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T$oko

Featured Artist

2018

5

Feb

T$oko

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Perth, WA

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

My sound is definitely a direct reflection of what I have been exposed to musically and where I am from , growing up in Zimbabwe, having family in the UK and now Australia , I am a product of my environment , I guess you could say my music is like a nice bowl of gumbo. You going to get all type of different flavors and ingredients.

 

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

I am inspired by all types of music in general , I  really don't believe there is anything obetter than being exposed to different sounds and new artists from different walks of life. I have been exposed to different cultures and different sonics and  through my different pit stops around the world I have been able to use my experiences and incorporate that into my music. 

 

What can punters expect from a T$oko live show?

good vibes , good feels , loads of energy and we try and keep it real live. If you didn't know who i was before i hit the stage. I definitely wanna make sure u had a blast and know who i am once my set is finished. Or at least have you asking the next person who that was or where you can find the music.

 

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

 "Later is always greater  and its not a race its a marathon." Anonymous  Sometimes people  like to fast track there success and they get caught up in the hype. They are here one minute and gone the next because they never really had to put in the work or work at their craft. I have enjoyed the ride so far , and appreciate everyone who has even taken the time out to show a interest to this point

 

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

Ooh thats a tough one, I would either have to say Bernard Fanning - Wish you well.  or possibly Better - John Butler trio. That being said i think ill have to go with the home team , shoutout to  John butler and the whole fremantle maaan!

 

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

I'm sure. I'm sure..  Another tough one besides Ta-ku feat JMSN x Sango - Love Again. I will go with Tear us apart - INXS , i think their catalogue  was some of the first music from an Australian act i really became aware of while i was still growing up overseas . The raw emotion that pours through the track and Michael Hutchence's lyrics are really something. Outside of the success they had on a pop level,  I really believe Michael Hutchence is underrated as a song writer. lol

 

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

Depends what type of setting I would be spinning in. If it was a throwback set i would probably go INXS - New sensation. If it was pub flows I would do Darryl Braithwaite - Horses. And if its a new age set either One Day - Not Many (Like A Version) or DZ Deathrays - Gina Works At Hearts. My crates run deep , i am sure i would have something for whatever the occasion called for. haha .. Mixmaster Soko got you. lmao 

 

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

Ecca Vandal. Me and the band Foam were handling supports. Amazing gig. Such a vibe and a blend of genres. My kind of gig:)

 

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

Being based in Fremantle , I tend to soak up a lot of whats going on around me. Its such a melting pot when it comes to culture and music definitely Tame impala and all the other artists from Perth that have come out and done great things just to name a few.

 

Ta-ku

Pendulum

John Butler Trio

AC/DC

 

I also cant forget my brothers from Tone Youth Collective who I work with. We always try to push each other and everyone brings they own twist to the table.

 

What are your plans for 2017?

Just keep introducing to people who i am as a artist and what my music is all about. I have got some pretty cool stuff coming up that ill be dropping real soon.  I feel like people still haven't seen everything i can offer from a artist standpoint so that's exciting for me. I don't want to say I have been holding back but there certain bits n pieces of music which i have held back that may surprise some people so I am excited to share what I have been cooking up. Also excited to drop some new music with my squad Tone Youth , I feel like we have a good chance to really show everyone what Perth has to offer and rep the 6k in the right way. Salute to everyone who has paved the way thus far. Also look forward to playing some shows and releasing some collabs with some special people. Stay tuned.

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Exhibitionist

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Sophiegrophy

Featured Artist

2018

15

Jan

Sophiegrophy

Melbourne, VIC

Sophiegrophy is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist!

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

My music is about positive vibes and appreciating and understanding yourself. I developed my sound by discovering who I was and wanted to be as an artist. Understanding who i was as an artist helped create my sense of style and my own unique sound.

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

My greatest source of inspiration for my music is my family 

What can punters expect from a Sophiegrophy live show?

A fun and inspiring show that isn’t about the segregation between the artist on stage and the audience watching but rather a show as a whole and everyone coming together 

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

My Mum, she always tells me to treat everybody with one heart.

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

IM THE REALI$T 

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

Let you down Peking duk

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

Air wolf ‘Blazin’

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

Fomo Festival, it was absolutely amazing 

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

Every artist in Melbourne and the whole of Australia is an inspiration. 

What are your plans for 2017?

My plans for 2017 to release more music 

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Paradise Club

Featured Artist

2018

22

Jan

Paradise Club

( )

Adelaide, SA

Paradise Club are this week's Feature Artist on triple j Unearthed!

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

Each of us have distinct and broad musical influences. We've found where the overlap is and have only really just begun to explore what that could become. We understand and respect each other's opinions and all ideas are equally valued. 

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

We're all sentient beings floating through space, trying to find meaning in our lives as it drifts across our consciousness. Music is part of that.

What can punters expect from a Paradise Club live show?

You will be welcomed to our club. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

quality. consistently. over time.

- some guy on a random podcast on how to get loaded 

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

Streets of Your Town - The Go-Betweens

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

Are you gonna be my girl - Jet 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

Great Southern Land - Icehouse 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

 a lil something called SWIRL FEST. Sweater curse x Siamese i heard that was off tap

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

All our immediate friends in bands who contribute sincere and honest music that they love and believe in.

What are your plans for 2018?

Releasing a stack of music, playing plenty of shows, riding the tumultuous wave of an up and coming band in Australia.

 

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DREGG

Featured Artist

2018

7

Jan

DREGG

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Get to know our UNIFY comp winners, DREGG.

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


I guess we just jammed out and talked about what we wanted to create and came to a conclusion after trialling a bunch of different styles!

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


The power of creativity. Knowing every time we sit down to write, that it's possible for us to create something completely new.

What can punters expect from a DREGG live show?


Something you've never seen before. It's funny, it's serious, it's dark, it's light-hearted. It's a bit of everything. We're there to entertain mentally, musically and visually.

