The Pine Street Sessions
Pine Street Sessions is another fantastic music initiative promoting Sydney’s never-ending pool of talented musicians. A few weeks back, we posted about the Gate bringing live music to Sydney’s Western Suburbs. There are quite a few similarities between the two, but they operate in very different formats.
Pine Street Sessions is the brain-child of Northern Beaches based musician Josh Fergus (otherwise known as Rattlecat). It’s an online hub which shares videos and recordings of performances in a really exclusive environment of a small beach house. Through this, they’re able to form a creative, non-competitive community of art and music which helps to promote the multitudes of incredible musicians Sydney keeps producing.
Josh explains, “Every Wednesday I had mates and fellow musicians coming around to rehearse for gigs and try out new songs – soon a little crew started to come together. The house is right near the beach and has a big verandah with comfy couches – it’s a super chilled place to hang and play some music, drink tea/coffee, and meet new creative folks from all over the place. I’d also been looking at some live music video channels, and the main one that caught my attention was the UK-based Black Cab Sessions, where well-known musicians and bands play songs in the back of a London cab as it drives around. I loved the exclusiveness it generated so thought it would be cool to do something similar.”
Pine Street Sessions officially kicked off in mid-2011, with Josh collaborating with his good friend and producer Fernando Aragones. The idea is to expose rising artists with the opportunity to have their own live video clip uploaded onto the web while linking them to a growing network of musicians and music lovers. Josh gushes “There’s so much musical talent in Sydney and Pine Street Sessions is an avenue for bands and artists to get great online-exposure with high quality audio and video production. We love doing it as well because we don’t get to go and watch as much live music as we would like to as we’re always performing ourselves.”
You can expect much more of Pine Street Sessions going forward, “More bands, more music, more events, guest appearances from well known musicians/bands (they recently had Mat McHugh from the Beautiful Girls drop by). There is just so much talent out there that is still hidden. We want to be the ones who can represent the potential of these people.”
Rosie Henshaw – “I’ll Sail My Ship” (live at Pine Street Sessions)
One of the questions I asked Josh was to list a few people who’ve helped Pine Street Sessions since it commenced. He proceeded to fill almost half a page with people who’ve fallen over themselves to get involved in their initiative (including their “really supportive and patient partners”). “We’re super lucky. People just seem to want to help us out”. With such a great concept and so many creative and talented people on board, the future is bright for Pine Street Sessions.
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