Vetta Borne

Featured Artist

2021

8

Mar

Vetta Borne

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

I’ve grown up listening to a lot of soul/rnb. I also write/produce for other artists, which had me fall in love and appreciate pop music. It’s been a long journey of writing to bring my roots of soul back into my own music.

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

My greatest source of inspiration are my emotions and my imagination. I’m always translating my feelings into sounds and words. It could be the smallest thought and I’ll exaggerate it into a whole story. I’m just so in love with creating that I’ll just start writing until I find inspiration along the way. 

What can punters expect from a Vetta Borne live show?

You can expect a lot of body rolling and lot of feeling yourself. You can expect to feel your sexiest and most confident self in a safe space filled with like-minded people. That’s the energy I will be giving at all of my shows, and hopefully you’ll feel that too. 

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

The best advice I’ve been given was from M-Phazes when I first started out in Aus music. He said “Don’t wait too long for things to be “perfect”. A song is never finished, you just run out of time to work on it.”, basically saying that you’re actually holding yourself back if you’re holding onto an idea for too long. 

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

'Shook' by Tkay Maidza. This will definitely make you forget everything for 2:42 minutes, or more if you just keep it on repeat like I do.

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

'Miss Shiney' by Kaiit. Something about her voice is so comforting. It’s like a warm hug and a cup of tea.

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

Kito, Vanjess, Channel Tres - Recap. I think Kito is one of my favourite producers at the moment, you can’t help but bounce to it.

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

The Operatives threw an event at Melbourne Museum with a few local performers. The acts included artist like Jordan Dennis, Sophiya, Khiarra, It was so heartwarming to hear live music again, and felt good to be dancing outside of my bedroom again!

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

I love how much soul Melbourne naturally carries. Artists like Kaiit and Ojikae, producers like Uno Stereo and 18YOMAN, living in their truth and making the music you know they embody will always inspire me. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

I have another EP coming out very soon, mostly self-produced! This EP is definitely a lot more pop leaning than the first project I released. I also plan on playing some live shows this year and filming some live content too. 

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LÂLKA

Featured Artist

2021

1

Mar

LÂLKA

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Brisbane, QLD

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

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

I make pop music with lots of glitches and exaggerated sounds; "hyperpop" is a term often used to describe my music. When I was starting out I wasn't able to find band members to stick with me, so I depended on my laptop to make music and that's how I ended up with my sonics. Also, drum machines (unlike drummers) have no ego. 

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

I'm always inspired by other artists, so I can't say that I have ONE GREATEST source of inspiration. I like to make sure I'm across popular culture + music, read a lot, watch movies and stay curious.  

What can punters expect from a LÂLKA live show?

A cardio workout. Seriously. My music is not meant to be consumed standing still.  

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

I used to be really self-conscious about my singing voice, but Rromarin (Kult Kyss) helped me realise the uniqueness of my voice. She actually told me that I shouldn't take any singing lessons bc it'll just polish out all the unique qualities of my style and timbre. Rromarin is one of the best vocalists in AU (and the world) IMHO and to have her validate my voice meant a lot.  

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

Depends why they're crying?

If it's bc they're being bullied: my track 'Make U Nervous' - it's about being aware of one's own power and how it makes others wary of you. Take back your power, make them quake in their boots!

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

This might sound weird but 'Alight' by Ninajirachi. It's not a sad song, but you know how it kinda hurts when you're obsessed/have an intense crush on someone???? That sentiment of being so infatuated but it's all inside your mind and they probably don't know is kinda bittersweet. 

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

'Atomic Blonde' by LÂLKA (feat. BRUX) - that drop is meant to make every ass on the DF shake. 

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

I went to a festival on Boxing Day 2020. I'm usually pretty depressed around Christmas time (it's complicated) so I decided to go to a festival and do a solo rave. It was cathartic.  

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

  • Tim Shiel - his conversations always provoke me to consider my own artistic practice 
  • The people who have worked so hard on independent music publications (shout out Emma from Purple Sneakers and Hayden from Pilerats, for example) - their FB pages got Zuck'ed recently, but I've always admired the way they had spent years taking the time to search for and break emerging Australian artists
  • Nina Las Vegas - she is an amazing curator, and her contributions have made such an impact on the AU music scene 
  • Kučka - for carving her own sonic path 
  • Tkay Maidza - for absolutely killing it, doing her own thing! 

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

I'm gonna do a worldwide livestream on 20th March of me performing new music (as in, in real-time, not pre-recorded) and with augmented reality visuals. I've missed performing soooo much after what 2020 served us, so I am really looking forward to this! After that I'm gonna knuckle down and finish my next body of work (that I've already started). On the frivolous front, I'd really like (but probably can't afford) to get a pair of high-end designer sneakers (Balenciaga is my top preference) so if there's anyone out there who feels generous, HMU. 

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The Terrys

Featured Artist

2021

22

Feb

The Terrys

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Illawarra, NSW

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is really a combination of what we all like listening to (The Cure, Jamie T, Will and the People, Violent Soho, Skeggs etc.) and being able to combine ideas into one to make our sound. It began with just acoustic guitar and vocals and has now turned into a 5 piece Surf Rock band with Brit Pop influence. 

 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Definitely our mates and our favourite bands at home. Everyone backing each other and frothing out with us makes us want to keep having fun with it! 
 
