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Nooky
New

Artist

Nooky

Electronic, Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Milan Ring
New

Artist

Milan Ring

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie

Sydney, NSW

MEG MAC

Featured Artist

2013

11

Nov

MEG MAC

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer Meg Mac is one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne this NYE. She has a huge voice, huge tracks and a huge future ahead of her.

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

I have been singing for a long time and like most people, I learned to sing by copying and trying to sound like other singers. I didn't work out my own thing really until I started writing, with no reference for my unsung songs I was forced to create a sound. But you can definitely hear all my influences I think and I love that they're always changing and so is my voice and writing. Growing up I listened to lots of soul thanks to my Dad, my Mum sings Irish folk songs and I was obsessed with pop of course. I like big voices and a bit of that drama - the ones that sing because they have to or they would die sort of thing, like Edith Piaf.

You’re the Victorian winner of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne at the end of the year. What can Falls punters expect from the Meg Mac live show?

I will be playing on New Years Eve and I am going to sing my little heart out. I play with two boys, a drummer and keys player and my little sister sings backing for me, it's pretty cute and she sounds just like me. Expect some electronic elements, big piano sounds, hand claps and lots of singing by me. We have new songs which we are going to play and help everyone get ready for the big day of music ahead and hopefully Meg Mac can help people feel ready to take on the new year.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

This is my favourite thing to happen to me all year and I still read the lineup every day just to give me that special feeling. Apart from actually playing, which is what I am definitely most looking forward to, it is all of the other bands and artists that are playing. Getting to watch all of their sets and then just the whole festival vibe, the camping, the photos, the people, the bands, the NYE thing - it is just guaranteed good times. And Solange.

What’s your earliest memory of performing music? How old were you?

I first started proper singing (singing lessons etc) when I was nine and once I discovered that I had a big voice, I could not get enough of Vanessa Amorosi…please don't judge me. 'Absolutely Everybody' was my favourite.

What else is coming up for you in 2013 and then looking into 2014?

I've got a few gigs coming up before the big Falls, that's what I call it now. On the 29th November I am supporting Georgia Fair at Howler in Melbourne. My 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so far, it looks like my first album will be on its way! And I am looking forward to more stuff happening to me, and some more songs to happen to me too.

Australian music is…?

A lot of the time I will listen to music and not know/care where it comes from, but it is pretty awesome when I know something is Australian and suddenly I feel a little bit proud? It is weird, like I am suddenly connected to the music because the artist is Aussie just like me and my dreams become a little more achievable.

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Marksman Lloyd

Featured Artist

2014

24

Nov

Marksman Lloyd

Perth, WA

Charismatic Perth emcee Marksman Lloyd has just dropped his banging new single 'Rewrite The Ending' and is our feature artist all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I think my sound developed through a ton of trial and error. I listen back to material I recorded in my late teens and I'm kind of glad that I didn't get a whole heap of exposure back then because I wasn't ready. Developing my flow and cadence on a beat took a good few years and living a bit of life in that time left me with something relevant to say... I think.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I would say that other artists are my greatest source of inspiration though not necessarily in my own genre or even my own art form. A lot of literature inspires me. Musically Dylan is one of my all time favourites, mostly because he wasn't afraid to make the music that felt right to him no matter the cost. 
 
