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Nocturnal Tapes
New

Artist

Nocturnal Tapes

Dance, Electronic (nocturnal tapes, Electronica, Yamba, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Caravãna Sun
New

Artist

Caravãna Sun

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

Sydney, NSW

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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Dusty Boots
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Dusty Boots

Indie, Roots (# Roots # blues #Indie #coastalfolk)

North Coast, NSW

The Moving Stills
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Artist

The Moving Stills

Indie, Pop, Rock (#Alternative, #indie, #chill, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

GILL BATES

Featured Artist

2015

7

Sep

GILL BATES

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane-based MC Gill Bates is one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be playing the triple j Unearthed showcase this Thursday, September 10, at Oh Hello in Fortitude Valley.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I make what I feel and use what ever sounds I feel is right
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life
 
You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be performing at the triple j Unearthed showcase on Thursday, September 10. What can punters expect from your live show?
Good Vibes and Energy
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Don't ever let someone else tell you what you can or cant do...No one knows your heart, your mindset and your determination better than yourself - Fortafy
 
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?
Strictly Speaking @ The Foundry. The show was full of energy, lots of talent out here
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Finish my EP

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Nikita Rolleston
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Nikita Rolleston

Indie, Pop, Roots (Elena Tonra, Ben Howard, Tracy Chapman, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Rubens

Featured Artist

2011

31

Oct

The Rubens

( )

Sydney, NSW

The Rubens are a 4-piece from the tiny town of Menangle, NSW. The 3 brothers and 1 childhood friend are responsible for some of the finest soul-soaked blues in the country. Super smooth!

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

Our music is all about soul.. We wanted to create something new, a kind of blend of genres, so we started writing songs that were heavily influenced by early blues and soul... It is really simple and easy to create our sound, we use lots of reverb and tremolo, organ sounds, and hip-hop influenced drums. We write and record our songs in our bedroom at home which definitely contributes to our raw and relaxed sound.

What’s The Rubens live show like?

Soaked in reverb and warm tremolo guitar tones with underlying classic blues organ sounds.

The Rubens are from Menangle, a regional NSW town. What’s it like being a band in Menangle?

As far as we know, we are the only band in Menangle, and we're pretty sure no one knows or cares that we are in a band. Menangle is 10 minutes down the road from a larger town called Camden, there's pubs and restaurants there but not really a music scene. This means we travel into Sydney most weekends to play our shows. Its quite a good thing being out in the countryside while writing music; not so many distractions.

What are the best and worst things about ¾ of the band being brothers?

Good things: Conveniently being in the same house to rehearse and write. Being completely comfortable criticising each others musical ideas. Maybe one day we could have a gallagher brothers kind of feud with a bust up on stage.... good publicity. Bad Things: We don't always get along, just your typical sibling rivalry and such. Each of us has certain annoying habits.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2011 and looking to 2012?

We've got some really exciting stuff in the pipeline. We are heading to Brisbane and Melbourne for shows in december which will be great as we haven't played there yet. 2012 is going to be a big one for The Rubens! We're heading over to New York in January to record our debut album. We've got a really big producer on board so hopefully come march 2012 we will have a great album ready to go!

Australian music is…?

...A good idea...ha ha. Australian music is great though, and most good bands coming out these days owe a lot to Triple J and Unearthed. In such a tough industry artists are given the opportunity to be discovered and thats great. Its helped us so far!

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Minorfear
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Minorfear

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

Central Coast, NSW

Happy Hour
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Happy Hour

Indie, Pop, Rock (Pop, Indie, surf, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

KIT WATTS
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Artist

KIT WATTS

Pop, Roots (Soul, Pop, Power, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

El Grande
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Artist

El Grande

Indie, Rock, Roots

Illawarra, NSW

Joe Mungovan
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Artist

Joe Mungovan

Indie, Pop, Roots (Indie, Pop, folk)

Illawarra, NSW

Fantanna
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Artist

Fantanna

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Surf Rock, surf pop, grunge, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Hockey Dad

Featured Artist

2014

15

Dec

Hockey Dad

( )

Illawarra, NSW

Fuzzed-out surf pop duo Hockey Dad have capped off a huge year by winning our Falls Festival competition. You can catch these Leisure Coast legends on stage at Falls in Byron Bay this New Years Eve.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's really hard to determine how we developed our sound, as it was never forced. The music we listen to would have to be an obvious influence, although I think being best mates for 13 years has really inspired us to to write songs that simply just feel natural to us. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Our ridiculous tastes in music. We could be jamming out to Aretha Franklin, and a moment later we'd throw on some Beastie Boys and fire up. I think we've slowly become more open minded with the songs we listen to, which is cool. There's always something to take from every genre.
 
