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Grant Walker
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Grant Walker

Electronic, Indie, Rock (Rock, Independant, Funk, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

SONA
New

Artist

SONA

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Bon Iver, Matt Corby, Little May, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

IV League

Featured Artist

2015

16

Nov

IV League

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne 4-piece IV League combine their love of alternative rock and progressive pop to create music that Zan Rowe describes as "damn near perfect".

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
We're huge fans of garage rock, but initially, we weren't able to achieve the heavier sound we were after with only two members so we begun as a bit of an indie pop outfit. When we added a drummer and bass player to the mix we started toying with combining the grittier instrumentals with strong, clean vocals and we've arrived at where we are now!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
A huge part of it is definitely channeling the energy and fun we have together in the jam room into playing live and recording music for other people to hear. Sharing what you're most passionate about creating with other people and recieving a positive response is insanely rewarding.
 
What can punters expect from an IV League live show?
You can expect that Bella might very well introduce the band under a false name such as "My Chemical Romance" or "Alien Antfarm". Otherwise, a whole lot of sweaty energy and plenty of dancing.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Bella: My Mum always says that "the extra mile is never crowded" and that's always stuck with me in every thing I do. It sort of prohibits any hesitation you have in jumping head first into things that you want to achieve.
 
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?
We went to see our friends Tiny Giants play an in store gig at Off The Hip Records in Melbourne. Always fun watching those guys, they killed it!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
We're super inspired by our friends in the Melbourne scene, especially Hills Hoist and Gonzo (some of the coolest dudes out!!), and our younger friends up in the Geelong area Tiny Giants and The Dare Ohhs who are some of the most impressive high school bands you'll see play live.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
Lots of writing and preparation to record an EP early next year, playing as much as we can and hopefully pulling together an east coast tour.

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Double Chamber
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Double Chamber

Metal, Punk

Sydney, NSW

Fifth Dawn
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Artist

Fifth Dawn

Metal, Rock (#alternative #melodic #hard-rock)

Sydney, NSW

Woodes x Elkkle

Featured Artist

2015

31

Aug

Woodes x Elkkle

Melbourne, VIC

This week triple j Unearthed is shining a light on the adventurous artpop of Woodes & Elkkle. Take a listen to these impressive solo artists team up for some truly beautiful sounding tunes.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
W: For this particular EP "Woodes X Elkkle" we went to Phillip Island for 5 days last summer and wrote 4 tracks together. Callum (Elkkle) has a big shipping container studio on his family property, so we went in there every day and wrote material from scratch. Our sound developed over those few days as we learnt about each other's processes for writing. I think we both pushed each other a little out of our comfort zones, drawing from what was around us. I remember the day we wrote 'Muddy' we went for a lunch break at this cliff near the property and there were all these stark white trees, which inspired the bridge.  
 
My personal sound is evolving, carried by the constant of using my vocals in some way. I started writing songs in primary school after taking to piano, percussion and classical voice. After high school I got into studio engineering and then started producing and arranging the songs I was writing. It was a really liberating feeling to hear something in my head and write and record it in my home studio. I like to create music I can get lost in, building cavernous atmospheres and layering textures, crossing between organic and electronic sounds. 
 
E: My music has come to be an expression of the grotesque yet beautiful. I want my music to be confronting yet inviting. Sort of like our morbid curiosity when you see something really foul online or whatever yet you can't look away. That's what I want to tap into, but I want to surprise people with how the sounds they're hearing make them feel.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
W: Often when I write I imagine a clear visual accompaniment, like a film or set of images. Each song has a colour or thing that to me seems really clear. But then my lyrics can be interpreted a range of ways, which is cool. I pull inspiration from a range of things: books, my collected images and concepts (that I usually put on my tumblr), dreams, seeing live performance or theatre, making things, processing things, or hearing a really refreshing body of work from an artist I look up to.
 
E: My music is never grounded in one place or idea; in fact it mostly just comes from being really excited by music all the time. I study composition at VCA and work with a lot of musicians, so I'm constantly surrounded by music every day. Like hearing the music my friends are making, jamming with them, sending demos back and forth - that's what really pushes me to create. I'm so lucky to be a part of such a vibrant music community and I just want to keep up and contribute.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
 
E: Our roles are switched a little bit. In the recordings it is very much Elle's (Woodes) vocals sitting atop my production as a foundation, whereas when we perform, Elle is centre stage and providing most of the performance aspect, while I toy with samplers and effects that interact with that. We're total dorks on stage but it's easy to see we're having fun and I think people really appreciate that.
 
W: For live shows I like to play a whole bunch of things. I've never really been interested in being a singer with a mic. For my solo shows I like to keep my hands busy and be involved with the tech. It brings me into this comfortable place on stage. Plus it means that each time I perform live it will be a little bit of a different experience for me and the audience, as I move between things. I've been playing a bit with mallet percussion again and will have a vibraphone up on stage with me at BigSound. Looking forward to that. Then there's also layered vocals and vocal manipulation.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
E: I'm a huge fan of Arca, both of his music and his character/outlook on life. I've read a bunch of interviews but I think the most important thing I've taken from reading him is that it's important to always be entirely and unapologetically yourself in everything you do and your world will reach out to you. If people to listen to my music and think "he knows exactly what he's doing" then I'm doing it right. Maybe I do know, maybe I don't, but I'm the only one doing it so what does it matter?
 
