What is triple j Unearthed?
Established in 1995, triple j Unearthed has kicked off the careers of thousands of musicians. With over 125,000 tracks, it’s also a great place to discover your new favourite band.
You can upload and share your tracks with fellow artists and music lovers.
triple j Unearthed also has a full time digital radio station playing the very best music from triplejunearthed.com.
Through our ongoing commitment to developing new Australian acts, we run regular competitions that give you the chance to play at some of Australia’s biggest festivals, record your music professionally, have film clips produced by talented emerging directors and attend industry events to learn more about the music business.
Can I use the music I downloaded from Unearthed?
All material on the site is protected by copyright law and international treaties. You are free to use and download the music for your personal use only. If you are intending on using the music for a school assignment, or anything else you must contact the artist to get their permission. You can do this easily by using the 'contact this artist' link at the bottom of their profile page.
Why should I register?
A healthy music scene depends on a strong community of listeners. Registering with Unearthed will allow you to rate and review tracks on the site. Ratings are used when calculating the charts, so you can have input into how successful the tracks become. You can also create your own playlist of tracks you like within the Jukebox which you can save and email to your friends.
When I try to log in, I’m told my password is incorrect. When I try to change my password, I am told my e-mail is not recognised. When I try to re-register, I’m told my e-mail address is already registered. What is going on?
When you sign up for Unearthed, we send you an activation e-mail so you can start using the site - you need to click the link inside there to get the ball rolling. Remember to check your junk mail too, because sometimes it'll get stuck in there. If you can't find the e-mail, let us know at email@example.com and we'll fix you up.
What are Super Users?
We are going to keep an eye out for particularly active users (lots of thoughtful reviews and ratings). These users will be rewarded by becoming SuperUsers (kinda like a triple j reviewer but with a Super User logo next to your name instead of a drum), and their own page on the website which shows all the great reviews they've submitted. Their playlists are available to listen and download. Don't contact us... we'll contact you.
What are tags?
'Tags' are like keywords or labels which help users find music. Click on tags where you see them on the site to find similar results. You can also see related tags to your search and 'tag hop' to find new music.
How do I write a review?
If you register with Unearthed you will be able to write reviews, rate tracks and create your very own playlist that you can email to your friends. A healthy music scene relies on an active community base of supporters, so register now and get active! Play the track and, where you see it in your jukebox, click on the icon to rate and review.
I posted a review but it hasn't appeared yet. What gives?
All contact needs to be moderated before it’s made live on the site. Due to the huge number of submissions to the website, this can sometimes take a few days - we'll get your review up as soon as we can!
What are the symbols next to the tracks?
M = Mature content. Green Drum = Played on triple j Unearthed on ditial radio. Red Drum = played on triple j radio.
Listening to music
How can I listen to music?
Simply browse through the site, find music you like and start listening! You can listen using the Unearthed Jukebox or download the tracks (mp3s) straight to your own computer. You can also listen to our triple j Unearthed digital radio station playing 100% Unsigned and independent music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more help on listening to our digital radio station online please visit the ABC Radio Player help page
If you are on a mobile or tablet, you can download our triple j Unearthed Android or iPhone app from your device’s app store. You will be able to stream and download all the music on our site, as well as listen to the digital radio station and associated podcasts. When listening to mp3s, our app detects if you are on cellular (for example, 3G) and will play a lower bitrate (96k) to what you will hear on wifi (128k). If you want to hear the highest quality, we suggest downloading the file (192k). For more info on listening to music and data and streaming rates on our apps visit the ABC radio mobile apps help page.
What's the difference between streaming and downloading an mp3?
If you listen to music in the jukebox you will be listening to a streaming mp3. This means that it will start playing as it downloads. This is the fastest way to listen to music on unearthed. If you want to listen at a higher quality or use another program, such as iTunes or through an mp3 player, you will need to download the mp3. This will save a high quality mp3 to your computer.
How do I use the listening queue?
The listening queue lets you collect music you are interested in while browsing the Unearthed website. Click '+' to add the selected track or playlist to your listening queue without interrupting what you are currently playing. Then, when you want to listen to all your collected tracks, just locate the jukebox window (it may be behind your current browser window).
How do I use my playlists?
If you are registered with Unearthed you can use the jukebox to create your very own playlists which you can save and send to your friends. You can have up to 5 playlists which means you can organise your favourite tracks however you like!
First, add tracks to your listening queue by clicking '+' from the website, and then move them from the listening queue by clicking on the edit (cog) icon next to your playlist in the jukebox. To share one of your playlists, just click the sharing icon.
You can save your playlists and they will be available every time you log back into the Unearthed and also via the mobile app
I'm having trouble setting up my profile - help!
