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Profile: Jonathan Dimond & The Jewel Of India

Words: Matt Innes

The journey of multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Dimond has taken him from his hometown of Brisbane to Boston and the far reaches of India in pursuit of a beautiful musical union.

Commanding control of the six-string electric bass, trombone and tabla, Jonathan has brought together his foundations in Western classical and jazz with the intricate compositions of Northern Indian classical music.

It has been a path he has trod since first becoming enamoured with the rhythms and improvisational possibilities of Northern Indian classical music in the early ‘90s.

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Profile: George Ellis – The Conductor That Rocked


Words: Matt Innes

George Ellis is a renowned Australian conductor, composer and arranger whose has forged a 35-year career by combining his years of classical training with his first true love, rock music.

“In high school I met with people who could play music and made friends with them, but it was rock music,” George explains. “Even though I had learnt piano classically before, it was rock music that I was interested in playing.”

Throughout his teens George pursued his rock & roll passion, learning guitar and playing in bands that covered bands such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys. A solid musical foundation was formed to which George one day would unexpectedly return.

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NEWS: Walking Tall With Roadhouse

Words: Matt Innes

Brisbane rock band Roadhouse are keeping their eyes on the road and hands up on the wheel as they barrel full-throttle down the highway to rock and roll glory.

There’s no stopping this supercharged bandwagon, made up of four local lads who take a classic pub rock mentality to being in a band.

“We’re four best mates, kind of reminiscent of old classic Australian pub rock,” frontman and vocalist Chris Byrne says.

“Think back in the ‘80s, seeing those original rock and roll bands coming up through the pubs, just touring around playing gigs. That’s where we’ve started, grassroots, playing gigs and writing songs.”

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NEWS: MADCAP Global Productions To Film J Strong Video In Philly!

MADCAP Global Productions & Entertainment is proud to announce its involvement with the filming of two new video clips for Philadelphia rapper/producer J Strong.

A versatile and exciting rising talent on the hip hop scene, J Strong was recently signed to our independent label MADCAP Records Australia.

At the end of this month, J Strong will be shooting on-site in Philly for two video clips to accompany two hot-track singles ‘PRIVATE’ and ‘NEW FLEX’ from his latest release ‘MOOD EP’ available now at MADCAP Records.

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A Love Letter To Philadelphia by J Strong

From the bottom of the ghetto to the million dollars homes, from Gino to Jim’s Steaks – I love my city.

I can remember me and brother going to Armand’s Records to buy new music for our Friday & Saturday night $1 parties, then we’d hit the clothes for a few pieces. If you know about Philly, then you’ll know The Net, Dr Denim, & Distante’s were all the hot spots to buy clothes.

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NEWS: Up Close & Personal With J Strong

MADCAP Records Australia has recently signed Philadelphia rapper J Strong to its ever-growing family of independent artists.

J Strong brings with him a smooth and contemporary sound, producing modern hip hop embedded with a strong R&B sensibility. His production style has been called unique among his peers and elders in the hip hop scene, and has credits for tracks on labels from Def Jam to Arista.

J Strong possesses a hip hop heritage that puts him in a rare pedigree as an artist, having grown up in the thick of the Philly street scene that saw him chilling with the likes of Will ‘Fresh Prince’ Smith and Jazzy Jeff..

Here we get to know a little more about J Strong as an artist and a person.

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NEWS: Philadelphia Producer J Strong Signs With MADCAP Records

MADCAP Records Australia is proud to welcome Philadelphia producer J Strong to our growing family of independent artists.

J Strong is an up-and-coming producer and vocalist who has already made an impact with his 2016 track ‘Pop A Perc’, which went viral in just 24 hours and caught the attention of some of the biggest names in hip hop.

He has recently released his ‘Mood’ EP featuring the hot tracks ‘New Flex’ and ‘Private’, all available at

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NEWS: Fonke Knomaads – Hip Hop For Life


The release of a brand-new EP heralds the triumphant return of pioneering Aussie hip hop innovators, Fonke Knomaads.

