Inspired by his Dad, who would burst into his room playing guitar and singing blues songs he made up about going to school, music has become Joel’s passion. Not very surprising, when you see the lineage of the Leffler family. Turns out that the Leffler music heritage stretches well back into the 18th century, with multiple successful Professors of Music sharing a direct bloodline with Joel.
Joel’s journey began in 2003 when he woke one morning to find that his Father had fulfilled his birthday wish. At the end of the bed was a brand new acoustic guitar. ‘You would think when I was a kid, my father bursting into my room with his guitar singing blues songs he made up about ‘getting up & going to school’ would have turned me off music, but it in fact did the opposite. He bought me my first guitar, taught me my first chord and booked me my first gig at 16. He inspired me to not only become a singer but a writer & creator’.
Now with 10 years of song writing under his belt, 2 nationally recognised song writing awards, 4 top 10 Triple JJJ Unearthed charting songs & a string of appearances on stages around the country, Joel is within arm’s reach of matching his forefathers.
Joel’s new EP, ‘Run With The Wolves’ is produced by Sony Music Australia’s in house engineer Pete Holz & mastered by Grammy award winner William Bowden.
Run with the Wolves Trailer
Run with the Wolves (3:49)
Promise Me Tomorrow (2:47)
Love Thirsty (3:02)
In My Pocket (3:24)
3 March – Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Sutherland
Australia’s Deep South birth’s a traditional old school Funk/RnB Band ‘Mama K and the Big Love’
“Hailing from Australia’s “deep-south” (Hobart, Tasmania), Mama K and The Big Love perform all original, old school funk, soul and rhythm n blues. – Think The Blues Brothers with Aretha out front”
The brainchild of Kartika Franks (Mama K) who formed the band back in 2014 with a view to creating an original group to fit in with ex-UK Guitarist and Composer Dave Johnstone’s musical ethos – “I think groove, melody and lyrics are the three key components of any song, and any one of those elements can spark a song idea. The complete lyrics always come last and take forever. I attempt to write lyrics that tell a story, or convey a message as poetically and efficiently as possible. I like the syllabic rhythm of words and their sound when they complement each other sonically… The song subjects either come from storylines or from the things I am passionate about,”
The debut record was recorded late last year at Red Planet in Hobart by producer Stewart Long (Violent Femmes, Luca Brasi) . The album was tracked through a 1975 Vintage Harrison 24/32 Recording Console and mixed to a Vintage Studer B67 Analog Tape Deck. “So much can be done with digital these days, but sometimes you just want some romance!” said Stew, “We used old gear wherever it felt good.”
First single and video “Moth to The Flame” Is a story about a stripper and her loyal flock of followers (who hang off her every move), and a priest with his loyal flock of followers (who hang off his every word).
The song is brilliantly brought to visuals in the video featuring acclaimed Hobart Actor Jeff Michel who plays both roles in a masterful cross dressing, hip churning solo performance. See https://youtu.be/RiGaKuCpPLQ
The Album ‘Blind’ will be released March 10
(pre release review copies are available on request) Upcoming Shows Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
‘Busting Out’ – International Women’s Day event for Women’s Health Tasmania
Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah, TAS, 7009
7.30 – 9.00pm
Tickets $25 full / $20 concession.
Album launch party – Friday, March 17th, 2017
The Duke Hotel, 192 Macquarie Street, Hobart, TAS, 7000
Recent Quotes “…they’re an incredible band… a really, really exciting group, huge voices” Ryk Goddard, ABC Radio Hobart (Breakfast show 27/01/17) “what an amazing band…. I already have people wanting your new CD”Alan Jennison, Publisher/Editor Tasmanian Living Magazine (24/01/17)
Hussy Hicks Announce New Single “Pirate Flag” and Set Sail on An Aussie Tour! The Gold Coast Duo have recorded one of their fans live favourites and since the lyrics reflect the current world situation they just had to get out on tour and perform the tune as well.
