Podcast Episodes

‘Beyond Bourke Street’ is also a podcast series featuring street musicians from Melbourne:

Australian/Indian/Swiss/German/Spanish ​ISHAN takes his multicultural musical influences to the streets of Melbourne. The singer-songwriter​ believes the online ​environment has become crucial for street performances and also reveals how busking in the Central Business District can be compared with his street music experience in the Melbourne suburbs (for instance, Hawthorn in the City of Boroondara).

Interview recorded on June 30, 2023 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Hello”, “Apologies”, “Bad Dream”, “Go”, and “This Blank Wall”. All songs written by ISHAN.

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​Cutting their teeth as buskers in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall​ during the mid-2010s (along with local acts like Tash Sultana, Pierce Brothers, and Opal Ocean), “Heavy Flamenco”​ Malcura is ready to reconnect with the sidewalks of the Central Business District in 2023.

Interview with guitarist Josh Voce recorded on June 26 and June 28, 2023 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Ayendi”, “Black Cloud Float, Pt. 1”, “Black Cloud Float, Pt. 2”, “Keyzer Soze”, “Captain Snus”, “Malcura (Malcura II)”. All songs written by Malcura.

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Bosnian-born singer-songwriter V Don Dada has been busking in Melbourne for the last seven years, mixing street performances at the Central Business District with impromptu gigs by the seashore. The hip-hop artist celebrates the busking events promoted by the City of Melbourne and believes that such programs are pivotal to providing a stable income for buskers.

Interview recorded on June 26, 2023 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Redlight”, “I Am”, “My Kriptnite”, “Big Girls Pants On”, and “Six Thirty-Five”. All songs written by V Don Dada.

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The Sicilian-born Margherita Benincasa chose the streets of Melbourne to try out her first busking session. The singer-songwriter defined her experience performing at Southbank and Melbourne Central Business District as a positive turning point in her career as a musician.

Interview recorded on April 15, 2022 (Southbank, Melbourne) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the song “Inverno”, written by Margherita Benincasa.

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Originally from Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, the McDermott & North duo brought their Indie Folk Rock harmonies to the streets of Melbourne. While some buskers search the city’s central area for recognition, Paddy (McDermott) and Rhys (North) look towards the suburbs of Melbourne and the countryside of Victoria to present their original songs.

Interview recorded on April 25, 2022 (Banana Alley by the Yarra River, Melbourne Central Business District) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Ally”, “Broken Girl”, “Everytime (I’m a Little Bit Like You)”, “Georgia”, “Sunshine Bank Holiday”, “Through the Wind”, “Anything Sally Says”, written by McDermott & North.

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Born in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (a union territory of India at the junction of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea), Honeyboy Des has been busking in Melbourne since 2006.

Interview recorded on April 16, 2022 (Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central Business District) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the song “Lawrence School Reunion Song”, written by Honeyboy Des.

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Through his Italian and Indigenous Moroccan cultural backgrounds, singer and multi-instrumentalist Jad Pinnone presents a melting pot of rhythms while busking on the streets of Melbourne.

Interview recorded on April 15, 2022 (Alexandra Gardens by the Yarra River, Melbourne Central Business District) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the song “AÏCHA”, written by Jad Pinnone.

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A regular Melbourne busker since 2020, Indian-born Mukul Jiwnani produced ‘an ethnographic inquiry of how the current culture of musical busking in Melbourne CBD accommodates innovation for a musician and its implications for one’s creative practice’ as part of his Master of Music at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM).

Interview recorded on April 18, 2022 (Flinders Walk by the Yarra River, Melbourne Central Business District) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the song “Brand New Tie”, written by Mukul Jiwnani.

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Gareth Wiecko is a Welsh-born pianist and producer living in Melbourne, where his busking sessions helped him pay for college (at the Australian Institute of Music) and played an essential role in obtaining a permanent resident visa in Australia.

Interview recorded on April 16, 2022 (Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central Business District) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Pads”, “IO”, and “INNI”. All songs were written by Gareth Wiecko.

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Originally from Bairnsdale (East Gippsland, Victoria), guitarist Adam Seidel was inspired by Melbourne buskers from the 2010s like Tash Sultana. Nowadays, he performs at Bourke Street Mall, treating the act of busking as his full-time job.

Interview recorded on April 20, 2022 (Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central Business District) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from songs written by Adam Seidel.

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Having worked every type of gig, from pubs to stadiums worldwide, singer-guitarist John Crosbie found new inspiration in the “naked honesty” of busking solo on Melbourne’s streets.

