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Kimence
New

Artist

Seeka
New

Artist

Seeka

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

Coda Conduct

Featured Artist

2015

27

Apr

Coda Conduct

( )

Canberra, ACT

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

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

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Ravin
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Artist

Ravin

Hip Hop, Indie (thought out bars)

Sydney, NSW

Soul Benefits
New

Artist

Dawn Laird
New

Artist

Dawn Laird

Electronic, Hip Hop (#hiphop, #hip hop, #hip-hop, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

RENNAN
New

Artist

RENNAN

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Punk (Hip-Hop, rap, Chill, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Colibrium
New

Artist

Colibrium

Rock (#rock, #energy, #Alternative, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Grand Scheme (HipHop)
New

Artist

Grand Scheme (HipHop)

Hip Hop, Indie (OMCF)

Adelaide, SA

Quillmore
New

Artist

Quillmore

Hip Hop (Golden Era Boom Bap, Underground, Adelaide, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Devastator
New

Artist

Devastator

Hip Hop, Metal (hip hop, rap, Metal, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Entropy Disrupted
New

Artist

Entropy Disrupted

Indie, Metal, Punk, Rock (Disturbed, Adelaide, system of a down, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Skankchaser
New

Artist

Skankchaser

Hip Hop, Metal (limp bizkit, Korn, Papa Roach, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Poetikool Justice
New

Artist

Poetikool Justice

Hip Hop, Rock, Roots (hip hop, Rock, Reggae, ...)

Adelaide, SA

JackJackJack
New

Artist

BACKYARD FUNK

Artist

BACKYARD FUNK

Hip Hop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

The Brown Wunda
New

Artist

The Brown Wunda

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (#hip hop, #rap, #funk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Artist
New

Artist

Nvsty Militia

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (rap, hip hop, Militia Movement, ...)

Adelaide, SA

TyM
New

Artist

TyM

Electronic, Hip Hop, Metal, Rock, Roots (#Adelaide Hip Hop, #Rock Hop, #Melodic Heavy Meaningful, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Horizons Edge
New

Artist

Horizons Edge

Metal (Power, Metal, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Awaken Solace

Artist

Awaken Solace

Metal (Rhapsody Of Fire, Nightwish, Epica, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Sampa The Great

Featured Artist

2015

30

Nov

Sampa The Great

Sydney, NSW

Probably the most aptly named artist on triple j Unearthed, Sampa The Great has absolutely floored us with tracks from her debut mixtape as well as her outstanding live show. As the winner of our The Plot competition, she'll be taking that outstanding live show to the Atomic stage of The Plot festival in Parramatta on Saturday December 5.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I grew up in a musical family, from a young age music was all around me. Traditional Zambian music was prominent in my household.  I started out writing songs, my first song was written when my parent forgot to pick me up in primary school. From then on it steam rolled into slam poetry and then hip hop culture.
 
Being inspired by different artists from Tupac to Lauryn Hil, Mos def, Knaan, and so on, grew me in hip hop but I still managed to keep African essence and originality to make it my own.
 
Whats your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It's therapy really, perhaps one of the greatest is inspiring other people, if I can do that I’ve fulfilled my purpose.
 
You’re the winner of our The Plot comp. What can punters at The Plot in Sydney expect from your live show?
A lot of energy, dancing and hopefully inspiration.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
New Venusians – Keep Running
 
You’re the D 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 a Soul of Sydney vibe, to compensate for Soulfest. It was dope!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you?
Ines, the first female vocalist to inspire me in Aussie. Alice and Billy Green, Shazza T, Natalie Slade and Jayo of Yum Yum. New Venusians, Wallace, Hau, Lord St. Collective, and too many others.
The togetherness of all these musicians and many more, even producers. Owen Moyo. They have an eagerness to work together, to share music freely, no cliques, just for the love of music. And of course my brother David Godriguez, producer of The Great Mixtape.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Grow more musically. Challenge myself to do things I’m not quite comfortable in or haven’t delved into. Inspire not only people in Australia and back home but the world. Crossing borders and sharing love.
 

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Luka Lesson
New

Artist

Luka Lesson

Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (Poetic, spoken word, hip hop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Motley
New

Artist

Motley

Hip Hop (Conscious, hiphop, rap, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

REMI

Featured Artist

2012

13

Feb

REMI

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

What’s a Remi live show like?

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

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

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

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

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

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

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

Australian music is…?

...slept on by the world.

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L-FRESH The LION

Featured Artist

2013

11

Jun

L-FRESH The LION

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne hip hop artist L-FRESH The LION delivers intelligent and thoughtful lyrics with a tight flow and solid production. A man of conviction. A man of action.

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

Practice. Years and years of practice. I've been writing, recording and performing for over 10 years and only now am I ready to release my debut album. Not many people know this but prior to this point, I independently released 4 mixtapes and 4 EPs whilst also appearing on a bunch of different compilation albums. All of that was practice; me developing my sound and finding my own style. My sound is Hip Hop. It's soulful and expressive whilst also being fun. I consider myself a lyricist. I take pride in song-writing; varying rhyme patterns and flow schemes; and finding new ways to tell a story. I come from a foundation of Hip Hop culture and Punjabi culture, where story telling is the key way of passing information to others. I create songs from the point of view of an individual having grown up in South West Sydney, born and raised in Liverpool to an immigrant family. I'm a child of the world. So my sound is universal and similar, yet diverse. I reflect the world around me.