Release Date Friday February 24
‘Let’s set sail under a pirate flag’ is the message in this track that is a firm crowd favourite from Hussy Hicks live sets and echoes a sentiment of political skepticism that resonates the world over in these turbulent times.
This latest single along with ‘Whole Lotta’ (2016 Amrap top 5/Roots n All Triple J) are both being added as bonus tracks to a limited edition vinyl pressing of their 2016 release ‘Lucky Joe’s Wine and other tales from Dog River’ to be made available mid 2017.
After the band tracks were recorded live in beautiful Byron Bay, the tune navigated its way to London where it was mixed by long term collaborator A Friend O Mine and Mastered at Abbey Rd Studios.
Featuring the core HH team, Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz along with rhythm section Tracy Stephens and Rohan Hems the track is true to the Hussy Hicks live sound and will be music to the ears of their regular fans who have been crying out for this track to be recorded.
‘Let’s set sail under a Pirate Flag’ Tour Dates:
March 25 – Mojo Burning Festival – Brisbane, QLD
March 26 – Black Bunny Kitchen – Alexandra Headland, QLD
March 31 – The Royal Mail Hotel – Brisbane, QLD
May 19 – Blues on Broadbeach Festival – Gold Coast, QLD
May 20 – Blues on Broadbeach Festival – Gold Coast, QLD
May 21 – Blues on Broadbeach Festival – Gold Coast, QLD
June 8 – Lazybones Lounge – Marrickville, NSW
July 7 – Bello Winter Music Festival – Bellingen, NSW
July 8 – Bello Winter Music Festival – Bellingen, NSW
July 9 – Bello Winter Music Festival – Bellingen, NSW
Click below to see the new single “Pirate Flag” performed live at Sunny Side Studios!
Following the release, Joel Sena Successfully launched the EP to a sell out crowd at SLY FOX-Sydney.
Some of Joel’s Influences include Miles Davis, Jill Scott, Robert Glasper, Kenny Garrett, Michael Brecker/Brecker Bros, Toto, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan.
“His music is a compelling and raw fusion of Soul, R&B and Jazz. It features his enticing saxophone style alongside some beautifully crafted songs and modern production. Also featured on the EP are the sultry vocals of up and coming singer Phoebe Papatheodorou.”
The video for first single ‘Be With You’ Featuring PHOEBE was premiered by Tone Deaf. Check it out:
“I’ve been passionate about making original music for years and this EP marks the start of a new journey for me. The songs tell the story of some of the most profound experiences I’ve had over the past few years. I have come from humble beginnings and have worked really hard at finding my own sound both as a saxophonist and producer. I’ve been able to create a really dynamic sound with both soaring highs and subtle, tender moments. I can’t wait to share my music with the world,” -Joel Sena
The band have been touring through Europe for summer over there and return to our shores to present the multi facetted live show that has been developed over the past few years.
