Jeida Woods

Featured Artist

2020

13

May

Jeida Woods

( )

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's Feature star, Jeida Woods!

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a Jeida Woods live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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D'Arcy Spiller

Featured Artist

2020

4

May

D'Arcy Spiller

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'San Frandisco' by Dom Dolla 100%. 

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

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

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

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

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The Lazy Eyes

Featured Artist

2020

30

Apr

The Lazy Eyes

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Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from The Lazy Eyes live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Lazy Eyes

Featured Artist

2020

30

Apr

The Lazy Eyes

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Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from The Lazy Eyes live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Johnny Hunter

Featured Artist

2020

15

Apr

Johnny Hunter

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Sydney, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Johnny Hunter!

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

We took the classic sounds that we grew up with and modernised it to fit the ideas of the high energy live show to bring the character of Johnny Hunter to life.  

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

EVERYTHING!

What can punters expect from a Johnny Hunter live show?

Blood sweat and tears.

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

From reading the memoires David Bowie, I came to this conclusion: Look and Listen to EVERYTHING and step outside your comfort zone. Your inspiration doesn’t have to just come from music it can come from reading books, watching film, viewing art, photography or architecture

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

'The Piss, The Perfume' by Hayley Mary.

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

'Higgs Boson Blues' by Nick Cave.

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

'Love at first sight' by Kylie Minogue. A stunning classic, a must in any DJ set and if you are a DJ and that song is not in your set then you’re no DJ to me.

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

Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers. Wonderful gig, lovely bunch of people. The Jesus Teens really know how to nail a harmony and get a crowd moving. 

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

100, The buoys, egoism, Georgia June, Baby Beef, Moody Beach and Mac the Knife are all pillars of the local Sydney music scene and modern pioneers of heart stopping live performances. I’ve recently had the pleasure of writing with Jack Moffitt from The Preature’s and he’s someone I can exchange great music and ideas with. A real all-round class act.

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Hope D

Featured Artist

2020

6

Apr

Hope D

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Brisbane, QLD

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring the extraordinary Hope D!

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

My sound used to be very simple, two dimensional and easy to listen to in any situation. It wasn't until my lyrics started reflecting personal stories and emotions that I began making the music sound more complex and harsh to match the story I was trying to tell. So I suppose my sound developed with the more stories I collected and with the expansion of my musical abilities, which has happened relatively slowly over the past 5 years. 

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

As morbid as it is, my greatest source of inspiration is heartache. But not just 'person breaks other person's heart' kind of heart ache, it can come from so many other things. Like I had heartache when writing 'Swim' - yet no one had necessarily broken my heart. And heartache when I wrote 'Second', yet that's a song I wrote knowing I made someone else feel heartache. It's all from a yucky feeling, but it's very refreshing to channel it and write something that makes me feel a bit less yucky. And I like to think that you can feel and hear the discomfort in the music. 

What can punters expect from a Hope D live show?

You can expect me with high energy, jumping on stage with a stupid smile on my face. And lots of beers, and a fair bit of swearing.  

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

My friend Monica Kim graduated from my school when I was in year 10. She was also a musician, of which, I crazily admired. She always frothed my music even though (at the time) my nerves usually took over when I played, which made my performance pretty rough. She said something like 'With every 7 no's that you get, there will be one yes. And that yes will be enough to keep you going'. And that's something I really got to experience in my later years of getting more serious with music. Some people won't get around what you do - and that's okay! Because the people that do get around it, REALLY get around it. And the love from that one person means so much, that it feels like it is love from 7 people :) If that makes any sense haha. Monica really inspired me to do what I love, and what she said has literally stuck with me for 6 years, and I'm sure will never leave me. 

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

Okay I'm going to say Nicotine by Sycco. It boosts my mood and energy levels by 100000% every time. 

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

1000 Sundowns by Emma Louise. Such a beautiful and sad song, my friend Emma Parke agrees. 

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

'Solid Gold' by PNAU. My girlfriend introduced me to that one, it bloody gets me GARNNNNNNN.

