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Hatchie

Featured Artist

2017

13

Jun

Hatchie

Brisbane, QLD

Hitting us with a glistening shoegaze dream, Brisbane singer-songwriter Hatchie, drops her debut track 'Try' and your next afternoon soundtrack.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I wanted to be a singer when I was younger but I never really thought I was capable of being an artist or performer. I've always written really pop sounding songs but I didn't want to be a straight up 'pop' singer, so didn't do anything with them until a few years ago. 
 
After I wrote Try in 2015 I started experimenting with pairing sugary sweet pop melodies with darker instruments and production. I've always been really into stacking up backing vocals and harmonies, which you'll be able to hear in pretty much every song I release. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Conceptually, I look up to artists like Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Bush and Wolf Alice. I'm really interested in artists who question what it means to be a female in a male dominated genre - which most genres other than pop are. 
 
My music doesn't sound like theirs and I'm yet to push any of those boundaries, but I definitely get inspiration from them as people. They helped me realise you don't have to sing, dance, dress, or act in any particular way. 
 
Lyrically, most of my songs stem from a personal experience like a friendship or relationship. 
 
What can punters expect from a Hatchie live show?
 
Hopefully a great time!! I'm lucky enough to have a bunch of really talented friends joining me on stage, so I'm really excited for everyone to see what we've been working on. 
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
If I narrowed it down to music related advice, it'd probably be 'Less is more' from pretty much every producer… I have a tendency to layer heaps of tracks to get the most swirly, shimmery sounds possible but I'm learning to pull back and play around with silence and empty space. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
The Harpoons - Ready For Your Love
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Airling - Bloodshot Blue
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
Northeast Party House - Your House
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I saw DD Dumbo at The Triffid over the weekend and it was AMAZING of course. I was blown away by each members' ability to swap between a bunch of instruments throughout each song.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
 
I'm inspired by people who are passionate about supporting music and arts in Brisbane, particularly when funding for small businesses and projects isn't so easy to secure. Shannon at Jet Black Cat Music and Vlada at Junky Comics are two great examples. I often shy away from writing about personal experiences, so artists who share difficult and intimate stories in their songs like Cub Sport and Major Leagues inspire me as a musician. 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
I'll be releasing another single, an EP and playing a bunch of shows!

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A.J.Richardson
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A.J.Richardson

Indie, Punk, Rock (Acoustic, Punk, Brisbane, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

WASTERS
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Stella Donnelly

Featured Artist

2017

4

Jun

Stella Donnelly

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Perth, WA

Spaghetti-loving Perth-based artist, Stella Donnelly is the talk around town. Her debut EP 'Thrush Metal' is the type of songwriting you'll be head over heels for.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I think that most of my sound development has come from watching live shows. My sound has developed pretty naturally, if anything I've stripped it back more and more over time to being the most raw representation of myself.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
I generally write songs when I have something to say, about assholes mostly!
 
What can punters expect from a Stella Donnelly live show?
 
My shows are generally really intimate, so I try and break the ice with some chats about tinder and footy etc. I find myself saying 'sorry mum' a lot at my gigs.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Remember all your bloody guitar leads, plectrums and capo this time will ya!" - Dad.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
The Wiggles - Hot Potato
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
The Wiggles - Hot Potato
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Hot Pota... just kidding, I believe in You - Kylie Minogue.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I watched Methyl Ethel play with Reef Prince and Erasers and I danced ALL NIGHT.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
 
I'm really really proud of the Perth scene that is emerging right now and it's the first time I've seen so many gender diverse bands come out of Western Australia! Bands like Hussy, Lifestyle, Telete, Jacob Diamond, Moistoyster, Heebiejeebies, Heathcote Blue, Shit Narnia and Terrible Signal make me feel HELL lucky to be a musician in Perth.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
I'm in another two bands called BOAT SHOW and BELLS RAPIDS who are both releasing stuff this year and doing a bunch of tours. I have some more songs up my sleeve that I want to finish and record at some point. I also have a goal to find the best tasting Ramen in Australia so big plans all round really!

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Indie, Metal, Punk, Rock (Rock, Indie, Punk, ...)

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Postblue

Featured Artist

2013

22

Jul

Postblue

Melbourne, VIC

Byron Bay 4-piece Postblue are one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition and will be taking their 90s-influenced alternative rock to the festival Supertop at 12:30pm this Saturday. Get amongst it!

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

We sort of just started jamming. After a few weeks the 'sound' was coming out pretty naturally, we were never going for anything specific. Riley will normally come to rehearsal with a basic skeleton of the song and a few riffs. Then we all throw in our own ideas/parts and figure out a song structure that works. Sometimes it's a quite a simple process and the songs come really easily, but sometimes we'll be sitting on songs for a few weeks/months that we still haven't quite worked out.

You’re one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. What can Splendour punters expect from the Postblue live show?

Loud guitars, a lot of energy and plenty of awkward stage banter. We all thrive off playing live and we have heaps of fun on stage. So you definitely won't be bored during a Postblue show.

What Australian artists/musicians do you draw inspiration from?

Silverchair, Incursion, Violent Soho, Something For Kate, Grinspoon, Jebediah and a bunch more. Australia has produced some of the best bands/artists of all time, which can often be overlooked when you have a massive amount of international bands touring here all the time. We definitely draw a lot of our inspiration from Australian bands.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and by who?

No ones ever really given us advice, we've been figuring a lot of things out on our own as we go which is kind of cool.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

We are recording next month for another release, touring the east coast in September which includes a show at the Poison City Weekender fest in Melbourne and trying to write new songs. We are slowly starting to become more busy with the band which is really cool. Putting a lot of time and energy into something creative and artistic is quite refreshing.

Australian music is…?

…very unique, be it our accents, lyrical content, style or even artwork. There is a great sense of community. The amount of support we've received over the past year and a half has been overwhelming, all these Australian bands just seem to want to help each other out.

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