murmurmur

Featured Artist

2018

10

Dec

murmurmur

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Melbourne, VIC

Our Beyond The Valley competition winners murmurmur are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. 

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

I’ve (Will) been writing music since i was 17 and have gone through many genres. I played a lot of metal in high school so thats really what it stems from. Not that we’re playing metal but riffs are everything to murmurmur. Everyone in the band has a broad listening taste and has been playing in bands for a long time. 

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

My inspiration is from life experience. Obviously music inspires me to no end but how i’m feeling about things is the real inspirer. I’m eating pineapple right now and it’s fantastic. 

What can punters expect from a murmurmur live show?

An intense live show with lots of hair, many riffs and our drummer Luke’s magic show. 

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

Be patient and don’t rush into things. That’s something that resonated with us. It can be really easy to be impatient and make bad decisions. 

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

Thats easy! Donny Benét with 'Konichiwa'.

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

I made this weird Nicolas Cage remix with audio from the Wicker Man (Funniest film i’ve ever seen). Its so awful. It will definitely make people cry and fall to the ground clutching the sides of their heads. (Available on request).

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

Kylie Minogue with 'Spinning Around'.

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

Stella Donnelly at the Northcote social club. She’s unbelievable, amazing voice, amazing performer.

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

Our good friend Lena Douglas runs YOWO, a program for aspiring young women playing music. It’s so important for programs like this to exist and she is an inspiration to so many of us.

What are your plans for 2019!
We didn't get to play many shows this year so we just want to play a heap and record some more music. 

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Ollie English

Featured Artist

2018

5

Dec

Ollie English

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Adelaide, SA

Adelaide artist Ollie English will stop you in your way with his powerful, soulful voice. He will be joining The Rubens this weekend on stage as our comp winner!

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

I began learning Spanish classical guitar when I was very young. It was really invaluable as it helped me to understand melody and dynamics but eventually blues & soul music stole my heart as a teenager. I loved everything about blues guitar, I found myself playing along to BB King and Led Zeppelin records. At the same time, I was really inspired by soulful voices like Nina Simone and James Brown. I went through my first heartbreak when i was in year 12. I turned to songwriting as a way to process my emotions. I have fond memories of sneaking out of home on school nights and thrashing Jeff Buckley’s album ‘Grace’ through the CD player in my car. John Mayer’s album ‘Battle Studies’ had some pretty strong rotation too. This time was really important for me, I began to work out how crucial music and storytelling was for my soul. Over a long period time I worked out that this was a part of who I was and I couldn’t live without it. I’ve caught the bug and haven’t stopped since.

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

I’m really inspired by life, whether it's my own or others experiences. I’ve written songs about a whole spectrum of human emotions; I can be inspired by anything if it moves me. My writing is also really affected by my mood, or just listening to some really dope music. Inspiration strikes at really odd times and usually I get my iPhone out, press record, and go from there.

What can punters expect from an Ollie English live show?

You can expect a pretty diverse bunch of songs, from ballads to upbeat rock grooves. What I notice is that my live shows give people a chance to slow down and hug the person next to them, and then the next minute, i want to make them want to get up and groove. I’ve always found that people who talk to me after the shows have each had their own unique experience with the stories I had told.

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

When my grandpa passed away, I went into the ward to see him for the last time and his last words to me were ‘take care of each other’. This influences how I approach everyone and everything in my life..

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

'No Ordinary Life' by Matt Corby. If I could musically explain a rainbow, it would sound like this song.

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?

'Overrated' feat LILLI by Kuji Koo! Such a banger. You can download their track on triple j Unearthed.

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

I was lucky enough to play and attend a brilliant local festival called Handpicked. Such a cruisy vibe out in the vineyards of Lake Breeze Wines in Langhorne Creek. I got to share the stage with amazing local artists Laura Hill, Neon Tetra and the Sundance Kids. It also featured incredible Australian talents Boy & Bear, Vera Blue, Ball Park Music and Alex Lahey.

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

Adelaide is pretty tight knit community. It feels like a big family. I’m inspired by how much quality music is being produced in SA. First up, Surahn is a big inspiration, he’s an incredible songwriter who’s made a mark on the world with his music. He’s written for Usher and toured with Empire of the Sun. Laura Hill inspires me a lot, I met her this year at a gig we played together. I was struck by her beautiful voice and relatable songwriting. Wanderers are so bloody groovy. They’re on tour right now! You gotta catch these guys live. Dusty is one of the best guitarists I’ve ever seen. Mane is another inspiration. She’s creating some really great pop music. Her new track ‘Chasing Butterflies’ really grabs you with her pipes, the strings are so dope too. I’m a big fan of Timberwolf, such a unique voice and he’s written some incredibly honest music. His new single ‘Proud Silence’ hits really close to home, I also caught mum jamming to it the other night! Neon Tetra, are bloody funksters and a ½. I have so much fun watching them at their live shows, so good! Such great tunes. Tales are beautiful musicians- recently known as ‘The Winter Gypsy’. Their song ‘Took Me By’ is one of my favourite songs. So excited for their next release. Also, Jordan Ruru. Big things. You have to check her out. Amazing.

What are your plans for the rest of 2018 / early 2019?

A lot of recording and I’ll be releasing my EP early 2019! So excited to support the Rubens this Friday with my full band. I’m also planning my first national tour for early 2019, including a festival appearance at Womad in March. I still can’t believe I’m playing WOMAD and supporting The Rubens, a dream come true. There’s a lot of hard work to go but so much to look forward to.

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XMPLA

Featured Artist

2018

19

Nov

XMPLA

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Sydney, NSW

Sydney producer, rapper and vocalist, XMPLA is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. He's been blowing our minds with his voice munipulation techniques, delivering stories and music that's unique, clever and forward thinking.

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


I developed my sound from dabbling in different styles of electronic music over the past 5 years. I try to make everything from scratch and limit the amount of sound packs and presets that I use. At the moment I am feeling influenced by hip-hop, and the hybrids of r&b, soul, funk and disco.

