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Ziggy Alberts: Musician & Free Surfer

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Ziggy Alberts: Musician & Free Surfer

An Artist and a Gentleman

There is a magical place on the East Coast of Australia where scores of dreamers and doers congregate.  Soaked in creativity and teeming with life, the vibrant little town, known as Byron Bay, has transformed from the once small surf tribe of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, into an awe-inspiring network of talented and creative souls. Photographers, musicians, artists, writers; artisans, inventors, athletes and adventurers all seeking to shine a light on the beauty that is both around and within.

You don’t need to be in Byron for long before you realise that what truly sets this place apart is that every soul who dwells there seems propelled by a heartbeat of gratitude and anticipation. To quote what this ROAR community is about, the people in Byron that I’ve met and inhaled life with have found what it means to be “passionately living”.

In a place overflowing with charisma and talent, you’d think it would be near impossible to find your niche. But in this culture, and where collaboration is key, what makes an artist stand out is more than just their creativity or skill; what makes a soul really shine, is the light that’s coming from within.

Ziggy Alberts is one such soul.

Aside from a fascinating name, Ziggy is a gifted surfer and talented writer, hailing from the Sunshine Coast, and now settled in Byron Bay. Ziggy picked up a guitar in 2011, taught himself how to play, and in three short years has become a well-known, and well-loved artist both here in Australia, and overseas. Having toured with the likes of Ash Grunwald, Nick Saxon Benjalu, Daniel Champagne, and more; and wooing crowds into a dancing frenzy at some of Australia’s biggest music festivals (Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass), Ziggy’s smooth voice, impressive musicianship, and captivating lyrics are fast making him an artist you can’t, and definitely don't want to miss.

This year, I was fortunate enough to get to know Ziggy, during a recent tour of the West Australia coast with Nick Saxon, for which he was the opening artist; and in our weeklong adventure, I experienced a musician, writer, and creative soul with talent that outshines many who have gone before him, but most inspiringly, a guy who seems to have the recipe for contentment entwined within his DNA.

At 19 years old (that’s right, he’s only 19), Ziggy will be the first to admit that he knows he has a long way to go in music. His hunger is evident in how fervently he embraces every platform he is afforded, and how hard he works to bring his heartfelt stories to life. But beyond being a humble and spirited musician, he is passionate about life as a whole, as a circle, as a miraculous and universal gift. It’s inspiring to be around, and one of the key ingredients to understanding where his impressive music comes from.

Spend half a day walking around with Ziggy and you will soon discover his secret. He is passionate about people, and the way humanity, at its core, pulsates with a heartbeat fuelled of hope, wonder, and love. 

To put it plainly, Ziggy Alberts is just an all-round rad dude! He is an avid environmentalist, passionate to see mankind take better care of our blue and green dot in the solar system. He’s a jokester, a wordsmith, and indeed a ladies man. Glance side-stage at any of his shows and the throngs of fan-crazy females pining for a pic with the blonde-locked wonder-boy is evidence enough that we’ll be seeing, hearing, and delighting in his tunes and stories for a long time yet.

2015 is set to reach new heights for Ziggy with the release of his third album in the New Year. Previous EP releases, “Feels Like Home” (2012), and “Made of Water” (2013), brought energy and soul to the Indie/Folk music genre, and if the lyrics below are anything to go by, this next album, a full-length debut, is destined to spend most of next year being played on repeat, the world over.

Land & Sea” releases January 1st, 2015, on iTunes or via his website, www.ziggyalberts.org

Until then, scroll down to read some of the lyrics and be on the countdown. I know I am.

