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Wave Racer

Featured Artist

2013

1

Jul

Wave Racer

( )

Sydney, NSW

Wave Racer is 19 year old Sydney producer Thomas Purcell. His music is all sunshine and synthesizers and 90s gaming systems.

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

I've been making dance music for a few years actually, but I only put my first Wave Racer tunes up online about a month ago. After making primarily sample-based house music for a long time, I became more interested in synths and sound design and decided to go in that direction with my production. I'm interested in lots of different styles of electronic music and I think my tunes reflect that. But this kind of sound is still quite new to me and it's definitely still developing.

What’s a Wave Racer live show like?

I haven't done many Wave Racer gigs yet, but I like to keep my sets pretty upbeat. I use Ableton and a couple of MIDI controllers and basically DJ using that, but it's not really the same as a normal DJ set. Ableton allows me to be a bit more flexible and I do a lot of looping/mashing/glitchy effects and stuff like that. I also change tempo a lot and try to find interesting ways to mix between styles. It's good fun, haha! I'm really looking forward to doing more shows soon.

You’re into dolphins huh? Cool! Why's that?

Yeah I like dolphins, they're cool. I don't really know why, there's just something about them I guess. They're just really majestic and graceful, haha.

Who/what are some of the biggest influences on your music and why?

Artists like Rustie, Cashmere Cat, Hudson Mohawke and Girl Unit are all massive influences because they each have such a unique approach to their production and sound design. They sound like themselves and it's hard to compare their sounds to anything else, which is refreshing. But I also draw a lot of inspiration from lesser-known producers who are making amazing music – LiL TExAS, Mr. Carmack, 813, Djemba Djemba, just to name a few. I'm also really into 70's and 80's disco and soul music. I listen to a lot of bands like Shalamar, Luther Vandross, L.T.D, The Whispers, etc – the chord progressions and melodies in that stuff, it's so feel-good, haha, I love it.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

Loads of exciting things coming up this year – I'm already working on remixes for some awesome artists that should be coming out later this year. I've also locked in a few gigs in August that I'm really looking forward to. I should hopefully be making some new originals soon too, maybe even get an EP together. Some labels have expressed interest so we might see some official Wave Racer releases, who knows!

Australian music is…?

…taking over. Watch out!

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Tired Lion

Featured Artist

2015

20

Apr

Tired Lion

( )

Perth, WA

Perth 4-piece Tired Lion make excellent grungy rock'n'roll. We like them. A lot.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound has kind of just changed as time has gone on; we wear our hearts on our sleeves and you can hear our influences in the music. When we all first started jamming we were a weird stripped back folky thing but once we wound up plugging our acoustics into fuzz pedals we knew it was time for a change. I think each of us has brought our own little flavour into the band and mixed together it comes out as what you’re hearing. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It sounds cheesy but day to day life, really. When we’re content it’s harder to write but as soon as something happens to rock the boat it all comes pouring out. Sometimes we sabotage ourselves just to get something to write about, but being a band of sooky emotionals [made up word] generally it’s not hard to find something to pull inspiration from. Also just hearing, seeing and experiencing music from other great bands inspires us in our writing.    
 
What can punters expect from a Tired Lion live show?
We try to put on a high energy show which ends up being lots of sweat and long hair flying everywhere. We put everything we’ve got into a live performance and lately it’s been great to see audiences getting a bit raucous and joining in. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
A good friend of ours Dave Parkin who is responsible for recording our latest EP and the single “I Don’t Think You Like Me” is kind of like a wise father figure to us. Throughout the recording process we’d often come to him with an issue of life, love or whatever and he’d always have some pretty cool advice. It’s hard to pinpoint an exact example but if anyone ever gets to meet him or has met him you’ll get it. Sensei Parko!
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Probably Violent Soho’s “Muscle Junkie”, if someone’s crying it’s usually because some loser has done something to upset them. Without knowing exactly what the song is about “Muscle Junkie” seems like one big f**k you to someone, plus the loud guitars are an automatic cheer up. I know it makes all of us in TL happy blasting a bit of Soho as loud as we can in the car. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Maybe “Get Out Of Here” by Bored Nothing, it’s reminiscent of a troubled Elliott Smith and such a beautiful song. In the right frame of mind, at the right time and with the right person I’m sure they’d shed a tear.  
  
