Jobs in music for the non-musical

jobsfornonmusical Unfortunately we are not all born with musical talent. While some may claim their voice sounds like Mariah (thanks Mum) and their beat-matching or guitar riffs rival that of the Coachella main stage – others, like myself are tragically musically challenged. And now, with the government breathing down our neck to apply for 40+ jobs a month and weekly Centrelink payments looking to be something of the past, those who live and die for the music industry yet (to put it bluntly) suck at playing music need that little bit of inspiration to keep themselves in the industry. Do not fret! Here are some non-musical alternatives which will sure to keep you off the dole for a few months.

The Manager

We all want to tell our friends “I’m with the band” and here is your perfect non-musical solution, The Manager. Whether it is a DJ, a band, a pop-star or an unknown indie gem, the artist manager is in charge of all things business. Very often the artists are all good and well at the creative music making, but utterly hopeless at getting themselves to gigs, promoting their awesome music, booking live gigs and negotiating all the deals, aka. the money. The Manager represents the talent, tours with the talent and practically is the talent, minus the rehab stints.

The Promoter

If you like late nights and live music, and are a keen bean for social media and getting your mates into to the hottest clubs in town, then The Promoter or press agent is your set career path. You could even put on shows yourself! All you have to do is start by promoting a regular “gig night” at your favourite venue, or when bands or DJs tour through your area, and generate as much hype as possible. The key to success? Find the missing link in your area, the gap in music genre that desperately needs to be filled and make it yours! Scout for young local talent, cool venues and make sure you network your way to success. If networking is your jam, a promoter is persuasive, optimistic, persistent and loves chatting to people and listening to good music. Just aim to meet as many people in the industry as possible and it will pan out for the best in the long run.

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The Radio Host

Some our biggest names in music have sprouted from behind the microphones of radio. Pete Tong for BBC Radio 1 in the UK, and even home-grown hero Nina Las Vegas have now become the welcoming voice of partying in our nation. Do you like to talk? Do you like music? Do you have a unique seductive voice? It seems like this is the dream job for you and the perfect way to show your love and devotion to artists new and old. Plus, you don’t have to get dressed up for work!

The Publicist

All musicians need a little, actually they need A LOT of help getting there name out. If you are as passionate about their music as the artist is, than this is the job for you. The publicist role involves doing everything and anything you can to get your musician(s) into the media. You want to see them on the front cover of Rolling Stone, blasting on the radio, published on websites like the interns and draping off the should of gorgeous models at the hottest parties in town (if that’s their kinda thing). In a saturated world of technology and social media, your role is now more important than ever – to spread the word and give your artist the extra push they need to succeed.


The Photographer

If you’ve got an eye for a great photo, whether it’s at a gig , festival or a secret exclusive house party, then it’s time to start snapping.We are not talking about those dodgy selfies you take in the girls bathrooms, you need to be able to make it look like you are at the best party in the world and induce serious FOMO. This is a career of true commitment…commitment to late nights, partying, rubbing shoulders with artists, touring and getting the best shot no matter what. You should probably bow down to people like Rukes, he knows what he is doing.

The Online Journo

Those who can’t do teach. Well, they write at least. Your aim is to spread your in-depth knowledge of music as far and wide, and the message that music is awesome. Set up a blog and you’re pretty much up and running: now you just need to fill it with some words. Write about whatever moves you most. Do you secretly love your little sister’s pop music? Does the newest Kasabian album make you want to throw something at the wall? It doesn’t matter, just try and be creative as possible, your audience will appreciate it. And the added bonus, you can get free tickets to gigs!

The Sound Engineer

You want access all areas, The Sound Engineer will give you that. Those who see themselves to be that little bit techy, a live sound engineer is in charge of setting up all the sound equipment, the running the sound board during the show in a club or a concert hall, sound checks included. Imagine handing the microphone to your favourite artists! Hot tip: if you want to be a sound engineer, consider some vocational training, or hang out with some other sound engineers to learn or the tech aspects.


The Cover Art Designer

If we all take note of the beauty of SBTRKT’s newest album cover, or any of Caribou’s delightful artwork you may come to realise that music can be that little bit arty. A cover art designer is really simply a graphic designer who happens to focus on music related projects. Very often they dabble in designing posters, merch, t-shirts, you name it! You have the ability to make an iconic piece of art which could stick in the minds of music lovers for life.

