RAMONA WORKSHOPS: PERIOD WITCHES

MY RECORD COLLECTION: Ainslie Wills – ‘Sometimes we’re up sometimes we’re down…a collection of albums for the undulating feels that life brings us.’

Writing by Molly Mckew // We are fairly obsessed with Ainslie Wills’ single ‘Fear of Missing Out’, and can’t wait for her sophomore album ‘All You Have is All You Need’ to be released this week. Ramona mag were lucky enough to get inside Ainslie’s record collection to discover Wills’ top five ‘albums for the undulating feels that life brings us.’

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Q&A: Ahead of her Melbourne tour, we chat to New Orleans art-jazz-pop singer Sasha Masakowski

Writing by Molly Mckew // Sasha Masakowski hails from New Orleans, and is bringing her brand of playful pop-jazz to Melbourne this week, where she will do a run of shows at the intimate Birds Basement. Sasha has just released her new album Art Market, which she recorded with a band of talented musos from her home town. Ramona were excited to speak to this uber-cool pop-jazz mastermind, grilling her about her upbringing, her musical heroes, and what to expect from her new album.

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FEATURE: Brisbane’s all girl neo-soul band PINK MATTER tell us about their childhood heroes

Writing by Molly Mckew // We are loving Brisbane’s shiny new neo-soul band Pink Matter, whose smooth sounds and super-cool instrumentation have landed them gigs with the Internet and at the Laneway Festival. We wanted to learn more about them, so unearthed their childhood by asking them to reveal their childhood musical heroes.

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FEATURE: Maningrida’s all-female Ripple Effect and Darwin’s Skinnyfish music working together to celebrate Indigenous language and culture

Writing by Molly Mckew // When we heard Ripple Effect’s new single Nguddja, we couldn’t wait to chat to the band about the meaning behind the track. Music editor Molly Mckew got the low-down on Maningrida’s Ripple Effect and their label Skinnyfish, who are working away at supporting and publicising music from remote NT communities.

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FEATURE: Melbourne electro-pop trio Huntly and their danceable, relatable and dynamic debut album, Low Grade Buzz

Writing by Molly Mckew // We were lucky enough to chat to Elspeth Scrine of Melbourne trio Huntly about music, lyrics, politics, and their rich and layered record ‘Low Grade Buzz.’ Their debut album brings all the feelings and all the sounds, and right now it feels like we will never get sick of it. Huntly’s manifesto is ‘doof you can cry to’, and dance and cry we will.

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FEATURE: YoWo’s ‘Work Like That’ – check out the album that is written and performed entirely by female and GNC high-schoolers

Writing by Molly Mckew // This weekend YoWo music, a mentorship program for female and GNC youth, will be launching their very first album, ‘Work Like That’. Ramona Mag were lucky enough to chat to the writer of the lead single ‘Built for Boys’, producer Emah Fox, and program co-founder, Lena Douglas about the work of YoWo and how its making the Australian music industry a more welcoming place for young people.

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