Harper Bloom

Featured Artist

2020

5

Jul

Harper Bloom

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

When I was 5 or 6 my Dad bought me a guitar and took me to this independent teacher who encouraged me to learn Bob Dylan songs! Ever since around that age, I started writing songs, they didn’t really make sense back then, but I had that obsession with trying to fit sequences of words together and tell a story. I listened to, and played a lot of, the Alessi Brothers and The Beatles growing up too. A lot of their songs influenced me to write upbeat acoustic melodies. I have always resonated with artists that have arranged words and music in a way that is powerful in conveying a certain feeling or message, so I try and do the same!

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

For me, I would say it’s definitely the way I process the world around me. If something strikes a nerve with me, it will trigger me to write and tinker around on my guitar. It could be an overheard conversation, something I have seen that has affected me or people discussing their life and relationships.  Just watching how the world works and the irony of it all. Sometimes I catch random trains or buses just so I can watch different characters or see a different landscape to write about. I always carry a little notebook on me.

What can punters expect from a Harper Bloom live show?

Well after a couple of years of playing solo acoustically, I formed my full band at the start of this year with three really talented musicians! They really help bring the songs to life. It’s quite energetic and upbeat. I like to see people up and dancing and singing along. There are a couple of slower and reflective songs too. I also like to tell little stories about what inspired the songs, but in the end it’s just awesome to watch people enjoy your music and make it their own.

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

It’s this great quote by Anne Hood. It’s to give it the “rocking chair test”. Imagine that you’re 90 years old sitting on a porch and rocking on your chair as you reflect on your life. Will you regret doing it or not doing it, pick the decision you can live with and have no regrets in your choice. This quote always helps me when I’m on the edge of making a choice. It encourages you to just go for it, and I guess you can apply that to music pursuits and just general life.

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

I really love 'Southern Sun' by Boy and Bear! It has this really hopeful sound to it and makes me feel like I’m entering a new chapter every time I hear it.

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

Julia Jacklin’s ‘Don’t Know How to Keep Loving You”. I weep every time, it’s like The Notebook in a song. Then according to recent times, my girlfriend will be in a random room crying to the beauty of Angie McMahon and Leif Vollebekk’s “If You Call” (in a good way though).

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

It would have to be 'Dumb Things' by Paul Kelly. This reminds me of Saturday nights on Rottnest Island, what a beauty!!! 

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

The last local gig I went to was one I was supporting haha. It was right before Covid-19 restrictions hit in late March. It was Fletcher Gull’s EP Launch and Trace Decay played too. Both Fletcher and Trace Decay are really talented performers with big and vibrant indie anthems. They both have really tight bands and were incredible to see live.

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

I think there are different elements from all types of musos in Melbourne that have inspired me. I have learnt equally important traits from buskers at 2 am on Bourke Street as I have from established artists selling out the Corner Hotel night after night! Melbourne seems to live and breathe music and art, so I think that inspires you to be the best artist you can be. Also, I am a big fan of Courtney Barnett, G-Flip and Vance Joy. These are three amazing Melbourne artists that I think really developed their unique sound and showcase their individuality with extremely captivating live shows.

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VACATIONS

Featured Artist

2020

23

Jun

VACATIONS

Newcastle, NSW

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

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

We didn't have the budget for a recording studio, or a producer/engineer, starting out. I recorded a lot of our earlier work because it was the only accessible option for us, Nate and I would also handle mixing duties and occasionally mastering too! I honestly didn't any idea what I was doing, I would have been like 19 at the time and was only just learning how to record with a microphone and a laptop. It was fun though! It was trial and error, I learnt a lot from that experience. Despite the "lo-fi" quality of those songs, it resonated with a lot of people all over the world and gained us a loyal fanbase. You can honestly do so much with so little these days. That DIY ethic and mindset shaped our sound, and would set us up for when we'd go into the studio with Oscar Dawson a few years later. 

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

Being alive, day-to-day events. I mean, everything is so sporadic and unexpected. I wouldn't say there's a single source of inspiration, everything happens as it comes and that goes for my songwriting. If I could accurately pin it down then it'd feel cold and calculated to me.

What can punters expect from a VACATIONS live show?

We're definitely a lot rowdier and high energy on stage vs. the studio. It's fun! 

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

If you're cooking scrambled eggs, cook them at the lowest heat and slowly scramble as you go. You don't need milk (why do you put milk in eggs gross), or salt (that messes em' up!). Just a little butter/oil and some eggs and you're golden. Got that tip from a special someone.

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

'Warned You' by Good Morning.

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

I don't wanna make someone cry! Probably, 'Then There's You' by Saskwatch.

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

'Control Your Body' by Pnau. 

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

It's been so long that I honestly can't remember.

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

Teddie! I've been working with her recently on songwriting and production and she just put out her debut track 'Call Me' that goes OFF(!) Play it at your next party! Craterface are also one of my favourite local acts, their creativity and work ethic is inspiring. They are always pushing themselves to new heights.

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MAY-A

Featured Artist

2020

15

Jun

MAY-A

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Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, MAY-A!

