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Jake George
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Jake George

Pop, Rock (alternative, Rock, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Arcades and Lions
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Arcades and Lions

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

Newcastle, NSW

Tom Stephens
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Tom Stephens

Indie, Rock, Roots

Sydney, NSW

The Bear Hunt
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The Bear Hunt

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Post-Rock, 90's Alternative Rock, Garage, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

FILIPPA
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NYNE
New

Artist

NYNE

Hip Hop, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Safe Sex

Featured Artist

2016

7

Mar

Safe Sex

( )

Perth, WA

Safe Sex are a Perth-based duo made up of vocalist Molly Biddle and producer Andrew Wright. Molly describes their sound as a combination of her "effeminate squeak" and Andrew's "bassy tones".

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound emerged as an amalgamation of myself and Andrew Wright (Forest Studios Perth). I always wished I was danq rapper and Andrew makes some incredible hip-hop and electronic stuff. So the music was sort of born of that combination between my effeminate squeak and Andrew’s bassy tones. It’s like a buttered cat, but it’s a perpetual sound that seems to work. There’s a lot going on in our tracks and think that’s sort of emerged as an addictive or obsessive quality we both possess… nothing ever feels quite finished. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
There are a lot of different sources that feed into this project- the music, the performance aspect, the film, the art. For myself, I wanted to make something that was more than it seemed at first glance - and I think I can assume that’s what we all wanted. Sexual repression and repression of identity is something that’s been an ongoing dialogue for a lot of different communities - and for myself on a personal level. I saw a problem, and I sought to apply myself to that problem in a way that might be able to reach people - via pop culture and by the rubbernecking of train wreck. I stumbled upon the best people for the job and I’m lucky to have them invest such intimate parts of themselves in the mission.
 
What can punters expect from a Safe Sex live show?
Punters can expect a live show yes! It’s a thing that’s on the cards. I hope they like DJ, VJ and live performance art because that’s what they’re going to get. It’s going to be bizarre and uncomfortable for everyone involved. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have been given is to be brave. Be brave and don’t apologise. I give that advice to myself every single day. If you’re not harming anyone and you feel passionately about something, there is no reason not to do it and no reason to apologise. I used to apologise because I felt my mere existence was somehow offensive to people. The more you apologise the more people begin seeing you as something that requires an apology. 
Also - listen to people if you are trying to affect change in underrepresented or victimized populations. We are all products of social construction and there is more to this story than you think. This advice comes from the most endearing researcher at my University. She's rad. She probably doesn't even know I exist. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
If I wanted to cheer someone up who was crying I would play them something from Gotye, probably Hearts A Mess, because maybe they’re crying because their hearts a mess and they want that validation. Everybody’s heart’s a bit of a mess. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
If I wanted to make someone break down into tears I would play them something from The Cat Empire, maybe Fishies, and then tell them it’s not their fault over and over like in Good Will Hunting. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I’m the DJ at a party and the dance floor is pumping… but it’s well past my bedtime and I want out (slight change of tactic). So I cut the music and play a little Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and start reading aloud from chapter one of ‘”And the Ass Saw the Angel.” Nick Cave is an incredible novelist, people don’t know that. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The very last local gig I went to was The Brow’s single release at AMPS in Perth. They’re friends of mine and I danced like there was a bee on me. It was great. You can always count on a great live show from those guys. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Western Australian bands that inspire us are Empire Of The Sun (Luke Steele), S.O.X., Abbe May, Sun City, Marksman Lloyd, The Love Junkies, The Siren Tower, Our Man In Berlin… we’re probably leaving a lot out… we hear a lot of great music emerging from WA.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Oh my goodness gosh. World peace. But for seriously, we have a bunch of new and bizarre tracks hibernating until we decide to release them. I guess something that stands out about us is that we’re not precious about releases or perfection - we just keep churning out material and sharing our music as soon as we can, however we can - so we can move on and keep creating. We have some obscene videos coming out too- all featuring myself and the very talented actor Nick Pages-Oliver (and some new arrivals too), executed by the ingenious Peter Cheng (Acid Flicks). We also have some symbiotic Safe Sex education tips, but I won’t spoil that…

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colourwaves
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colourwaves

Electronic, Pop (Dream-Pop, shoegaze, Synth-pop)

Sydney, NSW

Robert Muinos
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Artist

Robert Muinos

Indie, Rock, Roots (the radio)

Melbourne, VIC

The Vacant Smiles
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Artist

The Vacant Smiles

Indie, Rock (Garage, surf, psychedelic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Alex L'Estrange
New

Artist

Alex L'Estrange

Indie, Pop

Brisbane, QLD

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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Mt. Mountain
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Seavera
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Artist

Seavera

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Man Made Mountain

Featured Artist

2016

21

Mar

Man Made Mountain

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Man Made Mountain are a Melbourne-based duo comprised of producer Billy Hoyle and vocalist Cazeaux O.S.L.O. They create uplifting hip hop sounds inspired by the likes of J Dilla, Remi & Sensible J, and by the the music of Brazil.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We’ve both been making music individually and in other settings for quite some time prior to collaborating as Man Made Mountain, but our tastes in music are very similar and we both share a love for the music of Brazil, which was a key in developing Billy’s sound as a producer and giving a direction to our approach to hiphop. Our sound as a duo is still developing and will continue to include live instrumentation and new influences.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Hearing other music, and wanting to contribute to that in our own way, whether the idea starts as an alternative melody or a percussive addition. Day to day occurrences influence the direction of that inspiration, but ultimately it’s other music that’s the source. 
 
What can punters expect from a Man Made Mountain live show?
Many raps, a little singing, some scratches, and eventually live horns. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Hoyle: Something Sensible J said surely. He’s so sensible. I call him Yoda. Na I can’t remember exactly but he gave me so many tips when I started making beats that they still pop into my head when I’m messing around with ideas and tinkering on the MPC today. 
 
O.S.L.O. :  My Grandpa, "Always eat well before you come."  Nuff said.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Tame Impala – Be Above It.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Hiatus Kaiyote – Building A Ladder (I'm crying just thinking about it)
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Little River Band – Reminiscing 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We saw the Average Rap Band play at Howler last week. They’re New Zealanders who are based in Melbourne now. They’re brilliant writers and they were great live.  
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There’s heaps. Remi & Sensible J inspire with the incredible music they’re creating and the places they’ve taken it so far. Hiatus Kaiyote for the same reasons. Silent Jay is making some incredible music. Melbourne’s thriving and there’s so many people creating and performing music around town all the time, so the inspiration is everywhere. DJ wise also, it’s a healthy scene. Almost all the staff at Northside Records in Fitzroy are great DJ’s and play awesome stuff you’ve never heard before. Local radio is on the strength, shout out Richie 1250, Emma Peel and anyone else dropping Les Baxter.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Releasing an EP in April, and some touring soon after that. If all goes to plan we’ll be releasing another EP later in the year and other sonic tacos for your ear.

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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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Alba
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Alba

Dance, Electronic

Sydney, NSW

Young Dingoes
New

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Young Dingoes

Indie, Pop, Rock (Young Dingoes)

Sunshine, QLD

Jai Pyne
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Artist

Jai Pyne

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (Indie, Electronic, Soul, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Freaks in Love
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The Freaks in Love

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

DROP LEGS
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DROP LEGS

Hip Hop, Indie, Rock, Roots (byronbay, hiphop, party, ...)

North Coast, NSW

NTL Landmarks
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NTL Landmarks

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (alternative, Rock, Indie)

Newcastle, NSW