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Freesouls

Featured Artist

2021

25

Jan

Freesouls

Sydney, NSW

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

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

Our sound is the result of the three of us being strong personalities with our own individual musical tastes, coming together and learning to take the best parts of what inspires us and mixing it together into something greater

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

As we’ve matured aartistand aa crew, we’ve started to look to ourselves for inspiration, always looking to build and improve on what we’ve done.

What can punters expect from a Freesouls live show?

Hectic vibes. Jumping, yelling, partying without judgement.

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

“Believe in yourself, trust the process, and work hard” from our manager Malek. 

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

'Send It' by Hooligan Hefs

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

 'Still Stressin’' by Huskii

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

'Time Off' by Freesouls  

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

We opened up a show for our brothers Cult Shotta at Oxford Arts Factory. It was a seated show but the energy was mad and people had to constantly be reminded to sit down.

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

Aus music is popping rn so there’s a lot of inspiration around us. First and foremost we gotta shoutout our boys MRVLS, Tzantza and Boy who are artists in their own right but also help us to create our own music. Our manager Malek is a huge inspiration and voice in the underground hip hop scene for years. To add to that we’d say Gravy baby, Voke, Kerser, Huskii, Triple One, Cult Shotta, Elijah Yo, Biggs and A.Girl just to name a few. There’s too many people to name which just speaks to how hard the Sydney music scene is going.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

We have a single dropping Feb 26th which will be the second single off our upcoming tape ‘DRILLSOUL’ dropping May 28th. From there we’re gonna keep grinding in the studio for the next project and tour as soon as possible.

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Luke Daniel Peacock
New

Artist

Luke Daniel Peacock

Indie, Pop, Rock (Indie, Pop, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Neko Pink
New

Artist

Neko Pink

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (electro pop, Contemporary Pop, indie dance, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Holiday Party

Brisbane dream team and BIGSOUND comp winners, Holiday Party bring you their glistening debut single 'I'm Still Here', a masterpiece of clever production in a montage of uniquely blended sound. Catch them this week as they play some of their first ever live shows at BIGSOUND.

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

We usually develop our sound by rummaging through mountains of discarded ideas that we have recorded, grabbing something and building a track on top of it. It's a really rewarding way to write as it feels like remixing. Plus, by recycling audio it has to reduce our carbon footprint or something. Is that how it works? We love the feeling of finishing a song when it feels a little unrecognisable, like we didn't write it. But we did, we promise.

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

Luke: This is going to sound like I'm an asshole but honestly I'm inspired by anything that paints a picture – films, music, stories of any kind (dogs too!). I get super excited when something moves and surprises me, especially dogs. When I was around 13 years old I started learning guitar, listening to punk and watching Stanley Kubrick movies. From there I started to write music. Years later I listened to J-Dilla's 'Doughnuts' and around the same time, Animal Collective's 'Merriweather Post Pavilion' and got obsessed with some other film directors and composers. The cycle continues.

Mel: I'm the same as Luke (but with a touch more Beach House). For me, it's also a solitary environment of books and chips. 

What can punters expect from a Holiday Party live show?

Luke: Panic! No, not really (probably). Because we write mostly at our respective homes and on computers, we have been working hard to make the live show something we can 'play'. So it's all stand-alone samplers, keys and real instruments on stage. No computers anywhere. Not because we are against them but because I have a phobia of using a computer in front of a crowd in case something goes wrong. Scott Bromiley (who co-wrote 'I'm Still Here' with us) and the incredible Pete Bernoth are helping us play these songs on stage and it's really fun. The songs sound different every time we play them and in a good way, hopefully.

Mel: The live set features three bearded angels on a sample rig, a spot of dancing and hopefully a lot of good times. BIGSOUND will be our 2nd and 3rd EVER shows, so it'll all be very new for us.

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

Luke: I've had the privilege of working with Robert Forster for a while now and he is full of amazing advice on any given day. It's all incredible. It's hard to choose a quote from him, but a big one that stuck with me was when he said that a vocal take is about 70% of a song which is so true. It's super easy to get caught up on what tambourine goes where and how many double-tracked guitars should go in a chorus but it all kinda means nothing if the vocal isn't working. I'm sure there are even better ones than that. I'll write back when I remember.

Mel: I can't remember who said this to me, but it was great advice. It was essentially, "don't be held hostage by what other people think, concentrate on making music that you want to hear and want to play". Also, anything that Patti Smith says, goes! 

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

Mel: Depending on the situation: 'Sophisticated Lover' by Donne Benét (with film clip), 'Anxiety' by Eddy Current Suppression Ring, 'Miracle' by Kimbra, 'Friday on My Mind' by Easybeats.

Luke: What Mel said, but also 'Enter Space Capsule' by Gerling.

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

Mel: 'The boy's story of his faithful family dog' by Grand Salvo.  

Luke: 'Clouds' by The Go-Betweens.  

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

Mel: 'Hallucinate' by GL.

Luke: 'Yuwa' by Fishing.

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

Luke: I guess it was our first gig at the Foundry. We played with GL, Hatchie and Party Dozen. We were on first. Everyone was amazing. Oh wait, I saw No Zu a couple of nights ago. Gawd damn... that was really good too.

Mel: Ditto! Party Dozen shouting into a saxophone was a particular highlight. 

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

Pool Shop, Major Leagues, Robert Forster, The Go-Betweens, FOREVR, Ultra Material, Emerson Snowe. Pool Shop's new single 'Can You Dream' is a Brisbane shoegaze-pop masterpiece. 

What are your plans for 2017?

Releasing more songs, playing some interstate shows and working on our first album. 

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Sammi Constantine
New

Artist

Sammi Constantine

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Pop, dramatic, Acoustic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Florian
New

Artist

Florian

Dance, Indie, Pop, Rock (! #alternative #indie #pop)

Sydney, NSW

The Buoys
New

Artist

The Buoys

Indie, Punk, Rock (The Buoys, Indie, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Hugh Winterflood
New

Artist

Hugh Winterflood

Hip Hop (Poetic, rap, hip hop, ...)

Alice Springs, NT

DyspOra

Featured Artist

2018

24

Sep

DyspOra

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Adelaide, SA

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and Listen In comp winner, DyspOra. He'll be taking over the stage in Adelaide this weekend so make sure you get down early!

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

My music is built on a culturally diverse soundscape rooted in 3 different countries. I’ve lived through a lot of experiences and I try to show that through my music. I’m a ‘Sonic Activist’ who is trying to move the world forward and music is my vehicle to do so. Sonic

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

Bringing different elements of culture together and making it accessible to the people. I like to show my audience experiences they haven’t seen or heard before. You don’t have to travel to take a sonic vacation.

What can punters expect from a DyspOra live show?
My LIVE show is built on storytelling and energy. Taking the crowd on a journey similar to the one we’re all living, up & down but always moving forward. When I get on the stage I want the audience to experience various different emotions and then ultimately decide which ones they will take home with them. I make sure they always leave with something in the end.

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

"What is real will always prosper" and, "advice is like a drug, take it but never get dependent on it".

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
TAKU wit 'Love Again' ft. Sango & JSMN.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Paul Kelly with 'From Little Things'.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Hilltop Hoods with 'CHASE THAT FEELING'.

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

We threw a festival with 30 + local artists and really brought the city together. We can’t move the culture forward alone so it was a really important moment for all the artists to meet each other, leading to collaborations and creative alliances that will definitely help build the city’s identity. 

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

I’m officially rebranding Adelaide the city of verses cos ADL has a lot of incredible artists coming up. I’ve been a massive fan of a lot of the guys from Playback 808 like ELK, NeSs, Ajak and the queen Elsy who features on my new record. Theres a band called Pinkish Blu who recently released this amazing song called lovely. I’ve also been vibing to tunes by Argus and the Liar, RURU, J Milla, Possie, Xander Jame$, Tony Ward, a spoken word artist called Manal Younos, Oc3an eyes, Vuyokazi, Aquade, Heaps Good Friends and TOWNS.   

What are your plans for 2018?

No more dreams. Time to become the change I want to see in the world.

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Greta Stanley
New

Artist

Greta Stanley

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Roots (Indie, folk, Acoustic, ...)

Far North, QLD

Electric Fields
New

Artist

DJ Keysie
New

Artist

DJ Keysie

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Disphing
New

Artist

Disphing

Dance, Electronic (EDM, Electronic, dance, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Wayde.
New

Artist

Wayde.

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Brisbane, QLD

Mr Rhodes.
New

Artist

Mr Rhodes.

Electronic, Hip Hop (hip hop, Electronic, Indigenous hip hop, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Israel Carter
New

Artist

Israel Carter

Dance, Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

ZEKE BEATS
New

Artist

ZEKE BEATS

Electronic, Indie (bass, Electronic, Future)

Perth, WA

Jannah Beth
New

Artist

Jannah Beth

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Pop, alternative pop, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

MorningMaxwell
New

Artist

MorningMaxwell

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (House, dance, Fun, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

CXLOE

Featured Artist

2018

16

Apr

CXLOE

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's Feature star, CXLOE. She's currently living overseas in LA making impressive, dark and brooding music full of drama.

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

Its taken me a while to develop my sound, but I've enjoyed the journey! Countless trips back and forth from America going in any and every session I could find. I first started off a few years ago wanting to do folk; inspired by Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Sara Bareilles. But after being in LA for a while and trying to cope with its brutal/lonely nature my music took a bit of a darker turn. I still draw a lot of my melodic inspiration from those artists but the production and undertones are not as organic and more electronic driven. Now I draw a lot of my inspiration from artists such as Lorde, Banks and Sasha Sloane.

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

Probably everything. I mean obviously, I'm so in love with music and the feeling it gives me. But a lot of my inspiration comes from my boyfriend and my family. They give me so much strength and I draw so many of my experiences from them and write about them. They are also the reasons I want to succeed in this business. 

What can punters expect from a CXLOE live show?

A dark and brooding set with musical highs and lows. Dope lighting with songs you can sing along to and cry to. I love taking my listeners on a journey as I feel I'm quite honest as an artist so I don’t mind letting people in.

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

To work SMART, not hard (obviously work hard, but you get the point haha) It was given to me by a friend and artist I really look up to Will Singe.

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

'World of our Love' by Client Liaison.

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

'Comfortable' by LANKS (it's quite a hopeful song but for some reason, I always end up balling my eyes out!).

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

'Holiday' by KOTA BANKS DUH!

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

I'm living over in LA at the moment so the last local Artist I saw was Aussie singer-songwriter Bobi Andenov. He performed at a local event called School Night in Hollywood and totally crushed it!! His vocals are insane and his songwriting is next level!!

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

Oh gosh, there are so many. I'm so inspired by JOY and Jack River, they’re just totally running their own race and I LOVE IT! There are also two women in the music community that really inspire me as they are the most genuinely supportive women I have come across.  Nina Las Vegas and Kota Banks. They are both so encouraging of women in the music industry and don’t see other artists as competition. Which is what we need more of!! I adore these two so much. And OBVIOUSLY my manager Sarah Donelly she is a BOSS I don't know how I got so lucky.

What are your plans for 2018?

To protect my peace over here in LA and write awesome music!!!!

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Ilka
New

Artist

Ilka

Indie, Pop, Roots (#indie #pop)

Melbourne, VIC

Molly Ash
New

Artist

Molly Ash

Pop

Melbourne, VIC

River & Isles
New

Artist

River & Isles

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock

Alice Springs, NT

KIAN
New

Artist

KIAN

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (KIAN)

Central Victoria, VIC

ëmmë
New

Artist

ëmmë

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

Sydney, NSW

The Kid Laroi
New

Artist

The Kid Laroi

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW