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Emerson Leif
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Emerson Leif

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

Brisbane, QLD

King IV
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King IV

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

LOS LEO
New

Artist

LOS LEO

Pop (Pop, Indie)

Adelaide, SA

Atalein
New

Artist

Atalein

Dance, Electronic (Industrial, dark, dance, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Bjéar
New

Artist

Bjéar

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots

Adelaide, SA

MTNS

Featured Artist

2013

9

Sep

MTNS

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane 3-piece MTNS are all about textured synths, striking melodies and downtempo beats. Their beautiful, ambient, electronic pop won them the opportunity to open our BIGSOUND showcase event on Wednesday, September 11 at Oh Hello in Brisbane.

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

Our music blends the band dynamic with electronic sounds. Usually I (Tom) start writing songs on the guitar or keyboard, from there it's working on the computer with sounds, samples and MIDI. I like to work on my vocal melody and lyrics as the song grows and progresses. Working on the computer is great for us because we can really explore and form the song together.

You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be playing the triple j Unearthed showcase event on Wednesday, September 11, at Oh Hello in Brisbane. What are you hoping to gain from your BIGSOUND experience?

We wanna have a fun night and play our best! We're looking forward to hanging out and making some new friends. You never know who you could bump into at Bigsound.

What can the crowd at the triple j Unearthed showcase expect from the MTNS live show?

Drums, guitars, vocals and synths!

What are you guys doing when you’re not making music?

Mostly we are hanging out at our jobs, working on music or spending time with our girlfriends...at least me and Robbie are ;)

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

We just started the Tigertown tour last week, so we're looking forward to some more shows. We've been working hard finishing up some more songs for our next release as well.

Australian music is…?

…the best!

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Lili
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Lili

Electronic, Pop (lili, Music, Pop, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Lupa J
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Artist

Lupa J

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Lupa, Lupa J, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Serein
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Artist

Serein

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Chill, hip hop, chillwave, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Flower Drums
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Artist

Flower Drums

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Dream-Pop, Electronica, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Aphir
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Artist

Aphir

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Experimental, Avant-pop)

Melbourne, VIC

LAIKS
New

Artist

LAIKS

Dance, Electronic, Indie (#Alternative #Electronic #ambient #dreamy)

Melbourne, VIC

Yollks
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Artist

Yollks

Electronic (Electronic, Pop)

Melbourne, VIC

post-dusk
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Abraham Tilbury
New

Artist

Abraham Tilbury

Electronic

Brisbane, QLD

Swim Season
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Artist

Swim Season

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Mount Defiance
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Artist

Mount Defiance

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

mickey cooper
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Artist

mickey cooper

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Hot Chips, Lo-fi, Kitchen, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Arthur Wimble

Featured Artist

2016

27

Jun

Arthur Wimble

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Delve into the flittery, electronic world of QLD producer Arthur Wimble, where modern cuts mix into retro chillwave.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound comes from a variety of influences. As I grew up I would often get really into a style of music and would jump onto my computer and do my best to come up with something in the same ballpark. For a long while I got really consumed by Chillwave. I met this guy from Scotland and we started to share stems and files and work on it together on tracks. We worked together on a few small bits and pieces but he eventually headed more toward indie-rock and I went deeper down that chillwave hole which is probably where I get some of the more distant elements of my music. That friendship was pretty formative in the growth of my sound.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
James Blake and Chrome Sparks are huge influences in what I’m doing now. I really love how extreme their productions can be. There’s probably a little bit of Jai Paul in  there too. Living quite remotely (in Bundaberg, a few hours out of Brisbane) I don’t have much exposure to a ‘scene’ so the music I make doesn’t have much external influence other than what I hear from overseas I guess.
 
