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Cult Shφtta
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Artist

Cult Shφtta

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Punk (Trap, hip hop, rap, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Steele Syndicate
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Artist

The Steele Syndicate

Indie, Rock, Roots (Funk, Reggae, Groove, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Morgan Bain
New

Artist

Morgan Bain

Indie (alternative, Soul, Indie, ...)

Perth, WA

St. South

Featured Artist

2013

24

Jun

St. South

( )

Perth, WA

St. South is the electrofolk project of young Perth-based singer/songwriter Olivia Gavranich. Lose yourself in the warmth and layers of her delicate, soothing tunes.

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

The electronic world is still very, very new to me! Up until quite recently I’d been focusing on writing acoustic folky stuff, which I guess is now more of a side project. After producing ‘We Washed Texas’ for the Bon Iver Stems Project, I developed this newfound appreciation for dry beats and clicks. I couldn’t get enough of it, and I slowly started turning my acoustic songs into something more ‘glitchy’ and electronic. Everything came together really quickly after that; I’ve collaborated online with some great friends from all corners of the world, and together we’re working on my first EP.

What’s a St. South live show like?

Believe it or not I’m yet to play a live show! It’s really important to me that when I start gigging, I’m completely happy with my material and live set-up. Once my EP is complete, I’ll start wrapping my head around putting together a live show, with an electronic band and a full set list of original tracks. I think I’d get lonely up there with just my laptop!

Tell us about growing up in Denmark, WA. What are your strongest memories of that time?

Denmark has to be one of the best places to be a kid: my brother and I would spend our spare time going feral on the ‘back tracks’ of the bush, we’d take our bikes out for the day, build cubbies, and come back looking like little grubs. Music was definitely a huge part of my childhood. I remember dancing around the kitchen bench to The Pogues with my dad, and singing along to an old Tracy Chapman cassette with my Mum on the way to school. My earliest memory of seeing live music is packing a picnic and heading to Albany with my family to see the Waifs and Paul Kelly - all us kids would take off our shoes and run wild. No-one does live music like Denmark hippies.

What are some of the biggest influences on your music and why?

My biggest influences were the music my parents raised me on, because no matter where I am I’ll always feel a sense of nostalgia when I hear it, and I guess that’s one of those associations that builds your creative ‘personality’ the most. Nina Simone, Elvis Costello, The Waifs, Leonard Cohen: it’s an eclectic mix but they all inspire me for different reasons. As for my more current influences, I’m loving acts like Daughter, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tiny Ruins, Frank Ocean, and Mama Kin, and am constantly finding new obsessions here on Unearthed. And it probably goes without saying that Justin Vernon can falsetto my socks off any day.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I’m working really hard to finish off my EP, which involves a couple of collaborations that I’m super excited about. But I guess my main goal is just to learn as much as I can. Rather than setting deadlines for myself, I think its important that I just take my time and enjoy the process!

Australian music is…?

…Koala-tea, not quantity.

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TEES
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Artist

TEES

Dance, Pop (Primal Scream, Phuture, Dream House, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Pretty Littles

The Pretty Littles make "sing-a-long-with-your-mates-while-sinkin-a-few" rock jams and we're stoked to have them as our Feature Artist all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is middle of the road sorta scrappy pop rock. There are some dumb ones and some serious ones. I think we developed our sound by writing and recording lots and lots in the last 7 or 8 years. It took a long time for us to work out the kind of music we were all happy to be playing and I think that’s still got a little ways yet, which is exciting and inspiring in itself.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think trying to write songs that we are all proud of. Also so many sick bands are making such great music that it's easy to be inspired that way too.
 
What can punters expect from a Pretty Littles live show?
Hmmm that’s a tough one. There will definitely be 2 guitars, 1 bass and 1 drum kit, which sets us apart from pretty much every band out there at the moment. You just don’t see 4 pieces.  
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Probably from Craig (of Scott and Charlene’s Wedding) via Mikey Young (of everything). He said that 'no matter what, music is a community and if someone has success then everyone does and that there's no room for being competitive with something like music. '
 
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?
It was the Bain Marie Invitational with Food Court at Yah Yahs. It was fun as. We weren’t expecting a lot because it wasn’t a launch or anything but heaps of people came and had a stomp and it was SICK AS. Also Jo Syme helped us out on some vocals for pride which rocked.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
FARK. SO MANY. I’m just gonna do a big list. Neighbourhood Youth, Love Migrate, ScotDrakula, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding, Ceres, The Vasco Era, Big Scary, Ships Piano, Go Get Mum, Dan Kelly, Dick Diver, Eddy Current, Twerps. So so many. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
We’re just gonna put our 3rd CD out called Soft Rock For The Anxious on September 9 and then tour it around a bit! Its gonna be our first vinyl too! Cant wait to see that waxy dawg.

