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Stone Lions
New

Artist

Stone Lions

Pop, Punk, Rock (Punk Rock, Pop Punk, Rock, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

THE CHATS
New

Artist

THE CHATS

Punk, Rock (#Punk)

Sunshine, QLD

EAST AV3
New

Artist

EAST AV3

Hip Hop

Adelaide, SA

JAMO
New

Artist

JAMO

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

Melbourne, VIC

Hoodzy

Featured Artist

2019

1

Jul

Hoodzy

Perth, WA

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring 16 y/o legend, Hoodzy!

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

The Hoodzy sound definitely came from a lot of trial and error and using different aspects from a lot of genres but my sound is hands down inspired by the grime scene. 

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

Putting my people, my sisters, everybody that I represent on the map. 

What can punters expect from a Hoodzy live show?

High energy, blasting sounds & a safe environment for everybody in the place. 

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

The best advice I’ve been given was to never change myself or my sound for anyone. That came from my no.1 supporter who happens to be my girlfriend. 

 

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

Its definitely gotta be Kaiit and her track 'Miss Shiney'. If those vibes don’t cheer you up I don’t know what will. 

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

Now that ones gotta be Kobie dee and his track 'Jody'. The storytelling in that track is just mind blowing. 

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

I think we all know Onefour. Spot the Difference is the only real way to kick off a dance floor. 

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

It was a free show on the beach that Montaigne played. It was crazy. That lady can move.

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

It’s gotta be Jesswar from QLD. Just the power and confidence that the girl brings is crazy. Definitely something a young girl like me would look up to. 

What are your plans for 2019?

The plans from 2019 is just to establish my music in the scene & bring as much energy to the table as I can.

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A.GIRL

Featured Artist

2019

8

Oct

A.GIRL

Sydney, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Western Sydney artist, A.GIRL!

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

I like to think my music is different and that I don’t follow trends. My current sound comes from a fusion of the music I listen to and my feelings in the moment of writing my songs. My sound is constantly evolving, as the more I live and experience, the more music I create, the more new layers will be added to my songs. 

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

Healing is definitely my greatest inspiration. Music has helped me express emotions in a way that no other form of expression could do. 

What can punters expect from an A.GIRL live show?

LIVE SHOWS FOR ME ARE LIFE. I like making people feel connected and especially making them dance, I even like it when they do the stank face lol. Seeing someone feel the same way I feel from a lyric or even from a bass line is something really special. The same vibe my audience can feel during my show, is the same one I have on the stage with my band. We’re very tight, basically family. My younger sister does the BVs, my guitarist has been my friend since year 5 (we met at our High School’s Open Day) and we all went to High School together. We love sharing this experience. 

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

‘Be good or be good at it' - it’s my mum’s life motto. She always says that no matter what you do, good or bad, or even something risky, go all in. It’s the only way you won’t have regrets.

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

‘Elastic Heart’ from Sia ft. The Weeknd. This song will put a smile on anyone’s face! 

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

‘Uppers & Downers’ from Isaac Puerile. This song can make anyone cry or is it just me?

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

Ridin’ Manu Crooks’ mood forever.

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

The Area movement: This event was amazing! I often go to live music events and gigs to support artists, which usually means that I have to travel from South Granville into the city centre. The Area Movement took place in Parramatta, which meant that it was five minutes up the road from my house! WE NEED MORE OF THESE EVENTS IN WEST SYDNEY.

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

The current Sydney female music scene is very inspiring to me #YTG (yeah the girls!): Milan Ring, Bea Moon, Temgazi, Lara Andallo to name a few. I can’t leave out the boys Cult Shotta, Free Souls and Manu Crooks, who are putting Sydney on the map. There are many more Sydney artists who inspire my music, but there’s no room to name them all!

What are your plans for the rest of 2019?

At the moment I’m focusing on writing catchy vibes with a few producers and other artists, but I also want to do more live performances, because my band is currently on fire! My plans also include looking after my physical, mental and spiritual health and cross off my list some of my 2019-2020 goals: Reaching 100K streams on Spotify, do triple j’s ‘Like A Version’…  ‘wink wink’, get more international things popping for 2020 and overall be a good human being.

 

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Tyne-James Organ
New

Artist

Tyne-James Organ

Indie

Melbourne, VIC

EGOISM

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

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

We make dreamy emotional guitar pop. Real "headphones on the train" music i think haha. We developed it pretty gradually. We just listening to a lot of 90s shoegaze and then mixed it with a modern indie pop sound.

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

Don't need inspiration! It forces its way out of us, whether we want it or not.

What can punters expect from an EGOISM live show?

Our live shows are pretty intense. We get super into it. You should come with your best friend and just hug them the whole time.

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

From my friend Mia. "If writing cheesy pop songs makes you happy then just just do it. Who cares if it makes you uncool to sad indie boys?"

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

This is literally our brand omg. No, but we'd probs play "Sugar and Spice" by Hatchie. It's just so upbeat.

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

'Lily' by Moaning Lisa. I legit have to avoid listening to it in public.

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

Depends on the vibe but I'd say 'Figured Out' by Alta or '4ever' by The Veronicas.

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

Brightness in Surry Hills. It was incredible but it was a very quiet sit down gig and there was this very annoying couple just screaming at eachother about text messages half the time lol.

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

Ultracrush for pure songwriting genius. Shady Nasty for for total live intensity. Julia Jacklin for just incredible work ethic and always being so grounded and nice to talk to. Not just saying this, but Unearthed as a staff and an institution, there's just nothing like it in the whole world! We're very appreciative hahaha.

What are your plans for 2019?

Going to Bigsound!! And then just heaps more recording and writing and playing live and all that good stuff you know.

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Congrats
New

Artist

Congrats

Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Good Doogs

Featured Artist

2018

7

May

Good Doogs

Perth, WA

Mandurah party starters, Good Doogs are this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Be sure not to miss them this weekend as they open Groovin the Moo in Bunbury.

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

Our Sound is hugely influenced by the “Californian Sound” bands like Best Coast, Wavves, Cloud Nothings and Fidlar but with our own Australian twist on it.

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

Having fun! The responses of people after shows, it’s a pretty surreal feeling to know that you and your music is the reason that someone is so psyched. We just wanna have fun forever and music is our outlet for that.

What can punters expect from a Good Doogs live show?

Hahaha umm... really high energy, lots of fun and lots of smiles. As we said, we just wanna have fun. That’s why we do it! 

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

I can’t remember who told me this, but the advice that has probably best served us to this point is, "don’t play every show that you are offered". Play the shows that will further the band (good support slots for bands that are bigger than you or good headline slots for the money you deserve) if you aren’t getting anything from the show, there is no point in playing it. Every band has a certain amount of “hype points” and if you spend them all really quickly on bad shows then no one will come to your good shows when you need them to!

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

I think it’s nearly impossible to be devo when “Spring Has Sprung” by Skegss is playing. The whole song is just super upbeat and dreamy then the lyrics are literally about it coming into summertime and better weather and all the good shit associated with that.

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

I’d play them “Not Worth Hiding” by Alex the Astronaut. I’d get them to really listen to the lyrics and put themselves in that position growing up gay in a world that hasn’t necessarily been completely accepting of gay people. The lyrics in that song are super strong and I reckon would get more than a few people. 

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

'Covered in Chrome' by Violent Soho. 100% go-to-song to psych any crowd up haha.

