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freya dv
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freya dv

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

CHALKK.
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Artist

CHALKK.

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Female, Drum, Electronic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Slum Sociable
New

Artist

Slum Sociable

Electronic, Indie (#LOFO #Jazz #Hop)

Melbourne, VIC

Stax Osset
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Stax Osset

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

Melbourne, VIC

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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GOVS

Featured Artist

2014

3

Nov

GOVS

( )

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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Dugong Jr
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Dugong Jr

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (bass, Electronica)

Melbourne, VIC

The Boy and the Bird
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THE HATED
New

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THE HATED

Hip Hop (rap, hip hop, byron bay, ...)

North Coast, NSW