ShortCutz WHEN WAKE MAGAZINE WAS OFFERED THE CHANCE TO SPEAK TO ZIGGY MARLEY WE JUMPED AT THE OPPORTUNITY. THE FOUR-TIME GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING REGGAE ARTIST (AND ELDEST SON OF BOB MARLEY) HAS BEEN SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF LOVE TO THE WORLD FOR A LONG TIME NOW, AND WE WERE KEEN TO HEAR IT FOR OURSELVES ky Snean d SoSutem. Sy SneAkY Sound SYStem is easily The hoTTesT dance acT in ausTralia aT The momenT. hiTs like ‘ufo’, ‘i loVe iT’ and ‘picTures’, haVe skyrockeTed Them onTo radio-sTaTions and dancefloors ausTralia-wide and They are haVing an absoluTe ball. wake managed To snare mc double d (daimon downey) for a Quick chaT in-beTween Their massiVe ausTralian Tour and liVe earTh performance. eXTraordinarily, he used To be a waTerski insTrucTor aT herVey bay in Qld and has spenT his fair share of Time aT The Qld cable parks. WordS: kim gillan WE DISCOVERED AN INCREDIBLY SPIRITUAL MAN, WHO HAD A MESMERIZING VOICE AND WAS INCREDIBLY DEDICATED TO HELPING BETTER THIS WORLD IN ANY WAY HE COULD. PLUS, IT DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER THAN SPEAKING WITH A REAL-DEAL JAMAICAN REGGAE STAR. Words: Kim Gillan It’s difficult to argue with Ziggy Marley’s life philosophy (and title of his latest album), ‘Love Is My Religion’. It’s a simple idea, but one that is readily forgotten in the modern hectic world. Ziggy, 38, is on a self-inspired lifelong journey to spread the message of love and will preach to anyone who will listen about its importance. “I call it the evolution of the consciousness,” he said. “We have progressed physically and technologically, but the real world can’t seem to get there. With all of mankind’s progress, we still would be nowhere without love. All the new technology don’t matter if we can’t love each other.” Ziggy is the second eldest of Bob Marley’s 12 children. his mother, Rita, named him David Nesta Marley, but his father nicknamed him Ziggy, rumoured to be in honour of a big spliff. As a child, he learned to play guitar and drums from his father and draws most of his musical inspiration from his father’s generation. “It has more spirit in it than popular music today,” he said. “Love songs today is shallow, not as much into the soul.” But it has been life experiences that have formed the basis for his songs. “Songs just come to you, when things happen in life and they need a song,” he said. “I’m looking into the sky and there is the sun and there is a song! Sometimes it’s a feeling, like a wind and you feel the chills…” Ziggy first rose to stardom in the ‘80s in a band with three of his siblings, called ‘Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers’. They broke up in the ‘90s, after winning three grammys and Ziggy has since continued a solo career. ‘Love Is My Religion’, his second solo album, was released last July and has been embraced by music lovers right across the world, who are thirsty for his “quenching music”. “The key ingredient in reggae music is this vibration,” he said. “Reggae music is about grooving, not moving too fast. It’s just like you are on a wave…” he won a grammy for ‘Best Reggae Album’ in February, but rather than be proud of his individual achievement, Ziggy viewed it as a platform to continue spreading his message. “The message got a better chance to be spoken about and heard about – it’s about the message, not so much about my music,” he said. Ziggy discovered love at a young age and has spent his life helping others discover its power. he has been involved in many charities and is particularly passionate about helping children. Along with the Melody Makers, Ziggy founded URgE (Unlimited Resources giving Enlightenment), and has used it to help children throughout the world. They recently donated some equipment to a Jamaican orphanage to help them set up a tuck shop to generate money for themselves. “I just want to make them smile sometimes,” he said. Ziggy thanks his father for many of his beliefs. he shares Bob’s passion for music and has continued his father’s Tuff gong concept, which was a dream to one day own his own music. “I am here to continue the movement of my father’s beliefs and words … we are keeping the truth alive,” he said. These beliefs, ultimately come down to love for one another. “I know the strength of it (love),” he said. “I have experienced what it means. I like what it does to me and I like what it brings to my life. you have to be so sincere for that interruption to take place. I keep this attitude because I know I like it!” you can hear Ziggy’s message for yourself when he comes Down Under in April, for the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival. 