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

In the beginning of really taking interest in music I mainly wrote for the sake of writing and gathering my feelings rather than from a sonic point of view, so I didn’t really mind how it how it sounded if I was able to kind of ‘let everything out’. But as I grew with the music I definitely took reference from a large portion of artists. The developing process happened very naturally, though I did have a few hiccups of me listening to other people my age, such as Billie Eilish and constantly questioning myself as to why I didn’t sound like her. Which there is a pretty obvious answer to.. I don’t sound like her because I am not her. I had a few people surrounding me really pulling me out of that. I definitely went through a large period of hating everything I created but I guess that comes with being an artist. I think I haven’t reached my full potential at all yet, I’ve got a lot more growing to do musically and personally (hopefully physically as well.. I’m too short for my liking) but I’m pretty happy with where I’m at now.  

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

The problem with this question Is that there are so many possible answers!!! But honestly it’s the chance to tell stories, to reiterate how I’m feeling, to show people how much I care or don’t care. It’s my way of communicating to my friends how I’m okay or I’m not okay or how much I love them. I’m god damn awful at explaining my feelings, I always think I’m telling someone directly how I’m feeling and then I replay the conversation over in my head and it’s just a large mess of “um’s” and “er’s” and vague sentences finishing with “it’s just like that you know..” I make no sense. Sometimes I’ll sit my partner down and just say “listen to these lyrics” and she’ll get more out of that than an actual conversation. This didn’t start out being the reason I wanted to make music, I started writing at 12 because I wanted to be the next Taylor swift (lol) but this is definitely what keeps me from filling in the other half of people’s conversations in my brain. 

What can punters expect from a MAY-A live show?

What you can expect from upcoming MAY-A shows is a mixture of an overly energetic 18 year old with the funniest nervous energy honestly. I’d like to think I’m the charming-kind-of-dork. For example, on the first show of the wafia tour I dropped my guitar twice (managed to save them both) and tripped over the chords on my pants on the third show I began to laugh at how many times I said “I hope you like it.. please like it” haha and the show I played with Tyde Levi a girl handed me a tiny plastic baby so naturally I decided to ask the crowd for blue tack (someone actually had some which was impressive yet questionable) and I stuck the tiny baby to the microphone and kept him there for the rest of the show. I really enjoy performing but sometimes I question if it should be a comedy act. There are some really beautiful live moments when songs like ‘fools paradise’ and another unreleased track come on, people do the whole arms-swaying-phone-torches-out thing and it’s a really pretty sight from the other side. 

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

The best musical advice I’d gotten was from my manager about a year into meeting him. I was really struggling with constantly comparing myself to everybody else in the industry. It was stupid, I was just feeding into my insecurities. But he told me that in horse racing, when the horses run the jockeys put blinders on the sides of their heads to stop them from being distracted by everybody else and simply run the race. He told me to treat the music industry like that, instead of being distracted on how well everybody else is doing just be gracious and kind and focus on your own shit. It helped me a lot more than I’d expected it would. 

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

 I’m a big advocate of listening to sad music when your sad, I think its healthy to sit with your feelings and let them marinade (that song is also amazing, marinade by dope lemon) but Julia Jacklin’s ‘someday’ like a version is so good. I actually did cheer someone up with this song before by forcing them to slow dance with me haha. 

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

Oh easily, 100% ’Shark smile’ by Big thief, when you listen to the story behind that song and read the lyrics properly that song will undoubtedly make you cry, yet weirdly it has that beat that makes you want to dance. That song makes me so sad yet so grateful of everything I have. Truly incredible. 

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

‘Used to be in love’ by the Jungle Giants. Don’t even need to think about that. Something that everyone knows would be ‘Robbery’ by Lime Cordiale.

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

The last gig I went to (excluding my own) would be Cavetown at the Factory theatre. It was all acoustic and the crowd was different to many of the other shows I’d been to, everyone was laughing and listening to him talk, it was very intimate. I surprised my friend who absolutely loves him by driving her there. She cried. It was a great show. 

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

Honestly almost every person I meet inspires me. My friends continue to shock and surprise me. I’d introduced some of my closest school friends to the studio that I went to a lot, some of them began writing too and they’re just incredible. I’m really excited to watch them grow. But in terms of looking up to someone, I’ve loved watching mallrat grow, as well as some smaller artists such as Chris Lanzon who I’ve known for a few years now and Nick Ward who’s songwriting I really admire. Ruby Fields is definitely a fun person to follow as well. Small Australian Artists honestly all make me excited. 

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No Money Enterprise

Featured Artist

2020

14

Jun

No Money Enterprise

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, No Money Enterprise!

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

We like to experiment with a lot of instruments and sounds & see what works. Once we get the hook right and vibe to it. That’s kind of how it all starts.

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

We love what we do and the art of music is what we enjoy.  We want to help better the lives for our families & our Logan City community. We want to showcase to the world, what is coming out of Australian Hip Hop but with our twist.

What can punters expect from a No Money Enterprise live show?

HYPE, ENERGY, FUN. It’s what we call the NME Experience (you’ll have your shoes off by the end of the shows haha) – we put 200% into each show. We put out bangers & love that everyone vibes to it when our music is either streaming online or via radio, so wait until you experience our tracks LIVE! LESSSGOOO!! 

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

“Know your worth”.

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

 Our latest track, 'No Reason', No Money Enterprise, haha.

