It's like Tom Tom Club partying with LCD Soundsystem - one heck of a dance floor!
What's the origin story of Confidence Man?It all started in our home studio (all of us lived together) when one of us was writing a bass line and struggling with song ideas. The four of us were all in the room so we slowly started screaming over the top of each other and trying to grab the microphone to sing little melodies. By the end of the night I just remember that we were all pretty wasted and we were all hugging each other and screaming "this is the best thing ever!" So I suppose from there we realized that we work well together. We're similar people and we like similar music, so it's been easy to know what direction we want to go in. What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?I love to dance, so I really focus on writing big bass lines and cheeky percussion parts. Essentially I just try to write music I would dance to.I love the way Todd Terje makes badass dance music in a really cute, dorky way. That's the vibe I like to go for. What can punters expect from a Confidence Man live show?Champagne, bee keeper hats, black eye make up and two of the sassiest live dancers you'll ever see. What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?"Men will stick it in any old hole they can get it in" - Grandma What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?Donny Benet - Working Out What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?Nick Cave - Into My Arms You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?Fishing - Yuwa What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?I saw Sampa the Great at Bigsound. She was awesome, I think she's a badass. Tell us about the bands or people in the Australian music community that inspire you.We're inspired by a lot of Brisbane bands because we're always working together and showing each other demos. Everyone is super-supportive in Brisbane.But musically I'm really inspired by the Melbourne dance scene - NO ZU, Ara Koufax and acts like that. What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?Lots of touring, writing, releasing some new tracks, but above all making some more overstated outfits.View Profile Hide Interview
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.
Indie, Rock, Roots (folk, # Acoustic # Alternative # Folk # Performer # singer-songwriter)
Amy Shark is a young song writer, filmmaker and producer hailing from the Gold Coast. She's just released her gorgeous new single 'Adore' and she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.
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.
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.View Profile Hide Interview
Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea writes enchanting and intimate tracks that are sure to get under your skin.
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.