Kirklandd

Featured Artist

2019

22

Apr

Kirklandd

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Canberra, ACT

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and Canberra artist, Kirklandd.

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

My earliest influences came from the soul and blues my mother played around the house when I was a kid – Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees and the Doobie Brothers were on regular rotation. From there, I learned to play the cello for 6 years, and I first discovered hip hop when my cousin handed me Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor record when I was 12. From there, I studied the greats like Nas, Slick Rick and A Tribe Called Quest, and artists like these really instilled my old school style early on.

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

My experiences in life. Music’s an outlet for me to voice my journey in trying to figure out life and grow in myself, and I love being able to share what I encounter along the way through my music. Hip hop holds the unique ability to tell stories in a deeply authentic way, so I always hope to have my music reflect this.

What can punters expect from a Kirklandd live show?

A very, very big vibe. My live set’s become this cool blend of hype and intimate storytelling, and this is how I most love connecting with people: through good energies and sharing my experiences with the audience before me. My drummer Josh and I have really levelled up our performance routine for the Impulse tour, and especially our GTM set this weekend – I can’t wait to show Canberra the surprises we have in store.

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

I can’t remember who said this to me, but to always enjoy the process. Immerse yourself in the experience of creating, find fulfilment in the process, and thrive in the journey to finishing it. Everything will follow from there.

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

WUTD’ by Genesis Owusu. WUTD? Cry, or boogie?

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

Waiting’ by KIAN. Those chords are really beautiful man.

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

Compliment My Shirt’ by Saint Lane. That’s the g right there.

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

The last show I went to was around a week back in Sydney. I went to do a short performance of some unreleased music I have coming with a good homie of mine, Francoistunes, at a One Day Party that Kaiit was headlining in Marrickville. The vibe was so strong. I love the live culture the One Day crew have built. Kaiit is one of the warmest, most genuine performers ever, and seeing everyone turn up for her was awesome. And she has the coolest rider on the planet.

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

All of them; bands, creatives and all members of our community. The mutual support between artists and creatives in our city is incredible, and we’re constantly pushing each other to go further and create the best art we can. It’s the best feeling knowing if one of us is winning, all of us are, and we’re all forming Canberra’s musical identity in the process. It’s a crazy exciting time for our city and I’m blessed to be a part of it.

What are your plans for 2019?

This week we’re kicking off the Impulse tour with Groovin the Moo as our first date. Then we’re hitting Melbourne and Sydney for the first time in a long while, with Zellow supporting us nationally, and I can’t wait to bring the live experience of Impulse to our Sydney and Melbourne family. From there, I’m diving back in the studio with Cam to finish the follow up to Impulse, which I’m hoping will be my strongest single yet. A lot more music is yet to come this year and I’m wildly excited to share where my sound is heading.

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Tones And I

Featured Artist

2019

15

Apr

Tones And I

North Coast, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, TONE AND I.

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

I started out singing in small pubs and bars in Mornington, I was singing along to a guitarist until I ended up branching out on my own to become a solo artist, it was then that I started to learn the keyboard and percussion and started looping it together.

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

My biggest source of inspo when writing/making music is other music (no specific artist or genre each time maybe be different) and also my friends and the people I and writing about.

What can punters expect from a TONES AND I live show?

I hope all my live shows are full of energy and people absolutely just get wild with me.

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

ADREAN EAGLE, ‘A.O.K’. 

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

Meg Mag, ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’.

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

Anything from Confidence Man because every track is f**king hilarious so I would have a good time.

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

The Beddy Rays, they are Ridiculously talented. Would go again!

Tell us about the bands or people in the Mornington Peninsula / Byron Bay music community that inspire you.

I am inspired by the musicians in Byron bay and the Mornington Peninsula. There are so many great musicians everywhere and everyone’s giving it a really good crack. The buskers in Byron live off music so that’s wicked in its own right. A lot of them live in their vans and play at night, build a fan base, the crowds get bigger and bigger. It’s an true life style that really works.

What are your plans for 2019?

My plans for 2019 is to keep busking, keep playing, keep writing, stay happy. I would love to play some overseas shows or ever busk overseas. Right now I am just really excited about the opportunities I have been giving over here and I want to try and experience as many new things as possible .

