Hoodzy

Featured Artist

2019

1

Jul

Hoodzy

Perth, WA

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring 16 y/o legend, Hoodzy!

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

The Hoodzy sound definitely came from a lot of trial and error and using different aspects from a lot of genres but my sound is hands down inspired by the grime scene. 

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

Putting my people, my sisters, everybody that I represent on the map. 

What can punters expect from a Hoodzy live show?

High energy, blasting sounds & a safe environment for everybody in the place. 

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

The best advice I’ve been given was to never change myself or my sound for anyone. That came from my no.1 supporter who happens to be my girlfriend. 

 

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

Its definitely gotta be Kaiit and her track 'Miss Shiney'. If those vibes don’t cheer you up I don’t know what will. 

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

Now that ones gotta be Kobie dee and his track 'Jody'. The storytelling in that track is just mind blowing. 

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

I think we all know Onefour. Spot the Difference is the only real way to kick off a dance floor. 

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

It was a free show on the beach that Montaigne played. It was crazy. That lady can move.

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

It’s gotta be Jesswar from QLD. Just the power and confidence that the girl brings is crazy. Definitely something a young girl like me would look up to. 

What are your plans for 2019?

The plans from 2019 is just to establish my music in the scene & bring as much energy to the table as I can.

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Death By Denim

Featured Artist

2019

24

Jun

Death By Denim

Perth, WA

This week on triple j Unearthed you'll be hearing from WA legends and this week's feature artist, Death By Denim.

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

We all come from quite different musical backgrounds and we love to mash up all of those into one big melting pot of sound. Whether its classic 80s Australian rock, to Britpop, to the Perth Psych scene and Hip Hop. There are really no limits to what we will consider putting into a track and we love to play around with different styles. It’s no coincidence that we struggle to define our genre at times. When recording it’s basically anything goes. If someone wants a robot in the track, a robot will be produced and its place in the track thereby evaluated.

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

I think music has played a very important role in all of our lives as we have grown up and it’s amazing that we get to share that emotional connection as a band. Personal experiences always come into play for songwriting inspiration. We’ve made songs about a family break up, Tattoos, mental health, after parties, cigarettes and honey -  anything really. We don’t take ourselves too seriously but at the same time we have definitely built up a confidence to explore deeper emotions in our tunes.

What can punters expect from a Death By Denim live show?

A Big Party. We want everyone to come to a gig, feel safe and just forget about their problems for a few hours. When we are on stage, we are free from all of our anxieties and can just be doing what we love to do and hopefully that resonates with people. Also, a lot of average banter by Nik and George.  

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

A frequent piece of advice has been to work hard and keep pushing. Making and performing music is something we all love to do and we have developed quite a strong work ethic in the band as a result. Whether it is songwriting, performing, or organizing the next 6 months – we are always working on something. I think this mindset has been really important when it comes to writing. It can be easy to forget about this when other things seem more important or urgent. In the long run it really takes the pressure off the music if you already have a bunch of exciting ideas to work on when it comes time to produce that next track.

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

'Elephant' by Tame Impala.

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

'If You Were My Hero' by Asha Jefferies.

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

'Need You Tonight' by INXS

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

We all went to Wooly Mammoth’s final ever show and it was amazing. Was pretty sad to see those boys finish the band as we’ve become pretty close with them over the years, but they all have other things in the pipeline that we are very excited about!

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

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets come straight to mind who are really inspiring us at the moment. Working so bloody hard and have achieving so much – it has been an amazing journey to watch. Riley Pearce, Spacey Jane, Dulcie, Great Gable, Keeley Connelly - all the artists that are flying the WA flag with so much pride inspire us to be able to do the same. I could list another 20 bands, WA music is just the best. Whether it’s a group that has been together for a few years or one who has just formed – you never know when you are going to be blown away by at a local gig. Fresh on the scene Material World Orchestra recently supported us and had some incredible synthy vibes – I think we were all listening and silently taking notes. Francis Foxx is also one to watch with an amazing energy on stage. The list goes on and on.

What are your plans for 2019?

Planning to release either an E.P or a full length album in October/November which we are currently working on at Debaser studios with Andy Lawson. We will be heading out on our biggest tour run at the end of the year in support. Basically we will be working very hard but making sure we have the best of fun too. It’s a very exciting time for sure.

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Spacey Jane

Featured Artist

2019

13

May

Spacey Jane

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Perth, WA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, WA legends Spacey Jane.

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

We all come from different places musically so we weren't really predisposed to having a certain sound. When we started out we didn't have a specific genre or sound we were aiming for, but our playing styles eventually blended into where we're at now. Some of our shared musical tastes include Wilco, early Kings of Leon, Courtney Barnett, The Strokes, Pixies.

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

Caleb says a lot of his inspiration (especially lyrically) comes from processing emotions and life experiences. Music as a means of catharsis is something we can all relate to. When some feeling or abstract 'thing' hasn't been dealt with, song writing definitely seems like a great outlet for it. In a more general sense we're all inspired to keep making music because of how bloody special it feels to connect with other people through it. Be it with each other or our fans, it's real great.

