Bryte
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Bryte

Electronic, Hip Hop (Australian Hip Hop, Tribe called quest, hilltop hoods, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Howdy
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Howdy

Hip Hop, Indie, Rock (hilltop hoods, urthboy, Bliss N Eso, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Approachable Members Of Your Local Community

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed, Approachable Members Of Your Local Community!

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

We developed our sound fairly organically by collaborating with one another and jamming at home – on and off, we’ve actually been playing music together for some years now. In 2017, we decided to take our ideas to the studio and recorded our first few songs, all lo-fi funk and groove. More recently we have been crafting ideas which we take to each other - adding to each other’s ideas until we arrive at a song. Then we move into the production stage where we start fleshing out how exactly we want the song to feel and sound.

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

Our greatest source of inspiration is the musical process itself. We are all passionate about making music. It is a wonderful creative process filled with emotion, commentary, thoughts and reflections which we can share with the world.

What can punters expect from an Approachable Members of Your Local Community live show?

The Approachable Members show is always a party - filled with groove, singalongs, outstretched stage banter and everything in between. We love to transform the space we’re in, we’ve converted venues before into your neighbourhood street, complete with clothes lines, notice boards and street signs. We’ve recently decided to treat all of our sets like stadium pop inferno performances. Unfortunately most of the venues aren’t delivering on our runway staging requests. Anyway, if you find yourself at an Approachable gig, you better make sure to equip your -19 decibels ear plugs – we make music for your ears, but we’d hate to be the cause of any long-term hearing damage.

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

Shock horror, because the best advice we’ve been given is from our parents - to push the project as far as we can and have the best time in the process, but to keep straddling our day jobs and studies. It turns out it’s super challenging to make much money from music and living off it would be truly quite a challenge.

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

An Australian track with a near 100% success rate of cheering someone up is Ben Lee’s ‘We’re all in this together.’ While it might still be up to debate whether or not Ben Lee is a living genius who wrote the best pop hits of Australia in 2005, at least we can all agree that he’s voice of our generation.

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

'The Summer' by Josh Pyke. And then apologise.

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

'Shooting Stars' by the Bag Raiders. We played this at our Splendour DJ set and it WENT OFF.

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

Jack River at The Forum. An amazing show and perfectly put together. We absolutely love her album. We think that she’s really nailed an awesome pop sound. But her live show took it to a whole other level. And that was all before rock legend Alex Lahey snuck on stage and rocked out a sax solo. Obviously, we wept.

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

We are inspired by all of the friends around us, amazingly talented musicians and producers willing to share their knowledge with us. We currently share a studio with Japanese Wallpaper (Gab Strum) who produced our latest release ‘On + On,’ and a friend by the wild name of Hamish Patrick. Both of them are simply phenomenally talented - these guys inspire us. They’ve really helped us develop our songwriting and producing, and help us find a creative process which works best for us. We recognise that we’re really fortunate in Melbourne to be a part of such a supportive community of musicians, producers, writers and visual artists that are always keen to give a helping hand.

What are your plans for 2019?

This is going to be a big year for Approachable Members. We just signed a deal with New York label AntiFragile which is outrageously exciting. We are currently working on a new EP titled ‘Love Thy Neighbour’, which we’re hoping to release some more singles from very soon. We’ve got some very exciting collaborations with Australian artists on forthcoming singles, we can’t wait for you to hear. If you follow our socials, you might already have some clues. Speaking of sounds, Bigsound is coming up, and we’ll be heading to Brisbane! And maybe some other secrets too.

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Toxic Bears

Indie, Punk, Rock (Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Hüsker Dü, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

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Saint Lane

Featured Artist

2019

22

Jul

Saint Lane

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Gold Coast, QLD

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

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

I think when I first started out as a young dude I was making music I thought other people would like and not what I liked. I was trying to keep up with my contemporaries rather than make music that I would listen to. My sound developed really from just listening to my own gut feeling and running with ideas that might sound silly or far fetched in theory and trying to find the halfway point between drunken insanity and beauty. 

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

Life I guess. My music is very autobiographical. Certain chords or sounds remind me of things that have happened in the past or things that are currently happening

What can punters expect from a Saint Lane live show?

It's intimate. There's a lot of stories between songs and a lot of interaction between me and the folks there. It's just me and an MPC on stage too. No DJ. No band. Just me and you. Hopefully more than just me and you actually I'm sure you the reader is a great audience member and great person however i would like to sell more than one ticket 

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

John Mayer's Instagram is littered with wisdom. The man is a complete stranger but through religiously following him I think that's where I get a lot of style influence from both fashion and music. The best advice that comes to mind is "visvim is a capsule brand" and that's true, visvim always looks so sharp and casual at the same time. I have never had enough money to own visvim clothes or shoes but someday I might sell out a tour and buy myself a visvim outfit and thank John for all he's done for me.

 

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

Don't Let The Kids Win by Julia Jacklin. You ever peak cried? That's where you're crying so much you look at yourself in the mirror just to see the insane amount of tears and redness on your face? I think if you're crying already then that Julia track will take you to the peak but the good thing about hitting that crying wall is that it's therapy. Nothing feels better than getting all of it out of your system and I think everybody needs to get that build up emotions out.

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

'Eventuall'y by Tame Impala makes me cry because I know I will never make a song that dope. Monday by Matt Corby is such a sobering song, I reckon it could drain a few tears out.

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

Either that Courtney Barnett song that goes, 'I wanna go out, but I wanna stay home'...what a smashing hook or anything by Fisher to play it safer.

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

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. They're amazing, I loved it. 

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

Amy Shark has proven a local Goldie can be a worldwide Superstar. Fisher has proven you can break the market by being an unfiltered version of yourself. Aquila Young is a good friend. I love seeing her win.