 

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Jess Day

Featured Artist

2019

15

Apr

Jess Day

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Adelaide, SA

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

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

In terms of sentiment, a lot of the music I have written, including the couple of songs I’ve released were inspired by romantic relationships. It’s definitely the thing I find easiest to write about as it’s a very cathartic process of voicing the things I can’t express within my own relationships. This extends to subjects such as heartbreak, being in love, anger, suffocation or losing autonomy in a relationship and jealousy. However, whilst I have a lot of content I still need to express in that realm. I’m trying to explore and develop my music into broader themes outside of that such as loneliness, depression, the tumultuous relationship we have with ourselves and the human condition. There’s more of an element of exposing myself and my vices very openly in these topics but I’m learning how to be more honest and real with my writing. On the more sonic side, I taught myself basic bedroom production and how to record and program the musical parts that a band would play. This meant I had complete creative control and flexibility around what I could write as a solo artist. My sound has also been moulded by the fact that I’m not the best guitarist or singer in the world so I decided to focus more on the art of song writing as a whole. I have very limited theoretical knowledge about music so I just play and sing relatively simple things that stir strong emotions in me.

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

It used to be Hayley Williams and Paramore. From the ages of about 11 to 16 I was so inspired by seeing such a powerful front-woman and it made me feel capable of doing something really cool in music. They were the first introduction I had to my own emotions that I previously felt I couldn’t label or express. Shortly after, this turned out to be emotions that fall under the umbrella term of “teen angst” and manifested into a love of pop punk and rock music. There’s also been other bands that I connected with in the same way after that at different points in my life such as Death Cab For Cutie, Balance and Composure and Brand New. They’ve definitely shaped my sound.

What can punters expect from a Jess Day live show?

You can expect a lot of angry love songs. If you’re going through a breakup, come along! It might be very therapeutic for us to all get angry-sad together.

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

It’s a cliche but, “treat people the way you’d like to be treated”. That one’s from Mum and Dad.

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

‘The Heart is a Muscle’ by Gang of Youths.

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

‘I Hate That You’re Happy’ by Tiny Little Houses.

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?

It was a management label called “Planet Shh” launch party. It was with a few bands but the standouts for me were a band called Colourblind and Paradise Club. It was a really relaxed vibe at a cool, spacious but intimate venue called Chateau Apollo.

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

A folky sort of band called St Jacques. They have a very wholesome, happy energy and they’re doing something a little different. They’ll make you happy and nostalgic. Colourblind; I saw them a couple of weeks ago and felt pretty inspired. Their sound is kind of sad and angry and pretty emo which is probably why I liked it because that’s what I’d like to be writing more of myself. Alex Kay;she’s always organising really cool events and is responsible for a monthly Pop Punk music night called Taking Back Saturday, which gets me out of the house several times a year. Dan Crannitch; he looks after a lot of venues in Adelaide and is just generally very great to talk to about anything music related. He really cares a lot about artists.

What are your plans for 2019?

I’ve got some more music coming out throughout the year so I’m looking very forward to that. I’m just itching to get it all out there!

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Choomba

Featured Artist

2019

11

Apr

Choomba

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Gold Coast, QLD

Get to know Choomba! They are our Feature Artist all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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

Well we have always loved techno, house and tech house music to some extent, just never really felt the inspiration to jump in - our sound pulls a lot of inspiration from all those genres but brings in the production approach from the heavier side of Luude, using synths and drums that maybe don't get used as much in house and techno.

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

The intial trigger is always being out on the rinse, and seeing how people react to a tune - there's nothing better than a crowd of people losing their shit - we try to take that energy and build something that's unique to us.

What can punters expect from a Choomba live show?

The longer term plan is for us to play a live show of all original music, with a really engaging production setup - but until then we want our shows to feel like insane house parties run by two idiots, even when we do build up to a bigger live show - we want to always be able to go back and DJ and just have mad fun. So yeah people can expect to see two different styles of show in the future hopefully.

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

Probably from my old footy coach Wazza, he told me "Tim you need to grow the f*ck up".

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

'Smoko' by The Chats. If that doesn't lift your mood you might possibly have no soul.

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

I still call 'Australia Home' by Peter Alan.

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

A hell cheeky edit of 'Home Among the Gum Trees' would get people fizzing like a bag of sherbert in a coke can. Can hear the big dusty open hi-hat on that already working a treat.

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

We went and saw a local band on the gold coast called Ivy, they are sick.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast / Tas (you decide) music community that inspire you?

M-phazes is originally from the Gold Coast, which is a pretty big inspiration. Seeing someone coming from here, going all the way up the chain to producing music for some of the best in the world and being a proper professional about it all.

What are your plans for 2019?

