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Erik Sanders

Featured Artist

2017

23

Oct

Erik Sanders

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get ready! Brisbane Hip Hop artist Erik Sanders is about to dominate this year’s Sprung Festival as our triple j Unearthed comp winner! Check out his latest track ‘Purple Panther ft Reese Laflare’. It’s fun, bright and loaded with energy.

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

I grew up in a hip-hop family, so it was natural for me to find a love for the music. When I started, I used to rap in a boom bap lyrical style but I ended up finding a good balance between rapping but still being melodic at the same time because I really wanted my melodies in my music to stick with people. 

 

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

Taking a break from writing and living life for a few days. 

 

Tell us about your latest single ‘Purple Panther ft Reese Laflare’.

I had been sitting on 'Purple Panther' for a minute, trying to find a good feature for it, and I happened to meet Reese Laflare at a showcase we both performed at in Sydney. So it worked out perfect to get him on the song after we met. This is also my personal favourite song I've made by far.

 

What can punters expect from an Erik Sanders live show?

Heavy bass, auto-tune and thunder.

 

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

The best advice I've received was from myself. Which is to not get too attached to things in life because everything around us is disposable. Houses, clothes, people etc. Things come and go so I had to accept that at a very young age and live with it.

 

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

Erik Sanders - 'In The Air Feat. Allday'.

 

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

 Shannon Noll - 'What About Me'.

 

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

That's a no-brainer! Erik Sanders - Purple Panther Feat. Reese Laflare

 

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

Travy P at The Black Bear Lodge. I played that night as well. Travy turned that place upside down with a sore throat. It was beautiful.

 

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

Strictly the people in my friend circle. It's a small circle but we all understand each other's intentions and vision.

 

What are your plans for 2017?

Keep playing shows, keep getting my money, lining up the flex for next year, and drop a new single since my EP got pushed to the start of 2018.

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Mookhi

Let yourself explore what has been fluttering around everyone's ears. Mookhi's beautifully sophisticated and diverse self produced work simply draws you in and we can't wait to let it consume you all this week.

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

Because I've always been set on composing scores for film, I feel my music has leant towards a more cinematic vibe from the beginning. I've always been inspired by unexpected things, and I guess this openness has allowed me to take fragments of the outside world into my music.

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

To keep it painfully short and simple: anything and everything. It's awesome to be inspired by current music but I don't chase a sound (or at least consciously try to). It's important to take inspiration from the past and present to propel your music into the future.

What can punters expect from a Mookhi live show?

At current lives shows you'll be watching this little chick looking stern, pressing a whole bunch of buttons and keys like I'm operating an army of invisible robots. However, you'll also get a few trumpet, keys or vocal solos and maybe even a guest instrumentalist or two. Plus some visuals that I may have frantically animated the night before. In the future I'd want to put more emphasis on visuals and definitely get more artists, musicians and vocalists involved.

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

'Don't let anyone dictate what your sound should be', and that was from my step Dad.

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

Shannon Noll 'Lift' - lifts the spirits every time.

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

Probably Shannon Noll 'Lift' again, but this time I'd be singing it.

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

Shannon Noll 'Lift'? Hahaha, probably Australian crawl 'The boys light up' for that nostalgic part of the evening.

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

It was my debut EP launch at Oxford Art Factory and it was probably the most fun I've had on stage ever. I had 3 guest artists who killed it, and the show sold out. Triple win.

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

 I went to Liveschool to learn more about Ableton and that little community is really inspiring. You get introduced to other producers who are touching on new styles and genres; it's really fascinating and exciting. When it comes to locals acts, I'd have to say Willow Beats, Ta-ku and Charles Murdoch as they tend to work with more unusual and textual tapestries of sound, and Sampa The Great because she kicks ass.

What are your plans for 2017?

One things for certain is that I'll definitely be pissing off my household with my late night producing sessions. But I'm definitely itching to release more content, play more shows and collaborate with more artists (musically and visually)!

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Willaris. K

Featured Artist

2017

27

Feb

Willaris. K

North Coast, NSW

Meet Willaris K. The 23 year old Northern NSW producer and master behind his latest single 'Alchemy'. His ability to create an ambient space of dark mystery through beautiful sounds and thick texture will have you in a daze.

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

It’s hard to define the exact process of how it developed. I spend a lot of time experimenting with different ideas and concepts. Driving a lot for work allows me to spend more time listening to different music, then when it comes to my own writing, I'm sub-consciously combining different worlds that resonate at the time.

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

Initially it’s personal experience, live music is a big one. I take a lot of inspiration from movie scores and how they're able to influence the emotions of the audience.

What can punters expect from a Willaris K live show?

I’m playing my first live show this Friday. As I've been planning for it, i’ve found that I'm naturally gravitating towards my heavier/dancier stuff. Most of which has never been heard outside of my bedroom. Expect intense moments contrasted with intimate ambience.

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

There’s not really one piece of advice that i subscribe to, but i’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason - whether it be positive or negative. I’d say that mentality came from my parents who always attest that you get out what you put in.

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

No 1 Dad's - Camberwell

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

Seekae - Void

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

Tame Impala - Why won't you make up your mind?

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

I saw Jagwar Ma a couple of weeks ago in Coolangatta. It was good to see a crowd come out in numbers and support that style of music locally.

Tell us about the bands or people in the North Coast music community in NSW that inspire you.

I'm quite lucky in that regard because I've got a group of close friends from school that also write music. That's a big inspiration for me. We're always pushing each other, collaborating, keeping the standards high, no beating around the bush with feedback. I'm excited for us all to be out doing our thing musically. Everyone has their own tastes which seems to be a driving force for pushing our personal boundaries. I premiered a track from Rössen Culture in my triple j mix, Grant Walker just put his first track up on unearthed, NWM that did my artwork and visuals writes, HXXD GXLD raps and Joel Cauchi is a singer/songwriter who lends his guitar expertise on a few upcoming releases. They’re all coming; keep your eyes peeled.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release an EP. Develop my live show to become as live as possible, then eventually incorporate a visual aspect. Maybe a remix.

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A Ghost Orchestra

Featured Artist

2015

16

Feb

A Ghost Orchestra

( )

Adelaide, SA

A Ghost Orchestra are our 2015 Adelaide Soundwave Festival comp winners, and the 4-piece hardcore outfit are set to decimate the festival main stage this Sunday.

Hear them on Unearthed Digital this week discussing Adelaide's heavy clique and their deadset DIY attitude.

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

A Ghost Orchestra still has the same framework we started with in 2012. The initial idea was crossover of groove hardcore and southern hardcore. As time has moved on we’ve had a few lineup changes and new influences have come in and out. Now we have a solid 4-piece consisting of a newish bass player and drummer (both good mates). We also have elements of stoner rock, metallic hardcore and thrash.

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

Continuing to explore different sounds and to play live shows. We want to keep the energy high and just have fun with the music we enjoy creating.

What can punters expect from A Ghost Orchestra live show?

We really dislike watching boring bands that don’t emit energy live. We believe if you’ve paid money and made an effort to come and see us we will do our best to put on an awesome show for you. Pretty much anything goes at our shows.

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

“I was just on the roof, you guys need to turn down” – Jay, Bombshelter Rehersals.

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

Never Had So Much Fun – Frenzal Rhomb.

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

Wedding Town - Toy Boats.

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

Grinspoon - DCX3 or Pendulum - Slam

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

Caged Grave, Removalist, Race Machine, Powerchuck at the Metro in Adelaide – “Sick riffs. Caged Grave Rule!”. Statues album launch at the Cavern Club Adelaide – “Awesome!”

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

All the bands we looked up to as young musicians in Adelaide (IKTP, The Rivalry (reunion needs to happen), Cry Murder, Stronghold, The Burning Sea, DOC), Craig from Enigma, Ryan Sweeny at Chuckingamosh, our friends who continue to support us and the band.

What are your plans for 2015?

More tours, an album, meet as many people as we can and just enjoy being in a band that we love being a part of!

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Thrupence

Featured Artist

2012

26

Mar

Thrupence

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Thrupence is Melbourne producer Jack Vanzet. We are featuring his woozy electronica all week on triple j Unearthed and Unearthed Radio.

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

Thrupence was developed and inspired by the music my mum used to play when I was a kid. Electronic bands like Deep Forrest, old jazz pianists, and a lot of stuff from Bristol. I thought it was amazing and it's still stuck with me and helped develop my sound to what it is today. As well as that - probably every Disney movie soundtrack that I heard as a kid had a strong influence too.

Do you see your sound translating to a live environment? Is there a Thrupence live show in the works?

Thrupence has a live show that is expanding to avoid the kid-behind-a-laptop cliche. The live set is working to incorporate live drums, guitars etc. It can sometimes be a bit underwhelming for people to just see a laptop and some buttons. Im trying to reverse engineer the album so that it can be played on live instruments as well. Bands can record their songs live to get them into the computer but im doing the opposite - trying to get the sounds out of the computer into live instruments. Its a big process but I think i've got it sorted.

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

Melbourne has a really talented bunch of beat makers and electronic musicians. The guys from THIS THING are doing some really cool things. Galapagoose and his Monome toys are incredible to see and hear. Andras Fox's stuff is really nice. TUC is making some really beautiful stuff. There are heap of Melbourne guys making sounds that are just as good as anything you would hear globally. Chet Faker is another name that is set for big things.

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

'Work needs to be more fun than fun' - Stephen Fry

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

There's a release party for the new EP in Melbourne that will be happening early May. The final date and venue will be posted on Thrupence's facebook soon. There's a 12" coming too! That should be ready for the opening (hopefully). I'd really like to take everything overseas. I think it would be amazing to travel and play music at the same time (rather than just being another tourist). Aside from that, keep trying to make music and if everything comes together I'll get another release out for summer this year.

Australian music is…?

As good as anywhere else. Being on this island hasn't really restricted us, I don't think. Our population and crowd attendances are nothing compared to music hot spots like Berlin or LA and we're still outputting some really impressive stuff - its inspiring to see. Thanks to the internet, once again.

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MUTO

Featured Artist

2017

21

Aug

MUTO

( )

Sydney, NSW

Staking his claim as 2017's breakout producer, Sydney based electronic artist MUTO pairs up with Emerson Leif on the brand new infectious, silky smooth and synth-driven track, 'Say Nothing'.

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

My music is a fusion of genres in which I try to take the most important or standout features from each and mold it into something of my own. I developed my sound by being consistent with certain instruments and synths that I felt were cohesive with the overall vibe I want to portray through my music.

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

I don't think there is one main source for my inspiration as that can limit creativity. I take inspiration from a range of things and genres, such as peculiar percussion rhythms or strange samples that have some kind of melodic potential that I can then manipulate to my own taste. I try to get as weird and creative as possible with what I'm working with whilst still trying to keep things relatable.

What can punters expect from a MUTO live show?

You can expect to hear unreleased music, edits & remixes (new and old) and hear myself jam on the keyboard to some of my recent releases.

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

"Everything matters, but nothing matters that much." - Dad

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Bluejuice - 'Vitriol'.

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

Ta-ku - 'Heartbreak'.

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

The Presets - 'My People'.

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

Human Movement in Sydney. Epic!

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

Jack Grace, Winston Surfshirt and Cosmo's Midnight are all doing great things in their respective fields at the moment. I also have huge respect for anyone in the industry trying to help keep the city of Sydney alight in such a dark time for music and entertainment, whether it be organising or just being proactive in supporting local artists and events.

What are your plans for 2017?

My plans are to continue touring all around Australia and then hit Europe to play some big shows with Odesza! I'm also currently making the final touches on my debut EP, which is due out in October!

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Vallis Alps

Featured Artist

2015

19

Jan

Vallis Alps

Canberra, ACT

Vallis Alps are a duo that create dreamy, beautiful and mesmerising electronica between Canberra and Seattle.

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Q&A with Vallis Alps vocalist Parissa...
 
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We make acoustic/electronic, futuristic/nostalgic, gritty/pretty synthpop. Or something like that. We're still developing our sound!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life lessons. Memories. Other people. Each other.
 
What can punters expect from a Vallis Alps live show?
Lights! Shadows! Occasional witty banter!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Focus on why you're here in the first place" - a close friend.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kobe by Yeo.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Green Spandex by Xavier Rudd.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Flux by Edarcy.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was awesome. It was at the uni here, a bunch of local bands played. But there was one called Burrows, they were completely entrancing. They said they're recording at the moment, or soon. It's special stuff. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
Obviously, the gems of Canberra like Safia and Peking Duk that both have such a unique sound and are rocking everyone's socks off. Together they are making magic. Also, with the fact that Canberra is small comes this amazingly supportive musical community. People are so unassuming and just want to hear great music.  
 
What are your plans for 2015?
More music. Touring. We'd love to meet you all.

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Oliver Tank

Featured Artist

2011

12

Sep

Oliver Tank

( )

Sydney, NSW

Oliver Tank is a young Sydney-based producer and musician who is turning heads and melting hearts with his enchanting down-tempo electronica.

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

I set out to create something really original and unique with my music, and on top of that I try to give it a really personal feel. I developed my sound by listening to a lot of electronic artists. I feel like at the moment it is the genre with the most potential. I love the idea that electronic sounds and real instrument sounds can work together so harmoniously. Essentially that is what my music is about, different sounds organised to tell a story.

How do you translate your recordings to a live environment – what’s an Oliver Tank gig like?

My live show includes a laptop, sampler, vocals and guitar. The music is pretty chill but it lends itself well to an intimate live show,

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

As I was developing my sound electronic music was really taking off, I was always hearing new and exciting electronic artists and they were my biggest inspiration. Originally Seekae was a huge influence but now there is a huge community of similar musicians in Sydney that all make amazing music. The fact that there are so many talented artists out there is inspiration enough for me to keep bettering what I do.

What’s coming up for you in 2011?

I'll be releasing my EP in October which will have a bunch of new music on it. I'm also working on a mix-tape as well, which will include remix's, covers and much more. Other than that I'll just be playing gigs and working on new music.

Australian music is?

...Amazing. Its really liberating knowing that there is so much musical talent in Australia. I Can't wait to see what the future holds for Australian Music.

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Kenzie FromWelly

Featured Artist

2013

25

Mar

Kenzie FromWelly

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Kenzie FromWelly is a Brisbane-based MC gifted with a natural flow and a love for the classic sounds of 90s hip hop.

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

My music is a reflection of my culture and perception. It's more questions than answers. I developed my sound through alot of listening. I think when learning something you first emulate the teacher, then once you've spent enough time doing the thing yourself you develop you own flavour. In my case, I firstly pretty much just copied american gangsta rap, but when I finally had something of my own to say, I guess it sounded like me.

What’s your live show like?

My live show is more intimate. I have to admit I haven't gigged in a minute but definitely will look to asap.

You’ve said your style is influenced by jazz, funk and 90s hip hop. What was your introduction to those styles of music and who are some key artists that inspire you?

My first introduction to music was through my parents. They owned a huge CD collection which housed artists from Elvis, Randy Crawford, Isaac Hayes, Bob Marley, Motown and Fleetwood Mac to Solo, TLC, Warren G and Toni Braxton. It slowly dwindled away as we started playing and misplacing them. I grew up around boys so the first hip hop track I remember playing as a kid was "Colours" by Ice T. I am inspired by people in general and the world. Musically I guess by artists like Queen Latifah, Blu, Mc Lyte, Frank Ocean, Outkast, Ab Soul and Skyzoo.

You’re originally from Wellington, NZ. Who are some current artists from across the pond that Australians should be keeping an ear out for?

There's a lot of good music in the works back home. Groups like Homebrew and @Peace are killing it right now. Iva Lamkum and Aaradhna are holding it down with silky smooth vocals for the ladies. Should also keep an ear out for up and coming artists like Spycc & INF, Jane Deezy, Lacoco, Raiza Biza, Rizvan, The Doqument, Midnight Trips and Xbozay (also based in Brizzy). I can also say I've had the pleasure of working with a few of these talented peeps.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I've recently released my debut mixtape "Dirty Demo Links", which you can catch here. I'm also working on two projects. The first is a joint project with Brisbane based producer (and my cousin) HeapRize. It's titled "Awakening Prologue". The second project is with a NZ producer, I may just keep this under wraps for now. :)

Australian music is…?

...very diverse.

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Trillionayers
New

Artist

Trillionayers

Indie, Pop, Rock

Ballarat, VIC

PALS
New

Artist

PALS

Indie, Punk, Rock (Punk, alternative, Rock, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Chisekö
New

Artist

Chisekö

Dance, Hip Hop, Indie ("hip hop rapper singer)

Perth, WA

Resin Moon
New

Artist

Resin Moon

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Synths, Northern Territory, ...)

Alice Springs, NT

Miska (Miška)
New

Artist

High Violet
New

Artist

High Violet

Indie, Pop (pop infused indie vibes)

Sydney, NSW

The Royal Parks
New

Artist

North Arm
New

Artist

North Arm

Indie, Pop, Rock (#pop #music)

Sydney, NSW

Problems
New

Artist

Problems

Electronic, Indie (toro y moi, Washed Out, How To Dress Well, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Hollie Joyce
New

Artist

Hollie Joyce

Rock (60s Rock 'n' Roll, Soul, blues, ...)

Central Victoria, VIC

San Mei

Featured Artist

2018

13

May

San Mei

Gold Coast, QLD

All this week on triple j Unearthed, we're hanging out with Queensland artist and this weeks Feature star, San Mei.

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

I went down a few different paths to get to the sound I'm making now.  Folk/country, synth-pop, guitar-driven... My focus right now is to find a balance of different elements of music and sounds that I love and create something that is hopefully exciting & unique.

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

I'm a huge day dreamer, so anything that moves me and makes me feel transported to another place. It could be anything - love, relationships, music, films, books, personal experiences etc.

What can punters expect from a San Mei live show?

To see me with my band comprising of 3 redheads. It's a beautiful sight to behold.

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

"Wear more sunscreen", by Nicole Kidman. 

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

'In the Air' by DMA's.

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

'Blood' by the Middle East. 

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

'M.O.B.' by Tkay Maidza

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

 Watching my good friend Michael McCartney share the stage with killer acts like Austen, Lastlings and Paces at Bleach Festival during the Commonwealth Games on the Goldy was pretty special. 

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

The people behind endeavours like Bleach Festival and awesome live music venues that are passionate and working hard to create an exciting live music scene here on the Gold Coast.

 

What are your plans for 2018?

 

 My new EP is coming out a little later in the year, I'm recording some more music and hopefully playing as many great shows as I can!

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Froyo

Featured Artist

2016

14

Nov

Froyo

( )

Sydney, NSW

These Sydney synthpop upstarts have won a spot on The Plot festival lineup this Saturday in Parramatta.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
A few years ago, we watched the movie “Drive” (starring Ryan Gosling) and fell in love with its soundtrack (...plus Ryan Gosling). Feeling inspired, two of us sat down and started writing/producing songs together. Then one of our university mentors (Drew Crawford) heard what we were doing, and he said that we were like "the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie that never happened"... and his words really stuck with us... so much that we went ahead and made it our band slogan! But yeah, we’ve always been ardent fans of the 80s. It’s definitely the decade of music that resonates with us the most. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
Writing something that’s danceable, relatable, and ultimately memorable. When we write, our ethos is that “our music needs more than a dance beat... it needs a heart beat”. Also, I just wanna reach a point where, forty years from now, our songs become people’s go-to choices for karaoke. Yeah. That’s the dream. Karaoke. 
 
You’re the winners of our The Plot competition. What can punters at The Plot festival in Sydney expect from the Froyo live show? 
Cheesy pop goodness, awkward adlib, groovy dance moves, and maybe some coughing here and there (because Michael’s an old man... at heart). We also don’t have a “lead” singer. Michael and Allyson have this Stevie Nicks / Christine McVie thing going on – à la Fleetwood Mac. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
It came from another one of our university mentors (Clive Harrison) who told us about the "rocking chair test"... basically, if you've gotta make a life-changing decision, just picture an older version of yourself, sitting on a porch, quietly reflecting on life whilst in a rocking chair... you then have to ask yourself WHICH decision today is the one that (you think) you'll be happier with when you're sitting in that chair, nearing the end of your days... you might think it sounds grim, but it's actually an amazing way to frame your personal and professional choices in life. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
We’re listing multiple choices because we can’t quite decide between us, haha... first there’s “Cattle And Cane” by The Go Betweens – it’s groovy, but it’s essentially a sad song. Then there’s “Heaven” by Eurogliders – a song about longing for somewhere better. And then lastly, “Electric Blue” by Icehouse – it may not cheer you up lyrically, but the chorus just feels so damn uplifting that it always makes me smile, regardless of mood. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
Again, we got options here... “Daisy Chains” by Youth Group – you have to stare out of a window to get the full experience on this one. “Knuckles White Dry” by Gang Of Youths – lyrically, musically, and just beautifully heartbreaking stuff. And then “Death By Chocolate” by Sia – it’s about embracing your tears, and it reassures you that mourning is a very important part of the healing process. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
“Need You Now” by Cut Copy – it’s a slow builder, so we’ll need smoke machines to set the mood, eventually bringing out the strobes when we hit that climax. Another option is “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield – it’s a crowd-pleaser for sure, and it’s so hard not to get into that chorus. And this last one’s super nostalgic, but “Strawberry Kisses” by Nikki Webster – look, just don’t fight it, ok? Sweet <3 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it? 
We watched Body Type a few weeks back. Though we sound nothing like each other, we still love seeing that raw, unproduced garage band vibe when we go out sometimes. Also, they have a bit of a Beach House vibe, and we LOVE Beach House very much. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
We’ve met and befriended creative minds like Phebe Starr, Ross Henry, Sparrows, and The Tapes. In particular, meeting fellow 80s-inspired producers like Jordan F has been great for us, as he’s been championing a stronger community among us retro/synthwave artists. Through him, we’ve connected with other names like Atolla and Vast Hill, and it’s been great having that kind of connection among bedroom producers – where you can just casually send each other your demos, give constructive feedback, share our favorite gems from the 80s, talk about the industry and help build each other up into better artists. You can’t grow to your full potential until you surround yourself with a positive, encouraging, and inspiring environment. So far, we’ve been very lucky to find that here amongst all the noise. 
 
What are your plans for 2017? 
To keep creating and focusing on new songs before all other things. Because so far, whenever we got the song right, everything else just seemed a lot easier for us – things like gigs, blog spots, radio play, and even making new musical friends – so yeah. The song always comes first for us.

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Drakaea Lind
New

Artist

Drakaea Lind

Electronic, Indie (alternative, organic, Electronic, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Yvng Jalapeño
New

Artist

Yvng Jalapeño

Dance, Electronic

Brisbane, QLD

Kirklandd

Featured Artist

2019

22

Apr

Kirklandd

( )

Canberra, ACT

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and Canberra artist, Kirklandd.

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

My earliest influences came from the soul and blues my mother played around the house when I was a kid – Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees and the Doobie Brothers were on regular rotation. From there, I learned to play the cello for 6 years, and I first discovered hip hop when my cousin handed me Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor record when I was 12. From there, I studied the greats like Nas, Slick Rick and A Tribe Called Quest, and artists like these really instilled my old school style early on.

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

My experiences in life. Music’s an outlet for me to voice my journey in trying to figure out life and grow in myself, and I love being able to share what I encounter along the way through my music. Hip hop holds the unique ability to tell stories in a deeply authentic way, so I always hope to have my music reflect this.

What can punters expect from a Kirklandd live show?

A very, very big vibe. My live set’s become this cool blend of hype and intimate storytelling, and this is how I most love connecting with people: through good energies and sharing my experiences with the audience before me. My drummer Josh and I have really levelled up our performance routine for the Impulse tour, and especially our GTM set this weekend – I can’t wait to show Canberra the surprises we have in store.