Few artists have had such a prolonged impact as the musical partnership of MC John ‘TeOP’ Riley and John ‘DJ Soup’ Blake. Formed at the nascent of hip hop culture, Fonke Knomaads have maintained their status as champions of the genre and have only gotten better with age.

Fonke Knomaads released their new EP ‘FreakWild’ in November, their first batch of new material since their highly-anticipated debut album ‘Cleopatra’s Bath Milk’ in 2008. It comes after a lengthy period of gestation and development that began as far back as 2012.

“It’s funny,” Riley says, “like art, sometimes it takes ages and you’re working on something and it’s not quite there, and you tweak it and change it. Then other times things come together really quickly and the next minute you’ve got a very well developed track you can tweak a bit and put out.”

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NEWS: ARIA Awards 2017

The 2017 ARIA Awards were held at Sydney Star Event Centre (Tue 28 Nov), capping off an extraordinary year for the Australian music industry and showcasing the talent and diversity of this year’s nominees.

Big winners for the evening were Gang Of Youths, who took out three awards for Album Of The Year, Best Group and Best Rock Album, cementing them as one of the country’s top rock acts.

True blue Aussie singer-songwriter Paul Kelly earned himself two ARIAs, winning Best Male Artist and Best Adult Contemporary Album for his ‘Life Is Fine’ record. Paul also did a live rendition of his classic ‘Dumb Things’ accompanied by nominee Dan Sultan and hip hop duo AB Original, who pieced up the Best Independent Release and Best Urban Release for their ‘Reclaim Australia’ album.

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Profile: Stephen Morris, Managing Director For The MADCAP Global Group

The MADCAP Global Productions Group was established in 1995 by Managing Director Stephen Morris, a man whose life and interests are as diverse as the multi-faceted company he created that’s still growing and stronger than ever.

Stephen was born in 1964 into a working-class family in the Welsh town of Port Talbot, renowned for its hulking steelworks. In 1969, his family immigrated to Australia when Stephen was just four years old.

For over 20 years, Stephen has built the MADCAP Global business into a developing brand with an extensive service network that includes commodity trading, import/export of woven packaging & geo-textiles, farming and agricultural products, port based logistics & warehousing, delivering business and IT solutions. The company also creates audio and visual productions that includes the producing, promoting and distributing of music of independent artists.

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News: PNAU Go Bang On New Album

The dance gods have spoken, finally bestowing upon us the long awaited, new studio album from PNAU entitled ‘Changa’.

There’s been plenty of buzz around the latest release from one of Australia’s most iconic and prevalent forces in electronic music, with many speculating wildly about when PNAU would finally present new material.

PNAU co-founder, guitarist and producer Peter Mayes says the extended gestation period for ‘Changa’ means anticipation among the band has also been high in the lead-up to its release.

“It’s been a while in the studio making the album, but it’s just great to get it out because there’s always a big period of waiting,” Peter says.

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News: Hydrofunk Records Celebrates 20 Years

This year, Hydrofunk Records celebrates their 20th anniversary, making them the longest-running, independent hip hop record label in the country.

Hydrofunk Records was established in 1995 by Andrew ‘DJ Katch’ Garvie and Dave Atkins of prodigious Brisbane group Resin Dogs. Andrew explains how the label began as a way to short-circuit the mainstream recording and distribution channels to release their own music.

“The vision was originally that we couldn’t get a record deal so we just put our own stuff out,” Andrew says.

“We wanted to do records for us and our friends, then as it got a bit more serious and we were touring and made more friends, we started putting their records out. In a way it was never meant to be a major business, but it became one.”

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Feature: Strength To Strength – Tracey Guile Goes Pro

Tracey Guile is a woman who knows what it takes to be a champion.

 The Brisbane-based bodybuilder and fitness professional was recently named World Beauty Fitness & Fashion (WBFF) Figure Pro at the 2017 championships. For Tracey, it is the payoff from a lifelong passion for maintaining a strong body and mind.

“I have been involved in the health and fitness industry from when I was a kid and I played lots of sport,” Tracey says.

“I got into the gym industry when I was about 16 and it pretty much saved me from the normal girl stuff with eating disorders and self-esteem [issues]. I moved from my home in South Africa to the UK and I didn’t have any friends, so the gym pretty much saved me – the community there.”

