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Nearly Oratorio

Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Clea

Featured Artist

2016

22

Feb

Clea

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea writes enchanting and intimate tracks that are sure to get under your skin.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music and writing are ramblings about my surroundings and sentiments. The sound developed primarily through listening very closely to brilliant songwriters, then finding a rhythm with the help of my guitar to support the beat and flow of my own vocals.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
Absence of distraction 
 
What can punters expect from a Clea live show? 
Plenty of bad jokes, a guitar lovingly strummed and heavily coaxed and maybe an opportunity to join me in collectively venting our hearts yearnings.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
“Don't do anything you don't wanna do" - Mum 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Ainslie Wills - Drive
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better (Can’t go past a bit of Tame) 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The Cairos final Brisbane gig ;( What a show! Complete with previous member cameo appearances and a sparkly, upbeat, sad farewell. Everyone left with glossy eyes, blinking happy tears.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you. 
Mid Ayr and Good Boy... bunch of hardworking boys producing hard-hitting, golden music. Beautiful songstresses Amela, O’Little Sister and Meredith also generate the goods. The Brisbane music community is blossoming and booming, it’s very exciting and inspiring to be amongst it all.
 
What are your plans for 2016? 
I’ll be heading overseas in a few weeks, I plan to play in a few London corners, skip in the hills of Italy and breath in some genius Björk infused Icelandic vibes. I’ll head back home via Japan in July and go straight into recording an EP. Hopefully I’ll see the year out gigging around this great southern land.

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Running Touch

Featured Artist

2015

21

Sep

Running Touch

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Our Feature Artist Running Touch plays Melbourne Listen Out this weekend. A dude who's usually shrouded in mystery, get a sneaky peek this week into the man and his beats.

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

Well, I think I should first acknowledge I still have a great deal to develop. But as for this far… i think it's all about authenticity. Honest music is often the hardest to write, both instrumentally and lyrically. And that takes developing as a person, I'd say that's helped me the most. Differentiating what I think I should put out into the ether and what I actually want to. It's such an easy task to camouflage yourself safely in a "current" sound. I'd much rather run around in the open in a high-vis vest.

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

Just that! Music. It's a full circle really. You immerse and absorb only to create in hopes that your works may encourage the same process. Listening to incredible pieces lights my eyes up like nothing else.

What can punters expect from your live show?

Multi-instrumentalism and unnatural body movements.

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

It's more so unspoken advice than anything. But I've never seen someone practice and preach patience the way my father does, and that's something that has always resonated with me.

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

Sundream by RÜFÜS for sure. Or anything by Wave Racer.

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

Clair De Lune By Flight Facilities.

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

If it's early… Panamas remix of 'Cape Town' by Clubfeet. If it's late, like… really late - Pandora by Code Black.

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

The last one i went to was actually one i played with my band Ocean Grove. I was painted black, chucked on some steam punk goggles and yelled stuff into a sm58… it was awesome.

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

I've done the rounds in a few scenes in Melbourne, so there is no shortage of people or groups. Of course Chet Faker takes #1 for me. But just to palm off a few more people who have inspired me: Dream On Dreamer, I, Valiance, Harbours, Big Words, Benson, Remi, Dom Dolla, Art Of Sleeping, Fortunes., Will Sparks, Zac Waters, WKM just to name a few. It was also such a surprise to be hit up by triple J for things like Listen Out. But learning how welcoming and supportive you guys were really makes me excited for not only my future, but other Australian up and comers.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

Muscle every piece of energy I have into the live show and new music. I have over 100 songs in the "maybe" pile and counting! I can most definitely say there are some exciting things in store for the rest of the year!

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Jack Grace
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Jack Grace

Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

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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St. South

Featured Artist

2013

24

Jun

St. South

( )

Perth, WA

St. South is the electrofolk project of young Perth-based singer/songwriter Olivia Gavranich. Lose yourself in the warmth and layers of her delicate, soothing tunes.

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

The electronic world is still very, very new to me! Up until quite recently I’d been focusing on writing acoustic folky stuff, which I guess is now more of a side project. After producing ‘We Washed Texas’ for the Bon Iver Stems Project, I developed this newfound appreciation for dry beats and clicks. I couldn’t get enough of it, and I slowly started turning my acoustic songs into something more ‘glitchy’ and electronic. Everything came together really quickly after that; I’ve collaborated online with some great friends from all corners of the world, and together we’re working on my first EP.

What’s a St. South live show like?

Believe it or not I’m yet to play a live show! It’s really important to me that when I start gigging, I’m completely happy with my material and live set-up. Once my EP is complete, I’ll start wrapping my head around putting together a live show, with an electronic band and a full set list of original tracks. I think I’d get lonely up there with just my laptop!

Tell us about growing up in Denmark, WA. What are your strongest memories of that time?

Denmark has to be one of the best places to be a kid: my brother and I would spend our spare time going feral on the ‘back tracks’ of the bush, we’d take our bikes out for the day, build cubbies, and come back looking like little grubs. Music was definitely a huge part of my childhood. I remember dancing around the kitchen bench to The Pogues with my dad, and singing along to an old Tracy Chapman cassette with my Mum on the way to school. My earliest memory of seeing live music is packing a picnic and heading to Albany with my family to see the Waifs and Paul Kelly - all us kids would take off our shoes and run wild. No-one does live music like Denmark hippies.