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

It was Dulcie at The Milk Factory in Brisbane's West End! I am so unable to explain how freaking good it was. It The Dulcie girls are so talented and beautiful and so LOVELY! It was the last thing I was able to see before all the gigs stopped due to COVID-19 too, so I'm incredibly grateful that it was such an entertaining and wholesome gig. Had a bit of PCD after it, still do actually. 

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

Honestly too many to name, but I'll touch on a few! Hallie is a dear friend of mine, her drive and the way she is unapologetically herself is so inspiring to me. Sycco for obvious reasons - she is a boss a$$ QWAIN and will rule the world one day, I won't be mad about it. I love Pink Matter so much, their music is incredible and the girls are so lovely! They warm my heart, and make me want to learn jazz scales - which I WILL. First Beige are so groovy, I want to be as cool as them when I grow up. Bridget Brandolini's music is so soothingly beautiful, her writing is very inspiring to me. There are so many others that I go out to see, I was able to see a few bands per week, I can't wait to do that again. Brisbane and the local family is so dazzling, brilliant and supportive, it's so nice to have!  It literally feels like we all came from the same womb ahhah that's so gross to say but I'm going to leave it there.

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Hauskey

Featured Artist

2020

2

Apr

Hauskey

Sydney, NSW

Meet this week's feature star, Hauskey!

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

Just being exposed to so much music from a young age. I found a John Coltrane vinyl in my Mum’s old collection when I was a kid, and that started my fascination with jazz, RnB and soul. Then I fell in love with songwriting, thanks to Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley and John Mayer, and really I’m constantly trying to merge those two worlds. I’m also just a general music nerd. Rage Against The Machine, Flume, Vivaldi; I want it all.

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

So many things. My constant self-deprecation, my partner, movies, philosophy, finding the profound in the mundane, coffee, deprecation of the self. Inspiration is everywhere if you’re open to it.

What can punters expect from a Hauskey live show?

A *live* show! With my past experiences busking and playing in bands, I’m madly excited to hit the road. Recently pieced together a killer group of talented musicians and we were ready for our first show, but as with everything else, it’s been rescheduled for later this year. Something to look forward to though!

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

“Nothing slaps harder than a good lyric” - PJ Harding, Songwriting Lord & Saviour


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

Lime Cordiale's ‘Robbery' - of course - or E^ST’s ‘Talk Deep’

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

Didirri's 'Don’t fight with what you’re fighting for’ (that song is too good for words, and incredibly timely) or Stella Donnelly’s ‘Boys Will Be Boys'

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

Young Franco’s ‘Juice' or Tame Impala’s ‘Lost In Yesterday’

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

Shannen James playing a solo show at Oxford Art Factory! She borrowed my guitar and now I’ve framed it in my studio. No one will touch it again.

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

I know they’re not all Syd-based, but Milan Ring, Vetta Borne, Chelsea Warner, JOY. These artists do *everything* themselves and do it unbelievably well. I have a huge respect for that.

What are your plans for 2020?

Well, plans have changed a bit, but I’m sitting on a lot of music, so you can bet some of that will be released very soon

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Big Nasty

Featured Artist

2020

16

Mar

Big Nasty

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Newcastle, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Newcastle legends, Big Nasty!

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

Our music is hardcore with punk, surf rock and pop squeezed into 2 minute ragers. All of our heavy music influences come together in our music.

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

Making parents and friends proud, and proving to ourselves that we can do it.

What can punters expect from a Big Nasty live show?

Lots of energy, sweat, and almighty riff faces.

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

An old music teacher of mine Allon, exposed me to so much new music and told me “you’ve either got your mojo on (Muddy Waters), or you’re stuck at a crossroads (Robert Johnson)”, basically saying that all kinds of music can be powerful, and helped me realise that there is a whole world of music out there that I was completely blind to, and from then on, the musical floodgates were opened.

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

Matthew Young’s ‘Collect’ is a go to groove for me and always gets me to smile

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

‘These Days’ by Powderfinger is one that I hold close to my heart, and I challenge anyone to listen to that track and not feel something.

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

No one can resist singing along to 'Nosebleed Section' by Hilltop Hoods.

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

Last local gig I went to was Jesus Piece at The Cambridge Hotel in January. Absolutely bonkers show. Their live sets are just pure chaos, I love it.

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

Our friend Xavier from XJP Media is doing amazing stuff at the moment. The amount of shows he gets to and the amount of work he puts into his stuff is awesome. 

What are your plans for 2020?

Keep the noise coming. Get right back in the studio and record more tunes, and take this show on the road. Full steam ahead for nasty.

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Great Gable

Featured Artist

2020

9

Mar

Great Gable

Perth, WA

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Perth legends, Great Gable!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
When we first started writing music we would hear a song we liked and just wanted
to write something similar. Song writing used to be a really long process for us but
we knew the more we wrote the better we’d get at it. Nowadays we don’t put any
expectations on ourselves to sound a particular way and that’s helped us write a
wide range of songs. We’ve still got a lot to learn but I’m really proud of the album
we’re about to release - Alex.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I take a lot of inspiration from other bands and artists that I listen to. If a particular
song, sound, or groove stands out to me I’ll try channel that initial feeling of
excitement and try recreate that feeling in a song of our own.
I also find the physical space I’m in while recording ideas plays a big part in being
inspired as well - Matt.

What can punters expect from a Great Gable live show?
A grand spectacle of flashing lights, drum solos, bass solos, and somewhat witty
banter. Liquorice all sorts really. The songs are usually a bit more energetic live. We
work on curating a set list that flows nicely, adding new parts to old songs to keep us
on our toes. We just want to make sure the punters leave feeling like they’ve had a
rad time - Matt.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Simple daily disciplines - little productive actions, repeated consistently over time
add up to the difference between failure and success" by Jeff Olson -  Chris.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
This question made me realise how much melancholy music I listen to. My favourite
feel good song would have to be 'Good Dancers' by The Sleepy Jackson. Got lots of respect for a killer WA band! - Alex.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Blood' by The Middle East - Matt.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you
put on next?
Something with a fat bass line and groove. 'The Less I Know The Better' by Tame Impala is a classic - Matt.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig I caught was Tone City Recording's Christmas party at Mojos in
Fremantle. The line-up was a handful of Perth bands who've recorded at Tone City
studios that were also a bunch of our mates. So overall it was a sick gig filled with
good hangs! - Chris.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
There are so many insanely good bands kicking it in Perth at the moment,
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Spacey Jane, Dulcie, just to name a few. These lords
are definitely ones to be inspired by. Then there are the ones working behind the
scenes, Kelsie Miller (our manager) is amazing, Matt Gio at Rada Studios is a
legend, amongst many more. Perth really is ok!! - Matt.
 
What are your plans for 2020?
We are going to tour a bunch and cross our first UK/EU tour off the bucket list. We
are going to release our debut album, tour some more, write some more music, take
5 and hang with friends and fam, drink lots of coffee, see new places and meet new
people, and then do it all again - Matt.

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Mia Rodriguez

Meet this week's Feature Artist! Sydney 17-year-old pop star Mia Rodriguez!

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

I normally listen to music and dissect other artist's songs, and list things I love about about them. If I love the sound of their bass line for example, I’ll mix it in with other things I find to make my own song! It’s all about putting everything I love into one piece. 

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

(Same answer as the previous question).

What can punters expect from a Mia Rodriguez live show?

I have this character in my head of who I want to be, and you can see this in my music videos. I want people to experience a true performance, of a true character. I want to bring back the art of visually entertaining people, while singing of course. Kind of like a musical.

