Stellie

Featured Artist

2020

21

Sep

Stellie

Adelaide, SA

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

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

In the beginning, I was heavily influenced by jazz music. I absolutely love artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Amy Winehouse. Over time, I started to experiment more with my sound (which at first I found pretty difficult). When writing my debut EP ‘Stellie’ and collaborating with so many unique and talented producers/ songwriters - it really helped me explore my sound more and more. At this point, I feel that this EP is the most accurate representation of my ‘sound’ right now. But i’m not afraid of change - I want to push the boundaries and keep it interesting. I want my sound to grow with me as I develop more as a singer/ songwriter.

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

I like to describe the way I write music as an ‘exaggeration of my everyday life’. My life isn’t always that interesting, so I just like to push the boundaries on it a bit more. I just love to tell stories (whether they are completely accurate or not - it almost doesn’t really matter). Like for many people - music is a form of therapy for me. Letting your thoughts and emotions run free for a bit is so soothing and relaxing. I'm constantly inspired by the people I surround myself with and the stories that people share with me, or stories that I read. Even just captions on photos - or just really interesting and beautiful photos can be so inspirational when it comes to my writing - its almost like i’m trying to put the picture into words.

What can punters expect from a Stellie live show?

I like to think that when I play shows - its almost like bringing magic to life. There is such a rush that comes with finally getting to play the songs that you’ve been holding so close to you for so long, to people that actually really want to hear them. Stellie shows are very wholesome I think. I love my band, and I know they love playing with me too and it really shows. I always have the most fun on stage and really try build that connection with the audience. I also almost always manage to chuck in a cheeky cover during my set (at the moment it's Britney Spears).

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

‘You are not in control of other peoples emotions’ - I cant remember where I found this quote, I think I read it somewhere once and it’s stuck with me ever since. It especially relates to the way I like to make music. I don’t want to tell people how to think/feel when they listen to the songs I write - I want those feelings and thoughts to be pure and completely up to the listener.

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

‘Its Nice to Be Alive’ by Ball Park Music

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

‘Knuckles White Dry’ by Gang of Youths

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

‘Holdin On’ by Flume.

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

TEENAGE JOANS! It was actually the first live gig I’ve seen in about 7 months and it was absolutely insane. I honestly couldn’t stop smiling all night.

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

I'm so lucky to be surrounded by so many incredible and inspiring musos every day. There are heaps of talented musicians in Adelaide, I’m almost spoilt for choice. I spend quite a bit of time with the EAST AV3 boys - those guys are some of the most hard working and dedicated people I know. My bandmates (Max and Jarrad) are so incredibly dedicated and are an absolute joy to be around - as well as Jess Day, Timberwolf, George Alice, Mane and so many more.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

2020 has been an absolute whirlwind of a year in so many ways. I guess my plan is to just take each day as it comes. If I can play some more live shows that would be so fun - but one things for sure, there’s definitely lots more new music on the way.

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Beddy Rays

Featured Artist

2020

14

Sep

Beddy Rays

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Brisbane, QLD

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

We like to think of our music as a love child of all the different bands we grew up listening to. We’ve always loved big sing-along choruses and relatable lyrics. We don’t really try and make our songs fit into any one genre in particular but rather just whip up a bit of a concoction of what we’re feeling at the time. We always like to throw in a new tune at a show to see how the crowd reacts. That’s a good test to let us know if it’s heading in the right direction.

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

We would probably say our friends are the biggest source of inspiration. Although we have some personal songs, a lot of the subjects we write about come from what we see happen around us.

What can punters expect from a Beddy Rays live show?

We like to give the crowd something to take home other than just watching us perform our songs. For example one time we played a mini fezzy down the Goldy during summer and while we played a cover we got Lewy to run out in to the crowd and hand out a bunch of mini water pistols for people to go nuts and wet each other. Went real well although the seccys weren’t too pleased when people started spraying them… but hey, it was a hot day haha. They can expect plenty of terrible on stage banter, occasionally the crowd twists Lewy’s arm to take his shirt off and reveal what’s under the hood, the odd bung note here and there, Benny throws a stick at least once a show, Brad has usually had a few too many but somehow smashes it on the bass and Jacko likes to keep it fresh and throw in a some random quirky accents rather than strictly following the melody. We’ve learnt not to take it too seriously, whilst still trying to play a memorable set. The more fun we have the more involved the crowd gets!

