2008

Inflation Frustration

By Chantelle Gabriel
31/10/2008

Over the past few years Perth festivals have boasted a considerable number of highly acclaimed musical acts. Is this the reason behind the increase in admission prices? 3rd Degree investigated this trend.

From the minute our city experiences that first bout of warm weather, punters can be seen taking in the sounds of their favourite artists at one of the many festivals on show.

Parklife, Summadayze, Good Vibrations, Global Gathering, Big Day Out and Southbound are a few of the regular festivals on offer to Perth music and festival lovers.

Over the 2008-2009 summer festival period, Perth has already seen and is yet to see performances from artists such as Underworld, Armin Van Buuren, Eric Prydz, Calvin Harris, Goldfrapp, Soulwax, Peaches, Dizzee Rascal, Blackalicious, Fatboy Slim, The Presets, The Roots, Sam Sparro, Neil Young, Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Sneaky Sound System, Pendulum, Franz Ferdinand, Kraftwerk, Mark Ronson & The Version Players, Pete Murray, Gorillaz Sound System and that’s just naming a few.

This year ticket prices (based on general admission not early bird or pre-sale prices, and not including booking fees) have increased, quite dramatically across all of the above mentioned Perth festivals. Parklife has gone from $89 to $115, Summadayze from $99 to $118, Good Vibrations from $120 to $129, Global Gathering from $89 to $112.50, Big Day Out from $125 to $132 and Southbound from $139 to $175.

According to On Point Promotions Promoter Asanka De Alwis, the increase in ticket prices can be attributed to a number of factors. His list includes, but is not limited to, an increase in demand, better facilities (such as more bathroom outlets and food stalls), licensing factors, adequate venues and council rates having to be paid because of factors such as Indigenous land rights.

UWA Engineering and Commerce student Jerry Samuelraj seems to have a similar opinion.

“First of all inflation (is a factor), as (it is) with everything else, second of all no artist wants to perform in Perth for a ridiculous amount of money,” he said.

“Thirdly high demand for these artists and festivals helps to rationalise higher ticket prices and finally Government and safety regulations have increased therefore promoters must increase admission in order to justify this factor.”

There seems to be a correlation between the increase in admission prices and the increase in demand for tickets. Local band Ichi the Killers’ bass guitarist Chris Shaw agrees.

“There’s bigger demand and larger acts are performing (at these festivals) each year. For example Rage Against The Machine performed at the Big Day Out last year. They reformed after 10 years which is phenomenal in comparison to some of these other artists… It bridges a generation because fans that went to see them perform 20 years ago will go again,” Shaw said.

“Neil Young is one of the phenomenal acts at the upcoming 2009 Big Day Out… artists such as this warrant the increased price because promoters have to be able to afford for artists (of this stature) to come here.”

These factors considered it seems inevitable that festival ticket prices will continue to rise as demand and facilities provide increase and the quality of artists coming to our shores go from strength to strength.

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An Instrumental Concept

Claire Tyrrell
17/10/2008

Concept Music is renowned in the music industry as a place for musicians to go. From Little Birdy to Diesel, the musical instrument store has been the starting point for a lot of Perth artists. 3rd Degree spoke to the store’s owner Graham Hoskins to find out how Concept Music built its reputation.

Graham Hoskins founded Concept Music in 1980. It was originally located in West Perth but moved to Wembley in Perth’s western suburbs in 2001. The main reason for the move was to provide customers with an easily accessible store.

“We shifted from West Perth because the parking was out of control even though it was really central, but here it’s good exposure on a main street and it’s really good parking,” said Mr Hoskins.

The store itself is a dimly lit space packed with instruments; the walls are lined with guitars and the floors with amplifiers, keyboards and brass and woodwind instruments. It has a real sentimental feel, with dozens of vintage guitars hanging proudly on the walls.

3rd Degree spoke to Mr Hoskins about what made him decide to open Concept Music.

“I’d been working… and playing in the industry for about eight years and this is something that I thought I would like to do and be good at and be passionate about,” he said.

The workers at Concept are all musicians, including the owner himself. Graham Hoskins is a trombone player and has played for many touring artists, including John Farnham and The Bee Gees.

Concept Music sells new and used musical instruments, including keyboards, drum kits, saxophones and trombones and guitars.

