yo
Spheres.

Artist

Spheres.

Metal (DIGNITY, The Contortionist, Misery Signals, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Monsoon Moon
New

Artist

Monsoon Moon

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

Perth, WA

Ocean Sleeper

Featured Artist

2019

21

Oct

Ocean Sleeper

Gippsland, VIC

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Ocean Sleeper

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

The music really started when we were working together on previous projects, some of them fell apart so we were in this position where we had an opportunity to start something together.
From then it was mainly a process of figuring out what we wanted to write, then write a bunch of it until we we’re happy. Our starting goal was always to be a heavy band that people that may not listen to heavy music could enjoy. Really zoning in on strong choruses that contrast well with heavy parts

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

Mainly just life, but it can be anything. Our songs lyrically touch on negative feelings and darker mindsets. We can take that and express it in a positive way through our songs.
I know a song on our record was inspired entirely from a harmonic note I heard stan play, from that moment the song kinda wrote it’s self, the vision just happened - that song is called ‘Killing Me and was the first track written for the album.

What can punters expect from an Ocean Sleeper live show?
A party. Our main aim is to have fun. We really strive to make sure everyone in the audience is vibing along with us so the the show is from the stage to the back of the room. Everyone involved and having a great time!  Things usually get pretty crazy. Our last Brisbane show someone proposed to his partner on stage, so that was pretty wild! When we played a festival in Taiwan Karl nearly got electrocuted when he was climbing the stage scaffolding mid set. 

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

Dream On Dreamer have always looked after us and given us great advice/ guidance. It’s always been important to us to make as many friends as possible and do as much networking as possible.

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

Young Lions with 'Help' and Hellions with 'Smile'. 

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

Graace and her track 'Last Night'. But from USA,  La Dispute with 'King Park' needs a mention!

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

The Getaway Plan with 'Where The City Meets The Sea'.

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

Gravemind and Mirrors in Melbourne and both absolutely slayed it!

Tell us about the bands or people in the Gippsland / Melb music community that inspire you!
Gippsland/Melbourne has some insanely good bands which makes the bar high! There isn’t a lot of musicians coming out of Gippsland but this just means you really got to push it to stand out with Melbourne and Australian acts. Our friends in Mirrors are doing great things and our friend Josh Cashman is also making big moves! Knowing how much work you have to put in to break into the Australian music scene from a rural area no matter what genre it’s just great to see others getting the deserved results.

What are your plans for the rest of 2019?

Our debut album drops November 8 and we will be touring Australia shortly after in support of that which we are really excited about! Tickets are moving really fast so it already looks like it’ll be crazy! Once that’s over we will start planning our 2020 out. This year we were flat out with shows and festivals so try to keep travelling our music around. This year we played our first over seas festival in Taiwan so hope to head out of Australia again for sure!


 

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ALEX JONES
New

Artist

ALEX JONES

Electronic, Hip Hop (Alex Jones, Lgeez)

Melbourne, VIC

Self Tape
New

Artist

Self Tape

Dance, Electronic (House, deephouse, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Stole

Artist

Stole

Electronic, Dance (bass, Dubstep, Garage, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

23/19
New

Artist

23/19

Metal, Punk (2319, Hardcore, Heavy, ...)

Adelaide, SA

MONATOMIC
New

Artist

MONATOMIC

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (Pop, Rock, "Alternative "indie"chill"pop"rock"eclectic)

Sydney, NSW

jayteehazard
New

Artist

jayteehazard

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Newcastle, NSW

Talakai
New

Artist

Talakai

Electronic, Hip Hop (hip hop, newcastle hip hop, aussie hip hop)

Newcastle, NSW

HVWKS

Featured Artist

2019

29

May

HVWKS

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, HWVKS!

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

I've been producing music since I was 17 and the day I heard flume it all changed for me! 

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

Inspiration for me usually comes from when I see a live act and it just pushes me to drive even harder to get there.

What can punters expect from a HVWKS live show?

I like to tell a story, every song is there for a reason. I also like to play bangers tho!

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

Best advice I've ever gotten was probably from my parents, they have told me from day 1 to do what ever I want and to never worry about what people think about me. 

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

Rufus Du Sol and their track 'Like An Animal'. That song is pure happiness. 

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

Shannon Noll and his track 'What About Me', (cause he was robbed). 

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

Hayden James and his track 'Something About You'. No brainer that song is a TUNE!!!

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

Last local gig I went to was a gig I was lucky enough to play at, I was supporting Flosstradamus at The Met and it was crazy! 

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

A big shout out here goes to my friends who are also in the music community. The list is so long but they inspire me everyday and I owe a lot to them! 

What are your plans for 2019?

This year is looking like a big one and I'm just ready to ride the wave! 

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Ryland Rose

Featured Artist

2013

7

Oct

Ryland Rose

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne rapper Ry delivers complex, crisp lyrics over some slick production from the likes of Hamley and Chiefs. His twenty-something's hip hop is so smooth it'll make you want to buy a convertible just so you can put the top down.

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

I've been rapping quite some time now, ever since I was a lot younger just trying to get better and better at it. Over the past few years I've developed more of a interest in actual song writing and I think that's where I found my niche or style. Once I did that it all kinda began to take shape.

You we’re one of the winners of our NIDA video clip competition, and the clip made for your track 'Ride For Me (feat. Shadow Kitsune)' just premiered on rage. In it you channel Frank Sinatra, which looks fun. How did you find the experience of filming the video?

It was great fun, seeing a team of talented students all focusing on the one goal and outcome was pretty motivating. NIDA is a great institute, world class. It was a bit overwhelming arriving on set and seeing 20-30 extra's waiting to shoot their scene, I've definitely never had that before. I'm used to driving all my sets and props around in my car boot and shooting without permits. As soon as we started shooting it I knew it was going to turn out awesome, couldn't have asked for more.

What can an audience typically expect from a Ry live show?

Twerking (jokes), me performing any of my upbeat songs, some bad jokes from me and good ones from my DJ Jimmy, me rapping over a well known song by Phoenix or doing a Drake cover, then closing it all off with a tribute to Biggie Smalls.

What are you doing when you’re not making music?

Running my clothing label RYWS with my girlfriend, using my Dad's laundry to do my washing, or at my part time job awkwardly whispering voice memo's into my phone.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

My new EP Amnesia comes out late October and then I'm off to the USA just for November. When I come back I'd love to tour a bit more and get straight into finishing off my album that's produced by Hamley!

Australian music is…?

Currently incredible. The music coming out of this country is just as good if not better than the worldwide standard and that goes for all genres. The sense of community has built as well and it's great to see artists crossing over and pushing the boundaries. It's exciting to be a part of it.

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Flynn Effect
New

Artist

Flynn Effect

Pop, Rock (#Metal, #Alternative, #brisbane, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Triple One

Featured Artist

2018

3

Jun

Triple One

( )

Sydney, NSW

Meet Sydney Hip Hop game changers and this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Triple One.

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

Even though we're rooted in hip-hop, we've always loved to experiment. Some of our tracks are more trap-heavy, some are more melodic, some are centred around chunky guitar riffs. Having four members means that everyone brings their flavour to the table. We also collaborate and play shows with street rappers, grime emcees, R&B singers, rock bands, punk bands. We take a little bit of everything that we love - no matter the genre - mash it together, keep our fingers crossed and pray that it works.


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

Watching the sunset while riding the train from Hurstville station, and spending time with our loved ones and pets.


What can punters expect from a Triple One live show?

A couple of sing-a-longs, some high-quality merchandise, lots of obnoxious yelling and maybe a circle pit or two, if you're lucky.

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

“If a man does not have sauce, then he is lost" - Gucci Mane

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

Hunters & Collectors with ‘Holy Grail’.

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

Natalie Imbruglia with ‘Torn’.

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

Sydney Serchaz - Fuckin' Oath

Riot In Belgium - La Musique

Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning

Fraksha - Creepin' ft. Diem & Brinks

Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around


What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
That was actually our own gig with SCK CHX, last weekend at Waywards. It started at 4:00pm, people got rowdy, we had pho for dinner, we were in bed by 9:30pm, it was mad.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you?
How about this for a big namedrop: Johnny Hunter, ChillinIt, Mitchos Da Menace, Fortay, Sydney Serchaz, Turquoise Prince, One Day, Big Village, Elefant Traks, imbi the girl, Hau, Slim Set, Raj Mahal, Phil Fresh, Kwame, SCK CHX, Manu Crooks, BLESSED, B Wise, and about a million other Sydneysiders making music. Also, a big shout out to all the venues like the Botany View Hotel who host our shows and give us chicken schnitzels and/or fruit platters on our rider.

What are your plans for 2018?

In July, we'll be embarking on the 'Eastconnex' tour with our good mates, Johnny Hunter. After that, we'll be dropping a couple of throwaway bangers before releasing a very sad EP in late 2018. Also, Lil Dijon is going to get a new hairstyle, so stay tuned for that. Thankyou to triple j and all our fans for the consistent support, we love you all.

 

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Thornhill

Featured Artist

2017

27

Nov

Thornhill

Melbourne, VIC

When we think about the future of heavy music, we’re thinking about Melbourne five-piece Thornhill. They’re making thunderous, melodic and powerful music that you just have to hear! This is just the beginning.

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

We intentionally listen to genres that are very left of field to our music and pull influence from as many different artists as we can in our respective fields in the band. We are still developing our sound and moulding as a group, so we have a lot of room to grow for the future music.

 

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

Being really close as actual friends rather than colleagues has helped a lot more than you'd think. You just generally enjoy the time and effort you put into the material and writing as it doesn’t feel like a job at any point.

 

What can punters expect from a Thornhill live show?

Just 5 average and uncoordinated blokes having fun.

 

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

"Write stuff that you want to play. Don’t feel like you have to write to please others". By Sam Bassal.

 

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

'Quality Of Life' by Hellions.

 

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

'OK Cathedral' by Violent Soho.

 

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

'You’re the voice' by John Farnham.

 

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

The last two gigs we saw were DZ Deathrays and The Pixies. Both were sick, so we can't choose. They are both bands that kill it live and it's always good to look for pointers from other artists in different genres, which is something we find very important.

 

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

Void Of Vision hands down, are our brother band. They have taken us under their wing from day one and taught us how to be a band. Those guys have just taken us on our very first tour and have shown us the ropes. Without these amazing bunch of bros we wouldn’t be half the band we are now. Also in our opinion, they are probably one of the best live bands in the scene. These dudes always put on a tight show.

 

What are your plans for 2018?

We are in the process of recording new music, so the main goal is to get that out and tour as much as possible and just have a good time while we are at it.

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Kayex
New

Artist

Kayex

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Matt Snipes
New

Artist

Matt Snipes

Hip Hop (Lofi, hip hop, rap, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Advocates
New

Artist

Advocates

Metal, Punk, Rock (Advocates, Metal, Hardcore, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Joey Maker
New

Artist

Joey Maker

Electronic, Hip Hop (Joey Maker)

Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Monument

Featured Artist

2017

1

May

The Beautiful Monument

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Since giving us their latest track 'Manifestation', Melbourne based power group, The Beautiful Monument are taking metal-punk rock to the next level. See them support British metalcore band Archeticts this Friday, as our triple j Unearthed Competition winners.

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

It took us a few years to develop a sound we were happy with. Working on our recent album "I'm The Sin" really helped us find and refine our sound. It was a great experience for all of us as it was our first time in a proper studio and all learnt a lot about writing and production.

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

Our biggest source of inspiration comes from our personal experiences. We've lived and experienced a lot since the writing and release of "The Lost" EP in 2015, so the lyrical content of this new album is a lot more heartfelt. We've collectively lived through life-changing pain and happiness, break ups and failed relationships, issues with our own mental health and family struggles that lead Lizi and the rest of us to write some really meaningful lyrics that we hope people can find comfort in.

What can punters expect from a The Beautiful Monument live show?

Lots of energy, big singalong choruses that are easy to sing along to, even if you've never heard us before.

Fast, punchy and a lot of fun!

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

Although nerves before playing are uncomfortable, they're a good thing as it means you care about the show you're about to put on. We always had the best advice given to us by our late manager Justin, who passed away in November.

He always gave us the best pre-show advice, the way to make us ensure we were happy in our situations and with each other and the best advice about how to do everything properly in regards to releases. He was a really important person to us, and one of the most caring people ever. We're all super grateful for all the advice he gave us, we learnt so much.

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

'I Touch Myself' by The Divinyls ;)

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

'Without Me' by Aburden. Or realistically anything by Aburden because they're major sad boys. We love them.

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

'Anchors' by The Amity Affliction or 'Land Down Under' by Men At Work.

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

Some of us recently went to the Corner Hotel to see Running Touch. The vibes were really different to what we were used to within the usual heavy/hardcore scene but it was awesome to go to a different kind of gig and see the crowd, the interaction with the crowd and the differences between a show like that and one we would play.

