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Fortunes.

Featured Artist

2015

9

Feb

Fortunes.

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne future R'n'B studs Fortunes are getting up in your hair this week.

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

Coming from different musical backgrounds (pop/soul/jazz vs hip-hop/electronic/hardcore) but with similar ambition, we developed our sound through a lot of trial and error over a cask of wine.

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

People, mates, lovers, dickheads.

What can punters expect from a Fortunes live show?

Lots of dancing (dirty dancing), hot people, personal stories.

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

Protect your heart, turn it into art. Thanks Gemma.

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

Vanessa Amorosi - Absolutely Everybody

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

Powderfinger - My Happiness

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

Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby

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

The Tarantinos at Luwow. It was wild, a chick got her *** out.

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

Hiatus Kaiyote - Nai Palm is explosive.

The Harpoons - Rebecca's on some high-pitched Australian Amy Winehouse level.

What are your plans for 2015?

We're looking at jumping on a couple of tours and playing some festival spots which is gonna be sweet. We’ve almost finished writing EP#2, so aiming to get that out mid-year.

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Pansy
New

Artist

Pansy

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

Melbourne, VIC

Jim Lawrie
New

Artist

Jim Lawrie

Indie, Rock, Roots (Bright Eyes, Jackson Browne, Shaun Tan, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Potato Potato
New

Artist

Potato Potato

Pop, Roots (Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons, Boy and Bear, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Heir Fuller
New

Artist

Heir Fuller

Indie (Slowcore, rain, post rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

HOWLING SEAS
New

Artist

HOWLING SEAS

Indie, Rock (howling seas, mathsurf, noise pop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Colour Bomb
New

Artist

Colour Bomb

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Mosé + The FMLY
New

Artist

Mosé + The FMLY

Hip Hop (Melbourne, Hip-Hop, Music, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

HABITAT
New

Artist

HABITAT

Dance, Electronic (habitat, bass, Moombahton, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

AYLA
New

Artist

AYLA

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

Sunshine, QLD

Young Night

Artist

Young Night

Indie, Rock (Rock, Kings of Leon, John, Paul, George and Ringo, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

West Thebarton

Featured Artist

2016

18

Apr

West Thebarton

( )

Adelaide, SA

West Thebarton Brothel Party are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. They want punters to leave with a sore neck and beer-soaked hair after they take the stage at Groovin The Moo in Oakbank on Monday April 25.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I like to think that we write tunes that are relevant, soulful and have a whole lot of character. When we write, as the singer, I generally try to think of one or two phrases in my mind, let them razz me up a whole bunch and then just try and steer the song towards something that fits this. It’s a little weird to describe how we write, but it usually comes down to 1 or 2 people writing the guts of a track and then bringing it to the shark tank. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Four Words. Eight Syllables. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters in Oakbank expect from the West Thebarton Brothel Party live show?
We’ve been playing fewer local shows lately. Focussing on quality rather than quantity, so that when we do play shows, we can just unload all of that pent up frustration and energy on stage. Punters can expect to have a sore neck by 12.40 in the arvo and I dunno, maybe get a bit of beer in their hair. Oh, and see us actually enjoy some room on stage for once.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Rock Hard, Rock Often, Do it Weird” – David Blumberg (Exeter Bartender)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Down The Lane by Royal Headache
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Year In Pictures by Dick Diver
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Tough One… Television Addict by The Victims or (if it was a party in Adelaide) Hoping For by Bad Dreems.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I dropped in at a bar called Tuxedo Cat for a beer after the Port game and I caught a singer called Abbey Howlett. I’ve seen her a few times, and its always been her voice that blew me away, over her subtle jazz chords. But she flipped her set for this gig, chucking some electronic shit over her guitar. It was VERY, VERY good. Even had a Dialect (From Dialect & Despair) cameo.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the South Australian music community that inspire you.
Haha, this could be a VERY long list. I guess most of our inspiration comes from bands that work their asses every day of the year. Its bands that do this, that have really made us kick into gear to keep up. Ones that come to mind are; Bad//Dreems, Wireheads, The Hard Aches and Sincerely Grizzly. When you see a band that you want to play with, generally it gives you a bit of honest competition to want try and be in their league, and really, I think that’s what drives us all.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Write songs, release songs, tour, repeat.
Oh and try to write less songs in the key of E.

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White Hex
New

Artist

White Hex

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Arthur Russell, Velvet Underground, Tropical Goth, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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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sleepmakeswaves
New

Artist

sleepmakeswaves

Electronic, Indie, Metal, Rock (Isis, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Rós, ...)

Sydney, NSW

KUCKA

Featured Artist

2014

30

Jun

KUCKA

( )

Perth, WA

Kucka has been mucking around for a few years now in her Perth bedroom making some unique sounding, weird and wonderful electronic music. They play live as a three piece and their music can do anything from make you sway to all out dance, check 'em out this week as our feature artist.

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

I started experimenting with electronics a while ago, just playing around on garage band with my guitar and vocals. From there I found ableton and have continued to experiment ever since.  I also studied music composition at uni, which helped me learn about theory and about how classical music and harmony works, which has helped alot with my production too.

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

I love buying world music records from op-shops. You can usually pick old ones up for about $1. The other day I bought a  Balinese Gamelan record and the sounds are really unique and inspiring. I find that it's good to listen to stuff that isn't conventional pop when I'm writing, to keep things a bit different.

What can punters expect from a Kucka live show?

We play live as a 3 piece, I sing and hit off samples on a keytar, Jake plays synths and also controls our visuals and Katie plays the beats on her Maschine.  We amp up the tracks a bit more for the live show so people can get into it and have a dance. The visuals are made by an artist from Vienna called Martina Menegon, she usually works with installation art so they are really immersive and unique.

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

My best friend always tells me to take 20 mins out of the day to meditate and not think about anything at all. I find that it helps when I'm writing, I always come back with a fresh perspective.

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

Simo Soo - TEARZZZZZ

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

Taku - I miss you

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

Catlips - Kanimbla

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

The last gig I went to was a tour fundraiser for the band Mudlark. They got a few bands to collaborate on a fresh project for the night, so I got to see lots of local musicians improvise and experiment, I even got up and had a jam with Ben Witt from the Chemist which was really fun.

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

My latest favourite Perth band is Mudlark who I mentioned before, they are a two piece, just guitar and drums, but the rhythms and textures they create are incredible. Other artists who inspire me are Mei Saraswati and Doctopus, for very different reasons. Mei writes beautiful, groovin beats and has an amazing voice, and Doctopus are an energy/good vibes explosion.

What are your plans for Kucka in 2014?

At the moment I'm finishing my next EP, which is due out in October and then a tour over East after that.

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Snowy Nasdaq
New

Artist

Snowy Nasdaq

Electronic, Indie (Synths, drums, Vocals)

Melbourne, VIC

This Mess
New

Artist

This Mess

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Soul, dance, hip hop, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Martha Marlow
New

Artist

Martha Marlow

Indie, Pop (Feels like home, Laura Marling, nick drake, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Usurper of Modern Medicine
New

Artist

Usurper of Modern Medicine

Electronic, Indie, Rock (Rock, Experimental, Post-Rock, ...)

Perth, WA

Tigertown

Featured Artist

2012

5

Nov

Tigertown

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney six-piece Tigertown are one of the winners of our Harvest Festival competition. They'll be opening Harvest Sydney with their blissful alternative pop on Saturday November 17 at Parramatta Park.

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

When Charlie and I (Chris Collins) met we were both in our own bands and both felt a bit restless. We started writing and recording songs in my bedroom. It was also the first time either of us had really co-written anything so the sound definitely started then. Since the first EP, we have had all our brothers and sisters playing with us so the sound has grown from bedroom songs to more of a band sound now.

You’re one of the winners of our HARVEST competition. What can Harvest punters in Sydney expect from the Tigertown live show on Saturday 17th November?

We've just finished two pretty big tours so we feel pretty well oiled. We're playing all of our new EP and a bunch if new tunes as well. We like visuals so we're working out what we can bring from our music videos.

What most excites you about playing and attending Harvest 2012?

We're really excited to see Sigur Ros play. I think there'll be a lot of learning that day. Keen to see how all the big guys do it. Also really excited to play on a festival stage.

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

Make sure your belt matches your shoes. My Grandpa.

What’s coming up for you in the last bit of 2012 and looking into 2013?

We have a new EP worth of songs ready to go so we are going to be getting into that for the rest of the year. Plus a couple of festivals and then hopefully a new EP to show everyone in the new year.

Australian music is…?

...taking back its radio waves!

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The Worriers
New

Artist

The Worriers

Indie, Pop, Rock (Pop, Garage, Indie)

Brisbane, QLD

Hudson and Troop
New

Artist

Hudson and Troop

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Hudson and Troop, dark future folk)

Melbourne, VIC

Edward R.
New

Artist

Edward R.

Indie, Pop (Edward R., chorus, solo, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

SPARKSPITTER

Featured Artist

2014

10

Jun

SPARKSPITTER

( )

Adelaide, SA

Wrap your ears around the groove-laden, math-infected, instrumental art-pop of Adelaide 3-piece Sparkspitter.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Tom and Rohan used to play in an improvised instrumental post-folk-rock band called Strega, and started Sparkspitter as an aside to work on when Lachy, the guitarist was out of town.  Rohan came up with the name, and we played vaguely mathy ambient music back then a la Clogs and The Necks.  After six or eight months, Matt (who was playing at the time with Bronze Chariot and Thunderclaw) joined the band and we started to experiment with the tighter, poppier structures and grooves that you hear in our current music.

In a basic sense, Rohan feeds a melodic/rhythmic idea in to a loop and the other instrumentation builds around it. We then take that idea on a bit of an excursion - superimposing whatever other melodic/rhythmic structures will fit it. The essence of what we do is that we're a novelty band :)

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We get our inspiration from the nature of things mainly.  We're also pretty inspired by some of the art and music and coming out of Adelaide and the world in general right now.

What can punters expect from a Sparkspitter live show?
Well we actually just really love what we do and hope that translates. We'd rather not create expectation but just encourage all punters to come see for themselves.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Live in your paradise' - Richard LeMessurier

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
The Horses - Darryl Braithwaite
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Everything is Fucked - Dirty Three
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
! (The Song Formally Known As) - Regurgitator
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Wireheads played at Title to launch their LP "The Late Great Wireheads".  Was great to see some rock and roll in a public space, surrounded by pretty books and records - really inspirational stuff.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
The following bands and people in Adelaide inspire us: Swimming, Robotosaurus, The Burning Sea, Psalm Trio, Dave Blumbergs, Brad Cameron, Zach Coligan, Damien Kelly, Wolfpanther, Emu, Madison Bycroft, Ashtray, Robert St, Vandalis shoot-crew, Kevin Van der Zwaag, Hilary Kleinig, Thunderclaw, Stephen Whittington, Doe, Nathan Abbott, Harriet Fraser-Barbour, Celeriak, Richard LeMessurier, Matea Gluscevic, Josef Faraone, Rule of Thirds, Hydromadusa, Chris Soole, Format, Encarta bros, Stan Mahoney, Peter Ellis, Dan V, Andy Nowell, Madeleine Parry, Dan Wills, Ross McHenry, Sam Wright Nescha Jelk, Duncan Campbell, Amy Joy Watson, Aaron and Jesse Schuppan and The Happy Motel.

What are your plans for Sparkspitter in 2014?
There are some real exciting events already taking shape for later in the year which we are really looking forward to. More immediately though we're supporting one of our favourite Adelaide bands The Shaolin Afronauts at their post-Japan pre-Glastonbury show at the Gov this Saturday (14th June) alongside Immermann 1.1 and Oisima which will be loads of fun. Mainly though we are looking forward to releasing our debut album Techne later this year, making some more film clips and probably touring to wherever we can go, although we don't have anything lined up as yet.

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Mr Clean
New

Artist

Mr Clean

Hip Hop (www.darealmrclean.com)

Sydney, NSW

Mau Power
New

Artist

Mau Power

Hip Hop, Roots (Soulful Hip Hop, Conscious hip hop, Australian Hip Hop, ...)

Far North, QLD

OPIA
New

Artist

OPIA

Indie, Metal, Rock (prog rock, heavy rock, Perth, ...)

Perth, WA

The Sinking Teeth
New

Artist

The Sinking Teeth

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Japandroids, Refused, At The Drive In, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Broadway Sounds

Featured Artist

2015

23

Mar

Broadway Sounds

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne party-starters Broadway Sounds fuse an eclectic mix of psych pop, calypso, jazz and world rhythms to create infectious booty-shaking anthems.

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Q&A with Andrew Diamond Phillips...
 
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's psychedelic pop but in saying that it's all different styles of music, sometimes in the same song. It's a representation of my record collection and my experiences. By expanding my record collection and my travels and experiences, as I have changed as a person, that is how the sound has developed. And it's still developing...
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
"Everything That Rises Must Converge" by Flannery O'Connor.
 
What can punters expect from a Broadway Sounds live show?
A party that doesn't pussyfoot about. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Always empty the cache" - Morgan McWaters (our sound engineer).
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Any song off "Man Coda" by Quasar.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Any song off "Man Coda" by Quasar.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
"Midnight Man" by Flash & The Pan.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was to see Russell St. Bombings play in inner city Melbourne. Being a big fan of Total Control I was keen to check them out. It was great.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Phil and Jen (the others in the group) are at the top of the list for sure. All of the other musicians we collaborate with are inspiring. Outside of the Broadway Sounds universe, we are big fans of Kirkis and Harvey Dutherland. We have played shows alongside them both and would do it again in a heartbeat.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
We are in DJ-mode at the moment, so there are a few DJ gigs happening in Melbourne and Dydney. The new song and EP are getting mixed as we speak! We are bringing the live show to Sydney really, really soon. Brisbane is on our radar too, so yeah, lots of plans.
 

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Little Earthquake
New

Artist

Little Earthquake

Electronic, Pop

Central Coast, NSW

Jack R. Reilly
New

Artist

Jack R. Reilly

Indie (Listening, To, Eliot Smith, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Fox And Fowl
New

Artist

Fox And Fowl

Indie, Pop (fowl, fox, And, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

SPOOKYLAND
New

Artist

SPOOKYLAND

Indie, Rock (neil young, Tallest Man On Earth, Bob Dylan, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Hopium

Featured Artist

2014

18

Aug

Hopium

Melbourne, VIC

Hopium are a mysterious Melbourne duo that create some very impressive emotive electronica. They first caught our attention with their brooding debut single 'Cut' and have done it again with their new track 'Dreamers', which features guest vocals by Phoebe Lou of Unearthed High alumni Snakadaktal.

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

Trial and error! We’d only really made band music in the past, so it was very reactionary and intentionally experimental.


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

We’re both pretty analytical people and while music definitely flexes that, it’s also chasing that thing where you’re fully in the moment, engaged emotionally, creatively, whatever.


What’s your vision for a Hopium live show?

Epic. Visually it will be an extension of the aesthetic we’re building in the videos, a surreal fantasy, super experiential.


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

“Get rich or die trying” - 50 Cent


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

The Go-Betweens - 'Streets Of Your Town'


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

Flight Facilities - 'Clair De Lune'


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

You can’t beat Flume’s Hermitude remix.


