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Yelderbert
New

Artist

Yelderbert

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

Melbourne, VIC

Sarah Wolfe
New

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Pelvis Moves
New

Artist

Pelvis Moves

Dance, Electronic

Sydney, NSW

Juno Disco
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Juno Disco

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Synth, Pop, Juno, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

SAMANTHA
UH
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Sarah Grainger
UH
New

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Sarah Grainger

Indie, Pop (Indie, Pop, guitar, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Sweet Whirl
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Sweet Whirl

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Wilson's Prom
New

Artist

Wilson's Prom

Indie, Pop, Rock (dream Pop, Melbourne, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Beyond The Willows
New

Artist

Beyond The Willows

Indie, Rock, Roots (Rock, Stoner, Doom, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Evangie
New

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Evangie

Indie, Rock (#indie #alt #rock #indierock #brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

Aardvark and the Armadillo

Artist

Aardvark and the Armadillo

Indie (Anthem, Rock, Indie)

Ballarat, VIC

scoob mcgoon
New

Artist

scoob mcgoon

Indie, Pop, Rock (Singer-Songwriter, Indie, Folk-Rock, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Lucky Idiot
New

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Lucky Idiot

Indie, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

Halfway Charlie
New

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Halfway Charlie

Indie, Rock (alternative, Indie, psychedelic, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Bluebone
New

Artist

Bluebone

Indie, Pop, Rock (! #new #australian #blues #roots #rock)

Kimberley, WA

China Roses
New

Artist

China Roses

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (alternative, ! #indie #rock #altpop #new #alternative)

Adelaide, SA

rosarrie
New

Artist

St. Emerald
New

Artist

St. Emerald

Indie, Pop, Rock (Indie, Acoustic, electric, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Heaps Good Friends

Featured Artist

2017

13

Feb

Heaps Good Friends

( )

Adelaide, SA

This Adelaide duo are the bestest of mates and together create what they call "peanut-brittle pop with text message lyrics". Loaded with 80s drums and colourful synths, their music is like popping candy for your ears.

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

All of our tracks begin on Nicks Korg Poly 800 which has such a genuine bank of incredible sounds, when we find one we like, we go from there. Other than that our sound developed quite naturally without following too many rules. Our first track "Perhaps I Killed A Tiny Stunt Double" came out all 80's sad pop. The next few had some face melting guit. solo's following 'Stunt Doubles' lead. "Let's Hug Longer" was a straight up dance pop surprise. It usually takes us a couple of days to write/record a track, we like our pace. There is lots of freedom on both sides to be upfront when we don't like an idea, or on the flip side, really claim an idea if we love it, shared writing has never been so fun.

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

Our friendship. I think living in different cities makes the times when we DO get together to make tunes more special, we always have such an energy! I trust Nick so much and honestly love everything he writes. Most of the lyrics are taken from conversations I have with people, or things I overhear them say, so by the time I fly to Adelaide and head into Nick's studio, I have a list of bangers to share and get the lyric writing happening!

What can punters expect from a Heaps Good Friends live show?

Heaps Good Fun!! This project feels nice an instantaneous. We're opening the window and this music is coming through. When we play live we're aiming to pull off the same trick, just with all you guys helping with the window opening and enjoying whatever comes through!! Like a wise pair of boys once said: 'Jump around, jump around. Get up, get up and get down.'

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

Nick: My mate Shannon told me if you want, you can turn the sound of that annoying kid yelling on the train into the energy that feeds you. It was a killer perspective change. Freed up a lot of mind space. 

Emma: "Emma, the world needs your smile" - Mum to me on the phone the other day when I was in a crap mood. Love you mum. 

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

Nick: "Parlez Vous Francais?" - Art vs Science

Emma: "Fruit" - Rainbow Chan. Or the outro to "All In Colour" - Grace & Innocence. On repeat. For 15 minutes. 

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

Nick: Hmmm...hard one. Silverchair's "Ana's Song" is a heavy jam on a few levels. I cried watching Nai Palm but that was on a 'touched by angels' tip...no sadness happening there.

Emma: "Exist" by Vital Signs. More like an - embrace the cry then we can move past it as we float to the middle of the ocean.

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

Nick: Right now? Flume "Never Be Like You" is statistically proven to destroy that floor. Otherwise Alison Wonderland "I Want U" bangs in the best way.

Emma: I have a coupla friends who would cheer louder and dance harder if I chucked on Killing Heidi "Mascara" haha. The mid-90's baby's would drift away, but we'd take up the whole floor then thank you very much.

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

Nick: Last local gig was a Warped Covers Party at The Northern Sound System in Adelaide. Heaps of local champs forming funsies bands to drop tunes from mega faves of the noughties...purty fun times.

Emma: Big Sound. Where do I start. Clairy Browne was hard to stop listening to. Mallrat then became the soundtrack to the beach that weekend, and Totally Mild I wrote down in my iPhone notes as 'Heavenly Pop'.

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

Adelaide music scene is SUPER fun at the moment. Loads of bands all lifting their game...so to start, gotta tip cap to the whole industry for inspirational growth overall! Obvs TK, Bad//Dreems, Grenadiers, West Thebarton Brothel Party all doing mental good all over Aus/Internationally...But Mio, Electric Fields, Wasted Wanderers, Skies, Joy Sparkes, Ross McHenry!, Playback808....heeeeps. Heeeeeeeeps. Heaps are heaps good. Luke Penman! Spoz! Sam Wright! Sharni Honor! Faaar OOUUUUUUT. Make it end!!

What are your plans for 2017?

Write more. Live shows. More film clips. Convince HAIM to bring us on tour with them.

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Ninajirachi
New

Artist

Ninajirachi

Dance, Electronic, Pop ((((・^・;)*。:・。+ 音楽)

Central Coast, NSW

Cry Club

Featured Artist

2019

18

Mar

Cry Club

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Cry Club are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Get to know them below!

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

Heather: With Jono’s background in really cool, technical, noisy guitar music and me, having more of a theatre background with a passion for pop music, the sound developed surprisingly organically! I gravitate towards big pop melodies which is a fun challenge when Jono brings in these really dissonant tracks. Developing the sound has always been about balancing pop with noise. Every track has different ratios of each side, but both elements will always be there in some form.

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

Jono: I think there’s a lot of creative tension in combining pop and post punk elements that is really interesting to work from - so taking influences from super pop artists like Lady Gaga and The 1975 and pitting that against the noisy bands like Future of the Left and Daughters provides a great spark from which a lot of our stuff comes from.

What can punters expect from a Cry Club live show?

Heather: MEL. O. DRA. MA. Honestly the live show is the reason we make music at all. It’s theatrical, over the top and bursting at the seams with energy and emotion. Performing is so cathartic, and our songs are all so personal, it’s impossible to not give it everything I’ve got!!!!! Don’t think you’re safe hiding at the back either. I love a good wander through the audience mid-song.

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

Jono: A big one that has guided our method, that unfortunately wasn’t given to us directly was Black Flag’s strategy of having the show be the focus and letting everything else around it be a flyer. So if something outside of the live show doesn’t land the way you want it to, all your eggs aren’t in that basket. They’re with the live show, so you don’t get stuck in things like comparing yourself to the success/progress of other artists.

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

Heather: 'Sun' by Moaning Lisa. Honestly, sometimes you feel fragile and need a boost, and this song gives you all the goodness of Vitamin D right through your headphones.

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

Jono: 'The Pull' by Eilish Gilligan.

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

Heather: 'stabs' by RAAVE TAPES. It’s soooo infectious and dancey. Honestly, I have this on REPEAT right now.

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

Jono: It was a Monday Night Mass at the Northcote Social Club, with Lost Talk and Wax Chattels. Both incredibly good/aggressively cool bands. Love a free gig that always has interesting bands.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Wollongong (if you would like to talk about Melbourne, you can do so too) music community that inspire you.

Heather: Bec Sandridge! I loved her music before Cry Club was a thing, I’ve loved the way she carefully considers every aspect of her identity as an artist. Her aesthetics, stage outfits, and her songs absolutely bang so hard. It’s been amazing to have another openly lesbian artist to look up to as well. On the flip side, Totally Unicorn are the noisy inspo. They were the party guys for a long time, but it’s been wild to see the way it’s evolved into something darker. They’re also outrageoussssss to see live!!!

What are your plans for 2019?

Jono: Release more music, play more shows, get to 2020 and do it again.

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Zoë Fox and the Rocket Clocks
New

Artist

Zoë Fox and the Rocket Clocks

Dance, Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

RUBY FIELDS

Featured Artist

2017

9

May

RUBY FIELDS

Sydney, NSW

Sydney's Ruby Fields, tripled her followers in just 24 hours making 'I Want' one of our favourite discoveries of 2017. Let her confidence, power and attitude consume right through you.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
It's been a pretty long process from learning different instruments at like 7 years old to learning to build them as I get older and wanting to understand the science of it all, that's sort of where I got the rocky vibe to my songs from (wanting heavy drums and guitar riffs with a tonne of pedals and shit). So I guess over time I've dappled in different genres but overall I just love a good old thrash of instruments and playing it loud with mates on stage. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Kinda like I mentioned, I love the science behind it all. My mates dad taught (and is still teaching me) how to build and repair guitars, amps and pedals and I couldn't be more stoked.
 
Learning new things every day and also being able to write pretty honest lyrics that work with a melody I'm feeling and just combining all that into a song that I can put out to people (who could potentially relate to or like it at all) is pretty huge.
 
I guess another cliche answer is that I grew up in a house that constantly listened to AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Fleetwood Mac and the other classics so I always loved making music and started writing super young. 
 
What can punters expect from a Ruby Fields live show?
 
I definitely love just equipping myself with a dry sense of humour on stage without talking too much between songs. I'm not really stoked on a set unless I'm soaked with sweat by the end of it whether I played shit or not, I think people get into your music when you're into it. 
 
That, beer drinking and some dodgy songs about dodgy things and hopefully a sick time? What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from? I'd like to consider myself fairly quiet unless I'm involved in a pretty good two way convo with someone, a mate once said you learn the most about people and situations when you sit back a little from the bustle and watch what's going on as much as you're getting involved. I think that's pretty clever and applicable to every segment of life, even music. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
 
When I was hungover in the studio the other day, my bassist Brad kept playing Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool and it somehow revived me and I immediately felt like I could stomach food. That has to stop anyone from crying. 
 
Wish You Were Dead by Peter Bibby - cheeky song that always manages to get the shittiness out of me.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
There's gotta be heaps but You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog by Holy Holy is all time. Their guitarist is an insane genius - that solo always gives me goose bumps. One of those sit in the shower and empty your head just to listen to it kinda tunes. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
I'm more into moshing than dancing so I'll always go the DZ Deathrays "Gina Works At Hearts" route and songs of the like, so much more fun. That or go way back to "Come Said The Boy" by Mondo Rock. Genius. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Last local gig I went to was probably my mates Uncle Axel who had a headline at one of the local hotels. It proper went off with all the familiar faces, heaps of bevs and I even jumped up to play rhythm guitar on a song in their set which made it a real hectic time for me (despite almost being too drunk to find the guitar that was literally in its case). 
 
They're playing at my headline show at the Huddy soon to, so keen. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
 
To be honest I've been insanely lucky for the opportunities I've been provided with at such a young age, but I'm adamant I worked hard for it. My manager is a gun and also one of my best mates who has done a heap for me and introduced me to so many legends like my producer (Chris Collins), my band mates (Brad Heald and George Georgiadis), Jess Gleeson and my booking agent (Casey O'Shaughnessy). I've met a bunch of insanely talented musicians that I'm hoping to join the little family of but working with an incredible team is the most inspiring thing to me, I think. Knowing they invest their time into your work because they really dig it. That means a lot.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
Play some fezzies, drink some (a lot of) beer, write some songs that make people laugh or cry and try my best to enjoy every single minute of it. 

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TOTTY
New

Artist

TOTTY

Indie, Punk, Rock (#rock)

Illawarra, NSW

MUKI

Queen of pop beats, sass and a whole lot of fun is Sydney artist and this week's Feature Artist, MUKI!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always had a fascination with Spice Girls and J Pop artists, and I would chat to Phebe Starr and Aaron Reyes (my producer for this EP) about the kind of sounds we would use. They both came across Sophie at SXSW and they introduced me to PC music. I fell in love instantly with the production. Aaron came out from the States for 2 weeks and we locked ourselves in my studio and wrote the whole EP! 

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
At the moment I am fascinated by interesting production. I think it’s such a great time in music. I am given the freedom to say whatever the f*** I want. I use my songs to communicate what I want to the people who have underestimated me. 

What can punters expect from a MUKI live show?
It’s like Spice Girls meets trap, except there aren't 5 girls, it's just me and my curly haired MD doing synchronised dance moves. 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Phebe Starr said to me the other day, "nothing comes for free" and that's a pretty good life motto. Nothing in the music industry is perfect, so you have to just take it as it comes. Work hard, know why you are doing it and stay true to who you are. 

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mallrat with 'Better'. She is such a queen! 

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Basenji with 'Mistakes' (ft. Tkay Maidza). It's such a good tune. It makes me a cry a little about how good it is. Tkay’s vocals are fire on this track. 

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sneaky Sound System with 'Pictures'. 

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Oh Boy the other week and it was rad. He has cool hair and I love what he is doing with his production. 

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you!

The Sydney music scene has such a cool vibe right now and I have some amazing friends that are doing a cool hustle. I am inspired by Phebe Starr, ASTA, OH BOY, Basenji, DONATACHI, Cosmos Midnight and Nina Las Vegas. I love them all! 

What are your plans for 2018?
I am dropping an EP early next year. I also have some collaborations coming out and I am planning a writing trip to the States.

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Wavevom
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Artist

RAAVE TAPES
New

Artist

RAAVE TAPES

Dance, Electronic, Rock (Garage, Rock, dance, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Never Never
New

Artist

Gratis Minds
New

Artist

Gratis Minds

Electronic, Hip Hop (# alternate)

North Coast, NSW

TOWNS

Featured Artist

2019

15

Jul

TOWNS

( )

Adelaide, SA

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

Our music is the audible sound of two friends who fell in love with each other at first sight. I feel our sound has come together subconsciously from the countless hours spent together sharing music, comparing our upbringings, driving home with each other, skipping class for food and the thousands of hours spent together at band practice just jamming and covering songs we mutually loved. Our music reflects the world around us, like really happy but not and also really sad but not also.. Our sound comes from such an array of artists and genres and eras, it’s hard to nail it, but we definitely aspire to match the individuality and attitude of so many punk artists who do what makes them and others happy and feel included.

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

We REALLY just love music, art and culture and we get inspiration from a bunch of different art. I think we grab inspiration from just about everything. We really feel that what’s around us will often shape who we are and that’s the same with the music and art we make too. We always send each other single covers or music videos, weird mini YouTube doco’s, quotes we think are nice. It’s always fun looking back on how our inspiration has changed over the last few years I think at this stage we inspire each other based on what the other one gets excited about.

What can punters expect from a TOWNS live show?

TOWNS show is 30% music and 70% us asking how your day has been. We like EVERY show to be different because we are both such inattentive people who get bored of things VERY quickly, so we like to make sure we have as much fun at every show as possible while also including everyone else in the room. So essentially a TOWNS show is an explosion of energy, a safe space for everyone,  oozing vulnerability, a LOT of shit talking and a whole lot of happi people having fun.

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

The best advice I got given was to never throw away any song, click save on every project because it might turn into something one day. I remember Alex Lahey saying that at a panel for ’Face the Music’ In Melbourne a few years ago and I always remember it when I think a song sucks. On the other hand the worst advice I ever got was from a lot of my friends dads growing up, suggesting that I should do Cold Chisel covers at the local pub to get my band attention. They would ALWAYS argue that point, like every day, ever. 

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

It goes one of two ways either ‘Mango Tree’ by Angus and Julia Stone for a calm lift up to really ground someone in life and to appreciate all the pretty things. OR Gretta Ray’s ‘Unwind’ can leave me feeling VERY optimistic. Oh and Ben Lee - Catch My Disease is an absolute BOP. OH FAR OUT AND ‘Don’t Change’ by INXS is a REAL winner

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

For crying, the artist Toy Boats had a song ‘Searching for the Wonder’ that is extremely beautiful, I think everything he released had so much emotion that it’s hard not to get caught up in it. Such a unique voice too, I always find voices that aren’t afraid to stand out much more powerful than your typical Australian Idol chart topper. I also just really can’t get past 'Blood' by the Middle East. It never ceases to make me cry happy and sad tears simultaneously. 

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

Okay, so we have two answers. 
1. ‘Arnold’ by Luke Million would have to be THE D-Floor banger. That song has never not gotten me up and moving like a person who actually goes to the gym. 
“UP…. DOOOWN.. COME ON, MORE ENERGY!’ YAS. Even reading it gets me pumped. 

