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The Playbook
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Artist

The Playbook

Pop, Punk, Rock (Pop Punk, Punk Rock, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

1891
New

Artist

1891

Indie, Pop, Rock (DIY, sci-fi, Fluke, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Fever Dream
New

Artist

Fever Dream

Indie, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

SAFIA

Featured Artist

2013

15

Apr

SAFIA

Canberra, ACT

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

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

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

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

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

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

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

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

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

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

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

Australian music is…?

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

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PRO VITA

Featured Artist

2015

25

May

PRO VITA

( )

Sunshine, QLD

Sunny Coast legends Pro Vita are the winners of our Big Pineapple Music Festival competition. They'll be opening the fest this Saturday May 30, before the likes of Violent Soho, Thundamentals and John Butler Trio.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is all about having fun. We developed our sound by morphing together all of our musical backgrounds into something we were all pretty happy with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Love, waves, mates and Australian music.
 
You’re the winners of our Big Pineapple competition. What can punters at The Big Pineapple Music Festival expect from your live show?
Fun tunes, bad dancing, funny singing faces and us running around on the huge stage. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Jeremy Neale's daily life advice Facebook status'.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Fuck It by Dune Rats
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
What About Me by Shannon Noll
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
In a perfect world we would play a Sandstorm cover by Violent Soho. In a perfect world.  
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went to see Smith Street Band at the SOLBAR on the Sunshine Coast and they were nuts. It was a Wednesday night and the room was absolutely packed.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the QLD music community that inspire you.
The Brisbane music scene is full of epic musicians and rad mates who are continuously releasing crazy good music. The Sunshine Coast is starting to catch on which is awesome.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
New music, a bunch of shows and having a rad time doing it.
 

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Joy & Sparks
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Artist

Joy & Sparks

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Sexy, spacious, minimal, ...)

Adelaide, SA

YOUNG MONKS
New

Artist

YOUNG MONKS

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

Canberra, ACT

Lellow
New

Artist

Lellow

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

WALLACE
New

Artist

WALLACE

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop, Roots (Future Soul, Soul, Jazz, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Kissing Booth
New

Artist

Kissing Booth

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (The Weakerthans, Waxahatchee, Death cab for cutie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Featured Artist

2015

2

Feb

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne quintet Rolling Blackouts make soft punk/tough pop that harks back to the golden age of Australian guitar pop. Their Go-Betweens-inspired jangly rock is fast earning them a gaggle of new fans and caught our ears enough to land them the feature artist spot.

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

We came at the band with a bit of a plan: we wanted to write big pop melodies rooted in rhythms you could rock your right knee to (a la your uncles doing the Eagle Rock). We developed the first 10 songs or so in my room with pizza. One of Joe, Tom or I would bring a bit of a song in and we'd sit around eating pizza and working through the song, “I don't care if it takes us 16 pizzas dammit, no one is leaving until this song is finished!”. As for the set up – Tom, Joe and I all sing our own songs/parts. Instrument wise, we really wanted Joe and Tom both playing electric cause they both have idiosyncratic playing styles, and we decided we wanted an acoustic in the mix, so I grabbed that. We got Joe Russo in on bass and Marcel Tussie in on drums and told him, “No funny business”.

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

It's going to sound all at once lame, wanky and vague but: Australia? As in the concept of Australia. What it was, What it is...

What can punters expect from a Rolling Blackouts live show?

Previously I would have said some tuning issues! But I like to think we're much more 'front foot' nowadays. Everyone has tuners for example. Now it's all about ripping through the songs with extreme force!

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

Keep it stupid simple. From matey Nick Finch from Graveyard Train.

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

Mental as Anything – Live it Up. “Hey there sugar with a sad face / Come up to my place and live it up / You beside the dance floor / Why do you cry for / Live it up”. How could anyone deny that??

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

Sleepy Jackson – Come to This. For someone on the brink of tears, this song by The Sleepy Jackson would be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It's the combo between the workaday chug the chords are doing and that quivering lead which seems to say “Hey, I know you're upset, and you're right to be upset”. A little bit of sympathy can really make someone fall apart. It's like the little kid who's just holding the waterworks back - they get a little pat on the back from an aunty, and the levee breaks.

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

John Paul Young – Love is in the Air. Proven performer! Just keeps building and building until that massive chorus! A particularly good choice if you find yourself with an abundance of giant balloons.

