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"Time for the big time"

They have supported some of Australia's hottest acts, but Blacktown born band Inakin is setting out to find their own niche in the cut-throat music industry.
And so far; so good.
Inakin, a four piece outfit that includes three Blacktown lads, is looking to the United States where they will link up with entertainment guru Bill Black.
Their resume is impressive, having cut their teeth on the same stage as Diesel, The Screaming Jets, Mental As Anything, The Choir Boys and ZINC.
Their sound is convincing an tight, adding a touch of their own classy uniqueness to the common thread of Australian rock.
Former Blacktown Boys High student Josh Barker fronts the band as lead singer and guitarist.
Shane Edwards, affectionately known as Buddha, is the lead guitarist while Aaron Carruthers completes the ensemble with the rhythm section on drums.
Among the growing list of quality bands they have supported on stage, Inakin have appeared on reality TV show The Resort and were on RA TV on cable with champion surfer Barton Lynch.
Inakin have worked with Phil Mackellar, producer of Silvershair and Powderfinger and have had artist development with Paul Reed. All songs are original, primarily written by Josh Barker.
Check them out at - The Advocate

"Australia's Funniest Home Videos"

Upload your video to win $500!!

Reckon you could be a music video star?

Wanna win $500?

yourCut and hot Aussie band Inakin have come up with a ripper of a competition that puts YOU in the rock n' roll spotlight - no singing talent required!

There are ten cash prizes of $500 each to give away - all you have to do is upload a video of you doing your best lipsync to Inakin's hit song 'Secret Life' for your chance to win!


1: Learn the song!
If you're going to be a music video star - you've gotta know the song! You can download the music and lyrics to Inakin's song 'Secret life' here. Rock on!

Download Inakin 'Secret Life' (mp3 audio file, 4.9MB) - right-click on link and select 'Save Target As" to save
Download the lyrics to Inakin 'Secret Life'

2: Film your video!
Crank Inakin's song on your stereo or computer and unleash your inner video star! We're looking for the most energetic and fun performances ever, so get busy!

3: Upload your video to yourCut
Head to the yourCut site and upload your superstar video - the best ten videos will each win a $500 cash prize! Note: Make sure you give us a valid email address when you register to upload, otherwise we won't be able to contact you when you win!

Go to the yourCut upload page
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"Music News"

Posted on November 17 2005

Inakin take out Global batte of bands; Brisbanes Reveler takes second! | Music News

Reveler are a three-piece Melodic Rock Band from Brisbane and although the band have been together since 1999, 2005 has shaped up to be their biggest yet and likely to leave the year with a bang.

Reveler was the only Brisbane band to make the top 9 in Australia for the National Final of the Global Battle of the Bands competition on November 10 in Sydney.

Reveler came second just behind Sydney band 'Inakin' who now head to London for the World Final.

Never-the-less, Reveler still walked away with three days of recording at Scope Studio's working with music producer, Mathew Laurence on New South Wales Central Coast.

"We are at where we are now because we love what we do, we have never slowed down or stopped... playing LIVE, recording, writing, practicing the whole thing," says the band.

Other contenders, The Fits scored third position whilst Tasmanian band 'Waiter' took out fourth spot.

Australian winners, 'Inakin' will now head to London to take part in the World Championships where they face the possibility of walking away with a fully paid world tour and $100,000.00. -

"Tour De Force 2008"

Australian entertainers have spent the past four days in Solomon Islands entertaining Australian Defence Force personnel and Australian Federal Police as part of ‘Tour De Force’.

The tour from 14 – 18 October, provided Australian personnel with a ‘little taste of home’ and allowed them to take a break from their daily routine.

The artists for the tour included, Cornesy’s Rock-n-Roll Allstars which comprised of Graham Cornes, Graham Lane, John Bywaters, Tim Donovan, Greg Mallen, William Schapel, David Heath and dancers Tina-Marie Carr and Emma Allen. Other artists included Comedian Lindsay Webb, and Inakin, a rock band which includes John Barker, Aaron Carruthers, Gaetan Frichot and Shane ‘Buddha’ Edwards.

The four concerts were held in various locations around Honiara including Forward Operating Base Maritime, Guadalcanal Beach Resort and Honiara Arts Park.

