How about policy, from a local and state government perspective? Do you have a view on whether this contributes to or creates impediments with the current environment? What do you feel deserves more discussion?
Obviously Sydney has some massive issues regarding noise complaints and shared neighbourhoods but my main issue with policy here in NSW is that we lack funding. NSW has been hit so hard over the last decade having a state and national Liberal government. It feels so difficult to get even a small amount of funding as a band here compared to other states. The more you invest in the arts, the healthier the scene will become so we have to fund the arts again at all levels.
In your time spent looking at music scenes elsewhere around the world, is there anything you see in the way that they function that you’d love to see more of in Sydney?
I'd honestly like to see Sydney get a bit weirder.
Finally, would love to know if you’re a fan of any local artists or bands that you can’t believe more people aren’t banging on about.
RMFC, Research Reactor Corp and Histamine are great. I saw Chimers play the other night and was really impressed. Other than that, I also have to shout out all the bands on our label Grupo. ARSE, Scarpin and Pleasure are creating really excellent music. Jono's in half those bands so I'm completely biased, but they're great!
Party Dozen are playing Oxford Art Factory this Friday, July 15th, supported by dust and Dionysus. Kirsty also has a solo project called Exhibitionist, and used to play in a number of bands including Little Scout. Jono plays in a million bands and projects including ARSE and Pleasure, has a solo project with three records out, and used to play in Parades. Party Dozen's new record The Real Work came out last Friday the 8th of July,
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