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


I draw from anything that is happening in my life at the time. It might be a particular sound or interaction I've had. Anything stimulating can spark a song.

What can punters expect from a XMPLA live show?


You can expect a lot of head bopping, new and original music, mixed with live percussion and maybe i'll bust out a few dance moves.

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


To keep believing in myself and remember what i have already acomplished. My mate gave me this advice when I was stuck in a rut and having doubts about my next song release.

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


I would say 'Streamers' by Wave Racer. It's a straight up get happy song! 

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


I can speak from experience, I showed a mate 'when words fail, music speaks' by Wombat, and he cried. I think the words in the song are really relatable and struck a nerve.

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


'Felon' by Slumberjack.
  
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?


I went to see Sammi Constantine recently at the Malborough Hotel in Newtown, it was great to see Aussie artists absolutely killing it and bringing live drums and guitar to electronic music.

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


There are so many people that inspire me! Kwame, Manu Crooks and The Kid Laroi are making some big waves. Great to see good hip-hop coming out of Sydney! 
  
What are your plans for the rest of 2018 and 2019?


This year has flown by. I just want to finish a couple of tracks while I get ready for the holiday season! And for 2018, I'm aiming to release an EP mid year and working on some XMPLA merch! I want to work with more rap artists and hit up America and Japan to discover some of the culture and sounds over there! 

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RAT!hammock

Featured Artist

2018

22

Oct

RAT!hammock

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Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne outfit RAT!hammock have become one of the most loved bands of 2018. Their latest single 'June' shows just how clever their songwriting is and we can't wait for you to hear it all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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Is RAT!hammock a real band?

https://www.facebook.com/RAThammock/videos/876403699219775/ - watch the documentary and decide for yourself. (the answer is yes)

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

Wrote heaps of punk songs at the start, then decided we wanted more emotional depth so wrote a bunch of sad/folk songs then realised we wanted people to have fun at our shows so I tried to write funny upbeat songs like Dan Kelly. Nowadays I try not to think about it too much. 

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

As a songwriter I am the most inspired by other music. When I hear something great or go to a great live gig it makes me want to pick up my guitar and write. I subscribe to the idea that the best inspiration is exploration. So generally if I want to be inspired I set myself a challenge, a few strange words I want to work in to a verse or I’ll work out the chords to my favourite Simon & Garfunkel song. Normally by the time I get half way through, I’ve found something new of my own in it. This approach means I can play up to the halfway point of a heap of Simon and Garfunkel songs now, so that’s cool. 

What can punters expect from a RAT!Hammock live show?

Expect the unexpected. We’ve made a smoothie on stage, hosted yurt trivia, and have our own theme song. It’s a real time. 

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

Get your hand off the stove’ - Mum in 1999.

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

'Vitriol' by Bluejuice. Simply put, this track slaps. 

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

Alexander Biggs with 'The Worst We’ve Ever Been'. It’s a devastatingly good song. 

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

Magic magic magic magic magic magic magic magic fountain by Art Vs Science, every day of the week.

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

Last local gig I went to was Feelds’ Kill The Moon single launch. Ro and Eaglemont supported.  Every single act on that line up has the voice and the song chops to fill stadiums.

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

We’re super fortunate to be a part of such an amazing community. We’re lucky enough to have recorded with a great team in Mickey Cooper of Kilns, Sean from Obscura Hail, Hannah Blackburn and Merpire. Tram Cops release some of the most underrated music going. Tiny Little Houses, Angie McMahon and Alexander Biggs are all absolutely slaying it. Our picks for who to keep an eye on next are Hugh Fuchsen/Hotel Fifteen Love, David Western, Yes Yes Whatever and Chitra. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?

Oh Pep! are the best and have decided bring us along for their national album tour. I'll be heading around the country with them through December. Apart from that we’ll be doing heaps of writing and recording, getting the next batch of tunes ready for some more releases to come early 2019. 

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Bakers Eddy

Featured Artist

2018

8

Oct

Bakers Eddy

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Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne based rockers Bakers Eddy are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. They've got a strong love affair with Green Day and once pulled a high flying karate kick on stage. 'Leave It To Me' is the new single from the group. It's loud, messy and fast and we love it.

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

Simplicity I think is at the root of our music, that all comes from our love affair with Green Day as kids, and only knowing 3 chords when got together so our songwriting capabilities were limited. But it’s always been a bit fast and a bit messy. Our sound has developed with our own personal taste. 

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

When we wrote our EP we had just moved to a big city, we were living together for the first time, partying a bit much so that experience gave us a bit of inspiration. A good old fashioned break up also does the trick.

What can punters expect from a Bakers Eddy live show?

We like to test the strength of our equipment, we like things to get a bit messy on stage, a bit hot and heavy. I did this one sick as high flying karate kick connecting with the ride cymbal, but no one noticed which has been bumming me out a bit.

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

I think the best advice was “don’t listen to everyone’s advice”. When we were younger It felt like everyone had an opinion on how we should have done “this” thing or “you need to do” and on and on. I don’t think that helps your confidence. I’m not saying we don't listen to advice full stop, just not the dumb shit. Do you, baby.

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

 Love Online by The Don. I think fat bass licks put a smile on anyone’s face.

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

 The Void by Tiny Little Houses is a good one of you want that good self pitty, “I’m a piece of shit” sob. Late night, alone with a dart and cheap wine is where the song really blooms.

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

There would only be one song playing to start with. Can’t get you out of my head Kylie Minogue.

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

Got to see Birdhouse and Porpoise Spit last night who were both disgustingly good.

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

The scene here is amazing, it’s been an inspiration being a part of it. And the diversity of the music coming out is great.

What are your plans for 2018?

It’s hard to predict what next years going to look like for us right now, kind of just riding out the new single, getting this year done, then we will see aye. Love to drop an EP.

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Asha Jefferies

Featured Artist

2018

1

Oct

Asha Jefferies

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Brisbane, QLD

All this week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Asha Jefferies. She loves turning her thoughts, feelings and memories into noise and we've been obsessing over her brand new single, 'Everybody Talks'.