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

 'The Message' by Onefour.

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

 “German, No Money Enterprise” (have too) haha.

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

We put together our own gig for our community in Logan City and called it “Pull up in Logan City” and it was hectic! The turn our and atmosphere was off the tap ! check out a snippet of the gig on our website (www.nomoneyenterprise.com).

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

Just seeing the music scene grow in Brisbane is inspiring in itself and also to see the community get behind the Brisbane music scene is amazing to see ! The world is not ready to see what Brisbane and of course the Australian music scene have to offer.

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Sputnik Sweetheart

Featured Artist

2020

9

Jun

Sputnik Sweetheart

( )

Canberra, ACT

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Sputnik Sweetheart.

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

Our music has come a long way and it’s funny because it’s actually changed quite a bit since we started. Initially we were inspired by a lot of indie rock artists like Snail Mail and Mac DeMarco, before we got into slightly heavier music by artists such as WAAX, Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins and Wolf Alice. These are some of many artists that inspire us in our song writing and the tones that we use, but more importantly to find our own unique sound, just like they have. 

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

Hmm, this is a tough question! Individually, we both find inspiration from lots of different things. Sometimes it’s a character from a film or a book, writing from their perspective and using our imagination to get in their head. Sometimes it’s our own raw and personal experiences, or things that we’re living through - different social issues we care about. But the biggest source of inspiration is probably when we both get together, whether that be starting a song from scratch or working off material one of us has brought, and really vibing it in the practice room. That’s where we take the idea, whether it be lyrics, riffs etc., and turn it into a Sputnik Sweetheart song.

What can punters expect from a Sputnik Sweetheart live show?

Lots of energy! We move around loads on stage and always change things up a bit. You can also expect terribly awkward banter. 

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

Early on, we were given a really great nugget of advice - always trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

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

Stella Donnelly’s like a version 'Love is in the Air'.

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

'Don’t Know How to Keep Loving You' by Julia Jacklin. 

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

'WUTD' by Genesis Owusu.

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

ARGGGHH TRIGGERED! It’s been so long since we’ve been able to go to gigs, the last gig that we went to together was probably when Amyl & the Sniffers dropped by Canberra. What. A. Show.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
The other bands in the Canberra music scene that continue to inspire us include our friends Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers and Moaning Lisa. Both of these outfits continue to push the boundaries with their music and are always so supportive and friendly! LOVE YOU ALL! 

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Aodhan

Featured Artist

2020

1

Jun

Aodhan

( )

Illawarra, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and our Unearthed HIgh Indigenous winner for 2019, Aodhan!

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

I have, and still am developing my sound by listening lots of different music that I like. I really like the sounds I hear in a lot of the dream pop/bedroom pop music I listen to as well as coastal/indie folk. I still aim to find a nice mix between both genres

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

Again, mainly listening to other people’s music. But there are times where an idea will just come to me, usually when I’m in a cool environment

What can punters expect from your live show?

It’s just me and my guitar at the moment. However I do want to build it up a bit more and I am in search for a band.

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

The best advice I’ve been given is probably just to stay true to myself. I’ve heard this from just about everyone I care about. Very cliché, I know, but it is a very important thing 

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

'It’s Nice To Be Alive' by Ball Park Music.

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

'Car Ride' by Alexander Biggs (been loving Alexander Biggs lately).

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

'You Were Right' by RÜFÜS DU SOL.

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

I could be wrong because it’s been a while now, but it was most likely one of my dads gigs. It was quite pleasant I would say, as usual.

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

The bands and artists that inspire me would probably be the ones I’m friends with like Floodway, and Loons. These guys are all around my age and they’re so incredibly talented, it’s nuts! They’re also some of the best mates I’ve ever had!

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Noah Dillon

Featured Artist

2020

18

May

Noah Dillon

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Perth, WA

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

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

Music and songwriting is a really personal experience for me which usually works around a lot of introspection and self analysis particularly lyrically. It all starts in my bedroom with just me and a guitar and then I build on the sound scape around that base of the song with the band. I guess the sound developed from transitioning the more singer song-writer  / story telling elements of the music into an indie/alt rock production. We try and make sure the sounds and performance reflects the emotions of the lyrics, which means it can often go from very soft and quiet too loud and fast.

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

For me the greatest source of inspiration is my internal processing of my surroundings, whether its the mundanity of everyday life or some of the deeper experiences like love or grief. A lot of my writing seems to look at how I identify with those experiences and how the shape who I am. Its all a pretty organic experience and I’m usually figuring out what I’m saying whilst I’m saying it.

What can punters expect from a Noah Dillon live show?

Lots of dancing, lots of energy, lots of emotions and lots of synchronised guitar ticks. Hopefully our shows can walk the line of reflective and soft whilst also having parts that are fast and euphoric. 

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

Probably from my dad, his a strong believer that if you want anything enough and you try hard enough you’ll get to where you want to be. Music is something that I want to do more than anything in the world so I guess I hold that message pretty close to my heart and want to just keep writing and playing until we get to the place I want to be.

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

'It’s Nice To Be Alive' by Ball Park Music… I used to listen to that song everyday on the bus to school and I never cried on the bus! 

