Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, FELIVAND!
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started recording music when I was around 15 when I first discovered GarageBand on the iPad’s at school. Back then, I would usually just record everything into a Zoom mic and add a bunch of reverb, so my sound was definitely more in the lofi/down-tempo/ambient realm. Since then, I’d say my sound has shifted and filled out into a more warm, indie-soul, bedroom/slinky pop sort of vibe!
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Lyrically, i’d say I mainly get inspired by conversations, thoughts, difficult situations and relationships. Sonically, it’s been textural stuff, like, sounds that are still bright and easy on the ear but have darker/edgy undertones.
What can punters expect from a FELIVAND live show?
A friend of mine said she experienced “cry dancing” for the first time at one of my shows, so… there’s that haha. I hope the live show is accommodating for everyone, so you can be up the front dancing and letting off steam, or leaning against the back corner of the room just taking it in. We’ve also just introduced some visuals to the shows too, so lot’s of colours and movement!
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
It wasn’t given to me directly because it was in a book but what immediately comes to mind is “Accept, then act.” from Eckhart Tolle.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
‘Flowers & Superpowers’ by Wafia. THAT CHORUS.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Probably ‘Miracle Love’ by Matt Corby.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
JaFunk’s remix of ‘Drop Your Love’ by Young Franco. Big vibe.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Asha Jefferies and Hallie play at The Zoo! It was the first live show i’d seen all year and it felt really special, I realised how much I’d missed hearing music come out of a speaker the size of a fridge. It was seated, but I really didn’t mind not standing, it kind of felt more intimate in a way and everyone was way more attentive.
Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
Some Brissy artists that I love and that inspire me would include: Sycco, Golden Vessel, Mallrat, DVNA and daste.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
Playing a show this weekend at the Tivoli with First Beige and have some very exciting news to announce in the coming weeks! After that, probably just writing and hanging out with friends and my pup over Christmas. Then straight into 2021, wild!