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

My mum always tells me to not care what other people think. She’s always been supportive by letting me be my own person. I was bullied a lot for being different. But in my opinion, caring about what people think shapes you into this unbelievably boring person! Wear what you want, be yourself. People are uncomfortable with what they don’t understand, and that’s okay. 

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

Billie Eilish came to Sydney a few months ago. She was super cool, she has such good stage presence. I always get so inspired by live performances. I just think; gosh, I wish I was up there! 

What are your plans for 2020?

My plans for 2020 is to make music, and keep growing. I’m super excited to perform live as well. Also working on my mental and physical health of course. Gotta have those self care routines! 

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Shannen James

Featured Artist

2020

24

Feb

Shannen James

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Melbourne, VIC

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Melbourne talent, Shannen James.

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

My sound is always developing and changing but I feel really happy and proud of where I am now with what I’m making. I hear my sound as though it’s a soundtrack to a warm, dreamy summers arvo. At the heart of my music is relatable songwriting that explores universal themes. Some of my main influences that have made an impact on the sound and music I’m creating are Fleetwood mac, Tame Impala, Sarah Blasko, Haim, The Japanese house just to name a few.

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

Just the way it makes me feel. I know that sounds cliche but it’s true. I wouldn’t be making music if it didn’t make me feel good. But the inspiration for my music comes from all places in my life, my own personal life, family, friends, movies,  nature, books and all the rest it! Sometimes the most mundane things are the most inspiring and intriguing.

What can punters expect from a Shannen james live show?

A Shannen James show can come in a few forms, solo, duo or full band. Some tunes, some laughs, some tears and some beers (or beverage of choice).

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

From my dad - ‘Be yourself cause everybody else is taken’ .. I think that was from a song but it’s his favourite saying and it’s so relevant!

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

'Its Nice to be Alive' by Ball Park Music

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

'Soon' by Angie McMahon.

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

'Are you gonna be my girl' by Jet.

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

Grinspoon and Eskimo Joe at the tennis. They were both incredible live bands to watch and like they were playing for the first time with so much energy and conviction. The crowd was moshing and I love that there were younger people there who might not have heard them who are now fans!

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

Angie McMahon. I’ve known angie for years and I am so inspired by her as a person and a musician. Seeing her grow into the artist she is now has been one of the most inspiring and motivating things for myself as an artist. Lanks too. Will is one of the most incredible people and songwriters I have ever met. He is so genuine in every aspect of his life, musically and personally.

What are your plans for 2020?

Lots more music, lots more gigs, lots more laughs and lots more love.

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The Moving Stills

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2020

17

Feb

The Moving Stills

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Central Coast, NSW

Direct from Macmasters Beach, The Moving Stills are this week's Feature Artist!

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

Pool Party on the Moon vibes with lazer light beams and blow up flamingos, set in the 90s. We are often trying new things and shifting things to see what works etc. We've been listening to a lot of Beck and Jungle Giants, so we've been moving towards a bit more of that and playing around with Synths and Keys. We've all been mucking around with that in the last year or so which has put a new thread through everything. 

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

A bit of everything. We've all got day jobs and that experience makes its way into the songwriting and also drives us to make music. Those photos taken from behind the drummer/band looking out to a crowd at festival or the like, or hearing a song that connects with your emotions or taste really well is also pretty inspiring, but seeing a band live that really connects with you gives us huge drive. We just want to make music that'll have an impact with the people that listen to it. 

What can punters expect from The Moving Stills live show?

A bit of hair, good pair of sunnies, a shaker or two... and maybe a few Flower T shirts in the crowd.

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

Some of the best advice was from Ollie of Lime Cordiale, It was along the lines of, just to keep going and to keep at it. Feels like that’s been pretty key and will continue to follow that.

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

Marinade by Dope Lemon or Feeding the Family by Spacey Jane are pretty uplifting tracks we think.

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

Maybe So We Know By DMA’s or Seaweed by Hockey Dad, there’s a lot of heart in these tracks.

