Who has been the stand out local artist for you in 2010?
Violent Soho for sure. Those guys have gone above and beyond with their reworked album. The production, the song writing, everything is amazing! Their album has been on very high rotation in my iTunes this year, I seriously can not get enough of it!
Who has been the stand out International artist for you in 2010?
For me, there have been two. Caitlin Rose, who is an amazing Nashville singer songwriter, and Grouplove, a New York via London via Greece via California indie-rock band. They are incredible. They have just been signed by Dew Process and their debut EP is sun drenched immaculate pop! It is beautiful! Please, please, please everyone check these guys out!!!
What would you consider the highlight of the Australian musical calendar in 2010?
Lost In Suburbia’s first ARIAs! It was fantastic! The catering, the lack of being able to hear presenters, the separation between Molly Meldrum and everyone else! And did we tell you about the complementary coffee! It was a fantastic night, and I apologise to Dan Mac for telling him that his moustache looked like a caterpillar at the after party. Movember is everyone’s friend!
Looking forward to 2011, who is your tip for local artist set to make a huge impact? Why?
Papa Vs Pretty for sure. A Sydney three piece with more talent than you can poke a stick at. They are one of the most amazing live bands you will ever see. Do yourself a favour and get out and see them. Also check out their EP Heavy Harm. Amazing!
And your tip for International act set to break in 2011? Why?
Grouplove! I don’t expect them to make a big impact on the country until next year, though I do believe they are the best score to summer since the point break soundtrack! Please check out the track Naked Kids as soon as you can!
What do you hope 2011 will have in store for the Australian music scene? Do you see any large changes on the horizon?
I think things are going to shift much more to new purchasing avenues. Mobile is the new black as far as the current generation is concerned. I think that the future of music as well as social media lies in the mobile centric social realm.
What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Stop drinking so much and stop listening to Short Stack. Ha ha. Four years ago it was Stop drinking so much and stop listening to Simple Plan. Those guilty pleasures never abate!