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Howle
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Howle

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

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Ta-ku

Hip Hop, Electronic (Mndsgn, Dibiase, Elaquent, ...)

Perth, WA

Tiber
New

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Tiber

Electronic, Hip Hop (bass, hip hop, Electronic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Azura
New

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Azura

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Emily Wurramara

Featured Artist

2016

5

Jul

Emily Wurramara

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Brisbane, QLD

Gather around the virtual campfire and have a listen to the gorgeous tones of Brisbane musician Emily Wurramara. Join us in celebrating NAIDOC week on triple j Unearthed!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
I developed my sound by learning and listening to everything and everyone around me. I was engulfed by culture when I was on Groote so  that was a big influence on my music. Being surrounded by family and friends who like different genres, ranging from country, which the oldies like my nana pop and aunties listened to, hip hop, reggae, even opera. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My inspiration for my music comes from everything, what I see, what stories I've been told, my experiences, so nothing really specific just life. 
 
What can punters expect from an Emily Wurramara live show?
Haha, well, a lot of story telling. My songs are all based around things that have happened to me or to my family, so there's a great insight on my life. I do have a range of songs from love to dreams to real life events. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I've been given was from my father, he was born in the provinces of Phillipines and moved to Aus when he was 14. He's always said to me "always be humble, say hello to everyone and smile because it could make someone's day" 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Bernard fanning- wish you well
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Jimmy little- Bring yourself home to me 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Thelma plum- how much does your love cost! 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went down to the board walk and saw a couple performing at this pub even though it was raining, and we were drenched I had to stop and stand there for a bit because their voices together we're amazing!!! They totally slayed it! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Well, we have a lot of bands at Groote all my uncles are in them, so poison whiskey, milyakburra band just to name a few, and from numbulwar, yilila band red flag dancers, who are absolutely amazing! They mix culture with dance and song, it's just a fantastic show! All these bands inspire me because they are shining in their own way, because they're defeating the stereotypes that are put on our people. it's even more special because they too are representing our mob in such a positive way.  
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
For The rest of 2016, I'm doing some awesome collaborations, so I can't wait for that to start happening! Another film clip! Also Finishing off the tour in NT I'm looking forward to seeing my family again. I've already started working on the the Next EP in regards to songwriting so I'm really excited to hit the studio again, it's such an intimate space.
 

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L D R U

Artist

L D R U

Electronic, Dance (L D R U, Drew, Carmody, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Oh Pep!
New

Artist

Oh Pep!

Indie, Pop, Roots (Pop, alternative, folk)

Melbourne, VIC

Little May

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Little May

Sydney, NSW

Indie-folk trio Little May are this week's feature artist. We spoke to them about developing their sound, their upcoming spot at St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Sydney and what's on the horizon in 2014...

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Our music would fall into the folk/indie/pop category.  We never set out to create a certain sound, but we have been concentrating on songwriting for a while.  I think it took years of us playing bad covers and writing really average songs to get to a point where we felt we were developing our own thing.

We have a lot of different influences which is really awesome when it comes to writing collaboratively.  We are still an acoustic trio, but there are a lot of influences coming through that aren’t just folk. It just so happened that we wrote these songs on acoustic instruments, because thats all we have ever played.  Going into the studio to record the EP played a massive role in developing our sound.  All the things we had originally envisioned the songs doing dynamically we could now do, and we weren’t limited to two guitars, a stomp box and Hannah’s attempts at using a Cabasa.  We were listening to Local Natives ‘Hummingbird’, Half Moon Run ‘Dark Eyes’ and Alt J when we were recording, and I think those albums really inspired us and gave us a lot to think about production wise.  From then, it was an obvious move to start playing with a band. We were writing songs that were asking for more.  I think we’re finally at a point now where we know what sounds like “Little May” and what doesn’t.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can the crowd at Laneway in Sydney expect from the Little May live show?
We are seriously so amazed and thankful that we get to play Laneway this year.  We were all literally beside ourselves that day it was announced. We have never played a festival before, so it will be a pretty new experience.  Our live show is getting bigger and a little darker at times. We’re gradually adding more people too. We’ve got three of our close friends playing with us; Cat, Mark and Sam, which should be good fun.

How did Little May form?
Hannah and I (Liz) had been playing together since we were about 17.  We met in high school and we instantly clicked.  We listened to a lot of the same music, and would spend most weekends playing really bad covers, namely ‘Save Tonight’ by Eagle Eye Cherry.  Eventually we started writing our own songs and started singing together and blending our voices.  The three of us formed under Little May around mid 2012 when we decided we needed another guitarist.  I knew Annie from early high school so we started jamming together, bought a PA and started doing open mic nights and gigs.