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

Sticky Fingers. Debaucherous.


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

It’s actually impossible to choose, it’s the city as whole that we find inspiring and everyone in it.


What are your plans for Hopium in 2014?

Make large quantities of dope music and play it live.

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jayteehazard
New

Artist

jayteehazard

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Newcastle, NSW

JaysWays
New

Artist

JaysWays

Electronic, Pop (Cooper, jaysways, Jay, ...)

Sydney, NSW

STICKY FINGERS

Artist

STICKY FINGERS

Indie, Pop (cool funky fresh rock, SANDINISTA!, fingers, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Young Lions
New

Artist

The Young Lions

Indie, Pop, Roots (The Young Lions, Young Lions, Israel Cannan, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

FLAMINGO (Adelaide)

Featured Artist

2013

18

Nov

FLAMINGO (Adelaide)

( )

Adelaide, SA

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

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

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

What can the crowd expect from a Flamingo live show?

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

What are you guys doing when your not making music?

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

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

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

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

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

Australian music is…?

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

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Philly

Featured Artist

2014

28

Jul

Philly

( )

Mildura-Swan Hill, NSW

From the moment the words of Naughty By Nature hit Philly's ears, one thing in his life was certain, hip hop was the only way of life for him. Check out our interview with triple j unearthed's NIMA winner Philly from Mildura.

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

I grew up listening to hip-hop artists such as Naughty By Nature and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince which is why I love making upbeat, motivational, feel good and uplifting type music, I also grew up listening to a lot of country music which is a reason why I like telling stories through music and Tupac has been a huge influence on me coming up and because of that I'm also on a conscious tip, I guess with all of these elements I'm still trying to find a balance so I'm still developing as an artist but I'm finding my sound more and more each day and I will perfect my craft in the near future.

 

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

The greatest source of inspiration as of late has been my people and my family, when I first started making music it was just for fun but now that I've become more conscious of what my people (the Indigenous Australians) have been through and what we are still going through today it really inspires me to help any way i can and music is the best way I know how.

 

What can punters expect from a Philly live show?

Honestly I don't plan my set, I don't plan transitions and sometimes change the order of my tracks during my set so it's a surprise for everyone myself included but one thing I can guarantee is that you can expect a lot of energy and crowd interaction.

 

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

The best advice I can remember receiving was "just have fun" I can't remember who it was from because I've been given so much advice from so many people since i started but it really stuck with me.

 

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

A track that comes to mind straight away is Treaty by the legendary Yothu-Yindi, it has a deep message behind it but you can't help but to dance to it and I'm a bit of a clown so whoever it is that's upset will definitely get a full performance of me getting my boogy on while singing along to it.

 

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

An Australian track that I can think of to bring them emotions out would have to be Took The Children Away by Archie Roach, the combination of Uncle Archies voice and the message he brings with it is very heavy and you can tell from the emotion in his words that its coming from his heart, this song will definitely touch everyone.

 

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

Holdin On by Flume the mans a genius and that track always gets my head bumpin'

 

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

I actually haven't been to much gigs in Melbourne that I haven't been a part of and I've had a ridiculous amount of gigs so far this year and everyone of them were fun I definitely have to catch a gig soon though sometimes it's good just being in the audience and I'm hoping that will be my homie L-Fresh because I haven't caught any of his gigs yet but I've been meaning to.

 

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

Mildura has a pretty cool scene when it comes to music I've been to a couple gigs there that are mostly heavy metal which I'm not the biggest fan of but I have a lot of friends that ask me to come along and support them, our hip-hop scene is small but is growing slowly which is great. WZRDKID are dope as you might know and I have a couple other friends that are crazy talented when it comes to rap they call themselves Dismal & Grim1 they haven't released anything yet but I promise I'll push them to get something out.

 

What are your plans for Philly in 2014?

Release an album and go on tour they're my top priority as an artist right now, I have a long way to go so this year I want to build my fan base then take it even further next year.

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Joyride

Artist

Joyride

Hip Hop, Electronic (Duane Eddy, Harry Fraud, Cody ChesnuTT)

Sydney, NSW

Stax Osset
New

Artist

Stax Osset

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

Melbourne, VIC

Twin Caverns
New

Artist

Twin Caverns

Electronic, Indie (Flying Lotus, Feist, Downtempo hip hop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Fieu
New

Artist

Fieu

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

Sunshine, QLD

EMR

Artist

EMR

Hip Hop (You tell us, hip hop, Soul, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Tigerilla
New

Artist

Tigerilla

Electronic, Hip Hop (Tigerilla, Electronic, Moby, ...)

Adelaide, SA

MeowRocket
New

Artist

MeowRocket

Electronic, Pop (Electronic, Presets, hot chip, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Opiuo
New

Artist

Opiuo

Dance, Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Hot Spoke
New

Artist

Hot Spoke

Indie, Rock (Hot Spoke, indie band, sydney, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Dianas

Featured Artist

2014

14

Apr

Dianas

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Dianas are Nathalie, Caitlin and Ashley. United in 2012 the trio have been cultivating their unique brand of dark and dreamy, DIY-pop sounds outta Perth ever since.

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

Our sound has developed quite a bit just through playing together and getting better at our instruments. Certain things like the lack of hi-hats and lots of toms in the drumming have arisen simply out of necessity; we didn't actually own any hi-hats in the beginning and now we've become attached to Ashley's jungle woman drumming style. The double vocals probably have as much to do with taste as with neither of us wanting to be a lead singer, and the melodic, intertwining guitar and bass lines from neither of us being a "real" bass player. Pretty much we just do whatever we think sounds good and are hopefully evolving musically with each thing we do...

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

Red wine and seeing awesome bands play from Perth and elsewhere.

What can punters expect from a Dianas live show?

Drums like a runaway train, awkward banter and instrument swapping that doesn't quite go smoothly.

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

"Easy on the ride" - Chris Wright, local sound engineer and drummer.

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

The Saints 'Stranded'. Beaches 'Send Them Away'.

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

Rowland S. Howard 'Shut Me Down'.

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

Kylie Minogue 'I Should Be So Lucky'. Flower Drums 'Birthday Girl'

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

Runner + Antelope + Place of Indigo instrumental show at The Bird. They were all very musically amazing and the lack of vocals wasn't lacking at all.

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

Two new favourite Perth bands are Kitchen People and The Pissedcolas who have been playing a fair few shows together alongside more established acts such Laurel Fixation, Shit Narnia, Aborted Tortoise and Catbrush. They seem to have developed a special (non-exclusive) kind of scene on their own. I think the most outstanding common thread between these bands is their emotionally earnest approach of writing and playing. The Perth music community is pretty inspiring in general :)

What are your plans for Dianas in 2014?

Write some new songs and record an album. Pretty classic band things. Hopefully play some shows in other cities!

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Rabbit Island
New

Artist

Rabbit Island

Indie, Pop (Amber Fresh, Rabbit Island, Lo-fi, ...)

Perth, WA

Ruby Boots
New

Artist

Ruby Boots

Roots (Alt Country, roots, americana)

Perth, WA

Selekt Few
New

Artist

Selekt Few

Hip Hop (Perth, Political, social)

Perth, WA

WAXHEAD
New

Artist

WAXHEAD

Indie, Punk, Rock (surf, Rock, grunge, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Bad Dreems

Featured Artist

2012

23

Apr

Bad Dreems

( )

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide band Bad Dreems are our Feature stars. They're all about 90s guitars and bittersweet pop. Hear their Flying Nun influenced sound on triple j Unearthed and Unearthed on digital radio all week.

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

We just got together to play at a friend's party when the band arranged he had dropped out. We practiced once in this fridge warehouse across the road from the West End Brewery and we enjoyed it so we decided to keep going. The warehouse is really echo-y so it lends itself to loud intense songs. Everyone brought a little something to the table. We mainly just wanted to concentrate on having good songs rather than a particular new sound - just guitar music and all the sounds that come along with that. Not too many bells and whistles. After a while we didn't always practice in the warehouse and practised at one or other of our houses. So then we wrote some songs that aren't so intense. More like love songs.

What’s a Bad Dreems live show like?

We enjoy them. We hope other people do.

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

No one gave us this advice directly directly but We learned it from observing our friends who make good music or art and that is to just get out there and do it; don't sit around waiting but write songs, start bands, organise your own shows, meet other bands, make videos. Get involved lad!

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

One of the reasons for starting the band was that there was not much going on here at all that we found inspiring. I (Alex) had moved back from Melbourne and was a bit bummed about that. But then I discovered some cool bands/artists like Hit The Jackpot, Bitch Prefect, Peak Twins and Terrible Truths. Then they all left, mainly for Melbourne :(. But easily the best band in Adelaide at the moment is Old Mate which is Pat from Bitch Prefect's band. They are a seven piece band that sound like Street Hassle-era Lou Reed if Lou had grown up in Gawler rather than New York. But Pat is moving to Melbourne too...There was a label here in the 80s called Greasy Pop that released a lot of great stuff, like Bloodloss. Because there was not much going on we just wanted to be different. A lot of the bands we are inspired by like The Clean, The Go-Betweens, The Scientists etc. developed the way they did because they didn't feel they could contribute to what was going on around them and just wanted to do their own thing. DK from The Metro (a new-ish venue) is pretty inspiring - he books the bands there and has really created a good place to play and to have bands from interstate visit.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We are doing a show with Wavves and then we are planning to make a couple more videos for some new songs and also record a heap of new songs with our mentor Jack Farley.

Australian music is…?

pretty good we reckon.

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Slow Dancer
New

Artist

Slow Dancer

Indie (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

BEC SANDRIDGE
New

Artist

BEC SANDRIDGE

Indie, Pop, Rock ("Girl pop")

Sydney, NSW

RUNFORYOURLIFE

Artist

RUNFORYOURLIFE

Electronic, Hip Hop (Electronic, JDilla, Nina Simone, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Young Franco
New

Artist

Young Franco

Dance, Electronic (Kaytranada, Of, Disco, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Rita Satch
New

Artist

Rita Satch

Pop, Roots (Soul, Rnb, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The British Blues
New

Artist

Olympiamusic

Artist

Olympiamusic

Indie, Roots (Dorothy Porter, Ainslie Wills, Anna Calvi, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Fountaineer
New

Artist

Fountaineer

Indie, Pop, Rock (Bendi-Pop)

Central Victoria, VIC

Emperors
New

Artist

Emperors

Indie, Pop, Rock (Indie, Rock, Pop)

Perth, WA

Chase City

Featured Artist

2013

16

Dec

Chase City

Hobart, TAS

Chase City are a Tasmanian surf rock band and they'll be unleashing their catchy tunes and wonderfully sunny guitar hooks at Falls in Marion Bay on December 31st. Congrats, Tarik, Michael, Peter, and Jed!

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

Chase City originally started as a different project with a similar line-up. After becoming Chase City we did a run of shows around Hobart before settling in to record our debut EP. We spent a lot of time in the studio where we laid down our tracks and have slowly started to find the sound we want to pursue. You’re one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can Falls punters in Marion Bay expect from the Chase City live show?

You’re one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can Falls punters in Marion Bay expect from the Chase City live show?

We try to make our live show as lively and energetic as possible. We don't like taking ourselves too seriously and love performing live, our singer (Tarik) may thrown in a sneaky backflip during the set...is that even allowed?

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

Being Tasmania's premier music festival, all of us have attended Falls yearly and are looking forward to experiencing a world class festival from a different perspective! And obviously looking forward to some great music and seeing some of our favourite acts perform live.

What are your plans for Chase City in 2014?

Over the next 2 weeks we are doing a bunch of shows at home in Tassie and then heading off to the mainland to do some shows along the east coast of the country! After that we will be looking to tee-up with a producer and lay down some more tracks and look to evolve our sound and see where things go!

If you had to make one new year's resolution, what would it be?

I'm really bad with new year's resolutions but maybe eat less KFC? I think we all indulge in too much fast food especially while we are away!

Australian music is…?

What you make it. I think it's easy for people to overlook local Australian acts but I think there is a bit of everything going on here and it takes only an hour of trawling through SoundCloud or Unearthed to find some incredible music. I really love the Australian music culture at the moment and as an independent aspiring band, I could not think of any other place to be playing our music!

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Twin Beasts (formerly The Toot Toot Toots)
New

Artist

Achoo! Bless You
New

Artist

SANS (Melbourne)
New

Artist

SANS (Melbourne)

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Jakubi
New

Artist

Jakubi

Hip Hop, Pop (Jamiroquai, Does it Offend You, Yeah?, N.E.R.D, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Golden Features

Featured Artist

2014

7

Apr

Golden Features

( )

Sydney, NSW

Who is Golden Features? All we can say is that it's an exciting new project for a Sydney producer who has just dropped an excellent debut EP, has another in the works, is about to hit the live scene and is inspired by the contrast between light and dark in art. Click below for a few more words from the man (of mystery) himself...

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound was developed by sitting down for countless hours and playing around. There’s no great secret or synth, just a set of guidelines that I want my music to sound like.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I'm extremely inspired by contrast between light and dark in art. Having uplifting, bright moments that progress into dark moody follow ups. I'm really inspired by artists like David Choe and Greg Simkins who manage to walk the line between the two in their own unique ways.

What can punters expect from a Golden Features live show?
The shows are going to be a lot of my own music, remixes and edits.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Best piece of advice I ever got was from Emoh Instead, he suggested that I listen to songs front to back, not just skip through. You can miss out on a lot of great music having that "skip to the drop" approach.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I would play them tapes of my manager singing Bardot - 'Poison'.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Frenzal Rhomb - 'All You Friends'.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Aston Shuffles remix of 'Goodbye Future' is a heater
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last show I went to was one of the Nina Las Vegas shows, it was brilliant. Tkay Maidza was amazing.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
What So Not have been really inspiring. They've made forward thinking club music that’s completely unique to them. Music that works in clubs and on iPods.

What are your plans for Golden Features in 2014?
2014 should be interesting.. A couple of remixes in the works, definitely another EP which will be substantially bigger than the first and a bit of touring in the latter half of the year. Exciting stuff!

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Warmth Crashes In
New

Artist

Warmth Crashes In

Indie, Pop, Rock (Future Space Rock, Garage Electro)

Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
New

Artist

Kim Churchill

Indie, Roots (neil young, Led Zepplin, jeff lang, ...)

South East NSW, NSW

Mathas

Featured Artist

2013

30

Dec

Mathas

( )

Perth, WA

Perth emcee/producer/singer/song psychologist Mathas is a thoughtful and skilled lyricist whose recent tracks have really impressed. He is the winner of our Southbound competition and will be opening The Sunny Stage of the festival on Saturday, January 4.

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

I’ve been performing and putting out music in Perth for over 10 years now. I suppose I've gradually been shaped into a begrudgingly optimistic pisstaker of world events, the Australian political climate and dietary habits. I guess I just say it as I see it.

You’re the winner of our Southbound competition and will be playing the fest in Busselton, WA on Saturday 4th Jan. What can the crowd at Southbound expect from the Mathas live show?

I’ll be playing out of a briefcase with a giant button attached to it, with some decorative props and a signature onstage goofballishness.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

It's been many years since I've played at a festival and also a long time since I last went to Southbound (2010) ... So getting to perform is highly important. I gotta tell you though, I'm pretty partial to the ol’ campers chai tent.

What are your plans for Mathas in 2014?

I’ll be putting out my sophomore album Armwrestling Atlas in the first half of 2014. That’s pretty much all I can think about at the moment... just get the frikkin album done.

If you had to make one new years resolution, what would it be?

Get the album done... it's been 4 years since the last one.

Australian music is…?

Far more important than buying a house.

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Little May

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Little May

Sydney, NSW

Indie-folk trio Little May are this week's feature artist. We spoke to them about developing their sound, their upcoming spot at St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Sydney and what's on the horizon in 2014...

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Our music would fall into the folk/indie/pop category.  We never set out to create a certain sound, but we have been concentrating on songwriting for a while.  I think it took years of us playing bad covers and writing really average songs to get to a point where we felt we were developing our own thing.

We have a lot of different influences which is really awesome when it comes to writing collaboratively.  We are still an acoustic trio, but there are a lot of influences coming through that aren’t just folk. It just so happened that we wrote these songs on acoustic instruments, because thats all we have ever played.  Going into the studio to record the EP played a massive role in developing our sound.  All the things we had originally envisioned the songs doing dynamically we could now do, and we weren’t limited to two guitars, a stomp box and Hannah’s attempts at using a Cabasa.  We were listening to Local Natives ‘Hummingbird’, Half Moon Run ‘Dark Eyes’ and Alt J when we were recording, and I think those albums really inspired us and gave us a lot to think about production wise.  From then, it was an obvious move to start playing with a band. We were writing songs that were asking for more.  I think we’re finally at a point now where we know what sounds like “Little May” and what doesn’t.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can the crowd at Laneway in Sydney expect from the Little May live show?
We are seriously so amazed and thankful that we get to play Laneway this year.  We were all literally beside ourselves that day it was announced. We have never played a festival before, so it will be a pretty new experience.  Our live show is getting bigger and a little darker at times. We’re gradually adding more people too. We’ve got three of our close friends playing with us; Cat, Mark and Sam, which should be good fun.

How did Little May form?
Hannah and I (Liz) had been playing together since we were about 17.  We met in high school and we instantly clicked.  We listened to a lot of the same music, and would spend most weekends playing really bad covers, namely ‘Save Tonight’ by Eagle Eye Cherry.  Eventually we started writing our own songs and started singing together and blending our voices.  The three of us formed under Little May around mid 2012 when we decided we needed another guitarist.  I knew Annie from early high school so we started jamming together, bought a PA and started doing open mic nights and gigs.

What are you three doing when you’re not playing in Little May?
We live in each others pockets so it’s kind of strange when we aren’t together.  We all have our jobs on the side, and have our own little things going on.  Annie is a graphic designer, she draws a lot. Hannah and I can’t draw. We go up to my parents farm in Wollombi quite a bit, sometimes to write and rehearse or to just to do nothing. We like going to gigs too.

What are your plans for Little May in 2014?
We will be releasing our EP around April this year.  We are playing Secret Garden and touring with Mikhael Paskalev in March which will be amazing. The main focus for for us is to keep writing, recording and rehearsing.  It’s all about the songs, so we want to just keep the ball rolling and from then we can see where the year will take us.  I think we will be recording all of our new stuff too.

Australian music is…?
...amazing right now.  It’s very inspiring to see what some Australian artists are doing, and to see them taking on the world is really cool.

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THE HATED
New

Artist

THE HATED

Hip Hop (rap, hip hop, byron bay, ...)

North Coast, NSW

95 Royale

Artist

95 Royale

Dance, Electronic (The Phantoms Revenge, Armand Van Helden, Daft Punk, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Immigrant Union
New

Artist

Immigrant Union

Rock, Roots (Psych Folk, Alt Country, Psych Country, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Ocean Party
New

Artist

The Ocean Party

Indie, Pop (guitar pop, Pop, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Ciggie Witch

Featured Artist

2014

31

Mar

Ciggie Witch

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne chill dudes Ciggie Witch make leisurely indie pop full of warmth and longing.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Mitch and I (Zac) are the main song writers in Ciggie Witch, we each bring basic rhythm guitar and vocals to the band and then everyone else writes their own parts which can get a bit hectic when everyone's writing different melodies, luckily they never seem to clash.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I guess the biggest source of inspiration is just everyone who is around us and the music they are all playing.

What can punters expect from a Ciggie Witch live show?
Awkwardness and the same bad jokes every show.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Being told to sing with my own voice and my Dad said you should play covers because INXS did.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
A song that could cheer you up is 'Do What You Wanna' by Andre.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
A song to make someone cry is 'Long Weekend' by Ciggie Witch.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Boy Forever - Lets Talk About It

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last show I was at was a Haircut show and it was mad as, they were great and their was $2 pots/middys.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Everyone in the band and the other projects they have.

What are your plans for Ciggie Witch in 2014?
Ciggie Witch have an album coming out in May called Rock And Roll Juice which we'll do a tour with and we've started recording our 2nd album which hopefully will be out later this year or early next year.

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Retiree
New

Artist

Retiree

Dance, Electronic

Sydney, NSW

Jess Dunbar
New

Artist

Jess Dunbar

Indie, Pop (Jess Dunbar, Fix It, Fools March, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Fusionest
New

Artist

The Fusionest

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (The Fusionest, bass, dance, ...)

Riverina, NSW

Sex on Toast
New

Artist

Sex on Toast

Dance, Pop (Prince, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Savo
New

Artist

Savo

Hip Hop (savo, savobaby, jameel savage, ...)

Far North, QLD

Akouo
New

Artist

Akouo

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (chillwave, Future Beat, hip hop, ...)

Northern Tasmania, TAS

The Hipstones
New

Artist

The Hipstones

Pop, Roots (60's funk, Soul, r&b, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Danco

Artist

Danco

Pop, Rock (The Beach Boys, ben kwellar, Herman and the Hermits, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Artist

Featured Artist

2012

12

Nov

Jackie Onassis

Sydney, NSW

Jackie Onassis are a Sydney hip hop duo made up of Kai Tan and Raph Dixon. They've just dropped their excellent debut EP 'Holiday'.

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

We’ve always listened to a wide variety of music growing up. We’ve both gone through phases of being into punk rock, indie rock, electro, dubstep, the list goes on. That said, we’ve definitely put in the most time with our hip-hop: the first tracks we listened to and grew up on were from New York MCs like Jay-Z, Nas, & A Tribe Called Quest. As things progressed, we also fell hard for other styles from dudes like Atmosphere, Brother Ali, & Aesop Rock. Now it’s anyone who we think is making interesting music. In terms of the music, our beats used to be very sample heavy, but nowadays we’ve incorporated more synths and analogue drum machines into the mix, so our sound is a hybrid of both samples and electronic instruments, as well as real instruments - particularly keys. As far as raps go, as obvious as it sounds, the thing that’s influenced my development the most was learning to make my words and my delivery more musical.

What’s the Jackie Onassis live show like?

We just have a bit fun, try to get the crowd involved, and hope they do too. Raph is known to play air instruments when he’s really getting into it. I just sing a bit.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Sydney music communities who inspire you?

We grew up with the Horrorshow and Spit Syndicate boys, and they are always pushing the boundaries of our genre, but Sydney has so many dope musicians. This most recent album by Flume is absolutely nuts. The stuff Joyride is doing is next level, and a friend of ours called Atola is always pushing the limits. I’ve always admired what the Seekae guys do too. There are way too many crazy musicians to mention! It’s pretty easy to be inspired with so much talent around you, but its just as easy to get left behind, you always have to be experimenting and advancing to stay relevant.

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

When we first put together a bunch of songs, we were lucky enough to be able to sit down and have a coffee with Urthboy. As well as a bunch of invaluable info on the industry side of things, he basically just told us to take things slowly and be realistic, build from a solid foundation, don’t rush into things and make mistakes. That talk helped us put things in perspective and gave us a much better sense of how to go about everything. I’d definitely recommend the same thing to other artists: take your time with your music - there are no shortcuts and once your music is out there, it’s out there for good.

What’s coming up for you in the last bit of 2012 and looking into 2013?

We’ve just put out our first ever EP for free on our website. Its called Holiday, and we’re taking one ourselves for a few days. But then its back to work, cause we’re playing a show with Illy at the Beach Road Hotel in Sydney on December 12th. For 2013, we’re working towards releasing another EP early in the year, and then later in the year, it’s debut album time.

Australian music is…?

...in a really exciting place right now, and we’re glad to be part of it. For everything, but particularly for hip hop, it feels like there’s a lot of enthusiasm and development in everyones’ sound, and the standard throughout the genre is getting even better because of that. There’s also a lot of people smashing the execution on some unusual styles. The live scene is great too, and more and more people are happy to come out to shows and have fun. Australians are keen to support the more interesting artists too, and go looking for new music, and that’s really cool.

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St. South

Featured Artist

2013

24

Jun

St. South

( )

Perth, WA

St. South is the electrofolk project of young Perth-based singer/songwriter Olivia Gavranich. Lose yourself in the warmth and layers of her delicate, soothing tunes.

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

The electronic world is still very, very new to me! Up until quite recently I’d been focusing on writing acoustic folky stuff, which I guess is now more of a side project. After producing ‘We Washed Texas’ for the Bon Iver Stems Project, I developed this newfound appreciation for dry beats and clicks. I couldn’t get enough of it, and I slowly started turning my acoustic songs into something more ‘glitchy’ and electronic. Everything came together really quickly after that; I’ve collaborated online with some great friends from all corners of the world, and together we’re working on my first EP.

What’s a St. South live show like?

Believe it or not I’m yet to play a live show! It’s really important to me that when I start gigging, I’m completely happy with my material and live set-up. Once my EP is complete, I’ll start wrapping my head around putting together a live show, with an electronic band and a full set list of original tracks. I think I’d get lonely up there with just my laptop!

Tell us about growing up in Denmark, WA. What are your strongest memories of that time?

Denmark has to be one of the best places to be a kid: my brother and I would spend our spare time going feral on the ‘back tracks’ of the bush, we’d take our bikes out for the day, build cubbies, and come back looking like little grubs. Music was definitely a huge part of my childhood. I remember dancing around the kitchen bench to The Pogues with my dad, and singing along to an old Tracy Chapman cassette with my Mum on the way to school. My earliest memory of seeing live music is packing a picnic and heading to Albany with my family to see the Waifs and Paul Kelly - all us kids would take off our shoes and run wild. No-one does live music like Denmark hippies.

What are some of the biggest influences on your music and why?

My biggest influences were the music my parents raised me on, because no matter where I am I’ll always feel a sense of nostalgia when I hear it, and I guess that’s one of those associations that builds your creative ‘personality’ the most. Nina Simone, Elvis Costello, The Waifs, Leonard Cohen: it’s an eclectic mix but they all inspire me for different reasons. As for my more current influences, I’m loving acts like Daughter, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tiny Ruins, Frank Ocean, and Mama Kin, and am constantly finding new obsessions here on Unearthed. And it probably goes without saying that Justin Vernon can falsetto my socks off any day.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I’m working really hard to finish off my EP, which involves a couple of collaborations that I’m super excited about. But I guess my main goal is just to learn as much as I can. Rather than setting deadlines for myself, I think its important that I just take my time and enjoy the process!

Australian music is…?

…Koala-tea, not quantity.

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SINGLES
New

Artist

Lincoln le Fevre & the Insiders

Featured Artist

2013

25

Mar

Lincoln le Fevre & the Insiders

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Lincoln Le Fevre lives in Hobart and is a born storyteller. He writes songs that are thick with melody and charm and is happy playing to a crowd of two or two hundred...

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Lincoln is one of our winners from the Top Song competition! Check out the winners from each state and all the details on the competition page »

Describe your music

Indie rock and roll with an alt-country soul.

How do you go about writing a song? Lyrics or music first?

In short, I write the music first, but really it's more complicated that that. I tend to write lots of words and ideas without a song in mind, and other times I'll write the beginnings of a song idea, and find some words that suit it. After that I'll shape the words into a theme and finish the lyrics, and then finish the music around them. There's a fair bit of to and fro.

Who would you most like to tour with or learn from as a songwriter?

That's real hard. If we're talking hypothetically dead or alive, then maybe Johnny Cash. Otherwise Elvis Costello or Neil Young. If Tim Rogers wants to come along too, that would be ace.

What was the last CD you bought? what made you buy it?

Husker Du - New Day Rising. It was recommended by a friend that runs a record store. We're currently in the middle of debating whether or not it's a better record than Flip Your Wig. I say no.

What do you do when you're not making music?

I teach year eleven and twelve students how to write (as in poetry and prose), how to play rock and roll, and how to be audio engineers. I also produce records for bands in Hobart.

What have you got planned for the future?

I really admire those songwriters that can keep writing relevant and meaningful music throughout their entire careers. I want the next batch of songwriters coming out of Hobart to be confident that they can make a dent in the national market, and so whether I can help that by setting a positive example, or teaching them the right skills to navigate their own way through, I'll be happy.

Australian music is...

Exciting, given the prospects of what might take shape in a post-major label industry..

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Babaganouj
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Babaganouj

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

Brisbane, QLD

The Owls
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The Owls

Indie, Rock (Indie, Rock, "Alternative)

Newcastle, NSW

Mesa Cosa
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Mesa Cosa

Indie, Punk, Rock (God, The Devil, dmt, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Patrick James

Featured Artist

2012

10

Dec

Patrick James

( )

Sydney, NSW

Patrick James' expertly crafted and poignantly performed indie-folk jams have won him a spot on the 2012 Festival of the Sun line-up.

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

I have always been into the old school acoustic folk sound, I think it came pretty naturally to write music that was in that vibe. In saying that, some of the bands and artists I am listening to at the moment are slightly different to what I would normally. I think it's giving me a bunch of fresh ideas about how to develop the sound more. I have also been playing with a full band for most of the recent shows so that's been a huge step towards improving!

You’re the winner of our Festival Of The Sun competition. What can Festival Of The Sun punters expect from the Patrick James live show on Saturday 15th December?

We are going to be playing a lot of new tracks which we are pumped about. Theres going to be a lot of harmonies and crazy banjo solos.

What most excites you about playing and attending Festival Of The Sun 2012?

To look out to the audience and see most of our mates will be a great thing! It's such a chilled vibe at this festival. We were always the kids up the back of the crowd watching from a distance so it's going to be a fun day. Can't wait to head home and play.

What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?

I remember seeing Wolfmother at the Horden when I was 14 or 15. Tried to get into the mosh pit with a mate… ended badly so I stuck with acoustic music. Memorable night!

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I have just finished recording a new EP with Scotty Steven who plays banjo in the band. It's going to be released in March and there will be a headline tour to go with it too!

Australian music is…?

Slowly taking over the world thanks to Goyte!

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DAMN TERRAN

Featured Artist

2012

16

Apr

DAMN TERRAN

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's Damn Terran are our Feature stars! Their furious post punk will have you thrashing about all week on triple j Unearthed and Unearthed on digital radio.

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

I was surrounded by great music when I was growing up. Fortunately Leigh, my older brother, has good taste so I got on to listening to Nirvana, Devo, Sonic Youth & Faith No More, bands like that at a young age. I believe this affected what kind of music I wanted to write. Ali's influenced by similar grunge/punk bands like Wipers, The Saints and Magic Dirt. If you throw all those bands in a blender you'll have something like the Damn Terran sound.

What’s a Damn Terran live show like?

A Damn Terran live show is usually full of sweat, blood & beer. We put a lot of energy into our live show. We feed off the crowd so the crazier they go, the crazier we'll go. Sometimes I'll go into the crowd, other times I'll end up crashing down on the drum kit. Either way we love playing live.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Melbourne music community who inspire you?

Melbourne band 'High Tea' are probably one of the best live bands we've seen. Ouch My Face, Kids of Zoo, Udays Tiger are also favourites. We could go on for a while with great Melbourne bands we love (The Peep Tempel are also great!). We're big fans of Woody Annison's work with Children Collide/Hunting Grounds, also Nao Anzai who we use to master our recordings, he's a genius! Other people worth a mention are Celeste Potter and Brad Rusbridge. Both have done incredible artwork for bands around Melbourne.

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

Watch out where the huskies go, and don't you eat that yellow snow - Frank Zappa

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We are touring our new single 'Rebels' in April/May. After that we will start recording and finishing up our album. We should have another single out later this year before unleashing the beast.

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Mute X Roleo

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Mute X Roleo

Hip Hop, Electronic (Daily Meds, Big Village Records, reverse polarities, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Ginger & Drum
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Ginger & Drum

Electronic, Indie, Pop (alternativedance, Passion Pit, Florence & The Machine, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Simone and Girlfunkle

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2013

2

Sep

Simone and Girlfunkle

( )

Perth, WA

Perth 7-piece Simone and Girlfunkle provide a sweet, melodic shot of pop goodness.

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

I'm not sure how we developed our sound it just developed over time without us realising you could do that. Our music has many many layers of harmonies in it, I think we just kept adding lady voices and reverb until the track almost falls in on itself.

What’s the Simone and Girlfunkle live show like?

Sometimes we have 7 people going full throttle and in other moments it's very quiet. The only thing you can count on at any given time is that there is maximum harmony and that we are enjoying every second.

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

I'm really inspired by artists who can re-invent themselves. I find Abbe May just an incredible inspiration she is always sticking up for our local scene and always pushing the boundaries of her own music. She's great! Also I'm very proud of the work that WAM does for our local scene. These guys are a not-for-profit that always have WA muso's backs. They are are constantly trying to get WA music recognized and showcased and they are all really lovely people with hearts of gold.

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

I once had the incredible opportunity to learn about music management by the JB Seed. There someone said to me that you should never compare your musical career with anyone else's and all you need to do in music management is manage the goals of the people you keep close in your band. We never wanted anything but to enjoy each others company and make music we were proud of. We suddenly were the most succesful band in Australia after that quote.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

We are playing Bigsound in a few weeks and then off to Melbourne to play some shows, then we come back to our hometown Perth and play a gig with the lovely Tigertown. Other than all that fun stuff we are hoping to go down south and write some more music and eat steaks in a town that time forgot. Bring on the future!

Australian music is…?

…freakin awesome!!

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Atlantis Awaits
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Atlantis Awaits

Metal, Pop, Rock (Paramore, Flyleaf, Amity affliction, ...)

Canberra, ACT

GRMM
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GRMM

Electronic, Hip Hop (Maribou State, Jack U, Flume, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Palms

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Palms

Indie, Rock (The Replacements, Booze, sydney, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Dead Love
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The Dead Love

Indie, Punk (90's, grunge, Punk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

DROP FRAME

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2012

26

Nov

DROP FRAME

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Drop Frame is one of the most promising young producers in Australia. His epic tracks bring together a unique fusion of dubstep, electronica and cinematic influences.

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

I guess you could call it Cinematic Electronic Music or CEM for short. Most of my formative years were deeply routed in the rave scene in Perth, it was a sort of an escape from a very nerdy/black-sheep existence I was leading at school. I grew a love of big beats and merged it into the film scores from the movies that inspired me. If anything, it's a sound that has been battered and bruised out of experimenting with different ideas over many years.

What’s the Drop Frame live show like?

Think of an electronic Mark Ronson. The focus on future shows is to create a "2.5 D" hybrid DJ set which features live musicians with an amazing visual backdrop. My goal is for people to come out of a show thinking "Jesus, that was insane", "I need more of that in my life".

Tell us about the inspiration and influences behind your recent ‘Kinetic’ EP.

After releasing "Monk", I wanted to move on from something that was quite introspective. Moving to Melbourne was the major inspiration, the vibe of the place made me write in a different way, for a different audience. I never really "got" Melbourne in my previous travels around Australia, but one of my best mates - Gareth (GCM who featured on Shimmer and Satellite) was a brilliant guide, helping me forge the initial networks with musicians who contributed and believed in what I was trying to do. It's an EP about the city.

Who are some other producers and musicians in the Australian music community that you dig at the moment?

I am really loving Flume's stuff, he really deserves his success. I'm really digging all the drunk offbeat hiphop stuff that Ta-ku is pioneering over in Perth and of course the high-end super clean production bass scene with Phetsta, Shockone (and thousands of others in tow). Also all the electronic indie bands that have been coming out of the woodwork recently, seriously impressive and unique.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2012 and looking to 2013?

Way more touring and performance, in a big way. My heart and soul is now in full gear with this and it will be as amazing as I can personally accomplish. I have a few sneaky summer tracks up my sleeve over the festival season. Then its head down - bum up for the next EP/Album. I'm looking to work with some pretty amazing Australian producers to build something pretty incredible and unique.

Australian music is…?

...a melting pot of culture, opinion and talent. Inspiring, topical and poignant, yet not afraid to conquer new paths.

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Cull
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Cull

Indie, Rock (shoegaze, city pop, dreampop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Tyler Touché
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Tyler Touché

Dance, Electronic (Moon Boots, breakbot, Chic, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Kathryn Rollins
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Kathryn Rollins

Pop (Grimes, The Knife, Ta-Ku, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Pinch Hitter
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Pinch Hitter

Indie, Pop (american football, banjo, Indie, ...)

Sydney, NSW

L-FRESH The LION

Featured Artist

2013

11

Jun

L-FRESH The LION

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne hip hop artist L-FRESH The LION delivers intelligent and thoughtful lyrics with a tight flow and solid production. A man of conviction. A man of action.

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

Practice. Years and years of practice. I've been writing, recording and performing for over 10 years and only now am I ready to release my debut album. Not many people know this but prior to this point, I independently released 4 mixtapes and 4 EPs whilst also appearing on a bunch of different compilation albums. All of that was practice; me developing my sound and finding my own style. My sound is Hip Hop. It's soulful and expressive whilst also being fun. I consider myself a lyricist. I take pride in song-writing; varying rhyme patterns and flow schemes; and finding new ways to tell a story. I come from a foundation of Hip Hop culture and Punjabi culture, where story telling is the key way of passing information to others. I create songs from the point of view of an individual having grown up in South West Sydney, born and raised in Liverpool to an immigrant family. I'm a child of the world. So my sound is universal and similar, yet diverse. I reflect the world around me.

What’s an L-FRESH The LION live show like?

Engaging; entertaining; fun and energetic. Each show experience is individual; like a freestyle, it can't be reborn again. So my band and I try our best to put on a memorable show. I have a 7-member band. It features myself, Mirrah (hype MC & backing vocalist), MK-1 (DJ), Tee Toleafoa (backing vocalist), Chris Zammit (bass), Duane Critcher (guitar) and Clinton Manshanden (drums). We're such a diverse family. Each of us come from different backgrounds and share unique musical experiences. We are a true reflection of Australia's multiculturalism. We have so much fun rehearsing our live shows and coming up with our sets. When we perform together, you can feel the fun and the chemistry that we share.

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

I'm actually from South West Sydney. I've only just moved to Melbourne. The first Hip Hop crews I used to jam with showed me a whole other world in Hip Hop. I learnt how to freestyle after watching Reverse Polarities and 2412 in a cypher (where MCs stand around in a circle and rhyme unrehearsed lyrics off the top of their head) at one of my first local gigs. Then Planet Crushers put me on some other local shows with them and I got inspired by their set and the sounds played by True Vibenation. When I started to see these other local groups and artists do their thing, I started to reach outside of South West Sydney and met so many other people creating great sounds. The list is way too long. Working in community I then met countless numbers of young artists who's songs very rarely ever get any airtime or stage time. Out in the South West and the Western Suburbs of Sydney in general there is so much talent! The stories are diverse and the beats are timeless. From Liverpool to Mt Druitt, Campbelltown to Rooty Hill, there are artists out there who will blow you away. It's only a matter of time before they burst through and diversify the entire music scene nationally.

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

The best piece of advice I've ever received comes from Guru Nanak Dev Ji, who said "win over your mind and you shall win over the world". It reminds me that the most important battle I'll ever face is the battle within myself and that I must constantly work at becoming a better human being. We are our own worst enemies. We constantly doubt ourselves and live in fear. Yet we have been given so much. We each have the potential to make a positive and everlasting impact on the world. We all have the capacity to do great things. And it all begins within our minds. "Win over your mind and you shall win over the world".

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

My debut album, "One", is set to be released later on this year. I am truly excited for people to hear the record. It's been years in the making, and now it's almost here. That is my focus for 2013; to share "One" with Australia and the world.

Australian music is…?

...about to explode. The flood gates will soon open to a whole new wave of artists from all walks of life. There's way too much talent for it to keep going unnoticed. There are so many communities who have that stories are yet to be heard; who's sounds are inspired by strong cultures. Soon they will shine through and wider Australia will feel so refreshed and spoilt by it all. There are hidden gems that refuse to be hidden. Trust me. Our music industry is set to blow up.

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Eleanor Dunlop

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2007

26

Nov

Eleanor Dunlop

( )

Sydney, NSW

This Sydney lass is a classically trained pianist who grew up listening to Carly Simon, Janis Ian and Blondie. After getting positive feedback from her home recordings posted on the internet, she decided to record her debut EP (Prime) professionally. Her heart-felt lyrics rest gently amongst her jazz-influenced piano playing.

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Eleanor is one of our winners from the Top Song competition! Check out the winners from each state and all the details on the competition page »

Describe your music

I cant really write about my own music, i'm a terrible self critic but if I had to describe it I would probably say its progressive as in I like to change the sounds around and I often am jumping from one melody to another quite frequently.

How do you go about writing a song? Lyrics or music first?

For the songs on the Prime EP I started out by writing lyrics and then sitting down at my piano and coming up with chords and progressions but lately when writing for my band I have been coming up with lyrics as I write the music.

Who would you most like to tour with or learn from as a songwriter?

Muse and Matt Bellamy.

What was the last CD you bought? what made you buy it?

Spoon- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga I really liked that Japanese Cigarette Case song.

What do you do when you're not making music?

Working at a media agency, hanging out with my boyfriend who is also my guitarist in Cameras, playing some social tennis, eating a lot...

What have you got planned for the future?

Well cameras have just recorded a 4 track demo and we're currently rehearsing for some up coming gigs. We plan to eventually write and record an album and tour.

Australian music is...

Largely overlooked

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High-tails

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2014

17

Mar

High-tails

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney quartet High-tails make crisp sunshine-filled guitar-pop with timeless melodies and toe-tapping rhythms.

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Q&A with vocalist/guitarist Nicholas Griffith.

Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Essentially it's pop music in its many forms. Admittedly a lot of British influence although we've been told we also sound quite "Australian". The songs are lyrically focused with some groovy, rhythmic vibes to match. Our sound is constantly developing as well depending on what we're listening to or what what's inspiring us in general.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
A lot of the time lyrics are inspired by moments of solitude and aimless rumination. All of the sudden a hint of poetry (maybe) presents itself. The same sort of thing can happen with an instrument or a band jamming.

What can punters expect from a High-tails live show?
A precisely bipolar delivery of emotive pop music. Theatrical hand gestures and sub-par banter.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Always wipe before pulling your pants up" ~ Peter Cook
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Need You Tonight' ~ INXS

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Reckless' ~ Australian Crawl

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Older Men' ~ Snowy Nasdaq
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We saw Cull and Sures play an event called VISIONS at Cliff Dive in Sydney (sadly we missed the opening band Morning Harvey). It was pretty amazing! First time we have seen Cull, definitely not the last!!

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
There is a copious amount of good music in sydney which is coming to the surface. Just to name a few ~ The Carraways, Cull, The DeadHeads.

What are your plans for High-tails in 2014?
Lots of things to come but not too much to disclose at this point. We're currently finishing off the mixing of our debut EP "Sipping Tea To Make Music To Sip Tea To". It's really quite close to being done but we'll be releasing another single before we put out the whole thing. Then it's more touring and more writing for the remainder of the year and basically trying to jump on opportunities that come our way.
 

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The Furrs

Featured Artist

2014

19

May

The Furrs

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane 5-piece The Furrs crank out excellent 70's-inspired blues-tinged rock'n'roll with a healthy dose of swagger and fuzz.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound is still a developing thing. It is constantly changing as we change.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Listening to our favourite artists, and being bowled over every time.

What can punters expect from The Furrs live show?
Sometimes we organise our friend to walk around with cheese platters.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
It's funny we haven’t gotten advice yet… maybe you can give us some advice?

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
What a sad thing to say! Probably 'Little Boy' by The Furrs. Knock them back into action.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I would never want to do to that. But ‘Breathe Me’ by Sia does a pretty good job of that.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went to a gig held somewhere and I can’t even tell you how bad it was... no humour... humour is very important I think.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
I absolutely love Brisbane at the moment. There is a wandering cowboy who has come into our lives and with his band ‘The Family Jordan’. He has inspired all of us to really sit around and play each others songs together. It's straight up. We record in our lounge room - the other day he scorned me for not picking my guitar up for two days, and you know what? He’s right. It's really really good to play music with your friends without these weird expectations or limitations… everyone should be singing their songs to everyone.
 
What are your plans for The Furrs in 2014?
I guess we’ll just keep on doing what we’re doing.
 

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andre
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andre

Pop, Rock (mum smokes, hot palms, go genre everything, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Ramshackle Army
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Artist

The Ramshackle Army

Punk, Rock (Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Flatfoot 56, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Lee Kendall

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2010

19

Jul

Daniel Lee Kendall

( )

Central Coast, NSW

Daniel Lee Kendall is a young singer-songwriter from the Central Coast of New South Wales.

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop your songs?

It started with me mucking around making some dicky little beats on GarageBand, and one day I figured out how to record my voice. I found the song writing process started to come alive for me once I was able to write and at the same time create all the instrumentation too. Rather than just trying to write a whole song solely on the guitar. I wasn't great at that… I saw Angus and Julia Stone one time at this little restaurant that only held 100 people, and was blown away by their honesty and simplicity, and watching them just being themselves. Best gig I've been to by far. I was so inspired and it really sparked something in me. I started approaching song writing with a fresh perspective. I wasn't over thinking the process, or trying to be too clever, or trying to write the 'perfect' song, more just trying to capture a moment. Whether an emotion, an incident, or just whatever was going through my head... So my songs are kind of just a sneak peek into my life. Like a diary in musical form. Maybe I could do a musical?

What can the audience expect at a live show?

At the moment it'll be me on my lonesome, singing with my lovely lady friend (my guitar). I'll also dabble in some electro beats. Some call it folktronica which I quite like (GarageBand will always have a place in my heart).

Tell us about your hometown Bensville…

Bensville is great. So much so that some people who live 10 minutes away have never even heard of it! Ha. But it's got everything you need really: A wharf, a playground, a shop that never opens… Maybe that's why I started making music. I actually don't live there anymore, but we'll pretend that I do because it would be a horrible waste to have Bensville in the question and not talk about it.

What’s coming up in the future?

"The life and times of DLK." It's a musical I've been planning for a while now. No. That would be silly. Seriously? There will be an EP coming out soon which will be great, and hopefully plenty of shows to go with it. So that'll be fun. I've also got heaps of songs spinning around my head and on my computer, so I hope to get things rolling, and do an album asap!

Australian music is?

Genius. I was just in the car with my sister and we put on a shuffle mix and we realised that all the songs that were being played were by Australian artists. We were so impressed with our country for making such good music, and so much of it! I love Aussie music.

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GodWolf
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GodWolf

Electronic, Indie (Electronic, Indie, Vocal, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jordan Millar
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Artist

Jordan Millar

Pop, Rock, Roots (Acoustic, Pop)

Sydney, NSW

Bree De Rome
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Artist

Bree De Rome

Indie, Pop, Roots

Gold Coast, QLD

Basenji

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2014

1

May

Basenji

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney producer Basenji likes almonds, riding his bike and banging out bright, fun dance floor jams.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
A big part of developing my own sound has been checking out how other producers do things and taking on board new techniques and different methods of production. For the past few years I worked with Wave Racer on a disco-house side project named Pablo J & The Lobsterettes and that called for a very specific sound. However I feel now with my Basenji project I have a lot more room to move and that I can work in just about any style that I am finding interesting at the time. I think inspiration comes from a variety of different sources but some are definitely more direct than others. I will be bringing a lot of new ideas to the Basenji project in the near future as I am continually being inspired by innovative musicians and producers. It is both the artists that I know personally and the artists that I admire that continue to be a greatest driving force in my music making process.

What can punters expect from a Basenji live show?
I am very committed to bringing something new to the audiences I play to. What I really want to do live is to bring people together with both the music they already like but also something they might not have heard. This means I am continually reaching out to friends and producers for anything new that I can incorporate into my sets. I think it is a lot of fun to play tracks to people for their first time and see their reaction. There is a long list of artists whose tracks I want to support and I really want to get behind emerging artists both locally and internationally. My goal is to provide audiences with music a little different to what they might get on a normal night out. I don't think about genres at all when I am putting together a set but I do try to keep a my live shows thematically or stylistically consistent.

What Australian artists/musicians do you draw inspiration from?
There is far too much talent in Australia to list it all, but I absolutely have to give credit to Cosmo's Midnight and Wave Racer. These guys are amazing producers and great friends, they continually surprise me with the stuff they are working on and always get behind anything new I am doing!

What are you doing when you’re not making music?
I play baseball, I love cooking and I ride my bike everyday without fail. I am working on music full-time right now so it is a really big part of my life. I love going to see live music as much as possible and I really like going to the beach or visiting a nice café. I love summer in Sydney!!

What are your plans for Basenji in 2014?
2014 has already been a crazy year but there is a lot more to come! Right now I am making a bunch of new music and there will be some really exciting shows in a lot of different cities! yew!

Australian music is…?
...so good right now! I cannot wait to discover more Australian musicians and producers <3
 

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Albert Salt

Featured Artist

2011

19

Sep

Albert Salt

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Talented young Victorian muso Albert Salt was one of our 2011 Unearthed High finalists and now a Parklife Comp winner - catch him on The Atoll stage at Parklife Melbourne, this Saturday 23rd September.

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

I was brought up as a classical violinist and pianist in Western Victoria and had no real exposure to any different types of music apart from the occasional song from the charts. When I started high school in Melbourne, I became very interested in Jazz and 'contemporary' music, I started improvising and started composing some really crap stuff. I remember watching Baz Lurhmann's 'Romeo + Juliet' and hearing the song 'Talk show Host' by Radiohead, I was obsessed with the song for so so long. It was Radiohead that really influenced me and made me start singing in my recordings, and I haven't looked back.

You are one of the winners of our PARKLIFE competition and will be playing PARKLIFE in Melbourne – what are you hoping to gain from the experience?

I still find it incredibly hard to believe that I'm playing! Really I'm just hoping for as much exposure as possible and that people will enjoy the show and my music.

What can PARKLIFE punters expect from the Albert Salt live show?

Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Violin, Drums and a Laptop. It's going to be the first show I'll be playing with more than 2 people on stage. I'm luckily enough to be joined by Annabelle Hayes (Vocals) and Lachie Bubb (Drums) At this rate I might eventually get a band...

You were also an Unearthed High finalist – what a year? What else has been going on behind the scenes for you this year?

Yeah, I was just talking to a friend today how if someone told me that this was all going to happen this time last year, I wouldn't have believed them. This years main focus was releasing my album 'Dearest Stranger' back in May. It took about a year to finish so I'm glad that it's finally out there. Annabelle and me just got back from the 'Kingdom of Little Empires' gig up in Brisbane where we played with Snakadaktal, Danika Smith and Stonefield, was such a fantastic day and heard some really impressive live music.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2011 and looking to 2012?

Well I'm currently working on EP to follow up 'Dearest Stranger' and I'm going to release that at the start of next year, and I'm also working with film maker James Vinson by doing some film scoring on his short films coming up 'Cold Showers' and 'Abraxas' and then a web series thats going to be done next year which I get to make a little cameo in!

Australian music is…?

...undiscovered.

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JACK COLWELL
New

Artist

JACK COLWELL

Indie, Pop, Rock (Piano, Classical, Patrick wolf, ...)

Sydney, NSW

COIN BANKS

Featured Artist

2014

11

Mar

COIN BANKS

( )

Perth, WA

Coin Banks is a talented Perth MC with an impressive résumé of collaborations to his name. Now he's stepping up and stepping out on his own and we couldn't be more stoked.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I am a Hip Hop artist from Perth, Australia – I am a beat maker and an MC. A lot of people tell me that my sound and style is really different to what is going on in Australian hip hop at the moment, and I take it as a great compliment. I grew up listening to hip hop in Primary School so it’s always been there, and as hip hop grew, I grew with it. I think the main thing for me was to take my influences and create something original and different.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I am huge music fan. I am fan before I am an artist. So other music is probably my biggest inspiration. I want to make people feel the way the same way that a de la soul song made me feel. Other than that, life’s experiences are a big influence on me – love, girls, and philosophy. For me, Hip Hop is essentially soul music, so it’s the pains and joys in my life that inspires me to create.

What can punters expect from a Coin Banks live show?
RAPS! I am a rappers rapper, an mc’s mc. My main focus is to do my job and deliver the song as well as possible. That being said, I love crowd interaction, I love the old school house party vibe of partying with the crowd. If the crowd has a good time, then im gona have good time. My favourite shows are playing with a full band. I rarely get to play these because of budgetary constraints, but the songs really come to life when there is a 7 piece band behind me.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Over the years, Homeboy Sandman has become a bit of a big brother to me. If I overstep the boundary, he is quick to step in and set me right. I love the dude for the guidance he has given me. He isn’t only one of the best MC’s in the world; he is also one of the most intelligent and nicest dudes I know.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Chet Faker – No Diggity (Cover)

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Ta-Ku – I miss you

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

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was a Bush Fire Fundraiser in Perth. Started with Natalie Mae and  Rae doing an acoustic set together, I love these guys and their performance is always something special. Then Marksman Lloyd played, and he killed it as per usual. I had to leave just after his set finished, but was a great night with great people.

Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Marksman Lloyd – He is my favourite MC in WA, if not all of Australia. His work ethic and originally are really inspiring – I always tell him how jealous I am of his stuff. One of my closest homies!
Mathas – I don’t really need say much about this guy, I love everything about the music he makes – he inspires me and makes me step my game up.
Ta-Ku – I’ve worked with Ta-Ku for over the years, and am happy to call him one of my best friends. He has always supported me in music and personal life, and vice versa. Dude is an inspiration for everyone in Perth.
Empty – This guy can play every instrument, rap, sing and freestyle something incredible. I’m always watching what he is up to next, and I suggest the rest of Australia do the same.
Sable – Young, talented, humble and passionate. This guy has such a bright future ahead of him, and I am super excited to be working with him on a few songs.
Childs Play, Beckon, Cole, Strangelove – These guys are all new young up and comers in the Perth scene and are already making waves. They all have a great work ethic and I am looking forward to seeing them grow as artists in the scene. They keep me on my toes.

What are your plans for Coin Banks in 2014?
Having the HEADS EP released on March 7th was a relief, but it now means I need to move on to the next page. Im going to let HEADS do its thing for a little bit, and to follow it up I have the TAILS EP featuring two singles with video clips. The Tails EP has my most favourite song of all time on it, I love everything on the HEADS EP but one of the singles on the TAILS EP is really special, and I cant wait to release it. I am currently working on my Debut solo LP with two songs already completed – one produced by Ta-Ku and another by Nottz from Detroit. As well as my solo stuff,  UPNUP have been busy writing new material to take into the studio. I have also been working with Sable and Marksman on an EP. 2014 should be a great year.

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Eves

Artist

Eves

Pop (Haim, Mazzy Star, Joni Mitchell)

Brisbane, QLD

The Good Sports
New

Artist

The Good Sports

Pop, Rock (east brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

Elroy 4.0
New

Artist

Elroy 4.0

Electronic, Indie (Burial, beats, Mount Kimbie, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Texture Like Sun

Artist

Texture Like Sun

Roots, Pop (Bon Iver, Little Dragon, patrick watson, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Khanz
New

Artist

The Khanz

Dance, Electronic, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Yahtzel
New

Artist

Yahtzel

Electronic, Indie (Throwing Snow, Hudson Mohawke, Basement Jaxx, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

The Harlots
New

Artist

The Harlots

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Lurch & Chief
New

Artist

Loose Change

Artist

Loose Change

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

KINGSWOOD

Featured Artist

2012

23

Jul

KINGSWOOD

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne rockers Kingswood are the national winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. The bearded 4-piece will be opening the festival this Friday 27th July.

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

Well I guess the band originally developed from the blues. I have a deep love of the blues and a sort of unavoidable addiction to it, which means it will always creep through and be some sort of influence in the creation process, perhaps we will move into a more explicitly blues sound at some point in the future? But right now it's a real blend of heavier kind of blues punk and "stoner" aspects contrasting distinct melodies and more emotional music I suppose. It's hard to summarise because what most listeners know of our music is a very specific sound which is based on two tracks I suppose, when really it's a lot more varied. We have always wanted the freedom to move across genres to be as creative as possible, but under the chief principal of being a rock'n'roll band. The sound developed naturally, obviously from influence and inspiration, and also really become as objective as possible when developing the song writing process.

You’re one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. What can Splendour revelers expect from the Kingswood live show?

YES!!! WE WON SPLENDOUR!! HOLY SHIT!!! WOW!! We can't believe it. Honestly. Revellers can expect that we'll be doing our damn best to put on our best ever show. I mean put yourself in our shoes...with an opportunity to open arguably one of , if not THE best festival in Australia, you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be going all out and pulling all the stops.

What are you most looking forward to about Splendour In The Grass? Who are you psyched to see?

Festival vibe. The experience. The experience for Splendour Unearthed Winners, which only a few ever get to experience. Opening the festival. Losing our minds. JACK WHITE. AT THE DRIVE IN. SMASHING PUMPKINS. BLOC PARTY. BAND OF SKULLS. AZEALIA BANKS. LANA DEL REY. DZ DEATHRAYS. POND. TAME IMPALA. HUSKY. FATHER JOHN MISTY. NINA LAS VEGAS. EMMA LOUISE>>>>>>>KINGSWOOD

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Dubmarine
New

Artist

Dubmarine

Dance, Electronic, Pop, Roots (Seeed, hip hop, dancehall, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Holy Holy

Artist

Holy Holy

Indie (Midlake, Band of Horses, Crazy Horse)

Brisbane, QLD

Kadyelle
New

Artist

Kadyelle

Hip Hop (Sage Francis, k.flay, hip hop, ...)

South West WA, WA

Postblue

Featured Artist

2013

22

Jul

Postblue

Melbourne, VIC

Byron Bay 4-piece Postblue are one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition and will be taking their 90s-influenced alternative rock to the festival Supertop at 12:30pm this Saturday. Get amongst it!

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

We sort of just started jamming. After a few weeks the 'sound' was coming out pretty naturally, we were never going for anything specific. Riley will normally come to rehearsal with a basic skeleton of the song and a few riffs. Then we all throw in our own ideas/parts and figure out a song structure that works. Sometimes it's a quite a simple process and the songs come really easily, but sometimes we'll be sitting on songs for a few weeks/months that we still haven't quite worked out.

You’re one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. What can Splendour punters expect from the Postblue live show?

Loud guitars, a lot of energy and plenty of awkward stage banter. We all thrive off playing live and we have heaps of fun on stage. So you definitely won't be bored during a Postblue show.

What Australian artists/musicians do you draw inspiration from?

Silverchair, Incursion, Violent Soho, Something For Kate, Grinspoon, Jebediah and a bunch more. Australia has produced some of the best bands/artists of all time, which can often be overlooked when you have a massive amount of international bands touring here all the time. We definitely draw a lot of our inspiration from Australian bands.

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

No ones ever really given us advice, we've been figuring a lot of things out on our own as we go which is kind of cool.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

We are recording next month for another release, touring the east coast in September which includes a show at the Poison City Weekender fest in Melbourne and trying to write new songs. We are slowly starting to become more busy with the band which is really cool. Putting a lot of time and energy into something creative and artistic is quite refreshing.

Australian music is…?

…very unique, be it our accents, lyrical content, style or even artwork. There is a great sense of community. The amount of support we've received over the past year and a half has been overwhelming, all these Australian bands just seem to want to help each other out.

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LANKS

Featured Artist

2015

29

Jun

LANKS

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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Tjupi Band

Featured Artist

2010

22

Mar

Tjupi Band

( )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's coming up in the future?

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

What other Australian music do you like?

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

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Atolls

Artist

Atolls

Pop, Rock (surf pop, Kurt Vile, Beck, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

New Gods

Artist

New Gods

Rock, Indie (neil young, Nirvana, Raymond Carver, ...)

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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L D R U

Artist

L D R U

Electronic, Dance (L D R U, Drew, Carmody, ...)

Sydney, NSW

 BONES
New

Artist

BONES

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Dj Butcher

Artist

Dj Butcher

Electronic (Diplo, Flosstradamus, Trap, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Sweetland

Artist

Sweetland

Dance, Electronic (Lemâitre, oliver, Justice, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Peezo
New

Artist

Peezo

Electronic, Hip Hop (Neptunes, MISSY ELLIOT & MOVMENT)

Melbourne, VIC

Jordan Léser
New

Artist

Jordan Léser

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Tales in Space
New

Artist

Tales in Space

Electronic, Indie (Gardening, Fridays, yo-yo, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Yeo

Featured Artist

2006

3

Oct

Yeo

( )

Melbourne, VIC

This guy does it all! He combines his skills as keyboardist, bass player, vocalist and drum programmer to create some joyful organic sounding pop numbers. His tracks have got catchy hooks and lyrics to make you smile.

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Describe your music.

If I were to describe what I hope my music turns out to be, I'd say pop-driven tunes that still have an interesting musical production aspect to it. Although I am a bit of a muso nerd, I've learnt some valuable lessons about songwriting, very importantly that you can easily overdo anything when it comes to creativity. These days I'm trying to write things that are catchy, easy to memorise and easy to tap your foot to.

Who’s been a big musical influence for you?

Different artists influence different songs I write, seeing as I am a bit of a genre hopper. For example, 'Backflips' I think has a lot of Ben Folds in it, while 'Two Sides' and 'Different' show my respect for Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams. In terms of personal musical development and how its been influenced, way too many artists come to mind. Everything from Jeff Buckley to Mike Patton. Lately I've been listening to a lot of drum programming people like J Dilla, ?uestlove and the Platinum Pied Pipers -hence my increase in confidence with my own programming.

How do you start writing your songs? On the computer? Guitar?

Cool riffs usually just come out on guitar or on the keyboard when I'm screwing around, so I try to record them straight away before I forget them. I program a quick drum beat, loop it and record my idea in time with it and this becomes the central 'hook'. I tweak and build on that, adding new sections as I go.

Tell us about the local music community in Brisbane.

I don't know if I'm being socially ignorant, but I think the Brisbane music community is TINY! Everyone knows everyone so its easy to network and meet people. Its very easy to help your peers and help yourself get a name out there. It feels like the degrees of separation are very few and everyone seems to also be hooked up to Myspace... which is totally killer for being a whore.

What have you got planned for the future?

I'm studying at the moment (aiming for the stable future), but for the long-term I plan to hone my songwriting and production skills to the point where it can support me financially. Who knows what will hopefully come...the path of the poor musician is a hard one to follow. As hard as winning the lottery.

Australian music is…

...not to be underestimated. We have many world class artists in our locale that are sitting there undiscovered. Get out there and check out stuff you havent heard before! Is there anything Australian's aren't good at?

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Cosmo's Midnight

Featured Artist

2013

24

Sep

Cosmo's Midnight

Sydney, NSW

Sydney production duo Cosmo's Midnight are one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. They'll be opening the 909 stage of the festival this Saturday, September 28 at Centennial Park, Sydney.

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

We started off making cheap imitations of the music we like at the time; Justice, Deadmau5, Bagraiders, Phantoms Revenge. We loved that stuff and we just did it for fun, we never thought music would get to the level it's gotten to. At some point we decided we had to change our sound if we were going to be taken seriously. Coincidently we were listening to some pretty cool stuff at the time that led to us making the stuff we do today. People like Flylo and Purity Ring, just to name the main influences.

You’re one of the Sydney winners of our Listen Out competition and will be playing the festival at Centennial Park on Saturday, 28 September. What are you most looking forward to about Listen Out?

Seeing the amazing acts that will be playing. We love Disclosure and TNGHT respectively they're all amazing song writers and have hit that perfect level between staying true to a genre and original, but also having pop sensibilities that make them so viable in the mainstream.

What can the crowd at Listen Out expect from the Cosmo’s Midnight live show?

A brand new live set. We've got heaps of new tunes for Listen out and we're going to be playing some of them for the first time. Should be pretty cool.

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

Mitzi, Charles Murdoch, Sable, Wave Racer, Willow Beats, Leon Osborne, Collarbones, Polographia, Jonti, Tame Impala, Pond, FISHING... there are definitely more but that's all I can think of right now.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

More singles...maybe a free EP, some more shows and lots of producing in the bedroom. 2014 is going to be a sick year and we've got to prepare for it.

Australian music is…?

…on the up and up!

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Magic Bones
New

Artist

Magic Bones

Indie, Punk, Rock (Melbourne, Rock, Punk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Pataphysics
New

Artist

Pataphysics

Hip Hop (Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Miles Davis, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

PACES

Featured Artist

2014

28

Apr

PACES

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

When Paces isn't busy doing remixes for the likes of Parachute Youth, YesYou and Sampology, producing music for Tkay Maidza, dropping fantastic bootlegs and whipping dance floors into a frenzy right around the country somehow the Gold Coast producer finds time to release his own brand of excellent tropical-infused sizzlers. It'a little bit Jersey Club, a little bit future beats and a whole lot of fun.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started out making really slow jams and trying to use as few elements as possible. It was a really new and exciting way to make music for me because at the time I was mainly producing dubstep and moombahton (as part of my group ’Surecut Kids’), which can be very busy styles. Eventually though my influences widened and I began making more danceable tunes, taking influence from Jersey Club, Future Beats and Garage. But during the evolution I’ve always been fond of using tropical sounding instruments like kalimbas and steel drums.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Plane trips. I tour a fair bit which means I have plenty of time to listen to music on planes. I like to use it as a bit of down time and soak in a good album or mixtape. Usually I end up making heaps of notes in my phone because as soon as I switch my mind off and relax to someone else’s music, the ideas come flooding in.

What can punters expect from a Paces live show?
I have stripped-down versions of my originals, remixes and bootlegs, mixed so that they flow like a DJ set, and then I play the missing elements on an MPD. So for example the first half of a song might be missing the drums, and the second half missing the kalimbas. As that tune is playing, I’ll be hitting the pads on the MPD and playing the drum sounds or kalimbas in real time. Nothing is quantised, so if I fuck up you’ll definitely hear it!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My sound engineer is Danielsan from Koolism. I’ve been going to him for mixdowns and mastering for ages. Over the years he has been very patient with my lack of knowledge and will often call me up and drop science on me for an hour. Pretty much every time he’s done that, it’s been the best advice I’ve ever been given. I think the biggest breakthrough so far was the less-is-more lesson. I used to want my songs to have so much bass in them and I’d try to cram it in amongst everything else. He taught me that if you remove most of the other elements, it gives you more room for the bass. Seems simple now but at the time it was pretty groundbreaking for me.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Wave Racer’s tune ‘Streamers’ would cheer anyone up!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Anything from Ta-Ku’s ‘Songs To Break Up To’ album. So many feels!
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Either Crooked Colours - Come Down (Palace Remix), or anything from Deer’s EP. Either way it’s a safe bet!
 
What was the last gig you went to? How was it?
The last time I just went to a gig and wasn’t playing was Laneway Festival in Brisbane. It was so rad. Getting to see Cashmere Cat and Daughter were both huge highlights for me.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
My homie Atticus Beats just moved here recently from Townsville. He came over the other day to borrow my studio and I was really inspired by the way he had treated some vocals in his song. It was something I hadn’t seen before and it got me gassed to try some new things.   
 
What are your plans for Paces in 2014?
I’m about to tour my current single ‘Can’t Touch Me’, so I’ll be going all over the place through June/July. I’ve got Groovin The Moo and Splendour coming up. I’ve produced a tune for Tkay Maidza’s EP. I’ve got remixes coming out for SAFIA and Sietta. Plus I’ve been working on an EP with this band from London called Youth. Heaps of stuff to keep me busy!

 

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Ratking
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Artist

Ratking

Metal, Punk (trash talk, Rotting Out, Wavves, ...)

Perth, WA

WILSN
New

Artist

WILSN

Pop, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

Born Lion

Featured Artist

2013

18

Feb

Born Lion

( )

Sydney, NSW

Born Lion are a hard-rocking fun-loving Sydney 4-piece on a mission to create some righteous punk rock. They're one of the winners of our Soundwave competition and will be opening the festival at Sydney's Olympic Park, 11am this Sunday 24th February. Right on!

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

If you like John Mayer, you will probably hate us. As far as developing our sound… Well, it's a rich tapestry.... We just jam and play off each other. We're always swapping CDs that we stoke on and that probably influences our sound alot. Right at the beginning: Fugazi, Refused, Hot Snakes and The Bronx were getting passed around. But other than that it just the usual stuff. Bashing out ideas and then deciding which ones are kept and which ones are canned. Basically, if it doesn't make is want to break stuff, it's canned. Yeah, there’s not too much manuscript paper and pencils in this band. (DAVE)

What’s a Born Lion live show like?

High energy! We sweat and bleed and want people to feel a sense of danger. We basically put every fibre of our beings into shows, regardless of where it is. (JOHN)

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

Can’t remember who said it. Maybe it just occurred to me... like some type of epiphany... "do it because you love it". I know it's a cliché, but it's the only way you'll ever be able to get through the not so fun parts. Also my dad once told me to play Slim Dusty covers exclusively if I wanted him to come to any shows. And Billy Joe Armstrong once told me (i.e. I read in a magazine) "play football, no one gives a shit about people in bands" (NATHAN)

What’s your favourite memory of seeing live Australian music?

There are so many! I think one that stands out is seeing Shihad in small coastal Sussex Inlet, at the local RSL. A few buds and I thought it’d be cool to see Shihad in a different kind of location like that. They played to about 100 people and just tore the place down. Climbing speaker boxes and just sounding massive. It was the best! (JOHN)

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We are releasing our debut EP on March 1st! Then we are touring the east-coast through March. After that we're going to take things as they come and focus on writing again for a few months. There will defiantly be a-lot more shows this year but we seriously want to make a full-length album, so making time for writing is going to be a priority. (JOHN)

Australian music is…?

...world class! Particularly in-terms of the breadth of talent at the grass roots level. I have done a fair bit of traveling over the last few years and been to a lot of pubs and bars. What's going on here is really exciting. There's so much talent, and it's everywhere. Maybe because it's so hard for new bands to get a start here, the standard in Australia is so high. Whatever it is, the quality of live music in Australia is right up there and I reckon it's only going to get better. (RED)

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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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phon

Featured Artist

2014

25

Mar

phon

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane two-piece The Phoncurves are getting quite the name for themselves, making striking acoustic pop songs with mesmerising harmonies and springy instrumentation.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I guess our development was a bit backwards, when compared with other bands. We started recording our music before we played anything live, so the recording studio kind of became our home base. We’re really into layering sounds, especially vocals, and we experiment with this a lot in the studio. Then we kind of build our song layer by layer. We find it really fun, and it is how we have been able to develop our sound. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Oh definitely each other, and other musicians. We listen to a lot of music. 
 
What can punters expect from The Phoncurves live show?
 
Well we’ve actually been rehearsing a new set list that incorporates songs from our new EP, which is being released in the next couple of months. We’re really excited about it, so hopefully the audience can get a taste of our excitement!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
 
We studied music together at university, and we had a really funny lecturer who always had some sage pieces of advice for us. We laugh about it now but his little one-liners have always stuck with us: ‘Any effect is at the cost of intelligibility’, ‘no-one wants to work with a prick’ ‘That kick drum sounds like a duck fart in the distance’ etc. etc.  
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Ball Park Music – ‘It’s nice to be alive’ 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Why would you want to make someone cry haha! Big Scary ‘Luck Now’ always makes me teary. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
Chela ‘Romanticise’!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
We went to GOVS EP launch at X&Y bar in Fortitude Valley. It was really good! Josiah Birrell – The man behind GOVS, just knows how to put on a good show!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
 
There are heaps of great bands and artists that inspire us like Emma Louise, Seja, GOVS, MTNS, The Kite String Tangle, Pigeon, The Trouble With Templeton. Brisbane is very exciting at the moment!
 
What are your plans for The Phoncurves in 2014?
 
Releasing our EP in the next couple of months, doing lots of live shows, and hopefully getting back into the studio to create some more music!

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Nicole Millar
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Nicole Millar

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Millar, Nicole, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Kite String Tangle

Featured Artist

2013

9

Dec

The Kite String Tangle

( )

Brisbane, QLD

The Kite String Tangle is the experimental solo project of alternative electronic artist Danny Harley. He's one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be taking his warm ethereal beats and striking vocals to the Falls stage in Byron Bay.

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

'The Kite String Tangle' originally started with me just making some ambient music with no drums and no vocals. Stuff to sleep to. Since then though I've been writing all sorts of stuff and I guess I've sort of found a home in down tempo electronic music.

You’re one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can Falls punters in Byron expect from The Kite String Tangle live show?

It's going to be me up on stage playing a bunch of different samplers, keyboards and pads and singing. Kind of a similar set up to TEED, Elizabeth Rose, Robert Delong or Oliver Tank.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

CAMPING! I haven't been camping since last summer. It's been way too long.

What are your plans for The Kite String Tangle in 2014?

I'm releasing my debut EP in February or early March and then probably doing another tour and possibly heading over to SXSW. There's a lot of really cool things in the pipeline for TKST next year but I can't mention them just yet....but I'm so excited.

If you had to make one new years resolution, what would it be?

Hmmmm....I really want to knuckle down and focus on making music a viable career path for me. I think that'll be my New Years resolution :-)

Australian music is…?

…in the eye of the world at the moment. So many other places are looking to Australia to see what comes out of it next. It's a musical gold mine right now.

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DEJA

Featured Artist

2013

27

May

DEJA

( )

Melbourne, VIC

It's dark, it's bright. It's digital, it's organic. It's haxx, it's Rromarin. It's DEJA.

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

We've been making music together for quite a few years, so we have slowly refined and developed our sound over that time. These days we describe our music as 'future pop', mainly because we try to make our production as progressive and experimental as possible. Because of this our sound is pretty eclectic and ranges from pop to psychedelia to electronic. We both sing and often blend our voices together to create a layered boy-girl vocal sound, but some tracks feature just boy or just girl vocals. We love heavy beats and lush synths, weird sounds and a blend of digital and organic elements.

You’ve mentioned working in home studios. What’s your creative and recording process like?

All of our work is done out of our home studio. We often start with a beat (most of the time dreamed up by haxx at 3am in the morning while he's in owl mode) and build a song from there. Once we have a beat we'll flesh out the track with cords, synths, etc, then figure out song structure and vocals. Lyrics often come last, after everything is pretty much done. We often record scratch vocals to test out vocal sounds and ideas, and then once we're happy with that we'll write the lyrics and finish recording the song, adding harmonies and little details. We're a bit manic though; sometimes we take a song all the way to the end, even get it mastered, and then never release it because we've moved on from the idea or think we can create something better. More recently instead of just ditching tracks we've been trying to think of ways to rework them, or transform them to be used in different ways for different projects.

What’s a DEJA live show like?

A DEJA live show is pretty fun; we play with some really rad musicians, and take turns in playing different instruments like guitar, keys, percussion etc. Both of us sing. Like our recorded tracks, the live set is a real blend between digital and organic.

What are you doing when you’re not DEJA-ing?

We try to chillllll. Haxx plays a lot of 'Quake Live', Rromarin is into animals and the natural world, and both of us spend way too much time watching shows like Seinfeld and Archer. We also spend a lot of time in the studio working with other bands.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

2013 is looking pretty exciting, mostly because we're going to release our debut EP in July. We'll also be releasing more music videos, playing a bunch of shows throughout the rest of the year, and working on the side as haxx and Rromarin in different music projects and collaborations. Who knows, we might even squeeze out another EP before 2013 is through…stay tuned!

Australian music is…?

...super original, world class and kicking massive goals right now.

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Toehider

Artist

Toehider

Rock (Queen, Dr. Seuss, stuff, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Fiig
New

Artist

Fiig

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

Melbourne, VIC

Ryland Rose

Featured Artist

2013

7

Oct

Ryland Rose

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne rapper Ry delivers complex, crisp lyrics over some slick production from the likes of Hamley and Chiefs. His twenty-something's hip hop is so smooth it'll make you want to buy a convertible just so you can put the top down.

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

I've been rapping quite some time now, ever since I was a lot younger just trying to get better and better at it. Over the past few years I've developed more of a interest in actual song writing and I think that's where I found my niche or style. Once I did that it all kinda began to take shape.

You we’re one of the winners of our NIDA video clip competition, and the clip made for your track 'Ride For Me (feat. Shadow Kitsune)' just premiered on rage. In it you channel Frank Sinatra, which looks fun. How did you find the experience of filming the video?

It was great fun, seeing a team of talented students all focusing on the one goal and outcome was pretty motivating. NIDA is a great institute, world class. It was a bit overwhelming arriving on set and seeing 20-30 extra's waiting to shoot their scene, I've definitely never had that before. I'm used to driving all my sets and props around in my car boot and shooting without permits. As soon as we started shooting it I knew it was going to turn out awesome, couldn't have asked for more.

What can an audience typically expect from a Ry live show?

Twerking (jokes), me performing any of my upbeat songs, some bad jokes from me and good ones from my DJ Jimmy, me rapping over a well known song by Phoenix or doing a Drake cover, then closing it all off with a tribute to Biggie Smalls.

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

Running my clothing label RYWS with my girlfriend, using my Dad's laundry to do my washing, or at my part time job awkwardly whispering voice memo's into my phone.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

My new EP Amnesia comes out late October and then I'm off to the USA just for November. When I come back I'd love to tour a bit more and get straight into finishing off my album that's produced by Hamley!

Australian music is…?

Currently incredible. The music coming out of this country is just as good if not better than the worldwide standard and that goes for all genres. The sense of community has built as well and it's great to see artists crossing over and pushing the boundaries. It's exciting to be a part of it.

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Milan Ring
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Milan Ring

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Sophie Lowe

Featured Artist

2015

15

Jun

Sophie Lowe

( )

Sydney, NSW

SOLO is the songwriting moniker of Sophie Lowe, a young actor and musician who creates beautiful atmospheric pop.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I never know how to explain my sound. I see my music as little stories. I try to create sounds that match the lyrics of each song. So my sound changes a lot as I'm going through different things in my life emotionally. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Just whatever I'm feeling really. I could be anxious, sad, frustrated or broken hearted (or all those things at once!) to help me get through things I'll write stuff down. Honesty is a big inspiration for me.
 
What can punters expect a SOLO live show?
At one of the first gigs I ever did I performed new songs from EP2. I got so connected to one song in particular and I started to cry.  I have a whole range of emotions at my gigs. I also love to dance and get a bit sexy. Lol. I love it. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't let things or people steer you off your path. Stay focused on your path."  - Peter Stormare
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Lyrics are kinda sad :( but the beat is fun!!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
That's mean! Maybe a happy cry? Or just a good cry. We all need a good cry sometimes. 
Sarah Belkner - Blacken The Borders. Awesome song from her new EP. 
 
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?
Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders. They were awesome. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
My producer and friend Neal Sutherland is always inspiring me. Neal is so talented and has always supported my music, he is so much fun to work with! Everyone at Free Energy studios were I record always inspire me. Anyone who is doing what they love really. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
I'm going to release my EP2 before the end of the year. I just finished filming an ABC show called 'The Beautiful Lie' so now I have time to do some gigs! Very excited. I'm filming video clips soon. But other than that, I'm not sure! We will see where life takes me.

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Kingfisha

Featured Artist

2010

22

Feb

Kingfisha

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Congratulations to 5 piece reggae band Kingfisha from Brisbane who we are flying to Adelaide so they can strut their stuff in front of some of the world's leading reps at the explode showcase at the Fuse Festival.

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

Three of us have been playing together in different bands for years. We've always been interested in the rhythms of reggae and when our last band broke up we decided to concentrate solely on playing reggae. We love old school roots/reggae sounds and we've also been interested in electronics and synths, so we endeavour to combine this in our music.

What can the Fuse festival audience expect from you live show?

Honest, Australian Reggae.

What are you most hoping to get out of Fuse Fest?

We will try not to expect too much, play a good show, have fun and anything else is a bonus.

What’s coming up in the future?

We are currently doing pre-production on our debut album. We'll drop a single in June, followed by interstate tours and another tour of New Zealand.

Australian music is?

A healthy mix of sounds and subcultures that is a reflection of many different influences from around the world.

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Back Back Forward Punch
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Back Back Forward Punch

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Electro, Flight Facilities, Bag raiders, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Bennies
New

Artist

The Bennies

Punk, Rock (psychedelic, Reggae, Ska, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Yuko Nishiyama
New

Artist

Yuko Nishiyama

Indie, Pop

Kimberley, WA

Joshy Willo

Featured Artist

2011

28

Mar

Joshy Willo

( )

Eyre Peninsula, SA

Joshy Willo has won the opportunity to open our free all-ages One Night Stand concert on Saturday April 2nd in Tumby Bay, SA with Birds of Tokyo, Art vs Science, and The Jezabels!

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

Music has always been a large part of who I am and something that I can’t see ever changing. My home town of Elliston, on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula has, for as long as I can remember, had a strong “recreational” music scene. Jamming is pretty much a social outing. Due to Elliston’s isolation regular paying gigs are generally the exception, not the rule. I suppose in one sense that has made sure that I play music for the love of it but at the same time is probably the same reason I’ve never taken it seriously enough to pursue music formally or as a profession. My day jobs pay the bills and music keeps me sane. To be completely honest I think my sound is perhaps unintentional/accidental? It’s just what comes out. Maybe more instinctual rather than me consciously “developing” a song in a certain direction. Typically I’ll have ideas/rhymes/melodies pop into my head when I’m driving a tractor or boat or when I’m having some downtime and I’ll quickly get my voice recorder out and put them down. The Eyre Peninsula has some absolutely beautiful natural environments and coastline and as all my work is outdoors, either at sea or on land, I’m constantly surrounded by it. That definitely permeates into my writing. I love acoustic instruments and mellow easy listening tunes but I also thoroughly enjoy sneaking a good reggae groove into some of my songs.

You’re the winner of our One Night Stand competition. What are you most hoping to get out of attending and playing One Night Stand?

I’m absolutely stoked with the One Night Stand competition win. It’s an amazing opportunity for my music to reach a large audience and fresh ears. Exposure. Personally, it’s a bit bloody scary but I’m really excited and looking forward to it. Pumped. Umm... afterwards I don’t really know what to expect. It has definitely opened my eyes to the possibility that perhaps I could make a living off of music, which has always been a dream, but at the same time there’s no need to get ahead of myself. My main objective is to have a great time and present my music as best I can.

What are your earliest memories of seeing and hearing Australian music around The Eyre Peninsula?

Mainly just local musicians and friends playing their original or cover music. Being so isolated not many big names have got out our way. Earliest ones I can remember would be maybe Testeagles in Port Lincoln. Eyre Peninsula residents are very used to travelling to Adelaide or further to catch their favourite bands or festivals. That is precisely why the One Night Stand is such a big deal on the Eyre Peninsula.

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

“If you’re gonna do something, do it properly.” – I like that one. That’s definitely a quote from my Dad. Ha ha.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Well originally I was going to travel through the USA and Canada for the first half of the year. Drive some tractors in Canada and hopefully play some gigs and get some of my CDs out there. But I got a phone call in San Francisco for this One Night Stand show and bolted back to Oz! The plan was to start recording my second album when I got home in July/August but now I’ll get to start on that sooner and also get to play the biggest gig I’ve ever been involved in! So yeah, fair trade-off I reckon. Canada can wait.

Australian music is?

Underrated! To be honest I’ve probably been a bit naïve to this until recently too. We have some top shelf musicians locally on the Eyre Peninsula and in the past that’s generally all we get exposed to in the way of new Australian made music. I mean in Elliston we don’t have access to triple j on the radio. We listen to the Hottest 100 via internet streaming and satellite radio on Australia Day. There are a couple hills on our farm where you can juuuust get triple j on the radio in the tractor when the weather is good but that’s are patchy at best. Without brown-nosing too much I’d say triple j is doing wonders for Australian music, especially the Unearthed website. Ever since I uploaded my songs I’ve found myself regularly searching the website for Unearthed artists that I’ve heard on the radio or that mates have recommended.

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Artist

Featured Artist

2012

3

Dec

Battleships

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney 4-piece Battleships are the winners of our Homebake competition and will be taking their brand of emotive indie rock to The Domain, Sydney this Saturday December 8.

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

We didn't start with a certain sound in mind. We really just set out to make music that we would listen to, and hoped that other people would listen to it too.

You’re the winners of our Homebake competition. What can Homebake punters in Sydney expect from the Battleships live show on Saturday 8th December?

We've just finished our own national tour and before that a tour with The Paper Kites and Art Of Sleeping guys, and we're excited to bring the show and the songs to a festival setting.

What most excites you about playing and attending Homebake 2012?

Well it's our first real festival, so everything about it is exciting. We're actually pretty pumped to get out there after our set and see some of the other artists who are playing.

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

"Don't, ever, for any reason, do anything, to anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what, no matter where, or who or who you are with, or or where you are going, or, or where you've been...ever...for any reason...whatsoever." - Michael Scott / The Office (US)

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

Well we'll be playing some more shows and touring some more. We've got a few festivals lined up too, which is cool. Definitely keen to write some new material and record a bit too.

Australian music is…?

...where it's at!

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ILUKA
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Artist

ILUKA

Indie, Pop (Indie, Soul, Pop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Nantes

Featured Artist

2011

18

Jul

Nantes

( )

Sydney, NSW

Nantes are a Sydney 4-piece that are currently putting the final touches on their debut self-titled EP. 'Fly' is the very promising first single. Check it out!

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

Our ‘sound’ is developed by what we listen to, what we find exciting, and what we would like to hear. We draw from a variety of different bands/genres, some obvious and some much more discreet. We are still developing our ‘sound’.

How long have you guys been playing live and what should the audience expect?

As Nantes we have so far played one show. We don’t know what to expect.

The Nantes band-members have performed in backing bands for the likes of Jonathan Boulet and Grace Woodroofe. Has this had an effect on your own approach to song-writing and performance?

Definitely, experience is everything. Through playing with Grace and Jono we have been exposed to a lot of incredible musicians, writers and producers, and we’ve had the opportunity to play all sorts of different types of shows large and small, which makes things a little easier playing as Nantes.

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

There are too many, Sydney has such a large community of very talented and inspiring musicians/bands/writers/producers etc. It would be too hard to say a few and miss the rest.

What’s coming up in 2011?

2011 should see our Ep released and hopefully a lot of shows.

Australian music is?

...going to take over the world.

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Goldsmith

Artist

Goldsmith

Pop, Indie (Dire Straits, Destroyer, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

 Wallflower
New

Artist

Wallflower

Indie, Pop (space, dream, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Food Court
New

Artist

Food Court

Pop, Rock (Garage, Pop, Fuzz, ...)

Sydney, NSW

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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Thelma Plum

Featured Artist

2012

30

Jul

Thelma Plum

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Thelma Plum is an incredibly talented seventeen year old singer-songwriter from Brisbane. She is the winner of our National Indigenous Music Awards competition and will be flown to perform at the awards in Darwin on August 11.

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

I've been singing and writing music ever since I can remember, one day I decided to pick up a guitar and I suppose the rest just followed.

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

Everything! I am super excited to be playing alongside some amazing artists that I have been listening to since I was a child. I think I may be a little bit starstruck when I get there.

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

Brisbane music scene has always been my favourite. So many talented artists and people. I'm very lucky to have a supportive network of friends that are involved in the music industry around me. Steve Grady is a friend I play with sometimes who inspired me to start playing in the first place, I remember the first time I heard him play I wanted to be just like him! Brett Wood who runs Starving Kids has had a huge impact on my music career so far, he was actually my principal in year 11 and 12 too!

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

"Always listen to what your parents say". All the time there is something that I am stuck with and my parents give me great advice.. even if I don't agree with it at the time, then I always look back and think "Man I wish I listened to my parents".

What’s coming up in 2012?

Lots and lots and lots! The single and EP can be expected! Woohoo!

Australian music is...

...the best!

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Heads of Charm
New

Artist

Heads of Charm

Indie, Rock (Post hardcore, grunge, trash rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tkay Maidza

Featured Artist

2013

4

Nov

Tkay Maidza

( )

Adelaide, SA

Stomp your feet to the banging dance-floor-rap of young Adelaide emcee Tkay Maidza.

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

I basically began rapping from mimicking the young money crew - Nicki Minaj, Lil wayne etc - and my friends and I used to make funny videos and just chuck them up on Youtube as a good past time. From there on I just decided to write originals but they weren't anything special. I was picked for an initiative called N1 and that's how I was paired up with Badcop. After ‘Handle My Ego’ I realized there were more realms in Hip Hop and music in general and I declared myself an alternative rapper. Im still trying to find what my ‘thing’ is but I love the whole rave/craziness due to my short attention span, ha!

What were the artists or songs that initially inspired you to get into music?

Ahh there’s so many! Mostly mainstream musicians like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Rihanna, Lil wayne, Outkast inspired me mainly. Bottoms up by Nicki Minaj and Power by Kanye West were my first ever remixes I posted on Youtube like 2 years ago.

What are the pros and cons of being an underage artist and performer?

The Cons: That it’s previously been a struggle for me to play at clubs, or to hang around after my gigs because of the licencing of the venues. Sucks. Also maybe not being taken seriously sometimes can be annoying, but its not that much of a bad thing, I just have to prove them wrong. The Pros: It would be just to have the opportunity, I guess you get treated specially because people are like ‘Ahh she’s only this young’ its a great feeling to know that I’m doing well for my age or just in general.

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

There’s so many bands, producers and people in Adelaide to name, I cant even deal. The Killgirls have the coolest light show and intensity/energy in their live show - its definitely what I’d like for my live show in the future. Bad//Dreems - they’re the coolest dudes ever, so humble, so funny and they’re so talented and they’re doing so well right now it's insane. Every rapper in Adelaide is an inspiration for me, people are so passionate for Hip Hop - I like what Allday is doing - his versatility and creativity in music is so cool, jealous. Theres so many more musicians I want to name but I’d be here all day. (see what I did there?)

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

I used to play tennis really competitively and I think the sport has taught me that once one point ends you have to carry onto the next one win or lose - if you dwell on something that happened 10 minutes ago you could/will lose. So in other words my coaches and the sport have told me not to dwell in the past but always live in the present, working onto the bigger picture (which is winning the game). Which is so relevant in music. You have to keep on moving!

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I have my first ever tour coming up, the ‘Brontosaurus Tour’. So excited! That's during November and December. Also planning on releasing the music video for Bronto as well!

Australian music is…?

That hot chick next door that everyone has started realising is so hot and wants to know. Like seriously, give it a few more months and this chicks going to get so many inboxes on Facebook. I’m so excited to see what happens in the next few months, and I think its something so special to be a part of.

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Client Liaison

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Client Liaison

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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KLP

Featured Artist

2013

23

Dec

KLP

Sydney, NSW

Sydney DJ, producer and vocalist KLP mixes up an intoxicating blend of club beats and polished pop hooks. She is the winner of our Field Day competition and will be opening The Island stage of the festival on New Years Day in The Domain, Sydney.

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

I think the main thing that stands out with my sound are my vocals and the many layers of melodies and harmonies I put in tracks. That's something I've been doing ever since I was young so I suppose that element has been a long time in the making. I love love harmonies.

You’re the winner of our Field Day competition and will be playing the fest on New Years Day in Sydney. What can the crowd at Field Day expect from the KLP live show?

It's pretty upbeat and all electronic. I have a drummer playing an electronic kit and I'll be singing loads and triggering a bunch of samples. I'll also be debuting some visuals which have been made especially for Field Day.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

Besides my set (which i am incredibly excited about) I'm really looking forward to seeing Solange and London Grammer.

What are your plans for KLP in 2014?

I have so much already planned it's crazy. A bunch of new solo tunes and a tonne of collabs.

If you had to make one new years resolution, what would it be?

To take more time out to chiiiilllll.

Australian music is…?

…sooo hot right now.

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readable graffiti
New

Artist

readable graffiti

Dance, Electronic, Indie (hashtag music)

Melbourne, VIC

The Twoks
New

Artist

The Twoks

Dance, Indie, Pop (Electric Violin, drums, The Twoks, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Sea Legs
New

Artist

Sea Legs

Indie, Pop, Rock (Eclectic Pop, indie rock, Indie)

Central Coast, NSW

The Gooch Palms
New

Artist

The Gooch Palms

Indie, Pop, Rock (the gooch palms, gooch, Palms, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Wives

Featured Artist

2014

3

Mar

Wives

( )

Canberra, ACT

Sweet Shoppe are an excellent Canberra 4-piece with a unique brand of experimental garage pop that teems with melancholy and angst.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Our music is a mix of various influences from the B-52’s to Midnight Oil. The songs so far have come out of spontaneous writing sessions without too much structure apart from a feel or sound. Anja has a visual approach to songwriting and usually comes to a practice with a riff and a strange concept. Then as a band we have to try and fulfill her “creative vision”.

What can punters expect from a Sweet Shoppe live show?
Usually our live show is a little different to what we’ve recorded in the studio, improvising during songs like Beneath the Moon. We’ve only played a handful of shows so we’re still getting to know each other on stage which keeps things interesting for us and hopefully the audience too. We have an Australian only cover policy. The Birthday Party’s ‘Cry’ is currently in the set. There’s so many good ones, but we’re thinking Errol by Australian Crawl might be next.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Jordan: After hearing me play, my music teacher once told me that I needed to “connect the dots, man”. I’m still trying to figure out what that means.

Tell us about the bands or people in the ACT music community that inspire you.
There’s a pretty strong and tight-knit music community in Canberra. TV Colours, Danger Beach and The Fighting League are all close friends of ours, the healthy competition drives us to play shows and make our music. Anja in particular was a little frustrated with the all-male line ups, there’s not a lot of women playing music here, and this inspired the creation of Sweet Shoppe and Sex Noises (also featuring Anja and Jordan). It’s a small place and it often gets forgotten, but we love Canbrah.

What are your plans for Sweet Shoppe in 2014?
We are currently in the process of writing our first album after finishing our Taste It! EP pretty quickly. The aim is to have it out by mid-year with a few shows out of town in the coming months. The album will build on the sound from our EP, but this time Anja is chasing a “space-gospel” vibe. You can expect sermons and synthesisers.

Australian music is…?
The best kind of music. We love our Oz-rock. Most practices revolve around watching Goanna, INXS, Midnight Oil and GANGgajang videos. The ‘nzoz’ Youtube channel is all you’ll ever need. There’s a bunch of great music being made at the moment with bands like Harmony, The Ocean Party, Gooch Palms and Deep Heat, to name a few. We just want bands to keep visiting the Capital.

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The Fighting League

Featured Artist

2011

28

Nov

The Fighting League

( )

Canberra, ACT

Fighting League began their band as they saw a major need for society to understand the full consequences of sexual driven tropical PUNKS.

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

Our sound is called Tropical Punk, it’s called that because were from Canberra which is the tropical capital of the entire world. Living in Canberra has given us first hand experiences of sunburn, which is an important aspect in developing our sound. Pretty much all we do is sit around in the sun getting heatstroke and seeing hallucinations which we then record into music.

What’s The Fighting League live show like?

Our live show is exactly like drinking in Glebe Park or a local park of your choice at 3 in the morning. It is kind of fun but at the same time weird and scary and even though you didn’t want to go out that night you still did because everyone else was and then you look at all the guys you’re drinking with and you realise that there the kind of friends that will never leave you so you end up starting a band with them and it ends up being fun and weird and scary.

What are you all doing when you’re not playing in the band?

Every member of the fighting league has an extremely interesting life and when were not actually playing in the band or “jamming” (AKA “being in a small room fighting”) we are active members of our beautiful society. My name is Dominic Death and I work at a local primary school in the Governments new “Tropical Schools Program (T.S.P)” providing each child in need with a Sunnyboy so they can graduate into the “Tropical Tweens Program” when they go to high school. I think Joel our bass player is a palaeontologist because he’s always digging in the ground I think he’s looking bones and he’s single. Carey is a self made man who wears a suit and drives a rainbow car of dreams. Andy is a silent and solitary man who no one has ever actually talked to. Alejandro our drummer writes poetry about Andy and eats plain pasta.

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

Our Album was produced by Bruce “Cub” Calloway who used to play in The Saints and has produced plenty of music including Ed Kuepper’s first solo album. It was inspiring doing it with him because he put a shit load of effort into it even though his rates were too cheap. Canberra music inspires me because even though theres only a handful of bands around they’re of a really high quality and the only reason you don’t hear it all the time is because Sydney and Melbourne seem to be the only two places in Australia. Dream Damage is great because Tim is a ruthless millionaire who funds heaps of stuff and will give out money to all his friends.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2011 and looking to 2012?

Well in 2011 were playing two gigs in December the first is on the 15th on Sydney for the Polaroids Of Androids xmas party which will be radical if you like christmas and I really love christmas so we are going to be christmas crazy. Then on the Saturday the 17th we have our big time record launch of our new album Tropical Paradise!!!!!!! That’s in Canberra the line up is tba but it will be too rad. Then in January were going on a big time tour we’ll be going to mainly capital cities but not like Canberra because that the capital of the whole world. Please check www.dreamdamage.com for announcements.

Australian music is…?

so much new good new music all the time and bands playing all day every day and plenty of nice guys getting the word out. With the internet coming good everyone’s now on an even playing field so it doesn’t matter where you live you can listen to all the good shit around the nation and the world and there are even people out there who care about music and will give you some of their hard earned cash for it even though it would probably be easy for them to get it for nothing.

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Stillwater Giants

Featured Artist

2012

7

May

Stillwater Giants

( )

Perth, WA

Surfer guitar licks and some really spot on three part harmonies. That's Stillwater Giants, they're our Feature Stars on triple j Unearthed and Unearthed on digital radio. You'll also be able to catch them at Groovin' The Moo opening the festival in Bunbury May 19th.

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

Our sound is a fusion of our individual influences, varied from funk to rock to pop to jazz and the occasional hyper-meta-sludgecore/classical concerto. We came together through the network of crew from 'down south' - Margaret River - jamming in our little cottage on a vineyard and drinking lots of red wine. Did a heap of demo recordings in the back room of a friend of ours, which, through listening back to ourselves proved essential in developing our sound. Our music is characterised by the vocal harmonies of our three castrated singers, and the incredibly original C major scale guitar work...

You guys are the Bunbury winner of our Groovin' The Moo competition. What can GTM revellers expect from a Stillwater Giants live show?

Nudity, obscene language, and a One Direction cover... We have decided to release (earlier than planned) a brand new single 'Walking On Air', exclusively for triple j Unearthed and Groovin' the Moo, so look out for that one. Might even bust the mandolin out for a stomp.

What are you most looking forward to about the Bunbury GTM on May 19th? Who are you excited to see?

Meeting some new bands, making the most of the rider and not having anywhere to sleep after the festival. We are taking a party bus down from the city with a bunch of crew, so should be a pretty solid weekend. We'll definitely be in the crowd for Mutemath, and Digitalism also.

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

We actually all met in an East Perth lockup, and from this the best advice we have ever received was a female police officer telling us to sort our lives out, get real jobs and have a shave. Had a shave yesterday, and incredibly managed to talk to a girl last night without getting slapped so it was pretty solid advice!

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

Early September 2012 we will release our second EP, a 6 or 7 track. Off this we will tour nationally at the end of the year, and we are looking at making the move over east next year. Got a whole heap of songs almost finished in the studio now that we are frothing on, it's really hard not to just release them straight away!!

Australian music is…?

Moving in the direction of the hyper-meta-jazzcore-progressive-sludgegrind-dissonant-antichromatic genre. It could also be defined as triple j Unearthed!!

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SAFIA

Featured Artist

2013

15

Apr

SAFIA

Canberra, ACT

Electro-indie 3-piece SAFIA are the Canberra winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. They'll be joining the incredible festival line-up at the University of Canberra on Sunday 28 April.

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

Our music is heavily beat and synth driven with elements of live instrumentation like guitar, piano and vocal. We write most our tracks with the intention of getting people up to dance and party but at the same time we try to add depth to the songs through meaningful vocals and thoughtful melodies and chord progressions. We usually write our tracks in full on acoustic instruments like piano and guitar and then bring them into the studio and begin producing. It is this process that we believe gives our songs a unique sound. We all have very diverse musical backgrounds and musical tastes and we have all been playing music together since way back in primary school. It is these diverse backgrounds and mutual understanding of one another’s writing and performing styles that is a key aspect of our sound.

You’re the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be joining the line up at the Canberra leg of the festival. What can Groovin The Moo punters in Canberra expect from the SAFIA live show?

Groovin’ The Moo goers in Canberra should expect to get an early wake up call when they see our set. Expect a lot of energy, big production and big vocals. Those who have seen us play before know that we have a lot of gadgets that we use to make our electronic sounds truly come across as a live performance and that we wont stop until we’ve got everyone up and dancing and jumping around.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

We are most looking forward to getting out on stage and sharing our music with so many new people. We love festivals because you meet so many new people and discover so much new music. Some artists we are particularly excited to see are Midnight Juggernauts, Tame Impala, Shockone, Last Dinosaurs and The Kooks. However, with a lineup this good it’s going to be hard to decide who to see on the day.

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

We’ve received lots of advice for all aspects of life over the years but one of best pieces of advice that we have taken on board concerning our attitude towards music would have to be from a man by the name of Wally De Backer, better known as Gotye. Although the advice was not directed at us specifically we took it on board. In a media interview he said the most important thing is to keep writing no matter what and not to give up when your tracks don’t get received as well as you would like.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We really hope that we can make 2013 a big year for ourselves. We have extremely big goals which seem incredibly ambitious at the moment but if you had told us this time last year that we would be given the triple j Unearthed spot to play at Groovin’ The Moo we probably would have just laughed. At the moment apart from preparing for Groovin’ The Moo we are currently putting the finishing touches on our first full single release, which we hope to have ready by the end of the month. This will be followed by a mini tour along the east coast where we hope to at least visit Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. But most importantly we plan to just keep writing and producing music and to keep pushing ourselves to get better and improve at what we do.

Australian music is…?

...Everything! We honestly think that Australia produces some of the most unique, groundbreaking and downright amazing music in the world. It’s hard to believe how much talent there is in this country. One of the best aspects about Australian music is that there are so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Australians are incredibly lucky to have sites like triple j Unearthed who discover so many incredible Australians.

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CHIEFS
New

Artist

CHIEFS

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Sad Boys, Cashmere Cat, Mr Carmack)

Melbourne, VIC

MEG MAC

Featured Artist

2013

11

Nov

MEG MAC

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer Meg Mac is one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne this NYE. She has a huge voice, huge tracks and a huge future ahead of her.

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

I have been singing for a long time and like most people, I learned to sing by copying and trying to sound like other singers. I didn't work out my own thing really until I started writing, with no reference for my unsung songs I was forced to create a sound. But you can definitely hear all my influences I think and I love that they're always changing and so is my voice and writing. Growing up I listened to lots of soul thanks to my Dad, my Mum sings Irish folk songs and I was obsessed with pop of course. I like big voices and a bit of that drama - the ones that sing because they have to or they would die sort of thing, like Edith Piaf.

You’re the Victorian winner of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne at the end of the year. What can Falls punters expect from the Meg Mac live show?

I will be playing on New Years Eve and I am going to sing my little heart out. I play with two boys, a drummer and keys player and my little sister sings backing for me, it's pretty cute and she sounds just like me. Expect some electronic elements, big piano sounds, hand claps and lots of singing by me. We have new songs which we are going to play and help everyone get ready for the big day of music ahead and hopefully Meg Mac can help people feel ready to take on the new year.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

This is my favourite thing to happen to me all year and I still read the lineup every day just to give me that special feeling. Apart from actually playing, which is what I am definitely most looking forward to, it is all of the other bands and artists that are playing. Getting to watch all of their sets and then just the whole festival vibe, the camping, the photos, the people, the bands, the NYE thing - it is just guaranteed good times. And Solange.

What’s your earliest memory of performing music? How old were you?

I first started proper singing (singing lessons etc) when I was nine and once I discovered that I had a big voice, I could not get enough of Vanessa Amorosi…please don't judge me. 'Absolutely Everybody' was my favourite.

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

I've got a few gigs coming up before the big Falls, that's what I call it now. On the 29th November I am supporting Georgia Fair at Howler in Melbourne. My 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so far, it looks like my first album will be on its way! And I am looking forward to more stuff happening to me, and some more songs to happen to me too.

Australian music is…?

A lot of the time I will listen to music and not know/care where it comes from, but it is pretty awesome when I know something is Australian and suddenly I feel a little bit proud? It is weird, like I am suddenly connected to the music because the artist is Aussie just like me and my dreams become a little more achievable.

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Harts
New

Artist

Harts

Pop, Rock (Funk, Rock, alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

N'fa Jones

Artist

N'fa Jones

Hip Hop, Electronic (common, Remi, The Roots, ...)

Melbourne, VIC