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Sea Legs
New

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Sea Legs

Indie, Pop, Rock (Eclectic Pop, indie rock, Indie)

Central Coast, NSW

Switchblade Suzie
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Switchblade Suzie

Indie, Rock (led zeppelin, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Evan and The Brave

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Evan and The Brave

Indie

Sydney, NSW

Rocket Queen

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Rocket Queen

Rock, Pop (Female Band, raunchy, Kiss, Black Crowes, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jakubi
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Jakubi

Hip Hop, Pop (Jamiroquai, Does it Offend You, Yeah?, N.E.R.D, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Firetree
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The Firetree

Indie, Roots (surf, folk)

North Coast, NSW

Red Beard
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Red Beard

Dance, Electronic, Rock (Phoenix, The Killers, Passion Pit, ...)

Wide Bay, QLD

Pierce Brothers
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Dear Infamous
New

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Dear Infamous

Punk, Rock

Newcastle, NSW

Tales in Space
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Tales in Space

Electronic, Indie (Gardening, Fridays, yo-yo, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Yeo

Featured Artist

2006

3

Oct

Yeo

( )

Melbourne, VIC

This guy does it all! He combines his skills as keyboardist, bass player, vocalist and drum programmer to create some joyful organic sounding pop numbers. His tracks have got catchy hooks and lyrics to make you smile.

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Describe your music.

If I were to describe what I hope my music turns out to be, I'd say pop-driven tunes that still have an interesting musical production aspect to it. Although I am a bit of a muso nerd, I've learnt some valuable lessons about songwriting, very importantly that you can easily overdo anything when it comes to creativity. These days I'm trying to write things that are catchy, easy to memorise and easy to tap your foot to.

Who’s been a big musical influence for you?

Different artists influence different songs I write, seeing as I am a bit of a genre hopper. For example, 'Backflips' I think has a lot of Ben Folds in it, while 'Two Sides' and 'Different' show my respect for Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams. In terms of personal musical development and how its been influenced, way too many artists come to mind. Everything from Jeff Buckley to Mike Patton. Lately I've been listening to a lot of drum programming people like J Dilla, ?uestlove and the Platinum Pied Pipers -hence my increase in confidence with my own programming.

How do you start writing your songs? On the computer? Guitar?

Cool riffs usually just come out on guitar or on the keyboard when I'm screwing around, so I try to record them straight away before I forget them. I program a quick drum beat, loop it and record my idea in time with it and this becomes the central 'hook'. I tweak and build on that, adding new sections as I go.

Tell us about the local music community in Brisbane.

I don't know if I'm being socially ignorant, but I think the Brisbane music community is TINY! Everyone knows everyone so its easy to network and meet people. Its very easy to help your peers and help yourself get a name out there. It feels like the degrees of separation are very few and everyone seems to also be hooked up to Myspace... which is totally killer for being a whore.

What have you got planned for the future?

I'm studying at the moment (aiming for the stable future), but for the long-term I plan to hone my songwriting and production skills to the point where it can support me financially. Who knows what will hopefully come...the path of the poor musician is a hard one to follow. As hard as winning the lottery.

Australian music is…

...not to be underestimated. We have many world class artists in our locale that are sitting there undiscovered. Get out there and check out stuff you havent heard before! Is there anything Australian's aren't good at?

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Jenny Broke the Window
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Jenny Broke the Window

Indie, Rock (Pop, Bruce Springsteen, The Maccabees, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Little Earthquake
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Little Earthquake

Electronic, Pop

Central Coast, NSW

Miss Renee Simone
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Miss Renee Simone

Roots (#soul, #jazz, #roots, ...)

North Coast, NSW

WASHINGTON

Featured Artist

2008

8

Dec

WASHINGTON

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Megan Washington is an ex-Brisbane, now Melbourne-based singer songwriter. She studied jazz, and loves Buddy Holly, Hank Williams and green tea. Washington - Megan and her 5 piece band - have also won our Melbourne Big Day Out spot!

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What can the audience expect from you at the Big Day Out ?

They can expect us to be really excited! They can also expect some snare-destroyingly loud drumming and mild cases of tourrettes from several of the band members. And excessive mention of neil young.

Tell us about the band - I believe there's some musical pedigree in there..

Washington has kidnapped members of The Cat Empire, the bamboos and Jackson Jackson to be the parts and wheels of the Washington machine. She tied them up and played Chumba Wumba to them for eight days solid until they relented and agreed to it.

Who are you looking forward to at the festival?

Neil Young. Neil Young. Did we say Neil Young? Neil Young.

What's coming up in the future?

In 2009 we're releasing our first ep and also our first album. We're also going to talk a lot about that time we saw Neil Young at BDO and how amazing it was that we saw Neil Young.

Australian music is?

Australian music is the Powerful Owl. With a fever.

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Butcher Birds

Featured Artist

2009

12

Oct

Butcher Birds

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Butcher Birds are a four piece from Brisbane full of sass, big riffs and fuzzed-out psych. Their new album 'Set My Bones' is out now!

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

We like to call it Sludge-Pop - a bit grubby and full of harmonies. I guess, as with most bands, we developed it as we learned to play and sing together. We also enjoy discovering new pedals, or different studio processes - having the time and luxury to be a little experimental like that is something that we really love. Of course, there's the mostly unconscious influence of the bands that we all enjoy contributing to our sound too - Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, The Melvins, that sort of thing.

What were you all doing before this?

We were all singers in different bands! Our new drummer, Donovan, was driving from Lismore to come and see us play- he was a bit of a fan before he joined. Was one of the scallywags causing trouble up front, as I recall.

Tell us about your live show?

Well, we have nice outfits and are extremely loud. On a good night, there's a lot of rude banter and clumsy rock moves. However, we are a group of very anxious, nervous people, so occasionally we'll just try to play without having a nervous spew or falling over. Concerned punters can fix this by buying us a round.

You’ve just released your debut LP. What happens next?

Some summer festivals would be fabulous. We'd also like to continue our great run with support slots - we've been lucky enough to play with some great bands, like Eagles of Death Metal, Black Mountain and the Drones to name a few. It's always a lot of fun meeting these people. And of course, we'd love people to hear our album - we're very proud of it.

Australian music is?

Better than everyone else's.

