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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Pagan

Featured Artist

2017

9

Jan

Pagan

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's Pagan approach their songs like a well-made Margarita pizza: filled with saucy riffs (tomato sauce), shredded bass (cheese), and aggressive howling (basil). They'll be opening up UNIFY for triple j Unearthed this weekend!

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

When we started writing, we didn't really know what we we're doing, other than that we wanted to make the darkest, gnarliest rock and roll songs that we possible could. We knew we wanted to try and come up with something a little bit less rigid and limiting, and a little more diverse than the punk rock bands we'd played in before this.

We quickly figured out that we liked putting these kind of pretty sounding guitar riffs (tomato sauce) over really gritty, aggressive bass stuff (buffalo mozzarella). Together it makes for this really cool, gloomy soundtrack to Nikki's roars and howls (fresh basil and olive oil). That's sort of what makes us sound like us, I think (a perfect Margherita pizza).

As intense and grim as the songs are, we also love to make music that people can dance to, instead of playing just straight headbanger stuff all the time. So we put a lot of focus on rhythms and backbeats (the light, crispy base), and just making sure the songs flow really organically, without having to overthink or force anything. Mangiare!

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

Black coffee, black magic, black metal and Black Sabbath.

What can punters expect from a Pagan show?

Pagan shows are a celebration of all things dark. Wild, sweaty, noisy rituals with a killer dance floor! Like having your 21st birthday party and the wake after a loved one's funeral at the very same time.

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

"The longer you leave your pasta sauce on the stove to simmer, the better. The longer the sauce can simmer at a low temperature, the more the flavours of each ingredient; the herbs, the chilli, the garlic, onion and tomato will come out properly. Anything less than three hours is a disgrace to yourself and to your whole family, both living and dead. Don't you dare disappoint me." - Mama.

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

Clowns - "Destroy The Evidence" or Client Liaison - "Off White Limousine"

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

Totally Unicorn - "Dream Life" or Client Liaison "World Of Our Love"

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

Alex Cameron - "She's Mine" or Client Liaison - "Wild Life"

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

I'm not sure, but the one that comes to mind is High Tension, Clowns and Grim Rhythm at The Bendigo. It was a benefit show and launch party for an amazing compilation put together by some wonderful people to raise money for the families of a couple of their close friends who were involved in a tragic accident. Pagan were honoured to have been included in such a beautiful gesture! It was a Tuesday night and I couldn't believe how packed the Bendigo! It was a beautiful, positive and emotional evening, and true testament to just how much people within the greater Melbourne alternative/music community are willing to look out for one another as friends, as family and sometimes as people we've never even met. Every band totally slayed too!

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

Our dearly beloved cult. Anyone breaking rules, smashing expectations and creating new and interesting music. Anyone working towards making sure shows are fun, inclusive and safe for absolutely everyone. People of different cultures, girls, trans, queer and non-binary folk making angry music. Client Liaison.

What are your plans for 2017?

We're aiming to complete our collection of 13 singles by the end of the year, but we'll see... In between single releases, we're hoping to play more Pagan rituals with lots of different kinds of bands and artists, do some more touring, make more videos, further our understanding of the dark arts, destroy regular cheese and antipasto platters, and drink many more spritzers. It's gonna be a hell of a year I think!

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Dumb Punts

Featured Artist

2016

19

Dec

Dumb Punts

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne trio Dumb Punts serve up punchy as tunes with their loud and raw garage punk.

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

Brent and Seattle moved from Bonny Hills to Melbourne and for the first few months we played in the jungle den (studio shed) and a week later we had to play a show. It all just developed from there.

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

We inspire each other and our mates are big ones too. If you look back at '70s and '80s garage and punk music, especially in Australia, it's pretty inspiring too.

You'll be playing Falls Festival in Lorne. What can punters expect from a Dumb Punts live show?

A good time. That's what we're all about. Party and good vibes. Hopefully a bunch of dancin'.

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

Probably when Mum taught us not to take ourselves too seriously and that if you want something you gotta go and get it.

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

I'd shove some High Voltage - ACDC cause Bon can cure it all.

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

Can't go past Daryl with Horses.

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

The Boys Light Up - Australian Crawl.

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

We had a fundraiser show at our place and a bunch of awesome bands played in our basement, that was a sick one.

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

We live with and surround ourselves with musos and living in Melbourne means that we spend a bunch of time watching bands and doing music. It's just awesome cause Melbourne is so open to creativity and we are right in there copping that.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release our next 7-inch and then an album hopefully. Tour some more, get overseas and just keep on keeping on.

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Resin Moon

Featured Artist

2016

12

Dec

Resin Moon

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Alice Springs, NT

Alice Springs musician Resin Moon pulls you into his world of unique, electronic sounds created in the desert.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I've been playing keyboards since I was 4 years old - I've always been obsessed! I remember the first song I wrote when I was 8 - "I gave you my love and my teeth". I think my sound has developed a little since then. I listen to a really diverse music catalogue - everything from classical to pop, folk and experimental music. I'm drawn to smooth, natural sounds like analogue synths. I love songs with emotive chord progressions and honest storytelling.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The Central Australian landscape.

What can punters expect from a Resin Moon live show?
Spacesuits, talkbox and loads of analogue synths!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
"Aim for the stars and you might just get to the moon" - My high school maths teacher.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
Drive - Gretta Ray

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
Colin Lillie - Glass Homes

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

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Edward Francis+ Djonna+ Edi Donald in an Eastside laneway in Alice Springs. Loved it!!

Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you. 
Edward Francis, Broadwing, Gawurra, Colin Lillie, Cassi Williams.

What are your plans for 2017?
A Resin Moon album, more touring, and making the world's biggest pavlova.

