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Milwaukee Banks

Featured Artist

2014

7

Jul

Milwaukee Banks

Melbourne, VIC

Milwaukee Banks stroll a perfectly fine line between electronica, R'n'B, and rap, making sounds so sexy, you cannot help but sway your hips to. A collaboration that pushes both of these talented artists into new territory as yet undiscovered by man or machine. Check them out as this week's feature artist on Unearthed.

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

We make spaced-out rap and R&B vibes for your headphones. Our sound developed really when Dyl contacted Edo to do some raps on some of his electronic music project production. We discussed some ideas we had about different vibes we were feeling at the time and then bam, the first track we wrote together was Sweater Made of Gold.

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

Our greatest source of inspiration for writing music is each other and all our friends. We've both got inspiring creative friends with heaps of different backgrounds, and they inspire us to keep doing what we’re doing and to keep pushing ourselves in our creative pursuits.

What can punters expect from a Milwaukee Banks live show?

Our live show is 45 minutes of sensory bliss. We perform our songs (and occasionally a few new tracks) to fully syncronsied motion graphic visuals made by our friend Jason Lee. You can also expect to see and hear plenty of basketball banter!

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

I’m not sure who it was but I was advised early on to just never stop writing tracks. And it is good advice, keep writing – you never know when you’ll hit gold!

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

You need those uplifting ballad vibes. So I would play Client Liaison – Feelings, every time you hear that song you feel like you can take on the world!

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

Hmm, we don’t usually want to make people cry, but if you need to hear those deep feels to let a cry out, listen to Namine – The Train, you might get a bit teary…

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

We’d drop Flight Tonight - Love me no more, from his edits EP.

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

We went to see local hip hop crew RaRa at Boney. Those dudes are awesome live. Lots of energy, rad beats, great vibes!

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

KIRA – KIRA is a collective of beat makers in Melbourne that have done some really cool work and inspire us on the regular! We worked with them on our title track Rose Water on our EP.

Fletch – Our homegirl Maquarie is a local club dj and radio host, she is always keen to hear and share new music and she always stay based.

Andrei Eremin – This guy has mad talent and an inspiring work ethic.

Nuff said. Mata and Must – These guys are possibly the hardest working artists in the Melbourne hip-hop scene. Their sound is grimey and underground. They own and run an independent label Pang Productions.

W1SP - W1SP is a producer from Melbourne. He’s a hard worker and a bit of a perfectionist. His catalogue isn't deep but what he has dropped is straight fire! Keep an eye out for him.

What are your plans for Milwaukee Banks in 2014?

We’ve released our EP which was a pretty major step for us, and now we’re looking forward to playing some shows, including BIGSOUND in September. After that we should get to work on an album!

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WZRDKID

Featured Artist

2014

12

May

WZRDKID

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Mildura-Swan Hill, NSW

Mildura locals WZRDKID are the winners of our One Night Stand competition for 2014. The duo will be taking their experimental hip hop to the masses at One Night Stand in Mildura on Saturday May 17.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
So our music is basically what we would call experimental hip hop. We first begun working on music together with the intention of just trying to make something we would want to hear. Developing our sound was a natural process. Just basically jamming out and coming up with something we liked.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Tough one. Our inspiration comes from all sorts of different places and also we have individual influences. Some artist we like are Pink Floyd, Madlib, Ratking, Kanye West.

You’re the winner of our One Night Stand competition. What are you most looking forward to about playing the event in Mildura?
The whole thing! A chance to have our music heard by so many people who would have no idea who we are, and a chance to meet the other bands!

What can One Night Stand punters expect from the WZRDKID live show?
We've been working really hard on our live show. We are playing with a live band! So that will be tight

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Not too sure as far as advice! But the reviews we've got from the triple j dudes on triple j unearthed have been pretty awesome! Our dawg Lewi ;)

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Sticky fingers - 'Gold Snafu'
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Matt Corby - 'Big Eyes'

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

Tell us about the bands or people in the Victorian music community that inspire you.
Chet Faker would be one.

What are your plans for WZRDKID in 2014?
To finish our album "Black Ocean" and go on tour would be dope!
 

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The Furrs

Featured Artist

2014

19

May

The Furrs

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane 5-piece The Furrs crank out excellent 70's-inspired blues-tinged rock'n'roll with a healthy dose of swagger and fuzz.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound is still a developing thing. It is constantly changing as we change.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Listening to our favourite artists, and being bowled over every time.

What can punters expect from The Furrs live show?
Sometimes we organise our friend to walk around with cheese platters.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
It's funny we haven’t gotten advice yet… maybe you can give us some advice?

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
What a sad thing to say! Probably 'Little Boy' by The Furrs. Knock them back into action.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I would never want to do to that. But ‘Breathe Me’ by Sia does a pretty good job of that.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went to a gig held somewhere and I can’t even tell you how bad it was... no humour... humour is very important I think.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
I absolutely love Brisbane at the moment. There is a wandering cowboy who has come into our lives and with his band ‘The Family Jordan’. He has inspired all of us to really sit around and play each others songs together. It's straight up. We record in our lounge room - the other day he scorned me for not picking my guitar up for two days, and you know what? He’s right. It's really really good to play music with your friends without these weird expectations or limitations… everyone should be singing their songs to everyone.
 
What are your plans for The Furrs in 2014?
I guess we’ll just keep on doing what we’re doing.
 

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Airling

Featured Artist

2014

2

Jun

Airling

Brisbane, QLD

Airling is the moniker of captivating Brisbane artist Hannah Shepherd. Her impressive debut tracks show signs of greatness ahead.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I've been playing and writing music for pretty much my whole life. But this current Airling sound started with me writing the bones of songs with synths and Casio keyboard beats and then developing on these ideas in collaboration with Tom Iansek from Big Scary and Graham Ritchie (Emma Louise, Skinny Jean). I guess we just try to combine our individual tastes and creative colours to make a soundscape that allows the soul of the song to breathe. It's a pretty instinctual, organic and thoughtful process for us.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Other music, especially listening to a cool album while going for a run seems to really inject inspiration into my blood. As well, I seem to create and write a lot on my highs and during my lows. And my closest friends who I call family inspire me endlessly.

What can punters expect from an Airling live show?
A couple of best buds vibing out on some beats, samples, delays and a bunch of my feelings.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
To be truthful, gentle and fearless. Emma Louise gave it to me one birthday but it's a quote from Gandhi and it just resonates with the way I want to live my life

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mobius Streak by Hiatus Kaiyote cause it's just so damn cool and sexy.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Vapour by Vancouver Sleep Clinic, this track just seems to take you to some sad but beautiful place in my opinion.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I'd most likely drop Holograms by Oscar Key Sung because it's one of my favourite tunes and it would probably inspire some epic sexy dance moves from people.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I think it was probably a house party garage gig that I had in my backyard for my cousin Jack Carty. O' Little Sister supported him and they were both breathtaking, two sweet songwriters and honest humans.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are so many, Brisbane has an extremely supportive and inspiring scene. Foremost my band mate Graham Ritchie aka Gray man but also my besties Emma Lou, Mikey Sheehan and Thelma Plum, Sleepy Tea and Matt Redlich (killer producer/photographer/musician/human).

What are your plans for Airling in 2014?
I just want to keep releasing and making music that I love and care about. So we'll be putting my debut EP out later in the year and touring with a couple more bands before then... Asgeir and The Paper Kites. Apart from that I'm working on writing heaps of songs for an album that I'm busting to start recording.

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