 2 female vocalists for a Supremes tribute. Aimed at corporate events market. Call Brian Davidson at Focus Promotions 9 - 5 Mon Fri 9272 4144 VOCALIST NEEDED Perth prog rock band, must have vocal & lyrical power and creativity. Call Brendon on 0435 508 833 WANTED KEYBOARDIST For Funk/Soul/R&B/Smooth Groove cover band. Ph: 0423 429 363 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo photography, studio, live, location. Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projectphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * A U D I O * S TA G I N G * www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902

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MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118 304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Production, mixing, recording and composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones. Located in Subiaco. $70 p/h. Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors.World class facility.World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E C O R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com 0419 908 766 SONGWRITERS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’POTENTIAL +FREE BAND APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www. jerichomusic.com.au REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** The Guitar Specialist. New year enrolments. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz.Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 FREE MUSIC LESSONS Book your free 30-min trail lesson. All instruments, all ages, all experience levels. 0403 162 641 | walthermusic.com GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (BeginnersProfessional) One on One lessons. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415889645. www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au GUITARWORKS JOONDALUP Guitar tuition. ALL levels from beginners to advanced. Ph 0414 448 907 guitarworks@iinet.net.au HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL W/TYSON Learn how to make house music completely from start to finish - go through music theory, structure - the complete step by step development of a house music main room club bangar, examples: soundcloud.com/tysonwillert. If interested call or text 0406 925 642 - lessons go for 60 minutes or so and allow for extra time, the cost is $50.

THE GEAR AROUND HERE It’s no easy task to keep abreast of all the latest developments in musical instruments and technology. This week, Volume casts a critical eye over some the newest toys - along with some old favourites - to hit the shelves of you local music emporium.

ESP LTD KH-202 KIRK HAMMETT SIGNATURE ELECTRIC GUITAR (BLACK)

Metallica madman Kirk Hammett’s long-standing relationship with the ESP Guitar Company has lasted more than a quarter of a century now, but their recent two hour showstropper at Soundwave means that all things ‘Tallica are back in vogue, and Kosmic Sound and Lighting have taken the opportunity to knock the price down on this little number. Featuring a light basswood body, a rosewood fretboard with Skull & Bones inlays, and rock-ready EMG LH301 humbucker pickups, you can be shredding your way through the Black Album for less than $600. Head to kosmic.com.au for details.

ESP Ltd Kirk Hammett Signature Electric Guitar Black

Sterling By Music Man JP100

STERLING BY MUSIC MAN JP100 JOHN PETRUCCI SIGNATURE EECTRIC GUITAR

Prog metal proponents well know Dream Theater’s John Petrucci, and if your budget can stretch far enough, the best way to follow in his footsteps is with something from his Sterling By Music Man Signature Series. This beautiful axe features a slightly enlarged basswood body, a scooped forearm contour, a slightly asymmetrical fretboard to fit the hand’s curve, a Modern Trem bridge, two HI-output humbuckers, and locking tuners. RRP is $1195. Go to Australian distributors cmcmusic.com.au for further info.

EVANS BLACK CHROME DRUM HEADS

Drummer Marion ‘Chick’ Evans created the first synthetic drum head almost 60 years ago, in 1956. Since then his company has been a major player in the music market, so it should come as no surprise that their new series of Black Chrome drum heads are the business. Designed for those who like to play fast and heavy, their sleek, minimalist aesthetic, as characterised by their black mirrored finish, also ensures that your kit will be the sexiest one on the bill. Featuring tight sustain, extreme durability, and a focus on mid-to-low-end frequencies, any metal drummer worth his torn t-shirt will want to check these out. Go to evansdrumheads.com

Evans Black Chrome Drum Heads

KICKPORT BASS DRUM ENHANCER

For the drummer who wants more bang for his buck - and really, is there any other kind? - comes the Kickport Bass Drum Enhancer. This nifty little device is easy to install, and instantly enhances the sound of any bass drum, rounding the sound and punching up the low-end frequencies to allow for a heavier, more driving drumbeat. Compatible with any bass drumhead, it retails for Kickport Bass Drum Enhancer around $40. Head to kickport.com for specs and retailers.

KOSMIC EXPANSION

In local news, Kosmic Sound and Lighting have announced plans to greatly expand their Osborne Park store.What that means in practical terms is that they’re keen to sell off as much stock as possible in the near future, figuring it’s easier to get rid of it rather than try to renovate around it. Now’s a very good time to keep an eye on Kosmic for sales and specials, no matter your choice of instrumentation - kosmic.com.au would be a good place to start.

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EQUIPMENT ROUND UP

It can be hard to keep track of the newest and neatest gear that comes onto the market, but luckily CHRIS GIBBS is at hand to act as our sherpa up the mountainside of musical innovation.

LUCAS NANO 300 PORTABLE PA SYSTEM

In a market where increasing opportunities are presenting themselves for artists capable of scaling down the physical space required for performances, HK have developed a new product in the LUCAS series with the goal of making a PA much smaller and efficient than its predecessors. No larger than a milk crate, the Lucas Nano 300 weighs just 10 kilograms, making transport and load-in a non-issue. In its basic form, that’s the whole set-up: the two satellite speakers (which weigh only 1 kilogram each) attach to the main housing (which comprises the subwoofer as well as the mixing desk) and you just plug in and play. The mixing desk built into the subwoofer features three channels. The only downside here is that the third channel has RCA inputs, having been designed more for CD/mp3 player input and is thus a little harder to integrate into a regular show requiring more channels for live instruments, unless some creative work is done with some relatively unorthodox leads and adapters. The Nano 300 manual suggests attaching a mixing desk to one of the other channels to sort this (or even buying and connecting a second Nano 300 unit); however this seems to defeats the purpose of acquiring such a small and compact system in the first place. It seems that a couple more input connection options on each channel might have been a good way to remedy this issue. The system delivers 230 watts, plenty for small acoustic performances or recorded background music shows, with the audio quality musicians have come to expect from HK products. There are optional accessory packs which can be purchased to enhance the Nano 300. The most vital is the speaker stand set consisting of two mounting poles, a tripod and two speaker cables in a travel bag which retails for $229. There is also a roller bag which houses the Nano 300 providing an even more efficient load-in and transport option for $199. The HK Lucas Nano 300 retails for $1249. Reviewed at Joondalup Music Centre.

Fender EVH 5150

FENDER EVH 5150 III 50 WATT HEAD AND 2X12 SPEAKER CABINET

Lucas Nano 300

satisfy even the most saturated-seeking players. Sure the Eddie sounds are there, but the overall sound is not really locked to any particular style, provided that the style in question requires plenty of dirt and power. The amp is driven by 6L6 and 12AX7 valves. The accompanying 2x12 cabinet is load with two Celestion 30-watt anniversary speakers, providing excellent dynamics, width and projection. Other features on the rear of the amp include selectable impedance (4, 8 or 16 ohms), dual parallel speaker outputs, an effects loop (which can be switched in and out via the included fourchannel footswitch), a headphone jack and a line out. There are even MIDI connections for use with MIDI footswitching for guitarists with more complicated rigs. Not surprisingly similar to the original Peavey 5150 series - although looking decidedly cooler particular in the ivory colour option - this amp does one thing really well: uber-gain. Players who are after that will love it; players looking for more balanced and versatile tones will plug in elsewhere. The Fender EVH 5150 III 50 watt head retails for $1499. The 2x12 cabinet retails for$799. Also available in this series is a 100-watt head, 4x12 cabinet, 1x12 cabinet and a combo model.

Van Halen exploded back into the industry last year with the release of A Different Kind Of Truth, featuring original frontman David Lee Roth whom the Van Halen brothers reunited with a few years prior for a couple of tours. Eddie Van Halen, an innovator in rock guitar, has always had a slew of signature products available, often switching between brands. One of the guitarist’s latest pairings is with Fender, who has taken on the task of creating a new line of signature amps and speakers. The EVH 5150 III 50 watt head is presented as a three-channel amp, but channels one and two share EQ, gain and volume, making it very difficult to set up two switchable, usable sounds. For example, dialling in a clean sound on channel one produces a brash, overly loud partially overdriven sound on channel two. Conversely, dialling in a great rhythm sound on channel two results in an ugly semi-clean channel one tone. So really what we have here is a two channel amp with an unnecessary gain boost on the clean channel. Luckily, channel three is what sells this amp: a gain-ridden monster of a channel with ridiculous amounts of drive and volume which will Reviewed at Mega Music Wangara.

DOING IT BY THE BOOK

Too-often overlooked in our online-obsessed world, instructional books and DVDs are and always have been an extremely reliable and beneficial method of taking on new musical concepts. Let’s take a look at some popular publications. CHRIS GIBBS reports. For the beginning or intermediate guitarist, it turns out that the tried and true publications are still top of their game in terms of quality information and learning systems. The ever-popular Aaron Shearer’s Classical Guitar Technique has recently received an upgrade and is now available with an accompanying enhanced CD. For contemporary players, the Progressive series of instructional books continues to sell well, with most editions now including enhanced CDs, DVDs, or both. The Progressive series covers all styles of guitar from first chords for young beginners right through to metal finger-benders for more developed players. Also available in the Progressive series are books for drums, bass, keyboards, vocals, harmonica and more. The aforementioned titles are available from all good music stores starting from as little as $15.95. The Guitar Handbook by Ralph Denyer is one of the most concise reference books for guitarists. Suitable for players of all levels, the book covers the history of guitar through profiles on some of the greats, instructional sections from beginner’s chords right through to modal improvisation, a step-by-step guide to guitar maintenance and repair, recording techniques and alternate tuning information. Of particular use is the excellent chord dictionary at the rear of the book which covers a minimum of three voicings for all of the major, minor and dominant extended chord families in all twelve keys. The Guitar Handbook retails for around $29.95. Popular with metal guitarists since the ‘80s, the Guitar Grimoire series of books provides an excellent reference tool for intermediate to advanced players. Penned by Adam Kadmon and originally covering seemingly endless fretboard positions for both diatonic and synthetic scales, the series has now grown to include chord, improvisation and finger exercise versions. Full ordering information is available at guitargrimoire. com Originally from the UK and now settled in Perth, seasoned drummer Jon Trotter has recently released Practical Grooves for the Working Drummer. Featuring a 278 page book, an audio CD containing www.xpressmag.com.au

over 800 examples and a DVD featuring seven demonstration videos, the material covered includes examples from all modern styles including ska, hiphop, fusion, soul, drum and bass rock and swing. Find out more at johntrotterdrums.com Renowned jazz drummer and fulltime WAAPA lecturer Chris Tarr has released The Drummer’s Handbook. Designed as a comprehensive reference for the student drummer, the book utilises state of the art photography in order to provide technique images not seen in other drumming references. Check out The Drummer’s Handbook at thedigitaldoll.com

The Guitar Grimoire

SOUND ADVICE Any veteran punter has been to countless gigs at Amplifier/Capitol, but have you ever considered who’s responsible for making the guys on stage sound so great? That’d be inhouse sound engineer Ian Stuart, and we caught up with him to find out how the live scene looks from behind the mixing desk. TRAVIS JOHNSON reports. Though he’s been at it for a remarkably long time, Ian Stuart never originally wanted to be a sound engineer; like so many, he first started on stage rather than behind the desk. “I grew up in Melbourne and played keyboard and guitar in a few bands in the late ‘80s,” he explains. “I played in cover bands. Then I moved to Perth. I liked going to see bands, but I noticed that there wasn’t a lot of really good sound going on in Perth, you know? I just wanted to go see bands and here them sound good and get a good mix. I found that it was so hard to find any quality sound that I thought I might as well have a go at it myself.” That decision led him, after a couple of years as a roadie, to a steady gig on the mixing desk at The Swanbourne Hotel mixing local bands.“Then they started doing quite a few touring bands - things like Cosmic Psycho and Frenzal Rhomb, Skunkhour, stuff like that. It started getting really technical as the acts got bigger and the PA got bigger, so I decided maybe I should get a little technical training, just to bring me

up to the standards of touring bands in Australia.” It was while studying sound at the Academy of Performing Arts that Stuart was asked to take over in-house duties at Amplifier and he’s been there ever since, working with countless bands and performers. We asked him what he, as an engineer, liked to get from any given band who sets foot on his stage. “I hope that bands come in and they understand what it is that they have to do,” he tells us. “In that they can play their own songs properly, they’ve got good guitar sound, their drums are tuned - those kind of things. That’s what really makes a difference to me; a band that comes in with all their own shit together, knowing what they have to do.” He does admit to having had the occasional clash with touring bands who “...kind of have a ‘this is what we do, this is how loud we play’ attitude, and they do the same thing at every gig. You can’t always do that; you need to play at an appropriate level for the size of the venue you’re in, the size of the stage you’re on, and the equipment you’re using. Some bands do come in and try to dictate to me, and that’s where I draw the line. I don’t allow people to dictate to me what they think they want. I give them what I think is appropriate.” And perhaps that’s why, when we ask him what he likes best about the job, he says, “I really love watching local bands blow away touring bands. It’s just the best, and Perth has so many great bands. One of my favourite things is to have a touring band do their sound check, and then the support band comes on with half the amount of equipment, half the amount of time and half the experience and yet, quite often, they sound twice as good. That’s always pretty gratifying to me.” 37


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ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118 304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com BANDS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au GOLDDUST Produc tion M ixing, recording and composition. Leederville $70 p/h. 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E C O R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com 0419 908 766 ProTools..17 Years exp THE SOUND FACTORY 16 & 24 track tape + Pro Tools recording. Best of old school and modern technology. www.thesoundfactory.rockstar.org. au 0403 844 124 TONE CITY RECORDING STUDIO Professional recording & mixing. Clients include Abbe May, Pond, Felicity Groom & The Silentís. Ph: 0409 297 362.

