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CHIEFS
New

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CHIEFS

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Sad Boys, Cashmere Cat, Mr Carmack)

Melbourne, VIC

Rattraps
New

Artist

Rattraps

Dance, Electronic (Rattraps, Juke, machinedrum, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Lilt
New

Artist

Lilt

Dance, Electronic, Indie (röyksopp, Little Dragon, Disclosure, ...)

Perth, WA

Sex on Toast
New

Artist

Sex on Toast

Dance, Pop (Prince, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Oh Boy
New

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Oh Boy

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Nocturnal Tapes
New

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Nocturnal Tapes

Dance, Electronic (nocturnal tapes, Electronica, Yamba, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Feels

Featured Artist

2017

18

Sep

Feels

( )

Perth, WA

Feels are a percussive electronic outfit from Perth, and the winners of our 2017 Listen Out competition for WA! We're featuring their buoyant and bubbly tunes all this week on Unearthed.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Elise and Rosie met during high school when they were 14 at an after school percussion program. During a Djembe solo we locked eyes and from that day, we knew we would make music together. We both studied classical percussion at University and Elise went on to study composition. Our love for rhythm and classical composition has definitely influenced our sound and how we create a Feels track. We have always loved electronic music and wanted to find the balance between using our classical composition and percussion skills to created serious beats and shredding synth lines.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Rhythm is definitely our greatest inspiration and usually the main focus for our tracks. We like to find simple patterns and find ways to disrupt and manipulate them. We both play percussion every day, whether it be tutoring high school students, or playing for dancers at WAAPA. Playing has always been a huge inspiration for our music. Our study of many different styles of percussion music and composition has also been influential on our music.

What can punters expect from a FEELS live show?
Live drums, electronics and tinsel jackets! Oh, and a surfboard.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Don’t place too much importance on one track or a certain release, you never know what can happen” – (Tim Shiel).
“Don’t fuck it up” – (RuPaul).

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Miss Blanks – ‘Clap Clap’.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Stella Donnelly – ‘Boys Will Be Boys’.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Lewis Cancut – ‘Body Querty’.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
BIGSOUND! We saw so many local bands it was amazing! Miss Blanks was definitely a highlight for us. It was great to see such a diverse range of artists at the festival. Being from Perth, it was amazing to see such a large representation of our local music scene.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Earlier this year, we co-founded WOMPP (Women of Music Production Perth) a platform for female, transgender and nonbinary music makers to share and discuss music production. We have monthly meetings to discuss electronic music production, share tracks and prepare for our biannual showcases. Through the creation of this community, we have met some of the most talent and inspiring individuals in the Perth music scene. Over this past year we have seen so many strong electronic acts form and more established artists become even more confident. Artists such as Alex and Yell, Lana Rothnie, G*Rey, WYN, Mei Saraswati, Jana Jaya Ayres, Jamilla and many more, are helping to shape the Perth music scene and the standards we set for equal gender representation within our city.

What are your plans for the future?
We have our debut EP Emerald coming out in November with 2 more singles in between. We’re very excited! We are heading to Berlin in November to attend ‘Ableton Loop’, an international music summit. We will also be doing an Ableton studio residency in Sydney January 2018 in which we hope to start writing a new album. We are definitely wanting to do an East coast tour in 2018 and release more new music!

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Savilian
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Recluse
New

Artist

Recluse

Dance, Electronic (Jersey Club, Club, Trax, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

MOZA
New

Artist

MOZA

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Future Beats, Future Bass, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Wishes
New

Artist

Wishes

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

ANH
New

Artist

ANH

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop

Brisbane, QLD

FØRD
New

Artist

FØRD

Electronic (Chillstep, chillwave, Future Bass, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Froyo (Remixes)
New

Artist

Froyo (Remixes)

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Froyo, 80s, Disco, ...)

Sydney, NSW

SVSSY
New

Artist

SVSSY

Dance, Pop (dance, Pop, duo, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Creatively Conservative
New

Artist

Creatively Conservative

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

I AM D
New

Artist

I AM D

Hip Hop (@daleygrinder)

Brisbane, QLD

Carmouflage Rose

Featured Artist

2017

28

Aug

Carmouflage Rose

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Bringing you your weekend party anthem is Brisbane rapper, Carmouflage Rose. He's taking Australia's Hip Hop scene into his own hands with his new track 'Late Nights', a fierce fusion of funked-up production and slick vocals.

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

I develop my sound through long hours and dedication to the studio and creating a sound with James Angus. I went through all the stages of becoming an artist, from a rapper's rapper, to a flex rapper and to an emotional rapper and now I've reached the stage where I know I can rap and I'm creating a vibe. To be honest, I just stopped trying so hard. 

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

Pain, love, and emotions. I'm also inspired by good times with people I love and the fact I can do this and not be paid a cent and still be happy doing it.

What can punters expect from a Carmouflage Rose live show?

