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peter sonic
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peter sonic

Electronic, Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

I Know Leopard

Featured Artist

2014

5

May

I Know Leopard

( )

Sydney, NSW

I Know Leopard are a Sydney five-piece making celestial, ‘70s inspired pop tunes with an unintentional penchant for pulling heart strings.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Collectively, we have a pretty wide variety of musical influences but the most important thing to us has always been the feels. For us, a song has to give you those warm, heady feelings in order for it to work. A big influence for I Know Leopard has come from a lot of the ballady, sunshine pop of the 70's like The Beach Boys, 10cc and Electric Light Orchestra. There's something about the warm, tight rhythm sections and romantic melodies that really hits home for us. So I guess we chose to engage with that vibe and try to bring a modernity to it.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Probably our friends. We are lucky enough to belong to a tight knit community of artists, musicians and filmmakers here in Sydney. Over the years, we have continued to collaborate and inspire one another. Its a wonderful thing to feel a sense of belonging to a group of like-minded people. It drives you further creatively and makes it all the more worth it. That's what 'Hold This Tight' is all about essentially. We wrote that song as a kind of ode to friendship and a vow of devotion to our little collective.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The most memorable advice we ever received was from one of our best buddies Josh Moriarty from Miami Horror and All The Colours. We were discussing how, as an unsigned band, the music industry can be a bit of a jungle to navigate when you're starting out your career. His advice was as profound as it was succinct - "Nah, all you gotta do is keep making rad shit." True that, we all thought.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
An oldie but 'The song formerly known as' by Regurgitator has never failed to transform my day upon one listen.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Autoluminescent by Rowland S Howard. A devastatingly beautiful song by one of my favourite Australian artists ever. The melancholy in that voice coupled with the fragility evoked by the instrumentation is for me the ultimate tear-jerker.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Probably Uncertainty by Jagwar Ma. I've lost myself on the d-floor a couple of times recently to that one. Its got such a great hook and makes you shake your ass at the same time as sending you into a psychedelic trance. Good combo.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I went to was in Sydney but the band was actually a Melbourne outfit called Jimmy Tait. It was at this super cool, intimate little venue in Newtown called The Midnight Special. Uniquely, the stage there is split so that half the band plays on one side of the room and the other half plays on the other. Jimmy Tait were wonderful. Their songs were kind of like gothic tinged lullabies. The frontwoman's vocals were so effortlessly melodic and they just floated perfectly above the conversely dark and at times noise-esque vibe of the band. They were so enjoyable! I highly recommend.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Just as inspiring as all the amazing bands in Sydney are the venue bookers, managers and promoters who continue to put on gigs every week regardless of turnouts. It shows how much they do it for the love of music. A few years ago Sydney was experiencing a bit a lull in the live music scene but I think it's fast recovering thanks to all the new venues popping up around Sydney lately, giving more and more bands an outlet to present their work. As far as bands go, I really like it that Sydney doesn't have a signature sound. It is a city of largely disparate styles. We love Little Bastard, Battleships, The Laurels, Dappled Cities and our great comrades Rapids who have recently called it quits but have the most exciting new incarnation on the rise called 'Mossy' which is sure to blow everyone's minds.

What are your plans for I Know Leopard in 2014?
Well we just shot a clip for Daisy Eyes on the weekend so that will be out in a week or so.  Our EP, Illumina also drops on May 16th and we will be announcing a national tour to support it very soon! We have also been busy writing songs for a new record so we can't wait to bunker down in the studio once again.
 

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Camden
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Artist

Camden

Indie, Pop (Modernists, The Maccabees, orange juice, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Peter Dixon
New

Artist

Peter Dixon

Indie, Pop (John Mayer, Acoustic, City and colour, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Artist
New

Artist

Chad Blondel

Pop, Rock (John Mayer, Coldplay, radiohead, ...)