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The Jezabels

Featured Artist

2012

12

Mar

The Jezabels

( )

Sydney, NSW

Dramatic, energetic, uplfiting, indie rock with a commanding lead singer. We've picked them to play Field Day - a great way to start the new year!

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

Heather: Our music is an amalgamation of each of our own different musical backgrounds. We have tried so far to approach song writing in a way that allows us to have an equal input. Thus, our sound is the mixture of four peoples' musical interests - very confused!

What can the Field Day audience expect from your live show?

A strange mixture of genres. We find it hard to classify what we do, but perhaps you should expect an engrossing musical performance that will at the same time make you dance, and cry, and smile!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Field Day?

I would really like to see The Presets as I've heard their live show is consistently amazing. I personally don't know much about a lot of the bands playing so I'm looking forward to just having a wander around and discovering new music.

What’s coming up in the future?

We're playing at Peats Ridge on the 30th of December, then Field Day, some south coast shows with Bluejuice and then Playground Weekender in late February. Betwixt all of this, we have some of our own shows lined up in Sydney and the other capital cities as well.

Australian music is?

Personally, I'm from the Conservatorium and I really love classical music. Although it is true that a lot of the major works are written by European composers, there are some really amazing contemporary Australian composers and the scene here for Australian classical music is growing. I urge everybody to check it out! I don't really see Australian music as having a unified sound. You can find the best of everything if you look in the right places.

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JACKIE MARSHALL

Featured Artist

2007

2

May

JACKIE MARSHALL

( )

Brisbane, QLD

In the words of Missy Higgins: "Wow, what an intriguing, stunning voice. It feels like every note you sing falls out at random yet somehow lands in the right place. I'd love to be able to write with the same abandonment to which you float your lyrics so effortlessly over your chords. Awesome to hear someone with such an original sound going on..."

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Jackie Marshall is the winner for QLD of our Missy Higgins competition. Find out more about this competition. More »

Describe your music.

Songs, improvisation.

Describe your local music scene

Like panning for gold: loads of dirt and the occasional glimmer... Ahh but I have my favourites!

What can Queenslanders expect when you hit the stage?

Depends how much I drink. Nah, really – a hot frock, loads of dirty stories and a whole bunch of random and educational songs. Timing is everything. I laugh a lot.

Who would be on your ultimate festival bill and why?

Well... assuming I could exhume a few people... Me, Bob Dylan, The Who, Beasts Of Bourbon, Merle Haggard, Led Zeppelin, Dirty Three, The Birthday Party, Patsy Cline, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Phillip Glass in ensemble; Erik Satie, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Johnson, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Elvis, Jeff Buckley, Tim Buckley, Kev Carmody, Red Ochre Band, Warumpi Band, Tom Waits, Truckstop Honeymoon, Buddy Holly, Link Wray, Laurie Anderson, Ellen McIllwaine, Deep Purple, Kerouac et cetera, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Nina Simone, Judy Garland, Arvo Paert, Trinkets, Trilok Gurtu, Dr. John, Kill Devil Hills, The Drones, Dan Kelly, Sid Barret, Bill Hicks, Banjo Paterson, Acre and the original Re-Mains, Katalena, Etta James, Lucie Thorne, Sime Nugent, Jimmy Dowling,, Sarah Carroll, Toni Swain, Marcel Borrack, Dan Warner, Tonchi McIntosh, Bukowski, Samuel Wagan Watson, Al Gore, David Suzuki, my astrologer, and Missy Higgins of course! Why? I really don’t think I need to explain!

What was the last album you bought?

Deep Purple – Made In Japan. I missed it, I was going on a road trip.

What do you do when you’re not making and playing music?

I find other ways to get off!

What have you got planned for the future?

More albums, more touring, a couple of big sailing trips. Self-realisation and the pursuit of happiness. And some good lovin’.

JACKIE MARSHALL AT GOLD COAST ARTS CENTRE 18th May 2007

Here's a couple of pics of our QLD Missy Higgins comp winner on stage ... Ms Marshall joined onstage by pedal- steel player Leigh Ivin. Jackie Marshall onstage at the Gold Coast Arts Centre. Photos taken by Jo Bell.

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Institut Polaire

Featured Artist

2007

15

Jan

Institut Polaire

( )

Melbourne, VIC

These guys are on a roll...their track 'City Walls & Empires' recently won the WAMI Song of the Year for 2006. And we can see why....it's a swinging cheery little number with a great musical arrangement of horns and vocal harmonies.

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Institut Polaire are the WA winners of our Big Day Out competition. Find out more about this competiton and view the winners from other states. more »

What can the Big Day Out crowd expect when you hit the stage?

At least 7 very excited people who are passionate about the music they make, even if it may be fairly different from other things on offer that day.

Describe your music

Melodic, layered, and bipolar.

You recently won the 2006 WAMI Song of the Year! Was that a surprise? How did you respond to the win?

Well we were up against alot of bands we really respected and weren't sure if we were doing the sort of music which would have a broad appeal. So I guess we thought it was possible but we certainly didn't expect it. Winning has really shifted us into overdrive so far as trying to push ourselves to make the best and most interesting music we can and to get it out there for people to hear.? I'd even go as far as to say that we are far more proud of the music we've made since that song was recorded, and which will be featured on our upcoming EP and LP.

What's the best thing about being in Institut Polaire?

Having such a large palette of instruments and musicians which allows us to create some pretty unique textures and lovely large sounds.

...and the worst?

Trying to coordinate that many people for anything! Also consistently having our name spelled wrong in print which I suppose is our fault for choosing such an oddly spelt moniker.

What have you got planned for the future?

We are currently recording and will be releasing an EP in May with an LP to follow later in the year.? In a few weeks we will be heading out on our first national tour supporting Camera Obscura who are a fantastic band. It would be an understatement to say we are very excited about getting east and peddling our wares to a larger national audience.

Australian music is?

A real melting pot of people, influences and sounds drawn from around the world with that little something hanging round that tells you the music could only come to fruition in a place as unique as this.

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The Jacknives

Featured Artist

2007

8

Oct

The Jacknives

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Female fronted sleazy, swampy, swingin' rock and roll!

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The Jacknives are the winners of our WA Taste of Chaos competition. More about this competition »

What will you bring to the Taste of Chaos crowd?

Definitely diversity, as we're a pretty different kind of band.We play rock&roll and punk, but with a dash of blues and we've got a swampy element too. And ladies, we'll bring ladies-coz there's 3 of us in the band!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Taste of Chaos this year?

