Lay Low with Lou Doillon

I knew I was going to like Lou Doillon’s LP, ‘Lay Low’ from the moment her fingers delicately set the mood from the sound of the keys in opening track, ‘Left Behind.’

It is apparent that we have been left behind at Fresh Independence because we were not familiar with the success of Parisian Lou’s previous LP, ‘Places’ selling over three-hundred thousand copies worldwide.


I don’t dare to compare, but upon first thought, it was a refreshing version of Adele meets Regina Spektor and Sia.

The ambience of the mind provokes a dim room overlooking the city lights with a glass of wine as the record player cues your new favourite album of repetitive measure.

Lou Dillon is a free flowing taste of sultry jazz and sweet afterthoughts.

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Look It Here- Song of the Day

“I got a love so hard I can’t stand it and with a heart so weak and abandoned”

We first discovered Nathaniel Rateliff as a solo artist in the indie Documentary, ‘Austin to Boston’

We are glad the music world is giving him his turn to hit you in the soul. Something real and true.


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Grant Gerathy- Drums John Butler Trio – Byron Bay, Australia

While filming on location at The Calgary Folk Music Festival this past July, I noticed a familiar face in the hotel hallway. Beach waves, flip flops, and a laid back smile. What a pleasant surprise!

Where are you writing this?

On an old lounge in the sun

Home is where your story begins, would you tell us a bit about yours?

Byron is one of the friendliest places I know. It’s such a great place to be.

How did music find you?

I was surrounded by it from an early age, it was only a matter of time. Everyone in my family play some instrument.

What was it about the drums?

My uncle was an amazing drummer. I think I knew how to play a beat before even sitting on a kit. I actually had a kit for 6 years before sitting down and really playing it, then didn’t put the sticks down.

As a drummer where does your inspiration/ new beats come from?

So many influences, but you can’t go past older stuff like Al Jackson Jnr’s playing on all the Stax recordings. You will hear just about every beat that your hear on the radio these days in that old stuff. John Frusciante does some great drum programming, and of course the legendary programming of JDilla

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Photography by Allison Seto

How were you discovered to be involved in the John Butler Trio? 

I have known Byron for years and had met John several times. John asked if I would like to have a play with them, and something worked I guess.

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“Youth” A film by Paolo Sorrentino is a must see.

Clever and intuitive artistry. A compelling journey accompanied by a introspective soundtrack. A must see film within today’s releases.

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