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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RAT!hammock

Featured Artist

2018

22

Oct

RAT!hammock

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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Is RAT!hammock a real band?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?

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

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Bakers Eddy

Featured Artist

2018

8

Oct

Bakers Eddy

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a Bakers Eddy live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for 2018?

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

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Asha Jefferies

Featured Artist

2018

1

Oct

Asha Jefferies

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Brisbane, QLD

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from an Asha Jefferies live show?

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

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

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

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

'The Ship Song' by Nick Cave.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for 2018?

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

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DyspOra

Featured Artist

2018

24

Sep

DyspOra

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Adelaide, SA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for 2018?

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

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Yù Yī

Featured Artist

2018

17

Sep

Yù Yī

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Brisbane, QLD

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

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Tell us about your music.

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

How did you develop your sound?

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a Yù Yī live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for 2018?

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

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Featured Artist

2018

10

Sep

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

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Perth, WA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for 2018?

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

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