What’s an L-FRESH The LION live show like?

Engaging; entertaining; fun and energetic. Each show experience is individual; like a freestyle, it can't be reborn again. So my band and I try our best to put on a memorable show. I have a 7-member band. It features myself, Mirrah (hype MC & backing vocalist), MK-1 (DJ), Tee Toleafoa (backing vocalist), Chris Zammit (bass), Duane Critcher (guitar) and Clinton Manshanden (drums). We're such a diverse family. Each of us come from different backgrounds and share unique musical experiences. We are a true reflection of Australia's multiculturalism. We have so much fun rehearsing our live shows and coming up with our sets. When we perform together, you can feel the fun and the chemistry that we share.

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

I'm actually from South West Sydney. I've only just moved to Melbourne. The first Hip Hop crews I used to jam with showed me a whole other world in Hip Hop. I learnt how to freestyle after watching Reverse Polarities and 2412 in a cypher (where MCs stand around in a circle and rhyme unrehearsed lyrics off the top of their head) at one of my first local gigs. Then Planet Crushers put me on some other local shows with them and I got inspired by their set and the sounds played by True Vibenation. When I started to see these other local groups and artists do their thing, I started to reach outside of South West Sydney and met so many other people creating great sounds. The list is way too long. Working in community I then met countless numbers of young artists who's songs very rarely ever get any airtime or stage time. Out in the South West and the Western Suburbs of Sydney in general there is so much talent! The stories are diverse and the beats are timeless. From Liverpool to Mt Druitt, Campbelltown to Rooty Hill, there are artists out there who will blow you away. It's only a matter of time before they burst through and diversify the entire music scene nationally.

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

The best piece of advice I've ever received comes from Guru Nanak Dev Ji, who said "win over your mind and you shall win over the world". It reminds me that the most important battle I'll ever face is the battle within myself and that I must constantly work at becoming a better human being. We are our own worst enemies. We constantly doubt ourselves and live in fear. Yet we have been given so much. We each have the potential to make a positive and everlasting impact on the world. We all have the capacity to do great things. And it all begins within our minds. "Win over your mind and you shall win over the world".

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

My debut album, "One", is set to be released later on this year. I am truly excited for people to hear the record. It's been years in the making, and now it's almost here. That is my focus for 2013; to share "One" with Australia and the world.

Australian music is…?

...about to explode. The flood gates will soon open to a whole new wave of artists from all walks of life. There's way too much talent for it to keep going unnoticed. There are so many communities who have that stories are yet to be heard; who's sounds are inspired by strong cultures. Soon they will shine through and wider Australia will feel so refreshed and spoilt by it all. There are hidden gems that refuse to be hidden. Trust me. Our music industry is set to blow up.

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Eloquor
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Artist

Eloquor

Hip Hop (Hilltops, Pegz, Muph, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Suavess
New

Artist

Suavess

Hip Hop (Spit Syndicate, ellesquire, Remi, ...)

Canberra, ACT

ESESE

Featured Artist

2015

19

Oct

ESESE

( )

Melbourne, VIC

ESESE are a Melbourne-based funk/soul/hip hop collective led by vocalist and producer Hudson James Jr, and fronted by emcee Hancoq. They perform with between 8-11 members and this week, they perform as our Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
Jams, joints and juxtaposition. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Women and spirituality.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
A rad horn section, lush keys, beats, vocals and Mc's.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
'If your first two bars are shit, no one will listen to the rest of the song' - Desh Amila, Founder at Think Inc. 
 
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?
'Momentum', hosted by the Foreign Brothers - a little bi-weekly jam night at the Evelyn. It was mad, we got up and jammed with the band and somehow ended up in a late night studio session with Skomes drinking whiskey and writing. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
The Melbourne music scene is so diverse it's a has a great source of inspiration a lot of which comes from our peers: The Core-tet, Baro, Hiatus Kaiyote, Raw Humps, Cazeaux Oslo, Rat and Co., Clever Austin, Hopium, 3070, Dead Set Ledger, Fortunes, Hoodlums, Alta and countless more...
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Play as many shows as possible, throw a free party, collaborate and finish Act 2/other projects.

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Mind Over Matter

Featured Artist

2010

18

Oct

Mind Over Matter

( )

Sydney, NSW

An album and two mixtapes into their career Mind Over Matter have earned a reputation for tireless touring and a passionate national cult following. In 2010 MOM featured on Bliss N Eso’s #1 Aria Charting album “Running on Air”.