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

A lot of people inspire us by just being a part of the community, caring enough to share a bands post on Facebook or even rock up to a show. Being in a band is hard, so when you have the punters caring about their local bands and their scene, it really helps to make a difference. Those people inspire us to be better and do better.

Name 3 Unearthed artist you are loving at the moment.

We're absolutely loving Ruby Fields, Aburden and Dear Seattle.

Lastly, what are your plans for 2017?

We're looking forward to everything this year is shaping up to be for us so far. This Friday sees us playing with Architects and Ocean Grove thanks to Triple J Unearthed. We're also hoping to hit up some interstate shows this year to share our album with those fans as well. Everything we've got planned at the moment is still a bit on the hush, but it's looking to be a really big year for us! 

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Azlock

Artist

Azlock

Metal, Rock (Sunk Loto, everytime i die, Killswitch Engage, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Anozira
New

Artist

Anozira

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Sunshine Coast, Future Bass, maroochydore, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Luca Brasi

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Luca Brasi

Northern Tasmania, TAS

Tassie punks Luca Brasi are this week’s feature artist! An incredible force live and on record, Luca Brasi’s songs are just coursing with intensity and conviction.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
We play what I guess is mid tempo punk/rock, some heavier moments, some softer. We never really set out to be a certain style of band and are always super keen to mix things up to keep it interesting.
Our first album "Extended Family" was more raw and straight up but this time around we really made an effort to introduce some light and shade into the record. I think alot of what we are listening to at the time comes through in our music. Especially Tom's love of twinkly, shoegaze guitar stuff which is definitely more evident this time around. We spend alot of time seperately demoing and sharing ideas and set about to write the best record we could and really break down the components of all the tracks for the record on By A Thread.

What can the crowd expect from a Luca Brasi live show?
Live shows are what we're all about, being able to be on stage and do what we love is the reason we love playing music. A typical live show is hot and sweaty as hell and more than likely a booze soaked affair. We don't record songs that we can't pull off live exactly as they are on the records, hopefully better!

You’ve toured a fair bit in the past few years. What are some of your favourite tour memories?
Every single tour is such a massive pleasure for us and we're so stoked and grateful that the shows just get better and better. The amount of friends we've made around the country is crazy, just from playing songs that we wrote in our collective bedrooms.
I'd  have to say personal highlights would be sold out shows in some venues such as The Corner in Melbourne, that I've seen plenty of my favourite bands at themselves, would have to be up there. Getting nude constantly throughout our last tour with legends Bodyjar was a good time too!

Tell us about the bands or people in the Tassie music community that inspire you?
Tassie has some amazing bands/musicians that are so unknown it's a crime. Bands like The Scandal are one of  the biggest influences on our own music. Their bass player Nic White has co-produced all of our music along with Linc Le Fevre, possibly the most talented person we know, who's own music inspires us to try and be better. Currently Hobart lads Speech Patterns are the fastest and tightest band out, I feel like I need to go home and practice every time I watch them play.

What are your plans for Luca Brasi in 2014?
This year for Luca will be our biggest by a mile, we pretty much will just continue playing as many shows as possible, in as many different places as possible and get this new record out there. Our first overseas trip is also later this year and will take in Europe and The U.K, something we never considered as a possibility, totally mindblowing.

Australian music is…?
The bloody best, mate!

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Alaska Ratio

Artist

Alaska Ratio

Indie, Pop (Rock, Pop, Indie)

Melbourne, VIC

Pridelands

Featured Artist

2019

7

Jan

Pridelands

( )

Melbourne, VIC

We're kicking off 2019 with with our Unify Comp winners and this week's Feature Artist, Pridelands. They're ready to take it up a notch this weekend at Unify so get down early, it's going to be heavy.

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

Our music is just a happy accident really. It's changed a lot over the years we've been playing together but we've spent a lot of time together wokring on songs and refining them now. There was a lot of doubt in our early years as to whether we were being completely honest in what we were writing, but there's none of that now.

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

As emo as it is, bad things happening. We struggle to write emotive music when we're not in a bad mood.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Unify this weekend?

Karnivool, Taking Back Sunday and Underoath if we had to cut it to a short list. That new Ocean Grove song is gonna go real hard as well.

What can punters expect from a Pridelands live show and at Unify this weekend?

We just plan on banging out our 20 minute slot with songs at a high intensity. It's not a TED talk, we just wanna play some tunes that hopefully people who haven't heard us before will want to listen to again.

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

To work hard and not let hinderances defeat you, if making music is what you want then you'll find a way. It's not directly what he said, but that was from Nic who plays drums in Northlane.

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

Client Liason with ‘World of Our Love’.

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

INXS with ‘Never Tear Us Apart’. Of course.

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

Running Touch with ‘My Hands’.

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

Unfortunately due to how busy 2018 was for me, I didn't have a whole lot of time for local gigs in general. I am very excited to be seeing Pseudo Mind Hive with Mt Mountain at The Tote later this month though.

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

Running Touch is a paragon of creativity in the Australian music scene at the moment and such a beautiful soul to match. So, him certainly. Artists like Yeo, Thornhill, King Gizz, ORB and Drama kind of remind me that the creative process is thriving for some people in this city. It is so incredible to be exposed to it, day in and day out.

What are your plans for 2019?

Write an album and make sure it's good. Hopefully getting to hang out with you guys some more, too!

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Season Unending
New

Artist

Season Unending

Metal, Punk, Rock (Djent, Progressive, Hardcore, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Tapestry
New

Artist

Tapestry

Metal, Punk, Rock (Tapestry)

Darwin, NT

Nuggy Gee

Artist

Nuggy Gee

Hip Hop, Roots (Nuggy Gee, ATMOSPHERE, wu-tang, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Ok No Heroes
New

Artist

Ok No Heroes

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock, Roots (Soul, hip hop, Groove, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Black Summer
New

Artist

Black Summer

Dance, Electronic (#Dance, Trance, #electronic, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Tobacco Rat
New

Artist

Tobacco Rat

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (bass, Electronic, beats, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Bloom
New

Artist

Bloom

Punk, Rock (Melodic Hardcore, Hardcore, alternative)

Sydney, NSW

Atlantis

Artist

Atlantis

Metal (Vanna, In Hearts Wake, Worthwhile, ...)

Perth, WA

APEman
New

Artist

APEman

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop, Punk (Electronic, Punk, rap, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Aburden
New

Artist

Above the Fallen
New

Artist

Above the Fallen

Metal

Melbourne, VIC

Von Voddy
New

Artist

Von Voddy

Hip Hop (Joe Budden, Tuka, illy, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Elemont

Artist

Elemont

Hip Hop (illy, Drapht, Pez, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Daybreakers
New

Artist

Daybreakers

Metal, Punk (Brisbane, australia, queensland, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Arteries
New

Artist

Arteries

Metal, Punk, Rock (Metal, Hardcore, Punk, ...)

Sydney, 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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Alice Ivy

Featured Artist

2016

19

Sep

Alice Ivy

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne producer Alice Ivy is one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. She'll be taking her blissed out soul-inspired beats to the 909 stage of Listen Out in Melbourne this Saturday, September 24.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always been super into soul music. I used to play in an all girl soul band, we used to arrange old soul classics by Marvin Gaye, Etta James, and also soul stuff by artists such as Jill Scott. Playing this music is what made me obsessed with it. A few years ago I was introduced to J Dilla and The Avalanches, and I was really inspired to make music like that - beat driven sampled soul that just made you feel good.  Once I got into production at uni I realised this is what I wanted to do!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Creating music that makes people feel good and excited. I love that adrenaline rush you get when you listen to a song that you just love, I try and keep this in mind whenever I write. 
 
What can punters expect from an Alice Ivy live show?
A really sweaty good time. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Always BYO Linen' - Melinda Dine. I learnt the hard way on tour last weekend. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
The Avalanches - Because I'm Me
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Natalie Imbruglia - Shiver
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Christine Anu - My Island Home, classic Australiana banga. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last local show I went to was Alexander Bigg's single launch. It was phenomenal, if you haven't heard him you need to check this guy out. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so many bands in Melbourne who are absolutely killing it at the moment. Particularly recently at BigSound, it was so great seeing so many Melbourne bands up there showcasing! Artists that really inspire me are those who are amazing at what they do musically and who are just genuine people. I'm talking about artists such as Ainslie Wills and Alex Lahey - dead set legends. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
The rest of 2016 is looking insane, I am lucky enough to be playing some pretty amazing festivals and tours this summer! Will do some writing in between ;)

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Aeonic
New

Artist

Aeonic

Hip Hop (AEONIC)

Sydney, NSW

Elanora Heights

Artist

EARTH CALLER
New

Artist

EARTH CALLER

Hip Hop, Metal, Punk (Melbourne, Hardcore, melbourne hardcore, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Losty
New

Artist

Losty

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

EaRelevant
New

Artist

EaRelevant

Hip Hop, Indie ("hip hop, boombap, "Alternative Trap)

Newcastle, NSW

A Tribe Is Forming

Featured Artist

2007

12

Feb

A Tribe Is Forming

( )

Adelaide, SA

Aussie hip hop with smooth samples and a great upbeat party vibe. They've been staples of the SA hip hop scene for a while now, with good reason!

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Describe your music.

Party Hip Hop that is bound to get you out of your seat and onto your feet. We lace oldschool samples, which range from funk to hillbilly, spliced with some party rhymes, and combined with a menagerie of live instruments to create a huge sound.

Who’s been a big musical influence for you? What inspires you?

Our inspiration comes from seeing artists (both international and local)put on amazing live shows, that leave memories in the punters heads long after the final encore. Groups like the Roots, who have the ability to mesh so many unique sounds into their music, and deliver such an awesome live show, are certainly one artist that we draw inspiration from. With such an eclectic group of individuals making up A Tribe Is Forming, naming our musical influences would be near on impossible, but lets just say it ranges from jazz legend Miles Davis to Fu Manchu.

Tell us about the local music community you are part of.

After close to 7 years playing throught South Australia, we are getting to be veterans of the Adelaide Scene. Thankfully there are some awesome groups such as Poetikool Justice and the Fraud Millionaires, whom we have very close bonds with, that are great not only to play alongside, but have also become our good mates. Also more recently Melbourne Dub and Hip Hop kings SS Pecker have been treats to play alongside. The whole music scene here is really positive, and everyone is always keen to help out and support their fellow artists.

What’s the best thing about being in A Tribe is Forming?

Without a doubt its the feeling you get when your on stage and see so any smiling and happy faces enjoying the music. Also making music with your mates, touring and meeting so many people is what makes being part of ATF such a special and enjoyable experience.

...and the worst?

With six very confident and different personalities, there are times where it can get pretty heated, especially in the Jam Room and on those long boring drives on tour, but i wouldn't swap it for all the tea in China. Oh, and i think our Bass player, Mikey gets a sore back from playing his bass, but then again he only weighs 40Kilo ...poor little fella.

What have you got planned for the future?

We are 90% of the way to finishing off our new album, so as soon as that is completed we will be hitting the road, playing as man shows as possible. We are also very keen to get out and play some rural shows, and get to places that may not be fortunate enough to get live hip hop. You can also catch us in Adelaide on a fairly regular basis.

Australian music is…

getting bigger and better. There are SO many amazing bands, solo artists and musicians in this awesome country. The diverse range of cultures living in Australia is testament to the broad array of musical styles that seem to ooze from every corner of our wide barren land.

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Ponch The Dutch & Jimmy Flipshyt
New

Artist

Ponch The Dutch & Jimmy Flipshyt

Hip Hop (Jimmy, flipshyt, hiphop, ...)

Far North, QLD

DUTCH THE RAPPER
New

Artist

DUTCH THE RAPPER

Hip Hop, Pop (life, hip hop)

Sydney, NSW

Dundas

Artist

Dundas

Hip Hop (gangstarr, BDP, ATMOSPHERE, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Drakezilla
New

Artist

Drakezilla

Hip Hop (drake mc, drake designs, Drakezilla, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Black Magic
New

Artist

Black Magic

Hip Hop, Rock (Drakezilla, vega, Vince Vega, ...)

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Porsah Laine

Artist

Porsah Laine

Hip Hop, Indie (political hip hop, Soulful)

Perth, WA

D'Opus & Roshambo
New

Artist

D'Opus & Roshambo

Hip Hop (Dopus, roshambo, dopus & roshambo, ...)

Canberra, ACT

THE HATED
New

Artist

THE HATED

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

North Coast, NSW

Tomderson

Artist

Tomderson

Dance, Electronic (Munchi, Baauer, Diplo, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Dj Butcher

Artist

Dj Butcher

Electronic (Diplo, Flosstradamus, Trap, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Dividem
New

Artist

Dividem

Dance, Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

DEJA

Featured Artist

2013

27

May

DEJA

( )

Melbourne, VIC

It's dark, it's bright. It's digital, it's organic. It's haxx, it's Rromarin. It's DEJA.

