Tommy Emmanuel, Albert Lee and more to perform at Sydney Guitar Festival

Showcasing Six-String Maestros

After enjoying an enormously successful inaugural event last year, Sydney Guitar Festival has shared details of the first lineup announcement for their 2018 festivities.

Leading the lineup is renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, who will treat audiences to a special collaborative performance featuring his brother, Phil. American guitarist and composer Kaki King is also slated to perform, while classical guitar duo the Grigoryan Brothers will make their return to the festival after appearing at the 2017 event.


Grammy-award winning guitarist Albert Lee has also been announced as a huge highlight of the lineup, and a Jimi Hendrix tribute show called Purple Haze is sure to be a drawcard for any guitarist.



Suicidal Tendencies never say die

When Suicidal Tendencies first hit the scene, nobody quite knew what to make of them. Too punk for the metal scene, too metal for the punk scene, they didn’t carve their own niche so much as dynamite a hole in the wall to march through. Leading the skate punk movement before bringing more and more thrash into their sound, they’ve influenced generations of bands from Metallica to Limp Bizkit to Slipknot to Body Count. Frontman Mike Muir is the only member of the band to be there from the beginning, and he isn’t going anywhere. In fact, he’s coming here with the inaugural Melbourne Download Festival along with headlining shows in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, and the Gold Coast. We caught up with Muir to talk about the forthcoming tour and what it means to never say die.

“We’ve done Download in England, we’ve done Download in Paris and Spain,” Muir says. “Paris was in its second year, Spain in its third, and they’re big and really, really cool. And I know for me personally there were rumours a couple of years ago that Download would be coming to Australia, and I hoped that was true and that we’d be a part of it. And also obviously, with all the festivals that have gone under, there was definitely a need for it.”



Mixdown's Best Music Videos of the '90s

Whether you prefer Nirvana to Radiohead or The Backstreet Boys to the Spice Girls, there's no denying there was something for everyone among the music of the 1990's. The abundance of talent and arrival of new genres meant that the decade's music wouldn't soon be forgotten, to the point that entire events continue to be dedicated to our ongoing love for the '90s. With music videos a well-established medium for promotional and creative intentions by the start of the decade, the '90s provided us with some of the best and most innovative videos of all time. This week, we share our favourites and reminisce on the stories behind our choices.

Name: Luke Shields

Music Video: 'Joga' - Bjork




Show & Tell with: Nick McLernon from Make Them Suffer

Show & Tell is where we get artists to tell us about a piece of gear that they cherish and use as a part of their live or studio setup. This month we chat to Nick McLernon, guitarist for Make Them Suffer.

What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?


Alithia announced as support for The Contortionist/SikTh national tour

Big News For The Melbourne Post-Prog-Rockers

Fresh from touring Europe and Australia with Norwegian prog heavyweights Leprous, Melbourne seven-piece Alithia are getting ready to hit the road again for The Contortionist and SikTh’s Australian tour this May.

Alithia bring an entirely new perspective to a typical live show, one which has been refined through showcasing their unique brand of psychedelic tribal post-prog rock on four European tours, plus appearances at BIGSOUND and Progfest. They’ll join US progressive metal outfit The Contortionist on tour, with their American counterparts touring in support of their 2017 LP, Clairvoyant.



Mixdown's top 3 jobs in the music industry (this week)

March 21 - 28

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.


RØDE Microphones manufactures and designs microphones that are exported to more than 140 countries from their home here in Australia. They’re looking for an enthusiastic Senior Service Engineer to complement and assist in running their established service team.


Skills/Responsibilities Required:


Arctic Monkeys announce vinyl reissue of debut album

Featuring Unique 'Smoke' Vinyl Effect

Amidst rumours circulating about the band’s new material, Arctic Monkeys have announced they’ll be reissuing their debut album on vinyl through subscription service, Vinyl Me, Please.

Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not will be pressed on 180 gram smoke vinyl in reference to the cover of the 2006 LP, and will include a 16-page lyric booklet. Cameron Schaefer, Head of Music at Vinyl Me, Please, said the company feels “really honoured” to be reissuing the album.



Reviewed: Yamaha STAGEPAS 600BT

Yamaha Australia | | Expect To Pay: $1599

When Yamaha upgraded their STAGEPAS system to succeed the acclaimed 300 and 500 portable PA solutions, they scored a hit with the 400i and 600i offerings. But Yamaha never rests on their laurels, which brings us to the 400BT and 600BT, which you could consider to be the 2.0 of the 400i and 600i.

The main selling point to distinguish the ‘i’ and ‘BT’ versions of the 400 and 600 is the inclusion of a Bluetooth wireless audio streaming function. And straight up, it’s one of those no-brainer design inclusions that makes so much sense for how this unit is likely to be used. So kudos to Yamaha for that.


Hits and Misses


Awesome reverbs

Super lightweight

No-brainer layout


A dedicated effect aux channel would be nice


Solar Guitars unveils signature guitar for The Haunted/Witchery's Patrik Jensen

Introducing The E1.6 Jensen

Swedish shredder Ola Englund’s company Solar Guitars has announced details of a new signature model designed for The Haunted and Witchery guitarist, Patrik Jensen.

 The E1.6 Jensen boasts a variety of features adaptable to both the studio and the stage, ensuring Jensen’s signature guitar is precise and professional for the metal player. The six-string design incorporates a tune-o-matic fixed bridge, EMG85/81 pickups, and a set-thru neck and body joint.


Other features include Grover 18:1 locking tuners and three-way toggle pickup switching, alongside a 22 super-jumbo fret ebony fingerboard with Patrik Jensen “impact wave” fret markers.



St. Vincent, Ice Cube, Daniel Johns/Luke Steele and more to perform at Vivid Sydney 2018

Celebrating The Festival's 10th Anniversary

As Vivid Sydney prepares for another huge year, the annual festival has today shared details of its 2018 music lineup featuring St. Vincent, Ice Cube, and more.

Joining previously announced acts such as Solange at Vivid 2018 is a diverse mix of talent from around the globe. Mazzy Star, Cat Power, Alison Wonderland, Vera Blue, and Middle Kids are just some of the names heading to the festival later this year, and they’ll be joined by industry heavyweights Ice Cube, St. Vincent, and Neil Finn.


 Vivid 2018 will also see the debut of a new collaboration between Silverchair’s Daniel Johns and Empire Of The Sun’s Luke Steele, titled DREAMS.