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

We've been recording music for roughly 5 years. We started recording when we were 17 on a beaten up microphone which was propped up by a broom stick and have since released 2 mixtapes and an album. Our sound has developed noticeably with each release. When we started out our lyrics were very hip hop and Sydney street culture orientated. With each release we began to explore different ideas, concepts, and rhyme patterns within our lyrics. Free The Wolves was released after our first album. It was the perfect bridging release between our first album and the album we've been working on over the past year and a half; Just Like Fireworks (to be released in early 2011). Just Like Fireworks I feel is the strongest we've been lyrically to date. We also explored the abilities of our voices and pushed ourselves with beats that tested our flow and rhythm. Beats wise we were very selective, listening to over 5,000 beats from various producers before narrowing it down to 16 we liked. The beats on Just Like Fireworks vary from hip hop, to reggae to electro to rock it's a very diverse album. On just about every track we have some form of live instrumentation too. I also spent 6 weeks of back breaking labor building a sound treated vocal booth, that combined with a new microphone that burnt a hole in mine and Willow's pockets have attributed to our current sound.

What should a punter expect at your show?

A high energy hip hop concert. With some dope guests, live instrumentation and some crafty cuts on decks. Also to definitely loose a kilo or two. It gets equally sweaty for us and the crowd. I'm thinking of bringing my super soaker on tour this summer.

Who are some of the other local artists you rate?

Our relationship with Bliss n Eso is very strong there is a mutal respect for each others music there, Running On Air blew me away completely. Phatchance, Coptic Soldier, Drakezilla and Johnny Utah are all close friends and artists that I believe have huge huge potential. Pez, Matik, and 360 are some of my favourite dudes in the scene and have skills coming out the asshole. I feel Drapht, Urthboy, and Phrase are all incredible artists too which have helped shape the Australian hip hop scene today and are dudes I bump regularly.

What’s coming up in the future?

We're planning a small tour hitting the major cites at the end of this year. Then a celebratory trip to Thailand in January. Just Like Fireworks will then be released early on next year then a much bigger tour.

Australian music is?

Incredible.

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Izzy
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Artist

Izzy

Hip Hop ("hip hop", # Allaussiehiphop #Ausrap, #indigenous, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Peezo
New

Artist

Peezo

Electronic, Hip Hop (Neptunes, MISSY ELLIOT & MOVMENT)

Melbourne, VIC

Philly

Featured Artist

2014

28

Jul

Philly

( )

Mildura-Swan Hill, NSW

From the moment the words of Naughty By Nature hit Philly's ears, one thing in his life was certain, hip hop was the only way of life for him. Check out our interview with triple j unearthed's NIMA winner Philly from Mildura.

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

I grew up listening to hip-hop artists such as Naughty By Nature and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince which is why I love making upbeat, motivational, feel good and uplifting type music, I also grew up listening to a lot of country music which is a reason why I like telling stories through music and Tupac has been a huge influence on me coming up and because of that I'm also on a conscious tip, I guess with all of these elements I'm still trying to find a balance so I'm still developing as an artist but I'm finding my sound more and more each day and I will perfect my craft in the near future.

 

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

The greatest source of inspiration as of late has been my people and my family, when I first started making music it was just for fun but now that I've become more conscious of what my people (the Indigenous Australians) have been through and what we are still going through today it really inspires me to help any way i can and music is the best way I know how.

 

What can punters expect from a Philly live show?

Honestly I don't plan my set, I don't plan transitions and sometimes change the order of my tracks during my set so it's a surprise for everyone myself included but one thing I can guarantee is that you can expect a lot of energy and crowd interaction.

 

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

The best advice I can remember receiving was "just have fun" I can't remember who it was from because I've been given so much advice from so many people since i started but it really stuck with me.

 

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

A track that comes to mind straight away is Treaty by the legendary Yothu-Yindi, it has a deep message behind it but you can't help but to dance to it and I'm a bit of a clown so whoever it is that's upset will definitely get a full performance of me getting my boogy on while singing along to it.

 

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

An Australian track that I can think of to bring them emotions out would have to be Took The Children Away by Archie Roach, the combination of Uncle Archies voice and the message he brings with it is very heavy and you can tell from the emotion in his words that its coming from his heart, this song will definitely touch everyone.

 

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

Holdin On by Flume the mans a genius and that track always gets my head bumpin'

 

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

I actually haven't been to much gigs in Melbourne that I haven't been a part of and I've had a ridiculous amount of gigs so far this year and everyone of them were fun I definitely have to catch a gig soon though sometimes it's good just being in the audience and I'm hoping that will be my homie L-Fresh because I haven't caught any of his gigs yet but I've been meaning to.

 

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

Mildura has a pretty cool scene when it comes to music I've been to a couple gigs there that are mostly heavy metal which I'm not the biggest fan of but I have a lot of friends that ask me to come along and support them, our hip-hop scene is small but is growing slowly which is great. WZRDKID are dope as you might know and I have a couple other friends that are crazy talented when it comes to rap they call themselves Dismal & Grim1 they haven't released anything yet but I promise I'll push them to get something out.

 

What are your plans for Philly in 2014?

Release an album and go on tour they're my top priority as an artist right now, I have a long way to go so this year I want to build my fan base then take it even further next year.

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