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Mimi Gilbert
New

Artist

Mimi Gilbert

Indie (Indie, folk, cinematic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Juliet Sunflower
New

Artist

Juliet Sunflower

Indie, Pop, Roots (folk, alt-country, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Eastbound Buzz
New

Artist

Eastbound Buzz

Indie, Rock, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

Elliott Willis
UH
New

Artist

Elliott Willis

Indie, Pop, Roots (Indie, beach, Australian, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Bec Sykes

Featured Artist

2020

10

Aug

Bec Sykes

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Bec Sykes!

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

I would describe my music as moody folk. I've always had a love of melancholy. Growing up I was drawn to film scores and the atmosphere they created. I also listened to a lot of emo music at school. Vocally I admire singers that use their voice emotively and in an interesting way - I think artists like Sigur Ros, Regina Spektor and Elizabeth Fraser have influenced my vocal style. I love performances when it's just a singer-songwriter with their instrument and voice. I'm trying to lean into that minimalism and intimacy and to trust my intuition.
 

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

Quiet time, walking, nature, conversations and strong emotions.
 

What can punters expect from a Bec Sykes live show?

Me playing piano or guitar and singing sad songs.
 

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

"You'll probably still feel anxious pursuing the things you want to do, feeling anxiety isn't a reason not to do them." - My psychologist

Also, "Be kind to yourself when you write." - Ainslie Wills

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

'What's the Deal with David?' by Oh Pep

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

'If You Call' by Angie McMahon (in a cathartic way)


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

'Absolutely Everybody' by Vanessa Amorosi

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

I think it was Alexander Biggs, Ruby Gill & David Western at Common Rooms back in Feb. It was my birthday and I sat at the back in the corner and closed my eyes, it was the perfect introverted sad girl party. Seated gigs are my fave gigs.
 

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

There's so many! Some of my favourite Melbourne artists are Gaia Scarf, Charm of Finches, GraceJean, Low Key Crush and Half the Andes. They all have incredible voices/harmonies and they write clever songs and grab my heart and twist it in the best way.
 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

I was lucky enough to win the Josh Pyke Partnership which involves a grant, so I'm planning to record an EP with the grant funds.

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Matt Lister
New

Artist

Matt Lister

Indie, Pop (#Alternative, #indie, #altpop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Charlie Gradon
New

Artist

Charlie Gradon

Indie, Rock (#indiefolk, #indierock, #folkrock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Elle Músa
New

Artist

Elle Músa

Indie, Pop (Pop, french, happy, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Taylah Carroll
New

Artist

Taylah Carroll

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

lindsay
New

Artist

lindsay

Indie (Indie, guitar, Lofi)

Melbourne, VIC

Dom Youdan
New

Artist

Dom Youdan

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Roots (Pop, Alt-pop, New, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Rosie and The Quest
New

Artist

Rosie and The Quest

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (Soul, Rnb, hip hop, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Michael Dunstan
New

Artist

Michael Dunstan

Indie, Rock

Perth, WA

Halewood
New

Artist

Halewood

Indie

Newcastle, NSW

Leah Grant
New

Artist

Leah Grant

Indie

Perth, WA

Alinta
New

Artist

Alinta

Indie, Roots (eclectic, roots, First Nations, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Reins
New

Artist

Reins

Indie, Rock, Roots (Indie, Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, ...)

Perth, WA

Good Deeds
New

Artist

Good Deeds

Hip Hop (#hiphop, #R&B, #soul, ...)

Perth, WA

Lawson Hull
New

Artist

Lawson Hull

Indie, Pop, Rock

Newcastle, NSW

Time Robb & the Stealing Hours Band
New

Artist

Time Robb & the Stealing Hours Band

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (dad, Rock, dadrock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Gilbert
New

Artist

Ruby Gilbert

Indie, Rock, Roots (#roots, #singer songwriter, #Alternative, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

ThatKidMaz
New

Artist

ThatKidMaz

Dance, Hip Hop, Roots (#new, #Australia, #summer, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Alexander Biggs

Featured Artist

2016

12

Sep

Alexander Biggs

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Devastatingly evocative "sad boy folk" out of Melbourne's inner north.

