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

( )

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

( )

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

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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

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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

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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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OKBADLANDS

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2017

6

Mar

OKBADLANDS

Brisbane, QLD

If you're wondering if it's possible to feel beautiful in every shape and form possible after listening to a piece of music then we have you covered. Kate and Sally will have you falling deep into their world with their band OKBADLANDS.

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

Kate: When we first started writing together, we had fairly different tastes in music. I listened mainly to jazz artists and Sally liked lots of different contemporary genres. But, as with picking up someone’s mannerisms when you hang around with them long enough, writing together meant we eventually took on each other’s tastes. There have been many other songs written before we came to where we are now, and we’re definitely still developing.

Sally: We also have a ‘no bad ideas’ policy. So even when Kate decides to whip out her flute or do wild diva vocals over one of our demos, we’ve resolved to hear each other out, and that allows us room for experimentation.

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

Kate: A combination of working and writing with other artists. I think perhaps it’s easy to get stuck in a creative rut when you hold your cards close to your chest. There is something expansive about doing music as a community with other artists. Sometimes we collaborate with our friends and end up with an utter flop, and sometimes it’s great.

Sally: I love elegant communication in all forms and pursuing that through music inspires me.

What can punters expect from an OKBADLANDS live show?

Kate: A whole lot of harmonies and groove. These are the things we are naturally drawn to and so we integrate them as much as possible. For most of OKBADLANDS’ life we have performed live as a four-piece band, but we’ve recently started doing some electronic shows as a duo, which allows for a different dynamic.

Sally: Us gals having a great time because playing live is our favourite thing, and hopefully said punters having a great time too. Grooves, harmony, and Kate telling the audience ‘what you can’t tell is that I’m usually funny’. We also like to wear sparkles.

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

Kate: ‘Just relax a little bit’ – my older brother, Peter, on account of the fact that I can be pretty rowdy sometimes.

Sally: Not given to me directly, but I read a collection of essays by Annie Dillard recently, and in one of them she wrote – ‘how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives’. Something given directly was an elderly lady who started talking to me on the bus once – as I was leaving she said ‘listen well, speak up, and always have flowers on the table.’ I took that to mean to be attentive and to prioritize contributing beauty to the world as an end in itself.

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

Kate: Asta - Dynamite

Sally: Gang of Youths – Native Tongue

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

Kate: Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over

Sally: Big Scary - Invest

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

Kate: Tame Impala – The Moment

Sally: Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock

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

Kate: I was away for a while, so BADBADNOTGOOD late last year. It was one of the best gigs we’ve attended together. There were bass-piano duos, people moshing to complicated rhythms, soprano sax solos – everything we could have asked for. They’re so skillful and they’ve developed an original sound that we both love.

Sally: The most recent would have been Fractures, who we supported last week. They were great – we loved seeing how the recordings were interpreted in a full-band setting.

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

Kate: We’ve worked alongside a lot of really inspiring people in the Brisbane music community and formed some close friendships. Everyone’s super tight-knit and encouraging.

Sally: There’s so many - GOVS, Golden Vessel, a new act called Akurei, The Creases, The Phoncurves, Seavera, Asha Jefferies, Mid Ayr, Clea – the list goes on. As well as amazing music photographers like Savannah van der Neit, all the sound techs and bookers at the venues here, and all the people who write insightful blogs and zines centred around music. And the legends over at 4ZZZ.

What are your plans for 2017?

Kate: A lot of new things! We’re so excited to release our debut EP later this year. It’s something we’ve been working really hard on for quite some time now. We’re going be playing our first ever headline show in Brisbane, and will hopefully be heading interstate as well.

Sally: Other than that, the plan is to keep writing and developing our sound.

Lastly, would you rather be average playing every instrument or amazing at playing just one instrument?

Kate: Gimme all of them.

Sally: I think I’d prefer to be amazing at just one.

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Willaris K

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2017

27

Feb

Willaris K

North Coast, NSW

Meet Willaris K. The 23 year old Northern NSW producer and master behind his latest single 'Alchemy'. His ability to create an ambient space of dark mystery through beautiful sounds and thick texture will have you in a daze.

