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Martiln
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Martiln

Dance, Electronic, Pop (bass, Synthwave, EDM, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

MOTIONER
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MOTIONER

Indie, Pop (Altenative, Electronic, Ambient, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Nakatomi
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Artist

Nakatomi

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electro, Adelaide, chillwave, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Youngs
New

Artist

Youngs

Electronic, Indie (Bombay Bicycle Club, Animal Collective, radiohead, ...)

Central Victoria, VIC

Oisima
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Oisima

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots

Adelaide, SA

SANS (Melbourne)
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SANS (Melbourne)

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Client Liaison

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Client Liaison

Melbourne, VIC

Client Liaison are masters of infectious turn-of-the-nineties synth pop and are one of the winners of our Laneway Festival competition. The duo will be opening the Moreland St Stage of the Melbourne Laneway Festival this Saturday, Feb 1.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Informed by the production values of the late 80's and early 90's, we align ourselves with the effervescent sound of early digital synthesizers. We grew up on the music television of this era. Linking sound and image is a very important process for us.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can the crowd at Laneway in Melbourne expect from the Client Liaison live show?
Lights, music, dance, smoke machines; basically an 11am dance party.

How and when did you two meet?
Glamorgan Primary school in the late 1990's.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'For the best long lasting result, use a Tasmanian Huon pine when building or renovating your outdoor deck', Shirley Strachan via the 'Our House' TV series 1993 - 1999.

What are your plans for Client Liaison in 2014?
Continue our efforts amongst the diplomatic cocktail circuit, produce more videos and release an album mid year.

Australian music is…?
...in a very healthy state!

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I Know The Chief
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I Know The Chief

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Gigamesh, Classixx, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Marksman Lloyd

Featured Artist

2014

24

Nov

Marksman Lloyd

Perth, WA

Charismatic Perth emcee Marksman Lloyd has just dropped his banging new single 'Rewrite The Ending' and is our feature artist all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I think my sound developed through a ton of trial and error. I listen back to material I recorded in my late teens and I'm kind of glad that I didn't get a whole heap of exposure back then because I wasn't ready. Developing my flow and cadence on a beat took a good few years and living a bit of life in that time left me with something relevant to say... I think.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I would say that other artists are my greatest source of inspiration though not necessarily in my own genre or even my own art form. A lot of literature inspires me. Musically Dylan is one of my all time favourites, mostly because he wasn't afraid to make the music that felt right to him no matter the cost. 
 
What can punters expect from a Marksman Lloyd live show?
Lots of energy and bucket loads of sweat. I usually leave the stage drenched but it feels good giving the crowd everything you've got. My goal for each show is to make whoever is watching believe what I'm saying. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Enjoy yourself or there's no point doing it. I think that was my mum and probably every other mum to their kids since the beginning of time. But it's so true. Gotta remind myself of that every time I start taking myself too seriously. Actually that was good advice too, don't take yourself too seriously. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Coin Banks - Think Of You. He's the homie but I gotta give a shout out cause that track can still make me smile every time I hear it. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
At the moment it would have to be Joelistics - Out Of The Blue. All time though I think Paul Kelly - To Her Door or Nick Cave - Into My Arms.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by Tkay Maidza. Or Meg Mac - Grandma's Hands, everyone is annoyed at me at first because I've slowed the tempo right down but by the end they are all singing along and a few people have stepped outside to call family members that they haven't spoken with in a while. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I watched my good friend and long time producer, Creed Birch rock a set with an 8 piece band at a venue called 'The Good Shepard' last Thursday night. They all killed it. Keep an eye out for Creed. I think there is a spot at the top saved for that guy. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Creed Birch as I mentioned. Obviously Coin Banks and Mathas who are flying the flag high for WA at the moment. JL is one to watch. Whisky Winter aka Aaron Malone who has collaborated with me on a bunch of material is also an incredibly talented dude who makes amazing music. There's a plethora of talented emcees in this state as well. It's an inspiring time to be doing it. 
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
We are shooting a film clip for my new single 'Rewrite the Ending' at the moment. That'll be out soon. I've just wrapped up my second national run of shows but it was before the new EP dropped so I want to get back around the country early 2015. We've also started on the next project, it's only in the early stages but I'm excited about the direction it's taking. Expect that in the first half of 2015.

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Northeast Party House

Featured Artist

2010

17

May

Northeast Party House

( )

Melbourne, VIC

In 2010 'Northeast Party House' will bring the energy of a riotous house party to every club, festival, kindergarten and warehouse party they play.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR MUSIC - HOW DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR SOUND?

Well it is still very much in the developing phase. Basically at school we all grew up playing funk & reggae, but once we started getting older and going to parties and festivals we discovered we were listening to dance music more and more. Our aim is to write party tunes without sounding too electronic and keeping a very strong live band energy.