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LOS SCALLYWAGGS

Coastal rockers LOS SCALLYWAGGS are the winners of our Festival Of The Sun competition and will be taking to the main stage in Port Macquarie this Saturday.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We started out as a two piece (Joel and Nat) a couple of years ago playing sort of garage blues rock and we started listening to bands like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees which then led us into a different direction with our music. Once Dale came along and jumped on the bass we all had this mega froth on garage punk and psychedelic rock n roll bands like these guys and whole bunch of other sick bands and started creating music that was a similar vibe. Now we are at a stage where our jams and recording sessions naturally have this garage fuzz rock n roll feel to it which we are super stoked with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When we are working or just all away from each other for a while we start getting super excited to play together and mess around with some new ideas. Also get a new guitar and that will inspire new music until the cows come home.
 
You’re the winners of our Festival Of The Sun competition. What can punters there expect from the LOS SCALLYWAGGS live show?
Expect the unexpected... and loud noises that make you want to pour beers on your mates, jump around and have a hell time.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When you go to KFC don’t order potato and gravy with potato chips cos you are just gonna be dippin’ potato chips into potato dips mate (too much bloody potato). – Kurghy Jones, 2015
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Boys Light Up – Australian Crawl
This will not only make you stop crying but also make you tuck your shirt in and start a furious boot skoot.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Not Pretty Enough – Casey Chambers
This one gets us every time.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees.
What else really?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local show we went to was one that we actually organised last month at the local club in Pacific Palms called ‘El Palmo Pacificano VI’. It was epic! We had seven local bands on the line-up which brought crew from everywhere. I guess it was a good excuse to drink beers and get loose with your 500 of your mates!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
There is a whole bunch of local mad dogs around town but it hard to name all of them which inspire us because they all do. What inspires inspire us are the legends that go out of their way to come to shows and enjoy live music and create a good vibe and energy for themselves and else everyone around them. This inspires us to play more local shows and make bigger music events which can therefore showcase live local talent for these people to enjoy.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
For 2017 we would be super pumped to jump onto some more festival line-ups around Australia. We got a whole bunch of new songs so I reckon we will throw another full length album out early next year and organise a whole bunch of dates both locally and nationally which will be dope. Come along and melt your brains amigos!

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Birdz

Featured Artist

2016

28

Nov

Birdz

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Melbourne, VIC

Birdz is poised to become a powerful force in the Australian hip hop community.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music is a reflection of where I come from, my family's story and how that's influencing my path today. The more I've found myself, I think the better my music has become and it continues to grow as I do. 
 
I grew up in a small town in the Northern Territory called Katherine. It only had about 10,000 people when I was there - so listening to hip hop provided a snap shot of the wider world, then making hip hop was the vehicle I used to get out of that small town and see bigger things.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
As a fan, I've always been drawn to artists that share their story and give you an insight into who they really are. I think the main reason I fell in love with rap music in the first place was the freedom of expression it offered. As a kid I looked up to, and still do, rappers like Ice Cube and 2pac because they didn't hold anything back and they stood for something bigger than themselves.
 
What can punters expect from a Birdz live show?
My live show is just me, my DJ, and a whole lot of energy. It's basically me running around like a mad man on stage with honest raps and  banging beats. I always try and connect with the audience and at the same time have fun with it and turn up. I'm excited about where my live show is heading and can't wait to hit the stage again soon.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Be yourself and don't let anybody ever tell you that you don't belong. - Balang (Father)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
January 26 - A.B. Original ( wave it, wave it, baby!)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Rocked with DJ Marze, Philly and a squad of Brothers at Section 8 in Melbourne for 'Marze & Friends' - it was mad. It's also a regular event so keep a look out for the next one, Melbourne!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Indigenous music community that inspire you.
A.B. Original, Philly, Nooky and the whole Bad Apples music family inspire me on the daily. Also have to say that my cousin, Fred Leone aka Rival MC is probably one of my favourite artists and humans of all time (legend). All of the above continue to inspire me in the music community and otherwise... Black Excellence all day, everyday.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
I'm currently working on my debut album that I'll be releasing next year - I can't wait to share it. Also performing and touring as much as possible. Watch this space.

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The Money War

Featured Artist

2016

21

Nov

The Money War

Perth, WA

Treat yourself to the latest "near-perfect pop hit" from this exciting Perth duo.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I suppose it’s naturally a culmination of the music we love. We both like lots of different stuff like soul music, country, pop, RnB and rock. Dylan has been developing as a producer over the past few years now so his production taste definitely comes through in our sound (he produces our songs). People tend to associate ‘sun’ with our sound – I can’t really explain that because the songs tend to be written when we’re not happy. I like to think of it as turning a shit situation into something beautiful. The beach is a very prominent part of our life on the West Coast though so maybe that seeps in?
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Great songs, experiences, travel, nature. A lot of the songs we’ve written so far were written while traveling through America. It was a really bizarre but amazing experience that gave us plenty to write about!
 
What can punters expect from The Money War live show?
We’re a 5-piece band when we play live. You’ll get to hear a pile of songs that we haven’t released yet.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“It’s cool man” - Matt Shehan (our live guitarist)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I would have to say ‘Your Love’ by Middle Kids, they’re probably my favourite band at the moment – I’ve been listening to that song so much lately and it cheers me up. Dylan would play ACDC “shreds” – look it up, you can’t possibly not laugh!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
#1 Dads - So Soldier, and I mean cry in a good way. What an incredible song and Ainslie Wills absolutely nailed the performance. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The WA Music Festival, which is a really awesome showcase of WA bands. The whole city was alive and there was an overwhelming sense of enthusiasm around what Perth has to offer. We almost didn’t make it in time for our set because we locked ourselves out of the house!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Our manager Pete Carroll is one of the best people you’ll ever meet. He lives and breathes music and has backed us right through, years before we formed this band. 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
We have an EP that’ll be out early 2017 and we’ve just signed with Select Music so we’ll be playing some shows on the east coast, which we’re really looking forward to. We’re also heading over to Melbourne in February to record with Matt Redlich from Holy Holy.

