Local Focus

Music and news from our friends and partners in the Australian music industry

Q&A: Moon Holiday (Astral People)

Three years on from her debut self-titled EP, Sydney producer/singer Moon Holiday (Alexandra Ward) has begun rolling out tracks from her "Second Life" EP. With an advance (private) link to the EP on almost permanent rotation here at Liveschool we've ... Read More...

Surf’s Up: A New Wave of Sydney Techno

When one talks about techno in Australia, it's usually Melbourne that dominates the conversation. Once regarded as one of the main techno cities in the world, it still has a diverse and active scene. Sydney, on the other hand, has long been seen as t... Read More...

Mark Smith (Gardland): Rainbow Chan Interview

Liveschool guest blogger Mark Smith (of techno-duo Gardland) recently dropped by Rainbow Chan's home studio to discuss her unique compositions, as well as the creative process and production techniques behind them.   Sydney-sider Rainbow Chan i... Read More...

Dro Carey / Tuff Sherm interview

An artist-meets-artist interview between Mark Smith of techno-duo Gardland and Eugene Ward, aka Dro Carey / Tuff Sherm... The Sydney-based artist Eugene Ward (aka Dro Carey, aka Tuff Sherm) has become something of an archetype – one of those select ... Read More...

Are you Heaps Decent?

If you had the chance to help disadvantaged and at-risk kids make music with A-Track, Anna Lunoe, Wordlife, Lykke Li, TEED, and more - would you do it? If you would, then you're Heaps Decent. And if you join us in getting behind their Pozible campai... Read More...

Gallery: Untzz Studio Tour

A couple of weeks ago we sat down with the guys behind one of the most exciting house and techno labels to come out of Australia in a long while - the Adelaide based Untzz Twelve Inch. As we were chatting about their production techniques, they menti... Read More...

Q+A: Tim Shiel

We recently had a chat to Tim Shiel ahead of his appearance at our Input event this August. Not one to pigeonhole himself, Tim makes music via his own projects Faux Pas and Telling, and is a member of Gotye's live band, having worked on turning the G... Read More...

Label Spotlight: Untzz Heavyweight Twelve Inch

While the trainers here at Liveschool make music across many genres, most of us have a big gooey soft spot for techno and old school house. Pretty recently, we all converged upon discovering a a string of records from Adelaide record label Untzz tha... Read More...