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The Football Club

Featured Artist

2017

13

Mar

The Football Club

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne folk-punks The Football Club have proven they're Ones To Watch in 2017 with a string of absolutely devastating hits. Hop on now before this train leaves the station.

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

We call our style of music 'passion pop' - it's a cheap mix of folk, punk, folk-punk, and everything in between - we actually started off as a very earnest folk band (Leah was going to learn the mandolin for us!) before realising that the true path of enlightenment is overdrive pedals and crying.

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

The human condition, social injustice, and the career stability that only alternative rock music can provide.

What can punters expect from a The Football Club live show?

Punters can expect to see the rock band The Football Club play a number of our original rock songs, in an order we will determine during the panicked 15 minutes between the last band finishing and us having to start our set.

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

'Don't go to law school, son - everybody knows the real money is in folk-punk'.

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

'Let's Go Out' by Alex Lahey. Huge, merciless banger.

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

'Public Phone' by Wedding Ring Bells. The last song on the last Fergus Miller record. Try not to cry. Cry heaps.

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

'Boyfriend (Repeat)' by Confidence Man. Try not to boogie. Boogie heaps.

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

Ceres at Howler - they're the coolest, their album from last year was totally in my top ten! Huge energy, huge vibes.

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

We love the Melbourne music community! Big ups to Two Steps on the Water, Camp Cope, Poison City Records and Sad Grrrls Club (although they're not strictly Melbourne!).

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

We just released our song 'Ivy', which comes off a 7" that we're gonna put out in late May/early June with another song called 'Spencer'! Then we're touring through May with our pal Alex Lahey, as well as some other things you'll learn about soon. Then towards the end of the year, we're going to head into the studio and see what comes out...

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Thommy Wilson
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Artist

Mallrat

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jul

Mallrat

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Mallrat is a Brisbane-based teenager with a knack for creating outrageously catchy pop tunes. She sings, she raps, she makes everybody dance.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’m still developing my sound!  I listen to everything so my music is a bit mish mash, I think that’s cool though.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
I want to document being human and imperfect and then make people feel something with that.
 
What can punters expect from a Mallrat live show?
Dancing!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I’m learning to drive right now and dad told me “know what you’re doing when you approach a roundabout” and “don’t spend your whole life slowing down for speed bumps”. These are both great metaphors for life.
 
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?
I haven’t been to one in ages because there aren’t enough underage shows and I’m 17! I’ve seen Gill Bates a few times though, he always kills it.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
The Brisbane music scene is so supportive, it feels like a big family. Everyone in a band is in five other bands and if you go to a local hip hop show you’ll catch all the other guys dancing and rapping along for sure. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Make music, friends and travel.

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Sammi Constantine
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Artist

Sammi Constantine

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Pop, dramatic, Acoustic, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

The Kite Machine
New

Artist

The Kite Machine

Rock (Groove, Rock, Prog, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Alexander Biggs

Featured Artist

2016

12

Sep

Alexander Biggs

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Devastatingly evocative "sad boy folk" out of Melbourne's inner north.

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How did you first get into playing music?
I first got into music by just wanting to copy my sister - she played piano when I was quite young and I just looked up to her and wanted to copy her. So I've been playing piano for 15 or 16 years now. I started out doing just classical stuff then later found a lot of hardcore, emo and alternative bands that I got my angst out with, and from there got into contemporary music a bit more.
 
What sort of music were you exposed to when you were younger?
When I think about the music I was exposed to when I was younger I can only recall negative experiences. My mum raised me on a lot of Backstreet Boys and Shania Twain. I get that some people might like that, but it was a pretty dismal experience for me.
 
How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound through a lot of trial and error. Initially it was hardcore and alternative music that opened me up to how emotions can be conveyed in song. Through that I discovered artists like Elliot Smith, Bright Eyes, Bon Iver and other artists that know how to emote really well. So I think a lot of the process has been trying different things until something's clicked and since this has clicked it's been about finding the best way to convey and emote the things I want to say.
 
How would you describe your sound now?
I like to think of it as fairly honest music. I try not to dress it up too much. It's just an exploration of ideas that are going on in my head. My approach is to sing the songs in a way that is like you and I are just hanging out and I'm telling you what's going on. Describing it as "raw" might be a little cliche, but it is quite genuine and unfiltered. It's been called 'sad boy folk'. Just listen and have a cry.
 
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A lot of the inspiration for the songs I write just comes out as the songs manifest themselves. It feels like unconscious writing. It comes from a place that's quite heartfelt. The stories usually come from personal experiences or they are reflections on a personal experience. The occasional song will be inspired by a friends experience, but it's all pretty close to home.
 
