This Is Happening

Thoughts on the changing music industry.

  • This Is Happening: Save Our Town
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    This Is Happening: Save Our Town

    Tonight, I found myself in Bondi Junction for the screening of SYD2030. An award winning, locally produced and funded web-series, SYD2030 is the Eastern Suburbs’ answer to Gossip Girl, only you don’t hate yourself for getting so into this guilty pleasure. At the screening this evening, I got talking to producer Suzie Smith about how

  • This Is Happening: I Like Your Old Stuff Better Than Your New Stuff
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    This Is Happening: I Like Your Old Stuff Better Than Your New Stuff

    This blog has lay dormant for quite some time now, and whether it be because I’ve been super busy and just haven’t got round to do anything, or possibly because I just didn’t have anything more to say, it doesn’t really matter. I’m back now, we’re alive, and I thought we’d start off on something

  • This Is Happening: Money For Nothing
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    This Is Happening: Money For Nothing

    Many of you may have read the article recently posted in the Music Feeds features, where Tool frontman, Maynard James Keenan spoke out about online piracy. There was one line that stood out amongst it all. “It doesn’t seem like there’s as much, creatively, going on, ’cause most people can’t afford to do it.”  I don’t

  • This Is Happening: License To Thrill
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    This Is Happening: License To Thrill

    The new age of music distribution is upon us. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; the music industry is due for a change and now, Australia is about to jump onboard with the next global shift in how we hear music. Going down to your local record shop is well and truly

  • This Is Happening: For Death And Glory
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    This Is Happening: For Death And Glory

    It’s sad to say it but we all know it is true. Society loves to kill their idols. You might say this is insensitive to say, so soon after the death of Whitney Houston but there really isn’t a more appropriate time to say it. This notion was introduced to me by Marilyn Manson in

  • This Is Happening: Download This Song
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    This Is Happening: Download This Song

    Hold onto your hats kids, there is a new record label entering the market and they are giving their music away for free. That’s right, you’ll be able to download songs without having nightmares about the ghost of SOPA coming to take millions of dollars from you in return for those thousands of songs. DigSin is launching

  • This Is Happening: An Odd Future for Music
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    This Is Happening: An Odd Future for Music

    For those of you who haven’t quite picked up on the subtlety of this blog title, this post is inspired by the wildly outlandish, energetic, charismatic, highly intellectual, yet profane and generally offensive, hip-hop collective, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All / OFWGKTA / Odd Future. Having just seen them take over in the

  • This Is Happening: Church of Noise
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    This Is Happening: Church of Noise

    After all this reading and writing on SOPA and PIPA, I feel a somewhat revolutionary vibe in the air.  But this blog isn’t about revolution; it is about the music industry and at this point in time, dance music in the live arena.  Well, low and behold we’ve got something that lands right in the

  • This Is Happening: Endtroducing the Shadowsphere
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    This Is Happening: Endtroducing the Shadowsphere

    As a master of scratching and mixing, on top of being attributed as the founder of the “trip hop” genre, it almost seems irresponsible to leave DJ Shadow out of this blog.  Not necessarily for his musical talents that have spanned nearly two decades but for the evolution that made it possible. Welcome to the

  • This Is Happening: Beyond Monday, Beyond the Decks
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    This Is Happening: Beyond Monday, Beyond the Decks

    I imagine that not everyone out there enjoys seeing a good DJ set as much as I do, visually stimulating or not. At the end of the day, it just isn’t for everyone.  For many people, live music is about the action on stage, seeing someone play music and not just stand at a laptop

  • This Is Happening: Audio Video Disco
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    This Is Happening: Audio Video Disco

    No, this is not an article about Justice. I apologise if you were drawn here by the article’s title but it seemed rather fitting for local favourite, Sampology. The twenty-something-year-old (we’re leaning towards early) has lit up stages across the globe with an AV/DJ set up that will blow your mind whether you like dance music or

  • This Is Happening: As Heard on Radio Soulwax
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    This Is Happening: As Heard on Radio Soulwax

    They have been a pillar of the dance community for well over a decade but in the past five years, very few have had the same powerful influence and impact on dance music as Radio Soulwax.  Be it writing a smash album then remixing it with a live band as Soulwax or tearing apart festivals

  • This Is Happening: Dance Dance Revolution
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    This Is Happening: Dance Dance Revolution

    We might not all remember but we’ve all certainly heard or seen something of the legendary Daft Punk Alive 2006-07 Tour with the concluding statement that it was the bees knees, ankles, thorax, stinger and stripes. What many people don’t realize is that this tour became a catalyst for change in the live arena of

  • This Is Happening: Do the Evolution
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    This Is Happening: Do the Evolution

    If you read my first post on this attempt at a blog, you might have learnt that I have some distaste for the way the music industry is being run/understood/developed. I went to visit some musically inclined friends of mine the other morning; mates who I share, discuss and go to music with on a

  • This Is Happening: Bizarre Love Triangle
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    This Is Happening: Bizarre Love Triangle

    The inaugural blog poses quite a conundrum for a virgin blogger as what you first “pen” will set the tone for the rest of your posts. So I lay here, thinking an afternoon scotch might help me gain some clarity in my thoughts by killing off the weaker ones, a practical employment of Buffalo Theory.

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