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George Alice
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Artist

George Alice

Indie, Pop

Adelaide, SA

Ok Sure
New

Artist

Ok Sure

Electronic (whatever, Electro, dark, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Empersand
New

Artist

Empersand

Electronic, Indie (empersand, 2014, hush pop, ...)

Perth, WA

Peyton
New

Artist

Peyton

Electronic, Indie, Pop (#Indie #Electronic #pop #synth)

Perth, WA

Tobacco Rat
New

Artist

Tobacco Rat

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (bass, Electronic, beats, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

GRRL PAL

Featured Artist

2015

14

Sep

GRRL PAL

Perth, WA

Our Perth Listen Out winners are commanding the dancefloor this week as our Feature Artist. Go on, get down to their bright, shiny pop stunners.

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

We've been playing music and in other bands for many years and one day Danny decided he wanted to develop the ULTIMATE song writing process basically so we could never ever have writers block. He began writing beats and experimenting with production and collaborating with Jay on all things vocal; lyrics, melodies etc. It wasn't until Danny met Parker Ighile that he really honed in on his production skills. It all starts with an idea and then we base the rest of the track off that starting point.

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

Creating something that makes people want to dance to and have fun! We are doing something that we love and we want that to always translate into our songs.

What can punters expect from your live show?

We go out of our way every show to make sure that everyone has a good time, expect lots of dancing and lots of lols. We've tried really hard to mix electronic with acoustic instruments.

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

Middle aged woman in crowd with glowstick around neck, head bangin - "hey dickheads, play ur fastest track"

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

Black Panther by Koi Child (but also you have to also watch the super fun video)

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

Well, we usually exclusively listen to happy bangers, but probs, Better Be Home Soon by Crowded House or How To Make Gravy by Paul Kelly… dad rock.

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

Our Home town friends, Slumberjack: Horus. Ex Perth boy - Mr Carl Fox, Porsches: Horses. Also Time Pilot boys have some great unreleased bangers coming!

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

The Jungle Giants in Fremantle was very fun, especially loved Sam whippin out the Jazz flute, double beer skulling & the giant indie anthems.

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

The Pilerats & Metric people have opened a new venue, which is really paving the way for a new crop of Perth artists & really helping to keep the Perth music scene alive and exciting. Its really just an incredible place to go and discover something new!

What are your plans for the rest of 2015? 

Keep on releasing a track a month until November and then we are FINISHED! Probably release the second half of the year's releases on a second EP and to keep playing as many shows as possible! We have a few collaborations we are planning on bring out this year and we plan to do a lot more next year.. along with some remixes.

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Nova's Demise
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Artist

Nova's Demise

Electronic, Rock ("Alternative rock)

Perth, WA

Hannah Joy

Featured Artist

2014

10

Nov

Hannah Joy

Sydney, NSW

Hannah Joy is one of our favourite Unearthed discoveries of 2014. The talented Sydney singer has just dropped a brand new single and is our feature artist all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I used to be primarily a classical pianist and then began writing music. Sometimes I would sing (reluctantly and semi-badly) in order to communicate the melody and then after a while realised that singing for me was the most exhilarating, liberating thing ever. My sound developed/is developing into a mix of indie poppy mish-mash. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My greatest source of inspiration would be the creative experience of making the music itself. Truly, it’s less of making it and more following it and responding to it. I am excited by how it shapes people and communities. I find it to be very powerful and a very good time.  
 
What can punters expect from a Hannah Joy live show?
I play as a trio, with drums and bass. I have also written a few string arrangements for some songs so depending on the venue, there’s that. I dunno, I just hope for a good time; wailing, cutting shapes and whatnot.   
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Best advice I was given was from an older friend when they said to me, (about life generally) “You’re not shit and you’re not amazing but you are special”. I think that was helpful in escaping that internal dichotomy of feeling like you’re a dud, so then trying to convince yourself you’re a legend but instead you don’t have to do any of that and just be.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play someone to make them cry?
The Middle East - 'Deep Water'
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track would you put on next?
Peter Allen - 'I Go To Rio'
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went to the closing night of FBi Social last weekend. It was very cool, kinda sad.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
There’s a heap around right now that is inspiring. We’ve got a wide group of friends that sometimes play and write together; some of them being Tim Fitz, Spirit Faces, Jack Froggatt of Mansionair, Blackwood. They’re all doing explorative stuff. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2014 and in to 2015?
Well I released a new single this week, hurrah! And yeah, I’m just drip feeding morsels until my EP is ready which is going to be released early next year.  I’ve got a couple of shows to close the year with and hope to start gigging like a gig-cracker from Crunchytown (that’s a thing) next year. 
 

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Moon Holiday

Featured Artist

2014

29

Dec

Moon Holiday

Sydney, NSW

Moon Holiday is the electronic music project of Sydneysider Alex Ward. On New Year's Day she'll be bringing her looped, left-field dance music to Sydney's the Domain as our Field Day competition winner.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? My music came from a slow process of experimenting with electronics instead of real-life musicians. I moved to Australia at 16 and had no friends! I became kind of a recluse because I still felt the need to make music somehow.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? For better or worse, it's usually my own mental turmoil. I think that goes for a lot of people. But more and more I am inspired by actually trying to create new sounds and new forms of expression for myself.

You’re the winner of our Field Day competition. What can punters at Field Day in Sydney expect from the Moon Holiday live show? At this point I'm aiming to make it a little more energetic than my usual live show, because it is generally pretty moody and even subdued! It'd be nice to start the New Year with a bang.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? One of my best friends recently used actual hand-drawn diagrams in her advice to me, which I found both hilarious and extremely useful! Another of my best friends is full of gentle and comforting wisdom, so even though she is a cool young musician, a day with her can be like visiting a wise grandmother.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? That's easy, Rainbow Chan's song 'Haircut'. It's about getting over things and moving on, and her music always creates a sense of wonder, like anything's possible. She's the best friend I mention above, cool and fresh but so wise and nurturing! https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/rainbow-chan

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? Also easy! HTRK - my favourite Australian music, maybe just my favourite music overall. When their song 'Give It Up' came out late last year ahead of their full album I used to just whack it on repeat and cry a bunch. I was having a hard time, but it's such a beautiful track, such an unusual duality through that whole album. https://soundcloud.com/mistletone/htrk-give-it-up

