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Spacey Jane

Featured Artist

2019

13

May

Spacey Jane

( )

Perth, WA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, WA legends Spacey Jane.

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

We all come from different places musically so we weren't really predisposed to having a certain sound. When we started out we didn't have a specific genre or sound we were aiming for, but our playing styles eventually blended into where we're at now. Some of our shared musical tastes include Wilco, early Kings of Leon, Courtney Barnett, The Strokes, Pixies.

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

Caleb says a lot of his inspiration (especially lyrically) comes from processing emotions and life experiences. Music as a means of catharsis is something we can all relate to. When some feeling or abstract 'thing' hasn't been dealt with, song writing definitely seems like a great outlet for it. In a more general sense we're all inspired to keep making music because of how bloody special it feels to connect with other people through it. Be it with each other or our fans, it's real great.

What can punters expect from a Spacey Jane live show?

We try really hard to make our gigs a safe and inclusive space for everyone involved. When we feel like the crowd is being respectful and looking out for each other, we really give it our all. Also, lots of hair flips from Ashton. And sweat.   

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

One piece of advice that’s stuck with us was from a really great friend in a really great band that have had been killing it for over a decade now. It’s a simple one. He just said to ‘keep writing’. No matter what, always, always, always writing and creating. Can’t really fault it, and it’s always in the back of our minds. Thanks Will.

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

‘Catch My Disease’ by Ben Lee (thanks for reminding us that this exists).

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

Any of Julia Jacklin's tracks - namely ‘Don't Know How to Keep Loving You’.

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

‘Since I Left You’ by The Avalanches.

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

Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks put on a mini-festival for their EP launch, with a heap of great local bands. Jack is a very special songwriter and has a group of amazing musicians who are even nicer people.

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

Stella Donnelly is really putting Perth on the map internationally, and she's done a great job of promoting safe and inclusive gig spaces for everyone. She does an awesome job championing artists of all backgrounds at her shows here in Perth, and she's really brought up the standard of diversity to something the scene can be more proud of! Great Gable are one of Perth's hardest working bands, without a doubt. They've been at it for a little while and they're consistently on the up & up. It's awesome to see them succeed so much over the last few years, they're a bunch of awesome guys who kill it live & write great songs.There's a heap of other favourites that have always and continue to make Perth one of the best places to play & experience live music! Seriously WA music rules, and we wear the badge with pride.

What are your plans for 2019?

We're heading back into the studio to record what will hopefully become our first album! No promises there. It's just a lovely goal to have. We'll definitely be touring nationally at least once more this year, this time around has been too good to not repeat!

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New

Artist

100

Indie, Punk, Rock (Punk, post punk, Post-Punk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

CXLOE

Featured Artist

2018

16

Apr

CXLOE

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's Feature star, CXLOE. She's currently living overseas in LA making impressive, dark and brooding music full of drama.

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

Its taken me a while to develop my sound, but I've enjoyed the journey! Countless trips back and forth from America going in any and every session I could find. I first started off a few years ago wanting to do folk; inspired by Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Sara Bareilles. But after being in LA for a while and trying to cope with its brutal/lonely nature my music took a bit of a darker turn. I still draw a lot of my melodic inspiration from those artists but the production and undertones are not as organic and more electronic driven. Now I draw a lot of my inspiration from artists such as Lorde, Banks and Sasha Sloane.

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

Probably everything. I mean obviously, I'm so in love with music and the feeling it gives me. But a lot of my inspiration comes from my boyfriend and my family. They give me so much strength and I draw so many of my experiences from them and write about them. They are also the reasons I want to succeed in this business. 

What can punters expect from a CXLOE live show?

A dark and brooding set with musical highs and lows. Dope lighting with songs you can sing along to and cry to. I love taking my listeners on a journey as I feel I'm quite honest as an artist so I don’t mind letting people in.

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

To work SMART, not hard (obviously work hard, but you get the point haha) It was given to me by a friend and artist I really look up to Will Singe.

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

'World of our Love' by Client Liaison.

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

'Comfortable' by LANKS (it's quite a hopeful song but for some reason, I always end up balling my eyes out!).

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

'Holiday' by KOTA BANKS DUH!

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

I'm living over in LA at the moment so the last local Artist I saw was Aussie singer-songwriter Bobi Andenov. He performed at a local event called School Night in Hollywood and totally crushed it!! His vocals are insane and his songwriting is next level!!

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

Oh gosh, there are so many. I'm so inspired by JOY and Jack River, they’re just totally running their own race and I LOVE IT! There are also two women in the music community that really inspire me as they are the most genuinely supportive women I have come across.  Nina Las Vegas and Kota Banks. They are both so encouraging of women in the music industry and don’t see other artists as competition. Which is what we need more of!! I adore these two so much. And OBVIOUSLY my manager Sarah Donelly she is a BOSS I don't know how I got so lucky.

What are your plans for 2018?

To protect my peace over here in LA and write awesome music!!!!

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THE CHATS
New

Artist

THE CHATS

Punk, Rock (#Punk)

Sunshine, QLD

Nick Ward
UH
New

Artist

Nick Ward

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Debbies
UH

Featured Artist

2019

23

Sep

Debbies

( )

Illawarra, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Jervis Bay, Unearthed High finalists and this year's Yours & Owls comp winners, Debbies!

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Tell us about your music and how did you dvelop you're sound?

We like to think our sound is bright and jangly and sorts of stuff like that. We developed it from drawing heaps of inspiration from artists that could make big sounds such as DZ Deathrays and Violent Soho but then we really frothed the energy and pace of Skegss sides of things so we draw from heaps of stuff. Our greatest source of inspiration in making music has to be just going out and experiencing everything we do together but with a song wrtitng lens on. It’s pretty funny going to parties with each other then by the end of the night having a new song that we have wrote about the stuff we’ve liked about it and stuff we’ve hated. Also we love drawing in the area of Jervis Bay to our inspiration cause it adds a bit of sentiment to it which is sick. If you're expecting a ‘all went to plan’ performance then you're very wrong, we have so many problems and stuff ups but the crowd seems to love it but the energy is always present haha. Definetely a more pissed crowd and a more pissed Debbies is a funner show thats for sure haha.

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

Best advice we have gotten is probably from Robbo’s dad, something like “don't let your heads get big” kinda reminds you not to take it too seriously and that we just love making music for how much fun we have.

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

Definitely 'Down Under' by Men at Work, gotta put on a song that's going to keep the dance floor pumping let's be honest. 

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

'My Happiness' by Powderfinger definitely gets us in the feels. Ever since music classes in Year 8 we have frothed it and always chuck it on, I reckon you could get someone to cry from it easily.

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

Last local gig we went to was at the Husky Community hall, it rarely has any gigs on but this local punk band Rat Coffin was playing and we still look up to them heaps. It’s sick to see how the older guys do it and take ideas for our own shows its punk as. We really want to pack that place out one day, it would mean alot to us. 

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

There’s only really one band that inspired us to kind of kick off our push for a music scene in the Jervis Bay area and that was Rat Coffin. We went to a gig before we were even Debbies and they just made Robbo and I get so keen to record and start playing shows.

What are your plans for 2019?

For the last end of 2019 we just want to enjoy it, we are finishing up school at the moment then getting right into it at Yours & Owls festival then jumping on the Surf Trash ‘Friends’ tour on the Melbourne and Sydney leg. Hopefully a new single lies on the horizon before the end of the year, which we will then dig into our first EP for hopefully early-mid 2020!

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semantics

Featured Artist

2019

26

Aug

semantics

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and this year's Bigsound comp winners, semantics!

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

We started off the same way most young punk bands do. Lots of Green Day, Against Me, The Menzingers etc. We were all high school emos. That has always played a part in our sound, putting us on the melodic, emotive side of punk more so than the chordal, political origins of the genre. The sound is still developing as we grow. We listen to grunge, hardcore, folk, dub reggae, trance, world, blues, and lots of country. It’s fun to listen to what people outside of your immediate genre are doing that makes them special.

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

Listening to more and more music every day. In recent years, the online accessibility to new obscure music is so cool, we can digest music from all over the world and sift through music we otherwise never would have found. More people are pushing boundaries and saying goodbye to genre “norms” and that is super inspiring to us. We never feel like we’ve got to stick to a certain concept.

What can punters expect from a semantics live show?

Lots of yelling, lots of headbanging, a couple of tears and way too much fun! Energy is what makes a show, so we won’t always play our parts perfectly, you can listen to our tunes at home and enjoy precise recordings, but we aren’t sacrificing a punk rock performance for that. I don’t think its what people come to our shows for.

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

The best advice we have received is to barrage Unearthed with our activity. Our incredible friend Luke Morgan stressed the opportunities we could gain if we took this seriously and let the curators know we exist. Since then, no one has reciprocated our efforts better than triple j and Unearthed.

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

I’d blast the entire Novos album by The Gooch Palms. I break out in dance every time I listen to it. There’s something about the surfy, punk reinvention of The Misfits, The Ramones and Elvis Presley ballads that is just irresistible.

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

'Boys Will Be Boys' by Stella Donnelly is a tearjerker. The lyrical depth and intensity tied in with her sometimes delicate delivery and belting vibrato is almost too much. Incredible song, gives me the shivers every time I play it.

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

Easily 'Broken Leg' by Blue Juice. Most underrated song of the 2000’s.

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

Half of us went to the Waax album launch at the Triffid, all we can say is… wow. Insanely energetic band with mountains of talent and fresh musical ideas, they’re a band we really look up to.

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

Brock Weston (drummer of Bugs and producer at Bedlam) is an infinitely wise and creative individual with great taste and pure enthusiasm for music. Bugs in general are a pretty incredible group. They have given us a hand spreading the word about us and are one of the most talented and deserving groups in the country. We’re also head over heels for Voiid who are long-time friends of ours. Seeing them grow and kick milestone after milestone so unrelentingly is so inspiring and so much fun to be around.

What are your plans for 2019?

We’ve got our gigs booked up for the rest of the year with some amazing bands (Press Club and Lazy Susans notably) and we’ll be writing new tunes in the interim! This year has been hectic already, we want to keep the ball rolling and hit 2020 prepared for even more action!

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Dust of Us
New

Artist

Dust of Us

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Central Coast, NSW

Tones And I

Featured Artist

2019

15

Apr

Tones And I

North Coast, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, TONE AND I.

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

I started out singing in small pubs and bars in Mornington, I was singing along to a guitarist until I ended up branching out on my own to become a solo artist, it was then that I started to learn the keyboard and percussion and started looping it together.

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

My biggest source of inspo when writing/making music is other music (no specific artist or genre each time maybe be different) and also my friends and the people I and writing about.

What can punters expect from a TONES AND I live show?

I hope all my live shows are full of energy and people absolutely just get wild with me.

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

ADREAN EAGLE, ‘A.O.K’. 

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

Meg Mag, ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’.

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

Anything from Confidence Man because every track is f**king hilarious so I would have a good time.

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

The Beddy Rays, they are Ridiculously talented. Would go again!

Tell us about the bands or people in the Mornington Peninsula / Byron Bay music community that inspire you.

I am inspired by the musicians in Byron bay and the Mornington Peninsula. There are so many great musicians everywhere and everyone’s giving it a really good crack. The buskers in Byron live off music so that’s wicked in its own right. A lot of them live in their vans and play at night, build a fan base, the crowds get bigger and bigger. It’s an true life style that really works.

What are your plans for 2019?

My plans for 2019 is to keep busking, keep playing, keep writing, stay happy. I would love to play some overseas shows or ever busk overseas. Right now I am just really excited about the opportunities I have been giving over here and I want to try and experience as many new things as possible .

 

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Tasman Keith and Stevie Jean
New

Artist

Tasman Keith and Stevie Jean

Hip Hop

Darwin, NT

Littlefoot
New

Artist

Littlefoot

Punk, Rock (loud, Dirty, Punk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

RAT!hammock

Featured Artist

2018

22

Oct

RAT!hammock

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne outfit RAT!hammock have become one of the most loved bands of 2018. Their latest single 'June' shows just how clever their songwriting is and we can't wait for you to hear it all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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Is RAT!hammock a real band?

https://www.facebook.com/RAThammock/videos/876403699219775/ - watch the documentary and decide for yourself. (the answer is yes)

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

Wrote heaps of punk songs at the start, then decided we wanted more emotional depth so wrote a bunch of sad/folk songs then realised we wanted people to have fun at our shows so I tried to write funny upbeat songs like Dan Kelly. Nowadays I try not to think about it too much. 

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

As a songwriter I am the most inspired by other music. When I hear something great or go to a great live gig it makes me want to pick up my guitar and write. I subscribe to the idea that the best inspiration is exploration. So generally if I want to be inspired I set myself a challenge, a few strange words I want to work in to a verse or I’ll work out the chords to my favourite Simon & Garfunkel song. Normally by the time I get half way through, I’ve found something new of my own in it. This approach means I can play up to the halfway point of a heap of Simon and Garfunkel songs now, so that’s cool. 

What can punters expect from a RAT!Hammock live show?

Expect the unexpected. We’ve made a smoothie on stage, hosted yurt trivia, and have our own theme song. It’s a real time. 

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

Get your hand off the stove’ - Mum in 1999.

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

'Vitriol' by Bluejuice. Simply put, this track slaps. 

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

Alexander Biggs with 'The Worst We’ve Ever Been'. It’s a devastatingly good song. 

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

Magic magic magic magic magic magic magic magic fountain by Art Vs Science, every day of the week.

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

Last local gig I went to was Feelds’ Kill The Moon single launch. Ro and Eaglemont supported.  Every single act on that line up has the voice and the song chops to fill stadiums.

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

We’re super fortunate to be a part of such an amazing community. We’re lucky enough to have recorded with a great team in Mickey Cooper of Kilns, Sean from Obscura Hail, Hannah Blackburn and Merpire. Tram Cops release some of the most underrated music going. Tiny Little Houses, Angie McMahon and Alexander Biggs are all absolutely slaying it. Our picks for who to keep an eye on next are Hugh Fuchsen/Hotel Fifteen Love, David Western, Yes Yes Whatever and Chitra. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?

Oh Pep! are the best and have decided bring us along for their national album tour. I'll be heading around the country with them through December. Apart from that we’ll be doing heaps of writing and recording, getting the next batch of tunes ready for some more releases to come early 2019. 

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Heaps Good Friends

Featured Artist

2017

13

Feb

Heaps Good Friends

( )

Adelaide, SA

This Adelaide duo are the bestest of mates and together create what they call "peanut-brittle pop with text message lyrics". Loaded with 80s drums and colourful synths, their music is like popping candy for your ears.

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

All of our tracks begin on Nicks Korg Poly 800 which has such a genuine bank of incredible sounds, when we find one we like, we go from there. Other than that our sound developed quite naturally without following too many rules. Our first track "Perhaps I Killed A Tiny Stunt Double" came out all 80's sad pop. The next few had some face melting guit. solo's following 'Stunt Doubles' lead. "Let's Hug Longer" was a straight up dance pop surprise. It usually takes us a couple of days to write/record a track, we like our pace. There is lots of freedom on both sides to be upfront when we don't like an idea, or on the flip side, really claim an idea if we love it, shared writing has never been so fun.

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

Our friendship. I think living in different cities makes the times when we DO get together to make tunes more special, we always have such an energy! I trust Nick so much and honestly love everything he writes. Most of the lyrics are taken from conversations I have with people, or things I overhear them say, so by the time I fly to Adelaide and head into Nick's studio, I have a list of bangers to share and get the lyric writing happening!

What can punters expect from a Heaps Good Friends live show?

Heaps Good Fun!! This project feels nice an instantaneous. We're opening the window and this music is coming through. When we play live we're aiming to pull off the same trick, just with all you guys helping with the window opening and enjoying whatever comes through!! Like a wise pair of boys once said: 'Jump around, jump around. Get up, get up and get down.'

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

Nick: My mate Shannon told me if you want, you can turn the sound of that annoying kid yelling on the train into the energy that feeds you. It was a killer perspective change. Freed up a lot of mind space. 

Emma: "Emma, the world needs your smile" - Mum to me on the phone the other day when I was in a crap mood. Love you mum. 

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

Nick: "Parlez Vous Francais?" - Art vs Science

Emma: "Fruit" - Rainbow Chan. Or the outro to "All In Colour" - Grace & Innocence. On repeat. For 15 minutes. 

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

Nick: Hmmm...hard one. Silverchair's "Ana's Song" is a heavy jam on a few levels. I cried watching Nai Palm but that was on a 'touched by angels' tip...no sadness happening there.

Emma: "Exist" by Vital Signs. More like an - embrace the cry then we can move past it as we float to the middle of the ocean.

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

Nick: Right now? Flume "Never Be Like You" is statistically proven to destroy that floor. Otherwise Alison Wonderland "I Want U" bangs in the best way.

Emma: I have a coupla friends who would cheer louder and dance harder if I chucked on Killing Heidi "Mascara" haha. The mid-90's baby's would drift away, but we'd take up the whole floor then thank you very much.

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

Nick: Last local gig was a Warped Covers Party at The Northern Sound System in Adelaide. Heaps of local champs forming funsies bands to drop tunes from mega faves of the noughties...purty fun times.

Emma: Big Sound. Where do I start. Clairy Browne was hard to stop listening to. Mallrat then became the soundtrack to the beach that weekend, and Totally Mild I wrote down in my iPhone notes as 'Heavenly Pop'.

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

Adelaide music scene is SUPER fun at the moment. Loads of bands all lifting their game...so to start, gotta tip cap to the whole industry for inspirational growth overall! Obvs TK, Bad//Dreems, Grenadiers, West Thebarton Brothel Party all doing mental good all over Aus/Internationally...But Mio, Electric Fields, Wasted Wanderers, Skies, Joy Sparkes, Ross McHenry!, Playback808....heeeeps. Heeeeeeeeps. Heaps are heaps good. Luke Penman! Spoz! Sam Wright! Sharni Honor! Faaar OOUUUUUUT. Make it end!!

What are your plans for 2017?

Write more. Live shows. More film clips. Convince HAIM to bring us on tour with them.

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WING DEFENCE
New

Artist

WING DEFENCE

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock

Adelaide, SA

BRUX
New

Artist

BRUX

Dance, Electronic

Sydney, NSW

Toyotomi

Featured Artist

2018

17

Dec

Toyotomi

( )

Perth, WA

TOYOTOMI is your Feature legend all this week on triple j Unearthed. Join him on the stacked Origin Fields lineup over the New Years as he dominates the stage as our Unearthed comp winner.

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

For me the TOYOTOMI sound is a reflection of my environment which is always changing. My sound is something that is continually developing and it's quite impulsive. It’s a collection of my fantasies, personal issues, life stories, obscure memories and other stuff. I find it difficult defining my music because it’s something very subconscious for me and because I try to make music that can have a different form of significance for each listener. I suppose you just have to listen to know.

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

My surroundings. From the people I meet, places I go, sounds I hear, feelings I experience. I like using my five senses man, sometimes six. Also I can’t forget my friends, them as individuals inspire my music a lot.

What can punters expect from a TOYOTOMI live show?

I’d like to think that not all TOYOTOMI shows are the same but we do keep it consistent with the great higher frequency vibes, exceptional song transitions, outstanding smoke machine action, lighting complimentary to sonic experience – a great production really. Haha nah I just have a lot of fun serving the people and hope that my smile is infectious.

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

My Mum told me to be balanced in all aspects of my life. I like that a lot.

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

“Find Some Friends” by No Nomad. I miss you Louie!

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

I think I could make someone cry if I played them my song “Rust”. Full band and all, I think I could do it.

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

“Swipey” by Llehna. Probably just play the whole Llehna’s World project top to bottom.

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

I haven’t been out in a bit but I think it was a No Nomad gig at The Bird and that was T R E M E N D O U S! A lot of cool gigs around Perth but I’ve just been trying to fix my sleeping pattern man.

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

I’m grateful to be friends with most of the Perth people that inspire me musically. People like Max Black, Llehna, Seul, Morph, JCAL, Louie White, that’s really family. But outside music my mother and my aunt really inspire me, all my immigrants inspire me, the working class inspires me, your struggle inspires me!

What are your plans for 2019?

I got plenty singles on the way, more videos, more shows and maybe a project. I wrote songs all this year so I’m filling everybody newsfeeds with new songs all 2019. Next year I plan on being happier, more grateful, more loving, more present and I also plan on signing up to do yoga classes, maybe.

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YOUNG MONKS
New

Artist

YOUNG MONKS

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

Canberra, ACT

Tasman Keith

Featured Artist

2018

8

Jul

Tasman Keith

( )

Sydney, NSW

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Indigenous rapper and rising star, Tasman Keith. He's got a way with words and a flow to follow.

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

I guess it started simply by growing up with a father as a rapper, a mother as a singer and a bunch of uncles that could play guitar. Being constantly surrounded by music I along with my older brother would always be performing or writing, from as early as 10 my brother, cousin and I had a rap group. At fourteen a lot of my cousins and I were squeezed into a tiny room just to spend hours writing and recording every afternoon. I feel like these things mixed with the study that I put into the music and the greats of the music over time are really what has helped me develop my sound so far. That, keeping my pen sharp and working with great producers.

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

For me, anything can be a source of inspiration. But the greatest would be my community, Bowraville. These stories and feelings that I share, either come from a personal point or draw inspiration from what my people go through. Knowing that I have a voice that can not only be one for my community, but one people outside of my community can relate too is something that constantly pushes me to remain locked in.

What can punters expect from a Tasman Keith live show?

A lot of energy, a lot of truth and a bunch of mission references.

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

There has been a lot. But either when my father told me that when it comes to business and music, never show your full hand, keep a few tricks up your sleeve. Or when my great-grandmother told me to work for it. Simple as that.

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

Tasman Keith - My Pelopolees.

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

Birdz - Testify.

If that doesn't make you feel a way, I don't know what will.

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

Tasman Keith - My Pelopolees. Everyone yelling CRB (Cemetery Road Bowraville) is the key to a great party.

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

Barunga Festival. At the start of this year, I lived in Darwin at Studio G for two months so it's local enough haha. But yeah, Barunga was amazing. If you are reading this, that festival is a must. Shout out to the Skinnyfish fam.

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

To be completely honest, for the past 6 months I’ve been so focused on finishing this project that I haven’t been looking anywhere else. But I’ve always appreciated that there seems to be an overall general respect that the Sydney scene has for each other, that and the work ethic a lot of artists here have is inspiring and keeps me motivated.

What are your plans for 2018?

Watching the current single ‘My Pelopolees’ do its thing, which we have some visuals for as well. The project I’ve been working on with James Mangohig and Nooky is in its final stages and we have already begun to roll that out, so the release of that is a major part of 2018 for me. More visuals for the other singles I have on the way, and a bunch of shows as the music comes out, and of course working on the next, staying one step ahead.

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Bakers Eddy

Featured Artist

2018

8

Oct

Bakers Eddy

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne based rockers Bakers Eddy are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. They've got a strong love affair with Green Day and once pulled a high flying karate kick on stage. 'Leave It To Me' is the new single from the group. It's loud, messy and fast and we love it.

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

Simplicity I think is at the root of our music, that all comes from our love affair with Green Day as kids, and only knowing 3 chords when got together so our songwriting capabilities were limited. But it’s always been a bit fast and a bit messy. Our sound has developed with our own personal taste. 

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

When we wrote our EP we had just moved to a big city, we were living together for the first time, partying a bit much so that experience gave us a bit of inspiration. A good old fashioned break up also does the trick.

What can punters expect from a Bakers Eddy live show?

We like to test the strength of our equipment, we like things to get a bit messy on stage, a bit hot and heavy. I did this one sick as high flying karate kick connecting with the ride cymbal, but no one noticed which has been bumming me out a bit.

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

I think the best advice was “don’t listen to everyone’s advice”. When we were younger It felt like everyone had an opinion on how we should have done “this” thing or “you need to do” and on and on. I don’t think that helps your confidence. I’m not saying we don't listen to advice full stop, just not the dumb shit. Do you, baby.

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

 Love Online by The Don. I think fat bass licks put a smile on anyone’s face.

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

 The Void by Tiny Little Houses is a good one of you want that good self pitty, “I’m a piece of shit” sob. Late night, alone with a dart and cheap wine is where the song really blooms.

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

There would only be one song playing to start with. Can’t get you out of my head Kylie Minogue.

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

Got to see Birdhouse and Porpoise Spit last night who were both disgustingly good.

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

The scene here is amazing, it’s been an inspiration being a part of it. And the diversity of the music coming out is great.

What are your plans for 2018?

It’s hard to predict what next years going to look like for us right now, kind of just riding out the new single, getting this year done, then we will see aye. Love to drop an EP.

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Ollie English

Featured Artist

2018

5

Dec

Ollie English

( )

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide artist Ollie English will stop you in your way with his powerful, soulful voice. He will be joining The Rubens this weekend on stage as our comp winner!

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

I began learning Spanish classical guitar when I was very young. It was really invaluable as it helped me to understand melody and dynamics but eventually blues & soul music stole my heart as a teenager. I loved everything about blues guitar, I found myself playing along to BB King and Led Zeppelin records. At the same time, I was really inspired by soulful voices like Nina Simone and James Brown. I went through my first heartbreak when i was in year 12. I turned to songwriting as a way to process my emotions. I have fond memories of sneaking out of home on school nights and thrashing Jeff Buckley’s album ‘Grace’ through the CD player in my car. John Mayer’s album ‘Battle Studies’ had some pretty strong rotation too. This time was really important for me, I began to work out how crucial music and storytelling was for my soul. Over a long period time I worked out that this was a part of who I was and I couldn’t live without it. I’ve caught the bug and haven’t stopped since.

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

I’m really inspired by life, whether it's my own or others experiences. I’ve written songs about a whole spectrum of human emotions; I can be inspired by anything if it moves me. My writing is also really affected by my mood, or just listening to some really dope music. Inspiration strikes at really odd times and usually I get my iPhone out, press record, and go from there.

What can punters expect from an Ollie English live show?

You can expect a pretty diverse bunch of songs, from ballads to upbeat rock grooves. What I notice is that my live shows give people a chance to slow down and hug the person next to them, and then the next minute, i want to make them want to get up and groove. I’ve always found that people who talk to me after the shows have each had their own unique experience with the stories I had told.

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

When my grandpa passed away, I went into the ward to see him for the last time and his last words to me were ‘take care of each other’. This influences how I approach everyone and everything in my life..

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

'No Ordinary Life' by Matt Corby. If I could musically explain a rainbow, it would sound like this song.

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

'Took The Children Away' by Archie Roach.

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

'Overrated' feat LILLI by Kuji Koo! Such a banger. You can download their track on triple j Unearthed.

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

I was lucky enough to play and attend a brilliant local festival called Handpicked. Such a cruisy vibe out in the vineyards of Lake Breeze Wines in Langhorne Creek. I got to share the stage with amazing local artists Laura Hill, Neon Tetra and the Sundance Kids. It also featured incredible Australian talents Boy & Bear, Vera Blue, Ball Park Music and Alex Lahey.

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

Adelaide is pretty tight knit community. It feels like a big family. I’m inspired by how much quality music is being produced in SA. First up, Surahn is a big inspiration, he’s an incredible songwriter who’s made a mark on the world with his music. He’s written for Usher and toured with Empire of the Sun. Laura Hill inspires me a lot, I met her this year at a gig we played together. I was struck by her beautiful voice and relatable songwriting. Wanderers are so bloody groovy. They’re on tour right now! You gotta catch these guys live. Dusty is one of the best guitarists I’ve ever seen. Mane is another inspiration. She’s creating some really great pop music. Her new track ‘Chasing Butterflies’ really grabs you with her pipes, the strings are so dope too. I’m a big fan of Timberwolf, such a unique voice and he’s written some incredibly honest music. His new single ‘Proud Silence’ hits really close to home, I also caught mum jamming to it the other night! Neon Tetra, are bloody funksters and a ½. I have so much fun watching them at their live shows, so good! Such great tunes. Tales are beautiful musicians- recently known as ‘The Winter Gypsy’. Their song ‘Took Me By’ is one of my favourite songs. So excited for their next release. Also, Jordan Ruru. Big things. You have to check her out. Amazing.

What are your plans for the rest of 2018 / early 2019?

A lot of recording and I’ll be releasing my EP early 2019! So excited to support the Rubens this Friday with my full band. I’m also planning my first national tour for early 2019, including a festival appearance at Womad in March. I still can’t believe I’m playing WOMAD and supporting The Rubens, a dream come true. There’s a lot of hard work to go but so much to look forward to.

