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MUKI

Queen of pop beats, sass and a whole lot of fun is Sydney artist and this week's Feature Artist, MUKI!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always had a fascination with Spice Girls and J Pop artists, and I would chat to Phebe Starr and Aaron Reyes (my producer for this EP) about the kind of sounds we would use. They both came across Sophie at SXSW and they introduced me to PC music. I fell in love instantly with the production. Aaron came out from the States for 2 weeks and we locked ourselves in my studio and wrote the whole EP! 

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
At the moment I am fascinated by interesting production. I think it’s such a great time in music. I am given the freedom to say whatever the f*** I want. I use my songs to communicate what I want to the people who have underestimated me. 

What can punters expect from a MUKI live show?
It’s like Spice Girls meets trap, except there aren't 5 girls, it's just me and my curly haired MD doing synchronised dance moves. 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Phebe Starr said to me the other day, "nothing comes for free" and that's a pretty good life motto. Nothing in the music industry is perfect, so you have to just take it as it comes. Work hard, know why you are doing it and stay true to who you are. 

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mallrat with 'Better'. She is such a queen! 

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Basenji with 'Mistakes' (ft. Tkay Maidza). It's such a good tune. It makes me a cry a little about how good it is. Tkay’s vocals are fire on this track. 

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sneaky Sound System with 'Pictures'. 

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Oh Boy the other week and it was rad. He has cool hair and I love what he is doing with his production. 

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

The Sydney music scene has such a cool vibe right now and I have some amazing friends that are doing a cool hustle. I am inspired by Phebe Starr, ASTA, OH BOY, Basenji, DONATACHI, Cosmos Midnight and Nina Las Vegas. I love them all! 

What are your plans for 2018?
I am dropping an EP early next year. I also have some collaborations coming out and I am planning a writing trip to the States.

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Thornhill

Featured Artist

2017

27

Nov

Thornhill

Melbourne, VIC

When we think about the future of heavy music, we’re thinking about Melbourne five-piece Thornhill. They’re making thunderous, melodic and powerful music that you just have to hear! This is just the beginning.

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

We intentionally listen to genres that are very left of field to our music and pull influence from as many different artists as we can in our respective fields in the band. We are still developing our sound and moulding as a group, so we have a lot of room to grow for the future music.

 

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

Being really close as actual friends rather than colleagues has helped a lot more than you'd think. You just generally enjoy the time and effort you put into the material and writing as it doesn’t feel like a job at any point.

 

What can punters expect from a Thornhill live show?

Just 5 average and uncoordinated blokes having fun.

 

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

"Write stuff that you want to play. Don’t feel like you have to write to please others". By Sam Bassal.

 

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

'Quality Of Life' by Hellions.

 

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

'OK Cathedral' by Violent Soho.

 

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

'You’re the voice' by John Farnham.

 

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

The last two gigs we saw were DZ Deathrays and The Pixies. Both were sick, so we can't choose. They are both bands that kill it live and it's always good to look for pointers from other artists in different genres, which is something we find very important.

 

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

Void Of Vision hands down, are our brother band. They have taken us under their wing from day one and taught us how to be a band. Those guys have just taken us on our very first tour and have shown us the ropes. Without these amazing bunch of bros we wouldn’t be half the band we are now. Also in our opinion, they are probably one of the best live bands in the scene. These dudes always put on a tight show.

 

What are your plans for 2018?

We are in the process of recording new music, so the main goal is to get that out and tour as much as possible and just have a good time while we are at it.

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elkkle
New

Artist

elkkle

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (frank)

Melbourne, VIC

Blonde Tongues
New

Artist

Blonde Tongues

Indie, Pop (My Bloody Valentine, dream, Brisbane, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Artist
New

Artist

Animals Rule

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Fortunes.

Featured Artist

2015

9

Feb

Fortunes.

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne future R'n'B studs Fortunes are getting up in your hair this week.

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

Coming from different musical backgrounds (pop/soul/jazz vs hip-hop/electronic/hardcore) but with similar ambition, we developed our sound through a lot of trial and error over a cask of wine.

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

People, mates, lovers, dickheads.

What can punters expect from a Fortunes live show?

Lots of dancing (dirty dancing), hot people, personal stories.

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

Protect your heart, turn it into art. Thanks Gemma.

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

Vanessa Amorosi - Absolutely Everybody

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

Powderfinger - My Happiness

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

Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby

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

The Tarantinos at Luwow. It was wild, a chick got her *** out.

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

Hiatus Kaiyote - Nai Palm is explosive.

The Harpoons - Rebecca's on some high-pitched Australian Amy Winehouse level.

What are your plans for 2015?

We're looking at jumping on a couple of tours and playing some festival spots which is gonna be sweet. We’ve almost finished writing EP#2, so aiming to get that out mid-year.

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THE SUFFERJETS
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Artist

THE SUFFERJETS

Indie, Pop, Punk (Pop, dream, grrls, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Rat and Co
New

Artist

Rat and Co

Electronic, Hip Hop (nigel godrich, Ambient, Electronic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

OKBADLANDS

Featured Artist

2017

6

Mar

OKBADLANDS

Brisbane, QLD

If you're wondering if it's possible to feel beautiful in every shape and form possible after listening to a piece of music then we have you covered. Kate and Sally will have you falling deep into their world with their band OKBADLANDS.

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

Kate: When we first started writing together, we had fairly different tastes in music. I listened mainly to jazz artists and Sally liked lots of different contemporary genres. But, as with picking up someone’s mannerisms when you hang around with them long enough, writing together meant we eventually took on each other’s tastes. There have been many other songs written before we came to where we are now, and we’re definitely still developing.

Sally: We also have a ‘no bad ideas’ policy. So even when Kate decides to whip out her flute or do wild diva vocals over one of our demos, we’ve resolved to hear each other out, and that allows us room for experimentation.

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

Kate: A combination of working and writing with other artists. I think perhaps it’s easy to get stuck in a creative rut when you hold your cards close to your chest. There is something expansive about doing music as a community with other artists. Sometimes we collaborate with our friends and end up with an utter flop, and sometimes it’s great.

Sally: I love elegant communication in all forms and pursuing that through music inspires me.

What can punters expect from an OKBADLANDS live show?

Kate: A whole lot of harmonies and groove. These are the things we are naturally drawn to and so we integrate them as much as possible. For most of OKBADLANDS’ life we have performed live as a four-piece band, but we’ve recently started doing some electronic shows as a duo, which allows for a different dynamic.

Sally: Us gals having a great time because playing live is our favourite thing, and hopefully said punters having a great time too. Grooves, harmony, and Kate telling the audience ‘what you can’t tell is that I’m usually funny’. We also like to wear sparkles.

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

Kate: ‘Just relax a little bit’ – my older brother, Peter, on account of the fact that I can be pretty rowdy sometimes.

Sally: Not given to me directly, but I read a collection of essays by Annie Dillard recently, and in one of them she wrote – ‘how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives’. Something given directly was an elderly lady who started talking to me on the bus once – as I was leaving she said ‘listen well, speak up, and always have flowers on the table.’ I took that to mean to be attentive and to prioritize contributing beauty to the world as an end in itself.

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

Kate: Asta - Dynamite

Sally: Gang of Youths – Native Tongue

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

Kate: Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over

Sally: Big Scary - Invest

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

Kate: Tame Impala – The Moment

Sally: Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock

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

Kate: I was away for a while, so BADBADNOTGOOD late last year. It was one of the best gigs we’ve attended together. There were bass-piano duos, people moshing to complicated rhythms, soprano sax solos – everything we could have asked for. They’re so skillful and they’ve developed an original sound that we both love.

Sally: The most recent would have been Fractures, who we supported last week. They were great – we loved seeing how the recordings were interpreted in a full-band setting.

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

Kate: We’ve worked alongside a lot of really inspiring people in the Brisbane music community and formed some close friendships. Everyone’s super tight-knit and encouraging.

Sally: There’s so many - GOVS, Golden Vessel, a new act called Akurei, The Creases, The Phoncurves, Seavera, Asha Jefferies, Mid Ayr, Clea – the list goes on. As well as amazing music photographers like Savannah van der Neit, all the sound techs and bookers at the venues here, and all the people who write insightful blogs and zines centred around music. And the legends over at 4ZZZ.

What are your plans for 2017?

Kate: A lot of new things! We’re so excited to release our debut EP later this year. It’s something we’ve been working really hard on for quite some time now. We’re going be playing our first ever headline show in Brisbane, and will hopefully be heading interstate as well.

Sally: Other than that, the plan is to keep writing and developing our sound.

Lastly, would you rather be average playing every instrument or amazing at playing just one instrument?

Kate: Gimme all of them.

Sally: I think I’d prefer to be amazing at just one.

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Majella
New

Artist

Majella

Electronic, Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

Tapestry
New

Artist

Tapestry

Metal, Rock (Tapestry)

Darwin, NT

WEEKS

Artist

WEEKS

Indie, Electronic

Perth, WA

Yahtzel
New

Artist

Yahtzel

Electronic, Indie (Throwing Snow, Hudson Mohawke, Basement Jaxx, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Sahara Beck

Featured Artist

2014

25

Aug

Sahara Beck

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck is an 18-year-old Brisbane-based singer with an impressive résumé and promising future. Her latest single 'Brother Sister' showcases her love of rhythm, her strong narrative voice, and is an assured folk-pop hit.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I never really know how to answer that. My sound will never fully be developed as I will always be chasing the sounds I have in my head and I always wonder how long it will take for me to learn how to replicate those sounds in real life when I have no idea what they are. I would say my music is based very much around it's rhythmic melodies as that is what I listen to in other peoples songs musically and that may have rubbed off on me.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Everything... without sounding Arty Farty. I get inspiration from everything that happens around me. The funny thing is that I don't draw so much influence and inspiration from other artists as I feel like they have alreday created something that is their own and there is no point in trying to replicate that.
 