Interview recorded on May 30, 2023 (Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central Business District) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Brand New Day”, “Eternal”, “Here Close to You”, “My Sanctuary”, “Right Next to You”, “I Need a Song”. All songs written by John Crosbie.

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Singer Ashleigh Rose reflects on how busking built her confidence to perform on stage while sharing why she prefers to sing around the Southbank rather than the Bourke Street Mall. Ashleigh also highlights the use of TikTok and Instagram to promote her street music sessions and her relationship with other buskers, especially the ones she met when studying at the Australian College of the Arts (Collarts).

Interview recorded on April 22, 2022 (Birrarung Marr, between Melbourne CBD and the Yarra River) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the song “Waiting Among Stars”, written by Ashleigh Rose.

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Indonesian-born Perth-raised and now based in Melbourne, pop/folk singer Leon Kroeber is focused on performing in the streets of the Central Business District to build his audience. Leon blends original songs with cover versions throughout his busking sessions on Swanston Street and Bourke Street.

Interview recorded on June 8, 2023 (Swanston Street, Melbourne Central Business District) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the song “Red”, written by Leon Kroeber.

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From station to station (especially Southern Cross and Flinders railway stations in Melbourne), freestyle hip-hop artist Joshua Caleb considers the streets his main stage to perform. The half-Irish, half-Ghanaian composer/producer/trumpet player enjoys improvising during his live busking sessions, inspired by his connections with an audience passing through his eyes.

Interview recorded on May 26, 2023 (outside Southern Cross Station, Melbourne Central Business District) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Respect to TMH”, “Two Edge Blade”, “Soul Train”, “Sadly Glad”, “City Kids”, “Flinders Street Freestyle (Live)”, “LML (Live My Life)”, “Blasphemy”. All songs written by Joshua Caleb.

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Singer-songwriter Keanu Jai is one of the new faces of the Melbourne busking scene. The pop artist, who just moved from Port Macquarie, New South Wales, regularly plays on Bourke Street Mall (Melbourne CBD) with a 100% original repertoire.

Interview recorded on May 30, 2023 (Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central Business District) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the song “single bed”, written by Keanu Jai.

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Melbourne-based rapper J Verse presents a melting pot of Hip Hop, R&B and Afrobeats​. ​The artist, born in Dubai, became a social media sensation while rapping for street celebrities. His TikTok video with NBA icon/DJ Shaquille O’Neal has more than 12,5 million views (www.tiktok.com/@jversee/video/7135448272344288514).

Interview recorded on May 20, 2023 (Swanston Street, Melbourne Central Business District) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “My Lil Dancer”, “Take Too Long”, “Star”, “Why Can’t We”, “Losing You”.

All songs written by J Verse.

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Belgian born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Romanie Assez reveals how performing on the streets of Melbourne contributes to identifying which original songs have an immediate response from a passerby audience. And in what manner the COVID-19 pandemic impacted her most recent work.

Interview recorded on August 8, 2021 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Fake Friends”, “I’m Anything (But Myself Around You)”, “Stranger In My Skin”, “This Is Not A Love Song”, “Burnt”, “Scars”, “Changing”, “Little Big Steps”. All songs written by Romanie.

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Singaporean Australian Tim Chou​ explains how busking nurtured his career as a music performer in Melbourne. ​

Interview recorded on August 7, 2021 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Created Me”, “Deep In The Ocean”, “Headlines”, “Lose Somebody”, “Shouldn’t Have Fell For You”, “Thief Of Love”, “Worth The Wait”. All songs written by Tim Chou.

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Multi-instrumentalist Ania Reynolds (under her Synthotronica moniker) brings electro-grooves into the streets of Melbourne.

Interview recorded on July 8, 2021 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Dafne”, “Donky”, “Uforik”, “A Lot of Good Things Happened Today”, “I’m Asking for a Friend”. All songs written by Ania Reynolds.

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Colombian Melbourne based singer ALETHIA reveals how her busking experience in Australia influences her performance on stage.

Interview recorded on July 1, 2021 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Closer”, “Destino”, “Recuérdame”, “Sometimes I Feel That Way”. All songs written by ALETHIA.

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Argentine composer and multi-instrumentalist Pablo Cravzov describes how busking in Melbourne helps him to improve his craft and why he enjoys the challenge of getting people’s attention on the streets throughout his music performance.

