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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | June 28, 2022

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AboutJames Bullock, Author at The Creative Issue

James Bullock

James Bullock

I think my first ever concert was Muse in 2010. After the Entertainment Centre started to empty, ears still ringing from Matt Bellamy’s final note, I decided that despite a subsequently temporary lack of hearing, I quite enjoyed live music. I began to venture into Brisbane’s West End, the Valley- ever learning of the new and exciting bands and producers that Brisbane was churning out at a dizzying rate. Brisbane is a city of flavours, bands with hints of past eras of rock, punk, electronica, grunge, folk and hip hop and more, all with respective venues to match. Circles form; faces from recent gigs becoming more and more recognisable in and out of stage lighting, bands discussed and recommended, the music scene of a city on the river slowly but surely bringing people together. There’s a lot to write about.

Posts By James Bullock

Interview: Dumbsaint- the creative ensemble

October 7, 2015 |

When MTV first emerged to the sound of The Buggles, it was the beginning of an era of music complimented by visuals. We’ve had a good run with Thriller, Walking on the Moon, Beck, The Beastie Boys, Radiohead’s ‘Just,’ and most things by Bjork, but the formula has held strong with very little done to compliment it – until now. Read More

Lay Lady Lay – Bob Dylan’s Shiny New Bed

August 26, 2015 |

“Let us show him that he is not forgotten, but rather loved and feared.” Clickhole worked some very special magic to gift the grandaddy of folk a new bed this week – but why?
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Watch & Learn: BIGSOUND 2015

August 4, 2015 |

Australia’s Eastern Coast remains decidedly unapologetic about the amount of music festivals it receives every year, Read More

A Chat with Tired Lion at SITG 2015

July 29, 2015 |

For a band in the strides of a national tour, as well as a group who would have barely finished their Brisbane set before being whisked away to Byron Bay for the opening of Splendour in the Grass, Sophie, Matt, Nick and Ethan seemed fairly relaxed.
A band well deserving of recognition after heavy circulation of recent releases ‘Suck’, and ‘I Don’t Think You Like Me,’ the name Tired Lion seems fitting for a group that had previously lain low before quickly sinking their teeth into the punk-loving population of Australia.  Read More

Mark Ronson – #SITG2015

July 26, 2015 |

A set that includes a late night of winds and steady rain is never usually going to be one to remember fondly- punters for Splendour in the Grass 2015 trudging through what remains of the festivals pathways to what is arguably the biggest festival headliner of 2015.
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Little BIGSOUND – Going Viral

June 25, 2015 |

There would be few in Australia’s musical scene that haven’t yet been acquainted with the annual BIGSOUND Conference and Live Event, the streams of people shouting for tech gear, entry lanyards and most importantly coffee outside Brisbane’s Judith Wright Centre … Read More

An Interview with Tim Steward – We All Want To

June 12, 2015 |

I can barely plan for my regular day job and the assortment of social calls required for the basic week, so to think that a person could survive the raw organisational onslaught of being in two nationally touring bands while maintaining a job in IT is something that remains far beyond my comprehension. Read More

Little BIGSOUND Still Pretty Big

June 6, 2015 |

The 27th of July is a big date for those who aim to make their mark on the music industry.
Little BIGSOUND is once again nearing, the forerunner for Brisbane’s biggest local event, as well as a top networking and information platform for those in the musical world with the drive to achieve, but are still lacking in know-how.

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Seven Questions with Morning Harvey’s Spencer White

May 15, 2015 |

Feeling down on the ’10 > Quick Question’ format, and Buzzfeed slowly but surely conquering your newsfeed?

Well tough, because Morning Harvey’s mix of brilliantly moody post-psych is a treat for anyone who’s love of The Verve and Richard Ashcroft hasn’t diminished over the ever so slightly underwhelming ‘Forth.’

The refreshing simplicity of the psych-soaked new release from MH however- ‘Smith Street Swap Meet,’ is the newest addition to a range of tracks gaining national and overseas coverage, with a new international manager on the scene for a band who’s variety of musical flavours form songs that reflect on the melancholy of suburban love and love lost, among other things.
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Morning Harvey, In The Evening – Smith Street Swap Meet Launch

May 3, 2015 |

If there was any mood-rock sound to base yourself on, The Verve would be a good start. Bit of reverb, limited vocal range playing in nicely with droning guitar harmonies, vocals opening metaphors of love lost, and the introspective adolescence of drifting through life with an extended lower lip.  Read More

QMF’s Score IT! Winners to Receive Professional Press

April 16, 2015 |

 Since 2007, QMF’s Score IT! has encouraged the next generation of composers to step into the spotlight, offering the choice of several short films from Griffith Film School for accompaniment with an instrumental score.

Eight years have seen ongoing … Read More

A Chat with Dean McGrath – Rolls Bayce

April 6, 2015 |

Like a kitchen experiment on ketamine, Rolls Bayce are the concoction of R&B chords, barbecue sauce, transient psychedelic influence with a chopped onion’s worth of laid back rock beat to lodge a live set in a series of flavours that shouldn’t traditionally work, but definitely do. Read More

An Interview with ‘The Voice Guy’ – Torb Pedersen

March 26, 2015 |

There’s a fairly strong opinion that listening to a recording of your own voice is a painful one; the dubious trailing off of sentences and all too present ‘um’s’ and ‘ah’s’ all doing little to ease the growing sense of … Read More

Rhiannon Giddens Giveaway – A Hat-Tip to Past Songwriting

March 21, 2015 |

Covers are everywhere, but few make heads turn like they did in September 2013, when Rhiannon Giddens performed at the New York Town Hall.

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