2. Here’s the scenario. The D Floor is like THUMPING and people are like “woah we want a song that will go HARD!! What will take us to the next level??” Ya bois walk up to the decks with a usb full of .mp3 bangers. The people are going bananas! Our hands are shaking with power.
We select ’Parlez Vous Francais’ by Art vs Science and THE CROWD GOES WILD. Everyone just pops OFF like a frog in a sock!  

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

The last local show I went to was this super sweet local fest called ‘Flip Side Festival’ that ran across three different venues and featured every act on the bill being female fronted or featuring one or more fem/non-binary member! It was just such a wicked time. Our wonderful friends in Teenage Joan’s were on the lineup and FAR OUT they rule hard. I also caught a MONSTER of a set by High Time which was just packed full of energy, life and positivity and I spent the whole show just air drumming and stank facing and UGH it was seriously just amazing. I love Adelaide. AND I love the fact that all of this happened on not just a Saturday, but also on a FRICKIN SUNDAY NIGHT!! 

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

Adelaide’s music scene is full of so many supportive people. It doesn’t feel competitive, it just feels full of people all interested in everyone succeeding and having a lovely time. We can’t give enough love to Nick O’Connor, the projects manager at Northern Sound System for all his support in getting TOWNS of the ground. Teenage Joan’s for reminding us how good it is to simply be doing what we love. Pinkish Blu for being our best friends and being the people we go to for positive reinforcement.  And finally anyone whoever attends The Crown and Anchor on a Wednesday night to see all the wonderful talent of Adelaide.

What are your plans for 2019?
More music. More touring. More pushing ourselves creatively. More learning. More loving. More TV. I think 2019 has really just been SO lovely to us thus far. Getting the offer for Spin Off was much bigger than anything we thought this year had to offer. So who knows what curve balls what this year can throw eh? We have some really exciting things coming up and we’re just so thrilled to keep pushing ourselves in the most creative ways and making things we feel represent who we are and what we’ve learned. We’re very bloody excited to do another hot lap of the country and see all the beautiful people across the country side. But to be honest I think as long as we get to be ourselves and stay in friendship love with each other, anything could happen and we’d be so ecstatic.  Just having our friends by our side while we go through life is beautiful enough and more than we could ever ask for. 

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SPANKADELICA
New

Artist

SPANKADELICA

Dance, Electronic (sci-fi, Groove, dance, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

TAWLS
New

Artist

TAWLS

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

Perth, WA

Leo Rose
New

Artist

Leo Rose

Dance, Hip Hop, Pop (leo rose, rap, Hip-Hop, ...)

Mid North Coast, NSW

Akurei
New

Artist

Akurei

Electronic (Akurei)

Gold Coast, QLD

High Tropics
New

Artist

High Tropics

Indie, Rock

Sunshine, QLD

Feelds
New

Artist

Feelds

Indie, Pop, Rock (Feelds, alternative, folk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Coda Chroma
New

Artist

Coda Chroma

Indie, Pop (Hypnotic Pop, Angular-pop, altpop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jimmy Harwood
New

Artist

Jimmy Harwood

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (#hiphop #indie #pop #chill #bluesy #tadjazzy)

Melbourne, VIC

SEASIDE

Featured Artist

2018

16

Jul

SEASIDE

( )

North Coast, NSW

Everyone's favourite North Coast pals Seaside are taking over Splendour this weekend as our local comp winners! We couldn't be more excited. So head down early for funky dance moves, the odd confetti gun and dream pop magic.

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

It took us a couple of years to develop our sound and even then, it’s continuously changing and growing. When we started jamming we had all just come off the back of completely different genres so at first, it was an eclectic mix of all the things we had to offer. Then we started writing, pulling bits and pieces apart and pinpointing what we liked about them. Wavy Baby was the first EP, it’s a little slower and moodier than the next, but it’s nice to see how much the sound started to change. After we released our second EP Lover, We All Have Our Vices, we wrote 'Golden Girl'. I think we decided then that we were happy heading in that direction. Froggy joined the band pretty soon after and we started writing a little more indie but still with the dream-pop vibe. You’ll see when we release the next single!

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

I think at the moment it’s each other! We all have so much love for music and writing music that we kind of inspire each other! Lyrically I draw inspiration from people I meet, my friends, a beautiful view, a crummy day. Everything can be inspiration if you view it in the right way!

What can punters expect from a SEASIDE live show? 

We have some pretty funky dance moves, the odd confetti gun, I like to tell stories about the silly things we do, a bit of banter and a heap of feelies! 

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

I’ve been lucky enough to have been given advice from some amazing people, the most recent piece of advice I was given that stuck with me was actually from Froggy. We were speaking about how we get nervous for shows and he said "those feelings, and the butterflies, they make you want it so much more". They push you to perform with your absolute all and then you get to feel that sense of accomplishment when you’re finished. How lucky to be able to feel that rush! And he’s so right. If we never got nervous for things we wouldn’t be putting ourselves out of our comfort zone! I think it’s so important to do that for self-growth! 

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

The Round the Twist theme tune. That could cheer anyone up. 

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

I took this question as crying in a good way! It would have to be Stella Donnelly with ‘Boys Will Be Boys’. She’s so talented, I saw her play at the Northern in Byron and I cried, a lot. The boys told me ‘the Optus hold music’ is also an acceptable answer.

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

The Presets with ‘My People’! What a tune! 

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

We went to PLTS last night, they’re really great guys and are such an amazing live band, super tight and sound like they could play a stadium. I’d had a few birthday margaritas so you could say I danced pretty hard! 

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

There are so many talented people in this area, they all have so much passion towards everything they do that I am constantly inspired. PLTS inspire me because they are such an amazing live band, so tight and flawless. Also, there’s another friend of ours who is supporting us at the Northern, her name is Sophie Ozard, she’s definitely someone to watch out for. Beautiful voice, effortlessly smooth and so amazing to watch (also she’s a really genuine, lovely person)! We are really blessed to live in such a creative hub, I feel like all the musicians here kind of bounce and vibe off each other, we always go to each other’s shows and are always encouraging one another, it’s really nice. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Well, we play Splendour (ahhh!!) and then head off on our Golden Girl tour, then we’ll be dropping a new single and touring with Last Dinosaurs. Then back for more writing/recording/releasing and then hopefully a summer of shows and new friends! 

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Bleach Girls
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Artist

Bleach Girls

Punk, Rock (Beach punk, Surf punk, Garage, ...)

Mid North Coast, NSW

Yoste
New

Artist

Yoste

Electronic, Pop (Ambient, Electronic, Pop)

Brisbane, QLD

Top Lip
New

Artist

Top Lip

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Polykite
New

Artist

Polykite

Indie, Pop, Rock (#indiepop, #ambient, #post-rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

dancing room
New

Artist

dancing room

Dance, Electronic, Indie (#indie #electronic #dance)

Melbourne, VIC

Niterunner
New

Artist

Niterunner

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (vallis alps, Vera Blue, Yuma X, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Simon Doe
New

Artist

Simon Doe

Indie, Roots (Simon Doe, Doe, Acoustic, ...)

North Coast, NSW

NORTH ELEMENTS
New

Artist

NORTH ELEMENTS

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Ambient, Chill, Chill House, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Take Your Time
New

Artist

Take Your Time

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Confidence Man

Featured Artist

2016

10

Oct

Confidence Man

Brisbane, QLD

It's like Tom Tom Club partying with LCD Soundsystem - one heck of a dance floor!

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What's the origin story of Confidence Man?It all started in our home studio (all of us lived together) when one of us was writing a bass line and struggling with song ideas. The four of us were all in the room so we slowly started screaming over the top of each other and trying to grab the microphone to sing little melodies. By the end of the night I just remember that we were all pretty wasted and we were all hugging each other and screaming "this is the best thing ever!" So I suppose from there we realized that we work well together. We're similar people and we like similar music, so it's been easy to know what direction we want to go in. What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?I love to dance, so I really focus on writing big bass lines and cheeky percussion parts. Essentially I just try to write music  I would dance to.I love the way Todd Terje makes badass dance music in a really cute, dorky way. That's the vibe I like to go for. What can punters expect from a Confidence Man live show?Champagne, bee keeper hats, black eye make up and two of the sassiest live dancers you'll ever see. What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?"Men will stick it in any old hole they can get it in" - Grandma What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?Donny Benet - Working Out What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?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?Fishing - Yuwa What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?I saw Sampa the Great at Bigsound. She was awesome, I think she's a badass. Tell us about the bands or people in the Australian music community that inspire you.We're inspired by a lot of Brisbane bands because we're always working together and showing each other demos. Everyone is super-supportive in Brisbane.But musically I'm really inspired by the Melbourne dance scene - NO ZU, Ara Koufax and acts like that. What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?Lots of touring, writing, releasing some new tracks, but above all making some more overstated outfits.

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The Wattles
New

Artist

The Wattles

Indie, Pop, Rock (Indie, australia, Female, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Pulzanti
New

Artist

Pulzanti

Electronic (Electronic, alternative)

Darwin, NT

Rich Road
New

Artist

Rich Road

Indie, Rock (Indie, Groove, summer)

Perth, WA

joshie
New

Artist

joshie

Hip Hop, Pop (#pop, #star, #sadboy)

Adelaide, SA

Denpasar
New

Artist

Denpasar

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

Brisbane, QLD

Glitoris
New

Artist

Glitoris

Metal, Pop, Punk, Rock (Punk Rock, Punk, Glitter, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Oh Boy
New

Artist

Oh Boy

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Sydney, NSW

FØRD
New

Artist

FØRD

Electronic (Chillstep, chillwave, Future Bass, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Feels

Featured Artist

2017

18

Sep

Feels

( )

Perth, WA

Feels are a percussive electronic outfit from Perth, and the winners of our 2017 Listen Out competition for WA! We're featuring their buoyant and bubbly tunes all this week on Unearthed.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Elise and Rosie met during high school when they were 14 at an after school percussion program. During a Djembe solo we locked eyes and from that day, we knew we would make music together. We both studied classical percussion at University and Elise went on to study composition. Our love for rhythm and classical composition has definitely influenced our sound and how we create a Feels track. We have always loved electronic music and wanted to find the balance between using our classical composition and percussion skills to created serious beats and shredding synth lines.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Rhythm is definitely our greatest inspiration and usually the main focus for our tracks. We like to find simple patterns and find ways to disrupt and manipulate them. We both play percussion every day, whether it be tutoring high school students, or playing for dancers at WAAPA. Playing has always been a huge inspiration for our music. Our study of many different styles of percussion music and composition has also been influential on our music.

What can punters expect from a FEELS live show?
Live drums, electronics and tinsel jackets! Oh, and a surfboard.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Don’t place too much importance on one track or a certain release, you never know what can happen” – (Tim Shiel).
“Don’t fuck it up” – (RuPaul).

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Miss Blanks – ‘Clap Clap’.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Stella Donnelly – ‘Boys Will Be Boys’.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Lewis Cancut – ‘Body Querty’.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
BIGSOUND! We saw so many local bands it was amazing! Miss Blanks was definitely a highlight for us. It was great to see such a diverse range of artists at the festival. Being from Perth, it was amazing to see such a large representation of our local music scene.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Earlier this year, we co-founded WOMPP (Women of Music Production Perth) a platform for female, transgender and nonbinary music makers to share and discuss music production. We have monthly meetings to discuss electronic music production, share tracks and prepare for our biannual showcases. Through the creation of this community, we have met some of the most talent and inspiring individuals in the Perth music scene. Over this past year we have seen so many strong electronic acts form and more established artists become even more confident. Artists such as Alex and Yell, Lana Rothnie, G*Rey, WYN, Mei Saraswati, Jana Jaya Ayres, Jamilla and many more, are helping to shape the Perth music scene and the standards we set for equal gender representation within our city.

What are your plans for the future?
We have our debut EP Emerald coming out in November with 2 more singles in between. We’re very excited! We are heading to Berlin in November to attend ‘Ableton Loop’, an international music summit. We will also be doing an Ableton studio residency in Sydney January 2018 in which we hope to start writing a new album. We are definitely wanting to do an East coast tour in 2018 and release more new music!

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Mid Ayr
New

Artist

Mid Ayr

Dance, Indie, Pop, Rock (alternative, Indie, Pop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Tia Gostelow
New

Artist

Tia Gostelow

Indie, Rock (Indie, folk, Rock)

Tropic, QLD

Bears and Dolls
New

Artist

Bears and Dolls

Indie, Pop (Indie, Pop, Indie Pop)

Perth, WA

River Blue
New

Artist

River Blue

Indie, Rock (Folkrock)

Melbourne, VIC

Body Type
New

Artist

Body Type

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

vowl.
New

Artist

vowl.

Electronic (#bass, #beat, #synth, ...)

Gippsland, VIC

Wild Jangle
New

Artist

Wild Jangle

Indie, Pop, Rock (Fuzz, melody, Delay, ...)

Perth, WA

Heath Perry
New

Artist

Heath Perry

Indie, Punk, Rock (Minimalist, Depends, assorted, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

Middle Kids
New

Artist

Middle Kids

Indie, Pop, Rock (middlekids)

Sydney, NSW

Dylan James
New

Artist

Little Theatre
New

Artist

Little Theatre

Indie, Pop, Rock (Melbourne, Indie, Music, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Honey Pies

Featured Artist

2012

9

Jan

The Honey Pies

Adelaide, SA

Charming young Adelaide 4-piece The Honey Pies are one of the winners of our Big Day Out competition. They'll be delivering their fuzzy retro-tinged pop to the Adelaide Big Day Out on Friday February 3rd.

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

Our music I think is basically our own little spin on British guitar-pop stuff. It's still developing all the time I think! I want to be one of those bands like Pavement where after they've put out a body of work you can really watch them mutate over time, where each album is like a chapter in a story. I always find the idea of a "sound" a bit boring... I think you can become to pre-occupied with a "sound" and forget to ask yourself if it sounds any good. Lots of sounds are great, if they're done well.

You’re the Adelaide winners of our BIG DAY OUT competition. What can BIG DAY OUT revelers expect from The Honey Pies live show?

Well, there's actually been a bit of a mix-up with the whole Kanye West thing. He's not coming to Adelaide anymore but his entire entourage and stage production is still coming - they weren't able to cancel the freight at such late notice or something - and so basically rather than let it go to waste we're hopefully going to use all of Kanye's backup dancers, pyrotechnics, costumes etc. We haven't run it past the organisers yet but I'm sure it will be cool with them.

What are you most looking forward to about the Adelaide BIG DAY OUT on Feb 3rd? Who are you psyched to see?

I really want to see Best Coast and if I were on the east coast (which is apparently the best coast) I'd be front-centre for Kanye West, cause I'm a closet Yeezy-guy. I haven't been to the last two Big Day Outs actually so it'll be nice to rekindle that fire. Nice sunny day. Drinks. Friends. Great music. It's always a lot of fun.

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

My uncle is a film director and he gets young directors coming up to him and saying "How do I get into film?" and he gets annoyed because he feels that with today's technology film is a lot more accessible than when he was starting out. So while he would scrimp and save to buy a graveyard shift in a professional editing suite, today people can buy off-the-shelf software and do it all themselves at home - And yet, they don't. There's no excuse anymore to sit around waiting for someone to hand it to you. I apply the same advice to music, I just feel like we're musicians and we should just shut up and make music, even if we have to do it all ourselves. We live in a time that allows us to do that, so let's do it.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We're playing once a month or so in Adelaide. Playing with Deerhoof next week, hopefully some other cool supports later in the year. We're recording our third record later in the year. We'd like to make it interstate once or twice in the year and we even have friends in Japan and Texas who are trying to get us to come over and if we were to come into a little money I think we'd really love to do that. The true answer is that I don't really know. If you'd asked me in November what we were doing in 2012 I wouldn't have known we were playing the Big Day Out. Who knows.

Australian music is…?

...gurt by sea?

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MKYD
New

Artist

MKYD

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Rock, Roots (#Future #Electronic #Bass #Trap #Dub #Beats #HipHo)

Melbourne, VIC

Herman the African
New

Artist

Herman the African

Indie (Indie, Electronic, mellow, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Jody
New

Artist

Jody

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Morning TV
New

Artist

Morning TV

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Lost Woods
New

Artist

Lost Woods

Indie, Pop, Rock (Adelaide, Indie, Rock, ...)