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

My music embodies the storytelling of a very indecisive person. It's shiny and sad and peaceful and folk-driven and roots based. I wanted to be a pop star at age 5, so I would write my own riddles and songs and sing them out to family. Over time I acquired a guitar & got really into folk/sadness/heartbreak. I think since high school has ended, I mostly still write about troubled things but in a tranquil way. 

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

90's pop icons, heartbreak, alienation, feeling too full after sushi and hangovers. 

What can punters expect from an Asha Jefferies live show?

Honesty is really important to me when performing. The songs I write are vulnerable and expressing them in an intimate and explosive way feels best. There feels no use in writing these songs unless I give the opportunity to vulnerably share and see connection in conversing on stage. 

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

 I sat down and had coffee with Emma Louise early last year. I remember her explaining how essential it is to write from your heart/unspoken part of you and let the mind fade. It's stuck with me ever since.

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

'The Ship Song' by Nick Cave.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by the Gravy Man (Paul Kelly).

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

I'm going to back myself with Miami Horror's 'Sometimes'.

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

I went and saw a 'Mustard' show presenting TOISOC, Caramel, Disco Indians & Lilian Vase last night. All coastal, psych-rock vibing bands. Honestly, it was great and it made me feel really cool contrasting with my 'i have a lot of feelings'-folk-shell. 

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

Oh my goodness! It is a joy and wonder to be surrounded in such a creative and inspiring community. Songwriters like Hazlett, Clea, Zefereli, Moreton and Daggy Man are just a few that I look up to immensely. 

What are your plans for 2018?

I'm going to buy a fish called Bullshit, go to New Zealand, release an EP, play some shows outside of Brisbane, wear my Birkenstocks, record new music and attempt to survive Brisbane humidity. 

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DyspOra

Featured Artist

2018

24

Sep

DyspOra

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Adelaide, SA

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and Listen In comp winner, DyspOra. He'll be taking over the stage in Adelaide this weekend so make sure you get down early!

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

My music is built on a culturally diverse soundscape rooted in 3 different countries. I’ve lived through a lot of experiences and I try to show that through my music. I’m a ‘Sonic Activist’ who is trying to move the world forward and music is my vehicle to do so. Sonic

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

Bringing different elements of culture together and making it accessible to the people. I like to show my audience experiences they haven’t seen or heard before. You don’t have to travel to take a sonic vacation.

What can punters expect from a DyspOra live show?
My LIVE show is built on storytelling and energy. Taking the crowd on a journey similar to the one we’re all living, up & down but always moving forward. When I get on the stage I want the audience to experience various different emotions and then ultimately decide which ones they will take home with them. I make sure they always leave with something in the end.

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

"What is real will always prosper" and, "advice is like a drug, take it but never get dependent on it".

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
TAKU wit 'Love Again' ft. Sango & JSMN.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Paul Kelly with 'From Little Things'.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Hilltop Hoods with 'CHASE THAT FEELING'.

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

We threw a festival with 30 + local artists and really brought the city together. We can’t move the culture forward alone so it was a really important moment for all the artists to meet each other, leading to collaborations and creative alliances that will definitely help build the city’s identity. 

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

I’m officially rebranding Adelaide the city of verses cos ADL has a lot of incredible artists coming up. I’ve been a massive fan of a lot of the guys from Playback 808 like ELK, NeSs, Ajak and the queen Elsy who features on my new record. Theres a band called Pinkish Blu who recently released this amazing song called lovely. I’ve also been vibing to tunes by Argus and the Liar, RURU, J Milla, Possie, Xander Jame$, Tony Ward, a spoken word artist called Manal Younos, Oc3an eyes, Vuyokazi, Aquade, Heaps Good Friends and TOWNS.   

What are your plans for 2018?

No more dreams. Time to become the change I want to see in the world.

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Yù Yī

Featured Artist

2018

17

Sep

Yù Yī

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Brisbane, QLD

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and Listen Out comp winner, Yù Yī. This little astronaut is taking us on a bubbly, colourful space journey through the Yù Yī galaxy and we're taking you with us! First stop, planet FRÖÖTI.

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Tell us about your music.

Well, I’ve been making music for quite some time now and it’s what I love doing. But, I always struggled to find purpose and meaning to my work. Aside from Music I’ve had a keen interest in the issues we are currently facing here on earth. I wanted to be involved in finding solutions to those issues and that's why I blasted myself off into space. Hopefully, the songs I create on each new planet will help create awareness and get people to jiggle their bodies about. 

How did you develop your sound?

Well, I guess my music tends to reflect my surroundings and for the First LP “FRÖÖTI” I was in a really bubbly, colourful and chaotic place whilst creating it. As far as sound design goes I created the sounds for this project by making a whole lot of mistakes and running with the ones I liked the most.

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

I’m heavily influenced by my environment, the things I read and research as well as the people I surround myself with. I’ve been fortunate to work closely with some really talented musicians.  

What can punters expect from a Yù Yī live show?

You can expect to be taken on a super quirky funk filled trip into the Yù Yī galaxy and we’re continuously working towards making it an even more immersive experience for everyone. 

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

Ahhhhh well I’m a bit spoilt for choice but I think it I would have to say the best advice I’ve ever received was from my friend ANH. He told me to be patient and build a library of music. At the time I was really eager and uploading a lot of really basic half finished music. So after that, I decided to take the time to go full hermit mode and set my sights on releasing finished music.

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

So here's the game plan. Jump in the car, wind down the windows and go for a drive while blasting 'The Car Song' by The cat empire.

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

I don’t want to make people cry! (ʘ‿ʘ)ノ✿

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

Definitely PNAU - 'Wild Strawberries', this was on my first ever cd actually. I got PNAU for either my birthday or Christmas that year.  

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

Other than big sound, I popped down to earth to check out a little Sofar Sounds gig in Albion where they showcased a few local Artists in an unplugged setting. I make a lot of electronic music so it was nice to break away from that for a night to sit on a cushion and listen to some acoustic stuff.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane aka planet fruity?!!? music community that inspire you.

