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Asdasfr Bawd
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Artist

Asdasfr Bawd

Dance, Electronic (bass, Dub, Footwork, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

MKO SUN
New

Artist

MKO SUN

Electronic, Pop (Little Dragon, James Blake, Erykah Badu, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Deadly Visions
New

Artist

Deadly Visions

Hip Hop, Metal, Punk, Rock (Mindsnare, Terror, Converge, ...)

Sydney, NSW

DEJA

Featured Artist

2013

27

May

DEJA

( )

Melbourne, VIC

It's dark, it's bright. It's digital, it's organic. It's haxx, it's Rromarin. It's DEJA.

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

We've been making music together for quite a few years, so we have slowly refined and developed our sound over that time. These days we describe our music as 'future pop', mainly because we try to make our production as progressive and experimental as possible. Because of this our sound is pretty eclectic and ranges from pop to psychedelia to electronic. We both sing and often blend our voices together to create a layered boy-girl vocal sound, but some tracks feature just boy or just girl vocals. We love heavy beats and lush synths, weird sounds and a blend of digital and organic elements.

You’ve mentioned working in home studios. What’s your creative and recording process like?

All of our work is done out of our home studio. We often start with a beat (most of the time dreamed up by haxx at 3am in the morning while he's in owl mode) and build a song from there. Once we have a beat we'll flesh out the track with cords, synths, etc, then figure out song structure and vocals. Lyrics often come last, after everything is pretty much done. We often record scratch vocals to test out vocal sounds and ideas, and then once we're happy with that we'll write the lyrics and finish recording the song, adding harmonies and little details. We're a bit manic though; sometimes we take a song all the way to the end, even get it mastered, and then never release it because we've moved on from the idea or think we can create something better. More recently instead of just ditching tracks we've been trying to think of ways to rework them, or transform them to be used in different ways for different projects.

What’s a DEJA live show like?

A DEJA live show is pretty fun; we play with some really rad musicians, and take turns in playing different instruments like guitar, keys, percussion etc. Both of us sing. Like our recorded tracks, the live set is a real blend between digital and organic.

What are you doing when you’re not DEJA-ing?

We try to chillllll. Haxx plays a lot of 'Quake Live', Rromarin is into animals and the natural world, and both of us spend way too much time watching shows like Seinfeld and Archer. We also spend a lot of time in the studio working with other bands.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

2013 is looking pretty exciting, mostly because we're going to release our debut EP in July. We'll also be releasing more music videos, playing a bunch of shows throughout the rest of the year, and working on the side as haxx and Rromarin in different music projects and collaborations. Who knows, we might even squeeze out another EP before 2013 is through…stay tuned!

Australian music is…?

...super original, world class and kicking massive goals right now.

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Snowy Nasdaq
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Artist

Snowy Nasdaq

Electronic, Indie (Synths, drums, Vocals)

Melbourne, VIC

Medium Punch
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Artist

Medium Punch

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Electronic, Soul, Chill, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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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WZRDKID

Featured Artist

2014

12

May

WZRDKID

( )

Mildura-Swan Hill, NSW

Mildura locals WZRDKID are the winners of our One Night Stand competition for 2014. The duo will be taking their experimental hip hop to the masses at One Night Stand in Mildura on Saturday May 17.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
So our music is basically what we would call experimental hip hop. We first begun working on music together with the intention of just trying to make something we would want to hear. Developing our sound was a natural process. Just basically jamming out and coming up with something we liked.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Tough one. Our inspiration comes from all sorts of different places and also we have individual influences. Some artist we like are Pink Floyd, Madlib, Ratking, Kanye West.

You’re the winner of our One Night Stand competition. What are you most looking forward to about playing the event in Mildura?
The whole thing! A chance to have our music heard by so many people who would have no idea who we are, and a chance to meet the other bands!

What can One Night Stand punters expect from the WZRDKID live show?
We've been working really hard on our live show. We are playing with a live band! So that will be tight

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Not too sure as far as advice! But the reviews we've got from the triple j dudes on triple j unearthed have been pretty awesome! Our dawg Lewi ;)

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Sticky fingers - 'Gold Snafu'
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Matt Corby - 'Big Eyes'

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

Tell us about the bands or people in the Victorian music community that inspire you.
Chet Faker would be one.

What are your plans for WZRDKID in 2014?
To finish our album "Black Ocean" and go on tour would be dope!
 

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Retiree
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Artist

Retiree

Dance, Electronic

Sydney, NSW

Rainbow Chan

Featured Artist

2013

19

Aug

Rainbow Chan

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney artist Rainbow Chan is a multi-instrumentalist always looking for ways to play with sound and narrative. Get swept away by the warmth and charm of her bedroom-produced electronic pop.

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

I like to write pop songs, deconstruct them and rearrange them for electronics and live instruments. I play a range of instruments including saxophone, piano, guitar, synths, harp and various knick-knacks that I sample and make beats with. Often I will spend hours in my bedroom studio with a cup of tea and Asian snacks, experimenting with loops and voice, blending tape with digital things, and layering warped samples upon organic sounds.

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

I'm constantly amazed and feel pumped when I attend friends' gigs. Sydney's creative output is really diverse. Golden Blonde, Moon Holiday, Jonti, Thomas William and Sui Zhen are some of my favourites. My newest obsession is Black Vanilla though because they make the best grinding jams and are incredible onstage.

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

I performed in Karen O's opera "Stop the Virgens" last year at the Sydney Opera House. On opening night, Karen gave us the most fierce pep talk ever. Basically, she told us to not give a damn about anyone else in the crowd because we're doing this for us and we'd become a close and empowered group of women. Many expletives were used. When I get nervous before a show, I chant Karen's words and remember that if you're putting yourself 100% out there, people are going to connect and ultimately respect what you do.

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

Besides buying too much secondhand clothing and knick-knacks, I am obsessed with cooking for people! I love baking, whipping together a delicious stir fry or making Asian desserts including "tang yuan". It's a glutinous rice dumpling with a pocket of peanut butter and brown sugar inside, served in a ginger sweet broth. Probably really bad for your teeth!

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

I'll be making a film clip, playing Bigsound and OutsideIn Festival which includes performing in a supergroup that's recreating The Avalanches' "Since I Left You" live, write an album, more collaborations. And, oh, marry James Blake.

Australian music is…?

…humble and innovative. Also, Kylie Minogue, preferably singing and riding on a novelty-sized giant thong.

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