Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop
The Kite String Tangle is the experimental solo project of alternative electronic artist Danny Harley. He's one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be taking his warm ethereal beats and striking vocals to the Falls stage in Byron Bay.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
'The Kite String Tangle' originally started with me just making some ambient music with no drums and no vocals. Stuff to sleep to. Since then though I've been writing all sorts of stuff and I guess I've sort of found a home in down tempo electronic music.
You’re one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can Falls punters in Byron expect from The Kite String Tangle live show?
It's going to be me up on stage playing a bunch of different samplers, keyboards and pads and singing. Kind of a similar set up to TEED, Elizabeth Rose, Robert Delong or Oliver Tank.
What are you most looking forward to about the festival?
CAMPING! I haven't been camping since last summer. It's been way too long.
What are your plans for The Kite String Tangle in 2014?
I'm releasing my debut EP in February or early March and then probably doing another tour and possibly heading over to SXSW. There's a lot of really cool things in the pipeline for TKST next year but I can't mention them just yet....but I'm so excited.
If you had to make one new years resolution, what would it be?
Hmmmm....I really want to knuckle down and focus on making music a viable career path for me. I think that'll be my New Years resolution :-)
Australian music is…?
…in the eye of the world at the moment. So many other places are looking to Australia to see what comes out of it next. It's a musical gold mine right now.View Profile Hide Interview
Adelaide 3-piece Flamingo blend soulful pop melodies with lush friendly beats to make you sway, swoon and smile.
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.View Profile Hide Interview
Mildura-Swan Hill, NSW
From the moment the words of Naughty By Nature hit Philly's ears, one thing in his life was certain, hip hop was the only way of life for him. Check out our interview with triple j unearthed's NIMA winner Philly from Mildura.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I grew up listening to hip-hop artists such as Naughty By Nature and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince which is why I love making upbeat, motivational, feel good and uplifting type music, I also grew up listening to a lot of country music which is a reason why I like telling stories through music and Tupac has been a huge influence on me coming up and because of that I'm also on a conscious tip, I guess with all of these elements I'm still trying to find a balance so I'm still developing as an artist but I'm finding my sound more and more each day and I will perfect my craft in the near future.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The greatest source of inspiration as of late has been my people and my family, when I first started making music it was just for fun but now that I've become more conscious of what my people (the Indigenous Australians) have been through and what we are still going through today it really inspires me to help any way i can and music is the best way I know how.
What can punters expect from a Philly live show?
Honestly I don't plan my set, I don't plan transitions and sometimes change the order of my tracks during my set so it's a surprise for everyone myself included but one thing I can guarantee is that you can expect a lot of energy and crowd interaction.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I can remember receiving was "just have fun" I can't remember who it was from because I've been given so much advice from so many people since i started but it really stuck with me.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
A track that comes to mind straight away is Treaty by the legendary Yothu-Yindi, it has a deep message behind it but you can't help but to dance to it and I'm a bit of a clown so whoever it is that's upset will definitely get a full performance of me getting my boogy on while singing along to it.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
An Australian track that I can think of to bring them emotions out would have to be Took The Children Away by Archie Roach, the combination of Uncle Archies voice and the message he brings with it is very heavy and you can tell from the emotion in his words that its coming from his heart, this song will definitely touch everyone.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Holdin On by Flume the mans a genius and that track always gets my head bumpin'
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I actually haven't been to much gigs in Melbourne that I haven't been a part of and I've had a ridiculous amount of gigs so far this year and everyone of them were fun I definitely have to catch a gig soon though sometimes it's good just being in the audience and I'm hoping that will be my homie L-Fresh because I haven't caught any of his gigs yet but I've been meaning to.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Mildura music community that inspire you.
Mildura has a pretty cool scene when it comes to music I've been to a couple gigs there that are mostly heavy metal which I'm not the biggest fan of but I have a lot of friends that ask me to come along and support them, our hip-hop scene is small but is growing slowly which is great. WZRDKID are dope as you might know and I have a couple other friends that are crazy talented when it comes to rap they call themselves Dismal & Grim1 they haven't released anything yet but I promise I'll push them to get something out.
What are your plans for Philly in 2014?
Release an album and go on tour they're my top priority as an artist right now, I have a long way to go so this year I want to build my fan base then take it even further next year.View Profile Hide Interview
Producing colourful music for a grey world; Melodics fuse new wave, synthpop, 2 tone and hip-hop, and have painted a fluorescent foundation across Australia.
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?
Oh we kinda dabble in jazzy blues, fusion, dub, reggae, grime country punk, hardcore, classical, indie, pop, metal acoustic hip-hop, Nu-jazz, grind-core, disco-rock, progressive power-pop afro-beat thrash, bluegrass, ghettotech, jungle-grunge with a twist of experimental surf techno trip-hop trance gothic glam.
Tell us about your live show?
Bad arse rock/electro fatties, new wave hip-hop goodness, 80’s wailing sax and synth solos, post-punk chants and a bunch o’ collabs such as guitarists, rappers, visual artists and traditional Taiko drummers.
What were you all doing before this?
Most of us met in the corridors of Music College, studying classical and jazz heaviness. We got into a room together and began the long process of shaking off this education that took so long in the first place. A little ironic really.
What’s coming up in the future?
We’re half way through our national tour, which is supporting the launch of our album, 4d. We’re then jumping on some dates with Jackson Jackson, heading to Perth and Adelaide as well as a Melbourne show at the Corner Hotel. After that we are gonna begin pre-production on our second record, which is gonna be FFFFFFFFAAAAAATTTTTTTTT!!! (we hope.)
Australian music is?
Music. I don’t like to differentiate Australia with anywhere else in that sense, I think that causes more alienation. Music is so personal and individual for each band or musician and while we are always influenced by what’s around us I think globalization and the rise of the Internet means that we are influenced by the whole flipping universe.View Profile Hide Interview