What can punters expect from The Terrys live show?
A whole lot of energy from the start and few surprises in there to get everyone in their seat wishing they didn’t have to sit down haha. Don’t let the squawks scare you, it’s just the terrydactyls up front!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Our best friend and neighbour, Joey winkler (shout out DOS ENOS) has always said from the start that we can make our own music we just have to see it, stick with it and always be us. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'I Think You’re Great' by Alex the Astronaut 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Leave It At That' by Pist Idiots.
 
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?
Ruby Fields at Kiama Pavilion - it was so RAD 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
Seathru, Debbies, Satin Cali, Pacific Avenue and The Bungalows just to name a few or our good mates that are so epic. it’s sick to see the South Coast getting amongst it and sharing the love of music. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
We want to play our music live to as many people as we can, have as much fun as we can and get our EP out. There’s so many exciting things to look forward to for this year and we can’t wait to get on the road and spend as much time in the studio as we can. Yew 

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Lola Scott

Featured Artist

2021

15

Feb

Lola Scott

( )

Illawarra, NSW

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

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

The more I worked with different producers I gradually learnt the lingo and started producing more myself. I think my sound developed as I grew more confident in voicing my opinions and knowing how to explain what I was hearing in my head. I also found friends that I love working with and who I feel really understand the direction that I want to take my music but also allowed me the freedom to explore different avenues within alternative/indie pop. I was always a guitarist/songwriter first so since I started this project I’ve always felt confident with writing harmony and lyrics, but learning how to produce sparked a whole new love for creating and collaboration. I love the feeling of going into the studio with nothing and coming out with something you never could have imagined before you started writing it or the idea that if you tried to recreate it you never could.

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

Guitar. I’ve been playing since I was 8. I’ve never been great at practicing set pieces because I always end up day dreaming whatever I’m practicing into a new song. Hearing different harmonies will set the mood of the lyrics straight away & then I’ll just write words until something makes sense to me & feels like it starts telling a story.

Also finding new artists I love and hearing things that my friends have made makes me want to pick up my guitar and write. I love sharing unreleased tracks with friends and hearing what they have been making so we can inspire each other with new ideas for production or talk about lyrics etc.

What can punters expect from a Lola Scott live show?

DRAMA. Lots of mood swings. Recently I’ve been bookending my set with my moody double A side ’the night i ran away and tried to sleep at the skatepark’. My upcoming EP ‘1/4 life crisis’ brings a bit more cheek and I’m sometimes joined by dancers. You can also expect some A+ banter (my mates laugh occasionally). My guitarist will give you the best stage jumps & my drummer shakes his floppy mop head.

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

'People aren’t worrying about you being perfect on stage, they just want to get amongst you vibe! The more fun you can have, the more the crowd will be into it so just go for it and don’t worry if you f**k it up'  - Bronte Public House. 

Or if I’m ever stressing over something to do with music, my Mum will remind me ‘you chose this career because it’s fun, so remember to enjoy it otherwise what’s the point, you may as well get an office job’.

You didn’t ask for it but here’s my advice:

'You can learn something from every person you meet.'

I think this especially resonates in the music world. Every time I work with a different songwriter, producer or musician I learn a lot even if the collaboration doesn’t gel well I always learn something from the session.

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

'Wake Up Call' by Mel Blue

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

'Paint You While You're Still' - Rees Lucia

(Pretty cruel to cheer up someone who was crying and then make them cry again, so careful which order you play those tracks baha)

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

'Don’t Need You' by Genesis Owusu or 'Naked' by Pleasure Coma depending on the time of night.

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

Does my own show count? Just gotta tell you the supports were sick. Two of my best buds and collaborators Beso Palma and Jerome Blazé absolutely stole the show.

I also saw Abby Bella May play recently and jumped up for a song we wrote together. Her band sounded so tight that I started messaging my band saying we need to rehearse like right now. (lucky for me they are also v tight <3) 

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

I’m surrounded by way too many talented friends who make music so here’s a playlist of some local shredders:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4mEs4rChA21DTfeI6QywjR?si=9lLc5tSTRj6lxFXDsctSyw

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Lemon Myrtle

Featured Artist

2021

8

Feb

Lemon Myrtle

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South West WA, WA

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

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

My music's always changing, and at the mercy of my emotional approach. 'My sound' is probably my voice, because that won't change. But musically I'm stoked to try out everything. So far reflective, herbal teas, and maybe more intellectual movement. But lately I've just felt like dancing so i've been making more groovy, black coffee, body boogie beats ya know? What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? People! Friends, strangers, conversations, interactions. Also justice, feeling part of something bigger, and the good earth.

What can punters expect from a Lemon Myrtle live show?

I'm not super sure yet, but definitely stories and chats and warm feelings :)

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

Oh man, so much! My friend Rob told me "veggies need to be eaten, and songs need to be heard." And Uncle Kev who I love lots reminds me that "self belief is different from egotism," which I really appreciate. I often come back to these when I'm feeling anxious about sharing stuff.

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

'Singing Makes it Better', by Formidable Vegetable. Bc it really does.

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

'Persevere' by Gang of Youths.

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

Boyyyy that Centrelink hold music is popping!

