With regular shows at Melbourne’s Onelove and OneSixOne club, Chardy is a local dance legend. Now that he’s remixed a disc for the new Neon Essential compilation, the rest of Australia is falling for this electro disco dub tech house wizard. I caught up with him today to chat about the Neon Essential project, performing live, and Paris Hilton.

You’ve mixed one of the discs on the new Neon Essential compilation. What was it like to work on the project?
It was quite amazing actually, a lot of fun to work with the guys from TV Rock. I had an absolute ball.

What was your favorite track to mix?
Probably my favourite track at the moment is “Doov,” a Bass Klephs mix by Ben Colin. It’s probably one of my most played records in my cage at the moment, so I’d probably have to say that.

This Neon Essential album has been released in conjunction with Novanation, the new 24-hour digital dance station. What does a station like this bring to Australia’s dance scene?
It’s going to be huge. They’re signing all different artists, a lot of bedroom DJs, young DJs who aren’t even out playing. I know a couple of guys that they’ve signed up after little remixes they’ve done as well. So I think they’ve got some big stuff in store. They’re not really trying to look for big artists that are already writing big tunes. They’re more looking for independent style artists who haven’t got their stuff out yet. They’re doing a really good cause, the Neon label. Good on the guys.

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Jazz in the Vines is gearing up for another big year with more food, more wine, more music and more fun!

The annual Hunter Valley jazzfest is scheduled for October 31. A stellar line-up has already been announced, including The Australian Army Band and Dixieland Jazz Band, Watussi, Galapagos Duck, the fabulous foursome Christine Anu, Grace Knight, Paulini, and Monica Trapaga, and perennial favourite James Morrison.

Add six of the area’s premier wineries and a host of local restaurants and you’ve got a recipe for a fantastic day out.

Tickets are available from May 11 for the bargain price of $65. Get yours from the  Jazz in the Vines website, and all Ticketmaster and Moshtix outlets.

Image source: Jazz in the Vines media page

Federal Minister for the Arts and former Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett has been named the patron for the Boost Mobile Rock the School program. The initiative will bring live music and career advice to 70 high schools across Australia.

The Take, Claire Clark, and Stone Parade will give students a first-hand look at all facets of the music industry.

“Rock the Schools is exciting, loud and a great training ground not only for up and coming artists but also all those integral support roles that are so important to be successful in the rock industry- sound, lighting, management and the like,” Peter Garrett explained.

“It is my great pleasure to be supporting a program that nurtures, inspires and educates young people about the diversity of opportunities within the music industry.”

Peter will attend the first event of the program, to be held at Brunswick Secondary College in Melbourne on May 6.

Image source: Peter Garrett website

You Am I are tagging along on round one of The JD Set tour, giving fans a chance to see them for nix. The local legends will join up-and-comers The Glass Ceiling and The Shiny Brights for the tour.

“We discussed getting involved and decided to do it because if we didn’t, someone else would anyway, and it’s great to see the corporate sector being involved in the music scene in a positive way,” Rusty Hopkinson said.

“We liked all the bands that went up for voting and hope that this little road show will be a great introduction to some cool new groups. We’re just along for the ride, doing what we love to do and hoping to provide a positive influence to the supports.”

Check out You Am I on The JD Set at the following dates.

22 May 2009 – The Zoo, Brisbane
23 May 2009 – The Gaelic, Sydney
29 May 2009 – The Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
30 May 2009 – Westland Hotel, Whyalla

Image source: Live Guide

It’s always a little bit special when a true living legend visits our shores. Liza Minnelli is one such gem.

Liza hasn’t been here since 1989, when she toured with Frank Sinatra and Sammy David Jr. This time around she’s playing a one-woman show based around her recent Broadway smash Liza’s at the Palace. . . She’ll be backed by a 12-piece orchestra led by conductor and drummer Michael Berkowitz and pianist and musical supervisor Billy Stritch.

Fans can expect to hear all the big hits including “Caberet,” “Maybe This Time,” and “Theme from New York, New York.”

Get your tickets from May 6 from the usual outlets. Here are the dates!

16 & 17 October 2009 – Sydney Opera House
20 October 2009 – Burswood Dome, Perth
23 October 2009 – Entertainment Centre,  Adelaide
25 October 2009 – Rod Laver Arena,  Melbourne
30 October 2009 – Entertainment Centre,  Brisbane

Image source: Newscom

Ricki-Lee Coulter has returned from a three-month trip to the United States with a “NEW sound, NEW look, NEW woman to set loose on you all.”

