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The Refugees
New

Artist

The Refugees

Pop, Roots (Soul, Funk, Rnb, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

MANTIS EMPIRE
New

Artist

MANTIS EMPIRE

Indie, Pop, Rock (#indie #rock #pop #indie-pop #Indie-rock)

Sunshine, QLD

Street 66
New

Artist

Street 66

Hip Hop, Roots (hip hop, Brisbane, gold coast)

Gold Coast, QLD

The Ramsgates
New

Artist

The Ramsgates

Pop, Rock, Roots (Reggae, Rock n Roll, blues, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Sky Eater
New

Artist

Sky Eater

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

North Coast, NSW

YOUNG MONKS
New

Artist

YOUNG MONKS

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

Canberra, ACT

MACHINE MACHINE
New

Artist

MACHINE MACHINE

Indie, Rock (Funk, Reggae, Rock, ...)

Far North, QLD

Sun Salute
New

Artist

Sun Salute

Hip Hop, Roots (#reggae, #consciousmusic, #roots, ...)

Tropic, QLD

The Taste
New

Artist

The Taste

Hip Hop, Indie, Rock, Roots (#acoustic #funk rock #hiphop #tropical #soul)

Far North, QLD

Kudos
New

Artist

Kudos

Hip Hop (hiphop, oz hiphop, Australian Hiphop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

King River Rising
New

Artist

King River Rising

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Reggae)

Melbourne, VIC

Average Art Club
New

Artist

Average Art Club

Indie, Rock (averageartclub, alternative, Indie, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Coda Chroma
New

Artist

Coda Chroma

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

Melbourne, VIC

Dosed
New

Artist

Dosed

Punk, Rock, Roots (Rock, Reggae, Skunk Rock, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

B-Town Warriors
New

Artist

B-Town Warriors

Hip Hop, Roots (indigenous, Desert Pea Media, hip hop, ...)

Western Plains, NSW

Reuben Stone
New

Artist

Reuben Stone

Electronic, Indie, Roots (reuben stone, Now everyone Knows)

Melbourne, VIC

Rachel By The Stream
New

Artist

Rachel By The Stream

Dance, Electronic, Pop (duo, Live, Electronic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tribalicious
New

Artist

Tribalicious

Electronic (Electronic, Electronic, Ambient, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Mitch King
New

Artist

Mitch King

Indie, Pop, Roots

South Queensland, QLD

Vaguely Human
New

Artist

Vaguely Human

Dance, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Conscious, hip hop, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

ManaLion
New

Artist

ManaLion

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Sydney, NSW

True Vibenation
New

Artist

True Vibenation

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots (true vibenation, Horns, beats, ...)

Sydney, NSW

PAUA

Artist

PAUA

Roots (paua, pauareggae, pauareggaemusic)

Brisbane, QLD

Jesse Morris & the Shakedown
New

Artist

Jesse Morris & the Shakedown

Roots (Conscious, roots, Reggae, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Centre & the South
New

Artist

Centre & the South

Rock, Roots (#Reggae #soul #roots #rock)

Melbourne, VIC

The Lady Throat Killers

Artist

The Lady Throat Killers

Hip Hop, Roots (Quizmical, Lady Throat Killers, we sound, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Choon Goonz
New

Artist

Choon Goonz

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (Pop, Electronic, hip hop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Hemingway
New

Artist

Hemingway

Indie, Rock (psychedelic, Funk, hip hop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

SCHOOLFIGHT

Featured Artist

2007

11

Jun

SCHOOLFIGHT

( )

Brisbane, QLD

These five lads from Brisbane like to make hip-hop fun. They squeeze in funk, reggae, rock and a bit of bollywood into their beats and rhymes.

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Describe your music...

Rowdy, beer swilling, laid back hip-hop with a twist of funk and a little rock for good measure. We like to mix things up a bit. Schoolfight aren’t really your stock standard live hip-hop band, we jump about a bit. We have backgrounds in reggae, rock, funk, hip-hop and a common love of aussie-bollywood, so that provides a healthy mix of influences for us to draw on.