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

Last local gig was a band called Andre at a place called Long Play – a really great small cinema / venue in North Fitzroy. It was a ripping gig, complete with a film intro of Andre riding a motorbike into the venue, and a massive smoke and laser show. Those guys bring it!

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

Really into a lot of the great pop that's come out of Melbourne in the last few years. Really big fans of Dick Diver, Twerps, Bad // Dreems, Courtney Barnett and Andre. Some entries into the literary-canons right there, and some turbo pop to boot. The Peep Tempel - Blake Scott's prose is top notch. And they are so punishing live. Jarrod Quarrell (Lost Animal, St Helens, The New Season) - he's always got such great conviction in his delivery. You Yangs - a brother's/mate's band. Great live band, and some great song ideas, like Tullamarine - a song about coming home​ from overseas bruised and broke. Or their ode to Stingray leaving Neighbours... Of course!

What are your plans for 2015?

EP: We're heading up to a mudbrick house in Rushworth in country Victoria in a few weeks to record our follow up EP. Got a few songs we're really looking forward to getting down.

Shows: Teeing up some Melbourne and country Vic shows at the moment. Wanting to get up to Sydney and Brisbane if we can too (all details on the Facebook).

Album: Planning to get the album recorded later this year, with a view to having it airborne early 2016.

Pizza: Some pizza.

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PINES
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Artist

PINES

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, cinematic, Future Beats, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Helen Shanahan
New

Artist

Helen Shanahan

Indie, Pop (folk, Pop, Acoustic, ...)

Perth, WA

Machine Age
New

Artist

Machine Age

Electronic, Indie, Rock (Electronic, Rock, Indie, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Tashka
New

Artist

YEEVS
New

Artist

YEEVS

Indie, Punk (alternative, shoegaze)

Sydney, NSW

Rort Menace
New

Artist

Rort Menace

Punk, Rock (Punk, Hardcore, Hardcore Punk, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

The Ansah Brothers
New

Artist

The Ansah Brothers

Hip Hop

Canberra, ACT

Hockey Dad

Featured Artist

2014

15

Dec

Hockey Dad

( )

Illawarra, NSW

Fuzzed-out surf pop duo Hockey Dad have capped off a huge year by winning our Falls Festival competition. You can catch these Leisure Coast legends on stage at Falls in Byron Bay this New Years Eve.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's really hard to determine how we developed our sound, as it was never forced. The music we listen to would have to be an obvious influence, although I think being best mates for 13 years has really inspired us to to write songs that simply just feel natural to us. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Our ridiculous tastes in music. We could be jamming out to Aretha Franklin, and a moment later we'd throw on some Beastie Boys and fire up. I think we've slowly become more open minded with the songs we listen to, which is cool. There's always something to take from every genre.
 
You’re the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can punters at Falls in Byron Bay expect from the Hockey Dad live show?
Being regular punters ourselves, we've always been watching bands having the time of their lives at epic festivals, so we're unbelievably stoked to finally be having a dig ourselves! For the legends that come see us... you can expect blood, sweat and beers... sprinkled with cheeky grins and a few brand new songs!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When we were chilling with the Duniez fellas down the coast one weekend, Danny was chatting with us about the decision to not have a bass player. The one thing we remember from that night, was him saying "You guys just do what you want to do, don't worry about what other people want. As long as you're having fun, people will be diggin it." 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mylee Grace & Ozzy Wrong - 'Lady Lady Lady'. I don't think it's possible to listen to this song without smiling and bopping your head around. We're massive fans of their playful lyrics and overall vibe. Close your eyes and drift away to your own little world full of rainbows, watermelons and sunshine.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bad Dreems - 'My Only Friend'. A real heartbreaker from a bunch of boofheads. Who said that true blue Aussie battlers can't be emotional? Sometimes we all need a Hi-Vis covered shoulder to lean on. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Midnight Oil - 'Beds Are Burning'. Fair dinkum, mate.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our new mates The Moving Stills played at our managers bar in the 'Gong recently. It's so sick to see young dudes who are setting goals and are stoked to be playing shows. Keep an ear out for these legends.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
Wollongong is becoming such a tight little community of musicians, it's epic. Pretty much it's just all about hanging with your bruzzies and getting stoked on each other's music. After all, that's what being in a band is all about.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 will be purely dedicated to the All Aussie Adventures of Hockey Dad, which is super exciting. Other than recording our next release throughout January, then touring with bruzzies DZ Deathrays and legends Bass Drum Of Death shortly afterwards, it's all up in the air at the moment. Although I'm sure we'll keep writing songs, playing shows and frothing out.

