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The Creases
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The Creases

Indie, Rock

Gold Coast, QLD

The Good Sports
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The Good Sports

Pop, Rock (east brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

Rainbow Chan

Featured Artist

2013

19

Aug

Rainbow Chan

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney artist Rainbow Chan is a multi-instrumentalist always looking for ways to play with sound and narrative. Get swept away by the warmth and charm of her bedroom-produced electronic pop.

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

I like to write pop songs, deconstruct them and rearrange them for electronics and live instruments. I play a range of instruments including saxophone, piano, guitar, synths, harp and various knick-knacks that I sample and make beats with. Often I will spend hours in my bedroom studio with a cup of tea and Asian snacks, experimenting with loops and voice, blending tape with digital things, and layering warped samples upon organic sounds.

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

I'm constantly amazed and feel pumped when I attend friends' gigs. Sydney's creative output is really diverse. Golden Blonde, Moon Holiday, Jonti, Thomas William and Sui Zhen are some of my favourites. My newest obsession is Black Vanilla though because they make the best grinding jams and are incredible onstage.

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

I performed in Karen O's opera "Stop the Virgens" last year at the Sydney Opera House. On opening night, Karen gave us the most fierce pep talk ever. Basically, she told us to not give a damn about anyone else in the crowd because we're doing this for us and we'd become a close and empowered group of women. Many expletives were used. When I get nervous before a show, I chant Karen's words and remember that if you're putting yourself 100% out there, people are going to connect and ultimately respect what you do.

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

Besides buying too much secondhand clothing and knick-knacks, I am obsessed with cooking for people! I love baking, whipping together a delicious stir fry or making Asian desserts including "tang yuan". It's a glutinous rice dumpling with a pocket of peanut butter and brown sugar inside, served in a ginger sweet broth. Probably really bad for your teeth!

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

I'll be making a film clip, playing Bigsound and OutsideIn Festival which includes performing in a supergroup that's recreating The Avalanches' "Since I Left You" live, write an album, more collaborations. And, oh, marry James Blake.

Australian music is…?

…humble and innovative. Also, Kylie Minogue, preferably singing and riding on a novelty-sized giant thong.

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Jeremy Neale
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Jeremy Neale

Indie, Pop (Sam Cooke, The Monkees, The Zombies, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Velociraptor

Featured Artist

2011

15

Mar

Velociraptor

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Velociraptor are a 12-headed garage pop monster from Brisbane. They've recently smashed out their killer debut 7". We love it!

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

Velociraptor circa late-2008 was somewhat different to the 24 armed beast it is today. When we first began we were a 3 piece with just myself (Jeremy) and Shane and Simon (DZ Deathrays) who aimed at making the most brutal garage we could. There was a lot of shouting. At some point I wrote something pretty darn close to a 60's pop song (Hey Suzanne) which fulfilled a great prophecy and changed the direction of the sound to something which complemented the addition of more raptors. With these raptors came a focus on gang vocals, live chaos and well, more noise. With all 12 members skilled in the art of garage-pop the songs are now being brought to life by a lot of guitars and a lot of good ideas and sees us heading in the direction of 60's greats like The Zombies, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Honeycombs for our new album.

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

Depends on what level we're talking. Earliest memories of live Australian music were various battle of the bands competitions in grade 8. Glorious times. Back when nu-metal was really pushing musical boundaries haha. When I was 14 or so I do recall seeing those third wave ska monsters Area 7. Everything else is a little sketchy but I know I saw Jebediah at some point during those years and they were, as they always are, amazing. First 18+ show I had the pleasure of attending as a minor was seeing Brisbane greats Dollar Bar in Paddington back in '02.

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

That would be from my Mother and the advice was to run your own race. In fact I think she gave me a whole book about it. But its very easy, especially when you're young, to get caught up in what everybody else is doing. You'll see it in people - fretting cos they should be earning X amount of dollars, or that they should already be on their way to owning a home, married, kids, whatever it is their peers are up to or whatever the fairytale plan was that they'd made for their lives when they were young teens. You'll also see it in music too - bands jumping on whatever is hip at the time, only to miss the point of music completely in doing so. Be a good person, live your own dream and just take it as it comes, you'll be fine.

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

There are so many hard working people in Brisbane music that do it all out of love and who really want to raise the profile of Brisbane Music and its artists - Trina Massey, The Fans Group, Michelle Brown and 4ZZZ FM, Cameron Smith, Kellie Lloyd and Brendan Eales just to name a few. As for bands, well there's Keep on Dancin's - Brisbane's answer to Best Coast, then there's The Sulphur Lights - brutal garage surf that's too legit to quit, Dune Rats - an up and coming 2 piece that play a real wild lo-fi surf, Nova Scotia - Brisbane mainstays of the 90's indie revivalist persuasion, and well I could keep going, but they're all bands that make me want to go home post-gig and work on my songwriting.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Velociraptor are coming to Sydney and Newcastle mid-April with plans for an entire east coast tour (Adelaide too if we're lucky) at the beginning of June. We're currently recording our debut album which should see the light of day in the second half of this year. Also about to film a videoclip for our track 'Sleep with the Fishes'. So basically, everything's coming up Milhouse.

Australian music is?

A good thing to be involved with right now. With the power of the internet and a general interest in independent music from the public it's finally becoming feasible to be an artist based out of Australia. People are sifting through music to find stuff they really want to listen to and that's rad. There's even enough of an audience to healthily support more niche scenes which is awesome cos now whatever you do, as long as you do it well, you can finally live the dream and play to people who will enjoy it.

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Babaganouj
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Babaganouj

Indie, Pop, Rock (Brisbane, lemonheads, Vaselines, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

RINSE

Artist

RINSE

Indie, Rock (Indie, Garage, The Horrors, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

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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