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Interview: San Cisco

San Cisco have been enthralling us with their sassy brand of indie pop since their debut single Golden Revolver in 2010. Last year’s LP, Gracetown, showed how far the young band has come. Blitz spoke to Jordi Davieson about the Hottest 100, summer festivals and what 2016 holds for San …

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Interview: Wil Anderson

Wil Anderson is a comedian who doesn’t hold back from political conversation. Blitz sat down with the Aussie funny man to crack a few jokes about life and the cut-throat nature of comedy.   Your heart was always set on being a comedian but you studied journalism because you felt …

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Interview: Art vs Science

Blitz caught up with the boys from Art vs. Science to chat about their new space-inspired album ‘Off The Edge of the Earth’ and their current tour. How would you describe the nature in which your music has changed? I guess it’s always evolving, it’s never really a kind of …

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Interview: David Strassman

Blitz Radio chatted with David Strassman who describes his work as ‘traditional hand up the bum ventriloquism’. He’s done ventriloquism for 35 years and is the mind and mouth behind cheeky characters like Ted E and Chuck Wood. How did you get into ventriloquism in the first place? Believe it …

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Interview: Shannon Noll (Part 2)

In Part 2 of our interview, Blitz caught up with Shannon Noll between recording sessions to talk about raising kids, the Aussie music scene, and yes, those memes. You grew up in Condobolin, which has one tenth of UNSW’s population — how did growing up there influence your music? We …

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Interview: Boy & Bear

Blitz chatted with Boy & Bear’s Bassist, Dave Symes, about their Limit of Love tour and Hottest 100 placement. What was the band’s inspiration behind Limit of Love? Our inspiration sort of came from the last album which was Harlequin Dream. I think we did a hundred and eighty shows …

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Uncovered: Balki x Joe B. “The Rose”

UNSW student and producer James Balkizas (Balki) and rapper Joe Bourke (Joe B.) recently released a track entitled The Rose. The song is a chilled atmospheric jam complimented by Joe’s relaxed flow and light singing. We had a chat with both Joe and James about how the collaboration came together and if we’ll …

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Interview: Run Forest, Run… (A Chat With RunSoc)

Blitz caught up with Daniel from RunSoc, UNSW’s Campus Runners, just in time for the Festival of Sport. Can you tell us about RunSoc? RunSoc started in 2015 when our founder Steven realised that a recreational running club didn’t exist after mistaking the Running Man Society (Korean Variety Show) for one. We want …

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Interview: The Rubens (Blitz Radio)

Blitz Radio caught up with Elliot from the Rubens ahead of their appearance at the nearly sold out Groovin the Moo Festival. We spoke about the bands beginnings, the creative process and their touring, Harry: Welcome back to Blitz Radio, it’s Harry here and I’m here with Elliot Margin from …

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Interview: DMA’S

“It’s two years since DMA’S released their debut single ‘Delete’, a song which took them from complete unknowns to one of Australia’s most exciting bands. In the short 24 months since then, DMA’S have been busy.” We caught up for an  interview with Johnny from rising, brit-pop Sydney trio, DMA’S. They recently played …

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Interview: Shannon Noll (Part 1)

Shannon Noll has come back into the limelight in recent months. Fueled by nostalgia, people have flocked to social media to share their appreciation for Shannon, his music and that fateful slot as Australian Idol’s first ever runner up. With an upcoming tour, including a suprise show at a certain university in …

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Interview: Panama (O-Week)

  Marrying the timeless power of a good song with an eye to the future, Panama are winning hearts with their trademark “electronic power ballads”. Signing to Future Classic, the release of the Always EP saw Panama top the Hype Machine charts with the title track with more than 3 …

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Interview: Cosmo’s Midnight (O-Week)

COSMO’S MIDNIGHT is the Sydney-based twin brother duo mesmerising headphones and dancefloors around the globe. Representing unexplored territory not just within genres but between them, Cosmo’s Midnight look for cross points between low-end house, lushed out beat-work and electronic mystery attracting an array of fans worldwide. You recently supported Porter …