What can punters expect from a Marksman Lloyd live show?
Lots of energy and bucket loads of sweat. I usually leave the stage drenched but it feels good giving the crowd everything you've got. My goal for each show is to make whoever is watching believe what I'm saying. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Enjoy yourself or there's no point doing it. I think that was my mum and probably every other mum to their kids since the beginning of time. But it's so true. Gotta remind myself of that every time I start taking myself too seriously. Actually that was good advice too, don't take yourself too seriously. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Coin Banks - Think Of You. He's the homie but I gotta give a shout out cause that track can still make me smile every time I hear it. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
At the moment it would have to be Joelistics - Out Of The Blue. All time though I think Paul Kelly - To Her Door or Nick Cave - Into My Arms.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by Tkay Maidza. Or Meg Mac - Grandma's Hands, everyone is annoyed at me at first because I've slowed the tempo right down but by the end they are all singing along and a few people have stepped outside to call family members that they haven't spoken with in a while. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I watched my good friend and long time producer, Creed Birch rock a set with an 8 piece band at a venue called 'The Good Shepard' last Thursday night. They all killed it. Keep an eye out for Creed. I think there is a spot at the top saved for that guy. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Creed Birch as I mentioned. Obviously Coin Banks and Mathas who are flying the flag high for WA at the moment. JL is one to watch. Whisky Winter aka Aaron Malone who has collaborated with me on a bunch of material is also an incredibly talented dude who makes amazing music. There's a plethora of talented emcees in this state as well. It's an inspiring time to be doing it. 
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
We are shooting a film clip for my new single 'Rewrite the Ending' at the moment. That'll be out soon. I've just wrapped up my second national run of shows but it was before the new EP dropped so I want to get back around the country early 2015. We've also started on the next project, it's only in the early stages but I'm excited about the direction it's taking. Expect that in the first half of 2015.

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MANU CROOK$

Featured Artist

2016

6

Jun

MANU CROOK$

Sydney, NSW

MANU CROOK$ is this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and winner of our Come Together Festival competition . The Sydney-based emcee will be hitting the Come Together stage at Sydney's Luna Park this Saturday, June 11.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Vibes vibes vibes. Every song I make I go off a vibe or how I was feeling at that time. In terms of the sound - it's influenced by my everyday life.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Once again my everyday life... I think music is the best way to express yourself.
 
You’re one the winner of our Come Together competition. What can punters at Come Together expect from your live show?
It'll definitely be an energetic start to a dope festival! 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Be you! - Anonymous 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Not even gonna lie, I'll most probably play my own song! All day, Everyday! (pun intended) back to back..then play 'Hermitude - The Buzz' to cheer up all the people crying cause of how hard the song goes!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
There's a few groups in Sydney doing their thing... Shout out the One Day-ers, they're definitely pushing a movement and also the dream big team going wild.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm planning on dropping more songs/projects and building on the sound we got going with the team.
 

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Kirrah Amosa
New

Artist

Kirrah Amosa

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (! #new #australian #hiphop #trap #rnb #grit #kirrahamosa #happyHipHop #Love)

Canberra, ACT

Joyride
New

Artist

Joyride

Electronic, Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Jordan Rakei

Artist

Jordan Rakei

Roots, Hip Hop (Soul, Fat freddy's drop, John Legend, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

JOY.

Featured Artist

2015

25

Jan

JOY.

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie beatsmith and vocalist JOY. is one of our Laneway competition winners and will be taking her dreamy pop creations to the Brisbane Showgrounds this Saturday, January 31.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound probably though experimenting on Ableton at ridiculous hours of the early morning on school nights instead of doing homework, but that more or less evolved from being a singer songwriter playing acoustic gigs earlier on. I've always played instruments and always liked to muck around on different instruments, and especially with pedals to try and adapt sounds etc. So then that kind of transferred over to the electronic side of things when I started producing, and the sound was just built from there.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I'm not really sure where I gain inspiration from to be honest, I've always played and written music growing up, so I've never really thought about it that much.

You're one of our Laneway competition winners. What can punters at Laneway in Brisbane expect from the JOY. live show?
A lot of dirty trap horns. Well, probably not. My set up is just me on stage solo pressing hundreds of buttons and hoping everything goes well. But I have heard I might be bringing a few special guests out.


What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"You don't make friends with salad" - Homer Simpson


What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Hayden James - Something About You

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Montgomery - Pinata or George Maple - Vacant Space (bc so beautiful)

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Peking Duk - High (ft. Nicole Millar)

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
OZfest at the Gold Coast last night. Very crazy, hectic line up. The Creases, Allday, Kingswood, The Preatures and Illy played and their sets were all 10/10 epic.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are lots of rad bands and people in the Brisbane community that inspire me. In particular my m8's The Cairos, The Creases and Vancouver Sleep Clinic. The Cairos are all lovely dudes, and mega talented song writers, I really look up to them. I really dig The Creases' sound, it's super refreshing and kawaii and lovely and they're all super cool dudes. Vancouver Sleep Clinic have totally nailed the whole soundscape vibe, incredible incredible polished sounds and just amazing vibes all round.