What can punters expect from a Spacey Jane live show?

We try really hard to make our gigs a safe and inclusive space for everyone involved. When we feel like the crowd is being respectful and looking out for each other, we really give it our all. Also, lots of hair flips from Ashton. And sweat.   

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

One piece of advice that’s stuck with us was from a really great friend in a really great band that have had been killing it for over a decade now. It’s a simple one. He just said to ‘keep writing’. No matter what, always, always, always writing and creating. Can’t really fault it, and it’s always in the back of our minds. Thanks Will.

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

‘Catch My Disease’ by Ben Lee (thanks for reminding us that this exists).

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

Any of Julia Jacklin's tracks - namely ‘Don't Know How to Keep Loving You’.

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?

Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks put on a mini-festival for their EP launch, with a heap of great local bands. Jack is a very special songwriter and has a group of amazing musicians who are even nicer people.

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

Stella Donnelly is really putting Perth on the map internationally, and she's done a great job of promoting safe and inclusive gig spaces for everyone. She does an awesome job championing artists of all backgrounds at her shows here in Perth, and she's really brought up the standard of diversity to something the scene can be more proud of! Great Gable are one of Perth's hardest working bands, without a doubt. They've been at it for a little while and they're consistently on the up & up. It's awesome to see them succeed so much over the last few years, they're a bunch of awesome guys who kill it live & write great songs.There's a heap of other favourites that have always and continue to make Perth one of the best places to play & experience live music! Seriously WA music rules, and we wear the badge with pride.

What are your plans for 2019?

We're heading back into the studio to record what will hopefully become our first album! No promises there. It's just a lovely goal to have. We'll definitely be touring nationally at least once more this year, this time around has been too good to not repeat!

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Dulcie

Featured Artist

2019

18

Feb

Dulcie

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Perth, WA

Perth super ladies Dulcie wow'd us with their debut single 'Fall' and we can't wait for you to hear it all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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

I don’t think any of us quite know how we developed Dulcie to sound the way it does. It’s really been such a subconscious fusion of all of the music that the four of us have ever listened to or been inspired by individually. At any given time, any one of hundreds of potential influences could shine through and push our sound in another direction. Hopefully that will be something that people will continue to find interesting about listening to our music. At the moment we’re really exploring how to incorporate multiple-part harmonies and that's always been a pretty consistent idea for us all. 

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

Definitely each other and our personal and combined love for music. We all really egg each other on in rehearsal and write music together so I think it’s probably fair to say that our biggest inspiration is other musicians and the ability to inspire and collaborate with each other. Songs come together that much quicker when you’ve got three other people in the room getting hyped up over your ideas.

What can punters expect from a Dulcie live show?

You can definitely expect a few laughs, we don’t take ourselves too seriously on stage so punters can expect a bit of a giggle with/at us for sure! You can probably expect to have a bit of a dance and maybe some cheeky sing-a-longs and clapping on the beat too- we love that stuff!

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

As silly as it sounds, my mum has this frame full of motivational quotes hanging above our toilet at home and there is this one quote that says “Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” I feel like this has always been a really important thing in reminding me to choose what I want to do because I love it rather than what will give the biggest instant reward. This whole philosophy has definitely helped more than one musician in my life to decide to either study music or commit their time to writing and making music, follow their dream because they love it and want to have the experience, not necessarily the money or the fancy degree. Touring and playing music is the biggest source of cool experiences and stories to tell so it’s pretty relevant to all of us.

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

100% ‘Exactly How You Are’ by Ball Park Music. It’s got me smiling after the first sentence every single time, it is the most wonderful song and sometimes people need a little reminder that it’s okay to be who they are and they “don’t have to swim upstream”.

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

That’s a tough one! We’re gonna have to go with Sawteeth by Spacey Jane. It’s just a beautiful song and you can’t help but shed a few tears to it. If you haven’t checked them out, prepare yourself for some of the most beautiful songwriting ever.

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

Surely it would be a sin not to put on ‘Let It Happen’ by Tame Impala. Not sure about everyone else, but we’re never at a party that doesn’t get around a bit of a boogie to that huge tune.

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

I think the last one was probably the Across The Road Music Festival in Bunbury (that’s down south, does that count?). We played a little festival down in Bunbury at the start of the month with a bunch of other Perth bands and it was SO FUN. Every single band or artist that performed killed it, there were little op shop stalls, food trucks, pop up bars and the whole thing was zero-waste. Basically it was everything you could ever ask for.

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

The list of people in Perth that inspire us goes on forever and ever. Within our little family at Across The Road Music there is a really inspiring space to create in. We have some great mates in some great Perth bands (Wooly Mammoth, Great Gable, Carla Geneve, Death By Denim, King Ibis, Lilia, Grace Armstrong- the list goes on). It’s always been a pleasure to play and hang out with everybody that we have had the chance to so far and there is certainly no lack of inspiration in the Perth music community.