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

We've been making music together for quite a few years, so we have slowly refined and developed our sound over that time. These days we describe our music as 'future pop', mainly because we try to make our production as progressive and experimental as possible. Because of this our sound is pretty eclectic and ranges from pop to psychedelia to electronic. We both sing and often blend our voices together to create a layered boy-girl vocal sound, but some tracks feature just boy or just girl vocals. We love heavy beats and lush synths, weird sounds and a blend of digital and organic elements.

You’ve mentioned working in home studios. What’s your creative and recording process like?

All of our work is done out of our home studio. We often start with a beat (most of the time dreamed up by haxx at 3am in the morning while he's in owl mode) and build a song from there. Once we have a beat we'll flesh out the track with cords, synths, etc, then figure out song structure and vocals. Lyrics often come last, after everything is pretty much done. We often record scratch vocals to test out vocal sounds and ideas, and then once we're happy with that we'll write the lyrics and finish recording the song, adding harmonies and little details. We're a bit manic though; sometimes we take a song all the way to the end, even get it mastered, and then never release it because we've moved on from the idea or think we can create something better. More recently instead of just ditching tracks we've been trying to think of ways to rework them, or transform them to be used in different ways for different projects.

What’s a DEJA live show like?

A DEJA live show is pretty fun; we play with some really rad musicians, and take turns in playing different instruments like guitar, keys, percussion etc. Both of us sing. Like our recorded tracks, the live set is a real blend between digital and organic.

What are you doing when you’re not DEJA-ing?

We try to chillllll. Haxx plays a lot of 'Quake Live', Rromarin is into animals and the natural world, and both of us spend way too much time watching shows like Seinfeld and Archer. We also spend a lot of time in the studio working with other bands.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

2013 is looking pretty exciting, mostly because we're going to release our debut EP in July. We'll also be releasing more music videos, playing a bunch of shows throughout the rest of the year, and working on the side as haxx and Rromarin in different music projects and collaborations. Who knows, we might even squeeze out another EP before 2013 is through…stay tuned!

Australian music is…?

...super original, world class and kicking massive goals right now.

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DeathStarrs

Featured Artist

2012

19

Mar

DeathStarrs

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Death Starrs are Syntax and Mules, the Gold Coast/Melbourne duo who are the winners of our Hilltop Hoods remix competition. They’re also our Feature stars all this week on triple j Unearthed and digital radio.

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Death Starrs is Syntax (rapper) and Mules (producer/rapper). How did the two of you start working together?

Our eyes met across the room at a crowded Kebab shop. Actually we went to school together, but we never really knew each other until years later when we were introduced by a mutual friend. We both love the same artists, my voice (Syntax) and his beats (Mules) just mesh together so well, and we both have an insatiable thirst for 80’s movies and celluloid violence. As a result, I don’t feed my pets after midnight or get them wet, just to be sure.

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

It’s been such a long progression. I remember when we first started out we imitated the artists we really liked; Mules loved the Ruff Ryder’s DMX-esque sound, but I was into the West Coast Death Row Records movement. As a result our first foray into music was, interesting, to say the least. But to be honest, after a while we just got comfortable with who we are, something I think is important in the music making process. When you don’t have to wear a mask and pretend to be someone else your music is far more believable and has far more impact.

You’re the winners of our HILLTOP HOODS REMIX COMPETITION. What was the remix process like for you guys?

To be honest I started writing to a different beat entirely. We were late-comers to the competition, we heard what everyone else was dishing up and thought, “Oh hell no”. When Mules heard what I was working on he flipped the sample and made it a double time beat to match the track I was writing. To quote the greatest thinker of our age, Ace Ventura….“Like a glooooooove”. Mules was the real winner here though. He took that beat to places it never thought it would go.

Who are some lesser known producers and MCs in the Australian hip hop scene that people should be checking out?

Maundz is one of our collective favourite Australian rap dudes. The Born Fresh crew from Brisbane, Tommy Ill, Mr Hill, Seven, DJ Butcher, Prophet Rayza, plus my other musical group In Good Company. Personally my favourite artist right now is Ta-Ku, someone needs to make this dude famous.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We’re working on a full length LP as we speak. Well, not literally as we speak, because that would be weird. Death Starrs also has some fingers in other pies, album placements etc, plus we pump out a pretty awesome live show so we’re about to see a lot of sleepless nights and hoarse throats soon enough. Good bless 3am drive through fast food.

Australian music is…?

About a 9.4 on the excitability scale at the moment. Somewhere beyond Rambo: First Blood, but just a little back from Rambo 3.

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Deadlights

Artist

Deadlights

Metal, Rock (Rage Against The Machine, Ghost Inside, Underoath, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

DEXTER SEAMUS
New

Artist

DEXTER SEAMUS

Hip Hop (hiphop, rap, AUS)

Melbourne, VIC

Defron
New

Artist

Defron

Hip Hop (hip hop, Emcee, newschool, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Clue
New

Artist

Clue

Hip Hop (comedy, hiphop, Seth Sentry, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Boy Graduate
New

Artist

Boy Graduate

Hip Hop, Pop

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Trojans
New

Artist

Trojans

Metal, Rock (#Metal, #Hardcore, #metalcore, ...)

Sydney, NSW

DEAD LETTER OPENER

Artist

DEAD LETTER OPENER

Metal (Experimental, Metal, Death, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Dawn Of Leviathan
New

Artist

Dawn Of Leviathan

Metal, Rock (melodic, epic, Chill, ...)

Perth, WA

Cupidfalls
New

Artist

Cupidfalls

Pop, Punk, Rock (story of the year, Four year strong, Hardcore, ...)

Perth, WA

Craterface

Artist

Craterface

Punk, Metal (rancid, Thrash, Hardcore, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Corner Store Superheroes
New

Artist

Corner Store Superheroes

Electronic, Hip Hop (kid fiction, eddy b, sydney, ...)

Sydney, NSW

COPYCATT
New

Artist

COPYCATT

Electronic, Hip Hop (hip hop, Dubstep, Experimental, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Context
New

Artist

Context

Hip Hop (Boom bap, hip hop, Breaks, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Dawn Laird
New

Artist

Dawn Laird

Electronic, Hip Hop (#hiphop, #hip hop, #hip-hop, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Coda Conduct

Featured Artist

2015

27

Apr

Coda Conduct

( )

Canberra, ACT

Hip hop duo Coda Conduct are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be bringing their high energy live show to Groovin The Moo in Canberra this Sunday, May 3rd.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
E:  We make hip hop.  I think we developed our sound by listening to a lot of hip hop, but it kinda just sorta... happened one day.  We decided to start rapping, and it sounded like this.
S:  We make music we like, I guess.  We tend to make each other laugh with our punchlines, or impress each other with a cool flow, and if other people like it too that’s awesome.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
S: I’m a very competitive person.  So I get jealousy-inspired by other artists – especially other Aussie hip hop acts – who raise the bar and put out something dope.  
E: We’ve got this theory that creative people are like big sponges.  You soak up something - an amazing gig, a good book or conversation with a friend, and then when you’ve got enough inspiration you wring yourself out on your own project. Recently a lot of my soaking has been from fellow Australian musicians making ballin' music.
S:  Yeah, and urban speculative fantasy novels about bionic cyborgs.
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters at Groovin The Moo in Canberra expect from the Coda Conduct live show?
S: We get the goofiest grins when we’re on stage, so you can expect teeth.  This is also our first ever festival appearance, so we’re hoping all our cardio rap training has paid off – we run around a lot.
E: Tonnes of energy! And a double-dutch skipping rope with our mic leads. And our DJ is going to scratch with his feet.  I guess you can just expect to have a tonne’a fun.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
S:  I give myself really good advice.  Like, the other day I told myself to remember to say thank you.  That’s really good advice.
E: My mum once told me “Eri, guests are like fish. They both go off in three days.”
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
E: The Chariot, by The Cat Empire.  Or Australia Street, by Sticky Fingers.
S:  Affirmation, by Savage Garden.  Or Crash and Burn, by Savage Garden.  Anything by Savage Garden. 
E:  Girls Like That!  Custard!
S: Dumb Enough, Hilltop Hoods.  Can’t cry to that.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
S:  There’s this little interlude on Jimblah’s album Phoenix, called Lovebirds, that always gets me.  That whole album makes me cry, it’s beautiful.  
E:  How To Make Gravy – Paul Kelly. Gets me every time. And Out of the Blue, by Joelistics. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
E:  Go Figure, by The Ansah Brothers.  If you’re not on that train yet, GET ON IT BECAUSE IT’S LEAVING WITH OR WITHOUT YOU.
S:  Red Shift by Jayteehazard.  Banger.  Shit-lose-worthy banger.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
S:  We both went and saw our fellow Canberra killers the Brass Knuckle Brass Band at Spring Street Social last week. They were awesome.  
E: Yum Yum were supporting, and they’re also amazing.  We were front row and Sally nearly cried because she enjoyed it so much. 
S: Yeah, I had a really sore face the next day from grinning like an absolute maniac all night.  And I was sober, almost.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the ACT music community that inspire you.
E: We’re in a crew called Capslock Collective, and they’re a constant inspiration to us. It’s so cool seeing every member working so passionately. The entire hip hop scene is buzzing in Canberra right now – there’s too many names to shout but if you head over to our Unearthed profile we’ve got a huge list of ‘artists we like’.
S: There’s also heaps of people making things happen behind the scenes - Jem Natividad, who books Transit Bar, Hayds from Words Eye View who’s working on the Patty Mills documentary among other things, and all the visual and streetwear artists like Stitch Apparel, Sancho, Houl and Abyss holding it down.  The ACT is killing it.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
E: To keep learning and progressing as an artist. That’s a big goal for me.
S: Yup. Get a new release happening and crank up the heat on our live show.  
E: Also pretty damn keen to keep collaborating with crazy talented people. 
S: Oh, and Grammys. Lots of Grammys. 
 

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Cabu
New

Artist

Cabu

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (Rnb, hiphop, bass, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Boilermakers
New

Artist

Boilermakers

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Below Oceans
New

Artist

Below Oceans

Metal, Punk, Rock (Hardcore, Melodic Hardcore, Metal, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Austy
New

Artist

Austy

Dance, Electronic, Indie (House, Electronic, Deep, ...)

Perth, WA

Alex The Kid
New

Artist

Alex The Kid

Punk, Rock (Punk, Rock, geraldton, ...)

Perth, WA

LASTLINGS
New

Artist

LASTLINGS

Electronic, Indie, Pop (LASTLINGS, Dream-Pop, alternative)

Gold Coast, QLD

WZRDKID

Featured Artist

2014

12

May

WZRDKID

( )

Mildura-Swan Hill, NSW

Mildura locals WZRDKID are the winners of our One Night Stand competition for 2014. The duo will be taking their experimental hip hop to the masses at One Night Stand in Mildura on Saturday May 17.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
So our music is basically what we would call experimental hip hop. We first begun working on music together with the intention of just trying to make something we would want to hear. Developing our sound was a natural process. Just basically jamming out and coming up with something we liked.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Tough one. Our inspiration comes from all sorts of different places and also we have individual influences. Some artist we like are Pink Floyd, Madlib, Ratking, Kanye West.

You’re the winner of our One Night Stand competition. What are you most looking forward to about playing the event in Mildura?
The whole thing! A chance to have our music heard by so many people who would have no idea who we are, and a chance to meet the other bands!

What can One Night Stand punters expect from the WZRDKID live show?
We've been working really hard on our live show. We are playing with a live band! So that will be tight

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Not too sure as far as advice! But the reviews we've got from the triple j dudes on triple j unearthed have been pretty awesome! Our dawg Lewi ;)

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Sticky fingers - 'Gold Snafu'
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Matt Corby - 'Big Eyes'

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

Tell us about the bands or people in the Victorian music community that inspire you.
Chet Faker would be one.

What are your plans for WZRDKID in 2014?
To finish our album "Black Ocean" and go on tour would be dope!
 

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Midas.Gold

Featured Artist

2016

3

Oct

Midas.Gold

Brisbane, QLD

He's just played Listen Out in Brisbane, premiered a new clip on RAGE, and now he's our Feature Artist. It's a big week for Midas.Gold.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’ve been writing for a little while now, and I’ve listened to different genres ever since I can remember, so you could say its a culmination of everything that is me personally/musically. When I started taking music seriously, I’d be hella critical on what I was writing/recording, break it down and pin point what I needed to improve on. Hella straight forward BUT thats how I developed the bad boi.
 
