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Zoe K is setting the record on her own terms

TICKLED PINK: The soulful Zoe K is back with her provocative second album It’s Just What I Like. Picture: Paul Armour Photography
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MAITLAND-bred soul diva Zoe K has never been afraid to strut her own path. The proudly independent artist is renown for her sense of humour, social media updates, sexual confidence and non-traditional interpretation ofsoul, blues and jazz.

Zoe’s forthcoming second album It’s Just What I Like is brimming with Zoe’s vivacious personality. The record will be released on April 14 and was recorded in Melbourne, New Orleans and New York.

The title comes from the cross over of jazz, soul and nu soul influences onthe record.

“I was worried that all the purists would get all stroppy and sad,” Zoe said.“But then I realised a)I don’t care and b)because it’s just what I like.I am a musician who is all ear and I write my songs mainly on guitar, which means whatever comes to me isusually from what I have been listening to and those styles are like my soul food.

“I was telling these frustrations to a stranger and when I said ‘It’s just what I like’ and he said, ‘That should be the name of your album’.”

It’s been a six-year wait since the Melbourne-based musicianreleased her self-titled debut with her former backing band The Shadow Katz. That meantthe songs were written during over a long period of time from her mid-20s to early 30s.

“I was sick of writing songs about my broken heart and there is one track that speaks volumes in the way a woman in the bedroom is conducive beyond a man’s needs,” she said.

OIL CHANGESINCE opening in 2014 The Edwards restaurant and bar has been a constantly evolving entity. From serving food and drinks to providing various workshops, selling records and even housing a coin-operated laundromat.

Another evolution in the Newcastle West venuebegins on Thursday night with the launch of The Good Oil. The weekly free gigsare about offering diversity to Newcastle’s live music scene and opening listeners to new emerging artists.

The opening show will be headlined by Sydney electro pop outfit Yon Yonson and features Newcastle producersJingle (Joshua Ingle) and Toytown (Caleb Toogood) as support. Sydney’sA.D.K.O.B, Bella Fugazi and Jack The DJ will perform on the second edition of the Good Oil on March 9.

The Edwards hasalready enjoyed success with live music.Last August the inaugural Grills and Spills Festival had people lined up in the streets and featured a surprise set from Grinspoon frontman Phil Jamieson.

SISTERLY LOVELAKE Macquarie’s Emily Rex and her musical duo Spare Pages will be featured in the new Sister2Sister charity project to be launched on Friday night in Newtown.

Rex and musical partner, American poetAzure Antoinette, have recorded the songIlluminatefor Sister2Sister, which providesmentoring and arisk management program designed to empowerteenage girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Spare Pages will performIlluminatelive at the launch. The duo only formedlast year and have already been Grammy listed for their debut albumFirst, Listen.

RAAVING RADIOIF youtuned into Triple J around lunchtime on Tuesday you would have heard the sweet sound of Novocastrian rock blaring through your speakers.

Raave Tapes’ new single 2 U xoxodebuted on the station, which last year judged them to be the Unearthed winner for the This That competition. The dance rock three-piece havealso released a video for the single which depicts an epic Oztag battle between Raave Tapes frontman Joab Eastley’s team and another captained by Wavevom’s Jed Derbyshire.

Eastley even had the opportunity to show off his dummy and sidestep, perfected at the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs.

Raave Tapes – 2 U xoxoFED SUPPORTOPPORTUNITY has come knocking for Newcastle punk rockers Split Feed. The four-piece will support n rock legends The Living End at their upcoming Cambridge Hotel show on March 10.

The sold-out gigwill undoubtedly be the biggest of Split Feed’s fledgling career. In January Split Feed released their second EP Late Bloomer. The lads should be in for a crazy night as arguably the wildest band on the n indie scene, Melbourne’s The Bennies, are also supporting The Living End.

Split Feed – Leave It To YouHOLY UNIONNEWCASTLE might have two new well-known residents soon. Holy Holy guitarist Oscar Dawson and his musician wife Ali Barter are considering moving from Melbourne to Newcastle.Dawson told the Newcastle Herald he loves the city when he was in town last month filming a Holy Holy video with local artist James Drinkwater.

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