Indie, Pop, Rock (#70s Rock #alternative #Rock #psychedelic #Pop #indie # 60's rock #dreampop)
TOYOTOMI is your Feature legend all this week on triple j Unearthed. Join him on the stacked Origin Fields lineup over the New Years as he dominates the stage as our Unearthed comp winner.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
For me the TOYOTOMI sound is a reflection of my environment which is always changing. My sound is something that is continually developing and it's quite impulsive. It’s a collection of my fantasies, personal issues, life stories, obscure memories and other stuff. I find it difficult defining my music because it’s something very subconscious for me and because I try to make music that can have a different form of significance for each listener. I suppose you just have to listen to know.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My surroundings. From the people I meet, places I go, sounds I hear, feelings I experience. I like using my five senses man, sometimes six. Also I can’t forget my friends, them as individuals inspire my music a lot.
What can punters expect from a TOYOTOMI live show?
I’d like to think that not all TOYOTOMI shows are the same but we do keep it consistent with the great higher frequency vibes, exceptional song transitions, outstanding smoke machine action, lighting complimentary to sonic experience – a great production really. Haha nah I just have a lot of fun serving the people and hope that my smile is infectious.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My Mum told me to be balanced in all aspects of my life. I like that a lot.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
“Find Some Friends” by No Nomad. I miss you Louie!
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I think I could make someone cry if I played them my song “Rust”. Full band and all, I think I could do it.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
“Swipey” by Llehna. Probably just play the whole Llehna’s World project top to bottom.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I haven’t been out in a bit but I think it was a No Nomad gig at The Bird and that was T R E M E N D O U S! A lot of cool gigs around Perth but I’ve just been trying to fix my sleeping pattern man.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth community that inspire you.
I’m grateful to be friends with most of the Perth people that inspire me musically. People like Max Black, Llehna, Seul, Morph, JCAL, Louie White, that’s really family. But outside music my mother and my aunt really inspire me, all my immigrants inspire me, the working class inspires me, your struggle inspires me!
What are your plans for 2019?
I got plenty singles on the way, more videos, more shows and maybe a project. I wrote songs all this year so I’m filling everybody newsfeeds with new songs all 2019. Next year I plan on being happier, more grateful, more loving, more present and I also plan on signing up to do yoga classes, maybe.View Profile Hide Interview
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.
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?View Profile Hide Interview
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.