If I had to guess, Ben Gillies is hungry as I speak to him. Not in the sense that he’s hungry to get out there and tackle the music scene, more that he has a fanging for a hamburger or something like that. That or the man has a thing using food analogies. With a band name like Bento, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise.
For those who don’t know, bento is a Japanese meal, usually served in a lacquered or elaborately decorated box that is divided into sections for holding individual portions of food.
Bento isn’t a nickname for frontman Ben Gillies, who came to fame as the drummer and co-founder of Silverchair. On the cusp of releasing the debut record Diamond Days, Gillies tells of the different flavours waiting to be discovered.
As Byron Bay Bluesfest enters its 24th year, another stunning line-up has just been released including Ben Harper, Santana and Iggy & the Stooges (and that’s just the first announcement). Eleanor at AAA Backstage caught up with Director/Producer Peter Nobel to talk Bluesfest past, present and fiction.
Elen Levon is a pint-sized raven haired pop-star generating a lot of buzz on the Australian pop scene, successfully setting the ARIA charts on fire with her electro-poppin’ single Naughty – and all before her eighteenth birthday. Her latest tune, Dancing to the Same Song is set to follow in a similar fashion as an instant dance-floor anthem. AAA Backstage’s Bailey caught up with Elen following her recent trip to Tokyo where her Like Girl in Love video was filmed, finding out that the sky is the limit with this young songstress.
Tim Hart’s debut solo folk record Milling The Wind is a broodingly candid 18 month accumulation of themes, from exploring his austere childhood to the hopelessness of heartbreak. Hart’s sincere transmission of ideas into verse lends itself to a natural rhythm; impacting emotional shades that in the dark are strangely hopeful, a subtle beauty to the melancholic. Hart proves the understated integrity of delicate guitar picking; nothing forced, nothing tortured, with a vocal range and tempo that plummets into a valley of sorrow and despair balanced with the majesty of an honest and poignant truth. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Tim who spoke to me about what shapes and affects his lyricism, the romance of folk music and the compulsions of being a song-writer.