From your user profile, click on ‘edit your profile/account’ (under member info) and then you’ll see an edit profile page, and also a link to ‘create artist profile’ where you can add tracks, edit your artist info etc.
Afterwards, when you go in to edit your profile/account, you’ll find a link to ‘Artist Management’ – which will allow you to quickly make any changes you need to your artist profile.
How do I upload my music?
Firstly, log in to triplejunearthed.com, click on 'my profile' (top right of screen). Then, on the left hand side of the page, under 'member info' click on 'edit your profile/create artist page’. On the next page, in the grey-black bar beneath your Username and Profile Photo, click on 'add artist profile' or 'manage artists' if you have already set up your artist profile.
Once you've created your artist profile, you can upload up to three tracks, which will then be moderated by our Music Team. Processing usually takes three or four working days but in some cases can take up to a week or so.
Please let us know if you need further assistance.
How do I get airplay?
Airplay is judged by a panel of triple j staff and all tracks are listened to and judged on their own merit. We listen to all tracks uploaded as they come in and keep an eye on what's proving popular in the charts and reviews. triple j presenters will also be going through the site to find tracks to play on-air. Make sure you have your best stuff on the site and good luck!
How are the charts calculated?
The charts are based on an extremely complicated mathematical equation - aggregating, averaging and multiplying numbers drawn through user actions through the site. Basically, the charts are based on how many ratings and reviews you have received, what your average rating is, and who is rating you, in addition to your downloads and plays. The charts are run weekly.
Can I submit myself as a feature artist?
All Feature and Spotlight artists and competitions are judged by a panel of triple j staff and all tracks are listened to and judged on their own merit - so if your music is uploaded to Unearthed you're in the running!
How are the competitions judged?
Whilst we encourage ratings and reviews this is not used as the basis for picking competition winners or airplay on Unearthed digital radio. These are judged by a panel of triple j staff and all tracks are listened to and judged on their own merit - so you will not be disadvantaged by not being on the site for less time.
Who can be Unearthed?
Anyone can be Unearthed. The only conditions are that you are Australian, DON'T have a recording contract with a record label and you have an original track to submit.
Do I have to be Australian?
Yep. C'mon Aussie c'mon. You must be an Australian citizen or resident.
How do I enter?
First the hard part - you've got to create the music and get it recorded. Entering is the easy part. Register for an account, click ‘add an artist profile’ and then go to ‘artist management’ to add tracks, gigs etc.
When can I enter Unearthed?
The beauty of technology is that it never sleeps. You can come to this site to enter Unearthed, 24/7. You no longer have to wait until we call your region to enter. As soon as you've got stuff to send us, get online and put your stuff out there. We'll still be running competitions to inspire you and invigorate particular regions but in the meantime, get your music out there. The triple j presenters will be continually keeping an ear out for good stuff to play on the radio and you can also work your way up the Unearthed charts by ratings and reviews from Unearthed members.
Can I send in a CD?
'fraid not. We will only be accepting online submissions. Don't worry - it's easy. You just need to get your tracks into mp3 format. Read our guide to making mp3s
for more information. Once you've got your music in mp3 format you just need to sign up as an artist.
What's in it for me?
Unearthed provides you with the opportunity to get your music into the ears of people all around Australia. All the competitions have different prizes, but the outcome is always aimed at getting you more exposure and helping you make more music. Competition winners will definitely get airplay on triple j, you might get professionally re-recorded and even a chance to play at a national music festival.
Keep your eye on current and upcoming competitions on our Comps page. Or take a look at the Unearthed history to see what some of our past winners have achieved.
What kind of music are you looking for?
All kinds! If it’s original Australian music we want to hear it! We're on the hunt for the best new talent. The style of music is completely up to you, but we won't play music that promotes hatred, discrimination, unnecessary violence, pornography or uses gratuitous profanity.
Will I be notified if I get played on the radio?
Yes! Every artist who receives airplay is sent notification to the email address you’ve registered with Unearthed letting you know you’re on the radio.
Do you play only new tracks on the Unearthed radio station or older tracks as well?
The focus of the Unearthed radio adds is on the most recent uploads coming through the site, so we can represent the latest discoveries of independent artists across the country. That said, Unearthed is all about spotlighting great talent from around the country and we also do give airplay to material that has been active on artists profiles for months and even years.
How long does it take before my tracks and bio are up on the site?
To appear on the site you must submit at least one track. Once you submit your stuff it will appear in a 'pending' state until we listen/look and approve it. This normally takes 1 week but may take a little longer in busy periods. Rest assured we'll get your stuff up as soon as we can.
My profile is "pending approval". Why can’t I see my profile?Your song needs to be approved by our staff before your profile page will go live. Approval on songs can take up to a week.
