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C.Payne
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C.Payne

Hip Hop, Indie

Sydney, NSW

B Wise

Featured Artist

2015

28

Sep

B Wise

( )

Sydney, NSW

Representing Sydney's South West, rapper B Wise picked up the triple j Unearthed opening slot for the Sydney Listen Out and is the Feature Artist this week.

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

I would like to say my music is a progressive sound for hip hop in Australia. Its really important to me to try and be unique where I can so I practice just being myself. Believe it or not, just trying to be yourself and not influenced by others takes a lot of practice!

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

Real life, experiences past and present and hearing NEW ground breaking music that can't be labeled by one genre.

What can punters expect from your live show at Listen Out?

Without giving too much away, early arvo sweating, energy and you will definitely leave having got to know the random person next to you!

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

"Creatives that tend to do exceptionally well don't try to follow the trends of whats going on in the world, they set the trends by bringing the people into their own world" - Dumi Oburota.

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

The Preatures - Is This How You Feel.

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

John Farnham - You're The Voice.

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

Tuka - Yeah Right.

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

Hau at Gingers in Sydney. Was a really cool intimate crowd, with a dope support by Yum Yum.

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

There are so many varieties and qualities now days in the Sydney scene that I admire. Im a big fan of acts like Spit Syndicate who been holding the Sydney rap scene down for a minute and still continue to grow their brand as musos and as a business. On the opposite side you got acts like Kerser who just do their own thing online, appeal to their own fans and have such a cult following and are able to provide a living for themselves and their team by not having to rely on mainstream vehicles of distribution.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

Get my ass on the road and play shows around the country while finishing my debut album!

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Porsches
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Artist

Porsches

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Chill, Electronic)

Sydney, NSW

Samuel Dobson

Featured Artist

2016

15

Feb

Samuel Dobson

( )

Sydney, NSW

Samuel Dobson is a Sydney-based hip hop artist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who has a passion for eclectic sounds and live instrumentation. Check out his tracks on Unearthed and catch him live with with his "very impractical" 11-piece hip hop orchestra.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Music has been something I've done for most of my life. Over the years I've developed deep interests in a pretty eclectic mix. As a child I was pretty much rock and roll. By the time I hit high school I gravitated towards anything that sounded new and unfamiliar and became very interested in jazz, which I went on to study at the Sydney Conservatorium. While at Uni my interests shifted again to hip-hop and the world of experimental 'noise' music. After Uni I lived, travelled and learned music in several counties in Africa (Mali, Senegal & Ethiopia). When I returned I started regularly attending Sydney Symphony Orchestra concerts and became very interested in the world of classical music, whilst at the same time investigating more traditional jazz styles. 
 
With regards to hip-hop it's been a very slow evolution. My very long term partner in crime/producer is Peter Farrar (P Major). We did a lot of experimenting and wrote A LOT of demos together, some of which we compiled into a mix-tape 'FKVOL1'. After that I wrote a mixtape that I called 'Shazza-T' which was a series of tracks paying homage to some of my favourite rappers and at the same time further developing my own sound. It was while making this that I realised how much I enjoyed telling stories.
 
When I started writing 'Samuel' I had developed 3 live projects for presenting hip-hop; Triceratops (a psyhadelic, auto-tuned, future-soul trio) with an amazing drummer Miles Thomas and Dave Rodriguez (aka Godriguez - who's now smashing it as Sampa The Great's producer). Hi-Tops Brass Band (a New Orleans inspired March band who I rap and sing with) and my own live project (a 7 piece band I used  while I was still performing under the name Shazza-T). I realised I had such an incredible arsenal of musicians, producers and technical wizards around me and a bunch of them had expressed an interest to get involved with future projects so I held them to it!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The musicians around me who I get to work with every day! My full time job is playing music (I am a double bassist) so every time I go to work I am consistently challenged, educated and inspired by all of my peers. There are a lot of talented men and women in Sydney right now. Its fantastic to see so many of my close friends are kicking goals.
 
What can punters expect from a Samuel Dobson live show?
The current band is an 11 piece right now - string quartet, two horns, a three piece rhythm section, a singer named Kate Wadey and myself on bass and raps. Everyone's background is either in jazz, classical or rock/pop and the caliber musicianship is really exceptional. Then we all come together and play hip-hop.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
A good mate of mine and someone who I work with quite a lot is a guy called Justin Fermino. He never explicitly gave me this advice in words but I inadvertently learned this from being around him -
Apply for grants, organise your own shit and get proactive about your own career.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Blue skies and walking in the park and maybe eating ice cream.... But after dark.
Say no more
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I don't even think this song is sad. There's just a melancholy beauty to the melody. Really beautiful track.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
This one's only just come out. Gotta check this guy out if you haven't already
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
A local artist who goes by the name AKABaz launched his album Memento Mori at the Red Rattler in Marrickville. The music is very unique and quite hard to define. He has a big group with three really amazing and contrasting vocalists Brian Campeau, James Daley and Elana Stone. Really inspirational stuff to see live.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I am mostly inspired by my musical peers, friends and colleagues. Although if I had to pick just one person it would be Peter Farrar (aka Pmajor). We've worked together for about 11 years now and I can confidently say no one person has had a greater influence on my musical development - across all genres - than Pete.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I'll be releasing my debut album 'Samuel' this week and taking my 11 piece band on a mini east coast tour. Beyond that it'll be the same as every other year - music music music. Hoping to have another mixtape out this year and also get the ball rolling in the next album. Also if I can fit in some bridge tournaments too I'll be one happy guy.

