It’s a soggy Tuesday morning in Hobart, and the talented boys from garage rock/punk band A. Swayze and the Ghosts have just flown home after launching their single, ‘Reciprocation’, at the Grace Darling in Melbourne. The high energy band – comprised of Andrew (Swayze) Hasler and very solid, non-spooky ghosts Zac Blain, Hendrik Wipprecht and Ben Simms – chatted with us over some very civilised pints with mostly civilised banter about their music, history, inspirations and aspirations.
Anna Snoekstra recently published her debut fiction novel, Only Daughter, a gripping thriller following the stories of two women: Rebecca (Bec) Winter, in the days leading up to her disappearance as a 16-year-old, and the unnamed shoplifting-fugitive who pretends to be her, 11 years later.
Happy Axe is the solo project of Canberra based musician Emma Kelly, recently returned from a tour of Europe. Using violin, musical saw and vocals, combined with digital manipulation and looping, she creates ethereal soundscapes that bring enraptured audiences to a standstill. Each time she performs she is recreating the pieces anew, layering the sounds together live. We talk to her about the struggles of solo performance, her creative process, and some of her experiences performing overseas as well as on home soil.
In a society of unrealistic beauty standards, No Filter Project, by photographer Daria Yakina, is a candid exploration of the issues of self-worth and body shaming. Focusing on the female experience, No Filter Project presents the images and lived stories of 27 women from a variety of physicalities, mental states, ethnicities and ages.
Think of Schmørgåsbaag as Harry Potter’s Room of Requirement, but for Hobartians in need of a place to host, hold, hang or make things. Luuk Wipprecht, the founder, coordinator and polymath behind Schmørgåsbaag, sheds light on the origin, aims and happenings of Murray Street’s pop-up space.
Tye Dunn and Michael Bird form the dynamic duo behind Collingwood-based Native Weddings. With an emphasis on producing wedding videos that capture the genuine story, Tye and Michael strive to redefine a strain of videography usually associated with Vaseline lens shots. In an age where the notion of happily ever after is being redefined in itself, this is no small feat. We talk to them about filmmaking, love, and how they tell the modern tale of romance.
In writer and performer Nick Delatovic’s own words, “If you come to see Bomb Collar, you’re going to see the last pop singer on earth give a pep rally concert to a revolutionary army. In real terms, it’s a sci-fi black comedy cabaret show built around eight original songs.”
Jessie Adams is a Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist specialising in photography and textile design, who articulates sublime landscapes and magical microcosms onto silk. Jessie’s first solo show, MIRAGE, comprises eight pieces of digitally-printed silk. She took a break from cracking whips for her other practice and passion, performance art, to talk to us about her work.