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

It’s hard to define the exact process of how it developed. I spend a lot of time experimenting with different ideas and concepts. Driving a lot for work allows me to spend more time listening to different music, then when it comes to my own writing, I'm sub-consciously combining different worlds that resonate at the time.

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

Initially it’s personal experience, live music is a big one. I take a lot of inspiration from movie scores and how they're able to influence the emotions of the audience.

What can punters expect from a Willaris K live show?

I’m playing my first live show this Friday. As I've been planning for it, i’ve found that I'm naturally gravitating towards my heavier/dancier stuff. Most of which has never been heard outside of my bedroom. Expect intense moments contrasted with intimate ambience.

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

There’s not really one piece of advice that i subscribe to, but i’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason - whether it be positive or negative. I’d say that mentality came from my parents who always attest that you get out what you put in.

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

No 1 Dad's - Camberwell

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

Seekae - Void

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

Tame Impala - Why won't you make up your mind?

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

I saw Jagwar Ma a couple of weeks ago in Coolangatta. It was good to see a crowd come out in numbers and support that style of music locally.

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

I'm quite lucky in that regard because I've got a group of close friends from school that also write music. That's a big inspiration for me. We're always pushing each other, collaborating, keeping the standards high, no beating around the bush with feedback. I'm excited for us all to be out doing our thing musically. Everyone has their own tastes which seems to be a driving force for pushing our personal boundaries. I premiered a track from Rössen Culture in my triple j mix, Grant Walker just put his first track up on unearthed, NWM that did my artwork and visuals writes, HXXD GXLD raps and Joel Cauchi is a singer/songwriter who lends his guitar expertise on a few upcoming releases. They’re all coming; keep your eyes peeled.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release an EP. Develop my live show to become as live as possible, then eventually incorporate a visual aspect. Maybe a remix.

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Alex the Astronaut

Sydney songwriter, Alex The Astronaut is on the opposite side of the world studying a Maths and Physics degree on a soccer scholarship in New York. That's not a combination of words you'll hear every day. She's an incredible story-teller who's able to weave clever lyrics into beautifully layed out songs. She's also the perfect person to talk to a generation right now.

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

I started writing when I was about 12 but I knew to be good at it I would have to really work hard. I tried to pick out what I thought was good and bad in lots of different songs and apply those things to how I wrote. They were mostly simple rules like think of something other than a cliché, don’t write cheesy love songs, get to the point and move on. I knew I liked telling stories so that’s how my songs started so I used my little rules and I stuck with that!

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

It sounds lame but people. There are so many interesting people that do great things that make me want to be better at whatever I’m doing. I think that’s why I like travelling around so I can hear all different stories because I think it makes you appreciate what you do have so much more and want to make a difference with the abilities you have.

What can punters expect from an Alex the Astronaut live show?

They can expect a science dork telling stories on stage with a guitar haha. I like being on stage, I think I’m far less awkward there than I am most other places which is strange. I try to keep everyone involved and have a bit of a chat. I explain bits of my songs that I think are important and why I wrote them. 

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

My English teacher in high school said keep it simple, say your point then get on with it. I wasn’t very good at English but it helped with writing songs and I always think about that when I try explaining something that is taking too many words.

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

Probably Courtney Barnett’s ‘Three Packs a Day’, because no one can cry to a song about 2 minute noodles.

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

Julia Jacklin’s ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’ gets me every time. I heard her play it live and I couldn’t stop listening, it’s amazing. You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping.

What Australian track do you put on next?

Alex Lahey’s ‘Let’s Go Out’ seems fitting.

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

I went to Jamie T at the Enmore and it was really cool! I hadn’t listened to much of his music and so I just stood up the front at the side by myself and watched. Everything about it was great he’s a really cool talented performer and everyone was so happy and excited to be there. Loved it.