How and where do you produce your songs?
I produce all my songs out of my bedroom in Thornbury, Melbourne. It's a beautiful area. My house is on the corner of a road, so there's a lot of heavy traffic going by. I record and mix all my music there - so that's why if you listen really close you'll probably hear a car or some birds in my tracks.
 
What do you do when you're not creating music?
When I'm not creating music, I'm performing music. It's become so much a part of my identity that I don't do much aside from create, record or play music. When I'm not playing my own stuff, I'm playing in mate's bands.
 
What can punters epect from an Alexander Biggs live show?
When you come to a live show you can expect me and an acoustic guitar. I'm working on putting a band together, but for now it's just me. It's a very simple setup and an even more honest experience than listening to my recordings, because there's no production or double-tracking. You can hear every word of my songs, plus I can give you some cheesy banter inbetween them.
 
Please tell us about the Melbourne music scene.
The Melbourne music scene is a beautiful and incredible thing, and I'm so blessed to be involved in something so genuine and cool. It's friendly and embracing, there's great venues and just so much incredible talent to play shows with.

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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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Enschway
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Artist

Enschway

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

Sydney, NSW

Slowly Slowly

Featured Artist

2017

9

Oct

Slowly Slowly

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Ready to hear from your new favourite band? Melbourne punk rockers, Slowly Slowly bring you hard-hitting honesty, bitter-sweet melancholia and an explosion of sound with their new single, 'Aliens'.

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

I think we were looking for some ground between big hooky songs and something that facilitated my winding lyrical content. We had songs that lived on both sides of that fence and we were finding that the ones that hit a little closer to home, even though they didn’t necessarily have choruses, seemed to be resonating on stage with us and our audience. Personally, I always find myself falling in love with the more obscure solo songs on the albums I love, so I also wanted to build a home for something that could be loud, hooky and aggressive, but also considered and fragile.

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

On our new record I have adopted some instances of speaking from someone else’s perspective, but for the most part, my writing is very autobiographical. I also really respect the opinions of the other band members a lot, so I am always striving to impress them when I bring them a new song. 

What can punters expect from a Slowly Slowly live show?

I’d like to think we encourage a good singalong. Our Melbourne home shows especially, have such a community vibe around them. Our fans are very kind natured and look after each other in the pit. We are very lucky. I’d like to think everyone feels welcome and a  part of something.

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

My Dad told me once to never try and change anybody, just to find your people. It’s been ringing in my ears ever since. I think it extends to respectfully moving on and pulling yourself towards the things that make you happy. Don’t be a victim. Anyway - sorry, too heavy?

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

'Please Don’t Ask Me To Smile' by You Am I. Tim Rogers has such a beautiful earnest poetry about him. Riddled with nostalgic weight, but also charmingly uplifting. This song will make you remember what it was like to be young and smiling.

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

'Dilettantes' by You Am I. As far as Australian songwriters go I can’t go past Timmy to cure the waterworks and also to encourage them. The language in this song ties me up. It's a stunning tune that makes me think about life and death and everything in-between.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by Paul Kelly. Comon.

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

Caught our mates Tired Lion at The Corner Hotel a couple of weeks ago. Such a lovely vibe in the room and I just love watching Ethan play drums. Such a controlled player. 

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

There are so so many. Of course we have such a loving relationship with our friends in Ceres, Foley and The Pretty Littles. We also watch our friends in Neighbourhood Youth, Press Club, Clove, Self Talk and Turn South and are always blown away. We love the droll Australiana of The Slingers, a newly formed Melbourne band I have really been getting into. Love the tension on stage when Bench Press plays. Run Rabbit Run create such beautiful uplifting musical arrangement too. There are just so many. We are such little fish in a big pond. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We are going to release a new album, tour ourselves into the ground and hopefully get around some beautiful faces all across Australia. We feel so lucky to be able to do this and have people connecting with our music. 

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ROI
New

Artist

ROI

Indie, Rock (bass, drums, various vocalists, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

NEMO
New

Artist

NEMO

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

Sydney, NSW

Shit Narnia
New

Artist

Shit Narnia

Punk (Punk, Post-Hardcore, Emo, ...)

Perth, WA

Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird
New

Artist

Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Undercast
New

Artist

Undercast

Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

TINKER
New

Artist

TINKER

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Obseen
New

Artist

Obseen

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Indie, Pop, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

VIGILANTES
New

Artist

VIGILANTES

Electronic, Indie, Pop (vigilantes, sydney, aquarium, ...)