What are your plans for 2015?
I will be embarking off around 'straya for plenty of shows soon, I am supporting the FLAMINGO boys on their national tour in a couple of weeks, followed by a couple of other small tours. In between shows I am planning to write a bunch of material and hopefully work on a big EP, or mini LP depending on how everything goes, and apart from that, I plan to eat lots of Pringles by the pool in the sun and not have to worry about going to university.

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BLESSED

Featured Artist

2017

16

Oct

BLESSED

( )

Sydney, NSW

The multi-talented Sydney based artist and producer BLESSED is back! He's taking future soul to a whole new level with carefully crafted production and masterful songwriting in brand new single, 'My World'.

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

I started making music at 15 years old. I just used to steal random beats online and just do little freestyles and make cd's and give them out to my friends at school. And back then as well, I don't know if anybody remembers, but when we had Bluetooth on the phones, I remember I used to make a song and put it on my phone and Bluetooth it to my friends and people ended up Bluetoothing it to other kids and other kids and one day I was at Blacktown station and I heard somebody playing my song. That's when I knew I was going to make music from here on.

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

First time I got introduced to music was listening to Kanye West on the radio. I think that was when I was maybe 11, maybe 12. Me and my family were literally on the way home from church and I wasn't really allowed to listen to hip-hop because of the swearing and so on. So we all listened to gospel music and then one day, Kanye made this song called 'Jesus Walks' and when it came onto the radio, my parents let me listen to it. So from there on, I went on to become a big Kanye fan.

Tell us about your latest single 'My World'

'My World is about me being myself and not caring about what other people think.

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Tasman Keith

Featured Artist

2018

9

Jul

Tasman Keith

( )

Mid North Coast, NSW

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Indigenous rapper and rising star, Tasman Keith. He's got a way with words and a flow to follow.

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

I guess it started simply by growing up with a father as a rapper, a mother as a singer and a bunch of uncles that could play guitar. Being constantly surrounded by music I along with my older brother would always be performing or writing, from as early as 10 my brother, cousin and I had a rap group. At fourteen a lot of my cousins and I were squeezed into a tiny room just to spend hours writing and recording every afternoon. I feel like these things mixed with the study that I put into the music and the greats of the music over time are really what has helped me develop my sound so far. That, keeping my pen sharp and working with great producers.

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

For me, anything can be a source of inspiration. But the greatest would be my community, Bowraville. These stories and feelings that I share, either come from a personal point or draw inspiration from what my people go through. Knowing that I have a voice that can not only be one for my community, but one people outside of my community can relate too is something that constantly pushes me to remain locked in.

What can punters expect from a Tasman Keith live show?

A lot of energy, a lot of truth and a bunch of mission references.

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

There has been a lot. But either when my father told me that when it comes to business and music, never show your full hand, keep a few tricks up your sleeve. Or when my great-grandmother told me to work for it. Simple as that.

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

Tasman Keith - My Pelopolees.

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

Birdz - Testify.

If that doesn't make you feel a way, I don't know what will.

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

Tasman Keith - My Pelopolees. Everyone yelling CRB (Cemetery Road Bowraville) is the key to a great party.

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

Barunga Festival. At the start of this year, I lived in Darwin at Studio G for two months so it's local enough haha. But yeah, Barunga was amazing. If you are reading this, that festival is a must. Shout out to the Skinnyfish fam.

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

To be completely honest, for the past 6 months I’ve been so focused on finishing this project that I haven’t been looking anywhere else. But I’ve always appreciated that there seems to be an overall general respect that the Sydney scene has for each other, that and the work ethic a lot of artists here have is inspiring and keeps me motivated.