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

My most recent and first ever gig was organised by WAFA, and I got to support Not Just Charlie, Chief Monkey, The Nomadics and John Butler! It was SOOOOo fun Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you. Charlie Mcgee from Formidable Veg and Not Just Charlie has known me since I was tiny, but just recently we've become friends haha! He's been the hugest support and encourager. He sings about all things permaculture and community sufficiency, which is super cool. He loves to be and play music with as many people as he can, because why not? He's fun and lighthearted but not shallow at all, and I really admire that approach to performing, and to life! Big love Charlie.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

Keep makin' music, start my social work degree, I'd love to have another EP out this year, & I'd luuurve to do some collaborations !! :)))) If you're keen to make something together hmu x

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PRICIE

Featured Artist

2021

1

Feb

PRICIE

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I don’t think I have a definitive sound just yet, I think I am very much still learning new fun ways to find my sound.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My greatest source of inspiration is truth, the reality of my life and the truth that it carries is a very strong starting point to everything. The lessons and blessings haven’t failed me yet.

What can punters expect from a PRICIE live show?
The expectation from a PRICIE live show will hopefully be acceptance and pure positive energy where dancing is the only key and understanding is the door.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have been given came from my father, he said always know where you came from and what you are doing! It has helped me not only re-evaluate my stance in life but also strengthened my love for where I came from - the struggle and joys.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
The Australian track I would play first 'too dang good' of course and then any song by Tkay Maidza or Sampa The Great - that queen energy is bound to get anyone up and out of their feelings.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I would play a track from the beautiful Liyah Knight called 'Tipsy'.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'too dang good'! followed by anything from Genesis Owusu.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig I went to was at a pub and it was soo fun, it was a karaoke night and everyone sanggggg.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
I am inspired by amazing musicians around me especially Thando if you have never seen her live I don’t know what you're waiting for! Best experience!

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
My plans are honestly to buckle down and write more fun tunes and connect with other wonderful musicians and create more content in preparation for 2021 and the rest of my life hahah.

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Freesouls

Featured Artist

2021

25

Jan

Freesouls

Sydney, NSW

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

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

Our sound is the result of the three of us being strong personalities with our own individual musical tastes, coming together and learning to take the best parts of what inspires us and mixing it together into something greater

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

As we’ve matured aartistand aa crew, we’ve started to look to ourselves for inspiration, always looking to build and improve on what we’ve done.

What can punters expect from a Freesouls live show?

Hectic vibes. Jumping, yelling, partying without judgement.

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

“Believe in yourself, trust the process, and work hard” from our manager Malek. 

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

'Send It' by Hooligan Hefs

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

 'Still Stressin’' by Huskii

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

'Time Off' by Freesouls  

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

We opened up a show for our brothers Cult Shotta at Oxford Arts Factory. It was a seated show but the energy was mad and people had to constantly be reminded to sit down.

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

Aus music is popping rn so there’s a lot of inspiration around us. First and foremost we gotta shoutout our boys MRVLS, Tzantza and Boy who are artists in their own right but also help us to create our own music. Our manager Malek is a huge inspiration and voice in the underground hip hop scene for years. To add to that we’d say Gravy baby, Voke, Kerser, Huskii, Triple One, Cult Shotta, Elijah Yo, Biggs and A.Girl just to name a few. There’s too many people to name which just speaks to how hard the Sydney music scene is going.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

We have a single dropping Feb 26th which will be the second single off our upcoming tape ‘DRILLSOUL’ dropping May 28th. From there we’re gonna keep grinding in the studio for the next project and tour as soon as possible.

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Hotel

Featured Artist

2021

19

Jan

Hotel

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Sydney, NSW

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

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The music I make is a culmination of my influences that I have grown up listening too. I do my best to always try to keep it innovate through bringing together genres that may not have been paired before.

The sound developed through trying countless styles and by playing and learning from musicians and friends around me who have really inspired the music I make.

I look to always be developing my sound and can’t wait to see what my future influences will do to change it.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The ability to conceptualize a feeling or thought-through soundscapes and the lyrics is what drives me to keep moving forward with it.

What can punters expect from a Hotel live show?
A lot of energy from the band and some heavy beats to lose yourself too. Some good friends on stage and hopefully a set of complete immersion for listeners.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all" - Peter Tudehope (Dad)

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'No More Words' by Sui Zhen or 'Breeze' by Jermango Dreaming.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Into My Arms' by Nick Cave or 'Blood' by The Middle East.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Wind it Up' by Mumbo Jumbo or 'Kelly' by Van She.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I haven’t been to a gig for a while now I think it might have been Pitch Festival where I saw Maceo Plex, Stephan Bodzin and Skin On Skin, HNNY and Hiatus Kaiyote.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
I am really inspired by local acts and friends like Jermango Dreaming, Uncle Boy, Dives, Prince Maton, Triple One, Goons, Noah’s Room, Hector Gechan, Johnny Hunter, Jonas Nichols, Thomas Gray and Liam Ebbs. All in their own right just make music which is from the heart and has all their own unique flavours in it.

I also am inspired by other creatives in the community like artists and writers and even the artists that make food at my favorite restaurants and cafes.

I love to see people not giving a fuck about what other people think and following their passion. This isn’t exclusive to creatives either. My friend Mitch is a finance guy and he really is passionate about it and he kills it. Seeing people get something out of working hard and doing what they want gives me courage to stay true to my course.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?
Go to the beach as much as I can. Read a book a month. Write a book every three months. Release and write more music. Eat more lollies and find myself on more dance floors.