What are your plans for 2019?

I would love to play an Australian festival. I just got back from Ultra Korea and had the time of my life. I just got booked for a national tour in September supporting a group that I really love. I have a few tracks in my Dropbox waiting to be sent out as well. 

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Perth, WA

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Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Daley, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Roots (thezues, hiphop, ironempire, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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IRON EMPIRE

Hip Hop (ironempire, madmantis, thezues, ...)

Adelaide, SA

TOWNS

Featured Artist

2019

15

Jul

TOWNS

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Adelaide, SA

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

Our music is the audible sound of two friends who fell in love with each other at first sight. I feel our sound has come together subconsciously from the countless hours spent together sharing music, comparing our upbringings, driving home with each other, skipping class for food and the thousands of hours spent together at band practice just jamming and covering songs we mutually loved. Our music reflects the world around us, like really happy but not and also really sad but not also.. Our sound comes from such an array of artists and genres and eras, it’s hard to nail it, but we definitely aspire to match the individuality and attitude of so many punk artists who do what makes them and others happy and feel included.

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

We REALLY just love music, art and culture and we get inspiration from a bunch of different art. I think we grab inspiration from just about everything. We really feel that what’s around us will often shape who we are and that’s the same with the music and art we make too. We always send each other single covers or music videos, weird mini YouTube doco’s, quotes we think are nice. It’s always fun looking back on how our inspiration has changed over the last few years I think at this stage we inspire each other based on what the other one gets excited about.

What can punters expect from a TOWNS live show?

TOWNS show is 30% music and 70% us asking how your day has been. We like EVERY show to be different because we are both such inattentive people who get bored of things VERY quickly, so we like to make sure we have as much fun at every show as possible while also including everyone else in the room. So essentially a TOWNS show is an explosion of energy, a safe space for everyone,  oozing vulnerability, a LOT of shit talking and a whole lot of happi people having fun.

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

The best advice I got given was to never throw away any song, click save on every project because it might turn into something one day. I remember Alex Lahey saying that at a panel for ’Face the Music’ In Melbourne a few years ago and I always remember it when I think a song sucks. On the other hand the worst advice I ever got was from a lot of my friends dads growing up, suggesting that I should do Cold Chisel covers at the local pub to get my band attention. They would ALWAYS argue that point, like every day, ever. 

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

It goes one of two ways either ‘Mango Tree’ by Angus and Julia Stone for a calm lift up to really ground someone in life and to appreciate all the pretty things. OR Gretta Ray’s ‘Unwind’ can leave me feeling VERY optimistic. Oh and Ben Lee - Catch My Disease is an absolute BOP. OH FAR OUT AND ‘Don’t Change’ by INXS is a REAL winner

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

For crying, the artist Toy Boats had a song ‘Searching for the Wonder’ that is extremely beautiful, I think everything he released had so much emotion that it’s hard not to get caught up in it. Such a unique voice too, I always find voices that aren’t afraid to stand out much more powerful than your typical Australian Idol chart topper. I also just really can’t get past 'Blood' by the Middle East. It never ceases to make me cry happy and sad tears simultaneously. 

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

Okay, so we have two answers. 
1. ‘Arnold’ by Luke Million would have to be THE D-Floor banger. That song has never not gotten me up and moving like a person who actually goes to the gym. 
“UP…. DOOOWN.. COME ON, MORE ENERGY!’ YAS. Even reading it gets me pumped. 

2. Here’s the scenario. The D Floor is like THUMPING and people are like “woah we want a song that will go HARD!! What will take us to the next level??” Ya bois walk up to the decks with a usb full of .mp3 bangers. The people are going bananas! Our hands are shaking with power.
We select ’Parlez Vous Francais’ by Art vs Science and THE CROWD GOES WILD. Everyone just pops OFF like a frog in a sock!  

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

The last local show I went to was this super sweet local fest called ‘Flip Side Festival’ that ran across three different venues and featured every act on the bill being female fronted or featuring one or more fem/non-binary member! It was just such a wicked time. Our wonderful friends in Teenage Joan’s were on the lineup and FAR OUT they rule hard. I also caught a MONSTER of a set by High Time which was just packed full of energy, life and positivity and I spent the whole show just air drumming and stank facing and UGH it was seriously just amazing. I love Adelaide. AND I love the fact that all of this happened on not just a Saturday, but also on a FRICKIN SUNDAY NIGHT!! 

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

Adelaide’s music scene is full of so many supportive people. It doesn’t feel competitive, it just feels full of people all interested in everyone succeeding and having a lovely time. We can’t give enough love to Nick O’Connor, the projects manager at Northern Sound System for all his support in getting TOWNS of the ground. Teenage Joan’s for reminding us how good it is to simply be doing what we love. Pinkish Blu for being our best friends and being the people we go to for positive reinforcement.  And finally anyone whoever attends The Crown and Anchor on a Wednesday night to see all the wonderful talent of Adelaide.

What are your plans for 2019?
More music. More touring. More pushing ourselves creatively. More learning. More loving. More TV. I think 2019 has really just been SO lovely to us thus far. Getting the offer for Spin Off was much bigger than anything we thought this year had to offer. So who knows what curve balls what this year can throw eh? We have some really exciting things coming up and we’re just so thrilled to keep pushing ourselves in the most creative ways and making things we feel represent who we are and what we’ve learned. We’re very bloody excited to do another hot lap of the country and see all the beautiful people across the country side. But to be honest I think as long as we get to be ourselves and stay in friendship love with each other, anything could happen and we’d be so ecstatic.  Just having our friends by our side while we go through life is beautiful enough and more than we could ever ask for. 

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