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

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Indie, Pop (Indie, dream Pop, Bedroom Pop)

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sleepmakeswaves

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

Sydney, NSW

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Solkyri

Indie, Rock (mogwai, Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Majora

Featured Artist

2015

26

Oct

Majora

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle rockers Majora are the winners of our This That competition and will be opening the 'This' stage of the festival on Saturday, October 31 at the Newcastle Foreshore.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Chris: We all have a multitude of different influences and personal tastes musically, and every members style has really helped forge our distinctive sound. We love instrumental music, ambient pieces and film scores as well as many, many variations of metal and rock, and combined with a passion for electronica, hip hop etc, the possibilities of our musical direction are endless. The fans can expect familiar ground of course, but don't expect any hesitations from us to release something a bit more diverse for EP #2, which is currently in the works.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Josh: I found a lot of inspiration for iridescent through researching the universe and the many philosophies surrounding it and the nature of life itself.
 
Jared: Anything that inspires wonder or awe. At the moment it's the deep sea and the creatures that inhabit it. Theres so much to be inspired by in the world, you just have to open your mind.
 
You’re the winners of our This That competition and will be taking the stage at the Newcastle Foreshore on Saturday October 31. What can punters at the festival expect from your live show?
Chris: Expect to see some heads roll haha, we really want to go out there and do triple j, This That and Newcastle proud by starting the day off as big and loud as possible. We bring with us the harrowing eyes of a gigantic owl staring down every person to get up front and go nuts! If you want to understand what that means, be there to see it.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Josh: My guitar teacher as a teenager told me how important it is to forge your own sound and to keep at it rather than giving up on music after high school, despite how much life can get in the way.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Jared:  I don't know if it'd cheer them up but I'd chuck on "Deadman" by Karnivool. They may still be crying but they'd also be head banging.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Josh: 'A Gallant Gentleman' by Sydney band 'We Lost The Sea'. The latest album 'Departure Songs' is one of the most emotional releases i've heard from this country.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Chris: Its gotta be the song desreveR by White Gums, that song will make a room go from chilled to really buzzing. Incredibly talented producer from here in Newcastle.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Josh: I saw a few local bands, 'Raave tapes', 'Creo' and 'Dave' play a show last weekend and was pretty happy to hear some interesting new sounds from those guys and a decent room of punters supporting them and the venue. The Newcastle live music scene is at an all time low so its great to see these guys out there giving it a real go.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
Josh: The guys in 'Ornaments' are bringing a very unique sound to the alt rock genre and are just a great bunch of guys. Also the now defunct 'regresser' were one of the most professional and original heavy acts I've heard for a long time. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
Josh: We have booked as many shows as possible up til the end of this year as part of our first tour and are trying to support as many bands as possible to get our music to the right ears. We are playing a huge run of shows along the east coast and couldn't be happier to be touring so soon after releasing our debut ep in August.
We plan finish writing our second ep this summer, and hope to have it out early-mid next year, its coming together really well so far.
 

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Golden Vessel

Featured Artist

2016

2

May

Golden Vessel

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane producer Golden Vessel has got us swooning over his silky smooth production, fluttery synths and choice collaborations.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I bought a synth when I was fourteen and started a band with some mates. We played one show and then called it quits and because I'd just spent all my pocket money on the synth, I decided I better keep making music. I bought Ableton and started making really amateur Breakbot-ish piano funk but slowly evolved to making chill electronic when I discovered artists such as Toro Y Moi, Caribou, SBTRKT, Chet Faker and Flume. I just worked at it for a couple of years and then started the Golden Vessel when I was 16
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I get really inspired by sound, whether that's hearing other artists or mucking around on Ableton and coming up with new sounds or hearing something cool on the street and recording it on my iphone.
 