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Remember that scene in Say Anything, when John Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler courts Diane Court by holding up a boombox playing Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes? We can’t promise you that buying one of these new-fangled portable speakers will result in any such memorable moments, but with seriously stupendous sound on your side how can you go wrong?

BIG JAMBOX - RRP $359.95 Producing by far the loudest sound of any of the devices mentioned here, the Big Jambox (a beefed-up version of the original Jambox) packs a punch. Whether you want to pump out music loud enough to get a party started (and probably annoy your neighbors) or listen closely to the deep, deep layers of your demo, the Big Jambox is a damn powerful set of speakers. It evens works great in place of your TV’s builtin speakers and can be easily wired up via an audio-in jack. While the model comes with what many might consider to be a heft price tag, it’s really worth it alone for the high-quality performance, fully fleshed-out sound and 15 hours of playback time delivered.

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LOGITECH UE MOBILE BOOMBOX - RRP $299.95 If the sound of the Big Jambox gets your motor running, but you just can’t bear to part with that much dough, Logitech’s UE Mobile Boombox makes for a good sloppy seconds. It’s still not cheap, but for $50 less it produces almost the same level of sound as the BJ and has the added bonus of being able to stream music from up to 15 meters away. There are a couple of downsides though - it weighs a whopping 3 kilos and its playback time is only six hours.

JBL CHARGE - RRP $199.95 Not content to merely deliver top-notch portable audio performance, the JBL Charge differs from models in its ability to charge other mobile devices on the go. It provides more than 12 hours of playback time from its built-in, 6000mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery, and it can even charge your smartphone or tablet via its builtin USB port (presumably, that’s why it’s called the Charge). Weighing in at just under 500g, its size and shape is not dissimilar to a beer-can, making it pretty much the perfect product for your listening and charging needs.

REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal The most appealing aspect of the Wowee One Slim (the recently released sleeker version of the Wowee One rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 Classic) is its surprising ability to push big sound relative to its diminutive size. Just 55mm wide and 105mm 722 long, it’s a wee bit smaller than an iPhone 4S and similar in shape. Available in white or black, the speaker has an unusual ‘Gel Audio’ driver underneath which, when placed on a suitable surface, can use that surface TUITION as conduits to produce bass frequencies. ***GUITAR LESSONS*** Perth’s ultimate guitar Plus, for vertical surfaces (such as studio. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. windows and walls) you can buy a Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 set of semi-permanent sticky gel/ www.clifflynton.com pads which hold the speaker BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs in place. It’s a pretty cool concept, and somewhat 9470 6131 makes up for the fact GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (Beginners- that the overall sound Professional) One on One lessons. Burswood Ph the Wowee One 6460 6921/ 0415889645. www.gvkschoolofmusic. Slim produces isn’t com.au quite as fleshed-out GUITAR TUITION Tired of being taught scales and as those of some of theory? Why not learn your favourite songs instead, the other models at my studio or in your own home. Competitive on the market. rates. Rock, Pop, Metal, Folk and Classical 0403 223 958, 9319 9015 (Bicton area) jaymusic@optusnet. com.au.

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MUSOS WANTED DRUMMER WANTED Drummer wanted for an acoustic rock band. Contact Trey 0420 514 195 GUITARISTS WANTED Looking for guitar players to join PJ cover band. Age 20-35. Only serious people. Contact 0414 500 718 MUSO’S FOR ANGELS TRIBUTE Guitarist l o o k i n g f o r e x p m u s o’s w i t h p r o f attitude to form Angels tribute band. Email:overthetopband@gmail.com OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm. Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 VOCALIST WANTED For established Blues/Rock band. Been together 7 plus years. No time wasters please! Ph 0410 088 596 or 0423 252 970. VOCALISTS WANTED $10,000 1st Prize. We are looking for Perth’s most versatile vocalist. Call 0406 626 184 and leave your full name, contact no and email address. Total prize pool $15,000. Places are limited! PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGR APHY Pro m o p h o t o g r a p hy, s t u d i o, l i ve, l o c a t i o n . Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projec tphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * AU D I O * S TAG I N G * www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www. procopy.com.au 9375 3902 MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering.. Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics,

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“I’m gonna quote Sean Pollard from Split Seconds,” Ben Young says thoughtfully. “Who said to me that a music video is like a band’s business card. If someone hears a song or hears about a band, they jump online, they Google them, and they can see the business card of the band. The better quality that business card is, the better image that it presents of the band.” He ought to know; after all, Young is an acclaimed music video director with over 20 credits to his name, including clips for Nathan Gaunt, Emperors, Simone and Girlfunkle, and Boys! Boys! Boys! His video for The Voltaire Twins’ Animalia won an ATOM Award, and his skills are in high demand. In short, he knows of what he speaks. There’s a school of thought that maintains that anyone can make a music video these days; after all, pretty much every phone is a video camera, and every computer is a digital editing suite. Young disagrees. “If you and me were to go out and buy a whole pile of bricks and a whole pile of cement, could we build a house?,” he asks rhetorically. “No. The technology is at everyone’s fingertips, but it’s not just a matter of understanding the technology. It’s something that you need to learn. Just because you own a camera, and just because you own an edit suite, that doesn’t mean you are a filmmaker. It is a trade that you have to learn, regardless of whether you have the toys or not.” Of course, working with a professional director and crew is not free. While his early efforts were realised on tiny budgets - his first clip for

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Cartman’s Got No Reason was made for $80 - Young now commands a higher price. “I can’t do anything for less than $5000,” he says of his budgets. “And they go all the way up to $30000. But the bigger the idea, the more money you put into it, the better it’s going to be, and that’s just not a lie. More money is always better, because you can get better post-production, you can get better cameras, and you can get better people. The best people don’t work for free, and they shouldn’t.” While the average jobbing band might balk at such an expense, he points out that the cost is not as difficult to bear as it first appears. “It’s not that expensive; most bands have a minimum of three people in them, so if they were to save up a thousand dollars each, maybe a little bit less, they could get something that looks really, really slick. I can’t encourage people enough to do that. I still get phone calls from bands who ask for a video for free, or ask for a video for an embarrassingly low amount of money, which I just can’t afford to do. I have to pay off gear, and I need to pay my crew. So start a Pozible account and raise money for the video, or just save up a little bit, and it will make such a difference. “Ideally,” he continues.“You want to make a video that people want to share, and hopefully they’ll want to share it for the song anyway. Every music video I make - and I don’t always succeed - my objective is to get people to forward on the video regardless of the song. So, if you’re lucky and you come up with a good enough idea, then hopefully the video can make the song get seen by a lot more people than would have otherwise. I think if it’s done well it can be really important, but if it’s bad, it can probably have a negative effect. If it looks amateur, it makes the band look cheap and look like nobodies, but if they’re a relatively new band and they have something, and it looks super slick, then it makes it look like they’ve got a record label behind them, it makes them look like they’re doing well, even if they’re not.”

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RECORD STORE DAY One For The Record Books

On Saturday, April 20, 2013, Record Store Day turns five. It was way back in the heady days of 2007 that the idea was first mooted: one day to celebrate the - let’s face it, sometimes quite tenuous - existence of independent music retailers with an explosion of live performances, special releases, DJ sets, fun, frivolity and, above all else, music. It was Metallica themselves, long time combatants against digital piracy, who kicked off the first Record Store Day at San Francisco’s Rasputin Music on April 19, 2008, and the day is now marked on the third Saturday of every month. It hit a nerve. Even with the rise of digital distribution and online streaming services, there’s something about the experience of hunting for music in an actual shop, and Record Store Day is now a global institution. With that in mind, we touched base with some of the best and brightest purveyors of music in Perth to find out what they had planned.

UNKNOWN TREASURES Where are you? Coventry Village. 243-253 Walter Road Morley (opposite Centro Galleria). How long have you been in the game? Just 16 months so far but growing rapidly! Unknown Treasures opened it’s doors late 2011, when I was just 21 years old! What’s your specialty or genre focus? We personally love a lot of indie and alternative music, and this shines through. But the store caters for all genres. We have something for everyone, from metal to jazz and everything in between. The new vinyl section holds a great selection of both classic albums and new releases, and our second hand section is filled to the brim. Both new and used vinyl sections continue to grow. We are always on the hunt for more. It’s exciting! We also listen to our customers, and if they ask to see something in our store we do our best to do so, and also take orders if they do not find what they are after on the shelf. How strong is the music retail industry now? When we first opened our doors we had CD racks lining the store, and over time they have been replaced more and more by vinyl racks. It is definitely vinyl that keeps this store going. CD sales have dropped considerably. So we hope the vinyl resurgence continues! Judging by the crowds at our record fairs we are sure that it will.

Unknown Treasures want to become something of the past. We love chatting to people and recommending things, and it’s amazing the relationships you build with your regular customers. Getting to know what people like and being able to cater for that. You get none of these things online.

What have you got planned for Record Store Day? We are really looking forward to our second Record What makes a good record store better than Store Day! Unknown Treasures will have 10 per cent online shopping? off all records (new and second hand). We will have There is nothing quite like a record store, which is some cool Record Store Day limited releases in store why I wanted to open my own. The thrill of sifting for the day and have a DJ playing vinyl all day. Also through the racks and not knowing what you might anyone who makes a purchase on RSD goes into a find is all part of the joy for a music lover. Being able raffle to win one of three gift vouchers. Not forgetting to touch the records, read the sleeves properly, hear to mention cupcakes and goodies and laughs! so music playing in store, and not knowing where to come down and visit us and support your local indie look next is a wonderful experience that I do not record store!

SAFARI’S RECORD SHACK Where are you? Rear of Shop 3, Arcade 189, 189 William Street, Northbridge. How long have you been in the game? About two months (still a newbie!). What’s your specialty or genre focus? Predominantly second hand and specializing in blues, funk, soul, jazz, reggae and tropical. How strong is the music retail industry now? Strong enough for fresh stores such as myself to be able to emerge. I think the vinyl buying market is very strong and very healthy right now. It would appear that the punters’ appetite for the tangible, physical experience that is vinyl is on the up and up. What makes a good record store better than online shopping? Primarily, I think it’s the experience of physically digging in the crates and the thrill of the search itself. It’s always much more satisfying to personally and physically find that one elusive record you’ve been hunting down for years. 36

Safari’s Record Shack What have you got planned for Record Store Day? Heaps of quality stock on sale for the day - specials galore! DJs in Arcade 189 all day. Additional record sellers out front of the Shack, bulk fresh stock, good times all around. X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays


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NOISE POLLUTION RECORDS Where are you? 280 William Street, Northbridge. How long have you been in the game? 15 years. What’s your specialty or genre focus? Rock, alternative, psych, punk, DJ breaks, beats and samples.

What makes a good record store better than online shopping? Service, knowledge and postage costs. (I had to add that as people tell me they buy records very cheap online but never include postage in the conversation.) With second hand I hear a lot people being burnt buying on the net as anyone can buy and sell vinyl but are clueless when it comes to gradings and pressings. Grading the records to a collector is very important and sometimes the record’s condition is not what they expected when it arrives in the mail. In a retail store you can physically look at the record and decide for yourself before buying, and if the record is faulty or buckled or not what you expected you can return it to some stores. But online it will cost at least seven dollars in Australia to post it back, and then there’s no guarantee of getting your money back either, so buy local

How strong is the music retail industry now? Mediocre. I think it has levelled off , not booming as much as people say. Because there are so many people doing it as a cash business on the side on weekends at markets, swap meets, vintage fairs I don’t think retail is experiencing much sales growth What have you got planned for Record Store Day? at all as costs seem to be increasing and prices falling. 10 per cent off all new vinyl, free beers.

78 RECORDS Where are you? Upper Level, 255 Murray Street Mall, Perth. How long have you been in the game? 42 years. What’s your specialty or genre focus: Vinyl, turntables and accessories, CDs, merchandise, tickets, imports, indie/alternative, jazz, blues, punk, metal, electronic. How strong is the music retail industry now? Music retail is strong, however it’s absolutely nothing like it was 10 years ago, but it was at a peak back then, internet trade didn’t exist. If we weren’t to compare to bygone days and just analyse how many people come into my record shop every day, every week or every month and pick up a healthy bunch of LPs or CDs I’d happily say music retail is doing ok.

