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Brian Nankervis is an Australian writer, performer and TV producer. Well known for his time on RocKwiz and ABC 774's The Friday Review.

Brian Nankervis is an Australian writer, performer and producer, standing in the seats of the Palais Theatre in St Kilda

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We spoke to people behind the scenes of our music industry for Aus Music Month, To hear about their love for Victoria's music scene, and what sets us apart from the rest.


For Aus Music Month we're meeting people behind the scenes of our music industry.

Brian Nankervis is an Australian writer, performer and producer. Well known for his time on RocKwiz and ABC 774's The Friday Review, Brian's career has often revolved around live, local music.

Brian Nankervis is an Australian writer, performer and producer, standing in the seats of the Palais Theatre in St Kilda

What local act are you listening to at the moment?

"I co-host The Friday Revue with Jacinta Parsons on ABC Radio Melbourne and we are celebrating Aus Music Month each Friday, so I’m listening to lots of local acts … partly in preparation for the show, but also for my own enjoyment.

Last week we played the new single from King Stingray , a band out of Yirrkala in North-East Arnhem Land who blend ancient Indigenous melodies with surf, indie and funk influences. I’ve also been listening to The Warumpi Band and one of my son’s favourite bands, Skegss ."

What local band or artist will you be wearing for Aus Music T-Shirt Day?

"I’ll be wearing a T-shirt from Melbourne band Floodlights . My daughter lives in a share house with one of the band members, and our whole family has fallen for them. Their music has been on high rotation during lockdown.

Great music to have on while playing marathon games of table tennis, using the kitchen table and a portable net. Their sound is incredibly distinctive and while I hear echoes of great bands like The Saints and the Sunnyboys, they also sound very contemporary.

Smart lyrics, big hearts. Music for long car trips or bouncing around the kitchen."

Brian Nankervis wears ]band t-shirt from local band Floodlights

Where is your favourite local venue to see live music in Victoria?

"Too many to just pick one! I love seeing live music in pubs like The Corner ,  the John Curtain, or The Retreat . The fabulous Caravan Club has moved to the Archie’s Creek Hotel, so you know that will be great. I also like The Forum and the beautiful Palais Theatre in St Kilda."

The Palais Theatre in St Kilda is arguably one of Melbourne's most iconic and picturesque venues.

What is it about the Victorian music scene that sets us apart from the rest of Australia?

"Victoria has a history of producing great music. So many artists and bands have formed, worked, and found success here.

Great venues, great public radio, great audiences who love their music and will support up and coming musicians as well as established acts. I think there is great music being made in all cities and regional areas of Australia, but we take it very seriously here…and always have!"

How do you predict we'll enjoy music in the future?

"I think (I hope!) that the live music scene will slowly return to normal. Live music is so crucial to the fabric of our society.

So many musicians have used this COVID time to create, to find new ways of making music. I do know that we all need to support the venues, the musicians and the road crews who have lost jobs this year."

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