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Jon Marsden
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Jon Marsden

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (indie, Alt-Pop, Rock, Psychedelia, neo-soul)

Brisbane, QLD

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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Yoste
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Yoste

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Ambient, Electronic, Pop)

Brisbane, QLD

Taj Ralph
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Artist

Taj Ralph

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

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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Kayex
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Kayex

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

NEIL FRANCES

Featured Artist

2017

24

Jul

NEIL FRANCES

Sydney, NSW

LA based production duo NEIL FRANCES are hooking us in right, left and centre with their upbeat tempo, slick groove and magnetic electronica.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
JF: We started collaborating about 2 years ago but there was never really a point where we both clearly defined a sound for ourselves. It's more or less the combination of the 2 different musical worlds we'd come from previously.
 
MG: Yeah, I think we just work together and the result is pure chance. But also, to be honest, Jordan is much more in control of where we've ended up sonically. He comes from an electronic production background and does most of the driving. One interesting part of our development, I think, is that we started writing this music with really no intention of performing it, ever. We had actually hoped that we could bring in some female vocalists to sing it. Turns out my voice is a bit girlish, or at least enough to fool the neighbours next door. "Who's that chick you got in there singing?".
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
JF: Our studio space. We have so much great gear and I'm always inspired in our room.
 
MG: Jordan does a righteous hand in the air, quasi-fist pump thing (tough to describe in words) when he really likes something we're laying down, and I live for that pump.
 
What can punters expect from a NEIL FRANCES live show?
 
JF: No backing tracks, everything will be 100% live!
 
MG: What is a punter?
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
JF: Tough question. I recently had a friend offer me some free advice on how to make the perfect mixed berry smoothie. The trick is to peel and freeze a banana. Thanks, Jeff!
 
MG: Yum... he's such a hedonist. Always push yourself outside of your comfort zone, because that's where you truly learn things about yourself. My dad told me that. I've followed it and perhaps, sometimes to a fault, I'll admit.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
JF: This is going to be fun for Marc who's from LA but I would say any song with a film clip by Midnight Oil. Peter Garrett's dance moves would cheer anyone up I think.
 
MG: This Peter Garrett guy is hilarious? I've seen the Youtube compilation of Peter Garrett dancing and
laughed pretty hard. But I also hesitate to say this because I know my stage moves are really goofy. Throwing stones in a glass house and all that.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
JF: Natalie Imbruglia with 'Torn'.
 
MG: Damn... I didn't realise Natalie is Australian. Same. Excellent song.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
JF: One of my best friends has a new project called Anthony Fade which I love, so I would throw on their track 'Get With You', considering the d floor is pumping.
 
MG: Light Year with 'Moderation'.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
JF: My last gig in Sydney was Tame Impala at the Enmore which was amazing as always. But more recently, it was actually a double date with Marc and our girlfriends at the Hollywood Bowl to see Phoenix, Mac Demarco, and the Lemon Twigs just the other week.
 
MG: It was a whole lot of fun. We got our bread knives confiscated at security on the way in. Would you believe it? Also, Phoenix lead singer's mic cable was supposedly about 700ft long. Unbelievable.
 
You're originally from Sydney but now based in LA, tell us about the bands or people in both those music communities that inspire you.
 
JF: I was always very inspired by the scene in Sydney but I was also lucky to have come up in that scene prior to the current laws affecting night life. In terms of LA, this is where people descend to chase their dreams so it's a melting pot of vibe and desperation. It's a surreal place because I grew up listening to A LOT of rap music so casually driving down 'Slauson Ave' is strangely nostalgic for me.
 