78 Records really glad Record Store Day exists, it’s quite simply a reminder that whilst the digital age is upon us, it’s not the be all and end all of retail consumerism.

What have you got planned for Record Store Day? There’s a few hundred exclusive RSD releases spanning approximately 160 individual titles including that rad indie psych scruffy band Tame Impala’s debut EP rerelease and 15 per cent off all What makes a good record store better than stock (excluding RSD items, tickets & turntables). online shopping? Live bands on the rooftop including In my online shopping experience, it only works if Catherine Traicos (NSW), Timothy Nelson, Josh you know exactly what you want, you can’t just type Fontaine (6s & 7s), Amanda Merzden, Bill Darby (O! / ‘rad indie psych scruffy no shoes band vinyl’ into eBay Tenbit Tonsil), Bridget Turner (Simone & Girlfunkle), and suddenly you’re buying a Tame Impala record. plus more bands to be announced AND a secret Record stores worldwide have always been places performance from one of the RTRFM In The Pines of evolving culture and tasteful musical curation. I’m 20th Anniversary bands, all kicking off from 9am.

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What makes a good record store better than online shopping? Having a good chat to people who enjoy what they do and can give them good recommendations. Where are you? Looking forward to seeing what new stock has Shop 48, 27-35 William Street, Fremantle WA. arrived. Finding something they weren’t looking for that they would not have thought of searching for on How long have you been in the game? the net. Plus just having the enjoyment of browsing More than 20 years. through records in a nice environment rather than sitting at home on their own. And despite what What’s your specialty or genre focus? people say most stores are as competitive on price It’s the stuff we don’t stock that makes us special. as the internet. Or for a more serious answer: metal, ‘60s/’70s psychedelic, blues, hip hop and indie rock. What have you got planned for Record Store Day? Buy one get one free sale on selected vinyl. 10 per How strong is the music retail industry now? cent off new vinyl (apart from RSD specials). Raffle With the resurgence of vinyl it is stronger now than a for a $50.00 gift voucher (1 ticket per each new vinyl few years ago. I think music lovers are rediscovering purchased). why they loved music in the first place and staff are more enthused about what they do.

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How strong is the music retail industry now? Vinyl is taking over the world, watch out!

Where are you? 636 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley.

What makes a good record store better than online shopping? Touch it, feel it, listen to it then talk about it with staff or anyone else in the shop.

How long have you been in the game? 20 years. What’s your specialty or genre focus? Everything and anything you want and we can get our hands on. www.xpressmag.com.au

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MUSIC GEAR & TECHNOLOGY DANCE CLASSES BELLY DANCE CENTRAL STUDIO Free classes Fri 3 May. Special fun beginner courses. Winter term starts Mon 6 May. For brochure, info & free class invite email dance@bellydancecentral.com.au. 0409511125 www.bellydancecentral.com.au EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING Do you know what a roadie is? Have you got any background in AUDIO, LIGHTING or BACKLINE? Are you looking for CASUAL work in the entertainment industry? If that sounds like you contact Events Personnel Aust. On 08 9361 5005. MUSOS WANTED ADVERSE REACTION NEEDS A DRUMMER!! We need a dedicated drummer to complete our line up. Must play double bass. Old skool metal style drummer. Influences are Motorhead, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth. Phone Bagzy on 0427 799 089. BASS PLAYER NEEDED For established original band. Also seeking Sax/Trumpet/Violins/Back-up Singers Contact 0448 436 491 BASS PLAYER NEEDED To complete Hard Rock/Jazz trio. Must be enthusiastic, reliable and above all, in the pocket. An hour set of originals and film clip produced already. From 18 to 25 years old. Call Kyle - 0433 386 330 BASS PLAYER WANTED For cover band, 20-30 yrs old. Professional and reliable. Gigs booked. Call 0488 174 895 LEAD GUITARIST LATE 40’S+ WANTED to form acoustic cover duo with vocalist/rhythm player. Will be covering a wide genre of music that’s a little fresher and unique. No midi or lies. 0430 695 287 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm. Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 RHYTHM GUITARIST AND DRUMMER WANTED For Rock Band. Keen to jam & play anytime. To be part of the future greatest rock band. Contact Jesse 0409 684 136 VOCALIST WANTED For original project with view to record/tour within the year. Influences include Muse, Queen, Radiohead. Please contact Nick at nicks_wes@ hotmail.com for details and demos. WANTED MUSICIANS Vocals, Trumpet and Trombone players. For more info contact 0451 458 533 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo photography, studio, live, location. M ike Wylie 0417 9 7 5 9 6 4 w w w. p r o j e c t p h o t o g r a p hy. c o m When its time to ice the cake.... PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * AU D I O * S TA G I N G * www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au www.instandt.com.au www.instandt.com.au 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118 304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com

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BANDS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Production, mixing, recording and composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones. Located in Subiaco. $70 p/h. Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin,The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 R E VO LV E R S O U N D S T U D I O P h 9 2 7 2 7 5 0 5 . www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E CO R D I N G S T U D I O w w w . s a t e l l i t e r e c o r d i n g . c o m 0419 908 766 ProTools..17 Years exp THE SOUND FACTORY 16 & 24 track tape + Pro Tools recording. Best of old school and modern technology. www.thesoundfactory.rockstar.org.au 0403 844 124 TONE CITY RECORDING STUDIO Professional recording & mixing. Clients include Abbe May, Pond, Felicity Groom & The Silentís. Ph: 0409 297 362. REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** Perth’s ultimate guitar studio. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 CUBAN MUSIC COURSE 10 wks $440. Starts in April. Testimonals www.tresmambo.com Txt 0415 272 158 I’ll call back. GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION ( B e g i n n e r s Professional) One on One lessons. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415889645. www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au GUITAR TUITION Tired of being taught scales and theory? Why not learn your favourite songs instead, at my studio or in your own home. Competitive rates. Rock, Pop, Metal, Folk and Classical 0403 223 958, 9319 9015 (Bicton area) jaymusic@optusnet.com.au. GUITAR TUITION NOW AVAILABLE In Innaloo and surrounding suburbs. Rock, Blues and Heavy Stuff. Guaranteed Results! 0411 662 902 jcristie000@gmail.com WANTED JUNCTION RECORDS Open 7 Days, We Buy Sell Trade CDs, DVDs, Vinyl, T-Shirts & Posters. Junction Records @ Fremantle Malls, William St Freo 9430 9666 WANTED VINYL RECORDS! We pay cash! Rock, pop, punk, metal, prog rock, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Please contact Sarah at Unknown Treasures on 0401539819. To advertise in Classified call 9213 2888 or email musicservices@xpressmag.com.au

Pioneer DDJ SX DJ Controller

PIONEERING TECHNOLOGY

Developed with Serato DJ specifically in mind, but versatile enough to slot into any setup, the Pioneer DDJ SX DJ Controller is the number one choice for those who want to take their deck skills to the next level. This is the most advanced all in one DJ controller yet released, featuring tightly integrated controls, eight velocity sensitive performance pads, dual deck mode, touch sensitive platters, and a four channel stand alone hardware mixer, this is the new state of the art. RRP $1289 from kosmic.com.au.

CONSERVATION OF INERTIA

As you’ve doubtless read elsewhere in this issue, Saturday, April 20 is Record Store Day. To celebrate, Inertia Records have teed up some sweet releases for Perth vinyl vendors. Elefant Traks is proud to present Parallel Paradise by Hermitude - the first time the EP has been available on vinyl - and the Smokey’s Homies remix EP by Urthboy, which sees him polish up work by Hungry Kids of Hungary, amongst others. In addition, Rice is Nice are releasing a limited edition of Strange Dreams by Good Heavens. Add to that exclusive Record Store Day releases by Nick Cave, Mercury Rev, Roky Erickson and Public Image Ltd and you might want to start your day early, before all these goodies disappear.

Palm Beach Hula Start Pack Ukulele

NUKE THE UKE

Maybe it’s because we’re well overdue for a cold snap - and it’s really such a summery instrument, isn’t it? - but Kosmic seem to be in a mood to get rid of their current stock of ukuleles at some ridiculously low prices. For as little as $35 you can pick up a baby guitar, and by the time summer rolls around again, you’ll be ready to reap... whatever rewards ukulele players reap. The occasional free pineapple, I expect.

Joe Satriani

ATTHEFEETOFTHEMASTER

The Joe Satriani Guitar Clinic, presented by Thump Music, is tonight, Wednesday 17! This is a once in a lifetime chance to learn some of the tricks of the trade from a man widely regarded as one of the real living legends of the music world. Satriani will be performing, answering questions and giving advice, while thump will be making sure no one goes home empty handed with an impressive range of giveaways. Head to thumpmusic.com.au to book your ticket. And hurry!

ROCK IN TO THE ROCK INN

No pianos, no recorders, no cellos or trumpets - that’s what The Rock Inn’s facebook page promises. What they do stock is guitars - loads and loads of ‘em. Since 1988, this Mt Lawley institution has been a destination for the more knowledgeable and discerning axemen of Perth, keen to peruse both the extensive vintage and second hand range, as well as their fresh selection of new gear. Which isn’t to say that newcomers aren’t welcome. The Rock Inn sell guitar and amp packages by Squier and Essex, starting from around $299 - perfect for the budding shredder who wants to dip his or her toe into the world of rock. Head over to therockinn.com for more info.

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KEEPING IT KOSMIC The entire retail sector is feeling the pinch from the increasingly prevalent online shopping model, and music retail is no exception. Yet, while many other stores are downsizing, cutting costs and sometimes even succumbing to the grim meathook realities of situation, Perth’s venerable Kosmic Sound and Lighting has split from the pack, greatly expanding their Osborne Park premises into a monolithic one stop shop that contains everything a musician could want.

Photography by Daniel Grant At first glance it seems like a counterintuitive move, but Kosmic main man John Goldsmith, who was kind enough to give X-Press a personal tour of the new set up, disagrees. “As much as online sales in Australia will probably grow, as it has in America, to be 30 per cent of the market, it still means that 70 per cent of the market will be people who want to go in the store and have that experience.” Goldsmith, a boundlessly enthusiastic man with a shock of silver hair, explains. “Particularly in our industry where people want guitars and things like that, or with PAs where people want hear stuff, that experience of feeling it, touching it, listening to it is what it’s still all about.” To that end, Goldsmith and his team have turned the cavernous store into a kind of experiential musicians’ playground. Recognising that the hands-on experience is what differentiates online purchasing from the physical act of shopping, each area of the store is staffed by experts who are keen to help the prospective customer grapple with their chosen instrument, regardless of that customer’s level of skill. The keyboard section is a perfect example. “The contemporary keyboard market’s quite reasonable,” Goldsmith tells us. “And we’re expanding that into more of a family home thing - you don’t buy pianos on the internet. It’s still an area where people need advice from sales guys and they want to hear it, they want their kids to sit and be comfortable with it. We’ve gone to the trouble of setting up a marble stage there, so when you sit down at the piano, you kind of feel like you’re in your New York apartment. People buy pianos here to go in their home almost as an ornament - it’s a decoration.” Of course, the guitar is still the most popular instrument around, so it’s unsurprising that, on entering the place for the first time, you’re

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confronted by rack upon rack of gleaming, polished electric axes. Off to the right, on a raised platform, sits the bass area; to the rear, in their own little nook, nestle the impressive range of acoustic guitars. Overlooking the floor is the guitar customisation and repair bay, of which Goldsmith is justifiably proud. “There’s a lot of spare parts up there,” he says. “So you can come in and, if you can’t afford three or four thousand bucks for a high-end guitar, you can buy a low end guitar and buy some pickups and various upmarket bits and pieces for that guitar and gradually build it up into something really worthwhile. We can repair the guitar or adjust the guitar to your personal requirements.” Next door, however, is something really special - a part of Perth music history that many thought gone forever, thanks to combination of a shrinking market and poor management. Kosmic has bought The Drum Shop name, and it’s under that banner that they now sell perhaps the most impressive percussion range in Perth. “We acquired the Drum Shop brand and all the staff who used to work at The Drum Shop, the staff, the customers - everyone’s really excited about not losing that brand, because it was such an institution over the years and we were very sad when it all fell over. This will ultimately be the best drum shop in Australia.” Goldsmith, himself a drummer, sounds utterly confident in his prediction - and perhaps he should be. Rather than panic at the current market situation, he and Kosmic have attacked the future with boldness and vision, and in doing have ensured that their place as one of the premiere music outlets in Western Australia is assured for the forseeable future. _ TRAVIS JOHNSON

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IN THE PINK

Drummer Mark Schulman’s CV is nothing if not impressive; currently touring with Pink, he’s also played for Billy Idol, Sheryl Crow, Foreigner, Stevie Nicks, Destiny’s Child, Velvet Revolver and Simple Minds. Mega Music are proud to announce that they’ll be hosting a drum clinic featuring the consummate professional this Friday, June 21, at Canningvale College. Doors open at 7.30pm, and tickets are $20 from Mega Music’s Myaree store or online at megamusiconline.com.au

ITUNE IN Apple recently announced that they’re throwing their hat into the internet radio ring with iTunes Radio. The free service features over 200 stations. It’s integration with iTunes and the existing family of Apple products - iPhone, iPod, iPad and what have you - means that the service will be able to customise your playlist based on what you already own, download and listen to, offering up new tunes that are in synch with your personal tastes. Siri-specific features mean being able to ask your phone ‘who plays this song?’ while the iTunes Store will offer users exclusive access to early releases and exclusive tracks. The service will debut in the US in the northern autumn, with an Australian release date as yet unreleased, but surely not too far behind. Is it all too goo to be true or too monolithic and all-encompassing to be trusted? Head to apple. com to find out.