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Th S, WhICh hAvE SKyRoCKETED music. t about almost ever ything but g a St Kilda bar recently for a cha at Nick mer drum and PoPULAR SoNwith ut guitarist Whitey, keyboarder Pean Kim gillan caught up As Nick, Whitey and Peanut emerged from the inside of the Lionel bar on Cantebury Rd, St Kilda, and joined me on a table outside, they struck me as a fairly ordinary bunch of guys. Decked out in casual street-wear, they joked around with each other, giving the distinct impression they were in fact a few local British footy players, rather than rockstars who are dominating the charts worldwide. In fact that impression is no coincidence, considering the band are self-confessed football lovers, to the point that their name comes from the South African soccer club Kaizer Chiefs. Sadly for these lads, they barrack for Leeds United FC but that doesn’t stop them having a quick soccer session while on tour. They had spent the day before our interview in the company of a couple of AFL footballers at a St Kilda oval, kicking a soccer ball around. “The heat immediately killed us, but those guys had endless energy,” Nick said. “At the end, we walked home to our hotel, but they just didn’t stop running and ran off into the distance!” In between telling stories of their travels and struggling with the fancy teacups their English Tea was served in, the three Kaiser Chiefs boys constantly joked around, light-heartedly picking on each other. They were surprisingly perky considering they had flown in from Sydney that morning, on the tail end of a whirlwind international tour promoting their latest album, Yours Truly, Angry Mob. Their fleeting visit to Melbourne was for one sold-out show at the Prince Bandroom, just down the road from our interview location in St Kilda. “It is pretty good to do what we do … sell out gigs wherever we go,” Peanut said. As their success has continued to expand, the band has re-assessed their goals. “When we first started, our goals were to get a record deal and maybe get into the charts,” Peanut said. “Now I think it is more about live shows. To do big arena-style concerts all around the world and headline some festivals this year or next year.” They’ve had a fantastic response to live performances of songs from Yours Truly, Angry Mob. “There’s a noticeable difference between the reactions to the old songs and the new songs,” Peanut said. The guys had mixed opinions about how the Aussie crowds compared to their native Brits. “At the start we thought it was a tough crowd, because in England we play the first chord and everyone goes nuts for it,” said Peanut. “I got the opposite,” said Whitey. “I thought they were more mental over here because they’ve had longer for the album to be out and for the lyrics to be learned. When we were in England a month ago, the album came out halfway through the tour, so people didn’t know as many songs.” Spending so much time on the road means the band often miss out on life’s simple pleasures. Their sleeping patterns are thrown into mayhem, and the only regular food intake they can rely on in most countries is bread. “This morning I had Marmite on toast and a cup of tea … and I was like this is brilliant – this is the best thing that has happened ever!” said Nick. But for experienced travellers, they certainly didn’t appear to have anticipated Melbourne’s intermittent weather. The day of our interview happened to be on one of Melbourne’s random 37-degree March days. Whitey was decked out in a beanie and long-sleeves and Peanut certainly appeared to be having a few issues with the heat (they offered me a squiz at his sweat-soaked back, but I politely declined). “Blimey, it’s hot!” Whitey joked. They appeared to enjoy Australia on the whole, although lamented about the distance we are from other big continents. “I actually really like it here – everyone is friendly, everyone likes a beer and they speak English, which is good for me,” Nick said. “If Australia was where France is, I’d live here.” Asked what they would be doing if they weren’t in a band, there was slight hesitation, before Nick confidently blurted out: “We’d be a dance trio!” Whitey begged to differ: “I’d like to be a professional wakeboarder.” Yours Truly, Angry Mob is in stores now. ShortCutz ShortCutz Brisbane four-piece funk/hip hop band, Resin Dogs are back in Australia to release what they claim to be their best album to date. The 10-year veterans of the Australian music scene have spent the past four years touring the world, and only recently found the time to sit down and record a new album. The result is a wholesome album, with a groovy blend of styles and influences that belongs in boat stereos across the country. They’ve collaborated with stacks of respected international artists, including Abstract Rude, Mikah 9 and Demolition Man, to create a truly diverse album. Kim Gillan had a chat with DJ Katch recently, to find out what Dogs’ fans can expect from the new album More. Your latest album More was released in November, almost four years since your last album: Hi Fidelity Dirt. What took so long? There was a lot of collaborations with people overseas. It was just coordination