Alex Jozza
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Alex Jozza

Dance, Electronic (Eric Prydz, booka shade, Tiësto, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Ear Candy
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Ear Candy

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots

Brisbane, QLD

gypsegower
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gypsegower

Indie, Roots (john butler, Ben Harper, burned fanning, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

MAY-A

Featured Artist

2020

15

Jun

MAY-A

( )

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, MAY-A!

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

In the beginning of really taking interest in music I mainly wrote for the sake of writing and gathering my feelings rather than from a sonic point of view, so I didn’t really mind how it how it sounded if I was able to kind of ‘let everything out’. But as I grew with the music I definitely took reference from a large portion of artists. The developing process happened very naturally, though I did have a few hiccups of me listening to other people my age, such as Billie Eilish and constantly questioning myself as to why I didn’t sound like her. Which there is a pretty obvious answer to.. I don’t sound like her because I am not her. I had a few people surrounding me really pulling me out of that. I definitely went through a large period of hating everything I created but I guess that comes with being an artist. I think I haven’t reached my full potential at all yet, I’ve got a lot more growing to do musically and personally (hopefully physically as well.. I’m too short for my liking) but I’m pretty happy with where I’m at now.  

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

The problem with this question Is that there are so many possible answers!!! But honestly it’s the chance to tell stories, to reiterate how I’m feeling, to show people how much I care or don’t care. It’s my way of communicating to my friends how I’m okay or I’m not okay or how much I love them. I’m god damn awful at explaining my feelings, I always think I’m telling someone directly how I’m feeling and then I replay the conversation over in my head and it’s just a large mess of “um’s” and “er’s” and vague sentences finishing with “it’s just like that you know..” I make no sense. Sometimes I’ll sit my partner down and just say “listen to these lyrics” and she’ll get more out of that than an actual conversation. This didn’t start out being the reason I wanted to make music, I started writing at 12 because I wanted to be the next Taylor swift (lol) but this is definitely what keeps me from filling in the other half of people’s conversations in my brain. 

What can punters expect from a MAY-A live show?

What you can expect from upcoming MAY-A shows is a mixture of an overly energetic 18 year old with the funniest nervous energy honestly. I’d like to think I’m the charming-kind-of-dork. For example, on the first show of the wafia tour I dropped my guitar twice (managed to save them both) and tripped over the chords on my pants on the third show I began to laugh at how many times I said “I hope you like it.. please like it” haha and the show I played with Tyde Levi a girl handed me a tiny plastic baby so naturally I decided to ask the crowd for blue tack (someone actually had some which was impressive yet questionable) and I stuck the tiny baby to the microphone and kept him there for the rest of the show. I really enjoy performing but sometimes I question if it should be a comedy act. There are some really beautiful live moments when songs like ‘fools paradise’ and another unreleased track come on, people do the whole arms-swaying-phone-torches-out thing and it’s a really pretty sight from the other side. 

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

The best musical advice I’d gotten was from my manager about a year into meeting him. I was really struggling with constantly comparing myself to everybody else in the industry. It was stupid, I was just feeding into my insecurities. But he told me that in horse racing, when the horses run the jockeys put blinders on the sides of their heads to stop them from being distracted by everybody else and simply run the race. He told me to treat the music industry like that, instead of being distracted on how well everybody else is doing just be gracious and kind and focus on your own shit. It helped me a lot more than I’d expected it would. 

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

 I’m a big advocate of listening to sad music when your sad, I think its healthy to sit with your feelings and let them marinade (that song is also amazing, marinade by dope lemon) but Julia Jacklin’s ‘someday’ like a version is so good. I actually did cheer someone up with this song before by forcing them to slow dance with me haha. 

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

Oh easily, 100% ’Shark smile’ by Big thief, when you listen to the story behind that song and read the lyrics properly that song will undoubtedly make you cry, yet weirdly it has that beat that makes you want to dance. That song makes me so sad yet so grateful of everything I have. Truly incredible. 

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

‘Used to be in love’ by the Jungle Giants. Don’t even need to think about that. Something that everyone knows would be ‘Robbery’ by Lime Cordiale.

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

The last gig I went to (excluding my own) would be Cavetown at the Factory theatre. It was all acoustic and the crowd was different to many of the other shows I’d been to, everyone was laughing and listening to him talk, it was very intimate. I surprised my friend who absolutely loves him by driving her there. She cried. It was a great show. 