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Groovy Daughter

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

I started writing in 2017 when a school friend approached me with a project he was making for his sound production diploma. In the beginning, my sound was pretty heavy and very influenced by Hans Zimmer. His music was always something to cry to for me and I wanted my sound to give me that same release. Now that I have been able to manage my mental health a lot better my music can now reflect that. The inspiration and empowerment I feel from listening to soul is creeping its way into my writing process. I feel almost a sense of relief that I am able to make music like this, because it sounds like happiness to me, which means that I'm happy...

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

I think it's a tie between my own journey with mental health and powerful female soul voices, Think Erykah Badu, Kaiit, Celeste etc...

What can punters expect from a Groovy Daughter live show?

Well before it was pretty stripped back and intimate, mostly just myself. But now that I feel myself leaning into a more distinct sound I'm ready to add some finger slappin bass (shout out to Brodie Breidthann for that beautiful bass in 'Harsh') and soul-fuelled drums. 

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

It was actually from a therapist I see. She always reminds me that my music and this journey is for me, I'm here because I enjoy it. I often find myself overwhelmed with what people will think or say, or like or hate about me and my music, so to have this reminder in my back pocket really keeps me grounded.

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

'Miss Shiney' by Kaiit. I LOVE EVERYTHING SHE DOES.

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

'When The Lights Are Out' by s.wells. His voice is mesmerizing, one of my favourites in the Canberra scene. 

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

'No Other High' by Touch Sensitive & Electric Fields.  

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

Does it count if it's online? cause the Love Divide Sessions from Kirkland were insane <3 

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

Canberra's music scene is something else. The excitement and support from everyone to everyone is something to be so proud of. The pride is huge and we all wear it with honour. Citizen Kay is always someone who inspires me, his open mind and incredible creativity makes his studio a very safe space to just experiment and try new things. Billy Bianchini from Warm Water is also someone who inspires me, he has been able to make the whole process of creation to release an incredibly seamless and surreal experience. He and his team are amazing at representing and supporting the Canberra scene.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

Keep making music that makes me feel good and hopefully make a lush veggie garden :) 

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Liyah Knight

Featured Artist

2020

14

Dec

Liyah Knight

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Sydney, NSW

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

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

All of my music is different, but all of it still feels like me. I'd like to think by the end of any given track there's a different perspective being offered. In terms of development it's just been a matter of experiment; writing a bunch of shitty songs before figuring out the right way to convey a message lyrically/sonically. 

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

Feelings and experiences that make me feel present or stuck. 

What can punters expect from a Liyah Knight live show?

Grade A energy and a healthy amount of dad jokes. I have really long limbs and people often don't expect it, so yeah heads up there too. 

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

"You might as well be present, because that's all you have right now" 

Someone actually dropped this gem at a party a couple weeks ago and it's my new favourite (bathroom line friend, if you're reading this, thank you!). Super obvious advice but I feel like sometimes it's so easy to forget about being present in the midst of future plans and past events! 

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

'Final Form' by Sampa the Great; that intro alone is triumphant enough to pull anyone out of a solemn slump. 

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

Ha! The power of music. Stevan did a cover of 'Ain't No Sunshine', which I can guarantee will make you cry. 

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

I am the most shameless hype person so I am playing all my friends' music, kicking it off with 'Throw it Back' by Manu Crooks and B Wise. 

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

I saw Boy Soda at the Soda Factory and he kicked a speaker off the stage. It was sensational.  

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

I'm lucky enough to work with a lot of people that inspire me. Diesel is a great role model for any young musician. I think society sells us this narrative that drug use and partying is an integral part of the creative process, so to be in a session with an OG Australian musician sipping kombucha and making bangers, it's eye opening/gives me some perspective. 

Also places like the Lord Gladstone in Chippendale, and a Little Lagos in Enmore. These places are like extensions of the music; places that show genuine and ongoing support for local artists. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

Sweet f*** all if I'm being honest. I feel like I haven't seen my family in a hot minute between work and sessions, so probably just bug them all summer!  

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STUMPS

Featured Artist

2020

10

Dec

STUMPS

Sydney, NSW

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

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Outside of touring and playing, I would have to say finding common ground in our musical influences was massive in our development. It’s a blend of indie-rock and dance-rock, contrasted by some unsmiling themes. It’s our way of figuring out the little joys and sadnesses of life together.


What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My environment, my friends and their stories. I am fortunate enough to live in a beautiful part of Sydney. However like any suburb, there are lots other things bubbling away, under the surface. The good and the bad both serve as inspiration for our music, often interwoven in the same song

What can punters expect from a STUMPS live show?
Lots of energy and lots of love. We have always put all our energy into our live shows, maybe sometimes it superseded the performance quality in the early days. Nowadays we are trying to bring the right amount of energy, passion, as well as ensure the performance is tidy too!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Go all the way" — Charles Bukowski

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Zimbabwe' by New Navy

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Into My Arms' by Nick Cave

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Since I Left You' by The Avalanches

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was actually our own show at Mona Vale Park House, to launch our debut album ‘All Our Friends’. It was such an emotional night. It was a sold-out show and the room was filled with our most cherished friends and family, all celebrating the release of the album. It’ll be a memory I’ll never forget.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you?
There’s honestly too many to name, so I apologise to those I omit, but the few that come to mind are Dear Seattle, Johnny Hunter, Clews and Droves.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
There’s not a whole lot left of this cursed year, so, with any justice, we’ll be dancing all the way into 2021.