We're writing heaps of music and just seeing where that takes us right now. Having a good time playing shows and traveling.

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Ivey

Featured Artist

2019

2

Apr

Ivey

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Gold Coast, QLD

Queensland group Ivey are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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

Honestly we’ve devolved our sound from being in a band for so long. It doesn’t seem like it because Millie has only just turned 18 but we’ve been a band for five years. A lot of trial and error and experiment has gone into crafting the sound we have now, and even then our new stuff is definitely moving in a different direction again! 

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

It’s a mixture of things, we love making music that people can dance and have fun too, so when we find that bass line or that groove or a sample that has something to it, we usually build our songs around it. Adding to this, the biggest inspiration when building these tracks is each other, it’s really nice to have five people who are all throwing around ideas all the time. Lyrically I think it’s hard to pin point, it’d be nice to say that we plan out out lyrics properly but most of the time it is kind of intuitive. You unknowing mumble out sentences that end up forming lyrics to a chorus or a verse. Life is absolutely mind boggling sometimes, in both good and bad ways, it kind of effortlessly provides that endless intuitive form of inspiration. 

What can punters expect from an Ivey live show?

We really pride ourselves on our live show, you can expect a lot of energy, dancing, jumping and tight hi-hats.

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

This will sound generic and boring, but it is honestly the best advice “stop comparing yourself to others”. I could tell you many people who have said this. But my dear friend Lachlan Jones from The Vanns used to reiterate this often. You can’t compare your music and your career to others, focus on your music and what you want to do and work hard. 

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

Parcels - Tieduprightnow.

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

#1 Dads Feat. Airling - God Can Promise.

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

North East Party House - Youth Allowance.

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

Dante and I went to Donny Love at Shark Bar last night and it was heaps of fun! That band are true staple of the Gold Coast Music Scene.

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

I guess most of the bands in the Gold Coast music scene inspire us, simply because it drives you to get better, perform better and write better. But special mentions to Lastlings who are absolutely killing it at the moment. Also shout to long time friends Peach Fur, our new friends The Oogars and Daste, all three are respectively amazing at what they do.

What are your plans for 2019?

We have been writing a lot of new music and have two new singles recorded already! The first one of these will be out sooner then you think....

 

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Windwaker

Featured Artist

2019

25

Mar

Windwaker

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne group Windwaker are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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

The Windwaker sound has been developing quite drastically over the past year for a number of reasons, the main reason would be the fact that during the writing period of our most recent release 'Empire' we were all heavily apart of the writing process and all had the mindset of not being bounded by any sort of genre we may have been labelled in the past. We firmly believe this made the writing process much more enjoyable and far less stressful ending with a result we think is our best material to date.

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

As a band we all vibe all kinds of music, there has never been a shortage of new music to hear between all of our personal tastes, so I think our greatest inspiration comes from the diversity we hear in each others favourite artists. It’s easy to get trapped in a particular genre when its the only you listen to so for this very reason I believe it’s a strong source of inspiration for Windwaker.

What can punters expect from a Windwaker live show?

A very high energy band to say the least! People can expect a show where the room doesn't stop moving and is full of good vibes and good times! We want to have fun with our live shows so crowd involvement is always a must.

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

The best advice we've been told is simply to have fun, I honestly couldn't tell you who has said this as we have been told this by several people in and out of the industry and its definitely something the band sticks by because we all set out playing music to have fun and that’s one of the big reasons why we all never strayed from our musical paths.

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

Plini with 'Handmade Cities'. Beautiful instrumental track absolutely full of good vibes!

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

Polaris with 'In Somnus Veritas'. It's got a strong message and accompanied by music that'll strike you in the 'feels'.

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

Cold Chisel with 'Khe San'. Absolute banger.

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

The last local show was at Stay Gold with Kids in Control, Bell Park, Stand Tall, Future Static and a Paramore cover band called Paracore. It was great! all the bands in Melbourne are evolving and really making this scene so diverse and it’s even better to be able to call a lot of these people our dearest friends.

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

The Melbourne based band 'Ocean Grove' has been a great inspiration to us all, seeing a band we've watched for years grow into this unstoppable force of nature thats touring all over the world with their new unique sound and just absolutely killing it in every avenue they can. It’s very motivating and only makes musicians like ourselves strive for greater heights in our careers.

What are your plans for 2019?

2019 will be a year of touring and writing, the grind never ends and we love it!

 

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Cry Club

Featured Artist

2019

18

Mar

Cry Club

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Melbourne, VIC

Cry Club are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Get to know them below!