WHAT CAN THE AUDIENCE EXPECT AT A LIVE SHOW?

Lots and lots of sweat! Crowd surfing, stage invasions, traditional Indian chanting... pretty much a house party gone completely right.

TELL US MORE ABOUT THIS 2 WEEK HOUSE PARTY?

We were in the middle of year 12 exams when our good friend Sam Northeast stole the microphone from a DJ booth at a club and announced "Everyone back to my house, mum's overseas!". From there it just kind of escalated. There were goldfish living in the bath, wood fires in the fake gas fire place and regular games of china-plate-frisbee. Among the items found lying around the house were garbage bags full of old KFC, power tools, and Nobby from Big Brother. Sam's two younger sisters were paid off to get the house back into a livable condition, but the damage had well and truly been done.

WHAT'S COMING UP IN THE FUTURE?

We are currently recording, so new tracks and a debut release are on the cards in the coming months. Apart from that it's gigs gigs gigs!

AUSTRALIAN MUSIC IS?

exploding with young talent.

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MEG MAC

Featured Artist

2013

11

Nov

MEG MAC

Melbourne, VIC

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.

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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.

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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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Little Odessa

Featured Artist

2013

2

Dec

Little Odessa

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get your hips shakin' and hands jivin' to the retro-tinged rock & roll of infectiously fun Brisbane 4-piece Little Odessa.

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

Little Odessa started as a rock and roll covers band at a burlesque event. We started writing our own material and incorporating them into our sets. Our songs have a different flavour to the covers we were playing but we incorporate the same energy. If you listen closely enough you can hear Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly making love on the studio floor.

What can the crowd expect from a Little Odessa live show?

We pride ourselves on our live shows - we want to be as entertaining as possible. If we (and the audience) aren't drenched in sweat by the end of our set we weren't doin' it right.

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

"Weaselling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals ... except the weasel." – Homer Simpson

What else is coming up for you in 2013 and then looking into 2014?

We’re going to finish off 2013 with a few more shows, and start preparing for a busy 2014. We plan to have a Music Vid, another Single and our EP out pretty early in 2014 and then were going to try and travel around and play to as many people as humanly possible.

Australian music is…?

…a force to be reckoned with.

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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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Gordi

Featured Artist

2015

2

Mar

Gordi

( )

Central West, NSW

This week's feature artist is Sophie Payten, better known as Gordi. Growing up on her Canowindra family farm 'Alfalfa' and sprouting (rare Alfalfa gag) up on Unearthed, the now Sydney based artist has integrated elements of electronica into her more folky roots with her stunning voice still taking centre stage.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I've been writing music for the best part of 10 years and it's developed through the music I listen to. From Missy Higgins and Megan Washington to Josh Pyke, The Tallest Man on Earth, Bon Iver and more recently Asgeir and #1 Dads. The kind of music I like has evolved from purely folk to incorporate more electronic elements and a real focus on vocal production.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
My personal life. I think as an artist you really have to expose the most hidden parts of yourself in order to write something that connects with people. Otherwise I look to things like poetry and films, particularly when I'm preoccupied with boring and mundane things. Like today I had to install my new dishwasher. Things like that don't seem to resonate as well with most people.
 
What can punters expect from a Gordi live show?
 
Good times and great classic hits. Or at the very least some pretty inoffensive electro-folk music. Depending on the show I either play with full band or a duo set. We try to emulate that "folktronica" vibe on stage by using acoustic instruments with synths and trigger pads. I think trigger pads are the key to surviving on a musicians budget these days, plus they're quite cool. Maybe eventually even my vocals will be on a trigger pad so I'll literally just stand on stage and press buttons. How's that for stage presence.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
With regards to music, the best advice I've been given was from Gregg Donovan from Wonderlick. I saw him speak at a conference and he said as an artist you should put your energy into the things you can control rather than worry about how everything will fall into place.
 
With regards to life, my Grandma's advice is that 'everything passes', and most importantly, 'it's not all beer and skittles'.
 
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? 
 
Holdin' On - Flume. (Though to be honest I could easily have written 'Khe Sahn' for these last 3 questions)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I saw Megan Washington at the Metro a week ago. Honestly it was one of the best live shows I've ever seen. She's one of the best entertainers going round and such a consistent performer.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
I'm a big fan of Little May, Montaigne and Le Pie. They're 3 really great up and coming female artists out of Sydney and I think really reflect the surge in talented young female artists in Australia at the moment. I'm excited to see what's ahead in 2015 for each of them.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
 
A lot of touring! I'm about to start a tour supporting Winterbourne down the East Coast and some other exciting shows along the way, like the Spectrum Now Festival in the Domain and another show with Timberwolf. I've also finished recording 3 new tracks that I'll be dropping when the time is right, maybe with an EP mid-year. I've got a bunch of headline shows coming up too.

