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Gemini Downs
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Gemini Downs

Indie, Pop (sweet, Indie, Pop)

South East SA, SA

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Echo and the Empress

Indie, Pop (Paul Simon, sarah blasko, Echo-like, ...)

Adelaide, SA

The Salvadors

Featured Artist

2010

18

Jan

The Salvadors

Adelaide, SA

Fun indie pop that will bring a smile to your face. Having supported much loved acts such as The Panics, British India, Little Red, Bluejuice, triple j Unearthed have also selected them for a spot on the Laneway Festival lineup.

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

Each member of The Salvadors has very different musical influences. The sound that we create seems to be the happy medium between these influences - a unique compromise. We tell quirky stories that are larglely open ended...stories about Chilean discoteque dwelers, ten pin bowlers and sharing smokes with James Dean. We hope the listener fills in the blanks and interprets the tale as they wish.

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

Generally whenever we have an important show something goes wrong. Last month at our EP launch Cat’s keyboard packed it in 5 minutes before we started and Eugene forgot to wear his trousers. Apart from this our live show is raw, honest and full of energy.

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

Eddy Current Suppression Ring will no doubt be genius, and I’ve heard Black Lips know how to entertain a crowd. And The Middle East considering they were Unearthed by JJJ.

What’s coming up in the future?

More interstate shows, a new EP/album and by all accounts, rising sea levels which is a bit of a worry to be honest. Unless you have gills.

Australian music is?

This is a tough question. We like alot of Australian music. There are alot of small bands around that have the ability to be superstars which is an exciting thing.

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The Transatlantics

Featured Artist

2008

17

Nov

The Transatlantics

( )

Adelaide, SA

The Transatlantics are of the most face-melt’n, back-sweat’n, hand-clappin’ and hip-droppin’ live acts around.

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

We have always had a very clear vision of what we want to achieve. Everyone in the band has always been into soul/funk music, but being from Australia I guess we originally thought that we couldn’t pull off that music authentically, without actually having lived in the 60’s! When we first heard some of the Desco (now Daptone) and Soulfire releases, we realized that creating authentic deep funk today is not only possible by kids like us, but that people are into it in a big way. Since then, we’ve set about creating the most authentic deep funk sound we can. We are still working on that sound, but we are much closer now than when we started!

Tell us about the band - and your 4 piece horn section!

Because we draw heavily on the sounds of old-school funk, it is important for us to have a similar lineup to the bands that come from that era and that really means having a minimum of 8 people. We are very lucky to have a really diverse bunch of musicians who each bring a lot to the band’s sound. We have all played together a bunch in different projects for a number of years and so we feel very comfortable playing with each other. We also reckon we’ve got one of the best singers going around. Keep your eye out for Tara Lynch.

Are you influenced by the new soul revival OS?

Absolutely! It’s great to see people buying soul/funk records again. We think an important aspect of the soul revival is the emphasis being placed back onto live performance. In a world of superstar DJ’s its easy to forget that the music they spin is mostly performed by real bands or based on samples of the same. The deep funk and soul revival overseas and in Australia has gone a long way to bringing back super-heavy raw performance of dance music. Let’s face it - bands (particularly of the 8 piece variety) are a shitload more fun than one dude with a laptop and some decks.

What's coming up in the future?

Our debut full length album is due for release early in the new-year and we will be hitting the road in February to promote it. We are already looking at going to Memphis to record our next album in late 2009, so stay tuned!

Australian music is?

In the unique position of being able to observe what’s happening in the US and in Europe and to draw on both equally to create individual music with an Aussie touch. That, and Shannon Noll.

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The Honey Pies

Featured Artist

2012

9

Jan

The Honey Pies

Adelaide, SA

Charming young Adelaide 4-piece The Honey Pies are one of the winners of our Big Day Out competition. They'll be delivering their fuzzy retro-tinged pop to the Adelaide Big Day Out on Friday February 3rd.

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

Our music I think is basically our own little spin on British guitar-pop stuff. It's still developing all the time I think! I want to be one of those bands like Pavement where after they've put out a body of work you can really watch them mutate over time, where each album is like a chapter in a story. I always find the idea of a "sound" a bit boring... I think you can become to pre-occupied with a "sound" and forget to ask yourself if it sounds any good. Lots of sounds are great, if they're done well.

You’re the Adelaide winners of our BIG DAY OUT competition. What can BIG DAY OUT revelers expect from The Honey Pies live show?

