WHARVES

Featured Artist

2017

17

Jul

WHARVES

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North Coast, NSW

It's time to get sweaty with indie-rock quartet WHARVES, as they take over Splendour In The Grass this weekend as our Unearthed comp winners! 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Developing our sound was pretty much a trial and error situation where we would write songs, test them live and then fix the parts or get rid of the songs that we weren't happy with.  We have transformed the pool room in Mike's parents' house into WHARVES HQ where we write, record and rehearse.
 
Mikes dad is annoyed that he has lost the use of his beloved pool table that he never used, but it was a sacrifice we were willing to make. Steven Schram has produced our last two singles and we have certainly gained a lot from working with him.  
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
We are all huge fans of music. Watching bands smashing it out on stage or listening to an awesome album makes us want to do the same.
 
What can punters expect from a WHARVES live show?
 
Four sweaty dudes on stage, bouncing around like a beach ball at a Nickelback concert. 
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
We supported Polish Club in Byron Bay and we had a few beers with them before the show. They were telling us to always work with people that really care about your music and are passionate about what you do (makes sense, right?).  Top blokes.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Bad//Dreems and their track 'Feeling Remains'. If this doesn't get you jacked up, then you must be a robot. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and their track, 'Into My Arms'. Shares in Kleenex must have skyrocketed when this song came out. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Luke Million and his track 'Arnie'. We lose our biscuits when this banger comes on. An absolute must have in any party mix. P.S. Matt has a mad party mix - it's on Spotify if you wanna check it out. We're looking forward to checking his set out at Splendour! 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
We went and saw Tora, Mookhi and Angie Hudson at the Northern in Byron Bay a couple of weeks ago. Huge lineup and that light show was lit! There were more lasers than the 'Lasers Only' mode on GoldenEye '64. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the North Coast, NSW music community that inspire you.
 
Mario from our local record store in Byron Bay, Howl and Moan Records, is really creating a music scene in the local area. We've played and been to gigs at his shop and it's always an awesome vibe.  Plus, we always walk out with a new vinyl!
 
We are also really lucky to live in an area that has some seriously amazing festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Blues Fest. How could you not be inspired seeing your favourite band thrash it out to thousands of people? 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
We've actually got some new music being released very soon as well as a tour, which we're really looking forward to. We have a couple more exciting things on the horizon but they're more secretive than Mr Krabs' Krabby Patty recipe. 
 

 

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Samsaruh

Featured Artist

2017

10

Jul

Samsaruh

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Melbourne, VIC

With a voice that'll melt your ears and songwriting that'll have you captivated, Melbourne artist Samsaruh brings you her brand new track 'Golden To Thrive'.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
My music is very much a reflection of myself as a person. 
 
Artists that have influenced me include Stevie Knicks, The Cranberries, Kate Bush to Lana Del Rey, Hozier and Florence and The Machine. I'd call all of these artists more of a sub-conscious influence as I think the real development of my sound stems from me just growing as a person and being true to myself by embracing my own uniqueness and using that as a drive for my sound development.
 
I think the world around us has a big influence on everyone's point of view and for me, that's my songwriting. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
My greatest source of inspiration for songwriting would have to be a big mix of different elements like feelings and emotions, to experiences in life and whatever is going on in the world at the time. What happens in the world can have such a big effect on us as individuals, it's nice to put that into my lyrics.
 
What can punters expect from a Samsaruh live show?
 
You can expect to see me dancing around the stage, singing my heart out with an epic band behind me. I hope people leave with an electric energy.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
The best advice I've ever been given was by my parents when I was a kid.They would always tell me "You can be whoever you want to be, and you can do whatever you want to do as long as you put your mind to it and work hard for it". It may sound a bit cheesy, but it's stuck with me my whole life and here I am pursuing what I love, being a singer/songwriter. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
'Till It Kills Me' by Montaigne. It's not just a cool track with cool lyrics, but also a track that makes you feel cool and empowered listening to it.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
'Never Be Like You' by Flume. I feel like this song has some sort of amazing connection with everyone, perhaps reminding them of an awesome memorable time they once had. So I'd play this song because I think it would definitely provoke tears of joy. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Either 'Take Me Over' by Peking Duk or 'You Were Right' by Rufus. Both tracks give off some major good vibes.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
The last local gig I went to was the Slumberjack show in which I sang at. Those boys never fail at creating an incredible show, it was a tonne of fun!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
 
I think Meg Mac is super inspiring. All of her tracks are so different to what's out there and her voice hits you like a punch in the stomach. So it's always exciting listening to her music. I would happily take a punch in the stomach from her music any day. 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
Do some cool stuff. That may include, doing my own first live shows in August, performing at Splendour in the Grass with Slumberjack and Kuren, releasing my new EP at the end of the year and hopefully lots more!
 

 

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Ziggy Ramo

Featured Artist

2017

3

Jul

Ziggy Ramo

Perth, WA

We're celebrating NAIDOC week with Perth Hip-Hop artist Ziggy Ramo. Slicing deep into important topics, Ziggy Ramo has become the catalyst for change. You'll be impressed with his latest offering 'Same Script'.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Music has always been a part of my life from early on. It's deeply rooted in Indigenous culture on many levels so I have always felt a strong connection.
 
I remember being young and feeling the clapsticks pulse enter my feet and consume my body. My Dad and Mum always had music playing in the house and Dad knew his way around the guitar. His Father was an amazing piano player, so I guess music is something that has been passed through not only my family, but also my culture.
 
I fell in love in with Michael Jackson when I was really young and got pretty obsessed (still to this day in fact, haha!).
 
I have actually been sick all week and have been in bed re-watching Spike Lee's documentary's on him/old performance footage, so for me personally, I developed my sound by absorbing from those who have gone before, whether that's taking from my song lines/family/culture, or other artists and learning from that preexisting knowledge and applying it to my own experience.
 
It would be impossible for me personally to develop my sound without collaboration in all forms.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Serving the people.
 
What can punters expect from a Ziggy Ramo live show?
 
My live show is something I take so much pride in. I have the honour playing with my amazing 6-piece live band The Love who are brothers to me. So you can except 6 people having the time of their life giving you all their energy. Also, expect the crowd to be full of different amazing humans giving the energy back!
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Leave the space you occupy better than you found it" - It's been given to me by my amazing culture.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Warumpi Band - 'My Island Home'. I long for Country all the time and this always hits the spot.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Archie Roach - 'Took The Children Away'.  Have the tissues handy!
 
