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Lupa J
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Lupa J

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

Sydney, NSW

Olympiamusic

Artist

Olympiamusic

Indie, Roots (Dorothy Porter, Ainslie Wills, Anna Calvi, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ray

Featured Artist

2016

26

Sep

Gretta Ray

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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Alex Lahey

Featured Artist

2016

14

Mar

Alex Lahey

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from your live show?

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

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

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

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

'Our Place' by Verge Collection

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

'Can We Work It Out' by Gordi

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

'She's So Fine' by The Easybeats

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for 2016?

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

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groundloopnoise
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groundloopnoise

Dance, Electronic, Pop (drumstep, Electronic, Indie)

Hobart, TAS

Slum Sociable
New

Artist

Slum Sociable

Electronic, Indie (#LOFO #Jazz #Hop)

Melbourne, VIC

Hein Cooper

Featured Artist

2016

29

Mar

Hein Cooper

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Illawarra, NSW

This weeks feature artist, Hein Cooper, has just released his stunning debut album 'The Art Of Escape'. You can get a taste of it here on Unearthed and see why Richard Kingsmill is calling him "a rising folkstar worth checking out".

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Everything starts very raw with me. An experience and a feeling. Then I bottle that with some kind of sound I feel replicates that emotion. I start with my guitar sometimes, building a loop to imagine what kind of production will work for the song. Sometimes a single chord progression on the guitar will suffice, with no extra layers. I started off playing folk music. Later on from that I became more interested in what was possible to innovate folk music and combine it with other styles. I feel like my music has developed from there into more of an experimental pop. It has become a mix of folk/groove/indie/electronic!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It's all about the nature of my relationships with family, nature, and my lovelife and most importantly the state of the world. Music is my way of releasing these feelings to keep me sane and to connect with other people who feel the same. It's about bringing people together through something so pure as music.
 
What can punters expect from a Hein Cooper live show?
Diversity! I am playing with a live band and loving it. There are moments of solitude with only my voice and guitar and other moments with full band grooves. I am aiming to take my audience on a journey with my live show.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When I finished recording my album in Montreal I flew to LA to shoot a videoclip. While I was there I stayed with a friend who took me surfing each morning at this point break. To access the beach you needed to have a key because it was private and luckily my friend had a key. So we were surfing one morning and another guy came out into the water. As I looked more closely I could see it was Chris Martin!
For the next hour my friend, Chris and I surfed this point with just the 3 of us out in the water and I was given this surreal opportunity to talk to Mr Martin about music. His advice that has stuck with me from that moment onwards was so simple and perfect. 'Just Keep Playing'. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
That's a hard question as I generally prefer hearing songs that make me cry! I'd pick something funny like one of those songs Carl Barron would sing on his live DVDs. While he plays the piano and talks about meaningless shit for 30 mins!
 
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?
Rufus - Say A Prayer For Me. That song is really damn good.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Gideon Benson at Newtown Social Club. It was really good! A killer live band behind him and a really fresh energy and style.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the NSW music community that inspire you.
There are a couple of artists that are really moving me at the moment. The first being Govs. I think he lives in NSW. His music is so intimate and his song '16dreamin' is very beautiful. It has the authenticity that is deeply moving.
I am also a really big fan of the DMA's and have really enjoyed watching their rise to stardom. Their music is different to everything else right now and they are owning that and making it work for them rather than against them. 
And then there's my friends Tora. I love how their environment has shaped the sound of their music. They all live near Mullumbimby and hang together writing these futuristic songs with so much depth! It sounds luscious just like Byron! Their lyrics, melodies, and productions are worldclass!
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I have just arrived in Montreal after finishing off the album launch dates in Australia. I'm here to tour Canada for 2 weeks and launch the record here and then off to France/Uk/Germany to do the same! It's going to be a full year of touring, I believe. And of course I will be back soon to my homeland to tour as well!
I have also started writing again. Now that my album is out I have been feeling this deep refreshing feeling with my writing. It's a new chapter of my life right now and I'm documenting every moment.

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