November marks triple j’s annual respect-fest of all things Australian music. Ausmusic Month is one giant celebration, which aims to bring Aussie music to the forefront of our brains and our ear holes.
Dan Sultan is one of many honorable Aussie shout outs, so we locked him down for a quick chat regarding all things Ausmusic. You can catch Sultan on tour, currently celebrating the release of his brand new soul-pop single ‘Magnetic’. All info here.
Favourite up and coming Aussie artist/band?
Alex Lahey. I saw her recently at Bigsound, I hadn’t heard of her until then and I was blown away. She was awesome.
Biggest Aus artist/band throwback?
Warumpi Band. They were one of the first bands that I saw when I was 3 years old. Just an electrifying front man, and they have great rock and roll songs.
First Aus artist/band CD purchase?
I think it was an AC/DC tape. I would have been about 5 or 6 at the time. I actually might have knicked it off my brother, I think I took it out of his collection.
If you could have written any song by an Aussie artist from past or present, which song would it be?
‘Live It Up’ by Mental as Anything. I’ve always really enjoyed the song, the flow if it, it has a great melody and great story. It’s a song about positivity and not getting too down in the dumps. It’s a really good track to listen to, would have been a great song to write. It’s got great vibes.
If you could collab with any Aussie artist, current or past, who would it be and why?
Michael Hutchence from INXS. He was just so incredible singer and performer, and a great writer. From all reports he was a beautiful human. I’ve always been a big fan.
Favourite Aus artist/band to see live?
At the moment it’s Violent Soho. I saw them on their recent tour, and they were awesome!
First Aussie music festival experience ?
It was the Big Day Out in 1997 and Soundgarden headlined. I was pretty young and tired after the day so I didn’t stay to see them. I did see Prodigy play and that was pretty wild.
Favourite Aus venue to see live music?
Probably the amphitheatre at Lorne Falls Festival. I’ve spent a lot of time down there in the past, when the festival wasn’t on as well. It’s a beautiful farm and a special place to see live music for me.
What is your ultimate Australian-made track? One that encompasses the Aussie way or the Aussie music scene?
I like Blue Sky Mining by Midnight Oil. It’s a song for the working class. It’s got a pretty big social conscience, like everything Midnight Oil wrote about and did. It’s just a ripping tune.