What are some of the biggest influences on your music and why?

My biggest influences were the music my parents raised me on, because no matter where I am I’ll always feel a sense of nostalgia when I hear it, and I guess that’s one of those associations that builds your creative ‘personality’ the most. Nina Simone, Elvis Costello, The Waifs, Leonard Cohen: it’s an eclectic mix but they all inspire me for different reasons. As for my more current influences, I’m loving acts like Daughter, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tiny Ruins, Frank Ocean, and Mama Kin, and am constantly finding new obsessions here on Unearthed. And it probably goes without saying that Justin Vernon can falsetto my socks off any day.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I’m working really hard to finish off my EP, which involves a couple of collaborations that I’m super excited about. But I guess my main goal is just to learn as much as I can. Rather than setting deadlines for myself, I think its important that I just take my time and enjoy the process!

Australian music is…?

…Koala-tea, not quantity.

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BUOY
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BUOY

Electronic

Sydney, NSW

AYLA
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AYLA

Indie, Pop (Ayla, Indie, Pop, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Willow Beats

Featured Artist

2012

1

Oct

Willow Beats

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne electronic duo Willow Beats are one of the winners of our Parklife competition. Catch their bass-heavy beats opening the Atoll stage at Parklife Melbourne this Saturday October 6.

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

Willow Beats started a little over a year ago. I was working on a track, got Kalyani (my niece) to lay some vocals, and it worked. The contrast between Kalyani’s flowing voice and heavy bass somehow made sense to us. We both really enjoyed the process so kept making beats. We’ve both been extremely close ever since Kalyani was born. We have a strong connection and we think it comes through in our music. I think our music definitely has a fantasy feel. We try make mystical music that transports you to a different world.

You’re one of the winners of our PARKLIFE competition. What can Parklife punters in Melbourne expect from the Willow Beats live show?

Two people having the time of they’re life on stage! Expect a bunch of electronic gatchets and Kalyani's voice soaring over the top.

What most excites you about playing and attending Parklife 2012?

Being able to play alongside some of our favorite artists! The line up is incredible!

What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?

My dad was a singer songwriter (wrote that song “Give me a Home Among the Gumtrees”) so my childhood is filled with memories of my dad playing guitar and singing.

What’s coming up in 2012?

We have an east coast tour coming up mid October. So far we’ve only played Melbourne shows so we’re looking forward to branching out. We have a new EP on the way, which we’re very excited about. It’s definitely a level up in our production and song writing. We’re hopping to release it early 2013.

Australian music is...

...coming up in a big way! There seems to amazing new talent exploding everywhere you look, making ripples across the globe.

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Confidence Man

Featured Artist

2016

10

Oct

Confidence Man

Brisbane, QLD

It's like Tom Tom Club partying with LCD Soundsystem - one heck of a dance floor!

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What's the origin story of Confidence Man?It all started in our home studio (all of us lived together) when one of us was writing a bass line and struggling with song ideas. The four of us were all in the room so we slowly started screaming over the top of each other and trying to grab the microphone to sing little melodies. By the end of the night I just remember that we were all pretty wasted and we were all hugging each other and screaming "this is the best thing ever!" So I suppose from there we realized that we work well together. We're similar people and we like similar music, so it's been easy to know what direction we want to go in. What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?I love to dance, so I really focus on writing big bass lines and cheeky percussion parts. Essentially I just try to write music  I would dance to.I love the way Todd Terje makes badass dance music in a really cute, dorky way. That's the vibe I like to go for. What can punters expect from a Confidence Man live show?Champagne, bee keeper hats, black eye make up and two of the sassiest live dancers you'll ever see. What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?"Men will stick it in any old hole they can get it in" - Grandma What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?Donny Benet - Working Out What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?Nick Cave - Into My Arms You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?Fishing - Yuwa What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?I saw Sampa the Great at Bigsound. She was awesome, I think she's a badass. Tell us about the bands or people in the Australian music community that inspire you.We're inspired by a lot of Brisbane bands because we're always working together and showing each other demos. Everyone is super-supportive in Brisbane.But musically I'm really inspired by the Melbourne dance scene - NO ZU, Ara Koufax and acts like that. What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?Lots of touring, writing, releasing some new tracks, but above all making some more overstated outfits.

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Makaw
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Makaw

Electronic, Indie (alternative, Electronic, Lowfi)

Sydney, NSW

Airling

Featured Artist

2014

2

Jun

Airling

Brisbane, QLD

Airling is the moniker of captivating Brisbane artist Hannah Shepherd. Her impressive debut tracks show signs of greatness ahead.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I've been playing and writing music for pretty much my whole life. But this current Airling sound started with me writing the bones of songs with synths and Casio keyboard beats and then developing on these ideas in collaboration with Tom Iansek from Big Scary and Graham Ritchie (Emma Louise, Skinny Jean). I guess we just try to combine our individual tastes and creative colours to make a soundscape that allows the soul of the song to breathe. It's a pretty instinctual, organic and thoughtful process for us.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Other music, especially listening to a cool album while going for a run seems to really inject inspiration into my blood. As well, I seem to create and write a lot on my highs and during my lows. And my closest friends who I call family inspire me endlessly.

