I started doing radio up at Triple H in Hornsby with Mel, and she got me in to play some songs on acoustic, then she got her own show and asked me to come help out on it.
Hornsby fell apart, I had not done radio for about 6 months, Scott Fitzsimons was doing Dead Air which is a punk show at FBI, I was working with him at the time at Street Press Australia, he was going away for 6 weeks and needed someone to fill in, so I actually had to learn how to work a sound desk. So when he got back he was looking at hanging up the reins and asked if I could take over, and clearly I was so I came on board permanently 2 or 3 months after that.
So tell me about Dead Air Radio?
Its on Monday nights on FBI Radio from 11pm till 1am and according to the website we play punk, metal and hardcore, but pretty much I just play bands that could maybe be loosely associated with those genres that I get stoked on a froth over.
FBI do some cool shit for the Sydney music scene but a lot of the programming is a bit samey during the daytime and you miss out on that kind of music.
Whats your favourite part about the show?
"Dave plays a song by the band who's shirt he is wearing", I do like that segment. But I do like being able to play shit that people wouldn't usually play on radio but that is by no means undeserving of it, we used to have a segment on Triple H called "Radio Unfriendly" and I used to play any song that was 10 or 20 minutes long and that was awesome.
Whats your favourite up and coming grind band? Whats gotten you heaps stoked on lately?
Have you listened to Bruiser? How good is that album!! Its called 12 9 12, they are a 3 piece Melbourne with grind elements but with also sludgier doomier stuff and also some stupid really groovy metal solos. Its crisp as fuck but the vocals are rough as guts. thedowngoing, their new album is also terrifying. Idylls fucking rule, is that grind?
What about live, who have you seen live that has impressed you?
FGWMWS is hands down the best grind band i have seen in 4 years or something, their drummer is incredible he plays trad grip and still shreds and does cheeky little bell hits and their so crisp, hilarious front-man and guitarist shreds. They don't take themselves too seriously but their music is fucking seriously tight complicated and impressive shit.
What have you got coming up in the show?
Totally Unicorn to have a chat about their 7 inch "7inches". Berkshire Hunting Club are gunna come in and talk about their new EP, those guys have really hit their stride. And then I dunno, filtering through my overstuffed wardrobe to find funny band shirts so I ca play some shit on the show.
A bunch of QLD dudes Only Sleeping that I know very little about are touring south down the east coast of Australia soon, so before I meet them (IRL) I thought I would ask them a few questions about themselves, so you know... when I do meet them I know what we have in common. And that first beer will be a little less awkward.
Tell us a bit about your band?
Five dudes who know each other far too well and spend way too much time together making music few people other than us will like.
What totes OG scene cred you got?
None whatsoever! Help us out?
Your biggest influences?
Collectively the list is probably something like Botch, Daughters, Tera Melos & Robotosaurus. Although I'm not sure how much we end up sounding like any of those bands.
Do you find the creative process hard?
It has it's moments but we've been playing together so long we've developed a really solid dynamic and bounce ideas off each other really well. We're all on the same page in terms of what we're trying to achieve and are comfortable enough to let each other know if we think an idea sucks without anyone's feelings getting hurt basically, ha.
What grindcore band would you love to see tour Australia?
I think it's time Trap Them made their way over here already, I'm growing impatient.
The best thing about being in a band?
It has to be having the opportunity to tour and make new friends in places you've never been before.
Who is your favourite Australian grindcore band?
At the moment it's a tie between The Reverend Jesse Custer and Vendors Rich.
So you are touring the east coast of Australia, why?
Because it's the closest place to us I guess! There's a well worn path there and you can fit quite a few shows into a relatively short period of time. Having said that we did just get back from a Far North QLD tour, so we do enjoy taking the path less travelled on occasion.
Why not Perth?
We can't afford it, that is the single reason. We would love to get there this year!
Where abouts in QLD has the biggest up and coming underground scene that you have seen in your travels?
At the moment the Sunshine Coast is blowing up, it seems like there are one hundred new skramz bands every week. Lots of house shows and mates, it's good to see.
What is the secret to getting more girls to your shows?
Is it still breakdowns and clean vocals? I'm not sure I know - if I did there would be more girls at OS shows, ha.
What does your mum think of the music?
All the OS mums are supportive, but I'm sure they don't really understand it. Whenever Sheldon's mum hears his vocals she's pretty reliable for a cry of, "That's crap, Sheldon!"
Just a big thanks to anyone who comes to shows or checks us out, it means a lot. An even bigger thanks goes to Lesstalk/Ausgrind for the support!
Not only is there a great thriving Grindcore scene in Australia, but also in other parts of the Asia-Pacific region. All influencing and pushing each other to create the most extreme sort of music they can. I thought I would give a quick shout out to Dolly Patchaos, the lead dude from Indo grind band Injakmati, and shoot him a few questions on his perspective on all things grind, DIY and Indonesian.
Whats the best thing about DIY music in Indonesia?
Freedom and friendship that keeping the scene alive!