Adelaide, SA

The Tapes
New

Artist

The Tapes

Electronic, Indie, Rock (the, Tapes, Indie, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Ravin
New

Artist

Ravin

Hip Hop, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Las Vagueness
New

Artist

Las Vagueness

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Daggy Man
New

Artist

Daggy Man

Indie, Rock (alternative, Acoustic, Singer/Songwriter, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

In The Element
New

Artist

In The Element

Dance, Indie (dance, Indie, Pop)

Far North, QLD

Pirates Alive

Artist

Lords On Boards

Artist

Lords On Boards

Punk, Indie (Bleeding Knees Club, FIDLAR, DUNE RATS, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Chymes
New

Artist

Chymes

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Pop, sydney)

Central Coast, NSW

ISLANDIS
New

Artist

ISLANDIS

Indie, Pop, Rock (islandis, Indie, Pop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Jinja Safari

Featured Artist

2010

10

May

Jinja Safari

( )

Central Coast, NSW

When afro pop meets surf rock Jinja Safari like to coin it 'Forest Rock'.

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

I grew up in Tasmania and my grandmother lives in Uganda, in the town of Jinja - so for some reason I always felt the connection to the music of Africa, and how, despite the oppressions of countless dictatorships, genocide and apartheid, the people of Africa always found a way to smash a drum, yelling with a giant smile, dancing barefoot in the dirt. Even though i'm a terrible dancer, and really shouldn't be doing it in public in the first place, ever, i've always thought dancing was an amazing form of expression. I think there is a big difference to the way people dance in clubs now days, to how it feels to dance alone on the beach in the middle of the night. Whether we admit it or not, everyone likes dancing. Some worse than others. We wanted to make music for those people who want to partake in a little reckless ugly dancing without feeling the social or physical restraints of having someone in a club 'grinding up in ya grill'. Pepa lives on the coast, and I live in the city: so we tossed ideas back and forth across email after meeting over a beach campfire party earlier this year. We spent about 4 weekends recording all our ideas at his home studio, where he produced the tracks that we have now, which we're calling 'Forest Rock'. We laughed the whole time, only speaking to each other in the 'crack fox' voice whilst we recorded guitar, keys, vocal parts, then banged on anything we could find for percussion. After a while, we realized we had a full set together and thought it could be fun to share it with our friends, so we put on a secret show in the forest of the central coast, got our friends to dress up as animals, and we all danced into the night.

What can the audience expect you debut show?

A bass player who looks like the singer from the Vasco Era, a drummer who looks like the singer from Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, a keyboard rider/singer who looks like the guy from the Mighty Boosh, and guitar player/singer who looks like Kevin Bacon, and a really, really sweaty percussionist. In summary, 5 un-original looking white guys dancing badly to African-inspired beats. And all of our friends dressed up as Animals - this is how we like it.

What were you both doing before this?

Marcus was a TV soap actor and Pepa designed trophies. Either way they were geared for success.

What’s coming up in the future?

Probably more work on the construction site for our percussionist- Alister Pattern and myself; Hopefully lots more fun shows as well. We are looking forward to playing with Miami Horror on the 12th of June in Sydney, as our debut Sydney show. In fact, Alister's mum and little sister are coming up from Tasmania, so come and say Hi to them.

Australian music is?

The Australian Music industry is at least 100 times healthier than Australian films. Except for that one film about Australia - 'Australia', that one was epic.

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Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!

Featured Artist

2008

13

Oct

Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!

( )

Adelaide, SA

Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! are noisy. They enjoy post-hardcore, and electro-barrage, even some electro-clash. They also make pop music.

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

Well, we've been developing as a band for a long time now. Most of us met at school and messed around a lot in the music lounge and stuff like that and we formed a band not long out of school. From there we kind of hopped on the 'indie-pop/rock' band-wagon like a lot of other bands and played music like that for a while but now we're trying to extend ourselves a little bit more. We've been taking a lot more time to broaden our own musical tastes and with that I guess has come a desire to do stuff that's a little bit weirder. We're trying to make interesting pop-music, its pretty easy to slip into a formula when you're making our kind of music and while we certainly haven't and don't get it right all the time we're trying not to let ourselves get pigeon-holed into being just another 'Indie-dance band' because we got a lot of that a few years ago and I guess now we're trying to prove we're worth our salt :)

Tell us about the Adelaide music scene.

The scene is certainly getting better! I mean, when we got on the scene a few years ago we were, without a doubt, pretty awful. We were quite obviously derivative of the music we were listening to and stuff like that. I think a lot of bands in Adelaide suffered from that same problem. But at the moment there are quite a few pretty promising bands getting their stuff together and the scene is becoming pretty cosy, generally speaking most bands look out for each-other, which is the way it should be in a city like Adelaide. There are nicks and scratches and a few unpolished gems and all that but I think there are more than a few very worthy bands out there or up and coming.

What have been your favourite gigs thus far?

Big Day Out 07 was pretty bad-ass. We played with the Midnight Juggernauts a year ago and while we were a pretty different band back then it was still great fun. I can't say we listen to their music too much any more but we used to and the crowd that was already there was very receptive to the music we were playing, overall that experience always sticks in my head. It was one of those times where everybody was out to have a good time. Also our most recent EP Launch. Once again, we were a bit of a different band but it was very flattering to have so many people come out and support us, I don't think any of us had any idea people actually thought we were worth a damn. Those are probably the three gigs we agree on when it comes to awesome shows.

What's coming up in the future?

We're hoping to do a whole bunch of shows over summer, raise our interstate profile. We're working on heaps of new material, I think we're finally starting to fill our own shoes and etch out a direction that we all have a general confidence in.

Australian music is?

Full of a lot of promise. Some bands/artists are still playing it a bit safe, not really pushing themselves, but those who have done a bit more exploration into their music are uncovering some really interesting/amazing stuff. We have a history worth being proud of and I think there is definately a lot of australian music out their doing our country a lot of credit.

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Glass Towers

Featured Artist

2010

2

Jun

Glass Towers

( )

North Coast, NSW

Byron Bay punk band Glass Towers play infectious indie tunes, delivered with a clever mix of shoegaze and punchy pop.

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

We started off playing Silverchair and Vines covers in Daniels garage back in 2008 though our sound kept variating through different bands we were listening to, it wasnt until the start of last year where we began to write songs based around our main influences ie - Pavement, Sonic Youth, Bloc Party and Foals. We've now settled into our current sound which we can see us sticking too, one person has desribed it as "90's Slacker Indie Rock" though we don't like to tag ourselves as any particular genre.

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

We began playing music through school in our music class where we all met, each of us sharing the same musical influences and ideas.The bands that originate through Alstonville High always have a particular sound and feel about them influenced by the area we live in, Byron Bay/North Coast. There isnt such a big music scene for our genre of music and so we have to travel and play in Brisbane as often as we can where we're planning to base ourselves at the end of the year. Our school has always been very supportive of our band and helped us out whenever they can ie - borrowing leads and amps and our friends always help out wherever possible.

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

We've been consistently gigging in Brisbane and around Byron Bay since we formed and were fortunate enough to open the mainstage at Splendour In The Grass last year. That was an incredible experience for us as we met many of our musical heroes and people who we've always looked up to. We've also been lucky enough to play alongside bands such as Tame Impala, Bluejuice and Cloud Control. Our live shows are alot more energetic and up tempo then our recordings, we try to put on the best possible show we can because we know what its like to see a band you really admire and then be slightly let down by their live performance.

What’s coming up in the future?

We are hoping to have our Debut Ep out by the end of the year and play as many shows as we can while completing the HSC to support the release. Basically trying to get as much exposure as we can, getting our name out there through gigs and radio play.

Australian music is?

The current Australian music scene is more stronger and varied than ever. The Brisbane scene which we've personally been involved in is filled with many diverse and vibrant acts and there is a stong music community intertwined throughout the city. All the bands are good friends with eachother and get along really well which is a very positive thing to see.

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Gold Fields

Featured Artist

2012

10

Sep

Gold Fields

Ballarat, VIC

Up and coming Ballarat five-piece Gold Fields have delivered a debut single to much acclaim. They’ve already attracted a following in the UK, which will no doubt continue to build on that when they support NZ buzz band The Naked And Famous on their UK tour this month.

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

We developed our sound in our guitarist's bedroom in Ballarat. We have a little recording studio set up, and that's where we spend most of our time hanging out and writing songs. We started writing and recording music in his studio around June this year. When we write, we treat each of our songs individually and it seems to be working for us at the moment. We all have different tastes in music, however we are all suckers for hip hop beats and a lot of that can come across in our music with the drums and percussion arrangements. Producers like Pharrell and Jay-Z we are all really into but we're a long way off sounding anything like hip hop.

Are you playing live shows?

Our first live show was in Sydney, far from our home town of Ballarat and that was at the end of September. Since then we've played 6 shows in total in Australia and now we're in the UK playing a handful of gigs. It's a bit weird knowing that when we get back to Australia, we would have played more shows overseas than back home haha.

Tell us about the scene in Ballarat – some great bands have come out of there!

The scene in Ballarat is quite diverse and continually growing. With bands such as Howl winning Unearthed High and Yacht Club DJs leading the charge, it really does motivate the younger guys and girls to get out there and start making music. The Karova Lounge always gives young local bands a stage to play on, that venue has played a big part in developing local bands recently. We always looked up to Epicure who really paved the way for us as musicians, as well as The Mavis's.

What’s coming up in the future?

Hopefully more touring in Australia and jumping on some festivals. Perhaps visit the UK and do more touring there. Really focusing on writing a lot more songs for a debut release in 2011, so it should hopefully be a busy year for us next year.

Australian music is?

Like a box of chocolates...

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Gypsy and the Cat

Featured Artist

2010

8

Feb

Gypsy and the Cat

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Gypsy and the Cat began writing together in August 2008 and have put together an albums worth of material. Their influences range from all genres and great artists from Air to Fleetwood Mac to Bach.

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

Our paths just crossed as Melbourne DJ’s. We started sharing musical ideas and that began a fascination with production. After that came some average techno before we used our varied music references to find the Gypsy sound and started writing songs instead of loops. Our idols include Jeff Buckley, Bach, The Bee Gees, Simon & Garfunkel and Air to name a minute few. We think it is difficult to pin point our sound and we would like to think we incorporate many genres, but I guess some would say our music is a branch of electronic soft rock.

You’ve been getting a bit of overseas attention – how did that come about?

I hope it just comes down to people reacting to our music. It’s incredible to see how fast conversation moves. Our tracks just went up on myspace and then a bunch of blogs like neon gold started writing about the music. It seems to have spread out from there.

Are you playing live? What’s the set-up?

Gypsy & the Cat definitely started in the studio. We wrote and performed and produced the album up front. We know that was back to front for most bands but it suited us to go that way. We are just now about to rehearse up a live show. It will start out simple with guitar, bass, drums, synths and lots of vocals, but if it goes well that might grow to much larger band of great players in the future.

What’s coming up in the future?

Next up for us is the live show. Getting that ready. And we head to London soon to finish the mix on the album. The first single ‘Jona Vark’ come out in the UK through Young and Lost in April and the album will be out mid way through 2010 we hope.

Australian music is?

Brilliant. Synth by synth taking over the world?

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FLUIR
New

Artist

FLUIR

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Tom Lee-Richards
New

Artist

Tom Lee-Richards

Electronic, Pop, Roots (#Alt-Pop, #Calypso, #Folk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Artist
New

Artist

Daniel Champagne

Indie

South East NSW, NSW

Flamingo Jones
New

Artist

Flamingo Jones

Electronic, Indie, Pop (tropical, Tropicalia, beach, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Christian Bizzarri
New

Artist

Christian Bizzarri

Indie, Pop, Rock (folk, Pop, Rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

10YRWAR
New

Artist

10YRWAR

Electronic, Hip Hop (10yrwar, pure imagination, the piano files, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Kayar
New

Artist

Kayar

Indie, Pop (Alternative R&B, Acoustic-Pop, Bluesy-Pop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Problems
New

Artist

Problems

Electronic, Indie (toro y moi, Washed Out, How To Dress Well, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Tired Lion

Featured Artist

2015

20

Apr

Tired Lion

( )

Perth, WA

Perth 4-piece Tired Lion make excellent grungy rock'n'roll. We like them. A lot.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound has kind of just changed as time has gone on; we wear our hearts on our sleeves and you can hear our influences in the music. When we all first started jamming we were a weird stripped back folky thing but once we wound up plugging our acoustics into fuzz pedals we knew it was time for a change. I think each of us has brought our own little flavour into the band and mixed together it comes out as what you’re hearing. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It sounds cheesy but day to day life, really. When we’re content it’s harder to write but as soon as something happens to rock the boat it all comes pouring out. Sometimes we sabotage ourselves just to get something to write about, but being a band of sooky emotionals [made up word] generally it’s not hard to find something to pull inspiration from. Also just hearing, seeing and experiencing music from other great bands inspires us in our writing.    
 
What can punters expect from a Tired Lion live show?
We try to put on a high energy show which ends up being lots of sweat and long hair flying everywhere. We put everything we’ve got into a live performance and lately it’s been great to see audiences getting a bit raucous and joining in. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
A good friend of ours Dave Parkin who is responsible for recording our latest EP and the single “I Don’t Think You Like Me” is kind of like a wise father figure to us. Throughout the recording process we’d often come to him with an issue of life, love or whatever and he’d always have some pretty cool advice. It’s hard to pinpoint an exact example but if anyone ever gets to meet him or has met him you’ll get it. Sensei Parko!
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Probably Violent Soho’s “Muscle Junkie”, if someone’s crying it’s usually because some loser has done something to upset them. Without knowing exactly what the song is about “Muscle Junkie” seems like one big f**k you to someone, plus the loud guitars are an automatic cheer up. I know it makes all of us in TL happy blasting a bit of Soho as loud as we can in the car. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Maybe “Get Out Of Here” by Bored Nothing, it’s reminiscent of a troubled Elliott Smith and such a beautiful song. In the right frame of mind, at the right time and with the right person I’m sure they’d shed a tear.  
  
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
In Melbourne about a month ago we hijacked the guest DJ spot at the Luca Brasi show after party. We took over just as the dance floor was pumping from some well-placed bangers. We put on Bodyjar’s “Not the Same” and everyone went absolutely crazy, some even rushing the stage to sing along. We were pretty stoked to see people give it up for a classic.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig we went to was a little floor show mid-week in Leederville just outside of Perth City. It was one of those shows where nothing is mic-ed up and the vocals can barely be heard over the loud guitars and drums. This gig albeit a pretty basic set-up was awesome, a new band called Hip Priest (members from unearthed bands Silver Hills and Rag ‘N Bone) absolutely killed it for their first show ever, immediately afterwards we asked them on to support us for a local headline show we had in the coming weeks. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
The WA music community is a great thing to be a part of and basically everyone involved inspires and supports us. We could go all day giving shout outs but…; Pat Chow, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, Apollo’s Son, Silver Hills, Emperors, Apache, Foam, Rag ‘N Bone, The Love Junkies, Black Stone from the Sun, our Manager Jake, Claire and Mike from WAM, Rachael Barrett Photography, Mitch and Lizard from the Prince. That’s just to name a few and missing probably one million others that make being in a WA band so rad. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
Our plan is to be as busy as possible, next weekend we’ve got Groovin the Moo in Bunbury. Then next month we hit the road with British India to tour their new single across Australia as well as releasing a new single ourselves. The following month we’ll likely be releasing an EP followed by our own Australian Tour. We’ve locked in a few mini-festivals over east towards the latter part of this year, and of course in between we are always writing and working towards our debut album.
 

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Sparrows
New

Artist

Sparrows

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Pop, alternative)

Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
New

Artist

Joe Mungovan

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots

Illawarra, NSW

Ross Henry
New

Artist

Ross Henry

Electronic, Indie ("Alternative "indie"electronic)

Sydney, NSW

Fresh Hex
New

Artist

Fresh Hex

Electronic, Pop (fresh hex, I'm Gone, big party, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

CLEWS

Featured Artist

2018

4

Mar

CLEWS

( )

Sydney, NSW

Meet the sister-duo you just have to hear! It's this week's Feature Artist, CLEWS.

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

We had a very musical upbringing and listened to a lot of harmony-driven bands like The Beatles and Crowded House. This instilled in us a love for classic songwriting and we try to create a sound that pairs ‘90s influenced production with big melodies. 

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

Mostly it’s other people making music, and that intense thrill you get from seeing a great live band. We went to a gig at the Enmore a little while ago and Grace literally started crying because a sax solo was just so good and she couldn’t handle it. That is the feeling that makes us want to play more and write more. 

What can punters expect from a CLEWS live show?

Harmonies, matching haircuts and crunchy guitars. 

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

We actually live by a lot of great advice. Dad says, "fulfil your own promises" and Mum says "hey, what’s the worst that can happen?". Also, in regards to boyfriends becoming husbands, our Nan always said try before you buy.

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

'Cholesterol Heart (God Bless Ya)' by These New South Whales. 

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

'To Think That I Once Loved' You by The Drones.

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

'Go Bang' by PNAU. 

