Q&A Scene: Monique Brumby

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
My most recent single was about marriage equality. ‘silent war’ about the silence that a lot of young people and people coming to terms with their sexuality feel. Things they have to go through in order to maintain a sense of privacy. Times are changing the change in government things are looking up but we must not forget that marriage equality something we need to achieve. I’m currently not touring, I’m working as a music producer and engineer with many bands and soul artists. I toured my arse off last year so have decided to spend 2015 writing and working in the studio mainly. I have a new album coming out in 2016

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
My music is like raspberries growing on a vine that has a blackberry bush crawling through it. It’s tasty but it’s also pointy and you can cut yourself on it but it’s worth it if you just take bite of the fruit it kind of zaps in your mouth like a pop of color and flavor. It’s a melodic intertwining of things that are sweet and sour, soft and spikey.

Which song resonates most strongly and why?
Probably my favourite song on my current album would be a song called ‘Quicksilver’ it’s about liquid metal but it’s about more than that, it’s got a male energy and it’s about a connectedness to that. Sonically the song is lovely and I think probably because I’m into sound production I like that one a lot.

Any on the road anecdotes?
Don’t pull up too fast of the lights cause there’s a lot of weight in the back. No smoking marijuana before a gig band members. No red knob Fender amps.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I’m inspired by my family and what’s going on in the world. People around me, senses, colors, flowers, trees, parks, wide-open spaces, the ocean, the love I have for my dogs and cat, the love I have for my friends and the compassion I have humanity in general. I think my music really comes from a sense of wanting to belong and wanting to be excepted. I also want to share ideas about the human condition, difficulties to overcome and empathy for others.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on the production for Decibels records which is a teen run record label in Melbourne. I recorded a young artist Amber Supriatna and I am in the process of finishing that final mix. I’m also producing a band called ‘even the lion’. Their EP is coming out later this year along with another EP I recorded for a Tasmanian based artist Jade Ulani. I’m doing some soundtrack work for film and television and I’m also producing new music for my sixth album.

What’s your scene?

My scene is really the Melbourne music community I suppose. I’m community minded so I’m doing different things all the time with different groups. I have a background of touring a lot but also working with people with disadvantage and wanting to get involved in things that mean something to me. I I like the outdoors and I like to be calm and happy in the environment that I am in so that generally means when I’m walking my dogs I am at my best. I’m very much looking forward to helping raise some money for no kill dog rescue groups at the forthcoming Dogapalooza concert.

About Dogapalooza

Tickets are selling ridiculously fast and on track to sell out shortly for Melbourne’s first dog-friendly (and hands down most adorable) music festival Dogapalooza. Presented by Oscars Law, One Little Indian Enterprises and Artemis Pet Food the festival will be held on Sunday September 27th on the green grasses of Burnley Park, Richmond to raise awareness and funds for dog rescue.

This adorable boutique festival is a quintessential ‘love fest’ of dogs (for dog owners and their dog coveting friends). Dogapalooza’s full line up is now revealed and it features performances from ARIA award winning singer/songwriter Monique Brumby, folk-pop twins Amistat, uplifting electronic DJ duo Cocoa Noire, acoustic hard hitter, Tash Sultana and the exceptionally handsome and just as talented, Harrison Storm. Special guest MC on the day is Channel 10’s Animal Rescue Walter Collins.

All proceeds raised at Dogapalooza go to Melbourne’s dog rescue groups: Stafford Rescue Victoria, Paws Of Love, Melbourne Animal Rescue, German Shepherd Rescue, Puppy Tales Rescue, and Kayas Mission.

Dogapalooza is a lay about in the sun and take it down a notch offering – what better fun than rolling around the green grass and listening to a host of marvelous bands in a chilled out atmosphere with your pooch? Behold the wonder as a thousand dogs make friends and influence people to a soundtrack of Melbourne’s finest artists and spring’s sunshine. These furry inner city hipsters (and their owners) have a wide selection of ethical food offerings (including a vegan BBQ) on offer, as well as the dog loving stalls of our beneficiary rescue groups and boutique commercial dog product vendors.

Official limited edition merchandise is available on site, as well as exciting Dogapalooza Awards for various categories, for those of you who want your dog to be known as an ‘award winner’ and stand out amongst the other owners at your local dog park. Also for those of you with small people, we have them covered with a plethora of old school games, face painting, and of course a thousand adorable socialised dogs to pour their love on in a super fun atmosphere.

Don’t miss out on this one of a kind festival, and reward yourself and your dog (or borrow one) to some fine tunes in amongst a park filled with other dog lovers. Dogapalooza – Melborune’s first dog friendly music festival is on Sunday 27th September from 11.30am – 5pm at Burnley Park Richmond. Be quick – limited tickets left via Oztix.

Oscar’s Law, One Little Indian Enterprises & Artemis presents
Monique Brumby, Tash Sultana, Cocoa Noire, Amistat and Harrison Storm
Sun 27 Sept – Burnley Park, Richmond
11.30am – 5.00pm
$28 +BF Adults
$15 + BF Concession/Students
$10 + BF Children (12yo & under)
Featuring Channel 10 Animal Extra’s Walter Collins (MC).
ON SALE NOW viz Oztix
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