Indonesia's best grindcore band?
Well it's hard to say because there are too many good grind bands here, but I would say Tengkorak from Jakarta is the best one!
Your top 3 favorite Australian grind bands?
I loved Michael Crafter and The Kill so much! and,can I say the other bands? I'm a big fan of The Porkers ! I also like Scum System Kill!
What city currently has the most thriving DIY music scene and why?
I think almost all big cities in Java island, specially Jakarta and Bandung. The DIY scene is getting bigger everyday there and I would say it's the capital city of punk! You can see many punx and lots of new bands has been born and gigs happen almost everyday here!
With so many great waves in Indo why don't you surf?
Well I can't swim very well but I love beach!and just wanna let you know if you haven't visited Pelabuhan Ratu and Ujung Genteng (Sukabumi) in West Java you should try surf there! the place is very beautiful and there have great waves and quiet (less people there, not too crowded like in Bali). The most interested thing for me when I went there last year to see the turtles sanctuary and it was amazing!
Do you play in any grindcore bands? Any upcoming releases?
I play in a raw punk/grind band called Injakmati (it means step/tread to death), check out www.facebook.com/injakmati and you can hear some craps there or buy our stuff directly. Our next program is a split 12" with legendary Swedish band Avskum (any labels interested to help release it?) and a split tape with Corrupt Humanity from Scotland.
What other activities do you do to support the DIY scene?
I do my own small DIY business by doing screen printing and selling stuff to get survive. I have made patches and T-Shirts for lots of bands etc. Please check out www.facebook.com/dollypatchaosproduktion to see some of the patches and shirts I have made and some stuffs I sell. Just give me a shout if you need some patches done etc for your band,label,distro etc..and I'll give you my DIY prices! My e-mail is : xdollypatchaosx [at] yahoo [dot] com
Anything else coming up?
I'm trying to make some new recordings for our upcoming projects but it's very slowly because we're only 2 pieces now and not as great as Michael Crafter
Cheers & peace from your Indonesian grindpal.
A great blog called the "Girls who love beards Club" have been doing some interviews of late with epic beard toting men from the underground Australian music scene. The girls have been asking them many of their secrets behind a great big bushy beard, and professing all things love towards those who sport the true facial hair. I highly recommend browsing through their back catalogue to read up on interviews from Drew from Totally Unicorn, Morgan from 4Dead, Dave Dray from Between The Devil and the Deep, Justin from Coerce and Craigos from Midnight Funerals PLUS heaps of pictures of awesome beards. It makes me feel happy that their are girls out there who love beards enough to blog about it on a daily basis.
Tell us a bit about your band? How long you been around for?
Yes, we are Deadly Weapon, we are from YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA, the country with poverty and injustice!
We play grindcore with influences of metal and little influence hardcore. We were formed around early 2009, before that we had time to play differrent types of music until finally deciding on the choice of grindcore and keeping steady.
Much musical training involved?
Of course, we do not want to look stupid when appearing on stage.. even to this day we still look stupid, hahaha.
Main source of grindcore influence?
Rotten Sound, We Really Like Rotten Sound.
Main source of hardcore influence?
We listened to many bands hardcore/punk so we think there is no major influence.
Average size of audience you play to?
We really like playing on the big stage, as well as playing in a small stage, yes, we really enjoy it when we can see audience enjoying our performance.
What is the Yogyakarta grindcore scene like?
Grindcore is not very popular here so we do not have a special scene for Grindcore, we are one of the first two bands that play grindcore here. We mingle with death metal, thrash bands etc..
In regards to the scene here, we have JOGJAKARTA CORPSE GRINDER (JCG) which accommodates the metal bands in Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta Hardcore (YKHC) and KONGSI JAHAT SYNDICATE (Hails to bro Indra menus) that works between the scenes, it works towards good communication with each of the scenes.
Why play so fast?
No, hahaha we also play slowly and do some fun. We just play what we like and enjoy and we don't think that we play fast. (NB They play heaps fast)
Your favourite Australian grindcore band?
Michael Crafter! The new heroes, they play fast and funny short, they are amazing and we are glad we could share the stage with them.
Know much about Australian culture/music? Can you hear this influence in grindcore music coming from Australia?
To be honest, we did not know about the grindcore scene in Australia
When are you releasing something?
Yes we're trying to be released later this year with our first full album, stay tuned
Any upcoming shows/tours?
October, we plan a tour to and play Jakarta, or maybe Tobandung as well, we just like to have fun and do some craziness with friends, hahahaa
Or maybe to Australia, hopefully , hehehe
Had a few drinks one night and thought it would be a great idea to interview tour pals Family Man about grindcore. Family Man are German archaic hardcore punks, playing fast loud party punk tunes and are heaps DIY. The interview occurred whilst we were on tour together in South East Asia, July 2011. Recorded in a hotel room in Jakarta, Indonesia at 5am after a show. For more information about the Family Man tour hit up their tour blog.
Family Man - Grindcore Interview.