Sydney, NSW

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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Brunette Drive
New

Artist

Brunette Drive

Indie, Pop (Brunette, drive, alternative, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Artist
New

Artist

VANILLA GORILLA

Dance, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (# Rock # Alternate # Surf # Reggae)

Mid North Coast, NSW

Jacob Diamond
New

Artist

Jacob Diamond

Indie, Roots (alternative, Alt-Folk, Pop, ...)

Perth, WA

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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S.J. Smith
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Artist

S.J. Smith

Indie, Pop, Rock (indie rock and roll)

Melbourne, VIC

Ursula
New

Artist

Ursula

Indie, Rock

Perth, WA

The Hunter Express
New

Artist

Porsches
New

Artist

Porsches

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Chill, Electronic)

Sydney, NSW

Magic Bones
New

Artist

Magic Bones

Indie, Punk, Rock (Melbourne, Rock, Punk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

PRO VITA

Featured Artist

2015

25

May

PRO VITA

( )

Sunshine, QLD

Sunny Coast legends Pro Vita are the winners of our Big Pineapple Music Festival competition. They'll be opening the fest this Saturday May 30, before the likes of Violent Soho, Thundamentals and John Butler Trio.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is all about having fun. We developed our sound by morphing together all of our musical backgrounds into something we were all pretty happy with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Love, waves, mates and Australian music.
 
You’re the winners of our Big Pineapple competition. What can punters at The Big Pineapple Music Festival expect from your live show?
Fun tunes, bad dancing, funny singing faces and us running around on the huge stage. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Jeremy Neale's daily life advice Facebook status'.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Fuck It by Dune Rats
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
What About Me by Shannon Noll
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
In a perfect world we would play a Sandstorm cover by Violent Soho. In a perfect world.  
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went to see Smith Street Band at the SOLBAR on the Sunshine Coast and they were nuts. It was a Wednesday night and the room was absolutely packed.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the QLD music community that inspire you.
The Brisbane music scene is full of epic musicians and rad mates who are continuously releasing crazy good music. The Sunshine Coast is starting to catch on which is awesome.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
New music, a bunch of shows and having a rad time doing it.
 

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Post Dream
New

Artist

Post Dream

Indie, Pop (Ambient, alternative)

Brisbane, QLD

Water Park
New

Artist

Anatole
New

Artist

Anatole

Electronic (Electronic, beats, Instrumental)

Sydney, NSW

Stay at Home Son
New

Artist

Stay at Home Son

Electronic, Indie

Illawarra, NSW

BOO SEEKA

Featured Artist

2015

20

Jul

BOO SEEKA

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney duo Boo Seeka have been together less than a year but already have two great singles to their name, a European tour under their belt, national tours on the horizon and they are this weeks Unearthed Feature Artist. Impressive stuff, huh?

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
It's still developing. We only met the last week of December last year. So we've been putting it together as we go along. Making it up. We feel like we've really struck on something and and we're headed back into the studio with a few ideas soon. We recently toured Europe and owing to the extraordinary generosity of a dude there - who drove us around (Germany, Holland, Belgium and France), we found ourselves with a bit of time on our hands so we came back with a stack of ideas. At the moment I guess we classify as some sort of mutant soul/trip hop/dreamtronica. Or Something. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I wouldn't really feel you can cut off any angle of inspiration. Whether it's from listening to music or your everyday doings. The Swans, they're an inspiration. Massive Attack. The Princess Bride. Bootleg Rascal's QDome - he's an inspiration. Realistically we'll take it anyway it slaps us.
 