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

Heather: With Jono’s background in really cool, technical, noisy guitar music and me, having more of a theatre background with a passion for pop music, the sound developed surprisingly organically! I gravitate towards big pop melodies which is a fun challenge when Jono brings in these really dissonant tracks. Developing the sound has always been about balancing pop with noise. Every track has different ratios of each side, but both elements will always be there in some form.

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

Jono: I think there’s a lot of creative tension in combining pop and post punk elements that is really interesting to work from - so taking influences from super pop artists like Lady Gaga and The 1975 and pitting that against the noisy bands like Future of the Left and Daughters provides a great spark from which a lot of our stuff comes from.

What can punters expect from a Cry Club live show?

Heather: MEL. O. DRA. MA. Honestly the live show is the reason we make music at all. It’s theatrical, over the top and bursting at the seams with energy and emotion. Performing is so cathartic, and our songs are all so personal, it’s impossible to not give it everything I’ve got!!!!! Don’t think you’re safe hiding at the back either. I love a good wander through the audience mid-song.

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

Jono: A big one that has guided our method, that unfortunately wasn’t given to us directly was Black Flag’s strategy of having the show be the focus and letting everything else around it be a flyer. So if something outside of the live show doesn’t land the way you want it to, all your eggs aren’t in that basket. They’re with the live show, so you don’t get stuck in things like comparing yourself to the success/progress of other artists.

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

Heather: 'Sun' by Moaning Lisa. Honestly, sometimes you feel fragile and need a boost, and this song gives you all the goodness of Vitamin D right through your headphones.

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

Jono: 'The Pull' by Eilish Gilligan.

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

Heather: 'stabs' by RAAVE TAPES. It’s soooo infectious and dancey. Honestly, I have this on REPEAT right now.

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

Jono: It was a Monday Night Mass at the Northcote Social Club, with Lost Talk and Wax Chattels. Both incredibly good/aggressively cool bands. Love a free gig that always has interesting bands.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Wollongong (if you would like to talk about Melbourne, you can do so too) music community that inspire you.

Heather: Bec Sandridge! I loved her music before Cry Club was a thing, I’ve loved the way she carefully considers every aspect of her identity as an artist. Her aesthetics, stage outfits, and her songs absolutely bang so hard. It’s been amazing to have another openly lesbian artist to look up to as well. On the flip side, Totally Unicorn are the noisy inspo. They were the party guys for a long time, but it’s been wild to see the way it’s evolved into something darker. They’re also outrageoussssss to see live!!!

What are your plans for 2019?

Jono: Release more music, play more shows, get to 2020 and do it again.

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RedHook

Featured Artist

2019

4

Mar

RedHook

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Sydney, NSW

Meet RedHook, our triple j Unearthed Download comp winners and this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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

It was a long time in the incubator! Believe it or not, when RedHook first started out we were playing this weird 70's blues rock / 80's metal hybrid - you should hear our early demos! But the sound slowly evolved through lots of experimentation in the studio, not to mention the addition of Craig on guitars and programming. We just kept pushing and challenging ourselves as songwriters to create a sound that was unique to us before we shared any of it with the world. We never really wanted to fit neatly into a box.

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

Honestly Craig and I tend to be most inspired to write when we're feeling negative emotions really intensely. Grief, anxiety, depression, anger...it sounds bad, but it's actually kind of a productive way to deal with those unpleasant feelings. It helps us process them in a positive way and move forward. We joke that it's like exorcising our demons! And I guess our biggest hope is that listening to it will help other people deal with theirs.

What can punters expect from a RedHook live show?

Punk jumps, spin kicks, hair flips and furious eye contact. The energy is pretty chaotic onstage, sometimes I fall over and one time our bassist busted his knee.

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

If people are dicks to you, don't be dicks back. They're the ones who'll end up looking like dicks. Our manager Rob actually said that to us pretty recently and it's worked out well so far! Also, just don't be dicks at all. Stay humble, appreciate what you have and support the people who support you. Being in a touring band is ROUGH AS so if people are nice enough to help you out by lending you gear or giving you a couch to crash on, always return the favour and pay it forward (shoutout to the legends in Days Of Deceit and Void Of Vision. We owe you guys big time!)

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

Probably 'Smoko' by The Chats, it's hard to hear that song and not crack a few solid lols!

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

Oh god! 'Dinosaurs' by Ruby Fields gets me in the feels SO HARD every. single. time. Jurassic Park is my favourite movie ever and I bawled so hard the first time I heard that song!!!

