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Paradise Music Festival 2014 by Chris
August 19, 2014, 11:18 AM
Filed under: Live Show, News | Tags: , ,

Paradise music festival is back again this year with another all-Australian line-up. Running Nov 28th-30th at the stunning Lake Mountain alpine resort, we are proud to be media partners with the 3-day camping festival, and so you can expect to see some sneaky exclusives over the coming months.



Putting on your own music festival: An Interview with Paradise’s Andre Hillas by Chris
November 11, 2013, 5:26 PM
Filed under: Interview, News | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Fuck the Radio fans usually have their ears to the underground for the exciting things happening around Melbourne so the upcoming Paradise music festival may not be news to some. But for a quick refresher; running from November 29 to December 1st in the beautiful Lake Mountain area, Paradise is an independent BYO festival showcasing some of Australia’s most exciting musical acts (including a hefty chuck of the Fuck the Radio Collective and our friends from around town).

Festivals, while often marketing themselves on the premise of being a ‘party’ to connect with fellow music fans, can often-times be a quite impersonal experience. You rock up, are herded through the gates like livestock by apathetic volunteers; avoiding the over-zealous security guards, battle with the crowds to see a tiny dot on the stage and then head off home again exhausted. Paradise is a scaled-back version of the typical festival setting. With crowds just big enough to create that special festival energy, but not too huge as to become an ordeal. You can also expect to see the artists themselves enjoying the music of the other acts right next to you, not locked away in some VIP-fortress enjoying their $300 rider of grey-goose and ice tea.

I caught up with boss-man Andre who has been hard at work putting together his idea of an ideal music festival in-between working his full-time day job (he’s funding the entire thing from his own pocket) to see what it takes for somebody to say “fuck that, I’m going to do my OWN festival” and actually pull it off.

He describes the line-up as containing two loose categories of ‘indie bands’ and ‘producer/djs’, split up across two different stages. Choosing acts was not based around a particular genre or scene, or even on who sells the most tickets; Andre describes his method as “we just started booking bands who we thought were good” (so simple, yet so brilliant). The result is a 100% Australian line-up of contemporary independent music. The aspect of an entirely local line-up is part of the charm behind Paradise, Andre points out that international does not mean ‘better’, and that Melbourne festivals have often excluded the plethora of talent in our own backyard.

Andre’s Picks (in no order):
 Naminé
Really Love his new album
Client Liason
I feel like there’s a sense of humour in their music and performances that I share
Glass Towers
Great new album
– LUCIANBLOMKAMP
I’m yet to see him live, but I love his music
– Deja
For their song called The Outside

My Picks (in no order):
I’ve seen each of these acts multiple times, but I still can’t get enough
– Oisima
– Alta
– Squarehead
 Leaks
– Silent Jay

Full Line-up Poster:

Paradise



Amable – Now This by Chris
February 11, 2013, 5:44 PM
Filed under: Beats, News | Tags: , , , , ,

Florida-based Amable has been dishing out the wonky future-beats for a-while now and he’s stepping up his game to vinyl.

Not just any vinyl though; the man has a dream- nearly as big as Martin’s- for the coolest looking transparent blue 7-inch, cut to the edges with two beats per side. It is all being funded via a Kick-stater project, and you can pledge towards the release for the promise of a copy in-return.

Check out our interview with Amable from a-while back.

Check out the kickstater project

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1273193264/amable-now-this-4-song-7-record-on-transparent-blu



Squarehead Interview by Chris
October 2, 2012, 11:16 PM
Filed under: Interview, News | Tags: , , , ,

Melbourne shoegazers Squarehead caught up with adamNOTeve earlier this week to discuss the future.

You can catch Squarehead with the rest of the FUCK THE RADIO COLLECTIVE at INCA ROADS

And read/listen more here and here.



INCA ROADS MUSIC FESTIVAL by Chris
September 19, 2012, 10:21 AM
Filed under: Inca Roads, News | Tags: , , , ,

INCA ROADS just this morning announced its killer line-up and it fits oh so perfectly within our FUCK THE RADIO  aesthetic; blending the best  mix of electronic artists, punk rock gems and other underground talent for a two-night camping adventure up in Mt. Eagerton (near Melbourne, Australia) from Nov 30-Dec 2nd.

The line-up includes a unique team-up set from the guys in the FUCK THE RADIO Collective: Yosemite, Bee Ampersand, Colourwaves, Willow Beats, Sub Dapper and Squarehead. They’ll all be on stage at the same time making music live together (like a real band!).

There’s also a pretty rad selection of art installations AND no outrageously expensive drink prices; it’s BYO!!

