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Choomba

Featured Artist

2019

11

Apr

Choomba

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Get to know Choomba! They are our Feature Artist all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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

Well we have always loved techno, house and tech house music to some extent, just never really felt the inspiration to jump in - our sound pulls a lot of inspiration from all those genres but brings in the production approach from the heavier side of Luude, using synths and drums that maybe don't get used as much in house and techno.

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

The intial trigger is always being out on the rinse, and seeing how people react to a tune - there's nothing better than a crowd of people losing their shit - we try to take that energy and build something that's unique to us.

What can punters expect from a Choomba live show?

The longer term plan is for us to play a live show of all original music, with a really engaging production setup - but until then we want our shows to feel like insane house parties run by two idiots, even when we do build up to a bigger live show - we want to always be able to go back and DJ and just have mad fun. So yeah people can expect to see two different styles of show in the future hopefully.

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

Probably from my old footy coach Wazza, he told me "Tim you need to grow the f*ck up".

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

'Smoko' by The Chats. If that doesn't lift your mood you might possibly have no soul.

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

I still call 'Australia Home' by Peter Alan.

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

A hell cheeky edit of 'Home Among the Gum Trees' would get people fizzing like a bag of sherbert in a coke can. Can hear the big dusty open hi-hat on that already working a treat.

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

We went and saw a local band on the gold coast called Ivy, they are sick.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast / Tas (you decide) music community that inspire you?

M-phazes is originally from the Gold Coast, which is a pretty big inspiration. Seeing someone coming from here, going all the way up the chain to producing music for some of the best in the world and being a proper professional about it all.

What are your plans for 2019?

We're writing heaps of music and just seeing where that takes us right now. Having a good time playing shows and traveling.

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Dopamine
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Dopamine

Indie, Pop, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

SŸDE
New

Artist

SŸDE

Dance, Electronic, Pop ("Alternative "indie"electronic"chill"pop)

Melbourne, VIC

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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Georgia State Line
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Artist

Georgia State Line

Indie, Roots (country, Singer Songwriter, americana)

Melbourne, VIC

Sam Carmody
New

Artist

Sam Carmody

Indie, Pop

Darwin, NT

SEPTEMBER 87
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SEPTEMBER 87

Dance, Electronic, Pop (80s, Synthwave, Outrun)

Melbourne, VIC

James Kenyon
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Josh Rennie-Hynes
New

Artist

Josh Rennie-Hynes

Rock, Roots (Josh Rennie-Hynes, americana, alt-country, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

ROI
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ROI

Indie, Rock (bass, drums, various vocalists, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Loren Kate
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Artist

Loren Kate

Indie, Roots (#indie, #SA, #singer, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Finley Miller
New

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Finley Miller

Indie, Pop, Rock (#acoustic, #pop, #brisbane, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

GOVS

Featured Artist

2014

3

Nov

GOVS

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

GOVS is what happens when songwriter/producer Josiah Birrell spends time with the musical instruments he's had since high school, his laptop and some headphones. Magic happens.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?    
GOVS is myself, instruments I've had since high school, my laptop and some headphones. I finish songs by way of recording them, starting with a melody or a riff on the guitar or piano it grows as I hear it back and decide what I want to hear next. I moved from Bundaberg when I was 19 to study a music production course on the Gold Coast, so I'm kinda like a songwriter turned rookie producer.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When you're writing a song, you're creating something that hasn't existed before...you get to invent something.
 
What can punters expect from a GOVS live show?
A mix of piano and a guitar slacker tracks.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Art is never complete...only abandoned' - One of my best friends said that to me while quoting some one else.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Blood' by The Middle East 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Brother' by Grand Salvo 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Easily' by GXNXVS
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at the Soundlounge. They had two drummers on stage. It was like having stereo drums in real life!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
There's a band called the Salvadarlings who've adopted me since living on the coast. They all grew up here together and took me under their wing when we were introduced by a mutual friend a while ago when I was putting together a band for GOVS to play shows. Sometimes I play drums for them.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015? 
I think I'm gonna close the laptop for a while. I've been a little bit everywhere this year, renovating GOVS and trying to find new ways to keep it interesting. In hindsight of my releases to date, there's a big picture to what I'm trying to say - I want to work out what that is, come back and say it.
 

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Berlin Bar Hounds
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Berlin Bar Hounds

Indie

Central Coast, NSW

Dads

Featured Artist

2011

18

Apr

Dads

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Dads is the solo project of Tom Iansek, one half of Melbourne duo Big Scary. 'Life, Oh Life' is our first taste of Dads' forthcoming debut album and we couldn't be more excited about it.

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

I don’t think there actually was much development; Dads was quite spur of the moment. I had acquired some new recording gear around the middle of last year, and I had a bunch of ideas lying around so I started recording them. I added to them over the following months, writing words, adding layers and re-recording bits I didn’t like and before I knew it I had an album’s worth of material.

How do you know when a song idea is for Dads rather than Big Scary?

When it sounds like the song will be less reliant on layered parts for it to come across well then I think it would be a Big Scary song. A lot of the Dads songs rely on there being lots of different parts, I actually think that the Big Scary songs are better because they are built on fewer, but stronger parts. Also, lyrically the Dads songs were a way of me dealing with a few things that were going on in my life last year that I don’t think would have been appropriate for Big Scary.

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

In my early high school years I had a massive thing for techno, I think ‘Wild Vol 6’ was pretty much the only thing that got rotation in my discman. But I went to see a school battle-of-the-bands when I was about in year 9 and I still remember there was this energy from these bands and from the live music that I had never experienced before that really captivated and stuck with me. There was a lot less techno after that, a whole lot more Red Hot Chili Peppers, and I think I got my first guitar not long after.