I’ve been spending most of my time on FRÖÖTI these days so I actually haven’t had that much time to explore and collaborate outside of that. On planet FRÖÖTI, however, I’m working closely with a few friends of mine. One of them being the extremely talented vocalist named Ellen who was featured on the first track PEACHES. We’re basically partners in crime on FRÖÖTI and I can't wait to travel with her to different planets within the Yù Yī Galaxy. Also, I can't forget to mention my close friend Zeke Foster who you’ll be able to catch on stage with Ellen and I at Listen Out. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Things are going so fast. I didn’t think I’d be playing at Big Sound, let alone Listen Out. It’s making it kind of difficult to make concrete plans but nonetheless, I’m over the moon. I have some new music coming out and I’m really excited to expand the live show as I’ve been working pretty solidly, making the music for quite some time now. Aside from that, every day I’m getting bigger, stronger and smarter so I can care for our special little planet.  ୧( ◉◡◉)୨

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Featured Artist

2018

10

Sep

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

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Perth, WA

Perth outfit Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. They're all about their "hong lair & reavy hiffs" and are about to set foot in the UK, Netherlands, Germany and France for a run of dates.

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

We've been jamming together in various bands for years now. PPC started out as a recording project in a barn that described our late night adventures and colourful encounters with the magic men. We played around with genres until we captured something that resonated the same energy as our weekends had. 

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

A good movie always works, directors like Wes Anderson or Terry Gilliam get the think tank in gear. We've got a taste for the absurd, anything quirky that challenges normality. A good night out is always a strong catalyst for inspiration too, most of life's stranger tales stem from a few pints. A podcast on A.I's, a Bill Hicks routine or an article on the simulated universe theory help to unbox ones' self as well. A break from music is another, if you flood your ears you'll fatigue yourself and nothing will come out, a week of using a different sense will retune your other cognitive responses and maybe you'll wake up with a melody in your head from smelling a wood fire. 

What can punters expect from a Psychedelic Porn Crumpets live show?

Hong lair & reavy hiffs. It's like a Lewis Carroll themed, quasi-punk carnival that resides in the lost pages of a Hunter.S.Thompson novel. 

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

I've always loved the advice of Groucho Marx, would have been cool to meet him. My dad always says, 'engage brain before opening mouth' which is logical and has worked well. He also said "If you take all the 'D's out of Edward Woodwood you're left with Ewar Woowoo". 

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

Would be amazing if Smashmouth were Australian, so in that case, we'll go Horses by uncle Dazza.

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

The BeeGees with 'Stayin Alive'. Put the desk on 11 and it'll make the most hardcore, bearded Slayer fan raise their VB and mutter 'tune'.

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

Pot Plant House Party at the Indi Bar was a noteworthy show, great band. Danny said he went to an 80's disco party and got his Forest Gump on. We saw Spacey Jane at Badlands a few weeks back that was pumping, they'll be heading places.

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

There's some noice bands coming out of Perth at the moment, Demon Days, Great Gable, The Southern River Band. From our camp all the admiration goes to Jelly who mixes our tunes, he works 36 hours a day and dreams in WAV, the boys as lethal as a honkey nut to a skateboard when it comes to tone. Top marks. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Off to Europe on Monday! I'm at the airport now typing with the speed of three thumbs. We've got shows in UK, Netherlands, Germany and France and then back in October for the Social Candy tour around Australia! There's great adventures to be had. 

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Austen

Featured Artist

2018

3

Sep

Austen

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Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's Feature Artist and BIGSOUND winner, Austen! She's been making big, bright and bold electronic pop and we're excited to bring it to you all this week on Unearthed radio.

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

I was classically trained from the age of 5 which is how I developed my musicality in general, and I started singing and writing songs really young. I have a bit of an obsessive personality so I’ve always liked listening to music as a whole. E.g. an entire album or sometimes discography, delving really deep into what it is that makes me like it and figuring out what parts of that I could take inspiration from. My sound is still developing and will always be evolving, but I want my music to always have a certain space and texture. 

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

My main inspiration is the feeling you get when a song finally falls into place and you figure out how to say or play what you’ve been trying to. It’s totally euphoric. The feeling you get when you listen to a really good song, also, and the possibility that one day I could give that feeling to someone.

What can punters expect from an Austen live show?

If one end of the spectrum is sad-girl, and the other is fun pop, I'm right in the middle. I don’t think any two of my songs sound/feel the same so you can expect to get taken through all your moods in the space of half an hour. 

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

 “Being artsy is just doing something shit, but doing it well” - my old roommate. Or “Everything is a simulation anyway” - (probably Elon Musk?) - not quite advice but it really chills me out when I’m stressed.

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

'Downtown Shutdown' by The Presets. Can’t cry as much when you’re dancing. 

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

I would take them for a drive so they can stare out the window like they’re in a 90’s teen drama while 'Confess' by Jack river blasts out of the speakers.

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

'Losing It' by Fisher. 

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

Expo Liaison! It was weird as hell and amazing. Everyone really committed to the 80’s dress code and it felt like stepping back in time. There was ice sculpting and wood chopping and Luke Million, KLP, Alice Ivy, and god damn JOHN FARNHAM. Dude. So good.

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

I could sit here and list incredible Brisbane artists all day, but right now I’m inspired more than anything by the people who work behind the scenes to help us artists/bands make things happen. There are so many hours of work and guts and passion that goes into one song or one show that would just be completely impossible without an awesome team. People in the music industry are some of the most driven and genuinely great humans I’ve ever met. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Release my next single, travel overseas and do some writing, another tour, finish my EP and anything & everything else I can fit in.

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JEFFE

Featured Artist

2018

26

Aug

JEFFE

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Sydney, NSW

We named her as one of our artists to watch in 2018 and now, she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Meet Sydney artist JEFFE.

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

I was really fortunate when it came to developing my sound. My publishers put me into a bunch of sessions with different producers so I had the chance to write a lot of different styles of music, but nothing quite fit the direction to take. I met Dave very organically without any pressures of having to write the perfect song. We just immediately clicked and our musical connection works so perfectly for both of us. 