What can punters expect from a Sahara Beck live show?
When I'm with the band we bring along a million drums and dance a lot. It's a lot of fun. However when I play solo I go for a more intimate and quiet performance.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When I first started out playing music my mum told me "Don't try to be like anyone else because they're already taken. If you can hear music in your head, you should try to share it with everyone in the purest way you can and don't worry if people don't understand it at first, if you stick to it, you can create your own space in the music world and not only will they understand it, they will join you".
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Maybe 'Beanni' by The Cat Empire... That song makes me happy anyway :)
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Everything, You Know?' by Louie and Patrick from Potato Potato. Such a sad but beautifully written song.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Well I wouldn't be a very good DJ so I would probably stuff it up somehow or just put on Tame Impala and go hang out in the calmer corner of the party.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I recently saw my friends from the Jensens play in Fortitude Valley and then at a house party later that night. It was really good.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Queensland music community that inspire you.
The people I surround myself with in the Queensland music community are all self aware of themselves and each others music. We know that we are playing music because we couldn't stop if we tried, we don't play to get an ego kick. I wouldn't know where to start the list and where to stop but each and everyone of them inspire me because we all go to each others gigs and help out in anyway we can.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
In October I am releasing my EP 'Bloom' which I am going on tour with, I'm looking forward to sharing these new songs with everyone.

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When Giants Sleep
New

Artist

When Giants Sleep

Metal, Punk, Rock (canberra)

Canberra, ACT

Bree De Rome
New

Artist

Bree De Rome

Indie, Pop, Roots

Gold Coast, QLD

Lupa J
New

Artist

Lupa J

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Lupa, Lupa J, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Omegachild
New

Artist

Omegachild

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, Brisbane, keyboardist, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Basenji

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Basenji

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney producer Basenji likes almonds, riding his bike and banging out bright, fun dance floor jams.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
A big part of developing my own sound has been checking out how other producers do things and taking on board new techniques and different methods of production. For the past few years I worked with Wave Racer on a disco-house side project named Pablo J & The Lobsterettes and that called for a very specific sound. However I feel now with my Basenji project I have a lot more room to move and that I can work in just about any style that I am finding interesting at the time. I think inspiration comes from a variety of different sources but some are definitely more direct than others. I will be bringing a lot of new ideas to the Basenji project in the near future as I am continually being inspired by innovative musicians and producers. It is both the artists that I know personally and the artists that I admire that continue to be a greatest driving force in my music making process.

What can punters expect from a Basenji live show?
I am very committed to bringing something new to the audiences I play to. What I really want to do live is to bring people together with both the music they already like but also something they might not have heard. This means I am continually reaching out to friends and producers for anything new that I can incorporate into my sets. I think it is a lot of fun to play tracks to people for their first time and see their reaction. There is a long list of artists whose tracks I want to support and I really want to get behind emerging artists both locally and internationally. My goal is to provide audiences with music a little different to what they might get on a normal night out. I don't think about genres at all when I am putting together a set but I do try to keep a my live shows thematically or stylistically consistent.

What Australian artists/musicians do you draw inspiration from?
There is far too much talent in Australia to list it all, but I absolutely have to give credit to Cosmo's Midnight and Wave Racer. These guys are amazing producers and great friends, they continually surprise me with the stuff they are working on and always get behind anything new I am doing!

What are you doing when you’re not making music?
I play baseball, I love cooking and I ride my bike everyday without fail. I am working on music full-time right now so it is a really big part of my life. I love going to see live music as much as possible and I really like going to the beach or visiting a nice café. I love summer in Sydney!!

What are your plans for Basenji in 2014?
2014 has already been a crazy year but there is a lot more to come! Right now I am making a bunch of new music and there will be some really exciting shows in a lot of different cities! yew!

Australian music is…?
...so good right now! I cannot wait to discover more Australian musicians and producers <3
 

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PACES

Featured Artist

2014

28

Apr

PACES

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

When Paces isn't busy doing remixes for the likes of Parachute Youth, YesYou and Sampology, producing music for Tkay Maidza, dropping fantastic bootlegs and whipping dance floors into a frenzy right around the country somehow the Gold Coast producer finds time to release his own brand of excellent tropical-infused sizzlers. It'a little bit Jersey Club, a little bit future beats and a whole lot of fun.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started out making really slow jams and trying to use as few elements as possible. It was a really new and exciting way to make music for me because at the time I was mainly producing dubstep and moombahton (as part of my group ’Surecut Kids’), which can be very busy styles. Eventually though my influences widened and I began making more danceable tunes, taking influence from Jersey Club, Future Beats and Garage. But during the evolution I’ve always been fond of using tropical sounding instruments like kalimbas and steel drums.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Plane trips. I tour a fair bit which means I have plenty of time to listen to music on planes. I like to use it as a bit of down time and soak in a good album or mixtape. Usually I end up making heaps of notes in my phone because as soon as I switch my mind off and relax to someone else’s music, the ideas come flooding in.

What can punters expect from a Paces live show?
I have stripped-down versions of my originals, remixes and bootlegs, mixed so that they flow like a DJ set, and then I play the missing elements on an MPD. So for example the first half of a song might be missing the drums, and the second half missing the kalimbas. As that tune is playing, I’ll be hitting the pads on the MPD and playing the drum sounds or kalimbas in real time. Nothing is quantised, so if I fuck up you’ll definitely hear it!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My sound engineer is Danielsan from Koolism. I’ve been going to him for mixdowns and mastering for ages. Over the years he has been very patient with my lack of knowledge and will often call me up and drop science on me for an hour. Pretty much every time he’s done that, it’s been the best advice I’ve ever been given. I think the biggest breakthrough so far was the less-is-more lesson. I used to want my songs to have so much bass in them and I’d try to cram it in amongst everything else. He taught me that if you remove most of the other elements, it gives you more room for the bass. Seems simple now but at the time it was pretty groundbreaking for me.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Wave Racer’s tune ‘Streamers’ would cheer anyone up!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Anything from Ta-Ku’s ‘Songs To Break Up To’ album. So many feels!
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Either Crooked Colours - Come Down (Palace Remix), or anything from Deer’s EP. Either way it’s a safe bet!
 
What was the last gig you went to? How was it?
The last time I just went to a gig and wasn’t playing was Laneway Festival in Brisbane. It was so rad. Getting to see Cashmere Cat and Daughter were both huge highlights for me.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
My homie Atticus Beats just moved here recently from Townsville. He came over the other day to borrow my studio and I was really inspired by the way he had treated some vocals in his song. It was something I hadn’t seen before and it got me gassed to try some new things.   
 
What are your plans for Paces in 2014?
I’m about to tour my current single ‘Can’t Touch Me’, so I’ll be going all over the place through June/July. I’ve got Groovin The Moo and Splendour coming up. I’ve produced a tune for Tkay Maidza’s EP. I’ve got remixes coming out for SAFIA and Sietta. Plus I’ve been working on an EP with this band from London called Youth. Heaps of stuff to keep me busy!

 

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Just A Gent

Featured Artist

2014

22

Sep

Just A Gent

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Just A Gent is the moniker of 17 year old electronic producer and DJ, Jacob Grant. The young Novocastrian is one of the winners of our Listen Out competition and will be getting the party started at Listen Out Sydney this Saturday, September 27 from 2pm at the Atari Stage in Centennial Park. Punters can expect top hats and bangers.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound by listening to all different types of electronic music and recreating the sounds. Once I made the sounds I would use that as a basis and then develop on it. Eventually I started to b influenced by own music which ended up creating the Just A Gent sound.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Art. I love art, of all types. I draw inspiration from movies, music, dance, paintings and the weirder the more inspiring I believe. I find that when I discover small low budget movies is one of the biggest influential sources, because you feel like you found this and it makes it so much more amazing and inspires you beyond wonders.
 
You’re one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. What can punters at our Listen Out in Sydney expect from the Just A Gent live show?
I sure am! Punters can expect top hats, moustaches, suits and euphoric music to set the mood. I will play a few of my new unreleased tunes along with a bunch of classics to get the party started.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Some of the best advice I was given was from my mum, when I was young. Everyone has been told this one and it is simply just to be yourself and don't listen to the people that are negative and bring you down. Take all the feedback and advice you can get, but take an insult as a compliment and it will make it a million times easier. In terms of music, Emoh Instead of 'What So Not' once told me sometimes less is more, which is another one everyone has heard and it can be really helpful when producing tracks that have so much potential but sound too messy. Less is more. Remember it.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
My unreleased remix of Vance Joy's 'Riptide'.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I'm under 18 so there isn't to many gigs I can get into, although I do get to go to Groovin The Moo and I loved Peking Duk.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
I don't know many, but from the ones I know, they are such a good supportive bunch and I would love to be able to get more into the scene here in Newcastle and build more of a base for Electronic Music.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
Release new music & tour tour tour!

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LUNATICS ON POGOSTICKS

Featured Artist

2013

26

Aug

LUNATICS ON POGOSTICKS

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Sydney lo-fi garage-rockers Lunatics On Pogosticks have won Unearthed High 2013. Their skuzzy surf rock riffs, catchy choruses and thought-out crunchiness bring distortion, fuzz and a whole lotta fun!

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

We originally started off as just wanting to make noisy garage tunes and stuff like that, real guitar driven without much thought for lyrics and melody. I think the major development throughout the course of our music has been maintaining this really chaotic distortion and atmosphere whilst becoming a lot more interested in pop dimensions and trying to create catchy hooks and all that jazz.

You’re the winners of Unearthed High 2013. What are you hoping to gain from this opportunity?

Too stokeddd! It's been majorly rad having our song played on the radio and being able to professionally record a song instead of just doing it in my garage (haha!). I think we're all just keen to finish the HSC and then really assess what we're going to do with the band.

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

Watching Dune Rats in some dudes house in Byron. Best night everrr!!!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and by who?

"I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you, too." - Abe Simpson, tellin' it how it is.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

Hopefully lots of different things. There's definitely some gnarly dates that are gonna be marked in our calendar.

Australian music is…?

…righteous!

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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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The Jensens
New

Artist

The Jensens

Indie (Jensens, Brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

Retiree
New

Artist

Retiree

Dance, Electronic

Sydney, NSW

andre
New

Artist

andre

Pop, Rock (mum smokes, hot palms, go genre everything, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Furrs

Featured Artist

2014

19

May

The Furrs

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane 5-piece The Furrs crank out excellent 70's-inspired blues-tinged rock'n'roll with a healthy dose of swagger and fuzz.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound is still a developing thing. It is constantly changing as we change.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Listening to our favourite artists, and being bowled over every time.

What can punters expect from The Furrs live show?
Sometimes we organise our friend to walk around with cheese platters.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
It's funny we haven’t gotten advice yet… maybe you can give us some advice?

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
What a sad thing to say! Probably 'Little Boy' by The Furrs. Knock them back into action.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I would never want to do to that. But ‘Breathe Me’ by Sia does a pretty good job of that.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went to a gig held somewhere and I can’t even tell you how bad it was... no humour... humour is very important I think.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
I absolutely love Brisbane at the moment. There is a wandering cowboy who has come into our lives and with his band ‘The Family Jordan’. He has inspired all of us to really sit around and play each others songs together. It's straight up. We record in our lounge room - the other day he scorned me for not picking my guitar up for two days, and you know what? He’s right. It's really really good to play music with your friends without these weird expectations or limitations… everyone should be singing their songs to everyone.
 
What are your plans for The Furrs in 2014?
I guess we’ll just keep on doing what we’re doing.
 

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Jasia
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Jasia

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (orchestral electronic)

Melbourne, VIC

GRMM
New

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GRMM

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

Sydney, NSW

E a s t
New

Artist

E a s t

Electronic, Indie (Chvrches, Ellie Goulding, The Wombats, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

COOL DRINKS
New

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COOL DRINKS

Electronic, Pop (Cool Drinks)

Melbourne, VIC

The Young Lions
New

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The Young Lions

Indie, Pop, Roots (The Young Lions, Young Lions, Israel Cannan, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Ben Wright Smith
New

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Ben Wright Smith

Indie, Pop, Rock (#Folk, #Rock & Roll, #Alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Heir Fuller
New

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Heir Fuller

Indie (Slowcore, rain, post rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Rosie Catalano
New

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Rosie Catalano

Indie, Pop (Laura Marling, The Howling Bells, Katy Steele, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Rose Wintergreen
New

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Rose Wintergreen

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electro Folk, folktronica, folk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The British Blues
New

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Planete
New

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Planete

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, Planète, Melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

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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LOLO BX
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LOLO BX

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

Central West, NSW

Food Court
New

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Food Court

Pop, Rock (Garage, Pop, Fuzz, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Pigeon

Artist

Pigeon

Dance, Pop (Uplifting, Underworld, Amazing, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Animaux
New

Artist

Animaux

Dance, Pop (Maceo Parker, Stevie Wonder, Last Dinosaurs, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Lanterns,
New

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Lanterns,

Electronic, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Jenny Broke the Window
New

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Jenny Broke the Window

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

Sydney, NSW

Skyways Are Highways
New

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Skyways Are Highways

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

Melbourne, VIC

The Pretty Littles

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

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

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PAPER ARMS

Featured Artist

2011

11

Feb

PAPER ARMS

Adelaide, SA

Paper Arms are one of the winners of our Soundwave competition. This beardy 4-piece will be bringing their “Gainesville-style” punk rock to Adelaide's Bonython Park on March 5.

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

I think that, like a lot of the bands in our genre, our sound is the sum of all our musical parts and experiences. There's elements of melodic punk, but it's not melodic punk. There's elements of hardcore, but it's not hardcore. There's elements of rock, but it's not straight rock. etc. etc. I think that's what really draws me to it. There's enough wiggle room in the sound to try new ideas, and push yourself creatively without facing a backlash of people complaining that you're breaking out of a certain genre. There's things we've learned in all our previous bands culminating here. I don't claim to be re-inventing the wheel, but I do love that what we do doesn't really have a "set in stone" name. I hope it never does.

You’re one of the winners of our Soundwave Competition. What can the Adelaide Soundwave audience expect from your show?

Sweat. Broken drum sticks. Vocals pushed till my voice starts breaking like a 14 year old. A bit more sweat. You know. The usual.

What are you most hoping to get out of attending and playing the 2011 Soundwave Festival?

It's a massive honour to have been chosen. It's also going to be amazing to share a stage with so many bands and musicians that I've grown up listening to and learning from. I'm probably just hoping to get out of it what every other punter there is. Except I guess the backstage pass and free drinks might make it a little more special this year. haha.

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

All the bands I love in Adelaide at the moment are ones that are dancing to the beat of their own drum (so to speak). Grenadiers. Kind of a brother band to us. Started doing rock and roll in a hardcore town and blew a few people's minds. Stolen Youth. One of the longest serving and hardest working punk bands in Australia. Weightless. Started doing chilled out 90's emo when most people weren't aware that even happened. Hightimes. Somehow made ska-punk okay again. haha. Craterface made hardcore humerous. Coerce got angry. And there's a bunch more. A lot of really young interesting hardcore and post-hardcore bands starting up now too. Exciting times in Adelaide.

What’s your greatest memory of touring Australia?

It was really awesome touring last year with Strike Anywhere. I'd toured once before with them in God So Loved The World, and feel like we're really tight now. It's an awesome feeling when you realize, you're actually friends with a band you idolized as a kid. Great guys and great shows. Also have a lot of fun on the surprise shows like a couple we've done in Hobart, when you may not have had huge expectations, and they turn out to be some of the best nights with the best people.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Supporting Against Me and Off With Their Heads soon. Also honoured to be playing one of the final Arthouse shows in April. I'm doing a solo show with Tim Barry and Chris Wollard which should be fun too. Long term 2011... We're aiming for a new full length and hopefully an overseas trip of some form.

Australian music is?

In need of a Midnight Oil reunion. haha.

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The Hawaiian Islands!

Artist

The Hawaiian Islands!

Punk, Rock (Van Halen, The Beach Boys, John Lennon, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Sinking Teeth
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The Sinking Teeth

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

Melbourne, VIC

Luca Brasi

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Luca Brasi

Northern Tasmania, TAS

Tassie punks Luca Brasi are this week’s feature artist! An incredible force live and on record, Luca Brasi’s songs are just coursing with intensity and conviction.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
We play what I guess is mid tempo punk/rock, some heavier moments, some softer. We never really set out to be a certain style of band and are always super keen to mix things up to keep it interesting.
Our first album "Extended Family" was more raw and straight up but this time around we really made an effort to introduce some light and shade into the record. I think alot of what we are listening to at the time comes through in our music. Especially Tom's love of twinkly, shoegaze guitar stuff which is definitely more evident this time around. We spend alot of time seperately demoing and sharing ideas and set about to write the best record we could and really break down the components of all the tracks for the record on By A Thread.

What can the crowd expect from a Luca Brasi live show?
Live shows are what we're all about, being able to be on stage and do what we love is the reason we love playing music. A typical live show is hot and sweaty as hell and more than likely a booze soaked affair. We don't record songs that we can't pull off live exactly as they are on the records, hopefully better!

You’ve toured a fair bit in the past few years. What are some of your favourite tour memories?
Every single tour is such a massive pleasure for us and we're so stoked and grateful that the shows just get better and better. The amount of friends we've made around the country is crazy, just from playing songs that we wrote in our collective bedrooms.
I'd  have to say personal highlights would be sold out shows in some venues such as The Corner in Melbourne, that I've seen plenty of my favourite bands at themselves, would have to be up there. Getting nude constantly throughout our last tour with legends Bodyjar was a good time too!

Tell us about the bands or people in the Tassie music community that inspire you?
Tassie has some amazing bands/musicians that are so unknown it's a crime. Bands like The Scandal are one of  the biggest influences on our own music. Their bass player Nic White has co-produced all of our music along with Linc Le Fevre, possibly the most talented person we know, who's own music inspires us to try and be better. Currently Hobart lads Speech Patterns are the fastest and tightest band out, I feel like I need to go home and practice every time I watch them play.

What are your plans for Luca Brasi in 2014?
This year for Luca will be our biggest by a mile, we pretty much will just continue playing as many shows as possible, in as many different places as possible and get this new record out there. Our first overseas trip is also later this year and will take in Europe and The U.K, something we never considered as a possibility, totally mindblowing.

Australian music is…?
The bloody best, mate!

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March of the Real Fly
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March of the Real Fly

Indie, Pop (Daniel Johnston, hellogoodbye, Punk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Bennies
New

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The Bennies

Punk, Rock (psychedelic, Reggae, Ska, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Lurch & Chief
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Mesa Cosa
New

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Mesa Cosa

Indie, Punk, Rock (God, The Devil, dmt, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Summer Blood
New

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Summer Blood

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

Melbourne, VIC

Akouo
New

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Akouo

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (chillwave, Future Beat, hip hop, ...)

Northern Tasmania, TAS

Fun Machine
New

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SHE REX
New

Artist

SHE REX

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

Sydney, NSW

Braves

Featured Artist

2013

6

May

Braves

( )

Perth, WA

Braves are a lovely lo-fi four-piece from Perth. They aim to capture the feeling of lost youth and suburban nostalgia. We reckon they're tops.

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

We make Lo-Fi Pop music influenced by the sounds of the 80's and 90's. Our songs juxtapose fuzzy rhythms with more clean, dreamy melodies to create upbeat, intelligent pop music. We make both fast and loud songs as well as slower introspective tracks, and are keen to establish that any two Braves songs can, and often do, sound very different from each other. Our sound was developed by trying to replicate the qualities and styles of artists we admire, particularly current artists in American music scene. Because we draw from relatively niche genres and bands, a lot of our writing and production process involves trial and error, improvisation and iteration.

What’s a Braves live show like?

Our live show is definitely more loud and brash than our recordings. We tend to distill our songs into their most core ideas and sounds for live performances to give the most entertaining performance. A good example is a song like Saw You, that, while in the recording is quite mellow, becomes much more visceral in a live context. We do a great deal of swapping around and role reversal too, in one song one of us will be playing lead guitar, in another, bass. The drummer even swaps to guitar and vocals in a particular cover we play. Everyone usually sings at least once as well. We definitely want our recordings and live performances to be two separate, but complimentary beasts.

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

We're particularly inspired by artists like Bored Nothing. Fergus created a pretty uncompromising vision for his songs that didn't necessarily fit the mould of what is popular in Australia right now, and through the strength of his songwriting and ambition, received national recognition. We feel that there are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between Bored Nothing and Braves.

What are you guys doing when you’re not playing in Braves?

Alex is a Graphic Designer who has worked with bands like Rainy Day Women, and created their Sleigh Bed EP cover and initial tour posters. Sean is in the last year of his Urban & Regional Planning degree. He also has a very catchy side project called Sunny. Kieran is a photographer who also studied Graphic Design. Liam is a successful painter, and studied Illustration at university. So you'd think someone, anyone, in Perth would want to give us a job, but you'd be wrong.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

2013 will see us developing and executing our live show as often as we can, as well as releasing at least another EP. We have plenty of material lying about, so it's just a matter of getting it in a state worthy of releasing.

Australian music is…?

The Australian music scene is a unique place for artists to occupy, and can be one of the best in the world if you know how to market yourself, but at other times it can feel very segregated from the rest of the world. There's gold here if you know where to dig.

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BLACK ZEROS
New

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BLACK ZEROS

Indie, Pop, Punk (Interracial Love Triangle, Cowabunga Babes, Wax Idols, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Chicks Who Love Guns
New

Artist

Chicks Who Love Guns

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

Sydney, NSW

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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Dustin Tebbutt

Featured Artist

2013

15

Jul

Dustin Tebbutt

( )

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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Pinch Hitter
New

Artist

Pinch Hitter

Indie, Pop (american football, banjo, Indie, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Tkay Maidza

Featured Artist

2013

4

Nov

Tkay Maidza

( )

Adelaide, SA

Stomp your feet to the banging dance-floor-rap of young Adelaide emcee Tkay Maidza.

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

I basically began rapping from mimicking the young money crew - Nicki Minaj, Lil wayne etc - and my friends and I used to make funny videos and just chuck them up on Youtube as a good past time. From there on I just decided to write originals but they weren't anything special. I was picked for an initiative called N1 and that's how I was paired up with Badcop. After ‘Handle My Ego’ I realized there were more realms in Hip Hop and music in general and I declared myself an alternative rapper. Im still trying to find what my ‘thing’ is but I love the whole rave/craziness due to my short attention span, ha!

What were the artists or songs that initially inspired you to get into music?

Ahh there’s so many! Mostly mainstream musicians like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Rihanna, Lil wayne, Outkast inspired me mainly. Bottoms up by Nicki Minaj and Power by Kanye West were my first ever remixes I posted on Youtube like 2 years ago.

What are the pros and cons of being an underage artist and performer?

The Cons: That it’s previously been a struggle for me to play at clubs, or to hang around after my gigs because of the licencing of the venues. Sucks. Also maybe not being taken seriously sometimes can be annoying, but its not that much of a bad thing, I just have to prove them wrong. The Pros: It would be just to have the opportunity, I guess you get treated specially because people are like ‘Ahh she’s only this young’ its a great feeling to know that I’m doing well for my age or just in general.

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

There’s so many bands, producers and people in Adelaide to name, I cant even deal. The Killgirls have the coolest light show and intensity/energy in their live show - its definitely what I’d like for my live show in the future. Bad//Dreems - they’re the coolest dudes ever, so humble, so funny and they’re so talented and they’re doing so well right now it's insane. Every rapper in Adelaide is an inspiration for me, people are so passionate for Hip Hop - I like what Allday is doing - his versatility and creativity in music is so cool, jealous. Theres so many more musicians I want to name but I’d be here all day. (see what I did there?)

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

I used to play tennis really competitively and I think the sport has taught me that once one point ends you have to carry onto the next one win or lose - if you dwell on something that happened 10 minutes ago you could/will lose. So in other words my coaches and the sport have told me not to dwell in the past but always live in the present, working onto the bigger picture (which is winning the game). Which is so relevant in music. You have to keep on moving!

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I have my first ever tour coming up, the ‘Brontosaurus Tour’. So excited! That's during November and December. Also planning on releasing the music video for Bronto as well!

Australian music is…?

That hot chick next door that everyone has started realising is so hot and wants to know. Like seriously, give it a few more months and this chicks going to get so many inboxes on Facebook. I’m so excited to see what happens in the next few months, and I think its something so special to be a part of.

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Palms

Artist

Palms

Indie, Rock (The Replacements, Booze, sydney, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Fishing

Artist

Fishing

Electronic, Indie (Collarbones, Caribou, The Avalanches, ...)

Sydney, NSW

GOLDEN BLONDE
New

Artist

GOLDEN BLONDE

Electronic, Indie (radiohead, Beyoncé, liars, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Alphabette
New

Artist

Alphabette

Indie, Pop (Adelaide, Pop, Indie, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Wild Oats
New

Artist

Wild Oats

Indie, Pop

Adelaide, SA

SPARKSPITTER

Featured Artist

2014

10

Jun

SPARKSPITTER

( )

Adelaide, SA

Wrap your ears around the groove-laden, math-infected, instrumental art-pop of Adelaide 3-piece Sparkspitter.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Tom and Rohan used to play in an improvised instrumental post-folk-rock band called Strega, and started Sparkspitter as an aside to work on when Lachy, the guitarist was out of town.  Rohan came up with the name, and we played vaguely mathy ambient music back then a la Clogs and The Necks.  After six or eight months, Matt (who was playing at the time with Bronze Chariot and Thunderclaw) joined the band and we started to experiment with the tighter, poppier structures and grooves that you hear in our current music.

In a basic sense, Rohan feeds a melodic/rhythmic idea in to a loop and the other instrumentation builds around it. We then take that idea on a bit of an excursion - superimposing whatever other melodic/rhythmic structures will fit it. The essence of what we do is that we're a novelty band :)

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We get our inspiration from the nature of things mainly.  We're also pretty inspired by some of the art and music and coming out of Adelaide and the world in general right now.

What can punters expect from a Sparkspitter live show?
Well we actually just really love what we do and hope that translates. We'd rather not create expectation but just encourage all punters to come see for themselves.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Live in your paradise' - Richard LeMessurier

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
The Horses - Darryl Braithwaite
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Everything is Fucked - Dirty Three
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
! (The Song Formally Known As) - Regurgitator
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Wireheads played at Title to launch their LP "The Late Great Wireheads".  Was great to see some rock and roll in a public space, surrounded by pretty books and records - really inspirational stuff.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
The following bands and people in Adelaide inspire us: Swimming, Robotosaurus, The Burning Sea, Psalm Trio, Dave Blumbergs, Brad Cameron, Zach Coligan, Damien Kelly, Wolfpanther, Emu, Madison Bycroft, Ashtray, Robert St, Vandalis shoot-crew, Kevin Van der Zwaag, Hilary Kleinig, Thunderclaw, Stephen Whittington, Doe, Nathan Abbott, Harriet Fraser-Barbour, Celeriak, Richard LeMessurier, Matea Gluscevic, Josef Faraone, Rule of Thirds, Hydromadusa, Chris Soole, Format, Encarta bros, Stan Mahoney, Peter Ellis, Dan V, Andy Nowell, Madeleine Parry, Dan Wills, Ross McHenry, Sam Wright Nescha Jelk, Duncan Campbell, Amy Joy Watson, Aaron and Jesse Schuppan and The Happy Motel.

What are your plans for Sparkspitter in 2014?
There are some real exciting events already taking shape for later in the year which we are really looking forward to. More immediately though we're supporting one of our favourite Adelaide bands The Shaolin Afronauts at their post-Japan pre-Glastonbury show at the Gov this Saturday (14th June) alongside Immermann 1.1 and Oisima which will be loads of fun. Mainly though we are looking forward to releasing our debut album Techne later this year, making some more film clips and probably touring to wherever we can go, although we don't have anything lined up as yet.

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Jesse Davidson

Artist

Jesse Davidson

Indie

Adelaide, SA

Ainslie Wills

Featured Artist

2007

9

May

Ainslie Wills

( )

Melbourne, VIC

In the words of Missy Higgins:"Arh, what a beautiful song. I love the distorted Casio/organ sound you start with and the spacey, bedroom feel to the production. Your voice is perfectly close and restrained and I love the slightly electronic harmonies way in the background."

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Describe your music.

I can’t, you’d have to listen. I would like to think that it is melodic, honest and made with lovin’-musical-care.

What is your local music scene like?

Pretty active! There are a lot of great musicians in all genres that aren’t duly recognised. Also, it’s a little segregated between genres; it would be good if there was more of a crossover.

Where and when are you most inspired to write?

It’s a hard one you know, hard question to answer! I am inspired to write when I have seen an awesome gig, or at completely random times.

What can Victorians expect when you hit the stage?

Me, Jim, Andre, Jemima, lots of love and good times.

What was the last album you bought?

I bought four at the same time; Diamond Dogs - David Bowie, Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple, Khancoban -self titled and Young Modern - Silverchair.

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

I listen to music, I like to cook, I like doing yoga with Wai Lana (a parachute material clad yoga instructor on dvd), I like talking to people and I do like to play Scattergories.

What have you got planned for the future?

More recording, more gigging, more chocolate, I want to go to France eventually. Mostly I just want to keep playing and making music with other people.

Australian music is...

made up of diamonds and stones.

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Naomi Keyte
New

Artist

Tiger Choir
New

Artist

Tiger Choir

Electronic, Indie (The beta band, toro y moi, gerling, ...)

Hobart, TAS

swimming

Featured Artist

2013

20

May

swimming

( )

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide trio Swimming are all about off-beat rhythms, R&B-influenced harmonies, and creating a vast sense of space.

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

Our music is a mixture of all of our favourite sounds; lots of pop and R&B-influenced harmonies, deep bass and keyboard sounds, and rhythms that are hard to arrange, but fun to play. The sound developed in 2011, when we first came together to play at a friend’s collaboration night. We had offers to play gigs and thought we should continue practicing and make the most of the opportunity. Our songs combine little ideas that grow into something bigger. Each of us have something different to add to the sound, which makes playing and creating new music incredibly refreshing and enjoyable.

What’s a Swimming live show like?

We like to be as genuine as possible and treat the whole performance like an opportunity to hang out with the audience. We want to make them feel as involved and happy to be there as we are. There's a lot of moving around on stage and instrument swapping, but we feel that's all a part of the live performance and something that makes us a little unique.

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

Adelaide is full of inspirational people and we've been lucky to work with and be close to a lot of them. Our dear friends Naomi Keyte (Gold Bloom, Transatlantics) and Lachlan Wilson (Steering by Stars) as well as the boys from Sparkspitter - they all inspire us daily. Ross McHenry - he works so hard for the pure joy of making amazing music, he is a total inspiration, and the same can be said of Oisima. All the Format kids - musicians, artists, zine folk and supporters.

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

We've been told by a few people that we look like we're having a lot of fun during our live shows. It's true, we are! Its the best advice possible; to us that means keep doing that, keep enjoying it! A reminder of why we love playing music and how the feelings you get from watching or listening or playing music are so contagious.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We have a couple of shows in Melbourne and Hobart which will complete our east-coast album tour. We’re planning to release a remix EP a bit later in the year too, along with a film clip which is in the works. Aside from that, there’ll no doubt be more jamming and writing, and hopefully more music whenever we are ready.

Australian music is…?

…innovative and incredible! Australian music is what we listen to most and what makes us want to be musicians. The scene is small enough to be super supportive and friendly, and you can always count on someone to lend a hand or just give you a thumbs up for support. Australian music is unpretentious and our main aim is to just be part of this and to make music alongside the people we look up to, which is happening already.

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Cosmo's Midnight

Featured Artist

2013

24

Sep

Cosmo's Midnight

Sydney, NSW

Sydney production duo Cosmo's Midnight are one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. They'll be opening the 909 stage of the festival this Saturday, September 28 at Centennial Park, Sydney.

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

We started off making cheap imitations of the music we like at the time; Justice, Deadmau5, Bagraiders, Phantoms Revenge. We loved that stuff and we just did it for fun, we never thought music would get to the level it's gotten to. At some point we decided we had to change our sound if we were going to be taken seriously. Coincidently we were listening to some pretty cool stuff at the time that led to us making the stuff we do today. People like Flylo and Purity Ring, just to name the main influences.

You’re one of the Sydney winners of our Listen Out competition and will be playing the festival at Centennial Park on Saturday, 28 September. What are you most looking forward to about Listen Out?

Seeing the amazing acts that will be playing. We love Disclosure and TNGHT respectively they're all amazing song writers and have hit that perfect level between staying true to a genre and original, but also having pop sensibilities that make them so viable in the mainstream.

What can the crowd at Listen Out expect from the Cosmo’s Midnight live show?

A brand new live set. We've got heaps of new tunes for Listen out and we're going to be playing some of them for the first time. Should be pretty cool.

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

Mitzi, Charles Murdoch, Sable, Wave Racer, Willow Beats, Leon Osborne, Collarbones, Polographia, Jonti, Tame Impala, Pond, FISHING... there are definitely more but that's all I can think of right now.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

More singles...maybe a free EP, some more shows and lots of producing in the bedroom. 2014 is going to be a sick year and we've got to prepare for it.

Australian music is…?

…on the up and up!

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Fox + Sui

Artist

Fox + Sui

Electronic, Pop (Colour Sound Library Music, nature, Leisure Music, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Edward Francis

Featured Artist

2015

13

Apr

Edward Francis

( )

Alice Springs, NT

Edward Francis is a young Northern Territory-based multi-instrumentalist who produces wonderful genre-bending electronica from his bedroom in Alice Springs. His captivating songs are layered with emotive harmonies, rich sonic textures and distinct flourishes of saxophone. He's destined for greatness. All hail the King in the North!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The music I make as Edward Francis feels like a culmination of the different music projects I have been involved in throughout my life. All of the music I have been involved with making informs what I do now. Whether it's being a guitarist and playing dodgy covers in year 8, running a pop mash-up choir in Northcote, or playing saxophone and composing for instrumental ensembles, all of these experiences have contributed to the sounds I am making at the moment. Producing songs in a bedroom, and recording instruments into a laptop allows you a huge amount of freedom to experiment and play around with sounds. You basically have unending amounts of time to add and takeaway layers of noise in order to try and find a combination that works for you. It is something I find very liberating musically.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I get inspired by experiences of music or performances that are able to completely immerse you. It could be listening to the beautiful slow builds of a Nils Frahm track that you listen to in your bedroom with the lights down and a glass of wine, or a marathon dance session at Rainbow Serpent to Super Flu and Marcel Dettmann. Sometimes this experience happens when you go to a particularly good live show or performance and sometimes it happens when you put headphones on and listen to something you’ve heard a hundred times before as you ride your bike home late at night. Having these type of experiences always makes me want to make more music and in doing so to try and to create some kind of immersive experience for others. 
 
What can punters expect from an Edward Francis live show?
I am currently working on my first live show as Edward Francis for the Wide Open Spaces Festival at Ross River in May. The process of translating the songs I have produced into a live performance is an interesting one as the tracks weren’t created with live performance in mind. The show currently involves just me with lots of live looping of saxophones keyboards and lots of percussion samples. Im excited to make it happen, but I can’t definitively tell you what to expect. I can guarantee that I will be there, on a stage, and I’m gonna be singing for you. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have had came from one of my saxophone teachers at uni. He told me it doesn’t matter what type of music you make, just make music you are passionate about and try to do it as well as you can. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
We Won’t Cry by Archie Roach 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Keep Me Close by Brightly. I am a sucker for a well written love song. One that speaks of love as a kind of complete, hyper-real and all encompassing state of being. And if you happen to listen to that song at a particularly vulnerable time, you may find tears falling out the front of your face. Brightly’s track Keep Me Close did that for me. Charlie sings the song so beautifully and lovingly that it transports you back to when you had that feeling, or digs up the feeling from somewhere still inside you. Catch them at the right moment, and I am sure it could make others weep. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
That Was A Loving House (Uone Remix) - Worlds End Press. I have spent a number of evenings dancing like a maniac at World’s End Press shows. They have uploaded a bunch of pretty excellent remixes of their tracks. Uone’s remix of That Was A Loving House is most excellent and will keep the party rolling. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was the 3rd annual “Blacken The Globe” Metal festival in Alice Springs. Despite not being in possession of a faded black t-shirt emblazoned with the gothic text of a band name, I attended and really enjoyed the event. It’s what I like about a place like Alice, people are open to attending gigs of all styles and are going to them with an open mind. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the NT music community that inspire you.
I have only been living in Alice Springs for about 15 months, but have been impressed by the arts and music scene in town. The Bush Bands Bash was a seriously inspiring event. Seeing excellent and passionate bands from remote communities across Australia and watching how their music brings people together is a pretty special thing. And there’s the women who run Desert Divas. They are a bunch of talented singer songwriters in their own right, that dedicate their time to mentoring young woman and encouraging them to find their voice and perform in front of crowds. I find it inspiring to see people using their music skills to contribute to their communities.  I also don’t think I could live somewhere that didn’t provide a dance floor outlet, so I’m grateful to have met Kyran Smith and Ollie Ollino. Together, these guys form the DJ collective “Cutlery”. Cutlery supply Alice Springs with top quality disco/house and techno parties. Ollie (AKA Brother Moonbug) is pretty much Alice Springs go-to dance floor provider here, and he kills it every time. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
I plan to be in Alice Springs for the rest of 2015 and to put out some new tracks before the years end. I will be working on my live show pretty heavily also and look forward to playing some shows back in my hometown of Melbourne at some point. Nothing is set in stone, so the plan is just to keep working hard and to stay excited about generating new work. 
 

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Major Napier

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Major Napier

Pop (Pop)

Melbourne, VIC

OUTERWAVES

Artist

OUTERWAVES

Electronic (CANT, Baths, Shlohmo)

Melbourne, VIC

Electric Sea Spider

Artist

Electric Sea Spider

Electronic, Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

Thrupence

Featured Artist

2012

26

Mar

Thrupence

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

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

Australian music is…?

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

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KUCKA

Featured Artist

2014

30

Jun

KUCKA

( )

Perth, WA

Kucka has been mucking around for a few years now in her Perth bedroom making some unique sounding, weird and wonderful electronic music. They play live as a three piece and their music can do anything from make you sway to all out dance, check 'em out this week as our feature artist.

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

I started experimenting with electronics a while ago, just playing around on garage band with my guitar and vocals. From there I found ableton and have continued to experiment ever since.  I also studied music composition at uni, which helped me learn about theory and about how classical music and harmony works, which has helped alot with my production too.

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

I love buying world music records from op-shops. You can usually pick old ones up for about $1. The other day I bought a  Balinese Gamelan record and the sounds are really unique and inspiring. I find that it's good to listen to stuff that isn't conventional pop when I'm writing, to keep things a bit different.

What can punters expect from a Kucka live show?

We play live as a 3 piece, I sing and hit off samples on a keytar, Jake plays synths and also controls our visuals and Katie plays the beats on her Maschine.  We amp up the tracks a bit more for the live show so people can get into it and have a dance. The visuals are made by an artist from Vienna called Martina Menegon, she usually works with installation art so they are really immersive and unique.

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

My best friend always tells me to take 20 mins out of the day to meditate and not think about anything at all. I find that it helps when I'm writing, I always come back with a fresh perspective.

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

Simo Soo - TEARZZZZZ

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

Taku - I miss you

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

Catlips - Kanimbla

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

The last gig I went to was a tour fundraiser for the band Mudlark. They got a few bands to collaborate on a fresh project for the night, so I got to see lots of local musicians improvise and experiment, I even got up and had a jam with Ben Witt from the Chemist which was really fun.

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

My latest favourite Perth band is Mudlark who I mentioned before, they are a two piece, just guitar and drums, but the rhythms and textures they create are incredible. Other artists who inspire me are Mei Saraswati and Doctopus, for very different reasons. Mei writes beautiful, groovin beats and has an amazing voice, and Doctopus are an energy/good vibes explosion.

What are your plans for Kucka in 2014?

At the moment I'm finishing my next EP, which is due out in October and then a tour over East after that.

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The Novocaines

Featured Artist

2009

6

Apr

The Novocaines

( )

Perth, WA

With a sound that is reminiscent of the latter period of The Velvet Underground, and a live show that captures all the energy, soul and charisma of The Stooges, Perth band The Novocaines are well and truly buzzing in all the right circles.

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

We we’re young and alone in a small country town, and to each individual, making original music is something we all did from a young age. Collectively inspired by the likes of early kings, white stripes and velvets we all moved towards that sound. But touring and life-experience has concreted our sound in what it is today. Sometimes, you just need something to write about.

Tell us about where you live and how it influences your music.

We grew up in Northam, deep in the wheatbelt an hour out of Perth. It’s a slow moving place and suffers strong symptoms of “small town syndrome”. We were the odd kids then, and largely the odd kids now. Now all living 5 up (including manager) in a friend’s garage in the city, I still feel our sound is still largely drawn from those country roots, which helped us to stand out a little when we first came to the big city.

You’ve been touring a bit. What have been the highlights?

We we’re fortunate enough to go national with The Vasco Era off their J award nominated album, which exposed us to the right crowd at the right time. Those boys are our finest friends and we learned a lot both musically and about ourselves being away from home, together, for the first time. Our live show is what we feel tells the story best, so we’ve been hard on the road since late 07, and we don’t plan on lying back anytime soon.

What’s coming up in the future?

Rusty Hopkinson just slid us onto the short-list for the JD set, so we’re being conscious of getting people on board to see this motion become action. Our Cup of Coffee 7” vinyl is due for release in the upcoming weeks, and hoping the JD set can get the single over the line on a national level. We currently have some significant label interest and major tour opportunities upon the horizon, though are trying not to talk too much until things are concrete. It all feels right, and we just love making music together.

Australian music is?

One giant musical community. Unlike countries in Europe or the states where every city has an exclusive and distinctive sound, I feel there is a greater level of shared influence amongst all of the states of our nation. We feel it’s the close relationships between the bands across the Nullabour that generates that distinctive “Australian” sound.

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Emperors
New

Artist

Emperors

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

Perth, WA

Emerson Snowe
New

Artist

Emerson Snowe

Indie (freak folk, RomPop)

Brisbane, QLD

RINSE

Artist

RINSE

Indie, Rock (Indie, Garage, The Horrors, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Udays Tiger

Artist

Udays Tiger

Punk, Indie (women, Blood on The Wall, Steve Albini, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Dark Arts

Artist

Dark Arts

Indie, Rock (The Horrors, Slowdive, Echo & the Bunnymen, ...)

Central Victoria, VIC

The Love Junkies

Featured Artist

2012

31

Dec

The Love Junkies

( )

Perth, WA

Rockin' Perth 3-piece The Love Junkies are the winners of our Southbound Competition. They'll be taking their driving riffs and fuzzed-out guitars to the Sunny Stage of Southbound in Busselton on Saturday 5th January.

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

I like to think of our music as being an open book. The content is very personal and confrontational at times. The music has to cater for the lyrical content so it turns into a mash up of genres. We love our heavy music and have drawn influences from bands like Refused, Mudhoney and Nirvana but we also love the softer dark side to music so we're all big fans of bands like Radiohead and artists like Gareth Liddiard and Jeff Buckley. I think from trying to express all these different thoughts and feelings in the space of 3:30 minutes, an element of insanity is present in our music haha.

You’re the winners of our Southbound competition and will be playing the festival in the first weekend of 2013. What can the Southbound crowd expect from The Love Junkies live show?

Three very excited young men with big muffs ;)

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

"Don't listen to them. As long as you believe in it enough and work hard enough, you'll be fine". Michael McDonald (my ol' man).

What are your New Years resolutions?

Listen to more Elliot Smith, Patti Smith, The Smiths, Watch more Will Smith films, eat more Smiths chips, change my name to Smith. SMITH.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We're releasing our album early in the year and are going tour and play our little sugar buns off. And then record another album :)

Australian music is…?

...BOSS!

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Tom Milek
New

Artist

Tom Milek

Indie, Pop (alternative, Bright Eyes, Whitley, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Sleep Decade

Artist

Sleep Decade

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

Melbourne, VIC

Love Migrate

Featured Artist

2011

29

Sep

Love Migrate

Melbourne, VIC

Love Migrate are an exciting young indie-pop 6-piece from Melbourne. We can't get their track 'Little Kid' out of our heads - and that's just fine!

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Tell us about your music. You’ve described it as ‘dark pop ballads’ - how did you develop that sound?

I think that was written with tongue firmly in cheek but yeah I guess any song that is sad/poppy/long can fit that description. As far as developing our music I think it’s great to have an idea of how a song will sound, and then have everyone else in the band completely change that and make it better. I really enjoy writing thoughtful songs and dark/spacious sounds accompany that well.

What can a punter expect from coming to see the six of you guys live?

You can expect a good bunch of songs with minimal stage banter or fuss. If Malcolm Blight had a de-facto relationship with Robert Walls we’d probably be nothing like their child. I think it’s good to let songs speak for themselves. There’s probably not enough djembes or jungle toms in our set to be cool. We used to have a glockenspiel but that turned out to be an error.

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

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are like our extremely annoying and retarded younger siblings. We really like Great Earthquake, Kieran Ryan, Sleep Decade, Seagull and a few others. They all have great integrity in what they create and they do it in a very honest manner. Melbourne has an amazing music history and culture behind it that produces great bands that demand respect from the quality of their songs not their haircuts. The Panics and The Drones are two prime examples of that (despite them originally being from Perth). Gotye and Graveyard train are pretty special too (despite how different they are). I think it’s the shear number of venues in Melbourne that inspires creativity. It’s amazing that you can see quality live music seven days a week in this city.

What’s coming up in 2011?

We’re doing a residency on Monday’s in September at the Evelyn. We’re also heading up to Sydney at the very end of September before some more recording and a headline at the Toff on October 27th. I’m sure a few more things will come up later in the year. For now we’re excited about playing together and improving on our song writing.

Australian music is?

...very diverse. When it’s good, it’s good.

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Atolls

Artist

Atolls

Pop, Rock (surf pop, Kurt Vile, Beck, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Turtlenecjk

Artist

Turtlenecjk

Pop, Indie (Pop, surf, hawaii/calypso, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

CONTRAST
New

Artist

CONTRAST

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

Melbourne, VIC

Hollow Everdaze
New

Artist

Hollow Everdaze

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

Ballarat, VIC

Major Leagues

Featured Artist

2013

8

Jul

Major Leagues

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get lost amongst the breezy guitars and sun-kissed melodic loveliness of Brisbane 4-piece Major Leagues.

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

Anna or Jaimee usually come to rehearsal or the studio with a song skeleton and things evolve organically from there. Everyone writes their own parts. If something isn’t working it'll go back to the drawing board, but otherwise all of the songs get built together. We like fuzzy sounds; they make us feel warm inside.

What’s a Major Leagues live show like?

It gets super noisy on stage and we rarely have the luxury of hearing each other. Even with the quiet vocals and loud amps and drums we always have a lot of fun on stage. People that see us for the first time sometimes get taken aback that the three girls running the show are all over the fuzz and the feedback instead of xylophones and Casio keyboards.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and by who?

Cher gives out all the best advice. All the time. We're huge fans.

What are you all doing when you’re not playing in Major Leagues?

We're usually scoping where the next free burrito day will be or watching X-Files. Jaimee also runs a really cool pet portrait business. Her most recent subject was a rad horse named ‘Colby’!

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

Our EP is getting its final run of mixes done this week, which feels pretty special. We have a video coming out very soon for 'Endless Drain' and a tour getting announced this week for August! Also, lots of writing…

Australian music is…?

…The Go-Betweens.

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The Good Sports
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The Good Sports

Pop, Rock (east brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

The Creases
New

Artist

The Creases

Indie, Rock

Gold Coast, QLD

Babaganouj
New

Artist

Babaganouj

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

Brisbane, QLD

Jeremy Neale
New

Artist

Jeremy Neale

Indie, Pop (Sam Cooke, The Monkees, The Zombies, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

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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FLAMINGO (Adelaide)

Featured Artist

2013

18

Nov

FLAMINGO (Adelaide)

( )

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide 3-piece Flamingo blend soulful pop melodies with lush friendly beats to make you sway, swoon and smile.

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

I don’t think we’ve necessarily found our sound yet, at the moment we’re just trying out what ever we think sounds good and seeing where it goes. Between the three of us we have a very broad range of influences and we try to incorporate as much variety as possible.

What can the crowd expect from a Flamingo live show?

Even though we’re making electronic music we keep it as live as possible when we’re playing shows, we do a lot of instrument swapping and try and make it as fun an energetic as we can. We use some loops and samples but all the parts we think are integral to the song are played live. Our live show is pretty bulky; we use a couple of synths, tom drums, guitars, samplers and a bunch of other miscellaneous gear.

What are you guys doing when your not making music?

We all recently started playing 7-aside soccer. Fitness is a real issue but it’s still a lot of fun, even though we haven’t won a game yet and our best loss was 0-4.

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

There are a lot of really cool bands and artists going around Adelaide at the moment. We’re big fans of Swimming - they do an awesome job of making really minimal sounds but still keeping them interesting with great harmonies and melodies. Menagerie released an EP this year and that was awesome too. The guys at Four Words are also doing awesome things in Adelaide at the moment, they really seem to care about the music and are always putting on great shows and helping the scene grow.

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

We are just about to start working on our first EP over the next few months, which we are really excited about. Then after that we’re keen to play a bunch of shows and hopefully get out to the east coast. We’re also playing with Bonobo in January, which is absolutely amazing because he’s a massive influence of ours.

Australian music is…?

...awesome! There is so much cool music being made in Australia these days and it’s really inspiring to be a part of it.

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BlaqCarrie

Featured Artist

2013

16

Sep

BlaqCarrie

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Blaq Carrie is a Zimbabwe-born Brisbane-based rapper and the winner of our Sprung Festival competition. She'll be opening the festival at Victoria Park, Brisbane on Saturday 21st September.

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

My music is all about “Keeping it real”. I developed my current sound through trying out different styles and flows until I found one that matched and delivered my passion better.

You’re one of the winners of our Sprung Festival competition and will be playing the event in Brisbane on Saturday, 21 September. What are you most looking forward to about Sprung?

I am mostly looking forward to connecting and capturing peoples hearts with my music.

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

Learn to enjoy and appreciate life regardless of your 'haves' and 'have-nots', and do what your most passionate about. Those were some wise words from my late grandmother.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

Stalk me on my Facebook page to find out :)

Australian music is…?

…AWESOME!!!

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Sincerely, Grizzly

Featured Artist

2013

2

Apr

Sincerely, Grizzly

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide 3-piece Sincerely, Grizzly are one of the winners of our Laneway Festival competiton. The trio will be bringing their "literature rock" sounds to the Courtyard stage of Laneway Adelaide at 5:10pm this Friday Feb 8th.

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

We call it literature rock. It and we came to be through a long process of passive aggressive coercion and compromise. And here we are, in passively aggressive coerced and compromised love.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition and will be opening the festival in Adelaide - what can Laneway punters expect from the Sincerely, Grizzly live show?

Three very poorly veiled ear to ear smiles, six nervous eyes and twelve flailing limbs.

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

How much time do you have? Adelaide had and has some incredible bands; Zeta (RIP), Lumonics (RIP), Bad Girls of The Bible (RIP), Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!, Steering By Stars, The Honey Pies, Horror My Friend, Charlie Monsoon; producers Aidan Moyse (Hawks of Alba, Curses), Matt Hills (Wolf and Cub, Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!) and people Spoz (Spoz's Rant), Luke Penman (Play/Pause/Play) and Colin (I'm not actually sure what he does but he's everywhere). The industry side of things meanwhile seems to me to be moving in a positive direction too; 5/4 Entertainment, Fourwords and Cats, Clarity Records, Pilot Records, Db Magazine, By Popular Demand, all contributing to that. Those bands, people and institutions inspire us because I think they all believe in the idea that if you create something truly good and work hard, you'll be rewarded for it.

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

It's not my earliest memory, but the first band I saw that really moved me were a local band called Zeta. Their songs were as amazing as their live show, which included (but was not limited to) their singer/guitarist Sascha playing in a white boxing robe, shirtless with crass things written on his body in texta, smashing guitars, but always with this remarkable inability to tune his guitar. That really resonated with me.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We'll be heading around Australia to play some shows in March and April with our west coast connect, Dead Owls. Then we'll be doing some more recording, hopefully another video or two and then hopefully releasing said music and video/s. And shows, more shows. And hopefully more festivals too. Basically anything and everything we can.

Australian music is…?

...killing it! Emperors, Dead Owls and Mezzanine from WA, Luca Brasi from Tassie, I, A Man from VIC, Ted Danson With Wolves from NSW, Tape/Off, Violent Soho and The Medics from QLD and the aforementioned from home. It's so good!

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Sui Zhen
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Sui Zhen

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Antena, Arthur Russell, Dip in the Pool, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Day Ravies

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Cull
New

Artist

Cull

Indie, Rock (shoegaze, city pop, dreampop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Baptism Of Uzi

Featured Artist

2013

13

May

Baptism Of Uzi

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne 4-piece Baptism Of Uzi are dreamy and groovy and psychy and great.

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

Bojan had some riffs and an unhealthy obsession with his dictaphone tape recorder. We jammed at home a lot and tried to find a way to meld all of our strange influences into a cohesive sound. We’re still working on that. We started playing these experiments live at shows organised by friends of ours around Melbourne. We’ve found that our songs are never really complete – we get excited by new ideas and are always adding new sections or riffs that we then use to keep it all fluid and spontaneous at live shows. After a while we record whatever we’ve got in the studio as a live band. For the new EP we spent a year editing, overdubbing and writing as we recorded to try and realise the strange sonic vision we had for this release. This process has also fed back into the live show, so it’s a very circular progression, a feedback loop of sorts. We have lots of diverse influences - hard rock sounds like AC/DC and Black Sabbath to soft-rock like Toto and Michael Jackson. A Daft Punk/Thin Lizzy hybrid of sorts. We were originally inspired by the psychedelic sounds of Neu! and Can and we try to incorporate those expansive improvisational elements wherever we can, though we don’t always pull it off.

What’s a Baptism Of Uzi live show like?

Our live shows are renowned for being an intense and cerebral experience. We try to walk a balanced line between song structure, ambience, riff power and pure sub-intellectual abandon.

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

I (Bojan) come from Canberra so my earliest memories of live music were all-ages shows at the ANU refectory and high school gigs. The first gig I attended was Grinspoon, Shihad and Testeagles (huge bill!). My high school friends told me to be careful of the mosh pit because people steal your shoes in there so I wore my worst pair.

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

"Eat your vegebles" - @rarebasement

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

The launches for our 10" vinyl Stray Currents: July 6th at the Northcote Social Club, Melbourne and June 28th at the Brighton Up Bar, Sydney.

Australian music is…?

…diverse and represents and unifies broad communities. It inspires and has a wonderful history.

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The Ocean Party
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Artist

The Ocean Party

Indie, Pop (guitar pop, Pop, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

COIN BANKS

Featured Artist

2014

11

Mar

COIN BANKS

( )

Perth, WA

Coin Banks is a talented Perth MC with an impressive résumé of collaborations to his name. Now he's stepping up and stepping out on his own and we couldn't be more stoked.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I am a Hip Hop artist from Perth, Australia – I am a beat maker and an MC. A lot of people tell me that my sound and style is really different to what is going on in Australian hip hop at the moment, and I take it as a great compliment. I grew up listening to hip hop in Primary School so it’s always been there, and as hip hop grew, I grew with it. I think the main thing for me was to take my influences and create something original and different.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I am huge music fan. I am fan before I am an artist. So other music is probably my biggest inspiration. I want to make people feel the way the same way that a de la soul song made me feel. Other than that, life’s experiences are a big influence on me – love, girls, and philosophy. For me, Hip Hop is essentially soul music, so it’s the pains and joys in my life that inspires me to create.

What can punters expect from a Coin Banks live show?
RAPS! I am a rappers rapper, an mc’s mc. My main focus is to do my job and deliver the song as well as possible. That being said, I love crowd interaction, I love the old school house party vibe of partying with the crowd. If the crowd has a good time, then im gona have good time. My favourite shows are playing with a full band. I rarely get to play these because of budgetary constraints, but the songs really come to life when there is a 7 piece band behind me.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Over the years, Homeboy Sandman has become a bit of a big brother to me. If I overstep the boundary, he is quick to step in and set me right. I love the dude for the guidance he has given me. He isn’t only one of the best MC’s in the world; he is also one of the most intelligent and nicest dudes I know.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Chet Faker – No Diggity (Cover)

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Ta-Ku – I miss you

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

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was a Bush Fire Fundraiser in Perth. Started with Natalie Mae and  Rae doing an acoustic set together, I love these guys and their performance is always something special. Then Marksman Lloyd played, and he killed it as per usual. I had to leave just after his set finished, but was a great night with great people.

Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Marksman Lloyd – He is my favourite MC in WA, if not all of Australia. His work ethic and originally are really inspiring – I always tell him how jealous I am of his stuff. One of my closest homies!
Mathas – I don’t really need say much about this guy, I love everything about the music he makes – he inspires me and makes me step my game up.
Ta-Ku – I’ve worked with Ta-Ku for over the years, and am happy to call him one of my best friends. He has always supported me in music and personal life, and vice versa. Dude is an inspiration for everyone in Perth.
Empty – This guy can play every instrument, rap, sing and freestyle something incredible. I’m always watching what he is up to next, and I suggest the rest of Australia do the same.
Sable – Young, talented, humble and passionate. This guy has such a bright future ahead of him, and I am super excited to be working with him on a few songs.
Childs Play, Beckon, Cole, Strangelove – These guys are all new young up and comers in the Perth scene and are already making waves. They all have a great work ethic and I am looking forward to seeing them grow as artists in the scene. They keep me on my toes.

What are your plans for Coin Banks in 2014?
Having the HEADS EP released on March 7th was a relief, but it now means I need to move on to the next page. Im going to let HEADS do its thing for a little bit, and to follow it up I have the TAILS EP featuring two singles with video clips. The Tails EP has my most favourite song of all time on it, I love everything on the HEADS EP but one of the singles on the TAILS EP is really special, and I cant wait to release it. I am currently working on my Debut solo LP with two songs already completed – one produced by Ta-Ku and another by Nottz from Detroit. As well as my solo stuff,  UPNUP have been busy writing new material to take into the studio. I have also been working with Sable and Marksman on an EP. 2014 should be a great year.

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Ciggie Witch

Featured Artist

2014

31

Mar

Ciggie Witch

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne chill dudes Ciggie Witch make leisurely indie pop full of warmth and longing.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Mitch and I (Zac) are the main song writers in Ciggie Witch, we each bring basic rhythm guitar and vocals to the band and then everyone else writes their own parts which can get a bit hectic when everyone's writing different melodies, luckily they never seem to clash.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I guess the biggest source of inspiration is just everyone who is around us and the music they are all playing.

What can punters expect from a Ciggie Witch live show?
Awkwardness and the same bad jokes every show.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Being told to sing with my own voice and my Dad said you should play covers because INXS did.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
A song that could cheer you up is 'Do What You Wanna' by Andre.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
A song to make someone cry is 'Long Weekend' by Ciggie Witch.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Boy Forever - Lets Talk About It

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last show I was at was a Haircut show and it was mad as, they were great and their was $2 pots/middys.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Everyone in the band and the other projects they have.

What are your plans for Ciggie Witch in 2014?
Ciggie Witch have an album coming out in May called Rock And Roll Juice which we'll do a tour with and we've started recording our 2nd album which hopefully will be out later this year or early next year.

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Snowy Nasdaq
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Artist

Snowy Nasdaq

Electronic, Indie (Synths, drums, Vocals)

Melbourne, VIC

Harts
New

Artist

Harts

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

Melbourne, VIC

Wintercoats

Artist

Wintercoats

Pop, Electronic (folk, Pop, Beach House, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Townhouses
New

Artist

The Townhouses

Electronic, Indie, Pop (visual, Dream-Pop, Ambient, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Rainbow Chan

Featured Artist

2013

19

Aug

Rainbow Chan

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney artist Rainbow Chan is a multi-instrumentalist always looking for ways to play with sound and narrative. Get swept away by the warmth and charm of her bedroom-produced electronic pop.

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

I like to write pop songs, deconstruct them and rearrange them for electronics and live instruments. I play a range of instruments including saxophone, piano, guitar, synths, harp and various knick-knacks that I sample and make beats with. Often I will spend hours in my bedroom studio with a cup of tea and Asian snacks, experimenting with loops and voice, blending tape with digital things, and layering warped samples upon organic sounds.

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

I'm constantly amazed and feel pumped when I attend friends' gigs. Sydney's creative output is really diverse. Golden Blonde, Moon Holiday, Jonti, Thomas William and Sui Zhen are some of my favourites. My newest obsession is Black Vanilla though because they make the best grinding jams and are incredible onstage.

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

I performed in Karen O's opera "Stop the Virgens" last year at the Sydney Opera House. On opening night, Karen gave us the most fierce pep talk ever. Basically, she told us to not give a damn about anyone else in the crowd because we're doing this for us and we'd become a close and empowered group of women. Many expletives were used. When I get nervous before a show, I chant Karen's words and remember that if you're putting yourself 100% out there, people are going to connect and ultimately respect what you do.

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

Besides buying too much secondhand clothing and knick-knacks, I am obsessed with cooking for people! I love baking, whipping together a delicious stir fry or making Asian desserts including "tang yuan". It's a glutinous rice dumpling with a pocket of peanut butter and brown sugar inside, served in a ginger sweet broth. Probably really bad for your teeth!