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

We’ve been told not to expect too much from being in a band in the way of financial wealth. Every little win is a bonus – for example a six pack each rather than two drink tickets. As long as you’re having fun, that’s all that matters! – some old punter at the Reddy Bay Pub

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

This one is a bit of a toughy because there are SO MANY OPTIONS! We’re gonna gave to go with Ball Park Music 'It’s Nice To Be Alive' – it’s infectious with happy feels!

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

We’d have to put down ‘I feel fine, I feel sick’ by Melbourne band Ceres. They really know how to capture you for a moment and absorb the lyrics around a wall of sound that kicks in, the song hits in a certain way. 

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

If the d floor is pumping we’d have to throw on ‘Feel The Way I Do’ by The Jungle Giants. It’s a straight up shtonking tune that you cant help but move to. They’re a real good gateway between EDM junkies and band frothers!

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

We went and saw Semantics play at The Zoo a couple of weeks ago. They absolutely smashed it! It was a bit weird being seated at a gig rather than getting amongst it in the mosh but we are still so grateful to be able to see live shows.

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

We get constantly inspired by our mates playing in the local area, always giving each other advice on the music industry. One of the great bands we look up to would be Violent Soho seeing as they are such a hard working band that keeps bringing out great quality music while being a really down to earth bunch of blokes, which is how we aspire to be.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

Everything’s a little up in the air right now due to Covid, plans are always changing but we’re trying our hardest to work around the hurdles. Hopefully we can get another single out before the end of the year and get an EP out early 2021. We can’t wait ‘til things kick off again so we can play shows for all you legends!

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Alt Fiction

Featured Artist

2020

24

Aug

Alt Fiction

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Gold Coast, QLD

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

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

Being brothers we’re pretty lucky in the sense that we literally developed every aspect of being a musician together. We learned guitar together, found our new favourite bands together and wrote our first songs together. As we grew up, the music that we loved at the time always left some mark on our ‘sound’. Slowly those influences have all blurred into one and we’ve ended up with something that is our own. We had a really intense writing period last year where we ended up with 80ish demos. Most of them are trash but we experimented like mad and developed our sound so much because of it. 

 

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

Wow that’s a tough one. We listen to a looot of music, so when we come across a song that just blows our minds we get super inspired to write a song of that calibre. The type of song that makes every other song you’ve listened to that day sound dull. Know what I mean? It’s almost like the search for the holy grail trying to write that type of song -  maybe one day. 

 

What can punters expect from an Alt Fiction live show?

We had a bunch of shows lined up around our first single ‘All My Friends’ but due to the pandemic… well you know what comes next. So we haven’t actually had our first show yet - but we know for a fact that when we do, it’ll be a damn good time! 

 

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

Can’t remember who said it but it always stuck! ‘If you’re not nervous it means you don’t care’. Now we embrace the nerves before all the scary stuff.

 

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

Recently heard ‘Under The Thunder’ by Skegss on Rage at like 1am and that track (and music video) has gotta cheer anyone up.

 

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

We don’t recommend trying to make someone cry, but if you have to - DMA’s track ‘Delete’ is the right place to start. 

 

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

Is there any other choice? It’s gotta be ‘My People’ by The Presets. Absolute ripper. 

 

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

It's been so long :( Nothing recently but we did catch Kitschen Boy’s Instagram live set which was sick! Thank God for the internet. 

 

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

We’re super impressed with Ivey who’ve consistently been upping the bar in our local scene! We played a show together years ago in a library that next to no one came to, so we basically just performed our sets to each other and it was actually a real good time. We were psyched when ‘Midnight’ got added to rotation. Good on 'em!

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

Praying that we can hit the road before the year is over! We’ve got some good stuff under our belt that we’re keen to get out into the world sooner rather than later. Until then you’ll find us in our bedroom trying to write that smasher. 

