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ASTON

Pop ( ASTON )

Central Coast, NSW

Raised by strong women and the gays


Killer Queen

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Jordy Maxwell

Featured Artist

2021

15

Mar

Jordy Maxwell

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Perth, WA

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

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

My music focuses very much on telling a story, creating images and dealing with missing those around us that we don’t see much anymore, if at all. I tried to explain to someone my music and all I could come up with was "emotional folk bangers".

I guess I developed my sound mostly in the studio. Taking the songs into the recording studio as a raw acoustic song and adding more elements as the day goes on is usually the style I like to make the songs grow more naturally. It’s a very stressful way to develop songs, but it seems to work for my sound and feel.

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

My greatest source of inspiration would have to be being able to perform to an audience. I’ve always admired those that were able to captivate a crowd and have people absolutely drawn to every word, every song, every move. 

Being able to share experiences and talk about life before a song and then get to play that song is also one of the most special feelings. It’s nice to know that music and being open about the songs can be helpful in some way with people.

What can punters expect from a Jordy Maxwell live show?

A god damn rollercoaster of emotions haha... People can expect a show with a lot of energy and emotion. I’ve always focused on making my shows very special and captivating. Whether that’s through sharing open and honest stories or making shit jokes about my tyres being slashed. I want people even though life does get in the way sometimes, not to take themselves too seriously. Through all the hard times, it’s good to be able to be in a room together and dance, sing along and let it all go, even if it is just for a little while.

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

‘Don’t give a shit about what anyone else thinks and just write from the heart’ - Nick Cunningham when I first met him in 2018.

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

‘Old Man Emu’ by John Williamson.

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

Jeez, get me on the red wines and I could be here for days telling you my sad songs. I’d probably play them all for you and explain why they're sad...then cry myself.

‘Go Farther in Lightness’ the Unplugged version by Gang of Youths

‘It’s Not Like You’ by The Paper Kites

‘It’s Been a Long Old Time’ by Jack Davies

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

‘Boys Light Up’ by Australian Crawl 

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

I was fortunate enough to be able to see Lime Cordiale when they were here in Perth a few weeks ago. I was taking footage, so I saw most of the show from the side of stage. It was an amazing show. Love the boys style and charisma on stage, very inspiring. And some of the nicest guys around as well.

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

The person that has inspired me and pushed me the most to keep writing and playing music is Michael Dunstan. We became mates back in 2017 and since then, Mike has always been there and helped me with recording, pushing me to play my own shows, listening to new songs, offering advice on tours and just being the most supportive person of my music. A very inspiring person for me no doubt. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

Apart from being back on the tools as an electrician, I’m recording new songs in April, which will be good! I’m planning on playing a couple more band shows in Perth over the next couple of months. The second half of the year will hopefully involve an east coast tour (depending on border situations obviously). I manage myself and sometimes that causes me to think too much about things and not organise shows very well. So hopefully I can improve on that this year and play some beautiful shows all around the country and share my new music. I love heading east and seeing new and familiar faces

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Vetta Borne

Featured Artist

2021

8

Mar

Vetta Borne

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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

I’ve grown up listening to a lot of soul/rnb. I also write/produce for other artists, which had me fall in love and appreciate pop music. It’s been a long journey of writing to bring my roots of soul back into my own music.

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

My greatest source of inspiration are my emotions and my imagination. I’m always translating my feelings into sounds and words. It could be the smallest thought and I’ll exaggerate it into a whole story. I’m just so in love with creating that I’ll just start writing until I find inspiration along the way. 

What can punters expect from a Vetta Borne live show?

You can expect a lot of body rolling and lot of feeling yourself. You can expect to feel your sexiest and most confident self in a safe space filled with like-minded people. That’s the energy I will be giving at all of my shows, and hopefully you’ll feel that too. 

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

The best advice I’ve been given was from M-Phazes when I first started out in Aus music. He said “Don’t wait too long for things to be “perfect”. A song is never finished, you just run out of time to work on it.”, basically saying that you’re actually holding yourself back if you’re holding onto an idea for too long. 

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

'Shook' by Tkay Maidza. This will definitely make you forget everything for 2:42 minutes, or more if you just keep it on repeat like I do.

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

'Miss Shiney' by Kaiit. Something about her voice is so comforting. It’s like a warm hug and a cup of tea.

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

Kito, Vanjess, Channel Tres - Recap. I think Kito is one of my favourite producers at the moment, you can’t help but bounce to it.

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

The Operatives threw an event at Melbourne Museum with a few local performers. The acts included artist like Jordan Dennis, Sophiya, Khiarra, It was so heartwarming to hear live music again, and felt good to be dancing outside of my bedroom again!

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

I love how much soul Melbourne naturally carries. Artists like Kaiit and Ojikae, producers like Uno Stereo and 18YOMAN, living in their truth and making the music you know they embody will always inspire me. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

I have another EP coming out very soon, mostly self-produced! This EP is definitely a lot more pop leaning than the first project I released. I also plan on playing some live shows this year and filming some live content too. 

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Alex Parkman

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Perth, WA


no new followers (feat. Sydnee Carter)

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The Sunday Estate

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Nostalgia Pop


Pray For Rain

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Hai Priestess

Dance, Electronic, Pop ( House, dance, techno, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne based artist & producer.


