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Losty
New

Artist

Losty

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

The Goods
New

Artist

The Goods

Electronic

Sydney, NSW

RENNAN
New

Artist

RENNAN

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Punk (Hip-Hop, rap, Chill, ...)

Sydney, NSW

DEXTER SEAMUS
New

Artist

DEXTER SEAMUS

Hip Hop (hiphop, rap, AUS)

Melbourne, VIC

Marcus

Featured Artist

2015

27

Jul

Marcus

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Marcus is a young Melbourne emcee with a refreshing hip hop sound that showcases his lyricism and effortless flow.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music is always evolving, you have to be adaptable if you have plans to stay relevant for years and years. I always try to keep my influences living in my music (even though you can't exactly tell where I'm drawing the inspiration from or what artist I'm channelling at the time). I like to keep an emphasis on slick wordplay and delivery no matter what I'm making, so you can always find that in my music, even though it's much more than that.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The usual things that inspire other creatives. Things I've experienced, other music, the way a certain design looks, the way different colours look next to each other, the way a certain soundscape is. Even the things that are "trending" - but sort of stepping back from that and analysing why something is popular and pushing people to unlock what we all have to begin with- that they can create greatness too.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
A little bit of everything, I make the music for people to listen to what I'm saying, so I let it speak for itself on stage. I'll change my hype levels according to the songs being played, so everyone can go through the experience with me. I think if people go to watch me, they'll be happy they did haha.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Anything that comes out of Sensible J's mouth.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
"Liona" - Nasty Mars. Check it here!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
"Take U 2 Da Moviez" - Bangz 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
"Ignore" - Alison Wonderland with Baro
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
haha It was actually one 90'sRD (our collective if you don't know) was playing at. It was a crazy night! We supported Remi at the Northcote Social. It went down! Ended up on stage with Rem', Hau, N'fa, One Sixth and Baro for a live cypher! 1/6 is one of my favourite rappers too so that was an amazing night for me.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
My friends mainly. Baro, Charlie Threads, Yobi Masenqo, Mose`, Te Waere, KushDaddySlavens, Nasty Mars, Sol' Manic. We push each other to be the best we can be. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
After Splendour and supporting Baro's tour, I'll be commencing my next project, probably an EP. I'm keen to just keep building.
 

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AVA
New

Artist

AVA

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Brisbane, QLD

Cult Shφtta
New

Artist

Cult Shφtta

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Punk (Trap, hip hop, rap, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Cobi Marsh
New

Artist

Cobi Marsh

Hip Hop, Pop (Pop, r&b, Alternative hip hop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Lucas Miller
New

Artist

Lucas Miller

Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (Soul, neoblues, Chet Faker, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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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Profecy
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Artist

Profecy

Hip Hop (profecy, Brisbane, aussie hip hop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Verbill
New

Artist

Verbill

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

Brisbane, QLD

GlynaceDaMenace
New

Artist

GlynaceDaMenace

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots (Instrumental, Electronic, Experimental, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

priyawn (Hip-Hop Instrumentalist)

Artist

Chiko
New

Artist

Chiko

Hip Hop (Emcee Chiko)

Canberra, ACT

Detal
New

Artist

Detal

Electronic, Hip Hop (Lunice, clams casino, Bonobo, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Suavess
New

Artist

Suavess

Hip Hop (Spit Syndicate, ellesquire, Remi, ...)

Canberra, ACT

MONDECREEN
New

Artist

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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Slow Turismo
New

Artist

Slow Turismo

Indie, Rock (Indie, Rock, Conan Mockasin, ...)

Canberra, ACT

 Wallflower
New

Artist

Wallflower

Indie, Pop (space, dream, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

ELEJI
New

Artist

ELEJI

Hip Hop (Hip-Hop)

Melbourne, VIC

Kadyelle
New

Artist

Kadyelle

Hip Hop (Sage Francis, k.flay, hip hop, ...)

South West WA, WA

Mathas

Featured Artist

2013

30

Dec

Mathas

( )

Perth, WA

Perth emcee/producer/singer/song psychologist Mathas is a thoughtful and skilled lyricist whose recent tracks have really impressed. He is the winner of our Southbound competition and will be opening The Sunny Stage of the festival on Saturday, January 4.

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

I’ve been performing and putting out music in Perth for over 10 years now. I suppose I've gradually been shaped into a begrudgingly optimistic pisstaker of world events, the Australian political climate and dietary habits. I guess I just say it as I see it.

You’re the winner of our Southbound competition and will be playing the fest in Busselton, WA on Saturday 4th Jan. What can the crowd at Southbound expect from the Mathas live show?

I’ll be playing out of a briefcase with a giant button attached to it, with some decorative props and a signature onstage goofballishness.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

It's been many years since I've played at a festival and also a long time since I last went to Southbound (2010) ... So getting to perform is highly important. I gotta tell you though, I'm pretty partial to the ol’ campers chai tent.

What are your plans for Mathas in 2014?

I’ll be putting out my sophomore album Armwrestling Atlas in the first half of 2014. That’s pretty much all I can think about at the moment... just get the frikkin album done.

If you had to make one new years resolution, what would it be?

Get the album done... it's been 4 years since the last one.

Australian music is…?

Far more important than buying a house.

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Seeka
New

Artist

Seeka

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

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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Muma Doesa

Artist

Muma Doesa

Hip Hop (hip hop, female emcee, Soul)

Melbourne, VIC

Nhostic
New

Artist

Nhostic

Hip Hop (Nhostic, The Dark Ronin, Nhostalgia, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Nastaij
New

Artist

Nastaij

Hip Hop, Pop (Maya Jupiter, aussie girl hip hop, Class A, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Dawn Laird
New

Artist

Dawn Laird

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

Newcastle, NSW

Madame Wu
New

Artist

Madame Wu

Hip Hop (hilltop hoods, The Herd, Muph & Plutonic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Elemont

Artist

Elemont

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

Sydney, NSW

Words Eye View
New

Artist

Words Eye View

Hip Hop, Indie (hip hop, canberra, Soul, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Hayds
New

Artist

Hayds

Hip Hop (Nas, Dilla, A tribe called Quest, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Semantix
New

Artist

Semantix

Hip Hop (aussie hip hop, hilltop hoods, Funkoars, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Context
New

Artist

Context

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

Melbourne, VIC

Stateovmind
New

Artist

Stateovmind

Hip Hop (stateovmind, Stateofmind, State of Mind, ...)

Melbourne, VIC