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Mulalo

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC


M31 (Racing down the Hume)

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Moth Swatter

Indie, Pop, Rock ( indie pop rock, post punk, new wave, ...)

Perth, WA


Evaporate

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Zig Zag

Featured Artist

2021

13

Sep

Zig Zag

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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

We’re a pub raised super group of best friends bound by our deep love of community and music. A lot of our songs are processing queer experiences through huge riffs and a thumping beat. We’re all about dancing on the grave of our trauma.

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

Without a doubt it’s community. We deeply treasure every person we get to play to and every band we get to play with. Our mission as a band is about building the family that will catch you, understand you and drive you to grow. Everything we make is inspired by the love of our mates.

What can punters expect from a Zig Zag live show?

Welcome to the community. You’re gay now. Have a hundred friends, a hug and a shot of fireball.

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

There are obstacles in the way but together we shall overcome coz, you can't break a spirit and you can't kill our dreams. Do you have any more gum? - Billy Madison

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Melbourne Water' by Skink Tank

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Dull' by Porpoise Spit

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

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

The Vovos - Jana album launch. It was such a joy. Everyone danced and sang and hugged and smiled all night. It was also our first time seeing Billiam live and holy bagoola that fella is prolific!

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

We are so lucky to have found ourselves in such a vibrant scene of queer Australian punk talent. We’d love to list a million but here’s the top 5: Cable Ties, Shrimpwitch, Plaster of Paris, Porpoise Spit and Hearts & Rockets

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

Oh man we are just busting to get out of lockdown to finish recording our debut album!

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Mason Dane

Hip Hop, Pop ( Travis Scott, Trap, dark, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Young NSW producer and singer/rapper


DASH

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ZAN

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC


8000 years

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Rami

Hip Hop, Indie ( hiphop trap jazz soul indie rap )

Perth, WA

Chill, fun and friendly


Nothing left to do

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Ruby Gill

Featured Artist

2021

6

Sep

Ruby Gill

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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

My mum forced me into classical piano at age 4 so I grew up with a lucky immersion in how beautiful, complicated and heartbreaking music could be. Then I became increasingly enthralled by language - a good sentence still makes me want to scream out of my collarbones - and it felt natural to merge these two worlds. But choosing a 'sound' proved strange. I'd been raised within a vast spectrum of genres (everything from The Clash and Joan Armatrading to Joni Mitchell and Vusi Mahlasela) and I often found myself swayed by what the nearest producer or self-proclaimed expert thought I 'should' do. I didn't truly know what I wanted to make, or what I could make, until I moved to Naarm/Melbourne. Here, I have become entirely myself: a woman who thinks in metaphors and speaks with awkward phrasing, who likes music that sounds like wood, who believes in complexity, warmth and words that surprise you. That's the person I try to capture in the music. 

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

My obsession with songwriting is similar to my obsession with birdwatching. Each new species, each new song - it's all proof of where I've been and what I've experienced. Proof that I existed. I don't mind what comes out, I just want to get it out of me. And once I have, someone else gets to use those words to process their own stuff. That's what keeps me going. 

What can punters expect from a Ruby Gill live show?

A bunch of very honest stories, a safe space to feel/nod, the gift of my incredibly awkward body language, and as much emotion as I have to give that day. Plus sometimes we laugh. 

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

One of my favourite poets Mary Oliver once said that 'to pay attention: this is our endless and proper work.' I have lived with that inside me everyday since. 

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

'No Difference' by Jess Cornelius. To be honest I don't know if it's objectively 'cheery' but it's saved me from a spiral a couple too many times. 

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

'The Metrologist' by Liz Stringer. There's a rambling swell of intense and powerful questions at the end that wreck me. At one point she calls out "have I failed as a woman because my measurements are wrong?" with this ridiculous amount of energy and everything after that puts a lump in my throat.  

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

I don't think you could have asked a worse person for this task (I have cleared so many dance floors with my paralysing playlists) but I'd brave the fear inside me and reach for a current favourite, 'WUTD' by Genesis Owusu. If no one dances I'd probably take the mic, say 'okay now everyone it's time to think about what you've done' and make people slow dance to 'A Song About Fishing' (still Owusu) instead.

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

I was lucky enough to hear Mimi Gilbert play to a sold out Old Bar earlier this year. It was very moving, and very important. Mimi's music has held me through the past year when people weren't able to, and hearing it out loud in real time through a PA system with so many friends and familiar faces around made me feel like my heart was breaking and overflowing all at once. How good is amplification? 