Rise Against are gonna be good to see.

Tell us about your local punk scene

It's great, it embraces punk music in all its different formats, its supportive, people really give new bands a chance.

What's the best thing about being in The Jacknives?

We're a big family, we have heaps of crazy fun times together and barely ever fight. We've got lots of in-jokes and we like to have a good time, on stage and off.

...and the worst?

There's always lots of obstacles that like to get in our way, but we always bulldoze them down and come out on top!

Australian music is...

unique- just how it should be!

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Ghostwood

Featured Artist

2011

17

Jan

Ghostwood

( )

Sydney, NSW

A colourful noise trip with a slowdive-esque vibe and sonically charged melodies - meet Ghostwood from Sydney.

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

I guess like a lot of bands we started playing covers of songs in high school of bands we really liked, and then eventually started coming up with our own tunes. we all got into using effects quite early on, but I think at that stage it was more just to make as much noise as possible.

You’ve already played some amazing gigs – highlights?

I think playing with The Jesus and Mary Chain was cool for us at the time. I also have really fond memories of when we toured nationally with Mercy Arms. But i would like to think that more highlights are around the corner.

How was your time spent OS?

It was really great, we all had a really fun time. East London is great, cool vibe with a lot of really nice people. We met a lot of bands there and gathered our community of friends and even a small fan base. I would like spend more time there in the future..

What’s coming up in the 2011?

We'll be touring a lot and if everything goes right we'll have a debut album out as well, not that its taken very long...

Australian music is?

rad... and I'm happy to be a part of it.

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emma louise

Featured Artist

2011

21

Mar

emma louise

( )

Far North, QLD

Emma Louise is a Brisbane-based artist with talent well beyond her 19 years. We're blown away by our first taste of her forthcoming EP.

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

I moved from Cairns at the beginning of last year to start taking my music further. Instead of jumping straight in and doing heaps of shows I found myself looking at a lot more music and seeing a lot of live bands that I never saw in Cairns and thought 'holy moly I need to develop my songwriting before I do anything'. So I just wrote a lot of songs, listened to heaps of different music and experimented with friends that were producers. I finally started recording with an old friend from Cairns, Mark Myers, and it just worked really well.

How do you feel about involving others in your creative process?

I have tried to write songs with other people but so far no luck! I am really keen to start co-writing more and get out of my stubborn solo artist ways.

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

A man called Terry Doyle taught me heaps of things. He saw me play when I was 15 and mentored me for a few years in Cairns. He told me not to compare myself to other artists because we are all different and just to be myself... also to be really nice to your sound dude because he has the power to make you sound good or really bad.

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

When I first moved to Brisbane I had a brief job in events management and was working with two other Brisbane musicians, Dan Parsons and Steve Grady. I reckon they are two of Brisbane's best songwriters. We didn't really do much work... We used to just jam all day and get paid for it! It was awesome! Although maybe not so much for our employer. I see them as two big brothers and they really helped me settle into Brisbane. I love watching them play live as a duo and both their solo shows are awesome too.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Well I release my first EP in April and I got the opening support for Boy and Bear so that's exciting! I'll be touring with them in May! :D I'm really keen to just play as many shows as possible and start to do stuff with my music.

Australian music is?

...really awesome. My biggest musical role models are Missy Higgins, Josh Pyke, Sarah Blasko and Lior. Missy Higgins really inspired me to start writing music. My dad bought me her DVD and took me to her show when she came to Cairns and that got me started on writing songs.

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Stonefield

Featured Artist

2010

25

May

Stonefield

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Stonefield are four sisters, heavily influenced by old school rock. And are one of our 2010 Unearthed high finalists!

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

We have grown up with music constantly playing in our house. Although our parents aren't musical themselves, they love music and have passed that love on to us. Listening to music is great, but we wanted to be able to play it. We began playing our instruments in late 2006 and pretty much started playing as a band straight away. We are heavily influenced by 70s rock. Love Zeppelin, Hendrix, Zappa and so much more. We seem to find playing this genre a lot of fun, covering songs and then developing our own twist to that sound and so decided that was the direction to head towards.

Tell us about your high school – where do you play/learn music?

Gisborne Secondary College is part of the Macedon Ranges. It's a really arty, musical community and a lot of support is shown to this. The whole school supports our band, helping us in any way that they can. We play at school concerts and heaps of other gigs around the area. We tend to find ourselves playing a heap of youth orientated gigs which is always awesome as we would love to inspire as many young people to pick up an instrument as we can. We play around Melbourne as well - recently played at Fed Square, St Kilda Festival, The Espy... We all learn our instruments at our next door neighbours house. He happens to be an awesome musician and teacher and has taught us so much about music. Amy is studying a music Degree and is in her final year at NMIT in Fairfield. When our school found out about Unearthed High, everyone jumped on the net and showed a great deal of support to our band.

Have you played live before – what can we expect from a live show?

We've fortunately had heaps of opportunities to play live shows. It's around the 100 mark now. We take every opportunity we can to play live. Our music probably comes across a lot more energetic and 'Rock' in our live shows. I think we seem like less of a "girl band" and more like sisters playing rock music if that makes sense! The reaction before and after a show is pretty different. So many times we've walked into a venue and been looked down at as though we're a sissy little girl band, about to play the Dixie Chicks. (No offence Dixie Chicks.) After a show we tend to get a lot of comments like "Wow, wasn't expecting that! You girls rock!" We like to get into the mood and rock out in our live performances.

What’s coming up in the future?

We are recording and releasing an EP this year, promoting it with lots of gigs. We would love to get our music out there and heard by as many people as possible. To be able to live off of our music is of course the dream.

Australian music is?

Life, passion, culture, roots. It's unbelievable the amount of good music Australia produces, and so much of it is from young people.

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Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes

Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes are a 9-piece rhythm and blues big band fronted by the commanding soul voice and ever-charismatic persona of leading lady Clairy Browne. Take a trip to motown with 'Love Letter' from their debut album 'Baby Caught The Bus'.

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

The band came together around a shared love of 50's and 60's rhythm n' blues records, gospel and a few wine soaked kitchen "jazz parties". The Rackette girls are big fans of the Ikettes and Prince's backing vocalists so there is a bit of that influence in there too. There a few writers in the band and they all bring their own thing to it which keeps it ever changing and interesting.

How would you describe your live show?

We take a lot of inspiration from those old music shows like Shin Dig and the Beat where the stage shows are very elaborate and the audience is hysterical! Our live shows are very high energy with lots of chorrie, costume, confetti and a few quiet heart break moments too.

How did the nine of you come together?

I (Clairy) approached Pete and Jules who roped in some of his housemates and the girls are all close friends so it's been a fairly natural process, no auditioning or anything like that. We played our first show at Sweet Jelly Roll to a packed room and it took off from there.

What other Australian bands would you recommend for fans of classic soul, gospel, rhythm and blues?

Saskwatch are a band to watch, they play Northern Soul but bring their own thing to it. I would also highly recommend the incredible presence and voice of Kira Puru and the Bruise and Little John who are such amazing song writers and their live show is brilliant too.

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

We have lots coming up over the next few months, a special Christmas show at Cherry Bar on Dec 22, Fall Festival on Dec 29 and 31, playing with this great Japanese funk band Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro on Jan 6 at the Corner. We are also shooting our first proper video for "Love Letter" in early jan which I'm really excited about…. It's an ambitious idea but we will give it our all and see how it comes out!

Australian music is…?

...well and truly alive! It is so exciting to see how much support there is in Australia for live music right now. I am continually amazed at how many people turn up to our gigs and support us by buying the record. I also love that you can be doing anything here… You could have a surf/metal/choir/techno band and you could find an audience here… People are so open and everybody is in to everything these days… It's not about belonging to a scene.

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Lanie Lane

Featured Artist

2010

1

Nov

Lanie Lane

( )

Sydney, NSW

Lanie sings with the elbow grease of getting the job done and the sweetness of an old time Southern Belle. Sweet and sexy, naughty and nice, sugar and spice.

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

Different styles of music have always been around. Jazz, folk and the blues were a predominant part of my growing up musically. My dad would play his twelve string guitar and sing these old songs all the time. My brother used to write cool 90's rock guitar songs, which was a nice contrast. I think even though I seem to have a particular sound, I never really concsioulsy thought about it much, then I realised i sounded like these old time records! i guess my voice has slowly developed into it's own unique thing in the last few years, which is lucky it suits the kind of music and songs that I write too. The song ''What Do I Do'' is a really swampy dirty blues with some very sexy male backing vocals running thru it which I think sit well with my voice, the percussion and double bass.

What should a punter expect at your show?

If you come to a live show, expect to sing ''What Do I Do'' with me. I tend to play solo shows at this stage mostly, so it's nice to get the audience singin a bit too.. they always give in and it sounds great. When I do play with a band, it's pretty exciting, as the musicians who come to play with me are truly incredible. You'll most definitely meet my damn fine guitar Betty if you come to a gig. She's from '57 and all the boys want her. I wrote a song about her and you'll hear that tune at a gig for sure. It's kind of a rockabilly vibe number.

Tell us more about your influences…

Definitely a lot of classic blues, jazz, and motown etc have been around since I was young. I have always been interested in modern music as well. I was always up watching music video shows early on weekend mornings and enjoyed pop music just as much as the old stuff my folks and siblings played me. I actually enjoy writing lots of styles music, not just the old sounding music. I love writing ultra modern styles too. I guess a culmination of all of these music styles keep my sound fresh.

What’s coming up in the future?

I am about to embark on my first national tour for my single ''What Do I Do''. Then next year, I want to record at least 2 EP's, to show some the different facets of my songwriting and voice. I have another project called idea idea, with my best friend MoR. It is electronic based music. We'll release an EP as well soon. Making music video's is becoming a massive passion of mine. I would make a video for each song if I could, so i'll be keeping myself busy with that, in between recording and touring both of these projects.

Australian music is?

Super diverse. but that makes sense, since this is a relatively new country with so many cultures intertwined in it. What a talented lot of musicians and songwriters we have here. We are so lucky!

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Jess Ribeiro and the Bone Collectors

Featured Artist

2008

10

Nov

Jess Ribeiro and the Bone Collectors

Darwin, NT

Jess Ribeiro and the Bone Collectors have slowly evolved out of many warm tropical nights jamming on balconies and courtyards in Darwin, NT. Equipped with a swag of songs Jessie Jane Ribeiro sings enchantingly into the night with her delicate strumming style, shepherded by the Bone Collectors Rob the Law and Damo Meoli on drums.

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Describe your music.

My music is simple .I am a singer of stories. Stories gathered from people, stories from the past, stories of the present, of battles and struggle, love, death, whatever. I tend to create a landscape which depicts a certain mood and feeling, and Rob fills in the picture with his unique musical powers and sense for details, whilst Damo brings muscle and energy to the songs through his drumming. We are, honest, sincere and revealing,yet industrious and full of strength and above all we love playing music with each other and sweating it out in the humid tropics of Darwin .

The studio or the stage - where's your comfort zone?

Our comfiest zone is on a balcony hanging out eating food at someone's house, but when it comes to performing in a studio or on a stage, we prefer the stage because it doesn't offer second chances, it's unpredictable and you have to roll with whatever is going on in that moment of time. However, our drummer likes the studio- which requires patience and concentration. There are advantages to both and we are becoming more at ease with the studio and the stage.

What's the biggest challenge facing your band at this point in time?

Currently the biggest obstacle we are facing as a band is all being in the same place at the same time, as Rob has moved down to Melbourne for a while, and Damo is considering working as a park ranger in the NT, so it's a bloody logistical nightmare, but the passion and commitment is strong enough that something will sort out!!!

Tell us one of your earliest live music memories.

One of my first live music memories was when Frenzal Rhomb came to my small home town, in Armidale, NSW. The venue was at the Cathedral hall which was a small building owned by the Catholic community. I was about 14 or 15 and somehow ended up sitting out the back with the band in their white combie van drinking orange and vodka imagining that one day I would be touring around the country for a living. I asked Jay for a cigarette- he gave me his last one, it was a peter Stuyvesant still in the packet which I kept and pressed into a photo album. I was star struck. After the show some older kids I knew where going back to the hotel Frenzal was staying at but my neighbour's dad showed up to tell me he had been sent by my mother to tell me it was time to go home. The next day it was reported that the hotel had been trashed by the band and the TV taken outside and dragged across the car park- I was so envious that my friend had been there and had a drunken rock n roll moment with Frenzal Rhomb... but at least I had Jays cigarette packet pressed into a photo album and one day it would be worth millions....

What's your sure fire cure for writer's block?

1. Catch public transport. It stinks, its cheap, it's good for dreamtime, and it's dangerous. 2. Watch and listen to others- they have good stories for you to sing about. 3. Read the words of other poets / musicians that you like. 4. Stop watching so much TV, playing video games and computer, it wrecks our imagination and we need to protect it so we can create. 5. Walk and stay in motion especially if you are prone to depression- you need to keep moving so you don't devolve and become a vegetable. 6. Lay off the dope 7. write junk everyday- and good stuff comes 8. Eat fresh Biodynamic or organic food- this food is the only food that will help you to stay a free thinker.

Does your band have a support person or mentor outside the band that you can't imagine doing without?

Megan Spencer from Darwin ABC radio has been a great support for us. She is the only radio person that we know of in Darwin who actively goes out and listens to the emerging and established live original acts around town. She is genuinely interested in assisting artists like us who would like to pursue music as a career path. I also spend a lot of meaningful time with Holty (infamous Darwin painter and old school musician) and Mr Budack (prolific hardcore German drummer/wine connoisseur) from the Darwin Cultural Centre. I always need a pen, a paper, and the next day off when I am learning from them. What kind of characteristics does a band need to have in order to break through in the Aust. Music scene? Which of these qualities do you have, and what do you think you need to work on? Image, attitude, sex appeal, and a good lawyer, are needed in order to make it in the Australian music scene... But seriously, we reckon Passion,enthusiasm,commitment, initiative, patience,comradeship and a hard exterior are some of the characteristics that are important in being successful in the Aus music scene. It's really important that a band always remember that it is about the music and not the image, so keeping the passion alive is important. Patience is needed as your music is not going to sound great overnight, most songs take time to get right and bands take time to get the dynamics right, and getting your music out there takes time too.

Tell us about the local music scene your band is part of.

We are a part of a great local music scene in Darwin; everyone is really supportive and encouraging. It's quite a down to earth music scene here and not so much about image. There is a little venue for musicians called the Happy Yess, which we are indebted to in giving us the chance to hone our act and always to an attentive crowd. There is a lot of diverse musical talent in the NT that will hopefully emerge on a national scale over the coming years.

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Kate Vigo

With a sound that effortlessly sits astride soulful, sweet and stylish all at once, you’d be forgiven for thinking Kate Vigo’s been around a while. Kate studied vocal improvisation at the V.C.A. and released her first album, ‘It Is Love’ in 2007 and Remix One in 2008.

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

I usually just write songs alone on guitar or piano, then I bring the songs to the band and we work out ideas together. Often the songs have an implied style or sound, but some are lyric-based and the sound of the song develops each time we play live.

You play as a duo, trio and an orchestra – tell us more…

I started off singing by going to a jazz jam session in Richmond. There were always different musos there and I loved the spontaneous element to it, creating music in the moment. Then I studied improvisation at the VCA and there I started to listen to a lot of classical music. I experimented with writing songs for a small orchestral ensemble, calling it the Melbourne Underground Orchestra. I love all the textures and effects that can be created with orchestral arrangements but also love making things simple and bare. Each line-up I play with often has a pretty different sound from the next. At the moment I am really liking electric rocky guitar. We are now moving into alternative and indie pop.

You mention you can draw parallels between your fashion and music degrees, please explain...

Both music and fashion are creative worlds of fantasy that are affected by the times we are living in. I loved fashion designing (it was more way out, non practical costume-like stuff really) but I was also beginning to get into music. Apart from the creative aspect there is a lot of practical application in both areas. Fashion was a lot about spending hours bent over the sewing machine or drafting table. I decided that I would prefer practicing singing, where your own body is the instrument and where I think it is important to be physically and spiritually healthy or connected.

What’s coming up in the future?

I have just come back from India, where I studied for two months in a school of traditional art forms. I studied classical carnatic singing. I had some great teachers and was sing pretty much six hours a day. I won’t be performing Indian music necessarily, but I’m sure it will influence my music or song writing in some way. I loved some of the different ragas, they each had such a unique feeling. I will be recording an album this year and am looking forward to working with some amazing producers and creative people. We have already finished one song, ‘The Way You Are’, which has set a bit of a theme for the rest of the album. When the album is released early next year we are doing a National album launch tour in venues across Australia and we also hope to play some cool Festivals over the Australian Summer.

Australian music is?

Not something that can be put into a short sentence. It is thriving. There is always new amazing groups coming out, then disappearing. Especially in Melbourne. There is so much creativity and it’s a boiling pot of cultural diversity. Most nights of the week, in Melbourne, you can go out and see live music. There are great musicians and bands with creative integrity who have their own sound. Melbourne in known for its culture, but the people who create it are still not getting enough support. The only way I can describe Australian music is to say that it is the coming together of all different cultural influences.

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Little Scout

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2008

18

Aug

Little Scout

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Brisbane, QLD

Little Scout has emerged as fresh purveyors of fine pop music with a touch of fragility. With the help of a triangle, casio beat and a tamborine, the band took to the bright lights of the stage in May 2008.

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Can you tell us how you developed your sound?

We started out really simple, with all of our songs coming from acoustic guitar to piano. The sound has expanded as we introduced more people and more of a solid rhythm section.

So Little Scout, cute name, how'd it come about?

Pat came up with it on a whim, and the words sound nice together. We like to think it reflects our sound – brave and happy, but also reflecting that feeling of being lost in the woods without a compass.

You only got together a few months ago, what were you doing before this?

We spent a lot of time singing joke songs and playing Sufjan Stevens covers in Mel's lounge room and having a career crisis upon finishing uni. We also all spent a lot of time playing the wrong instruments in other bands, usually instruments we weren't very good at that left us frazzled and confused at practice. One of our members had a brief stint as a piano accordian player, although the lack of tartan ultimately led to their downfall.

Two of you are sisters, what's that like?

Highly convenient, and generally pretty glorious. The Tickle sisters tease their band brothers a lot.

What's coming up in the future?

Hmm... lots and lots of shows, more bad dancing, and hopefully a tour very shortly. We have a million new songs racing around our heads so we would love to record another EP and tour it early 2008.

Australian music is?

Full of surprises, and freaking amazingly dynamic and fun. The amount of sweet bands there are in Australia is infinite.

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Sydonia

Featured Artist

2007

26

Mar

Sydonia

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Melbourne, VIC

Sydonia is drenched in dreamy vocals and powerful choruses complimented by huge guitars and pounding rhythm section.

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Describe your music.

I always have difficulty with this question so… It’s been said that our sound currently defies genre so best to describe it as a four piece alternative rock band laden with lush to crunching guitars, tasty bass lines with pounding drums and percussion, all complimented by dreamy melodies of an angel that morph effortlessly into monster-like gang vocal.

How did your band get together?

Technically, Sydonia stems back to 1997 via Adam and Dana playing on the Sunshine Coast (my artwork appears on the first EP, although I wasn’t in the band at the time). The Sydonia we know today came together in Melbourne on St Patrick’s Day 2003 @ The Duke of Windsor (R.I.P) Prahran. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, we flew around like a mystical beast. To this day, people point and yell “Hey! Look! It’s some kind of mystical beast. Will it eat us? Are we safe from its mystical ways? That looks like fun, can we ride on you?” We can’t say for sure…we just can’t say.

What's the best thing about being in Sydonia?

I love being able to travel through Oz with my best friends in the world…Dorothy, Tinman and the Lion. I only hope when I awake, that we’ll all have learned a valuable lesson…and with that new found wisdom, use it as collateral to take out a loan that will allow us to travel the rest of the world together.

...and the worst?

There really is nothing bad about being in Sydonia…except dealing with their reluctance to study under Madonna’s dance troupe in order to improve our choreography as we head down the inevitable boy-band path.

You're set to support Lamb of God. Excited? How are you preparing for those gigs?

We are ecstatic about playing with Lamb of God. Diamonds cannot cut our nipples, we are that excited. To have LOG’s lead-singer Randy contact us last year after buying our album from Rare Records, St Kilda was like a beam of light. When Dana received the email, it had us giggling like school girls…nothing out of the ordinary other than we put on our favourite nighties to read it. He just wanted to see us play is all so he was nice enough to put in a good word with the promoter in hope of maybe having us on the bill. The planets aligned and now we are away as their national support. We have book ended their 5 day national tour with our own Close to the Brink tour spanning 12 more dates throughout the country. As we are independent artists, we are preparing the entire tour ourselves. Sleep! Ha! Thing of the past… or the dead.

What have you got planned for the future?

In the near future, we’ll be organising an extensive East Coast Tour in the winter months. Then another National tour over the late Spring/early summer months which will hopefully stem into the festival circuit so by this time next year we can seriously consider heading overseas to release and tour.

Australian music is...

…part of you and me…the sexy part.

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The Transatlantics

Featured Artist

2008

17

Nov

The Transatlantics

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Adelaide, SA

The Transatlantics are of the most face-melt’n, back-sweat’n, hand-clappin’ and hip-droppin’ live acts around.

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

We have always had a very clear vision of what we want to achieve. Everyone in the band has always been into soul/funk music, but being from Australia I guess we originally thought that we couldn’t pull off that music authentically, without actually having lived in the 60’s! When we first heard some of the Desco (now Daptone) and Soulfire releases, we realized that creating authentic deep funk today is not only possible by kids like us, but that people are into it in a big way. Since then, we’ve set about creating the most authentic deep funk sound we can. We are still working on that sound, but we are much closer now than when we started!

Tell us about the band - and your 4 piece horn section!

Because we draw heavily on the sounds of old-school funk, it is important for us to have a similar lineup to the bands that come from that era and that really means having a minimum of 8 people. We are very lucky to have a really diverse bunch of musicians who each bring a lot to the band’s sound. We have all played together a bunch in different projects for a number of years and so we feel very comfortable playing with each other. We also reckon we’ve got one of the best singers going around. Keep your eye out for Tara Lynch.

Are you influenced by the new soul revival OS?

Absolutely! It’s great to see people buying soul/funk records again. We think an important aspect of the soul revival is the emphasis being placed back onto live performance. In a world of superstar DJ’s its easy to forget that the music they spin is mostly performed by real bands or based on samples of the same. The deep funk and soul revival overseas and in Australia has gone a long way to bringing back super-heavy raw performance of dance music. Let’s face it - bands (particularly of the 8 piece variety) are a shitload more fun than one dude with a laptop and some decks.

What's coming up in the future?

Our debut full length album is due for release early in the new-year and we will be hitting the road in February to promote it. We are already looking at going to Memphis to record our next album in late 2009, so stay tuned!

Australian music is?

In the unique position of being able to observe what’s happening in the US and in Europe and to draw on both equally to create individual music with an Aussie touch. That, and Shannon Noll.

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Dustin Tebbutt

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2013

15

Jul

Dustin Tebbutt

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New England, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt has crafted some beautiful rolling guitar pop with sublime harmonies and golden tinges of melancholy.

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

Over time, more and more factors are contributing to the development of my sound. A lot of direct and indirect musical influences, contemporary folk music, film scores, living in Scandinavia and the winter in the north... also my relationship with the studio environment. For this project particularly, I spent a lot of time in my home studio, just exploring and really working on creating a layered sonic landscape. It’s those small organic nuances that you stumble across over time that have really defined the sound of this project for me.

You wrote and produced a lot of your music in Sweden. What did you find most inspiring over there?

The thing that impacted me the most about living in Sweden was the physical environment. All of it.. It’s so different from everything we have here in Australia. The dramatic seasonal shifts, the colours and textures in the trees, the light... is softer or something. The winter, it’s so extreme, and because of that it’s so beautiful. It’s a hard thing to describe, but I found it really inspiring to be immersed in those places.

What other artists/musicians do you draw inspiration from?

I haven’t been listening to much music lately, but I do have some staples that I keep going back to: Laura Veirs, Max Richter, Great Lake Swimmers, Feist, Elbow, Tucker Martine. I try to be a bit selective too when in writing/production mode. I find it can be good to limit what I listen to, just to put some boundaries in place.

You’re preparing to play shows. What’s your vision for the live show like?

I just did the first gig on Sunday evening actually! I’ve been really focusing on bringing the important sonic elements from the recordings to the stage, but still keeping a sense of play and freedom in there. It’s a fine line, but these days there’s some great technology out there to work with! At this stage, it’s just a solo show, and I’ll be building it up as I go along.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

The rest of the year is shaping up nicely. The next single is not too far off, I’ll be putting a fair bit of work into the live set and am now just in the process of booking some shows. I’ll have the next couple of video clips to produce, and then back to writing the next lot of songs!

Australian music is…?

…Evolving. I think now is a really interesting time for us. The internet has given Australians access to culture on a global scale, but often we’re positioned more as observers than major players. Because of this, it seems like there is some really interesting and unique music being created in Australia at the moment, and it has the ability to connect on an international level. I feel like we’re no longer culturally isolated from some other key regions of the world, and that’s reflected in the music we’re currently producing... It’s pretty exciting!

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Tigertown

Featured Artist

2012

5

Nov

Tigertown

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Sydney, NSW

Sydney six-piece Tigertown are one of the winners of our Harvest Festival competition. They'll be opening Harvest Sydney with their blissful alternative pop on Saturday November 17 at Parramatta Park.

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

When Charlie and I (Chris Collins) met we were both in our own bands and both felt a bit restless. We started writing and recording songs in my bedroom. It was also the first time either of us had really co-written anything so the sound definitely started then. Since the first EP, we have had all our brothers and sisters playing with us so the sound has grown from bedroom songs to more of a band sound now.

You’re one of the winners of our HARVEST competition. What can Harvest punters in Sydney expect from the Tigertown live show on Saturday 17th November?

We've just finished two pretty big tours so we feel pretty well oiled. We're playing all of our new EP and a bunch if new tunes as well. We like visuals so we're working out what we can bring from our music videos.

What most excites you about playing and attending Harvest 2012?

We're really excited to see Sigur Ros play. I think there'll be a lot of learning that day. Keen to see how all the big guys do it. Also really excited to play on a festival stage.

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

Make sure your belt matches your shoes. My Grandpa.

What’s coming up for you in the last bit of 2012 and looking into 2013?

We have a new EP worth of songs ready to go so we are going to be getting into that for the rest of the year. Plus a couple of festivals and then hopefully a new EP to show everyone in the new year.

Australian music is…?

...taking back its radio waves!

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The Little Stevies

Featured Artist

2006

28

Aug

The Little Stevies

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Melbourne, VIC

There’s nothing small about The Little Stevies! Arming themselves with a catchy pop-folk sound they are big on talent and are building a reputation for some great live performances.

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Describe your music.

A breath of fresh nonsense.

Who's been a big musical influence for you? What inspires you?

Our parents, they're all musicians and totally inspirational and supportive. We're won over by any band that puts on a captivating live show!

Tell us about the local music community you are part of.

We're not really sure we've got room here to do the Melbourne music scene justice! We play with a huge bunch of Melbourne artist who all have very different styles, all we've got in common is friendship, a love of music and the venue. We play a lot down on the Vicco surf coast, too. There's a very vibrant roots scene there and some great festivals - we have a lot of fun.

What's the best thing about being in The Little Stevies?

It's great to be able to get up on stage, act like dags and have people come back for more. We've toured through some amazing places that we'd never have seen if it weren't for the band. But the best bit of all is just getting together with your best friends and creating something that people enjoy.

...and the worst?

The middle seat of the tour van. We call it the bum numb-er!

What's your dream gig? Where would you perform and who's in the audience?

It would have to be a warm summer evening, close to the beach, an open air venue but no mozzies, and lotsa good vibes floating about. We're supporting a super-group, comprised of members of TCE, You Am I, The Waifs, and Split Enz, as well as James Taylor, Ben Harper, Pauls Kelly and Simon, Elvis Costello and of course, Papa Stevie, the original Wonder, and they're all playing Beatles covers. Robin nails the bass run in 'Dear Daniel'. Tim Rogers is hanging around watching our set and he's diggin' it. There's a never-ending rider, we get to hang around and watch the main show from backstage, and get invited to the after-party. Woot!!

What have you got planned for the future?

We're launching our EP (The Little Stevies - Grow Up) which will be followed by a tour round Oz over the summer months- hopefully we'll make it over to the West Coast this time too!

Australian music is?

Capable of anything - taking over the world!!

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The Fabergettes

Featured Artist

2012

23

Jan

The Fabergettes

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Sydney, NSW

The gals (and guy) of Sydney 4-piece THE FABERGETTES are bringing you a hip shakin' good time with their 60’s inspired garage-pop.

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

We sound like Phil Spector taking Gidget to the drive in to watch “Barbarella”. In the past year we've graduated from playing Beatles, Breeders and Shangri-Las covers in the garage, to playing original songs live and loud in front of actual real people, in actual real venues.

How would you describe your live show?

All aboard the good ship Fabergette for a hip shakin' head bobbin' fun time. From the milky ways of outta space to the sandy shores of Hawaii, we take you on an intergalactic journey with complementary Piña Coladas.

How did the four of you come together?

After a big night, I awoke the next day and had vague recollections of starting a girl band with pals Cipi and Bec. We started jamming in our living room to the beat of a Casio keyboard, until our mate Marty offered to play drums for us. He is still resistant to the idea of a wig and a dress, but we're working on him.

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

Richard Cuthbert, Atom Bombs, Little Lovers, Kyu, Richard In Your Mind, Flatwound, The Dreamboats, Maples, The Knits, Thee False Swami’s and Benedict Hoarder are all kinds of amazing.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We're throwing a massive party to launch our debut EP @ Sydney's GoodGod Small Club this March. After that we are going to keep writing, gigging and making new friends along the way!

Australian music is…?

...on your mind right now.

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MEG MAC

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2013

11

Nov

MEG MAC

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer Meg Mac is one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne this NYE. She has a huge voice, huge tracks and a huge future ahead of her.

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

I have been singing for a long time and like most people, I learned to sing by copying and trying to sound like other singers. I didn't work out my own thing really until I started writing, with no reference for my unsung songs I was forced to create a sound. But you can definitely hear all my influences I think and I love that they're always changing and so is my voice and writing. Growing up I listened to lots of soul thanks to my Dad, my Mum sings Irish folk songs and I was obsessed with pop of course. I like big voices and a bit of that drama - the ones that sing because they have to or they would die sort of thing, like Edith Piaf.

You’re the Victorian winner of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne at the end of the year. What can Falls punters expect from the Meg Mac live show?

I will be playing on New Years Eve and I am going to sing my little heart out. I play with two boys, a drummer and keys player and my little sister sings backing for me, it's pretty cute and she sounds just like me. Expect some electronic elements, big piano sounds, hand claps and lots of singing by me. We have new songs which we are going to play and help everyone get ready for the big day of music ahead and hopefully Meg Mac can help people feel ready to take on the new year.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

This is my favourite thing to happen to me all year and I still read the lineup every day just to give me that special feeling. Apart from actually playing, which is what I am definitely most looking forward to, it is all of the other bands and artists that are playing. Getting to watch all of their sets and then just the whole festival vibe, the camping, the photos, the people, the bands, the NYE thing - it is just guaranteed good times. And Solange.

What’s your earliest memory of performing music? How old were you?

I first started proper singing (singing lessons etc) when I was nine and once I discovered that I had a big voice, I could not get enough of Vanessa Amorosi…please don't judge me. 'Absolutely Everybody' was my favourite.

What else is coming up for you in 2013 and then looking into 2014?

I've got a few gigs coming up before the big Falls, that's what I call it now. On the 29th November I am supporting Georgia Fair at Howler in Melbourne. My 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so far, it looks like my first album will be on its way! And I am looking forward to more stuff happening to me, and some more songs to happen to me too.

Australian music is…?

A lot of the time I will listen to music and not know/care where it comes from, but it is pretty awesome when I know something is Australian and suddenly I feel a little bit proud? It is weird, like I am suddenly connected to the music because the artist is Aussie just like me and my dreams become a little more achievable.

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Bree De Rome
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Bree De Rome

Indie, Pop, Roots

Gold Coast, QLD

Owen Campbell

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Owen Campbell

Roots, Rock (creedence, roots, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Teal
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Teal

Indie, Rock (The Dear Hunter, Muse, radiohead, ...)

Sydney, NSW

SHE REX
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SHE REX

Hip Hop, Rock (MIA, Blakroc, Queens Of The Stone Age, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Lepers and Crooks
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Lepers and Crooks

Indie, Punk, Rock, Roots

Sydney, NSW

The Rubens

Featured Artist

2011

31

Oct

The Rubens

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Sydney, NSW

The Rubens are a 4-piece from the tiny town of Menangle, NSW. The 3 brothers and 1 childhood friend are responsible for some of the finest soul-soaked blues in the country. Super smooth!

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

Our music is all about soul.. We wanted to create something new, a kind of blend of genres, so we started writing songs that were heavily influenced by early blues and soul... It is really simple and easy to create our sound, we use lots of reverb and tremolo, organ sounds, and hip-hop influenced drums. We write and record our songs in our bedroom at home which definitely contributes to our raw and relaxed sound.

What’s The Rubens live show like?

Soaked in reverb and warm tremolo guitar tones with underlying classic blues organ sounds.

The Rubens are from Menangle, a regional NSW town. What’s it like being a band in Menangle?

As far as we know, we are the only band in Menangle, and we're pretty sure no one knows or cares that we are in a band. Menangle is 10 minutes down the road from a larger town called Camden, there's pubs and restaurants there but not really a music scene. This means we travel into Sydney most weekends to play our shows. Its quite a good thing being out in the countryside while writing music; not so many distractions.

What are the best and worst things about ¾ of the band being brothers?

Good things: Conveniently being in the same house to rehearse and write. Being completely comfortable criticising each others musical ideas. Maybe one day we could have a gallagher brothers kind of feud with a bust up on stage.... good publicity. Bad Things: We don't always get along, just your typical sibling rivalry and such. Each of us has certain annoying habits.

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

We've got some really exciting stuff in the pipeline. We are heading to Brisbane and Melbourne for shows in december which will be great as we haven't played there yet. 2012 is going to be a big one for The Rubens! We're heading over to New York in January to record our debut album. We've got a really big producer on board so hopefully come march 2012 we will have a great album ready to go!

Australian music is…?

...A good idea...ha ha. Australian music is great though, and most good bands coming out these days owe a lot to Triple J and Unearthed. In such a tough industry artists are given the opportunity to be discovered and thats great. Its helped us so far!

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High-tails

Featured Artist

2014

17

Mar

High-tails

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Sydney, NSW

Sydney quartet High-tails make crisp sunshine-filled guitar-pop with timeless melodies and toe-tapping rhythms.

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Q&A with vocalist/guitarist Nicholas Griffith.

Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Essentially it's pop music in its many forms. Admittedly a lot of British influence although we've been told we also sound quite "Australian". The songs are lyrically focused with some groovy, rhythmic vibes to match. Our sound is constantly developing as well depending on what we're listening to or what what's inspiring us in general.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
A lot of the time lyrics are inspired by moments of solitude and aimless rumination. All of the sudden a hint of poetry (maybe) presents itself. The same sort of thing can happen with an instrument or a band jamming.

What can punters expect from a High-tails live show?
A precisely bipolar delivery of emotive pop music. Theatrical hand gestures and sub-par banter.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Always wipe before pulling your pants up" ~ Peter Cook
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Need You Tonight' ~ INXS

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Reckless' ~ Australian Crawl

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Older Men' ~ Snowy Nasdaq
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We saw Cull and Sures play an event called VISIONS at Cliff Dive in Sydney (sadly we missed the opening band Morning Harvey). It was pretty amazing! First time we have seen Cull, definitely not the last!!

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
There is a copious amount of good music in sydney which is coming to the surface. Just to name a few ~ The Carraways, Cull, The DeadHeads.

What are your plans for High-tails in 2014?
Lots of things to come but not too much to disclose at this point. We're currently finishing off the mixing of our debut EP "Sipping Tea To Make Music To Sip Tea To". It's really quite close to being done but we'll be releasing another single before we put out the whole thing. Then it's more touring and more writing for the remainder of the year and basically trying to jump on opportunities that come our way.
 

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Nicole Millar
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Nicole Millar

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Millar, Nicole, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

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Blonde on Blonde

Indie, Rock (Brisbane, Indie, Blonde on Blonde, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

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Babaganouj

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

Brisbane, QLD

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Arundel

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Rock (guitars, Orchestras, trip hop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

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SANS (Melbourne)

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

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ILUKA

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

Sydney, NSW

PASSERINE
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PASSERINE

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Electronica, Breaks, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Oyster Murders
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The Oyster Murders

Indie, Pop, Rock (alternative pop, dream wave, grunge, ...)

Brisbane, QLD