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

Went to The Drop festival in Margaret River with Dune Rats and Ruby Fields and it was sick. They don’t get heaps of gigs down there so the crowd get real psyched and the vibe is sick at those shows. 

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

That’s kind of the thing about Mandurah, we don’t really have an established music scene. Anyone that gets any good seems to move away, we don’t even have a live music venue in Mandurah which is sad for a city with 150k people. There are still a couple of bands here, but I guess we are kind of the trailblazers in the music scene here at the moment, but that in itself inspires me. The fact that I know we have other bands in Mandurah looking up to us makes me want to push harder to get further and use our position to further establish a music scene in Mandurah for the next crop of kids coming through - something that we didn’t really have. 

What are your plans for 2018?

 2018...hopefully get to Bigsound in September. We have another single coming out in a couple of weeks and going out on tour with Tired Lion too. Looking to release more songs, possibly an EP towards the end of the year but I suppose it will depend on what happens at Bigsound. Whatever happens, we plan on having fun!

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Bec Stevens
New

Artist

Bec Stevens

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

Adelaide, SA

Hockey Dad

Featured Artist

2014

15

Dec

Hockey Dad

( )

Illawarra, NSW

Fuzzed-out surf pop duo Hockey Dad have capped off a huge year by winning our Falls Festival competition. You can catch these Leisure Coast legends on stage at Falls in Byron Bay this New Years Eve.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's really hard to determine how we developed our sound, as it was never forced. The music we listen to would have to be an obvious influence, although I think being best mates for 13 years has really inspired us to to write songs that simply just feel natural to us. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Our ridiculous tastes in music. We could be jamming out to Aretha Franklin, and a moment later we'd throw on some Beastie Boys and fire up. I think we've slowly become more open minded with the songs we listen to, which is cool. There's always something to take from every genre.
 
You’re the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can punters at Falls in Byron Bay expect from the Hockey Dad live show?
Being regular punters ourselves, we've always been watching bands having the time of their lives at epic festivals, so we're unbelievably stoked to finally be having a dig ourselves! For the legends that come see us... you can expect blood, sweat and beers... sprinkled with cheeky grins and a few brand new songs!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When we were chilling with the Duniez fellas down the coast one weekend, Danny was chatting with us about the decision to not have a bass player. The one thing we remember from that night, was him saying "You guys just do what you want to do, don't worry about what other people want. As long as you're having fun, people will be diggin it." 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mylee Grace & Ozzy Wrong - 'Lady Lady Lady'. I don't think it's possible to listen to this song without smiling and bopping your head around. We're massive fans of their playful lyrics and overall vibe. Close your eyes and drift away to your own little world full of rainbows, watermelons and sunshine.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bad Dreems - 'My Only Friend'. A real heartbreaker from a bunch of boofheads. Who said that true blue Aussie battlers can't be emotional? Sometimes we all need a Hi-Vis covered shoulder to lean on. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Midnight Oil - 'Beds Are Burning'. Fair dinkum, mate.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our new mates The Moving Stills played at our managers bar in the 'Gong recently. It's so sick to see young dudes who are setting goals and are stoked to be playing shows. Keep an ear out for these legends.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
Wollongong is becoming such a tight little community of musicians, it's epic. Pretty much it's just all about hanging with your bruzzies and getting stoked on each other's music. After all, that's what being in a band is all about.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 will be purely dedicated to the All Aussie Adventures of Hockey Dad, which is super exciting. Other than recording our next release throughout January, then touring with bruzzies DZ Deathrays and legends Bass Drum Of Death shortly afterwards, it's all up in the air at the moment. Although I'm sure we'll keep writing songs, playing shows and frothing out.

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Cub Sport

Artist

Cub Sport

Pop, Indie (Oscar Wilde, Cub Scouts, Tim Nelson, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Stand Atlantic
New

Artist

Stand Atlantic

Pop, Punk, Rock (All Time Low, As It Is, State Champs, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Arno Faraji
New

Artist

Arno Faraji

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Vibes, Wavy, hip hop, ...)

Perth, WA

Tobiahs

Featured Artist

2019

14

Jan

Tobiahs

( )

Melbourne, VIC

All this week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Melbourne based producer Tobiahs!

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

I’ve been writing music for 5 years. It was important for me to take time honing my sound. My style changed throughout my teen years but I feel like it has developed into something I can call my own.

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

I have an aesthetic that I really want to to be the main focus of my whole project. So whenever I work on music, I have a mood board full of images I use as sources of inspiration. They include locations, clothing, models, colours and anything else that falls into theme. Translating these images into my music is my main inspiration. 

You’ve just taken out this years FOMO comp.  Who are you most excited to see at FOMO festival this weekend?

Mura Masa, love his music. The way he pushes the boundaries of pop is exactly what drives me. Also a fan of Amine & Rae Sremmurd, keen to see them live.

What can punters expect from a Tobiahs live show and this weekend at FOMO?

We’ll definitely make it worth while for those who arrive early enough to catch my set... unreleased music and special guests. I have big plans for my live show in the years to come. The live shows will be bringing my aesthetic to life and this is super important to me. 

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

“Less is more” from my manager. 

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

'Innerbloom' by Rufus.

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

'Innerbloom' by Rufus.

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

'Losing It' by Fisher, of course.

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

Jakubi, one of the most energetic shows I’ve ever been to. 

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

Jah Loon, his style is so fun and full of feels. 

What are your plans for 2019?

 To release more music and play some live shows. I definitely have not released enough music and this is the year I make up for it.

 

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Slum Sociable
New

Artist

Slum Sociable

Electronic, Indie (#LOFO #Jazz #Hop)

Melbourne, VIC

Endless Heights
New

Artist

Endless Heights

Indie, Punk, Rock (Endless Heights)

Sydney, NSW

Set Mo
New

Artist

Set Mo

Dance, Electronic (Cassian, Mk, Miguel Migs, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Dream On Dreamer

Artist

Dream On Dreamer

Metal, Punk (Cirva Survive, Misery Signals, Underoath, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Cosmo's Midnight

Featured Artist

2013

24

Sep

Cosmo's Midnight

Sydney, NSW

Sydney production duo Cosmo's Midnight are one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. They'll be opening the 909 stage of the festival this Saturday, September 28 at Centennial Park, Sydney.

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

We started off making cheap imitations of the music we like at the time; Justice, Deadmau5, Bagraiders, Phantoms Revenge. We loved that stuff and we just did it for fun, we never thought music would get to the level it's gotten to. At some point we decided we had to change our sound if we were going to be taken seriously. Coincidently we were listening to some pretty cool stuff at the time that led to us making the stuff we do today. People like Flylo and Purity Ring, just to name the main influences.

You’re one of the Sydney winners of our Listen Out competition and will be playing the festival at Centennial Park on Saturday, 28 September. What are you most looking forward to about Listen Out?

Seeing the amazing acts that will be playing. We love Disclosure and TNGHT respectively they're all amazing song writers and have hit that perfect level between staying true to a genre and original, but also having pop sensibilities that make them so viable in the mainstream.

What can the crowd at Listen Out expect from the Cosmo’s Midnight live show?

A brand new live set. We've got heaps of new tunes for Listen out and we're going to be playing some of them for the first time. Should be pretty cool.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Australian music community that inspire you?