What can punters expect from an Airling live show?
A couple of best buds vibing out on some beats, samples, delays and a bunch of my feelings.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
To be truthful, gentle and fearless. Emma Louise gave it to me one birthday but it's a quote from Gandhi and it just resonates with the way I want to live my life

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mobius Streak by Hiatus Kaiyote cause it's just so damn cool and sexy.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Vapour by Vancouver Sleep Clinic, this track just seems to take you to some sad but beautiful place in my opinion.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I'd most likely drop Holograms by Oscar Key Sung because it's one of my favourite tunes and it would probably inspire some epic sexy dance moves from people.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I think it was probably a house party garage gig that I had in my backyard for my cousin Jack Carty. O' Little Sister supported him and they were both breathtaking, two sweet songwriters and honest humans.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are so many, Brisbane has an extremely supportive and inspiring scene. Foremost my band mate Graham Ritchie aka Gray man but also my besties Emma Lou, Mikey Sheehan and Thelma Plum, Sleepy Tea and Matt Redlich (killer producer/photographer/musician/human).

What are your plans for Airling in 2014?
I just want to keep releasing and making music that I love and care about. So we'll be putting my debut EP out later in the year and touring with a couple more bands before then... Asgeir and The Paper Kites. Apart from that I'm working on writing heaps of songs for an album that I'm busting to start recording.

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Gordi

Featured Artist

2015

2

Mar

Gordi

( )

Central West, NSW

This week's feature artist is Sophie Payten, better known as Gordi. Growing up on her Canowindra family farm 'Alfalfa' and sprouting (rare Alfalfa gag) up on Unearthed, the now Sydney based artist has integrated elements of electronica into her more folky roots with her stunning voice still taking centre stage.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I've been writing music for the best part of 10 years and it's developed through the music I listen to. From Missy Higgins and Megan Washington to Josh Pyke, The Tallest Man on Earth, Bon Iver and more recently Asgeir and #1 Dads. The kind of music I like has evolved from purely folk to incorporate more electronic elements and a real focus on vocal production.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
My personal life. I think as an artist you really have to expose the most hidden parts of yourself in order to write something that connects with people. Otherwise I look to things like poetry and films, particularly when I'm preoccupied with boring and mundane things. Like today I had to install my new dishwasher. Things like that don't seem to resonate as well with most people.
 
What can punters expect from a Gordi live show?
 
Good times and great classic hits. Or at the very least some pretty inoffensive electro-folk music. Depending on the show I either play with full band or a duo set. We try to emulate that "folktronica" vibe on stage by using acoustic instruments with synths and trigger pads. I think trigger pads are the key to surviving on a musicians budget these days, plus they're quite cool. Maybe eventually even my vocals will be on a trigger pad so I'll literally just stand on stage and press buttons. How's that for stage presence.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
With regards to music, the best advice I've been given was from Gregg Donovan from Wonderlick. I saw him speak at a conference and he said as an artist you should put your energy into the things you can control rather than worry about how everything will fall into place.
 
With regards to life, my Grandma's advice is that 'everything passes', and most importantly, 'it's not all beer and skittles'.
 
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? 
 
Holdin' On - Flume. (Though to be honest I could easily have written 'Khe Sahn' for these last 3 questions)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I saw Megan Washington at the Metro a week ago. Honestly it was one of the best live shows I've ever seen. She's one of the best entertainers going round and such a consistent performer.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
I'm a big fan of Little May, Montaigne and Le Pie. They're 3 really great up and coming female artists out of Sydney and I think really reflect the surge in talented young female artists in Australia at the moment. I'm excited to see what's ahead in 2015 for each of them.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
 
A lot of touring! I'm about to start a tour supporting Winterbourne down the East Coast and some other exciting shows along the way, like the Spectrum Now Festival in the Domain and another show with Timberwolf. I've also finished recording 3 new tracks that I'll be dropping when the time is right, maybe with an EP mid-year. I've got a bunch of headline shows coming up too.

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Amy Shark

Featured Artist

2016

29

Aug

Amy Shark

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Amy Shark is a young song writer, filmmaker and producer hailing from the Gold Coast. She's just released her gorgeous new single 'Adore' and she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It took a while for me to figure out my sound. Because I was so heavily influenced by a lot of different artists but as soon as I got it, and built a song using all the right ingredients i.e. mixing the right producers with the right sounds, it very quickly set me on fire and it all made sense after that.  
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think just listening to music in general inspires me. But I also use it as a release, so if there's some heavy shit going down or I feel a bit off I'll usually have a muck around on the guitar and see what happens. Sometimes nothing, sometimes magic.
 
What can punters expect from an Amy Sharks live show? 
Brutal honesty and sometimes I'm  a bit of a potty mouth lol. I like chatting about stuff between tracks, and seeing as all my songs are rather personal I can get pretty involved in the performance part too.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
"Who gives a f*ck about record labels and radio stations. Let's just do this for fun." - Shane Billings (current manager)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Seth Sentry - The Waitress Song. One of the best tracks ever. Plus Who doesn't get happy hearing the word breakfast?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
SIA - Breathe me. That's enough to break anyone in half. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
That's easy! Flume - Sleepless!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dylan Joel at the Cooly Hotel - so fun! super dope! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
We have some cool stuff happening on the GC. Serious talent is growing amongst the palm trees and coffee shops. Some locals I'm into are Georgia Mae, Jesswar, and Being Jane Lane. Sam Morris has really taken our music scene by the balls and thrown it in the spot light for the country to see. Which is rad! Someone had to do it. We are a quiet breed here on the GC. Most of us are more interested in skating, surfing, guzzling coffee and smashing acai bowls than promoting ourselves, but i think the country is slowly turning around to take a peak at us. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of stuff between Syd, Melb and America towards the end of this year. Since the release of 'Adore' there has been some cool people keen to give me a run so I'm keen as to make more music, release my EP and play a heap of shows!

