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Being a Complex Human With Montaigne (Jess Cerro)

2019 has been a big year for Sydney-based songwriter Montaigne, with the artist releasing her second album 'Complex' on August 30. She sat down with Gen to chat about her tight relationship with producer Tony Buchen, the emotional triggers for her songwriting and her upcoming November tour.


Episode 25: Catching up with Gen & Aless - Breaking Fresh Formats, Music and Ground

The GA team have decided to bring in more content - and a more personal side to the pod - by stripping it back down to how the podcast first started: conversations between two friends. On the first monthly catch-up, the two break down what's been happening this past year, from Gen starting a new job, to Aless joining the New Age Noise Collective for women in electronic music. The pair also discuss how content is changing in the GA world, as well as their setlist tracks this past...


Episode 27: Finding Your Calling With Natalie Carol of Valley Queen

Before the release of debut album 'Supergiant' in Australia, we welcomed the lovely Natalie Carol, vocalist of LA indie rockers Valley Queen, to the GA family. Nat originally lived in Arkansas, and she takes us through finding her calling as a musician in LA after being surrounded by the medical and art worlds, the myth-making at the heart of songwriting and music recs from her friends in Cosmo Gold to tour mates The Wild Reeds. Featuring tracks from Twin Shadow, Ecca Vandal, Cosmo Gold,...


Episode 26: Swapping Tracks, Music Roots & Eating Habits With Lizi Blanco of The Beautiful Monument

Melbourne-based heavyweights The Beautiful Monument get personal on new release 'I'm The Reaper', out on June 28, delving into dealing with the death of multiple loved ones and strained relationships. Vocalist Lizi Blanco settles in one night to chat all about the record, how her Spanish roots shaped the first songs she listened to growing up, and seeing the world through an animal's eyes on album track 'The Silencer'. Featuring tracks from Gideon, Melanie Martinez, Mary J Blige, Crimson...


Chatting 'Conditions', Playing Didgeridoo & Living a Simple Life in Thailand With Jayden McGrath

It was at 27 that Melbourne musician Jayden McGrath really started his journey of self-discovery, having struggled with depression and contributing to bands with heavier roots. He recently released solo single 'Conditions' and is set to play a launch show at The Evelyn in Fitzroy, Melbourne on June 7. Ahead of the gig, McGrath sat down with Gen to dive into his music history, progress with Ableton and discovering the beauty of living a minimalist life in Thailand.


Episode 24: Chatting On Substance Not Looks, Punk & Football With Drew Gardner Of Totally Unicorn

Sydney mathcore band Totally Unicorn go to a new place with forthcoming album, 'Sorry', its stripped back sound allowing vocalist Drew Gardner's dynamic and fiercely personal lyrics to come to the fore. He sits down with Gen for an in-depth episode about the record, the waxes and wanings of punk rock, overcoming bullying over his weight and saying a big "screw you" with latest track, 'Prized Pig'. Featuring tracks from Party Dozen, Gravel Pit, Caravãna Sun and The Living End.


Father & Son Travels, Pains And A Whole Lot Of Songwriting With John Corabi

Singer and rock icon John Corabi(ex-Mötley Crüe, The Dead Daisies)is set to hit Australia from 28 March for a few solo shows in Australia, where he'll play Mötley's '94 record with his band in full. Ahead of his son and drummer Ian's first trip down here, Gen got together with Corabi to chat all things family, from the pain that sparked Ian actually playing drums for him, his father-and-son travel checklist, and plans for bouncing around ideas together in studio for the next solo record.


Narrating The Tale Between A Girl & Her Lover Death With Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling)

Swiss heavy progressive trio Cellar Darling take a leap into new territory with the release of second album 'The Spell', out last Friday. Gen sat down with good friend and vocalist/hurdy gurdy player Anna Murphy to chat about the ambiguity of the ending to the record's tale, hiking, and becoming an audiobook author for the very first time.


Doing Vocal Care Right And Chatting Falls Fest Stories & Kickass Women With Lizzy Plapinger (LPX)

This chat marks a true time capsule from the past, hours before timeless artist and Neon Gold Record founder Lizzy Plapinger(aka LPX)took the stage for her Sydney headline show at The Lansdowne in January. To celebrate LPX's fresh EP 'Junk of the Heart' being released today, we delve into the GA archives to bring Gen's chat with Lizzy - a longtime GA family member - to life. With plenty of banter and warmth, harking back to when the two first met in 2016, this one's just a bit of a 'Bolt...


Episode 23 (GA Turns One): Celebrating Milestones & Relatable Rap With Evil Eddie Of Butterfingers

It's been a huge year for the General Admission (GA) family, with the podcast celebrating turning one this month. In tandem with the milestone, and toasting a second one, music journalist Genevieve Gao sat down to discuss the iconic album 'Breakfast at Fatboys' turning 15 with 'Evil' Eddie Mark Jacobson, lead vocalist of Brisbane hip hop band Butterfingers. Parts seriousness and all laughter, the two let the chips fall where they may, from discussing the roots of relatable rap and hip hop,...