Perth, WA

Slowly Slowly

Featured Artist

2017

9

Oct

Slowly Slowly

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Ready to hear from your new favourite band? Melbourne punk rockers, Slowly Slowly bring you hard-hitting honesty, bitter-sweet melancholia and an explosion of sound with their new single, 'Aliens'.

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

I think we were looking for some ground between big hooky songs and something that facilitated my winding lyrical content. We had songs that lived on both sides of that fence and we were finding that the ones that hit a little closer to home, even though they didn’t necessarily have choruses, seemed to be resonating on stage with us and our audience. Personally, I always find myself falling in love with the more obscure solo songs on the albums I love, so I also wanted to build a home for something that could be loud, hooky and aggressive, but also considered and fragile.

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

On our new record I have adopted some instances of speaking from someone else’s perspective, but for the most part, my writing is very autobiographical. I also really respect the opinions of the other band members a lot, so I am always striving to impress them when I bring them a new song. 

What can punters expect from a Slowly Slowly live show?

I’d like to think we encourage a good singalong. Our Melbourne home shows especially, have such a community vibe around them. Our fans are very kind natured and look after each other in the pit. We are very lucky. I’d like to think everyone feels welcome and a  part of something.

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

My Dad told me once to never try and change anybody, just to find your people. It’s been ringing in my ears ever since. I think it extends to respectfully moving on and pulling yourself towards the things that make you happy. Don’t be a victim. Anyway - sorry, too heavy?

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

'Please Don’t Ask Me To Smile' by You Am I. Tim Rogers has such a beautiful earnest poetry about him. Riddled with nostalgic weight, but also charmingly uplifting. This song will make you remember what it was like to be young and smiling.

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

'Dilettantes' by You Am I. As far as Australian songwriters go I can’t go past Timmy to cure the waterworks and also to encourage them. The language in this song ties me up. It's a stunning tune that makes me think about life and death and everything in-between.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by Paul Kelly. Comon.

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

Caught our mates Tired Lion at The Corner Hotel a couple of weeks ago. Such a lovely vibe in the room and I just love watching Ethan play drums. Such a controlled player. 

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

There are so so many. Of course we have such a loving relationship with our friends in Ceres, Foley and The Pretty Littles. We also watch our friends in Neighbourhood Youth, Press Club, Clove, Self Talk and Turn South and are always blown away. We love the droll Australiana of The Slingers, a newly formed Melbourne band I have really been getting into. Love the tension on stage when Bench Press plays. Run Rabbit Run create such beautiful uplifting musical arrangement too. There are just so many. We are such little fish in a big pond. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We are going to release a new album, tour ourselves into the ground and hopefully get around some beautiful faces all across Australia. We feel so lucky to be able to do this and have people connecting with our music. 

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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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MDWS
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Artist

MDWS

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Rnb, Soul, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

The Steele Syndicate
New

Artist

The Steele Syndicate

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

Brisbane, QLD

May Lyn
New

Artist

May Lyn

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (#alternativernb #beats #electronic #future #atmosphericrnb #soul #pop)

Brisbane, QLD

Germein
New

Artist

Germein

Indie, Pop, Rock

Adelaide, SA

Georgia Germein

Artist

Matt Corby

Artist

Matt Corby

Indie, Pop (yay finally)

Sydney, NSW

NEW EMPIRE

Artist

NEW EMPIRE

Rock, Indie (new empire, Symmetry)

Sydney, NSW

Jordi James

Artist

E a s t
New

Artist

E a s t

Electronic, Indie (Chvrches, Ellie Goulding, The Wombats, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

The Belligerents

Featured Artist

2012

17

Sep

The Belligerents

( )

Brisbane, QLD

The Belligerents are an indie/dance 5-piece from Brisbane and one of the winners of our Parklife competition. They'll be whipping the early crowd into a frenzy at Parklife Brisbane on Saturday 29th September.