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Ariana Grande goes intergalactic in the video for ‘Break Free’

Today is turning out to be all about pop princess Ariana Grande. We posted about her new track with Big Sean, Best Mistake, and now she’s unveiled the video for the Zedd-produced, Break Free. Aesthetically, it’s one of Grande’s boldest moves yet. She fights space creatures, breaks-out aliens and then attends a party on a spaceship where Zedd is the DJ. It’s completely ridiculous but in tune with the space-theme that plagued the 2000s. In a strange way, it’s actually genius.

Read our feature on how Ariana Grande became an alternative darling and a pop princess.



Why there is still life left in Sydney after-dark


In January, the NSW State Government passed laws in Sydney that enforced a 1.30am lock-out and 3am last drinks in a zone that stretches from Walsh Bay to Kings Cross and everywhere in between. Many at the time hailed it as the end of Sydney’s night life with a burgeoning electronic scene seemingly stopped in its tracks and in its golden age. As expected the lock-out has sucked some of the life out of Sydney after-dark with the question bandied around, ‘where is everybody?’ Well, while many are at home watching Harry Potter repeats (no judgement), there are still plenty of people hitting up some of the many events Sydney has to offer.

The State Government has opened its inquiry into the laws requesting comment from the public about the effectiveness of the new laws. You can submit your submission here. In the interest of looking at the glass half-full, here are the reasons why we should still be positive about Sydney after-dark.

Illegal warehouse parties

There’s a certain romanticism to the recent news that illegal warehouse parties are popping up around Sydney. While we don’t condone the poor safety regulations, it shows that people are still keen for nights out with great music. Last week, Murat Kilic, the owner of Spice Cellar nightclub, which has been deeply affected by the laws, revealed to the Sydney Morning Herald that warehouse parties were occurring every weekend. Kilic told SMH of the parties, ““We’re talking BYO parties where people are bringing their own booze, there are no cameras, there is grossly inadequate security, there are hazards everywhere. It’s exactly what the authorities don’t want.”

Mark Gerber, the owner of Oxford Arts Factory also weighed in on the conversation saying “You need rebellion to create change…It’s never going to end and it’s a good thing. Local councils should support it and not fight it.” Music promoter Sasha Skalrud added that there are about 15 of these parties happening every weekend, with 800-900 attendees. So, when there are tumbleweeds running through the Cross of a Saturday night, you now know where everyone is.

Upcoming events

Given that it’s the middle of Winter, it’s a positive sign that great electronic artists are still gracing our shores. This year already we’ve seen the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, Cashmere Cat and Jamie xx post lock-out laws, all receiving great turn-outs. Nina Las Vegas’ shows saw Goodgod packed earlier in the year with a line-up that included LDRU, Cosmo’s Midnight, Indian Summer and more. Still to come we’re going to see some tours likely to entice electronic fans.

In the latter half of this year, BBE are bringing US producer Com Truise to Goodgod Small Club along with the Ryan Hemsworth endorsed, UV Boi, while also presenting LA duo Gladiator at Chinese Laundry. Objekt, Jam City and Laurel Halo are set to deliver triple the fun at Civic Underground with all three of them earning titles as some of the best electronic producers around at the moment. One part of Major Lazer, Jillionaire, is also bringing his high-energy show to Pacha at the Ivy. Just moments ago, BBE also announced that Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL will be heading to Australia in September as DJ Dodger Stadium.

There’s plenty of local talent to get excited about too with Motez, BanoffeeMammals and Young Franco amongst a handful of great acts ready to breathe life into the city. Alison Wonderland, who is coming off the back off sold-out warehouse shows, will also play the Metro Theatre at the end of the month. Fast-rising Sydney producer, Kilter is also playing Oxford Arts Factory and judging by his mammoth Splendour In The Grass set, it will be one not to miss.

On the festival side of things, Listen Out Festival is set to bring Zhu, Four Tet, Shlohmo, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and more to Sydney and around the country. While Beyond The Valley on New Years Eve will see Alunageorge, Kaytranada, Dillon Francis and more in the country with sideshows surely to be announced soon.


When one door closes, another one opens, quite literally. Newtown has benefited the most from the lock-out laws because of its non-inclusion in the zone. Straight off the back of the laws, night owls began to flock to the Imperial off King St in search of some after 1.30am fun. Maker agency picked up on this and started Meanwhile, a club night on Fridays at the Imperial. Meanwhile lasts from “11.59pm until forever” and has so far has hosted DJ sets from Rufus and Silversix with Wordlife and Linda Marigliano still to play before August is out. By all accounts, it’s provided some sweaty nights already. Sometimes innovation is the most powerful way of responding to a poorly dealt card.