“We are known for our guitars… electric guitars, acoustic guitars and bass guitars are our biggest emphasis by far,” said Mr Hoskins.

The store has attracted many budding musicians who have gone on to become big names in the music industry.

“A lot of the young guys in bands now are guys that have been coming in here since early high school and ten years down the track they’re in bands and they’re playing.

Eskimo Joe, Little Birdy and Nathan Gaunt have been customers since they were school kids.

“We did the support gig for Diesel with him and I can remember him when he was in grey school shorts, so it’s nice to see the people grow up and become part of the industry,” Mr Hoskins said.

Perhaps what makes Concept different from other music stores is the experience it offers to customers.

“If school kids come and want to try something, instead of being told ‘no you can’t’ I’ve always been ‘Yeah, let them play’ because… I think it’s nice to have that experience and they’ll be customers one day… if they weren’t interested in music they wouldn’t be here,” said Mr Hoskins.

At its original location, Concept offered tuition to music students. Though the store no longer provides that service, Mr Hoskins works closely with music teachers and recommends teachers his clients can go to.

“We couldn’t find a premises that had the facilities to do that, so here what we’ve got is a network of local teachers who people tell us are good and we’ve had feedback on,” said Mr Hoskins.

Concept Music also sells tuition DVDs and is in the process of installing a big screen so customers can watch these in store.

Since its inception almost 30 years ago, Concept Music has focused on building relationships with its customers.

“We are very advice oriented. We are very much into listening to people finding out what they want and the really big difference we try to make is that everybody becomes our friend,” said Mr Hoskins.

Mr Hoskins tells all his employees the same thing: “Give every customer… the same advice and sincere help that you would give one of your best friends”.

“If someone is your friend and you know about the product you’re selling and they say ‘I want this’ and you know them well enough you might say ‘that’s not what you want’ because I know what you do and this is better for you’, whether it’s dearer or cheaper or just different,” he said.

Concept Music does not provide everything a musician may need but has the resources to refer people to places that will meet their requirements.

“If someone wants music we refer them to a sheet music specialist; if they want computer music we refer them to a specialist, so we like to think that even if we can’t help we can still tell you where you can go,” said Mr Hoskins.

To check out what Concept Music has to offer, visit Concept Music
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Universal Bar: The Home of Live Music

By Nicole De Clifford
10/10/2008

If you walk down William Street during the day you might walk straight past the Universal Bar without noticing it.

At night time however there is no way you could miss the line of people waiting to get into the jazz and blues bar that rocks as hard as any other club in Perth.

3rd Degree spoke to Meagan Strachan, the Marketing and Events Manager of the Universal Bar about it’s history.

Ms Strachan said the Universal Bar is a live music and function venue attracting a wide range of patrons.

“Based on the jazz and blues bars of New Orleans, Universal Bar has been open for more than 15 years, and has remained a popular venue due to the quality live music provided each evening, as well as the award wining cocktail bar tenders,” she said.

Open Wednesdays through Sundays, the Universal Bar is the place for those looking for the live music not always found in many of the clubs in Perth.

Stepping inside the Universal Bar you will notice the crowd is a little older than in most other clubs in the Northbridge precinct.

The bar has a gourmet kitchen open Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner with pizza’s starting at $16 and pasta’s from $18.

The drinks list is extensive, with most cocktails costing around $15, so you should be able to find a drink you enjoy.

For adventurous drinkers you can try the Chilli and Ginger Martini or for those who like to stick with the traditional drinks, on offer are Daiquiris and Cosmopolitans.

With live acts performing most nights of the week, the Universal Bar attracts a constant stream of regulars and tourists.

Resident band Soul Corporation takes the stage on Saturdays, with the high energy band playing a range of jazz, rock, pop and retro sounds.

Other resident bands include Strutt on Thursdays and Retrofit on Fridays and Sundays.

The Universal Bar is great for dancing but may not be the place for you if you enjoy the hard dance music of other clubs in the area.

The club has just been renovated and has opened an upstairs Terrace Bar with an outdoor area which is definitely worth a visit.

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Born and Bred at Mojo’s

By Ruth Konchellah
26/09/2008

WA’s John Butler, Matt Gresham and the unforgettable band Jebediah all share this one thing in common – Mojo’s Bar and Restaurant.

