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The cat theme continues…

I was asked to compose a soundtrack for a short film by Jacqui Stewart who is the voice behind the mic on wonderful electronica radio show- House of Jack on Joy FM.

She sent me through the footage and lo and behold it starts and ends with a feline friend.  The pussy cat theme seems to be creeping in to my stage shows, songs, merchandise and now soundtracks.  Not that I mind- I do love these little creatures.

You can check out the resulting work here:

cat for jacqui from jacqui stewart on Vimeo.

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YES!!! I can finally share the first single from my new album with you—–Introducing Feline 

The best part is that there is a brand new video to go with it.
It was a lot of fun to make. As almost none of the songs on my forthcoming album are autobiographical,(it wasn’t a conscious thing, however each one has a particular character and story that is very distinct from my experiences and life)  and so it was great to be able to inhabit this particular quirky lady for the Feline video and quite seriously, who would not love being in a video with a giant cat!

I really hope you enjoy it and if you are so inclined to own a copy (I certainly hope that is the case) you can buy it now through most digital retailers including Itunes, Amazon or streaming through Spotify

Some people who worked with me on this song who you should know about because they are awesome (from mixing and mastering to putting on a cat costume!)

Myles Mumford

Anthony Lyons

Josh Harris

Adam Dempsey

Andrew McPherson

Thanks and big hugs also go to: Rory McDougall, Dave Evans, Al Parsons, Tommy Spender & Patrick McMullin
The new album will find it’s way to you hopefully by years end, but I’ll be sure to give you another song and introduce you to another character before then.
MEOW!  XO Aimee

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meowing your way!

On August 16th I’ll be releasing my brand new single out into the world.  It is called Feline and I can’t wait to share it!  The initial idea for the song came about from watching the wily tactics our beautiful cat Figaro (and cats in general) use to coerce you into doing their bidding.

As I sit here typing Miss Figaro is asleep and snoring on my lap, so I thought while I am being used as her personal sofa I would share my favourite youtube cat video (of which there are MANY!) Ninja Cat!  Do you have a favourite? Please share the link.

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Being a better music fan

I just read this great article by Lachlan Bryan over at Artshub.  I think he makes some excellent points.  Some of my most enduring favourite music has been found because I took a punt and bought a  cd from an unsigned artist on CD baby or I clicked through a link on a music blog to something that sounded interesting and bought the album on itunes or through bandcamp.  I don’t do it enough either anymore- I’ve made a loose rule for myself, that if there is a song being played on independent radio here in Melbourne that I find myself singing along to in the car constantly- I write down the name and go home and look for it on a digital store.  Last one I’ve nabbed is Lost Animals– Lose the baby. Such a fantastic song.

There really are amazing songs out there- not just the ones that come to your attention through great marketing and hype.  we all need to stop saying we can’t afford to buy music.  When you only had the options to buy CDs- you saved for that CD you just had to have, you found a way to own it and you played it over and over for weeks.  It’s a brilliant feeling falling in love with a song- be brave, take a punt and actually go and buy some music that you are passionate  about.

Lachlan’s article can be found here.

A CD I bought on CD Baby by US musician Gileah many years ago has remained in my top 25 on itunes ever since.  Here’s a taste:

Just after posting I came across this fantastic article- so had to re-edit to include:


and if you still aren’t convinced http://www.popmedium.com/2012/06/response-to-groupies-article-entitled-why-music-piracy-is-good/

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Musicoz Awards

Well I thought I was just going to be going to work as per usual tomorrow- but it seems I’ll be getting on a plane and heading to the red carpet of the Sydney Opera House as a finalist in this year’s MusicOz Awards.

It’s an expensive undertaking to fly up there at short notice (as everything in being a musician seems to be hard on my bank balance!)  but I think win or lose- sometimes you need to take opportunities such as this to stop and acknowledge the hard work that you have put into creating a song and let it be celebrated by yourself, your peers and the industry.  All too often we have already moved onto recording the next song while the previous one is just finding it’s way out into the world- so tomorrow night, I’ll pop on a frock, enjoy a little bit more sunshine than we currently have in Melbourne- (although Melbourne in your defence you really have turned it on today!) and celebrating the diversity and depth of Australia’s unsigned talent.

You can watch the awards live and then on repeat right here:

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Big Love for Adelaide

Well I’m back home after a whirlwind few days in the city of churches. I can now say with absolute certainty that it is certainly not all about churches in this fine South Australian capital- they sure now how to throw one hell of a festival- or 3.