Also, I have to mention Leonardo's Bride, 'Even When I'm Sleeping'. This is for the romantic in me and this song was also my mums go to album when I was growing up.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Chiseko - 'Juice'. This track is produced by my amazing brother JCAL. So smooth, so very, very smooth!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
The last gig I went to was REMI x SAMPA and their The Fire Sign Tour with support from the brother's POW! Negro. It was amazing!
 
There was a pretty surreal moment at the end of the show where Remi and Sampa got myself and the vocalists, Nelson and Shannon from Pow! Negro and Koi Child up on stage. They played 'Alright' by Kendrick Lamar and we all just danced and hugged on stage. It was crazy, the whole night was a big celebration of blackness and to be up stage with the amazing humans was such a special moment for me.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
 
Pow! Negro. I talk about these boys all the time because they are family, but also because they are so crazily talented! Love them to death and I love having them on the come up with me and my band because we push each other to work harder. Those boys are dropping their debut EP, Jasmine Licorice on the 28th July so excited for that.
 
The Koi Child boys as well are super inspiring and it such a wonderful community to be a part of. Shout out to my boy Matsu, he takes the best photos in the music game. 
 
Also, Scarlet from San Cisco is like an angel walking around in all her beauty given to the world to bring fire grooves. I really look up to her and the way she carries herself after having so much success is something I aspire to. I always think it speaks volumes of someone when they treat people who can't offer them a leg up as well as they treat the people who can. Scarlett reached out to me a while ago very early on to offer her help however she could and I am forever thankful and inspired by her!
 
There are so many amazing people doing such great things in the music community within Perth, got to shout out the little brother Chiseko and Mali and also Your Girl Pho.
 
Last but not least my team, my manager, JCAL and all my band, they inspire me every day and help me bring my vision into a reality, they are my avenger squad.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
World domination.
 

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Haiku Hands

Featured Artist

2017

26

Jun

Haiku Hands

Sydney, NSW

Sydney three-piece, Haiku Hands bring you your next party jam. 'Not About You' explodes with fun, killer beats, and a whole lot of attitude.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Our music is a rich tapestry of influences from our diverse musical backgrounds. Where we meet in the middle is the magic. We've developed this sound by collaborating with some of our favourite writers and producers.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Life in all its glory. Parties, friends, music, art, colours, thinking and travel.
 
What can punters expect from Haiku Hands live show?
 
Quiet storytelling, a nice cup of hot milk and a photo of you on Santa's lap as a momento...actually, more likely a raving dance party.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
Chaos Emerald: "Trust yourself".
 
Beatrice: The best advice I have been given is, it's not what she says but the way she lives, from Mie (Creative co-director of Haiku Hands).
 
She gets called the pleasure beast and has baths in the daytime. She's very good at relaxing. I work too much and I want to learn to relax more. Mie is my hero and she can also do the splits.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Is this a trick question? We would clearly play 'Not About You'. It's pretty hard to be sad when this song is on.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
John Farnham on repeat for 90 days.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Definitely 'Not About You' and then the second single we might be releasing. They are the same BPM and they are both killers.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Chaos Emerald: The last show I went to was Horrorshow at the Enmore last weekend, it was great! This weekend we're heading to a warehouse party with some sweet underground local DJ's.
 
Beatrice: The last show I saw was of my other band Kardajala Kirridarra and our album preview tour in Alice Springs. I'm also heading to a Punk show at The VIC in Sydney and then the warehouse party with Claire this weekend.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
Chaos Emerald: Mostly my friends, Hermitude, Thundamentals, Okenyo, One Dayers, Big Village and The Presets.
 
Beatrice: There are a lot of people in the music community that inspire me. I live in Melbourne and that music community is massive and has lots of people contributing in different ways.
 
So many people who just want to connect and share music they love or music they have made. It's exciting to me. Sometimes it's the harder road but it's worth it. Music for the win!
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
For the rest of 2017, we will be in a silent meditation retreat.
 

 

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Promise

Featured Artist

2017

19

Jun

Promise

( )

Hobart, TAS

After dropping his latest track 'Conscious Thoughts', Tasmanian artist Promise will be jumping on stage with Thundamentals this weekend! Expect nothing less than fiery blends of Hip Hop that'll leave you sizzling for days.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
My music and sound has developed through life experiences and interactions with inspiring individuals.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
My greatest source of inspiration has mostly been from pain, failure and the urge to learn and grow from what we have no control over or understand.
 
What can punters expect from a Promise live show?
 
Punters can expect a lot of crowd interaction and passionate live performances with a variety of all sounds.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
The best advice I have been given was from a close friend who said "try and paint a picture of who you are with your words, because as a listener we don't know who you are and what you have been through".
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Shannon Noll - 'What About Me'
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Missy Higgins - 'The Special Two'. She is my dream feature!
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Hilltop Hoods - 'Cosby Sweater'
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Quartermasters in the city of Hobart. It was intimate with an acoustic vibe and sound that only a small venue can produce.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Tasmanian music community that inspire you.
 
Some of the artists and bands I find inspiring include Hip Hop artist, Greeley. He has been giving everybody in the local scene a platform to push their voices out with his THCtv series and connecting and bringing more attention to the local scene. Wombat is an excellent lyricist and exciting up and coming artist too. My close friend Jay Jerome Bushby, plays almost every night in most of the venues in Hobart and has an amazing voice. I also find Liam Tally who is making amazing production, music and the smoothest RnB in his soul band, Laser Baby and even though they have moved recently to Melbourne, I find Close Counters and Junior Brando inspiring too.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
Learn, grow and work harder.

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Hatchie

Featured Artist

2017

13

Jun

Hatchie

Brisbane, QLD

Hitting us with a glistening shoegaze dream, Brisbane singer-songwriter Hatchie, drops her debut track 'Try' and your next afternoon soundtrack.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I wanted to be a singer when I was younger but I never really thought I was capable of being an artist or performer. I've always written really pop sounding songs but I didn't want to be a straight up 'pop' singer, so didn't do anything with them until a few years ago. 
 
