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Clue

Hip Hop (comedy, hiphop, Seth Sentry, ...)

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Gexy

Electronic, Indie, Rock (Opiuo, The strokes, Mr Bill, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Popolice

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (popolice, Enclosures, New Estate, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Tunechip

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Wakenance
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Wakenance

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (#cello #indie #rock #pop #folk #fusion)

Melbourne, VIC

LazyboyProactive
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LazyboyProactive

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop ("Alternative "indie"electronic)

Melbourne, VIC

King IV
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King IV

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Yamate
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Yamate

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

Lady Lash
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Lady Lash

Hip Hop (Lady Lash, Aboriginal, indigenous, ...)

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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Martian
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Martian

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock (#rap #hiphop #pop #electronic summer, summer-vibes, New-Wave, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Terra Parker

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

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Mitsunami

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Electronic, dance, Trap, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (New, Australian, Independant, ...)

South Coast WA, WA

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Jeesee

Hip Hop (rap, hiphop)

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Hip Hop (bryZone_ybp, hiphop, rap, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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TL

Electronic, Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

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twelveAM

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie

Melbourne, VIC

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10YRWAR

Electronic, Hip Hop (10yrwar, pure imagination, the piano files, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Lek Fonq

Dance, Pop (jamie lidell, chromeo, Prince, ...)

Sydney, NSW

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

Melbourne, VIC

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Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Free High-Quality DL @ ghostcub.bandcamp.com, beat, Hip-Hop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Leaks

Electronic (Burial, James Blake, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Renz

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (not, Really, sure, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Kalacoma

Electronic, Rock (James Blake, Massive Attack, Portishead, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Porcelain Pill

Electronic, Indie (Postal Service, Indie, radiohead, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Electronic, Indie, Pop (#indie #pop #electronic #melodic #summer)

Melbourne, VIC

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WORNG

Dance, Electronic (Lo-NRG, hypnotica, Analogue synths, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Electronic, Rock (alternative, Ambient, Electronic)

Melbourne, VIC

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ジャンボ (Jumbo)

Electronic, Indie (Northeast Party House, Shinichi Osawa, Bag raiders, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Wabz

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (Chill, beats, soft)

Melbourne, VIC

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Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Rock, Electronica, Dub, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Electronic (Dan Deacon, Three Trapped Tigers, Ratatat)

Melbourne, VIC

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Able8

Electronic, Hip Hop (hip hop, Dubstep, FutureBeats)

Melbourne, VIC

THE COPYCUTS
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THE COPYCUTS

Electronic, Indie, Pop (The 1975, The Neighbourhood, Kings of Leon, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Bam Bam

Electronic, Hip Hop (bam bam)

Melbourne, VIC

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colourwaves

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

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GAMER
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GAMER

Electronic, Indie (horror, analogue synthesizers, Robot Bar Tenders, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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nug and rab

Dance, Electronic (House, Burial, Deftones, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

DEJA

Featured Artist

2013

27

May

DEJA

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

What’s a DEJA live show like?

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

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

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

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

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

Australian music is…?

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

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