What can punters expect from a Boo Seeka live show?
You could reasonably expect some solid arse otherworldly material. Na, it's a post disco, trip hop tyranny. Sammy Seeka has what most people rate as an ok looking dial, so that's got to go in there, that plus some danceable beats some dicey dance moves from onstage and our own take on performance. Hey, we've got something. From time to time we'll have speccy guests too and we've got a bunch of material now. I don't know, a lot.   
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
This opens a big door, doesn't it? I'll slip through a couple of things while it's ajar. "Don't listen to me" was one. I can't remember who told me now, which I guess is a pivotal thing. But I remember thinking that's as good a piece of advice as I'm going to hear today when they told me. I also like a couple of more general quotes/pieces of advice - Winston Churchill's answer to the question of cutting funding to arts by saying: "Then what are we fighting for?" And Jim Carrey said "I learnt that you could fail doing something that you didn't want to do," when he was talking about his father.  
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
Would it depend on what was happening? Maybe Ball Park Music? I'm not sure, what are they crying for - that could influence it. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Anything from Idol. Or you know, one of those franchises. They make me cry. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Geez. Bad/Dreems: Hiding to Nothing. Vallis Alps. Lyall Moloney: Running For You. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Caught Alpine a week ago. First time seeing live, epic, cracking new single by these guys. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I'd say look to the new Bootleg Rascal record. I've heard it and it's great, there's a cracker on there called Asleep In the Machine. That's going to be real good that record. We've worked with them a bit - they just told me it hasn't been released yet.
I find that you kind of have to make the most of wherever you are and whatever there is, when you're speaking about a music community. It's pretty hard core to be in Sydney and involved in music at the minute but I guess it's been that way for a while. That said, venue wise, the Newtown Social is a great venue and we did 3 gigs in a residency/run at the Hibernian and if the lifts had been working for the gear that we had to ship in there, that would have been pretty perfect too. Mind you I don't think they'll be having us a back in a rush - we made a bit much noise for them I'd say - seemed like it. There's a stack of really creative stuff going on in Australia in general, Sammy's just mentioned an act Cooper Pedy University band with a song called Kookaburra. I haven't listened to that yet but i just saw that the labels called Krautback - that's something eh. I love some of the guys that have been out there running creative for a while, I'm a big fan of Katalyst and anything Ashley does in general. The guy we work with on production Ian, has a new thing that he's working on -  he's been calling it Kel. E not sure - we'll tag it into something when it's done. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Funny you should mention that, we're looking into buying new banana lounges and cuban cigars and floating off into the sunset. 
Na, really it is funny you ask because we've just looked it up and it looks something like this - there'll be another single later in the year at some stage and we already know which song that is.
1) Hit the studio now and get 10-14 tracks up to speed before September - so that's busy.
2) AUGUST: release an EP which will have both those songs plus two more and perhaps an acoustic version of Kingdom Leader 
3) AUG & SEPT: national tour as main support for SAFIA 
4) OCT: another support - watch this space
5) NOV: head back to Europe for last 3 weeks of November - and now into the first week of December - Holland, UK and Belgium 
6) DEC: 3 festivals for the New year period 
7) Have the album ready for release early next year - artwork and all recording done in Nov. 
8) FEB: headline tour for Feb or perhaps March next year 
9) Have the album ready release for late Feb or early March 2016

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Mount Defiance
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Mount Defiance

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

El Capitan
New

Artist

El Capitan

Metal, Punk (Punk-Hardcore)

Perth, WA

Gordi

Featured Artist

2015

2

Mar

Gordi

( )

Central West, NSW

This week's feature artist is Sophie Payten, better known as Gordi. Growing up on her Canowindra family farm 'Alfalfa' and sprouting (rare Alfalfa gag) up on Unearthed, the now Sydney based artist has integrated elements of electronica into her more folky roots with her stunning voice still taking centre stage.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I've been writing music for the best part of 10 years and it's developed through the music I listen to. From Missy Higgins and Megan Washington to Josh Pyke, The Tallest Man on Earth, Bon Iver and more recently Asgeir and #1 Dads. The kind of music I like has evolved from purely folk to incorporate more electronic elements and a real focus on vocal production.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
My personal life. I think as an artist you really have to expose the most hidden parts of yourself in order to write something that connects with people. Otherwise I look to things like poetry and films, particularly when I'm preoccupied with boring and mundane things. Like today I had to install my new dishwasher. Things like that don't seem to resonate as well with most people.
 
What can punters expect from a Gordi live show?
 
Good times and great classic hits. Or at the very least some pretty inoffensive electro-folk music. Depending on the show I either play with full band or a duo set. We try to emulate that "folktronica" vibe on stage by using acoustic instruments with synths and trigger pads. I think trigger pads are the key to surviving on a musicians budget these days, plus they're quite cool. Maybe eventually even my vocals will be on a trigger pad so I'll literally just stand on stage and press buttons. How's that for stage presence.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
With regards to music, the best advice I've been given was from Gregg Donovan from Wonderlick. I saw him speak at a conference and he said as an artist you should put your energy into the things you can control rather than worry about how everything will fall into place.
 
With regards to life, my Grandma's advice is that 'everything passes', and most importantly, 'it's not all beer and skittles'.
 
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? 
 
Holdin' On - Flume. (Though to be honest I could easily have written 'Khe Sahn' for these last 3 questions)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I saw Megan Washington at the Metro a week ago. Honestly it was one of the best live shows I've ever seen. She's one of the best entertainers going round and such a consistent performer.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
I'm a big fan of Little May, Montaigne and Le Pie. They're 3 really great up and coming female artists out of Sydney and I think really reflect the surge in talented young female artists in Australia at the moment. I'm excited to see what's ahead in 2015 for each of them.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
 
A lot of touring! I'm about to start a tour supporting Winterbourne down the East Coast and some other exciting shows along the way, like the Spectrum Now Festival in the Domain and another show with Timberwolf. I've also finished recording 3 new tracks that I'll be dropping when the time is right, maybe with an EP mid-year. I've got a bunch of headline shows coming up too.

