Friday, August 1, 2014

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER : Amnesia

It's been a big week for the 5SOS lads thus far, what with their No.1 debut on the Billboard album chart over in the States.
So they're capping the week off by revealing the video for their latest single 'Amnesia'.
The track itself is a little more stripped down than what we're used to from the gents - more guitar-based ballad than pop/rock track - but it's been a fan favourite since the release of the album. It's also the band's third biggest hit thus far in Australia.
Clip-wise, there's a car trek, girls, a home studio in which the boys perform the track for us and some shenanigans around the pool.


http://youtu.be/DCCJCILiX3o

AT RETAIL ON FRIDAY AUGUST 01, 2014

Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old
The Beatles – The Japan Box
Beck – Song Reader
Anthony Callea – Ladies & Gentlemen : The Songs Of George Michael (CD/DVD)
Anthony Callea – Ladies & Gentlemen : The Songs Of George Michael (DVD)
Eric Clapton – The Breeze
Diana Damrau – Forever
Deep Purple – Hard Road : The Mark One Years 1968-1969
The Empty Hearts – The Empty Hearts
Buddy Goode – The #1s And #2s
G.R.L. – G.R.L. EP
The Interrupters – The Interrupters
Low Fly Incline – Other Desert City
Anja Nissen – Anja Nissen
One Day – Mainline
OST – Guardians Of The Galaxy
OST – Hercules
OST – Think Like A Man Too
George Perris – Picture This
Pretty Lights – A Color Map Of The Sun
James Reyne – The Anthology
Satellites – 02
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
Spoon – They Want My Soul
Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone
Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone (Deluxe Edition)
Twenty One Pliots – Quiet Is Viølent EP
Various – Best Of 2 Tone
Yujen – No Aware

DIGITAL RELEASE
Mary J Blige – A Night To Remember
Chardy ftg. Fuzzy Hair – Swang
Keyshia Cole – Believer
The Easybeats – She’s So Fine
Tyler Farr – A Guy Walks Into A Bar
Franz Ferdinand – Stand On The Horizon
Christina Grimmie – Must Be Love
Karine Hannah – Burning Up
Hot Mouth – Flicker
Humans As Animals – Eukaria EP
Nick Jonas – Chains
Kasabian – Bumblebee
Paul Kelly – The Merri Soul Singles Vol.1
John Legend – You And I
Jessica Mauboy – I Believe (Anything Is Possible)
Nick Monaco – 5 Feet
The Presets – No Fun (remixes)
R5 – Heart Made Up On You
Owen Rabbit – Police Car
Redcoats – Trouble In You
Sigma – Nobody To Love (remixes)
Melissa Steel ftg. Popcaan – Kisses For Breakfast
Train – Angel In Blue Jeans
Megan Washington – My Heart Is A Wheel
Wild Beasts – Mecca (remixes)
Your Friend – Jekyll/Hyde

ALBUM REVIEW : La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

WARNING : If you were hoping for another ‘Bulletproof’, this is not the album for you.
‘Trouble In Paradise’ is, in some ways, both a perfect and misleading title for La Roux’s second album. It reflects founding member/producer Ben Langmaid departing the band, as well as the five-year wait between albums. It also reflects the juxtaposition between the music’s sunny European sound and darker lyrics.
It’s a complete musical departure for the former duo turned solo act.
First single ‘Uptight Downtown’ sounds like a Scissor Sisters single from the early 1980s and the other eight tracks follow a similar template.
‘Kiss And Not Tell’ is a cheeky synth-pop stormer perfect for summer. Elsewhere, the seven minute-long ‘Silent Partner’ sounds like the soundtrack to a 1980s video arcade game whereas ‘Let Me Down Gently’ is a dreamy synth ballad.
We particularly like ‘Sexotheque’ which explores infidelity over a funky disco beat.
At only nine tracks, ‘Trouble in Paradise’ is a short affair, but each track makes sense in its own way. The only real issue we have is that we’re not sure all nine tracks could stand up by themselves but as a package, they balance each other out.
For instance, the Grace Jones sample in ‘Tropical Chancer’ is a bit too camp but it is balanced out by the somber ballad ‘Paradise is You’.
All in all, it’s a brave second outing for Ms. Elly Jackson. Don’t get us wrong, we probably would have loved another ‘Bulletproof’ on here but you have got to give her credit for taking her time and playing around with her sound.
The results are refreshing and consistent, though perhaps just a bit too kitsch for their own good.