What can punters expect from a Arthur Wimble live show?
I don't have any plans for live shows in the near future but I’ve been asked a few times now so I might start thinking about it in the future. I don’t have any strong skills with traditional instrumentation and I don’t want to stand there and put on a mediocre show so I’ll need to figure that out before I make any plans.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Make the most of the now.  I read it in a bathroom at Woodford Folk Festival and it’s weirdly stuck with me since.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Bluejuice - Act Yr Age
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bluejuice - Act Yr Age
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
GANGgajang - Sounds of Then (This is Australia)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I was working at Woodford Folk Festival and I saw The Cat Empire. Not the edgiest band in the world but there’s a raw sense of fun in their live show that just can’t be faked.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
I don’t really have access to much of a music community due to my location. Also, working anonymously means I don’t have much opportunity to network. I often see groups of Australian electronic musicians communicating together on twitter and working on songs together and imagine it’d be fantastic to be a part of that sort of community but I also like being a bit of an outlier.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I’m working on a bunch of new music and really want to invest some solid time into my tracks – I’m pretty impatient with my sounds and quickly grow bored of my old songs so it’d be a big step forward for me to work for longer periods on new tracks. I’d also like to start remixing some other artists and collaborate too, maybe record some guest vocals.
 

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Slowcoaching
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Slowcoaching

Indie, Pop (#dream pop, #wild nothing, #diiv)

Melbourne, VIC

blyolk
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Artist

blyolk

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (blyolk, dogspeed, don wowry, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Eilish Gilligan

Featured Artist

2018

11

Feb

Eilish Gilligan

( )

Melbourne, VIC

 Meet this week's Feature Artist, EILISH GILLIGAN. She's just dropped perhaps the best pop track of 2018 so far!

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

I feel like my sound is still evolving and that maybe it’ll never stop evolving…and maybe I don’t want it to, either. It’s important to me to seek out something innovative, while still embracing the conventions of modern pop music, because pop music is my one true love!! I think I make Pop music, but Pop music that’s been like... plucked off the rings of Saturn, or dredged up from the bottom of the ocean. There’s something alien and spooky about it that I can’t stop chasing. 

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

Deeply human feelings and behaviour is the thing that truly inspires me to create, I think. I also love when those perfect poetic moments occur in real life - those things you could never dream of writing, but somehow the universe gifts them to you and it’s impossible not to frame them in a song. Like last year I was in America and I’d just said goodbye to someone I loved very much, and sitting in the back of an Uber, crying as though I was in a music video, Kissing Families by Silversun Pickups came on and it was just…perfect. It was so human and so miserable and I couldn’t believe my luck (lol).

What can punters expect from an EILISH GILLIGAN live show?

I think I put on a good show. It’s important to me to produce a true *performance* in every sense of the word. I love the drama involved in being onstage. I think if I’d had any tangible talent in the area I’d probably have gravitated towards acting. If I hadn’t been a musician. I’m really inspired by tearjerker films and also by the drag community. I think Lady Gaga said once “those women taught me how to serve,” which is the truest goddamn thing on this planet. 

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

There have been two instances where some extraordinarily pertinent advice has been given to me at exactly the right time. The first was from my wonderfully honest friend who, after patiently witnessing me bawl my eyes out on her hotel bed in Austin because I didn’t have the slightest idea where my sorry life was headed, said “You gotta do your own thing.” And I did. And she was right. The second bit of advice was from my Dad, who recently looked me straight in the eye and said “You must stop worrying. It’s going to kill you if you don’t,” and that scared me so much I must say I have really cut down on the worrying…

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

'Say Yes To Life' by Gang of Youths. This has worked for me approximately one trillion times. Also 'Better' by Mallrat. 

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

OK, this is definitely my forte. I think right now it’s a tie between 'Turning To White' by New Gods and 'Idiot Oracle' by Paul Dempsey. Both lyrically unbelievable and so so so miserable. Both superb!!

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

'Get Me A Drink' by Alice Ivy, E^ST, Charlie Threads. Have you ever heard anything as unhingedly glorious as this song?!