Well, there's actually been a bit of a mix-up with the whole Kanye West thing. He's not coming to Adelaide anymore but his entire entourage and stage production is still coming - they weren't able to cancel the freight at such late notice or something - and so basically rather than let it go to waste we're hopefully going to use all of Kanye's backup dancers, pyrotechnics, costumes etc. We haven't run it past the organisers yet but I'm sure it will be cool with them.

What are you most looking forward to about the Adelaide BIG DAY OUT on Feb 3rd? Who are you psyched to see?

I really want to see Best Coast and if I were on the east coast (which is apparently the best coast) I'd be front-centre for Kanye West, cause I'm a closet Yeezy-guy. I haven't been to the last two Big Day Outs actually so it'll be nice to rekindle that fire. Nice sunny day. Drinks. Friends. Great music. It's always a lot of fun.

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

My uncle is a film director and he gets young directors coming up to him and saying "How do I get into film?" and he gets annoyed because he feels that with today's technology film is a lot more accessible than when he was starting out. So while he would scrimp and save to buy a graveyard shift in a professional editing suite, today people can buy off-the-shelf software and do it all themselves at home - And yet, they don't. There's no excuse anymore to sit around waiting for someone to hand it to you. I apply the same advice to music, I just feel like we're musicians and we should just shut up and make music, even if we have to do it all ourselves. We live in a time that allows us to do that, so let's do it.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We're playing once a month or so in Adelaide. Playing with Deerhoof next week, hopefully some other cool supports later in the year. We're recording our third record later in the year. We'd like to make it interstate once or twice in the year and we even have friends in Japan and Texas who are trying to get us to come over and if we were to come into a little money I think we'd really love to do that. The true answer is that I don't really know. If you'd asked me in November what we were doing in 2012 I wouldn't have known we were playing the Big Day Out. Who knows.

Australian music is…?

...gurt by sea?

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City Riots

Featured Artist

2008

22

Sep

City Riots

( )

Adelaide, SA

The indie four-piece from Adelaide is having an incredibly busy year so far. After playing the Big Day Out and Fuse Festival in Adelaide, the band flew overseas last May to play the Great Escape Festival in the UK.

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

A combination of different musical backgrounds and influences within the 4 members inspired by world travels, lost love, late nights and life on the road lending itself to different musical ideas constructed around an affection for strong melody and jangly guitars.

You've already played some great gigs - what have been the highlights?

The past year has been incredibly busy for the band and we have had the opportunity to play some great shows. Highlights include playing the Amplifier bar in Perth when Robert Smith along with his entourage came to the show. He heard about us through his niece who is a fan of City Riots. Other highlights include playing the opening night of the Great Escape Festival in the UK to a packed house as well as playing Summerfest in Wisconsin to a sea of people right before The Bravery came on and playing the Big Day Out in Adelaide earlier this year.

What's the Adelaide scene like?

We’ve been away on tour in the UK and US for the majority of this year, but whenever we get back home we notice more and more great new Adelaide bands popping up and playing around the place. It seems like every couple of weeks, there is another band that we see online with a lot to offer. Adelaide has always been a notoriously hard city to gain national exposure from, often living in the shadows of the bigger capital cities. It’s most probably, a combination of a smaller population and lot of the music industry being based on the east coast. With so many great venues and great new bands to play with (and cheaper rent!!) we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else just yet!

What's coming up in the future?

We have lots of new songs that we have begun to work into the live set. We had the opportunity to record demos of these new tracks while on tour in the US giving us the chance to work on new material while on the road. We’ll be heading back to the US in early 2009 to begin work on our first full length release. In the meantime, we have a new EP out on November 1st which features the track ‘Burning Me Out’, which was recorded and mixed in the US in between tour dates. It also features a remix by Alex Suarez from Cobra Starship of our track Signs. As for tours, we’ll be playing a run of shows with Something with Numbers in October and November.

Australian music is?

Strong and always has been a great musical culture to be apart of.

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Shiny Brights

Featured Artist

2008

11

Dec

Shiny Brights

( )

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide indie kids THE SHINY BRIGHTS were born in a riverside warehouse amongst an army of used whitegoods. They play hands in the air indie rock that will drive you wild! They've already shared the stage with the Wombats and Apollo Heights so are sure to be in their element when the play the Adelaide BDO!

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Tell us about your music and how you formed?

Basically we are all mates from way back – we just got together from being in similar social circles. Our music has been described as up-beat and energetic. Our live show like a bull in a china shop.

