smol fish

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2021

19

Apr

smol fish

Perth, WA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, smol fish!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
 
I like to sum up our music as being cute, fun and upbeat! Our sound is heavily influenced by artists such as Stella Donnelly, Faye Webster and Frankie Cosmos, all who I admire for being incredibly honest story tellers. With smol fish starting as a solo project, melody and storytelling were always the most important aspects for me. This has led to our songs having a strong melodic focus, accompanied by cute counter melodies and vocal harmonies. I am excited to see how our sound will continue to develop as we grow older and wiser! 
 
Whats your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
 
Everyday life! From the mundane to the exciting to the heart-breaking. I also feel particularly inspired and energised after watching a great live show or listening to a really touching recording. Even learning a new chord or musical concept can inspire me to write something new, but most of the time when I get an idea or the energy to write a new tune it’s totally random!
 
What can punters expect from a smol fish live show?
 
Glockenspiel solos, silly jokes (including some wonderful fish puns), and a whole room of people yelling about crying all the time
 
Whats the best advice youve been given and who was it from? 
 
The best advice I have been given is probably just to get out of my own head! Remembering that I am not the only one who gets nervous and I’m not solely responsible when interactions go badly helps whenever I feel socially anxious. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
'CRY' by Julia Jacklin to remind them that crying and having emotions is human and that people understand and will be there for them. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
'It’s still the same time of day' by Nika Mo. This is THE most beautiful song but it’s completely heart-breaking and will make you feel everything. 
 
Youre the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
'Spinning Around' by Kylie Minogue! Gotta go for a true classic here, one of our members Josie has a Kylie CD in her car that we’ve all listened through many times on some regional drives and it just never gets old
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it? 
 
I went to a New Noise collective gig at the Perth Library and watched a gorgeous ambient set by Lia T and then saw the incredible Lyndon Blue play a solo set. It was a completely inspiring show that I feel absolutely privileged to have been able to see. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you
 
Noah Dillon is an absolute king who writes the most incredible lyrics and his band are so tight and talented. Nika Mo blows my mind every time, I am constantly in awe of Alter Boy and Lucy Iffla who inspires me with her musicianship and collaboration skills. I also always look up to my friends Georgia and David from Man Sandal as role models because of the way they conduct themselves with kindness and professionalism.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2021? 
 
We have plans to release our debut EP this year! And we are also playing at Fresh Produce Festival in August! We are all so very excited.   
 

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Telenova

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

Ange: Someone threw three strangers in a room together and Telenova is the sound that came out. Sounds crazy, but that’s really how it happened.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

Ed: New music. Sounds silly, but when you discover a new song that really hits you in that sweet spot, it’s almost like ‘right, that’s now the standard I want to be at, I’m going to work harder to try and get to that place’. At first it can be kind of demoralising hearing something that’s red hot, but then an almost competitive nature comes out, which leads to hard work.

Ange: It’s people, actually. Connection with people. Whether that’s your band, or whether that’s in a live show, where you’re essentially re-creating the magic of when you first wrote that song, but with other people in the room; or whether it’s feeling so much pain for someone you love and needing to put that into music and lyrics to capture something of how you feel and communicate that somehow to reach through to them. To me it’s much more abstract and profound than just sounds and melodies. Inspiration comes from the people I’m alive with.

What can punters expect from a Telenova live show?

Ange: a magical mystery tour with the addition of the occasional mini-stand up routine from Ed & Josh (that gets forced upon them every time I need to tune my guitar). You can expect a boogie. And very recently we started working on a bit of a mystical visual experience, it’s very exciting to be building that side of the show as well. Big dreams of where that can go in the coming months.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

Josh: Not sure who it was from or if it's just an old cliche but basically all I think you need to do is keep turning up. I don't really believe in inspiration, to me it's just work, as long as you keep working regardless of whether you feel inspired or not things will happen. Magic moments are few and far between so in the interim you just gotta be chipping away, putting the hours in.

Ange: Do the best with the time you’ve been given. Think that was Gandalf maybe?

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

‘Because I’m Me’ by The Avalanches. It’s a bonafide party starter, with a heartwarming film clip to boot.