Progfest Sydney 2019: Artist Perspectives On What Prog Means

On a very special edition of the podcast, Gen headed to this year's Progfest at the Factory Theatre to have yarns, banter with and learn from some of the most innovative minds in Aussie and global progressive music. At the heart of each encounter is one question: 'What does prog mean to you?'. The answer? There's no single one. PICK YOUR CHAT/S: SEIMS - 0:22 - 17:31 SNVFF - 17:32 - 29:52 Chaos Divine - 29:53 - 40:38 Monuments - 40:39 - 53:31 Hemina - 53:32 - 1:03:48 Skyharbor - 1:03:49 -...


Episode 22: Overcoming Endometriosis With Jennie Skulander Of Devilskin

Kicking things off in 2019, Gen sits down with guest host Jen Skulander from NZ heavy band Devilskin, ahead of their tour supporting Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. In a banter-fuelled yet rich chat, the two delve into shooting their latest music video, as well as the group's brand new track 'Endo' - Jen cracks open her struggles with endometriosis, a common but often debilitating condition in women causing severe period pain, heavy bleeding and fatigue among other symptoms....


Shooting Down Music Photography Myths + Intellectual Property With Michelle Grace Hunder

Gen approached Michelle in the wake of recent events, where the editor of European-based mag Metal Blast, photographer and attorney J. Salmeron was banned from any future Arch Enemy shows after a shop used one of his images without crediting him. This intimate chat shares Michelle's perspective on the incident, her stance on intellectual rights to property, and the wider push to see perceptions of music photography shift in terms of being a genuine career path.


Inside Look: How Curiosity Steered Film 'Her Sound, Her Story'

'Her Sound, Her Story' is one of 2018's most powerful documentaries, reflecting on the stories of six decades of female Australian artists. Gen sits down with the creators, filmmaker Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore and music photographer Michelle Grace Hunder, to delve into 4 years of blood, sweat, tears... and an insatiable curiosity.


Episode 21: Living The Dream With John Floreani Of Trophy Eyes

This week, Gen and Alessandra are joined by Trophy Eyes vocalist, John Floreani. With third album The American Dream releasing tomorrow (3rd Aug), John shares some deeply personal moments that helped shaped the record. We delve into a discussion on genres and developing your sound, and John shares the inspiration behind one of Trophy Eyes' newest tracks, 'A Cotton Candy Sky'. Featuring tracks from Trophy Eyes, Turnstile, Lizzo, Slothrust and more.


Episode 20: Sad Girl Pop 2.0 With SANNIA

This week, Alessandra and Gen are joined by Melbourne pop artist Sannia. Having just released her haunting, vulnerable debut single "Go And Get Over", she sits down to have a raw chat about her musical origins, feeling charged by sad energy as a songwriter, and where old and new music intersects. We also chat our love for sad-girl music and guilty pleasures. Featuring music from Soccer Mommy, Odette, G-Flip, Slowly Slowly and more.


Episode 19: Embracing Human Impulse With Emma Anglesey

This week, Alessandra and Gen are joined by Tasmanian artist Emma Anglesey, to talk about debut record Some Things Can't Be Undone, released last week, and an exciting album tour on the horizon. We talk our favourite tracks of the week, Radiohead, and the evolution of songwriting. We then dive into the meaning behind Emma's track, 'Swells My Heart', which explores the deep passion that overrides reason in us as humans during certain moments. Featuring tracks from Kota Banks, Haley Blais,...


Episode 18: Smashing Expectations With Jamie Hails Of Polaris

Alessandra and Gen sit down with vocalist Jamie Hails of Sydney metalcore band Polaris, who are set to embark on a regional tour before heading to North America with heavyweights Parkway Drive. We chat about the singer's vocal beginnings, why supporting Parkway Drive on their 'A Decades of Horizons' tour this year was so significant, and the particularly powerful fan interaction with track "Lucid" from debut EP The Mortal Coil. Featuring tracks from The Midnight, Miguel and As It Is


Being An Electric Lady With Jack River

Prior to the release of Jack River's debut album Sugar Mountain - out now - Gen sat down with the songwriter last week to chat about bringing her family closer together with the record, spearheading her own festivals Electric Lady and Grow Your Own, and just what makes a woman 'electric'.


Episode 17: Finding Beauty In Pain With Caravãna Sun

In this week's episode, Alessandra and Gen are joined by Luke Carra and Ant Beard of Caravãna Sun, who have a chat right before they head into the studio for the day to work on their upcoming EP. We talk about the band's newest track, 'The Beauty and The Pain', and delve into how the song came to life. We also chat musical inspirations, pop music and our love for comedic music videos. Featuring tracks from Caravãna Sun, Holy Holy, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Growlers and more.