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Froyo

Featured Artist

2016

14

Nov

Froyo

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Sydney, NSW

These Sydney synthpop upstarts have won a spot on The Plot festival lineup this Saturday in Parramatta.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
A few years ago, we watched the movie “Drive” (starring Ryan Gosling) and fell in love with its soundtrack (...plus Ryan Gosling). Feeling inspired, two of us sat down and started writing/producing songs together. Then one of our university mentors (Drew Crawford) heard what we were doing, and he said that we were like "the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie that never happened"... and his words really stuck with us... so much that we went ahead and made it our band slogan! But yeah, we’ve always been ardent fans of the 80s. It’s definitely the decade of music that resonates with us the most. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
Writing something that’s danceable, relatable, and ultimately memorable. When we write, our ethos is that “our music needs more than a dance beat... it needs a heart beat”. Also, I just wanna reach a point where, forty years from now, our songs become people’s go-to choices for karaoke. Yeah. That’s the dream. Karaoke. 
 
You’re the winners of our The Plot competition. What can punters at The Plot festival in Sydney expect from the Froyo live show? 
Cheesy pop goodness, awkward adlib, groovy dance moves, and maybe some coughing here and there (because Michael’s an old man... at heart). We also don’t have a “lead” singer. Michael and Allyson have this Stevie Nicks / Christine McVie thing going on – à la Fleetwood Mac. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
It came from another one of our university mentors (Clive Harrison) who told us about the "rocking chair test"... basically, if you've gotta make a life-changing decision, just picture an older version of yourself, sitting on a porch, quietly reflecting on life whilst in a rocking chair... you then have to ask yourself WHICH decision today is the one that (you think) you'll be happier with when you're sitting in that chair, nearing the end of your days... you might think it sounds grim, but it's actually an amazing way to frame your personal and professional choices in life. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
We’re listing multiple choices because we can’t quite decide between us, haha... first there’s “Cattle And Cane” by The Go Betweens – it’s groovy, but it’s essentially a sad song. Then there’s “Heaven” by Eurogliders – a song about longing for somewhere better. And then lastly, “Electric Blue” by Icehouse – it may not cheer you up lyrically, but the chorus just feels so damn uplifting that it always makes me smile, regardless of mood. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
Again, we got options here... “Daisy Chains” by Youth Group – you have to stare out of a window to get the full experience on this one. “Knuckles White Dry” by Gang Of Youths – lyrically, musically, and just beautifully heartbreaking stuff. And then “Death By Chocolate” by Sia – it’s about embracing your tears, and it reassures you that mourning is a very important part of the healing process. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
“Need You Now” by Cut Copy – it’s a slow builder, so we’ll need smoke machines to set the mood, eventually bringing out the strobes when we hit that climax. Another option is “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield – it’s a crowd-pleaser for sure, and it’s so hard not to get into that chorus. And this last one’s super nostalgic, but “Strawberry Kisses” by Nikki Webster – look, just don’t fight it, ok? Sweet <3 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it? 
We watched Body Type a few weeks back. Though we sound nothing like each other, we still love seeing that raw, unproduced garage band vibe when we go out sometimes. Also, they have a bit of a Beach House vibe, and we LOVE Beach House very much. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
We’ve met and befriended creative minds like Phebe Starr, Ross Henry, Sparrows, and The Tapes. In particular, meeting fellow 80s-inspired producers like Jordan F has been great for us, as he’s been championing a stronger community among us retro/synthwave artists. Through him, we’ve connected with other names like Atolla and Vast Hill, and it’s been great having that kind of connection among bedroom producers – where you can just casually send each other your demos, give constructive feedback, share our favorite gems from the 80s, talk about the industry and help build each other up into better artists. You can’t grow to your full potential until you surround yourself with a positive, encouraging, and inspiring environment. So far, we’ve been very lucky to find that here amongst all the noise. 
 
What are your plans for 2017? 
To keep creating and focusing on new songs before all other things. Because so far, whenever we got the song right, everything else just seemed a lot easier for us – things like gigs, blog spots, radio play, and even making new musical friends – so yeah. The song always comes first for us.

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Maddy Jane

Featured Artist

2016

7

Nov

Maddy Jane

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Hobart, TAS

Tassie singer-songwriter Maddy Jane creates rollicking indie pop with an endearing Australiana twist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music has developed into Australiana indie pop with a touch of story telling. I think the sound has developed over the years from a more singer-songwriter folky style, to a more comfortable me, with irony, sarcasm, catchy hooks, fun guitar riffs and honesty - honesty is key for me. I’ve matured (a little) and this is just me now. The development over the last couple of years has come with my band by my side as well, we go by ‘Maddy Jane and the Jane’s’ when we play live and that’s where my songs have come alive and have been able to take their full form.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Writing is my way of dealing with stuff. I’m inspired by life’s situations, interactions, things I don’t agree with, things that promote love and acceptance, lots. I’ll go and write an ironic song about it. I literally write a song and go, ‘well that’s that solved’ haha. I’d be insane without music :)
 
