hey new friends!
what a crazy weekend it was.
I was stage managing at Queenscliff Music Festival and I am 100% exhausted!
I didn’t sleep much, went without a shower, looked after some amazing bands and worked my ass off!
i feel i had the best stag at the festival, King Cannons, Kingswood, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard just to mention a few!
call me crazy but I get more satisfaction working at a festival than i do going as a punter
Melbourne there’s the north vs south side stigma
With the way record sales are bands are flogging themselves on tours with means we don’t have to wait or need to see a band, they’ll be back next month anyway.
With the internet we’re exposed to more bands > more bands can tour/ radio play etc
With internet we don’t have to go out to hear a band/ watch them
So many festivals people can’t afford it all
So I did Big Sound, well attempted to but due to get the flu on the first night and having to keep it low key it wasn’t the Big Sound everyone else was having.
I missed the forums yesterday as I was sick in bed, thankfully Robyn looked after me well.
I managed to catch some bands last night and make some meetings.
Gossling; she’s cute but sickly cute. Her baby voice got to me and I went across the road to see
Tiny Ruins; who is a subtle in her appearance but such a strong voice with heartfelt songs! She’s like a jeff Buckley.
Then I headed to see a personal favourite of mine Boy In A Box; they played as a 3 piece to a packed audience and it was disappointing. They sounded empty and weak and looked nervous and awkward, saying that word is their management loved it as a 3 piece, my thoughts were oh shit this is the end!
Split Seconds; I’ve been wanting to see since I interviewed them for Balcony TV.
They were so different to what I’d expected! So powerful and energetic unlike the way they sound recorded!
Next was WIM. They were the feature album on SYN and I loved what id heard.
That afternoon I filmed an episode of Balcony TV Brisbane and the band I interviewed was WIM. Out of all the interviews I had done it was defiantly the most weird experience, I will explore that in another post but I promised them I’d see them, it was amazing and beautiful and I hope it’s not the last time I see them!
Last for the night was Jinja Safari, although by then I was exhausted and left after one song, but it was as I’d expected.
Now I’m on the skybus to the train station to go to work. They person next to me is pretty much ontop of me.
so like most girls my age i was obsessed with hanson!
i had the tshirts, videos, lunch box, cds, singles, necklace and have every single article or poster scrapbooked and on my wall and taped every little tv appearance.
i even wrote zac hanson a letter with one half of a best friend charm, because i was convinced we’d be best friend.
after that i would study every photo of him to see if he was wearing it…. it never surfaced.
as i got older my interests changed and hanson we not “cool” anymore, so their CDs that i once played on repeat for days on end because stuck to my wall as decoration and were never played again.
Later in my life i met a friend Mel and after a while we confessed our love for hanson and she gave me a copy of their album Underneath.
this was released in 2003 and although it still has the sweet harmonies only siblings can achieve and catchy tunes it was a much more mature album that i enjoy a lot.
I can still listen to Middle Of Nowhere and appreciate the songs and to think they were so young when it was written.
for mels birthday last month I got her the dvd “Strong Enough To Break” which originally was them documenting the recording process and ended being a heartbreaking documentary of the pressures and stress of recording the album and dealing with an unreliable record label.
even if you’re not a hanson fan it’s great to see their songwriting process, the stories from the label, the stress on the band and also the end result of which is them creating their own label 3cg Records and still getting chart results.
if you’re interested in the music business definitely check it out
Hanson brothers all grown up.