Mitzi, Charles Murdoch, Sable, Wave Racer, Willow Beats, Leon Osborne, Collarbones, Polographia, Jonti, Tame Impala, Pond, FISHING... there are definitely more but that's all I can think of right now.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

More singles...maybe a free EP, some more shows and lots of producing in the bedroom. 2014 is going to be a sick year and we've got to prepare for it.

Australian music is…?

…on the up and up!

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Keelan Mak
New

Artist

Keelan Mak

Electronic, Pop (#electronic, #Chillwave, #pop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

WAAX

Featured Artist

2014

8

Sep

WAAX

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane rockers WAAX are one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be playing our BIGSOUND showcase at Oh Hello this Thursday September 11 alongside Eves, Milwaukee Banks, Little May and Client Liaison. Get to know these "5 ratbags from Brisbane" below...

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Two chicks; three dudes. The sound we now know to be WAAX developed out of being a show-focused band. We just wanted our shows to be exciting and intense; and that was naturally manifested in our recordings. Our songs are like a harsh aural reality-check with an unexpected nurturing side – kind of like a tough mother-figure filtered through a shitload of fuzz. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It keeps us somewhat sane. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition. What can punters at our BIGSOUND showcase expect from the WAAX live show?
Honestly, you’ll be immersed in something you wouldn’t expect of 5 ratbags from Brisbane. We’re about mood. Sometimes loud and angsty; sometimes super reflective – but there’s always passion and I can guarantee you will be more than entertained. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Patience is so important, keep going and things will be delivered to you – our buddy Tyler from Soundpound.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Vitriol' by Bluejuice. Such a fun song.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Never Tear Us Apart' by INXS. Makes me cry or feel like crying every time. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Jagwar Ma! Any track by those guys.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Went to go see Ayla at Black Bear Lodge. She had some real sweet tunes!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Queensland music community that inspire you.
We’re real inspired by bands like DZ Deathrays or Violent Soho to more local heroes Baskervillain…And of course all those crazy event-wizard people like Lachie who runs Kaleidoscope Festival or Ray who runs Psych Night and Junglelove Festival – these dudes bust their arses to give local bands a go.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
Firstly we just hope to survive BIGSOUND! It’s like music Christmas! And then after that, hopefully hop on some tour supports, finish off our EP…set the foundations for a ripper 2015.
 

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MANE

Featured Artist

2017

6

Nov

MANE

Adelaide, SA

Hailing out of Adelaide is this weeks Feature Artist, MANE! Her deep and distinctive vocals and impressive dark anthemic pop music is both enchanting and consuming. We can't get enough of it.

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

I love dark anthemic Pop music and that's what I strive to create. I've always tended to write acoustically to begin with, to flesh lyrics and melodies out, that's always been important to me. However, once I started to develop production ideas and understand the technical side of things a little more, that's when I feel I found the sound I wanted to be making. 

 

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

I think for the most part it's personal experiences and feelings I like to draw on. But it can also come from the people I surround myself with and the hardships they sometimes go through, especially if I can relate and empathise with it.

 

What can punters expect from a MANE live show?

I've worked really hard on my live set this year, I think we've created a large sound that emulates the recordings but also has some organic elements that I can have fun with on stage. I'm feeling excited about it. 

 

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

I think I've been told by a few people to never really expect anything from what you create and I think it's a pretty great rule of thumb. When you start to create with certain expectations you can lack authenticity and it can create boundaries. Just doing your thing is important.

 

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

Right now, I'm feeling like I want to say Edge Of Town by Middle Kids. It's just a really great song. I've continually smashed that track since it was released and have not gotten sick of it once. it's just really, really solid. 

 

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

Well, It's gotta be 'Blind You' by Didirri doesn't it?!.

 

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

Let's go with 'Ubu' by Methyl Ethyl. Such a great boogie track. 

 

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

I went to Root Down festival in Adelaide last weekend. Such a great lineup. I think it was the day the new season of Stranger Things came out and Luke Million smashed his Remix of the theme song. So much fun. 

 

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

There is a lot of good stuff brewing in Adelaide at the moment. Great mates Heaps Good Friends are whooshing everyone out the park, it's super fresh and what they're doing is so much fun. Timberwolf's new album is also HUGE, honestly one of the most solid live performers I've seen. 

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2017, early 2018?

I'm just continuing to write at the moment and planning to release a new track in the not too distant future (!!!)

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Golden Features

Featured Artist

2014

7

Apr

Golden Features

( )

Sydney, NSW

Who is Golden Features? All we can say is that it's an exciting new project for a Sydney producer who has just dropped an excellent debut EP, has another in the works, is about to hit the live scene and is inspired by the contrast between light and dark in art. Click below for a few more words from the man (of mystery) himself...

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound was developed by sitting down for countless hours and playing around. There’s no great secret or synth, just a set of guidelines that I want my music to sound like.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I'm extremely inspired by contrast between light and dark in art. Having uplifting, bright moments that progress into dark moody follow ups. I'm really inspired by artists like David Choe and Greg Simkins who manage to walk the line between the two in their own unique ways.

What can punters expect from a Golden Features live show?
The shows are going to be a lot of my own music, remixes and edits.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Best piece of advice I ever got was from Emoh Instead, he suggested that I listen to songs front to back, not just skip through. You can miss out on a lot of great music having that "skip to the drop" approach.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I would play them tapes of my manager singing Bardot - 'Poison'.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Frenzal Rhomb - 'All You Friends'.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Aston Shuffles remix of 'Goodbye Future' is a heater
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last show I went to was one of the Nina Las Vegas shows, it was brilliant. Tkay Maidza was amazing.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
What So Not have been really inspiring. They've made forward thinking club music that’s completely unique to them. Music that works in clubs and on iPods.

What are your plans for Golden Features in 2014?
2014 should be interesting.. A couple of remixes in the works, definitely another EP which will be substantially bigger than the first and a bit of touring in the latter half of the year. Exciting stuff!

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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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Keeskea
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Artist

Keeskea

Indie

Brisbane, QLD

Samsaruh
New

Artist

Samsaruh

Indie, Rock (#Alternative #rock)

Melbourne, VIC

Slowly Slowly

Featured Artist

2017

9

Oct

Slowly Slowly

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Ready to hear from your new favourite band? Melbourne punk rockers, Slowly Slowly bring you hard-hitting honesty, bitter-sweet melancholia and an explosion of sound with their new single, 'Aliens'.

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

I think we were looking for some ground between big hooky songs and something that facilitated my winding lyrical content. We had songs that lived on both sides of that fence and we were finding that the ones that hit a little closer to home, even though they didn’t necessarily have choruses, seemed to be resonating on stage with us and our audience. Personally, I always find myself falling in love with the more obscure solo songs on the albums I love, so I also wanted to build a home for something that could be loud, hooky and aggressive, but also considered and fragile.

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

On our new record I have adopted some instances of speaking from someone else’s perspective, but for the most part, my writing is very autobiographical. I also really respect the opinions of the other band members a lot, so I am always striving to impress them when I bring them a new song. 

What can punters expect from a Slowly Slowly live show?

I’d like to think we encourage a good singalong. Our Melbourne home shows especially, have such a community vibe around them. Our fans are very kind natured and look after each other in the pit. We are very lucky. I’d like to think everyone feels welcome and a  part of something.

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

My Dad told me once to never try and change anybody, just to find your people. It’s been ringing in my ears ever since. I think it extends to respectfully moving on and pulling yourself towards the things that make you happy. Don’t be a victim. Anyway - sorry, too heavy?