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Dreamcatcher
New

Artist

Dreamcatcher

Indie, Pop, Roots

Ballarat, VIC

GOSH
New

Artist

GOSH

Indie, Pop, Rock (Gosh)

Illawarra, NSW

Yù Yī

Featured Artist

2018

17

Sep

Yù Yī

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and Listen Out comp winner, Yù Yī. This little astronaut is taking us on a bubbly, colourful space journey through the Yù Yī galaxy and we're taking you with us! First stop, planet FRÖÖTI.

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Tell us about your music.

Well, I’ve been making music for quite some time now and it’s what I love doing. But, I always struggled to find purpose and meaning to my work. Aside from Music I’ve had a keen interest in the issues we are currently facing here on earth. I wanted to be involved in finding solutions to those issues and that's why I blasted myself off into space. Hopefully, the songs I create on each new planet will help create awareness and get people to jiggle their bodies about. 

How did you develop your sound?

Well, I guess my music tends to reflect my surroundings and for the First LP “FRÖÖTI” I was in a really bubbly, colourful and chaotic place whilst creating it. As far as sound design goes I created the sounds for this project by making a whole lot of mistakes and running with the ones I liked the most.

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

I’m heavily influenced by my environment, the things I read and research as well as the people I surround myself with. I’ve been fortunate to work closely with some really talented musicians.  

What can punters expect from a Yù Yī live show?

You can expect to be taken on a super quirky funk filled trip into the Yù Yī galaxy and we’re continuously working towards making it an even more immersive experience for everyone. 

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

Ahhhhh well I’m a bit spoilt for choice but I think it I would have to say the best advice I’ve ever received was from my friend ANH. He told me to be patient and build a library of music. At the time I was really eager and uploading a lot of really basic half finished music. So after that, I decided to take the time to go full hermit mode and set my sights on releasing finished music.

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

So here's the game plan. Jump in the car, wind down the windows and go for a drive while blasting 'The Car Song' by The cat empire.

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

I don’t want to make people cry! (ʘ‿ʘ)ノ✿

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

Definitely PNAU - 'Wild Strawberries', this was on my first ever cd actually. I got PNAU for either my birthday or Christmas that year.  

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

Other than big sound, I popped down to earth to check out a little Sofar Sounds gig in Albion where they showcased a few local Artists in an unplugged setting. I make a lot of electronic music so it was nice to break away from that for a night to sit on a cushion and listen to some acoustic stuff.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane aka planet fruity?!!? music community that inspire you.

I’ve been spending most of my time on FRÖÖTI these days so I actually haven’t had that much time to explore and collaborate outside of that. On planet FRÖÖTI, however, I’m working closely with a few friends of mine. One of them being the extremely talented vocalist named Ellen who was featured on the first track PEACHES. We’re basically partners in crime on FRÖÖTI and I can't wait to travel with her to different planets within the Yù Yī Galaxy. Also, I can't forget to mention my close friend Zeke Foster who you’ll be able to catch on stage with Ellen and I at Listen Out. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Things are going so fast. I didn’t think I’d be playing at Big Sound, let alone Listen Out. It’s making it kind of difficult to make concrete plans but nonetheless, I’m over the moon. I have some new music coming out and I’m really excited to expand the live show as I’ve been working pretty solidly, making the music for quite some time now. Aside from that, every day I’m getting bigger, stronger and smarter so I can care for our special little planet.  ୧( ◉◡◉)୨

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Sweater Curse

Featured Artist

2018

30

Jul

Sweater Curse

Brisbane, QLD

We named them one of our artists to watch this year in 2018. Then they knocked us off our feet with their new single 'Can't See You Anymore'. Yes, we're talking about Brisbane's very own Sweater Curse! They are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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

We currently have 3 singles out with one more not too far away. Initially we bonded over our shared influences, but it molded into what it is now from playing a lot of shows early on.

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

Our parents all loved music so it was there from the start. Since then, meeting various teachers and friends involved in music has lead us to pursue it as something that’s now a major part of our lives.

What can punters expect from a Sweater Curse live show?

Lots of intentionally stupid awkward jokes that aren’t meant to be as unintentionally awkward as they are, and some songs too.

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

Dom Miller (our booker) told us (in different words) to ‘Let things happen naturally. As long as you love what you’re doing and you’re learning, good things will happen.’

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

‘Live It Up’ by Mental As Anything.

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

‘Always Falling’ by Cloud Tangle, ‘Forfeit’ by Keeskea, ‘My New Dress Up Shoes’ by The Smith Street Band and ‘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?

‘Untouched’ by The Veronicas, ‘K Bye’ by Raave Tapes and ‘Tower Of Strength’ by Simi Lacroix.

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

Keeskea and Cloud Tangle at The Jubilee and Start Together at The End Bar. All are amazing acts that we are lucky enough to call our friends.

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

Dom Miller, Ruby Jean McCabe, Dan Condon, Sam Cromack, Hatchie, Concrete Surfers, An Horse, Pat Balfe, POOL SHOP + Major Leagues, Grace Pashley and the 4zzz team, Brodie Popple, Mel Tickle, Miss Blanks.

What are your plans for 2018?

We have an EP on the way that’s we’ve been working on with Fletcher Matthews. A string of shows with acts we currently love and BIGSOUND in September!

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Carla Geneve

Featured Artist

2018

26

Mar

Carla Geneve

( )

Perth, WA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Carla Geneve. She's just 19-years-old, has already supported idols Abbe May and Jen Cloher and she's got one of the most clever and relatable tracks we've heard so far this year. Check it out here.

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

It's hard to say but I think my music is probably a mix of folk lyrics and structures with rockier or heavier tones. I just started out writing my songs on acoustic guitar when I was younger, then it kinda just got louder and louder. Now I'm really into playing electric with a band, but it's kind of the same singer-songwriter stuff underneath.

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

Going out to watch live local shows! I make sure I see a lot of live music in Perth. There are so many great local bands, listening to their ideas and seeing how they do stuff reminds me how much i love playing.

What can punters expect from a Carla Geneve live show?

Some noisy guitar, some awkward stage banter and some (hopefully) loveable stuff-ups.

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

"Mistakes aren't always a bad thing", my Dad.

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?

'Dark Art' by Jen Cloher.

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

'Ubu' by Methyl Ethyl.

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

Airline Food's EP launch. So Good! It was such a great lineup of friends and music that I love! Go listen to Airline Food's EP 'Fragments in Green', it's the best. 

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

Artists that are facing any kind of discrimination here, whether it be due to gender, sexuality, race or another kind, but keep on shredding regardless. Also, my band. They're so bloody talented in their own right, also they're always keen to play, or do something fun.

What are your plans for 2018?

We love playing live shows, and there'll be a heap more of those for sure. I think we're also going to be doing some more recording and releases, which is super exciting! Hopefully some shows over east are coming up sooner or later. 

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Paper Thin
New

Artist

Paper Thin

Indie, Punk, Rock (Paper Thin, Emo, Pop Punk, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

JEFFE

Featured Artist

2018

26

Aug

JEFFE

( )

Sydney, NSW

We named her as one of our artists to watch in 2018 and now, she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Meet Sydney artist JEFFE.

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

I was really fortunate when it came to developing my sound. My publishers put me into a bunch of sessions with different producers so I had the chance to write a lot of different styles of music, but nothing quite fit the direction to take. I met Dave very organically without any pressures of having to write the perfect song. We just immediately clicked and our musical connection works so perfectly for both of us. 

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

It sounds really cheesy but I've gotta say hurt and hard times have gotta be the best source. Music is like therapy to me so when I've got to deal with something difficult, writing music is the best outlet. It inspires me to write happy and sad songs. Also, listening to artists like Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley who really know how to put their stories down in song really inspires me to do the same.

What can punters expect from a JEFFE live show?

For the time being it's just me, my guitar, keyboard and sample pad. I've been working on my dance moves a bit too! I try to bring as many elements as possible into my set. I'm actually in the process of trying to incorporate saxophone into the set as well. But hopefully, it won't be long until I can afford a band! 

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

It does get thrown around a lot but the saying "stay true to yourself" really does go a long way. I can't really pinpoint exactly who has said that to me, it's been a few people along the way, but it's definitely something I always keep tucked away in the back of my mind. If something doesn't feel right you've really got to question it because it's really bloody easy to be led astray these days. 

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

Definitely "It's Nice To Be Alive" by Ball Park Music. A very upbeat, fun song and it immediately puts you in a good mood!

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

It's funny, I listen to so much sad music but I'm struggling to think of one!! There is a song that makes me cry... it's a song by Jack Carty called Travelling Shoes. It tells a beautiful story of lost love, you hold on to every word throughout the song and by the end of it you hit the punch line and it's just heartbreaking! 

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

Oooo, that's a tough one! I'd probably play 'High' by Peking Duk Ft. Nicole Millar... it's groovy, sexy, and fun. The kind of song where you can have groups of mates going for it on the D-Floor but then the loved-up kids making out in the corner. But there are so many fun Aus artists that I'd want to play! 

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

Well, I've just started a tour with No Mono so the most recent was the first show in Brisbane. It was ahhhhmazing! Eliott played after me and she is just incredible! Her voice is like velvet and her songs are so heartfelt. No Mono were absolutely insane. Tom has the most uniquely beautiful voice and the crowd had such a good vibe. I'm so stoked to be touring with such talented artists! 

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

I'm really loving Angie Mcmahon, her songwriting is great and she's got such a deep and soulful voice. I really like Mallrat as well, she's got a really interesting way with words and just an all-round cool vibe. 

What are your plans for 2018?

For now, I'll be on this tour with No Mono... once that is done I'll be heading back over to the UK for a couple of shows then back to Aus in December for another potential tour which is currently in the works (more info on that will come out later).

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Grace Aberhart
New

Artist

Grace Aberhart

Pop, Rock (Grace Aberhart)

Newcastle, NSW

Jack Grace
New

Artist

Jack Grace

Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

The Kid Laroi
New

Artist

The Kid Laroi

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

KIAN
New

Artist

KIAN

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (KIAN)

Central Victoria, VIC

Burnout
UH
New

Artist

Burnout

Punk, Rock

Adelaide, SA

The Sleepyheads

Featured Artist

2018

1

Apr

The Sleepyheads

( )

Northern Tasmania, TAS

It's time to eat your heart out with this week's Feature Artist out of Launceston, The Sleepyheads.

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

I (Pat), released 2 solo EPs in 2015 under my own name. Then the Sleepyheads formed a year or so later. The full band has definitely influenced the sound, my solo stuff was a lot more folky. I think it's still on the internet somewhere actually!

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

Relationships always come up a lot in my writing, which is super original hey? Not just romantic relationships though, but friendships and how certain things can effect those relationships. I've always found it way easier to write about stuff that has actually happened, rather than making up stories. I'll often take something someone says and then base a whole song around that.

What can punters expect from a Sleepyheads live show?

A lot of fun. We always just aim to have a really positive energy at live shows. We also used to drink out of gumboots, we might be bringing that back again soon too.

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

"If you can believe in Santa Clause for as long as you did, you can believe in yourself for 10 minutes" ~ some random person on the internet.

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

"All Together" by Househats is definitely my go to happy song at the moment!

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

Sunk by Kat Edwards will break your heart and mend it again all in the space of 4 minutes.

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

Find me one party where "Wild Strawberries" by Pnau hasn't taken it up a notch, and I'll be very surprised.

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

The last gig I went to was when we played with the Bennies a few weeks ago. It was great. You cant have a bad time at a Bennies gig! The next day was very rough though. Very rough.

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

I've always looked up to the Luca Brasi boys. There approach to supporting the Tassie scene is really encouraging for younger bands. Other awesome friends doing great things are The Saxons, Sumner, Hurricane Youth, Kat Edwards and Squid Fishing. It's always inspiring watching your friends do amazing things.

What are your plans for 2018?

We want to tour a lot more. We haven't been to Adelaide yet so we really want to get up there, and maybe Perth as well? I reckon we'll try and write and record some new stuff too.

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murmurmur

Featured Artist

2018

10

Dec

murmurmur

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Our Beyond The Valley competition winners murmurmur are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. 

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

I’ve (Will) been writing music since i was 17 and have gone through many genres. I played a lot of metal in high school so thats really what it stems from. Not that we’re playing metal but riffs are everything to murmurmur. Everyone in the band has a broad listening taste and has been playing in bands for a long time. 

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

My inspiration is from life experience. Obviously music inspires me to no end but how i’m feeling about things is the real inspirer. I’m eating pineapple right now and it’s fantastic. 

What can punters expect from a murmurmur live show?

An intense live show with lots of hair, many riffs and our drummer Luke’s magic show. 

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

Be patient and don’t rush into things. That’s something that resonated with us. It can be really easy to be impatient and make bad decisions. 

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

Thats easy! Donny Benét with 'Konichiwa'.

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

I made this weird Nicolas Cage remix with audio from the Wicker Man (Funniest film i’ve ever seen). Its so awful. It will definitely make people cry and fall to the ground clutching the sides of their heads. (Available on request).

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

Kylie Minogue with 'Spinning Around'.

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

Stella Donnelly at the Northcote social club. She’s unbelievable, amazing voice, amazing performer.

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

Our good friend Lena Douglas runs YOWO, a program for aspiring young women playing music. It’s so important for programs like this to exist and she is an inspiration to so many of us.

What are your plans for 2019!
We didn't get to play many shows this year so we just want to play a heap and record some more music. 

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LOSER

Featured Artist

2018

20

Aug

LOSER

Melbourne, VIC

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, LOSER. This Melbourne three-piece are evoking all sorts of 90’s nostalgia, raw energy and slacker vibes we can't get enough of.

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

We're an alt-rock band with fuzzed out guitars and a focus on melody. We've all been playing for years in different bands but since this one started we just felt that it clicked.

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

Loud guitar music from the 90's.

What can punters expect from a LOSER live show?

Restless noise.

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

"Don't stop a rockin'" - Homer Simpson.

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

'Dope Calypso' by Violent Soho.

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

'Never Tear Us Apart' by INXS.

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

'Working Class Man' by Jimmy Barnes.

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

Pagan at Northcote Social Club. They were fucken awesome.

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

Andy Hayden and the team at Poison City Records. They are always supporting unreal local music and doing so with ultimate respect.

What are your plans for 2018?

Plenty more music and plenty more shows.

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Dallas Woods
New

Artist

Dallas Woods

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

annie hamilton
New

Artist

annie hamilton

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

Sydney, NSW

Tobacco Rat
New

Artist

Tobacco Rat

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (bass, Electronic, beats, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Triple One

Featured Artist

2018

3

Jun

Triple One

( )

Sydney, NSW

Meet Sydney Hip Hop game changers and this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Triple One.

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

Even though we're rooted in hip-hop, we've always loved to experiment. Some of our tracks are more trap-heavy, some are more melodic, some are centred around chunky guitar riffs. Having four members means that everyone brings their flavour to the table. We also collaborate and play shows with street rappers, grime emcees, R&B singers, rock bands, punk bands. We take a little bit of everything that we love - no matter the genre - mash it together, keep our fingers crossed and pray that it works.


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

Watching the sunset while riding the train from Hurstville station, and spending time with our loved ones and pets.


What can punters expect from a Triple One live show?

A couple of sing-a-longs, some high-quality merchandise, lots of obnoxious yelling and maybe a circle pit or two, if you're lucky.

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

“If a man does not have sauce, then he is lost" - Gucci Mane

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

Hunters & Collectors with ‘Holy Grail’.

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

Natalie Imbruglia with ‘Torn’.

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

Sydney Serchaz - Fuckin' Oath

Riot In Belgium - La Musique

Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning

Fraksha - Creepin' ft. Diem & Brinks

Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around


What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
That was actually our own gig with SCK CHX, last weekend at Waywards. It started at 4:00pm, people got rowdy, we had pho for dinner, we were in bed by 9:30pm, it was mad.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you?
How about this for a big namedrop: Johnny Hunter, ChillinIt, Mitchos Da Menace, Fortay, Sydney Serchaz, Turquoise Prince, One Day, Big Village, Elefant Traks, imbi the girl, Hau, Slim Set, Raj Mahal, Phil Fresh, Kwame, SCK CHX, Manu Crooks, BLESSED, B Wise, and about a million other Sydneysiders making music. Also, a big shout out to all the venues like the Botany View Hotel who host our shows and give us chicken schnitzels and/or fruit platters on our rider.

What are your plans for 2018?

In July, we'll be embarking on the 'Eastconnex' tour with our good mates, Johnny Hunter. After that, we'll be dropping a couple of throwaway bangers before releasing a very sad EP in late 2018. Also, Lil Dijon is going to get a new hairstyle, so stay tuned for that. Thankyou to triple j and all our fans for the consistent support, we love you all.

 

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The Rucksaks
New

Artist

The Rucksaks

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

High Knights

Artist

Bad Juju

Featured Artist

2018

10

Jun

Bad Juju

( )

Melbourne, VIC

It's time for you to meet your new favourite band and this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Bad Juju. Hailing out of Melbourne, the five-piece outfit have recently been on tour supporting Trophy Eyes. They've also just dropped their brand new single 'Moving On' and it's a strong hit from the heart.

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

Our music is definitely fuelled by the emotions we were feeling during the writing process. Sometimes the songs turn out bright and happy, other times they end up darker and heavier because of that. All of us have played in heavier bands than Bad Juju in the past but really wanted to get back to our punk rock/grunge roots because we all enjoyed that kind of sound when we were growing up. Each of us brings a whole bunch of influences to the table during writing and the end product is developed through a mix of those influences and what emotions we are feeling at the time.

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

One of the biggest sources of inspiration is watching other bands we love playing live and killing it. We all grew up getting down to local shows, watching bands and being a part of the music scene. We've always enjoyed being a part of it and having a chance to keep doing that in this band has been so much fun for us. We just want to keep writing music so we can get out there and do it more!

What can punters expect from a Bad Juju live show?

It's always going to be high energy for us on stage. The more people getting involved, jumping around and getting crazy, the better as far as we are concerned. 

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

Nick: Mum always said no matter what you do, try to be the hardest working person in the room. 

Russ: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take - Wayne Gretzky" - Michael Scott.

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

Abe: The Chats - Smoko

Nick: Australian Crawl - The Boys Light Up

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

Russ: Silverchair - Ana's Song

Abe: Crowded House - Better be home soon

Armarin: Air Supply - Anything

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

Nick: Cold Chisel - Khe Sang

Russ: The Veronicas - Untouched

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

Russ: I've been to a bunch of shows lately, I'm not sure which was the most recent! But a standout from the last 6 months would have to be Dear Seattle at Northcote Social Club. It was sick. People went nuts and it was a great vibe.

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

Melbourne has so many hard working and talented musicians that it's hard to pinpoint one or two! We've been lucky enough to work with a few great musicians when recording our songs including Callan Orr of 'Dream on Dreamer' and Beau Mckee who used to play in 'Closure in Moscow'. They both challenged us with each track to try new things and step up our game. We learnt a lot from those sessions. We have gotten a lot of love from music fans in Melbourne so far and the triple j Unearthed crew that have given us a lot of confidence in what we are doing and that's driving us forward!

What are your plans for 2018?

We have finished recording our debut EP which will be coming out very soon. We plan to play a few shows around that and get interstate a lot more! We can't wait to release the EP and show everyone what we've been working on. We also have some awesome shows coming up with Dream on Dreamer and Trophy Eyes that we are looking forward to this month and in July! All the dates and info are on our Facebook page for anyone who is interested!

 

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Sad Hill
New

Artist

Sad Hill

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

Perth, WA

MANE

Featured Artist

2017

6

Nov

MANE

Adelaide, SA

Hailing out of Adelaide is this weeks Feature Artist, MANE! Her deep and distinctive vocals and impressive dark anthemic pop music is both enchanting and consuming. We can't get enough of it.

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

I love dark anthemic Pop music and that's what I strive to create. I've always tended to write acoustically to begin with, to flesh lyrics and melodies out, that's always been important to me. However, once I started to develop production ideas and understand the technical side of things a little more, that's when I feel I found the sound I wanted to be making. 

 

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

I think for the most part it's personal experiences and feelings I like to draw on. But it can also come from the people I surround myself with and the hardships they sometimes go through, especially if I can relate and empathise with it.

 

What can punters expect from a MANE live show?

I've worked really hard on my live set this year, I think we've created a large sound that emulates the recordings but also has some organic elements that I can have fun with on stage. I'm feeling excited about it. 

 

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

I think I've been told by a few people to never really expect anything from what you create and I think it's a pretty great rule of thumb. When you start to create with certain expectations you can lack authenticity and it can create boundaries. Just doing your thing is important.

 

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

Right now, I'm feeling like I want to say Edge Of Town by Middle Kids. It's just a really great song. I've continually smashed that track since it was released and have not gotten sick of it once. it's just really, really solid. 

 

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

Well, It's gotta be 'Blind You' by Didirri doesn't it?!.

 

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

Let's go with 'Ubu' by Methyl Ethyl. Such a great boogie track. 

 

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

I went to Root Down festival in Adelaide last weekend. Such a great lineup. I think it was the day the new season of Stranger Things came out and Luke Million smashed his Remix of the theme song. So much fun. 

 

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

There is a lot of good stuff brewing in Adelaide at the moment. Great mates Heaps Good Friends are whooshing everyone out the park, it's super fresh and what they're doing is so much fun. Timberwolf's new album is also HUGE, honestly one of the most solid live performers I've seen. 

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2017, early 2018?

I'm just continuing to write at the moment and planning to release a new track in the not too distant future (!!!)

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I, Valiance
New

Artist

I, Valiance

Electronic, Hip Hop, Metal, Punk, Rock (Metal, Chicken Metal, Prog, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Kayex
New

Artist

Kayex

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Kwame

Featured Artist

2018

12

Mar

Kwame

Sydney, NSW

Meet the artist making some seriously clever and next level hip hop, Kwame. He's this week's Feature Artist on triple j Unearthed.

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

I feel like my music takes listeners on a journey through the many experiences that I've been and continue to go through. I'm always experimenting with the type of music that I'm making and a part of my sound development has come through my production. When I started making music I told myself that if I had to learn production. And that was because I had all these ideas in my head that only I would be able to translate. 

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

Man, I'm only inspired by anything and everything, sometimes I'll be walking down the street and I'm hearing birds chirp and for someone reason that is so dope that I have to hop into the studio get on my laptop and just make a beat from that, haha. At our studio, I'm surrounded by a lot of like-minded creatives from different fields within the creative arts and we're always bouncing around ideas which generates a lot of inspiration and creativity. It's a must to surround yourself with people that motivate and push you to be your best every day.

What can punters expect from a KWAME live show?

Fans can always expect nothing but energy at my shows! Through my setlist, I like to take fans on a journey of emotions through the music to create an experience, a story, something for them to take and walk away with.

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

The best advice I was given was from my brother Domba. He said, "the only reward you receive from conforming is everyone liking you, but yourself."

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

Raj Mahal with 'It's Fine'. When I'm feeling down I like to listening to that song as it helps be reassure that things really will be fine and to never let negativity get the best of you.

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

Phil Fresh with 'Don't Let Me Go'. Honestly his EP 'Excursions of Love' takes you through such an amazing

journey. The title speaks for itself.

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

Woah, okay cool. The party is pumping everyone's jumping, I'm scrolling through Serato looking for a track to take this party to the next level and yep, there it is, Touch Sensitive with 'Lay Down'.

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

Last local gig I attended was Midas. Gold's at The Chippo Hotel, it was a nice intimate gig! It was the day 'WOW' came out and he brought me up on stage to perform it, shout out Midas!

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

Artists such as Mel Bailey, Kymie, Phil Fresh and Raj Mahal inspire me the most in Sydney! They're all so different and bring something unique towards the Sydney music community which stands out the most for me!

What are your plans for 2018?
More music, more shows, more content, more videos,  more designs honestly everything we going in this year!

 

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Chitra
New

Artist

Chitra

Indie, Pop, Rock (pop rock folk singer-songwriter)

Melbourne, VIC

Cast Down

Featured Artist

2018

19

Mar

Cast Down

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Headed to Download festival this weekend? Well, you better acquaint yourselves with Melbourne heavy heads Cast Down. They'll be opening the main stage this weekend as our Unearthed comp winners!

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

To sum things up as quickly as possible, we’ve been a band for not even two years and had two guitarists and two drummers leave the band in that short amount of time. We started off basically writing songs that were designed for people to mosh to and personally I was pretty tired of writing and playing songs like that. When our guitarist Pat wrote our latest single ‘Leatherman’ he also sent through an industrial version with electronic drums/synths/etc and we all thought it was great and that was the direction we should lean towards. It felt like a natural evolution for the band and an opportunity to leave all the things that were dragging us down behind and push forward with a new vision.

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

Tricky question but I’ll try and split it into two answers. I find it pretty easy to get bummed out about being in a band, sometimes I’ll play a set where I end up being really disappointed in myself because I wasn’t performing at the level I want to be and it can be super frustrating, but then I’ll watch videos of the set and see all of our friends and people at our shows losing their minds and having fun and it really levels me out. In such a short time I’ve gotten to make so many new friends, meet so many cool people and travel Australia with my best friends which is undoubtedly the best thing about making music.

Musically I’m constantly inspired by all of my favourite bands, lyrically I’m super inspired by Daryl Palumbo from Glassjaw and Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die. I spent a lot of time as a teenager listening to those bands, reading their lyrics and wishing that I could be them and now I’m able to have the opportunity to hone my craft and write and perform lyrics that I’m really proud of, albeit on a much smaller level.

What can punters expect from a Cast Down show?

I think we bring a lot of energy to the table. I’m not interested in being a perfectionist band because the live music world is so different to the studio, I’ve always wanted people to think of us as a band with constant activity where nobody stands still and we’re consistently engaging with the audience. I feel pretty confident in saying you can expect to see mic grabs, spin kicks, headbanging and people throwing fists.

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

Not sure it directly counts as advice as it wasn’t directed at me but there’s a book called ‘Lynch On Lynch’, which is a book full of interviews with the director David Lynch. I can’t remember the exact quote but there’s a big section about how when he was making art he would only visualise himself in the role with the idea that it makes it a complete extension of himself. When I previously mentioned some of my favourite vocalists and the fact that I spent a lot of time wishing I was them, I found myself writing lyrics and performing live and wondering “would they be happy with these lyrics?”, “would they perform like this?” and that whole idea that Lynch was talking about really helped me disassociate my art with somebody else and make it an extension of me instead, harnessing my flaws and my talents.

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

The Veronicas with 'Untouched'. I legitimately struggle to think of a single scenario that isn’t made better by that song.

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

Slim Dusty with 'A Pub With No Beer'. Obvious reasons.

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

Hilltop Hoods with 'The Nosebleed Section'. Instant boogie maker the second it comes on.

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

The last one that I didn’t play would’ve been Invasion Fest 2017. That was a mad time and it is every year because so many bands and people from the heavy music scene across Australia all come to Melbourne for the weekend to watch a bunch of sick bands. Our friends in Honest Crooks put on one of the toughest sets I’ve ever seen and I got to see one of my favourite international bands The Acacia Strain for the first time in a few years too.

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

King Parrot and Pagan are at the top of my list for Melbourne bands that inspire me for sure. I don’t know any of King Parrot personally but from an outsider's perspective, it seems like they’re just making the music they want to hear and having loads of fun doing it. It’s so cool to see how well they do overseas and it’s very inspiring. I also absolutely sweat the band Pagan from Melbourne who are super unique and just the coolest band ever. Every time I’ve seen them live they look like they’re having the best time and I’m so excited for their new music.

What are your plans for 2018?

We’re playing Download Fest this Saturday then we’re on tour with Honest Crooks, Apate and Underminer throughout April. Our debut EP and much more touring will follow suit.

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The Moving Stills
New

Artist

The Moving Stills

Indie, Pop, Rock (#Alternative, #indie, #chill, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Among Them
New

Artist

Among Them

Metal (#amongthem, #Perth, #MelodicHardcore, ...)

Perth, WA

Verticoli
New

Artist

Verticoli

Punk, Rock (Verticoli, Rock, Post-Hardcore, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

T$oko

Featured Artist

2018

5

Feb

T$oko

( )

Perth, WA

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

My sound is definitely a direct reflection of what I have been exposed to musically and where I am from , growing up in Zimbabwe, having family in the UK and now Australia , I am a product of my environment , I guess you could say my music is like a nice bowl of gumbo. You going to get all type of different flavors and ingredients.

 

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

I am inspired by all types of music in general , I  really don't believe there is anything obetter than being exposed to different sounds and new artists from different walks of life. I have been exposed to different cultures and different sonics and  through my different pit stops around the world I have been able to use my experiences and incorporate that into my music. 

 

What can punters expect from a T$oko live show?

good vibes , good feels , loads of energy and we try and keep it real live. If you didn't know who i was before i hit the stage. I definitely wanna make sure u had a blast and know who i am once my set is finished. Or at least have you asking the next person who that was or where you can find the music.