Early-bird memberships are on-sale at the moment for only $70+bf (the cheapest 3-day festival ever). We’ll be covering the event on the blog (in addition to our regular posting).

http://www.incaroads.com.au/



A Bliss Abyss – Moksha by Chris

AND we are back to regular posting schedule. What better way to kick off the week by welcoming all the new members of the Fuck the Radio family to an old favourite; A Bliss Abyss.

The North-Carolina based musician/psycho friend of mine has up and left his friends and family to hike the Appalachian trail solo with little resources to seek solitude. It’s some serious Into the Wild movie style shit, and standing at roughly 2,180 miles- the Appalachian trail passes through no less than 14 American states, and is one of the longest marked hiking trails in the world. Only one-quarter of those who attempt to hike the entire trail succeed. The journey typically takes six months to complete.

Anyway, enough of the geography lesson, you’re here for music; and A Bliss Abyss is one of the most talented and brilliant producers I have ever met. He released his EP for free download off of his website and is surviving entirely on the donations of fans.

The Moksha EP itself is one of the most beautifully crafted records of the year. I can’t recommend it more highly. An amazing blend of electronic music combined with guitar, topped off with brilliant production skills and an ear for incredible detail- this is something to have on repeat for quite a while. Grab it for free off of his website:

http://www.ablissabyss.com/



Fuck the Radio Party by Chris

F*CK THE RADIO LAUNCH PARTY

It is with huge pleasure that I (finally) announce the FUCK THE RADIO monthly party in Melbourne this week on this blog.

If you live in Melbourne, Australia, come on down to the intimate Soft Belly Bar and share a drink with the family. You’ll know that everyone around you has amazing taste in music!

Willowbeats is an act who hasn’t appeared on this blog yet because I’ve been saving them for something really special. Finally that something special is here- but don’t take my word for it, check ’em out here:

http://soundcloud.com/willowbeats

Squarehead is a great psychedelic/progressive act with some really beautiful tracks. I’m stoked to have him play live:

http://soundcloud.com/squarehead22

Bee Ampersand is a familiar name to long-time readers, mixing all of the much-adored mix-tapes.

You can find more infor about the event on the Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/365101163549243/

And even read about it on Acclaim Magazine’s website here:

http://www.acclaimmag.com/music/event-fuck-the-radio/

Unfortunately, I will be taking the remainder of the week off from posting music to the blog. I know I have slowed my post-rate lately, but that was all due to the work that had to be put into this event to make sure it happened in the best way possible. After this weekend posts will return to their usual rate. There are bigger and better things on their way, this party is just the beginning…

https://www.facebook.com/ftheradioblog



Fuck the Radio Anesthetic Mixtape by Chris

Here’s the NINTH FUCK THE RADIO mixtape, titled Anesthetic (although I promise it wont put you to sleep). Featuring 15 great tracks from artists all over the world; there’s a focus on future-beat/trip-hop this time, which will keep you head-bopping along in the car/train/bedroom/wherever you listen to music.

It’s free, so you really can’t lose. Get on it.

LINK EXPIRED SORRY! MESSAGE US ON WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/FTHERADIOBLOG FOR DOWNLOAD



Interview: Amable by Chris

I’ve spoken about the wonderfully different-yet-accessible music of Florida-based beatmaker Amable before on Fuck the Radio; most recently supporting his latest free EP release, The Bundle which is filled with some great experimental beats.

It’s with great pleasure that I interviewed the man behind the music in a special weekend post:

What was the idea behind the bundle? Was there any particular idea/concept behind it?

The Bundle is a collection of older songs that I did for various Strange Gibberish downloads. I wanted to shed light on some older songs and give something to the people who have been supporting my music.

A-lot of it is sample-based, are there any bizarre sample sources that you’ve snuck in?

That’s a good question. I would say the most ‘bizarre’ sample source used was a recording I made while under a highway overpass. I recorded the sounds of the cars passing overhead which created a sound similar to crashing waves with a reverb effect. Those sounds ended up being used for the intro to Bajo Del Calle.

Tell us about the artwork…

The artwork was created by Bradly Head, he is the proprietor of Gewih Ritual Documents.  He’s done great artwork for the label so I was psyched when he offered to do the cover.  Bradly made a joke about making a reference to Al Bundy from Married with Children so we ran with it. The Polk High Jersey and the Dodge Dart are obvious Al Bundy references. The cassette head of the character makes reference to my previous cassette release as well as my upcoming release. Also, the image on the stamp is of me as a child. Altogether, I thought the throwback concept was appropriate since the songs on The Bundle are older releases.

What music do you listen to when you are alone and not producing? Are there any particular songs/artists/records you have on repeat at the moment?

