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Vanessa Van Ness

Indie, Rock (indie rock, Indie Pop, alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Indie, Pop, Rock (pop rock folk singer-songwriter)

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Grace Turner

Featured Artist

2019

21

Jan

Grace Turner

( )

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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Julia Jacklin

Featured Artist

2016

25

Apr

Julia Jacklin

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney-based singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin creates beautiful alt-country that makes us feel happy and depressed in the best kind of ways.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I guess my origin story is classical singing lessons from 11yrs old. Did all the musicals, came I think 4th in a singing competition singing Killing Me Softly at Penrith Panthers when I was 12. Big stuff. Then my first boyfriend introduced me to some great music like Willy Mason, Fiona Apple and Radiohead and I could see what I actually wanted to sound like. But I didn't pick up the guitar until I was about 20 when a friend wanted me to join her band. I just try and make sure it's a good song at it's core and then the sound just comes from whatever happens in the studio and whatever I'm listening to at the time probably! So really it's just been a few years of trial and error learning the instrument, writing a lot and figuring out a different way to say simple things.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Wanting to be able to write about sex like Leonard Cohen.

What can punters expect from a Julia Jacklin live show?
I think they can expect music, and swaying, occasional light head-banging, alcohol, Some loud bits, some really quiet bits, some good bits, some great bits.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I've been reaching out a bit lately for some advice on songwriting. I asked a good friend of mine Adrian Slattery from one of my favourite Melbourne bands Big Smoke, if he had any advice on how to get over some writers block. He said something along the lines of, you just need to have an undying belief that you are a good songwriter and that you have the skills to make it happen. It sounds simple but sometimes you can just get so caught up in not feeling good enough that you give up before you even begin, who has time for that?  I'm just going to start staring in the mirror and yelling, "you're a songwriter dammit!" I don't want to waste time doubting myself anymore.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Probably right now it would be 'I Wanna Be With You' by Flowertruck. The whole track makes me grin like a fool.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bring back some bedroom teenage tears with Grinspoons 'Better off Alone’.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sampa the Great - 'Dutch Spring’.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
There's a great night every Thursday at the Sly Fox in Enmore. I went there last week and saw Triceratops and The Baldwins. The quality of the bands there each week is ridiculous and it's always packed no matter who’s playing which is super nice to see in Sydney right now. The Baldwins are one of my local faves, they don't play often but when they do I'm there with a massive grin on my face, trying to maintain my cool whilst struggling to dance consistently over their time signature changes.

Tell us about the bands or people in the NSW music community that inspire you.
I'm surrounded by a great crew of people playing and hustling hard in Sydney right now. One of the great hustlers is Tom Stephens who is about to release his debut record which is going to be super ace, there's a band called NARLA which are one of the best live bands I've seen in ages. I want to be like them but I think I have to go back in time and practice a lot more. My Phantastic Ferniture band mates Ryan K Brennan and Elizabeth Hughes who are so multi talented and hardworking it makes my head spin.  A singer songwriter Ainsley Farrell who writes these great songs and has this incredible depth to her voice. I saw The Pinheads the other day and it was so bizarre but it made me want to be a bit more fearless and weird on stage. Plus a million other people.

What are your plans for 2016?
Touring the single, heading to the UK for Great Escape festival and some other things next month, and most importantly releasing my debut record around September.

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Hatchie

Featured Artist

2017

13

Jun

Hatchie

Brisbane, QLD

Hitting us with a glistening shoegaze dream, Brisbane singer-songwriter Hatchie, drops her debut track 'Try' and your next afternoon soundtrack.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I wanted to be a singer when I was younger but I never really thought I was capable of being an artist or performer. I've always written really pop sounding songs but I didn't want to be a straight up 'pop' singer, so didn't do anything with them until a few years ago. 
 
After I wrote Try in 2015 I started experimenting with pairing sugary sweet pop melodies with darker instruments and production. I've always been really into stacking up backing vocals and harmonies, which you'll be able to hear in pretty much every song I release. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Conceptually, I look up to artists like Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Bush and Wolf Alice. I'm really interested in artists who question what it means to be a female in a male dominated genre - which most genres other than pop are. 
 
My music doesn't sound like theirs and I'm yet to push any of those boundaries, but I definitely get inspiration from them as people. They helped me realise you don't have to sing, dance, dress, or act in any particular way. 
 
Lyrically, most of my songs stem from a personal experience like a friendship or relationship. 
 
What can punters expect from a Hatchie live show?
 
Hopefully a great time!! I'm lucky enough to have a bunch of really talented friends joining me on stage, so I'm really excited for everyone to see what we've been working on. 
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
If I narrowed it down to music related advice, it'd probably be 'Less is more' from pretty much every producer… I have a tendency to layer heaps of tracks to get the most swirly, shimmery sounds possible but I'm learning to pull back and play around with silence and empty space. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
The Harpoons - Ready For Your Love
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Airling - Bloodshot Blue
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
Northeast Party House - Your House
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I saw DD Dumbo at The Triffid over the weekend and it was AMAZING of course. I was blown away by each members' ability to swap between a bunch of instruments throughout each song.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
 
I'm inspired by people who are passionate about supporting music and arts in Brisbane, particularly when funding for small businesses and projects isn't so easy to secure. Shannon at Jet Black Cat Music and Vlada at Junky Comics are two great examples. I often shy away from writing about personal experiences, so artists who share difficult and intimate stories in their songs like Cub Sport and Major Leagues inspire me as a musician. 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
I'll be releasing another single, an EP and playing a bunch of shows!

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Angie McMahon

Featured Artist

2017

30

Oct

Angie McMahon

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter, Angie McMahon oozes absolute charm and songwriting power. Soak up her bold vocals and beautiful guitar tones with her debut track ‘Slow Mover’.

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

I’ve been writing songs at home on piano and guitar since I was an emotional lil teen, inspired by a whole bunch of different songwriters. I think I developed my sound by copying what my idols did on their albums, vocalists who would pour energy and emotion into their delivery, bands who weave soul and rock and country music together and artists who write great melodies and lyrics. I was always just trying to copy that.

 

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

Probably listening to great songs by other people. I’ll be trying to process feelings and listen to music, and sometimes that will unlock something in my head and make me want to write my own song.

 

What can punters expect from an Angie McMahon live show?

Pop songs with a bit of rock, a bit of sad and a bit of happy.  You can also expect, two talented boys behind me with a lot of rockstar energy on drums and bass guitar, my noisy red child (guitar) and me singing lyrics that I hope people can connect with.

 

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

Hard to say…”Make music that sounds like you,” is good advice, and maybe when Dad told me to buy an electric guitar.

 

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

Big Smoke – 'Best of You' - because it’s so triumphant.

 

What Australian track would you play to make someone cry?

Cry songs are the best ones!!! Oh Pep!’s song ‘Tea, Milk & Honey’ makes me cry if I’m feeling fragile. The lyrics feel like somebody’s hugging you and telling you to let it all out. Last time I openly cried at a gig was over Seavera’s song ‘Christmas Time’ but I’m not sure if that one’s recorded. 

 

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

Bardot – 'Poison'. Sophie Monk’s reappearance has reminded me that this badass banger exists. 

 

What was the last local gig you went to and who was it?

BABY BLUE and Truly Holy at Some Velvet Morning were awesome.

 

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

I find most of the community super inspiring, I could list a whole bunch of artists who I feel really lucky to hear and bond with. Artists like Oh Pep!, Big Smoke and Ainslie Wills are brilliant and brave artists. They have all made records and played gigs that have made such a strong impression on me, as musicians and as people to look up to.

 

What are your plans for the rest of the year and in 2018?

Recording the songs that will be on my record next year and taking the time to make that sound real good. My single launch is at Workers Club this week, and I’m also supporting The Shins with my band in December, Wahoo! 

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Merpire
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Merpire

Indie, Pop (merpire, indiepop, dreampop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Fieldings
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Artist

Fieldings

Electronic, Indie, Pop (dreampop, Experimental, psychedelic)

Sydney, NSW