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LANKS

Featured Artist

2015

29

Jun

LANKS

( )

Melbourne, VIC

LANKS is a Melbourne-based producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who creates beautifully textured indie pop by layering elements of electronic percussion, warm synthesizers, live instrumentation and his crisp falsetto.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I am constantly developing my sound, and I think that is quite evident in the work I have been releasing, that it's not really set it one area completely. I studied guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts playing jazz so I think that would be one really big influence, the guitar, the instrument I am most proficient at. I think my sound really stems from the blend and melding of acoustic instruments with electronic sounds. I started experimenting with electronic music while I was studying because I was always curious and searching for sounds I hadn't heard before, and there was this huge world of electronic music which I never ventured into with so many possibilities with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I am very inspired by stories. I love how you can really get into a story and it totally takes you somewhere else, and it feels real. That's what a good film or book or song does for me. And I always want to recreate that. Some sort of escape. I think that also leans toward stories of other real people. I don't often write about me, I like to imagine what these experiences that people around are having would be like, and to try to really explore that and empathise with that.
 
What can punters expect a Lanks live show?
I think the live show brings another element in. I usually have a few other people join me on stage, and it's pretty energetic music with the live instrumentation added, particularly drums. It gets pretty rocky at times actually. The other thing I like to do is really mix it up, play a song solo and there can also be a sneaky flute solo sometimes.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When I joined Andy Bull for a few of the dates on his tour earlier this year he said something that I found really grounding. He just said (and I hope he doesn't mind me quoting him) 'it's all a game'. To me this really meant not too worry too much or take it seriously, and don't get hung up on the result of how your work is received or whether everyone loves it or not. Don't take it all personally. Just keep doing your thing and remember it's not the end of the world if someone doesn't like your stuff; write music lots and get better and better at it, that's the best way forward.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Dorsal Fins - Monday Tuesday
So much good energy in this track, get's you up and going whenever you need it.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Hayden Calnin - For My Help
Killer track, killer artist. Very excited to hear the full album when it's out. Not far off now!
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Mansionair - Hold Me Down
I'm more of a chilled party goer so this would be where I would be very much in the zone on the dance floor.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Foreign National playing at the Gasometer. It was great, they're a top notch band. It was really energetic and it's one of my fav rooms to watch bands in Melbourne...and I live nearby which is a bonus.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so many amazing bands and song-writers that inspire me. Matt Kennealy of Canary is one of my favourite songwriters ever, you'll be hearing more from him in the future I feel, amazing lyricist. The guys from Dorsal Fins/Saskwatch/Eagle and the Worm are good friends from uni and are some of the best musicians you'll ever see play anywhere, amazing songwriters too (Liam McGorry/Jarrad Brown). 
The guys from I'lls and also Klo are big influences on me musically, I think their work is beautiful and sonically challenges all your ideas and inspires you to try new ideas and experiment more with beats and synths.
I really could write about artists in Melbourne for another few hours but I'll just add Ainslie Wills, No 1 Dads, Big Scary and Deja as some other ones that I am a big fan of and have listened to a lot that push boundaries and I love their music.
Sorry for everyone I missed!
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
The main thing is to keep writing and get better. I am deep in writing mode at the moment, got a whole heap of demos for the next EP or LP and I'm working on my production skills also. There are other plans but I don't want to spoil too much so I'll leave it at that for now. 

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Manor
New

Artist

Manor

Rock (#art rock)

Adelaide, SA

Niterunner
New

Artist

Niterunner

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

North Coast, NSW

Ben Wright Smith
New

Artist

Ben Wright Smith

Indie, Pop, Rock (#Folk, #Rock & Roll, #Alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

//Fractures
New

Artist

//Fractures

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Bleach Girls
New

Artist

Bleach Girls

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

Mid North Coast, NSW

Amy Shark

Featured Artist

2016

29

Aug

Amy Shark

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Amy Shark is a young song writer, filmmaker and producer hailing from the Gold Coast. She's just released her gorgeous new single 'Adore' and she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It took a while for me to figure out my sound. Because I was so heavily influenced by a lot of different artists but as soon as I got it, and built a song using all the right ingredients i.e. mixing the right producers with the right sounds, it very quickly set me on fire and it all made sense after that.  
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think just listening to music in general inspires me. But I also use it as a release, so if there's some heavy shit going down or I feel a bit off I'll usually have a muck around on the guitar and see what happens. Sometimes nothing, sometimes magic.
 
What can punters expect from an Amy Sharks live show? 
Brutal honesty and sometimes I'm  a bit of a potty mouth lol. I like chatting about stuff between tracks, and seeing as all my songs are rather personal I can get pretty involved in the performance part too.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
"Who gives a f*ck about record labels and radio stations. Let's just do this for fun." - Shane Billings (current manager)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Seth Sentry - The Waitress Song. One of the best tracks ever. Plus Who doesn't get happy hearing the word breakfast?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
SIA - Breathe me. That's enough to break anyone in half. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
That's easy! Flume - Sleepless!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dylan Joel at the Cooly Hotel - so fun! super dope! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
We have some cool stuff happening on the GC. Serious talent is growing amongst the palm trees and coffee shops. Some locals I'm into are Georgia Mae, Jesswar, and Being Jane Lane. Sam Morris has really taken our music scene by the balls and thrown it in the spot light for the country to see. Which is rad! Someone had to do it. We are a quiet breed here on the GC. Most of us are more interested in skating, surfing, guzzling coffee and smashing acai bowls than promoting ourselves, but i think the country is slowly turning around to take a peak at us. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of stuff between Syd, Melb and America towards the end of this year. Since the release of 'Adore' there has been some cool people keen to give me a run so I'm keen as to make more music, release my EP and play a heap of shows!

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Yeo

Featured Artist

2006

3

Oct

Yeo

( )

Melbourne, VIC

This guy does it all! He combines his skills as keyboardist, bass player, vocalist and drum programmer to create some joyful organic sounding pop numbers. His tracks have got catchy hooks and lyrics to make you smile.

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Describe your music.