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How did you first get into playing music?
I first got into music by just wanting to copy my sister - she played piano when I was quite young and I just looked up to her and wanted to copy her. So I've been playing piano for 15 or 16 years now. I started out doing just classical stuff then later found a lot of hardcore, emo and alternative bands that I got my angst out with, and from there got into contemporary music a bit more.
 
What sort of music were you exposed to when you were younger?
When I think about the music I was exposed to when I was younger I can only recall negative experiences. My mum raised me on a lot of Backstreet Boys and Shania Twain. I get that some people might like that, but it was a pretty dismal experience for me.
 
How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound through a lot of trial and error. Initially it was hardcore and alternative music that opened me up to how emotions can be conveyed in song. Through that I discovered artists like Elliot Smith, Bright Eyes, Bon Iver and other artists that know how to emote really well. So I think a lot of the process has been trying different things until something's clicked and since this has clicked it's been about finding the best way to convey and emote the things I want to say.
 
How would you describe your sound now?
I like to think of it as fairly honest music. I try not to dress it up too much. It's just an exploration of ideas that are going on in my head. My approach is to sing the songs in a way that is like you and I are just hanging out and I'm telling you what's going on. Describing it as "raw" might be a little cliche, but it is quite genuine and unfiltered. It's been called 'sad boy folk'. Just listen and have a cry.
 
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A lot of the inspiration for the songs I write just comes out as the songs manifest themselves. It feels like unconscious writing. It comes from a place that's quite heartfelt. The stories usually come from personal experiences or they are reflections on a personal experience. The occasional song will be inspired by a friends experience, but it's all pretty close to home.
 
How and where do you produce your songs?
I produce all my songs out of my bedroom in Thornbury, Melbourne. It's a beautiful area. My house is on the corner of a road, so there's a lot of heavy traffic going by. I record and mix all my music there - so that's why if you listen really close you'll probably hear a car or some birds in my tracks.
 
What do you do when you're not creating music?
When I'm not creating music, I'm performing music. It's become so much a part of my identity that I don't do much aside from create, record or play music. When I'm not playing my own stuff, I'm playing in mate's bands.
 
What can punters epect from an Alexander Biggs live show?
When you come to a live show you can expect me and an acoustic guitar. I'm working on putting a band together, but for now it's just me. It's a very simple setup and an even more honest experience than listening to my recordings, because there's no production or double-tracking. You can hear every word of my songs, plus I can give you some cheesy banter inbetween them.
 
Please tell us about the Melbourne music scene.
The Melbourne music scene is a beautiful and incredible thing, and I'm so blessed to be involved in something so genuine and cool. It's friendly and embracing, there's great venues and just so much incredible talent to play shows with.

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Danika Smith
New

Artist

Danika Smith

Pop, Roots (Soul, folk, Songwriter)

Melbourne, VIC

DAN PARSONS
New

Artist

DAN PARSONS

Indie, Roots (Sun Kil Moon, wilco, James Taylor, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Barren Spinsters
New

Artist

The Barren Spinsters

Rock, Roots (Rock, blues, Funk, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
New

Artist

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (americana, alt.country, West Coast California 1970s Rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Anna & Jordan
New

Artist

Ben Leece
New

Artist

James Bennett
New

Artist

James Bennett

Indie, Pop, Roots (JAMES, Bennett, Indie, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Gerard Starling
New

Artist

Gerard Starling

Indie, Rock, Roots (folk, Rock, Singer-Songwriter, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jazure
New

Artist

Jazure

Electronic, Indie, Pop (synth-funk, Producer, Electonic Soul)

Sydney, NSW

Cathy Diver
New

Artist

Cathy Diver

Indie, Roots (folk)

Canberra, ACT

Mia Pisano
New

Artist

Mia Pisano

Indie, Rock, Roots (Singer-Songwriter, country, folk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Joe Mungovan
New

Artist

Joe Mungovan

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots

Illawarra, NSW

John Keenan
New

Artist

John Keenan

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Soul, Pop, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

BOY SODA
New

Artist

BOY SODA

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop

Central Coast, NSW

LAVRENCE
New

Artist

LAVRENCE

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

LORREN
New

Artist

LORREN

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (Rnb, Soul, Australian, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Stevie Bankster
New

Artist

Stevie Bankster

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop, Roots (Stevie, bankster, Rnb, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Josh Lee Hamilton

Joshua Hamilton, aka Surjosh, writes his acoustic folky tunes in his bedroom in Brisbane. He uses music as an escape from the structured reality of studying an engineering degree!