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DXHeaven
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DXHeaven

Electronic, Indie

Melbourne, VIC

Deep Sea Arcade

Featured Artist

2008

29

Sep

Deep Sea Arcade

( )

Sydney, NSW

Deep Sea Arcade are a five piece indie retro rock band influenced by the Beta Band and The Smiths among others.

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

We like to make music by collecting our favourite elements from songs and genres we love and dressing them together in a manor that makes them coherent and new. Originally all the music was written in our bedrooms and recorded on cheap software. We rehearsed the songs with the whole band for about a year before we did a show. I think this incubation period was very important for us.

You met in primary school. Have you worked together before this?

We've been playing in bands since high school. Possibly our greatest moment was winning a "Go For Gold" talent challenge when we we're 16. John Farnham was there to scope us out and ended up using us as his backing band for his next three tours. What's more, nothing I said in the previous sentence is remotely true.

What have been your favourite gigs thus far?

We've been fortunate enough to play with some of our favourite Sydney bands like Dappled Cities, Cuthbert And The Night Walkers and Expatriate as well some great new bands like Songs For Surgery. Some of the most enjoyable gigs have been at Sydney's smaller venues where we grew as a band and learnt how to play a good live show. We still love playing small, sweaty rooms most of all.

What's coming up in the future?

At the moment we're working hard on recording an album. We have a huge number of home recordings, and remaking them in the studio while incorporating all the energy of the live act is both a terrifying and rewarding experience. On the live front, the band is growing fast, in a performative as well as a creative manor. We're having a lot of fun trying to make each show bigger and more energetic than the last. We'd love to break out of Sydney and play some shows up and down the east coast in the very near future.

Australian music is?

Ever-changing, gritty and internationally respected. We're happy to be part of a growing musical culture with a generation of youngens that support it so passionately.

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Alpine

Featured Artist

2009

18

May

Alpine

( )

Melbourne, VIC

SWISS is a six piece from Melbourne full of pop hooks & harmony.

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

Swiss is danceable, emotive, pop music. The music is simple and catchy, but the vocals are passionate, delicate and are the driving force behind the songs. Swiss is for the happy and for the sad, for the groovers, the shakers and for the candlestick makers. Every member of Swiss is influenced by different genres of music, which is great because when we begin working on a song, we never know how the final product of the song will sound. We always try to surprise ourselves, coming up with new and exciting sounds. We usually work on chords as a basis and this gives the girls heaps of scope to experiment with melodies and lyrics. Collectively we draw influences from: Bat for Lashes, Phoenix, M83, The Knife and Hot Chip.

Tell us about your live show.

Pop. Music. Props. Flowers. Fairy lights. Vocal mayhem: "Out of breath i went too fast, i went too fast, i went too fast, jungles and the deserts are innocent, innocent..." Phoebe: "it's like a forest, plants everywhere, we want everyone to have fun, to go to another world - bringing nature inside"

How did you form the band – what were you doing before this?

Swiss have been playing live together for two months, but songs have been bubbling away for the last couple of years - it's been our little secret. Phoebe and Lou have known each other since school. Three and a half years has passed and we are all old friends now, and this is what makes Swiss so fun to be part of. It's refreshing every time we play together. Currently, five of us are at various stages of studying music/film/media/design, and Ryan studies birds & trees...

What’s coming up in the future?

Hopefully heaps of summer festivals. We have all grown up as festival goers, and it would be a dream come true for us all. Swiss' music is to be shared with everyone, we want people to feel a part of what we've created. We like playing to big audiences - it's the best feeling in the world, you go from the crowd onto the stage and it's mind blowing - for the first time you get to have another perspective of live music. We'll also be playing live again around Melbourne in mid June, once a few members are back from overseas.

Australian music is?

Really great to be a part of. We feel we are in a time that will be looked back upon fondly in years to come, there are so many good bands playing around at the moment, who all look after and promote each other. It's a very supportive industry that's welcoming to newcomers. In 2009, Australia is an advanced country in terms of accessibility to music in other countries. This has encouraged Australian artists to produce music to stand out on a global scale.

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Playwrite
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Artist

Playwrite

Indie (Melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

City Calm Down

Artist

City Calm Down

Indie, Electronic (Melbourne, The Horrors, New Order, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

I'lls

Artist

I'lls

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Little Fox
New

Artist

Little Fox

Indie, Pop (downbeat, radiohead, Joan as Police Woman, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Tales in Space
New

Artist

Tales in Space

Electronic, Indie (Gardening, Fridays, yo-yo, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Curious Creatures
New

Artist

Curious Creatures

Electronic, Indie, Pop (The Preatures, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Lisa Caruso
New

Artist

Lisa Caruso

Indie, Pop, Rock (Indie, alternative, 90s, ...)

Sydney, NSW