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

It sounds really cheesy but I've gotta say hurt and hard times have gotta be the best source. Music is like therapy to me so when I've got to deal with something difficult, writing music is the best outlet. It inspires me to write happy and sad songs. Also, listening to artists like Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley who really know how to put their stories down in song really inspires me to do the same.

What can punters expect from a JEFFE live show?

For the time being it's just me, my guitar, keyboard and sample pad. I've been working on my dance moves a bit too! I try to bring as many elements as possible into my set. I'm actually in the process of trying to incorporate saxophone into the set as well. But hopefully, it won't be long until I can afford a band! 

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

It does get thrown around a lot but the saying "stay true to yourself" really does go a long way. I can't really pinpoint exactly who has said that to me, it's been a few people along the way, but it's definitely something I always keep tucked away in the back of my mind. If something doesn't feel right you've really got to question it because it's really bloody easy to be led astray these days. 

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

Definitely "It's Nice To Be Alive" by Ball Park Music. A very upbeat, fun song and it immediately puts you in a good mood!

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

It's funny, I listen to so much sad music but I'm struggling to think of one!! There is a song that makes me cry... it's a song by Jack Carty called Travelling Shoes. It tells a beautiful story of lost love, you hold on to every word throughout the song and by the end of it you hit the punch line and it's just heartbreaking! 

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

Oooo, that's a tough one! I'd probably play 'High' by Peking Duk Ft. Nicole Millar... it's groovy, sexy, and fun. The kind of song where you can have groups of mates going for it on the D-Floor but then the loved-up kids making out in the corner. But there are so many fun Aus artists that I'd want to play! 

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

Well, I've just started a tour with No Mono so the most recent was the first show in Brisbane. It was ahhhhmazing! Eliott played after me and she is just incredible! Her voice is like velvet and her songs are so heartfelt. No Mono were absolutely insane. Tom has the most uniquely beautiful voice and the crowd had such a good vibe. I'm so stoked to be touring with such talented artists! 

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

I'm really loving Angie Mcmahon, her songwriting is great and she's got such a deep and soulful voice. I really like Mallrat as well, she's got a really interesting way with words and just an all-round cool vibe. 

What are your plans for 2018?

For now, I'll be on this tour with No Mono... once that is done I'll be heading back over to the UK for a couple of shows then back to Aus in December for another potential tour which is currently in the works (more info on that will come out later).

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LOSER

Featured Artist

2018

20

Aug

LOSER

Melbourne, VIC

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, LOSER. This Melbourne three-piece are evoking all sorts of 90’s nostalgia, raw energy and slacker vibes we can't get enough of.

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

We're an alt-rock band with fuzzed out guitars and a focus on melody. We've all been playing for years in different bands but since this one started we just felt that it clicked.

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

Loud guitar music from the 90's.

What can punters expect from a LOSER live show?

Restless noise.

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

"Don't stop a rockin'" - Homer Simpson.

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

'Dope Calypso' by Violent Soho.

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

'Never Tear Us Apart' by INXS.

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

'Working Class Man' by Jimmy Barnes.

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

Pagan at Northcote Social Club. They were fucken awesome.

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

Andy Hayden and the team at Poison City Records. They are always supporting unreal local music and doing so with ultimate respect.

What are your plans for 2018?

Plenty more music and plenty more shows.

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Sweater Curse

Featured Artist

2018

30

Jul

Sweater Curse

Brisbane, QLD

We named them one of our artists to watch this year in 2018. Then they knocked us off our feet with their new single 'Can't See You Anymore'. Yes, we're talking about Brisbane's very own Sweater Curse! They are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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

We currently have 3 singles out with one more not too far away. Initially we bonded over our shared influences, but it molded into what it is now from playing a lot of shows early on.

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

Our parents all loved music so it was there from the start. Since then, meeting various teachers and friends involved in music has lead us to pursue it as something that’s now a major part of our lives.

What can punters expect from a Sweater Curse live show?

Lots of intentionally stupid awkward jokes that aren’t meant to be as unintentionally awkward as they are, and some songs too.

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

Dom Miller (our booker) told us (in different words) to ‘Let things happen naturally. As long as you love what you’re doing and you’re learning, good things will happen.’

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

‘Live It Up’ by Mental As Anything.

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

‘Always Falling’ by Cloud Tangle, ‘Forfeit’ by Keeskea, ‘My New Dress Up Shoes’ by The Smith Street Band and ‘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?

‘Untouched’ by The Veronicas, ‘K Bye’ by Raave Tapes and ‘Tower Of Strength’ by Simi Lacroix.

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

Keeskea and Cloud Tangle at The Jubilee and Start Together at The End Bar. All are amazing acts that we are lucky enough to call our friends.

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

Dom Miller, Ruby Jean McCabe, Dan Condon, Sam Cromack, Hatchie, Concrete Surfers, An Horse, Pat Balfe, POOL SHOP + Major Leagues, Grace Pashley and the 4zzz team, Brodie Popple, Mel Tickle, Miss Blanks.

What are your plans for 2018?

We have an EP on the way that’s we’ve been working on with Fletcher Matthews. A string of shows with acts we currently love and BIGSOUND in September!

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Reija Lee

Featured Artist

2018

23

Jul

Reija Lee

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Perth, WA

Perth artist Reija Lee is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. She blew us away with her sparkling, 80's synth pop inspired debut single, 'Love Nobody' and we can't wait to hear more.

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

Developing my sound wasn't a conscious effort. It honestly just blurted out of me. I had spent years making club music while having this soft spot in my heart for rock/pop bands and being inspired by artists like M83 and Bertie Blackman, part of me really just missed the live music world. So, when I started writing for this project (albeit still on a computer with software instruments), I was using a lot of real instrument sounds, looking for a more organic sound and everything always had a touch of 80s vibe to it - that's just what I love. When I decided I was making pop music I was like "I can use Linn drums! I can use cheesy sounding synths! Omg it’s pop music! I can do whatever I want!!!" So, there's been a real freedom in writing pop music for me.