 

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

 "Later is always greater  and its not a race its a marathon." Anonymous  Sometimes people  like to fast track there success and they get caught up in the hype. They are here one minute and gone the next because they never really had to put in the work or work at their craft. I have enjoyed the ride so far , and appreciate everyone who has even taken the time out to show a interest to this point

 

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

Ooh thats a tough one, I would either have to say Bernard Fanning - Wish you well.  or possibly Better - John Butler trio. That being said i think ill have to go with the home team , shoutout to  John butler and the whole fremantle maaan!

 

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

I'm sure. I'm sure..  Another tough one besides Ta-ku feat JMSN x Sango - Love Again. I will go with Tear us apart - INXS , i think their catalogue  was some of the first music from an Australian act i really became aware of while i was still growing up overseas . The raw emotion that pours through the track and Michael Hutchence's lyrics are really something. Outside of the success they had on a pop level,  I really believe Michael Hutchence is underrated as a song writer. lol

 

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

Depends what type of setting I would be spinning in. If it was a throwback set i would probably go INXS - New sensation. If it was pub flows I would do Darryl Braithwaite - Horses. And if its a new age set either One Day - Not Many (Like A Version) or DZ Deathrays - Gina Works At Hearts. My crates run deep , i am sure i would have something for whatever the occasion called for. haha .. Mixmaster Soko got you. lmao 

 

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

Ecca Vandal. Me and the band Foam were handling supports. Amazing gig. Such a vibe and a blend of genres. My kind of gig:)

 

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

Being based in Fremantle , I tend to soak up a lot of whats going on around me. Its such a melting pot when it comes to culture and music definitely Tame impala and all the other artists from Perth that have come out and done great things just to name a few.

 

Ta-ku

Pendulum

John Butler Trio

AC/DC

 

I also cant forget my brothers from Tone Youth Collective who I work with. We always try to push each other and everyone brings they own twist to the table.

 

What are your plans for 2017?

Just keep introducing to people who i am as a artist and what my music is all about. I have got some pretty cool stuff coming up that ill be dropping real soon.  I feel like people still haven't seen everything i can offer from a artist standpoint so that's exciting for me. I don't want to say I have been holding back but there certain bits n pieces of music which i have held back that may surprise some people so I am excited to share what I have been cooking up. Also excited to drop some new music with my squad Tone Youth , I feel like we have a good chance to really show everyone what Perth has to offer and rep the 6k in the right way. Salute to everyone who has paved the way thus far. Also look forward to playing some shows and releasing some collabs with some special people. Stay tuned.

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Angie McMahon

Featured Artist

2017

30

Oct

Angie McMahon

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter, Angie McMahon oozes absolute charm and songwriting power. Soak up her bold vocals and beautiful guitar tones with her debut track ‘Slow Mover’.

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

I’ve been writing songs at home on piano and guitar since I was an emotional lil teen, inspired by a whole bunch of different songwriters. I think I developed my sound by copying what my idols did on their albums, vocalists who would pour energy and emotion into their delivery, bands who weave soul and rock and country music together and artists who write great melodies and lyrics. I was always just trying to copy that.

 

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

Probably listening to great songs by other people. I’ll be trying to process feelings and listen to music, and sometimes that will unlock something in my head and make me want to write my own song.

 

What can punters expect from an Angie McMahon live show?

Pop songs with a bit of rock, a bit of sad and a bit of happy.  You can also expect, two talented boys behind me with a lot of rockstar energy on drums and bass guitar, my noisy red child (guitar) and me singing lyrics that I hope people can connect with.

 

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

Hard to say…”Make music that sounds like you,” is good advice, and maybe when Dad told me to buy an electric guitar.

 

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

Big Smoke – 'Best of You' - because it’s so triumphant.

 

What Australian track would you play to make someone cry?

Cry songs are the best ones!!! Oh Pep!’s song ‘Tea, Milk & Honey’ makes me cry if I’m feeling fragile. The lyrics feel like somebody’s hugging you and telling you to let it all out. Last time I openly cried at a gig was over Seavera’s song ‘Christmas Time’ but I’m not sure if that one’s recorded. 

 

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

Bardot – 'Poison'. Sophie Monk’s reappearance has reminded me that this badass banger exists. 

 

What was the last local gig you went to and who was it?

BABY BLUE and Truly Holy at Some Velvet Morning were awesome.

 

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

I find most of the community super inspiring, I could list a whole bunch of artists who I feel really lucky to hear and bond with. Artists like Oh Pep!, Big Smoke and Ainslie Wills are brilliant and brave artists. They have all made records and played gigs that have made such a strong impression on me, as musicians and as people to look up to.

 

What are your plans for the rest of the year and in 2018?

Recording the songs that will be on my record next year and taking the time to make that sound real good. My single launch is at Workers Club this week, and I’m also supporting The Shins with my band in December, Wahoo! 

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BLESSED

Featured Artist

2017

16

Oct

BLESSED

( )

Sydney, NSW

The multi-talented Sydney based artist and producer BLESSED is back! He's taking future soul to a whole new level with carefully crafted production and masterful songwriting in brand new single, 'My World'.

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

I started making music at 15 years old. I just used to steal random beats online and just do little freestyles and make cd's and give them out to my friends at school. And back then as well, I don't know if anybody remembers, but when we had Bluetooth on the phones, I remember I used to make a song and put it on my phone and Bluetooth it to my friends and people ended up Bluetoothing it to other kids and other kids and one day I was at Blacktown station and I heard somebody playing my song. That's when I knew I was going to make music from here on.

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

First time I got introduced to music was listening to Kanye West on the radio. I think that was when I was maybe 11, maybe 12. Me and my family were literally on the way home from church and I wasn't really allowed to listen to hip-hop because of the swearing and so on. So we all listened to gospel music and then one day, Kanye made this song called 'Jesus Walks' and when it came onto the radio, my parents let me listen to it. So from there on, I went on to become a big Kanye fan.

Tell us about your latest single 'My World'

'My World is about me being myself and not caring about what other people think.

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Kaylah Truth
New

Artist

Kaylah Truth

Hip Hop, Pop (Kaylah Truth, indigenous, hip hop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Mild West
New

Artist

Mild West

Indie, Rock

Mid North Coast, NSW

Kira Puru
New

Artist

Kira Puru

Pop (kira Puru, Pop, Disco, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

KG

Featured Artist

2017

20

Nov

KG

( )

Canberra, ACT

Bringing together impressive beats, fierce energy and powerful lyrics is Canberra rapper KG. He's released some of the most stand out tracks of 2017 and we can't wait for the release of his debut album in 2018.

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

My sound and style of hip-hop music is all about the flow and making sure my rhythms and bars are in harmony with the music. Over the past few years after travelling back to South Africa/Botswana and getting in touch with my roots, I I really wanted to add a cultural element to my music and have meaning in all my songs. I don’t just want to focus on Australia only, I wanna make a universal sound. 

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

The future generations. 

What can punters expect from a KG live show?

Energy, passion & bars.

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

When doing music, be authentic and be yourself (Omar Musa).

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

'Juicy Juicy Green Grass' by Peter Combe. That song always makes laugh and sometimes when I DJ, I troll the crowd with it'.

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

'Tiny Angel' by 360.

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

'For Good' by Remi featuring Sampa The Great. The two of them on this track together and the soul and groove in this song is the perfect joint for any party.

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

The last gig I caught was Amastro & Genisis Owusu in Canberra. It was crazy because it was like EDM lovers and hip-hop heads mixing together in one room and the vibe was so sick. It really proves that music has no genre when the music is dope.

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

It’s cool what Peking Duk and Safia have done in making a name for themselves and putting Canberra artists on the map. It really shows all us Canberra cats that you can make it in music from anywhere. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2017 and in 2018?

I have a few festivals coming up, starting with my single tour and then playing a few shows in Africa in January. Most of all, I'm mainly just hyped to drop my debut album in 2018. 

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Cubs In Coves
New

Artist

Cubs In Coves

Indie, Pop, Rock (#Thinkpop)

Brisbane, QLD

Danny Barwick
New

Artist

Danny Barwick

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Segers
New

Artist

Segers

Indie, Pop (Singer, Songwriter, Indie, ...)

Perth, WA

Slowly Slowly

Featured Artist

2017

9

Oct

Slowly Slowly

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Ready to hear from your new favourite band? Melbourne punk rockers, Slowly Slowly bring you hard-hitting honesty, bitter-sweet melancholia and an explosion of sound with their new single, 'Aliens'.

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

I think we were looking for some ground between big hooky songs and something that facilitated my winding lyrical content. We had songs that lived on both sides of that fence and we were finding that the ones that hit a little closer to home, even though they didn’t necessarily have choruses, seemed to be resonating on stage with us and our audience. Personally, I always find myself falling in love with the more obscure solo songs on the albums I love, so I also wanted to build a home for something that could be loud, hooky and aggressive, but also considered and fragile.

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

On our new record I have adopted some instances of speaking from someone else’s perspective, but for the most part, my writing is very autobiographical. I also really respect the opinions of the other band members a lot, so I am always striving to impress them when I bring them a new song. 

What can punters expect from a Slowly Slowly live show?

I’d like to think we encourage a good singalong. Our Melbourne home shows especially, have such a community vibe around them. Our fans are very kind natured and look after each other in the pit. We are very lucky. I’d like to think everyone feels welcome and a  part of something.

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

My Dad told me once to never try and change anybody, just to find your people. It’s been ringing in my ears ever since. I think it extends to respectfully moving on and pulling yourself towards the things that make you happy. Don’t be a victim. Anyway - sorry, too heavy?

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

'Please Don’t Ask Me To Smile' by You Am I. Tim Rogers has such a beautiful earnest poetry about him. Riddled with nostalgic weight, but also charmingly uplifting. This song will make you remember what it was like to be young and smiling.

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

'Dilettantes' by You Am I. As far as Australian songwriters go I can’t go past Timmy to cure the waterworks and also to encourage them. The language in this song ties me up. It's a stunning tune that makes me think about life and death and everything in-between.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by Paul Kelly. Comon.

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

Caught our mates Tired Lion at The Corner Hotel a couple of weeks ago. Such a lovely vibe in the room and I just love watching Ethan play drums. Such a controlled player. 

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

There are so so many. Of course we have such a loving relationship with our friends in Ceres, Foley and The Pretty Littles. We also watch our friends in Neighbourhood Youth, Press Club, Clove, Self Talk and Turn South and are always blown away. We love the droll Australiana of The Slingers, a newly formed Melbourne band I have really been getting into. Love the tension on stage when Bench Press plays. Run Rabbit Run create such beautiful uplifting musical arrangement too. There are just so many. We are such little fish in a big pond. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We are going to release a new album, tour ourselves into the ground and hopefully get around some beautiful faces all across Australia. We feel so lucky to be able to do this and have people connecting with our music. 

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Easy Life
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Artist

Easy Life

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Melodic Hardcore, Indie, alternative)

Illawarra, NSW

Stella Donnelly

Featured Artist

2017

4

Jun

Stella Donnelly

( )

Perth, WA

Spaghetti-loving Perth-based artist, Stella Donnelly is the talk around town. Her debut EP 'Thrush Metal' is the type of songwriting you'll be head over heels for.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I think that most of my sound development has come from watching live shows. My sound has developed pretty naturally, if anything I've stripped it back more and more over time to being the most raw representation of myself.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
I generally write songs when I have something to say, about assholes mostly!
 
What can punters expect from a Stella Donnelly live show?
 
My shows are generally really intimate, so I try and break the ice with some chats about tinder and footy etc. I find myself saying 'sorry mum' a lot at my gigs.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Remember all your bloody guitar leads, plectrums and capo this time will ya!" - Dad.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
The Wiggles - Hot Potato
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
The Wiggles - Hot Potato
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Hot Pota... just kidding, I believe in You - Kylie Minogue.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I watched Methyl Ethel play with Reef Prince and Erasers and I danced ALL NIGHT.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
 
I'm really really proud of the Perth scene that is emerging right now and it's the first time I've seen so many gender diverse bands come out of Western Australia! Bands like Hussy, Lifestyle, Telete, Jacob Diamond, Moistoyster, Heebiejeebies, Heathcote Blue, Shit Narnia and Terrible Signal make me feel HELL lucky to be a musician in Perth.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
I'm in another two bands called BOAT SHOW and BELLS RAPIDS who are both releasing stuff this year and doing a bunch of tours. I have some more songs up my sleeve that I want to finish and record at some point. I also have a goal to find the best tasting Ramen in Australia so big plans all round really!

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Odette
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Odette

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Mookhi

Let yourself explore what has been fluttering around everyone's ears. Mookhi's beautifully sophisticated and diverse self produced work simply draws you in and we can't wait to let it consume you all this week.

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

Because I've always been set on composing scores for film, I feel my music has leant towards a more cinematic vibe from the beginning. I've always been inspired by unexpected things, and I guess this openness has allowed me to take fragments of the outside world into my music.

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

To keep it painfully short and simple: anything and everything. It's awesome to be inspired by current music but I don't chase a sound (or at least consciously try to). It's important to take inspiration from the past and present to propel your music into the future.

What can punters expect from a Mookhi live show?

At current lives shows you'll be watching this little chick looking stern, pressing a whole bunch of buttons and keys like I'm operating an army of invisible robots. However, you'll also get a few trumpet, keys or vocal solos and maybe even a guest instrumentalist or two. Plus some visuals that I may have frantically animated the night before. In the future I'd want to put more emphasis on visuals and definitely get more artists, musicians and vocalists involved.

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

'Don't let anyone dictate what your sound should be', and that was from my step Dad.

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

Shannon Noll 'Lift' - lifts the spirits every time.

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

Probably Shannon Noll 'Lift' again, but this time I'd be singing it.

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

Shannon Noll 'Lift'? Hahaha, probably Australian crawl 'The boys light up' for that nostalgic part of the evening.

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

It was my debut EP launch at Oxford Art Factory and it was probably the most fun I've had on stage ever. I had 3 guest artists who killed it, and the show sold out. Triple win.

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

 I went to Liveschool to learn more about Ableton and that little community is really inspiring. You get introduced to other producers who are touching on new styles and genres; it's really fascinating and exciting. When it comes to locals acts, I'd have to say Willow Beats, Ta-ku and Charles Murdoch as they tend to work with more unusual and textual tapestries of sound, and Sampa The Great because she kicks ass.

What are your plans for 2017?

One things for certain is that I'll definitely be pissing off my household with my late night producing sessions. But I'm definitely itching to release more content, play more shows and collaborate with more artists (musically and visually)!

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Alex the Astronaut

Featured Artist

2017

20

Feb

Alex the Astronaut

Sydney, NSW

Sydney songwriter, Alex The Astronaut is on the opposite side of the world studying a Maths and Physics degree on a soccer scholarship in New York. That's not a combination of words you'll hear every day. She's an incredible story-teller who's able to weave clever lyrics into beautifully layed out songs. She's also the perfect person to talk to a generation right now.

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

I started writing when I was about 12 but I knew to be good at it I would have to really work hard. I tried to pick out what I thought was good and bad in lots of different songs and apply those things to how I wrote. They were mostly simple rules like think of something other than a cliché, don’t write cheesy love songs, get to the point and move on. I knew I liked telling stories so that’s how my songs started so I used my little rules and I stuck with that!

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

It sounds lame but people. There are so many interesting people that do great things that make me want to be better at whatever I’m doing. I think that’s why I like travelling around so I can hear all different stories because I think it makes you appreciate what you do have so much more and want to make a difference with the abilities you have.

What can punters expect from an Alex the Astronaut live show?

They can expect a science dork telling stories on stage with a guitar haha. I like being on stage, I think I’m far less awkward there than I am most other places which is strange. I try to keep everyone involved and have a bit of a chat. I explain bits of my songs that I think are important and why I wrote them. 

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

My English teacher in high school said keep it simple, say your point then get on with it. I wasn’t very good at English but it helped with writing songs and I always think about that when I try explaining something that is taking too many words.

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

Probably Courtney Barnett’s ‘Three Packs a Day’, because no one can cry to a song about 2 minute noodles.

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

Julia Jacklin’s ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’ gets me every time. I heard her play it live and I couldn’t stop listening, it’s amazing. You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping.

What Australian track do you put on next?

Alex Lahey’s ‘Let’s Go Out’ seems fitting.

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

I went to Jamie T at the Enmore and it was really cool! I hadn’t listened to much of his music and so I just stood up the front at the side by myself and watched. Everything about it was great he’s a really cool talented performer and everyone was so happy and excited to be there. Loved it.

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

I’ve met a lot of female Sydney artists recently and they are so inspirational. Jack River and Lisa Mitchell were the first two girls I met and how humble and kind and talented they are is incredible. Montaigne is super cool too she also likes soccer so we bonded over that. My managers and the music people that I work with almost make me cry from how inspiring they are. I can’t believe how lucky I am to work with all of them. They’re like family to me.

You’re currently studying a Maths and Physics degree on a soccer scholarship in New York, how has/does music play a part in those roles?

I think music keeps me curious to find out new things so with physics and maths it fits in pretty well. Whenever I’m a bit overwhelmed it’s something that cheers me up so that helps me keep level headed and studying hard. I don’t think it plays a huge role with soccer but as a team we do listen to pump up music before the games!

What are your plans for 2017?

I’m releasing my debut E.P. “To Whom It May Concern” in late March, which I’m really excited about. I’m in New York at the moment so I’m going to play a few shows here before graduating in May and then coming back home to Australia. Then it’ll be playing shows and recording and getting more music to the world!

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Arno Faraji
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Artist

Arno Faraji

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Vibes, Wavy, hip hop, ...)

Perth, WA

Albert Salt

Featured Artist

2011

19

Sep

Albert Salt

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Talented young Victorian muso Albert Salt was one of our 2011 Unearthed High finalists and now a Parklife Comp winner - catch him on The Atoll stage at Parklife Melbourne, this Saturday 23rd September.

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

I was brought up as a classical violinist and pianist in Western Victoria and had no real exposure to any different types of music apart from the occasional song from the charts. When I started high school in Melbourne, I became very interested in Jazz and 'contemporary' music, I started improvising and started composing some really crap stuff. I remember watching Baz Lurhmann's 'Romeo + Juliet' and hearing the song 'Talk show Host' by Radiohead, I was obsessed with the song for so so long. It was Radiohead that really influenced me and made me start singing in my recordings, and I haven't looked back.

You are one of the winners of our PARKLIFE competition and will be playing PARKLIFE in Melbourne – what are you hoping to gain from the experience?

I still find it incredibly hard to believe that I'm playing! Really I'm just hoping for as much exposure as possible and that people will enjoy the show and my music.

What can PARKLIFE punters expect from the Albert Salt live show?

Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Violin, Drums and a Laptop. It's going to be the first show I'll be playing with more than 2 people on stage. I'm luckily enough to be joined by Annabelle Hayes (Vocals) and Lachie Bubb (Drums) At this rate I might eventually get a band...

You were also an Unearthed High finalist – what a year? What else has been going on behind the scenes for you this year?

Yeah, I was just talking to a friend today how if someone told me that this was all going to happen this time last year, I wouldn't have believed them. This years main focus was releasing my album 'Dearest Stranger' back in May. It took about a year to finish so I'm glad that it's finally out there. Annabelle and me just got back from the 'Kingdom of Little Empires' gig up in Brisbane where we played with Snakadaktal, Danika Smith and Stonefield, was such a fantastic day and heard some really impressive live music.

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

Well I'm currently working on EP to follow up 'Dearest Stranger' and I'm going to release that at the start of next year, and I'm also working with film maker James Vinson by doing some film scoring on his short films coming up 'Cold Showers' and 'Abraxas' and then a web series thats going to be done next year which I get to make a little cameo in!

Australian music is…?

...undiscovered.

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Lincoln le Fevre & the Insiders

Featured Artist

2013

25

Mar

Lincoln le Fevre & the Insiders

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Lincoln Le Fevre lives in Hobart and is a born storyteller. He writes songs that are thick with melody and charm and is happy playing to a crowd of two or two hundred...

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Lincoln is one of our winners from the Top Song competition! Check out the winners from each state and all the details on the competition page »

Describe your music

Indie rock and roll with an alt-country soul.

How do you go about writing a song? Lyrics or music first?

In short, I write the music first, but really it's more complicated that that. I tend to write lots of words and ideas without a song in mind, and other times I'll write the beginnings of a song idea, and find some words that suit it. After that I'll shape the words into a theme and finish the lyrics, and then finish the music around them. There's a fair bit of to and fro.

Who would you most like to tour with or learn from as a songwriter?

That's real hard. If we're talking hypothetically dead or alive, then maybe Johnny Cash. Otherwise Elvis Costello or Neil Young. If Tim Rogers wants to come along too, that would be ace.

What was the last CD you bought? what made you buy it?

Husker Du - New Day Rising. It was recommended by a friend that runs a record store. We're currently in the middle of debating whether or not it's a better record than Flip Your Wig. I say no.

What do you do when you're not making music?

I teach year eleven and twelve students how to write (as in poetry and prose), how to play rock and roll, and how to be audio engineers. I also produce records for bands in Hobart.

What have you got planned for the future?

I really admire those songwriters that can keep writing relevant and meaningful music throughout their entire careers. I want the next batch of songwriters coming out of Hobart to be confident that they can make a dent in the national market, and so whether I can help that by setting a positive example, or teaching them the right skills to navigate their own way through, I'll be happy.

Australian music is...

Exciting, given the prospects of what might take shape in a post-major label industry..

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Samsaruh
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Artist

Samsaruh

Indie, Rock (#Alternative #rock)

Melbourne, VIC

Promise

Featured Artist

2017

19

Jun

Promise

( )

Hobart, TAS

After dropping his latest track 'Conscious Thoughts', Tasmanian artist Promise will be jumping on stage with Thundamentals this weekend! Expect nothing less than fiery blends of Hip Hop that'll leave you sizzling for days.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
My music and sound has developed through life experiences and interactions with inspiring individuals.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
My greatest source of inspiration has mostly been from pain, failure and the urge to learn and grow from what we have no control over or understand.
 
What can punters expect from a Promise live show?
 
Punters can expect a lot of crowd interaction and passionate live performances with a variety of all sounds.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
The best advice I have been given was from a close friend who said "try and paint a picture of who you are with your words, because as a listener we don't know who you are and what you have been through".
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Shannon Noll - 'What About Me'
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Missy Higgins - 'The Special Two'. She is my dream feature!
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Hilltop Hoods - 'Cosby Sweater'
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Quartermasters in the city of Hobart. It was intimate with an acoustic vibe and sound that only a small venue can produce.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Tasmanian music community that inspire you.
 
Some of the artists and bands I find inspiring include Hip Hop artist, Greeley. He has been giving everybody in the local scene a platform to push their voices out with his THCtv series and connecting and bringing more attention to the local scene. Wombat is an excellent lyricist and exciting up and coming artist too. My close friend Jay Jerome Bushby, plays almost every night in most of the venues in Hobart and has an amazing voice. I also find Liam Tally who is making amazing production, music and the smoothest RnB in his soul band, Laser Baby and even though they have moved recently to Melbourne, I find Close Counters and Junior Brando inspiring too.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
Learn, grow and work harder.

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Michael Misa
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Artist

Pist Idiots

Featured Artist

2018

19

Feb

Pist Idiots

( )

Sydney, NSW

They've got a brand new single and a must-see live show... It's this week's Feature Artist and Sydney City Limits comp winners, Pist Idiots!

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

We sort of just feed off each other and try and find a balance between not taking it too seriously and making some good music. If we think it sounds good, fun to play and exciting, we’ll keep playing it. Being constantly around music and gigs, it all feeds back into itself. 

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

Inspiration often comes out of the blue, but usually some kind of experience or observation. Something that nags you for a while until you just have to get it out.

What can punters expect from a Pist Idiots live show?

Live Rock Music, 110%, a couple laughs, sweat, spit and love.

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

"Don’t be a di**head", from Dingo.

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

 'Rain' by Dragon.

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

'Flame Trees' by Cold Chisel “ or a modern day banger like 'Million Times Alone' by Bad Dreems.

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

'Boys Light Up' or some Kylie Minogue.

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

Amyl and the Sniffers at The Lansdowne, These New South Wales were our support acts. An electric evening, pure energy with some of the finest Australian rock music going.

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

Bands like Royal Headache and Palms are pretty inspiring to us. In our formative years, Palms had a residency at the Lansdowne and as a bunch 18-year-olds, those strings of shows would’ve been our introduction into Sydney rock music. Since the Lansdowne has re-opened I feel that there has been a bit of rejuvenation in support for local music. I can only really comment from around 2013, but I feel it’s improved. 

I think that the Sydney community extends into the North and Southern regions of Sydney. Bands like The Pinheads and a venue like Rad Bar in the gong, were some of the first people to give us the time of day. For that, we luvem!

What are your plans for 2018?

More Music, more shows, more fun stuff.

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bats
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Artist

Baker Boy

Featured Artist

2017

28

May

Baker Boy

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Born in Darwin and raised in the remote NT communities, rapper, actor and dancer, Danzel Baker AKA Baker Boy, is three times the charm!  At just 20 years old, he plans to be the first Indigenous rapper to rap in his Yolngu Matha language. 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
My sound was developed around the influences of my traditional music fused with my current involvement with hip hop music and dance. I wanted to be the first Indigenous rapper to rap in language, mine being Yolngu Matha.
 
I worked with a producer Tobiahs Fakhri to create the track Cloud9 to include not only modern hip hop elements that I connect with but also Yidaki (Didgeridoo) and the language Yolngu Matha for traditional sounds. The perfect fusion of my two worlds that I have grown up with. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
I haven't had one stand out inspirer that has lead me to making music. I more saw an opportunity for Indigenous musicians and rappers to express themselves in language rather than English. Music and dance have always been an integral part of my life from growing up in Milingimbi and this only developed more since moving away and schooling and further into my career with Djuki Mala and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects.
 
If anything my dance work has inspired me and allowed this to happen. Influences like Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, Gawurra and Yirrimal showed me to be proud of where I am from and use my voice through rap to communicate my messages.
 
What can punters expect from a Baker Boy live show?
 
They can expect to see a lot of dancing, energy, I'll play the Yidaki, hear language Yolngu Matha and a young handsome proud Yolngu boy - Baker Boy.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
I remember my dad telling me, 'if you have a goal, know its not going to be easy, but if you put your mind to it, work hard and reach for the sky reach until you grab it with your bare hands'. He always tells me 'keep going there's no limit'. I'm pretty much following my dads' footsteps but trying to go next level.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Brolga by Yirrimal!!! My poison cousin.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
I would play them Wiyathul by Gurrumul. Just play the whole album actually !!
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
I'd tell them put Cloud9 - Baker Boy ;)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I saw my friends band Jakubi. They are a home grown Melbourne band that are so hard working and crazy talented.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
 
Briggs and Yirrimal both inspired me and got me thinking about the whole fusion of traditional and current hip hop. They both are so incredible in their own way with such different genres and sounds and both proud Indigenous men.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
My plans for 2017 are to continuing writing more music in my Baker Boy style, and help two worlds collaborate and merge to one as I only see one. I will continue dancing and working in remote indigenous communities with IHHP inspiring youth and sharing my story and journey.
 
I want to be the next David Gulpilil and have started acting and already feature on a few movies so hope to do more of that. Just want to keep doing Baker Boy rap, dance and live life to the fullest, be free.

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Resin Moon
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Artist

Resin Moon

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Synths, Northern Territory, ...)

Alice Springs, NT

Lucky Luke

Featured Artist

2017

17

Apr

Lucky Luke

( )

North West Queensland, QLD

Meet hometown hero Lucky Luke as he gets ready to blow up the stage this Saturday night at Triple J's One Night Stand, putting Mount Isa on the hip hop map.

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

I grew up listening to all types of music in our home that gave me a history of understanding an appreciation of its origin. When I was younger I only listened to rap but because I was in this environment I was surrounded by different sounds and influences. My parents liked watching music documentaries so I began to understand how different sounds were developed.

I began to understand how rap can make a change. For example, I remember my mum allowing us to buy a cd of the newly released NWA album but when we put it on and she heard all the swearing of police she wanted to break it and we said we can sell it. Secretly we kept it and listened to it.

Looking back I remember how they took the government to court for free speech. That was a big deal back in the day. I look at my music now and think of comments in the media like ‘ Aboriginals need to move on’ but in music I think you can put those messages out there time and time again and people will sing along and listen to it compared to someone in a protest singing out land rights.

My voice tends to be more calming and not at that high pitch and I don’t tend to pick beats that are fast and rap on with a list of words.

I want to be a storyteller.

I’m not sitting around the campfire telling a story but my listeners might be sitting around the campfire listening to me tell them that story. Our elders have put out our messages time and time again I am just trying to do that in another genre and that is rap.

What makes you proud to be making the music you make today?