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LTC

Featured Artist

2015

1

Jun

LTC

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Canberra, ACT

Canberra-based artist LTC (Lolesio The Courageous) is pumping out world class hip hop right now. He's turning heads with a sound that is both ambitious and refreshing.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
So I really just make what I wanna hear. I’m that guy that’s always craving new music/new sound, constantly browsing Soundcloud etc. I’m still not sure how my sound was developed though - but if it feels good, it must be, and if it’s different - it’s new.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
Lights, graphics and good vibrations.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
So I’m actually fortunate enough to work with a super creative team that have taught me a whole lot over the past 12 months. The best advice is constant from them - so yeah mad S/O’s to Rosco, Mikah, Vance and Chris! Sounds like munnnny.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Depends on who's crying. And like why are you crying for? As for song choice, I’d sing them the national anthem in my Mr. Bean voice - surely that would cheer up the crying person.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Hermitude - The Buzz. That track is next level. That album is next level. Yeah.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Thundamentals at UC. Amazing show - dudes absolutely rocked it, energy was fiyah, impossible not to bounce.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
All of them. Canberra knows what’s up. Everyone knows everyone, it’s cool. Inspiration’s in the air over here. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
To leave a mark.

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Sarah Connor

If you like impassioned hip hop with a stomping beat and fiery flow then you're going to love Sydney-based artist Sarah Connor.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I love the art of poetry and hip hop will always have a poetic element to it. I developed my sound from a lot of overseas and Australian influences but rap is an art that you have to be able to pull off yourself and is therefore organic to yourself. I deliver my lyrics in a way that inspires me, challenges me and makes me want to sit up and take notice. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The hungry and ever present desire to write. Catharsis. And also wanting to share and build a connection with your audience. I want people to be inspired and touched by my music and my lyrics. 
 
What can punters expect from a Sarah Connor live show?
Someone who wants to raise the bar, engage and delight. I've recently been working with Raine Supreme and we pulled off an awesome set at Thundamentals. I often jam on stage with fellow MC Madame Wu and also an amazing singer I've come across named Price Johnson. These girls bring the dynamite to the stage and make it a soulful, fun and lyrical evening any time we drop a performance. I do a mixture of shows to your usual hip hop audiences but will often incorporate spoken word into my sets. I love to bring the rawness that is real hip hop mixed with whatever I feel connects with the audience. 
 
I much prefer group shows over the solo work as its really hard work up on stage by yourself knocking out every lyric. Im also part of a new crew called Universafly which has about 7 MCs, a producer and a DJ in it. It's a really mixed crew and I'm really looking forward to collaborating and smashing out some live shows with such an ensemble. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
You can't do everything or address every problem or situation in the world. You need to pick one thing and focus on it and sort out what you are good at and use those skills to focus on what it is that you want to bring about change in. But when you make that decision, you need to be firm in it and devote your every waking hour to it. Only then will you do something truly great. - Nelson Mandela, at Rushcutters Bay in the year 2000. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
A toss up between Chandelier by Sia or Titanium by Sia - depending on how sad they were and how easily I could cheer them up. If I need to be more sombre and restrained about it, it would be Chandelier, if I was being flippant about it - it would be Titanium. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
Brother by Thundamentals
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
Lets make this a hip hop night.... which means the dancing may be awkward head nodding, but regardless, I'd chuck on something from Dylan Joel - either Numbers or his older track Set Us All Right. (Just to keep those hip hop heads guessing and vibing out to something fresh lol)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went to Vent at Valve Bar (The old Agincourt at Broadway) and saw some local Sydney cats perform but also a performance by Solomon Childs, Wu Tang affiliate.  Its the last Friday of every month and I've done a few shows there myself. Sometimes I even door bitch. It was a great night. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
I work with an amazing crew Universafly which has peeps from all over Sydney and the Central Coast from different backgrounds including some peeps who recently came from war torn countries and now live in Australia. The aim of the game for me is to get my freestyle skills up lol (next year) I am also inspired by a lot of hardworking artists that I am surrounded by in Sydney include Izzy and the Profit also T wreckz - who is an up and coming young hip hop artist from the Central Coast as well as other amaze peeps from Sydney including the Thundamentals, Daily Meds crew, Big Village. I was blessed to find an amazing singer for the Coma State track, Price Johnson. I can't wait to work with her more. Interstate I am inspired by the ground broken in hip hop by the Hilltop Hoods. Other noteable people that I keep an eye on are Briggs - he's made music I love. And K21, who I admire as a younger artist who has gone out and done his thing. I forever look at those who raised the bar and broke new ground and think 'what can I learn from them and go out and do it myself?'.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 is the year I am putting out my EP. It should be 6-7 tracks. We are busy recording the final track which should be a banging posse track and then it will go for mix and master. I also want to follow the release up with an interstate tour, probably the East Coast of Australia and then see what other opportunities I've got to put out music with the people I love. I have never gigged outside of NSW so I am really keen to share my music with other fam interstate. I am always looking for opportunities to work with new people and hope to put out some banging tracks with them that can add to the music made in this country. I want to raise the bar, I want to do all those things. But most of all, I want to make great music that people enjoy. If I just do that, I can look back on this year and know that I did what I set out to achieve. 
 

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The Stoops
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Artist

The Stoops

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots (hip hop, Perth, aussiehiphop, ...)

Perth, WA