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

'Please Don’t Ask Me To Smile' by You Am I. Tim Rogers has such a beautiful earnest poetry about him. Riddled with nostalgic weight, but also charmingly uplifting. This song will make you remember what it was like to be young and smiling.

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

'Dilettantes' by You Am I. As far as Australian songwriters go I can’t go past Timmy to cure the waterworks and also to encourage them. The language in this song ties me up. It's a stunning tune that makes me think about life and death and everything in-between.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by Paul Kelly. Comon.

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

Caught our mates Tired Lion at The Corner Hotel a couple of weeks ago. Such a lovely vibe in the room and I just love watching Ethan play drums. Such a controlled player. 

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

There are so so many. Of course we have such a loving relationship with our friends in Ceres, Foley and The Pretty Littles. We also watch our friends in Neighbourhood Youth, Press Club, Clove, Self Talk and Turn South and are always blown away. We love the droll Australiana of The Slingers, a newly formed Melbourne band I have really been getting into. Love the tension on stage when Bench Press plays. Run Rabbit Run create such beautiful uplifting musical arrangement too. There are just so many. We are such little fish in a big pond. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We are going to release a new album, tour ourselves into the ground and hopefully get around some beautiful faces all across Australia. We feel so lucky to be able to do this and have people connecting with our music. 

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FRAANCIS
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Artist

FRAANCIS

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (fraancis, London, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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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Baker Boy

Featured Artist

2017

28

May

Baker Boy

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Born in Darwin and raised in the remote NT communities, rapper, actor and dancer, Danzel Baker AKA Baker Boy, is three times the charm!  At just 20 years old, he plans to be the first Indigenous rapper to rap in his Yolngu Matha language. 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
My sound was developed around the influences of my traditional music fused with my current involvement with hip hop music and dance. I wanted to be the first Indigenous rapper to rap in language, mine being Yolngu Matha.
 
I worked with a producer Tobiahs Fakhri to create the track Cloud9 to include not only modern hip hop elements that I connect with but also Yidaki (Didgeridoo) and the language Yolngu Matha for traditional sounds. The perfect fusion of my two worlds that I have grown up with. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
I haven't had one stand out inspirer that has lead me to making music. I more saw an opportunity for Indigenous musicians and rappers to express themselves in language rather than English. Music and dance have always been an integral part of my life from growing up in Milingimbi and this only developed more since moving away and schooling and further into my career with Djuki Mala and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects.
 
If anything my dance work has inspired me and allowed this to happen. Influences like Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, Gawurra and Yirrimal showed me to be proud of where I am from and use my voice through rap to communicate my messages.
 
What can punters expect from a Baker Boy live show?
 
They can expect to see a lot of dancing, energy, I'll play the Yidaki, hear language Yolngu Matha and a young handsome proud Yolngu boy - Baker Boy.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
I remember my dad telling me, 'if you have a goal, know its not going to be easy, but if you put your mind to it, work hard and reach for the sky reach until you grab it with your bare hands'. He always tells me 'keep going there's no limit'. I'm pretty much following my dads' footsteps but trying to go next level.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Brolga by Yirrimal!!! My poison cousin.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
I would play them Wiyathul by Gurrumul. Just play the whole album actually !!
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
I'd tell them put Cloud9 - Baker Boy ;)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I saw my friends band Jakubi. They are a home grown Melbourne band that are so hard working and crazy talented.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
 
Briggs and Yirrimal both inspired me and got me thinking about the whole fusion of traditional and current hip hop. They both are so incredible in their own way with such different genres and sounds and both proud Indigenous men.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
My plans for 2017 are to continuing writing more music in my Baker Boy style, and help two worlds collaborate and merge to one as I only see one. I will continue dancing and working in remote indigenous communities with IHHP inspiring youth and sharing my story and journey.
 
I want to be the next David Gulpilil and have started acting and already feature on a few movies so hope to do more of that. Just want to keep doing Baker Boy rap, dance and live life to the fullest, be free.

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Eilish Gilligan

Featured Artist

2018

11

Feb

Eilish Gilligan

( )

Melbourne, VIC

 Meet this week's Feature Artist, EILISH GILLIGAN. She's just dropped perhaps the best pop track of 2018 so far!

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

I feel like my sound is still evolving and that maybe it’ll never stop evolving…and maybe I don’t want it to, either. It’s important to me to seek out something innovative, while still embracing the conventions of modern pop music, because pop music is my one true love!! I think I make Pop music, but Pop music that’s been like... plucked off the rings of Saturn, or dredged up from the bottom of the ocean. There’s something alien and spooky about it that I can’t stop chasing. 

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

Deeply human feelings and behaviour is the thing that truly inspires me to create, I think. I also love when those perfect poetic moments occur in real life - those things you could never dream of writing, but somehow the universe gifts them to you and it’s impossible not to frame them in a song. Like last year I was in America and I’d just said goodbye to someone I loved very much, and sitting in the back of an Uber, crying as though I was in a music video, Kissing Families by Silversun Pickups came on and it was just…perfect. It was so human and so miserable and I couldn’t believe my luck (lol).

What can punters expect from an EILISH GILLIGAN live show?

I think I put on a good show. It’s important to me to produce a true *performance* in every sense of the word. I love the drama involved in being onstage. I think if I’d had any tangible talent in the area I’d probably have gravitated towards acting. If I hadn’t been a musician. I’m really inspired by tearjerker films and also by the drag community. I think Lady Gaga said once “those women taught me how to serve,” which is the truest goddamn thing on this planet. 

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

There have been two instances where some extraordinarily pertinent advice has been given to me at exactly the right time. The first was from my wonderfully honest friend who, after patiently witnessing me bawl my eyes out on her hotel bed in Austin because I didn’t have the slightest idea where my sorry life was headed, said “You gotta do your own thing.” And I did. And she was right. The second bit of advice was from my Dad, who recently looked me straight in the eye and said “You must stop worrying. It’s going to kill you if you don’t,” and that scared me so much I must say I have really cut down on the worrying…

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

'Say Yes To Life' by Gang of Youths. This has worked for me approximately one trillion times. Also 'Better' by Mallrat. 

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

OK, this is definitely my forte. I think right now it’s a tie between 'Turning To White' by New Gods and 'Idiot Oracle' by Paul Dempsey. Both lyrically unbelievable and so so so miserable. Both superb!!

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

'Get Me A Drink' by Alice Ivy, E^ST, Charlie Threads. Have you ever heard anything as unhingedly glorious as this song?!

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

The last one I can really remember was the Ceres Christmas show in December. It was my first time seeing Ceres live and it changed everything. I couldn’t believe the songs I had held so close to me so privately for so long meant so much to so many people in the same room!!

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

I’m really inspired by kindness, honesty and work ethic in this industry. I really look up to people like HTMLflowers, Gordi and Mallrat. They all exude a wonderful sense of pride in their work and a generous, positive attitude towards friends and colleagues and I just think they’re great. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Write heaps, hopefully play many shows, and embrace whatever it means to be completely vulnerably human as much and as often as possible. 

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Lupa J
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Artist

Lupa J

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

Sydney, NSW

Willaris. K

Featured Artist

2017

27

Feb

Willaris. K

North Coast, NSW

Meet Willaris K. The 23 year old Northern NSW producer and master behind his latest single 'Alchemy'. His ability to create an ambient space of dark mystery through beautiful sounds and thick texture will have you in a daze.