What are your plans for 2018?

Watching the current single ‘My Pelopolees’ do its thing, which we have some visuals for as well. The project I’ve been working on with James Mangohig and Nooky is in its final stages and we have already begun to roll that out, so the release of that is a major part of 2018 for me. More visuals for the other singles I have on the way, and a bunch of shows as the music comes out, and of course working on the next, staying one step ahead.

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imbi the girl

Featured Artist

2018

2

Jul

imbi the girl

Sydney, NSW

Sydney artist imbi the girl is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. 'Swell' is imbi the girls' brand new single and it's one wave of emotion, powerful songwriting and relatability. 

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

One thing I can definitely say about my music is that it will never stop developing! I use my music as a form of expression and what/how I feel like expressing myself boils down to what I’m experiencing at the time. I guess my sound could be summed up as a reaction to whatever I’m observing/going through at the time.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
This is going to sound corny but I really believe you can find inspiration in everything and anything. I think emotions (belonging to me or those around me) are always a reliable, accessible, and powerful source of inspiration for me but I don’t think I could even call that my “greatest” source of inspiration. There are just too many options!

What can punters expect from an imbi the girl live show?
Punters can expect a good groove, a lot of love, probably a reminder to stay hydrated at some point and some powerful, musical magic. If they’re willing to open their hearts, punters can expect to leave my set full of warmth and wholesome good vibes (or at least those are my intentions). 

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

The best advice I’ve been given is to live through love and to remember that everything is temporary. Those wise words came less from a specific person and more from gathered experiences and a variety of different interactions. I guess you could say the universe gave me that advice. 

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

'OG Luv Kush pt.2’ by Kaiit. It’s not too cheerful/upbeat so they can keep crying and processing while they listen but it’s also so undeniably groovy I feel like they wouldn’t be able to hold back a cheeky boogie. Also just an empowering track, and there’s nothing like being reminded of your power and resilience in those teary moments.

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

'Katie' by Missy Higgins. I don’t reckon I need to explain this one. Once you listen to it, you’ll get it.

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

'Clap Clap’ by Miss Blanks. Bless this queen!!! She effortlessly slays every track but this one especially. It’s a timeless, dirty, d-floor banger and if you don’t know, you should. 

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

I saw Habits at their ‘Salty’ EP launch and holy HECK it was phenomenal. Could not recommend their tunes and their shows highly enough. These artists are so unapologetically themselves, they are so heckin’ unique and shameless. They push all the boundaries and it’s seriously inspiring.

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

I find queer people and people of colour (POC) in Sydney's music community very inspiring. I mean, I’m inspired by them in every community and the music scene is definitely not an exception. It takes a lot of courage and drive to be visible as a POC and queer person with racism, homophobia and transphobia still making up the foundations of our society creating more challenges for individuals from marginalised groups especially in an industry like the music industry where artists rely on people liking their persona as much as their music. Trying to excel in a creative field where your success is dependent on engagement from an audience socialised to not value your identity or the messages you are trying to send is no easy task. Lucky for us, there are more proud and powerful POC/queers gaining recognition in the mainstream than ever before and even though we have a very long way to go, the times are most def changing.

What are your plans for 2018?
My plan is to keep on keeping’ on! I will continue to do my very best to spread love and wholesome vibes through banging’ creative endeavours and maybe also drop an EP later this year but you’ll have to wait and see. 

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DVNA

Featured Artist

2020

21

Jan

DVNA

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

This week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Gold Coast artist and Laneway comp winner, DVNA!

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

My music is forever evolving and still developing each day. The music I make depends on the mood im in and on whatever stage of life I’m at. I lean towards soul/ rnb beats, although, have a guilty pleasure in making super raw emotional guitar tracks. Each serve their own purpose. Once my music leaves my computer, it’s for the world and my listeners to use at their own discretion.

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

Inspiration hits different all the time. I either bait my friends into giving me their deepest hurts and secrets so I can write some emo/empowering lyrics, or it’ll be a song I hear that I’ll want to try and create the same vibe. Places and things (like food, obviously) have inspired me in the past.

