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BARNARD
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Artist

BARNARD

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Foreign/National

Featured Artist

2014

15

Sep

Foreign/National

Melbourne, VIC

 
Foreign/National are a bunch of boys from Melbourne who love jazz chords, nostalgic pop and the Côte d'Azur. The five of them have a gift for piecing together songs that are packed with sunshine and escapism.
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Q&A with Mark from Foreign/National...
 
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I think our music and our sound is under constant development. At the moment we are working at constructing nostalgic pop tracks that use a bunch of non-traditional pop styles such as jazz, kraut and bossa nova to create a genuine mood. Ultimately we want the tracks to make you feel like you’re somewhere else, that escapism or positive detachment you feel when you’re somewhere where nobody knows who you are. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think aside from obvious musical influences its about doing as much interesting stuff as possible. Going out and trying things, fucking up, starting again. Seeing new people, making new mates going to new places. Drinking tons of beers, smoking darts and enjoying a good day in the park. Just leading an ever changing, unpredictable life I think is the best source of inspiration.
 
What can punters at a Foreign/National live show? 
Foreign/National live is a completely different beast. Any civility that may come through in the recorded tracks is replaced live by a psychotic, monolithic live show that is really about being visually interesting and unpredictable. Its a chance for us to try things out. I think it’s something thats really entrenched in how we consume music as a band. Through headphones we want something thats moody and nuanced in production and tone. Live we want to see a band that wins you over with unpredictability and pure chaos. Something that grabs you and for 40 minutes just pulls you along for the ride. That’s the approach we like to take live.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Thom Savage from KINS told me I should start writing my own music again and that there is no point trying to predict what people are gonna like so you gotta write to your own vision.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
That new C.W Stoneking track ‘Get On The Floor’. Its super-duper dope!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Seekae - 'Void'. Still gets me every time.
 
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 went and saw The Ocean Party at Northcote Social Club. I hadn’t seen them for a few years but man they are such a charming band live. Just a motley crew of mates that you can tell love playing together and it’s really infectious. Lyrically I think their tracks are so clever and have a really original point of expression.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Melbourne is amazing at the moment for music. Australia in general has just taken it up a notch and there are a bunch of bands in Melbourne I’m proud to have as representing Australia. In no particular order: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Sunbeam Sound Machine, Darcy Bayliss, anything touched by Simon Lam or Andrei Eremin, Banoffee, The Ocean Party, Snowy Nasdaq.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
We’re releasing our first EP on Sept 22nd. Then we’re doing an east coast tour end of Oct/Nov. Playing Paradise music festival end of November. Writing more music and going back into the studio in Nov/Dec, drinking more beers, smoking more darts and playing plenty of PS4.

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LEØ
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LEØ

Electronic, Indie

Brisbane, QLD

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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The Tapes
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Artist

The Tapes

Electronic, Indie, Rock (the, Tapes, Indie, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Allan Smithy
New

Artist

Allan Smithy

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

angus dawson.
New

Artist

angus dawson.

Electronic, Indie (Producer, Perth, Electronic, ...)

Perth, WA

Jamatar
New

Artist

Jamatar

Dance, Electronic, Indie (chiptunes, Electronic, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

MTNS

Featured Artist

2013

9

Sep

MTNS

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane 3-piece MTNS are all about textured synths, striking melodies and downtempo beats. Their beautiful, ambient, electronic pop won them the opportunity to open our BIGSOUND showcase event on Wednesday, September 11 at Oh Hello in Brisbane.

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

Our music blends the band dynamic with electronic sounds. Usually I (Tom) start writing songs on the guitar or keyboard, from there it's working on the computer with sounds, samples and MIDI. I like to work on my vocal melody and lyrics as the song grows and progresses. Working on the computer is great for us because we can really explore and form the song together.

You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be playing the triple j Unearthed showcase event on Wednesday, September 11, at Oh Hello in Brisbane. What are you hoping to gain from your BIGSOUND experience?

We wanna have a fun night and play our best! We're looking forward to hanging out and making some new friends. You never know who you could bump into at Bigsound.

What can the crowd at the triple j Unearthed showcase expect from the MTNS live show?

Drums, guitars, vocals and synths!

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

Mostly we are hanging out at our jobs, working on music or spending time with our girlfriends...at least me and Robbie are ;)

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

We just started the Tigertown tour last week, so we're looking forward to some more shows. We've been working hard finishing up some more songs for our next release as well.

Australian music is…?

…the best!