What can the audience expect from you at Big Day Out?

Expect flailing limbs, a guitarist standing on a drum kit and something reminiscent of 5 x ADHD’s on a bouncy castle.

You’ve already played some impressive supports, what has been your highlight?

Playing with bands that inspire us is always amazing, but the highlight so far was definitely The Wombats gig. The crowd was great and The Wombats were awesome guys – we finished of the night necking a bottle of gin courtesy of Tord. That’s gotta be a highlight.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at the Big Day Out?

We’re massive Arctic Monkeys fans, that will be amazing – and Neil Young of course!

What’s coming up in the future?

To play BDO will be overwhelming to say the least. Busy times ahead; we have Southbound Festival, Clipsal 500 After Race Concert and the Fuse Festival on the cards and a new recording to come in 2009 as well.

Australian music is?

Underrated! It’s something to be proud of.

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swimming

Featured Artist

2013

20

May

swimming

( )

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide trio Swimming are all about off-beat rhythms, R&B-influenced harmonies, and creating a vast sense of space.

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

Our music is a mixture of all of our favourite sounds; lots of pop and R&B-influenced harmonies, deep bass and keyboard sounds, and rhythms that are hard to arrange, but fun to play. The sound developed in 2011, when we first came together to play at a friend’s collaboration night. We had offers to play gigs and thought we should continue practicing and make the most of the opportunity. Our songs combine little ideas that grow into something bigger. Each of us have something different to add to the sound, which makes playing and creating new music incredibly refreshing and enjoyable.

What’s a Swimming live show like?

We like to be as genuine as possible and treat the whole performance like an opportunity to hang out with the audience. We want to make them feel as involved and happy to be there as we are. There's a lot of moving around on stage and instrument swapping, but we feel that's all a part of the live performance and something that makes us a little unique.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you?

Adelaide is full of inspirational people and we've been lucky to work with and be close to a lot of them. Our dear friends Naomi Keyte (Gold Bloom, Transatlantics) and Lachlan Wilson (Steering by Stars) as well as the boys from Sparkspitter - they all inspire us daily. Ross McHenry - he works so hard for the pure joy of making amazing music, he is a total inspiration, and the same can be said of Oisima. All the Format kids - musicians, artists, zine folk and supporters.

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

We've been told by a few people that we look like we're having a lot of fun during our live shows. It's true, we are! Its the best advice possible; to us that means keep doing that, keep enjoying it! A reminder of why we love playing music and how the feelings you get from watching or listening or playing music are so contagious.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We have a couple of shows in Melbourne and Hobart which will complete our east-coast album tour. We’re planning to release a remix EP a bit later in the year too, along with a film clip which is in the works. Aside from that, there’ll no doubt be more jamming and writing, and hopefully more music whenever we are ready.

Australian music is…?

…innovative and incredible! Australian music is what we listen to most and what makes us want to be musicians. The scene is small enough to be super supportive and friendly, and you can always count on someone to lend a hand or just give you a thumbs up for support. Australian music is unpretentious and our main aim is to just be part of this and to make music alongside the people we look up to, which is happening already.

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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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Horror My Friend

Featured Artist

2013

1

Apr

Horror My Friend

Adelaide, SA

Horror My Friend are a post-punk 3-piece with some fuzzy, frenetic and mighty fine tunes.

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

When we finished year 12, the bands that we were previously in had all broken up, so we all got together to jam. We had all played in fairly quiet bands before hand and wanted a change of pace in terms of sound, so we got out the overdrive and fuzz pedals and started playing loud music and we loved it. Around this time, we had all really started getting heavily into 90's bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, along with 90's influenced bands like Yuck and Violent Soho, so that's a big contributor too.

What’s the Horror My Friend live show like?

I think one of the most important things about playing live is just having fun and being enthusiastic, it's always a bit disappointing when you go see a band that you like and they're just standing and looking a bit bored. I guess we just try to have as much fun on stage as possible, throwing ourselves around in the heavy bits and stuff like that. When you get into it so does the crowd and if they're not getting into it we try to make it happen, by playing in the crowd or inciting stage invasions. The stage invasion thing only worked one time, at our single launch last year, there was a lot of drunk people and we had about 20 people up on this small stage for the last few songs, that was really fun...we'll make it happen again soon. Along with that, Josh and I swap between guitar/bass, as well as vocal duties, which is fun. You can also expect awkward banter.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you?