If I were to describe what I hope my music turns out to be, I'd say pop-driven tunes that still have an interesting musical production aspect to it. Although I am a bit of a muso nerd, I've learnt some valuable lessons about songwriting, very importantly that you can easily overdo anything when it comes to creativity. These days I'm trying to write things that are catchy, easy to memorise and easy to tap your foot to.

Who’s been a big musical influence for you?

Different artists influence different songs I write, seeing as I am a bit of a genre hopper. For example, 'Backflips' I think has a lot of Ben Folds in it, while 'Two Sides' and 'Different' show my respect for Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams. In terms of personal musical development and how its been influenced, way too many artists come to mind. Everything from Jeff Buckley to Mike Patton. Lately I've been listening to a lot of drum programming people like J Dilla, ?uestlove and the Platinum Pied Pipers -hence my increase in confidence with my own programming.

How do you start writing your songs? On the computer? Guitar?

Cool riffs usually just come out on guitar or on the keyboard when I'm screwing around, so I try to record them straight away before I forget them. I program a quick drum beat, loop it and record my idea in time with it and this becomes the central 'hook'. I tweak and build on that, adding new sections as I go.

Tell us about the local music community in Brisbane.

I don't know if I'm being socially ignorant, but I think the Brisbane music community is TINY! Everyone knows everyone so its easy to network and meet people. Its very easy to help your peers and help yourself get a name out there. It feels like the degrees of separation are very few and everyone seems to also be hooked up to Myspace... which is totally killer for being a whore.

What have you got planned for the future?

I'm studying at the moment (aiming for the stable future), but for the long-term I plan to hone my songwriting and production skills to the point where it can support me financially. Who knows what will hopefully come...the path of the poor musician is a hard one to follow. As hard as winning the lottery.

Australian music is…

...not to be underestimated. We have many world class artists in our locale that are sitting there undiscovered. Get out there and check out stuff you havent heard before! Is there anything Australian's aren't good at?

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Alex the Astronaut

Featured Artist

2017

20

Feb

Alex the Astronaut

Sydney, NSW

Sydney songwriter, Alex The Astronaut is on the opposite side of the world studying a Maths and Physics degree on a soccer scholarship in New York. That's not a combination of words you'll hear every day. She's an incredible story-teller who's able to weave clever lyrics into beautifully layed out songs. She's also the perfect person to talk to a generation right now.

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

I started writing when I was about 12 but I knew to be good at it I would have to really work hard. I tried to pick out what I thought was good and bad in lots of different songs and apply those things to how I wrote. They were mostly simple rules like think of something other than a cliché, don’t write cheesy love songs, get to the point and move on. I knew I liked telling stories so that’s how my songs started so I used my little rules and I stuck with that!

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

It sounds lame but people. There are so many interesting people that do great things that make me want to be better at whatever I’m doing. I think that’s why I like travelling around so I can hear all different stories because I think it makes you appreciate what you do have so much more and want to make a difference with the abilities you have.

What can punters expect from an Alex the Astronaut live show?

They can expect a science dork telling stories on stage with a guitar haha. I like being on stage, I think I’m far less awkward there than I am most other places which is strange. I try to keep everyone involved and have a bit of a chat. I explain bits of my songs that I think are important and why I wrote them. 

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

My English teacher in high school said keep it simple, say your point then get on with it. I wasn’t very good at English but it helped with writing songs and I always think about that when I try explaining something that is taking too many words.

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

Probably Courtney Barnett’s ‘Three Packs a Day’, because no one can cry to a song about 2 minute noodles.

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

Julia Jacklin’s ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’ gets me every time. I heard her play it live and I couldn’t stop listening, it’s amazing. You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping.

What Australian track do you put on next?

Alex Lahey’s ‘Let’s Go Out’ seems fitting.

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

I went to Jamie T at the Enmore and it was really cool! I hadn’t listened to much of his music and so I just stood up the front at the side by myself and watched. Everything about it was great he’s a really cool talented performer and everyone was so happy and excited to be there. Loved it.

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

I’ve met a lot of female Sydney artists recently and they are so inspirational. Jack River and Lisa Mitchell were the first two girls I met and how humble and kind and talented they are is incredible. Montaigne is super cool too she also likes soccer so we bonded over that. My managers and the music people that I work with almost make me cry from how inspiring they are. I can’t believe how lucky I am to work with all of them. They’re like family to me.

You’re currently studying a Maths and Physics degree on a soccer scholarship in New York, how has/does music play a part in those roles?

I think music keeps me curious to find out new things so with physics and maths it fits in pretty well. Whenever I’m a bit overwhelmed it’s something that cheers me up so that helps me keep level headed and studying hard. I don’t think it plays a huge role with soccer but as a team we do listen to pump up music before the games!

What are your plans for 2017?

I’m releasing my debut E.P. “To Whom It May Concern” in late March, which I’m really excited about. I’m in New York at the moment so I’m going to play a few shows here before graduating in May and then coming back home to Australia. Then it’ll be playing shows and recording and getting more music to the world!

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Froyo

Featured Artist

2016

14

Nov

Froyo

( )

Sydney, NSW

These Sydney synthpop upstarts have won a spot on The Plot festival lineup this Saturday in Parramatta.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
A few years ago, we watched the movie “Drive” (starring Ryan Gosling) and fell in love with its soundtrack (...plus Ryan Gosling). Feeling inspired, two of us sat down and started writing/producing songs together. Then one of our university mentors (Drew Crawford) heard what we were doing, and he said that we were like "the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie that never happened"... and his words really stuck with us... so much that we went ahead and made it our band slogan! But yeah, we’ve always been ardent fans of the 80s. It’s definitely the decade of music that resonates with us the most. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
Writing something that’s danceable, relatable, and ultimately memorable. When we write, our ethos is that “our music needs more than a dance beat... it needs a heart beat”. Also, I just wanna reach a point where, forty years from now, our songs become people’s go-to choices for karaoke. Yeah. That’s the dream. Karaoke. 
 