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Amy Shark

Featured Artist

2016

29

Aug

Amy Shark

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Amy Shark is a young song writer, filmmaker and producer hailing from the Gold Coast. She's just released her gorgeous new single 'Adore' and she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It took a while for me to figure out my sound. Because I was so heavily influenced by a lot of different artists but as soon as I got it, and built a song using all the right ingredients i.e. mixing the right producers with the right sounds, it very quickly set me on fire and it all made sense after that.  
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think just listening to music in general inspires me. But I also use it as a release, so if there's some heavy shit going down or I feel a bit off I'll usually have a muck around on the guitar and see what happens. Sometimes nothing, sometimes magic.
 
What can punters expect from an Amy Sharks live show? 
Brutal honesty and sometimes I'm  a bit of a potty mouth lol. I like chatting about stuff between tracks, and seeing as all my songs are rather personal I can get pretty involved in the performance part too.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
"Who gives a f*ck about record labels and radio stations. Let's just do this for fun." - Shane Billings (current manager)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Seth Sentry - The Waitress Song. One of the best tracks ever. Plus Who doesn't get happy hearing the word breakfast?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
SIA - Breathe me. That's enough to break anyone in half. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
That's easy! Flume - Sleepless!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dylan Joel at the Cooly Hotel - so fun! super dope! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
We have some cool stuff happening on the GC. Serious talent is growing amongst the palm trees and coffee shops. Some locals I'm into are Georgia Mae, Jesswar, and Being Jane Lane. Sam Morris has really taken our music scene by the balls and thrown it in the spot light for the country to see. Which is rad! Someone had to do it. We are a quiet breed here on the GC. Most of us are more interested in skating, surfing, guzzling coffee and smashing acai bowls than promoting ourselves, but i think the country is slowly turning around to take a peak at us. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of stuff between Syd, Melb and America towards the end of this year. Since the release of 'Adore' there has been some cool people keen to give me a run so I'm keen as to make more music, release my EP and play a heap of shows!

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Tia Gostelow
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Artist

Tia Gostelow

Indie, Rock (Indie, folk, Rock)

Tropic, QLD

Bilby
New

Artist

Bilby

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (rap, Indie, Emo, ...)

Sydney, NSW

ROI
New

Artist

ROI

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

Brisbane, QLD

Jake Meadows
New

Artist

Jake Meadows

Dance, Electronic, Indie (jake meadows, Daniel Johns)

Sydney, NSW

Feki
New

Artist

Feki

Electronic (Future, Soul, Ta-Ku, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

A.D.K.O.B

Featured Artist

2016

1

Feb

A.D.K.O.B

( )

Sydney, NSW

A.D.K.O.B are one of the winners of our Laneway competition and will be playing the festival in Sydney this Sunday, Feb 7. We asked them what we should expect from their set, they said "you're going to want to dance...". 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It was just a natural reaction to my situation at the time. I was in a couple of other bands which I loved but I felt I had a lot of ideas I just couldn't fit anywhere, so I just had a go at recording them alone. What was supposed to be a mere experiment became a project of its own pretty quickly.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I suppose other music. But really, inspiration comes from every facet of life. Most of my ideas come of their own volition, often when I'm nowhere near an instrument so I have to record voice memos of me beat boxing or whistling, often in the most public and embarrassing places possible.
 
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can punters at the Laneway fest in Sydney expect from the A.D.K.O.B live show?
You're going to want to dance, we are going to want to dance, it doesn't work as well if everyone just stares at us. I think we can get the early birds moving. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
A friend once said that talent doesn't exist, and everything comes through hard work. It's a common one but I refer back to it a lot. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Wide Open Road by The Triffids - it's melancholy but there's a light at the end of the tunnel: "now you can go anyplace that you wish to go"
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Wide Open Road by The Triffids - as I said, the subject matter and instrumentation is melancholy as it gets.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Wide Open Road by The Triffids - hence why I have never been invited to DJ anywhere.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I guess it was our rarefinds show at OAF, YEEVS and BADPONY also played. The crowd was amazing, the place was packed and the bands were awesome. It was a cracker; live music in Sydney is nowhere near dead.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Patrick Delohery from a little band called "Disgusting People" - he changed the way I write and look at music. A talented songwriter and a very intelligent man.
Also Matt Amery, the songwriter for Tin Sparrow and Alan Smithy. He's one of my oldest friends and is wise beyond his years. He's always been my go-to for advice when it comes to current musical climates in oz, and has just been a great pal. 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Release a lot more music, tour like mofos and just try to enjoy the ride while it lasts! We are experiencing a small run of success at the moment and you never know when it's gonna end. So I guess we keep working hard and just enjoy it!