I know the whole community are listening to my music whether they are young or old Aboriginal or non-indigenous.

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

My people’s struggle to be recognised in their own country and their struggle to be treated fairly.

What can punters expect from a Lucky Luke live show?

Nonstop music accompanied by a drummer and hype man that allows the listener to escape on an emotional storytelling journey.

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

My mum is a proud fan of mine and her advice and belief in me that I’m unique. I’m me I don’t have to rap or follow other’s people’s content, style or idea or what is rap I can follow through with my own ideas. I don’t have to conform to the masses.

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

Powderfinger - My Happiness

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

Slim Dusty: Leave him out there in the long yard (My Grandfather always used to sing this song to us).

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

ACDC - Thunder struck

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

Seth Sentry, it was good even though there was only 80 people on a Thursday night.

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

I don't really mix with other artist in Mount Isa, to tell the truth I just sit at home doing my own thing because I'd rather not be influenced by other artist.

Name 3 Unearthed Artist you recommend us checking out?

Tera – Better Dayz

Stinga T – Dreams

K.P - Hands up

Lastly, what are your plans for 2017? 

Capital and outback tour, release of my third album. Work on designing and printing up merchandise for my tour. The creation of a website where people can book me not just for music gigs but for lessons in schools.

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RUBY FIELDS

Featured Artist

2017

9

May

RUBY FIELDS

Sydney, NSW

Sydney's Ruby Fields, tripled her followers in just 24 hours making 'I Want' one of our favourite discoveries of 2017. Let her confidence, power and attitude consume right through you.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
It's been a pretty long process from learning different instruments at like 7 years old to learning to build them as I get older and wanting to understand the science of it all, that's sort of where I got the rocky vibe to my songs from (wanting heavy drums and guitar riffs with a tonne of pedals and shit). So I guess over time I've dappled in different genres but overall I just love a good old thrash of instruments and playing it loud with mates on stage. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Kinda like I mentioned, I love the science behind it all. My mates dad taught (and is still teaching me) how to build and repair guitars, amps and pedals and I couldn't be more stoked.
 
Learning new things every day and also being able to write pretty honest lyrics that work with a melody I'm feeling and just combining all that into a song that I can put out to people (who could potentially relate to or like it at all) is pretty huge.
 
I guess another cliche answer is that I grew up in a house that constantly listened to AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Fleetwood Mac and the other classics so I always loved making music and started writing super young. 
 
What can punters expect from a Ruby Fields live show?
 
I definitely love just equipping myself with a dry sense of humour on stage without talking too much between songs. I'm not really stoked on a set unless I'm soaked with sweat by the end of it whether I played shit or not, I think people get into your music when you're into it. 
 
That, beer drinking and some dodgy songs about dodgy things and hopefully a sick time? What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from? I'd like to consider myself fairly quiet unless I'm involved in a pretty good two way convo with someone, a mate once said you learn the most about people and situations when you sit back a little from the bustle and watch what's going on as much as you're getting involved. I think that's pretty clever and applicable to every segment of life, even music. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
 
When I was hungover in the studio the other day, my bassist Brad kept playing Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool and it somehow revived me and I immediately felt like I could stomach food. That has to stop anyone from crying. 
 
Wish You Were Dead by Peter Bibby - cheeky song that always manages to get the shittiness out of me.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
There's gotta be heaps but You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog by Holy Holy is all time. Their guitarist is an insane genius - that solo always gives me goose bumps. One of those sit in the shower and empty your head just to listen to it kinda tunes. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
I'm more into moshing than dancing so I'll always go the DZ Deathrays "Gina Works At Hearts" route and songs of the like, so much more fun. That or go way back to "Come Said The Boy" by Mondo Rock. Genius. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Last local gig I went to was probably my mates Uncle Axel who had a headline at one of the local hotels. It proper went off with all the familiar faces, heaps of bevs and I even jumped up to play rhythm guitar on a song in their set which made it a real hectic time for me (despite almost being too drunk to find the guitar that was literally in its case). 
 
They're playing at my headline show at the Huddy soon to, so keen. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
 
To be honest I've been insanely lucky for the opportunities I've been provided with at such a young age, but I'm adamant I worked hard for it. My manager is a gun and also one of my best mates who has done a heap for me and introduced me to so many legends like my producer (Chris Collins), my band mates (Brad Heald and George Georgiadis), Jess Gleeson and my booking agent (Casey O'Shaughnessy). I've met a bunch of insanely talented musicians that I'm hoping to join the little family of but working with an incredible team is the most inspiring thing to me, I think. Knowing they invest their time into your work because they really dig it. That means a lot.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
Play some fezzies, drink some (a lot of) beer, write some songs that make people laugh or cry and try my best to enjoy every single minute of it. 

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Arteries
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Artist

Arteries

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

Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Monument

Featured Artist

2017

1

May

The Beautiful Monument

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Since giving us their latest track 'Manifestation', Melbourne based power group, The Beautiful Monument are taking metal-punk rock to the next level. See them support British metalcore band Archeticts this Friday, as our triple j Unearthed Competition winners.

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

It took us a few years to develop a sound we were happy with. Working on our recent album "I'm The Sin" really helped us find and refine our sound. It was a great experience for all of us as it was our first time in a proper studio and all learnt a lot about writing and production.

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

Our biggest source of inspiration comes from our personal experiences. We've lived and experienced a lot since the writing and release of "The Lost" EP in 2015, so the lyrical content of this new album is a lot more heartfelt. We've collectively lived through life-changing pain and happiness, break ups and failed relationships, issues with our own mental health and family struggles that lead Lizi and the rest of us to write some really meaningful lyrics that we hope people can find comfort in.

What can punters expect from a The Beautiful Monument live show?

Lots of energy, big singalong choruses that are easy to sing along to, even if you've never heard us before.

Fast, punchy and a lot of fun!

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

Although nerves before playing are uncomfortable, they're a good thing as it means you care about the show you're about to put on. We always had the best advice given to us by our late manager Justin, who passed away in November.

He always gave us the best pre-show advice, the way to make us ensure we were happy in our situations and with each other and the best advice about how to do everything properly in regards to releases. He was a really important person to us, and one of the most caring people ever. We're all super grateful for all the advice he gave us, we learnt so much.

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

'I Touch Myself' by The Divinyls ;)

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

'Without Me' by Aburden. Or realistically anything by Aburden because they're major sad boys. We love them.

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

'Anchors' by The Amity Affliction or 'Land Down Under' by Men At Work.

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

Some of us recently went to the Corner Hotel to see Running Touch. The vibes were really different to what we were used to within the usual heavy/hardcore scene but it was awesome to go to a different kind of gig and see the crowd, the interaction with the crowd and the differences between a show like that and one we would play.

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

A lot of people inspire us by just being a part of the community, caring enough to share a bands post on Facebook or even rock up to a show. Being in a band is hard, so when you have the punters caring about their local bands and their scene, it really helps to make a difference. Those people inspire us to be better and do better.

Name 3 Unearthed artist you are loving at the moment.

We're absolutely loving Ruby Fields, Aburden and Dear Seattle.

Lastly, what are your plans for 2017?

We're looking forward to everything this year is shaping up to be for us so far. This Friday sees us playing with Architects and Ocean Grove thanks to Triple J Unearthed. We're also hoping to hit up some interstate shows this year to share our album with those fans as well. Everything we've got planned at the moment is still a bit on the hush, but it's looking to be a really big year for us! 

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Coda Chroma
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Coda Chroma

Indie, Pop (Hypnotic Pop, Angular-pop, altpop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Almond Soy
New

Artist

Almond Soy

Indie, Pop

Perth, WA

Domini Forster
New

Artist

Domini Forster

Indie, Pop (chamber folk, dusk-lit, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Ross Henry
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Artist

Ross Henry

Electronic, Indie ("Alternative "indie"electronic)

Sydney, NSW

Moaning Lisa

Featured Artist

2018

23

Apr

Moaning Lisa

( )

Canberra, ACT

We're kicking ass all this week on triple j Unearthed with our Feature Artist, Moaning Lisa. They'll be opening Groovin the Moo in Canberra this weekend and you don't want to miss them.

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

We had access to some rehearsal space at Uni and we got to know each other by making loud noises together and seeing where it went. When we landed our first gig we had only been rehearsing all together for about two weeks, so we had to pool all of our creative energies together pretty quickly to make sense of the noise. Since then we’ve bought a lot more guitar pedals and they do a lot of the work for us now.

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

Women and depression

What can punters expect from a Moaning Lisa live show?

A lesbian once told us it had been suggested to her that the best way to meet other queer people in Canberra is to go to a Moaning Lisa show. A service we’ve been providing, yet completely unbeknownst to us. Basically, what you can expect are all of your dating app insecurities in a real-life setting, with the added bonus of loud music so you don’t actually have to talk to anyone.

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

“It won’t affect sales” - Jimmy Lloyd-Wyatt who produced the Sweetest EP insisted on this every time we were being too particular about a performance or how something was sounding.

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

'Eggyweggs' by dave. 

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

'The Special Two' by Missy Higgins.

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

 'Please' by Huntly.

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

We all saw Antonia and the Lazy Susans and Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones supporting The Hard Aches last week. It’s so special to see your mates that you’ve essentially grown up with sharing a bill with these bands from all around the country. It reminds you of how interconnected music is in Australia and how the lines between friends, peers and heroes start to blur as things get bigger. 

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

Too many people to name. But our band pals in Slagatha Christie and Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers are a constant source of inspiration. Shan at CBR DIY Gig Guide, Kels at UC Refectory and Dave at Laundry Echo are three people who do so so much behind the scenes to change the shape of the city and how it’s viewed. 

What are your plans for 2018?

What AREN’T our plans for 2018? Wanna start up a podcast so we can deliver our banter outside of shows and interviews. We will strive to make-out with all the people mentioned in “Carrie” and transform our shows into a beautiful queer oasis.

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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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Dear Seattle

Featured Artist

2017

3

Apr

Dear Seattle

( )

Sydney, NSW

Hailing from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Dear Seattle bring you an impressive debut with 'The Meadows' and we can't wait to see them explode with tracks jam-packed with raw emotion, nostalgic 90's grunge and soaring strength this year in 2017.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Our music is like when someone reminds you of the day Cheez TV got cancelled back in 2005; You cop a strong hit of joyful nostalgia, but deep down you know that there's some serious pain and anguish.
 
The sound came as a bit of a fluke really. We kinda just went to a farm and sunk piss for 7 days straight, writing music between sessions of Billy Madison, Beavis and Butthead and Ace Ventura. So who knows?? Maybe the combo of alcoholism and mid 90's comedy helped us cook in the depressing throwback feeling...
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Experiences. Everything we write is some kind of reflection of what we've been through, be it as a band or as individuals - It's just the best way to write with genuine heart, and that's what we believe in... Honesty and relatability.
 
We want people to hear the stories in our songs and be able to think "Ohhhhh crikey, I've felt that S#!% before".
 
What can punters expect from a Dear Seattle live show?
 
Blood, sweat and beers.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Don't put your willy in the spa jet" - No idea who told me but I'm glad they did.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Power And The Passion by Midnight Oil, but only if I could put the music video up on the big screen so they could lap up Peter Garrett's sweet moves. If you haven't seen that video, seriously, do yourself a favour...
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
I Touch Myself by Divinyls as I coat my naked self in guacamole and Vegemite 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Feed The Rhythm by Client Liaison - No doubt in my mind. And I'd get me one of those puffy jackets too.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
If we're talking local local, as in down at me local kind of local, it'd be Hockey Dad's gig at Mona Vale Hotel.
 
Absolute sweat fest. Such a treat. Got to catch our mates in Crocodylus beforehand, and it was only a 3 minute stumble home afterwards. You beaut.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
Anybody who is doing whatever they're doing cos they straight up just f$%&ing love it!
 
From bands writing music they love rather than writing for the audience, to platforms like Unearthed creating mass exposure for small time bands like us all for the love of Aussie music, it's really just a killer time to be in it and creating music at the moment.
 
I feel like new music is getting more weird and more absurd by the day, and that's groovy cos I feel like I'm doing the same. What's even better is that the kids are seriously itching to get rowdy in support.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
2017 has proven to us that plans aren't quite the dog's bollocks, and that playing things by ear is the way to go.
 
Since things have started taking off with The Meadows, this years plans quickly changed from travelling South America for 12 months, to releasing another single, playing heaps of shows, dropping our new EP, and touring the east coast of Aus. So that's kinda the go for the moment!
 
But who knows, things have been changing every day. Tomorrow I could end up on a super-yacht with Ernie Dingo and a big bag of shrooms for all I know.
 
Name 3 Unearthed artists you are loving at the moment?
 
Split Feed - These Newcastle boys are huuuuuge. Absolute ball tearers. So much so that we couldn't help but whack them on our show in Newtown just cos we wanna see them rip it live.
 
The Football Club - This band is gonna have people all over the world locking themselves indoors for no reason other than the fact that sitting in your room listening to them is better than anything you can do elsewhere. Ivy is one of the best songs I've heard in years come out of Australia, especially lyrically.
 
Oslow - The new record is so so good! These guys are a testament to what I was saying before about doing it cos you love it. Got to play with them the other night supporting Balance and Composure and their love for what they do is so infectious that you can't help but sing along with a fat grin on your mug.

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Introvert

Featured Artist

2016

24

Oct

Introvert

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Brace yourself - these Novocastrians rock HARD!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Introvert kind of started as a trial-and-error thing, we all had completely different ideas and visions for the band’s direction and I think that’s a big reason why we hear a lot of different genres, similar bands etc that get thrown around about us! We settled on a grunge/alternative rock crossover (I guess) with our first single ‘Trip’ and just played a lot around Newcastle, supporting bigger locals, interstate bands etc. After about nine months of playing to a wide range of scenes, bands and venues we decided to take it up a notch on the heavy scale with our recently released EP ‘Old Taste’ which has definitely opened us up to a much more familiar fanbase.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
As mentioned above, the beginnings of the band involved a big range of influences, but overall I think our biggest influences musically would be bands like Norma Jean, Basement (really cool that we had the opportunity to support them in Newcastle earlier this year), Underoath, Balance & Composure, along those lines I suppose. 
 
What can punters expect from an Introvert live show?
Our live show is fairly energetic, but definitely has a pub rock/laid back feel to it. Audie’s definitely got a trick up his sleeve with the mid set jokes which people have grown to love, haha. But yeah, overall I’d say we’re energetic and chilled at the same time. Lots of emotion, balanced with a good old joke or two!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Liam Coleman has always told us to just slow down and not jump in head first when we’re making decisions (like recording the EP, planning release PR etc) which has paid off big time for us. He’s always been by our side ever since the idea of the band begun so I think overall he’s given us truckloads of advice, too much to remember in all honesty. (Along with being the father figure of the band)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
‘Am I Ever Gonna See The Biff Again?’ by the legend himself, Reg Reagan.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
A track by The Middle East titled ‘Blood’. Stephen chose this one, as the track is written about a person who loses their sister to cancer, it reminds him of a time where he nearly lost his to leukaemia.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Without a doubt, the hit by Men At Work titled ‘Down Under’. Anyone with a drop of Aussie culture knows it, who why wouldn’t you have a dance and a drink to it?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was the Newcastle leg of Ambleside’s ‘Shape Me’ Australian Tour at Drone, a small (yet fantastic) AA venue in Newcastle. With locals Eat Your Heart Out and Pasha Bulka alongside the tour supports Hindsight and Sleep Talk, the show was definitely one of the better shows I’ve attended for a while. Great turnout, and a really good reception for the bands made it one to remember.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
Well on the subject of bands, I’d say the local heroes Trophy Eyes have inspired all of us one way or another over the years, along with local friends who have played alongside us since day one. They’d include Pasha Bulka, Eat Your Heart Out, Raave Tapes and Dave - but honestly there’s too many to name! (Newcastle’s a small town, haha).
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
For the rest of the year our number one focus is definitely the tour with Birds Of Tokyo. It’s our first time out of NSW and we’re super keen to meet new people and just experience a whole different audience! Apart from that, we’re just writing new music, with plans to hopefully record and release a full length record, or a sophomore EP sometime early next year.

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The Football Club

Featured Artist

2017

13

Mar

The Football Club

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne folk-punks The Football Club have proven they're Ones To Watch in 2017 with a string of absolutely devastating hits. Hop on now before this train leaves the station.

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

We call our style of music 'passion pop' - it's a cheap mix of folk, punk, folk-punk, and everything in between - we actually started off as a very earnest folk band (Leah was going to learn the mandolin for us!) before realising that the true path of enlightenment is overdrive pedals and crying.

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

The human condition, social injustice, and the career stability that only alternative rock music can provide.

What can punters expect from a The Football Club live show?

Punters can expect to see the rock band The Football Club play a number of our original rock songs, in an order we will determine during the panicked 15 minutes between the last band finishing and us having to start our set.

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

'Don't go to law school, son - everybody knows the real money is in folk-punk'.

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

'Let's Go Out' by Alex Lahey. Huge, merciless banger.

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

'Public Phone' by Wedding Ring Bells. The last song on the last Fergus Miller record. Try not to cry. Cry heaps.

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

'Boyfriend (Repeat)' by Confidence Man. Try not to boogie. Boogie heaps.

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

Ceres at Howler - they're the coolest, their album from last year was totally in my top ten! Huge energy, huge vibes.

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

We love the Melbourne music community! Big ups to Two Steps on the Water, Camp Cope, Poison City Records and Sad Grrrls Club (although they're not strictly Melbourne!).

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

We just released our song 'Ivy', which comes off a 7" that we're gonna put out in late May/early June with another song called 'Spencer'! Then we're touring through May with our pal Alex Lahey, as well as some other things you'll learn about soon. Then towards the end of the year, we're going to head into the studio and see what comes out...

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Willaris. K

Featured Artist

2017

27

Feb

Willaris. K

North Coast, NSW

Meet Willaris K. The 23 year old Northern NSW producer and master behind his latest single 'Alchemy'. His ability to create an ambient space of dark mystery through beautiful sounds and thick texture will have you in a daze.

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

It’s hard to define the exact process of how it developed. I spend a lot of time experimenting with different ideas and concepts. Driving a lot for work allows me to spend more time listening to different music, then when it comes to my own writing, I'm sub-consciously combining different worlds that resonate at the time.

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

Initially it’s personal experience, live music is a big one. I take a lot of inspiration from movie scores and how they're able to influence the emotions of the audience.

What can punters expect from a Willaris K live show?

I’m playing my first live show this Friday. As I've been planning for it, i’ve found that I'm naturally gravitating towards my heavier/dancier stuff. Most of which has never been heard outside of my bedroom. Expect intense moments contrasted with intimate ambience.

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

There’s not really one piece of advice that i subscribe to, but i’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason - whether it be positive or negative. I’d say that mentality came from my parents who always attest that you get out what you put in.

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

No 1 Dad's - Camberwell

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

Seekae - Void

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

Tame Impala - Why won't you make up your mind?

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

I saw Jagwar Ma a couple of weeks ago in Coolangatta. It was good to see a crowd come out in numbers and support that style of music locally.

Tell us about the bands or people in the North Coast music community in NSW that inspire you.

I'm quite lucky in that regard because I've got a group of close friends from school that also write music. That's a big inspiration for me. We're always pushing each other, collaborating, keeping the standards high, no beating around the bush with feedback. I'm excited for us all to be out doing our thing musically. Everyone has their own tastes which seems to be a driving force for pushing our personal boundaries. I premiered a track from Rössen Culture in my triple j mix, Grant Walker just put his first track up on unearthed, NWM that did my artwork and visuals writes, HXXD GXLD raps and Joel Cauchi is a singer/songwriter who lends his guitar expertise on a few upcoming releases. They’re all coming; keep your eyes peeled.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release an EP. Develop my live show to become as live as possible, then eventually incorporate a visual aspect. Maybe a remix.

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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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EWAH & The Vision of Paradise
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EWAH & The Vision of Paradise

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Tasmania, ewah, e-wah lady, ...)

Hobart, TAS

IV League

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2015

16

Nov

IV League

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Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne 4-piece IV League combine their love of alternative rock and progressive pop to create music that Zan Rowe describes as "damn near perfect".

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
We're huge fans of garage rock, but initially, we weren't able to achieve the heavier sound we were after with only two members so we begun as a bit of an indie pop outfit. When we added a drummer and bass player to the mix we started toying with combining the grittier instrumentals with strong, clean vocals and we've arrived at where we are now!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
A huge part of it is definitely channeling the energy and fun we have together in the jam room into playing live and recording music for other people to hear. Sharing what you're most passionate about creating with other people and recieving a positive response is insanely rewarding.
 
What can punters expect from an IV League live show?
You can expect that Bella might very well introduce the band under a false name such as "My Chemical Romance" or "Alien Antfarm". Otherwise, a whole lot of sweaty energy and plenty of dancing.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Bella: My Mum always says that "the extra mile is never crowded" and that's always stuck with me in every thing I do. It sort of prohibits any hesitation you have in jumping head first into things that you want to achieve.
 
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?
We went to see our friends Tiny Giants play an in store gig at Off The Hip Records in Melbourne. Always fun watching those guys, they killed it!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
We're super inspired by our friends in the Melbourne scene, especially Hills Hoist and Gonzo (some of the coolest dudes out!!), and our younger friends up in the Geelong area Tiny Giants and The Dare Ohhs who are some of the most impressive high school bands you'll see play live.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
Lots of writing and preparation to record an EP early next year, playing as much as we can and hopefully pulling together an east coast tour.

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Stale Cakes
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Stale Cakes

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

Mid North Coast, NSW

Birdz
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Birdz

Hip Hop (hip hop, new hip hop, rap, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Crusch
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Crusch

Indie, Punk, Rock (90's emo, Punk, alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

RAAVE TAPES
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RAAVE TAPES

Dance, Indie, Punk, Rock (Garage, Rock, dance, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Astro Travellers
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Astro Travellers

Hip Hop, Roots (Hip-Hop, Space Jazz, Saturn Beats, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

NEW TALK

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jul

NEW TALK

Perth, WA

Perth quartet Rag N' Bone refer to themselves as "polished scunge" and describe their sound as "an angel meeting up with a drunken choir, vomiting diminished scales over battle drums". They really make us feel uneasy, and we love it.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Axel: Kiera, Sara and I all met at university. We shared mutual interests in distortion, decadence and despair and the idea that we needed a hunk of a Scot on the skins - Jamie popped into view. Jamming in isolation in Sara’s family home in the northern suburbs of Perth really gave us time to connect before we’d even played a show - now, hundreds later, we sound like polished scunge, an angel meeting up with a drunken choir, vomiting diminished scales over battle drums and feedback cries over wheatfields. Also, we get compared to Midnight Oil heaps.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Axel: Making any medium of art is such a curious process, so I can only answer for myself - making music is as much a part of my routine as my morning coffee. Work is work. I think that with our recent material we’ve really tried to go really within ourselves, the dark crevices and all to really create something worthwhile and meaningful. I also really strive to create a throughline from our work to other works of art - our songs wouldn’t exist without Charley Patton, Carson McCuthers, John Cassavetes or Gareth Liddiard and like my experience following this snakey trail of artistic lineage, hopefully we get people to walk down that path too.
 
What can punters expect from a RAG N’ BONE live show?
Kiera: We like our live shows to be cathartic for us as much as for our audiences so there’s usually a lot of energy, writhing around & even screams from band members. Our strength lies in the intensity we create on stage but also bringing that back to something quiet and controlled. Ultimately it’s where we feel the most connected as a group and probably the thing we love doing the most so hopefully that’s felt by the people watching!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Kiera: In the world of music making it’s easy to go through periods of self-doubt and get caught up comparing yourself to others. Whenever I feel myself leaning towards those thought patterns I always think about a particular Alan Moore quote that basically says that anything of value in our lives starts with a risk & in order to be able to make it you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. This plus the love and support from family & friends is usually enough to steer me back on course!
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kiera: Parking Lots by Ermine Coat 
Axel: Harmony by the Avalanches - after spending a whole weekend with Wildflower, I’m convinced that this track in particular is the perfect balance between bursting with joy and crumbling in melancholy: a recipe for bliss.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Kiera: Autoluminescent by Rowland S. Howard
Axel: Hollow by The Tommyhawks - they get a shoutout later but this track in particular is so warm and full of quiet spirit that it gets me everytime.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Kiera: I’m a sucker for bangers so I’d go for something like I Touch Myself by The Divinyls!
Axel: Death to the Apple Gurls by Gerling
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Kiera: It was actually last night and it was The Tommyhawks EP launch at Jack Rabbit Slim’s. We played along with them and Hyla and the room was buzzing like mad! They are such an awesome live band who work really hard. We drank bourbon and coke and I felt like I was in highschool again. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Axel: Perth is a veritable hotspot for people who inspire me, for various different reasons - Dave Parkin for being an absolute wizard with a mixing console, Luke Rinaldi for his dedication to assist and nurture (as well as a complete mastery of ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’), Shit Narnia for their complete emotional and sensory assault, Foam for being the most consistently improving band for the past five years, Childsaint for their lilting, dreamy songscapes, Pat Chow for having the best rock songs of the past recorded human history, WAM for their total love for all things music in Western Australia, so many bands, instrumentalists, bookers, punters and people that make Perth such a wonderful place to be a musician.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Kiera: We can’t reveal too much just yet but we can say that soon we will be leaving our Aussie shores to play a few shows overseas. We’ve just finished recording our debut album which we feel really proud of so you can expect to hear more music & see more videos in the lead up to its release early next year. Other than that we’ll be working on new music, going to all the amazing gigs in Perth & trying to win at quiz nights.

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Kuren

Featured Artist

2016

30

May

Kuren

Central West, NSW

Kuren is an exciting young producer from the small town of Hillston, NSW. He's collaborated with fellow Indigenous artist Denni, NYC-based singer Ben Alessi, just announced his first national tour and is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music is definitely something that comes from the heart. And the sound is just a bunch of stuff derived from the influences I’ve had over the years. 
As I was just getting into music I listened to lots of different stuff. And I feel that has taken its toll on my sound. But I wanna make music people can party to and also chill out to.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Definitely have to be from personal experiences or some type of point I want to get across. But if ever I am lacking inspiration, I just work my way back through the roots. I put on some old music I used to listen to or make. Old school Ta-ku helps haha.
 
What can punters expect from a Kuren live show?
I love to get the place vibing. I don’t really like trap music so I'll play lots of emotional future bass and always get my own stuff in there. LOTS of unreleased music for the upcoming tour.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
‘No matter what you do, you’re always gonna have a market that is going to gravitate and love it. - Ta-ku.
There is another my mum tells me. ‘Always be humble and remember where you have come from’. I remember that everyday.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Narly - Are You Okay. Love that song. Its amazing.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I don’t wish to make people cry but it would have to be 'We Were In-Love' by Ta-ku. 
I’ve cried many times to that record.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Enschway & Luude - Timezone. Such a banger of a track! Shoutout to those homies. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Jess Kent played at Bondi Rd. Was absolutely amazing. She looked at me in the crowd and Im pretty sure it was love at first sight. She is such an incredible talent and performer.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Indigenous music community that inspire you.
100% would have to be Philly & Briggs. I would love to have the opportunity to work with Philly sometime. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm hitting the road and going on my first national tour around Australia. Hoping to drop my second EP late July and just keep working as hard as I can to do big things.

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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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The Money War

Featured Artist

2016

21

Nov

The Money War

Perth, WA

Treat yourself to the latest "near-perfect pop hit" from this exciting Perth duo.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I suppose it’s naturally a culmination of the music we love. We both like lots of different stuff like soul music, country, pop, RnB and rock. Dylan has been developing as a producer over the past few years now so his production taste definitely comes through in our sound (he produces our songs). People tend to associate ‘sun’ with our sound – I can’t really explain that because the songs tend to be written when we’re not happy. I like to think of it as turning a shit situation into something beautiful. The beach is a very prominent part of our life on the West Coast though so maybe that seeps in?
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Great songs, experiences, travel, nature. A lot of the songs we’ve written so far were written while traveling through America. It was a really bizarre but amazing experience that gave us plenty to write about!
 
What can punters expect from The Money War live show?
We’re a 5-piece band when we play live. You’ll get to hear a pile of songs that we haven’t released yet.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“It’s cool man” - Matt Shehan (our live guitarist)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I would have to say ‘Your Love’ by Middle Kids, they’re probably my favourite band at the moment – I’ve been listening to that song so much lately and it cheers me up. Dylan would play ACDC “shreds” – look it up, you can’t possibly not laugh!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
#1 Dads - So Soldier, and I mean cry in a good way. What an incredible song and Ainslie Wills absolutely nailed the performance. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The WA Music Festival, which is a really awesome showcase of WA bands. The whole city was alive and there was an overwhelming sense of enthusiasm around what Perth has to offer. We almost didn’t make it in time for our set because we locked ourselves out of the house!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Our manager Pete Carroll is one of the best people you’ll ever meet. He lives and breathes music and has backed us right through, years before we formed this band. 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
We have an EP that’ll be out early 2017 and we’ve just signed with Select Music so we’ll be playing some shows on the east coast, which we’re really looking forward to. We’re also heading over to Melbourne in February to record with Matt Redlich from Holy Holy.