MG: I don't listen to much music for pleasure. When I do, I'm sorry to say, I often times won't even listen to a whole song. Maybe because I am very quickly inspired and want to write something of my own. And I'm writing all the time. But also, my day job is mixing and editing classical music. Opera, symphonies, and the like. So when I'm by myself, I don't play music. I also don't go out to many shows. I'm too burnt out on melodies. The radio doesn't work in my car. I'm a bit of a homebody dork loser. I let my friends play their music and that's pretty much the only time I hear outside music. So what my friends are listening to has a big effect upon me, albeit intermittent, because to be honest, I don't see my friends all that often either. Just Jordan a lot these days, but Jordan doesn't really show me much music, he just demands that we work on stuff.....
 
JF: Wow.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
JF: My girlfriend generally makes all my plans for me so this question is probably better directed at her but I think our main focus right now is finishing our debut album.
 
MG: Jordan's girlfriend will let us know.
 

 

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Cool Party
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Cool Party

Indie (alternative)

Perth, WA

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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Kira Puru
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Kira Puru

Pop (kira Puru, Pop, Disco, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
New

Artist

The Teskey Brothers

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

Melbourne, VIC

Client Liaison

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Client Liaison

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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L-FRESH The LION

Featured Artist

2013

11

Jun

L-FRESH The LION

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

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

Australian music is…?

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

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phon

Featured Artist

2014

25

Mar

phon

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

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AYLA
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AYLA

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

Sunshine, QLD

Retiree
New

Artist

Retiree

Dance, Electronic

Sydney, NSW

Harts
New

Artist

Harts

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

Melbourne, VIC

Eleanor Dunlop

Featured Artist

2007

26

Nov

Eleanor Dunlop

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Sydney, NSW

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

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

Describe your music

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

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

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

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

Muse and Matt Bellamy.

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

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

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

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

What have you got planned for the future?

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

Australian music is...

Largely overlooked

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Little May

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Little May

Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Artist

Featured Artist

2012

3

Dec

Battleships

( )

Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

What most excites you about playing and attending Homebake 2012?

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

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

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

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

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

Australian music is…?

...where it's at!

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The Kite String Tangle

Featured Artist

2013

9

Dec

The Kite String Tangle

( )

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

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

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

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

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

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

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

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

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

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

Australian music is…?

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

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SAFIA

Featured Artist

2013

15

Apr

SAFIA

Canberra, ACT

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

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

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

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

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

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

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

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

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

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

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

Australian music is…?

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

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Tanya Batt
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Tanya Batt

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

Melbourne, VIC

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Wolfwolf

Featured Artist

2011

26

Sep

Wolfwolf

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Mysterious Brisbane producer Wolfwolf is one of the winners of our Parklife competition and will be pumping out his synth-heavy funk jams at Parklife Brisbane this Saturday Oct 1st.

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

I always had a love for records and developed a decent collection of anything from 1960s opera to the latest Hilltop Hoods release, in that, I had collected a lot of 1980s electro funk which I always used to put on at parties to get people dancing. The music always had such a lively upbeat feel to it and after going through a breakup with a girl I started listening to it more, then making it, then releasing it! The album I released was titled "Happy Heart Breaks" as it was literally the music that made me feel happy through my heart break.

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

I am SUPER happy about being given the opportunity to play Parklife and I am really looking forward to playing infront of a larger audience and seeing how these big festivals operate behind the scenes. Also looking forward to meeting some of the well-respected artists that are performing on the same day.

What can PARKLIFE punters expect from the Wolfwolf live show?

A lot of gadgets, punchy kicks and snares, lots of synth solos, dancing, epic breakdowns and maybe a remix or two ;)

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

There is not too many people in Brisbane that make music like mine so I get inspired by the drive from local musicians to get their music heard. An artist by the name of Tigermoth really helped me get me get in the right mindstate to finish my album (even though he probably doesn't know it), Andy from the Belligerents really inspires me too.

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

I'm working on a concept synth EP with a singer at the moment that I hope to release onto Triple J Unearthed and Soundcloud later this year whilst working on my 2nd studio album which we have huge plans for. The new album should be coming out early next year. I also plan on doing a lot more interstate shows (if I can get them) and developing the live show.

Australian music is…?

......becoming a lot more diverse and accepting of different styles of music.

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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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