On Wednesday night I headed after an afternoon of wandering around to get my bearings (I am the worst navigator you will possibly ever meet) I headed out to a pop up bar, down an alley way called Arcade Lane to catch the first round of bands for Fuse Festival. I finally got to see a fellow Melbournian who I had heard a lot about but who had seemed to elude me when it came to a live show, so it was lovely to finally see Kristina Militiadou, particularly in such a gorgeous venue, with incredible balmy Summer weather.  Thursday was spent chatting with other bands and sitting in on conference topics before a bit of a chat with Seb on The Range: Radio Adelaide   you can stream the interview right HERE!    Seb also started the show with a new track that I also have a crush on: Genisis by Grimes: Really beautiful…. have a listen-

Then it was time for my showcase!  Super excited by the venue- Cuckoo Bar Big congrats to Phil & Sarah for creating such a stylish forum for electronic music.  I would highly recommend a visit if you are in town!

So my showcase was an absolute blast, really had a great time and have to say an enormous thank you to the people who made it down to watch.  Some super brilliant new friends to be made (That would be you Brent, Sam & Elizabeth xox) and just all round good vibes.

If you couldn’t make it down- Here’s one of my songs captured live by Spoz and his youtube channel is wonderful for getting a glimpse of some of the other great bands that were on show (I’m glad he shot Hawks of Alba, cause I wanted to catch them and they were playing too close to my slot at another venue) Spoz’s blog has a lot of footage for music in Adelaide albeit with heavily weighted to non electronic/electro music – but absolutely worth a peruse, if only for the volume of music he manages to take photos and footage of.

Final night was Fringe Festival Opening Night- complete with parade. Honestly Adelaide you really do have amazing energy and I am so very fond of you! I’m going to come back soon and I’ll be sure to bring friends with me.


Thanks to everyone who made the trip so amazing!


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Sitting in a bar in Adelaide

Well I’m not sitting in a bar in Adelaide, but I’m certainly getting psyched to do so.  I recently spoke to Michael on the Podcast ‘Sitting in A Bar in Adelaide’ which featured a handful of the bands showcasing at Fuse Festival next week.  It’s a really good snapshot of just how much amazing, polished and diverse the independent music scene is in Australia.  I think if you’re prepared to do even the tiniest bit of exploration beyond the Triple J and Nova dripfeed, you really are rewarded.  You can have a listen to Michael having a chat to bands from Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and beyond.  My personal interview starts about 32 minutes in and it was a pleasure speaking to Michael who is clearly passionate about music, both his own and Australian.

There’s also big rap for bass player extraordinaire Dave Evans

Here is a video for The Brow Horn Orchestra playing next Wednesday night as part of the Fuse East Showcase:

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Fuse Festival Countdown

Only a little over a week until I am Adelaide bound for Fuse Festival. It’s going to be a fairly intense couple of days seminars and talks during the day and lots of music to see at night.  A few bands I’m looking forward to catching are fellow Melbournians Howl at the Moon, Adam Eaton and South Australians The Shiny Brights

If you are in Adelaide, I’d love to see you!  I’m playing at Cuckoo Bar on Thursday 23 February and I’ll be on around 10.30pm, but make sure you catch local hip-hop lad The Beat Co. who is on before me.

The whole night of Showcase Gigs for Fuse Festival is Free Entry- that’s a LOT of live music for no outlay, so if you are in Adelaide, please consider getting out on the town on Wed 22 and Thurs 23 and support some great music from every genre and every state in Australia.

The event coincides with National Slam Day which is an offshoot of the amazing Slam Rally that took place in Melbourne to help bring much needed attention to the state of Live music in Australia.

Get on Board!!


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Visualise: Make a music video, mobile phone app, interactive installation.

If you are a member of the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association it is time to flex your creative digits and mess around with my music at the same time. Getty Images have put together a competition called Visualise


Take my music and then make something new, visual and highly creative to exist alongside or within it and you could win a brand spanking macbook air a full CS 5.5 Master Suite and have your work shown at the AIMIA Awards at Cockatoo Island next month.  I will also be showing my favourite entries throughout the World Wide Web and if you make something that I can take with me on tour to Japan, France and the Netherlands in the coming months, then your work will be coming along with me there too!

Modeselektor feat. Otto von Schirach “Evil Twin” from eatart on Vimeo.

MonsterMaker 1.0 from SPTA! on Vimeo.

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Free Remix Download and new music that I can’t get enough of

Well first of all, I thought it was time for a present!  I was pottering on a track that I started when I was happily lost in the South of France at La Muse.

You can download a full copy of the track HERE!


I wanted to let you know about 2 artists from opposite side of the world that I just can’t get enough of at the moment.

The first is: Beat Culture He’s a 17 year old from the US who only started making music a year ago and I’m awestruck- his sample based compositions are really engrossing- he has something really special.  There’s a mixture of free downloads and songs for sale- really worth a listen.

I also just bought an ep by Brice Woodall also hailing from the US- this 4 track release was recorded partly on cassette and partly on computer- the result is really gorgeous electronic pop that reminds me somewhat of The Postal Service.  I haven’t given it a thorough listening as yet- but it strikes me as a grower!

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