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

I'll be making a film clip, playing Bigsound and OutsideIn Festival which includes performing in a supergroup that's recreating The Avalanches' "Since I Left You" live, write an album, more collaborations. And, oh, marry James Blake.

Australian music is…?

…humble and innovative. Also, Kylie Minogue, preferably singing and riding on a novelty-sized giant thong.

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Airling

Featured Artist

2014

2

Jun

Airling

Brisbane, QLD

Airling is the moniker of captivating Brisbane artist Hannah Shepherd. Her impressive debut tracks show signs of greatness ahead.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I've been playing and writing music for pretty much my whole life. But this current Airling sound started with me writing the bones of songs with synths and Casio keyboard beats and then developing on these ideas in collaboration with Tom Iansek from Big Scary and Graham Ritchie (Emma Louise, Skinny Jean). I guess we just try to combine our individual tastes and creative colours to make a soundscape that allows the soul of the song to breathe. It's a pretty instinctual, organic and thoughtful process for us.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Other music, especially listening to a cool album while going for a run seems to really inject inspiration into my blood. As well, I seem to create and write a lot on my highs and during my lows. And my closest friends who I call family inspire me endlessly.

What can punters expect from an Airling live show?
A couple of best buds vibing out on some beats, samples, delays and a bunch of my feelings.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
To be truthful, gentle and fearless. Emma Louise gave it to me one birthday but it's a quote from Gandhi and it just resonates with the way I want to live my life

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mobius Streak by Hiatus Kaiyote cause it's just so damn cool and sexy.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Vapour by Vancouver Sleep Clinic, this track just seems to take you to some sad but beautiful place in my opinion.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I'd most likely drop Holograms by Oscar Key Sung because it's one of my favourite tunes and it would probably inspire some epic sexy dance moves from people.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I think it was probably a house party garage gig that I had in my backyard for my cousin Jack Carty. O' Little Sister supported him and they were both breathtaking, two sweet songwriters and honest humans.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are so many, Brisbane has an extremely supportive and inspiring scene. Foremost my band mate Graham Ritchie aka Gray man but also my besties Emma Lou, Mikey Sheehan and Thelma Plum, Sleepy Tea and Matt Redlich (killer producer/photographer/musician/human).

What are your plans for Airling in 2014?
I just want to keep releasing and making music that I love and care about. So we'll be putting my debut EP out later in the year and touring with a couple more bands before then... Asgeir and The Paper Kites. Apart from that I'm working on writing heaps of songs for an album that I'm busting to start recording.

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ILUKA
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Artist

ILUKA

Indie, Pop (Indie, Soul, Pop)

Sydney, NSW

Direwolf
New

Artist

Direwolf

Indie (Direwolf, dire wolf, Matthew Dewar, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Bicentennial
New

Artist

Bicentennial

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

Sydney, NSW

Clowns
New

Artist

Clowns

Punk, Rock (Black Flag, The Bronx, Ceremony, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Samuel Dobson

Featured Artist

2016

15

Feb

Samuel Dobson

( )

Sydney, NSW

Samuel Dobson is a Sydney-based hip hop artist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who has a passion for eclectic sounds and live instrumentation. Check out his tracks on Unearthed and catch him live with with his "very impractical" 11-piece hip hop orchestra.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Music has been something I've done for most of my life. Over the years I've developed deep interests in a pretty eclectic mix. As a child I was pretty much rock and roll. By the time I hit high school I gravitated towards anything that sounded new and unfamiliar and became very interested in jazz, which I went on to study at the Sydney Conservatorium. While at Uni my interests shifted again to hip-hop and the world of experimental 'noise' music. After Uni I lived, travelled and learned music in several counties in Africa (Mali, Senegal & Ethiopia). When I returned I started regularly attending Sydney Symphony Orchestra concerts and became very interested in the world of classical music, whilst at the same time investigating more traditional jazz styles. 
 
With regards to hip-hop it's been a very slow evolution. My very long term partner in crime/producer is Peter Farrar (P Major). We did a lot of experimenting and wrote A LOT of demos together, some of which we compiled into a mix-tape 'FKVOL1'. After that I wrote a mixtape that I called 'Shazza-T' which was a series of tracks paying homage to some of my favourite rappers and at the same time further developing my own sound. It was while making this that I realised how much I enjoyed telling stories.
 
When I started writing 'Samuel' I had developed 3 live projects for presenting hip-hop; Triceratops (a psyhadelic, auto-tuned, future-soul trio) with an amazing drummer Miles Thomas and Dave Rodriguez (aka Godriguez - who's now smashing it as Sampa The Great's producer). Hi-Tops Brass Band (a New Orleans inspired March band who I rap and sing with) and my own live project (a 7 piece band I used  while I was still performing under the name Shazza-T). I realised I had such an incredible arsenal of musicians, producers and technical wizards around me and a bunch of them had expressed an interest to get involved with future projects so I held them to it!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The musicians around me who I get to work with every day! My full time job is playing music (I am a double bassist) so every time I go to work I am consistently challenged, educated and inspired by all of my peers. There are a lot of talented men and women in Sydney right now. Its fantastic to see so many of my close friends are kicking goals.
 
What can punters expect from a Samuel Dobson live show?
The current band is an 11 piece right now - string quartet, two horns, a three piece rhythm section, a singer named Kate Wadey and myself on bass and raps. Everyone's background is either in jazz, classical or rock/pop and the caliber musicianship is really exceptional. Then we all come together and play hip-hop.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
A good mate of mine and someone who I work with quite a lot is a guy called Justin Fermino. He never explicitly gave me this advice in words but I inadvertently learned this from being around him -
Apply for grants, organise your own shit and get proactive about your own career.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Blue skies and walking in the park and maybe eating ice cream.... But after dark.
Say no more
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I don't even think this song is sad. There's just a melancholy beauty to the melody. Really beautiful track.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
This one's only just come out. Gotta check this guy out if you haven't already
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
A local artist who goes by the name AKABaz launched his album Memento Mori at the Red Rattler in Marrickville. The music is very unique and quite hard to define. He has a big group with three really amazing and contrasting vocalists Brian Campeau, James Daley and Elana Stone. Really inspirational stuff to see live.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I am mostly inspired by my musical peers, friends and colleagues. Although if I had to pick just one person it would be Peter Farrar (aka Pmajor). We've worked together for about 11 years now and I can confidently say no one person has had a greater influence on my musical development - across all genres - than Pete.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I'll be releasing my debut album 'Samuel' this week and taking my 11 piece band on a mini east coast tour. Beyond that it'll be the same as every other year - music music music. Hoping to have another mixtape out this year and also get the ball rolling in the next album. Also if I can fit in some bridge tournaments too I'll be one happy guy.

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Dianas

Featured Artist

2014

14

Apr

Dianas

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Dianas are Nathalie, Caitlin and Ashley. United in 2012 the trio have been cultivating their unique brand of dark and dreamy, DIY-pop sounds outta Perth ever since.

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

Our sound has developed quite a bit just through playing together and getting better at our instruments. Certain things like the lack of hi-hats and lots of toms in the drumming have arisen simply out of necessity; we didn't actually own any hi-hats in the beginning and now we've become attached to Ashley's jungle woman drumming style. The double vocals probably have as much to do with taste as with neither of us wanting to be a lead singer, and the melodic, intertwining guitar and bass lines from neither of us being a "real" bass player. Pretty much we just do whatever we think sounds good and are hopefully evolving musically with each thing we do...

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

Red wine and seeing awesome bands play from Perth and elsewhere.

What can punters expect from a Dianas live show?

Drums like a runaway train, awkward banter and instrument swapping that doesn't quite go smoothly.

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

"Easy on the ride" - Chris Wright, local sound engineer and drummer.

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

The Saints 'Stranded'. Beaches 'Send Them Away'.

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

Rowland S. Howard 'Shut Me Down'.

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

Kylie Minogue 'I Should Be So Lucky'. Flower Drums 'Birthday Girl'

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

Runner + Antelope + Place of Indigo instrumental show at The Bird. They were all very musically amazing and the lack of vocals wasn't lacking at all.

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

Two new favourite Perth bands are Kitchen People and The Pissedcolas who have been playing a fair few shows together alongside more established acts such Laurel Fixation, Shit Narnia, Aborted Tortoise and Catbrush. They seem to have developed a special (non-exclusive) kind of scene on their own. I think the most outstanding common thread between these bands is their emotionally earnest approach of writing and playing. The Perth music community is pretty inspiring in general :)

What are your plans for Dianas in 2014?

Write some new songs and record an album. Pretty classic band things. Hopefully play some shows in other cities!

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Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

REMI

Featured Artist

2012

13

Feb

REMI

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Melbourne, VIC

Remi is a 20-year-old Melbourne MC turning heads with his debut album 'Regular People Shit'. Get a taste of it right here.

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

I just listen to artists that I like, and how they get their personalities across through their music. I also recorded a bunch of songs that will never see the light of day, and worked my arse of until I was happy with how they sounded. With the beats, we tried to create a balance of organic sounds, with electronic bass instruments, though still trying to keep it as natural as possible.

What’s a Remi live show like?

If it’s up to my friends, wild as f**k! I love performing live, so I just get really amped and, usually, the crowd feeds off that and it results in pandemonium.

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

Everything that J Smith (producer) has ever told me. Except for when he tells me I should eat less Nando’s, then he doesn’t know what the f**k he’s talking about.

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

I’m pretty lucky in the sense that the people who inspire me are in my team. Whether it is, Run For Your Life or the UY collective. J Smith has probably been my biggest inspiration/mentor. N’fa’s been like a brother and mentor. Syreneyiscreamy & Chris Scott’s voices make me pull my finger out on hooks. My homie Jarryd Williams, who is the other Leader of the UY collective, makes me hustle. Everyone else holds down his or her own instruments, whether it’s a camera or knowledge about the industry, and that makes you want to work harder. It’s basically my family (both real and musical) that inspires me, in the un-cheesiest way possible.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

I’ve got a gig this Wednesday for Uncomfortable beats at Bar Open on Brunswick Street, that I’m pretty excited for. Heading up to Sydney this weekend to See Hau with the Run For Your Life peeps. Got some gigs in Perth during March, which will be siiiiiiick. Writing a bunch more tracks, and finding out how to make money by doing this music shit.

Australian music is…?

...slept on by the world.

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