What can punters expect from a DVNA live show?

We’ll be getting to know each other. Crowd interaction is one thing I love to do. Partly because I love to chat, and because I want to break that wall between audience and stage. Connect on a more personal level and create an experience they will remember.

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

Just do you! And when you’re hit with inspiration for a song, it’s like a gift you’ve been given to share with the world, as if it’s almost a duty. Think about the audience who NEEDS to hear what you have to say. It is your job to capture it, honour and respect the gift you’ve been given by allowing it to exist and not trying to force it into any direction it’s not. This was from some random old guy that sat next to me in a restaurant one day. Hit hard.

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

'Chameleon'. by PNAU.

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

'Innerbloom' by RUFUS DU SOL.

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

'Untouched' by The Veronicas

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

I saw my friends Hot Coffee play on the Gold Coast. Those boys always know how to put on a show. Quality night!

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

They’re a friendly, talented little bunch. We all know and support each other due to the coast being quite small. They all actively participate in community events, always make an effort to attend each other’s shows and offer advice when needed! I love those guys.

What are your plans for 2020?

I plan to play LANEWAY (thankyou Unearthed). Release a couple of singles in lead up to my debut EP and follow with a few more exciting things!

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Becca Hatch
New

Artist

Becca Hatch

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (r&b, trap-soul, Vocal, ...)

Sydney, NSW

B Wise

Featured Artist

2015

28

Sep

B Wise

( )

Sydney, NSW

Representing Sydney's South West, rapper B Wise picked up the triple j Unearthed opening slot for the Sydney Listen Out and is the Feature Artist this week.

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

I would like to say my music is a progressive sound for hip hop in Australia. Its really important to me to try and be unique where I can so I practice just being myself. Believe it or not, just trying to be yourself and not influenced by others takes a lot of practice!

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

Real life, experiences past and present and hearing NEW ground breaking music that can't be labeled by one genre.

What can punters expect from your live show at Listen Out?

Without giving too much away, early arvo sweating, energy and you will definitely leave having got to know the random person next to you!

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

"Creatives that tend to do exceptionally well don't try to follow the trends of whats going on in the world, they set the trends by bringing the people into their own world" - Dumi Oburota.

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

The Preatures - Is This How You Feel.

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

John Farnham - You're The Voice.

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

Tuka - Yeah Right.

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

Hau at Gingers in Sydney. Was a really cool intimate crowd, with a dope support by Yum Yum.

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

There are so many varieties and qualities now days in the Sydney scene that I admire. Im a big fan of acts like Spit Syndicate who been holding the Sydney rap scene down for a minute and still continue to grow their brand as musos and as a business. On the opposite side you got acts like Kerser who just do their own thing online, appeal to their own fans and have such a cult following and are able to provide a living for themselves and their team by not having to rely on mainstream vehicles of distribution.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

Get my ass on the road and play shows around the country while finishing my debut album!

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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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18YOMAN
New

Artist

18YOMAN

Indie, Roots (#neo-soul #alt-r&b)

Sydney, NSW

Triple One

Featured Artist

2018

3

Jun

Triple One

( )

Sydney, NSW

Meet Sydney Hip Hop game changers and this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Triple One.

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

Even though we're rooted in hip-hop, we've always loved to experiment. Some of our tracks are more trap-heavy, some are more melodic, some are centred around chunky guitar riffs. Having four members means that everyone brings their flavour to the table. We also collaborate and play shows with street rappers, grime emcees, R&B singers, rock bands, punk bands. We take a little bit of everything that we love - no matter the genre - mash it together, keep our fingers crossed and pray that it works.


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

Watching the sunset while riding the train from Hurstville station, and spending time with our loved ones and pets.


What can punters expect from a Triple One live show?

A couple of sing-a-longs, some high-quality merchandise, lots of obnoxious yelling and maybe a circle pit or two, if you're lucky.

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

“If a man does not have sauce, then he is lost" - Gucci Mane

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

Hunters & Collectors with ‘Holy Grail’.