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Describe your music...

Ahhhh, such a hard question!!! I try to do my own thing. I suppose generally it has an easy going acoustic feel with folk and roots melodies decorated by layered harmonies (I love creating layers with harmony).Yeh so call it what you will, because when people ask me 'so what type of music do you play', I always struggle to come up with a concise categorical answer. My lyrics are about the deeper thoughts of life and the sweet simplicities that make life so interesting.

Describe your local music scene...

Brisbane always seems to a have a consistent flow of quality acts (being a capital city and all). I myself am not really involved in it as I am bit of a closet musician, but I am starting to pick up my act and do some random open mic nights at my uni bar. I grew up in Byron Bay and it had a good folk and roots scene, which significantly influenced me when I was younger. Brissy is full of musical diversity and talent, and is a good place to go out and see a quality performance.

Where and when are you most inspired to write music?

All my music is recorded and written in a little side room, where I have taped mattresses to the walls to make it soundproof for recording. I am always strumming a guitar and singing mindless lyrics to a melody that I have created. The lyrics aren't as organic and easy flowing as the music and I have to sit down and think about what I am going to write. Hopefully that will come naturally in good time. I have tonnes of melodies in my head, ready for a song, but I don’t have enough lyrics to match them. I am always inspired by my favourite artists such as Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens etc. All these artists explore emotions, meaning and truth in their music and my relationship with Jesus also inspires me to explore these things in the creative form of music .

What was the last album you bought? What made you buy it?

Elliott Smith’s, “From a Basement on a Hill'. Elliott Smith has certain unpredictability about him, from album to album, and Basement on a Hill is full of beautiful folk ballads contrasted by raw, indie rock. The influence of the Beatles is written all over the album, and that is always a good thing especially when mixed with such a talented and original artist as Elliott Smith. It is also the album just before his death-very interesting and sad.

When you're not making and playing music what do you do?

I study a rigorous and disciplined degree known as Civil Engineering at the University Of Queensland. It stimulates the other half of my brain. I'm not quite sure how good it works though. I also love to surf ... I love it; it is the best way to enjoy God's creation. Well that's what I think anyway.

Describe your ideal gig ... who would be there? Where would it be?

First of all my mum would have to be there because she is my biggest fan and my only groupie. I actually like the idea of playing to strangers. Strangers can only know who you are by your music, if they like it great, if not then it isn't personal. Friends are cool but can be awkward crowd to play to, especially when parts of your songs are written about them. I like the idea of any small cafe, or a bar that is cosy and chilled.

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Dulcie

Featured Artist

2019

18

Feb

Dulcie

( )

Perth, WA

Perth super ladies Dulcie wow'd us with their debut single 'Fall' and we can't wait for you to hear it all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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

I don’t think any of us quite know how we developed Dulcie to sound the way it does. It’s really been such a subconscious fusion of all of the music that the four of us have ever listened to or been inspired by individually. At any given time, any one of hundreds of potential influences could shine through and push our sound in another direction. Hopefully that will be something that people will continue to find interesting about listening to our music. At the moment we’re really exploring how to incorporate multiple-part harmonies and that's always been a pretty consistent idea for us all. 

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

Definitely each other and our personal and combined love for music. We all really egg each other on in rehearsal and write music together so I think it’s probably fair to say that our biggest inspiration is other musicians and the ability to inspire and collaborate with each other. Songs come together that much quicker when you’ve got three other people in the room getting hyped up over your ideas.

What can punters expect from a Dulcie live show?

You can definitely expect a few laughs, we don’t take ourselves too seriously on stage so punters can expect a bit of a giggle with/at us for sure! You can probably expect to have a bit of a dance and maybe some cheeky sing-a-longs and clapping on the beat too- we love that stuff!