Download : Uptight Downtown, Sexotheque.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

TOURING : Sara Bareilles

She recently scored her biggest hit to date down under with her sensational single 'Brave' and now US singer songwriter Sara Bareilles will head down under for a quartet of live shows in September to show us how big her brave is.
Last in Australia supporting Maroon 5 on their 2011 tour, Sara will bust out 'Brave', 'Love Song' and a series of other crowd favourites and surprises (she's been covering Sia's 'Chandelier' as part of her show - HERE) to audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, before hopping over the ditch for a one-off performance in Auckland.
Frontier pre-sale kicks off on Tuesday at midday, with general public tickets live from 9am on Thursday August 07.

September 19 : Adelaide (Her Majesty's Theatre)
September 20 : Melbourne (Athenaeum Theatre)
September 21 : Sydney (City Recital Hall)
September 24 : Brisbane (The Tivoli)

5SOS SLAMS US NO.1

Champagne corks will be popping throughout EMI's Sydney headquarters today, with news that their home-town band 5 Seconds Of Summer has premiered in the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the United States.
According to the label, the boys sold more than a quarter of a million copies of their self-titled debut in the first week to not only gift them the top spot on the US charts, but also the record for the biggest ever first week sales by an Australian band.
The album has also landed at No.1 in Canada and Mexico, following on from its No.1 showing here at home and No.2 in the UK. So far, '5 Seconds Of Summer' has sold in excess of 1.5 million copies globally.
Back home, the gents are gearing up for the release of their 'Amnesia' EP. The official video is due to drop tomorrow, with the EP due on Friday September 05.

NEW RELEASE SCHEDULE



THE AUSTRALIAN NEW RELEASE SCHEDULE

August 08
#1 Dads – About Face
Steve Aoki – Neon Future I
Bear Hands – Distractions
Belphegor – Conjuring The Dead
Beyond ftg. Tina Turner – Love Within
Blue Pills – Blue Pills
Adam Brand – My Side Of The Street
Richard Clapton – Best Years 1974-2014 : The 40th Anniversary Collection
Alex Clare – Three Hearts
Coldrain – The Revelation
Nat King Cole – Afraid Of The Dark (DVD)
Michael Crawford – A Career Collection
Darkest Hour – Darkest Hour
FKA Twigs – LP1
The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt
Andy Grammer – Magazines Or Novels
Heartist – Feeding Fiction
Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars
Dami Im – Gladiator (CD single)
The Kite String Tangle – Vessel EP
Laura Mvula – Laura Mvula & The Dutch Metropole Orchestra
Sinead O’Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss
Sinead O’Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (Deluxe Edition)
OST – Boyhood
George Perris – Picture This
Elvis Presley – That’s The Way It Is
Elvis Presley – That’s The Way It Is (Box Set)
Andre Rieu – Live In Amsterdam (DVD)
Porter Robinson – Worlds
Rüfüs – Atlas (Light/Dark Deluxe Edition)
Skid Row – Rise Of The Damnation Army
Various – Age Of Consent : Australian Pop Of The ‘60s
Various – Beaut Ute Anthems 2014
Various – Eat Sleep Rave Repeat
Various – Keep On Rockin’ : Australian Pop Of The ‘70s
Various – The Voice Kids * August 11
Various – Wild Reunion Vol.3
Various – Wipeout! : Australian Pop Of The ‘80s