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

Natalie Imbruglia with ‘Torn’.

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

Sydney Serchaz - Fuckin' Oath

Riot In Belgium - La Musique

Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning

Fraksha - Creepin' ft. Diem & Brinks

Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around


What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
That was actually our own gig with SCK CHX, last weekend at Waywards. It started at 4:00pm, people got rowdy, we had pho for dinner, we were in bed by 9:30pm, it was mad.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you?
How about this for a big namedrop: Johnny Hunter, ChillinIt, Mitchos Da Menace, Fortay, Sydney Serchaz, Turquoise Prince, One Day, Big Village, Elefant Traks, imbi the girl, Hau, Slim Set, Raj Mahal, Phil Fresh, Kwame, SCK CHX, Manu Crooks, BLESSED, B Wise, and about a million other Sydneysiders making music. Also, a big shout out to all the venues like the Botany View Hotel who host our shows and give us chicken schnitzels and/or fruit platters on our rider.

What are your plans for 2018?

In July, we'll be embarking on the 'Eastconnex' tour with our good mates, Johnny Hunter. After that, we'll be dropping a couple of throwaway bangers before releasing a very sad EP in late 2018. Also, Lil Dijon is going to get a new hairstyle, so stay tuned for that. Thankyou to triple j and all our fans for the consistent support, we love you all.

 

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Nerve

Featured Artist

2019

25

Feb

Nerve

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie rapper Nerve is your triple j Unearthed Feature Artist all this week. He's been busy making his mark in the Australian hip-hop scene and we can't wait for you to meet him. 

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

I guess it all started with old school hip-hop and learning how to produce, write and engineer music all at once. Now that I’m proficient enough at those things I’ve just been searching for what sound is unique to me. Lately I’ve been getting into really heavy hitting production involving a lot of distorted melodies and booming bass, but I’ve also been working with live bands like Bullhorn doing full reworks of classic UK grime. I’m very conscious of switching things up constantly and making sure I never stay in one creative spot for too long. My newest track 'A BOMB' is probably my favourite project so far. I feel like you can’t watch the A BOMB music video and think, “Oh yeah this guy just jacked this idea from _______ “ because I’ve never seen anything like it before. 

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

I grew up listening to a lot of funk, rock and jazz purely due to my parents’ taste in music. I think that’s where I got my ear for production from. Obviously I’m inspired by music to make music, but I feel like one of the biggest motivators in terms of songwriting is frustration. Music is a huge release for me when I’m stressed or have a lot on my plate and I’m usually at my most overwhelmed when I find my self writing new music. 

What can punters expect from a Nerve live show?

I ended my last show in Melbourne crowd surfing on an inflatable mattress with my feet on the ceiling so something like that I guess. 

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

I can’t remember who it was from - probably a few different people - but I think the most important thing in art and music in general is to create something and be someone that no one else can be. Be yourself and do your best not to copy what’s going on around you.

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

'A.O.K' by Adrian Eagle.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'The Wine Song' by The Cat Empire. Every damn time man.

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

I’d put on 'Jitter' by Triple One and Raj Mahal and turn the dance floor to a blood sacrifice.

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

As lame as it sounds, the last local gig I went to was my own in Sydney since I’ve been on tour for the last week. But alongside me were the Otherside Krew, Raj Mahal, Triple One and Talakai. All Sydney heavy hitters and part of our family. The vibe was insane and we sold the show out so I guess I could say it was a decent show.

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

A lot of my inspirations come from outside the music scene when it comes to Brisbane. I’m inspired by people that are throwing everything they’ve got into their creative passion and turning it into a viable business plan. People like Lil J’s Vintage, BrandnameBNE, Kyel Golly and anyone else that’s really about getting real things done are the types of people I roll with.

What are your plans for 2019?

Build within my crew - NO1NETWORK - and keep releasing music and visuals that blow people’s minds. Also try and finish my Uni degree.

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JK-47

Featured Artist

2020

20

Jul

JK-47

( )

North Coast, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, JK-47!