What are your plans for 2019?

2019 is shaping up to be a big one! We’ll definitely be jumping into the studio and putting out some new music. Starting this week, we’re going on our first ever national tour with our good friends (and amazing Perth band) Great Gable so we’re all super keen for that! Every day things change and become bigger and more exciting so we’re keeping it pretty chilled out while we do this tour and hopefully over the next few weeks we’ll get a bit more of a detailed idea of what this year holds for us.

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Toyotomi

Featured Artist

2018

17

Dec

Toyotomi

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Perth, WA

TOYOTOMI is your Feature legend all this week on triple j Unearthed. Join him on the stacked Origin Fields lineup over the New Years as he dominates the stage as our Unearthed comp winner.

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

For me the TOYOTOMI sound is a reflection of my environment which is always changing. My sound is something that is continually developing and it's quite impulsive. It’s a collection of my fantasies, personal issues, life stories, obscure memories and other stuff. I find it difficult defining my music because it’s something very subconscious for me and because I try to make music that can have a different form of significance for each listener. I suppose you just have to listen to know.

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

My surroundings. From the people I meet, places I go, sounds I hear, feelings I experience. I like using my five senses man, sometimes six. Also I can’t forget my friends, them as individuals inspire my music a lot.

What can punters expect from a TOYOTOMI live show?

I’d like to think that not all TOYOTOMI shows are the same but we do keep it consistent with the great higher frequency vibes, exceptional song transitions, outstanding smoke machine action, lighting complimentary to sonic experience – a great production really. Haha nah I just have a lot of fun serving the people and hope that my smile is infectious.

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

My Mum told me to be balanced in all aspects of my life. I like that a lot.

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

“Find Some Friends” by No Nomad. I miss you Louie!

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

I think I could make someone cry if I played them my song “Rust”. Full band and all, I think I could do it.

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

“Swipey” by Llehna. Probably just play the whole Llehna’s World project top to bottom.

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

I haven’t been out in a bit but I think it was a No Nomad gig at The Bird and that was T R E M E N D O U S! A lot of cool gigs around Perth but I’ve just been trying to fix my sleeping pattern man.

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

I’m grateful to be friends with most of the Perth people that inspire me musically. People like Max Black, Llehna, Seul, Morph, JCAL, Louie White, that’s really family. But outside music my mother and my aunt really inspire me, all my immigrants inspire me, the working class inspires me, your struggle inspires me!

What are your plans for 2019?

I got plenty singles on the way, more videos, more shows and maybe a project. I wrote songs all this year so I’m filling everybody newsfeeds with new songs all 2019. Next year I plan on being happier, more grateful, more loving, more present and I also plan on signing up to do yoga classes, maybe.

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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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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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Good Doogs

Featured Artist

2018

7

May

Good Doogs

Perth, WA

Mandurah party starters, Good Doogs are this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Be sure not to miss them this weekend as they open Groovin the Moo in Bunbury.

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

Our Sound is hugely influenced by the “Californian Sound” bands like Best Coast, Wavves, Cloud Nothings and Fidlar but with our own Australian twist on it.

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

Having fun! The responses of people after shows, it’s a pretty surreal feeling to know that you and your music is the reason that someone is so psyched. We just wanna have fun forever and music is our outlet for that.

What can punters expect from a Good Doogs live show?

Hahaha umm... really high energy, lots of fun and lots of smiles. As we said, we just wanna have fun. That’s why we do it! 

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

I can’t remember who told me this, but the advice that has probably best served us to this point is, "don’t play every show that you are offered". Play the shows that will further the band (good support slots for bands that are bigger than you or good headline slots for the money you deserve) if you aren’t getting anything from the show, there is no point in playing it. Every band has a certain amount of “hype points” and if you spend them all really quickly on bad shows then no one will come to your good shows when you need them to!

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

I think it’s nearly impossible to be devo when “Spring Has Sprung” by Skegss is playing. The whole song is just super upbeat and dreamy then the lyrics are literally about it coming into summertime and better weather and all the good shit associated with that.

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

I’d play them “Not Worth Hiding” by Alex the Astronaut. I’d get them to really listen to the lyrics and put themselves in that position growing up gay in a world that hasn’t necessarily been completely accepting of gay people. The lyrics in that song are super strong and I reckon would get more than a few people. 

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

'Covered in Chrome' by Violent Soho. 100% go-to-song to psych any crowd up haha.

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

Went to The Drop festival in Margaret River with Dune Rats and Ruby Fields and it was sick. They don’t get heaps of gigs down there so the crowd get real psyched and the vibe is sick at those shows. 