Leader Sophie Kinston was recently interviewed and had this to add-
“I’ve just returned from a 31 date tour of Hollland, Ireland, UK, and Germany, launching this album, playing some quite amazing festivals, gigs, street shows, pop up shows, boat shows…..it was the 4th Europe tour, and now i’m back in Oz. Touring the album to some of our favorite spaces. Tailor Birds is a unique sound, so it’s really important that our shows reflect this. So we’ve got a couple of festivals – Alma’s Hem in South Australia, and FRL in VIC, plus some local markets and gigs – Bar Oussou, Queen Vic meat market, Ceres, a Melbourne Sofar Sounds gig, Sydney’s Mr Falcons and a show in the Rocks, plus a special climbing wall show over 3 dates, where we’ll actually be playing inside the wall, plus a street show outside the wall. ”
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote. –
“The Azart Ship of Fools. I played on this boat in Holland just this past tour. The inside was thick with steel, and the sound when pushed up a level, it reverberated beautifully. The people on the boat are some of the most amazing humans, promoting new and unique music, music that entertains and thrills. You can’t not have a good gig there. The sound became less about the songs, and more about the vibe, it sort of became other worldly. Must have been my best gig of the tour. The boat, incidentally is headed for Australia, so it seems. From Holland, they head to India, the Canary Islands, and then Australia. ”
DATES : Sat 19 th / Sun 20 th / Sun 27 th Nov TIMES : Come anytime from 4 – 6.30pm on any of the above dates
(WITH a final show, Sun 27th Nov, 7 – 8pm) TIX : $10 p/person, TIX avail. at the wall on the day
OR email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 20th – South Melbourne Market – 10 – 12midday VIC
Thurs 24th Nov – Bar Oussou, Melbourne VIC
Sat 26th – Sofar Sounds, Melbourne VIC
Dec 2nd – 4th – FRL festival, VIC
Dec 8th – solo show – Mr Falcons, Glebe, Sydney NSW
Dec 9th – duo show – Mr Falcons, Glebe, Sydney NSW
Dec 10th & 11th – Rocks market, The Rocks Sydney NSW
Checkout this video of one of the ‘Pop Up” shows in London.
It has already been a big year of touring for the band so
the girls took advantage of their road-tested tightness and went into the studio directly after their Bluesfest shows. Rhythm section, Tracy Stephens and Rohan Hems are a well-oiled machine of groove in the track that was recorded completely live on the floor of the newly refurbished 301 studios in Byron.
Well completely live with the exception of the awe
–inspiring backing vocals from Alabama’s Kristy Lee and ‘Williette’ Donna Hall from the legendary 70’s Southern Rock Group ‘Wet Willy’. Donna first jumped up with the Hussies and sang the song with the girls in a small bar in Mobile, Alabama and from the second she joined in the song took on a whole new dimension. Add the phenomenal voice of Kristy Lee (who toured Australia last year
for Bluesfest and Beth Hart/G – Love Supports) to the mix an d you got a bonafide vocal Dream Team. It’s a simple song but it’s got a Whole Lotta vibe and lovers of the Blues Roots and
Jam Band genres can file it in a category somewhere between Tedechi Trucks Band and Led Zeppelin.
1/09/16 19:00 – Brass Monkey – Cronulla, NSW
2/09/16 20:00 – Old Manly Boatshed – Manly, NSW
3/09/16 20:00 – Lazybones Lounge – Marrickville, NSW
4/09/16 20:00 – Lazybones Lounge – Marrickville, NSW 5/09/16 20:00 – Jindabyne Bowling and Sports Club – Jindabyne, 6/09/16 16:00 – The Smiggins Hotel – Perisher Valley, NSW 7/09/16 20:30 – The Smiggins Hotel – Perisher Valley, NSW 9/09/16 19:00 – The Acoustic Picnic @ The Music Lounge – Brookvale, NSW
11/09/16 16:00 – Hoey Moey – Coffs Harbour, NSW 16/09/16 17:30 – Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Festival – Kandanga Creek, QLD 18/09/16 17:45 – Swell Sounds – Currumbin, QLD
18/09/16 11:00 – Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Festival – Kandanga Creek, QLD 22/10/16 20:00 – Nightquarter – Helensvale, QLD
Play the single
and checkout the New Remix by London Producer “Friend O’ Mine”
For the past 12 months Josh has been busy in the studio writing and recording his debut album ‘Call in Whispers’ with Eskimo Joe’s Joel Quartermaine Producing . The now completed album was released in April 2016 and is by far Josh’s best work to date. The first two singles from the album, ‘Rain Dancer’ and ‘Front Light,’ have been servicing radio and were added to various station playlists, including National and Local ABC shows.
