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Heavy Feather

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Asha Jefferies

Featured Artist

2018

1

Oct

Asha Jefferies

( )

Brisbane, QLD

All this week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Asha Jefferies. She loves turning her thoughts, feelings and memories into noise and we've been obsessing over her brand new single, 'Everybody Talks'.

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

My music embodies the storytelling of a very indecisive person. It's shiny and sad and peaceful and folk-driven and roots based. I wanted to be a pop star at age 5, so I would write my own riddles and songs and sing them out to family. Over time I acquired a guitar & got really into folk/sadness/heartbreak. I think since high school has ended, I mostly still write about troubled things but in a tranquil way. 

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

90's pop icons, heartbreak, alienation, feeling too full after sushi and hangovers. 

What can punters expect from an Asha Jefferies live show?

Honesty is really important to me when performing. The songs I write are vulnerable and expressing them in an intimate and explosive way feels best. There feels no use in writing these songs unless I give the opportunity to vulnerably share and see connection in conversing on stage. 

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

 I sat down and had coffee with Emma Louise early last year. I remember her explaining how essential it is to write from your heart/unspoken part of you and let the mind fade. It's stuck with me ever since.

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

'The Ship Song' by Nick Cave.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by the Gravy Man (Paul Kelly).

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

I'm going to back myself with Miami Horror's 'Sometimes'.

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

I went and saw a 'Mustard' show presenting TOISOC, Caramel, Disco Indians & Lilian Vase last night. All coastal, psych-rock vibing bands. Honestly, it was great and it made me feel really cool contrasting with my 'i have a lot of feelings'-folk-shell. 

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

Oh my goodness! It is a joy and wonder to be surrounded in such a creative and inspiring community. Songwriters like Hazlett, Clea, Zefereli, Moreton and Daggy Man are just a few that I look up to immensely. 

What are your plans for 2018?

I'm going to buy a fish called Bullshit, go to New Zealand, release an EP, play some shows outside of Brisbane, wear my Birkenstocks, record new music and attempt to survive Brisbane humidity. 

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MEG MAC

Featured Artist

2013

11

Nov

MEG MAC

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer Meg Mac is one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne this NYE. She has a huge voice, huge tracks and a huge future ahead of her.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

I have been singing for a long time and like most people, I learned to sing by copying and trying to sound like other singers. I didn't work out my own thing really until I started writing, with no reference for my unsung songs I was forced to create a sound. But you can definitely hear all my influences I think and I love that they're always changing and so is my voice and writing. Growing up I listened to lots of soul thanks to my Dad, my Mum sings Irish folk songs and I was obsessed with pop of course. I like big voices and a bit of that drama - the ones that sing because they have to or they would die sort of thing, like Edith Piaf.

You’re the Victorian winner of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne at the end of the year. What can Falls punters expect from the Meg Mac live show?

I will be playing on New Years Eve and I am going to sing my little heart out. I play with two boys, a drummer and keys player and my little sister sings backing for me, it's pretty cute and she sounds just like me. Expect some electronic elements, big piano sounds, hand claps and lots of singing by me. We have new songs which we are going to play and help everyone get ready for the big day of music ahead and hopefully Meg Mac can help people feel ready to take on the new year.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

This is my favourite thing to happen to me all year and I still read the lineup every day just to give me that special feeling. Apart from actually playing, which is what I am definitely most looking forward to, it is all of the other bands and artists that are playing. Getting to watch all of their sets and then just the whole festival vibe, the camping, the photos, the people, the bands, the NYE thing - it is just guaranteed good times. And Solange.

What’s your earliest memory of performing music? How old were you?

I first started proper singing (singing lessons etc) when I was nine and once I discovered that I had a big voice, I could not get enough of Vanessa Amorosi…please don't judge me. 'Absolutely Everybody' was my favourite.

What else is coming up for you in 2013 and then looking into 2014?

I've got a few gigs coming up before the big Falls, that's what I call it now. On the 29th November I am supporting Georgia Fair at Howler in Melbourne. My 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so far, it looks like my first album will be on its way! And I am looking forward to more stuff happening to me, and some more songs to happen to me too.

Australian music is…?