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Sammi Constantine
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Sammi Constantine

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Pop, dramatic, Acoustic, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Woodes
New

Artist

Woodes

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Frida
New

Artist

Yeo

Featured Artist

2006

3

Oct

Yeo

( )

Melbourne, VIC

This guy does it all! He combines his skills as keyboardist, bass player, vocalist and drum programmer to create some joyful organic sounding pop numbers. His tracks have got catchy hooks and lyrics to make you smile.

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Describe your music.

If I were to describe what I hope my music turns out to be, I'd say pop-driven tunes that still have an interesting musical production aspect to it. Although I am a bit of a muso nerd, I've learnt some valuable lessons about songwriting, very importantly that you can easily overdo anything when it comes to creativity. These days I'm trying to write things that are catchy, easy to memorise and easy to tap your foot to.

Who’s been a big musical influence for you?

Different artists influence different songs I write, seeing as I am a bit of a genre hopper. For example, 'Backflips' I think has a lot of Ben Folds in it, while 'Two Sides' and 'Different' show my respect for Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams. In terms of personal musical development and how its been influenced, way too many artists come to mind. Everything from Jeff Buckley to Mike Patton. Lately I've been listening to a lot of drum programming people like J Dilla, ?uestlove and the Platinum Pied Pipers -hence my increase in confidence with my own programming.

How do you start writing your songs? On the computer? Guitar?

Cool riffs usually just come out on guitar or on the keyboard when I'm screwing around, so I try to record them straight away before I forget them. I program a quick drum beat, loop it and record my idea in time with it and this becomes the central 'hook'. I tweak and build on that, adding new sections as I go.

Tell us about the local music community in Brisbane.

I don't know if I'm being socially ignorant, but I think the Brisbane music community is TINY! Everyone knows everyone so its easy to network and meet people. Its very easy to help your peers and help yourself get a name out there. It feels like the degrees of separation are very few and everyone seems to also be hooked up to Myspace... which is totally killer for being a whore.

What have you got planned for the future?

I'm studying at the moment (aiming for the stable future), but for the long-term I plan to hone my songwriting and production skills to the point where it can support me financially. Who knows what will hopefully come...the path of the poor musician is a hard one to follow. As hard as winning the lottery.

Australian music is…

...not to be underestimated. We have many world class artists in our locale that are sitting there undiscovered. Get out there and check out stuff you havent heard before! Is there anything Australian's aren't good at?

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N.Y.C.K.

Featured Artist

2016

17

Oct

N.Y.C.K.

Melbourne, VIC

This Melbourne duo have made one of the most memorable debuts of 2016.

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How did you develop the nyck sound?
What we stumbled upon really early with the nyck sound was that because Dom and I sing really well together and just have a really good sense of each other in terms of the way we sing, that we really decided that we didn’t need much else. So the whole process with our recording so far has been about taking things away rather than adding them. Some bands are really intricate and then for us it’s just like, we struck this really great feel with just vocals and piano.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We’re always inspired by the little things that say a lot. The way that some writers can talk about the smallest details that you could easily pass off as nothing, and make them seem so important. Mike Skinner does it in The Streets. He’ll be writing a love song and throughout, he’ll keep talking about how the girl is spinning an ash tray on the table. Or he’ll say he’s “looking to the left slightly, then looking back down.” It puts you right where he is, and says so much about the way he’s feeling without actually saying it. We’re inspired by writers who can put you in a moment in just a few lines. 
 