What can punters expect from a Golden Vessel live show?
I perform live with my mate Connor (aka Whisperer - another Unearthed artist) and so he covers most of the vocal parts and guitar and I play a lot of keys / percussion. I'm also currently making some custom midi controllers with a friend so I'll start to roll them out on stage sometime soon too. I really love live shows that are unexpected and take twists and turns that aren't present on the EP, so I try and pursue that same experience with my live set. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I think it was from Caleb Hodges from Art of Sleeping who told me two years ago to take my time with releasing music and not to rush anything when I was really eager to drop a lot of average content. That advice just helped me to take a step back and continually work at my craft.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
GOVS - Let's Go! I love this guy and this songs super uplifting and fun
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird - Melbourne Bitter. I just discovered these guys on Unearthed and can't stop playing this song on repeat. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Cosmo's Midnight - Walk With Me (feat. Kučka)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
On the weekend I went and saw my mates Ivey and Tiny Little Houses then popped over and caught UV Boi. Both shows were A-grade.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Brisbane has an awesome little hub of people extremely passionate about music that help each other out and build each other up. Especially my boys cln and Feki have really stretched and encouraged me as a musician as well as my fam OK Badlands, Whisperer and Wash who all constantly help each other out in every way possible.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
So my 'Before Sleep' EP is out in June and I'm doing a little Aus tour so keep an eye out for that. I'm also doing a fair bit of production work for some artists in Brisbane. I'm especially excited for the new OK Badlands EP that I'm producing. It's gonna be a fun year.

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Owen Rabbit

Featured Artist

2015

14

Dec

Owen Rabbit

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Owen Rabbit is a multi-instrumentalist and producer out of Melbourne's northern suburbs. He plays rubbish, bottles and matches like instruments, anything he can find that makes a sound.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I got given a field recorder for my birthday by my parents when I was a teenager. I loved recording sounds from unusual places and I loved travelling. I used my field recorder through Morocco and the Southern Europe and started to place those samples in whatever beats I was making. Then I got a loop pedal and a microphone and tested out live sampling with whatever trinkets I could find. I love sounds. I love foley in films it really inspires me. I guess that mixed with my love of electronic music and jazz and soul mashes up into something like my music.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When I write songs I can draw on personal experiences or anything that affects me on an emotional level. Sometimes I'll try put myself in other people's shoes and imagine what they're going through. I usually write music when I'm not near my instruments. I tend to think about little hooks, sounds or sometimes whole songs when I'm on the bus walking somewhere. Sometimes I even drift off when I'm talking to someone.
 
What can punters expect from an Owen Rabbit live show?
I build a piece of music layer by layer with my toys and rubbish. Then I play my synths and drum pads, my guitar and use my voice. Sometimes it's a little rough but it's because it's all happening right there.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Lachlan Mitchell told me once to encourage myself to be sensitive. He said that there's all different kinds of people in the world and they all play an important part and contribute to helping human kind as a whole. And while usually those who are strong are celebrated for their stoicism, their sportsmanship or their abilities as leaders, humanity needs sensitive people just as much to help guide them through their dark times and show them they aren't alone. 
 
I personally can't think of a better explanation for how and why people make art. That guy kinda blew my mind. He's an incredible musician.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dear Plastic, Kalacoma, Matt Kelly (Mayfair Kytes) at The Workers Club. It was incredible. My 3 favourite acts in Melbourne. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Hiatus Kaiyote are pretty undeniable. They're incredible. I supported Nai Palm for one of my first gigs, she's an incredible vocalist. I loved the raw energy of Mangelwurzel when I first saw them a few years ago. And the phronetic, surreal and impossibly complex Kalacoma have such an inspiring approach to live sound. They are a very much live electronic band. There's so much good music in Melbourne.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I plan to release an EP early in the year. Then I'm going to Brighton, England for the Great Escape Festival and some shows in Europe. After that I'll be doing my first Australian headline tour and getting stuck into writing my debut album.
 

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LUNATICS ON POGOSTICKS

Featured Artist

2013

26

Aug

LUNATICS ON POGOSTICKS

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Sydney lo-fi garage-rockers Lunatics On Pogosticks have won Unearthed High 2013. Their skuzzy surf rock riffs, catchy choruses and thought-out crunchiness bring distortion, fuzz and a whole lotta fun!

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

We originally started off as just wanting to make noisy garage tunes and stuff like that, real guitar driven without much thought for lyrics and melody. I think the major development throughout the course of our music has been maintaining this really chaotic distortion and atmosphere whilst becoming a lot more interested in pop dimensions and trying to create catchy hooks and all that jazz.

You’re the winners of Unearthed High 2013. What are you hoping to gain from this opportunity?

Too stokeddd! It's been majorly rad having our song played on the radio and being able to professionally record a song instead of just doing it in my garage (haha!). I think we're all just keen to finish the HSC and then really assess what we're going to do with the band.

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

Watching Dune Rats in some dudes house in Byron. Best night everrr!!!

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

"I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you, too." - Abe Simpson, tellin' it how it is.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

Hopefully lots of different things. There's definitely some gnarly dates that are gonna be marked in our calendar.

Australian music is…?

…righteous!

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Vancouver Sleep Clinic
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Vancouver Sleep Clinic

Indie

Brisbane, QLD

My Own Pet Radio

Featured Artist

2011

14

Feb

My Own Pet Radio

( )

Brisbane, QLD

My Own Pet Radio is the name given to the bedroom recording project of Sam Cromack, frontman, singer and songwriter for Brisbane's indie rock/pop collective Ball Park Music.

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

I usually can't last more than a week without writing or recording a song. I've always loved recording. A lot of the songs used in My Own Pet Radio are just songs that never made it to the Ball Park rehearsal room. I often get an idea and I'm just so excited to hear how it would sound, so instead of being patient and showing real musicians I just start recording it and playing everything myself.

How do you know when a song idea is for My Own Pet Radio rather than your other band Ball Park Music?

I think a lot of the songs could very well have been performed by Ball Park. It just depends. If I write quiet, weird or sad songs - which are usually my favorite - they'll nearly always end up as My Own Pet Radio songs. That way I don't have to bore any audiences or band members.

How would you feel about My Own Pet Radio going from a solo project to taking on band members?

I've actually done two shows with a full band. That was a lot of fun, at least for me anyway. I'm keen to try lots of arrangements in this project. I think, most importantly, it shouldn't ever feel stagnant. I have a few key collaborators, but I'd like to have a rotating line-up. I think soon I will endeavor to do some shows by myself at some smaller venues.

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

I've met a lot of lovely musicians in Brisbane. I always remain inspired by the scarier songwriters; Ed Guglielmino, Shem Allen, Kate Herrington and my housemate Ben Fahey is the best songwriter you've never heard of. I also enjoy being in the studio with producer Matt Redlich. Ball Park has been working with him, and he's full of interesting info.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Well Ball Park keeps me pretty busy, but I'll be aiming to book some shows for My Own Pet Radio. I also continue recording. I still have plenty of recordings lying around, though if I organize another release I think I'll discipline myself a little more this time... work a little harder to choose the best songs and record them properly.

Australian music is?

...worthy of more than one sentence. There are too many wonderful things to capture in this short summary.

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Summing
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Artist

Summing

Electronic, Pop (Electronic, alternative, Pop, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Long Island Sound

Featured Artist

2011

2

May

Long Island Sound

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Long Island Sound are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be taking the stage at Groovin The Moo Maitland on Saturday May 7.

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

What we play now we sort of just stumbled upon after writing songs for a long time. We’ve been playing together for about four years, so we have written a lot of stuff that no one has ever heard. It’s continuously changing too, I think most of the bands we admire aren’t afraid to change up their sound and evolve as a group, and that’s what we aspire to.

You’re one of the lucky winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can the punters at Groovin The Moo Maitland expect from your live show?

We haven’t played a half hour set in a while so we’re jamming a lot in. I think it will be pretty frantic and we are definitely going to have a lot of fun with it. Hopefully people hear some stuff they haven’t heard before.

What are your hopes and expectations for attending and playing Groovin' The Moo in Maitland?

We just get really excited playing to people who haven’t heard us before. Playing a big festival is every 14 year old musician’s dream so really we are fulfilling our childhood ambitions. Also there are just some huge bands playing, it’s kind of surreal to be on the same lineup as House of Pain.

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

I think one of the biggest motivations we have had is just to practice more. I’m not sure that someone specifically told us we should—although they probably should have—but it was definitely a conscious decision that we wanted to be as tight as group as we possibly could be. There is a big desire to play new songs as much as possible, but we try to hold new stuff back until it’s really ready.

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

There are some great bands doing really interesting things in Newcastle at the moment. For a while there it seemed like every band was just playing the same rock music, but I think people got tired of it and started looking for something new. Now there’s some really interesting stuff happening in Newcastle, it’s great to be a part of.

What’s coming up in 2011?

We are just trying to play and write as much as possible. The EP coming out last month was a big milestone for us, it feels like we really have something to offer people now. The songs we are writing now are a bit of a departure from the songs on the EP, we are more confident as a group and with each other so we are able to branch out a bit more. I’m looking forward to showing people what we’ve been working on.

Australian music is?

At the moment, it’s really exciting. Australian bands in the more alternative sphere are doing just as well on the international stage as bands from the US or UK. That’s just super encouraging.

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klee shade

Roots (Rock, Indie, Pop, ...)

North Coast, NSW