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

'When The Family Flies In' by Julia Jacklin…. I’ve cried too many times to that hehe.

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

'Beds Are Burning' by Midnight Oil… Simply so I can dance like Peter Garrett behind the decks.

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

The last gig I went to was actually Nannup music festival which we played at. It was probably one of the funnest gigs we’ve done. Such a big vibe, i've never seen 16yr olds to 70yr olds all on the same wavelength dancing to music.. old people are crazy.

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

I'm inspired by so many people in Perth it’s insane. Firstly Sam who plays guitar in my band writes some of the best songs ever in a band called cosy. My best mate and housemate Ryley lays it down, ol mate Jack Davies is a songwriting machine who I used to play mandolin with. Broderick Madden-scott who recorded our first EP and is the brains behind ‘Haircare’ is a genius. Watching Stella Donnellys career has been so huge and inspiring for me. Carla Geneve, Albert from ‘New Nausea’, Fraeya, Siobhan Cotchin, Spacey Jane, Grievous Bodily Calm, Dulcie THERES TO MUCH IT'S ALL AMAZING AND INSPIRING!! 

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Jeida Woods

Featured Artist

2020

13

May

Jeida Woods

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Sydney, NSW

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

I’d describe my music as dark rnb with certain trap and rock elements infused. I first came up with the sound when I used to produce for myself. But I truly honed in on it when I met another producer called LucianBlomKamp who showed me how I could use dark and warm bass to highlight the overtones in my voice. From the point on I knew that was the sound I wanted to create. Something new and true to myself.

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

I love watching Love films, video games and Anime cause a lot of the stories inspire me to dive into a world that is open and different every time. I then take these worlds and attach them to my own real life stories and activities. Making them more meaningful.

What can punters expect from a Jeida Woods live show?

I want to bring crazy energy to what people think is going to be a chill show because it’s rnb. So if you come to a Jeida show he prepared to be put through a lot of emotions. Get ready to jump, sing, dance or cry. Just bring a lot of energy.

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

My mother always told me “You’ll always get further staying true to you than being someone else” and as I grow older I find that to be the case so much. When I started putting my music out there I wanted to be like everyone else. I was so focused on embracing the American side of me that I would hide the African/Australian part of myself because I was scared to be and create music stuff that was my own. Now a lot has changed, and I’m proud to be who I am and that’s thanks to my mother. 

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

I would probably say listen to something hype from my friends Tkay Maidza or Kwame. Every time I listen to their music it always seems to lift my mood up and get me hyped up. 

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

‘Selfless’ by Jeida Woods, sometimes that song makes me cry too haha.

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

I’m definitely putting on ‘Throw It Back’ by B Wise and Manu Crooks.

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

The last local gig I went to would have been in New York late 2019 of a punk rock artist called xScoopsx. It was really dope watching him play because he was representing the African American community in a way that not a lot of individuals would expect to. And therefore making him really unique.

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

Honestly there’s so much local talent in Sydney that truly inspires me. Especially up and coming ones. Between the hip hop rap acts of Jaecy and Delawou, to rnb acts like Rachad and Jai Waterford, the underground drill of OTG, hp boys and hooligan hefs.. the list could go on for a long time. and the best part is most of these guys are my friends too which is amazing to see because it means we are all winning together, and I want to continue to see that happening.

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D'Arcy Spiller

Featured Artist

2020

4

May

D'Arcy Spiller

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Melbourne, VIC

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed we're Featuring, D'Arcy Spiller.

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

I developed my sound by meeting lots of new people and living in the U.S for 3 years. Living in the U.S exposed me to the blues, bluegrass and rock. Some  of my favourite records are Leadbelly (The Rough Guide), The Best of the Kinks, Ash & Ice The Kills, Animal and Amy Whinehouse Back To Black.  I developed my sound by making changes in my life to spark excitement and inspiration and by that i mean being a little more open minded to possibilities and sound. Travelling a lot as a child and now to places like Vietnam, London, italy, Paris, Barbados, the U.S has changed my perspective of the world. Getting to know myself personality wise, spiritually and 100% emotionally plays a huge part in my sound. I’m hungry for knowledge and new ideas. I think my music thrives on things that jolt emotions, ideas and lived/living experiences. 

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

My spirituality, peoples desires, stories and travel. I love describing A feeling or an experience in a story like manner. I’ve always liked how something can be beautiful and ugly. There’s no light without without the dark there has to be balance. 

What can punters expect from a D'Arcy Spiller live show?

Ah, me tapping into some under the surface shit on a higher level. The tracks you’ve heard so far have been in a way very therapeutic to write. 

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

Ah there’s two good ones. 1. My mother told me to find myself and know myself first before putting someone else’s needs before yours, but to never loose yourself. Ya know do the things you’ve always wanted to do and let know one hold you back. 2. My dad said not in so many words but more in action.. Don’t be afraid to put weird or different out there basically. Explore and get as much knowledge as possible. 

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

'You Are My Sunshine' OR 'We’re All Going To Die Someday' by Kasey Chambers. There’s humour in playing that song when sad or down. 

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

Aw thats harrrd!! 'Where I stood' by 'Missy Higgins'. Every bone in my body wants to say 'Story' by Brandi Carlile but she’s american though. 

