Anything could happen

For many people, the concept of music is that it’s something definable, consistent and predictable. Most of all: it is replicable, whether it’s a three minute pop song or a 15 minute sonata. Experimental music breaks all these rules. You never quite know what might happen, what concordance of sounds might be produced. As one […]

Everyone’s a critic

There is no shortage of opinions on the internet. Everywhere you look – personal websites, Twitter, Facebook, comment feeds – there are people giving their views on what they’ve watched, heard or read. And what they think you should watch, listen to or read. What then do seasoned critics bring to the table? What is […]

Into the wild

Australian Guy Pearce has spent nearly his whole life making movies and making music. The movies part we all know about – from playing a drag queen in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), straight-laced detective in LA Confidential (1997), to his role as a genius villain in Iron Man 3 (2013). […]

Lust for life

In the early 1980s, Rayya Elias’ upward trajectory seemed unstoppable. Her music career was taking off, her hairstyling skills were high in demand – she was making it in big, bad, beautiful New York City. But the drug use which was inseparable from the music scene, and which had dogged Rayya her whole life, grew […]

Taylor Swift: RED tour concert

I’m not here to tell you about how I was robbed of $80 in parking money instead of just the $55 I’d anticipated losing (thank you Bayswater Parking Station). Or to tell you of how I was mistaken for a lady of the night by a curly-haired boy in Kings Cross (‘I just got back […]

Unchained melody: interview with an Elvis tribute artist

Elvis may have left the building in 1977, but his music, legacy and likeness lives on. One massive annual celebration of the King is based, surprisingly, in Australia: the Parkes Elvis Festival, an event that draws thousands of people nationwide and internationally. During my 2012 pilgrimage, I was lucky enough to interview that year’s festival […]