DIGITAL RELEASE
Ryan Adams – My Wrecking Ball
Banks – Beggin’ For Thread
Blackjack Billy – Got A Feeling
Wes Carr – Anthem
Counting Crows – God Of Ocean Tides
John Dahlbeck ftg. Rebecca & Fiona – Honors
Enola Fall – Lions
Foxes – Glorious EP
Gorgon City ftg. Zak Abel – Unmissable
Dami Im – Gladiator
Ben Khan – 1992 EP
Lakyn – Not Original Material
Spencer Lee – Still I Fly
Pixie Lott – Pixie Lott
Chris Malinchak ftg. Mikky Ekko – Stranger
My Crazy Girlfriend – Baby Go
Brad Paisley – Perfect Storm
George Perris – I Will Wait For You
Prinnie – One Night EP
The Saturdays – Finest Selection : The Greatest Hits
The Saturdays – What Are You Waiting For?
Timmy Trumpet & Savage – Freaks
Claude VonStroke – CaliFuture
Jessie Ware – Tough Love
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate


August 15
Accept – Blind Rage
Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker
Hollie Cook – Twice
Die! Die! Die! – Swim
Dilated Peoples – Directors Of Photography
Eluveitie – Nuclear Blast
Firekites – Closing Forever Sky
JJ – V
Kimbra – The Golden Echo
Kimbra – The Golden Echo (Deluxe Edition)
King 810 – Memoirs Of A Murderer
The Last Internationale – We Will Reign
Livingstone Daisies – Waiting On The Last Minute
Lucianblomkamp – Post-Nature
The Magic Numbers – Alias
The McClymonts – The Studio Recordings 2006-2012
Millions – Max Relaxq
Mirusia – Live In Holland : Beautiful That Way (DVD)
OST – Get On Up : The James Brown Story
Pentatonix – PTX Vol.1 & 2 (Australian Edition)
George Perris – Live In New York (DVD)
Shihad – Fvey
Troye Sivan – TRXYE EP
Souls Of Mischief – There Is Only Now
Twin Atlantic – Great Divide
Upon A Burning Body – The World Is My Enemy Now
Various – Amnesia Ibiza Addiction
Various – Drum & Bass Arena Summer 2014
Various – Enter Ibiza 2014
Various – Good Times : Celebrating 50 Years Of Albert Productions
Various – Hardcore : The Ultimate Collection Vol.2 2014
Various – Hardstyle : The Ultimate Collection Vol.2 2014
Various – Underground Sound Of Ibiza
Velociraptor – Velociraptor
Watsky – All You Can Do
James Yorkston – The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society

DIGITAL RELEASE
Tina Arena – Still Running (remixes)
Kasey Chambers – Wheelbarrow
Will Clarke – Drop It EP
Joel Fletcher ftg. Reece Low – Back 2 Front
Haim ftg. ASAP Ferg – My Song 5
Indiana – Heart On Fire
K-os – Wild4TheNight
Le Youth – Feel Your Love
Mammals – Animalia EP
Doc Neeson – Walking In The Rain
Redlight ftg. Lolo – Cure Me
Uberjak’d ftg. Slice ‘N’ Dice – Tomahawk
Union J – Tonight (We Live Forever)


August 22
A$AP Mob – L.O.R.D.
Aviator – Head In The Clouds, Hands In The Dirt
Basement Jaxx – Junto
Betraying The Martyrs – Phantom
Brave – Brave EP
Briggs – ShepLife
Broods – Evergreen
The Bug – Angels & Devils
Johnny Cash – Look Again To The Wind
Celebration – Albumin
Dry The River – Alarms In The Heart
Ace Frehley – Space Invader
Ariana Grande – My Everything
Ariana Grande – My Everything (Deluxe Edition)
The Griswolds – Be Impressive
Adam Harvey – Family Life
Isaac Delusion – Isaac Delusion
Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood (Deluxe Edition)
Kingswood – Microscopic Wars
J Mascis – Tied To A Star
Merchandise – After The End
John Murry – Califorlonia
Nashville Outlaws – A Tribute To Motley Crue
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Opeth – Pale Communion
Opeth – Pale Communion (Deluxe Edition)
OST – Million Dollar Arm
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Rustie – Green Language
Ty Segall – Manipulator
Teenage Mothers – I Wish I Was Beautiful
Various – 101 Dance Hits
Various – Anthems 90s II
Various – Metal Down Under
Various – NOW 2014 Vol.2
Karl S Williams – Heartwood
The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader

DIGITAL RELEASE
Banoffee – Banoffee EP
Calvin Harris ftg. John Newman – Blame
Kid Ink – Main Chick
Dave Winnel – Rectify


August 29
Anti-Flag – A Document Of Dissent
Avenged Sevenfold – Waking The Fallen : Resurrected
Avenged Sevenfold – Waking The Fallen : Resurrected (Special Edition)
Jimmy Barnes – 30/30
Blonde Redhead – Barragán
Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet
The Color Morale – Hold On Pain Ends
Frnkiero And the Cellabration – Stomachaches
The Kooks – Listen
The Kooks – Listen (Deluxe Edition)
Lonely The Brave – The Day’s War
Lucky Elephant – The Rainy Kingdom
Maroon 5 – V
Maroon 5 – V (Deluxe Edition)
J Mascis – Tied To A Star
Brad Paisley – Moonshine In The Trunk
The Pierces – Creation
Secret Garden – Just The Two Of Us
Shovels & Rope – Swimmin’ Time
Sinkane – Mean Love
Step-Panther – Strange But Nice
The Vines – Wicked Nature * September 02
The Wolfe Brothers – Nothin’ But Trouble

DIGITAL RELEASE
Joel Compass – Girlfriends
Duke Dumont – Won’t Look Back
Elesia Iimura – Believe
Maroon 5 – It Was Always You
MNEK – Wrote A Song About You
Sam Smith – I’m Not The Only One


September 05
Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
Airling – Love Gracefully
Alison Balsom – Paris
Banks – Goddess
Bus Driver – Perfect Hair
Steve Clisby – Leave Me Dreaming
Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland
Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
In Flames – Siren Charms
Interpol – El Pintor
Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away
Nikki Lane – All Or Nothin’
The Love Junkies – Blowing On The Devil’s Strumpet
Karen O – Crush Songs
Odesza – In Return
Robert Plant – Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar
Queen – Live At The Rainbow ‘74
Sean Rowe – Madman
Simian Mobile Disco – Whorl
Steve Smyth – Exits
Thirsty Merc – Acoustic Anniversary Album
Justin Townes Earle – Single Mothers
Tricky – Adrian Thaws
Various – Balance 25 : Danny Tenaglia
The Wolfe Brothers – That Kinda Night

September 12
Bryan Adams – Tracks Of My Years
American Hi-Fi – Blood & Lemonade
Bearhug – So Gone
Amy Dickson – A Summer Place
Grateful Dead – Wake Up To Find Out : Live At Nassau Coliseum
The Hollies – 50 At 50
The Madden Brothers – Greetings From California…
Nico & Vinz – Black Star Elephant
Pumeza – Voice Of Hope
Seekae – The Worry
Slash – World On Fire
Sleepwave – Broken Compass
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
Megan Washington – There There

DIGITAL RELEASE
Meg Mac – Meg Mac EP


September 19
Airling – Love Gracefully
Alt-J – This Is All Yours
American Hi-Fi – Blood & Lemonade
Alison Balsom – Paris
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek
Maria Callas – The Complete Studio Recordings
Maria Callas – Pure
Catfish & The Bottlemen – The Balcony
Erasure – The Violet Flame
Felicity Groom – Hungry Sky
Ella Henderson – Chapter One
Marketa Irglova – Muna
Julian Casablancas & The Voids – Tyranny
Lenny Kravitz – Strut
Perfume Genius – Too Bright
Professor Green – Growing Up In Public
SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land
The Script – No Sound Without Silence
Tweedy – Sukierae