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

'San Frandisco' by Dom Dolla 100%. 

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

I went to see a friend of a friend perform a duo. It was really cool to see the community supporting local artists. 

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

I love that most are open and down to talk about the weirdest shit and share their stories. Some are shy to say what they mean but even they eventually open and blossom. Melbourne is an amazing city full of an eclectic mix of people. 

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The Lazy Eyes

Featured Artist

2020

30

Apr

The Lazy Eyes

( )

Sydney, NSW

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature legends, The Lazy Eyes!

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

Our music is commonly described as psychedelic rock. This is pretty accurate when describing our live sound as we pretty much use a classic rock band set up (Electric Guitars, Electric Piano, Bass, Drums) but we run those instruments through effect pedals which add a psychedelic twist. We obsessed with guitar pedals even before we formed the band, so when it came to the first rehearsal, we instantly started experimenting with what cool sounds we could get! Since then we have just narrowed down the effects to ones we really love and now they are a big part of our sound!

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

Bands we look up to have always been our greatest source of inspiration for making music. Whenever we record, we are always referencing recordings from artists we love. The artists we look up to are definitely responsible for inspiring us forming the band in the first place!

What can punters expect from The Lazy Eyes live show?

Punters can expect a classic rock band set up with a psychedelic twist, a little bit of moshing and a mix of rocky songs and love songs, most of which aren't released (except for two) lol.

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

Off the top of my head, our high school music teacher Mr Miller told us to enter YouthRock band competition. At the time, we were beginning to get a little bit less motivated towards the band as it wasn't really making much progress. We were lucky enough to take first place in that competition which gave us the boost of confidence we needed and since then, it feels like the gigs have gotten much better haha.

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

Duncan by Slim Dusty. This song cannot get anymore Australian and it never fails to put a smile on my face.

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

Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap. There's so much emotion oozing from this song. It can make you cry from happiness, sadness, nostalgia and probably more. It may have jerked a few tears me..

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

Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders. I challenge you to stay still when the beat drops in this song. Impossible.

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

It seems like so long ago with all this corana chaos but I think it was at Marly Bar (The Marlborough Hotel) to see Ultracrush. Really great local band and they had an awesome support called Bones and Jones who are from Melbourne who we hadn't heard of before. It's always great to discover a band by being impressed by their live set.

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

Successful bands that come from around our area such as DMA's are inspiring because they put into perspective what's possible. A local band who is inspiring is Raindrop who have a really good eye for detail. Every part of their product (i.e music videos, webiste, album art, etc.) are super quality and it made us realise that even if you are a local band you can still reach out and collaborate with established film makers and artists etc.

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The Lazy Eyes

Featured Artist

2020

30

Apr

The Lazy Eyes

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Sydney, NSW

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature legends, The Lazy Eyes!

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

Our music is commonly described as psychedelic rock. This is pretty accurate when describing our live sound as we pretty much use a classic rock band set up (Electric Guitars, Electric Piano, Bass, Drums) but we run those instruments through effect pedals which add a psychedelic twist. We obsessed with guitar pedals even before we formed the band, so when it came to the first rehearsal, we instantly started experimenting with what cool sounds we could get! Since then we have just narrowed down the effects to ones we really love and now they are a big part of our sound!

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

Bands we look up to have always been our greatest source of inspiration for making music. Whenever we record, we are always referencing recordings from artists we love. The artists we look up to are definitely responsible for inspiring us forming the band in the first place!

What can punters expect from The Lazy Eyes live show?

Punters can expect a classic rock band set up with a psychedelic twist, a little bit of moshing and a mix of rocky songs and love songs, most of which aren't released (except for two) lol.

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

Off the top of my head, our high school music teacher Mr Miller told us to enter YouthRock band competition. At the time, we were beginning to get a little bit less motivated towards the band as it wasn't really making much progress. We were lucky enough to take first place in that competition which gave us the boost of confidence we needed and since then, it feels like the gigs have gotten much better haha.

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

Duncan by Slim Dusty. This song cannot get anymore Australian and it never fails to put a smile on my face.

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

Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap. There's so much emotion oozing from this song. It can make you cry from happiness, sadness, nostalgia and probably more. It may have jerked a few tears me..

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

Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders. I challenge you to stay still when the beat drops in this song. Impossible.

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

It seems like so long ago with all this corana chaos but I think it was at Marly Bar (The Marlborough Hotel) to see Ultracrush. Really great local band and they had an awesome support called Bones and Jones who are from Melbourne who we hadn't heard of before. It's always great to discover a band by being impressed by their live set.

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

Successful bands that come from around our area such as DMA's are inspiring because they put into perspective what's possible. A local band who is inspiring is Raindrop who have a really good eye for detail. Every part of their product (i.e music videos, webiste, album art, etc.) are super quality and it made us realise that even if you are a local band you can still reach out and collaborate with established film makers and artists etc.

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Johnny Hunter

Featured Artist

2020

15

Apr

Johnny Hunter

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Sydney, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Johnny Hunter!

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

We took the classic sounds that we grew up with and modernised it to fit the ideas of the high energy live show to bring the character of Johnny Hunter to life.  

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

EVERYTHING!

What can punters expect from a Johnny Hunter live show?

