Ep 334 – McKisko and Gordon Koang

For this episode we have a pair of sets recorded as part of 4ZZZ’s Sounds Like Community Radio live-to-air broadcast during Bigsound 2019.

Present year excluded, Bigsound is an annual music industry conference/festival taking place in venues across Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley over the course of a week. Bands, artists and associated industry types flock to the Valley to make connections, trade war stories and, depending on who you are, either find the next big thing or convince others that the next big thing is you.

Last year 4ZZZ, in conjunction with the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (or, the CBAA’s AMRAP) threw open the station doors for a day of live music from a diverse range of artists and interviews with community radio music directors from around the country.

McKisko:

Live at Studio 3, 4ZZZ, Fortitude Valley, 3 September 2019

Helen Franzmann, a.k.a. McKisko, is no stranger to Live Delay, having been previously featured in episodes 235 and 278. Her unique, haunting strain of folk, augmented by layered loop pedal constructions has been captivating Brisbane audiences for over ten years. Her debut album, “Glorio”, was released in 2009, followed by “Eximo” in 2013 and “Southerly” in 2019.

Recorded by Lachy Gleeson
Mixed by Finn Diggles

Gordon Koang:

Live at Studio 3, 4ZZZ, Fortitude Valley, 3 September 2019

In 2013, Gordon Koang was a successful musician with nine albums under his belt when violent political unrest forced him to leave his home in what is now South Sudan. Seeking asylum in Australia, Koang settled in Melbourne and joined the local music community, hooking up with the Music in Exile label, itself an offshoot of Bedroom Suck Records.

After five years of uncertainty, Koang was finally granted a permanent protection visa by the Australian government and in August 2020 released his first locally-recorded album, titled “Unity”.

Recorded by Lachy Gleeson
Mixed by Finn Diggles

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4ZZZ Live Delay · Live Delay – Ep 334 – McKisko and Gordon Koang

Show production, engineering and host: Scott Mercer
Originally aired via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 20 September, 2020

Ep 313 – Cigány Weaver

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Photo:
Cigány Weaver – Lauren Crabbe

Cigány Weaver:

Live at Yonder Festival, Mary Valley, 29 November 2019

Brisbane-based Romani-style jazz ensemble Cigány Weaver have been working hard to win over audiences with their spectacular live shows for several years now, including spots at the Woodford Folk Festival, Caloundra Music Festival and MONA’s Dark Mofo.

The band’s debut, self-titled EP was released in 2016 and was a live recording of interpretations of song from the history of film. Their debut album from 2019, also self-titled, showcased both original material and a few older standards.

While normally a six-piece, this set recorded at Yonder Festival’s Wunderbar Stage featured the band as a slightly stripped-down four-piece, with Jo Davies on vocals, Gareth Mewes on violin and Rory Dollard and Conor McDonald on guitars.

Recorded by Lauren Holyoak
Mixed by Joseph McCormack

This set was mixed by an audio production student from the Queensland University of Technology as part of their course. We’d like to give special thanks to Yanto Browning and John Willsteed at QUT for facilitating this collaboration.

Extra grab-bag of goodies:
McKisko – “Wellspring” live at The Foundry, 6 April 2019
Recorded by Daniel Horvat
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Originally broadcast in Live Delay ep. 278

Asha Jefferies – “If You Were My Hero” live at The Triffid, 9 March 2019
Recorded by Scott Mercer
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Originally broadcast in Live Delay ep. 280

Moreton – “Circles” live at The Bearded Lady, 12 July 2019
Recorded by Nell Forster & Scott Mercer
Mixed by Blake Howson
Originally broadcast in Live Delay ep. 287

Show production, engineering and host: Scott Mercer
Originally aired via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 12 April, 2020

Ep 284 – Best of 2019 Part 1

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For this episode we are doing something a little different. As it has officially ticked over past the halfway mark of 2019 we thought we would have a retrospective and look back at some our favourite live tracks that we have featured this year.