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

I’ve met a lot of female Sydney artists recently and they are so inspirational. Jack River and Lisa Mitchell were the first two girls I met and how humble and kind and talented they are is incredible. Montaigne is super cool too she also likes soccer so we bonded over that. My managers and the music people that I work with almost make me cry from how inspiring they are. I can’t believe how lucky I am to work with all of them. They’re like family to me.

You’re currently studying a Maths and Physics degree on a soccer scholarship in New York, how has/does music play a part in those roles?

I think music keeps me curious to find out new things so with physics and maths it fits in pretty well. Whenever I’m a bit overwhelmed it’s something that cheers me up so that helps me keep level headed and studying hard. I don’t think it plays a huge role with soccer but as a team we do listen to pump up music before the games!

What are your plans for 2017?

I’m releasing my debut E.P. “To Whom It May Concern” in late March, which I’m really excited about. I’m in New York at the moment so I’m going to play a few shows here before graduating in May and then coming back home to Australia. Then it’ll be playing shows and recording and getting more music to the world!

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Heaps Good Friends

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2017

13

Feb

Heaps Good Friends

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Adelaide, SA

This Adelaide duo are the bestest of mates and together create what they call "peanut-brittle pop with text message lyrics". Loaded with 80s drums and colourful synths, their music is like popping candy for your ears.

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

All of our tracks begin on Nicks Korg Poly 800 which has such a genuine bank of incredible sounds, when we find one we like, we go from there. Other than that our sound developed quite naturally without following too many rules. Our first track "Perhaps I Killed A Tiny Stunt Double" came out all 80's sad pop. The next few had some face melting guit. solo's following 'Stunt Doubles' lead. "Let's Hug Longer" was a straight up dance pop surprise. It usually takes us a couple of days to write/record a track, we like our pace. There is lots of freedom on both sides to be upfront when we don't like an idea, or on the flip side, really claim an idea if we love it, shared writing has never been so fun.

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

Our friendship. I think living in different cities makes the times when we DO get together to make tunes more special, we always have such an energy! I trust Nick so much and honestly love everything he writes. Most of the lyrics are taken from conversations I have with people, or things I overhear them say, so by the time I fly to Adelaide and head into Nick's studio, I have a list of bangers to share and get the lyric writing happening!

What can punters expect from a Heaps Good Friends live show?

Heaps Good Fun!! This project feels nice an instantaneous. We're opening the window and this music is coming through. When we play live we're aiming to pull off the same trick, just with all you guys helping with the window opening and enjoying whatever comes through!! Like a wise pair of boys once said: 'Jump around, jump around. Get up, get up and get down.'

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

Nick: My mate Shannon told me if you want, you can turn the sound of that annoying kid yelling on the train into the energy that feeds you. It was a killer perspective change. Freed up a lot of mind space. 

Emma: "Emma, the world needs your smile" - Mum to me on the phone the other day when I was in a crap mood. Love you mum. 

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

Nick: "Parlez Vous Francais?" - Art vs Science

Emma: "Fruit" - Rainbow Chan. Or the outro to "All In Colour" - Grace & Innocence. On repeat. For 15 minutes. 

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

Nick: Hmmm...hard one. Silverchair's "Ana's Song" is a heavy jam on a few levels. I cried watching Nai Palm but that was on a 'touched by angels' tip...no sadness happening there.

Emma: "Exist" by Vital Signs. More like an - embrace the cry then we can move past it as we float to the middle of the ocean.

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

Nick: Right now? Flume "Never Be Like You" is statistically proven to destroy that floor. Otherwise Alison Wonderland "I Want U" bangs in the best way.

Emma: I have a coupla friends who would cheer louder and dance harder if I chucked on Killing Heidi "Mascara" haha. The mid-90's baby's would drift away, but we'd take up the whole floor then thank you very much.

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

Nick: Last local gig was a Warped Covers Party at The Northern Sound System in Adelaide. Heaps of local champs forming funsies bands to drop tunes from mega faves of the noughties...purty fun times.

