Apex
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Apex

Metal, Rock (Thrash, slayer, metallica, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Esky
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Esky

Hip Hop, Indie (Western Sydney, Mt Druitt, hip hop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

TIA
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TIA

Pop ( #rnbpop, #indie, #pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Independent 17 year old RnB, soul & pop artist based in Melbourne


Conversations

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The Rions
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The Rions

Indie, Pop, Rock ( Rock, Upcoming Artist, Indie, ...)

Sydney, NSW

A band of 4 boys from the northern beaches.


Night Light

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Jacob Biermann
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Jacob Biermann

Electronic, Pop ( Bedroom, Singer/Songwriter, Producer, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Singer. Songwriter. Storyteller.


Red

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edith
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edith

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

writing songs from my bedroom.


Who Cares

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MAGNETIC HEADS
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MAGNETIC HEADS

Indie, Rock (australiana, Cold Wave, Synth)

Sydney, NSW

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Georgia Mulligan

Indie, Pop, Rock ( #acoustic #folk #indie #singersongwriter #pop #sydney )

Sydney, NSW


Singing Stripe

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Craigiewave

Dance, Hip Hop, Pop ( #house #UK Garage #rap #drill )

Melbourne, VIC

Craigiewave is an artist from Naarm/Melbourne experimenting with hip-hop and UK dance music sou...


WhatUthink

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To Octavia

Featured Artist

2021

2

Aug

To Octavia

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound developed very naturally. We’re all songwriters with the same vision but each with our own unique sounds and inspirations, and it all blends together very easily to become To Octavia. We decided to take a greater amount of personal inspiration with this EP, drawing from our more obscure tastes to break outside of the metal ‘box’ and play with a few genres, such as pop, alternative and rock.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We find ourselves constantly surrounded by such inspirational musicians within the scene making such incredible music themselves. It’s hard to not be inspired by that. There is never a shortage of new music, and it makes you want to pick up your instrument and write something exciting and fresh. We’re always on the hunt for new and innovative sounds to inspire us to make equally as creative music. 
 
What can punters expect from a To Octavia live show?
We are a pretty energetic bunch… so our shows are stacked with energy, chaos and pure enjoyment from us which we love to see radiate through the venue! There is no better feeling than playing music live and connecting with our audience so there’s always smiles all round! We aim to make our shows a welcoming atmosphere; a safe place to be your true self and express that without any judgement. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Chris Lalic is an endless fountain of good advice, and we will take that advice no matter where our journey takes us, but one thing he told us that resonated the most is to simply take a step back and appreciate where you are and where you’ve come from. It can be so easy to get caught up in planning for the future that you just forget to think about how much you've grown, and we are so proud of what we have achieved so far. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'MORE' by Mansionair. It is such an uplifting and inspiring feeling song, and it makes you feel like you’re flying. This song would put Eeyore in a good mood. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
It would have to be Silverchair’s 'Emotion Sickness'. We can’t even explain why and do it justice if you haven’t heard it. Just sit down somewhere quiet, put on some headphones and let that song take you on a journey. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
A classic wrap up song... A screamer... 'Horses' by Darrel Braithwaite.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went to RedHook’s Melbourne show on their Bad Decisions tour with The Last Martyr and FANGZ. It was incredible! So much energy and excitement packed into that room. We miss shows. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
The Beautiful Monument are a big inspiration. They are unapologetically themselves and that is something that can be really hard to do sometimes. From a musical perspective, female instrumentalists are unfortunately quite underrepresented in our industry, so to see a group of women thriving, being proud of who they are and the art they are creating in an industry that can sometimes overlook this incredible achievement, is overwhelmingly inspiring!
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2021?
We are so excited to be playing lots of shows. We are playing in a few cities around Australia with Alpha Wolf and The Beautiful Monument in September and playing Halloween Hysteria in Brissy in October! We have also jumped straight into writing new music so we can’t wait to see how it unfolds! But mostly we are just going to enjoy finally having Somewhere in a World, Not of the Dream out and continuing to share it with the world.

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Central Sonics

Indie, Rock, Roots

North Coast, NSW


Growing Pains

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Revelations
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Revelations

Electronic, Metal

South Queensland, QLD



No Trace

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Ilka
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Ilka

Electronic, Indie, Pop ( #indie #pop )

Melbourne, VIC

Singer Songwriter


"Skin"

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Melaleuca

Indie, Rock ( grunge, 90's, alternative, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Extremely large music


Jane's In Town

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Jack Davies and The Bush Chooks

Featured Artist

2021

26

Jul

Jack Davies and The Bush Chooks

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Perth, WA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Jack Davies and The Bush Chooks!

