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Sampa The Great

Featured Artist

2015

30

Nov

Sampa The Great

Sydney, NSW

Probably the most aptly named artist on triple j Unearthed, Sampa The Great has absolutely floored us with tracks from her debut mixtape as well as her outstanding live show. As the winner of our The Plot competition, she'll be taking that outstanding live show to the Atomic stage of The Plot festival in Parramatta on Saturday December 5.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I grew up in a musical family, from a young age music was all around me. Traditional Zambian music was prominent in my household.  I started out writing songs, my first song was written when my parent forgot to pick me up in primary school. From then on it steam rolled into slam poetry and then hip hop culture.
 
Being inspired by different artists from Tupac to Lauryn Hil, Mos def, Knaan, and so on, grew me in hip hop but I still managed to keep African essence and originality to make it my own.
 
Whats your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It's therapy really, perhaps one of the greatest is inspiring other people, if I can do that I’ve fulfilled my purpose.
 
You’re the winner of our The Plot comp. What can punters at The Plot in Sydney expect from your live show?
A lot of energy, dancing and hopefully inspiration.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
New Venusians – Keep Running
 
You’re the D 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?
It was a Soul of Sydney vibe, to compensate for Soulfest. It was dope!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you?
Ines, the first female vocalist to inspire me in Aussie. Alice and Billy Green, Shazza T, Natalie Slade and Jayo of Yum Yum. New Venusians, Wallace, Hau, Lord St. Collective, and too many others.
The togetherness of all these musicians and many more, even producers. Owen Moyo. They have an eagerness to work together, to share music freely, no cliques, just for the love of music. And of course my brother David Godriguez, producer of The Great Mixtape.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Grow more musically. Challenge myself to do things I’m not quite comfortable in or haven’t delved into. Inspire not only people in Australia and back home but the world. Crossing borders and sharing love.
 

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ELLA FENCE
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ELLA FENCE

Electronic, Pop (#Dark #Electronic #Bass #Pop #Cinematic)

Brisbane, QLD

Gabriella Cohen

Featured Artist

2016

8

Feb

Gabriella Cohen

( )

Melbourne, VIC

If Kate Bush, US Girls and Kim Gordon were to have a boozy, late night jam sesh, the result might sound a lot like Gabriella Cohen.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have a three step program that I'm going to make available to the public once I master the third step. All in all, try to get as close as you can to nature.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
L.O.V.E

What can punters expect from a Gabriella Cohen live show?
To be entertained.  We are getting some fireworks for the album launch.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't get into the music business" - said to me at a young age by a family friend.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Shalala by Moses Gunn Collective.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Don't Disagree by The Jensens.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Friday On My Mind by The Easy Beats

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Lalic. They are a great band from Melbourne and one of my favourites. Brilliant songwriting.

You’ve recently moved from Brisbane to Melbourne. Tell us about the bands or people from the Brisbane music community that you wish you could’ve smuggled down with you in your suitcase.
Wish I could have taken The Furrs, The Family Jordan and Amela. Oh and The Jensens.

What are your plans for 2016?
Release Full Closure and No Details and another EP or 2. Play CMJ. Play Europe. Enjoy life.

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LANKS

Featured Artist

2015

29

Jun

LANKS

( )

Melbourne, VIC

LANKS is a Melbourne-based producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who creates beautifully textured indie pop by layering elements of electronic percussion, warm synthesizers, live instrumentation and his crisp falsetto.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I am constantly developing my sound, and I think that is quite evident in the work I have been releasing, that it's not really set it one area completely. I studied guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts playing jazz so I think that would be one really big influence, the guitar, the instrument I am most proficient at. I think my sound really stems from the blend and melding of acoustic instruments with electronic sounds. I started experimenting with electronic music while I was studying because I was always curious and searching for sounds I hadn't heard before, and there was this huge world of electronic music which I never ventured into with so many possibilities with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I am very inspired by stories. I love how you can really get into a story and it totally takes you somewhere else, and it feels real. That's what a good film or book or song does for me. And I always want to recreate that. Some sort of escape. I think that also leans toward stories of other real people. I don't often write about me, I like to imagine what these experiences that people around are having would be like, and to try to really explore that and empathise with that.
 
