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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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Montaigne

Featured Artist

2014

26

May

Montaigne

( )

Sydney, NSW

Montaigne is the stage name of 2012 Unearthed High finalist Jessica Cerro. Since impressing us with her Unearthed High entry 'Anyone But Me' she has taken a couple of years to refine and develop her sound - and boy oh boy was it worth the wait! The first offerings from her forthcoming EP are big and bold and beautiful, and available here on Unearthed.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound is rather intertwined with my subconscious so however I feel as a human being mentally, intellectually and spiritually shapes the kind of sound that manifests in my mind and which I seek to give substance to. I have very few production skills and play only two instruments, one (the piano) at a very basic level, so the way the songs ended up on the EP was shaped largely by the big conceptual ideas I was throwing at Tony who produced it and the way that Tony understood them. And of course by the references I gave, such as M83, Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Björk, Sigur Rós etc. I think the greatest influences in the development of my sound were the sounds of other artists, my own holistic self-development and of course the second party (Tony) involved (when someone else is involved, they’re always going to imbue a small piece of themselves). I do a lot of humming, too, and have a penchant for harmonies.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life, I suppose. Things as they happen to me. Anything which elicits a creative reaction from me. I don’t like to force the process of making music, music for me is like something that’s always happening in my body and every now and again it seeks outlet. When I sit down and say, okay, I’m going to write a song now, whatever I write is crap. It’s when I surprise myself with a line or a quick melody that I write my best songs, they develop from there. Spontaneity is key.

What can punters expect from a Montaigne live show?
Some pretty loud vocals and some pretty wild gesticulation. Something you should engross yourself in and join. Whatever joining means to you.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I get this advice from many people, amongst them my parents and even John Watson, one of Australia’s most successful managers: don’t underestimate yourself. Or further than that, trust yourself. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I get told that a lot with regards to my songwriting and my voice. And it’s important that I hold to that because I get frustrated easily if what’s in my head just won’t come out of me in exact form.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Rock It by Little Red. Always.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Providence by Lisa Mitchell. Wouldn’t be tears of sadness though, more tears of wonder.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
My People by The Presets. Ooft.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I went to was Big Scary at Manning Bar. The band was freaking great, just their presence was enough to satisfy me I love Big Scary so much.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I have a good friend who’s soon to put out a first single under the artist name Dead Language who constantly impresses me with his ability to balance uni, music and work. He’s got a really strong voice too, his growl power is crazy. He’s someone I can talk to about all the music stuff which I really appreciate, and he’s really passionate about it which I also really admire.
 
What are your plans for Montaigne in 2014?
In the immediate future, I’ll be on a panel for ABC Splash & Unearthed High in June where I’ll be performing a couple of songs acoustically. In the more distant future, there’ll be gigs coming up and I’ll be starting a new record…
 

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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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Mathas

Featured Artist

2013

30

Dec

Mathas

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Perth emcee/producer/singer/song psychologist Mathas is a thoughtful and skilled lyricist whose recent tracks have really impressed. He is the winner of our Southbound competition and will be opening The Sunny Stage of the festival on Saturday, January 4.

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

I’ve been performing and putting out music in Perth for over 10 years now. I suppose I've gradually been shaped into a begrudgingly optimistic pisstaker of world events, the Australian political climate and dietary habits. I guess I just say it as I see it.

You’re the winner of our Southbound competition and will be playing the fest in Busselton, WA on Saturday 4th Jan. What can the crowd at Southbound expect from the Mathas live show?

I’ll be playing out of a briefcase with a giant button attached to it, with some decorative props and a signature onstage goofballishness.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

It's been many years since I've played at a festival and also a long time since I last went to Southbound (2010) ... So getting to perform is highly important. I gotta tell you though, I'm pretty partial to the ol’ campers chai tent.

What are your plans for Mathas in 2014?

I’ll be putting out my sophomore album Armwrestling Atlas in the first half of 2014. That’s pretty much all I can think about at the moment... just get the frikkin album done.

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

Get the album done... it's been 4 years since the last one.

Australian music is…?

Far more important than buying a house.

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Mei Saraswati

Artist

Mei Saraswati

Pop, Electronic (water /, FIYAH, Erykah Badu, ...)

