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60 seconds with... Micks King by Kian West

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SO YOU HAVE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK AND HAVEN’T HEARD OF THE EPIC WEEKLY EVENT THAT IS MADHOUSE. WE FORGIVE YOU. HERE IS THE WORD FROM ONE OF THE MUCH LOVED ELEMENTS, DJ MICKS KING EXTRAORDINAIRE, A MAN WHO DEFINITELY MAKES NEWCASTLE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN. Micks-King-&-Wizla-Blades

 

So Micks King, is that what your mother calls you?

 GIFTED!

You run a cool Thursday night event at the Hamilton Station called Madhouse that has the city a-buzz talking about it. For those that don’t know, tell us what goes on at the Madhouse?

Thank you, those are kind words. “Madhouse” is a loose-knit collective of DJs that has been working together for a couple of years now. Our aim is simply to bring people great music. Part of this is putting on live events and artist showcases. We have been running a Thursday night event at the Hamilton Station Hotel that focuses on showcasing live Hip Hop performances in all their various forms. Hip Hop has been traditionally misunderstood by a lot of people in this city, which has led to certain venues and people trying to ignore it or stop it from happening. We wanted to put together an arena where all the talented Hip Hop artists from our city could showcase their talents. There is a lot. Hip Hop people know how to party and have fun, so it's a good vibe.

 

As a DJ, who and what inspires you?

Life. I see DJing as being made up of all the same elements that make up my life. So I'm always trying to take whatever I learn day to day and apply it to my DJing in whatever way I can.

 

Madhouse Radio is about to become a thing. You have successfully run a campaign through pozible to fund the project; with the assistance of Creative Partnerships Australia, This Is Not Art and Octapod, can you describe Madhouse Radio?

It's really just an extension of what we have already been doing. Giving people more of what they want in it's pure form instead of the watered down versions they might get elsewhere, only now instead of being able to reach people in nightclubs or bars at certain times of the week, we can reach them wherever they are at any time. That might be bringing people new artists, new music or bringing them the facts on what's happening. The world is digital now, so Madhouse is digital too.

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What is the lowdown for Madhouse and Micks King in October?

We got to keep it moving, Hip Hop in Newcastle is crazy right now, there is a lot of people doing a lot of great things so we going to stay on the front lines bringing people all the great new music we can. We got two great parties in the first week I'm definitely looking forward to on the 3rd at the Hamilton Station Hotel and on the 5th at The Cambridge Hotel. Lots of great artists are involved like Blades, Context & Jimmy Flipshit, P. Smurf, Tycotic, Corner Store Superheroes, Lomas & Mad Man, Dawn Laird, Stateovmind, Talakai, Kale and like a thousand other great guys who are going to hate me for not mentioning them. Of course Wizla will be on the loose as well. He just bought a van. Last I seen he was putting a DJ mixer in the back.

 

Anything else our readers should know about Madhouse or yourself?

Everyone should have fun and get involved with the art of expressing themselves. It doesn't have to be with Madhouse, whatever makes you happy. As long as people are getting involved with music and the arts in Newcastle I'm happy.

 

 

 

 

60 seconds with... Alex Watts by Kian West

I make singer-songwriter rock/pop music that is informed by my love of soul and vintage rhythm and blues. I like to play with the format to keep things interesting, so sometimes you’ll see me with a horn section, keys and back up vocalists, sometimes as a traditional rockn’roll quartet and sometimes completely solo. They’re all different experiences that come from the same place, it’s pop music.

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60 seconds with - HOREGEOUS by Ryan Williams

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INTERVIEW

By Ryan Williams

 

nm_web_images_11Excuse my ignorance, but how do you pronounce the name of the band? It's pronounced like gorgeous but with an H, it was spelt Whoregeous for a while then we decided to drop the W for no apparent reason. It essentially means super sexy, dirty girls.

And how do you describe your sound? Influences? Rock & Roll with some bluesy elements, influences would be Queens of the Stone age, Royal Bloods, Band of Skulls, Led Zeppelin, booze.

What is team Hore working on at the moment? The Hore team is currently starting to write a new EP which may well turn into an album with the way writing is going. Either way it's going to be called Ultra Violent Tennessee Cobblers, it will be phat and loud and in your face.

What's the biggest moment you've had as a band? hmmm thats a tough one, I'd say probably when we headlined a show at the Standard in Sydney, its a massive venue and the best stage we have played on. sound was great, supports band were awesome, and everyone had a great time!

Here's possibly the most important question of the interview - how many tattoos do the members of Horegeous have? Well I can only speak for myself, which I have 5 silly rock & roll tattoo's, I know Chris (bass) has a few as well and innocent Sweet D (Dale-drums) hasn't got any, he has probably pierced his cock by now though.

Anything else you'd like to add? Keep your eyes peeled for when we are playing near you! and check us out online!

Finally, why should everyone run out attend the next Horegeous gig? So you can come have a bogey to some live music and get nice and boozy with us!