Turn Up the Heat

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Ex-Trendy

Punk, Rock (Art, Performance, dream, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Ravines
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Ravines

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

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nae

Indie, Pop

Brisbane, QLD

LÂLKA

Featured Artist

2021

1

Mar

LÂLKA

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Brisbane, QLD

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

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

I make pop music with lots of glitches and exaggerated sounds; "hyperpop" is a term often used to describe my music. When I was starting out I wasn't able to find band members to stick with me, so I depended on my laptop to make music and that's how I ended up with my sonics. Also, drum machines (unlike drummers) have no ego. 

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

I'm always inspired by other artists, so I can't say that I have ONE GREATEST source of inspiration. I like to make sure I'm across popular culture + music, read a lot, watch movies and stay curious.  

What can punters expect from a LÂLKA live show?

A cardio workout. Seriously. My music is not meant to be consumed standing still.  

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

I used to be really self-conscious about my singing voice, but Rromarin (Kult Kyss) helped me realise the uniqueness of my voice. She actually told me that I shouldn't take any singing lessons bc it'll just polish out all the unique qualities of my style and timbre. Rromarin is one of the best vocalists in AU (and the world) IMHO and to have her validate my voice meant a lot.  

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

Depends why they're crying?

If it's bc they're being bullied: my track 'Make U Nervous' - it's about being aware of one's own power and how it makes others wary of you. Take back your power, make them quake in their boots!

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

This might sound weird but 'Alight' by Ninajirachi. It's not a sad song, but you know how it kinda hurts when you're obsessed/have an intense crush on someone???? That sentiment of being so infatuated but it's all inside your mind and they probably don't know is kinda bittersweet. 

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

'Atomic Blonde' by LÂLKA (feat. BRUX) - that drop is meant to make every ass on the DF shake. 

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

I went to a festival on Boxing Day 2020. I'm usually pretty depressed around Christmas time (it's complicated) so I decided to go to a festival and do a solo rave. It was cathartic.  

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

  • Tim Shiel - his conversations always provoke me to consider my own artistic practice 
  • The people who have worked so hard on independent music publications (shout out Emma from Purple Sneakers and Hayden from Pilerats, for example) - their FB pages got Zuck'ed recently, but I've always admired the way they had spent years taking the time to search for and break emerging Australian artists
  • Nina Las Vegas - she is an amazing curator, and her contributions have made such an impact on the AU music scene 
  • Kučka - for carving her own sonic path 
  • Tkay Maidza - for absolutely killing it, doing her own thing! 

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

I'm gonna do a worldwide livestream on 20th March of me performing new music (as in, in real-time, not pre-recorded) and with augmented reality visuals. I've missed performing soooo much after what 2020 served us, so I am really looking forward to this! After that I'm gonna knuckle down and finish my next body of work (that I've already started). On the frivolous front, I'd really like (but probably can't afford) to get a pair of high-end designer sneakers (Balenciaga is my top preference) so if there's anyone out there who feels generous, HMU. 

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iiiConic

Hip Hop ( ! #new #australian #hiphop #trap )

Brisbane, QLD

New wave Brisbane rapper, 'iiiCONIC'


Fast Lane (Ft. Jess B)

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SLOMO

Indie, Punk, Rock ( indie"instrumental, Alternative "Alternative rock"Melbourne, Grunge"psychedelic"psych rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

SLOMO are Jem King (guitar), brother Tom King (bass) and Cal Walkinshaw (drums).


Fit Right

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Indie

Ballarat, VIC

The Terrys

Featured Artist

2021

22

Feb

The Terrys

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Illawarra, NSW

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

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is really a combination of what we all like listening to (The Cure, Jamie T, Will and the People, Violent Soho, Skeggs etc.) and being able to combine ideas into one to make our sound. It began with just acoustic guitar and vocals and has now turned into a 5 piece Surf Rock band with Brit Pop influence. 

 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Definitely our mates and our favourite bands at home. Everyone backing each other and frothing out with us makes us want to keep having fun with it! 
 
What can punters expect from The Terrys live show?
A whole lot of energy from the start and few surprises in there to get everyone in their seat wishing they didn’t have to sit down haha. Don’t let the squawks scare you, it’s just the terrydactyls up front!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Our best friend and neighbour, Joey winkler (shout out DOS ENOS) has always said from the start that we can make our own music we just have to see it, stick with it and always be us. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'I Think You’re Great' by Alex the Astronaut 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Leave It At That' by Pist Idiots.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'My People' by The Presets
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Ruby Fields at Kiama Pavilion - it was so RAD 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
Seathru, Debbies, Satin Cali, Pacific Avenue and The Bungalows just to name a few or our good mates that are so epic. it’s sick to see the South Coast getting amongst it and sharing the love of music. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
We want to play our music live to as many people as we can, have as much fun as we can and get our EP out. There’s so many exciting things to look forward to for this year and we can’t wait to get on the road and spend as much time in the studio as we can. Yew 

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Matahara

Pop

Melbourne, VIC


Blue Dreams

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RedHook

Electronic, Metal, Pop, Punk, Rock ( Alternative Rock, Heavy, alternative, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Heavy alternative


Bad Decisions

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Grace Sanders

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots ( #electro #psych #pop )

Perth, WA

Sanders belts out her enchanting melodies that are entwined with her radical, carefree attitude...


DISSIPATE

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Dancingwater

Hip Hop, Roots ( #hip hop #neo soul #electronic #lyricist #producer #songwriter )

Brisbane, QLD


White Noise

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Dan Hopkins

Rock, Roots (Cat Stevens, Ben Harper, Iron and wine, ...)

Mid North Coast, NSW