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

The last one I can really remember was the Ceres Christmas show in December. It was my first time seeing Ceres live and it changed everything. I couldn’t believe the songs I had held so close to me so privately for so long meant so much to so many people in the same room!!

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

I’m really inspired by kindness, honesty and work ethic in this industry. I really look up to people like HTMLflowers, Gordi and Mallrat. They all exude a wonderful sense of pride in their work and a generous, positive attitude towards friends and colleagues and I just think they’re great. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Write heaps, hopefully play many shows, and embrace whatever it means to be completely vulnerably human as much and as often as possible. 

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Alice Ivy

Featured Artist

2016

19

Sep

Alice Ivy

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne producer Alice Ivy is one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. She'll be taking her blissed out soul-inspired beats to the 909 stage of Listen Out in Melbourne this Saturday, September 24.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always been super into soul music. I used to play in an all girl soul band, we used to arrange old soul classics by Marvin Gaye, Etta James, and also soul stuff by artists such as Jill Scott. Playing this music is what made me obsessed with it. A few years ago I was introduced to J Dilla and The Avalanches, and I was really inspired to make music like that - beat driven sampled soul that just made you feel good.  Once I got into production at uni I realised this is what I wanted to do!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Creating music that makes people feel good and excited. I love that adrenaline rush you get when you listen to a song that you just love, I try and keep this in mind whenever I write. 
 
What can punters expect from an Alice Ivy live show?
A really sweaty good time. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Always BYO Linen' - Melinda Dine. I learnt the hard way on tour last weekend. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
The Avalanches - Because I'm Me
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Natalie Imbruglia - Shiver
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Christine Anu - My Island Home, classic Australiana banga. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last local show I went to was Alexander Bigg's single launch. It was phenomenal, if you haven't heard him you need to check this guy out. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so many bands in Melbourne who are absolutely killing it at the moment. Particularly recently at BigSound, it was so great seeing so many Melbourne bands up there showcasing! Artists that really inspire me are those who are amazing at what they do musically and who are just genuine people. I'm talking about artists such as Ainslie Wills and Alex Lahey - dead set legends. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
The rest of 2016 is looking insane, I am lucky enough to be playing some pretty amazing festivals and tours this summer! Will do some writing in between ;)

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squidgenini
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squidgenini

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Brisbane, QLD

Woodes
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Artist

Woodes

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Owen Rabbit

Featured Artist

2015

14

Dec

Owen Rabbit

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Owen Rabbit is a multi-instrumentalist and producer out of Melbourne's northern suburbs. He plays rubbish, bottles and matches like instruments, anything he can find that makes a sound.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I got given a field recorder for my birthday by my parents when I was a teenager. I loved recording sounds from unusual places and I loved travelling. I used my field recorder through Morocco and the Southern Europe and started to place those samples in whatever beats I was making. Then I got a loop pedal and a microphone and tested out live sampling with whatever trinkets I could find. I love sounds. I love foley in films it really inspires me. I guess that mixed with my love of electronic music and jazz and soul mashes up into something like my music.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When I write songs I can draw on personal experiences or anything that affects me on an emotional level. Sometimes I'll try put myself in other people's shoes and imagine what they're going through. I usually write music when I'm not near my instruments. I tend to think about little hooks, sounds or sometimes whole songs when I'm on the bus walking somewhere. Sometimes I even drift off when I'm talking to someone.
 
What can punters expect from an Owen Rabbit live show?
I build a piece of music layer by layer with my toys and rubbish. Then I play my synths and drum pads, my guitar and use my voice. Sometimes it's a little rough but it's because it's all happening right there.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Lachlan Mitchell told me once to encourage myself to be sensitive. He said that there's all different kinds of people in the world and they all play an important part and contribute to helping human kind as a whole. And while usually those who are strong are celebrated for their stoicism, their sportsmanship or their abilities as leaders, humanity needs sensitive people just as much to help guide them through their dark times and show them they aren't alone. 
 