News: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Announce New Album

This November will see the release of the highly-anticipated third album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Entitled ‘Who Built The Moon’, it is the result of a two-year creative collaboration with renowned DJ and composer David Holmes and represents a marked alteration in the course Noel Gallagher’s songwriting.

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Artist Profile: Up Close & Personal With The Madmen Of MERGATROYD

Back in April, MADCAP Records Australia welcomed our first-ever heavy rock act MERGATROYD to the label.

After months of writing and development, MERGATROYD will release their brand new EP ‘Splitting Hemispheres’ later in October.

In the lead-up to the release, we had the MERGATROYD lads answer a few simple questions and tell us what they’re all about.

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NEWS: MERGATROYD Announce Release Date For EP

After signing Brisbane heavy rock act MERGATROYD earlier this year, it is with great pleasure MADCAP Records can announce the band’s new EP ‘Splitting Hemispheres’ will be released on 13 October.

MERGATROYD will unveil the new single from ‘Splitting Hemispheres’ on Brisbane radio station 4ZZZ on 10 September.

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NEWS: Exclusive Interview With Darren Middleton

The forthcoming album from Darren Middleton sees the singer-songwriter and former Powderfinger guitarist finding his comfort-zone as a solo musician.

In the seven years since Powderfinger disbanded in 2010, Darren has undergone an intense evolution that’s seen him produce two solo records under his own name, as well as composing scores for feature films, short films and documentaries.

Currently working on his third studio album sans-The Finger, Darren says it was a long process to reconcile his illustrious past as guitarist for one of Australia’s biggest bands with the determination to create his own identity outside of the group.

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Brisbane heavy rock act MERGATROYD have unveiled the artwork for their upcoming EP, ‘Splitting Hemispheres’.

MERGATROYD signed to MADCAP Records earlier this year and the anticipation is high for this release.

‘Splitting Hemispheres’ sees MERGATROYD really come into their own as an original heavy rock band, having solidified their line-up and further developed their own signature style.

MADCAP Records Australia is proud to distribute ‘Splitting Hemispheres’ via

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That’s A Wrap, With MADCAP Pallet Net.

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MADCAP Bale Net Takes It To The Edge.

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MADCAP Meets Your Packaging Needs

We now supply LLDPE Stretch Film Plastic for Machine-Mounted and Manual-Handled users. Email our friendly staff on with your next requirements for great pricing. We supply Australia-wide.


Silage Wrap – Just Another Way MADCAP Keeps You Covered

Something new for our Agri-Business friends: Silage Wrap Film Plastic. Email our friendly team on for more details and great deals. We supply Australia-wide.


MADCAP Is Part Of A Healthy Breakfast

American cereal crops looking good from the air, however with little rain falls to assist farmers the domestic market will once again turn to imports to meet market demands. Contact MADCAP for your cereal and pulse crop requirements; FCL & Loose Bulk Shipments available. Email: for your next quote.


Wrap Up A Deal On Bale Net With MADCAP

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Secure Your Produce With Stretch Pallet Net From MADCAP

Is your fresh produce secured with quality stretch Pallet Net? As you can see, our product will wrap your produce tightly, ensuring your valuable orders will get to market looking as good as when they left the farm! Don’t pay too much. Contact to order yours. There are 240 rolls per pallet 500mm x 500 Mtr & VU treaded. Roll Colour White.

Stay Tough With MADCAP Shrink Wrap

We are pleased announce another new product to our ever-growing product range. You can now order your clear, Shrink Wrap Film Plastic, with a thickness of 10 um/micron. Roll Size: 440mm Width x 400 Meter length with 50mm cardboard core centre and an average roll weight of 1.64 Kgs. There are 240 rolls per pallet. Please note: We only supply in full pallet quantities. Contact us via email: for more details or simply give us a call.


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Good rains around, Queensland has the telephone ringing for dry & custom chemical blend fertiliser. Have you ordered yours ? Don’t pay too much! MADCAP Agri-Business supplies in Loose Bulk & 1 Mt Non-Returnable Bulk Bags. Contact for your quote.

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