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

That’s kind of the thing about Mandurah, we don’t really have an established music scene. Anyone that gets any good seems to move away, we don’t even have a live music venue in Mandurah which is sad for a city with 150k people. There are still a couple of bands here, but I guess we are kind of the trailblazers in the music scene here at the moment, but that in itself inspires me. The fact that I know we have other bands in Mandurah looking up to us makes me want to push harder to get further and use our position to further establish a music scene in Mandurah for the next crop of kids coming through - something that we didn’t really have. 

What are your plans for 2018?

 2018...hopefully get to Bigsound in September. We have another single coming out in a couple of weeks and going out on tour with Tired Lion too. Looking to release more songs, possibly an EP towards the end of the year but I suppose it will depend on what happens at Bigsound. Whatever happens, we plan on having fun!

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Carla Geneve

Featured Artist

2018

26

Mar

Carla Geneve

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Perth, WA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Carla Geneve. She's just 19-years-old, has already supported idols Abbe May and Jen Cloher and she's got one of the most clever and relatable tracks we've heard so far this year. Check it out here.

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

It's hard to say but I think my music is probably a mix of folk lyrics and structures with rockier or heavier tones. I just started out writing my songs on acoustic guitar when I was younger, then it kinda just got louder and louder. Now I'm really into playing electric with a band, but it's kind of the same singer-songwriter stuff underneath.

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

Going out to watch live local shows! I make sure I see a lot of live music in Perth. There are so many great local bands, listening to their ideas and seeing how they do stuff reminds me how much i love playing.

What can punters expect from a Carla Geneve live show?

Some noisy guitar, some awkward stage banter and some (hopefully) loveable stuff-ups.

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

"Mistakes aren't always a bad thing", my Dad.

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

'Our Place' by Verge Collection.

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

'Dark Art' by Jen Cloher.

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

'Ubu' by Methyl Ethyl.

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

Airline Food's EP launch. So Good! It was such a great lineup of friends and music that I love! Go listen to Airline Food's EP 'Fragments in Green', it's the best. 

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

Artists that are facing any kind of discrimination here, whether it be due to gender, sexuality, race or another kind, but keep on shredding regardless. Also, my band. They're so bloody talented in their own right, also they're always keen to play, or do something fun.

What are your plans for 2018?

We love playing live shows, and there'll be a heap more of those for sure. I think we're also going to be doing some more recording and releases, which is super exciting! Hopefully some shows over east are coming up sooner or later. 

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T$oko

Featured Artist

2018

5

Feb

T$oko

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Perth, WA

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

My sound is definitely a direct reflection of what I have been exposed to musically and where I am from , growing up in Zimbabwe, having family in the UK and now Australia , I am a product of my environment , I guess you could say my music is like a nice bowl of gumbo. You going to get all type of different flavors and ingredients.

 

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

I am inspired by all types of music in general , I  really don't believe there is anything obetter than being exposed to different sounds and new artists from different walks of life. I have been exposed to different cultures and different sonics and  through my different pit stops around the world I have been able to use my experiences and incorporate that into my music. 

 

What can punters expect from a T$oko live show?

good vibes , good feels , loads of energy and we try and keep it real live. If you didn't know who i was before i hit the stage. I definitely wanna make sure u had a blast and know who i am once my set is finished. Or at least have you asking the next person who that was or where you can find the music.

 

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

 "Later is always greater  and its not a race its a marathon." Anonymous  Sometimes people  like to fast track there success and they get caught up in the hype. They are here one minute and gone the next because they never really had to put in the work or work at their craft. I have enjoyed the ride so far , and appreciate everyone who has even taken the time out to show a interest to this point

 

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

Ooh thats a tough one, I would either have to say Bernard Fanning - Wish you well.  or possibly Better - John Butler trio. That being said i think ill have to go with the home team , shoutout to  John butler and the whole fremantle maaan!

 

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

I'm sure. I'm sure..  Another tough one besides Ta-ku feat JMSN x Sango - Love Again. I will go with Tear us apart - INXS , i think their catalogue  was some of the first music from an Australian act i really became aware of while i was still growing up overseas . The raw emotion that pours through the track and Michael Hutchence's lyrics are really something. Outside of the success they had on a pop level,  I really believe Michael Hutchence is underrated as a song writer. lol

 

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

Depends what type of setting I would be spinning in. If it was a throwback set i would probably go INXS - New sensation. If it was pub flows I would do Darryl Braithwaite - Horses. And if its a new age set either One Day - Not Many (Like A Version) or DZ Deathrays - Gina Works At Hearts. My crates run deep , i am sure i would have something for whatever the occasion called for. haha .. Mixmaster Soko got you. lmao 

 

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

Ecca Vandal. Me and the band Foam were handling supports. Amazing gig. Such a vibe and a blend of genres. My kind of gig:)

 

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

Being based in Fremantle , I tend to soak up a lot of whats going on around me. Its such a melting pot when it comes to culture and music definitely Tame impala and all the other artists from Perth that have come out and done great things just to name a few.

 

Ta-ku

Pendulum

John Butler Trio

AC/DC

 

I also cant forget my brothers from Tone Youth Collective who I work with. We always try to push each other and everyone brings they own twist to the table.