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

Well I've been writing and rhyming since 14 so it’s taken me nearly 10 years to get to where I’m at. I didn’t always sound and rap like this. My rhymes and voice developed and evolved over time along with the content of my writing, and I think when I joined Gratis Minds it gave me a chance to express what was truely on my mind. In my early years of rapping, I was just a wanna-be, because I was looking to America and a lot of hard rappers for inspiration because that’s what I though I had to be to be liked. But I was trying to be something I wasn’t. Now I’m looking in my own backyard and realising I got my own story to tell. And I should tell it raw and as real as I can. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

Sometimes listening to the greats like, Tupac, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Nipsey Hustle (just to name a few) gets me in the mood. Sometimes it comes from the beat when I feel it, I just gotta write to it because it just comes to me. Mostly it comes from inside. Just wanting a better life for my family. Hoping I can write a song that can relate to everyone. I wanna take care of my people but I hope I write the type of music that speaks to everybody everywhere and sparks change at the same time. Not just some banger that you hear in the club. Something timeless.
 
What can punters expect from a JK-47 live show?

Pure energy from the jump. You can hold me to that.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

My mum always told me to give all my problems and cares to God. Like if I had a problem she couldn’t solve, she’d say “Give it to The Lord son.” And for me giving my problems to God takes all that weight of my shoulders. It helps my smile and love my wife and son more. Appreciate the good I got and a focus without frustration. And God always makes it work out in the end so that’s probably the best advice given to me that’s help me the most.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

'Yil Lull' by Joe Geia.

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

'Took the Children Away' by Archie Roach.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

'Relief' by Gratis Minds.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

Before Corona hit, at the start of February I opened up for Adrian Eagle and after my set I sat back and watched him do his thing. He was real dope. You could feel everything he was putting down. Mad energy.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney / Tweed Heads South music community that inspire you.

There’s a lot of musical talent where I’m from. Young and old. Though I’m choosing to drop this solo album, I’m in 3 different groups all from the same place with mad talent. East Coast Brotherhood, Gratis Minds and Kinship Collective. There’s so much to say about the musical talent and potential there is in Tweed I don’t know where to start. But I think there’s a lot of people yet to be discovered from Tweed Heads. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

Connect with people in a positive way through my music and give strength and motivation to those who need it. I started this a long time ago but this is still just the beginning for me. I have a lot of other tracks   waiting to be heard by Australia and the world but you’ll know about them soon enough. 

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Adrian Eagle

Featured Artist

2018

8

Apr

Adrian Eagle

( )

Adelaide, SA

Meet this week's Feature Artist and Groovin the Moo comp winner, Adrian Eagle. He's currently on tour supporting Thundamentals and he's got a voice that'll melt that heart of yours. Check him out!

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

I've been working on my debut EP which will be out this year. I have been singing and writing all my life but never had the self-confidence to sing for anyone outside my family up until recently. I guess my sound came from my influences and my environment. It's a very natural feeling for me and I feel free doing it.

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

My greatest inspiration for making music is for healing my own mental health, through self-expression, and by doing what I love. I believe music heals. Also, for my family, my people who believe in me and for my goddaughter's...the next generation. I'm living on extra life and am thankful to be here.

What can punters expect from an Adrian Eagle live show?

People can expect me to sing straight from the heart. I really enjoy singing for people for the first time and connecting with them for the very first time during and after.

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

I think the best advice I've ever been given was to listen to my spirit and to do what you love. I'm not sure exactly who first told me this advice but it's been with me and grown with me ever since. I've had good advice from my Grandma and other role models throughout my years.

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

B Wise with 'The Key ' or 'Natural Woman' by Kaiit.

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

360's track "Tiny Angel" off his latest album. he's a great storyteller and express beautiful emotion on this track.

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

"Sally" by Thundamentals. Yeaaahh boy, such a banger - you gotta get down to this. I don't get tired of it.