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

As silly as it sounds, my mum has this frame full of motivational quotes hanging above our toilet at home and there is this one quote that says “Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” I feel like this has always been a really important thing in reminding me to choose what I want to do because I love it rather than what will give the biggest instant reward. This whole philosophy has definitely helped more than one musician in my life to decide to either study music or commit their time to writing and making music, follow their dream because they love it and want to have the experience, not necessarily the money or the fancy degree. Touring and playing music is the biggest source of cool experiences and stories to tell so it’s pretty relevant to all of us.

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

100% ‘Exactly How You Are’ by Ball Park Music. It’s got me smiling after the first sentence every single time, it is the most wonderful song and sometimes people need a little reminder that it’s okay to be who they are and they “don’t have to swim upstream”.

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

That’s a tough one! We’re gonna have to go with Sawteeth by Spacey Jane. It’s just a beautiful song and you can’t help but shed a few tears to it. If you haven’t checked them out, prepare yourself for some of the most beautiful songwriting ever.

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

Surely it would be a sin not to put on ‘Let It Happen’ by Tame Impala. Not sure about everyone else, but we’re never at a party that doesn’t get around a bit of a boogie to that huge tune.

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

I think the last one was probably the Across The Road Music Festival in Bunbury (that’s down south, does that count?). We played a little festival down in Bunbury at the start of the month with a bunch of other Perth bands and it was SO FUN. Every single band or artist that performed killed it, there were little op shop stalls, food trucks, pop up bars and the whole thing was zero-waste. Basically it was everything you could ever ask for.

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

The list of people in Perth that inspire us goes on forever and ever. Within our little family at Across The Road Music there is a really inspiring space to create in. We have some great mates in some great Perth bands (Wooly Mammoth, Great Gable, Carla Geneve, Death By Denim, King Ibis, Lilia, Grace Armstrong- the list goes on). It’s always been a pleasure to play and hang out with everybody that we have had the chance to so far and there is certainly no lack of inspiration in the Perth music community.

What are your plans for 2019?

2019 is shaping up to be a big one! We’ll definitely be jumping into the studio and putting out some new music. Starting this week, we’re going on our first ever national tour with our good friends (and amazing Perth band) Great Gable so we’re all super keen for that! Every day things change and become bigger and more exciting so we’re keeping it pretty chilled out while we do this tour and hopefully over the next few weeks we’ll get a bit more of a detailed idea of what this year holds for us.

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Boy Jeriko
New

Artist

Boy Jeriko

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (#boyjeriko, #SPACEBOY, #indie, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Najah
New

Artist

Najah

Indie, Pop (r&b, Alternative R&B, Experimental)

Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Korts
New

Artist

Lucy Korts

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (Pop, r&b, hip hop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Kinnon
New

Artist

Kinnon

Indie, Roots

Western Victoria, VIC

BATTS
New

Artist

BATTS

Indie, Pop (Batts, space, folk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Gill
New

Artist

Ruby Gill

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Singer-Songwriter, Indie, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Sammi Constantine
New

Artist

Sammi Constantine

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

Sydney, NSW

Arroyo
New

Artist

Arroyo

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock

Gold Coast, QLD

Jay Verbatim
New

Artist

Jay Verbatim

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Roots (Pop, 2018, soul-pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Zuri Akoko
New

Artist

Zuri Akoko

Dance, Electronic (Experimental, Electronic, UK Garage, ...)

