FBi‘s Brush With Fame


The return of the doodles…

We’re bringing back Brush With Fame: FBi’s fundraiser art auction of musician-made masterpieces!

Incredible musicians and artists come through this station every week. We’ve been asking some of our favourites to decorate a plain white canvas using fabric markers, creating a totally unique piece of art. These works have been kindly donated to help raise funds for FBi as an independent, not-for-profit station.

This year’s auction includes art from international heavyweights Mac Demarco, Grimes, Hot Chip, Killer Mike & El-P (Run The Jewels), Parquet Courts, Neneh Cherry & more.

On the local front, some of Australia’s best rising musicians feature in the auction: Alison Wonderland, Cosmo’s Midnight, Peter Bibby, The Rubens and Total Giovanni. There’s even a lock of Dune Rats hair up for grabs with the Brisbane band’s artwork, as cut off by Courtney Barnett during the FBi x Laneway Festival radio takeover last year. (An optional addition – the canvas can also be purchased hair-free!)


Alabama Shakes – Albert Hammond Jr (The Strokes) – Alison Wonderland
Benjamin Booker – Best Coast – Cosmo’s Midnight – Courtney Barnett – DIIV – Django Django
Dune Rats – Elliphant & MØ – Future Islands – Grimes – Hot Chip – The Internet – Little Simz
Mac Demarco – Matt Huynh – Metz – Neneh Cherry – Parquet Courts – Perfect Pussy
Perfume Genius – Peter Bibby – Purity Ring – The Rubens – Run The Jewels* – Rustie
Thundercat – Total Giovanni – TV On The Radio – Tycho – Vic Mensa

* Two individual canvases by Killer Mike and El-P respectively, sold together

Bids start at just AUD$50 and each piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from FBi Radio.


Launch: Thursday 10 March 2016 at 9pm AEDT

Close: Sunday 19 March at 9pm AEDT


What were the artists up to at FBi?


Grimes on art, community & living in the woods on Arvos with Chris Twite

Claire Boucher had a chat with Chris Twite about all the little pieces that make up Grimes: the music, the community and the visual identity.

DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith talks 'Is the Is Are' on Mornings

"I wanted it to be vulnerable, kind of like I was, or I am."

Matt Huynh's Brush With Fame: Not What You Think

We talk to comic artist Matt Huynh about the artform's booming popularity in film and other adaptations - now and when it first rose in the 90s. Find out why he drew a Tim McEwan classic for us (which you can own)!

Hot Chip talk bangers, Kylie and Opera House seating with Claire Knight

A detailed discussion of what constitutes 'a banger' with Owen and Felix from Hot Chip.
mac demarco and his mum

Listen :: Mac Demarco and his mum Agnes on Mornings

Mac Demarco made a big point of bringing his mama bear, Agnes, to Australia for the Laneway Festival tour. So of course she came along to FBi for his interview too! So that's where his road rage comes from...

METZ share favourite tunes & stories from Laneway on Mornings with Greta Balog

Another act fresh out of this year's St. Jerome's Laneway Festival, three-piece noise rock band METZ hopped into the FBi studios with Greta Balog to tell a whole bunch of crazy stories they've collected along the way.
thundercat twitey 2016

Thundercat shares new tune with Mono/Poly on Arvos with Chris Twite

The LA producer, singer, bassist and all-round legend shared some influential tunes from David Bowie and Wings - plus a brand new one of his own.

Listen :: Run The Jewels interview on Tuesday Arvos

"After a couple of weeks of heavy drug use and alcohol intake and laughing and recording, we looked up and we were like, 'Wow, we might have a record here...'"
Courtney Barnett vs Dune Rats hair - FBi x Laneway Festival takeover

Listen: Laneway Festival takeover with Courtney Barnett, Future Islands, Rustie, Angel Olsen & more

Courtney Barnett gave Dune Rats a haircut on the studio floor. Raury brought in some T-Pain. Future Islands talked about signing breast pumps. Laneway festival took us the helllll over - listen back!

Listen: Perfect Pussy interview on Lunch

In town for the Laneway festival, Meredith Graves and Shaun Sutkis from Perfect Pussy had a little lunch date with Katie Murray. They talked about being ostracised in the Syracuse punk scene, writing about love, breaking up for the band and the "crazy ex-girlfriend safety zone"...

Interview + Gallery :: Alabama Shakes at The Enmore

Brittany and Steve from Alabama Shakes tell Alex Pye how they feel about their new record, Sound & Color, before an explosive show at the Enmore Theatre. Photos by Yael Stempler.
best coast

Listen :: Best Coast Interview with Greta Balog

"I think the only reason anything sounds DIY from us is because we barely know what we're doing." Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno had a post-Splendour chat with Greta about their new record 'California Nights'.

Listen :: TV On The Radio interview on Lunch with Caroline Gates

In between Sydney Opera House shows, Kyp and Tunde had a chat with Caroline Gates about solar-powered synthesisers, their new record and Tunde's film debut.
ben booker

Benjamin Booker talks music journalism, college radio & dick pics on Mornings

Following his St Jerome's Laneway Festival performance, Benjamin Booker dropped into the studio for a chat and erm, doodles, with Pat and Greta.
Peter Bibby

Listen: Peter Bibby interview and 'Bat N Ball' live acoustic on Arvos

In town for Laneway Festival, Peter Bibby spoke to Dom O'Connor about his musical family and the Perth music scene. Listen to him play 'Bat N Ball' live in the studio.