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ADVANCE PIANO FAIR The Australian Piano Fair is on at the Perth Convention iTunes Radio and Exhibition Centre this weekend from Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23. This annual event brings together the best piano players, manufacturers and experts in the world to the delight of any dedicated keyboard king. Guests this year include Mark Gasser, Steve Lincoln-Smith and Leon Blaher. Go Millie Millgate is the Executive Producer of Sounds to australianpianofair.com.au for more information. Australia and alleged to be the fifth most powerful individual in the Australian music industry. Thanks to WAM and APRA, Perth musos now have the opportunity to pick Millie’s brain. Millie will be the gust at the next WAM Music Industry Sundowner at Thanks to awesome Australian headphone The Bird on Monday, June 24, from 6:30. and anyone specialists Audiofly, we have some sexy prizes is welcome to come down and get an earful of to give away to two lucky readers. The Audiofly advice on how to prepare your music and yourself AF33m in-ear headphones come with an inbuilt for international export. Those who think they need microphone, are noise isolating and are capable of more, however, can book a 45 minute one-on-one detailed sound reproduction right across the sonic session with Millie between 10.30am and 4.45pm spectrum - pretty much everything you want in a set on the same day. These sessions are free, but only of ‘phones. To win a pair, head to xpressmag.com.au to WAM members or those willing to become one. and enter online Apply by emailing admin@wam.asn.au by noon, Audiofly AF33m Thursday, June 20.

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CX ROADSHOW ROUND-UP

When CX, Australia’s monthly sound, lights, video and staging technology news magazine brought their CX Roadshow to The Hyatt in Perth on Valentine’s Day, the Volume crew cancelled date night and got in on the action, risking the wrath of significant others for the greater musical good. Here are just some of the new products from the show that captured our hearts, minds and ears: The Amber Technology stand had a number of microphone brands on display. Robust and eyecatching, the Blue en.CORE series of microphones will be sure to win over the fashion conscious vocalist as well as singers chasing a higher standard of vocal microphone. The en.CORE 100 dynamic mic is a standard live vocal mic, while the 200 features an active circuit to cope with loss of signal from longer cables. The 300 is a condenser mic designed with powerful vocalists in mind and the 100i is an instrument microphone. These microphones look the part and just holding on to one and taking in the sheer weight and sleek design is a confidence-builder. Current Blue endorsees include Okkervil River, Hot Hot Heat, Danko Jones and The Gaslight Anthem amongst many others. Find out more at bluemic.com or visit ambertech.com.au for Australian supplier information. DPA Microphones have recently introduced their new d:fine single-ear headset microphone series. Light, non-intrusive and even inconspicuous if required (some colour choices are skin-toned), the d:fine series also offers directional and omni modes, single and dual ear designs and long and short mic booms. These mics perform equally well on both cable and pro wireless systems. See and hear more at dpamicrophones. com or visit the Australian supplier at ambertech. com.au to find out more. The KV2 Audio stand featured the JK Series DI Units. Sporting low-noise, high quality circuitry, European transformers and military standard sealed switches, these DI units offer higher headroom and lower output impedance than any other DI currently available. They look and feel like they mean

KV2 Audio JK Series

Blue Encore

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business and several options are available. In addition to the standard single channel DI, there are stereo, acoustic and passive models available as well as a tone generator for tuning and checking large PA systems. Check out kv2audio.com.au for more details. The Australis Music Group stand was sporting some amazing new technology from Line 6, one of the group’s recent brand acquisitions. The Volume team were blown away by the technology on display from the new Line 6 StageScape M20d, the world’s first smart mixing system. The system utilises touchscreen-based visual mixing, input jack sensing, a visual mixing environment and professionally crafted sound tools to prepare, process and route signals automatically. Rather than knobs and faders, StageScape M20d uses a touchscreen with a graphic representation of your stage and touching an image gains access to control of that channel. Dialling in sounds and tones is as simple as moving your finger around the screen. Coupled with the StageSource intelligent speaker systems which are available in numerous combinations, this technology is the ultimate pairing of audio quality, intuitive user-friendly design and, well…amazing sci-fi features! An available iPad app also allows the user to mix from anywhere in the room, and an on-board SD card slot makes live recording a simple as the touch of a screen! The StageScape 36

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Saturday, February 23, is the second National SLAM day, an Australia-wide celebration of live music, with gigs of every stripe taking place from coast to coast. Head to slamrally.org for more information. Your favourite protest singer aside, the link between music and politics is often obscure. To be sure, popular music has a long and proud tradition of commenting on and criticising the issues of the day, but the flow goes both ways. It’s always worth remembering that all your favourite venues, festivals, pubs, clubs, and open-mic bars and cafes basically exist at the tolerance of a number of large and not necessarily sympathetic bureaucratic bodies, and sometimes that tolerance grows mighty thin. Such was the case back in 2010, when the State Government of Victoria decided to take a dim view of the social benefits of live music. SLAM founder Helen Marcou explains.“The then-government had linked live music with high risk activity in a bid to curb alcohol-fuelled violence. There was a roll-out of liquor licenses that said that if you hosted any live music at all, you immediately became a high risk venue, which meant two security guards, CCTV, increased insurance costs... and what we found in a very short period of time is that 130 venues actually reduced their live music programme or cancelled it altogether.” It sounds like an extreme measure by a reactionary parliament, but it’s really just a logical extension of the noise complaints and loud moaning that have cost us in the west a good number of venues - anyone who can remember the glory of the Grosvenor Back Room should count themselves lucky. We’re also lucky that the music community of Victoria decided not to take such a legislative lashing lying down, responding with a veritable barrage of protest in the form of the SLAM - Support Live Australian Music, in case you’re wondering - Rally. “20,000 people marched on Parliament House,” Marcou recalls. “Demanding that this policy be overturned, and to break the link between live

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Helen Marcou music and violence. We had strong, evidence-based research that showed that, if anything, live music actually mitigates violence rather than creates it. We came out with a bang, and it was called the larger cultural rally in Australia’s history. I don’t think it’s happened anywhere in the world, to have that many people congregate in defence of live music.” As a direct result of that grassroots groundswell, the Victorian Liquor Licensing Act was changed a little over a year later, rescinding the restrictive new rules. Since then, SLAM has gone on to become a powerful behind the scenes advocate for the live music sector. Marcou rattles off an impressive list of accomplishments and current goals. “We’re at the negotiating table with the Victorian Premier, planning changes; we’re working with the South Australian government, who are now introducing their Small Venues Bill, discussing ways of helping Adelaide get more live music stimulated into the scene. Some of our closest allies and advisors make up the bulk of the Sydney Live Music Task Force that has just been announced, and they’ll be making recommendations. SLAM also lobbied for

three years for the creation of a Federal position of National Live Music Coordinator, and Dr. Ianto Ware from South Australia was appointed earlier this year. He’ll be developing a list of recommendations for Simon Crean’s office on a Federal level. So there’s stuff happening all over the country - it’s a really exciting time, when live music is firmly on the political agenda.” There are also many things afoot locally, not the least of which is the number of SLAM Day gigs going down this weekend, including Emperors at The Amplifier, Tomas Ford at the Bok Choy Ballroom, and The Aunts at The Swan Basement. SLAM is a grassroots organisation, eschewing government funding and corporate sponsorship. “At times we need to be hyper-critical of government,” Marcou explains. “So it’s important that we’re not beholden to them.” When asked the simplest way local punters can fly the flag, she is straight to the point. “Get out to a gig on February 23,” she says. “No matter what else you’re doing, get out to a live gig and wish everyone a happy SLAM day.”

Audiofly

Headphone specialists Audiofly recently announced the launch of their new line of in-ear monitors for April. Designed for stage use, they’re a universal fit - a feature designed to keep the price sweet for jobbing musos - and come between one and three armatures. Designed to compete in the same market niche as Shure and Westone, they’re expected to retail between $250 - $300. Head to audiofly.com for details.

Dr. Ianto Ware

2013 WAM MUSIC INDUSTRY SUNDOWNER SERIES LAUNCH

Monday, February 25 sees the first in WAM’s annual series of free industry talks. Aptly, this first event sees Dr. Ianto Ware, recently appointed National Live Music Coordinator, hold forth on the subject of Live Music Regulations. A timely and important topic, this is something all serious performers and venue operators will want to check out. RSVPs are essential. _TRAVIS JOHNSON Go to wam.asn.au for details.

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FOR SALE AUDIOFLY HEADPHONES Designed in Perth by a small team, unique headphones to capture every detail in your favourite music www.audiofly.com MUSOS WANTED BAND MANAGER WANTED Articulate/ P r o f e s s i o n a l / E x p e r i e n c e d. 5 p i e c e contemporary electronic lounge band. Contact 0438 771 128 BAND MEMBERS WANTED 21 y.o. Guitarist. Infls Marty Friedman and early Megadeth/ GNR. Call 0439 976 770. (West Perth Abode) GUITARISTS WANTED Experienced 30+ guitarist & bassist wanted to complete new lineup of established orig hard rock band. 0435 825 090 MUSO’S WANTED For Blues/Rock cover band. Required..drumer, guitarist and keyboard player. Reliable and professional. Email trevorkidd@y7mail.com OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm. Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 SUPREMES TRIBUTE Wanted 2 female vocalists for a Supremes tribute. Aimed at corporate events market. Call Brian Davidson at Focus Promotions 9 - 5 Mon Fri 9272 4144 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGR APHY Pr o m o photography, studio, live, location. Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 w w w. p ro j e c t p h o to g ra p hy. co m When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * AU D I O * S TAG I N G * www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au www.nightstarlightingaudio.com.au w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www. procopy.com.au 9375 3902 MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www. witzendstudios.com

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ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Production,mixing,recording and composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones. Located in Subiaco. $70 p/h. Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www. poonshead.com 9339 47 91 R E CO R D I N G M I X I N G M A S T E R I N G PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au SONGWRITERS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE BAND APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** The Guitar Specialist. New year enrolments. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www. clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 DRUM LESSONS All styles, all ages. WAAPA prep. Modern techniques & rudiments, Beginner to advanced. Ph Pascal: 0413 172 817. FREE MUSIC LESSONS Book your free 30min trail lesson. All instruments, all ages, all experience levels. 0403 162 641 | walthermusic. com GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (BeginnersPro fe s s i o n a l ) O n e o n O n e l e s s o n s. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415889645. www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au

GOING BACK TO NAMM The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show held annually every January in Anaheim, California, is one of the world’s largest music product trade shows. Here are some new product highlights from NAMM 2013: The Godin Guitar Company’s beginnings in 1972 included president and founder Robert Godin travelling the United States and Canada, selling guitars to dealers out of his van and building replacement necks for some of the industry’s top brands of the time. Today, Godin is one of the largest guitar manufacturers in the business and now includes six factories and seven guitar brands sold worldwide. The Godin brand in itself features the widest range of guitars and stringed instruments in the industry, which ingratiates the brand across most playing styles. This year Godin celebrated 40 years in the business by unveiling several new models at NAMM, one of which was the Godin Montreal Premiere electric guitar. This semi-hollow body electric guitar features a Canadian wild cherry top, back and sides, with an innovative spruce carved core which promotes free air flow through the interior, making the instrument resonant and vibrant. A three-way toggle switch, volume and tone knobs, mahogany set-neck with rosewood fingerboard, double-bound binding, high-gloss custom polished finish, contoured high-gloss headstock with high-ratio vintage style tuners, and ResoMax bridge system by Graphtech with stop tailpiece round out the features. A Bigsbyequipped option is also available along with several colour options. Visit godinguitars. com or godindirect.com.au for Australian prices and availability.