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

We caught our good mates Harley Mavis and H. Fanning and The Seagulls play back to back the other night, two birds with one stone if you will. It was a lovely evening and both sang with poise and grace. 

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

We wish we could play guitar like Elizabeth Fader, we saw her with her full band recently and it was so impressive that Lily’s soul left her body for a moment. We also love the live show that the boys from PLANET put on and we’re very inspired by RACKETT’S DIY ethos. 

What are your plans for 2018?

We have a really great team around us now, so this year we’ll be releasing more music and playing some cracking shows.

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Bearfoot
New

Artist

Bearfoot

Dance, Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (Reggae, roots, dancehall, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

busy
New

Artist

busy

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Chill, relax, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Chase City

Featured Artist

2013

16

Dec

Chase City

Hobart, TAS

Chase City are a Tasmanian surf rock band and they'll be unleashing their catchy tunes and wonderfully sunny guitar hooks at Falls in Marion Bay on December 31st. Congrats, Tarik, Michael, Peter, and Jed!

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

Chase City originally started as a different project with a similar line-up. After becoming Chase City we did a run of shows around Hobart before settling in to record our debut EP. We spent a lot of time in the studio where we laid down our tracks and have slowly started to find the sound we want to pursue. You’re one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can Falls punters in Marion Bay expect from the Chase City live show?

You’re one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can Falls punters in Marion Bay expect from the Chase City live show?

We try to make our live show as lively and energetic as possible. We don't like taking ourselves too seriously and love performing live, our singer (Tarik) may thrown in a sneaky backflip during the set...is that even allowed?

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

Being Tasmania's premier music festival, all of us have attended Falls yearly and are looking forward to experiencing a world class festival from a different perspective! And obviously looking forward to some great music and seeing some of our favourite acts perform live.

What are your plans for Chase City in 2014?

Over the next 2 weeks we are doing a bunch of shows at home in Tassie and then heading off to the mainland to do some shows along the east coast of the country! After that we will be looking to tee-up with a producer and lay down some more tracks and look to evolve our sound and see where things go!

If you had to make one new year's resolution, what would it be?

I'm really bad with new year's resolutions but maybe eat less KFC? I think we all indulge in too much fast food especially while we are away!

Australian music is…?

What you make it. I think it's easy for people to overlook local Australian acts but I think there is a bit of everything going on here and it takes only an hour of trawling through SoundCloud or Unearthed to find some incredible music. I really love the Australian music culture at the moment and as an independent aspiring band, I could not think of any other place to be playing our music!

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A Different Kind Of Busy

Featured Artist

2016

1

Feb

A Different Kind Of Busy

( )

Sydney, NSW

A.D.K.O.B are one of the winners of our Laneway competition and will be playing the festival in Sydney this Sunday, Feb 7. We asked them what we should expect from their set, they said "you're going to want to dance...". 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It was just a natural reaction to my situation at the time. I was in a couple of other bands which I loved but I felt I had a lot of ideas I just couldn't fit anywhere, so I just had a go at recording them alone. What was supposed to be a mere experiment became a project of its own pretty quickly.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I suppose other music. But really, inspiration comes from every facet of life. Most of my ideas come of their own volition, often when I'm nowhere near an instrument so I have to record voice memos of me beat boxing or whistling, often in the most public and embarrassing places possible.
 
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can punters at the Laneway fest in Sydney expect from the A.D.K.O.B live show?
You're going to want to dance, we are going to want to dance, it doesn't work as well if everyone just stares at us. I think we can get the early birds moving. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
A friend once said that talent doesn't exist, and everything comes through hard work. It's a common one but I refer back to it a lot. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Wide Open Road by The Triffids - it's melancholy but there's a light at the end of the tunnel: "now you can go anyplace that you wish to go"
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Wide Open Road by The Triffids - as I said, the subject matter and instrumentation is melancholy as it gets.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Wide Open Road by The Triffids - hence why I have never been invited to DJ anywhere.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I guess it was our rarefinds show at OAF, YEEVS and BADPONY also played. The crowd was amazing, the place was packed and the bands were awesome. It was a cracker; live music in Sydney is nowhere near dead.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Patrick Delohery from a little band called "Disgusting People" - he changed the way I write and look at music. A talented songwriter and a very intelligent man.
Also Matt Amery, the songwriter for Tin Sparrow and Alan Smithy. He's one of my oldest friends and is wise beyond his years. He's always been my go-to for advice when it comes to current musical climates in oz, and has just been a great pal. 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Release a lot more music, tour like mofos and just try to enjoy the ride while it lasts! We are experiencing a small run of success at the moment and you never know when it's gonna end. So I guess we keep working hard and just enjoy it!

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Jimmy Hawk

Featured Artist

2011

13

Jun

Jimmy Hawk

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Jimmy Hawk & The Endless Party are a Melbourne based 5-piece that create beautiful music with a folk influence and tip-of-the-hat to the classic songwriters of the past. It's warm and rich and we love it.

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

Jimmy Hawk began several years ago as a bedroom project with the very first E.P recorded on 4 track cassette tape. Taking inspiration from the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the Beatles, each record since, has gained momentum with the involvement of more musicians, higher production values and fidelity. Since collaborating as a band, our goals have been to create classic make out jams using hazy-eyed choruses, dream filled lyrics and warm production values whilst maintaining that original heart felt, homespun vibe, we want to make music that you want to close your bedroom door to and listen to loud!

Jimmy, you've been known as a solo musician in the past, but now have 'The Endless Party' behind you. What can the audience expect of the Jimmy Hawk & The Endless Party live show (other than an endless party)?

Audiences can expect a rollicking, well oiled band, spreading the love.

You spent a period living and writing in Los Angeles. What effect did that have on your creative process? Did you gain any advice or inspiration from the yanks?

I'm a big believer of integrating your environment and experience into your art, L.A was where I wrote most of my first album. Channeling the the vibe of Echo Park, an artistic district of downtown L.A, with its sprawl and dive bars, a lot of American influenced folk rock and alt-country can be heard on the first record. The biggest thing I learned from America is that anything goes.

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

In Melbourne we've been working with a amazing engineer producer by the name of Nao Anzai. His knowledge of music and analogue recording has inspired us to bridge the gap between traditional analogue recording and more experimental production. Melbourne bands Dirt Farmer and Brave Face are doing some great things!

Whatís coming up in 2011?

We're putting the finishing touches to our album which we hope to have our in late August followed by a U.S tour in September.

Australian music is?

...world class.

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Japanese Wallpaper

Featured Artist

2014

1

Sep

Japanese Wallpaper

Melbourne, VIC

This year's Unearthed High winner Japanese Wallpaper has just released his brand new single, featuring Jesse Davidson. It follows on from outstanding collaborations with Wafia and Pepa Knight, but who else is on the 17 year-old's 'collaborator wishlist'? And what are his plans for the rest of 2014? Find out below...

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What’s the first thing you’re gonna do when you turn 18?
Most likely just go and see some bands - not being able to get into venues is definitely the worst part of being underage.
 
Who’s on your collaborator wish-list?
Hmm… I think Bon Iver would be pretty beautiful, his voice is so superb. Phoebe (ex-Snakadaktal) would be awesome too.
 
On average, how much time do you spend in your bedroom making tunes each week?
I’m not sure how many hours but definitely a lot! It’s a great way to procrastinate and avoid schoolwork…
 
What’s your go-to snack when making music?
Definitely this frozen yoghurt ice-cream thing that Mum has started buying. It doesn’t last very long when I’m recording ;)
 
What’s your vision for the ultimate Japanese Wallpaper live show?
I’d love to make it a band-driven show at some point - I love playing in bands and I think that with a little tweaking the music would really lend itself to it.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Hmm, 'Pickles From The Jar' by Courtney Barnett would be a pretty good one. Or maybe 'Void' by Seekae. Depends why they were crying in the first place I guess!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Sorry to use Seekae twice but their song 'You’ll' is a definite tearjerker. Works on me every time.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
That Polographia and Cosmo’s Midnight collab always goes down well! Or maybe an Andras Fox track. Depends on the party.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
I definitely want to do some more touring and keep developing my show, so hopefully there will be plenty of time for that in the school holidays…

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Iceage Sugar
New

Artist

Iceage Sugar

Indie, Pop, Rock (Iceage, sugar, Indie, ...)

Perth, WA

The Community Chest
New

Artist

The Community Chest

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (Rural Futurism, Krautrock, Vintage Synths, ...)

Perth, WA

Sophie Lowe

Featured Artist

2015

15

Jun

Sophie Lowe

( )

Sydney, NSW

SOLO is the songwriting moniker of Sophie Lowe, a young actor and musician who creates beautiful atmospheric pop.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I never know how to explain my sound. I see my music as little stories. I try to create sounds that match the lyrics of each song. So my sound changes a lot as I'm going through different things in my life emotionally. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Just whatever I'm feeling really. I could be anxious, sad, frustrated or broken hearted (or all those things at once!) to help me get through things I'll write stuff down. Honesty is a big inspiration for me.
 
What can punters expect a SOLO live show?
At one of the first gigs I ever did I performed new songs from EP2. I got so connected to one song in particular and I started to cry.  I have a whole range of emotions at my gigs. I also love to dance and get a bit sexy. Lol. I love it. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't let things or people steer you off your path. Stay focused on your path."  - Peter Stormare
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Lyrics are kinda sad :( but the beat is fun!!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
That's mean! Maybe a happy cry? Or just a good cry. We all need a good cry sometimes. 
Sarah Belkner - Blacken The Borders. Awesome song from her new EP. 
 
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?
Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders. They were awesome. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
My producer and friend Neal Sutherland is always inspiring me. Neal is so talented and has always supported my music, he is so much fun to work with! Everyone at Free Energy studios were I record always inspire me. Anyone who is doing what they love really. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
I'm going to release my EP2 before the end of the year. I just finished filming an ABC show called 'The Beautiful Lie' so now I have time to do some gigs! Very excited. I'm filming video clips soon. But other than that, I'm not sure! We will see where life takes me.

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Parcels
New

Artist

Parcels

Electronic, Pop

North Coast, NSW

Hypersleep
New

Artist

Hypersleep

Dance, Electronic (House, techno, Electronica, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Glass Skies
New

Artist

Glass Skies

Rock (Rock, good times, road trips, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Closet Straights
New

Artist

Closet Straights

Indie, Pop, Rock (Melbourne, Pop, country, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Bly
New

Artist

Bly

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (# electronic #alternative #hip-hop)

Sydney, NSW

h o w l
New

Artist

h o w l

Electronic (ayy)

Central Victoria, VIC

Neighbourhood Youth
New

Artist

Neighbourhood Youth

Indie, Rock (Melbourne, alternative, indie-rock)

Melbourne, VIC

Willow Beats

Featured Artist

2012

1

Oct

Willow Beats

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne electronic duo Willow Beats are one of the winners of our Parklife competition. Catch their bass-heavy beats opening the Atoll stage at Parklife Melbourne this Saturday October 6.

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

Willow Beats started a little over a year ago. I was working on a track, got Kalyani (my niece) to lay some vocals, and it worked. The contrast between Kalyani’s flowing voice and heavy bass somehow made sense to us. We both really enjoyed the process so kept making beats. We’ve both been extremely close ever since Kalyani was born. We have a strong connection and we think it comes through in our music. I think our music definitely has a fantasy feel. We try make mystical music that transports you to a different world.

You’re one of the winners of our PARKLIFE competition. What can Parklife punters in Melbourne expect from the Willow Beats live show?

Two people having the time of they’re life on stage! Expect a bunch of electronic gatchets and Kalyani's voice soaring over the top.

What most excites you about playing and attending Parklife 2012?

Being able to play alongside some of our favorite artists! The line up is incredible!

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

My dad was a singer songwriter (wrote that song “Give me a Home Among the Gumtrees”) so my childhood is filled with memories of my dad playing guitar and singing.

What’s coming up in 2012?

We have an east coast tour coming up mid October. So far we’ve only played Melbourne shows so we’re looking forward to branching out. We have a new EP on the way, which we’re very excited about. It’s definitely a level up in our production and song writing. We’re hopping to release it early 2013.

Australian music is...

...coming up in a big way! There seems to amazing new talent exploding everywhere you look, making ripples across the globe.

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The Weapon Is Sound
New

Artist

The Weapon Is Sound

Rock, Roots (Trippy Stuff, Heavy Stuff, De Facto, ...)

Perth, WA

Kingfisha

Featured Artist

2010

22

Feb

Kingfisha

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Congratulations to 5 piece reggae band Kingfisha from Brisbane who we are flying to Adelaide so they can strut their stuff in front of some of the world's leading reps at the explode showcase at the Fuse Festival.

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

Three of us have been playing together in different bands for years. We've always been interested in the rhythms of reggae and when our last band broke up we decided to concentrate solely on playing reggae. We love old school roots/reggae sounds and we've also been interested in electronics and synths, so we endeavour to combine this in our music.

What can the Fuse festival audience expect from you live show?

Honest, Australian Reggae.

What are you most hoping to get out of Fuse Fest?

We will try not to expect too much, play a good show, have fun and anything else is a bonus.

What’s coming up in the future?

We are currently doing pre-production on our debut album. We'll drop a single in June, followed by interstate tours and another tour of New Zealand.

Australian music is?

A healthy mix of sounds and subcultures that is a reflection of many different influences from around the world.

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Drummer Dan

Artist

Drummer Dan

Hip Hop, Rock (Cuthbert and the Nightwalkers, common, Queen, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Transit Gloria
New

Artist

Transit Gloria

Pop, Punk, Rock (Punk, Pop, Rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Mei Saraswati

Artist

Mei Saraswati

Pop, Electronic (water /, FIYAH, Erykah Badu, ...)

Perth, WA

Ocean Alley

Featured Artist

2017

11

Sep

Ocean Alley

Sydney, NSW

Off the back of a HUGE sold out tour around the country, Sydney outfit Ocean Alley take you on a sweet journey of infused energetic reggae and psychedelic-rock with their new single 'The Comedown'. 

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

Our music is a mix of psych, reggae and surf rock. Our sound has been developed over 6 years playing together in various garages and sheds in the beginning with a shift away from the garage aesthetic more recently.

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

All the members have varied tastes and influences which give us a wide range of sounds to draw inspiration from. From classic rock to reggae to psychedelic, we love to mash all of our favourite sounds together.

What can punters expect from an Ocean Alley live show?

When we play live we always look forward to getting our energy from an involved crowd. We try to bring high energy playing and a cool looking vibe to the stage. If the crowd is having fun then we will be too.

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

We haven't had many musical mentors since we formed but some old wise man once told us to write more ballads. There are a lot of timeless ballads out there.

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

'Sounds of Then' by Gang Gajang will cheer you up. 

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

'Black Flies by Ben Howard will get you crying.

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

'Love at First Sight' by Kylie Minogue will make you move.

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

We played in Sydney last week at the Metro Theatre. They were the best shows we've played to date. We had so much fun on and off the stage. We also had some confetti filled balloons!

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

We are inspired by all the up and coming bands that do the miles and put the effort in to make a name for themselves. It can be a hard and long slog to make it as a touring band, but if you're a nice person and easy to get along with you'll go far. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We have lots of studio time booked before the end of the year to finish off our next record. Also heading across the ditch to New Zealand for some festivals over New Years.

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Shisd
New

Artist

Shisd

Dance, Electronic (Panda Bear, Nicolas Jaar, Jeremy Tatar, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Blueberry Circuit
New

Artist

Blueberry Circuit

Indie

Illawarra, NSW

The Ruminaters
New

Artist

The Ruminaters

Indie, Rock (psychedelic, Garage, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

RÜFÜS

Artist

RÜFÜS

Dance, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Leoh
New

Artist

Leoh

Indie, Rock (Franca Dobbin, Bill Dobbin, Indie Rock Music, ...)

South West WA, WA

Fieu
New

Artist

Fieu

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

Sunshine, QLD

Tracy Chen
New

Artist

Tracy Chen

Electronic (personal)

Melbourne, VIC

Sunlight
New

Artist

Sunlight

Hip Hop, Indie

Adelaide, SA

Jack R. Reilly
New

Artist

Jack R. Reilly

Indie (Listening, To, Eliot Smith, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Pique
New

Artist

Pique

Indie, Punk, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Josh Cashman
New

Artist

Josh Cashman

Indie, Roots (#Splendour, #TripleJ, #Unearthed, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jack Grace
New

Artist

Jack Grace

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (heartland revival, Post-Rock, Singer, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Alta
New

Artist

Alta

Electronic, Indie (Arms and Sleepers, SBTRKT, hip hop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Hummingbird
New

Artist

Hummingbird

Electronic

Adelaide, SA

Tincture

Artist

Tincture

Electronic, Indie (Jai Paul, toro y moi, fever ray, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Verge Collection

Featured Artist

2015

9

Nov

Verge Collection

Perth, WA

Verge Collection are the winners of our Southbound competition and will be taking their triumphant, feel-good songs to the festival stage in Busselton, WA in January 2016.