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From Oslo
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Artist

From Oslo

Indie, Punk, Rock (Rock, Garage, Japandroids, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

WILSN

Featured Artist

2015

12

Oct

WILSN

Melbourne, VIC

WILSN is a Melbourne-based soul artist with an impressive voice and knack for creating captivating songs. She's one of the winners of our NIDA competition so check out her new film clip for 'Walking For Days' as our Feature Artist this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
It's soul music! Classic soul with a modern touch. With 60's girl group soul influences, it can also be rock/blues tinged at times. I've been listening to soul/blues since I was a young child (thanks dad!) so it's sort of been engraved in my brain. It's where I got my voice, singing along to my idols.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
The artists I listen to inspire me more than anything. They are all amazingly epic soul singers! Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Sharon Jones, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers etc.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
 
My incredibly talented band of legends will make those punters want to dance!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
 
At one point I didn't think my love for soul music would get me very far in today's music industry, but my producer Stephen used to tell me "You don't have to change yourself or your sound to fit in. You're at your best when you do what comes naturally" and I haven't looked back!
 
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?
 
Ali Barter's "It's Not Real" gets me every time. 
 
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?
 
I supported Meg Mac at The Corner a few weeks ago, so I watched from backstage and man is she amazing live! I couldn't look away. I also caught my friend Ali Barter's gig at Howler last week. She is always rad live! I love her voice. And before that, probably Dorsal Fins at the Curtain. Ella and Jarrad kill it every time!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
 
Haitus Kaiyote are doing really well for themselves, and they started off like me, in the VCA crowd, slugging it in the Melbourne music scene. I remember the first time I was introduced to them and watched them play at The Evelyn years ago. The place was half empty, but I was so in awe! Nai's voice made my head spin. Now they're selling out massive venues and kicking ass internationally. It's so encouraging to see great local artists killing it! Meg Mac is local and killing it at the moment as well. I love a great female voice! I've also been getting inspired by collaborating with Oscar Dawson from Holy Holy recently. He has got to be one of the most talented and versatile guitarists going around! Also Stephen Mowat, my producer, inspires me every day. He started out as mainly a hip hop producer but has grown into an "everything" producer! It's great to watch him at work! Such music. Many inspire.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
 
I am releasing my debut WILSN EP this November 14th, at The Gasometer in Melbourne! It will have 6 tracks, and includes my singles Unmeet You and Walking For Days. I have some other exciting shows coming up and also a trip to the US!

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Sword & Sorcery
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Artist

Sword & Sorcery

Indie, Metal

Brisbane, QLD

Sans Parents
New

Artist

Sans Parents

Indie, Rock (sans parents, Brisbane, sydney, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Cassius Select
New

Artist

Cassius Select

Electronic

Sydney, NSW

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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Lifeboat
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Artist

Lifeboat

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

Brisbane, QLD

Penelope Austin
New

Artist

Penelope Austin

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (alternative pop, Singer Songwriter, dance, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Bugs

Featured Artist

2017

18

Dec

Bugs

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know your Byran Bay Falls Festival Winners, BUGS. Expect nothing less than sweaty torsos, mops of hair flying around and a whole tonne of bad puns at their live show!

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

I used to record tonnes of distorted demos on my laptop and that's how the project came about. A few singles got picked up for radio play, The band got offered live shows and support slots and it all just went from there. Over the last few years since Brock and Jordan joined, our songwriting process totally evolved. After playing together for so long, our sound is just naturally super different from all the years making bedroom trash. We practice pretty regularly and naturally have honed our collective ideas for what we want our band and music to be since becoming so close. As we are great mates, we are all generally on the same page so it makes for a fun and easy creative process.