 

What are your plans for 2017?

Just keep introducing to people who i am as a artist and what my music is all about. I have got some pretty cool stuff coming up that ill be dropping real soon.  I feel like people still haven't seen everything i can offer from a artist standpoint so that's exciting for me. I don't want to say I have been holding back but there certain bits n pieces of music which i have held back that may surprise some people so I am excited to share what I have been cooking up. Also excited to drop some new music with my squad Tone Youth , I feel like we have a good chance to really show everyone what Perth has to offer and rep the 6k in the right way. Salute to everyone who has paved the way thus far. Also look forward to playing some shows and releasing some collabs with some special people. Stay tuned.

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Feels

Featured Artist

2017

18

Sep

Feels

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Perth, WA

Feels are a percussive electronic outfit from Perth, and the winners of our 2017 Listen Out competition for WA! We're featuring their buoyant and bubbly tunes all this week on Unearthed.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Elise and Rosie met during high school when they were 14 at an after school percussion program. During a Djembe solo we locked eyes and from that day, we knew we would make music together. We both studied classical percussion at University and Elise went on to study composition. Our love for rhythm and classical composition has definitely influenced our sound and how we create a Feels track. We have always loved electronic music and wanted to find the balance between using our classical composition and percussion skills to created serious beats and shredding synth lines.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Rhythm is definitely our greatest inspiration and usually the main focus for our tracks. We like to find simple patterns and find ways to disrupt and manipulate them. We both play percussion every day, whether it be tutoring high school students, or playing for dancers at WAAPA. Playing has always been a huge inspiration for our music. Our study of many different styles of percussion music and composition has also been influential on our music.

What can punters expect from a FEELS live show?
Live drums, electronics and tinsel jackets! Oh, and a surfboard.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Don’t place too much importance on one track or a certain release, you never know what can happen” – (Tim Shiel).
“Don’t fuck it up” – (RuPaul).

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Miss Blanks – ‘Clap Clap’.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Stella Donnelly – ‘Boys Will Be Boys’.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Lewis Cancut – ‘Body Querty’.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
BIGSOUND! We saw so many local bands it was amazing! Miss Blanks was definitely a highlight for us. It was great to see such a diverse range of artists at the festival. Being from Perth, it was amazing to see such a large representation of our local music scene.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Earlier this year, we co-founded WOMPP (Women of Music Production Perth) a platform for female, transgender and nonbinary music makers to share and discuss music production. We have monthly meetings to discuss electronic music production, share tracks and prepare for our biannual showcases. Through the creation of this community, we have met some of the most talent and inspiring individuals in the Perth music scene. Over this past year we have seen so many strong electronic acts form and more established artists become even more confident. Artists such as Alex and Yell, Lana Rothnie, G*Rey, WYN, Mei Saraswati, Jana Jaya Ayres, Jamilla and many more, are helping to shape the Perth music scene and the standards we set for equal gender representation within our city.

What are your plans for the future?
We have our debut EP Emerald coming out in November with 2 more singles in between. We’re very excited! We are heading to Berlin in November to attend ‘Ableton Loop’, an international music summit. We will also be doing an Ableton studio residency in Sydney January 2018 in which we hope to start writing a new album. We are definitely wanting to do an East coast tour in 2018 and release more new music!

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Stella Donnelly

Featured Artist

2017

4

Jun

Stella Donnelly

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Perth, WA

Spaghetti-loving Perth-based artist, Stella Donnelly is the talk around town. Her debut EP 'Thrush Metal' is the type of songwriting you'll be head over heels for.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I think that most of my sound development has come from watching live shows. My sound has developed pretty naturally, if anything I've stripped it back more and more over time to being the most raw representation of myself.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
I generally write songs when I have something to say, about assholes mostly!
 
What can punters expect from a Stella Donnelly live show?
 
My shows are generally really intimate, so I try and break the ice with some chats about tinder and footy etc. I find myself saying 'sorry mum' a lot at my gigs.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Remember all your bloody guitar leads, plectrums and capo this time will ya!" - Dad.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
The Wiggles - Hot Potato
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
The Wiggles - Hot Potato
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Hot Pota... just kidding, I believe in You - Kylie Minogue.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I watched Methyl Ethel play with Reef Prince and Erasers and I danced ALL NIGHT.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
 
I'm really really proud of the Perth scene that is emerging right now and it's the first time I've seen so many gender diverse bands come out of Western Australia! Bands like Hussy, Lifestyle, Telete, Jacob Diamond, Moistoyster, Heebiejeebies, Heathcote Blue, Shit Narnia and Terrible Signal make me feel HELL lucky to be a musician in Perth.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
I'm in another two bands called BOAT SHOW and BELLS RAPIDS who are both releasing stuff this year and doing a bunch of tours. I have some more songs up my sleeve that I want to finish and record at some point. I also have a goal to find the best tasting Ramen in Australia so big plans all round really!