DIGITAL RELEASE
Lights – Little Machines


September 26
ABBA – Live At Wembley Arena
David Bowie – Sound + Vision
Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival
The Drums – Encyclopedia
King Tuff – Black Moon Spell
Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory (Chasing The Sun Deluxe Edition)
Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory (Chasing The Sun Edition)
Christopher Owens – A New Testament
Jamie T – Carry On The Grudge
tyDi – Redefined * September 30
Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End
Yelle – Complétement Fou

October 03
Bertie Blackman – The Dash
Bonobo – The North Borders Tour : Live
Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach
Caribou – Our Love
Lady Antebellum – 747
Johnny Marr – Playland
Stevie Nicks – 24 Karat Gold : Songs From The Vault
Erlend Øye - Legao
Philip Selway – Weatherhouse
Tin Sparrow – Shoelace Ring EP

October 10
Alive Like Me – Only Forever
Ice-T – Greatest Hits
Kele – Trick
Ozzy Osbourne – Memoirs Of A Madman
Ozzy Osbourne – Memoirs Of A Madman (DVD)

October 17
Foreigner – The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums
The Ting Tings – Super Critical

October 24
The Flaming Lips – With A Little Help From My Fwends
Mike Oldfield – The Studio Albums

October 31
Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy (Deluxe Edition)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition)

November 28
One Direction – Where We Are : Live From San Siro Stadium (DVD) * December 01

All release dates subject to change & list is updated weekly.

#TBT INTERVIEW : James Ash (Rogue Traders)

When James Ash started writing music, he hoped that maybe one day, he would get to put a record out. Little did he know that not only would he release four albums as part of the Rogue Traders but that their music would win an ARIA, tour the world and even inspire a 'Doctor Who' episode.
James was more than happy to sit down with our #TBT interviewer Brad to reveal all about his time in the Rogue Traders and his new dance project Jealous Much?

James initially started producing house tracks under the guise Union State with fellow music enthusiast Steve Davis. “Steve and I were, and still are, music geeks who just dreamed of putting records out,” he tells us. "We never entertained the idea of being big or even popular.”

In the early 2000s, James and Steve decided to change their group’s name to mark a new chapter in their career. “I remember walking my dog and thinking of other names we could call us,” James recalls. “About that time, Guy Ritchie was becoming popular and it was really cool to be English again, so we thought, ‘Let’s go with a name that sounds like we’re two dodgy dudes’. I saw the movie with the rogue trader, just through the glass of the video library, rang Steve up and said, ‘What about that?’”. The Rogue Traders were born.

James initially resisted the band pursuing mainstream success. “You’ve got to remember that we were serious DJs who had grown up around house music,” he reveals. “The idea of going pop at that stage was quite weird. We wanted a hit, but we wanted a hit like Armand Van Helden had with ‘U Don’t Know Me’, which was a credible crossover track."


At a meeting with their label Vicious in 2002, such a crossover hit became a serious possibility when their label boss asked if they wanted to remix an INXS song. It was a perfect twist of fate.

“Years before this (in 1999), I was in England with Steve and he has a massive record collection. I said to him, ‘I want you to go and pick a record on the shelf without looking and whatever record you pick off we’re gonna remix it and make it a hit.’ That record turned out to be a 7" of INXS’ ‘Need You Tonight’”

Consequently, when fate came calling three years later, the boys rejigged that very remix and ‘One Of My Kind’ was born. “When it was a hit (winning an ARIA for Best Dance Release and peaking at No.10 on the ARIA charts), it was a fantastic feeling and I kind of became addicted to that. It changed our mindset very quickly.”

Their mindset wasn’t the only thing that changed. “Suddenly everyone knew us but we were just known as the guys that remixed INXS. We weren’t producers or writers in our own right and we felt very insecure about ourselves,” James admits.

“After that album (2003’s ‘We Know What You’re Up To’), we were in a really low place. I’m not sure if we ever talked about this but Steve was virtually bankrupt and had to go back to England and I was living really close to the margins. It’s hard to really express it because you have this perception of some kind of success and we were DJing a lot, but by the time we took everything out, we made no money off that first album at all.”