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

Music has always been a great processing mechanism for me. I’m a huge over thinker and tend to be pretty observant which is where a lot of the socially topical content for our songs comes from. Whenever I can’t understand something I have felt or experienced it helps to process that confusion by writing it out so it doesn’t just swirl around inside my head forever. Making music gives me that ability to become more self-aware by questioning thought whilst simultaneously expressing my creative, instinctive passion. I guess after all that the ultimate inspiration is the opportunity to connect with other people who might think in a similar way and understand what you are trying to say. The world can feel like a huge and lonely place, so I think it’s important to feel a sense of community in whatever capacity possible. When you connect with other people over music, it is amazing, so I guess our songs are like our own little message sent out into the airwaves trying to reach people who will understand. Hopefully, it feels like a big warm hug from a mate you haven’t seen in a while.

What can punters expect from a Bugs live show?

Jordan's sweaty torso, my mop of hair flying around, a whole tonne of bad puns and knee slides. We just really like to create a bit of a house party kind of feeling in the room we play in. It’s always important to establish the necessity for respect and a safe space in the venue we play in though. It’s a funny catch 22 and a fine line between getting wild and being an over-assertive, aggressive night ruiner. Oh, and maybe a kiss or two.

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

I think it’s the cliche of not being so hard on yourself. My mother, girlfriend and mates always try to reinforce a firm belief in myself. It’s easy to self-impose pressure when you work hard and desperately want to achieve something, but if by doing that you’re making yourself miserable it generally defeats the purpose of doing it at all. I can be a pretty intensely analytical thinker so I guess it’s important to steer that in positive directions and harness the power of it for progression, and it’s even more important to stay calm and relax when you start getting overwhelmed. I make terrible choices when I’m stressing out, so the most important piece of advice to remember for me are to chill and go with the flow. I think that goes hand in hand with a deep-rooted self-confidence, one I am yet to find.

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

Probably 'Young Drunk' by The Smiths, an infectiously cathartic anthem from my youth. Or 'Never Had So Much Fun' by Frenzal!

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

'Blood' by The Middle East gets me every damn time. It hits home super hard.

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

Either ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ by The Angels or ‘Whats My Scene’ by Hoodoo Gurus. Straight up. Pub bangers. I am such a proud bogan.

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

We played with British India a few weekends ago at The Triffid and they absolutely blew the roof off. It was surreal to stand side of the stage and watch some of our heroes belt out tunes that soundtracked my youth and teens. The guys were super nice and we knew the other support band Eliza & The Delusionals who are super cool people too. I ran some chips out on stage cause they shouted me a free burger earlier but it hadn’t come by the time they started playing.

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

Brisbane is way too great to list all the awesome people who make it such a vibrant community. The Violent Soho guys are like royalty. Artists like Good Boy and Waax are really inspiring. It has been remarkable to watch brilliant and considerate people do incredible things this year. Jeremy Neale has been an enormous influence for me personally. The amount of carefully thought out advice, compassion and time he has afforded me since starting this band has been overwhelming. Our manager Ruby and booker Dom are like family. The venue managers and booking agents around town are invaluable and it breeds this sense of welcoming and teamwork that is conducive to shared success and makes for some ripping memes by Cael (Valley Ledge). Also, not to take away from the punters and gig patrons (one of which is myself). The frequency with which you will see full rooms in multiple venues on any given night in the valley is heartwarming. People care about and feel really connected to the music community here, because the equality and serenity in lack of competition breed a really positive connected industry.

What are your plans for 2018?

Opening Falls on New Years Day is certainly the brightest beacon on the calendar, but we’re barrelling into a busy month in Jan. We have a show with our good pals The Hard Aches at Black Bear Lodge on the 19th so that should be super fun. It’s really close to selling out already and the guys are absolute legends so it will be awesome to catch up and return the favour of a couch to crash on. Then we have a single coming out just before we play Brisbane's ‘Mountain Goat Valley Crawl’ festival in early Feb. Personally, I am so dang excited to get this next tune out, we have about 6 ready to go for an EP shortly after but we’re just tying up all the loose ends to make sure the release reaches its full potential. Valley Crawl is this amazing multi-venue night that always has the punters going wild and we’re stoked to have a nice late spot at the Foundry which should get pretttttty dang juicy to say the least.

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WZRDKID

Featured Artist

2014

12

May

WZRDKID

( )

Mildura-Swan Hill, NSW

Mildura locals WZRDKID are the winners of our One Night Stand competition for 2014. The duo will be taking their experimental hip hop to the masses at One Night Stand in Mildura on Saturday May 17.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
So our music is basically what we would call experimental hip hop. We first begun working on music together with the intention of just trying to make something we would want to hear. Developing our sound was a natural process. Just basically jamming out and coming up with something we liked.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Tough one. Our inspiration comes from all sorts of different places and also we have individual influences. Some artist we like are Pink Floyd, Madlib, Ratking, Kanye West.