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

This is always such a hard question for me because I feel like it changes all the time. Sometimes I'm just super inspired by really well written pop songs that are out at the moment. Like right now I can't get over Eilish Gilligan, and I'm constantly analysing G-Flip's 'Killing My Time' because it's got this weird structure, but literally every section of top line in the song is a killer hook... But sometimes I'll sit in my studio and just listen to Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' from start to finish, or John Hopkins' 'Singularity', or even my brother (ShockOne)'s first album 'Universus', because they are albums that are so all-encompassing that they take you on a journey and make you feel so intensely, and I love that. 

What can punters expect from a Reija Lee live show?

Well, as I mentioned, I began this project with the thought of live instruments in my head. So, I'm currently in the process of building a band around these songs. There will be live instruments but also still an electronic element like sample triggering, etc. Also, I saw M83 live in London years ago, and at the end of Midnight City this guy came out of nowhere and played that insane sax solo and everyone just lost their s***. That will definitely happen in a Reija Lee show. Hahahaha…

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

My brother once told me to never have a Plan B. If you have a Plan B, you'll just end of settling for it. If you don't, your only option is to succeed in music. Scary advice, but it's served me well to this day. 

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

Willow Beats - Special! (Fun fact - my brother named his daughter Willow and this is her song <3 cute!).

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

Nick Cave - Into My Arms. When I was a little kid I would often listen to this song when I wanted to cry. That, and Jeff Buckley. Sensitive little soul.

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

 Obviously ShockOne - Bleed Black. 

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

I actually performed at the State of The Art Festival with Shock One recently. It was on WA Day and showcased acts from all over WA. It was awesome to see so many people from Perth and surrounds getting together and really showing what an amazing music community we have here. I was a proud Perthian that day.

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

Stella Donnelly! I love her lyrics, her lovable persona, her sense of humour, her message, everything. WOMPP (Women of Music Production Perth) - I am a quiet follower of this organisation as I love watching female producers killing it, and they also do cool showcases and talks and workshops and I just think they are FANTASTIC. The whole DnB / Dance music community in Perth. It's one I've been involved in for a while so I can't help but mention how amazing I think it is. Drum n Bass is still really quite underground in Australia and it's hard times right now for dance music everywhere as a lot of our clubs have closed down... but the community still manages to fight on. Despite being the most isolated city in the world, we still have the biggest New Years Eve event in the country with Origin. It's easy to think that Perth is a sleepy old city where nothing happens, but there's still a lot going on here if you pay attention.

What are your plans for 2018?

More music!!! I have a second single that’s almost finished that I'm super excited about, aaaand I have also just finished the video for Love Nobody which I CAN'T WAIT to share with everyone. Other than that, more writing for an album, and working on an amazing live show with a sax solo!

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SEASIDE

Featured Artist

2018

16

Jul

SEASIDE

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North Coast, NSW

Everyone's favourite North Coast pals Seaside are taking over Splendour this weekend as our local comp winners! We couldn't be more excited. So head down early for funky dance moves, the odd confetti gun and dream pop magic.

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

It took us a couple of years to develop our sound and even then, it’s continuously changing and growing. When we started jamming we had all just come off the back of completely different genres so at first, it was an eclectic mix of all the things we had to offer. Then we started writing, pulling bits and pieces apart and pinpointing what we liked about them. Wavy Baby was the first EP, it’s a little slower and moodier than the next, but it’s nice to see how much the sound started to change. After we released our second EP Lover, We All Have Our Vices, we wrote 'Golden Girl'. I think we decided then that we were happy heading in that direction. Froggy joined the band pretty soon after and we started writing a little more indie but still with the dream-pop vibe. You’ll see when we release the next single!

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

I think at the moment it’s each other! We all have so much love for music and writing music that we kind of inspire each other! Lyrically I draw inspiration from people I meet, my friends, a beautiful view, a crummy day. Everything can be inspiration if you view it in the right way!

What can punters expect from a SEASIDE live show? 

We have some pretty funky dance moves, the odd confetti gun, I like to tell stories about the silly things we do, a bit of banter and a heap of feelies! 

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

I’ve been lucky enough to have been given advice from some amazing people, the most recent piece of advice I was given that stuck with me was actually from Froggy. We were speaking about how we get nervous for shows and he said "those feelings, and the butterflies, they make you want it so much more". They push you to perform with your absolute all and then you get to feel that sense of accomplishment when you’re finished. How lucky to be able to feel that rush! And he’s so right. If we never got nervous for things we wouldn’t be putting ourselves out of our comfort zone! I think it’s so important to do that for self-growth! 

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

The Round the Twist theme tune. That could cheer anyone up. 

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

I took this question as crying in a good way! It would have to be Stella Donnelly with ‘Boys Will Be Boys’. She’s so talented, I saw her play at the Northern in Byron and I cried, a lot. The boys told me ‘the Optus hold music’ is also an acceptable answer.

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

The Presets with ‘My People’! What a tune! 

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

We went to PLTS last night, they’re really great guys and are such an amazing live band, super tight and sound like they could play a stadium. I’d had a few birthday margaritas so you could say I danced pretty hard! 

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

There are so many talented people in this area, they all have so much passion towards everything they do that I am constantly inspired. PLTS inspire me because they are such an amazing live band, so tight and flawless. Also, there’s another friend of ours who is supporting us at the Northern, her name is Sophie Ozard, she’s definitely someone to watch out for. Beautiful voice, effortlessly smooth and so amazing to watch (also she’s a really genuine, lovely person)! We are really blessed to live in such a creative hub, I feel like all the musicians here kind of bounce and vibe off each other, we always go to each other’s shows and are always encouraging one another, it’s really nice. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Well, we play Splendour (ahhh!!) and then head off on our Golden Girl tour, then we’ll be dropping a new single and touring with Last Dinosaurs. Then back for more writing/recording/releasing and then hopefully a summer of shows and new friends! 