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


I'm a barber and when I was an apprentice at Culture Kings I was lucky enough to give the Aussie rapper 360 a haircut. I'll never forget him telling me how things didn't start happening for him until he learned to enjoy every success, whether it be small or huge.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?


'Be Like You' by Esoterik.

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


'Tiny Angel' by 360.

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


'Fire' by Ivan Ooze.

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


Invasion Fest, it was awesome! A whole bunch of homies were playing and it just had the best vibe.

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


I'd say it's the scene as a whole. I only moved to Melbourne 3 years ago and one thing I've really noticed here is how all the different music scenes get along. It's dope!

What are your plans for 2018?


Hopefully a bunch of tours! We haven't toured off our new release yet so it would be awesome to get out there and take these songs on the road. Would love to get another song or 2 out as well!

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Bugs

Featured Artist

2017

18

Dec

Bugs

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know your Byran Bay Falls Festival Winners, BUGS. Expect nothing less than sweaty torsos, mops of hair flying around and a whole tonne of bad puns at their live show!

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

I used to record tonnes of distorted demos on my laptop and that's how the project came about. A few singles got picked up for radio play, The band got offered live shows and support slots and it all just went from there. Over the last few years since Brock and Jordan joined, our songwriting process totally evolved. After playing together for so long, our sound is just naturally super different from all the years making bedroom trash. We practice pretty regularly and naturally have honed our collective ideas for what we want our band and music to be since becoming so close. As we are great mates, we are all generally on the same page so it makes for a fun and easy creative process.

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

Music has always been a great processing mechanism for me. I’m a huge over thinker and tend to be pretty observant which is where a lot of the socially topical content for our songs comes from. Whenever I can’t understand something I have felt or experienced it helps to process that confusion by writing it out so it doesn’t just swirl around inside my head forever. Making music gives me that ability to become more self-aware by questioning thought whilst simultaneously expressing my creative, instinctive passion. I guess after all that the ultimate inspiration is the opportunity to connect with other people who might think in a similar way and understand what you are trying to say. The world can feel like a huge and lonely place, so I think it’s important to feel a sense of community in whatever capacity possible. When you connect with other people over music, it is amazing, so I guess our songs are like our own little message sent out into the airwaves trying to reach people who will understand. Hopefully, it feels like a big warm hug from a mate you haven’t seen in a while.

What can punters expect from a Bugs live show?

Jordan's sweaty torso, my mop of hair flying around, a whole tonne of bad puns and knee slides. We just really like to create a bit of a house party kind of feeling in the room we play in. It’s always important to establish the necessity for respect and a safe space in the venue we play in though. It’s a funny catch 22 and a fine line between getting wild and being an over-assertive, aggressive night ruiner. Oh, and maybe a kiss or two.

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

I think it’s the cliche of not being so hard on yourself. My mother, girlfriend and mates always try to reinforce a firm belief in myself. It’s easy to self-impose pressure when you work hard and desperately want to achieve something, but if by doing that you’re making yourself miserable it generally defeats the purpose of doing it at all. I can be a pretty intensely analytical thinker so I guess it’s important to steer that in positive directions and harness the power of it for progression, and it’s even more important to stay calm and relax when you start getting overwhelmed. I make terrible choices when I’m stressing out, so the most important piece of advice to remember for me are to chill and go with the flow. I think that goes hand in hand with a deep-rooted self-confidence, one I am yet to find.

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

Probably 'Young Drunk' by The Smiths, an infectiously cathartic anthem from my youth. Or 'Never Had So Much Fun' by Frenzal!

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

'Blood' by The Middle East gets me every damn time. It hits home super hard.

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

Either ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ by The Angels or ‘Whats My Scene’ by Hoodoo Gurus. Straight up. Pub bangers. I am such a proud bogan.

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

We played with British India a few weekends ago at The Triffid and they absolutely blew the roof off. It was surreal to stand side of the stage and watch some of our heroes belt out tunes that soundtracked my youth and teens. The guys were super nice and we knew the other support band Eliza & The Delusionals who are super cool people too. I ran some chips out on stage cause they shouted me a free burger earlier but it hadn’t come by the time they started playing.

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

Brisbane is way too great to list all the awesome people who make it such a vibrant community. The Violent Soho guys are like royalty. Artists like Good Boy and Waax are really inspiring. It has been remarkable to watch brilliant and considerate people do incredible things this year. Jeremy Neale has been an enormous influence for me personally. The amount of carefully thought out advice, compassion and time he has afforded me since starting this band has been overwhelming. Our manager Ruby and booker Dom are like family. The venue managers and booking agents around town are invaluable and it breeds this sense of welcoming and teamwork that is conducive to shared success and makes for some ripping memes by Cael (Valley Ledge). Also, not to take away from the punters and gig patrons (one of which is myself). The frequency with which you will see full rooms in multiple venues on any given night in the valley is heartwarming. People care about and feel really connected to the music community here, because the equality and serenity in lack of competition breed a really positive connected industry.

What are your plans for 2018?

Opening Falls on New Years Day is certainly the brightest beacon on the calendar, but we’re barrelling into a busy month in Jan. We have a show with our good pals The Hard Aches at Black Bear Lodge on the 19th so that should be super fun. It’s really close to selling out already and the guys are absolute legends so it will be awesome to catch up and return the favour of a couch to crash on. Then we have a single coming out just before we play Brisbane's ‘Mountain Goat Valley Crawl’ festival in early Feb. Personally, I am so dang excited to get this next tune out, we have about 6 ready to go for an EP shortly after but we’re just tying up all the loose ends to make sure the release reaches its full potential. Valley Crawl is this amazing multi-venue night that always has the punters going wild and we’re stoked to have a nice late spot at the Foundry which should get pretttttty dang juicy to say the least.

