Tag: Oxford Art Factory
Jinja Safari Writing In Reverse By Simon Topper Marcus Azon – singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter – is stumped. We’re sipping coffee in a Glebe café as the breakfast crowd dwindles, and he’s pondering that old chestnut of a question: ‘How did we get here?’ The ‘we’ is his five-piece band Jinja Safari, a dance-inspiring Sydney [...]
No one could be more relieved than Perth-born/UK-based DJ and producer ShockOne (Karl Thomas) is right now. No one could be more delighted and surprised either, given that his debut album Universus not only came together after three long years in the making, but also managed to spawn two chart-topping singles with Crucify Me and Chaos Theory. Even more remarkably, the album hasn’t even officially dropped yet.
1. Growing Up
My family has always loved music. I grew up in a household that played continuous Nigerian funk, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding and Elvis. My dad comes from Nigeria where music and life are intertwined so singing whilst doing the laundry, cooking, shopping, or when you were happy, bored or upset was the norm in my house.
Brooklyn lo-fi/dance punk duo Matt & Kim have just wound up a tour of the US with Passion Pit, are still reeling from the success of their fourth album Lightning and are about to do the long haul flight across the Pacific for a string of headline shows (joining the Groovin’ The Moo line-up while they’re here).
Walking into the Oxford Art Factory to hear Ann Peebles’ ‘Somebody’s On Your Case’ played next to Bobby Womack’s ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’ gave me the feeling that it was going to be a good night. It was. New York MC Pharoahe Monch held nothing back as he delivered a high-energy set that had the whole venue offering a middle finger salute to the police.