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IJALE

Featured Artist

2020

17

Aug

IJALE

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Melbourne, VIC

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

My music is a mix of all of the influences that made me want to start creating it. From Michael Jackson to Flying Lotus, D'angelo to Dilla, Fela Kuti, and Tony Allen. I started producing after high school as a means of procrastination and then fell in love with it. As my tastes changed I started incorporating new genres and influences into my production as a means to challenge myself. Soon enough I found myself emulating others less and being true to myself a lot more.

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

The long line of black genius and innovation that is evident in every form of music there is, to be honest. whether it be African American or from the continent itself, it carries the same spirit. To know that lives in me and I can draw from it in my own way is very inspiring.

What can punters expect from an IJALE live show?

A lot of unreleased music, and a lot of stuff to make you dance. The EP has a somber tone to it, but my live show is anything but. My live shows are a celebration of myself and everybody else in the room. 

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

Probably "F**k what other people think". Simple but effective words from my big brother Jesse. 

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

'Miss Shiney' by Kaiit

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

'Worst Luck' by Teischa

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

'Throw It Back' by Manu Crooks featuring B Wise 

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

One of mine actually, it was awesome. It was the last gig I played before lockdown hit so its a bit bittersweet.
 

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

Ok but we're gonna be here a while. Whatever you might vibe there's someone down here who deserves all the things and is super inspiring.

The experimental Jazz scene here is just amazing. 30/70, Mandarin Dreams, Close Counters, Clever Austin, Laneous, Horatio Luna, Bastard Amber, Messy Mammals, JK Group, the list goes on. Some of the most talented people I've ever seen touch instruments are in these bands.

The female talent down here is insane. KYE, Kaiit, Mwanje, Hayku Kyah, Allysha Joy, Kobi Spice, Rara Zulu, Elle Shimada, Thando, Kee'ahn, Rara Zulu, Elaura, Kaira Cuvee, Louella Deville, Foura, The Mai Sisters. They really do run shit down here. 

The Hip hop and RnB are in really good hands down here too. Too many people to mention all of them but to name a few, Cazeaux Oslo, ZephyrGreene, Agung mango, KVKA, 3k, Eco$system, Daniel Elia, HVNCOQ, JAAL, Nasty Mars, Ugly Neighbours, Jordan Dennis, ThatKidMaz. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

I'm already about 5 tracks into the next project, which I'm very keen to put more work into. I have a bunch of singles with some talented friends that I cant wait to share, and I'm mixing and mastering for a few of the artists I just mentioned.

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Bec Sykes

Featured Artist

2020

10

Aug

Bec Sykes

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Melbourne, VIC

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

I would describe my music as moody folk. I've always had a love of melancholy. Growing up I was drawn to film scores and the atmosphere they created. I also listened to a lot of emo music at school. Vocally I admire singers that use their voice emotively and in an interesting way - I think artists like Sigur Ros, Regina Spektor and Elizabeth Fraser have influenced my vocal style. I love performances when it's just a singer-songwriter with their instrument and voice. I'm trying to lean into that minimalism and intimacy and to trust my intuition.
 

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

Quiet time, walking, nature, conversations and strong emotions.
 

What can punters expect from a Bec Sykes live show?

Me playing piano or guitar and singing sad songs.
 

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

"You'll probably still feel anxious pursuing the things you want to do, feeling anxiety isn't a reason not to do them." - My psychologist

Also, "Be kind to yourself when you write." - Ainslie Wills

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

'What's the Deal with David?' by Oh Pep

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

'If You Call' by Angie McMahon (in a cathartic way)


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

'Absolutely Everybody' by Vanessa Amorosi

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

I think it was Alexander Biggs, Ruby Gill & David Western at Common Rooms back in Feb. It was my birthday and I sat at the back in the corner and closed my eyes, it was the perfect introverted sad girl party. Seated gigs are my fave gigs.
 

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

There's so many! Some of my favourite Melbourne artists are Gaia Scarf, Charm of Finches, GraceJean, Low Key Crush and Half the Andes. They all have incredible voices/harmonies and they write clever songs and grab my heart and twist it in the best way.
 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

I was lucky enough to win the Josh Pyke Partnership which involves a grant, so I'm planning to record an EP with the grant funds.