How did your band get together?

Schoolfight formed early 2004, Dal and eMCYTe hitched down from Cairns looking for free soup with only a roll of 20 cent coins and a pack of Redskins to their name. They were taken in on arrival by a few boys with the same dreams of getting a song on a So Fresh compilation, these dreams are now sadly abandoned. The final place was filled when JB answered an ad in a local street press, it read: ‘Like beer? Like beats? Like beats n beer? Call now!’ Things moved quickly from there. We were lucky everyone gelled well and had the same general direction and vision for the band. It made us strong, like a Mexican wrestler.

What’s the local hip-hop scene like in Brisbane?

The scene here is like the rest of the country, exploding. Brisbane at the moment is producing some of the best hip-hop out there. Stacks of talent, so many crews killing it. We’re really digging The Ozalians, Rainman’s stuff and up and coming mob The Outfit…watch em!! We've got big fans, big shows and a great support base for live music here. With all the kids plus community radio 4ZZZ giving the local bands props, everything is gold. We’re just lacking a solid hip-hop venue, somewhere for the beat-makers and MCs to show their wares.

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

Gotta be eMCYTe’s old man: ‘Keep at it 100%, and never settle. You’re a long time old so enjoy yourself while you can.’ Pretty good advice I reakon, if your heart isn’t in it, it shows. We love making music, you can see that when we're on stage. We’ll chuck in the towel Rocky style if that changes.

Describe an average rehearsal session for Schoolfight. Where does it take place?

The Fight jams twice a week, we rehearse in West End at Urban Hum. It usually consists of half hour nonsense/crap talk, plugging things in and tuning stuff up, the smell of sweet Mary-Jane and the sound of bottle caps hitting cold cement floors. We normally go thru a few set gems, have a break…drink some beer…and work on new stuff. Talking footy, tunes and broads is a must and always delivers a crack up or seven.

What have you got planned for the future?

You never know what the future holds, continue to enjoy ourselves, keep making music and travelling, become better muso’s and get the band a trip over the sea. The immediate future is recording, with a new release due by the end of the year. Gigging, demoing, writing and piss-farting around are right at the top of the list. We believe everything happens for a reason and so far, so good. Schoolfight has been lucky, great fans, great turnouts, top shows and amazing support. If that keeps up we’ll be whistling Dixie.

Australian music is…

...putting that laidback Australian feeling in everything you do, being proud of where you are from, not being afraid of sounding original, and being open to all styles and sounds. Australian music is getting bigger and people are taking notice. Australian music is stoked to still have triple j representing, saving us from commercial mash-ups and Big Brother playlists.

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Caravãna Sun
New

Artist

Caravãna Sun

Electronic, Indie, Rock (#indie #electric #psychedelic #rock)

Sydney, NSW

Young Dingoes
New

Artist

Young Dingoes

Indie, Pop, Rock (Young Dingoes)

Sunshine, QLD

BULLHORN
New

Artist

BULLHORN

Pop, Roots (Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The New Mastersounds, hip hop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

San Salvador

Artist

San Salvador

Roots (Fat freddy's drop, The Black Seeds, Reggae, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Lyrical
New

Artist

The Lyrical

Hip Hop, Roots (The lyrical, roots, Reggae, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

The Sea Gypsies
New

Artist

The Sea Gypsies

Indie, Rock (Rock, Central Coast, Live Music, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Ras Jahknow
New

Artist

Ras Jahknow

Roots (Reggae, Africa, Soul, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

El Moth

Artist

El Moth

Roots, Rock (Bob Marley, sublime, Groundation, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Black Bird Hum
New

Artist

Black Bird Hum

Pop, Roots (Earth, Friction, beats, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Thunder Fox
New

Artist

Thunder Fox

Dance, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock (Soul, Jeff Buckley, D'Angelo, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Funk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Lime Cordiale
New

Artist

Lime Cordiale

Indie, Pop, Rock (sydney, Lime, cordiale, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Ocean Alley

Featured Artist

2017

11

Sep

Ocean Alley

Sydney, NSW

Off the back of a HUGE sold out tour around the country, Sydney outfit Ocean Alley take you on a sweet journey of infused energetic reggae and psychedelic-rock with their new single 'The Comedown'. 

