TEISCHA DEBUTS SINGLE ‘MIDNIGHT HOUR’

Meet Teischa, the young Perth-based, self-taught pianist and vocalist, who debuts her single, ‘Midnight Hour’ which premiered on triple j’s Good Nights with Linda Marigliano. Taken from her debut self-titled EP, ‘Midnight Hour’ is at once commanding and calm, gripping you with powerful vocals across bold production. Listen below:

Combining her love of classical and soul music, and inspired by female voices like Lauryn Hill and Nina Simone, Teischa delivers a full debut EP including tracks ‘Move’ and ‘Oh Brother’ that offer up a silky, contemporary spin on classical technique, with each song as understated and charming as she is. Growing up in Thailand and pretending to read sheet music when instead learning by ear via YouTube videos on repeat, Teischa writes songs that tell stories of cultural dislocation and finding one’s place in the world.

Having performed at the 2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest and Groovin The Moo, Teischa has supported the likes of Vera Blue, Vallis Alps which is just the start of an impressive resume that she has mustered for her age.

A L L D A Y

After a slew of mixtapes, Allday has a healthy back catalogue to reflect on as he preps his hotly anticipated debut LP Startup Cult. The Adelaide-to-Melbourne emcee is fresh off a sold out tour with Sydney act Jackie Onassis, admist the whirlwind that is his rapidly growing career we had a chat with Allday to discuss the new album, what he has learned from putting out so many mixtapes, his growth as an artist, and more.

How are you feeling about the album release?

Yeah I’m pretty nervous I guess. I guess because the music is a bit different from some of my other music that people know. So like I could have given them a bit of an easier pop tune but I just made an album that I really like, I did the best I could at the time. I’m pretty psyched. I just got to believe in it!

You’ve put out so many mixtapes in the past. Has all this experience with putting out constant material helped with the process of making Startup Cult?

I think it was a bit detrimental [laughs]. Even though I’ve been rapping for awhile and I know how to craft a song on paper and rap a verse into the microphone, I was kind of lacking in the area of perfectionism and my understanding about audio quality; all these things that you really have to start thinking about if you’re going to make an album that’s comparable to other artists who you want to rival in the industry, like successful ones. That was a process I had to learn when this album started, because there was a lot of stress getting there. I feel like towards the end of the album I started to understand it a lot better.

What are some of the main lessons you learned during the recording process that you feel is going to help you in your career?

Well I think number one is like it doesn’t matter how long it takes, as long as it sounds good. I would often get really stressed and go through all these stages of grief while I was recording, but by the end I was like ‘oh man, don’t get so bummed about it, just keep going.’

Another one I learned was that if you do something you hate and you know you don’t like it, don’t think that you’ll like it later – you’ll hate it forever and not let it go. Just go off instincts.

Also EVERYTHING is your responsibility; handle your shit!

Do you wish you knew all that before you started putting out mixtapes or are you happy with how everything has gone?

Yeah for sure, some people have like older people, who can help them in and school them, but I guess you can only learn at your own pace. I don’t regret anything, but part of me just wishes I could have put in the same effort into everything I’ve done.

What do you feel are some of the benefits from having had so many mixtapes? I know you’ve said in the past that there are a lot of tracks that you don’t like yourself, but do you see some positive in it?

Yeah, I mean there was a lot of tracks for people to grab from. Some people might like five or six of my songs, and all five or six of those would be songs which I fucking hate. But something about that group of songs has really appealed to them. So that could kind of go in the different kind of sub-genres that I mess around with. Hopefully with this album they can still like all the music though, but the mixtapes was definitely a way to draw people in. So that was kind of the cool thing, and not having to keep people waiting like three years for an album because people have a short attention span these days. I know that myself, like bands I listened to three years ago I’d tend to forget about.

What kind of bands are you listening to at the moment?

I’m listening to heaps of PARTYNEXTDOOR right now – I really like that dude. The new Ed Sheeran album is really cool. I just re-downloaded all The Vines stuff, I used to listen to them a lot when I was young. And Future as well; I really like his album!

You’ve said that you draw a lot of your influences from American artists. Has the evolution of your sound mirrored the changes in commercial music over there?

