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Electronic, Indie, Pop

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Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Reija Lee

Featured Artist

2018

23

Jul

Reija Lee

( )

Perth, WA

Perth artist Reija Lee is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. She blew us away with her sparkling, 80's synth pop inspired debut single, 'Love Nobody' and we can't wait to hear more.

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

Developing my sound wasn't a conscious effort. It honestly just blurted out of me. I had spent years making club music while having this soft spot in my heart for rock/pop bands and being inspired by artists like M83 and Bertie Blackman, part of me really just missed the live music world. So, when I started writing for this project (albeit still on a computer with software instruments), I was using a lot of real instrument sounds, looking for a more organic sound and everything always had a touch of 80s vibe to it - that's just what I love. When I decided I was making pop music I was like "I can use Linn drums! I can use cheesy sounding synths! Omg it’s pop music! I can do whatever I want!!!" So, there's been a real freedom in writing pop music for me.

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

This is always such a hard question for me because I feel like it changes all the time. Sometimes I'm just super inspired by really well written pop songs that are out at the moment. Like right now I can't get over Eilish Gilligan, and I'm constantly analysing G-Flip's 'Killing My Time' because it's got this weird structure, but literally every section of top line in the song is a killer hook... But sometimes I'll sit in my studio and just listen to Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' from start to finish, or John Hopkins' 'Singularity', or even my brother (ShockOne)'s first album 'Universus', because they are albums that are so all-encompassing that they take you on a journey and make you feel so intensely, and I love that. 

What can punters expect from a Reija Lee live show?

Well, as I mentioned, I began this project with the thought of live instruments in my head. So, I'm currently in the process of building a band around these songs. There will be live instruments but also still an electronic element like sample triggering, etc. Also, I saw M83 live in London years ago, and at the end of Midnight City this guy came out of nowhere and played that insane sax solo and everyone just lost their s***. That will definitely happen in a Reija Lee show. Hahahaha…

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

My brother once told me to never have a Plan B. If you have a Plan B, you'll just end of settling for it. If you don't, your only option is to succeed in music. Scary advice, but it's served me well to this day. 

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

Willow Beats - Special! (Fun fact - my brother named his daughter Willow and this is her song <3 cute!).

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

Nick Cave - Into My Arms. When I was a little kid I would often listen to this song when I wanted to cry. That, and Jeff Buckley. Sensitive little soul.

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

 Obviously ShockOne - Bleed Black. 

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

I actually performed at the State of The Art Festival with Shock One recently. It was on WA Day and showcased acts from all over WA. It was awesome to see so many people from Perth and surrounds getting together and really showing what an amazing music community we have here. I was a proud Perthian that day.

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

Stella Donnelly! I love her lyrics, her lovable persona, her sense of humour, her message, everything. WOMPP (Women of Music Production Perth) - I am a quiet follower of this organisation as I love watching female producers killing it, and they also do cool showcases and talks and workshops and I just think they are FANTASTIC. The whole DnB / Dance music community in Perth. It's one I've been involved in for a while so I can't help but mention how amazing I think it is. Drum n Bass is still really quite underground in Australia and it's hard times right now for dance music everywhere as a lot of our clubs have closed down... but the community still manages to fight on. Despite being the most isolated city in the world, we still have the biggest New Years Eve event in the country with Origin. It's easy to think that Perth is a sleepy old city where nothing happens, but there's still a lot going on here if you pay attention.

What are your plans for 2018?

More music!!! I have a second single that’s almost finished that I'm super excited about, aaaand I have also just finished the video for Love Nobody which I CAN'T WAIT to share with everyone. Other than that, more writing for an album, and working on an amazing live show with a sax solo!

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Kinder

Featured Artist

2019

20

May

Kinder

( )

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature artist, Kinder!

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

We played around with a bunch of different sounds to start with. We always knew we loved writing pop melodies but also loved the heavy dance electronic drops as well. We aimed to find a balance without it sounding too disjointed or like a remix/club track. It took us a while to blend the two styles together, which is why our first tracks were a little slower and not as heavy as compared to the tracks we play in our DJ sets. We also love the African/Reggaeton beats too, so we wanted to incorporate that as well. The music we are working on at the moment is more similar to the style we love to play in our DJ sets.

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

Obviously other artists we look up to inspire and influence us with our music. A lot of the time however we are influenced by a story we read or hear that touches us and then inspires us to write a song. For example, Sav will be talking about a friend’s experience or story and Briony will butt in and say "hey that's a cool line you just said- let’s use that in a song!" At other times we draw on personal experiences. Sometimes we listen to and play around with different world music genres. For example we are inspired by instruments and sounds from African and Brazilian music.

What can punters expect from a Kinder live show?

Lots of energy and dancing. We will be singing all of our originals live! (and a sneaky cover) in addition to playing our staple heavy house Brazilian Bass DJ set.

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

Recently when we were going through a low period, our talented and dear friend Dylan Joel advised, "You have to learn to be ok with the ups and downs of the music industry and understand it's never going to be a smooth ride. You have to self talk when you're feeling down and realise the roller coaster is always going to go up and down no matter how successful you are in the industry. You just have to remember the reason why you started doing music in the first place and not let the opinions of others reflect your love for music and keep going with it".

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

Bag Raiders with 'Shooting Stars'. Lifts us up whenever we are feeling in the dumps.

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

'Am I Not Pretty Enough' by Kasey Chambers.

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

At the moment, along with most DJs our go to is the ‘ol classic, 'LOOOOSING IT' by Fisher.

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

Sav saw our good friend Ivan Ooze perform at the Landsdown in Sydney recently. It was rowdy, sweaty and a bunch of good fun! He is super talented!

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

 A lot of the female songwriters coming out of Sydney are insanely talented and really inspire us! CXLOE, Graace, Kota Banks and Xira are so incredible at their craft. Two talented producers we have worked with, Tasker and Xavier Dunn, are also a major inspiration. They can produce a wide range of music and we love working with them. We are also super inspired by Sydney legends Golden Features and Hayden James. We secretly refer to Golden Features as “father” lol.

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Bradley Stone
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Bradley Stone

Indie

North Coast, NSW

The Green Mohair Suits

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The Green Mohair Suits

Indie, Roots (stories, Drinkin, green, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Leonie Kingdom
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Leonie Kingdom

Indie, Pop, Roots (Indie, Pop, roots, ...)

Wide Bay, QLD

Seventh Saint
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Seventh Saint

Electronic, Pop (#power pop, #dark wave, !980s new wave)

Newcastle, NSW

Mallrat

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jul

Mallrat

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Mallrat is a Brisbane-based teenager with a knack for creating outrageously catchy pop tunes. She sings, she raps, she makes everybody dance.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’m still developing my sound!  I listen to everything so my music is a bit mish mash, I think that’s cool though.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
I want to document being human and imperfect and then make people feel something with that.
 
What can punters expect from a Mallrat live show?
Dancing!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I’m learning to drive right now and dad told me “know what you’re doing when you approach a roundabout” and “don’t spend your whole life slowing down for speed bumps”. These are both great metaphors for life.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I haven’t been to one in ages because there aren’t enough underage shows and I’m 17! I’ve seen Gill Bates a few times though, he always kills it.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
The Brisbane music scene is so supportive, it feels like a big family. Everyone in a band is in five other bands and if you go to a local hip hop show you’ll catch all the other guys dancing and rapping along for sure. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Make music, friends and travel.

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AIRPORTS
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AIRPORTS

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Central Coast, NSW

Amy Newton-Banks

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Amy Newton-Banks

Indie, Pop (sarah blasko, The Waifs, jewel, ...)

Sydney, NSW