Alt Fiction

Featured Artist

2020

24

Aug

Alt Fiction

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Alt Fiction!

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

Being brothers we’re pretty lucky in the sense that we literally developed every aspect of being a musician together. We learned guitar together, found our new favourite bands together and wrote our first songs together. As we grew up, the music that we loved at the time always left some mark on our ‘sound’. Slowly those influences have all blurred into one and we’ve ended up with something that is our own. We had a really intense writing period last year where we ended up with 80ish demos. Most of them are trash but we experimented like mad and developed our sound so much because of it. 

 

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

Wow that’s a tough one. We listen to a looot of music, so when we come across a song that just blows our minds we get super inspired to write a song of that calibre. The type of song that makes every other song you’ve listened to that day sound dull. Know what I mean? It’s almost like the search for the holy grail trying to write that type of song -  maybe one day. 

 

What can punters expect from an Alt Fiction live show?

We had a bunch of shows lined up around our first single ‘All My Friends’ but due to the pandemic… well you know what comes next. So we haven’t actually had our first show yet - but we know for a fact that when we do, it’ll be a damn good time! 

 

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

Can’t remember who said it but it always stuck! ‘If you’re not nervous it means you don’t care’. Now we embrace the nerves before all the scary stuff.

 

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

Recently heard ‘Under The Thunder’ by Skegss on Rage at like 1am and that track (and music video) has gotta cheer anyone up.

 

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

We don’t recommend trying to make someone cry, but if you have to - DMA’s track ‘Delete’ is the right place to start. 

 

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

Is there any other choice? It’s gotta be ‘My People’ by The Presets. Absolute ripper. 

 

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

It's been so long :( Nothing recently but we did catch Kitschen Boy’s Instagram live set which was sick! Thank God for the internet. 

 

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

We’re super impressed with Ivey who’ve consistently been upping the bar in our local scene! We played a show together years ago in a library that next to no one came to, so we basically just performed our sets to each other and it was actually a real good time. We were psyched when ‘Midnight’ got added to rotation. Good on 'em!

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

Praying that we can hit the road before the year is over! We’ve got some good stuff under our belt that we’re keen to get out into the world sooner rather than later. Until then you’ll find us in our bedroom trying to write that smasher. 

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IJALE

Featured Artist

2020

17

Aug

IJALE

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

My music is a mix of all of the influences that made me want to start creating it. From Michael Jackson to Flying Lotus, D'angelo to Dilla, Fela Kuti, and Tony Allen. I started producing after high school as a means of procrastination and then fell in love with it. As my tastes changed I started incorporating new genres and influences into my production as a means to challenge myself. Soon enough I found myself emulating others less and being true to myself a lot more.

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

The long line of black genius and innovation that is evident in every form of music there is, to be honest. whether it be African American or from the continent itself, it carries the same spirit. To know that lives in me and I can draw from it in my own way is very inspiring.

What can punters expect from an IJALE live show?

A lot of unreleased music, and a lot of stuff to make you dance. The EP has a somber tone to it, but my live show is anything but. My live shows are a celebration of myself and everybody else in the room. 

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

Probably "F**k what other people think". Simple but effective words from my big brother Jesse. 

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

'Miss Shiney' by Kaiit

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

'Worst Luck' by Teischa

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

'Throw It Back' by Manu Crooks featuring B Wise 

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

One of mine actually, it was awesome. It was the last gig I played before lockdown hit so its a bit bittersweet.
 

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

Ok but we're gonna be here a while. Whatever you might vibe there's someone down here who deserves all the things and is super inspiring.

The experimental Jazz scene here is just amazing. 30/70, Mandarin Dreams, Close Counters, Clever Austin, Laneous, Horatio Luna, Bastard Amber, Messy Mammals, JK Group, the list goes on. Some of the most talented people I've ever seen touch instruments are in these bands.

The female talent down here is insane. KYE, Kaiit, Mwanje, Hayku Kyah, Allysha Joy, Kobi Spice, Rara Zulu, Elle Shimada, Thando, Kee'ahn, Rara Zulu, Elaura, Kaira Cuvee, Louella Deville, Foura, The Mai Sisters. They really do run shit down here. 

The Hip hop and RnB are in really good hands down here too. Too many people to mention all of them but to name a few, Cazeaux Oslo, ZephyrGreene, Agung mango, KVKA, 3k, Eco$system, Daniel Elia, HVNCOQ, JAAL, Nasty Mars, Ugly Neighbours, Jordan Dennis, ThatKidMaz. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

I'm already about 5 tracks into the next project, which I'm very keen to put more work into. I have a bunch of singles with some talented friends that I cant wait to share, and I'm mixing and mastering for a few of the artists I just mentioned.

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2020

10

Aug

Bec Sykes

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Bec Sykes!

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

I would describe my music as moody folk. I've always had a love of melancholy. Growing up I was drawn to film scores and the atmosphere they created. I also listened to a lot of emo music at school. Vocally I admire singers that use their voice emotively and in an interesting way - I think artists like Sigur Ros, Regina Spektor and Elizabeth Fraser have influenced my vocal style. I love performances when it's just a singer-songwriter with their instrument and voice. I'm trying to lean into that minimalism and intimacy and to trust my intuition.
 

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

Quiet time, walking, nature, conversations and strong emotions.
 

What can punters expect from a Bec Sykes live show?

Me playing piano or guitar and singing sad songs.
 

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

"You'll probably still feel anxious pursuing the things you want to do, feeling anxiety isn't a reason not to do them." - My psychologist

Also, "Be kind to yourself when you write." - Ainslie Wills

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

'What's the Deal with David?' by Oh Pep

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

'If You Call' by Angie McMahon (in a cathartic way)


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

'Absolutely Everybody' by Vanessa Amorosi

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

I think it was Alexander Biggs, Ruby Gill & David Western at Common Rooms back in Feb. It was my birthday and I sat at the back in the corner and closed my eyes, it was the perfect introverted sad girl party. Seated gigs are my fave gigs.
 

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

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What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

I was lucky enough to win the Josh Pyke Partnership which involves a grant, so I'm planning to record an EP with the grant funds.

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FRITZ

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2020

3

Aug

FRITZ

( )

Newcastle, NSW

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

 

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

I started writing and producing my own music a few years ago. I’d say it was pretty sad-core or garage-y back then, and was heavily based on my emotional state at the time. I’m now more confident with writing music and have been experimenting with different ways of writing and different sounds. It’s all come just from experience really - playing live and having different tastes in music throughout the years.

 

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

Hearing a really good song puts me in a writing mood, like a burst of inspiration. But it also just depends on how I'm feeling. I’m inspired more when I’m sad, maybe because that’s just when I’m thinking the most hahaha.

 

What can punters expect from a FRITZ live show?

I forgot… I forgot what our lives shows are like. Loud and maybe a bit messy, but in a fun to watch way.

 

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

I used to compare myself to others so much and have really low self esteem but then my Mum told me that everyone is always thinking of themselves and what people think of them. So no one really cares…

 

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

'Strawberry Kisses' by Nikki Webster

 

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

'Arrow' by FRITZ

 

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

'Can’t Get You out of My Head' by Kylie Minogue

 

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

It was a metal-core gig at the Hamilton Station Hotel. It was everything you’d expect really.

 

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

Vacations, Underlay and Craterface. All very inspiring and doing their own unique thing. It’s very cool to see.
 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

Nap… put out more music… I think I have a dentist appointment in October too…

 

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