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Kirklandd

Featured Artist

2019

22

Apr

Kirklandd

( )

Canberra, ACT

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and Canberra artist, Kirklandd.

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

My earliest influences came from the soul and blues my mother played around the house when I was a kid – Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees and the Doobie Brothers were on regular rotation. From there, I learned to play the cello for 6 years, and I first discovered hip hop when my cousin handed me Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor record when I was 12. From there, I studied the greats like Nas, Slick Rick and A Tribe Called Quest, and artists like these really instilled my old school style early on.

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

My experiences in life. Music’s an outlet for me to voice my journey in trying to figure out life and grow in myself, and I love being able to share what I encounter along the way through my music. Hip hop holds the unique ability to tell stories in a deeply authentic way, so I always hope to have my music reflect this.

What can punters expect from a Kirklandd live show?

A very, very big vibe. My live set’s become this cool blend of hype and intimate storytelling, and this is how I most love connecting with people: through good energies and sharing my experiences with the audience before me. My drummer Josh and I have really levelled up our performance routine for the Impulse tour, and especially our GTM set this weekend – I can’t wait to show Canberra the surprises we have in store.

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

I can’t remember who said this to me, but to always enjoy the process. Immerse yourself in the experience of creating, find fulfilment in the process, and thrive in the journey to finishing it. Everything will follow from there.

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

WUTD’ by Genesis Owusu. WUTD? Cry, or boogie?

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

Waiting’ by KIAN. Those chords are really beautiful man.

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

Compliment My Shirt’ by Saint Lane. That’s the g right there.

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

The last show I went to was around a week back in Sydney. I went to do a short performance of some unreleased music I have coming with a good homie of mine, Francoistunes, at a One Day Party that Kaiit was headlining in Marrickville. The vibe was so strong. I love the live culture the One Day crew have built. Kaiit is one of the warmest, most genuine performers ever, and seeing everyone turn up for her was awesome. And she has the coolest rider on the planet.

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

All of them; bands, creatives and all members of our community. The mutual support between artists and creatives in our city is incredible, and we’re constantly pushing each other to go further and create the best art we can. It’s the best feeling knowing if one of us is winning, all of us are, and we’re all forming Canberra’s musical identity in the process. It’s a crazy exciting time for our city and I’m blessed to be a part of it.

What are your plans for 2019?

This week we’re kicking off the Impulse tour with Groovin the Moo as our first date. Then we’re hitting Melbourne and Sydney for the first time in a long while, with Zellow supporting us nationally, and I can’t wait to bring the live experience of Impulse to our Sydney and Melbourne family. From there, I’m diving back in the studio with Cam to finish the follow up to Impulse, which I’m hoping will be my strongest single yet. A lot more music is yet to come this year and I’m wildly excited to share where my sound is heading.

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Tak-Un-Da
New

Artist

Tak-Un-Da

Hip Hop, Indie

Canberra, ACT

Astro Travellers
New

Artist

Astro Travellers

Hip Hop, Roots (Hip-Hop, Space Jazz, Saturn Beats, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Ventures
New

Artist

Ventures

Electronic, Hip Hop (Electronic, Hip-Hop, rap, ...)

Canberra, ACT

LTC

Featured Artist

2015

1

Jun

LTC

( )

Canberra, ACT

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

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

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The Ansah Brothers
New

Artist

The Ansah Brothers

Hip Hop

Canberra, ACT

GILL BATES

Featured Artist

2015

7

Sep

GILL BATES

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane-based MC Gill Bates is one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be playing the triple j Unearthed showcase this Thursday, September 10, at Oh Hello in Fortitude Valley.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I make what I feel and use what ever sounds I feel is right
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life
 
You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be performing at the triple j Unearthed showcase on Thursday, September 10. What can punters expect from your live show?
Good Vibes and Energy
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Don't ever let someone else tell you what you can or cant do...No one knows your heart, your mindset and your determination better than yourself - Fortafy
 
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?
Strictly Speaking @ The Foundry. The show was full of energy, lots of talent out here
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Finish my EP

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REMI

Featured Artist

2012

13

Feb

REMI

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Remi is a 20-year-old Melbourne MC turning heads with his debut album 'Regular People Shit'. Get a taste of it right here.