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
In Melbourne about a month ago we hijacked the guest DJ spot at the Luca Brasi show after party. We took over just as the dance floor was pumping from some well-placed bangers. We put on Bodyjar’s “Not the Same” and everyone went absolutely crazy, some even rushing the stage to sing along. We were pretty stoked to see people give it up for a classic.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig we went to was a little floor show mid-week in Leederville just outside of Perth City. It was one of those shows where nothing is mic-ed up and the vocals can barely be heard over the loud guitars and drums. This gig albeit a pretty basic set-up was awesome, a new band called Hip Priest (members from unearthed bands Silver Hills and Rag ‘N Bone) absolutely killed it for their first show ever, immediately afterwards we asked them on to support us for a local headline show we had in the coming weeks. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
The WA music community is a great thing to be a part of and basically everyone involved inspires and supports us. We could go all day giving shout outs but…; Pat Chow, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, Apollo’s Son, Silver Hills, Emperors, Apache, Foam, Rag ‘N Bone, The Love Junkies, Black Stone from the Sun, our Manager Jake, Claire and Mike from WAM, Rachael Barrett Photography, Mitch and Lizard from the Prince. That’s just to name a few and missing probably one million others that make being in a WA band so rad. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
Our plan is to be as busy as possible, next weekend we’ve got Groovin the Moo in Bunbury. Then next month we hit the road with British India to tour their new single across Australia as well as releasing a new single ourselves. The following month we’ll likely be releasing an EP followed by our own Australian Tour. We’ve locked in a few mini-festivals over east towards the latter part of this year, and of course in between we are always writing and working towards our debut album.
 

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Black Summer
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Black Summer

Dance, Electronic (#Dance, Trance, #electronic, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Chymes
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Chymes

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Pop, sydney)

Central Coast, NSW

Darcy Baylis
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Darcy Baylis

Dance, Electronic, Pop, Rock (alternative, Pop, Emo, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

DECEPTION BAY

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DECEPTION BAY

Metal, Punk (36 crazyfists, Hardcore, Catherine, ...)

Adelaide, SA

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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Jack and The Kids
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Jack and The Kids

Indie, Pop, Rock (bendigo)

Central Victoria, VIC

Kids At Midnight
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Kids At Midnight

Electronic, Indie, Pop (indie electronica, The 80's, Love songs, ...)

Gippsland, VIC

Koi Child
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Koi Child

Hip Hop (hiphop, Hip-Hop, Grooves, ...)

Perth, WA

COMMAND Q
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COMMAND Q

Dance, Electronic (Flosstradamus, Skrillex, What so not, ...)

Perth, WA

Jess Kent

Featured Artist

2015

23

Nov

Jess Kent

( )

Sydney, NSW

Jess Kent has dropped one of the most infectious tracks of 2015, 'Get Down', and won herself a spot on the lineup for Sydney's Field Day festival, alongside Disclosure, Flight Facilities, The Wombats and more. Catch them all in The Domain on New Years Day.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started playing the guitar and singing very early on by copying my Dad’s band members who would always be around rehearsing in the kitchen… Some of them were proper reggae rastas. They taught me some important lessons that still emanate through my music. I spent a lot of time busking and gigging with just a guitar, exploring lots of genres and finding my own flow. Plus I’ve always been a passionate creative writer, so writing stories and rhymes and poems definitely had an effect on the type of music I make. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Music is about communication first and foremost for me, so a song usually starts when thoughts manifest into lyrics (which is constantly!!). Specifically, it’s hard to pin down the source of the inspiration because it is everywhere and always. I’m very sensitive to mood and colours and always aim to paint a sonic picture to go hand in hand with the lyrics.
 
You’re the winner of our Field Day comp. What can punters at Field Day expect from your live show?
First of all, I still can't believe it's really happening - cannot WAIT! It’s going to be so exciting to perform the set for the first time ever with an amazing live band, and it’ll also be the first time I play some of my new music! All the support so far has been just incredible, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing some faces!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have ever received was from my Grandma... ‘Work hard and keep it real…’
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I’d play them The Record’s Flawed by The Delta Riggs and I’d take them for a dance down the street.
 
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 saw JOY. at Good God yesterday and she slayed!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The sense of community in the Sydney scene is actually incredible. For real, the people that rock up to shows and are so passionate about supporting the local scene - they inspire me to strive to do my best. As far as bands, I’d say Sticky Fingers inspire me - they’re a homegrown Sydney band so it’s cool to watch how they’ve grown and kept it real.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I'm writing heaps of new music so I can't wait to get into the studio again and start the recording process. And the live band will be fully up and running so looking forward to playing some more shows in 2016!

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Australia
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Australia

Indie, Pop, Rock (#Sydney #independent #Australia)

Sydney, NSW