You’re the winners of our The Plot competition. What can punters at The Plot festival in Sydney expect from the Froyo live show? 
Cheesy pop goodness, awkward adlib, groovy dance moves, and maybe some coughing here and there (because Michael’s an old man... at heart). We also don’t have a “lead” singer. Michael and Allyson have this Stevie Nicks / Christine McVie thing going on – à la Fleetwood Mac. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
It came from another one of our university mentors (Clive Harrison) who told us about the "rocking chair test"... basically, if you've gotta make a life-changing decision, just picture an older version of yourself, sitting on a porch, quietly reflecting on life whilst in a rocking chair... you then have to ask yourself WHICH decision today is the one that (you think) you'll be happier with when you're sitting in that chair, nearing the end of your days... you might think it sounds grim, but it's actually an amazing way to frame your personal and professional choices in life. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
We’re listing multiple choices because we can’t quite decide between us, haha... first there’s “Cattle And Cane” by The Go Betweens – it’s groovy, but it’s essentially a sad song. Then there’s “Heaven” by Eurogliders – a song about longing for somewhere better. And then lastly, “Electric Blue” by Icehouse – it may not cheer you up lyrically, but the chorus just feels so damn uplifting that it always makes me smile, regardless of mood. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
Again, we got options here... “Daisy Chains” by Youth Group – you have to stare out of a window to get the full experience on this one. “Knuckles White Dry” by Gang Of Youths – lyrically, musically, and just beautifully heartbreaking stuff. And then “Death By Chocolate” by Sia – it’s about embracing your tears, and it reassures you that mourning is a very important part of the healing process. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
“Need You Now” by Cut Copy – it’s a slow builder, so we’ll need smoke machines to set the mood, eventually bringing out the strobes when we hit that climax. Another option is “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield – it’s a crowd-pleaser for sure, and it’s so hard not to get into that chorus. And this last one’s super nostalgic, but “Strawberry Kisses” by Nikki Webster – look, just don’t fight it, ok? Sweet <3 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it? 
We watched Body Type a few weeks back. Though we sound nothing like each other, we still love seeing that raw, unproduced garage band vibe when we go out sometimes. Also, they have a bit of a Beach House vibe, and we LOVE Beach House very much. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
We’ve met and befriended creative minds like Phebe Starr, Ross Henry, Sparrows, and The Tapes. In particular, meeting fellow 80s-inspired producers like Jordan F has been great for us, as he’s been championing a stronger community among us retro/synthwave artists. Through him, we’ve connected with other names like Atolla and Vast Hill, and it’s been great having that kind of connection among bedroom producers – where you can just casually send each other your demos, give constructive feedback, share our favorite gems from the 80s, talk about the industry and help build each other up into better artists. You can’t grow to your full potential until you surround yourself with a positive, encouraging, and inspiring environment. So far, we’ve been very lucky to find that here amongst all the noise. 
 
What are your plans for 2017? 
To keep creating and focusing on new songs before all other things. Because so far, whenever we got the song right, everything else just seemed a lot easier for us – things like gigs, blog spots, radio play, and even making new musical friends – so yeah. The song always comes first for us.

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Isaac Cavallaro
New

Artist

Isaac Cavallaro

Electronic

Brisbane, QLD

Castlecomer
New

Artist

Castlecomer

Dance, Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Julia Jacklin

Featured Artist

2016

25

Apr

Julia Jacklin

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney-based singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin creates beautiful alt-country that makes us feel happy and depressed in the best kind of ways.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I guess my origin story is classical singing lessons from 11yrs old. Did all the musicals, came I think 4th in a singing competition singing Killing Me Softly at Penrith Panthers when I was 12. Big stuff. Then my first boyfriend introduced me to some great music like Willy Mason, Fiona Apple and Radiohead and I could see what I actually wanted to sound like. But I didn't pick up the guitar until I was about 20 when a friend wanted me to join her band. I just try and make sure it's a good song at it's core and then the sound just comes from whatever happens in the studio and whatever I'm listening to at the time probably! So really it's just been a few years of trial and error learning the instrument, writing a lot and figuring out a different way to say simple things.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Wanting to be able to write about sex like Leonard Cohen.

What can punters expect from a Julia Jacklin live show?
I think they can expect music, and swaying, occasional light head-banging, alcohol, Some loud bits, some really quiet bits, some good bits, some great bits.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I've been reaching out a bit lately for some advice on songwriting. I asked a good friend of mine Adrian Slattery from one of my favourite Melbourne bands Big Smoke, if he had any advice on how to get over some writers block. He said something along the lines of, you just need to have an undying belief that you are a good songwriter and that you have the skills to make it happen. It sounds simple but sometimes you can just get so caught up in not feeling good enough that you give up before you even begin, who has time for that?  I'm just going to start staring in the mirror and yelling, "you're a songwriter dammit!" I don't want to waste time doubting myself anymore.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Probably right now it would be 'I Wanna Be With You' by Flowertruck. The whole track makes me grin like a fool.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bring back some bedroom teenage tears with Grinspoons 'Better off Alone’.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sampa the Great - 'Dutch Spring’.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
There's a great night every Thursday at the Sly Fox in Enmore. I went there last week and saw Triceratops and The Baldwins. The quality of the bands there each week is ridiculous and it's always packed no matter who’s playing which is super nice to see in Sydney right now. The Baldwins are one of my local faves, they don't play often but when they do I'm there with a massive grin on my face, trying to maintain my cool whilst struggling to dance consistently over their time signature changes.

Tell us about the bands or people in the NSW music community that inspire you.
I'm surrounded by a great crew of people playing and hustling hard in Sydney right now. One of the great hustlers is Tom Stephens who is about to release his debut record which is going to be super ace, there's a band called NARLA which are one of the best live bands I've seen in ages. I want to be like them but I think I have to go back in time and practice a lot more. My Phantastic Ferniture band mates Ryan K Brennan and Elizabeth Hughes who are so multi talented and hardworking it makes my head spin.  A singer songwriter Ainsley Farrell who writes these great songs and has this incredible depth to her voice. I saw The Pinheads the other day and it was so bizarre but it made me want to be a bit more fearless and weird on stage. Plus a million other people.

What are your plans for 2016?
Touring the single, heading to the UK for Great Escape festival and some other things next month, and most importantly releasing my debut record around September.

