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Malo Zima

Featured Artist

2015

2

Nov

Malo Zima

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Malo Zima are an atmospheric alt-rock group born in an artistically-inclined Brisbane share house. Their music rich is in thick sonic textures, free-flowing rhythms, and alternately tuned guitars.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound is still in the development stages; we started with more folk-rock leanings, but over the years as our tastes have evolved and instrument collections expanded, we’ve begun to incorporate new sounds, textures and rhythms into our music. Amela recently bought a synthesiser which we’re all pretty excited about, and Declan’s just purchased a pedal steel guitar from Nashville which you can bet he'll be running through a myriad of effects on future recordings.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Listening to great music, and seeing live bands that are able to take you on a journey is what makes us want to go home and write new songs.
 
What can punters expect from a Malo Zima live show?
Cathartic climaxes, swirling soundscapes, and awkward anecdotes.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re going to be rewarded.” - Jimi Hendrix
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Eventually - Tame Impala
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Blood - The Middle East
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Shaolin Monk Motherfunk - Hiatus Kyote
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig we went to was Angharad Drake’s album launch, which was held in an intimate backyard setting. The music was awesome, and it was nice to see the crowd being so respectful and attentive.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Brisbane has a pretty tight knit community of musicians and artists; everyone seems to know everyone, and we’re all quite supportive of each others projects. In terms of bands, we’re big fans of Big Dead, Moses Gunn Collective, Angharad Drake, Gabriella Cohen, and Baskervillain to name a few. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
We’re launching our EP on the 6th of November at Black Bear Lodge and after that we’ll be playing a couple of shows along the east coast, with the possibility of touring interstate early next year. Once that’s done we’re planning to start work on our next release.

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Hein Cooper

Featured Artist

2016

29

Mar

Hein Cooper

( )

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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Oakley Grenell (O.G)
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Oakley Grenell (O.G)

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

Peta and the Wolves
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Peta and the Wolves

Electronic, Indie (#electronic)

Melbourne, VIC

Woodes x Elkkle

Featured Artist

2015

31

Aug

Woodes x Elkkle

Melbourne, VIC

This week triple j Unearthed is shining a light on the adventurous artpop of Woodes & Elkkle. Take a listen to these impressive solo artists team up for some truly beautiful sounding tunes.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
W: For this particular EP "Woodes X Elkkle" we went to Phillip Island for 5 days last summer and wrote 4 tracks together. Callum (Elkkle) has a big shipping container studio on his family property, so we went in there every day and wrote material from scratch. Our sound developed over those few days as we learnt about each other's processes for writing. I think we both pushed each other a little out of our comfort zones, drawing from what was around us. I remember the day we wrote 'Muddy' we went for a lunch break at this cliff near the property and there were all these stark white trees, which inspired the bridge.  
 
My personal sound is evolving, carried by the constant of using my vocals in some way. I started writing songs in primary school after taking to piano, percussion and classical voice. After high school I got into studio engineering and then started producing and arranging the songs I was writing. It was a really liberating feeling to hear something in my head and write and record it in my home studio. I like to create music I can get lost in, building cavernous atmospheres and layering textures, crossing between organic and electronic sounds. 
 
E: My music has come to be an expression of the grotesque yet beautiful. I want my music to be confronting yet inviting. Sort of like our morbid curiosity when you see something really foul online or whatever yet you can't look away. That's what I want to tap into, but I want to surprise people with how the sounds they're hearing make them feel.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
W: Often when I write I imagine a clear visual accompaniment, like a film or set of images. Each song has a colour or thing that to me seems really clear. But then my lyrics can be interpreted a range of ways, which is cool. I pull inspiration from a range of things: books, my collected images and concepts (that I usually put on my tumblr), dreams, seeing live performance or theatre, making things, processing things, or hearing a really refreshing body of work from an artist I look up to.
 