Emma: Big Sound. Where do I start. Clairy Browne was hard to stop listening to. Mallrat then became the soundtrack to the beach that weekend, and Totally Mild I wrote down in my iPhone notes as 'Heavenly Pop'.

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

Adelaide music scene is SUPER fun at the moment. Loads of bands all lifting their game...so to start, gotta tip cap to the whole industry for inspirational growth overall! Obvs TK, Bad//Dreems, Grenadiers, West Thebarton Brothel Party all doing mental good all over Aus/Internationally...But Mio, Electric Fields, Wasted Wanderers, Skies, Joy Sparkes, Ross McHenry!, Playback808....heeeeps. Heeeeeeeeps. Heaps are heaps good. Luke Penman! Spoz! Sam Wright! Sharni Honor! Faaar OOUUUUUUT. Make it end!!

What are your plans for 2017?

Write more. Live shows. More film clips. Convince HAIM to bring us on tour with them.

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swindail

Featured Artist

2017

6

Feb

swindail

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Sydney, NSW

swindail is a Sydney producer, musician, lemon cheesecake lover and so much more. He's worked with legends like Goldlink and has already built up a dedicated following. Dubbed by his mates as a producer of kitchen-trap, hear his plinky plonky sounds all this week.

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

My music is mostly just a bunch of weird sounds all organised into a beat, with a few jazzy chords and 808 drums. Sometimes singing is involved. I think it sounds pretty cool and I hope it makes people move or feel something. Jazz music has played a big part in my life and I kinda just wanted to incorporate that into music I can make on my computer. Took me a bunch of digging and a few years' worth of YouTube tutorials for it to properly come to fruition but I'm liking my sound where it is.

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

Just people, places and things all around me. Sometimes I'll make a song based on some passive societal or political view I have, or sometimes (admittedly more of the time) I'll make a song based on a funny sound I recorded in my kitchen.

What can punters expect from a Swindail live show?

Cool visual things, lots of loud drums/noises and me having difficulty untying and retying my man bun. Also sweat and boogie time.

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

"Learn from your mistakes." - Everyone ever. That, or "sidechain your bass to your kicks." - Also everyone ever.

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

Basenji - "Dawn"

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

Polographia - "Sly (feat. Winston Surfshirt)"

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

Mallrat - "Inside Voices"

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

I went to this J Dilla tribute gig at Play Bar recently, I forget who was playing but neck snappers were dropped that night. I've never bobbed my head with that kind of passion before.

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

I really like my friends Cosmo's Midnight and Basenji, they influence electronic music in Sydney with their own projects and also do a lot of behind the scenes work which I would love to do eventually. I could name more bands and artists who do the same but honestly there are so many to count. It's overwhelming but in a really, really good way.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release a lot more original music with some really exciting features, finally drop that Lotus Eater remix, travel the world a bit more, finish up some exciting as heck collabs (that I can't speak on yet), do some more production workshops in different cities and eat a lot more cheesecakes at all of my brand new live shows. Yeet.

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Genesis Owusu

Featured Artist

2017

30

Jan

Genesis Owusu

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Canberra, ACT

18 year old rapper Genesis Owusu embraces the weird, both in himself and in his music. You'll hear him blending jazz with hip hop in a style that he likes to call 21st Century punk-jazz.

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

I've been exposed to music since the womb; my mum leads a church choir and you could probably find any genre you're looking for if you search hard enough in my dad's CD collection. My brother was originally a guitarist so he would strictly listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and anything in that field. Music generally reflects the artist making it so I suppose that's why genre-blending is such a big aspect of my music.

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

Emotions.

You're playing Laneway in Sydney for Unearthed. What can punters expect from a Genesis Owusu live show?

Chaos, probably. Really, really entertaining and heartfelt chaos though.

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

Kanye West once told me, "You see there's leaders and there's followers, but I'd rather be a dick than a swallower."

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

If "WDUBI" by Baro doesn't dry your eyes I don't know what will.

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

My friend Charlesworth made this track called "In Need" which is so damn beautiful. King Krule vibes.

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

"Assumptions" by MANU CROOK$ absolutely SLAPS.