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

I can’t remember who said this to me, but to always enjoy the process. Immerse yourself in the experience of creating, find fulfilment in the process, and thrive in the journey to finishing it. Everything will follow from there.

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

WUTD’ by Genesis Owusu. WUTD? Cry, or boogie?

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

Waiting’ by KIAN. Those chords are really beautiful man.

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

Compliment My Shirt’ by Saint Lane. That’s the g right there.

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

The last show I went to was around a week back in Sydney. I went to do a short performance of some unreleased music I have coming with a good homie of mine, Francoistunes, at a One Day Party that Kaiit was headlining in Marrickville. The vibe was so strong. I love the live culture the One Day crew have built. Kaiit is one of the warmest, most genuine performers ever, and seeing everyone turn up for her was awesome. And she has the coolest rider on the planet.

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

All of them; bands, creatives and all members of our community. The mutual support between artists and creatives in our city is incredible, and we’re constantly pushing each other to go further and create the best art we can. It’s the best feeling knowing if one of us is winning, all of us are, and we’re all forming Canberra’s musical identity in the process. It’s a crazy exciting time for our city and I’m blessed to be a part of it.

What are your plans for 2019?

This week we’re kicking off the Impulse tour with Groovin the Moo as our first date. Then we’re hitting Melbourne and Sydney for the first time in a long while, with Zellow supporting us nationally, and I can’t wait to bring the live experience of Impulse to our Sydney and Melbourne family. From there, I’m diving back in the studio with Cam to finish the follow up to Impulse, which I’m hoping will be my strongest single yet. A lot more music is yet to come this year and I’m wildly excited to share where my sound is heading.

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Hearts and Rockets
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Artist

Hearts and Rockets

Indie, Punk, Rock (Bratwave, Post-Punk, Punk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Beautiful Monument

Featured Artist

2017

1

May

The Beautiful Monument

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Since giving us their latest track 'Manifestation', Melbourne based power group, The Beautiful Monument are taking metal-punk rock to the next level. See them support British metalcore band Archeticts this Friday, as our triple j Unearthed Competition winners.

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

It took us a few years to develop a sound we were happy with. Working on our recent album "I'm The Sin" really helped us find and refine our sound. It was a great experience for all of us as it was our first time in a proper studio and all learnt a lot about writing and production.

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

Our biggest source of inspiration comes from our personal experiences. We've lived and experienced a lot since the writing and release of "The Lost" EP in 2015, so the lyrical content of this new album is a lot more heartfelt. We've collectively lived through life-changing pain and happiness, break ups and failed relationships, issues with our own mental health and family struggles that lead Lizi and the rest of us to write some really meaningful lyrics that we hope people can find comfort in.

What can punters expect from a The Beautiful Monument live show?

Lots of energy, big singalong choruses that are easy to sing along to, even if you've never heard us before.

Fast, punchy and a lot of fun!

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

Although nerves before playing are uncomfortable, they're a good thing as it means you care about the show you're about to put on. We always had the best advice given to us by our late manager Justin, who passed away in November.

He always gave us the best pre-show advice, the way to make us ensure we were happy in our situations and with each other and the best advice about how to do everything properly in regards to releases. He was a really important person to us, and one of the most caring people ever. We're all super grateful for all the advice he gave us, we learnt so much.

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

'I Touch Myself' by The Divinyls ;)

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

'Without Me' by Aburden. Or realistically anything by Aburden because they're major sad boys. We love them.

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

'Anchors' by The Amity Affliction or 'Land Down Under' by Men At Work.

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

Some of us recently went to the Corner Hotel to see Running Touch. The vibes were really different to what we were used to within the usual heavy/hardcore scene but it was awesome to go to a different kind of gig and see the crowd, the interaction with the crowd and the differences between a show like that and one we would play.

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

A lot of people inspire us by just being a part of the community, caring enough to share a bands post on Facebook or even rock up to a show. Being in a band is hard, so when you have the punters caring about their local bands and their scene, it really helps to make a difference. Those people inspire us to be better and do better.

Name 3 Unearthed artist you are loving at the moment.

We're absolutely loving Ruby Fields, Aburden and Dear Seattle.

Lastly, what are your plans for 2017?

We're looking forward to everything this year is shaping up to be for us so far. This Friday sees us playing with Architects and Ocean Grove thanks to Triple J Unearthed. We're also hoping to hit up some interstate shows this year to share our album with those fans as well. Everything we've got planned at the moment is still a bit on the hush, but it's looking to be a really big year for us! 

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Austen

Featured Artist

2018

3

Sep

Austen

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's Feature Artist and BIGSOUND winner, Austen! She's been making big, bright and bold electronic pop and we're excited to bring it to you all this week on Unearthed radio.

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

I was classically trained from the age of 5 which is how I developed my musicality in general, and I started singing and writing songs really young. I have a bit of an obsessive personality so I’ve always liked listening to music as a whole. E.g. an entire album or sometimes discography, delving really deep into what it is that makes me like it and figuring out what parts of that I could take inspiration from. My sound is still developing and will always be evolving, but I want my music to always have a certain space and texture. 

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

My main inspiration is the feeling you get when a song finally falls into place and you figure out how to say or play what you’ve been trying to. It’s totally euphoric. The feeling you get when you listen to a really good song, also, and the possibility that one day I could give that feeling to someone.

What can punters expect from an Austen live show?

If one end of the spectrum is sad-girl, and the other is fun pop, I'm right in the middle. I don’t think any two of my songs sound/feel the same so you can expect to get taken through all your moods in the space of half an hour. 

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

 “Being artsy is just doing something shit, but doing it well” - my old roommate. Or “Everything is a simulation anyway” - (probably Elon Musk?) - not quite advice but it really chills me out when I’m stressed.

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

'Downtown Shutdown' by The Presets. Can’t cry as much when you’re dancing. 

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

I would take them for a drive so they can stare out the window like they’re in a 90’s teen drama while 'Confess' by Jack river blasts out of the speakers.

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

'Losing It' by Fisher. 

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

Expo Liaison! It was weird as hell and amazing. Everyone really committed to the 80’s dress code and it felt like stepping back in time. There was ice sculpting and wood chopping and Luke Million, KLP, Alice Ivy, and god damn JOHN FARNHAM. Dude. So good.

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

I could sit here and list incredible Brisbane artists all day, but right now I’m inspired more than anything by the people who work behind the scenes to help us artists/bands make things happen. There are so many hours of work and guts and passion that goes into one song or one show that would just be completely impossible without an awesome team. People in the music industry are some of the most driven and genuinely great humans I’ve ever met. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Release my next single, travel overseas and do some writing, another tour, finish my EP and anything & everything else I can fit in.

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Youthfire
New

Artist

Youthfire

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Electronic, new wave, 80s, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Baskervillain
New

Artist

Baskervillain

Rock (baskervillain, australia, Brisbane, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Banjo Jackson
New

Artist

Banjo Jackson

Dance

Adelaide, SA

Papperbok
New

Artist

Papperbok

Indie (radiohead, The Flaming Lips, pink floyd, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Phia
New

Artist

Phia

Indie, Pop (Indie, Pop, Loops, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Take Your Time
New

Artist

Take Your Time

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

chromechrome
New

Artist

chromechrome

Dance, Electronic (beats, Trap, Future Bass, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Recluse
New

Artist

Recluse

Dance, Electronic (Jersey Club, Club, Trax, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Diger Rokwell
New

Artist

Diger Rokwell

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Edan, Madlib, pond, ...)

Perth, WA

Vacant Home
New

Artist

Vacant Home

Metal, Punk, Rock (Melodic Hardcore)

Perth, WA

elkkle
New

Artist

elkkle

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (frank)

Melbourne, VIC

Isaac Cavallaro
New

Artist

Isaac Cavallaro

Electronic

Brisbane, QLD

Francesca Gonzales
New

Artist

Francesca Gonzales

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

The Money War

Featured Artist

2016

21

Nov

The Money War

Perth, WA

Treat yourself to the latest "near-perfect pop hit" from this exciting Perth duo.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I suppose it’s naturally a culmination of the music we love. We both like lots of different stuff like soul music, country, pop, RnB and rock. Dylan has been developing as a producer over the past few years now so his production taste definitely comes through in our sound (he produces our songs). People tend to associate ‘sun’ with our sound – I can’t really explain that because the songs tend to be written when we’re not happy. I like to think of it as turning a shit situation into something beautiful. The beach is a very prominent part of our life on the West Coast though so maybe that seeps in?
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Great songs, experiences, travel, nature. A lot of the songs we’ve written so far were written while traveling through America. It was a really bizarre but amazing experience that gave us plenty to write about!
 
What can punters expect from The Money War live show?
We’re a 5-piece band when we play live. You’ll get to hear a pile of songs that we haven’t released yet.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“It’s cool man” - Matt Shehan (our live guitarist)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I would have to say ‘Your Love’ by Middle Kids, they’re probably my favourite band at the moment – I’ve been listening to that song so much lately and it cheers me up. Dylan would play ACDC “shreds” – look it up, you can’t possibly not laugh!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
#1 Dads - So Soldier, and I mean cry in a good way. What an incredible song and Ainslie Wills absolutely nailed the performance. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The WA Music Festival, which is a really awesome showcase of WA bands. The whole city was alive and there was an overwhelming sense of enthusiasm around what Perth has to offer. We almost didn’t make it in time for our set because we locked ourselves out of the house!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Our manager Pete Carroll is one of the best people you’ll ever meet. He lives and breathes music and has backed us right through, years before we formed this band. 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
We have an EP that’ll be out early 2017 and we’ve just signed with Select Music so we’ll be playing some shows on the east coast, which we’re really looking forward to. We’re also heading over to Melbourne in February to record with Matt Redlich from Holy Holy.

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WE SET SAIL
New

Artist

WE SET SAIL

Indie, Punk, Rock (alternative, Punk, Emo, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Backyard
New

Artist

Backyard

Indie, Pop (Melbourne, guitar pop)

Melbourne, VIC

TINKER
New

Artist

TINKER

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Woodes
New

Artist

Woodes

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

letters to lions
New

Artist

letters to lions

Indie, Pop, Rock (://www.facebook.com/letterstolions)

Sydney, NSW

ANH
New

Artist

ANH

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop

Brisbane, QLD

PREMISS
New

Artist

POOLCLVB
New

Artist

POOLCLVB

Dance, Electronic

Sydney, NSW

Artist
New

Artist

Nvsty Militia

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (rap, hip hop, Militia Movement, ...)

Adelaide, SA

YOUNG MONKS

Featured Artist

2018

12

Nov

YOUNG MONKS

( )

Canberra, ACT

Meet this week's feature artist Sumner!

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Meet this week's feature artist Sumner!

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MTNS

Featured Artist

2013

9

Sep

MTNS

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drums, guitars, vocals and synths!

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

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

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

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

Australian music is…?

…the best!

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Bleach Girls
New

Artist

Bleach Girls

Punk, Rock (Beach punk, Surf punk, Garage, ...)

Mid North Coast, NSW

SHUTUP SHUTUP SHUTUP
New

Artist

SHUTUP SHUTUP SHUTUP

Punk, Rock (The Bronx, Refused, Every Time I Die, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Pepa Knight
New

Artist

Pepa Knight

Indie

Central Coast, NSW

Stonefox
New

Artist

Stonefox

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Chill, Indie, Ambient, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Danny Ross
New

Artist

Danny Ross

Indie, Rock, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

Abroad
New

Artist

Abroad

Electronic, Indie

Melbourne, VIC

Artist
New

Artist

Chasing Ghosts

Indie, Punk, Rock, Roots (Dallas Green, neil young, Johnny Cash, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

LOS SCALLYWAGGS

Featured Artist

2016

5

Dec

LOS SCALLYWAGGS

Mid North Coast, NSW

Coastal rockers LOS SCALLYWAGGS are the winners of our Festival Of The Sun competition and will be taking to the main stage in Port Macquarie this Saturday.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We started out as a two piece (Joel and Nat) a couple of years ago playing sort of garage blues rock and we started listening to bands like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees which then led us into a different direction with our music. Once Dale came along and jumped on the bass we all had this mega froth on garage punk and psychedelic rock n roll bands like these guys and whole bunch of other sick bands and started creating music that was a similar vibe. Now we are at a stage where our jams and recording sessions naturally have this garage fuzz rock n roll feel to it which we are super stoked with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When we are working or just all away from each other for a while we start getting super excited to play together and mess around with some new ideas. Also get a new guitar and that will inspire new music until the cows come home.
 
You’re the winners of our Festival Of The Sun competition. What can punters there expect from the LOS SCALLYWAGGS live show?
Expect the unexpected... and loud noises that make you want to pour beers on your mates, jump around and have a hell time.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When you go to KFC don’t order potato and gravy with potato chips cos you are just gonna be dippin’ potato chips into potato dips mate (too much bloody potato). – Kurghy Jones, 2015
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Boys Light Up – Australian Crawl
This will not only make you stop crying but also make you tuck your shirt in and start a furious boot skoot.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Not Pretty Enough – Casey Chambers
This one gets us every time.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees.
What else really?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local show we went to was one that we actually organised last month at the local club in Pacific Palms called ‘El Palmo Pacificano VI’. It was epic! We had seven local bands on the line-up which brought crew from everywhere. I guess it was a good excuse to drink beers and get loose with your 500 of your mates!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
There is a whole bunch of local mad dogs around town but it hard to name all of them which inspire us because they all do. What inspires inspire us are the legends that go out of their way to come to shows and enjoy live music and create a good vibe and energy for themselves and else everyone around them. This inspires us to play more local shows and make bigger music events which can therefore showcase live local talent for these people to enjoy.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
For 2017 we would be super pumped to jump onto some more festival line-ups around Australia. We got a whole bunch of new songs so I reckon we will throw another full length album out early next year and organise a whole bunch of dates both locally and nationally which will be dope. Come along and melt your brains amigos!

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FALCIFER
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Artist

FALCIFER

Indie, Metal, Punk (Metal, Hardcore, Female fronted, ...)

Adelaide, SA

N.Y.C.K.

Featured Artist

2016

17

Oct

N.Y.C.K.

Melbourne, VIC

This Melbourne duo have made one of the most memorable debuts of 2016.

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How did you develop the nyck sound?
What we stumbled upon really early with the nyck sound was that because Dom and I sing really well together and just have a really good sense of each other in terms of the way we sing, that we really decided that we didn’t need much else. So the whole process with our recording so far has been about taking things away rather than adding them. Some bands are really intricate and then for us it’s just like, we struck this really great feel with just vocals and piano.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We’re always inspired by the little things that say a lot. The way that some writers can talk about the smallest details that you could easily pass off as nothing, and make them seem so important. Mike Skinner does it in The Streets. He’ll be writing a love song and throughout, he’ll keep talking about how the girl is spinning an ash tray on the table. Or he’ll say he’s “looking to the left slightly, then looking back down.” It puts you right where he is, and says so much about the way he’s feeling without actually saying it. We’re inspired by writers who can put you in a moment in just a few lines. 
 
What can punters expect from the nyck live show?
We’ve been through this really great process with our live show. It’s been the same with our recordings - we started with all these layers and parts and then slowly stripped everything back. We’re really comfortable singing together, and feel like the songs and the lyrics are strong, and that the vocals and the melodies and harmonies come together really beautifully. So everything else is in the background. There’s a lot of stillness and silence. But we like to think there’s something brave in silence. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We’ve got our EP into this really great demo stage, and we’ve been really careful in trying to finish it. And worried about finishing it the right way. Maybe a little too worried. The other night, a good friend of ours, Chris Rigney, told us that the imperfections are what make it sound unique. It’s so true in music. It’s often the mistakes and imperfections and idiosyncrasies that make it sound your own. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Things of Stone and Wood - Happy Birthday Helen
Because the lead singer, Greg Arnold, wrote it for his girlfriend Helen on her 21st birthday. He wasn’t trying to write a hit or anything, it was just, like, a recount of their relationship and all of the things they’d done together. Then he took it to the band and they turned it into a hit song. The best thing is that they’re still married today, 25 years later.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Leonardo’s Bride - Even When I’m Sleeping 
Dom is listening to this song right now while we’re at the airport on the way to Sydney, where we’re playing our first show. We both think this is one of the most beautiful Australian songs ever written. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Crowded House - Mean to Me
Because everyone sings along to Crowded House songs. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dom and I had too many beers at the pub last week and then tried to get into the Montaigne show at The Corner on a whim, but it was sold out and we couldn’t get in. Dom tried to sweet talk the guy at the bar and the lady at the door but no dice, so we went to get a falafel/kebab instead. 
At Big Sound in Brisbane recently we loved Sampa The Great, Olympia, Mallrat and Lanks.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Dom and I both love Hayden Calnin’s music, a lot. We’ve been listening to his production and love how patient and slow and beautifully constructed it is. His song ‘Nothingness’ is everything. We’ve been listening to it heaps lately. We also love our manager, Pete Sofo, because he shows great belief in us and literally forces us to be inspired by filling our calendars with events and shows and sessions. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
We’ve written our EP, 10 Years and 12 Weeks, so we’re just putting the finishing touches on it for the rest of the year. Lyrically, it’s a concept EP. It’s about how you go through great stretches of your life really stable and centred. And then every so often, it all falls away in the space of just a few weeks. In this case, it was 12 weeks. It wasn’t meant to be conceptual, but all of the lyrics tied together and told a different piece of the story, starting with a song about the breaking point called ‘Decision’ and ending with a resolution called ‘This Might Be My Year.’ 
 
Along with that, we’re paying Valley Fiesta in Brisbane, Supporting Emma Louise at The Corner in Melbourne in November, and playing our debut shows in Melbourne and Sydney. 
 
We also want to start writing the next EP or album, but we want to try something a little different and see some of Australia while we do it. The plan is to pack up and hit the road and stay in some road side motels in the desert. Maybe drive across to Western Australia, and all the way up the west coast into Northern Territory. There has to be an EP on that road somewhere.

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Obscura Hail
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Obscura Hail

Indie, Pop, Roots (basement pop, bedroom folk, Baroque Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

No Local
New

Artist

No Local

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (The Ocean Party, Ciggie Witch, Snowy Nasdaq)

Melbourne, VIC

HIGH HORSE
New

Artist

HIGH HORSE

Indie, Pop, Rock (90s, Rock, #guitars)

Perth, WA

Okin Osan
New

Artist

Okin Osan

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Rock, Rock n Roll, Punk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Hollow Everdaze
New

Artist

Hollow Everdaze

Indie, Rock (Melbourne, Bacchus Marsh, ballarat, ...)

Ballarat, VIC

Satellites
New

Artist

Satellites

Pop, Punk, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

Tides
New

Artist

Tides

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop

Brisbane, QLD

Pridelands

Featured Artist

2019

7

Jan

Pridelands

( )

Melbourne, VIC

We're kicking off 2019 with with our Unify Comp winners and this week's Feature Artist, Pridelands. They're ready to take it up a notch this weekend at Unify so get down early, it's going to be heavy.

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

Our music is just a happy accident really. It's changed a lot over the years we've been playing together but we've spent a lot of time together wokring on songs and refining them now. There was a lot of doubt in our early years as to whether we were being completely honest in what we were writing, but there's none of that now.

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

As emo as it is, bad things happening. We struggle to write emotive music when we're not in a bad mood.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Unify this weekend?

Karnivool, Taking Back Sunday and Underoath if we had to cut it to a short list. That new Ocean Grove song is gonna go real hard as well.

What can punters expect from a Pridelands live show and at Unify this weekend?

We just plan on banging out our 20 minute slot with songs at a high intensity. It's not a TED talk, we just wanna play some tunes that hopefully people who haven't heard us before will want to listen to again.

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

To work hard and not let hinderances defeat you, if making music is what you want then you'll find a way. It's not directly what he said, but that was from Nic who plays drums in Northlane.

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

Client Liason with ‘World of Our Love’.

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

INXS with ‘Never Tear Us Apart’. Of course.

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

Running Touch with ‘My Hands’.

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

Unfortunately due to how busy 2018 was for me, I didn't have a whole lot of time for local gigs in general. I am very excited to be seeing Pseudo Mind Hive with Mt Mountain at The Tote later this month though.

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

Running Touch is a paragon of creativity in the Australian music scene at the moment and such a beautiful soul to match. So, him certainly. Artists like Yeo, Thornhill, King Gizz, ORB and Drama kind of remind me that the creative process is thriving for some people in this city. It is so incredible to be exposed to it, day in and day out.

What are your plans for 2019?

Write an album and make sure it's good. Hopefully getting to hang out with you guys some more, too!

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Foxblood
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Moreton
New

Artist

Moreton

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Alt Rock, Alternative Rock, Folk rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Death in Bloom
New

Artist

Death in Bloom

Metal (Metalcore, Hardcore, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

100%
New

Artist

100%

Dance, Electronic, Pop (#italo disco, #soundtrack, #post punk, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Sun City
New

Artist

Sun City

Electronic, Pop (Electronic, beach, House, ...)

Perth, WA

Money on Verema
New

Artist

Money on Verema

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Arbes
New

Artist

Arbes

Indie, Pop (psychedelic, dreamwave, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tetrahedra
New

Artist

Tetrahedra

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

FRAANCIS
New

Artist

FRAANCIS

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (fraancis, London, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Double Touch
New

Artist

Double Touch

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, House, sydney, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Whispering Jackie
New

Artist

Whispering Jackie

Indie, Punk, Rock (indie rock, alternative, grunge, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Hollow World
New

Artist

Hollow World

Metal

Melbourne, VIC

FOAM

Featured Artist

2013

21

Jan

FOAM

( )

Perth, WA

Perth garage rockers FOAM are one of the winners of our Big Day Out competition. Catch the long-haired 3-piece opening the Essential Stage of the Perth Big Day Out on Monday 28 January.

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

We've been playing music together since high school, so we pretty much developed our taste as we know it now alongside each other. Early on we all shared an affinity for grunge and 'good' alternative rock, and that influence is still the backbone of the band. I've always felt that garage rock was the most fun I could have playing guitar, a punk ethos with a strong slathering of melody and emotion. Though sometimes it's also good to just go total angst. For us, simplicity is key, so we try and come out with what feels most natural, maintaining the idea that a great song could be played totally stripped back, or even transposed to a different genre, and still be a great song.

You’re one of the winners of our Big Day Out competition and will be opening the Essential Stage of the Perth Big Day Out - what can BDO punters expect from the FOAM live show?

We've been told a few times now that we're loud. That'll likely be the case on the day. Playing shows is our only form of exercise, so we like to make the most of it and get a good sweat going. If I fall entirely off the stage it won't be the first time.

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

I continue to be amazed by the people we meet in our time around the scene in Perth. It really is going on here. There are a few notables, Fat Shans record store/studio/badass venue opened up a little while ago and those guys have been doing a world of good supporting local artists. The whole team at RTR 92.1 run a damn fine alternative station, and with virtually everyone there being a volunteer it really shows how much passion there is. There are too many great bands to list, new one's are springing up all the time, and with Perth as small as it is you're never more than 3 degrees of separation away from them. Right now there's a really good 90's rock revival thing going on, or maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part!

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

I don't have a very musical family, so my first real rock show I went to with Jackson, it was the RollerCoaster Festival in Mandurah in (I think) 2008 when I was 14. The Living End were headlining, and we got there early enough to see Tame Impala, who were only just becoming a name on the radar by that point. Both were killer sets, and later in the day I lost my mosh virginity in front of Gyroscope, and later still I watched a bottle fly out of the crowd and take out Sneaky Sound System's singer. Turned out she'd been lip syncing. Yeah, interesting day.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We'll be coming over and playing our first Sydney and Melbourne shows in March, and by the end of that month our second EP, Run Kon Koma, will be out and hopefully kickin'. From there, who knows? But hopefully no more serious injuries.