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. Really, is there any other choice?

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

We've been on tour pretty much non-stop since UNIFY (which was epic, as always!) but we did manage to hit Crowbar in Sydney to see Awaken I Am, Isotopes, Watchtowers & Kaskeid supporting Secrets from the US. It was an absolute vibe! Lots of singalongs and a wild pit!

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

There are so many incredible acts exploding out of Sydney right now, but we can't help but be inspired by those closest to us. Bands like Stand Atlantic, Yours Truly and Down For Tomorrow are all kicking major goals in their own respective lanes and it's so heartening to see such talented, lovely people succeeding. I've also got to shout out our incredible producer and dear mate Stevie Knight who fronts a sick band you may have heard of called The Dead Love. Without his guidance, faith & numerous pep talks when things were at their shittest, RedHook would never have made it this far. He's been our rock n' roll Yoda, inspiring us not to give up and helping shape the band into what it is today. His producer hands are also all over so much of the killer new music your hear coming out of your radio as well. Stupidly talented guy.

What are your plans for 2019?

Oh geez, there's so much happening we get a bit dizzy thinking about it! First up is the inaugural Sydney leg of Download Fest happening this Saturday (thank you so much triple J Unearthed for the slot!) and then jetting off to play the UK version in June, which we're beyond pumped for (Slipknot & Tool OMGOMG)!! We've got a show with Void Of Vision down in Frankson on March 16th that's going to be an absolute baller. We'll be announcing a really exciting new festival event this week that I've personally created and curated, so stay tuned for that! We're also planning to unleash plenty more music including a bit of a timely cover that we're pretty proud of and a bigger release later in the year... and apart from that, basically just touring our absolute guts out!

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Nerve

Featured Artist

2019

25

Feb

Nerve

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Brisbane, QLD

Brissie rapper Nerve is your triple j Unearthed Feature Artist all this week. He's been busy making his mark in the Australian hip-hop scene and we can't wait for you to meet him. 

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

I guess it all started with old school hip-hop and learning how to produce, write and engineer music all at once. Now that I’m proficient enough at those things I’ve just been searching for what sound is unique to me. Lately I’ve been getting into really heavy hitting production involving a lot of distorted melodies and booming bass, but I’ve also been working with live bands like Bullhorn doing full reworks of classic UK grime. I’m very conscious of switching things up constantly and making sure I never stay in one creative spot for too long. My newest track 'A BOMB' is probably my favourite project so far. I feel like you can’t watch the A BOMB music video and think, “Oh yeah this guy just jacked this idea from _______ “ because I’ve never seen anything like it before. 

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

I grew up listening to a lot of funk, rock and jazz purely due to my parents’ taste in music. I think that’s where I got my ear for production from. Obviously I’m inspired by music to make music, but I feel like one of the biggest motivators in terms of songwriting is frustration. Music is a huge release for me when I’m stressed or have a lot on my plate and I’m usually at my most overwhelmed when I find my self writing new music. 

What can punters expect from a Nerve live show?

I ended my last show in Melbourne crowd surfing on an inflatable mattress with my feet on the ceiling so something like that I guess. 

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

I can’t remember who it was from - probably a few different people - but I think the most important thing in art and music in general is to create something and be someone that no one else can be. Be yourself and do your best not to copy what’s going on around you.

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

'A.O.K' by Adrian Eagle.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'The Wine Song' by The Cat Empire. Every damn time man.

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

I’d put on 'Jitter' by Triple One and Raj Mahal and turn the dance floor to a blood sacrifice.

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

As lame as it sounds, the last local gig I went to was my own in Sydney since I’ve been on tour for the last week. But alongside me were the Otherside Krew, Raj Mahal, Triple One and Talakai. All Sydney heavy hitters and part of our family. The vibe was insane and we sold the show out so I guess I could say it was a decent show.

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

A lot of my inspirations come from outside the music scene when it comes to Brisbane. I’m inspired by people that are throwing everything they’ve got into their creative passion and turning it into a viable business plan. People like Lil J’s Vintage, BrandnameBNE, Kyel Golly and anyone else that’s really about getting real things done are the types of people I roll with.

What are your plans for 2019?

Build within my crew - NO1NETWORK - and keep releasing music and visuals that blow people’s minds. Also try and finish my Uni degree.