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

Pizza Guy by Touch Sensitive

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

The last local gig we saw was Kim Churchill at The Rhythm Hut in Gosford, was a great vibe and he’s legend.

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

Everyone’s sort of chipping away doing their thing and when a gig is on it feels like you’ll see people from all different bands there. There’s been some cool bands/Artists from the Central Coast that have done some inspiring stuff like E^ST, Ninajirachi, Winterbourne and Something With Numbers to name a few.

What are your plans for 2020?

We are currently working on a bunch of tracks, looking to have an EP out around mid year and a single or two before hand. We are also heading out on a Co-headline Tour with our friends Teenage Dads through March and April which will be a heap of fun.

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Memphis LK

Featured Artist

2020

10

Feb

Memphis LK

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Melbourne, VIC

This week's feature artist Memphis LK is fusing club and pop sounds with glorious results.

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Agung Mango

Featured Artist

2020

3

Feb

Agung Mango

Melbourne, VIC

This week's feature artist is Melbourne rapgod Agung Mango.

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100

Featured Artist

2020

28

Jan

100

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Sydney, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Sydney legends, 100. Check out their Q&A below.

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

I’d say our music is a scuzzy breed of post punk and singer songwriter influences. The sound developed from our different influences and musical backgrounds and long hours in the studio figuring all that out. 

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

I think the greatest inspiration for making music is coming up with something that you want to here. You kinda take the best bits of everything you like and put it all together. 

What can punters expect from a 100 live show?

Our live show has a pretty stand and delivery approach. Turn it up and have fun I say.

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

A stranger came up to me at last year’s BIGSOUND before our final show of the week. I think I looked a bit stressed, probably a bit taxed from the week. He came up and said ‘don’t worry about the people in the room or how many of them there are, just get up and play a great show’. It was a super nice gesture and had me calm afterwards. Other then that Mum and Dad always said to do what makes you happy. Makes sense really.

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

Maybe I’d go with ‘That’s All’ by Melbournes RVG. To me it’s like a big squeeze that confirms one’s insecurities are real and that it’s completely fine to have them. The grass is always greener.

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

‘Feather’ by Brightness. I don’t need to say anything about it. Just go and listen to it.

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

‘Hit and Run’ by Jo Jo Zep & the Falcons. Or ‘Summer of 81’ by Mondo Rock. Lets get daggy.

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

The last local show I caught was Sydney’s ‘The Good Boys’ at the Vic on the Park. Amazing Instrumental surf rock (think ‘The Shadows’). 6 guys on stage wearing cloaks; all amazingly talented musicians. The compositions that main guitarist Andy writes are mind blowing and absolutely beautiful. Well worth checking them out on Spotify or they have Vinyl available via bandcamp or at shows.

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

I find this tough to answer. There are too many people in this city to pin point - bands, artists, bookers, engineers and even bar staff who all do their bit in making Sydney’s music community so great. Sydney tends to cop a lot of flack but if you go out and look, you’ll find great acts at great venues. Special shout to frequent gig goers, there’s nothing there without them.

What are your plans for 2020?

As our drummer Paris would say - ‘Pull up and wreck’. In all seriousness though, we’re in the midst of completing EP number 2. A few festival shows like Party in the Paddock, Brisbane’s Valley Crawl, Farmer and the Owl plus Meadow in Victoria. A tour to coincide with aforementioned EP and hopefully some more festival shows. After all that I dare say we’ll be hitting Album mode!!

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DVNA

Featured Artist

2020

21

Jan

DVNA

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Gold Coast, QLD

This week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Gold Coast artist and Laneway comp winner, DVNA!

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

My music is forever evolving and still developing each day. The music I make depends on the mood im in and on whatever stage of life I’m at. I lean towards soul/ rnb beats, although, have a guilty pleasure in making super raw emotional guitar tracks. Each serve their own purpose. Once my music leaves my computer, it’s for the world and my listeners to use at their own discretion.