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Teischa

Featured Artist

2017

15

May

Teischa

Perth, WA

Perth artist Teischa and her latest track, 'Midnight Hour', is effortlessly defiant and flawless. Her soaring vocals will run a shiver down your spine.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
It's definitely taken me years of experimenting with ideas and different styles to end up with my sound as it is now (which I think will be forever changing and developing). When I first started writing songs they were naturally very singer/songwriter/folky.
 
Over the last couple of years, finding my voice and also becoming more open to co writing and working with different producers, has definitely helped me find my sound and what I really want to express through my music. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Just the feeling of being able to get my thoughts out of my head and down into a piece of music that I can then perform and share with other people is the best thing in the world. When my music resonates with others and makes them feel something I'm the happiest person ever! 
 
What can punters expect from a Teischa live show?
 
Lots of variety. I love to change it up and keep it interesting. Playing live is my favourite thing to do. I love sharing the stories behind songs and letting the audience in to my world for a moment.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
My mum is a swimming coach and is full of inspirational and motivational quotes. I know this is cliche but my favourite piece of advice she's told me is "anything is possible."
 
I'm one of those people that likes to set very low expectations so I don't disappoint myself but my mum has always pushed me to dream a little bigger. She's the best. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
 
I know its not originally an Australia track but can Remi's version of 'Thong Song' count? Such a jam! If you're feeling sad I challenge you to listen to this and not be instantly cheered up. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
 
Fall into My Arms - Ngaiire. Not necessarily because of the lyrics, but her voice is just so raw and powerful it makes me teary haha! 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
Frozen - Pon Cho
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Jorden Rakei at Jack Rabbit Slims. It blew my mind. Incredible! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you
 
There are so many! Perth is full of amazing, creative people. A few that inspire me are, Koi Child, Morgan Bain, Pow Negro and Timothy Nelson. 
 
What are your plans for 2017? 
 
More writing, live shows and hopefully more music out soon!

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Dream Rimmy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't drive through red lights - The Law.

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

You're The Voice - John Farhnam

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

You're The Voice - John Farhnam

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

You're The Voice - John Farnham

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for 2017?

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

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The Money War

Featured Artist

2016

21

Nov

The Money War

Perth, WA

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

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

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NEW TALK

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jul

NEW TALK

Perth, WA

Perth quartet Rag N' Bone refer to themselves as "polished scunge" and describe their sound as "an angel meeting up with a drunken choir, vomiting diminished scales over battle drums". They really make us feel uneasy, and we love it.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Axel: Kiera, Sara and I all met at university. We shared mutual interests in distortion, decadence and despair and the idea that we needed a hunk of a Scot on the skins - Jamie popped into view. Jamming in isolation in Sara’s family home in the northern suburbs of Perth really gave us time to connect before we’d even played a show - now, hundreds later, we sound like polished scunge, an angel meeting up with a drunken choir, vomiting diminished scales over battle drums and feedback cries over wheatfields. Also, we get compared to Midnight Oil heaps.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Axel: Making any medium of art is such a curious process, so I can only answer for myself - making music is as much a part of my routine as my morning coffee. Work is work. I think that with our recent material we’ve really tried to go really within ourselves, the dark crevices and all to really create something worthwhile and meaningful. I also really strive to create a throughline from our work to other works of art - our songs wouldn’t exist without Charley Patton, Carson McCuthers, John Cassavetes or Gareth Liddiard and like my experience following this snakey trail of artistic lineage, hopefully we get people to walk down that path too.
 
What can punters expect from a RAG N’ BONE live show?
Kiera: We like our live shows to be cathartic for us as much as for our audiences so there’s usually a lot of energy, writhing around & even screams from band members. Our strength lies in the intensity we create on stage but also bringing that back to something quiet and controlled. Ultimately it’s where we feel the most connected as a group and probably the thing we love doing the most so hopefully that’s felt by the people watching!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Kiera: In the world of music making it’s easy to go through periods of self-doubt and get caught up comparing yourself to others. Whenever I feel myself leaning towards those thought patterns I always think about a particular Alan Moore quote that basically says that anything of value in our lives starts with a risk & in order to be able to make it you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. This plus the love and support from family & friends is usually enough to steer me back on course!
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kiera: Parking Lots by Ermine Coat 
Axel: Harmony by the Avalanches - after spending a whole weekend with Wildflower, I’m convinced that this track in particular is the perfect balance between bursting with joy and crumbling in melancholy: a recipe for bliss.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Kiera: Autoluminescent by Rowland S. Howard
Axel: Hollow by The Tommyhawks - they get a shoutout later but this track in particular is so warm and full of quiet spirit that it gets me everytime.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Kiera: I’m a sucker for bangers so I’d go for something like I Touch Myself by The Divinyls!
Axel: Death to the Apple Gurls by Gerling
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Kiera: It was actually last night and it was The Tommyhawks EP launch at Jack Rabbit Slim’s. We played along with them and Hyla and the room was buzzing like mad! They are such an awesome live band who work really hard. We drank bourbon and coke and I felt like I was in highschool again. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Axel: Perth is a veritable hotspot for people who inspire me, for various different reasons - Dave Parkin for being an absolute wizard with a mixing console, Luke Rinaldi for his dedication to assist and nurture (as well as a complete mastery of ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’), Shit Narnia for their complete emotional and sensory assault, Foam for being the most consistently improving band for the past five years, Childsaint for their lilting, dreamy songscapes, Pat Chow for having the best rock songs of the past recorded human history, WAM for their total love for all things music in Western Australia, so many bands, instrumentalists, bookers, punters and people that make Perth such a wonderful place to be a musician.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Kiera: We can’t reveal too much just yet but we can say that soon we will be leaving our Aussie shores to play a few shows overseas. We’ve just finished recording our debut album which we feel really proud of so you can expect to hear more music & see more videos in the lead up to its release early next year. Other than that we’ll be working on new music, going to all the amazing gigs in Perth & trying to win at quiz nights.