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

It’s hard to define the exact process of how it developed. I spend a lot of time experimenting with different ideas and concepts. Driving a lot for work allows me to spend more time listening to different music, then when it comes to my own writing, I'm sub-consciously combining different worlds that resonate at the time.

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

Initially it’s personal experience, live music is a big one. I take a lot of inspiration from movie scores and how they're able to influence the emotions of the audience.

What can punters expect from a Willaris K live show?

I’m playing my first live show this Friday. As I've been planning for it, i’ve found that I'm naturally gravitating towards my heavier/dancier stuff. Most of which has never been heard outside of my bedroom. Expect intense moments contrasted with intimate ambience.

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

There’s not really one piece of advice that i subscribe to, but i’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason - whether it be positive or negative. I’d say that mentality came from my parents who always attest that you get out what you put in.

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

No 1 Dad's - Camberwell

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

Seekae - Void

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

Tame Impala - Why won't you make up your mind?

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

I saw Jagwar Ma a couple of weeks ago in Coolangatta. It was good to see a crowd come out in numbers and support that style of music locally.

Tell us about the bands or people in the North Coast music community in NSW that inspire you.

I'm quite lucky in that regard because I've got a group of close friends from school that also write music. That's a big inspiration for me. We're always pushing each other, collaborating, keeping the standards high, no beating around the bush with feedback. I'm excited for us all to be out doing our thing musically. Everyone has their own tastes which seems to be a driving force for pushing our personal boundaries. I premiered a track from Rössen Culture in my triple j mix, Grant Walker just put his first track up on unearthed, NWM that did my artwork and visuals writes, HXXD GXLD raps and Joel Cauchi is a singer/songwriter who lends his guitar expertise on a few upcoming releases. They’re all coming; keep your eyes peeled.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release an EP. Develop my live show to become as live as possible, then eventually incorporate a visual aspect. Maybe a remix.

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Woodes
New

Artist

Woodes

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

RUBY FIELDS

Featured Artist

2017

9

May

RUBY FIELDS

Sydney, NSW

Sydney's Ruby Fields, tripled her followers in just 24 hours making 'I Want' one of our favourite discoveries of 2017. Let her confidence, power and attitude consume right through you.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
It's been a pretty long process from learning different instruments at like 7 years old to learning to build them as I get older and wanting to understand the science of it all, that's sort of where I got the rocky vibe to my songs from (wanting heavy drums and guitar riffs with a tonne of pedals and shit). So I guess over time I've dappled in different genres but overall I just love a good old thrash of instruments and playing it loud with mates on stage. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Kinda like I mentioned, I love the science behind it all. My mates dad taught (and is still teaching me) how to build and repair guitars, amps and pedals and I couldn't be more stoked.
 
Learning new things every day and also being able to write pretty honest lyrics that work with a melody I'm feeling and just combining all that into a song that I can put out to people (who could potentially relate to or like it at all) is pretty huge.
 
I guess another cliche answer is that I grew up in a house that constantly listened to AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Fleetwood Mac and the other classics so I always loved making music and started writing super young. 
 
What can punters expect from a Ruby Fields live show?
 
I definitely love just equipping myself with a dry sense of humour on stage without talking too much between songs. I'm not really stoked on a set unless I'm soaked with sweat by the end of it whether I played shit or not, I think people get into your music when you're into it. 
 
That, beer drinking and some dodgy songs about dodgy things and hopefully a sick time? What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from? I'd like to consider myself fairly quiet unless I'm involved in a pretty good two way convo with someone, a mate once said you learn the most about people and situations when you sit back a little from the bustle and watch what's going on as much as you're getting involved. I think that's pretty clever and applicable to every segment of life, even music. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
 
When I was hungover in the studio the other day, my bassist Brad kept playing Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool and it somehow revived me and I immediately felt like I could stomach food. That has to stop anyone from crying. 
 
Wish You Were Dead by Peter Bibby - cheeky song that always manages to get the shittiness out of me.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
There's gotta be heaps but You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog by Holy Holy is all time. Their guitarist is an insane genius - that solo always gives me goose bumps. One of those sit in the shower and empty your head just to listen to it kinda tunes. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
I'm more into moshing than dancing so I'll always go the DZ Deathrays "Gina Works At Hearts" route and songs of the like, so much more fun. That or go way back to "Come Said The Boy" by Mondo Rock. Genius. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Last local gig I went to was probably my mates Uncle Axel who had a headline at one of the local hotels. It proper went off with all the familiar faces, heaps of bevs and I even jumped up to play rhythm guitar on a song in their set which made it a real hectic time for me (despite almost being too drunk to find the guitar that was literally in its case). 
 
They're playing at my headline show at the Huddy soon to, so keen. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
 
To be honest I've been insanely lucky for the opportunities I've been provided with at such a young age, but I'm adamant I worked hard for it. My manager is a gun and also one of my best mates who has done a heap for me and introduced me to so many legends like my producer (Chris Collins), my band mates (Brad Heald and George Georgiadis), Jess Gleeson and my booking agent (Casey O'Shaughnessy). I've met a bunch of insanely talented musicians that I'm hoping to join the little family of but working with an incredible team is the most inspiring thing to me, I think. Knowing they invest their time into your work because they really dig it. That means a lot.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
Play some fezzies, drink some (a lot of) beer, write some songs that make people laugh or cry and try my best to enjoy every single minute of it. 

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Crimson Royale
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Artist

Crimson Royale

Rock

Central West, NSW

Northeast Party House

Featured Artist

2010

17

May

Northeast Party House

( )

Melbourne, VIC

In 2010 'Northeast Party House' will bring the energy of a riotous house party to every club, festival, kindergarten and warehouse party they play.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR MUSIC - HOW DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR SOUND?

Well it is still very much in the developing phase. Basically at school we all grew up playing funk & reggae, but once we started getting older and going to parties and festivals we discovered we were listening to dance music more and more. Our aim is to write party tunes without sounding too electronic and keeping a very strong live band energy.

WHAT CAN THE AUDIENCE EXPECT AT A LIVE SHOW?

Lots and lots of sweat! Crowd surfing, stage invasions, traditional Indian chanting... pretty much a house party gone completely right.

TELL US MORE ABOUT THIS 2 WEEK HOUSE PARTY?

We were in the middle of year 12 exams when our good friend Sam Northeast stole the microphone from a DJ booth at a club and announced "Everyone back to my house, mum's overseas!". From there it just kind of escalated. There were goldfish living in the bath, wood fires in the fake gas fire place and regular games of china-plate-frisbee. Among the items found lying around the house were garbage bags full of old KFC, power tools, and Nobby from Big Brother. Sam's two younger sisters were paid off to get the house back into a livable condition, but the damage had well and truly been done.

WHAT'S COMING UP IN THE FUTURE?

We are currently recording, so new tracks and a debut release are on the cards in the coming months. Apart from that it's gigs gigs gigs!

AUSTRALIAN MUSIC IS?

exploding with young talent.

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TASH SULTANA

Featured Artist

2016

16

May

TASH SULTANA

( )

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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Seavera
New

Artist

Seavera

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Vallis Alps

Featured Artist

2015

19

Jan

Vallis Alps

Canberra, ACT

Vallis Alps are a duo that create dreamy, beautiful and mesmerising electronica between Canberra and Seattle.