There's so much to talk about here, Adelaide has some great bands/people. Ride Into The Sun are one of our favourite bands in Adelaide and they're also our rehearsal space buds. They play this awesome Brian Jonestown Massacre/Black Angels Psych Rock and they do it so well, they're heading over to the US soon and playing at the Austin Psych Fest! Sincerely, Grizzly are really cool and doing so well! Great guys, although Josh Calligeros still owes us a 64.4kg Indonesian Swordfish for picking him up while he was drunk/stranded in town. Archers are awesome and Brain their guitarist has alot of fangirls. Also bands like Dead End Friends, Kids With Teeth, Animal House, Sleeptalker, Charlie Monsoon and Bad//Dreems are all awesome! Producer Matt Hills, great friend and a great producer. He puts up with our immaturity during recording and even plays some pretty good jokes on Al. Organisations and people like Fourwords, Cats, 5/4 Entertainment, Radio Adelaide, Rip It Up, 3D radio, Spoz's Rant and Play/Pause/Play.

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

Pretty much, you can't wait for good shows and opportunities to come to you, you have to make them happen. Play lots of shows when you start out, practice every week if not more, meet and talk to people in the industry/other bands and send lots of emails. That was from Banjo Weatharald (Jimmy and the Mirrors), before we had ever played a show.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

2013 is looking really exciting, we're doing a tour starting on the 5th of April , which includes three supports on the British India "Controller" tour and a bunch of shows up the east coast and Adelaide! In addition to this, we'll be releasing another single sometime in the next few months and hopefully starting work on an EP at the end of the year! It's gonna be good.

Australian music is…?

...pretty, pretty good.

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FLAMINGO (Adelaide)

Featured Artist

2013

18

Nov

FLAMINGO (Adelaide)

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Adelaide, SA

Adelaide 3-piece Flamingo blend soulful pop melodies with lush friendly beats to make you sway, swoon and smile.

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

I don’t think we’ve necessarily found our sound yet, at the moment we’re just trying out what ever we think sounds good and seeing where it goes. Between the three of us we have a very broad range of influences and we try to incorporate as much variety as possible.

What can the crowd expect from a Flamingo live show?

Even though we’re making electronic music we keep it as live as possible when we’re playing shows, we do a lot of instrument swapping and try and make it as fun an energetic as we can. We use some loops and samples but all the parts we think are integral to the song are played live. Our live show is pretty bulky; we use a couple of synths, tom drums, guitars, samplers and a bunch of other miscellaneous gear.

What are you guys doing when your not making music?

We all recently started playing 7-aside soccer. Fitness is a real issue but it’s still a lot of fun, even though we haven’t won a game yet and our best loss was 0-4.

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

There are a lot of really cool bands and artists going around Adelaide at the moment. We’re big fans of Swimming - they do an awesome job of making really minimal sounds but still keeping them interesting with great harmonies and melodies. Menagerie released an EP this year and that was awesome too. The guys at Four Words are also doing awesome things in Adelaide at the moment, they really seem to care about the music and are always putting on great shows and helping the scene grow.

What else is coming up for you in 2013 and then looking into 2014?

We are just about to start working on our first EP over the next few months, which we are really excited about. Then after that we’re keen to play a bunch of shows and hopefully get out to the east coast. We’re also playing with Bonobo in January, which is absolutely amazing because he’s a massive influence of ours.

Australian music is…?

...awesome! There is so much cool music being made in Australia these days and it’s really inspiring to be a part of it.

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Purpose

Featured Artist

2012

2

Jul

Purpose

Adelaide, SA

Purpose is an Adelaide MC/producer who has spent years building a name for himself in the Australian hip hop scene with an impressive series of mixtapes and group releases. Now he's finally ready to unleash his debut solo album.

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

In my bedroom. What you are hearing now is something I have honed literally since a kid and built up over time. I got hooked on hip-hop at 11, began writing rhymes at 12, started making beats at 16. From then on I started recording/learning how to put songs together, working with what I had and little bits of advice I would get from the older producers I knew. The plus side to not having very many opportunities available to you for such a long period of time is that by the time they arrive, you are ready.

What’s the Purpose live show like?

High energy and just good fun. In points it is quite intimate but that’s the way the music is geared and I thrive off that. At the end of the day I’m just there to turn the party out and hopefully it makes your night.

You're releasing your debut solo album in coming months, but have been pumping out mix-tapes and group releases for years. Why has it taken until now for a Purpose solo album?