A lot of the time I will listen to music and not know/care where it comes from, but it is pretty awesome when I know something is Australian and suddenly I feel a little bit proud? It is weird, like I am suddenly connected to the music because the artist is Aussie just like me and my dreams become a little more achievable.

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Palms

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Palms

Indie, Rock (The Replacements, Booze, sydney, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Louie and Patrick
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The Young Art!
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The Young Art!

Indie (Mumford & Sons, Boy & Bear, Bon Iver, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Little May

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Little May

Sydney, NSW

Indie-folk trio Little May are this week's feature artist. We spoke to them about developing their sound, their upcoming spot at St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Sydney and what's on the horizon in 2014...

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Our music would fall into the folk/indie/pop category.  We never set out to create a certain sound, but we have been concentrating on songwriting for a while.  I think it took years of us playing bad covers and writing really average songs to get to a point where we felt we were developing our own thing.

We have a lot of different influences which is really awesome when it comes to writing collaboratively.  We are still an acoustic trio, but there are a lot of influences coming through that aren’t just folk. It just so happened that we wrote these songs on acoustic instruments, because thats all we have ever played.  Going into the studio to record the EP played a massive role in developing our sound.  All the things we had originally envisioned the songs doing dynamically we could now do, and we weren’t limited to two guitars, a stomp box and Hannah’s attempts at using a Cabasa.  We were listening to Local Natives ‘Hummingbird’, Half Moon Run ‘Dark Eyes’ and Alt J when we were recording, and I think those albums really inspired us and gave us a lot to think about production wise.  From then, it was an obvious move to start playing with a band. We were writing songs that were asking for more.  I think we’re finally at a point now where we know what sounds like “Little May” and what doesn’t.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can the crowd at Laneway in Sydney expect from the Little May live show?
We are seriously so amazed and thankful that we get to play Laneway this year.  We were all literally beside ourselves that day it was announced. We have never played a festival before, so it will be a pretty new experience.  Our live show is getting bigger and a little darker at times. We’re gradually adding more people too. We’ve got three of our close friends playing with us; Cat, Mark and Sam, which should be good fun.

How did Little May form?
Hannah and I (Liz) had been playing together since we were about 17.  We met in high school and we instantly clicked.  We listened to a lot of the same music, and would spend most weekends playing really bad covers, namely ‘Save Tonight’ by Eagle Eye Cherry.  Eventually we started writing our own songs and started singing together and blending our voices.  The three of us formed under Little May around mid 2012 when we decided we needed another guitarist.  I knew Annie from early high school so we started jamming together, bought a PA and started doing open mic nights and gigs.

What are you three doing when you’re not playing in Little May?
We live in each others pockets so it’s kind of strange when we aren’t together.  We all have our jobs on the side, and have our own little things going on.  Annie is a graphic designer, she draws a lot. Hannah and I can’t draw. We go up to my parents farm in Wollombi quite a bit, sometimes to write and rehearse or to just to do nothing. We like going to gigs too.

What are your plans for Little May in 2014?
We will be releasing our EP around April this year.  We are playing Secret Garden and touring with Mikhael Paskalev in March which will be amazing. The main focus for for us is to keep writing, recording and rehearsing.  It’s all about the songs, so we want to just keep the ball rolling and from then we can see where the year will take us.  I think we will be recording all of our new stuff too.

Australian music is…?
...amazing right now.  It’s very inspiring to see what some Australian artists are doing, and to see them taking on the world is really cool.

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Art of Sleeping

Featured Artist

2012

18

Jun

Art of Sleeping

( )

Brisbane, QLD

We absolutely fell in love with their track 'Empty Hands' and now Brisbane 5-piece Art Of Sleeping are back with another indie rock gem 'Above The Water'. These guys are killing it in 2012!

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

When we first got together we were just meeting up to play music that we liked. We are kind of lucky because we got the chance to find our feet musically and develop naturally away from any pre-conceived idea of what our sound should become. In saying that, there has always been a conscious effort for us to be ourselves and to play music that has an element of sincerity to it. While we are still a relatively new artist we feel like we are starting to find our voice as individual musicians and as a group so we are always excited to see how that grows and develops through time.

What’s the Art Of Sleeping live show like?