Blood sweat and tears.

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

From reading the memoires David Bowie, I came to this conclusion: Look and Listen to EVERYTHING and step outside your comfort zone. Your inspiration doesn’t have to just come from music it can come from reading books, watching film, viewing art, photography or architecture

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

'The Piss, The Perfume' by Hayley Mary.

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

'Higgs Boson Blues' by Nick Cave.

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

'Love at first sight' by Kylie Minogue. A stunning classic, a must in any DJ set and if you are a DJ and that song is not in your set then you’re no DJ to me.

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

Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers. Wonderful gig, lovely bunch of people. The Jesus Teens really know how to nail a harmony and get a crowd moving. 

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

100, The buoys, egoism, Georgia June, Baby Beef, Moody Beach and Mac the Knife are all pillars of the local Sydney music scene and modern pioneers of heart stopping live performances. I’ve recently had the pleasure of writing with Jack Moffitt from The Preature’s and he’s someone I can exchange great music and ideas with. A real all-round class act.

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Hope D

Featured Artist

2020

6

Apr

Hope D

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Brisbane, QLD

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring the extraordinary Hope D!

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

My sound used to be very simple, two dimensional and easy to listen to in any situation. It wasn't until my lyrics started reflecting personal stories and emotions that I began making the music sound more complex and harsh to match the story I was trying to tell. So I suppose my sound developed with the more stories I collected and with the expansion of my musical abilities, which has happened relatively slowly over the past 5 years. 

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

As morbid as it is, my greatest source of inspiration is heartache. But not just 'person breaks other person's heart' kind of heart ache, it can come from so many other things. Like I had heartache when writing 'Swim' - yet no one had necessarily broken my heart. And heartache when I wrote 'Second', yet that's a song I wrote knowing I made someone else feel heartache. It's all from a yucky feeling, but it's very refreshing to channel it and write something that makes me feel a bit less yucky. And I like to think that you can feel and hear the discomfort in the music. 

What can punters expect from a Hope D live show?

You can expect me with high energy, jumping on stage with a stupid smile on my face. And lots of beers, and a fair bit of swearing.  

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

My friend Monica Kim graduated from my school when I was in year 10. She was also a musician, of which, I crazily admired. She always frothed my music even though (at the time) my nerves usually took over when I played, which made my performance pretty rough. She said something like 'With every 7 no's that you get, there will be one yes. And that yes will be enough to keep you going'. And that's something I really got to experience in my later years of getting more serious with music. Some people won't get around what you do - and that's okay! Because the people that do get around it, REALLY get around it. And the love from that one person means so much, that it feels like it is love from 7 people :) If that makes any sense haha. Monica really inspired me to do what I love, and what she said has literally stuck with me for 6 years, and I'm sure will never leave me. 

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

Okay I'm going to say Nicotine by Sycco. It boosts my mood and energy levels by 100000% every time. 

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

1000 Sundowns by Emma Louise. Such a beautiful and sad song, my friend Emma Parke agrees. 

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

'Solid Gold' by PNAU. My girlfriend introduced me to that one, it bloody gets me GARNNNNNNN.

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

It was Dulcie at The Milk Factory in Brisbane's West End! I am so unable to explain how freaking good it was. It The Dulcie girls are so talented and beautiful and so LOVELY! It was the last thing I was able to see before all the gigs stopped due to COVID-19 too, so I'm incredibly grateful that it was such an entertaining and wholesome gig. Had a bit of PCD after it, still do actually. 

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

Honestly too many to name, but I'll touch on a few! Hallie is a dear friend of mine, her drive and the way she is unapologetically herself is so inspiring to me. Sycco for obvious reasons - she is a boss a$$ QWAIN and will rule the world one day, I won't be mad about it. I love Pink Matter so much, their music is incredible and the girls are so lovely! They warm my heart, and make me want to learn jazz scales - which I WILL. First Beige are so groovy, I want to be as cool as them when I grow up. Bridget Brandolini's music is so soothingly beautiful, her writing is very inspiring to me. There are so many others that I go out to see, I was able to see a few bands per week, I can't wait to do that again. Brisbane and the local family is so dazzling, brilliant and supportive, it's so nice to have!  It literally feels like we all came from the same womb ahhah that's so gross to say but I'm going to leave it there.

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Hauskey

Featured Artist

2020

2

Apr

Hauskey

Sydney, NSW

Meet this week's feature star, Hauskey!

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

Just being exposed to so much music from a young age. I found a John Coltrane vinyl in my Mum’s old collection when I was a kid, and that started my fascination with jazz, RnB and soul. Then I fell in love with songwriting, thanks to Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley and John Mayer, and really I’m constantly trying to merge those two worlds. I’m also just a general music nerd. Rage Against The Machine, Flume, Vivaldi; I want it all.

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

So many things. My constant self-deprecation, my partner, movies, philosophy, finding the profound in the mundane, coffee, deprecation of the self. Inspiration is everywhere if you’re open to it.

What can punters expect from a Hauskey live show?

A *live* show! With my past experiences busking and playing in bands, I’m madly excited to hit the road. Recently pieced together a killer group of talented musicians and we were ready for our first show, but as with everything else, it’s been rescheduled for later this year. Something to look forward to though!