Godin Montreal Premiere

Digitech Impossible Pedal

DigiTech announced the first in a line of iStomp Signature Artist e-pedals, joining forces with guitarist extraordinaire Adrian Belew to debut The Impossible Pedal. Belew has pushed sonic boundaries with many artists including David Bowie, King Crimson, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, and Nine Inch Nails The sounds he can coax out of his instrument make him one of the world’s most unique guitarists. Two knobs on The Impossible Pedal set the two different pitch intervals and two knobs select whether the pitches shift up or down over a two octave range. By stepping on the footswitch, the note played by the guitarist alternates between the standard pitch and the two pitch-shifted voices, to create melodic passages that extend beyond physical ability. Even the e-pedal’s iStomp icon is an impossible optical illusion. The Impossible Pedal lives up to its name, giving guitarists the ability to play ‘impossible’ guitar riffs. As with all DigiTech e-pedals, players will require an iStomp pedal to upload to. The iStomp, covered in these pages recently, is a new concept in guitar stompboxes that allows musicians to turn the iStomp into any pedal available in the Stomp Shop online pedal store. The Stomp Shop app comes with ten of the most popular pedals and gives access to more than 40 additional e-pedals to browse, try out and purchase. More e-pedals are added on a regular basis. The Impossible Pedal e-pedal is available for $19.99. The iStomp is currently available at around $229. _CHRIS GIBBS

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MUSIC GEAR & TECHNOLOGY GUIDE: ISSUE 29, MARCH 2013

JOE SATRIANI A Class

Of His

Own In this month’s Volume, we talk to the legendary Joe SAtriani about his upcoming guitar clinic and cast an eye over the Fender Roadshow, plus the usual lowdown on the latest gear and technology news.

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JOE SATRIANI A Class of His Own

One of the most famous and accomplished guitarists on the planet, Joe Satriani is bringing his Master Class Clinic tour to Australia for the first time in April. Joe took some time out from his preparations to let the Volume crew know what he is going to deliver to audiences during this unique tour.

This will be your first clinic tour in Australia. What can ticket holders expect to see and hear at these events?

Versatility and adaptability are key attributes for the successful musician. Despite the fact that both are great players, what are some of the challenges you typically face when People attending the clinics will get to see and hear me interchanging Chad Smith and Kenny Aronoff performing up close and personal. I will play a variety for various Chickenfoot concerts? of material from my catalogue and go into detail about the methods and techniques I use to compose and Every drummer has their own way of grooving. perform. They use different parts of their kits to be time keepers and different parts to be expressive. Some We’ve spoken in the past about the importance of guys lay down the kick hard and heavy like a click developing strong rhythm and timing skills, why do all the time, no matter what, others like to use their you think it takes many guitarists so long to figure hi-hat to lead the band. You just have to listen out that there needs to be strong fundamentals closely and celebrate each drummer’s uniqueness. under the ‘flash’? You have always wanted to play as a part of Let’s face it, practicing can be very boring! We all start a vocal band and that goal has been fulfilled out with strengths and weaknesses that need to be in Chickenfoot. As a musician who now has addressed though, and that’s where the practicing responsibilities towards a vocal rock band as helps. However, there must be a balance between well as a predominantly instrumental solo practicing music and really playing it. It’s the playing career, how do you go about sorting which new that’s the most important, so, the practicing must serve ideas suit which act? that end. I like to bring a variety of songs to each project we You are always working on expanding your musical do together, but ultimately there is no master plan vocabulary, what specifically have you been with Chickenfoot, just friends rocking out, having fun and letting the ‘tape roll’. Writing for my solo devoting your practice time to recently? records requires more focus because I play all the Musically speaking, I’m always looking to shake off melodies, and make all the arrangement decisions, bad habits and adopt good ones. This always requires etc...like apples and oranges when you get down paying close attention to how you move your hands to it! around the guitar. Additionally, my daily routine often revolves around discovering new ways to be expressive What do you hope that guitarists who attend the clinics in Australia will take away from the on the guitar. event to build upon? How are the new Marshall JVM amps working out I want to make a connection with my fellow for you? guitarists, and offer them all I’ve learned over the My new JVM410JS heads are so wonderful to play many years of being a professional musician. I will through! Punchy, articulate, and anywhere from clean play my guitar, tell a few stories and take questions to high gain settings spread across four channels with from the audience. They will walk out of the clinics with concrete musical ideas and technical three modes per channel. They are amazing amps! methods for playing, writing and performing. Do you play through exactly the same rig in Chickenfoot as in your solo shows?

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FENDER AUSTRALIA ROADSHOW featuring Greg Koch Three other very talented musicians back Koch. James Ryan, the band’s second guitarist, handles much of the technical information about the products being demonstrated. Amongst many other projects, Ryan has worked on Vanessa Amorosi’s albums and played with the house band on TV show The X-Factor though don’t let that put you off. Ryan’s guitar playing is as precise as a professional hitman, and is an excellent juxtaposition to the raw animal playing of Koch. The insanely talented, axe shredding energy Ryan and Koch evoke ties together well with the band’s rhythm section, made up of drummer Haydyn Meggit and bassist Marcel Xammouni. Although the night is all about guitars, Meggit lays down some very intricate drum-solos and funky beats which add to the pristinely tight band. Xammouni on bass shows with a scary level of funkiness just what Fender’s new bass range can do as well as seamlessly demonstrating the sonic power of the new Bassman range of Fender Bass amps.

I use the same set of half-stacks but the pedals on the floor are always tailored for each tour’s set list so there is some variation there.

_CHRIS GIBBS

of Custom Shop, Signature and Pawn Shop guitars for 2013 as well as the use of footswitches and the interface of several new Fender amps made the show almost not feel like advertising. And even though it did aim to get the audience interested in buying Fender gear, the entertainment offered made us wish that all advertising expos could be this much fun. After a creative rendition of tunes by Pink Floyd and Rage Against The Machine, the band wound up the evening with an intricate array of original guitar driven tunes and jams which left the audience needing a cold shower after the geargasms many of them had just experienced. Those of us who could still stand reattached our melted faces and were invited to go up to the stage and handle many of the guitars used throughout the Road Show.This was a nice touch, as the best way to really know if a guitar is right for you is to pick the thing up and play it.

Koch and the members of the band stuck around for a short while after the show to answer questions and discuss guitars. As the house lights raised and the audience continued to interact with both the guitars and each other an interesting community vibe developed. Information and anecdotes about favourite guitars were shared, and it seemed everybody left the show with thoughts of the axe that they just had to buy, and the Wayne’s World-like image of playing their new This year’s instalment of the Road Show toy whilst thinking ‘It shall be mine… Oh yes. It shall be opened with a video screen montage of vintage Fender mine. Schhawing!’ guitars that had the guitar nerds in the audience both salivating and reminiscing, depending on whether or not they had actually been born at the time many of these guitars were released. Judging by the greying Greg Koch _NATHAN CHRISTIANSEN ponytails or lack of hair altogether, most of the guitar The Fender Road Show is a week-long tour of most aficionados were very familiar with the classic guitars of the country’s capital cities. The Road Show’s presented, and were already captivated. The audience final performance was held downstairs in Perth’s was then taken on a sonic trip down memory lane led by State Theatre building on Thursday, March 7. Each Koch’s ‘60s and ‘70s inspired lead guitar demonstrations night of the tour Fenderophile Greg Koch and his and the tight backing of the Road Show’s band. Several band have been informing, advertising and faceimpressive guitar jams written by Koch were played melting prospective Fender buyers with some using the updated 2013 versions of many of these very entertaining demonstrations of what Fender classic vintage axes, such as ‘60s Telecasters and the guitars and amps can do. iconic ‘70s Stratocasters. The members of the band A native of Milwaukee (or ‘the good land’ as then engaged in an informal and hilarious discussion Alice Cooper calls it) The Fender Road Show’s ringmaster as they explained the subtle changes and almost and lead guitarist, Greg Koch, takes the audience of disturbing attention to detail that Fender had put into musicians, music store owners, Fender reps and lovers the rereleased versions of the guitars for 2013. of lead-breaks through a musical schooling that is over two hours long. Although laden with facts and hardcore guitar terminology, the discussion of the guitars and Throughout the show his self-professed amps flowed well and the minutia of the details were ‘Sasquatchian’ hands shred their way through about not lost on those members of the audience who were 40 of Fender’s finest guitars from their new 2013 range. not already familiar with Fender products or guitar lingo Koch first started working with the Road Show in ‘94 in general. The stage presence of Koch at this point was after Fender representatives visited one of the Hal a mixture of stand-up comedian and old school guitar Leonard Guitar Clinics that he was teaching in Nashville, god.The group’s ability to explain with humour in depth factors such as tone and style of the upcoming range and he hasn’t looked back. www.xpressmag.com.au

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EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING BAND BOOKER WANTED Enter tainment agency looking to employ a band booker. Must have transport and will be required to call on entertainment venues. Knowledge of the industry an advantage. Send resume and photo to focuspro@iinet.net.au or call Brian Davidson Focus Promotions 9272 4144 Mon-Fri 9-5pm. HAIR, HEALTH & HAPPINESS MUSO INJURIES? Acupuncturist in Maylands specializes in carpal tunnel, RSI, wrist pain, shoulder pain. Call METRO HEALTH 1300 132 830 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS BETTA GUITARS & REPAIRS Hand crafted steel string, classical and electric guitars and repairs. New bone nuts, saddles, set ups, fret dress, refrets, pickups and more. Call Ray on 0449 878 438. www.perthguitarmaker.com or check out Betta guitars on Facebook. MUSOS WANTED BASS PLAYER NEEDED To complete Hard Rock/ Jazz trio. Must be enthusiastic, reliable and above all, in the pocket. An hour set of originals and film clip produced already. From 18 to 25 years old. Call Kyle - 0433 386 330 GUITARISTS WANTED Experienced 30+ guitarist & bassist wanted to complete new lineup of established orig hard rock band. 0435 825 090 MUSOS NEEDED For established original band. Seeking Bass Player/Sax/Trumpet/Violins/Backup Singers Contact 0448 436 491 MUSOS WANTED Wanted like minded players to form really heavy blues band to write, rehearse and perform mostly original material. Lots of slide. Hills area. Sorry boys must be over 50 and fit! No pros please. If itís time for you to turn it up to ‘ELEVEN’ Phone Tony on 0401 315 017 OPEN MIC AT MOONDYNE JOE’S Ever y Thursday night 8-12. Grand Piano, good sound and friendly atmosphere. Call Mark 0409 137 850 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm. Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 VOCALIST NEEDED Perth prog rock band, must have vocal & lyrical power and creativity. Call Brendon on 0435 508 833 WANTED MUSICIANS Vocals, Trumpet and Trombone players. For more info contact 0451 458 533 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo photography, studio, live, location. Mike Wylie 0417 975 9 6 4 w w w. p r o j e c t p h o t o g r a p hy. c o m When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * A U D I O * S TA G I N G * w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o. co m . a u w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o. co m . a u www.instandt.com.au www.instandt.com.au 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 C D & DV D M A N U FAC T U R E C h e c k o u t our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902

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MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118 304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Production, mixing, recording and composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones. Located in Subiaco. $70 p/h. Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E C O R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com 0419 908 766 SONGWRITERS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE BAND APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** Perth’s ultimate guitar studio. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 FREE MUSIC LESSONS Book your free 30-min trail lesson. All instruments, all ages, all experience levels. 0403 162 641 | walthermusic.com GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (BeginnersProfessional) One on One lessons. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415889645. www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au GUITARWORKS JOONDALUP Guitar tuition. ALL levels from beginners to advanced. Ph 0414 448 907 guitarworks@iinet.net.au

NEWS ROUND UP

This week we take a quick tour ‘round the traps to see what’s pinging on our muso radar.

BIRTHDAY BONANZA

Mega Music’s epic birthday sale continues until March 23, with absolutely everything in store reduced to one degree or another. There’s never been a better time to pick up that bit of kit you’ve been dreaming of, or just stock up on sticks and strings for the next few months. Head in to either their Myaree or Wangara store, or jump over to megamusiconline.com.au

PSYCHIC SOUNDS

The happy mutants at Neurowear are developing Zen Tunes, an iPhone app that analyses the user’s brainwaves while listening to music and constructs a unique playlist attuned to the user’s emotional state. No more clicking through tracks to find the right one for the moment - the machine knows. Head to neurowear.com for more.

VoiceLive Play GTX

Audiofly

Sennheiser e 835 fx microphone

POP FLY

YOU’RE THE VOICE

Top notch headphone handlers Audiofly have decided to put their brand esteem to good use, partnering up with Dave Stevens of Melbourne’s Pure Pop Records store for the Buy a Brick campaign, which aims to raise money to build a soundproof courtyard at the store to mitigate a neighbour’s noise complaints. For every 10 pairs of Audiofly phones that get bought, they’ll throw a Pure Pop Brick, aka $50, at the project. Headphones are available from Headphonic, 78 Records, Urban Records, Elroy Clothing and audiofly.com

Shipping soon to retailers from TC-Helicon is the new VoiceLive Play GTX packaged with a Sennheiser e 835 fx microphone. Enabling complete guitar and vocal processing right our of the box with no amp required, complete with TC Electronic guitar effects and Amptones. Designed to work with acoustic and electric axes, this unit allows the user to experiment with a range of different tones and effects without having to shell out for expensive amps and pedals. The package retails for around $699 - go to tchelicon.com for details.