Astral People

Astral People are basically responsible for pulling everybody out of bed this year. Reaching their third year of existence, they’ve put on some of the best events in the city. This year already, they’ve presented Chrome Sparks’ Splendour In The Grass sideshow and hosted a stellar Vivid Live Studio party which featured Chicago acid-house act, Phuture, alongside L-Vis 1990 and rising producer, Bok Bok. Still to come this year they will celebrate their 3rd Birthday at Goodgod with Collarbones, Dro Carey, Rainbow Chan and more and present a joint Collarbones and Black Vanilla tour.

The most exciting thing to come is the return of their boutique festival, Outsidein. This year it will take place at Manning House in Sydney Uni and features their best line-up yet. On the said line-up is hip-hop group The Pharcyde, Seekae, Panthu Du Prince, Giraffage plus many more. I just fainted.

Clubs are changing things up

It’s not an easy task to convince patrons to enter a venue that they’re going to be stuck in after 1.30am and not allowed to drink after 3am but many have risen to the task. Spice Cellar offers a mocktail and juice bar between 3am and 5am to keep clubgoers hydrated while it also has an after-hours event that kicks off at 5am for those with a bit of stamina.

Goodgod Small Club has been hosting some interesting nights to get people in before 1.30am and out in the Winter cold. Their ‘90s night a few weeks ago had queues around the corner at 11pm to get in, with many of those people staying until the music stopped at 4am. There’s still plenty of treats to come from Goodgod (and we’re not just talking about their new Jamaican Canteen). At the end of the month, they’ll host Haters Club for those with a penchant for RnB. Bad Ezzy, Joyride, Shantan and Nacho Pop will be on the decks dropping beats that will most likely command all to get low. Real low.

Chinese Laundry relaunched in July with a Friday night bass-party called BASSIC and house and electro night LNDRY on a Saturday. While it reflects changing music tastes it’s also no doubt an attempt to get more patrons through the door given Chinese Laundry’s reputation as an all-night venue. So far they’ve hosted the likes of Motez and Indian Summer with a KLP party coming up in September.


What Now?

Now for the serious part. Despite there still being plenty of reasons to don your dancing shoes and head out, it’s important for Sydney’s long-term nightlife culture that these laws be dealt with in a conversational manner. The inquiry is the first chance for the public to have their first recorded say about the laws. Goodgod’s feature on FasterLouder said it best when it called music “the main currency” and alcohol “the support act”. It’s the responsible side of the clubbing community that needs to submit to the Government with a well-thought out submission that considers safety, culture and practicality. This inquiry doesn’t necessarily mean that anything will happen, but it’s the first chance to offer a formal submission en masse.

Finally, If you’ve been to Newtown of late, you’d have noticed the queues around the corner to bars after 1.30am. Newtown has never been designed for large crowds of those ready to club, rather it has always been regarded as having a bar culture. There will come a time when accommodating the crowds in Newtown will become an impossible task. If the Government is concerned about safety first and foremost it should look at some of the bi-products of the lock-out and consider it’s main reasons for installing the law. Many of which are tainted by the fact The Star Casino precinct is exempt from the law.

Once again, you can submit your inquiry here. Until then, don’t get angry, get even. There’s plenty in Sydney to do, even if you can’t wander the streets after 1.30am.


Hear the Sampha-produced ‘For You’ by London newcomer Fabiano Palladino

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We’ve heard British singer/songwriter Sampha alongside SBTRKT and Drake but rarely behind the production desk with new artists. For You is the debut track from London artists Fabiano Palladino with Sampha taking on production duties. Palladino’s vocals are ethereal and soulful and as such, Sampha’s understated type of production fits her like a glove. It’s an RnB-inspired track leaning towards a more organic, Jessie Ware style with subtle string arrangements and ambient beats. The loved-up track is being released via London label Double Denim which has recently released efforts from Empress Of and Bayou.

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Ariana Grande and Big Sean team up again on ‘Best Mistake’

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You’d be forgiven for being a little confused by the latest offerings by songstress Ariana Grande. Problem was a ’90s throwback banger, Break Free was an EDM, Zedd production and this latest one is a contemporary RnB mid-tempo. Nonetheless she’s nailed each of them, with Best Mistake destined to become another hit. Flowing piano’s and an unobtrusive beat lay behind Grande’s floating vocals which effortlessly cruises through the understated melody. Big Sean steps in on the second verse to transform the song into a track reminiscent of J.Lo and LL Cool J’s All I Have. Grande’s record, My Everything, drops in Australia next Friday. Read why we think it will be one of the years best here.