Australian music is…?

...the only thing keeping us sane.

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No Sister
New

Artist

No Sister

Indie, Rock (Melbourne, Post-Punk)

Melbourne, VIC

B-Town Warriors
New

Artist

B-Town Warriors

Hip Hop, Roots (indigenous, Desert Pea Media, hip hop, ...)

Western Plains, NSW

Dream Rimmy

What do you get when you combine a heavy dose of '90s influence with a 6-piece outfit? A massive wall of sound. That's Dreamy Rimmy in a nutshell, and you can catch the Perth shoegazers bring it at Laneway in Freo!

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

It's pretty 90s inspired. Lush pop songs with shoegaze/psych/trip hop vibe. Ali's all about that stuff and she writes most of it so that makes sense.

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

Ali comes up with the skeleton of the song but I think she just hears stuff she likes and learns from what she hears.

You'll be opening up Laneway for Unearthed this year. What can punters expect from a Dream Rimmy live show?

Well we have 6 members. So there's a fair bit of noise. Ali and George do lots of harmonies. lotta guitars and synths and stuff. We try and do the wall of sound thing. 

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

Don't drive through red lights - The Law.

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

You're The Voice - John Farhnam

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

You're The Voice - John Farhnam

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

You're The Voice - John Farnham

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

We just played North Freo pub crawl show in Fremantle. There were a lot of bands and it was v. kool.

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

So many good Perth musos & great community vibe. A++. It's very incestuous. Most of the bands have sharing members with other bands so it feels like a bit of a collective.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release our EP, record LP, tour a bunch, do some cool stuff.

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Tracy Chen
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Tracy Chen

Electronic (personal)

Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Trakell
New

Artist

Daniel Trakell

Indie, Pop, Roots (alternative, Pop, Acoustic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jack Grace
New

Artist

Jack Grace

Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Gena Rose Bruce
New

Artist

Gena Rose Bruce

Indie, Pop, Rock (gena rose bruce, coming down, the way you make love, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
New

Artist

The Teskey Brothers

Indie, Pop, Roots (blues, Soul, old-school, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Goldielocks
New

Artist

Goldielocks

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (Goldielocks, sydney, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Reynier
New

Artist

Reynier

Electronic, Indie (Atmospheric, Energetic, feel good, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

MYAMI
New

Artist

MYAMI

Electronic, Indie, Pop (#Myami, #wayfarer, #electropop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Bearclaw Camp
New

Artist

Bearclaw Camp

Pop, Punk, Rock (Pop Punk, Emo, Punk)

Adelaide, SA

Destrait
New

Artist

Introvert

Featured Artist

2016

24

Oct

Introvert

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Brace yourself - these Novocastrians rock HARD!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Introvert kind of started as a trial-and-error thing, we all had completely different ideas and visions for the band’s direction and I think that’s a big reason why we hear a lot of different genres, similar bands etc that get thrown around about us! We settled on a grunge/alternative rock crossover (I guess) with our first single ‘Trip’ and just played a lot around Newcastle, supporting bigger locals, interstate bands etc. After about nine months of playing to a wide range of scenes, bands and venues we decided to take it up a notch on the heavy scale with our recently released EP ‘Old Taste’ which has definitely opened us up to a much more familiar fanbase.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
As mentioned above, the beginnings of the band involved a big range of influences, but overall I think our biggest influences musically would be bands like Norma Jean, Basement (really cool that we had the opportunity to support them in Newcastle earlier this year), Underoath, Balance & Composure, along those lines I suppose. 
 
What can punters expect from an Introvert live show?
Our live show is fairly energetic, but definitely has a pub rock/laid back feel to it. Audie’s definitely got a trick up his sleeve with the mid set jokes which people have grown to love, haha. But yeah, overall I’d say we’re energetic and chilled at the same time. Lots of emotion, balanced with a good old joke or two!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Liam Coleman has always told us to just slow down and not jump in head first when we’re making decisions (like recording the EP, planning release PR etc) which has paid off big time for us. He’s always been by our side ever since the idea of the band begun so I think overall he’s given us truckloads of advice, too much to remember in all honesty. (Along with being the father figure of the band)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
‘Am I Ever Gonna See The Biff Again?’ by the legend himself, Reg Reagan.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
A track by The Middle East titled ‘Blood’. Stephen chose this one, as the track is written about a person who loses their sister to cancer, it reminds him of a time where he nearly lost his to leukaemia.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Without a doubt, the hit by Men At Work titled ‘Down Under’. Anyone with a drop of Aussie culture knows it, who why wouldn’t you have a dance and a drink to it?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was the Newcastle leg of Ambleside’s ‘Shape Me’ Australian Tour at Drone, a small (yet fantastic) AA venue in Newcastle. With locals Eat Your Heart Out and Pasha Bulka alongside the tour supports Hindsight and Sleep Talk, the show was definitely one of the better shows I’ve attended for a while. Great turnout, and a really good reception for the bands made it one to remember.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
Well on the subject of bands, I’d say the local heroes Trophy Eyes have inspired all of us one way or another over the years, along with local friends who have played alongside us since day one. They’d include Pasha Bulka, Eat Your Heart Out, Raave Tapes and Dave - but honestly there’s too many to name! (Newcastle’s a small town, haha).
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
For the rest of the year our number one focus is definitely the tour with Birds Of Tokyo. It’s our first time out of NSW and we’re super keen to meet new people and just experience a whole different audience! Apart from that, we’re just writing new music, with plans to hopefully record and release a full length record, or a sophomore EP sometime early next year.

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Rapaport
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Rapaport

Electronic, Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Dugong Jr
New

Artist

Dugong Jr

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Dugong Jr)

Melbourne, VIC

Batz
New

Artist

Batz

Indie, Punk

Melbourne, VIC

Tram Cops
New

Artist

Tram Cops

Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Cosmo Thundercat
New

Artist

Cosmo Thundercat

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

Adelaide, SA

STORK
New

Artist

STORK

Punk, Rock (Garage, surf, Punk, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Wedding ring bells
New

Artist

Pleco
New

Artist

Pleco

Electronic, Indie (these guy, Brisbane, Synths)

Brisbane, QLD

Badrapper
New

Artist

Badrapper

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Trap, Graves, What so not, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Aeora
New

Artist

Aeora

Electronic, Pop (#electronic, #pop)

Melbourne, VIC

Longshore
New

Artist

Longshore

Metal, Punk, Rock (Longshore, Metalcore, Hardcore, ...)

South West WA, WA

Anı Lou
New

Artist

Anı Lou

Indie, Pop (dream Pop, Shoe Gaze, Ambient)

Central Coast, NSW

Lucy Peach
New

Artist

Lucy Peach

Indie, Pop (# Folk, enchanting, # Singer songwriter, ...)

Perth, WA

Confidence Man

Featured Artist

2016

10

Oct

Confidence Man

Brisbane, QLD

It's like Tom Tom Club partying with LCD Soundsystem - one heck of a dance floor!

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What's the origin story of Confidence Man?It all started in our home studio (all of us lived together) when one of us was writing a bass line and struggling with song ideas. The four of us were all in the room so we slowly started screaming over the top of each other and trying to grab the microphone to sing little melodies. By the end of the night I just remember that we were all pretty wasted and we were all hugging each other and screaming "this is the best thing ever!" So I suppose from there we realized that we work well together. We're similar people and we like similar music, so it's been easy to know what direction we want to go in. What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?I love to dance, so I really focus on writing big bass lines and cheeky percussion parts. Essentially I just try to write music  I would dance to.I love the way Todd Terje makes badass dance music in a really cute, dorky way. That's the vibe I like to go for. What can punters expect from a Confidence Man live show?Champagne, bee keeper hats, black eye make up and two of the sassiest live dancers you'll ever see. What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?"Men will stick it in any old hole they can get it in" - Grandma What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?Donny Benet - Working Out What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?Nick Cave - Into My Arms You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?Fishing - Yuwa What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?I saw Sampa the Great at Bigsound. She was awesome, I think she's a badass. Tell us about the bands or people in the Australian music community that inspire you.We're inspired by a lot of Brisbane bands because we're always working together and showing each other demos. Everyone is super-supportive in Brisbane.But musically I'm really inspired by the Melbourne dance scene - NO ZU, Ara Koufax and acts like that. What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?Lots of touring, writing, releasing some new tracks, but above all making some more overstated outfits.

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WHARVES

Featured Artist

2017

17

Jul

WHARVES

( )

North Coast, NSW

It's time to get sweaty with indie-rock quartet WHARVES, as they take over Splendour In The Grass this weekend as our Unearthed comp winners! 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Developing our sound was pretty much a trial and error situation where we would write songs, test them live and then fix the parts or get rid of the songs that we weren't happy with.  We have transformed the pool room in Mike's parents' house into WHARVES HQ where we write, record and rehearse.
 
Mikes dad is annoyed that he has lost the use of his beloved pool table that he never used, but it was a sacrifice we were willing to make. Steven Schram has produced our last two singles and we have certainly gained a lot from working with him.  
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
We are all huge fans of music. Watching bands smashing it out on stage or listening to an awesome album makes us want to do the same.
 
What can punters expect from a WHARVES live show?
 
Four sweaty dudes on stage, bouncing around like a beach ball at a Nickelback concert. 
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
We supported Polish Club in Byron Bay and we had a few beers with them before the show. They were telling us to always work with people that really care about your music and are passionate about what you do (makes sense, right?).  Top blokes.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Bad//Dreems and their track 'Feeling Remains'. If this doesn't get you jacked up, then you must be a robot. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and their track, 'Into My Arms'. Shares in Kleenex must have skyrocketed when this song came out. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Luke Million and his track 'Arnie'. We lose our biscuits when this banger comes on. An absolute must have in any party mix. P.S. Matt has a mad party mix - it's on Spotify if you wanna check it out. We're looking forward to checking his set out at Splendour! 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
We went and saw Tora, Mookhi and Angie Hudson at the Northern in Byron Bay a couple of weeks ago. Huge lineup and that light show was lit! There were more lasers than the 'Lasers Only' mode on GoldenEye '64. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the North Coast, NSW music community that inspire you.
 
Mario from our local record store in Byron Bay, Howl and Moan Records, is really creating a music scene in the local area. We've played and been to gigs at his shop and it's always an awesome vibe.  Plus, we always walk out with a new vinyl!
 
We are also really lucky to live in an area that has some seriously amazing festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Blues Fest. How could you not be inspired seeing your favourite band thrash it out to thousands of people? 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
We've actually got some new music being released very soon as well as a tour, which we're really looking forward to. We have a couple more exciting things on the horizon but they're more secretive than Mr Krabs' Krabby Patty recipe. 
 

 

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Swiipe Machine
New

Artist

Swiipe Machine

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Ontrei
New

Artist

Ontrei

Electronic, Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Zathlute
New

Artist

Zathlute

Dance, Electronic

North Coast, NSW

Nocturnal Tapes
New

Artist

Nocturnal Tapes

Dance, Electronic (nocturnal tapes, Electronica, Yamba, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Feels

Featured Artist

2017

18

Sep

Feels

( )

Perth, WA

Feels are a percussive electronic outfit from Perth, and the winners of our 2017 Listen Out competition for WA! We're featuring their buoyant and bubbly tunes all this week on Unearthed.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Elise and Rosie met during high school when they were 14 at an after school percussion program. During a Djembe solo we locked eyes and from that day, we knew we would make music together. We both studied classical percussion at University and Elise went on to study composition. Our love for rhythm and classical composition has definitely influenced our sound and how we create a Feels track. We have always loved electronic music and wanted to find the balance between using our classical composition and percussion skills to created serious beats and shredding synth lines.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Rhythm is definitely our greatest inspiration and usually the main focus for our tracks. We like to find simple patterns and find ways to disrupt and manipulate them. We both play percussion every day, whether it be tutoring high school students, or playing for dancers at WAAPA. Playing has always been a huge inspiration for our music. Our study of many different styles of percussion music and composition has also been influential on our music.

What can punters expect from a FEELS live show?
Live drums, electronics and tinsel jackets! Oh, and a surfboard.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Don’t place too much importance on one track or a certain release, you never know what can happen” – (Tim Shiel).
“Don’t fuck it up” – (RuPaul).

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Miss Blanks – ‘Clap Clap’.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Stella Donnelly – ‘Boys Will Be Boys’.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Lewis Cancut – ‘Body Querty’.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
BIGSOUND! We saw so many local bands it was amazing! Miss Blanks was definitely a highlight for us. It was great to see such a diverse range of artists at the festival. Being from Perth, it was amazing to see such a large representation of our local music scene.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Earlier this year, we co-founded WOMPP (Women of Music Production Perth) a platform for female, transgender and nonbinary music makers to share and discuss music production. We have monthly meetings to discuss electronic music production, share tracks and prepare for our biannual showcases. Through the creation of this community, we have met some of the most talent and inspiring individuals in the Perth music scene. Over this past year we have seen so many strong electronic acts form and more established artists become even more confident. Artists such as Alex and Yell, Lana Rothnie, G*Rey, WYN, Mei Saraswati, Jana Jaya Ayres, Jamilla and many more, are helping to shape the Perth music scene and the standards we set for equal gender representation within our city.

What are your plans for the future?
We have our debut EP Emerald coming out in November with 2 more singles in between. We’re very excited! We are heading to Berlin in November to attend ‘Ableton Loop’, an international music summit. We will also be doing an Ableton studio residency in Sydney January 2018 in which we hope to start writing a new album. We are definitely wanting to do an East coast tour in 2018 and release more new music!

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Bells Rapids
New

Artist

Bells Rapids

Pop, Rock

Perth, WA

Artist
New

Artist

Hannah McLeod

Indie, Roots

Brisbane, QLD

HOUNDED
New

Artist

HOUNDED

Dance, Electronic (chill chill wave house electronic)

Illawarra, NSW

Worlds Apart
New

Artist

Worlds Apart

Metal, Punk (Hardcore, Perth, worlds apart)

Perth, WA

toripepper
New

Artist

toripepper

Dance, Electronic, Pop (bass, Trap, DJ, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Skyways Are Highways
New

Artist

Skyways Are Highways

Indie, Pop, Punk (The Beach Boys, Nirvana, The Get Up Kids, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Oh Boy
New

Artist

Oh Boy

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Dumb Punts

Featured Artist

2016

19

Dec

Dumb Punts

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne trio Dumb Punts serve up punchy as tunes with their loud and raw garage punk.

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

Brent and Seattle moved from Bonny Hills to Melbourne and for the first few months we played in the jungle den (studio shed) and a week later we had to play a show. It all just developed from there.

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

We inspire each other and our mates are big ones too. If you look back at '70s and '80s garage and punk music, especially in Australia, it's pretty inspiring too.

You'll be playing Falls Festival in Lorne. What can punters expect from a Dumb Punts live show?

A good time. That's what we're all about. Party and good vibes. Hopefully a bunch of dancin'.

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

Probably when Mum taught us not to take ourselves too seriously and that if you want something you gotta go and get it.

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

I'd shove some High Voltage - ACDC cause Bon can cure it all.

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

Can't go past Daryl with Horses.

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

The Boys Light Up - Australian Crawl.

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

We had a fundraiser show at our place and a bunch of awesome bands played in our basement, that was a sick one.

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

We live with and surround ourselves with musos and living in Melbourne means that we spend a bunch of time watching bands and doing music. It's just awesome cause Melbourne is so open to creativity and we are right in there copping that.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release our next 7-inch and then an album hopefully. Tour some more, get overseas and just keep on keeping on.

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Hummingbird
New

Artist

Hummingbird

Electronic

Adelaide, SA

Tobacco Rat
New

Artist

Tobacco Rat

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (bass, Electronic, beats, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

WALLACE
New

Artist

WALLACE

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop, Roots (Future Soul, Soul, Jazz, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Bilby
New

Artist

Bilby

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

Sydney, NSW

Edward R.
New

Artist

Edward R.

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

Melbourne, VIC

Hector Gachan
New

Artist

Hector Gachan

Indie, Pop, Rock (psychedelic, jazzy, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Quails
New

Artist

Quails

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Dark Pop, Rnb, moody, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Sinks
New

Artist

Sinks

Hip Hop (Oz Hip Hop, hip hop, Jehst, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Superdose Gangway
New

Artist

Superdose Gangway

Indie, Punk (Emo, twinkle, Adelaide, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Wild Honey
New

Artist

Wild Honey

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Horace Bones
New

Artist

Horace Bones

Punk, Rock (Punk, Rock, horror, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Shorebreak
New

Artist

Shorebreak

Metal (#djent, #metalcore, Progressive, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

FROST
New

Artist

FROST

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Makaw
New

Artist

Makaw

Electronic, Indie (alternative, Electronic, Lowfi)

Sydney, NSW

Eilish Gilligan

Featured Artist

2018

11

Feb

Eilish Gilligan

( )

Melbourne, VIC

 Meet this week's Feature Artist, EILISH GILLIGAN. She's just dropped perhaps the best pop track of 2018 so far!

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

I feel like my sound is still evolving and that maybe it’ll never stop evolving…and maybe I don’t want it to, either. It’s important to me to seek out something innovative, while still embracing the conventions of modern pop music, because pop music is my one true love!! I think I make Pop music, but Pop music that’s been like... plucked off the rings of Saturn, or dredged up from the bottom of the ocean. There’s something alien and spooky about it that I can’t stop chasing. 

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

Deeply human feelings and behaviour is the thing that truly inspires me to create, I think. I also love when those perfect poetic moments occur in real life - those things you could never dream of writing, but somehow the universe gifts them to you and it’s impossible not to frame them in a song. Like last year I was in America and I’d just said goodbye to someone I loved very much, and sitting in the back of an Uber, crying as though I was in a music video, Kissing Families by Silversun Pickups came on and it was just…perfect. It was so human and so miserable and I couldn’t believe my luck (lol).

What can punters expect from an EILISH GILLIGAN live show?

I think I put on a good show. It’s important to me to produce a true *performance* in every sense of the word. I love the drama involved in being onstage. I think if I’d had any tangible talent in the area I’d probably have gravitated towards acting. If I hadn’t been a musician. I’m really inspired by tearjerker films and also by the drag community. I think Lady Gaga said once “those women taught me how to serve,” which is the truest goddamn thing on this planet. 

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

There have been two instances where some extraordinarily pertinent advice has been given to me at exactly the right time. The first was from my wonderfully honest friend who, after patiently witnessing me bawl my eyes out on her hotel bed in Austin because I didn’t have the slightest idea where my sorry life was headed, said “You gotta do your own thing.” And I did. And she was right. The second bit of advice was from my Dad, who recently looked me straight in the eye and said “You must stop worrying. It’s going to kill you if you don’t,” and that scared me so much I must say I have really cut down on the worrying…

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

'Say Yes To Life' by Gang of Youths. This has worked for me approximately one trillion times. Also 'Better' by Mallrat. 

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

OK, this is definitely my forte. I think right now it’s a tie between 'Turning To White' by New Gods and 'Idiot Oracle' by Paul Dempsey. Both lyrically unbelievable and so so so miserable. Both superb!!

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

'Get Me A Drink' by Alice Ivy, E^ST, Charlie Threads. Have you ever heard anything as unhingedly glorious as this song?!

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

The last one I can really remember was the Ceres Christmas show in December. It was my first time seeing Ceres live and it changed everything. I couldn’t believe the songs I had held so close to me so privately for so long meant so much to so many people in the same room!!

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

I’m really inspired by kindness, honesty and work ethic in this industry. I really look up to people like HTMLflowers, Gordi and Mallrat. They all exude a wonderful sense of pride in their work and a generous, positive attitude towards friends and colleagues and I just think they’re great. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Write heaps, hopefully play many shows, and embrace whatever it means to be completely vulnerably human as much and as often as possible. 

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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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Body Type
New

Artist

Body Type

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

The Pretty Littles

The Pretty Littles make "sing-a-long-with-your-mates-while-sinkin-a-few" rock jams and we're stoked to have them as our Feature Artist all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is middle of the road sorta scrappy pop rock. There are some dumb ones and some serious ones. I think we developed our sound by writing and recording lots and lots in the last 7 or 8 years. It took a long time for us to work out the kind of music we were all happy to be playing and I think that’s still got a little ways yet, which is exciting and inspiring in itself.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think trying to write songs that we are all proud of. Also so many sick bands are making such great music that it's easy to be inspired that way too.
 
What can punters expect from a Pretty Littles live show?
Hmmm that’s a tough one. There will definitely be 2 guitars, 1 bass and 1 drum kit, which sets us apart from pretty much every band out there at the moment. You just don’t see 4 pieces.  
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Probably from Craig (of Scott and Charlene’s Wedding) via Mikey Young (of everything). He said that 'no matter what, music is a community and if someone has success then everyone does and that there's no room for being competitive with something like music. '
 
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?
It was the Bain Marie Invitational with Food Court at Yah Yahs. It was fun as. We weren’t expecting a lot because it wasn’t a launch or anything but heaps of people came and had a stomp and it was SICK AS. Also Jo Syme helped us out on some vocals for pride which rocked.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
FARK. SO MANY. I’m just gonna do a big list. Neighbourhood Youth, Love Migrate, ScotDrakula, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding, Ceres, The Vasco Era, Big Scary, Ships Piano, Go Get Mum, Dan Kelly, Dick Diver, Eddy Current, Twerps. So so many. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
We’re just gonna put our 3rd CD out called Soft Rock For The Anxious on September 9 and then tour it around a bit! Its gonna be our first vinyl too! Cant wait to see that waxy dawg.

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Ninajirachi
New

Artist

Ninajirachi

Dance, Electronic, Pop ((((・^・;)*。:・。+ 音楽)

Central Coast, NSW

Imperial Broads
New

Artist

Imperial Broads

Indie ("Alternative)

Sydney, NSW

London Topaz
New

Artist

London Topaz

Dance, Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Jenna Murphy
New

Artist

Jenna Murphy

Indie, Roots (Contempory Folk, Female Vocals Folk, Bon Iver, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Redspencer
New

Artist

Redspencer

Indie, Pop, Rock (deerhunter, women, Yo La Tengo, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Wild Jangle
New

Artist

Wild Jangle

Indie, Pop, Rock (Fuzz, melody, Delay, ...)

Perth, WA

Relevent
New

Artist

Relevent

Hip Hop (hiphop, Soul, Rnb, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

TIARYN
New

Artist

TIARYN

Indie, Pop (NGAIIRE, Kimbra, Frank Ocean, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Whatever, Forever
New

Artist

Whatever, Forever

Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Hi Life
New

Artist

Hi Life

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Pop)

Sydney, NSW

Hyder Seek
New

Artist

Bel
New

Artist

Bel

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

Melbourne, VIC

Amy Shark

Featured Artist

2016

29

Aug

Amy Shark

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

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

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

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Alexander Biggs

Featured Artist

2016

12

Sep

Alexander Biggs

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Devastatingly evocative "sad boy folk" out of Melbourne's inner north.

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How did you first get into playing music?
I first got into music by just wanting to copy my sister - she played piano when I was quite young and I just looked up to her and wanted to copy her. So I've been playing piano for 15 or 16 years now. I started out doing just classical stuff then later found a lot of hardcore, emo and alternative bands that I got my angst out with, and from there got into contemporary music a bit more.
 
What sort of music were you exposed to when you were younger?
When I think about the music I was exposed to when I was younger I can only recall negative experiences. My mum raised me on a lot of Backstreet Boys and Shania Twain. I get that some people might like that, but it was a pretty dismal experience for me.
 