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

We all met because we were hooking up with each others sisters, which is kind of awkward. We started jamming on a few songs that Lewis had written and then slowly started finding our feet and developing our sound. We all have different influences and tastes in music and it all sort of falls into place when we play together. Our first EP is quite different from our latest one and I think that our sound is going to continue to evolve over time. Kind of like Pokemon just different.

You’re one of the winners of our PARKLIFE competition. What can Parklife punters expect from The Belligerents live show?

Smoke machines, full frontal nudity, strobe lights and fun in the sun for the whole family. We're gonna try our hardest to put on the absolute best live show we've ever played and make it worthwhile for the people that come and see us.

What most excites you about playing and attending Parklife 2012?

The line-up is massive and we're incredibly stoked to be a part of it. We love Tame Impala and I'm pretty sure Lewis and Andy have some weird/semi-creepy band crush on The Presets, so we're definitely going to have an awesome time watching them. It's also going to be a lot of fun playing on such a huge stage because we'll finally have room to move around and bust out our dance moves.

What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?

I only moved over here in 2007 so I think the first proper gig I went to was Splendour 2008, which was mind blowing. I can't remember much but I'm pretty sure it was one of the best festivals I've ever been to.

What’s coming up in 2012?

First of all Parklife!!! Then we’re playing Valley Fiesta in Brisbane with Arrested Development in October. After that we will be back on the road towards the end of the year around November for a tour support and we’ll also be going back into the studio later this year.

Australian music is...

...awesome, great, fantastic, super, sick as!

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JOY.

Featured Artist

2015

25

Jan

JOY.

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie beatsmith and vocalist JOY. is one of our Laneway competition winners and will be taking her dreamy pop creations to the Brisbane Showgrounds this Saturday, January 31.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound probably though experimenting on Ableton at ridiculous hours of the early morning on school nights instead of doing homework, but that more or less evolved from being a singer songwriter playing acoustic gigs earlier on. I've always played instruments and always liked to muck around on different instruments, and especially with pedals to try and adapt sounds etc. So then that kind of transferred over to the electronic side of things when I started producing, and the sound was just built from there.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I'm not really sure where I gain inspiration from to be honest, I've always played and written music growing up, so I've never really thought about it that much.

You're one of our Laneway competition winners. What can punters at Laneway in Brisbane expect from the JOY. live show?
A lot of dirty trap horns. Well, probably not. My set up is just me on stage solo pressing hundreds of buttons and hoping everything goes well. But I have heard I might be bringing a few special guests out.


What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"You don't make friends with salad" - Homer Simpson


What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Hayden James - Something About You

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Montgomery - Pinata or George Maple - Vacant Space (bc so beautiful)

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Peking Duk - High (ft. Nicole Millar)

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
OZfest at the Gold Coast last night. Very crazy, hectic line up. The Creases, Allday, Kingswood, The Preatures and Illy played and their sets were all 10/10 epic.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are lots of rad bands and people in the Brisbane community that inspire me. In particular my m8's The Cairos, The Creases and Vancouver Sleep Clinic. The Cairos are all lovely dudes, and mega talented song writers, I really look up to them. I really dig The Creases' sound, it's super refreshing and kawaii and lovely and they're all super cool dudes. Vancouver Sleep Clinic have totally nailed the whole soundscape vibe, incredible incredible polished sounds and just amazing vibes all round.

What are your plans for 2015?
I will be embarking off around 'straya for plenty of shows soon, I am supporting the FLAMINGO boys on their national tour in a couple of weeks, followed by a couple of other small tours. In between shows I am planning to write a bunch of material and hopefully work on a big EP, or mini LP depending on how everything goes, and apart from that, I plan to eat lots of Pringles by the pool in the sun and not have to worry about going to university.

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Vallis Alps

Featured Artist

2015

19

Jan

Vallis Alps

Canberra, ACT

Vallis Alps are a duo that create dreamy, beautiful and mesmerising electronica between Canberra and Seattle.

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Q&A with Vallis Alps vocalist Parissa...
 