Mojo’s is where they shed off all their first nerves and began their careers in the music industry.

Brad Young, the bar manager at Mojo’s told 3rd Degree, “This is a good platform for people who don’t have the performance space and the professional sound guy. At Mojo’s they are furnished with everything they need to keep their musical dreams alive here on Monday nights.”

Open mic nights are where some of Perth’s best talents are birthed. Monday open mic night is claimed to be “the best place to spend a Monday night” by one of the regulars at the bar.

Mojo’s is located in the laid back suburb of North Fremantle. This 60 seating bar begins its live performances every Monday from 8pm until midnight.

“The people that play at the start are usually the folks that have never done it before, or have the least amount of experience. This is so that they get the nerves out of the way and progress, getting used to small crowds first then larger ones later,” Mr Young said.

One of Perth’s upcoming talents, Helen Shenahan, plays at Mojo’s every Monday night. Shenahan said the bar has helped her start her career as a music artist.

“It’s good because I have met a community of people in the music industry and they know a lot of other people in the music industry around Perth so I get to play in other gigs which expose me,” Ms Shenahan said.

Mojo’s has had its share of ups and downs, and struggled during the introduction of indoor smoking restrictions in West Australian pubs, clubs and nightclubs.

“It almost died when the smoking laws changed,” said Mr Young.

It’s recovered though and looks set to continue launching new musicians.

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Pirates Plunder ARIA’s Bottom Line

By Thom Smyth
26/09/2008

Figures released by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) show the Aussie music industry is being hit hard by falling revenue caused by illegal music downloads.

3rd Degree looks at music piracy and the threat it poses to recording artists and their record labels, and what the future may hold for the music industry in Australia.

ARIA’s half-yearly sales figures show a 4.3 per cent slump in total revenue in the six months to June this year, with a drop of over ten per cent in CD album sales and over 54 per cent in CD single sales which industry analysts blame on the booming illegal download industry.

“In Australia, we have about 2.8 to 3 million people that we think are actively engaged in illegal filesharing of music… of 30 files per person per month. This equates to about 1 billion songs being illegal traded by Australians per year,” said Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) General Manager Sabiene Heindl.

“It’s quite staggering when you compare the 1 billion tracks to the current legitmate digital market of 19 million tracks downloaded per year. It’s a huge differential.”

The result is millions of dollars of lost revenue and has meant songwriters and recording artists are not paid for the use of their copyrighted work.

Barrister and Murdoch University lecturer Sam Luttrell said copyright is the set of rights that is granted to the creator of material original works such as songs, books, paintings and movies.

“Intellectual property is a relatively recent development in terms of law because ‘property’ used to depend on the physical possession and occupancy of an asset,” Mr Luttrell said.

“For example, I can own a farm because I can exclude others from coming onto it by the laws of trespass. Intellectual property had to overcome the concept of ownership and occupancy so it took some time to develop.”

Peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing software (such as Limewire and Soulseek) allows users to download music free of charge direct from other users, bypassing the record companies and collection agencies (like ARIA) that collect and distribute copyright royalties.

“This is an area of law that is very much grey. Possession of infringing material is not an offence, like it is under a narcotics statute for example,” Mr Luttrell said.

“The result is that if you are only receiving (files) and never giving them then you have almost no prospect of being prosecuted.”

Mr Luttrell said the Australian Federal Police and other Commonwealth enforcement agencies had more pressing concerns than investigating individual breaches of copyright by the estimated 3 million filesharers.

“The public interest is not in prosecuting copyright infringement – the public interest is in making sure the Sydney Harbour Bridge doesn’t get blown up by terrorists,” Mr Luttrell said.

Ms Heindl said MIPI aimed to educate individual users about the damage filesharing does to the industry and to individual artists rather than initiating legal proceedings against them.

She said MIPI was actively engaged in negotiations with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the Australian Government to better manage online music piracy.

“We believe that if an ISP is put on notice of somebody that is engaging in that activity and they fail to take steps to address that, then they themselves could be held liable for authorizing copyright infringement,” Ms Heindl said.

“We suggest a graduated process where the first time that somebody was found to have engaged in this activity, they would be sent a warning notice. The second time possibly suspension of their account, and the third time disconnection of that account by the ISP.”

