Monday, April 18, 2016

MEMORIES & DUST

Hello there!

Like an eager and overly ambitious pet, 2016 has got a mind of its own. Embracing this unlikely visualisation is far better than the alternative.

Writing music for film projects has consumed my time along with the usual grand plans and traffic jams.

Current Favourites:
Stationary - Whiteboard markers
Book - Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello
TV - The Weekly with Charlie Pickering
Podcast - Sodajerker
Album - The Brink by The Jezabels
Webisode Series - SYD 2030 (Season 2)

I have another house concert coming up in May with the "I Heart Songwriting Club" gang which I am so pumped for!! More details about that will be out soon.

Recently I went to the Rock'n Roll Writers Festival which was SUPER great! So many interesting people talking about interesting things.


In February I went to the Australian Museum and saw the Australian explorers exhibition. It was a sublimely researched and designed piece, my favourite sections were about sailors and underwater explorers. Below is one of the quotes that scattered the walls.



Find me lost in the memories and dust, exploration is as much about the future as it is the past.


JRA


Sunday, March 20, 2016

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Hi there!

Well as almost usual I have to look at my diary to even know what I have been doing in the last month. Head space is at a premium.

I performed at a kick ass house concert in late February as a part of the "I Heart Songwriting Club". Below are some photos by Francesca De Valence.



I performed at The Nook & Cranny in Nambour this month as the featured artist for their open mic, to the right is a photo from the night.

I attended a couple of great events to celebrate Queensland Women's Week. At a panel discussion held by APRA I had the pleasure of having a chat to Carol Lloyd, of Railroad Gin and The Carol Lloyd Band. The entire panel were very open and honest, a dynamo team.

I also recently went to a songwriting workshop with Ben Lee hosted by Bleach Festival which was an interesting look into the psychology of lyrics.


How far can we fall? How far will our great expectations let us slip?


JRA



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

NEVER STOP

Hey there!

Here are some of the lyrics that have been decorating my room for almost a year.

"Don't Dream It's Over"

"You Need Me Man, I Don't Need You"

"Don't Wanna Grow Up, Just Wanna Get Out"

"Save Me From What I Want"

"I was 21 years when I wrote this song, I'm 22 now but I won't be for long"

Since we're on decor some of the friendly faces scattering my walls at the moment include Kate Winslet, Annie Lennox, Feist, St Vincent, Shaun the Sheep, Butterfly Boucher, The Jezabels and Cate Blachett.



Above are some photos by Cynthia Lee from my gig at The Nook & Cranny in Nambour (Sunshine Coast). Also a review of the show was published by Nambouring check it out here.

Today's blog post brought to you by Gonzo.


JRA


Monday, January 25, 2016

SWEET SIXTEEN

Hey there!

Well the new year has kicked off at great speed! I welcomed in the new year at Falls Festival in Byron Bay which was part of a stellar week of action. :)

In a few days I have a gig at The Nook in Nambour which should be ace. #nambouring

I am currently working on writing music for a three part short film series for Griffith University called Learning Futures, so I'll share that with you once it's out.

Below is a pic from my desk at the Beaver Lodge of Falls Festival.


Over the last couple of months I have been working in the production department of 4ZZZ FM below is a video celebrating the station's 40th birthday which features a "remix" I did of the first broadcast back in 1975 (with music from Art vs Science).



New music & new adventures are planned for 2016 so stay posted.


JRA


Thursday, December 10, 2015

FAR FAR AWAY

Hey there!

2015 - it's almost over, a year that had more plot twists than a Doctor Who episode.
A colossus thank you to the below radio shows and radio stations across Australia for the airplay in October and November!!! I cannot thank you enough for sharing my music with your listeners :)

Something New, Old & Blue - UGFM Radio Murrindindi, Victoria
Hills Radio 88.9 FM, South Australia
Glamour Rock & The Soundstage - 2CCC Coast FM, New South Wales
Kaleidescope - Northside Radio FM 99.3,  New South Wales
Aussie Rock Mish'n, BBBFM 89.1, South Australia

I have a couple of shows coming up, if you're around make sure you come by and say hi!

Queen Street Mall, 23rd of December 2015
Palmwoods Hotels, 27th of December 2015
The Nook Nambour, 31st of January 2016

I went to my first stadium music show (Ed Sheeran)  a couple of weeks ago. It was amazing to see the crowd on such a large scale responding to the music. Music is magical.

Below is the short documentary I wrote music for by the team L & L Film Productions about the Brisbane Backyard Film Festival. Check it out!!



Today's blog post brought to you by BULLY.


JRA


Monday, November 16, 2015

TIME TO DANCE

Hey there!

Well the adventures have been rolling in since my last blog post. I spent a weekend in Melbourne which was awesome. While I was there I went to Jen Cloher's I Manage My Music workshop which was really interesting.

On my way across Federation Square (and to Bowie at ACMI) I heard a familiar voice... Tom Ballard. Then none other than Clare Bowditch came onstage and performed a beautiful song with a touching story. The tail-end of a welcome refugees event, thanks Melbourne you're swell :)

Current Favourites
Song: Never Stop (with rap) by Chilly Gonzales
Time of Day: Sunset
TV: Gruen
Album: ReWiggled, A Tribute To The Wiggles

Here's some photos from Wingham I took...



The photo below is by Rose E. Smith and is of our songwriting group for the day 'Love Stanza' performing at the Akoostik Music Festival (Wingham, NSW).


Until the next outburst of 21st century under-sharing.


JRA

Sunday, October 18, 2015

TIME AND SPACE

Hey there!

The last month has been action packed, filled with adventures and new people!

Here's a photo from the EP Party at The Milk Factory, Brisbane. [Photo by Aquila Young]

Pictured (left to right) - Lachlan Bambach, Jessie Ryan-Allen & Hayden Johns

Last Wednesday I performed at The Bison Bar as a part of the Turn Up music conference. It was great day full of interesting speakers and music.

In the last few days I headed down to Wingham for a songwriting workshop a part of the Akoostik Music Festival. I had an awesome time and I learnt a lot. :) Below is a write up about the new EP in the latest edition of Blank Magazine!


I have a couple nuggets of vague interest which have slipped through the cracks of previous blog posts...

First off, while I was in New York I did some backing vocals for a track by some new friends I made while at NYU, you can listen to it here.

In other news I did an interview on ABC Coast FM before the release of Shakespearian Chick, along with a live performance of 'Fish in the Sea' to which you can listen here.

I'm on Instagram - that's pictures with words. To the right is photo from Caloundra Music Festival's Instagram with Abbe May and I. Photo by Cynthia Lee. :)

I have just finished some music for a short promo film for the Brisbane Backyard Film Festival - so I will share that with you when it comes out!!

Also a big thanks to Jase of Sydney's 2RDJ 88.1 FM for the airplay over the last few weeks!



Until the next saga in time and space.



JRA