An Interview with Daniel (Cupcake) Natoli

Daniel Natoli’s been in the chair at A Sharp quite a bit these recent months and it’s not going to change anytime soon with A Sharp’s new sister Studio in St Peter’s coming on line in a few months. We thought we’d have a quite chat so as to introduce him to you.

  • Difficult we know – but In a few lines and in your own words – tell us a little about yourself?

Well according to my colleagues at A Sharp, I’m always in the studio or playing guitar, I love what I do and I hope that really shows. I don’t look at Audio Production as a job, it’s fun and simply just great working with creative people.

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Interview – Matt Fioravanti

August 2018

  • Difficult we know – but In a few lines and in your own words – tell us a little about yourself?

I like to think that I’m a young and enthusiastic audio engineer who understands music as I play a couple of instruments; I’ve been a session musician on occasion too. Being passion for music, all genres of music is true too. This really helps when working with Act’s, it makes it easy to talk to and understand what they are looking for. I suppose my aim is to try to make a positive impact on all people that have trusted me to work with them on their music.

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Interview – Nathan Sheehy Head Producer at A Sharp

  • Difficult we know – but In a few lines and in your own words – tell us a little about yourself?

Alright, if I had a tinder profile it would probably look like this, haha –

Work: I am a Sydney based Music producer/mixer/audio engineer which I’ve successfully been doing for about 8 years – its my job and passion.

Me as a person: I’m a big big music lover (obviously),I’m very social, love a beer with mates, going on adventures, snowboarding, surfing or sometimes nerding out on podcasts.

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Interview with the songwriter and singer Josh Paul

Josh Paul, Singer songwriter, business owner and who just spends time in Nashville and Sydney writing for other artists.

Songwriter Josh Paul owns a rehearsal and production studio in Homebush West called Arthur Street Studios. What’s interesting is how this reserved songwriter set up Arthur Street Rehearsal Studios and spends time flying between Nashville and Sydney writing for quite a few interesting artists in the industry. We thought we’d catch up and ask him a few questions.

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The ever changing face of our Industry – 2015 ARIA Released Wholesale figures

2015 saw the biggest increase in Australian music industry revenue according to ARIA. This revenue increase has been driven by an increase in the number of online audio streaming services.

ARIA announced a 5% increase of Australian recorded music since 2012 which amounts to an increased value to $333.8 million. During the same period, music download load sites (such as iTunes) showed decline.

These subscription based services, (Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, Apple Music, etc.) now accounts for 62% of the music streaming market which has doubled from $23 million to $46 million in the same period, whilst streaming revenue increased significantly from $31.9 million to 71.1 million (source ABC news & ARIA).

The situation is also true globally; the IFPI (The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) stated on 13th April 2016 that global revenues in 2015 overtook physical for the first time by 3.2%.

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Interview with Adam Weston of FireStarter Distribution

Firestarter Distribution is refreshing news for Independent Australian Artists. With a wide range of services, Firestarter can help artists with defining a promotional strategy, digital/physical distribution and even help with the servicing of media and radio industries. We caught up with Adam Weston, drummer of the Iconic Australian band, Birds Of Tokyo, to find out more how he and his wife Heidi created Firestarter Distribution and made it what it is today.

  1. How did the idea of Firestarter Music begin, what were Heidi and your reasons and motivation for starting up such a business venture?

Heidi had actually started Firestarter in Perth before I met her and at that time was more about being a point of contact/manager for a friend’s band but then quickly moved towards promoting launches and events for others. That was way back at the start of the millennium!

Once I came on board I was already playing in a few bands and was literally going out to shows four or five nights a week. Like most people I figured that if I wanted more opportunities I should start creating them myself. Teaming up with Heidi meant we could focus on a small roster of bands where we’d provide label type services along with bookings.

Back in those days before Unearthed and social media it seemed there was a bit more time for artists to develop. Bands really slogged it out at a local level before feeling the need to throw themselves at radio or what not straight away. Not that anyone would have complained with early spins, but the general emphasis for us was to book shows that would garner positive feedback/reviews and become the building blocks of landing key support slots and festival appearances. Then when it was time to start touring it meant engaging with industry and media on a national level.

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Interview with the singer ILUKA

We’ve been stoked to have ILUKA back in the A Sharp Studios recording some great new material. ILUKA and her band of “Bobacious babes” have been busy writing and developing new material and every 2 months book A Sharp to record the new material. After a few cycles like ILUKA and her management hope to start to put an EP or Album together. We caught up with ILUKA and asked more about inspirations, career to date and what she hopes for going forward.

Iluka with her band Bobacious Babes at A Sharp Recording Studio

1. How and when did everything musical and your career start?

There was no official ‘beginning’. It was always something I just did. I began making up little ditties that I would sing around the house when I was 4 and I guess those ditties then progressed into songs. My Dad had a pretty basic 12 track recording desk at home so we began recording my own songs from when I was 7. We have made albums and albums worth of material together… It’s strange, I have always had this sense of knowing that I am here, on this earth, to create music. So that is what I have always done.

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Did you wonder how the first Steve James Masterclass went?

When someone of Steve James’ reputation says he’d like to spend 3 days showing those who want to record, how to “make a record”, as he calls it; all I could think was great! I’ve worked with Steve several times now, and his approach to recording and session management is inspiring, which only goes to prove why he has the credits he has and why his career has lasted 40 years. Steve feels its time to share his extensive experience with those who really want to learn how to produce. Honestly, he makes it look all so easy and says: “It’s not rocket science.”

Initially Steve suggested inviting The Rumjacks to perform and record their next single … so, when he called and told me that the management, label and The Rumjacks themselves thought it was also a great idea, you can imagine my reaction. “On the back of their recent successful album “Sober and Godless” The Rumjacks wanted to record a new single at the Masterclass – Crazy”. I knew that the 3 days would be brilliant and I wasn’t wrong. In fact it was absolutely amazing.

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Interview with Nathan Sheehy – The newest audio engineer at A Sharp Recording Studio

Nathan Sheehy is the newest Music Producer/Audio Engineer to join A Sharp. Nathan has had quite a bit of success already with several Triple J top 100 songs to his name. We’d like to introduce him to you so we caught up with Nathan in the studio and asked him to tell us a little more about his work ethic and techniques that have made him a name in the industry already. 

Interview with the legendary music producer Steve James!

Steve James joined A Sharp Recording Studio in Sydney some months ago and has worked on a number of fantastic projects at A Sharp including recording new material for Metal As Anything, Gail Page and 5 Way Addiction. We thought that we would sit this Iconic Grammy Nominee and Aria Producer and Engineer of the year down for 2 minutes and ask the Beautiful August to ask him a couple of questions about his career to date and his next plans.