Right now I know what kind of sound I want to make, and I always listen to that type of music. Since I started recording rap, I still listen to the same things as I did back then, but I’d just rap on anything. Rapping to me was more about the experience of getting to write my stuff down and standing in front of a microphone because that was fun. Only now am I getting to take more control of it all, so I can control the sound I want to make. Hopefully I can make something that’s interesting in it’s own right and has it’s own sound.

What kind of topics do you deal with on the Startup Cult?

Just like adjusting to this life, and my current situations. I’m away a lot from home touring and all that kind of stuff. It’s a lot less about high school and all that now; just kind of the stage of life I’m in – early 20’s and all that.

You have a very honest and open approach to social media. How important do you feel it is for up and coming artists to be as involved with social media as you have been?

Sometimes my lack of mystery can work against me, and some artists use that mystery really well! But I guess, with being myself, it works because it’s good for people to get to know me, and I hope it helps them enjoy the music a bit more as well.

You recently had a mobile listening party in Sydney and Melbourne. How did you come up with the idea of having a listening party on a private bus?

I originally wanted to just like get a car and pick people up but then thought about how we could make it bigger. So then we just got some fans onto a bus and drove them around; we got a bunch of selfies and they would call their friends and all that. I just wanted to thank them all for being such legends.

I’ve never been someone who has been made super cool by all the scenester blogs and all that, so it’s always been the fans, it’s always been about the fans over everything. So let’s not do a small listening party with bloggers, let’s do a fan bus listening party!

At the time I was like ‘these guys didn’t have fun,’ but then I would go on instagram after and read people saying it was the best day of their life and all that. Giving people that really cool experience was great, hopefully for some people they can have that memory forever.

Your profile is growing at a tremendous rate. Do you feel that once you get bigger as an artist you’d still have time for intimate events like this?

I hope so man, I hope we can do it to some degree. There would definitely be a level when it would get too much. I spend a lot of hours everyday replying to fans, I’m really happy to do that, but I can’t reply to everyone. I have thousands of messages and I can’t get to everyone, it really breaks my heart. That’s why I’m trying to move onto things like the bus idea, like not everyone will get to go but some people will get the chance to have an experience way better than getting a reply.

So you said that you have learned to not stick with songs that you don’t really like as you have done in the past. Do you feel like we will be getting the same level of output from you in the future?

I don’t know if it’ll be as fast as I was going with the mixtapes. I like putting out a lot of free music, but now when I drop a new link on the internet you know it’ll be something worth playing; that’s what I want for my music now.

If I see like an artist who I like drop a song on their social media channel then I don’t want it to be a half-hearted song, I want it to be something I’d put on repeat.

I’ve got a bunch of songs that I’m sitting on at the moment that I want to put out for free but I’m not going to, not until I get one that I really like.

This interview can be found on the AU review.

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A N D R A S + O S C A R

Melbourne’s purveyors of “polite” house music talk the art of subtle persuasion, late-night table tennis and being vulnerable. Andras & Oscar sit somewhere toward the lighter side of Melbourne’s dance-music spectrum.

“Our music isn’t clubby, or rave-y”, says Andras, real name Andy Wilson. “It’s polite. If it persuades you, it does it gently.”

The duo’s debut full album may bear the name Cafe Romantica – after Lygon Street’s 24/7 Italian venue for late-night tête-à-têtes – but don’t get the wrong idea. This is not the duo throwing you onto a bed and having their way with you; this is them mixing you a Campari and soda and gently grazing your arm as they hand it over with a longing look.

Both individually successful in their own right as Andras Fox and Oscar Key Sung (real name: Oscar Slorach-Thorn), the pair decided it was onto a good thing after the critical success of its 2013 EP Embassy Cafe, released on Dutch label Dopeness Galore. One year on, Cafe Romantica is casual and synth based, with Andras’ pared-back production delicately balancing out Oscar’s pleading vocals. The duo’s sounds are soulful yet nervous, and always oozing leisure.

But if it’s not ripping up dance floors, what do Andras & Oscar envision people doing while listening to their music?

Slorach-Thorn suggests, “Having wines with four friends, making fun of mutual friends and having a little dance while doing it.” Wilson takes a different route, recommending seduction as the ideal activity. Just not for him.

“That would be a funny thing to do – trying to seduce someone by playing your own music. Hopefully we have better moves … actually ‘moves’ implies there’s some sort of trick to it … ”

“I would say I have the moves,” Slorach-Thorn says.