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Interview: Neel Kolhatkar (O-Week)

One of the brightest prospects in the comedy world, Neel Kolhatkar boasts a CV rivalling many seasoned professionals. With a subscriber base that had previously garnered him millions of hits on his YouTube and Facebook videos, Neel sky-rocketed to Internet stardom at just 19 years old in 2013 with his …

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Interview: Aunty Donna (O-Week)

In 2012, Aunty Donna exploded onto the Melbourne comedy scene with a unique brand of surreal, fast paced, alternative sketch. Their debut show Aunty Donna in Pantsuits was nominated for the illustrious Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Golden Gibbo Award, and the Donna’s have since gone on to create an award …

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The Interview: The Rubens

Blitz’s Eden Gillespie caught Elliot from The Rubens in the middle of their Hoops Australian tour to chat about everything from song writing to breaking down in middle of nowhere. What was the recording process like for your new album Hoops? We went to a house an hour south of …

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The Interview: Adrian Clement

Blitz writer and art-nut Liliana Occhiuto caught up with UNSW graduate Adrian Clement, an artist who was recently nominated as a finalist for the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize for his sculpture Play. How does it feel being a finalist for the small sculpture prize?  The work I made was designed with sculpture …

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Get Involved With Leadership Labs

Blitz’s Ammarah Tasneem found out about Arc’s new leadership program, Leadership Labs. What does Arc’s Leadership Labs involve? It’s a six week course that tackles six important topics: Self-Awareness, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Management, Assertiveness, Ethics & Responsibility of Leadership, and Decision Making. Each of the six classes will be centred on …

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The Interview: Emma Jane

Blitz speaks with Emma Jane ahead of this weekend’s Fesitval of Dangerous Ideas where she discusses cybersexism. Dr Emma A. Jane (previously known as Emma Tom) is a Senior Lecturer and Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Fellow right here at UNSW, where she is currently leading a three-year study into gendered cyberhate. …

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The Interview: Tired Lion

Hailing from Perth, laid-back grunge quartet, Tired Lion , have been enjoying a wave of hype since winning the national Triple J Unearthed Splendour in the Grass 2015 competition with their first single I Don’t Think You Like Me. Blitz chatted to enigmatic frontwoman, Sophie Hopes, about Splendour and the …

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The Interview: Alpine

With breathy indie-pop tunes and a glam, confident stage presence, Melbournian six-piece Alpine were touted as one to watch since nabbing several accolades for their debut album A is for Alpine in 2012. Coming back for their third run at Splendour in the Grass this July, Blitz was lucky enough to catch …

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The Interview: The Faders

They’re one of the hottest female DJ duos hitting the Australian scene. They’ve opened up for the likes of Rita Ora, Miley Cyrus, the London Olympics, the EMAs and more. They are Milly and Sui, otherwise known as The Faders. How did you come up with the name The Faders? We …

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The Interview: Jake Taylor of In Heart’s Wake

After just releasing their powerful album Skydancer this month, Byron Bay hardcore group In Hearts Wake are looking stronger than ever. They’re set to storm the Roundhouse as part of a national tour, and Blitz caught up with vocalist Jake Taylor to chat all about it. First of all, you guys will be at …

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The Interview: Zia Haider Rahman

Blitz caught up with Zia Haider Rahman, author of the critically acclaimed In Light of What We Know, ahead of the Sydney Writer’s Festival. What first inspired you to become a writer? Was it something you always wanted to do growing up? Writing fiction is something I’ve been doing since before …

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The Interview: Abdi Aden

Blitz caught up with Abdi Aden, star of Go Back to Where You Came From and author of  Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man, to talk about his journey ahead of his Sydney Writer’s Festival appearance on May 20. How has your latest book Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man been influenced by …

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