I’m always looking for samples so I listen to all kinds of music. At the moment, my favorite album is Synesthesia by K-the-ii?? on Fake Four Inc. It’s his first official instrumental album and it’s the most unique album I’ve heard to come out of the L.A. beat scene. His CD hasn’t left my player for three weeks now.

Tell us a little about your musical history? What did you grow-up listening to and how did you get to where you are now?

The first piece of music that I owned was an old school hip hop compilation cassette tape when I was about 8 or 9 years old. It had UTFOFat BoysWhodini, Roxanne and a bunch of others. Later that year a friend gave me a copy of RUN DMC‘s Raising Hell, so that was my catalyst for collecting music. I grew up listening to everything, classic rock, metal, alternative, r&b, hip hop, jazz, soul, funk, whatever. Eventually I really got into underground hip hop and the whole beat movement going on with Ninja TuneMowaxHefty and OM in the early years. This lead me into djing and digging for records which lead me into making beats.

Do you have any guilty pleasures/things people would be surprised you have in your music collection?

Sea and Cake, Pelican, Donovan.

What is your alcoholic beverage of choice?

That’s a tie between a Crown and ginger ale or a vodka with blood red orange juice.

Most overrated thing in music today?

Egos.

DOWNLOAD THE BUNDLE



by Chris
March 8, 2012, 3:31 PM
Filed under: News

I just woke up with a killer hangover and I have uni in 20mins so I apologise this post will be a mish-mash of various things:

FRIST:

Cascade Records just launched their 12″ series with Prof. Logik‘s Multi Dimension (see video). I’ve pre-ordered my copy a-long with a swanky new t-shirt (only 20 euro for the T-shirt+Vinyl combo!) which will get me girls on tap. You can pre-order your copy (digital downloads also available) here.

SECOND:

Amable just announced via Facebook that he will be releasing an 11 track album called “The Bundle” on March 20th for FREE! You can check out his track Spooky Bounce in a previous post here.

THIRD:

Poncho just released a new episode of their music/comedy web series. If you are not familiar with them I recommend you check them out, they’ve interviewed a huge range of different artists from Foster the People to Skrillex to smaller (yet brilliant) local faves like Northeast Party House. Their latest episode is a silent film- ala The Artist, and has one of the greatest (and worst) endings of all time. Check it out.


AND NOW I’M LATE FOR UNI

Talk soon!




Fabled Enemies Live! by Chris
February 21, 2012, 2:09 AM
Filed under: News | Tags:

I’ve spoken just recently about my lack of multi-linguistic talent, but this one’s pretty simple…

Fabled Enemies are one of the select few artists to earn the Fuck the Radio ‘brilliant’ tag, and they sure did deserve it!

Finally bringing their dubstep/glitch-hop sound to the live stage, the guys need votes to play in Melkweg Amsterdam, and it’s so simple to vote that it should be a crime not to.

The website is in Dutch, but if I could figure it out, I’m sure you can too- and considering a substantial amount of my readership is from The Netherlands (hinting at the fact that you must need weed to enjoy my blog) I’m sure there won’t be any confusion when it comes to clicking this link -> http://www.groteprijsvan.nl/deelnemer/fabled-enemies/ and pressing the big blue button that says ‘STEM!’

Help ’em out!

You can also check out their music on this blog or at their Soundcloud page.



Censorship and Blogging by Chris

Last night, popular Melbourne-based dubstep music blog Daftwho? had it’s Mediafire account deleted in the wake of the US Government’s recent over-zealous crusade against online piracy, loosing 2,300+ songs.

Many of these songs were promotional copies that the artists had sent to Daftwho? with the hopes that their music would be promoted to a wide audience of potential fans. The blog was very successful for this purpose, with many underground and unheard-of artists gaining fans out of those who had downloaded their music off the blog for free.

As you probably know, Fuck the Radio also utilizes Mediafire to distribute its content and operates under a very similar posting model.  Copyrighted tracks have been posted on FTR in the past; however due to several DMCA clashes and several artists contacting me with requests for removal- I haven’t operated with that method for quite some time, instead opting to only promote artists who are already granting free promotional downloads, with a special focus on those who deserve more attention than they are getting for their creation.

Artists celebrate blogs such as Daftwho? and Fuck the Radio for sharing their creations, while the ‘content-mafia’ such as the RIAA cling to obsolete business models which primarily serve the industry’s business side rather than independent and highly talented artists. Recent lobbying of the government by these companies has resulted in legislation such as Stop Online Priacy Act (SOPA), Protect-IP Act (PIPA) (which we’ve all heard so much about) and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) which threatens our civil liberties, freedom of speech, net neutrality, right to online privacy and damages creative freedom for artists.

Support independent record labels, support independent artists, support independent blogs and music.

Fuck the Radio




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