‘HU’ ARE WE?

AUDIO:OUT is a pop music website based in Australia. We really like to talk about pop music and the art forms that surround it, whether it be old or new, relevant to flop. We have locally-based writers and Internationally-based Aussie’s who are scribbling for the site, giving you an all-rounded perspective on Pop through an Australian’s eyes. Heck, we even have a New Zealander shedding light on the Kiwi pop market as he bashes away at his typewriter for us! We are the Sound of the Down-Under ground.

And to those of you wondering where the name came from, you need look no further than this Iconic but somewhat obscure Australian music classic, Amiel’s brilliant 2003 debut album which just so happens to be called Audio Out.

Here is a list of the incredibly talented writers (and short biographies for each of them) that make the AUDIO:OUT family one of the web’s absolute best.


ADEM ALI (EDITOR)

Adem Ali is an Australian pop and dance music writer, critic, on-air announcer and retail copywriter who has done blow with two major local popstars back in the late 2000’s when he was hosting his own kind of artRAVE. An unusual obsession with pop music and its culture saw many of Adem’s High School report cards accusing him of “wasting time on a subject that will bring him no success in the future”. Since that inspiring report card, Adem has gone on to write about pop and dance music for esteemed print publications such as The Big Issue, Inpress Magazine, Beat Magazine, Onion Mag, 3D World, X Magazine, Tsunami, as well as his insane ramblings – all in capital letters – on Facebook and Twitter. Up until 2012 he also ran and edited the popular music blog AdemWithAnE.com and has contributed articles to a number of online publications including Future Music, DJ Tracker, In The Mix and Stylus. For the last ten years, Adem has also penned a fortnightly full-paged column on the pop music world for Victorian street-press staple Forte Magazine. No stranger to an On Air studio, Adem spent a good portion of his Teenage and Adult life inside the intimate booths of radio stations across the nation, hosting a variety of shows on Geelong’s 94.7 The Pulse and Youth Radio Station Hitz FM in Melbourne. Adem is ridiculously obsessed with Madonna, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Audrey Horne and Drag Queens, the latter which brings us to his next passion; a burning devotion for press-on nails and hair that is bigger than Texas. His favourite pop groups are ABBA and Girls Aloud, and his biggest claims to fame are being the first Australian journalist to interview Lady Gaga and appearing on Girls Aloud’s Ten Tour DVD as a crying, sobbing mess during “I’ll Stand By You.” Adem’s favourite word in the English dictionary is “Hyperbole”, and he tweets from @AdemWithAnE.

 


RICHARD ERIC (EDITOR)

Richard Eric lives in Melbourne, Australia and enjoys lists, ranking things, picking favourites, organising lists, listing his favourite types of ranking systems, and world cuisine. He has previously written a whole host of crap about music mostly on his own blogs including an epic rundown of his 1001 favourite songs of all time, which will be greatly expanded and reloaded in the near-to-distant future. His favourite artists, in never-changing and non-negotiable order, are 1. Michael Jackson 2. Madonna 3. Kate Bush 4. Prince. He once met Noni Hazlehurst. Richard tweets from @TheRichardEric.

 


BEN ATAR (MELBOURNE)

Ben Atar is a former child model and one time Ikette who is arguably best known for his uncanny resemblance to Stevie Nicks. After whiling away his life in a sea of booze and spontaneous dance routines, Ben’s life was forever changed after touching Deborah Harry’s hair behind the Palais Theatre in St Kilda. Ben also volunteered two years of his life to community radio station 94.7 The Pulse, which are two years he barely remembers thanks to a cavalcade of wine. He tweets from @ben_atar.

 


SAM BROOKS (NZ CORRESPONDENT)

Sam Brooks is an Auckland (New Zealand) based writer, producer and homosexual. He spends most of his time writing and producing his own plays, which is supported by his gig writing for a local TV show. Occasionally he does other theatre-related oddjobs like collating feedback forms or writing down what actors say – all to pay for the way he has become accustomed to living (too much food, not cooking ever). His only qualification to write about music is thinking that Girls Aloud were the best pop band of the 00’s. Currently he is listening to Paris Hilton’s new song on repeat because some people do jobs so we don’t have to. Sam tweets from @sbrookbrooks.

