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Milwaukee Banks

Featured Artist

2014

7

Jul

Milwaukee Banks

Melbourne, VIC

Milwaukee Banks stroll a perfectly fine line between electronica, R'n'B, and rap, making sounds so sexy, you cannot help but sway your hips to. A collaboration that pushes both of these talented artists into new territory as yet undiscovered by man or machine. Check them out as this week's feature artist on Unearthed.

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

We make spaced-out rap and R&B vibes for your headphones. Our sound developed really when Dyl contacted Edo to do some raps on some of his electronic music project production. We discussed some ideas we had about different vibes we were feeling at the time and then bam, the first track we wrote together was Sweater Made of Gold.

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

Our greatest source of inspiration for writing music is each other and all our friends. We've both got inspiring creative friends with heaps of different backgrounds, and they inspire us to keep doing what we’re doing and to keep pushing ourselves in our creative pursuits.

What can punters expect from a Milwaukee Banks live show?

Our live show is 45 minutes of sensory bliss. We perform our songs (and occasionally a few new tracks) to fully syncronsied motion graphic visuals made by our friend Jason Lee. You can also expect to see and hear plenty of basketball banter!

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

I’m not sure who it was but I was advised early on to just never stop writing tracks. And it is good advice, keep writing – you never know when you’ll hit gold!

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

You need those uplifting ballad vibes. So I would play Client Liaison – Feelings, every time you hear that song you feel like you can take on the world!

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

Hmm, we don’t usually want to make people cry, but if you need to hear those deep feels to let a cry out, listen to Namine – The Train, you might get a bit teary…

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

We’d drop Flight Tonight - Love me no more, from his edits EP.

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

We went to see local hip hop crew RaRa at Boney. Those dudes are awesome live. Lots of energy, rad beats, great vibes!

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

KIRA – KIRA is a collective of beat makers in Melbourne that have done some really cool work and inspire us on the regular! We worked with them on our title track Rose Water on our EP.

Fletch – Our homegirl Maquarie is a local club dj and radio host, she is always keen to hear and share new music and she always stay based.

Andrei Eremin – This guy has mad talent and an inspiring work ethic.

Nuff said. Mata and Must – These guys are possibly the hardest working artists in the Melbourne hip-hop scene. Their sound is grimey and underground. They own and run an independent label Pang Productions.

W1SP - W1SP is a producer from Melbourne. He’s a hard worker and a bit of a perfectionist. His catalogue isn't deep but what he has dropped is straight fire! Keep an eye out for him.

What are your plans for Milwaukee Banks in 2014?

We’ve released our EP which was a pretty major step for us, and now we’re looking forward to playing some shows, including BIGSOUND in September. After that we should get to work on an album!

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friendships

Featured Artist

2013

30

Sep

friendships

( )

Melbourne, VIC

friendships are a Melbourne-based art collaboration that produce some wonderfully tripped out genre-bending beats. They're one of the winners of our Listen Out competition and will be opening the 909 stage of the festival this Saturday, October 5 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

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

Nic: It's definitely still developing. Im genre bi-polar, I like to embrace change and movement. I think genres should be explored and maybes exploited. I really enjoy pushing for new sounds.

You’re the Melbourne winners of our Listen Out competition and will be playing the festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens on Saturday, 5 October. What are you most looking forward to about Listen Out?

Mish: Welllllll, Nic's sister is flying over from WA to cop the show. She hasn't seen a friendships set yet, so that will be pretty dope. Shoutouts to Ernie. Legitimately looking forward to copping a decent boogie. Hudmo, Lunice and talabot will be off their respective gutsses.

What can the crowd at Listen Out expect from the friendships live show?

Hopefully a full audio/visual show (still investigating the logistics). We love a groove so we will be chootzing pretty hard. got some new rhythm and vissy's to sling about. it should be a good time, it's the rap game doe.

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

"Don't be precious about your art." - Michelle Mantsio (Mish's Uni Lecturer). Never truer words have been uttered.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

A few good parties. Few good projects. Paradise Music Festival will be off it's guts. We have a tour with Audego this October + November, Paso Bionic & Big Fella chootz hard, nuff said.

Australian music is…?

…incredibly dope! Totally inspiring. Some of the hottest grooves live right under our noses and will get the attention it deserves. Embrace community. Community is everything.

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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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Neda

Indie, Pop

Perth, WA

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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Slumberjack

Featured Artist

2014

14

Jul

Slumberjack

( )

Perth, WA

For a pair of producers that spend their spare time tweeting about their favourite Portuguese inspired fast food chains, and television dramas about good guys having to do bad things to pay their medical bills; when it comes to their music, it's very serious business. Check out the interview for our Unearthed feature artist this week, Perth's Slumberjack.

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

F: I would describe our music as sitting snugly in the middle of a spectrum with one end being pretty clubby, beats-oriented sounds and the other comprising of what you’d find if you searched for “beautiful, relaxing piano music” on Youtube.

M: To be frank, it took a while for us to discover our style.  When we started we were heavily influenced by so many great artists; it was hard to think for ourselves when all we wanted was to be just like them (lol).  I guess it’s like when you are in school and joining the cool kids is all that matters.  I think we’ve matured past that now and learned how to channel what we love into what we really feel.

 

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

F: Other music! We get really excited when we hear all the amazing and interesting music being created by the other musicians out there and that really drives us to get in the studio and make our own sounds.

 

What can punters expect from a Slumberjack live show?

We really enjoy doing DJ sets, which pays homage to where we started in the electronic music scene, but we also have huge respect for live bands. We’re fusing both the quick nature of DJing with the more organic approach of a live performance so Slumberjack’s live show is all about adaptability. We’ve set it up in such a way that we don’t have to stick to a set list which we feel can sometimes be too rigid.  Everything is interchangeable in the moment so we can judge the energy of the room and choose tracks accordingly. Morgan plays the MiniNova synth and sings into a talk-box and Fletch is all about wild flailing arm movements over on the drum machine.

 

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

F: I loved the video Emoh did for Ableton Live School and his advice which went along the lines of: whatever genre of music you’re making, use sounds and instruments which are the polar opposite of that genre. That’s why you’ll hear a lot of world music sounds and instruments coming through our beatsy and trap-esque tunes. 

M:  Best advice for me was from Mr. Carmack. We had the privilege of hanging out with him whilst he was in Perth.  His tip = no rules.  That was a real game-changer for us. Fletch and I were all about numbers, logic and precise technicality in our production work, but after seeing the man in action, we learnt to forget what we thought we knew, and just go with the flow.

 

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

Pretty much anything with Dofflin in the name. It’s almost impossible not to be happy listening to those sparkly records.

 

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

Our track, Felon. Loud.

 

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

Definitely Night Cruise’s “Say My Wat”.

 

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

Circo is a local gig right? A very impressive one too.  It was awesome to see acts like Sable, Basenji and Chiefs play out on the pretty impressive stages they had set up and getting the attention they truly deserve.

 

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

F: We’re surrounded by a wicked community in Perth with loads of acts doing their thang. DIE HIGH, a record label and collective which started around the same time that we did have been really supportive and have brought together a lot of the musicians in Perth - at times forcing us to collaborate on music by whipping us in the studio.

M: Lab Six for sure.  The fam there also started around the same the as us and it’s so inspiring to see them grow and give back to the community through classes, workshops and live streams.

What are your plans for Slumberjack in 2014?

Make more music and meet more awesome people. Hopefully it will be something that we can do for as long as we can; making a comfortable living off music is the dream!

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JaysWays
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Artist

JaysWays

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

Sydney, NSW