Sydney, NSW

darby
New

Artist

Velvet Bloom
New

Artist

Bard of Brunswick
New

Artist

Bard of Brunswick

Indie, Rock, Roots (folk, Folk-Rock, roots, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

King Social
New

Artist

King Social

Dance, Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (Party Band, King Social, country, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

The Dreggs
New

Artist

The Dreggs

Indie, Pop, Roots (Acoustic, duo, Indi, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Kaitlin Keegan
New

Artist

Estelle Conley Music
New

Artist

Estelle Conley Music

Indie, Roots (folk, Indie, country, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Ben Wilson
New

Artist

Ben Wilson

Indie, Rock, Roots (folk, the button collective, Acoustic, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Dave Sonntag
New

Artist

Dave Sonntag

Indie, Roots (alternative, Indie, Acoustic)

Perth, WA

Little Quirks
New

Artist

Little Quirks

Indie, Pop, Roots (folk, Pop, Indie, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Alec Randles
New

Artist

Alec Randles

Indie, Roots (roots, guitar, Singer, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Jess Dale
New

Artist

Jess Dale

Indie, Rock, Roots (Alternative grunge, folk, americana, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Jimmy Davis
New

Artist

Jimmy Davis

Indie, Rock, Roots (Alternative Rock)

Sunshine, QLD

Alana Jagt
New

Artist

Alana Jagt

Indie, Pop, Rock (Adelaide, Pop, Rock, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Max Messer
New

Artist

Max Messer

Roots

Brisbane, QLD

Kat Edwards
New

Artist

Kat Edwards

Indie, Pop, Rock

Hobart, TAS

P.T. Collis
New

Artist

P.T. Collis

Indie, Roots (artist, guitar, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Andrew Phelan
New

Artist

Andrew Phelan

Indie, Rock, Roots (americana, Acoustic, folk)

Sydney, NSW

Fingermae
New

Artist

Fingermae

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock, Roots (queer, newtown, sydney, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Spectral Fires
New

Artist

Spectral Fires

Punk, Rock (Rock, Hardcore, carpathian, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Berkeley Hunts
New

Artist

The Berkeley Hunts

Indie, Punk, Roots (folk, Punk, Acoustic)

Melbourne, VIC

Wolf Gordon
New

Artist

The Seven Ups
New

Artist

The Seven Ups

Roots (Sly and the Family Stone, Funk, afro, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Alex Bell
New

Artist

Alex Bell

Indie, Roots (Augie March, Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

The Skeleton Club
New

Artist

The Skeleton Club

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (blues, folk, Gary Clark Jr, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Didirri

Featured Artist

2017

2

Oct

Didirri

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter Didirri has been one of the most exciting new emergents of 2017. His latest offering 'Jude' is a sweet and delicate blend of powerful emotion and sombre folk your heart will melt for.

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

I developed a sense of storytelling and everything else kind of just fell into place. Ideas are always changing and growing and expanding so it's hard to tell when or how I developed a sound. I like to work in a cave when recording. I like to listen to very specific artists and draw inspiration from them. I learnt to trust my gut feeling a lot. I learnt to not be afraid to tell myself that something isn't right or isn't working, always remembering that things need time to simmer and to spice them up in the right way. And I keep trying to add things to tracks that are just for me and that no one may notice.

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

Greatest source of inspiration would definitely be other musicians and other artists. Just other people and their stories really. I'm reflecting on my own experiences and tying theirs together.

What can punters expect from a Didirri live show?

It will depend on whether they see me perform solo or with the band. They are definitely two very different experiences but I try to make it feel like I am always playing to each audience member one on one.

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

"If you have a plan B you don't realistically think you can achieve plan A. If you fail to achieve plan A, just make a new plan A and screw plan B" - Jack the Bear (Mastering Engineer).

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

I always go back to Paul Kelly for inspiration. He's great to get over anything you're going through. 'Meet Me In The Middle of the Air' is the song by Paul Kelly that I would recommend.

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

'Boys Will be Boys' by Stella Donnelly.

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

'The Cracks' by Peter Sonic.

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

Tom Walker and the Sick Individuals. Mesmerising.

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

Yes, yes, whatever... Hayden Calnin, Sonija Yves, Jordie Lane and Angie McMahon. They are all just being very, very real!

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

MAKE SOME MUSIC!!! The EP is nearly done.

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Jacob de Gaye
New

Artist

Jacob de Gaye

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots

Perth, WA

Shukura Chapman
New

Artist

Shukura Chapman

Indie, Roots (Soul, blues, roots, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Nhatty Man & Gara
New

Artist

Nhatty Man & Gara

Roots (Ethiopian, Reggae, roots, ...)

Melbourne, VIC