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

Our music is a mix of psych, reggae and surf rock. Our sound has been developed over 6 years playing together in various garages and sheds in the beginning with a shift away from the garage aesthetic more recently.

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

All the members have varied tastes and influences which give us a wide range of sounds to draw inspiration from. From classic rock to reggae to psychedelic, we love to mash all of our favourite sounds together.

What can punters expect from an Ocean Alley live show?

When we play live we always look forward to getting our energy from an involved crowd. We try to bring high energy playing and a cool looking vibe to the stage. If the crowd is having fun then we will be too.

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

We haven't had many musical mentors since we formed but some old wise man once told us to write more ballads. There are a lot of timeless ballads out there.

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

'Sounds of Then' by Gang Gajang will cheer you up. 

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

'Black Flies by Ben Howard will get you crying.

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

'Love at First Sight' by Kylie Minogue will make you move.

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

We played in Sydney last week at the Metro Theatre. They were the best shows we've played to date. We had so much fun on and off the stage. We also had some confetti filled balloons!

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

We are inspired by all the up and coming bands that do the miles and put the effort in to make a name for themselves. It can be a hard and long slog to make it as a touring band, but if you're a nice person and easy to get along with you'll go far. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We have lots of studio time booked before the end of the year to finish off our next record. Also heading across the ditch to New Zealand for some festivals over New Years.

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NGAIIRE (nyree)

Featured Artist

2010

5

Jul

NGAIIRE (nyree)

( )

Sydney, NSW

New music from a gifted singer and multi instrumentalist from Sydney.

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

I think I've been stirring the pot for awhile. I was throwing in all kindsa things thinking I can totally have a duck stuffed inside a chicken stuffed inside a turkey. But finally I'm understanding where my creativity wants to take me. I'm more certain of where the road is heading and less receptive to people who say you really should've been cut out by this cookie cutter. Cookie cutters are so old school anyway. I think that's owing to having grown so much with my band who are some of my closest friends and alot of whom I have known since I was a teenager. Sharing the stage with people who are just as passionate about your music doesn't happen everyday. I could just be dreaming maybe.

What can the audience expect at a live show?

Giant bird's nests, live art interpretations, naked manequins! I've been trying to keep things PG but I can comfortably say that things are guaranteed to get a bit raucous when you have backing vocalists like mine haha. I'm planning to have them caged for the next show so they don't scare the kids. The great thing though is that people go away feeling like they've actually been entertained and not just come to see a band that are just playing music so I'm stoked that we're translating that way,

Who else are you collaborating with?

I was given the liberty to chop out for to A-Love and The Tongue's upcomming albums. I don't usually chop out probably cuz people have always assumed that's what I do and it's within my nature to do the complete opposite of what people assume about you. "Oh you're black, so you can totally chop out" or "Oh you're black and you can totally play bass". I like to chop but I can totally not play bass.

What’s coming up in the future?

Presently preparing for Elana Stone's epic show at The Opera House this Friday with Bluejuice, Laura Jean and Brian Campeau. And then back in the studio to record some music that might stand worthy of an album. If I manage to finish this album this year that would totally be comparable to if I managed to wrestle a wild boar with my own two hands...and then maybe chucked it on the spit. Maybe.

Australian music?

I have great adoration for but I feel is still very apologetic. I think people are still cautious about pushing boundaries. It's like we almost need to be given permission.

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Cloud Control

Artist

Cloud Control

Indie, Pop (Midlake, Fleetwood Mac, The Go-Betweens, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Campervan Dancers
New

Artist

The Campervan Dancers

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Roots (folk, Band, duo, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Brains Trust
New

Artist

The Brains Trust

Electronic, Hip Hop (bass, Soul, Electronic, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

DOS ENOS
New

Artist

DOS ENOS

Indie, Rock (#psychedelic, #rock)

Illawarra, NSW

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

Featured Artist

2009

14

Apr

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

( )

Melbourne, VIC

This mammoth ensemble comprises up to twenty musicians hand-picked from Melbourne’s African, jazz & hip-hop scenes. Inspired by the infectious afro-beat music of Nigeria and its neighbours, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra delivers a contemporary blend of hip hop and African funk.

