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Class of 2008: Pnau

Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sydney duo Pnau (pronounced Pen-yow) might have been around for years, but it looks like they're finally eyeing some serious success. Although they've played their electronic beats, blips and pings around the world (occasionally to parties attended by everyone from Naomi Campbell to Ricky Martin), their third self-titled record is due to deliver them to heights well beyond the earthly stratosphere. Although former Brisbane school friends Pete Mayes and Nick Littlemore have not-so-quietly been building a loyal fan base since the mid '90s, 'Wild Strawberries' — the first offering from Pnau — has already grabbed the attention of everyone from acclaimed international mixer DJ Feadz to none other than Sir Elton John.

And while many thought the dance music craze would fizzle and die not long after Pnau won an ARIA Award in 1999 for their debut release Sambanova, the two have continued to create their own unique brand of every-tempo mixes and perfectly mashed-up beats — Pnau involved so many keyboards, mini-disc players, pieces of studio and computer equipment and traditional instruments that the band can't even remember them all, not to mention including a children's choir and Luke Steele, frontman of indie alt-rockers The Sleepy Jackson.

As their record company bio says; "We suspect they're starting to take themselves seriously — it's like they don't consider 'ambition' to be a dirty word anymore". Which is just as well, because that ambition is about to see Pnau take off like a rocket … man.



Pnau's track 'Baby', as featured in the recent Lite White television ad


Says who? Sir Elton John is a huge fan, having stumbled upon the duo's music during his recent Australian tour. He invited the band round for tea to his hotel and has since been slinging their latest release to all corners of the globe to show his support.

"I was getting work done on the bench at physio and he was like, 'Hello mate it's Elton, love your album'," Littlemore told Triple J about the phone call he received last month. "We hung out with him and we're going over to London to hang out with him at the end of February."

Lily Allen and the Scissor Sisters have been wooed by Elton's endorsement, and Madonna's people are reportedly sniffing around for possible remixes. Operator Please and Rage Against The Machine were also regulars side-of-stage during the band's Big Day Out appearances this year.

A MySpace fan says: "After the Gold Coast BDO based solely on your performance I booked flights to Melbourne to go see you again. ABSOLUTELY F***ING EPIC. You're now in my top three best live acts of all time!" Matty

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EXCLUSIVE: Timomatic's 'nasty' body transformation… and why he's happy to show it off MusicFIX Blog by Carmarlena Murdaca Nov 27 2014 3:24PM

Timomatic's not usually one to talk about his sexuality.

In a world where Miley Cyrus twerks, JLo booty-pops and Rihanna wears body bling instead of actual clothing, Timomatic's now "comfortable" going shirtless… and his sensual music video for recent tune 'Delilah' proves he's at ease with his buff bod.

"I'm very comfortable with my own sexuality," he exclusively told TheFIX. "And feeling sexy comes from a place of confidence. It's tapping into that inner self-esteem and knowing you're the motherf------ s---, as opposed to saying to yourself "okay, I'm going to act sexy now." So we're guessing there's no mirror mantras pre-filming?

Although we truly feel he was born with a six pack, the former Australia's Got Talent mentor says getting into shape was hard work… and that things got "pretty nasty during his heavy dieting".

"For six months of this year, I was working with a personal trainer to create the body I wanted for the next phase of my life," he added. "It took a lot of focus, but it's not something I could ever sustain. I got pretty nasty around that time!"

Slamming the split rumours that have surrounded his relationship with girlfriend Talia Fowler, Timomatic reaffirmed that his privacy is very important to him.

"I treat rumours like fire, they only get bigger if you add wood to them," he told us. "I think each to their own, but I like to guard my personal life quite a lot. I think when you're love life is in a media forum, it's not necessarily taken as seriously. What people seem to forget is that for everyone involved, it's real life. It's not that I don't want people knowing anything about my life, but I'd rather just put my guard up and experience what I'm feeling."

After a year of "self-discovery and creation", Timomatic is now going back to his roots to find out who and what he represents… which now includes his involvement in the Beats 4 Breast Cancer Concert held in Sydney on December 10th.

"Any kind of event that goes beyond music for music's sake is a really powerful thing," he said. "It's definitely nice to be a part of something that is going to make a change.

"I also think that as a celebrity, we have a duty of service to people to use our status to make positive changes and any platform we can do that in is really powerful."

For more information on Beats 4 Breast Cancer, visit their official website here.

See-through style, bronzed bodies and weird pom-poms: The 2014 ARIA Awards red carpet

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Sia 'saddened' by no-show ARIAs criticism: 'I made four thank you videos…they chose to show one' MusicFIX Blog by Yasmin Vought Nov 27 2014 12:06PM

Sia had the perfect response to critics slamming her for not attending the 2014 ARIA awards last night, even though she'd pre-recorded four acceptance vids.

The US based singer, who won four awards at the ceremony, took to Twitter to defend herself, then offered out her awards to fans. What a champ!

"I made four thank you/acceptance videos for the ARIAs," the 38-year-old wrote. "They chose to show one. I'm saddended to be getting s--- for being a no-show.

"On the upside, I won! Who wants one? First four people to document doing a good deed, I'll send you an ARIA."

The best response so far to the Aussie singer's request was a selfie by fellow ARIA nominee Ed Sheeran (below), captioned: "@Sia I'm overweight, send me one plz, that can your good deed."

Image: Twitter

Well played, Ed.

Sia won four ARIAs for Best Video ('Chandelier'), Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release and the Telstra Album of the Year award (1000 Forms of Fear).

Related video: The ARIA awards 2014 red carpet...

Check out Triple J host Matt Okine's Sia costume in the The 2014 ARIA Awards red carpet gallery below…

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