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Alter Boy

Featured Artist

2020

4

Dec

Alter Boy

Perth, WA

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

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound has been developed organically by hearing and deaf band members. Naturally we are drawn towards low tones, bass and sub and heavy drums (music we can hear and feel). We combine heavy bass tones with a choiresque little altar boy vocal. We also use a lot of pitch bending in our tracks, which is a testament to our gender bending.

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

Our inspiration comes from all of the other deaf folks who come before us who have had their own passionate relationships with music, from wanting to challenge the music industry and to denounce traditional ideas of what it means to be in a band, and from our fierce passion for activism in queer deaf spaces.

What can punters expect from a Alter Boy live show?
Audience members can expect to see trans and disabled bodies in celebration, accessible venues, wild costumes, mad performance art, blasphemy, and hot Auslan creations.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice we’ve been given comes from one of our Deaf mentors who told us to look after our candle. Operating at the intersection of Deaf and hearing can be taxing and we need to take care of the little space we have created at the centre of it all.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Feeling Higher' by Priscilla

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Boys Will Be Boys' by Stella Donnelly 

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

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Ghost Care in Fremantle. Such fun.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
Our Deaf community - our teachers and elders - give us a lot of inspiration and support to keep going, to do better and to grow into ourselves as young deaf people. We connect with a lot of mind blowing Deaf performers and activists. A group called “Deaf Hype” showcases some of our latest and greatest.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
Oh you don’t even know! We have some hot new tunes ready for release in 2021 and we are praying to our deaf-trans femme-gay god for some funds to get another film underway.  

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Bad/Love

Featured Artist

2020

23

Nov

Bad/Love

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Melbourne, VIC

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

Our music has really fluctuated since we started in June 2019. Our debut EP 'SIOIS' was written in 2018 when I felt a calling to start writing music again after a hiatus. At the time I was falling back in love with the emo music I grew up on (Saosin, My Chemical Romance etc) and it was really hitting a chord with me. I really wanted to put a modern touch on that sound I loved so much so got to work creating Bad/Love with producer Callan Orr and our friend Marcus Bridge helping with vocal production (we bonded over the idea of an emo revival and he has always understood what I was going for). After a year of looking for the right musicians to play with, we formed and put out 'SIOIS'. After a few months together we started to come together more and combine our writing skills to create something a bit different to the origin, but something that feels a hell of a lot more Bad/Love. We've continued to work with Callan & Marcus whilst adding Beau McKee (Drum Production) & Forrester Savell (Mix/Master). We feel our team really helps pull the best out of us as songwriters and performers. 

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

When everythings gone, music is really all I have. It's what drives me each day. I constantly have to have music running to act as a soundtrack to my life to keep me calm and happy. I feel the most "me" when I create. It's a very therapeutic process for me. Our peers inspire us daily. We are blessed to surround ourselves with some of the most talented people in the country for alternative music and when they create something, it calls me to do the same.  

What can punters expect from a Bad/Love live show?
Our live show is one of our favourite parts of being a band. Expect a lot of theatrics, crazy lighting and everything turned up to 11. We really like to creative an immersive live experience people can really get lost in. 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Chris (#2) Barker from Anti-Flag once explained his views on an album to me and it changed the way I view my music. He talked about how a record is exactly that. We leave behind a record in time that people can come back to. You are leaving your mark on the world. So say what matters to you at the moment. Write what influences you at that time. It has really let me not focus on writing "what's hot" and write for me. It let's me be more honest and accepting that not everything needs to be perfect, it just has to be true to me at that moment in time. 

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Figure Eight' by Trophy Eyes. That always makes me smile and feel empowered. 

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Brilliant Blue' by Agnes Manners. It brings me to the point of tears every time I hear it, which makes it especially hard to play sometimes. 

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Fire' by Peking Duk. You show me a person who doesn't want to dance to this track and I'll show you a liar. 

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
This is really testing my memory given COVID. I believe it was actually our tour with The Brave & Sleep Talk, we actually had to cancel the final Brisbane show due to lockdown. 
That was a super fun tour, in fact our first tour. We have so much fun with The Brave and the Melbourne show in particular was super special for us. 

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
Northlane, Polaris & Alpha Wolf are continually carrying the flag for heavy music in Australia. What both bands have achieved in their careers are amazing influences and both bands are so lovely. Greyscale Records have been doing amazing things and are growing so rapidly. Tom Johanessen at New World Artists has to be one of the hardest people I've ever met and he always makes me want to work harder, his ethic and results are INSANE. Finally our manager Jase Clarke (No Honey), he has really come into management in a big way and is helping inspire us daily to be the best we can be. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
This Sunday we are super excited to FINALLY be hitting the stage again for a few sold out shows at Stay Gold to support Beyond Blue, a great event organised by What We Did On The Weekend. Besides that, we have new music to finish putting together for a release next year that we are extremely excited about. There is absolutely no slowing down for us and we are very excited for 2021. 

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FELIVAND

Featured Artist

2020

16

Nov

FELIVAND

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Brisbane, QLD

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started recording music when I was around 15 when I first discovered GarageBand on the iPad’s at school. Back then, I would usually just record everything into a Zoom mic and add a bunch of reverb, so my sound was definitely more in the lofi/down-tempo/ambient realm. Since then, I’d say my sound has shifted and filled out into a more warm, indie-soul, bedroom/slinky pop sort of vibe!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Lyrically, i’d say I mainly get inspired by conversations, thoughts, difficult situations and relationships. Sonically, it’s been textural stuff, like, sounds that are still bright and easy on the ear but have darker/edgy undertones.
 