Moves or no moves, the pair set out to make a romantic album. Even admitting this fact sets Andras & Oscar apart from their more club-focused and up-tempo dance music peers. It has helped them to create a niche for themselves in the Australian music scene.

Wilson and Slorach-Thorn discovered their simpatico while living in a West Melbourne warehouse together a few years ago.

“Table tennis was a big part of it,” says Wilson.

“We’d both go out to a party on Saturday night and then at like 12.30am we’d both be back at home … wearing our dressing gowns and making music and playing table tennis instead of partying.”

This scene sounds like the ideal environment for creating Andras & Oscar’s music, most of which is improvised.

“A lot of it happens in call and response, or on the spot,” says Wilson, “That’s when we make the best music.”

Despite claiming he’s never felt quite comfortable within either the dance music or band worlds, it’s clear that both have warmly accepted Wilson’s output through Andras & Oscar, and what better proof than being selected to appear on Cut Copy’s recent compilation Oceans Apart; a comprehensive who’s who of Melbourne’s underground dance music scene.

“I actually used to think that dance music was for dumb people,” says Wilson, “But it’s fun being dumb, I’ve realised.”

“Although I think I have a really skewed perception of what is dance music – the most clubby songs I’ve written always get put on Best-of-Chill-Out-Ibiza-type compilations.”

This interview can be found on Broadsheet.

N A P O L E O N – P E R D I S – L I F E – S T Y L E

Napoleon Perdis is thrilled to announce the opening of his fifth Napoleon Perdis Life.Style Store in the newly refurbished Emporium Melbourne.

In addition to showcasing exclusive Ready-to-Wear collections, luxury accessories, jewellery and homewares, Life.Style Emporium Melbourne will introduce Parisian label American Retro, alongside accessories from Macon & Lesquoy and Royal Blush. This eclectic mix will sit alongside the already iconic Napoleon Perdis cosmetic collection.

Life.Style Emporium Melbourne store will showcases ready-to-wear pieces from designers including Clover Canyon, Robert Rodriguez, Milly NY, TOME and Demy Lee , as well as jewellery by Jean Marie Poinot and Macon & Lesquoy, and handbags by Cecile et Jeanne and Clare Vivier.

Napoleon Perdis has been a lead player in the cosmetics industry for over 17 years and has now evolved into a retail force across categories and continents.

“Melbourne has really embraced the Life.Style concept; the shopping experience is so diverse and the consumer is very discerning, so Emporium was the obvious choice for my fourth Life.Style store opening. ”

Napoleon Perdis Life.Style Emporium Melbourne joins the flagship store in the Woollahra Post Office, the Melbourne store located in The COMO Centre, South Yarra, and the newly opened Double Bay store in Sydney.

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Napoleon Perdis Life.Style Emporium is located at:
Emporium Melbourne
287 Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC

S A L T

“You shouldn’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat”

This is the SALT attitude, and for a beach bum like me, I think it’s a pretty spot on way of thinking.

SALT  believes in loving and nourishing your skin and body. Their products feed your skin with vitamins and minerals straight from Mother Earth, so you know you’re doing yourself a favour.

Here is a list of the nasty ingredients you will NOT see in any SALT products:

Fragrances
this is a broad term to cover hundreds of synthetic compounds and chemicals used to enhance or mask the smell of a beauty product. Many of these have been found to be Neurotoxins. Phthalates are one of the types chemicals used, this has been connected with hormone and fertility issues. Many people are allergic to fragrances causing allergies, skin irritation and immune system damage.

Mineral Oils
Mineral oils are derived from petroleum, this is fossilised fuel used to also make crude oil for petrol, plastics and other synthetic products. It is often used in skincare products as a preservative due to its affordability. Mineral oils can block the pores in the skin, this inhibits the skin to ‘breathe’, interfering with the ability to eliminate toxins and blocking sweat and oil glands. Due to this it is a major contributor to acne and uneven skin tone.

Alcohol
Ethanol can strip the skin of natural oils, this drys the skin out leaving the dermal barrier susceptible to absorb other chemicals from the environment such as pollution. By drying out the skin this also contributes to premature ageing.

Parabens
Avoid any ingredient with this word eg. methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben. Research as shown it is associated with Oestrogen imbalances and other hormonal issues such as skin problems, it also is now shown to be linked with cancers.