E: My music is never grounded in one place or idea; in fact it mostly just comes from being really excited by music all the time. I study composition at VCA and work with a lot of musicians, so I'm constantly surrounded by music every day. Like hearing the music my friends are making, jamming with them, sending demos back and forth - that's what really pushes me to create. I'm so lucky to be a part of such a vibrant music community and I just want to keep up and contribute.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
 
E: Our roles are switched a little bit. In the recordings it is very much Elle's (Woodes) vocals sitting atop my production as a foundation, whereas when we perform, Elle is centre stage and providing most of the performance aspect, while I toy with samplers and effects that interact with that. We're total dorks on stage but it's easy to see we're having fun and I think people really appreciate that.
 
W: For live shows I like to play a whole bunch of things. I've never really been interested in being a singer with a mic. For my solo shows I like to keep my hands busy and be involved with the tech. It brings me into this comfortable place on stage. Plus it means that each time I perform live it will be a little bit of a different experience for me and the audience, as I move between things. I've been playing a bit with mallet percussion again and will have a vibraphone up on stage with me at BigSound. Looking forward to that. Then there's also layered vocals and vocal manipulation.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
E: I'm a huge fan of Arca, both of his music and his character/outlook on life. I've read a bunch of interviews but I think the most important thing I've taken from reading him is that it's important to always be entirely and unapologetically yourself in everything you do and your world will reach out to you. If people to listen to my music and think "he knows exactly what he's doing" then I'm doing it right. Maybe I do know, maybe I don't, but I'm the only one doing it so what does it matter?
 
W: My mother is the best at advice. One of the things she lives by is 'When the student is ready, the teacher appears". I feel grateful for how many teachers have impacted my life so far. Not only from places built for education but friends, collaborators and people you meet whilst travelling etc... I think always being as open minded as possible is a great asset to any person.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
E: 'Our Will' by Brothers Hand Mirror. Everything about this track takes me somewhere beyond whatever there is to cry about. I remember seeing them a couple of years ago for the first time with friends and that song was one of those profound moments where I felt really appreciative of where I was and who I was with.
 
W: Vance Joy's 'Mess is Mine' - I think I'm going with "you're crying it's cool, I got you". Maybe I'd incorporate listening to it with a road trip somewhere. One of my housemates was actually the polar bear in the film clip. Maybe I could bring the polar bear suit. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
W: 'The Middle East' - 'The Darkest Side'. Growing up in Townsville these guys were a really big influence on me. This song live usually ended with a stripped back acapella of everyone singing and it was so moving. They'd play giant festivals and come back and play regional shows; still so grounded. 
 
E: 'Hologlyphs' by JaysWays. I honestly haven't faintest clue what this song is about, specifically, but Jay's vocals really get under my skin and his production is so internal that every time I listen I sort of sink back into my own head and have a moment. Powerful stuff.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
W: This question definitely lost me a few hours listening through so much music. So hard to pick one when it's so dependent on the atmosphere, but I think I'd play Wafia's cover of 'Let me Love You' (Prod. Jack Vanzet). I'll just keep playing that until her EP comes out. 
 
E: Oh man, 'Childhood' by Sam Gellaitry. What is even that kids deal? I've never heard a synth lead sing like that and probably never will. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
E: Elle and I both saw Klo last month with Felicity Yang and Martin King on support. Both Felicity and Martin played their best sets I'd seen tbh, which definitely set the perfect vibe for Klo to kill it. Can't recommend checking out Klo's set enough. Chloe has fantastic stage presence and an amazing live voice. Simon's control over their sound is so precise and perfectly executed that I found myself watching his hands more than anything else. They've found a seamless blend between live instruments/electronic processing/pre-programmed electronics that really set a new bar for me as to what a live show should be.
 
W: Yes. Klo. Seamless. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
 
 
Whilst some of those artists are established I'm really excited about what's emerging out of Melbourne at the moment. Simon Lam from I'lls/Nearly Oratorio/KLO is a talented (and humble) friend of ours. He did all the mixing and mastering on 3 of our tracks on the EP and each of the projects he's part of just keep getting better and better. Go see any of those acts live. Do it. Man. Good.
 
E: Pretty much the whole reason I picked up Ableton and had a go at electronic music was from watching Thrupence/Jack Vanzet sort of come into his own with his Voyages EP. I was probably 16 and only just hearing cats like Flying Lotus and Shlohmo for the first time. Jack grew up in the same area as me although I didn't really know him at the time, but something clicked and all of a sudden electronic music seemed much more human, and being an electronic music producer soon aligned with the exact kind of personal journey I wanted to take in life. Another huge influence for a long time was Electric Sea Spider and I think some elements of his frantic sampling techniques still ring throughout my music.
 
