Artist info


Electronic, Indie

Sounds like

Postal Service, radiohead, Jonsi

band members

Adam Scott-McGuinness (Vocals, guitar, ukulele, live looping & sequencing, keyboards), Madeleine Becker (cello, vocals, live looping & sequencing, keyboards).


radiohead, Postal Service, Sigur Ros, Jonsi



Since forming in 2011, Porcelain Pill (Adam Scott-McGuinness and Madeleine Becker) have been steadily building an audience through their diverse and exciting live shows.

The traditional band format is shattered and rebuilt from the floor up in this folktronica duo. Ponderous guitar and cello lines feed upon glitchy electronic beats to build a solid groove for the male and female vocal combination.

At the end of 2013 Porcelain Pill received the RAW Artists Musician of the Year Award (Melbourne). Prizes included studio time with ARIA Award nominated mixing engineer Phil Threlfall (Pete Murray, Seth Sentry, 360, Jimmy Barnes...). The pair are now working with Phil on their follow up to 2013's self-titled EP (3 singles receiving Triple J Unearthed radio play).

Porcelain Pill's live shows incorporate live looping and sampling along with traditional instruments to achieve this unique sound.

In March 2014 Adam took part in a songwriting mentorship offered by The Push in Melbourne. He had the opportunity to work on the new Porcelain Pill songs one-on-one with Charles Jenkins, Adalita (formally of Magic Dirt, now solo) and Darren Middleton (formally of Powderfinger, now solo).

"Porcelain Pill's music creates some kind of beautiful atmosphere that I could see myself floating away in" - Darren Middleton

Porcelain Pill draw on influences such as The Postal Service, Radiohead, and Jonsi to display an eagerness to explore the possibilities within this new folktronica genre and also begs the question “how do they achieve this live?” This is done through the use of live looping/sampling/sequencing and a lot of movement between instruments within the band.

“The band’s sound is both twee and melancholy. Scott-McGuinness has the Patrick Wolf thing going on: fierce one moment and then laconic and poetic the next. Becker is elegant as she moves between standing at her keyboard and then sitting on a chair closer to the stage to play the cello.” -

"With such incredible musical chemistry palpable on stage, Adam Scott-McGuinness and Maddy Becker have really produced a strong and different sound that is Porcelain Pill." - Janine Estoesta, (

“It’s always refreshing to hear a band that ventures outside the usual guitar/drum/bass arrangement and Porcelain Pill carry it off with finesse, each instrument adding to the dreamy feel of the song rather than being included for novelty” - Claire Barley (

“I can easily say that Porcelain Pill are the number one act to watch this year.” - Nikita Vout (