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

Inspiration hits different all the time. I either bait my friends into giving me their deepest hurts and secrets so I can write some emo/empowering lyrics, or it’ll be a song I hear that I’ll want to try and create the same vibe. Places and things (like food, obviously) have inspired me in the past.

What can punters expect from a DVNA live show?

We’ll be getting to know each other. Crowd interaction is one thing I love to do. Partly because I love to chat, and because I want to break that wall between audience and stage. Connect on a more personal level and create an experience they will remember.

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

Just do you! And when you’re hit with inspiration for a song, it’s like a gift you’ve been given to share with the world, as if it’s almost a duty. Think about the audience who NEEDS to hear what you have to say. It is your job to capture it, honour and respect the gift you’ve been given by allowing it to exist and not trying to force it into any direction it’s not. This was from some random old guy that sat next to me in a restaurant one day. Hit hard.

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

'Chameleon'. by PNAU.

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

'Innerbloom' by RUFUS DU SOL.

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

'Untouched' by The Veronicas

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

I saw my friends Hot Coffee play on the Gold Coast. Those boys always know how to put on a show. Quality night!

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

They’re a friendly, talented little bunch. We all know and support each other due to the coast being quite small. They all actively participate in community events, always make an effort to attend each other’s shows and offer advice when needed! I love those guys.

What are your plans for 2020?

I plan to play LANEWAY (thankyou Unearthed). Release a couple of singles in lead up to my debut EP and follow with a few more exciting things!

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Taka Perry

Featured Artist

2020

13

Jan

Taka Perry

Sydney, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring one of Sydney's most exciting producers, Taka Perry

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

Aside from my own releases, I spend a lot of time in the studio producing and writing for other artists - here in Australia and also overseas - and as a result have worked on a wide range of genres and styles. I pick up all kinds of knowledge from these different collaborations, and my own music is somewhat an amalgamation of all of it. I’d describe my own sound as left-leaning R&B / hip-hop, but I’m not focused about putting a label on my music - it is what it is and if someone likes it then my job is done.

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

Inspiration hits me at the oddest of times, and I’ve learnt to chase the idea all the way through when I’m feeling inspired. From a production standpoint, I don’t have a set process per se - sometimes I start with a melody that I have in my head, other times browsing through various samples, and sometimes just jamming out on a piano. I’ll just keep tinkering around until I find that spark that inspires me to make the whole song.

What can punters expect from a Taka Perry live show?

Live guitar, live synths, live keys, guest appearances, high energy, good vibes…

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

‘Don’t be an a******’ - I can’t remember who I heard it from because it was so long ago, but it has stuck with me and it’s true not just in the music industry but just everyday life in general.

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

‘WUTD’ by Genesis Owusu. The groove in that song is undeniable and I think it would definitely cheer someone up.

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

‘Love Me First’ by Stellie. The lyrics and melodies in that song is sure to make someone cry. I also had the pleasure of producing the song, so I guess it’s a bit of a shameless self-plug.

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

‘Contrast’ by ANH. I love how many unexpected twists and turns that song has and the production keeps you on your toes the whole time.

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

I saw my mate Kilter play at Oxford Art Factory. His live show is so dope - so much raw energy coming from the stage and when he brought out Lil’ Spacely for his latest single the vibe was so good.

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

I’m constantly surrounded by talented people in Sydney that I couldn’t begin to list them all. I’m inspired by a lot of artists that I’ve worked with - A.GIRL, Jeida Woods, Ruel, Cyrus, Jack Gray, and Ned Houston to name a few. I also love what’s going on in the hip-hop scene out in West Sydney with artists like Manu Crooks, Cult Shotta, and Anfa Rose making some really cool stuff.

What are your plans for 2020?

I want to keep releasing music, both for myself and for other artists, play a whole bunch of shows, and travel the world a bit to expand my horizons and meet new people.