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? Collarbones - 'Turning', because it's fierce as hell. When I first heard it I constantly walked around listening to it like I was in a music video, which is how you know a song is good. https://soundcloud.com/collarbones/turning

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it? I went to see Lucy Cliche and Alba (both locals) supporting Factory Floor (from the UK) at Oxford Art Factory recently. It was great, a really well thought-out lineup and everyone impressed the crowd, especially remarkable because it was a Tuesday night and people were actually getting kinda loose.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. It's come to the point where most people I know in Sydney are tied to the music community in some way, either directly or indirectly. Some of my close friends make music I'm floored by, every time they show me something. Most of them are involved with Sydney's Astral People, who probably need no introduction, but through being a part of that incredibly supportive family I've found room to grow as a musician and be heard properly - without ever being made to feel like the end goal is huge commercial success. I think we all feel like Sydney is an excellent place to be, and for once there aren't as many people fleeing the country to 'make it' outside.

What are your plans for 2015? Despite saying I'm glad people aren't fleeing Sydney, that's what I'm doing for a couple of months in the New Year. I decided to take a break after finishing my new EP (due out early 2015) and go live in Bangkok for a while! I'd like to be somewhere different to make new music, for another EP or an album, perhaps a side-project to get out different things. But I can't wait to come back as well - I started producing a radio show for FBI Radio recently, so I'll be continuing that job as well. I just want to get stuff out there really.

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Fortunes.

Featured Artist

2015

9

Feb

Fortunes.

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne future R'n'B studs Fortunes are getting up in your hair this week.

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

Coming from different musical backgrounds (pop/soul/jazz vs hip-hop/electronic/hardcore) but with similar ambition, we developed our sound through a lot of trial and error over a cask of wine.

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

People, mates, lovers, dickheads.

What can punters expect from a Fortunes live show?

Lots of dancing (dirty dancing), hot people, personal stories.

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

Protect your heart, turn it into art. Thanks Gemma.

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

Vanessa Amorosi - Absolutely Everybody

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

Powderfinger - My Happiness

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

Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby

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

The Tarantinos at Luwow. It was wild, a chick got her *** out.

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

Hiatus Kaiyote - Nai Palm is explosive.

The Harpoons - Rebecca's on some high-pitched Australian Amy Winehouse level.

What are your plans for 2015?

We're looking at jumping on a couple of tours and playing some festival spots which is gonna be sweet. We’ve almost finished writing EP#2, so aiming to get that out mid-year.

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Tobias Hengeveld
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Artist

Tobias Hengeveld

Indie, Pop, Rock (Tobias Hengeveld, Australian, Lyrical, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

emma louise

Featured Artist

2011

21

Mar

emma louise

( )

Far North, QLD

Emma Louise is a Brisbane-based artist with talent well beyond her 19 years. We're blown away by our first taste of her forthcoming EP.

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

I moved from Cairns at the beginning of last year to start taking my music further. Instead of jumping straight in and doing heaps of shows I found myself looking at a lot more music and seeing a lot of live bands that I never saw in Cairns and thought 'holy moly I need to develop my songwriting before I do anything'. So I just wrote a lot of songs, listened to heaps of different music and experimented with friends that were producers. I finally started recording with an old friend from Cairns, Mark Myers, and it just worked really well.

How do you feel about involving others in your creative process?

I have tried to write songs with other people but so far no luck! I am really keen to start co-writing more and get out of my stubborn solo artist ways.

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

A man called Terry Doyle taught me heaps of things. He saw me play when I was 15 and mentored me for a few years in Cairns. He told me not to compare myself to other artists because we are all different and just to be myself... also to be really nice to your sound dude because he has the power to make you sound good or really bad.

Tell us about the bands and people in the Brisbane music scene that inspire you.

When I first moved to Brisbane I had a brief job in events management and was working with two other Brisbane musicians, Dan Parsons and Steve Grady. I reckon they are two of Brisbane's best songwriters. We didn't really do much work... We used to just jam all day and get paid for it! It was awesome! Although maybe not so much for our employer. I see them as two big brothers and they really helped me settle into Brisbane. I love watching them play live as a duo and both their solo shows are awesome too.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Well I release my first EP in April and I got the opening support for Boy and Bear so that's exciting! I'll be touring with them in May! :D I'm really keen to just play as many shows as possible and start to do stuff with my music.

Australian music is?

...really awesome. My biggest musical role models are Missy Higgins, Josh Pyke, Sarah Blasko and Lior. Missy Higgins really inspired me to start writing music. My dad bought me her DVD and took me to her show when she came to Cairns and that got me started on writing songs.

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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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The Empty Cup

Artist

The Empty Cup

Hip Hop, Indie (Apollo Brown, Brother Ali, cake, ...)

Perth, WA

Injured Ninja

Artist

Injured Ninja

Rock, Electronic (battles, at-the drive-in, Can, ...)

Perth, WA

The Weapon Is Sound
New

Artist

The Weapon Is Sound

Rock, Roots (Trippy Stuff, Heavy Stuff, De Facto, ...)

Perth, WA

DJ Silence
New

Artist

DJ Silence

Hip Hop (The Community)

Perth, WA

Collarbones
New

Artist

Collarbones

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop

Adelaide, SA

Cosmo's Midnight

Featured Artist

2013

24

Sep

Cosmo's Midnight

Sydney, NSW

Sydney production duo Cosmo's Midnight are one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. They'll be opening the 909 stage of the festival this Saturday, September 28 at Centennial Park, Sydney.

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

We started off making cheap imitations of the music we like at the time; Justice, Deadmau5, Bagraiders, Phantoms Revenge. We loved that stuff and we just did it for fun, we never thought music would get to the level it's gotten to. At some point we decided we had to change our sound if we were going to be taken seriously. Coincidently we were listening to some pretty cool stuff at the time that led to us making the stuff we do today. People like Flylo and Purity Ring, just to name the main influences.

You’re one of the Sydney winners of our Listen Out competition and will be playing the festival at Centennial Park on Saturday, 28 September. What are you most looking forward to about Listen Out?

