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sammythesinner

Electronic

Perth, WA


silva x sammythesinner - SWEEP

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ZAN

Featured Artist

2021

15

Jun

ZAN

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

I grew up on 90s hindi-urdu songs, ghazals, bollywood, electro-pop and r&b - so there was a lot going on from the beginning. my music is somewhere between those worlds.

I developed my sound by singing what I love, as so much south asian music is melodic. Tv shows like rage completely changed music for me, as there was just so much to discover and sing along to as a kid. 

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

Other human beings; I love listening to stories. And community. So much of my music is dedicated to the resilient communities I am a part of. 

What can punters expect from a ZAN live show?

Tender moments, sweaty moments, and a lot of singing! 

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

“If you have asthma, never sleep on carpet”… guess who!

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

'Respect Yourself' by Kid Dingo! 

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

I don’t wanna make people cry! 'Falling' by Bumpy.  It’s so beautiful. 

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

'He Knows' by Mei Saraswati! Timeless!

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

Josh Hooke at Tempo Rubato. Is it cheating if I work there? It was a beautiful night.

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

So many. I work at a little classical music venue, so there’s a constant influx of inspiration. As a diasporic person however, my community is always connected to another land, another home. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

That’s a secret… but yes, more music!

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Conor Farrell

Indie, Rock (Trent Reznor, Iron & Wine, Acoustic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Holly Lyssa Panich
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Holly Lyssa Panich

Indie, Roots (folk, Indie, dreamy, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Pacific Avenue

Featured Artist

2021

8

Jun

Pacific Avenue

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Illawarra, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Pacific Avenue!

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

Our sound is the product and fusion of each of our music influences, we all started with slightly different tastes in music, With Harry growing up on the Beatles and the Stones, Jack coming from zeppelin and Floyd, Ben goes nuts for Silverchair, and Dom bringing it home with Australian classics like Powderfinger and Crowded House.

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

Being young and quite impressionable we’re all big suckers for love, which is a main theme in a lot of the songs. All of our writing is just a reflection of what we experience in life, dealing with everything that comes with the ups and downs of youth.

What can punters expect from a Pacific Avenue live show?

One hell of a party. We have tried to develop our live show so that there is minimal silence and maximum rock and roll. We often dive into a few interlude jams between songs and throw in a cheeky cover at times. We like to take you on a journey through the set which starts with a bang, hits the ballads in the middle, and erupts at the end like a viscous volcano.

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

I met Dave from Gang of Youths a couple of years ago in a record store when our band was starting, they were playing that album that got massive but all stripped back. I was saying to him how the album really struck a chord with me and it would be a dream just to support them one day, and he said if you want something bad enough, no matter what it is, you can get it, if you put in the time and you can play then its going to happen. It was really simple advice, but sometimes it just takes hearing something like that at the right time and it can really stick with you. So thats probably the best advice off the top of my head.

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

Would definitely have to chuck on ‘Lightenup’ by Parcels. No matter what mood I am in, every time this comes on in the car a big old smile appears on my face and people at traffic lights stare whilst I gyrate in the drivers seat.

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

Will Wagner from Smith Street has a song called ‘Laika’ and that’s definitely one of the saddest songs I’ve heard, It’s a song in first person about a dog that gets sent into space without any way of getting back, the thought of the dog trying to understand whats going on and being lonely is a really heavy thing, but the song itself is really sweet and well done.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

I'm not sure if you can pass JET, and probably ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’. If you everyone is really into it, or even if they’re not actually I’m sure they would be by the end of the song, nothing wrong with a classic.


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

The last local show I saw was SAM ALLEN at beaches hotel in Thirroul, Sams got probably the most amazing voice I’ve ever heard and has really powerful anthemic music accompaniment, even in a crowded pub the room was all silent and hanging off everything he’s doing. We’ve been lucky to have him come along to a few of our shows and play acoustic guitar and harmonise with us which is very cool, so if you can imagine Jeff Buckley and Matt Corby had a love child, thats Sam. Check his stuff out, it's unreal.


Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
We have stacks of mates in the local area who perform in bands and inspire us every day. Hanging out with a bunch of like minded people and sharing similar dreams is definitely one of the main factors which has driven and inspired us the most. Our good mates ‘The Vanns’ gave us the opportunity to support them on a stack of shows in earlier years and their stage show really inspired us to develop our own and create something which captivates and involves the audience. Hanging around with lads like these makes you feel like you are right where you are meant to be and keeps the fire within the band burning bright.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

Well we have about an albums worth of songs recorded so we will release a few singles, run a couple of tours and then hopefully drop the body of work by the end of the year. We are super pumped to get back on the road so we are planning some pretty big Australia wide tours for the second half of the year. Can’t wait to get out there and have a dance with everyone!

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Water Streets

Hip Hop

Far North, QLD

Far Northern Hip Hop


BLVCK

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Anieszka

Dance, Roots ( Soul, r&b, NEW MUSIC, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Australian & Mauritian singer/songwriter encompassing the genres of R&B, Electro-Soul a...


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The Southern River Band

Rock

Perth, WA


Vice City II

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Tilly Tjala Thomas

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Tilly Tjala Thomas!

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

Experimenting. Working with producers.

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

Culture. Political issues.

What can punters expect from a Tilly Tjala Thomas live show?

Soft, dreamy, relaxed vibe.

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

Pace yourself.

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

'The Less I Know The Better' by Tame Impala

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

'How To Make Gravy' by Paul Kelly

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

'Down Under' by Men at Work

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

Bernard Fanning at Summer Sounds. Excellent

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

Tame Impala, Thelma plum and Memphis LK.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

Release more music.

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Vetta Borne

Pop ( Pop, dream, Funk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne Singer-Songwriter/Producer


Luv On U

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Gap Year

Indie, Pop ( alternative, jangle, australiana )

Perth, WA

Western Australian Jangle-Pop


Dot and Tarlene

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Good Mouth

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YNG Martyr

Hip Hop

Canberra, ACT

YNG Martyr is a 21 year old indigenous artist from Canberra, Australia


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Atomic Chill
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Atomic Chill

Electronic (pink floyd, Mellow peeps, allan parsons project, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Chevaunne Keleher

Indie, Pop (lemon demon, Kimbra, radiohead)

Gippsland, VIC

Julien
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Julien

Dance, Electronic, Metal (Infected Mushroom, Sun Project, Daft Punk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Marsden Williams
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Marsden Williams

Rock, Roots (Folky, earthy, rootsy, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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BLXSS

Hip Hop

Perth, WA


JIGGY

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PRICIE

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop ( hip hop, r&b )

Melbourne, VIC


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Kiri

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Sydney based lover singer producer


Don't Try This At Home

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