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A. Swayze & the Ghosts

Featured Artist

2017

11

Dec

A. Swayze & the Ghosts

Hobart, TAS

Get to know your Marion Bay Falls Festival winners, A.Swayze & The Ghosts. Taking garage punk to a whole new level, their live show is a must-see of energy, chaos and a whole lot of fun.

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-50Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

We started writing together in our share house about three years ago in a cramped messy bedroom occupied by the most eclectic assortment of items. Initially, we had altered our sound with guitar pedals and even had a Roland Space Echo to run our vocals through. The trouble was, we (I) always seemed to lose our gear – in pubs or the messy bed/studio/rehearsal room – so in turn, we were forced to use less and less equipment. Our songwriting quickly became about plugging in and just going for it relentlessly, and now I think we owe a portion of how we now sound live and recorded to a forced appreciation of the minimal.

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

We all bounce off each other with such energy when we plug in our instruments. From the get-go, there are ideas flying back and forth around the room and suddenly we’re completely engrossed in writing a song or something. Each of us seems to share a long-standing “addiction” of sorts to writing and performing songs. Constantly thinking about creating music, definitely helps with turning everyday encounters into inspiration for the songs we write.

What can punters expect from an A. Swayze & The Ghosts live show?

There will be a ‘soup’ of beer, sweat and sometimes blood on the stage by the end of a set, which always seems vulgar in hindsight, but it’s all just the bi-product of the high we chase from gigging. We started off as a trashy unrehearsed band and would often not make it through a set without some self-inflicted catastrophe. Nowadays the trashiness has (kind of) faded, we have more spatial awareness, and we know our songs, but the chaotic energy has remained the same.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Invest in Bitcoin.” – Hendrik Wipprecht (2012).

Great advice, although I never heeded. The power of hindsight is amazing.

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

I honestly don’t have an answer.

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

Sadistically? Well if they were a Bowie fan, Gang of Youths’ cover of ‘Heroes’.

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

Yothu Yindi –'Treaty'. I’ve always loved the remix by Filthy Lucre, even as a child I had the single and would thump around to it in my bedroom.

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

We were fortunate enough to get the local support for Total Control when they came to Hobart with Terry. It was a gig we wouldn’t have missed if we hadn’t been playing, as we’re all long-time fans of TC. It was at The Brisbane Hotel, which for us, is a familiar and iconic music venue in Hobart. The room was packed with a hoard of drunk punters all anxious for the music, the whole vibe of the place was warming. The thing that makes a great local gig is the energy and excitement the folks of Hobart bring, I love it. And of course, TC were amazing.

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

We’ve had the support of so many outstanding people in the Tasmanian music scene: makers of music, publishers, and listeners alike. The community down here is not like any other major city we’ve spent time in, given the fact that everyone knows each other here - musical genres and cliques aside. Probably due to the population size and limited venues, bands from various ‘scenes’ play with one another and there are never enough punters involved for a specific ‘trend’ – which is very encouraging for honest creation.

To name a few of these people and bands: Julian Teakle, Adam McGregor, Nick White, Gibbo and Casey (The Brisbane), Juniper (The Grand Poobah), Peter Macpherson, RBP, Heart Beach, Violet Swells, Lake Myer, Powernap, Future Envy, The Know Nothings/Dangerous Game, Blackhole Sugar.

All great people doing massive things for the music community in Hobart.

What’s the plan for the rest of 2017 and next year in 2018?

It’s clear that 2017 is going to close with us sleeping in tents at The Falls Festival in Marion Bay, as we will be gracing the stage there on New Year’s Eve. We’ve all been busy writing in our spare time and now that our EP release/tour has wound up we’ll start spending more of our days putting new songs together.

Recently we started construction on our own studio in a shared warehouse with some visual/sound artist mates of ours. Zac (drums) and Ben (bass) are both pretty involved with production down here, and we wanted a space of our own to get busy in, so this studio is both exciting and convenient.

Other than that, we have a bunch of interstate shows lined up for 2018, so people keep your ears and eyes out for an A. Swayze show near you!

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MUKI

Queen of pop beats, sass and a whole lot of fun is Sydney artist and this week's Feature Artist, MUKI!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always had a fascination with Spice Girls and J Pop artists, and I would chat to Phebe Starr and Aaron Reyes (my producer for this EP) about the kind of sounds we would use. They both came across Sophie at SXSW and they introduced me to PC music. I fell in love instantly with the production. Aaron came out from the States for 2 weeks and we locked ourselves in my studio and wrote the whole EP! 

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
At the moment I am fascinated by interesting production. I think it’s such a great time in music. I am given the freedom to say whatever the f*** I want. I use my songs to communicate what I want to the people who have underestimated me. 

What can punters expect from a MUKI live show?
It’s like Spice Girls meets trap, except there aren't 5 girls, it's just me and my curly haired MD doing synchronised dance moves. 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Phebe Starr said to me the other day, "nothing comes for free" and that's a pretty good life motto. Nothing in the music industry is perfect, so you have to just take it as it comes. Work hard, know why you are doing it and stay true to who you are. 

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mallrat with 'Better'. She is such a queen! 

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Basenji with 'Mistakes' (ft. Tkay Maidza). It's such a good tune. It makes me a cry a little about how good it is. Tkay’s vocals are fire on this track. 

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sneaky Sound System with 'Pictures'. 

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Oh Boy the other week and it was rad. He has cool hair and I love what he is doing with his production. 

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

The Sydney music scene has such a cool vibe right now and I have some amazing friends that are doing a cool hustle. I am inspired by Phebe Starr, ASTA, OH BOY, Basenji, DONATACHI, Cosmos Midnight and Nina Las Vegas. I love them all! 

What are your plans for 2018?
I am dropping an EP early next year. I also have some collaborations coming out and I am planning a writing trip to the States.

