Turning Heads with Augustus Welby
Rackett (Rebecca Callander)

Rackett (Rebecca Callander)

May 31, 2020

This episode features a chat with Sydney artist Rackett aka Rebecca Callander. Rackett's latest single, 'ILY Alley', came out in May 2020. It's the third song released since Bec relaunched Rackett as a solo project in 2019. Rackett had previously been a four-piece band. They started out playing garage punk and slowly morphed into more of a glam rock band.

But after parting with her band mates, Bec was keen to shake things up. She’d become a big fan of artists like Charli XCX, Tyler the Creator, Dorian Electra and A$AP Rocky, and wanted to cast off the rock-oriented sound of the former Rackett.

Rackett 2.0 emerged in October 2019 with the single ‘Machinations’ and Bec followed up with ‘Oxytoxic’ and ‘ILY Alley’. The former two align with artists like Charli XCX, Sophie and the PC music crowd – artists who're unafraid to inhabit a highly computerised world.

We spoke about Bec’s stylistic transformation, confidence goals and how our lives are increasingly being conducted online.

Turning heads is recorded on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation; the traditional custodians of the land. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. 

Steve Smyth

Steve Smyth

May 24, 2020

This episode features a conversation with Barcelona-based, Australian songwriter Steve Smyth. Steve released two successful LPs in the early part of the 2010s – Release (2011) and Exits (2014) – before relocating to Barcelona, which is where he still lives. There was a long wait for the follow-up to Exits, but Steve returned with the single ‘Stages’ in early 2020 and delivered the Blood EP in May.

Compared to the noisy, junkyard blues rock of his earlier releases, Blood is a sparse affair that carries the influence of Steve's new surroundings. For example, ‘Stages’ is built around nylon string guitar and punctuated by swaying, plaintive horn refrains. This aesthetic permeates the release, which entirely eschews drums and electric guitar.

We spoke about Steve's long absence from the release radar and the sorts of personal hurdles he had to jump over in order to feel comfortable releasing new material. He also spoke about the universal desire to be accepted, and how this shapes his aspirations as a musician.

Turning heads is recorded on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation; the traditional custodians of the land. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. 

Ferla (Giuliano Ferla)

Ferla (Giuliano Ferla)

May 17, 2020

This episode features Melbourne musician Giuliano Ferla who fronts the band Ferla. Giuliano launched the Ferla project in 2015, self-releasing his debut EP Guilt Pop. Ferla evolved into a band in 2016 and the project's second EP Stay Posi came out in 2017. It's Personal, Ferla's debut album, came out in April 2019. Beat magazine named it Album of the Week in a 9/10 review. 

Giuliano likes to describe his music as pop music, but while his songs contain memorable melodies and the sorts of crests and troughs you’d associate with the pop song format, it’s definitely a bit off-centre. It's somewhat reminiscent of '80s bands like Prefab Sprout or even Rowland S Howard’s solo work.

We spoke about Giuls' philosophies on creativity, which are broadly applicable no matter what your project is. He also offered some controversial views on a classic Bob Dylan song and reflected on poor teen fashion choices. Look out for Turning heads trivia, too.

Turning heads is recorded on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation; the traditional custodians of the land. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. 

Sonny (Xavier Bacash)

Sonny (Xavier Bacash)

May 7, 2020

This episode features a chat with Melbourne expat Xavier Bacash, aka Sonny, who's based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Xavier started the Sonny project in 2016 just after his old band, Gypsy & the Cat, split-up. He moved to Copenhagen in 2017 and got deeply involved in the local underground electronic scene, which has had a pretty big influence on his music.

We talked about the debut Sonny record 'Union: Integration of the Shadow' and how Danish life, language and music influenced the project.

Turning heads is recorded on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation; the traditional custodians of the land. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. 

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