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Aela Kae
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Aela Kae

Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

FETES
New

Artist

FETES

Electronic, Pop (psych pop, dream Pop, Electronic Pop, ...)

Mid North Coast, NSW

QALMS
New

Artist

QALMS

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird
New

Artist

Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Ravin
New

Artist

Ravin

Hip Hop, Indie (thought out bars)

Sydney, NSW

Rando
New

Artist

Rando

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

Perth, WA

GLADES
New

Artist

GLADES

Electronic, Indie, Pop (alternative pop, alternative, Pop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

FLUIR
New

Artist

FLUIR

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Maids

Featured Artist

2013

21

Oct

Maids

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle 4-piece Maids are the winners of our Fat As Butter competition. They'll be taking their driving indie rock riffs to the Fat Stage of the festival this Saturday, October 26 at midday.

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

Our music is a channel that we try our best to express our individuality through. Each member of Maids has their own thing going on - when we get together we try to balance it all out so our music represents us as who we are at the core. Our musical style is a mix of aggression and tenderness...lots of heavy riffs and driving sections with a counter part that is subtle and melodic. We developed our sound through a lot of experimentation with indie rock, punk and psychedelic vibes. Our main aim in our development was to push indie music into a heavier environment.

You’re the winners of our Fat As Butter competition and will be playing the festival at the Newcastle Foreshore on Saturday 26th October. What are you most looking forward to about Fat As Butter?

Thanks triple j Unearthed :) Playing a festival is a great opportunity for us to give our live show to a larger audience. We love playing live so much and we really enjoy forming a relationship with our crowd. We try to get as intense as we can and lose anything that is going on outside the moment. We encourage our audience to do the same. There are a lot of great bands playing too. It will be a great day.

What can the crowd at Fat As Butter expect from the Maids live show?

We usually sacrifice a goat to the Gods of head banging in our first song. After that we head bang till the last song and then share the goat blood with the crowd. So yeah, expect that and butter up.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you?

Newcastle is on the rise at the moment. I think people are pretty inspired. There is a semi-underground scene that seems to be the most consistent. I observe it from afar and there is always a lot of great stuff going on. Special shout out to I Am The Agent too. Those guys are putting on a few shows lately and it seems like a nice little community might be forming. In terms of people in Newcastle - they're great. They don't necessarily go to live shows much, but I can't blame them because the city has been a bit dry in the past few years. Maids have a kind of selfish goal to play a major part in reviving the place and getting people interested again...let's see what happens!

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

2013 has been a really great year for Maids. We toured our single "Mechanism" up and down the East Coast and have just finished our national tour in support of our EP release. Our guitarist is going away for a bit so the plan is to write as much as possible. We have enough material to get another EP out by next year. I think 2014 will be really busy - another EP and as much touring as possible.

Australian music is…?

I think Australia is doing great as a music scene independent of the global scene. If more artists were encouraged to focus on a point of difference and less on whatever is trending at the moment (probably talking about the indie rock scene most here), we might be able to become one of the most interesting music communities in the world - the talent is here. Props to Gotye and Tame Impala. They kind of represent the direction I am talking about.

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Horror My Friend

Featured Artist

2013

1

Apr

Horror My Friend

Adelaide, SA

Horror My Friend are a post-punk 3-piece with some fuzzy, frenetic and mighty fine tunes.

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

When we finished year 12, the bands that we were previously in had all broken up, so we all got together to jam. We had all played in fairly quiet bands before hand and wanted a change of pace in terms of sound, so we got out the overdrive and fuzz pedals and started playing loud music and we loved it. Around this time, we had all really started getting heavily into 90's bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, along with 90's influenced bands like Yuck and Violent Soho, so that's a big contributor too.

What’s the Horror My Friend live show like?

I think one of the most important things about playing live is just having fun and being enthusiastic, it's always a bit disappointing when you go see a band that you like and they're just standing and looking a bit bored. I guess we just try to have as much fun on stage as possible, throwing ourselves around in the heavy bits and stuff like that. When you get into it so does the crowd and if they're not getting into it we try to make it happen, by playing in the crowd or inciting stage invasions. The stage invasion thing only worked one time, at our single launch last year, there was a lot of drunk people and we had about 20 people up on this small stage for the last few songs, that was really fun...we'll make it happen again soon. Along with that, Josh and I swap between guitar/bass, as well as vocal duties, which is fun. You can also expect awkward banter.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you?