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We make acoustic/electronic, futuristic/nostalgic, gritty/pretty synthpop. Or something like that. We're still developing our sound!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life lessons. Memories. Other people. Each other.
 
What can punters expect from a Vallis Alps live show?
Lights! Shadows! Occasional witty banter!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Focus on why you're here in the first place" - a close friend.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kobe by Yeo.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Green Spandex by Xavier Rudd.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Flux by Edarcy.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was awesome. It was at the uni here, a bunch of local bands played. But there was one called Burrows, they were completely entrancing. They said they're recording at the moment, or soon. It's special stuff. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
Obviously, the gems of Canberra like Safia and Peking Duk that both have such a unique sound and are rocking everyone's socks off. Together they are making magic. Also, with the fact that Canberra is small comes this amazingly supportive musical community. People are so unassuming and just want to hear great music.  
 
What are your plans for 2015?
More music. Touring. We'd love to meet you all.

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Hopium

Featured Artist

2014

18

Aug

Hopium

Melbourne, VIC

Hopium are a mysterious Melbourne duo that create some very impressive emotive electronica. They first caught our attention with their brooding debut single 'Cut' and have done it again with their new track 'Dreamers', which features guest vocals by Phoebe Lou of Unearthed High alumni Snakadaktal.

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

Trial and error! We’d only really made band music in the past, so it was very reactionary and intentionally experimental.


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

We’re both pretty analytical people and while music definitely flexes that, it’s also chasing that thing where you’re fully in the moment, engaged emotionally, creatively, whatever.


What’s your vision for a Hopium live show?

Epic. Visually it will be an extension of the aesthetic we’re building in the videos, a surreal fantasy, super experiential.


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

“Get rich or die trying” - 50 Cent


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

The Go-Betweens - 'Streets Of Your Town'


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

Flight Facilities - 'Clair De Lune'


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

You can’t beat Flume’s Hermitude remix.


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

Sticky Fingers. Debaucherous.


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

It’s actually impossible to choose, it’s the city as whole that we find inspiring and everyone in it.


What are your plans for Hopium in 2014?

Make large quantities of dope music and play it live.

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Future Jr.
New

Artist

Future Jr.

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Future Jr., Brisbane, alternative, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Eves

Artist

Eves

Pop (Haim, Mazzy Star, Joni Mitchell)

Brisbane, QLD

O' Little Sister
New

Artist

O' Little Sister

Indie, Pop, Roots

Brisbane, QLD

Amy Shark

Featured Artist

2016

29

Aug

Amy Shark

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Amy Shark is a young song writer, filmmaker and producer hailing from the Gold Coast. She's just released her gorgeous new single 'Adore' and she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It took a while for me to figure out my sound. Because I was so heavily influenced by a lot of different artists but as soon as I got it, and built a song using all the right ingredients i.e. mixing the right producers with the right sounds, it very quickly set me on fire and it all made sense after that.  
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think just listening to music in general inspires me. But I also use it as a release, so if there's some heavy shit going down or I feel a bit off I'll usually have a muck around on the guitar and see what happens. Sometimes nothing, sometimes magic.
 
What can punters expect from an Amy Sharks live show? 
Brutal honesty and sometimes I'm  a bit of a potty mouth lol. I like chatting about stuff between tracks, and seeing as all my songs are rather personal I can get pretty involved in the performance part too.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
"Who gives a f*ck about record labels and radio stations. Let's just do this for fun." - Shane Billings (current manager)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Seth Sentry - The Waitress Song. One of the best tracks ever. Plus Who doesn't get happy hearing the word breakfast?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
SIA - Breathe me. That's enough to break anyone in half. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
That's easy! Flume - Sleepless!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dylan Joel at the Cooly Hotel - so fun! super dope! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
We have some cool stuff happening on the GC. Serious talent is growing amongst the palm trees and coffee shops. Some locals I'm into are Georgia Mae, Jesswar, and Being Jane Lane. Sam Morris has really taken our music scene by the balls and thrown it in the spot light for the country to see. Which is rad! Someone had to do it. We are a quiet breed here on the GC. Most of us are more interested in skating, surfing, guzzling coffee and smashing acai bowls than promoting ourselves, but i think the country is slowly turning around to take a peak at us. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of stuff between Syd, Melb and America towards the end of this year. Since the release of 'Adore' there has been some cool people keen to give me a run so I'm keen as to make more music, release my EP and play a heap of shows!

