Tuesday, 24 January 2012


HOLLYWOOD, FL, JAN. 24, 2012: Reggae celebrity
 Born in Clarendon, Jamaica, Glen Washington became a household name when his romantic hit, "Kindness for Weakness" climbed international charts in 1998 and remained one of the most beloved lovers rock singles in Jamaican music history. From there, his warm vocal tone helped create the blueprint for the modern, melodic lovers rock sound that continues to populate the most sought-after romantic reggae compilations in America, Jamaica and the United Kingdom.

Washington won "Best Reggae Male Vocalist" and "Best New Reggae Artist" at the 1998 Reggae Soca Music Awards, and won "Reggae Album of the Year" at the 2000 Reggae Soca Music Awards.

An audio preview of Glen Washington’s new album is available on iTunes.apple.com, and can be accessed by the URL link below: http://itunes.apple.com/album/its-a-love-thing/id496026981?v0=9988&ign-mpt=uo%3D1

Recipient of numerous industry awards, Glen Washington helped to establish the smooth-groove reggae sound that dominates the modern lovers rock world today. The new album, produced by Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor, continues Washington’s legacy as an all-time great romantic crooner, who has remained popular with female listeners across the globe – especially around Valentine’s Day season.


Glen Washington released a new collection of romantic songs, titled "It’s A Love Thing," Wednesday, January 18, 2012 on iTunes.

Soundwave Pirate Radio is launching!

Soundwave Festival is thrilled to announce the launch of ‘SOUNDWAVE PIRATE RADIO’.  An online radio station streaming 24/7 packed with exclusive interviews, daily news updates and fist pumping tracks from all your favourite Soundwave artists.

Exclusive to Soundwave Pirate radio will be ‘HAUGMETAL’ a weekly 2-hour metal show hosted by none other than Andrew Haug, every Thursday night from 8pm – 10pm.

“Hornz Up! Super psyched to be bringing you a weekly dose of smashing tunes from all things Soundwave. You’ll also hear from some of the godliest names in the biz taking part in this monstrous metallic gathering. If 2012 is the year the world ends? Then jump right in and let the metal flow with ‘HAUGMETAL \m/ - Andrew Haug

SOUNDWAVE PIRATE RADIO’ launches on Thursday January 26th January 8pm with ‘HAUGMETAL’. Tune in via www.soundwavefestival.com

Big Day Out promoter Ken West has had a rough year.

Big Day Out promoter Ken West has had a rough year. In the last twelve months he has parted ways with business partner Viv Lees, drastically re-shaped the 2012 events and, only yesterday, announced that the Auckland leg of the BDO will be scrapped indefinitely.

Over the last few weeks he has given a number of candid interviews in which he has discussed everything from the near collapse of his festival dream to the destabilising effects of competing events such as Soundwave.
FasterLouder met up with West for a tour around the re-modelled Gold Coast site and to talk to him about the year that’s been, dealing with Kanye West’s people, not booking New Order and what happened the year that Nirvana didn’t headline Big Day Out

The lead-up to Big Day Out 2012 must have caused you plenty of headache, Ken – what are your thoughts now that everything and everyone’s locked in and good to go?
These large-scale events involve a massive amount of funding, don’t get anything from the government and have to totally rely on people buying tickets – it has to be seriously re-looked that music needs support just as much, if not more, than an Indy race, a sporting event or a horse thing. A myriad of things get funding whereas we get shoved to one side; more importantly, we don’t have a recording industry anymore – we’re left in cyberspace to fend for ourselves.
Rock and Roll is more cool than Indy cars going around and around – this is where the BDO leverage comes in: because of that 20-year legacy, we can actually communicate with people on a high political and business level. That’s the reality at the moment: everyone’s suffering from overspending or lack of attendance. We won’t pay so much and we rely on our audience, and then get buffeted by “you couldn’t deliver the big acts” or “you pay for the big acts, but you can’t afford it.” There seem to be two ways of going broke, but not two solutions, so we need to find more solutions.

What’s your favourite Big Day Out so far?
Hopefully it’s in the future, but 2010 was my favourite BDO year because I’ve had so many friends on the road – it was so massive and so easy. 2000 was a great year with Red Hot Chili Peppers; 1997 was an amazing year with Soundgarden closing and The Prodigy and The Offspring on the main stage. I often find for myself that the best years are with bands that have done it before.

BEHIND THE SCENES: David Guetta, Titanium ft. Sia

EMI - Essential Artist
Check out this great behind the scenes look at the latest clip from David Guetta - Titanium ft Sia! The director takes us through the sci-fi styled clip.