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Ash Pluggy & Boston Switch
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Ash Pluggy & Boston Switch

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (#electronic #musicproducer #songwriter)

Perth, WA

NEMO
New

Artist

NEMO

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (#bass #trap #party)

Sydney, NSW

Savilian
New

Artist

Genesis Owusu

Featured Artist

2017

30

Jan

Genesis Owusu

( )

Canberra, ACT

18 year old rapper Genesis Owusu embraces the weird, both in himself and in his music. You'll hear him blending jazz with hip hop in a style that he likes to call 21st Century punk-jazz.

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

I've been exposed to music since the womb; my mum leads a church choir and you could probably find any genre you're looking for if you search hard enough in my dad's CD collection. My brother was originally a guitarist so he would strictly listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and anything in that field. Music generally reflects the artist making it so I suppose that's why genre-blending is such a big aspect of my music.

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

Emotions.

You're playing Laneway in Sydney for Unearthed. What can punters expect from a Genesis Owusu live show?

Chaos, probably. Really, really entertaining and heartfelt chaos though.

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

Kanye West once told me, "You see there's leaders and there's followers, but I'd rather be a dick than a swallower."

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

If "WDUBI" by Baro doesn't dry your eyes I don't know what will.

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

My friend Charlesworth made this track called "In Need" which is so damn beautiful. King Krule vibes.

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

"Assumptions" by MANU CROOK$ absolutely SLAPS.

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

I did this really chill afternoon session on Sunday at a bar in Canberra called Akiba and it was such a pretty sight. Just people of all ages sitting around on a Sunday listening to jazz and rap, and people rapping on top of jazz; AND there was dumplings. What more could you want?

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

Narit "Noodle" Kimsat is the prince of Canberra; he's not a musician but he's the organiser of anything and everything. And if he didn't organise it, he told you about it. Even if he didn't tell you about it, he'll still be there, handing you free dumplings or something (he's the one who organised the event from the last question).

My brother, Citizen Kay, essentially got me into the music scene and is still my sole recording engineer to this day. I have to give mad love to groups like Mondecreen and Brass Knuckle Brass Band for making super wild, cross-genre music and also for incorporating saxophones into their music (the saxophone is the sexiest instrument in human history, you CANNOT argue with me about this). People like Coda Conduct, Jimmy Pike and Jedbrii are some of the most fire spitters I've ever seen or heard. I could go on forever; basically the CBR ZOO is LIVE. Also #reecegurney.

What are your plans for 2017?

To make you see my face and hear my voice a whole lot more. I'm also thinking of starting a book club so if anyone's keen hmu.

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Kwasi
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LTC

Featured Artist

2015

1

Jun

LTC

( )

Canberra, ACT

Canberra-based artist LTC (Lolesio The Courageous) is pumping out world class hip hop right now. He's turning heads with a sound that is both ambitious and refreshing.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
So I really just make what I wanna hear. I’m that guy that’s always craving new music/new sound, constantly browsing Soundcloud etc. I’m still not sure how my sound was developed though - but if it feels good, it must be, and if it’s different - it’s new.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
Lights, graphics and good vibrations.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
So I’m actually fortunate enough to work with a super creative team that have taught me a whole lot over the past 12 months. The best advice is constant from them - so yeah mad S/O’s to Rosco, Mikah, Vance and Chris! Sounds like munnnny.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Depends on who's crying. And like why are you crying for? As for song choice, I’d sing them the national anthem in my Mr. Bean voice - surely that would cheer up the crying person.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Hermitude - The Buzz. That track is next level. That album is next level. Yeah.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Thundamentals at UC. Amazing show - dudes absolutely rocked it, energy was fiyah, impossible not to bounce.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
All of them. Canberra knows what’s up. Everyone knows everyone, it’s cool. Inspiration’s in the air over here. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
To leave a mark.

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Fortunes.

Featured Artist

2015

9

Feb

Fortunes.