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FRITZ

Featured Artist

2020

3

Aug

FRITZ

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Newcastle, NSW

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

 

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

I started writing and producing my own music a few years ago. I’d say it was pretty sad-core or garage-y back then, and was heavily based on my emotional state at the time. I’m now more confident with writing music and have been experimenting with different ways of writing and different sounds. It’s all come just from experience really - playing live and having different tastes in music throughout the years.

 

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

Hearing a really good song puts me in a writing mood, like a burst of inspiration. But it also just depends on how I'm feeling. I’m inspired more when I’m sad, maybe because that’s just when I’m thinking the most hahaha.

 

What can punters expect from a FRITZ live show?

I forgot… I forgot what our lives shows are like. Loud and maybe a bit messy, but in a fun to watch way.

 

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

I used to compare myself to others so much and have really low self esteem but then my Mum told me that everyone is always thinking of themselves and what people think of them. So no one really cares…

 

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

'Strawberry Kisses' by Nikki Webster

 

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

'Arrow' by FRITZ

 

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

'Can’t Get You out of My Head' by Kylie Minogue

 

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

It was a metal-core gig at the Hamilton Station Hotel. It was everything you’d expect really.

 

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

Vacations, Underlay and Craterface. All very inspiring and doing their own unique thing. It’s very cool to see.
 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

Nap… put out more music… I think I have a dentist appointment in October too…

 

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Thomas Headon

Featured Artist

2020

27

Jul

Thomas Headon

Melbourne, VIC

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I feel like I'm still learning what kind of music I wanna make. Which is cool because I'm only 19 right now so, I want what I write and create to keep 'growing with me' not to sound lame. All the songs I'm writing though are still small documents of my life at the time though. My first EP was this kind of bedroom-pop personal story revolving around this one specific person, and now my second EP which I'm currently releasing is a lot more produced and to me a definite step up in music quality, but still basically revolves around just one person. Is that sad? Probably, but we move on. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

I'm not inspired by much besides other music and my life really. I've never been a 'watch a film and omg I'm gonna write a song about the Titanic' guy, idk it just never worked. Still doesn't. I think like 99% of my songs are things that have actually happened to me / I've gone through. I've struggled a bit during this quarantine time simply because like, nothing is happening lol. Anyway, other than that it comes in waves. Sometimes I'm like INSPIRED but other times I'm just inspired y'know?
 
What can punters expect from a Thomas Headon live show?

Mate I would actually want my live show to go off. Sadly I've had like 2 lots of headline shows be rescheduled now, so I'm yet to play any. I've been using this time to really make sure I have the right songs to play live, make sure the setlist is good enough, practicing idk like everything.
 
Playing live is the highest point for me I think, as much as I love writing and recording, being on a stage in front of people who know my music is when I'm really gonna be my happiest in my 'musical life'. Anyway, I'm announcing a tour today, let's hope they go forward. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

I do a lot of dumb things so I get advice quite a lot. I'm not exactly sure what the advice would have been, but there's a couple of people in my life who are like "the" advice givers. Mum's pretty good at saying things that just stick with me, but other than that both my managers (Titus & Max) are great at advice on anything really, as well as a few friends. I'm lucky I have those people. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

'Duncan' by Slim Dusty. Great song. Premium songwriting. Gets me out of a slump everytime. Hungry? 'Duncan' by Slim Dusty. Thirsty? 'Duncan' by Slim Dusty. Oak? 'Duncan' by Slim Dusty. Hotel? Trivago. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

Again probably 'Duncan' by Slim Dusty. Also pretty emotional. He just wants to have a beer with Duncan. And Trev. And everyone. Quite relatable to be honest. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

Nah for real though Australian music hasn't been the same since Flume released 'Hi This Is Flume'. Anything from that. Probably 'High Beams' that's my favourite on that record. Although quick little plug to my literal favourite Australian artist right now Sycco. She's making straight banger after banger. There's no stopping her. Someone quote me on this question when she's playing Rod Laver. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

Uhhhhhh great question I've been inside for so long I don't remember. I have a lot of answers for this question... pretty sure the last GIG i went to was The 1975 at O2 Arena. That was effing mental I love them. More of a local gig though. A bit before that was my incredibly talented friend Matilda Mann, she played like an 80 cap venue which was perfect because she literally put the whole audience in this beautiful, emotional acoustic trance. Highly recommend checking out her stuff. Australia though... man I really wish I remembered, it was probably a friend of mine's but I just don't remember whose :(
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne / London music community that inspire you.