There's so much to talk about here, Adelaide has some great bands/people. Ride Into The Sun are one of our favourite bands in Adelaide and they're also our rehearsal space buds. They play this awesome Brian Jonestown Massacre/Black Angels Psych Rock and they do it so well, they're heading over to the US soon and playing at the Austin Psych Fest! Sincerely, Grizzly are really cool and doing so well! Great guys, although Josh Calligeros still owes us a 64.4kg Indonesian Swordfish for picking him up while he was drunk/stranded in town. Archers are awesome and Brain their guitarist has alot of fangirls. Also bands like Dead End Friends, Kids With Teeth, Animal House, Sleeptalker, Charlie Monsoon and Bad//Dreems are all awesome! Producer Matt Hills, great friend and a great producer. He puts up with our immaturity during recording and even plays some pretty good jokes on Al. Organisations and people like Fourwords, Cats, 5/4 Entertainment, Radio Adelaide, Rip It Up, 3D radio, Spoz's Rant and Play/Pause/Play.

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

Pretty much, you can't wait for good shows and opportunities to come to you, you have to make them happen. Play lots of shows when you start out, practice every week if not more, meet and talk to people in the industry/other bands and send lots of emails. That was from Banjo Weatharald (Jimmy and the Mirrors), before we had ever played a show.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

2013 is looking really exciting, we're doing a tour starting on the 5th of April , which includes three supports on the British India "Controller" tour and a bunch of shows up the east coast and Adelaide! In addition to this, we'll be releasing another single sometime in the next few months and hopefully starting work on an EP at the end of the year! It's gonna be good.

Australian music is…?

...pretty, pretty good.

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Ella Thompson
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Ella Thompson

Electronic, Indie, Pop (ella thompson)

Melbourne, VIC

whisperer
New

Artist

whisperer

Indie, Rock

North Coast, NSW

Babaganouj
New

Artist

Babaganouj

Indie, Pop, Rock (Brisbane, lemonheads, Vaselines, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Life is Better Blonde
New

Artist

Life is Better Blonde

Electronic, Indie (#electro #indie #melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

DEAFCULT

Featured Artist

2015

13

Jul

DEAFCULT

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Deafcult is a shoegaze/noisepop band from Brisbane that build an impressive wall of sound with stormy distortion and fuzzy, soothing vocals. We recommending playing them really loud.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Stevie: Deafcult is a noisy pop band, essentially. A big part of our sound comes from having four guitar players. Most of the songs are written on an acoustic guitar so that at the foundation of it all theres just a pop song. When you add four loud guitars and two singers harmonizing softly amongst the noise it starts to sound like Deafcult.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Stevie: I think the music I grew up with in Scotland informs alot of our sound. Bands like Jesus and Mary chain, Vaselines, Mogwai and the Cocteau Twins. Also music my mother used to play when I was a child like The Ronettes and the Shangri Las. The whole Phil Spector Wall of Sound thing is a big influence.
 
What can punters expect from a Deafcult live show?
Innez: You’ll probably notice a bunch of people on stage trying not to cross guitar swords. It will most likely be loud so bring your earplugs. Or don’t, it’s your life, live it how you want. Al might face his butt to the crowd if you’re lucky.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Innez: My mum has made a pretty big impact. Not so much with words but just the way she lives her life with compassion and kindness, and she has and has never, ever given up. Plus my best bud Alys told me to never stop rockin’ and I never will. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Innez: I’d pop Blank Realms new banger on - 'River of Longing', then take their hand and run into a field never to return. We may cry there anyhow but at least we’d be in a field listening to Blank Realm. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Innez: Rowland S Howard – 'Shut Me Down'. I discovered Howard too late, unfortunately. His guitar playing and vocal delivery are pretty crushing. If they weren’t crying after this I’d talk to them about Australia’s Border Protection Act then show them the story of Koko and her kitten.  And if they still weren’t crying I’d throw sand in their eyes to check if they were cyborgs. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Innez: Second Sight – 'Pure Form'. We played with Second Sight in Adelaide a couple of months ago. There’s a bunch of cool goth/electro stuff happening about the place but I guess this track sticks out as it’s a bit meaner or something. Everyone could totally bust out embarrassing dance moves to this track. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Innez: One we played with Tiny Migrants, Per Purpose and Pale Heads from Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. Per Purpose is one of the most interesting bands in Australia. Every member in the band is engaging.  And when everything falls apart, like it did this night, they especially rule. Tiny Migrants are the perfect amount of surf, punk, pop, garage and also cute legends to boot. Pale heads… Let’s just say anything Tom Lyngcoln touches turns to gold. Plus you’re assured a good time at Trainspotters (a venue at Central Station in Brisbane). Make sure you get a jug of Fruit Tingle and if you miss dinner, they’ve got fairy bread for free! Sugar highs all night long.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Innez: We’re pretty lucky in Brisbane. There's not an abundance of venues, but the ones that do pop up tend to be run by total legends. In terms of people who do stuff that’s cool and inspiring Matty from Tenth Court, Lena from Trouble’s A Brewin, Do It Together, Cam and Matt from Via/Bach Guitars, Helena Papageorgio/Alex Dunlop’s amazing music vids, Rick and Billpot, Cam Smith, Sarah Gall, the crew at 4ZZZ, Phoebe Paradise’s art and design, Room 40, all our mates here actually. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Stevie: We are in the process of writing a new record. So we will be in the studio again soon! We will also tour Australia a bit. We have our first interstate show in Melbourne on Saturday 18th July at the Reverence Hotel for their 3rd birthday show.