I was always very conscious of a solo album being a statement of who you are. I was 16 on the first mixtapes and used them to teach myself the ropes and feel out what I liked but I was also using this time to figure out who I am and who I’m not. The best part about the new music is, if you know Ryan then everything Purpose does makes complete sense.

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

I have been fortunate enough to have been embraced by a lot of what I consider pioneers of the culture you see today, but the best advice I have given was from Bias B. He told me ‘this business is all about good people’ and it’s true. I will look out for a lot of people on the strength of who they are beyond their achievements in music and I know the feeling is mutual with the people you see me around.

What’s coming up in 2012?

2012 will see the release of my debut album ‘Where It Starts’ in Spring. I will release the 3rd single towards the end of the year and then tour hard. Basically this year is just about putting the album out and taking the music to the people. I can’t wait to tour the full album once it’s out just because the response interstate has already exceeded what I expected.

Australian music is...

...healthier than ever.

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Timberwolf

Featured Artist

2014

17

Nov

Timberwolf

Adelaide, SA

Timberwolf is the moniker of talented Adelaide singer-songwriter Chris Panousakis. He has a knack for writing gorgeous folk tunes and is gifted with a voice to match.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I used to play along to lots of blues; Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix and Dire Straits, but also wrote lots about my reflective mind and how it all feels...I realised my lyrics and songwriting were far more cryptic and dreamy, so the two worlds are still slowly coming together. Playing live has been great way for me to develop my sound, I think it quickly forces you to learn about your strengths and weaknesses as a songwriter. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Self reflection, visual texture and the chance to empower people the same ways in which I have been through song.
 
What can punters expect from a Timberwolf live show?
Spooky falsetto, lots of guitar and a wall of harmonies.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Whilst it's important to stay open minded and creative, make sure you're writing music that is true to yourself because it will always be the  most authentic and sincere - Mark Myers.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Blood' by The Middle East, for finding the beauty in sadness.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'World Of Sun' by Stolen Violin.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Down Under' by Men At Work.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went to see Jesse Davidson play over Halloween, shit got weird. There were crayons, vodka, I think I even lost my wallet...He's a bad influence.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
There's a fast-growing sense of community in the young Adelaide music scene, with the likes of Bad//Dreems, T-Kay and Jesse Davidson doing particularly great things. It's a super inspiring time in general to be based down South, there's a definite buzz.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
I'll finish off 2014 on the East Coast, touring the new single around Festival Of The Sun. The new EP will drop early in 2015 too, just in time for WOMADelaide. Amongst some more touring, hopefully I can sneak in some more songwriting. A film clip would be nice too.

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Firs
New

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Firs

Electronic, Pop (Adelaide, South Australia, Electronic, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Collarbones
New

Artist

Collarbones

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop

Adelaide, SA

Artis
New

Artist

Artis

Dance, Electronic (artisbeats, Artis)

Adelaide, SA

Courts and Kings
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Artist

Courts and Kings

Indie, Pop (Adelaide, courts & kings, courtsandkings, ...)

Adelaide, SA

StormSet
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Artist

StormSet

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Ethereal, CSS, Ms Mr, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Brokers
New

Artist

Brokers

Electronic (Jazz, Electronic, Chill)

Adelaide, SA

Urtekk
New

Artist

Urtekk

Dance, Electronic (Live electronic music, Live, Electronic, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Patchwerk

Featured Artist

2008

8

Mar

Patchwerk

( )

Adelaide, SA

This Adelaide fella spent time being a part of the Perth music scene before heading home to the city of churches. He blends bits of jazz and funk, throws in a whole lot of beats and breaks and comes up with the goods.

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Describe your music...

... a patchwork of musical genres stitched together with beats both broken and straight.

Why the move from Adelaide to Perth?

Originally to fulfill my wife's study ambitions, but she developed new aspirations while we were there, and now we're back in Adelaide near friends and family with a baby daughter in tow.

What is the local electronic scene in Perth like?

My sojourn was brief but I was impressed to note the support of local original artists through such avenues as the radio programme 'The Caffeine Show', and the Swan Hotel's 'Electro Lounge Nights'.

How do you know when a song is finished?

I listen to the track over and over again in ever expanding loops until I can eventually listen to the track as a whole loop without cringing. Then I take it for a ride in my car, on my mP3 player, and to friends' stereos to check the mix and listen to it out of context. I smooth out the bumps, let it lie for a week, and then if I can still listen to it without cringing, it's finished.