Schechter Synyster Gates Custom Marshall JVM

AVENGE ME!

The Schechter Synyster Gates Custom, built for the Avenged Sevenfold guitarist, is a thing of rare beauty. Built around Schecter’s Avenger frame, it comes in three colour schemes and boasts mahogany construction, an ebony fretboard, and Marshall’s new JVM series is setting a new inlayed Avenged Sevenfold logo with the legend benchmark in amplification. The 4 Channel 100 Watt SYN. Techwise, Seymour Duncan custom pickups are head coupled a 2x12” combo features dual master the beating heart of a beast designed for heavy work. volumes, two effects loops. channel memory, MIDI Retailing at around $1700, it comes to us courtesy compatibility, and a programmable footswitch. Head of D’Addario Australia. Head to daddario.com.au for to elfa.com.au to check out the full range and specs. more details.

MARSHALLING YOUR FORCES

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MUSIC GEAR & TECHNOLOGY EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING AA! - DIAMOND EYE SEEKS DRUMMER!! an exciting opportunity to join our estab original, hardrock/metal band, with infl from Kiss, Zepplin to Metallica, Pantera. Ready to launch new album recorded in LA with Grammy winning Producer. If you have talent, flash and balls, pro attitude and drive we want to hear from you!!! Greg 0412 807 796 BANDS WANTED Young Top 40/Triple J/Classic Rock bands wanted.Regular country gigs available. Focus Promotions Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 9272 4144 focuspro@iinet.net.au BASS PLAYER WANTED Koverd Dirt establishing blues/rock cover band, wanting reliable/ committed player with good old fashioned bass skills. Avg age 42 yrs rocking. Contact trevorkidd@y7mail.com EXPERIENCED BASS PLAYER Seeks established working cover band. Also willing to do fill ins. Contact 0413 779 964 or lfilgoni@hotmail.com METAL DRUMMER & RHYTHM GUITARIST looking for other band members. Merriwa. 0435 329 987 Matt OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT @ THE CRAIGIE TAVERN Tuesdays from 8pm. Solos, Duos, Trios, Originals and Covers. Contact Paula or Ceelay 0420375670 or openmiccraigie@hotmail.com PUNK ROCK DRUMMER WANTED Must be serious and innovative. Infl: Foo Fighters, The Offspring and Rise Against.. Call Zen 0433 056 548 RHY THM GUITARIST, BASS, DRUMMER & S I N G E R WA N T E D Fo r c o ve r / o r i g i n a l rock band. In Per th area. Must have own gear and transport. Contact Nate 0413 901 893 THE CROOKED CATS Seeking bass player and keys. Gigs waiting. Contact via Facebook or call 0448 436 491 or 0438 604 529. VOCALIST WANTED Influences Depeche Mode. Retro Electronic. Email demos to srcoconut1@ hotmail.com VOCALIST WANTED Male Preferred for Funk/ Soul/R&B cover band. Contact 0423 429 363 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo photography, studio, live, location. Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projectphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * A U D I O * S TA G I N G * w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o. co m . a u w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o. co m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com. au 9375 3902 MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com

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GODIN GUITARS TONE TASTING NIGHT

Patrick Godin (left) is holding the Godin Inuk Encore. Marco Scampoli is holding the Godin Montreal Premier. Sound Centre Guitar Gallery, Morley Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Co-presented by Sound Centre and Australian Godin wholesalers Dynamic Music, the Godin Guitars Tone Tasting Nights aim to re-introduce the range of Godin guitars to Australian musicians. Patrick Godin - son of Godin creator Robert - arrived in the country and immediately commenced a whirlwind trip which saw him visit most of our states to share his passion for these instruments. An encouraging crowd filed in to Sound Centre last Wednesday to hear Patrick’s presentation, which focused primarily on the company’s acoustic guitar range, including the brands Seagull, La Patrie, Art & Lutherie and Simon & Patrick. Patrick Godin is an engaging and amusing personality; his enthusiasm for guitars and guitar playing in general was infectious and his occasional struggles with certain English phrases (his second language) only served to endear him more to the attentive audience. The French-Canadian impar ted interesting facts regarding Godin’s guitar building philosophies infused with amusing anecdotes from his years of involvement in what started out in the ‘70s as his father’s side project company whilst building guitars for larger guitar manufacturers. Fo l l o w i n g Pa t r i c k ’s p r e s e n t a t i o n , attendees were invited to play all of the displayed m o d e l s, w h i c h i n c l u d e d s e ve ra l f ro m t h e aforementioned acoustic lines as well as Godin electric guitars, which now comprise several series including Richmond for the retro rockers, Redline for metal heads and 5th Avenue for jazz players.

Many guitarists are familiar with Godin’s groundbreaking advances over the years in acoustic guitar innovations and synth access developments, but it is important to note that the company has a massive catalogue of more standard guitar designs which would suit almost any guitarist. To increase the brand’s availability in Australia, guitars can now be ordered online from godindirect.com.au and there are even plans to deliver guitar orders to your local music store, eliminating freight and insurance costs for the individual purchaser. Occasionally seen as more of a session guitarists’ brand (which is in fact one of the best endorsements any guitar brand could hope for) the company now boasts a growing family of endorsees which includes Steve Stevens, Roger Waters, Al DiMeola and Australia’s own shred-king, Jeremy Barnes. This night was successful in its intent: to provide background for Godin and an opportunity to ‘tone-taste’ some of the company’s flagship models. Guitarists of all levels and styles were trying various models at the end of the event, many having brought their guitars for Patrick to sign or pose for photos with. Godin guitars that are well wor th checking out; there is literally a model for every player and the Canadian-made quality comes in at a price that easily trumps most mass-produced Asian market guitars. Maybe it’s time to re-think your tone? _ CHRIS GIBBS

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weekends at the Rosemount, for example, we’re looking for major tours, CD launches, things like that, where there is a scene, there’s gonna be a bit of a party, and the headlining band is choosing their own support.” For new bands, Rinaldi advises starting small, rather than trying to take too big a bite out of the pie. “The best thing to do would be to start at the smallest venue you can find and then pack it out with your friends. At that stage, you can’t really have any fans as such - the closest thing you’re gonna have is your friends. And your friends are always good at coming out at the start of your career, but once the obligation starts disappearing, you hope the friends-to-fans transfer can happen successfully. If you don’t gain fans, you’ve got no aces up your sleeve, basically.” Equally as important is being a part of the local music scene; after all, what better way to learn the ropes than under the wing of more seasoned performers? To be fair, there’s a popular notion these days of the bedroom recording genius who breaks through to the big time via social media, but it’s an idea Rinaldi has little time for. “A lot of bands come into it with an attitude of ‘Oh, I just want to play.’ And when you ask them who they want to play with, they say they don’t care. They’re not really fussed, and they don’t know any bands - when they say that, it scares the shit out of me. It means they don’t even go and see bands, and I just don’t understand how you could be in a band and not go and see bands. Even if you don’t enjoy them, you’d think you’d go and see them just out of interest, to see what the venue’s like, and who you might be playing with. “Other than that, I think the best thing in Perth to do is to approach other bands. There’s much more benefit to approaching other bands than to approaching venues, just because other bands are generally gonna be the ones organising things.”

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JOE SATRIANI MASTERCLASS CLINIC As hundreds of Joe Satriani devotees filed in to Riverview two things were becoming quite evident: that Riverview is an excellent venue for an event of this type and that WA’s Thump Music had once again pulled out all the stops for guitar fans.

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As audience members took their seats, examining the contents of their Thump Music showbags (which contained guitar cleaning and polishing supplies as well as sample Riff Axelerator guitar training software) many noted the spacious, well-lit staging area and three massive video screens which would later be used to capture and highlight all of the world-renowned guitarist’s intricate playing. After a brief introduction which included giving away some amazing effects pedal prizes for answering a few Joe-related questions, Satriani took to the stage amid raucous applause and proceeded to locate a patch lead problem which was thought to have been solved during sound check. The calm manner in which the guitarist worked with the Thump Music sound crew to quickly resolve the issue served as the first lesson for the evening, with Satriani adding an amusing anecdote regarding a similar occurrence he experienced live on radio in recent history. With the ice well and truly broken, Satriani commenced the class, building the information around the concept of having only one hour to practice and how that hour would be divided up. Fans were treated to Joe playing faultless renditions of his most famous songs to backing tracks. This served to highlight the guitarist’s confidence and mastery of his instrument; one wrong note and no one is going to be blaming the iPod and, let’s face it, playing some of the world’s most famous instrumental guitar songs to a room full of guitarists would be daunting for any player. Satriani commented on this, stating that “If you want to know how that weird sound was made or how the fast lick is played, let’s face it, there’s thousands of kids on

YouTube who can teach you that and probably play it better than I can…” Indeed, much of the clinic steered away from what the guitarist calls ‘showbiz stuff’ (guitar tricks and special effects) and veered towards providing excellent information regarding the melodic and harmonic concepts on which his compositions are built. Satriani stayed on message as he weaved his magic throughout staggering renditions of Satch Boogie, Surfing With The Alien, Flying In A Blue Dream and more, the message being ‘melody is king’. Each song was dissected, revealing the musician’s unique approach including his pitch axis technique (borrowing chords from multiple keys while holding down a constant anchoring tone) and Sinatrainfluenced melodic phrasing. A veteran of guitar teaching (whose more famous past students include Steve Vai and Kirk Hammett), this was surprisingly Satriani’s first ever master class tour and it was obvious from the outset that the guitarist possesses the unique ability to deliver solid musical concepts in a practical and palatable framework. The clinic ended in a brief on-stage jam with five local guitarists and a sense of community not often displayed amongst guitarists came to the fore, the audience getting behind each player and clapping along with each jam. Satriani then moved across to the meet and greet area immediately to sign materials and take photos, reportedly staying much longer than officially contracted to try and make sure everyone left happy. From start to finish, a class act, represented impeccably by a Western Australian music company. _ CHRIS GIBBS

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ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118 304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com BANDS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Production, mixing, recording and composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones. Located in Subiaco. $70 p/h. Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E C O R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com 0419 908 766 ProTools..17 Years exp REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** Perth’s ultimate guitar studio. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 CUBAN MUSIC COURSE 10 wks $440. Starts in April. Testimonals..www.tresmambo.com Txt 0415 272 158 I’ll call back. FREE MUSIC LESSONS Book your free 30min trail lesson. All instruments, all ages, all experience levels. 0403 162 641 | walthermusic.com GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (BeginnersProfessional) One on One lessons. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415889645. www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au GUITARWORKS JOONDALUP Guitar tuition. ALL levels from beginners to advanced. Ph 0414 448 907 guitarworks@iinet.net.au

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We take a look at some the recent goings-on in the Perth music scene and beyond.

INTERESTING DEVELOPMENTS

The winners of the 2013 APRA Professional Development Awards have been announced, and the 40-odd judges, who included Jason Mraz, Josh Pyke and Gary Clarke, have whittled the pool of around 2000 competitors to select eight winners. The winners are: Thomas Calder (Popular Contemporary) Morgan Evans (Country) Leah Flanagan (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Alexander Garsden (Classical) Husky Gawenda (Popular Contemporary) Georgi Kay (Popular Contemporary) Matthew Sheens (Jazz) Joe Twist (Film and Television)

PLAY FOR TODAY

If you’ve got a hankering to learn to play some good old-fashioned mascara-ruining mope-rock, then Ubisoft’s Rocksmith has you covered. Three new songs by The Cure are now available on the authentic guitar game - for those unfamiliar, it’s essentially Guitar Hero with a real guitar - including Love Cats - because who doesn’t love Love Cats? Head over to rocksmith.ubi.com for more.

Each winner will take home a prize pack valued at $30,000, including $12,000 in cash courtesy of APRA. Our heartfelt congratulations go out to all and sundry.

Rocksmith

GOTTA GET A GIBSON

PDA Winner Georgi Kay

Kosmic Sound and Lighting are offering some sweet deals on their Gibson range at the moment, with beautiful guitars walking out the door at ridiculously low prices. At under $1500, the opportunity to own a Gibson SG Standard Heritage Cherry is worth seriously considering. Featuring a mahogany body, Gibson 490R neck pickups and 498T bridge pickups, and classic styling, this is the preferred weapon of such luminaries as Pete Townshend, Angus Young, Tony Iommi and Eric Clapton. Head to kosmic.com.au for more.

FEED THE SEED

Applications are now open for the 2013 Seed Fund, a foundation that supports emerging artists and musicians through various grants and funding initiatives. Grant categories this year include Art on the Street, which will support one visual artist up to the tune of $5000; Professional Development, which grants musicians up to $3000; and Money For Managers and Publicise It, which give those who have completed the Seed Management Workshop the opportunity to receive up to $5000. Entries close on Monday, June 3, so head on over to theseedfund.org to check out the application requirements.