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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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Yours Truly

Featured Artist

2019

11

Feb

Yours Truly

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Sydney, NSW

All this week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Sydney outfit, Yours Truly. They're making some really great pop punk stuff and we reckon they're about to have a huge year.

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

our music has been inspired by a lot of the pop punk bands we listened to growing up! We like powerful sing along choruses and energetic guitars. Our style has developed over the years through writing lots of songs and each of us listening to heavier and poppies music.

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

Greatest source of inspiration can come from things we experience whether they be good or bad and that can ultimately determine the mood of the song

What can punters expect from a Yours Truly live show?

Sing alongs, guitar spins and crowd surfing

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

"No matter how hard some things may seem, never give up. The good will always shine through", by Mum & Dad.

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

'Dakota' by Between You & Me

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

'These Days' by Powderfinger

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

A mash up between "what about me" - Shannon Noll and "Am i ever gonna see your face again" - The Angels

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

Last gig i attended was Sinclaires Debt, which they sold out! It was awesome, great band and great people

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

The Faim, Between You & Me, Stand Atlantic, Down for Tomorrow, The Dead Love, Ocean Grove, Tonight Alive - There's too many to name

What are your plans for 2019?

In 2019 we will be releasing our new EP Afterglow in April and shortly after heading over to the UK for Download Festival! It’s our first time playing internationally and there are so many awesome things in store for the year! 

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Fergus James

Featured Artist

2019

4

Feb

Fergus James

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Sydney, NSW

Sydney songwriter Fergus James has been wow-ing us since the start with his gorgeous voice, big pop hooks and songwriting that hits you in the feels. He's only 19 years old and off to a big start in his career. We're excited to watch him take over the music world in 2019 and have him as our Feature Artist all this week on triple j Unearthed. 

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

I view my music as an ever changing amalgamation of the music, people and places that inspire me. My sound is an attempt at creating music with all the beauty and depth of folk writing, mixed with a strong sense of indie-pop/rock. Easier said than done, and I definitely haven’t cracked the code, yet...

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

I believe inspiration can be found not only in sound, but in lyrics, emotions, song structure, thematic direction etc. And acts such as Gang of Youths and Bon Iver are able to creative such amazingly profound music by touching upon all these things. I want to be able to effect a listener with my music like I was the first time I heard a Gangs/Bon Iver record. This is why I love creating music. 

What can punters expect from a Fergus James live show?

Tbh, a lot of bad dancing on my behalf... Apart from that, a Fergus James show will have a lot of different sounding music, and will dynamically dip and rise, having subtle acoustic moments, then soaring with up-beat tunes. It will be a bag of fun.

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

Probably from my co-writer and producer, Pip Norman. He said you should be 100% happy with what music you put out into the world, cause you’ll be singing the song for the next 5 years if you’re lucky.  Although being about music, I feel anyone can relate to putting out bodies of work for the whole world to see, and having to deal with the legacy of such work. 

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

From the top of my head, probably ‘Oceans’ by Vallis Alps. There’s something so sweet and uplifting from this tune, would definitely help wipe a tear from my eye.

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

Undoubtedly, ‘Persevere’ by Gang of Youths. This is an absolute gut wrencher, and to see Dave from the band talk about the story behind this song, then play it acoustically to a dead quite Enmore theatre, would make anyone weap.

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

I remember being in my first year of high school when the first Flume album came out, and I lost it. It was so revolutionary to me, so if I was to keep a party going, I couldn’t look past ‘On Top’ from that debut LP.

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

The last gig I went to was Slum Sociable at the Corner Hotel. My goodness those boys know how to put on a show, a definite must see. 

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

Well, I’m Sydney based, but to give you two names, I would say Xavier Dunn (Syd based) and Dustin Tebbutt (Mel based). I have been working with both a lot, and the way in which they produce, write and the way they’re just so awesome is definitely something that inspires me. 

What does 2019 look like for you?

Writing more and more and more new music!! And hey, maybe some will get released and I can play some more shows. We will see... 

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Grace Turner

Featured Artist

2019

21

Jan

Grace Turner

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Newcastle, NSW

Get to know a little more about this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Grace Turner. She'll be opening the stage this weekend at Grow Your Own festival alongside Jack River, The Preatures, DMA's and more.

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

My current sound feels like the coming together of many different influences I’ve had throughout my life. I come from a singer-songwriter background, so the lyrics and the story is really important to me. At the moment it’s been very cathartic to combine this with a heavier sound. 

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

People, feelings and a desire to understand them. I am addicted to the emotional release and connection to others that I get from both listening to and playing music. 