Seeing the amazing acts that will be playing. We love Disclosure and TNGHT respectively they're all amazing song writers and have hit that perfect level between staying true to a genre and original, but also having pop sensibilities that make them so viable in the mainstream.

What can the crowd at Listen Out expect from the Cosmo’s Midnight live show?

A brand new live set. We've got heaps of new tunes for Listen out and we're going to be playing some of them for the first time. Should be pretty cool.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Australian music community that inspire you?

Mitzi, Charles Murdoch, Sable, Wave Racer, Willow Beats, Leon Osborne, Collarbones, Polographia, Jonti, Tame Impala, Pond, FISHING... there are definitely more but that's all I can think of right now.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

More singles...maybe a free EP, some more shows and lots of producing in the bedroom. 2014 is going to be a sick year and we've got to prepare for it.

Australian music is…?

…on the up and up!

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Mathas

Featured Artist

2013

30

Dec

Mathas

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Perth emcee/producer/singer/song psychologist Mathas is a thoughtful and skilled lyricist whose recent tracks have really impressed. He is the winner of our Southbound competition and will be opening The Sunny Stage of the festival on Saturday, January 4.

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

I’ve been performing and putting out music in Perth for over 10 years now. I suppose I've gradually been shaped into a begrudgingly optimistic pisstaker of world events, the Australian political climate and dietary habits. I guess I just say it as I see it.

You’re the winner of our Southbound competition and will be playing the fest in Busselton, WA on Saturday 4th Jan. What can the crowd at Southbound expect from the Mathas live show?

I’ll be playing out of a briefcase with a giant button attached to it, with some decorative props and a signature onstage goofballishness.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

It's been many years since I've played at a festival and also a long time since I last went to Southbound (2010) ... So getting to perform is highly important. I gotta tell you though, I'm pretty partial to the ol’ campers chai tent.

What are your plans for Mathas in 2014?

I’ll be putting out my sophomore album Armwrestling Atlas in the first half of 2014. That’s pretty much all I can think about at the moment... just get the frikkin album done.

If you had to make one new years resolution, what would it be?

Get the album done... it's been 4 years since the last one.

Australian music is…?

Far more important than buying a house.

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ylem

Artist

ylem

Electronic, Dance (UK electronica, Massive Attack, Eskmo, ...)

Perth, WA

Yarhkob
New

Artist

Yarhkob

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Noisia, dark, beats, ...)

Perth, WA

Basenji

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Basenji

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney producer Basenji likes almonds, riding his bike and banging out bright, fun dance floor jams.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
A big part of developing my own sound has been checking out how other producers do things and taking on board new techniques and different methods of production. For the past few years I worked with Wave Racer on a disco-house side project named Pablo J & The Lobsterettes and that called for a very specific sound. However I feel now with my Basenji project I have a lot more room to move and that I can work in just about any style that I am finding interesting at the time. I think inspiration comes from a variety of different sources but some are definitely more direct than others. I will be bringing a lot of new ideas to the Basenji project in the near future as I am continually being inspired by innovative musicians and producers. It is both the artists that I know personally and the artists that I admire that continue to be a greatest driving force in my music making process.

What can punters expect from a Basenji live show?
I am very committed to bringing something new to the audiences I play to. What I really want to do live is to bring people together with both the music they already like but also something they might not have heard. This means I am continually reaching out to friends and producers for anything new that I can incorporate into my sets. I think it is a lot of fun to play tracks to people for their first time and see their reaction. There is a long list of artists whose tracks I want to support and I really want to get behind emerging artists both locally and internationally. My goal is to provide audiences with music a little different to what they might get on a normal night out. I don't think about genres at all when I am putting together a set but I do try to keep a my live shows thematically or stylistically consistent.

What Australian artists/musicians do you draw inspiration from?
There is far too much talent in Australia to list it all, but I absolutely have to give credit to Cosmo's Midnight and Wave Racer. These guys are amazing producers and great friends, they continually surprise me with the stuff they are working on and always get behind anything new I am doing!

What are you doing when you’re not making music?
I play baseball, I love cooking and I ride my bike everyday without fail. I am working on music full-time right now so it is a really big part of my life. I love going to see live music as much as possible and I really like going to the beach or visiting a nice café. I love summer in Sydney!!

What are your plans for Basenji in 2014?
2014 has already been a crazy year but there is a lot more to come! Right now I am making a bunch of new music and there will be some really exciting shows in a lot of different cities! yew!

Australian music is…?
...so good right now! I cannot wait to discover more Australian musicians and producers <3
 

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Wave Racer

Featured Artist

2013

1

Jul

Wave Racer

( )

Sydney, NSW

Wave Racer is 19 year old Sydney producer Thomas Purcell. His music is all sunshine and synthesizers and 90s gaming systems.

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

I've been making dance music for a few years actually, but I only put my first Wave Racer tunes up online about a month ago. After making primarily sample-based house music for a long time, I became more interested in synths and sound design and decided to go in that direction with my production. I'm interested in lots of different styles of electronic music and I think my tunes reflect that. But this kind of sound is still quite new to me and it's definitely still developing.

What’s a Wave Racer live show like?

I haven't done many Wave Racer gigs yet, but I like to keep my sets pretty upbeat. I use Ableton and a couple of MIDI controllers and basically DJ using that, but it's not really the same as a normal DJ set. Ableton allows me to be a bit more flexible and I do a lot of looping/mashing/glitchy effects and stuff like that. I also change tempo a lot and try to find interesting ways to mix between styles. It's good fun, haha! I'm really looking forward to doing more shows soon.

You’re into dolphins huh? Cool! Why's that?

Yeah I like dolphins, they're cool. I don't really know why, there's just something about them I guess. They're just really majestic and graceful, haha.

Who/what are some of the biggest influences on your music and why?

Artists like Rustie, Cashmere Cat, Hudson Mohawke and Girl Unit are all massive influences because they each have such a unique approach to their production and sound design. They sound like themselves and it's hard to compare their sounds to anything else, which is refreshing. But I also draw a lot of inspiration from lesser-known producers who are making amazing music – LiL TExAS, Mr. Carmack, 813, Djemba Djemba, just to name a few. I'm also really into 70's and 80's disco and soul music. I listen to a lot of bands like Shalamar, Luther Vandross, L.T.D, The Whispers, etc – the chord progressions and melodies in that stuff, it's so feel-good, haha, I love it.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

Loads of exciting things coming up this year – I'm already working on remixes for some awesome artists that should be coming out later this year. I've also locked in a few gigs in August that I'm really looking forward to. I should hopefully be making some new originals soon too, maybe even get an EP together. Some labels have expressed interest so we might see some official Wave Racer releases, who knows!