What can punters expect a Lanks live show?
I think the live show brings another element in. I usually have a few other people join me on stage, and it's pretty energetic music with the live instrumentation added, particularly drums. It gets pretty rocky at times actually. The other thing I like to do is really mix it up, play a song solo and there can also be a sneaky flute solo sometimes.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When I joined Andy Bull for a few of the dates on his tour earlier this year he said something that I found really grounding. He just said (and I hope he doesn't mind me quoting him) 'it's all a game'. To me this really meant not too worry too much or take it seriously, and don't get hung up on the result of how your work is received or whether everyone loves it or not. Don't take it all personally. Just keep doing your thing and remember it's not the end of the world if someone doesn't like your stuff; write music lots and get better and better at it, that's the best way forward.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Dorsal Fins - Monday Tuesday
So much good energy in this track, get's you up and going whenever you need it.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Hayden Calnin - For My Help
Killer track, killer artist. Very excited to hear the full album when it's out. Not far off now!
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Mansionair - Hold Me Down
I'm more of a chilled party goer so this would be where I would be very much in the zone on the dance floor.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Foreign National playing at the Gasometer. It was great, they're a top notch band. It was really energetic and it's one of my fav rooms to watch bands in Melbourne...and I live nearby which is a bonus.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so many amazing bands and song-writers that inspire me. Matt Kennealy of Canary is one of my favourite songwriters ever, you'll be hearing more from him in the future I feel, amazing lyricist. The guys from Dorsal Fins/Saskwatch/Eagle and the Worm are good friends from uni and are some of the best musicians you'll ever see play anywhere, amazing songwriters too (Liam McGorry/Jarrad Brown). 
The guys from I'lls and also Klo are big influences on me musically, I think their work is beautiful and sonically challenges all your ideas and inspires you to try new ideas and experiment more with beats and synths.
I really could write about artists in Melbourne for another few hours but I'll just add Ainslie Wills, No 1 Dads, Big Scary and Deja as some other ones that I am a big fan of and have listened to a lot that push boundaries and I love their music.
Sorry for everyone I missed!
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
The main thing is to keep writing and get better. I am deep in writing mode at the moment, got a whole heap of demos for the next EP or LP and I'm working on my production skills also. There are other plans but I don't want to spoil too much so I'll leave it at that for now. 

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BEC SANDRIDGE
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BEC SANDRIDGE

Indie, Pop, Rock ("Girl pop")

Sydney, NSW

Kitchen's Floor
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Kitchen's Floor

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Kitchen's Floor, Brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

Love Signs
New

Artist

Love Signs

Indie, Pop (Brisbane, Pop)

Brisbane, QLD

PLGRMS
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Artist

PLGRMS

Electronic, Indie (Music, NEW MUSIC, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Mosquito Coast

Featured Artist

2015

6

Oct

Mosquito Coast

( )

Perth, WA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jess Kent

Featured Artist

2015

23

Nov

Jess Kent

( )

Sydney, NSW

Jess Kent has dropped one of the most infectious tracks of 2015, 'Get Down', and won herself a spot on the lineup for Sydney's Field Day festival, alongside Disclosure, Flight Facilities, The Wombats and more. Catch them all in The Domain on New Years Day.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started playing the guitar and singing very early on by copying my Dad’s band members who would always be around rehearsing in the kitchen… Some of them were proper reggae rastas. They taught me some important lessons that still emanate through my music. I spent a lot of time busking and gigging with just a guitar, exploring lots of genres and finding my own flow. Plus I’ve always been a passionate creative writer, so writing stories and rhymes and poems definitely had an effect on the type of music I make. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Music is about communication first and foremost for me, so a song usually starts when thoughts manifest into lyrics (which is constantly!!). Specifically, it’s hard to pin down the source of the inspiration because it is everywhere and always. I’m very sensitive to mood and colours and always aim to paint a sonic picture to go hand in hand with the lyrics.
 