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Hockey Dad

Featured Artist

2014

15

Dec

Hockey Dad

( )

Illawarra, NSW

Fuzzed-out surf pop duo Hockey Dad have capped off a huge year by winning our Falls Festival competition. You can catch these Leisure Coast legends on stage at Falls in Byron Bay this New Years Eve.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's really hard to determine how we developed our sound, as it was never forced. The music we listen to would have to be an obvious influence, although I think being best mates for 13 years has really inspired us to to write songs that simply just feel natural to us. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Our ridiculous tastes in music. We could be jamming out to Aretha Franklin, and a moment later we'd throw on some Beastie Boys and fire up. I think we've slowly become more open minded with the songs we listen to, which is cool. There's always something to take from every genre.
 
You’re the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can punters at Falls in Byron Bay expect from the Hockey Dad live show?
Being regular punters ourselves, we've always been watching bands having the time of their lives at epic festivals, so we're unbelievably stoked to finally be having a dig ourselves! For the legends that come see us... you can expect blood, sweat and beers... sprinkled with cheeky grins and a few brand new songs!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When we were chilling with the Duniez fellas down the coast one weekend, Danny was chatting with us about the decision to not have a bass player. The one thing we remember from that night, was him saying "You guys just do what you want to do, don't worry about what other people want. As long as you're having fun, people will be diggin it." 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mylee Grace & Ozzy Wrong - 'Lady Lady Lady'. I don't think it's possible to listen to this song without smiling and bopping your head around. We're massive fans of their playful lyrics and overall vibe. Close your eyes and drift away to your own little world full of rainbows, watermelons and sunshine.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bad Dreems - 'My Only Friend'. A real heartbreaker from a bunch of boofheads. Who said that true blue Aussie battlers can't be emotional? Sometimes we all need a Hi-Vis covered shoulder to lean on. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Midnight Oil - 'Beds Are Burning'. Fair dinkum, mate.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our new mates The Moving Stills played at our managers bar in the 'Gong recently. It's so sick to see young dudes who are setting goals and are stoked to be playing shows. Keep an ear out for these legends.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
Wollongong is becoming such a tight little community of musicians, it's epic. Pretty much it's just all about hanging with your bruzzies and getting stoked on each other's music. After all, that's what being in a band is all about.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 will be purely dedicated to the All Aussie Adventures of Hockey Dad, which is super exciting. Other than recording our next release throughout January, then touring with bruzzies DZ Deathrays and legends Bass Drum Of Death shortly afterwards, it's all up in the air at the moment. Although I'm sure we'll keep writing songs, playing shows and frothing out.

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Gretta Ray

Featured Artist

2016

26

Sep

Gretta Ray

Melbourne, VIC

Unearthed High champ Gretta Ray is back with 'Unwind' - a stunning new song she recorded here at triple j.

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You've just released your new single 'Unwind'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing/recording again after the success of ‘Drive'?
Writing Unwind after the success of Drive was a fascinating challenge for me as a songwriter, due to the fact that Drive was one of those songs where all the elements kind of fell into place right from the beginning of the writing process; the piece came together in a rather organic way. For me, that rarely happens when writing music, and I had to consistently remind myself of that when writing Unwind, as it did not unfold as naturally as Drive did. That being said, once I had the bones of Unwind, I became excited about how different it sounded from anything that I’d ever written before, and once I arrived in Sydney to record it, I was so pleased that I had pushed myself to have a brand new song finished in time for that particular project. Concept-wise, the lyrics of Unwind intend to portray one’s thought process when going through a break up. More specifically, the moment when one comes to understand the extent of what they have lost, when they start to feel the weight of what the relationship became. I feel as though the lyric that best conveys that is “I am sure that there is more to this than I care to admit”. Hopefully this rings true with some listeners. This is a song for those that “feel it all”.
 
You recorded it 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 at triple J was such an incredible opportunity; I got to work with some very special musicians and am so grateful for all of their time. The main difference between recording in Sydney and how I usually record was definitely the time constraints. We completed the production for this new song in the space of a day and half, which was a huge achievement for the whole team, considering that my usual producers and I spent a good few weeks on Drive. But despite it being a speedy process, it was as equally as fun and satisfying when we completed our work.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I spend a lot of time examining the way that I and others move through the world. I am constantly observing human interactions and human behaviour on the whole, and find that most of my ideas are born when I am taking note of one’s body language or the way that they are conversing with another. For example, there is a lyric in Drive that talks about someone having the ability to make one’s “tired eyes widen and cheeks turn rouge”. I like to focus on minuscule details such as these, details that have the potential to mean so much if they are explored in depth. So overall, I would say that choosing to watch and listen to those in around me has always been what has inspired me to write.
 
What's your go-to snack when making music?
If I’m writing? Hmmm.. okay, this isn’t interesting or original at all, but vegemite toast is definitely my go to. I consume so much bread on a day to day basic, it’s out of control. When I’m recording and making music in a studio environment however, I am hungry the entire time, so props to triple j for bringing me pastries and pizza when I was working in Sydney. Saved my life. 
 
What's your vision for the ultimate Gretta Ray live show?
Oh man, I’m not sure. I sure do think about it a lot, but I am yet to put a band together, as I have always played my shows acoustically; just me and my guitar.
Although, touring as a part of Japanese Wallpaper’s band was an eye opening experience in regards to what it takes to put on a good live show. I loved watching our support act, E^ST perform each night. She radiates so much energy on stage and is jumping and dancing almost the entire time, keeping the audience in the palm of her hand. I found that incredibly inspiring, so when it came to singing lead in Japanese Wallpaper’s set, I attempted to channel a similar energy. When school ends and I can start thinking about putting together a show of my own, I’d definitely like there to be moments where I can put the guitar down and move around on stage.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
I am very lucky in the sense that I seem to have wise, supportive people around me all the time, so I am constantly being offered amazing advice. My family has always taught me to be thankful for everything that comes my way and to be considerate of others. Although that’s very broad, I would say that’s the best advice that anyone can be given.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I Love Pop Music by Ben Lee. Maybe just Ben Lee in general. Ben Lee forever.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Consolation Prize by Montaigne. I cried on the plane to that song the first time that I listened to it.
OR Stranger In My Room by Kat Edwards. Hauntingly exquisite. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Get Down by Jess Kent. Banger and a half. I will never get over how good that song is. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and into 2017?
I am going to finish High School! HOORAY! Then straight after that, I’m flying to Nashville for 2 weeks alongside my mum to hang out with my producer, meet people, eat a lot of food and start work on what I hope to be a full length record. 2017 will consist of playing shows, writing a lot of songs and hopefully travelling back to the states if I can earn the money to do so.