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Ivan Ooze
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Artist

Ivan Ooze

Hip Hop, Indie (hip hop, rap, mc, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

TASKER
New

Artist

TASKER

Dance, Electronic (pink floyd, Tame Impala, Flying Lotus)

Sydney, NSW

Atticus Beats
New

Artist

Atticus Beats

Electronic (Trap, Future, beats, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Allan Smithy
New

Artist

Allan Smithy

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Huntly
New

Artist

Huntly

Electronic, Pop (Electronic, r&b, Soul)

Melbourne, VIC

PEACH FUR
New

Artist

PEACH FUR

Rock (Love, furry, Peaches, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Edward R.
New

Artist

Edward R.

Indie, Pop (Edward R., chorus, solo, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tiny Little Houses

Featured Artist

2015

24

Aug

Tiny Little Houses

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne dudes Tiny Little Houses created one of the surprise Australian hits of the year with their track 'Easy'. Check out their dark, folk rock sounds as the triple j Unearthed Feature Artist this week.

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

A friend introduced me some years ago to a bunch of great lo-fi bands that came out of the centre of America in the 90's. All these bands were making some of the most fantastic music I'd ever heard. It was emotional and angsty but it wasn't "emo", the lyrics were poetic but it wasn't folk, it was pop sensible yet it was dark like indie rock or grunge. I started writing and recording really rough demos in my room trying to emulate those sounds.

Eventually I met Sean, our guitarist, and we liked the same bands so we started to help each other on our own musical projects until it made more sense just to work together. We worked on a heap of songs over a couple of years and last year it felt like we'd finally figured them out so we went into studio with Steven Schram who helped us record our EP.

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

My songs are quite personal so obviously a lot of the time the catalyst is my own experience but I find reading books and poetry another source of subtle inspiration for music. I can't force myself to write music so all the time spent absorbing books and poetry comes out in unexpected ways when inspiration finally does hit.

What can punters expect from your live show?

Our music is a blend of folk, rock and shoegaze. I think all of the best elements of those genres work well together. I try to write songs which have a strong narrative element which ties them together even though sonically they can be quite different. I think our live sets come off more emotional and a touch heavier than our recordings.

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

In regards to life advice my parents raised me to treat others as you'd like to be treated and this has had a big impact on myself. In regards to music my friend Carl (a disgruntled sound engineer) gave me the advice to always be nice to the sound guy.

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

Crepes - Cold Summers.

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

The Middle East - The Darkest Side.

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

I'm really not known for my DJ skills. So whoever made me DJ of this hypothetical party is completely out of their mind... I asked our guitarist Sean and he said Two Bodies by Flight Facilities.

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

The Rolling Blackouts launching their EP at the Old Bar in Fitzroy. It was amazing, they had the whole room pumping with their tight pop tunes.

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

There is so much talent at the moment coming out of the Melbourne music community. A few that spring to mind are the Outdoor Type and JP Klipspringer who actually supported us at our single launch the other week. Other bands we love are Hollow Everdaze, Crepes, Good Morning, Redspencer and Bored Nothing. Our good friends Jackson Phelan, LUCIANBLOMKAMP and Rosebud Leach are also incredible musicians that have always inspired and supported us.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
 
We have a new single coming out at the end of the month. Then we are heading over to BIGSOUND in September which is seriously exciting. Our EP is getting released in September as well, which we can't wait to get out there and we will be touring that EP with a string of shows on the East Coast. Later in November we will be playing Paradise music festival which is going to be a lot of fun. After that we'll be looking to write and record for the next release.

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NATIVE SPIRIT
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Artist

NATIVE SPIRIT

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Pop, Native, Juno)

Melbourne, VIC

Satellites
New

Artist

Satellites

Pop, Punk, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

The VANNS
New

Artist

The VANNS

Indie, Rock (indie rock, Alt-Rock)

Illawarra, NSW

Fifth Dawn
New

Artist

Fifth Dawn

Metal, Rock (#alternative #melodic #hard-rock)

Sydney, NSW

GRRL PAL

Featured Artist

2015

14

Sep

GRRL PAL

Perth, WA

Our Perth Listen Out winners are commanding the dancefloor this week as our Feature Artist. Go on, get down to their bright, shiny pop stunners.

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

We've been playing music and in other bands for many years and one day Danny decided he wanted to develop the ULTIMATE song writing process basically so we could never ever have writers block. He began writing beats and experimenting with production and collaborating with Jay on all things vocal; lyrics, melodies etc. It wasn't until Danny met Parker Ighile that he really honed in on his production skills. It all starts with an idea and then we base the rest of the track off that starting point.