You’re the winner of our Field Day comp. What can punters at Field Day expect from your live show?
First of all, I still can't believe it's really happening - cannot WAIT! It’s going to be so exciting to perform the set for the first time ever with an amazing live band, and it’ll also be the first time I play some of my new music! All the support so far has been just incredible, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing some faces!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have ever received was from my Grandma... ‘Work hard and keep it real…’
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I’d play them The Record’s Flawed by The Delta Riggs and I’d take them for a dance down the street.
 
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?
I saw JOY. at Good God yesterday and she slayed!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The sense of community in the Sydney scene is actually incredible. For real, the people that rock up to shows and are so passionate about supporting the local scene - they inspire me to strive to do my best. As far as bands, I’d say Sticky Fingers inspire me - they’re a homegrown Sydney band so it’s cool to watch how they’ve grown and kept it real.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I'm writing heaps of new music so I can't wait to get into the studio again and start the recording process. And the live band will be fully up and running so looking forward to playing some more shows in 2016!

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Zefereli
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Zefereli

Indie, Pop (melodic, whimsical, Pop)

Brisbane, QLD

ESESE

Featured Artist

2015

19

Oct

ESESE

( )

Melbourne, VIC

ESESE are a Melbourne-based funk/soul/hip hop collective led by vocalist and producer Hudson James Jr, and fronted by emcee Hancoq. They perform with between 8-11 members and this week, they perform as our Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
Jams, joints and juxtaposition. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Women and spirituality.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
A rad horn section, lush keys, beats, vocals and Mc's.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
'If your first two bars are shit, no one will listen to the rest of the song' - Desh Amila, Founder at Think Inc. 
 
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?
'Momentum', hosted by the Foreign Brothers - a little bi-weekly jam night at the Evelyn. It was mad, we got up and jammed with the band and somehow ended up in a late night studio session with Skomes drinking whiskey and writing. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
The Melbourne music scene is so diverse it's a has a great source of inspiration a lot of which comes from our peers: The Core-tet, Baro, Hiatus Kaiyote, Raw Humps, Cazeaux Oslo, Rat and Co., Clever Austin, Hopium, 3070, Dead Set Ledger, Fortunes, Hoodlums, Alta and countless more...
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Play as many shows as possible, throw a free party, collaborate and finish Act 2/other projects.

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Ravin
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Ravin

Hip Hop, Indie (thought out bars)

Sydney, NSW

Zone Out
New

Artist

Zone Out

Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Running Touch

Featured Artist

2015

21

Sep

Running Touch

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Our Feature Artist Running Touch plays Melbourne Listen Out this weekend. A dude who's usually shrouded in mystery, get a sneaky peek this week into the man and his beats.

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

Well, I think I should first acknowledge I still have a great deal to develop. But as for this far… i think it's all about authenticity. Honest music is often the hardest to write, both instrumentally and lyrically. And that takes developing as a person, I'd say that's helped me the most. Differentiating what I think I should put out into the ether and what I actually want to. It's such an easy task to camouflage yourself safely in a "current" sound. I'd much rather run around in the open in a high-vis vest.

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

Just that! Music. It's a full circle really. You immerse and absorb only to create in hopes that your works may encourage the same process. Listening to incredible pieces lights my eyes up like nothing else.

What can punters expect from your live show?

Multi-instrumentalism and unnatural body movements.

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

It's more so unspoken advice than anything. But I've never seen someone practice and preach patience the way my father does, and that's something that has always resonated with me.

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

Sundream by RÜFÜS for sure. Or anything by Wave Racer.

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

Clair De Lune By Flight Facilities.

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

If it's early… Panamas remix of 'Cape Town' by Clubfeet. If it's late, like… really late - Pandora by Code Black.

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

The last one i went to was actually one i played with my band Ocean Grove. I was painted black, chucked on some steam punk goggles and yelled stuff into a sm58… it was awesome.