Australian music is…?

…taking over. Watch out!

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KLP

Featured Artist

2013

23

Dec

KLP

Sydney, NSW

Sydney DJ, producer and vocalist KLP mixes up an intoxicating blend of club beats and polished pop hooks. She is the winner of our Field Day competition and will be opening The Island stage of the festival on New Years Day in The Domain, Sydney.

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

I think the main thing that stands out with my sound are my vocals and the many layers of melodies and harmonies I put in tracks. That's something I've been doing ever since I was young so I suppose that element has been a long time in the making. I love love harmonies.

You’re the winner of our Field Day competition and will be playing the fest on New Years Day in Sydney. What can the crowd at Field Day expect from the KLP live show?

It's pretty upbeat and all electronic. I have a drummer playing an electronic kit and I'll be singing loads and triggering a bunch of samples. I'll also be debuting some visuals which have been made especially for Field Day.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

Besides my set (which i am incredibly excited about) I'm really looking forward to seeing Solange and London Grammer.

What are your plans for KLP in 2014?

I have so much already planned it's crazy. A bunch of new solo tunes and a tonne of collabs.

If you had to make one new years resolution, what would it be?

To take more time out to chiiiilllll.

Australian music is…?

…sooo hot right now.

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Tkay Maidza

Featured Artist

2013

4

Nov

Tkay Maidza

( )

Adelaide, SA

Stomp your feet to the banging dance-floor-rap of young Adelaide emcee Tkay Maidza.

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

I basically began rapping from mimicking the young money crew - Nicki Minaj, Lil wayne etc - and my friends and I used to make funny videos and just chuck them up on Youtube as a good past time. From there on I just decided to write originals but they weren't anything special. I was picked for an initiative called N1 and that's how I was paired up with Badcop. After ‘Handle My Ego’ I realized there were more realms in Hip Hop and music in general and I declared myself an alternative rapper. Im still trying to find what my ‘thing’ is but I love the whole rave/craziness due to my short attention span, ha!

What were the artists or songs that initially inspired you to get into music?

Ahh there’s so many! Mostly mainstream musicians like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Rihanna, Lil wayne, Outkast inspired me mainly. Bottoms up by Nicki Minaj and Power by Kanye West were my first ever remixes I posted on Youtube like 2 years ago.

What are the pros and cons of being an underage artist and performer?

The Cons: That it’s previously been a struggle for me to play at clubs, or to hang around after my gigs because of the licencing of the venues. Sucks. Also maybe not being taken seriously sometimes can be annoying, but its not that much of a bad thing, I just have to prove them wrong. The Pros: It would be just to have the opportunity, I guess you get treated specially because people are like ‘Ahh she’s only this young’ its a great feeling to know that I’m doing well for my age or just in general.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that currently inspire you?

There’s so many bands, producers and people in Adelaide to name, I cant even deal. The Killgirls have the coolest light show and intensity/energy in their live show - its definitely what I’d like for my live show in the future. Bad//Dreems - they’re the coolest dudes ever, so humble, so funny and they’re so talented and they’re doing so well right now it's insane. Every rapper in Adelaide is an inspiration for me, people are so passionate for Hip Hop - I like what Allday is doing - his versatility and creativity in music is so cool, jealous. Theres so many more musicians I want to name but I’d be here all day. (see what I did there?)

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

I used to play tennis really competitively and I think the sport has taught me that once one point ends you have to carry onto the next one win or lose - if you dwell on something that happened 10 minutes ago you could/will lose. So in other words my coaches and the sport have told me not to dwell in the past but always live in the present, working onto the bigger picture (which is winning the game). Which is so relevant in music. You have to keep on moving!

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I have my first ever tour coming up, the ‘Brontosaurus Tour’. So excited! That's during November and December. Also planning on releasing the music video for Bronto as well!

Australian music is…?

That hot chick next door that everyone has started realising is so hot and wants to know. Like seriously, give it a few more months and this chicks going to get so many inboxes on Facebook. I’m so excited to see what happens in the next few months, and I think its something so special to be a part of.

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Chela
New

Artist

Chela

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (chela, Pop)

Melbourne, VIC

PACES

Featured Artist

2014

28

Apr

PACES

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

When Paces isn't busy doing remixes for the likes of Parachute Youth, YesYou and Sampology, producing music for Tkay Maidza, dropping fantastic bootlegs and whipping dance floors into a frenzy right around the country somehow the Gold Coast producer finds time to release his own brand of excellent tropical-infused sizzlers. It'a little bit Jersey Club, a little bit future beats and a whole lot of fun.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started out making really slow jams and trying to use as few elements as possible. It was a really new and exciting way to make music for me because at the time I was mainly producing dubstep and moombahton (as part of my group ’Surecut Kids’), which can be very busy styles. Eventually though my influences widened and I began making more danceable tunes, taking influence from Jersey Club, Future Beats and Garage. But during the evolution I’ve always been fond of using tropical sounding instruments like kalimbas and steel drums.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Plane trips. I tour a fair bit which means I have plenty of time to listen to music on planes. I like to use it as a bit of down time and soak in a good album or mixtape. Usually I end up making heaps of notes in my phone because as soon as I switch my mind off and relax to someone else’s music, the ideas come flooding in.

What can punters expect from a Paces live show?
I have stripped-down versions of my originals, remixes and bootlegs, mixed so that they flow like a DJ set, and then I play the missing elements on an MPD. So for example the first half of a song might be missing the drums, and the second half missing the kalimbas. As that tune is playing, I’ll be hitting the pads on the MPD and playing the drum sounds or kalimbas in real time. Nothing is quantised, so if I fuck up you’ll definitely hear it!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My sound engineer is Danielsan from Koolism. I’ve been going to him for mixdowns and mastering for ages. Over the years he has been very patient with my lack of knowledge and will often call me up and drop science on me for an hour. Pretty much every time he’s done that, it’s been the best advice I’ve ever been given. I think the biggest breakthrough so far was the less-is-more lesson. I used to want my songs to have so much bass in them and I’d try to cram it in amongst everything else. He taught me that if you remove most of the other elements, it gives you more room for the bass. Seems simple now but at the time it was pretty groundbreaking for me.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Wave Racer’s tune ‘Streamers’ would cheer anyone up!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Anything from Ta-Ku’s ‘Songs To Break Up To’ album. So many feels!
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Either Crooked Colours - Come Down (Palace Remix), or anything from Deer’s EP. Either way it’s a safe bet!
 