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Greta Stanley
New

Artist

Greta Stanley

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Roots (Indie, folk, Acoustic, ...)

Far North, QLD

Samsaruh
New

Artist

Samsaruh

Indie, Rock (#Alternative #rock)

Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ray

Featured Artist

2016

26

Sep

Gretta Ray

Melbourne, VIC

Unearthed High champ Gretta Ray is back with 'Unwind' - a stunning new song she recorded here at triple j.

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You've just released your new single 'Unwind'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing/recording again after the success of ‘Drive'?
Writing Unwind after the success of Drive was a fascinating challenge for me as a songwriter, due to the fact that Drive was one of those songs where all the elements kind of fell into place right from the beginning of the writing process; the piece came together in a rather organic way. For me, that rarely happens when writing music, and I had to consistently remind myself of that when writing Unwind, as it did not unfold as naturally as Drive did. That being said, once I had the bones of Unwind, I became excited about how different it sounded from anything that I’d ever written before, and once I arrived in Sydney to record it, I was so pleased that I had pushed myself to have a brand new song finished in time for that particular project. Concept-wise, the lyrics of Unwind intend to portray one’s thought process when going through a break up. More specifically, the moment when one comes to understand the extent of what they have lost, when they start to feel the weight of what the relationship became. I feel as though the lyric that best conveys that is “I am sure that there is more to this than I care to admit”. Hopefully this rings true with some listeners. This is a song for those that “feel it all”.
 
You recorded it at the triple j studios in Sydney. What was that recording process like compared to how you usually lay your tracks down?
The recording process at triple J was such an incredible opportunity; I got to work with some very special musicians and am so grateful for all of their time. The main difference between recording in Sydney and how I usually record was definitely the time constraints. We completed the production for this new song in the space of a day and half, which was a huge achievement for the whole team, considering that my usual producers and I spent a good few weeks on Drive. But despite it being a speedy process, it was as equally as fun and satisfying when we completed our work.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I spend a lot of time examining the way that I and others move through the world. I am constantly observing human interactions and human behaviour on the whole, and find that most of my ideas are born when I am taking note of one’s body language or the way that they are conversing with another. For example, there is a lyric in Drive that talks about someone having the ability to make one’s “tired eyes widen and cheeks turn rouge”. I like to focus on minuscule details such as these, details that have the potential to mean so much if they are explored in depth. So overall, I would say that choosing to watch and listen to those in around me has always been what has inspired me to write.
 
What's your go-to snack when making music?
If I’m writing? Hmmm.. okay, this isn’t interesting or original at all, but vegemite toast is definitely my go to. I consume so much bread on a day to day basic, it’s out of control. When I’m recording and making music in a studio environment however, I am hungry the entire time, so props to triple j for bringing me pastries and pizza when I was working in Sydney. Saved my life. 
 
