Hothouse Audio St Kilda

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Hothouse has been around making records for 30 years in St Kilda. In that time, we have recorded many of Melbourne’s musical acts as well a few overseas guests who were passing through and heard about Hothouse via the grapevine.


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Joy Division Oral History to be released next year

Documenting the Iconic Band's Troubled History

Bookworms, keep your eyes peeled for this one - there's an official Joy Division Oral History hitting stores in March next year, covering more than 30 years of interviews from past members and associates of the band.

This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division - The Oral History compiles over three decades of interviews from the Manchester post-punk icons, telling the story of the band in the formative stages to the suicide of frontman Ian Curtis to New Order and beyond. The book, written by former NME journalist Jon Savage, features interviews from the likes of band members Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris to Unknown Pleasures artist Peter Saville and Curtis's widow Deborah Curtis.


Watch: Paul Simon plays final hometown concert

The Boxer Hangs Up His Gloves One Last Time

After an illustrious 60 year career in music, the iconic US singer-songwriter Paul Simon took to the stage for the last time in Queens for the final show of his Homeward Bound farewell tour, performing a career spanning setlist of 26 songs to a packed hometown crowd.

Performing just minutes away from where he grew up as a child, Simon's was notably sentimental throughout the performance, expressing his admiration and gratitude towards the multiple generations of fans who gathered to farewell him on his final tour - "I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief. I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians.


Spotify to allow indie artists to upload tracks directly

A Surprising Move for the Streaming Giants

In a strategy that looks set to blow Soundcloud straight out of the market, Spotify have announced a direct upload function for independent artists, with royalties going straight into the accounts of artists involved.

While the feature is only in its testing stages now, direct upload will allow unsigned artists to bypass record labels, distribution groups or Spotify employees to get their tunes straight onto the platform, as well as allowing them to access user engagement metrics and 'future earning' projections based on their current streaming figures.


Mixdown's top 4 jobs in the music industry (this week)

September 24 - October 1

Whether you're fresh out of uni, looking for a major career break or simply wanting extra money in between gigs, the music industry is a competitive place. To make things a little easier, here's our list of some of the best jobs going around the country.


Focusing primarily on Australia's electronic, hip-hop and RnB scenes, Call & Response are a dedicated Brisbane-based marketing company looking to hire a media-savvy go-getter to join their offices and helo bring hip-hop culture to the Australian mainstream.

Skills/Responsibilities Required:



Epiphone unveils Limited Edition Slash Firebird

Another Signature Axe for the Gunners Legend

Epiphone have announced a new Limited Edition Slash Firebird, offering fans a wallet-friendly alternative to the iconic guitarist's acclaimed Gibson model.

Limited to 1000 models worldwide, the Epiphone Limited Edition Slash Firebird is available in two editions: the standard edition and the slightly more upmarket Premium Outfit, limited to 900 and 100 models respectively.


Anderson .Paak, Toto + Interpol announce Falls sideshows

Falls Festival heavyweights Anderson .Paak, Toto and Interpol have announced headline sideshows for the 2019 leg of the festival, bringing their hotly anticipated live sets to Sydney and Melbourne in January 2019.

With his upcoming Dr. Dre-produced LP Oxnard set for release any day now, singing-rapping-drumming-dancing sensation Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals are booked to bring their massive live set back to the East Coast, less than 12 months after headlining Laneway 2018. .Paak and co. are set to be joined by Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote fame when they hit Sydney's Hordern Pavillion and Melbourne's Festival Hall on the 9th and 10th of January - suss out tickets below.



Mixdown's Top 11 Key Changes

Is there a bolder, more dramatic move in pop music than the key change? When done wrong it can make a weak song even cheesier, and it's pretty obvious when songwriters or producers are merely trying to stretch an underwritten piece out for the sake of drama. But when it's done well, a key change can lift a piece of music, taking the song in an unexpected direction that keeps the listener on their toes. Here at Mixdown we love ourselves a good key change, so we've compiled our top 11 favourites, because 10 is just not enough, enjoy.

The Who - My Generation (1965)


Beyonce's ex-drummer files for restraining order, alleges 'extreme witchraft'

Also Accuses Singer of Murdering Her Kitten

Kimberly Johnson, who once toured as a drummer for Beyonce, has filed for a restraining order against the singer, stating that she has been performing "magic spells of sexual molestation,” and that she “murdered my pet kitten”.

Copy of court documents sourced from The Blast


Teenage Engineering Release the OP-Z Multimedia Synth and Sequencer

The Much Anticipated Unit is Finally Here

Having its development come to light as far back as the start of 2016, aside from a few teasers here and there there hadn't been much of a follow up on the highly anticipated OP-Z. However it has finally been confirmed that it is being released this October as well as having final specifications locked in.

The Swedish manufacturing company regarded highly for its electronics and synthesisers has claimed the reason for the delay was a significant re-working and revisions to make sure that the OP-Z will fully realise its potential. But now it's here, and looks to pack one hell of a punch. Billed as a standalone 16-track sequencer, the OP-Z does more than purely audio - it is designed to enable complete control on the fly of visuals and lights from the same battery powered controller, alongside sampling beats and creating sounds and sequences with the onboard synth engine.