Perth, WA

courtney barnett

Artist

courtney barnett

Indie, Pop (Marvellous, relaxing)

Melbourne, VIC

Sons of Rico

Featured Artist

2010

23

Aug

Sons of Rico

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Sons of Rico from Perth infuse their smart pop sensibilities with elements of proud rock piggery and acrobatic vocal melodies.

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

Our music is quite varied but there seems to be a common ground across the scope. Every song has had its own process and history. Some came together in a matter of days - even hours, and some have been lying dormant for years. Deciding which songs to actually finish is always a big deal because so much attention to detail is required, so if a song idea doesn't feel right early on it's probably not worth pursuing. The great thing about how these songs come together is that they're all written and recorded straight onto the computer where they can be chopped, changed, previewed all at the click of a mouse!

Tell us what we should expect at a Sons of Rico live show.

Somehow an awful lot of tambourine made its way from the studio to the stage, but if you listen hard enough you'll also be able to hear plenty of guitar solos and sweet sweet harmonies. That's all a band needs to do live yeah? Punters can currently expect a set that peaks and troughs (much like our new album does) through moments of rock piggery for the guys and more sexual numbers for the girls…or vice versa of course.

What were you all doing before starting the band?

Every one of us have been kicking around in bands for some time now. In fact each of the fellas but me (Alex) are currently playing in other bands - such is the way in this melting pot of Perth!

What’s coming up in the future?

The release of our first full length (titled "Reactions") is going to keep us busy for a while - there's talk of a trip or two over east early next year. We just want to get out and kick it hard for crew all over the shop! Oh and I guess we gotta think about album number 2 further down the track…

Australian music is?

Thriving after over fifty years of genius thanks to Johnny O'Keefe, Billy Thorpe, AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Regurgitator, Silverchair and so many many more. We all listen to everything from rock to hip-hop to electronica, so it's refreshing and inspiring that we soak up new Australian music everyday.

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Rainy Day Women

Featured Artist

2012

8

Oct

Rainy Day Women

( )

Perth, WA

Rainy Day Women are an exciting Perth 4-piece that produce some infectious sunny day pop. Get the first taste of their upcoming EP 'Friends' here on Unearthed.

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

We’re really into classic pop songs with a great melody - mostly stuff from the 50’s-70’s. Like Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, The Beatles etc, all the classics. So I guess our sound is borrowed from all of those bands that we like but our focus is just to write good songs that stand strong melodically. Lots of harmonies, lots of hooks, lots of space for things to move.

What’s the Rainy Day Women live show like?

Our songs are pretty short and to the point on record, so we like to extend things out a bit live and get a groove happening. We just want to get good vibes across and do our best to make sure the audience is enjoying themselves. Not taking ourselves too seriously, I guess. We don’t wear shoes on stage.

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

The producer for both of our EP’s so far, Andy Lawson (Debaser Studio) , has been quite a mentor. He’s really invested in what we’re doing and has taken the time to help us grow as songwriters (forgive the cliché). We love Perth exports like Tame Impala and bands that are doing their own thing. Place of Indigo are a local band that are going at a sound that isn’t the usual.

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

I’ve heard a lot of people say this, but I think it was Sam from the Rubens that stuck it in my head. It was, that you should never write music with the main objective of it being widely liked. That’s not to say to stay away from writing pop songs, but just to be honest with song writing. It’s really easy to slip in and out of trends but people can tell when you’re being honest. Phases come and go, I'd rather be playing music that I was passionate about to an empty room than playing music that I didn’t like to thousands of people. A wise man once told me to eat the chips first because you can always save the burger for later, but the chips go soggy in the fridge.

What’s coming up in 2012?

We’ve just released a new single called ‘Runaway’ which is off our upcoming EP and are in the middle of a very busy month of shows promoting it. In between that we are writing for an album. Our new EP ‘Friends’ will be out in February and we’re so damn excited to share it!

Australian music is...

...exciting! You can trawl Unearthed for hours listening to different music that is generally of a pretty high standard. All of the Aussie bands that we have played with have all been such good people and that makes the whole thing so much more fun. There’s a community and a party wherever you go.

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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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Casino Sunrise
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Artist

Casino Sunrise

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (Rock, dance, Electronic, ...)

Perth, WA