Taking cues from the sounds of Boy & Bear, The Temper Trap, Matt Corby, and Bob Evans, Josh marries them with the pop sensibilities of acts like Foster The People and Empire Of The Sun. His experience writing for a range of stylistically different projects – as well as co-writing with Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe), Davey Lane (You Am I), Steve Parkin (Basement Birds), and Jen Chloer – has given him the perfect education to meld rock and pop together in sublimely diverse and catchy ways. Make sure to pick up a copy of ‘Call In Whispers’ today!
Heres a recent Interview with Josh –
QnA with Foghorn Media
Foghorn Media: What inspired you to become a singer/writer? Who are your early influences?
Josh Johnstone: I guess like many songwriters, it all began when you were growing up and maybe in the car going on family vacation and changing the words of popular songs on the radio to be about your own silly personal jokes. I come from a long line of musicians on my father’s side of the family. Making up silly songs around the lounge room fire was one of the most fun, interactive, bonding, and mentally stimulating things you can do with your family and friends. Early influences would be my parents record collection; Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Lovin’ Spoonful, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Cream, Leadbelly, Taj Mahal, Traveling Wilburys, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, John Lennon.
FM: Tell us a little about how you write. How do the songs come? What gets you going creatively?
JJ: My writing comes in bursts. Often I’m on tour/playing five or more shows a week for most of the year. During this time you see so many other bands, amazing performances at festivals, you meet hundreds of interesting and inspiring people, you experience all these different cultures. So there is so much inspiration for song writing. However, with the hectic tour schedule, I don’t really feel like writing much. When I finish a long tour and have a week or two off, it all comes out then. I pretty much wrote the crux of my album in two separate week bursts. I guess its all about giving yourself a lot of great experiences and people to draw creativity from, and then allowing yourself the space and time to let those things come out.
FM: What is the first record you bought and why?
JJ: I was a 90’s kid; the first time I bought my own CDs was in my early teens. I got a five stacker CD player from Cash Converters and the nice guy there said “why don’t you pick five CDs from the rack to fill that new CD player of yours,” So I took ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magic’ by RHCP, ‘Nevermind’ by Nirvana, ‘The Real Thing’ by Faith no More, ‘Vs.’ by Pearl Jam, and ‘Gravediggers Union’ by Soul Asylum.
FM: What current OZ acts inspire you? International acts?
JJ: I really love Boy & Bear, The Temper Trap. But on an up and coming scale, The Elliott’s (Melbourne), Timothy Nelson (Perth), and Eli Schoen (Perth). We have a lot of talent out there. Go see a live a band, real music made by real musicians.
FM: Tell us a little about your music and what a crowd can expect at a live show.
JJ: All I hope is that they enjoy themselves, the songs, the music, the band and the atmosphere.
FM: Favourite artists of all time?
JJ: Picking a favourite is too hard. It’s like asking a parent to pick a favourite child. I guess I would maybe say Tom Petty, John Lennon, or the collective works of the members of Traveling Wilburys
FM: Favourite film? Place? Animal or pet?
JJ: Films: ‘The Big Lebowski,’ I’ve seen it way too many times. As I have with ‘The Castle,’ I prefer comedy to drama. My favourite place to tour is Eastern Europe (Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania) and favourite pet is my parents’ dog, Millie. FM: Where do you see Aussie music heading?
JJ: I think the general public needs to support local bands a lot more than they do. Xfactor, The Voice, and Idol are all continuing to destroy the music industry and creating short term throwaway gimmic songs and artists. Something needs to change if you ever want to see classic artists with 20 year careers and countless hit songs again.
FM: What are your future plans for 2016/2017?
JJ: I have just completed all of the launches around Western Australia for my album. The regional touring was a heap of fun and the city shows were more like massive parties with new and old friends than anything else! I am now in Melbourne about to play a launch here, and then I head off on a 2 and a half month tour of Europe, USA, and parts of Asia. It also looks like another tour is already being set up for the USA in March next year. Aside from that, I am planning to make a music video for every song on the new album: five down, five to go. I will be releasing them over the next few months so keep an eye out!