What was the last gig you went to? How was it?
The last time I just went to a gig and wasn’t playing was Laneway Festival in Brisbane. It was so rad. Getting to see Cashmere Cat and Daughter were both huge highlights for me.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
My homie Atticus Beats just moved here recently from Townsville. He came over the other day to borrow my studio and I was really inspired by the way he had treated some vocals in his song. It was something I hadn’t seen before and it got me gassed to try some new things.   
 
What are your plans for Paces in 2014?
I’m about to tour my current single ‘Can’t Touch Me’, so I’ll be going all over the place through June/July. I’ve got Groovin The Moo and Splendour coming up. I’ve produced a tune for Tkay Maidza’s EP. I’ve got remixes coming out for SAFIA and Sietta. Plus I’ve been working on an EP with this band from London called Youth. Heaps of stuff to keep me busy!

 

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Ainslie Wills

Featured Artist

2007

9

May

Ainslie Wills

( )

Melbourne, VIC

In the words of Missy Higgins:"Arh, what a beautiful song. I love the distorted Casio/organ sound you start with and the spacey, bedroom feel to the production. Your voice is perfectly close and restrained and I love the slightly electronic harmonies way in the background."

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Victorian Missy Higgins' fans can look forward to being serenaded by the unusual and haunting voice of Ainslie Wills.More »

Describe your music.

I can’t, you’d have to listen. I would like to think that it is melodic, honest and made with lovin’-musical-care.

What is your local music scene like?

Pretty active! There are a lot of great musicians in all genres that aren’t duly recognised. Also, it’s a little segregated between genres; it would be good if there was more of a crossover.

Where and when are you most inspired to write?

It’s a hard one you know, hard question to answer! I am inspired to write when I have seen an awesome gig, or at completely random times.

What can Victorians expect when you hit the stage?

Me, Jim, Andre, Jemima, lots of love and good times.

What was the last album you bought?

I bought four at the same time; Diamond Dogs - David Bowie, Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple, Khancoban -self titled and Young Modern - Silverchair.

What do you do when you’re not making and playing music?

I listen to music, I like to cook, I like doing yoga with Wai Lana (a parachute material clad yoga instructor on dvd), I like talking to people and I do like to play Scattergories.

What have you got planned for the future?

More recording, more gigging, more chocolate, I want to go to France eventually. Mostly I just want to keep playing and making music with other people.

Australian music is...

made up of diamonds and stones.

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Sid Pattni
New

Artist

Sid Pattni

Electronic, Pop (Electronic, Soul, Pop, ...)

Perth, WA

St. South

Featured Artist

2013

24

Jun

St. South

( )

Perth, WA

St. South is the electrofolk project of young Perth-based singer/songwriter Olivia Gavranich. Lose yourself in the warmth and layers of her delicate, soothing tunes.

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

The electronic world is still very, very new to me! Up until quite recently I’d been focusing on writing acoustic folky stuff, which I guess is now more of a side project. After producing ‘We Washed Texas’ for the Bon Iver Stems Project, I developed this newfound appreciation for dry beats and clicks. I couldn’t get enough of it, and I slowly started turning my acoustic songs into something more ‘glitchy’ and electronic. Everything came together really quickly after that; I’ve collaborated online with some great friends from all corners of the world, and together we’re working on my first EP.

What’s a St. South live show like?

Believe it or not I’m yet to play a live show! It’s really important to me that when I start gigging, I’m completely happy with my material and live set-up. Once my EP is complete, I’ll start wrapping my head around putting together a live show, with an electronic band and a full set list of original tracks. I think I’d get lonely up there with just my laptop!

Tell us about growing up in Denmark, WA. What are your strongest memories of that time?

Denmark has to be one of the best places to be a kid: my brother and I would spend our spare time going feral on the ‘back tracks’ of the bush, we’d take our bikes out for the day, build cubbies, and come back looking like little grubs. Music was definitely a huge part of my childhood. I remember dancing around the kitchen bench to The Pogues with my dad, and singing along to an old Tracy Chapman cassette with my Mum on the way to school. My earliest memory of seeing live music is packing a picnic and heading to Albany with my family to see the Waifs and Paul Kelly - all us kids would take off our shoes and run wild. No-one does live music like Denmark hippies.

What are some of the biggest influences on your music and why?

My biggest influences were the music my parents raised me on, because no matter where I am I’ll always feel a sense of nostalgia when I hear it, and I guess that’s one of those associations that builds your creative ‘personality’ the most. Nina Simone, Elvis Costello, The Waifs, Leonard Cohen: it’s an eclectic mix but they all inspire me for different reasons. As for my more current influences, I’m loving acts like Daughter, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tiny Ruins, Frank Ocean, and Mama Kin, and am constantly finding new obsessions here on Unearthed. And it probably goes without saying that Justin Vernon can falsetto my socks off any day.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I’m working really hard to finish off my EP, which involves a couple of collaborations that I’m super excited about. But I guess my main goal is just to learn as much as I can. Rather than setting deadlines for myself, I think its important that I just take my time and enjoy the process!

Australian music is…?

…Koala-tea, not quantity.

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Naik
New

Artist

Naik

Electronic, Hip Hop (amon tobin, trip-hop, Free The Robots, ...)

Perth, WA

RÜFÜS

Artist

RÜFÜS

Dance, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Flume
New

Artist

Flume

Electronic, Indie (toro y moi, Moderat, m83)

Sydney, NSW

Elizabeth Rose

Artist

SAFIA

Featured Artist

2013

15

Apr

SAFIA

Canberra, ACT

Electro-indie 3-piece SAFIA are the Canberra winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. They'll be joining the incredible festival line-up at the University of Canberra on Sunday 28 April.