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

I did this really chill afternoon session on Sunday at a bar in Canberra called Akiba and it was such a pretty sight. Just people of all ages sitting around on a Sunday listening to jazz and rap, and people rapping on top of jazz; AND there was dumplings. What more could you want?

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

Narit "Noodle" Kimsat is the prince of Canberra; he's not a musician but he's the organiser of anything and everything. And if he didn't organise it, he told you about it. Even if he didn't tell you about it, he'll still be there, handing you free dumplings or something (he's the one who organised the event from the last question).

My brother, Citizen Kay, essentially got me into the music scene and is still my sole recording engineer to this day. I have to give mad love to groups like Mondecreen and Brass Knuckle Brass Band for making super wild, cross-genre music and also for incorporating saxophones into their music (the saxophone is the sexiest instrument in human history, you CANNOT argue with me about this). People like Coda Conduct, Jimmy Pike and Jedbrii are some of the most fire spitters I've ever seen or heard. I could go on forever; basically the CBR ZOO is LIVE. Also #reecegurney.

What are your plans for 2017?

To make you see my face and hear my voice a whole lot more. I'm also thinking of starting a book club so if anyone's keen hmu.

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Dream Rimmy

What do you get when you combine a heavy dose of '90s influence with a 6-piece outfit? A massive wall of sound. That's Dreamy Rimmy in a nutshell, and you can catch the Perth shoegazers bring it at Laneway in Freo!

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

It's pretty 90s inspired. Lush pop songs with shoegaze/psych/trip hop vibe. Ali's all about that stuff and she writes most of it so that makes sense.

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

Ali comes up with the skeleton of the song but I think she just hears stuff she likes and learns from what she hears.

You'll be opening up Laneway for Unearthed this year. What can punters expect from a Dream Rimmy live show?

Well we have 6 members. So there's a fair bit of noise. Ali and George do lots of harmonies. lotta guitars and synths and stuff. We try and do the wall of sound thing. 

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

Don't drive through red lights - The Law.

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

You're The Voice - John Farhnam

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

You're The Voice - John Farhnam

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

You're The Voice - John Farnham

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

We just played North Freo pub crawl show in Fremantle. There were a lot of bands and it was v. kool.

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

So many good Perth musos & great community vibe. A++. It's very incestuous. Most of the bands have sharing members with other bands so it feels like a bit of a collective.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release our EP, record LP, tour a bunch, do some cool stuff.

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Lonelyspeck

Featured Artist

2017

16

Jan

Lonelyspeck

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Adelaide, SA

Meet the Adelaide producer behind the spacious and experimental soundscapes that's turning heads all over the country. Lonelyspeck's got big love for pop music, and says it's a driving force in their songwriting.

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

I guess it's just where I've naturally ended up from having a lot of different influences and being quite intuitive and open with making music. I listen to a lot of experimental styles of music but I also love pop music and I always want to find ways to use those experimental sounds in a pop framework.

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

I think more than anything I just love sound. It affects me very deeply and feels very natural for me to express myself through it.

What can punters expect from a Lonelyspeck live show?

Probably to chill out and just have a nice emotionally vulnerable time I hope.

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

I learnt from a couple of my teachers in art school to not be afraid of making mistakes or making a mess. And I've learnt from my friends and myself that softness and vulnerability are strength.

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

Qwerty - Ano Yan

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

Hummingbird - Make A Space

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

Buoy - Clouds & Rain (Collarbones Remix)

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

Allume, Naomi Keyte and Water Bear. It was lovely! Allume and Naomi both made me almost cry, and I unfortunately missed Water Bear but I know she's great.

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

There are a lot... Allume and her other project Hummingbird (with Arthur Miles), Tracy Chen, Strict Face, Sebastian Vivian, PNK FME...

What are your plans for 2017?

I definitely want to play a couple of interstate shows in support of my EP 'Lave', which comes out on March 3. And I'm looking forward to getting straight back into writing new music because I've got a lot of ideas! I'm excited for this year and I want to make the most of everything that happens.

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