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

I've done the rounds in a few scenes in Melbourne, so there is no shortage of people or groups. Of course Chet Faker takes #1 for me. But just to palm off a few more people who have inspired me: Dream On Dreamer, I, Valiance, Harbours, Big Words, Benson, Remi, Dom Dolla, Art Of Sleeping, Fortunes., Will Sparks, Zac Waters, WKM just to name a few. It was also such a surprise to be hit up by triple J for things like Listen Out. But learning how welcoming and supportive you guys were really makes me excited for not only my future, but other Australian up and comers.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

Muscle every piece of energy I have into the live show and new music. I have over 100 songs in the "maybe" pile and counting! I can most definitely say there are some exciting things in store for the rest of the year!

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The Hard Aches

Featured Artist

2015

8

Jun

The Hard Aches

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide duo The Hard Aches make emotive melody-driven punk rock that is both anthemic and intimate. Open your ears, open your hearts; they've got some stories to tell.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Trial and error haha. We started as a 4 piece, first EP was a 3 piece, and then when our old bassist had to leave the band we did a few shows as a 2 piece and it worked. It worked better than ever actually. It just gelled. Since then we have just be refining our songs and sounds to work as a 2 piece.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Friends, touring, big weekends and fucking up haha
 
What can punters expect from The Hard Aches live show?
A high energy, sing along filled, roudy, intimate affair.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't Freak Out" pretty much applies to everything in life. We try to live by it, though fail pretty hard haha
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Good question. The Keepsakes - Crocodile Onsie, it's an album but you could choose any song really . It's probably my fav SA release, it just makes you feel real good inside.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Wil Wagner - Laika, if you dont cry at this track you have no soul.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by Suburban and Coke or The Bennies - My Bike.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our show at the Brisbane Hotel. It hasnt been yet but I am gonna preempt that it is gonna cut sick. Always a good time down here.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
Adelaide rules. We are constantly inspired and driven by the bands, people and venues in a city we are beyond stoked to call home. There is so much good stuff going on there. Last week I was lucky enough to be involved in a Day Of Clarity (a mini festival put on by Adelaide label Clarity Records), the show was spread over 4 venues with 6 shows happening over one night and attracting nearly 1000 people throughout the night. That show was such a good indicator of the liveliness of the Adelaide scenes. It kicked ass. We are lucky to be surrounded by so many good artists to not only play with but but be gobsmacked by there amazing talents. Some honourable mentions would have to go out to: Todd Fogarty, Hightime, Bec Stevens, Sincerely Grizzly, Secondhand Squad, Tiger Can Smile. Thats just to name a few. I could go on all night.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
We are on tour at the moment in support of our album release. We have another smaller run of shows in July and a more extensive tour in August. We are working on our second album right now too. We're planning to release a new EP before the end of the year and record the 2nd album at the same time for an early 2016 release. Basically we are gonna just book ourselves up pretty solid from now til forever with touring to our fav places as well as some new places we havent had the chance to play yet and releasing new music.

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Closet Straights
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Closet Straights

Indie, Pop, Rock (Melbourne, Pop, country, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

MANGELWURZEL

Featured Artist

2015

11

May

MANGELWURZEL

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Mangelwurzel are from Melbourne, but they might as well be from outer space. To see them play is to buy a one ­way ticket on a hurtling freak train, ­one that's as likely to pass through post-­punk and art­-pop song craft as it is to take take detours into ska, rap­-metal and klezmer explosions.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
The aliens are in close contact with every member of Mangelwurzel via a special implant in our choccy bums.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We worship all things fruity and in the words of our dear lord Frank Zappa “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
”F##ck 'em all” - Mum. Still rings true, thanks mum.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Greg The Stop Sign' by Tism
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Into My Arms' by Nick Cave
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Reckless' by Australian Crawl. Apparently Reckless is used by a night club in Darwin to clear out the punters out at the end of the night, in conjunction with the UGLY LIGHTS, of course.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Supporting King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard for GIZZFEST at the Corner Hotel. It was amazing.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
That's hard because there are soo many talented freaks in Melbourne. The bands that make us super wet are KIRKIS, Sex on Toast, Empat Lima, Clever Austin, Hiatus Kaiyote, Krakatau, BJ Morriszonkle, Peter Bibby...
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Before the year is out we will have released a new film clip and our debut album GARY. Not to mention cupping all the sexy buns and blowing lottsa cash on the d floor.