You were one of the winners of our Listen Out competition and just played the festival in Brisbane. How was that experience?
It was crazy! I never imagined I'd play a festival like that - so it was a trip! I really enjoyed seeing Anderson .Paak, Travis Scott and A$AP Ferg throughout the day - but my favourite experience was just being on stage with my homies and being able to share that moment with them. That was just really special to me. Thank you so much.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I make music and pursue music as a career for different reasons but they are equally as important to me and what drives ya boi Midas !!!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I’ve been lucky enough to have had wise heads in my life so its hard to say, but what I’ve learnt most from the people I admire is how to treat people and I feel like that’s worth its weight in gold ;)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
000000 - Midas.Gold. Who the F*k Kanye West tho?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
UV boi فوق بنفسجي - If She, If He (ft. EASTGHOST) 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Rockstar - Carmouflage Ro$e
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Gill Bate$! skkkrrrrrrr!  He always holds it down super polished performer I’ve learned a lot from him! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Where to start?!?! There's too much talent here right now, (we hold the torch for hip-hop rn imo). There’s I AM D, Gill Bates, Gallu$, Carmoflauge Ro$e, Erik Sanders, Tides, LimeEyed, James Angus (Jangus), Astro Travellers and like 6-7 acts more that I can’t think of right now and they ALL inspire me to work harder. It’s kind of like that for everybody in BNE, it’s competitive fo sho but the vast majority respect each other. It’s dope that cats are on the same wave length tryna build something, that inspires me.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
I tour with Tkay Maidza in NOV!!!!! I also release my EP in OCT, a few more visuals and I’ve got a few features with some talented artists from around AUS :) maybe a couple more sneaky drops here n there ;)

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Nyxen

Featured Artist

2016

22

Aug

Nyxen

( )

Sydney, NSW

Float away to a beach-side dance floor with the summery sounds of Sydney producer Nyxen. Grab a cocktail, watch the sunset, feel good.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound of my music is heavily influenced by my background playing guitar and djing.
It's all about the contrast between dreamy and groovy, I've just taken my two favourite things and fused them.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I know this has probably been said by every producer in the last 4 years, but watching the development of Flume's sound and his musical journey has been a huge inspiration for me. It's really cool seeing someone from my city doing something and making it all their own, it's a reminder to just do you. 
 
What can punters expect from a Nyxen live show?
At a Nyxen DJ show you can expect trippy, funky and groovy tunes. I like to play music that I'm loving at the time, so could be electronica, house or anything that makes me want to dance!
I'm really keen to start creating a Nyxen live show!
I just started a track and my main thought behind it is "how would this sound live?".
It's pretty early days for the live show but I'd definitely want to incorporate live guitar, vocals and keys. So watch this space!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Something that really resonated with me was what my mum told me. At the time, I was working a 9-5 job at an insurance company, and one day she called me and pretty much told me to quit. She just wanted me to focus on my music, and to find a job that let me put my energy into what I really love (thanks mum). 
 
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?
The last live gig I went to was at Newtown Social. I watched The Garden put on the most intense live show i've ever seen. There weren't that many people there but everyone was really into it. The guys were swinging from the roof (no joke) it was insane!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Go Freek have been getting behind me since I first started making tunes, and their attitude towards other artists is what makes them so inspiring. To have two guys that have been making sick music and touring Australia and USA actually take the time to give advise to young artists is such an admirable attitude, and their willingness to share feedback and be genuinely kind is contagious and so inspiring.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm currently on tour with KLP playing some venues along the East Coast of Australia for KLParty!
When we finish that I really want to work on creating a live show and heaaaps of new tunes.
I've almost finished a few so you'll definitely be seeing them up on my Unearthed profile very soon!

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I AM D
New

Artist

I AM D

Hip Hop (@daleygrinder)

Brisbane, QLD

COMMAND Q
New

Artist

COMMAND Q

Dance, Electronic (Flosstradamus, Skrillex, What so not, ...)

Perth, WA

Collarbones
New

Artist

Collarbones

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop

Adelaide, SA

UPNUP

Artist

UPNUP

Hip Hop (hiphop, Perth, slum village, ...)

Perth, WA

As Tide Breaks

Artist

As Tide Breaks

Metal, Punk (Hardcore, Post-Hardcore, Confession, ...)

Canberra, ACT

cln
New

Artist

cln

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Indie, Chill)

Brisbane, QLD

City Lit Skies

Artist

City Lit Skies

Metal, Punk (skies, City, Lit, ...)

Sydney, NSW

City Falls

Artist

City Falls

Metal, Rock (Metal, Aarons breakdown noises, parkway, ...)

Central West, NSW

Chromatide
New

Artist

Chromatide

Metal (Heavy, Music, Metal, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Chance Waters

Featured Artist

2009

19

Oct

Chance Waters

( )

Sydney, NSW

Phatchance is an independent, introspective, lover-not-a-fighter emcee from Sydney, with an huge live rep, atmospheric beats and a debut album due out soon!

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

My sound developed in a really organic way, I went to Fort Street in Sydney's Inner West and our year was very musical. The kids I went to school with went on to groups like Horrorshow and Spit Syndicate, and there was quite a rich musical history, particularly in regards to Australian hip-hop. Being surrounded by people who were passionate about music but didn't really understand the process yet meant that I had a few years to cut my teeth, where it was all very relaxed and really more about the social aspect of the music than any aspirations to do something professionally. I spent a few years after high school finding my feet and dabbled in a few bands - a lot of it then was live performance, I was lucky enough to play a lot of shows as a crowd warmer and the lessons which that taught me were priceless. A lot of it comes down to the music I listen to though; a large proportion of my music is melancholy and draws influence outside of the genre, because artists like Jeff Buckley, Atmosphere and Death Cab have probably been as important to my musical influence as The Hilltop Hoods or Bliss N Eso.

Tell us about your live show?

My live show varies a lot from event to event. I've done a few low key sets with live instrumentation, and I love incorporating that acoustic and instrumental aspect into my larger shows. Generally I tour with 'I Forget, Sorry!' - an artist collective I'm part of with Coptic Soldier and Mind Over Matter. I have plans for a few unplugged acoustic sets, but really I taper my performance to the crowd I'm going to be playing to. I've tried to strike a balance between the melancholy music I lean towards making, and establishing an engaging live show which is what fans of Australian hip-hop are typically looking for. You're going to have to play a very different set between supporting someone like Drapht or Bliss N Eso and playing a limited capacity pub gig, and I've tried to make myself flexible to cater to that.

What were you doing before this?

Probably avoiding maths lessons or practicing talking to girls in the mirror. Music has really been the major focus of my life since high school, everything else has a tendency to slide in around it. I still spend a bit too much time playing facebook games and getting up to mischief, but a lot of the priorities you're 'meant' to have in life have really slipped onto the back burner for me.

We heard something about a debut album...

My album’s called Inkstains, it's dropping November 27th and has taken me far, far too long to get in order. It features some really cool people, including 360 (of The Festival Song), Smiles Again (Mind Over Matter), HR King and Joyride (Urthboy - Hellsong). I've worked with some amazing local producers too, guys like Akouo, Konfuzion, Elgen and One Above. The bulk of the album is melancholy, it's a really personal and introspective release and I think that's why it's taken me so long to finalise. Doing it independently means it's grown in a really natural way; I was never wrestling with any deadlines or trying to create singles, I just wrote lyrics as life demanded it and this is the end product. It's a conceptual album - Inkstains is about the mark that music has had on my life and the mark that life makes on the self. Hopefully people can connect to it on a personal level, that’s really what I was gunning for.

Australian music is?

My Raison D'etre. Also a really good way to blow money in JB HI-FI.

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Spectral Fires
New

Artist

Spectral Fires

Punk, Rock (Rock, Hardcore, carpathian, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

CAPZ

Artist

CAPZ

Electronic, Dance (Skrillex, Electro, Dubstep, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Capslock Collective
New

Artist

Capslock Collective

Hip Hop (Canberra Hip Hop, hip hop, Oz Hip Hop, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Calski
New

Artist

Calski

Hip Hop (hiphop, rap, beats, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Blud

Featured Artist

2010

26

May

Blud

( )

Perth, WA

It's nasty and melodic all at once. Like if The Rapture met Dukes Of Windsor and had a disco battle - Blud are an Unearthed High 2010 finalist from Wesley College in Perth, WA.

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

C: Plenty of thought went into our sound. The main idea was to try and please as many different audiences as possible. We looked at what was ‘cool’ for people to listen to, and what people actually liked to listen to, and made a blend. Thom and Robb are quite theatrical, so they influenced me to steer in that direction musically. That’s why I grabbed obvious influences, vocally, from Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson. Also took a little Pop writing-style from Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. And it works.

Tell us about your high school – where do you play/learn music?

T: I grew up in Kalgoorlie, where Jimmy Barnes pub covers are considered to be "popular music" but when I moved to Perth in 2007 I started playing in several different cover bands with Robb. I used to do classroom music but gave it up last year because I believe if you institutionalize music it becomes stagnant and boring...(just kidding, I sucked at it). R: I grew up in the slums of Manning in Perth, not that you needed to know that but it makes me sound like I'm from the ghetto like Thom. I do TEE music at Wesley but lately I haven't learnt much seeing as I keep falling asleep in class. I often sneak around the music department dressed as a cocoon.

Have you played live before – what can we expect from a live show?

T: We've all played live shows before but never together as Blud. Given that we've all been best friends for a few years, and music is often a topic of interest, we've all compiled our ideas for a live show into a shiny orb of memory and trust (SOOMAT). Having all tried our hand at acting, we have developed a taste for the theatrical and absurd and we want to incorporate it into our setup. Because we're all funny guys/fucking idiots we also want to include a lot of humour and wit.

What’s coming up in the future?

R: We only have like $20 split between us, so probably figuring out how to get some dosh would be our first step. Seems we’re all ninjas, we’re too busy fighting crime in the underground of Perth to find jobs. T: Cote is actually from the future, but he is forbidden to speak of it because we've already agreed that having information about the future can have disastrous consequences. Even if you're intentions are good, it can backfire drastically. C: What Thom said. And Robb.

Australian music is?

T: Pretty. R: Damn. C: Oyster.

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Birdz
New

Artist

Birdz

Hip Hop (hip hop, new hip hop, rap, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Big H
New

Artist

Big H

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

B.B.S

Artist

B.B.S

Hip Hop (hilltop hoods, Bliss N Eso, Funkoars, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Matuse & Kazi

Artist

Matuse & Kazi

Hip Hop, Indie (Joey Bada$$, Wu-Tang Clan, Apollo Brown, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Sky'high

Artist

Sky'high

Hip Hop (Talib Kweli, Oz Hip Hop, La Chat, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Motley
New

Artist

Motley

Hip Hop (Conscious, hiphop, rap, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Our Conquest
New

Artist

REMI

Featured Artist

2012

13

Feb

REMI

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Remi is a 20-year-old Melbourne MC turning heads with his debut album 'Regular People Shit'. Get a taste of it right here.

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

I just listen to artists that I like, and how they get their personalities across through their music. I also recorded a bunch of songs that will never see the light of day, and worked my arse of until I was happy with how they sounded. With the beats, we tried to create a balance of organic sounds, with electronic bass instruments, though still trying to keep it as natural as possible.

What’s a Remi live show like?

If it’s up to my friends, wild as f**k! I love performing live, so I just get really amped and, usually, the crowd feeds off that and it results in pandemonium.

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

Everything that J Smith (producer) has ever told me. Except for when he tells me I should eat less Nando’s, then he doesn’t know what the f**k he’s talking about.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.

I’m pretty lucky in the sense that the people who inspire me are in my team. Whether it is, Run For Your Life or the UY collective. J Smith has probably been my biggest inspiration/mentor. N’fa’s been like a brother and mentor. Syreneyiscreamy & Chris Scott’s voices make me pull my finger out on hooks. My homie Jarryd Williams, who is the other Leader of the UY collective, makes me hustle. Everyone else holds down his or her own instruments, whether it’s a camera or knowledge about the industry, and that makes you want to work harder. It’s basically my family (both real and musical) that inspires me, in the un-cheesiest way possible.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

I’ve got a gig this Wednesday for Uncomfortable beats at Bar Open on Brunswick Street, that I’m pretty excited for. Heading up to Sydney this weekend to See Hau with the Run For Your Life peeps. Got some gigs in Perth during March, which will be siiiiiiick. Writing a bunch more tracks, and finding out how to make money by doing this music shit.

Australian music is…?

...slept on by the world.