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LANKS

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2015

29

Jun

LANKS

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Melbourne, VIC

LANKS is a Melbourne-based producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who creates beautifully textured indie pop by layering elements of electronic percussion, warm synthesizers, live instrumentation and his crisp falsetto.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I am constantly developing my sound, and I think that is quite evident in the work I have been releasing, that it's not really set it one area completely. I studied guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts playing jazz so I think that would be one really big influence, the guitar, the instrument I am most proficient at. I think my sound really stems from the blend and melding of acoustic instruments with electronic sounds. I started experimenting with electronic music while I was studying because I was always curious and searching for sounds I hadn't heard before, and there was this huge world of electronic music which I never ventured into with so many possibilities with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I am very inspired by stories. I love how you can really get into a story and it totally takes you somewhere else, and it feels real. That's what a good film or book or song does for me. And I always want to recreate that. Some sort of escape. I think that also leans toward stories of other real people. I don't often write about me, I like to imagine what these experiences that people around are having would be like, and to try to really explore that and empathise with that.
 
What can punters expect a Lanks live show?
I think the live show brings another element in. I usually have a few other people join me on stage, and it's pretty energetic music with the live instrumentation added, particularly drums. It gets pretty rocky at times actually. The other thing I like to do is really mix it up, play a song solo and there can also be a sneaky flute solo sometimes.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When I joined Andy Bull for a few of the dates on his tour earlier this year he said something that I found really grounding. He just said (and I hope he doesn't mind me quoting him) 'it's all a game'. To me this really meant not too worry too much or take it seriously, and don't get hung up on the result of how your work is received or whether everyone loves it or not. Don't take it all personally. Just keep doing your thing and remember it's not the end of the world if someone doesn't like your stuff; write music lots and get better and better at it, that's the best way forward.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Dorsal Fins - Monday Tuesday
So much good energy in this track, get's you up and going whenever you need it.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Hayden Calnin - For My Help
Killer track, killer artist. Very excited to hear the full album when it's out. Not far off now!
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Mansionair - Hold Me Down
I'm more of a chilled party goer so this would be where I would be very much in the zone on the dance floor.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Foreign National playing at the Gasometer. It was great, they're a top notch band. It was really energetic and it's one of my fav rooms to watch bands in Melbourne...and I live nearby which is a bonus.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so many amazing bands and song-writers that inspire me. Matt Kennealy of Canary is one of my favourite songwriters ever, you'll be hearing more from him in the future I feel, amazing lyricist. The guys from Dorsal Fins/Saskwatch/Eagle and the Worm are good friends from uni and are some of the best musicians you'll ever see play anywhere, amazing songwriters too (Liam McGorry/Jarrad Brown). 
The guys from I'lls and also Klo are big influences on me musically, I think their work is beautiful and sonically challenges all your ideas and inspires you to try new ideas and experiment more with beats and synths.
I really could write about artists in Melbourne for another few hours but I'll just add Ainslie Wills, No 1 Dads, Big Scary and Deja as some other ones that I am a big fan of and have listened to a lot that push boundaries and I love their music.
Sorry for everyone I missed!
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
The main thing is to keep writing and get better. I am deep in writing mode at the moment, got a whole heap of demos for the next EP or LP and I'm working on my production skills also. There are other plans but I don't want to spoil too much so I'll leave it at that for now. 

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The Brow

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2011

31

Jan

The Brow

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Perth, WA

Perth party proliferators The Brow Horn Orchestra have grown from humble beginnings as a busking duo to an 8-piece genre-defying pop powerhouse.

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

We grew from the humble beginnings of a Fremantle busking duo after feeling rather insignificant sans a band kicking it with a battery powered Casio keyboard doing all the dirty bossa novas.  We decided to surround ourselves with as many wonderful musos as possible so every gig could feel like a big ol’ (dirty bastard) party.  But teaspoons of rider beer later, we settled down with eight members each bringing an eclectic variety of influences to the table, which has all helped and contribute to what our sound is today.  Whilst we’re always evolving; essentially we write feel good epic pop songs entwined with afro electro, hip hop, ska, dub and big band music; all key ingredients in the pot.  But when it comes to the crunch, we simply like to create a fun party vibe for our audience that can lift spirits and make everyone feel happy.

What can the audience expect at a gig?

We’ve made a name for ourselves with the live show so if you bring big grins and shoes with fair bounce; we’ll provide something a little bit mad, quite often incoherent but always catchy and full of excess energy.  When we started out as a band we had one main rule, and that was to boycott the motionless stage presence with the idea that the sooner you jump around like idiots not giving a shit; the sooner you’re audience will as well.  One of our emcees Rezide also brings a lot of fire to the stage and extensive damage to our percussion rigs.  When we played at the campus band comp finals on the gold coast at Sea World a couple of years back, The Doctor told him “you’re one crazy motherf***er!”  It got worse…

How is it working as an orchestra – how do you manage rehearsing etc.

Our conductor resigned, the tuba player jumped off a ferry and our guitarists strummed their wayward ways into the horizon singing ‘oh what a night’; but somehow eight of us manage to meet at the very least once every couple of weeks; just out of a shared love of avoiding a ‘career’ path.

What’s coming up in the 2011?

We kicked off the year supporting Arrested Development on NYE and played at WA’s Southbound Festival; and we’re continuing the exciting trend with some more festival slots lined up, including the Perth leg of Future Music, Fairbridge, Nannup and some other potentials in the works.  We’ve also got an east coast tour pencilled in for around July (Melbourne / Sydney folk start spreading the word and if we can get a grant hopefully more cities too) and we’ll also release our debut EP sometime mid year amongst much, much more.

Australian music is?

So fulfilling.  For us living in Perth, our lives are forever entertained with first class local music day in day out blowing our socks off; so apply that on a national level and you’ve got yourself a pretty decent slice of aussie pie.

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Mt. Mountain
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Confidence Man

Featured Artist

2016

10

Oct

Confidence Man

Brisbane, QLD

It's like Tom Tom Club partying with LCD Soundsystem - one heck of a dance floor!

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What's the origin story of Confidence Man?It all started in our home studio (all of us lived together) when one of us was writing a bass line and struggling with song ideas. The four of us were all in the room so we slowly started screaming over the top of each other and trying to grab the microphone to sing little melodies. By the end of the night I just remember that we were all pretty wasted and we were all hugging each other and screaming "this is the best thing ever!" So I suppose from there we realized that we work well together. We're similar people and we like similar music, so it's been easy to know what direction we want to go in. What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?I love to dance, so I really focus on writing big bass lines and cheeky percussion parts. Essentially I just try to write music  I would dance to.I love the way Todd Terje makes badass dance music in a really cute, dorky way. That's the vibe I like to go for. What can punters expect from a Confidence Man live show?Champagne, bee keeper hats, black eye make up and two of the sassiest live dancers you'll ever see. What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?"Men will stick it in any old hole they can get it in" - Grandma What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?Donny Benet - Working Out What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?Nick Cave - Into My Arms You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?Fishing - Yuwa What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?I saw Sampa the Great at Bigsound. She was awesome, I think she's a badass. Tell us about the bands or people in the Australian music community that inspire you.We're inspired by a lot of Brisbane bands because we're always working together and showing each other demos. Everyone is super-supportive in Brisbane.But musically I'm really inspired by the Melbourne dance scene - NO ZU, Ara Koufax and acts like that. What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?Lots of touring, writing, releasing some new tracks, but above all making some more overstated outfits.

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WALLACE
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WALLACE

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

Sydney, NSW

Woodes
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Artist

Woodes

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Amy Shark

Featured Artist

2016

29

Aug

Amy Shark

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Gold Coast, QLD

Amy Shark is a young song writer, filmmaker and producer hailing from the Gold Coast. She's just released her gorgeous new single 'Adore' and she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It took a while for me to figure out my sound. Because I was so heavily influenced by a lot of different artists but as soon as I got it, and built a song using all the right ingredients i.e. mixing the right producers with the right sounds, it very quickly set me on fire and it all made sense after that.  
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think just listening to music in general inspires me. But I also use it as a release, so if there's some heavy shit going down or I feel a bit off I'll usually have a muck around on the guitar and see what happens. Sometimes nothing, sometimes magic.
 
What can punters expect from an Amy Sharks live show? 
Brutal honesty and sometimes I'm  a bit of a potty mouth lol. I like chatting about stuff between tracks, and seeing as all my songs are rather personal I can get pretty involved in the performance part too.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
"Who gives a f*ck about record labels and radio stations. Let's just do this for fun." - Shane Billings (current manager)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Seth Sentry - The Waitress Song. One of the best tracks ever. Plus Who doesn't get happy hearing the word breakfast?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
SIA - Breathe me. That's enough to break anyone in half. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
That's easy! Flume - Sleepless!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dylan Joel at the Cooly Hotel - so fun! super dope! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
We have some cool stuff happening on the GC. Serious talent is growing amongst the palm trees and coffee shops. Some locals I'm into are Georgia Mae, Jesswar, and Being Jane Lane. Sam Morris has really taken our music scene by the balls and thrown it in the spot light for the country to see. Which is rad! Someone had to do it. We are a quiet breed here on the GC. Most of us are more interested in skating, surfing, guzzling coffee and smashing acai bowls than promoting ourselves, but i think the country is slowly turning around to take a peak at us. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of stuff between Syd, Melb and America towards the end of this year. Since the release of 'Adore' there has been some cool people keen to give me a run so I'm keen as to make more music, release my EP and play a heap of shows!

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Tia Gostelow
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Tia Gostelow

Indie, Rock (Indie, folk, Rock)

Tropic, QLD

Gretta Ray

Featured Artist

2016

26

Sep

Gretta Ray

Melbourne, VIC

Unearthed High champ Gretta Ray is back with 'Unwind' - a stunning new song she recorded here at triple j.

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You've just released your new single 'Unwind'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing/recording again after the success of ‘Drive'?
Writing Unwind after the success of Drive was a fascinating challenge for me as a songwriter, due to the fact that Drive was one of those songs where all the elements kind of fell into place right from the beginning of the writing process; the piece came together in a rather organic way. For me, that rarely happens when writing music, and I had to consistently remind myself of that when writing Unwind, as it did not unfold as naturally as Drive did. That being said, once I had the bones of Unwind, I became excited about how different it sounded from anything that I’d ever written before, and once I arrived in Sydney to record it, I was so pleased that I had pushed myself to have a brand new song finished in time for that particular project. Concept-wise, the lyrics of Unwind intend to portray one’s thought process when going through a break up. More specifically, the moment when one comes to understand the extent of what they have lost, when they start to feel the weight of what the relationship became. I feel as though the lyric that best conveys that is “I am sure that there is more to this than I care to admit”. Hopefully this rings true with some listeners. This is a song for those that “feel it all”.
 
You recorded it at the triple j studios in Sydney. What was that recording process like compared to how you usually lay your tracks down?
The recording process at triple J was such an incredible opportunity; I got to work with some very special musicians and am so grateful for all of their time. The main difference between recording in Sydney and how I usually record was definitely the time constraints. We completed the production for this new song in the space of a day and half, which was a huge achievement for the whole team, considering that my usual producers and I spent a good few weeks on Drive. But despite it being a speedy process, it was as equally as fun and satisfying when we completed our work.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I spend a lot of time examining the way that I and others move through the world. I am constantly observing human interactions and human behaviour on the whole, and find that most of my ideas are born when I am taking note of one’s body language or the way that they are conversing with another. For example, there is a lyric in Drive that talks about someone having the ability to make one’s “tired eyes widen and cheeks turn rouge”. I like to focus on minuscule details such as these, details that have the potential to mean so much if they are explored in depth. So overall, I would say that choosing to watch and listen to those in around me has always been what has inspired me to write.
 
What's your go-to snack when making music?
If I’m writing? Hmmm.. okay, this isn’t interesting or original at all, but vegemite toast is definitely my go to. I consume so much bread on a day to day basic, it’s out of control. When I’m recording and making music in a studio environment however, I am hungry the entire time, so props to triple j for bringing me pastries and pizza when I was working in Sydney. Saved my life. 
 
What's your vision for the ultimate Gretta Ray live show?
Oh man, I’m not sure. I sure do think about it a lot, but I am yet to put a band together, as I have always played my shows acoustically; just me and my guitar.
Although, touring as a part of Japanese Wallpaper’s band was an eye opening experience in regards to what it takes to put on a good live show. I loved watching our support act, E^ST perform each night. She radiates so much energy on stage and is jumping and dancing almost the entire time, keeping the audience in the palm of her hand. I found that incredibly inspiring, so when it came to singing lead in Japanese Wallpaper’s set, I attempted to channel a similar energy. When school ends and I can start thinking about putting together a show of my own, I’d definitely like there to be moments where I can put the guitar down and move around on stage.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
I am very lucky in the sense that I seem to have wise, supportive people around me all the time, so I am constantly being offered amazing advice. My family has always taught me to be thankful for everything that comes my way and to be considerate of others. Although that’s very broad, I would say that’s the best advice that anyone can be given.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I Love Pop Music by Ben Lee. Maybe just Ben Lee in general. Ben Lee forever.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Consolation Prize by Montaigne. I cried on the plane to that song the first time that I listened to it.
OR Stranger In My Room by Kat Edwards. Hauntingly exquisite. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Get Down by Jess Kent. Banger and a half. I will never get over how good that song is. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and into 2017?
I am going to finish High School! HOORAY! Then straight after that, I’m flying to Nashville for 2 weeks alongside my mum to hang out with my producer, meet people, eat a lot of food and start work on what I hope to be a full length record. 2017 will consist of playing shows, writing a lot of songs and hopefully travelling back to the states if I can earn the money to do so.

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Morning Harvey

Featured Artist

2016

1

Aug

Morning Harvey

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Brisbane, QLD

We can't get enough of the hook-laden, sunshine-drenched pop of Brisbane quartet Morning Harvey.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I think our sound is still developing. I'm constantly trying new things to push myself further. In relation to what this record will sound like... I feel like I've ditched my filter I usually have and whenever I find myself asking the question "does this fit?", I usually say yes. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Definitely listening to as much music as possible, as much variety too. When I was a little fella I didn't read too many books at'll. Bedtime would come and I'd sit in my room and put on whatever cd I could get my hands on, press play and constantly read the lyrics back and forward until I knew them off by heart. It's funny, still to this day I'll hear even the slightest snippet from a song and picture an exact place or situation I was in when I first heard it. 
 
What can punters expect from a Morning Harvey live show?
I don't know how to answer this question, but I know we always look forward to playing in front of people. And if we see people enjoying themselves then that's even better.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Probably not to make compromises - and if you're not happy with how something sounds or feels, it's only going to become worse years down the track if you go through with 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?
At 2:30 he belts his voice out. It kills 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?
The Creases at Wooly Mammoth. They're always fabulous.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Whenever I see our friends bands do great things it drives me to do more. It's a cool community here because everyone is always on top of everything new any of our bands are doing. At parties you'll most likely find most of us in someone's room listening to demos etc. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Final touches to our debut album and some touring.

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SILVER SPRINGS
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SILVER SPRINGS

Pop (SILVERSPRINGS, altcountry, Soul, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Alice Ivy

Featured Artist

2016

19

Sep

Alice Ivy

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne producer Alice Ivy is one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. She'll be taking her blissed out soul-inspired beats to the 909 stage of Listen Out in Melbourne this Saturday, September 24.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always been super into soul music. I used to play in an all girl soul band, we used to arrange old soul classics by Marvin Gaye, Etta James, and also soul stuff by artists such as Jill Scott. Playing this music is what made me obsessed with it. A few years ago I was introduced to J Dilla and The Avalanches, and I was really inspired to make music like that - beat driven sampled soul that just made you feel good.  Once I got into production at uni I realised this is what I wanted to do!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Creating music that makes people feel good and excited. I love that adrenaline rush you get when you listen to a song that you just love, I try and keep this in mind whenever I write. 
 
What can punters expect from an Alice Ivy live show?
A really sweaty good time. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Always BYO Linen' - Melinda Dine. I learnt the hard way on tour last weekend. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
The Avalanches - Because I'm Me
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Natalie Imbruglia - Shiver
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Christine Anu - My Island Home, classic Australiana banga. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last local show I went to was Alexander Bigg's single launch. It was phenomenal, if you haven't heard him you need to check this guy out. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so many bands in Melbourne who are absolutely killing it at the moment. Particularly recently at BigSound, it was so great seeing so many Melbourne bands up there showcasing! Artists that really inspire me are those who are amazing at what they do musically and who are just genuine people. I'm talking about artists such as Ainslie Wills and Alex Lahey - dead set legends. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
The rest of 2016 is looking insane, I am lucky enough to be playing some pretty amazing festivals and tours this summer! Will do some writing in between ;)

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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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Mallrat

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jul

Mallrat

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Brisbane, QLD

Mallrat is a Brisbane-based teenager with a knack for creating outrageously catchy pop tunes. She sings, she raps, she makes everybody dance.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’m still developing my sound!  I listen to everything so my music is a bit mish mash, I think that’s cool though.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
I want to document being human and imperfect and then make people feel something with that.
 
What can punters expect from a Mallrat live show?
Dancing!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I’m learning to drive right now and dad told me “know what you’re doing when you approach a roundabout” and “don’t spend your whole life slowing down for speed bumps”. These are both great metaphors for life.
 
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?
I haven’t been to one in ages because there aren’t enough underage shows and I’m 17! I’ve seen Gill Bates a few times though, he always kills it.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
The Brisbane music scene is so supportive, it feels like a big family. Everyone in a band is in five other bands and if you go to a local hip hop show you’ll catch all the other guys dancing and rapping along for sure. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Make music, friends and travel.

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Pagan

Featured Artist

2017

9

Jan

Pagan

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Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's Pagan approach their songs like a well-made Margarita pizza: filled with saucy riffs (tomato sauce), shredded bass (cheese), and aggressive howling (basil). They'll be opening up UNIFY for triple j Unearthed this weekend!

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

When we started writing, we didn't really know what we we're doing, other than that we wanted to make the darkest, gnarliest rock and roll songs that we possible could. We knew we wanted to try and come up with something a little bit less rigid and limiting, and a little more diverse than the punk rock bands we'd played in before this.

We quickly figured out that we liked putting these kind of pretty sounding guitar riffs (tomato sauce) over really gritty, aggressive bass stuff (buffalo mozzarella). Together it makes for this really cool, gloomy soundtrack to Nikki's roars and howls (fresh basil and olive oil). That's sort of what makes us sound like us, I think (a perfect Margherita pizza).

As intense and grim as the songs are, we also love to make music that people can dance to, instead of playing just straight headbanger stuff all the time. So we put a lot of focus on rhythms and backbeats (the light, crispy base), and just making sure the songs flow really organically, without having to overthink or force anything. Mangiare!

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

Black coffee, black magic, black metal and Black Sabbath.

What can punters expect from a Pagan show?

Pagan shows are a celebration of all things dark. Wild, sweaty, noisy rituals with a killer dance floor! Like having your 21st birthday party and the wake after a loved one's funeral at the very same time.

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

"The longer you leave your pasta sauce on the stove to simmer, the better. The longer the sauce can simmer at a low temperature, the more the flavours of each ingredient; the herbs, the chilli, the garlic, onion and tomato will come out properly. Anything less than three hours is a disgrace to yourself and to your whole family, both living and dead. Don't you dare disappoint me." - Mama.

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

Clowns - "Destroy The Evidence" or Client Liaison - "Off White Limousine"

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

Totally Unicorn - "Dream Life" or Client Liaison "World Of Our Love"

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

Alex Cameron - "She's Mine" or Client Liaison - "Wild Life"

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

I'm not sure, but the one that comes to mind is High Tension, Clowns and Grim Rhythm at The Bendigo. It was a benefit show and launch party for an amazing compilation put together by some wonderful people to raise money for the families of a couple of their close friends who were involved in a tragic accident. Pagan were honoured to have been included in such a beautiful gesture! It was a Tuesday night and I couldn't believe how packed the Bendigo! It was a beautiful, positive and emotional evening, and true testament to just how much people within the greater Melbourne alternative/music community are willing to look out for one another as friends, as family and sometimes as people we've never even met. Every band totally slayed too!

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

Our dearly beloved cult. Anyone breaking rules, smashing expectations and creating new and interesting music. Anyone working towards making sure shows are fun, inclusive and safe for absolutely everyone. People of different cultures, girls, trans, queer and non-binary folk making angry music. Client Liaison.

What are your plans for 2017?

We're aiming to complete our collection of 13 singles by the end of the year, but we'll see... In between single releases, we're hoping to play more Pagan rituals with lots of different kinds of bands and artists, do some more touring, make more videos, further our understanding of the dark arts, destroy regular cheese and antipasto platters, and drink many more spritzers. It's gonna be a hell of a year I think!

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LTC

Featured Artist

2015

1

Jun

LTC

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Canberra, ACT

Canberra-based artist LTC (Lolesio The Courageous) is pumping out world class hip hop right now. He's turning heads with a sound that is both ambitious and refreshing.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
So I really just make what I wanna hear. I’m that guy that’s always craving new music/new sound, constantly browsing Soundcloud etc. I’m still not sure how my sound was developed though - but if it feels good, it must be, and if it’s different - it’s new.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
Lights, graphics and good vibrations.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
So I’m actually fortunate enough to work with a super creative team that have taught me a whole lot over the past 12 months. The best advice is constant from them - so yeah mad S/O’s to Rosco, Mikah, Vance and Chris! Sounds like munnnny.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Depends on who's crying. And like why are you crying for? As for song choice, I’d sing them the national anthem in my Mr. Bean voice - surely that would cheer up the crying person.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Hermitude - The Buzz. That track is next level. That album is next level. Yeah.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Thundamentals at UC. Amazing show - dudes absolutely rocked it, energy was fiyah, impossible not to bounce.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
All of them. Canberra knows what’s up. Everyone knows everyone, it’s cool. Inspiration’s in the air over here. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
To leave a mark.

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Ziggy Ramo

Featured Artist

2017

3

Jul

Ziggy Ramo

Sydney, NSW

We're celebrating NAIDOC week with Perth Hip-Hop artist Ziggy Ramo. Slicing deep into important topics, Ziggy Ramo has become the catalyst for change. You'll be impressed with his latest offering 'Same Script'.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Music has always been a part of my life from early on. It's deeply rooted in Indigenous culture on many levels so I have always felt a strong connection.
 
I remember being young and feeling the clapsticks pulse enter my feet and consume my body. My Dad and Mum always had music playing in the house and Dad knew his way around the guitar. His Father was an amazing piano player, so I guess music is something that has been passed through not only my family, but also my culture.
 
I fell in love in with Michael Jackson when I was really young and got pretty obsessed (still to this day in fact, haha!).
 
I have actually been sick all week and have been in bed re-watching Spike Lee's documentary's on him/old performance footage, so for me personally, I developed my sound by absorbing from those who have gone before, whether that's taking from my song lines/family/culture, or other artists and learning from that preexisting knowledge and applying it to my own experience.
 
It would be impossible for me personally to develop my sound without collaboration in all forms.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Serving the people.
 
What can punters expect from a Ziggy Ramo live show?
 
My live show is something I take so much pride in. I have the honour playing with my amazing 6-piece live band The Love who are brothers to me. So you can except 6 people having the time of their life giving you all their energy. Also, expect the crowd to be full of different amazing humans giving the energy back!
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Leave the space you occupy better than you found it" - It's been given to me by my amazing culture.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Warumpi Band - 'My Island Home'. I long for Country all the time and this always hits the spot.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Archie Roach - 'Took The Children Away'.  Have the tissues handy!
 
Also, I have to mention Leonardo's Bride, 'Even When I'm Sleeping'. This is for the romantic in me and this song was also my mums go to album when I was growing up.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Chiseko - 'Juice'. This track is produced by my amazing brother JCAL. So smooth, so very, very smooth!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
The last gig I went to was REMI x SAMPA and their The Fire Sign Tour with support from the brother's POW! Negro. It was amazing!
 
There was a pretty surreal moment at the end of the show where Remi and Sampa got myself and the vocalists, Nelson and Shannon from Pow! Negro and Koi Child up on stage. They played 'Alright' by Kendrick Lamar and we all just danced and hugged on stage. It was crazy, the whole night was a big celebration of blackness and to be up stage with the amazing humans was such a special moment for me.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
 
Pow! Negro. I talk about these boys all the time because they are family, but also because they are so crazily talented! Love them to death and I love having them on the come up with me and my band because we push each other to work harder. Those boys are dropping their debut EP, Jasmine Licorice on the 28th July so excited for that.
 
The Koi Child boys as well are super inspiring and it such a wonderful community to be a part of. Shout out to my boy Matsu, he takes the best photos in the music game. 
 
Also, Scarlet from San Cisco is like an angel walking around in all her beauty given to the world to bring fire grooves. I really look up to her and the way she carries herself after having so much success is something I aspire to. I always think it speaks volumes of someone when they treat people who can't offer them a leg up as well as they treat the people who can. Scarlett reached out to me a while ago very early on to offer her help however she could and I am forever thankful and inspired by her!
 
There are so many amazing people doing such great things in the music community within Perth, got to shout out the little brother Chiseko and Mali and also Your Girl Pho.
 
Last but not least my team, my manager, JCAL and all my band, they inspire me every day and help me bring my vision into a reality, they are my avenger squad.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
World domination.
 

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PLTS

Featured Artist

2016

18

Jul

PLTS

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North Coast, NSW

Byron Bay four-piece PLTS are the local winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. They'll be taking their anthemic indie rock sounds to the Ampitheatre stage of Splendour at midday on Saturday, July 23.

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Tell us about your music. How did develop your sound?
PLTS was born from a simple vision; to create feel good music that engages with people. There were no real limits to the sounds we started out creating back in 2012, but given our broad range of influences spanning from folk to soul to punk-hardcore, a natural indie-rock sound started to emerge. Through years of jamming, demoing tracks and playing live, we’ve managed to build on this and craft our own sound. We’ll continue to develop and craft it even further along the way.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
First and foremost, a passion for music itself. Whether its watching a ripping live gig, discovering a new band on the internet or finding comfort in a new genre outside your go-to playlists, that basic love for music helps to explore and create new sounds. Secondly, our natural surroundings. We’re lucky enough to call Byron Bay our home. Such an incredible place to live, showcasing some of the best coastlines to creative thinkers the country has to offer.
 
What can punters expect from a PLTS live show?
I guess as a rock band, there’s a certain threshold of noise you have to hit to unlock the right energy. We go hard on stage when required, but our strengths are equally showcased in our slower, more emotive songs. Expect to see all these dynamics, boiling into a solid 45 minutes of good vibes. We also just really enjoy performing as a group, so I hope that shines through!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Can’t speak for the whole band here, but as a 9 year old kid playing in my first band on an actual stage with a real PA, we were lucky enough to win a competition judged by John Butler, who at the time was a musical guru in my eyes. He approached me at the end of the show and simply told me to “keep enjoying what you’re doing”.
Seems kind of corny now I think of it, but it definitely stuck and it stands at the basis of what we do.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
Paul Dempsey – Out The Airlock
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Redgum - I Was Only 19
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Round The Twist theme song, then repeat it once it finishes.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Went and checked our mates PRO VITA at the Northern in Byron Bay.
They’re legends from the Sunshine Coast and always put on a ripping show; they’ve just released a new single as well.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Byron Bay has a really thriving, tight knit music community. The diversity is immense in terms of genres. You’ve got bands like ‘Tora’ who are owning what they do and pushing their sound on another level, newcomers like ‘Israeli Chicks’ and ‘Havens’, and hardcore heavyweights; Parkway Drive and In Hearts Wake who are killing it on a global scale. The fact that all these bands exist and put so much time and energy into doing what they do, inspires us to represent and be part of our local music scene.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Can’t reveal too many goodies at this point in time, but I can say we’ll have new music to follow up from ‘On and On’ closer than expected, as well as a few more really exciting things to announce down the track. We’ll be writing a shit load of new material and just really keeping the momentum up towards summer and into the New Year. Plenty of gigs and new bands to meet, pedals to buy and just good vibes overall!