W: My mother is the best at advice. One of the things she lives by is 'When the student is ready, the teacher appears". I feel grateful for how many teachers have impacted my life so far. Not only from places built for education but friends, collaborators and people you meet whilst travelling etc... I think always being as open minded as possible is a great asset to any person.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
E: 'Our Will' by Brothers Hand Mirror. Everything about this track takes me somewhere beyond whatever there is to cry about. I remember seeing them a couple of years ago for the first time with friends and that song was one of those profound moments where I felt really appreciative of where I was and who I was with.
 
W: Vance Joy's 'Mess is Mine' - I think I'm going with "you're crying it's cool, I got you". Maybe I'd incorporate listening to it with a road trip somewhere. One of my housemates was actually the polar bear in the film clip. Maybe I could bring the polar bear suit. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
W: 'The Middle East' - 'The Darkest Side'. Growing up in Townsville these guys were a really big influence on me. This song live usually ended with a stripped back acapella of everyone singing and it was so moving. They'd play giant festivals and come back and play regional shows; still so grounded. 
 
E: 'Hologlyphs' by JaysWays. I honestly haven't faintest clue what this song is about, specifically, but Jay's vocals really get under my skin and his production is so internal that every time I listen I sort of sink back into my own head and have a moment. Powerful stuff.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
W: This question definitely lost me a few hours listening through so much music. So hard to pick one when it's so dependent on the atmosphere, but I think I'd play Wafia's cover of 'Let me Love You' (Prod. Jack Vanzet). I'll just keep playing that until her EP comes out. 
 
E: Oh man, 'Childhood' by Sam Gellaitry. What is even that kids deal? I've never heard a synth lead sing like that and probably never will. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
E: Elle and I both saw Klo last month with Felicity Yang and Martin King on support. Both Felicity and Martin played their best sets I'd seen tbh, which definitely set the perfect vibe for Klo to kill it. Can't recommend checking out Klo's set enough. Chloe has fantastic stage presence and an amazing live voice. Simon's control over their sound is so precise and perfectly executed that I found myself watching his hands more than anything else. They've found a seamless blend between live instruments/electronic processing/pre-programmed electronics that really set a new bar for me as to what a live show should be.
 
W: Yes. Klo. Seamless. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
 
 
Whilst some of those artists are established I'm really excited about what's emerging out of Melbourne at the moment. Simon Lam from I'lls/Nearly Oratorio/KLO is a talented (and humble) friend of ours. He did all the mixing and mastering on 3 of our tracks on the EP and each of the projects he's part of just keep getting better and better. Go see any of those acts live. Do it. Man. Good.
 
E: Pretty much the whole reason I picked up Ableton and had a go at electronic music was from watching Thrupence/Jack Vanzet sort of come into his own with his Voyages EP. I was probably 16 and only just hearing cats like Flying Lotus and Shlohmo for the first time. Jack grew up in the same area as me although I didn't really know him at the time, but something clicked and all of a sudden electronic music seemed much more human, and being an electronic music producer soon aligned with the exact kind of personal journey I wanted to take in life. Another huge influence for a long time was Electric Sea Spider and I think some elements of his frantic sampling techniques still ring throughout my music.
 
I study it at university alongside electronic acts like Felicity Yang, Darcy Baylis, Nico Niquo, Caspian Joseph, OBA, Aiya - all of these are people who inspire me most days of the week, whether it be in class hearing something huge they've been working on, seeing them kicking goals online or just hanging out showing each other what we're listening to, I don't think anything has shaped my creativity more than the time I've spent with these people.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
 
E: I'm going to go back into hibernation, write as much music as possible, finish up my degree and go into 2016 with nothing but allegorical fire underneath my metaphorical urn!
 
W: I'm playing in Sydney for APRA Ignite at the end of the week, then BIGSOUND early September, then a few big things we're yet to announce and the time in between will be spent writing and producing more of my own music for my upcoming solo 'Woodes' release.
 

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Stonefox
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Stonefox

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Chill, Indie, Ambient, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jack R. Reilly
New

Artist

Jack R. Reilly

Indie (Listening, To, Eliot Smith, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Mosquito Coast

Featured Artist

2015

6

Oct

Mosquito Coast

( )

Perth, WA

Our Unearthed High winners Mosquito Coast follow up the release of their new tune 'Commotion' with a triple j Unearthed Feature Artist gold star.

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You've just released your new single 'Commotion'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing again, after the recent success of 'Call My Name'?

We came up with the song at band practice and we quickly recorded all the parts on the Tascam. We've been writing stuff since 'Call My Name' but it was cool to see how the song developed this time around. I always leave the lyrics to the last minute because it's just easier and sometimes when you have them sitting around you just want to keep changing things, but we are pretty happy with how it panned out.

You recorded 'Commotion' at the triple j studios in Sydney. What was that recording process like compared to how you usually lay your tracks down?