How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound through a lot of trial and error. Initially it was hardcore and alternative music that opened me up to how emotions can be conveyed in song. Through that I discovered artists like Elliot Smith, Bright Eyes, Bon Iver and other artists that know how to emote really well. So I think a lot of the process has been trying different things until something's clicked and since this has clicked it's been about finding the best way to convey and emote the things I want to say.
 
How would you describe your sound now?
I like to think of it as fairly honest music. I try not to dress it up too much. It's just an exploration of ideas that are going on in my head. My approach is to sing the songs in a way that is like you and I are just hanging out and I'm telling you what's going on. Describing it as "raw" might be a little cliche, but it is quite genuine and unfiltered. It's been called 'sad boy folk'. Just listen and have a cry.
 
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A lot of the inspiration for the songs I write just comes out as the songs manifest themselves. It feels like unconscious writing. It comes from a place that's quite heartfelt. The stories usually come from personal experiences or they are reflections on a personal experience. The occasional song will be inspired by a friends experience, but it's all pretty close to home.
 
How and where do you produce your songs?
I produce all my songs out of my bedroom in Thornbury, Melbourne. It's a beautiful area. My house is on the corner of a road, so there's a lot of heavy traffic going by. I record and mix all my music there - so that's why if you listen really close you'll probably hear a car or some birds in my tracks.
 
What do you do when you're not creating music?
When I'm not creating music, I'm performing music. It's become so much a part of my identity that I don't do much aside from create, record or play music. When I'm not playing my own stuff, I'm playing in mate's bands.
 
What can punters epect from an Alexander Biggs live show?
When you come to a live show you can expect me and an acoustic guitar. I'm working on putting a band together, but for now it's just me. It's a very simple setup and an even more honest experience than listening to my recordings, because there's no production or double-tracking. You can hear every word of my songs, plus I can give you some cheesy banter inbetween them.
 
Please tell us about the Melbourne music scene.
The Melbourne music scene is a beautiful and incredible thing, and I'm so blessed to be involved in something so genuine and cool. It's friendly and embracing, there's great venues and just so much incredible talent to play shows with.

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//Fractures
New

Artist

//Fractures

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Still Works
New

Artist

Still Works

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

PLTS

Featured Artist

2016

18

Jul

PLTS

( )

North Coast, NSW

Byron Bay four-piece PLTS are the local winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. They'll be taking their anthemic indie rock sounds to the Ampitheatre stage of Splendour at midday on Saturday, July 23.

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Tell us about your music. How did develop your sound?
PLTS was born from a simple vision; to create feel good music that engages with people. There were no real limits to the sounds we started out creating back in 2012, but given our broad range of influences spanning from folk to soul to punk-hardcore, a natural indie-rock sound started to emerge. Through years of jamming, demoing tracks and playing live, we’ve managed to build on this and craft our own sound. We’ll continue to develop and craft it even further along the way.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
First and foremost, a passion for music itself. Whether its watching a ripping live gig, discovering a new band on the internet or finding comfort in a new genre outside your go-to playlists, that basic love for music helps to explore and create new sounds. Secondly, our natural surroundings. We’re lucky enough to call Byron Bay our home. Such an incredible place to live, showcasing some of the best coastlines to creative thinkers the country has to offer.
 
What can punters expect from a PLTS live show?
I guess as a rock band, there’s a certain threshold of noise you have to hit to unlock the right energy. We go hard on stage when required, but our strengths are equally showcased in our slower, more emotive songs. Expect to see all these dynamics, boiling into a solid 45 minutes of good vibes. We also just really enjoy performing as a group, so I hope that shines through!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Can’t speak for the whole band here, but as a 9 year old kid playing in my first band on an actual stage with a real PA, we were lucky enough to win a competition judged by John Butler, who at the time was a musical guru in my eyes. He approached me at the end of the show and simply told me to “keep enjoying what you’re doing”.
Seems kind of corny now I think of it, but it definitely stuck and it stands at the basis of what we do.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
Paul Dempsey – Out The Airlock
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Redgum - I Was Only 19
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Round The Twist theme song, then repeat it once it finishes.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Went and checked our mates PRO VITA at the Northern in Byron Bay.
They’re legends from the Sunshine Coast and always put on a ripping show; they’ve just released a new single as well.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Byron Bay has a really thriving, tight knit music community. The diversity is immense in terms of genres. You’ve got bands like ‘Tora’ who are owning what they do and pushing their sound on another level, newcomers like ‘Israeli Chicks’ and ‘Havens’, and hardcore heavyweights; Parkway Drive and In Hearts Wake who are killing it on a global scale. The fact that all these bands exist and put so much time and energy into doing what they do, inspires us to represent and be part of our local music scene.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Can’t reveal too many goodies at this point in time, but I can say we’ll have new music to follow up from ‘On and On’ closer than expected, as well as a few more really exciting things to announce down the track. We’ll be writing a shit load of new material and just really keeping the momentum up towards summer and into the New Year. Plenty of gigs and new bands to meet, pedals to buy and just good vibes overall!

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MOANA
New

Artist

MOANA

Indie, Rock (Moana, art-rock, grunge, ...)

Perth, WA

Twin Fires
New

Artist

Twin Fires

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Leisure Centre
New

Artist

Leisure Centre

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Roots (slow jam, Soul, r&b, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

TIJANA
New

Artist

TIJANA

Indie, Pop (Indie Pop, feel good pop, high tempo, ...)

Sydney, NSW

RUINS
New

Artist

RUINS

Dance, Electronic (#electronic #bass #ukbass #dubstep)

Sydney, NSW

Charlie Lim
New

Artist

Charlie Lim

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (charlie lim)

Melbourne, VIC

Colour Bomb
New

Artist

Colour Bomb

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Safe Hands
New

Artist

Safe Hands

Indie, Rock (safehands, newcastle, posthardcore, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Nyxen

Featured Artist

2016

22

Aug

Nyxen

( )

Sydney, NSW

Float away to a beach-side dance floor with the summery sounds of Sydney producer Nyxen. Grab a cocktail, watch the sunset, feel good.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound of my music is heavily influenced by my background playing guitar and djing.
It's all about the contrast between dreamy and groovy, I've just taken my two favourite things and fused them.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I know this has probably been said by every producer in the last 4 years, but watching the development of Flume's sound and his musical journey has been a huge inspiration for me. It's really cool seeing someone from my city doing something and making it all their own, it's a reminder to just do you. 
 
What can punters expect from a Nyxen live show?
At a Nyxen DJ show you can expect trippy, funky and groovy tunes. I like to play music that I'm loving at the time, so could be electronica, house or anything that makes me want to dance!
I'm really keen to start creating a Nyxen live show!
I just started a track and my main thought behind it is "how would this sound live?".
It's pretty early days for the live show but I'd definitely want to incorporate live guitar, vocals and keys. So watch this space!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Something that really resonated with me was what my mum told me. At the time, I was working a 9-5 job at an insurance company, and one day she called me and pretty much told me to quit. She just wanted me to focus on my music, and to find a job that let me put my energy into what I really love (thanks mum). 
 
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?
The last live gig I went to was at Newtown Social. I watched The Garden put on the most intense live show i've ever seen. There weren't that many people there but everyone was really into it. The guys were swinging from the roof (no joke) it was insane!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Go Freek have been getting behind me since I first started making tunes, and their attitude towards other artists is what makes them so inspiring. To have two guys that have been making sick music and touring Australia and USA actually take the time to give advise to young artists is such an admirable attitude, and their willingness to share feedback and be genuinely kind is contagious and so inspiring.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm currently on tour with KLP playing some venues along the East Coast of Australia for KLParty!
When we finish that I really want to work on creating a live show and heaaaps of new tunes.
I've almost finished a few so you'll definitely be seeing them up on my Unearthed profile very soon!

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Shady Nasty
New

Artist

Shady Nasty

Punk

Sydney, NSW

Georgia Mae
New

Artist

Georgia Mae

Pop (Pop)

Brisbane, QLD

WZRDKID

Featured Artist

2014

12

May

WZRDKID

( )

Mildura-Swan Hill, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Owls
New

Artist

The Owls

Indie, Rock (Indie, Rock, "Alternative)

Newcastle, NSW

Brightness
New

Artist

Brightness

Indie, Pop, Rock (Brightness)

Newcastle, NSW

Top Dollar
New

Artist

Top Dollar

Indie, Pop, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

Heaps Good Friends

Featured Artist

2017

13

Feb

Heaps Good Friends

( )

Adelaide, SA

This Adelaide duo are the bestest of mates and together create what they call "peanut-brittle pop with text message lyrics". Loaded with 80s drums and colourful synths, their music is like popping candy for your ears.

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

All of our tracks begin on Nicks Korg Poly 800 which has such a genuine bank of incredible sounds, when we find one we like, we go from there. Other than that our sound developed quite naturally without following too many rules. Our first track "Perhaps I Killed A Tiny Stunt Double" came out all 80's sad pop. The next few had some face melting guit. solo's following 'Stunt Doubles' lead. "Let's Hug Longer" was a straight up dance pop surprise. It usually takes us a couple of days to write/record a track, we like our pace. There is lots of freedom on both sides to be upfront when we don't like an idea, or on the flip side, really claim an idea if we love it, shared writing has never been so fun.

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

Our friendship. I think living in different cities makes the times when we DO get together to make tunes more special, we always have such an energy! I trust Nick so much and honestly love everything he writes. Most of the lyrics are taken from conversations I have with people, or things I overhear them say, so by the time I fly to Adelaide and head into Nick's studio, I have a list of bangers to share and get the lyric writing happening!

What can punters expect from a Heaps Good Friends live show?

Heaps Good Fun!! This project feels nice an instantaneous. We're opening the window and this music is coming through. When we play live we're aiming to pull off the same trick, just with all you guys helping with the window opening and enjoying whatever comes through!! Like a wise pair of boys once said: 'Jump around, jump around. Get up, get up and get down.'

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

Nick: My mate Shannon told me if you want, you can turn the sound of that annoying kid yelling on the train into the energy that feeds you. It was a killer perspective change. Freed up a lot of mind space. 

Emma: "Emma, the world needs your smile" - Mum to me on the phone the other day when I was in a crap mood. Love you mum. 

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

Nick: "Parlez Vous Francais?" - Art vs Science

Emma: "Fruit" - Rainbow Chan. Or the outro to "All In Colour" - Grace & Innocence. On repeat. For 15 minutes. 

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

Nick: Hmmm...hard one. Silverchair's "Ana's Song" is a heavy jam on a few levels. I cried watching Nai Palm but that was on a 'touched by angels' tip...no sadness happening there.

Emma: "Exist" by Vital Signs. More like an - embrace the cry then we can move past it as we float to the middle of the ocean.

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

Nick: Right now? Flume "Never Be Like You" is statistically proven to destroy that floor. Otherwise Alison Wonderland "I Want U" bangs in the best way.

Emma: I have a coupla friends who would cheer louder and dance harder if I chucked on Killing Heidi "Mascara" haha. The mid-90's baby's would drift away, but we'd take up the whole floor then thank you very much.

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

Nick: Last local gig was a Warped Covers Party at The Northern Sound System in Adelaide. Heaps of local champs forming funsies bands to drop tunes from mega faves of the noughties...purty fun times.

Emma: Big Sound. Where do I start. Clairy Browne was hard to stop listening to. Mallrat then became the soundtrack to the beach that weekend, and Totally Mild I wrote down in my iPhone notes as 'Heavenly Pop'.

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

Adelaide music scene is SUPER fun at the moment. Loads of bands all lifting their game...so to start, gotta tip cap to the whole industry for inspirational growth overall! Obvs TK, Bad//Dreems, Grenadiers, West Thebarton Brothel Party all doing mental good all over Aus/Internationally...But Mio, Electric Fields, Wasted Wanderers, Skies, Joy Sparkes, Ross McHenry!, Playback808....heeeeps. Heeeeeeeeps. Heaps are heaps good. Luke Penman! Spoz! Sam Wright! Sharni Honor! Faaar OOUUUUUUT. Make it end!!

What are your plans for 2017?

Write more. Live shows. More film clips. Convince HAIM to bring us on tour with them.

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The Possé
New

Artist

The Possé

Dance

Sydney, NSW

The Ruminaters
New

Artist

The Ruminaters

Indie, Rock (psychedelic, Garage, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

MOZA
New

Artist

MOZA

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Future Beats, Future Bass, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Made in Paris
New

Artist

Made in Paris

Electronic (# Techno # House # Melodic)

Sydney, NSW

Tina Says
New

Artist

Tina Says

Dance, Electronic

Perth, WA

Ella Metherell
New

Artist

Ella Metherell

Indie, Pop, Rock (# Folk # Folk Acoustic # Indie)

Brisbane, QLD

Yoko Oh No
New

Artist

Yoko Oh No

Punk, Rock (Thrash, Punk, canberra, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Indented Head
New

Artist

Indented Head

Pop (Melbourne, Strunz, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Featured Artist

2018

10

Sep

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

( )

Perth, WA

Perth outfit Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. They're all about their "hong lair & reavy hiffs" and are about to set foot in the UK, Netherlands, Germany and France for a run of dates.

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

We've been jamming together in various bands for years now. PPC started out as a recording project in a barn that described our late night adventures and colourful encounters with the magic men. We played around with genres until we captured something that resonated the same energy as our weekends had. 

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

A good movie always works, directors like Wes Anderson or Terry Gilliam get the think tank in gear. We've got a taste for the absurd, anything quirky that challenges normality. A good night out is always a strong catalyst for inspiration too, most of life's stranger tales stem from a few pints. A podcast on A.I's, a Bill Hicks routine or an article on the simulated universe theory help to unbox ones' self as well. A break from music is another, if you flood your ears you'll fatigue yourself and nothing will come out, a week of using a different sense will retune your other cognitive responses and maybe you'll wake up with a melody in your head from smelling a wood fire. 

What can punters expect from a Psychedelic Porn Crumpets live show?

Hong lair & reavy hiffs. It's like a Lewis Carroll themed, quasi-punk carnival that resides in the lost pages of a Hunter.S.Thompson novel. 

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

I've always loved the advice of Groucho Marx, would have been cool to meet him. My dad always says, 'engage brain before opening mouth' which is logical and has worked well. He also said "If you take all the 'D's out of Edward Woodwood you're left with Ewar Woowoo". 

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

Would be amazing if Smashmouth were Australian, so in that case, we'll go Horses by uncle Dazza.

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

The BeeGees with 'Stayin Alive'. Put the desk on 11 and it'll make the most hardcore, bearded Slayer fan raise their VB and mutter 'tune'.

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

Pot Plant House Party at the Indi Bar was a noteworthy show, great band. Danny said he went to an 80's disco party and got his Forest Gump on. We saw Spacey Jane at Badlands a few weeks back that was pumping, they'll be heading places.

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

There's some noice bands coming out of Perth at the moment, Demon Days, Great Gable, The Southern River Band. From our camp all the admiration goes to Jelly who mixes our tunes, he works 36 hours a day and dreams in WAV, the boys as lethal as a honkey nut to a skateboard when it comes to tone. Top marks. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Off to Europe on Monday! I'm at the airport now typing with the speed of three thumbs. We've got shows in UK, Netherlands, Germany and France and then back in October for the Social Candy tour around Australia! There's great adventures to be had. 

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Lojack
New

Artist

Lojack

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

Asha Jefferies

Featured Artist

2018

1

Oct

Asha Jefferies

( )

Brisbane, QLD

All this week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Asha Jefferies. She loves turning her thoughts, feelings and memories into noise and we've been obsessing over her brand new single, 'Everybody Talks'.

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

My music embodies the storytelling of a very indecisive person. It's shiny and sad and peaceful and folk-driven and roots based. I wanted to be a pop star at age 5, so I would write my own riddles and songs and sing them out to family. Over time I acquired a guitar & got really into folk/sadness/heartbreak. I think since high school has ended, I mostly still write about troubled things but in a tranquil way. 

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

90's pop icons, heartbreak, alienation, feeling too full after sushi and hangovers. 

What can punters expect from an Asha Jefferies live show?

Honesty is really important to me when performing. The songs I write are vulnerable and expressing them in an intimate and explosive way feels best. There feels no use in writing these songs unless I give the opportunity to vulnerably share and see connection in conversing on stage. 

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

 I sat down and had coffee with Emma Louise early last year. I remember her explaining how essential it is to write from your heart/unspoken part of you and let the mind fade. It's stuck with me ever since.

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

'The Ship Song' by Nick Cave.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by the Gravy Man (Paul Kelly).

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

I'm going to back myself with Miami Horror's 'Sometimes'.

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

I went and saw a 'Mustard' show presenting TOISOC, Caramel, Disco Indians & Lilian Vase last night. All coastal, psych-rock vibing bands. Honestly, it was great and it made me feel really cool contrasting with my 'i have a lot of feelings'-folk-shell. 

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

Oh my goodness! It is a joy and wonder to be surrounded in such a creative and inspiring community. Songwriters like Hazlett, Clea, Zefereli, Moreton and Daggy Man are just a few that I look up to immensely. 

What are your plans for 2018?

I'm going to buy a fish called Bullshit, go to New Zealand, release an EP, play some shows outside of Brisbane, wear my Birkenstocks, record new music and attempt to survive Brisbane humidity. 

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How Green
New

Artist

How Green

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Experimental, beats, hip hop, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Foxtrot
New

Artist

Foxtrot

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

Melbourne, VIC

The Goods
New

Artist

The Goods

Electronic

Sydney, NSW

Jamahl Ryder
New

Artist

Jamahl Ryder

Hip Hop (indigenous, hiphop, perthhiphop, ...)

Perth, WA

Benjamin Witt
New

Artist

Benjamin Witt

Indie (Lo-fi, alternative, Benjamin, ...)

Perth, WA

Sam Carmody
New

Artist

Sam Carmody

Indie, Pop

Darwin, NT

The Tapes
New

Artist

The Tapes

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

Sydney, NSW

Emily Wurramara

Featured Artist

2016

5

Jul

Emily Wurramara

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Gather around the virtual campfire and have a listen to the gorgeous tones of Brisbane musician Emily Wurramara. Join us in celebrating NAIDOC week on triple j Unearthed!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
I developed my sound by learning and listening to everything and everyone around me. I was engulfed by culture when I was on Groote so  that was a big influence on my music. Being surrounded by family and friends who like different genres, ranging from country, which the oldies like my nana pop and aunties listened to, hip hop, reggae, even opera. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My inspiration for my music comes from everything, what I see, what stories I've been told, my experiences, so nothing really specific just life. 
 
What can punters expect from an Emily Wurramara live show?
Haha, well, a lot of story telling. My songs are all based around things that have happened to me or to my family, so there's a great insight on my life. I do have a range of songs from love to dreams to real life events. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I've been given was from my father, he was born in the provinces of Phillipines and moved to Aus when he was 14. He's always said to me "always be humble, say hello to everyone and smile because it could make someone's day" 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Bernard fanning- wish you well
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Jimmy little- Bring yourself home to me 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Thelma plum- how much does your love cost! 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went down to the board walk and saw a couple performing at this pub even though it was raining, and we were drenched I had to stop and stand there for a bit because their voices together we're amazing!!! They totally slayed it! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Well, we have a lot of bands at Groote all my uncles are in them, so poison whiskey, milyakburra band just to name a few, and from numbulwar, yilila band red flag dancers, who are absolutely amazing! They mix culture with dance and song, it's just a fantastic show! All these bands inspire me because they are shining in their own way, because they're defeating the stereotypes that are put on our people. it's even more special because they too are representing our mob in such a positive way.  
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
For The rest of 2016, I'm doing some awesome collaborations, so I can't wait for that to start happening! Another film clip! Also Finishing off the tour in NT I'm looking forward to seeing my family again. I've already started working on the the Next EP in regards to songwriting so I'm really excited to hit the studio again, it's such an intimate space.
 

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Connor Brooker
New

Artist

Connor Brooker

Indie, Pop (Connor Brooker, Pro Vita, Bugs, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

SPIKE FUCK
New

Artist

SPIKE FUCK

Pop, Punk, Rock (Punk, new wave post-punk, country, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

pool shop
New

Artist

pool shop

Indie (pool shop, poolshop, majorleagues, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

We Set Signals
New

Artist

We Set Signals

Metal, Punk, Rock (Punk, Pop-Punk, Metal, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Finley Miller
New

Artist

Finley Miller

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

Brisbane, QLD

Lakuno
New

Artist

Lakuno

Dance, Electronic (lakuno, Trap, House, ...)

Perth, WA

COPYCATT
New

Artist

COPYCATT

Electronic, Hip Hop (hip hop, Dubstep, Experimental, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Dhapanbal Yunupingu
New

Artist

Dhapanbal Yunupingu

Electronic, Rock, Roots (Yolŋu, Yolngu, indigenous, ...)

Darwin, NT

Alice Ivy

Featured Artist

2016

19

Sep

Alice Ivy

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne producer Alice Ivy is one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. She'll be taking her blissed out soul-inspired beats to the 909 stage of Listen Out in Melbourne this Saturday, September 24.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always been super into soul music. I used to play in an all girl soul band, we used to arrange old soul classics by Marvin Gaye, Etta James, and also soul stuff by artists such as Jill Scott. Playing this music is what made me obsessed with it. A few years ago I was introduced to J Dilla and The Avalanches, and I was really inspired to make music like that - beat driven sampled soul that just made you feel good.  Once I got into production at uni I realised this is what I wanted to do!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Creating music that makes people feel good and excited. I love that adrenaline rush you get when you listen to a song that you just love, I try and keep this in mind whenever I write. 
 
What can punters expect from an Alice Ivy live show?
A really sweaty good time. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Always BYO Linen' - Melinda Dine. I learnt the hard way on tour last weekend. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
The Avalanches - Because I'm Me
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Natalie Imbruglia - Shiver
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Christine Anu - My Island Home, classic Australiana banga. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last local show I went to was Alexander Bigg's single launch. It was phenomenal, if you haven't heard him you need to check this guy out. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so many bands in Melbourne who are absolutely killing it at the moment. Particularly recently at BigSound, it was so great seeing so many Melbourne bands up there showcasing! Artists that really inspire me are those who are amazing at what they do musically and who are just genuine people. I'm talking about artists such as Ainslie Wills and Alex Lahey - dead set legends. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
The rest of 2016 is looking insane, I am lucky enough to be playing some pretty amazing festivals and tours this summer! Will do some writing in between ;)

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RAAVE TAPES
New

Artist

RAAVE TAPES

Dance, Indie, Punk, Rock (Garage, Rock, dance, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Slumberhaze
New

Artist

Slumberhaze

Electronic, Indie (romance, Rhyme, Rhythm)

Sydney, NSW

Flower Drums
New

Artist

Flower Drums

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Dream-Pop, Electronica, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Bjéar
New

Artist

Bjéar

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock

Adelaide, SA

WANDERERS
New

Artist

WANDERERS

Indie, Rock

Adelaide, SA

True Vibenation
New

Artist

True Vibenation

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots (true vibenation, Horns, beats, ...)

Sydney, NSW

TH'FIKA
New

Artist

TH'FIKA

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock

Gold Coast, QLD

Save The Clock Tower
New

Artist

Save The Clock Tower

Metal

Northern Tasmania, TAS

PYNES
New

Artist

PYNES

Indie, Rock (PYNES, Indie, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Karnaboy
New

Artist

Karnaboy

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

Adelaide, SA

Peak Body
New

Artist

Peak Body

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Hobart, Post-Punk, Electronic, ...)