Website: ziggyalberts.org   |   Instagram: @ziggyalberts   |   Facebook: facebook.com/ziggysound

The Ocean Song (Simple Things)

NOVEMBER 03, 2014

Shake the cold from your toes, and let the east coast walk you home, shake the cold from your heart, if at all, and let it fall, it takes a lot to make a heart a home to love and it takes a lot to love your own, but I didn’t even get your name when you walked on by, but I held your eyes so you held mine, hoping you would stop so I could ask you the simple things –

Do you love the ocean and could you love the ocean with me,

Used To

NOVEMBER 03, 2014

Been waking up here to blue skies, been waking up just a little too tired but I am,
still learning how to switch off, been relying on my coffee just a little too much,
nineteen but my eyes have grown old, people ask me why my bones don’t show,
I said this youth is something that I’ve earned,
I said this youth is something that I’ve learnt to love,
Two sides to a candle, two sides to a candle, being burnt,

Cold ground with no shoes on, my old van in your front yard,
Making love to you all night long, running my lips along your outlines,
Waking up to the morning light with you by my side, these are,
These are the things that I want to get used to,
And you are someone that I want to get used to,

Hands I Can Hold

NOVEMBER 03, 2014

So keep the things we can’t breathe without, and I’ll seek a woman like you,
& we’ll reach for hands with which I can learn, & we will keep these,
Hands I can hold I can hold,

Written by AMY HANNA
Story-teller | Noise-maker | Laugher | Adventurer
twitter: @amymhanna1 | instagram: @amymhanna

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Ron Artis Family Band

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Jess and I were out long boarding at Waikiki, Hawaii and we could hear sweet tunes floating from the beach across the ocean. Paddling in we saw the Ron Artis Family band doing their thing for a local Surfing competition. This band blew us away! With nothing but positive lyrics and funky beats this family of 11 children give you everything from reggae, funk, hip hop, jazz to punk. They have so much enthusiasm and offer a great live experience with every member having the gift of epic vocals and the ability to play multiple instruments. ROAR is so pleased to share this original and independent band and their links with you. We had the opportunity to chat to a few of the members and their amazing mother Victoria. They are so genuine and have the kindest hearts. This band is passionate, inspiring and love sharing their god given talents to uplift and bring joy to others. 

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We have also added two of their awesome music clips, so check them out!!

Get behind this band and support their music through the links below. Jump on their face book and give them a like so you can keep up to date and hopefully see one of their live concerts.

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Willy: Didgeridoo Hunter

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It's not often you meet a lifelong friend at a service station in the middle of nowhere.  But that is exactly what happened to us late at night in the bushland of South Australia. I was admiring Willy's troop carrier set up as he was walking back from paying for fuel. He said "Hey mate, where are you heading?" That is all it took. One simple question and we were busy talking about life on the road, playing music and sharing stories. Willy believes everyone has a story to tell, he lives by that motto in the way he listens to people and treats them with respect. Willy took the time to show us some of his beautiful music, his album is unique and inspiring. Willy is a naturally gifted musician, percussionist, singer and didgeridoo player. Willy not only plays the didgeridoo but hunts down the right trees and wood to make only the finest carved instruments. Whenever Willy takes the stage everyone stops what they are doing and are in awe at his ability to take the audience on an adventure through story telling and music.

In that short time I realised Willy is a very special individual with amazing stories of living in remote areas, a mentor to young people and passionate about spending time with Australia's indigenous Aboriginal communities. We have some very exciting collaborations coming up with Willy including short films and music performances as well as a whole lot of adventures!

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Willy is available for gigs, school visits, corporate events and musical therapy. Keep in contact with Willy and book him in for music gigs through the following links below. 

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Billy Otto: Musician & Filmmaker

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Billy Otto is a talented and creative musician and filmmaker. At such a young age he has already achieved so much through his music, as a mentor to the youth of today and inspiring numerous people to follow their passions and give something back. 

We got to spend some time chatting with Billy, where he shares his music, passions and love for life. Check out the inspiring video below. 

Thank you so much Billy for inspiring us with your talents and inviting us to always offer the best we have to the people we encounter. To follow and be a part of Billy Otto's music and filmmaking, check out and like his facebook page through the link below.

His new album 'Floating Now' will be available on itunes very soon. 

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Riley & Donna: Music

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Riley and Donna are a self titled musical duo from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Their beautiful indie folk music is a pleasure to listen to and enriches the soul. With a great sound and soothing harmonies it is always a good night listening to these guys live. Take a journey and gain an insight into successes and challenges of being independent Australian musicians.