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LASTLINGS
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Artist

LASTLINGS

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

Gold Coast, QLD

TASH SULTANA

Featured Artist

2016

16

May

TASH SULTANA

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Tash Sultana is a talented and captivating young multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne who has already built up a passionate following from years of open mic nights, busking and home video recordings. We're stoked to be featuring her all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound and am forever developing my sound by being inspired by different aspects of my life and compiling it together with knowledge of sound and different instruments. Creating music has no limitation.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Emotion, I think that's the centre of all creation.
 
What can punters expect from a Tash Sultana live show?
A hell of a lot of energy from one tiny little person.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
To forever remain loyal to your gut instinct - my dad told me that 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Chet Faker - Terms and Conditions
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Mia Dyson- Jesse
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
So Soldier - #1 Dads
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local show I went to was a dude who busks around Melbourne called Reuben Stone. This guy can literally do and create anything all by live looping. He's a huge part of my motivation.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There's a few who I've met around over the years who've become some of my really good friends and I suppose we just push each other to work really hard and further inspire each other to be better musicians. Lyall Moloney, Reuben Stone, Josh Cashman to name a few.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Got some pretty crazy plans for the rest of the year - taking things overseas. Kind of all seems a bit surreal to be honest.

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Alex Lahey

Featured Artist

2016

14

Mar

Alex Lahey

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's Alex Lahey is your triple j Unearthed Feature Artist this week. Already named as one of triple j Unearthed's artists to watch in 2016, her incoming debut EP (recorded with Oscar from Holy Holy) has us all sorts of excited.

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

I've been playing music my entire life and really started taking it seriously when I picked up the saxophone at 12 years old. I played in big bands all through high school and went to uni to study a jazz degree. I was always writing songs through high school as a means of teaching myself how to play guitar, and found when I got to uni that my ear was more attuned to appreciating a great song rather than a gnarly bebop lick - I was listening to way more Carole King than Charlie Parker. So, I dropped out of my degree and to focus more on writing songs. Oscar Dawson who plays in Holy Holy has helped me bring my songs to life with his incredible production skills. Funnily enough, he also didn't finish the exact same degree as me. And here we are.

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

My lyrics tend to come from interactions I have with other people. I'm big on communication - I like to talk things out - so a lot of the words in my songs happen to be directly taken from conversations I've had. Musically, I get inspired by melody and groove. There's nothing better than hearing a song where there's a sweet chord change or melodic idea that makes you go "what the hell was that? I need to know!"

What can punters expect from your live show?

Coopers Sparkling, Bruce Springsteen-style count ins, fuzz pedals and a drummer who cries whenever he watches 'School of Rock'.

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

My friend's dad tells me "fortune favours the prepared mind", which I'm pretty sure is a Louis Pasteur quote. Basically, I interpret that to mean even if you're feeling you're not producing the best output at a particular time, you're preparing yourself and your skills to create something you're really proud of down the track. Another friend of mine has a similar piece of advice, which is to "sift through the shit", but I don't really like the visual that suggests... Let's stick with the Pasteur one.

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

'Our Place' by Verge Collection

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

'Can We Work It Out' by Gordi

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

'She's So Fine' by The Easybeats

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

I don't know if this counts, but I went to see Alvvays while I was in Sydney the other weekend and they were incredible. I referred to their music a lot while recording my EP. I know Alvvays aren't a local band, but Major Leagues opened and they were just as good. Great songs, great chops, great night.

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

I'm really lucky to be part of a community that inspires me so much. My friends Eilish Gilligan and Greer Clemens both play in a brilliant band called Frida and have their own solo projects. I froth on the feedback I get from them when I show them new songs or mixes. Kate Duncan is the creative producer of The Push Inc and works to give young people opportunities to learn about playing/putting on gigs, being in the studio and releasing music - she's an amazing person who has been looking out for me since I was a bub. My best friend Ollie Whitehead plays sax in Animaux with me and has a sweet new project on the go, which will be excellent. Every time I go into the studio with Oscar, I come out a better musician and writer. Also, shout out to my manager, Leigh. Hey Leigh!

What are your plans for 2016?

Write more songs, play more guitar, play more shows, release my debut EP, tour lots, do more recording, drink all the beers. Not necessarily in that order.

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Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird
New

Artist

Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Owen Rabbit

Featured Artist

2015

14

Dec

Owen Rabbit

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Owen Rabbit is a multi-instrumentalist and producer out of Melbourne's northern suburbs. He plays rubbish, bottles and matches like instruments, anything he can find that makes a sound.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I got given a field recorder for my birthday by my parents when I was a teenager. I loved recording sounds from unusual places and I loved travelling. I used my field recorder through Morocco and the Southern Europe and started to place those samples in whatever beats I was making. Then I got a loop pedal and a microphone and tested out live sampling with whatever trinkets I could find. I love sounds. I love foley in films it really inspires me. I guess that mixed with my love of electronic music and jazz and soul mashes up into something like my music.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When I write songs I can draw on personal experiences or anything that affects me on an emotional level. Sometimes I'll try put myself in other people's shoes and imagine what they're going through. I usually write music when I'm not near my instruments. I tend to think about little hooks, sounds or sometimes whole songs when I'm on the bus walking somewhere. Sometimes I even drift off when I'm talking to someone.
 
