Gold Coast, QLD
We absolutely love the beautiful, rich, downbeat electronic sounds of Perth-based artist Lower Spectrum. He is one of the most exciting young producers to keep an eye and ear on right now.
Hopium are a mysterious Melbourne duo that create some very impressive emotive electronica. They first caught our attention with their brooding debut single 'Cut' and have done it again with their new track 'Dreamers', which features guest vocals by Phoebe Lou of Unearthed High alumni Snakadaktal.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Trial and error! We’d only really made band music in the past, so it was very reactionary and intentionally experimental.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We’re both pretty analytical people and while music definitely flexes that, it’s also chasing that thing where you’re fully in the moment, engaged emotionally, creatively, whatever.
What’s your vision for a Hopium live show?
Epic. Visually it will be an extension of the aesthetic we’re building in the videos, a surreal fantasy, super experiential.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Get rich or die trying” - 50 Cent
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
The Go-Betweens - 'Streets Of Your Town'
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Flight Facilities - 'Clair De Lune'
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
You can’t beat Flume’s Hermitude remix.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Sticky Fingers. Debaucherous.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
It’s actually impossible to choose, it’s the city as whole that we find inspiring and everyone in it.
What are your plans for Hopium in 2014?
Make large quantities of dope music and play it live.View Profile Hide Interview
Melbourne singer Meg Mac is one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne this NYE. She has a huge voice, huge tracks and a huge future ahead of her.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
I have been singing for a long time and like most people, I learned to sing by copying and trying to sound like other singers. I didn't work out my own thing really until I started writing, with no reference for my unsung songs I was forced to create a sound. But you can definitely hear all my influences I think and I love that they're always changing and so is my voice and writing. Growing up I listened to lots of soul thanks to my Dad, my Mum sings Irish folk songs and I was obsessed with pop of course. I like big voices and a bit of that drama - the ones that sing because they have to or they would die sort of thing, like Edith Piaf.
You’re the Victorian winner of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne at the end of the year. What can Falls punters expect from the Meg Mac live show?
I will be playing on New Years Eve and I am going to sing my little heart out. I play with two boys, a drummer and keys player and my little sister sings backing for me, it's pretty cute and she sounds just like me. Expect some electronic elements, big piano sounds, hand claps and lots of singing by me. We have new songs which we are going to play and help everyone get ready for the big day of music ahead and hopefully Meg Mac can help people feel ready to take on the new year.
What are you most looking forward to about the festival?
This is my favourite thing to happen to me all year and I still read the lineup every day just to give me that special feeling. Apart from actually playing, which is what I am definitely most looking forward to, it is all of the other bands and artists that are playing. Getting to watch all of their sets and then just the whole festival vibe, the camping, the photos, the people, the bands, the NYE thing - it is just guaranteed good times. And Solange.
What’s your earliest memory of performing music? How old were you?
I first started proper singing (singing lessons etc) when I was nine and once I discovered that I had a big voice, I could not get enough of Vanessa Amorosi…please don't judge me. 'Absolutely Everybody' was my favourite.
What else is coming up for you in 2013 and then looking into 2014?
I've got a few gigs coming up before the big Falls, that's what I call it now. On the 29th November I am supporting Georgia Fair at Howler in Melbourne. My 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so far, it looks like my first album will be on its way! And I am looking forward to more stuff happening to me, and some more songs to happen to me too.
Australian music is…?
A lot of the time I will listen to music and not know/care where it comes from, but it is pretty awesome when I know something is Australian and suddenly I feel a little bit proud? It is weird, like I am suddenly connected to the music because the artist is Aussie just like me and my dreams become a little more achievable.View Profile Hide Interview