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Kat Edwards
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Artist

Kat Edwards

Indie, Pop, Rock

Hobart, TAS

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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WILSN
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WILSN

Pop, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

Noah Earp
New

Artist

Noah Earp

Indie, Rock, Roots (Singer-Songwriter, alternative, folk)

Melbourne, VIC

Japanese Wallpaper

Featured Artist

2014

1

Sep

Japanese Wallpaper

Melbourne, VIC

This year's Unearthed High winner Japanese Wallpaper has just released his brand new single, featuring Jesse Davidson. It follows on from outstanding collaborations with Wafia and Pepa Knight, but who else is on the 17 year-old's 'collaborator wishlist'? And what are his plans for the rest of 2014? Find out below...

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What’s the first thing you’re gonna do when you turn 18?
Most likely just go and see some bands - not being able to get into venues is definitely the worst part of being underage.
 
Who’s on your collaborator wish-list?
Hmm… I think Bon Iver would be pretty beautiful, his voice is so superb. Phoebe (ex-Snakadaktal) would be awesome too.
 
On average, how much time do you spend in your bedroom making tunes each week?
I’m not sure how many hours but definitely a lot! It’s a great way to procrastinate and avoid schoolwork…
 
What’s your go-to snack when making music?
Definitely this frozen yoghurt ice-cream thing that Mum has started buying. It doesn’t last very long when I’m recording ;)
 
What’s your vision for the ultimate Japanese Wallpaper live show?
I’d love to make it a band-driven show at some point - I love playing in bands and I think that with a little tweaking the music would really lend itself to it.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Hmm, 'Pickles From The Jar' by Courtney Barnett would be a pretty good one. Or maybe 'Void' by Seekae. Depends why they were crying in the first place I guess!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Sorry to use Seekae twice but their song 'You’ll' is a definite tearjerker. Works on me every time.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
That Polographia and Cosmo’s Midnight collab always goes down well! Or maybe an Andras Fox track. Depends on the party.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
I definitely want to do some more touring and keep developing my show, so hopefully there will be plenty of time for that in the school holidays…

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Packwood
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Artist

Packwood

Indie (Indie, folk, packwood)

Central West, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt

Featured Artist

2013

15

Jul

Dustin Tebbutt

( )

New England, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt has crafted some beautiful rolling guitar pop with sublime harmonies and golden tinges of melancholy.

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

Over time, more and more factors are contributing to the development of my sound. A lot of direct and indirect musical influences, contemporary folk music, film scores, living in Scandinavia and the winter in the north... also my relationship with the studio environment. For this project particularly, I spent a lot of time in my home studio, just exploring and really working on creating a layered sonic landscape. It’s those small organic nuances that you stumble across over time that have really defined the sound of this project for me.

You wrote and produced a lot of your music in Sweden. What did you find most inspiring over there?

The thing that impacted me the most about living in Sweden was the physical environment. All of it.. It’s so different from everything we have here in Australia. The dramatic seasonal shifts, the colours and textures in the trees, the light... is softer or something. The winter, it’s so extreme, and because of that it’s so beautiful. It’s a hard thing to describe, but I found it really inspiring to be immersed in those places.

What other artists/musicians do you draw inspiration from?

I haven’t been listening to much music lately, but I do have some staples that I keep going back to: Laura Veirs, Max Richter, Great Lake Swimmers, Feist, Elbow, Tucker Martine. I try to be a bit selective too when in writing/production mode. I find it can be good to limit what I listen to, just to put some boundaries in place.

You’re preparing to play shows. What’s your vision for the live show like?

I just did the first gig on Sunday evening actually! I’ve been really focusing on bringing the important sonic elements from the recordings to the stage, but still keeping a sense of play and freedom in there. It’s a fine line, but these days there’s some great technology out there to work with! At this stage, it’s just a solo show, and I’ll be building it up as I go along.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

The rest of the year is shaping up nicely. The next single is not too far off, I’ll be putting a fair bit of work into the live set and am now just in the process of booking some shows. I’ll have the next couple of video clips to produce, and then back to writing the next lot of songs!

Australian music is…?

…Evolving. I think now is a really interesting time for us. The internet has given Australians access to culture on a global scale, but often we’re positioned more as observers than major players. Because of this, it seems like there is some really interesting and unique music being created in Australia at the moment, and it has the ability to connect on an international level. I feel like we’re no longer culturally isolated from some other key regions of the world, and that’s reflected in the music we’re currently producing... It’s pretty exciting!

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Thelma Plum

Featured Artist

2012

30

Jul

Thelma Plum

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Thelma Plum is an incredibly talented seventeen year old singer-songwriter from Brisbane. She is the winner of our National Indigenous Music Awards competition and will be flown to perform at the awards in Darwin on August 11.

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

I've been singing and writing music ever since I can remember, one day I decided to pick up a guitar and I suppose the rest just followed.

You’re the winner of our National Indigenous Music Awards competition. What most excites you about being flown to Darwin to play the awards?

Everything! I am super excited to be playing alongside some amazing artists that I have been listening to since I was a child. I think I may be a little bit starstruck when I get there.

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

Brisbane music scene has always been my favourite. So many talented artists and people. I'm very lucky to have a supportive network of friends that are involved in the music industry around me. Steve Grady is a friend I play with sometimes who inspired me to start playing in the first place, I remember the first time I heard him play I wanted to be just like him! Brett Wood who runs Starving Kids has had a huge impact on my music career so far, he was actually my principal in year 11 and 12 too!

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

"Always listen to what your parents say". All the time there is something that I am stuck with and my parents give me great advice.. even if I don't agree with it at the time, then I always look back and think "Man I wish I listened to my parents".

What’s coming up in 2012?

Lots and lots and lots! The single and EP can be expected! Woohoo!

Australian music is...

...the best!

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Janie Gordon
New

Artist

Janie Gordon

Indie (folk, Acoustic, guitar, ...)

Gippsland, VIC

The Black Harrys
New

Artist

The Black Harrys

Indie, Roots (blues reggae funk, Fleet Foxes, supergrass, ...)

Melbourne, VIC