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Sarah Connor

If you like impassioned hip hop with a stomping beat and fiery flow then you're going to love Sydney-based artist Sarah Connor.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I love the art of poetry and hip hop will always have a poetic element to it. I developed my sound from a lot of overseas and Australian influences but rap is an art that you have to be able to pull off yourself and is therefore organic to yourself. I deliver my lyrics in a way that inspires me, challenges me and makes me want to sit up and take notice. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The hungry and ever present desire to write. Catharsis. And also wanting to share and build a connection with your audience. I want people to be inspired and touched by my music and my lyrics. 
 
What can punters expect from a Sarah Connor live show?
Someone who wants to raise the bar, engage and delight. I've recently been working with Raine Supreme and we pulled off an awesome set at Thundamentals. I often jam on stage with fellow MC Madame Wu and also an amazing singer I've come across named Price Johnson. These girls bring the dynamite to the stage and make it a soulful, fun and lyrical evening any time we drop a performance. I do a mixture of shows to your usual hip hop audiences but will often incorporate spoken word into my sets. I love to bring the rawness that is real hip hop mixed with whatever I feel connects with the audience. 
 
I much prefer group shows over the solo work as its really hard work up on stage by yourself knocking out every lyric. Im also part of a new crew called Universafly which has about 7 MCs, a producer and a DJ in it. It's a really mixed crew and I'm really looking forward to collaborating and smashing out some live shows with such an ensemble. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
You can't do everything or address every problem or situation in the world. You need to pick one thing and focus on it and sort out what you are good at and use those skills to focus on what it is that you want to bring about change in. But when you make that decision, you need to be firm in it and devote your every waking hour to it. Only then will you do something truly great. - Nelson Mandela, at Rushcutters Bay in the year 2000. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
A toss up between Chandelier by Sia or Titanium by Sia - depending on how sad they were and how easily I could cheer them up. If I need to be more sombre and restrained about it, it would be Chandelier, if I was being flippant about it - it would be Titanium. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
Brother by Thundamentals
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
Lets make this a hip hop night.... which means the dancing may be awkward head nodding, but regardless, I'd chuck on something from Dylan Joel - either Numbers or his older track Set Us All Right. (Just to keep those hip hop heads guessing and vibing out to something fresh lol)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went to Vent at Valve Bar (The old Agincourt at Broadway) and saw some local Sydney cats perform but also a performance by Solomon Childs, Wu Tang affiliate.  Its the last Friday of every month and I've done a few shows there myself. Sometimes I even door bitch. It was a great night. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
I work with an amazing crew Universafly which has peeps from all over Sydney and the Central Coast from different backgrounds including some peeps who recently came from war torn countries and now live in Australia. The aim of the game for me is to get my freestyle skills up lol (next year) I am also inspired by a lot of hardworking artists that I am surrounded by in Sydney include Izzy and the Profit also T wreckz - who is an up and coming young hip hop artist from the Central Coast as well as other amaze peeps from Sydney including the Thundamentals, Daily Meds crew, Big Village. I was blessed to find an amazing singer for the Coma State track, Price Johnson. I can't wait to work with her more. Interstate I am inspired by the ground broken in hip hop by the Hilltop Hoods. Other noteable people that I keep an eye on are Briggs - he's made music I love. And K21, who I admire as a younger artist who has gone out and done his thing. I forever look at those who raised the bar and broke new ground and think 'what can I learn from them and go out and do it myself?'.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 is the year I am putting out my EP. It should be 6-7 tracks. We are busy recording the final track which should be a banging posse track and then it will go for mix and master. I also want to follow the release up with an interstate tour, probably the East Coast of Australia and then see what other opportunities I've got to put out music with the people I love. I have never gigged outside of NSW so I am really keen to share my music with other fam interstate. I am always looking for opportunities to work with new people and hope to put out some banging tracks with them that can add to the music made in this country. I want to raise the bar, I want to do all those things. But most of all, I want to make great music that people enjoy. If I just do that, I can look back on this year and know that I did what I set out to achieve. 
 

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Exposures

Artist

Exposures

Metal (Volumes, meshuggah, Northlane, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Awakened
New

Artist

Awakened

Metal, Punk, Rock (awakened, Metal, Metalcore, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Avenge The Sin
New

Artist

Avenge The Sin

Metal (Avenge The Sin, Deathcore, Metal, ...)

Far North, QLD

At Depths
New

Artist

At Depths

Metal (After The Burial, Veil Of Maya, elitist, ...)

Perth, WA

Asleep In The Light

Artist

Ash Phoenix

Artist

Ash Phoenix

Rock, Dance (my new fav, Ash Phoenix)

Sydney, NSW

Arkiro
New

Artist

Arkiro

Metal (Progressive, Metal)

Perth, WA

ArbourLane

Artist

ArbourLane

Metal (Aegaeon, The Contortionist, Aegaeon, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Arbour Lane

Artist

Arbour Lane

Metal (Brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

Another Day Down

Artist

Another Day Down

Rock, Punk (Emery, Anberlin, Taking Back Sunday, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

angus dawson.
New

Artist

angus dawson.

Electronic, Indie (Producer, Perth, Electronic, ...)

Perth, WA

Ambleside
New

Artist

Ambleside

Metal, Punk, Rock (AMBLESIDE, Shape Me, New Tide, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Amaranthine

Artist

All Or Nothing!

Artist

All Or Nothing!

Metal, Punk (Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, All Or Nothing, ...)

Gippsland, VIC

Aliens

Artist

Aliens

Dance, Hip Hop (beats, aliens, Electronic)

Melbourne, VIC

Alex Oram
New

Artist

Alex Oram

Dance, Electronic, Pop (EDM, dance, Electro, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

Alex Ford
New

Artist

Alex Ford

Hip Hop, Indie (alex ford, Perth, australia, ...)

Perth, WA

Alba
New

Artist

Alba

Dance, Electronic

Sydney, NSW

Aforementioned

Artist

Aforementioned

Hip Hop (Funkoars, Hip-hop adelaide, Funk, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Aeons

Artist

Aeons

Metal, Rock (thy art is murder, Northlane, Whitechapel, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Arthur Wimble

Featured Artist

2016

27

Jun

Arthur Wimble

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Delve into the flittery, electronic world of QLD producer Arthur Wimble, where modern cuts mix into retro chillwave.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound comes from a variety of influences. As I grew up I would often get really into a style of music and would jump onto my computer and do my best to come up with something in the same ballpark. For a long while I got really consumed by Chillwave. I met this guy from Scotland and we started to share stems and files and work on it together on tracks. We worked together on a few small bits and pieces but he eventually headed more toward indie-rock and I went deeper down that chillwave hole which is probably where I get some of the more distant elements of my music. That friendship was pretty formative in the growth of my sound.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
James Blake and Chrome Sparks are huge influences in what I’m doing now. I really love how extreme their productions can be. There’s probably a little bit of Jai Paul in  there too. Living quite remotely (in Bundaberg, a few hours out of Brisbane) I don’t have much exposure to a ‘scene’ so the music I make doesn’t have much external influence other than what I hear from overseas I guess.
 
What can punters expect from a Arthur Wimble live show?
I don't have any plans for live shows in the near future but I’ve been asked a few times now so I might start thinking about it in the future. I don’t have any strong skills with traditional instrumentation and I don’t want to stand there and put on a mediocre show so I’ll need to figure that out before I make any plans.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Make the most of the now.  I read it in a bathroom at Woodford Folk Festival and it’s weirdly stuck with me since.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Bluejuice - Act Yr Age
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bluejuice - Act Yr Age
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
GANGgajang - Sounds of Then (This is Australia)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I was working at Woodford Folk Festival and I saw The Cat Empire. Not the edgiest band in the world but there’s a raw sense of fun in their live show that just can’t be faked.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
I don’t really have access to much of a music community due to my location. Also, working anonymously means I don’t have much opportunity to network. I often see groups of Australian electronic musicians communicating together on twitter and working on songs together and imagine it’d be fantastic to be a part of that sort of community but I also like being a bit of an outlier.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I’m working on a bunch of new music and really want to invest some solid time into my tracks – I’m pretty impatient with my sounds and quickly grow bored of my old songs so it’d be a big step forward for me to work for longer periods on new tracks. I’d also like to start remixing some other artists and collaborate too, maybe record some guest vocals.
 

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Owen Rabbit

Featured Artist

2015

14

Dec

Owen Rabbit

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Owen Rabbit is a multi-instrumentalist and producer out of Melbourne's northern suburbs. He plays rubbish, bottles and matches like instruments, anything he can find that makes a sound.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I got given a field recorder for my birthday by my parents when I was a teenager. I loved recording sounds from unusual places and I loved travelling. I used my field recorder through Morocco and the Southern Europe and started to place those samples in whatever beats I was making. Then I got a loop pedal and a microphone and tested out live sampling with whatever trinkets I could find. I love sounds. I love foley in films it really inspires me. I guess that mixed with my love of electronic music and jazz and soul mashes up into something like my music.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When I write songs I can draw on personal experiences or anything that affects me on an emotional level. Sometimes I'll try put myself in other people's shoes and imagine what they're going through. I usually write music when I'm not near my instruments. I tend to think about little hooks, sounds or sometimes whole songs when I'm on the bus walking somewhere. Sometimes I even drift off when I'm talking to someone.
 
What can punters expect from an Owen Rabbit live show?
I build a piece of music layer by layer with my toys and rubbish. Then I play my synths and drum pads, my guitar and use my voice. Sometimes it's a little rough but it's because it's all happening right there.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Lachlan Mitchell told me once to encourage myself to be sensitive. He said that there's all different kinds of people in the world and they all play an important part and contribute to helping human kind as a whole. And while usually those who are strong are celebrated for their stoicism, their sportsmanship or their abilities as leaders, humanity needs sensitive people just as much to help guide them through their dark times and show them they aren't alone. 
 
I personally can't think of a better explanation for how and why people make art. That guy kinda blew my mind. He's an incredible musician.
 
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?
Dear Plastic, Kalacoma, Matt Kelly (Mayfair Kytes) at The Workers Club. It was incredible. My 3 favourite acts in Melbourne. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Hiatus Kaiyote are pretty undeniable. They're incredible. I supported Nai Palm for one of my first gigs, she's an incredible vocalist. I loved the raw energy of Mangelwurzel when I first saw them a few years ago. And the phronetic, surreal and impossibly complex Kalacoma have such an inspiring approach to live sound. They are a very much live electronic band. There's so much good music in Melbourne.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I plan to release an EP early in the year. Then I'm going to Brighton, England for the Great Escape Festival and some shows in Europe. After that I'll be doing my first Australian headline tour and getting stuck into writing my debut album.
 

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Bayharbour
New

Artist

Bayharbour

Metal, Rock (Misery Signals, Miss May I, Confession, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Illyria
New

Artist

Illyria

Metal, Rock (post rock, black metal, Progressive, ...)

Perth, WA

Artist

Featured Artist

2012

12

Nov

Jackie Onassis

Sydney, NSW

Jackie Onassis are a Sydney hip hop duo made up of Kai Tan and Raph Dixon. They've just dropped their excellent debut EP 'Holiday'.

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

We’ve always listened to a wide variety of music growing up. We’ve both gone through phases of being into punk rock, indie rock, electro, dubstep, the list goes on. That said, we’ve definitely put in the most time with our hip-hop: the first tracks we listened to and grew up on were from New York MCs like Jay-Z, Nas, & A Tribe Called Quest. As things progressed, we also fell hard for other styles from dudes like Atmosphere, Brother Ali, & Aesop Rock. Now it’s anyone who we think is making interesting music. In terms of the music, our beats used to be very sample heavy, but nowadays we’ve incorporated more synths and analogue drum machines into the mix, so our sound is a hybrid of both samples and electronic instruments, as well as real instruments - particularly keys. As far as raps go, as obvious as it sounds, the thing that’s influenced my development the most was learning to make my words and my delivery more musical.

What’s the Jackie Onassis live show like?

We just have a bit fun, try to get the crowd involved, and hope they do too. Raph is known to play air instruments when he’s really getting into it. I just sing a bit.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Sydney music communities who inspire you?

We grew up with the Horrorshow and Spit Syndicate boys, and they are always pushing the boundaries of our genre, but Sydney has so many dope musicians. This most recent album by Flume is absolutely nuts. The stuff Joyride is doing is next level, and a friend of ours called Atola is always pushing the limits. I’ve always admired what the Seekae guys do too. There are way too many crazy musicians to mention! It’s pretty easy to be inspired with so much talent around you, but its just as easy to get left behind, you always have to be experimenting and advancing to stay relevant.

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

When we first put together a bunch of songs, we were lucky enough to be able to sit down and have a coffee with Urthboy. As well as a bunch of invaluable info on the industry side of things, he basically just told us to take things slowly and be realistic, build from a solid foundation, don’t rush into things and make mistakes. That talk helped us put things in perspective and gave us a much better sense of how to go about everything. I’d definitely recommend the same thing to other artists: take your time with your music - there are no shortcuts and once your music is out there, it’s out there for good.

