There are plenty of people that having been getting it done in the adelaide music scene for years, and for this we love them dearly. This week however, we touch base with one of the new kids on the block Jonty czuchwicki. Budding young music journalist and curator of Cobra Present, jonty brings you a club night with a twist.
Can you tell us what your involvement is in terms of Adelaide music?
I’m a music writer for Rip it Up, The Music, The AU Review and Happy. A good live review can truly transport you there. Secondarily a good critique can go miles; it’s important to bring an unduly hyped act back down to earth, and ensure unsung heroes are perpetuated in all their glory. I’m also all about promoting grass roots local music from Adelaide. Happy is based in Sydney, and I feature a lot of Adelaide bands on the site with the intention that someone will discover a band they really love and become a real fan of them. It’s a great feeling. I am also one of the single stream and new video editors for The AU Review. Since I took on this role I’ve featured a new single or video from seven different Adelaide acts. I love telling bands that I’ve featured their music, the gratitude is priceless.
I also play drums in a band called Suckle From The Cobra’s Teat Who’s Sweet Milk Gives Us Wisdom, or Cobra for short.
. You also now run your own club night too! Give us the rundown on Cobra Presents.
Cobra Presents stems from my inability to concentrate on writing songs. For a long time my guitarist Rory and I quit writing songs for the band, and whenever we practiced we would just plug in and play for two hours straight. We really began to hone in on improvisation as a skill, attempting to bring it to a telepathic level. It got me thinking of the jazz and early rock and roll bands of old. They didn’t write songs, they were treated like kings to stand on stage and play for hours on end. People leaped from the rafters for it!
Although song writing is an amazing aspect of music I want musicians to be appreciated and earn some cold hard cash simply for being ingenious players.
When I realised no one was going to do this but me I started to consider venues. Ancient World was a no brainer, and the managers there were on board instantly. All the bands I reached out to were super excited about the idea too and our launch on December 11 was well beyond my expectations, yet it was the hard work that was reciprocated. Now we are well on the way into organising our second party. A night of improvisation and musical promiscuity featuring Adelaide greats Jungle City and Devil’s Crossroad at the forefront. Along with live art from our amazing poster artist Emma Vasquez, there will also be a free case of Coopers Pale Ale designated to the first 24 people through the doors on the 29th of January. I’m relatively stoked to be giving people free beer.
Each act improvises for roughly half an hour, and there is a strong focus on having artists from different bands jump in and lay down a tasty lick during their friends set, or even for a band they just met that night! At 1am we have Ponchodynamic supplying eloquent psytrance beats. It will all be over by 2.
In the future I am looking to book acts from interstate and also have Cobra Presents as the after party destination for National and International touring bands when they come to Adelaide. Imagine Dave Grohl coming to jam with us after rocking the Entertainment Centre!
How can local artists get involved?
I book all the acts for Cobra Presents, so if you are interested in performing you can come find me at the next Cobra Presents at Ancient World on the 29th of January. CYNYXYTY are playing their debut show at Volume II, one of their members approached me at our launch and I put him on the bill straight away.
. Live reviews mean an opportunity to see loads of Adelaide shows! What was your most memorable gig of 2014?
In Adelaide terms having Ben Weinman of Dillinger Escape Plan play a guitar solo at my feet during their set at Soundwave absolutely blew my mind, especially when you consider a sea of fans were holding us afloat. Pictured above. Photo By Kane Hibberd
More personally Devil’s Crossroad played an amazing house party show. My brother is the lead guitarist, and through a technicality he and his friends inherited a mansion that they were able to live in for 6 months before it was demolished. The housewarming party was legendary. It’s a shame it wasn’t pro shot, or that no one tracked a record in that living room. Some things just aren’t meant to be…
What local bands/artist that are you listening to, or have impressed you most live?
Most recently I have been spinning the new Lazy Daze single 'Harlow'. It’s absolutely harrowing!
Overview Effect, Molloy and Inwoods put on spectacular live shows. When it comes to song writing and execution they are of an insanely high calibre. I’ve called them world class in print. I also fell in love with a band called Favour The Brave when they played at the Cavern recently. They make the kind of music I dream about in my head. I even thought to myself that they may have secretly been an international touring band that was playing a super-secret incognito gig in Adelaide. Hydromedusa are also indisputable. They are like the granddaddy cool of the Adelaide rock and roll scene.
I blow my own whistle every now and again, whether I’m just listening to our demo by myself or unleashing Cobra tunes upon a friend. Jack Crawford produced the track for us in a shed on the full moon. The session was one of the best times of my life. We survived on tea and Port Royal cigarettes. This is how it turned out: https://soundcloud.com/cobra420/worldwide-droning-project
. Any hot tips of local artists to watch in 2015?
I’ve said it once, I’ve said it three times; I say it every damn day. Slick Arnold are the band to watch.