Artificial Colours
Are toxic to the skin and can cause allergic reactions and rashes. Your skin will absorb these chemicals, which can then make their way into the blood stream and may cause hormonal disruption and other health issues.

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C O C O N U T – R E V O L U T I O N

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Encouraging a new way of thinking about the humble coconut, Australian owned and operated Coconut Revolution have conveniently covered all your coconut needs from skincare, haircare bodycare and dietrycare.

The coconuts used to create Coconut Revolution products are harvested from the Tapee River basin area in southern Thailand. The oil is cold-pressed from the coconut without any chemicals ensuring the retention of all its naturally occurring nutrients.

The Coconut Revolution range of cosmetic and food products are made with the all-natural goodness of cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil. Around the world, coconut oil is used as a traditional medicine to treat a diverse range of health problems. Only now, coconut oil is now gaining overdue recognition as an invaluable contributor to a healthy lifestyle together with a balanced diet and regular exercise.

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How the Coconut Revolution skin and body range cares for your skin:

A Great Moisturiser:

Coconut oil has a high moisture retaining capacity so it acts as an excellent moisturizer for your skin. You’ll also smell wonderful.

An Effective Emollient:

Coconut oil contains mostly fats, so it acts as an emollient providing a softening and soothing effect for small wounds and itchiness or dryness.

An Excellent Skin Nourisher:

Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids which are absorbed into the skin, where they can be directly utilized for nutrition and energy. This provides all the energy your skin needs to heal and maintain itself.

Antiseptic & Anti-Microbrial Effects:

Coconut oil limits the amounts of microbes on the skin, cleaning up various conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and many other skin infections.

A Natural Treatment For Acne:

Coconut Oil has the ability to cure your acne, by killing the bacteria, which causes the problem (acne vulgaris). It also possesses skin-healing properties for wounds like acne and pimples.

Keeps You Looking Younger:

Improves the quality and appearance of skin by eliminating dead skin cells and reducing flaking skin.

The Perfect Massage Oil

As we know the oil can be absorbed into the body very easily, this means it can be a superb massage oil.

 

 

E L E V A T E V I T A L I T Y

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Cassie Mendoza-Jones, founder of Elevate Vitality will be presenting her signature Elevate Your Vitality webinar on Monday the 19th May. The webinar is targeted at those who are struggling for energy to make through the afternoon of crazy sugar cravings, draining ‘brain fog’ and chest tightening anxiety, the webinar will present participants with healthy inspiration to help them get back on track.

As Cassie Mendoza-Jones explains, exhaustion, fatigue, sugar cravings and anxiety appear complex but it can often be as simple as the foods are you eating and the foods are not eating, as well as incorporating nourishing herbal medicine and lifestyle practices, that can make a huge difference in your day and energy levels.

The Elevate Vitality Signature Webinar aims to shed light on these simple ideas:

:: That you can feel alert, happy and positive when you wake up each morning
:: That laziness isn’t a sign of fatigue
:: That food can be your friend, not your foe
:: That you don’t need to feel anxious most days of your life
:: That 3pm slumps aren’t cool (even if you’ve been thinking very, very, very hard all day)

The purpose of the webinar is to offer participants powerful yet simple ways to help them elevate your vitality, reduce
anxiety, and improve their overall energy throughout the day.

What you will learn in the Elevate Vitality Signature Webinar:

:: Why looking after your digestive system is key to a happy mood
:: How to naturally reduce stress and anxiety
:: How to easily boost your energy
:: The key herbs you need in your life if you ever feel stressed, anxious or depressed
:: The best best best ways to improve your mood
:: The number one thing you can do to speed up weight loss
:: How to heal from adrenal fatigue in a few simple steps but why you can’t rush it

The Elevate Vitality Signature Webinar is for you if:

:: You need some support to reduce anxiety and depression
:: You want to learn how to use food as medicine to heal your body and mind
:: You want to learn how to use simple kinesiology techniques to connect with your spirit and soothe your soul
:: You love my eBooks, meal plans or past webinars, resonate with me and my message of gentle healing, want
to connect again and learn more
:: You think you’re too busy to look after yourself properly
:: You have a history of feeling fatigued, flat, drained, stressed, overwhelmed, weepy, teary, exhausted and
anxious
:: You love all things health and wellness and are always up for deepening your knowledge
Registrations for the webinar close on Thursday 15 May, 2014.
For more information on The Elevate Vitality Signature Webinar visit the website.