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Safe Sex

Featured Artist

2016

7

Mar

Safe Sex

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Perth, WA

Safe Sex are a Perth-based duo made up of vocalist Molly Biddle and producer Andrew Wright. Molly describes their sound as a combination of her "effeminate squeak" and Andrew's "bassy tones".

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound emerged as an amalgamation of myself and Andrew Wright (Forest Studios Perth). I always wished I was danq rapper and Andrew makes some incredible hip-hop and electronic stuff. So the music was sort of born of that combination between my effeminate squeak and Andrew’s bassy tones. It’s like a buttered cat, but it’s a perpetual sound that seems to work. There’s a lot going on in our tracks and think that’s sort of emerged as an addictive or obsessive quality we both possess… nothing ever feels quite finished. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
There are a lot of different sources that feed into this project- the music, the performance aspect, the film, the art. For myself, I wanted to make something that was more than it seemed at first glance - and I think I can assume that’s what we all wanted. Sexual repression and repression of identity is something that’s been an ongoing dialogue for a lot of different communities - and for myself on a personal level. I saw a problem, and I sought to apply myself to that problem in a way that might be able to reach people - via pop culture and by the rubbernecking of train wreck. I stumbled upon the best people for the job and I’m lucky to have them invest such intimate parts of themselves in the mission.
 
What can punters expect from a Safe Sex live show?
Punters can expect a live show yes! It’s a thing that’s on the cards. I hope they like DJ, VJ and live performance art because that’s what they’re going to get. It’s going to be bizarre and uncomfortable for everyone involved. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have been given is to be brave. Be brave and don’t apologise. I give that advice to myself every single day. If you’re not harming anyone and you feel passionately about something, there is no reason not to do it and no reason to apologise. I used to apologise because I felt my mere existence was somehow offensive to people. The more you apologise the more people begin seeing you as something that requires an apology. 
Also - listen to people if you are trying to affect change in underrepresented or victimized populations. We are all products of social construction and there is more to this story than you think. This advice comes from the most endearing researcher at my University. She's rad. She probably doesn't even know I exist. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
If I wanted to cheer someone up who was crying I would play them something from Gotye, probably Hearts A Mess, because maybe they’re crying because their hearts a mess and they want that validation. Everybody’s heart’s a bit of a mess. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
If I wanted to make someone break down into tears I would play them something from The Cat Empire, maybe Fishies, and then tell them it’s not their fault over and over like in Good Will Hunting. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I’m the DJ at a party and the dance floor is pumping… but it’s well past my bedtime and I want out (slight change of tactic). So I cut the music and play a little Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and start reading aloud from chapter one of ‘”And the Ass Saw the Angel.” Nick Cave is an incredible novelist, people don’t know that. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The very last local gig I went to was The Brow’s single release at AMPS in Perth. They’re friends of mine and I danced like there was a bee on me. It was great. You can always count on a great live show from those guys. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Western Australian bands that inspire us are Empire Of The Sun (Luke Steele), S.O.X., Abbe May, Sun City, Marksman Lloyd, The Love Junkies, The Siren Tower, Our Man In Berlin… we’re probably leaving a lot out… we hear a lot of great music emerging from WA.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Oh my goodness gosh. World peace. But for seriously, we have a bunch of new and bizarre tracks hibernating until we decide to release them. I guess something that stands out about us is that we’re not precious about releases or perfection - we just keep churning out material and sharing our music as soon as we can, however we can - so we can move on and keep creating. We have some obscene videos coming out too- all featuring myself and the very talented actor Nick Pages-Oliver (and some new arrivals too), executed by the ingenious Peter Cheng (Acid Flicks). We also have some symbiotic Safe Sex education tips, but I won’t spoil that…

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Fait

Featured Artist

2015

7

Dec

Fait

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Perth, WA

Fait (AKA Elise Higgins) is one of the winners of our Laneway Festival competition and will be taking the stage at Laneway in Fremantle on Sunday, 14 Feb.
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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I write atmospheric, instrumental soundscapes. I guess my sound developed out of hours of experimenting and layering different sounds and instruments.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Hearing a piece of music that literally stops you in your tracks. That usually inspires me to pick up the guitar.
 