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne future R'n'B studs Fortunes are getting up in your hair this week.

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

Coming from different musical backgrounds (pop/soul/jazz vs hip-hop/electronic/hardcore) but with similar ambition, we developed our sound through a lot of trial and error over a cask of wine.

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

People, mates, lovers, dickheads.

What can punters expect from a Fortunes live show?

Lots of dancing (dirty dancing), hot people, personal stories.

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

Protect your heart, turn it into art. Thanks Gemma.

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

Vanessa Amorosi - Absolutely Everybody

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

Powderfinger - My Happiness

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

Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby

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

The Tarantinos at Luwow. It was wild, a chick got her *** out.

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

Hiatus Kaiyote - Nai Palm is explosive.

The Harpoons - Rebecca's on some high-pitched Australian Amy Winehouse level.

What are your plans for 2015?

We're looking at jumping on a couple of tours and playing some festival spots which is gonna be sweet. We’ve almost finished writing EP#2, so aiming to get that out mid-year.

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Omar Musa
New

Artist

Omar Musa

Hip Hop (Masta Ace, Nas, Koolism, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Riff MC
New

Artist

Riff MC

Hip Hop (Def Wish Cast, Over-Reactor, urthboy, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Ivan Ooze
New

Artist

Ivan Ooze

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (ivan ooze, ivanuzi, Melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

Losty
New

Artist

Losty

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Rillz
New

Artist

Rillz

Hip Hop, Punk (rap, Trap, dance, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

RÜFÜS

Artist

RÜFÜS

Dance, Indie

Sydney, NSW

SAFIA

Featured Artist

2013

15

Apr

SAFIA

Canberra, ACT

Electro-indie 3-piece SAFIA are the Canberra winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. They'll be joining the incredible festival line-up at the University of Canberra on Sunday 28 April.

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

Our music is heavily beat and synth driven with elements of live instrumentation like guitar, piano and vocal. We write most our tracks with the intention of getting people up to dance and party but at the same time we try to add depth to the songs through meaningful vocals and thoughtful melodies and chord progressions. We usually write our tracks in full on acoustic instruments like piano and guitar and then bring them into the studio and begin producing. It is this process that we believe gives our songs a unique sound. We all have very diverse musical backgrounds and musical tastes and we have all been playing music together since way back in primary school. It is these diverse backgrounds and mutual understanding of one another’s writing and performing styles that is a key aspect of our sound.

You’re the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be joining the line up at the Canberra leg of the festival. What can Groovin The Moo punters in Canberra expect from the SAFIA live show?

Groovin’ The Moo goers in Canberra should expect to get an early wake up call when they see our set. Expect a lot of energy, big production and big vocals. Those who have seen us play before know that we have a lot of gadgets that we use to make our electronic sounds truly come across as a live performance and that we wont stop until we’ve got everyone up and dancing and jumping around.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

We are most looking forward to getting out on stage and sharing our music with so many new people. We love festivals because you meet so many new people and discover so much new music. Some artists we are particularly excited to see are Midnight Juggernauts, Tame Impala, Shockone, Last Dinosaurs and The Kooks. However, with a lineup this good it’s going to be hard to decide who to see on the day.

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

We’ve received lots of advice for all aspects of life over the years but one of best pieces of advice that we have taken on board concerning our attitude towards music would have to be from a man by the name of Wally De Backer, better known as Gotye. Although the advice was not directed at us specifically we took it on board. In a media interview he said the most important thing is to keep writing no matter what and not to give up when your tracks don’t get received as well as you would like.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We really hope that we can make 2013 a big year for ourselves. We have extremely big goals which seem incredibly ambitious at the moment but if you had told us this time last year that we would be given the triple j Unearthed spot to play at Groovin’ The Moo we probably would have just laughed. At the moment apart from preparing for Groovin’ The Moo we are currently putting the finishing touches on our first full single release, which we hope to have ready by the end of the month. This will be followed by a mini tour along the east coast where we hope to at least visit Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. But most importantly we plan to just keep writing and producing music and to keep pushing ourselves to get better and improve at what we do.