Interview recorded on June 28, 2021 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Going Away”, “Reborn”, “Slumber”. All songs written by Pablo Cravzov.

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Singer Shana Davenport explains how she got inspired by Melbourne buskers to become a street musician herself.

Interview recorded on November 8, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the song “Help”, written by Shana Davenport and Amber Barry.

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Born in Australia and raised in Italy, singer-guitarist Zoe Mortella talks about her favourite set-up to perform on the streets of Melbourne (and how to connect with the audience that is passing by).

Interview recorded on October 23, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the song “Baby”, written by Zoe Mortella.

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Folk singer-songwriter Ernest Aines has been performing on the streets of Melbourne since the early 2000s. After releasing an EP in 2019, Ernest started to record new songs during the 2020 COVID lockdown. His first full album is coming up in 2021. He has won The City of Melbourne online busking competition with his song “Heartwood”, as well as being awarded Runner Up in the The Cygnet Folk Festival Song Competition 2020. He has also played at the award-winning online music festival Isol-Aid plus the 2021 International Folk Alliance Sounds Australia Showcase.

Interview recorded on October 12, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “River Mouth”, “Seasons”, “You’re a Garden”, “Heartwood”, “Already Found”, “Thumb”. All songs written by Ernest Aines.

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UK Australian based singer-songwriter Poppy WS shares her busking experiences on the streets of cities like Melbourne and Manchester.

Interview recorded on October 28, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Bella”, “Drown”, “Risky Business”, “Someone Else”. All songs written by Poppy WS.

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Multi-instrumentalist Ben Fumi (singer of Mojo Jacket) shares his busking experiences in Melbourne (Victoria), Byron Bay (New South Wales), and Queenstown (New Zealand).

Interview recorded on October 19, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “The Movie Song”, “Scarlet Woman”, “Offering”, “Magic Rendezvous”, “3 Girls”, “Stay”. All songs written by Ben Fumi.

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Born and raised in Far North Queensland, based in Tasmania and a regular Melbourne busker, singer-songwriter Tasha Zappala released 4 albums in the last 4 years, a body of work full of post-folk blues and gypsy melodies.

Interview recorded on October 23, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Sweet Love”, “Flores”, “Dreambox”, “Glass Eyes”, “It’s Always Morning Time”, “Kafka”, “Reflections”, “Dreamstate”, “Murakami Love Song”. All songs written by Tasha Zappala.

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Since his arrival in Melbourne 5 years ago, Colombian singer-songwriter Sebastian Lugo has been performing rock ballads and electronic vibes around the Central Business District’s sidewalks.

Interview recorded on November 3, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Nena” (feat. Sebastian Lugo & MC Seba), “Please Come Back ” (feat. Ruby-Sofia & Sarah Ryan), “Un Par De Palabras”. All songs written and produced by the Anunnaki production team.

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Los Angeles Melbourne-based Noah Peters shares his experiences about busking in Australia and in the USA.

Interview recorded on October 16, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Double Edge Blade”, “Help Me Stand”, “Ray”, “The Man”, “The World Won’t Change “. All songs written by Noah Peters.

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Singaporean Melbourne-based Glen Wee presents his indie folk songs on the streets, turning the sidewalks into intimate outdoor venues.

Interview recorded on November 3, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Walking on the Side”, “Carelessly”, “Paper Man”, “Send Me An Angel”, “Sound of Clouds”, “House of Stone”, “Fairy Eyes” feat. Eilish McGregor (Acoustic). All songs written by Glen Wee.

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Round About Amy keeps looping on the streets of Melbourne, bringing up original songs by the sidewalks.

Interview recorded on October 28, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Cord Line” and “Don’t You Grow Up”. All songs written by Amy Cumming.

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Singer-songwriter Jacob Fitzgerald captivates the streets of Melbourne with beautiful melodies. With a second album coming up, he enjoys, while busking, the encounters provided by playing on the sidewalks.

Interview recorded on October 14, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Adore Ya”, “Blue”, “Dear Juliet”, “Forever Yours”, “Him”, and “My Brother”. All songs written by Jacob Fitzgerald.

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Multi-instrumentalist Steph Strings enjoys performing on Sundays at the Camberwell Sunday Market, a few kilometers east from Melbourne’s Central Business District. The 20 year old virtuoso guitar player is one of the best examples why Melbourne’s street music scene goes beyond Bourke Street.

Interview recorded on October 27, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

All songs written by Steph Strings.