Can I delete tracks?
You can have up to 3 tracks available at one time. If you delete a track you will no longer be able to listen to this track anywhere on the site and it will not be visible on your artist profile page.
Do I get APRA?
Yes, if your song is added to radio. As a part of the ABC, triple j Unearthed reports to APRA on every song that’s played on our digital radio station. If you’re a registered APRA member and we’re playing your music then you’re entitled to royalties as dispensed by APRA. If you’re not a member or need more information on your membership check out the APRA website - http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/
Can I edit my profile?
You have the power to change your details at any time. Just login and go to artist management where you can update your photo, bio, tracks...everything!
My artist name is taken but it's not showing up on the site. What do I do?
Unfortunately these things happen all the time with multiple artists having the same name and should not be a problem. The best way to work it out is to email us with the artist name you’d like and we’ll see if we can work it out.
Do I lose rights to my music?
Certainly not. You can trust us - we're the national broadcaster. This is a non-profit project with our primary aim to support and encourage young musicians around the country, so we won't be trying to scam you out of money or rights. In extremely basic terms, if you send us your music we have the right to play it on triple j radio and put it up on the site and use it to promote Unearthed. You will retain complete copyright of your music.
Users will be able to listen and download ALL tracks which are live on the website but will only be allowed to use it for their personal use. We've outlined the user responsibilities in our terms and conditions.
Can I win more than one competition?
Yes. If you have won a past competition you are still running for things in the future. Make sure you keep your profile page and tracks up to date with your best stuff.
Do I need to have my tracks on Unearthed to be played on triple j?
No. Having tracks uploaded to the triple j Unearthed website is in no way a requirement for airplay on triple j. triple j staff and announcers are constantly scouring the site for new Australian music but if you would like to submit your music to them directly you are welcome to do so. Information on that is here
Do I get paid if I'm played on triple j?
If you are a member of APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) you are entitled to royalties every time you are played on-air. Visit the APRA website to find out more about joining.
Can I use samples?
Unearthed is an initiative for original Australian music, and as stated in our artist agreement, to have your material published on Unearthed you need to have the copyright over all words and music and any sound recording in the tracks.
Can I upload a cover?
Nope. Unearthed is an initiative for original music only, and to have your material published you need to have the copyright over all words and music and any sound recording in the tracks.
Can I remix other Unearthed artists?
We will accept remixes of other artists on Unearthed. The reason we cannot accept covers and remixes in general is because of copyright infringement and the risk it poses to artists and the ABC, it's also not in the spirit of Unearthed being all about new independent and unsigned Australian music. A remix of another artist on Unearthed is acceptable if they have given you express permission to do so.
My song is listed as 'pending'. What does that mean?
If you can see your tracks in your artist toolkit as 'pending' we have successfully received your tracks and they are simply waiting to be listened to and moderated. This usually takes about a week. Ocasionally a track does not encode properly but can still be listed as pending. If it has been more than 2 weeks and your track is still pending please email us and we will investigate.
Can I disable downloads?
It is not possible to disable downloads. By putting your music up on Unearthed you are agreeing to allow users to download your music for free. If you do not want your music downloaded then you are advised to remove it from your profile.
How do I upload a new version of a track I've already uploaded without loosing my reviews and plays?
Firstly, do not delete your track! Instead under artist managemnt in your profile simply upload you new song over the existing track.
How do I embed a video?
First, upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo. Then go to edit your artist profile, and paste the URL into the ‘artist youtube or vimeo video’ field. You can change the video displaying on your artist page here any time.
How do I enter Unearthed High?
Unearthed High is a competition we run specifically for musicians in high school. It happens every year, but to ensure we listen to every track uploaded from current high school students we have an entry period. Entries for 2015 will be accepted from June 24th - August 3rd.
How can I follow triple j Unearthed on social media?
How can I find out what's on the digital radio station?
Easy – all the regular shows and specials will be updated daily on the program guide
Can I podcast shows?
Yes! Head to digital radio
to find links to podcasts or drop by our Soundcloud page
. Sling us a comment or review while you’re there and let us know what you’re digging.
What is digital radio?
What was that song you played on air?
You'll get instant 'now playing’ track data and a link to the artist's profile via any of our digital radio listening platforms. You can also head straight to the triplejunearthed.com homepage to check out the tracks most recently played on triple j Unearthed digital radio. Or check out @unearthedplays on twitter.
So whether you're streaming on the triple j Unearthed player, iphone app, or listening on a digital radio - you will always know exactly which exciting new local act is tickling your fancy.
Afterwards, when you go in to edit your profile/account, you’ll find a link to ‘Artist Management’ – which will allow you to quickly make any changes you need to your artist profile.