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Q&A with Verge Collection guitarist Ben...

Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound kind of came about from my own limitations as a musician. For the most part our songs have come from demos I've recorded and then sent to the guys, so a lot of the time they are playing bits or impressions of bits that I've written. It sets pretty massive constraints on what would be considered too technical, so we just work with what we've got.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Re-listening to Paul Simon's Graceland, gets me every time. The way he spins his words and places them across the songs is amazing and effortless.
 
You're the winners of our Southbound competition and will be playing the festival in January 2016. What can punters expect from a Verge Collection live show?
We try to keep it pretty unpredictable in terms of planning who is playing with us and what we are playing, so we're usually as surprised as the audience is. Also, we sometimes throw in an awful cover of Say My Name, we do that for us, 'cause at least we enjoy it.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
You make your own luck. Life advice is always pretty cheesy, but yeah I definitely stand behind that one.
I think my dad told me that, I doubt he ever said it in such a succinct way, but thats what I took away from it.
 
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?
We played with The Creases pretty recently, I did watch their set so I guess that counts. But it was massive and Kitchen People were insane.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Big fan of this band called The Government Yard, they have this song 'Mining Daughters' that just rips shit on Gina Rinehart which is a pretty easy message to get behind. Also people like Greg Sanders (Gun Fever), the guys from Doctopus and all the guys in Pat Chow are just super genuine and really fucking good at boosting morale. Also a massive shout out to Blake Hate from The Sperts, this guy religiously put us on punk bills for a while when we were starting out, super supportive guy.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
We've got a few things sussed, Southbound is shaping up to be a mental party, some more releases, some shows at venues that aren't in the neighbouring postcodes to where I live, lots of great things, but I think we'll just wait to announce all that stuff so if it falls through I don't look like an idiot.
 

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The Surreal Estate Agents
New

Artist

The Surreal Estate Agents

Rock, Roots (psychedelic, mellow, Rock, ...)

Hobart, TAS

Set Sail
New

Artist

Set Sail

Indie, Pop (set sail, sydney, Indie, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Running Touch

Featured Artist

2015

21

Sep

Running Touch

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Our Feature Artist Running Touch plays Melbourne Listen Out this weekend. A dude who's usually shrouded in mystery, get a sneaky peek this week into the man and his beats.

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

Well, I think I should first acknowledge I still have a great deal to develop. But as for this far… i think it's all about authenticity. Honest music is often the hardest to write, both instrumentally and lyrically. And that takes developing as a person, I'd say that's helped me the most. Differentiating what I think I should put out into the ether and what I actually want to. It's such an easy task to camouflage yourself safely in a "current" sound. I'd much rather run around in the open in a high-vis vest.

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

Just that! Music. It's a full circle really. You immerse and absorb only to create in hopes that your works may encourage the same process. Listening to incredible pieces lights my eyes up like nothing else.

What can punters expect from your live show?

Multi-instrumentalism and unnatural body movements.

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

It's more so unspoken advice than anything. But I've never seen someone practice and preach patience the way my father does, and that's something that has always resonated with me.

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

Sundream by RÜFÜS for sure. Or anything by Wave Racer.

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

Clair De Lune By Flight Facilities.

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

If it's early… Panamas remix of 'Cape Town' by Clubfeet. If it's late, like… really late - Pandora by Code Black.

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

The last one i went to was actually one i played with my band Ocean Grove. I was painted black, chucked on some steam punk goggles and yelled stuff into a sm58… it was awesome.

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

I've done the rounds in a few scenes in Melbourne, so there is no shortage of people or groups. Of course Chet Faker takes #1 for me. But just to palm off a few more people who have inspired me: Dream On Dreamer, I, Valiance, Harbours, Big Words, Benson, Remi, Dom Dolla, Art Of Sleeping, Fortunes., Will Sparks, Zac Waters, WKM just to name a few. It was also such a surprise to be hit up by triple J for things like Listen Out. But learning how welcoming and supportive you guys were really makes me excited for not only my future, but other Australian up and comers.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

Muscle every piece of energy I have into the live show and new music. I have over 100 songs in the "maybe" pile and counting! I can most definitely say there are some exciting things in store for the rest of the year!

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Bad Dreems

Featured Artist

2012

23

Apr

Bad Dreems

( )

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide band Bad Dreems are our Feature stars. They're all about 90s guitars and bittersweet pop. Hear their Flying Nun influenced sound on triple j Unearthed and Unearthed on digital radio all week.

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

We just got together to play at a friend's party when the band arranged he had dropped out. We practiced once in this fridge warehouse across the road from the West End Brewery and we enjoyed it so we decided to keep going. The warehouse is really echo-y so it lends itself to loud intense songs. Everyone brought a little something to the table. We mainly just wanted to concentrate on having good songs rather than a particular new sound - just guitar music and all the sounds that come along with that. Not too many bells and whistles. After a while we didn't always practice in the warehouse and practised at one or other of our houses. So then we wrote some songs that aren't so intense. More like love songs.

What’s a Bad Dreems live show like?

We enjoy them. We hope other people do.

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

No one gave us this advice directly directly but We learned it from observing our friends who make good music or art and that is to just get out there and do it; don't sit around waiting but write songs, start bands, organise your own shows, meet other bands, make videos. Get involved lad!

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

One of the reasons for starting the band was that there was not much going on here at all that we found inspiring. I (Alex) had moved back from Melbourne and was a bit bummed about that. But then I discovered some cool bands/artists like Hit The Jackpot, Bitch Prefect, Peak Twins and Terrible Truths. Then they all left, mainly for Melbourne :(. But easily the best band in Adelaide at the moment is Old Mate which is Pat from Bitch Prefect's band. They are a seven piece band that sound like Street Hassle-era Lou Reed if Lou had grown up in Gawler rather than New York. But Pat is moving to Melbourne too...There was a label here in the 80s called Greasy Pop that released a lot of great stuff, like Bloodloss. Because there was not much going on we just wanted to be different. A lot of the bands we are inspired by like The Clean, The Go-Betweens, The Scientists etc. developed the way they did because they didn't feel they could contribute to what was going on around them and just wanted to do their own thing. DK from The Metro (a new-ish venue) is pretty inspiring - he books the bands there and has really created a good place to play and to have bands from interstate visit.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We are doing a show with Wavves and then we are planning to make a couple more videos for some new songs and also record a heap of new songs with our mentor Jack Farley.

Australian music is…?

pretty good we reckon.

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Parking Lot Experiments
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Artist

Parking Lot Experiments

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Happytimes, Sadtimes, Deadtimes)

Melbourne, VIC

NGAIIRE (nyree)

Featured Artist

2010

5

Jul

NGAIIRE (nyree)

( )

Sydney, NSW

New music from a gifted singer and multi instrumentalist from Sydney.

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

I think I've been stirring the pot for awhile. I was throwing in all kindsa things thinking I can totally have a duck stuffed inside a chicken stuffed inside a turkey. But finally I'm understanding where my creativity wants to take me. I'm more certain of where the road is heading and less receptive to people who say you really should've been cut out by this cookie cutter. Cookie cutters are so old school anyway. I think that's owing to having grown so much with my band who are some of my closest friends and alot of whom I have known since I was a teenager. Sharing the stage with people who are just as passionate about your music doesn't happen everyday. I could just be dreaming maybe.

What can the audience expect at a live show?

Giant bird's nests, live art interpretations, naked manequins! I've been trying to keep things PG but I can comfortably say that things are guaranteed to get a bit raucous when you have backing vocalists like mine haha. I'm planning to have them caged for the next show so they don't scare the kids. The great thing though is that people go away feeling like they've actually been entertained and not just come to see a band that are just playing music so I'm stoked that we're translating that way,

Who else are you collaborating with?

I was given the liberty to chop out for to A-Love and The Tongue's upcomming albums. I don't usually chop out probably cuz people have always assumed that's what I do and it's within my nature to do the complete opposite of what people assume about you. "Oh you're black, so you can totally chop out" or "Oh you're black and you can totally play bass". I like to chop but I can totally not play bass.

What’s coming up in the future?

Presently preparing for Elana Stone's epic show at The Opera House this Friday with Bluejuice, Laura Jean and Brian Campeau. And then back in the studio to record some music that might stand worthy of an album. If I manage to finish this album this year that would totally be comparable to if I managed to wrestle a wild boar with my own two hands...and then maybe chucked it on the spit. Maybe.

Australian music?

I have great adoration for but I feel is still very apologetic. I think people are still cautious about pushing boundaries. It's like we almost need to be given permission.

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Millions

Featured Artist

2011

25

Jul

Millions

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane 4-piece Millions are the lucky winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition and open the main stage this Friday morning. Wow!

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

Just listened to a lot of Black Sabbath and thought you know what? We can do this.

You’re the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition and will be opening the main stage this Friday. What can the Splendour masses expect from the Millions live show?

Some furious guitar windmilling, Campbell loves to shake his hips, Dom does a good MJ moonwalk and James plays drums with his feet and pedals with his hands.

What are you hoping to get from the experience?

Hopefully Campbell might score a lucky lady for once... Mainly just to have the best time and enjoy it for all it is, maybe try and get a band photo with yeezy.

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

Mainly just our bros. We have a sick little music community popping in Brisbane. We're great friends with The Cairos, Last Dinosaurs, Dune Rats, Bleeding Knees Club, DZ Deathrays, Mitzi and Gung Ho... kind of like a little Gang of (more than) Four. Producer wise we love Cam Smith at Incremental Records. He's done all of our recordings so far and he's cheap, gets a good result and likes Steve Albini, what could possibly go wrong?

What’s coming up in 2011?

We're formulating all our plans now but it's looking to be very busy indeed. Going to be dropping an EP really soon then doing alot of touring - exciting stuff!

Australian music is?

...Keith Urban

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Michael Waller
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Artist

Michael Waller

Indie

Perth, WA

Machine Age
New

Artist

Machine Age

Electronic, Indie, Rock (Electronic, Rock, Indie, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

LUNATICS ON POGOSTICKS

Featured Artist

2013

26

Aug

LUNATICS ON POGOSTICKS

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Sydney lo-fi garage-rockers Lunatics On Pogosticks have won Unearthed High 2013. Their skuzzy surf rock riffs, catchy choruses and thought-out crunchiness bring distortion, fuzz and a whole lotta fun!

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

We originally started off as just wanting to make noisy garage tunes and stuff like that, real guitar driven without much thought for lyrics and melody. I think the major development throughout the course of our music has been maintaining this really chaotic distortion and atmosphere whilst becoming a lot more interested in pop dimensions and trying to create catchy hooks and all that jazz.

You’re the winners of Unearthed High 2013. What are you hoping to gain from this opportunity?

Too stokeddd! It's been majorly rad having our song played on the radio and being able to professionally record a song instead of just doing it in my garage (haha!). I think we're all just keen to finish the HSC and then really assess what we're going to do with the band.

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

Watching Dune Rats in some dudes house in Byron. Best night everrr!!!

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

"I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you, too." - Abe Simpson, tellin' it how it is.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

Hopefully lots of different things. There's definitely some gnarly dates that are gonna be marked in our calendar.

Australian music is…?

…righteous!

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LAIKS
New

Artist

LAIKS

Dance, Electronic, Indie (#Alternative #Electronic #ambient #dreamy)

Melbourne, VIC

Kizmet.
New

Artist

Kizmet.

Electronic (Daedelus, Com Truise, Tycho, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Happy Hour
New

Artist

Happy Hour

Indie, Pop, Rock (Pop, Indie, surf, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

GRRL PAL

Featured Artist

2015

14

Sep

GRRL PAL

Perth, WA

Our Perth Listen Out winners are commanding the dancefloor this week as our Feature Artist. Go on, get down to their bright, shiny pop stunners.

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

We've been playing music and in other bands for many years and one day Danny decided he wanted to develop the ULTIMATE song writing process basically so we could never ever have writers block. He began writing beats and experimenting with production and collaborating with Jay on all things vocal; lyrics, melodies etc. It wasn't until Danny met Parker Ighile that he really honed in on his production skills. It all starts with an idea and then we base the rest of the track off that starting point.

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

Creating something that makes people want to dance to and have fun! We are doing something that we love and we want that to always translate into our songs.

What can punters expect from your live show?

We go out of our way every show to make sure that everyone has a good time, expect lots of dancing and lots of lols. We've tried really hard to mix electronic with acoustic instruments.

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

Middle aged woman in crowd with glowstick around neck, head bangin - "hey dickheads, play ur fastest track"

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

Black Panther by Koi Child (but also you have to also watch the super fun video)

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

Well, we usually exclusively listen to happy bangers, but probs, Better Be Home Soon by Crowded House or How To Make Gravy by Paul Kelly… dad rock.

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

Our Home town friends, Slumberjack: Horus. Ex Perth boy - Mr Carl Fox, Porsches: Horses. Also Time Pilot boys have some great unreleased bangers coming!

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

The Jungle Giants in Fremantle was very fun, especially loved Sam whippin out the Jazz flute, double beer skulling & the giant indie anthems.

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

The Pilerats & Metric people have opened a new venue, which is really paving the way for a new crop of Perth artists & really helping to keep the Perth music scene alive and exciting. Its really just an incredible place to go and discover something new!

What are your plans for the rest of 2015? 

Keep on releasing a track a month until November and then we are FINISHED! Probably release the second half of the year's releases on a second EP and to keep playing as many shows as possible! We have a few collaborations we are planning on bring out this year and we plan to do a lot more next year.. along with some remixes.

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Green Stone Garden
New

Artist

Green Stone Garden

Indie, Rock (Junip, The Shins, Everything Everything, ...)

Darwin, NT

Foreign/National

Featured Artist

2014

15

Sep

Foreign/National

Melbourne, VIC

 
Foreign/National are a bunch of boys from Melbourne who love jazz chords, nostalgic pop and the Côte d'Azur. The five of them have a gift for piecing together songs that are packed with sunshine and escapism.
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Q&A with Mark from Foreign/National...
 
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I think our music and our sound is under constant development. At the moment we are working at constructing nostalgic pop tracks that use a bunch of non-traditional pop styles such as jazz, kraut and bossa nova to create a genuine mood. Ultimately we want the tracks to make you feel like you’re somewhere else, that escapism or positive detachment you feel when you’re somewhere where nobody knows who you are. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think aside from obvious musical influences its about doing as much interesting stuff as possible. Going out and trying things, fucking up, starting again. Seeing new people, making new mates going to new places. Drinking tons of beers, smoking darts and enjoying a good day in the park. Just leading an ever changing, unpredictable life I think is the best source of inspiration.
 
What can punters at a Foreign/National live show? 
Foreign/National live is a completely different beast. Any civility that may come through in the recorded tracks is replaced live by a psychotic, monolithic live show that is really about being visually interesting and unpredictable. Its a chance for us to try things out. I think it’s something thats really entrenched in how we consume music as a band. Through headphones we want something thats moody and nuanced in production and tone. Live we want to see a band that wins you over with unpredictability and pure chaos. Something that grabs you and for 40 minutes just pulls you along for the ride. That’s the approach we like to take live.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Thom Savage from KINS told me I should start writing my own music again and that there is no point trying to predict what people are gonna like so you gotta write to your own vision.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
That new C.W Stoneking track ‘Get On The Floor’. Its super-duper dope!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Seekae - 'Void'. Still gets me every time.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went and saw The Ocean Party at Northcote Social Club. I hadn’t seen them for a few years but man they are such a charming band live. Just a motley crew of mates that you can tell love playing together and it’s really infectious. Lyrically I think their tracks are so clever and have a really original point of expression.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Melbourne is amazing at the moment for music. Australia in general has just taken it up a notch and there are a bunch of bands in Melbourne I’m proud to have as representing Australia. In no particular order: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Sunbeam Sound Machine, Darcy Bayliss, anything touched by Simon Lam or Andrei Eremin, Banoffee, The Ocean Party, Snowy Nasdaq.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
We’re releasing our first EP on Sept 22nd. Then we’re doing an east coast tour end of Oct/Nov. Playing Paradise music festival end of November. Writing more music and going back into the studio in Nov/Dec, drinking more beers, smoking more darts and playing plenty of PS4.