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

I just listen to artists that I like, and how they get their personalities across through their music. I also recorded a bunch of songs that will never see the light of day, and worked my arse of until I was happy with how they sounded. With the beats, we tried to create a balance of organic sounds, with electronic bass instruments, though still trying to keep it as natural as possible.

What’s a Remi live show like?

If it’s up to my friends, wild as f**k! I love performing live, so I just get really amped and, usually, the crowd feeds off that and it results in pandemonium.

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

Everything that J Smith (producer) has ever told me. Except for when he tells me I should eat less Nando’s, then he doesn’t know what the f**k he’s talking about.

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

I’m pretty lucky in the sense that the people who inspire me are in my team. Whether it is, Run For Your Life or the UY collective. J Smith has probably been my biggest inspiration/mentor. N’fa’s been like a brother and mentor. Syreneyiscreamy & Chris Scott’s voices make me pull my finger out on hooks. My homie Jarryd Williams, who is the other Leader of the UY collective, makes me hustle. Everyone else holds down his or her own instruments, whether it’s a camera or knowledge about the industry, and that makes you want to work harder. It’s basically my family (both real and musical) that inspires me, in the un-cheesiest way possible.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

I’ve got a gig this Wednesday for Uncomfortable beats at Bar Open on Brunswick Street, that I’m pretty excited for. Heading up to Sydney this weekend to See Hau with the Run For Your Life peeps. Got some gigs in Perth during March, which will be siiiiiiick. Writing a bunch more tracks, and finding out how to make money by doing this music shit.

Australian music is…?

...slept on by the world.

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Baro
New

Artist

Baro

Electronic, Hip Hop, Punk (Jazz, Lounge Rap, kanye west, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

NGAIIRE (nyree)

Featured Artist

2010

5

Jul

NGAIIRE (nyree)

( )

Sydney, NSW

New music from a gifted singer and multi instrumentalist from Sydney.

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop your songs?

I think I've been stirring the pot for awhile. I was throwing in all kindsa things thinking I can totally have a duck stuffed inside a chicken stuffed inside a turkey. But finally I'm understanding where my creativity wants to take me. I'm more certain of where the road is heading and less receptive to people who say you really should've been cut out by this cookie cutter. Cookie cutters are so old school anyway. I think that's owing to having grown so much with my band who are some of my closest friends and alot of whom I have known since I was a teenager. Sharing the stage with people who are just as passionate about your music doesn't happen everyday. I could just be dreaming maybe.

What can the audience expect at a live show?

Giant bird's nests, live art interpretations, naked manequins! I've been trying to keep things PG but I can comfortably say that things are guaranteed to get a bit raucous when you have backing vocalists like mine haha. I'm planning to have them caged for the next show so they don't scare the kids. The great thing though is that people go away feeling like they've actually been entertained and not just come to see a band that are just playing music so I'm stoked that we're translating that way,

Who else are you collaborating with?

I was given the liberty to chop out for to A-Love and The Tongue's upcomming albums. I don't usually chop out probably cuz people have always assumed that's what I do and it's within my nature to do the complete opposite of what people assume about you. "Oh you're black, so you can totally chop out" or "Oh you're black and you can totally play bass". I like to chop but I can totally not play bass.

What’s coming up in the future?

Presently preparing for Elana Stone's epic show at The Opera House this Friday with Bluejuice, Laura Jean and Brian Campeau. And then back in the studio to record some music that might stand worthy of an album. If I manage to finish this album this year that would totally be comparable to if I managed to wrestle a wild boar with my own two hands...and then maybe chucked it on the spit. Maybe.

Australian music?