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Tasman Keith

Featured Artist

2018

8

Jul

Tasman Keith

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Sydney, NSW

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Indigenous rapper and rising star, Tasman Keith. He's got a way with words and a flow to follow.

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

I guess it started simply by growing up with a father as a rapper, a mother as a singer and a bunch of uncles that could play guitar. Being constantly surrounded by music I along with my older brother would always be performing or writing, from as early as 10 my brother, cousin and I had a rap group. At fourteen a lot of my cousins and I were squeezed into a tiny room just to spend hours writing and recording every afternoon. I feel like these things mixed with the study that I put into the music and the greats of the music over time are really what has helped me develop my sound so far. That, keeping my pen sharp and working with great producers.

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

For me, anything can be a source of inspiration. But the greatest would be my community, Bowraville. These stories and feelings that I share, either come from a personal point or draw inspiration from what my people go through. Knowing that I have a voice that can not only be one for my community, but one people outside of my community can relate too is something that constantly pushes me to remain locked in.

What can punters expect from a Tasman Keith live show?

A lot of energy, a lot of truth and a bunch of mission references.

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

There has been a lot. But either when my father told me that when it comes to business and music, never show your full hand, keep a few tricks up your sleeve. Or when my great-grandmother told me to work for it. Simple as that.

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

Tasman Keith - My Pelopolees.

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

Birdz - Testify.

If that doesn't make you feel a way, I don't know what will.

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

Tasman Keith - My Pelopolees. Everyone yelling CRB (Cemetery Road Bowraville) is the key to a great party.

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

Barunga Festival. At the start of this year, I lived in Darwin at Studio G for two months so it's local enough haha. But yeah, Barunga was amazing. If you are reading this, that festival is a must. Shout out to the Skinnyfish fam.

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

To be completely honest, for the past 6 months I’ve been so focused on finishing this project that I haven’t been looking anywhere else. But I’ve always appreciated that there seems to be an overall general respect that the Sydney scene has for each other, that and the work ethic a lot of artists here have is inspiring and keeps me motivated.

What are your plans for 2018?

Watching the current single ‘My Pelopolees’ do its thing, which we have some visuals for as well. The project I’ve been working on with James Mangohig and Nooky is in its final stages and we have already begun to roll that out, so the release of that is a major part of 2018 for me. More visuals for the other singles I have on the way, and a bunch of shows as the music comes out, and of course working on the next, staying one step ahead.

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imbi the girl

Featured Artist

2018

2

Jul

imbi the girl

Sydney, NSW

Sydney artist imbi the girl is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. 'Swell' is imbi the girls' brand new single and it's one wave of emotion, powerful songwriting and relatability. 

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

One thing I can definitely say about my music is that it will never stop developing! I use my music as a form of expression and what/how I feel like expressing myself boils down to what I’m experiencing at the time. I guess my sound could be summed up as a reaction to whatever I’m observing/going through at the time.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
This is going to sound corny but I really believe you can find inspiration in everything and anything. I think emotions (belonging to me or those around me) are always a reliable, accessible, and powerful source of inspiration for me but I don’t think I could even call that my “greatest” source of inspiration. There are just too many options!

What can punters expect from an imbi the girl live show?
Punters can expect a good groove, a lot of love, probably a reminder to stay hydrated at some point and some powerful, musical magic. If they’re willing to open their hearts, punters can expect to leave my set full of warmth and wholesome good vibes (or at least those are my intentions). 

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

The best advice I’ve been given is to live through love and to remember that everything is temporary. Those wise words came less from a specific person and more from gathered experiences and a variety of different interactions. I guess you could say the universe gave me that advice. 

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

'OG Luv Kush pt.2’ by Kaiit. It’s not too cheerful/upbeat so they can keep crying and processing while they listen but it’s also so undeniably groovy I feel like they wouldn’t be able to hold back a cheeky boogie. Also just an empowering track, and there’s nothing like being reminded of your power and resilience in those teary moments.

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

'Katie' by Missy Higgins. I don’t reckon I need to explain this one. Once you listen to it, you’ll get it.

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

'Clap Clap’ by Miss Blanks. Bless this queen!!! She effortlessly slays every track but this one especially. It’s a timeless, dirty, d-floor banger and if you don’t know, you should. 

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

I saw Habits at their ‘Salty’ EP launch and holy HECK it was phenomenal. Could not recommend their tunes and their shows highly enough. These artists are so unapologetically themselves, they are so heckin’ unique and shameless. They push all the boundaries and it’s seriously inspiring.

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

I find queer people and people of colour (POC) in Sydney's music community very inspiring. I mean, I’m inspired by them in every community and the music scene is definitely not an exception. It takes a lot of courage and drive to be visible as a POC and queer person with racism, homophobia and transphobia still making up the foundations of our society creating more challenges for individuals from marginalised groups especially in an industry like the music industry where artists rely on people liking their persona as much as their music. Trying to excel in a creative field where your success is dependent on engagement from an audience socialised to not value your identity or the messages you are trying to send is no easy task. Lucky for us, there are more proud and powerful POC/queers gaining recognition in the mainstream than ever before and even though we have a very long way to go, the times are most def changing.

What are your plans for 2018?
My plan is to keep on keeping’ on! I will continue to do my very best to spread love and wholesome vibes through banging’ creative endeavours and maybe also drop an EP later this year but you’ll have to wait and see. 

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Luboku

Featured Artist

2018

18

Jun

Luboku

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Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne artist Luboku is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.  His ability to sweep you off your feet with this carefully crafted production, hypnotic touch and brooding melodies is something you need to here.

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

For me, it's all about experimenting and letting go of what you think something should sound like. I spent a lot of time trying to make music sound a certain way, but I found the less I tried the more natural things sounded.

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

A lot of stuff inspires me, but creatively I’m inspired by sounds. I can’t put my finger on it, but the smallest of sounds can inspire some of the most interesting tracks, I’m always searching for those sounds that evoke emotion somehow, it’s a really fun way to write.

What can punters expect from a Luboku live show?

It’s very dynamic, I like to take people on a journey with me as the set expands and contracts. Think Nils Frahm x Jon Hopkins x James Blake, or just come to my show with What So Not this weekend and find out for yourself!