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HAIR, HEALTH & HAPPINESS MUSO INJURIES? Acupuncturist in Maylands specializes in carpal tunnel, RSI, wrist pain, shoulder pain. Call METRO HEALTH 1300 132 830

ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118304 email - avalonstudios@bigpond.com GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Production, mixing, recording and composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones. Located in Subiaco. $70 p/h. Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E C O R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com 0419 908 766 SONGWRITERS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE BAND APPRAISALS.UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au

MUSOS WANTED BAND MEMBERS WANTED 21 y.o. Guitarist. Infls Marty Friedman and early Megadeth/GNR. Call 0439 976 770. (West Perth Abode) BASS GUITARIST REQUIRED For establishing Blues/Rock cover band. Reliable and professional. Email trevorkidd@y7mail.com GUITARISTS WANTED Experienced 30+ guitarist & bassist wanted to complete new lineup of established orig hard rock band. 0435 825 090 KEYBOARDIST/PIANO PLAYER WANTED For Alternative Indie Band. Contact 0415 252 323 OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm. Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 POP/POP-ROCK - ALL BAND MEMBERS WANTED Triple J influenced with a touch of Rise Against, Gyroscope, Grinspoon. Serious musos only. Must be able to write and be innovative. Ph 0433 056 548 SUPREMES TRIBUTE Wanted 2 female vocalists for a Supremes tribute. Aimed at corporate events market. Call Brian Davidson at Focus Promotions 9 - 5 Mon - Fri 9272 4144 REHEARSAL STUDIOS WANTED BASSIST For power/blues outfit, original AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, tunes. Ph 0415 252 323 WANTED KEYBOARDIST For Funk/Soul/R&B/ great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 Smooth Groove cover band. Ph: 0423 429 363 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PHOTOGRAPHY PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton P R O J E C T P H O T O G R A P H Y P r o m o Ph: 0425 698 117. p h o t o g r a p h y, s t u d i o , l i v e , l o c a t i o n . PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional M ik e Wylie 0417 975 964 www. rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob p r o j e c t p h o t o g r a p h y . c o m 0418 944 722 When its time to ice the cake... TUITION PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * A U D I O * S TA G I N G * ***GUITAR LESSONS*** The Guitar Specialist. w w w . n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u New year enrolments. Beg-adv, all styles and levels w w w . n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest DRUM LESSONS All styles, all ages. WAAPA prep. CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au Modern techniques & rudiments, Beginner to advanced. Ph Pascal: 0413 172 817. 9375 3902 MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, FREE MUSIC LESSONS Book your free 30-min trail staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club lesson. All instruments, all ages, all experience levels. FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd 0403 162 641 | walthermusic.com barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (BeginnersProfessional) One on One lessons. RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO B u r s wo o d P h 6 4 6 0 6 9 2 1 / 0 4 1 5 8 8 9 6 4 5 . Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, GUITARWORKS JOONDALUP Guitar tuition. ALL mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 levels from beginners to advanced. Ph 0414 448 907 guitarworks@iinet.net.au www.witzendstudios.com

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PHONE HOME

Everyone owns headphones, right? Even if you’re not a muso, you need something to plug into your iPod/Phone/Whatever to keep your personal soundtrack ticking over. We had a chat with Marcus Miller, head honcho of headphone specialists Headphonic and an avowed audiophile, to find out what recent additions to the world of portable audio headgear had pinged on his radar.

BEYERDYNAMIC CUSTOM ONE PRO

For those who like to be able to change their look and sound on the fly, this is a robust and malleable mid-range set of headphones. Featuring high levels of isolation and solid bass response, it’s a flexible system that also comes with custom style parts which enable the wearing to change the configuration and design of the actual headset to their own desires. RRP $299.

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro

Alessandro MSPro

ALESSANDRO MSPRO

For the professional musician, the Alessandro MSPro is definitely worth considering - so long as you’re willing to shell out a little more for quality. Their most distinctive features are the hand-crafted mahogany earcups, and they’re suitable for monitoring pretty much any style of music. Even without amplification, they reproduce sound with such accuracy that even the most pedantic producer will be mollified. RRP $749

MOTORHEADPHONES BOMBER

Endorsed by none other than Lemmy and the boys, these aren’t just a cheap grab for name-brand recognition. They’re a solid, well made, budget set of headgear, great for those who want a good looking, good sounding set of phones but don’t want to break the bank. RRP $99.

AUDEZE LCD-3

AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-AD900

Motorheadphones Bomber

For those with no upper budge limit, you can’t go past Audeze’s flagship Sadly soon to be discontinued, product. These bad boys anyone wanting to get their were designed to be the hands on this top-value set of best, and many critics and open ‘phones had best act soon, musicians think they hit as they’re about to be replaced their mark. Designed to by a newer model that’s 150 per reproduce music as closely cent more expensive with no to the orignal recordings noticeable gain in sound quality. as currently technically With across the board decent p o s s i b l e, t h e y a r e t h e sound from bass to treble, and Excalibur of headphones. clear, detailed vocal ranges, these They come with a kingly Audeze LCD-3 retail for $269. pricetag, too - RRP is $2280. For further information and technical specifications, head to headphones.com.au

Audio Technica ATHAD900

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MUSIC GEAR & TECHNOLOGY MUSOS WANTED AA! - DIAMOND EYE SEEKS DRUMMER!! an exciting opportunity to join our estab original, hardrock/metal band, with infl from Kiss, Zepplin to Metallica, Pantera. Ready to launch new album recorded in LA with Grammy winning Producer. If you have talent, flash and balls, pro attitude and drive we want to hear from you!!! Greg 0412 807 796 $ 1 0 , 0 0 0 F I R S T P R I Z E fo r Pe r t h’s b e s t singer being held at various venues NOW! Enq stageitup.wix\comupstageentertainment or 0416 405 450. BANDS WANTED Young Top 40/Triple J/Classic Rock bands wanted. Regular country gigs available. Focus Promotions Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 9272 4144 focuspro@iinet.net.au BASS PLAYER WANTED Koverd Dirt establishing blues/rock cover band, wanting reliable/committed player with good old fashioned bass skills. Avg age 42 yrs rocking. Contact trevorkidd@y7mail.com EXPERIENCED BASS PLAYER Seeks established working cover band. Also willing to do fill ins. Contact 0413 779 964 or lfilgoni@hotmail.com OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT @ THE CRAIGIE TAVERN Tuesdays from 8pm. Solos, Duos, Trios, Originals and Covers. Contact Paula or Ceelay 0420375670 or openmiccraigie@hotmail.com PUNK ROCK DRUMMER WANTED Must be serious and innovative. Infl: Foo Fighters,The Offspring and Rise Against.. Call Zen 0433 056 548 RHYTHM GUITARIST, BASS, DRUMMER & SINGER WANTED For cover/original rock band. In Perth area. Must have own gear and transport. Contact Nate 0413 901 893 THE CROOKED CATS Seeking bass player and keys. Gigs waiting. Contact via Facebook or call 0448 436 491 or 0438 604 529. VOCALIST WANTED Male Preferred for Funk/ Soul/R&B cover band. Contact 0423 429 363 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo photography, studio, live, location. Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projectphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... PRODUCTION SERVICES * L I G H T I N G * A U D I O * S TA G I N G * w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o. co m . a u w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o. co m . a u www.instandt.com.au www.instandt.com.au 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com. au 9375 3902 MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 MUSIC VIDEOS Professional video production company with years of experience. Recent videos for Kill Teen Angst, Project Mayhem and more. We have storylines ready to shoot or bring us your own. Special $1699 (save almost $1500). One time offer - first artist to book only. www.ZuluMedia.com.au for details RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com

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ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118 304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com BANDS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au GOLDDUST Production Mixing, recording and composition. Leederville $70 p/h. 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include M ink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E C O R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com 0419 908 766 ProTools..17 Years exp TONE CITY RECORDING STUDIO Professional recording & mixing. Clients include Abbe May, Pond, Felicity Groom & The Silentís. Ph: 0409 297 362. REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** Perth’s ultimate guitar studio. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (BeginnersProfessional) One on One lessons. Free guitar trial lesson. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415 238 729 www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au GUITAR TUITION Tired of being taught scales and theory? Why not learn your favourite songs instead, at my studio or in your own home. Competitive rates. Rock, Pop, Metal, Folk and Classical 0403 223 958, 9319 9015 (Bicton area) jaymusic@optusnet.com.au. To advertise in Classified call 9213 2888 or email musicservices@xpressmag.com.au

Novation X-Station 61 Keyboard at auction from Ross’s Auctioneers and Valuers

GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE...

Don’t miss out on the chance to snag some top notch DJ gear at rock bottom prices! Ross’s Auctioneers and Valuers are holding an online DJ and audio equipment auction until 8pm, Thursday, May 30. Over $70 000 worth of gear has to go out the door, including full recording studios, portable rigs, CD players, video mixers, headphones, smoke machines, foam machines and more! Head to auctions.com.au for info and pics. You better hurry!

A LEGEND IN THEIR OWN LIFETIME

D’Angelico Guitars D’Angelico Guitars recently launched their Reborn campaign, reissuing a selection of iconic guitar models that pay tribute to the legacy of master guitar craftsman John D’Angelico. Labelled one the biggest line launches in the guitar industry, the line debuted at the NAMM conference. Each guitar features spruce top, maple back and stair-step pickguard and tailpiece that are the essential hallmarks of the D’Angelic brand. Head to dangelicoguitars.com for more details.

Gunn Audio iWall

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

If your puny little iPod dock just isn’t cutting it any more, Gunn Audio have just the thing for you. The Gunn iWall is a one metre tall Bluetooth sound tower, packed with way more grunt than most such speaker systems can hope to muster and featuring Gunn’s Seven Speaker System. Retailing around the $499 mark, it comes packed with Aerio Bluetooth headphones, a stylus pen, and ships free from the manufacturer. Head to gunnaudio.com for more information.

WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN

The third WAM 2013 Music Industry Sundowner is happening on Monday, June 10 at The Rosemount Hotel from 6:30pm. This time around, the curious KRK RP-103 can pull on the coats of a panel of music video professionals who will answer any and all questions as Kosmic are pushing their full range of KRK gear right to the increasing importance of the promotional video now. KRK make some of the best monitors on the in the music industry. Panel members include Ben market, having been founded by Keith Klawitter in Young, Andrew Nowrojee, and Steven Aaron Hughes 1986 with a customer experience-focused ethos and the moderator is Justine Smith of the Australian driving both their tech development and marketing Directors Guild of Western Australia. It’s free for WAM strategies. Head to kosmic.com.au to check out the members who RSVP by Sunday, June 9; otherwise it’s current range in stock. $10 on the door. Go to wam.asn.au for more info.

CAPTAIN KRK

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VOLUME FOR BEGINNERS

Whether you’re strictly a listener or seasoned pro, there’s a whole genre of fascinating musical books waiting to be tuned into. This week Volume takes a look at four of the best tomes for fresh-faced beginners.

HOW SOON IS NOW? By Richard King (Allen & Unwin)

If you’re more interested in the ins-and-outs of the music biz than chord progressions, sheet music and instrumentation, Richard King’s memoir provides an insider’s glimpse of “the madmen and mavericks who made independent music” from the ‘70s right through to the early noughties. King himself was a quintessential figure on the indie scene through the period — he founded Bristol’s Planet Records (which was part of Rough Trade’s distribution network) and now works in A&R for Domino — and his recollections of some very famous musical icons (including The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Sonic Youth, Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub and Cocteau Twins) make for an incredibly engaging read.

HOW MUSIC WORKS By David Byrne (Allen & Unwin)

In How Music Works, former Talking Heads frontman Byrne eschews an autobiographical account of his own experiences of music-making over the past four decades in favour of a more general discussion of music. In discussing music’s connection to human origins, its history, its evolution, its strengths and its weaknesses, Byrne explains how music is shaped by external factors, whether it be location, technology, economics or mere happenstance. It’s not all theory and conjecture, however, with the aptly titled “My Life In Performance” section offering some insight into the thought processes behind his various sartorial choices over the years.

Guitar Zero

GUITAR ZERO

By Gary Marcus (Penguin)

MUSICOPHILIA: TALES OF MUSIC AND THE BRAIN

How Soon Is Now?

By Oliver Saks (Picador)

Fancy yourself a deep thinker? In his 2007 bestseller Musicophilia, famed physician Oliver Saks focuses on people afflicted with strange musical disorders (he refers to them as “musical misalignments”) that affect their professional and daily lives. There are stories which move — such as those of individuals afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease for whom music has restored their memories — and those which terrify — such as those of previously healthy people suddenly afflicted by musical hallucinations and uncontrollable epileptic-style fits. Saks’ collection of utterly readable true stories are moving and refreshing for music buff and newcomer alike.

How Music Works

For the past couple of decades the common school of thought in musical circles has been that the skills required to play an instrument (much like those skills required to learn a new language or understand algebraic equations) are best acquired in early childhood, when the brain is more malleable. New York University professor of cognitive psychology Gary Marcus aims to disprove this theory in Guitar Zero. Enticed to start learning to play guitar after putting in some solid hours playing Guitar Hero, the 40-something’s inspirational musical journey proves it’s never to late to try to become the next Hendrix.