Hobart, TAS

JIA LIH
New

Artist

JIA LIH

Electronic, Hip Hop (Music)

Perth, WA

DREGG

Featured Artist

2018

7

Jan

DREGG

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Get to know our UNIFY comp winners, DREGG.

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


I guess we just jammed out and talked about what we wanted to create and came to a conclusion after trialling a bunch of different styles!

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


The power of creativity. Knowing every time we sit down to write, that it's possible for us to create something completely new.

What can punters expect from a DREGG live show?


Something you've never seen before. It's funny, it's serious, it's dark, it's light-hearted. It's a bit of everything. We're there to entertain mentally, musically and visually.

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


I'm a barber and when I was an apprentice at Culture Kings I was lucky enough to give the Aussie rapper 360 a haircut. I'll never forget him telling me how things didn't start happening for him until he learned to enjoy every success, whether it be small or huge.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?


'Be Like You' by Esoterik.

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


'Tiny Angel' by 360.

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


'Fire' by Ivan Ooze.

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


Invasion Fest, it was awesome! A whole bunch of homies were playing and it just had the best vibe.

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


I'd say it's the scene as a whole. I only moved to Melbourne 3 years ago and one thing I've really noticed here is how all the different music scenes get along. It's dope!

What are your plans for 2018?


Hopefully a bunch of tours! We haven't toured off our new release yet so it would be awesome to get out there and take these songs on the road. Would love to get another song or 2 out as well!

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Kat Edwards
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Kat Edwards

Indie, Pop, Rock

Hobart, TAS

Jess Locke

Featured Artist

2016

20

Jun

Jess Locke

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter Jess Locke will leave you in a reflective state with the nostalgic tones of her sunkissed music.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started playing guitar around the age of twelve and it seemed totally natural to me that if I played an instrument, I should make up songs as well. I don't think my songs were particularly good at first and I don't remember most of them. At that point, I just had this incredible urge to do it. It was cathartic and very personal. I didn't really play in bands with other people growing up so for a long time, it was just me and an acoustic guitar. I suppose that is what's at the roots of what I do. Over the years, my music has become more fleshed out and doesn't fit into the acoustic/solo person genre any more. I have always been interested in mixing genres and messing with conventions, but even just instinctively, I tend to incorporate bits of what i hear around me into what i make, whether it's folk, pop, punk or whatever. So the aesthetics of my recordings and live performances are continually changing, and I think it needs to, otherwise I would get bored. But, I almost always begin with songwriting. I think, if I have a solid base to work with then I have much more freedom in what I can do with it in terms of sounds.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Existential turmoil. Sadness. Outrage. And, also, it just feels good.
 
What can punters expect from a Jess Locke live show?
Senseless muttering, sadness, nonchalance and a bit of fatigue. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Question Everything'. I think it was my second year Philosophy lecturer. 
 
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?
There is a song by Two Steps on The Water that I don't know the name of but I've seen them play live and it kills me every time - "You put words in my mouth. I wasn't hungry". If anyone can find a recording of it, that would be great.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by The Brutal Poodles.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Olympia, at the Northcote Social Club. It was great. Olympia is very impressive and she has some angelic back up singers. Also, whoever did the lighting really nailed it.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
My ideas about making and playing music have been hugely influenced by DIY philosophy, which is essentially just the notion that you don't need fancy instruments or studios to make music and if you can't get a gig at a venue then you can put one on in your living room. There are infinite ways in which people can create and share music. The essential elements are you and your creativity. I feel really lucky to have been involved with the people at Lesstalk, Blackwire, Beat Disc and Poison City Records (just to name a few) who's primary motivation for putting on shows and releasing music is pure love and not money or ego. I couldn't do what I do without them.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I've got another album in the works which, hopefully, will be recorded by the end of the year. Other than that... a few local live shows and lots of photos of my cat.
 

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BEC SANDRIDGE
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BEC SANDRIDGE

Indie, Pop, Rock ("Girl pop")

Sydney, NSW

blyolk
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blyolk

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (blyolk, dogspeed, don wowry, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

TOMORROW RISING
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Artist

FØRD
New

Artist

FØRD

Electronic (Chillstep, chillwave, Future Bass, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Leo Rose
New

Artist

Leo Rose

Hip Hop (leo rose, rap, Hip-Hop, ...)

Mid North Coast, NSW

Major Minor
New

Artist

Major Minor

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Tropic, QLD

Mallrat

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jul

Mallrat

( )

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

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km
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km

Indie, Pop, Roots (Australian Acoustic Air)

North Queensland, QLD

Mt. Mountain
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SCK CHX
New

Artist

SCK CHX

Indie, Punk, Rock (dream punk, Indie, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Pagan

Featured Artist

2017

9

Jan

Pagan

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's Pagan approach their songs like a well-made Margarita pizza: filled with saucy riffs (tomato sauce), shredded bass (cheese), and aggressive howling (basil). They'll be opening up UNIFY for triple j Unearthed this weekend!

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

When we started writing, we didn't really know what we we're doing, other than that we wanted to make the darkest, gnarliest rock and roll songs that we possible could. We knew we wanted to try and come up with something a little bit less rigid and limiting, and a little more diverse than the punk rock bands we'd played in before this.

We quickly figured out that we liked putting these kind of pretty sounding guitar riffs (tomato sauce) over really gritty, aggressive bass stuff (buffalo mozzarella). Together it makes for this really cool, gloomy soundtrack to Nikki's roars and howls (fresh basil and olive oil). That's sort of what makes us sound like us, I think (a perfect Margherita pizza).

As intense and grim as the songs are, we also love to make music that people can dance to, instead of playing just straight headbanger stuff all the time. So we put a lot of focus on rhythms and backbeats (the light, crispy base), and just making sure the songs flow really organically, without having to overthink or force anything. Mangiare!

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

Black coffee, black magic, black metal and Black Sabbath.

What can punters expect from a Pagan show?

Pagan shows are a celebration of all things dark. Wild, sweaty, noisy rituals with a killer dance floor! Like having your 21st birthday party and the wake after a loved one's funeral at the very same time.

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

"The longer you leave your pasta sauce on the stove to simmer, the better. The longer the sauce can simmer at a low temperature, the more the flavours of each ingredient; the herbs, the chilli, the garlic, onion and tomato will come out properly. Anything less than three hours is a disgrace to yourself and to your whole family, both living and dead. Don't you dare disappoint me." - Mama.

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

Clowns - "Destroy The Evidence" or Client Liaison - "Off White Limousine"

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

Totally Unicorn - "Dream Life" or Client Liaison "World Of Our Love"

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

Alex Cameron - "She's Mine" or Client Liaison - "Wild Life"

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

I'm not sure, but the one that comes to mind is High Tension, Clowns and Grim Rhythm at The Bendigo. It was a benefit show and launch party for an amazing compilation put together by some wonderful people to raise money for the families of a couple of their close friends who were involved in a tragic accident. Pagan were honoured to have been included in such a beautiful gesture! It was a Tuesday night and I couldn't believe how packed the Bendigo! It was a beautiful, positive and emotional evening, and true testament to just how much people within the greater Melbourne alternative/music community are willing to look out for one another as friends, as family and sometimes as people we've never even met. Every band totally slayed too!

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

Our dearly beloved cult. Anyone breaking rules, smashing expectations and creating new and interesting music. Anyone working towards making sure shows are fun, inclusive and safe for absolutely everyone. People of different cultures, girls, trans, queer and non-binary folk making angry music. Client Liaison.

What are your plans for 2017?

We're aiming to complete our collection of 13 singles by the end of the year, but we'll see... In between single releases, we're hoping to play more Pagan rituals with lots of different kinds of bands and artists, do some more touring, make more videos, further our understanding of the dark arts, destroy regular cheese and antipasto platters, and drink many more spritzers. It's gonna be a hell of a year I think!

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White Blanks
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White Blanks

Punk, Rock (Atomic-Surf-Noise-Rock)

Illawarra, NSW

Fieu
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Fieu

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

Sunshine, QLD

Narly
New

Artist

Narly

Electronic, Hip Hop (#pure)

Melbourne, VIC

POP CULT

Featured Artist

2016

23

May

POP CULT

( )

Sunshine, QLD

Sunshine Coast 4-piece Pop Cult are the winners of our Big Pineapple Music Festival competition and will be taking their stomping feel-good rock'n'roll to the festival stage this Saturday, May 28.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The name hints at our influences; a bunch of classic pop writers (ELO, Fleetwood Mac, T-rex, David Byrne) in combination with great, yet under-recognised 'cult' acts (The Velvet Underground, Big Star, The West Coast Experimental Pop Art Band, Teenage Fanclub, Television) with some assorted Madchester and Britpop for good measure. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Father John Misty's various social media accounts provide unending amounts of inspiration in reminding us to develop a unique and personal voice in order to cut through the noise. He's the musical equivalent of Donald Trump - controversial, completely exaggerated and ridiculous but part of you always wonders whether it's genuine or contrived. Either way, having something to say is the point. 
 
You’re the winner of our Big Pineapple competition. What can punters at Big Pineapple expect from the Pop Cult live show?
Plentiful 'Kool-aid', sing-a-long choruses and we're working on a special cover- think 90's one hit wonders, speed-dealer sunnies and 'Karen, I love you!'. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My girlfriend once said, 'Don't give up your day job'.  
 
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?
Khe Sanh over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Paul Kelly - Before Too Long
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We're about to head out to see Client Liaison at our local - Sol Bar. We'll keep you posted on how the night unfolds, but we're big fans...
(later that night)
...This just in: choreography for days, Michael Jackson cover, who knew Tom Tilley could slap a bass?
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sunshine Coast music community that inspire you.
There are a number of super-talented emerging artists from the Sunshine Coast (Ayla, Battleships, Tempesst, Sahara Beck, Pilgrims etc.), but there are a bunch of unsung heroes (Brian, Dimmi and Alex at Sol Bar, Mark Pico, James Birrel) who've completely reinvigorated the coast into a hub for original live music, they've all given us a serious leg up. 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
We're releasing another single shortly, an EP in the next couple of months and a tour with Unearthed alumni Stonefield!

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BATTS
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BATTS

Indie, Pop (Batts, space, dream Pop)

Melbourne, VIC

NEW TALK

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jul

NEW TALK

Perth, WA

Perth quartet Rag N' Bone refer to themselves as "polished scunge" and describe their sound as "an angel meeting up with a drunken choir, vomiting diminished scales over battle drums". They really make us feel uneasy, and we love it.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Axel: Kiera, Sara and I all met at university. We shared mutual interests in distortion, decadence and despair and the idea that we needed a hunk of a Scot on the skins - Jamie popped into view. Jamming in isolation in Sara’s family home in the northern suburbs of Perth really gave us time to connect before we’d even played a show - now, hundreds later, we sound like polished scunge, an angel meeting up with a drunken choir, vomiting diminished scales over battle drums and feedback cries over wheatfields. Also, we get compared to Midnight Oil heaps.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Axel: Making any medium of art is such a curious process, so I can only answer for myself - making music is as much a part of my routine as my morning coffee. Work is work. I think that with our recent material we’ve really tried to go really within ourselves, the dark crevices and all to really create something worthwhile and meaningful. I also really strive to create a throughline from our work to other works of art - our songs wouldn’t exist without Charley Patton, Carson McCuthers, John Cassavetes or Gareth Liddiard and like my experience following this snakey trail of artistic lineage, hopefully we get people to walk down that path too.
 
What can punters expect from a RAG N’ BONE live show?
Kiera: We like our live shows to be cathartic for us as much as for our audiences so there’s usually a lot of energy, writhing around & even screams from band members. Our strength lies in the intensity we create on stage but also bringing that back to something quiet and controlled. Ultimately it’s where we feel the most connected as a group and probably the thing we love doing the most so hopefully that’s felt by the people watching!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Kiera: In the world of music making it’s easy to go through periods of self-doubt and get caught up comparing yourself to others. Whenever I feel myself leaning towards those thought patterns I always think about a particular Alan Moore quote that basically says that anything of value in our lives starts with a risk & in order to be able to make it you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. This plus the love and support from family & friends is usually enough to steer me back on course!
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kiera: Parking Lots by Ermine Coat 
Axel: Harmony by the Avalanches - after spending a whole weekend with Wildflower, I’m convinced that this track in particular is the perfect balance between bursting with joy and crumbling in melancholy: a recipe for bliss.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Kiera: Autoluminescent by Rowland S. Howard
Axel: Hollow by The Tommyhawks - they get a shoutout later but this track in particular is so warm and full of quiet spirit that it gets me everytime.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Kiera: I’m a sucker for bangers so I’d go for something like I Touch Myself by The Divinyls!
Axel: Death to the Apple Gurls by Gerling
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Kiera: It was actually last night and it was The Tommyhawks EP launch at Jack Rabbit Slim’s. We played along with them and Hyla and the room was buzzing like mad! They are such an awesome live band who work really hard. We drank bourbon and coke and I felt like I was in highschool again. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Axel: Perth is a veritable hotspot for people who inspire me, for various different reasons - Dave Parkin for being an absolute wizard with a mixing console, Luke Rinaldi for his dedication to assist and nurture (as well as a complete mastery of ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’), Shit Narnia for their complete emotional and sensory assault, Foam for being the most consistently improving band for the past five years, Childsaint for their lilting, dreamy songscapes, Pat Chow for having the best rock songs of the past recorded human history, WAM for their total love for all things music in Western Australia, so many bands, instrumentalists, bookers, punters and people that make Perth such a wonderful place to be a musician.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Kiera: We can’t reveal too much just yet but we can say that soon we will be leaving our Aussie shores to play a few shows overseas. We’ve just finished recording our debut album which we feel really proud of so you can expect to hear more music & see more videos in the lead up to its release early next year. Other than that we’ll be working on new music, going to all the amazing gigs in Perth & trying to win at quiz nights.

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PLGRMS
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PLGRMS

Electronic, Indie (Music, NEW MUSIC, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Midas.Gold

Featured Artist

2016

3

Oct

Midas.Gold

Brisbane, QLD

He's just played Listen Out in Brisbane, premiered a new clip on RAGE, and now he's our Feature Artist. It's a big week for Midas.Gold.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’ve been writing for a little while now, and I’ve listened to different genres ever since I can remember, so you could say its a culmination of everything that is me personally/musically. When I started taking music seriously, I’d be hella critical on what I was writing/recording, break it down and pin point what I needed to improve on. Hella straight forward BUT thats how I developed the bad boi.
 
You were one of the winners of our Listen Out competition and just played the festival in Brisbane. How was that experience?
It was crazy! I never imagined I'd play a festival like that - so it was a trip! I really enjoyed seeing Anderson .Paak, Travis Scott and A$AP Ferg throughout the day - but my favourite experience was just being on stage with my homies and being able to share that moment with them. That was just really special to me. Thank you so much.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I make music and pursue music as a career for different reasons but they are equally as important to me and what drives ya boi Midas !!!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I’ve been lucky enough to have had wise heads in my life so its hard to say, but what I’ve learnt most from the people I admire is how to treat people and I feel like that’s worth its weight in gold ;)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
000000 - Midas.Gold. Who the F*k Kanye West tho?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
UV boi فوق بنفسجي - If She, If He (ft. EASTGHOST) 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Rockstar - Carmouflage Ro$e
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Gill Bate$! skkkrrrrrrr!  He always holds it down super polished performer I’ve learned a lot from him! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Where to start?!?! There's too much talent here right now, (we hold the torch for hip-hop rn imo). There’s I AM D, Gill Bates, Gallu$, Carmoflauge Ro$e, Erik Sanders, Tides, LimeEyed, James Angus (Jangus), Astro Travellers and like 6-7 acts more that I can’t think of right now and they ALL inspire me to work harder. It’s kind of like that for everybody in BNE, it’s competitive fo sho but the vast majority respect each other. It’s dope that cats are on the same wave length tryna build something, that inspires me.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
I tour with Tkay Maidza in NOV!!!!! I also release my EP in OCT, a few more visuals and I’ve got a few features with some talented artists from around AUS :) maybe a couple more sneaky drops here n there ;)

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Kuren

Featured Artist

2016

30

May

Kuren

Central West, NSW

Kuren is an exciting young producer from the small town of Hillston, NSW. He's collaborated with fellow Indigenous artist Denni, NYC-based singer Ben Alessi, just announced his first national tour and is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music is definitely something that comes from the heart. And the sound is just a bunch of stuff derived from the influences I’ve had over the years. 
As I was just getting into music I listened to lots of different stuff. And I feel that has taken its toll on my sound. But I wanna make music people can party to and also chill out to.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Definitely have to be from personal experiences or some type of point I want to get across. But if ever I am lacking inspiration, I just work my way back through the roots. I put on some old music I used to listen to or make. Old school Ta-ku helps haha.
 
What can punters expect from a Kuren live show?
I love to get the place vibing. I don’t really like trap music so I'll play lots of emotional future bass and always get my own stuff in there. LOTS of unreleased music for the upcoming tour.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
‘No matter what you do, you’re always gonna have a market that is going to gravitate and love it. - Ta-ku.
There is another my mum tells me. ‘Always be humble and remember where you have come from’. I remember that everyday.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Narly - Are You Okay. Love that song. Its amazing.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I don’t wish to make people cry but it would have to be 'We Were In-Love' by Ta-ku. 
I’ve cried many times to that record.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Enschway & Luude - Timezone. Such a banger of a track! Shoutout to those homies. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Jess Kent played at Bondi Rd. Was absolutely amazing. She looked at me in the crowd and Im pretty sure it was love at first sight. She is such an incredible talent and performer.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Indigenous music community that inspire you.
100% would have to be Philly & Briggs. I would love to have the opportunity to work with Philly sometime. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm hitting the road and going on my first national tour around Australia. Hoping to drop my second EP late July and just keep working as hard as I can to do big things.

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Bugs

Featured Artist

2017

18

Dec

Bugs

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Brisbane, QLD

Get to know your Byran Bay Falls Festival Winners, BUGS. Expect nothing less than sweaty torsos, mops of hair flying around and a whole tonne of bad puns at their live show!

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

I used to record tonnes of distorted demos on my laptop and that's how the project came about. A few singles got picked up for radio play, The band got offered live shows and support slots and it all just went from there. Over the last few years since Brock and Jordan joined, our songwriting process totally evolved. After playing together for so long, our sound is just naturally super different from all the years making bedroom trash. We practice pretty regularly and naturally have honed our collective ideas for what we want our band and music to be since becoming so close. As we are great mates, we are all generally on the same page so it makes for a fun and easy creative process.

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

Music has always been a great processing mechanism for me. I’m a huge over thinker and tend to be pretty observant which is where a lot of the socially topical content for our songs comes from. Whenever I can’t understand something I have felt or experienced it helps to process that confusion by writing it out so it doesn’t just swirl around inside my head forever. Making music gives me that ability to become more self-aware by questioning thought whilst simultaneously expressing my creative, instinctive passion. I guess after all that the ultimate inspiration is the opportunity to connect with other people who might think in a similar way and understand what you are trying to say. The world can feel like a huge and lonely place, so I think it’s important to feel a sense of community in whatever capacity possible. When you connect with other people over music, it is amazing, so I guess our songs are like our own little message sent out into the airwaves trying to reach people who will understand. Hopefully, it feels like a big warm hug from a mate you haven’t seen in a while.

What can punters expect from a Bugs live show?

Jordan's sweaty torso, my mop of hair flying around, a whole tonne of bad puns and knee slides. We just really like to create a bit of a house party kind of feeling in the room we play in. It’s always important to establish the necessity for respect and a safe space in the venue we play in though. It’s a funny catch 22 and a fine line between getting wild and being an over-assertive, aggressive night ruiner. Oh, and maybe a kiss or two.

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

I think it’s the cliche of not being so hard on yourself. My mother, girlfriend and mates always try to reinforce a firm belief in myself. It’s easy to self-impose pressure when you work hard and desperately want to achieve something, but if by doing that you’re making yourself miserable it generally defeats the purpose of doing it at all. I can be a pretty intensely analytical thinker so I guess it’s important to steer that in positive directions and harness the power of it for progression, and it’s even more important to stay calm and relax when you start getting overwhelmed. I make terrible choices when I’m stressing out, so the most important piece of advice to remember for me are to chill and go with the flow. I think that goes hand in hand with a deep-rooted self-confidence, one I am yet to find.

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

Probably 'Young Drunk' by The Smiths, an infectiously cathartic anthem from my youth. Or 'Never Had So Much Fun' by Frenzal!

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

'Blood' by The Middle East gets me every damn time. It hits home super hard.

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

Either ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ by The Angels or ‘Whats My Scene’ by Hoodoo Gurus. Straight up. Pub bangers. I am such a proud bogan.

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

We played with British India a few weekends ago at The Triffid and they absolutely blew the roof off. It was surreal to stand side of the stage and watch some of our heroes belt out tunes that soundtracked my youth and teens. The guys were super nice and we knew the other support band Eliza & The Delusionals who are super cool people too. I ran some chips out on stage cause they shouted me a free burger earlier but it hadn’t come by the time they started playing.

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

Brisbane is way too great to list all the awesome people who make it such a vibrant community. The Violent Soho guys are like royalty. Artists like Good Boy and Waax are really inspiring. It has been remarkable to watch brilliant and considerate people do incredible things this year. Jeremy Neale has been an enormous influence for me personally. The amount of carefully thought out advice, compassion and time he has afforded me since starting this band has been overwhelming. Our manager Ruby and booker Dom are like family. The venue managers and booking agents around town are invaluable and it breeds this sense of welcoming and teamwork that is conducive to shared success and makes for some ripping memes by Cael (Valley Ledge). Also, not to take away from the punters and gig patrons (one of which is myself). The frequency with which you will see full rooms in multiple venues on any given night in the valley is heartwarming. People care about and feel really connected to the music community here, because the equality and serenity in lack of competition breed a really positive connected industry.

What are your plans for 2018?

Opening Falls on New Years Day is certainly the brightest beacon on the calendar, but we’re barrelling into a busy month in Jan. We have a show with our good pals The Hard Aches at Black Bear Lodge on the 19th so that should be super fun. It’s really close to selling out already and the guys are absolute legends so it will be awesome to catch up and return the favour of a couch to crash on. Then we have a single coming out just before we play Brisbane's ‘Mountain Goat Valley Crawl’ festival in early Feb. Personally, I am so dang excited to get this next tune out, we have about 6 ready to go for an EP shortly after but we’re just tying up all the loose ends to make sure the release reaches its full potential. Valley Crawl is this amazing multi-venue night that always has the punters going wild and we’re stoked to have a nice late spot at the Foundry which should get pretttttty dang juicy to say the least.

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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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Kailo
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Kailo

Electronic, Indie (Flume, Taku, Thrupence, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Bad Pony
New

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Bad Pony

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

VAUDREY
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VAUDREY

Indie, Pop (amplified cello, beats, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Hot Spoke
New

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Hot Spoke

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

Sydney, NSW

Benefits
New

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Benefits

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Steve Spacek
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Steve Spacek

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, dance, Soul, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Pageant Families
New

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Pageant Families

Metal, Punk (daughters, red light sting, Refused, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Chymes
New

Artist

Chymes

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Pop, sydney)

Central Coast, NSW

I AM D
New

Artist

I AM D

Hip Hop (@daleygrinder)

Brisbane, QLD

Port of Spain
New

Artist

Port of Spain

Pop

Sydney, NSW

cln
New

Artist

cln

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Indie, Chill)

Brisbane, QLD

Horror My Friend

Featured Artist

2013

1

Apr

Horror My Friend

Adelaide, SA

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

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

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

What’s the Horror My Friend live show like?

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

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

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

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

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

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

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

Australian music is…?

...pretty, pretty good.

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FOREST FALLS
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FOREST FALLS

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Arcade Fire, Broken Bells, Cyndi Lauper, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

SA.MAY
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SA.MAY

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (#electronic #house #dance #indie)

Sydney, NSW

OM Collective
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OM Collective

Indie (OM Collective, Acoustic, folk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Daggy Man
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Daggy Man

Indie, Rock (alternative, Acoustic, Singer/Songwriter, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Tiny Giants
New

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Tiny Giants

Rock (Etienne Mantelli, Garage, nuggets, ...)

Central Victoria, VIC

Tim Moore
New

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Tim Moore

Indie, Roots (folk, Indie Folk, Laura Marling, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Dream Fiend
New

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Dream Fiend

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (#synthwave #synthfunk #dreamwave #nu disco #80s #beachfunk)

Melbourne, VIC

colourwaves
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Artist

colourwaves

Electronic, Pop (Dream-Pop, shoegaze, Synth-pop)

Sydney, NSW

Chronolyth
New

Artist

Chronolyth

Metal (Devildriver, Lamb of God, In Flames, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Julia Jacklin

Featured Artist

2016

25

Apr

Julia Jacklin

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney-based singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin creates beautiful alt-country that makes us feel happy and depressed in the best kind of ways.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I guess my origin story is classical singing lessons from 11yrs old. Did all the musicals, came I think 4th in a singing competition singing Killing Me Softly at Penrith Panthers when I was 12. Big stuff. Then my first boyfriend introduced me to some great music like Willy Mason, Fiona Apple and Radiohead and I could see what I actually wanted to sound like. But I didn't pick up the guitar until I was about 20 when a friend wanted me to join her band. I just try and make sure it's a good song at it's core and then the sound just comes from whatever happens in the studio and whatever I'm listening to at the time probably! So really it's just been a few years of trial and error learning the instrument, writing a lot and figuring out a different way to say simple things.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Wanting to be able to write about sex like Leonard Cohen.

What can punters expect from a Julia Jacklin live show?
I think they can expect music, and swaying, occasional light head-banging, alcohol, Some loud bits, some really quiet bits, some good bits, some great bits.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I've been reaching out a bit lately for some advice on songwriting. I asked a good friend of mine Adrian Slattery from one of my favourite Melbourne bands Big Smoke, if he had any advice on how to get over some writers block. He said something along the lines of, you just need to have an undying belief that you are a good songwriter and that you have the skills to make it happen. It sounds simple but sometimes you can just get so caught up in not feeling good enough that you give up before you even begin, who has time for that?  I'm just going to start staring in the mirror and yelling, "you're a songwriter dammit!" I don't want to waste time doubting myself anymore.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Probably right now it would be 'I Wanna Be With You' by Flowertruck. The whole track makes me grin like a fool.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bring back some bedroom teenage tears with Grinspoons 'Better off Alone’.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sampa the Great - 'Dutch Spring’.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
There's a great night every Thursday at the Sly Fox in Enmore. I went there last week and saw Triceratops and The Baldwins. The quality of the bands there each week is ridiculous and it's always packed no matter who’s playing which is super nice to see in Sydney right now. The Baldwins are one of my local faves, they don't play often but when they do I'm there with a massive grin on my face, trying to maintain my cool whilst struggling to dance consistently over their time signature changes.

Tell us about the bands or people in the NSW music community that inspire you.
I'm surrounded by a great crew of people playing and hustling hard in Sydney right now. One of the great hustlers is Tom Stephens who is about to release his debut record which is going to be super ace, there's a band called NARLA which are one of the best live bands I've seen in ages. I want to be like them but I think I have to go back in time and practice a lot more. My Phantastic Ferniture band mates Ryan K Brennan and Elizabeth Hughes who are so multi talented and hardworking it makes my head spin.  A singer songwriter Ainsley Farrell who writes these great songs and has this incredible depth to her voice. I saw The Pinheads the other day and it was so bizarre but it made me want to be a bit more fearless and weird on stage. Plus a million other people.

What are your plans for 2016?
Touring the single, heading to the UK for Great Escape festival and some other things next month, and most importantly releasing my debut record around September.

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Crepes
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Crepes

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Sam Weston
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Sam Weston

Dance, Electronic (Sam, Weston, Shiraz, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Donatachi
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Donatachi

Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Ambleside
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Ambleside

Metal, Punk, Rock (AMBLESIDE, Shape Me, New Tide, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Anozira
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Anozira

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Sunshine Coast, Future Bass, maroochydore, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

GRMM
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GRMM

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

Sydney, NSW

RAD ISLAND
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RAD ISLAND

Pop, Punk, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

CONTRAST
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CONTRAST

Indie (Mercy Arms, Slowdive, The Jesus And Mary Chain, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Totally Unicorn
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Totally Unicorn

Metal, Punk (Totally Unicorn, I'll Be Fine Now)

Sydney, NSW

Ziggy Ramo

Featured Artist

2017

3

Jul

Ziggy Ramo

Sydney, NSW

We're celebrating NAIDOC week with Perth Hip-Hop artist Ziggy Ramo. Slicing deep into important topics, Ziggy Ramo has become the catalyst for change. You'll be impressed with his latest offering 'Same Script'.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Music has always been a part of my life from early on. It's deeply rooted in Indigenous culture on many levels so I have always felt a strong connection.
 
I remember being young and feeling the clapsticks pulse enter my feet and consume my body. My Dad and Mum always had music playing in the house and Dad knew his way around the guitar. His Father was an amazing piano player, so I guess music is something that has been passed through not only my family, but also my culture.
 
I fell in love in with Michael Jackson when I was really young and got pretty obsessed (still to this day in fact, haha!).
 
I have actually been sick all week and have been in bed re-watching Spike Lee's documentary's on him/old performance footage, so for me personally, I developed my sound by absorbing from those who have gone before, whether that's taking from my song lines/family/culture, or other artists and learning from that preexisting knowledge and applying it to my own experience.
 
It would be impossible for me personally to develop my sound without collaboration in all forms.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Serving the people.
 
What can punters expect from a Ziggy Ramo live show?
 
My live show is something I take so much pride in. I have the honour playing with my amazing 6-piece live band The Love who are brothers to me. So you can except 6 people having the time of their life giving you all their energy. Also, expect the crowd to be full of different amazing humans giving the energy back!
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Leave the space you occupy better than you found it" - It's been given to me by my amazing culture.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Warumpi Band - 'My Island Home'. I long for Country all the time and this always hits the spot.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Archie Roach - 'Took The Children Away'.  Have the tissues handy!
 
Also, I have to mention Leonardo's Bride, 'Even When I'm Sleeping'. This is for the romantic in me and this song was also my mums go to album when I was growing up.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Chiseko - 'Juice'. This track is produced by my amazing brother JCAL. So smooth, so very, very smooth!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
The last gig I went to was REMI x SAMPA and their The Fire Sign Tour with support from the brother's POW! Negro. It was amazing!
 
There was a pretty surreal moment at the end of the show where Remi and Sampa got myself and the vocalists, Nelson and Shannon from Pow! Negro and Koi Child up on stage. They played 'Alright' by Kendrick Lamar and we all just danced and hugged on stage. It was crazy, the whole night was a big celebration of blackness and to be up stage with the amazing humans was such a special moment for me.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
 
Pow! Negro. I talk about these boys all the time because they are family, but also because they are so crazily talented! Love them to death and I love having them on the come up with me and my band because we push each other to work harder. Those boys are dropping their debut EP, Jasmine Licorice on the 28th July so excited for that.
 
The Koi Child boys as well are super inspiring and it such a wonderful community to be a part of. Shout out to my boy Matsu, he takes the best photos in the music game. 
 
Also, Scarlet from San Cisco is like an angel walking around in all her beauty given to the world to bring fire grooves. I really look up to her and the way she carries herself after having so much success is something I aspire to. I always think it speaks volumes of someone when they treat people who can't offer them a leg up as well as they treat the people who can. Scarlett reached out to me a while ago very early on to offer her help however she could and I am forever thankful and inspired by her!
 
There are so many amazing people doing such great things in the music community within Perth, got to shout out the little brother Chiseko and Mali and also Your Girl Pho.
 
Last but not least my team, my manager, JCAL and all my band, they inspire me every day and help me bring my vision into a reality, they are my avenger squad.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
World domination.
 

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Stockley
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Stockley

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

TASH SULTANA

Featured Artist

2016

16

May

TASH SULTANA

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Tash Sultana is a talented and captivating young multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne who has already built up a passionate following from years of open mic nights, busking and home video recordings. We're stoked to be featuring her all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound and am forever developing my sound by being inspired by different aspects of my life and compiling it together with knowledge of sound and different instruments. Creating music has no limitation.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Emotion, I think that's the centre of all creation.
 
What can punters expect from a Tash Sultana live show?
A hell of a lot of energy from one tiny little person.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
To forever remain loyal to your gut instinct - my dad told me that 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Chet Faker - Terms and Conditions
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Mia Dyson- Jesse
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
So Soldier - #1 Dads
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local show I went to was a dude who busks around Melbourne called Reuben Stone. This guy can literally do and create anything all by live looping. He's a huge part of my motivation.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There's a few who I've met around over the years who've become some of my really good friends and I suppose we just push each other to work really hard and further inspire each other to be better musicians. Lyall Moloney, Reuben Stone, Josh Cashman to name a few.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Got some pretty crazy plans for the rest of the year - taking things overseas. Kind of all seems a bit surreal to be honest.

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990x
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Artist

990x

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (990x, Cloud Rap, future garage, ...)

Sydney, NSW

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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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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Genesis Owusu

Featured Artist

2017

30

Jan

Genesis Owusu

( )

Canberra, ACT

18 year old rapper Genesis Owusu embraces the weird, both in himself and in his music. You'll hear him blending jazz with hip hop in a style that he likes to call 21st Century punk-jazz.

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

I've been exposed to music since the womb; my mum leads a church choir and you could probably find any genre you're looking for if you search hard enough in my dad's CD collection. My brother was originally a guitarist so he would strictly listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and anything in that field. Music generally reflects the artist making it so I suppose that's why genre-blending is such a big aspect of my music.

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

Emotions.

You're playing Laneway in Sydney for Unearthed. What can punters expect from a Genesis Owusu live show?

Chaos, probably. Really, really entertaining and heartfelt chaos though.

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

Kanye West once told me, "You see there's leaders and there's followers, but I'd rather be a dick than a swallower."

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

If "WDUBI" by Baro doesn't dry your eyes I don't know what will.

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

My friend Charlesworth made this track called "In Need" which is so damn beautiful. King Krule vibes.

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

"Assumptions" by MANU CROOK$ absolutely SLAPS.

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

I did this really chill afternoon session on Sunday at a bar in Canberra called Akiba and it was such a pretty sight. Just people of all ages sitting around on a Sunday listening to jazz and rap, and people rapping on top of jazz; AND there was dumplings. What more could you want?

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

Narit "Noodle" Kimsat is the prince of Canberra; he's not a musician but he's the organiser of anything and everything. And if he didn't organise it, he told you about it. Even if he didn't tell you about it, he'll still be there, handing you free dumplings or something (he's the one who organised the event from the last question).

My brother, Citizen Kay, essentially got me into the music scene and is still my sole recording engineer to this day. I have to give mad love to groups like Mondecreen and Brass Knuckle Brass Band for making super wild, cross-genre music and also for incorporating saxophones into their music (the saxophone is the sexiest instrument in human history, you CANNOT argue with me about this). People like Coda Conduct, Jimmy Pike and Jedbrii are some of the most fire spitters I've ever seen or heard. I could go on forever; basically the CBR ZOO is LIVE. Also #reecegurney.

What are your plans for 2017?

To make you see my face and hear my voice a whole lot more. I'm also thinking of starting a book club so if anyone's keen hmu.

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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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Greg Chiapello
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Greg Chiapello

Pop (Singer-Songwriter)

Brisbane, QLD

Boilermakers
New

Artist

Boilermakers

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Neighbourhood Youth
New

Artist

Neighbourhood Youth

Indie, Rock (Melbourne, alternative, indie-rock)

Melbourne, VIC

MATT BLACK
New

Artist

MATT BLACK

Pop

Sydney, NSW

Kimchee
New

Artist

Kimchee

Dance, Electronic (Electronic)

Melbourne, VIC

Tanzer
New

Artist

Tanzer

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Gold Navy
New

Artist

Gold Navy

Dance, Electronic (Future, bass, Trap)

Brisbane, QLD

Frida
New

Artist

Dives
New

Artist

Dives

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (psychedelic, Electronic, Ambient, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Top Lip
New

Artist

Top Lip

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Blush Response
New

Artist

Blush Response

Indie, Rock (shoegaze, dream Pop, Adelaide, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Eat Your Heart Out

Featured Artist

2016

11

Apr

Eat Your Heart Out

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Eat Your Heart Out are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be taking their pop punk sounds to the Groovin The Moo stage in Maitland on April 23.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We started out in a country town where the only other bands were hardcore, so we had quite a heavy influence right from the start but also wanted to be melodic and poppy. We haven't ever tried to push our sound in any certain direction, it just kind of happens. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We are inspired by all the bands (especially Australian ones) that make incredible music and manage to tour the world as their full time job. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters in Maitland expect from the Eat Your Heart Out live show?
Hot riffs and hair flips. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Rock out the stage" - Mum 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Friday On My Mind by The Easybeats. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Laika by Wil Wagner. :'(
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Vitriol by Bluejuice. Banger!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Stepson and She Cries Wolf at Drone in Newcastle. Both super hardworking heavy bands that put on one hell of a tight show. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
As far as bands go, definitely Trophy Eyes! They've worked super hard and written killer songs, and it's paid off. 
And Bec Solman, the owner of Drone, one of the only all ages venues in Newcastle. Keeping the all ages scene alive! 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
We have some new material very close to being released, and after that we hope to be back out playing shows around Aus as soon as possible!

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Seavera

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

CALMLY

Featured Artist

2014

1

Dec

CALMLY

( )

Perth, WA

Perth quartet Childsaint are are all about fuzzed out guitars and layered vocals. We're all about Childsaint.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Jane and Chloë have always had a mutual understanding of writing lyrics implicitly, that's what sparked the beginnings of Childsaint. Ashlyn and Rhian enriched the whole collaborative process, it always feels so diverse and makes playing together so enjoyable. Songs are always half written 'skeletons' when they're brought to the band and we build it all together.  
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Chloe answered this with "the heart and the universe", and I read it as the heat death of the universe, so lets go with both of those things. 
 
What can punters expect from a Childsaint live show?
Fuzzed out guitars and layered vocals. Things get dreamy, sometimes a little introspective. You'll probably drink some whisky (we will too) and you might lock eyes with the cutie across the room.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Once this guy interrupted the middle of our jam to offer his advice and knowledge about music. This inspired us just to ignore the prejudice that inevitably surrounds music scenes and to keep just doing what we are doing. Thanks, guy! 
Also -  "That I must, above all thing, love myself" - Grinderman.
 
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?
The last gig we went to all together was WAMi fest! We had such a great day walking around the city surrounded by a huge range of excellent West Australian music.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
It's a tight, lovely, helpful community. We are surrounded by a lot of very talented musicians, people that are constantly creating and getting a lot of pleasure out of it. There's no greater inspiration than watching someone do what they love, and that happens at every local show we go to.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
We are supporting the wonderful Husky on the W.A. leg of their tour this month, and couple of local shows with a bunch of babes before the end of the year. Next year we're thinking of more recording, and hopefully even a little trip over to the eastern states to play some shows!
 

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Darling James
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Artist

Darling James

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

Melbourne, VIC

Why We Run
New

Artist

Why We Run

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Au Dré
New

Artist

Au Dré

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop, Roots (#boogie, #party, # Roots #soul #funky #Hip Hop #boogie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Mosé + The FMLY
New

Artist

Mosé + The FMLY

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

Melbourne, VIC

Looks Fade
New

Artist

Looks Fade

Indie, Pop (Casual Sax)

Sydney, NSW

Caravãna Sun
New

Artist

Nonsemble
New

Artist

Nonsemble

Indie, Roots (michael nyman, talk talk, Tortoise, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Rachael Thompson
New

Artist

Rachael Thompson

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

Melbourne, VIC

Castlecomer
New

Artist

Castlecomer

Indie

Sydney, NSW

Monomyth
New

Artist

Monomyth

Dance, Electronic (Vocaloids, Hatsune Miku, Soundscapes, ...)

Sydney, NSW

ABREACT

Featured Artist

2013

29

Apr

ABREACT

( )

Central Victoria, VIC

Bendigo 4-piece Abreact are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. The hardcore/metal 4-piece will be playing the triple j stage of Groovin The Moo Bendigo this Saturday May 4 at 11:40am. Raaawwwkk!

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

Our music has developed a lot over the years. We all have different tastes, but also enjoy a lot of the same bands and styles. We believe if something is good, it's good, it doesn't need to be pigeon holed into any particular scene or genre. So as our tastes have evolved over the years so has our sound. However it is the predominately heavier stuff that rubs off on us the most. Bands like Converge, Raised Fist, Will Haven and Deftones give us great inspiration.

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

We are extremely excited to be a part of the Groovin The Moo experience! The lineup is fantastic and so is the idea behind the event, servicing regional areas, something we feel very strongly about. Punters can expect a lot of energy, conviction, honesty and fun in our set. We love to play!

Who or what are you most looking forward to at the festival?

Seeing and meeting some other Unearthed bands will be great as we will all be extremely excited and understand what each other are feeling on the day! The lineup is so great but to mention a couple, The Bronx and The Amity Affliction are ones we are definitely looking forward to!

What’s it like being a metal band in Bendigo? What’s the heavy music scene like there?

I imagine it is the same as any other rural town. There is only one venue in Bendigo that has supported Heavy Music consistantly, The Newmarket Hotel. The Musicman is a good supporter too, hosting many all ages shows every now and then. It's a struggle for support as most venues will only have cover bands or indie bands/acts. However this only helps all the bands to stand together even more than usual and help each other out.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We are about to release our debut film clip for our song 'BOMBER' so that is very exciting. We have just completed the first leg of the Regional Roulette Tour with Frankenbok, King Parrot and Heaven The Axe. The response has been fantastic and we have another 5 dates to go which include Dreadnaught. Very honoured to be part of this lineup! As always we will be squeezing in as many shows as possible and we are also looking to do a tour towards the end of the year including Perth and Tasmania for the first time.

Australian music is…?

...some of the best in the world!

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Alex The Kid
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Alex The Kid

Punk, Rock (Punk, Rock, geraldton, ...)

Perth, WA

SKIES
New

Artist

SKIES

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Synth, synth pop, Electronic, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Lionizer
New

Artist

Lionizer

Indie, Pop, Punk (Indie, Pop, Punk, ...)

Perth, WA

Alex L'Estrange
New

Artist

Alex L'Estrange

Indie, Pop

Brisbane, QLD

squidgenini
New

Artist

squidgenini

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Brisbane, QLD

Split Visions
New

Artist

Split Visions

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

The Sinking Teeth
New

Artist

The Sinking Teeth

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

Melbourne, VIC

ROI
New

Artist

ROI

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

Brisbane, QLD

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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Buellers
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Buellers

Indie, Pop, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

Lovely Head
New

Artist

Lovely Head

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

Sydney, NSW

Maids

Featured Artist

2013

21

Oct

Maids

( )

Newcastle, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

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

Australian music is…?

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

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The Sleepyheads

Featured Artist

2018

1

Apr

The Sleepyheads

( )

Northern Tasmania, TAS

It's time to eat your heart out with this week's Feature Artist out of Launceston, The Sleepyheads.

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

I (Pat), released 2 solo EPs in 2015 under my own name. Then the Sleepyheads formed a year or so later. The full band has definitely influenced the sound, my solo stuff was a lot more folky. I think it's still on the internet somewhere actually!

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

Relationships always come up a lot in my writing, which is super original hey? Not just romantic relationships though, but friendships and how certain things can effect those relationships. I've always found it way easier to write about stuff that has actually happened, rather than making up stories. I'll often take something someone says and then base a whole song around that.

What can punters expect from a Sleepyheads live show?

A lot of fun. We always just aim to have a really positive energy at live shows. We also used to drink out of gumboots, we might be bringing that back again soon too.

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

"If you can believe in Santa Clause for as long as you did, you can believe in yourself for 10 minutes" ~ some random person on the internet.

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

"All Together" by Househats is definitely my go to happy song at the moment!

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

Sunk by Kat Edwards will break your heart and mend it again all in the space of 4 minutes.

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

Find me one party where "Wild Strawberries" by Pnau hasn't taken it up a notch, and I'll be very surprised.

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

The last gig I went to was when we played with the Bennies a few weeks ago. It was great. You cant have a bad time at a Bennies gig! The next day was very rough though. Very rough.

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

I've always looked up to the Luca Brasi boys. There approach to supporting the Tassie scene is really encouraging for younger bands. Other awesome friends doing great things are The Saxons, Sumner, Hurricane Youth, Kat Edwards and Squid Fishing. It's always inspiring watching your friends do amazing things.

What are your plans for 2018?

We want to tour a lot more. We haven't been to Adelaide yet so we really want to get up there, and maybe Perth as well? I reckon we'll try and write and record some new stuff too.

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Tom West
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Tom West

Indie (Soundscapes, Songwriter, Indie)

Adelaide, SA

LEØ
New

Artist

LEØ

Electronic, Indie

Brisbane, QLD

Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird
New

Artist

Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

church of christ
New

Artist

church of christ

Punk (Brisbane, Indie, Punk, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Jake Meadows
New

Artist

Jake Meadows

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

Sydney, NSW

Machine Age
New

Artist

Machine Age

Electronic, Indie, Rock (Electronic, Rock, Indie, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Edward Vanzet
New

Artist

Edward Vanzet

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

Melbourne, VIC

Aela Kae
New

Artist

Aela Kae

Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Luna May
New

Artist

Luna May

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

Melbourne, VIC

HANNAHBAND

Featured Artist

2016

14

Jun

HANNAHBAND

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney duo Hannahband create gritty, punchy, energetic punk rock. They're this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and they totally kick butt.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Two friends in a room making noise, letting off steam. We have played together in various formations and genres for many years, which has lead us to being in Hannahband.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Friends and feelings.
 
What can punters expect from a Hannahband live show?
Friendly audiences, diverse lineups, awkward banter, loud pop songs, sing a longs :)
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Marnie: When I was 18 I decided to go too art school and my dad said to me "I'm glad that your different." It was just a simple comment that he probably didn't mean much by, but it gave me the confidence that I needed to go out and make art and music which in return has made me happy.
Nathan: "book the shows you want to see" a friend of mine said this too me a while back and it really is an inspiring attitude to have.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Nathan: Mental As Anything - Live It Up. It's a cheer up Charlie pub rock classic.
Marnie: Nana V makes me smile :)
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nathan: Jess Locke - Change The Sheets. It's a sad banger, you will cry because you will realise that Jess is the best. It's also a very sad song.
Marnie: every song by Harmony.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Marnie: The Grates - Trampoline
Nathan: Bodyjar - Not The Same 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We are on tour at the moment, so the last few local gigs we have both been to have been ours. We've been lucky to play with some of our fave australian artists: Bilby, Camp Cope, Jess Locke Band, Canine, Snape, The Flying So High'os, If I Were A Boy, Nervous Habit & Amaringo.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The Sydney DIY scene is thriving thanks to people like Tom from Blackwire Records and Tara Jane from One Brick Today. Their thankless hard effort is inspiring! Tom spends 2-4 nights a week running a DIY venue out of his record store and house so that local bands like us have somewhere to play. Tara Jane promotes gender equality and queer visibility by booking consistent shows with mixed bills the encourage safe spaces for all people to enjoy music in. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
We have some really exciting shows coming up like Poison City Weekender. We are excited to play our music to different people in different places, we are going to Perth for a festival and hopefully Tasmania. We will also be working on a new album as always :-) 

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Tourist Dollars
New

Artist

Tourist Dollars

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Kurt Vile, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jarrow
New

Artist

Jarrow

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

Melbourne, VIC

Brother Colluder
New

Artist

Brother Colluder

Electronic, Indie (Massive Attack, radiohead, Ambient, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Kwasi
New

Artist

Charlie Threads
New

Artist

Charlie Threads

Hip Hop, Indie (#90'sRD, #RainyWeatherMusic, #NewWave)

Melbourne, VIC

FETES
New

Artist

FETES

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

Mid North Coast, NSW

Safe Sex

Featured Artist

2016

7

Mar

Safe Sex

( )

Perth, WA

Safe Sex are a Perth-based duo made up of vocalist Molly Biddle and producer Andrew Wright. Molly describes their sound as a combination of her "effeminate squeak" and Andrew's "bassy tones".

