fun, chat, music and interviews for your weekend wakeup
Rumor – Running Away
Lenny Pearce from the Australian dance-pop/slap house duo Rumor joins us to discuss their new release “Running Away.”
Rumor made a thunderous debut with their first single “Let Me Go.” The duo, consisting of Mitchell Curley and Len Pearce, started out producing electronic music separately before teaming up in 2020. Rumor continues to build a bridge between club culture and global pop trends. Their undeniable ability to produce addictive melodies is proving to be a launchpad into a formidable presence in the world of dance/pop music.
With this next release the duo is certain to bring another radio hit just in time for summer.
Alinta Chidzey – Moulin Rouge
Alinta Chidzey, who stars as the sparkling diamond, Satine, joins us to talk about Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
The show has recently premiered in Australia, with Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film coming to life onstage remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza.
The theatre has been transformed into the famed French nightclub and is set to transport audiences to 19th century Paris, complete with the iconic red windmill and towering blue elephant.
Spiro Economopoulos – MQFF
Spiro Economopoulos, the Program Director for the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, joins us to again to update us on how MQFF is progressing this year.
MQFF is running until 29 November 2021.
Thea Fitzgerald – Good Like That
Melbourne singer songwriter Thea FitzGerald has just released her single ‘Good Like That’ ahead of her second EP.
Following her debut EP ‘Building Blocks’, Good Like That is here to get you ready for a sassy, liberated summer. It’s the perfect soundtrack for saying goodbye to the challenges of the last 18 months and sashaying, swaggering, or strutting into a new chapter.
The lyrics evoke a sense of freedom one finds when growing out of a relationship that doesn’t serve them well and creating distance without disdain –an emotional coming of age.
Thea explores the idea that walking away doesn’t mean shutting someone out forever but gives them space to grow and evolve in their own time.
Created in collaboration with Melbourne producers SB90 and Michael Cooper (Mikki from Preston), and augmented by the silky trumpets of Woody Sampson (House of Wood), this body of work has been a labour of love throughout the difficulties of living in a world of COVID
Good Like That perfectly captures the poignancy of bittersweet goodbyes with an infectious soundscape that implores listeners to move and join in chorus.
Thea’s penchant with vocal arrangement and harmony are on full show, eagerly awaiting live shows to return to wow audiences.
FLETCHER – girls girls girls
Singer/songwriter FLETCHER shares her intoxicating new single “girls girls girls,” a bold reimagining of Katy Perry’s groundbreaking hit “I Kissed a Girl.” With Perry’s early stamp of approval, “girls girls girls” continues the original track’s legacy as a key force in bringing LGBTQ+ to the forefront of the mainstream.
While the 2008 mega-hit was all about sexual curiosity and empowerment, FLETCHER made the decision to celebrate her queer identity just as loudly as her sexual expression by acknowledging “it’s not phase,” despite what others may say.
FLETCHER hails from Asbury Park, New Jersey, where she cultivated her passion for music and her unforgettably candid storytelling. After graduating from NYU’s famed Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music, FLETCHER carved out a distinct space for herself in pop music, and in 2019 released her debut EP you ruined new york city for me via Capitol Records.
The widely lauded EP features her breakthrough hit “Undrunk,” a track that spent several weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, scored the #1 spot on Spotify’s Viral Chart, emerged as the fastest-rising song at pop radio from a new artist in the past five years, and earned FLETCHER a nomination for iHeartRadio’s Best New Pop Artist.
Over the years, FLETCHER has sold out several headline tours and landed impressive slots at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Life is Beautiful, and other major festivals.
Released in September 2020, FLETCHER’s EP THE S(EX) TAPES hit No. 1 on iTunes across all genres and drew acclaim from outlets like Teen Vogue, SPIN, PAPER, and many others. An unfiltered look into FLETCHER’s world, the EP is a collection of magnetic and moody pop songs about feeling like you‘ve found your forever person before you find yourself and, as a result, needing to uncover the parts of you that remain unknown.
The EP’s lead single “Bitter” has now surpassed 175 million global streams. An outspoken activist and supporter of the #MeToo movement throughout her career, FLETCHER released the 2018 track “I Believe You” in support of sexual assault survivors, garnering over 50 million streams to date. She was also recently nominated for a 2021 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist.
Asbjørn – Be Human
Asbjørn continues his rebellion against gender norms with infectious pop songs and challenging videos; “Be Human” was released on October 1.
On top of Jackons’esque beats and a triumphant horn section, Asbjørn discloses childhood crossdressing experiments and defies to be either man or woman by the book. “Can I just be human?”, Asbjørn asks blatantly in the songs chorus.
Be Human speaks to being free to be who you are, free of societal labels and allowing yourself to just Be Human! The track follows Asbjørn’s latest releases Young Dumb Crazy, Remember My Name and the official video for Be Human is the third and final video in the Boyology Series. Asbjørn’s third LP “Boyology” releases on January 28 2022 on Embassy of Music.
The ambitious and visually appealing series was created in collaboration with Danish documentary filmmaker Kathrine Skibsted (Forever Young Forever Old - A Love Story, Loves Me, Loves Me Not)
The exquisitely shot Be Human sees Asbjørn interpret the song’s message through movement.
With over 3 million streams on his catalogue and a whopping 8 million views across his video catalogue on YouTube, Asbjørn’s music and visuals really resonate with audiences.
“I am very grateful for the exposure my queer colleagues and I receive in mainstream media during Pride. But queer youth doesn’t only need representation once a year. They need support every single day, so nobody grows up feeling wrong in our society”, Asbjørn’s says and adds: - “I definitely needed someone like me to look up to in my childhood.”