April 27, 2009
Howdy! I’m writing this to you as I wait for a plane back to Sydney after spending a whole 5 hours in Melbourne preparing for the video clip I am to shoot this week for the first song to break free from the album. It’s called ‘All I Want’ and it will be premiering (fingers crossed) on some radio stations as early as next week so listen out.. It will most likely be the only song on radio at the moment that begins with a musical saw (which kinda sounds like a theramin or an old lady warbling). I’m shooting the video for the song on Friday in country Victoria and all I can tell you is that my co- star is a horse. So now I can cross two things off my list 1) dance with my favourite instrument, the piano 2) act alongside my favourite animal, the horse. I can retire now.. Today we were preparing the costumes.
Tomorrow I am finally locking in the sequence of the songs on the record and over the weekend I’m recording some bonus songs. Lots of fun ahead…
April 26, 2009
Today I made my first tentative step into the world of twitter… I will try my best to somehow use it for good and not evil!
April 22, 2009
Yes, this is the name of my new record… and it looks like it’s coming out on July 10th in Australia. I’m very excited to tell you this news because, believe me, I’m absolutely hopeless at keeping secrets! Phew, I feel better now… The first single, ‘All I Want’ will be out in a couple of weeks.
Other news that I’ve been keeping locked in the vault is that I’ll be playing one of my first shows after the album’s release at the Splendour In The Grass Festival in July. I’ll be playing on the G.W McLennan stage with what is looking to be a rather big band. The Flaming Lips are also playing which has me feeling extremely happy and excited. I’ve seen them play twice before and I’ll never forget both experiences. There are other people playing too!…. www.splendourinthegrass.com.
April 17, 2009
On my recent trip to Stockholm to record my album I made some friends who knew quite a bit about Australian music, so I decided to do a Q&A with them to test their knowledge. I thought it might be interesting to see which Australian bands they know most about and how they perceive Australian music. I’m afraid I’m not a very good interviewer, but here we go…
NAME: Konstantin Barkas
1. What was the first Australian music you heard and where were you?
(set the scene for us)..
This one depends on how far back I go. Early 80s stuff was probably the
first aussie hits to hit my eardrums!
Later when the choice of music was actually up to me I do have memories of
the great Australian artist and musicians around Nick Cave and his various
bands. Although I do have an early memory of standing in gym class when I
was 13 with 2 class mates. One says to the other, “I saw an Icehouse vinyl
when I was at your place” and the other replied “It’s my older brothers”.
I realize now that it was kind of late since it got released in the early
80s. I guess it was featured in a movie or so, it was 88 when this happened.
2. Did you like what you heard? Do you still like it?
Yes I do. It’s a good track. I even played it when I was DJ’ing that time in
Snotty’s when you and your Australian friend came by. If I play post-punk,
new wave nights, then it’s a chance that it gets played.
3. Which Australian bands/arists do you know of?
Wohoo, that’s going to be a lot. Don’t even know if I will remember them all
to list them here! Maybe we should exclude the whole Farhman, Young,
Donovan, Kylie, Dannii, Men at work league to just narrow it down to more
serious stuff 🙂
Nick Cave and the bad seeds (Boys next door, Birthday Party)
Midnight Oil (Can that song ever just leave my brain?)
Architecture in Helsinki
Crime and the city solution
Dead can dance
The Lipstick Killers
And tonnes of other, I just can’t get the names to my brain right now! You
had and have a great scene, keep up the good work!
4. Which Australian bands/artists do you like? Why?
Most of them actually. I am a great fan of music and I have listened to a
large range of music and still like to seek new “kicks” in music.
Guess my last Australian newfound, except for the ones you recommended to
me, was your music!
5. Who is your favourite Australian band/music artist?
This has to be Nick “the boy next door celebrating his Birthday Party while
growing bad seeds in the fridge” Cave.
He and the members in the different bands and people around them have
produced the top cream of Australian music ever. From Nick to crime and by
Must have been great times and a great movement to have been a part of I
guess. There are great new Australian bands though and I guess music today
is more diverse and not centred around a few persons. But since I discovered
him and his bands in my teens then he will always have a special place in my
6. Have you seen any Australian bands play live? Tell us about the
Nick Cave & the bad seeds live in Stockholm back in the 90s when Blixa
Bargeld was still in the band.
Seeing him singing the Kylie Minogue part in “Where the wild roses grow” was
And of course him making all these crazy screams he is so famous for in
tracks like “Jangling Jack”
Nick Cave was in good mood and made fun of some guy saying he looked like
Strindberg! The whole band was standing on the corner of the stage pointing
And yeah of course. I almost forgot! It was a non smoking venue. But still
the bad seeds chain smoked cigarettes!
7. What do you see as the characterising features of Australian music? Do
you picture a landscape?
I always picture landscapes. Music is like that to me. An endless evolving
landscape. Australia’s is often a little harsh, warm but vast and a ugly but
beautiful at the same time! You have a distinguish feel I cannot put into
words. There’s something there, a broader landscape I think!
April 1, 2009
I’ve been nominated for a Green Room Award for the music I wrote last year for Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Green Room Awards are the Melbourne Theatre awards. I’m pretty pleased because it was my first time writing for theatre. Fiona Crombie has also been nominated for her wonderful design for Hamlet. All the info is at www.greenroom.org.au.
In May it’s the Sydney Writer’s Festival & I’ve been asked to contribute to a few sessions. I’ll be part of the discussion ‘Will The Real Writer Please Stand Up?’ on Saturday 23rd May 10:30am, and on Sunday 24th I’ll be in conversation with Bernard Zuel at 11:30am. These are both free and will be held at the Bangarra Dance Theatre. All the information is here: www.swf.org.au.
In other news, my first album ‘The Overture & The Underscore’ has only just been released in Korea. I think it’s cool that they wanted to begin at the start. I’m hoping to get the chance to visit there sometime in the coming year.