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

We play a style of music called afro-beat which originates from Nigeria, made famous by a man named Fela Kuti. Fela used a combination of African rhythms and American funk music to create a powerful style of music with a strong political and social commentary. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra continues this legacy – both the afro-beat sound and its message – but have introduced an element of hip-hop which gives the music a modern edge and is relevant to our personal experience and contemporary music at large. Typical afro-beat songs can go for 10 or 20 minutes, taking the audience to a space somewhere between trance-like African drumming and a dance set from James Brown.

The orchestra is up to 20 musicians! How does that work?

It’s really an essential ingredient for afro-beat, it’s how you can get the sound of a big horn section blazing over the top of many different layers of guitars, percussion, keyboards and vocals. Many of the orchestra’s members hail from Africa, particularly our vocalists, and many more have been playing African music in various forms in Melbourne and abroad for many years. However, putting together an orchestra out of a group of established musicians means we have to juggle a lot of schedules with artists who are busy recording and touring the country with other groups.

Tell us about recording in Africa.

In February this year, three of the orchestra’s founding members Zvi Belling, DJ Manchild and myself travelled to South Africa and Nigeria, with plans to record but also to research music over there. We travelled with a backpack containing a laptop, an mbox and a microphone, which is actually more than adequate as a portable studio. So first in Johannesburg we recorded with a rapper named Tumi, who we have worked with in previous projects and is well-known in the Australian hip-hop scene and around the world. In Lagos, we met Modenine, one of Nigeria’s most respected rappers, who apart from record on a tune for our upcoming album, became our unofficial tour guide, which in a city of 24 million people is a very handy thing! We were fortunate enough to spend some time with Femi Kuti, Fela’s Grammy award-winning son. We jammed with his band at the Famous Afrika Shrine and came away with some tales of Afro-beat from back in the golden ‘70’s.

What’s coming up in the future?

Currently we’re working on more recording and production for the album, which should be out in the second half of this year. We’ve got several new tracks now as a result of the Africa trip, and the next few months will be spent in the studio, and perhaps some smaller shows around Melbourne. We’re planning to release a few tracks on a vinyl 12” soon, with the album and some national shows to follow.

Australian music is?

... the future!

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Sahara Beck

Featured Artist

2014

25

Aug

Sahara Beck

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck is an 18-year-old Brisbane-based singer with an impressive résumé and promising future. Her latest single 'Brother Sister' showcases her love of rhythm, her strong narrative voice, and is an assured folk-pop hit.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I never really know how to answer that. My sound will never fully be developed as I will always be chasing the sounds I have in my head and I always wonder how long it will take for me to learn how to replicate those sounds in real life when I have no idea what they are. I would say my music is based very much around it's rhythmic melodies as that is what I listen to in other peoples songs musically and that may have rubbed off on me.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Everything... without sounding Arty Farty. I get inspiration from everything that happens around me. The funny thing is that I don't draw so much influence and inspiration from other artists as I feel like they have alreday created something that is their own and there is no point in trying to replicate that.
 
What can punters expect from a Sahara Beck live show?
When I'm with the band we bring along a million drums and dance a lot. It's a lot of fun. However when I play solo I go for a more intimate and quiet performance.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When I first started out playing music my mum told me "Don't try to be like anyone else because they're already taken. If you can hear music in your head, you should try to share it with everyone in the purest way you can and don't worry if people don't understand it at first, if you stick to it, you can create your own space in the music world and not only will they understand it, they will join you".
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Maybe 'Beanni' by The Cat Empire... That song makes me happy anyway :)
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Everything, You Know?' by Louie and Patrick from Potato Potato. Such a sad but beautifully written song.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Well I wouldn't be a very good DJ so I would probably stuff it up somehow or just put on Tame Impala and go hang out in the calmer corner of the party.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I recently saw my friends from the Jensens play in Fortitude Valley and then at a house party later that night. It was really good.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Queensland music community that inspire you.
The people I surround myself with in the Queensland music community are all self aware of themselves and each others music. We know that we are playing music because we couldn't stop if we tried, we don't play to get an ego kick. I wouldn't know where to start the list and where to stop but each and everyone of them inspire me because we all go to each others gigs and help out in anyway we can.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
In October I am releasing my EP 'Bloom' which I am going on tour with, I'm looking forward to sharing these new songs with everyone.