The music industry has scrambled to adapt to the changing market dynamic, and Mr Luttrell said this would not be an easy task.

“What they have done is play catch-up fairly poorly, but it’s not that they are ignorant, they have decades of commercial development and business structuring behind them that makes waking up to the new digital reality fairly daunting,” Mr Luttrell said.

“They are stuck with a business structure that is outdated.”

But the sales figures released by ARIA do also contain some hope for the industry, with digital online sales increasing by 42 per cent, and the sales of digital albums increasing by an impressive 122.3 per cent.

While the revenue from these sales in no way covers the losses from declining hardcopy sales, Ms Heindl said it would provide more incentive for online providers like iTunes and Bigpond Music to expand their catalogues and provide more for consumers.

“I suspect it is a bit of a gamble for those third parties entering a market where piracy is so widespread. The more we address the pirate market, I think the more exciting products and business models will emerge for consumers.”

Headphone Hazard

By Anna Zander
19/9/2008

There are several risks associated with listening to your iPod or an mp3 player through headphones while driving. You can be charged with Careless Driving if drivers are distracted. However, in Australia, there aren’t specific laws against using headphones while driving. In the UK and US there are specific laws against listening to mp3 players while driving.

When using headphones, the risk of not being able to hear other traffic or sirens on the road increases.

Another risk associated with using a digital music device is drivers lose their focus on the road when changing songs. On an iPod you can store thousands of songs and it takes concentration to scroll through songs to find one song.

Andrew Plunkett, senior research analyst with the traffic policy unit thinks iPods could be a distracting factor if used when driving.

“The risk posed by both iPods and excessively loud car stereos is that they may sufficiently distract the driver so that the driver cannot hear audible signals of other vehicles and or by their physical manipulation in the car not pay appropriate attention to the task of driving their vehicle,” Mr Plunkett said.

However, hearing-impaired people are allowed to drive in Australia. This is despite the fact they are not able to hear the traffic and need to use their hands to communicate.

The difference between listening to a radio in the car and listening through headphones is that headphones block out ambient sound.

“[The] question about the difference between using an iPod and an excessively loud car stereo is a valid point, each represents a potentially distracting element within the car which can impact on the drivers’ capacity to use a vehicle safely,” Mr Plunkett said.

Professor Robert Cowan, chief executive officer of the Hearing Co-operative Research Centre at the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital, said when people listen to car radios, the sound is able to be dispersed, whereas headphones do not offer this.

If the driver has both earphones in it blocks out all other sounds.

“That tends to immediately cut you off from the acoustic world around you,” Prof Cowan said.

Drivers distracted by their iPods can be charged with Careless Driving. The penalty for this offence is $100 and three demerit points.

In Australia, there is not a specific law against listening to your iPod while driving. However, the dangers of this act can be considered similar to using a mobile phone while driving; which is an offence.

Despite this, people choose to use headphones. The main reason for this is that an iPod can store more music than a CD.

There are short-range FM transmitters available that can send music from the iPod to the car stereo. These are not very expensive, but can be seen as an unnecessary expense.

By using the FM transmitter you may also lose some quality in the sound.

A law proposed in New York will see pedestrians fined if they are caught crossing the road with headphones on.

There is no suggestion of a law like that in Australia.

“From a road safety perspective there is no current evidence that distraction of pedestrians by iPods is making a significant impact on the rate of involvement in incidents between vehicles and pedestrians,” Mr Plunkett said

However, the proposal led to the Pedestrian Council of Australia calling on Apple and other makers of mp3 players to warn the public of the dangers of using their products while crossing the roads.

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All That Jazz

By Caroline Baxter
05/09/2008

Jazz music may have started on the streets of New Orleans but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for it right here in Perth. 3rd Degree investigates the roots of jazz music and where you can get your own dose without having to jet off to the banks of the Mississippi River.

Jazz music’s origins stem from the New Orleans colonial period. Many of the ethnic groups that settled in the region contributed to the development of Jazz music in its early days. The US National Parks and Services website contains some interesting information on the influences these ethic groups had upon Jazz music.

The site reports that of gangs masqueraded as American Indians on a selected Mardi Gras day in honour of the true American Indians. Included in the Mardi Gras festivities was drumming and chanting which sounded much like music from the Caribbean and West Africa.