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

Creating something that makes people want to dance to and have fun! We are doing something that we love and we want that to always translate into our songs.

What can punters expect from your live show?

We go out of our way every show to make sure that everyone has a good time, expect lots of dancing and lots of lols. We've tried really hard to mix electronic with acoustic instruments.

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

Middle aged woman in crowd with glowstick around neck, head bangin - "hey dickheads, play ur fastest track"

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

Black Panther by Koi Child (but also you have to also watch the super fun video)

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

Well, we usually exclusively listen to happy bangers, but probs, Better Be Home Soon by Crowded House or How To Make Gravy by Paul Kelly… dad rock.

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

Our Home town friends, Slumberjack: Horus. Ex Perth boy - Mr Carl Fox, Porsches: Horses. Also Time Pilot boys have some great unreleased bangers coming!

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

The Jungle Giants in Fremantle was very fun, especially loved Sam whippin out the Jazz flute, double beer skulling & the giant indie anthems.

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

The Pilerats & Metric people have opened a new venue, which is really paving the way for a new crop of Perth artists & really helping to keep the Perth music scene alive and exciting. Its really just an incredible place to go and discover something new!

What are your plans for the rest of 2015? 

Keep on releasing a track a month until November and then we are FINISHED! Probably release the second half of the year's releases on a second EP and to keep playing as many shows as possible! We have a few collaborations we are planning on bring out this year and we plan to do a lot more next year.. along with some remixes.

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Love Signs
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Artist

Love Signs

Indie, Pop (Brisbane, Pop)

Brisbane, QLD

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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E a s t
New

Artist

E a s t

Electronic, Indie (Chvrches, Ellie Goulding, The Wombats, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

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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Airling

Featured Artist

2014

2

Jun

Airling

Brisbane, QLD

Airling is the moniker of captivating Brisbane artist Hannah Shepherd. Her impressive debut tracks show signs of greatness ahead.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I've been playing and writing music for pretty much my whole life. But this current Airling sound started with me writing the bones of songs with synths and Casio keyboard beats and then developing on these ideas in collaboration with Tom Iansek from Big Scary and Graham Ritchie (Emma Louise, Skinny Jean). I guess we just try to combine our individual tastes and creative colours to make a soundscape that allows the soul of the song to breathe. It's a pretty instinctual, organic and thoughtful process for us.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Other music, especially listening to a cool album while going for a run seems to really inject inspiration into my blood. As well, I seem to create and write a lot on my highs and during my lows. And my closest friends who I call family inspire me endlessly.

What can punters expect from an Airling live show?
A couple of best buds vibing out on some beats, samples, delays and a bunch of my feelings.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
To be truthful, gentle and fearless. Emma Louise gave it to me one birthday but it's a quote from Gandhi and it just resonates with the way I want to live my life

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mobius Streak by Hiatus Kaiyote cause it's just so damn cool and sexy.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Vapour by Vancouver Sleep Clinic, this track just seems to take you to some sad but beautiful place in my opinion.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I'd most likely drop Holograms by Oscar Key Sung because it's one of my favourite tunes and it would probably inspire some epic sexy dance moves from people.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I think it was probably a house party garage gig that I had in my backyard for my cousin Jack Carty. O' Little Sister supported him and they were both breathtaking, two sweet songwriters and honest humans.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are so many, Brisbane has an extremely supportive and inspiring scene. Foremost my band mate Graham Ritchie aka Gray man but also my besties Emma Lou, Mikey Sheehan and Thelma Plum, Sleepy Tea and Matt Redlich (killer producer/photographer/musician/human).

What are your plans for Airling in 2014?
I just want to keep releasing and making music that I love and care about. So we'll be putting my debut EP out later in the year and touring with a couple more bands before then... Asgeir and The Paper Kites. Apart from that I'm working on writing heaps of songs for an album that I'm busting to start recording.

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Montaigne

Featured Artist

2014

26

May

Montaigne

( )

Sydney, NSW

Montaigne is the stage name of 2012 Unearthed High finalist Jessica Cerro. Since impressing us with her Unearthed High entry 'Anyone But Me' she has taken a couple of years to refine and develop her sound - and boy oh boy was it worth the wait! The first offerings from her forthcoming EP are big and bold and beautiful, and available here on Unearthed.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound is rather intertwined with my subconscious so however I feel as a human being mentally, intellectually and spiritually shapes the kind of sound that manifests in my mind and which I seek to give substance to. I have very few production skills and play only two instruments, one (the piano) at a very basic level, so the way the songs ended up on the EP was shaped largely by the big conceptual ideas I was throwing at Tony who produced it and the way that Tony understood them. And of course by the references I gave, such as M83, Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Björk, Sigur Rós etc. I think the greatest influences in the development of my sound were the sounds of other artists, my own holistic self-development and of course the second party (Tony) involved (when someone else is involved, they’re always going to imbue a small piece of themselves). I do a lot of humming, too, and have a penchant for harmonies.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life, I suppose. Things as they happen to me. Anything which elicits a creative reaction from me. I don’t like to force the process of making music, music for me is like something that’s always happening in my body and every now and again it seeks outlet. When I sit down and say, okay, I’m going to write a song now, whatever I write is crap. It’s when I surprise myself with a line or a quick melody that I write my best songs, they develop from there. Spontaneity is key.