What can punters expect from a FELIVAND live show?
A friend of mine said she experienced “cry dancing” for the first time at one of my shows, so… there’s that haha. I hope the live show is accommodating for everyone, so you can be up the front dancing and letting off steam, or leaning against the back corner of the room just taking it in. We’ve also just introduced some visuals to the shows too, so lot’s of colours and movement!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
It wasn’t given to me directly because it was in a book but what immediately comes to mind is “Accept, then act.” from Eckhart Tolle.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
‘Flowers & Superpowers’ by Wafia. THAT CHORUS.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Probably ‘Miracle Love’ by Matt Corby.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
JaFunk’s remix of ‘Drop Your Love’ by Young Franco. Big vibe.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Asha Jefferies and Hallie play at The Zoo! It was the first live show i’d seen all year and it felt really special, I realised how much I’d missed hearing music come out of a speaker the size of a fridge. It was seated, but I really didn’t mind not standing, it kind of felt more intimate in a way and everyone was way more attentive.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
Some Brissy artists that I love and that inspire me would include: Sycco, Golden Vessel, Mallrat, DVNA and daste.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
Playing a show this weekend at the Tivoli with First Beige and have some very exciting news to announce in the coming weeks! After that, probably just writing and hanging out with friends and my pup over Christmas. Then straight into 2021, wild!

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King Stingray

Featured Artist

2020

9

Nov

King Stingray

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Darwin, NT

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

We call our music Yolŋu Surf-Rock. Some call it sting-wave, a bit like new-wave but with a bit more sting! Our sound is definitely influenced by our environment. Living on the coast in Yirrkala North-East Arnhem Land, we have a strong love for the ocean and all that it encompasses. And being from the bush we like to play music loud and rough. And from that we made the genre of Yolŋu Surf-Rock.

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

Again probably our environment. We wrote and recorded most of the songs off our debut record at Roy’s parents place in Tintenbar NSW when we were playing with Yothu Yindi at Blues Fest. This shack is where we do a lot of our recording, it’s our own little studio we’ve been working on for a few years now, and it’s a beautiful little cottage on rainforest acreage. Maybe our inspiration for this record was morning swims + a surf at Lennox boaty followed up with a freshly squeezed orange juice from the garden. Another big source of inspo is having our mentor Stu Kellaway around (who is Roy’s father and original Yothu Yindi founding member). Stu is the vibe master and he was both Yirrŋa, Dimathaya and Roy’s music teacher growing up. "Loud and proud, wrong and strong” is what he always told us.

What can punters expect from a King Stingray live show?

King Stingray is a story of lifelong friendship and we feel that our music reflects the fun and joy that we have creating and playing it. The ingredients that make up our live shows include the following;

1. 1 x energetic surf-rock music with an ancient traditional twist.

2. 4 heaped tablespoons of groove

3. 90 x tablespoons of fast bush sting-wave/Yolŋu-wave ???

4. A hint of youthful antics

5. 1 x driving funky basslines

6. Lots of goosebumps

7. Lots of fun

8. Sweat

9. 30 x broken drums sticks

10. 2 broken guitar strings

11. Night to remember

12. Culture celebration

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

"Loud and proud, wrong and strong" – Stu

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

'Our Generation' by Yothu Yindi  

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

'Bapa' by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu 

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

Oooooh we can think of so many!! That’s a hard one. Probably 'Cyclone Surf' by Horse Trank. Best band to never leave Darwin, playing scungy swamp rock NT style. It’s basically an anthem in the top end about surfing in cyclones which is largely what we rely on for good surf!

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

Our bass player Campbell Messer played a solo gig at the Archive in Birssy for our friend’s art exhibition – Cam also plays beautiful indie-folk music and is a ripping fingerstyle acoustic guitarist. 

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

There is so much talent coming out of Arnhem Land it's jaw dropping really. It’s like a factory of non-stop talent. Music is synonymous with Yolngu culture really and with the support of so many incredible people within the community there is a real buzz in the area for all things art related. The inspirational legacy of Yothu Yindi definitely shines on all of us up there but there is still so much to write about and so many stories to share to the world!

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

We actually have a very special performance in Brisbane in December, which we are very excited to announce to everyone – details coming soon via our socials. We have a clip coming out shortly, and then another single dropping in January. We now have merch to buy! And you can now buy our limited edition 7” vinyl pressing which has been released via our good mates Bargain Bin Records. Then 2021 is a big one for us, as we have our debut record to share to the world and some more video clips! As the world slowly opens back up again we will be also playing some live shows! So keep an eye out for the king sting!

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Blanke

Featured Artist

2020

3

Nov

Blanke

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Canberra, ACT

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's hard for me to pin down my 'sound'. But it's been a mixture of time, maturity and influence. I have a somewhat diverse sonic picture and I think that contributes to my sound as a whole. The experience is always a little different; and I think it's still evolving. I love beautiful melodies. I think that's at least one take away from this.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The different styles, bands, moods, emotions etc. that I'm feeling at any given time. The time signatures or rhythms of Tool, the energy and pace of Pendulum, the interesting intervals and emotions of A Perfect Circle, the immensity of Seven Lions. Funnily enough I'm not one to be able to write "sad music when I'm sad", I have to be somewhat level headed to be cohesive in anything that I do and express an emotion, whether it be writing a banger or a ballad.