The band kept writing music and eventually signed a development deal with Sony Music. As part of the transition, they became a fully-fledged band with a new lead singer in former 'Neighbours' actress (now 'X Factor' judge) Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Their 2005 album ‘Here Comes The Drums’ ended up going four times platinum and spawned mega-hits such as ‘Voodoo Child’ and ‘Watching You’.


http://youtu.be/SrlhLaNClgw

Amazingly, James tells us that the Rogues had total artistic freedom when making their albums (“It might be unusual but in our experience, it just was”), and even had a large say in choosing singles. “I remember (for their third album ‘Better In The Dark’) we led with ‘Don’t You Wanna Feel’, which was us pushing that. I think Sony might have wanted to lead with (second single) ‘I Never Liked You’ instead. So yeah, sometimes we got our own way, even over what they wanted.”

One song the band didn’t get their way with was ‘In Love Again’. “We wanted to put it out as a CD single in Australia,” James tells us. “It ended up being our biggest song as far as radio is concerned. Sony said, ‘Look, it’s driving people to the album’ so they were happy with that. It was hard to fault their logic really.” James also tells us that he hoped to release ‘In Love Again’ as their second British single rather than ‘Watching You’.

In the UK, they released ‘Voodoo Child’ as their first single to rapturous success. Not only did it go top five, but TV show 'Doctor Who' even named an episode after it. We ask James what it was like breaking such a difficult market.

“It was tough but it was also glorious,” he happily recalls. "We were holed up in a hotel in West London, we were on the second last 'Top Of The Pops' and we were going around in limos. We played the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and there were queues of people at two in the afternoon waiting to see us! It was a pop dream.”

It wasn’t all glamorous though, as a large part of the promotional duties fell into James’ lap. How did he cope with all the interviews? “I’ve never done any media training but before all of this I was on radio (as a presenter on Kiss FM and Hitz FM) and had interviewed hundreds of people, so I was aware of the kind of questions I would be asked and the answers I was expected to give. I always made a point of having a lot of fun with it. Very often, I’d turn the interview on its head a bit because I would get bored. It would do your nut in after a while!”

Did he ever live out any rock star fantasies? “I think the most rock star thing was after we did 'Top Of The Pops' and we all piled into a limo, drove to the east end of London and had a curry! That was one of the highest moments. We were No.3, just ahead of Lily Allen, we were staying at the same hotel as Pink, and it felt like anything was possible.”

Speaking of Pink, does James have any funny stories about anyone he’s met? “We had a few strange ones! I remember we were in the green room with The Veronicas and Ben Lee and we were all sitting around and it was really awkward,” he laughs. “I also remember making a real idiot of myself, getting Nat’s phone, and drunk dialing someone from the cast of 'Neighbours', which was a very silly thing to do.”

Soon after the release of the band’s third album, 2007’s ‘Better In The Dark’, things came to a head when Natalie left the band.

“I just think that she wanted to explore other avenues," James explains. "Obviously I was heartbroken, but Nat and I are still very close. At the end of the day I said, ‘Ok, if you need to do this, you need to do this.'”

That didn’t stop the media from looking for a scandal. “I remember I got a call from Kyle Sandilands going, ‘Come on man, get on the radio with me and tell me what’s really happened’ and I was like, ‘Dude, there’s no scandal.’ It was just something she needed to do."

Despite being offered a reality show to replace Natalie (“All that would have happened is that people would have gotten really tired of us and our credibility would have evaporated”), James was determined to find someone who wasn’t looking to be found. He eventually offered the spot to Sydney singer/songwriter Mindi Jackson.

Their first single with Mindi, ‘Love Is A War’, was sadly the beginning of the end. “Obviously, it’s a point of history that ‘Love Is A War’ was a big flop and it seemed to be obvious to everyone but us,” James admits.

Their follow up singles, ‘Would You Raise Your Hands?’ and ‘Hearts Beat As One’, also failed to fire. A video for the former was filmed and directed by Squared Division but has never seen the light of day. For the first time, James is able to tell us why it was never released.