Operation ANODE is the name of the ADF contribution to the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)
- Australian Government Department of Defence

"It's the next big thing"

09 September 2008

As one of Sydney’s hottest up-and-coming bands Inakin has been busy building a solid fan base for the last four years.

The rock quartet are currently preparing for their debut album release later this year and are touring the east coast of Australia.

On Friday, September 19 they will be one of five bands playing at Rooty Hill RSL as part of Sydney’s Next Big Thing show.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Josh Barker says it’s an exciting time for the band.

“We went on a songwriting trip on the South Coast and recorded at home in the studio. We’re really excited how it (the album) came out and we’re planning to release it in October,” he says.

“We (also) went to London for a few weeks and got interest (from) U2 producer Steve Lillywhite. He’s quite excited to get on board.”

Barker says the band is getting positive feedback after every show and their fan base is growing rapidly.

“The day after a gig we get on MySpace and we’ve had 50 or 60 hits,” he says.

Being from the Blacktown area Barker says he’s looking forward to playing at Rooty Hill RSL a venue the boys have played at before.

He says he’s excited to bring Inakin’s “edgy rock sound” to the area again.

“Our songs are about relationships, everyday working class people and their everyday struggles,” he says.

“They’re something everyone can relate to.”

- The Advocate

"Star studded tribute for our Steve"

29 November 2007

The inaugural Steve Irwin Classic was a ripper of an event, with a stack of people turning out for the two day contest that incorporated golf, surfing and a gala dinner. Australia Zoo’s Wes Mannion’s team came second, but the Crikey Cup was won by Beach Beat. What a little ripper!

Day one of the classic began with a day of competitive golf played under a clear blue sky!

The event also attracted you beaut celebs including pro surfers Zane Holmes and Matt Hoy and hosts of the gala dinner, Steve Jacobs and Jo-Beth Taylor. Young Divas and hot new comers, Inakin also put on a spectacular show at Moffat beach. The competition was followed by a surf paddle out with over 100 surfers, who formed a ring; a heart felt tribute to Steve.

The gala dinner was a packed out event with Ricki-Lee Coulter putting on a ripper of a show at the Novotel Twin Waters. Overall the event was a huge success with stacks of people coming together to remember the one and only Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.
- Australia Zoo

"The Delta Goodrem Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Trust Fundraiser"

A night with Inakin
Fundraiser for The Delta Goodrem Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Trust

Showcasing new original material from the upcoming debut album they have been working once winning the Australian leg of the Global Battle of the Bands Competition.

Ruby Rabbit
Tuesday 29th May 2007
Doors open 6.30pm
Support band RAEN on 7.30pm
Inakin at 8.15pm
"After 8 months working with Josh, Shane, Aron & Rick, I am really excited about their new original material. Their musicanship from a managers perspective is incredible in a band this early in their careers. Combined with their passionate lyrics and devotion to the business the next 6 months for Inakin will be a great journey in showcasing their talent" Lea Goodrem

Goodrem Management manage Inakin


Previous Australian Global Battle of the band winners, Inakin are a four peice rock band from Sydney comprising of front man Josh Barker on guitar and vocals, Buddha (Shane Edwards ) on lead guitar, Rick Kolanovic on bass and Aaron Carruthers on drums. All multitalented musicians they are known for their clever lyrics packaged in a mature sound which is best heard live to appreciate their collective musical genius. The sound is original and edgy with Inakin holding audiences transfixed with crowd favourites including Underworld, Secret Life and Without You.

While being together for nearly 2 years they have supported such Australian Icons as Jimmy Barnes and Mental as Anything , Thirsty Merc, The Radiators Diesel and Jenny Morris.

It is now there turn to shine after spending the last 6 months in the studio recording there debut album. Now ready to showcase this to the world we are sure with there obvious charm and talent it is just the beginning of a great worlwide career. - Tito Media


Secretlife: Television

Without You: Steve Irwin Wildlife Warriors Tribute feature song:



Exposed to a wide range of music Josh attributes his current style to those early influences of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder to his current personal favourites which include Incubus, John Mayer and Greenday.

His dedication and passion for his music has lead him to support some of Australia’s leading acts such as: The Little River Band, Thirsty Merc and Jimmy Barnes – both with ‘Inakin’ as a band and as a solo artist.

The past year has lead to new management and the recording of their highly anticipated debut EP ‘Let It All Out'.

Josh is currently living between Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles where he is performing and co-writing with various musicians and writers.