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

“Nothing slaps harder than a good lyric” - PJ Harding, Songwriting Lord & Saviour


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

Lime Cordiale's ‘Robbery' - of course - or E^ST’s ‘Talk Deep’

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

Didirri's 'Don’t fight with what you’re fighting for’ (that song is too good for words, and incredibly timely) or Stella Donnelly’s ‘Boys Will Be Boys'

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

Young Franco’s ‘Juice' or Tame Impala’s ‘Lost In Yesterday’

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

Shannen James playing a solo show at Oxford Art Factory! She borrowed my guitar and now I’ve framed it in my studio. No one will touch it again.

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

I know they’re not all Syd-based, but Milan Ring, Vetta Borne, Chelsea Warner, JOY. These artists do *everything* themselves and do it unbelievably well. I have a huge respect for that.

What are your plans for 2020?

Well, plans have changed a bit, but I’m sitting on a lot of music, so you can bet some of that will be released very soon

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Big Nasty

Featured Artist

2020

16

Mar

Big Nasty

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Newcastle, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Newcastle legends, Big Nasty!

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

Our music is hardcore with punk, surf rock and pop squeezed into 2 minute ragers. All of our heavy music influences come together in our music.

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

Making parents and friends proud, and proving to ourselves that we can do it.

What can punters expect from a Big Nasty live show?

Lots of energy, sweat, and almighty riff faces.

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

An old music teacher of mine Allon, exposed me to so much new music and told me “you’ve either got your mojo on (Muddy Waters), or you’re stuck at a crossroads (Robert Johnson)”, basically saying that all kinds of music can be powerful, and helped me realise that there is a whole world of music out there that I was completely blind to, and from then on, the musical floodgates were opened.

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

Matthew Young’s ‘Collect’ is a go to groove for me and always gets me to smile

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

‘These Days’ by Powderfinger is one that I hold close to my heart, and I challenge anyone to listen to that track and not feel something.

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

No one can resist singing along to 'Nosebleed Section' by Hilltop Hoods.

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

Last local gig I went to was Jesus Piece at The Cambridge Hotel in January. Absolutely bonkers show. Their live sets are just pure chaos, I love it.

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

Our friend Xavier from XJP Media is doing amazing stuff at the moment. The amount of shows he gets to and the amount of work he puts into his stuff is awesome. 

What are your plans for 2020?

Keep the noise coming. Get right back in the studio and record more tunes, and take this show on the road. Full steam ahead for nasty.

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Great Gable

Featured Artist

2020

9

Mar

Great Gable

Perth, WA

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Perth legends, Great Gable!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
When we first started writing music we would hear a song we liked and just wanted
to write something similar. Song writing used to be a really long process for us but
we knew the more we wrote the better we’d get at it. Nowadays we don’t put any
expectations on ourselves to sound a particular way and that’s helped us write a
wide range of songs. We’ve still got a lot to learn but I’m really proud of the album
we’re about to release - Alex.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I take a lot of inspiration from other bands and artists that I listen to. If a particular
song, sound, or groove stands out to me I’ll try channel that initial feeling of
excitement and try recreate that feeling in a song of our own.
I also find the physical space I’m in while recording ideas plays a big part in being
inspired as well - Matt.

What can punters expect from a Great Gable live show?
A grand spectacle of flashing lights, drum solos, bass solos, and somewhat witty
banter. Liquorice all sorts really. The songs are usually a bit more energetic live. We
work on curating a set list that flows nicely, adding new parts to old songs to keep us
on our toes. We just want to make sure the punters leave feeling like they’ve had a
rad time - Matt.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Simple daily disciplines - little productive actions, repeated consistently over time
add up to the difference between failure and success" by Jeff Olson -  Chris.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
This question made me realise how much melancholy music I listen to. My favourite
feel good song would have to be 'Good Dancers' by The Sleepy Jackson. Got lots of respect for a killer WA band! - Alex.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Blood' by The Middle East - Matt.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you
put on next?
Something with a fat bass line and groove. 'The Less I Know The Better' by Tame Impala is a classic - Matt.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig I caught was Tone City Recording's Christmas party at Mojos in
Fremantle. The line-up was a handful of Perth bands who've recorded at Tone City
studios that were also a bunch of our mates. So overall it was a sick gig filled with
good hangs! - Chris.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
There are so many insanely good bands kicking it in Perth at the moment,
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Spacey Jane, Dulcie, just to name a few. These lords
are definitely ones to be inspired by. Then there are the ones working behind the
scenes, Kelsie Miller (our manager) is amazing, Matt Gio at Rada Studios is a
legend, amongst many more. Perth really is ok!! - Matt.
 
What are your plans for 2020?
We are going to tour a bunch and cross our first UK/EU tour off the bucket list. We
are going to release our debut album, tour some more, write some more music, take
5 and hang with friends and fam, drink lots of coffee, see new places and meet new
people, and then do it all again - Matt.

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Mia Rodriguez

Meet this week's Feature Artist! Sydney 17-year-old pop star Mia Rodriguez!

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

I normally listen to music and dissect other artist's songs, and list things I love about about them. If I love the sound of their bass line for example, I’ll mix it in with other things I find to make my own song! It’s all about putting everything I love into one piece. 