What's your vision for the ultimate Gretta Ray live show?
Oh man, I’m not sure. I sure do think about it a lot, but I am yet to put a band together, as I have always played my shows acoustically; just me and my guitar.
Although, touring as a part of Japanese Wallpaper’s band was an eye opening experience in regards to what it takes to put on a good live show. I loved watching our support act, E^ST perform each night. She radiates so much energy on stage and is jumping and dancing almost the entire time, keeping the audience in the palm of her hand. I found that incredibly inspiring, so when it came to singing lead in Japanese Wallpaper’s set, I attempted to channel a similar energy. When school ends and I can start thinking about putting together a show of my own, I’d definitely like there to be moments where I can put the guitar down and move around on stage.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
I am very lucky in the sense that I seem to have wise, supportive people around me all the time, so I am constantly being offered amazing advice. My family has always taught me to be thankful for everything that comes my way and to be considerate of others. Although that’s very broad, I would say that’s the best advice that anyone can be given.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I Love Pop Music by Ben Lee. Maybe just Ben Lee in general. Ben Lee forever.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Consolation Prize by Montaigne. I cried on the plane to that song the first time that I listened to it.
OR Stranger In My Room by Kat Edwards. Hauntingly exquisite. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Get Down by Jess Kent. Banger and a half. I will never get over how good that song is. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and into 2017?
I am going to finish High School! HOORAY! Then straight after that, I’m flying to Nashville for 2 weeks alongside my mum to hang out with my producer, meet people, eat a lot of food and start work on what I hope to be a full length record. 2017 will consist of playing shows, writing a lot of songs and hopefully travelling back to the states if I can earn the money to do so.

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San Cisco

Featured Artist

2010

21

Dec

San Cisco

( )

Perth, WA

San Cisco are from Fremantle in sunny Western Australia. On the weekends they love to go skateboarding, play video games and make a bit of indie pop on the side.

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

We are fascinated by new music and what goes in and out of style. We all have similar musical taste which makes collaborating artistically a little bit easier. Classic influences like the Beatles, Dylan, Bowie, 70's Lennon, Rod Stewart are still in the back of our minds. But, at the moment we are writing with 17 years of musical influence, so we are over loaded with different influences which has made our sound vary quite a bit between songs. It makes it harder for people to listen to our music and recognize it as our music. For example, on one end of the scale there are the mariachi style guitar licks of 'True Dat', and then on the other end there are some electro keys in songs like 'Straight Through' and 'Girls Do Cry'.

How long have you guys been playing live and what should the audience expect?

We tend to put a lot of thought into our set lists, arranging them in a way that still has a good energy at the beginning as well as maintaining a kind-of dynamic that evokes a good energy in the audience. We have been playing as a band for about 2 years and have since started to develop a stage presence. This however is definitely something we are still working on, like out music, it is under constant development.

Highlights of this year for the band?

About 3 months ago we had to change our name after we discovered another band called King George. So we went through that grueling process and all decided on San Cisco. Also we played Southbound at the start of the year as well as a few other festivals which were awesome.

What’s coming up in the future?

The calendar is looking pretty good at the moment with the release of our debut EP, Golden Revolver, coming up on February 4th. As well as some other great gigs such as The Big Day Out, St Jerome laneway festival and we have a trip over east lined up where we are playing FUSE festival in Adelaide and we have a gig in Melbourne, opening for Stonefield. Exciting++

Australian music is?

Australian music is where its at.

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Middle Kids
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Middle Kids

Indie, Pop, Rock (middlekids)

Sydney, NSW

NOIRE
New

Artist

NOIRE

Indie, Pop, Rock (noireband, sydney, Band)

Sydney, NSW

The Secret Whisper

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The Secret Whisper

Rock, Pop (Jimmy Eat World, The Temper Trap, Coldplay, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Leagues

Artist

Leagues

Indie, Rock (Secondhand Heart, Joy Division, Stanley Kubrick, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jess Kent

Featured Artist

2015

23

Nov

Jess Kent

( )

Sydney, NSW

Jess Kent has dropped one of the most infectious tracks of 2015, 'Get Down', and won herself a spot on the lineup for Sydney's Field Day festival, alongside Disclosure, Flight Facilities, The Wombats and more. Catch them all in The Domain on New Years Day.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started playing the guitar and singing very early on by copying my Dad’s band members who would always be around rehearsing in the kitchen… Some of them were proper reggae rastas. They taught me some important lessons that still emanate through my music. I spent a lot of time busking and gigging with just a guitar, exploring lots of genres and finding my own flow. Plus I’ve always been a passionate creative writer, so writing stories and rhymes and poems definitely had an effect on the type of music I make. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Music is about communication first and foremost for me, so a song usually starts when thoughts manifest into lyrics (which is constantly!!). Specifically, it’s hard to pin down the source of the inspiration because it is everywhere and always. I’m very sensitive to mood and colours and always aim to paint a sonic picture to go hand in hand with the lyrics.
 