What can punters expect from a Blanke live show?
Lots of energy, and I tend to let the music do the talking. I usually try to be the one dancing the hardest in the room!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't force it"
- Life experiences

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Oceans' by Vallis Alps. Definitely a song that feels sentimental but hopeful, I love it.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Innerbloom' by Rufus Du Sol

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Moving Blind' by Dom Dolla!

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Just played in Canberra at Fiction and it was wild. First show back since COVID and even though it was restricted capacity it was still so much fun.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
My friend Golden Features is a huge inspiration for me. His approach to music and his art is no compromise and full of integrity. The results speak for themselves; he makes me want to do better. Shock One is doing some really cool stuff with drum 'n' bass right now and definitely an inspiration for me. Some super creative stuff coming from him.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
I'm here in Australia for the near future and I plan on spending as much time with my family as I can, along with writing a bunch of music, collabs, singles, an EP, and gardening at my parents' property. There will be a couple of shows happening as well now that things are slowly opening back up. VERY excited to get back to doing shows once it's safe to do so!

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Big Words

Featured Artist

2020

19

Oct

Big Words

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Melbourne, VIC

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

Our sound has been shaped over the years by listening to a variety of artists and different life experiences. We haven't been shy to push the boundaries and try new things. I think we always set out to achieve a standard but as time has progressed the rules have been broken more and the standard has been raised. We started out as a four piece as teenagers, just playing the music that we felt reflected how we felt which at the time was heavily hip-hop inspired. But now we mix so many different aspects of the music we love. I think it still has elements of the beginning in it now, it's just matured as we have so as time goes on it just gets more experienced and full of life and ideas. 

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

It's the moments that you take the time to notice in life that make a good song. Drawing inspiration from the past is a great source, because when you take time to reflect how you felt in that moment you can express that through music. If you're being honest, the song has integrity that is felt by others. I'm inspired by many things in life and I feel a lot. But it's usually the past that I end up digging up to find inspiration. We always hide cryptic references in our lyrics and they are usually references of things we have gone through. 

What can punters expect from a Big Words live show?

You never come to a Big Words show and leave the same as you came in. There's an energy in the room that can be felt from the stage all the way to the back of the room. We spend a lot of time creating shows for us and the fans to enjoy. It's a mutual experience. I think that's the most important thing. You really connect with everyone in the room when you experience us live. We always get people saying that you guys look like you are having so much fun up there. And they are right, we definitely are. 

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

It was backstage at Laneway Festival where I met Anderson Paak. I walked up to him and his band and offered some Allen's sour snakes I had in my bum bag. I was like “yo this is my childhood here, gotta try some of these”. After talking a little I asked him. “As an aspiring artist who wants to play big stages, what should I know?” He gave it some thought and then said “Never give up, it’s that ol' Americana never give up no matter what.” I think that's some of the best advice I've ever received. I think self talk is the biggest motivator and also the biggest barrier. But if you just keep going it's the only way you will ever achieve what you really want. 

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

I have never been in this situation before but I think if I were to try to cheer someone up from crying through a song. It would have to be 'Clown Prince' by Hilltop Hoods. You try crying through that song... I don’t think you could. 

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

'Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You' by Julia Jacklin. If they really needed a cry this would do the job.

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

The obvious choice would be 'Can’t Get You Out of My Head' by Kylie Minogue. It would go off and everyone would sing the words and I would be hailed the best DJ ever the end. 

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

The last gig I went to would be when we played earlier in the year at Grapevine it was lovely so alive and full of hope. But due to the pandemic we have been in lockdown this year so no live music for us sadly. 

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

Really love Swell and Nasty Mars. Swell's production is unique and beautiful and Nasty Mars voice and lyricism is something to pay attention to. Both very deep thinkers and that's what I like about their music. They both share that careful thought process to their music - that's why I am inspired by them. I think we all have something to offer and I always like seeing what art they create. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

We have our first show since the start of the year coming up for Melbourne Music Week. We are all really excited to play again. We've spent this year indoors itching to get back on stage so that's all we are thinking about at the moment alongside getting ready to record our debut album. 

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Private Function

Featured Artist

2020

12

Oct

Private Function

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Melbourne, VIC

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

We pretty much just recycle classic rock songs but play them faster so they sound like punk songs. Raid your parents record collection and play them at 45rpm, it will probably sound like us.

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

When we play shows the venue will normally provide us with some free beers, which is a pretty good arrangement.

What can punters expect from a Private Function live show?

If you haven't purchased a ticket ahead of time and the show isn't sold out, you'll be able to pay entry at the door. Once you're inside you can get yourself a beverage. We'll be on the stage playing the songs from our records but they tend to be faster and sloppier in a live setting. We'll also have a table where you can buy merchandise from us.

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

"You can put a cat in the oven, but that don't make it a biscuit." - Wesley Snipes in 'White Men Can't Jump'.

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

'Shaddup You Face' by Joe Dolce.

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

This is a tough one, but I'm just going to go with 'Harden Up' by Tommy Raudonikis because it's a belter. Maybe it'd make someone cry, I don't know.

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

'Along the Road to Gundagai' by Slim Dusty - Certified banger right there.

