With the support for Australian music amplifying in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions, The State of Music was the latest endeavour to throw its support behind the suffering industry. Curated by Mushroom, promoted by Victoria Together and streamed on multiple platforms including Facebook, YouTube and the Victoria Together website, host Rosie Beaton was the glue that bonded episode one on Sunday 3 May 2020.
Touted as a live stream, it was apparent relatively quickly that The State of Music was an edited live recording after the introduction was accidentally repeated three times. As disappointing as this was, it did not detract from the fact there were some awesome Aussie artists interviewed and some awesome live recordings transmitted throughout the sixty-minute show.
Michael Gudinski and James Reyne were the first interviewees of the night recapping Anzac Day’s Music from the Home Front television special. Then the legendary Diesel showed the thousands of viewers that he’s still got it after over three decades in the business. Promoting his soon to be released album, Sunset Suburbia, Diesel treated us to a stripped back version of On the Inside.
An interview with Birds of Tokyo front man, Ian Kenny, was next followed by a duet with band mate Glen. The duo pulled off a delicate yet spectacular version of Two of Us and Dive off their number one album, Human Design (2020).
Melbourne local G-Flip wrapped up the show with a poignant interview about her career and the state of music not only in her home town but Australia at the moment. She then performed two acoustic tracks off her debut album About Us (2019), Waking Up Tomorrow and Drink Too Much, and again highlighted what an incredible talent she is.
The State of Music was another great representation of Australian music, in particular the high calibre of Australian music that is out there. We cannot wait to see what episode two will bring!
Live Review By Anita Kertes