SCHOOL OF ROCK

Whether you’re just starting on the long way to the top, or you’re an experienced gunslinger looking for a few tips and tricks, there’s an abundance of music teachers and schools around who can teach you a thing or two about a thing or two.

CLIFF LYNTON GUITAR INSTITUTE

With instructors who can boast over 30 years experience, the Cliff Lytin Guitar Institute is the number one destination for anyone wanting to give their axe-handling skills a polish. Their structured lesson plans place an emphasis on steady but quick progress, without neglecting the essential element of fun. When the school’s namesake has supported everyone from Tommy Emmanuele to Fleetwood Mac, you know you’re in safe, albeit callused, hands. Go to clifflynton.com to learn more.

MEGA MUSIC ACADEMY

Not just an equipment retailer, Mega Music also offers music lessons in a wide range o f d i s c i p l i n e s, i n c l u d i n g g u i t a r, d r u m s, harmonica, vocals, saxophone, and more. Bookings are generally by the school term, to accommodate the beginning student, but other arrangements are possible, including single lesson refresher courses. In conjunction with their retail arm, they also offer advice on instrument packages for beginning musicians. Head to megamusiconline.com.au

CASTLEROCK INSTITUTE OF MUSIC ROCKS AUSTRALIA MUSIC With their innovative Rockschool programme, Castlerock Institute of Music is the perfect place for the nascent muso to get from their first chord to their first gig in record time. With a curriculum tailored to the age, personality, and skill level of the individual student, Castlerock has an exemplary record, and bands from the school have supported such heavyweights as Karnivool, Birds of Tokyo, and British India. Check out castlerock.com.au for more information.

With testimonials from the likes of Aussie hard rock icon Angry Anderson, Music Rocks Australia has certainly drawn its share of appreciative industry notice. A passion project for founder Dean Blanchard, the school’s key aim is to make music fun and accessible to students of all ages and all backgrounds. With a focus on inspiration and building confidence, Music Rocks Australia has a place for everyone with an itch to learn music.

SOUND CENTRE

Walther Music

WALTHER MUSIC

Perth’s newest music school is located in the heart of Perth in a beautifully restored two storey mansion, Walther Music is the brainchild of brothers Andy and Josh Hopkins. Boasting 16 rooms, one-on-one lessons, children’s and seniors’ courses, studio and equipment hire, Walther Music offers training in guitar, vocals, piano, bass, drums, violin, saxophone, and more. Head to walthermusic.com for further details. www.xpressmag.com.au

Sound Centre

Established in 1986, Morley’s Sound Centre is a music store run by musicians, for musicians. It’s no surprise then, that their music school is one of the most respected in town. Their instructors are seasoned musicians who teach not only technique, but all the performance tips and stagecraft tricks that a working musician has gleaned over a lifetime of gigs. Classes operate within school terms, and are open to all ages. Go to soundcentre.com.au for further information. 45


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FOR SALE AUDIOFLY HEADPHONES Designed in Perth by a small team, unique headphones to capture every detail in your favourite music www.audiofly.com MUSOS WANTED BAND MANAGER WANTED Ar ticulate/ Professional/Experienced. 5 piece contemporary electronic lounge band. Contact 0438 771 128 MUSO’S FOR ANGELS TRIBUTE Guitarist looking for exp muso’s with prof attitude to form Angels tribute band. Email:overthetopband@gmail.com OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm. Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 VOCALIST WANTED For established Blues/ Rock band. Been together 7 plus years. No time wasters please! Ph 0410 088 596 or 0423 252 970. PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo p h o t o g r a p h y, s t u d i o, l i v e , l o c a t i o n . Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projec tphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... * L I G H T I N G * AU D I O * S TA G I N G * w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178

AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Production, mixing, recording and composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones. Located in Subiaco. $70 p/h. Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au SONGWRITERS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE BAND APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** The Guitar Specialist. New year enrolments. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 DRUM LESSONS All styles, all ages.WAAPA prep. Modern techniques & rudiments, Beginner to advanced. Ph Pascal: 0413 172 817. GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (BeginnersProfessional) One on One lessons. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415889645. www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au PERTHíS MUSIC HUB 1-on-1 lessons, kids classes & workshops, studio & instrument hire, music therapy and cafÈ. 0403 162 641 | walthermusic.com

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Will Stoker

SING FOR YOUR SUPPER Plenty of musicians take lessons, but singers tend to think that they can get by on raw talent alone. Will Stoker, who is both a singer and a singing teacher, tells us why that ain’t necessarily so. The voice is a unique musical element. It’s an instrument, just like any guitar or keyboard. But it’s also a physical function of the body, and as such it can be trained. It’s odd then, that so few singers, particularly when starting out, take the time to hone their voice outside of normal band rehearsal time. Will Stoker, who in addition to performing with his band, The Embers, is also a singing teacher, believes this is a mistake. “My job as a singing teacher,” he explains. “Is designed to be a gym for your voice to begin with - so you might say I’m a personal trainer - to guide the students into certain areas where they might want to progress and aspire to be, and why they want to do it. A good example I always say is you don’t pick up a dumbbell with your fingertips; you use your shoulders, your biceps, triceps, forearm muscles, your total skeletal system, your hand, and your wrist to pick up the dumbbell - it’s pretty much applying that to the singing.” He does caution, however, that raw talent still plays a part; no matter what your aspirations, no amount of lessons can turn a normal voice into an exceptional one. “I reinforce the idea that you won’t end up sounding like Mariah Carey or what have you, because you’re not Mariah Carey. It’s all about bringing out the best that you were born with, and knowing the extent of your abilities to begin with and exploring that and building on that.”

Still, the benefits of lessons are manifold. If nothing else, professional voice coaching can teach a vocalist to fully exploit the natural physical resources they have. As Stoker says, “My lessons are focused on retraining your breathing and understanding the mechanics of controlling your body. Using these tools, you can exploit your natural range and expand on it. It’s designed to give you a friendly push and bring the best out of the voice you were born with, to create the same emotive feeling you get from the vocalists you admire.” His students run the gamut from children to the elderly, and though many are training with an eye on pop superstardom - “I have some students that want to audition for many of the talent shows X Factor and so on.” - he is adamant that any kind of singer can benefit from training. “There are people who create the same emotive response from an audience who wouldn’t fall into that stereotypical category,” he says.“Such as Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. It’s mainly about creating the same feeling that you get when you’re listening to your singing idols.” There’s an argument to be made that singing lessons run counter to rock’s DIY ethos, but Stoker believes it’s a false one.“I can understand why people would say that, because I come from the DIY ethos. I sing in a rock band, and I came up through the heavy metal and punk side of things, and that’s mainly why I’ve taken vocal therapy lessons with many different vocal instructors in the past. I actually have a lot of rock singers and heavy metal students, and I teach them certain techniques that empower your voice and let you scream your head off for a good hour on stage and then come off speaking normally. It’s everything I can pass on to other rock singers - it’s not frilly pop stuff. When you actually become more mindful and aware of your technique, and you become so much better for it.”

X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays


MUSIC GEAR & TECHNOLOGY EDITED BY TRAVIS JOHNSON

FOR SALE AUDIOFLY HEADPHONES Designed in Perth by a small team, unique headphones to capture every detail in your favourite music www.audiofly.com MUSOS WANTED BAND MANAGER WANTED Ar ticulate/ Professional/Experienced. 5 piece contemporary electronic lounge band. Contact 0438 771 128 MUSO’S FOR ANGELS TRIBUTE Guitarist looking for exp muso’s with prof attitude to form Angels tribute band. Email:overthetopband@gmail.com OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm. Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 VOCALIST WANTED For established Blues/ Rock band. Been together 7 plus years. No time wasters please! Ph 0410 088 596 or 0423 252 970. PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo p h o t o g r a p h y, s t u d i o, l i v e , l o c a t i o n . Mike Wylie 0417 975 964 www.projec tphotography.com When its time to ice the cake... * L I G H T I N G * AU D I O * S TA G I N G * w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u w w w. n i g h t s t a r l i g h t i n g a u d i o . c o m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u w w w . i n s t a n d t . c o m . a u 9381 2363/ 9444 6651 CD & DVD MANUFACTURE Check out our latest CD & DVD specials online at www.procopy.com.au 9375 3902 MATRIX PRODUCTIONS AUSTRALIA Lighting, staging, sound systems, smoke machines, night club FX, intelligent lighting, strobes & mirror balls, crowd barriers, video projectors. 9371 1551 RECORDING STUDIOS ALAN DAWSON’s WITZEND RECORDING STUDIO Prof quality albums or demos, large live room, experienced engineer, analog to digital transfers, mastering..Alan 0407 989 128 or Jeremy 0430638178 www.witzendstudios.com ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178

AVALON STUDIOS BIBRA LAKE One of Perths best equipped studio. Record to analog tape or digital, Avalon pre amps, Neumann mics, the latest and best universal audio, plug in’s for digital recordings. All styles of music, $55 per hour call Tony 0411 118304 email avalonstudios@bigpond.com GOLDDUSTCONSTRUCTION.COM Production, mixing, recording and composition for your music. Unique award winning skills to take songs from ideas to finished mixes or to fulfill the potential in existing ones. Located in Subiaco. $70 p/h. Andrew 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Analog mastering at its best. Clients include Mink Mussel Creek, Jeff Martin, The Panics, Pond + The Floors. World class facility. World class results. www.poonshead.com 9339 47 91 RECORDING MIXING MASTERING PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au SONGWRITERS! - UNLOCK YOUR SONGS’ POTENTIAL +FREE BAND APPRAISALS. UK Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www.jerichomusic.com.au REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** The Guitar Specialist. New year enrolments. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton.com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz. Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 DRUM LESSONS All styles, all ages.WAAPA prep. Modern techniques & rudiments, Beginner to advanced. Ph Pascal: 0413 172 817. GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (BeginnersProfessional) One on One lessons. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415889645. www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au PERTHíS MUSIC HUB 1-on-1 lessons, kids classes & workshops, studio & instrument hire, music therapy and cafÈ. 0403 162 641 | walthermusic.com

NOW AVA ILAB LE

46

Will Stoker

SING FOR YOUR SUPPER Plenty of musicians take lessons, but singers tend to think that they can get by on raw talent alone. Will Stoker, who is both a singer and a singing teacher, tells us why that ain’t necessarily so. The voice is a unique musical element. It’s an instrument, just like any guitar or keyboard. But it’s also a physical function of the body, and as such it can be trained. It’s odd then, that so few singers, particularly when starting out, take the time to hone their voice outside of normal band rehearsal time. Will Stoker, who in addition to performing with his band, The Embers, is also a singing teacher, believes this is a mistake. “My job as a singing teacher,” he explains. “Is designed to be a gym for your voice to begin with - so you might say I’m a personal trainer - to guide the students into certain areas where they might want to progress and aspire to be, and why they want to do it. A good example I always say is you don’t pick up a dumbbell with your fingertips; you use your shoulders, your biceps, triceps, forearm muscles, your total skeletal system, your hand, and your wrist to pick up the dumbbell - it’s pretty much applying that to the singing.” He does caution, however, that raw talent still plays a part; no matter what your aspirations, no amount of lessons can turn a normal voice into an exceptional one. “I reinforce the idea that you won’t end up sounding like Mariah Carey or what have you, because you’re not Mariah Carey. It’s all about bringing out the best that you were born with, and knowing the extent of your abilities to begin with and exploring that and building on that.”

Still, the benefits of lessons are manifold. If nothing else, professional voice coaching can teach a vocalist to fully exploit the natural physical resources they have. As Stoker says, “My lessons are focused on retraining your breathing and understanding the mechanics of controlling your body. Using these tools, you can exploit your natural range and expand on it. It’s designed to give you a friendly push and bring the best out of the voice you were born with, to create the same emotive feeling you get from the vocalists you admire.” His students run the gamut from children to the elderly, and though many are training with an eye on pop superstardom - “I have some students that want to audition for many of the talent shows X Factor and so on.” - he is adamant that any kind of singer can benefit from training. “There are people who create the same emotive response from an audience who wouldn’t fall into that stereotypical category,” he says.“Such as Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. It’s mainly about creating the same feeling that you get when you’re listening to your singing idols.” There’s an argument to be made that singing lessons run counter to rock’s DIY ethos, but Stoker believes it’s a false one.“I can understand why people would say that, because I come from the DIY ethos. I sing in a rock band, and I came up through the heavy metal and punk side of things, and that’s mainly why I’ve taken vocal therapy lessons with many different vocal instructors in the past. I actually have a lot of rock singers and heavy metal students, and I teach them certain techniques that empower your voice and let you scream your head off for a good hour on stage and then come off speaking normally. It’s everything I can pass on to other rock singers - it’s not frilly pop stuff. When you actually become more mindful and aware of your technique, and you become so much better for it.”

X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays


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