What can punters expect from an Owen Rabbit live show?
I build a piece of music layer by layer with my toys and rubbish. Then I play my synths and drum pads, my guitar and use my voice. Sometimes it's a little rough but it's because it's all happening right there.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Lachlan Mitchell told me once to encourage myself to be sensitive. He said that there's all different kinds of people in the world and they all play an important part and contribute to helping human kind as a whole. And while usually those who are strong are celebrated for their stoicism, their sportsmanship or their abilities as leaders, humanity needs sensitive people just as much to help guide them through their dark times and show them they aren't alone. 
 
I personally can't think of a better explanation for how and why people make art. That guy kinda blew my mind. He's an incredible musician.
 
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?
Dear Plastic, Kalacoma, Matt Kelly (Mayfair Kytes) at The Workers Club. It was incredible. My 3 favourite acts in Melbourne. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Hiatus Kaiyote are pretty undeniable. They're incredible. I supported Nai Palm for one of my first gigs, she's an incredible vocalist. I loved the raw energy of Mangelwurzel when I first saw them a few years ago. And the phronetic, surreal and impossibly complex Kalacoma have such an inspiring approach to live sound. They are a very much live electronic band. There's so much good music in Melbourne.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I plan to release an EP early in the year. Then I'm going to Brighton, England for the Great Escape Festival and some shows in Europe. After that I'll be doing my first Australian headline tour and getting stuck into writing my debut album.
 

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Sam Weston
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Artist

Sam Weston

Dance, Electronic (Sam, Weston, Shiraz, ...)

Sydney, NSW

AYLA
New

Artist

AYLA

Indie, Pop (Ayla, Indie, Pop, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

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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Esther Sparkes
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Artist

Esther Sparkes

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

Sydney, NSW

JOY.

Featured Artist

2015

25

Jan

JOY.

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie beatsmith and vocalist JOY. is one of our Laneway competition winners and will be taking her dreamy pop creations to the Brisbane Showgrounds this Saturday, January 31.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound probably though experimenting on Ableton at ridiculous hours of the early morning on school nights instead of doing homework, but that more or less evolved from being a singer songwriter playing acoustic gigs earlier on. I've always played instruments and always liked to muck around on different instruments, and especially with pedals to try and adapt sounds etc. So then that kind of transferred over to the electronic side of things when I started producing, and the sound was just built from there.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I'm not really sure where I gain inspiration from to be honest, I've always played and written music growing up, so I've never really thought about it that much.

You're one of our Laneway competition winners. What can punters at Laneway in Brisbane expect from the JOY. live show?
A lot of dirty trap horns. Well, probably not. My set up is just me on stage solo pressing hundreds of buttons and hoping everything goes well. But I have heard I might be bringing a few special guests out.


What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"You don't make friends with salad" - Homer Simpson


What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Hayden James - Something About You

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Montgomery - Pinata or George Maple - Vacant Space (bc so beautiful)

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Peking Duk - High (ft. Nicole Millar)

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
OZfest at the Gold Coast last night. Very crazy, hectic line up. The Creases, Allday, Kingswood, The Preatures and Illy played and their sets were all 10/10 epic.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are lots of rad bands and people in the Brisbane community that inspire me. In particular my m8's The Cairos, The Creases and Vancouver Sleep Clinic. The Cairos are all lovely dudes, and mega talented song writers, I really look up to them. I really dig The Creases' sound, it's super refreshing and kawaii and lovely and they're all super cool dudes. Vancouver Sleep Clinic have totally nailed the whole soundscape vibe, incredible incredible polished sounds and just amazing vibes all round.

What are your plans for 2015?
I will be embarking off around 'straya for plenty of shows soon, I am supporting the FLAMINGO boys on their national tour in a couple of weeks, followed by a couple of other small tours. In between shows I am planning to write a bunch of material and hopefully work on a big EP, or mini LP depending on how everything goes, and apart from that, I plan to eat lots of Pringles by the pool in the sun and not have to worry about going to university.

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Babaganouj
New

Artist

Babaganouj

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

Brisbane, QLD

WILSN
New

Artist

WILSN

Pop, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

Violet Swells

Featured Artist

2014

22

Dec

Violet Swells

( )

Hobart, TAS

Hobart psych-rockers Violet Swells are one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be taking the stage at Falls in Marion Bay this NYE.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound comes from hours of tinkering with delays, reverbs and distortions in my spare room. I like the Phil Spector idea of squishing together different instruments playing the same things to create new sounds. This is done really easily in the digital world, and allows for a lot of fun experimentation with melody and arrangement.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Whether it is, reading, watching, listening, or hearing, anything creative can inspire me. Just seeing someone else flex his or her muscles of ingenuity gets me in the mood to flex my own. When I was in Grade Three this amateur artist came to talk to my class. I don’t really remember the specifics of his narrative (and at this point it’s not really all that important), but I remember that everyone was secretly drawing and writing stories behind their books during the silent reading time afterwards. Even the teacher, who got wise to our ploy, brought out crayons and abolished the dreaded reading. For a brief moment in time we were all transfixed by the speakers words and driven to then create ourselves. I have marvelled at how contagious creativeness can be ever since. Its great to be inspired by something directly (writing a song about a certain book or film for instance), but sometimes the best ideas come from just having that want to create.         
 