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Ben Wright Smith
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Ben Wright Smith

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

Melbourne, VIC

FOREST FALLS
New

Artist

FOREST FALLS

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Arcade Fire, Broken Bells, Cyndi Lauper, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Peeks
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Artist

The Peeks

Indie, Roots (Fleet Foxes, Crowded House, Jake Bugg, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Middle Kids
New

Artist

Middle Kids

Indie, Pop, Rock (middlekids)

Sydney, NSW

MANU CROOK$

Featured Artist

2016

6

Jun

MANU CROOK$

Sydney, NSW

MANU CROOK$ is this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and winner of our Come Together Festival competition . The Sydney-based emcee will be hitting the Come Together stage at Sydney's Luna Park this Saturday, June 11.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Vibes vibes vibes. Every song I make I go off a vibe or how I was feeling at that time. In terms of the sound - it's influenced by my everyday life.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Once again my everyday life... I think music is the best way to express yourself.
 
You’re one the winner of our Come Together competition. What can punters at Come Together expect from your live show?
It'll definitely be an energetic start to a dope festival! 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Be you! - Anonymous 
 
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?
Not even gonna lie, I'll most probably play my own song! All day, Everyday! (pun intended) back to back..then play 'Hermitude - The Buzz' to cheer up all the people crying cause of how hard the song goes!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
There's a few groups in Sydney doing their thing... Shout out the One Day-ers, they're definitely pushing a movement and also the dream big team going wild.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm planning on dropping more songs/projects and building on the sound we got going with the team.
 

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Beni Bjah
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Artist

Beni Bjah

Hip Hop, Indie (#hip hop Indigenous, #Perth Hip-Hop, #Revolution, ...)

Perth, WA

POP CULT

Featured Artist

2016

23

May

POP CULT

( )

Sunshine, QLD

Sunshine Coast 4-piece Pop Cult are the winners of our Big Pineapple Music Festival competition and will be taking their stomping feel-good rock'n'roll to the festival stage this Saturday, May 28.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The name hints at our influences; a bunch of classic pop writers (ELO, Fleetwood Mac, T-rex, David Byrne) in combination with great, yet under-recognised 'cult' acts (The Velvet Underground, Big Star, The West Coast Experimental Pop Art Band, Teenage Fanclub, Television) with some assorted Madchester and Britpop for good measure. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Father John Misty's various social media accounts provide unending amounts of inspiration in reminding us to develop a unique and personal voice in order to cut through the noise. He's the musical equivalent of Donald Trump - controversial, completely exaggerated and ridiculous but part of you always wonders whether it's genuine or contrived. Either way, having something to say is the point. 
 
You’re the winner of our Big Pineapple competition. What can punters at Big Pineapple expect from the Pop Cult live show?
Plentiful 'Kool-aid', sing-a-long choruses and we're working on a special cover- think 90's one hit wonders, speed-dealer sunnies and 'Karen, I love you!'. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My girlfriend once said, 'Don't give up your day job'.  
 
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?
Khe Sanh over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Paul Kelly - Before Too Long
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We're about to head out to see Client Liaison at our local - Sol Bar. We'll keep you posted on how the night unfolds, but we're big fans...
(later that night)
...This just in: choreography for days, Michael Jackson cover, who knew Tom Tilley could slap a bass?
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sunshine Coast music community that inspire you.
There are a number of super-talented emerging artists from the Sunshine Coast (Ayla, Battleships, Tempesst, Sahara Beck, Pilgrims etc.), but there are a bunch of unsung heroes (Brian, Dimmi and Alex at Sol Bar, Mark Pico, James Birrel) who've completely reinvigorated the coast into a hub for original live music, they've all given us a serious leg up. 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
We're releasing another single shortly, an EP in the next couple of months and a tour with Unearthed alumni Stonefield!

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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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FLUIR
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FLUIR

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Daniel Trakell
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Artist

Daniel Trakell

Indie, Pop, Roots (alternative, Pop, Acoustic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Mid Ayr
New

Artist

Mid Ayr

Dance, Indie, Pop, Rock (alternative, Indie, Pop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Alex The Kid
New

Artist

Alex The Kid

Punk, Rock (Punk, Rock, geraldton, ...)

Perth, WA

Longshore
New

Artist

Longshore

Metal, Punk, Rock (Longshore, Metalcore, Hardcore, ...)

South West WA, WA

SMILE
New

Artist

SMILE

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

TEES
New

Artist

TEES

Dance, Pop (Primal Scream, Phuture, Dream House, ...)

Sydney, NSW

ELEJI
New

Artist

ELEJI

Hip Hop (Hip-Hop)

Melbourne, VIC

Old Sault
New

Artist

Old Sault

Indie, Pop, Rock (soft rock, gold coast)

Gold Coast, QLD

IljusWifmo
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Artist

IljusWifmo

Dance, Electronic (Iljuswifmo)

Sydney, NSW

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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Jess Kent

Featured Artist

2015

23

Nov

Jess Kent

( )

Sydney, NSW

Jess Kent has dropped one of the most infectious tracks of 2015, 'Get Down', and won herself a spot on the lineup for Sydney's Field Day festival, alongside Disclosure, Flight Facilities, The Wombats and more. Catch them all in The Domain on New Years Day.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started playing the guitar and singing very early on by copying my Dad’s band members who would always be around rehearsing in the kitchen… Some of them were proper reggae rastas. They taught me some important lessons that still emanate through my music. I spent a lot of time busking and gigging with just a guitar, exploring lots of genres and finding my own flow. Plus I’ve always been a passionate creative writer, so writing stories and rhymes and poems definitely had an effect on the type of music I make. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Music is about communication first and foremost for me, so a song usually starts when thoughts manifest into lyrics (which is constantly!!). Specifically, it’s hard to pin down the source of the inspiration because it is everywhere and always. I’m very sensitive to mood and colours and always aim to paint a sonic picture to go hand in hand with the lyrics.
 
You’re the winner of our Field Day comp. What can punters at Field Day expect from your live show?
First of all, I still can't believe it's really happening - cannot WAIT! It’s going to be so exciting to perform the set for the first time ever with an amazing live band, and it’ll also be the first time I play some of my new music! All the support so far has been just incredible, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing some faces!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have ever received was from my Grandma... ‘Work hard and keep it real…’
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I’d play them The Record’s Flawed by The Delta Riggs and I’d take them for a dance down the street.
 
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?
I saw JOY. at Good God yesterday and she slayed!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The sense of community in the Sydney scene is actually incredible. For real, the people that rock up to shows and are so passionate about supporting the local scene - they inspire me to strive to do my best. As far as bands, I’d say Sticky Fingers inspire me - they’re a homegrown Sydney band so it’s cool to watch how they’ve grown and kept it real.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I'm writing heaps of new music so I can't wait to get into the studio again and start the recording process. And the live band will be fully up and running so looking forward to playing some more shows in 2016!

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Nvsty Militia

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (rap, hip hop, Militia Movement, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Safe Sex

Featured Artist

2016

7

Mar

Safe Sex

( )

Perth, WA

Safe Sex are a Perth-based duo made up of vocalist Molly Biddle and producer Andrew Wright. Molly describes their sound as a combination of her "effeminate squeak" and Andrew's "bassy tones".

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound emerged as an amalgamation of myself and Andrew Wright (Forest Studios Perth). I always wished I was danq rapper and Andrew makes some incredible hip-hop and electronic stuff. So the music was sort of born of that combination between my effeminate squeak and Andrew’s bassy tones. It’s like a buttered cat, but it’s a perpetual sound that seems to work. There’s a lot going on in our tracks and think that’s sort of emerged as an addictive or obsessive quality we both possess… nothing ever feels quite finished. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
There are a lot of different sources that feed into this project- the music, the performance aspect, the film, the art. For myself, I wanted to make something that was more than it seemed at first glance - and I think I can assume that’s what we all wanted. Sexual repression and repression of identity is something that’s been an ongoing dialogue for a lot of different communities - and for myself on a personal level. I saw a problem, and I sought to apply myself to that problem in a way that might be able to reach people - via pop culture and by the rubbernecking of train wreck. I stumbled upon the best people for the job and I’m lucky to have them invest such intimate parts of themselves in the mission.
 
What can punters expect from a Safe Sex live show?
Punters can expect a live show yes! It’s a thing that’s on the cards. I hope they like DJ, VJ and live performance art because that’s what they’re going to get. It’s going to be bizarre and uncomfortable for everyone involved. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have been given is to be brave. Be brave and don’t apologise. I give that advice to myself every single day. If you’re not harming anyone and you feel passionately about something, there is no reason not to do it and no reason to apologise. I used to apologise because I felt my mere existence was somehow offensive to people. The more you apologise the more people begin seeing you as something that requires an apology. 
Also - listen to people if you are trying to affect change in underrepresented or victimized populations. We are all products of social construction and there is more to this story than you think. This advice comes from the most endearing researcher at my University. She's rad. She probably doesn't even know I exist. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
If I wanted to cheer someone up who was crying I would play them something from Gotye, probably Hearts A Mess, because maybe they’re crying because their hearts a mess and they want that validation. Everybody’s heart’s a bit of a mess. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
If I wanted to make someone break down into tears I would play them something from The Cat Empire, maybe Fishies, and then tell them it’s not their fault over and over like in Good Will Hunting. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I’m the DJ at a party and the dance floor is pumping… but it’s well past my bedtime and I want out (slight change of tactic). So I cut the music and play a little Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and start reading aloud from chapter one of ‘”And the Ass Saw the Angel.” Nick Cave is an incredible novelist, people don’t know that. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The very last local gig I went to was The Brow’s single release at AMPS in Perth. They’re friends of mine and I danced like there was a bee on me. It was great. You can always count on a great live show from those guys. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Western Australian bands that inspire us are Empire Of The Sun (Luke Steele), S.O.X., Abbe May, Sun City, Marksman Lloyd, The Love Junkies, The Siren Tower, Our Man In Berlin… we’re probably leaving a lot out… we hear a lot of great music emerging from WA.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Oh my goodness gosh. World peace. But for seriously, we have a bunch of new and bizarre tracks hibernating until we decide to release them. I guess something that stands out about us is that we’re not precious about releases or perfection - we just keep churning out material and sharing our music as soon as we can, however we can - so we can move on and keep creating. We have some obscene videos coming out too- all featuring myself and the very talented actor Nick Pages-Oliver (and some new arrivals too), executed by the ingenious Peter Cheng (Acid Flicks). We also have some symbiotic Safe Sex education tips, but I won’t spoil that…

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Tiny Little Houses

Featured Artist

2015

24

Aug

Tiny Little Houses

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne dudes Tiny Little Houses created one of the surprise Australian hits of the year with their track 'Easy'. Check out their dark, folk rock sounds as the triple j Unearthed Feature Artist this week.

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

A friend introduced me some years ago to a bunch of great lo-fi bands that came out of the centre of America in the 90's. All these bands were making some of the most fantastic music I'd ever heard. It was emotional and angsty but it wasn't "emo", the lyrics were poetic but it wasn't folk, it was pop sensible yet it was dark like indie rock or grunge. I started writing and recording really rough demos in my room trying to emulate those sounds.

Eventually I met Sean, our guitarist, and we liked the same bands so we started to help each other on our own musical projects until it made more sense just to work together. We worked on a heap of songs over a couple of years and last year it felt like we'd finally figured them out so we went into studio with Steven Schram who helped us record our EP.

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

My songs are quite personal so obviously a lot of the time the catalyst is my own experience but I find reading books and poetry another source of subtle inspiration for music. I can't force myself to write music so all the time spent absorbing books and poetry comes out in unexpected ways when inspiration finally does hit.

What can punters expect from your live show?

Our music is a blend of folk, rock and shoegaze. I think all of the best elements of those genres work well together. I try to write songs which have a strong narrative element which ties them together even though sonically they can be quite different. I think our live sets come off more emotional and a touch heavier than our recordings.

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

In regards to life advice my parents raised me to treat others as you'd like to be treated and this has had a big impact on myself. In regards to music my friend Carl (a disgruntled sound engineer) gave me the advice to always be nice to the sound guy.

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

Crepes - Cold Summers.

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

The Middle East - The Darkest Side.

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

I'm really not known for my DJ skills. So whoever made me DJ of this hypothetical party is completely out of their mind... I asked our guitarist Sean and he said Two Bodies by Flight Facilities.

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

The Rolling Blackouts launching their EP at the Old Bar in Fitzroy. It was amazing, they had the whole room pumping with their tight pop tunes.

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

There is so much talent at the moment coming out of the Melbourne music community. A few that spring to mind are the Outdoor Type and JP Klipspringer who actually supported us at our single launch the other week. Other bands we love are Hollow Everdaze, Crepes, Good Morning, Redspencer and Bored Nothing. Our good friends Jackson Phelan, LUCIANBLOMKAMP and Rosebud Leach are also incredible musicians that have always inspired and supported us.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
 
We have a new single coming out at the end of the month. Then we are heading over to BIGSOUND in September which is seriously exciting. Our EP is getting released in September as well, which we can't wait to get out there and we will be touring that EP with a string of shows on the East Coast. Later in November we will be playing Paradise music festival which is going to be a lot of fun. After that we'll be looking to write and record for the next release.

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Vallis Alps

Featured Artist

2015

19

Jan

Vallis Alps

Canberra, ACT

Vallis Alps are a duo that create dreamy, beautiful and mesmerising electronica between Canberra and Seattle.

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Q&A with Vallis Alps vocalist Parissa...
 
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We make acoustic/electronic, futuristic/nostalgic, gritty/pretty synthpop. Or something like that. We're still developing our sound!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life lessons. Memories. Other people. Each other.
 
What can punters expect from a Vallis Alps live show?
Lights! Shadows! Occasional witty banter!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Focus on why you're here in the first place" - a close friend.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kobe by Yeo.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Green Spandex by Xavier Rudd.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Flux by Edarcy.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was awesome. It was at the uni here, a bunch of local bands played. But there was one called Burrows, they were completely entrancing. They said they're recording at the moment, or soon. It's special stuff. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
Obviously, the gems of Canberra like Safia and Peking Duk that both have such a unique sound and are rocking everyone's socks off. Together they are making magic. Also, with the fact that Canberra is small comes this amazingly supportive musical community. People are so unassuming and just want to hear great music.  
 
What are your plans for 2015?
More music. Touring. We'd love to meet you all.

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Harbours

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jan

Harbours

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Before they tee off at the 2016 UNIFY gathering next weekend as our Unearthed comp winners, we're featuring Melbourne legends Harbours all this week! 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The demo we released when we started the band was mostly written by our vocalist, Tory. It wasn't until we got into a room and started writing as a band that all these other influences started creeping in. We all have a background in the hardcore scene, so our new material is a little more aggressive, while still maintaining a pop sensibility.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We look up to a lot of our friends in bands and the sacrifices they make to be able to tour full time. Hopefully we can follow and do the same!

You’re one of the winners of our Unify competition. What can punters at the Unify festival in Gippsland expect from the Harbours live show?
It's a shorter set, we've cut a few of the ballads so expect 20mins of high energy & riffs.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Pick Harder - THE Steven Cannatelli

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Pretty much anything by Tame Impala.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
No Control by a band called Holland.
Their lead singer is now killing it as a pop star and I don't think too many people know about his past project!

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

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Invasion Fest.
Was a great day filled with a lot of Underground talent from around the country.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Our friend Running Touch is killing it at the moment. Check out Ocean Grove too.

What are your plans for 2016?
Become a staple in Aussie Rock.

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Man Made Mountain

Featured Artist

2016

21

Mar

Man Made Mountain

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Melbourne, VIC

Man Made Mountain are a Melbourne-based duo comprised of producer Billy Hoyle and vocalist Cazeaux O.S.L.O. They create uplifting hip hop sounds inspired by the likes of J Dilla, Remi & Sensible J, and by the the music of Brazil.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We’ve both been making music individually and in other settings for quite some time prior to collaborating as Man Made Mountain, but our tastes in music are very similar and we both share a love for the music of Brazil, which was a key in developing Billy’s sound as a producer and giving a direction to our approach to hiphop. Our sound as a duo is still developing and will continue to include live instrumentation and new influences.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Hearing other music, and wanting to contribute to that in our own way, whether the idea starts as an alternative melody or a percussive addition. Day to day occurrences influence the direction of that inspiration, but ultimately it’s other music that’s the source. 
 
What can punters expect from a Man Made Mountain live show?
Many raps, a little singing, some scratches, and eventually live horns. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Hoyle: Something Sensible J said surely. He’s so sensible. I call him Yoda. Na I can’t remember exactly but he gave me so many tips when I started making beats that they still pop into my head when I’m messing around with ideas and tinkering on the MPC today. 
 
O.S.L.O. :  My Grandpa, "Always eat well before you come."  Nuff said.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Tame Impala – Be Above It.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Hiatus Kaiyote – Building A Ladder (I'm crying just thinking about it)
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Little River Band – Reminiscing 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We saw the Average Rap Band play at Howler last week. They’re New Zealanders who are based in Melbourne now. They’re brilliant writers and they were great live.  
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There’s heaps. Remi & Sensible J inspire with the incredible music they’re creating and the places they’ve taken it so far. Hiatus Kaiyote for the same reasons. Silent Jay is making some incredible music. Melbourne’s thriving and there’s so many people creating and performing music around town all the time, so the inspiration is everywhere. DJ wise also, it’s a healthy scene. Almost all the staff at Northside Records in Fitzroy are great DJ’s and play awesome stuff you’ve never heard before. Local radio is on the strength, shout out Richie 1250, Emma Peel and anyone else dropping Les Baxter.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Releasing an EP in April, and some touring soon after that. If all goes to plan we’ll be releasing another EP later in the year and other sonic tacos for your ear.

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Good Boy

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jan

Good Boy

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie three-piece Good Boy are one of the winners of our Laneway competition. Catch them opening the 'Good Better Best' stage of Laneway in Brisbane on Saturday, February 6.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We didn’t really decide “this is going to be our sound”, we just sort of played what felt natural to us. We write what is fun to play and it stems from there. Our sound is constantly changing with each new song that we write. For example, a lot of our new songs are a bit faster and probably fits more within the “punk” genre. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Making music is just bloody fun. Nothing beats that feeling of creating and discovering a new track with ya mates. And of course sharing this music live on stage completes the experience. Also listening to what other bands are writing and getting involved with the local scene is awesome. The free beers are a big plus too. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can punters at the Laneway fest in Brisbane expect from the Good Boy live show?
How good?! We’re still trying to figure out our set list but we're definitely gonna throw in some new ones. We’ve got half an hour so we’re going to cram as much as we can into our time slot, so don’t expect too much chat to be thrown on stage. Also expect some very short shorts.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
These Guy are absolute legends and this song always gets the positivity flowing. Shout out to that incredibly catchy guitar riff.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
This track is bloody relentless. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Definitely in our top 10 songs of the year.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last show we all went to was The Good Sports at The Foundry. We’ve never seen them before and they certainly didn’t disappoint. We also loved Sydney lads Greenwave Beth who were up earlier in the night.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
We’ve always had a big list of bands that we wanted to play with and made us love the local scene. Bands like Morning Harvey, The John Steel Singers, Blank Realm, Rolls Bayce, These Guy and Tempura Nights to name a few. We could go on forever but there is so many local acts putting on great shows that more people need to know about.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
2K16 is looking like it’s going to be busy – a lot of writing, recording and playing shows. We’re also looking to release our first EP very shorty which will include some touring!

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Samuel Dobson

Featured Artist

2016

15

Feb

Samuel Dobson

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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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Broadwing
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Artist

Broadwing

Electronic, Indie (Electronic, Indie, NT, ...)

Darwin, NT

Aela Kae
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Artist

Aela Kae

Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

ESESE

Featured Artist

2015

19

Oct

ESESE

( )

Melbourne, VIC

ESESE are a Melbourne-based funk/soul/hip hop collective led by vocalist and producer Hudson James Jr, and fronted by emcee Hancoq. They perform with between 8-11 members and this week, they perform as our Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
Jams, joints and juxtaposition. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Women and spirituality.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
A rad horn section, lush keys, beats, vocals and Mc's.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
'If your first two bars are shit, no one will listen to the rest of the song' - Desh Amila, Founder at Think Inc. 
 
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?
'Momentum', hosted by the Foreign Brothers - a little bi-weekly jam night at the Evelyn. It was mad, we got up and jammed with the band and somehow ended up in a late night studio session with Skomes drinking whiskey and writing. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
The Melbourne music scene is so diverse it's a has a great source of inspiration a lot of which comes from our peers: The Core-tet, Baro, Hiatus Kaiyote, Raw Humps, Cazeaux Oslo, Rat and Co., Clever Austin, Hopium, 3070, Dead Set Ledger, Fortunes, Hoodlums, Alta and countless more...
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Play as many shows as possible, throw a free party, collaborate and finish Act 2/other projects.

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Sampa The Great

Featured Artist

2015

30

Nov

Sampa The Great

Sydney, NSW

Probably the most aptly named artist on triple j Unearthed, Sampa The Great has absolutely floored us with tracks from her debut mixtape as well as her outstanding live show. As the winner of our The Plot competition, she'll be taking that outstanding live show to the Atomic stage of The Plot festival in Parramatta on Saturday December 5.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I grew up in a musical family, from a young age music was all around me. Traditional Zambian music was prominent in my household.  I started out writing songs, my first song was written when my parent forgot to pick me up in primary school. From then on it steam rolled into slam poetry and then hip hop culture.
 
Being inspired by different artists from Tupac to Lauryn Hil, Mos def, Knaan, and so on, grew me in hip hop but I still managed to keep African essence and originality to make it my own.
 
Whats your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It's therapy really, perhaps one of the greatest is inspiring other people, if I can do that I’ve fulfilled my purpose.
 
You’re the winner of our The Plot comp. What can punters at The Plot in Sydney expect from your live show?
A lot of energy, dancing and hopefully inspiration.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
New Venusians – Keep Running
 
You’re the D 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 a Soul of Sydney vibe, to compensate for Soulfest. It was dope!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you?
Ines, the first female vocalist to inspire me in Aussie. Alice and Billy Green, Shazza T, Natalie Slade and Jayo of Yum Yum. New Venusians, Wallace, Hau, Lord St. Collective, and too many others.
The togetherness of all these musicians and many more, even producers. Owen Moyo. They have an eagerness to work together, to share music freely, no cliques, just for the love of music. And of course my brother David Godriguez, producer of The Great Mixtape.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Grow more musically. Challenge myself to do things I’m not quite comfortable in or haven’t delved into. Inspire not only people in Australia and back home but the world. Crossing borders and sharing love.
 

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Postblue

Featured Artist

2013

22

Jul

Postblue

Melbourne, VIC

Byron Bay 4-piece Postblue are one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition and will be taking their 90s-influenced alternative rock to the festival Supertop at 12:30pm this Saturday. Get amongst it!

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

We sort of just started jamming. After a few weeks the 'sound' was coming out pretty naturally, we were never going for anything specific. Riley will normally come to rehearsal with a basic skeleton of the song and a few riffs. Then we all throw in our own ideas/parts and figure out a song structure that works. Sometimes it's a quite a simple process and the songs come really easily, but sometimes we'll be sitting on songs for a few weeks/months that we still haven't quite worked out.

You’re one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. What can Splendour punters expect from the Postblue live show?

Loud guitars, a lot of energy and plenty of awkward stage banter. We all thrive off playing live and we have heaps of fun on stage. So you definitely won't be bored during a Postblue show.

What Australian artists/musicians do you draw inspiration from?

Silverchair, Incursion, Violent Soho, Something For Kate, Grinspoon, Jebediah and a bunch more. Australia has produced some of the best bands/artists of all time, which can often be overlooked when you have a massive amount of international bands touring here all the time. We definitely draw a lot of our inspiration from Australian bands.

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

No ones ever really given us advice, we've been figuring a lot of things out on our own as we go which is kind of cool.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

We are recording next month for another release, touring the east coast in September which includes a show at the Poison City Weekender fest in Melbourne and trying to write new songs. We are slowly starting to become more busy with the band which is really cool. Putting a lot of time and energy into something creative and artistic is quite refreshing.

Australian music is…?

…very unique, be it our accents, lyrical content, style or even artwork. There is a great sense of community. The amount of support we've received over the past year and a half has been overwhelming, all these Australian bands just seem to want to help each other out.

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The Belligerents

Featured Artist

2012

17

Sep

The Belligerents

( )

Brisbane, QLD

The Belligerents are an indie/dance 5-piece from Brisbane and one of the winners of our Parklife competition. They'll be whipping the early crowd into a frenzy at Parklife Brisbane on Saturday 29th September.

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

We all met because we were hooking up with each others sisters, which is kind of awkward. We started jamming on a few songs that Lewis had written and then slowly started finding our feet and developing our sound. We all have different influences and tastes in music and it all sort of falls into place when we play together. Our first EP is quite different from our latest one and I think that our sound is going to continue to evolve over time. Kind of like Pokemon just different.

You’re one of the winners of our PARKLIFE competition. What can Parklife punters expect from The Belligerents live show?

Smoke machines, full frontal nudity, strobe lights and fun in the sun for the whole family. We're gonna try our hardest to put on the absolute best live show we've ever played and make it worthwhile for the people that come and see us.

What most excites you about playing and attending Parklife 2012?

The line-up is massive and we're incredibly stoked to be a part of it. We love Tame Impala and I'm pretty sure Lewis and Andy have some weird/semi-creepy band crush on The Presets, so we're definitely going to have an awesome time watching them. It's also going to be a lot of fun playing on such a huge stage because we'll finally have room to move around and bust out our dance moves.

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

I only moved over here in 2007 so I think the first proper gig I went to was Splendour 2008, which was mind blowing. I can't remember much but I'm pretty sure it was one of the best festivals I've ever been to.

What’s coming up in 2012?

First of all Parklife!!! Then we’re playing Valley Fiesta in Brisbane with Arrested Development in October. After that we will be back on the road towards the end of the year around November for a tour support and we’ll also be going back into the studio later this year.

Australian music is...

...awesome, great, fantastic, super, sick as!

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Life is Better Blonde
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Artist

Life is Better Blonde

Electronic, Indie (#electro #indie #melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

BEC SANDRIDGE
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Artist

BEC SANDRIDGE

Indie, Pop, Rock ("Girl pop")

Sydney, NSW

E a s t
New

Artist

E a s t

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

Central Coast, NSW

spire
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Artist

spire

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie

South Coast WA, WA

Genesis Owusu

Featured Artist

2017

30

Jan

Genesis Owusu

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Canberra, ACT

18 year old rapper Genesis Owusu embraces the weird, both in himself and in his music. You'll hear him blending jazz with hip hop in a style that he likes to call 21st Century punk-jazz.

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

I've been exposed to music since the womb; my mum leads a church choir and you could probably find any genre you're looking for if you search hard enough in my dad's CD collection. My brother was originally a guitarist so he would strictly listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and anything in that field. Music generally reflects the artist making it so I suppose that's why genre-blending is such a big aspect of my music.

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

Emotions.

You're playing Laneway in Sydney for Unearthed. What can punters expect from a Genesis Owusu live show?

Chaos, probably. Really, really entertaining and heartfelt chaos though.

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

Kanye West once told me, "You see there's leaders and there's followers, but I'd rather be a dick than a swallower."

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

If "WDUBI" by Baro doesn't dry your eyes I don't know what will.

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

My friend Charlesworth made this track called "In Need" which is so damn beautiful. King Krule vibes.

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

"Assumptions" by MANU CROOK$ absolutely SLAPS.

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

I did this really chill afternoon session on Sunday at a bar in Canberra called Akiba and it was such a pretty sight. Just people of all ages sitting around on a Sunday listening to jazz and rap, and people rapping on top of jazz; AND there was dumplings. What more could you want?

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

Narit "Noodle" Kimsat is the prince of Canberra; he's not a musician but he's the organiser of anything and everything. And if he didn't organise it, he told you about it. Even if he didn't tell you about it, he'll still be there, handing you free dumplings or something (he's the one who organised the event from the last question).

My brother, Citizen Kay, essentially got me into the music scene and is still my sole recording engineer to this day. I have to give mad love to groups like Mondecreen and Brass Knuckle Brass Band for making super wild, cross-genre music and also for incorporating saxophones into their music (the saxophone is the sexiest instrument in human history, you CANNOT argue with me about this). People like Coda Conduct, Jimmy Pike and Jedbrii are some of the most fire spitters I've ever seen or heard. I could go on forever; basically the CBR ZOO is LIVE. Also #reecegurney.

What are your plans for 2017?

To make you see my face and hear my voice a whole lot more. I'm also thinking of starting a book club so if anyone's keen hmu.

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DEAFCULT

Featured Artist

2015

13

Jul

DEAFCULT

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Brisbane, QLD

Deafcult is a shoegaze/noisepop band from Brisbane that build an impressive wall of sound with stormy distortion and fuzzy, soothing vocals. We recommending playing them really loud.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Stevie: Deafcult is a noisy pop band, essentially. A big part of our sound comes from having four guitar players. Most of the songs are written on an acoustic guitar so that at the foundation of it all theres just a pop song. When you add four loud guitars and two singers harmonizing softly amongst the noise it starts to sound like Deafcult.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Stevie: I think the music I grew up with in Scotland informs alot of our sound. Bands like Jesus and Mary chain, Vaselines, Mogwai and the Cocteau Twins. Also music my mother used to play when I was a child like The Ronettes and the Shangri Las. The whole Phil Spector Wall of Sound thing is a big influence.
 
What can punters expect from a Deafcult live show?
Innez: You’ll probably notice a bunch of people on stage trying not to cross guitar swords. It will most likely be loud so bring your earplugs. Or don’t, it’s your life, live it how you want. Al might face his butt to the crowd if you’re lucky.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Innez: My mum has made a pretty big impact. Not so much with words but just the way she lives her life with compassion and kindness, and she has and has never, ever given up. Plus my best bud Alys told me to never stop rockin’ and I never will. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Innez: I’d pop Blank Realms new banger on - 'River of Longing', then take their hand and run into a field never to return. We may cry there anyhow but at least we’d be in a field listening to Blank Realm. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Innez: Rowland S Howard – 'Shut Me Down'. I discovered Howard too late, unfortunately. His guitar playing and vocal delivery are pretty crushing. If they weren’t crying after this I’d talk to them about Australia’s Border Protection Act then show them the story of Koko and her kitten.  And if they still weren’t crying I’d throw sand in their eyes to check if they were cyborgs. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Innez: Second Sight – 'Pure Form'. We played with Second Sight in Adelaide a couple of months ago. There’s a bunch of cool goth/electro stuff happening about the place but I guess this track sticks out as it’s a bit meaner or something. Everyone could totally bust out embarrassing dance moves to this track. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Innez: One we played with Tiny Migrants, Per Purpose and Pale Heads from Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. Per Purpose is one of the most interesting bands in Australia. Every member in the band is engaging.  And when everything falls apart, like it did this night, they especially rule. Tiny Migrants are the perfect amount of surf, punk, pop, garage and also cute legends to boot. Pale heads… Let’s just say anything Tom Lyngcoln touches turns to gold. Plus you’re assured a good time at Trainspotters (a venue at Central Station in Brisbane). Make sure you get a jug of Fruit Tingle and if you miss dinner, they’ve got fairy bread for free! Sugar highs all night long.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Innez: We’re pretty lucky in Brisbane. There's not an abundance of venues, but the ones that do pop up tend to be run by total legends. In terms of people who do stuff that’s cool and inspiring Matty from Tenth Court, Lena from Trouble’s A Brewin, Do It Together, Cam and Matt from Via/Bach Guitars, Helena Papageorgio/Alex Dunlop’s amazing music vids, Rick and Billpot, Cam Smith, Sarah Gall, the crew at 4ZZZ, Phoebe Paradise’s art and design, Room 40, all our mates here actually. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Stevie: We are in the process of writing a new record. So we will be in the studio again soon! We will also tour Australia a bit. We have our first interstate show in Melbourne on Saturday 18th July at the Reverence Hotel for their 3rd birthday show.

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MANGELWURZEL

Featured Artist

2015

11

May

MANGELWURZEL

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Melbourne, VIC

Mangelwurzel are from Melbourne, but they might as well be from outer space. To see them play is to buy a one ­way ticket on a hurtling freak train, ­one that's as likely to pass through post-­punk and art­-pop song craft as it is to take take detours into ska, rap­-metal and klezmer explosions.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
The aliens are in close contact with every member of Mangelwurzel via a special implant in our choccy bums.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We worship all things fruity and in the words of our dear lord Frank Zappa “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
”F##ck 'em all” - Mum. Still rings true, thanks mum.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Greg The Stop Sign' by Tism
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Into My Arms' by Nick Cave
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Reckless' by Australian Crawl. Apparently Reckless is used by a night club in Darwin to clear out the punters out at the end of the night, in conjunction with the UGLY LIGHTS, of course.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Supporting King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard for GIZZFEST at the Corner Hotel. It was amazing.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
That's hard because there are soo many talented freaks in Melbourne. The bands that make us super wet are KIRKIS, Sex on Toast, Empat Lima, Clever Austin, Hiatus Kaiyote, Krakatau, BJ Morriszonkle, Peter Bibby...
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Before the year is out we will have released a new film clip and our debut album GARY. Not to mention cupping all the sexy buns and blowing lottsa cash on the d floor.

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Clea

Featured Artist

2016

22

Feb

Clea

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea writes enchanting and intimate tracks that are sure to get under your skin.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music and writing are ramblings about my surroundings and sentiments. The sound developed primarily through listening very closely to brilliant songwriters, then finding a rhythm with the help of my guitar to support the beat and flow of my own vocals.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
Absence of distraction 
 
What can punters expect from a Clea live show? 
Plenty of bad jokes, a guitar lovingly strummed and heavily coaxed and maybe an opportunity to join me in collectively venting our hearts yearnings.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
“Don't do anything you don't wanna do" - Mum 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Ainslie Wills - Drive
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better (Can’t go past a bit of Tame) 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The Cairos final Brisbane gig ;( What a show! Complete with previous member cameo appearances and a sparkly, upbeat, sad farewell. Everyone left with glossy eyes, blinking happy tears.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you. 
Mid Ayr and Good Boy... bunch of hardworking boys producing hard-hitting, golden music. Beautiful songstresses Amela, O’Little Sister and Meredith also generate the goods. The Brisbane music community is blossoming and booming, it’s very exciting and inspiring to be amongst it all.
 
What are your plans for 2016? 
I’ll be heading overseas in a few weeks, I plan to play in a few London corners, skip in the hills of Italy and breath in some genius Björk infused Icelandic vibes. I’ll head back home via Japan in July and go straight into recording an EP. Hopefully I’ll see the year out gigging around this great southern land.

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The Hard Aches

Featured Artist

2015

8

Jun

The Hard Aches

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide duo The Hard Aches make emotive melody-driven punk rock that is both anthemic and intimate. Open your ears, open your hearts; they've got some stories to tell.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Trial and error haha. We started as a 4 piece, first EP was a 3 piece, and then when our old bassist had to leave the band we did a few shows as a 2 piece and it worked. It worked better than ever actually. It just gelled. Since then we have just be refining our songs and sounds to work as a 2 piece.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Friends, touring, big weekends and fucking up haha
 
What can punters expect from The Hard Aches live show?
A high energy, sing along filled, roudy, intimate affair.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't Freak Out" pretty much applies to everything in life. We try to live by it, though fail pretty hard haha
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Good question. The Keepsakes - Crocodile Onsie, it's an album but you could choose any song really . It's probably my fav SA release, it just makes you feel real good inside.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Wil Wagner - Laika, if you dont cry at this track you have no soul.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by Suburban and Coke or The Bennies - My Bike.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our show at the Brisbane Hotel. It hasnt been yet but I am gonna preempt that it is gonna cut sick. Always a good time down here.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
Adelaide rules. We are constantly inspired and driven by the bands, people and venues in a city we are beyond stoked to call home. There is so much good stuff going on there. Last week I was lucky enough to be involved in a Day Of Clarity (a mini festival put on by Adelaide label Clarity Records), the show was spread over 4 venues with 6 shows happening over one night and attracting nearly 1000 people throughout the night. That show was such a good indicator of the liveliness of the Adelaide scenes. It kicked ass. We are lucky to be surrounded by so many good artists to not only play with but but be gobsmacked by there amazing talents. Some honourable mentions would have to go out to: Todd Fogarty, Hightime, Bec Stevens, Sincerely Grizzly, Secondhand Squad, Tiger Can Smile. Thats just to name a few. I could go on all night.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
We are on tour at the moment in support of our album release. We have another smaller run of shows in July and a more extensive tour in August. We are working on our second album right now too. We're planning to release a new EP before the end of the year and record the 2nd album at the same time for an early 2016 release. Basically we are gonna just book ourselves up pretty solid from now til forever with touring to our fav places as well as some new places we havent had the chance to play yet and releasing new music.

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Jbox
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Artist

Jbox

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, dance, jbox, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

The Playbook
New

Artist

The Playbook

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

Melbourne, VIC

Artist
New

Artist

Novus

Metal, Punk (Metalcore, Metal, Heavy, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Majora

Featured Artist

2015

26

Oct

Majora

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle rockers Majora are the winners of our This That competition and will be opening the 'This' stage of the festival on Saturday, October 31 at the Newcastle Foreshore.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Chris: We all have a multitude of different influences and personal tastes musically, and every members style has really helped forge our distinctive sound. We love instrumental music, ambient pieces and film scores as well as many, many variations of metal and rock, and combined with a passion for electronica, hip hop etc, the possibilities of our musical direction are endless. The fans can expect familiar ground of course, but don't expect any hesitations from us to release something a bit more diverse for EP #2, which is currently in the works.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Josh: I found a lot of inspiration for iridescent through researching the universe and the many philosophies surrounding it and the nature of life itself.
 
Jared: Anything that inspires wonder or awe. At the moment it's the deep sea and the creatures that inhabit it. Theres so much to be inspired by in the world, you just have to open your mind.
 
You’re the winners of our This That competition and will be taking the stage at the Newcastle Foreshore on Saturday October 31. What can punters at the festival expect from your live show?
Chris: Expect to see some heads roll haha, we really want to go out there and do triple j, This That and Newcastle proud by starting the day off as big and loud as possible. We bring with us the harrowing eyes of a gigantic owl staring down every person to get up front and go nuts! If you want to understand what that means, be there to see it.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Josh: My guitar teacher as a teenager told me how important it is to forge your own sound and to keep at it rather than giving up on music after high school, despite how much life can get in the way.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Jared:  I don't know if it'd cheer them up but I'd chuck on "Deadman" by Karnivool. They may still be crying but they'd also be head banging.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Josh: 'A Gallant Gentleman' by Sydney band 'We Lost The Sea'. The latest album 'Departure Songs' is one of the most emotional releases i've heard from this country.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Chris: Its gotta be the song desreveR by White Gums, that song will make a room go from chilled to really buzzing. Incredibly talented producer from here in Newcastle.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Josh: I saw a few local bands, 'Raave tapes', 'Creo' and 'Dave' play a show last weekend and was pretty happy to hear some interesting new sounds from those guys and a decent room of punters supporting them and the venue. The Newcastle live music scene is at an all time low so its great to see these guys out there giving it a real go.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
Josh: The guys in 'Ornaments' are bringing a very unique sound to the alt rock genre and are just a great bunch of guys. Also the now defunct 'regresser' were one of the most professional and original heavy acts I've heard for a long time. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
Josh: We have booked as many shows as possible up til the end of this year as part of our first tour and are trying to support as many bands as possible to get our music to the right ears. We are playing a huge run of shows along the east coast and couldn't be happier to be touring so soon after releasing our debut ep in August.
We plan finish writing our second ep this summer, and hope to have it out early-mid next year, its coming together really well so far.
 

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Verge Collection

Featured Artist

2015

9

Nov

Verge Collection

Perth, WA

Verge Collection are the winners of our Southbound competition and will be taking their triumphant, feel-good songs to the festival stage in Busselton, WA in January 2016.

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Q&A with Verge Collection guitarist Ben...

Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound kind of came about from my own limitations as a musician. For the most part our songs have come from demos I've recorded and then sent to the guys, so a lot of the time they are playing bits or impressions of bits that I've written. It sets pretty massive constraints on what would be considered too technical, so we just work with what we've got.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Re-listening to Paul Simon's Graceland, gets me every time. The way he spins his words and places them across the songs is amazing and effortless.
 
You're the winners of our Southbound competition and will be playing the festival in January 2016. What can punters expect from a Verge Collection live show?
We try to keep it pretty unpredictable in terms of planning who is playing with us and what we are playing, so we're usually as surprised as the audience is. Also, we sometimes throw in an awful cover of Say My Name, we do that for us, 'cause at least we enjoy it.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
You make your own luck. Life advice is always pretty cheesy, but yeah I definitely stand behind that one.
I think my dad told me that, I doubt he ever said it in such a succinct way, but thats what I took away from 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?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We played with The Creases pretty recently, I did watch their set so I guess that counts. But it was massive and Kitchen People were insane.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Big fan of this band called The Government Yard, they have this song 'Mining Daughters' that just rips shit on Gina Rinehart which is a pretty easy message to get behind. Also people like Greg Sanders (Gun Fever), the guys from Doctopus and all the guys in Pat Chow are just super genuine and really fucking good at boosting morale. Also a massive shout out to Blake Hate from The Sperts, this guy religiously put us on punk bills for a while when we were starting out, super supportive guy.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
We've got a few things sussed, Southbound is shaping up to be a mental party, some more releases, some shows at venues that aren't in the neighbouring postcodes to where I live, lots of great things, but I think we'll just wait to announce all that stuff so if it falls through I don't look like an idiot.
 

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Klue
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Klue

Electronic, Hip Hop (beats, Bonobo, SBTRKT, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Solkyri
New

Artist

Solkyri

Indie, Rock (mogwai, Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Morgan Bain
New

Artist

Morgan Bain

Indie (alternative, Soul, Indie, ...)

Perth, WA

Coda Conduct

Featured Artist

2015

27

Apr

Coda Conduct

( )

Canberra, ACT

Hip hop duo Coda Conduct are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be bringing their high energy live show to Groovin The Moo in Canberra this Sunday, May 3rd.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
E:  We make hip hop.  I think we developed our sound by listening to a lot of hip hop, but it kinda just sorta... happened one day.  We decided to start rapping, and it sounded like this.
S:  We make music we like, I guess.  We tend to make each other laugh with our punchlines, or impress each other with a cool flow, and if other people like it too that’s awesome.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
S: I’m a very competitive person.  So I get jealousy-inspired by other artists – especially other Aussie hip hop acts – who raise the bar and put out something dope.  
E: We’ve got this theory that creative people are like big sponges.  You soak up something - an amazing gig, a good book or conversation with a friend, and then when you’ve got enough inspiration you wring yourself out on your own project. Recently a lot of my soaking has been from fellow Australian musicians making ballin' music.
S:  Yeah, and urban speculative fantasy novels about bionic cyborgs.
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters at Groovin The Moo in Canberra expect from the Coda Conduct live show?
S: We get the goofiest grins when we’re on stage, so you can expect teeth.  This is also our first ever festival appearance, so we’re hoping all our cardio rap training has paid off – we run around a lot.
E: Tonnes of energy! And a double-dutch skipping rope with our mic leads. And our DJ is going to scratch with his feet.  I guess you can just expect to have a tonne’a fun.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
S:  I give myself really good advice.  Like, the other day I told myself to remember to say thank you.  That’s really good advice.
E: My mum once told me “Eri, guests are like fish. They both go off in three days.”
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
E: The Chariot, by The Cat Empire.  Or Australia Street, by Sticky Fingers.
S:  Affirmation, by Savage Garden.  Or Crash and Burn, by Savage Garden.  Anything by Savage Garden. 
E:  Girls Like That!  Custard!
S: Dumb Enough, Hilltop Hoods.  Can’t cry to that.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
S:  There’s this little interlude on Jimblah’s album Phoenix, called Lovebirds, that always gets me.  That whole album makes me cry, it’s beautiful.  
E:  How To Make Gravy – Paul Kelly. Gets me every time. And Out of the Blue, by Joelistics. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
E:  Go Figure, by The Ansah Brothers.  If you’re not on that train yet, GET ON IT BECAUSE IT’S LEAVING WITH OR WITHOUT YOU.
S:  Red Shift by Jayteehazard.  Banger.  Shit-lose-worthy banger.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
S:  We both went and saw our fellow Canberra killers the Brass Knuckle Brass Band at Spring Street Social last week. They were awesome.  
E: Yum Yum were supporting, and they’re also amazing.  We were front row and Sally nearly cried because she enjoyed it so much. 
S: Yeah, I had a really sore face the next day from grinning like an absolute maniac all night.  And I was sober, almost.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the ACT music community that inspire you.
E: We’re in a crew called Capslock Collective, and they’re a constant inspiration to us. It’s so cool seeing every member working so passionately. The entire hip hop scene is buzzing in Canberra right now – there’s too many names to shout but if you head over to our Unearthed profile we’ve got a huge list of ‘artists we like’.
S: There’s also heaps of people making things happen behind the scenes - Jem Natividad, who books Transit Bar, Hayds from Words Eye View who’s working on the Patty Mills documentary among other things, and all the visual and streetwear artists like Stitch Apparel, Sancho, Houl and Abyss holding it down.  The ACT is killing it.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
E: To keep learning and progressing as an artist. That’s a big goal for me.
S: Yup. Get a new release happening and crank up the heat on our live show.  
E: Also pretty damn keen to keep collaborating with crazy talented people. 
S: Oh, and Grammys. Lots of Grammys. 
 

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Feki
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Feki

Electronic (Future, Soul, Ta-Ku, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Tired Lion

Featured Artist

2015

20

Apr

Tired Lion

( )

Perth, WA

Perth 4-piece Tired Lion make excellent grungy rock'n'roll. We like them. A lot.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound has kind of just changed as time has gone on; we wear our hearts on our sleeves and you can hear our influences in the music. When we all first started jamming we were a weird stripped back folky thing but once we wound up plugging our acoustics into fuzz pedals we knew it was time for a change. I think each of us has brought our own little flavour into the band and mixed together it comes out as what you’re hearing. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It sounds cheesy but day to day life, really. When we’re content it’s harder to write but as soon as something happens to rock the boat it all comes pouring out. Sometimes we sabotage ourselves just to get something to write about, but being a band of sooky emotionals [made up word] generally it’s not hard to find something to pull inspiration from. Also just hearing, seeing and experiencing music from other great bands inspires us in our writing.    
 
What can punters expect from a Tired Lion live show?
We try to put on a high energy show which ends up being lots of sweat and long hair flying everywhere. We put everything we’ve got into a live performance and lately it’s been great to see audiences getting a bit raucous and joining in. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
A good friend of ours Dave Parkin who is responsible for recording our latest EP and the single “I Don’t Think You Like Me” is kind of like a wise father figure to us. Throughout the recording process we’d often come to him with an issue of life, love or whatever and he’d always have some pretty cool advice. It’s hard to pinpoint an exact example but if anyone ever gets to meet him or has met him you’ll get it. Sensei Parko!
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Probably Violent Soho’s “Muscle Junkie”, if someone’s crying it’s usually because some loser has done something to upset them. Without knowing exactly what the song is about “Muscle Junkie” seems like one big f**k you to someone, plus the loud guitars are an automatic cheer up. I know it makes all of us in TL happy blasting a bit of Soho as loud as we can in the car. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Maybe “Get Out Of Here” by Bored Nothing, it’s reminiscent of a troubled Elliott Smith and such a beautiful song. In the right frame of mind, at the right time and with the right person I’m sure they’d shed a tear.  
  
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
In Melbourne about a month ago we hijacked the guest DJ spot at the Luca Brasi show after party. We took over just as the dance floor was pumping from some well-placed bangers. We put on Bodyjar’s “Not the Same” and everyone went absolutely crazy, some even rushing the stage to sing along. We were pretty stoked to see people give it up for a classic.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig we went to was a little floor show mid-week in Leederville just outside of Perth City. It was one of those shows where nothing is mic-ed up and the vocals can barely be heard over the loud guitars and drums. This gig albeit a pretty basic set-up was awesome, a new band called Hip Priest (members from unearthed bands Silver Hills and Rag ‘N Bone) absolutely killed it for their first show ever, immediately afterwards we asked them on to support us for a local headline show we had in the coming weeks. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
The WA music community is a great thing to be a part of and basically everyone involved inspires and supports us. We could go all day giving shout outs but…; Pat Chow, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, Apollo’s Son, Silver Hills, Emperors, Apache, Foam, Rag ‘N Bone, The Love Junkies, Black Stone from the Sun, our Manager Jake, Claire and Mike from WAM, Rachael Barrett Photography, Mitch and Lizard from the Prince. That’s just to name a few and missing probably one million others that make being in a WA band so rad. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
Our plan is to be as busy as possible, next weekend we’ve got Groovin the Moo in Bunbury. Then next month we hit the road with British India to tour their new single across Australia as well as releasing a new single ourselves. The following month we’ll likely be releasing an EP followed by our own Australian Tour. We’ve locked in a few mini-festivals over east towards the latter part of this year, and of course in between we are always writing and working towards our debut album.
 

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Blair Burcher
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Blair Burcher

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (hiphop, Indie, beatmaker, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Donatachi
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Artist

Donatachi

Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Nastaij
New

Artist

Nastaij

Hip Hop, Pop (Maya Jupiter, aussie girl hip hop, Class A, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

WILSN
New

Artist

WILSN

Pop, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

Harts
New

Artist

Harts

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

Melbourne, VIC

Sarah Connor

If you like impassioned hip hop with a stomping beat and fiery flow then you're going to love Sydney-based artist Sarah Connor.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I love the art of poetry and hip hop will always have a poetic element to it. I developed my sound from a lot of overseas and Australian influences but rap is an art that you have to be able to pull off yourself and is therefore organic to yourself. I deliver my lyrics in a way that inspires me, challenges me and makes me want to sit up and take notice. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The hungry and ever present desire to write. Catharsis. And also wanting to share and build a connection with your audience. I want people to be inspired and touched by my music and my lyrics. 
 
What can punters expect from a Sarah Connor live show?
Someone who wants to raise the bar, engage and delight. I've recently been working with Raine Supreme and we pulled off an awesome set at Thundamentals. I often jam on stage with fellow MC Madame Wu and also an amazing singer I've come across named Price Johnson. These girls bring the dynamite to the stage and make it a soulful, fun and lyrical evening any time we drop a performance. I do a mixture of shows to your usual hip hop audiences but will often incorporate spoken word into my sets. I love to bring the rawness that is real hip hop mixed with whatever I feel connects with the audience. 
 
I much prefer group shows over the solo work as its really hard work up on stage by yourself knocking out every lyric. Im also part of a new crew called Universafly which has about 7 MCs, a producer and a DJ in it. It's a really mixed crew and I'm really looking forward to collaborating and smashing out some live shows with such an ensemble. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
You can't do everything or address every problem or situation in the world. You need to pick one thing and focus on it and sort out what you are good at and use those skills to focus on what it is that you want to bring about change in. But when you make that decision, you need to be firm in it and devote your every waking hour to it. Only then will you do something truly great. - Nelson Mandela, at Rushcutters Bay in the year 2000. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
A toss up between Chandelier by Sia or Titanium by Sia - depending on how sad they were and how easily I could cheer them up. If I need to be more sombre and restrained about it, it would be Chandelier, if I was being flippant about it - it would be Titanium. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
Brother by Thundamentals
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
Lets make this a hip hop night.... which means the dancing may be awkward head nodding, but regardless, I'd chuck on something from Dylan Joel - either Numbers or his older track Set Us All Right. (Just to keep those hip hop heads guessing and vibing out to something fresh lol)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went to Vent at Valve Bar (The old Agincourt at Broadway) and saw some local Sydney cats perform but also a performance by Solomon Childs, Wu Tang affiliate.  Its the last Friday of every month and I've done a few shows there myself. Sometimes I even door bitch. It was a great night. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
I work with an amazing crew Universafly which has peeps from all over Sydney and the Central Coast from different backgrounds including some peeps who recently came from war torn countries and now live in Australia. The aim of the game for me is to get my freestyle skills up lol (next year) I am also inspired by a lot of hardworking artists that I am surrounded by in Sydney include Izzy and the Profit also T wreckz - who is an up and coming young hip hop artist from the Central Coast as well as other amaze peeps from Sydney including the Thundamentals, Daily Meds crew, Big Village. I was blessed to find an amazing singer for the Coma State track, Price Johnson. I can't wait to work with her more. Interstate I am inspired by the ground broken in hip hop by the Hilltop Hoods. Other noteable people that I keep an eye on are Briggs - he's made music I love. And K21, who I admire as a younger artist who has gone out and done his thing. I forever look at those who raised the bar and broke new ground and think 'what can I learn from them and go out and do it myself?'.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 is the year I am putting out my EP. It should be 6-7 tracks. We are busy recording the final track which should be a banging posse track and then it will go for mix and master. I also want to follow the release up with an interstate tour, probably the East Coast of Australia and then see what other opportunities I've got to put out music with the people I love. I have never gigged outside of NSW so I am really keen to share my music with other fam interstate. I am always looking for opportunities to work with new people and hope to put out some banging tracks with them that can add to the music made in this country. I want to raise the bar, I want to do all those things. But most of all, I want to make great music that people enjoy. If I just do that, I can look back on this year and know that I did what I set out to achieve. 
 

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Yours Alone
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Yours Alone

Punk, Rock (Alternative Punk-Rock)

Newcastle, NSW

dead kelly

Artist

dead kelly

Metal, Rock (SlipKnot, Pantera, Damaged, ...)

Wide Bay, QLD

Milan Ring
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Artist

Milan Ring

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Reactions
New

Artist

Reactions

Metal, Punk (Reactions, Hardcore, Adelaide)

Adelaide, SA

BOO SEEKA

Featured Artist

2015

20

Jul

BOO SEEKA

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney duo Boo Seeka have been together less than a year but already have two great singles to their name, a European tour under their belt, national tours on the horizon and they are this weeks Unearthed Feature Artist. Impressive stuff, huh?

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
It's still developing. We only met the last week of December last year. So we've been putting it together as we go along. Making it up. We feel like we've really struck on something and and we're headed back into the studio with a few ideas soon. We recently toured Europe and owing to the extraordinary generosity of a dude there - who drove us around (Germany, Holland, Belgium and France), we found ourselves with a bit of time on our hands so we came back with a stack of ideas. At the moment I guess we classify as some sort of mutant soul/trip hop/dreamtronica. Or Something. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I wouldn't really feel you can cut off any angle of inspiration. Whether it's from listening to music or your everyday doings. The Swans, they're an inspiration. Massive Attack. The Princess Bride. Bootleg Rascal's QDome - he's an inspiration. Realistically we'll take it anyway it slaps us.
 
What can punters expect from a Boo Seeka live show?
You could reasonably expect some solid arse otherworldly material. Na, it's a post disco, trip hop tyranny. Sammy Seeka has what most people rate as an ok looking dial, so that's got to go in there, that plus some danceable beats some dicey dance moves from onstage and our own take on performance. Hey, we've got something. From time to time we'll have speccy guests too and we've got a bunch of material now. I don't know, a lot.   
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
This opens a big door, doesn't it? I'll slip through a couple of things while it's ajar. "Don't listen to me" was one. I can't remember who told me now, which I guess is a pivotal thing. But I remember thinking that's as good a piece of advice as I'm going to hear today when they told me. I also like a couple of more general quotes/pieces of advice - Winston Churchill's answer to the question of cutting funding to arts by saying: "Then what are we fighting for?" And Jim Carrey said "I learnt that you could fail doing something that you didn't want to do," when he was talking about his father.  
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
Would it depend on what was happening? Maybe Ball Park Music? I'm not sure, what are they crying for - that could influence it. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Anything from Idol. Or you know, one of those franchises. They make me cry. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Geez. Bad/Dreems: Hiding to Nothing. Vallis Alps. Lyall Moloney: Running For You. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Caught Alpine a week ago. First time seeing live, epic, cracking new single by these guys. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I'd say look to the new Bootleg Rascal record. I've heard it and it's great, there's a cracker on there called Asleep In the Machine. That's going to be real good that record. We've worked with them a bit - they just told me it hasn't been released yet.
I find that you kind of have to make the most of wherever you are and whatever there is, when you're speaking about a music community. It's pretty hard core to be in Sydney and involved in music at the minute but I guess it's been that way for a while. That said, venue wise, the Newtown Social is a great venue and we did 3 gigs in a residency/run at the Hibernian and if the lifts had been working for the gear that we had to ship in there, that would have been pretty perfect too. Mind you I don't think they'll be having us a back in a rush - we made a bit much noise for them I'd say - seemed like it. There's a stack of really creative stuff going on in Australia in general, Sammy's just mentioned an act Cooper Pedy University band with a song called Kookaburra. I haven't listened to that yet but i just saw that the labels called Krautback - that's something eh. I love some of the guys that have been out there running creative for a while, I'm a big fan of Katalyst and anything Ashley does in general. The guy we work with on production Ian, has a new thing that he's working on -  he's been calling it Kel. E not sure - we'll tag it into something when it's done. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Funny you should mention that, we're looking into buying new banana lounges and cuban cigars and floating off into the sunset. 
Na, really it is funny you ask because we've just looked it up and it looks something like this - there'll be another single later in the year at some stage and we already know which song that is.
1) Hit the studio now and get 10-14 tracks up to speed before September - so that's busy.
2) AUGUST: release an EP which will have both those songs plus two more and perhaps an acoustic version of Kingdom Leader 
3) AUG & SEPT: national tour as main support for SAFIA 
4) OCT: another support - watch this space
5) NOV: head back to Europe for last 3 weeks of November - and now into the first week of December - Holland, UK and Belgium 
6) DEC: 3 festivals for the New year period 
7) Have the album ready for release early next year - artwork and all recording done in Nov. 
8) FEB: headline tour for Feb or perhaps March next year 
9) Have the album ready release for late Feb or early March 2016

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Columbus

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2015

12

Jan

Columbus

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Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane-based emotive punks Columbus are about to drop their EP 'Home Remedy' and are looking to hit the road in 2015. Expect lots of yelling, sad facial expressions and all the punk feels.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Columbus is a 3-piece punk band that plays upbeat music with generally sad and melancholic lyrics. The band's sound developed slowly to where it is now through the changing of our own individual musical influences and from the experience over time of writing and playing more music.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The band's greatest source of inspiration for making music is simply the fun of writing, recording and performing a song. However in regards to lyrics, the band usually takes inspiration from personal problems and experiences.
 