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

So many people creating incredible things here on Wurundjeri land. The songwriters in my 5km bubble have become sisters to me this year - Angie McMahon, Hannah Blackburn, Hannah Cameron, Maple Glider, Mimi Gilbert (who all sang on 'you should do this for a living') and many more surrounding. I am so moved by their dedication to being so completely and gently themselves, and writing with such radical honesty. Going wider, I am inspired by those creating far from the countries that gave them song - Gordon Koang and Ajak Kwai to name a few. I'm inspired by people like Laura Hancock creating space for women and non-binary folks to learn how to take charge of the recording desk. I love what The Drum Yarra is doing to hold space for young BIPOC to share music and poetry. I'm moved by all those having important conversations and talking more openly.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

I'm going to write in my orange book every morning. I'm going to learn how to make the perfect oats, even if it kills me. I'm going to press my palm to one tree every day, underline all the sentences that inspire me and listen to my body more. If I get to play gigs, that will be nice. If I get to release some more of the songs I'm holding in me, even nicer. 

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Philosophee

Hip Hop (Australian Hiphop)

Wide Bay, QLD

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Day1

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop ( DAY1, hooligan hefs, Boss, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Reppin Brisbane


Again

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Teenage Dads

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

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

We’ve spent the last few years experimenting with our sound, which we’d describe as The Strokes meets The B-52s. Recently we’ve been focusing on our live show, and how we can create big moments in our set to get the crowd involved. We love to use our audience as another instrument in the band, and feel it’s important to have the crowd singing along to our songs even if they’ve never seen us perform. 

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

We really appreciate the mentality of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, in that when writing music, we take the time to create new sounds that sound familiar and original. We want our songs to offer a bit more than surface value so listeners can dive in and enjoy something a little different. 

What can punters expect from a Teenage Dads live show?

An basser, an Guitarer, an drummist and an singist. 

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

An attendee from Cherry Bar told us to ‘play some f****n rock music’ so we’ve really kept that in mind. 

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

'High On My Own Supply' by Wolfmother

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

'2011 Grand Final Performance' by Meatloaf

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

'Tools Down' by The Presets 

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

The last show all four of us attended was Loose Bricks at The Workers Club in Fitzroy. It was such a good hang because heaps of our friends from other Melbourne bands were there and the gig itself can be described with one word: Creamy. 

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

Claire Mooney grew up down our way and she is doing great things for herself and the music industry on the peninsula and Australia wide! Claire has been really supportive of us and many other artists, answering our naive questions when we were finding our way. Some local artists we like include Velvet Bloom, Loose Bricks, The Belair Lip Bombs, Heir Traffic, Polly and the Pockets and The Grogans.  

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

Our fingers are crossed to play our Cheerleader Tour which is running through September, October and November. We’re going to play as much as we can.

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Joyce Lim
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Joyce Lim

Indie, Pop, Rock (alternative, Lesbian, Acoustic, ...)

Perth, WA

Herft
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Herft

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Metal, Pop, Punk, Rock, Roots

Sydney, NSW

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Caroline & Claude

Indie, Pop ( Caroline, &, And, ...)

Sydney, NSW


Stir the Pot

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1300

Featured Artist

2021

23

Aug

1300

( )

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, 1300!

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

We have a really wide range of influences individually, so it's quite a chaotic process when we make music. I think it helps that we all have our own identity which is highlighted in every song, and the bond between us as a group is what keeps the energy fun and grounded. We always experiment with different genres and sounds, bouncing ideas off each other and just being in the moment. It's a really cool process where we can all be in the room just vibing off each other working towards a common goal.

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

The inspiration comes from just experiencing great music and art that we love. We all have different tastes but I think we as a group identify with music that is exciting and smacks you in the face. As for actual musical influences to name a few, we draw from a lot of Korean rap and Indie, UK rave, Alternative, Soundcloud rap, Hyperpop, Kpop Classics.

What can punters expect from a 1300 live show?

Pure unadulterated energy and big, dirty, stinking bass.

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

We've been lucky to have a lot of great people give us amazingly honest advice on a bunch of things (Shoutout Derrick!). However, from recent memory Tommy Faith talked to us about taking the time to really develop ourselves as artists before making any big decisions about labels and such. He gave us some great insights on the music industry and the people involved in the business, so grateful for Tommy!

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

Sewerslvt - Mr. Kill Myself, I think I would want to hear music that embodies my emotions rather than music that contradicts them.

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

Everything I'm Not by The Veronicas

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

'Don't F**k with Kerser' by Kerser 

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

Our own gig at Big Love by Swanky Array, it was probably the best night of our life. It was super lit, there were a ton of lovely people and we made so many friends that night!

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

There's so many sick artists in Australia it's hard to pick. There's a really cool scene in Aus hip hop that we are glad to be a part of. We love meeting and working with local artists, shoutout Raj Mahal, Kwame, and Agung Mango, those guys have incredible voices and creativity that we feed off! Also gotta show love to Tasker, a real force of nature in the studio.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

Start as many moshpits as possible, make cool shit and make more friends!

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Nokz

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop ( #Hip-Hop #Rap #Indie #Alternative #pop )

Brisbane, QLD


Moon

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Placement

Indie, Punk, Rock ( Post-Punk, post punk, noise rock, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Like a shaken up can of soda


Lost Sun

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Morgana Ancone
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BJ Winters
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Bridey Rose
New

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Bridey Rose

Indie, Rock (raw, real, Dynamic, ...)

Darwin, NT