Ryan Hemsworth unveils Seattle producer Lucas’ ‘Keep U Warm’

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Ryan Hemsworth has been releasing free songs from upcoming producers every week via his Secret Songs series. The latest to emerge from that is Seattle Producer, Lucas’ Keep U Warm. The track is an RnB-laced, mid-tempo number, just the way Hemsworth likes it and features noises from crickets to video game SFX. Of Lucas, Hemsworth says, “I think he’s really part of this next movement that’s going to be run by producers who grew up caring more about rock and R&B than dance music.” The release follows Lucas’ affecting remix of Hemsworth’s One For Me last month. Keep U Warm can be downloaded for free below.

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Kaytranada asks ‘Leave Me Alone’ on first track from upcoming EP

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Canadian producer Kaytranada is set to touch down in the country over New Years for the Beyond The Valley Festival on Phillip Island. No doubt stirring some more excitement for that visit he’s released Leave Me Alone, the first track from his So Bad EP which is set to be released via XL Records. With assistance from vocalist Shay Lia, Kaytranada has crafted an understated track with bass that bubbles under and sporadic vocal samples. It’s ambient with a hint of RnB and most definitely ready for early-morning club revellers. Bring on his debut album, due later this year.


Jessie Ware shares ‘Say You Love Me’

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Last week Jessie Ware released details of her forthcoming album, Tough Love, which is out 6 October via PMR. Today she’s released another track from the record called Say You Love Me once again produced by Benny Blanco/Two Inch Punch duo, BenZel. It’s a breezy, emotion-filled track that almost lifts off into power ballad territory, only to pull it right back in when necessary. The climatic end sees Ware allow her voice to reach full flight, a mode we rarely hear on her recorded material. The whole way through she sounds exceptional.


Hear what Flume does with Arcade Fire’s ‘Afterlife’


One would’ve thought it would be hard to beat Flume‘s year in 2013, but he’s doing a good job of competing with it in 2014. He recently played three sold out shows in New York, stunned a packed out Lollapalooza crowd and delivered remixes for Lorde, Seekae and Chet Faker. Now he’s adding to that with a remix of Arcade Fire’s Afterlife from their 2013 record Reflektor. Flume chops and manipulates Win Butler’s vocals while laying down a subtly climatic, ambient sound scape. Still, it maintains the same uplifting vibe of the original. It’s a little bit softer than Flume’s past work but no less effective.

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Kindness announces new album and streams ‘World Restart’


UK artist and producer, Kindness has released details of his forthcoming album, Otherness, and in the process dropped a new song, World Restart. He’s pulled in some pretty stellar guests to kick things off with Kelela and Ade both joining him on World Restart. The track sees Kelela pulled from her world of future RnB and thrown into a funky groove with a distinct sax line. It may be a little different but it’s still soulful and full of rhythm.

The album will also feature a bunch of features with Robyn and Dev Hynes among those confirmed to appear. Otherness will be released on 14 October. See the tracklist below.

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1. World Restart feat. Kelela & Ade

2. This Is Not About Us

3. I’ll Be Back

4. Who Do You Love? feat. Robyn

5. 8Th Wonder feat. M.anifest

6. With You feat. Kelela

7. Geneva

8. For The Young

9. Why Don’t You Love Me feat Devonté Hynes & Tawiah

10. It’ll Be Ok


Stream Kimbra’s sophomore album, ‘The Golden Echo’

Kimbra has made her sophomore album, The Golden Echo available to stream ahead of its Friday release. The album which sports guests from Matt Bellamy of Muse and Mark Foster to Bilal is the follow-up to 2012’s Vows.

It features the previously released ‘90s Music and Miracle, taking a sometimes psychedelic trip into the heart of soul music. Kimbra told a Twitter Q&A earlier in the year that the album was inspired by “A flower called Narcissus Golden Echo. Greek Mythology & Thomas Merton.”

The album is streaming over at NPR.

Read the track list and watch the video for ‘90s Music below:

1. Teen Heat

2. 90s Music

3. Carolina

4. Goldmine

5. Miracle

6. Rescue Him

7. Madhouse

8. Everlovin’ Ya

9. As You Are

10. Love In High Places

11. Nobody But You

12. Waltz Me To Grave