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Thornhill

Featured Artist

2017

27

Nov

Thornhill

Melbourne, VIC

When we think about the future of heavy music, we’re thinking about Melbourne five-piece Thornhill. They’re making thunderous, melodic and powerful music that you just have to hear! This is just the beginning.

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

We intentionally listen to genres that are very left of field to our music and pull influence from as many different artists as we can in our respective fields in the band. We are still developing our sound and moulding as a group, so we have a lot of room to grow for the future music.

 

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

Being really close as actual friends rather than colleagues has helped a lot more than you'd think. You just generally enjoy the time and effort you put into the material and writing as it doesn’t feel like a job at any point.

 

What can punters expect from a Thornhill live show?

Just 5 average and uncoordinated blokes having fun.

 

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

"Write stuff that you want to play. Don’t feel like you have to write to please others". By Sam Bassal.

 

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

'Quality Of Life' by Hellions.

 

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

'OK Cathedral' by Violent Soho.

 

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

'You’re the voice' by John Farnham.

 

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

The last two gigs we saw were DZ Deathrays and The Pixies. Both were sick, so we can't choose. They are both bands that kill it live and it's always good to look for pointers from other artists in different genres, which is something we find very important.

 

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

Void Of Vision hands down, are our brother band. They have taken us under their wing from day one and taught us how to be a band. Those guys have just taken us on our very first tour and have shown us the ropes. Without these amazing bunch of bros we wouldn’t be half the band we are now. Also in our opinion, they are probably one of the best live bands in the scene. These dudes always put on a tight show.

 

What are your plans for 2018?

We are in the process of recording new music, so the main goal is to get that out and tour as much as possible and just have a good time while we are at it.

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KG

Featured Artist

2017

20

Nov

KG

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Canberra, ACT

Bringing together impressive beats, fierce energy and powerful lyrics is Canberra rapper KG. He's released some of the most stand out tracks of 2017 and we can't wait for the release of his debut album in 2018.

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

My sound and style of hip-hop music is all about the flow and making sure my rhythms and bars are in harmony with the music. Over the past few years after travelling back to South Africa/Botswana and getting in touch with my roots, I I really wanted to add a cultural element to my music and have meaning in all my songs. I don’t just want to focus on Australia only, I wanna make a universal sound. 

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

The future generations. 

What can punters expect from a KG live show?

Energy, passion & bars.

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

When doing music, be authentic and be yourself (Omar Musa).

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

'Juicy Juicy Green Grass' by Peter Combe. That song always makes laugh and sometimes when I DJ, I troll the crowd with it'.

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

'Tiny Angel' by 360.

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

'For Good' by Remi featuring Sampa The Great. The two of them on this track together and the soul and groove in this song is the perfect joint for any party.

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

The last gig I caught was Amastro & Genisis Owusu in Canberra. It was crazy because it was like EDM lovers and hip-hop heads mixing together in one room and the vibe was so sick. It really proves that music has no genre when the music is dope.

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

It’s cool what Peking Duk and Safia have done in making a name for themselves and putting Canberra artists on the map. It really shows all us Canberra cats that you can make it in music from anywhere. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2017 and in 2018?

I have a few festivals coming up, starting with my single tour and then playing a few shows in Africa in January. Most of all, I'm mainly just hyped to drop my debut album in 2018. 

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Nancie Schipper

Featured Artist

2017

13

Nov

Nancie Schipper

Western Victoria, VIC

Jumping on stage with Skegss, Tired Lion, Mallrat, Bakerboy and more, is this year's Live At The Steps comp winner, Nancie Schipper!

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

I grew up listening to alt-country/folk music and was making that kind of music up until recently. Over the last couple of years, my songwriting has developed towards an indie-pop/folk sound, whilst still carrying elements of the music I used to play. This year I have also started playing around with a ‘bigger’ sound, exploring synth ideas, as well as challenging myself more vocally.

 

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

I would have to say, other artists. There have been so many times where I have listened to songs and felt instantly connected to them, which then inspired me to push myself as a songwriter and try different things. Aside from that, personal experiences and the people around me!

 

What can punters expect from a Nancie Schipper live show?

Backstories behind some of the songs, and lots of guitar dancing (don’t know if that's even a thing but it is now)! I love feeding off the energy from the crowd and giving it my all every single gig, no matter how big or small!

 

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

I’m not sure where I heard it from, but for as long as I can remember, I have had the phrase ‘everything happens for a reason’ stuck in my head, and it has always helped me carry on when things haven't worked out. I was set to record my album early this year, but the recording dates were suddenly postponed until June for various reasons, after months of planning and excitement. It sucked at the time, but in the meantime, I wrote the first single ‘Corner Store’ off my upcoming album, so everything worked out perfectly in the end.

 

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

Hmmm… ‘Strawberry Kisses’ by Nicki Webster wouldn't fail to cheer up anyone I reckon!

 

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

‘One Crowded Hour’ by Augie March. 

 

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

‘Boyfriend’ by Confidence man. On repeat… (get it??!?)

 

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I’m only seventeen, so, unfortunately, I rarely get to see bands live. BUT I have managed to catch mind-blowing shows from Gretta Ray, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and Tash Sultana recently!

 

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

I’ve been inspired by so many different people! Brady James, Tom Richardson and Hey Mammoth are artists whom all first spring to mind both musically and as people, and they are incredibly down to earth and genuine. They have done so many different, amazing things with their music and I think they are all crazily talented. 

 

What are your plans for 2018?

I’ll be finishing off my last year of high school, and writing and recording some new music!! I’ll be 18 in May, so seeing and playing a lot more live music and getting my P plates is definitely on the cards!

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MANE

Featured Artist

2017

6

Nov

MANE

Adelaide, SA

Hailing out of Adelaide is this weeks Feature Artist, MANE! Her deep and distinctive vocals and impressive dark anthemic pop music is both enchanting and consuming. We can't get enough of it.