What can punters expect from the nyck live show?
We’ve been through this really great process with our live show. It’s been the same with our recordings - we started with all these layers and parts and then slowly stripped everything back. We’re really comfortable singing together, and feel like the songs and the lyrics are strong, and that the vocals and the melodies and harmonies come together really beautifully. So everything else is in the background. There’s a lot of stillness and silence. But we like to think there’s something brave in silence. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We’ve got our EP into this really great demo stage, and we’ve been really careful in trying to finish it. And worried about finishing it the right way. Maybe a little too worried. The other night, a good friend of ours, Chris Rigney, told us that the imperfections are what make it sound unique. It’s so true in music. It’s often the mistakes and imperfections and idiosyncrasies that make it sound your own. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Things of Stone and Wood - Happy Birthday Helen
Because the lead singer, Greg Arnold, wrote it for his girlfriend Helen on her 21st birthday. He wasn’t trying to write a hit or anything, it was just, like, a recount of their relationship and all of the things they’d done together. Then he took it to the band and they turned it into a hit song. The best thing is that they’re still married today, 25 years later.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Leonardo’s Bride - Even When I’m Sleeping 
Dom is listening to this song right now while we’re at the airport on the way to Sydney, where we’re playing our first show. We both think this is one of the most beautiful Australian songs ever written. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Crowded House - Mean to Me
Because everyone sings along to Crowded House songs. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dom and I had too many beers at the pub last week and then tried to get into the Montaigne show at The Corner on a whim, but it was sold out and we couldn’t get in. Dom tried to sweet talk the guy at the bar and the lady at the door but no dice, so we went to get a falafel/kebab instead. 
At Big Sound in Brisbane recently we loved Sampa The Great, Olympia, Mallrat and Lanks.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Dom and I both love Hayden Calnin’s music, a lot. We’ve been listening to his production and love how patient and slow and beautifully constructed it is. His song ‘Nothingness’ is everything. We’ve been listening to it heaps lately. We also love our manager, Pete Sofo, because he shows great belief in us and literally forces us to be inspired by filling our calendars with events and shows and sessions. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
We’ve written our EP, 10 Years and 12 Weeks, so we’re just putting the finishing touches on it for the rest of the year. Lyrically, it’s a concept EP. It’s about how you go through great stretches of your life really stable and centred. And then every so often, it all falls away in the space of just a few weeks. In this case, it was 12 weeks. It wasn’t meant to be conceptual, but all of the lyrics tied together and told a different piece of the story, starting with a song about the breaking point called ‘Decision’ and ending with a resolution called ‘This Might Be My Year.’ 
 
Along with that, we’re paying Valley Fiesta in Brisbane, Supporting Emma Louise at The Corner in Melbourne in November, and playing our debut shows in Melbourne and Sydney. 
 
We also want to start writing the next EP or album, but we want to try something a little different and see some of Australia while we do it. The plan is to pack up and hit the road and stay in some road side motels in the desert. Maybe drive across to Western Australia, and all the way up the west coast into Northern Territory. There has to be an EP on that road somewhere.

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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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Recluse
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Recluse

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

Melbourne, VIC

Why We Run
New

Artist

Why We Run

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

The Tapes
New

Artist

The Tapes

Electronic, Indie, Rock (the, Tapes, Indie, ...)

Sydney, NSW

stonefox
New

Artist

stonefox

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Chill, Indie, Ambient, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Nick Broadhurst
New

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Nick Broadhurst

Electronic, Indie, Pop (cinematic, alternative, lush, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Water Park
New

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Kllo
New

Artist

Kllo

Electronic, Pop (#chill #electronic #beats #melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

GLADES
New

Artist

GLADES

Electronic, Indie, Pop (alternative pop, alternative, Pop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Mallrat

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jul

Mallrat

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Mallrat is a Brisbane-based teenager with a knack for creating outrageously catchy pop tunes. She sings, she raps, she makes everybody dance.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’m still developing my sound!  I listen to everything so my music is a bit mish mash, I think that’s cool though.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
I want to document being human and imperfect and then make people feel something with that.
 
What can punters expect from a Mallrat live show?
Dancing!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I’m learning to drive right now and dad told me “know what you’re doing when you approach a roundabout” and “don’t spend your whole life slowing down for speed bumps”. These are both great metaphors for life.
 
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?
I haven’t been to one in ages because there aren’t enough underage shows and I’m 17! I’ve seen Gill Bates a few times though, he always kills it.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
The Brisbane music scene is so supportive, it feels like a big family. Everyone in a band is in five other bands and if you go to a local hip hop show you’ll catch all the other guys dancing and rapping along for sure. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Make music, friends and travel.

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Crooked Colours

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Crooked Colours

( )

Perth, WA

Crooked Colours are this week's feature artist! We spoke to them about preparing live drums, hard synths and three sloppy rigs for St Jerome's Laneway Festival...

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Our music is pretty diverse from song to song and it has taken us a long time to figure out the music that we really want to make. We listen to as much music as we can and spend a lot of time tinkering around on synths and whatever else we can get our hands on.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can the crowd at Laneway in Fremantle expect from the Crooked Colours live show?
Live drums, hard-synths and three sloppy rigs.  

Who are some other Australian bands/artists that everyone should be checking out this year?
Oscar Key Sung, Deja, PALACE, Safia, Yeo…. ect. You can pretty much throw a stick in Australia and chances are its gonna land on a talented muso right now.

What are your plans for Crooked Colours in 2014?
A fresh EP and a butt load of touring! The first of which will be an Aus tour late February with stops in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Australian music is…?
...hotter than a sausage sizzle at Bunnings on a Sunday!

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OKBADLANDS

Featured Artist

2017

6

Mar

OKBADLANDS

Brisbane, QLD

If you're wondering if it's possible to feel beautiful in every shape and form possible after listening to a piece of music then we have you covered. Kate and Sally will have you falling deep into their world with their band OKBADLANDS.

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

Kate: When we first started writing together, we had fairly different tastes in music. I listened mainly to jazz artists and Sally liked lots of different contemporary genres. But, as with picking up someone’s mannerisms when you hang around with them long enough, writing together meant we eventually took on each other’s tastes. There have been many other songs written before we came to where we are now, and we’re definitely still developing.

Sally: We also have a ‘no bad ideas’ policy. So even when Kate decides to whip out her flute or do wild diva vocals over one of our demos, we’ve resolved to hear each other out, and that allows us room for experimentation.