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Crown The Humble
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NOELLA NIX
New

Artist

NOELLA NIX

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Dark Pop, alternative RNB, Female, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Yuuca
New

Artist

Yuuca

Electronic, Pop (Dream-Pop, Electronic)

Brisbane, QLD

Bears and Dolls
New

Artist

Bears and Dolls

Indie, Pop (Indie, Pop, Indie Pop)

Perth, WA

Split Feed
New

Artist

Split Feed

Punk, Rock

Newcastle, NSW

Artist
New

Artist

Tunechip

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Mallrat

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jul

Mallrat

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Mallrat is a Brisbane-based teenager with a knack for creating outrageously catchy pop tunes. She sings, she raps, she makes everybody dance.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’m still developing my sound!  I listen to everything so my music is a bit mish mash, I think that’s cool though.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
I want to document being human and imperfect and then make people feel something with that.
 
What can punters expect from a Mallrat live show?
Dancing!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I’m learning to drive right now and dad told me “know what you’re doing when you approach a roundabout” and “don’t spend your whole life slowing down for speed bumps”. These are both great metaphors for life.
 
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?
I haven’t been to one in ages because there aren’t enough underage shows and I’m 17! I’ve seen Gill Bates a few times though, he always kills it.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
The Brisbane music scene is so supportive, it feels like a big family. Everyone in a band is in five other bands and if you go to a local hip hop show you’ll catch all the other guys dancing and rapping along for sure. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Make music, friends and travel.

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Jasmine Iona
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Artist

Jasmine Iona

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Minorfear
New

Artist

Minorfear

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Roots (Electronic, Ambient, alternative, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Fifth Dawn
New

Artist

Fifth Dawn

Metal, Rock (#alternative #melodic #hard-rock)

Sydney, NSW

Polarheart
New

Artist

Polarheart

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Arctic Maps
New

Artist

Arctic Maps

Electronic, Pop (arctic maps, Electronic, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Georgia Maq
New

Artist

Georgia Maq

Indie (Georgia Maq, guitar, Female vocals, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Pansy
New

Artist

Pansy

Rock (grunge, Alternative Rock, 90's, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Ben Abraham
New

Artist

Ben Abraham

Indie, Pop, Roots (cinematic folk)

Melbourne, VIC

VIGILANTES
New

Artist

VIGILANTES

Electronic, Indie, Pop (vigilantes, sydney, aquarium, ...)

Sydney, NSW

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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Courts and Kings
New

Artist

Courts and Kings

Indie, Pop (Adelaide, courts & kings, courtsandkings, ...)

Adelaide, SA

The Tiger & Me
New

Artist

The Tiger & Me

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (#indie, #pop, #Folk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tora

Featured Artist

2014

21

Jul

Tora

( )

North Coast, NSW

From playing cute gigs raising funds to help rebuild a local community garden, to smashing the stage at Splendour In The Grass, saying that Tora is moving forward in leaps and bounds is probably the understatement of the century. Check out our interview with this week's Unearthed feature artist.

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

We just wanted to make music that we enjoyed listening to, and so it slowly developed through combinations of influences, as well as many hours of trial and error and the process of elimination... Ideas usually develop within the computer, starting with beats and production, then live instruments and vocals. We then have the challenge of pulling them off in a live situation. 

 

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

The biggest inspiration for us is hearing new music, because we often forget that there's an infinite pool of ideas to be manifested. This gets our creative minds juicing. 


What can punters expect from a TORA live show?

We get pretty into it when were on stage, we don't take ourselves too seriously, so there's usually a bit of goofy dancing and silly comments throughout the set. We've been told that the songs sound more energetic and upbeat when we play live. Most people don't realise, but we have 3 vocalists and we play the songs with real instruments.

 

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

 'Don't burn your bridges.' - Dave

 

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

Bee Gee's - Stayin' Alive, accompanied by flare pants and living room choreography.

 

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

 Vancouver sleep clinic - Collapse. Hear it and weep. :'(

 

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

"Dat Schlump Funk" by Silentjay.

 

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

Our local community garden burnt down a little while ago, and they put on a fundraiser to rebuild it. We played a little set to contribute. It was super cute.

 

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

Our close friends Gabe and Cecilia are musical geniuses, and inspire us through their crafty originality. 
Potato Potato never cease to amaze us either, and they're always keen to jam. 

 

What are your plans for TORA in 2014?

 

We've got some exciting shenanigans planned for the rest of the year, now including our first ever show at Splendour in the Grass.

We just released "Eat the Sun" the first single from our new EP which will be out later in the year.

We are also super stoked to be going on tour with Miami Horror in september, which will include shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.

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Friends Of Ben
New

Artist

Friends Of Ben

Indie, Pop, Rock (Pop, alternative, Indie, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

galapogos

Artist

galapogos

Indie, Pop (pixies, Unkle, Slint, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Modern Strangers
New

Artist

Modern Strangers

Indie, Pop, Rock (Alternative Rock and Roll, Indie, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

HILL PEOPLE
New

Artist

Sleepy Tea
New

Artist

Sleepy Tea

Electronic, Indie, Pop (dreams, Shit Day-jobs, Ice-cream, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

BULLHORN
New

Artist

BULLHORN

Pop, Roots (Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The New Mastersounds, hip hop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

wash.
New

Artist

wash.

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Aaron Moore, Needs, Ambient, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Lucha Libre
New

Artist

Lucha Libre

Indie, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

Amanda King

Artist

Amanda King

Indie, Pop (Sweden, Indie, Singer/Songwriter)

Illawarra, NSW

Fiig
New

Artist

Fiig

Pop, Roots (Indie, folk, the seekers, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Khanz
New

Artist

The Khanz

Dance, Electronic, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Azura
New

Artist

Azura

Electronic, Pop

Brisbane, QLD

Tanya Batt
New

Artist

Tanya Batt

Indie, Pop (Batt, Florence and the Machine, The Jezabels, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Sui Zhen
New

Artist

Sui Zhen

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Antena, Arthur Russell, Dip in the Pool, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Fun Machine
New

Artist

Montaigne

Featured Artist

2014

26

May

Montaigne

( )

Sydney, NSW

Montaigne is the stage name of 2012 Unearthed High finalist Jessica Cerro. Since impressing us with her Unearthed High entry 'Anyone But Me' she has taken a couple of years to refine and develop her sound - and boy oh boy was it worth the wait! The first offerings from her forthcoming EP are big and bold and beautiful, and available here on Unearthed.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound is rather intertwined with my subconscious so however I feel as a human being mentally, intellectually and spiritually shapes the kind of sound that manifests in my mind and which I seek to give substance to. I have very few production skills and play only two instruments, one (the piano) at a very basic level, so the way the songs ended up on the EP was shaped largely by the big conceptual ideas I was throwing at Tony who produced it and the way that Tony understood them. And of course by the references I gave, such as M83, Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Björk, Sigur Rós etc. I think the greatest influences in the development of my sound were the sounds of other artists, my own holistic self-development and of course the second party (Tony) involved (when someone else is involved, they’re always going to imbue a small piece of themselves). I do a lot of humming, too, and have a penchant for harmonies.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life, I suppose. Things as they happen to me. Anything which elicits a creative reaction from me. I don’t like to force the process of making music, music for me is like something that’s always happening in my body and every now and again it seeks outlet. When I sit down and say, okay, I’m going to write a song now, whatever I write is crap. It’s when I surprise myself with a line or a quick melody that I write my best songs, they develop from there. Spontaneity is key.

What can punters expect from a Montaigne live show?
Some pretty loud vocals and some pretty wild gesticulation. Something you should engross yourself in and join. Whatever joining means to you.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I get this advice from many people, amongst them my parents and even John Watson, one of Australia’s most successful managers: don’t underestimate yourself. Or further than that, trust yourself. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I get told that a lot with regards to my songwriting and my voice. And it’s important that I hold to that because I get frustrated easily if what’s in my head just won’t come out of me in exact form.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Rock It by Little Red. Always.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Providence by Lisa Mitchell. Wouldn’t be tears of sadness though, more tears of wonder.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
My People by The Presets. Ooft.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I went to was Big Scary at Manning Bar. The band was freaking great, just their presence was enough to satisfy me I love Big Scary so much.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I have a good friend who’s soon to put out a first single under the artist name Dead Language who constantly impresses me with his ability to balance uni, music and work. He’s got a really strong voice too, his growl power is crazy. He’s someone I can talk to about all the music stuff which I really appreciate, and he’s really passionate about it which I also really admire.
 
What are your plans for Montaigne in 2014?
In the immediate future, I’ll be on a panel for ABC Splash & Unearthed High in June where I’ll be performing a couple of songs acoustically. In the more distant future, there’ll be gigs coming up and I’ll be starting a new record…
 

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East of Ely
New

Artist

East of Ely

Indie (East of Ely, Came Without, Easy Friend, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Rainy Day Women

Featured Artist

2012

8

Oct

Rainy Day Women

( )

Perth, WA

Rainy Day Women are an exciting Perth 4-piece that produce some infectious sunny day pop. Get the first taste of their upcoming EP 'Friends' here on Unearthed.

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

We’re really into classic pop songs with a great melody - mostly stuff from the 50’s-70’s. Like Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, The Beatles etc, all the classics. So I guess our sound is borrowed from all of those bands that we like but our focus is just to write good songs that stand strong melodically. Lots of harmonies, lots of hooks, lots of space for things to move.

What’s the Rainy Day Women live show like?

Our songs are pretty short and to the point on record, so we like to extend things out a bit live and get a groove happening. We just want to get good vibes across and do our best to make sure the audience is enjoying themselves. Not taking ourselves too seriously, I guess. We don’t wear shoes on stage.

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

The producer for both of our EP’s so far, Andy Lawson (Debaser Studio) , has been quite a mentor. He’s really invested in what we’re doing and has taken the time to help us grow as songwriters (forgive the cliché). We love Perth exports like Tame Impala and bands that are doing their own thing. Place of Indigo are a local band that are going at a sound that isn’t the usual.

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

I’ve heard a lot of people say this, but I think it was Sam from the Rubens that stuck it in my head. It was, that you should never write music with the main objective of it being widely liked. That’s not to say to stay away from writing pop songs, but just to be honest with song writing. It’s really easy to slip in and out of trends but people can tell when you’re being honest. Phases come and go, I'd rather be playing music that I was passionate about to an empty room than playing music that I didn’t like to thousands of people. A wise man once told me to eat the chips first because you can always save the burger for later, but the chips go soggy in the fridge.

What’s coming up in 2012?

We’ve just released a new single called ‘Runaway’ which is off our upcoming EP and are in the middle of a very busy month of shows promoting it. In between that we are writing for an album. Our new EP ‘Friends’ will be out in February and we’re so damn excited to share it!

Australian music is...

...exciting! You can trawl Unearthed for hours listening to different music that is generally of a pretty high standard. All of the Aussie bands that we have played with have all been such good people and that makes the whole thing so much more fun. There’s a community and a party wherever you go.

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WZRDKID

Featured Artist

2014

12

May

WZRDKID

( )

Mildura-Swan Hill, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Just A Gent

Featured Artist

2014

22

Sep

Just A Gent

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Just A Gent is the moniker of 17 year old electronic producer and DJ, Jacob Grant. The young Novocastrian is one of the winners of our Listen Out competition and will be getting the party started at Listen Out Sydney this Saturday, September 27 from 2pm at the Atari Stage in Centennial Park. Punters can expect top hats and bangers.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound by listening to all different types of electronic music and recreating the sounds. Once I made the sounds I would use that as a basis and then develop on it. Eventually I started to b influenced by own music which ended up creating the Just A Gent sound.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Art. I love art, of all types. I draw inspiration from movies, music, dance, paintings and the weirder the more inspiring I believe. I find that when I discover small low budget movies is one of the biggest influential sources, because you feel like you found this and it makes it so much more amazing and inspires you beyond wonders.
 
You’re one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. What can punters at our Listen Out in Sydney expect from the Just A Gent live show?
I sure am! Punters can expect top hats, moustaches, suits and euphoric music to set the mood. I will play a few of my new unreleased tunes along with a bunch of classics to get the party started.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Some of the best advice I was given was from my mum, when I was young. Everyone has been told this one and it is simply just to be yourself and don't listen to the people that are negative and bring you down. Take all the feedback and advice you can get, but take an insult as a compliment and it will make it a million times easier. In terms of music, Emoh Instead of 'What So Not' once told me sometimes less is more, which is another one everyone has heard and it can be really helpful when producing tracks that have so much potential but sound too messy. Less is more. Remember it.
 
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?
My unreleased remix of Vance Joy's 'Riptide'.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I'm under 18 so there isn't to many gigs I can get into, although I do get to go to Groovin The Moo and I loved Peking Duk.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
I don't know many, but from the ones I know, they are such a good supportive bunch and I would love to be able to get more into the scene here in Newcastle and build more of a base for Electronic Music.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
Release new music & tour tour tour!

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AYLA
New

Artist

AYLA

Indie, Pop (Ayla, Indie, Pop, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Sierra Fin
New

Artist

Sierra Fin

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

PAPER ARMS

Featured Artist

2011

11

Feb

PAPER ARMS

Adelaide, SA

Paper Arms are one of the winners of our Soundwave competition. This beardy 4-piece will be bringing their “Gainesville-style” punk rock to Adelaide's Bonython Park on March 5.

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

I think that, like a lot of the bands in our genre, our sound is the sum of all our musical parts and experiences. There's elements of melodic punk, but it's not melodic punk. There's elements of hardcore, but it's not hardcore. There's elements of rock, but it's not straight rock. etc. etc. I think that's what really draws me to it. There's enough wiggle room in the sound to try new ideas, and push yourself creatively without facing a backlash of people complaining that you're breaking out of a certain genre. There's things we've learned in all our previous bands culminating here. I don't claim to be re-inventing the wheel, but I do love that what we do doesn't really have a "set in stone" name. I hope it never does.

You’re one of the winners of our Soundwave Competition. What can the Adelaide Soundwave audience expect from your show?

Sweat. Broken drum sticks. Vocals pushed till my voice starts breaking like a 14 year old. A bit more sweat. You know. The usual.

What are you most hoping to get out of attending and playing the 2011 Soundwave Festival?

It's a massive honour to have been chosen. It's also going to be amazing to share a stage with so many bands and musicians that I've grown up listening to and learning from. I'm probably just hoping to get out of it what every other punter there is. Except I guess the backstage pass and free drinks might make it a little more special this year. haha.

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

All the bands I love in Adelaide at the moment are ones that are dancing to the beat of their own drum (so to speak). Grenadiers. Kind of a brother band to us. Started doing rock and roll in a hardcore town and blew a few people's minds. Stolen Youth. One of the longest serving and hardest working punk bands in Australia. Weightless. Started doing chilled out 90's emo when most people weren't aware that even happened. Hightimes. Somehow made ska-punk okay again. haha. Craterface made hardcore humerous. Coerce got angry. And there's a bunch more. A lot of really young interesting hardcore and post-hardcore bands starting up now too. Exciting times in Adelaide.

What’s your greatest memory of touring Australia?

It was really awesome touring last year with Strike Anywhere. I'd toured once before with them in God So Loved The World, and feel like we're really tight now. It's an awesome feeling when you realize, you're actually friends with a band you idolized as a kid. Great guys and great shows. Also have a lot of fun on the surprise shows like a couple we've done in Hobart, when you may not have had huge expectations, and they turn out to be some of the best nights with the best people.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Supporting Against Me and Off With Their Heads soon. Also honoured to be playing one of the final Arthouse shows in April. I'm doing a solo show with Tim Barry and Chris Wollard which should be fun too. Long term 2011... We're aiming for a new full length and hopefully an overseas trip of some form.

Australian music is?

In need of a Midnight Oil reunion. haha.

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Christa Vi
New

Artist

Christa Vi

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Indie, Pop, Electronic, ...)

Adelaide, SA

PL - formally Private Life
New

Artist

PL - formally Private Life

Electronic, Indie (Alternative synth, indie synth, 80s vibes, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Flinter
New

Artist

Flinter

Pop, Rock, Roots (Paul Dempsey, Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

CERES
New

Artist

CERES

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

Melbourne, VIC

Whitaker
New

Artist

Whitaker

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Rainbow Chan

Featured Artist

2013

19

Aug

Rainbow Chan

( )

Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

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

Australian music is…?

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

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Moonsign
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Artist

Moonsign

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Moonsign, dreampop, Electro, ...)

Newcastle, NSW