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

Before this year's circumstances put a hold on all local shows in Melbourne, the last show I went to was Shane and the Dog Cunts at Last Chance. They even covered one of our songs and got it mostly correct!

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

I haven't bought a new album since Upstyledown by 28 Days in 2001, so I'm not sure I'm the right person to answer that. Although I have seen The Burnt Sausages many times and can confirm they are Melbourne's best band.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

We've already written a couple more albums, plus a musical and a movie. Once we tighten the bolts on those, get ready for another year of us answering the questions that nobody asked.

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Ms. Thandi

Featured Artist

2020

6

Oct

Ms. Thandi

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Sydney, NSW

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

My music is soul, R&B and hip-hop. I’m obsessed with love songs and exaggerated emotions. My music is confessional, it comes straight from the heart. I’ve been writing songs for as long as I can remember, and have always been obsessed with interesting sounds, so my style has been evolving since childhood. My Dad always used to play a lot of soul music, and I definitely think that’s contributed to way I write music. I like to pay homage to the “old”, bringing those elements into the digital era. 

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

I write about my life experiences. I get inspired by moments and feelings and I turn them into relatable narratives, often with a cheeky spin. Love and lust are my biggest inspirations, sometimes my low moments too, but I always try to keep things positive. Sometimes my music is about how I want to feel, and who I want to be. At the end of the day, music is just my favourite form of self-expression and story-telling. 

What can punters expect from a Ms. Thandi live show?

You can expect an inclusive environment, somewhere you can get in touch with your sensuality, dance freely and enjoy listening to music that makes you feel alive. Also some jokes in between songs because I think I’m funny.

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

Some advice I’ve always valued comes from my parents, they always remind me how important it is to surround yourself with people who are positive, inspiring, and don’t bring you down, because at the end of the day you become who you surround yourself with. 

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

I would have to say ‘Be The Love’ by Adrian Eagle - a big role model to me. It is such a joyful song and always lifts my spirits when I hear it. It’s the perfect reminder to always be the love in your life, even through the difficulties we experience.

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

I would play ‘Wiyathul’ by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. It’s such a beautiful, iconic song, and always gives me goosebumps. 

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

This was a no-brainer for me, I’d play ’24k’ by my fellow Zimbabwean sis Tkay Maidza. Absolute banger. I’ve been bumping it since I’ve heard it. She’s a huge inspiration!

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

The last gig I was at was one I supported - Bread Club at Mary’s Underground last month. It was fabulous. I’m unbelievably happy that venues are starting to open up again. Live music is everything! 

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

In the local music community, I’m most inspired by all my fellow young women of colour who are simply killing it and really transforming the Australian music scene. Boss women. GLO, Maina Doe, RISSA, Becca Hatch, Lara Andallo, Saskia, Billymaree, A.Girl, Maya Hirasedo, Liyah Knight… to name a few!

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

I’m a BIGSOUND50 artist this year so that’s super exciting. There’s also more gigs on the way - I’ll be playing at a Young Henry’s event on November 13th at The Bank in Newtown. I’m working on an EP at the moment so there’s more music and visuals on the way… but I won’t give too much away ;)

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Mia Wray

Featured Artist

2020

28

Sep

Mia Wray

Melbourne, VIC

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

I started out playing a lot of folk/pop music on my guitar and I always just put myself in that box. I always felt that there was something more in me just itching to get out... something bigger sounding. One day my publisher set up a co-writing sessions with a writer called Aurelia and she just completely opened my eyes. I’ve always been drawn to soul, pop and swing music (explains the horns) and from that day on I just wrote whatever I wanted to write and stopped only writing folk tunes. Even now I don’t put myself in any boxes as far as what style of music I write. I just do whatever feels good.

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

Imagining the live show is my biggest inspiration. I kind of think of it as a musical. What the set list is like, the lighting, the stage, what I’m wearing, how we structure the songs. The image of me dancing and singing freely on stage singing music that empowers people - that’s what inspires me. I want people to have the same feeling I had walking out of Coldplay's 2012 Mylo Xyloto concert. I felt invincible.

What can punters expect from a Mia Wray live show?

To start with, it’s probably just gonna be little ol’ me stomping and clicking and playing piano. But the goal eventually is BOOM-KAPOW-WOW vibes. Full band with backup singers, and a horn section (obviously). Expect to cry, laugh and dance your little arse off.

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

The best advice I’ve ever been given is by my mentor and publisher Bill Page, "It's good to be good, but it's better to be different". Bill signed me to Mushroom Music Publishing when I was 16 and he’s given me a lot of great advice but that’s the one that stuck. Also songs. Songs are the most important thing. Just write, write, write! All good if you can sing but if you don’t have good songs… forget it.

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

'Daddy Cool' by Eagle Rock. Got no idea what it’s about but something about that song makes you wanna get up and have a bop… and a beer...ss. Beers.

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

'How To Make Gravy' by Paul Kelly, hands down. Can’t believe you even had to ask.

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

'Horses' by Daryl Braithwaite.

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

I think it was The Teskey Brothers at the Forum. Amazing.

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

Aurelia (singer, songwriter, artist) and Andrew Lowden aka Thrones, the producer of 'Work For Me’. Sometimes I think where would I be if it wasn’t for those two constantly inspiring me with their music and encouraging me with mine. I thank my lucky stars for those two everyday.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

Writing, recording, rehearsing, not being in lockdown and getting ready for 2021!

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