Beat Column, Wednesday May 27, 2015

With Jess Zanoni

If you’ve ever wanted to get music industry and event management training for FREE, check out the Push FReeZA Summits, which are happening around Victoria during the midyear holidays. These training sessions are a terrific opportunity for anyone to improve their knowledge of event management issues as well as participate in some hands-on workshops, network and hear firsthand from music industry experts. They’ll be happening in Traralgon on June 30, Ballarat on July 7 and Fitzroy on July 9. Register online at Full program will be released soon.

There may not be many FReeZA events this week but that’s probably because most committees are busy preparing for their first FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands heats. A few are even onto their second heat! If you make your way over to there is a complete list of heats across all areas of Victoria. There you can also find details on the guidelines and application process if you‘re a musician who is interested in entering the competition. But be quick because many committees have finalised their competing bands!

Our feature artist this month is The Bean Project, a unique acoustic folk/jazz duo who won last year’s top prize for the state-wide FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands, beating over 300 bands in the process and taking home a sweet prize pack valued at more than $11k. The Push speak to them about their upcoming debut EP, their influences, inspiration, touring and their journey competing in Battle of the Bands. If you jump on Soundcloud you can also listen to a few of their tunes.

Triple J Unearthed have been mighty generous once again this year and are giving one band anywhere in Australia the chance to win an opening slot at Splendour in the Grass. The prize consists of being flown over to Byron Bay, put in guest camping for the weekend, and being the first band of the festival to play at the amphitheatre main stage. Groovy, right? If you already have a track or two up on Unearthed, you’re already in the running but if you don’t, be sure to put something up by June 14. Head to for further details.

Vinyl Splinters are a garage/surf four piece from Western Melbourne who have been gigging for just over a year, they even held a residency at The Tote last October. On June 4 their debut EP Cheeky is set to drop on Bandcamp and its going to be something special. You can hear the first single from the EP, a sweet, sea-side reminiscent track entitled Splash on Soundcloud. Keep an eye out on them on facebook at

If you like writing and have seen an impressive show or listened to a rad album lately, why not submit it into The Push and we’ll publish it online? It’s a great way to hone your writing skills and gain some exposure, and we love receiving them! Send us your words to

All Ages Gig Guide

Wednesday 27 May

Under the Radar – Youth Short Film Competition (screening), St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle St, St Kilda, 6-7.30pm, Free,, AA

Friday 29 May

Jarrow w/ 1283, Snowy Nasdaq, Uncle Bobby, The Dancing Dog, 42 Albert Street, Footscray, 7:30, Free,, AA