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

Kate: A combination of working and writing with other artists. I think perhaps it’s easy to get stuck in a creative rut when you hold your cards close to your chest. There is something expansive about doing music as a community with other artists. Sometimes we collaborate with our friends and end up with an utter flop, and sometimes it’s great.

Sally: I love elegant communication in all forms and pursuing that through music inspires me.

What can punters expect from an OKBADLANDS live show?

Kate: A whole lot of harmonies and groove. These are the things we are naturally drawn to and so we integrate them as much as possible. For most of OKBADLANDS’ life we have performed live as a four-piece band, but we’ve recently started doing some electronic shows as a duo, which allows for a different dynamic.

Sally: Us gals having a great time because playing live is our favourite thing, and hopefully said punters having a great time too. Grooves, harmony, and Kate telling the audience ‘what you can’t tell is that I’m usually funny’. We also like to wear sparkles.

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

Kate: ‘Just relax a little bit’ – my older brother, Peter, on account of the fact that I can be pretty rowdy sometimes.

Sally: Not given to me directly, but I read a collection of essays by Annie Dillard recently, and in one of them she wrote – ‘how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives’. Something given directly was an elderly lady who started talking to me on the bus once – as I was leaving she said ‘listen well, speak up, and always have flowers on the table.’ I took that to mean to be attentive and to prioritize contributing beauty to the world as an end in itself.

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

Kate: Asta - Dynamite

Sally: Gang of Youths – Native Tongue

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

Kate: Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over

Sally: Big Scary - Invest

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

Kate: Tame Impala – The Moment

Sally: Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock

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

Kate: I was away for a while, so BADBADNOTGOOD late last year. It was one of the best gigs we’ve attended together. There were bass-piano duos, people moshing to complicated rhythms, soprano sax solos – everything we could have asked for. They’re so skillful and they’ve developed an original sound that we both love.

Sally: The most recent would have been Fractures, who we supported last week. They were great – we loved seeing how the recordings were interpreted in a full-band setting.

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

Kate: We’ve worked alongside a lot of really inspiring people in the Brisbane music community and formed some close friendships. Everyone’s super tight-knit and encouraging.

Sally: There’s so many - GOVS, Golden Vessel, a new act called Akurei, The Creases, The Phoncurves, Seavera, Asha Jefferies, Mid Ayr, Clea – the list goes on. As well as amazing music photographers like Savannah van der Neit, all the sound techs and bookers at the venues here, and all the people who write insightful blogs and zines centred around music. And the legends over at 4ZZZ.

What are your plans for 2017?

Kate: A lot of new things! We’re so excited to release our debut EP later this year. It’s something we’ve been working really hard on for quite some time now. We’re going be playing our first ever headline show in Brisbane, and will hopefully be heading interstate as well.

Sally: Other than that, the plan is to keep writing and developing our sound.

Lastly, would you rather be average playing every instrument or amazing at playing just one instrument?

Kate: Gimme all of them.

Sally: I think I’d prefer to be amazing at just one.

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busy
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busy

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Chill, relax, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Golden Vessel

Featured Artist

2016

2

May

Golden Vessel

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane producer Golden Vessel has got us swooning over his silky smooth production, fluttery synths and choice collaborations.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I bought a synth when I was fourteen and started a band with some mates. We played one show and then called it quits and because I'd just spent all my pocket money on the synth, I decided I better keep making music. I bought Ableton and started making really amateur Breakbot-ish piano funk but slowly evolved to making chill electronic when I discovered artists such as Toro Y Moi, Caribou, SBTRKT, Chet Faker and Flume. I just worked at it for a couple of years and then started the Golden Vessel when I was 16
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I get really inspired by sound, whether that's hearing other artists or mucking around on Ableton and coming up with new sounds or hearing something cool on the street and recording it on my iphone.
 
What can punters expect from a Golden Vessel live show?
I perform live with my mate Connor (aka Whisperer - another Unearthed artist) and so he covers most of the vocal parts and guitar and I play a lot of keys / percussion. I'm also currently making some custom midi controllers with a friend so I'll start to roll them out on stage sometime soon too. I really love live shows that are unexpected and take twists and turns that aren't present on the EP, so I try and pursue that same experience with my live set. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I think it was from Caleb Hodges from Art of Sleeping who told me two years ago to take my time with releasing music and not to rush anything when I was really eager to drop a lot of average content. That advice just helped me to take a step back and continually work at my craft.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
GOVS - Let's Go! I love this guy and this songs super uplifting and fun
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird - Melbourne Bitter. I just discovered these guys on Unearthed and can't stop playing this song on repeat. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Cosmo's Midnight - Walk With Me (feat. Kučka)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
On the weekend I went and saw my mates Ivey and Tiny Little Houses then popped over and caught UV Boi. Both shows were A-grade.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Brisbane has an awesome little hub of people extremely passionate about music that help each other out and build each other up. Especially my boys cln and Feki have really stretched and encouraged me as a musician as well as my fam OK Badlands, Whisperer and Wash who all constantly help each other out in every way possible.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
So my 'Before Sleep' EP is out in June and I'm doing a little Aus tour so keep an eye out for that. I'm also doing a fair bit of production work for some artists in Brisbane. I'm especially excited for the new OK Badlands EP that I'm producing. It's gonna be a fun year.

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Feki
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Feki

Electronic (Future, Soul, Ta-Ku, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Fountaineer
New

Artist

Fountaineer

Indie, Pop, Rock (Bendi-Pop)

Central Victoria, VIC

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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LANKS

Featured Artist

2015

29

Jun

LANKS

( )

Melbourne, VIC

LANKS is a Melbourne-based producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who creates beautifully textured indie pop by layering elements of electronic percussion, warm synthesizers, live instrumentation and his crisp falsetto.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I am constantly developing my sound, and I think that is quite evident in the work I have been releasing, that it's not really set it one area completely. I studied guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts playing jazz so I think that would be one really big influence, the guitar, the instrument I am most proficient at. I think my sound really stems from the blend and melding of acoustic instruments with electronic sounds. I started experimenting with electronic music while I was studying because I was always curious and searching for sounds I hadn't heard before, and there was this huge world of electronic music which I never ventured into with so many possibilities with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I am very inspired by stories. I love how you can really get into a story and it totally takes you somewhere else, and it feels real. That's what a good film or book or song does for me. And I always want to recreate that. Some sort of escape. I think that also leans toward stories of other real people. I don't often write about me, I like to imagine what these experiences that people around are having would be like, and to try to really explore that and empathise with that.
 
What can punters expect a Lanks live show?
I think the live show brings another element in. I usually have a few other people join me on stage, and it's pretty energetic music with the live instrumentation added, particularly drums. It gets pretty rocky at times actually. The other thing I like to do is really mix it up, play a song solo and there can also be a sneaky flute solo sometimes.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When I joined Andy Bull for a few of the dates on his tour earlier this year he said something that I found really grounding. He just said (and I hope he doesn't mind me quoting him) 'it's all a game'. To me this really meant not too worry too much or take it seriously, and don't get hung up on the result of how your work is received or whether everyone loves it or not. Don't take it all personally. Just keep doing your thing and remember it's not the end of the world if someone doesn't like your stuff; write music lots and get better and better at it, that's the best way forward.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Dorsal Fins - Monday Tuesday
So much good energy in this track, get's you up and going whenever you need it.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Hayden Calnin - For My Help
Killer track, killer artist. Very excited to hear the full album when it's out. Not far off now!
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Mansionair - Hold Me Down
I'm more of a chilled party goer so this would be where I would be very much in the zone on the dance floor.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Foreign National playing at the Gasometer. It was great, they're a top notch band. It was really energetic and it's one of my fav rooms to watch bands in Melbourne...and I live nearby which is a bonus.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so many amazing bands and song-writers that inspire me. Matt Kennealy of Canary is one of my favourite songwriters ever, you'll be hearing more from him in the future I feel, amazing lyricist. The guys from Dorsal Fins/Saskwatch/Eagle and the Worm are good friends from uni and are some of the best musicians you'll ever see play anywhere, amazing songwriters too (Liam McGorry/Jarrad Brown). 
The guys from I'lls and also Klo are big influences on me musically, I think their work is beautiful and sonically challenges all your ideas and inspires you to try new ideas and experiment more with beats and synths.
I really could write about artists in Melbourne for another few hours but I'll just add Ainslie Wills, No 1 Dads, Big Scary and Deja as some other ones that I am a big fan of and have listened to a lot that push boundaries and I love their music.
Sorry for everyone I missed!
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
The main thing is to keep writing and get better. I am deep in writing mode at the moment, got a whole heap of demos for the next EP or LP and I'm working on my production skills also. There are other plans but I don't want to spoil too much so I'll leave it at that for now. 

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Lupa J
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Lupa J

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Lupa, Lupa J, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Lilt
New

Artist

Lilt

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

Perth, WA

Moon Holiday

Featured Artist

2014

29

Dec

Moon Holiday

Sydney, NSW

Moon Holiday is the electronic music project of Sydneysider Alex Ward. On New Year's Day she'll be bringing her looped, left-field dance music to Sydney's the Domain as our Field Day competition winner.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? My music came from a slow process of experimenting with electronics instead of real-life musicians. I moved to Australia at 16 and had no friends! I became kind of a recluse because I still felt the need to make music somehow.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? For better or worse, it's usually my own mental turmoil. I think that goes for a lot of people. But more and more I am inspired by actually trying to create new sounds and new forms of expression for myself.

You’re the winner of our Field Day competition. What can punters at Field Day in Sydney expect from the Moon Holiday live show? At this point I'm aiming to make it a little more energetic than my usual live show, because it is generally pretty moody and even subdued! It'd be nice to start the New Year with a bang.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? One of my best friends recently used actual hand-drawn diagrams in her advice to me, which I found both hilarious and extremely useful! Another of my best friends is full of gentle and comforting wisdom, so even though she is a cool young musician, a day with her can be like visiting a wise grandmother.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? That's easy, Rainbow Chan's song 'Haircut'. It's about getting over things and moving on, and her music always creates a sense of wonder, like anything's possible. She's the best friend I mention above, cool and fresh but so wise and nurturing! https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/rainbow-chan

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? Also easy! HTRK - my favourite Australian music, maybe just my favourite music overall. When their song 'Give It Up' came out late last year ahead of their full album I used to just whack it on repeat and cry a bunch. I was having a hard time, but it's such a beautiful track, such an unusual duality through that whole album. https://soundcloud.com/mistletone/htrk-give-it-up

