Microwave Jenny’s Savvy Seven

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Microwave Jenny is Australian husband/wife duo Tessa and Brendon Boney. They’ve featured on hit Australian television series Gods of Wheat Street (ABC1) & Offspring (Channel 10), played The Woodford Folk Festival, The Dreaming Festival, The Adelaide Fringe Festival, Peats Ridge Festival, Festival of the Sun, Bluesfest in Byron Bay and The Aussie BBQ as part of The Great Escape in the UK to name just a few. Well known for their national tours of house concerts where they play in fan’s homes they’re completely independent, self managed touring musicians who pride themselves on the DIY nature of their career. Tessa and Brendon took some time to offer their perspective on the music industry.

1. The best live music venues in my area are…

People’s houses! We’ve done 3 national tours of house concerts and they’ve all been incredible. Music’s so easy to access now and you’ve got to give people something that competes with the concept of sitting comfortably at home watching videos on Youtube. And if you can’t drag people away from their homes, play in their lounge rooms. Otherwise venues run by people who actually like music. When music is the focus of a venue and not making money selling drinks then everything else within that venue becomes supportive of a great live music experience. I feel like when venues focus on making money from drinks people can feel that vibe and unconsciously drink less because they’re less comfortable. Places like the Southside Tea Room in Brisbane have the right idea. Awesome staff, delicious food and people just waiting for you to come in and rock they’re socks off.

2. The music scene in regional New South Wales is…

Whatever you want it to be! It’s a huge part of the industry. Ask any manager out there about it and they’ll tell you how important it is to get to regional areas on a tour. We both grew up in country towns and know first hand the importance of having acts play in your area.

3. My top tip for artists who self-manage is…

Pay attention and be flexible. Don’t become so focused on one thing that you miss ten others.

4. In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…

Filtration. The Aussie industry anyway. In Australian music right now there seems to be the attitude of ‘You’re either this or you’re that’. “This” being triple j and “that” being reality-tv-pop. Both triple j and commercial radio cop a heap of criticism because they stick to certain things but we’ve always felt they both should be able to do whatever they want because there should be plenty of other avenues in which to succeed. Off the top of my head I can only think of one Aussie act to really break within Oz in the last five years without the support of triple j or reality tv and thats a band called Sheppard. There’s acts like Iggy Azalea but even in those instances they left Australia before breaking and as long as it’s either “this” or “that” there will always be artists looking to leave Australia looking for “the other”.

5. When on the road, my favourite pit stops are…

Guzman y Gomez (Burritos), Grill’d (Burgers), Messina (Gelato), Fantasia (Asian food in Brisbane), The Pie Tin (Newtown Syd) and a good cheap cinema. They keep us pretty well fuelled.

6. My biggest career mistake has been…

Any time wasted trying to cater to labels, radio stations or ‘industry types’. Go directly to your fans.

7. My best advice for emerging artists is…

Don’t be jealous of other artists. It seriously gets you nowhere. Nobody ever succeeds at your expense.

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