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Reside

Featured Artist

2020

6

Jan

Reside

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Melbourne, VIC

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring our UNIFY comp winners, Reside!

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

The music we've release so far I feel could be described as simply as "Alt Rock/Emo" but there's so many different influences that come into it. All of us have had such different musical upbringings but we all like the idea of not being tied down to any particular thing. I think that's sort of the punk attitude we have towards doing things. That could just simply come down to how we choose to arrange a song, or where we choose to get our inspiration from, or even how we choose to promote and present our art. It started off as us having a common interest in similar bands (Citizen, Basement, Movements, ect.).It's definitely evolved over time but it still always comes back to this idea of trying to do things that are a little against the grain of what ourselves, our peers and overall, people in our genre are doing.

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

For me, when I'm writing music I want it to be authentic and honest. I want it to come from a real place, a real emotion and a real experience.The world and my experiences are my greatest source of influence. Tapping into mental health, relationships, the greater environment we live and traverse is something that I think people can relate too as well. When I'm making music and when performing it as well, I want people to feel the song and feel the emotions I was feeling at that time.

What can punters expect from a Reside live show?

As I said, I want people to come to a Reside show and really experience where these songs came from. It's high energy, theatrical and emotional in it's presence. We really encourage and welcome people to be involved and become a part of our goofy family. This year we're working hard to take our live show experience to the next level. Hope to see many fresh faces!

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

I remember once being told by one of my uni teachers to "always make your art raw and authentic and to always trust your instincts" and that's the way I've chosen to follow the path with Reside. It seems to have worked for us so far I think.

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

I couldn't imagine hearing a more positive and uplifting tune than 'Jellyfish' by Slowly Slowly. Love the atmosphere in the room every time it comes on, I'd have to play it to anyone feeling down.

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

Damn there's actually so many to choose from. Australia can produce some sad ones. I'd say first song that comes to mind is 'History' by WAAX, such a beautiful and emotionally dynamic song.Some honorable mentions go to 'Miss You Love' by Silverchair and 'Brando' by our friends in Parkville. Not because of any sad subject matter but because it's just such a beautifully crafted love song that it gives me shivers and makes my eyes well up whenever I hear it haha.

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

If I'm DJing a party and I was chucking on an Australian tune, I'm putting on 'Need You Tonight' by INXS. It's so groovy you can't NOT dance to it and it's an absolute classic!

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

The last local show that I went to was a week or so ago at Inflation for an AM/PM Emo night where Pridelands headlined. Outloved and To Octavia opened and there was just a lot of friends there and overall good vibes going round. Every band that played that night was incredibly tight and put on a great show.

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

It's super cool the music community not only in Melbourne but in Australia! It's so tightly knit and every one just has so much love and support for everything people do. I know collectively the band loves and respects bands like Thornhill, Parkwood, Weighbridge, Gravemind and Bad Juju in Melbourne to name a few. Tapestry who's recently now residing in Melbourne is another one that there's a mutual love for but every one all over Australia is creating such great music. These past 12 months in particular have been so incredibly exciting for music, particularly heavy music in Australia. 

What are your plans for 2020?

In 2020 you can expect some new music from Reside. Can't say when at this point but we've been writing some interesting new music in the past 6 - 8 months and I'm really excited about it and excited to test some of it out at our live shows this year. 

We're kicking off the year by opening the Saturday of this year's UNIFY Gathering which we're all collectively so psyched about! 

We've also been offered some other amazing opportunities that we can't talk about just yet but we're all excited for what's to come in 2020.

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Planet Vegeta

Featured Artist

2019

16

Dec

Planet Vegeta

Sydney, NSW

this week on triple j Unearthed, we're featuring Field Day comp winners Planet Vegeta

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Squid Fishing

Featured Artist

2019

9

Dec

Squid Fishing

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Melbourne, VIC

Meet this week's Feature Artist Squid Fishing

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