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WZRDKID

Featured Artist

2014

12

May

WZRDKID

( )

Mildura-Swan Hill, NSW

Mildura locals WZRDKID are the winners of our One Night Stand competition for 2014. The duo will be taking their experimental hip hop to the masses at One Night Stand in Mildura on Saturday May 17.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
So our music is basically what we would call experimental hip hop. We first begun working on music together with the intention of just trying to make something we would want to hear. Developing our sound was a natural process. Just basically jamming out and coming up with something we liked.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Tough one. Our inspiration comes from all sorts of different places and also we have individual influences. Some artist we like are Pink Floyd, Madlib, Ratking, Kanye West.

You’re the winner of our One Night Stand competition. What are you most looking forward to about playing the event in Mildura?
The whole thing! A chance to have our music heard by so many people who would have no idea who we are, and a chance to meet the other bands!

What can One Night Stand punters expect from the WZRDKID live show?
We've been working really hard on our live show. We are playing with a live band! So that will be tight

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Not too sure as far as advice! But the reviews we've got from the triple j dudes on triple j unearthed have been pretty awesome! Our dawg Lewi ;)

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Sticky fingers - 'Gold Snafu'
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Matt Corby - 'Big Eyes'

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

Tell us about the bands or people in the Victorian music community that inspire you.
Chet Faker would be one.

What are your plans for WZRDKID in 2014?
To finish our album "Black Ocean" and go on tour would be dope!
 

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Ninajirachi
New

Artist

Ninajirachi

Dance, Electronic, Pop ((((・^・;)*。:・。+ 音楽)

Central Coast, NSW

swindail

Featured Artist

2017

6

Feb

swindail

( )

Sydney, NSW

swindail is a Sydney producer, musician, lemon cheesecake lover and so much more. He's worked with legends like Goldlink and has already built up a dedicated following. Dubbed by his mates as a producer of kitchen-trap, hear his plinky plonky sounds all this week.

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

My music is mostly just a bunch of weird sounds all organised into a beat, with a few jazzy chords and 808 drums. Sometimes singing is involved. I think it sounds pretty cool and I hope it makes people move or feel something. Jazz music has played a big part in my life and I kinda just wanted to incorporate that into music I can make on my computer. Took me a bunch of digging and a few years' worth of YouTube tutorials for it to properly come to fruition but I'm liking my sound where it is.

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

Just people, places and things all around me. Sometimes I'll make a song based on some passive societal or political view I have, or sometimes (admittedly more of the time) I'll make a song based on a funny sound I recorded in my kitchen.

What can punters expect from a Swindail live show?

Cool visual things, lots of loud drums/noises and me having difficulty untying and retying my man bun. Also sweat and boogie time.

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

"Learn from your mistakes." - Everyone ever. That, or "sidechain your bass to your kicks." - Also everyone ever.

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

Basenji - "Dawn"

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

Polographia - "Sly (feat. Winston Surfshirt)"

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

Mallrat - "Inside Voices"

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

I went to this J Dilla tribute gig at Play Bar recently, I forget who was playing but neck snappers were dropped that night. I've never bobbed my head with that kind of passion before.

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

I really like my friends Cosmo's Midnight and Basenji, they influence electronic music in Sydney with their own projects and also do a lot of behind the scenes work which I would love to do eventually. I could name more bands and artists who do the same but honestly there are so many to count. It's overwhelming but in a really, really good way.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release a lot more original music with some really exciting features, finally drop that Lotus Eater remix, travel the world a bit more, finish up some exciting as heck collabs (that I can't speak on yet), do some more production workshops in different cities and eat a lot more cheesecakes at all of my brand new live shows. Yeet.

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HOOCH
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Artist

HOOCH

Indie, Rock, Roots

Brisbane, QLD

Nyxen

Featured Artist

2016

22

Aug

Nyxen

( )

Sydney, NSW

Float away to a beach-side dance floor with the summery sounds of Sydney producer Nyxen. Grab a cocktail, watch the sunset, feel good.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound of my music is heavily influenced by my background playing guitar and djing.
It's all about the contrast between dreamy and groovy, I've just taken my two favourite things and fused them.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I know this has probably been said by every producer in the last 4 years, but watching the development of Flume's sound and his musical journey has been a huge inspiration for me. It's really cool seeing someone from my city doing something and making it all their own, it's a reminder to just do you. 
 
What can punters expect from a Nyxen live show?
At a Nyxen DJ show you can expect trippy, funky and groovy tunes. I like to play music that I'm loving at the time, so could be electronica, house or anything that makes me want to dance!
I'm really keen to start creating a Nyxen live show!
I just started a track and my main thought behind it is "how would this sound live?".
It's pretty early days for the live show but I'd definitely want to incorporate live guitar, vocals and keys. So watch this space!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Something that really resonated with me was what my mum told me. At the time, I was working a 9-5 job at an insurance company, and one day she called me and pretty much told me to quit. She just wanted me to focus on my music, and to find a job that let me put my energy into what I really love (thanks mum). 
 