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

Our music is heavily beat and synth driven with elements of live instrumentation like guitar, piano and vocal. We write most our tracks with the intention of getting people up to dance and party but at the same time we try to add depth to the songs through meaningful vocals and thoughtful melodies and chord progressions. We usually write our tracks in full on acoustic instruments like piano and guitar and then bring them into the studio and begin producing. It is this process that we believe gives our songs a unique sound. We all have very diverse musical backgrounds and musical tastes and we have all been playing music together since way back in primary school. It is these diverse backgrounds and mutual understanding of one another’s writing and performing styles that is a key aspect of our sound.

You’re the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be joining the line up at the Canberra leg of the festival. What can Groovin The Moo punters in Canberra expect from the SAFIA live show?

Groovin’ The Moo goers in Canberra should expect to get an early wake up call when they see our set. Expect a lot of energy, big production and big vocals. Those who have seen us play before know that we have a lot of gadgets that we use to make our electronic sounds truly come across as a live performance and that we wont stop until we’ve got everyone up and dancing and jumping around.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

We are most looking forward to getting out on stage and sharing our music with so many new people. We love festivals because you meet so many new people and discover so much new music. Some artists we are particularly excited to see are Midnight Juggernauts, Tame Impala, Shockone, Last Dinosaurs and The Kooks. However, with a lineup this good it’s going to be hard to decide who to see on the day.

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

We’ve received lots of advice for all aspects of life over the years but one of best pieces of advice that we have taken on board concerning our attitude towards music would have to be from a man by the name of Wally De Backer, better known as Gotye. Although the advice was not directed at us specifically we took it on board. In a media interview he said the most important thing is to keep writing no matter what and not to give up when your tracks don’t get received as well as you would like.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We really hope that we can make 2013 a big year for ourselves. We have extremely big goals which seem incredibly ambitious at the moment but if you had told us this time last year that we would be given the triple j Unearthed spot to play at Groovin’ The Moo we probably would have just laughed. At the moment apart from preparing for Groovin’ The Moo we are currently putting the finishing touches on our first full single release, which we hope to have ready by the end of the month. This will be followed by a mini tour along the east coast where we hope to at least visit Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. But most importantly we plan to just keep writing and producing music and to keep pushing ourselves to get better and improve at what we do.

Australian music is…?

...Everything! We honestly think that Australia produces some of the most unique, groundbreaking and downright amazing music in the world. It’s hard to believe how much talent there is in this country. One of the best aspects about Australian music is that there are so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Australians are incredibly lucky to have sites like triple j Unearthed who discover so many incredible Australians.

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NGAIIRE (nyree)

Featured Artist

2010

5

Jul

NGAIIRE (nyree)

( )

Sydney, NSW

New music from a gifted singer and multi instrumentalist from Sydney.

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop your songs?

I think I've been stirring the pot for awhile. I was throwing in all kindsa things thinking I can totally have a duck stuffed inside a chicken stuffed inside a turkey. But finally I'm understanding where my creativity wants to take me. I'm more certain of where the road is heading and less receptive to people who say you really should've been cut out by this cookie cutter. Cookie cutters are so old school anyway. I think that's owing to having grown so much with my band who are some of my closest friends and alot of whom I have known since I was a teenager. Sharing the stage with people who are just as passionate about your music doesn't happen everyday. I could just be dreaming maybe.

What can the audience expect at a live show?

Giant bird's nests, live art interpretations, naked manequins! I've been trying to keep things PG but I can comfortably say that things are guaranteed to get a bit raucous when you have backing vocalists like mine haha. I'm planning to have them caged for the next show so they don't scare the kids. The great thing though is that people go away feeling like they've actually been entertained and not just come to see a band that are just playing music so I'm stoked that we're translating that way,

Who else are you collaborating with?

I was given the liberty to chop out for to A-Love and The Tongue's upcomming albums. I don't usually chop out probably cuz people have always assumed that's what I do and it's within my nature to do the complete opposite of what people assume about you. "Oh you're black, so you can totally chop out" or "Oh you're black and you can totally play bass". I like to chop but I can totally not play bass.

What’s coming up in the future?

Presently preparing for Elana Stone's epic show at The Opera House this Friday with Bluejuice, Laura Jean and Brian Campeau. And then back in the studio to record some music that might stand worthy of an album. If I manage to finish this album this year that would totally be comparable to if I managed to wrestle a wild boar with my own two hands...and then maybe chucked it on the spit. Maybe.

Australian music?

I have great adoration for but I feel is still very apologetic. I think people are still cautious about pushing boundaries. It's like we almost need to be given permission.

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LOWER SPECTRUM

Featured Artist

2014

20

Oct

LOWER SPECTRUM

( )

Perth, WA

We absolutely love the beautiful, rich, downbeat electronic sounds of Perth-based artist Lower Spectrum. He is one of the most exciting young producers to keep an eye and ear on right now.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It’s raw, honest and deep. It developed naturally as I pieced the puzzle together.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Gospel records, pesto, haircuts and making something from nothing.
 
What can punters expect from the Lower Spectrum live show?
A melting synergy of warped visuals and kaleidoscopic sounds.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Get on with it” - Grandma
 
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?
Camp Doogs festival in Nannup. Peter Bibbey and Cosmo Gets were amazing and the highlights for me.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Leon Osborn is packing heat and one to watch. I.C.S.S.C (I Cant Stand Still Collective) are also inspiring as they continue to bring out interesting international acts and orchestrate good club shows.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2014 and in to 2015?
Remixes, live shows, hustling, collaborations and busy in the studio working on my next EP. 
 

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Diger Rokwell
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Artist

Diger Rokwell

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Edan, Madlib, pond, ...)

Perth, WA

The Kite String Tangle

Featured Artist

2013

9

Dec

The Kite String Tangle

( )

Brisbane, QLD

The Kite String Tangle is the experimental solo project of alternative electronic artist Danny Harley. He's one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be taking his warm ethereal beats and striking vocals to the Falls stage in Byron Bay.

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

'The Kite String Tangle' originally started with me just making some ambient music with no drums and no vocals. Stuff to sleep to. Since then though I've been writing all sorts of stuff and I guess I've sort of found a home in down tempo electronic music.