You’re the winner of our One Night Stand competition. What are you most looking forward to about playing the event in Mildura?
The whole thing! A chance to have our music heard by so many people who would have no idea who we are, and a chance to meet the other bands!

What can One Night Stand punters expect from the WZRDKID live show?
We've been working really hard on our live show. We are playing with a live band! So that will be tight

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Not too sure as far as advice! But the reviews we've got from the triple j dudes on triple j unearthed have been pretty awesome! Our dawg Lewi ;)

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Sticky fingers - 'Gold Snafu'
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Matt Corby - 'Big Eyes'

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

Tell us about the bands or people in the Victorian music community that inspire you.
Chet Faker would be one.

What are your plans for WZRDKID in 2014?
To finish our album "Black Ocean" and go on tour would be dope!
 

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Born Joy Dead
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Artist

Born Joy Dead

Indie, Rock (Alternative Rock, Indie, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Them 9's
New

Artist

Them 9's

Indie, Pop, Rock (BRMC, The Black Keys, Melodys Echo Chamber, ...)

Ballarat, VIC

Skyways Are Highways
New

Artist

Skyways Are Highways

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

Melbourne, VIC

Young Maverick
New

Artist

Young Maverick

Indie, Pop (Smiths, Phoenix, Beach House, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Metal Babies
New

Artist

The Metal Babies

Pop, Rock (The Posies, you am i, Teenage Fanclub, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Fun Machine
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AYLA
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AYLA

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

Sunshine, QLD

Ben Whiting
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Ben Whiting

Rock (Indie, folk, Rock)

Melbourne, VIC

E a s t
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E a s t

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

Central Coast, NSW

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Test artist 2

Dance, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Pinch Hitter
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Pinch Hitter

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

Sydney, NSW

Slow Dancer
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Slow Dancer

Indie (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, ...)

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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F.T. Coker
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F.T. Coker

Indie, Rock, Roots (harmony, Indie, folk, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Eves

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Eves

Pop (Haim, Mazzy Star, Joni Mitchell)

Brisbane, QLD

MEG MAC

Featured Artist

2013

11

Nov

MEG MAC

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

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

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

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

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

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

Australian music is…?

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

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Sophie Lowe

Featured Artist

2015

15

Jun

Sophie Lowe

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Sydney, NSW

SOLO is the songwriting moniker of Sophie Lowe, a young actor and musician who creates beautiful atmospheric pop.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I never know how to explain my sound. I see my music as little stories. I try to create sounds that match the lyrics of each song. So my sound changes a lot as I'm going through different things in my life emotionally. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Just whatever I'm feeling really. I could be anxious, sad, frustrated or broken hearted (or all those things at once!) to help me get through things I'll write stuff down. Honesty is a big inspiration for me.
 
What can punters expect a SOLO live show?
At one of the first gigs I ever did I performed new songs from EP2. I got so connected to one song in particular and I started to cry.  I have a whole range of emotions at my gigs. I also love to dance and get a bit sexy. Lol. I love it. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't let things or people steer you off your path. Stay focused on your path."  - Peter Stormare
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Lyrics are kinda sad :( but the beat is fun!!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
That's mean! Maybe a happy cry? Or just a good cry. We all need a good cry sometimes. 
Sarah Belkner - Blacken The Borders. Awesome song from her new EP. 
 
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?
Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders. They were awesome. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
My producer and friend Neal Sutherland is always inspiring me. Neal is so talented and has always supported my music, he is so much fun to work with! Everyone at Free Energy studios were I record always inspire me. Anyone who is doing what they love really. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
I'm going to release my EP2 before the end of the year. I just finished filming an ABC show called 'The Beautiful Lie' so now I have time to do some gigs! Very excited. I'm filming video clips soon. But other than that, I'm not sure! We will see where life takes me.

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Jack R Reilly
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Jack R Reilly

Indie (Listening, To, Eliot Smith, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Bilby
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Bilby

Indie, Rock (nice people with nice instruments, television, blur, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Art Pleasley
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Art Pleasley

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Roots (dream Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul, Producer)

North Coast, NSW