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Q&A with Vallis Alps vocalist Parissa...
 
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We make acoustic/electronic, futuristic/nostalgic, gritty/pretty synthpop. Or something like that. We're still developing our sound!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life lessons. Memories. Other people. Each other.
 
What can punters expect from a Vallis Alps live show?
Lights! Shadows! Occasional witty banter!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Focus on why you're here in the first place" - a close friend.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kobe by Yeo.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Green Spandex by Xavier Rudd.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Flux by Edarcy.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was awesome. It was at the uni here, a bunch of local bands played. But there was one called Burrows, they were completely entrancing. They said they're recording at the moment, or soon. It's special stuff. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
Obviously, the gems of Canberra like Safia and Peking Duk that both have such a unique sound and are rocking everyone's socks off. Together they are making magic. Also, with the fact that Canberra is small comes this amazingly supportive musical community. People are so unassuming and just want to hear great music.  
 
What are your plans for 2015?
More music. Touring. We'd love to meet you all.

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Thelma Plum

Featured Artist

2012

30

Jul

Thelma Plum

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Thelma Plum is an incredibly talented seventeen year old singer-songwriter from Brisbane. She is the winner of our National Indigenous Music Awards competition and will be flown to perform at the awards in Darwin on August 11.

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

I've been singing and writing music ever since I can remember, one day I decided to pick up a guitar and I suppose the rest just followed.

You’re the winner of our National Indigenous Music Awards competition. What most excites you about being flown to Darwin to play the awards?

Everything! I am super excited to be playing alongside some amazing artists that I have been listening to since I was a child. I think I may be a little bit starstruck when I get there.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.

Brisbane music scene has always been my favourite. So many talented artists and people. I'm very lucky to have a supportive network of friends that are involved in the music industry around me. Steve Grady is a friend I play with sometimes who inspired me to start playing in the first place, I remember the first time I heard him play I wanted to be just like him! Brett Wood who runs Starving Kids has had a huge impact on my music career so far, he was actually my principal in year 11 and 12 too!

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

"Always listen to what your parents say". All the time there is something that I am stuck with and my parents give me great advice.. even if I don't agree with it at the time, then I always look back and think "Man I wish I listened to my parents".

What’s coming up in 2012?

Lots and lots and lots! The single and EP can be expected! Woohoo!

Australian music is...

...the best!

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SAFIA

Featured Artist

2013

15

Apr

SAFIA

Canberra, ACT

Electro-indie 3-piece SAFIA are the Canberra winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. They'll be joining the incredible festival line-up at the University of Canberra on Sunday 28 April.

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

Our music is heavily beat and synth driven with elements of live instrumentation like guitar, piano and vocal. We write most our tracks with the intention of getting people up to dance and party but at the same time we try to add depth to the songs through meaningful vocals and thoughtful melodies and chord progressions. We usually write our tracks in full on acoustic instruments like piano and guitar and then bring them into the studio and begin producing. It is this process that we believe gives our songs a unique sound. We all have very diverse musical backgrounds and musical tastes and we have all been playing music together since way back in primary school. It is these diverse backgrounds and mutual understanding of one another’s writing and performing styles that is a key aspect of our sound.

You’re the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be joining the line up at the Canberra leg of the festival. What can Groovin The Moo punters in Canberra expect from the SAFIA live show?

Groovin’ The Moo goers in Canberra should expect to get an early wake up call when they see our set. Expect a lot of energy, big production and big vocals. Those who have seen us play before know that we have a lot of gadgets that we use to make our electronic sounds truly come across as a live performance and that we wont stop until we’ve got everyone up and dancing and jumping around.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

We are most looking forward to getting out on stage and sharing our music with so many new people. We love festivals because you meet so many new people and discover so much new music. Some artists we are particularly excited to see are Midnight Juggernauts, Tame Impala, Shockone, Last Dinosaurs and The Kooks. However, with a lineup this good it’s going to be hard to decide who to see on the day.

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

We’ve received lots of advice for all aspects of life over the years but one of best pieces of advice that we have taken on board concerning our attitude towards music would have to be from a man by the name of Wally De Backer, better known as Gotye. Although the advice was not directed at us specifically we took it on board. In a media interview he said the most important thing is to keep writing no matter what and not to give up when your tracks don’t get received as well as you would like.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We really hope that we can make 2013 a big year for ourselves. We have extremely big goals which seem incredibly ambitious at the moment but if you had told us this time last year that we would be given the triple j Unearthed spot to play at Groovin’ The Moo we probably would have just laughed. At the moment apart from preparing for Groovin’ The Moo we are currently putting the finishing touches on our first full single release, which we hope to have ready by the end of the month. This will be followed by a mini tour along the east coast where we hope to at least visit Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. But most importantly we plan to just keep writing and producing music and to keep pushing ourselves to get better and improve at what we do.

Australian music is…?

...Everything! We honestly think that Australia produces some of the most unique, groundbreaking and downright amazing music in the world. It’s hard to believe how much talent there is in this country. One of the best aspects about Australian music is that there are so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Australians are incredibly lucky to have sites like triple j Unearthed who discover so many incredible Australians.

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Little May

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Little May

Sydney, NSW

Indie-folk trio Little May are this week's feature artist. We spoke to them about developing their sound, their upcoming spot at St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Sydney and what's on the horizon in 2014...

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Our music would fall into the folk/indie/pop category.  We never set out to create a certain sound, but we have been concentrating on songwriting for a while.  I think it took years of us playing bad covers and writing really average songs to get to a point where we felt we were developing our own thing.

We have a lot of different influences which is really awesome when it comes to writing collaboratively.  We are still an acoustic trio, but there are a lot of influences coming through that aren’t just folk. It just so happened that we wrote these songs on acoustic instruments, because thats all we have ever played.  Going into the studio to record the EP played a massive role in developing our sound.  All the things we had originally envisioned the songs doing dynamically we could now do, and we weren’t limited to two guitars, a stomp box and Hannah’s attempts at using a Cabasa.  We were listening to Local Natives ‘Hummingbird’, Half Moon Run ‘Dark Eyes’ and Alt J when we were recording, and I think those albums really inspired us and gave us a lot to think about production wise.  From then, it was an obvious move to start playing with a band. We were writing songs that were asking for more.  I think we’re finally at a point now where we know what sounds like “Little May” and what doesn’t.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can the crowd at Laneway in Sydney expect from the Little May live show?
We are seriously so amazed and thankful that we get to play Laneway this year.  We were all literally beside ourselves that day it was announced. We have never played a festival before, so it will be a pretty new experience.  Our live show is getting bigger and a little darker at times. We’re gradually adding more people too. We’ve got three of our close friends playing with us; Cat, Mark and Sam, which should be good fun.

How did Little May form?
Hannah and I (Liz) had been playing together since we were about 17.  We met in high school and we instantly clicked.  We listened to a lot of the same music, and would spend most weekends playing really bad covers, namely ‘Save Tonight’ by Eagle Eye Cherry.  Eventually we started writing our own songs and started singing together and blending our voices.  The three of us formed under Little May around mid 2012 when we decided we needed another guitarist.  I knew Annie from early high school so we started jamming together, bought a PA and started doing open mic nights and gigs.