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

I love dark anthemic Pop music and that's what I strive to create. I've always tended to write acoustically to begin with, to flesh lyrics and melodies out, that's always been important to me. However, once I started to develop production ideas and understand the technical side of things a little more, that's when I feel I found the sound I wanted to be making. 

 

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

I think for the most part it's personal experiences and feelings I like to draw on. But it can also come from the people I surround myself with and the hardships they sometimes go through, especially if I can relate and empathise with it.

 

What can punters expect from a MANE live show?

I've worked really hard on my live set this year, I think we've created a large sound that emulates the recordings but also has some organic elements that I can have fun with on stage. I'm feeling excited about it. 

 

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

I think I've been told by a few people to never really expect anything from what you create and I think it's a pretty great rule of thumb. When you start to create with certain expectations you can lack authenticity and it can create boundaries. Just doing your thing is important.

 

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

Right now, I'm feeling like I want to say Edge Of Town by Middle Kids. It's just a really great song. I've continually smashed that track since it was released and have not gotten sick of it once. it's just really, really solid. 

 

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

Well, It's gotta be 'Blind You' by Didirri doesn't it?!.

 

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

Let's go with 'Ubu' by Methyl Ethyl. Such a great boogie track. 

 

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

I went to Root Down festival in Adelaide last weekend. Such a great lineup. I think it was the day the new season of Stranger Things came out and Luke Million smashed his Remix of the theme song. So much fun. 

 

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

There is a lot of good stuff brewing in Adelaide at the moment. Great mates Heaps Good Friends are whooshing everyone out the park, it's super fresh and what they're doing is so much fun. Timberwolf's new album is also HUGE, honestly one of the most solid live performers I've seen. 

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2017, early 2018?

I'm just continuing to write at the moment and planning to release a new track in the not too distant future (!!!)

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Angie McMahon

Featured Artist

2017

30

Oct

Angie McMahon

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter, Angie McMahon oozes absolute charm and songwriting power. Soak up her bold vocals and beautiful guitar tones with her debut track ‘Slow Mover’.

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

I’ve been writing songs at home on piano and guitar since I was an emotional lil teen, inspired by a whole bunch of different songwriters. I think I developed my sound by copying what my idols did on their albums, vocalists who would pour energy and emotion into their delivery, bands who weave soul and rock and country music together and artists who write great melodies and lyrics. I was always just trying to copy that.

 

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

Probably listening to great songs by other people. I’ll be trying to process feelings and listen to music, and sometimes that will unlock something in my head and make me want to write my own song.

 

What can punters expect from an Angie McMahon live show?

Pop songs with a bit of rock, a bit of sad and a bit of happy.  You can also expect, two talented boys behind me with a lot of rockstar energy on drums and bass guitar, my noisy red child (guitar) and me singing lyrics that I hope people can connect with.

 

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

Hard to say…”Make music that sounds like you,” is good advice, and maybe when Dad told me to buy an electric guitar.

 

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

Big Smoke – 'Best of You' - because it’s so triumphant.

 

What Australian track would you play to make someone cry?

Cry songs are the best ones!!! Oh Pep!’s song ‘Tea, Milk & Honey’ makes me cry if I’m feeling fragile. The lyrics feel like somebody’s hugging you and telling you to let it all out. Last time I openly cried at a gig was over Seavera’s song ‘Christmas Time’ but I’m not sure if that one’s recorded. 

 

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

Bardot – 'Poison'. Sophie Monk’s reappearance has reminded me that this badass banger exists. 

 

What was the last local gig you went to and who was it?

BABY BLUE and Truly Holy at Some Velvet Morning were awesome.

 

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

I find most of the community super inspiring, I could list a whole bunch of artists who I feel really lucky to hear and bond with. Artists like Oh Pep!, Big Smoke and Ainslie Wills are brilliant and brave artists. They have all made records and played gigs that have made such a strong impression on me, as musicians and as people to look up to.

 

What are your plans for the rest of the year and in 2018?

Recording the songs that will be on my record next year and taking the time to make that sound real good. My single launch is at Workers Club this week, and I’m also supporting The Shins with my band in December, Wahoo! 

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Erik Sanders

Featured Artist

2017

23

Oct

Erik Sanders

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get ready! Brisbane Hip Hop artist Erik Sanders is about to dominate this year’s Sprung Festival as our triple j Unearthed comp winner! Check out his latest track ‘Purple Panther ft Reese Laflare’. It’s fun, bright and loaded with energy.

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

I grew up in a hip-hop family, so it was natural for me to find a love for the music. When I started, I used to rap in a boom bap lyrical style but I ended up finding a good balance between rapping but still being melodic at the same time because I really wanted my melodies in my music to stick with people. 

 

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

Taking a break from writing and living life for a few days. 

 

Tell us about your latest single ‘Purple Panther ft Reese Laflare’.

I had been sitting on 'Purple Panther' for a minute, trying to find a good feature for it, and I happened to meet Reese Laflare at a showcase we both performed at in Sydney. So it worked out perfect to get him on the song after we met. This is also my personal favourite song I've made by far.

 

What can punters expect from an Erik Sanders live show?

Heavy bass, auto-tune and thunder.

 

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

The best advice I've received was from myself. Which is to not get too attached to things in life because everything around us is disposable. Houses, clothes, people etc. Things come and go so I had to accept that at a very young age and live with it.

 

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

Erik Sanders - 'In The Air Feat. Allday'.

 

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

 Shannon Noll - 'What About Me'.

 

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

That's a no-brainer! Erik Sanders - Purple Panther Feat. Reese Laflare

 

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

Travy P at The Black Bear Lodge. I played that night as well. Travy turned that place upside down with a sore throat. It was beautiful.

 

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

Strictly the people in my friend circle. It's a small circle but we all understand each other's intentions and vision.

 

What are your plans for 2017?

Keep playing shows, keep getting my money, lining up the flex for next year, and drop a new single since my EP got pushed to the start of 2018.