After I wrote Try in 2015 I started experimenting with pairing sugary sweet pop melodies with darker instruments and production. I've always been really into stacking up backing vocals and harmonies, which you'll be able to hear in pretty much every song I release. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Conceptually, I look up to artists like Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Bush and Wolf Alice. I'm really interested in artists who question what it means to be a female in a male dominated genre - which most genres other than pop are. 
 
My music doesn't sound like theirs and I'm yet to push any of those boundaries, but I definitely get inspiration from them as people. They helped me realise you don't have to sing, dance, dress, or act in any particular way. 
 
Lyrically, most of my songs stem from a personal experience like a friendship or relationship. 
 
What can punters expect from a Hatchie live show?
 
Hopefully a great time!! I'm lucky enough to have a bunch of really talented friends joining me on stage, so I'm really excited for everyone to see what we've been working on. 
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
If I narrowed it down to music related advice, it'd probably be 'Less is more' from pretty much every producer… I have a tendency to layer heaps of tracks to get the most swirly, shimmery sounds possible but I'm learning to pull back and play around with silence and empty space. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
The Harpoons - Ready For Your Love
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Airling - Bloodshot Blue
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
Northeast Party House - Your House
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I saw DD Dumbo at The Triffid over the weekend and it was AMAZING of course. I was blown away by each members' ability to swap between a bunch of instruments throughout each song.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
 
I'm inspired by people who are passionate about supporting music and arts in Brisbane, particularly when funding for small businesses and projects isn't so easy to secure. Shannon at Jet Black Cat Music and Vlada at Junky Comics are two great examples. I often shy away from writing about personal experiences, so artists who share difficult and intimate stories in their songs like Cub Sport and Major Leagues inspire me as a musician. 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
I'll be releasing another single, an EP and playing a bunch of shows!

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Stella Donnelly

Featured Artist

2017

4

Jun

Stella Donnelly

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Perth, WA

Spaghetti-loving Perth-based artist, Stella Donnelly is the talk around town. Her debut EP 'Thrush Metal' is the type of songwriting you'll be head over heels for.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I think that most of my sound development has come from watching live shows. My sound has developed pretty naturally, if anything I've stripped it back more and more over time to being the most raw representation of myself.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
I generally write songs when I have something to say, about assholes mostly!
 
What can punters expect from a Stella Donnelly live show?
 
My shows are generally really intimate, so I try and break the ice with some chats about tinder and footy etc. I find myself saying 'sorry mum' a lot at my gigs.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Remember all your bloody guitar leads, plectrums and capo this time will ya!" - Dad.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
The Wiggles - Hot Potato
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
The Wiggles - Hot Potato
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Hot Pota... just kidding, I believe in You - Kylie Minogue.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I watched Methyl Ethel play with Reef Prince and Erasers and I danced ALL NIGHT.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
 
I'm really really proud of the Perth scene that is emerging right now and it's the first time I've seen so many gender diverse bands come out of Western Australia! Bands like Hussy, Lifestyle, Telete, Jacob Diamond, Moistoyster, Heebiejeebies, Heathcote Blue, Shit Narnia and Terrible Signal make me feel HELL lucky to be a musician in Perth.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
I'm in another two bands called BOAT SHOW and BELLS RAPIDS who are both releasing stuff this year and doing a bunch of tours. I have some more songs up my sleeve that I want to finish and record at some point. I also have a goal to find the best tasting Ramen in Australia so big plans all round really!

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Baker Boy

Featured Artist

2017

28

May

Baker Boy

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Melbourne, VIC

Born in Darwin and raised in the remote NT communities, rapper, actor and dancer, Danzel Baker AKA Baker Boy, is three times the charm!  At just 20 years old, he plans to be the first Indigenous rapper to rap in his Yolngu Matha language. 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
My sound was developed around the influences of my traditional music fused with my current involvement with hip hop music and dance. I wanted to be the first Indigenous rapper to rap in language, mine being Yolngu Matha.
 
I worked with a producer Tobiahs Fakhri to create the track Cloud9 to include not only modern hip hop elements that I connect with but also Yidaki (Didgeridoo) and the language Yolngu Matha for traditional sounds. The perfect fusion of my two worlds that I have grown up with. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
I haven't had one stand out inspirer that has lead me to making music. I more saw an opportunity for Indigenous musicians and rappers to express themselves in language rather than English. Music and dance have always been an integral part of my life from growing up in Milingimbi and this only developed more since moving away and schooling and further into my career with Djuki Mala and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects.
 
If anything my dance work has inspired me and allowed this to happen. Influences like Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, Gawurra and Yirrimal showed me to be proud of where I am from and use my voice through rap to communicate my messages.
 
What can punters expect from a Baker Boy live show?
 
They can expect to see a lot of dancing, energy, I'll play the Yidaki, hear language Yolngu Matha and a young handsome proud Yolngu boy - Baker Boy.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
I remember my dad telling me, 'if you have a goal, know its not going to be easy, but if you put your mind to it, work hard and reach for the sky reach until you grab it with your bare hands'. He always tells me 'keep going there's no limit'. I'm pretty much following my dads' footsteps but trying to go next level.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Brolga by Yirrimal!!! My poison cousin.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
I would play them Wiyathul by Gurrumul. Just play the whole album actually !!
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
I'd tell them put Cloud9 - Baker Boy ;)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I saw my friends band Jakubi. They are a home grown Melbourne band that are so hard working and crazy talented.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
 
Briggs and Yirrimal both inspired me and got me thinking about the whole fusion of traditional and current hip hop. They both are so incredible in their own way with such different genres and sounds and both proud Indigenous men.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
My plans for 2017 are to continuing writing more music in my Baker Boy style, and help two worlds collaborate and merge to one as I only see one. I will continue dancing and working in remote indigenous communities with IHHP inspiring youth and sharing my story and journey.
 
I want to be the next David Gulpilil and have started acting and already feature on a few movies so hope to do more of that. Just want to keep doing Baker Boy rap, dance and live life to the fullest, be free.