Hype! It's totally a hype thing. We always have a high energy type vibe and we gradually move into the more heartfelt songs while we cool down. You've got to be ready to express!

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

The best advice I was given was from my brother Wayne. I used to send him my music all the time and he never liked it, until one day he called me and asked me how I was making music that sounded American because I lived in Australia and was born in Zimbabwe. It didn't make sense to him. So he told me I should go back to my roots and mix it with Australian culture and that's how we made my track, 'Late Nights'. 

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

'Late Nights'. Haha. Or UV boi and his track 'Feel Love' for sure and would have to make a cocktail of tracks that includes tracks by Peking Duk, Spenda C, Joyride, Tkay Maidza and of course, Allday. 

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

When it comes to Australian music, I usually listen to my inner circle like Brisbane rapper I AM D and his tracks 'Acceptance Speech' and 'Lessons'. I feel like he really touches some heartfelt emotions I can relate to. So does Gallus with 'Lionheart'. But if I had to choose an international song it would be Whitney Houston with 'I Have Nothing', Luther Vandross with 'Dance With My Father' or James Blunt with 'Goodbye My Lover.

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

I'm gonna be hella bias here and say 'Late Nights' because it really gets the vibe naughty haha. But if it's not 'Late Nights' it has to be Flumes remix of 'HyperParadise' by Hermitude.

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

I saw Kilter and Feki at the Triffid. It was pretty amazing. I love the way they do live shows. The Sonics were also colourful.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you?

Midas.Gold for sure. His passion, drive and how he approaches things wholeheartedly amazes me. Gill Bates as well. He was the first to do it like nationally. He's such a creative person when it comes to anything videos, music, drawing and art. He has ideas that can change the world for sure. James Angus also inspires me because he's the guy that brought my voice to your device. His ear for music is amazing and unmatched. His drive and how fast he produces his music is crazy. He's beyond skilled and the pioneer with in the entire Brisbane music community. He's also behind every instrumental coming out of this city right now.

What are your plans for 2017?

I've got heaps of shows coming up, so my plan is to meet a lot of new people at the shows and connect with everyone nationally. There is always more music coming. I've been waiting for this moment my whole life and I'm not slowing down anytime soon. I've also got an EP in the works so look out for that!

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INDIGHOST
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INDIGHOST

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

Canberra, ACT

MANU CROOK$

Featured Artist

2016

6

Jun

MANU CROOK$

Sydney, NSW

MANU CROOK$ is this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and winner of our Come Together Festival competition . The Sydney-based emcee will be hitting the Come Together stage at Sydney's Luna Park this Saturday, June 11.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Vibes vibes vibes. Every song I make I go off a vibe or how I was feeling at that time. In terms of the sound - it's influenced by my everyday life.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Once again my everyday life... I think music is the best way to express yourself.
 
You’re one the winner of our Come Together competition. What can punters at Come Together expect from your live show?
It'll definitely be an energetic start to a dope festival! 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Be you! - Anonymous 
 
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?
Not even gonna lie, I'll most probably play my own song! All day, Everyday! (pun intended) back to back..then play 'Hermitude - The Buzz' to cheer up all the people crying cause of how hard the song goes!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
There's a few groups in Sydney doing their thing... Shout out the One Day-ers, they're definitely pushing a movement and also the dream big team going wild.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm planning on dropping more songs/projects and building on the sound we got going with the team.
 

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Calski
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Calski

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

Brisbane, QLD

Boilermakers
New

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Boilermakers

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Tobacco Rat
New

Artist

Tobacco Rat

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (bass, Electronic, beats, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

D'Opus & Roshambo
New

Artist

D'Opus & Roshambo

Hip Hop (Dopus, roshambo, dopus & roshambo, ...)

Canberra, ACT

LC Mckenzie
New

Artist

LC Mckenzie

Hip Hop (lcmckenzie, Perth)

Perth, WA

B-Town Warriors
New

Artist

B-Town Warriors

Hip Hop, Roots (indigenous, Desert Pea Media, hip hop, ...)

Western Plains, NSW

PREMISS
New

Artist

Rapaport
New

Artist

Rapaport

Electronic, Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Hi Tops Brass Band
New

Artist

The Mob
New

Artist

The Mob

Hip Hop, Roots (indigenous, Aboriginal, root, ...)

Western Plains, NSW

Birdz
New

Artist

Birdz

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

Melbourne, VIC

Bilby
New

Artist

Bilby

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (rap, Indie, Emo, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Kenzie FromWelly

Featured Artist

2013

25

Mar

Kenzie FromWelly

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Kenzie FromWelly is a Brisbane-based MC gifted with a natural flow and a love for the classic sounds of 90s hip hop.

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

My music is a reflection of my culture and perception. It's more questions than answers. I developed my sound through alot of listening. I think when learning something you first emulate the teacher, then once you've spent enough time doing the thing yourself you develop you own flavour. In my case, I firstly pretty much just copied american gangsta rap, but when I finally had something of my own to say, I guess it sounded like me.

