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THIS IS YOUR LIFE
A busker from Bungendore finds himself on national TV, becoming
an overnight sensation. It sounds like the storyline for
a fairytale movie, but welcome to Alex Gibson's life. His
world changed when he appeared on The Voice last year. His
mentor, Seal, told him: "Everything in life is an illusion."
"That advice has helped me profoundly," Alex says. "I don't
let people's perceptions bother me too much; they can think
what they want. We as humans over-analyse everything. The
minute we stop over-thinking and live in the moment is the
minute we are free to do what we want." Alex enjoyed The
Voice experience, though there was a downside. "I didn't
have much time for my girlfriend - ex-girlfriend. But there
is always going to be a personal cost to the music industry.
I guess it's about finding that balance." Alex is now touring
to promote his debut album, This Is Life. If you're looking
for a comparison, think Jason Mraz; it's impressive earthy
pop. "We didn't want this record to be perfect, we wanted
it to be real," says Alex, who recorded most of the album
live in a 12-hour session at Sydney's Studios 301. Despite
his TV fame, Alex - who plays a Gibson guitar - still busks.
Whenever he comes to Melbourne, he heads to Bourke Street
Mall, where he plays alongside his busking buddies Woodlock
and Amistat. He's often greeted by people: "Hold on, aren't
you that guy?" Alex laughs. "Actually, they usually say,
'Hold on, aren't you that guy from The X Factor?'" After
stints in retail, printing and disability respite care,
Alex has been a full-time musician for the past couple of
years. Alex and another Voice finalist, Nick Kingswell,
are playing at Revolver on Thursday, 1 May.
THE J CURVE
Thirty-nine years ago, 2JJ started with Skyhooks' You Just
Like Me Cos I'm Good In Bed. What will be the first song
on Double J when it launches on 30 April? We're rapt there's
finally a triple j for "grown-ups". But what's with the
station being available only on this new-fangled digital
technology? If it's aimed at rock dinosaurs, like Howzat!,
find a place for it on the FM band!
MORE BEATS FOR YOU
Pseudo Echo have come up with a cracking new album, Ultraviolet,
the best of their 32-year career.
STREETS OF YOUR TOWN
Howzat! supports the campaign to name an Abbotsford lane
behind the Yarra Hotel "Davey Lane". Meanwhile, the You
Am I guitarist has launched a Pozible campaign to fund his
debut solo album. For $150, you'll get a "deluxe Davey box"
featuring a homemade cookbook containing his favourite recipes.
For $8000, Davey will make you a guitar.
"A simple plan is always best" - Jack Howard, Try Again.
Sheppard stay on top, Sia leaps from four to two, and half
of the Top 10 is homegrown hits.
Geronimo SHEPPARD (number one)
Chandelier SIA (two)
High PEKING DUK (five)
Never Be The Same JESSICA MAUBOY (six)
She Looks So Perfect 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (nine)
Up! SAMANTHA JADE (18, debut)
Loco JOEL FLETCHER & SEANY B (19)
When You Were Mine TAYLOR HENDERSON (22)
Fancy IGGY AZALEA (23)
Pittsburgh THE AMITY AFFLICTION (28, debut)
Live It Up 360 FEATURING PEZ (31)
Swing JOEL FLETCHER FEATURING SAVAGE (32)
Chet Faker debuts on top, and Russell Morris scores the
highest-charting album of his career. Meanwhile, Saskwatch
have a Top 50 debut, with Nose Dive arriving at 46.
Built On Glass CHET FAKER (number one, debut)
The Very Best INXS (two)
Van Diemen's Land RUSSELL MORRIS (four, debut)
L.O.V.E HARRISON CRAIG (five, debut)
Blackbird DAN SULTAN (six)
Flesh & Blood JOHN BUTLER (nine)
Circus In The Sky BLISS N ESO (13)
Puddinghead BALL PARK MUSIC (14)
Beautiful JESSICA MAUBOY (17)
Hungry Ghost VIOLENT SOHO (22)
Here Comes The Sun RACHAEL LEAHCAR (38, debut)
Royal Reserve JACK HOWARD
Branches ALEX GIBSON
Let It Be Now THE ALTERNATIVE
Things You Like PSEUDO ECHO
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