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Familiaire
New

Artist

Familiaire

Electronic, Indie, Pop (beats, Pop)

Brisbane, QLD

Edward Francis

Featured Artist

2015

13

Apr

Edward Francis

( )

Alice Springs, NT

Edward Francis is a young Northern Territory-based multi-instrumentalist who produces wonderful genre-bending electronica from his bedroom in Alice Springs. His captivating songs are layered with emotive harmonies, rich sonic textures and distinct flourishes of saxophone. He's destined for greatness. All hail the King in the North!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The music I make as Edward Francis feels like a culmination of the different music projects I have been involved in throughout my life. All of the music I have been involved with making informs what I do now. Whether it's being a guitarist and playing dodgy covers in year 8, running a pop mash-up choir in Northcote, or playing saxophone and composing for instrumental ensembles, all of these experiences have contributed to the sounds I am making at the moment. Producing songs in a bedroom, and recording instruments into a laptop allows you a huge amount of freedom to experiment and play around with sounds. You basically have unending amounts of time to add and takeaway layers of noise in order to try and find a combination that works for you. It is something I find very liberating musically.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I get inspired by experiences of music or performances that are able to completely immerse you. It could be listening to the beautiful slow builds of a Nils Frahm track that you listen to in your bedroom with the lights down and a glass of wine, or a marathon dance session at Rainbow Serpent to Super Flu and Marcel Dettmann. Sometimes this experience happens when you go to a particularly good live show or performance and sometimes it happens when you put headphones on and listen to something you’ve heard a hundred times before as you ride your bike home late at night. Having these type of experiences always makes me want to make more music and in doing so to try and to create some kind of immersive experience for others. 
 
What can punters expect from an Edward Francis live show?
I am currently working on my first live show as Edward Francis for the Wide Open Spaces Festival at Ross River in May. The process of translating the songs I have produced into a live performance is an interesting one as the tracks weren’t created with live performance in mind. The show currently involves just me with lots of live looping of saxophones keyboards and lots of percussion samples. Im excited to make it happen, but I can’t definitively tell you what to expect. I can guarantee that I will be there, on a stage, and I’m gonna be singing for you. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have had came from one of my saxophone teachers at uni. He told me it doesn’t matter what type of music you make, just make music you are passionate about and try to do it as well as you can. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
We Won’t Cry by Archie Roach 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Keep Me Close by Brightly. I am a sucker for a well written love song. One that speaks of love as a kind of complete, hyper-real and all encompassing state of being. And if you happen to listen to that song at a particularly vulnerable time, you may find tears falling out the front of your face. Brightly’s track Keep Me Close did that for me. Charlie sings the song so beautifully and lovingly that it transports you back to when you had that feeling, or digs up the feeling from somewhere still inside you. Catch them at the right moment, and I am sure it could make others weep. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
That Was A Loving House (Uone Remix) - Worlds End Press. I have spent a number of evenings dancing like a maniac at World’s End Press shows. They have uploaded a bunch of pretty excellent remixes of their tracks. Uone’s remix of That Was A Loving House is most excellent and will keep the party rolling. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was the 3rd annual “Blacken The Globe” Metal festival in Alice Springs. Despite not being in possession of a faded black t-shirt emblazoned with the gothic text of a band name, I attended and really enjoyed the event. It’s what I like about a place like Alice, people are open to attending gigs of all styles and are going to them with an open mind. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the NT music community that inspire you.
I have only been living in Alice Springs for about 15 months, but have been impressed by the arts and music scene in town. The Bush Bands Bash was a seriously inspiring event. Seeing excellent and passionate bands from remote communities across Australia and watching how their music brings people together is a pretty special thing. And there’s the women who run Desert Divas. They are a bunch of talented singer songwriters in their own right, that dedicate their time to mentoring young woman and encouraging them to find their voice and perform in front of crowds. I find it inspiring to see people using their music skills to contribute to their communities.  I also don’t think I could live somewhere that didn’t provide a dance floor outlet, so I’m grateful to have met Kyran Smith and Ollie Ollino. Together, these guys form the DJ collective “Cutlery”. Cutlery supply Alice Springs with top quality disco/house and techno parties. Ollie (AKA Brother Moonbug) is pretty much Alice Springs go-to dance floor provider here, and he kills it every time. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
I plan to be in Alice Springs for the rest of 2015 and to put out some new tracks before the years end. I will be working on my live show pretty heavily also and look forward to playing some shows back in my hometown of Melbourne at some point. Nothing is set in stone, so the plan is just to keep working hard and to stay excited about generating new work. 
 

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Cider Tree Kids
New

Artist

Cider Tree Kids

Indie, Rock (The kooks, The Jungle Giants, The strokes, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Capre
New

Artist

Capre

Electronic, Hip Hop (Ta Ku, Hip-Hop, Electronic, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

THNKR

Artist

THNKR

Indie, Pop (LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, Paul Simon, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Universal

Artist

The Universal

Indie, Rock (Indie, geelong, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Red Lights
New

Artist

The Red Lights

Indie, Rock (#phoenix, #indie, #bombaybicycleclub, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

stackhat
New

Artist

stackhat

Electronic, Hip Hop (Experimental, Hip-Hop, alternative, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Just A Gent

Featured Artist

2014

22

Sep

Just A Gent

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Just A Gent is the moniker of 17 year old electronic producer and DJ, Jacob Grant. The young Novocastrian is one of the winners of our Listen Out competition and will be getting the party started at Listen Out Sydney this Saturday, September 27 from 2pm at the Atari Stage in Centennial Park. Punters can expect top hats and bangers.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound by listening to all different types of electronic music and recreating the sounds. Once I made the sounds I would use that as a basis and then develop on it. Eventually I started to b influenced by own music which ended up creating the Just A Gent sound.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Art. I love art, of all types. I draw inspiration from movies, music, dance, paintings and the weirder the more inspiring I believe. I find that when I discover small low budget movies is one of the biggest influential sources, because you feel like you found this and it makes it so much more amazing and inspires you beyond wonders.
 
You’re one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. What can punters at our Listen Out in Sydney expect from the Just A Gent live show?
I sure am! Punters can expect top hats, moustaches, suits and euphoric music to set the mood. I will play a few of my new unreleased tunes along with a bunch of classics to get the party started.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Some of the best advice I was given was from my mum, when I was young. Everyone has been told this one and it is simply just to be yourself and don't listen to the people that are negative and bring you down. Take all the feedback and advice you can get, but take an insult as a compliment and it will make it a million times easier. In terms of music, Emoh Instead of 'What So Not' once told me sometimes less is more, which is another one everyone has heard and it can be really helpful when producing tracks that have so much potential but sound too messy. Less is more. Remember it.
 
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?
My unreleased remix of Vance Joy's 'Riptide'.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I'm under 18 so there isn't to many gigs I can get into, although I do get to go to Groovin The Moo and I loved Peking Duk.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
I don't know many, but from the ones I know, they are such a good supportive bunch and I would love to be able to get more into the scene here in Newcastle and build more of a base for Electronic Music.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
Release new music & tour tour tour!

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Jac Yvonne

Artist

Jac Yvonne

Roots, Rock (Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, The Beach Boys, ...)

Sydney, NSW

beaufields

Artist

beaufields

Indie, Pop (Indie, sydney, alternative)

Sydney, NSW

Bugs

Featured Artist

2017

18

Dec

Bugs

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know your Byran Bay Falls Festival Winners, BUGS. Expect nothing less than sweaty torsos, mops of hair flying around and a whole tonne of bad puns at their live show!

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

I used to record tonnes of distorted demos on my laptop and that's how the project came about. A few singles got picked up for radio play, The band got offered live shows and support slots and it all just went from there. Over the last few years since Brock and Jordan joined, our songwriting process totally evolved. After playing together for so long, our sound is just naturally super different from all the years making bedroom trash. We practice pretty regularly and naturally have honed our collective ideas for what we want our band and music to be since becoming so close. As we are great mates, we are all generally on the same page so it makes for a fun and easy creative process.

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

Music has always been a great processing mechanism for me. I’m a huge over thinker and tend to be pretty observant which is where a lot of the socially topical content for our songs comes from. Whenever I can’t understand something I have felt or experienced it helps to process that confusion by writing it out so it doesn’t just swirl around inside my head forever. Making music gives me that ability to become more self-aware by questioning thought whilst simultaneously expressing my creative, instinctive passion. I guess after all that the ultimate inspiration is the opportunity to connect with other people who might think in a similar way and understand what you are trying to say. The world can feel like a huge and lonely place, so I think it’s important to feel a sense of community in whatever capacity possible. When you connect with other people over music, it is amazing, so I guess our songs are like our own little message sent out into the airwaves trying to reach people who will understand. Hopefully, it feels like a big warm hug from a mate you haven’t seen in a while.

What can punters expect from a Bugs live show?

Jordan's sweaty torso, my mop of hair flying around, a whole tonne of bad puns and knee slides. We just really like to create a bit of a house party kind of feeling in the room we play in. It’s always important to establish the necessity for respect and a safe space in the venue we play in though. It’s a funny catch 22 and a fine line between getting wild and being an over-assertive, aggressive night ruiner. Oh, and maybe a kiss or two.

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

I think it’s the cliche of not being so hard on yourself. My mother, girlfriend and mates always try to reinforce a firm belief in myself. It’s easy to self-impose pressure when you work hard and desperately want to achieve something, but if by doing that you’re making yourself miserable it generally defeats the purpose of doing it at all. I can be a pretty intensely analytical thinker so I guess it’s important to steer that in positive directions and harness the power of it for progression, and it’s even more important to stay calm and relax when you start getting overwhelmed. I make terrible choices when I’m stressing out, so the most important piece of advice to remember for me are to chill and go with the flow. I think that goes hand in hand with a deep-rooted self-confidence, one I am yet to find.

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

Probably 'Young Drunk' by The Smiths, an infectiously cathartic anthem from my youth. Or 'Never Had So Much Fun' by Frenzal!

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

'Blood' by The Middle East gets me every damn time. It hits home super hard.

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

Either ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ by The Angels or ‘Whats My Scene’ by Hoodoo Gurus. Straight up. Pub bangers. I am such a proud bogan.

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

We played with British India a few weekends ago at The Triffid and they absolutely blew the roof off. It was surreal to stand side of the stage and watch some of our heroes belt out tunes that soundtracked my youth and teens. The guys were super nice and we knew the other support band Eliza & The Delusionals who are super cool people too. I ran some chips out on stage cause they shouted me a free burger earlier but it hadn’t come by the time they started playing.

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

Brisbane is way too great to list all the awesome people who make it such a vibrant community. The Violent Soho guys are like royalty. Artists like Good Boy and Waax are really inspiring. It has been remarkable to watch brilliant and considerate people do incredible things this year. Jeremy Neale has been an enormous influence for me personally. The amount of carefully thought out advice, compassion and time he has afforded me since starting this band has been overwhelming. Our manager Ruby and booker Dom are like family. The venue managers and booking agents around town are invaluable and it breeds this sense of welcoming and teamwork that is conducive to shared success and makes for some ripping memes by Cael (Valley Ledge). Also, not to take away from the punters and gig patrons (one of which is myself). The frequency with which you will see full rooms in multiple venues on any given night in the valley is heartwarming. People care about and feel really connected to the music community here, because the equality and serenity in lack of competition breed a really positive connected industry.

What are your plans for 2018?

Opening Falls on New Years Day is certainly the brightest beacon on the calendar, but we’re barrelling into a busy month in Jan. We have a show with our good pals The Hard Aches at Black Bear Lodge on the 19th so that should be super fun. It’s really close to selling out already and the guys are absolute legends so it will be awesome to catch up and return the favour of a couch to crash on. Then we have a single coming out just before we play Brisbane's ‘Mountain Goat Valley Crawl’ festival in early Feb. Personally, I am so dang excited to get this next tune out, we have about 6 ready to go for an EP shortly after but we’re just tying up all the loose ends to make sure the release reaches its full potential. Valley Crawl is this amazing multi-venue night that always has the punters going wild and we’re stoked to have a nice late spot at the Foundry which should get pretttttty dang juicy to say the least.

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cln
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cln

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Indie, Chill, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Dried Spider
New

Artist

Dried Spider

Electronic, Indie, Rock, Roots (art-soul)

Brisbane, QLD

Commandeur
New

Artist

Commandeur

Dance, Electronic, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Cracked Actor

Artist

Cracked Actor

Indie, Rock (radiohead, Portishead, Jeff Buckley, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Swim Season
New

Artist

Swim Season

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Halcyon Drive
New

Artist

Halcyon Drive

Indie, Pop (Indie, Pop, alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tyler Touché
New

Artist

Tyler Touché

Dance, Electronic (Moon Boots, breakbot, Chic, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

FOREST FALLS
New

Artist

FOREST FALLS

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Arcade Fire, Broken Bells, Cyndi Lauper, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

I Know Leopard

Featured Artist

2014

5

May

I Know Leopard

( )

Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I Know The Chief
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I Know The Chief

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (sun drenched, Indie, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Riley Pearce
New

Artist

Riley Pearce

Indie, Pop, Roots (Indie, folk, roots, ...)

Perth, WA

Artist
New

Artist

Jay Penaflor

Indie (#dream pop, #Indie Rock, #no chill, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Alex Warren
New

Artist

Alex Warren

Electronic, Pop (Singer-Songwriter, Producer)

Melbourne, VIC

Light Pressure
New

Artist

Light Pressure

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (And, dave rennick, Dappled Cities, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Barbagallo
New

Artist

Barbagallo

Indie

Melbourne, VIC

PLGRMS
New

Artist

PLGRMS

Electronic, Indie (Music, NEW MUSIC, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Bleeding Knees Club

Featured Artist

2010

11

Oct

Bleeding Knees Club

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Lo-fi bluesy punk with a party vibe from two young upstarts from the Gold Coast.

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Bleeding Knees Club Q&A

Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound? It developed in our garage. We started jamming in March this year and it's kinda just gone from there. We just like short, easy songs. They're way more fun to play live and people don't have to think about it as much. Leaves more room in their brains to think about partying...

What should a punter expect at your show?

A guitar and a drum and two kids and heaps of knee-slides, some bubble machines and tribute to Casey Donovan.

Tell us about the Gold Coast scene.

It's starting to get alot better. There's a bunch of good bands emerging from the shadows now which is cool. No real 'scene' as such because most of the bands are into different styles, but everyone is real supportive and goes to each others shows.

What’s coming up in the future?

Our EP comes out of the closet on Friday 22nd October which is rad. We also go on tour around the country with the Yacht Club guys starting this week which we think is going to be loose. Other than that, we've got a few more shows and festival support slots and then its summer!

Australian music is?

Casey Donovan

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Leaks
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Leaks

Electronic (Burial, James Blake, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Wintercoats

Artist

Wintercoats

Pop, Electronic (folk, Pop, Beach House, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Salvadarlings
New

Artist

Salvadarlings

Pop, Rock

North Coast, NSW

Auxfire
New

Artist

Obscura Hail
New

Artist

Obscura Hail

Indie, Pop, Punk, Roots (basement pop, bedroom folk, Baroque Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Pear Shape

Artist

Pear Shape

Pop, Indie (vampire weekend, Pop, Belle & Sebastian, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Tram Cops
New

Artist

Tram Cops

Pop

Melbourne, VIC

King Colour
New

Artist

King Colour

Indie, Rock (psychedelic, Indie, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Lulu Raes
New

Artist

The Lulu Raes

Indie, Pop, Rock (Indie, Pop, Rock and Roll)

Sydney, NSW

LASTLINGS
New

Artist

LASTLINGS

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

Gold Coast, QLD

Greta Stanley
New

Artist

Greta Stanley

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

Far North, QLD

CONTRAST
New

Artist

CONTRAST

Indie (Mercy Arms, Slowdive, The Jesus And Mary Chain, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Pocket Size
New

Artist

Pocket Size

Indie (Pop, vegemite, alternative)

Melbourne, VIC

Major Leagues

Featured Artist

2013

8

Jul

Major Leagues

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get lost amongst the breezy guitars and sun-kissed melodic loveliness of Brisbane 4-piece Major Leagues.

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

Anna or Jaimee usually come to rehearsal or the studio with a song skeleton and things evolve organically from there. Everyone writes their own parts. If something isn’t working it'll go back to the drawing board, but otherwise all of the songs get built together. We like fuzzy sounds; they make us feel warm inside.

What’s a Major Leagues live show like?

It gets super noisy on stage and we rarely have the luxury of hearing each other. Even with the quiet vocals and loud amps and drums we always have a lot of fun on stage. People that see us for the first time sometimes get taken aback that the three girls running the show are all over the fuzz and the feedback instead of xylophones and Casio keyboards.

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

Cher gives out all the best advice. All the time. We're huge fans.

What are you all doing when you’re not playing in Major Leagues?

We're usually scoping where the next free burrito day will be or watching X-Files. Jaimee also runs a really cool pet portrait business. Her most recent subject was a rad horse named ‘Colby’!

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

Our EP is getting its final run of mixes done this week, which feels pretty special. We have a video coming out very soon for 'Endless Drain' and a tour getting announced this week for August! Also, lots of writing…

Australian music is…?

…The Go-Betweens.