Playing live is by far our favorite part of the musical process! There is nothing better than performing in an engaged and intimate atmosphere. We try to incorporate a huge variety of dynamics into our set, from ambient soulful sections to climatic percussive instrumental builds.

What are some of your highlights of the Art Of Sleeping story so far?

There have been so many amazing things over the last few years that we will never forget – the amount we’ve learned about music and each other has been invaluable. Probably the best day in our band’s life was when ‘Empty Hands’ was added to triple J rotation. I think we had an idea of what doors it could open, but it has really done so much more than we expected. We feel that the timing is perfect – we’re confident and excited about releasing our forthcoming EP and can’t wait to take our live show across Australia!

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

It is no secret that in the past Brisbane has been seen as a bit of an underdog as far as live music goes. There is no doubt though that the music scene here is quickly growing and evolving. It would be impossible to talk about producers without mentioning our good friend Yanto Browning who has been working with us on our upcoming EP. It might sound like a cop out but there are so many talented and inspiring artists here that it would be a shame to list just a few and not give credit were credit is due.

What’s coming up in 2012?

To support the release of our single ‘Above the Water,’ we are heading off for an East Coast tour starting this Friday in Sydney – we’ll also be visiting Brisbane, Mackay (River Sessions Festival) and Melbourne. Also, our upcoming EP will be released in the next few months, which I’m sure will see us on the road again. There are a few more festivals on the cards as well which is something we are VERY excited about.

Australian music is...

...growing, expanding and we are very proud and excited to be part of it.

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Montaigne

Featured Artist

2014

26

May

Montaigne

( )

Sydney, NSW

Montaigne is the stage name of 2012 Unearthed High finalist Jessica Cerro. Since impressing us with her Unearthed High entry 'Anyone But Me' she has taken a couple of years to refine and develop her sound - and boy oh boy was it worth the wait! The first offerings from her forthcoming EP are big and bold and beautiful, and available here on Unearthed.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound is rather intertwined with my subconscious so however I feel as a human being mentally, intellectually and spiritually shapes the kind of sound that manifests in my mind and which I seek to give substance to. I have very few production skills and play only two instruments, one (the piano) at a very basic level, so the way the songs ended up on the EP was shaped largely by the big conceptual ideas I was throwing at Tony who produced it and the way that Tony understood them. And of course by the references I gave, such as M83, Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Björk, Sigur Rós etc. I think the greatest influences in the development of my sound were the sounds of other artists, my own holistic self-development and of course the second party (Tony) involved (when someone else is involved, they’re always going to imbue a small piece of themselves). I do a lot of humming, too, and have a penchant for harmonies.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life, I suppose. Things as they happen to me. Anything which elicits a creative reaction from me. I don’t like to force the process of making music, music for me is like something that’s always happening in my body and every now and again it seeks outlet. When I sit down and say, okay, I’m going to write a song now, whatever I write is crap. It’s when I surprise myself with a line or a quick melody that I write my best songs, they develop from there. Spontaneity is key.

What can punters expect from a Montaigne live show?
Some pretty loud vocals and some pretty wild gesticulation. Something you should engross yourself in and join. Whatever joining means to you.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I get this advice from many people, amongst them my parents and even John Watson, one of Australia’s most successful managers: don’t underestimate yourself. Or further than that, trust yourself. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I get told that a lot with regards to my songwriting and my voice. And it’s important that I hold to that because I get frustrated easily if what’s in my head just won’t come out of me in exact form.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Rock It by Little Red. Always.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Providence by Lisa Mitchell. Wouldn’t be tears of sadness though, more tears of wonder.
 
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. Ooft.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I went to was Big Scary at Manning Bar. The band was freaking great, just their presence was enough to satisfy me I love Big Scary so much.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I have a good friend who’s soon to put out a first single under the artist name Dead Language who constantly impresses me with his ability to balance uni, music and work. He’s got a really strong voice too, his growl power is crazy. He’s someone I can talk to about all the music stuff which I really appreciate, and he’s really passionate about it which I also really admire.
 
What are your plans for Montaigne in 2014?
In the immediate future, I’ll be on a panel for ABC Splash & Unearthed High in June where I’ll be performing a couple of songs acoustically. In the more distant future, there’ll be gigs coming up and I’ll be starting a new record…
 

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