You’re one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can Falls punters in Byron expect from The Kite String Tangle live show?

It's going to be me up on stage playing a bunch of different samplers, keyboards and pads and singing. Kind of a similar set up to TEED, Elizabeth Rose, Robert Delong or Oliver Tank.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

CAMPING! I haven't been camping since last summer. It's been way too long.

What are your plans for The Kite String Tangle in 2014?

I'm releasing my debut EP in February or early March and then probably doing another tour and possibly heading over to SXSW. There's a lot of really cool things in the pipeline for TKST next year but I can't mention them just yet....but I'm so excited.

If you had to make one new years resolution, what would it be?

Hmmmm....I really want to knuckle down and focus on making music a viable career path for me. I think that'll be my New Years resolution :-)

Australian music is…?

…in the eye of the world at the moment. So many other places are looking to Australia to see what comes out of it next. It's a musical gold mine right now.

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MEG MAC

Featured Artist

2013

11

Nov

MEG MAC

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer Meg Mac is one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne this NYE. She has a huge voice, huge tracks and a huge future ahead of her.

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

I have been singing for a long time and like most people, I learned to sing by copying and trying to sound like other singers. I didn't work out my own thing really until I started writing, with no reference for my unsung songs I was forced to create a sound. But you can definitely hear all my influences I think and I love that they're always changing and so is my voice and writing. Growing up I listened to lots of soul thanks to my Dad, my Mum sings Irish folk songs and I was obsessed with pop of course. I like big voices and a bit of that drama - the ones that sing because they have to or they would die sort of thing, like Edith Piaf.

You’re the Victorian winner of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne at the end of the year. What can Falls punters expect from the Meg Mac live show?

I will be playing on New Years Eve and I am going to sing my little heart out. I play with two boys, a drummer and keys player and my little sister sings backing for me, it's pretty cute and she sounds just like me. Expect some electronic elements, big piano sounds, hand claps and lots of singing by me. We have new songs which we are going to play and help everyone get ready for the big day of music ahead and hopefully Meg Mac can help people feel ready to take on the new year.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

This is my favourite thing to happen to me all year and I still read the lineup every day just to give me that special feeling. Apart from actually playing, which is what I am definitely most looking forward to, it is all of the other bands and artists that are playing. Getting to watch all of their sets and then just the whole festival vibe, the camping, the photos, the people, the bands, the NYE thing - it is just guaranteed good times. And Solange.

What’s your earliest memory of performing music? How old were you?

I first started proper singing (singing lessons etc) when I was nine and once I discovered that I had a big voice, I could not get enough of Vanessa Amorosi…please don't judge me. 'Absolutely Everybody' was my favourite.

What else is coming up for you in 2013 and then looking into 2014?

I've got a few gigs coming up before the big Falls, that's what I call it now. On the 29th November I am supporting Georgia Fair at Howler in Melbourne. My 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so far, it looks like my first album will be on its way! And I am looking forward to more stuff happening to me, and some more songs to happen to me too.

Australian music is…?

A lot of the time I will listen to music and not know/care where it comes from, but it is pretty awesome when I know something is Australian and suddenly I feel a little bit proud? It is weird, like I am suddenly connected to the music because the artist is Aussie just like me and my dreams become a little more achievable.

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Dianas

Featured Artist

2014

14

Apr

Dianas

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Dianas are Nathalie, Caitlin and Ashley. United in 2012 the trio have been cultivating their unique brand of dark and dreamy, DIY-pop sounds outta Perth ever since.

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

Our sound has developed quite a bit just through playing together and getting better at our instruments. Certain things like the lack of hi-hats and lots of toms in the drumming have arisen simply out of necessity; we didn't actually own any hi-hats in the beginning and now we've become attached to Ashley's jungle woman drumming style. The double vocals probably have as much to do with taste as with neither of us wanting to be a lead singer, and the melodic, intertwining guitar and bass lines from neither of us being a "real" bass player. Pretty much we just do whatever we think sounds good and are hopefully evolving musically with each thing we do...

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

Red wine and seeing awesome bands play from Perth and elsewhere.

What can punters expect from a Dianas live show?

Drums like a runaway train, awkward banter and instrument swapping that doesn't quite go smoothly.

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

"Easy on the ride" - Chris Wright, local sound engineer and drummer.

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

The Saints 'Stranded'. Beaches 'Send Them Away'.

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

Rowland S. Howard 'Shut Me Down'.

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

Kylie Minogue 'I Should Be So Lucky'. Flower Drums 'Birthday Girl'

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

Runner + Antelope + Place of Indigo instrumental show at The Bird. They were all very musically amazing and the lack of vocals wasn't lacking at all.

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

Two new favourite Perth bands are Kitchen People and The Pissedcolas who have been playing a fair few shows together alongside more established acts such Laurel Fixation, Shit Narnia, Aborted Tortoise and Catbrush. They seem to have developed a special (non-exclusive) kind of scene on their own. I think the most outstanding common thread between these bands is their emotionally earnest approach of writing and playing. The Perth music community is pretty inspiring in general :)

What are your plans for Dianas in 2014?

Write some new songs and record an album. Pretty classic band things. Hopefully play some shows in other cities!

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Golden Features

Featured Artist

2014

7

Apr

Golden Features

( )

Sydney, NSW

Who is Golden Features? All we can say is that it's an exciting new project for a Sydney producer who has just dropped an excellent debut EP, has another in the works, is about to hit the live scene and is inspired by the contrast between light and dark in art. Click below for a few more words from the man (of mystery) himself...

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound was developed by sitting down for countless hours and playing around. There’s no great secret or synth, just a set of guidelines that I want my music to sound like.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I'm extremely inspired by contrast between light and dark in art. Having uplifting, bright moments that progress into dark moody follow ups. I'm really inspired by artists like David Choe and Greg Simkins who manage to walk the line between the two in their own unique ways.

What can punters expect from a Golden Features live show?
The shows are going to be a lot of my own music, remixes and edits.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Best piece of advice I ever got was from Emoh Instead, he suggested that I listen to songs front to back, not just skip through. You can miss out on a lot of great music having that "skip to the drop" approach.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I would play them tapes of my manager singing Bardot - 'Poison'.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Frenzal Rhomb - 'All You Friends'.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Aston Shuffles remix of 'Goodbye Future' is a heater
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last show I went to was one of the Nina Las Vegas shows, it was brilliant. Tkay Maidza was amazing.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
What So Not have been really inspiring. They've made forward thinking club music that’s completely unique to them. Music that works in clubs and on iPods.