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? Collarbones - 'Turning', because it's fierce as hell. When I first heard it I constantly walked around listening to it like I was in a music video, which is how you know a song is good. https://soundcloud.com/collarbones/turning

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it? I went to see Lucy Cliche and Alba (both locals) supporting Factory Floor (from the UK) at Oxford Art Factory recently. It was great, a really well thought-out lineup and everyone impressed the crowd, especially remarkable because it was a Tuesday night and people were actually getting kinda loose.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. It's come to the point where most people I know in Sydney are tied to the music community in some way, either directly or indirectly. Some of my close friends make music I'm floored by, every time they show me something. Most of them are involved with Sydney's Astral People, who probably need no introduction, but through being a part of that incredibly supportive family I've found room to grow as a musician and be heard properly - without ever being made to feel like the end goal is huge commercial success. I think we all feel like Sydney is an excellent place to be, and for once there aren't as many people fleeing the country to 'make it' outside.

What are your plans for 2015? Despite saying I'm glad people aren't fleeing Sydney, that's what I'm doing for a couple of months in the New Year. I decided to take a break after finishing my new EP (due out early 2015) and go live in Bangkok for a while! I'd like to be somewhere different to make new music, for another EP or an album, perhaps a side-project to get out different things. But I can't wait to come back as well - I started producing a radio show for FBI Radio recently, so I'll be continuing that job as well. I just want to get stuff out there really.

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NORTH ELEMENTS
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NORTH ELEMENTS

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Ambient, Chill, Chill House, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

LASTLINGS
New

Artist

LASTLINGS

Electronic, Indie, Pop (LASTLINGS, Dream-Pop, alternative)

Gold Coast, QLD

Owen Rabbit

Featured Artist

2015

14

Dec

Owen Rabbit

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Owen Rabbit is a multi-instrumentalist and producer out of Melbourne's northern suburbs. He plays rubbish, bottles and matches like instruments, anything he can find that makes a sound.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I got given a field recorder for my birthday by my parents when I was a teenager. I loved recording sounds from unusual places and I loved travelling. I used my field recorder through Morocco and the Southern Europe and started to place those samples in whatever beats I was making. Then I got a loop pedal and a microphone and tested out live sampling with whatever trinkets I could find. I love sounds. I love foley in films it really inspires me. I guess that mixed with my love of electronic music and jazz and soul mashes up into something like my music.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When I write songs I can draw on personal experiences or anything that affects me on an emotional level. Sometimes I'll try put myself in other people's shoes and imagine what they're going through. I usually write music when I'm not near my instruments. I tend to think about little hooks, sounds or sometimes whole songs when I'm on the bus walking somewhere. Sometimes I even drift off when I'm talking to someone.
 
What can punters expect from an Owen Rabbit live show?
I build a piece of music layer by layer with my toys and rubbish. Then I play my synths and drum pads, my guitar and use my voice. Sometimes it's a little rough but it's because it's all happening right there.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Lachlan Mitchell told me once to encourage myself to be sensitive. He said that there's all different kinds of people in the world and they all play an important part and contribute to helping human kind as a whole. And while usually those who are strong are celebrated for their stoicism, their sportsmanship or their abilities as leaders, humanity needs sensitive people just as much to help guide them through their dark times and show them they aren't alone. 
 
I personally can't think of a better explanation for how and why people make art. That guy kinda blew my mind. He's an incredible musician.
 
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?
Dear Plastic, Kalacoma, Matt Kelly (Mayfair Kytes) at The Workers Club. It was incredible. My 3 favourite acts in Melbourne. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Hiatus Kaiyote are pretty undeniable. They're incredible. I supported Nai Palm for one of my first gigs, she's an incredible vocalist. I loved the raw energy of Mangelwurzel when I first saw them a few years ago. And the phronetic, surreal and impossibly complex Kalacoma have such an inspiring approach to live sound. They are a very much live electronic band. There's so much good music in Melbourne.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I plan to release an EP early in the year. Then I'm going to Brighton, England for the Great Escape Festival and some shows in Europe. After that I'll be doing my first Australian headline tour and getting stuck into writing my debut album.
 

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TASH SULTANA

Featured Artist

2016

16

May

TASH SULTANA

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Melbourne, VIC

Tash Sultana is a talented and captivating young multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne who has already built up a passionate following from years of open mic nights, busking and home video recordings. We're stoked to be featuring her all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound and am forever developing my sound by being inspired by different aspects of my life and compiling it together with knowledge of sound and different instruments. Creating music has no limitation.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Emotion, I think that's the centre of all creation.
 
What can punters expect from a Tash Sultana live show?
A hell of a lot of energy from one tiny little person.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
To forever remain loyal to your gut instinct - my dad told me that 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Chet Faker - Terms and Conditions
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Mia Dyson- Jesse
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
So Soldier - #1 Dads
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local show I went to was a dude who busks around Melbourne called Reuben Stone. This guy can literally do and create anything all by live looping. He's a huge part of my motivation.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There's a few who I've met around over the years who've become some of my really good friends and I suppose we just push each other to work really hard and further inspire each other to be better musicians. Lyall Moloney, Reuben Stone, Josh Cashman to name a few.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Got some pretty crazy plans for the rest of the year - taking things overseas. Kind of all seems a bit surreal to be honest.

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