What can punters expect from a Maddy Jane live show?
Our live shows have become lighthearted fun, with a mix of honest talk and lots of lyrics that should get you thinking and smiling at the irony! There is a focus on being real and relatable, I’ll spend most of the show taking the piss out my self and that's basically what my songs are too really. It’s fun. We laugh.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing people in the last couple of years, one thing that has stuck with me is - "no amount of ‘success’ or rejection can be a measurement of your worth. You have to truly believe you are doing YOU and are not elevated or brought down by surrounding criticism" - Abbe May. And my housemate Zeke says I can now wear sunglasses inside, which was nice too haha
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
This is hard. But I’m going to say my local pals BAD PONY because that’s what I listen to that makes me super happy. I went on tour with them this year and now I crank any of their songs and I get that excited dancey feeling inside :) They have a bit of attitude in there songs to channel any tears or anger into head bobbing as well! OR DMA’s ‘Delete.’ OR Courtney Barnett
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Paul Kelly- 'How To Make Gravy'- you may not cry, but oh the feels, and gravy is my favourite condiment. For a local, my gal pal Kat Edwards’ 'Stranger In My Room,' brings a tear to the eye ;)
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Haha. I wouldn’t be a very good DJ, being passed the AUX is a LOT of pressure! This party would be cranking all the local tunes and sing alongs for sure, but I’d probably put on something like Courtney Barnett, Ball Park Music, Sticky Fingers or something fun.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I supported Tash Sultana’s sold out show last night in Tas. I was scared to move on stage with all her gear around me! Absolutely crazy, the energy and love of it all in that girl had everyone in awe. live looping is something I have so much respect for! She nails it! Also, to chuck in a Tassie local, if you want Aussie Brit pop (if that makes sense) Chase City are the boys!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Tassie music community that inspire you.
Oooooh there are some beautiful people in our local music scene, and I’m super passionate about it! Seth Henderson (SETH)! Check him out, he’s my favourite. I mentioned Chase City for dance times, Sumner are an R&B duo that are onto something wicked, Hayley Couper, Heart Beach, The Surreal Estate Agents, I could just go on! You don’t know what your missing.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
TOUR!! The single launch for ‘Drown It Out’ is in Hobart on Fri, Dec 2nd at the Republic Bar! I plan to announce a full band tour for January next year! The release of the whole E.P and a new single will be early next year too! 

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Hi Life

Featured Artist

2016

31

Oct

Hi Life

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Canberra, ACT

Love PC Music and Cashmere Cat? You'll <3 the hyper-shiny club-pop of Canberra-Sydney duo Hi Life.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We both appreciate music as a sensory experience that has the capacity to thrill, shock and surprise you, create new and inventive sonic textures and affect your emotions at a deep, subconscious level. Music that is simultaneously both familiar and strange, that stretches the boundaries of genre in exciting new ways and forces you to reevaluate your preconceptions. We draw inspiration from the propulsive energy of club music, the emotional directness present in pop music and the power and dynamism of rap and hip hop. Hi Life represents both the sum and extension of these influences.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Love, desire, sadness, pain, pleasure and of course, the club.
 
What can punters expect from a Hi Life gig?
A Hi Life performance is a combination of tension, surprise and the thrill you experience from the moment of release. You'll feel our music viscerally and physically. You'll experience the full spectrum of human emotions, shared with your best friends and complete strangers. You'll have your expectations destroyed, rebuilt and reconfirmed. You'll hear sounds and textures that you've never heard before. And you'll never forget it.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
"Be the person who you'd want to be with." - Harry Patrick (Hi Life) 2016
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kylie - 'On a Night Like This'. An undeniable and sublime pop song that is all about music making you feel invincible in the moment.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Tame Impala - Nangs. The floating, ephemeral chord progression and the one repeated lyric "But is there something more than that?" makes this song ripe for a good, introspective cry.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Ribongia - Journeys. One of the most inventive, exciting and inspiring club tracks to ever come out of Australia.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Harry: I went to and saw Ben Fester play in a warehouse. The gig was part of this DIY (and BYO) party culture that has been spreading in Canberra lately. It was in a location that was pretty isolated from the city and university campuses, but it still had a great turnout and went all night. It is great to see that there is a strong market for different forms of nightlife in Canberra, and that there are people willing to put in heaps of work to pull off those kinds of parties on a regular basis.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the ACT music community that inspire you.
Even though it's a small city, Canberra has so much musical talent and activity. Through their success, artists like The Aston Shuffle, Peking Duk and Safia have been able to show Australia and the rest of the world what the ACT has to offer musically. Thanks to our great universities, we have a strong student population which supports the local nightlife, and makes it possible for aspiring promoters to develop their ideas and launch their own brands. It has been great to see nights like Helix (for which Hi Life played the first headline set), Pickle Nights (who are responsible for the warehouse parties mentioned previously) come along and help push Canberra's dance music scene in relevant and interesting directions. Other collectives like Box Cutter, Strangeways, and Univibes have been responsible for many of Canberra's most forward thinking club nights and parties over the years and continue to work to innovate and inspire.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and into 2017?
We are working on more original tracks, remixes, and some really exciting collaborations with fantastic artists that we can't wait to put out over the next year. We are also excited to bring Hi Life to the club and play shows in cities around the world. We see our music developing further and reaching more and more people. By 2017 Hi Life will be a ubiquitous global brand.

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Introvert

Featured Artist

2016

24

Oct

Introvert

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Newcastle, NSW

Brace yourself - these Novocastrians rock HARD!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Introvert kind of started as a trial-and-error thing, we all had completely different ideas and visions for the band’s direction and I think that’s a big reason why we hear a lot of different genres, similar bands etc that get thrown around about us! We settled on a grunge/alternative rock crossover (I guess) with our first single ‘Trip’ and just played a lot around Newcastle, supporting bigger locals, interstate bands etc. After about nine months of playing to a wide range of scenes, bands and venues we decided to take it up a notch on the heavy scale with our recently released EP ‘Old Taste’ which has definitely opened us up to a much more familiar fanbase.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
As mentioned above, the beginnings of the band involved a big range of influences, but overall I think our biggest influences musically would be bands like Norma Jean, Basement (really cool that we had the opportunity to support them in Newcastle earlier this year), Underoath, Balance & Composure, along those lines I suppose. 
 
What can punters expect from an Introvert live show?
Our live show is fairly energetic, but definitely has a pub rock/laid back feel to it. Audie’s definitely got a trick up his sleeve with the mid set jokes which people have grown to love, haha. But yeah, overall I’d say we’re energetic and chilled at the same time. Lots of emotion, balanced with a good old joke or two!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Liam Coleman has always told us to just slow down and not jump in head first when we’re making decisions (like recording the EP, planning release PR etc) which has paid off big time for us. He’s always been by our side ever since the idea of the band begun so I think overall he’s given us truckloads of advice, too much to remember in all honesty. (Along with being the father figure of the band)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
‘Am I Ever Gonna See The Biff Again?’ by the legend himself, Reg Reagan.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
A track by The Middle East titled ‘Blood’. Stephen chose this one, as the track is written about a person who loses their sister to cancer, it reminds him of a time where he nearly lost his to leukaemia.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Without a doubt, the hit by Men At Work titled ‘Down Under’. Anyone with a drop of Aussie culture knows it, who why wouldn’t you have a dance and a drink to it?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was the Newcastle leg of Ambleside’s ‘Shape Me’ Australian Tour at Drone, a small (yet fantastic) AA venue in Newcastle. With locals Eat Your Heart Out and Pasha Bulka alongside the tour supports Hindsight and Sleep Talk, the show was definitely one of the better shows I’ve attended for a while. Great turnout, and a really good reception for the bands made it one to remember.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
Well on the subject of bands, I’d say the local heroes Trophy Eyes have inspired all of us one way or another over the years, along with local friends who have played alongside us since day one. They’d include Pasha Bulka, Eat Your Heart Out, Raave Tapes and Dave - but honestly there’s too many to name! (Newcastle’s a small town, haha).
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
For the rest of the year our number one focus is definitely the tour with Birds Of Tokyo. It’s our first time out of NSW and we’re super keen to meet new people and just experience a whole different audience! Apart from that, we’re just writing new music, with plans to hopefully record and release a full length record, or a sophomore EP sometime early next year.

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nyck

Featured Artist

2016

17

Oct

nyck

Melbourne, VIC

This Melbourne duo have made one of the most memorable debuts of 2016.

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How did you develop the nyck sound?
What we stumbled upon really early with the nyck sound was that because Dom and I sing really well together and just have a really good sense of each other in terms of the way we sing, that we really decided that we didn’t need much else. So the whole process with our recording so far has been about taking things away rather than adding them. Some bands are really intricate and then for us it’s just like, we struck this really great feel with just vocals and piano.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We’re always inspired by the little things that say a lot. The way that some writers can talk about the smallest details that you could easily pass off as nothing, and make them seem so important. Mike Skinner does it in The Streets. He’ll be writing a love song and throughout, he’ll keep talking about how the girl is spinning an ash tray on the table. Or he’ll say he’s “looking to the left slightly, then looking back down.” It puts you right where he is, and says so much about the way he’s feeling without actually saying it. We’re inspired by writers who can put you in a moment in just a few lines. 
 
What can punters expect from the nyck live show?
We’ve been through this really great process with our live show. It’s been the same with our recordings - we started with all these layers and parts and then slowly stripped everything back. We’re really comfortable singing together, and feel like the songs and the lyrics are strong, and that the vocals and the melodies and harmonies come together really beautifully. So everything else is in the background. There’s a lot of stillness and silence. But we like to think there’s something brave in silence. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We’ve got our EP into this really great demo stage, and we’ve been really careful in trying to finish it. And worried about finishing it the right way. Maybe a little too worried. The other night, a good friend of ours, Chris Rigney, told us that the imperfections are what make it sound unique. It’s so true in music. It’s often the mistakes and imperfections and idiosyncrasies that make it sound your own. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Things of Stone and Wood - Happy Birthday Helen
Because the lead singer, Greg Arnold, wrote it for his girlfriend Helen on her 21st birthday. He wasn’t trying to write a hit or anything, it was just, like, a recount of their relationship and all of the things they’d done together. Then he took it to the band and they turned it into a hit song. The best thing is that they’re still married today, 25 years later.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Leonardo’s Bride - Even When I’m Sleeping 
Dom is listening to this song right now while we’re at the airport on the way to Sydney, where we’re playing our first show. We both think this is one of the most beautiful Australian songs ever written. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Crowded House - Mean to Me
Because everyone sings along to Crowded House songs. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dom and I had too many beers at the pub last week and then tried to get into the Montaigne show at The Corner on a whim, but it was sold out and we couldn’t get in. Dom tried to sweet talk the guy at the bar and the lady at the door but no dice, so we went to get a falafel/kebab instead. 
At Big Sound in Brisbane recently we loved Sampa The Great, Olympia, Mallrat and Lanks.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Dom and I both love Hayden Calnin’s music, a lot. We’ve been listening to his production and love how patient and slow and beautifully constructed it is. His song ‘Nothingness’ is everything. We’ve been listening to it heaps lately. We also love our manager, Pete Sofo, because he shows great belief in us and literally forces us to be inspired by filling our calendars with events and shows and sessions. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
We’ve written our EP, 10 Years and 12 Weeks, so we’re just putting the finishing touches on it for the rest of the year. Lyrically, it’s a concept EP. It’s about how you go through great stretches of your life really stable and centred. And then every so often, it all falls away in the space of just a few weeks. In this case, it was 12 weeks. It wasn’t meant to be conceptual, but all of the lyrics tied together and told a different piece of the story, starting with a song about the breaking point called ‘Decision’ and ending with a resolution called ‘This Might Be My Year.’ 
 
Along with that, we’re paying Valley Fiesta in Brisbane, Supporting Emma Louise at The Corner in Melbourne in November, and playing our debut shows in Melbourne and Sydney. 
 
We also want to start writing the next EP or album, but we want to try something a little different and see some of Australia while we do it. The plan is to pack up and hit the road and stay in some road side motels in the desert. Maybe drive across to Western Australia, and all the way up the west coast into Northern Territory. There has to be an EP on that road somewhere.

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Confidence Man

Featured Artist

2016

10

Oct

Confidence Man

Brisbane, QLD

It's like Tom Tom Club partying with LCD Soundsystem - one heck of a dance floor!

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What's the origin story of Confidence Man?It all started in our home studio (all of us lived together) when one of us was writing a bass line and struggling with song ideas. The four of us were all in the room so we slowly started screaming over the top of each other and trying to grab the microphone to sing little melodies. By the end of the night I just remember that we were all pretty wasted and we were all hugging each other and screaming "this is the best thing ever!" So I suppose from there we realized that we work well together. We're similar people and we like similar music, so it's been easy to know what direction we want to go in. What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?I love to dance, so I really focus on writing big bass lines and cheeky percussion parts. Essentially I just try to write music  I would dance to.I love the way Todd Terje makes badass dance music in a really cute, dorky way. That's the vibe I like to go for. What can punters expect from a Confidence Man live show?Champagne, bee keeper hats, black eye make up and two of the sassiest live dancers you'll ever see. What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?"Men will stick it in any old hole they can get it in" - Grandma What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?Donny Benet - Working Out What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?Nick Cave - Into My Arms You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?Fishing - Yuwa What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?I saw Sampa the Great at Bigsound. She was awesome, I think she's a badass. Tell us about the bands or people in the Australian music community that inspire you.We're inspired by a lot of Brisbane bands because we're always working together and showing each other demos. Everyone is super-supportive in Brisbane.But musically I'm really inspired by the Melbourne dance scene - NO ZU, Ara Koufax and acts like that. What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?Lots of touring, writing, releasing some new tracks, but above all making some more overstated outfits.

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Midas.Gold

Featured Artist

2016

3

Oct

Midas.Gold

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Brisbane, QLD

He's just played Listen Out in Brisbane, premiered a new clip on RAGE, and now he's our Feature Artist. It's a big week for Midas.Gold.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’ve been writing for a little while now, and I’ve listened to different genres ever since I can remember, so you could say its a culmination of everything that is me personally/musically. When I started taking music seriously, I’d be hella critical on what I was writing/recording, break it down and pin point what I needed to improve on. Hella straight forward BUT thats how I developed the bad boi.
 
You were one of the winners of our Listen Out competition and just played the festival in Brisbane. How was that experience?
It was crazy! I never imagined I'd play a festival like that - so it was a trip! I really enjoyed seeing Anderson .Paak, Travis Scott and A$AP Ferg throughout the day - but my favourite experience was just being on stage with my homies and being able to share that moment with them. That was just really special to me. Thank you so much.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I make music and pursue music as a career for different reasons but they are equally as important to me and what drives ya boi Midas !!!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I’ve been lucky enough to have had wise heads in my life so its hard to say, but what I’ve learnt most from the people I admire is how to treat people and I feel like that’s worth its weight in gold ;)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
000000 - Midas.Gold. Who the F*k Kanye West tho?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
UV boi فوق بنفسجي - If She, If He (ft. EASTGHOST) 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Rockstar - Carmouflage Ro$e
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Gill Bate$! skkkrrrrrrr!  He always holds it down super polished performer I’ve learned a lot from him! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Where to start?!?! There's too much talent here right now, (we hold the torch for hip-hop rn imo). There’s I AM D, Gill Bates, Gallu$, Carmoflauge Ro$e, Erik Sanders, Tides, LimeEyed, James Angus (Jangus), Astro Travellers and like 6-7 acts more that I can’t think of right now and they ALL inspire me to work harder. It’s kind of like that for everybody in BNE, it’s competitive fo sho but the vast majority respect each other. It’s dope that cats are on the same wave length tryna build something, that inspires me.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
I tour with Tkay Maidza in NOV!!!!! I also release my EP in OCT, a few more visuals and I’ve got a few features with some talented artists from around AUS :) maybe a couple more sneaky drops here n there ;)

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Gretta Ray
UH

Featured Artist

2016

26

Sep

Gretta Ray

Melbourne, VIC

Unearthed High champ Gretta Ray is back with 'Unwind' - a stunning new song she recorded here at triple j.

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You've just released your new single 'Unwind'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing/recording again after the success of ‘Drive'?
Writing Unwind after the success of Drive was a fascinating challenge for me as a songwriter, due to the fact that Drive was one of those songs where all the elements kind of fell into place right from the beginning of the writing process; the piece came together in a rather organic way. For me, that rarely happens when writing music, and I had to consistently remind myself of that when writing Unwind, as it did not unfold as naturally as Drive did. That being said, once I had the bones of Unwind, I became excited about how different it sounded from anything that I’d ever written before, and once I arrived in Sydney to record it, I was so pleased that I had pushed myself to have a brand new song finished in time for that particular project. Concept-wise, the lyrics of Unwind intend to portray one’s thought process when going through a break up. More specifically, the moment when one comes to understand the extent of what they have lost, when they start to feel the weight of what the relationship became. I feel as though the lyric that best conveys that is “I am sure that there is more to this than I care to admit”. Hopefully this rings true with some listeners. This is a song for those that “feel it all”.
 
You recorded it at the triple j studios in Sydney. What was that recording process like compared to how you usually lay your tracks down?
The recording process at triple J was such an incredible opportunity; I got to work with some very special musicians and am so grateful for all of their time. The main difference between recording in Sydney and how I usually record was definitely the time constraints. We completed the production for this new song in the space of a day and half, which was a huge achievement for the whole team, considering that my usual producers and I spent a good few weeks on Drive. But despite it being a speedy process, it was as equally as fun and satisfying when we completed our work.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I spend a lot of time examining the way that I and others move through the world. I am constantly observing human interactions and human behaviour on the whole, and find that most of my ideas are born when I am taking note of one’s body language or the way that they are conversing with another. For example, there is a lyric in Drive that talks about someone having the ability to make one’s “tired eyes widen and cheeks turn rouge”. I like to focus on minuscule details such as these, details that have the potential to mean so much if they are explored in depth. So overall, I would say that choosing to watch and listen to those in around me has always been what has inspired me to write.
 
What's your go-to snack when making music?
If I’m writing? Hmmm.. okay, this isn’t interesting or original at all, but vegemite toast is definitely my go to. I consume so much bread on a day to day basic, it’s out of control. When I’m recording and making music in a studio environment however, I am hungry the entire time, so props to triple j for bringing me pastries and pizza when I was working in Sydney. Saved my life. 
 