 


ELIZA DAY

Eliza Day is a Melbourne based, Johnny Young Talent School graduate and boy band obsessed gurl who counts being mistaken online for a gay man and drag queen as the greatest compliment she’s ever received. Role models include but are not limited to Dolly Parton, RuPaul, Sally Spectra, both Minogue sisters, all four Golden Girls, Jenna Maroney, and Cher. She runs the music blog A Million Beats and tweets from @a_million_beats, where conversations with Martika using only “Martika’s Kitchen” lyrics have been known to take place.

 


GLENN DUNKS (US CORRESPONDENT)

Glenn Dunks is an Australian writer based in New York. He started as a music critic for three years at Forte Magazine before focusing on film. His work has appeared in print (The Big Issue, Metro Magazine), online (Onya Magazine, Quickflix, Junkee, The Film Experience) and on the radio (Joy 94.9’s The Saturday Magazine). He is a member of various journalist and critic associations including FIPRESCI, AFCA, OFCS and GALECA. His musical tastes run the gamut from Madonna to Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton to The Velvet Underground, Sondheim to Blondie. Glenn tweets from @glenndunks.

 


CRYSTAL GALLAGHER-MALIK (T-TOWN)

Crystal Gallagher-Malik’s interest in pop music is extreme but selective: almost entirely limited to Jason Derulo, Spice Girls, One Direction, Little Mix and Daphne and Celeste, she could not name a Pink song upon threat of her life (out of principle). She would die before she named a Pink song is what we’re saying. Writing wise, Malik is often compared to literary greats Tao Lin and Lady Di: “regal and difficult to read”. Primarily a writer of sci-fi and UFO literature – having published several thousand novels in the genre (rounded up to the nearest several thousand) – she brings the same controversial analysis to the planet of pop. Crystal also writes over at her own website, www.crystalgallagher.com.au, and tweets from @crystalgalagher.

 


DAVID LIM (UK CORRESPONDENT)

“You can call me Limmy or if you’re feeling SASSY… Limoncé!” Those were the actual words David Lim uttered when he introduced himself to his new workmates two years ago, and it’s now somewhat of a signature calling card for this prestigious man of pop. Limoncé hails from a pop music blog called Feed Limmy, which is currently on hiatus. Even though he is a child of the 80s, David feels like his forte in pop music commentary really lies within the “mid 90s to currently trending” era. Therefore, whenever called upon to comment on vintage phenomenons like Wham! or previous-century Cher material, you’re very likely to get a deer-in-the-headlights face. Limmy has a particular love for R&B divas and true vocal queens like Whitney, Brandy (please, no murderer jokes), Monica, Beyoncé, Mariah and Toni Braxton. Like many writers on here, David is deeply committed to British pop acts of the last two decades – some of his favourites include Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Spice Girls, The Saturdays, Little Mix and Mini Viva (god rest their souls). Dave has a particular ear for and interest in following mainstream music producers works as well – masterminds that include (but not limited to) RedOne, Richard X, Xenomania, Darkchild, Pharrell, Bloodshy and Avant, DNA Songs and the like. When David was just a wee lil’ tacker, he used to wake up early every Saturday morning to tape Video Hits, Rage and the MTV chart shows, so the artistry of music videos is another huge passion of his. Limoncé loves the combination of sound and vision in pop, so don’t be surprised if you find David critiquing the artist’s image, the editing, narrative and set choices in his articles. Limmy tweets from @feedlimmy.

 


EDWARD OKULICZ (SYDNEY)

Edward Okulicz is a Sydney-based writer and fact-checker working in the television industry. Starting as an MP3 blogger with a particular focus on pop from the more obscure European charts, he moved to writing about pop singles and albums for well-respected indie Stylus Magazine from 2004 to 2007 before taking on the editorship of spinoff site The Singles Jukebox since 2011. His favourite types of music are dance-pop, country and anything Scandinavian — combinations of these are particularly beloved. Edward devours charts from all around the world, savours statistics and trivia but abhors the tendencies towards listification of pop writing, and has failed at all incursions into the world of social media.

 


JOHN ROWLEY (SYDNEY)

John Rowley uses pop music as an emotional crutch. He’s dabbled in singing and songwriting, with mixed results. As part of his Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) at the University of Sydney, he recently wrote an essay about the sexuality of Britney Spears during the Blackout era. The research process mostly consisted of watching and re-watching ‘Gimme More’ at the 2007 MTV VMAs, which clearly sounds like a hoot. He tweets from @JohnLRowley, and you can hear his stunning productions over at his YouTube page.