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Alex Lahey

Featured Artist

2016

14

Mar

Alex Lahey

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's Alex Lahey is your triple j Unearthed Feature Artist this week. Already named as one of triple j Unearthed's artists to watch in 2016, her incoming debut EP (recorded with Oscar from Holy Holy) has us all sorts of excited.

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

I've been playing music my entire life and really started taking it seriously when I picked up the saxophone at 12 years old. I played in big bands all through high school and went to uni to study a jazz degree. I was always writing songs through high school as a means of teaching myself how to play guitar, and found when I got to uni that my ear was more attuned to appreciating a great song rather than a gnarly bebop lick - I was listening to way more Carole King than Charlie Parker. So, I dropped out of my degree and to focus more on writing songs. Oscar Dawson who plays in Holy Holy has helped me bring my songs to life with his incredible production skills. Funnily enough, he also didn't finish the exact same degree as me. And here we are.

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

My lyrics tend to come from interactions I have with other people. I'm big on communication - I like to talk things out - so a lot of the words in my songs happen to be directly taken from conversations I've had. Musically, I get inspired by melody and groove. There's nothing better than hearing a song where there's a sweet chord change or melodic idea that makes you go "what the hell was that? I need to know!"

What can punters expect from your live show?

Coopers Sparkling, Bruce Springsteen-style count ins, fuzz pedals and a drummer who cries whenever he watches 'School of Rock'.

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

My friend's dad tells me "fortune favours the prepared mind", which I'm pretty sure is a Louis Pasteur quote. Basically, I interpret that to mean even if you're feeling you're not producing the best output at a particular time, you're preparing yourself and your skills to create something you're really proud of down the track. Another friend of mine has a similar piece of advice, which is to "sift through the shit", but I don't really like the visual that suggests... Let's stick with the Pasteur one.

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

'Our Place' by Verge Collection

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

'Can We Work It Out' by Gordi

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

'She's So Fine' by The Easybeats

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

I don't know if this counts, but I went to see Alvvays while I was in Sydney the other weekend and they were incredible. I referred to their music a lot while recording my EP. I know Alvvays aren't a local band, but Major Leagues opened and they were just as good. Great songs, great chops, great night.

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

I'm really lucky to be part of a community that inspires me so much. My friends Eilish Gilligan and Greer Clemens both play in a brilliant band called Frida and have their own solo projects. I froth on the feedback I get from them when I show them new songs or mixes. Kate Duncan is the creative producer of The Push Inc and works to give young people opportunities to learn about playing/putting on gigs, being in the studio and releasing music - she's an amazing person who has been looking out for me since I was a bub. My best friend Ollie Whitehead plays sax in Animaux with me and has a sweet new project on the go, which will be excellent. Every time I go into the studio with Oscar, I come out a better musician and writer. Also, shout out to my manager, Leigh. Hey Leigh!

What are your plans for 2016?

Write more songs, play more guitar, play more shows, release my debut EP, tour lots, do more recording, drink all the beers. Not necessarily in that order.

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Didirri

Featured Artist

2017

2

Oct

Didirri

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Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter Didirri has been one of the most exciting new emergents of 2017. His latest offering 'Jude' is a sweet and delicate blend of powerful emotion and sombre folk your heart will melt for.

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

I developed a sense of storytelling and everything else kind of just fell into place. Ideas are always changing and growing and expanding so it's hard to tell when or how I developed a sound. I like to work in a cave when recording. I like to listen to very specific artists and draw inspiration from them. I learnt to trust my gut feeling a lot. I learnt to not be afraid to tell myself that something isn't right or isn't working, always remembering that things need time to simmer and to spice them up in the right way. And I keep trying to add things to tracks that are just for me and that no one may notice.

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

Greatest source of inspiration would definitely be other musicians and other artists. Just other people and their stories really. I'm reflecting on my own experiences and tying theirs together.

What can punters expect from a Didirri live show?

It will depend on whether they see me perform solo or with the band. They are definitely two very different experiences but I try to make it feel like I am always playing to each audience member one on one.

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

"If you have a plan B you don't realistically think you can achieve plan A. If you fail to achieve plan A, just make a new plan A and screw plan B" - Jack the Bear (Mastering Engineer).

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

I always go back to Paul Kelly for inspiration. He's great to get over anything you're going through. 'Meet Me In The Middle of the Air' is the song by Paul Kelly that I would recommend.

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

'Boys Will be Boys' by Stella Donnelly.

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

'The Cracks' by Peter Sonic.

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

Tom Walker and the Sick Individuals. Mesmerising.

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

Yes, yes, whatever... Hayden Calnin, Sonija Yves, Jordie Lane and Angie McMahon. They are all just being very, very real!

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

MAKE SOME MUSIC!!! The EP is nearly done.

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BANFF

Featured Artist

2015

30

Mar

BANFF

Brisbane, QLD

Banff is the solo music project of Brisbane-based songwriter Benjamin Forbes. He makes beautiful dreamy indie-pop and is this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’ve been involved in various projects over the last 6 or so years that have covered a variety of styles from folk to surf rock, a bit of country and indie. I’d say my sound has developed from playing across all of these. As ‘BANFF' I tried to wipe the slate clean and started with throwing around a bunch of new sonic ideas that challenged what I was used to. Writing and recording in the studio was really good because I was able to focus on what ‘felt right’ without much interruption. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Influences from other artists. When I connect with something I love, it just sprouts so much inspiration. While writing the EP I listened to Midlakes album 'The Trials of Van Occupanther' a heap. Every time I listened there seemed to be some new sonic inspiration. 
 
What can punters expect from a Banff live show?
Something genuine. Depending on the venue it can be stripped back to just me and the guitar, but I usually like to play as a 4 piece band and keep it simple and real.
  
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My producer Tom Iansek helped me realise that writing music is much simpler than I was making it. He really stressed on doing what feels genuine and enjoy to it at the same time.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Peter Allen - I Go To Rio
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Into My Arms. A heartbreakingly powerful love ballad
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Peter Allen - I Go To Rio
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw BIGSTRONGBRUTE at The End in Brisbane a week ago. It was great. He reminded of Ben Folds.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are so many cool musical projects emerging out of Brisbane and they’re all inspiring me in some way. I have worked closely with good friend 'Machine Age' recently and he’s really encouraged me to explore new experimental sort of stuff. Airling, O'Little Sister, Flinter, James Angus & Meredith are all great friends and artists out of Brisbane that continually inspire me. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
I have a run of shows supporting Montaigne down the East Coast booked in April and plan to release my third single “All Again” and EP in June/July. I’ll tour that with my band and then jump head first back in to writing for the next release. I’m really looking forward to that.

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Mike O'Dowd
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Mike O'Dowd

Indie, Rock, Roots (mikeodowd)

Melbourne, VIC

Big Scary

Featured Artist

2010

1

Mar

Big Scary

( )

Melbourne, VIC

A passionate two piece from Melbourne who pride themselves on the variety of music they produce, from indie rock to folk. And we're thrusting them on stage to play to the all ages crowd at The Pushover Festival in Melbourne on Sunday!

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

We started jamming about 3 years ago playing acoustic ballads. We started having fun playing with electric guitar and drums and trying to get a full sound from the two, and from there we developed a taste for upbeat garage/rock songs. We then began trying other instrument combinations, most recently we’ve enjoyed combining piano and drums. We enjoy trying to be as diverse as possible.

What can the Pushover Festival audience expect from you live show?

We plan to stick to straight jazz, and when people least expect it, drop in some Weather Report and blow people’s minds! Nah not really, we’ll stick to a pretty rocky set, perhaps with a few percussive jams. We also plan to put our new keyboard to good use, and play our latest single “Falling Away”, should be a blast!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Pushover Festival?

Can’t wait to hear the smooth vocal stylings and upbeat indie tunes of Yves Klein Blue.

What’s coming up in the future?

Throughout the year we plan to release an EP for every season. We’ll start with autumn, and finish with summer this time next year. There’ll be free downloads, launch parties and tours throughout the country. We’ll also be supporting The Vasco Era on their national tour through April and May.

Australian music is?

Like being a kid in a giant Lolly store: it’s packed with goodies. And if you’re willing to dig around a bit, you’ll always find new and unexpected treats!

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REMI

Featured Artist

2012

13

Feb

REMI

( )

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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