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Deer

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

MTNS

Featured Artist

2013

9

Sep

MTNS

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane 3-piece MTNS are all about textured synths, striking melodies and downtempo beats. Their beautiful, ambient, electronic pop won them the opportunity to open our BIGSOUND showcase event on Wednesday, September 11 at Oh Hello in Brisbane.

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

Our music blends the band dynamic with electronic sounds. Usually I (Tom) start writing songs on the guitar or keyboard, from there it's working on the computer with sounds, samples and MIDI. I like to work on my vocal melody and lyrics as the song grows and progresses. Working on the computer is great for us because we can really explore and form the song together.

You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be playing the triple j Unearthed showcase event on Wednesday, September 11, at Oh Hello in Brisbane. What are you hoping to gain from your BIGSOUND experience?

We wanna have a fun night and play our best! We're looking forward to hanging out and making some new friends. You never know who you could bump into at Bigsound.

What can the crowd at the triple j Unearthed showcase expect from the MTNS live show?

Drums, guitars, vocals and synths!

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

Mostly we are hanging out at our jobs, working on music or spending time with our girlfriends...at least me and Robbie are ;)

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

We just started the Tigertown tour last week, so we're looking forward to some more shows. We've been working hard finishing up some more songs for our next release as well.

Australian music is…?

…the best!

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Slow Dancer
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Slow Dancer

Indie (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Mosquito Coast

Featured Artist

2015

6

Oct

Mosquito Coast

( )

Perth, WA

Our Unearthed High winners Mosquito Coast follow up the release of their new tune 'Commotion' with a triple j Unearthed Feature Artist gold star.

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You've just released your new single 'Commotion'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing again, after the recent success of 'Call My Name'?

We came up with the song at band practice and we quickly recorded all the parts on the Tascam. We've been writing stuff since 'Call My Name' but it was cool to see how the song developed this time around. I always leave the lyrics to the last minute because it's just easier and sometimes when you have them sitting around you just want to keep changing things, but we are pretty happy with how it panned out.

You recorded 'Commotion' at the triple j studios in Sydney. What was that recording process like compared to how you usually lay your tracks down?

The recording process was pretty similar to 'Call My Name'. With both songs we had quite clear ideas about what we wanted each aspect to sound like. We always have extra bits though that we add in while at the studio. Nothing's set in stone. We normally get the drums and guitar rhythm down and then we build like jam on a bass line, keyboard and stuff.

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

Watching other musicians play. Whenever we are at a gig together you just feel so inspired and want to get home and try and make something just as cool. Other music is obviously a pretty huge inspiration as well, especially when we both have such differing tastes.

What's your go-to snack when making music?

We have a lot of breaks in between long jams and they usually consist of tea, coffee and toast - usually because that's all we can find in the kitchen. We also sometimes get treated to Japanese.

What's your vision for the ultimate Mosquito Coast live show?

Lots of funky beats, crazy guitar and cult outfits. Extended jams that people can really vibe with.

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

Naomi: My brother in law once said just to do what your heart tells you and don't listen to other people, if music is something you wanna do, then do it.

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

Take Me Over by Cut Copy because how can you not want to dance?

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

My Happiness - Powderfinger or Under the Milky Way - The Church.

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

Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing, INXS- I Need You Tonight or Pond - Moth Wings.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?

We both are focussing on school at the moment but as soon as we're finished, we will be able to write more and start gigging. We are really excited to develop our live set and start playing more often.

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Fossa Beats

Electronic, Hip Hop (hip hop, r&b, Electronic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Jungle Giants

Featured Artist

2011

3

Oct

The Jungle Giants

( )

Brisbane, QLD

The Jungle Giants are a young Brisbane 4-piece already turning heads with their catchy indie-pop tunes.

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

Our sound is based on a combination of things. I began writing as an acoustic artist, and am really into melodies and chordal harmonies. I start writing a song on an acoustic, but when I bring a song to the band the other guys sort of melt their own style into it with electric guitars, bass and drums. We turn that sound into something that will translate well in a live setting. Essentially give it dynamics, riffs and sonic layers to build energy and tension in the songs.

What’s The Jungle Giants live show like?

It's pretty fun, and we always end up having the best time. We have heaps of energy to unleash at our shows because our lives outside the band are pretty boring. Andrew (bass & backing vocals) and I have ended up piggybacking each other a few times now. Keelan (drums) even joined in when we made a three person stack during a live show. That said, we are always thinking of our sound sonically. We're at this cool stage where we are discovering different sounds and ways to improve while we're performing.

What was it like transitioning from being a “high school band” to gigging and touring post-graduation?

It was absolutely great. We didn't really know what to expect, as we'd never played to more than 50 people before. I sort of tried to pick the brain of everyone could to find, to get some insight. It's been absolutely great so far and we are really digging the opportunities we've been given to play to bigger and amazing crowds in venues we've never visited before.

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

I remember chatting to Sam from Ball Park Music right before we left for our first tour a few months ago. He said to just do your thing, have fun and people will love it. I guess that sort of brought things down to a simpler level. It also helped to make it clear that no matter if touring new to us or not, if we made a great sound and had fun, people would be none the wiser.

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

There are so many people. The best and worst thing about Brisbane is that it's so small. There are so many muso's and industry people in such a small area, and they are always ready to share stories, so it's easy to make relationships. Our champion manager Stu McCullough has given us an incredible amount of direction and support. We have also become really close with the friendly people at Mucho-Bravado, especially Ben Preece, who has given us endless amounts of guidance. Yanto Browning produced our debut EP and he has pretty much become our band bestie. It's a great environment, and there must be something in the water, because there are so many great Brissy acts out and about at the moment.

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

We're super excited to be playing at Valley Fiesta on the 8th of October alongside Hungry Kids of Hungry, Nina Las Vegas and New Navy on the main stage. Then we hit the road to support Ball Park Music on their debut Album tour... we are stoked that they are taking us along. Over the next month we are looking forward to demoing some new music, and then heading back interstate to play some great shows with some wicked bands. By early 2012 we should have a new EP to unleash, as well as some more touring hopefully!

Australian music is…?

...nearly mullet free.

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PRO VITA

Featured Artist

2015

25

May

PRO VITA

( )

Sunshine, QLD

Sunny Coast legends Pro Vita are the winners of our Big Pineapple Music Festival competition. They'll be opening the fest this Saturday May 30, before the likes of Violent Soho, Thundamentals and John Butler Trio.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is all about having fun. We developed our sound by morphing together all of our musical backgrounds into something we were all pretty happy with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Love, waves, mates and Australian music.
 
You’re the winners of our Big Pineapple competition. What can punters at The Big Pineapple Music Festival expect from your live show?
Fun tunes, bad dancing, funny singing faces and us running around on the huge stage. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Jeremy Neale's daily life advice Facebook status'.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Fuck It by Dune Rats
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
What About Me by Shannon Noll
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
In a perfect world we would play a Sandstorm cover by Violent Soho. In a perfect world.  
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went to see Smith Street Band at the SOLBAR on the Sunshine Coast and they were nuts. It was a Wednesday night and the room was absolutely packed.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the QLD music community that inspire you.
The Brisbane music scene is full of epic musicians and rad mates who are continuously releasing crazy good music. The Sunshine Coast is starting to catch on which is awesome.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
New music, a bunch of shows and having a rad time doing it.
 

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Them Swoops

Featured Artist

2011

19

Dec

Them Swoops

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Them Swoops are a Melbourne trio bringing you sunny rays of catchy-as-hell indie pop. Hello Summer!

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

We try to make music that is attention-getting but not obvious. It's important to have a little immediacy i think, but we also try to throw in ideas or changes that give things a little difference or a twist. It's still guitar based pop music at it's heart but i like to leave room for other possibilities, we like throwing in crazy sounds here and there or having sections that breathe and aren't all about pop hooks. But yeah, we'll throw the hooks in too if we got some.

What’s a Them Swoops live show like?

Them Swoops shows are really loud, fuzzed out exercises in rhythm. We have a tendency to shine things up in the studio but let the live show get a little raucous. Sections of songs have instrumental parts that sometimes swell up and around and grow in intensity. I like the dangerous vibe. That it's all just hanging together and could fall apart at any moment.

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

My high school music teacher told me to stay dangerous and to never settle on the first idea unless it's f#%king brilliant. Whether i've managed to stay dangerous or have a brilliant idea yet remains to be seen but it sounded cool.

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

Melbourne has an endless supply of amazing bands that give us inspiration. I'd be missing out so many but i'll mention Greasers, Parking Lot Experiments, Gosteleradio, Twerps, Boomgates, Eagle & the Worm, Dirt Farmer, Jimmy Hawk & The Endless Party, there's heaps more! We don't really sound like any of those bands but we definitely get inspired by them. We've also had great help from local producers Aaron Cupples, Jimi Wyatt & Glenn Musto recording us and mixing us when they can in some cool backyard studios and warehouses.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We aim to have an EP out in the first half and an album released in the second half. Hopefully play bigger and better shows, and tour as much as possible. Pretty much what any band wants.

Australian music is…?

...habit-forming, dangerously addictive and one of the leading causes of enjoyment in the country.

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Artist

Solid Effort

Indie, Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Von Villains
New

Artist

Von Villains

Indie, Rock (Von Villains, Indie, Rock, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Caitlin Park

Featured Artist

2010

21

Jun

Caitlin Park

( )

Sydney, NSW

Caitlin Park plays neo-folk music, and uses many instruments: most excitingly, deep voices and samples from old film, dialogue and field recordings. She's our NSW Song Summit winner.

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Tell us about your approach to song writing.

I lot of songs that I write come together in bits and pieces. I love film soundtrack, especially older films, and i like to write songs with the idea of them being a part of moving images like that - including the sound effects and dialogue. I like to play with the structure of songs as well, and don't often write songs with a verse and chorus.

What are you hoping to get from the Unearthed Song writing workshop?

I'm looking forward to meeting some great songwriters and hearing how different people put songs together.

How are you most looking forward to hearing speak at Song Summit?

Robert Forster. Dan Kelly. Tim Levinson. Julia Zemiro. Chris Johnson.

What’s coming up in the future?

I am in the process of recording at the moment, releasing a 7 inch in the coming months and a record later in the year.

Australian music is?

Australian music is very exciting, there are so many amazing musicians in this country.

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Asha Jefferies

Featured Artist

2018

1

Oct

Asha Jefferies

( )

Brisbane, QLD

All this week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Asha Jefferies. She loves turning her thoughts, feelings and memories into noise and we've been obsessing over her brand new single, 'Everybody Talks'.

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

My music embodies the storytelling of a very indecisive person. It's shiny and sad and peaceful and folk-driven and roots based. I wanted to be a pop star at age 5, so I would write my own riddles and songs and sing them out to family. Over time I acquired a guitar & got really into folk/sadness/heartbreak. I think since high school has ended, I mostly still write about troubled things but in a tranquil way. 

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

90's pop icons, heartbreak, alienation, feeling too full after sushi and hangovers. 

What can punters expect from an Asha Jefferies live show?

Honesty is really important to me when performing. The songs I write are vulnerable and expressing them in an intimate and explosive way feels best. There feels no use in writing these songs unless I give the opportunity to vulnerably share and see connection in conversing on stage. 

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

 I sat down and had coffee with Emma Louise early last year. I remember her explaining how essential it is to write from your heart/unspoken part of you and let the mind fade. It's stuck with me ever since.

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

'The Ship Song' by Nick Cave.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by the Gravy Man (Paul Kelly).

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

I'm going to back myself with Miami Horror's 'Sometimes'.

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

I went and saw a 'Mustard' show presenting TOISOC, Caramel, Disco Indians & Lilian Vase last night. All coastal, psych-rock vibing bands. Honestly, it was great and it made me feel really cool contrasting with my 'i have a lot of feelings'-folk-shell. 

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

Oh my goodness! It is a joy and wonder to be surrounded in such a creative and inspiring community. Songwriters like Hazlett, Clea, Zefereli, Moreton and Daggy Man are just a few that I look up to immensely. 

What are your plans for 2018?

I'm going to buy a fish called Bullshit, go to New Zealand, release an EP, play some shows outside of Brisbane, wear my Birkenstocks, record new music and attempt to survive Brisbane humidity. 

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Koh-Dee
New

Artist

Koh-Dee

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (Koh-dee, Electronic, Future, ...)

Hobart, TAS

Oakland
New

Artist

Oakland

Indie, Pop, Rock (Indie, Banjup, Perth, ...)

Perth, WA

Yon Yonson
New

Artist

Yon Yonson

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Woodlock
New

Artist

Woodlock

Indie, Pop (soft, mellow, Acoustic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Jensens
New

Artist

The Jensens

Indie (Jensens, Brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

Daniel Lee Kendall

Featured Artist

2010

19

Jul

Daniel Lee Kendall

( )

Central Coast, NSW

Daniel Lee Kendall is a young singer-songwriter from the Central Coast of New South Wales.

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

It started with me mucking around making some dicky little beats on GarageBand, and one day I figured out how to record my voice. I found the song writing process started to come alive for me once I was able to write and at the same time create all the instrumentation too. Rather than just trying to write a whole song solely on the guitar. I wasn't great at that… I saw Angus and Julia Stone one time at this little restaurant that only held 100 people, and was blown away by their honesty and simplicity, and watching them just being themselves. Best gig I've been to by far. I was so inspired and it really sparked something in me. I started approaching song writing with a fresh perspective. I wasn't over thinking the process, or trying to be too clever, or trying to write the 'perfect' song, more just trying to capture a moment. Whether an emotion, an incident, or just whatever was going through my head... So my songs are kind of just a sneak peek into my life. Like a diary in musical form. Maybe I could do a musical?

What can the audience expect at a live show?

At the moment it'll be me on my lonesome, singing with my lovely lady friend (my guitar). I'll also dabble in some electro beats. Some call it folktronica which I quite like (GarageBand will always have a place in my heart).

Tell us about your hometown Bensville…

Bensville is great. So much so that some people who live 10 minutes away have never even heard of it! Ha. But it's got everything you need really: A wharf, a playground, a shop that never opens… Maybe that's why I started making music. I actually don't live there anymore, but we'll pretend that I do because it would be a horrible waste to have Bensville in the question and not talk about it.

What’s coming up in the future?

"The life and times of DLK." It's a musical I've been planning for a while now. No. That would be silly. Seriously? There will be an EP coming out soon which will be great, and hopefully plenty of shows to go with it. So that'll be fun. I've also got heaps of songs spinning around my head and on my computer, so I hope to get things rolling, and do an album asap!

Australian music is?

Genius. I was just in the car with my sister and we put on a shuffle mix and we realised that all the songs that were being played were by Australian artists. We were so impressed with our country for making such good music, and so much of it! I love Aussie music.

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Dan White
New

Artist

Dan White

Indie, Roots (Acoustic, folk, Singer-Songwriter)

Adelaide, SA

Bjéar
New

Artist

Bjéar

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock

Adelaide, SA

I'lls

Artist

I'lls

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

SPARKSPITTER

Featured Artist

2014

10

Jun

SPARKSPITTER

( )

Adelaide, SA

Wrap your ears around the groove-laden, math-infected, instrumental art-pop of Adelaide 3-piece Sparkspitter.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Tom and Rohan used to play in an improvised instrumental post-folk-rock band called Strega, and started Sparkspitter as an aside to work on when Lachy, the guitarist was out of town.  Rohan came up with the name, and we played vaguely mathy ambient music back then a la Clogs and The Necks.  After six or eight months, Matt (who was playing at the time with Bronze Chariot and Thunderclaw) joined the band and we started to experiment with the tighter, poppier structures and grooves that you hear in our current music.

In a basic sense, Rohan feeds a melodic/rhythmic idea in to a loop and the other instrumentation builds around it. We then take that idea on a bit of an excursion - superimposing whatever other melodic/rhythmic structures will fit it. The essence of what we do is that we're a novelty band :)

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We get our inspiration from the nature of things mainly.  We're also pretty inspired by some of the art and music and coming out of Adelaide and the world in general right now.

What can punters expect from a Sparkspitter live show?
Well we actually just really love what we do and hope that translates. We'd rather not create expectation but just encourage all punters to come see for themselves.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Live in your paradise' - Richard LeMessurier

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
The Horses - Darryl Braithwaite
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Everything is Fucked - Dirty Three
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
! (The Song Formally Known As) - Regurgitator
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Wireheads played at Title to launch their LP "The Late Great Wireheads".  Was great to see some rock and roll in a public space, surrounded by pretty books and records - really inspirational stuff.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
The following bands and people in Adelaide inspire us: Swimming, Robotosaurus, The Burning Sea, Psalm Trio, Dave Blumbergs, Brad Cameron, Zach Coligan, Damien Kelly, Wolfpanther, Emu, Madison Bycroft, Ashtray, Robert St, Vandalis shoot-crew, Kevin Van der Zwaag, Hilary Kleinig, Thunderclaw, Stephen Whittington, Doe, Nathan Abbott, Harriet Fraser-Barbour, Celeriak, Richard LeMessurier, Matea Gluscevic, Josef Faraone, Rule of Thirds, Hydromadusa, Chris Soole, Format, Encarta bros, Stan Mahoney, Peter Ellis, Dan V, Andy Nowell, Madeleine Parry, Dan Wills, Ross McHenry, Sam Wright Nescha Jelk, Duncan Campbell, Amy Joy Watson, Aaron and Jesse Schuppan and The Happy Motel.