What's your vision for the ultimate Gretta Ray live show?
Oh man, I’m not sure. I sure do think about it a lot, but I am yet to put a band together, as I have always played my shows acoustically; just me and my guitar.
Although, touring as a part of Japanese Wallpaper’s band was an eye opening experience in regards to what it takes to put on a good live show. I loved watching our support act, E^ST perform each night. She radiates so much energy on stage and is jumping and dancing almost the entire time, keeping the audience in the palm of her hand. I found that incredibly inspiring, so when it came to singing lead in Japanese Wallpaper’s set, I attempted to channel a similar energy. When school ends and I can start thinking about putting together a show of my own, I’d definitely like there to be moments where I can put the guitar down and move around on stage.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
I am very lucky in the sense that I seem to have wise, supportive people around me all the time, so I am constantly being offered amazing advice. My family has always taught me to be thankful for everything that comes my way and to be considerate of others. Although that’s very broad, I would say that’s the best advice that anyone can be given.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I Love Pop Music by Ben Lee. Maybe just Ben Lee in general. Ben Lee forever.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Consolation Prize by Montaigne. I cried on the plane to that song the first time that I listened to it.
OR Stranger In My Room by Kat Edwards. Hauntingly exquisite. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Get Down by Jess Kent. Banger and a half. I will never get over how good that song is. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and into 2017?
I am going to finish High School! HOORAY! Then straight after that, I’m flying to Nashville for 2 weeks alongside my mum to hang out with my producer, meet people, eat a lot of food and start work on what I hope to be a full length record. 2017 will consist of playing shows, writing a lot of songs and hopefully travelling back to the states if I can earn the money to do so.

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Alice Ivy

Featured Artist

2016

19

Sep

Alice Ivy

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Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne producer Alice Ivy is one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. She'll be taking her blissed out soul-inspired beats to the 909 stage of Listen Out in Melbourne this Saturday, September 24.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always been super into soul music. I used to play in an all girl soul band, we used to arrange old soul classics by Marvin Gaye, Etta James, and also soul stuff by artists such as Jill Scott. Playing this music is what made me obsessed with it. A few years ago I was introduced to J Dilla and The Avalanches, and I was really inspired to make music like that - beat driven sampled soul that just made you feel good.  Once I got into production at uni I realised this is what I wanted to do!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Creating music that makes people feel good and excited. I love that adrenaline rush you get when you listen to a song that you just love, I try and keep this in mind whenever I write. 
 
What can punters expect from an Alice Ivy live show?
A really sweaty good time. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Always BYO Linen' - Melinda Dine. I learnt the hard way on tour last weekend. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
The Avalanches - Because I'm Me
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Natalie Imbruglia - Shiver
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Christine Anu - My Island Home, classic Australiana banga. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last local show I went to was Alexander Bigg's single launch. It was phenomenal, if you haven't heard him you need to check this guy out. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so many bands in Melbourne who are absolutely killing it at the moment. Particularly recently at BigSound, it was so great seeing so many Melbourne bands up there showcasing! Artists that really inspire me are those who are amazing at what they do musically and who are just genuine people. I'm talking about artists such as Ainslie Wills and Alex Lahey - dead set legends. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
The rest of 2016 is looking insane, I am lucky enough to be playing some pretty amazing festivals and tours this summer! Will do some writing in between ;)

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Alexander Biggs

Featured Artist

2016

12

Sep

Alexander Biggs

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Melbourne, VIC

Devastatingly evocative "sad boy folk" out of Melbourne's inner north.

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How did you first get into playing music?
I first got into music by just wanting to copy my sister - she played piano when I was quite young and I just looked up to her and wanted to copy her. So I've been playing piano for 15 or 16 years now. I started out doing just classical stuff then later found a lot of hardcore, emo and alternative bands that I got my angst out with, and from there got into contemporary music a bit more.
 
What sort of music were you exposed to when you were younger?
When I think about the music I was exposed to when I was younger I can only recall negative experiences. My mum raised me on a lot of Backstreet Boys and Shania Twain. I get that some people might like that, but it was a pretty dismal experience for me.
 
How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound through a lot of trial and error. Initially it was hardcore and alternative music that opened me up to how emotions can be conveyed in song. Through that I discovered artists like Elliot Smith, Bright Eyes, Bon Iver and other artists that know how to emote really well. So I think a lot of the process has been trying different things until something's clicked and since this has clicked it's been about finding the best way to convey and emote the things I want to say.
 
How would you describe your sound now?
I like to think of it as fairly honest music. I try not to dress it up too much. It's just an exploration of ideas that are going on in my head. My approach is to sing the songs in a way that is like you and I are just hanging out and I'm telling you what's going on. Describing it as "raw" might be a little cliche, but it is quite genuine and unfiltered. It's been called 'sad boy folk'. Just listen and have a cry.
 
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A lot of the inspiration for the songs I write just comes out as the songs manifest themselves. It feels like unconscious writing. It comes from a place that's quite heartfelt. The stories usually come from personal experiences or they are reflections on a personal experience. The occasional song will be inspired by a friends experience, but it's all pretty close to home.
 
How and where do you produce your songs?
I produce all my songs out of my bedroom in Thornbury, Melbourne. It's a beautiful area. My house is on the corner of a road, so there's a lot of heavy traffic going by. I record and mix all my music there - so that's why if you listen really close you'll probably hear a car or some birds in my tracks.
 
What do you do when you're not creating music?
When I'm not creating music, I'm performing music. It's become so much a part of my identity that I don't do much aside from create, record or play music. When I'm not playing my own stuff, I'm playing in mate's bands.
 
What can punters epect from an Alexander Biggs live show?
When you come to a live show you can expect me and an acoustic guitar. I'm working on putting a band together, but for now it's just me. It's a very simple setup and an even more honest experience than listening to my recordings, because there's no production or double-tracking. You can hear every word of my songs, plus I can give you some cheesy banter inbetween them.
 
