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Yeo

Featured Artist

2006

3

Oct

Yeo

( )

Melbourne, VIC

This guy does it all! He combines his skills as keyboardist, bass player, vocalist and drum programmer to create some joyful organic sounding pop numbers. His tracks have got catchy hooks and lyrics to make you smile.

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Describe your music.

If I were to describe what I hope my music turns out to be, I'd say pop-driven tunes that still have an interesting musical production aspect to it. Although I am a bit of a muso nerd, I've learnt some valuable lessons about songwriting, very importantly that you can easily overdo anything when it comes to creativity. These days I'm trying to write things that are catchy, easy to memorise and easy to tap your foot to.

Who’s been a big musical influence for you?

Different artists influence different songs I write, seeing as I am a bit of a genre hopper. For example, 'Backflips' I think has a lot of Ben Folds in it, while 'Two Sides' and 'Different' show my respect for Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams. In terms of personal musical development and how its been influenced, way too many artists come to mind. Everything from Jeff Buckley to Mike Patton. Lately I've been listening to a lot of drum programming people like J Dilla, ?uestlove and the Platinum Pied Pipers -hence my increase in confidence with my own programming.

How do you start writing your songs? On the computer? Guitar?

Cool riffs usually just come out on guitar or on the keyboard when I'm screwing around, so I try to record them straight away before I forget them. I program a quick drum beat, loop it and record my idea in time with it and this becomes the central 'hook'. I tweak and build on that, adding new sections as I go.

Tell us about the local music community in Brisbane.

I don't know if I'm being socially ignorant, but I think the Brisbane music community is TINY! Everyone knows everyone so its easy to network and meet people. Its very easy to help your peers and help yourself get a name out there. It feels like the degrees of separation are very few and everyone seems to also be hooked up to Myspace... which is totally killer for being a whore.

What have you got planned for the future?

I'm studying at the moment (aiming for the stable future), but for the long-term I plan to hone my songwriting and production skills to the point where it can support me financially. Who knows what will hopefully come...the path of the poor musician is a hard one to follow. As hard as winning the lottery.

Australian music is…

...not to be underestimated. We have many world class artists in our locale that are sitting there undiscovered. Get out there and check out stuff you havent heard before! Is there anything Australian's aren't good at?

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White Hex
New

Artist

White Hex

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Arthur Russell, Velvet Underground, Tropical Goth, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

GL

Featured Artist

2014

6

Oct

GL

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne duo GL are all about glowing synths, gritty drum-machines and stratospheric vocals. Jump in their DeLorean, a world of deep bass and hypnotic grooves await.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Graeme and I have been playing music together for about eight years and this is our first project writing the music just the two of us. I guess we know each other pretty well, so that helps. It's great to be in a totally equal project, where we can trust each other has our back. Musically we love music that has soul and intent. The are a lot of late 70's and 80's influenced sounds, this was a fertile time and the birth of most electronic music as we hear it today. We try to keep it authentic and based on song form and structure. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Everyday stuff, watching what people do and how we behave. For us music shouldn't be exclusive, we all feel the same things. 
 
What can punters expect from the GL live show?
Two people giving it a red hot go. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Never underestimate being happy with what you are doing, don't worry about what comes next' - Beth my housemate
 
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?
Courtney Barnett at the Corner Hotel - Amazing!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Chris Gill from Northside record store...supporting local music and keeping the fight alive! Community radio music hosts, Phil Gionfriddo (Jacky Winter), Eagle and the Worm crew, Saskwatch crew, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Andras Fox, Waxo Paradiso, Sui Zhen...so much!
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
We are playing some EP launch shows October 25th (Melbourne) and November 1st (Sydney). Hopefully play some more shows over summer and start writing/record an album. :) 

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Montaigne

Featured Artist

2014

26

May

Montaigne

( )

Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

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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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KUCKA

Featured Artist

2014

30

Jun

KUCKA

( )

Perth, WA

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a Kucka live show?