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound emerged as an amalgamation of myself and Andrew Wright (Forest Studios Perth). I always wished I was danq rapper and Andrew makes some incredible hip-hop and electronic stuff. So the music was sort of born of that combination between my effeminate squeak and Andrew’s bassy tones. It’s like a buttered cat, but it’s a perpetual sound that seems to work. There’s a lot going on in our tracks and think that’s sort of emerged as an addictive or obsessive quality we both possess… nothing ever feels quite finished. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
There are a lot of different sources that feed into this project- the music, the performance aspect, the film, the art. For myself, I wanted to make something that was more than it seemed at first glance - and I think I can assume that’s what we all wanted. Sexual repression and repression of identity is something that’s been an ongoing dialogue for a lot of different communities - and for myself on a personal level. I saw a problem, and I sought to apply myself to that problem in a way that might be able to reach people - via pop culture and by the rubbernecking of train wreck. I stumbled upon the best people for the job and I’m lucky to have them invest such intimate parts of themselves in the mission.
 
What can punters expect from a Safe Sex live show?
Punters can expect a live show yes! It’s a thing that’s on the cards. I hope they like DJ, VJ and live performance art because that’s what they’re going to get. It’s going to be bizarre and uncomfortable for everyone involved. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have been given is to be brave. Be brave and don’t apologise. I give that advice to myself every single day. If you’re not harming anyone and you feel passionately about something, there is no reason not to do it and no reason to apologise. I used to apologise because I felt my mere existence was somehow offensive to people. The more you apologise the more people begin seeing you as something that requires an apology. 
Also - listen to people if you are trying to affect change in underrepresented or victimized populations. We are all products of social construction and there is more to this story than you think. This advice comes from the most endearing researcher at my University. She's rad. She probably doesn't even know I exist. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
If I wanted to cheer someone up who was crying I would play them something from Gotye, probably Hearts A Mess, because maybe they’re crying because their hearts a mess and they want that validation. Everybody’s heart’s a bit of a mess. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
If I wanted to make someone break down into tears I would play them something from The Cat Empire, maybe Fishies, and then tell them it’s not their fault over and over like in Good Will Hunting. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I’m the DJ at a party and the dance floor is pumping… but it’s well past my bedtime and I want out (slight change of tactic). So I cut the music and play a little Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and start reading aloud from chapter one of ‘”And the Ass Saw the Angel.” Nick Cave is an incredible novelist, people don’t know that. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The very last local gig I went to was The Brow’s single release at AMPS in Perth. They’re friends of mine and I danced like there was a bee on me. It was great. You can always count on a great live show from those guys. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Western Australian bands that inspire us are Empire Of The Sun (Luke Steele), S.O.X., Abbe May, Sun City, Marksman Lloyd, The Love Junkies, The Siren Tower, Our Man In Berlin… we’re probably leaving a lot out… we hear a lot of great music emerging from WA.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Oh my goodness gosh. World peace. But for seriously, we have a bunch of new and bizarre tracks hibernating until we decide to release them. I guess something that stands out about us is that we’re not precious about releases or perfection - we just keep churning out material and sharing our music as soon as we can, however we can - so we can move on and keep creating. We have some obscene videos coming out too- all featuring myself and the very talented actor Nick Pages-Oliver (and some new arrivals too), executed by the ingenious Peter Cheng (Acid Flicks). We also have some symbiotic Safe Sex education tips, but I won’t spoil that…

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Clea

Featured Artist

2016

22

Feb

Clea

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea writes enchanting and intimate tracks that are sure to get under your skin.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music and writing are ramblings about my surroundings and sentiments. The sound developed primarily through listening very closely to brilliant songwriters, then finding a rhythm with the help of my guitar to support the beat and flow of my own vocals.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
Absence of distraction 
 
What can punters expect from a Clea live show? 
Plenty of bad jokes, a guitar lovingly strummed and heavily coaxed and maybe an opportunity to join me in collectively venting our hearts yearnings.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
“Don't do anything you don't wanna do" - Mum 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Ainslie Wills - Drive
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better (Can’t go past a bit of Tame) 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The Cairos final Brisbane gig ;( What a show! Complete with previous member cameo appearances and a sparkly, upbeat, sad farewell. Everyone left with glossy eyes, blinking happy tears.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you. 
Mid Ayr and Good Boy... bunch of hardworking boys producing hard-hitting, golden music. Beautiful songstresses Amela, O’Little Sister and Meredith also generate the goods. The Brisbane music community is blossoming and booming, it’s very exciting and inspiring to be amongst it all.
 
What are your plans for 2016? 
I’ll be heading overseas in a few weeks, I plan to play in a few London corners, skip in the hills of Italy and breath in some genius Björk infused Icelandic vibes. I’ll head back home via Japan in July and go straight into recording an EP. Hopefully I’ll see the year out gigging around this great southern land.

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LAZERTITS
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Artist

LAZERTITS

Punk, Rock (Punk, Rock, bratpunk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

LANKS

Featured Artist

2015

29

Jun

LANKS

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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FLUIR
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Artist

FLUIR

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Fountaineer
New

Artist

Fountaineer

Indie, Pop, Rock (Bendi-Pop)

Central Victoria, VIC

LTC

Featured Artist

2015

1

Jun

LTC

( )

Canberra, ACT

Canberra-based artist LTC (Lolesio The Courageous) is pumping out world class hip hop right now. He's turning heads with a sound that is both ambitious and refreshing.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
So I really just make what I wanna hear. I’m that guy that’s always craving new music/new sound, constantly browsing Soundcloud etc. I’m still not sure how my sound was developed though - but if it feels good, it must be, and if it’s different - it’s new.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
Lights, graphics and good vibrations.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
So I’m actually fortunate enough to work with a super creative team that have taught me a whole lot over the past 12 months. The best advice is constant from them - so yeah mad S/O’s to Rosco, Mikah, Vance and Chris! Sounds like munnnny.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Depends on who's crying. And like why are you crying for? As for song choice, I’d sing them the national anthem in my Mr. Bean voice - surely that would cheer up the crying person.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Hermitude - The Buzz. That track is next level. That album is next level. Yeah.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Thundamentals at UC. Amazing show - dudes absolutely rocked it, energy was fiyah, impossible not to bounce.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
All of them. Canberra knows what’s up. Everyone knows everyone, it’s cool. Inspiration’s in the air over here. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
To leave a mark.

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BLESSED

Featured Artist

2017

16

Oct

BLESSED

( )

Sydney, NSW

The multi-talented Sydney based artist and producer BLESSED is back! He's taking future soul to a whole new level with carefully crafted production and masterful songwriting in brand new single, 'My World'.

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

I started making music at 15 years old. I just used to steal random beats online and just do little freestyles and make cd's and give them out to my friends at school. And back then as well, I don't know if anybody remembers, but when we had Bluetooth on the phones, I remember I used to make a song and put it on my phone and Bluetooth it to my friends and people ended up Bluetoothing it to other kids and other kids and one day I was at Blacktown station and I heard somebody playing my song. That's when I knew I was going to make music from here on.

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

First time I got introduced to music was listening to Kanye West on the radio. I think that was when I was maybe 11, maybe 12. Me and my family were literally on the way home from church and I wasn't really allowed to listen to hip-hop because of the swearing and so on. So we all listened to gospel music and then one day, Kanye made this song called 'Jesus Walks' and when it came onto the radio, my parents let me listen to it. So from there on, I went on to become a big Kanye fan.

Tell us about your latest single 'My World'

'My World is about me being myself and not caring about what other people think.

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Babaganouj
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Artist

Babaganouj

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

Brisbane, QLD

Cabu
New

Artist

Cabu

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (Rnb, hiphop, bass, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Alex the Astronaut

Featured Artist

2017

20

Feb

Alex the Astronaut

Sydney, NSW

Sydney songwriter, Alex The Astronaut is on the opposite side of the world studying a Maths and Physics degree on a soccer scholarship in New York. That's not a combination of words you'll hear every day. She's an incredible story-teller who's able to weave clever lyrics into beautifully layed out songs. She's also the perfect person to talk to a generation right now.

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

I started writing when I was about 12 but I knew to be good at it I would have to really work hard. I tried to pick out what I thought was good and bad in lots of different songs and apply those things to how I wrote. They were mostly simple rules like think of something other than a cliché, don’t write cheesy love songs, get to the point and move on. I knew I liked telling stories so that’s how my songs started so I used my little rules and I stuck with that!

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

It sounds lame but people. There are so many interesting people that do great things that make me want to be better at whatever I’m doing. I think that’s why I like travelling around so I can hear all different stories because I think it makes you appreciate what you do have so much more and want to make a difference with the abilities you have.

What can punters expect from an Alex the Astronaut live show?

They can expect a science dork telling stories on stage with a guitar haha. I like being on stage, I think I’m far less awkward there than I am most other places which is strange. I try to keep everyone involved and have a bit of a chat. I explain bits of my songs that I think are important and why I wrote them. 

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

My English teacher in high school said keep it simple, say your point then get on with it. I wasn’t very good at English but it helped with writing songs and I always think about that when I try explaining something that is taking too many words.

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

Probably Courtney Barnett’s ‘Three Packs a Day’, because no one can cry to a song about 2 minute noodles.

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

Julia Jacklin’s ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’ gets me every time. I heard her play it live and I couldn’t stop listening, it’s amazing. You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping.

What Australian track do you put on next?

Alex Lahey’s ‘Let’s Go Out’ seems fitting.

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

I went to Jamie T at the Enmore and it was really cool! I hadn’t listened to much of his music and so I just stood up the front at the side by myself and watched. Everything about it was great he’s a really cool talented performer and everyone was so happy and excited to be there. Loved it.

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

I’ve met a lot of female Sydney artists recently and they are so inspirational. Jack River and Lisa Mitchell were the first two girls I met and how humble and kind and talented they are is incredible. Montaigne is super cool too she also likes soccer so we bonded over that. My managers and the music people that I work with almost make me cry from how inspiring they are. I can’t believe how lucky I am to work with all of them. They’re like family to me.

You’re currently studying a Maths and Physics degree on a soccer scholarship in New York, how has/does music play a part in those roles?

I think music keeps me curious to find out new things so with physics and maths it fits in pretty well. Whenever I’m a bit overwhelmed it’s something that cheers me up so that helps me keep level headed and studying hard. I don’t think it plays a huge role with soccer but as a team we do listen to pump up music before the games!

What are your plans for 2017?

I’m releasing my debut E.P. “To Whom It May Concern” in late March, which I’m really excited about. I’m in New York at the moment so I’m going to play a few shows here before graduating in May and then coming back home to Australia. Then it’ll be playing shows and recording and getting more music to the world!

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Beni Bjah
New

Artist

Beni Bjah

Hip Hop, Indie (#hip hop Indigenous, #Perth Hip-Hop, #Revolution, ...)

Perth, WA

LOS LEO
New

Artist

LOS LEO

Pop (Pop, Indie)

Adelaide, SA

Bayharbour
New

Artist

Bayharbour

Metal, Rock (Misery Signals, Miss May I, Confession, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Tia Gostelow
New

Artist

Tia Gostelow

Indie, Rock (Indie, folk, Rock)

Tropic, QLD

Slowly Slowly

Featured Artist

2017

9

Oct

Slowly Slowly

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Ready to hear from your new favourite band? Melbourne punk rockers, Slowly Slowly bring you hard-hitting honesty, bitter-sweet melancholia and an explosion of sound with their new single, 'Aliens'.

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

I think we were looking for some ground between big hooky songs and something that facilitated my winding lyrical content. We had songs that lived on both sides of that fence and we were finding that the ones that hit a little closer to home, even though they didn’t necessarily have choruses, seemed to be resonating on stage with us and our audience. Personally, I always find myself falling in love with the more obscure solo songs on the albums I love, so I also wanted to build a home for something that could be loud, hooky and aggressive, but also considered and fragile.

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

On our new record I have adopted some instances of speaking from someone else’s perspective, but for the most part, my writing is very autobiographical. I also really respect the opinions of the other band members a lot, so I am always striving to impress them when I bring them a new song. 

What can punters expect from a Slowly Slowly live show?

I’d like to think we encourage a good singalong. Our Melbourne home shows especially, have such a community vibe around them. Our fans are very kind natured and look after each other in the pit. We are very lucky. I’d like to think everyone feels welcome and a  part of something.

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

My Dad told me once to never try and change anybody, just to find your people. It’s been ringing in my ears ever since. I think it extends to respectfully moving on and pulling yourself towards the things that make you happy. Don’t be a victim. Anyway - sorry, too heavy?

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

'Please Don’t Ask Me To Smile' by You Am I. Tim Rogers has such a beautiful earnest poetry about him. Riddled with nostalgic weight, but also charmingly uplifting. This song will make you remember what it was like to be young and smiling.

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

'Dilettantes' by You Am I. As far as Australian songwriters go I can’t go past Timmy to cure the waterworks and also to encourage them. The language in this song ties me up. It's a stunning tune that makes me think about life and death and everything in-between.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by Paul Kelly. Comon.

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

Caught our mates Tired Lion at The Corner Hotel a couple of weeks ago. Such a lovely vibe in the room and I just love watching Ethan play drums. Such a controlled player. 

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

There are so so many. Of course we have such a loving relationship with our friends in Ceres, Foley and The Pretty Littles. We also watch our friends in Neighbourhood Youth, Press Club, Clove, Self Talk and Turn South and are always blown away. We love the droll Australiana of The Slingers, a newly formed Melbourne band I have really been getting into. Love the tension on stage when Bench Press plays. Run Rabbit Run create such beautiful uplifting musical arrangement too. There are just so many. We are such little fish in a big pond. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We are going to release a new album, tour ourselves into the ground and hopefully get around some beautiful faces all across Australia. We feel so lucky to be able to do this and have people connecting with our music. 

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Violet Swells

Featured Artist

2014

22

Dec

Violet Swells

( )

Hobart, TAS

Hobart psych-rockers Violet Swells are one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be taking the stage at Falls in Marion Bay this NYE.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound comes from hours of tinkering with delays, reverbs and distortions in my spare room. I like the Phil Spector idea of squishing together different instruments playing the same things to create new sounds. This is done really easily in the digital world, and allows for a lot of fun experimentation with melody and arrangement.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Whether it is, reading, watching, listening, or hearing, anything creative can inspire me. Just seeing someone else flex his or her muscles of ingenuity gets me in the mood to flex my own. When I was in Grade Three this amateur artist came to talk to my class. I don’t really remember the specifics of his narrative (and at this point it’s not really all that important), but I remember that everyone was secretly drawing and writing stories behind their books during the silent reading time afterwards. Even the teacher, who got wise to our ploy, brought out crayons and abolished the dreaded reading. For a brief moment in time we were all transfixed by the speakers words and driven to then create ourselves. I have marvelled at how contagious creativeness can be ever since. Its great to be inspired by something directly (writing a song about a certain book or film for instance), but sometimes the best ideas come from just having that want to create.         
 
You’re the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can punters at Falls in Marion Bay expect from the Violet Swells live show?
I have just started playing electric guitar (instead of acoustic) live, so lots of fuzz, delay, and extended noise sections. We’ve been playing pretty steadily since March, so at this point, we can belt out our current batch of songs with our eyes closed. Because of this we play around with the songs a lot, which has been a good way to keep an exciting energy for us and the audience. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I started listening to podcasts from Kevin Smith last year, who is prone to emitting pearls of wisdom every now and then. One moving antidote in particular would be the account of his Fathers death. To put it simply, he was called to the hospital late one night, as his dad had been admitted. Sadly he had passed by the time Kevin arrived. His brother went on to explain the circumstances of their father’s death stating, “Dad died screaming”. Kevin goes on to explain that this caused something of an epiphany, realising that even though his father lived a wholesome, good natured life, he still suffered a hellish agony in his last moments. Given this, it doesn’t matter how you live your life, you’re going to die (most likely in a painful manner), so you should take the chance to do what you want while you can. Dreary I know, but hearing the story straight from Kevins mouth is really quite powerful.       
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I guess it would depend on why they were crying. To Love Somebody by The Bee Gees is a blissful little pop song that always puts a smile on my face. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Err, I have never really thought about attempting that. Maybe something by Rowland S Howard. She Cried, or Shivers?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
There a song by The Black Diamonds on Youtube that remains nameless, but has a great energy. I guess you’d call it a banger.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We had our single launch at The Brisbane Hotel last night. It was great to play on a familiar stage to familiar faces after spending the last few weekends darting around the country. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Tassie music community that inspire you.
Not a band, but the people at MONA are giving us all the chance to experience some really cool stuff that we otherwise wouldn’t in Tasmania. For instance, a few weeks ago they had a free afternoon of Motown and African American Gospel. I am pretty thankful for being able to experience such a diverse range of music and art, essentially in my backyard. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
I am recording something special for a release early next year at the moment. It’s a little left field of our current sound, and is basically me experimenting with seeing how far I can exaggerate a few ideas. But after that potential disaster, we will return to the Violet Swells cannon with another EP and then album to close out the year.

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Man Made Mountain

Featured Artist

2016

21

Mar

Man Made Mountain

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Man Made Mountain are a Melbourne-based duo comprised of producer Billy Hoyle and vocalist Cazeaux O.S.L.O. They create uplifting hip hop sounds inspired by the likes of J Dilla, Remi & Sensible J, and by the the music of Brazil.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We’ve both been making music individually and in other settings for quite some time prior to collaborating as Man Made Mountain, but our tastes in music are very similar and we both share a love for the music of Brazil, which was a key in developing Billy’s sound as a producer and giving a direction to our approach to hiphop. Our sound as a duo is still developing and will continue to include live instrumentation and new influences.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Hearing other music, and wanting to contribute to that in our own way, whether the idea starts as an alternative melody or a percussive addition. Day to day occurrences influence the direction of that inspiration, but ultimately it’s other music that’s the source. 
 
What can punters expect from a Man Made Mountain live show?
Many raps, a little singing, some scratches, and eventually live horns. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Hoyle: Something Sensible J said surely. He’s so sensible. I call him Yoda. Na I can’t remember exactly but he gave me so many tips when I started making beats that they still pop into my head when I’m messing around with ideas and tinkering on the MPC today. 
 
O.S.L.O. :  My Grandpa, "Always eat well before you come."  Nuff said.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Tame Impala – Be Above It.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Hiatus Kaiyote – Building A Ladder (I'm crying just thinking about it)
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Little River Band – Reminiscing 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We saw the Average Rap Band play at Howler last week. They’re New Zealanders who are based in Melbourne now. They’re brilliant writers and they were great live.  
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There’s heaps. Remi & Sensible J inspire with the incredible music they’re creating and the places they’ve taken it so far. Hiatus Kaiyote for the same reasons. Silent Jay is making some incredible music. Melbourne’s thriving and there’s so many people creating and performing music around town all the time, so the inspiration is everywhere. DJ wise also, it’s a healthy scene. Almost all the staff at Northside Records in Fitzroy are great DJ’s and play awesome stuff you’ve never heard before. Local radio is on the strength, shout out Richie 1250, Emma Peel and anyone else dropping Les Baxter.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Releasing an EP in April, and some touring soon after that. If all goes to plan we’ll be releasing another EP later in the year and other sonic tacos for your ear.

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Isabel
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Artist

Isabel

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

Brisbane, QLD

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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Gretta Ray

Featured Artist

2016

26

Sep

Gretta Ray

Melbourne, VIC

Unearthed High champ Gretta Ray is back with 'Unwind' - a stunning new song she recorded here at triple j.

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You've just released your new single 'Unwind'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing/recording again after the success of ‘Drive'?
Writing Unwind after the success of Drive was a fascinating challenge for me as a songwriter, due to the fact that Drive was one of those songs where all the elements kind of fell into place right from the beginning of the writing process; the piece came together in a rather organic way. For me, that rarely happens when writing music, and I had to consistently remind myself of that when writing Unwind, as it did not unfold as naturally as Drive did. That being said, once I had the bones of Unwind, I became excited about how different it sounded from anything that I’d ever written before, and once I arrived in Sydney to record it, I was so pleased that I had pushed myself to have a brand new song finished in time for that particular project. Concept-wise, the lyrics of Unwind intend to portray one’s thought process when going through a break up. More specifically, the moment when one comes to understand the extent of what they have lost, when they start to feel the weight of what the relationship became. I feel as though the lyric that best conveys that is “I am sure that there is more to this than I care to admit”. Hopefully this rings true with some listeners. This is a song for those that “feel it all”.
 
You recorded it at the triple j studios in Sydney. What was that recording process like compared to how you usually lay your tracks down?
The recording process at triple J was such an incredible opportunity; I got to work with some very special musicians and am so grateful for all of their time. The main difference between recording in Sydney and how I usually record was definitely the time constraints. We completed the production for this new song in the space of a day and half, which was a huge achievement for the whole team, considering that my usual producers and I spent a good few weeks on Drive. But despite it being a speedy process, it was as equally as fun and satisfying when we completed our work.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I spend a lot of time examining the way that I and others move through the world. I am constantly observing human interactions and human behaviour on the whole, and find that most of my ideas are born when I am taking note of one’s body language or the way that they are conversing with another. For example, there is a lyric in Drive that talks about someone having the ability to make one’s “tired eyes widen and cheeks turn rouge”. I like to focus on minuscule details such as these, details that have the potential to mean so much if they are explored in depth. So overall, I would say that choosing to watch and listen to those in around me has always been what has inspired me to write.
 
What's your go-to snack when making music?
If I’m writing? Hmmm.. okay, this isn’t interesting or original at all, but vegemite toast is definitely my go to. I consume so much bread on a day to day basic, it’s out of control. When I’m recording and making music in a studio environment however, I am hungry the entire time, so props to triple j for bringing me pastries and pizza when I was working in Sydney. Saved my life. 
 