I personally can't think of a better explanation for how and why people make art. That guy kinda blew my mind. He's an incredible musician.
 
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?
Dear Plastic, Kalacoma, Matt Kelly (Mayfair Kytes) at The Workers Club. It was incredible. My 3 favourite acts in Melbourne. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Hiatus Kaiyote are pretty undeniable. They're incredible. I supported Nai Palm for one of my first gigs, she's an incredible vocalist. I loved the raw energy of Mangelwurzel when I first saw them a few years ago. And the phronetic, surreal and impossibly complex Kalacoma have such an inspiring approach to live sound. They are a very much live electronic band. There's so much good music in Melbourne.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I plan to release an EP early in the year. Then I'm going to Brighton, England for the Great Escape Festival and some shows in Europe. After that I'll be doing my first Australian headline tour and getting stuck into writing my debut album.
 

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Alexander Biggs

Featured Artist

2016

12

Sep

Alexander Biggs

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Devastatingly evocative "sad boy folk" out of Melbourne's inner north.

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How did you first get into playing music?
I first got into music by just wanting to copy my sister - she played piano when I was quite young and I just looked up to her and wanted to copy her. So I've been playing piano for 15 or 16 years now. I started out doing just classical stuff then later found a lot of hardcore, emo and alternative bands that I got my angst out with, and from there got into contemporary music a bit more.
 
What sort of music were you exposed to when you were younger?
When I think about the music I was exposed to when I was younger I can only recall negative experiences. My mum raised me on a lot of Backstreet Boys and Shania Twain. I get that some people might like that, but it was a pretty dismal experience for me.
 
How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound through a lot of trial and error. Initially it was hardcore and alternative music that opened me up to how emotions can be conveyed in song. Through that I discovered artists like Elliot Smith, Bright Eyes, Bon Iver and other artists that know how to emote really well. So I think a lot of the process has been trying different things until something's clicked and since this has clicked it's been about finding the best way to convey and emote the things I want to say.
 
How would you describe your sound now?
I like to think of it as fairly honest music. I try not to dress it up too much. It's just an exploration of ideas that are going on in my head. My approach is to sing the songs in a way that is like you and I are just hanging out and I'm telling you what's going on. Describing it as "raw" might be a little cliche, but it is quite genuine and unfiltered. It's been called 'sad boy folk'. Just listen and have a cry.
 
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A lot of the inspiration for the songs I write just comes out as the songs manifest themselves. It feels like unconscious writing. It comes from a place that's quite heartfelt. The stories usually come from personal experiences or they are reflections on a personal experience. The occasional song will be inspired by a friends experience, but it's all pretty close to home.
 
How and where do you produce your songs?
I produce all my songs out of my bedroom in Thornbury, Melbourne. It's a beautiful area. My house is on the corner of a road, so there's a lot of heavy traffic going by. I record and mix all my music there - so that's why if you listen really close you'll probably hear a car or some birds in my tracks.
 
What do you do when you're not creating music?
When I'm not creating music, I'm performing music. It's become so much a part of my identity that I don't do much aside from create, record or play music. When I'm not playing my own stuff, I'm playing in mate's bands.
 
What can punters epect from an Alexander Biggs live show?
When you come to a live show you can expect me and an acoustic guitar. I'm working on putting a band together, but for now it's just me. It's a very simple setup and an even more honest experience than listening to my recordings, because there's no production or double-tracking. You can hear every word of my songs, plus I can give you some cheesy banter inbetween them.
 
Please tell us about the Melbourne music scene.
The Melbourne music scene is a beautiful and incredible thing, and I'm so blessed to be involved in something so genuine and cool. It's friendly and embracing, there's great venues and just so much incredible talent to play shows with.

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Soviet X-Ray Record Club
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Artist

Soviet X-Ray Record Club

Electronic, Indie, Rock (Post-Punk, alternative, Indie, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Sleepy Dreamers
New

Artist

Sleepy Dreamers

Indie, Roots

Melbourne, VIC