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

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

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

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

Simo Soo - TEARZZZZZ

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

Taku - I miss you

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

Catlips - Kanimbla

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for Kucka in 2014?

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

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Tora

Featured Artist

2014

21

Jul

Tora

( )

North Coast, NSW

From playing cute gigs raising funds to help rebuild a local community garden, to smashing the stage at Splendour In The Grass, saying that Tora is moving forward in leaps and bounds is probably the understatement of the century. Check out our interview with this week's Unearthed feature artist.

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

We just wanted to make music that we enjoyed listening to, and so it slowly developed through combinations of influences, as well as many hours of trial and error and the process of elimination... Ideas usually develop within the computer, starting with beats and production, then live instruments and vocals. We then have the challenge of pulling them off in a live situation. 

 

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

The biggest inspiration for us is hearing new music, because we often forget that there's an infinite pool of ideas to be manifested. This gets our creative minds juicing. 


What can punters expect from a TORA live show?

We get pretty into it when were on stage, we don't take ourselves too seriously, so there's usually a bit of goofy dancing and silly comments throughout the set. We've been told that the songs sound more energetic and upbeat when we play live. Most people don't realise, but we have 3 vocalists and we play the songs with real instruments.

 

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

 'Don't burn your bridges.' - Dave

 

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

Bee Gee's - Stayin' Alive, accompanied by flare pants and living room choreography.

 

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

 Vancouver sleep clinic - Collapse. Hear it and weep. :'(

 

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

"Dat Schlump Funk" by Silentjay.

 

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

Our local community garden burnt down a little while ago, and they put on a fundraiser to rebuild it. We played a little set to contribute. It was super cute.

 

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

Our close friends Gabe and Cecilia are musical geniuses, and inspire us through their crafty originality. 
Potato Potato never cease to amaze us either, and they're always keen to jam. 

 

What are your plans for TORA in 2014?

 

We've got some exciting shenanigans planned for the rest of the year, now including our first ever show at Splendour in the Grass.

We just released "Eat the Sun" the first single from our new EP which will be out later in the year.

We are also super stoked to be going on tour with Miami Horror in september, which will include shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.

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Golden Features

Featured Artist

2014

7

Apr

Golden Features

( )

Sydney, NSW

Who is Golden Features? All we can say is that it's an exciting new project for a Sydney producer who has just dropped an excellent debut EP, has another in the works, is about to hit the live scene and is inspired by the contrast between light and dark in art. Click below for a few more words from the man (of mystery) himself...

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound was developed by sitting down for countless hours and playing around. There’s no great secret or synth, just a set of guidelines that I want my music to sound like.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I'm extremely inspired by contrast between light and dark in art. Having uplifting, bright moments that progress into dark moody follow ups. I'm really inspired by artists like David Choe and Greg Simkins who manage to walk the line between the two in their own unique ways.

What can punters expect from a Golden Features live show?
The shows are going to be a lot of my own music, remixes and edits.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Best piece of advice I ever got was from Emoh Instead, he suggested that I listen to songs front to back, not just skip through. You can miss out on a lot of great music having that "skip to the drop" approach.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I would play them tapes of my manager singing Bardot - 'Poison'.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Frenzal Rhomb - 'All You Friends'.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Aston Shuffles remix of 'Goodbye Future' is a heater
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last show I went to was one of the Nina Las Vegas shows, it was brilliant. Tkay Maidza was amazing.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
What So Not have been really inspiring. They've made forward thinking club music that’s completely unique to them. Music that works in clubs and on iPods.

What are your plans for Golden Features in 2014?
2014 should be interesting.. A couple of remixes in the works, definitely another EP which will be substantially bigger than the first and a bit of touring in the latter half of the year. Exciting stuff!

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Empia
New

Artist

Empia

Dance, Electronic (Electronica, dance, LDRU, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Thief

Artist

Thief

Pop, Electronic (Rnb, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, ...)

Sydney, NSW

AXOLOTL

Artist

AXOLOTL

Indie, Electronic (Brian Eno, Glitch, ella thompson, ...)

Melbourne, VIC