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

Conversation with a Chinese room-mate in the dormitory of a Sydney backpackers … Backpacker: 'What do you want from life? Me: 'To be happy.' Backpacker: ' Are you happy all the time?' Me: 'No.' Backpacker: ' Then why try to be happy? Happiness comes and goes. Work on something else, and sometimes you will be happy.'

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

The Pressure Drop: The Best of Toots & the Maytals Watching 'This Is England'.

What have you got planned for the future?

Finish my Primary School Teaching Degree mid year. Enjoy being a father. Infect as many kids as possible, including my own, with the desire to explore the diverse world of music.

Australian music is...

... whatever you want it to be.

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Joshy Willo

Featured Artist

2011

28

Mar

Joshy Willo

( )

Eyre Peninsula, SA

Joshy Willo has won the opportunity to open our free all-ages One Night Stand concert on Saturday April 2nd in Tumby Bay, SA with Birds of Tokyo, Art vs Science, and The Jezabels!

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

Music has always been a large part of who I am and something that I can’t see ever changing. My home town of Elliston, on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula has, for as long as I can remember, had a strong “recreational” music scene. Jamming is pretty much a social outing. Due to Elliston’s isolation regular paying gigs are generally the exception, not the rule. I suppose in one sense that has made sure that I play music for the love of it but at the same time is probably the same reason I’ve never taken it seriously enough to pursue music formally or as a profession. My day jobs pay the bills and music keeps me sane. To be completely honest I think my sound is perhaps unintentional/accidental? It’s just what comes out. Maybe more instinctual rather than me consciously “developing” a song in a certain direction. Typically I’ll have ideas/rhymes/melodies pop into my head when I’m driving a tractor or boat or when I’m having some downtime and I’ll quickly get my voice recorder out and put them down. The Eyre Peninsula has some absolutely beautiful natural environments and coastline and as all my work is outdoors, either at sea or on land, I’m constantly surrounded by it. That definitely permeates into my writing. I love acoustic instruments and mellow easy listening tunes but I also thoroughly enjoy sneaking a good reggae groove into some of my songs.

You’re the winner of our One Night Stand competition. What are you most hoping to get out of attending and playing One Night Stand?

I’m absolutely stoked with the One Night Stand competition win. It’s an amazing opportunity for my music to reach a large audience and fresh ears. Exposure. Personally, it’s a bit bloody scary but I’m really excited and looking forward to it. Pumped. Umm... afterwards I don’t really know what to expect. It has definitely opened my eyes to the possibility that perhaps I could make a living off of music, which has always been a dream, but at the same time there’s no need to get ahead of myself. My main objective is to have a great time and present my music as best I can.

What are your earliest memories of seeing and hearing Australian music around The Eyre Peninsula?

Mainly just local musicians and friends playing their original or cover music. Being so isolated not many big names have got out our way. Earliest ones I can remember would be maybe Testeagles in Port Lincoln. Eyre Peninsula residents are very used to travelling to Adelaide or further to catch their favourite bands or festivals. That is precisely why the One Night Stand is such a big deal on the Eyre Peninsula.

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

“If you’re gonna do something, do it properly.” – I like that one. That’s definitely a quote from my Dad. Ha ha.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Well originally I was going to travel through the USA and Canada for the first half of the year. Drive some tractors in Canada and hopefully play some gigs and get some of my CDs out there. But I got a phone call in San Francisco for this One Night Stand show and bolted back to Oz! The plan was to start recording my second album when I got home in July/August but now I’ll get to start on that sooner and also get to play the biggest gig I’ve ever been involved in! So yeah, fair trade-off I reckon. Canada can wait.

Australian music is?

Underrated! To be honest I’ve probably been a bit naïve to this until recently too. We have some top shelf musicians locally on the Eyre Peninsula and in the past that’s generally all we get exposed to in the way of new Australian made music. I mean in Elliston we don’t have access to triple j on the radio. We listen to the Hottest 100 via internet streaming and satellite radio on Australia Day. There are a couple hills on our farm where you can juuuust get triple j on the radio in the tractor when the weather is good but that’s are patchy at best. Without brown-nosing too much I’d say triple j is doing wonders for Australian music, especially the Unearthed website. Ever since I uploaded my songs I’ve found myself regularly searching the website for Unearthed artists that I’ve heard on the radio or that mates have recommended.

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