Australian music is…?

...Everything! We honestly think that Australia produces some of the most unique, groundbreaking and downright amazing music in the world. It’s hard to believe how much talent there is in this country. One of the best aspects about Australian music is that there are so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Australians are incredibly lucky to have sites like triple j Unearthed who discover so many incredible Australians.

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Jaz
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Artist

Jaz

Hip Hop, Pop (Slippery, new school, Epic!, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Yahtzel
New

Artist

Yahtzel

Electronic, Indie (Throwing Snow, Hudson Mohawke, Basement Jaxx, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Flume
New

Artist

Flume

Electronic, Indie (toro y moi, Moderat, m83)

Sydney, NSW

Ta-ku

Artist

Ta-ku

Hip Hop, Electronic (Mndsgn, Dibiase, Elaquent, ...)

Perth, WA

Sable
New

Artist

Sable

Electronic, Indie (Sable, australia, Electronic, ...)

Perth, WA

Rapture
New

Artist

Rapture

Hip Hop (#aboveaverage)

Sydney, NSW

SINIQ
New

Artist

SINIQ

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (House, Trap, Chill, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Enschway
New

Artist

Enschway

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Enschway, chilled, Flume, ...)

Sydney, NSW

LOLO BX
New

Artist

LOLO BX

Dance, Electronic (Trap, Electronic, dance, ...)

Central West, NSW

Slumberjack

Featured Artist

2014

14

Jul

Slumberjack

( )

Perth, WA

For a pair of producers that spend their spare time tweeting about their favourite Portuguese inspired fast food chains, and television dramas about good guys having to do bad things to pay their medical bills; when it comes to their music, it's very serious business. Check out the interview for our Unearthed feature artist this week, Perth's Slumberjack.

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

F: I would describe our music as sitting snugly in the middle of a spectrum with one end being pretty clubby, beats-oriented sounds and the other comprising of what you’d find if you searched for “beautiful, relaxing piano music” on Youtube.

M: To be frank, it took a while for us to discover our style.  When we started we were heavily influenced by so many great artists; it was hard to think for ourselves when all we wanted was to be just like them (lol).  I guess it’s like when you are in school and joining the cool kids is all that matters.  I think we’ve matured past that now and learned how to channel what we love into what we really feel.

 

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

F: Other music! We get really excited when we hear all the amazing and interesting music being created by the other musicians out there and that really drives us to get in the studio and make our own sounds.

 

What can punters expect from a Slumberjack live show?

We really enjoy doing DJ sets, which pays homage to where we started in the electronic music scene, but we also have huge respect for live bands. We’re fusing both the quick nature of DJing with the more organic approach of a live performance so Slumberjack’s live show is all about adaptability. We’ve set it up in such a way that we don’t have to stick to a set list which we feel can sometimes be too rigid.  Everything is interchangeable in the moment so we can judge the energy of the room and choose tracks accordingly. Morgan plays the MiniNova synth and sings into a talk-box and Fletch is all about wild flailing arm movements over on the drum machine.

 

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

F: I loved the video Emoh did for Ableton Live School and his advice which went along the lines of: whatever genre of music you’re making, use sounds and instruments which are the polar opposite of that genre. That’s why you’ll hear a lot of world music sounds and instruments coming through our beatsy and trap-esque tunes. 

M:  Best advice for me was from Mr. Carmack. We had the privilege of hanging out with him whilst he was in Perth.  His tip = no rules.  That was a real game-changer for us. Fletch and I were all about numbers, logic and precise technicality in our production work, but after seeing the man in action, we learnt to forget what we thought we knew, and just go with the flow.

 

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

Pretty much anything with Dofflin in the name. It’s almost impossible not to be happy listening to those sparkly records.