What can punters expect from a Columbus live show?
Punters can expect energetic punk tunes with lots of yelling and sad facial expressions.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
This might be an odd choice, but I’d probably try and play them the entirety of Frenzal Rhomb’s ‘Sans Souci’. While it may not be your quintessential ‘everything’s going to be okay’ type of album, I think that is honestly just too funny (and too good) an LP for someone not to crack a smile whilst listening to it. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
‘My New Dress Up Shoes’ by The Smith Street Band, for sure. For anyone who hasn’t heard SSB’s first E.P ‘South-East Facing Wall’, definitely give it a spin - it rules. My New Dress Up Shoes is the closing track on the E.P, and it is one of the most heart-wrenching and tear-inducing songs you will ever hear. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I feel like I would be the last person you’d want DJing a party, as my playlist would probably just alternate between a few shoegaze bands and Gucci Mane (listened to ironically, of course). To answer the question seriously though, either ‘Sensi Mi’ or ‘Knights Forever’ by The Bennies. Both of those tracks (and the whole album for that matter) are really jiggy and could hypothetically be danced to, if you were so inclined.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last local show I went to that we didn't play would have had to be Trophy Eyes, Worthwhile and Ambleside at The Brightside in Brisbane. The show was amazing. All 3 of those bands are a headliner in their own right and didn't disappoint. Local band Vitals also opened the show and killed it, one of my favorite bands in QLD. In my opinion The Brightside is also one of the best venues in Australia. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Chris Hunter has run shows at Fat Louie's in Brisbane for as long as I can remember and the guy is an absolute Brisbane legend and does so much to keep shows running there. We've been privileged enough to play 'Fats' a number of times and it's always so much fun. Travels are also a band that inspires me to keep having fun playing music. One of the most energetic and passionate hardcore bands I've seen.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
Our second EP 'Home Remedy' is dropping next Monday the 19th of January. Really excited to be kicking the year off with that. We also have a couple of tours in the works for this year, which we can't really say much about at the moment, but will definitely be seeing a very large portion of Australia this year. Along with this, we'll hopefully be tracking some new songs before the year is out!
 

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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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New Gods

Artist

New Gods

Rock, Indie (neil young, Nirvana, Raymond Carver, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Moon Holiday

Featured Artist

2014

29

Dec

Moon Holiday

Sydney, NSW

Moon Holiday is the electronic music project of Sydneysider Alex Ward. On New Year's Day she'll be bringing her looped, left-field dance music to Sydney's the Domain as our Field Day competition winner.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? My music came from a slow process of experimenting with electronics instead of real-life musicians. I moved to Australia at 16 and had no friends! I became kind of a recluse because I still felt the need to make music somehow.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? For better or worse, it's usually my own mental turmoil. I think that goes for a lot of people. But more and more I am inspired by actually trying to create new sounds and new forms of expression for myself.

You’re the winner of our Field Day competition. What can punters at Field Day in Sydney expect from the Moon Holiday live show? At this point I'm aiming to make it a little more energetic than my usual live show, because it is generally pretty moody and even subdued! It'd be nice to start the New Year with a bang.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? One of my best friends recently used actual hand-drawn diagrams in her advice to me, which I found both hilarious and extremely useful! Another of my best friends is full of gentle and comforting wisdom, so even though she is a cool young musician, a day with her can be like visiting a wise grandmother.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? That's easy, Rainbow Chan's song 'Haircut'. It's about getting over things and moving on, and her music always creates a sense of wonder, like anything's possible. She's the best friend I mention above, cool and fresh but so wise and nurturing! https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/rainbow-chan

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? Also easy! HTRK - my favourite Australian music, maybe just my favourite music overall. When their song 'Give It Up' came out late last year ahead of their full album I used to just whack it on repeat and cry a bunch. I was having a hard time, but it's such a beautiful track, such an unusual duality through that whole album. https://soundcloud.com/mistletone/htrk-give-it-up

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? Collarbones - 'Turning', because it's fierce as hell. When I first heard it I constantly walked around listening to it like I was in a music video, which is how you know a song is good. https://soundcloud.com/collarbones/turning

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it? I went to see Lucy Cliche and Alba (both locals) supporting Factory Floor (from the UK) at Oxford Art Factory recently. It was great, a really well thought-out lineup and everyone impressed the crowd, especially remarkable because it was a Tuesday night and people were actually getting kinda loose.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. It's come to the point where most people I know in Sydney are tied to the music community in some way, either directly or indirectly. Some of my close friends make music I'm floored by, every time they show me something. Most of them are involved with Sydney's Astral People, who probably need no introduction, but through being a part of that incredibly supportive family I've found room to grow as a musician and be heard properly - without ever being made to feel like the end goal is huge commercial success. I think we all feel like Sydney is an excellent place to be, and for once there aren't as many people fleeing the country to 'make it' outside.

What are your plans for 2015? Despite saying I'm glad people aren't fleeing Sydney, that's what I'm doing for a couple of months in the New Year. I decided to take a break after finishing my new EP (due out early 2015) and go live in Bangkok for a while! I'd like to be somewhere different to make new music, for another EP or an album, perhaps a side-project to get out different things. But I can't wait to come back as well - I started producing a radio show for FBI Radio recently, so I'll be continuing that job as well. I just want to get stuff out there really.

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Tobias Hengeveld
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Tobias Hengeveld

Indie, Pop, Rock (Tobias Hengeveld, Australian, Lyrical, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Baskervillain
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Artist

Baskervillain

Rock (baskervillain, australia, Brisbane, ...)

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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GOVS

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2014

3

Nov

GOVS

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Gold Coast, QLD

GOVS is what happens when songwriter/producer Josiah Birrell spends time with the musical instruments he's had since high school, his laptop and some headphones. Magic happens.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?    
GOVS is myself, instruments I've had since high school, my laptop and some headphones. I finish songs by way of recording them, starting with a melody or a riff on the guitar or piano it grows as I hear it back and decide what I want to hear next. I moved from Bundaberg when I was 19 to study a music production course on the Gold Coast, so I'm kinda like a songwriter turned rookie producer.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When you're writing a song, you're creating something that hasn't existed before...you get to invent something.
 
What can punters expect from a GOVS live show?
A mix of piano and a guitar slacker tracks.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Art is never complete...only abandoned' - One of my best friends said that to me while quoting some one else.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Blood' by The Middle East 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Brother' by Grand Salvo 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Easily' by GXNXVS
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at the Soundlounge. They had two drummers on stage. It was like having stereo drums in real life!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
There's a band called the Salvadarlings who've adopted me since living on the coast. They all grew up here together and took me under their wing when we were introduced by a mutual friend a while ago when I was putting together a band for GOVS to play shows. Sometimes I play drums for them.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015? 
I think I'm gonna close the laptop for a while. I've been a little bit everywhere this year, renovating GOVS and trying to find new ways to keep it interesting. In hindsight of my releases to date, there's a big picture to what I'm trying to say - I want to work out what that is, come back and say it.
 

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It's a Hoax

Featured Artist

2014

13

Oct

It's a Hoax

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Adelaide, SA

Adelaide 5-piece It's A Hoax are a band driven by a love for creating something out of nothing. Their left-field indie rock is born out of constant improvisation and inspired by everything from math rock to NYC jazz.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It didn’t really take that long for us to settle into our sound, mainly because we all had such a similar set of influences; the whole 90s Alternative thing, NYC-scene Jazz and experimental music, Math-Rock and the Garage-Rock stuff that’s getting popular at the moment. This has meant that we do 100% of our writing through jamming and improvising, knowing that we can trust that the choices that each of us make are going to be right for the music. No one has ever had to tell anyone else what to do or play, it’s all just sort of happened in a very natural way.  
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I’d like to say something like “we channel The Eternal One, who informs and inspires everything we do"... but really we just get a kick out of making music as a group, making something out of nothing with your buddies. There’s not much need for any other inspiration other than that. 
 
What can punters expect from the It’s a Hoax live show?
We take a lot of liberties with our music: we change and extend sections, reharmonise things, improvise a lot. That means an It’s a Hoax live show is a one-off experience and the songs won’t be played in quite the same way again. Hopefully those listening can feel like they were part of that with us in some way. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Make sure you brush AND floss. A number of people have said it to us and it’s paid off big time. All the money we save on dental work, fillings etc, goes straight into the band. We’ve seen too many great bands fall by the wayside because the consistent dental fees were too much of a burden. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Girl' by The Honey Pies. I’m not sure there’s been a more hopeful sounding song ever written... the fact they’re from Adelaide is an added bonus!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
There’s a couple of good ones: 'Blood' by The Middle East... but you’ve got to watch the video clip with it... or 'Slow Train' by Alex Lloyd and The Pigram Brothers, but it helps if you’ve seen the movie Mad Bastards first. 
 
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 “Whispering Jack” Farnham
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was West Thebarton Brothel Party and God God Dammit Dammit at the Producers Bar, if you know those two bands you can imagine what kind of chaos ensued. I had met a Dutch backpacker and brought him along to the show. The floor was as a slippery as an SPC grape and the crowd was going crazy. The night was filled with crowd surfing from both bands and there were multiple beer lay-backs. Good wholesome fun. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
There’s so many great bands in Adelaide right now, we’ll just give you who we’re really digging at the moment: St Morris Sinners, Battlehounds, The Rocketeers and Yeahyeahabsolutelynoway. But really that’s just a snapshot. 
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
We're recording again right away, hoping for a release before the end of the year or early 2015. We're really happy with our new material and the direction that we're heading. In terms of shows, the one we're really excited about is the Hillside Festival 4.0 which is going to feature a ton of bands from the Adelaide scene such as Horror My Friend, Bad/Dreems, West Thebarton Brothel Party, Battlehounds, The Dunes, Archers and so many more. That's November 29th, grab a ticket if there are still any left!
 

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Julia Why?

Featured Artist

2014

29

Sep

Julia Why?

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Sydney, NSW

Sydney garage pop three piece JuliaWhy? make songs that are like a prickle behind your neck and end up like a punch to the face. They were one of our 2014 NIDA winners, which saw them have this video clip filmed for them by post-grad NIDA students and premiered on rage. 

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

I've been playing music and writing songs since I was 10. So the sound we have now has been a long time in the making and has gone through a lot of stages. I've spent a long time listening to all different kinds of music. But the songs I've recently written have definitely been influenced by all the local music that's been happening all around me - living in a sharehouse with seven other people that also make music. The music we write as a band now is pretty collaborative. We usually drink a few beers, get a bit tipsy, go to the studio (Peter the drummer built a recording/rehearsal studio called Audile Design in Marrickville) and jam and things tend to happen organically from there.

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

A long neck of Coopers Red. Jokes! Nah I'm not sure I've always just had to make music - it's a lot of fun, it's therapeutic, it stops me going insane and that's a pretty big source of inspiration in itself. I get very angry about stupid things like politics and the state of the world and if I didn't have music to deal with it I would probably be dead by now.

You’re one of the winners of our NIDA competition and had the opportunity to work with a NIDA directing student to create a film clip for your track ‘Just One Night’. Could you talk us through that process?

It was really fun and we were lucky because we live in Sydney we got to kind of become friends with the director and the designer of the clip. They came to a few of our live shows to see what kind of personality we have I guess. We drank a few beers together and chatted about stuff. They asked us to send them music videos we absolutely hated. Which was good. They asked us "What is a definite no go zone" and I said "No lame party scenes with red cups." Then they went away and came up with a concept which they pitched to me the day before I left for Sri Lanka for 5 weeks. While I was away we emailed each other and then we filmed the day I got back. Filming that day was a lot of fun. I was buzzing from jetlag/excitement at seeing all these people working together to create something.

What can punters at a JuliaWhy? live show?

Really, really fast drumming.

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

'Stay at Home Dads' by Beef Jerk followed by 'Sun Up' by Day Ravies.

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

'Cotton' by Beef Jerk (unreleased yet) and definitely 'BalladHEAD' by Mope City.

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

'Lick the Pip' by Housewives.

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

My friend put on a festival at the Marrickville Bowling Club called 'Building Bridges for Refugees.' Dick Diver and Holy Balm headlined, Roamin' Catholics played, as did Day Ravies, DAG from Brisbane, Destiny 3000... so many bloody great bands it was bloody fantastic. In fact here's the link. It sold out and they made about $8000 to donate to Bridge for the Asylum Seeker Foundation so it was amazing!!!

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

We don't live in Newcastle haha but there are some great bands from there - Bacon Cakes is my personal favourite. The Sufferjets too. But my local scene is based mainly around Marrickville in Sydney. It's ridiculous how many good bands are coming out of there. In fact my friend and I are starting a record label EXXE RECORDS and putting out a mixtape that has a song from each of the 13 bands from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane that started at the share house we lived in together, or played shows there, or slept on our couch while they were on tour etc etc. So yeah it's pretty amazing to be kind of part of it and I feel it needs to be documented some way - hence the mixtape.

What are your plans for the rest 2014?

In terms of JuliaWhy? we're going to try make ourselves a video to release another single and then put out the album digitally and on cassette by the end of the year. Then we'll tour and then it's world domination... obviously. 

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UV boi

Featured Artist

2014

16

Jun

UV boi

Brisbane, QLD

UV boi is an 18 year old producer from Brisbane making mellow yet heavy-hitting 808 music that's created a sea of feelings in our heart.

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

The first thing I attempted to produced when I began making music was sample based hip hop instrumentals. At the time I was listening to MF DOOM and his various aliases and Wu-tang also, this was back in 2010. The year earlier I was really into hardstyle and techno music, I know right, what a complete 180. Anyhow, I picked up interest in electronic music around late 2012 and started to dabbling with a lil bit of dubstep, trap and most recently Jersey Club. All under my first project named "EP". Throughout this time I didn't have any idea of music theory, I just had a keen ear. I took the time last year in year 12 to get piano lessons which were pretty beneficial. Fast forward to March of this year, which was when UV boi was born. With my new honed skills I returned to making hip hop but with this new UV boi spice.

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

The internet, especially via Soundcloud. There's just an endless stream of cool music on there. Some of the people I've come across on there are as young as 13 and are already doing wonders.

What can punters expect from a UV boi live show?

You can expect me dressed in a full Adidas tracksuit strapped in my durag squat for 20 minutes straight during the pre of my set. On stage, I use an APC and an MPD. Launching clips with the APC on Ableton and playing stripped sounds from my track on the MPD (eg. drums or vocal cuts or instruments, whatever really).

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

"Make bangers" - Eli Marsland

"Keep making music. you're really good at this" - Lochie Riordan

Most importantly though, are the people who I showed my first crappy beats to and have always been supportive and seen something. Shouts out to Erina, Eoghan, Cheyne, Kai and Joe Joe.

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

Renz - Look Good On Me

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

Ben Lee - Cigarettes Will Kill You (Horrorshow and Jane Tyrell Cover)

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

Tkay Maidza x Battles x Conorock - Atlasaurous In Babylon (ELI Bootleg)

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

Ahhh I haven't been exposed to many local gigs that I haven't been apart. UV boi has only just become UV man, so I'm excited to experience those cool pub gigs.

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

Brisbane has a cool small community of electronic artists but not really many in the same line of my style though. I haven't connected with these other Brisbane artists yet mainly because they most likely don't even know my existence haha. In the future I'd like to get to know them. I had befriended two prior to creating UV boi. These cool dudes are ELI and Kraznov.

What are your plans for UV boi in 2014?

The plan for 2014 is to enjoy things and connect. A lot of cool things are happening very fast and all at once. I plan to work on an icy UV boi ep shortly, whilst still releasing singles here and there and maybe even some official remixes too. If you're a Brisbaner, you may see me out and about playing a few shows every now and then. Stay connected with me and we'll rock durags and squat together. SquatSquad

Shouts out LUCCIboys (Rappers Who Can't Rap Mixtape coming soon)

i l-UV u - UV boi فوق بنفسجي

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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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CHIEFS
New

Artist

CHIEFS

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Sad Boys, Cashmere Cat, Mr Carmack)

Melbourne, VIC

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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When Giants Sleep
New

Artist

When Giants Sleep

Metal, Punk, Rock (canberra)

Canberra, ACT

Charlie Monsoon
New

Artist

Charlie Monsoon

Punk, Rock (Dali, Mondrian, Gaudi, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Hopium

Featured Artist

2014

18

Aug

Hopium

Melbourne, VIC

Hopium are a mysterious Melbourne duo that create some very impressive emotive electronica. They first caught our attention with their brooding debut single 'Cut' and have done it again with their new track 'Dreamers', which features guest vocals by Phoebe Lou of Unearthed High alumni Snakadaktal.

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

Trial and error! We’d only really made band music in the past, so it was very reactionary and intentionally experimental.


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

We’re both pretty analytical people and while music definitely flexes that, it’s also chasing that thing where you’re fully in the moment, engaged emotionally, creatively, whatever.


What’s your vision for a Hopium live show?

Epic. Visually it will be an extension of the aesthetic we’re building in the videos, a surreal fantasy, super experiential.


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

“Get rich or die trying” - 50 Cent


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

The Go-Betweens - 'Streets Of Your Town'


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

Flight Facilities - 'Clair De Lune'


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

You can’t beat Flume’s Hermitude remix.


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

Sticky Fingers. Debaucherous.


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

It’s actually impossible to choose, it’s the city as whole that we find inspiring and everyone in it.


What are your plans for Hopium in 2014?

Make large quantities of dope music and play it live.

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Lupa J
New

Artist

Lupa J

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

Sydney, NSW

Baro
New

Artist

Baro

Electronic, Hip Hop, Punk (Jazz, Lounge Rap, kanye west, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Daybreak
New

Artist

Daybreak

Metal (Metal, Daybreak, Heavy, ...)

Perth, WA

Japanese Wallpaper

Featured Artist

2014

1

Sep

Japanese Wallpaper

Melbourne, VIC

This year's Unearthed High winner Japanese Wallpaper has just released his brand new single, featuring Jesse Davidson. It follows on from outstanding collaborations with Wafia and Pepa Knight, but who else is on the 17 year-old's 'collaborator wishlist'? And what are his plans for the rest of 2014? Find out below...

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What’s the first thing you’re gonna do when you turn 18?
Most likely just go and see some bands - not being able to get into venues is definitely the worst part of being underage.
 
Who’s on your collaborator wish-list?
Hmm… I think Bon Iver would be pretty beautiful, his voice is so superb. Phoebe (ex-Snakadaktal) would be awesome too.
 
On average, how much time do you spend in your bedroom making tunes each week?
I’m not sure how many hours but definitely a lot! It’s a great way to procrastinate and avoid schoolwork…
 
What’s your go-to snack when making music?
Definitely this frozen yoghurt ice-cream thing that Mum has started buying. It doesn’t last very long when I’m recording ;)
 
What’s your vision for the ultimate Japanese Wallpaper live show?
I’d love to make it a band-driven show at some point - I love playing in bands and I think that with a little tweaking the music would really lend itself to it.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Hmm, 'Pickles From The Jar' by Courtney Barnett would be a pretty good one. Or maybe 'Void' by Seekae. Depends why they were crying in the first place I guess!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Sorry to use Seekae twice but their song 'You’ll' is a definite tearjerker. Works on me every time.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
That Polographia and Cosmo’s Midnight collab always goes down well! Or maybe an Andras Fox track. Depends on the party.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
I definitely want to do some more touring and keep developing my show, so hopefully there will be plenty of time for that in the school holidays…

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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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The Sinking Teeth
New

Artist

The Sinking Teeth

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

Melbourne, VIC

SKIES
New

Artist

SKIES

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Synth, synth pop, Electronic, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Tundra
New

Artist

Tundra

Indie, Pop, Rock (Mathpop, Pop, alternative pop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Them 9's
New

Artist

Them 9's

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

Ballarat, VIC

Shiva and the Hazards
New

Artist

Shiva and the Hazards

Indie, Pop, Rock (psychedelic, Garage, Melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

Bad Cop
New

Artist

Bad Cop

Dance, Electronic (BadCop, Adelaide, # electronic)

Adelaide, SA

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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andre
New

Artist

andre

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

Melbourne, VIC

Eat Your Heart Out

Featured Artist

2016

11

Apr

Eat Your Heart Out

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Eat Your Heart Out are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be taking their pop punk sounds to the Groovin The Moo stage in Maitland on April 23.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We started out in a country town where the only other bands were hardcore, so we had quite a heavy influence right from the start but also wanted to be melodic and poppy. We haven't ever tried to push our sound in any certain direction, it just kind of happens. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We are inspired by all the bands (especially Australian ones) that make incredible music and manage to tour the world as their full time job. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters in Maitland expect from the Eat Your Heart Out live show?
Hot riffs and hair flips. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Rock out the stage" - Mum 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Friday On My Mind by The Easybeats. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Laika by Wil Wagner. :'(
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Vitriol by Bluejuice. Banger!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Stepson and She Cries Wolf at Drone in Newcastle. Both super hardworking heavy bands that put on one hell of a tight show. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
As far as bands go, definitely Trophy Eyes! They've worked super hard and written killer songs, and it's paid off. 
And Bec Solman, the owner of Drone, one of the only all ages venues in Newcastle. Keeping the all ages scene alive! 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
We have some new material very close to being released, and after that we hope to be back out playing shows around Aus as soon as possible!

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Blue-Print

Artist

Blue-Print

Punk, Rock (Blink 182, The fray, Blink 182, ...)

North And West SA, SA

Leadlight

Artist

Leadlight

Pop, Rock (red hot chili peppers, Ben Folds, Incubus, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Contagion Theory

Artist

Contagion Theory

Electronic, Metal (Nine Inch Nails, Anticon, Aphex twin, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Aerobi

Artist

Aerobi

Indie, Pop (The Decemberists, shirtrock, Shirt Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Artist

Artist

PSYCHONAUT09

Electronic, Dance (Day Din, Far Too Loud, Asura, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Verse Ethix

Artist

Verse Ethix

Hip Hop

Sunshine, QLD

CERES
New

Artist

CERES

Punk, Rock (90s emo, alternative, Pop-Rock)

Melbourne, VIC

The Vagrant City Scandal

Artist

The Vagrant City Scandal

Indie, Dance (New Order, Sunshine Coast, OMD, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

OX

Featured Artist

2013

25

Nov

OX

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Check out the raw energy of Melbourne duo OX. They're all about heavy fuzz, hard hits and a hectic live show.

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

We both have a lot of different musical influences but tend to favour the louder heavier ones for OX. Usually one of us will have a bit of an idea in our heads - either a bass riff or a beat on the drums. Then we just go with it. Usually making it as loud and hard hitting as we can. If it's fun for us to play we know we're heading in the right direction.

What can the crowd expect from an OX live show?

The two of us just bring the raw energy to the stage which seems to resonate with the audience really well. We both have a lot of fun rehearsing and what you'd see at a live show is not too dissimilar to what you'd see in the weeks leading up while we're preparing our set.

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of each other?

We first met through a post on a musician classifieds about 8 years ago looking for a drummer for a garage punk band. I think we were both hung over and to be honest not a whole lot was said but the music did enough talking. (DAVE:) Joel had a very interesting style on the drums and I later learned that he was probably way over qualified for the music we were playing at the time. That band eventually fell apart but the two of us kept trying to put other bands together eventually giving up and going for a two piece. (JOEL:) I knew Dave's blue eyes would get him far in this business.

What Australian artists/musicians do you draw inspiration from?

The local shredders like Batpiss, Spermaids, DEAD and Bone just to name a few. Melbourne has a pretty awesome music scene going on at the moment with some amazing bands out there playing, recording and releasing quality tunes. Very inspirational to be around.

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

Taking a bit of time to come up with some new material. Hopefully release it early in 2014 and start playing some more shows.. But anything could happen. We tend to take the band on a day by day basis but always have our eyes out for something to be part of.

Australian music is…?

...bringin' da ruckus.

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ICU
New

Artist

ICU

Electronic, Rock (Gary Numan, Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

!HiPPiE!

Artist

!HiPPiE!

Hip Hop (Sage Francis, MF Doom, Simple Rhymes, ...)

Hobart, TAS

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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riXta_TRIP

Artist

riXta_TRIP

Electronic, Pop (*Create, A NEW, SOUND*, ...)

Darwin, NT

Shy Walter

Artist

Shy Walter

Rock, Roots (tull as in jethro, Animals, Loved Ones, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

We May Be Trapped

Artist

We May Be Trapped

Electronic, Metal (Akon, Women :), Hardcore, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Mathas

Featured Artist

2013

30

Dec

Mathas

( )

Perth, WA

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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Northlane

Artist

Northlane

Metal (Misery Signals, Volumes, Cloudkicker, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Matt Govan
New

Artist

Matt Govan

Indie, Rock (Death cab for cutie, dreamy, soft rock, ...)

Ballarat, VIC

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Chance Waters

Featured Artist

2009

19

Oct

Chance Waters

( )

Sydney, NSW

Phatchance is an independent, introspective, lover-not-a-fighter emcee from Sydney, with an huge live rep, atmospheric beats and a debut album due out soon!

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

My sound developed in a really organic way, I went to Fort Street in Sydney's Inner West and our year was very musical. The kids I went to school with went on to groups like Horrorshow and Spit Syndicate, and there was quite a rich musical history, particularly in regards to Australian hip-hop. Being surrounded by people who were passionate about music but didn't really understand the process yet meant that I had a few years to cut my teeth, where it was all very relaxed and really more about the social aspect of the music than any aspirations to do something professionally. I spent a few years after high school finding my feet and dabbled in a few bands - a lot of it then was live performance, I was lucky enough to play a lot of shows as a crowd warmer and the lessons which that taught me were priceless. A lot of it comes down to the music I listen to though; a large proportion of my music is melancholy and draws influence outside of the genre, because artists like Jeff Buckley, Atmosphere and Death Cab have probably been as important to my musical influence as The Hilltop Hoods or Bliss N Eso.

Tell us about your live show?

My live show varies a lot from event to event. I've done a few low key sets with live instrumentation, and I love incorporating that acoustic and instrumental aspect into my larger shows. Generally I tour with 'I Forget, Sorry!' - an artist collective I'm part of with Coptic Soldier and Mind Over Matter. I have plans for a few unplugged acoustic sets, but really I taper my performance to the crowd I'm going to be playing to. I've tried to strike a balance between the melancholy music I lean towards making, and establishing an engaging live show which is what fans of Australian hip-hop are typically looking for. You're going to have to play a very different set between supporting someone like Drapht or Bliss N Eso and playing a limited capacity pub gig, and I've tried to make myself flexible to cater to that.

What were you doing before this?

Probably avoiding maths lessons or practicing talking to girls in the mirror. Music has really been the major focus of my life since high school, everything else has a tendency to slide in around it. I still spend a bit too much time playing facebook games and getting up to mischief, but a lot of the priorities you're 'meant' to have in life have really slipped onto the back burner for me.

We heard something about a debut album...

My album’s called Inkstains, it's dropping November 27th and has taken me far, far too long to get in order. It features some really cool people, including 360 (of The Festival Song), Smiles Again (Mind Over Matter), HR King and Joyride (Urthboy - Hellsong). I've worked with some amazing local producers too, guys like Akouo, Konfuzion, Elgen and One Above. The bulk of the album is melancholy, it's a really personal and introspective release and I think that's why it's taken me so long to finalise. Doing it independently means it's grown in a really natural way; I was never wrestling with any deadlines or trying to create singles, I just wrote lyrics as life demanded it and this is the end product. It's a conceptual album - Inkstains is about the mark that music has had on my life and the mark that life makes on the self. Hopefully people can connect to it on a personal level, that’s really what I was gunning for.

Australian music is?

My Raison D'etre. Also a really good way to blow money in JB HI-FI.

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