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

It may not be advice, but I really enjoyed reading The Alchemist and in it there’s this nice line that says something like “When you want something, the world conspires with you to help you achieve it”. That said, I was brought up to think that I should be realistic about what I want to achieve, particularly with wanting to be a musician. So piecing those two together I think forms some pretty solid advice: to chase what you want, but also be realistic about it.

Tell us about the bands and people in the Melbourne music scene that inspire you.

There’s so much goodness going on in the Melbourne music scene, to be honest I really don’t get out and experience as much of it as I should. I guess Dads was kind of inspired by people who like to make great music just for the sake of it. Jarrad Brown from Eagle and the Worm for example is one of my favourite Melbourne songwriters, he made this beautiful album as Joe Neptune which kind of flew under the radar but he seems cool with it, just happy to keep making music, whatever its form, I like that. Other than that, I think one of the most exciting bands in Melbourne at the moment is Kins, so much talent and originality, there really is nothing else like it in this town, go and listen now!

What’s coming up in 2011?

We’ll release the full Dads album on May 13, but after that the rest of the year will be about Big Scary’s release, I feel like that’s got some of the best songs I’ve ever written on it and I’m really excited about it.

Australian music is?

Immense, endlessly interesting and waiting to be listened to.

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Robbie Miller

Featured Artist

2013

29

Jul

Robbie Miller

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Robbie Miller is a talented young Brisbane artist and the winner of our National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) competition. We're stoked to be flying Robbie to Darwin to perform at the NIMAs alongside some of the best Indigenous artists in Australia.

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

I would describe my music as honest. My sound really developed over the last two years as I spent more time in my own headspace. Each week I would spend hours playing guitar and working out ways to better express myself and my music.

You’re the winner of our National Indigenous Music Awards competition. What most excites you about being flown to Darwin to play the awards?

It's very exciting to have the chance to rub shoulders with some of the most talented Indigenous musicians in Australia and the opportunity to connect through music with so many people. I find it very humbling that I was personally chosen out of so many talented Indigenous musicians.

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

A band that really inspires me in Brisbane at the moment is The Trouble With Templeton. I think those guys are making some really amazing tunes. My best mate come producer Nathan Morrison also inspires me. I have been collaborating and working with Nathan for the last four years. He isn't afraid to tell me what isn't working and his musical abilities always inspire me.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and by who?

Mike Howlett who was an Associate Professor at QUT at the time told me just to make the type of music that I wanted to make, so I have been doing that ever since.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

The rest of 2013 is looking to be a big year for me. I will be releasing my debut EP, playing live shows across the country and getting a band together.

Australian music is…?

…a multicultural community full to the brim with undeniably talented musicians. The artistry is among the best in the world and in the not to distant future I think you'll see Australian artists conquering the world in ways we are yet to see.

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Hollow Coves
New

Artist

Hollow Coves

Indie (Indie, folk, Acoustic, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

JP Klipspringer
New

Artist

JP Klipspringer

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Elliott Smith, Primal Scream, chilled out electro, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Pat Tierney
New

Artist

SONS ET AL
New

Artist

SONS ET AL

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Yeasayer, Icehouse, Here We Go Magic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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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Whitaker
New

Artist

Whitaker

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Sons Of The East
New

Artist

Sound From Earth

Artist

Sound From Earth

Roots, Indie (The Waifs, Beck, leonard cohen, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt

Featured Artist

2013

15

Jul

Dustin Tebbutt

( )

New England, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt has crafted some beautiful rolling guitar pop with sublime harmonies and golden tinges of melancholy.

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

Over time, more and more factors are contributing to the development of my sound. A lot of direct and indirect musical influences, contemporary folk music, film scores, living in Scandinavia and the winter in the north... also my relationship with the studio environment. For this project particularly, I spent a lot of time in my home studio, just exploring and really working on creating a layered sonic landscape. It’s those small organic nuances that you stumble across over time that have really defined the sound of this project for me.

You wrote and produced a lot of your music in Sweden. What did you find most inspiring over there?

The thing that impacted me the most about living in Sweden was the physical environment. All of it.. It’s so different from everything we have here in Australia. The dramatic seasonal shifts, the colours and textures in the trees, the light... is softer or something. The winter, it’s so extreme, and because of that it’s so beautiful. It’s a hard thing to describe, but I found it really inspiring to be immersed in those places.

What other artists/musicians do you draw inspiration from?

I haven’t been listening to much music lately, but I do have some staples that I keep going back to: Laura Veirs, Max Richter, Great Lake Swimmers, Feist, Elbow, Tucker Martine. I try to be a bit selective too when in writing/production mode. I find it can be good to limit what I listen to, just to put some boundaries in place.

You’re preparing to play shows. What’s your vision for the live show like?

I just did the first gig on Sunday evening actually! I’ve been really focusing on bringing the important sonic elements from the recordings to the stage, but still keeping a sense of play and freedom in there. It’s a fine line, but these days there’s some great technology out there to work with! At this stage, it’s just a solo show, and I’ll be building it up as I go along.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

The rest of the year is shaping up nicely. The next single is not too far off, I’ll be putting a fair bit of work into the live set and am now just in the process of booking some shows. I’ll have the next couple of video clips to produce, and then back to writing the next lot of songs!

Australian music is…?

…Evolving. I think now is a really interesting time for us. The internet has given Australians access to culture on a global scale, but often we’re positioned more as observers than major players. Because of this, it seems like there is some really interesting and unique music being created in Australia at the moment, and it has the ability to connect on an international level. I feel like we’re no longer culturally isolated from some other key regions of the world, and that’s reflected in the music we’re currently producing... It’s pretty exciting!

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