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can punters at Laneway in Fremantle expect from your live show?
A big, beautiful wall of sound.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
It's not exactly advice, but this Anais Nin quote definitely resonates with me: 'Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.'
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Nice Day To Go To The Pub - Cosmic Psychos. Ha.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Seekae - Void. They'd have to watch the film clip too.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The WAM Block Party - huge turn out, great bands and good vibes.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
I really admire Kucka and Moana. They are both driven, ambitious and innovative artists who pour everything into their work.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Release my second EP, tour the east coast and hopefully get to play some shows outside of Australia!

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Verge Collection

Featured Artist

2015

9

Nov

Verge Collection

Perth, WA

Verge Collection are the winners of our Southbound competition and will be taking their triumphant, feel-good songs to the festival stage in Busselton, WA in January 2016.

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Q&A with Verge Collection guitarist Ben...

Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound kind of came about from my own limitations as a musician. For the most part our songs have come from demos I've recorded and then sent to the guys, so a lot of the time they are playing bits or impressions of bits that I've written. It sets pretty massive constraints on what would be considered too technical, so we just work with what we've got.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Re-listening to Paul Simon's Graceland, gets me every time. The way he spins his words and places them across the songs is amazing and effortless.
 
You're the winners of our Southbound competition and will be playing the festival in January 2016. What can punters expect from a Verge Collection live show?
We try to keep it pretty unpredictable in terms of planning who is playing with us and what we are playing, so we're usually as surprised as the audience is. Also, we sometimes throw in an awful cover of Say My Name, we do that for us, 'cause at least we enjoy it.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
You make your own luck. Life advice is always pretty cheesy, but yeah I definitely stand behind that one.
I think my dad told me that, I doubt he ever said it in such a succinct way, but thats what I took away from it.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We played with The Creases pretty recently, I did watch their set so I guess that counts. But it was massive and Kitchen People were insane.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Big fan of this band called The Government Yard, they have this song 'Mining Daughters' that just rips shit on Gina Rinehart which is a pretty easy message to get behind. Also people like Greg Sanders (Gun Fever), the guys from Doctopus and all the guys in Pat Chow are just super genuine and really fucking good at boosting morale. Also a massive shout out to Blake Hate from The Sperts, this guy religiously put us on punk bills for a while when we were starting out, super supportive guy.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
We've got a few things sussed, Southbound is shaping up to be a mental party, some more releases, some shows at venues that aren't in the neighbouring postcodes to where I live, lots of great things, but I think we'll just wait to announce all that stuff so if it falls through I don't look like an idiot.
 

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Mosquito Coast

Featured Artist

2015

6

Oct

Mosquito Coast

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Perth, WA

Our Unearthed High winners Mosquito Coast follow up the release of their new tune 'Commotion' with a triple j Unearthed Feature Artist gold star.

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You've just released your new single 'Commotion'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing again, after the recent success of 'Call My Name'?

We came up with the song at band practice and we quickly recorded all the parts on the Tascam. We've been writing stuff since 'Call My Name' but it was cool to see how the song developed this time around. I always leave the lyrics to the last minute because it's just easier and sometimes when you have them sitting around you just want to keep changing things, but we are pretty happy with how it panned out.

You recorded 'Commotion' at the triple j studios in Sydney. What was that recording process like compared to how you usually lay your tracks down?

The recording process was pretty similar to 'Call My Name'. With both songs we had quite clear ideas about what we wanted each aspect to sound like. We always have extra bits though that we add in while at the studio. Nothing's set in stone. We normally get the drums and guitar rhythm down and then we build like jam on a bass line, keyboard and stuff.

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

Watching other musicians play. Whenever we are at a gig together you just feel so inspired and want to get home and try and make something just as cool. Other music is obviously a pretty huge inspiration as well, especially when we both have such differing tastes.

What's your go-to snack when making music?

We have a lot of breaks in between long jams and they usually consist of tea, coffee and toast - usually because that's all we can find in the kitchen. We also sometimes get treated to Japanese.

What's your vision for the ultimate Mosquito Coast live show?

Lots of funky beats, crazy guitar and cult outfits. Extended jams that people can really vibe with.

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

Naomi: My brother in law once said just to do what your heart tells you and don't listen to other people, if music is something you wanna do, then do it.

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

Take Me Over by Cut Copy because how can you not want to dance?

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

My Happiness - Powderfinger or Under the Milky Way - The Church.

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

Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing, INXS- I Need You Tonight or Pond - Moth Wings.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?

We both are focussing on school at the moment but as soon as we're finished, we will be able to write more and start gigging. We are really excited to develop our live set and start playing more often.

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