What are you three doing when you’re not playing in Little May?
We live in each others pockets so it’s kind of strange when we aren’t together.  We all have our jobs on the side, and have our own little things going on.  Annie is a graphic designer, she draws a lot. Hannah and I can’t draw. We go up to my parents farm in Wollombi quite a bit, sometimes to write and rehearse or to just to do nothing. We like going to gigs too.

What are your plans for Little May in 2014?
We will be releasing our EP around April this year.  We are playing Secret Garden and touring with Mikhael Paskalev in March which will be amazing. The main focus for for us is to keep writing, recording and rehearsing.  It’s all about the songs, so we want to just keep the ball rolling and from then we can see where the year will take us.  I think we will be recording all of our new stuff too.

Australian music is…?
...amazing right now.  It’s very inspiring to see what some Australian artists are doing, and to see them taking on the world is really cool.

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Polish Club

Featured Artist

2015

9

Mar

Polish Club

Sydney, NSW

Sydney 2-piece Polish Club make music much louder than the sum of their parts and are this weeks feature artist. Get stuck in to their blend of soulful and raucous rock n roll.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
We did what came easiest and what was most fun. It was pretty simple. We know each other's musical strengths, took them as a starting point and rolled with what came out. We use the simplicity of our setup to our advantage. It's a situation where you're exposed much more than a more populated band, so you better make damn sure what you're doing is adding something to the equation.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Rooms with no natural light, Motown, 2003, cheeseburgers, Mi Goreng, a delicate balance between self-deprecation and hubris.
 
What can punters expect from a Polish Club live show?
 
Two blokes playing as hard as they can. One sweating a lot more than the other. A great songs-per-minute ratio - our songs are straight to the point. Unique facial expressions. A solid dose of crazy eye.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
My (Novak's) father always told me: "No false modesty". 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Savage Garden - The Animal Song. Careless and free 4eva.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
What kind of cry are we going for? Paul Kelly's Deeper Water... or Wasabi by Lee Harding. :(
 
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?
 
Courtney Barnett. Her songs are sick. She has a sick band and she goes hard.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
Dangerous Dave, our friend and engineer. Chris Bradstreet, our friend and producer. Tommy Thoms, our friend and videographer. They were kind enough to record our first tracks and video out of the kindness of their hearts. We, and we're sure most other locals bands, would be nowhere without people like them. Also, we're infinitely inspired by all Sydney bands. Anyone who tells you that they don't want to be better than the rest is a big fat liar, and that's what gets us off our asses in the first place.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
 
We're supporting Jesus Jones at The Factory Theatre this Saturday. We've also got a sexy new video for "Able" coming out in the next week or so. After that, we're going to write new music, gig around as much of Australia as possible, design a line of lush Polish Club towels, not get a bassist, find a new apartment, visit Japan, consider a funk and/or disco side project, inevitably realise that's a terrible idea.

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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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Japanese Wallpaper

Featured Artist

2014

1

Sep

Japanese Wallpaper

Melbourne, VIC

This year's Unearthed High winner Japanese Wallpaper has just released his brand new single, featuring Jesse Davidson. It follows on from outstanding collaborations with Wafia and Pepa Knight, but who else is on the 17 year-old's 'collaborator wishlist'? And what are his plans for the rest of 2014? Find out below...

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What’s the first thing you’re gonna do when you turn 18?
Most likely just go and see some bands - not being able to get into venues is definitely the worst part of being underage.
 
Who’s on your collaborator wish-list?
Hmm… I think Bon Iver would be pretty beautiful, his voice is so superb. Phoebe (ex-Snakadaktal) would be awesome too.
 
On average, how much time do you spend in your bedroom making tunes each week?
I’m not sure how many hours but definitely a lot! It’s a great way to procrastinate and avoid schoolwork…
 
What’s your go-to snack when making music?
Definitely this frozen yoghurt ice-cream thing that Mum has started buying. It doesn’t last very long when I’m recording ;)
 
What’s your vision for the ultimate Japanese Wallpaper live show?
I’d love to make it a band-driven show at some point - I love playing in bands and I think that with a little tweaking the music would really lend itself to it.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Hmm, 'Pickles From The Jar' by Courtney Barnett would be a pretty good one. Or maybe 'Void' by Seekae. Depends why they were crying in the first place I guess!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Sorry to use Seekae twice but their song 'You’ll' is a definite tearjerker. Works on me every time.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
That Polographia and Cosmo’s Midnight collab always goes down well! Or maybe an Andras Fox track. Depends on the party.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
I definitely want to do some more touring and keep developing my show, so hopefully there will be plenty of time for that in the school holidays…

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