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

The songs first came about during jacks days aa solo busker. The band then formed when Jack was 18. I think a lot of our sound came from jamming the songs without much pressure, always playing the songs slightly differently each time. The jangle and quirks and care free sound all come from just having fun together and trying to just think of the song and each performance aa moment in time.

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

I think trying to navigate the stress or confusion of being a human, music seems to help everything make sense. Listening to music was a great source of comfort for me growing up, and playing music gives me the same escape. The energy and the beauty of playing with your friends, regardless of weather it’s on or off the stage, seems to just make everything make sense. I never want to lose sight of that feeling, that clarity it brings.

What can punters expect from a Jack Davies and The Bush Chooks live show?

Lots of smiles and hugs and cups of tea! Maybe some surprise solo songs and long rambles between songs. 

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

An old folk singer Greg has always given me lots of great advice, always tells me to speak more clearly through the mic and allow myself to be a fool on stage. People love to laugh, people love smile. It’s great to be weird. I try to stick to that.

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

'Every Fucking City' by Paul Kelly

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

'Every Fucking City' by Paul Kelly 

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

'Every Fucking City' by Paul Kelly

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

My band mate Hector Morlet had his first single launch at The Aardvark the other night - the band is aamazingly talented group of musicians with two clarinets two keyboards and all the works. The set was incredible, amazing lighting, a big casual jam set afterwards. One of the coolest shows I’ve been to in ages.

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

There are so many! I’ve always been in awe of the songwriting of artists like Nika Mo and Jonny Burrows (Fox Scully) just to name a couple. But honestly there’s something to learn from every band you see here, everyone does their own thing which is awesome. I’m especially inspired by all my friends starting new projects lately.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

We’re working on releasing an EP this year and our debut Vinyl! Aaw well as some of our biggest tour shows to date. We’re also gearing up for recording over the next few months, ready to put out more music than ever before over the coming year. We’re all very excited!

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Des Wade
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Des Wade

Pop, Roots (Bob Dylan, leonard cohen, townes van zandt, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Cookii

Featured Artist

2021

19

Jul

Cookii

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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

It’s weird because I think my sound developed over a period of a few years that kind of went totally undocumented. About 4 or 5 years ago I started making music that at that point I thought would be “cookii” – while these songs weren’t a million miles away from what cookii ended up being they were a bit more PC music and kind of simple. It was almost like after making a few pinnacle songs like “coca-cola”, “holiday” and “little” I kind of changed trajectory and it turned into what it is today pretty naturally from there on.

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

I kind of don’t get inspired by something specific most of the time. I think the thing that keeps me motivated and inspired is the idea of melding genres. I tend to start writing songs with a set genre in mind, for example: “our love” was originally titled “hardstyle type beat” and from that point forward I tried to shape it into my own pop not pop thing.

What can punters expect from a Cookii live show?

I haven’t played a show yet so I couldn’t be 100% sure but I’m in the process of getting the set together atm. I’m definitely going to try to make it as visually engaging as possible so will switch instruments and hopefully figure out some kind of set design cohesion. We’ll see though!

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

I think I’ve been told multiple times from multiple different people the same phrase of “stop worrying about what’s to come just live in the moment” or something along those lines lol. Super cheesy but I definitely need to hear that sometimes cause I’m a serial overthinker and jump to negative conclusions relatively quickly so it’s always a nice reminder for me.

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

'Made For Silence' by Miiesha, how could you not be happy listening to that beaaatttttt my goodness

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

'Wanna Be Held' by Juice Webster, such a beautiful song. It always makes me super emotional whenever I listen to it.

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

'Cry' by Donatachi, biggest dang bop and what an insanely good cover. Iconic - forever obsessed.

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

The last gig I went to was Purient just a couple months ago in between lockdowns. Such a good gig, she’s a great performer and the music’s so so dope. I've always had a soft spot for witchhouse and seeing the similarities even if unintentional come through her music is so cool. I loved every moment.

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

Some big local inspirations for me would be I’lls (RIP) and Lonelyspeck. I remember going to that last I’lls gig and just being SO sad that they weren’t going to continue with the group. Legendary people, legendary music. I’ve never really heard anything like Lonelyspeck before and still haven’t since. I’ve spoken to so many people about them and it’s seriously mind boggling that they’re not at the top of the charts right this second. Inevitably going to blow up one day soon though – we’ll just patiently wait.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

Working really hard on music and this next rollout. I’m so excited by all the stuff that’s being planned behind the scenes at the moment. 2021 is definitely gonna be a big one for cookii as a project – can’t wait to share!!

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Apricot Ink

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock ( Alt-pop, Electronic-Indie, Indie-Pop )

Canberra, ACT

A motley crew of Canberrans who got together during ISO to make music.


Make Believe

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Johnny Hunter

Indie, Punk, Rock ( #new Wave, #sydney, #garage, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Post Punk Bad Man


The Floor

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