Featuring highlights from Luca Brasi, Bad Bangers, Dumb Things, P-Unique, Requin, McKisko, turnpike, Harmony, Asha Jefferies, Start Together, June Low and CNT EVN.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 7 July, 2019

Show host: Jack McDonnell

Show production and engineering: Scott Mercer

Ep 278 – Requin and McKisko

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Photos: Will Johnstone

Requin:

Recorded by Daniel Horvat.
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 6th April 2019.

Requin are a three piece band from Brisbane that are playing an incredibly intricate math rock blend. Their harmonies will lull you perhaps into a false sense of security, but often bring you to a wholesome feeling of beauty amongst brutal time changes which always keep you guessing.

They are comprised of Fionn Richards, Keeley Young and James Eyre Walker on a variety of instruments from keys, saxophone, bass pedals, guitars and drums.  They released two singles, ‘Return to Sender’ in 2017 and ‘Blood, Sweat and Bees’ in 2018, all leading up towards an EP released in October of 2018 called ‘The Noisy Miners Swoop Him’. It was a 5 track beautiful recording which highlighted the complexities of their music and their direction which truly sounds unique.

On stage they consistently blow people away and you can physically see the buzz around them grow as the crowds get bigger, as do the venues. One thing that no one can deny is that seeing Requin on stage is seeing three friends who truly love playing music together; their joy is palpable and one that spills out into the audience.

Recorded Live at the Our Sound Festival on the 6th of April 2019.

McKisko:

Recorded by Daniel Horvat.
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 6th April 2019.

McKisko, is an artist that really is hard to compare to. Her music is just that combination of sounds and energy that makes you existentially wander into a deep place of thought and end up with pure peace with the world because music exists.

She has released three albums in her time, starting with ‘Glorio’ in 2009. She then won the Grant McLennan fellowship and moved to Berlin, which eventually formed the basis for her cult favourite album ‘Eximo’ in 2013. In 2019, we were lucky enough to receive another album called ‘Southerly’ released in February. ‘Southerly’ is an amazing body of work which showcases her incredible talent with an album that has such depth and you can feel the space and patience of the record. It was recorded in Point Lonsdale, a beautiful sea side town, and you can hear how the album ebbs and flows going in and out with the tide.

This night we got to hear a few tracks from ‘Southerly’ and she was accompanied by a guitarist and a violin which was truly incredible. It felt like a collective moment for the audience that we were lucky enough to be a part of, and now so can you.

Recorded live at Our Sound Festival at the Foundry.

 

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 5th May, 2019.

Show host: Jack McDonnell

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 235: Seja; McKisko

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Photo: Justin Edwards

Seja

Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 19th August 2017

Brisbane via Germany musician Seja Vogel, has had a prolific career since starting her first band Sekiden in 1998. Once signed to Modular they released 2 albums and 2 EP’s, touring extensively throughout Australia, Canada, Japan and the USA.

She was also a touring member of Brisbane favourites Regurgitator, joining in 2007 and also contributed to the Love and Paranoia album which was released in the same year. Seja has also lent her keyboarding and singing skills to touring buddies such as SPOD, David McCormack and Ben Salter.

In 2010 Seja began releasing under her own name with her debut solo album We Have Secrets But Nobody Cares via Rice Is Nice. Working with Robert Forster, Cut Copy’s Tim Hoey, Regurgitator’s Ben Ely and Wally De Backer, Seja wrote and recorded a second volume of sweetly synthesised soundscapes entitled All Our Wires in 2013.

McKisko

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 19th August 2017

McKisko is Helen Franzmann, a Brisbane-based musician who began her musical career writing and performing in the band Redbreast. After winning the Grant McLennan Fellowship in 2009, she recorded and released her debut under the McKisko moniker entitled Glorio, and then toured the country non-stop supporting the likes of Bon Iver and Jose Gonzales.

She then followed up with 2013’s Eximo, which was released through El Nino records. Her songs are built using inventive instrumentation, an intimate honesty, and a lyricism that journeys through abstract landscapes imbued with emotion.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 4th of February 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.