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BLESSED

Featured Artist

2017

16

Oct

BLESSED

( )

Sydney, NSW

The multi-talented Sydney based artist and producer BLESSED is back! He's taking future soul to a whole new level with carefully crafted production and masterful songwriting in brand new single, 'My World'.

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

I started making music at 15 years old. I just used to steal random beats online and just do little freestyles and make cd's and give them out to my friends at school. And back then as well, I don't know if anybody remembers, but when we had Bluetooth on the phones, I remember I used to make a song and put it on my phone and Bluetooth it to my friends and people ended up Bluetoothing it to other kids and other kids and one day I was at Blacktown station and I heard somebody playing my song. That's when I knew I was going to make music from here on.

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

First time I got introduced to music was listening to Kanye West on the radio. I think that was when I was maybe 11, maybe 12. Me and my family were literally on the way home from church and I wasn't really allowed to listen to hip-hop because of the swearing and so on. So we all listened to gospel music and then one day, Kanye made this song called 'Jesus Walks' and when it came onto the radio, my parents let me listen to it. So from there on, I went on to become a big Kanye fan.

Tell us about your latest single 'My World'

'My World is about me being myself and not caring about what other people think.

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Slowly Slowly

Featured Artist

2017

9

Oct

Slowly Slowly

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Ready to hear from your new favourite band? Melbourne punk rockers, Slowly Slowly bring you hard-hitting honesty, bitter-sweet melancholia and an explosion of sound with their new single, 'Aliens'.

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

I think we were looking for some ground between big hooky songs and something that facilitated my winding lyrical content. We had songs that lived on both sides of that fence and we were finding that the ones that hit a little closer to home, even though they didn’t necessarily have choruses, seemed to be resonating on stage with us and our audience. Personally, I always find myself falling in love with the more obscure solo songs on the albums I love, so I also wanted to build a home for something that could be loud, hooky and aggressive, but also considered and fragile.

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

On our new record I have adopted some instances of speaking from someone else’s perspective, but for the most part, my writing is very autobiographical. I also really respect the opinions of the other band members a lot, so I am always striving to impress them when I bring them a new song. 

What can punters expect from a Slowly Slowly live show?

I’d like to think we encourage a good singalong. Our Melbourne home shows especially, have such a community vibe around them. Our fans are very kind natured and look after each other in the pit. We are very lucky. I’d like to think everyone feels welcome and a  part of something.

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

My Dad told me once to never try and change anybody, just to find your people. It’s been ringing in my ears ever since. I think it extends to respectfully moving on and pulling yourself towards the things that make you happy. Don’t be a victim. Anyway - sorry, too heavy?

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

'Please Don’t Ask Me To Smile' by You Am I. Tim Rogers has such a beautiful earnest poetry about him. Riddled with nostalgic weight, but also charmingly uplifting. This song will make you remember what it was like to be young and smiling.

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

'Dilettantes' by You Am I. As far as Australian songwriters go I can’t go past Timmy to cure the waterworks and also to encourage them. The language in this song ties me up. It's a stunning tune that makes me think about life and death and everything in-between.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by Paul Kelly. Comon.

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

Caught our mates Tired Lion at The Corner Hotel a couple of weeks ago. Such a lovely vibe in the room and I just love watching Ethan play drums. Such a controlled player. 

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

There are so so many. Of course we have such a loving relationship with our friends in Ceres, Foley and The Pretty Littles. We also watch our friends in Neighbourhood Youth, Press Club, Clove, Self Talk and Turn South and are always blown away. We love the droll Australiana of The Slingers, a newly formed Melbourne band I have really been getting into. Love the tension on stage when Bench Press plays. Run Rabbit Run create such beautiful uplifting musical arrangement too. There are just so many. We are such little fish in a big pond. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We are going to release a new album, tour ourselves into the ground and hopefully get around some beautiful faces all across Australia. We feel so lucky to be able to do this and have people connecting with our music. 

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Didirri

Featured Artist

2017

2

Oct

Didirri

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter Didirri has been one of the most exciting new emergents of 2017. His latest offering 'Jude' is a sweet and delicate blend of powerful emotion and sombre folk your heart will melt for.

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

I developed a sense of storytelling and everything else kind of just fell into place. Ideas are always changing and growing and expanding so it's hard to tell when or how I developed a sound. I like to work in a cave when recording. I like to listen to very specific artists and draw inspiration from them. I learnt to trust my gut feeling a lot. I learnt to not be afraid to tell myself that something isn't right or isn't working, always remembering that things need time to simmer and to spice them up in the right way. And I keep trying to add things to tracks that are just for me and that no one may notice.

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

Greatest source of inspiration would definitely be other musicians and other artists. Just other people and their stories really. I'm reflecting on my own experiences and tying theirs together.

What can punters expect from a Didirri live show?

It will depend on whether they see me perform solo or with the band. They are definitely two very different experiences but I try to make it feel like I am always playing to each audience member one on one.

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

"If you have a plan B you don't realistically think you can achieve plan A. If you fail to achieve plan A, just make a new plan A and screw plan B" - Jack the Bear (Mastering Engineer).

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

I always go back to Paul Kelly for inspiration. He's great to get over anything you're going through. 'Meet Me In The Middle of the Air' is the song by Paul Kelly that I would recommend.

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

'Boys Will be Boys' by Stella Donnelly.

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

'The Cracks' by Peter Sonic.

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

Tom Walker and the Sick Individuals. Mesmerising.

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

Yes, yes, whatever... Hayden Calnin, Sonija Yves, Jordie Lane and Angie McMahon. They are all just being very, very real!

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

MAKE SOME MUSIC!!! The EP is nearly done.

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Miss Blanks

Featured Artist

2017

25

Sep

Miss Blanks

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Queensland dynamo Miss Blanks is starting the party at Listen Out in Brisbane for Unearthed, and we're featuring her thick jams this week!