The pop star wrote about her “marathon of studio sessions” on her MySpace page. She called the trip “exhausting,” but adds that the experience “was an amazing adventure.”

But the good news for fans is that all the hard work wasn’t in vain. A new single “isn’t too far away at all,” with the album to follow.

Image source: Pierre Pouliquin @ Flickr

Vanessa Amorosi has teamed up with American rockers Hoobastank for their latest single, “The Letter.”

“I loved the song, from the first time I heard it,” she says. “To be asked to sing on it by Hoobastank was amazing, they are a great bunch of guys.”

It’s a bit of a mutual admiration society, with Hoobastank singer Doug Robb gushing about Vanessa’s involvement with the project.

“She brought a haunting yet powerful quality to the song that we think sounds great. The video was a blast to make as well. She rounded out the story perfectly and I finally got to trash a room. This is one of my favourite videos of ours so far. It looks amazing.”

Vanessa’s achieved chart success in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, and here in Australia but she’s never taken a crack at the US market. It sounds like that may be about to change! Industry insiders say the pairing may be a sign that Vanessa’s preparing to release her last album Somewhere In The Real World in the United States.

We’ll get to hear the song on May 4, when it’s released to radio and TV outlets.

Image source: Pacific Coast News

The wait is finally over for Eskimo Joe fans. The Western Australian trio has just announced dates for their Inshalla tour to promote their highly-anticipated fourth album.

Eskimo Joe just returned home from a European tour to the news their latest single “Foreign Land” was the most added song to local radio. After two weeks, it’s still sitting pretty in the top 20 Aussie airplay charts.
While travelling Europe was exciting, the band can’t wait to get back in front of their local fans.

“Having played shows abroad we are really excited to be getting in front of our home audiences with a new record and new songs to play,” said Joel Quartermain. “We’ve put a lot of thought into this show hoping everyone will have a unique experience.”

This will be Eskimo Joe’s only local tour this year, so expect the shows to sell out first. Make sure you don’t miss out by grabbing your tickets when they go on sale on May 4 from the Eskimo Joe website and the usual outlets. Here are all the dates!

29 July 2009 – Wollongong University
30 July 2009 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (All ages)
31 July 2009 – Newcastle Panthers
1 August 2009 – ANU, Canberra
7 August 2009 – The Palace, Melbourne
13 August 2009 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
15 August 2009 – Fremantle Arts Centre
22 Saturday August 2009 – Riverstage, Brisbane
24 August 2009 – Moncrief Theatre, Bundaberg (All ages)
25 August 2009 – Gladstone PCYC (All ages)
26 Aug 2009 – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton (All ages)
27 August 2009 – Mackay Entertainment Centre (All ages)
28 August 2009 – Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns  (15+)
29 August 2009    – Townsville Entertainment Centre (All ages)
2 September 2009 – Hobart City Hall (All ages)
3 September 2009 – Albert Hall, Launceston (All ages)

Despite the economic downturn, more Aussie music fans are travelling interstate to catch the big festivals. Jetstar and MySummerMusic.com are making it even easier to catch the action.

The trend seems to be influenced by those cheap cheap interstate flights and the rise of fantastic local festivals.

“There are also local festivals like Southbound in Perth, Meredith and Falls Festival in Victoria that attract a huge number of fans from outside their state,” explained Leigh Treweek, the national marketing director of Street Press Australia.

“With Jetstar, people can grab low fares, travel interstate, stay with friends, all within their means. Australians don’t just see their own city as a place to party – they will jump on a plane at the drop of a hat to see their favourite DJ or band outside their home state.”

MySummerMusic.com provides a one-stop shop for music fans hoping to catch a festival interstate.

“We have a large number of subscribers logging on each week to check out their favourite acts, and then clicking through to Jetstar to book their ‘Festival Travel’,” said the site’s director, Marc Mancini.

I can’t think of a better way to spend those K-Rudd dollars, can you?

Image source: Deep Schismic @ Flickr

Today is Anzac Day, a day where in between the two-up and the cheap beers we stop to remember those who fought so bravely for our freedom. This is a day when it doesn’t matter whether you support our involvement in wars or you don’t. Those diggers are pretty bloody fantastic. So take a listen to this song, raise your glasses, and remember those courageous men and women. Lest we forget.