What are you three doing when you’re not playing in Little May?
We live in each others pockets so it’s kind of strange when we aren’t together.  We all have our jobs on the side, and have our own little things going on.  Annie is a graphic designer, she draws a lot. Hannah and I can’t draw. We go up to my parents farm in Wollombi quite a bit, sometimes to write and rehearse or to just to do nothing. We like going to gigs too.

What are your plans for Little May in 2014?
We will be releasing our EP around April this year.  We are playing Secret Garden and touring with Mikhael Paskalev in March which will be amazing. The main focus for for us is to keep writing, recording and rehearsing.  It’s all about the songs, so we want to just keep the ball rolling and from then we can see where the year will take us.  I think we will be recording all of our new stuff too.

Australian music is…?
...amazing right now.  It’s very inspiring to see what some Australian artists are doing, and to see them taking on the world is really cool.

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Fifth Dawn
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Artist

Fifth Dawn

Metal, Rock (#alternative #melodic #hard-rock)

Sydney, NSW

Montaigne

Featured Artist

2014

26

May

Montaigne

( )

Sydney, NSW

Montaigne is the stage name of 2012 Unearthed High finalist Jessica Cerro. Since impressing us with her Unearthed High entry 'Anyone But Me' she has taken a couple of years to refine and develop her sound - and boy oh boy was it worth the wait! The first offerings from her forthcoming EP are big and bold and beautiful, and available here on Unearthed.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound is rather intertwined with my subconscious so however I feel as a human being mentally, intellectually and spiritually shapes the kind of sound that manifests in my mind and which I seek to give substance to. I have very few production skills and play only two instruments, one (the piano) at a very basic level, so the way the songs ended up on the EP was shaped largely by the big conceptual ideas I was throwing at Tony who produced it and the way that Tony understood them. And of course by the references I gave, such as M83, Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Björk, Sigur Rós etc. I think the greatest influences in the development of my sound were the sounds of other artists, my own holistic self-development and of course the second party (Tony) involved (when someone else is involved, they’re always going to imbue a small piece of themselves). I do a lot of humming, too, and have a penchant for harmonies.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life, I suppose. Things as they happen to me. Anything which elicits a creative reaction from me. I don’t like to force the process of making music, music for me is like something that’s always happening in my body and every now and again it seeks outlet. When I sit down and say, okay, I’m going to write a song now, whatever I write is crap. It’s when I surprise myself with a line or a quick melody that I write my best songs, they develop from there. Spontaneity is key.

What can punters expect from a Montaigne live show?
Some pretty loud vocals and some pretty wild gesticulation. Something you should engross yourself in and join. Whatever joining means to you.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I get this advice from many people, amongst them my parents and even John Watson, one of Australia’s most successful managers: don’t underestimate yourself. Or further than that, trust yourself. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I get told that a lot with regards to my songwriting and my voice. And it’s important that I hold to that because I get frustrated easily if what’s in my head just won’t come out of me in exact form.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Rock It by Little Red. Always.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Providence by Lisa Mitchell. Wouldn’t be tears of sadness though, more tears of wonder.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
My People by The Presets. Ooft.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I went to was Big Scary at Manning Bar. The band was freaking great, just their presence was enough to satisfy me I love Big Scary so much.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I have a good friend who’s soon to put out a first single under the artist name Dead Language who constantly impresses me with his ability to balance uni, music and work. He’s got a really strong voice too, his growl power is crazy. He’s someone I can talk to about all the music stuff which I really appreciate, and he’s really passionate about it which I also really admire.
 
What are your plans for Montaigne in 2014?
In the immediate future, I’ll be on a panel for ABC Splash & Unearthed High in June where I’ll be performing a couple of songs acoustically. In the more distant future, there’ll be gigs coming up and I’ll be starting a new record…
 

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LUCIANBLOMKAMP
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Artist

LUCIANBLOMKAMP

Electronic (Shlohmo, James Blake, Mount Eerie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Jungle Giants

Featured Artist

2011

3

Oct

The Jungle Giants

( )

Brisbane, QLD

The Jungle Giants are a young Brisbane 4-piece already turning heads with their catchy indie-pop tunes.

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

Our sound is based on a combination of things. I began writing as an acoustic artist, and am really into melodies and chordal harmonies. I start writing a song on an acoustic, but when I bring a song to the band the other guys sort of melt their own style into it with electric guitars, bass and drums. We turn that sound into something that will translate well in a live setting. Essentially give it dynamics, riffs and sonic layers to build energy and tension in the songs.

What’s The Jungle Giants live show like?

It's pretty fun, and we always end up having the best time. We have heaps of energy to unleash at our shows because our lives outside the band are pretty boring. Andrew (bass & backing vocals) and I have ended up piggybacking each other a few times now. Keelan (drums) even joined in when we made a three person stack during a live show. That said, we are always thinking of our sound sonically. We're at this cool stage where we are discovering different sounds and ways to improve while we're performing.

What was it like transitioning from being a “high school band” to gigging and touring post-graduation?

It was absolutely great. We didn't really know what to expect, as we'd never played to more than 50 people before. I sort of tried to pick the brain of everyone could to find, to get some insight. It's been absolutely great so far and we are really digging the opportunities we've been given to play to bigger and amazing crowds in venues we've never visited before.

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

I remember chatting to Sam from Ball Park Music right before we left for our first tour a few months ago. He said to just do your thing, have fun and people will love it. I guess that sort of brought things down to a simpler level. It also helped to make it clear that no matter if touring new to us or not, if we made a great sound and had fun, people would be none the wiser.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.

There are so many people. The best and worst thing about Brisbane is that it's so small. There are so many muso's and industry people in such a small area, and they are always ready to share stories, so it's easy to make relationships. Our champion manager Stu McCullough has given us an incredible amount of direction and support. We have also become really close with the friendly people at Mucho-Bravado, especially Ben Preece, who has given us endless amounts of guidance. Yanto Browning produced our debut EP and he has pretty much become our band bestie. It's a great environment, and there must be something in the water, because there are so many great Brissy acts out and about at the moment.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2011 and looking to 2012?

We're super excited to be playing at Valley Fiesta on the 8th of October alongside Hungry Kids of Hungry, Nina Las Vegas and New Navy on the main stage. Then we hit the road to support Ball Park Music on their debut Album tour... we are stoked that they are taking us along. Over the next month we are looking forward to demoing some new music, and then heading back interstate to play some great shows with some wicked bands. By early 2012 we should have a new EP to unleash, as well as some more touring hopefully!

Australian music is…?

...nearly mullet free.

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GANG OF YOUTHS

Artist

GANG OF YOUTHS

Indie, Rock (ENTHUSIASTS, Waits, pavement, ...)

Sydney, NSW

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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Slumberjack

Featured Artist

2014

14

Jul

Slumberjack

( )

Perth, WA

For a pair of producers that spend their spare time tweeting about their favourite Portuguese inspired fast food chains, and television dramas about good guys having to do bad things to pay their medical bills; when it comes to their music, it's very serious business. Check out the interview for our Unearthed feature artist this week, Perth's Slumberjack.

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

F: I would describe our music as sitting snugly in the middle of a spectrum with one end being pretty clubby, beats-oriented sounds and the other comprising of what you’d find if you searched for “beautiful, relaxing piano music” on Youtube.

M: To be frank, it took a while for us to discover our style.  When we started we were heavily influenced by so many great artists; it was hard to think for ourselves when all we wanted was to be just like them (lol).  I guess it’s like when you are in school and joining the cool kids is all that matters.  I think we’ve matured past that now and learned how to channel what we love into what we really feel.

