“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” – Hunter S. Thompson
Unfortunately my less than adequate memory prevents me from remembering my first encounter with Music, however what I do remember is listening to old Cafe Del Mar mixtapes and Dire Straits cassettes in dad’s car, watching in typical childhood embarrassment as Dad dug out the old air guitar during Knopfler’s solo in Sultans of Swing. I grew up with everything: Jazz, blues, world, hip-hop, rock and pop. Before I knew it, music became an obsession, an uncontrollable addiction that soon had me covering my bedroom walls in posters and Blu Tack and throwing annual Spice Girls birthday parties. Music is a big part of my life, just like it is with you. Guru was born out of a ridiculous passion for music, however its direction differs slightly from the general music press.
Guru is for musicians and songwriters. Like the special features of a DVD, it shows the “behind the scenes,” exploring the method and ingredients, rather than the actual product itself. In this edition, we explore the recording set-up of Soggy Dog studios, the audio department at AIM and the business side of Melbourne’s Sex On Toast, among other subjects. Rather than simply encouraging bowel movement in the bathroom, we want Guru to encourage our readers to take something on board and either change, add or improve something in their routine. We want our articles to educate and hopefully, enlighten and de-mystify certain aspects of the music industry. We want to explore the ins and outs of businesses, institutions, services, trends and collectives. And lastly, we want to pay homage to music and everything in Melbourne that makes that glorious delight possible.
Guru is not for one particular artist. The indie scene in Melbourne is huge, as is the beats scene. We will do our best to cover everything, from little to large, from minor to major.
We hope you enjoy this brand new monthly publication.