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You are both two talented musicians, how did the band come to be?

The band started as just me and Donna playing covers of songs that we liked a couple of years ago in high school. We started to write our own songs and pretty soon we were looking for a band to make our songs even more interesting. I think that’s what we like the most, playing with different people and different instruments, they just add another dimension to our songs.

What is you favourite achievement on this musical journey?

It’s probably been a collection of little achievements. When we first started out we literally had no idea of what we were doing, or how the music ‘scene’ really worked, I mean we had a vague idea, but the first year was definitely a learning curve. 

At the start we were just trying to play any and every gig we could get out hands on. We booked a tour/ road trip playing in Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Nimbin, Gold Coast and Brisbane. Fun times, fights, and driving till dawn sum up the trip. Since then we have been playing in our hometown Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne, but I definitely think that initial tour helped us realise how things worked, and what type of sound we wanted.

What is something unique and interesting that people may not know about Riley & Donna?

Donna’s from South Africa. A guy in Nimbin came to see our gig with his pet goanna on a leash. 

Obviously being an independent musician playing music is a tough but exciting adventure. What are the biggest challenges faced trying to succeed?

Juggling work, uni and music. 

Who would you most like to support?

Lisa Mitchell, Feist , Bon Iver

Where would you like Riley & Donna to be in a years time?

Not Sure. We are releasing our EP This Week, and then we will be touring to promote it and get it into as many people's ears as possible. Then we are taking a little break, travelling to different countries, seeing what things we write, adventures along the way, perhaps another release, but you never know whats around the corner. 


Be sure to check out Riley & Donna's you tube clip below for their '1984' single and like their face book page so you can keep up to date with all their gigs and get along to have a relaxing and inspiring evening.  We have also provided their itunes link so you can support Independent Australian musicians. Thanks again for an insight in being an independent musician/band in Australia.

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Daniel March: Musician

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Daniel March aged 26 has already shared stages with some of Australia's icons such as Diesel, Ian Moss, James Morrison, Jon Stevens and many more. He has done session for artists from Perth to Brisbane and has toured extensively throughout the East coast; including a hometown sell out show and sell out album launch. His debut EP "The Wonder & Hunger" was released in 2010 and in the first 18 months all physical units were sold out entirely based on touring and online orders.  Any of his music can be purchased on the iTunes links below. In August, 2012 on a trip to the U.S.A he met Producer and Bass player Khari Simmons (India Arie, Jiva, Dome records) who March describes as "a real down to earth and talented man who just gets it, and has an ear that sees the best parts of an artist" - Khari threw around the idea of recording some of Daniel's songs, which is what turned out to become "Love Castle Dreams" the album. A concept album of 9 tracks paying homage to the spirits of Marvin Gaye & Curtis Mayfield. Creating a positive message, crossing genre's whilst still fitting in to DM's acoustic singer-songwriter niche' - Daniel currently lives in Sydney and his album is set to be released on Thursday March 21 at the Newsagency, Enmore rd, Marrickville. 

With no management or agency, Daniel has achieved extraordinary results and there are many more to come.  He was able to practice live music through growing up around a positive musical environment in Church. Music is always more than music to Daniel. He is definitely an artist to follow and introduce yourself for a chat about life or music when you meet him.  Although you cannot quite pocket him; it is always a treat to see him play.

Love Castle Dreams will be available on iTunes 14.04.13 and physical copies on 21.03.13, which you can order through info@danielmarchmusic.com

Please explore through Daniel's various social networking sites and follow his passionate and purpose filled journey.

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Elizabeth Sheffield: Entrepreneur & Musician

We were stoked to meet and hang with Elizabeth Sheffield whilst exploring on the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne. A girl of many talents including music, sustainable living and landscape design. Her music involves beautiful melodies that soothe the soul. Lizzy is living the van life and it was fun checking out her little humble abode. She loves being able to park near her favourite surf spots and jam on her guitar watching the scenery around. An up and coming entrepreneur with a new year business in sustainable living. Lizzy loves helping people set up great veggie gardens. We wish her all the best and I'm sure we will reunite on a van trip soon.

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