of people’s time and money as well, which is an unfortunate reality in this day and age. I hope people enjoy it. It’s been a long time in the making and we’ve changed our sound a bit. It’s a different sound, so we hope they get something out of it. Why the name More? It means anything - more Resin Dogs, more music, back for more … whatever! How do you personally feel about the new album? I think it’s the best thing we’ve done to date, I feel it’s world class. It’s got more song structure, a more solidified sound. The last album there was four writers, and it was a bit of a mish-mash … like a compilation. This one has a lot more playing, whereas we used to be a sample-based band. Have you had a chance to perform the songs live? We road-tested a lot of the stuff overseas. That’s how we got a lot of collaborations done. We’ve been overseas for the past three years touring. We have been received really well. What were your favourite places? Probably Hungary and Barcelona. We were well received in Dublin as well. People accept our music and we’re really excited about it. How have you developed relationships with other artists to make collaborations? I’m usually a fan of theirs, from buying records over the years. A lot of people recommend artists. It just seems to fall together! You’re in charge of samples – where do you find them? I find most of my samples travelling overseas and stuff. I still go through stuff I have been collecting in this country … jazz, rock, funk. Going to England recently I got inspired. Lately I’ve been into Indian, gypsie sounds, reggae flavours… How big is your record collection? Well you know those Ikea shelves that are 5X5? I have four of them. I think I have about 20, 000+ records. I’ve been collecting them for about 24 years. Who do the Resin Dogs really admire? It all changes from bands like Midnight Oil and Ozomatli, to Bob Marley and Doctor Dre. We take a lot of inspiration from everywhere – people that are true fighters for what they believe in. What do you want the Resin Dogs’ legacy to be? That we brought something different to the table for Australian music. We came out in an era where there was a lot of rock. We were playing in between Frenzal Rhomb and 28 Days. It was a major thing to do a hip hop thing live in Australia. When I first started taking turntables on the road in 1995, they would look at me like a strange alien. Now it’s accepted. We were one of them at the forefront of the change. There wasn’t anyone doing what we were doing – a stand-up drummer and a DJ on turntables and an MC. You’re well-known as a festival band, having performed at Big Day Out for seven years, Splendour, Meredith, Good Vibrations, Byron Bay Blues and Roots and heaps more. What is your favourite festival? Sziget in Hungary – it’s more of a world music festival. The audiences are totally different to here. They go there to see bands, not get off their face. People accept you for who you are. It’s held in Budapest on an island and gets about 200, 000 people at the six-day event. What is your favourite live venue in Australia? Prince Of Wales in Melbourne and the Zoo in Brisbane. Which songs off your new album would you recommend to wakeboarders who want to get pumped up before a ride? ‘Nasty and Nice’, ‘Sex Sells’, or ‘Move Up’ could work. What would be a good road trip song? Track 14 – ‘Smoking In The Darkness’ – it’s all instrumental and the band just sessioning. More is in store November 3. 36 Kanye West graduation Kanye the king of pop hip hop is back with his third booty-shaking album Graduation. Once again he’s proven he knows the perfect recipe for an album to get the party started. This album offers a definite progression from his last album Late Registration, with a contribution from Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Daft Punk sampling. Hit singles ‘Stronger’ and ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’ have been receiving widespread radio play all over the world. The album is full of surprises, from the poppy sounds of ‘Champion’, to Chris Martin’s piano work in ‘Homecoming’, to the dramatic tone of ‘Barry Bonds’. This album guarantees to make you smile and get the party started. It will be your anthem for this summer on the water. Sharif Galal Beach Suite Beach Suite is the latest compilation album from renowned Australian DJ Sharif Galal. The former Triple J Groove Train presenter has pulled together a catchy collection of tracks from various artists, including many from his new Suite Musique label. The album includes music from the Resin Dogs, Regal, Breakestra and Enur feat. Natasha. The first disc is a funky collection of tracks that will get your feet tapping. The second disc tones things down a bit and would make an ideal sunset CD, to put on in the background after a full-on day on the water. Perth kids can catch DJ Sharif Galal at his weekly Beach Suite night at the Oyster Bar on the North Fremantle beach in WA. Everyone