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Solo artist Belle Lynch blends street performances in Melbourne with corporate gigs as well. Close to releasing her first original songs, Lynch’s setlist on the streets is covered by indie, pop and folk tunes.

Interview recorded on August 13, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

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Melbourne’s blues talent Aaron Pollock, 2020 finalist at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, USA, also performs his art on Bourke Street Mall.

Interview recorded on September 25, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Brown Ave Blues”, “Girl, You Make Me Feel So Lonesome”, “All That Becomes”, “Song At Sea”, “Too Much Thinking”, “Fear Of Flying”, and “Damn”. All songs written by Aaron Pollock.

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R&B and Pop singer-songwriter JXCKY has been performing on the streets of Melbourne since 2017.

Interview recorded on August 12, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Drive Thru”, “Where You Been” and “Paper Town” (written by Daniel Roughley, recorded by JXCKY).

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Jesse Witney is an independent artist who mixes Soul, Brazilian and Roots music through his original songs. Born in a small town in Queensland called Gympie, Jesse currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, after living in Europe (Berlin, Germany) and South America (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Interview recorded on July 30, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Ao Seu Redor”, “Apple of My Eye”, “Australia”, “Be It”, “Hold You”, “Make You Mine”, “Paradise”, “Rescue Me”, “Teresa Teresinha”, “The System”.

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Perth born singer-songwriter Simon Paparo has been performing his folk, blues, country and pop tunes since 2014 on the streets of Melbourne.

Interview recorded on October 19, 2019 (Bourke Street, Melbourne Central Business District), and July 3, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Blood’s Thicker Than Water”, “Butterfly”, “Firefly”, “Flesh & Bone”, “Fly Screen Door”, “Gold At Midnight”, “Grown”, “Keep On Keepin’ On”, “No Borders”.

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BRazaman is a reggae singer-songwriter from Brazil who has been performing his live looping act in the streets of Melbourne since 2015.

Interview recorded on October 23, 2019 (Bourke Street, Melbourne Central Business District), and July 3, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri.

Music excerpts from the songs “Ancestah”, “Blind Leader”, “Warfare” (feat. Belle), “King of Kings”, “No Black No White” (feat. Ras JahKnow), “Under The Sun”, “Keep The Faith”.

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Matt Katsis, singer-songwriter and guitarist, has been performing in the streets of Melbourne since 2012, inspired by one of his musical heroes, John Butler, who used to busk on the sidewalks of Fremantle, Western Australia, back in the mid-1990s.

Born and raised in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Matt Katsis, shares his thoughts about busking and his current projects: “The last time I went out busking was March 20th [2020] and my last venue gig was the next day. The week that came after was when the lockdown kicked up a gear and things quickly began shutting down. A couple weeks in I knew I needed to keep playing to stay sane. So I decided to put together some songs from home where I’d play an original on a Tuesday and a cover on a Thursday, and share these on my socials week to week. It’s been a great way to keep my chops up, even though the usual live platforms so quickly had the rug pulled out from under us. The sessions are called the ‘Majik Kactus Sessions’ and just last week was the 15th episode [mid-June 2020]. I’m taking a little hiatus from the sessions now to work on demoing some new songs for future releases and I am working on some other recording projects. As well as the sessions, I played a couple live streams: a couple local theatres here in Bendigo hosted one of the shows – and the other was a virtual pub put together by the good folk of Mornington Peninsula.”

Interview recorded on June 29, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Music excerpts from the songs “All I Wanna Do Is Fly”, “Call me the Breeze”, “Colours”, “Crossroads”, “Need You Here”, “Shame Shame Shame”, “Sunny’s Blues”, “Tomorrow & The Next Day”, “You & My Guitar”.

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Blending soul, jazz and electro pop on the streets of Melbourne, Tanya George has been reaching new grounds at the circuit of festivals as well (such as the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and the St Kilda and Queenscliff last editions). With a body of work that combines impressive vocal skills, loop pedals and improvisation, Tanya also shares her thoughts about the creative process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interview recorded on October 17, 2019 (nearby the Palais Theatre, St Kilda) and June 15, 2020 (Zoom recording) by Daniel Bacchieri, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Music excerpts from the songs “Broke Ass Girl”, “The Lie”, “Warm”, “The Will”, “Rise and Fall”, “Writing Machine”, “Anxiety”. All songs written by Tanya George (“Broke Ass Girl”, “The Lie”, “The Will” are co-written with Tommy Spender).

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