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

My uncle is a long-time muso and he’s always told me to stick with my gut feel - your first instinct is usually the best, pretty much 99% of the time.

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

Men At Work - Down Under. No one could escape this one, it’s too good a singalong.

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

Dustin Tebbutt - The Breach.

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

Flume - HyperParadise remix, still a jam.

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

Well, it wasn’t the most recent one, but Kamasi Washington’s performance earlier this year has really stuck with me, an amazing show and his dad came out onstage to play mid-set which was actually epic.

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

I’m really inspired by the community itself! There is so much great music coming out of Melbourne every day, I think it’s something which is pretty singular to our city. That said, good friends Two People are doing some lovely stuff, as are Kllo, Jack Grace, Lonelyspeck and a lot more people who have probably escaped my mind at this moment.

What are your plans for 2018?

I just finished my debut EP, so that’s on its way, lots more live shows and maybe a few surprises too, I guess you’ll have to wait and see!

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Bad Juju

Featured Artist

2018

10

Jun

Bad Juju

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Melbourne, VIC

It's time for you to meet your new favourite band and this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Bad Juju. Hailing out of Melbourne, the five-piece outfit have recently been on tour supporting Trophy Eyes. They've also just dropped their brand new single 'Moving On' and it's a strong hit from the heart.

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

Our music is definitely fuelled by the emotions we were feeling during the writing process. Sometimes the songs turn out bright and happy, other times they end up darker and heavier because of that. All of us have played in heavier bands than Bad Juju in the past but really wanted to get back to our punk rock/grunge roots because we all enjoyed that kind of sound when we were growing up. Each of us brings a whole bunch of influences to the table during writing and the end product is developed through a mix of those influences and what emotions we are feeling at the time.

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

One of the biggest sources of inspiration is watching other bands we love playing live and killing it. We all grew up getting down to local shows, watching bands and being a part of the music scene. We've always enjoyed being a part of it and having a chance to keep doing that in this band has been so much fun for us. We just want to keep writing music so we can get out there and do it more!

What can punters expect from a Bad Juju live show?

It's always going to be high energy for us on stage. The more people getting involved, jumping around and getting crazy, the better as far as we are concerned. 

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

Nick: Mum always said no matter what you do, try to be the hardest working person in the room. 

Russ: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take - Wayne Gretzky" - Michael Scott.

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

Abe: The Chats - Smoko

Nick: Australian Crawl - The Boys Light Up

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

Russ: Silverchair - Ana's Song

Abe: Crowded House - Better be home soon

Armarin: Air Supply - Anything

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

Nick: Cold Chisel - Khe Sang

Russ: The Veronicas - Untouched

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

Russ: I've been to a bunch of shows lately, I'm not sure which was the most recent! But a standout from the last 6 months would have to be Dear Seattle at Northcote Social Club. It was sick. People went nuts and it was a great vibe.

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

Melbourne has so many hard working and talented musicians that it's hard to pinpoint one or two! We've been lucky enough to work with a few great musicians when recording our songs including Callan Orr of 'Dream on Dreamer' and Beau Mckee who used to play in 'Closure in Moscow'. They both challenged us with each track to try new things and step up our game. We learnt a lot from those sessions. We have gotten a lot of love from music fans in Melbourne so far and the triple j Unearthed crew that have given us a lot of confidence in what we are doing and that's driving us forward!

What are your plans for 2018?

We have finished recording our debut EP which will be coming out very soon. We plan to play a few shows around that and get interstate a lot more! We can't wait to release the EP and show everyone what we've been working on. We also have some awesome shows coming up with Dream on Dreamer and Trophy Eyes that we are looking forward to this month and in July! All the dates and info are on our Facebook page for anyone who is interested!

 

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Triple One

Featured Artist

2018

3

Jun

Triple One

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Sydney, NSW

Meet Sydney Hip Hop game changers and this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Triple One.

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

Even though we're rooted in hip-hop, we've always loved to experiment. Some of our tracks are more trap-heavy, some are more melodic, some are centred around chunky guitar riffs. Having four members means that everyone brings their flavour to the table. We also collaborate and play shows with street rappers, grime emcees, R&B singers, rock bands, punk bands. We take a little bit of everything that we love - no matter the genre - mash it together, keep our fingers crossed and pray that it works.


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

Watching the sunset while riding the train from Hurstville station, and spending time with our loved ones and pets.


What can punters expect from a Triple One live show?

A couple of sing-a-longs, some high-quality merchandise, lots of obnoxious yelling and maybe a circle pit or two, if you're lucky.

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

“If a man does not have sauce, then he is lost" - Gucci Mane

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

Hunters & Collectors with ‘Holy Grail’.

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

Natalie Imbruglia with ‘Torn’.

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

Sydney Serchaz - Fuckin' Oath

Riot In Belgium - La Musique

Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning

Fraksha - Creepin' ft. Diem & Brinks

Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around


What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
That was actually our own gig with SCK CHX, last weekend at Waywards. It started at 4:00pm, people got rowdy, we had pho for dinner, we were in bed by 9:30pm, it was mad.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you?
How about this for a big namedrop: Johnny Hunter, ChillinIt, Mitchos Da Menace, Fortay, Sydney Serchaz, Turquoise Prince, One Day, Big Village, Elefant Traks, imbi the girl, Hau, Slim Set, Raj Mahal, Phil Fresh, Kwame, SCK CHX, Manu Crooks, BLESSED, B Wise, and about a million other Sydneysiders making music. Also, a big shout out to all the venues like the Botany View Hotel who host our shows and give us chicken schnitzels and/or fruit platters on our rider.

What are your plans for 2018?

In July, we'll be embarking on the 'Eastconnex' tour with our good mates, Johnny Hunter. After that, we'll be dropping a couple of throwaway bangers before releasing a very sad EP in late 2018. Also, Lil Dijon is going to get a new hairstyle, so stay tuned for that. Thankyou to triple j and all our fans for the consistent support, we love you all.

 

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