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

(Same answer as the previous question).

What can punters expect from a Mia Rodriguez live show?

I have this character in my head of who I want to be, and you can see this in my music videos. I want people to experience a true performance, of a true character. I want to bring back the art of visually entertaining people, while singing of course. Kind of like a musical.

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

My mum always tells me to not care what other people think. She’s always been supportive by letting me be my own person. I was bullied a lot for being different. But in my opinion, caring about what people think shapes you into this unbelievably boring person! Wear what you want, be yourself. People are uncomfortable with what they don’t understand, and that’s okay. 

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

Billie Eilish came to Sydney a few months ago. She was super cool, she has such good stage presence. I always get so inspired by live performances. I just think; gosh, I wish I was up there! 

What are your plans for 2020?

My plans for 2020 is to make music, and keep growing. I’m super excited to perform live as well. Also working on my mental and physical health of course. Gotta have those self care routines! 

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Shannen James

Featured Artist

2020

24

Feb

Shannen James

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Melbourne, VIC

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Melbourne talent, Shannen James.

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

My sound is always developing and changing but I feel really happy and proud of where I am now with what I’m making. I hear my sound as though it’s a soundtrack to a warm, dreamy summers arvo. At the heart of my music is relatable songwriting that explores universal themes. Some of my main influences that have made an impact on the sound and music I’m creating are Fleetwood mac, Tame Impala, Sarah Blasko, Haim, The Japanese house just to name a few.

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

Just the way it makes me feel. I know that sounds cliche but it’s true. I wouldn’t be making music if it didn’t make me feel good. But the inspiration for my music comes from all places in my life, my own personal life, family, friends, movies,  nature, books and all the rest it! Sometimes the most mundane things are the most inspiring and intriguing.

What can punters expect from a Shannen james live show?

A Shannen James show can come in a few forms, solo, duo or full band. Some tunes, some laughs, some tears and some beers (or beverage of choice).

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

From my dad - ‘Be yourself cause everybody else is taken’ .. I think that was from a song but it’s his favourite saying and it’s so relevant!

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

'Its Nice to be Alive' by Ball Park Music

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

'Soon' by Angie McMahon.

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

'Are you gonna be my girl' by Jet.

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

Grinspoon and Eskimo Joe at the tennis. They were both incredible live bands to watch and like they were playing for the first time with so much energy and conviction. The crowd was moshing and I love that there were younger people there who might not have heard them who are now fans!

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

Angie McMahon. I’ve known angie for years and I am so inspired by her as a person and a musician. Seeing her grow into the artist she is now has been one of the most inspiring and motivating things for myself as an artist. Lanks too. Will is one of the most incredible people and songwriters I have ever met. He is so genuine in every aspect of his life, musically and personally.

What are your plans for 2020?

Lots more music, lots more gigs, lots more laughs and lots more love.

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The Moving Stills

Featured Artist

2020

17

Feb

The Moving Stills

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Central Coast, NSW

Direct from Macmasters Beach, The Moving Stills are this week's Feature Artist!

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

Pool Party on the Moon vibes with lazer light beams and blow up flamingos, set in the 90s. We are often trying new things and shifting things to see what works etc. We've been listening to a lot of Beck and Jungle Giants, so we've been moving towards a bit more of that and playing around with Synths and Keys. We've all been mucking around with that in the last year or so which has put a new thread through everything. 

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

A bit of everything. We've all got day jobs and that experience makes its way into the songwriting and also drives us to make music. Those photos taken from behind the drummer/band looking out to a crowd at festival or the like, or hearing a song that connects with your emotions or taste really well is also pretty inspiring, but seeing a band live that really connects with you gives us huge drive. We just want to make music that'll have an impact with the people that listen to it. 

What can punters expect from The Moving Stills live show?

A bit of hair, good pair of sunnies, a shaker or two... and maybe a few Flower T shirts in the crowd.

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

Some of the best advice was from Ollie of Lime Cordiale, It was along the lines of, just to keep going and to keep at it. Feels like that’s been pretty key and will continue to follow that.

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

Marinade by Dope Lemon or Feeding the Family by Spacey Jane are pretty uplifting tracks we think.

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

Maybe So We Know By DMA’s or Seaweed by Hockey Dad, there’s a lot of heart in these tracks.

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

Pizza Guy by Touch Sensitive

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

The last local gig we saw was Kim Churchill at The Rhythm Hut in Gosford, was a great vibe and he’s legend.

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

Everyone’s sort of chipping away doing their thing and when a gig is on it feels like you’ll see people from all different bands there. There’s been some cool bands/Artists from the Central Coast that have done some inspiring stuff like E^ST, Ninajirachi, Winterbourne and Something With Numbers to name a few.

What are your plans for 2020?

We are currently working on a bunch of tracks, looking to have an EP out around mid year and a single or two before hand. We are also heading out on a Co-headline Tour with our friends Teenage Dads through March and April which will be a heap of fun.

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Memphis LK

Featured Artist

2020

10

Feb

Memphis LK

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Melbourne, VIC

This week's feature artist Memphis LK is fusing club and pop sounds with glorious results.

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Meet this week's Feature Artist Memphis LK.

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