You were our Unearthed Grow Your Own Festival comp winner in 2019, who was your highlight on the day?

The Preatures were a stand out for me. Isabella is a force as a performer and I found their set really inspiring to watch. They also had the sunset spot so the heat of the day was easing off and I was surrounded by some of my best girlfriends, what a dream! 

What can punters expect from a Grace Turner live show?

You can expect dress-ups, me saying personal and potentially inappropriate things, sweet crunchy guitar licks from my guitarist Shanna and everyone else in the band just generally having a good meaningful time. 

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

"Careful who’s advice you take". I can’t remember who told me that but when I reflect on my younger years I see the value in it. Pave your own way, go with your gut and trust yourself. I can’t remember who told me all those things either but they have served me well. 

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

‘Pleasure and Pain’ by The Divinyls. 

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

'Flame Trees', written by Cold Chisel but listen to the version performed by Sara Blasko. It has such sorrowful nostalgia and captures the feeling of our lonesome country towns. Gets me every time. 

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

I recently discovered Electric Fields, an indigenous pop act from South Australia and their songs are pumping. Their track ‘Don’t You Worry’ is an absolute banger. 

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

I have been moving around a lot so I haven’t been home much to see many gigs in Newcastle lately. The last Newcastle gig I went to was Indiana and the Journey to The East and Lachlan X Morris at The Cambridge just before Christmas. It was a great show, Indiana has an epic voice and Lachlan is such a prolific artist.  

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

I am most inspired by the people that are helping to forge creative spaces for their communities. Theres a group of people in Newcastle that have been working really hard on this. Michael McDonahugh, Tim Evans, Caitlin O’Reily to name a small few. They have been working with the council to secure more diverse and intimate venues that cater to under 18’s and give space for singer-songwriters and other non-mainstream genres. At the moment though people are resorting to house shows as there is a big gap in Newcastle currently. 

What are your plans for 2019?

I plan to record and both an EP and an album and fingers crossed have them both released this year. I want to do a headline Australian tour and I’m very excited to be spending a bit of time in the USA for the SXSW showcases! I also plan to get the the Northern Territory in August for the Darwin Festival!

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Grace Turner

Featured Artist

2019

21

Jan

Grace Turner

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Newcastle, NSW

Get to know a little more about this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Grace Turner. She'll be opening the stage this weekend at Grow Your Own festival alongside Jack River, The Preatures, DMA's and more.

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

My current sound feels like the coming together of many different influences I’ve had throughout my life. I come from a singer-songwriter background, so the lyrics and the story is really important to me. At the moment it’s been very cathartic to combine this with a heavier sound. 

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

People, feelings and a desire to understand them. I am addicted to the emotional release and connection to others that I get from both listening to and playing music. 

You were our Unearthed Grow Your Own Festival comp winner in 2019, who was your highlight on the day?

The Preatures were a stand out for me. Isabella is a force as a performer and I found their set really inspiring to watch. They also had the sunset spot so the heat of the day was easing off and I was surrounded by some of my best girlfriends, what a dream! 

What can punters expect from a Grace Turner live show?

You can expect dress-ups, me saying personal and potentially inappropriate things, sweet crunchy guitar licks from my guitarist Shanna and everyone else in the band just generally having a good meaningful time. 

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

"Careful who’s advice you take". I can’t remember who told me that but when I reflect on my younger years I see the value in it. Pave your own way, go with your gut and trust yourself. I can’t remember who told me all those things either but they have served me well. 

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

‘Pleasure and Pain’ by The Divinyls. 

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

'Flame Trees', written by Cold Chisel but listen to the version performed by Sara Blasko. It has such sorrowful nostalgia and captures the feeling of our lonesome country towns. Gets me every time. 

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

I recently discovered Electric Fields, an indigenous pop act from South Australia and their songs are pumping. Their track ‘Don’t You Worry’ is an absolute banger. 

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

I have been moving around a lot so I haven’t been home much to see many gigs in Newcastle lately. The last Newcastle gig I went to was Indiana and the Journey to The East and Lachlan X Morris at The Cambridge just before Christmas. It was a great show, Indiana has an epic voice and Lachlan is such a prolific artist.  

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

I am most inspired by the people that are helping to forge creative spaces for their communities. Theres a group of people in Newcastle that have been working really hard on this. Michael McDonahugh, Tim Evans, Caitlin O’Reily to name a small few. They have been working with the council to secure more diverse and intimate venues that cater to under 18’s and give space for singer-songwriters and other non-mainstream genres. At the moment though people are resorting to house shows as there is a big gap in Newcastle currently. 