 

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

Our track, Felon. Loud.

 

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

Definitely Night Cruise’s “Say My Wat”.

 

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

Circo is a local gig right? A very impressive one too.  It was awesome to see acts like Sable, Basenji and Chiefs play out on the pretty impressive stages they had set up and getting the attention they truly deserve.

 

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

F: We’re surrounded by a wicked community in Perth with loads of acts doing their thang. DIE HIGH, a record label and collective which started around the same time that we did have been really supportive and have brought together a lot of the musicians in Perth - at times forcing us to collaborate on music by whipping us in the studio.

M: Lab Six for sure.  The fam there also started around the same the as us and it’s so inspiring to see them grow and give back to the community through classes, workshops and live streams.

What are your plans for Slumberjack in 2014?

Make more music and meet more awesome people. Hopefully it will be something that we can do for as long as we can; making a comfortable living off music is the dream!

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UV boi

Featured Artist

2014

16

Jun

UV boi

Brisbane, QLD

UV boi is an 18 year old producer from Brisbane making mellow yet heavy-hitting 808 music that's created a sea of feelings in our heart.

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

The first thing I attempted to produced when I began making music was sample based hip hop instrumentals. At the time I was listening to MF DOOM and his various aliases and Wu-tang also, this was back in 2010. The year earlier I was really into hardstyle and techno music, I know right, what a complete 180. Anyhow, I picked up interest in electronic music around late 2012 and started to dabbling with a lil bit of dubstep, trap and most recently Jersey Club. All under my first project named "EP". Throughout this time I didn't have any idea of music theory, I just had a keen ear. I took the time last year in year 12 to get piano lessons which were pretty beneficial. Fast forward to March of this year, which was when UV boi was born. With my new honed skills I returned to making hip hop but with this new UV boi spice.

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

The internet, especially via Soundcloud. There's just an endless stream of cool music on there. Some of the people I've come across on there are as young as 13 and are already doing wonders.

What can punters expect from a UV boi live show?

You can expect me dressed in a full Adidas tracksuit strapped in my durag squat for 20 minutes straight during the pre of my set. On stage, I use an APC and an MPD. Launching clips with the APC on Ableton and playing stripped sounds from my track on the MPD (eg. drums or vocal cuts or instruments, whatever really).

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

"Make bangers" - Eli Marsland

"Keep making music. you're really good at this" - Lochie Riordan

Most importantly though, are the people who I showed my first crappy beats to and have always been supportive and seen something. Shouts out to Erina, Eoghan, Cheyne, Kai and Joe Joe.

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

Renz - Look Good On Me

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

Ben Lee - Cigarettes Will Kill You (Horrorshow and Jane Tyrell Cover)

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

Tkay Maidza x Battles x Conorock - Atlasaurous In Babylon (ELI Bootleg)

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

Ahhh I haven't been exposed to many local gigs that I haven't been apart. UV boi has only just become UV man, so I'm excited to experience those cool pub gigs.

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

Brisbane has a cool small community of electronic artists but not really many in the same line of my style though. I haven't connected with these other Brisbane artists yet mainly because they most likely don't even know my existence haha. In the future I'd like to get to know them. I had befriended two prior to creating UV boi. These cool dudes are ELI and Kraznov.

What are your plans for UV boi in 2014?

The plan for 2014 is to enjoy things and connect. A lot of cool things are happening very fast and all at once. I plan to work on an icy UV boi ep shortly, whilst still releasing singles here and there and maybe even some official remixes too. If you're a Brisbaner, you may see me out and about playing a few shows every now and then. Stay connected with me and we'll rock durags and squat together. SquatSquad

Shouts out LUCCIboys (Rappers Who Can't Rap Mixtape coming soon)

i l-UV u - UV boi فوق بنفسجي

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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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John Vella

Artist

John Vella

Pop, Indie (John Mayer, Death cab for cutie, Coldplay, ...)

Sydney, NSW