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Fight Ibis

Featured Artist

2017

21

May

Fight Ibis

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Sunshine, QLD

After bringing us their latest single 'Dorothy Deadleg', Sunshine Coasts' four piece, Fight Ibis, are taking over the stage this weekend as our Big Pineapple Comp winners. It's going to get groovy.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
A: I put some expanding foam and a dash of food colouring into a beaker and poured it all over of a ukulele and electrocuted it using a 1969 datsun 2000 roadster battery and then left it in the sun to whither to distract people from catching me whilst I tried to rewrite every Pixies song. Nah I Guess its just a combination of having a jazzy drummer, a groove driven bass player and a a new look on every song we write Simplified: Experimentation. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
A: Everything, to me, is about enjoyment and finding things I didn't know we could do or feel whilst having as much fun in this little amount of time we have. I try to translate that to the music and hopefully people that hear our stuff can hear that and relate to it as well. Also, Kurt Loder. 
 
What can punters expect from a Fight Ibis live show?
 
A: We like to play loud and have fun whilst trying to create a wall of psychedelic sound. Our bass player has been called the Jim Carrey of bass guitar. Braps.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
A: "Rewrite most of what you have just written for that Triple J Q&A.. You pretentious prick.." - The rest of the band.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
A: Anything by The Saints or Spiderbait.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
A: Bee Gees - Massachusetts. Finna drop a tear just thinking about it.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
A: Confidence man - Bubblegum. BUBBLE YES! 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
A: Wolfmother at the Helm in Mooloolaba. It was great. Andrew Stockdale looks like my dad though so that's kinda weird. Dad sure can rock though. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the QLD music community that inspire you.
 
A: A band called Hobo Magic are great. They're bringing back the grooooove. Everyone here is inspiring (for good and bad). Old music teachers that were mean.. A magpie singing on a blue sky morn. It all add's up. Not one thing in particular but the feeling of people still wanting to go to gigs and to listen to music is the best. 
 
What are your plans for 2017? 
 
Release songs, tour and play lots of gigs, write new songs, get a new sweater for the winter, move house, open a restaurant and then close it as a result of bankruptcy, write more songs, tickle a badger until it pays me back for the free food i gave it all whilst having a good time and being happy.. Also doing a like a version would be cool hint hint. But nothing we do is ever really thought out. Very spontaneous but as long as we are moving forward we are happy. So I'm not too sure what you will get from us or how you will get it but I do know that everything that comes will be from the DEEP DEPTHS OF LOVE. WOOOOOO.
 
Ps remember Chris Cornell. peas out

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Teischa

Featured Artist

2017

15

May

Teischa

Perth, WA

Perth artist Teischa and her latest track, 'Midnight Hour', is effortlessly defiant and flawless. Her soaring vocals will run a shiver down your spine.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
It's definitely taken me years of experimenting with ideas and different styles to end up with my sound as it is now (which I think will be forever changing and developing). When I first started writing songs they were naturally very singer/songwriter/folky.
 
Over the last couple of years, finding my voice and also becoming more open to co writing and working with different producers, has definitely helped me find my sound and what I really want to express through my music. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Just the feeling of being able to get my thoughts out of my head and down into a piece of music that I can then perform and share with other people is the best thing in the world. When my music resonates with others and makes them feel something I'm the happiest person ever! 
 
What can punters expect from a Teischa live show?
 
Lots of variety. I love to change it up and keep it interesting. Playing live is my favourite thing to do. I love sharing the stories behind songs and letting the audience in to my world for a moment.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
My mum is a swimming coach and is full of inspirational and motivational quotes. I know this is cliche but my favourite piece of advice she's told me is "anything is possible."
 
I'm one of those people that likes to set very low expectations so I don't disappoint myself but my mum has always pushed me to dream a little bigger. She's the best. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
 
I know its not originally an Australia track but can Remi's version of 'Thong Song' count? Such a jam! If you're feeling sad I challenge you to listen to this and not be instantly cheered up. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
 
Fall into My Arms - Ngaiire. Not necessarily because of the lyrics, but her voice is just so raw and powerful it makes me teary haha! 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
Frozen - Pon Cho
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Jorden Rakei at Jack Rabbit Slims. It blew my mind. Incredible! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you
 
There are so many! Perth is full of amazing, creative people. A few that inspire me are, Koi Child, Morgan Bain, Pow Negro and Timothy Nelson. 
 
What are your plans for 2017? 
 
More writing, live shows and hopefully more music out soon!

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RUBY FIELDS

Featured Artist

2017

9

May

RUBY FIELDS

Sydney, NSW

Sydney's Ruby Fields, tripled her followers in just 24 hours making 'I Want' one of our favourite discoveries of 2017. Let her confidence, power and attitude consume right through you.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
It's been a pretty long process from learning different instruments at like 7 years old to learning to build them as I get older and wanting to understand the science of it all, that's sort of where I got the rocky vibe to my songs from (wanting heavy drums and guitar riffs with a tonne of pedals and shit). So I guess over time I've dappled in different genres but overall I just love a good old thrash of instruments and playing it loud with mates on stage. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Kinda like I mentioned, I love the science behind it all. My mates dad taught (and is still teaching me) how to build and repair guitars, amps and pedals and I couldn't be more stoked.
 
Learning new things every day and also being able to write pretty honest lyrics that work with a melody I'm feeling and just combining all that into a song that I can put out to people (who could potentially relate to or like it at all) is pretty huge.
 
I guess another cliche answer is that I grew up in a house that constantly listened to AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Fleetwood Mac and the other classics so I always loved making music and started writing super young. 
 
What can punters expect from a Ruby Fields live show?
 
I definitely love just equipping myself with a dry sense of humour on stage without talking too much between songs. I'm not really stoked on a set unless I'm soaked with sweat by the end of it whether I played shit or not, I think people get into your music when you're into it. 
 
That, beer drinking and some dodgy songs about dodgy things and hopefully a sick time? What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from? I'd like to consider myself fairly quiet unless I'm involved in a pretty good two way convo with someone, a mate once said you learn the most about people and situations when you sit back a little from the bustle and watch what's going on as much as you're getting involved. I think that's pretty clever and applicable to every segment of life, even music. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
 
When I was hungover in the studio the other day, my bassist Brad kept playing Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool and it somehow revived me and I immediately felt like I could stomach food. That has to stop anyone from crying. 
 
Wish You Were Dead by Peter Bibby - cheeky song that always manages to get the shittiness out of me.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
There's gotta be heaps but You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog by Holy Holy is all time. Their guitarist is an insane genius - that solo always gives me goose bumps. One of those sit in the shower and empty your head just to listen to it kinda tunes. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
I'm more into moshing than dancing so I'll always go the DZ Deathrays "Gina Works At Hearts" route and songs of the like, so much more fun. That or go way back to "Come Said The Boy" by Mondo Rock. Genius. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Last local gig I went to was probably my mates Uncle Axel who had a headline at one of the local hotels. It proper went off with all the familiar faces, heaps of bevs and I even jumped up to play rhythm guitar on a song in their set which made it a real hectic time for me (despite almost being too drunk to find the guitar that was literally in its case). 
 
They're playing at my headline show at the Huddy soon to, so keen. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
 
To be honest I've been insanely lucky for the opportunities I've been provided with at such a young age, but I'm adamant I worked hard for it. My manager is a gun and also one of my best mates who has done a heap for me and introduced me to so many legends like my producer (Chris Collins), my band mates (Brad Heald and George Georgiadis), Jess Gleeson and my booking agent (Casey O'Shaughnessy). I've met a bunch of insanely talented musicians that I'm hoping to join the little family of but working with an incredible team is the most inspiring thing to me, I think. Knowing they invest their time into your work because they really dig it. That means a lot.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
Play some fezzies, drink some (a lot of) beer, write some songs that make people laugh or cry and try my best to enjoy every single minute of it. 

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The Beautiful Monument

Featured Artist

2017

1

May

The Beautiful Monument

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Melbourne, VIC

Since giving us their latest track 'Manifestation', Melbourne based power group, The Beautiful Monument are taking metal-punk rock to the next level. See them support British metalcore band Archeticts this Friday, as our triple j Unearthed Competition winners.

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

It took us a few years to develop a sound we were happy with. Working on our recent album "I'm The Sin" really helped us find and refine our sound. It was a great experience for all of us as it was our first time in a proper studio and all learnt a lot about writing and production.

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

Our biggest source of inspiration comes from our personal experiences. We've lived and experienced a lot since the writing and release of "The Lost" EP in 2015, so the lyrical content of this new album is a lot more heartfelt. We've collectively lived through life-changing pain and happiness, break ups and failed relationships, issues with our own mental health and family struggles that lead Lizi and the rest of us to write some really meaningful lyrics that we hope people can find comfort in.

What can punters expect from a The Beautiful Monument live show?

Lots of energy, big singalong choruses that are easy to sing along to, even if you've never heard us before.

Fast, punchy and a lot of fun!

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

Although nerves before playing are uncomfortable, they're a good thing as it means you care about the show you're about to put on. We always had the best advice given to us by our late manager Justin, who passed away in November.

He always gave us the best pre-show advice, the way to make us ensure we were happy in our situations and with each other and the best advice about how to do everything properly in regards to releases. He was a really important person to us, and one of the most caring people ever. We're all super grateful for all the advice he gave us, we learnt so much.

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

'I Touch Myself' by The Divinyls ;)

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

'Without Me' by Aburden. Or realistically anything by Aburden because they're major sad boys. We love them.

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

'Anchors' by The Amity Affliction or 'Land Down Under' by Men At Work.

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

Some of us recently went to the Corner Hotel to see Running Touch. The vibes were really different to what we were used to within the usual heavy/hardcore scene but it was awesome to go to a different kind of gig and see the crowd, the interaction with the crowd and the differences between a show like that and one we would play.

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

A lot of people inspire us by just being a part of the community, caring enough to share a bands post on Facebook or even rock up to a show. Being in a band is hard, so when you have the punters caring about their local bands and their scene, it really helps to make a difference. Those people inspire us to be better and do better.

Name 3 Unearthed artist you are loving at the moment.

We're absolutely loving Ruby Fields, Aburden and Dear Seattle.

Lastly, what are your plans for 2017?

We're looking forward to everything this year is shaping up to be for us so far. This Friday sees us playing with Architects and Ocean Grove thanks to Triple J Unearthed. We're also hoping to hit up some interstate shows this year to share our album with those fans as well. Everything we've got planned at the moment is still a bit on the hush, but it's looking to be a really big year for us! 

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Greta Stanley

Featured Artist

2017

24

Apr

Greta Stanley

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Far North, QLD

She's about to kick off Groovin The Moo in Townsville and she also just released her brand new single, 'Drunk Dreams'. Greta Stanley is turning heads and we can't wait to watch her captivate you as well.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I knew what I liked in my favorite songs/artists, so I suppose I applied those things when I started to write more, trying to avoid the typical or predicted - my songs are storytelling but hopefully not obvious, I think they're still open for interpretation to whoevers listening. 
 
I like stuff that's relatable, that makes me feel something real in my chest, songs that make you feel like shit, in a good way, is how I've kind of described my music to friends. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
 
Sounds cliche but I suppose I am inspired by everything, a passing conversation, interactions I encounter or even witness, other music too. I am always inspired to keep writing, or playing, by little things that just tack on to my mind I suppose, my lyrics and songwriting as a whole is quite personal, so if it's not drawn from my own experience, it is something that has resonated with me.
 
I dream a lot of crazy dreams - sometimes I write about that, I'm a pretty big over thinker/over analyzer, so I tend to turn the tiny things into thousand page novels in my mind.
 
Kings Of Leon, Cigarettes after sex, Jamie T, they've been inspiring artists, but aside from just being wonderful, also more so in the sense that they've made something move in me and inspired me to create that same feeling with my music.
 
What can punters expect from a Greta Stanley live show?
 
Expect a tear or two - I've spotted some at previous gigs, expect to miss your ex girlfriend/boyfriend, expect to feel less alone in feeling alone, expect to dance to a song or two, expect to feel some feelings you probably put to the side for a little while too long. 
 
As one of our Unearthed Groovin' The Moo Comp winners, what are you most excited about playing at this festival? 
 
Sharing the experience with some good friends on stage as part of the band that'll be fun, secondly being on the same stage the wombats will be standing on, wowzers.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
My dad wrote me a little poem that said "Don't do what they do if you want to be you" and "get on your bike and don't be late, learn what you like and if not what you hate". I stuck it above my bed. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
 
Skeggs- L.S.D, "I'm just gonna enjoy the sunshine!" OR CLIENT LIAISON - Off White Limousine. I'm bad at decision making.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
 
The football club - IVY - heard that one last week, cried so much I had to pull over, that voice feels like a hand reaching inside my chest. Or second up, Dean Lewis - Waves, that's always a tearjerker. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Honestly I wouldn't hesitate to chuck on Off White Limousine, but if I can't double up on that track, I'd go for Allday - In Motion - Not sure if that's suitable for a "pumping" floor, but I'd be happy. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it? 
 
I went to a charity gig for the cyclone Debbie residents last week in Cairns at The Jack (pub/bar), there was a really great local line up, and they raised $11,000 on the night, a really great turn out too and a lot of community support! I think they had about 6 acts on the night! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Far North QLD music community that inspire you.
 
There are some great bands, and people, it's a really lovely place to live and it's real laid back and from my experience it has a really strong community not only in music, but other stuff too.
 
There's been a few younger bands getting out and about which is cool to see, but there's a whole range - jazz, folk, pop, r&b, hip hop, there's really a little bit of everything, and a lot of support! 
 
Lastly, What are your plans for 2017? 
 
To release an album in September, to collaborate, to keep writing, to play more live shows.

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Lucky Luke

Featured Artist

2017

17

Apr

Lucky Luke

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North West Queensland, QLD

Meet hometown hero Lucky Luke as he gets ready to blow up the stage this Saturday night at Triple J's One Night Stand, putting Mount Isa on the hip hop map.

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

I grew up listening to all types of music in our home that gave me a history of understanding an appreciation of its origin. When I was younger I only listened to rap but because I was in this environment I was surrounded by different sounds and influences. My parents liked watching music documentaries so I began to understand how different sounds were developed.

I began to understand how rap can make a change. For example, I remember my mum allowing us to buy a cd of the newly released NWA album but when we put it on and she heard all the swearing of police she wanted to break it and we said we can sell it. Secretly we kept it and listened to it.

Looking back I remember how they took the government to court for free speech. That was a big deal back in the day. I look at my music now and think of comments in the media like ‘ Aboriginals need to move on’ but in music I think you can put those messages out there time and time again and people will sing along and listen to it compared to someone in a protest singing out land rights.

My voice tends to be more calming and not at that high pitch and I don’t tend to pick beats that are fast and rap on with a list of words.

I want to be a storyteller.

I’m not sitting around the campfire telling a story but my listeners might be sitting around the campfire listening to me tell them that story. Our elders have put out our messages time and time again I am just trying to do that in another genre and that is rap.

What makes you proud to be making the music you make today?

I know the whole community are listening to my music whether they are young or old Aboriginal or non-indigenous.

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

My people’s struggle to be recognised in their own country and their struggle to be treated fairly.

What can punters expect from a Lucky Luke live show?

Nonstop music accompanied by a drummer and hype man that allows the listener to escape on an emotional storytelling journey.

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

My mum is a proud fan of mine and her advice and belief in me that I’m unique. I’m me I don’t have to rap or follow other’s people’s content, style or idea or what is rap I can follow through with my own ideas. I don’t have to conform to the masses.

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

Powderfinger - My Happiness

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

Slim Dusty: Leave him out there in the long yard (My Grandfather always used to sing this song to us).

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

ACDC - Thunder struck

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

Seth Sentry, it was good even though there was only 80 people on a Thursday night.

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

I don't really mix with other artist in Mount Isa, to tell the truth I just sit at home doing my own thing because I'd rather not be influenced by other artist.

Name 3 Unearthed Artist you recommend us checking out?

Tera – Better Dayz

Stinga T – Dreams

K.P - Hands up

Lastly, what are your plans for 2017? 

Capital and outback tour, release of my third album. Work on designing and printing up merchandise for my tour. The creation of a website where people can book me not just for music gigs but for lessons in schools.

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SAATSUMA

Featured Artist

2017

10

Apr

SAATSUMA

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Melbourne, VIC

'Isolate' is the latest single by Melbourne based, collaborative and one heck of a music project, SAATSUMA. Their ability to create layered textures consumed by expressive and infectious sounds will have you instantly hypnotised.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
 
The project started out as a studio collaboration between me, Cesar and our good friend Joel Ma a few years ago. Our sound has developed significantly since then but when we first started writing our biggest influences were artists/bands like Little Dragon, J-Dilla, James Blake and Flying Lotus.
 
Our music is driven elements of hip-hop, house and neo-soul. I guess our main aim when writing has been to create electronic music that still maintains that sense of "realness" and naturalism. It's dark, dreamy and emotional but will hopefully send you into a euphoric tundra. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
 
I'm inspired by the natural world and intrigued by human interaction and our impact on the environment and society. Our writing tends to steer towards darker themes. I'm not sure why. I often find the most raw, unapologetic forms of self-expression comes from these places. 
 
I'm also seriously inspired and in awe of the local Melb music scene. There are so many incredible people creating such sensational work - it's impossible not to be inspired in such an exciting, diverse, creative community. 
 
What can punters expect from a SAATSUMA live show? 
 
We've got a gnarly 5-piece live band, featuring Cesar and myself, Lachlan Stuckey, Andrew Congues and my sister Maddy Kelly. We're committed to making the live show as exciting and captivating as possible, with a strong focus on aesthetic as well as ensuring our sound translates in a live setting as well as in the studio. 
 
We've always strived to do this in an engaging way where the audience can actually see how the sounds are being created. Live performance is such an important part of music consumption,I think this sense of "realness" is often an element that can be quite lacking in live electronic performance. 
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from? 
 
"Disappointment - get used to it." - Mum. Grim as. 
 
But seriously, it's taught me to be strong, resilient and self-reliant, and not to expect too much from other people. It was also drilled into me at a very young age not to put unnecessary H's in words when singing (e.g. "I'm so aloooHHHhoooone"). I appreciate that. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
 
"What About Me" - Shannon Noll
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
"What About Me" - Shannon Noll 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it? 
 
On Friday I saw Banoffee at the Gasometer. We were packed like sardines but the vibe was huge. She played a combo of old and new tracks and had live dancers. Also I was super excited to see the support act, GUSSY live and they absolutely did not disappoint, such a beautiful and captivating stage presence! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you. 
 
I'm inspired by the people around me who tackle important issues through different creative mediums, whether it be film, painting, performance or poetry. 
 
There's inspiration in all of these things, the dark places we find ourselves in but also the creative expression that comes from it. And of course my friends and family, in particular the strong, creative women in my life. 
 
I'm constantly inspired by their creative drive and passion for what they do. I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such a creative and supportive network of people who motivate me to do what I love without fear or self-doubt. 
 
What are your plans for 2017? 
 
Tbh can't believe we're already a quarter thru the year? We just finished touring our single ISOLATE and now we're in deep writing zone. Our album is vvv close to being finished, we're releasing later this year and then hopefully playing many shows and having a really nice time.

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Dear Seattle

Featured Artist

2017

3

Apr

Dear Seattle

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Sydney, NSW

Hailing from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Dear Seattle bring you an impressive debut with 'The Meadows' and we can't wait to see them explode with tracks jam-packed with raw emotion, nostalgic 90's grunge and soaring strength this year in 2017.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Our music is like when someone reminds you of the day Cheez TV got cancelled back in 2005; You cop a strong hit of joyful nostalgia, but deep down you know that there's some serious pain and anguish.
 
The sound came as a bit of a fluke really. We kinda just went to a farm and sunk piss for 7 days straight, writing music between sessions of Billy Madison, Beavis and Butthead and Ace Ventura. So who knows?? Maybe the combo of alcoholism and mid 90's comedy helped us cook in the depressing throwback feeling...
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Experiences. Everything we write is some kind of reflection of what we've been through, be it as a band or as individuals - It's just the best way to write with genuine heart, and that's what we believe in... Honesty and relatability.
 
We want people to hear the stories in our songs and be able to think "Ohhhhh crikey, I've felt that S#!% before".
 
What can punters expect from a Dear Seattle live show?
 
Blood, sweat and beers.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Don't put your willy in the spa jet" - No idea who told me but I'm glad they did.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Power And The Passion by Midnight Oil, but only if I could put the music video up on the big screen so they could lap up Peter Garrett's sweet moves. If you haven't seen that video, seriously, do yourself a favour...
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
I Touch Myself by Divinyls as I coat my naked self in guacamole and Vegemite 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Feed The Rhythm by Client Liaison - No doubt in my mind. And I'd get me one of those puffy jackets too.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
If we're talking local local, as in down at me local kind of local, it'd be Hockey Dad's gig at Mona Vale Hotel.
 
Absolute sweat fest. Such a treat. Got to catch our mates in Crocodylus beforehand, and it was only a 3 minute stumble home afterwards. You beaut.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
Anybody who is doing whatever they're doing cos they straight up just f$%&ing love it!
 
From bands writing music they love rather than writing for the audience, to platforms like Unearthed creating mass exposure for small time bands like us all for the love of Aussie music, it's really just a killer time to be in it and creating music at the moment.
 
I feel like new music is getting more weird and more absurd by the day, and that's groovy cos I feel like I'm doing the same. What's even better is that the kids are seriously itching to get rowdy in support.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
2017 has proven to us that plans aren't quite the dog's bollocks, and that playing things by ear is the way to go.
 
Since things have started taking off with The Meadows, this years plans quickly changed from travelling South America for 12 months, to releasing another single, playing heaps of shows, dropping our new EP, and touring the east coast of Aus. So that's kinda the go for the moment!
 
But who knows, things have been changing every day. Tomorrow I could end up on a super-yacht with Ernie Dingo and a big bag of shrooms for all I know.
 
Name 3 Unearthed artists you are loving at the moment?
 
Split Feed - These Newcastle boys are huuuuuge. Absolute ball tearers. So much so that we couldn't help but whack them on our show in Newtown just cos we wanna see them rip it live.
 
The Football Club - This band is gonna have people all over the world locking themselves indoors for no reason other than the fact that sitting in your room listening to them is better than anything you can do elsewhere. Ivy is one of the best songs I've heard in years come out of Australia, especially lyrically.
 
Oslow - The new record is so so good! These guys are a testament to what I was saying before about doing it cos you love it. Got to play with them the other night supporting Balance and Composure and their love for what they do is so infectious that you can't help but sing along with a fat grin on your mug.

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Mookhi

Let yourself explore what has been fluttering around everyone's ears. Mookhi's beautifully sophisticated and diverse self produced work simply draws you in and we can't wait to let it consume you all this week.

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

Because I've always been set on composing scores for film, I feel my music has leant towards a more cinematic vibe from the beginning. I've always been inspired by unexpected things, and I guess this openness has allowed me to take fragments of the outside world into my music.

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

To keep it painfully short and simple: anything and everything. It's awesome to be inspired by current music but I don't chase a sound (or at least consciously try to). It's important to take inspiration from the past and present to propel your music into the future.

What can punters expect from a Mookhi live show?

At current lives shows you'll be watching this little chick looking stern, pressing a whole bunch of buttons and keys like I'm operating an army of invisible robots. However, you'll also get a few trumpet, keys or vocal solos and maybe even a guest instrumentalist or two. Plus some visuals that I may have frantically animated the night before. In the future I'd want to put more emphasis on visuals and definitely get more artists, musicians and vocalists involved.

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

'Don't let anyone dictate what your sound should be', and that was from my step Dad.

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

Shannon Noll 'Lift' - lifts the spirits every time.

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

Probably Shannon Noll 'Lift' again, but this time I'd be singing it.

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

Shannon Noll 'Lift'? Hahaha, probably Australian crawl 'The boys light up' for that nostalgic part of the evening.

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

It was my debut EP launch at Oxford Art Factory and it was probably the most fun I've had on stage ever. I had 3 guest artists who killed it, and the show sold out. Triple win.

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

 I went to Liveschool to learn more about Ableton and that little community is really inspiring. You get introduced to other producers who are touching on new styles and genres; it's really fascinating and exciting. When it comes to locals acts, I'd have to say Willow Beats, Ta-ku and Charles Murdoch as they tend to work with more unusual and textual tapestries of sound, and Sampa The Great because she kicks ass.

What are your plans for 2017?

One things for certain is that I'll definitely be pissing off my household with my late night producing sessions. But I'm definitely itching to release more content, play more shows and collaborate with more artists (musically and visually)!