I could actually write a whole essay for this question. I'm literally constantly surrounded by such talented people that it's hard to list them all. But huge mentions are as I said above Sycco. She's such a cool girl but she's also my absolute favourite Australian artist right now, her song 'Nicotine' is my current favourite song of 2020, but her new song 'Dribble' is another tune and a half. Along with her, a couple of my friends here in London are super talented. Above I mentioned Matilda Mann, but also my friend Stephen Barnes who goes by Nabes is so talented, as well as my friend Maya Delilah whose music I really like, and a friend of mine in LA called Sam but goes by Slush Puppy... I'm also on a track with him, he's sick. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

By the look of London right now it might be that I have to stay inside for the rest of eternity, but that's okay. Pandemic aside I probably would have been doing that anyway. I have plans to come home around Christmas time, hopefully play a couple of shows too if it's okay to do so. Other than that I dunno man, vibe? Write more music? Vibe some more? Listen to triple j all day? Probably.

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JK-47

Featured Artist

2020

20

Jul

JK-47

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North Coast, NSW

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

Well I've been writing and rhyming since 14 so it’s taken me nearly 10 years to get to where I’m at. I didn’t always sound and rap like this. My rhymes and voice developed and evolved over time along with the content of my writing, and I think when I joined Gratis Minds it gave me a chance to express what was truely on my mind. In my early years of rapping, I was just a wanna-be, because I was looking to America and a lot of hard rappers for inspiration because that’s what I though I had to be to be liked. But I was trying to be something I wasn’t. Now I’m looking in my own backyard and realising I got my own story to tell. And I should tell it raw and as real as I can. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

Sometimes listening to the greats like, Tupac, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Nipsey Hustle (just to name a few) gets me in the mood. Sometimes it comes from the beat when I feel it, I just gotta write to it because it just comes to me. Mostly it comes from inside. Just wanting a better life for my family. Hoping I can write a song that can relate to everyone. I wanna take care of my people but I hope I write the type of music that speaks to everybody everywhere and sparks change at the same time. Not just some banger that you hear in the club. Something timeless.
 
What can punters expect from a JK-47 live show?

Pure energy from the jump. You can hold me to that.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

My mum always told me to give all my problems and cares to God. Like if I had a problem she couldn’t solve, she’d say “Give it to The Lord son.” And for me giving my problems to God takes all that weight of my shoulders. It helps my smile and love my wife and son more. Appreciate the good I got and a focus without frustration. And God always makes it work out in the end so that’s probably the best advice given to me that’s help me the most.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

'Yil Lull' by Joe Geia.

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

'Took the Children Away' by Archie Roach.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

'Relief' by Gratis Minds.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

Before Corona hit, at the start of February I opened up for Adrian Eagle and after my set I sat back and watched him do his thing. He was real dope. You could feel everything he was putting down. Mad energy.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney / Tweed Heads South music community that inspire you.

There’s a lot of musical talent where I’m from. Young and old. Though I’m choosing to drop this solo album, I’m in 3 different groups all from the same place with mad talent. East Coast Brotherhood, Gratis Minds and Kinship Collective. There’s so much to say about the musical talent and potential there is in Tweed I don’t know where to start. But I think there’s a lot of people yet to be discovered from Tweed Heads. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

Connect with people in a positive way through my music and give strength and motivation to those who need it. I started this a long time ago but this is still just the beginning for me. I have a lot of other tracks   waiting to be heard by Australia and the world but you’ll know about them soon enough. 

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Tina Says

Featured Artist

2020

19

Jul

Tina Says

Perth, WA

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

So far my sound has developed through a combination of personal experience and what influences I have. Through trial and error and experimenting my sound grows. I wouldn't even say I have actually found my sound yet, along the journey you develop habits in your writing and eventually most of your productions start to have similarities. 

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

To be honest, aside from finding inspiration through music itself. I learnt through being an artist for a long period of time, my biggest source of inspiration is through balance and happiness in life. If my relationships are great, I feel stable as a person, I'm eating well etc - then I maximise my creative flow. If some days I don't feel it, then I don't force it, maybe I go for a big walk or see someone I care about and through that, I've triggered my inspiration. 