You’re the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can punters at Falls in Marion Bay expect from the Violet Swells live show?
I have just started playing electric guitar (instead of acoustic) live, so lots of fuzz, delay, and extended noise sections. We’ve been playing pretty steadily since March, so at this point, we can belt out our current batch of songs with our eyes closed. Because of this we play around with the songs a lot, which has been a good way to keep an exciting energy for us and the audience. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I started listening to podcasts from Kevin Smith last year, who is prone to emitting pearls of wisdom every now and then. One moving antidote in particular would be the account of his Fathers death. To put it simply, he was called to the hospital late one night, as his dad had been admitted. Sadly he had passed by the time Kevin arrived. His brother went on to explain the circumstances of their father’s death stating, “Dad died screaming”. Kevin goes on to explain that this caused something of an epiphany, realising that even though his father lived a wholesome, good natured life, he still suffered a hellish agony in his last moments. Given this, it doesn’t matter how you live your life, you’re going to die (most likely in a painful manner), so you should take the chance to do what you want while you can. Dreary I know, but hearing the story straight from Kevins mouth is really quite powerful.       
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I guess it would depend on why they were crying. To Love Somebody by The Bee Gees is a blissful little pop song that always puts a smile on my face. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Err, I have never really thought about attempting that. Maybe something by Rowland S Howard. She Cried, or Shivers?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
There a song by The Black Diamonds on Youtube that remains nameless, but has a great energy. I guess you’d call it a banger.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We had our single launch at The Brisbane Hotel last night. It was great to play on a familiar stage to familiar faces after spending the last few weekends darting around the country. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Tassie music community that inspire you.
Not a band, but the people at MONA are giving us all the chance to experience some really cool stuff that we otherwise wouldn’t in Tasmania. For instance, a few weeks ago they had a free afternoon of Motown and African American Gospel. I am pretty thankful for being able to experience such a diverse range of music and art, essentially in my backyard. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
I am recording something special for a release early next year at the moment. It’s a little left field of our current sound, and is basically me experimenting with seeing how far I can exaggerate a few ideas. But after that potential disaster, we will return to the Violet Swells cannon with another EP and then album to close out the year.

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Koi Child
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Artist

Koi Child

Hip Hop (hiphop, Hip-Hop, Grooves, ...)

Perth, WA

DRAINGAUGE

Artist

DRAINGAUGE

Rock, Metal (Tool, pink floyd, cog)

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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The Young Art!
New

Artist

The Young Art!

Indie (Mumford & Sons, Boy & Bear, Bon Iver, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Jantoje
New

Artist

Jantoje

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Electronic, dance, Future Bass, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Hobart Curtis
New

Artist

Hobart Curtis

Indie, Pop

Brisbane, QLD

Timberwolf

Featured Artist

2014

17

Nov

Timberwolf

Adelaide, SA

Timberwolf is the moniker of talented Adelaide singer-songwriter Chris Panousakis. He has a knack for writing gorgeous folk tunes and is gifted with a voice to match.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I used to play along to lots of blues; Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix and Dire Straits, but also wrote lots about my reflective mind and how it all feels...I realised my lyrics and songwriting were far more cryptic and dreamy, so the two worlds are still slowly coming together. Playing live has been great way for me to develop my sound, I think it quickly forces you to learn about your strengths and weaknesses as a songwriter. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Self reflection, visual texture and the chance to empower people the same ways in which I have been through song.
 
What can punters expect from a Timberwolf live show?
Spooky falsetto, lots of guitar and a wall of harmonies.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Whilst it's important to stay open minded and creative, make sure you're writing music that is true to yourself because it will always be the  most authentic and sincere - Mark Myers.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Blood' by The Middle East, for finding the beauty in sadness.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'World Of Sun' by Stolen Violin.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Down Under' by Men At Work.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went to see Jesse Davidson play over Halloween, shit got weird. There were crayons, vodka, I think I even lost my wallet...He's a bad influence.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
There's a fast-growing sense of community in the young Adelaide music scene, with the likes of Bad//Dreems, T-Kay and Jesse Davidson doing particularly great things. It's a super inspiring time in general to be based down South, there's a definite buzz.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
I'll finish off 2014 on the East Coast, touring the new single around Festival Of The Sun. The new EP will drop early in 2015 too, just in time for WOMADelaide. Amongst some more touring, hopefully I can sneak in some more songwriting. A film clip would be nice too.

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Warxy
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Artist

Warxy

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Metal (packerupboys, packis, warxy, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

The Belligerents

Featured Artist

2012

17

Sep

The Belligerents

( )

Brisbane, QLD

The Belligerents are an indie/dance 5-piece from Brisbane and one of the winners of our Parklife competition. They'll be whipping the early crowd into a frenzy at Parklife Brisbane on Saturday 29th September.

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

We all met because we were hooking up with each others sisters, which is kind of awkward. We started jamming on a few songs that Lewis had written and then slowly started finding our feet and developing our sound. We all have different influences and tastes in music and it all sort of falls into place when we play together. Our first EP is quite different from our latest one and I think that our sound is going to continue to evolve over time. Kind of like Pokemon just different.

You’re one of the winners of our PARKLIFE competition. What can Parklife punters expect from The Belligerents live show?

Smoke machines, full frontal nudity, strobe lights and fun in the sun for the whole family. We're gonna try our hardest to put on the absolute best live show we've ever played and make it worthwhile for the people that come and see us.

What most excites you about playing and attending Parklife 2012?

The line-up is massive and we're incredibly stoked to be a part of it. We love Tame Impala and I'm pretty sure Lewis and Andy have some weird/semi-creepy band crush on The Presets, so we're definitely going to have an awesome time watching them. It's also going to be a lot of fun playing on such a huge stage because we'll finally have room to move around and bust out our dance moves.

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

I only moved over here in 2007 so I think the first proper gig I went to was Splendour 2008, which was mind blowing. I can't remember much but I'm pretty sure it was one of the best festivals I've ever been to.

What’s coming up in 2012?

First of all Parklife!!! Then we’re playing Valley Fiesta in Brisbane with Arrested Development in October. After that we will be back on the road towards the end of the year around November for a tour support and we’ll also be going back into the studio later this year.

Australian music is...

...awesome, great, fantastic, super, sick as!

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Moses Gunn Collective
New

Artist

Moses Gunn Collective

Dance, Indie, Pop, Rock (Connan Mockasin, Jeff Buckley, Nick Cave, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Capre
New

Artist

Capre

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

Brisbane, QLD

Oliver's Army
New

Artist

Oliver's Army

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Melbourne, Americana Folk, Adelaide, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tigertown

Featured Artist

2012

5

Nov

Tigertown

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney six-piece Tigertown are one of the winners of our Harvest Festival competition. They'll be opening Harvest Sydney with their blissful alternative pop on Saturday November 17 at Parramatta Park.

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

When Charlie and I (Chris Collins) met we were both in our own bands and both felt a bit restless. We started writing and recording songs in my bedroom. It was also the first time either of us had really co-written anything so the sound definitely started then. Since the first EP, we have had all our brothers and sisters playing with us so the sound has grown from bedroom songs to more of a band sound now.

