Entries from December 2016

2016 Year In Review

December 27, 2016

2016 was a very weird year for everyone involved. Hey there, Brexit/Trump/Bowie/Snape/Malcolm Turnbull! On a more personal level, I had some shit things happen to me too (i.e. having my flu misdiagnosed as meningococcal and getting sent to the ER) but otherwise, some pretty sweet things happened to, including:

  • Celebrating an entire decade of calling the world’s most liveable city home.
  • Running a BIGSOUND Conference workshop with Alex for Bolster that ended up being the most popular workshop at the whole conference by far.
  • Getting to play five shows at Canadian Music Week with Darts, and successfully navigating LAX with 22kg of music gear.
  • Back on home soil, getting the chance to play some amazing Darts gigs this year, including opening for Tiny Little Houses, Bully, Bleached and Polish Club, plus playing Volumes Fests in Syd.
  • Finding a FREE HAT.
  • Figuring out what I sound awful why I try to sing. (It’s to do with my breathing, apparently.)
  • Heading over to Singapore in November and eating all the foods.
  • Successfully doing a webinar on digital advertising.
  • Speaking at the 8 Percent conference panel around the place of record labels in the current music climate.
  • Watching The Cure play Splendour In The Grass.
  • Completing a 100-day healthy challenge where I had to eat cleanly for 100 days. I accidentally found out that not eating processed food for over 3 months cures adult acne. The more you know.
  • Learning to knit!
  • Getting the chance to work with some absolutely phenomenal clients at Bolster, including Iggy Pop, Adele, Flume and more.
  • Finishing an online course in best practices for copywriting for web and learning some new things too.
  • Travelling more than I ever have in my entire life, with a record of 22 flights over 12 months. No flights booked for 2017 though and that makes me so happy.
  • Learning that I will never be satisfied with whatever headphones I own. (Currently on the Aiaiai TMA-2 Studio Presets which are okay, but HMU if you know something better.)

Happy New Year, guys!

Year In Music

December 20, 2016

Is it a bit weird that I work in the music industry and am constantly listening to new music, yet my most played songs of 2016 are largely songs from previous years?

According to Spotify, the tunes I spun the most this year were:

  1. ‘When I’m Small’ by Phantogram (new album was good, but this song just takes the cake)
  2. ‘Take a Dip’ by Weaves
  3. ‘Digital Witness’ by St. Vincent

Apart from these top three, I ended up listening to 3,273 unique songs by 1,266 total artists for over 35,262 minutes… Full playlist below. Largely chicks with guitars singing loudly… Typical.

In terms of new albums I really dug, I thought the new Glass Animals album was ace and had GA’s signature style but was a real progression from their first album. September Girls’ new LP ‘Age of Indignation’ also got a real thrashing this year, but I still love their older ‘Veneer’ EP so much.

Our Clients Are Pretty Talented

December 8, 2016

One of my favourite parts about working at Bolster (besides the constant doggo talk and snacks) is that we’re lucky and get to work with some pretty talented musicians!

I was privileged to have gotten the chance to work on Flume’s new album via Future Classic, as well as the Australian leg of his massive world tour with Laneway Presents. Australia’s best electronic music export cleaned up at the ARIAs with five pointy awards to his name (Album of the Year, Best Male Artist, Best Dance Release, Best Pop Release & Best Independent Release). Plus a Grammy nom to his name (fingers crossed that turns into a Grammy win in Feb).

Also lucky to have worked with ARIA-winning champs Violent Soho, who nabbed two ARIAs.

Hats off to Remote Control & Caroline Australia, who I worked with on Australian advertising for this bunch of Grammy nominated legends: Adele, Bon Iver, Iggy Pop, Jack White and Parquet Courts. Other Bolster campaign managers also worked on Sia (via Inertia) and Radiohead (via Remote Control) who are also up for a chance to win a Grammy next year!

Full list of ARIA wins here, and Grammy noms over here.

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