What can punters expect from a Tina Says live show?

It's simple. To dance and have a good time! 

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

From my dad he said, "to always aim higher then what I think I'm capable of as I'm likely to come close" 

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

'EMBRACE ' by PNAU.

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

'One Crowded Hour' by Augie March.

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

'My People' by The Presets 

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

The last gig I went to was the first show of my 2020 tour which was actually in Margaret river. The turn out was huge for a small-town event, the vibes were high. Loving the fact all the young new club-goers new the tunes! 

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

Slumberjack, ShockOne and Jeremy from Lab six - since the beginning, these guys have inspired me, given me the time of day and had me in their studios teaching me valuable production knowledge or industry insight! Without them, I wouldn't be where I am! 

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Bermuda Bay

Featured Artist

2020

10

Jul

Bermuda Bay

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Adelaide, SA

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

We've been jamming together in heaps of contexts and genres through most of high school, including school percussion and jazz bands, which has had a massive influence on our sound. On top of that, each band member has slightly different tastes in music and in turn brings something different to the table. We listen to lots of jazz fusion, soul, and pop music to help inspire us with our sound. Some of our influences include Alpine, Daniel Caesar, Childish Gambino, The Internet, Vulfpeck, Parcels, Billy Davis, and Leisure.

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

Our greatest source of musical inspiration is more often than not each other. Usually one of the members puts together a dodgy little demo, which really comes together once we jam on it and ideas for the song jump out once there's some energy behind it.

What can punters expect from a Bermuda Bay live show?

Punters can bet they’ll be sweating on the dancefloor!

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

The best advice we’ve ever gotten would have to be from Nick of Heaps Good Friends. We’d approached him to work on the production of our new material and he basically just told us to have faith in ourselves and to trust our gut with our sound, which really helped us to gain confidence in our own abilities.

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

'Miss Shiny' by Kaiit. This track was a big inspiration for our newest single 'All My Life' and that very soulful guitar hook at the start of the song literally makes us smile instantly.

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

'Boys Will Be Boys' by Stella Donnelly. This song is honest and hard hitting and entirely speaks for itself.

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

We would definitely pump some Genesis Owusu, ‘Don’t Need You’ is a banger and a half.

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

The last gig we went to was actually one we played at last week with our friends Busseys and Glowing. It was so refreshing to see people out of their homes enjoying live music again, and we can’t wait to play more and more shows.

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

We love how tight-knit the Adelaide music/arts community is, some of our favourite bands that inspire us are The Montreals, Neon Tetra, and Vann Rango.

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Harper Bloom

Featured Artist

2020

5

Jul

Harper Bloom

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a Harper Bloom live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VACATIONS

Featured Artist

2020

23

Jun

VACATIONS

Newcastle, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a VACATIONS live show?

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

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

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

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

'Warned You' by Good Morning.

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

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

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

'Control Your Body' by Pnau. 

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

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

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

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

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MAY-A

Featured Artist

2020

15

Jun

MAY-A

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Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No Money Enterprise

Featured Artist

2020

14

Jun

No Money Enterprise

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Know your worth”.

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

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

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

 'The Message' by Onefour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sputnik Sweetheart

Featured Artist

2020

9

Jun

Sputnik Sweetheart

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Canberra, ACT

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a Sputnik Sweetheart live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'WUTD' by Genesis Owusu.

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

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

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

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Aodhan

Featured Artist

2020

1

Jun

Aodhan

( )

Illawarra, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from your live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'You Were Right' by RÜFÜS DU SOL.

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

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

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

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

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Noah Dillon

Featured Artist

2020

18

May

Noah Dillon

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Perth, WA

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a Noah Dillon live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jeida Woods

Featured Artist

2020

13

May

Jeida Woods

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Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a Jeida Woods live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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D'Arcy Spiller

Featured Artist

2020

4

May

D'Arcy Spiller

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'San Frandisco' by Dom Dolla 100%. 

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

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

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

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

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The Lazy Eyes

Featured Artist

2020

30

Apr

The Lazy Eyes

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Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from The Lazy Eyes live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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