What can punters expect from a Montaigne live show?
Some pretty loud vocals and some pretty wild gesticulation. Something you should engross yourself in and join. Whatever joining means to you.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I get this advice from many people, amongst them my parents and even John Watson, one of Australia’s most successful managers: don’t underestimate yourself. Or further than that, trust yourself. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I get told that a lot with regards to my songwriting and my voice. And it’s important that I hold to that because I get frustrated easily if what’s in my head just won’t come out of me in exact form.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Rock It by Little Red. Always.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Providence by Lisa Mitchell. Wouldn’t be tears of sadness though, more tears of wonder.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
My People by The Presets. Ooft.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I went to was Big Scary at Manning Bar. The band was freaking great, just their presence was enough to satisfy me I love Big Scary so much.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I have a good friend who’s soon to put out a first single under the artist name Dead Language who constantly impresses me with his ability to balance uni, music and work. He’s got a really strong voice too, his growl power is crazy. He’s someone I can talk to about all the music stuff which I really appreciate, and he’s really passionate about it which I also really admire.
 
What are your plans for Montaigne in 2014?
In the immediate future, I’ll be on a panel for ABC Splash & Unearthed High in June where I’ll be performing a couple of songs acoustically. In the more distant future, there’ll be gigs coming up and I’ll be starting a new record…
 

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Going Swimming
New

Artist

Going Swimming

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

Melbourne, VIC

Lupa J
New

Artist

Lupa J

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Lupa, Lupa J, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Tundra
New

Artist

Tundra

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

Brisbane, QLD

Sagamore
New

Artist

Sagamore

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

LakeMonsters
New

Artist

LakeMonsters

Indie, Roots (toe, Bon Iver, Lake Monsters, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Hard Aches

Featured Artist

2015

8

Jun

The Hard Aches

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide duo The Hard Aches make emotive melody-driven punk rock that is both anthemic and intimate. Open your ears, open your hearts; they've got some stories to tell.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Trial and error haha. We started as a 4 piece, first EP was a 3 piece, and then when our old bassist had to leave the band we did a few shows as a 2 piece and it worked. It worked better than ever actually. It just gelled. Since then we have just be refining our songs and sounds to work as a 2 piece.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Friends, touring, big weekends and fucking up haha
 
What can punters expect from The Hard Aches live show?
A high energy, sing along filled, roudy, intimate affair.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't Freak Out" pretty much applies to everything in life. We try to live by it, though fail pretty hard haha
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Good question. The Keepsakes - Crocodile Onsie, it's an album but you could choose any song really . It's probably my fav SA release, it just makes you feel real good inside.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Wil Wagner - Laika, if you dont cry at this track you have no soul.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by Suburban and Coke or The Bennies - My Bike.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our show at the Brisbane Hotel. It hasnt been yet but I am gonna preempt that it is gonna cut sick. Always a good time down here.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
Adelaide rules. We are constantly inspired and driven by the bands, people and venues in a city we are beyond stoked to call home. There is so much good stuff going on there. Last week I was lucky enough to be involved in a Day Of Clarity (a mini festival put on by Adelaide label Clarity Records), the show was spread over 4 venues with 6 shows happening over one night and attracting nearly 1000 people throughout the night. That show was such a good indicator of the liveliness of the Adelaide scenes. It kicked ass. We are lucky to be surrounded by so many good artists to not only play with but but be gobsmacked by there amazing talents. Some honourable mentions would have to go out to: Todd Fogarty, Hightime, Bec Stevens, Sincerely Grizzly, Secondhand Squad, Tiger Can Smile. Thats just to name a few. I could go on all night.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
We are on tour at the moment in support of our album release. We have another smaller run of shows in July and a more extensive tour in August. We are working on our second album right now too. We're planning to release a new EP before the end of the year and record the 2nd album at the same time for an early 2016 release. Basically we are gonna just book ourselves up pretty solid from now til forever with touring to our fav places as well as some new places we havent had the chance to play yet and releasing new music.

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LANKS

Featured Artist

2015

29

Jun

LANKS

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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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