When thinking about the year in review, you can’t help but think about Fuzzy, one of the most succesfull music promoters in the country with Parklife, Shore Thing and Field Day. Anand Krishnaswamy, Touring Manager for Fuzzy spoke with Lost In Suburbia about the year thaqt was 2010 and what to look forward to in 2011.
Lost In Suburbia: Who has been the stand out local artist for you in 2010?
Anand Krishnaswamy: Very tough decision to make! Obviously Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup sent the world (literally) on fire with their smash hit We Speak No Americano, and you’d have to have been hiding under a rock if you hadn’t rocked out to one of Washington’s uber-catchy songs from her debut LP I Believe You Liar, but for me it would have to be Tame Impala. Innerspeaker was easily the best Australian record I listened to this year… psychedelic rock at its best and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
LIS: Who has been the stand out International artist for you in 2010?
AK: I can’t go past Phoenix. After what seems like an eternity (and 3 outstanding albums), the band finally got the universal recognition they deserved via Wolfgang Amadeus. Honorable mentions to Darwin Deez, Two Door Cinema Club and Local Natives.
LIS:What would you consider the highlight of the Australian musical calendar in 2010?
AK: Definitely the Summer festival season, epitomized by Parklife, Meredith, Field Day, Big Day Out, Sydney Festival, Laneway, Good Vibrations, Golden Plains… the quality of lineups and caliber of International artists touring Australia is at an unprecedented and phenomenal level.
LIS: And the lowlight in 2010?
AK: The end of the festival season, and the impact it’s had on my bank balance!
LIS: Looking forward to 2011, who is your tip for local artist set to make a huge impact? Why?
AK: Flight Facilities. Two young lads putting Sydney on the map in the nu-disco genre. They’re productions are second to none… you feel just as comfortable listening to them on your headphones as you do at an outdoor festival. Pilot-hats off to you gents!
LIS: And your tip for International act set to break in 2011? Why?
AK:Magnetic Man. They’re already doing big things in the UK but 2011 should see them take on the rest of the world, and in the process see dubstep crossover into the mainstream. Watch out for Katy B as well.
LIS: What do you hope 2011 will have in store for the Australian music scene? Do you see any large changes on the horizon?
AK:More Australian labels putting out great new Australian music, especially in the dance music genre. No major changes, but I definitely think that Australian Artists will continue to grow on the international scale in 2011.