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Huntly
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Huntly

Electronic, Pop (Electronic, r&b, Soul)

Melbourne, VIC

Lupa J
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Artist

Lupa J

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

Sydney, NSW

Malo Zima

Featured Artist

2015

2

Nov

Malo Zima

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Malo Zima are an atmospheric alt-rock group born in an artistically-inclined Brisbane share house. Their music rich is in thick sonic textures, free-flowing rhythms, and alternately tuned guitars.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound is still in the development stages; we started with more folk-rock leanings, but over the years as our tastes have evolved and instrument collections expanded, we’ve begun to incorporate new sounds, textures and rhythms into our music. Amela recently bought a synthesiser which we’re all pretty excited about, and Declan’s just purchased a pedal steel guitar from Nashville which you can bet he'll be running through a myriad of effects on future recordings.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Listening to great music, and seeing live bands that are able to take you on a journey is what makes us want to go home and write new songs.
 
What can punters expect from a Malo Zima live show?
Cathartic climaxes, swirling soundscapes, and awkward anecdotes.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re going to be rewarded.” - Jimi Hendrix
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Eventually - Tame Impala
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Blood - The Middle East
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Shaolin Monk Motherfunk - Hiatus Kyote
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig we went to was Angharad Drake’s album launch, which was held in an intimate backyard setting. The music was awesome, and it was nice to see the crowd being so respectful and attentive.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Brisbane has a pretty tight knit community of musicians and artists; everyone seems to know everyone, and we’re all quite supportive of each others projects. In terms of bands, we’re big fans of Big Dead, Moses Gunn Collective, Angharad Drake, Gabriella Cohen, and Baskervillain to name a few. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
We’re launching our EP on the 6th of November at Black Bear Lodge and after that we’ll be playing a couple of shows along the east coast, with the possibility of touring interstate early next year. Once that’s done we’re planning to start work on our next release.

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Menagerie
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Menagerie

Electronic (Electronic)

Adelaide, SA

Mathas

Featured Artist

2013

30

Dec

Mathas

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Perth, WA

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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Tjupi Band

Featured Artist

2010

22

Mar

Tjupi Band

( )

Tjupi Band play energetic and emotive desert reggae and will be taking the stage at triple j's One Night Stand in Alice Springs! Singing in Luritja (as well as in English), they are the foremost musical inspiration for indigenous and non-indigenous people across the western desert.

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

Jason Butcher: “We began as a three piece when my father Sammy was getting all the kids to sing and play, and he noticed what a good voice Barnabus had. So from there we started writing some songs; myself, my father and Barnabus. But before that we were all of us playing music together, like when we had the Little Orphans Band. In those days there was a lot of petrol sniffing amongst young people in our community, and so my father Sammy and us we were trying to get kids into music to help us and other kids stay away form sniffing”. “Making our sound, we listened a lot to Lucky Dube, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, and so we wanted to take our sound in that direction, making our own style of Desert Reggae. Apart from Warumpi Band, who we were always listening to and dancing to when we were growing up in Papunya, we got some influence from older fellas than us; like Sunshine Reggae Band in Haasts Bluff that is a community just near Papunya, and other bands like Saltwater Band from the Top End, and Youth Yindi”.

Can you tell us more about the story of Wati Kutju?

“That song says that one man is in jail. He is thinking about his family and his land. His wife and his little boy are worrying for him whilst he is in jail cause he is not there with them. That boy wants to see his father but he cant”.

What can the One Night Stand audience expect at a live show?