What are your plans for 2019?

I plan to record and both an EP and an album and fingers crossed have them both released this year. I want to do a headline Australian tour and I’m very excited to be spending a bit of time in the USA for the SXSW showcases! I also plan to get the the Northern Territory in August for the Darwin Festival!

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Tobiahs

Featured Artist

2019

14

Jan

Tobiahs

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Melbourne, VIC

All this week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Melbourne based producer Tobiahs!

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

I’ve been writing music for 5 years. It was important for me to take time honing my sound. My style changed throughout my teen years but I feel like it has developed into something I can call my own.

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

I have an aesthetic that I really want to to be the main focus of my whole project. So whenever I work on music, I have a mood board full of images I use as sources of inspiration. They include locations, clothing, models, colours and anything else that falls into theme. Translating these images into my music is my main inspiration. 

You’ve just taken out this years FOMO comp.  Who are you most excited to see at FOMO festival this weekend?

Mura Masa, love his music. The way he pushes the boundaries of pop is exactly what drives me. Also a fan of Amine & Rae Sremmurd, keen to see them live.

What can punters expect from a Tobiahs live show and this weekend at FOMO?

We’ll definitely make it worth while for those who arrive early enough to catch my set... unreleased music and special guests. I have big plans for my live show in the years to come. The live shows will be bringing my aesthetic to life and this is super important to me. 

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

“Less is more” from my manager. 

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

'Innerbloom' by Rufus.

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

'Innerbloom' by Rufus.

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

'Losing It' by Fisher, of course.

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

Jakubi, one of the most energetic shows I’ve ever been to. 

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

Jah Loon, his style is so fun and full of feels. 

What are your plans for 2019?

 To release more music and play some live shows. I definitely have not released enough music and this is the year I make up for it.

 

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Pridelands

Featured Artist

2019

7

Jan

Pridelands

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Melbourne, VIC

We're kicking off 2019 with with our Unify Comp winners and this week's Feature Artist, Pridelands. They're ready to take it up a notch this weekend at Unify so get down early, it's going to be heavy.

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

Our music is just a happy accident really. It's changed a lot over the years we've been playing together but we've spent a lot of time together wokring on songs and refining them now. There was a lot of doubt in our early years as to whether we were being completely honest in what we were writing, but there's none of that now.

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

As emo as it is, bad things happening. We struggle to write emotive music when we're not in a bad mood.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Unify this weekend?

Karnivool, Taking Back Sunday and Underoath if we had to cut it to a short list. That new Ocean Grove song is gonna go real hard as well.

What can punters expect from a Pridelands live show and at Unify this weekend?

We just plan on banging out our 20 minute slot with songs at a high intensity. It's not a TED talk, we just wanna play some tunes that hopefully people who haven't heard us before will want to listen to again.

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

To work hard and not let hinderances defeat you, if making music is what you want then you'll find a way. It's not directly what he said, but that was from Nic who plays drums in Northlane.

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

Client Liason with ‘World of Our Love’.

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

INXS with ‘Never Tear Us Apart’. Of course.

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

Running Touch with ‘My Hands’.

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

Unfortunately due to how busy 2018 was for me, I didn't have a whole lot of time for local gigs in general. I am very excited to be seeing Pseudo Mind Hive with Mt Mountain at The Tote later this month though.

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

Running Touch is a paragon of creativity in the Australian music scene at the moment and such a beautiful soul to match. So, him certainly. Artists like Yeo, Thornhill, King Gizz, ORB and Drama kind of remind me that the creative process is thriving for some people in this city. It is so incredible to be exposed to it, day in and day out.

What are your plans for 2019?

Write an album and make sure it's good. Hopefully getting to hang out with you guys some more, too!

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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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murmurmur

Featured Artist

2018

10

Dec

murmurmur

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a murmurmur live show?

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

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

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

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

Thats easy! Donny Benét with 'Konichiwa'.

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

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

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

Kylie Minogue with 'Spinning Around'.

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

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

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

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

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

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Ollie English

Featured Artist

2018

5

Dec

Ollie English

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Adelaide, SA

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from an Ollie English live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Took The Children Away' by Archie Roach.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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XMPLA

Featured Artist

2018

19

Nov

XMPLA

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Sydney, NSW

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

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


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

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


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

What can punters expect from a XMPLA live show?


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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