Ange: To be honest I just agree wholeheartedly with Ed. Oh and maybe ‘The Less I Know The Better’ by Tame Impala, not because the lyrical content is at all full of cheer - but surely that riff will make anyone see the light. When you hear things that excellent, doesn’t it just make you happy and know that there’s
some good in the world??

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

Ed: Has to be ‘My Happiness’ by Powerderfinger doesn’t it? Assuming they’re already emotionally fragile of course :)

Ange: Body by Julia Jacklin. Damn that song gets me. Also the arrangement of that song is perfect. You gotta wait 4 minutes for the hook! Bold.

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Josh: 100% without fail it's always 'Love Is In The Air' by John Paul Young! I've seen it work so many times now it's silly. That song never gets old to me, the clavinet in verse two is fire, big time smash wedding slayer.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

Josh: I'm sure I've been to plenty but the last one that kicked my arse was Tropical Fuck Storm. That band is white hot, they give me the rock n roll guilts, it's so confronting and honest, almost scary at times! Gareth Liddiard is an icon but the rest of that band hold their own. I love the female energy in the mix, it makes for such a unique flavour.

Ange: Haha, our last Bones tour show at Northcote Social Club was only last week, so does that count? Our supports were bloody good if I do say so myself. Thoroughly enjoyed sets from VALENTIN and Velvet Bloom. Both lead vocalists knew how to hold the tension in the room. I love that feeling at a live show. When the front person is just commanding the space so well. Chills.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.

Josh: I love what Surprise Chef and the College Of Knowledge label are doing, excellent musicianship and sick sounding records.

Ange: Oh, so many! Matt Corby’s ‘Rainbow Valley’ in 2018 was a huge stand out for me. Love the work he’s doing with Budjerah at the moment. BENEE (I was born in NZ too, do the Kiwis count as local? Surely some trans-tasman love is acceptable). Sycco with the sultry voice of a smokey jazz bar goddess. Tame Impala, obviously. Just a genius. Loved Dope Lemon’s ‘Smooth Big Cat’ album. Big Slum Sociable fan. Lucky I get to be in a band with Ed and absorb his talents into the Telenova project. The Avalanches. Julia Jacklin. We’re a talented little island over here in Australia it seems.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

Josh: I just wanna keep on working! We want to have our debut Telenova record done by the end of the year, keep the releases coming, the ball is rolling now so we gotta keep going while the going is good.

Ange: Record the album. Write the next one. Play lots of live shows for the people we love. Make them special. Direct some more music videos for Telenova (*spoiler alert*). Make magic. Outside of the world of Telenova my 2021 plans are have more romantic dinners and light more scented candles and have longer baths."

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6

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Brisbane, QLD

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

I started making music is a really young age. I started by recording on my Mum’s laptop, basically just playing around with software to try and find my sound. When I developed into a teenager, that’s when I started taking music more seriously and started pursuing it as a passion.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

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What can punters expect from an iiiConic live show?

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What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

The best advice I got was from one of my friends. He told me to focus on my own life and make music that makes ME happy rather than others. Ever since he told me that, music has felt different and I can actually enjoy the production process.

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What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

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Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, THE BLOSSOM!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

I’ve developed my own sonic language through exploring so many different facets of my influences. Collaborating and carving into my songwriting. i like to think I’m inspired heavily by a lot of influences but challenge myself to not be defined by them. That to me is how I continue to explore my project.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The fact that music is my only form of language that truly feels like it embodies my honest self.

What can punters expect from a THE BLOSSOM live show?
ENERGY. SWEAT. FREEDOM. HEAD BANGING. TEARS.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
To create from a place of honesty, to put that as a priority always. Lead through gut instinct and to use that as compass.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
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What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
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What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
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Because I spend time between Sydney and LA I’m lucky enough to be so inspired by both communities. In Australia really love The Neighborhood Void, The DMA’s, Daine, Perto, LonelySpeck. And in LA I’m fortunate to collaborate with Brockhampton and Zach Fogarty as well as so many other incredible producers, artists and friends.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?
To keep on releasing more music!!!! I have more singles and my EP for the year to follow.

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