I have great adoration for but I feel is still very apologetic. I think people are still cautious about pushing boundaries. It's like we almost need to be given permission.

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Coda Conduct

Featured Artist

2015

27

Apr

Coda Conduct

( )

Canberra, ACT

Hip hop duo Coda Conduct are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be bringing their high energy live show to Groovin The Moo in Canberra this Sunday, May 3rd.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
E:  We make hip hop.  I think we developed our sound by listening to a lot of hip hop, but it kinda just sorta... happened one day.  We decided to start rapping, and it sounded like this.
S:  We make music we like, I guess.  We tend to make each other laugh with our punchlines, or impress each other with a cool flow, and if other people like it too that’s awesome.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
S: I’m a very competitive person.  So I get jealousy-inspired by other artists – especially other Aussie hip hop acts – who raise the bar and put out something dope.  
E: We’ve got this theory that creative people are like big sponges.  You soak up something - an amazing gig, a good book or conversation with a friend, and then when you’ve got enough inspiration you wring yourself out on your own project. Recently a lot of my soaking has been from fellow Australian musicians making ballin' music.
S:  Yeah, and urban speculative fantasy novels about bionic cyborgs.
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters at Groovin The Moo in Canberra expect from the Coda Conduct live show?
S: We get the goofiest grins when we’re on stage, so you can expect teeth.  This is also our first ever festival appearance, so we’re hoping all our cardio rap training has paid off – we run around a lot.
E: Tonnes of energy! And a double-dutch skipping rope with our mic leads. And our DJ is going to scratch with his feet.  I guess you can just expect to have a tonne’a fun.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
S:  I give myself really good advice.  Like, the other day I told myself to remember to say thank you.  That’s really good advice.
E: My mum once told me “Eri, guests are like fish. They both go off in three days.”
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
E: The Chariot, by The Cat Empire.  Or Australia Street, by Sticky Fingers.
S:  Affirmation, by Savage Garden.  Or Crash and Burn, by Savage Garden.  Anything by Savage Garden. 
E:  Girls Like That!  Custard!
S: Dumb Enough, Hilltop Hoods.  Can’t cry to that.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
S:  There’s this little interlude on Jimblah’s album Phoenix, called Lovebirds, that always gets me.  That whole album makes me cry, it’s beautiful.  
E:  How To Make Gravy – Paul Kelly. Gets me every time. And Out of the Blue, by Joelistics. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
E:  Go Figure, by The Ansah Brothers.  If you’re not on that train yet, GET ON IT BECAUSE IT’S LEAVING WITH OR WITHOUT YOU.
S:  Red Shift by Jayteehazard.  Banger.  Shit-lose-worthy banger.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
S:  We both went and saw our fellow Canberra killers the Brass Knuckle Brass Band at Spring Street Social last week. They were awesome.  
E: Yum Yum were supporting, and they’re also amazing.  We were front row and Sally nearly cried because she enjoyed it so much. 
S: Yeah, I had a really sore face the next day from grinning like an absolute maniac all night.  And I was sober, almost.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the ACT music community that inspire you.
E: We’re in a crew called Capslock Collective, and they’re a constant inspiration to us. It’s so cool seeing every member working so passionately. The entire hip hop scene is buzzing in Canberra right now – there’s too many names to shout but if you head over to our Unearthed profile we’ve got a huge list of ‘artists we like’.
S: There’s also heaps of people making things happen behind the scenes - Jem Natividad, who books Transit Bar, Hayds from Words Eye View who’s working on the Patty Mills documentary among other things, and all the visual and streetwear artists like Stitch Apparel, Sancho, Houl and Abyss holding it down.  The ACT is killing it.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
E: To keep learning and progressing as an artist. That’s a big goal for me.
S: Yup. Get a new release happening and crank up the heat on our live show.  
E: Also pretty damn keen to keep collaborating with crazy talented people. 
S: Oh, and Grammys. Lots of Grammys. 
 

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