You’re the winner of our Field Day comp. What can punters at Field Day expect from your live show?
First of all, I still can't believe it's really happening - cannot WAIT! It’s going to be so exciting to perform the set for the first time ever with an amazing live band, and it’ll also be the first time I play some of my new music! All the support so far has been just incredible, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing some faces!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have ever received was from my Grandma... ‘Work hard and keep it real…’
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I’d play them The Record’s Flawed by The Delta Riggs and I’d take them for a dance down the street.
 
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?
I saw JOY. at Good God yesterday and she slayed!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The sense of community in the Sydney scene is actually incredible. For real, the people that rock up to shows and are so passionate about supporting the local scene - they inspire me to strive to do my best. As far as bands, I’d say Sticky Fingers inspire me - they’re a homegrown Sydney band so it’s cool to watch how they’ve grown and kept it real.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I'm writing heaps of new music so I can't wait to get into the studio again and start the recording process. And the live band will be fully up and running so looking forward to playing some more shows in 2016!

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Fieu
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Fieu

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

Sunshine, QLD

Playjerise

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Playjerise

Pop, Indie (pete murray, Lior, folk)

Sydney, NSW

Art of Sleeping

Featured Artist

2012

18

Jun

Art of Sleeping

( )

Brisbane, QLD

We absolutely fell in love with their track 'Empty Hands' and now Brisbane 5-piece Art Of Sleeping are back with another indie rock gem 'Above The Water'. These guys are killing it in 2012!

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

When we first got together we were just meeting up to play music that we liked. We are kind of lucky because we got the chance to find our feet musically and develop naturally away from any pre-conceived idea of what our sound should become. In saying that, there has always been a conscious effort for us to be ourselves and to play music that has an element of sincerity to it. While we are still a relatively new artist we feel like we are starting to find our voice as individual musicians and as a group so we are always excited to see how that grows and develops through time.

What’s the Art Of Sleeping live show like?

Playing live is by far our favorite part of the musical process! There is nothing better than performing in an engaged and intimate atmosphere. We try to incorporate a huge variety of dynamics into our set, from ambient soulful sections to climatic percussive instrumental builds.

What are some of your highlights of the Art Of Sleeping story so far?

There have been so many amazing things over the last few years that we will never forget – the amount we’ve learned about music and each other has been invaluable. Probably the best day in our band’s life was when ‘Empty Hands’ was added to triple J rotation. I think we had an idea of what doors it could open, but it has really done so much more than we expected. We feel that the timing is perfect – we’re confident and excited about releasing our forthcoming EP and can’t wait to take our live show across Australia!

Tell us about the bands and people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.

It is no secret that in the past Brisbane has been seen as a bit of an underdog as far as live music goes. There is no doubt though that the music scene here is quickly growing and evolving. It would be impossible to talk about producers without mentioning our good friend Yanto Browning who has been working with us on our upcoming EP. It might sound like a cop out but there are so many talented and inspiring artists here that it would be a shame to list just a few and not give credit were credit is due.

What’s coming up in 2012?

To support the release of our single ‘Above the Water,’ we are heading off for an East Coast tour starting this Friday in Sydney – we’ll also be visiting Brisbane, Mackay (River Sessions Festival) and Melbourne. Also, our upcoming EP will be released in the next few months, which I’m sure will see us on the road again. There are a few more festivals on the cards as well which is something we are VERY excited about.

Australian music is...

...growing, expanding and we are very proud and excited to be part of it.

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Adventure Land
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Adventure Land

Pop, Rock (Adventureland, Adventure Land, adventure, ...)

Brisbane, QLD