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

Right now, I’m in this cool space of making heavy yet fun tracks that you can party to. I really enjoy bass, claps and cool synths, I try and find the best sounds that can convey the energy of the track I’m writing.

 

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

I’d say my mama, the amazing powerful women around me, my experiences, and the 90’s queens of Hip Hop.

 

What can punters expect from a Miss Blanks live show?

Quite an unforgettable visceral experience. There’s a lot of fun, dancing, staunchness, and R-rated content - be warned! 

 

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

“Don’t let him hit it or sleep over on the first date” - Mama 

 

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

Christine Anu - My Island Home

 

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

Young In Love - Thelma Plum (my beautiful sis, everyone look her up)

 

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

Clap Clap - Miss Blanks (obviously)

 

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

Bigsound. It was great, a lot of fun to perform and see some incredible Australian acts.

 

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

Hands down, the women and NB folk in music inspire me. Everyone needs to know of:

- Aywin

- Jesswar

- G Elenil

- Kaylah Truth

- May Lyn

- Tiana Khasi

- Captain Dreamboat

- Sullivan Patten

- DJ Dameila

- DJ Baby Mama

- DJ Kritty

- Trina Massey

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

The remainder of 2017 is pretty full with new music, shows, videos, exciting announcements - we’re ending the year and starting the new one with a bang!

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Feels

Featured Artist

2017

18

Sep

Feels

( )

Perth, WA

Feels are a percussive electronic outfit from Perth, and the winners of our 2017 Listen Out competition for WA! We're featuring their buoyant and bubbly tunes all this week on Unearthed.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Elise and Rosie met during high school when they were 14 at an after school percussion program. During a Djembe solo we locked eyes and from that day, we knew we would make music together. We both studied classical percussion at University and Elise went on to study composition. Our love for rhythm and classical composition has definitely influenced our sound and how we create a Feels track. We have always loved electronic music and wanted to find the balance between using our classical composition and percussion skills to created serious beats and shredding synth lines.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Rhythm is definitely our greatest inspiration and usually the main focus for our tracks. We like to find simple patterns and find ways to disrupt and manipulate them. We both play percussion every day, whether it be tutoring high school students, or playing for dancers at WAAPA. Playing has always been a huge inspiration for our music. Our study of many different styles of percussion music and composition has also been influential on our music.

What can punters expect from a FEELS live show?
Live drums, electronics and tinsel jackets! Oh, and a surfboard.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Don’t place too much importance on one track or a certain release, you never know what can happen” – (Tim Shiel).
“Don’t fuck it up” – (RuPaul).

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Miss Blanks – ‘Clap Clap’.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Stella Donnelly – ‘Boys Will Be Boys’.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Lewis Cancut – ‘Body Querty’.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
BIGSOUND! We saw so many local bands it was amazing! Miss Blanks was definitely a highlight for us. It was great to see such a diverse range of artists at the festival. Being from Perth, it was amazing to see such a large representation of our local music scene.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Earlier this year, we co-founded WOMPP (Women of Music Production Perth) a platform for female, transgender and nonbinary music makers to share and discuss music production. We have monthly meetings to discuss electronic music production, share tracks and prepare for our biannual showcases. Through the creation of this community, we have met some of the most talent and inspiring individuals in the Perth music scene. Over this past year we have seen so many strong electronic acts form and more established artists become even more confident. Artists such as Alex and Yell, Lana Rothnie, G*Rey, WYN, Mei Saraswati, Jana Jaya Ayres, Jamilla and many more, are helping to shape the Perth music scene and the standards we set for equal gender representation within our city.

What are your plans for the future?
We have our debut EP Emerald coming out in November with 2 more singles in between. We’re very excited! We are heading to Berlin in November to attend ‘Ableton Loop’, an international music summit. We will also be doing an Ableton studio residency in Sydney January 2018 in which we hope to start writing a new album. We are definitely wanting to do an East coast tour in 2018 and release more new music!

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Ocean Alley

Featured Artist

2017

11

Sep

Ocean Alley

Sydney, NSW

Off the back of a HUGE sold out tour around the country, Sydney outfit Ocean Alley take you on a sweet journey of infused energetic reggae and psychedelic-rock with their new single 'The Comedown'. 

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

Our music is a mix of psych, reggae and surf rock. Our sound has been developed over 6 years playing together in various garages and sheds in the beginning with a shift away from the garage aesthetic more recently.

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

All the members have varied tastes and influences which give us a wide range of sounds to draw inspiration from. From classic rock to reggae to psychedelic, we love to mash all of our favourite sounds together.

What can punters expect from an Ocean Alley live show?

When we play live we always look forward to getting our energy from an involved crowd. We try to bring high energy playing and a cool looking vibe to the stage. If the crowd is having fun then we will be too.

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

We haven't had many musical mentors since we formed but some old wise man once told us to write more ballads. There are a lot of timeless ballads out there.

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

'Sounds of Then' by Gang Gajang will cheer you up. 

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

'Black Flies by Ben Howard will get you crying.

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

'Love at First Sight' by Kylie Minogue will make you move.

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

We played in Sydney last week at the Metro Theatre. They were the best shows we've played to date. We had so much fun on and off the stage. We also had some confetti filled balloons!

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

We are inspired by all the up and coming bands that do the miles and put the effort in to make a name for themselves. It can be a hard and long slog to make it as a touring band, but if you're a nice person and easy to get along with you'll go far. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We have lots of studio time booked before the end of the year to finish off our next record. Also heading across the ditch to New Zealand for some festivals over New Years.

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FØRD
New

Artist

FØRD

Electronic (Chillstep, chillwave, Future Bass, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Midnight Pool Party
New

Artist

Midnight Pool Party

Dance, Electronic, Pop (RÜFÜS, Hayden James, breakbot, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Secret Spade
New

Artist

Secret Spade

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Chilled Electronica, intelligent pop, vocal samples, ...)