You’re the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can punters at Falls in Byron Bay expect from the Hockey Dad live show?
Being regular punters ourselves, we've always been watching bands having the time of their lives at epic festivals, so we're unbelievably stoked to finally be having a dig ourselves! For the legends that come see us... you can expect blood, sweat and beers... sprinkled with cheeky grins and a few brand new songs!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When we were chilling with the Duniez fellas down the coast one weekend, Danny was chatting with us about the decision to not have a bass player. The one thing we remember from that night, was him saying "You guys just do what you want to do, don't worry about what other people want. As long as you're having fun, people will be diggin it." 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mylee Grace & Ozzy Wrong - 'Lady Lady Lady'. I don't think it's possible to listen to this song without smiling and bopping your head around. We're massive fans of their playful lyrics and overall vibe. Close your eyes and drift away to your own little world full of rainbows, watermelons and sunshine.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bad Dreems - 'My Only Friend'. A real heartbreaker from a bunch of boofheads. Who said that true blue Aussie battlers can't be emotional? Sometimes we all need a Hi-Vis covered shoulder to lean on. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Midnight Oil - 'Beds Are Burning'. Fair dinkum, mate.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our new mates The Moving Stills played at our managers bar in the 'Gong recently. It's so sick to see young dudes who are setting goals and are stoked to be playing shows. Keep an ear out for these legends.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
Wollongong is becoming such a tight little community of musicians, it's epic. Pretty much it's just all about hanging with your bruzzies and getting stoked on each other's music. After all, that's what being in a band is all about.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 will be purely dedicated to the All Aussie Adventures of Hockey Dad, which is super exciting. Other than recording our next release throughout January, then touring with bruzzies DZ Deathrays and legends Bass Drum Of Death shortly afterwards, it's all up in the air at the moment. Although I'm sure we'll keep writing songs, playing shows and frothing out.

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HUSKY

Featured Artist

2011

7

Mar

HUSKY

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Husky are the winners of our Push Over competition. They'll be joining the likes of Illy, Oh Mercy, Gold Fields, Stonefield, The Tongue and many more at The Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne on Sunday March 13th.

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

Gideon (keys) and I are cousins. We grew up listening to the records we found in our parents record collections like Bob Dylan, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen. All the guys in the band have different taste in music and they all influence our sound, but now after playing together for a while when we put together a new song we seem to all want to take it in a similar direction. It's always about the song and what part or arrangement or sound is best for the song.

You’re one of the winners of our Push Over competition. What are you most hoping to get out of attending and playing the 2011 Push Over Festival?

Push Over is so much a part of the Melbourne music festival scene. It's been around for as long as I can remember. We're looking forward to sharing the stage with such amazing artists and looking forward to seeing them play too! We just want to put on a great show and be part of a great festival!

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

Hearing Paul Kelly play How to Make Gravy for the first time!

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

Listen. Miles Davis.

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

The guys in my band inspire me constantly. There are so many good bands and songwriters in this country. Our good friends Tinpan Orange, Rescue Ships, The Adventure Spirit, Ainslie Wills and Timothy Carroll have been inspiring us lately.

What’s coming up in 2011?

We'll be releasing our new album 'Forever So' very soon. We've got Push Over on March 13 which we're really excited about. We'll be spending a lot of time touring all over the country over the next few months. We can't wait!

Australian music is?

...full of undiscovered and amazing artists who inspire us and make us proud to be part of the Australian music community.

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CARRA

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CARRA

Roots, Rock (The Doors, Johnny Cash, John Butler Trio)

Sydney, NSW

Kim Churchill
New

Artist

Kim Churchill

Indie, Roots (neil young, Led Zepplin, jeff lang, ...)

South East NSW, NSW