Big brass bands were popular in America in the 1880’s and so this style also had a place in the growth of Jazz music. Today the styles of Jazz music are just as free-forming and varied and include bop, post-bop, big band, funk- soul jazz, mainstream, swing, modern, contemporary, Latin jazz and fusion.

Perth people wanting to get their own taste of New Orleans can catch an array of jazz performances at different venues around the city. The Perth Jazz Society performs every Monday night at The Charles Hotel in North Perth.

Doors open at 6:30pm with the performances commencing at 8pm. There is a cover charge and entry is by door sales only with no pre-event ticket sales, so be early if you don’t want to miss out.

In Fremantle you can catch Jazz Fremantle play at the Navy Club, High St, Fremantle. Performances are every Sunday from 4pm until 7pm, the exception whenever the Monday is a Public Holiday. The entry charge for members is $10, non-members $13.

The Subiaco Hotel features the Ali Bodycoat Trio every Wednesday night at 8pm, and every second Saturday night the Freddie Grigson Trio plays.

Freddie Grigson is a Lecturer in both Jazz and Contemporary music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), that often promotes Western Australian jazz talent through performances by students, past students, teachers and special guests showcased in WAAPA’s music auditorium.

Jazz performances you can catch at WAAPA during September include Chris McNulty & Paul Bollenback in concert with The Graham Wood Trio, Sountracks, Saxaphone Colossus, PLONK! and Guitarfest directed by Freddie Grigson and Jonathon Paget.

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Raw Punk Talent- Out of Perth

By Sarah Wooley
23/05/2008

The Scientists are an influential punk rock band from the late 1970s, and describe some of their influences as The Ramones, New York Dolls, The Stooges and The Heartbreakers. With over 10 albums released and unmeasurable hits with the underground music scene, they are still playing live gigs to this day. And even better, this influential group came straight out of Perth.

When Kim Salmon left his band the Cheap Nasties in 1977, he had no idea that his new project, The Scientists, would be such a success. Even though they accomplished minor commercial success, their success within punk music was extensive.

The band released their first single, Frantic Romantic/Shake in 1979 and a second release in 1980 called The Scientists EP. During this time the band went through a lot of changes of band members and did two tours of Melbourne and Sydney. They also had an opportunity to play their song ‘Last Night’ on the TV show Countdown while in Melbourne.

After many more band members left and quit the band, they broke up in early 1981 after recording their album The Scientists.

Late in 1981, the band reformed and prepared to move to Sydney. At this point, the band turned to harder grunge, were signed by label Au Go Go Records, and released a number of songs between 1982 and 1983. By the end of the year, The Scientists had become one of Australia’s most popular independent bands.

In March 1984 the band decided to move to London, and in the process of making their sound more their own it became darker and harsher. They released their first full album, You Get What You Deserve, in 1985. Once again, band members left and new ones were introduced and they were signed to Big Time Records.

The band returned to Australia in 1987, and played its last show in Perth in 1987. Nothing was heard from them until, in 1995, the band reformed for a one-off show in Perth. They were tempted out of retirement to play as supporting acts in London in 2006 and 2007 and released their latest and possibly final album Sedition in 2007.

We’ll have to wait and see if it’s really the last we’ll hear from them.

To listen to some of The Scientists’ hits, visit the band’s MySpace Page

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The Presets are here

By Shakira Dennis
02/05/2008

I’m here with all of my people”, the new anthem pumping through Australian clubs. Those responsible? The Presets, soon to embark on their worldwide tour showcasing their new album, Apocalypso.

Two Sydney guys by the names of Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes who met by chance out the back of an Italian restaurant make up this electronic duo known as The Presets. They were both studying classical music when they met and have since gone on to achieve Australian-wide success and soon, perhaps, even worldwide domination in a completely different music genre.

Having played multiple concerts and festivals all over Australia, The Presets will soon expose their music’s new-found success to the rest of the world with stops in Canada, America and Europe.

Their latest tour will not only bring the band to little old Perth, but also includes a slot in the famous Glastonbury Festival in the UK; an event that is sure to make them think they’ve definitely made it in the music business.

Add to this their newly released Apocalypso album and things seem to be moving right along for the pair who only started their band back in 2003.

