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Sol Bishop
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Sol Bishop

Hip Hop (#sol bishop #new wave #hip hop)

Melbourne, VIC

Fortunes.

Featured Artist

2015

9

Feb

Fortunes.

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne future R'n'B studs Fortunes are getting up in your hair this week.

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

Coming from different musical backgrounds (pop/soul/jazz vs hip-hop/electronic/hardcore) but with similar ambition, we developed our sound through a lot of trial and error over a cask of wine.

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

People, mates, lovers, dickheads.

What can punters expect from a Fortunes live show?

Lots of dancing (dirty dancing), hot people, personal stories.

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

Protect your heart, turn it into art. Thanks Gemma.

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

Vanessa Amorosi - Absolutely Everybody

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

Powderfinger - My Happiness

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

Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby

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

The Tarantinos at Luwow. It was wild, a chick got her *** out.

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

Hiatus Kaiyote - Nai Palm is explosive.

The Harpoons - Rebecca's on some high-pitched Australian Amy Winehouse level.

What are your plans for 2015?

We're looking at jumping on a couple of tours and playing some festival spots which is gonna be sweet. We’ve almost finished writing EP#2, so aiming to get that out mid-year.

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Mathas

Featured Artist

2013

30

Dec

Mathas

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Melbourne, VIC

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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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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Koolta
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Koolta

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

Adelaide, SA

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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Loose Change

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Loose Change

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Strange Talk

Featured Artist

2010

16

Aug

Strange Talk

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Brand spanking new band in the vein of Phoenix. Touring with Jinja Safari later this year.

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

I guess, as a band, we have strong and varied musical backgrounds from classical music to dance music, and the song "Climbing Walls" reflects that. It has been an exciting six months, and we are just really happy to see people getting into our music. Inspiration wise, we draw from our record collections, and all of the incredible local and international music getting created and toured around Australia.

Tell us what we should expect at at Strange Talk live show.

It's still early days, only played 3 shows!!! Haha. But, things have been going well, and we have been getting some really strong reviews which is encouraging. We are playing with Jinja Safari for their East Coast tour, which is going to be great fun, totally love that band.

What were you all doing before starting the band?

Generally, just working for the man so to speak...Just pretty boring jobs. In regards to music, we have always been making tunes and just playing with friends.

What’s coming up in the future?

An EP towards the end of the year hopefully. Beyond that lot's of touring. Really keen to see if we can get our way on to a festival or two... We love getting out the studio and playing our songs live.

Australian music is?

Fun, parties, and festivals. Australian acts like The Presets, Temper Trap, Jinja Safari, and INXS make great tunes and know how to play a killer live set and I guess that's where we're aiming to get to...

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Peezo
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Peezo

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

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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COIN BANKS

Featured Artist

2014

11

Mar

COIN BANKS

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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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REMI

Featured Artist

2012

13

Feb

REMI

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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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