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?
The last live gig I went to was at Newtown Social. I watched The Garden put on the most intense live show i've ever seen. There weren't that many people there but everyone was really into it. The guys were swinging from the roof (no joke) it was insane!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Go Freek have been getting behind me since I first started making tunes, and their attitude towards other artists is what makes them so inspiring. To have two guys that have been making sick music and touring Australia and USA actually take the time to give advise to young artists is such an admirable attitude, and their willingness to share feedback and be genuinely kind is contagious and so inspiring.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm currently on tour with KLP playing some venues along the East Coast of Australia for KLParty!
When we finish that I really want to work on creating a live show and heaaaps of new tunes.
I've almost finished a few so you'll definitely be seeing them up on my Unearthed profile very soon!

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Middle Kids
New

Artist

Middle Kids

Indie, Pop, Rock (middlekids)

Sydney, NSW

Emily Wurramara

Featured Artist

2016

5

Jul

Emily Wurramara

( )

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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Alex Lahey

Featured Artist

2016

14

Mar

Alex Lahey

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's Alex Lahey is your triple j Unearthed Feature Artist this week. Already named as one of triple j Unearthed's artists to watch in 2016, her incoming debut EP (recorded with Oscar from Holy Holy) has us all sorts of excited.

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

I've been playing music my entire life and really started taking it seriously when I picked up the saxophone at 12 years old. I played in big bands all through high school and went to uni to study a jazz degree. I was always writing songs through high school as a means of teaching myself how to play guitar, and found when I got to uni that my ear was more attuned to appreciating a great song rather than a gnarly bebop lick - I was listening to way more Carole King than Charlie Parker. So, I dropped out of my degree and to focus more on writing songs. Oscar Dawson who plays in Holy Holy has helped me bring my songs to life with his incredible production skills. Funnily enough, he also didn't finish the exact same degree as me. And here we are.

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

My lyrics tend to come from interactions I have with other people. I'm big on communication - I like to talk things out - so a lot of the words in my songs happen to be directly taken from conversations I've had. Musically, I get inspired by melody and groove. There's nothing better than hearing a song where there's a sweet chord change or melodic idea that makes you go "what the hell was that? I need to know!"

What can punters expect from your live show?

Coopers Sparkling, Bruce Springsteen-style count ins, fuzz pedals and a drummer who cries whenever he watches 'School of Rock'.

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

My friend's dad tells me "fortune favours the prepared mind", which I'm pretty sure is a Louis Pasteur quote. Basically, I interpret that to mean even if you're feeling you're not producing the best output at a particular time, you're preparing yourself and your skills to create something you're really proud of down the track. Another friend of mine has a similar piece of advice, which is to "sift through the shit", but I don't really like the visual that suggests... Let's stick with the Pasteur one.

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

'Our Place' by Verge Collection

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

'Can We Work It Out' by Gordi

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

'She's So Fine' by The Easybeats

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

I don't know if this counts, but I went to see Alvvays while I was in Sydney the other weekend and they were incredible. I referred to their music a lot while recording my EP. I know Alvvays aren't a local band, but Major Leagues opened and they were just as good. Great songs, great chops, great night.

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

I'm really lucky to be part of a community that inspires me so much. My friends Eilish Gilligan and Greer Clemens both play in a brilliant band called Frida and have their own solo projects. I froth on the feedback I get from them when I show them new songs or mixes. Kate Duncan is the creative producer of The Push Inc and works to give young people opportunities to learn about playing/putting on gigs, being in the studio and releasing music - she's an amazing person who has been looking out for me since I was a bub. My best friend Ollie Whitehead plays sax in Animaux with me and has a sweet new project on the go, which will be excellent. Every time I go into the studio with Oscar, I come out a better musician and writer. Also, shout out to my manager, Leigh. Hey Leigh!

What are your plans for 2016?

Write more songs, play more guitar, play more shows, release my debut EP, tour lots, do more recording, drink all the beers. Not necessarily in that order.

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Kuren

Featured Artist

2016

30

May

Kuren

Central West, NSW

Kuren is an exciting young producer from the small town of Hillston, NSW. He's collaborated with fellow Indigenous artist Denni, NYC-based singer Ben Alessi, just announced his first national tour and is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music is definitely something that comes from the heart. And the sound is just a bunch of stuff derived from the influences I’ve had over the years. 
As I was just getting into music I listened to lots of different stuff. And I feel that has taken its toll on my sound. But I wanna make music people can party to and also chill out to.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Definitely have to be from personal experiences or some type of point I want to get across. But if ever I am lacking inspiration, I just work my way back through the roots. I put on some old music I used to listen to or make. Old school Ta-ku helps haha.
 
What can punters expect from a Kuren live show?
I love to get the place vibing. I don’t really like trap music so I'll play lots of emotional future bass and always get my own stuff in there. LOTS of unreleased music for the upcoming tour.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
‘No matter what you do, you’re always gonna have a market that is going to gravitate and love it. - Ta-ku.
There is another my mum tells me. ‘Always be humble and remember where you have come from’. I remember that everyday.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Narly - Are You Okay. Love that song. Its amazing.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I don’t wish to make people cry but it would have to be 'We Were In-Love' by Ta-ku. 
I’ve cried many times to that record.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Enschway & Luude - Timezone. Such a banger of a track! Shoutout to those homies. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Jess Kent played at Bondi Rd. Was absolutely amazing. She looked at me in the crowd and Im pretty sure it was love at first sight. She is such an incredible talent and performer.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Indigenous music community that inspire you.
100% would have to be Philly & Briggs. I would love to have the opportunity to work with Philly sometime. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm hitting the road and going on my first national tour around Australia. Hoping to drop my second EP late July and just keep working as hard as I can to do big things.

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