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Yuko Nishiyama
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Yuko Nishiyama

Indie, Pop

Kimberley, WA

Yes I'm Leaving
New

Artist

Yes I'm Leaving

Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Planete
New

Artist

Planete

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, Planète, Melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

It's a Hoax

Featured Artist

2014

13

Oct

It's a Hoax

( )

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide 5-piece It's A Hoax are a band driven by a love for creating something out of nothing. Their left-field indie rock is born out of constant improvisation and inspired by everything from math rock to NYC jazz.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It didn’t really take that long for us to settle into our sound, mainly because we all had such a similar set of influences; the whole 90s Alternative thing, NYC-scene Jazz and experimental music, Math-Rock and the Garage-Rock stuff that’s getting popular at the moment. This has meant that we do 100% of our writing through jamming and improvising, knowing that we can trust that the choices that each of us make are going to be right for the music. No one has ever had to tell anyone else what to do or play, it’s all just sort of happened in a very natural way.  
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I’d like to say something like “we channel The Eternal One, who informs and inspires everything we do"... but really we just get a kick out of making music as a group, making something out of nothing with your buddies. There’s not much need for any other inspiration other than that. 
 
What can punters expect from the It’s a Hoax live show?
We take a lot of liberties with our music: we change and extend sections, reharmonise things, improvise a lot. That means an It’s a Hoax live show is a one-off experience and the songs won’t be played in quite the same way again. Hopefully those listening can feel like they were part of that with us in some way. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Make sure you brush AND floss. A number of people have said it to us and it’s paid off big time. All the money we save on dental work, fillings etc, goes straight into the band. We’ve seen too many great bands fall by the wayside because the consistent dental fees were too much of a burden. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Girl' by The Honey Pies. I’m not sure there’s been a more hopeful sounding song ever written... the fact they’re from Adelaide is an added bonus!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
There’s a couple of good ones: 'Blood' by The Middle East... but you’ve got to watch the video clip with it... or 'Slow Train' by Alex Lloyd and The Pigram Brothers, but it helps if you’ve seen the movie Mad Bastards first. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'You’re The Voice' by John “Whispering Jack” Farnham
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was West Thebarton Brothel Party and God God Dammit Dammit at the Producers Bar, if you know those two bands you can imagine what kind of chaos ensued. I had met a Dutch backpacker and brought him along to the show. The floor was as a slippery as an SPC grape and the crowd was going crazy. The night was filled with crowd surfing from both bands and there were multiple beer lay-backs. Good wholesome fun. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
There’s so many great bands in Adelaide right now, we’ll just give you who we’re really digging at the moment: St Morris Sinners, Battlehounds, The Rocketeers and Yeahyeahabsolutelynoway. But really that’s just a snapshot. 
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
We're recording again right away, hoping for a release before the end of the year or early 2015. We're really happy with our new material and the direction that we're heading. In terms of shows, the one we're really excited about is the Hillside Festival 4.0 which is going to feature a ton of bands from the Adelaide scene such as Horror My Friend, Bad/Dreems, West Thebarton Brothel Party, Battlehounds, The Dunes, Archers and so many more. That's November 29th, grab a ticket if there are still any left!
 

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AUSMUTEANTS
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AUSMUTEANTS

Pop, Punk (Ramones, screamers, Black Devil, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

COBWEBBS

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COBWEBBS

Pop (Cobwebbs, Most, Brisbane, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Kitchen's Floor
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Kitchen's Floor

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Kitchen's Floor, Brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

Bed Wettin' Bad Boys
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Beast & Flood
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Beast & Flood

Indie, Punk, Rock (Beast & Flood, Alternative Rock, Post-Punk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Cassius Select
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Artist

Cassius Select

Electronic

Sydney, NSW

KUCKA

Featured Artist

2014

30

Jun

KUCKA

( )

Perth, WA

Kucka has been mucking around for a few years now in her Perth bedroom making some unique sounding, weird and wonderful electronic music. They play live as a three piece and their music can do anything from make you sway to all out dance, check 'em out this week as our feature artist.

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

I started experimenting with electronics a while ago, just playing around on garage band with my guitar and vocals. From there I found ableton and have continued to experiment ever since.  I also studied music composition at uni, which helped me learn about theory and about how classical music and harmony works, which has helped alot with my production too.

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

I love buying world music records from op-shops. You can usually pick old ones up for about $1. The other day I bought a  Balinese Gamelan record and the sounds are really unique and inspiring. I find that it's good to listen to stuff that isn't conventional pop when I'm writing, to keep things a bit different.

What can punters expect from a Kucka live show?

We play live as a 3 piece, I sing and hit off samples on a keytar, Jake plays synths and also controls our visuals and Katie plays the beats on her Maschine.  We amp up the tracks a bit more for the live show so people can get into it and have a dance. The visuals are made by an artist from Vienna called Martina Menegon, she usually works with installation art so they are really immersive and unique.

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

My best friend always tells me to take 20 mins out of the day to meditate and not think about anything at all. I find that it helps when I'm writing, I always come back with a fresh perspective.

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

Simo Soo - TEARZZZZZ

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

Taku - I miss you

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

Catlips - Kanimbla

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

The last gig I went to was a tour fundraiser for the band Mudlark. They got a few bands to collaborate on a fresh project for the night, so I got to see lots of local musicians improvise and experiment, I even got up and had a jam with Ben Witt from the Chemist which was really fun.

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

My latest favourite Perth band is Mudlark who I mentioned before, they are a two piece, just guitar and drums, but the rhythms and textures they create are incredible. Other artists who inspire me are Mei Saraswati and Doctopus, for very different reasons. Mei writes beautiful, groovin beats and has an amazing voice, and Doctopus are an energy/good vibes explosion.

What are your plans for Kucka in 2014?

At the moment I'm finishing my next EP, which is due out in October and then a tour over East after that.

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Retiree
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Retiree

Dance, Electronic

Sydney, NSW

Broadway Sounds

Featured Artist

2015

23

Mar

Broadway Sounds

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne party-starters Broadway Sounds fuse an eclectic mix of psych pop, calypso, jazz and world rhythms to create infectious booty-shaking anthems.

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Q&A with Andrew Diamond Phillips...
 
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's psychedelic pop but in saying that it's all different styles of music, sometimes in the same song. It's a representation of my record collection and my experiences. By expanding my record collection and my travels and experiences, as I have changed as a person, that is how the sound has developed. And it's still developing...
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
"Everything That Rises Must Converge" by Flannery O'Connor.
 
What can punters expect from a Broadway Sounds live show?
A party that doesn't pussyfoot about. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Always empty the cache" - Morgan McWaters (our sound engineer).
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Any song off "Man Coda" by Quasar.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Any song off "Man Coda" by Quasar.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
"Midnight Man" by Flash & The Pan.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was to see Russell St. Bombings play in inner city Melbourne. Being a big fan of Total Control I was keen to check them out. It was great.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Phil and Jen (the others in the group) are at the top of the list for sure. All of the other musicians we collaborate with are inspiring. Outside of the Broadway Sounds universe, we are big fans of Kirkis and Harvey Dutherland. We have played shows alongside them both and would do it again in a heartbeat.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
We are in DJ-mode at the moment, so there are a few DJ gigs happening in Melbourne and Dydney. The new song and EP are getting mixed as we speak! We are bringing the live show to Sydney really, really soon. Brisbane is on our radar too, so yeah, lots of plans.
 

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Yon Yonson
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Yon Yonson

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Slum Sociable
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Slum Sociable

Electronic, Indie (#LOFO #Jazz #Hop)

Melbourne, VIC