What’s coming up for you in the last bit of 2012 and looking into 2013?

We’ve just put out our first ever EP for free on our website. Its called Holiday, and we’re taking one ourselves for a few days. But then its back to work, cause we’re playing a show with Illy at the Beach Road Hotel in Sydney on December 12th. For 2013, we’re working towards releasing another EP early in the year, and then later in the year, it’s debut album time.

Australian music is…?

...in a really exciting place right now, and we’re glad to be part of it. For everything, but particularly for hip hop, it feels like there’s a lot of enthusiasm and development in everyones’ sound, and the standard throughout the genre is getting even better because of that. There’s also a lot of people smashing the execution on some unusual styles. The live scene is great too, and more and more people are happy to come out to shows and have fun. Australians are keen to support the more interesting artists too, and go looking for new music, and that’s really cool.

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Convex
New

Artist

Convex

Metal, Punk, Rock (Metalcore, Metal, Hardcore, ...)

Mid North Coast, NSW

Sensory Amusia
New

Artist

Sensory Amusia

Metal (Death Metal, Modern metal, Djent, ...)

Perth, WA

Hearts Like Wolves

Artist

Spectrums

Artist

Spectrums

Metal (Tesseract, Aristeia, Tesseract, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Sable
New

Artist

Sable

Electronic, Indie (Sable, australia, dance, ...)

Perth, WA

sleepmakeswaves
New

Artist

sleepmakeswaves

Electronic, Indie, Metal, Rock (Isis, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Rós, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Branch Arterial (official)
New

Artist

Branch Arterial (official)

Metal, Rock (melodic, Rock, alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Breaking Orbit
New

Artist

Breaking Orbit

Metal, Rock (karnivool, Oceansize, Porcupine Tree, ...)

Sydney, NSW

ZeroBit

Artist

ZeroBit

Electronic, Dance (Deadmau5, Skrillex, Eskmo, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Amethyst Close

Artist

Amethyst Close

Metal, Rock (Northlane, Born of Osiris, Northlane, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Marksman Lloyd

Featured Artist

2014

24

Nov

Marksman Lloyd

Perth, WA

Charismatic Perth emcee Marksman Lloyd has just dropped his banging new single 'Rewrite The Ending' and is our feature artist all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I think my sound developed through a ton of trial and error. I listen back to material I recorded in my late teens and I'm kind of glad that I didn't get a whole heap of exposure back then because I wasn't ready. Developing my flow and cadence on a beat took a good few years and living a bit of life in that time left me with something relevant to say... I think.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I would say that other artists are my greatest source of inspiration though not necessarily in my own genre or even my own art form. A lot of literature inspires me. Musically Dylan is one of my all time favourites, mostly because he wasn't afraid to make the music that felt right to him no matter the cost. 
 
What can punters expect from a Marksman Lloyd live show?
Lots of energy and bucket loads of sweat. I usually leave the stage drenched but it feels good giving the crowd everything you've got. My goal for each show is to make whoever is watching believe what I'm saying. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Enjoy yourself or there's no point doing it. I think that was my mum and probably every other mum to their kids since the beginning of time. But it's so true. Gotta remind myself of that every time I start taking myself too seriously. Actually that was good advice too, don't take yourself too seriously. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Coin Banks - Think Of You. He's the homie but I gotta give a shout out cause that track can still make me smile every time I hear it. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
At the moment it would have to be Joelistics - Out Of The Blue. All time though I think Paul Kelly - To Her Door or Nick Cave - Into My Arms.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by Tkay Maidza. Or Meg Mac - Grandma's Hands, everyone is annoyed at me at first because I've slowed the tempo right down but by the end they are all singing along and a few people have stepped outside to call family members that they haven't spoken with in a while. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I watched my good friend and long time producer, Creed Birch rock a set with an 8 piece band at a venue called 'The Good Shepard' last Thursday night. They all killed it. Keep an eye out for Creed. I think there is a spot at the top saved for that guy. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Creed Birch as I mentioned. Obviously Coin Banks and Mathas who are flying the flag high for WA at the moment. JL is one to watch. Whisky Winter aka Aaron Malone who has collaborated with me on a bunch of material is also an incredibly talented dude who makes amazing music. There's a plethora of talented emcees in this state as well. It's an inspiring time to be doing it. 
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
We are shooting a film clip for my new single 'Rewrite the Ending' at the moment. That'll be out soon. I've just wrapped up my second national run of shows but it was before the new EP dropped so I want to get back around the country early 2015. We've also started on the next project, it's only in the early stages but I'm excited about the direction it's taking. Expect that in the first half of 2015.

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Koolta
New

Artist

Koolta

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Kendrick Lamar, Horrorshow, el-p, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Artist
New

Artist

Hamartia

Metal

Perth, WA

RÜFÜS

Artist

RÜFÜS

Dance, Indie

Sydney, NSW

SAFIA

Featured Artist

2013

15

Apr

SAFIA

Canberra, ACT

Electro-indie 3-piece SAFIA are the Canberra winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. They'll be joining the incredible festival line-up at the University of Canberra on Sunday 28 April.

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

Our music is heavily beat and synth driven with elements of live instrumentation like guitar, piano and vocal. We write most our tracks with the intention of getting people up to dance and party but at the same time we try to add depth to the songs through meaningful vocals and thoughtful melodies and chord progressions. We usually write our tracks in full on acoustic instruments like piano and guitar and then bring them into the studio and begin producing. It is this process that we believe gives our songs a unique sound. We all have very diverse musical backgrounds and musical tastes and we have all been playing music together since way back in primary school. It is these diverse backgrounds and mutual understanding of one another’s writing and performing styles that is a key aspect of our sound.

You’re the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be joining the line up at the Canberra leg of the festival. What can Groovin The Moo punters in Canberra expect from the SAFIA live show?

Groovin’ The Moo goers in Canberra should expect to get an early wake up call when they see our set. Expect a lot of energy, big production and big vocals. Those who have seen us play before know that we have a lot of gadgets that we use to make our electronic sounds truly come across as a live performance and that we wont stop until we’ve got everyone up and dancing and jumping around.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

We are most looking forward to getting out on stage and sharing our music with so many new people. We love festivals because you meet so many new people and discover so much new music. Some artists we are particularly excited to see are Midnight Juggernauts, Tame Impala, Shockone, Last Dinosaurs and The Kooks. However, with a lineup this good it’s going to be hard to decide who to see on the day.

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

We’ve received lots of advice for all aspects of life over the years but one of best pieces of advice that we have taken on board concerning our attitude towards music would have to be from a man by the name of Wally De Backer, better known as Gotye. Although the advice was not directed at us specifically we took it on board. In a media interview he said the most important thing is to keep writing no matter what and not to give up when your tracks don’t get received as well as you would like.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We really hope that we can make 2013 a big year for ourselves. We have extremely big goals which seem incredibly ambitious at the moment but if you had told us this time last year that we would be given the triple j Unearthed spot to play at Groovin’ The Moo we probably would have just laughed. At the moment apart from preparing for Groovin’ The Moo we are currently putting the finishing touches on our first full single release, which we hope to have ready by the end of the month. This will be followed by a mini tour along the east coast where we hope to at least visit Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. But most importantly we plan to just keep writing and producing music and to keep pushing ourselves to get better and improve at what we do.

Australian music is…?

...Everything! We honestly think that Australia produces some of the most unique, groundbreaking and downright amazing music in the world. It’s hard to believe how much talent there is in this country. One of the best aspects about Australian music is that there are so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Australians are incredibly lucky to have sites like triple j Unearthed who discover so many incredible Australians.

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Daily Meds

Featured Artist

2011

6

Jun

Daily Meds

Sydney, NSW

Party-starting Sydney 4-piece Daily Meds are the winners of our Come Together competition and will be joining the massive lineup at the Sydney Luna Park Big Top this Saturday June 11.

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

We are a 4 piece hip-hop crew from Sydney, rocking some cutting edge sounds with underground content.. 'getting your mind ticking and arse moving' as we like to say. In the beginning, P.Smurf and Mikoen hit me up to play guitar in a brand new funky-jazzy live hip hop band called ‘Daily Meds’, also with Billie Rose singing and bass player Lampshade. I was chopping up drum breaks for us to to play over, but I was also making dirty electronica-inspired hip hop beats on the side.. over time we just started incorporating these sounds more and more, to the point now where our new material is not really jazzy or funky at all, but dirty and glitchy.

You’re the winners of our Come Together competition and will be playing the Sydney Luna Park Big Top this Saturday June 11. What can the Come Together masses expect from the Daily Meds live show?

We are definitely going to try and get the crowd amped... so expect big beats, 2 dudes spitting big raps and double-time flows, a killer female MC and loads of hype! We only have a short set, so were gonna be cramming in as much as you can take!

What are your earliest memories of Australian hip hop? How does that compare to your current Australian hip hop favourites?

Hearing ‘Nosebleed section’ in the early years of high-school was the first time I head ‘aus hip-hop’, it’s still such a classic tune - I think that track still stands up among whats happening in the scene at the moment....however there are some crews out there really upping the game at the moment in terms of technical skills, guys like Dialectrix and Mantra are setting the bar higher and higher.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.

For me, first and foremost the Big Village roster, it’s more than just a record label - but almost like a big crew - Tuka, Loose Change, Reverse Polarities and True-Vibenation. We have all been playing together for years in the Sydney hip hop game, we have our own little scene going on which has some very nice vibes flowing around, and honestly right now I don’t have to look to hard to find some inspiration.

What’s coming up in 2011?

A full length Daily Meds album! Me, P. Smurf and Mikoen are all living together in a shambolic dank warehouse, writing tunes non-stop. It’s coming out in November 2011 through Big Village records and I can’t wait - it’s going to be far from a lot of whats floating around at the moment....We will also be touring the east coast at the end of the year! Also Big Village has just released a compilation album ‘Big Things Volume One’, which we have a track on, I have quite a few beats on it, Mikoen and P.Smurf have solo tracks as well... were gonna be launching it in Sydney at Tone nightclub on the 25th of June!

Australian music is?

...what we make it!

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Refraction Aus

Metal, Rock (Volumes, Periphery, Northlane, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Hallower

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Hallower

Metal, Punk (For The Fallen Dreams, Misery Signals)

Melbourne, VIC

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Dream On Dreamer

Metal, Punk (Cirva Survive, Misery Signals, Underoath, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Deligma

Metal, Electronic (Heavy, melodic, Electronic, ...)

Northern Tasmania, TAS

Peezo
New

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Peezo

Electronic, Hip Hop (Neptunes, MISSY ELLIOT & MOVMENT)

Melbourne, VIC

Circles

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Circles

Metal (Circles, The Compass, Circles, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Chaos Divine
New

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Chaos Divine

Metal, Rock (BFMV, melodic, Metal, ...)

Perth, WA

Cast To Stone
New

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Cast To Stone

Metal, Punk, Rock (#metal #metalcore #heavy #breakdown)

Sydney, NSW

Aveira Skies

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The Archivist

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The Archivist

Metal (Necrophagist, Veil Of Maya, Necrophagist, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Adriatic

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Adriatic

Metal (Benea Reach, Art, Experiences, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Allay The Sea
New

Artist

Allay The Sea

Metal (Metal, Groove Metal, Heavy Metal, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Headlock

Artist

Headlock

Hip Hop (Vents, Funkoars, hilltop hoods, ...)

Adelaide, SA

eloquence and truths

Artist

eloquence and truths

Hip Hop (Public Enemy, Dilated Peoples, Nas, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

The O Trio

Artist

The O Trio

Pop, Rock (The Sleepy Jackson, Apollo Jerry, Pop, ...)

New England, NSW

Dylan Joel

Featured Artist

2012

17

Dec

Dylan Joel

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne MC Dylan Joel is the winner of our Pyramid Rock competition. He'll be bringing some summery hip hop vibes to the festival main stage on New Years Eve at Pyramid Rock, Phillip Island.

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

First love for hip hop started after an opportunity I had, introducing Bliss N Eso to the crowd before one of their shows. So my initial introduction to the scene was at a super high standard. That led to following a heap of other Australian rappers, and from there my taste of hip hop began to expand. After a 6 month general trip through LA, New York and mostly Toronto, I returned back home with new inspiration from all over North America. Recently I headed back to Toronto to work with a local producer 'Otis Grey', so my taste for hip hop has expanded massively, bringing multiple aspects of hip hop from so many different artists. To summarise it, seeing as I'm only 21, I still think my sound is developing - But I feel there's an art to making it work as you journey through that. So I'm sweet to just wait and see where I end up!

You’re the winner of our Pyramid Rock competition and will be opening the main stage on New Years Eve - what can Pyramid Rock punters expect from the Dylan Joel live show?

