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Independents On A Winner

Independents On A Winner



Who: Blue Juice
Where: The Cambridge Hotel
When: Friday April 15, 2005

SYDNEY hip-hop outfit Blue Juice is one independent act a lot of bands could learn something from.

On its most extensive tour to date, Blue Juice is working its way around the country to support the release of its second EP The Good Luck Pig. What makes it all the more special for the band is the fact the EP has come at no cost.

After taking out prizes at the Musicoz Awards, Jack Awards and Brag Awards, the band used its winnings to record the EP.

``I think it's important to concentrate on those things when you're in an independent band,'' frontman Jake Stone said.

``Luckily, because we did that it has meant we have been able to totally put it together for free. ``It's worth entering things. If you feel like you're an all right band and you need money to record, entering as much stuff as you can is great because, let's face it, recording is expensive and a lot of bands don't have a record company to help them out.'' ``It's nice to know you're not shelling out massive amounts of band funds that will eventually be used for something else.'' Formed three years ago by a group of long-time friends, Blue Juice has prided itself on being one of the quirkiest acts on the live scene.

Its debut EP Zebraaazz yielded Triple J hit Here We Go and helped pick up the win as Musicoz's Artist of The Year in 2003. Blue Juice began the tour in Sydney last week and will perform at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday night before working its way everywhere from Brisbane to Adelaide. ``This is our biggest run yet,'' Stone said.``It should be good. I'm keen to concentrate on touring for a lengthy period rather than going and doing two shows in wherever and then heading straight back home.''



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