1-Can you introduce yourself in a few words?
I was raised in Colorado, USA and worked in pop and country radio there
in the 80s and 90s. I moved to Australia in 1993 after marrying
my Aussie wife. After a few years working in Classic Rock radio,
and in music TV at Channel [V] and Max, I put CMC on the air in May
2- This question may be strange, but in France
we well know US country music, or canadian country music, can you tell
us if country music is popular in Australia?
Country music is popular, but mostly in non-metro areas. Australia
is a very urban country with about 75% of the population living in capital
3- Who are the big stars in Australia? And
who's your favorites artists?
The biggest acts locally are Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand, Kasey Chambers,
Adam Harvey, Troy Cassar-Daley, Steve Forde and The McClymonts.
Keith Urban as well, but we consider him an USA act, even though hes
Aussie. My favourites are The Davidson Brothers, Kristy Cox, and
4- Who is your favorite newcomer (australian
The Band Perry
5- It's a dream for us to have a TV channell.
CMC is well know in Australia?
CMC is very popular in regional areas. It is available as a pay
TV service and appears in about 35% of Aussie homes via Foxtel and Austar
(the two main pay tv companies, who also own CMC 50/50)
6- What is the aim of CMC? promote australian
artists or US?
Our mandate is to play the best country music available, both Aussie
and USA/Canada. We play about 40% Aussie material. We feel
a responsibility to support up and coming new artists.
7- Jackson Mackay (a french singer who won
an award as best singer to the official French Country Music Awards)
came to play to Tamworth festival. Do you know french country bands?
I havent heard of Jackson. If he has a music video, send
it on through.
8- What is the relation between australian
country music and australian traditionnal music?Is it the same thing?
Heritage and Bush Ballads are a traditional
part of Aussie country music. We dont air a lot, mostly
because traditional artists dont make as many videos.
9- More and more US artists come to tour
in Australia, as Brooks and Dunn...Is country music growing up in Australia?
Yes. There isnt much country music on the radio here, so
long standing perceptions of country music as backwards
are difficult to overcome. The big tours by Brooks & Dunn
and Tim McGraw are helping to convince mainstreams Aussies that country
music is good mainstream entertainment.
10-Do you want to add something and tell something to FACM (French Association
of Country Music) and French fans?
We hope to see you at CMA Music festival next June.!