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King Social
New

Artist

King Social

Dance, Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (Party Band, King Social, country, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

Astro Travellers
New

Artist

Astro Travellers

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

Brisbane, QLD

PocketLove
New

Artist

PocketLove

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Roots (#funk, #soul, #blues, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Georgia Fields
New

Artist

Georgia Fields

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Indie, Pop, disco-pagan, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Christian Patey
New

Artist

Christian Patey

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Alt J, Chet Faker, Vocals)

Sunshine, QLD

TASH SULTANA

Featured Artist

2016

16

May

TASH SULTANA

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Tash Sultana is a talented and captivating young multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne who has already built up a passionate following from years of open mic nights, busking and home video recordings. We're stoked to be featuring her all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound and am forever developing my sound by being inspired by different aspects of my life and compiling it together with knowledge of sound and different instruments. Creating music has no limitation.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Emotion, I think that's the centre of all creation.
 
What can punters expect from a Tash Sultana live show?
A hell of a lot of energy from one tiny little person.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
To forever remain loyal to your gut instinct - my dad told me that 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Chet Faker - Terms and Conditions
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Mia Dyson- Jesse
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
So Soldier - #1 Dads
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local show I went to was a dude who busks around Melbourne called Reuben Stone. This guy can literally do and create anything all by live looping. He's a huge part of my motivation.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There's a few who I've met around over the years who've become some of my really good friends and I suppose we just push each other to work really hard and further inspire each other to be better musicians. Lyall Moloney, Reuben Stone, Josh Cashman to name a few.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Got some pretty crazy plans for the rest of the year - taking things overseas. Kind of all seems a bit surreal to be honest.

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Asher Chapman
New

Artist

Asher Chapman

Pop, Roots (Bob Marley, jack johnson, Bob Dylan, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

SINE

Artist

SINE

Roots (Salmonella Dub, Fat freddys Drop, Groundation, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

King Spirit
New

Artist

King Spirit

Roots (Chilled back Reggae)

Melbourne, VIC

Chocolate Strings
New

Artist

Chocolate Strings

Dance, Hip Hop, Pop, Roots (Dub, Chocolate Strings, Reggae, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Stahlüt
New

Artist

Stahlüt

Electronic, Indie, Pop (violin, Vocals, Looping, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Felicity Lawless
New

Artist

Felicity Lawless

Rock, Roots (gypsy, world, Rock, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Fieu
New

Artist

Fieu

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Pop, Electronic, Indie, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Khan Harrison
New

Artist

Khan Harrison

Indie, Roots (Pearl Jam, Alt J, Stone Temple Pilots)

Sunshine, QLD

Agnes J Walker & Damian K
New

Artist

Agnes J Walker & Damian K

Roots (blues, Soul, Gospel, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

King Tide
New

Artist

King Tide

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (rock steady, Reggae, boogaloo, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Ryan Delaney
New

Artist

Ryan Delaney

Indie, Roots

Sunshine, QLD

AYLA
New

Artist

AYLA

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

Sunshine, QLD

WALLACE
New

Artist

WALLACE

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

Sydney, NSW

WILSN
New

Artist

WILSN

Pop, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

Electrik Lemonade
New

Artist

Electrik Lemonade

Hip Hop, Pop, Roots (Funk, hip hop, roots)

Gold Coast, QLD

STICKY FINGERS

Artist

STICKY FINGERS

Indie, Pop (cool funky fresh rock, SANDINISTA!, fingers, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Lyall Moloney
New

Artist

Lyall Moloney

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (beats, Tunes, magic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Andrea Kirwin
New

Artist

Andrea Kirwin

Hip Hop, Roots (Tracy Chapman, Norah Jones, Esperanza Spalding, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Almost Lazy
New

Artist

Almost Lazy

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots (Reggae, Dubs, Bass Music, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Murray Kyle
New

Artist

Murray Kyle

Indie, Roots (Amos Lee, Damien Rice, Missy Higgins, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Kooyeh
New

Artist

Kooyeh

Electronic, Pop, Roots (Fat freddys Drop, Katchafire, Toots and the Maytals, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Deya Dova
New

Artist

Deya Dova

Electronic, Indie (fever ray)

North Coast, NSW

Kingfisha

Featured Artist

2010

22

Feb

Kingfisha

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Congratulations to 5 piece reggae band Kingfisha from Brisbane who we are flying to Adelaide so they can strut their stuff in front of some of the world's leading reps at the explode showcase at the Fuse Festival.

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

Three of us have been playing together in different bands for years. We've always been interested in the rhythms of reggae and when our last band broke up we decided to concentrate solely on playing reggae. We love old school roots/reggae sounds and we've also been interested in electronics and synths, so we endeavour to combine this in our music.

What can the Fuse festival audience expect from you live show?

Honest, Australian Reggae.

What are you most hoping to get out of Fuse Fest?

We will try not to expect too much, play a good show, have fun and anything else is a bonus.

What’s coming up in the future?

We are currently doing pre-production on our debut album. We'll drop a single in June, followed by interstate tours and another tour of New Zealand.

Australian music is?

A healthy mix of sounds and subcultures that is a reflection of many different influences from around the world.

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Fat Picnic
New

Artist

Fat Picnic

Roots (sublime, Ben Harper, The Cat Empire, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

VanderAa
New

Artist

VanderAa

Dance, Indie, Pop, Roots (VanderAa Band, Vanlife, Light Of Love, ...)

Darwin, NT

Tijuana Cartel

Featured Artist

2011

11

Apr

Tijuana Cartel

Gold Coast, QLD

Tijuana Cartel serve up a tasty mix of world music and club beats. These Gold-Coast-based tour addicts are renowned for their live shows and tight production.

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

We started as a couple of guitars. Since then, with the aid of a few computers, synthesizers and a few few more musicians, we've managed to weave our way into some sort of Indy- Electronica-world-music movement. It sort of just happened. We love our beats and our bass. There's now five of us making what ever it is we make.

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

We snuck into the Hoodo Gurus over 18's section at a show they played at Fishermans wharf on the gold coast, somewhere in the 1990's. I remember being in the middle of the mosh pit wondering why people would go to all this trouble to jump on each other. I was in awe of the Hoodo Guru's front man, they were a killer band live. It was also my first memory of being served at a bar, and my first memory of a hangover.

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

I'm generally bad at taking advice. My old man once said 'Advice is worth what you pay for it', or something like that. Gonzalez's (our percussionist) Dad once told him never to go into the music business if you want some sort of stable life, he was probably right.

Tell us about the bands and people in the QLD music scene that inspire you.

There's a real mixed bag of bands we're into in QLD. 'The Death Set' who are now based in the US were a favorite from the Gold Coast. Dan who plays drums and sings for 'The Death Set' has been a real inspiration.He has that perfect punk attitude of doing things as real and raw as he can, I've spent my whole musical career trying to emulate a little bit of that. There's something basic and sexual in good music - Dan has that quality in everything he does. We love 'OKA', a world music band who have recently taken on some heavier dub influences. We play gigs with them all over the place. They helped us out quite a bit when we started. "A French Butler Called Smith' are another quirky favorite from the Gold Coast. One more I'd mention from back in th 90's is a band named 'The Julian Date' they really inspired a large crop of musicians from the very small Gold Coast music scene. We love seeing other musicians living that dream, even though it often ends in tears and bankruptcy. There's nothing like a little passion.

What’s coming up in 2011?

We have a new album coming in the second half of the year, and more touring.

Australian music is?

Grouse.

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