 

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

F: Other music! We get really excited when we hear all the amazing and interesting music being created by the other musicians out there and that really drives us to get in the studio and make our own sounds.

 

What can punters expect from a Slumberjack live show?

We really enjoy doing DJ sets, which pays homage to where we started in the electronic music scene, but we also have huge respect for live bands. We’re fusing both the quick nature of DJing with the more organic approach of a live performance so Slumberjack’s live show is all about adaptability. We’ve set it up in such a way that we don’t have to stick to a set list which we feel can sometimes be too rigid.  Everything is interchangeable in the moment so we can judge the energy of the room and choose tracks accordingly. Morgan plays the MiniNova synth and sings into a talk-box and Fletch is all about wild flailing arm movements over on the drum machine.

 

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

F: I loved the video Emoh did for Ableton Live School and his advice which went along the lines of: whatever genre of music you’re making, use sounds and instruments which are the polar opposite of that genre. That’s why you’ll hear a lot of world music sounds and instruments coming through our beatsy and trap-esque tunes. 

M:  Best advice for me was from Mr. Carmack. We had the privilege of hanging out with him whilst he was in Perth.  His tip = no rules.  That was a real game-changer for us. Fletch and I were all about numbers, logic and precise technicality in our production work, but after seeing the man in action, we learnt to forget what we thought we knew, and just go with the flow.

 

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

Pretty much anything with Dofflin in the name. It’s almost impossible not to be happy listening to those sparkly records.

 

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

Our track, Felon. Loud.

 

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

Definitely Night Cruise’s “Say My Wat”.

 

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

Circo is a local gig right? A very impressive one too.  It was awesome to see acts like Sable, Basenji and Chiefs play out on the pretty impressive stages they had set up and getting the attention they truly deserve.

 

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

F: We’re surrounded by a wicked community in Perth with loads of acts doing their thang. DIE HIGH, a record label and collective which started around the same time that we did have been really supportive and have brought together a lot of the musicians in Perth - at times forcing us to collaborate on music by whipping us in the studio.

M: Lab Six for sure.  The fam there also started around the same the as us and it’s so inspiring to see them grow and give back to the community through classes, workshops and live streams.

What are your plans for Slumberjack in 2014?

Make more music and meet more awesome people. Hopefully it will be something that we can do for as long as we can; making a comfortable living off music is the dream!

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Japanese Wallpaper

Featured Artist

2014

1

Sep

Japanese Wallpaper

Melbourne, VIC

This year's Unearthed High winner Japanese Wallpaper has just released his brand new single, featuring Jesse Davidson. It follows on from outstanding collaborations with Wafia and Pepa Knight, but who else is on the 17 year-old's 'collaborator wishlist'? And what are his plans for the rest of 2014? Find out below...

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What’s the first thing you’re gonna do when you turn 18?
Most likely just go and see some bands - not being able to get into venues is definitely the worst part of being underage.
 
Who’s on your collaborator wish-list?
Hmm… I think Bon Iver would be pretty beautiful, his voice is so superb. Phoebe (ex-Snakadaktal) would be awesome too.
 
On average, how much time do you spend in your bedroom making tunes each week?
I’m not sure how many hours but definitely a lot! It’s a great way to procrastinate and avoid schoolwork…
 
What’s your go-to snack when making music?
Definitely this frozen yoghurt ice-cream thing that Mum has started buying. It doesn’t last very long when I’m recording ;)
 
What’s your vision for the ultimate Japanese Wallpaper live show?
I’d love to make it a band-driven show at some point - I love playing in bands and I think that with a little tweaking the music would really lend itself to it.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Hmm, 'Pickles From The Jar' by Courtney Barnett would be a pretty good one. Or maybe 'Void' by Seekae. Depends why they were crying in the first place I guess!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Sorry to use Seekae twice but their song 'You’ll' is a definite tearjerker. Works on me every time.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
That Polographia and Cosmo’s Midnight collab always goes down well! Or maybe an Andras Fox track. Depends on the party.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
I definitely want to do some more touring and keep developing my show, so hopefully there will be plenty of time for that in the school holidays…

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sleepmakeswaves
New

Artist

sleepmakeswaves

Electronic, Indie, Metal, Rock (Isis, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Rós, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Jake Parker
New

Artist

Jake Parker

Dance, Electronic

Central West, NSW

Introvert

Featured Artist

2016

24

Oct

Introvert

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Brace yourself - these Novocastrians rock HARD!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Introvert kind of started as a trial-and-error thing, we all had completely different ideas and visions for the band’s direction and I think that’s a big reason why we hear a lot of different genres, similar bands etc that get thrown around about us! We settled on a grunge/alternative rock crossover (I guess) with our first single ‘Trip’ and just played a lot around Newcastle, supporting bigger locals, interstate bands etc. After about nine months of playing to a wide range of scenes, bands and venues we decided to take it up a notch on the heavy scale with our recently released EP ‘Old Taste’ which has definitely opened us up to a much more familiar fanbase.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
As mentioned above, the beginnings of the band involved a big range of influences, but overall I think our biggest influences musically would be bands like Norma Jean, Basement (really cool that we had the opportunity to support them in Newcastle earlier this year), Underoath, Balance & Composure, along those lines I suppose. 
 
What can punters expect from an Introvert live show?
Our live show is fairly energetic, but definitely has a pub rock/laid back feel to it. Audie’s definitely got a trick up his sleeve with the mid set jokes which people have grown to love, haha. But yeah, overall I’d say we’re energetic and chilled at the same time. Lots of emotion, balanced with a good old joke or two!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Liam Coleman has always told us to just slow down and not jump in head first when we’re making decisions (like recording the EP, planning release PR etc) which has paid off big time for us. He’s always been by our side ever since the idea of the band begun so I think overall he’s given us truckloads of advice, too much to remember in all honesty. (Along with being the father figure of the band)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
‘Am I Ever Gonna See The Biff Again?’ by the legend himself, Reg Reagan.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
A track by The Middle East titled ‘Blood’. Stephen chose this one, as the track is written about a person who loses their sister to cancer, it reminds him of a time where he nearly lost his to leukaemia.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Without a doubt, the hit by Men At Work titled ‘Down Under’. Anyone with a drop of Aussie culture knows it, who why wouldn’t you have a dance and a drink to it?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was the Newcastle leg of Ambleside’s ‘Shape Me’ Australian Tour at Drone, a small (yet fantastic) AA venue in Newcastle. With locals Eat Your Heart Out and Pasha Bulka alongside the tour supports Hindsight and Sleep Talk, the show was definitely one of the better shows I’ve attended for a while. Great turnout, and a really good reception for the bands made it one to remember.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
Well on the subject of bands, I’d say the local heroes Trophy Eyes have inspired all of us one way or another over the years, along with local friends who have played alongside us since day one. They’d include Pasha Bulka, Eat Your Heart Out, Raave Tapes and Dave - but honestly there’s too many to name! (Newcastle’s a small town, haha).
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
For the rest of the year our number one focus is definitely the tour with Birds Of Tokyo. It’s our first time out of NSW and we’re super keen to meet new people and just experience a whole different audience! Apart from that, we’re just writing new music, with plans to hopefully record and release a full length record, or a sophomore EP sometime early next year.

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Mallrat

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jul

Mallrat

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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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