Sydney, NSW

ELKI
New

Artist

ELKI

Indie, Pop (#ELKI #POWERFUL ALT-POP)

Sydney, NSW

SENDFIRE
New

Artist

SENDFIRE

Indie, Rock (Sendfire, newcastle, Rock)

Newcastle, NSW

Nicky Half
New

Artist

Nicky Half

Indie, Punk, Rock (Garage, Punk, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Alana-Lee
New

Artist

Alana-Lee

Indie, Pop, Roots (#soul, #pop, #Folk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Neeme
New

Artist

Neeme

Electronic, Indie, Pop (#Alternative #Electronic)

Perth, WA

INDI
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INDI

Electronic, Indie, Pop (#electropop, #synthpop, #80s, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Phazes
New

Artist

The Phazes

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Alternative Rock, indie rock, Rock)

Sydney, NSW

ConMan 7
New

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ConMan 7

Electronic, Pop (Electronic, Pop, EDM, ...)

Sydney, NSW

JP Coe
New

Artist

JP Coe

Pop (Piano, Pop, original, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Nick Gotts
New

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Nick Gotts

Indie, Pop (Acoustic, raw, Indie, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Rando
New

Artist

Rando

Dance, Electronic, Indie (Future Bass, EDM. Electronic Music, summer, ...)

Perth, WA

Thunder Fox
New

Artist

Thunder Fox

Indie, Pop, Rock (Soul, Jeff Buckley, D'Angelo, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Funk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

 KNX MERCY
New

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KNX MERCY

Dance, Electronic (ECT)

South Coast WA, WA

Artist
New

Artist

dzeeep!

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop

Perth, WA

OESOPHAGUS
New

Artist

OESOPHAGUS

Metal, Rock (Deftones, Fear Factory, Soulfly, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Mark Harding
New

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Mark Harding

Indie (Mark, harding, dad, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Greyhands
New

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Greyhands

Indie (Acoustic, solo, Art, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Sketch Method
New

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Sketch Method

Punk (Punk, Hardcore, 3, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Pezcobar
New

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Pezcobar

Indie (Funk)

Sydney, NSW

Turquoise Sun
New

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Turquoise Sun

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (neo-psychedelic, Psych, Rock, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Nobody's Home
New

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Nobody's Home

Indie, Metal, Rock (#Alternative, #rock, #Metal, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

DIET
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DIET

Indie, Pop, Rock (jangle, BritPop, the hacienda.)

Melbourne, VIC

Tommy Castles
New

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Tommy Castles

Indie, Roots (roots, folk, Indie)

Melbourne, VIC

I Am Erik
New

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I Am Erik

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

OK Hotel
New

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Meet the Zar
New

Artist

Meet the Zar

Hip Hop, Indie, Punk, Rock (Alternative Rock, 3 piece)

Canberra, ACT

Highest Needs
New

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Highest Needs

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, dance, Melbourne Bounce, ...)

Perth, WA

Artist
New

Artist

SL eyes

Electronic, Hip Hop

Perth, WA

Bianca Blackhall
New

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Bianca Blackhall

Indie, Pop, Rock

Hobart, TAS

Burial At Sea
New

Artist

Burial At Sea

Metal, Punk, Rock (melodic metalcore, Melodic Hardcore, Metalcore, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

The Shills
New

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The Shills

Indie, Punk, Rock ("Alternative rock"indie"punk rock)

Gold Coast, QLD

Rob Wolfe
New

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Rob Wolfe

Dance, Electronic (french, Electronic, House, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

SILO
New

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SILO

Hip Hop

Gold Coast, QLD

The Not Nots
New

Artist

The Not Nots

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock ("Alternative rock, grunge, Punk Rock, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Corniglia
New

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Corniglia

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Perth, WA

Throne
New

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Throne

Electronic

North Coast, NSW

Artist
New

Artist

Live and Free

Indie

Melbourne, VIC

The Montreals
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The Money War

Featured Artist

2016

21

Nov

The Money War

Perth, WA

Treat yourself to the latest "near-perfect pop hit" from this exciting Perth duo.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I suppose it’s naturally a culmination of the music we love. We both like lots of different stuff like soul music, country, pop, RnB and rock. Dylan has been developing as a producer over the past few years now so his production taste definitely comes through in our sound (he produces our songs). People tend to associate ‘sun’ with our sound – I can’t really explain that because the songs tend to be written when we’re not happy. I like to think of it as turning a shit situation into something beautiful. The beach is a very prominent part of our life on the West Coast though so maybe that seeps in?
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Great songs, experiences, travel, nature. A lot of the songs we’ve written so far were written while traveling through America. It was a really bizarre but amazing experience that gave us plenty to write about!
 
What can punters expect from The Money War live show?
We’re a 5-piece band when we play live. You’ll get to hear a pile of songs that we haven’t released yet.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“It’s cool man” - Matt Shehan (our live guitarist)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I would have to say ‘Your Love’ by Middle Kids, they’re probably my favourite band at the moment – I’ve been listening to that song so much lately and it cheers me up. Dylan would play ACDC “shreds” – look it up, you can’t possibly not laugh!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
#1 Dads - So Soldier, and I mean cry in a good way. What an incredible song and Ainslie Wills absolutely nailed the performance. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The WA Music Festival, which is a really awesome showcase of WA bands. The whole city was alive and there was an overwhelming sense of enthusiasm around what Perth has to offer. We almost didn’t make it in time for our set because we locked ourselves out of the house!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Our manager Pete Carroll is one of the best people you’ll ever meet. He lives and breathes music and has backed us right through, years before we formed this band. 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
We have an EP that’ll be out early 2017 and we’ve just signed with Select Music so we’ll be playing some shows on the east coast, which we’re really looking forward to. We’re also heading over to Melbourne in February to record with Matt Redlich from Holy Holy.

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