“It was really cool; we were in a music box. We had weird kind of mannequin dancers and it looked like a 1970s TV performance. I think what happened was that Sony weren’t happy with Mindi’s look in it. I’ve got that video and it’s a good clip.”


http://youtu.be/S7IQIkhgSd4

Soon after, Sony informally dropped the band. “It’s funny because we kind of went full circle," James explains. "We went from being the guys who just wanted someone to hear our music to suddenly being really successful and then just wanting people to listen to our music again. That was the only goal; there wasn’t any money to be made or anything like that.”

Sony eventually released the Rogue Traders’ fourth album, ‘Night Of The Living Drums’, alongside a greatest hits in 2011.
Despite Wikipedia's claims otherwise, James confirms that the Rogue Traders split soon after being dropped. “It felt like the right time to stop. We could’ve kept driving out records, but musically, times were changing. There’s a great line here... ‘The secret of a great performer is knowing when to get off the stage!’”

It didn’t help that social media had just exploded, and seemed to enjoy exploiting the band’s misery.

“Suddenly I’m being flamed and there are all these blogs that seemed to be delighted that we were finding things hard. I was sick of trying to make people happy. I went straight out and had the chance to do other things and I was very keen to do them."

One of those "other things" is his new dance project Jealous Much?

“Jealous Much? is about looking at dance music and dismantling the rules of it,” James explains. “When you listen to a normal dance track, whether you realise it or not, there are rules that people follow when they make a track; how it’s arranged, the kind of sounds that are used, the order that everything is put together.

"I find it really boring to listen to most dance music because it’s so sequential and everything fits the pattern, so for me Jealous Much? is about trying to surprise people with dance music and work outside any particular genre. I’m not trying to be obscure for the sake of it but what I’m trying to do is shape the listener and demand their attention."

James initially kept his identity as Jealous Much? anonymous so as to avoid any stigma attached to his former life in the Rogue Traders. “I didn’t want people to go, ‘What do you know about contemporary cutting edge dance music?’ even though it’s my normal mode,” he says. “Rogue Traders was my life for over ten years but when I began writing as Jealous Much?, it was a relief because I didn’t have to go ‘Ok right, we need a chorus that feels a bit like (‘Voodoo Child’) here because that’s what people are going to be expecting’. I can literally just explore.”

James has fond memories of his time in the Rogue Traders, but there's one in particular that sticks in his mind.

“I think one of the best moments was getting off the plane in England and my mum picking me up from the airport in her little car and her saying ‘watch this’. She put on Radio1 and within ten minutes they were playing ‘Voodoo Child’.

"We had very devoted fans that would come to every gig that we would do around the country, whether we were in Townsville or Adelaide. That was actually pretty wonderful; they were up the front every show. A couple of them even ended up becoming friends! I also signed my fair share of boobs, which is also a surreal experience."

Sadly for those fans and their body parts, it’s unlikely that the Rogue Traders will ever reunite. “It sounds like a very nostalgic thing to do, but to be honest right now it’s all about Jealous Much?” James tells us. “You’ve got to look forward. I feel so proud of our legacy but you can’t live in that past. You’ve got to forward a new future and that’s what I’m doing now."


Rogue Traders' back catalogue is available on iTunes.
Check out Jealous Much? on Soundcloud HERE and like them on Facebook HERE.

PRINNIE : One Night

With her profile raised significantly as the backstage mentor on 'The Voice Kids' and a guest spot on 'The Voice' tour over the past week, the timing couldn't be more perfect for Prinnie Stevens to launch the latest chapter in her music career... her latest single 'One Night'.
Lifted from the forthcoming EP of the same name (released on August 08), the track is an smooth, upbeat dance/pop number that she and her team no doubt hope has what it takes to score some major airplay from the nation's commercial networks.
The clip sees Ms Prinnie readying herself for a night on the town. She gets that and manages to hook up with her real-life boyfriend.


http://youtu.be/Z5BGSBdpQf8