Known for their quirky costumes and extroverted antics (just have a look at their recent album cover), The Presets are steadily becoming one of Australia’s leading electro-pop acts.

Their style of re-mixing other musicians songs into their own version such as Silverchair’s Straight Lines, has brought them to the forefront of the Australian music world. Now even their own songs are being remixed.

But what is it exactly that makes their sound so catchy and make you want more?

Their new album Apocalypso entered the ARIA(Australian Record Industry Association) charts at number one, not an easy feat for any electro-pop music.

And how does their new album measure up to old classics like Are you the one? and I go hard, I go home? The answer is simply that it does.

Don’t be fooled, this is not coming from an electro-pop enthusiast. In fact, I only became a fan after listening to music such as The Presets. So if I can love it, why can’t you?

If you don’t believe me, have a listen for yourself and I’m sure you will be pumping out “I’m here with all of my people” for all to hear.

Visit The Presets for more information.

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Lunchtime at The Maj soothes the soul

By Kirsten Haydu
04/04/2008

His Majesty’s Theatre boasts that it’s lunchtime concert series is cheaper than a massage and just as relaxing. Sounds good.

Upstairs in His Majesty’s Theatre, a table at the entrance to the Dress Circle Bar entices people with an affordable light lunch of finger sandwiches, biscuits, coffee, tea, champagne and wine. Classical music wafts from the baby grand piano in the adjacent room, luring patrons with a mixture of soothing melodies from old-time tunes such as, ‘Until There Was You’.

The Dress Circle Bar, a well-lit room designed more for cocktails and schmoozing than for performances, was packed with a blend of people young and old, and rightly so for a concert titled Timeless. The music performed by a jazz duo, with Marine Kent on vocals and Justin James on the piano, spanned the generations from Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald, to Peter Gabriel and Norah Jones.

The jazzy version of Peter Gabriel’s ‘In Your Eyes’ was surprisingly good considering it’s a song not originally written for jazz.

It was unfortunate that from some of the seats, views of the spectacle were partially blocked by four large pillars in the centre of the room.

The tunes ranged from the frantic lyrics of Mel Torme’s ‘Love is Just around the Corner’ to the soft, romantic melodies of Norah Jones’s ‘Come Away with Me’, overall comprising a pleasant mix of slow and fast jazz ensembles.

Kent and James entertained patrons with witty banter between songs and, all told, the mood was as relaxing as promised. There was even a special offer at the beginning of the performance for lunchtime patrons to attend the evening’s cabaret show for $10 per person, that’s discounted from $38!

For more information visit His Majesty’s Theatre’s website.

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Amping Perth’s Music Scene

By Lori Pryor
21/03/2008

It’s safe to say Perth’s music scene has flourished in recent years, gaining attention with the national success of many local bands including The Panics, Little Birdy and Eskimo Joe.

We’ve also seen an influx of big international acts, with Justin Timberlake, Pink and Christina Aguilera passing through in recent memory.

But all successful musicians have to start somewhere.

Recognising this, events management student Keira Bassula created Amped Alternative Events to organise and promote local music events. Launched in September 2007, Amped provides an opportunity for up-and-coming local bands to perform and gain recognition in their hometown.

Miss Bassula said: “I’ve always loved going out and seeing local bands, and I have a few friends that are in bands and I thought I could give them a helping hand [by setting up events].”

Miss Bassula has received support from WA Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan and small businesses including One Blood Clothing and Designs.

With this assistance she has organised and promoted events at many trendy local venues, including HQ in Leederville and Heat Nightclub in Perth.

While Miss Bassula is hoping to expand in the future to promote a variety of music genres, so far, Amped’s events have featured heavy metal bands including local band My Own Peril.

The band’s bass player, Alex Glasson, said Amped was doing a great job in providing local bands with opportunities for gigs and that these events are important for any up-and-coming band.

Glasson said: “It’s paramount for us to play local shows. We take any and every opportunity to play shows. We love it… It makes all the arguments, all the tantrums and all the band politics disappear. For that half an hour or so, the only thing that matters is the music.”

Amped Alternative Events’ next show is on at the Swan Basement on March 29 and will feature local bands Left Ablaze, Sins of the Father, My Own Peril and Skyshark. For information on this and other events check out Amped Alternative Events on the web.

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