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

Have bared witness to a lot of local gigs recently. Currently on tour with Thundamentals & B Wise at the moment across the country. They've been such a great vibe and I'm learning so much from them. It's good to see how many people come out to support local gigs and the Thunda's are amazing.

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

I'm constantly inspired by music and the community in Melbourne. I'm inspired by Neil Morris and his project DRMNGNOW. Neil has an amazing voice and message that I hope is heard across the country. He's got a song out now on his triple j Unearthed profile with myself and brother Philly called 'Australia Does Not Exist' and I hope you check it out. I'm also inspired and very excited for Kaiit's debut EP to come out.  I'm inspired by my beautiful friends and family. Inspiration is all around me. 

What are your plans for 2018?

I am currently looking forward to releasing my debut EP 'Wings' and am looking forward to sharing new sounds with listeners. This year is special to me with a lot of exciting things happening, thank you for being apart of it triple j Unearthed and triple j.

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Kaiit

Honeyed vocals, fierce rhymes and a bold electric style to match, 19-year old Melbourne artist Kaiit, brings you a whole lot of attitude and sweet soul sounds with her latest offering 'Natural Woman'.

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

My music is a reflection of things I listen to and that inspire me, including hip-hop, jazz, RnB and neo soul. I feel like I'm constantly developing my sound and I do that through collaborating in the studio and just trying new things.

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

I get inspiration from everything including a sentence someone might say, to hearing one of my favourite songs that I haven't heard in a while. Another great source of inspiration are my personal thoughts, feelings, things happening in my life and those close around me.

What can punters expect from a Kaiit live show?

What people can expect from my live shows are getting to know me and my playful personality, listening to a whole set of unreleased music and just meeting and relating to others and my music.

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

The best advice I have been given is to not expect anything from anyone and to stop being fixated on how people view me (especially people I don't know) and these are all things I had to learn for myself.

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

The 'Nut Bush' is Australian right? Haha. I loved The Sapphires movie where Jessica Mauboy kills the cover of 'I'll take you there'. It's definitely a feel good number!

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

Shannon Noll - 'What About Me'.

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

Diafrix - 'Before You Go'.

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

The last gig I went to was Koda at The Workers Club. It was great to see people my age doing their thing and really enjoying themselves. Their songs have inspired me to start writing more music.

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

I'm inspired by many people and things. This includes one of my mentors MoMo, and Mzrizk who has been so supportive of me. I'm also inspired by young people pursuing what they love!

What are your plans for 2017?

My plans for 2017 are to release more music, powerful visuals and a lot more gigs!!!
 

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Kwasi
New

Artist

Talakai
New

Artist

Talakai

Electronic, Hip Hop (hip hop, newcastle hip hop, aussie hip hop, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Sonny Grin
New

Artist

KP Hydes
New

Artist

KP Hydes

Hip Hop, Indie (rap, hiphop)

Canberra, ACT

LTC

Featured Artist

2015

1

Jun

LTC

( )

Canberra, ACT

Canberra-based artist LTC (Lolesio The Courageous) is pumping out world class hip hop right now. He's turning heads with a sound that is both ambitious and refreshing.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
So I really just make what I wanna hear. I’m that guy that’s always craving new music/new sound, constantly browsing Soundcloud etc. I’m still not sure how my sound was developed though - but if it feels good, it must be, and if it’s different - it’s new.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
Lights, graphics and good vibrations.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
So I’m actually fortunate enough to work with a super creative team that have taught me a whole lot over the past 12 months. The best advice is constant from them - so yeah mad S/O’s to Rosco, Mikah, Vance and Chris! Sounds like munnnny.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Depends on who's crying. And like why are you crying for? As for song choice, I’d sing them the national anthem in my Mr. Bean voice - surely that would cheer up the crying person.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Hermitude - The Buzz. That track is next level. That album is next level. Yeah.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Thundamentals at UC. Amazing show - dudes absolutely rocked it, energy was fiyah, impossible not to bounce.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
All of them. Canberra knows what’s up. Everyone knows everyone, it’s cool. Inspiration’s in the air over here. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
To leave a mark.

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