The recording process was pretty similar to 'Call My Name'. With both songs we had quite clear ideas about what we wanted each aspect to sound like. We always have extra bits though that we add in while at the studio. Nothing's set in stone. We normally get the drums and guitar rhythm down and then we build like jam on a bass line, keyboard and stuff.

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

Watching other musicians play. Whenever we are at a gig together you just feel so inspired and want to get home and try and make something just as cool. Other music is obviously a pretty huge inspiration as well, especially when we both have such differing tastes.

What's your go-to snack when making music?

We have a lot of breaks in between long jams and they usually consist of tea, coffee and toast - usually because that's all we can find in the kitchen. We also sometimes get treated to Japanese.

What's your vision for the ultimate Mosquito Coast live show?

Lots of funky beats, crazy guitar and cult outfits. Extended jams that people can really vibe with.

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

Naomi: My brother in law once said just to do what your heart tells you and don't listen to other people, if music is something you wanna do, then do it.

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

Take Me Over by Cut Copy because how can you not want to dance?

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

My Happiness - Powderfinger or Under the Milky Way - The Church.

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

Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing, INXS- I Need You Tonight or Pond - Moth Wings.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?

We both are focussing on school at the moment but as soon as we're finished, we will be able to write more and start gigging. We are really excited to develop our live set and start playing more often.

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Vallis Alps

Featured Artist

2015

19

Jan

Vallis Alps

Canberra, ACT

Vallis Alps are a duo that create dreamy, beautiful and mesmerising electronica between Canberra and Seattle.

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Q&A with Vallis Alps vocalist Parissa...
 
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We make acoustic/electronic, futuristic/nostalgic, gritty/pretty synthpop. Or something like that. We're still developing our sound!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life lessons. Memories. Other people. Each other.
 
What can punters expect from a Vallis Alps live show?
Lights! Shadows! Occasional witty banter!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Focus on why you're here in the first place" - a close friend.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kobe by Yeo.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Green Spandex by Xavier Rudd.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Flux by Edarcy.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was awesome. It was at the uni here, a bunch of local bands played. But there was one called Burrows, they were completely entrancing. They said they're recording at the moment, or soon. It's special stuff. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
Obviously, the gems of Canberra like Safia and Peking Duk that both have such a unique sound and are rocking everyone's socks off. Together they are making magic. Also, with the fact that Canberra is small comes this amazingly supportive musical community. People are so unassuming and just want to hear great music.  
 
What are your plans for 2015?
More music. Touring. We'd love to meet you all.

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Lilt
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Lilt

Dance, Electronic, Indie (röyksopp, Little Dragon, Disclosure, ...)

Perth, WA

Spencer Scott
New

Artist

Spencer Scott

Indie, Punk, Roots (Acoustic, newcastle, Singer/Songwriter, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Feki
New

Artist

Feki

Electronic (Future, Soul, Ta-Ku, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Poly
New

Artist

Poly

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (Electronic, Janelle Monáe, de la soul, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Cypher
New

Artist

Cypher

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Indie, Electronic, Ambient, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

BANFF

Featured Artist

2015

30

Mar

BANFF

Brisbane, QLD

Banff is the solo music project of Brisbane-based songwriter Benjamin Forbes. He makes beautiful dreamy indie-pop and is this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’ve been involved in various projects over the last 6 or so years that have covered a variety of styles from folk to surf rock, a bit of country and indie. I’d say my sound has developed from playing across all of these. As ‘BANFF' I tried to wipe the slate clean and started with throwing around a bunch of new sonic ideas that challenged what I was used to. Writing and recording in the studio was really good because I was able to focus on what ‘felt right’ without much interruption. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Influences from other artists. When I connect with something I love, it just sprouts so much inspiration. While writing the EP I listened to Midlakes album 'The Trials of Van Occupanther' a heap. Every time I listened there seemed to be some new sonic inspiration. 
 
What can punters expect from a Banff live show?
Something genuine. Depending on the venue it can be stripped back to just me and the guitar, but I usually like to play as a 4 piece band and keep it simple and real.
  
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My producer Tom Iansek helped me realise that writing music is much simpler than I was making it. He really stressed on doing what feels genuine and enjoy to it at the same time.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Peter Allen - I Go To Rio
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Into My Arms. A heartbreakingly powerful love ballad
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Peter Allen - I Go To Rio
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw BIGSTRONGBRUTE at The End in Brisbane a week ago. It was great. He reminded of Ben Folds.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are so many cool musical projects emerging out of Brisbane and they’re all inspiring me in some way. I have worked closely with good friend 'Machine Age' recently and he’s really encouraged me to explore new experimental sort of stuff. Airling, O'Little Sister, Flinter, James Angus & Meredith are all great friends and artists out of Brisbane that continually inspire me. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
I have a run of shows supporting Montaigne down the East Coast booked in April and plan to release my third single “All Again” and EP in June/July. I’ll tour that with my band and then jump head first back in to writing for the next release. I’m really looking forward to that.

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Kids At Midnight
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Kids At Midnight

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Indie Pop, dream Pop, indie electronica, ...)

Gippsland, VIC