What are your plans for Sparkspitter in 2014?
There are some real exciting events already taking shape for later in the year which we are really looking forward to. More immediately though we're supporting one of our favourite Adelaide bands The Shaolin Afronauts at their post-Japan pre-Glastonbury show at the Gov this Saturday (14th June) alongside Immermann 1.1 and Oisima which will be loads of fun. Mainly though we are looking forward to releasing our debut album Techne later this year, making some more film clips and probably touring to wherever we can go, although we don't have anything lined up as yet.

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swimming

Featured Artist

2013

20

May

swimming

( )

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide trio Swimming are all about off-beat rhythms, R&B-influenced harmonies, and creating a vast sense of space.

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

Our music is a mixture of all of our favourite sounds; lots of pop and R&B-influenced harmonies, deep bass and keyboard sounds, and rhythms that are hard to arrange, but fun to play. The sound developed in 2011, when we first came together to play at a friend’s collaboration night. We had offers to play gigs and thought we should continue practicing and make the most of the opportunity. Our songs combine little ideas that grow into something bigger. Each of us have something different to add to the sound, which makes playing and creating new music incredibly refreshing and enjoyable.

What’s a Swimming live show like?

We like to be as genuine as possible and treat the whole performance like an opportunity to hang out with the audience. We want to make them feel as involved and happy to be there as we are. There's a lot of moving around on stage and instrument swapping, but we feel that's all a part of the live performance and something that makes us a little unique.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you?

Adelaide is full of inspirational people and we've been lucky to work with and be close to a lot of them. Our dear friends Naomi Keyte (Gold Bloom, Transatlantics) and Lachlan Wilson (Steering by Stars) as well as the boys from Sparkspitter - they all inspire us daily. Ross McHenry - he works so hard for the pure joy of making amazing music, he is a total inspiration, and the same can be said of Oisima. All the Format kids - musicians, artists, zine folk and supporters.

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

We've been told by a few people that we look like we're having a lot of fun during our live shows. It's true, we are! Its the best advice possible; to us that means keep doing that, keep enjoying it! A reminder of why we love playing music and how the feelings you get from watching or listening or playing music are so contagious.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We have a couple of shows in Melbourne and Hobart which will complete our east-coast album tour. We’re planning to release a remix EP a bit later in the year too, along with a film clip which is in the works. Aside from that, there’ll no doubt be more jamming and writing, and hopefully more music whenever we are ready.

Australian music is…?

…innovative and incredible! Australian music is what we listen to most and what makes us want to be musicians. The scene is small enough to be super supportive and friendly, and you can always count on someone to lend a hand or just give you a thumbs up for support. Australian music is unpretentious and our main aim is to just be part of this and to make music alongside the people we look up to, which is happening already.

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beloved elk
New

Artist

beloved elk

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Alex Maclaurin
New

Artist

Alex Maclaurin

Electronic, Indie (Electronic, downtempo, chill out, ...)

Adelaide, SA

VanderAa
New

Artist

VanderAa

Dance, Indie, Pop, Roots (VanderAa Band, Vanlife, Light Of Love, ...)

Darwin, NT

dream girl
New

Artist

dream girl

Indie, Pop, Rock (dreampop, dreamies)

Brisbane, QLD

Redspencer
New

Artist

Redspencer

Indie, Pop, Rock (deerhunter, women, Yo La Tengo, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Kite Club

Artist

Dolphins

Artist

Dolphins

Punk, Indie (The Clash, Echo and the bunnymen, Rocky Erickson, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

The Moving Stills

Featured Artist

2020

17

Feb

The Moving Stills

( )

Central Coast, NSW

Direct from Macmasters Beach, The Moving Stills are this week's Feature Artist!

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

Pool Party on the Moon vibes with lazer light beams and blow up flamingos, set in the 90s. We are often trying new things and shifting things to see what works etc. We've been listening to a lot of Beck and Jungle Giants, so we've been moving towards a bit more of that and playing around with Synths and Keys. We've all been mucking around with that in the last year or so which has put a new thread through everything. 

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

A bit of everything. We've all got day jobs and that experience makes its way into the songwriting and also drives us to make music. Those photos taken from behind the drummer/band looking out to a crowd at festival or the like, or hearing a song that connects with your emotions or taste really well is also pretty inspiring, but seeing a band live that really connects with you gives us huge drive. We just want to make music that'll have an impact with the people that listen to it. 

What can punters expect from The Moving Stills live show?

A bit of hair, good pair of sunnies, a shaker or two... and maybe a few Flower T shirts in the crowd.

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

Some of the best advice was from Ollie of Lime Cordiale, It was along the lines of, just to keep going and to keep at it. Feels like that’s been pretty key and will continue to follow that.

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

Marinade by Dope Lemon or Feeding the Family by Spacey Jane are pretty uplifting tracks we think.

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

Maybe So We Know By DMA’s or Seaweed by Hockey Dad, there’s a lot of heart in these tracks.

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

Pizza Guy by Touch Sensitive

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

The last local gig we saw was Kim Churchill at The Rhythm Hut in Gosford, was a great vibe and he’s legend.

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

Everyone’s sort of chipping away doing their thing and when a gig is on it feels like you’ll see people from all different bands there. There’s been some cool bands/Artists from the Central Coast that have done some inspiring stuff like E^ST, Ninajirachi, Winterbourne and Something With Numbers to name a few.

What are your plans for 2020?

We are currently working on a bunch of tracks, looking to have an EP out around mid year and a single or two before hand. We are also heading out on a Co-headline Tour with our friends Teenage Dads through March and April which will be a heap of fun.

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Minorfear
New

Artist

Minorfear

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Pop, alternative)

Central Coast, NSW

Slowcoaching
New

Artist

Slowcoaching

Indie, Pop (#dream pop, #wild nothing, #diiv)

Melbourne, VIC

BV
New

Artist

BV

Dance

Sydney, NSW

Cruz Folmli
New

Artist

Cruz Folmli

Indie, Pop (Acoustic, Singer, guitar, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Tin Can Radio

Featured Artist

2011

16

May

Tin Can Radio

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Tin Can Radio are a Brisbane-based 5-piece that have just released their smashing debut LP 'Chase The Sun, Hold The Night'.

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

I think the most important factor in the life and times of Tin Can Radio sound development has been the incredible musicians with ridiculously diverse backgrounds that have been a part of the project over the last 2 - 3 years. From glitch and dubstep producers, to pop gods, punk rockers, jazz junkies and funk cats...it's been a wild ride.

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

Jebadiah supporting Custard supporting The Presidents of the USA at the Suncorp Piatza in Brisbane. I was about 12. Massive mosh pit, crowd surfing, I got up on my Dad's shoulders. It was world shattering for me.

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

We met this old 'retired musician' (as if musicians can ever afford to retire!) in a seedy bar in the Cross in Sydney. He regaled us with his tour stories for hours. One of which was a make shift washing machine. Step one...find blender. Step two...get washing powder. Step three...add water and powder to blender. Step four...add socks and blend. End result...Never put socks in a blender!

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

The people inspire us. It's the guys that show up to every show of every band. The bedroom producers. The artists from other areas that pull together to make the shows happen, the dancers, the street artists, the photographers, the designers. Guys like Timeshare, Goldleader, The Kidney Thieves, The MS Crew, Irukandji, Georgia Potter, Yeo, Pocket Love, Temple St Studios.

What’s coming up in 2011?

So much music you can't believe. We are winding up a massive national tour for the release of our first album 'Chase the Sun, Hold the Night', that has taken us to WA, NT, NSW, VIC and all over QLD. The final show is THIS FRIDAY (20th May) @ THE ZOO in BRISBANE. We have a couple more singles to release from album. There are video clips on the way. Remixes by some VERY special guests. More touring. More recording. Living the dream!

Australian music is?

...the new black.

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Atlas Bound
New

Artist

Atlas Bound

Electronic, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Fish On Fire
New

Artist

Fish On Fire

Indie, Roots (Bob Marley, Vance Joy, Reggae, ...)

Coffs Coast, NSW

Kurt Gentle
New

Artist

Kurt Gentle

Indie, Rock, Roots (roots, Indie, Songwriter, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Aela Kae
New

Artist

Aela Kae

Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Jouk Mistrow
New

Artist

Jouk Mistrow

Indie, Rock (Garage, Indie, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Dugong Jr
New

Artist

Dugong Jr

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Dugong Jr)

Melbourne, VIC

Klue
New

Artist

Klue

Dance, Electronic, Roots (beats, Soul, Afrobeat, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Beach Aunty
New

Artist

Beach Aunty

Indie, Pop

Perth, WA

Pepa Knight
New

Artist

Pepa Knight

Indie

Central Coast, NSW

These Guy
New

Artist

These Guy

Electronic, Indie, Pop (these guy, Brisbane, Pop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

The Ocean Party
New

Artist

The Ocean Party

Indie, Pop (guitar pop, Pop, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Seahorse Divorce
New

Artist

Seahorse Divorce

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (mathrock)

Brisbane, QLD

Jesse Davidson

Artist

Jesse Davidson

Indie

Adelaide, SA

WAAX

Featured Artist

2014

8

Sep

WAAX

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane rockers WAAX are one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be playing our BIGSOUND showcase at Oh Hello this Thursday September 11 alongside Eves, Milwaukee Banks, Little May and Client Liaison. Get to know these "5 ratbags from Brisbane" below...

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Two chicks; three dudes. The sound we now know to be WAAX developed out of being a show-focused band. We just wanted our shows to be exciting and intense; and that was naturally manifested in our recordings. Our songs are like a harsh aural reality-check with an unexpected nurturing side – kind of like a tough mother-figure filtered through a shitload of fuzz. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It keeps us somewhat sane. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition. What can punters at our BIGSOUND showcase expect from the WAAX live show?
Honestly, you’ll be immersed in something you wouldn’t expect of 5 ratbags from Brisbane. We’re about mood. Sometimes loud and angsty; sometimes super reflective – but there’s always passion and I can guarantee you will be more than entertained. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Patience is so important, keep going and things will be delivered to you – our buddy Tyler from Soundpound.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Vitriol' by Bluejuice. Such a fun song.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Never Tear Us Apart' by INXS. Makes me cry or feel like crying every time. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Jagwar Ma! Any track by those guys.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Went to go see Ayla at Black Bear Lodge. She had some real sweet tunes!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Queensland music community that inspire you.
We’re real inspired by bands like DZ Deathrays or Violent Soho to more local heroes Baskervillain…And of course all those crazy event-wizard people like Lachie who runs Kaleidoscope Festival or Ray who runs Psych Night and Junglelove Festival – these dudes bust their arses to give local bands a go.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
Firstly we just hope to survive BIGSOUND! It’s like music Christmas! And then after that, hopefully hop on some tour supports, finish off our EP…set the foundations for a ripper 2015.
 

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Brendan Maclean
New

Artist

Brendan Maclean

Dance, Indie, Pop (Pop, Indie, Disco, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Tiger Choir
New

Artist

Tiger Choir

Electronic, Indie (The beta band, toro y moi, gerling, ...)

Hobart, TAS

Good Boy

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jan

Good Boy

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie three-piece Good Boy are one of the winners of our Laneway competition. Catch them opening the 'Good Better Best' stage of Laneway in Brisbane on Saturday, February 6.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We didn’t really decide “this is going to be our sound”, we just sort of played what felt natural to us. We write what is fun to play and it stems from there. Our sound is constantly changing with each new song that we write. For example, a lot of our new songs are a bit faster and probably fits more within the “punk” genre. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Making music is just bloody fun. Nothing beats that feeling of creating and discovering a new track with ya mates. And of course sharing this music live on stage completes the experience. Also listening to what other bands are writing and getting involved with the local scene is awesome. The free beers are a big plus too. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can punters at the Laneway fest in Brisbane expect from the Good Boy live show?
How good?! We’re still trying to figure out our set list but we're definitely gonna throw in some new ones. We’ve got half an hour so we’re going to cram as much as we can into our time slot, so don’t expect too much chat to be thrown on stage. Also expect some very short shorts.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
These Guy are absolute legends and this song always gets the positivity flowing. Shout out to that incredibly catchy guitar riff.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
This track is bloody relentless. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Definitely in our top 10 songs of the year.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last show we all went to was The Good Sports at The Foundry. We’ve never seen them before and they certainly didn’t disappoint. We also loved Sydney lads Greenwave Beth who were up earlier in the night.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
We’ve always had a big list of bands that we wanted to play with and made us love the local scene. Bands like Morning Harvey, The John Steel Singers, Blank Realm, Rolls Bayce, These Guy and Tempura Nights to name a few. We could go on forever but there is so many local acts putting on great shows that more people need to know about.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
2K16 is looking like it’s going to be busy – a lot of writing, recording and playing shows. We’re also looking to release our first EP very shorty which will include some touring!

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Destrends
New

Artist

Destrends

Punk, Rock (Destrends, Melbourne, Punk)

Melbourne, VIC

Skegss
New

Artist

Skegss

Punk

North Coast, NSW

Gabriel and Cecilia
New

Artist

Gabriel and Cecilia

Indie

North Coast, NSW

CHALKK.
New

Artist

CHALKK.

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Female, Drum, Electronic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

LakeMonsters
New

Artist

LakeMonsters

Indie, Roots (toe, Bon Iver, Lake Monsters, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Flower Drums
New

Artist

Flower Drums

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Dream-Pop, Electronica, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Vallis Alps

Featured Artist

2015

19

Jan

Vallis Alps

Canberra, ACT

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

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

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Tora

Featured Artist

2014

21

Jul

Tora

( )

North Coast, NSW

From playing cute gigs raising funds to help rebuild a local community garden, to smashing the stage at Splendour In The Grass, saying that Tora is moving forward in leaps and bounds is probably the understatement of the century. Check out our interview with this week's Unearthed feature artist.

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

We just wanted to make music that we enjoyed listening to, and so it slowly developed through combinations of influences, as well as many hours of trial and error and the process of elimination... Ideas usually develop within the computer, starting with beats and production, then live instruments and vocals. We then have the challenge of pulling them off in a live situation. 

 

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

The biggest inspiration for us is hearing new music, because we often forget that there's an infinite pool of ideas to be manifested. This gets our creative minds juicing. 


What can punters expect from a TORA live show?

We get pretty into it when were on stage, we don't take ourselves too seriously, so there's usually a bit of goofy dancing and silly comments throughout the set. We've been told that the songs sound more energetic and upbeat when we play live. Most people don't realise, but we have 3 vocalists and we play the songs with real instruments.

 

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

 'Don't burn your bridges.' - Dave

 

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

Bee Gee's - Stayin' Alive, accompanied by flare pants and living room choreography.

 

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

 Vancouver sleep clinic - Collapse. Hear it and weep. :'(

 

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

"Dat Schlump Funk" by Silentjay.

 

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

Our local community garden burnt down a little while ago, and they put on a fundraiser to rebuild it. We played a little set to contribute. It was super cute.

 

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

Our close friends Gabe and Cecilia are musical geniuses, and inspire us through their crafty originality. 
Potato Potato never cease to amaze us either, and they're always keen to jam. 

 

What are your plans for TORA in 2014?

 

We've got some exciting shenanigans planned for the rest of the year, now including our first ever show at Splendour in the Grass.

We just released "Eat the Sun" the first single from our new EP which will be out later in the year.

We are also super stoked to be going on tour with Miami Horror in september, which will include shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.

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Olly Friend
New

Artist

Olly Friend

Indie, Roots (Mumford and Sons, Matt Corby, Acoustic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Stax Osset
New

Artist

Stax Osset

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

Melbourne, VIC

Oisima
New

Artist

Oisima

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots

Adelaide, SA

Ministry Of Plenty
New

Artist

Ministry Of Plenty

Indie, Pop, Rock (Experimental, Lo-fi, psychedelic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Trick Parker
New

Artist

Trick Parker

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Youth Allowance
New

Artist

Youth Allowance

Indie, Rock (Indie, Rock, youth allowance, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Jupiter Groove
New

Artist

Jupiter Groove

Indie, Rock (jupiter, Groove, Indie, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Lanterns
New

Artist

Lanterns

Indie, Rock (Indie, Rock, folk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC