The Bedroom Philosopher aka Justin Heazlewood is an Australian songwriter, author, actor and humourist. Most known for his writing and musical comedy works, The Bedroom Philosopher has released several albums, performed at many arts festivals, been nominated for an ARIA Award, published several books about the entertainment industry and is a regular guest on several Australian radio shows.
2002-2005 Living on the Edge of My Bed:
The Bedroom Philosopher began in 2002, when Heazlewood became a regular guest on Triple J's The Morning Show. He also filmed two pilot episodes of The Bedroom Philosopher Show for ABC Fly TV, a now defunct digital youth television station. He also secured his first major musical gig, playing support for Bodyjar and The Bumblebeez at Triple J's Unearthed concert later that year.
The Bedroom Philosopher has performed in past years at the Big Day Out,Falls Festival,Melbourne Fringe Festival,Adelaide Fringe Festival,National Folk Festival, Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. His first three Melbourne Comedy Festival Shows included Living on the Edge of My Bed (2003),In Bed with My Doona (2004), and Pyjamarama (2005). In 2006 he teamed up with Josh Earl to form The Renegades of Folk, performing a Melbourne Comedy Festival show of the same name.
The Bedroom Philosopher's first album, Living on the Edge of My Bed featured tracks which had earlier been played on The Morning Show, and was released in 2003. This un-mastered collection was only sold at live shows.
2005-2008 "I'm So Post Modern":
In 2005 the Bedroom Philosopher released his first retail and studio album, In Bed with My Doona, produced by his uncle Ken Heazlewood. This release was taken to strongly by Triple J's audience, with the first single "I'm So Post Modern" becoming a high-rotation hit, reaching number 72 in the Hottest 100. The Bedroom Philosopher was the only unsigned artist to make the list in 2005. His self-produced film clip of "I'm So Post Modern" (by Dan Ilic) also featured on the Hottest 100 DVD.
2007 saw the introduction of 'The Awkwardstra', composed of Andy Hazel on bass and Hugh Rabinovici on drums. Late 2008 saw the addition of Jamie Power on percussion and Gordon Blake on sitar. This coincided with the release of second single "Wow Wow's Song (La La La)" which quickly became a YouTube hit, and featured popular comedy trio Tripod featuring as backing vocalists. This was released as a precursor to his second album Brown and Orange.
2008-2009 Brown and Orange:
After performing at Perth International Arts Festival The Bedroom Philosopher completed his second album Brown and Orange with producers Chris Scallan and Martin "Moose" Lubran, released in February 2009. The first single from this was "The Happiest Boy", released in October 2007. The video clip of "The Happiest Boy" was made by David Blumenstein at Nakedfella Productions.
The album was promoted with a national tour.
2009-2010 Songs from the 86 Tram:
April 2009 saw The Bedroom Philosopher debuting his show Songs from the 86 Tram in the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He won the Director's Choice award for outstanding show and reprised it in the 2009 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Songs from this show comprise his third album Songs from the 86 Tram, recorded in August and September 2009. The show was nominated for three 2009 Green Room Awards winning for best cabaret production. The show was revised for a sold-out run at the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Heazlewood appeared as "Re-enactment John" in the ABCTV series John Safran's Race Relations in late 2009.
Songs from the 86 Tram album was presaged by the single Northcote (So Hungover), released to radio in February 2010. The single peaked at number 12 in the Australian Independent Singles charts and received high rotation on Triple J. The album was released 16 April 2010.
An accompanying Australian national tour to promote the album ran from 12 August until 5 September 2010.
On 28 September 2010 the album was nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Comedy Release.
Northcote (So Hungover) Film Clip:
The music video for song Northcote (So Hungover) was created by director Craig Melville and produced by David Curry. The video satirises hipster culture which is currently popular in inner-city Melbourne, with humorous stereotypes and pretension thought to be present in neo-hipsterism. The Bedroom Philosopher has since recorded a version of the song composed entirely of comments made on the film clip's YouTube page.
On 23 September 2010 the clip won the Australian Director Guild award in the music video category. On 20 November 2010 it won a silver Australian Cinematographers Society music video award, Best Independent Production Award at the St Kilda Film Festival and Best Music Video Award at the 15 Minutes of Fame Festival in Florida. The filmclip was also voted in Rage's Top 50 film clips of 2010, and the song in the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2011.
2011-2012 Wit Bix:
2011 saw the release of the songs 'Leaving My Hairdresser' and 'Tram Inspector', the film clip for the latter charting at 19 in Rage's Top 100 Filmclips of 2011. The Bedroom Philosopher embarked on several solo tours, including opening for The Dresden Dolls on their national tour and performed his show Wit Bix at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The A Very Beddy Christmas EP was released in November, with an accompanying radio single '12 Days of Christmas'.
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