Please tell us about the Melbourne music scene.
The Melbourne music scene is a beautiful and incredible thing, and I'm so blessed to be involved in something so genuine and cool. It's friendly and embracing, there's great venues and just so much incredible talent to play shows with.

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The Pretty Littles

The Pretty Littles make "sing-a-long-with-your-mates-while-sinkin-a-few" rock jams and we're stoked to have them as our Feature Artist all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is middle of the road sorta scrappy pop rock. There are some dumb ones and some serious ones. I think we developed our sound by writing and recording lots and lots in the last 7 or 8 years. It took a long time for us to work out the kind of music we were all happy to be playing and I think that’s still got a little ways yet, which is exciting and inspiring in itself.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think trying to write songs that we are all proud of. Also so many sick bands are making such great music that it's easy to be inspired that way too.
 
What can punters expect from a Pretty Littles live show?
Hmmm that’s a tough one. There will definitely be 2 guitars, 1 bass and 1 drum kit, which sets us apart from pretty much every band out there at the moment. You just don’t see 4 pieces.  
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Probably from Craig (of Scott and Charlene’s Wedding) via Mikey Young (of everything). He said that 'no matter what, music is a community and if someone has success then everyone does and that there's no room for being competitive with something like music. '
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was the Bain Marie Invitational with Food Court at Yah Yahs. It was fun as. We weren’t expecting a lot because it wasn’t a launch or anything but heaps of people came and had a stomp and it was SICK AS. Also Jo Syme helped us out on some vocals for pride which rocked.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
FARK. SO MANY. I’m just gonna do a big list. Neighbourhood Youth, Love Migrate, ScotDrakula, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding, Ceres, The Vasco Era, Big Scary, Ships Piano, Go Get Mum, Dan Kelly, Dick Diver, Eddy Current, Twerps. So so many. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
We’re just gonna put our 3rd CD out called Soft Rock For The Anxious on September 9 and then tour it around a bit! Its gonna be our first vinyl too! Cant wait to see that waxy dawg.

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Amy Shark

Featured Artist

2016

29

Aug

Amy Shark

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Gold Coast, QLD

Amy Shark is a young song writer, filmmaker and producer hailing from the Gold Coast. She's just released her gorgeous new single 'Adore' and she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It took a while for me to figure out my sound. Because I was so heavily influenced by a lot of different artists but as soon as I got it, and built a song using all the right ingredients i.e. mixing the right producers with the right sounds, it very quickly set me on fire and it all made sense after that.  
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think just listening to music in general inspires me. But I also use it as a release, so if there's some heavy shit going down or I feel a bit off I'll usually have a muck around on the guitar and see what happens. Sometimes nothing, sometimes magic.
 
What can punters expect from an Amy Sharks live show? 
Brutal honesty and sometimes I'm  a bit of a potty mouth lol. I like chatting about stuff between tracks, and seeing as all my songs are rather personal I can get pretty involved in the performance part too.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
"Who gives a f*ck about record labels and radio stations. Let's just do this for fun." - Shane Billings (current manager)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Seth Sentry - The Waitress Song. One of the best tracks ever. Plus Who doesn't get happy hearing the word breakfast?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
SIA - Breathe me. That's enough to break anyone in half. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
That's easy! Flume - Sleepless!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dylan Joel at the Cooly Hotel - so fun! super dope! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
We have some cool stuff happening on the GC. Serious talent is growing amongst the palm trees and coffee shops. Some locals I'm into are Georgia Mae, Jesswar, and Being Jane Lane. Sam Morris has really taken our music scene by the balls and thrown it in the spot light for the country to see. Which is rad! Someone had to do it. We are a quiet breed here on the GC. Most of us are more interested in skating, surfing, guzzling coffee and smashing acai bowls than promoting ourselves, but i think the country is slowly turning around to take a peak at us. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of stuff between Syd, Melb and America towards the end of this year. Since the release of 'Adore' there has been some cool people keen to give me a run so I'm keen as to make more music, release my EP and play a heap of shows!

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Nyxen

Featured Artist

2016

22

Aug

Nyxen

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Sydney, NSW

Float away to a beach-side dance floor with the summery sounds of Sydney producer Nyxen. Grab a cocktail, watch the sunset, feel good.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound of my music is heavily influenced by my background playing guitar and djing.
It's all about the contrast between dreamy and groovy, I've just taken my two favourite things and fused them.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I know this has probably been said by every producer in the last 4 years, but watching the development of Flume's sound and his musical journey has been a huge inspiration for me. It's really cool seeing someone from my city doing something and making it all their own, it's a reminder to just do you. 
 
What can punters expect from a Nyxen live show?
At a Nyxen DJ show you can expect trippy, funky and groovy tunes. I like to play music that I'm loving at the time, so could be electronica, house or anything that makes me want to dance!
I'm really keen to start creating a Nyxen live show!
I just started a track and my main thought behind it is "how would this sound live?".
It's pretty early days for the live show but I'd definitely want to incorporate live guitar, vocals and keys. So watch this space!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Something that really resonated with me was what my mum told me. At the time, I was working a 9-5 job at an insurance company, and one day she called me and pretty much told me to quit. She just wanted me to focus on my music, and to find a job that let me put my energy into what I really love (thanks mum). 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last live gig I went to was at Newtown Social. I watched The Garden put on the most intense live show i've ever seen. There weren't that many people there but everyone was really into it. The guys were swinging from the roof (no joke) it was insane!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Go Freek have been getting behind me since I first started making tunes, and their attitude towards other artists is what makes them so inspiring. To have two guys that have been making sick music and touring Australia and USA actually take the time to give advise to young artists is such an admirable attitude, and their willingness to share feedback and be genuinely kind is contagious and so inspiring.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm currently on tour with KLP playing some venues along the East Coast of Australia for KLParty!
When we finish that I really want to work on creating a live show and heaaaps of new tunes.
I've almost finished a few so you'll definitely be seeing them up on my Unearthed profile very soon!

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