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

Honestly almost every person I meet inspires me. My friends continue to shock and surprise me. I’d introduced some of my closest school friends to the studio that I went to a lot, some of them began writing too and they’re just incredible. I’m really excited to watch them grow. But in terms of looking up to someone, I’ve loved watching mallrat grow, as well as some smaller artists such as Chris Lanzon who I’ve known for a few years now and Nick Ward who’s songwriting I really admire. Ruby Fields is definitely a fun person to follow as well. Small Australian Artists honestly all make me excited. 

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No Money Enterprise

Featured Artist

2020

14

Jun

No Money Enterprise

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, No Money Enterprise!

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

We like to experiment with a lot of instruments and sounds & see what works. Once we get the hook right and vibe to it. That’s kind of how it all starts.

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

We love what we do and the art of music is what we enjoy.  We want to help better the lives for our families & our Logan City community. We want to showcase to the world, what is coming out of Australian Hip Hop but with our twist.

What can punters expect from a No Money Enterprise live show?

HYPE, ENERGY, FUN. It’s what we call the NME Experience (you’ll have your shoes off by the end of the shows haha) – we put 200% into each show. We put out bangers & love that everyone vibes to it when our music is either streaming online or via radio, so wait until you experience our tracks LIVE! LESSSGOOO!! 

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

“Know your worth”.

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

 Our latest track, 'No Reason', No Money Enterprise, haha.

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

 'The Message' by Onefour.

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

 “German, No Money Enterprise” (have too) haha.

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

We put together our own gig for our community in Logan City and called it “Pull up in Logan City” and it was hectic! The turn our and atmosphere was off the tap ! check out a snippet of the gig on our website (www.nomoneyenterprise.com).

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

Just seeing the music scene grow in Brisbane is inspiring in itself and also to see the community get behind the Brisbane music scene is amazing to see ! The world is not ready to see what Brisbane and of course the Australian music scene have to offer.

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Rudeboy E

Hip Hop

Darwin, NT

17 yr old Rapper from Palmerston, NT.


Cold

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Harper Bloom

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC


Walk My Way

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COLLAR

Electronic

Brisbane, QLD


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Jake Chinwamo and the Broken Coders
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Jake Chinwamo and the Broken Coders

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Sputnik Sweetheart

Featured Artist

2020

9

Jun

Sputnik Sweetheart

( )

Canberra, ACT

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Sputnik Sweetheart.

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

Our music has come a long way and it’s funny because it’s actually changed quite a bit since we started. Initially we were inspired by a lot of indie rock artists like Snail Mail and Mac DeMarco, before we got into slightly heavier music by artists such as WAAX, Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins and Wolf Alice. These are some of many artists that inspire us in our song writing and the tones that we use, but more importantly to find our own unique sound, just like they have. 

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

Hmm, this is a tough question! Individually, we both find inspiration from lots of different things. Sometimes it’s a character from a film or a book, writing from their perspective and using our imagination to get in their head. Sometimes it’s our own raw and personal experiences, or things that we’re living through - different social issues we care about. But the biggest source of inspiration is probably when we both get together, whether that be starting a song from scratch or working off material one of us has brought, and really vibing it in the practice room. That’s where we take the idea, whether it be lyrics, riffs etc., and turn it into a Sputnik Sweetheart song.

What can punters expect from a Sputnik Sweetheart live show?

Lots of energy! We move around loads on stage and always change things up a bit. You can also expect terribly awkward banter. 

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

Early on, we were given a really great nugget of advice - always trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

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

Stella Donnelly’s like a version 'Love is in the Air'.

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

'Don’t Know How to Keep Loving You' by Julia Jacklin. 

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

'WUTD' by Genesis Owusu.

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

ARGGGHH TRIGGERED! It’s been so long since we’ve been able to go to gigs, the last gig that we went to together was probably when Amyl & the Sniffers dropped by Canberra. What. A. Show.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
The other bands in the Canberra music scene that continue to inspire us include our friends Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers and Moaning Lisa. Both of these outfits continue to push the boundaries with their music and are always so supportive and friendly! LOVE YOU ALL! 

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Kee'ahn

Indie, Pop, Roots ( indigenous, Aboriginal, Torres Strait islander, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Soulful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songbird.


Better Things

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JK-47

Hip Hop ( #hiphop #indigenous #soulful #timeless #real )

North Coast, NSW

Hip-hop MC/Lyricist


I Am Here (Trust Me) [Featuring Phoebe Jacobs]

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Danny G Felix
New

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Danny G Felix

Dance, Hip Hop, Roots (Quincy Jones, RH Factor, Incognito, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Aguesso
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Aguesso

Rock, Roots (fire, Rockin, passion, ...)

South West WA, WA

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Software of Seagulls

Electronic, Indie, Rock (Sigur Rós, The Books, Math, ...)

Brisbane, QLD