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Eliza & The Delusionals

Featured Artist

2017

20

Mar

Eliza & The Delusionals

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North Coast, NSW

Brisbane showstoppers Eliza and The Delusionals explore all waves of life with their rock-pop nature, fun melodies and nostalgic lyrics. Get to know them! Their our Feature Artist all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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

I think we really started to zone in on the sound of Eliza & The Delusionals after I saw Catfish & the Bottlemen supporting The Kooks a few years ago. Their album 'The Balcony' had a huge impact on the developnent of our music when we first started, and they have continued to inspire me with their second album. I always try to keep my artistic influences broad, and try to incorporate the inspiration from them into my songs.

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

I find my greatest source of inspiration for making music through my life experiences growing up, and continuing to understand all aspects of the world. I always try to present my songs in a way that people can relate to and hopefully find insight through.

What can punters expect from a Eliza & The Delusionals live show?

I like to think that people can expect a really fun and high energy show. I really want the audience to feel that they're a part of a unifying experience rather than just watching us performing. I love feeling this when I go to shows, so I really try to bring that to our gigs!

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

A lot of people have given me loads of great advice throughout my life but I don't think I can narrow it down to just one piece. I was actually stumped for ages on this question!

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

I'd have to say Polish Club's new track 'Come Party'. Who could feel sad listening to that tune?

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

Definitely 'Don't Let the Kids Win' by Julia Jacklin. It's such an emotional song and Julia is a profound songwriter.

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

I'd probably put on Confidence Man's tune 'Boyfriend', because it's honestly a party in itself.

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

I went and saw Bec Sandridge at The Foundry about a week or so ago, and it was great! I'm a huge fan of the 'Ridge. She was super friendly, and The Foundry is a really cool Brisbane venue.

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

I'm always inspired by seeing bands from Brisbane or the Gold Coast making an impact on Australia's music scene, like Cub Sport, The Belligerents and Amy Shark. It's so cool to watch musicians from your area release amazing music and get recognised for it across the country and the rest of the world!

What are your plans for 2017?

We have a bunch of plans for 2017, mainly including releasing new music (which will be happening very soon). Another big goal is to play some festivals! I love going to festivals and I've wanted to be a part of one for so long, so I'm hoping this year we can make our way onto some festival line-ups!

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Eliza & The Delusionals

Featured Artist

2017

20

Mar

Eliza & The Delusionals

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North Coast, NSW

Brisbane showstoppers Eliza and The Delusionals explore all waves of life with their rock-pop nature, fun melodies and nostalgic lyrics. Get to know them! Their our Feature Artist all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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

I think we really started to zone in on the sound of Eliza & The Delusionals after I saw Catfish & the Bottlemen supporting The Kooks a few years ago. Their album 'The Balcony' had a huge impact on the developnent of our music when we first started, and they have continued to inspire me with their second album. I always try to keep my artistic influences broad, and try to incorporate the inspiration from them into my songs.

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

I find my greatest source of inspiration for making music through my life experiences growing up, and continuing to understand all aspects of the world. I always try to present my songs in a way that people can relate to and hopefully find insight through.

What can punters expect from a Eliza & The Delusionals live show?

I like to think that people can expect a really fun and high energy show. I really want the audience to feel that they're a part of a unifying experience rather than just watching us performing. I love feeling this when I go to shows, so I really try to bring that to our gigs!

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

A lot of people have given me loads of great advice throughout my life but I don't think I can narrow it down to just one piece. I was actually stumped for ages on this question!

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

I'd have to say Polish Club's new track 'Come Party'. Who could feel sad listening to that tune?

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

Definitely 'Don't Let the Kids Win' by Julia Jacklin. It's such an emotional song and Julia is a profound songwriter.

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

I'd probably put on Confidence Man's tune 'Boyfriend', because it's honestly a party in itself.

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

I went and saw Bec Sandridge at The Foundry about a week or so ago, and it was great! I'm a huge fan of the 'Ridge. She was super friendly, and The Foundry is a really cool Brisbane venue.

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

I'm always inspired by seeing bands from Brisbane or the Gold Coast making an impact on Australia's music scene, like Cub Sport, The Belligerents and Amy Shark. It's so cool to watch musicians from your area release amazing music and get recognised for it across the country and the rest of the world!

What are your plans for 2017?

We have a bunch of plans for 2017, mainly including releasing new music (which will be happening very soon). Another big goal is to play some festivals! I love going to festivals and I've wanted to be a part of one for so long, so I'm hoping this year we can make our way onto some festival line-ups!

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The Football Club

Featured Artist

2017

13

Mar

The Football Club

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Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne folk-punks The Football Club have proven they're Ones To Watch in 2017 with a string of absolutely devastating hits. Hop on now before this train leaves the station.

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

We call our style of music 'passion pop' - it's a cheap mix of folk, punk, folk-punk, and everything in between - we actually started off as a very earnest folk band (Leah was going to learn the mandolin for us!) before realising that the true path of enlightenment is overdrive pedals and crying.

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

The human condition, social injustice, and the career stability that only alternative rock music can provide.

What can punters expect from a The Football Club live show?

Punters can expect to see the rock band The Football Club play a number of our original rock songs, in an order we will determine during the panicked 15 minutes between the last band finishing and us having to start our set.

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

'Don't go to law school, son - everybody knows the real money is in folk-punk'.

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

'Let's Go Out' by Alex Lahey. Huge, merciless banger.

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

'Public Phone' by Wedding Ring Bells. The last song on the last Fergus Miller record. Try not to cry. Cry heaps.

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

'Boyfriend (Repeat)' by Confidence Man. Try not to boogie. Boogie heaps.

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

Ceres at Howler - they're the coolest, their album from last year was totally in my top ten! Huge energy, huge vibes.

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

We love the Melbourne music community! Big ups to Two Steps on the Water, Camp Cope, Poison City Records and Sad Grrrls Club (although they're not strictly Melbourne!).

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

We just released our song 'Ivy', which comes off a 7" that we're gonna put out in late May/early June with another song called 'Spencer'! Then we're touring through May with our pal Alex Lahey, as well as some other things you'll learn about soon. Then towards the end of the year, we're going to head into the studio and see what comes out...

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