You’re one of the winners of our HARVEST competition. What can Harvest punters in Sydney expect from the Tigertown live show on Saturday 17th November?

We've just finished two pretty big tours so we feel pretty well oiled. We're playing all of our new EP and a bunch if new tunes as well. We like visuals so we're working out what we can bring from our music videos.

What most excites you about playing and attending Harvest 2012?

We're really excited to see Sigur Ros play. I think there'll be a lot of learning that day. Keen to see how all the big guys do it. Also really excited to play on a festival stage.

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

Make sure your belt matches your shoes. My Grandpa.

What’s coming up for you in the last bit of 2012 and looking into 2013?

We have a new EP worth of songs ready to go so we are going to be getting into that for the rest of the year. Plus a couple of festivals and then hopefully a new EP to show everyone in the new year.

Australian music is…?

...taking back its radio waves!

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I Know Leopard

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2014

5

May

I Know Leopard

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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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Vallis Alps

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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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Dustin Tebbutt

Featured Artist

2013

15

Jul

Dustin Tebbutt

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New England, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt has crafted some beautiful rolling guitar pop with sublime harmonies and golden tinges of melancholy.

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

Over time, more and more factors are contributing to the development of my sound. A lot of direct and indirect musical influences, contemporary folk music, film scores, living in Scandinavia and the winter in the north... also my relationship with the studio environment. For this project particularly, I spent a lot of time in my home studio, just exploring and really working on creating a layered sonic landscape. It’s those small organic nuances that you stumble across over time that have really defined the sound of this project for me.

You wrote and produced a lot of your music in Sweden. What did you find most inspiring over there?

The thing that impacted me the most about living in Sweden was the physical environment. All of it.. It’s so different from everything we have here in Australia. The dramatic seasonal shifts, the colours and textures in the trees, the light... is softer or something. The winter, it’s so extreme, and because of that it’s so beautiful. It’s a hard thing to describe, but I found it really inspiring to be immersed in those places.

What other artists/musicians do you draw inspiration from?

I haven’t been listening to much music lately, but I do have some staples that I keep going back to: Laura Veirs, Max Richter, Great Lake Swimmers, Feist, Elbow, Tucker Martine. I try to be a bit selective too when in writing/production mode. I find it can be good to limit what I listen to, just to put some boundaries in place.

You’re preparing to play shows. What’s your vision for the live show like?

I just did the first gig on Sunday evening actually! I’ve been really focusing on bringing the important sonic elements from the recordings to the stage, but still keeping a sense of play and freedom in there. It’s a fine line, but these days there’s some great technology out there to work with! At this stage, it’s just a solo show, and I’ll be building it up as I go along.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

The rest of the year is shaping up nicely. The next single is not too far off, I’ll be putting a fair bit of work into the live set and am now just in the process of booking some shows. I’ll have the next couple of video clips to produce, and then back to writing the next lot of songs!

Australian music is…?

…Evolving. I think now is a really interesting time for us. The internet has given Australians access to culture on a global scale, but often we’re positioned more as observers than major players. Because of this, it seems like there is some really interesting and unique music being created in Australia at the moment, and it has the ability to connect on an international level. I feel like we’re no longer culturally isolated from some other key regions of the world, and that’s reflected in the music we’re currently producing... It’s pretty exciting!

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Oliver Tank

Featured Artist

2011

12

Sep

Oliver Tank

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Sydney, NSW

Oliver Tank is a young Sydney-based producer and musician who is turning heads and melting hearts with his enchanting down-tempo electronica.

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

I set out to create something really original and unique with my music, and on top of that I try to give it a really personal feel. I developed my sound by listening to a lot of electronic artists. I feel like at the moment it is the genre with the most potential. I love the idea that electronic sounds and real instrument sounds can work together so harmoniously. Essentially that is what my music is about, different sounds organised to tell a story.

How do you translate your recordings to a live environment – what’s an Oliver Tank gig like?

My live show includes a laptop, sampler, vocals and guitar. The music is pretty chill but it lends itself well to an intimate live show,

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

As I was developing my sound electronic music was really taking off, I was always hearing new and exciting electronic artists and they were my biggest inspiration. Originally Seekae was a huge influence but now there is a huge community of similar musicians in Sydney that all make amazing music. The fact that there are so many talented artists out there is inspiration enough for me to keep bettering what I do.

What’s coming up for you in 2011?

I'll be releasing my EP in October which will have a bunch of new music on it. I'm also working on a mix-tape as well, which will include remix's, covers and much more. Other than that I'll just be playing gigs and working on new music.

Australian music is?

...Amazing. Its really liberating knowing that there is so much musical talent in Australia. I Can't wait to see what the future holds for Australian Music.

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The Kite String Tangle

Featured Artist

2013

9

Dec

The Kite String Tangle

( )

Brisbane, QLD

The Kite String Tangle is the experimental solo project of alternative electronic artist Danny Harley. He's one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be taking his warm ethereal beats and striking vocals to the Falls stage in Byron Bay.

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

'The Kite String Tangle' originally started with me just making some ambient music with no drums and no vocals. Stuff to sleep to. Since then though I've been writing all sorts of stuff and I guess I've sort of found a home in down tempo electronic music.

You’re one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can Falls punters in Byron expect from The Kite String Tangle live show?

It's going to be me up on stage playing a bunch of different samplers, keyboards and pads and singing. Kind of a similar set up to TEED, Elizabeth Rose, Robert Delong or Oliver Tank.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

CAMPING! I haven't been camping since last summer. It's been way too long.

What are your plans for The Kite String Tangle in 2014?

I'm releasing my debut EP in February or early March and then probably doing another tour and possibly heading over to SXSW. There's a lot of really cool things in the pipeline for TKST next year but I can't mention them just yet....but I'm so excited.

If you had to make one new years resolution, what would it be?

Hmmmm....I really want to knuckle down and focus on making music a viable career path for me. I think that'll be my New Years resolution :-)

Australian music is…?

…in the eye of the world at the moment. So many other places are looking to Australia to see what comes out of it next. It's a musical gold mine right now.

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