What are your plans for Golden Features in 2014?
2014 should be interesting.. A couple of remixes in the works, definitely another EP which will be substantially bigger than the first and a bit of touring in the latter half of the year. Exciting stuff!

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Kathryn Rollins
New

Artist

Kathryn Rollins

Pop (Grimes, The Knife, Ta-Ku, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Shameem
New

Artist

Shameem

Electronic, Pop, Roots (Soul, Neo-soul, Aussie R&B, ...)

Perth, WA

Slumberjack

Featured Artist

2014

14

Jul

Slumberjack

( )

Perth, WA

For a pair of producers that spend their spare time tweeting about their favourite Portuguese inspired fast food chains, and television dramas about good guys having to do bad things to pay their medical bills; when it comes to their music, it's very serious business. Check out the interview for our Unearthed feature artist this week, Perth's Slumberjack.

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

F: I would describe our music as sitting snugly in the middle of a spectrum with one end being pretty clubby, beats-oriented sounds and the other comprising of what you’d find if you searched for “beautiful, relaxing piano music” on Youtube.

M: To be frank, it took a while for us to discover our style.  When we started we were heavily influenced by so many great artists; it was hard to think for ourselves when all we wanted was to be just like them (lol).  I guess it’s like when you are in school and joining the cool kids is all that matters.  I think we’ve matured past that now and learned how to channel what we love into what we really feel.

 

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

F: Other music! We get really excited when we hear all the amazing and interesting music being created by the other musicians out there and that really drives us to get in the studio and make our own sounds.

 

What can punters expect from a Slumberjack live show?

We really enjoy doing DJ sets, which pays homage to where we started in the electronic music scene, but we also have huge respect for live bands. We’re fusing both the quick nature of DJing with the more organic approach of a live performance so Slumberjack’s live show is all about adaptability. We’ve set it up in such a way that we don’t have to stick to a set list which we feel can sometimes be too rigid.  Everything is interchangeable in the moment so we can judge the energy of the room and choose tracks accordingly. Morgan plays the MiniNova synth and sings into a talk-box and Fletch is all about wild flailing arm movements over on the drum machine.

 

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

F: I loved the video Emoh did for Ableton Live School and his advice which went along the lines of: whatever genre of music you’re making, use sounds and instruments which are the polar opposite of that genre. That’s why you’ll hear a lot of world music sounds and instruments coming through our beatsy and trap-esque tunes. 

M:  Best advice for me was from Mr. Carmack. We had the privilege of hanging out with him whilst he was in Perth.  His tip = no rules.  That was a real game-changer for us. Fletch and I were all about numbers, logic and precise technicality in our production work, but after seeing the man in action, we learnt to forget what we thought we knew, and just go with the flow.

 

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

Pretty much anything with Dofflin in the name. It’s almost impossible not to be happy listening to those sparkly records.

 

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

Our track, Felon. Loud.

 

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

Definitely Night Cruise’s “Say My Wat”.

 

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

Circo is a local gig right? A very impressive one too.  It was awesome to see acts like Sable, Basenji and Chiefs play out on the pretty impressive stages they had set up and getting the attention they truly deserve.

 

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

F: We’re surrounded by a wicked community in Perth with loads of acts doing their thang. DIE HIGH, a record label and collective which started around the same time that we did have been really supportive and have brought together a lot of the musicians in Perth - at times forcing us to collaborate on music by whipping us in the studio.

M: Lab Six for sure.  The fam there also started around the same the as us and it’s so inspiring to see them grow and give back to the community through classes, workshops and live streams.

What are your plans for Slumberjack in 2014?

Make more music and meet more awesome people. Hopefully it will be something that we can do for as long as we can; making a comfortable living off music is the dream!

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KUCKA

Featured Artist

2014

30

Jun

KUCKA

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Perth, WA

Kucka has been mucking around for a few years now in her Perth bedroom making some unique sounding, weird and wonderful electronic music. They play live as a three piece and their music can do anything from make you sway to all out dance, check 'em out this week as our feature artist.

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

I started experimenting with electronics a while ago, just playing around on garage band with my guitar and vocals. From there I found ableton and have continued to experiment ever since.  I also studied music composition at uni, which helped me learn about theory and about how classical music and harmony works, which has helped alot with my production too.

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

I love buying world music records from op-shops. You can usually pick old ones up for about $1. The other day I bought a  Balinese Gamelan record and the sounds are really unique and inspiring. I find that it's good to listen to stuff that isn't conventional pop when I'm writing, to keep things a bit different.

What can punters expect from a Kucka live show?

We play live as a 3 piece, I sing and hit off samples on a keytar, Jake plays synths and also controls our visuals and Katie plays the beats on her Maschine.  We amp up the tracks a bit more for the live show so people can get into it and have a dance. The visuals are made by an artist from Vienna called Martina Menegon, she usually works with installation art so they are really immersive and unique.

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

My best friend always tells me to take 20 mins out of the day to meditate and not think about anything at all. I find that it helps when I'm writing, I always come back with a fresh perspective.

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

Simo Soo - TEARZZZZZ

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

Taku - I miss you

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

Catlips - Kanimbla

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

The last gig I went to was a tour fundraiser for the band Mudlark. They got a few bands to collaborate on a fresh project for the night, so I got to see lots of local musicians improvise and experiment, I even got up and had a jam with Ben Witt from the Chemist which was really fun.

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

My latest favourite Perth band is Mudlark who I mentioned before, they are a two piece, just guitar and drums, but the rhythms and textures they create are incredible. Other artists who inspire me are Mei Saraswati and Doctopus, for very different reasons. Mei writes beautiful, groovin beats and has an amazing voice, and Doctopus are an energy/good vibes explosion.

What are your plans for Kucka in 2014?

At the moment I'm finishing my next EP, which is due out in October and then a tour over East after that.

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Electronic, Indie (Chvrches, Ellie Goulding, The Wombats, ...)

Central Coast, NSW