What's your vision for the ultimate Gretta Ray live show?
Oh man, I’m not sure. I sure do think about it a lot, but I am yet to put a band together, as I have always played my shows acoustically; just me and my guitar.
Although, touring as a part of Japanese Wallpaper’s band was an eye opening experience in regards to what it takes to put on a good live show. I loved watching our support act, E^ST perform each night. She radiates so much energy on stage and is jumping and dancing almost the entire time, keeping the audience in the palm of her hand. I found that incredibly inspiring, so when it came to singing lead in Japanese Wallpaper’s set, I attempted to channel a similar energy. When school ends and I can start thinking about putting together a show of my own, I’d definitely like there to be moments where I can put the guitar down and move around on stage.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
I am very lucky in the sense that I seem to have wise, supportive people around me all the time, so I am constantly being offered amazing advice. My family has always taught me to be thankful for everything that comes my way and to be considerate of others. Although that’s very broad, I would say that’s the best advice that anyone can be given.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I Love Pop Music by Ben Lee. Maybe just Ben Lee in general. Ben Lee forever.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Consolation Prize by Montaigne. I cried on the plane to that song the first time that I listened to it.
OR Stranger In My Room by Kat Edwards. Hauntingly exquisite. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Get Down by Jess Kent. Banger and a half. I will never get over how good that song is. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and into 2017?
I am going to finish High School! HOORAY! Then straight after that, I’m flying to Nashville for 2 weeks alongside my mum to hang out with my producer, meet people, eat a lot of food and start work on what I hope to be a full length record. 2017 will consist of playing shows, writing a lot of songs and hopefully travelling back to the states if I can earn the money to do so.

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Arthur Wimble

Featured Artist

2016

27

Jun

Arthur Wimble

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Delve into the flittery, electronic world of QLD producer Arthur Wimble, where modern cuts mix into retro chillwave.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound comes from a variety of influences. As I grew up I would often get really into a style of music and would jump onto my computer and do my best to come up with something in the same ballpark. For a long while I got really consumed by Chillwave. I met this guy from Scotland and we started to share stems and files and work on it together on tracks. We worked together on a few small bits and pieces but he eventually headed more toward indie-rock and I went deeper down that chillwave hole which is probably where I get some of the more distant elements of my music. That friendship was pretty formative in the growth of my sound.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
James Blake and Chrome Sparks are huge influences in what I’m doing now. I really love how extreme their productions can be. There’s probably a little bit of Jai Paul in  there too. Living quite remotely (in Bundaberg, a few hours out of Brisbane) I don’t have much exposure to a ‘scene’ so the music I make doesn’t have much external influence other than what I hear from overseas I guess.
 
What can punters expect from a Arthur Wimble live show?
I don't have any plans for live shows in the near future but I’ve been asked a few times now so I might start thinking about it in the future. I don’t have any strong skills with traditional instrumentation and I don’t want to stand there and put on a mediocre show so I’ll need to figure that out before I make any plans.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Make the most of the now.  I read it in a bathroom at Woodford Folk Festival and it’s weirdly stuck with me since.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Bluejuice - Act Yr Age
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bluejuice - Act Yr Age
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
GANGgajang - Sounds of Then (This is Australia)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I was working at Woodford Folk Festival and I saw The Cat Empire. Not the edgiest band in the world but there’s a raw sense of fun in their live show that just can’t be faked.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
I don’t really have access to much of a music community due to my location. Also, working anonymously means I don’t have much opportunity to network. I often see groups of Australian electronic musicians communicating together on twitter and working on songs together and imagine it’d be fantastic to be a part of that sort of community but I also like being a bit of an outlier.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I’m working on a bunch of new music and really want to invest some solid time into my tracks – I’m pretty impatient with my sounds and quickly grow bored of my old songs so it’d be a big step forward for me to work for longer periods on new tracks. I’d also like to start remixing some other artists and collaborate too, maybe record some guest vocals.
 

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Australia
New

Artist

Australia

Indie, Pop, Rock (#Sydney #independent #Australia)

Sydney, NSW

Animal House
New

Artist

Animal House

Indie, Rock (Garage Rock, animal house, UK, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

The Vacant Smiles
New

Artist

The Vacant Smiles

Indie, Rock (Garage, surf, psychedelic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

From Oslo
New

Artist

From Oslo

Indie, Punk, Rock (Rock, Garage, Japandroids, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Robert Muinos
New

Artist

Robert Muinos

Indie, Rock, Roots (the radio)

Melbourne, VIC

Hope Street
New

Artist

Hope Street

Indie, Punk, Rock (# australian, alternative, Indie, ...)

Perth, WA

Gunns

Featured Artist

2013

28

Oct

Gunns

( )

Perth, WA

Want a dose of summery fuzz-pop goodness? Perth 3-piece Gunns have got you sorted.

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

The Gunns sound has had a slow and steady development. The project basically began with some electronic drum samples and a fuzz pedal. I didn't know a whole lot about recording in those early stages so it's kind of been a process of trial and error trying to get the sounds from inside of my head to come out of the speakers.

What's a live Gunns show like?

Hopefully more grunge than anything. We don't use synths or samples live so the sound is way less polished. We love the idea of having a separate vision for the live stuff. We try to keep the recordings lush and dreamy and the live sound more grunge. I love the idea of playing a beautiful melody in the dirtiest way imaginable.

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

Besides the obvious inspiration from Kevin Parker, Cam Avery and the entire Pond family......Rabbit Island is probably my favourite Perth artist. We're working together on at least two tracks that will be on our debut album. She plays live shows with just a loop pedal and creates the most amazing soundscapes and then sings the most delicate melodies on top......flooded with reverb of course. We're also collaborating with Claque, a writer/producer/legend. He's an upright bass player who writes a lot of film scores and is pretty handy with a violin bow. We've been experimenting with string arrangements played on double bass. You get this weird kind of scratchy haunting sound and because there are no frets you can double track and get this cool slightly out of tune phaser effect. It's pretty unique and dramatic when you get it right.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

We are playing support at Violent Soho's Perth dates this week, Oct 31 at Mojos Freo and Nov 1 at Amplifier Perth. We are launching our Live by the Sea 7" on Nov 16 at the Norfolk Hotel. We're currently working on a split 7" with Perth bros HAMJAM which is on target for an early 2014 release. We're also chipping away at a full length album which were hoping to release by mid 2014. We've just been confirmed for a festival this summer but I'm not sure if we're allowed to say too much about that yet, so stay tuned...

Australian music is…?

…some of the best in the world! ESPECIALLY in Perth. I'm so excited to be a part of the culture over here in WA. There's a whole lotta mateship going on and it's creating some amazing bands. It's inspiration at its peak. What is better than hanging out with your buds, sipping a few frothies and recording a song on a sunny afternoon? It may just be the home recording revolution but I really feel like Australia has embraced it more than any other country. I can't speak for everyone, but I believe old mate Kevin Parker has inspired an entire country (if not the world) to forget about the technicalities and just press record and go for it.

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Gabriella Cohen

Featured Artist

2016

8

Feb

Gabriella Cohen

( )

Melbourne, VIC

If Kate Bush, US Girls and Kim Gordon were to have a boozy, late night jam sesh, the result might sound a lot like Gabriella Cohen.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have a three step program that I'm going to make available to the public once I master the third step. All in all, try to get as close as you can to nature.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
L.O.V.E

What can punters expect from a Gabriella Cohen live show?
To be entertained.  We are getting some fireworks for the album launch.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't get into the music business" - said to me at a young age by a family friend.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Shalala by Moses Gunn Collective.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Don't Disagree by The Jensens.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Friday On My Mind by The Easy Beats

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Lalic. They are a great band from Melbourne and one of my favourites. Brilliant songwriting.

You’ve recently moved from Brisbane to Melbourne. Tell us about the bands or people from the Brisbane music community that you wish you could’ve smuggled down with you in your suitcase.
Wish I could have taken The Furrs, The Family Jordan and Amela. Oh and The Jensens.

What are your plans for 2016?
Release Full Closure and No Details and another EP or 2. Play CMJ. Play Europe. Enjoy life.

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The Naysayers
New

Artist

The Naysayers

Rock (Rock, Krautrock, psychedelic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Old Sault
New

Artist

Old Sault

Indie, Pop, Rock (soft rock, gold coast)

Gold Coast, QLD

ICONOCLAST
New

Artist

ICONOCLAST

Metal (Metal)

Perth, WA

Capewolf
New

Artist

Capewolf

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

IljusWifmo
New

Artist

IljusWifmo

Dance, Electronic (Iljuswifmo)

Sydney, NSW

Ariela Jacobs
New

Artist

Ariela Jacobs

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

The Jensens
New

Artist

The Jensens

Indie (Jensens, Brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

Back Back Forward Punch
New

Artist

Back Back Forward Punch

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

Melbourne, VIC

Andrei Eremin
New

Artist

Andrei Eremin

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, Experimental, Pop)

Melbourne, VIC

Cult Shφtta
New

Artist

Cult Shφtta

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Punk

Sydney, NSW

No Body Died
New

Artist

No Body Died

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Synthwave, Sythpop, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Plum
New

Artist

Plum

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (#synth #synthpop #rock #dreampop #pop)

Sydney, NSW

Ted Danson With Wolves
New

Artist

Pan-Pacific Grand Prix
New

Artist

Pan-Pacific Grand Prix

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

The Attics
New

Artist

The Attics

Indie, Pop, Rock (Fuzzy, sugary, Glittery, ...)

Central Victoria, VIC

X ARI
New

Artist

X ARI

Electronic, Pop, Roots (trip hop)

Melbourne, VIC

Ash-Leigh
New

Artist

Good Boy

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jan

Good Boy

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie three-piece Good Boy are one of the winners of our Laneway competition. Catch them opening the 'Good Better Best' stage of Laneway in Brisbane on Saturday, February 6.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We didn’t really decide “this is going to be our sound”, we just sort of played what felt natural to us. We write what is fun to play and it stems from there. Our sound is constantly changing with each new song that we write. For example, a lot of our new songs are a bit faster and probably fits more within the “punk” genre. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Making music is just bloody fun. Nothing beats that feeling of creating and discovering a new track with ya mates. And of course sharing this music live on stage completes the experience. Also listening to what other bands are writing and getting involved with the local scene is awesome. The free beers are a big plus too. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can punters at the Laneway fest in Brisbane expect from the Good Boy live show?
How good?! We’re still trying to figure out our set list but we're definitely gonna throw in some new ones. We’ve got half an hour so we’re going to cram as much as we can into our time slot, so don’t expect too much chat to be thrown on stage. Also expect some very short shorts.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
These Guy are absolute legends and this song always gets the positivity flowing. Shout out to that incredibly catchy guitar riff.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
This track is bloody relentless. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Definitely in our top 10 songs of the year.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last show we all went to was The Good Sports at The Foundry. We’ve never seen them before and they certainly didn’t disappoint. We also loved Sydney lads Greenwave Beth who were up earlier in the night.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
We’ve always had a big list of bands that we wanted to play with and made us love the local scene. Bands like Morning Harvey, The John Steel Singers, Blank Realm, Rolls Bayce, These Guy and Tempura Nights to name a few. We could go on forever but there is so many local acts putting on great shows that more people need to know about.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
2K16 is looking like it’s going to be busy – a lot of writing, recording and playing shows. We’re also looking to release our first EP very shorty which will include some touring!

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Illyria
New

Artist

Illyria

Metal, Rock (post rock, black metal, Progressive, ...)

Perth, WA

Lonelyspeck

Featured Artist

2017

16

Jan

Lonelyspeck

( )

Adelaide, SA

Meet the Adelaide producer behind the spacious and experimental soundscapes that's turning heads all over the country. Lonelyspeck's got big love for pop music, and says it's a driving force in their songwriting.

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

I guess it's just where I've naturally ended up from having a lot of different influences and being quite intuitive and open with making music. I listen to a lot of experimental styles of music but I also love pop music and I always want to find ways to use those experimental sounds in a pop framework.

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

I think more than anything I just love sound. It affects me very deeply and feels very natural for me to express myself through it.

What can punters expect from a Lonelyspeck live show?

Probably to chill out and just have a nice emotionally vulnerable time I hope.

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

I learnt from a couple of my teachers in art school to not be afraid of making mistakes or making a mess. And I've learnt from my friends and myself that softness and vulnerability are strength.

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

Qwerty - Ano Yan

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

Hummingbird - Make A Space

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

Buoy - Clouds & Rain (Collarbones Remix)

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

Allume, Naomi Keyte and Water Bear. It was lovely! Allume and Naomi both made me almost cry, and I unfortunately missed Water Bear but I know she's great.

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

There are a lot... Allume and her other project Hummingbird (with Arthur Miles), Tracy Chen, Strict Face, Sebastian Vivian, PNK FME...

What are your plans for 2017?

I definitely want to play a couple of interstate shows in support of my EP 'Lave', which comes out on March 3. And I'm looking forward to getting straight back into writing new music because I've got a lot of ideas! I'm excited for this year and I want to make the most of everything that happens.

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EGOISM

Featured Artist

2019

19

Aug

EGOISM

( )

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, EGOISM!

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

We make dreamy emotional guitar pop. Real "headphones on the train" music i think haha. We developed it pretty gradually. We just listening to a lot of 90s shoegaze and then mixed it with a modern indie pop sound.

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

Don't need inspiration! It forces its way out of us, whether we want it or not.

What can punters expect from an EGOISM live show?

Our live shows are pretty intense. We get super into it. You should come with your best friend and just hug them the whole time.

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

From my friend Mia. "If writing cheesy pop songs makes you happy then just just do it. Who cares if it makes you uncool to sad indie boys?"

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

This is literally our brand omg. No, but we'd probs play "Sugar and Spice" by Hatchie. It's just so upbeat.

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

'Lily' by Moaning Lisa. I legit have to avoid listening to it in public.

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

Depends on the vibe but I'd say 'Figured Out' by Alta or '4ever' by The Veronicas.

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

Brightness in Surry Hills. It was incredible but it was a very quiet sit down gig and there was this very annoying couple just screaming at eachother about text messages half the time lol.

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

Ultracrush for pure songwriting genius. Shady Nasty for for total live intensity. Julia Jacklin for just incredible work ethic and always being so grounded and nice to talk to. Not just saying this, but Unearthed as a staff and an institution, there's just nothing like it in the whole world! We're very appreciative hahaha.

What are your plans for 2019?

Going to Bigsound!! And then just heaps more recording and writing and playing live and all that good stuff you know.

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The Dead Love
New

Artist

The Dead Love

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

Sydney, NSW

Ok Sure
New

Artist

Ok Sure

Electronic (whatever, Electro, dark, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Foxquel Pope
New

Artist

Foxquel Pope

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Experimental, psychedelic, dance)

Melbourne, VIC

The Brown Wunda
New

Artist

The Brown Wunda

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (#hip hop, #rap, #funk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

PLANET
New

Artist

PLANET

Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Tiber
New

Artist

Tiber

Electronic, Hip Hop (bass, hip hop, Electronic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Artsea
New

Artist

Artsea

Dance, Electronic (emotional, liquid, Drum and Bass, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Ursula
New

Artist

Ursula

Indie, Rock

Perth, WA

H. FORD ESCORT
New

Artist

H. FORD ESCORT

Indie

Newcastle, NSW

Dead Ties
New

Artist

Dead Ties

Punk, Rock (Dead Ties, Adelaide, Melodic Hardcore, ...)

Adelaide, SA

RENNAN
New

Artist

RENNAN

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Punk (Hip-Hop, rap, Chill, ...)

Sydney, NSW

S.J. Smith
New

Artist

S.J. Smith

Indie, Pop, Rock (indie rock and roll)

Melbourne, VIC

TIME PILOT
New

Artist

TIME PILOT

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock

Perth, WA

Post Dream
New

Artist

Post Dream

Indie, Pop (Ambient, alternative)

Brisbane, QLD

Herzeloyde
New

Artist

Herzeloyde

Dance, Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

WAAX

Featured Artist

2014

8

Sep

WAAX

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane rockers WAAX are one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be playing our BIGSOUND showcase at Oh Hello this Thursday September 11 alongside Eves, Milwaukee Banks, Little May and Client Liaison. Get to know these "5 ratbags from Brisbane" below...

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Two chicks; three dudes. The sound we now know to be WAAX developed out of being a show-focused band. We just wanted our shows to be exciting and intense; and that was naturally manifested in our recordings. Our songs are like a harsh aural reality-check with an unexpected nurturing side – kind of like a tough mother-figure filtered through a shitload of fuzz. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It keeps us somewhat sane. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition. What can punters at our BIGSOUND showcase expect from the WAAX live show?
Honestly, you’ll be immersed in something you wouldn’t expect of 5 ratbags from Brisbane. We’re about mood. Sometimes loud and angsty; sometimes super reflective – but there’s always passion and I can guarantee you will be more than entertained. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Patience is so important, keep going and things will be delivered to you – our buddy Tyler from Soundpound.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Vitriol' by Bluejuice. Such a fun song.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Never Tear Us Apart' by INXS. Makes me cry or feel like crying every time. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Jagwar Ma! Any track by those guys.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Went to go see Ayla at Black Bear Lodge. She had some real sweet tunes!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Queensland music community that inspire you.
We’re real inspired by bands like DZ Deathrays or Violent Soho to more local heroes Baskervillain…And of course all those crazy event-wizard people like Lachie who runs Kaleidoscope Festival or Ray who runs Psych Night and Junglelove Festival – these dudes bust their arses to give local bands a go.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
Firstly we just hope to survive BIGSOUND! It’s like music Christmas! And then after that, hopefully hop on some tour supports, finish off our EP…set the foundations for a ripper 2015.
 

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Big Bad Echo
New

Artist

Big Bad Echo

Indie, Punk, Rock (Brisbane, deerhunter, wilco, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Anatole
New

Artist

Anatole

Electronic (Electronic, beats, Instrumental)

Sydney, NSW

Savilian
New

Artist

Jesswar
New

Artist

Ziggy Alberts
New

Artist

Ziggy Alberts

Indie, Roots (surf, East, coast, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Flowe
New

Artist

Flowe

Dance, Electronic (IDM, Instrumental, hip hop, ...)

Perth, WA

Peter Joseph Head
New

Artist

Peter Joseph Head

Indie, Pop, Rock (#wordy #avant-pop)

Melbourne, VIC

Thomas Covenant
New

Artist

Thomas Covenant

Punk, Rock (Post-Punk, Pop, raw, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Stay at Home Son
New

Artist

Stay at Home Son

Electronic, Indie

Illawarra, NSW

Ewol & Espired
New

Artist

Ewol & Espired

Dance, Electronic (#Drum n Bass)

Coffs Coast, NSW

Fresh Hex
New

Artist

Fresh Hex

Electronic, Pop (fresh hex, I'm Gone, big party, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

CLEWS

Featured Artist

2018

4

Mar

CLEWS

( )

Sydney, NSW

Meet the sister-duo you just have to hear! It's this week's Feature Artist, CLEWS.

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

We had a very musical upbringing and listened to a lot of harmony-driven bands like The Beatles and Crowded House. This instilled in us a love for classic songwriting and we try to create a sound that pairs ‘90s influenced production with big melodies. 

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

Mostly it’s other people making music, and that intense thrill you get from seeing a great live band. We went to a gig at the Enmore a little while ago and Grace literally started crying because a sax solo was just so good and she couldn’t handle it. That is the feeling that makes us want to play more and write more. 

What can punters expect from a CLEWS live show?

Harmonies, matching haircuts and crunchy guitars. 

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

We actually live by a lot of great advice. Dad says, "fulfil your own promises" and Mum says "hey, what’s the worst that can happen?". Also, in regards to boyfriends becoming husbands, our Nan always said try before you buy.

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

'Cholesterol Heart (God Bless Ya)' by These New South Whales. 

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

'To Think That I Once Loved' You by The Drones.

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

'Go Bang' by PNAU. 

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

We caught our good mates Harley Mavis and H. Fanning and The Seagulls play back to back the other night, two birds with one stone if you will. It was a lovely evening and both sang with poise and grace. 

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

We wish we could play guitar like Elizabeth Fader, we saw her with her full band recently and it was so impressive that Lily’s soul left her body for a moment. We also love the live show that the boys from PLANET put on and we’re very inspired by RACKETT’S DIY ethos. 

What are your plans for 2018?

We have a really great team around us now, so this year we’ll be releasing more music and playing some cracking shows.

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LASTLINGS
New

Artist

LASTLINGS

Electronic, Indie, Pop (LASTLINGS, Dream-Pop, alternative)

Gold Coast, QLD

El Capitan
New

Artist

El Capitan

Metal, Punk (Punk-Hardcore)

Perth, WA

Samuel Dobson

Featured Artist

2016

15

Feb

Samuel Dobson

( )

Sydney, NSW

Samuel Dobson is a Sydney-based hip hop artist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who has a passion for eclectic sounds and live instrumentation. Check out his tracks on Unearthed and catch him live with with his "very impractical" 11-piece hip hop orchestra.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Music has been something I've done for most of my life. Over the years I've developed deep interests in a pretty eclectic mix. As a child I was pretty much rock and roll. By the time I hit high school I gravitated towards anything that sounded new and unfamiliar and became very interested in jazz, which I went on to study at the Sydney Conservatorium. While at Uni my interests shifted again to hip-hop and the world of experimental 'noise' music. After Uni I lived, travelled and learned music in several counties in Africa (Mali, Senegal & Ethiopia). When I returned I started regularly attending Sydney Symphony Orchestra concerts and became very interested in the world of classical music, whilst at the same time investigating more traditional jazz styles. 
 
With regards to hip-hop it's been a very slow evolution. My very long term partner in crime/producer is Peter Farrar (P Major). We did a lot of experimenting and wrote A LOT of demos together, some of which we compiled into a mix-tape 'FKVOL1'. After that I wrote a mixtape that I called 'Shazza-T' which was a series of tracks paying homage to some of my favourite rappers and at the same time further developing my own sound. It was while making this that I realised how much I enjoyed telling stories.
 
When I started writing 'Samuel' I had developed 3 live projects for presenting hip-hop; Triceratops (a psyhadelic, auto-tuned, future-soul trio) with an amazing drummer Miles Thomas and Dave Rodriguez (aka Godriguez - who's now smashing it as Sampa The Great's producer). Hi-Tops Brass Band (a New Orleans inspired March band who I rap and sing with) and my own live project (a 7 piece band I used  while I was still performing under the name Shazza-T). I realised I had such an incredible arsenal of musicians, producers and technical wizards around me and a bunch of them had expressed an interest to get involved with future projects so I held them to it!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The musicians around me who I get to work with every day! My full time job is playing music (I am a double bassist) so every time I go to work I am consistently challenged, educated and inspired by all of my peers. There are a lot of talented men and women in Sydney right now. Its fantastic to see so many of my close friends are kicking goals.
 
What can punters expect from a Samuel Dobson live show?
The current band is an 11 piece right now - string quartet, two horns, a three piece rhythm section, a singer named Kate Wadey and myself on bass and raps. Everyone's background is either in jazz, classical or rock/pop and the caliber musicianship is really exceptional. Then we all come together and play hip-hop.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
A good mate of mine and someone who I work with quite a lot is a guy called Justin Fermino. He never explicitly gave me this advice in words but I inadvertently learned this from being around him -
Apply for grants, organise your own shit and get proactive about your own career.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Blue skies and walking in the park and maybe eating ice cream.... But after dark.
Say no more
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I don't even think this song is sad. There's just a melancholy beauty to the melody. Really beautiful track.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
This one's only just come out. Gotta check this guy out if you haven't already
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
A local artist who goes by the name AKABaz launched his album Memento Mori at the Red Rattler in Marrickville. The music is very unique and quite hard to define. He has a big group with three really amazing and contrasting vocalists Brian Campeau, James Daley and Elana Stone. Really inspirational stuff to see live.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I am mostly inspired by my musical peers, friends and colleagues. Although if I had to pick just one person it would be Peter Farrar (aka Pmajor). We've worked together for about 11 years now and I can confidently say no one person has had a greater influence on my musical development - across all genres - than Pete.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I'll be releasing my debut album 'Samuel' this week and taking my 11 piece band on a mini east coast tour. Beyond that it'll be the same as every other year - music music music. Hoping to have another mixtape out this year and also get the ball rolling in the next album. Also if I can fit in some bridge tournaments too I'll be one happy guy.

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