else will have to be content with this compilation – the perfect warmup album for summer-night parties. Grinspoon Back On Track Grinspoon featured prominently in the news in the past year, as lead singer Phil Jamieson publicly battled an addiction to crystal methamphetamine. But with a fresh new album released in July, the band is ready to start headlining for the right reasons – making darn good rock and roll. Kim Gillan had a chat with bass player Joe Hansen about everything from playing soldout shows in Vegas, to road trips in a Tarago. When a band has been around for almost 13 years, they’re bound to have a few stories to tell. So when I was given the opportunity to speak to Joe Hansen, the bassist from one of the most successful rock bands of our generation, I didn’t know where to begin. Luckily he turned out to be a genuinely nice guy, who was more than happy to answer any questions this lowly wakeboard reporter threw at him. After a year marred by trials and tribulations, the Grinners were stoked to get their fifth studio album, Alibis & Other Lies out of the studio and into fans’ hands. They’ve had a blast playing the fresh catalogue at concerts and have been stoked by the audience response. “With this one, we tried to make a rock record that would translate well live,” Hansen said. “We wanted it quite heavy, but we wanted it to have that perfect mix of heaviness and melody.” The result is an album characterized by diversity. There’s a string-laden ballad, ‘Minute By Minute’, a country-ish song, with backing from Jamieson’s sister Fiona, ‘Find Your Own Way’, and a bunch of trademark Grinspoon rock, notably the album’s first single, ‘Black Tattoo’. Over the years, the band has developed a careful formula for appealing records: it has to have peaks and troughs to keep things interesting; ballads are occasionally allowed, but they can’t be too “cheesy”; and it has to be traditional Grinspoon heavy. “Heavy stuff is what we grew up with and it’s our most natural style of writing,” Hansen said. They’ve spent much of the last decade loaded up in Tarago vans cruising the open roads of Australia (and America), making their way from one concert to the next, always with a set of dice for an after-show wind-down. “Each night, a massive dice competition goes on,” he said. “Our guitar tech is in charge of looking after them at the moment. It’s a very important job.” The other thing they never hit the road without is a steady drink supply. Hansen drinks beer, guitarist Pat Davern drinks vodka and drummer Kristian Hopes gets into the Jack Daniels. “Phil doesn’t drink any more, which is good because it leaves more for us!” Hansen said. The band stood by singer Jamieson during his recent rehab stint and refused to let it get in the way of making music. “We’ve been through a lot in the past, a lot of which hasn’t been publicised,” Hansen said. “The whole rehab thing has just been another challenge. I’ve known Phil since he was 17 and you don’t just abandon people because they are going through some tough times. The fact that we believe in the music that we are making together – it’s something we don’t want to throw away.” Thirteen years, without a line-up change, suggests the band understand the key to longevity. But asked where Hansen thinks the band will end up in another 13 years, he had no answers. “Probably doing the Countdown Spectacular!” he said. “You just take it one album at a time. You never think about 12 years down the track – we’re just going to get this record out and then start making more music.” 37 White Stripes Icky Thump The White Stripes’ latest offering, Icky Thump, cannot disappoint long-time Stripes’ fans. It’s got that White Stripes signature experimentalism, distorted guitar and quirky sounds. Like the Stripes’ previous albums, you can expect a few twists and turns and surprising new effects. The album was released just weeks before the Stripes’ 10-year anniversary and provides an appropriate homage to their work from the past decade. It’s a mature album, with something for everyone. Folk, blues, country and rock influences allow Icky Thump to take you on a clever journey through musical genres. Crank this one in your boat stereo and just wait for the rhythm to infuse your body and make you ride like never before! Dizzee Rascal Maths & English If your rig is decorated like a pimped-out gangster ride, then Dizzee Rascal’s new album Maths & English belongs in your stereo. Pull on your biggest scowl-face and nod your head in time as you cut laps in front of the nearest riverbank to the admiring gaze of the ladies on the bank. But seriously, this distinctly British hip-hop album is a brilliant collaboration of tunes, over-layed with Dizzee’s distinctive raps. Dizzee specifically set out to create a party album that allows listeners to be blissfully ignorant of the problems in this world. And he absolutely succeeded.
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