Yeah, such an insane opportunity. So stoked to be rocking Pyramid this year. Never expected to be playing a show like this so early on in my career. Was always one of those 'dream to play' kind of gigs. - So my plan is to get a little creative on this set. Not every day you get to play such a sweet show, so we're planning on having some fun with it. New tracks, old tracks, few covers. I have 3 homies that back me up for my live shows, rocking live bass, drums and vinyls - So hopefully we'll be bringing a mad festival vibe to our set! Definitely not afraid to have a boogie. So expect some real funky, bumpin' tracks!

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Melbourne music communities who inspire you?

Ah flip. So many. Definitely gotta throw some love to my man Mantra. Have had the priviledge to catch up with him on a fairly regular basis and take the opportunity of having him mentor me through some of the journey. Such a phenomenal rapper. But the part that really inspires me, is his passion for helping others. From volunteering with youth hip hop programs such as 'Dig Deep' to just being a really considerate dude. He's been an amazing inspiration for keeping grounded and understanding where your real life fits amidst your music life. Nate Flagrant has been a huge help too, he has been pretty committed to seeing us develop our recorded sound and our live show. Also some props to M-Phazes and Cam Bluff, as I see them as some of the most talented producers in the country. Along with the big man Illy, for not only being (what I think to be) one of the best song writers in the country, but also for his support and respect towards the new gen of rappers. Big advocate for seeing artists stay grounded and keep true to themselves. Props.

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

Tough question! Couldn't pick some specifically as the best, but one quote that sticks out: "Don't have everything you want, but want everything you have." - from the trusty words of a fridge magnet. Good as.

What are your New Years resolutions?

No idea ha. Get better at FIFA, write more raps, get even better at FIFA... Na in all seriousness, I'm real keen to write/release an album, which we've begun to tee up some amazing producers for. To be honest, I'm just happy with what I'm doing now. Selling out some bigger shows and playing some more festival's would be dope too, but I'm happy just kickin' it and seeing where the year takes me.

Australian music is…?

...underrated.

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Dyl Thomas
New

Artist

Dyl Thomas

Hip Hop (hip hop)

Melbourne, VIC

Dwizofoz

Artist

Dwizofoz

Hip Hop (lyrical commission, Lazy Grey, Early Drapht, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

*DNA*

Featured Artist

2011

27

Apr

*DNA*

( )

North Queensland, QLD

*DNA* is one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be taking his hip hop stylings to Groovin The Moo Townsville on Sunday the 1st of May.

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

I come from a family of musos and when I was 12 I had a game called Music 2000 that lets you make beats and pull tracks together on the Playstation. I started playing around with that, and that's when I started thinking maybe I'd like to get into music. Me and my high school friend TryxTah formed a group called BluTag and did heaps of shows at schools around Townsville. We made an album where I did all the production and recordings. In 2007 I produced 2 tracks ("Beauty Fades" and "Judge me Not" for Buttah the verbal Wordsmith) and hooked up with a fresh label (Skratch Hound) that Buttah and Marvin formed. From there it went crazy. We built a studio and started recording heaps. I was recording, producing in the studio every day with the boys and we did heaps of shows throughout North Queensland. I love composing beats and songs as well as working with artists in the studio. I have experimented with heaps of different genres and production styles but I believe I have found my sound in hiphop. It is just where my heart beats. I like to keep the original, experimental hiphop flame alive.

You’re one of the lucky winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can the punters at Groovin The Moo Townsville expect from your live show?

A pumping live show with heavy beat and lots of energy. I will be hyped by my fellow Skratch hounds Solex, Buttah and Vexed.

What are your hopes and expectations for attending and playing Groovin' The Moo in Townsville?

I am hoping to give our fans a great show and expose our music to more people that haven't heard us before.

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

"If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit." my manager Marve said this to me.

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

There is some great talent in Townsville. The people do really appreciate music up here and we have a lot of support in the streets. The most inspiring I find is that a lot of people/bands are open minded and keen to collaborate crossing genres. That inspires me because we are crossing boundaries when different music styles clash in my lab.

What’s coming up in 2011?

So much! My next album (“Plain and Simple") is almost done. I am producing Buttah's, Solex's, Vexed's next releases atm and I'm producing a few tracks for other artists.

Australian music is?

...like a Barbie: hot and tasty!

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Syntax

Artist

Syntax

Hip Hop (Syntax, Drapht, 360, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Dialect & Despair

Featured Artist

2010

3

May

Dialect & Despair

( )

Adelaide, SA

Dialect is a 19 year old Hip Hop Lyricist/DJ/Producer from Adelaide whose mission is to bring skills back to the forefront of Hip Hop in Australia and worldwide.

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1. Tell us about your music - How did you develop your flow and sound?

I make straight up Hip Hop music with a focus on heavy beats and true lyricism inspired by my life experience, passion for record collecting and that 90's New York Hip Hop sound. I want to make music people can pull out their crate or play on their ipod and still appreciate 20 years down the line and know it isn't any temporary or throw away music that was created as a reaction to a trend. My flow and sound has naturally developed over the last 8 years. I first started rhyming at age 12 just going through my eldest brothers collection of classic Hip Hop and when i heard Raekwon's opening verse on 'Knuckleheadz' from his album 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx' thats the moment i went "yep thats what i want to do". Growing up with 3 older brothers all listening to Hip Hop there was no escaping it at the family household, i feel for my parents! But i felt a real affinity with the culture so i started collecting records, writing and freestyling. Then being inspired by MC's like Juice and the entire Stronghold crew i entered my first battle at the age of 13 which i won so i kept doing it. I went on to win 6 more invitational battles but decided to stop at 16 to focus on recorded music. By doing live shows, recording more music, constantly writing and gauging people's responses i refined my style. Also the peers i surrounded myself with growing up like Motion, Social Change and Delta have always encouraged me to strive for my best and never perform something you're not happy to stand behind. So it was always a healthy and positive incentive to want to bring your best to the table when your rhyming with that calibre of MC's.

2. What can the audience expect at a live show?

An honest, raw and entertaining performance. An uncompromising Hip Hop show; true lyricism, crates, turntablism, freestyles. But i always hope to engage with the crowd and above all have fun with it because thats why we're all here, i don't believe hardcore Hip Hop and having fun should be mutually exclusive. I want people to still party and have fun to music with integrity and a message, they did in the 60's so why should that consciousness in live performance and music still not be there? If something i said made someone think /smile/dance or all at the same time then im happy.

3. Tell us more about working with Erick Sermon.

While he was in Adelaide, touring Australia with EPMD, he came back to my man Despair's studio, The Vortex, and kicked it with the family here and listened to some beats. We had a draft copy of the new album that started to play and he had a real positive response which was a really humbling experience to hear him support the project and give it a good rap. He shared stories of growing up in Long Island New York, recording those classic EPMD albums, discovering Redman, being an aspiring artist himself at 19 approaching labels and other dope stories of his career in the Hip Hop game. He gave us a lot of encouragement and advice about the music industry and how to maintain your own identity in it, which were jewels i know ill apply each day. Reflecting back, Its a pretty classic story to happen in little old Adelaide. I used to drive an 80's era Mercedes, which got wiped out by someone running a red light through it recently (RIP!) But we were driving through the streets of Adelaide with Erick Sermon chilling in the whip, bumping EPMD, man It was just funny! Erick said driving in the Merc made it like the Australian version of the EPMD Unfinished Business cover (check it if you haven't seen it!) It was a very cool yet bizarre experience to just chill and hang out with a massive influence on music, a huge inspiration for me and one of the greatest hip hop pioneers to ever live. Definitely a story for the grandkids if their not too busy on their hover boards.

4. Whats coming up in the future?

I have a new album coming out in June called 'The Vortex' I've been working on with Adelaide producer Despair which features guest appearances from Delta, Social Change and Motion. It will be available nationwide on CD & 2LP Vinyl for all those nutty record purists! We also have some exciting gigs coming up supporting DJ Premier, The Beatnuts, Masta Ace & Edo G in Melbourne and Adelaide and then touring the album upon its release across Australia in July/August. Myself and Despair are already working hard on new music, diggin, producing, writing, recording everyday and in 2011 we'll be going to New York to work on music and get absorbed in the Hip Hop Mecca...oh yeah and 2012! But for the immediate future, The new album and touring is my primary concern, which i believe has something for everyone. So be on the look out for Dialect & Despair in a city near you releasing our new album 'The Vortex'.

5. Australian Music is?

Universal.

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Tigerilla
New

Artist

Tigerilla

Electronic, Hip Hop (Tigerilla, Electronic, Moby, ...)

Adelaide, SA

COIN BANKS

Featured Artist

2014

11

Mar

COIN BANKS

( )

Perth, WA

Coin Banks is a talented Perth MC with an impressive résumé of collaborations to his name. Now he's stepping up and stepping out on his own and we couldn't be more stoked.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I am a Hip Hop artist from Perth, Australia – I am a beat maker and an MC. A lot of people tell me that my sound and style is really different to what is going on in Australian hip hop at the moment, and I take it as a great compliment. I grew up listening to hip hop in Primary School so it’s always been there, and as hip hop grew, I grew with it. I think the main thing for me was to take my influences and create something original and different.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I am huge music fan. I am fan before I am an artist. So other music is probably my biggest inspiration. I want to make people feel the way the same way that a de la soul song made me feel. Other than that, life’s experiences are a big influence on me – love, girls, and philosophy. For me, Hip Hop is essentially soul music, so it’s the pains and joys in my life that inspires me to create.

What can punters expect from a Coin Banks live show?
RAPS! I am a rappers rapper, an mc’s mc. My main focus is to do my job and deliver the song as well as possible. That being said, I love crowd interaction, I love the old school house party vibe of partying with the crowd. If the crowd has a good time, then im gona have good time. My favourite shows are playing with a full band. I rarely get to play these because of budgetary constraints, but the songs really come to life when there is a 7 piece band behind me.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Over the years, Homeboy Sandman has become a bit of a big brother to me. If I overstep the boundary, he is quick to step in and set me right. I love the dude for the guidance he has given me. He isn’t only one of the best MC’s in the world; he is also one of the most intelligent and nicest dudes I know.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Chet Faker – No Diggity (Cover)

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Ta-Ku – I miss you

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

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was a Bush Fire Fundraiser in Perth. Started with Natalie Mae and  Rae doing an acoustic set together, I love these guys and their performance is always something special. Then Marksman Lloyd played, and he killed it as per usual. I had to leave just after his set finished, but was a great night with great people.

Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Marksman Lloyd – He is my favourite MC in WA, if not all of Australia. His work ethic and originally are really inspiring – I always tell him how jealous I am of his stuff. One of my closest homies!
Mathas – I don’t really need say much about this guy, I love everything about the music he makes – he inspires me and makes me step my game up.
Ta-Ku – I’ve worked with Ta-Ku for over the years, and am happy to call him one of my best friends. He has always supported me in music and personal life, and vice versa. Dude is an inspiration for everyone in Perth.
Empty – This guy can play every instrument, rap, sing and freestyle something incredible. I’m always watching what he is up to next, and I suggest the rest of Australia do the same.
Sable – Young, talented, humble and passionate. This guy has such a bright future ahead of him, and I am super excited to be working with him on a few songs.
Childs Play, Beckon, Cole, Strangelove – These guys are all new young up and comers in the Perth scene and are already making waves. They all have a great work ethic and I am looking forward to seeing them grow as artists in the scene. They keep me on my toes.

What are your plans for Coin Banks in 2014?
Having the HEADS EP released on March 7th was a relief, but it now means I need to move on to the next page. Im going to let HEADS do its thing for a little bit, and to follow it up I have the TAILS EP featuring two singles with video clips. The Tails EP has my most favourite song of all time on it, I love everything on the HEADS EP but one of the singles on the TAILS EP is really special, and I cant wait to release it. I am currently working on my Debut solo LP with two songs already completed – one produced by Ta-Ku and another by Nottz from Detroit. As well as my solo stuff,  UPNUP have been busy writing new material to take into the studio. I have also been working with Sable and Marksman on an EP. 2014 should be a great year.

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Coin and Ta-Ku

Artist

Coin and Ta-Ku

Hip Hop, Indie (J dilla, de la soul, coin, ...)

Perth, WA

POLO CLUB

Featured Artist

2008

11

Sep

POLO CLUB

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Urban Monk and Camelot the Cameleon work on a fresh approach to Hip-hop/Beat Making/Ideas/Flows.

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Tell us about your music, how did your sound develop?

CAM> We both originally come from different areas of Music styles, Urban Monk more Funk, Hiphop & soul and Cam more electronica , rock and a bit of pop but we both listen to a wide selection of music. So when we came together and started writing, we both had a lot of styles to draw influences from. I had always worked on Hiphop tracks but never really had them cracking till Urban open my eyes to the underground shuffling weird hiphop production he was listening too and creating. So then it became a challenge too push each other to in Urban’s case writing new flows or take a song lyrically down a path he’d never tried before and in my case try and create a new sounds or rhythms or feel for a track that would take us both by surprise.

Tell us about your live show - what can the Parklife audience expect?

CAM> The Parklife audience will expect a lot of good vibes on stage, Urban Monk is just at home when he gets on stage, he just loves it, as for myself, any chance I have of dropping my beats for friends/punters/music loves is bliss, I have the attitude of “how about this beat….?...ok not a fan…oh ya got to like this one!” and keep picking away until you find your favourite Polo Club Track.

Who are you most looking forward to at this year's Parklife?

CAM> Got to see Dizzie! That dude is on Fire! URBAN> yeah Dizzie.... cant wat to see him been waiting for ages...

What's planned for the future?

CAM> Main aim is to release the Album we have been working on for a long time and plays as many Gigs as possible and keep the momentum going that is building for Polo Club. URBAN MONK> Yeah and also get this clip done.. just one step at a time, got the single launch coming up soon so trying to make that huge and get everyone along to that.

Australian music is?

CAM> Paul Kelly to Presents to Midnight Oil to Drones to Metal bands rocking the tote on a Tuesday! URBAN MONK> Silverchar is Australian music...that’s the shit....yeah The presets definetly..and any other people pushing and trying something different!!!!! BOOM....

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Blunted Monk

Artist

Raven

Artist

Raven

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

Maundz

Artist

Maundz

Hip Hop (hip hop, Hip Hop!, hilltop hoods, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Barnzy & EaRelevant

Artist

Barnzy & EaRelevant

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Bam Bam
New

Artist

Bam Bam

Electronic, Hip Hop (bam bam)

Melbourne, VIC

Deece
New

Artist

Deece

Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (Deece)

Melbourne, VIC

After Hours

Artist

After Hours

Hip Hop (hip hop, CErtified Wise, Adelaide, ...)

Adelaide, SA

23

Artist

23

Hip Hop, Indie

Melbourne, VIC

Vegas Aces

Featured Artist

2011

10

Oct

Vegas Aces

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Vegas Aces are a Brisbane hip hop duo and the winners of our Sprung Festival competition. They join the Sprung lineup at The River Stage in Brisbane this Saturday the 15th October.

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

The music we have released previously on our EP 'V.A.All.Day' is very 'big' sounding. With large drums, thumping basslines and very energetic samples. We were still trying to figure out what the 'Vegas Aces' sound was ourselves in the process of making it. Moving forward into the album we are delving more into the musicality of it and trying to go for a unique sound not too far removed from our previous work, but moving in a direction that we want. All the themes are very relatable from relationships, to early twenties anxiety bullshit etc - we definitely try to channel from real life.

You are the winners of our Sprung competition and will be playing this weekend at the river stage in Brisbane - what are you hoping to gain from the experience?

We are just stoked the good people at Triple J know our name! We have played a fair amount of live shows but never a festival so I'm sure its definitely going to be a learning curve for us. We are just happy to be involved and very humbled to be added to such a stellar line up + have the opportunity to be exposed to everyone coming on the day.

What can Sprung punters expect from the Vegas Aces live show?

Lots of energy. Big sounds. Our favourite songs off the EP and showcasing what we've been working for on the album.

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

We are very blessed to have a talented circle of friends with our Born Fresh crew. Butchdaddy, Tommy Ill, Seven, Mr Hill, Pure Product, Rayza, Elo and Truths etc etc. We owe a lot to The Optimen for a lot of early guidance. And also Brisbane pioneers such as DJ Katch and Lazy Grey. There are a lot of people that have paved the way that we salute! There are seriously too many people to name that do great work for Brisbane.

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

Trying to finish our album in 2011. Release the album and tour in 2012.

Australian music is…?

...evolving and growing.

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Jungle Traffic

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Jungle Traffic

Hip Hop (J dilla, M-Phazes, Jungle Traffic, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Boris The Blade
New

Artist

Boris The Blade

Metal (Boris the Blade)

Melbourne, VIC

Northlane

Artist

Northlane

Metal (Misery Signals, Volumes, Cloudkicker, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Common Bond
New

Artist

Common Bond

Metal, Rock (#Metal, #Hardcore, #metalcore, ...)

Perth, WA

Oliver Tank

Featured Artist

2011

12

Sep

Oliver Tank

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Sydney, NSW

Oliver Tank is a young Sydney-based producer and musician who is turning heads and melting hearts with his enchanting down-tempo electronica.

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

I set out to create something really original and unique with my music, and on top of that I try to give it a really personal feel. I developed my sound by listening to a lot of electronic artists. I feel like at the moment it is the genre with the most potential. I love the idea that electronic sounds and real instrument sounds can work together so harmoniously. Essentially that is what my music is about, different sounds organised to tell a story.

How do you translate your recordings to a live environment – what’s an Oliver Tank gig like?

My live show includes a laptop, sampler, vocals and guitar. The music is pretty chill but it lends itself well to an intimate live show,

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.

As I was developing my sound electronic music was really taking off, I was always hearing new and exciting electronic artists and they were my biggest inspiration. Originally Seekae was a huge influence but now there is a huge community of similar musicians in Sydney that all make amazing music. The fact that there are so many talented artists out there is inspiration enough for me to keep bettering what I do.

What’s coming up for you in 2011?

I'll be releasing my EP in October which will have a bunch of new music on it. I'm also working on a mix-tape as well, which will include remix's, covers and much more. Other than that I'll just be playing gigs and working on new music.

Australian music is?

...Amazing. Its really liberating knowing that there is so much musical talent in Australia. I Can't wait to see what the future holds for Australian Music.

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In League
New

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In League

Metal, Rock (Post-Hardcore, Australian Music)

Perth, WA

ANCHORED

Artist

ANCHORED

Metal, Punk (The Ghost Inside, Metal, Punk, ...)

Perth, WA

Almost A Trap

Artist

Almost A Trap

Metal (Breakdowns, cairns, Good, ...)

Far North, QLD

Mr Hill & Rahjconkas

Featured Artist

2012

22

Oct

Mr Hill & Rahjconkas

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Mr Hill & Rahjconkas are the winners of our Sprung Festival competition. They'll be joining the massive line up of Australian hip hop at Brisbane's RNA Showgrounds on Saturday November 10.

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

Originally Rahjconkas contacted myself (Mr Hill) asking me who produced for me. At the time I was snaking beats from anyone I could. He sent through a couple of beats straight away and we instantly connected. His production style was exactly what I was chasing and he seemed to like what I did with his music. So after a few draft songs being sent back and forth, I formally asked Rahjconkas to make a collab album together. I guess the momentum we have gained has locked us into an exclusive duo now. Kinda like Muph & Plutonic.

You’re the winners of our Sprung Festival competition and will be playing Brisbane's RNA Showgrounds on Saturday 10th November - what are you hoping to gain from the experience?

Firstly, thank you so much for the opportunity to play at this festival. I went last year as a punter and was totally blown away by the quality of music and size of the show. To have the majority of Australia's most successful hip hop artists in Brisbane at the same time was amazing to see. I hope that from playing the show we can show a few more people who may have not heard of us what we do, and possibly impress the right people so that we can keep expanding this music thing. I'd love to be booked again, for any festival.

What can Sprung punters expect from the Mr Hill & Rahjconkas live show?

Crazy, high energy hip hop from young cats with nothing to lose. Im 25, Rahjconkas is almost 23 and our kick ass Dj, Dj Da Rin (J-Frankie) is 18 years old. I've played over 50 hip hop shows this year and only around 7 or 8 were for headlining shows, so we have the support act "hype the crowd" thing down pat.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Australian music community that inspire you.

Well I can't answer this for both of us, but personally I am incredibly inspired by Suffa from Hilltop Hoods - his production and raps are always next level, always so creative. Trials from Funkoars also blows me away with his raps and production. Drapht and The Thundamentals are massive inspirations for me - their flow, their character - so dope! Another big inspiration is a good friend of mine DJ Butcher, the guy is so musically diverse and talented, everything he is doing music-wise I instantly love. Seven is also an inspiration of mine, the mans drive and ethic is so good to be around. You can't help but want to follow your dream when you're around him.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2012 and looking to 2013?

The rest of 2012 is looking quite busy, which is great news! Originally we were already booked to play at the Sprung After Party so now we have 2 shows that day. The next week we'll be performing with Spit Syndicate in Sydney for the launch of their new single 'Beauty In The Bricks'. There is also a small run of shows with Seven and Melbourne rapper Allday. Hopefully 2013 there will be more tours. Rahjconkas and my second release, 'Dead End Street', is looking like being released in the early parts of 2013 (release date tba).

Australian music is…?

...amazing and inspiring! I love where I'm from and what we all represent. We live in the best place on earth.

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seven

Featured Artist

2010

8

Jun

seven

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North Coast, NSW

Seven is a 22 year old MC from the gold Coast. He won the opportunity to have his tracks professionally produced by M-Phazes.

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

Practise practise practise! I just kept writing until I didn’t dislike the stuff I was writing anymore. I think honest feedback from good friends helps alot too, if people aren’t letting you know that maybe you sound a little forced or rushed within verses, and you don’t recognise it, how can you progress?

Who are your influences?

I like a very, very wide range of music but principally the group of artist’s I generally take the most from would be Atmosphere, Jehst, The Butterfly Effect (before Imago), Dead Letter Circus, Klaxxons, Illzilla and Mantra, Phoenix, Horrorshow, and definitely Urthboy for the sheer energy in his live shows.

Tell us about working with M-Phazes.

I was so lucky to be given the opportunity to work with a guy that’s so established and very talented. It was very easy to get all ideas across, going both ways, Phazes approached us with a whole bunch of ideas that he had and it of course sounded like they would be super favourable to get a great final result. He was right, the live keys and bass sound awesome and his little tweaks have improved the song no-end I think.

What’s coming up in the future?

More and more, which is awesome! I’m working in the studio alot with DJ Butcher, who’s a bit of a genius himself, to get my EP finalised and polished for its release in the first week of August. Other than that, I’m doing a few gigs around south east Queensland and will be going on the road in August or September with Born Fresh Records to show as many people as possible how we like to have a good time!

Australian music is?

Honest!

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Stories

Artist

Stories

Metal (Metal, Progressive)

Sydney, NSW

Graves

Artist

Graves

Metal (The Acacia Strain, Legend, meshuggah, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

DROP FRAME

Featured Artist

2012

26

Nov

DROP FRAME

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Drop Frame is one of the most promising young producers in Australia. His epic tracks bring together a unique fusion of dubstep, electronica and cinematic influences.

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

I guess you could call it Cinematic Electronic Music or CEM for short. Most of my formative years were deeply routed in the rave scene in Perth, it was a sort of an escape from a very nerdy/black-sheep existence I was leading at school. I grew a love of big beats and merged it into the film scores from the movies that inspired me. If anything, it's a sound that has been battered and bruised out of experimenting with different ideas over many years.

What’s the Drop Frame live show like?

Think of an electronic Mark Ronson. The focus on future shows is to create a "2.5 D" hybrid DJ set which features live musicians with an amazing visual backdrop. My goal is for people to come out of a show thinking "Jesus, that was insane", "I need more of that in my life".

Tell us about the inspiration and influences behind your recent ‘Kinetic’ EP.

After releasing "Monk", I wanted to move on from something that was quite introspective. Moving to Melbourne was the major inspiration, the vibe of the place made me write in a different way, for a different audience. I never really "got" Melbourne in my previous travels around Australia, but one of my best mates - Gareth (GCM who featured on Shimmer and Satellite) was a brilliant guide, helping me forge the initial networks with musicians who contributed and believed in what I was trying to do. It's an EP about the city.

Who are some other producers and musicians in the Australian music community that you dig at the moment?

I am really loving Flume's stuff, he really deserves his success. I'm really digging all the drunk offbeat hiphop stuff that Ta-ku is pioneering over in Perth and of course the high-end super clean production bass scene with Phetsta, Shockone (and thousands of others in tow). Also all the electronic indie bands that have been coming out of the woodwork recently, seriously impressive and unique.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2012 and looking to 2013?

Way more touring and performance, in a big way. My heart and soul is now in full gear with this and it will be as amazing as I can personally accomplish. I have a few sneaky summer tracks up my sleeve over the festival season. Then its head down - bum up for the next EP/Album. I'm looking to work with some pretty amazing Australian producers to build something pretty incredible and unique.

Australian music is…?

...a melting pot of culture, opinion and talent. Inspiring, topical and poignant, yet not afraid to conquer new paths.

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LEVELS

Artist

LEVELS

Metal, Punk (Underoath, Erra, Misery Signals, ...)

Melbourne, VIC