What’s your live show like?

My live show is more intimate. I have to admit I haven't gigged in a minute but definitely will look to asap.

You’ve said your style is influenced by jazz, funk and 90s hip hop. What was your introduction to those styles of music and who are some key artists that inspire you?

My first introduction to music was through my parents. They owned a huge CD collection which housed artists from Elvis, Randy Crawford, Isaac Hayes, Bob Marley, Motown and Fleetwood Mac to Solo, TLC, Warren G and Toni Braxton. It slowly dwindled away as we started playing and misplacing them. I grew up around boys so the first hip hop track I remember playing as a kid was "Colours" by Ice T. I am inspired by people in general and the world. Musically I guess by artists like Queen Latifah, Blu, Mc Lyte, Frank Ocean, Outkast, Ab Soul and Skyzoo.

You’re originally from Wellington, NZ. Who are some current artists from across the pond that Australians should be keeping an ear out for?

There's a lot of good music in the works back home. Groups like Homebrew and @Peace are killing it right now. Iva Lamkum and Aaradhna are holding it down with silky smooth vocals for the ladies. Should also keep an ear out for up and coming artists like Spycc & INF, Jane Deezy, Lacoco, Raiza Biza, Rizvan, The Doqument, Midnight Trips and Xbozay (also based in Brizzy). I can also say I've had the pleasure of working with a few of these talented peeps.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I've recently released my debut mixtape "Dirty Demo Links", which you can catch here. I'm also working on two projects. The first is a joint project with Brisbane based producer (and my cousin) HeapRize. It's titled "Awakening Prologue". The second project is with a NZ producer, I may just keep this under wraps for now. :)

Australian music is…?

...very diverse.

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Kirklandd

Featured Artist

2019

22

Apr

Kirklandd

( )

Canberra, ACT

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and Canberra artist, Kirklandd.

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

My earliest influences came from the soul and blues my mother played around the house when I was a kid – Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees and the Doobie Brothers were on regular rotation. From there, I learned to play the cello for 6 years, and I first discovered hip hop when my cousin handed me Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor record when I was 12. From there, I studied the greats like Nas, Slick Rick and A Tribe Called Quest, and artists like these really instilled my old school style early on.

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

My experiences in life. Music’s an outlet for me to voice my journey in trying to figure out life and grow in myself, and I love being able to share what I encounter along the way through my music. Hip hop holds the unique ability to tell stories in a deeply authentic way, so I always hope to have my music reflect this.

What can punters expect from a Kirklandd live show?

A very, very big vibe. My live set’s become this cool blend of hype and intimate storytelling, and this is how I most love connecting with people: through good energies and sharing my experiences with the audience before me. My drummer Josh and I have really levelled up our performance routine for the Impulse tour, and especially our GTM set this weekend – I can’t wait to show Canberra the surprises we have in store.

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

I can’t remember who said this to me, but to always enjoy the process. Immerse yourself in the experience of creating, find fulfilment in the process, and thrive in the journey to finishing it. Everything will follow from there.

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

WUTD’ by Genesis Owusu. WUTD? Cry, or boogie?

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

Waiting’ by KIAN. Those chords are really beautiful man.

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

Compliment My Shirt’ by Saint Lane. That’s the g right there.

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

The last show I went to was around a week back in Sydney. I went to do a short performance of some unreleased music I have coming with a good homie of mine, Francoistunes, at a One Day Party that Kaiit was headlining in Marrickville. The vibe was so strong. I love the live culture the One Day crew have built. Kaiit is one of the warmest, most genuine performers ever, and seeing everyone turn up for her was awesome. And she has the coolest rider on the planet.

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

All of them; bands, creatives and all members of our community. The mutual support between artists and creatives in our city is incredible, and we’re constantly pushing each other to go further and create the best art we can. It’s the best feeling knowing if one of us is winning, all of us are, and we’re all forming Canberra’s musical identity in the process. It’s a crazy exciting time for our city and I’m blessed to be a part of it.

What are your plans for 2019?

This week we’re kicking off the Impulse tour with Groovin the Moo as our first date. Then we’re hitting Melbourne and Sydney for the first time in a long while, with Zellow supporting us nationally, and I can’t wait to bring the live experience of Impulse to our Sydney and Melbourne family. From there, I’m diving back in the studio with Cam to finish the follow up to Impulse, which I’m hoping will be my strongest single yet. A lot more music is yet to come this year and I’m wildly excited to share where my sound is heading.

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GLNL
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GLNL

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (rap, hiphop, alternative, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

WE SET SAIL
New

Artist

WE SET SAIL

Indie, Punk, Rock (alternative, Punk, Emo, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Loui Kapo
New

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Blazé
New

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Blazé

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

JIA LIH
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JIA LIH

Electronic, Hip Hop (Music)

Perth, WA