“Already all the local people in the desert region around Alice Springs know that we always put on a good show so everyone is dancing. Our shows are for little kids to dance and old ladies and men and everyone, no matter what colour or whatever age they are. Music is what brings people together. We try to give our message, so that something good can happen”.

What's coming up in the future?

“Actually, next week we are recording new songs to make our next album (our third album), in Papunya at Warumpi Studio. After this that should be the next step to move up, going forward, playing more. We will play again like we do every year at the Bush Bands Bash at the Alice Springs Desert Festival. Also later, in October, we are hoping to go to the Island Vibe festival near Brisbane, where there is a lot of indigenous bands and Reggae from all over. That will be a good chance to share our music with more people, over there on the east coast”.

What other Australian music do you like?

“Of course we grew up listening to Warumpi Band. Also Midnight Oil, Yothu Yindi, Coloured Stone. Nowadays a lot of other bands everywhere in Australia are making Reggae.. that’s good! Palya!“

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FLAMINGO (Adelaide)

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2013

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Nov

FLAMINGO (Adelaide)

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Adelaide, SA

Adelaide 3-piece Flamingo blend soulful pop melodies with lush friendly beats to make you sway, swoon and smile.

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

I don’t think we’ve necessarily found our sound yet, at the moment we’re just trying out what ever we think sounds good and seeing where it goes. Between the three of us we have a very broad range of influences and we try to incorporate as much variety as possible.

What can the crowd expect from a Flamingo live show?

Even though we’re making electronic music we keep it as live as possible when we’re playing shows, we do a lot of instrument swapping and try and make it as fun an energetic as we can. We use some loops and samples but all the parts we think are integral to the song are played live. Our live show is pretty bulky; we use a couple of synths, tom drums, guitars, samplers and a bunch of other miscellaneous gear.

What are you guys doing when your not making music?

We all recently started playing 7-aside soccer. Fitness is a real issue but it’s still a lot of fun, even though we haven’t won a game yet and our best loss was 0-4.

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

There are a lot of really cool bands and artists going around Adelaide at the moment. We’re big fans of Swimming - they do an awesome job of making really minimal sounds but still keeping them interesting with great harmonies and melodies. Menagerie released an EP this year and that was awesome too. The guys at Four Words are also doing awesome things in Adelaide at the moment, they really seem to care about the music and are always putting on great shows and helping the scene grow.

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

We are just about to start working on our first EP over the next few months, which we are really excited about. Then after that we’re keen to play a bunch of shows and hopefully get out to the east coast. We’re also playing with Bonobo in January, which is absolutely amazing because he’s a massive influence of ours.

Australian music is…?

...awesome! There is so much cool music being made in Australia these days and it’s really inspiring to be a part of it.

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Punk, Rock (90s emo, alternative, Pop-Rock)

Melbourne, VIC

Client Liaison

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2014

1

May

Client Liaison

Melbourne, VIC

Client Liaison are masters of infectious turn-of-the-nineties synth pop and are one of the winners of our Laneway Festival competition. The duo will be opening the Moreland St Stage of the Melbourne Laneway Festival this Saturday, Feb 1.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Informed by the production values of the late 80's and early 90's, we align ourselves with the effervescent sound of early digital synthesizers. We grew up on the music television of this era. Linking sound and image is a very important process for us.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can the crowd at Laneway in Melbourne expect from the Client Liaison live show?
Lights, music, dance, smoke machines; basically an 11am dance party.

How and when did you two meet?
Glamorgan Primary school in the late 1990's.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'For the best long lasting result, use a Tasmanian Huon pine when building or renovating your outdoor deck', Shirley Strachan via the 'Our House' TV series 1993 - 1999.

What are your plans for Client Liaison in 2014?
Continue our efforts amongst the diplomatic cocktail circuit, produce more videos and release an album mid year.

Australian music is…?
...in a very healthy state!

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Sable
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Sable

Electronic, Indie (Sable, australia, dance, ...)

Perth, WA