Perth Music Interviews magazine

"A project like 'Perth Music Interviews' - in which one man chats to a group of folk who he likes both personally and musically, runs the risk of turning into a cliquey game of back-slapping.

Moleta ensures that never happens, through his willingness to talk to a broad range of local characters from varied scenes and backgrounds, and through his ever sagely, probing questions.

Rather than pushing an agenda, Moleta simply opens up a spectrum of perspectives - in which lie plenty of pearls of wisdom." thethousands.com.au


Produced in 2011, Perth Music Interviews is a collection of interviews with 12 people involved in the music scene in Western Australia.

A limited edition was printed in A5 format at the time. It can be downloaded here. (61 pages, PDF file, 655KB)

Some of the people interviewed had been involved in music for ten years or more. Others had recently released their first albums.

The idea was to discuss background, development, and current musical activities.

The interviews are with:

The magazine was reviewed by thethousands.com.au:

There's this quote that gets thrown about: "Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." Its origins are disputed, though sometimes it's accredited to Frank Zappa. It's pithy, sure, but we're thinking maybe we should take any aphorisms concocted by a dude who named his daughter Moon Unit with a grain of salt.

Benedict Moleta seems to think so, anyway. The debonair songwriter has momentarily traded in his guitar and vocal cords for the written word and a photocopier by way of a new zine, "Perth Music Interviews".

The no-frills, 50-page publication documents twelve conversations with savvy local individuals, from filmmakers (Ben Stewart) to rappers (Mathas) to songsters (members of Rabbit Island, Hang On St. Christopher, The Tigers and many more).

A project like "Perth Music Interviews" - in which one man chats to a group of folk who he likes both personally and musically, runs the risk of turning into a cliquey game of back-slapping.

Moleta ensures that never happens, through his willingness to talk to a broad range of local characters from varied scenes and backgrounds, and through his ever sagely, probing questions. Rather than pushing an agenda, Moleta simply opens up a spectrum of perspectives - in which lie plenty of pearls of wisdom.

If talking about music can be this insightful and absorbing, we can hardly wait to seeing Benedict Moleta dance about architecture sometime soon.

thethousands.com.au