I study it at university alongside electronic acts like Felicity Yang, Darcy Baylis, Nico Niquo, Caspian Joseph, OBA, Aiya - all of these are people who inspire me most days of the week, whether it be in class hearing something huge they've been working on, seeing them kicking goals online or just hanging out showing each other what we're listening to, I don't think anything has shaped my creativity more than the time I've spent with these people.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
 
E: I'm going to go back into hibernation, write as much music as possible, finish up my degree and go into 2016 with nothing but allegorical fire underneath my metaphorical urn!
 
W: I'm playing in Sydney for APRA Ignite at the end of the week, then BIGSOUND early September, then a few big things we're yet to announce and the time in between will be spent writing and producing more of my own music for my upcoming solo 'Woodes' release.
 

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Verge Collection

Featured Artist

2015

9

Nov

Verge Collection

Perth, WA

Verge Collection are the winners of our Southbound competition and will be taking their triumphant, feel-good songs to the festival stage in Busselton, WA in January 2016.

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Q&A with Verge Collection guitarist Ben...

Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound kind of came about from my own limitations as a musician. For the most part our songs have come from demos I've recorded and then sent to the guys, so a lot of the time they are playing bits or impressions of bits that I've written. It sets pretty massive constraints on what would be considered too technical, so we just work with what we've got.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Re-listening to Paul Simon's Graceland, gets me every time. The way he spins his words and places them across the songs is amazing and effortless.
 
You're the winners of our Southbound competition and will be playing the festival in January 2016. What can punters expect from a Verge Collection live show?
We try to keep it pretty unpredictable in terms of planning who is playing with us and what we are playing, so we're usually as surprised as the audience is. Also, we sometimes throw in an awful cover of Say My Name, we do that for us, 'cause at least we enjoy it.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
You make your own luck. Life advice is always pretty cheesy, but yeah I definitely stand behind that one.
I think my dad told me that, I doubt he ever said it in such a succinct way, but thats what I took away from it.
 
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?
We played with The Creases pretty recently, I did watch their set so I guess that counts. But it was massive and Kitchen People were insane.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Big fan of this band called The Government Yard, they have this song 'Mining Daughters' that just rips shit on Gina Rinehart which is a pretty easy message to get behind. Also people like Greg Sanders (Gun Fever), the guys from Doctopus and all the guys in Pat Chow are just super genuine and really fucking good at boosting morale. Also a massive shout out to Blake Hate from The Sperts, this guy religiously put us on punk bills for a while when we were starting out, super supportive guy.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
We've got a few things sussed, Southbound is shaping up to be a mental party, some more releases, some shows at venues that aren't in the neighbouring postcodes to where I live, lots of great things, but I think we'll just wait to announce all that stuff so if it falls through I don't look like an idiot.
 

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Gabriella Cohen

Featured Artist

2016

8

Feb

Gabriella Cohen

( )

Melbourne, VIC

If Kate Bush, US Girls and Kim Gordon were to have a boozy, late night jam sesh, the result might sound a lot like Gabriella Cohen.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have a three step program that I'm going to make available to the public once I master the third step. All in all, try to get as close as you can to nature.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
L.O.V.E

What can punters expect from a Gabriella Cohen live show?
To be entertained.  We are getting some fireworks for the album launch.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't get into the music business" - said to me at a young age by a family friend.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Shalala by Moses Gunn Collective.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Don't Disagree by The Jensens.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Friday On My Mind by The Easy Beats

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Lalic. They are a great band from Melbourne and one of my favourites. Brilliant songwriting.

You’ve recently moved from Brisbane to Melbourne. Tell us about the bands or people from the Brisbane music community that you wish you could’ve smuggled down with you in your suitcase.
Wish I could have taken The Furrs, The Family Jordan and Amela. Oh and The Jensens.

What are your plans for 2016?
Release Full Closure and No Details and another EP or 2. Play CMJ. Play Europe. Enjoy life.

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